Bullet Journal: October Flip Through

Bullet Journal: October Flip Through

For those of you who haven’t discovered the world of bullet journaling, I am more than happy to introduce you. Bullet journaling is for those who like to create their own rules, draw their own lines if you will (literally). Basically, the process of bullet journaling is to pick a notebook, get creative/ productive, and stick to it.

To start off, let me explain what bullet journaling is, along with what it consists of. The concept of creating your own bullet journal is that it is completely customizable to your needs. Do you ever find yourself with a new planner you’re excited to use, but then after two weeks you completely forget about it? And since you forgot about your planner, you forgot about all your deadlines, due dates, and events? Yeah, that was me. Before starting bullet journaling, I was a mess. Keeping up with important things was alright. It was the little stuff, little tasks or personal errands that I just couldn’t keep track of. With college starting back up, I knew I needed a way to remember all of my assignments. I also knew that regular planners simply never work for me.

I found bullet journaling on Youtube, as where you find most of the best things in life. I really liked the concept of creating a little book unique to you, your life, and the things you care about. I thought bullet journaling would give me a chance to really stay on top of all the things that needed to get done, while also staying creative. Being creative daily is really important to my well-being, even more so than I realized. So far, bullet journaling has overall been quite a success. Since it’s been doing so much to improve my life, I’d thought sharing it with you would be a fun way to get us all in the productive mood. I don’t know what it is about notebooks, pens, and stickers that make me feel like I’m really getting my life together, but I’m here for it.

(Disclaimer: I apologize in advance for the pictures. I meant to take them earlier but got stuck doing homework)

For our first time talking about bullet journaling, I wanted to show y’all my October spread. I really enjoyed the colors of this month, and looking at such a fall oriented theme everyday kept me festive. It was a fun way to embrace the season.

Now, I haven’t drawn in a really long time, so my doodles are a little rough. I got some stickers to help me fill the space. I used a gel pen, which ended up smearing a LOT more than I was hoping (learned that mistake). I also found this old coloring book that had a lot of leaves that fit the fall theme perfectly. I cut them out and pasted them in so I could color them whenever I felt like it.

Many times when people start their first bullet journal, as we watch the videos on Youtube, it is easy to get discouraged by the perfectionists. Many people have such great calligraphy and drawings, which is great for them! However, when you start trying to copy someone else, you find it doesn’t turn out how you like it because it isn’t yours. The beauty of this technique is to make it completely yours. Having fun is supposed to be a part of the process.

Here is my calendar spread. I really love how this turned out. Peep the tiny ghost on the bottom. I added the leaf stickers for an extra touch. I don’t have much on this calendar except for school assignments. I added the little “goals” section where the month ended, and my only goal this month was to save $250, which thankfully I was able to do!! Yay me.

The cool thing about bullet journaling to me is that you can create these unique trackers. For my first month trying this out, I decided to keep a mood tracker and an expense tracker. In order to track my moods, I was inspired to do this spread from a Youtuber I watched. I drew leaves all over the page, marked each one with 1-31 (days of this month) and designed a legend on the bottom to indicate what I was feeling that day. I usually don’t fill them out as the day ends because my moods change so much, that by the end of the night I could be feeling completely different. What’s been happening is I end up not filling this mood tracker out for about a week, and I have to think back to my overall moods. I kind of like this method because it makes me realize that I’m happier than I give myself credit for. Even if I consider a day bad at the time, about a week later I find a reason why that day was pretty awesome.

Beside that I have my expense tracker. Anyone that knows me understands that money is important to me (just like everyone else). Every time I read an article about saving money, they always advise writing down what you are consuming. I wanted to really put this theory to the test. Here I circled every time I bought food, which made me realize how I’m wasting money on fast food. I think I have more to fill out on this tracker as well, but after seeing this list I actually cut back on spending a ton. Every time I go to buy something I now think, “if i buy this, I have to write in my journal”. Shame overcomes me. I decide I don’t need it. It works. I recommend it.

Up above we have the weekly spread I created. This is where bullet journaling became tricky. Weekly spreads are things that every person struggles with. It takes a little time to figure out what works best for you. This spread seemed great at first. I thought I had enough space. I even had some extra room to draw a little quote and picture. But it turns out I really didn’t like this too much. I’m still trying to figure out how I want November to look. Brainstorming is in the works.

Lastly, I put the last few days on the right side (YAYYY HALLOWEEN) and then on the right, I put a page dedicated to October memories where I’m gonna print out pictures to have in here. I have it empty because there’s still new memories to be made. I like having this in here because this is where I document all the work related/ school related/ and even social related things in my life. All the important stuff goes in this bullet journal, so it will be nice to go back and flip through old memories. If you decide to start a bullet journal, or you already have one, I definitely recommend adding a page like this in yours.

Bullet journaling is a great way to keep everything in line. If you’re scattered brained, you can make your own book how you like it, instead of trying to work around the straight lines someone else finds organized. You can literally make it look like however you like. My only warning is that it can be time consuming. It takes a while to draw out everything in advance. However, dedicating so much time for it makes you want to actually use it. Making a spread for a month only takes about one afternoon. If you are a creative person, it’s a fun way to get that artistic vibe going while still getting your life organized. It’s a guilt free pleasure even.

Thank you for reading. Maybe with enough bullet journaling, we can all get our stuff done. Share this with your friends and try it out for yourself.

Double Ipsy Unboxing 

Last month I didn’t do an Ipsy unboxing because I was taking a little break, but when I came back around, I figured I’d wait to do a double. So today, I will be showing you two separate packages I received from my Ipsy subscription, one from last month and the one for this month. I’m not sure if I have a favorite out of the two, but I do know I got a LOAD of good stuff. And I got a little surprise for y’all at the end. 


Last month:

As always I’ll start with the bag. When I reached in and discovered this bag I instantly smiled. I think it’s really cute, the glitter is adorable, and I love the colors. I think the shape of this bag is really unique and although there is no use for it right now, I believe I will definitely find a way to utilize it. 

The first product I looked at was this facial cleanser. Y’all know how I am about my face. However, everything I’ve gotten from Ipsy that was skin care related as so far been a success. I’m excited to try this out because it’s an exfoliating cleanser, so I hope it will help me get rid of a few trouble spots. Also, it smells like honey. I don’t know if I told you this but over the summer my scent was vanilla. Perfume, lotion, leave in conditioner, everything smelled like vanilla. For the fall though, I’ve slowly been changing it to honey. Ipsy reads my mind every time. 

Recently, I’ve revamped my love affair with eyeliner. Eyeliner is like an occasional thing for me. It mostly has to do with how much work goes into it. Personally, for one eyeliner look, I use 3 completely different types of eyeliners. 3! I have a gel pencil for my waterline, a stiff pen for my lids, and a brush for my wings. Writing this now I’m realizing how insane it sounds. Anyways, I’m hoping this Steve Laurant eyeliner will come through for me. 

All my Ipsy items have the cutest packaging ever. I can never tell what it is though. 

Here we are with another nail polish. Just like eyeliner, I’ve also recently gotten back into doing my nails. Although I love this cloudy purple, it is not fall-enough so unfortunately I will not be wearing this any time soon. It will be beautiful in the winter and spring time, but for right now, it will remain untouched. 

How adorable is this? It’s like a tiny little matchbook. 

But surprise!! It’s just the same old champagne color as per usual. “Shadow/luminator” yeah, yeah we know. I have soooooo many of these exact shades, I just don’t bother anymore. 

Now THIS though. I pulled this out and was blown away. I’ve heard of Make Up Forever, but never had a chance to buy any products. So finding this was a nice surprise. I love how sleek the bottle is. I could keep this with me all the time. 

This month:

Studs? Really, studs? I may be totally grunge. I may be into vintage. But I am NOT reviving gothic stud culture. I just can’t. I mean it is pretty cute I love the black. OKAY, I’LL USE IT!!

I assume this is a face mask. It says mask on it and that’s what it seems like to me. I like face masks, wait let me rephrase that: I like the IDEA of face masks. Face masks give the sense of “I have nothing more important to do than sit here and take care of my skin”. I ventured down the Pore Minimizing mask route a few times, which if you go deep enough in my archives you’ll find it. I wish I had that sense of relaxation. I’m getting there. Slowly. Maybe I can use this while I do other things. Hopefully, this and the exfoliating cream I got will work well together. Maybe soon I’ll have a full new skincare routine to show you. 

Brushes!!!! I love brushes!!! This brush is perfect. I need all the eyeshadow brushes I can get. Building up my makeup brush collection has been really fun. I feel like I have one from nearly every brand now. This little pink and copper one will fit in my collection just fine. 

Poppable, portable eyeshadow. That’s something I could get behind. I like the thought of this product, however, I hate single shadows. I could totally recommend this to someone else, but for me, I love palettes. 

COLOURPOP! This is not a drill. COLOURPOP PRODUCT HERE GUYS. I have been dying to get something from Colourpop foreverrrrrrrr. And here it is. In my hands. 

I bought a little eyebrow duo like this from Revlon I think, not too long ago. These little nifty guys are my favorite way to do my eyebrows by far. I’m glad I got this one because once my Revlon one is all gone, I can easily just switch over. Definitely excited to try this bad boy out. 

I really like this. I love the packaging and to me, the colors of this blush are great for fall. There’s a more maroon pink and an orangish warm highlight. I’m impressed. You could easily swirl these two colors together, swipe it on your cheek, and Wah-Bam! Fall glam. And check it out:

Peach honey. Honey, honey, honey. It’s like it was destined to be. Super excited to get try this out. 

And for that surprise:

I wanted to put a few of these to the test and show y’all the look I came up with. For this look I used the LUXIE brush, and it worked like a dream. It made it so easy to work with the All Star (purple) shade from my ABH Subculture palette. I also tried out the Colourpop Boss Brow, and I must say the spoolie doesn’t play around. It kind of hurt lol, but nothing to complain about. I love how it filled my brows in. I definitely need to get them shaped up. Next I used the Laurant eyeliner pen and it was much more stiff than I had anticipated. It is a very durable matte black, and it would be perfect for people who like to do tiny wings. I wouldn’t recommend it for someone who is new at doing makeup because I had a pretty hard time with it. However, I think with some more use, I can really get the hang of it, which will make it perfect for everyday looks. Lastly, I tried out the Make Up Forever mascara. If you love natural looking lashes, this is the mascara for you. If you’re someone who prefers falsies, stay far far away. I put it on, and on any other given day when I wear my nuetrals, it would’ve been great. But since I was being adventurous with these colors, it just didn’t do enough for me. So I went back in with my Better Than Sex mascara to finish off this look. The lip is my Kat Von D liquid matte lipstick in the shade Lolita  (thanks Hailey). 

I hope you all enjoyed this post! I love Ipsy so much. Give them a try if you haven’t already. 

Until next time,

Emma Katy

The BEST Autumn Eyeshadow Palettes

My favorite makeup product of all time is eyeshadow. I love creating eye looks on the daily. It’s just the route of empowerment I love to take. It’s the one thing I go into Sephora for, but leave with others too (if I can afford it). And even though I love eyeshadow year round, there is something about the fall time that really gets my creativity going. In today’s post, I’m showing you 3 looks I created combining the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette I was obsessed with last year, and the ABH Subculture palette I got the other day. And I couldn’t leave out a dark lip. To see how you can create these yourself, keep reading until the end!!

For the first eye look, I decided to go with a traditional autumn vibe and do an orange with deep burgundy. I love the way the ABH colors stand out. The deep red comes from the Shade and Light palette

Pumpkin:

The orange is just so vibrant, it compliments my eyes really well. And the lipstick I’m wearing is just a brown from a Sephora collection. 

Princess Peach:

This look I got really adventurous. I used an electric pink, softened by a light brown, and my favorite part: underlined with a bold yellow. I’ve never really thought about putting a completely different color on my lower lids. I really liked this. 

At first I was having so much trouble trying to get a really good look, but these colors are so nice together. I will definitely keep going with this trend. It just goes to show you that even though you’re struggling during application, you could still come out with a great look. 

Medusa

I find it extremely hard to wear dark eye looks. I worry so much about having “racoon eyes”. But it’s time to get over that. And I’m loving this progression I feel happening. 

The dark green blended into this brown. I was really surprised with how this shade worked into my skin. I didn’t even need to put on a transition shade. I used a light golden shade to lighten my lid, and the only shade I used for this look from the Shade and Light palette was a white for my inner eye highlight. 

A look like this is completely out of my comfort zone, but this look is by far my favorite. It’s so dark but can go with so many outfits and lipstick. Greens and golds are such an iconic duo. 

Kat Von D Shade and Light Palette:

Colors used: 

Look 1: Succubus 

Look 2: Solas

Look 3: Liberatus

ABH SUBCULTURE:

Colors used: 

Look 1: New Wave

Look 2: Roxy and Edge 

Look 3: Destiny and Adorn

These 3 looks are by far my favorite I’ve ever created. I really hope they inspire some of your beauty looks in season. The ABH Subculture palette was such a great buy, and I recommend it for anyone who needs diverse fall shades. 

Thank you for reading. Until next time,

Emma Katy