A Huge Beauty Haul!

So I’ve recently gotten a new job, and I’ve been earning a lot more money than I’m used to, which means one thing, and one thing only… Beauty Shopping!

When transferring from my old job to my new job, I went through a phase of getting paid from both, and having never seen so much money in my account at one time, I ended up spending a lot on beauty products…

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My first stop for my shopping spree was Colour Pop. I’ve wanted to try Colour Pop for SO long, but knowing I would be graced with a huge custom fee slip I’ve always stopped myself from ordering. Recently I tried a friends highlighter from the brand and completely fell in love with it, and it was that, that inspired me to do an order finally.

So the first thing in my basket was said Highlighter- The Super Shock Highlighter in the shade Flexitarian. This highlighter is gorgeous! Its a beautiful champagne shade, that suits my skin tone so well. The texture of it is so interesting too! Its like a hybrid of a cream and a powder. Its so smooth and silky and look so beautiful on the skin.

I also picked up the Give It To Me Straight eyeshadow palette, which is beautiful! Its a warm toned neutral palette and the shades are so pigmented and creamy! Its my current go-to palette! I also wanted to try one of the individual shadows, so I got the shade Sequin, which is a rusty, glitter shade, and its BEAUTIFUL!

The last few bits I got are the Brow Boss Pencil in Dark Brown, the Creme Gel Eyeliner in HoneyDude, Two Lippie Pencils in BFF and Clique, A Lippie Stix in Brink and the Concealer in Fair 02.

I absolutely LOVE everything I got, and I wish I’d done an order ages ago!

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I haven’t bought any brushes in ages, and I defiantly needed some new eye ones in my collection. I have a couple of face brushes from Spectrum which I love so I decided to pick up some eye ones! I got the You Look Marbleous 8 Piece eye set, and I absolutely love them! They’re so soft, and they look so chic! Would definitely recommend!

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Feel Unique were having a really good deal, and I was in desperate need of some new skincare, so I grabbed a few bits! The deal  was spend £80 on Skincare and get £90 worth for free, so of course I spent £80! I picked up the Antipodes Manuka Honey Mask. I’ve had this before and loved it, so this was a great repurchase for me. I’ve wanted to try The Ordinary Lactic Acid for SO LONG, so I finally got my hands on it, and it hasn’t disappointed yet! My skin is looking incredible since using it! I also got the Kiehls Glow Formula Skin Hydrator, which is honestly Incredible! I’ve been skipping out on foundation so much recently because of this. Its gives my skin a gorgeous, tinted glow, that makes me look so healthy. Absolutely love it!

My favourite thing from this order has the be the Nugg Mermaid Marine Peel Off Mask. This is a super thick mask, that dries down to a rubber like texture. Its super cool, and it feels really tingly and fresh on the skin which was so relaxing. My skin felt incredible after using this and I need a life times supply of them ASAP!

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My last purchase was defiantly an impulse buy, and was heavily encouraged by a friend, but I definitely do not regret it! The Luna Beauty- Life’s A Drag palette was released on Beauty Bay and I couldn’t not get it! I’m a sucker for a versatile palette and this one has such a good mix of neutral and fun colours. The shades are gorgeous and creamy, and those two shimmers are INSANE! Also can we take a moment to appreciate how MASSIVE this palette! The pans are huge, and its such heavy, luxurious feeling palette. Absolutely LOVE.

I think I’m all spent out on Beauty Products for the next LONG while!

Concealers | Top 3

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I’ve never really had a selection of concealers in my makeup collection before. I normally just stuck to my usual Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer and never tried anything else. Recently though I wanted to give some other ones a go, and I’ve ended up with quite a large selection of concealers in my makeup collection.

Since using a lot of different ones I’ve come across a few that I’ve completely fallen in love with and would purchase over my Collection Lasting Perfection!

The first concealer is the Makeup Revolution Conceal and Define concealer. Now I’ve always had problems with Makeup Revolution makeup and using it near my eyes. I can’t use their eye products because they really irritate my eyes and this is the case with this concealer also, meaning I can’t use it under my eyes which is annoying. So although I can’t use it under my eyes this concealer is my favourite for highlighting down my nose and on my forehead, and it also works well at covering blemishes as its so full coverage. The formula is super creamy and long wearing, and the shade range is also incredible. I use a darker one of this to bronze my skin too!

The next concealer is the Kylie Cosmetics concealer. This stuff is amazing! The formula of this is so creamy and blendable which I love, and the coverage is so good! What I love the most about this concealer is that it doesn’t crease on me at all, which is so rare! Most concealers I use will always crease a lot under my eyes, no matter how much I blend, how quickly I set etc. but this one doesn’t. I cannot live without it! I just wish it was easier and cheaper to get hold of! Those custom fees are ridiculous!

Lastly is the Colour Pop no Filter Concealer. This is super similar to the Kylie Concealer. It’s super blendable and creamy, and again the coverage is so good! The only downside to this is that it oxidises as soon as it goes on the skin, so I would suggest getting a slightly lighter shade than you think you’d need. Once its blended in its not that noticeable though, and still looks so good!

Overall all three of these concealers are all incredible and are firm favourites in my makeup collection! I couldn’t recommend them enough!
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Solait Mousse Express Dark Tan | Review

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Being as pale as I am naturally, I love applying a good fake tan! I’ve tried quite a few over the years, some good and some not so good. I’ve always steered clear of the cheaper tans, worried that they will turn me into a streaky, orange mess, but I decided to eventually give this one a go!

I picked the Solait Express Dark Tan Mousse up in Superdrug for only £4.99, which compared to the tans I usually buy is such a bargain! This is a 60 minute tan, although I would suggest leaving it on for up to 2 hours if you want a dark tan.

I was really apprehensive about using this, as I mentioned earlier I was worried that a cheap tan would leave me streaky and orange. When I applied this with a mitt I was really worried. The tan seemed to go on quite streaky, and wasn’t drying down well at all. Every time I rubbed the tan in, it seemed to move around rather than blend into the skin. I decided to carry on applying anyway and tanned my whole body as I usually would. The colour of it was a lovely golden brown though, so I was pleased to know I wouldn’t be orange for the foreseeable future.

With most tans I would leave it to dry for about 5 minutes before getting dressed, but this one seemed to take ages to dry, and it definitely transferred onto my clothes.

As I mentioned earlier it is a 60 minute tan, but I always like to leave my tans on longer than suggested, as I like them to be darker, so I left my tan on for 2 hours and went about my daily routine.

After two hours I washed off the tan in the shower and I was left with a thankfully streak free, even, golden tan. I was genuinely really shocked that a £4.99 fake tan gave me similar results to a £20+ tan. The only downside was a really strong tan scent, stronger than you would get with the more expensive tans, but thats something I can ignore easily enough. I’m currently 4 days into wearing the tan as I write this and my skin is still looking golden and I’ve not had any patchiness appear. I’ll definitely be purchasing this again!

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My Current Beauty Favourites

I’ve found myself not as into makeup as I’ve always been lately. I’ve had a lot more makeup free days, than days wearing makeup. That being said when I do wear makeup I’ve been going back to the same few products over and over again.

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As a base I’ve been loving the Sleek Lifeproof Foundation. This is a medium coverage foundation, but I’ve been wearing a light layer of it, and its helped to even out my skin tone, and it makes my skin look fresh and natural. I’ve really been trying to embrace my skin lately, and I’ve finally got a skin care routine that I love and is working for me, so this foundation has been great at showing my natural skin, but also evening out my uneven skin tone.

Along side that, I’ve been loving the ColourPop No Filter Concealer. This is such a creamy concealer, with great coverage, which is perfect for me as my under eye circles are SO bad. This also does not crease on me at all, which is rare in a concealer! The only downside is that it oxidises quite a bit, but I find once its been blended in its really not that noticeable. Just go for a shade lighter than you think you’d need.

The last makeup product I’ve really been loving is the Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless pressed powder. I’ve really struggled to find a powder that I can use under my eyes to set my concealer, that doesn’t look cakey or crease instantly, but this one is perfect. I apply it using a power puff and I press it into my skin, and brush away the excess. This has been working so perfectly for me and its so cheap too!

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As I mentioned earlier I’ve found a skin care routine that I’ve been absolutely loving lately, and pretty much all of it is from L’Oreal. The first product I’ve been loving is the Hydra Genius Aloe Water Moisturiser. I’ve been loving this as it’s a gel, rather than a cream and it feels so much lighter on my skin, but still gives my skin the moisture it needs.

The next product is the Smooth Sugars Glow Scrub. This smells incredible and has worked so well on my skin. I use it on dry skin to make it work more effectively, and it makes my skin feel so smooth and soft, but also gives it a really lovely glow. Its not a harsh scrub either, so it feels gentle on the skin, and not like its causing damage like other scrubs I’ve used in the past.

The last product I’ve been obsessed with the is Pure Clay Glow Mask. I use this alongside the Detox mask, which is also amazing. The Glow mask really helps to brighten the appearance of the skin and makes the skin feel so smooth, as it includes exfoliants in it which help to remove dry skin.

My skin has felt amazing, and my bank balance is pretty happy with it to, when compared to all of the Kiehls products I used to use. You can get amazing skin care for a small price and I’m so happy I’ve finally realised this.

A Valentines Makeup Look

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Happy Valentines Day!

I’m not a fan of Valentines Day at all, but I still got inspired by the day to create a pink themed makeup look, so I thought I would share with you how I created it.

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For my base I used the NARS Radiance Primer which gives the skin a gorgeous glowy look, and I then applied the Iconic London Foundation Stick, which I’ve really been loving lately. This gives a really full coverage look, but also manages to look quite natural and dewy on the skin. I used the Rimmel Match perfection concealer, and I cream contoured using a Primark Concealer stick in a dark shade. I set everything in place with the Laura Mercier Translucent Powder, and bronzed my face with the Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess Bronzer. For blush I used a Kiko cream blush in the shade Rebel Bouncy. This is quite a dark pink shade, that gives a gorgeous natural blush to the cheeks. Finally to highlight I used a mixture of the Anastasia Beverly Hills Gleam                  Glow kit, and the Kat Von D Alchemist Palette.

IMG_0409Moving onto the eye’s the main product I used was the Huda Beauty Rose Gold Palette. I thought this would be the perfect palette for a pink, Valentines inspired look as the shades are perfect for it. I used the shade ‘Shy’ as a transition shade through the crease, an then I used the shade ‘Flamingo’ to deepen the crease. I used the shade ‘Moon Dust’ on a flat brush with Fix+ to pack onto the eye lids. The Fix+ is great at intensify shimmery shades. I finally used the shade’s ‘Bossy’ and ‘Man-eater’ to deepen the outer crease of the eye, and to blend the shimmer. I added ‘shy’ and ‘Flamingo’ onto the lower lash line, taking it quite far down to smoke out the look. I used the shade ‘Pink Opal’ from the Kat Von D Alchemist palette in the inner corners, and I applied the Eylure Enchanted lashes.

IMG_0410For my brows I used my absolute favourite product- The Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow, in the shade Dark brown. I absolutely love this as it makes my brows look so defined. Finally for my lips I used Jeffree Star liquid lipstick in Doll Parts with a Tanya Burr lipgloss in the shade ‘DayDream’  on top.

Shopping My Stash | January

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One of my goals for 2018 is to save money, and not spend my money on unnecessary things . So having said that I’ve decided to start ‘Shopping My Stash’. By this I mean, going through my makeup draws, wardrobe and beauty stash and using the products I already have, but barely use.

I have so much makeup, and loads of clothes that I never wear so each month I’m going to make a conscious effort to use things I wouldn’t normally in the hopes that I will re-dicover old favourites and save money during the process.

For my January/February makeup draw I decided to pull out The Rimmel Match Perfection Foundation, Sleek Contouring and Blush Palette, Nars Laguna bronzer,MAC Blankey Lipstick and The Morphe 35W Palette.

I forgot how much I loved the Rimmel Match perfection Foundation! I use the concealer on a daily basis, which I love, and used with the foundation works so lovely on my skin. The coverage is medium, but its build able, and although the shade is a bit light, it works well on my skin type.

The Sleek Contour and Blush Palette is one I have loved time and time again. It’s the perfect palette for travelling as I love and use all three of the shades! The bronzer/contour shade is very similar to the Benefit Hoola, the blush is the perfect dupe for NARS Orgasm and the Highlight is so pretty! I could happily live with just this palette for the rest of my life!

NARS Laguna bronzer was a favourite of mine for a while, before I replaced it with Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess. Since pulling it out I’ve fallen in love with it again. It’s such a good shade for me, and I love the slight shimmer running through it.

The L’Oreal True Match Powder is okay. I bought this when I ran out of my Laura Mercier  Powder, and it worked well for me, but I will be sticking to my favourite Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder.

I’ve not been loving lipstick for quite a while now. I’ve been more than happy to wear a full face of makeup, without any lipstick on, but I’m ready to get out of that habit! I’ve decided to pull out MAC ‘Blankety’ lipstick, as its such a gorgeous nude shade, and its a creamy finish which is my preferred lipstick type. I’ve really been enjoying wearing this again lately.

Lastly for makeup is the Morphe 35W Palette. I bought this ages ago and never really used it. I have so many palettes in my collection that loads tend to get forgotten. This has some lovely shades in and I’ve actually had some lovely comments on my eye makeup since using this, so I’ve been really enjoying this.

It’s Okay to be Unsure About Your Life.

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I recently had a bit of a freak out over my life. I suddenly realised that I no longer want to do what I’ve been planning to do over the last few years. I wanted to give up on everything I had worked towards.

I’ve wanted to be a makeup artist for so long, and I spent a good few years in college studying and training to be a makeup artist, and I absolutely loved doing it. I learnt everything from fashion, beauty, face and body painting, special effects and hair styling, and I love being so creative and artistic all the time. Yet after taking a year off before going to uni, I suddenly came to the realisation that I don’t want to do this as a career. I don’t want to go to university for 3 years and spend thousands and thousands of pounds on something that I no longer love. That would be a waste.

Telling my mum that I had changed my mind was awful, but in the end I had no reason to stress as she was so supportive of my choice. She genuinely wants what is best for me, and if I’m not happy then why should I continue with it for another 3 years.

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So the question is now, what do I want to do? And the answer is I have no idea! I’m 22 and I have no idea what I want to do with my life, which kind of stressed me out to start with.

Over the last couple of days I started to piece my life together and figure out what I want to do, and for the now I don’t want to give myself a solid plan. Like I said, I’m 22 and in the grand scheme of things, thats not old at all. I have years to figure myself out, so I’m going to take it step by step.

For now my plan is to get myself a full time job, and save money. One of the things I’m desperate to do is go travelling. I’ve seen some of Europe throughout my life, but I want to see more. So at the moment, my plan is to interrail around Europe in the summer of 2019. That gives me a year and a half to save my money, and have the experience of a life time. I’m going to talk more about my travelling plans in a separate blog post, so keep an eye out for that. Other than that, I want to work a lot on this blog. I absolutely love blogging, and writing whats on my mind, so hopefully this blog will become bigger and better. And if i do go travelling that will make for some amazing content, which I’m already excited to write!

So the purpose of this post is to basically say that its okay to not know what you want to do. These things will come to you in time, and I’m okay with waiting for that moment.

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Photography by Charlie Skinner Media- Facebook, Instagram

Huda Beauty | Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

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I definitely squealed a little bit inside when I saw the teasers for the new Huda Beauty mini palettes on trendmoon! I already own the Huda Beauty Rose Gold palette, so I knew if these were any way as good as that then I would love it!

There are four different palettes to choose from- The Smokey Obsessions Palette, The Warm Brown Obsessions Palette, The Mauve Obsessions Palette and The Electric Obsessions Palette. I was instantly drawn to the gorgeous warm tones of the Warm Brown Palette, and I knew that it would become a staple in my everyday makeup routine.

These palettes retail for an affordable £25 each which I think for the quality, and the brand in general is pretty reasonable, and you can purchase Huda Beauty products from Cult Beauty.

When the palette arrived I was surprised by how small it was. I don’t know why but I was expecting it to be a lot bigger than it is, but now looking at it, it is the perfect size- especially for travelling! The palette comes with a pretty good mirror, and the nine shades, in reasonably sized pans.

So moving onto the actual shades. The palette consists of 8 matte shades, and one shimmer, which I think is okay. I personally really love an all matte eyeshadow look at the moment, so this wasn’t a problem for me at all.

The top row has a Deep Burgundy shade, a bright orange and a dark red (it looks more bright in the swatches). All of these swatched really well. The pigment is really strong and they felt really creamy.

The middle row has a really dark, chocolate brown, a super shimmery gold, and a creamy white. The brown is perfect for deepening up the crease, and the pigment of this is really good. The gold shimmer swatched amazingly! As you can see in the images the pigment is so strong, and it looks so vibrant and bright. I cannot wait to play around with this. As for the creamy white, its the perfect shade to put all over the lid, to set any eye primer you use, and to neutralise the lid.

The bottom row has a peachy, pink shade, a light brown and a rusty red. Again these all swatched really well, the pigment was really strong on all of the shades. The light brown shade is the perfect transition shade for the crease, and the rusty red is such a pretty shade. I can see myself using it a lot.

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So here is a makeup look I created using this palette. I love how the palette performed on the eyes. The colours were pigmented and blended out so easily. The gold shimmer is so intense and pretty, and I absolutely love it. Overall I’m super happy with the palette, and it’s definitely going to be a good one for everyday wear.

On my face-

Foundation- Too Faced Born This Way

Concealer- Rimmel Match Perfection

Powder- Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder

Contour- Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette

Bronzer- Estee Lauder Bronze Godess

Blush- NARS Orgasm

Highlighter- Anastasia Beverly Hills That Glow

Eyes- MAC Painterly Paint pot, Huda Beauty Warm Brown Obsessions Palette

Mascara- L’Oreal False Lash XFiber Xtreme Resist

Lashes- Doll Lash- Grace

Brows- Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow

Lips- Kyile Cosmetics- Love Bite Liquid Lip

 

My Kiehls Skin Care Favourites

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Skin Care to me is such a huge part of my daily routine. It’s always been something I have loved and been fascinated by, but I’ve always struggled to find something that really works for my skin. My skin is so up and down, and I never know whether it wants to be dry or oily, or a bit in-between, so I need products to help balance it out.

For the longest time I’ve always used cheap, drugstore brands, which are great, but I’ve found they don’t do an awful lot for my skin personally, so I started looking into more high end skincare brands to see if they can make an improvement. I’ve used products from Liz Earl, Estee Lauder, Emma Hardie, the lot, and I’ve not fallen in love with any of them, until I tried Kiehls.

I’m not 100% sure what initially made me want to try Kiehls, but I remember my first product from them being the Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado, which I bought in an airport in the South of France, and I instantly fell in love with it. The eye cream really helps to plump up the skin around my eyes, and helps to make me look more awake, which is essential for me with the dark circles I have under my eyes.

This product started off an amazing, yet expensive addiction for me. From there on I went on to try the Ultra Facial Cleanser and the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing serum Concentrate. The Ultra Facial Cleanser is a creamy cleanser, that when massaged into the skin with water, foams up and makes my skin feel really firm and well cleansed. I don’t use this to remove my makeup, as I find it quite sensitive to use around my eyes, but as a second cleanser I couldn’t recommend it enough. As for the Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate- This is THE BEST product I’ve ever used on my skin. This serum gives instant results to the skin, making the skin appear more plump, hydrated, radiant and smooth. I stopped using this for a while after I ran out of my first bottle, and my skin had a freak out. I cannot live without this.

Following this came the Ultra Facial Moisturiser and the Midnight Recovery Concentrate. The Ultra Facial Moisturiser is perfect for dry skin. Its not heavy on the skin, but gives the skin instant and lasting moisture. This is one of the only moisturisers I have repurchased time and time again. The Midnight Recovery Concentrate is such a cult product for Kiehls, which is what made me want to try it. The thought of putting oil on my skin scared me a lot initially, but it works wonders! I use 2 drops of this and I press it into the skin at the end of my skin care routine. This, similar to the hydro-Plumping serum gave instant results. When I wake up in the morning my skin looks fresh and radiant.

I’ve recently started using the Daily Reviving Concentrate, which again is so good. I use this in the same way as I do the Midnight Recovery Concentrate, but at the end of my day time routine. This gives really similar results as the night time one, and has the most lovely scent of lemons. Its so refreshing to put on my skin in the morning.

The last two products I use are new to me, and I only have them in mini’s. The first is the Calendula Herbal-Extract Toner, which so far I’m really enjoying using. I’m also using the Iris Extract Activating Treatment Essence. I’m not 100% sure of the purpose of this product, I got given it as a freebie, but it feels really lovely on my skin, and I’m excited to see how my skin looks over the next few weeks with using this.

Have you tried anything from Kiehls? Whats your favourite, and what products do you want to try out?

How I keep Organised | 2018 bullet Journal

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I absolutely love organising, and I like to think I’m a very organised person in general. I love writing things down, and keeping weekly planners, and after watching so many videos on Bullet Journals I wanted to start my 2018 by making a one for myself.

The Journal I had was a Christmas gift, so I’m not actually sure where its from, but you can find tons on Amazon, for really affordable prices.

I wanted to keep my Bullet Journal really simple, and easy to keep up with. I didn’t want to use fancy writing, and crazy designs on every page, as for one I’m terrible at those things, and two it takes so long.  I also wanted to only include spreads that are suited to me, and I know I will actually fill out.

My title page is super simple, with the circle design, and the title in the middle. I wanted to add some more design to the second page, which is why I kept it so simple. For the Index I decided to add this star design, which took quite a while, and is what made me decide to keep to quite a simple design throughout, but I do love it, and thank it looks super pretty!

The next two pages were my yearly diary. These spreads are super handy to have, as its great to refer to, when doing your monthly spreads. I again kept this spread really simple, with the simple lines around the edges, and the pink over the months is there to add a bit of colour to the spread.

After this is where it gets more personal to me, and what I wanted to include in my journal. I added a 2018 Goals page, to keep track of what goals i want to achieve. I split this up into categories; Blogging, Fitness and Money, and I also added another section, reminding me to read 12 books throughout the year.

On the next page over I have a reading list page. I really like the layout of this spread, and its one of the more decorative pages in my journal. I haven’t added any books yet, as I need recommendations, so if you have any, leave them down below please!

Moving on to my tracker pages. My first tracker is my fitness tracker. My goal for the year is to workout a minimum of three days a week, so I’ve spread out the page in months, with the months split into weeks, and each week has three sections for me to fill in whenever I workout. Hopefully by the end of year all of it will be filled in.

Opposite that I have my period tracker. I’m terrible at remembering to log these, so this way I hopefully will.

Next up is my Social Media logins. This is to help me keep track of my social media accounts and the logins of them.

The last spread is my Social media Tracker. I’ve spilt this up into Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and WordPress; and since photographing I’ve added Pinterest onto the end too. This is to keep track of the change in my followers monthly, and to see where I need to improve my engagement.

So those are my spreads for my 2018 Bullet journal! If you have one, let me know what spreads you’ve included in yours!