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Getting Organised: Blogging

Last Friday I covered getting organised in my life in general (available here), today is how I am now organising my blog. Earlier in the year I showed you my notebook, solely dedicated to the organisation of my blog which although a great idea proved to be clunky I didn’t always use it and I just found I never referred to it. I find organisation is a bit of trial and error and this system I used a base for the past few month and have found a great system to keep me on top of things.

Spreadsheet Everything: I use a few spreadsheets but my core document has a sheet for a calendar and a checklist of upcoming posts, as I plan to post every week on Tuesdays and Fridays as well as weekly social media posts. This is super visual and helps prompt ideas as well as time frames for me to finish certain posts or tasks. You can also plan far in advance, you can assign seasonal posts when you think about them and easily find them again at a later date.

Weekly To Do Lists: As I mentioned in the life organisation post, I write weekly to do lists, not necessarily for a certain days but its covers the post I want to sort out that week. I also break it down into the individual tasks for that particular post that have to be done, by breaking it down it seems less daunting as well as making sure you don’t miss anything.

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Making Notes: I am always making notes either specifically post based or post ideas, these are either in my planner or phone. My notes can vary between the odd word, post title, product thoughts or even mini paragraphs ready for blog posts. This is key to keeping me organised as once I come to write the posts the majority of the post is already there. It is one of the most important things for me in keeping organised as the whole sitting down to write a post is not quite such a big tasks.

What helps you get organised with your blog? Let me know in the comments below so we can all be more productive bloggers when we attempt to juggle life, blog and work.

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Collective September Haul ft Lush, Primark & Boots

So on Saturday I popped into town just for a potter around as see whats in shows now that the seasons have changed. I didn’t pick up anything major but I thought I would share the bits and pieces that I did pick up.

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So lets start with my every so often shop of Lush, where I am so restricted due to allergies and once again met with staff who cannot advise me on what products I can use. So I went for my old favourite and go to Butterball Bath Ballistic (£2.75), sure it’s not exciting but my skin feels great afterwards. In addition to the butterball I also picked up the Milky Bath Bubble Bar (£3.75), it looks super cute and once again is meant to be great for the skin.

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Then I decided to Boots in order to spend some of my advatange card points and in trying to not by more makeup I went to skincare and there was a deal on for garnier micellar waters and moisturisers which had money off as well as getting a water infuser bottle. The water infusion bottles I have always wondered about but were never sure they were worth it. Anyway I picked up the Garnier Skin Active Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water (£5.99 £3.99), which I think will be interesting to try and I will keep you posted on how I get on possibly a review. Also as its turning into Autumn/Winter my face gets so dry so it felt right to switch out what I am usually using for the Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb Super-Hydrating Antioxident Moisturiser (£7.99 £5.33), I will keep you posted on how I found it.

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The final stop on Saturday was Primark, and I felt fairly uninspired with the clothes at least at the moment but maybe as they weather fully gets into Autumn I may do. As it gets cooler I love chilling in the evening with a hot chocolate, some TV and light a candle so I picked up two, No. 15 Plum and Vanilla Candle (£1.00) and Pink Grapefruit Candle (£1.00). I am one of those people who like to change scents all the time, so as well as being cute these little ones are great if you like to change things up all the time. I was running out so I have to pick up the P.S Love This Round Cosmetic Pads (£0.50 each), if you haven’t got them you should, I picked up two packs. Finally I’m getting ready for Christmas early, as these P.S Christmas Snowflake Nails (£1.50) are so cute and they are slightly more winter than Christmas I cannot wait to wear them.

Have you checked out the high street for the latest season’s clothes, what trends are you loving at the moment? Also have you picked up anything good recently?

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Getting Organised: Life

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September is back to school/study season and although I am now working it always feels as though it is the perfect time to get organised. As work ramps up to peak, the need to organise social occasions and just generally fitting everything in. So this is my month of getting generally organised, this post will cover how I am getting organised with life and work in general with the help of my trusty notebook and my still in use Personal Planner (First Impressions and Full Review).

Daily Planning: As you’ve seen a few times before I am currently using the Personal Planner, and I have to say the layout and setting works for me, as a list maker I can put in either my day in order or make to do lists and notes. I’m such a daily planner, I sit down at the end of every day and sort everything I need to do for the following day. Using post-it notes for the weeks key ideas, or future events in case plans change etc.  Daily planning is a great wind down idea and really helps me organise my thoughts of the day.

Daily and Weekly To Do Lists: Who doesn’t love a good list? I have to say as I’ve got older I’ve grown to appreciate the list more and more, there is more that has to be fit in and cannot be forgotten so here comes in not only my planner list but my to do notebook. The first side covers work, with daily tasks and individual tasks for those days which can adapt as the week develops and the following day is filled out one day at a time so nothing is missed. While the right hand side of the page each week, covers blog, cleaning and general other tasks. I use this not for specific days tasks (that’s reserved for my planner) but for tasks which need to be done that week but that don’t have a specific day it has to be completed.

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Monthly Overview: Although my planner is for forward and daily organisation, I like to use my monthly overview to reflect it tends to offer no use for me when looking ahead but it’s great to reflect I can note key events or just general things which happened over the course of the month and it’s a nice way to look back without been dragged down my all of my lists, notes and plans.

Nothing Electronic?: Nope, nothing electronic here. I use a variety of online/computer based calendars and to dos at work and still find nothing works better than a scribbled on desk pads. The simple act of writing it down or having something sat in front of you, I never pay attention to digital organisation. I will cover next time how I use excel in the organisation of my blog, as this is simple calendar use and is more of a reference document than anything else.

So that’s how I keep my hetic life organised and how I keep on top of things, how do you keep your life organised. Are you a planner junkie or do you manager to magically keep on top of things, let me know in the comments?

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Day in the Life: Tour of Britain 2016

Feel Unique Sales Haul

 

feel-unique-sales-haul-ft-fluer-de-force-elegant-touch-rimmelSeptember is when you can pick up some of the best sale items and I couldn’t help myself pick up a few things from Feel Unique, I managed to stay away from pricier items to save my money for other items.

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So let’s start with the lips, if you saw my lipstick diaries post from Tuesday you’ll know I like to stay in my comfort zone and my first purchase is me trying to break out with a bold, dark colour and trying NYX at the same time. So I got the NXY Soft Lip Cream in 20 Copenhagen (£5.50), this is perfect for Autumn and I cannot wait to give it a go and see if I can embrace the bold lips. I kept wondering about getting an all-purpose lip liner and the Rimmel London Moisture Renew Lip Liner (£3.99 £2.99) seemed perfect, cannot wait to see if it works wonders.

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I need another pallet like I need a whole in the head but I have always been curious to try Fluer’s Makeup and the offer was too good to pass up. Only the Fluer De Force Eyeshadow Quad in 020 Lunar Rose (£7.99 £2.40), was reduced but it is such a wearable pallet and i cannot wait to put it to the test.

In the summer I was obsessed with Primarks Nails and sometimes I missed wearing my own polishes but some would look better on a longer nail so I thought I would try the Elegant Touch Totally Bare Short Stiletto (£4.65 £3.45). You never know I might even try nail art . . Finally was an essential purchase as I am all out of body scrub, and I’m loving cocoa butter products at the moment so I couldn’t resist the Palmers Cocoa Butter Formula Cocoa Body Scrub (£4.99 £3.74). Also if I like it it’s such an affordable and easily affordable product.

Overall I don’t think that I did too bad and I picked up a lot of savings, on top of the £9.04 made on picking sales items I also got a random £0.55 discount and used my Pick n Mix Voucher the final order came to £13.58! Insane isn’t it? and I’m so pleased with all of my purchases I cannot wait to try them out. Let me know what you would like to see reviewed in the comments.

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Lipstick Diaries: A Love Hate Relationship

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If you’ve followed my blog or even my Instagram for any period of time you may have noticed I’m not the most adventurous with lipstick, I love swatching an looking at all the beautiful colours but I lack confidence.

So no matter how much I swatch and try I feel completely ridiculous and paranoid wearing lipstick especially if it is out of my neutral comfort zone. There are numerous days I won’t even bother with lipstick just because I find it easier so I have made the decision to work on my feelings towards lipstick. I don’t want to change simply so I can buy and wear more makeup, it’s simply because I want to feel more confident in my own skin. I love makeup and I love playing with it so why does lipstick worry me so much? So even if after all of this even if I still don’t love lipstick as much as other products and I don’t always reach for it I just want to be confident and happy.

So starting this week I am ramping up my makeup and embracing or at least trying to embrace it so wish me luck. I will update this regularly and maybe the end of this year or 2017 for that matter can be the year of the lipstick for me.

Let me know in the comments your tips for feeling confident in makeup and what are your tricks and tips for rocking a bold lip.

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Travel Skincare Routine

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Keeping your skincare routine up while away is difficult, you don’t want to carry all off your products and the practicality is not always there. So how to I keep up a suitable skincare routine while away? Here are my key products for when I’m not at home to keep my skin happy and clear.

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Let’s start with makeup removal and basic cleansing, as not matter what there is no option not to remove makeup at the end of the day. We all love a micellar water, that holy grail product that we have no idea what we did before it so of course the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water (Handbag Size). This size is perfect for travel and it’s a great product for taking makeup off and general cleansing purposes. However, for those lazy days’ face wipes are a must and I’m currently enjoying the PS Love Your Skin Gentle Facial Cleansing Wipes, after all you are on holiday when else can you get away with facial wipes.

A good moisturiser as well as spf are important to any skincare routine, and in case you’ve missed my blog recently you’ll know I’ve been loving the Olay Complete Radiance Illuminator (Decanted). Its so well under makeup and provides a summer glow while providing moisture as SPF so perfect to take away with me and a little goes a long way.

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As part of my skincare routine lip care is key, my current favourite is the Boots Essentials Spearmint Lip Salve nothing too heavy with a refreshing scent and gently cares for my lips. Although I love my lip butters I sometimes find them fairly heavy and you want something you don’t have to worry about or you can’t put lip products over the top quickly.

Finally two bits I want to get some use out of when I’m away that I got in my Feel Unique Pick n Mix order, first and foremost the Trilogy Everything Balm as who doesn’t want a balm that can do everything perfect staple for a trip away. I’m also trying out the Caricara Diamond of Beauty Eye Day & Night Programme, I feel like it’s a nice opportunity to try a luxury sample while away.

What do you like to take away with you? How do you keep your skincare routine in check while travelling let me know in the comments.

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