Bullet Journal: April 2018

I totally missed out on the 6 months mark to do a general update on how bullet journalling has gone for me. I’m going to try out monthly updates, even if it’s just to show my spreads and themes!

For April, I wanted to do a rain theme. It was a take on April Showers, but as  I was sketching out the cover page, I liked the cloud theme so much that it it stuck!  AmandaRachlee and her  April set up video was also a big inspiration.  The main collections for this month are the cover page, the date drop list, the month at a glance, my habit trackers, a shopping list, a bill  tracker, and a few doodles/aesthetic pages.

I should have only chosen one accent color, but going through all of my markers every gray, pale blue, and lavender was perfect for this theme. A lot of people would consider this super sad and depressing, but cloudy and overcast days (when it’s not so humid you have to swim everywhere) are my favorite. Next month there will be more color!

On the topic of the bullet journal; do you have any fitness/workout spreads you love? I’m getting more serious about getting fit, and losing a little weight. Figured that I can keep myself accountable by incorporating it into my Bujo, besides the standard tracker. Let me know in a comment, or on twitter & Instagram;  @elisabethlovess

Favorite Things

Listen. I do not have the funds to have a favorites that’ll make a huge blog post once a month. The favorites I do have, are from this entire winter season

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Kuretake Zig brush pens:

Many things I love about these pens. They are double sided, each side is a different color, and they look lovely in my bullet journal. I have the pastel set  and just a big 12 pack (really 24 pack) of  classic colors you’d expect to find in markers. They do take a bit to dry, but I find the my hand lettering turns out the best with these.

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Zoella Beauty ” Wonder Hand” hand cream

Between school and the office, there is a lot of hand soap that dries out my hands. There has been extra hand washing lately because of flu season. On top of that I was sick last week, so I’ve been washing my hands a hundred times a day. This leads to super dry and uncomfy hands.

I can’t begin to sing the praises of this lotion. It feels so nice and hydrating on my hands. The scent is heavenly! I’m usually really picky about scents and this one is okay. It does take a little while to absorb, but that means my hands will be soft. You get SO much in one tube that this lotion is amazing for knees and elbows in a pinch. Wonder Hand has been a god send for work as I kneel a lot to refill the drink fridge, or filling the printer etc (general entry level office work.) I also like to wear dresses more often so the ashy knee issue was REAL for a little bit.

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Lauren Conrad “Hydrangea” Heels:

A purchase that was an emergency for a Christmas party, has turned into one of my favorite pairs of heels of all time. They are comfortable, a neutral color that goes with most outfits, and they didn’t break the bank. These are definitely a good pair of heels for all occasions. The heel isn’t super high, so comfort is a factor. I can easily get through a cocktail party, or a night out where there is some walking involved.

Thanks for reading!

What are some of your favorite things?

Xx Elisabeth

 

Your Lips, But Better

Hi Lovelies,

When it comes to lip products, the trend has been the more pigment the better. It is all about rich saturation, from nude to bold to vampy colors as well as matte, glossy, satin, and metallic finishes. Thing is, when you have minimal makeup the options are chapstick or nude lips; or so you thought! I’ve been trying out a few lip products that give your lips a little extra something, without a lot of pigment, but is also a step above lip balm. I don’t have pictures of me wearing the products, because it doesn’t look like I’m wearing anything on camera. So, do with that information what you will.

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Fenty Beauty Lip Gloss

Home girl was NOT kidding when this lip gloss got named the universal lip luminizer. It has the smallest amount of a peachy nude, and it just looks SO GOOD. The formula is amazing too! It’s soft, not sticky, and you can’t feel the shimmery bits.

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YSL volupte tint in balm

this balm is unlike anything I’ve ever put on my lips before. It’s like a soft veil of goodness on my lips. It definitely doesn’t feel like a traditional balm; it’s more like an oil??? Like you know when you’re eating popcorn and the butter residue is left on your lips? It’s like that but not gross. The balm comes in a lot of colors. I have #1 , Dream me Nude, which is described as a neutral mauve. #2 tease me pink, #7 Flirt me Coral, and #3 call me rose are some more “your lips but better” shades.

A Classic: What’s in my Bag

I think what’s in my bag videos are as old as YouTube itself. Probably exaggerating, but it is a video a lot of people do. I think it’s so cool that we are all secret nosy enough to watch other people empty their purses and tell us about their personal belongings. I don’t have a fancy bag, or items, but I really wanted to make a ‘What’s in my Bag’ video. I found a LOT of lip products, cleaned out all of the receipts, and had a good time chatting about stuff I like!   Let me know some of the products in your bag and why you like to carry them around, and watch my video pretty please!

Self Doubt

2017 has been the year of self doubt. Where a self confidence and passion once stood, now stands second guessing and the “delete post” button. This year I have trashed  29 posts and 27 have made it onto whatelisabeth.  It’s not a huge difference, but the deleted posts have the majority. I won’t even begin to add up the number of potential Instagram posts that are now deep, DEEP  in my recycle bin. So many assignments that I was so proud that have barely passed and “innovative ” ideas that one trip to google has shown is common mentality. Add that to the insecurities I already have, and it’s not the best situation to be in. 

This isn’t a new issue; not too sure how to start fixing it. Like, there will always be someone or something better, how can I be happy with my work? Wish this was more of a positive post, but it’s been the only thing on my mind lately. If you struggle with this, or have found a middle ground let me know.

Natural Curly Hair Routine

Yep I did it. My room is a mess, the lighting is awful, and I filmed on my iphone. I want to do more videos, but it takes up a lot of time I don’t have. Tell me if it’s good, and if I should do more!!

here are the main take aways :

  1. you need leave in conditioner, mousse, AND gel
  2. Section you hair to make sure every in gets covered
  3. Don’t forget about your roots, so help me God
  4. I KNOW the thumbnail is messed up I don’t know what to do about it; it’s right everywhere else. Even in the featured image.

Gifts? Gifts. GIFTS!

How have we already circled back to the holidays?! We have just  2 months until presents have to be under trees, in stockings, or wherever you put gifts for your loved ones.  Have no fear, this post is here to save the day! Today (tonight/this morning/this evening/on this Christmas week), I have a blurb of ideas for 3 important people in your life; the guys, the gals, and your pals!

The Guys:

For all of the manly males in your life, gift giving can be hard. All that is advertised are tools, sports things, and cars, all of those thing are REALLY EXPENSIVE. This is great list of gifts from Uncommon Goods, that are a range of items and prices. There are doormats, home beer making kits, ticket stub books etc. If I had a special someone in my life, he would get a lot from this site. (My dad wants a new pack of reading glasses; I’ve already asked)

The Gals:

For the girls, stick to the cute. Jewelry, scarves, TEA STRAINERS, etc.. If it’s adorable she is guaranteed to LOVE it. The joyous squeals will be music to your ears. Of course, I have a nifty link to help guide your  girlfriend shopping adventures  .

The Pals:

Your good friends deserve the world. Depending on the size of your friend group, having unique gifts can be a struggle. These are the people that you can be the most problematic around . They will glare at you, yell at you, and then buy you ice cream and tell you they love you. So love them back with gifts  that will make them yell for the right reasons. Some personal favorites are the, make your own hot sauce, literary candles, the anatomy of a best friend poster, and the customized birthday books.

For this post I am working with UncommonGoods to start your holiday shopping adventures on the right foot! They are an online retailer where sustainability and social responsibility are part of their core values. Their products are from independent makers, and when you click on a product, one of the first things you see is who made it and where they are based from.  I already have multiple things bookmarked and ready for when I start my shopping. The prices aren’t the most affordable, but the quality and care that goes into every part of the transaction makes it all worth it.

5 Steps to Minimal Makeup

So minimal makeup? It’s fast and easy; perfect for the working woman. It’s actually perfect for any situation because of it’s simplicity. I’ve broken down my routine into 5 steps that take me from just-rolled-out-of-bed to effortlessly put together.

  1. Concealer/corrector: a peachy colored corrector can help with discoloration of dark circles and concealer helps make everything look like skin.


2. Powder Foundation: The coverage isn’t fantastic, but it is enough to make the skin seamless (aka you can’t tell where your concealer stops and my skin starts). With a light  dusting, it also sets all of the cream products.

3.  Bronzer: Yep, it’s extra and can be completely skipped, BUT HEAR ME OUT. Bronzer helps give dimension and color. It also doubles as eyeshadow.


4. Brows: Framing the face is essential when there is no time (or want) for full face. Defining the eyebrows, no matter how full they are, can be the difference between makeup that looks rushed, and the minimal makeup look I am trying to achieve.


5. Mascara & Liner: Again frame the face! Eyes are the window to the soul, draw attention to your windows! Mascara opens up the eyes, and a nude liner will make them look brighter.

There you have it, 5 easy steps to achieve a gorgeous minimal makeup look. What? The lips? Right so, I usually just use chapstick. Feel free to pair any lip color with this look! I guess that is 6 steps, but shhhhh consider it a bonus