I love using a planner to track important events, due dates, and birthdays. A planner is an ideal tool to keep everything scheduled throughout the year. Here are three ways you can get the most out of a planner!
1. Always keep it close
One of the reasons people fail to use their planners is because they don’t use it regularly. Keep it close to you throughout the day, and you’ll always be able to check it.
2. Make a to-do list
I often write a to-do list when I begin my work day. Writing a smaller list will help you track your daily accomplishments and goals. I typically write my list beside each day in my planner to organize each task.
3. Use the monthly and weekly views
I love this feature in my planner. Writing general reminders in the monthly view (e.g. vacation dates, due dates, birthdays) is a great way to encapsulate an overall view of my month. A weekly view lets me easily schedule daily, everyday tasks.
Do you use a planner?
I always wear my FitBit to track my daily steps, nutrition, and sleep. It can be tricky to understand all of FitBit’s features, but I’ve learned a few simple tips I’m sharing with you to help you maximize the use of your fitness tracker.
1. Try out the FitBit Coach feature
Your FitBit is more than just a step tracker. The FitBit dashboard includes a feature called ‘FitBit Coach‘ that features over 100 guided workouts and complete fitness programs. This program is customizable to suit your fitness goals, weight-loss plan, or current exercise routine.
2. Scan your barcodes
Tracking your daily nutrition is easy with FitBit’s Food Tracking feature. It is often tedious to enter the macros and micros for every food you eat throughout the day, so my favourite way to track my nutrition is by scanning the barcode of my food packages before eating. This feature includes a camera function that allows you to scan/photograph the barcode.
3. Increase your battery life
To increase the time between charges, it’s a good idea to turn off the ‘All Day Sync’ feature on the FitBit app. Another option to preserve battery life is to disable the amount of reminders and alarms you have set on your device.
Do you have any tips to get the most out of your FitBit device?
Instagram regularly releases new features. One of those features is Instagram Highlights, which allows you to save your Instagram stories directly to your profile. This is a great feature for bloggers, entrepreneurs, or anyone who wants to save special memories to their profile. Today I share how I created my own covers for Instagram Highlights.
I create all my Instagram covers with Canva. The website offers multiple options to create your own graphics, and it’s free!
Step 1: After you open Canva, click create a design. Click on blog graphic, then click elements on the left-hand side of the menu. Next, click grids and select the first plain picture on the left.
Step 2: Click on backgrounds, and select your preferred background colour. You are able to customize any colour, or upload a picture if you want a graphic instead of a solid colour.
Step 3: Click text then select heading. Type the title of your cover into the text box.
Step 4: Click on elements again and select shapes. In this menu, you can select a shape for your Instagram cover (I use circles, but you can select squares, hearts, diamonds, etc). Search the icon you want to use then add it to your profile.
Step 5: Click download to download and save your image as a .JPEG
I adore a new MAC lipstick. After recently placing a MAC order (stay tuned for a MAC haul!) I decided to write a post that will help you distinguish each lipstick finish offered by the brand!
Matte – This is MAC’s most long-wearing, opaque lipstick finish. There is no glitter or shine present in a matte lipstick. Typically, a matte lipstick does not feather with wear, but it can feel drying on the lips.
Retro Matte – A retromatte finish is very drying, and it can be difficult to apply to the lips. Retro matte applies fully opaque. This lipstick lasts for 4-6 hours when applied,
Amplified – This formula is opaque, but has a slightly translucent finish. Amplified lipsticks are creamy but have a short wear time.
Satin – Satin lipsticks are highly opaque. They are long-wearing, and offer a translucent finish. Satin finishes are non-drying.
Glaze – This finish is sheer. The colour of glaze lipsticks is not opaque, and offers a glossy finish.
Frost – Frost lipsticks contain sparkles, which gives the lipstick a pearlescent finish. This lipstick has buildable coverage.
Cremesheen – Cremesheen formulas are creamy, and semi-opaque. These lipsticks are moisturizing but they have a short wear-time.
A smoky eye can appear tricky to master, but there are a few simple tips you can implement to craft an edgy look. Here are my favourite tips to help you create a perfect smoky eye!
1. Clean up your lines
Applying dark eyeshadow is often messy. To avoid smudging impacting the rest of your makeup, apply your eye makeup first to clean up any fallout. I like to use makeup remover or a Q-tip to clean up my lower lash line after applying eyeshadow.
2. Play with colours
A smoky eye doesn’t have to consist of black or grey eyeshadow. Try experimenting with rich, dark colours like plum, bronze, or brown to elevate your eye makeup.
3. Apply primer to stay smudge-free
Primer is a lifesaver when I create a smoky eye. Applying primer to your eyelids will ensure that dark shadow stays in place, and won’t crease.
What is your favourite tip to create a smoky eye?
It’s no secret that we should drink more water. As I write this post, I’m sipping on my second cup of coffee, though I’m consistently aware of the importance of staying hydrated. If you find it difficult to maintain your fluid intake throughout the day, hopefully these tips will help you!
Get creative with your water
Many people fail to drink enough water because plain water is boring. Getting creative with your water will make it more hydrating, and enticing to drink. My favourite ways to upgrade my water include adding lemon and other fruits to enhance the flavour.
Set a timer
Setting a timer to track your water consumption is a great way to attune to how much you’re actually drinking. One simple tip to time your water consumption is to set a timer for every hour on your phone. When the alarm rings, drink one glass of water. The important thing to remember is to keep a consistent flow of water going into your body to prevent dehydration.
Minimize your caffeine and alcohol intake
This can be tricky. Both alcoholic beverages and caffeine contribute to dehydration. To avoid becoming dehydrated, consume these beverages in moderation. If you drink a lot of coffee throughout the day, for example, drink one glass of water per cup to supplement your fluid intake.
What tips do you use to drink more water?
Creating a blog schedule is beneficial for many reasons, including knowing exactly what to write about and when to post it. I create blog schedules 1-2 months in advance and today I share my top tips to help you create one!
1. Determine how often you want to post
I schedule my blog posts for three times per week – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Determining a consistent schedule to post your content enables you to stay motivated to write, and it lets you plan content in advance.
2. Find a schedule that works for you
Finding a schedule that fits your life will ease you into consistent blogging if you are new to it. In addition, writing is often easier when you can fit it into your current daily schedule.
3. Brainstorm a list of new content
If you don’t have content to write about, it will be difficult to create a content calendar! One of the best tips to ensure you always have ideas is to brainstorm a full list of blog topics.
What are your best tips for maintaining a consistent blog schedule?
Skincare should be an essential component of your beauty routine. Taking care of your skin can be a daunting task if you don’t know your skin type, or the products that work best with it. Today I share my top tips to care for sensitive, oily, dry, and combination skin.
If your skin is dry, it is important to avoid over washing it. Instead, you should replenish moisture in the skin. Washing your face the night before then applying a moisturizer or serum in the morning helps maintain a delicate balance between your skin’s moisture barrier.
Excess oil produced by the skin can actually be beneficial! The oil produced by the skin contains antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re trying to reduce oil production without exacerbating it, a foaming cleanser will help. Applying a toner following cleanser will gently exfoliate while balancing the skin’s natural moisture.
Combination skin is usually more flexible – meaning that your skincare routine often changes each season. Tips for both oily and dry skin will work if your skin is combination. A face wash containing glycolic acid will balance both the oil and dryness.
I frequently use Twitter to share links to my blog posts, but recently began to grow my blog with the platform. I shared my content but did not engage with my followers or fellow bloggers. Implementing a few simple strategies has not only grown my following but also increased my engagement on my blog.
1. Engage with your followers
If you’re using Twitter to promote your blog posts, it is important to engage with your followers (and potential readers). It only takes 5-10 minutes to scroll through your feed and like, retweet, or comment on your followers Tweets. This not only increases your engagement, but it also increases the visibility of your account and blog.
2. Create a call-to-action
I recently posted a call-to-action and asked my followers to link their blogs in one of my Tweets. This was beneficial for two reasons – (1) I was able to explore new blogs and content; and (2) Connecting with other bloggers grew both my Twitter account and my blog’s follower count.
3. Add hashtags to your Tweets
Adding hashtags to your tweet, or tagging a brand, will introduce your content to new readers who may not have found your blog otherwise. Exploring hashtags on Twitter also increases your visibility to brands you may want to work with.
4. Add images to your Tweets
Tweets with images receive twice the amount of engagement than those without. Your tweet will stand out more than text-only tweets, especially if it the size is Twitter-friendly.
Concealer is one of my holy-grail makeup products. While I use it daily to conceal blemishes, it has become a versatile tool in my makeup kit. A lightweight, buildable concealer formula is ideal for use in unexpected ways:
1. Use it as an eyelid primer
Concealer quickly became my eyelid primer. Priming your eyelids with concealer creates a smooth, even base for eyeshadow. Gently dab concealer on your lid before applying eyeshadow for crease-free, vibrant color. Concealer is also an excellent primer for the lips because it neutralizes your lips’ natural hue.
2. Enhance your contour
Once you’ve contoured your cheekbones, use concealer to “reverse contour” by applying concealer above and below where you’ve applied your bronzer. This trick will sharpen the contrast between your contour and highlight, chiseling your cheekbones.
3. Brighten your eyes
I adore using concealer to brighten my eyes. Dab concealer to the inner corner of your eye and below the browbone for an instant lift. Applying concealer underneath the eyes will brighten and add dimension to your face.
Do you have any creative uses for concealer?