Tips on Time Management

Agenda/Planner

The #1 thing I hope to accomplish this year, is learning how to plan better. When your life is very busy, it is hard keeping up with important dates and activities. Writing things down is the best thing you can do in order to help with time management. Since I started using a planner, I have been stress free. It’s amazing how much of a difference a planner can make. I use a planner for my everyday activities, due dates, and appointments. I use an agenda for school activities. It also helps if you find an agenda or planner that is really cute and will motive you to use.

Notebook

In addition to my agenda and planner, I also use a notebook. I use a notebook to write down things such as: passwords and information for sites, quotes that I love, things I want to accomplish, and other similar things. The notebook is less stressful and is used for me to be open minded.

Color Code

I love writing in colorful pens. I rather look at something colorful then dual. It also helps you to not get bored easily because your eyes are use to seeing the typical black or blue ink. Color coding is not for me, just because I don’t see a difference in it. However, for a lot of people, it is really helpful to look at your agenda and automatically know what to do or is due.

Use the Notes App

There have been many times when I am out and I do not have my planner with me. I quickly write down things in the notes app on my phone. It took me a while to actually start using this app, but I love it so much! Whenever I am in class and the teacher is leading a discussion, I’ll joint down key points on the app and later I can easily access it.

Set Due Dates & Times

Mark the final deadline on your calendar, but you should also set another deadline a week before. This will help your mind know that you have a week to complete the task and also it will help you know what you should be doing that week. It helps you get projects done faster because you may try to complete the task before the week is over. If you do meet the early deadline, more time for relaxation!

Don’t Let Social Media Distract YOU!! 

This is my hardest thing when it comes to time management. I normally do not get distracted easily. However, social media always finds a way to distract me. Turn off notifications or even your phone completely when trying to complete the task. If you can’t do this, try placing the phone away from you.

Most Importantly, DON’T STRESS!! Finding a routine that works for you is very important. I suggest trying out different techniques and seeing what tips will work for you and help you.

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Problem Solving Makeup Products

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SOS!!! Ever run into a dilemma. Maybe in need of a product, but not really sure how to use or even what to use. Below is a list of makeup products that are made specifically for a purpose.

Color Corrector-I am a newbie to color corrector. During the summer of 2016, I felt the makeup world drift into this idea. There are so many different ways and techniques to color correct. However, they all have the same goal. Color correcting is used to combat your skin concerns such as acne, dark spots, tattoos, or redness using makeup products. Now the most common makeup product to use to color correct are concealers. Now what makes this unique is that you use colored concealers to correct. There are about 6 popular color corrector concealer colors. Orange is used to cover acne or dark circles. Green is used for redness. Pink is used to brighten the skin. I definitely recommend checking out color correctors if you are trying to combat your skin concerns.

 

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Concealer-I have to have this product in my makeup routine. Conceal is used to get rid of any imperfections such as acne, dark circles, or under-eye circles. I use a concealer for acne spotting. I use before I apply my foundation to cover up any skin concerns. A lot of people would say to find a concealer two shades lighter than your skin color, however, I like my concealer to match my skin perfectly.

Lip Balm- There are many different lip products that are design for different things. Lip balms are made for moisturizing lips. Exfoliating your lips is also good to do if you feel your lips getting chapped. My favorite lip balms are from Burt’s Bees. The brand is a little pricey but their products really do work!

Eye Brow Gel-Ever have little hairs on your eyebrows that will not stay in place or want to keep your brows looking good all day, eyebrow gels are what you need. I am honestly obsessed with eyebrow gels. My favorite gel to use is the Ulta Eyebrow Gel. The gels can come in many different colors, however, I like to use clear ones so you are not able to see the product.

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Makeup Primer & Makeup Setting Spray- Both products are great for those with oily skin or for helping your makeup last all day.  A primer should be the first thing applied in your routine. It is basically the foundation of your routine because it holds everything together. A setting spray should be the last thing applied in the routine. Setting your face is crucial! If you have never tried either, I suggest give it a try because these products truly help with oil control and makeup lasting.

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Toner- I know this is a skincare product, however, it is a problem solving product that works. For those with oily skin, this is a must. I have been using toners for about a year now and I can tell a difference when using it and when not using it. A toner can be applied at the end of your skincare routine. It helps to control and minimize oil. When I go without using this product, I can tell a difference in my skin, my face gets oily. It is important to stay consistent with this product.

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Sephora Haul

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Makeup Forever Skin Equalizer Primer– I have seen this product everywhere. Anytime I watch a video on controlling oil skin, this primer is always recommend. I am content with my current primer, however, that has ran out and I want to try something new. This primer is a little more pricy than other primers I have tried. The formula may seem a little heavy, however, once you apply it onto the face, it feels like there’s nothing there. The first time I tried this primer, it literally sucked my dry. My face started to peel. I hated it. I decided to give it a few more tries. It has not peeled my face anymore. As for controlling my oil, I have found that it does. However, I have not tried it on a hot day. That will ultimately be the decision maker if I decide to keep the primer or not.

Tarte Amazonian Clay Concealer-I currently use the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. I am obsessed with that foundation and love how much coverage it gives. I wanted to try the matching concealer and add it to my routine as well. From my research, I found that this concealer is very full coverage. When I first tried this product I hated it. The formula of the concealer and foundations are not alike. The concealer is very thick. As for the coverage, it is okay. I have honestly found better coverage in drugstore concealers.

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder-I can not believe I bought this! I never imagined I would ever buy this product and actually like it. I really do not like to buy overly hyped products. It took me forever to buy this and now I see why there is a big hype. I have not found a good way that I like to apply the powder, I’ve tried out some techniques, but I’m still learning on how to use. This does help to control your oil and helps to set your face. The powder is a little messy, but it works so well that who cares if it is!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer-I recently got this product in my Sephora Mini Haul. However, the color I got was too light so I decided to get another color. The color I decided to try was medium brown. This color matches my brows perfectly. I really love this brow pencil and I can honestly say it is worth the hype.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara– This mascara is great! I love the volume it gives and how natural my lashes look. This is my second time repurchasing this product. It last for a while. However, I suggest trying sample sized mascara before purchasing full size bottles. Sephora has many sample sized mascara to choose from.

Birthday Gift- I picked up my birthday gift when I got these products. Since my birthday is in December, I get to see how others like their free gifts from Sephora. A lot of people got the Marc Jacobs gift set, which includes a lipstick and an eyeliner. 2015 was the same gift just a different brand so I decided to choose the alternate. The FRESH Cleanser & Face Mask. This free gift is actually a nice size. I can get multiple uses. I have never tried the FRESH brand, however, I have heard great things. The smell is amazing! Both the mask and the cleanser smell like cucumbers!

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Best Drugstore Acne Products

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I LOVE face masks. There is nothing better than coming home and having an at home spa day. I love putting on a mask and relaxing while it works it’s magic. However, there are some products that I love to use and that really help my skin. But there are certain products that I just cannot use. I refuse to spend  money on facial masks and acne products when drugstore products work perfectly. Below are some of my favorite face products that have helped with my acne. Now all are not face mask, but I would definitely recommend all.

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Olay Toner-Acne and oily skin is my two main skin concerns. The first toner I ever used was from my local spa. The toner costed $38. It worked really well and lasted for a few months. When it was time for me to buy a new toner, I decided to try the Olay Toner. This drugstore toner works just as well and is more affordable. I like this toner in particular because it controls my oil!! Finding a product that does this and actually works is super hard. If you are struggling with oil control, give this product a try.

Sephora Face Mask- I know this product is not from the drugstore. However, the price of these mask are super affordable and work great. There are so many variations of the face mask to choose from. Each serves its own purpose and that is my favorite thing about these Sephora mask. I also love how I can get many uses with these!

Neutrogena Foundation- I was sent these products to try out and I was very excited. First it was from one of my favorite brands and secondly it was also makeup! For a while I was really unsure about how to use this product. I recently have found the perfect way to incorporate it into my makeup routine. I first apply my primer, next I use this product, then go in with my other products. This product is designed as a foundation that helps fight acne. This concept is hard to find in other products. The coverage is very light, however, the product works very well.

Neutrogena Face Products- For the longest my skincare routine consisted of ALL Neutrogena skincare products. I really credit those products for helping me fight acne. There are so many skincare brands out there, that its hard to find one that really works. I will continue to praise Neutrogena as the best skincare brand. If you are struggling with acne and have not found the right products, definitely give these products a try. My favorite include the Neutrogena Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Cleanser,  Rapid Clear Stubborn Acne Spot GelNeutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask., and the Neutrogena On The Spot Gel. My all time favorite face mask is the Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask. This product can be used a cleanser or a mask. Multi purpose products are great when you need one product for different task.

Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish- I had ran out of moisturize and I didn’t know what to do with my life. I was freaking out. I decided to invade my mom’s drawer and found this. I love Burt’s Bees products!! Previously I have never tried this product before and decided I would. The packing was really pretty and different than any other moisturize I have used. For one is was a squirt bottle instead of squeeze. A little goes a long way with this product.

My favorite tool to apply these products is the Conair Facial Scrub Brush.

 

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Influenster Twinkle Voxbox

 

Covergirl So Lashy Mascara-I have been a fan of Covergirl products for forever! Covergirl was the first brand that I used and to this day, I continue to use. The brand caters to all skin types and skin colors. I love using Covergirl Mascara because they provide amazing volume. This is my first time trying the So Lashy Line. The first thing that stood out to me about this mascara was the mascara wand. The brush is very unique and can be used to style your lashes in many ways.

Not Your Mother’s Dry Shampoo-I have heard of this brand and have always wanted to try their products. I normally do not use dry shampoo. However, now that I have this product to try, I am so eager to see how it works. I really like how this shampoo is unscented. If I need this product and am in an emergency, I can just pull this out and use.

Hills Bros Hot Cocoa-I love hot cocoa and coffee! I drink coffee throughout the year and enjoy hot cocoa around the holidays! I love K-Cups and I’m so excited that I will be able to use it with the hot cocoa. In the box there are two different flavors: milk chocolate and dark chocolate. I may pass along the dark chocolate to my aunt and enjoy the milk chocolate myself.

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Oreo Thins-Oreos are my favorite snack. I love oreos and milk after a long day. I have heard of the Oreo Thins before and have always wanted to try them. I really like them. There is no difference between the taste, however, I have notice that the oreo thins are not as messy. Great to enjoy on a car ride.

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Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets-I am definitely giving this to my mom or dad. They love to bake especially since its holiday time. We use other Reynolds products but have not tried the Reynolds Cookie Baking Sheets. Its also a plus that the sheets are already pre-cut.

Aquation Daily Moisturizing Lotion-Lotion is an essential that everyone needs. I normally use the same brands of lotion but I love trying different brands. I normally prefer unscented lotions rather than scented ones. When I use this particular lotion I can really tell that it is helping my skin and restore it. During these winter months, it is important to stay moisturized and this lotion helps!

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AXE Body Wash- When I first saw this body wash I was hoping it would be for women’s. I honestly have always wanted to try this out. However, once I smelled the scent, I knew it was for men. This scent is very strong, however, is does smell like the typical AXE products.

I am so happy I was sent these products to test out and enjoy. Every product given to me are all products I will use! So glad I had the opportunity to test out products I actually enjoy and can really use.

I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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