Blog Planning in my Bullet Journal

There comes a time in every Bullet Journaler’s life where they think, “I should start a blog!” (or, in my case, another blog in my collection of many over the years)

There also comes a time in every blogger’s life where they realize they need to plan their posts if they’re ever going to be consistent or prepared for posts they wanted to write at certain times of the year or intervals. When that blogger is also a Bullet Journaler, she (i.e. me) makes a spread for it.

Blog Planning Overview

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Most-Used Makeup – February 2018

Hello! This month for my “favorites” post, I’ve decided to go about things a little differently and talk more about my most-used makeup, rather than my favorites. Eventually I’ll share a “holy grail” products post, but I think this format will better show how I’m using my collection, since I’m in the midst of a Project Pan and other projects that limit the use of my full collection on any given day. As mentioned in my January post, I’ll share reviews for any items that are new to the list, and for those that are repeats from past months, the review will be linked to that post.

Most-Used Makeup

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Empties – February 2018

In today’s post, I’m going to share my reviews on the things that I finished up this past month. This month, I only had a couple makeup items in my empties. I am making some progress on a few other things right now, but they weren’t quite finished by the time I’m writing this post.

  1. L’Oreal Studio Secrets Magic Lumi Primer – I will miss this primer dearly while I finish up the others in my collection. Check out my Project Pan Update #2 for full review.
  2. NYX First Base Primer Spray – I’ve had this for a while, but never used it consistently enough to figure out if I really liked it for priming. I often used it to take down powdery-ness on my face or as a refreshing spray in the place of a setting spray, or to wet a brush for foiling eyeshadow, which it works just fine for. I won’t repurchase this, but not because I hate it – it’s just a spray! The only reason I may buy this again is if I fall in love with the Smashbox Primer Water sample I have in my stash and want a cheaper alternative. I’ll be cleaning out the bottle and saving it to use as a travel size container for my Skindinavia Bridal Spray since I have the giant bottle of that.
  3. Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer – Radiance with Hyaluronic Acid – I got through as much of this as I could by squeezing, but I have no interest in cutting open the tube to scrape out whatever is left. I wouldn’t repurchase this because it doesn’t provide enough of a glow and I’ve been trying to stay away from hyaluronic acid since I moved to California since it almost seems to drain the moisture from my skin since it can’t draw much moisture from the environment. Since this was in my Project Pan, I’ll add in another primer in its place.

What products did you use up this month? Are there any products you’ll miss or are there some you’re glad to say goodbye to? I’d love to read your comments below!

– Natalie

P.S. Here’s some referral links to some of my favorite sites. Use if you’d like!

  • Ebates – This is a great way to earn cash back from online shopping (that you’re already doing) at many of your favorite stores! (Including Sephora & Ulta!) If you join through this link and make a purchase of $25 or more, you’ll get an extra $10 cash back and I’ll get $15, as well as your own referral code.
  • thredUP – I love using thredUP to clean out my closet and shop for new pieces at a discounted price – sometimes they’re even brand new with tags! When you join thredUP through this link, you get $10 to spend and I get $10 to shop after you place your first order.
  • StitchFix – This is a great way to try out some new items for your closet, without the hassle of going to the stores and the bonus of a personal stylist. If you sign up with this link, you’ll get a FREE styling fee (usually $20) on your first Fix, and I’ll get $25 credit once it ships.

Mindful Money Planning

This week, I’d like to share how I use my Bullet Journal for financial planning, which I call “Mindful Money”.

To be clear, this has nothing to do with the book Mindful Money: Simple Practices for Reaching Your Financial Goals and Increasing Your Happiness Dividend by Jonathan K. DeYoe. I only am keeping the title the same because it’s what my Bullet Journal spread on it is titled.

The Basics

  • Break down ALL of your transactions into 6 categories and color-code:
    1. Necessities
    2. As Needed
    3. Limited
    4. Very Limited
    5. Unless Out
    6. Do Not Buy
  • Within the categories, plan transactions with specific limits, whenever necessary.
  • Track transactions throughout each month in the habit tracker, to show which days money was spent in which category.
  • List transactions individually in a spreadsheet, and use the same color-code to show trends in transaction categories. (Other things happen with this spreadsheet, but we’ll get to that later.)

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Makeup Favorites – January 2018

Hello! Welcome to my first-ever Favorites post on my blog! I expect this first post to be the longest of these posts, because in every subsequent favorites post I’ll link older ones that give a full description of why each product is my favorite and only include full reviews on products that are new to the favorites list.

I’ll use these posts to share products that are my current “holy grail” or what has just been used most in the past month, for whatever reason.Read More »