June 2017 in my planner

Since June is coming up, I thought that I would share my planner and how I keep it organized. I normally sit down and plan the week ahead on Sundays, but since it was a long weekend I didn’t get around to it until Monday night. Would you want to see more posts like this where I share my tips and tricks/weekly spreads for my planners? Let me know in the comments!

I currently use the mini happy planner and just recently got the medium size discs because the smaller discs was not cutting it lately (been having a hard time flipping through the pages). I’ve been using this planner since the beginning of the year and I love it! The disc system is very versatile: it’s like a binder and a notebook, which I really like. I used to use washi tape in other planner spreads but since this is a mini, I mainly focus on color coordinating and stickers. I use a bunch of pens in my planner. Different colors means different events/things to do. So pink would be birthdays (and I also use it to mark when I should edit vlogs/start blog posts) and green would be for work, as you can see in the pic below) I have 3 packs of stickers that I currently use as well, all purchased from Michael’s with a 40% off coupon (always go on their website and find the coupons for the week you go! It’s always good to save a few bucks)

This is my monthly spread for June. As you can see there’s a few important events that I already put in my planner so I wouldn’t forget. I’m also going to Cancun later on in the month for my best friend’s bachelorette so I thought Mexico stickers would make this spread much more fun.

This is what this week’s spread looks like so far. This is pretty simple with a few stickers here and there but as the week goes by it’ll definitely get filled up fast. I know that there are going to be a bunch of errands I’ll have to do before the graduation and I also have to decide which day I start editing the end of May vlog so that it’s up in the beginning of June.

For me, it is easier to see a layout of what I need to do this week or this month, so I can allow myself enough time for everything: spending time with friends/family, errands, chores, etc. I’m also thinking of doing a vlog style plan with me in the future. Let me know if that’s also something you would want to see too! Also, let me know if you’re a fellow planner addict and which planning system you like best!

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What’s in my bag?

I’m sure you aren’t surprised that my every day bag is a backpack since it’s on trend right now. But this backpack is convertible and I purchased it at Ross before Coachella last month. This is a Multisac convertible backpack with 2 zipper side pockets and a snap closure pocket on the front. It looks so small but I can fit a bunch inside. There’s a zipper pocket inside and two other smaller pockets. Here’s what’s inside:

First thing on the list is my Mini Happy Planner. I am obsessed with planners and have a bunch of different planners in my collection. I chose to bring this one everywhere with me because of how compact it is and it doesn’t hurt that it’s super cute! I normally only have one pen in my bag for work but I also have a bunch of different colored pens that I use in the planner too. I always need sunglasses with me because my eyes are very sensitive to brightness. These have an aviator kind of style with mirrored lenses. Mirrored lenses are perfect for the warmer months and we’re getting lots of sun and blue skies here in the Bay Area. I also have my vlogging camera, Samsung NX Mini. As you can see, it’s a very convenient size to carry around. I have an Apple lightning charging cable and a portable charger by Anker. I’m on my phone so much that it dies a little quicker. I wouldn’t want my phone to die in an emergency situation. I have a blue Michael Kors card holder where I keep the essentials. I have this pale blue Rebecca Minkoff keychain/mini wallet. I put my cash and change here since the card holder is a little snug for it. I can’t go anywhere without my car keys and my bright blue pepper spray makes it easier to find. A girl’s bag isn’t a bag without some makeup items. I have DUO eyelash glue, Maybelline Better Skin powder, Wet n Wild liquid lipstick, Essence make me brow gel, and chapstick.

My bag doesn’t have anything too interesting. Surprisingly, I didn’t have any trash or leftover food in my bag this time. There’s a pocket in the back of the bag that perfectly fits my iPhone 6 Plus. So that’s a plus.

 

My favorite every day lipsticks

Happy Hump day folks! Let’s talk about my favorite go-to lipsticks!

From Left to Right: (names of the lipsticks are links if you want to buy)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Liqid Lipstick – Ashton

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick – Lolita

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip – Kapow

Wet n Wild Liquid Catsuit Lipstick – Coral Corruption

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick – Amulet

All of these, except for the Urban Decay Lipstick, are liquid lipsticks. Liquid lipsticks are the way to go if you don’t want to worry about your lipstick coming off or reapplying throughout the day. It’s been my favorite since the wave of all the liquid lipsticks starting coming out.

My favorite to wear is the ABH liquid lipstick in Ashton. I can’t even express to you how much I love this color. I first discovered it through one of Roxette Arisa’s favorites a while back and have been obsessed with it ever since. I wear this to work, on no makeup days and when I do a full face. I switch between this lipstick and Kat Von D’s Lolita. This was a cult favorite when it first came out and it was hard to get your hands on for quite awhile. I purchased this before the hype since my boyfriend liked how it looked on my lips (not surprised that he wants me to wear liquid lipsticks all the time). It was the first liquid lipstick I ever got. This formula is the most drying out of all of the liquid lipsticks but I don’t mind it as much as others might. It really does take out the moisture from your lips and this stays on the longest for me. If you’re into those beige grey lipstick colors then Colourpop’s Kapow is for you! I was obsessed with this and to me, its an every day type of color for my skin tone. Its subtle enough to wear to work but still makes a statement. This formula is dry but it doesn’t bother me too much throughout the day. Wet n Wild’s Coral Corruption is a very girly color and I like wearing it on minimal makeup days. I’m normally not a pink/coral lipstick wearer but this color is flattering for my skin tone. Lastly, Urban Decay’s Amulet is perfect if you don’t mind the finish since it is metallized. I find it moisturizing and comfortable to wear. It fades nicely so you can’t see the awkward difference between this and your natural lip color. This does come in a liquid lipstick formula too, but I only have one shade that I can’t recall the name of.

Here are the colors swatched on the back of my hand. Ashton and Lolita look very similar but I promise on my lips they look very different. Coral Corruption is pulling more orange in this swatch but like I said it’s more of a pink/coral color.

Hope you liked hearing about my favorite every day lipsticks! Please let me know which ones are your favorites and I’ll try my best to get my hands on them!

Why do I vlog? ft. my vlogging camera

I’ve always enjoyed watching when my fave youtubers vlog. Also, one of my best friends vlogs and she began telling me that I should use my camera to vlog the next event we were going to (at the time it was Glam Con here in the bay area. Click if you want to see my very first vlog… no music or anything). I decided why not? It doesn’t hurt. From there on, I’ve been trying my best to vlog almost everyday and post some videos each month. I’ve been vlogging for a little over a year now. I’m so proud of myself!

I like to capture my days and share them with whoever is watching. My days are simple. I work, go eat with friends or family, play with makeup, be lazy, go on random adventures with my boyfriend, and celebrate special events when the time comes.

samsung

This is the camera that I use. It’s the Samsung NX Mini Mirrorless camera with 9-27mm lens. I also use this Joby Mini Gorillapod while I vlog sometimes too. This camera grabbed my attention mostly because it’s compact and has a flip up screen, which is good for selfies and filming myself while I’m talking. It shoots HD video too and has built-in wi-fi, so I can grab images that I want onto my phone. The only downside is the video isn’t so good at night. But overall, I LOVE THIS CAMERA and I bring it everywhere with me since it’s so cute and small.

My everyday makeup

I use a mix of drugstore and high-end makeup when I do my full face before work, running errands or for special events. Here’s a breakdown of the products I use (I’ll be going in the order I do my makeup and the numbers correspond with the product above) I don’t currently have a primer or setting spray since I ran out. Whoops.

12. Coty Airspun Translucent powder – I use this before applying my foundation to set my primer. I got this trick from Wayne Goss. It helps my foundation stay matte and stay on my face longer. I also use this to bake my under eye so my concealer doesn’t crease throughout the day.

9. LA Girl HD Pro Concealer in Green – I mix this with the same concealer I use for my under eyes which I will mention shortly. I have redness to my cheeks and on my chin so I use this to color correct those areas. I mix it with a regular concealer to help it blend into my skin a little bit better instead of having a green splotch on my face to cover up.

13. NYX Cosmetics Dark Circle Concealer in Medium – This step just depends on how dark my under eyes are when I’m getting ready. I use this to cancel out the darkness before putting on my foundation.

3. Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation in Bamboo – I love this foundation. I picked it up because I saw that Casey Holmes raved about it. Ever since I’ve been using this foundation. I blend it out with my beauty sponge and I love the finish. It’s a buildable foundation so I find myself applying just a little bit more on my cheeks for more coverage.

8. Covergirl Outlast All-Day Soft Focus Concealer in Medium – I use this under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, on my chin and in the center of my forehead to brighten those areas. I don’t use concealers that are dramatically lighter than my foundation. I want my under eyes and the rest of the areas I use this concealer to look naturally brighter. This isn’t the best concealer but it gets the job done. (my fave is the nyx HD concealer in medium)

11. ELF Beautifully Bare Finishing Face Powder in Medium/Deep – In my opinion this is more for medium skin tones so it works for my skin tone. I use this with a fluffy brush to set the rest of my face and to buff away the powder under my eyes.

1. Kat Von D Shade & Light Contour Palette – I use the shade Subconsious (the deep brown shade) to contour my face. I use a light hand while carving out my cheek bones, my templesm, contouring my nose and jaw line. I use the shade Shadowplay (the soft brown) to blend my contour and add more warmth to the face.

4. Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer in Ross & Rachel – I only use the blush shade and use this to give my cheeks a rosy color. I use this with a small stipling brush because it doesn’t pick up too much product.

10/14/15. Smashbox Spotlight Palette in Pearl, Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit in Moonchild & Nicole Glow – It depends how I’m feeling which highlight I use. If I want my highlight to be bold and different I grab the moonchild glow kit and choose either pink heart or blue ice. If I want a blinding highlight I go for the Nicole Glow and I choose the shade Daydreamer. It’s so beautiful on the skin and I don’t have another highlight like it. If I want a natural and subtle glow I go for the spotlight palette. I talk more bout it in my previous post!

6. Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil in 4 – This has been my go to brow pencil since the beginning of the year. I choose this over the ABH brow definer because I feel like this one is a drier formula which I like better. I can do a natural brow or a really dramatic brow for nights out. Love this.

7. Dolly Wink Liquid Eyeliner in Deep Black – I don’t do eyeliner every day and on most days, when I do eyeliner its a small line. But this can do a great cat eye too. The only downside is that it can dry out quick if its not stored downwards.

2. Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Angel Mascara in Blackest Black – I haven’t used mascara in a while because I’ve had eyelash extensions since my birthday in February. I’m letting the extensions fall naturally so I can get a new set next month. This mascara I use for my bottom lashes (tip: set your face with your favorite setting spray before using this. I have the regular formula so it transfered on my under eyes, which made it more work to remove.)

5. DUO Dark Tone Striplash Adhesive – My fave lash glue! I prefer dark tones so it lakes my lashes look fuller since I don’t use eyeliner everyday.

Lastly, I pair my look with whichever lipstick color I’m feeling that day. My favorite colors to wear are nudes, orange and purple. Hehe. Hope you enjoy the products I use for my face!

 

 

May VLOG #1

This month started off with good food, browsing for bridesmaid dresses (we officially ordered last weekend. So excited), celebrating my best friends birthday and mother’s day with my boyfriend’s family since my mom is back in the Philippines.

Hope you enjoy & subscribe if you want more vlogs!

YouTube end screen?!

Good evening folks. I just spent the past couple of hours on youtube trying to figure out how this whole end screen thing works. I’ve seen it on some of my favorite youtubers and have always wondered how they work!

Once you upload the video, you have options where you can do subtitles, insert cards, adjust audio, etc. Once you go to the end screen/annotations page it gives you a mini tutorial. (It also says you can’t have both end screen and annotations on the same video) You can choose from youtube’s templates or upload your own. Since I’m new to it, I chose a template that has a clickable subscribe and two videos for the viewers to watch next.

Choosing the template that you like is the easiest part. Creating it is what took me a while. I used picmonkey to create it since I don’t have photoshop (I actually use picmonkey for a bunch of things for youtube. I used it for thumbnails for videos, my youtube banner and my watermark on my videos) I wanted the screen to have my social media handles so we can stay connected, so I spent time grabbing social media icons and erasing their background (very tedious lol.) I also included a “subscribe for more” type of thing. The background is the same background I used for my youtube banner (so it all ties together) I don’t think that I’ll be changing the end screen anytime soon. I’ll be using it in my next video after the one that’s going up tomorrow.

Hope this was helpful for you if you’re interested in doing an end screen.