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29 September 2018

Five Looks Using One Palette | Juvia's Place Masquerade

September 29, 2018 0 Comments

It was several years ago that I first heard about the Juvia's Place palettes, having read a review of the Saharan palette that was very promising. However, I had enough neautral or copper toned eyeshadow palettes at the time, and didn't feel the need to add to that collection. That said, a few months ago I was perusing Beauty Bay (as one does) and came across this colourful gem. The Masquerade palette piqued my interest immediately; it was bold and colourful but also had more brown tones so it would be perfect to travel with since I could do several different looks.

I've been playing around with it since, and would like to share with you in this post five looks I created using the beautiful Masquerade Palette from Juvia's Place.

1. This is a look that I whole-heartedly stole from my bestie, because every time she wears this look she looks like a goddess and so I wanted to share it with you. To start with I applied a base of the Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it with a translucent primer.

2. Using a fluffy brush, I applied the shade 'Bori' to my crease and blended it for a softer look.

3. Next, I used a flat eyeshadow brush to apply the shade 'Zola' to my lid. I applied about three layers because I wanted the maximum pigmentation.

4. Using the same brush I used in step 2, I gently blended 'Zola' and 'Bori' together. I love this step, because as you blend them, you get  really really gorgeous purple shade in between the two, and it just looks absolutely stunning!

5. I took a black pencil eyeliner into my waterline to add definition to my eye.

6. Under my lower lashline, I applied the shade 'Bori' using an angled brush, and blended it with my finger for a more smokey look.

7. As an inner corner highlight, I applied the shade 'Giza' with a very small brush. I went slightly overboard so I did use my pinky finger to remove a little bit of it, but that step isn't necessary if you control yourself!

8. I applied a black liquid liner and added a nice cat eye flick. My go-to eyeliner is from NYX.

9. Finally, I applied a bit of mascara. I love the Lash Hero Fibre Extension mascara from The Body Shop, and I made use of the fibres that come with this mascara for this look so that my lashes had maximum impact. If you were wondering what lipstick I'm wearing, it's The Body Shop's Lip Liquid in 'Nairobi Camellia'.

1. To start with, I applied a little bit of Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it in place using a translucent powder. 

2. Following that, I used a fluffy brush to apply the shade 'Zulu' to my crease and blend it thoroughly. 

3. In my inner and outer corners, I applied the shade 'Ada' in a circular motion. I then used a fluffier brush than the one I used to apply it to blend. 

4. Over the top of the two shades I applied, I lightly added the shade 'Cairo' because I wanted the look to appear more orange than brown. 

5. In the centre of my lid, I used a finger to apply the shade 'Casablanca'. If you have hooded eyes or would like to increase the pigmentation, I'd recommend putting down a little bit of eye primer or a glitter glue first so it has something to stick to. 

6. In my waterline, I applied a black eyeliner pencil for definition. 

7. Under my lower lashline, I applied the shade 'Zulu', and then over the top of it I added 'Cairo' again to make it look more orange. 

8. As an inner corner highlight, I applied the shade 'Giza' using a really small brush I have from Real Techniques.

8. I applied a generous coating of mascara, the Lash Hero Fibre Extension Mascara from The Body Shop, which is my all-time favourite! Finally I applied my lipstick, which is 'Wildfire' by Urban Decay. It's a gorgeous metallic orange.

1. To begin with, I applied a base of Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it using a translucent powder.

2. In my crease and in my inner corner, I applied the shade 'Zola' using a fluffy brush.

3. In the outer two thirds of my lid, I applied 'Dalia, and blended it to my crease with a blending brush.

4. In my outer corner, I applied the shade 'Chi' and blended it in a circular motion.

5. Under my eye, I applied 'Zola' using an angled brush. Then, on the outer two thirds of my lower lashline, I added the shade 'Dalia' on the same brush. Finally, in the outer corner of my lower lashine, I applied 'Chi'. I tried to keep the proportions of this the same as how it looks on my lid to tie the two sections of my eye together.
8. In my waterline, I applied a white eyeliner pencil. This makes your eye appear larger and more awake, which I definitely needed as I'd done two full days at work in a row, which I never normally do!

9. As an inner corner highlight, I applied the shade 'Giza' using a small brush.

10. Finally, I applied a generous layer of The Body Shop Fibre Extension Mascara, and made use of the fibres that come with this mascara for a more dramatic look.

1. As always, I started with my Urban Decay Primer Potion and set it with a translucent powder. If you were wondering why I always do this, it's because it makes my eyeshadow appear more pigmented and stops it transferring and creasing throughout the day. It also stops things like veins and blemishes showing up through your eyeshadow.

2. I blended the shade 'Burkina' in my crease with a fluffy brush as a transition shade.

3. Over the top of that, I added the shade 'Fulani' from my outer corner to the centre of my crease in order to deepen the shading slightly.

4. Using a dense brush, I packed on the shade 'Calabar' onto the outer half of my lid and blended it with my transition shades for a smokier look.

5. I used a different dense brush to apply the shade 'Dahia' to the inner half of my lid, and blended that with my transition shades too. I took a little bit of time to blend 'Calabar' and 'Dahia' together in the centre of my lid using my fingertip.

6. Under my lower lashline, I applied the shades 'Fulani' and 'Burkina', and then used the shade 'Giza' as an inner corner highlight.

7. I applied a liquid liner above my upper lashline, and decided not to do a flick, although if you'd prefer to I think that it would look fab! I also decided to skip my waterline, since I'd done eyeliner in there for the past week or so and wanted to give it a break.

8. Finally, I applied a generous amount of mascara (it's the Lash Hero Fibre Extension mascara from The Body Shop; surprise, surprise) and some lipstick. The nude shade is 'Naked' and the red is 'Mrs Mia Wallace', both by Urban Decay.

1. As always, I applied a base of Urban Decay Primer Potion for this look. I set in place using a translucent powder and a fluffy brush. One of the benefits I find of setting it with translucent powder is that it makes the shadows on top so much easier to blend. I know some peopl prefer not to set their eye primer but for me that makes the shades more difficult to blend and I do not have time in my busy life to sit there with a blending brush for hours!

2. Next,  I applied the shade 'Bori' in my crease and blended it towards my brow bone. When I first got this palette, I thought that I would hardly ever use this shade but I honestly get plenty of use out of it.

3. Following that, I added the shade 'Zobo' a little bit lower down in my crease and at the very top of my lid and blended it with 'Bori' to get a nice transition between the hot pink and the vibrant purple.

4. Lower down on my lid and not quite all the way to the top of it, I packed on the shade 'Makeda' with a flat eyeshadow brush. I then took the same brush I used for 'Zobo' to blend the two shades of purple into a nice smooth gradient.

5. Under my lower lashline, I applied the shade 'Chi' with an angled brush, and smudged it with my fingertip. I did find for some reason that this shade wasn't as easy as some others to blend using my finger, so I put a bit of translucent powder on my finger and tried again and that made it slightly easier.

6. As an inner corner highlight, I applied the shade 'Giza' using a small brush.

7. I personally didn't feel that this look needed eyeliner, but if you feel like applying it, I'd do it at this stage. I have got a gold eyeliner from NYX that I thought might look really cool with this look! Instead, I skipped eyeliner and went straight to a generous coating of mascara! (If you were wondering what my lipstick is, it's a combination of 'Crete Carnation' and 'Tapei Orchid' from The Body Shop.)

So there you have it - five looks using the Juvia's Place Masquerade palette! I use this palette a lot, since it find it perfect for someone like me who enjoys a lot of creativity with their eyeshadow. I'm not afraid to experiment with colour, but at the same time I like more neutral and 'wearable' looks at the same time, and this palette offers both.

There is not a single shade in this 16 pan palette that isn't vibrantly pigmented yet easily blendable and an absolute dream to work with. You don't have to build up colour constantly since it doesn't blend away into nothingness, but at the same time you don't have harsh unblended lines between shades or your skin.

I'd really recommend this palette to those of you looking for something to help you experiment with colours, although if you're into more neutral shades, they have other palettes that aren't as colourful, and I'm sure they perform to the same high standard!

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post and have found it informative and inspiring for your future eye looks! Thank you so much for reading, be sure to follow me using the social media links in my side bar to see more posts like this one.

25 September 2018

Skincare Routine | September 2018

September 25, 2018 0 Comments

I'm sure that by now we all know the importance of a consistent skincare routine. While sometimes my routine consists of sleeping in my makeup and feeling guilty the next morning, usually I try to keep my routine consistant and tailored to my needs. It's been a long time since I shared my skincare routine, so I thought I'd do an updated version to let you know the products I use regularly!

Some things to note: my skin type is dry, so most of these products are designed to hydrate and moisturise my skin; this is not the sort of routine you want to try if you've got oily or spot-proned skin! Also, all of the following products are from The Body Shop. I'm not sponsored by them, but I used to be a consultant so I have a heck of a lot of their products and that's why my routine only includes them (they're also cruelty free and really high quality and I love you TBS please sponsor me I would cry).

1. The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil
To start with removing my makeup, I put three pumps of this on a cotton pad and gently wipe away my easily removed makeup. I actually prefer the solid version of this that's in a tin, but they were sold out of it and the lady in the store recommended this. This version certainly gets the job done but it's much messier than the solid version as it's greasy and often runs off the cotton pad!

2. The Body Shop Camomile Waterproof Eye and Lip Makeup Remover
To remove things like mascara and liquid lipsticks, I use this makeup remover that is specifically designed to remove waterproof products. It's very effective at removing makeup, and isn't as messy as the previous cleanser so I feel more comfortable using it to get rid of my mascara (I find if I use the cleansing oil it get's dangerously close to getting in my eyes).

3. The Body Shop Aloe Calming Toner
Following cleanser, I like to use toner on a cotton pad to get rid of traces of cleanser and makeup remover on my face as well as pollution that can collect on your skin throughout the day. My favourite toner of all time is the Vitamin E Hydrating Toner from The Body Shop but that was sold out and this one does the job just as well! 

4. The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream
This is my go-to moisturiser. It's intensely hydrating, and I honestly can see the difference in my skin if I forget to use this or take a break from it. They have a day version and a night version, so I like to use the night version before I go to bed, and I'll go for the day version in the morning (if I remember). I'd really recommend this moisturiser for those of you with dry skin like me.

5. The Body Shop Drops of Life Youth Essence-Lotion
For the time being, I've stopped wearing concealer and foundation, so to improve the appearance of my undereyes, which can get very dark since I'm incredibly pale, I apply this. It's intended for older women I think, but I don't think it's ever too early to take care of signs of aging on your skin. I've got pretty deep smile lines as well and I like to apply a bit of this to those as well as I feel it sort of plumps the skin and improves the appearance of them.

6. The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil
 I've written a review of this product, and (spoiler alert!) I still love it as much as I did then. It's silky and hydrating and smells lovely and makes me feel fancy and I adore using this stuff, as you can probably tell. It also has great benefits for your skin such as smoothing fine lines and making skin appear more radiant and healthy.

7. The Body Shop Oils of Life Intensely Revitalising Eye Cream-Gel
The final step in my routine is again concentrating on helping my undereyes look a bit more lively (if that's something undereyes can be). Since I loved the Facial Oil so much, I decided to go for this eye cream to improve the appearance of my dark circles and prevent myself getting eye wrinkles before I'm twenty. This eye cream feels really silky and luxurious and is nice and cooling on the eyes - it's the perfect final step for me to unwind and relax at the end of the day.

I do recommend that you find your own skincare routine that works for your skin and your routine, but I think this is a good place to start if you have dry skin like me! The basics you need are a cleanser/makeup remover, a toner and a moisturiser (even if your skin is oily), but there are plenty of extras out there tailored to specific needs!

20 September 2018

Show Makeup | 'Our House'

September 20, 2018 0 Comments

Today I wanted to showcase the makeup look I wore while playing Billie in 'Our House'. I adored this role because she's so different to myself; she's chavvy, brash, and outspoken, and it was a really fun and entertaining role to play.

The first thing I applied was my base. I started off with two primers. One was to smoothe my pores, and the other was to leave my skin with a tacky finish so the following layers of makeup would have something to stick to. 

When that had settled, I moved on to foundation. I used the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation, which I feel is perfect for shows because it's so high coverage and lasts for ages. I don't like it for everyday use because it oxidises really badly, but that was actually perfect for this as I was playing a chavvy character. I actually mixed in a bit of the same foundation from one of my more tanned friends to make the shade darker so that I could get that hideous unblended line of foundation that doesn't match. Disgusting in real life - perfect for the role.

Following that, I applied concealer over my flaws and baked my undereyes and smile lines using loose powder. I applied a generous dusting of pressed powder on the other areas of my face.

At the time of the show, I hadn't yet learned how to do 'Instagram brows', so I had a friend apply my eyebrows for me. She used eyeshadow to apply bold and big brows, and I discovered that I loved this look on me! I don't do them quite as dramatic in real life, but I think I suit big dramatic brows, which was an interesting development.

After my brows were on, I brushed away the powder and applied some harsh contour and blusher using my Too Faced 'Sweet Peach Glow Kit'. I don't apply highlight for shows because the stage lights make it pure white and you end up looking like a ghost. To make the contour/bronzer darker, I used some of the matte brown shades towards the bottom of my Juvia's Place 'Masquerade' eyeshadow palette.

Moving on to eyes, I put down a base of the Urban Decay Primer Potion, and went for my Juvia's Place 'Masquerade' palette. I chose different colours every night, but I went for the bold and beautiful vibrant shades. I did a pink/purple look, a blue look, and a green look throughout the duration of the show. (This palette is incredible if you love bold and colourful looks by the way -  I use it on and offstage all the time.)

Next, I applied some winged liner, as well as a bit of pencil liner in my waterline. After that, I applied some ultra-dramatic false lashes, and a generous coat of mascara. To set all of my hard work in place, I used a generous amount of Urban Decay's 'Chill' setting spray, and finished up by applying some pink/nude lipstick that I don't think suits me in real life but is brilliant for a role like this.

As I said further up, I loved playing Billie. It's definitely a role I would return to in the future! I hope you're enjoying this series of makeup I've work for shows. Please feel free to leave any feedback in the comments!

18 September 2018

Show Makeup | 'The Wind in the Willows'

September 18, 2018 2 Comments
Many of you know that I am a musical theatre student, and part of that involves performing in shows frequently. My most recent production was a musical adaptation of the novel 'The Wind in the Willows'. This was a very exciting project to be a part of, because the company I was with were the first in the north to have the rights to this show after it came off the West End.

In this show, I was playing a squirrel for the first act, and the Gaoler's Daughter in the second. The Gaoler's Daughter in our production was a cat, which was lovely for a cray cat lady like myself to play!

I wanted to show you the makeup look I came up with for this show, as something a little bit different for my blog.

To begin with, I applied my base. Theatre makeup is very different from normal makeup:

It is H E A V Y.

I applied moisturiser to begin with. My favourite is The Body Shop's Vitamin E day time moisturiser. After allowing that to sink in a bit, I applied two primers; one was a blurring primer to smooth my pores and fine lines, and another was a tackier primer that helps my makeup to stay on well.

Following that, I used the Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation. I don't use this outside of shows, because I find that it oxidises really badly and can look rather cakey if you are heavy handed. However, the coverage is fantastic and it lasts really well, so it is perfect to wear for shows. On my undereyes and any skin imperfections, I used the Kat Von D Lock It concealer. That is a product I adore. It's high coverage, doesn't oxidise, and looks flawless every time. Perfection!

To set that in place, I used a loose powder to bake my undereyes, smile lines, and my forehead. I then used a heck of a lot of pressed powder all over my face. When you're onstage, you sweat a lot, and it's important to use powder to keep your makeup in place and to avoid looking too shiny.

Basic makeup complete, I moved onto my eyebrows. Since I was playing animals, I was able to go a bit more dramatic and bushy than I would normally. I used my ABH Dipbrow Pomade, set my hairs in place using a clear mascara, and finally used the ABH Brow Gel to add more definition to my hairs. I'm normally very careful with this stuff, because it's very pigmented and can get messy, but for this purpose I was very relaxed with my application and allowed it to go where it wanted. The hair-like bristles led to a hairier look to the brows - perfect for a squirrel and a cat.

One of my favourite parts for this look was the contour and shading I did on my face. When I'd finishde my brows, I brushed away the loose powder, and used my Morphe 35F and 35OS palettes to create orange contour all over my face. I laid out the basic shapes with a yellow shade, and then worked into it with oranges and reds for a more dramatic look. I'm a redhead, so I was playing a red squirrel and a ginger cat, so these oranges were perfect for the look. I made sure to blend thoroughly, and I was thrilled with the result of this - I thought it looked really cool.

Moving onto the eyes, I laid down a base of my Urban Decay Primer Potion, which I couldn't do without. I then went into the same palettes I used for my contour, and did an orange and red smokey eye. I was able to go nice and dramatic with this, since it was for onstage, which is something I love doing. I did thick winged eyeliner for that 'cat eye' effect, and added black pencil liner to my waterline for definition. I then added some fluttery falsies and a generous coating of mascara.

Finally came the animal details. I used a black shade from the red solid lipstick you can get online at Lush, and carefully painted an animal shaped nose for myself. I then used a matte black eyeshadow to set it in place so it wouldn't smudge. For my lips, I applied a light layer of Vaseline so I didn't die, then used the same black lipstick on my top lip only and set it with the eyeshadow as well.

After a generous spritz of setting spray, my makeup was complete and I was ready to put on my microphone and get onstage!

15 September 2018

What does 'Cruelty Free' Mean? (no testing pictures)

September 15, 2018 2 Comments

[There will be no images of animal testing in this post, and if there are any in a site I link to from this page, I will make that clear. This post is about facts, not shock.]
You may have seen the term 'Cruelty Free' bouncing around everywhere recently, particularly if you follow me here on my blog or across my social media. But what exactly does it mean?

In the world of beauty, 'cruelty free' means that a cosmetic or skincare product has not been tested on animals, nor have the ingredients in it. If a blogger or person says that they are cruelty free, it means that they don't purchase or endorse products that have been tested on animals.

Animal testing can include irritation tests on the eyes or skin, where chemicals or product are rubbed onto an animal's shaved skin or their eyes to see if there is any negative reaction or side effects. These chemicals or products can also be injected into an animal's skin, muscles, stomach, or throat for further toxity tests. Some animals are also forced to consume large doses of chemicals to see what the lethal dose is, as though that somehow reflects how much a human can safely consume. As well as that, animals are subjected to repeated force feeding over a period of months, to see whether any of the ingredients used in products have long-term effects such as contributing to cancer or other diseases. When the testing is complete, the animals are killed by decapitation, asphyxiation, or their necks are broken. All of that is carried out without pain relief. [Source]

Animals used in cosmetic testing include: rabbits, rats, mice, monkeys, dogs, cats, fish and many more [Source], and half a million animals are tested on annually throughout the world [Source]. All of these animals are capable of experiencing fear and pain, and no measures are in place to help relieve them of that.

Alternatives to animal testing do exist. Replication human skin has been grown in laboratories, and more accurately reflects the effects ingredients and products would have on humans than animal testing does. Research has already been conducted on thousands of chemicals used in cosmetics, and we no longer need to test the same ingredients and formulas time and time again. Humans can be given small doses of ingredients to see the long-term effect on human tissues and cells without affecting the entire body. [Source]

These alternatives to animal testing are not only kinder, they are also more cost-effective, and are actually more eco-friendly than the continued toxity tests of animal tested products. They are more accurate than animal tests as well; a harmful dose to a mouse would barely affect a human being, and there are countless examples of studies that showed no effect on animals, but then when humans were exposed to the substance it led to issues. Look up the results of experiments on the link between glass fibres and cancer, and you'll see what I mean.

As consumers, we have a lot of power.
If we buy things, and show that we like it and it's a beneficial investment for a company, they'll keep producing that and similar products. Likewise, if we show that we are unhappy with something and stop purchasing a certain product, the company will soon realise that it isn't cost-effective to keep working on it and will scrap it. If a moisturiser that actually dried skin out hit the market, no doubt it would flop, and the company that created it would quickly be discontinued.

For that reason, I encourage you to make a choice about whether animal testing in cosmetics bothers you or not. If it doesn't, thanks for reading this far anyway (though I'd encourage you to do more research to see if you could change your mind). And if it does, make a change.

A quick Google search will tell whether a company is cruelty free or not, and I recommend the site Cruelty Free Kitty as an excellent place to start.

Go through your makeup bag and see which products are cruelty free, and which are not, and make the conscious decision to only repurchase the ones that are. Sometimes, this decision can be really hard, particularly if you discover that your favourite lipstick has been tested on animals, but some things are more important than our vanity, in my opinion at least. Make a list on your phone or in a notebook to keep track, and take your phone with you when you're going shopping so you can look up brands and see if they are cruelty free.

If everyone who wore makeup made this same effort, companies would realise their mistake in supporting and allowing animal testing. There'd be no more money coming in, and they would be forced to change their ethics and practices to encourage customers to go back to them again. And even if only you and I stick to cruelty free products, it feels damn good to know for a fact that the products on your face haven't caused another living creature harm.

Thank you so much for reading this post, I hope you have found it helpful and informative. Be sure to follow me on social media using the links in my sidebar to find more cruelty free information, tutorials, reviews, hauls and more.

Here are five of my favourite cruelty free brands:
- Barry M
- Urban Decay
- Lush
- The Body Shop
- Anastasia Beverly Hills
There are hundreds out there for you to explore and support so that you can enjoy beauty without the use of animal testing.

11 September 2018

'So You Want to be in Musicals' by Ruthie Henshall Review

September 11, 2018 0 Comments
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

This book was on my reading list for drama school, and I think it was an excellent choice of book to start with.

It is simply laid out into five sections revolving around the Musical Theatre industry: Training, Auditioning, Rehearsing, Performing, and Working. This made the whole book easy to read, although I feel that the 'Working' section is not as useful to me at this stage as it will be later on, so I didn't take as much from that section as I did the others.

By far the two most useful sections for me currently were the 'Training' and 'Auditioning' sections, as of course they are the most relevant to me at this stage. That said, all the sections offer useful advice, and lots of helpful tips of things that seem obvious but may possibly be overlooked.

I thought that the style of writing was enjoyable. It's informative without coming across as condescending. As well as that, Ruthie Henshall came across authentically in the book; it felt as though I was taking valuable advice from a friend and mentor, as opposed to some pretentious, distant narrator. Parts are a tad repetitious, but I take this to mean that the author is stressing the importance of the point by repeating it, although I can see how that would be frustrating for some readers. However, the genuinely good advice includes personal anecdotes and helpful resources, which are a welcome addition.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book, and it is a valuable addition to the reading list of any aspiring performers.

4 September 2018

Bullet Journal | September 2018

September 04, 2018 0 Comments

I enjoyed blogging about my bullet journal last month (you can read that post here) and I wanted to do that again this month. This month's theme is based on this image which I found on Pinterest. I use Pinterest a lot for bullet journal inspiration, and actually have a board dedicated to it! You can follow that here. I loved the cosy feeling of the lanterns and stars from that image, and felt they would be perfect as we get into Autumn, and I also wanted to branch out into drawing more in my journal, so this reference image provided the perfect inspiration!

My title page was almost an exact copy of the Pinterest image. Of course I changed 'June' to 'September', otherwise my spread would be very confusing! Other than that though, they are pretty similar, and this is actually my favourite title page in my journal. I love that cosy feeling that this conjures up; it just makes me imagine sitting under a tree with hanging lanterns in while watching the sun set! I chose not to use a ruler for the straight-down lines for the lanterns, since I think that would have made it appear too structured, and the wreath that I did around the 'September' is four different circles with different types of waves, and I like the layered look of that.

Here is a look at the calendar that I put together, just to jot down significant dates (which there will be many of this month!) and other things that don't necessarily need to go into my weekly or daily to-do lists. I really loved the way the sort of draped stars and lanterns looked on the previous page, so I decided to continue that through on this one. If you were wondering how large I make the boxes, I have a dotted notebook and each day is three boxes along and four boxes down. That size fits really comfortably on the page and is still enough room to write what you need to in.

On the next page over, I wrote down this little quote. I had seen Mamma Mia 2 a few days before I started setting up the month of September, and had the song 'I Wonder' well and truly stuck in my head. That song and that quote feels really relevant to me this month because it's the month I'm moving to Spain and starting drama school! This is definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I need to remember to take advantage of and appreciate it. It did take me several times to get the 'lifetime' to fit neatly on the page, but once I worked it out I think it looks rather nice! I also liked the look of a bit of empty space underneath, so the quote and decorations only take up the top half of the page. It's an interesting layout that I personally enjoyed creating and looking at.

As I mentioned previously, this month I'm moving to Spain, so I decided to set up a packing list so I can tick things off as I pack them all. I actually did this spread before I started setting up the rest of the month, so I hadn't yet decided on a theme. Because of that, I think this spread looks slightly out of place, but I added a few stars around the borders of my lists to tie the pages in with the rest of the monthly layout. I thought that setting up various categories for my list was the easiest way to organise everything; I have 'Dance Shoes', 'Dancewear', 'Eqipment List', 'Extra Equipment', 'Clothes', 'Toiletries', 'Room Decor', 'Makeup', 'Essentials', and 'Documents'. We shall have to wait and see whether I forget anything, but with any luck I'll have all I need with me when I arrive!

Over the page, I have my goals for the month. They are all related to my move to Spain, because of course that's the massive thing for me to accomplish this month. My first goal is to pack for Barcelona, hopefully putting my packing lists to use so I remember everything! The next is to move to Spain, which I'll be doing completely independently as I'm leaving my mum in England. I'll consider that goal completed when I arrive at my accomodation in one piece! My final goal is to enrol at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona, which will officially be happening on the 18th September. Fun fact about this page: I forgot to cross one of the 't's in goal three. Yes, it's bugging me too.

I decided to skip habit trackers for this month, since I knew it was going to be a bit chaotic and it would be hard to keep track of my habits. So I skipped forward to the weekly spreads, and I decided to do a running layout because again, some days will be hectic and I may not have time to fill out a to-do list. So to avoid wasting time and space, I decided to just write things in the journal as and when I feel like it using this more fluid layout. We'll see how I feel about next month.

Finally, here is a look at the tools I used to create this month's layout. On the packing list pages, I used coloured pencils. To map out what I was going for, I used a pencil from Kikki K that's the ideal softness for me, and is my go-to pencil, if that's a thing you can have! I used a 0.1mm fineliner for the fine details I drew, the 0.4mm for slightly chunkier drawings, and an 0.8mm fineliner for writing main titles and things that I wanted a little bit more thickness for. You can get my favourite fineliners [here]. The gold details are a metallic gold pen [get it here], and I draw the gold blobs before creating the fineliner outlines, because otherwise they don't show through the gold. My favourite notebook for bullet journaling is the Leuchtturm 1917 with dotted pages. You can get it [here].

I hope you've enjoyed reading this post and that it's provided a bit of inspiration for your monthly spreads in your bullet journal if you have one! Thank you for reading, be sure to follow me using the links in my sidebar to see future posts like this one.