Your Complete Guide: School Life Hacks

Welcome back to my blog, everyone!

I'm here with another back to school blog post. I am a huge fan of making my life simpler-- especially when it comes to school.


If it doesn't move, monogram it.

I personally love monograming my "stuff" because I think it looks cute. But, I also like the way it divides my stuff from others. I decided to throw a monogram sticker on my laptop. No one is going to steal a laptop that has someone else's initials on it.

Come up with a color coding system BEFORE the school year starts.

When I was in high school, I always made up my color coding system as I went. (Unless it was Spanish. Spanish was specific. Always.)

Here's my color coding system as of now:

TITLE
VOCABULARY
EXAMPLES
DATES
OTHER

Take notes before class.

I liked to do this before my history classes since it was a lot of memorization. Take notes the day before.

TITLE
SUBTITLE
MAIN IDEAS

Also, take notes of any questions you might have! During class, you'll be able to focus on the lecture as opposed to frantically writing down information. Any notes that you do take, write in a different color. That way, it's easier to make note of what your professor emphasizes on. I did this all the time in high school!

Keep a pack of sticky notes on your desk during class.

Again, I did this all the time in high school and I plan on continuing in college. I'd keep a sticky note on my desk and jot down anything important. Maybe the teacher reminds you of an important vocabulary word, or maybe he/she gives you a quick 10 point assignment. Either way, I want to be the first to write it down. The last time I relied on my brain to remember something, I crashed and burned.

Note cards.

Enough said. Note cards are my best friend when it comes to studying. I've always found notecards especially helpful for history and Spanish classes. (You can get colored ones too to help you stay organized!)

Not only keep an agenda, but keep a to do list.

For the past two years, I've always used printable to do lists. You can find them on Pinterest. I use to do lists to organize my time, whereas my planner keeps track of due dates. I also use my to do list to breakdown different assignments and projects. Checking events off a to do list is a lot more motivating than you'd think!

Get two sets of school supplies.

When you're shopping, pick up sets of two. After the first semester, you can switch out your folders. I know mine began to fall apart in the middle of December. Going back to school in January with fresh folders is a nice pick me up.


Those are my life hacks for this back to school season! I tried to keep these life hacks original. I know life hacks are everywhere: Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, etc. So, hopefully you found some of these tips helpful.

Question of The Day: What's your favorite way to study?  

Thanks for reading!



Fresh and Fast Makeup For Class

Good morning, everyone!

Today, I'm sharing my everyday makeup with you: school edition. I'm all about a fresh, dewy look for school. Oh, and fast! At this time in my life, I've decided to pick sleep over eyeliner. Oops!




Step 1: Moisturize

Moisturizer is your best friend. I'm always switching up my moisturizer. For the past couple of weeks, I've been using the Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream by Ren.

Step 2: Primer

Benefit's POREfessional will always be one of my favorite primers. I start by applying this to the center of my face, blending it out with my fingers.

Step 3: Concealer

I like to go to town with concealer: under my eyes and on any blemishes. I then let this melt into my skin-- if I have time. #TheBagsUnderMyEyesAreDesigner

Step 4: Powder

I recently picked up a new powder from Sephora: Perfect Setting Powder by Cover FX.

Step 5: Blush

Again, I like to switch up my blushes. I like to go with some bright, yet natural. Apply to the apples of your cheeks and swirl up to your temples for a natural, more awake look.

Step 6: Highlighter

If I have time, I'll go for highlighter. I like Benefit's High-Beam. I think it looks very natural.

Step 7: Mascara

I switch my mascara up every other day. For a more natural, fluttery look, I like to use Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes mascara.

Step 8: Comb through brows

Sometimes, I find that filling in my brows is much too time consuming. I apply a bit of hairspray to my spoolie to keep my hairs from flying everywhere.

Step 9: Setting spray

Go for a hydrating/finishing mist from Tarte. This 4 in 1 product keeps your skin looking fresh all day long.


That's my makeup! This takes me no longer than 8 minutes.

Comment of The Day: If you could only have one makeup item with you at school, what would it be? 


Shills Natural Sciences Review

Good morning, y'all! 

This morning I am reviewing Shills Natural Sciences, a skincare company based in Taiwan. They were so kind to send me a few sheet masks, as well as their 3 Step Kit for ridding blackheads and other blemishes.




Snail Essence Sheet Mask

I loved this sheet mask. I'm not going to lie, I was a little skeptical about putting this mask on my face. Snail gel isn't necessarily my number one skincare go to. But, after using this, I've fallen in love. My skin was so much brighter.


Honey Gold Lifting & Firming Mask

I didn't see immediate results after using this mask. I'm sure after using it a couple of times, I'll see a difference.



For those of you who struggle with acne and blackheads, like myself, this kit is your new best friend. I love peel off masks, I've found that they get rid of dead skin cells and pull out grime. This kit pulled out twice as much. #SoGross


First things first, cleanse your face. I used my favorite foam cleanser from Peter Thomas Roth. Next, I went in with the Deep Sebum Softener. This sebum softens my pores allowing all of the bacteria to be removed with ease.


After washing the black gel off with warm water, I went in with step two: the Deep Cleansing Black Mask. I applied this with the mask brush. However, I wasn't a huge fan of the brush. It was difficult to apply. Therefore, I just used my clean fingers. I found that I had more control of the product. 

Peeling it off was my favorite part. Also, the most painful part. However, I thought the pain was worth the results. There was so much "gunk" on the mask. My skin instantly felt smoother. It also looked brighter.







After peeling the mask off and rinsing off any excess product, I applied the Clarifying Toner. This minimized the appearance of my pores. It also made my skin feel twice as smooth. 



Overall, I am a huge fan of Shills Natural Sciences skincare products. I'm definitely going to be using the 3 Step Kit once a week, or once every other week. It's the perfect way to detox the skin of any impurities. 

Question of The Day: What's your go to face mask?

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My Favorite Apps and Resources For School

Good morning, everyone!

I hope y'all enjoyed my last post: Lessons I Learned in High School. It was definitely a more personal post for me. Today, I thought we would kick it back with a post on some of my favorite online resources for school.



Brainly

I have a feeling this is going to be my new go-to website. This website is perfect for asking all sorts of questions. The community answers them in no time!

Google Drive

Take advantage of your Google account. You can open your Google Drive from anywhere- home, school, or your study buddy's house. Just remember to log out.

Minimalist

This is my favorite app for creating to do lists on the go. There's also a built in timer. (Which is one of my favorite features about the app!) This app is #ProductivityGoals!

Pinterest

Honestly, Pinterest is the only website you really need. Pinterest is your guide to free printables and finding more study sites. Follow my All Things School board. I'm always adding fun study techniques and note taking ideas.

Quizlet

By far one of my favorite websites for creating flashcards. I also like to print them out and mark the paper up with extra notes. Download the app for studying on the go.

YouTube

Definitely take advantage of YouTube. There are so many channels dedicated to math help and history. Here are some of my favorite channels:

  • Mr. Bett's Class (This is my favorite educational YouTube channel. I sang these tunes ALL year long. Hey, I finished with an A, right?)
  • Teacher Math Help (The only way I survived Honors Pre-Calc.)

That concludes my blog post on my favorite apps and resources for school. I highly recommend browsing Pinterest if you're in the need of something more specific. Anything and everything can be found on there.

Question of The Day: What's your favorite app for school?


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Lessons I Learned In High School

Good morning, everyone!

I'm kicking my Back To School Blog Series off with a more personal post. I'm going to be talking about the lessons I learned in high school. I'm not going to lie: most of them, I learned the hard way. 


*Names changed for privacy reasons.

Fake friends are real.

Friends come and go. In high school, I had a best friend. Let's call her *Nancy. I was always second to her boyfriend, *Alex. I remember, I wanted to hangout with her one day after school. I asked her if she wanted to get together and she had told me she was grounded. Instead, she was hanging out with her boyfriend. And that was just the last straw.

Your first date-- you'll never forget it. 

My first date was with a blonde haired, blue eyed jock. We met up with *Ryan's friends at the movie theater, where we saw Catching Fire. Later on, we walked to Kiwi for frozen yogurt. It was awkward. And uncomfortable. Really uncomfortable. But hey, I won't forget it.

You'll do better things than dating the boy on the soccer team.

At first, I didn't know how to explain this. I didn't know exactly what I wanted to write in this block.

Should I write about the time he invited me to a party? The way he asked for pictures via Kik Messenger? Or maybe I should write about the time he didn't get what he wanted? Or maybe, how he subtweeted me? Or how his friends and him would make fun of me? #BloggingForTheBetter

Rumors are unavoidable.

Needless to say, we broke up. And rumors travelled faster than the speed of light. People were making up their own stories and twisting them. He sent me this really long Facebook message calling me out. Saying, I told everyone that I broke up with him and blah, blah, blah. For the record, I didn't tell anyone I broke up with him. I told them the truth. I took pride in standing up for myself.

Grades don't define you.

During my sophomore year of high school, I had a really hard English teacher. She gave me a D or an F on a paper. I was extremely heartbroken because English has always been my strongest subject. It took me awhile to get over it.

Cut the negative people out of your life; you'll be so much happier.

When you cut people off who are just mean to you, you'll feel so much better. Once I cut off *Nancy, I wasn't insecure anymore. In 12th grade, I was in another toxic friendship. *Alexandria made me feel as though every decision I made was wrong. Unfortunately, jealousy gets the best of people. You have to learn how to ignore them so it doesn't get to you. It took me the longest time to learn that one.

Do what you love regardless of what other people think. Easier said than done.

Throughout the years, I got some heat for my blog. But I've kept with it. And I couldn't be happier. Lesson learned: do what you love. It pays off in the long run.

Help someone every chance you get.

During my junior year, I decided to become a Spanish tutor. I had the opportunity to help two people out. I hope they both do wonderful things with their life. I know they're capable of it.

Get involved.

Creative Writing Club, Interact Club, Key Club, Newspaper, Students Against Destructive Decisions, etc. I tried to do it all. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made.

Your parents are always right. Always.

They were right about the player. They were right about his friends, too. They were right about the guy who smoked. They were right about the jealous friends who plotted ways to bring you down for no good reason. They were right about trying your best. They were right about getting into the Honors Program at your dream school. They were right about believing in yourself. They were right about everything.

Time can heal most anything.

Boys. Toxic friendships. Wounds. Just give it all time and you'll figure it out. I promise. I did.

Everything happens for a reason.

I remember being so frustrated in high school. I didn't know why God would put me through such "low" times. Looking back, I see everything so much more clearly. Now, I know. I know what I want in a partner. I know what I need in partner. I know what love is. And I know, that some people aren't worth your time. I know people bring you down just to make themselves feel better. God has better plans for you. However, he may need to test you to make sure you're ready for those big plans.

Question of The Day: What's the most important lesson you learned in school? 

Thanks for reading!

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