How To Go On A Social Media Detox

How To Go On A Social Media Detox

If you’re like me, you may have started to notice you spend an awful lot of time online and on your phone. For some people being on social media is a very hard habit to kick. I’m not suggesting getting rid of social media entirely, (I love Instagram way too much for that!) But sometimes it’s good to take a break. It’s well known the negative impacts social media can have on our mental health and how we view ourselves, so why not take a little break every now and then and come back in a clearer head space?

I’ll be honest, I had absolutely no intention of stopping my social media usage until a friend of mine suggested we both go one full month without logging on to any social media sites. The idea wasn’t to avoid the internet all together but to stay off sites like Facebook ,Instagram , Twitter, Reddit, etc. When I would check the screen time app on my iPhone, it routinely told me I had spent over eight hours per day on my phone, yikes!

So how do you start a social media detox of your own?

  1. Delete the apps

Most of the time we aren’t even aware that we’ve clicked on the app before it’s too late and we’ve been scrolling through our feeds for who knows how long. I myself find I’m constantly flipping through apps without even noticing. If you delete the app off your phone you don’t have to worry about accidentally clicking on it and ruining your progress. This also holds you more accountable if you do decide to go back on the app, you have to physically download it again and sign back in. Deleting the app gets rid of some of the temptation but you’ll be surprised how much you still go to click on it even when it’s not there.

2. Try to spend more time off your phone or computer so you’re not thinking about the things you might be missing online.

FOMO is real! During the first few days of deleting my Instagram I could feel myself worrying about if I was missing out on information or photos of my friends. I still used my phone quite regularly and it make things really difficult. I realized that I spend more time on my phone in general than I was comfortable with, So along with not being on social media I found it helpful to spend minimal amounts of time on my phone as well. I didn’t avoid my phone at all, especially since it’s my only means of communication right now, but I made the effort to intentionally put it down in a different room and only come back to check on it periodically. The difference this made for my day to day life has been huge.

3. Do the things you’ve been meaning to do that you normally don’t have time for.

Without my phone to slow me down, I’ve found a very large chunk of time I have to be productive. I’ve been able to do all my errands that I leave myself for the week in only a day or two, leaving me with several hours per day I can spend on whatever I want. It felt really boring at first as I had absolutely no idea what to do with myself, I essentially gained six hours per day of free time! Crazy I know. This has allowed me to spend more time outside and I’ve been able to spend much more time on personal projects like reading and music.

Those are some of my tips for a social media detox. I’m only about half way through my one month, so i’ll be sure to update once I’ve actually completed it. Have you done a social media detox? How did you feel after? or are you planning to do a detox? Tell me everything in the comments below!

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What’s in my bag

What’s in my bag

I always try to keep the bare minimum in my bag so as not to be lugging around a 300 pound bag all day. It’s a tough line to tow trying to have everything you’ll need throughout the day without becoming a pack mule. Here are the 5 things I always keep in my bag that I tend to use on a daily basis.

Pen and notebook

This one seems self explanatory, I like to take notes and plan my week out when I get a few minutes to myself. I usually bring my bullet journal with me and a frixion pen so I can erase any mistakes I may make. Plus you never know when you’ll need a pen on the go. This allows me to jot down things on the spot so I don’t forget them throughout the day and I can reference a physical memo if I need it.

Tide to go stick

Photo from Amazon.com

Without fail either myself or someone at my work ends up spilling coffee on themselves or gosh knows what else. Tide to go sticks are incredibly handy as they’re the size of a pen and they will stop your favourite white shirt from being ruined forever. (They also work great on white shoes!).

A nude liquid lipstick

Image from cultbeauty.co.uk

Some days I’m in such a rush to get out of the house I either forget to put a lip on or I forget to bring my lipstick with me to fix it up throughout the day. To combat this I always keep a nice nude liquid lip in my purse that will go with any makeup look I may be wearing and it’s long lasting so I only need to touch it up once or twice. My current favourite liquid lip currently is the Huda Beauty demi matte liquid lip in “wifey”.

Headphones

This one goes almost without saying. I love listening to music and audiobooks on my commute to work and it’s part of my daily routine at this point. I currently use Apple AirPods because I like how small they are to keep in my bag and I’m a big fan of wireless headphones.

Hairbrush

Image from Amazon.com

A hairbrush might seem over the top but in a typical day I will spend 10-12 hours outside of the house, and my hair can get a little out of hand from walking outside in the wind and rain. I discovered the tangle teaser at Sephora a few years ago and it’s been my ultimate favourite brush since. This brush is made to be travel friendly and it can get through any knot in your hair with zero pain. This brush has been a life saver on many occasions, which is why I won’t go anywhere without it.

There you have my top 5 items in my bag! What are some things you can’t leave the house without? Let me know in the comments. Happy Tuesday everyone!

How to plan a mini vacation

How to plan a mini vacation

We can’t always afford to take a ten day vacation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a mini vacation to quell the travel bug within. Everyone needs a vacation and sometimes you just can’t wait to save up to go on a month-long getaway, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a weekend getaway.

1. Pick somewhere nearby to ensure you don’t spend your whole trip travelling. You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world to explore a new place, sometimes it’s one of the neighbouring towns or if you live near a border it might be quite quick to travel to another country. I’m planning a trip to the U.S. as I live near the Canadian border so this makes a quick trip possible. Going to a new country is not necessary however, you’ll find there are plenty of beautiful places to go close to home.

2. Make a plan. Try to think about the areas you want to go and do some research. You don’t want to be running back and forth all over the place wasting time you could be using to relax or explore. For example if you’re wanting to explore the inner city of wherever you’re visiting, it’s in your best interest to book a hotel in that region. Having a loose idea of places you would like to go helps avoid aimless wandering, or worse, getting lost. Reading reviews of local bars and restaurants in the area also helps you find places worth visiting and helps you find great local hangouts you may not stumble upon organically. If you’re travelling with friend get their input as well so that everyone gets to go see what they want. This helps give everyone a well rounded experience if you have some different interests.

3. Research your hotel. Like I mentioned above you want to make sure if you’re staying in a hotel that it is relatively close to where you’ll be exploring. It may be pricier to stay in a downtown core but it will save you time being closer to all the tourist attractions. This doesn’t mean you have to be in the most expensive hotel available, but I do suggest staying somewhere within walking distance. After all we are short on time here. When booking your hotel make sure to read EVERYTHING about the location you’re staying in. Make sure if you have certain preferences that the hotel explicitly claims to have those things. If you’d like a pool make sure you search for hotels with a pool included in their amenities to avoid being potentially disappointed. You’d be amazed how many people skip this step and end up booking a hotel they’re not happy with. You’ll also want to read the reviews the hotel has received to see if it’s a good fit for you. If there are a bunch of reviews saying the hotel is dirty STAY AWAY! If the reviews claim that it’s a noisy environment, this may not be the place for you if you’re a light sleeper. You don’t need to be picky to choose the right hotel for you, you just need to be well informed.

4. Buy everything ahead of time if you can. If you need to purchase plane tickets or boat tickets typically buying them in advance will get you a better deal as well as saving you the headache of worrying about not making a flight or a boat filling up and leaving without you. You can also add the digital tickets to your wallet on your iPhone so that everything is quick and easily accessible without having to dig through all your belongings to find boarding passes. If there’s a popular attraction you’d like to see like a monument or art gallery, you can almost always buy the tickets online ahead of time for a few dollars cheaper than buying them when you get there.

5. Make time to deviate from the plan. You don’t want to pencil in every single detail of your trip. Leaving time to explore the new places will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed (the whole point of going on vacation if you ask me). This leaves time for you to stumble upon new finds you may not have found doing your research. If you’re unsure of where to wander, make use of the people working in your hotel, they’ll be familiar with all the popular tourist destinations as well as their own favourite places to hang out.

Have you gone on a speedy vacation lately? Where did you go? Let me know your Favorite parts down below. Happy Wednesday everyone!

Halloween movies you need to watch!

Halloween movies you need to watch!

Halloween is one of my favourite holidays of the year. I’m a huge horror fan and Halloween is essentially an entire month dedicated to spooky scary things, what more could you want?! Every year my friends and I gather to watch our favourite Halloween films. It’s usually a mixed bag of films we watch since not everyone enjoys being scared out of their minds at every twist and turn. Over the years we have a few favourites we always come back to and I have made them into this handy-dandy list for you.

The shining

The shining is my all time favourite horror movie no doubt about it. This is a classic from the 80s that isn’t too scary for the faint of heart but holds all the classic horror elements. If you’ve somehow managed to not see this film I highly recommend. This is a film that has imbedded itself into pop culture and is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

Not all horror movies need to be terrifying. Although there’s a debate as to if this movie is a Halloween or Christmas movie, why not both? This movie is great for younger viewers and those who don’t like being scared out of their wits, plus who doesn’t love a sing along?

The Halloween Franchise

While most of my suggestions will be on the tame side. It’s not Halloween without the original Halloween series. These films are genuinely scary and can be graphic at times but it’s a classic! Everyone needs a good scare on Halloween.

Annabelle

I genuinely love this series. The directors of this film know the horror movie tropes they’re up against and use them to scare the audience over and over. They’ve mastered the timing of jump scares so just when you think they’re not going to scare you, there it is. The doll used in the movies gets more and more horrifying with every film.

Beetlejuice

We end with another classic! What can I say? The 80s was an amazing time for Halloween movies. This again isn’t a scary film but it’s hilarious and filled with awesome music. No Halloween is complete without our mischievous friend, Beetlejuice. Say it with me- Beetlejuice!

There you have my top five Halloween movies for the spooky season. Which are your favourite spooky movies, share them in the comments below. Happy Halloween!

A little update

A little update

Hello! I’ve been inactive this past week or so due to a multitude of factors but mostly I’ve been getting over a cold for about two weeks now. The last week seemed to drag on foreverrrrr. I’m feeling much more like myself now thanks to lots of rest and a visit with my family for Canadian thanksgiving. Nothing like some good food and family bonding to help you get back to feeling human again. I will be posting more again this week so keep you eyes peeled! Hope everyone else’s week was awesome.

My holy grail makeup products

If you’re looking into purchasing some new items to add to your makeup drawer allow me to suggest a few things. I’ve been a makeup addict since I could get my hands on the stuff, and through the years I have found some gems that work great for almost anyone whether you’re a beginner or a makeup fiend.

Anastasia Beverly Hills DIPBROW pomade

Photo from Ulta.com

I’ve been using this stuff for years. Even though I regularly try new brow products that come out, I keep going back to this one. It’s easy to adjust how much you use depending on your desired look (hint: a little goes a ridiculously long way). I’m also a fan that a pot of this lasts a very long time. I can typically go a little over six months before needing to consider buying another. I use this along with an angled brush and I can achieve any brow look I want from soft and fluffy to angular and intense. There’s also a large range of colour options to cater to anyone’s desired eyebrow shade.

Fenty Beauty Flyliner in ‘Cuz I’m Black

Image from Amazon.com

I’m always on the search for the next best eyeliner. I’m someone who wears some form of a cat eye on most days so as you can imagine I’ve gone trough A LOT of eyeliner products. The Fenty Flyliner has been my favourite for the last year because it has an easy to maneuver felt tip and a jet black inky look. This product doesn’t come out watery or streaky and it doesn’t dry out after only a week or two of use. If you’re not a fan of the inky look a little bit of black eye shadow patted on top will make it matte and not ruin your liner.

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick

Image from shophudabeauty.com

These matte liquid lipsticks are some of the longest lasting I’ve come across. They’re not drying although I do suggest putting on a lip balm before applying because while they won’t dry out the lips, they won’t moisturize them either. It has a very thin consistency for those of us who don’t like the thick gooey consistency of most liquid lipsticks. If you’re on the hunt for a nude lip Huda Beauty has a crazy amount of shades. While this lipstick will eventually come off after eating and drinking I like that it doesn’t come off patchy and it slowly fades in an unnoticeable manner. I can usually get about eight hours out of this lipstick before it starts coming off and I really don’t need it to stay on longer than that without any reapplications.

Nars The Multiple in Orgasm

Image from narscosmetics.eu

The idea behind this product is that because it’s a cream you can use it as a blush, lip colour or even an eyeshadow. The consistency is really creamy and smooth and it is a (almost) universally flattering shade on all skin tones. This product is great for travel since it’s multi use and in really convenient packaging. The colour is buildable which allows you to go for a more subtle and natural look or you can amp it up and go bold. If you’re new to the world of blush I highly recommend this blush since it’s so easy to blend out and it’s very forgiving if you end up being too heavy handed for your liking.

Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Glaze in Worth the Wait

Image from temptalia.com

I was hesitant to buy things from the Marc Jacobs brand for a long time because the price is a little higher than other brands like Urban Decay and Fenty. If you’re willing to splurge, this highlight is the way to go. Although it’s a few dollars more than the average highlighter the pan is huge and you’re definitely getting your money’s worth here. I love this highlighter for when I’m not wanting a glittery look. Don’t get me wrong there is some shimmer in here but it creates more of a glass skin look than a chunky glittery one. I’ve always struggled with highlights because I’m a very pale human being. I love gold hues in highlights but it always looked like costume makeup on me which at the time was not my desired look. I love this highlight because it does have a slight hint of gold but it’s a cool-toned gold which is much more flattering for those of us that don’t have warm toned skin. I also love how natural this highlight looks, it goes with almost any makeup look and it’s not overpowering like many highlighters can be. This shade in particular is probably catered towards people with lighter skin but I’d love to see what it looks like on someone with a darker complexion. Because it’s more of a natural glow and not a highly white pigmented highlight I think it could be flattering on several skin tones.

And there you have my favourite makeup products. Leave your top makeup products in the comments below so we can share the makeup knowledge wealth! Happy Wednesday everyone!

Motivational Monday

This quote is from eazyglam.com

I’ve always enjoyed Mondays, this is probably due to the fact that I don’t have a traditional Monday to Friday work week. Even if you do have some serious Monday blues, I have a few things that you can use to make your Monday a little more magical.

Audiobook Recommendation

Take Control of Your Life by Mel Robbins

If it wasn’t completely obvious already, I’m a huge Mel Robbins fan. I love her tell-it-like-it-is method of talking to people. Her audiobook features her sitting down with eight individuals who are at a crossroads in their lives for various reasons and helps them discover where they would rather be, and why they haven’t gotten there yet. It’s a very therapeutic listen but it does at times cover heavy topics such as trauma and abuse. Never the less this is an incredibly inspiring listen and the guests featured are very relateable even if their struggles are not. This is a perfect option for a commute to work or if you’ve got a few minutes to spare. Give it a listen!

Instagram account

Hello October

Hello October is one of my favourite instagram accounts to follow. Suzie has curated a very beautiful Instagram feed. My favourite part is on Mondays she posts to her stories a curated feed of inspirational quotes which is so aptly named “Motivational Mondays”. Her account is exactly what you’ve been missing if you’d like to see more boss ladies doing incredible things. You can find Hello October’s Instagram account here.

Youtube Channel

Erin May Henry

I’ve recently stumbled upon Erin’s YouTube channel recently and I’m so glad I did! Erin is an entrepreneur and expert on all things pertaining to starting your own business and being productive. She’s mastered staying on top of multiple businesses and never running out of content to post. She’s major girl boss goals. You can find Erin’s channel here.

What’s your favourite day of the week? Are you a Monday person like me, or do you love the weekend? I’d love to hear from you, and happy Monday!