Beauty and Fashion Blog, Makeup Reviews, How to Makeup | Keshia Glam: July 2015

ECLPlanner || Affordable Stickers Haul..nothing over $1 + Week Spread

If you read last week's review of the Erin Condren Life Planner, then you know I'm new to the planning world. Before purchasing my planner, I'd looked into a few planner sticker shops on Etsy but nothing major. Due to all the long shipping-wait complaints on the metallic planners, I expected the planner to arrive weeks after it actually did, which meant I had no stickers and no plan on how I wanted my first spread to look. 



When I realized my planner was coming much sooner than I anticipated, I decided to go out and look for supplies to try making a decent spread. Not wanting to spend too much because of all the spending that was going to take place on Etsy, I went to visit Dollar Tree, Walmart and the clearance at Michaels.

I decided to back pieces of scrapbook paper with double-sided tape to make some full-box stickers and to cover some of the Erin Condren Life Planner (ECLP) headers. It actually came in loads of handy with decorations. My birthday is coming soon hence the party scrapbook paper. I bought 4-12" x 12" as they were on sale 4/$1.00 at Michaels.


$0.97 washi tape from Walmart



Stickers

The themed birthday and Army (perfect to mark my Army training) stickers are from Walmart. The Fall and Christmas Sticko's are from Michaels which I found in a corner for $0.49. The everyday butterfly and donut stickers are from dollar tree!




I'm very pleased with my affordable haul; all of the items I got will work great for the next few months. I loved finding everything, especially for the great prices; but I'd prefer Etsy shops just because there are so many options!

If you're interested in Erin Condren products, you can use my link to receive a $10 coupon off your first order.

Top 5 Places I'd like to Visit


One thing I promised myself I'd start doing within the next two years is travel. I love learning about the world's different cultures and I'd love to experience them firsthand. I'd like to visit tourist attractions but despite the photos used, I'd also like to visit the areas that aren't so pretty--the ones that haven't been fancied up for tourists. Experiencing the true culture of these places, that's my goal. 

*I do not own any of the following photographs

South Africa



I'd like to visit tons of countries in Africa but South Africa is first on my list. The area is so beautiful, I believe it'd be like experiencing both world's--the city and the natural part of Africa. South Africa first caught my eye when I learned of a particular zoo there that allows you to pet baby lions..which I think I'd cry with joy if I ever got to do!

Tokyo


Before Harajuku culture become a popular trend from American music, I was all over it. I've loved the colorful, carefree lifestyle Harajuku girls displayed since I was a child.  As I got older I learned more and more about Japanese culture and I was amazed. If you ask me the what is #1 place I have always wanted to visit, Tokyo is the answer.

Greece


Maybe my love for Greek mythology somehow has something do with it..but I think Greece is gorgeous. I love the architecture, the Greek customs and I can't wait to try Greek food!

New York City


I used to be completely obsessed with New York City. It was the first city I know of with tall buildings with bright lights, a place where people became stars and just a busy city in general. Up until my Adult years, I wanted to live in NYC so naturally it's at the top of my to-visit list. I hear the hot-dogs are pretty good there haha!

Paris


I seriously want to visit every country in Europe but I'd like to start in Paris. I want to see the Eiffel, get my hands on some of the amazing desserts and the fashion..yes please. Not to mention it was the city of Nicolas Flamel!


What are some of your top places to visit?





New Obsession: Erin Condren Life Planner (REVIEW)


One day I was on youtube, I watched a "Plan With Me" video and my life changed haha! I remember clicking on the video simply because the paper looked gorgeous and it was decorated so colorfully. At-first I thought, I couldn't imagine how decorating a planner with rainbow stickers could benefit me..3 months later I paid $50+ for an Erin Condren Life Planner and now I'm addicted! I've only decorated two spreads or weeks so far and it's really therapeutic for me. So far. I think my decorating skills are too bad for a newbie! I didn't realize how many tasks I have to do on a daily basis, especially now that I've begun multiple classes.

When I started looking at planners I immediately knew that I wanted an Erin Condren Life Planner despite the high cost *insert tears*. I can honestly say that I think it was worth it. Unlike other planner addicts I've seen out there, I don't plan to fill up and cover up everything I paid for inside of the planner. I do love stickers though; especially creating DIY planner decor as it saves a lot of money and is way more affordable on my Etsy sticker addiction.

*Granted, I don't need to write down everything I need to do but it really eases my mind to know that I can look at my planner and know what I have to do/get motivated for the day. Not to mention, decorating my planner gives me extreme joy xx

Erin Condren Life Planner

erin condren life planner blogger

There were a few issues with certain types of Erin Condren's planners shipping out a month or so later but I experienced no issues with shipping. I absolutely love the cover--the quote, colors and name customization. Because there was a lot of chaos surrounding the June launch; I ordered an 18-month planner therefore my next order will be around December 2016.

The pages of the planner are thick enough to not promote ink bleeding through. The planner comes with a monthly view backed by an entire page of lines for notes. Each month is designated certain colors, which of course with the help of stickers, can be decorated around or covered for a new theme. From what I can see about the last planner, the newly launched planners have a lot less wording, which is great for those of us who want to fully use pages without having to cover everything with a sticker.

erin condren life planner blogger
erin condren life planner blogger

At the start of each month, there's a quote decorated in the month's colors and I really love that. I also really love that there's so many blank pages spread throughout the planner for notes which I use for blog post ideas. My Erin Condren Life Planner also came with a plethora of goodies (some are pictured below).

erin condren life planner blogger
erin condren life planner blogger

Usually I feel sort of guilty for making purchases over $50 but this time around I don't. I was using an excel calendar for my blog, a checklist app on my phone, random sticky notes and a whiteboard to remember things for my brother and I. Now all of those have been condensed into my Erin Condren Life Planner, so I'm pretty guilt-free haha!



What do you usually use to remember tasks and events throughout the day?

3rd Blogiversary for HauteDare !!!

blog birthday blogiversary


I can't believe it..where has the time gone? Today marks my 3rd year as a blogger!!! It's been a rocky journey..life changes..torn between being a niche blogger..all the works, with a LOT of breaks! I started back blogging here in March, where I found my place as beauty, fashion, lifestyle and whatever-the-hell-else blogger.

After my last break, I started learning more about being a better blogger, interacting with more bloggers, photography tips..etc and all of it has helped me so much! My blog and I are both growing faster than ever. I love all of my blogger friends and basically anyone who reads! I've started working with more brands; creating much more interesting content and I hope you guys will stick around with HauteDare to celebrate more blogiversaries with me <3



REVIEW | Zakia's Black Soap, Kessa Exfoliating Glove and 100% Argan Oil

Last month I reviewed Zakia's Moroccan Clay Ghassoul Mask. A few weeks ago, she was kind enough to send me another package (no other forms of payment) with more of her products which I was super surprised and happy to receive because I enjoyed her Ghassoul Mask. You can read my thoughts on the Ghassoul Mask and more info on Zakia's products here. In my package I received the Moroccan Black Soap, Kessa Exfoliating Glove, 100% Pure, Organic Argan Oil - 2 oz and a nice body sponge.





Kessa + Black Soap

I'm currently trying to get my mom's skin on track after years..maybe a decade or more of her not using basically any skincare products. I was so happy with the Black Soap that I had to convince her to try it. Since her skin needs more work and attention than mine, it was a huge deal when the products made such a big difference on her skin.

The black soap has an extremely weird texture--sort of like slime but I had a blast applying it! Once applying small amounts all over my face, I used the Kessa to exfoliate every nook and cranny of my face. What I like about the Kessa compared to other exfoliating gloves, is its gentleness but it's still rough enough to get the job done. Some exfoliating gloves almost hurt or leave the skin irritated which the Kessa totally didn't.




The Kessa + Black Soap duo left our skin moisturized, extremely smooth with a beautiful glow. I've never had an at-home product that could me skin feel and look so good. Honestly, I'd recommend this for professional use.


100% Argan Oil

This oil can be used for face, body and hair. Even though some 100% natural oils have been known to cause breakouts in my super-oily T-zone..I still wanted to try Zakia's 100% Argan Oil and I'm glad I did. I applied this oil as a moisturizer after cleansing and exfoliating to  my slightly damp face. The next day, I didn't have an excess of oil in my t-zone and my dry areas were well moisturized. It goes without saying that I love using this oil.





Take 15% off your next order at Zakia's with my code- ZMBLOG151

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Do you think you'd like to try Zakia's Black Soap, Kessa or 100% Argan Oil?



July 2015 Goals

July is going to be yet another interesting and busy month for me. I'm going to be all over the place this month. I have some pretty strong goals this month but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to achieve these goals. I'm giving myself until August 3rd to reach these goals. This time around, I'll check back in to let you guys know where I'm at on my goals!




1. Purchase everything to start creating videos: light & stand, camera, tripod, memory card, mic, and adapter.

2. Lose 3 inches off of my waist--same as last month

3. Drink atleast 70-80oz of water daily

4. Reach 400 followers on Bloglovin

5. Get my 2-mile run down to 19mins

6. Lose 8lbs



What are some of your current short-term goals?




#WOTW II

This week's Words of the Week came to me super easily. I had a really busy week and came across some problems where I just felt overwhelmed and cornered. I think sometimes we move around so much that our troubles only increase. When I thought about how I could have solved some of the issues, I realized that I should have stopped, slowed down and assessed the situation instead of jumping to a solution. I believe this week's #WOTW could apply to any situation. Hope you enjoy <3

motivational quote





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