This is my monthly empties, and also a couple products that i decided to declutter from my collection this month. And I’m thinking of starting a whole new youtube channel soon entirely dedicated to the band KISS, so if you have any channel name suggestions share them in the comments section, along with anything that you’ve used up this month!
This post, is mostly because doing this gave me a reason to clean out my backpack from last semester (because there was ALOT of trash at the bottom of my backpack), and because I do want to share with you guys the items that I keep in my backpack and take with me every day.
The backpack that I have is a Trans Jansport backpack, that is in the patriotic print. Now, don’t get me wrong but I only got this backpack was because it was on clearance after the whole back to school sale was over in 2016 for like $10, so of course, I bought it, but if I had more of a selection of colors I would have picked something more neutral. But nevertheless, I have had this backpack for 2 years and it has held up through all the textbooks, and notebooks that I would carry on my busy days at University as a history major (cause yes, we write and analyze historical events but us history majors usually carry around A LOT of textbooks and reading books). So this backpack has done great.
2. Pencil case
Now, my pencil case is an old ipsy bag that is big enough to carry around all my pens, pencils, highlighters and post-it notes and page flags. (if you want a more detailed blog post about what’s in my pencil case let me know)
3. Necessity case
Aka, the girly things I need. Like Pepto Bismol (cause you never know when you get acid reflux from the huge amounts of caffeine that I consume on the daily while I’m at uni). I also carry some period products, Midol, aspirin, hand sanitizer, lip balm, and lipstick.
Pocket versions of both reside in my backpack, but as of my 3rd year at the Uni that I go to, I have yet to use these items, to be honest. But that are still in my backpack cause I never know when I’ll use them, especially with me taking my senior research seminar where I have to write a minimum of 30 pages, so you never know I just might use it to figure out synonyms that are long words to make my final big paper sound jazzy.
5. Bullet Journal
I did a fun blog post about the spreads that I created for january and february. This gives me my full weekly view when I need it and it gives me the option to change things on a whim when I need to and adjust deadlines for certain things. The great thing about creating a bullet journal is that it’s customizable and no so rigid like other planners.
6. Day Designer/Blue Sky Monthly/Daily Planner
Yes, I carry a bullet journal and a daily/monthly planner, this is more because this is the one that I whip out when professors mention deadlines or changes in assignments. What’s awesome about this particular planner is that it has the monthly view but then goes into having a page for every day and then a shared page for the weekend. I love this because then I can create tasks lists for all the assignments or readings that I need to get done on a particular day.
I carry a single subject notebook. I just write all my notes for all my classes in the one notebook and then go and highlight the edge of the page to denote which pages correlate to which set of notes. This is useful when you have exams that ask for lecture materials.
8. Charging Cords
kind of self-explanatory, charging cords are always in my backpack since you never know when my Chromebook, wireless headphones or phone is getting low on battery.
again self-explanatory. But I really noticed that when I started to bring my own lunch, I wasn’t going to one of the campuses many Starbucks to get coffee and junk food, and found that I just would stay fuller longer with eating stuff that I brought with me for the days that I would be staying on campus for longer than a couple hours.
I have a Chromebook instead of a regular laptop, since its literally 1 lb., has a battery life that lasts up to 10hrs (a life-saver while in class when there are no outlets to plug in your charger), and i haven’t ran into any problems with using the online versions of word for essay writing.
11. External Harddrive
This is more for me since I do upload my youtube videos while on campus since campus wifi makes video uploading only take seconds instead of hours.
12. Reading Book
I always have a reading book in my backpack, because you never know when you have free time when you’ve been ahead in your readings (currently not me…I’m playing catch-up but you never know).
What’s in your backpack? Let me know in the comments and follow me on my social media because I’ll be running a few more giveaways on my youtube channel!
The smashbox photo finish primer was a deluxe sample that i got in an ipsy bag, and honestly I can get the same type of primer from E.L.F. for like around $3-6 so i would not purchase the full size primer. The Marc Jacobs Daisy Perfume however, oh i would so buy at least the roller-ball version of the perfume because me and glass container don’t go together. But from the multiple samples i have received of the perfume it would definitely be a repurchase cause i love the subtle sweet scent.
This dry shampoo only last 2 times. The pro to this is that there was no white cast given like when i use the batiste dry shampoo, but it left my hair kind of crunchy, and to be honest the white cast has never bothered me, so I’m sticking with repurchasing the batiste dry shampoo when i need to.
This perfume lotion! I love the juicy couture scent and i loved this lotion cause then it was like 2 steps in 1, while i moisturized my arms, i would smell like the perfume. Only downside is that you can only get this lotion as part of a set, which i don’t really mind but I’m going to have to wait to even consider repurhcasing the juicy couture set to get this lotion again, cause as of now after purchasing a few things from sephora for my bday in january, i have alot of perfumes to work through.
This is a definite dupe for the garnier one that has the little metal rollerball that you run on your undereyes. This i never really used consistently to see if it gave any results, since i don’t even get puffy undereyes. But you can pick it up at the dollar tree which is a pretty good deal.
This i finished off because when i opened the bottle there was a crust around the opening and kinda grossed me out that the oil would end up doing that. Since the whole controversy with the brand, I wouldn’t repurchase this, and just because I am working with trying to use up a drugstore oil/serum that i love and know that works with my foundation application. So i wouldn’t repurchase the oil, #1 cause of the shape tape foundation issues, and because there are cheaper options that are available.
These makeup remover wipes i have repurchased multiples time, and once i finish up using up the miceller water in my 18 in 2018 project, I’ll be driving to the 99 cents store to pick up a couple packs of these because they are great. I only have the use one wipe for my face, and it removes waterproof makeup.
Loved this deluxe-sized sample, wouldn’t purchase the full-size cause i realize that i like using deluxe/trial sized mascaras if they are high-end, and i usually just purchase full-sized mascaras from the drugstore.
This was a declutter item because when i opened it after awhile of taking a break from using this moisturizer it didn’t have the same texture as before, and it’s just old. Wouldn’t repurchase because it isn’t available anymore at the local 99 cents store.
This mascara lasted me a long time, and I love it and would definitely repurchase it because it’s surprising, because of the wand. It has a small plastic wand with tiny bristles, but it gives the best volume because every one of those little bristles attaches to every lash.
Last but not least, this sheamoisture hair mask. Had to use this up ’cause it expired in august but I wanted to use it in the place of conditioner. Despite being past the expiration date, i found that it did help strengthen my hair against breakage, and it isn’t the expensive at all, so i would definitely repurchase this hair mask.
So that was my bullet journal, with January and February spreads which included and expense tracker, personal and work monthly layout and my dailies for the entirety of January. If you like this type of content and want more let me know in the comments!
Do you bullet journal? If so, what type of spreads do you include? Let me know in the comments!