9:00 PM Update

Reading break has pretty much just started, but I feel like I don’t have time to take a break. I’ve picked up a bunch of extra shifts this week because I’m still saving for my Mexico trip with my friends (and it makes me not feel so bad for buying a few things for the VIB sale that starts tomorrow!!) and any time that I’m not at work, I either need to be working on a paper, finishing an assignment or studying for midterms. Conveniently, said paper, assignment and midterm are all on the same day! I also have a presentation that I need to be working on but haven’t touched. Help me.

snapchat-1777902061Anyways, I just wanted to write a little update since the last time I posted was a little over a week ago and tbh I just needed a break from all the work haha. As I write this, my cat is laying in his favourite spot… my lap. I have a habit of keeping my feet on my chair whenever I’m sitting at my desk, and he’s gotten used to sticking his body in the space between my legs and chest. He always lays in the world’s most awkward positions, but he always looks so comfortable!

This past week has not been very kind to my wallet. And you’re probably rolling your eyes because I just said I was saving up for a trip. BUT YOU KNOW WHAT. I can treat myself if I want to!!!! H&M finally launched their online store in Canada and as a special deal for staff members, we got an extra 20% off of our 25% staff discount. I bought things that I had alway been meaning to buy, but never did because I couldn’t justify the purchase (remember, I HATE spending money on clothes. I’d rather spend it on food or makeup). I bought some basics as well as a new duvet cover which I was actually so pumped about. I also bought a planner for next year because my life always just seems so put together when I write fill out important days and write down things I need to do. (The planner was not from H&M by the way. Just throwing that out there.)

ALSO. Like I previously mentioned (although I’m sure everyone reading this is probably already aware) the VIB sale starts tomorrow. I’ve seen a loooot of people doing “Whats In My Sephora Basket” posts and I’ve always thought it was kind of weird because I always have tons of things in my Sephora basket but I never actually buy them. Like I feel like it doesn’t matter what’s in your basket, people fake flex all the time, it matters what you actually buy. Which is why I only pay attention to VIB haul posts/videos. No hate intended, it’s just my opinion. BUT. I’m gonna be a hypocrite and show yall whats in my basket anyways.

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I’m buying the Smashbox Light It Up primer set because hello!!!! You get a FULL SIZE Photofinish primer (which is $45 CAD by itself) AND a travel size Photofinish primer water (which is $20 CAD). So I pretty much get a free primer water! Wow! Also because I ran out of the samples I got and this was a perfect opprtunity to restock.

Then I’m just getting the full sized De-Slick setting spray because I ran out of the 1oz bottle I bought and I really notice a difference in how my makeup looks when I use this (it looks better) and I don’t want to go back to being a greasy ray of sunshine at the end of these cold, dark winter nights. Why am I so dramatic.

Oh yeah! I noticed I have 50 followers now! Which isn’t a lot in comparison to others of course, but it’s still mind blowing to me that there are at least 50 people on this planet who read my posts and interact with me and show me love. I’m imaginging 50 people in one room and it looks like a lot in my head. Celebrating the small victories is just as important! So thank you 🙂

Okay this was enough of a distraction. I need to finish this paper. Hope you guys have a good rest of your night, and if you’re on reading break as well I hope you’re able to make the most of it! (Whatever that might be for you hehe)

💖, B

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5 Tips For Studying Smarter (not harder)

I just finished my first round of midterms. I had them all in the same week, literally one midterm everyday, and my brain is exhausted. However all my studying paid off because I got my marks back and I did significantly well on all of them. Okay, what’s the point in being humble, I worked hard and I did frikkin amazing on all of them. This isn’t a post on the best way to study, it’s just things I do to alleviate the stress of studying (but if you do want a post on how I study, then let me know and I’ll make it happen) Ok. Let’s go.

1. Take good notes!

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I think good notes are the key to passing any test. I’m not going to tell you how you should take notes, because not everyone takes notes the same way. So write your notes in a way that will really help you. I bring my laptop to every class and write notes in MS Word because I can type faster than I write and I can type without looking at the keys. So if I need to copy something down from a slide, I can easily type it while still paying attention to my professor. I also try to summarize, shorten and write things in my own words/in ways that I can better understand because it helps me remember the points better. I also ALWAYS rewrite my notes when I get home because rewriting is another way of helping me remember what I just learned and I just study better off physical.. things? (Like paper and hand written notes and hardcopy textbooks rather than ebooks). I also have a system when it comes to colours and underlining and all that jazz, but that would take too long to explain LOL. I’m really OCD about my notes…

2. Get a study buddy

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My study buddy Sandra and I taking advantage of the library’s prime selfie lighting LOL. Also the day we decided to go to Mexico.

Studying can be a daunting task. Personally for me, the task feels less intimidating when I have someone to study with. I also feel more productive. It’s optimal to study with someone who is in the same class because that way if you don’t remember something, or you don’t quite get a concept, you can ask the other person for help and vice versa. But if you don’t have a friend in the class (which is a situation I find myself in more often than not) you obviously have the option of studying with other people. I usually study with friends or with my siblings. I find being in the presence of other people who are productive keeps me on track and we work off of each other’s energy. You can ask the other person to test you on topics, you have a person to take quick study breaks with and you also have someone who will remind you to stay on track when you doze off. (Funny story, but one time when my friends and I were studying for finals, we were thinking of places we would rather be and someone said Mexico and we were all like “Let’s go to Mexico!” and from that conversation, we have been talking about it non stop and now we’re going to Mexico next summer. But maybe this is getting too ahead of myself, make sure you pass all your classes first LOL)

3. Study somewhere good (?)

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Shoutouts to Ahn

I cannot study at home. Well I can, but not effectively. There are so many distractions and noises going on that it’s kind of hard to study. I prefer to study at the library near my house. It has a nice amount of windows (I like studying with as much natural lighting as I can), it’s very quiet (obviously) and there is less to be distracted by. Everyone minds their own business, so I’m not constantly looking up from my notes or my laptop.

4. Remember to take breaks

10 – 15 mins are what I take. I’ll eat a snack, watch a couple YouTube videos, look at my phone. But once that break is over, it’s study time! Close your social media tabs, put your phone on silent and get back to work!!

5. White noise!!!


White noise is something I discovered last year. When I listen to white noise, I feel like I am 50x more focused because it helps block out any outside noise. The one I listen to is a ten hour video on Youtube, which is pretty convenient because I don’t have to worry about having to replay the video after an hour (which is the length of alot of of white noise videos on Youtube) White noise kind of sounds like what it’s like to be on an airplane. Which motivates me because it’s like after this year imma be on a plane to Mexico. Hahahhaha I’m so extra bye.

I hope this helped yall out a bit! I am completely done my first round of midterms, but all my friends are just starting, so on the days where I don’t have any homework and want to hang out with someone, I HAVE NO ONE TO HANG OUT WITH! Oh well. First world problems haha. If you have midterms, then best of luck! Kill it! You got this.

💖, B