New Planner! Mon Journal by Invite.L

So of course I didn’t need another planner. But when has that ever stopped me?

I don’t even know how I came across this planner but I knew when I saw it, I had to have it. I ended up ordering it direct from Invite.L which is a Korean stationery brand that seems to specialise in clean, beautiful, practical stationery.

I’m being good and saving it for next year but couldn’t resist taking you on a quick tour (as no doubt I’ll end up setting it up waaay before the end of the year) before I fill it with stuff.

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Like I said, this brand is clean but pretty. The front cover is a very pale pink, which you only just make out from the picture.

IMG_4131After a title page you go straight into a yearly plan. I love this! From the design of the boxes to the fact that it’s on grid paper it just ticks every box going.

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The monthly pages are just as pretty and I love the todo list section down the left hand side so I can designate weekly tasks (much like I do now in my Livework Planner). A bonus to this is the fact that it starts on a Sunday which kind of makes this ideal for work (our weeks start on a Sunday).

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After the month page you the go into five pages of weekly plans. This is a great set up – one side for the days of the week and a mini todo list for each day and the right hand side is free for notes etc. Again, I love the grid pages and the boxes for the free notes section. This set up definitely reminds me of the Inkwellpress planner which I desperately want but they don’t ship to the UK yet!

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Then after the diary comes about ten pages of notes, again in a cute design.

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Finally in the back is a page for personal details and an envelope which is a nice touch and sometimes forgotten about in bound planners.

love this planner. I’m itching to get using it! I can’t imagine this will be the only planner I buy before the end of the year but this will definitely be top of the list for use next year!

What do you think? Isn’t it beautiful?

Em x

 

Real Techniques Stippling Brush – mini review (ish)

About 18 months ago I was introduced to a stippling brush by a girl at work.

My foundation brush was creating annoying streaks and she told me that I’d get a much better result with a stippling brush as it gets the foundation really into your skin and doesn’t leave any nasty streaks. She recommended the Real Techniques one which I bought and loved.

Until it had to go in the bin. Less than a year later.

I was good and regularly cleaned it but while I was away on holiday (the worst time for a make up brush to break) it decided to start shedding big time. After applying my foundation I looked like a yeti.

Back on UK soil I diligently bought another one as although it hadn’t lasted all that long in my book, it was a good brush and really, I had no idea what the ideal shelf life of a make up brush was.

And then it broke.

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I’d had it less than six months when the top just fell out during use one day.

I didn’t have time to research an alternative so nipped to Boots at lunch one day and picked up my third in less than two years. This will be my last one for definite. I’ve had some No7 brushes longer than I care to tell you that are still in perfect working condition yet I’m on my third one of these?  The brush itself is very good but I refuse to keep buying these only for them to last short periods of time. So this is where you guys come in. I’ll be doing my own research in preparation for an alternative but I’d love to know what you all swear by for perfect foundation application. Fingers? Beauty Blender? Normal foundation brush? Please let me know in the comments!

Have you used this brush? Has yours lasted longer than 9 months?

Em x

Latest crafty haul!

I’m on a no spend this month (boo) but wanted to share all the amazing My Mind’s Eye goodies I picked up from One Stop Craft Shop last month.

I didn’t need anymore cardmaking things (do I ever?) but then I saw all the My Mind’s Eye Jubilee range was 1/2 price and given my love for MME, I couldn’t resist!

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Look at all these goodies! This is the sherbet range and I love it! I’ve been after those sticky notes for absolutely ages. I can’t wait to get creating with these – having all the matching papers and die cuts means I can hopefully create some really special projects. I had no need for any journaling cards per se but they’re small enough that I can use them for cardmaking (as well as probably finding themselves in my Midori for the #listersgottalist challenge).

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From the lovely pastels of the sherbet range to the bright colours of the Mint Julep range and just look at those enamel shapes! No die cut bag with this but I should have more than enough to play with with the chipboard shapes and journaling cards.

Finally for MME I picked up some more vellum sheets as they’re just so versatile especially for creating things like bows.

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I’m thinking the polka dot one would be perfect for a dashboard or day marker in my Saffiano.

Finally, further to my moan the other week that I have lots of die cut bags but not the paper packs to go with them I actually picked up a paper pack and alphas to go with an unloved bag of die cuts I’d already bought.

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I need to try and keep the alphas for cardmaking and not steal them for my planner!

So with this little lot I should be kept going well into May for cardmaking supplies!

Have you had any hauls lately?

Em x