Picked By Jasmin: July Favorites

July Favorites

Can you believe July is pretty much over already??? I remember a month ago when I was writing about how much I loved “Binge” by Tyler Oakley in my June Favorites post. And now, here I am about to talk about the new items I’m obsessed with this month. It’s super crazy. In less than one month, I’m going to be back on my college campus, studying for quizzes, writing stories for campus publications, and overall just drowning in work with a venti Starbucks iced white chocolate mocha to keep me company. Fortunately for me, I actually received an item this month to help me stay on top of my shit as easily as possible (P.S., that item made this list!!) Anyways, if you’re curious about my favorite beauty, style, and lifestyle items and products from this month, keep reading!

Beauty

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

In July, I attended a Charlotte Tilbury product launch preview event for my internship and it was amazing! Everything was so old Hollywood-themed and fancy—I felt just like a star! Other members of the media and I got the first look at Charlotte’s upcoming collection (and we got to meet Charlotte and try the products too!) I was able to keep this eyeshadow palette and it’s now my new favorite palette! I don’t use too many high end eyeshadows, but this one is insanely beautiful. There are 12 shades and they are divided into four different looks: Day look, Desk look, Date look, and Disco look. Day, desk, date, disco! The palette essentially tells you which shades to wear for various life occasions (i.e. the day look is great for an everyday makeup look, desk look is great for your job or internship, etc.) I really like that because sometimes, figuring out which shades from a palette to pair together can be so daunting. And if you’ve ever found yourself running late to your 8a.m. class, you know ain’t nobody got time for figuring out what shades look good together.

Charlotte Tilbury Instant Eye Palette

Most of the looks are subtle (save for date and disco eye) but the eyeshadows are pretty pigmented, so always apply a little to begin with and add more as needed. The palette, along with all of the other products in Charlotte Tilbury’s collection, will become available for sale sometime this August, if you’re interested in purchasing one.

Colourpop Amethyst Crystal Priming Spray

When Colourpop’s Crystal collection dropped, I basically lost my shit. I was so intrigued by the idea of makeup infused with crushed crystals, that I knew I had to snag a set for myself before they were all sold out. I purchased the entire Amethyst set, which includes the priming spray, highlighter, and lip balm, but the Amethyst Crystal Priming Spray is actually my favorite product in the set. I don’t use priming sprays ever because I have oily skin and the primers I’ve used in the past have only made my skin oilier, and with the summer heat I’d rather not have my face look like a greased frying pan. But, let me tell you, this one dries into the skin super quickly, and my foundation looks super smooth on top of it. And guess what, no oily skin at the end of the day! I was really worried my first time trying it, but now I wear it under my makeup whenever I know I’ll be out for a long time. The priming spray is $6 on Colourpop’s site but I paid $18 for the entire Amethyst set.

Style

H&M Off-the-Shoulder Top

So we’ve all definitely seen these off-the-shoulder tops that everyone’s rocking this summer. I think these tops are so cute, so I bought one to wear to day one of HerConference and I’m so glad I did! This top fit so perfectly and it was really comfortable. I was really worried about wearing tops like these because I thought they’d slip down throughout the day, which I would’ve been really annoyed by. But luckily, that wasn’t the case at all. I think a big part of that is ensuring you buy the correct size, so ALWAYS try them on before you buy to make sure you won’t have to keep tugging them up throughout the day! I also really loved the cute self-tie detail at the elbows. I got it from H&M for less than $20 and I’m definitely bringing this top to college with me for any fun events.

H&M Off the Shoulder Top

Books

“Almost Adulting” by Arden Rose

So, I was in Manhattan one day at Kinokuniya, one of my favorite bookstores, and I was just on a book buying binge. I love these books related to being an adult, conquering life, and just generally being a badass, so I decided to pick this one up since, well, I’m going to be a real-ass adult (whether I like to admit it or not) in about a year, so I might as well stock up on adulting tips early (any post-grad bloggers out there? I’d love to hear more about life after graduation! Drop your links in the comments!). “Almost Adulting” touches on various aspects of YouTuber Arden’s life, including living in an apartment, money, and romance (ooh la la). I loved that she included lots of anecdotes from her life, but I would’ve loved to see more blatantly defined tips and explanations throughout each chapter rather than a checklist at the end of each. Still, I really loved this book, and it’s definitely a favorite of mine. P.S., if you ever need convincing that YouTube can help you find your true love, this book will have you sold, but that’s the only spoiler I’m giving out here!

Almost Adulting by Arden Rose, Power Your Happy by Lisa Sugar

“Power Your Happy” by Lisa Sugar

Lisa Sugar? Doesn’t that name sound familiar? Could this be the same Lisa Sugar who founded the wildly popular POPSUGAR??? Why, yes, she is. I’ve been a huge fan of POPSUGAR ever since I started watching their “Eat the Trend” videos on YouTube. I love the site so much and actually hope to work at POPSUGAR one day as either a viral content writer or food writer. All HerConference attendees were given swag bags and a copy of “Power Your Happy” was inside each one of them (yay for free books!) Lisa is, of course, insanely successful, and POPSUGAR is clearly doing something right in the world of media. This book basically talks about the steps Lisa took to start and grow POPSUGAR, and how she’s managed to be such a badass while leading such a positive life. I haven’t finished reading the entire book yet (as you can probably see, I’ve made some notes in the book) but I love it so much so far that I really wanted to include it here!

Lifestyle/College

ClassTracker Planner

In July, I received the ClassTracker Planner to try out and it’s definitely become a favorite of mine. I wrote a review of the ClassTracker planner, so I won’t spoil how great it is here, but if you’re looking for a way to organize your life for the new semester, this planner can definitely help with that. I can’t stress enough how important it is to have a planner in college, even if you swear up and down that you don’t need one. Because, honestly, I know people who struggled with all of their assignments and obligations prior to using a planner, and then afterward, they were able to completely transform their time management skills. I’m not going to say too much, but the way this planner is organized makes it insanely easy for you to keep track of important dates, quizzes and exams, extracurriculars, and more. Check out my review for more info, plus, the review also contains tips for staying on top of assignments!

What are your favorite products this month? Are you a post-grad lifestyle blogger? Leave your link below! 

5 Tips For Staying On Top Of Assignments + ClassTracker Planner Review

How To Stay On Top Of Your Class Assignments

I received a free ClassTracker Planner mentioned in this post. All opinions are 100% mine.

 

Let’s talk about assignments. I’m pretty sure that every task or obligation related to class I’ve ever had to complete usually involved me complaining about it ad nauseam, but this time, friends, I’m actually here to share some valuable advice with you when it comes to getting your crap done.

In college, assignments can pile up much faster than you might expect. Do your calculus homework suddenly becomes do your calculus homework, read chapters 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 for English class, and write an 8-page extra credit paper to save yourself from flunking. Before you know it, you’re consuming way too many gummy worms and way too much coffee trying to finish everything in time. Unfortunately, there will rarely be a time when you have very little to nothing on your plate, so I’ve come up with these tips to help you manage your tasks a little easier. Plus, I’m sharing a review of one of the most well-known academic planners for students, the ClassTracker Planner, so stick around to hear (read?) my thoughts!

1. Use down time in between classes to work on assignments.

You don’t have to wait until your day is done and you’re back in your dorm room to start cracking open a book. If you’re ever bored during your two-hour break between classes, or if none of your friends are free to hang out then, grab some lunch and sit down with your homework. This is how I get the majority of my work done most of the time. I bring whatever materials I’ll need, and in between classes, I go to my favorite study spot and get right down to it. It makes me feel like I can breathe a little easier even if I only manage to complete one assignment. That’s one less assignment to worry about later on. Plus, in the time that you would’ve spent doing the assignment at night, you can now go out to dinner with friends or attend a club meeting.

2. Get the quick and easy assignments out of the way first.

I like doing the easy stuff first so I don’t feel like I need to rush through the longer, more in-depth assignments. Plus, this is a good way to stay motivated to keep bowling through assignments because you’ll actually be able to cross things off your to-do list. And, honestly, a lot of times it’s the small assignments like these that we often forget about and then have to b.s. at the last possible minute. When you sit down to do homework, always ask yourself: which of these assignments can I finish in an hour or less? And that’s probably the assignment you should tackle first.

3. Pay attention to due dates.

Most professors don’t offer credit for late or missed assignments, so make sure you manage those dates. Set reminders on your phone or laptop if you have to. Write down the due dates on sticky notes and tape them to every wall in your dorm room—whatever works. Not staying on top of important dates is the easiest way for your work load to fall apart. Keeping due dates in mind can also help you prioritize assignments, so you’ll know what you need to get done the earliest, and what you can afford to keep on the back burner for a little while longer.

4. Read your professor’s emails.

Believe it or not, your professors actually don’t sit at home and decide to pull an email from their behinds for craps and giggles. Read those messages in their entirety because they’ll contain information regarding any changing deadlines or assignment expectations that you’ll really need to know. Avoid starring them for later, because chances are you’ll forget you even put a star next to them and you won’t ever read them.

5. Don’t think you’ll “just remember” it.

I’m super guilty of having done this in the past, and it usually comes back to bite me. Never trust that you’ll simply remember which chapters the professor wants you to review for an upcoming exam, or the due date of your next project. Write them all down! This also goes for the small things, like running errands, that you tell yourself you’ll remember and then five minutes later you forget. Planners are the perfect way for you to organize all this information. They’re also way better than grabbing a scrap of looseleaf from your bag and scribbling down reminders. Make sure you invest in one for the school year. And speaking of planners…

How To Stay On Top Of Your Class Assignments

I promised I’d share my thoughts on the ClassTracker Planner I recently received, and here they are! As you probably already know, I’m obsessed with planners and organization, and love being able to easily plan things out. And, the coming of a new semester just makes me extra excited for all that. The ClassTracker Planner is meant to be a clean and simple planner that makes organization easy. I chose the color “Teal” to match the aesthetic of my dorm room and most of my school supplies. The planner is very slim, which means it won’t take up much space in your already-heavy backpack. Previously, I had been using the Happy Planner, which I love to death because of how colorful and inspirational and quirky it is, but it is a bit bulky and often added a little extra weight on my shoulders.

How To Stay On Top Of Your Class Assignments

The planner I received covers the academic school year for August 2017 to May 2018, and when you flip open the pages, there are three charts for you to write out your semesterly schedule. I like that there are three schedule charts instead of just two because some colleges actually have more than two semesters. Mine doesn’t, but this would be very helpful for the people whose colleges do. There’s also a section for writing down your goals. I divided that box into three columns so I could divide up my goals between different semesters. I added another term just in cade I decide to study abroad again this winter! I personally love setting goals because they help me stay focused and help me understand what steps I need to take in order to get where I want to be. Check out my Fall 2017 goals post if you’re curious about what the rest of my goals are!

How To Stay On Top Of Your Class Assignments

Another thing I’m obsessed with is calendars, so I was glad to see the next page incorporated into the planner. I like actually being able to see any events, appointments, and due dates organized in squares next to each other because I’m more of a visual person and this helps me better gauge how much time I have before something important is coming up. As you can see, my August calendar is rather empty right now (I don’t think I’ll ever be able to say that again in the coming months, though). And, you can feel free to use the extra space on the sides to jot down any reminders for the month, quotes to keep you going, or even just add fun stickers to the side to really make this planner yours.

How To Stay On Top Of Your Class Assignments

The last section of the planner I’m going to share with you is the week by week section where you can actually jot down daily homework assignments and to-do lists. In my previous planner, this section was just seven columns across the page with space to just toss everything in, so I like how these columns are actually organized by assignments, things to remember, activities, and upcoming quizzes/exams. And, in the corner, there’s a section to create a small to-do list. I think this makes it super easy to organize everything you’re tackling that day so you won’t forget a thing.

If the ClassTracker Planner sounds like the answer to all of your college organization prayers, check out their site for more details and to purchase one for yourself (let me know what color you order!)

What are your tips for staying on top of assignments in college?