Bullet Journaling: Beauty Routines

Bullet journal my beauty routine? For added joy? Are you serious?

We’re not joking. SAVE ME FROM is a personal care and beauty brand that believes our beauty practices can be a big part of our life and how we feel about ourselves.  Ask yourself this – how did you feel the last time you got a new hairdo or finally went to the blowout bar your friend couldn’t stop raving about? How did you feel after getting that pedicure you desperately needed or when you finally bought that new lip stick color (for me, lip gloss)? When you “beautify” your appearance, you feel better, you have added joy and you feel empowered. You’re unstoppable.

So, how do you go about bullet journaling your beauty regimen?

We previously introduced the benefits of Bullet Journaling.  Bullet journaling is a great way of keeping track of your emotions. When you track your beauty habits, what you did, what you liked, how you felt, you’ll be more equipped to duplicate that joy when you track your efforts. It’s with your emotions in mind that we suggest you bullet journal your beauty.

Let’s get started. Rate yourself.

First, on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being you feel horrible and 10 being you feel great) rate yourself honestly on how do you feel about your appearance?

Before you think about this any further, this rating should be based on how YOU feel – not your friend, not your husband (significant other) or anyone else. How do you feel about your beauty practices RIGHT NOW. I get that this feeling can change at a moment’s notice. Your rating can change because of the time of month it is or throughout the day. Think about how your appearance now is affecting your joy. Think about what you’ve done this week and what beauty steps you took when you felt your best and then think about you did when felt your worst. Can remember exactly? For the next 30 days, lets keep track of the things you do just because it makes you feel good. They are positive things that are good for you and restore your feelings of empowerment.  

While you’re considering the things bringing you joy, let’s not ignore the things bringing you down. What little changes can you make now to avoid the actions that bring you down? Keep in mind, for the purposes of this article, we’re talking about things that are beauty related. Are the things that are ultimately weighing you down an action you’re doing or not doing enough of?

Stop right there! Be practical.

I have a guess at what you may be thinking. It’s what I think sometimes too – I don’t have enough time. I don’t have enough time to do the things that make me feel the most beautiful each and every day. Considering this, bring your focus back to your thoughts. When I’m honest with myself, I know that I feel beautiful when I spend time applying my make up perfectly, curling my hair and wearing my best clothes. That makes me feel beautiful, but does it make me feel the most joy about my appearance?  Honestly, NO. I do feel beautiful and I feel others will think I look great too. I spent so much time primping and priming, I don’t want to ruin it and I’m thinking a lot about what others think. That doesn’t bring me joy. What I know personally brings me joy is when I feel confident and comfortable in my own natural beauty. I like looking great but not like I tried too hard. I chose to focus on my foundational beauty elements, such as great skin care and the regular use of quality hair products that lend me the perfect canvas for whatever style or trend I may choose to experiment with that day. That’s me, my style and what I know brings me joy. I consider it my California, low-maintenance, fit and sporty style (I am originally from California so that’s got to be why I love it).

Understand what beauty practices are ideal to you? Consider your preferences.

Would you consider yourself happiest when you highlight a few beauty areas or every area?

I know I am happiest when I focus on only a few key areas. I know that if I spend more time on my make up and hair, I’ll pay for it later by being behind on all my other priorities. Thus, I prioritize my investment of time and money on good skin care and less on makeup. I apply a powerful serum, eye cream and always wear sunscreen. I focus on my eyes and lip, but usually accentuating a natural look rather than supernatural and flawless. I have grown fond of eyelash extensions because they save me time. My hair, that’s another story. I wish I had more time to blow dry and perfect a loose, wavy curl but I settle for air-dried hair in a high ponytail most days. This works for me. What beauty habits work best for you? If you don’t know, begin bullet journaling your feelings and beauty habits everyday now.

For 30 days, score and prioritize your beauty options.

Are you a hair and nails type of gal? Do you keep up with all the latest make up trends or are you a trend setter? Do you enjoy a spa day for either relaxation or for a dramatic clinical result? Introduce beauty areas of interest into your life over the next 30 days and score what you find brings you the most joy daily. If you’re not able to focus on a particular category daily, think about how you might be able to achieve greater joy by experiencing that area at different intervals – weekly, monthly, yearly. What makes the most sense for you?

Hair:

  • What hair products (ie, shampoo, conditioner, mask, treatment and styling products) do you use regularly? What products do you want to try?
  • What steps (ie, wash, condition, mask, dry, curl) do you normally take? What steps would you like to learn more about?
  • What services (ie, cut, blowout, color, straighten, perm, hair extensions) do you enjoy the outcome the most? What services do you want to try?

Skin:

  • What skin care (ie, cleansers, toners, masks, peels, serums, creams, sunscreens) do you use regularly? What products do you want to try?
  • What steps do you take daily and weekly? What steps would you like to learn more about?
  • What services (ie, facials, Hydrafacial, microdermabrasion, cosmetic procedures) do you enjoy the outcome the most? What services (Botox, Ultherapy, CoolSculpt) do you want to try?

Makeup, Brows and Lashes:

  • What makeup (ie, primers, foundations, bronzers, mascaras) do you use regularly? What products do you want to try?
  • What steps do you take daily and weekly? What steps would you like to learn more about?
  • What services (ie, makeover, lash extensions, brow waxing) do you enjoy the outcome the most? What services (lash tinting) do you want to try?

Nails:

  • What nail products (ie, nail polishes, cuticle creams) do you use regularly? What products do you want to try?
  • What steps do you take daily and weekly? What steps would you like to learn more about?
  • What services (ie, manicure, pedicure, Shellac) do you enjoy the outcome the most? What services do you want to try?

After trying (maybe experimenting) what beauty practices peeked your interests, rate how it made you feel. What steps will bring you the most joy? What could you do without? What caused you the most stress? You may have noticed things like diet and exercise were missing. Nutrition, fitness and sleep are all obvious beauty contributors, but we’ve provided bullet journaling tips for these topics in our Bullet Journal: Physical Health.

Give yourself a break.

A little bit of positivity goes a long way. Give yourself a break. Stop comparing yourself to others and worrying about what others might think. Believe that you are beautiful inside and out. Focus on what brings you joy. Set priorities but also boundaries. Beauty can restore you, improve your joy and transform your life – when it’s a focus in balance with the rest of your life.

As a brand with a mission to save lives, SAVE ME FROM realizes that beauty isn’t an indicator of your overall happiness. The joy you experience in your life will be the result of several factors – all discussed on our blog and found in our forthcoming, downloadable SAVE ME FROM BODY | MIND | SPIRIT BULLET JOURNAL. Focusing on yourself as a whole and keeping each area of your life in balance is essential for discovering and keeping joy in your life. To be whole, you must consider your body (appearance and physical health), your mind (mindfulness and self-reliance), and your spirit (meaningfulness and purpose of work).

We hope you download our bullet journal, implement it in your life and find joy while sharing our helpful tools with others!

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