Why a bullet journal is not as fun as you may think

In theory a bullet journal is a great idea. It can replace all the apps that failed you. It is fun to make. And writing things down can make you feel better. Or so they say.

Bullet journal

What is a bullet journal?

A notebook or book that contains everything you want to note and write. Every list, notes, ideas, etc. that ever crossed you mind you can put out in there. The problem is finding anything afterwords. If an app has a search function, the bullet journal has none. For instance in Evernote you can search everything you put in there. It even has tags that you can add. Every note ever made is one click away. This is not possible in a classic paper journal. The time lost searching for things is greater than the fun of making a paper journal.

Writing is fun and good for you

Honestly I hate hand writing. Even in school I always searched for ways to minimize hand writing. I had an entire system of symbols I used just to make sure I do not write entire phrases on paper. I am a tech addict and I love everything that technology has to offer. When finally school was over I discarded every piece of paper and replaced it by apps. Even now, when I have to write something on paper I feel lost. And I avoid writing at all costs.

Apps do not offer freedom

This is true in every aspect. Journal apps are just templates. They do not offer the freedom of a paper journal. But I still love them. Some apps are more customizable than others. For instance OneNote offers a tone of templates, styles and features. You can even draw or freestyle write something. I use it for work and personal things. Indeed, the basic layout does not offer many customizable things, but it is something you just get used to.

Bullet journals is on the wave now, but what about later?

Nowadays I see a trend of paper journals. Everyone is starting one and everyone is bragging about it. It is a return to roots. I understand the motivation, I understand the joy, but I still won’t like it. A paper journal is heavy. It is not something you can just do at home. You have to carry it around with you. So, beside everything you carry every day, imagine carrying another heavy thing. Please allow me to pin point the amount of instruments that are you are going to need: notebook, pen or pencil, sticky notes, colored notes, color crayons, color markers, alphabetic organizers and many more. Are you willing to carry all those with you?

Picture this: a windy or rainy day. Instead of taking out your phone and write something or search for something you already noted, you take out the heavy bullet journal. The rain is going to ruin it. The wind is going to take it apart. Maybe you have a sticky note in there. Or a piece of paper you added. Can you take it out in a windy day? Well, I do not think so.

Maybe it is just me and my tech mind. You see, simple things are fun to a point, when they are not practical anymore. For instance, I have a Bamboo Paper Journal that I can sync with my mobile creating virtual notes from everything I write. How many times do you think I used it? Two times. Then I realized it is not practical at all. I have to carry it around and it is heavy. My bag includes laptop, charger, mouse, a lot of keys, my camera and makeup products. It is quite a lot to carry. And have no desire to carry another thing that was making my bag even heavier. So, I placed the Journal in my home library and there it stays to this day.

Do you fancy the idea of a paper bullet journal or not?

Review Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid

I always wanted to go a day without foundation. My ultimate skin care regime goal was to be able to go outside without foundation. To see my skin clear, without white or black heads, without pigmentation stains or other problems. And sometimes what you wish for can became true. If you use the right products. And Paula’s Choice Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid helped me achieve this goal.

Price: 29 USD for 4 oz/118 ml

Product description:

This silky fluid leave-on BHA exfoliate has a potent delivery system to begin clearing stubborn acne and blackheads with a maximum pore-penetrating formula. It also calms redness and provides hydration for healthy flake-free skin.

  • Acne Breakouts, Blackheads, Enlarged Pores, Redness
  • For All Skin Types
  • Extra strength for stubborn acne
  • Unclogs blackheads, minimizes pore size, & calms redness
  • Water-light yet potent formula produces fast results
  • Use twice daily after cleansing skin

My experience with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid:

I had no hope, but I bought this product because of the Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid) in its ingredients. Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid comes in a bottle. This makes application comfortable and hassle free. Also, is hygienic. The dosage is quite simple. I apply the product using a cotton bud. The product is without color and a noticeable smell. When applied it smells like medicine for a couple of seconds, but that is all. The smell fades away almost instantly.

Ingredients:

Aqua, Methylpropanediol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Butylene Glycol (slip agent/penetration enhancer), Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid, exfoliant), Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Leaf Extract (anti-irritant/antioxidant), Polysorbate 20 (solubilizing agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH adjuster), Tetrasodium EDTA (chelating agent).

At first, I had some problems with Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid. When I applied it the first time, after 20 minutes all my spots were gone. I was ecstatic. But why follow instructions when I got such good results? So, I applied the product again the same evening. Big mistake! By morning my skin was so dry. I used my moisturizing face cream and made a plan: once a day, in the evening, followed by moisturizing face cream in the morning and evening.

For two weeks I had very dry skin. The foundation looked to cakey. BeautyBlender was of no help when applying foundation. My skin was peeling like a snake. But in two weeks I managed to reduce the dry skin spots and I could see the benefits of Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid.

Please do not make the same mistake as me. At first, the product should be applied every two days, for about two weeks. Then every day for two more weeks and then twice a day. So, the skin can get used to the product. I took the short path and made a mistake that cost me two weeks of hell.

Now, my face is used to the product. I can apply Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid freely without any problems. But, I always remember to apply a moisturizing face cream after 10-20 minutes.
The results are awesome and can be seen on my face. I haven’t used foundation in ages. My face is radiant, free of white heads and spots. The black heads are diminished and fading away also.

Pros

For my combination skin is a perfect fit.
Non-greasy, not heavy.
Can be used to diminish enlarged pores with somewhat good results
Evens the skin tone
Fights against white heads with success

Cons

It can be irritant for very sensitive skin and must be applied carefully.
For enlarged pores the results are not as expected.
For black heads the results are poor.

Recommendation

If you have the same problems as me, you should give Clear Extra Strength Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution 2% Salicylic Acid a chance. With all the cons above, it is still a very good product that I use daily.

Fantastic hair care products

During the time, I have been told you that I confront a scalps problem: mainly itchiness but also dandruff. But if dandruff appears only occasionally and does not represent the main problem, itchiness became unbearable. I did not find out a concrete cause of the problem, but it became serious after I used the Palette hair dye, on which I have been talked about here and here. Up to this hair dye, I never had allergic reactions problems to any coloring agents, so I cannot say for sure that the hair dye was the problem, but I do can say that after using it, my scalps problem aggravated. My two problems were “crowned” with an acute hair fall which got me desperate. I even cut my hair short enough, from having a 10 cm long hair over the shoulders line; I got it above the shoulders line. But even so, my problems persisted and I realized that solving my itchiness problem will solve the hair fall problem too. So, I started to buy different kinds of shampoos. I have a whole collection of shampoos which had no effect. On a first hair wash, they seemed to have some results, but on a second hair wash the problem reappeared.

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This happened until I discovered the Philip Kingsley hair products collection. I was webbing on feelunique and, of course, I entered the shampoos collection in order to see what I should buy for my problem. There I saw Philip Kingsley Flaky Itchy Scalp Shampoo, who seemed perfect for my problems: itchiness and dandruff. It was the only shampoo with lots of positive feedback, so I looked after some opinions on blogs and, finding only positive opinions, I decided to buy it. Honestly, I was so depressed that I was capable to use anything in order to obtain some results. However, because of disappointing experiences with other shampoos, I decided to buy the 75 ml bottle, for a trial. Its price was of 10 pounds, about 60 lei. Except for the shampoo, I bought also a promotional box: Philip Kingsley Luscious Locks Christmas Cracker. I bought it as it had 2 hair care products on a promotional price of 4.5 pounds, about 27 lei. And I have been waited for my order arrival to have a trial.

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In the package, I found the 75 ml shampoo, the tube with green writing on it, the 60 ml Elasticizer product (a tube similar with the shampoo one, with red writing on it) and the Daily Damage Defence spray of 60 ml – which means that all products were in a short variant, appropriate for trial. And it really was a trial, because I have been used the shampoo for about 2 weeks, with 3 hair washing per week, the Elasticizer for about 4 weeks because I did not used it for every hair washing, and the spray Daily Damage Defence still resists, meaning that it is not fully consumed because I use it in small quantities.

Although on the shampoo box it is indicated to use it daily, I have been used it only 3 times a week. This is my own routine, so I did not interrupt it. The miracle of this shampoo happened from its first use. The dandruff diminished the same for the itchiness. I was quite skeptical because other shampoos pleased me too on their first use, only to disappoint me on a second use. But this shampoo was different because upon its second use, the dandruff disappeared almost completely and the itchiness was like it never existed. For me, a bigger miracle was the fact that the hair fall diminished considerably. If before this shampoo I was losing a big quantity of hair springs on a single combing, after using Philips Kingsley shampoo, I barely loose 2 – 3 hair springs on a washing. The only problem occurred when it was over. I ordered it again, this time a 250 ml product, but until its arrival I had to use a normal shampoo, and the itchiness reappeared, although not so violent as in the beginning. Luckily, the hail fall kept its level of 2-3 hair springs on a washing.

In the above photo you have the ingredients, in case you are interested. Not to mention that I love the fact that each product has its directions printed both on the box and the bottle.

Elasticizer was another Philip Kingsley product which impressed me. On this occasion I learned something new about hair. The healthy one, upon washing is flexible and does not get broken, but the one having problems is not so flexible and it gets broken when washed. The Elasticizer product makes flexible the hair with problems and thus, it does not get broken. The product is to be applied on wet hair, leaving him to function for at least 20 minutes, after which the hair must be washed. This is the theory, because I do not have the necessary patience to act like this, so I apply the product on dry hair, I wait for above one hour and I wash it. From what I have read so far, it gives much better results used as normal, but I do not have the necessary patience. Anyway, the results are amazing. Hair is tangled free, soft, and easy to comb, and it feels thick and heavy as it should be.

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In the above photo you have the ingredients, and if we were to exclude the curing agent from the list, its ingredients are: castor oil, olive oil, glycerin, citric acid and water.

The Daily Damage Defence is the third product upon which I want to talk about. It is a intense flavored spray, which I apply on my hair after washing. As I never get hair combing after washing until my hair is dry, probably the product distribution is not optimal. I still have no definite opinion about this product. I will come back with clarifications, as soon as I get convinced.

I wrote a quite long article, but these products worth it. I will come back with details when I will be fully convinced, for the moment I am very excited about the new products discovered and I submitted a new order for a shampoo in the 250 ml variant and for other Philip Kingsley products upon which I will talk after I test them.

Article written by KathyA

Love at the first application – Catrice powder

I purchased the Catrice Cosmetics Waterproof Mattifying Powder because I wanted for so long to try some Catrice products. And it was love at first sight. Honestly, I’m telling you that until now, there has been no powder to fall in love with. I had powders that I liked and wrote about them, but this powder does the trick from all points of view, and it deserves all compliments.

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It is a mattifying silky powder that leaves a perfect matte look. And it stays matte for around 8 hours without any problem. The waterproof formula is a new sight for sore eyes especially on hot days when the resistance to humidity makes a real difference.

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Although it says that the tone is 010 translucent, what I have understood from the instructions is that it is a formula that adapts to skin tone. From my point of view, this is the only powder that truly matches my skin tone, so there must be some grain of truth in this. It has a soft-focus effect, and it is enriched with vitamins A and E. You can see the list of ingredients in the picture.

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In my opinion:

– lasts for 8 hours without problems

– resists humidity and sweat without problems

– keeps the complexion matte and evens the skin tone

– covers imperfections almost perfectly

The price was 5 euro, and it deserves every penny. Because I like it very much, I will repurchase.

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