Bullet Journaling for Beginners (BuJo 101)

“I’m just a girl trying to get her shit together.”

So you want to start bullet journaling – right? You’ve come to the right place. Thanks for joining me. Please grab a cup of coffee, soda, or sparkling water if you’re a gal on the keto diet (lol – me). But really, I just want you to get cozy and hang out because this is a long post. I didn’t realize how much content I’d have for this until I started photographing my bujo.

I had a lot more put together than I previously thought, but that means a lot of juicy material for you to read through and incorporate into your bullet journal!

Let me start by saying that a friend of mine recommended getting a bujo and I was immediately intrigued. Organize, track your monthly calendar, and have the ability to record your thoughts (similar to a diary) all in one. Sign me up.

First, I purchased my journal here on Amazon. You’ll want to buy one that has dots in it for lots of creativity – and also opportunities to use your ruler for satisfying straight lines. It was $14.99 with prime shipping and came with a ruler, emoji stickers (which I have yet to use), and nice pages that barely show the ink marks of my pen through them.

It starts with my table of contents, where I lay out each page for ease of flipping through.

Next are the pages: birthdays and what makes me happy. I haven’t entirely filled in either page but it’s a work in progress! When you have something new to include, flip here and fill in more content.

Now we have a daily mood tracker and a list of books to read. Also yet to be filled out, but here you can see how I set up those pages. To track your mood you can use symbols, color-code it, or the emoji stickers. It’s up to you and your creative juices!

Up next are two pages I consider helpful for my mental health: a list of things I can control and self care tips. These help keep me in check on a daily basis and remember that the small issues controlling your emotions are just that – small issues. And frequently beyond your control.

Next is where I want to record my travel goals – we all have them! Later in the year I will be adding Jamaica for my honeymoon and Nashville for my bachelorette trip.

Yee-haw.

On the next page are chores to live in a clean house. I list out the daily chores, weekly, and monthly. This helps keep me on track to clearing out the apartment as well as tidying up on a daily basis.

For the next part we are getting into the current month: August! Here you will see my daily gratitude list. I LOVE THIS LIST. It helps me find the good in every day, because there is good in every day. Write it down – one thing or two. Prove to yourself you can spot something good in every day and at the end of the month you’ll be surprised at what you see.

Next is a calendar overview of the month, with a notes column along the side for random tidbits.

Lastly, my daily logs (notice I accidentally wrote ‘vlog’ LOL)! Here you can write a little more to what each day involves, and track your emotions here as well. The idea is to keep things short and sweet, and be honest. If it’s a bad day, it’s not a big deal – at least you can acknowledge that.

So that’s my bullet journal! It is a work in progress but I take it everywhere and try to keep up with it throughout the day or at least once a day at nighttime as an overview of how my day went.

Do you have a bujo? Are you thinking of starting one? Please lmk what your thoughts are and how you like it if you already have one!

Xoxo,
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Pixi Glow Tonic: 4 Week Diary

“Follow me throughout four weeks of testing out this drugstore cult-favorite.”

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I decided to keep a sort of diary detailing my experience with the Pixi Glow Tonic. I wanted to see what all the hype was about – and I am also looking for a miracle with my skin. A miracle that doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars.

Pixi Glow Tonic does contain AHAs, which are known for speeding up the rate at which your skin cells turnover to reveal new skin underneath. This might sound harsh, but the glow tonic is gentle enough for every-day use and works to bring hydration back into your skin, while balancing your skin to reveal a brighter complexion.

Here is a summary of my skin issues:

  • combination/oily skin- I get a very shiny t-zone after 4-5 hours of wearing makeup
  • currently I am suffering with persistent chin breakouts (which leads to acne scarring)
  • otherwise, the rest of my face is pretty clear

AFTER ONE WEEK OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

I’m not noticing a any difference. In fact, my skin might be “purging,”** as I am noticing an increase of breakouts along my jawline and under my chin. Mainly the deep-rooted, hormonal type of breakout. I am also noticing a few outlying blemishes (outside my chin zone), but nothing too unreasonable that I can’t cover up with foundation/concealer.

As of week one, I definitely don’t see an improvement. My t-zone is still oily by mid-afternoon, and my blemishes are still present + a few new visitors. I’m hoping that I’m purging, but I won’t know for another few weeks.

**I’ve read that purging may occur when using a product that has AHAs in it, if you’ve never used one that contained AHAs previously. I have not. Purging is the surfacing of breakouts that were already there, but now speeding up the turnover process, therefore bringing them to the skin level. This is not to be confused with a reaction to the product, which can also cause breakouts (though more severly to my understanding), and if you do not notice an improvement in skin within 4-6 weeks, you are supposed to discontinue use of that product – bc girl, it’s not helping.

AFTER TWO WEEKS OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

At the end of week two, I’m still feeling hopeful of this product. I’m standing on the sidelines as a cheerleader for my skincare routine.

I don’t really see an improvement, but my skin is not getting worse. To me, this is a good thing. I can’t expect results overnight, and since I’m not noticing an increase of breakouts, that tells me I’m not experiencing a reaction to this product. I do notice a redness to my face after completing my skincare routine, but nothing itchy or painful. Just kind of pink.

My nose is still shiny mid-day, so it hasn’t done anything for balancing my skin (nothing noticeable, at least).

AFTER THREE WEEKS OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

End of three weeks. Here’s the one improvement I’ve seen:

  • a decrease in the size of my blemishes

If I do get a pimple, it’s much smaller and more manageable. I am not getting the large, cystic-like acne that I typically deal with in my problem area. Therefore, my blemishes are less painful/prominent.

I still have a lot of scarring, but those seem to be lessening as well – as in getting smaller. Not fading in pigment, tho. If that makes sense. No improvements on my oil production, that’s still strong and heavy per usual. Lucky me.

AFTER FOUR WEEKS OF DAILY NIGHTTIME USE:

Okay I think I’ve formed an opinion on this product, and I am deciding to keep it around. Here are the main take-a-ways I’d like to give you:

  • it’s not an absolute miracle worker (at least not for me), but it does drastically improve the texture and brightness of my skin
  • I notice a smoothness in my skin I’ve never felt before, and it’s refreshing to apply my nighttime skincare products (serum, moisturizer) on after this
  • while it didn’t help drastically with my chin breakouts, it certainly aids in keeping the rest of my face clear and bright

During the four weeks, I did not notice an improvement in oil-production in my t-zone, so that’s at least worth noting.

So that’s my month-long review of this product! I’m happy with the purchase, and would also consider this worth its price of $15.00. Ten fold. In fact, I think I’ll spend the $30 on the larger size. I can’t see myself not incorporating a toner into my skincare regimen now that I’ve noticed an improvement in my skin.

I hope this review may help someone looking into trying this product! I’d love to chat in the comments below if anyone is interested or has questions on how this product performs.

 

Xoxo,
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