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This month is good, especially for the blog. I posted pretty consistently (well, 5 blog posts in a month is consistent enough for me) and I have been very happy with my content, too. I noticed a little growth on my stats and I am just on the roll at the moment, I guess! Noticed that February has provided us with some really nice weather to be outdoors too and I ended up spending many days outside along with my tea (or coffee). 

Five Things In February 2021
February was loaded with new experiences!

February's Highlights

1. My first bullet journal video on Instagram!

When it comes to my journal, it's so personal to me, and showing it for the world to see is probably one of the most frightening things I have ever done. I know it's not that deep but for the past years, I was journaling in some type of a hush-hush way. 

So why I chose to show it now? I don't have any solid reasons but that video was an impromptu one, to be honest. I didn't plan on recording myself doing all the spreads but it happened. It was such an anxious moment after pressing the 'Share' button but it was a success, I guess? It got a lot of impressions and traction. To top it off, I got a lot of sweet, kind messages from my Instagram peeps. I thought I would put this in my Five Things just because.

I have it saved on my Instagram highlights if you want to watch it! 

2. My sudden obsession with coffee?

I am not a coffee drinker at all. I don't hate it, I just prefer my tea more, they're not tooth-staining, but tell me why I could never give up on coffee this month? It's crazy considering how I'd develop heart palpitations and caffeine headaches just by drinking half a cup of coffee. I crave the taste of iced coffee with no sugar but a bit of cream a little too much this time. This can't be healthy for me. And I am drinking one as I am writing this post T.T

3. A low-buy for 2021

I know I talked about me being on a low-buy on my previous post, right? Just had to put it out there again real quick, I am in my mid-20s and I am currently jobless (apart from managing my CD painting business) but there's just a lot of other stuff that I need to be spending my money on. I am learning to drive, which comes with a big cost, too, right? Albeit a short-term. 

So I have set up a few rules that I need to stick to, to restrict my unhealthy spending habit. 
  • Big purchases can wait - items that I have my eye on, but aren't necessarily a need, i.e. an Apple watch that I have been obsessively eyeing. Let's say after a month or two I am still wanting it, I will consider a purchase.
  • Do not follow the trends and buy things just so I can "fit in".
  • No new clothing - except for Eid.
  • Low-buy beauty/ stationeries/ home decor - repurchase is tolerable but nothing over RM100 and as for new products, I am going to be limiting myself to only one (1) product in each category per month, and still nothing over RM100.
  • No impulse purchases

Honestly speaking, setting these rules for myself has been surprisingly freeing. I want to use as much of my free time to indulge in something that's going to benefit me. You will notice fewer beauty-related/ reviews/ hauls on my blog this year, which is sounded pretty sad. But I guess this is my time to give some life back to the topics that weren't getting as much spotlight as they should. If you have ever been in a low-buy before, please give homegirl a support!

4. Penthouse Season 2!!!

The hottest K-drama of all time. It's trending for a good reason. It's such a nerve-wracking drama, filled with the most unbelievable plot twists! Anything is possible in this drama so save your predictions. It's worth all the headaches and heartaches. Why do you think it's even made its own way into my year 2020 recap? It's THAT good. 

5. February's bullet journal flip through

Five Things In February 2021
Five Things In February 2021
Five Things In February 2021
Five Things In February 2021

Well, it's your turn now. How's your February?

Five Things In February 2021

This month is good, especially for the blog. I posted pretty consistently (well, 5 blog posts in a month is consistent enough for me) and I have been very happy with my content, too. I noticed a little growth on my stats and I am just on the roll at the moment, I guess! Noticed that February has provided us with some really nice weather to be outdoors too and I ended up spending many days outside along with my tea (or coffee). 

Five Things In February 2021
February was loaded with new experiences!

February's Highlights

1. My first bullet journal video on Instagram!

When it comes to my journal, it's so personal to me, and showing it for the world to see is probably one of the most frightening things I have ever done. I know it's not that deep but for the past years, I was journaling in some type of a hush-hush way. 

So why I chose to show it now? I don't have any solid reasons but that video was an impromptu one, to be honest. I didn't plan on recording myself doing all the spreads but it happened. It was such an anxious moment after pressing the 'Share' button but it was a success, I guess? It got a lot of impressions and traction. To top it off, I got a lot of sweet, kind messages from my Instagram peeps. I thought I would put this in my Five Things just because.

I have it saved on my Instagram highlights if you want to watch it! 

2. My sudden obsession with coffee?

I am not a coffee drinker at all. I don't hate it, I just prefer my tea more, they're not tooth-staining, but tell me why I could never give up on coffee this month? It's crazy considering how I'd develop heart palpitations and caffeine headaches just by drinking half a cup of coffee. I crave the taste of iced coffee with no sugar but a bit of cream a little too much this time. This can't be healthy for me. And I am drinking one as I am writing this post T.T

3. A low-buy for 2021

I know I talked about me being on a low-buy on my previous post, right? Just had to put it out there again real quick, I am in my mid-20s and I am currently jobless (apart from managing my CD painting business) but there's just a lot of other stuff that I need to be spending my money on. I am learning to drive, which comes with a big cost, too, right? Albeit a short-term. 

So I have set up a few rules that I need to stick to, to restrict my unhealthy spending habit. 
  • Big purchases can wait - items that I have my eye on, but aren't necessarily a need, i.e. an Apple watch that I have been obsessively eyeing. Let's say after a month or two I am still wanting it, I will consider a purchase.
  • Do not follow the trends and buy things just so I can "fit in".
  • No new clothing - except for Eid.
  • Low-buy beauty/ stationeries/ home decor - repurchase is tolerable but nothing over RM100 and as for new products, I am going to be limiting myself to only one (1) product in each category per month, and still nothing over RM100.
  • No impulse purchases

Honestly speaking, setting these rules for myself has been surprisingly freeing. I want to use as much of my free time to indulge in something that's going to benefit me. You will notice fewer beauty-related/ reviews/ hauls on my blog this year, which is sounded pretty sad. But I guess this is my time to give some life back to the topics that weren't getting as much spotlight as they should. If you have ever been in a low-buy before, please give homegirl a support!

4. Penthouse Season 2!!!

The hottest K-drama of all time. It's trending for a good reason. It's such a nerve-wracking drama, filled with the most unbelievable plot twists! Anything is possible in this drama so save your predictions. It's worth all the headaches and heartaches. Why do you think it's even made its own way into my year 2020 recap? It's THAT good. 

5. February's bullet journal flip through

Five Things In February 2021
Five Things In February 2021
Five Things In February 2021
Five Things In February 2021

Well, it's your turn now. How's your February?
Things You Didn't Know You Needed Off Of Shopee

I know I am on a year-long low-buy this year. It's a method to limit the number of my purchases. A low-buy is actually pretty familiar among beauty bloggers but I don't want to limit my purchases to just beauty. I want it to be a low-buy for my entire buying habits. Why you ask? Well, I kind of want to bring a bit of moderation into my buying habits this year. I want to be mindful of what I am purchasing. I am in my mid-20's and there's a lot of stuff I need to be spending my money on. This way I can easily cut down on my excessive expenses and learning to not follow your lust. 

Phew, that was a long disclaimer. Anyway, in today's post, I have compiled a few things from Shopee that you didn't know you needed. For my non-Malaysian readers, Shopee is Asia's #1 shopping platform. It's basically Asia's Amazon. It has E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in it. So this is kind of a wish-list slash must-have items on Shopee (that's probably under RM100 each!) — so fill your cart and get ready for the 3.3 Shopee Sale! (Some links used are affiliate links)

1. Trolley-Style Storage Rack 

One of my best purchases off of Shopee! This is perfect for your room to hold your belongings, and also perfect for the kitchen to hold your bottle of spices. I was obsessed with it (for weeks) when I first assembled it. 

2. Another Trolley-Style Storage Rack

Another cheaper option I could find. I just love being organized. It pleases my eyes. I want to get this one probably to hold succulents or something. 

3. Waterproof Silicone Face Cleanser

If Foreo is too much money for you, I have one that's a fraction of the price. It operates similar to the Foreo; it vibrates, it's waterproof. I only use this on my lips because I think it works well to remove the dead skin on my lips. 

4. Rose Gold Aesthetic Storage Basket

I probably have a gazillion of these laying around the house because it's too pretty and I just need lots of it. I am a neat-freak. They really managed to keep all of my stationeries, makeup products and beauty tools look so much tidier. Or you can use it as a prop for your flatlay. Multi-function, come thru!

5. Minimal Clothing Rack

If you're into the minimal concept type of bedroom, this is a definite must-have! I used to have one but I gave it away because I have tons of clothes and they didn't fit my aesthetics at that point in my life. Now I regret that decision.

6. Mini Portable, Foldable, Multi-Functional Desk

Godsent! This is perfect for the days when you're too lazy to leave your duvet but you still have a lot of work to be done. You can get cosy with this mini desk. It remains in my best purchases list off of Shopee and I have been using it religiously.

7. Cutest Foldable Ring Light

It's very easy to store, wouldn't take up so much space and overall just a cute ring light! I have been eyeing this for so long. It comes in handy when I need to take pictures at night or just to up my selfie game a notch.

8. 4 Steps Household Folding Ladder

I have a fear of heights. I think that explains why I need this in my life. I am so scared of the standard 10-foot-reach ladder. It gives me anxiety. I don't trust those ladders. 

9. LED Star Projector + Speaker

My nights are never the same anymore with this star projector. It basically projects a bunch of stars onto your ceiling and walls and most of my nights are so magical with this. And you have the option to use it as a speaker as well. It's literally so fun and my s/o love it too!

10. Lazy Arm Flexible Phone Holder

An avid movie watcher like yours truly needs this in her life. You sure don't want to hold your phone all the time while watching videos or movies on your phone. You want to get comfortable, right? So this will come in handy. It's also quick and easy to install.

11. Irregular-Shaped Mirror

A unique decorative mirror that suits everywhere in your house or if you don't know what to get for someone's birthday, get them one of these mirrors. I would want one for myself. 

12. Cheapest, High-Quality Makeup Sponges

Beauty Blender who? Real Techniques who? This is the real deal guys. I don't recommend it if the product is terrible. I've entirely ditched my RM99 sponges for RM4 sponges. It works identically! It's bouncy, soft and delivers similar finishes to my foundation look. These RM4 sponges are surprisingly so durable and lord knows how rough I can be with them. They survive every squeezes and pinches! 

13. Reed Diffuser

I have to have any sort of fragrance in my room. It's a must. So I have tried a regular diffuser before and that worked just fine. I just want to try something else, for instance, this reed diffuser. I have heard a lot of great reviews so I am quite intrigued!

That's all I have for today! I only recommend products I love and would love to try in the future. I hope you will love to try it as well. Just want to put it out there really quick. If you enjoyed this type of post, let me know I will do more of it. See you in the next one!

Do you own any of the things I've mentioned? Let me know your thoughts xx

Things You Didn't Know You Needed Off Of Shopee

Things You Didn't Know You Needed Off Of Shopee

I know I am on a year-long low-buy this year. It's a method to limit the number of my purchases. A low-buy is actually pretty familiar among beauty bloggers but I don't want to limit my purchases to just beauty. I want it to be a low-buy for my entire buying habits. Why you ask? Well, I kind of want to bring a bit of moderation into my buying habits this year. I want to be mindful of what I am purchasing. I am in my mid-20's and there's a lot of stuff I need to be spending my money on. This way I can easily cut down on my excessive expenses and learning to not follow your lust. 

Phew, that was a long disclaimer. Anyway, in today's post, I have compiled a few things from Shopee that you didn't know you needed. For my non-Malaysian readers, Shopee is Asia's #1 shopping platform. It's basically Asia's Amazon. It has E-V-E-R-Y-T-H-I-N-G in it. So this is kind of a wish-list slash must-have items on Shopee (that's probably under RM100 each!) — so fill your cart and get ready for the 3.3 Shopee Sale! (Some links used are affiliate links)

1. Trolley-Style Storage Rack 

One of my best purchases off of Shopee! This is perfect for your room to hold your belongings, and also perfect for the kitchen to hold your bottle of spices. I was obsessed with it (for weeks) when I first assembled it. 

2. Another Trolley-Style Storage Rack

Another cheaper option I could find. I just love being organized. It pleases my eyes. I want to get this one probably to hold succulents or something. 

3. Waterproof Silicone Face Cleanser

If Foreo is too much money for you, I have one that's a fraction of the price. It operates similar to the Foreo; it vibrates, it's waterproof. I only use this on my lips because I think it works well to remove the dead skin on my lips. 

4. Rose Gold Aesthetic Storage Basket

I probably have a gazillion of these laying around the house because it's too pretty and I just need lots of it. I am a neat-freak. They really managed to keep all of my stationeries, makeup products and beauty tools look so much tidier. Or you can use it as a prop for your flatlay. Multi-function, come thru!

5. Minimal Clothing Rack

If you're into the minimal concept type of bedroom, this is a definite must-have! I used to have one but I gave it away because I have tons of clothes and they didn't fit my aesthetics at that point in my life. Now I regret that decision.

6. Mini Portable, Foldable, Multi-Functional Desk

Godsent! This is perfect for the days when you're too lazy to leave your duvet but you still have a lot of work to be done. You can get cosy with this mini desk. It remains in my best purchases list off of Shopee and I have been using it religiously.

7. Cutest Foldable Ring Light

It's very easy to store, wouldn't take up so much space and overall just a cute ring light! I have been eyeing this for so long. It comes in handy when I need to take pictures at night or just to up my selfie game a notch.

8. 4 Steps Household Folding Ladder

I have a fear of heights. I think that explains why I need this in my life. I am so scared of the standard 10-foot-reach ladder. It gives me anxiety. I don't trust those ladders. 

9. LED Star Projector + Speaker

My nights are never the same anymore with this star projector. It basically projects a bunch of stars onto your ceiling and walls and most of my nights are so magical with this. And you have the option to use it as a speaker as well. It's literally so fun and my s/o love it too!

10. Lazy Arm Flexible Phone Holder

An avid movie watcher like yours truly needs this in her life. You sure don't want to hold your phone all the time while watching videos or movies on your phone. You want to get comfortable, right? So this will come in handy. It's also quick and easy to install.

11. Irregular-Shaped Mirror

A unique decorative mirror that suits everywhere in your house or if you don't know what to get for someone's birthday, get them one of these mirrors. I would want one for myself. 

12. Cheapest, High-Quality Makeup Sponges

Beauty Blender who? Real Techniques who? This is the real deal guys. I don't recommend it if the product is terrible. I've entirely ditched my RM99 sponges for RM4 sponges. It works identically! It's bouncy, soft and delivers similar finishes to my foundation look. These RM4 sponges are surprisingly so durable and lord knows how rough I can be with them. They survive every squeezes and pinches! 

13. Reed Diffuser

I have to have any sort of fragrance in my room. It's a must. So I have tried a regular diffuser before and that worked just fine. I just want to try something else, for instance, this reed diffuser. I have heard a lot of great reviews so I am quite intrigued!

That's all I have for today! I only recommend products I love and would love to try in the future. I hope you will love to try it as well. Just want to put it out there really quick. If you enjoyed this type of post, let me know I will do more of it. See you in the next one!

Do you own any of the things I've mentioned? Let me know your thoughts xx
My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

Hello, everyone! A few days ago I was looking through my blog archives and realized it's been a hot minute since I last shared my skincare routine. I think this topic, in general, has been touched pretty little over time. I guess I am done with the oversaturated skincare contents on the internet.

I still do get a lot of questions on what products I have been using and stuff like that. I have been using a lot of new products I believe so I thought it would be interesting to be talking about skincare again today and see what products I have changed and whether or not I still see eye to eye with my past self. Go grab a cuppa because this is going to be a long one. (No, I am not sponsored) (Some links are affiliate links btw) 

My skincare philosophy

Honestly, I am more rigid now with my routines. I am seeing tons of positive results from it just by being firm and not changing it up much. It probably took me over a year to make little changes to my routines. I know there's no such thing as a single correct skincare routine, but I believe there's an optimal way to apply skincare products - whether if it's a minimal routine, or a go big or home 10-steps routine. 

  • My skin is oily and acne-prone I would say. It reacts almost immediately to every new skincare product I introduced to it. So my top priorities in my routines would be anti-acne, anti-inflammatoryanti-pigmentation, and of course, hydration because #HydrationIsKey

  • I swear by a minimal routine now. I used to have that 10 steps skincare routine and boy my skin hated it so much. Using too many products at one go can be pretty heavy on my skin and it gives the chance to clumping up and irritating my skin. 

  • I have high brand loyalty. Back in the day, I love to mix and match products from brands and I like to rotate them pretty often. Trying new skincare is like my middle name. Now, I am at peace with my skincare and they work so no point in changing them.

  • My skin has a pretty low tolerance for products that contain alcohol so please don't recommend products that contain alcohol even the littlest bit to me. And while I am okay with pleasant scents in skincare, I just can't tolerate rose scents. I don't know what's going on with my mind while purchasing the Mario Badescu Rose Water mist and the Fresh Rose Hydrating Toner.

  • I love humectants in my skincare products! I will spend hours just analyzing ingredients before buying anything skincare-related. I used to stay away from humectants because I thought they're too much for my oily skin. Well, look at me now. Products that contain high humectants rate wins my heart most of the time. They seem like they're only made to benefit people with dry skin, but humectants are just as awesome for oilier skin types as they hold moisture in the skin without adding more oil to it. 

  • I am all about the affordable, drugstore skincare products. While the high-ends might work better, I am fine with my inexpensive products that have proven to work for my skin. Skincare doesn't have to be expensive, in my opinion.

My skincare routine

I don't see many changes from the routine itself but I can definitely see changes in my choice of products and the usage. Now hear me out, just because I don't use products I have loved in the past doesn't mean I no longer recommend it - sometimes products got lost in the shuffle, and I have found similar products that work better. 

Then...

My skincare routine would look something like this:

My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

Some of the “eww(s)”

Okay, let's clarify the elephant in the room. St. Ives scrub. I wasn't getting a lot of hate because of this but that definitely left people to question my skincare philosophy. LOL. It wasn't so bad, though. At least it wasn't the apricot scrub. And I still remember that was my logic while using the St. Ives Green Tea scrub. It has really tiny beads and a smooth texture. Completely the opposite of the apricot scrub. I think that's kind of forgiving.

What's with the makeup wipes? Oh my gosh! I am so embarrassed right now. I used to be obsessed with Sephora's fruity makeup wipes. How I despise makeup wipes now. It's terrible for your skin because of the pressure you put on your skin to remove your makeup, all the dragging. UGH. I can't even believe it. 

To be fair, I didn't bother to put on sunscreen until it was 2018 or something. That's when I found out the importance of sunscreen tweets being recycled over and over on Twitter. So I gave in and bought my first sunscreen which was the infamous Biore UV Perfect Protect Milk Moisture and I hated it. It didn't suit my skin because it contains alcohol. 

Some of the yesses!

How could I not mention the aloe vera gel? My blog was getting tons of hits because of the post I wrote about aloe vera gel. They didn't make this anymore. It was my tried and true and I would still use this but I might need something else that will go with it to add more moisture to my skin. I wouldn't rely on the aloe gel alone. 

I am seeing better days when I started to take the first step of my routine seriously - adding the first cleansers. Note that micellar water isn't a makeup remover or a substitute for an oil-based cleanser of some sort. And I wouldn't recommend the Garnier Micellar Water blue cap though if your skin is acne-prone. I ditched it with the pink cap one and my skin definitely benefited more from it. As far as the Simple Cleansing Oil goes, that's my holy-grail. It removes makeup 100%, it doesn't clog the pores, and a little goes a long way.

I still love Mediheal sheet masks. I rarely use them now though. It's so hard to get them here, I have to get them online every single time. I would still use it on days I feel like pampering myself. 

I think the rest of the routine and product choice was pretty alright. I have completely stopped using vitamin C serums because they tend to be unstable quickly and they need more love and care and I couldn't keep up with it. Pixi Glow Tonic was my first acid. It's known as one of the great entry-level skincare acids. I think I made a great decision sticking to it for over a year and then replaced it with something new. 

Now...

My skincare routine consists of:

My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

AM Routine (in sequence)

  1. Loreal Micellar Water - to remove excess dirt or sunscreen
  2. Kayman CoalBerry Cleanser - gentle face wash to remove any excess film from the micellar water
  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum - spot serum to minimize pores, reduce sebum, and blemishes 
  4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - one of the best drugstore moisturizer for oily skin
  5. Some By Mi Calming Sunscreen - keep the skin protected from the UV, suitable for oily, acne-prone skin

PM Routine (in sequence)

  1. Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil - an effective way to remove makeup, light in texture, and leaves skin soft and hydrated
  2. Kayman CoalFace Soap - a low pH cleanser to deep cleanse in the evening 
  3. Some By Mi Miracle Toner - a gentle-on-skin chemical exfoliator (do not use every day)
  4. COSRX Snail Mucin Essence - a nice addition to achieve a bright, plump, and dewy complexion
  5. Kayman Skintella Serum - reduce redness, calms any irritations, and improves skin health
  6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - because I love this moisturizer so much I am still waiting for the launch of Kayman's new moisturizer

Talking about a glow-up. LOL. All jokes aside, the main difference between this year and a few years back is that my skincare routine has shrunk for the better and my skin has gotten less irritated which is awesome. My skin has also gotten more hydrated maybe because the products I have been using contain more humectants in them.

It's pretty much the same routine if I am being honest. I think it's just my choice of products has gotten better? I don't know but this routine works really well for me. Just keep in mind what works for my skin probably won't work on yours. The best advice is to understand your skin and incorporate products that work for you.

What is your skincare philosophy? Are you one of those who uses a lot of skincare or a minimalist?
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021

My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

Hello, everyone! A few days ago I was looking through my blog archives and realized it's been a hot minute since I last shared my skincare routine. I think this topic, in general, has been touched pretty little over time. I guess I am done with the oversaturated skincare contents on the internet.

I still do get a lot of questions on what products I have been using and stuff like that. I have been using a lot of new products I believe so I thought it would be interesting to be talking about skincare again today and see what products I have changed and whether or not I still see eye to eye with my past self. Go grab a cuppa because this is going to be a long one. (No, I am not sponsored) (Some links are affiliate links btw) 

My skincare philosophy

Honestly, I am more rigid now with my routines. I am seeing tons of positive results from it just by being firm and not changing it up much. It probably took me over a year to make little changes to my routines. I know there's no such thing as a single correct skincare routine, but I believe there's an optimal way to apply skincare products - whether if it's a minimal routine, or a go big or home 10-steps routine. 

  • My skin is oily and acne-prone I would say. It reacts almost immediately to every new skincare product I introduced to it. So my top priorities in my routines would be anti-acne, anti-inflammatoryanti-pigmentation, and of course, hydration because #HydrationIsKey

  • I swear by a minimal routine now. I used to have that 10 steps skincare routine and boy my skin hated it so much. Using too many products at one go can be pretty heavy on my skin and it gives the chance to clumping up and irritating my skin. 

  • I have high brand loyalty. Back in the day, I love to mix and match products from brands and I like to rotate them pretty often. Trying new skincare is like my middle name. Now, I am at peace with my skincare and they work so no point in changing them.

  • My skin has a pretty low tolerance for products that contain alcohol so please don't recommend products that contain alcohol even the littlest bit to me. And while I am okay with pleasant scents in skincare, I just can't tolerate rose scents. I don't know what's going on with my mind while purchasing the Mario Badescu Rose Water mist and the Fresh Rose Hydrating Toner.

  • I love humectants in my skincare products! I will spend hours just analyzing ingredients before buying anything skincare-related. I used to stay away from humectants because I thought they're too much for my oily skin. Well, look at me now. Products that contain high humectants rate wins my heart most of the time. They seem like they're only made to benefit people with dry skin, but humectants are just as awesome for oilier skin types as they hold moisture in the skin without adding more oil to it. 

  • I am all about the affordable, drugstore skincare products. While the high-ends might work better, I am fine with my inexpensive products that have proven to work for my skin. Skincare doesn't have to be expensive, in my opinion.

My skincare routine

I don't see many changes from the routine itself but I can definitely see changes in my choice of products and the usage. Now hear me out, just because I don't use products I have loved in the past doesn't mean I no longer recommend it - sometimes products got lost in the shuffle, and I have found similar products that work better. 

Then...

My skincare routine would look something like this:

My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

Some of the “eww(s)”

Okay, let's clarify the elephant in the room. St. Ives scrub. I wasn't getting a lot of hate because of this but that definitely left people to question my skincare philosophy. LOL. It wasn't so bad, though. At least it wasn't the apricot scrub. And I still remember that was my logic while using the St. Ives Green Tea scrub. It has really tiny beads and a smooth texture. Completely the opposite of the apricot scrub. I think that's kind of forgiving.

What's with the makeup wipes? Oh my gosh! I am so embarrassed right now. I used to be obsessed with Sephora's fruity makeup wipes. How I despise makeup wipes now. It's terrible for your skin because of the pressure you put on your skin to remove your makeup, all the dragging. UGH. I can't even believe it. 

To be fair, I didn't bother to put on sunscreen until it was 2018 or something. That's when I found out the importance of sunscreen tweets being recycled over and over on Twitter. So I gave in and bought my first sunscreen which was the infamous Biore UV Perfect Protect Milk Moisture and I hated it. It didn't suit my skin because it contains alcohol. 

Some of the yesses!

How could I not mention the aloe vera gel? My blog was getting tons of hits because of the post I wrote about aloe vera gel. They didn't make this anymore. It was my tried and true and I would still use this but I might need something else that will go with it to add more moisture to my skin. I wouldn't rely on the aloe gel alone. 

I am seeing better days when I started to take the first step of my routine seriously - adding the first cleansers. Note that micellar water isn't a makeup remover or a substitute for an oil-based cleanser of some sort. And I wouldn't recommend the Garnier Micellar Water blue cap though if your skin is acne-prone. I ditched it with the pink cap one and my skin definitely benefited more from it. As far as the Simple Cleansing Oil goes, that's my holy-grail. It removes makeup 100%, it doesn't clog the pores, and a little goes a long way.

I still love Mediheal sheet masks. I rarely use them now though. It's so hard to get them here, I have to get them online every single time. I would still use it on days I feel like pampering myself. 

I think the rest of the routine and product choice was pretty alright. I have completely stopped using vitamin C serums because they tend to be unstable quickly and they need more love and care and I couldn't keep up with it. Pixi Glow Tonic was my first acid. It's known as one of the great entry-level skincare acids. I think I made a great decision sticking to it for over a year and then replaced it with something new. 

Now...

My skincare routine consists of:

My Skincare Philosophy & Updated Skincare Routine

AM Routine (in sequence)

  1. Loreal Micellar Water - to remove excess dirt or sunscreen
  2. Kayman CoalBerry Cleanser - gentle face wash to remove any excess film from the micellar water
  3. The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum - spot serum to minimize pores, reduce sebum, and blemishes 
  4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - one of the best drugstore moisturizer for oily skin
  5. Some By Mi Calming Sunscreen - keep the skin protected from the UV, suitable for oily, acne-prone skin

PM Routine (in sequence)

  1. Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil - an effective way to remove makeup, light in texture, and leaves skin soft and hydrated
  2. Kayman CoalFace Soap - a low pH cleanser to deep cleanse in the evening 
  3. Some By Mi Miracle Toner - a gentle-on-skin chemical exfoliator (do not use every day)
  4. COSRX Snail Mucin Essence - a nice addition to achieve a bright, plump, and dewy complexion
  5. Kayman Skintella Serum - reduce redness, calms any irritations, and improves skin health
  6. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel - because I love this moisturizer so much I am still waiting for the launch of Kayman's new moisturizer

Talking about a glow-up. LOL. All jokes aside, the main difference between this year and a few years back is that my skincare routine has shrunk for the better and my skin has gotten less irritated which is awesome. My skin has also gotten more hydrated maybe because the products I have been using contain more humectants in them.

It's pretty much the same routine if I am being honest. I think it's just my choice of products has gotten better? I don't know but this routine works really well for me. Just keep in mind what works for my skin probably won't work on yours. The best advice is to understand your skin and incorporate products that work for you.

What is your skincare philosophy? Are you one of those who uses a lot of skincare or a minimalist?
Is 'Blogging For Fun' Still Relevant?

Sitting in front of my bedroom window earlier this evening thinking it has been almost 12 years since I hit publish on my first post, on my first blog. So much has changed since I started over lennezulkiflly.com in 2015. There definitely have been days where I feel like I'm not being as creative as I normally would. I totally have lost my blogging mojo. And to top it off, when was the last time I did a sponsored post?

Then I started to wonder, is anyone out there still blogging for fun? Is 'blogging for fun' still relevant? 

I think a lot of bloggers back then start their blogs because they have some kind of knowledge that they think would be cool to share online. And that's what made me start to take blogging seriously. I love sharing resources that I have put together in my own platform. Sharing knowledge about blogging, beauty reviews, and all that jazz is just one of the fantastic feelings. And when my personal experience can be helpful to someone even in the smallest bit, I am beyond happy. I guess that's probably the huge reason to motivate many people to blog, apart from making money out of it.

Maybe me sharing my skincare tips isn't anything impactful or groundbreaking, but it might help someone to slowly feel better by letting them to personally try the tips and that's always been my intention. To help others to feel the best version of themselves no matter what that might be.

Is 'Blogging For Fun' Still Relevant?

I know 2021 has just started but I have had a lot of lows already. And just recently I hear less and less about how people want to share their true experiences and more about how people want to make money so bad. I know this is a really trying time for us but I thought where was the intention that goes "I just want to share what I have learned this week!"? All I am getting is an "I want to get paid for this" vibe. I am not judging anyone. I am coming from a happy place, this is, of course, an observation of mine.

It's just not fair sometimes for someone to jump into digital content just to make money without having any passion behind it, putting your heart and soul into a content, or simply never blog for fun before. 

Obviously, doing something for fun is super subjective. To me, just because a blog doesn't make money, doesn't mean it's not a lot of work. And when a blog does make money, doesn't mean one can suck the fun out of 'blogging as a hobby'. 

As for me, I've blogged for fun and for money. I am doing a little bit of both but having fun is definitely my goal. 

I don't know where I am going with this blog post, but maybe someone can relate to it? Maybe it inspires someone out there to voice out their opinion. I hope having a blog as a hobby is never running out of style and that blogging for fun is still relevant. I want to help as many creators who put a lot of work into their content. I want to have fun for a bit with blogging this year. I can do it!

What do you think? Is blogging for fun still relevant? Would you still blog even if you never made money out of it?

Is 'Blogging For Fun' Still Relevant?

Is 'Blogging For Fun' Still Relevant?

Sitting in front of my bedroom window earlier this evening thinking it has been almost 12 years since I hit publish on my first post, on my first blog. So much has changed since I started over lennezulkiflly.com in 2015. There definitely have been days where I feel like I'm not being as creative as I normally would. I totally have lost my blogging mojo. And to top it off, when was the last time I did a sponsored post?

Then I started to wonder, is anyone out there still blogging for fun? Is 'blogging for fun' still relevant? 

I think a lot of bloggers back then start their blogs because they have some kind of knowledge that they think would be cool to share online. And that's what made me start to take blogging seriously. I love sharing resources that I have put together in my own platform. Sharing knowledge about blogging, beauty reviews, and all that jazz is just one of the fantastic feelings. And when my personal experience can be helpful to someone even in the smallest bit, I am beyond happy. I guess that's probably the huge reason to motivate many people to blog, apart from making money out of it.

Maybe me sharing my skincare tips isn't anything impactful or groundbreaking, but it might help someone to slowly feel better by letting them to personally try the tips and that's always been my intention. To help others to feel the best version of themselves no matter what that might be.

Is 'Blogging For Fun' Still Relevant?

I know 2021 has just started but I have had a lot of lows already. And just recently I hear less and less about how people want to share their true experiences and more about how people want to make money so bad. I know this is a really trying time for us but I thought where was the intention that goes "I just want to share what I have learned this week!"? All I am getting is an "I want to get paid for this" vibe. I am not judging anyone. I am coming from a happy place, this is, of course, an observation of mine.

It's just not fair sometimes for someone to jump into digital content just to make money without having any passion behind it, putting your heart and soul into a content, or simply never blog for fun before. 

Obviously, doing something for fun is super subjective. To me, just because a blog doesn't make money, doesn't mean it's not a lot of work. And when a blog does make money, doesn't mean one can suck the fun out of 'blogging as a hobby'. 

As for me, I've blogged for fun and for money. I am doing a little bit of both but having fun is definitely my goal. 

I don't know where I am going with this blog post, but maybe someone can relate to it? Maybe it inspires someone out there to voice out their opinion. I hope having a blog as a hobby is never running out of style and that blogging for fun is still relevant. I want to help as many creators who put a lot of work into their content. I want to have fun for a bit with blogging this year. I can do it!

What do you think? Is blogging for fun still relevant? Would you still blog even if you never made money out of it?
Let's Talk Cheeks | 10 Best Affordable Blushes

Hello, gorgeousness! It's been a while since my last Let's Talk Makeup series. So many of you loved this series and requested me to do the blush version. I am a big blush fanatic. I wear it every single time I do my makeup. I can never miss out on blush. I've been going ham with the blush. And I don't have an excuse why it took me so long to do this but today I am finally going to be sharing an updated drugstore/ affordable blushes that I think beat high-end. (Some links used are affiliate links)

1. Catrice Blush Box Water-Sweatproof Blush | Budget: RM15-RM18

This is my go-to blush. They have the most flattering blush shades in my opinion. If you like the classic Milani Luminoso blush, the one in Golden Coral is identical to that except it's not as luminous as the Luminoso. It has a silky matte finish that really promotes a healthy and natural glow. The formula is great, lasts a long time on my oily skin, and blends like a dream. My favorite everyday blush shade is in Nude Peach.

2. Essence Matt Touch Blush | Budget: RM13-RM15

Don't be fooled by the name. It's surprisingly so silky and definitely has a little hint of sheen that I like to call 'glow from within' type of sheen. It's so ironic that they call these blushes matte though. Anyway, the shade Cherry Me Up is my favorite! It's the perfect rosy-pink flush that I always want on my cheeks. Staying power is unexpectedly great for how freaking affordable it is, it's not powdery on the cheeks, it melts into your skin so well, but the only downside to it is that it does flake when you swirl your brush in the pan. 

3. Essence Satin Touch Blush | Budget: RM13-RM15

We're already talking about it so might as well just mention this one. This blush is something else. It has the I-just-came-from-the-cold-outside type of blush. At least that is the vibe I am getting with this blush. It makes you look really flushed from within. Something about it is just so effortless and natural and it just 'works' without trying too hard. So pretty on the cheeks but I forgot to mention earlier that Essence is the worst when it comes to packaging. I get it, it's not that deep, and what matters the most is the product, right? But I can't help it I keep losing the lid after several uses. It gets pretty annoying at this point. 

4. Maybelline Fit Me Blush | Budget: RM25-RM30

Maybelline has great blushes as well. The one in the shade Wine is my favorite. I've gone through so many of it already. It's so soft to the touch, it doesn't flake at all or dusty, it's almost like a baked formula but isn't. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. It gives you a just-nice satin finish. Pigmentation is where it's at. It can get pretty intense but I like to go ham with my blushes anyway. 

5. IN2IT Waterproof Single Blush | Budget: RM18-RM20

I used to be obsessed with IN2IT blushes. I still do, but I guess I like to try more from other brands as well now so IN2IT got pretty lost in the shuffle. But hey! Their blushes are some of the hidden gems. I just can't get only one shade from their blush collection. They have the best pigmentation, blend nicely on the cheeks also stays on my oily cheeks for a long period of time. 

6. IN2IT Sheer Shimmer Blush | Budget: RM18-RM20

If you're in for a shimmery blush, this one is for you. Shimmery blushes can be tricky because they accentuate every texture on the skin but I have never experienced that with this blush. The color payoff is pretty subtle but you can build it up and it looks so pretty. It feels like you have glowy cheeks with a hint of color. This can be double up as a blush topper or even an eyeshadow as well. 

7. Wet N Wild Coloricon Blush | Budget: RM20-RM25

The shade Pearlescent Pink is a classic! It's the perfect peachy pink nude shade with a lovely subtle golden sheen. The sheen gives you a lovely natural glow on the cheeks. You can tell by now I love blushes that have a little sheen or not flat matte in general. This is beautiful. The pigmentation is buildable. The formula overall is pretty impressive for how cheap it is! It's currently 50% off on Watsons so please get this classic flattering blush.

8. Rimmel Maxi Blush | Budget: RM23-RM25

Rimmel is one of those brands that are pretty hit and miss for me but I really do enjoy the formula of their blushes. It's pretty sheer when swatched, but it still looks stunning on the cheeks and blends seamlessly. Overall a hit for me but it's always the packaging that irks me. Well, it's not a biggie. As long as the product works, I am pleased.

9. Palladio Botanical & Vitamin Infused Matte Blush | Budget: RM25-RM28

This blush in the shade Chic in particular that made me fall in love once again with makeup after a long hiatus. It's not really matte blush in my opinion. It's more like a velvety matte and all of the shades are so flattering on my medium tanned skin. It's quite powdery when you swirl your brush in the pan but it's not chalky or appear powdery on the cheeks. 

10. Milani Rose Powder Blush | Budget: RM50-RM53

You can't go wrong with Milani blushes and the shade Romantic Rose so beautiful. It's exactly how it's described. A romantic rosy-pink shade. I think it's one of the perfect pink that's not too pink or muted and gives a nice subtle sheen on the cheeks. The color payoff is incredible, it's super wearable and versatile. It's quite pricey for the drugstore price tag but if you can snatch these while on sale, it's going to be worth it.

What's your favorite affordable blushes at the moment? Have you tried the ones I have mentioned?
  • Sunday, February 07, 2021

Let's Talk Cheeks | 10 Best Affordable Blushes

Let's Talk Cheeks | 10 Best Affordable Blushes

Hello, gorgeousness! It's been a while since my last Let's Talk Makeup series. So many of you loved this series and requested me to do the blush version. I am a big blush fanatic. I wear it every single time I do my makeup. I can never miss out on blush. I've been going ham with the blush. And I don't have an excuse why it took me so long to do this but today I am finally going to be sharing an updated drugstore/ affordable blushes that I think beat high-end. (Some links used are affiliate links)

1. Catrice Blush Box Water-Sweatproof Blush | Budget: RM15-RM18

This is my go-to blush. They have the most flattering blush shades in my opinion. If you like the classic Milani Luminoso blush, the one in Golden Coral is identical to that except it's not as luminous as the Luminoso. It has a silky matte finish that really promotes a healthy and natural glow. The formula is great, lasts a long time on my oily skin, and blends like a dream. My favorite everyday blush shade is in Nude Peach.

2. Essence Matt Touch Blush | Budget: RM13-RM15

Don't be fooled by the name. It's surprisingly so silky and definitely has a little hint of sheen that I like to call 'glow from within' type of sheen. It's so ironic that they call these blushes matte though. Anyway, the shade Cherry Me Up is my favorite! It's the perfect rosy-pink flush that I always want on my cheeks. Staying power is unexpectedly great for how freaking affordable it is, it's not powdery on the cheeks, it melts into your skin so well, but the only downside to it is that it does flake when you swirl your brush in the pan. 

3. Essence Satin Touch Blush | Budget: RM13-RM15

We're already talking about it so might as well just mention this one. This blush is something else. It has the I-just-came-from-the-cold-outside type of blush. At least that is the vibe I am getting with this blush. It makes you look really flushed from within. Something about it is just so effortless and natural and it just 'works' without trying too hard. So pretty on the cheeks but I forgot to mention earlier that Essence is the worst when it comes to packaging. I get it, it's not that deep, and what matters the most is the product, right? But I can't help it I keep losing the lid after several uses. It gets pretty annoying at this point. 

4. Maybelline Fit Me Blush | Budget: RM25-RM30

Maybelline has great blushes as well. The one in the shade Wine is my favorite. I've gone through so many of it already. It's so soft to the touch, it doesn't flake at all or dusty, it's almost like a baked formula but isn't. The finish is absolutely gorgeous. It gives you a just-nice satin finish. Pigmentation is where it's at. It can get pretty intense but I like to go ham with my blushes anyway. 

5. IN2IT Waterproof Single Blush | Budget: RM18-RM20

I used to be obsessed with IN2IT blushes. I still do, but I guess I like to try more from other brands as well now so IN2IT got pretty lost in the shuffle. But hey! Their blushes are some of the hidden gems. I just can't get only one shade from their blush collection. They have the best pigmentation, blend nicely on the cheeks also stays on my oily cheeks for a long period of time. 

6. IN2IT Sheer Shimmer Blush | Budget: RM18-RM20

If you're in for a shimmery blush, this one is for you. Shimmery blushes can be tricky because they accentuate every texture on the skin but I have never experienced that with this blush. The color payoff is pretty subtle but you can build it up and it looks so pretty. It feels like you have glowy cheeks with a hint of color. This can be double up as a blush topper or even an eyeshadow as well. 

7. Wet N Wild Coloricon Blush | Budget: RM20-RM25

The shade Pearlescent Pink is a classic! It's the perfect peachy pink nude shade with a lovely subtle golden sheen. The sheen gives you a lovely natural glow on the cheeks. You can tell by now I love blushes that have a little sheen or not flat matte in general. This is beautiful. The pigmentation is buildable. The formula overall is pretty impressive for how cheap it is! It's currently 50% off on Watsons so please get this classic flattering blush.

8. Rimmel Maxi Blush | Budget: RM23-RM25

Rimmel is one of those brands that are pretty hit and miss for me but I really do enjoy the formula of their blushes. It's pretty sheer when swatched, but it still looks stunning on the cheeks and blends seamlessly. Overall a hit for me but it's always the packaging that irks me. Well, it's not a biggie. As long as the product works, I am pleased.

9. Palladio Botanical & Vitamin Infused Matte Blush | Budget: RM25-RM28

This blush in the shade Chic in particular that made me fall in love once again with makeup after a long hiatus. It's not really matte blush in my opinion. It's more like a velvety matte and all of the shades are so flattering on my medium tanned skin. It's quite powdery when you swirl your brush in the pan but it's not chalky or appear powdery on the cheeks. 

10. Milani Rose Powder Blush | Budget: RM50-RM53

You can't go wrong with Milani blushes and the shade Romantic Rose so beautiful. It's exactly how it's described. A romantic rosy-pink shade. I think it's one of the perfect pink that's not too pink or muted and gives a nice subtle sheen on the cheeks. The color payoff is incredible, it's super wearable and versatile. It's quite pricey for the drugstore price tag but if you can snatch these while on sale, it's going to be worth it.

What's your favorite affordable blushes at the moment? Have you tried the ones I have mentioned?
Five Things In January 2021
My January was pretty packed. 

Anyway, I haven't done this in years. Haha! I thought I should bring back my Five Things from the archive of my blog because I can? I've never gone consistent with my monthly recaps. Let's be honest, how many monthly recaps that's been renamed (and also dumped) on this blog? What a shame. I love this one the most though, that's why I will try my hardest to consistently get my monthly updates up on the blog by the end of the month. Here to read my past Five Things.

1. Been featured on Vulcan Post!

This is, without a doubt, has to be the highlight of my January! I am still pinching myself that our CD painting business (@sistersandbrushes) got featured. Like, seriously?! If you didn't already know, my sister and I started taking our daily activities and turn it into a small business where we could earn a little commission in December last year. Didn't think we would get such amazing responses from people around us, let alone to be featured on an article. Up to this day, there really is nothing like the thrill and excitement of people reading and sharing the article that has your name, face and, work featured. 

I know I haven't had the time to write a post dedicated to our small CD painting business but I think this one's pretty fitting at this moment. Hopefully, you will get to know our story better after reading the article. It was wonderfully written by Faye Lee. She is a sweetheart. This opportunity has definitely helped us reach a milestone! 

Read the full article here

2. Job update

Sadly, no good news in this one. So far, I went for 2 job interviews this month and haven't heard back from them yet. I will try to have a positive mindset. I mean, whatever, I am managing my CD painting business, right? I am fully devoted to my brand new baby. I am still hopeful though that I will find a better opportunity during these tough times. Pray for me :)

3. Sugar cravings kick in

Curbing your sweet tooth isn't easy. Something about eating sugar just lifts up your mood. I can't be the only one that feels like this. My oven and microwave have been working day to night to fuel my crazy sugar cravings. I baked the infamous, easy to follow 1-minute-microwave brownie at 4 in the morning, twice. Is that not crazy? And I made brookies, again, just for fun. Who am I? I guess I am filling up those burnt fats all over again.

4. January's bullet journal setup

People normally share their bullet journal setup at the beginning of the month but I'll share it every end of the month, okay? I don't have any specific themes this month. I just went very simple with it and not too crowded. That's what I am aiming for. I have a mini January calendar, as well as a big one, expenses log, habit tracker, gratitude log, and weeklies. Simple but absolutely necessary for me.

Five Things In January 2021

5. A part of something super exciting!

On 18th January at 6pm, I was approached by Kayman Beauty to be one of the firsts to try their new moisturizer! I am pleased to report that I am loving the texture and I have no issues with it so far. It's so light and looks like it could be the moisturizer for oily skin. Now I know this moisturizer is not a miracle worker, I just happen to skipped makeup as often as I could these few days and only using gentle and hydrating products. I guess that helped a lot too. I am so excited for the release and I will definitely get it and replace my holy-grail drugstore moisturizer

Well, now it's your turn. How's your January?

Five Things In January 2021

Five Things In January 2021
My January was pretty packed. 

Anyway, I haven't done this in years. Haha! I thought I should bring back my Five Things from the archive of my blog because I can? I've never gone consistent with my monthly recaps. Let's be honest, how many monthly recaps that's been renamed (and also dumped) on this blog? What a shame. I love this one the most though, that's why I will try my hardest to consistently get my monthly updates up on the blog by the end of the month. Here to read my past Five Things.

1. Been featured on Vulcan Post!

This is, without a doubt, has to be the highlight of my January! I am still pinching myself that our CD painting business (@sistersandbrushes) got featured. Like, seriously?! If you didn't already know, my sister and I started taking our daily activities and turn it into a small business where we could earn a little commission in December last year. Didn't think we would get such amazing responses from people around us, let alone to be featured on an article. Up to this day, there really is nothing like the thrill and excitement of people reading and sharing the article that has your name, face and, work featured. 

I know I haven't had the time to write a post dedicated to our small CD painting business but I think this one's pretty fitting at this moment. Hopefully, you will get to know our story better after reading the article. It was wonderfully written by Faye Lee. She is a sweetheart. This opportunity has definitely helped us reach a milestone! 

Read the full article here

2. Job update

Sadly, no good news in this one. So far, I went for 2 job interviews this month and haven't heard back from them yet. I will try to have a positive mindset. I mean, whatever, I am managing my CD painting business, right? I am fully devoted to my brand new baby. I am still hopeful though that I will find a better opportunity during these tough times. Pray for me :)

3. Sugar cravings kick in

Curbing your sweet tooth isn't easy. Something about eating sugar just lifts up your mood. I can't be the only one that feels like this. My oven and microwave have been working day to night to fuel my crazy sugar cravings. I baked the infamous, easy to follow 1-minute-microwave brownie at 4 in the morning, twice. Is that not crazy? And I made brookies, again, just for fun. Who am I? I guess I am filling up those burnt fats all over again.

4. January's bullet journal setup

People normally share their bullet journal setup at the beginning of the month but I'll share it every end of the month, okay? I don't have any specific themes this month. I just went very simple with it and not too crowded. That's what I am aiming for. I have a mini January calendar, as well as a big one, expenses log, habit tracker, gratitude log, and weeklies. Simple but absolutely necessary for me.

Five Things In January 2021

5. A part of something super exciting!

On 18th January at 6pm, I was approached by Kayman Beauty to be one of the firsts to try their new moisturizer! I am pleased to report that I am loving the texture and I have no issues with it so far. It's so light and looks like it could be the moisturizer for oily skin. Now I know this moisturizer is not a miracle worker, I just happen to skipped makeup as often as I could these few days and only using gentle and hydrating products. I guess that helped a lot too. I am so excited for the release and I will definitely get it and replace my holy-grail drugstore moisturizer

Well, now it's your turn. How's your January?
Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

After several lockdowns, it's been pretty tough for me to get back to my productive self. I will have those days but most of the time I've been slacking. I am not saying this just for me. A lot of people go through the same thing as well. So, how do I get back on track? Bullet journal it is! I thought it would be fun and helpful to share with you bullet journal spreads I love that I currently use and have used in the past that definitely boost my productivity.

#1 Habit tracker

Being productive = having the right and enough energy to be that way. I never missed this spread in my bullet journal. It's a great way to build on healthy and positive habits and I just have to have it in my bullet journal. A few things I like to track such as working out, my AM and PM skincare routine, blogging, drinking enough water, and taking my meds. It's pretty easy to achieve, and I've definitely gone through so many styles of habit tracker already. I just love to switch things up. 

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#2 Weekly spreads

I love weekly spreads. Not going to lie, weeklies are one of the layouts that take up so much time to create. But it's a fun and efficient way to view the week at a glance on just a single (maybe two) pages. Weeklies definitely help me focus on important events, appointments, due dates, and help me plan other fun activities to incorporate in my week.

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#3 Spending/ expenses log

I initially wanted to add the budget tracker but that didn't work out for me so I am not recommending it to you guys. But this one right here is love. I absolutely love spending logs because they personally make me evaluate each and every purchase I did in that specific month and realizing I was spending money almost every day (yikes!). I know this is not some type of productivity spread but it's no doubt make me a little bit more organized where I can easily spot my problem areas and easy for me to analyze my finances each month. 

This is the only layout I've ever used to record my spending. It has the amount of money I spent, when and where I spent it, the category, and I also included types of payment method I used to pay for stuff. So, so handy dandy!

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#4 Inspiring quote spread

It's a simple page I fill in with a quote that always keeps me going. This is where I like to let out a little extra flair to make the page have its own splash of colors and creativity - lots of washi tapes and simple decorations/ doodles required. 

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#5 Gratitude log

My happiness spread. I like to keep a gratitude log that's really personal to me. I feel like when I am having a bad day that everyone and everything is against me, I will flip my gratitude page and count my own blessings. It helps a lot with my mental wellbeing and my physical health. I like to keep this one pretty simple "list" type and straightforward without too many decorations. 

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

That's about it for today. I really recommend you to have this in your bullet journal. These 5 simple spreads are effortless to do and kept me organized in so many ways. I hope this post is interesting and helpful enough for you. Thank you for sticking to the end with me! If you find it hard to stick to a bullet journal, read my previous post! <3

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas
Do you have a bullet journal? What spreads do you always have in your bullet journal?

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

After several lockdowns, it's been pretty tough for me to get back to my productive self. I will have those days but most of the time I've been slacking. I am not saying this just for me. A lot of people go through the same thing as well. So, how do I get back on track? Bullet journal it is! I thought it would be fun and helpful to share with you bullet journal spreads I love that I currently use and have used in the past that definitely boost my productivity.

#1 Habit tracker

Being productive = having the right and enough energy to be that way. I never missed this spread in my bullet journal. It's a great way to build on healthy and positive habits and I just have to have it in my bullet journal. A few things I like to track such as working out, my AM and PM skincare routine, blogging, drinking enough water, and taking my meds. It's pretty easy to achieve, and I've definitely gone through so many styles of habit tracker already. I just love to switch things up. 

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#2 Weekly spreads

I love weekly spreads. Not going to lie, weeklies are one of the layouts that take up so much time to create. But it's a fun and efficient way to view the week at a glance on just a single (maybe two) pages. Weeklies definitely help me focus on important events, appointments, due dates, and help me plan other fun activities to incorporate in my week.

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#3 Spending/ expenses log

I initially wanted to add the budget tracker but that didn't work out for me so I am not recommending it to you guys. But this one right here is love. I absolutely love spending logs because they personally make me evaluate each and every purchase I did in that specific month and realizing I was spending money almost every day (yikes!). I know this is not some type of productivity spread but it's no doubt make me a little bit more organized where I can easily spot my problem areas and easy for me to analyze my finances each month. 

This is the only layout I've ever used to record my spending. It has the amount of money I spent, when and where I spent it, the category, and I also included types of payment method I used to pay for stuff. So, so handy dandy!

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#4 Inspiring quote spread

It's a simple page I fill in with a quote that always keeps me going. This is where I like to let out a little extra flair to make the page have its own splash of colors and creativity - lots of washi tapes and simple decorations/ doodles required. 

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

#5 Gratitude log

My happiness spread. I like to keep a gratitude log that's really personal to me. I feel like when I am having a bad day that everyone and everything is against me, I will flip my gratitude page and count my own blessings. It helps a lot with my mental wellbeing and my physical health. I like to keep this one pretty simple "list" type and straightforward without too many decorations. 

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas

That's about it for today. I really recommend you to have this in your bullet journal. These 5 simple spreads are effortless to do and kept me organized in so many ways. I hope this post is interesting and helpful enough for you. Thank you for sticking to the end with me! If you find it hard to stick to a bullet journal, read my previous post! <3

Bullet Journal Spread Ideas
Do you have a bullet journal? What spreads do you always have in your bullet journal?

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