The Mission To Improve My Skin #8

Life has been really busy lately, and I've completely neglected this blog in favour for more important matters, such as helping organise my nephew's first birthday party. I also made and decorated his cake, four dozen sugar cookies and as many cupcakes. It was themed after Giggle and Hoot, so I had to work with an orange and blue theme, which was super cute. I made Swiss meringue buttercream for the cake and cupcakes, and it produced the silkiest and lightest buttercream that I've ever tried. I used Buttery Nuttlex for the butter component because of Jasper, my nephew,  who is allergic to dairy. It tasted exactly like the real thing, if not better.

I had to take yesterday off from work because I woke up with a really sore back that made it so difficult to walk or sit. I was in so much pain that lasted through the night, and it's still really difficult to sit down for a long period of time. It's a lot more bearable than it was yesterday or the day before, so I should be able to power through at work tomorrow, hopefully.

Now that life is no longer as busy, I should be able to get everything back on track and have things going more smoothly for the month of June. Cat and I are sending each other our care packages sometime in the coming weeks, and I can't wait for her to receive her new goodies. The funny thing is that this time it's more stationery-based rather than beauty, as she's gotten me into the world of planning.

Why? Because she bought me a Happy Planner and I'm a creative person, that's why. In the span of two weeks, I've gone from owning 3 washi tapes to having over 20. Mostly thanks to Naomi after she bought them for me in Japan.

Anyhoo, it's the end of May and it's about damn time I posted this after missing out on last month.

Sunday 2 April
Today was my cousin's son's Christening, and even though I don't agree with the idea, I attended the event. My face was a bit too greasy for my liking because I had just exfoliated my skin with the Nip+Fab Glycolic Acid Fix.

Sunday 9 April
I find that neglecting my skincare really makes a huge difference to how my skin reacts. One, when I skip my skincare routine, I find myself picking at my skin, and everyone knows that's a recipe for pimples. Two, my skin dries out quite a bit, yet becomes super oily, and it results in a lot of texture. I'll be honest with you here - I have not been keeping consistent with my skincare routine. It is very sporadic and there are often a day or two where I just go without a lick of moisturiser. I'm starting to be more diligent again with my skincare, and on day two I'm noticing a reduction in texture. I'm also using half as much moisturiser on top of the Hylamide Hyaluronic Acid Serum, and that's helped a lot with the stinging while keeping my skin hydrated.

Friday 14 April
I really need to kick this horrible habit of picking at my skin, it's not doing me any favours and just makes my foundation look awful because of all the scabs and craters I keep causing. I also have to drink more water - I barely drink more than one bottle a day, and that's shameful. I'm down to just three or four products when I do my skincare routine, and I find that the condition of my skin hasn't gotten any worse. I'd go so far as to say that my skin prefers it this way. I wonder if I should ease up on how often I use the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid toner, because I use it twice a day. I apply it before I apply the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, which I use in the mornings. 

Tuesday 18 April
I pretty much let my skincare slide on Sunday due to being busy and lazy to find the time to do my skincare routine in the morning and the evening, respectively. I've got this massive under-the-skin pimple that isn't visible, except for a very faint purplish mark, on my cheek, and it's sore when I apply pressure to it. I had a similar one on the left of my chin, which I mercilessly attacked, causing the skin to become flaky and scab over, even though there's no blood.

Monday 1 May
I've been dreadfully busy the past week or so, packing up my stuff to move back to my mum's. As a result, not only have I neglected my blog, I've also neglected my skincare. I've gone days without a lick of cleanser, though I made some effort to use moisturiser twice a day. At least this way my skin wouldn't go dry and I wouldn't give into the habit of picking at my face. I switched back to my old Natio favourite, the Age Restore Cleansing Milk, as I find that to work better with my skin. I'm limiting the use of the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid toner to just once or less than that per day, to see if it makes a long term difference. The lack of cleansing has caused some of my pores to become really clogged.

Sunday 14 May
I ordered The Ordinary's Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA moisturiser and it arrived just a few days ago. I've been using it ever since, and it is great. It's non-greasy, doesn't leave a residue and sinks in quickly. My skin hasn't broken out, nor has it developed dry patches. I'm actually closer to a better routine for my skin, and I'm even finding fewer pimples these days. I had one above my lip, but that was hormonal, as it was approaching that time of the month.

Sunday 21 May
I'm actually on the right path for once when it comes to my skincare, and I could not be more happy. I'm experiencing fewer pimples overall, and my complexion is evening out more and more as the days go on. I no longer use Sukin in my skincare routine, as I found out people were reporting breakouts with their skincare range. Not only that, they're also packed full of oils and other ingredients that don't serve any particular purpose. Since I've stopped using them, I see a huge improvement. I'm looking forward to using up the Mario Badescu Glycolic Acid Toner so I can replace it with The Ordinary's one that has a higher Glycolic Acid content. They've also got a chemical exfoliating mask that looks powerful enough to get right into my blackheads and clogged pores.

Wednesday 31 May
The Ordinary's Natural Moisturizing Factors moisturiser has become my favourite moisturiser to date. I love that it doesn't leave a greasy residue, and it deeply hydrates my skin without feeling so heavy. My skin doesn't get as oily as it used to get, but it feels much smoother and softer. I've not used the Mario Badescu toner much in the past couple of weeks due to laziness, but I think that's why I've still been getting small pimples in the most random places where I don't normally get them. My skin feels a little dry at times, but that is when I've become too lazy or too tired do my routine.

I'm really excited about getting my planner from Cat, because I'll actually be able to start organising things better, including this blog. I'll have a checklist for my skincare, to remind me to take my supplements and to keep track of my water intake. I love that I can customise the pages to just the way I want it, and if I wanted to, I could have a themed weekly layout. I know that I'm definitely creating a Game of Thrones layout for when the new season begins in July. Because I've been confined to my desk chair or my bed, I whiled away the time making stickers on Photoshop for Game of Thrones week.

Does anyone use and decorate a planner? Let's chat below, I need more planner friends!


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