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Some Advice If You’re Breaking Out

 

As I’m typing this, it’s a Sunday afternoon (20th August to be exact) and I’m breaking out again. I may have mentioned briefly that I broke out some weeks ago – quite horrifically. Perhaps the worse breakout I’ve ever had in my adult life. In a way I didn’t know how to deal and the recovery took about two weeks which is really long in my books (but I realise this is different for everybody and for every breakout).

Today, I thought I’d give some advice on this front, as much as I’m still breaking out; though this time, it’s not so serious and I think more linked to ‘that time of the month’. Now, this isn’t a miracle guide by any means, but I think are some crucial steps that I’ve learnt over the years as well as more recently.

If you want, you can share some of your best tips in the comments too and make this a useful discussion for everyone! 🙂 Enjoy!

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From Left to Clockwise: The Body Shop Mineral & Ginger Conditioning Mask, The Body Shop Blue Corn 2in1 Scrub Mask (discont.), Dr Organic Aloe Vera Gel, The Ordinary Retinoid 2%, The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Solution

 

[See also: My Current Treatments Routine]

You’re not getting any younger, so don’t be lazy!

I know. Harsh. Except it’s so true. In the words of Caroline Hirons, you only get one face so don’t waste it. Do your double-cleanse. Perform your whole skincare routine before you go to bed and after you wake up. Wear your SPF so you don’t end up with hyper-pigmented spots/discolouration. It’s not as high-maintenance as it sounds – it only takes 5 minutes!

Admittedly, I think one of the main reasons I broke out as bad as I did was because I had a lazy skincare week. It’s hard to pinpoint reasons but even this week, I slacked a little in my evening skincare and I guess now my skin is paying for it by breaking out. I can no longer just use micellar water, pray for the best and still wake up with relatively nice, clear skin. So yes, this advice is also to myself. 😅

Don’t use a harsh cleanser

I wish someone could’ve said this to me when I was in high school. But you live, you learn. Like most teenagers, I started breaking out around 12 years old, and also like most teenagers, I tried to sought out the help of a harsh cleanser. I truly believed no pain no gain at that time in my life. I would resort to skincare with benzyl peroxide and/or salicylic acid. If it stung my face and I could tolerate it, then it was worth going through because that’s how it works, right? Wrong.

No matter what your skin type is, or how much acne you have, you should always use a gentle cleanser and alcohol-free toner. Using a harsh cleanser will only aggravate your skin more. It will over-strip your skin too which, if you have oily skin, congratulations by making it more oily! By over-stripping your skin, it thinks it needs more oil so you end up with more sebum production than before. Even if your skin can tolerate harsh chemicals – don’t chance it! There are better, better methods out there that are more sustainable. 🙂

Keep your hair away from your face

To be honest, I don’t tie my hair up 99% of the time. If I do tie my hair up, it is normally because I’m working out (or I’ve gone crazy). 😂 I used to get a lot more spots around my hairline than now, but it is still an issue simply because I don’t follow this simple rule! Why do I make my life harder I wonder…

If you are like me, you can use two other methods. When you are casually at home, you can just put your hair back, away from your face, with a hairband. If you have greasy hair, it’s good to clip the front section back so that it has no contact with your face.

Also – if you have acne-prone, combination/oily skin, then I really suggest you don’t get a fringe cut!

You are what you eat (and drink)

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Again, this is something I need to apply more to my lifestyle. I don’t drink enough water for one. I had the BEST skin when I was in university, because I drank a lot of water since there was a water-filling system in school and I would always re-fill my bottle (saved money too 😛). That was the only time in my life that I drank the required amount but now it’s not great. I really need to make the effort.

You should also watch out for your sugar and alcohol intake. These two especially, are very toxic for the body. Our bodies are programmed differently so either it can ‘tolerate’ or is more sensitive; but what doesn’t change is the very little value that alcohol and sugar have. Even if the outside is looking ‘fine’, the inside can’t be looking too good if these components are really high in your life so monitor accordingly.

I even found that cutting back on dairy helped a lot too.

Start recognising ingredients that are good and bad

It wouldn’t be a post by me if I didn’t mention skincare, right?! 😝

Depending on how sensitive, acne-prone or oily your skin is, it may be that your skin cannot handle certain ingredients so it ends up reacting. Next time you breakout and are 99% sure that it’s due to a product, discontinue use, read its ingredients list and do some research – you may find the culprit ingredient that breaks out your skin.  Some products are comedogenic so just be wary.

On the other hand, also start recognising the ingredients that are good for spotty, problem skin.

Below, I’ve provided some of my personal favourite ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera (I love using Aloe Vera Gel)
  • Charcoal
  • Clay
  • Ginger
  • Salicylic Acid
  • Retinol (I’d really recommend The Ordinary’s 2% Retinoid)
  • Vitamin C
  • Hyaluronic Acid

What are some of yours?


So here we have it!

The secret to good, clear skin can sometimes get the better of us, but there really is no other secret than looking after it and keeping with it like we do with our exercise, mind, career…you name it! But I promise it’s worth it, so don’t stress! 

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Review: Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (Beauty Glow)

You may have read my July Monthly Favourites recently, in which case, if you did, you would have seen that the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look in a Palette (Beauty Glow) was featured in it. It’s no secret then that this is going to be a positive review!

But hear me out – this is a big deal for me in many ways. For one, it’s the first palette that I can make use of 100%. The rest? You’ll have to read below!

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What is it?

It’s marketed as an all-in-one palette that achieves a look in 5 minutes! It’s a straightforward, no-fuss palette that’s numbered from 1-7 which is perfect if you’re a beginner.

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  • 1-3 are eyeshadow shades (2 shimmers, 1 matte)
  • 4 – bronzer
  • 5+6 are blusher shades (CT’s ‘swish + pop’ system – see below)
  • 7 – highlight

This Beauty Glow palette in particular, promotes a radiant, dreamy look. In fact, it’s inspired by Poppy Delevingne’s wedding makeup (Cara Delevingne’s sister if you didn’t quite work that out).

How much does it cost?

£49. ($75USD.) It’s expensive, but you get every bang out of your buck and more, considering how much the other CT products are. You need to also consider that this is essentially a look you’re getting from the palette with the exception of brows, mascara and lips.

To give you some insight:

  • Their eyeshadow quads are £39 ($53USD)
  • Their Bronze & Glow duos are £49 ($68USD)
  • Their blushers are £30 ($40USD)

Note: After doing some currency conversion, CT products are actually more expensive in the US so my opinion (from a UK perspective) may differ from yours in terms of price point.

Where from?

At your nearest CT counter! I would personally recommend getting the SA to demo the look on yourself just to get a look and feel of the product. That’s what convinced me to purchase in the first place!

Otherwise, you could purchase online on FeelUnique or the CT website itself.

Who is it for?

For the person who wants something special, but doesn’t want to commit to full-on glam as it can be too heavy coverage, and/or too time-consuming.

Also for the person who likes options, but not keen on spending time to explore her whole makeup collection…as stated, this is everything in one!

What made you buy it? 

I had seen it around on the internet, and next thing – I’m researching this product which has pretty positive reviews so I’m like, ‘Okay, maybe’. Actually, I didn’t like CT’s Magic Foundation so I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt on other CT products and this has…everything.

In the end, it was really the look that sold me.

Can you talk me through the ingredients? 

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Some notes on the ingredients:

  • Talc is first ingredient which is what helps with the very soft texture. May/may not put you off. Involved in many makeup products, the safety of this ingredient is still quite fuzzy though Paula’s Choice rates as ‘good’.
  • NOT paraben-free. There’s presence of silicons too. However, no other major red flags.
  • Product may be more beneficial on oilier skin (including oilier lids) than dry skin types due to presence of rice starch and corn starch which absorbs excess oil.
  • Mica is what provides the sparkle and shimmer in 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 + 7.

What do you have to say about it? 

Wow wow wow.

I’m really impressed. Where do I start?

The initial thoughts I had when the SA demo’d the whole palette on me was that the outcome was very natural and subtle yet it brought out all my features, and dare I say it? Made me glow. By subtle, I don’t mean that the shades are not pigmented but rather, they bring out tonal depth which yes, says you’re wearing makeup but also says you’re not trying too hard – it’s more like a built-from-within confidence. You want to shine but you don’t want to overpower – there is a difference.

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(Excuse my foot in the shot…oops!) Swatches L-R: Eyeshadow 1, 2, 3 | Bronzer 4 | Blushes 5+6 | Highlighter 7

Even after I bought the palette (which I pondered about for a few minutes before buying), I still wasn’t 100% sure if I had made the right decision. But this only took one demo by yours truly to decide it was worth the full £49.

You should ought to know that I don’t wear eyeshadow much at all. (Or for that matter, bronze, contour and highlight but we’ll get to that later.) Therefore my technique and experience with eyeshadows are very limited. It’s not that I’m not into eyeshadows (though yes – maybe it’s down to laziness), but I have found it difficult to work with my eyelids since I don’t have a lot lid space. Also – a lot of makeup looks don’t suit me. The best are those that are natural, pared down and simple.

Funnily enough, I do own the MAC brushes 217 and 239 as means to play around with eye makeup. Normally, it takes a lot of trials and errors for me to get an eye look right but in this case, I found it really easy to work with the CT shadows. I don’t consider myself to have great technique in eyeshadow blending but take it from me – these shadows and colours are fool-proof. You just can’t get it wrong which makes doing your makeup in 5 minutes really possible.

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The shadows are soft and a little goes a long way. You don’t need to dig into the palette – just a dab or two is sufficient. There is a tiny bit of kickback once you tap away the excess but nothing out of the ordinary. This eyeshadow trio helped to open the eyes and has convinced me that actually, I can do eyeshadow. 😛 What a nice surprise!

 

Moving onto pans 4, 5, 6 + 7, we have bronzer, two blushes and a highlighter. 

The bronzer looks really light in the pan but swatches really lovely on the skin. I don’t traditionally bronze or contour my face so I don’t own either products in my collection. But I do know that this doesn’t leave you looking orange or too dark (quite impossible at that)!

It adds a soft, healthy-looking glow and dimension to your face. I use the ‘3’ technique with a Real Techniques Blush Brush and it works just fine. Because of its lightness, again, you can’t go wrong – but it’s enough to make that subtle difference that’s impactful.

We are then presented with two blushes that we shall name ‘swish’ and ‘pop’ in this review. The phrase Swish and Pop is typically CT’s blush concept with swish being a base colour and pop being, well, a pop of colour on top!

Swish looks quite dark in the pan and quite intimidating if I do say so – I have nothing like it in my collection (and I love blush). But once swatched, it’s a rose-golden/bronzey shade that could be sisters with the bronzer! This would look even more amazing on sun-kissed, tanned skin. On me, it’s a tad dark but as long as I go in with a light hand and blend blend blend, it’s pretty nice and almost acts like a semi-contour shade too.

Pop is what I would call a true pink. It really balances the palette which would otherwise just be rose-golden/bronze tones. We were talking about healthy dimensions earlier and this shade is like the finishing touch – the ‘colour’. A simple dab is all I need for both cheeks and I’m happy with the result. Healthy. Glowing. But not OTT.

So far, it’s the most I’ve ever had on my face too (including foundation) and everything feels light and looks put-together. Normally, I wouldn’t use highlighter either (I guess I don’t follow makeup trends…can you tell?) but this highlighter is the perfect amount. It’s not chunky glitter. It’s not overpowering or blinding (I will never understand why that’s a thing). I would describe it as a translucent pearl sheen to the skin and it’s as subtle and natural that you will get with highlighters. If you’re a highlight fanatic, this won’t be enough but rest assured, there’s plenty to enjoy from the palette overall!

Pros:

  • Extremely versatile for many occasions (casual or formal).
  • Palette really does just take 5 minutes (or less)!
  • Eyeshadows are soft and blend easily. Rest of palette is very easy to work with.
  • Very beginner-friendly but more than a simple look. Palette isn’t intimidating.
  • Super travel-friendly (don’t forget – this is essentially a look in a palette so this will save a lot of baggage space!)
  • Rose-golden tones will suit a variety of light-medium skin tones and is fitting to palette name Beauty Glow.
  • The palette really presents a put-together look.

Cons:

I really have nothing bad to say! The slightest con I can say is that the ‘swish’ blush is a bit too dark (for me) so you have to be light-handed but it’s very easily fixable.

Other general points that I see as a con for other people:

  • The bronzer colour will be too light for deep skin tones

Overall Loving: 10/10


A super long post! But I felt like I had a lot I wanted to truly talk about regarding this product. If you have any more questions that this review didn’t quite cover then go ahead in asking some questions below. 🙂 ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Have you tried Charlotte Tilbury before? What are your thoughts? 

As always, thanks for reading.

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Current Thoughts At Half Past Ten

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Picture Credit – Tumblr: morgxnofficial

My wet hair is wrapped up in a blue towel, and I’m in the midst of my skincare routine – that’s how casual this post is going to be!

Originally, I had planned for another bullet journal post, documenting my recent pages (by recent, I mean in the last month or so) but as it stands, British weather has kicked in – it was dark and raining quite heavily. The type where you want to be indoors all day but most of all – where there’s no decent amount of natural lighting for you to take pictures. So I’ve postponed it for now. It’ll likely be up later in the week though I’ve just checked that the weather just isn’t promising for the next few days. I’ll find a way!

This post isn’t a filler by any means either. Just moved from Friday’s post to today instead, because I have in fact, been having a lot of thoughts lately and it’s nice to spill once in a while… 😛

On Sunday, I went to my best friend’s Open Mic event that she hosted (she’s a writer herself) and though I could only stay an hour because I had some place else to go, it was great! Actually, it was my first Open Mic event that I’ve ever been to and I truly applaud the writers and poets who read their work out. I’m a bit rubbish myself on this front (I’m really not a natural talker) but of course, I realise that this takes much practice in itself!

If you follow me on my Instagram, I actually started ‘vlogging’ a bit more on my Instagram Stories. Hell, I’ve been trying to vlog for months (notice that I say ‘trying’ meaning I never ever uploaded it to my Stories) and it’s taken many takes before I could finally look at the camera and feel more myself. Being on-camera is more challenging than one imagines! I won’t vouch that I’ll do this often but I do hope to get to a level where I feel natural and comfortable to just talk in front of a camera. I never really liked the sound of my voice either but I thought I should start getting used to that too! Basically, I’ll be practicing because having a voice especially in this day and age is super important.

Speaking of challenge, I’ve started getting back into a fitness routine since last week. (I was slacking for what seemed like the longest time.) Today I participated in a HIIT workout (I follow Fitness Blender on YouTube) and finished the full 38 minutes so I’m really happy with that. It’s been months since my Reset: 7 Changes I’m Making in 2017 post and I’m still struggling with consistency! But I keyed in the workout today in my bullet journal and look to plan the rest of my workouts for this week. I think seeing a visual schedule will really help me if I really want to succeed. Funny how our minds work, right?

The other thing that I wanted to mention is actually the rise in price in some beauty products – particularly luxury items. I wonder if anyone else has noticed? (This may be UK exclusive.) This has really caught my eye recently and it’s made me question how much is too much for a product? How much are people willing to pay for a product until they decide that actually, it’s too expensive for what it is? Do people continue purchasing after the price rise? What are people looking for?!

Just to give you a few examples: Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil is now £20 (compared to £18.50 when I bought it). MAC lipsticks are £16.50 (£15.50 before). The Naked palettes are £39.50 (£38.50 before).

It all quickly adds up, and though I don’t shop luxury items that much, it’s made me think about curbing my spending a bit more. Don’t be alarmed either if I have upcoming drugstore products to try-out since I want to find a lifestyle that’s sustainable – and this includes spending. I may even write a post on saving money and tips that could help you out if you’re struggling? Besides, I have two upcoming vacations booked and I really need to save money for then!

Right. Last topic that’s been on my mind!

I follow an Instagram account by the username, detailorientedbeauty also known as Arly. Recently, she has been writing articles for VictoriaHealth who I readily order from as soon as I’m low on The Ordinary Skincare. Anyways, that’s not the point.

Arly wrote an excellent article some weeks ago, that raised an issue that I feel has been floating in the air for quite some time. [You can read it here – I’d really recommend it.] I’m just glad that someone has picked up on the issue of the beauty community upon social media being a little more toxic than previous years. As a blogger, I can’t comment too much simply because I haven’t been participating in it long enough to know (the same goes to Instagram actually to which – I hate the new algorithm!).

However, as a long-time YouTube viewer, I really notice the difference. I wonder if you – my readers – have noticed too? Some of the content is just not the same. HD viewing? Yes.  But I feel as though passion has been drained. It no longer has the charm of the girl who filmed in her bedroom and just simply wanted to talk beauty. Now it’s all too serious, too quickly and if you speak too much, you’re ‘entitled’ and if you don’t, well, you didn’t do your job right. Something’s gone amiss and it doesn’t feel right. I actually miss 2013/2014 YouTube.

At least I know the WordPress community here is forever wonderful! 🙂


Sorry if this post is longer than usual. See you soon though in my next one which hint: it’s a beauty review! 😉

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July Monthly Favourites ft. Charlotte Tilbury, H&M + Etude House!

I actually couldn’t tell you what happened in July, except for the fact that I watched a lot of Wimbledon tennis for most of it. Otherwise the month just flew by as if we just skipped a month and said hello to August which also – what’s that all about?!

I can however tell you what I’ve been really loving in the past month and wouldn’t you believe it…there is only one skincare product! As such, I’ll start with that first.

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Featured in this post:

The Body Shop Mineral & Ginger Warming Mask
Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in ‘Beauty Glow’
Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo in ‘#1 Dark Brown’
H&M Precision Sponge in ‘Natural White’
Palmolive Milk & Honey Shampoo
VO5 Revive Me Daily Conditioner

 

Breaking out? You need a skin conditioner: A few weeks ago, I had one of the most horrific breakouts in my adult life, which I’m still trying to work out (more on that in another post). I masked a lot in those two weeks of recovering (!!) which lead me to re-discover a skincare favourite. It’s  The Body Shop Mineral & Ginger Warming Mask. I always turn to this if I’m breaking out badly with bumpy, congested and blotchy skin. It helps to really soften and calm the skin whilst still deep-cleaning it. Now, it’s not a miracle worker, but over time it really helped my skin recover.

All I ever needed in one place: I recently treated myself to the Charlotte Tilbury Instant Look In A Palette in ‘Beauty Glow’ and I kid you not, I haven’t used anything else! At the time of purchase, I still wasn’t sure if I was making the right decision even though the SA had made up my look with the palette. (I loved the outcome but I’m fickle because I wonder if I’m swayed to buy things due to hype.) I bit the bullet and I’m so glad I got it! It’s really subtle and natural yet it brings a lot of depth to your complexion. Beauty glow was indeed a perfect choice of name and honestly, I will review this product soon because just look at it!:

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The quickest brows achieved: I may have mentioned that I finished my Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and so next in line to use was this: Etude House Drawing Eyebrow Duo in ‘#1 Dark Brown’. Funny story, the eBay seller sent me the wrong brow product though from the same line. She realised this and quickly sent the correct one. This is the wrong one but I prefer this one. One end is a brow pencil to shape and the other end is brow powder to fill. The effect is defined but soft brows which makes for a change since I think a strong brow doesn’t suit my look!

Remember to dampen your sponge…it’s magic!: I purchased two of the H&M Precision Sponge in ‘Natural White’ a few months ago so they are not new in my kit since I have been using them. But – I recently started dampening them much more under the tap and this has helped so much. The sponge expands quite a bit and becomes so much softer. Normally, I spray water however this feels tedious and with little effect. The finish of my makeup has become much nicer with a damper beauty blender! There is another version that’s pink too but in a different shape, so I’ll have to pick that up next time.

Moving into new territory with a familiar brand: The Palmolive Bath Milk is a family favourite – I practically grew up with it. So when I came round to trying the Palmolive Milk & Honey Shampoo, I didn’t know what to expect to be frank with you. The aftermath is that I came to really like it! I feel that this grooms my hair without stripping it. My scalp feels good too – not irritated at all. I don’t have a favourite shampoo but I would definitely purchase this again.

The sweetest hair product that smells like skittles: Fun fact: I don’t always use conditioner. The reason being is that my hair can get greasy real quick. I later realised that shampoo, and especially conditioner, affects it depending on which I use. I even go through phases where I don’t use conditioner at all but lately I have been. The VO5 Revive Me Daily Conditioner has taken my fancy! It doesn’t weigh my hair down and softens it just enough that my hair doesn’t get too greasy too quick. (I have used shampoo before where next day, my hair is looking greasy…sad times.) Actually, my oily hair has improved so much these few years that I’ve retained some sanity!

 


It’s been a successful month in trying out new products I’d say! What about you? Any particular favourites?

Many people are already saying how summer is coming to a halt soon, now that it’s August; but for us in the UK, I feel like it never began. 😂 Believe me when I say that it is currently raining heavily now… Oh well, I’m just thankful that I’m going away soon next month to Berlin, so expect some travel-related posts!

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Bullet Journal Staples – What I Use To Make Each Page My Own

My last post about starting my bullet journal got a lot of love and just overall, exceeded my expectations in its response, so thank you so much for all the love! ❤

As promised, I said that I’d write a follow-up post regarding what stationary I use to make each and every page my own. If you’re a student, just graduated or simply a stationary hoarder, then you might find that you don’t need to buy much else to start your bullet journal! Or at least, that’s what I found. Otherwise, here’s an idea of what I use and what you could add to your collection!

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Featured in this post:

LEUCHTTURM 1917 Notebook Medium (A5), Softcover, Dotted
STABILO point 88 fine 0.4 Fineliner
STABILO BOSS Original Highlighter
docrafts ARTISTE Dual Tip Brush Markers (I own all 3 packs)
Crayola Supertips Washable Markers (24 pack)
ZIG Art & Graphic Twin Marker
Assorted Washi Tape (linked is the EBay seller I bought from)

Notebook Choice + Paper Quality

Before I really talk about the pens and markers, I want to talk about the notebook itself. Since using the LEUCHTTURM 1917 Notebook Medium (A5), Softcover, Dotted, I cannot stress enough how important quality of paper is. Along with a good quality pen and marker, the experience feels a lot nicer than say, if you were just scribbling notes down which you end up trying to read months later. It’s just not going to happen.

As much as the bullet journal is ongoing, it becomes a keepsake too; and I think investing in a good quality notebook submits to that. The Leuchtturm 1917 notebook is one I can testify to being easy to work with – plus each page lies down flat! Of course, I realise that these notebooks are pricey but I absolutely don’t regret buying it. I believe it’s made all the difference – it really feels like my own customised book!

Am sure that there are cheaper alternatives but none that I can recommend at this moment. The reason going down to paper quality, weight and design which are likely to affect the tools used upon them. Paper will either take a product or not. If it doesn’t then you might find the product bleeds through the page (though this may be down to the tool itself too).

Remember – you don’t have to go out and get the most expensive notebook but just one that suits your needs!

Pens + Markers

I’m sure that you will already have a pen (!!) but I couldn’t tell you enough how important quality pens are. The type that’s smooth and doesn’t drag, skip or smudge on paper.

I’m conscious that I’m being rather technical here but it’s these little things that help enliven a bullet journal experience, much like an artist experience. Yes, it is about technique and a good hand, but these can only be as good as what the tool allows for you to do. (Think makeup brushes or painting brushes.)

Here’s a full selection of what I’m currently using:

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And some swatches, if interested:

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STABILO point 88 fine 0.4 Fineliner:

This isn’t my most favourite pen but I do like it a lot. If the nib was just a tad bit thinner (like a 0.3) then I think it’d be perfect but that’s just me being picky! Otherwise, I really like these – plus they are relatively inexpensive.

The ink is really black, dries quick and therefore doesn’t smudge. Fineliners or gel ink pens are always a great option for bullet journaling as they glide on the paper rather than scratch it.

STABILO BOSS Original Highlighter:

I have a lot of these lying around my house from years ago so I didn’t have to buy any! (That’s another thing – make sure you check what you have before attempting to buy new stationary for the journal.)

I typically like using these to enhance titles [see below], make check boxes or to simply line. The neon colours add a nice touch of colour to any page!

docrafts ARTISTE Dual Tip Brush Markers:

I got these a few years ago and so way before I started bullet journaling. They are in packs of 12 and there are 3 colour versions – all of which I own.

For what they are, I think that they’re overpriced but at the time I did get them cheaper (£9.99 a pack as opposed to £15.99). One end is more like a felt tip and the other – a fineliner which is a good option if you want to switch to a coloured pen from time to time.

One minor complaint – some colours don’t swatch how they look but the markers themselves are nice to use albeit not the best.

Crayola Supertips Washable Markers (24 pack):

Right off the bat, I’m going to recommend you this option for its price point, versatility, quality and ease of use. I see these used in a lot of bullet journal flatlays on Instagram actually, and it’s easy to see why.

The tip is designed really well so that you can make broad or narrow strokes depending on how you hold the pen. These are particularly great for typography as you can get the best of both worlds, plus they dry quick. I love the colour pigmentation – they’re vibrant and fun to use.

ZIG Art & Graphic Twin Marker:

Unless you’re into Art & Design or love stationary, then I don’t think these pens are a necessity at all. However, if you want to go the extra mile and add colour depth, then you can consider these for effect. They provide a lovely watercolour finish. You should know too that Japanese pens never disappoint and these are no exception!

Putting Into Use

I thought I’d give an example of how I put said stationary into action! Of course, I don’t try to use everything – which really is the key. Select your materials and own the page!

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I hope this has been somewhat helpful. I know it looks daunting but the best advice I can truly give is to go for it, and to create a page that suits your needs! If you’re a minimalist then you might find you only need some highlighters and a pen. I, personally, have always been a colourist so hopefully my bullet journal reflects that.


Feel free to show me your bullet journals! I’d love to see. 🙂

In the next week or so, I’ll be showing the latest in my bullet journal (from July onwards) so stay tuned! What else would you like to see?

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