Jolien, 28, Brussels - Belgium


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It's been a while since I've written a personal update. It's been 2 months since I've actually written a blog post. I think I find it easier to blog when I'm sad and I haven't been sad enough apparently. Things are going well. I'm inspired, I'm getting to know myself, my new and improved self. I can tell I'm slowly falling in love. I can feel my self acceptance is growing and how all the healing is making me glow from the inside out. I'm still afraid, a lot of the times, and I hold onto old coping mechanisms but the process of letting go has been easier. I'm letting go over and over again until I no longer feel the need to go back. I've changed a lot in the past 6 months. I project less, I take care of myself in social situations, I'm more confident and I don't take what people say to heart anymore. The way I speak has changed also. I'm now in a phase where I can clearly tell what old me would have said or done and where new and improved me carefully chooses her words and expresses her opinions.
Skin Care Routine For Acne Prone Skin

There's nothing more staggering than having great skin your whole life and waking up one day with a face covered in acne, in your late twenties. I didn't know what to do, I'd never needed a skin care routine before. I could use pretty much anything they had at the drugstore; cheap makeup wipes, moisturisers, face masks, budget foundations and primers. I quickly learned that those days were over. Now I know what serums are, toners, products with comedogenic ingredients. It's taken me 2 years but I've finally reached a point where I'm really confident and happy with my skin care choices. Of course, I still have instances where my skin isn't having the best time but thankfully I manage to cope with those moments as well. My skin is smooth and more importantly fresh and happy. So, if you are someone who struggles with adult acne or with acne in general, here are my personal skin care favorites and recommendations for treating and preventing breakouts successfully.

When I was younger I used to feel guilty about a lot of things. Things that were out of my control and that often weren't my responsibility. I feel a lot of sadness about the way I grew up, if only my parents had dealt with their demons when they should have, I wouldn't have spent my childhood with all their feelings nagging on my heart. Many times I was desperate and I wish I would have learned back then that I shouldn't have been carrying around that pain that wasn't mine. It wan't easy to let go but I did. Now I feel guilty about other things, my lack of self confidence is one of them. I also have a little bit of a hard time adulting sometimes, I don't trust myself just yet. I'm hoping that writing everything out will help me to put some of my struggles into perspective. Here are 4 things I feel guilty about right now.

I wouldn't say I have the worst track record of being a friend but it's for sure not getting any better as I'm getting older. You see, when we are young we're kind of forced to do the whole socialising thing, but now that I have aged, now that I'm damaged and now that I have absolutely no desire to put up with bullshit, it's definitely gotten worse. I've always considered myself as someone who's easy going and kind but it's hard being a good friend when you struggle with your mental health. It's hard to make friends and it's hard to keep up with friends. I'm not good at keeping up with people. I'm good at being a girlfriend and a best friend to my boyfriend but that's about it. I'm not a flaky kind of girl but I ghost, a lot of the times. I mean, imagine trying to ghost the person you live with, that'd be weird.
Rabbit Care How To

You were stupid enough to buy a bunny for Easter so what do you do now? Don't worry, we'll figure everything out, no reason to panic just yet. When I got my first pet rabbit I also didn't know what I was doing, we are now almost 1 year on and I cannot imagine not having my baby bunny. You see, Chloé was an impulse buy at a pet shop, I imagine yours was too, and even though that was definitely already mistake number one when it comes to getting a pet, being a bunny parent can be absolutely amazing. Anyway, let's look at the hard facts: you got a bun and you need to take care of it - well I have news for you, forget everything you think you know about rabbits because you're wrong and most of what you were told at the pet shop was a lie too. So, here's your guide to being the best bunny parent you can be!

Everyone wants to have their shit together, or most of us do - or want to make it look like we do. Sometimes, doing life just isn't that easy and that is where we fake it until we make it. Some of us have it just that little bit easier than others to make it look like we're okay when we're actually not. As a person who suffers from depression and anxiety I'm confronted with ignorance about mental illness every day. People think I'm fine because I like to wear makeup and nice clothes, have a clean house and am in a long term relationship. Mental illness can mean many things and has many different ways it manifests itself. You don't look sick, they say. Well, here are 23 ways to trick people into thinking you're actually living your best life. Where's my Oscar for pretending my life isn't falling apart?
L'Oreal Tecni Art

Back in November 2017 I finally found the courage to see a professional hair dresser and transform my look. I'd always had nice, long hair but it was thin, flat and lifeless. I decided to cut it short and ask for balayage highlights. I wanted volume and I wanted hair that was easy to maintain and to style. Hello glow up! I'd made an entire Pinterest board to show my hairdresser exactly what I was inspired by and I've been going to the same salon ever since. It's been 2 years of touch ups every 3 months and even though it definitely is a luxury my hair has been worth every penny. It was also then that I started to realise how important it actually is to use professional hair styling products and tools, to have healthy bleached hair. L'Oreal Professionnel Belgium kindly sent me an array of their new Tecni Art hair products, to test and try. Everyone knows, L'Oreal makes a great hair spray but what is Tecni Art all about? When I do my hair I want to be confident that it will stay. I want to feel and look beautiful. More importantly I need a product that I can trust. Here are my thoughts!