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My name's Jo and I'm your everyday high school student obsessed with YouTube. Follow my blog for posts about my struggles, tips to get through school and more. I promise I'm interesting.

Clearasil Ultra 5 in 1 Wash - Review

In one of my last blog posts, I reviewed three skin care scrubs that are typically used to help with acne. Today, I’ll be reviewing one, but giving a much more detailed review.

Here is the product in question: Clearasil Ultra 5 in 1 wash.



I’ve been using it for about a week and a half, and it’s helped quite a lot. The majority of my pimples are gone and there is only a few left on my hairline.

Let me know if you guys have any products that are good for acne!
-Jo

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Skincare

Hey everyone!

I’ve been struggling with acne for about a year now, so about two months back I went out and bought a few different products to try on my skin and see how my acne was going.

There’s a few positive and negative results about these, but just remember that everyone’s skin is different so some that worked for me might not work for you and vice versa.

Today, I’m talking about these three products; two of which are Neutrogena, one of which is Bioré.

As you can clearly tell, I’ve been using them quite a lot.


Neutrogena Oil Free Daily Scrub

As you can tell, I really was using this one daily. Every night in the shower, I would apply this and then wait about five minutes before removal. The day after the first night of use was a beacon of hope- a lot of my pimples had either shrunk or just vanished entirely.

Hyped, I continued to use it but there wasn’t much change after that; though it did leave my skin feeling as soft as a baby’s, which is definitely a bonus.

I definitely do recommend this one, though it might not work for you.

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

This one had been recommended to me by one of my friends who also has acne. She said it was really affective and worked great for her, so I decided to give it a try. However, this one didn’t have that much of an affect as I had hoped. While it brought some down, it didn’t seem to do much at all. Obviously, this one works better on some skin types than others, so I recommend getting it anyway as it might work for you.

It left my skin feeling kind of rough.

Bioré Detoxify Daily Scrub

This came in a really small test bottle for free, and I haven’t bothered to replace it yet (like I haven’t with the others). This felt really nice once I wiped it off of my face. I’ve been using this one after I take my makeup off to keep pimples at a minimal. I definitely recommend getting this one, though I apologise if it doesn’t work as well for you as it does for me.
I hope this helped you in some way, and let me know if you tried any of these, and if they worked.

Would also appreciate suggestions for skin care products in the comments.

Love, Jo.

x

Gardening

Today my mum and I decided to finally tackle the big job that needed doing: the garden.

Even today, we didn’t finish it. But we did put a lot of effort into it.


The front garden after we had tackled a lot of the weeds.

The entire front garden was covered in weeds, so we were at it with our hands, hoes and shovels for a good two hours pulling half of them out. After a while, we did get tired so we put sugarcane mulch down in the corner to stop weeds growing in that specific patch. We would have covered the entire area, but one bale of it costs $20 and it only covered that one area. It would be really expensive to buy multiple bales at this stage.


The red ponytail overlooking the garden of weeds.

Mum and I also watered the plants in the front and back so they all had a nice drink to stay healthy. It is winter currently though, so we didn’t give them too much to drink.


The green ponytail overlooking the garden of weeds.

Mum and I also finally got around to properly planting our lettuce and garlic into bigger pots.


The side garden and the pots of garlic and lettuce.


Here’s some tips on working in the garden!

  1. Wake up early. It is important that you make the most of your day in the garden, wasting no time.
  2. Take only short breaks. You want to stay motivated!
  3. Don’t get sidetracked by other things! Keep working at the task at hand.

Hope you enjoyed this post.

Love, Jo.

xx

Schoolwork Tips

If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for study tips, or great sites to go to for information or something.

But this, my friends? This is how to cheat your way into victory.

I had to create an essay WW1 so I printed out two textbook pages and got a lot of my information from them. I even included some of the pictures for extra credit.

I’ve had ten and a half years of schooling, so I guess you could say I’m fairly ‘skilled’ at the subject.
1. Making it look like you’ve done more work than you actually have.

If you’re like me, you like talking to your friends. A lot. Then the teacher asks how much work you’ve done, but you’ve got nothing to show them. Well, here’s some tips to make it look like you’ve done more work than you actually have.

  1. Write the question out, FULLY. My teachers always say I could just put it in shorthand, or not write the question at all- but if you write the entire question it fills up more of the page and it is psychologically proven that it looks like it’s more than it actually is. This way, you don’t even have to think as much about whatever the question was. You just have to copy it down.
  2. Write in bigger handwriting! In doing this, it does take up just a little more of the page. Even a little bit more counts.
  3. If you have a substitute / replacement / CRT teacher, then you can simply point at questions you’ve done days before and say you did them in the lesson they took if they ask you. A lot of my substitutes don’t even care though, so it is very easy to slack off.

2. Cheating

Parents, please look away. I’m teaching your child how to cheat in tests, homework, and just work in general.

  1. The Band-Aid Trick. To do the band-aid trick, all you have to do is write all of your answers on a small slip of paper, place it on the piece of band-aid that is meant to soak up blood, and then put the bandaid on your arm, or somewhere easy to access. Then, during a test and/or exam, all you have to do is unstick the bandaid and look at the answers. Voila!
  2. The Smart Friend. I was (and still am) lucky enough to have an intelligent person as a friend. 99% of the time she gives me homework answers and if we sit near each other during a test (and I’m not doing the band-aid trick) she will pass the test answers over to me. It’s great.
  3. The Internet. This trick works for homework, but not for exams and tests. Just either search up the question or ask around online.

Let me know if you’re interested in more school hacks like these, I had a lot of fun with this one!

Let me know if any of these worked out for you.

Love, Jo. xx

My Favourite Snack

Recently, my mum told me about a snack that she had from her childhood, and made it for me. As soon as I tasted it, I instantly wanted more, and she told me that I had to eat my dinner first (it figures).

In this blog post, I’m going to be showing you guys exactly what this snack is AND how to make it. It’s really quick and easy.

Just a disclaimer though, it has peanut butter in it. So, if you’re allergic to nuts, then I’m sorry but you can’t eat these.

These things are called chocolate spiders. Here’s a picture of the finished product:

Now, here’s how to make them!

What you need:

•a medium sized bowl

•a knife & spoon

•one packet of two minute noodles

•crunchy peanut butter

•one packet of chocolate cooking melts

•two trays

•greaseproof paper
Step 1.

Take the bowl and pour the entire contents of the chocolate cooking melts and put two tablespoons of the crunchy peanut butter into it. Put into your microwave until melted.

Step 2.

Crush the two minute noodles until they are in nice little crunchy pieces. Mix in with the peanut butter and chocolate mix until everything is evenly together.

Step 3.

Get your trays and put the greaseproof paper on them. Then pour the mix into evenly distributed blobs (it’s a good idea to make them flat!)

Step 4.

Let them cool in the fridge for an hour.

Then they are ready to eat!

They taste a lot like Reese’s peanut butter cups but with some crunch to them!
Here are the ingredients I personally used, just in case you wanted get it just like mine!


I really hope you enjoyed this little blog post of mine just as much as I enjoyed eating the ‘chocolate spiders’ !

-Jo

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Agriculture Class

While half of the year nines went on camp, I stayed behind with the rest. Luckily, my best friend was also staying behind so I had someone to talk to.

Normal classes weren’t on; I mean they were, but we just had free time in them. So, I decided that instead of going to my ‘Explore Melbourne’ class, I would attend Kat’s Agriculture Class. Even if I wasn’t meant to- but I’ll tell you about that later.

So Kat and I went to the Flexi (the name of a building at my school) and the teacher said it was alright for me to stay. Eventually, Kat took me to where all the animals and gardens at school were.

The school has four calves that a local dairy farmer is letting them borrow for about a month or two, so the whole agriculture class is looking after them. I got to meet the four jersey calves (Willow, Bambi and two unnamed ones).

The image above is of Bambi (the middle calf) and the two unnamed calves.

This is Bambi alone.

This is one of the unnamed calves (left) play fighting with Willow (right).


This is me with Willow.
So, as you can tell we had a great time with the calves- but as I mentioned, there weren’t just calves.

There were also Guinea pigs, rabbits and chickens. I didn’t really bother to give the chickens a ‘hello’ but I did say hi to Yeezy (one of the rabbits) and one of the guinea pigs (who we later learnt was pregnant!)


This is the pregnant guinea pig.


This is the rabbit, Yeezy.

Now that’s the good part of agriculture class. I kinda got in trouble for skipping my regular class and going to the ag one instead.

So when Kat and I got back from the animals and returned to the Flexi, our year nine coordinator told me that I ‘had to go back to Explore Melbourne’ and ‘I would see her at lunchtime.’

So, I returned to Explore Melbourne for a whole five minutes of class time. What was he point? She could’ve just left me be at ag, it was only five minutes. I mean, even my regular Explore Melbourne teacher told me that I shouldn’t bother going to the coordinator at lunchtime, but I didn’t want to get in any more trouble, so I went there at lunch (but not before I got an iced coffee, I live for those things).

Turns out the punishment was only rubbish pickup until I filled a shopping bag, so you know what I did? Yep. I just went to one of the normal rubbish bins, stole the rubbish, put it in my bag and said I picked it up.

Bad, I know- but I’m sure you’d do the same if you had the opportunity. Best thing was Kat was by my side so I didn’t have to do it alone.

I showed the coordinator all the ‘work’ I had done and was off the hook. But, on my way to the bin near my locker- I noticed some open classroom windows, I saw the door locked and no one was inside. Yep. I chucked my rubbish bag into that classroom. Then ran off. Can you tell I’m not exactly the ‘goody two shoes’ of the school? Haha, but don’t do that kids. At least make sure no one can see you first.

So, that’s the end of this blog post!

  • Have any of you guys have agriculture classes, or something similar?
  • What are your funniest stories from breaking the rules in school?

-Jo

Starting This Once More

Hey Guys!

So, as you can obviously tell I haven’t been on this for a while, and what can I say? I haven’t been motivated, partly because no one is reading.

However, I have over 1.2k followers on Twitter- nearly 1.3k (thank you so much for that!). Which means I’m going to share this whole blog on there and see if we can actually get some readers. So, if you’re from Twitter- Hi!

If you couldn’t tell from my ‘about’ section- if you even read it- I’m your everyday trash and my blog is going to be full of (hopefully) relatable stuff, opinions on YouTube, current events, school- and even stories from things that happen to me in real life.

If you want me to write anything for this blog let me know, but I think I’ll be writing a ‘May Favourites’ soon!
Kitty

Who are some of your favourite YouTubers? Do you have any you might recommend?
-Jo