Nice to see your notes. Like you, my problems occur when I'm not as patient and focused as I could be.
About the Nivea tackiness when applied after WH, I have noticed the same thing. I was going to post in the skin care forum (or whatever it's called). I've learned that if I splash my face w/ cold water mid-day, it washes away the tackiness, and refreshes. Also, I do a really good rinse before applying the Nivea, it's not as tacky.