My Two Favorite Breakfasts

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about two of my favorite breakfasts that I love to have in the morning and are perfect to get you energized for the day. They keep me super full for a long period of time. So here they are.

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Yoghurt with Granola, Fruit and Flax Seeds

I love this breakfast a lot, because it gives me such a variety. Obviously you change out the fruit as you like but I paired my yoghurt with red grapes, blueberries and half of a banana. I also added a handful of granola and a teaspoon of flax seeds. You could add some chia seeds to make it extra long-lasting.

I had chosen an Alpro yoghurt with mango which is already sweetened, but you could just have it with plain greek yoghurt and add a teaspoon of honey. I sometimes do that too, but I try to stay away from dairy as much as I can.

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Porridge with Fruit

Another favorite of mine is porridge. This time around I had a pre-packed mixed berry porridge where you just have to add some water. Mine was from Weight Watchers.

I do like to add some extra fresh berries, that day I added blueberries and red grapes and normally I would add half of a banana as well, but I ran out of it. I also always add a sprinkle of cinnamon to get some extra sweetness.

What is your favorite breakfast at the moment? Do you always eat the same? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

Have you seen my latest post? My Bullet Journal

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did let me know by hitting that like button.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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My Bullet Journal

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about my bullet journal. I’ve been doing this for almost six months now and I decided to start a new one, because my old one got too messy and I wanted a different vibe for the inside. My bullet journal is from Cedon, I bought it on Amazon: Cedon Notebook ‘Wiedehopf’

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I’ve decided to keep it somewhat minimalistic and give myself a little bit more space for my weekly spreads. I also decided to cut some pages like my Disney watch list and a couple of others and added some pages like a few pages dedicated to my blog statistics.

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Now, normally a BuJo starts with an Index, but I’ve never used the one in my old one so I decided to skip it. Another change was that I decided to place the yearly overview only on one page and highlight dates that are important just to get a quick overview. Next to it I have my 2018 goals, which are quite private so I covered them up.

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The next few pages are dedicated to movies that are coming out this year (or in some cases are already out) and a list of books I want to read. I barely get time to read the books that I want (student’s life – lol) so the list hasn’t been ticked off as much as I would like.

Following those pages are a list of places I want to visit and my bucket list, as you may noticed, there are two places on the bucket list that I covered up, again, they are more private so I kept them off. And this list is by far not done, I always add new things, same goes for the places I want to visit.

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Alright, I always divided my year into categories of three. So I add a three-month overview and write down all the big events on that page, further more I have a page where I write down blog post ideas. The next few pages are a blog schedule, where I plan out each entry and tick them off and also an overview about my semester.

Then for each month I will have a cover page which just consist of a monthly overview and the month title. As for my weekly spreads, I decided to keep it minimalistic but with enough space. I kicked out my one-page to-do list and now am using the extra space on the page from my weeks for that. It just works better for me!

I got a lot of my inspiration from my Pinterest and I also created a board, you can check it out here if you like: Bullet Journal Inspiration!

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry! Do you have a bullet journal? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Beauty Haul

Hey my loves,

a couple of days ago I went into my local drugstore and bought some goodies and I thought I would share them with you. I haven’t treated myself lately with some good skin care and hair products so that’s what I went for.

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I’ve seen it online that the drugstore I went to is now carrying some Koran skin care and I thought I would try something. I went for the “Awakening Under Eye Mask with Ginseng & Eucalyptus”. I already tried them out and I really liked them. They had a cooling effect and felt quite nice, and I did see a difference afterwards. It’s just sad that you only get one use out of them.

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The other mask is a sheet mask. The sheet mask has kaolin clay and green tea extract in it. I was really interested to see how a clay sheet mask would work and it worked quite well, the mask hardened and left a little bit of remaining clay on your skin, which was easily to wash off. I really enjoyed this mask and my skin definitely felt tighter and clearer afterwards.

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Lately I’ve been really into pastel colored nail polish so I had to buy these two colors. The left one is like an army green one but in matte and the right one is a blue-ish light purple. “Trend it up” really has amazing nail polishes, they last long and look great on the nail, for a drugstore nail polish they are a real steal. If you ever come across I would highly recommend that you try them out.

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Now, if you are a YouTube junkie just as I am you may have seen all the US-girls go on an amazing trip for this product release. And ever since they talked about it I waited patiently for it to come out here in Germany. This Garnier Fructis product is a hair mask, they come in, I believe, three different versions. I went for the repairing papaya hair food masks, since my hair is quite damaged due to bleaching it and because of the cold winter months. I haven’t tried this one yet, because I’m finished another mask, but I did smell it and, oh my good, it smells so good. Can’t wait to try it!

This was it all for my haul, it wasn’t a lot, but I still hoped you enjoyed it. Have you tried any Korean beauty products? Let me know in the comments below.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Veggie Bulgur Bowl Recipe

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about one of my favorite recipes the last couple of weeks. It’s a vegetable bulgur bowl which is fueled with lots of great veggies and healthy carbs and is perfect for making in a big batch and eat all week. I have been loving cooking this on my meal prep day and it’s so versatile. You can eat it cold for lunch, you can mix it into a salad or you can eat it hot and make meat or fish to it. I just really like it!

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This recipe lasted me for an entire week for about a meal a day, but it might last a little longer if you halve the portion, for example when you put it into a salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (uncooked) Bulgur
  • 1 1/2 tsp. vegetable stock (powder) or about 2 cups if liquid, otherwise add 2 cups of water to the powdered stock
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 1 can mushrooms (or 200 g fresh mushrooms)
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 large red bell pepper
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • salt, pepper, spicy paprika, garlic powder and chili powder (about 1-2 tsp. each)

Instructions:

  1. Mix together bulgur and water with the vegetable stock and cook first on high heat for about 5 minutes and then on medium to low heat for another 10 to 15 minutes.
  2. Rinse and dry the corn, the kidney beans and the mushrooms. Set aside.
  3. Rinse, dry and dice the carrots, zucchini and red bell paper.
  4. Add olive oil to a pan over medium to high heat and start off with the carrots. After two minutes add the red bell pepper and zucchini. Cook for about 5 minutes. Then add the rest of the veggies. Cook until the carrots are soft.
  5. Season the veggies to your liking I added salt, pepper, spicy paprika, garlic powder and chili powder. Stir.
  6. Add the bulgur to the veggies and mix them together. Let them cool of and store them in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and I wish you a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Travel Tip – Landschaftspark Duisburg

Hey my loves,

another Travel Tip from me for you. A couple of weeks ago I went to the ‘Landschaftspark Duisburg’ with a friend and we had yet another little photo session. It was also kind of the first day of the year where the weather was actually warm enough so you could wear less clothes. It was so sunny and beautiful there that I decided to write you a little post about it. But, before I share some of my favorite scenic photo opportunities with you, go over and check out my first ‘Travel Tip’. Have you seen my latest? Travel Tip – Düsseldorf Altstadt

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If you love architecture and a history to a place, you will enjoy the ‘Landschaftspark’. There are so many great places to take photos at, whether for a more edgy look or something more soft and glam. On that day we saw three actual photo shoots going on. A bridal, a prom and a group photo shoot. So it’s THE place to shoot there! And I cannot even imagine how beautiful it will look in summer when all of the greenery is blossomed. I will definitely go back there!

What are some of your local top spots for photo shoots? Tell me in the comments. And also, have you ever been to the park in Duisburg then tell me as well or link me on your photos.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

April 2018 Favorites

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about my favorites in April. Uni started on the 9th and since then I have been super busy and in full work mode, but I still like to take some time out to write a couple of entries for May, since I still love blogging so much and want to upkeep my blogging schedule.

What were your favorite entries so far? I would love to know.

Now onto, my favorites this month. I have quite a mix of things. So here they are:

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As you can see, there is quite a lot of highlighters going on and not the fun kind – well kinda the fun kind, I mean, they ARE pastel colored highlighters.

My ‘planner’ and the ‘Stabilo Boss Pastel Highlighters‘ have been my planning heaven this month. I am currently figuring out everything I have to do for the individual courses and also what and particularly when I have to do research and so on for my final papers. But I also use the highlighters for texts I read, not just for planning. My planner is a Bullet Journal, in some time I will write about my experience, but not just yet.

Another highlight from April for me was and still is my new ‘phone case’. I am in love with it, I love the feeling, the color, it’s just so cute. I also love my new phone – lol, it’s an iPhone X for those of you who were wondering. What I especially love about this case is that it’s easy to clean and the microfiber lining. I feel like it still looks cute but also gives my phone the protection it needs.

As for my beauty related favorites I only have a couple of things. To be honest with you, I haven’t been wearing much makeup, just the basics to look semi-presentable, other things just have been more important. First up, is the ‘Trend it up – Nail Polish’ in this beautiful lilac color. If you ever are in Germany go to the closest DM and buy it, it’s super affordable (under 2€) and it lasts all freaking week, literally. I showered, I did dishes, I did everything with them and they didn’t split, crack or lost any color or anything. It looked perfect the entire week.

Another favorite of mine is the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Brow Artist Xpert‘. As you might know, I have been looking for a good brow pen and I think I have found it. It’s super easy to apply, blend and it can look natural or dramatic and I love that it comes with a brush, makes it so much easier.

Since being out all day and hence wearing make up all day I have been looking for the perfect under-eye setting powder, and I dare decided to try the ‘Maybelline – Master Fix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder‘ and I was shook. It feels super smooth and lightweight and it lasts ALL DAY. It’s perfect and it was especially great during the heat wave we had. And since I am out all day I also like to not think about reapplying my lipstick, which is why my ‘Maybelline – Superstay 24h Lipstick‘ in Rose Dust has been my go-to one for the entire month of may. It stays on the entire day! I love it!

What were your favorites in April? Tell me in the comments.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Morning Skincare Routine

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about my morning skincare routine with you. I believe I posted in January about my evening routine and now I thought it is time to talk about my routine in the morning. If you want you can check out my evening routine here: My Evening Skincare Routine

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I try to keep my morning routine as short as possible, because I think I am not the only one, but in the morning I just can’t be bothered for a long process. I just want to lay in bed as long as possibly and that means cutting down time wherever possible. So here are my skincare steps in the morning:

Cleanse

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In the morning I use two different kind of cleansers. When I am under the shower I use the ‘Neutrogena – Visibly Clear exfoliation Wash Gel’. I feel like if I would use that on a daily basis it would leave my skin too matte, and I personally like a glowing skin a lot, but the cleansers helps with peeling of any dead skin. If I don’t shower I tend to use the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Fine Flowers Wash Gel’, as you might know from my ‘Evening Routine’ I love using this range by L’Oréal.

Exfoliate

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Now, I don’t do this everyday, more like every two to four days. I love exfoliating my face with the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Sugar Scrubs Glow Peeling’. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and it is not so harsh. If you want to know more about it, check out my review: L’Oréal Paris – Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub Review

Moisturize

Now to my last step of my routine – moisturizing. I am currently using a combination of two products, because my skin can use a little bit more moisture at the moment. I start by using the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Moisturizer’ and then go in with the ‘L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Active 3 Moisturizer’, both are for sensitive. I prefer using products that are designed for sensitive skin types because more than once I noticed my skin is much better off with those products. If you want to know more about the ‘Hydra Genius’, check out my review: L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Moisturizer Review

What is your skincare routine? Tell me or link me your routine in the comments. I would love to know about it.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Favorite Eyeshadow Palettes

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about my all time favorite eyeshadow palettes. When it comes to my eyeshadow I am not much of a crazy color kind of girl, but I do love a good smokey eye in various shades.

I’ve taken all the pictures with the flash light on, just fyi.

Urban Decay – Naked 3

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I LOVE this palette, you can do an intense smokey eye or a natural every day kind of look. When I thought about buying one of the ‘Naked’ palettes last year I was debating which one to get, but it was either this one or the ‘Naked Heat’ palette (which I might invest in later this year). I love the colors and I think the go great with my eye color. My favorite color has to be ‘Mugshot’, but ‘Buzz’ is a very close second.

NYX – Lid Lingerie

This palette has been my everyday shadow palette the entire fall/winter season. You can create so many different looks with this and I love that all the shades are matte. They have a great color pay off, are easy to blend and have almost no fall out at all. I’ve been highly enjoying the burnt orange shade.

NYX – Full Throttle  in Color Riot

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This palette has been with me super long. It’s my most used palette for fall season. Those colors just scream Fall to me, don’t you agree? I especially love the cranberry red and lately I’ve been enjoying the orange shade a lot.

NYX – Beauty School Dropout 101 in Nude

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As you can see I almost hit pan with quite a lot of the shades and that’s because, I believe, this palette has been with me for about three or four years and has been my everyday shadow for as long. I believe that it got replaced by the ‘Lid Lingerie’ palette some time ago, because I wanted a more matte eyeshadow look back then. But whenever I am doing a bronze smokey eye, I always go back to these shades. The second shade next to the gold is my absolute favorite from the entire palette!

NYX – Love Contours All

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This palette has not only nine different shades of eyeshadow, but also includes two highlighters, two contour colors, as well as two shades for the eyebrows. To be honest with you, I almost did not put this into this entry, but there are three shades of this palette that I absolutely love and have been using more frequent as of lately. And that is the gold highlight, the third eyeshadow from the first row right under the mirror and the dusted lilac shadow. I just love these colors, so I had to put them into this entry!

What are your favorite eyeshadow palettes? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Travel Tip – Düsseldorf ‘Altstadt’

Hey my loves,

as some of you might now I love Düsseldorf and so it seemed more than natural to me to do a travel tip for you about my favorite part about the city, which is it’s ‘Altstadt’. If you have ever been to Düsseldorf you now which part it is, because it is the best part of the city with a perfect view of the Rhine.

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A couple of weeks ago I went on a little photo mission with my friend Miri to show you some of the places. We went along the Rhine, we even went into some small streets, which I never have been to and ended up somewhere in the Art District. I had so much fun, and I hope that these photos make you want to stop by and visit Düsseldorf. So here is a quick look at some of the photos we took.

 

Have you ever been to Germany? Tell me in the comments where you have been, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Everyday Makeup for Spring & Uni

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I show you my everyday routine during Spring when I have my classes at University. I usually have about 20 minutes for my makeup in the morning, so I am able to do quite a lot, but I do have to make sure it lasts all day, because I have really long days. If you want to know how achieved this look then check my video out.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up. It would mean the world to me if you could subscribe and leave me a comment telling me what your favorite primer for a long day of wearing makeup is.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Spring Beauty Favorites

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am going to talk about some of my beauty favorites that I have been loving this spring season. I recently been into a more dewy, glowing makeup look and also more of a bronzed up eye.

I could have easily titled this post ‘What I recently love from Maybelline’, haha. Just kidding, that is actually just a coincidence that all my spring favorites are from them. But I have been loving some of their products, which might explain this.

The primer especially has become one of my absolute faves. It makes my makeup stay on so much longer and it doesn’t break me out, which is a plus for me. And ever since they came out with a ‘Luminous + Smooth’ Fit Me foundation range I’ve been loving to look dewy and glowy. And with that being said it is no wonder that I am loving their blush in Coral Fever which is a sparkly blusher. It just leaves your cheeks looking so pretty.

But now onto the main attraction: the MASTER Bronze Color & Highlighting Kit. I am LOVING this product. I have been using it as bronzer, highlighter and for my eyeshadow! It is so versatile and I just love it! Here is a makeup look I’ve created and to which I will upload a YouTube video soon.

What have been your favorites this spring season? Tell me in the comments I would love to know and maybe even try out some new things.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Banana Bread Recipe

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am sharing with you a simple and easy Banana Bread recipe. I love bananas and I am a huge fan of using browned bananas for new recipes, just like this ‘Banana Bread’.

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I added some leftover chocolate from Easter, but you can literally add anything you want. I added walnuts once and that was amazing too! What are some of your favorite ingredients to add to Banana Bread?

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 3 ripe bananas
  • 1/3 cup melted butter
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flour

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 175 Degrees.
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat. Let it cool off.
  3. Peel and mush the bananas in a bowl.
  4. Add egg, sugar, vanilla, melted butter, salt and cinnamon to the bananas and combine them. You can use an electric whisk for this as it smooths down the batter with the bananas in them even more!
  5. Now add flour and baking powder and combine until smooth.
  6. If you like you could add some chocolate to the mixture and fold it in. I just smashed up a chocolate Easter bunny I had left over.
  7. Transfer the batter to a bread pan lined with parchment paper.
  8. Bake for about 50 minutes, or until you can stick the bread with a toothpick an now batter is left on it. But be careful not to burn yourself!

I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you decide to bake this banana bread, send me your pictures on Twitter or Instagram. I would love to see them!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Everyday Spring Makeup

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I am showing you a bronzed kinda everyday spring makeup I love to wear if I have a little bit more time in the morning.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs and leave a comment telling me what your go-to bronzer is. Also I would really appreciate it if you would hit that sub button and follow me along my journey! I try to put up a video every Friday!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Spring Cleaning – What I Did & Why

Hey my loves,

it’s finally Spring, you have no idea how long I’ve been excited for warmer weather. Normally, I love fall and winter, but I do not know, lately all I could think about was spring and summer. And as I am writing this I am looking out of a window and it’s a beautiful sunny and slightly warm day.

Now as many of you might know, I’m a student and we do get some free time after our terms are done, but this spring break I had to finish a term paper and also start a new one, which led to the fact that I haven’t been doing anything else. But as of a couple of days ago I’m done and finished, which leaves me with exactly a week to spare and enjoy before Uni starts again.

And let me tell you, there has been so much left undone and just been left laying around that even I (not the neatest person) found that I had to do a huge spring clean. I just felt like I had so much clutter in my life and that I could start by cleaning and organizing my apartment.

I started in late February, early March by adding a new shelf into my kitchen to organize that mess. I still need some bits, but for now what I have is alright. Then, after I finished all my assignments for Uni, I decided to tackle my bedroom.

I took half a day, and cleaned out my closets, which exists of three IKEA clothes rack and a big MALM chest of drawers. I threw out old clothes that I would not wear anymore, kind of color coordinated the racks and also coordinate them after seasons. And then I went ahead and organized my chest of drawers, which let me tell you, looking through all your sock is a pain in the a**. But I did, I hovered and dust cleaned, and now my bedroom is looking so good again.

Lastly, I organized my desk. After each term, I organize my papers and all the books I’ve read for Uni, and since I’m doing my makeup on there as well, I switch out my old daily makeup with my new one and I also give it a good clean. This just helps me with feeling prepared and organized for the new term and also gives me a lot of room on my desk again.

After I had everything finished I felt so much lighter in my head and my spirit felt lifted, because I had accomplished a lot in a couple of days. I can highly recommend to do a spring cleaning.

Do you spring clean? What else do you do? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know and chat about different perspectives.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Maybelline Superstay 24h Lipstick Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am going to talk about the Maybelline Superstay 24h lipsticks. I own six shades and I do have quite mixed feelings about them, so I thought I would share them with you.

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Let’s start with an overall review of the lipsticks. They are long-lasting, but they are more on the dry side, which means you have to take very good care of your lips before and after, but I feel like with all long lasting lipsticks that’s the case.

Furthermore, some of the colors have a great color pay off, others not so much, which is sad and disappointing especially because they are from the same range. The colors with the best color pay off are 760 Pink Spice, 185 Rose Dust, 542 Cherry Pie. Rose Dust has to be my favorite of all of them!

150 Delicious Pink is more of a tinted lip gloss in my opinion to get an even finish you have to go over quite a lot. About 140 Roaring Rose I just have bad things to say, so I keep it short – bad to apply, no even color and does move a lot when trying to re-apply lipstick or add color.

310 Forever Heather is a great color and with a couple of coats of it you get an even finish, but you have to put quite a lot on, which is annoying, considering how little product there is in a tube.

If you have tried any of them: what did you think about them? Let me know in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

 

I Tried Following a Jaclyn Hill Makeup Tutorial

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I tried to recreate Jaclyn Hill makeup tutorial. I was so focused on following her tutorial that I literally forget to speak, so I was able to cut it down quite a lot.

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Sadly, I do not own any of the products she used in her video, but I tried my best with dupes. I literally have no idea what I used. But I think I used an old Zoeva palette, as well as my NYX Lid Lingerie Shadow Palette. Other than that I do not remember what I used and I forgot to write it down. Sorry!

Also, I’ve already had my foundation done, because I filmed my “Mixing All My Foundations Together” video previous to that one.

The tutorial I followed was:

I just love Jaclyn so much and I loved that look. She also said something in this video that really spoke to me, and that was:

And if you don’t have a really defined crease that’s okay, you can just carve it out and you can create your own crease with the shadow. That’s what the beauty of makeup is, honestly. You can create your own crease, create a different nose, a different face shape, create whatever the hell you want with makeup. You can create a different life if you really need to.

I hope you enjoyed today’s video and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up. And it would mean the world to me if you could subscribe to my channel.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

March 2018 Instagram Highlights

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am sharing my March Instagram posts and talk about some of my highlights.

In March I was so focused on finishing my term papers that I didn’t really get to go out much. But I did redecorated my kitchen with my aunt, mainly we just put in another shelf and also bought a new fridge. Other than that I visit my favorite city at the moment, which is Düsseldorf.

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I really enjoyed the trip and Miri and I took a lot of photos which I have been sharing on my Instagram the entire month. We also went to the ‘Filmmuseum‘, but sadly we weren’t allowed to take photos in there. But, if you’re ever in Düsseldorf, you should check it out.

Over Easter I was at my grandma’s and spent the entire weekend there. It was so relaxing and I really needed some down time. Next week, Uni starts again and then everything will be a lot more stressful. So having that time with her, really pushed me to be motivated.

What were your highlights in March? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

How to stay organized for an assignment

Hey my loves,

so as you may know I am a college student and am currently writing a term paper for one of my English classes and I thought it would be a good time to share my guideline on how to write a paper and stay organized while doing it.

Just a quick preface, this is a method that works for me and my writing style and for the style of my Uni. Please make sure that you follow the guidelines given by your University if you have any and use this entry to however it can be applied to you.

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1) Think about your topic. – What do you want your term paper to be about? Have you been given a topic? Write down anything in regards to a rough idea of what your paper should be about.

2) Write a to-do list. – What do you have to do and in what order? For example: Have you read the primary literature? Do you have any idea what secondary literature you could use? Write a rough time outline, when you want to have what finished.

3) Start researching. – Research secondary literature. Has your professor given you any tips? Do you remember literature that has been talked about in class that could be applied to your topic?

4) Class material – Go through your class material: Can you use anything from it? Write it down.

5) Write a time schedule! – Now that you gathered all your secondary literature, write down when you want to do the work. For example, by what date do you want to be through the secondary sources? Think carefully about how much time you can and need to spend.

6) Read secondary literature! – Normally I would read my text twice, but since reading for a term paper requires a lot of different texts that would just take too much time, so I make sure I read thoroughly the first time. I mark everything that seems important. If I have more than one topic I want to cover I use different highlighter pens. I also like to write down my own thoughts right beside the text or on post-its. This helps me not only to remember why I thought it was important, but also gives me an overview of the topics at first glance.

7) Write an outline. – Now that you’ve read all the secondary literature, you can think about an order to your term paper. What is the best order for your topic? How should you divide your different topics?

8) Write out citations! – Writing out your citations with page numbers, author and title into Office is really helpful for when you write later on. Bring the file into the format you are writing your term paper in and make sure that the citations are correct. I also like to organize them to the different topics, so that when I am writing later on I know where to look.

9) Go through primary literature! – Now for me that would be a book. At this point I am going lightly through the entire book again and make sure to find passages I can use together with the citations from the secondary literature. Write down your own thoughts on post-its or into Word, but make sure to write down the page number, so that you can cite it correctly later on.

10) Start writing! – Now I always like to start with the main part rather than the introduction, because while working through my main part I may notice that my original thought will not work out. By starting with the main part I can make sure that my introduction isn’t bound to anything or that I have to rewrite it, which would take up more time than necessary. I also like to start writing down just my own thoughts without any citations of the secondary literature.

11) Add citations from secondary literature. – When I’m finished writing each section of my main part I go in with my secondary source citations and add them where I feel like they do the best job. I then add why I picked this citation or why I think it’s necessary to point it out or even disagree with it, if necessary. But remember to cite them correctly!

12) Write your introduction and conclusion! – When I am finished with my main part I like to go straight into the introduction and then the conclusion. Between intro and conclusion I like to read my main part again just to make sure that my “train of thought” is “en route”!

13) Proofread! – I always read it in stages. First stage is right after finishing the main part, then I proofread my intro and conclusion and after some time I go back in and read it again. What I also think that helps a lot is letting friends or family proofread it, sometimes you cannot find all the mistakes, so it’s good to have some extra pair of eyes to look over your work. They can also tell you, if what you wrote makes somewhat sense.

14) Final Changes – After proofreading, I like to read it again, just to make sure I do not want to add or change anything. If I do want to change some things I will do that at this point.

15) Check citations and the entire work! – Now it’s time to check if all your citations are correct, that the format is correct and that you checked everything off of your to-do list and the restrictions you’ve been given.

Now, that is all I do to stay organized before and during an assignment. What are your ways to stay organized? Let me know in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Mixing All My Foundations Together

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I’ve mixed together all my foundations. I’m not a beauty guru so I don’t have as many and I don’t have any high ends one, but I was still very surprised by the outcome. If you want to know if I was pleasantly surprised or not check out my video:

Foundations I’ve used:

Have you tried the trend of mixing together all of your foundations? Have you even filmed it? Let me know, so I can watch it or read about it. I found the different results so interesting.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

10 Things you can do to relax

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I will talk about ten ways you can relax whether it’s after work or University. I love doing all ten of these things and they help me to unwind after a busy day or week of Uni.

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10 Things I do to relax:

  1. Read a book – I’m currently still reading ‘The Night Circus’, because I’m still working on some things for Uni so I barely want to read anything else besides that.
  2. Take a bath – I love having a bath, it relaxes me and my muscles. And it takes care of my body without any work!
  3. Pamper yourself – as with taking a bath, I also love taking care of my face and with that comes face masks. Here are two I currently love: L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks Review.
  4. Treat yourself – whether it’s some chocolate or those boots you wanted, if you can afford get it.
  5. Watch Netflix  – or any streaming service! I’m currently loving ‘The Bold Type’ and started to re-watch ‘Criminal Minds’.
  6. Turn off your phone – sometimes you need to take yourself offline and in today’s world the best way to that is by turning off your phone.
  7. Go for a walk – leave your phone at home and take some me-time on a walk.
  8. Turn on some music and dance – if you are super stressed out I can highly recommend doing this. You will feel so much better!
  9. Do some Yoga, a workout or meditate – taking care of your body can be done in many different ways and one way is to train it and that you can do with your brain as well.
  10. Have a laugh with your friends – spending time with my friends relaxes me the most, I tend to just laugh about everything and I forget about my problems!

What do you do to relax? Share them with me and the others in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Moisturizer Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about yet another product I’ve been highly obsessed with the last month. And that is the L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Moisturizer.

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Winter time always means super dehydrated and flaky skin for me, my normally combination skin is way more on the dry side in the colder months. But this moisturizer by L’Oréal literally saved my skin and leaves it feeling super hydrated and tight.

As you might know from my Evening Skincare Routine I’ve been using quite a lot of L’Oréal Products lately and that is due to the fact that since using these products my skin has improved immensely.

They are drugstore products, but for myself a bit on the pricier site. But you really need just tiny amounts from the skin care range and that means they last a really long time.

I use this moisturizer every morning and evening and if I am wearing makeup I still go in with another moisturizer. In the beginning I have been using this hydra one before my normal ones, but I realized quickly that I wouldn’t need that.

I can highly recommend this product and for every skin type they have a different one. I’m using the one for the sensitive skin and have been super happy with it.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

L’Oréal Paris – Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I am going to talk about one of my newest obsession and that is the L’Oréal Paris – Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub.

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For a while I’ve been looking for a scrub I could use on my face, which is gentle enough but efficient. And then I came across the new L’Oréal Scrub Series and just had to try them. As I’m always up for some extra natural glow I obviously had to choose the glow scrub.

If I remember correctly there are three scrubs available: L’Oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Nourish Cocoa Scrub (softens and smooths), L’Oreal Paris Smooth Sugar Clear Kiwi Scrub (Purifies, Lifts Blackheads) and L’Oréal Paris Smooth Sugar Glow Scrub (Polishes, Boosts Radiance).

I definitely want to try the other two as well, but for now I really enjoy using mine.

Here’s how to use it:

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1. Apply to dry and clean skin. (Avoid your eye area!)

2. Add warm water and start rubbing it in until the sugar is melted.

4. Rinse it off.

Here’s what the results are supposed to be.

RESULTS:
Immediately, skin is clean, soft and polished. 
Use for one week produces a glowing complexion and a refined skin texture. 
Extended use helps skin remain baby-soft, radiant and revived.

And I can totally agree. Your skin feels super soft, all the excess skin will be gone and it gives you such a radiant glow that lasts about 2-3 days, it really depends if you wear makeup everyday or not. I use it up to 2-3 times a week, and you really just need a tiny amount.

I’ve been using it for almost 4 weeks now and I would say I have about 2 to 3 weeks of product left, which considering the price range the scrubs is in is amazing.

Have you guys tried any of the other scrubs from the series? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

 

Highlights & Favorites – February 2018

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I will share my favorite moments and favorite products from February. I had one week of Uni left and after that I went on holiday for a couple of days. After my holiday I got super ill and had to take really good care of my health as well as my skin so here are my highlights and favorites:

Visiting ‘Herrenchiemsee’

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If you want to read all about my holiday, check out this entry:

My Holiday – Bavaria – Chiemsee

Enjoying the Art in the ‘Neue Pinakothek’

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Read up on all the art pieces I enjoyed while visiting the ‘Neue Pinakothek’ in Munich:

Die Neue Pinakothek – My Holiday

Taking care of my skin

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The L’Oréal Paris – Sugar Scrubs Glow Peeling has helped me to get of all the excess dead skin after I was sick and I’ve been loving it ever since.

Hydrating my skin

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The L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Aloe Water has given me the hydration my skin needed while I was sick and even more afterwards.

Check out both of my favorites in my holiday haul:

My Holiday Haul

What were your favorites in February? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Winter Everyday Makeup Routine

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I am showing you my everyday makeup routine I have during Winter. I hope you enjoy it.

Here’s what I used:

It would mean a lot if you could like and subscribe. Have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Die Neue Pinakothek – My Holiday

Hey my loves,

last week I talked about my visit to the Chiemsee, if you want to read up on that than do that: My Holiday – Bavaria – Chiemsee.

In today’s post I’m sharing some pictures with you I took with my iPhone while my aunt and I visited the “New Pinakothek” which is a museum in Munich that shows European art from the 19th century. I thought it would be nice to share my Top 5 art pieces that I loved the most.

I can highly recommend going to the Pinakothek and myself and my aunt already planned to check out the “Pinakothek der Moderne” next time I’m visiting, because we really enjoyed the visit.

Peonies | 1871 – Anselm Feuerbach

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My aunt and I immediately fell in love with this piece. We even zoomed in and made a background for our phone.

The Dancer Loie Fuller – Francois Rupert Carabin

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I feel in love with this statue. It is so small but so beautiful detailed and I don’t know it just spoke to me. I really love this piece.

Fountain in the Park of Sanssouci Palace near Potsdam – Theo van Rysselberghe

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This one though, so amazing. If you look closely you can see that the entire painting is painted with dots. That must have been so much work and had to take super long, but I really love it.

Der Schmadribachfall – Joseph Anton Koch

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While I liked the picture, it’s a little darf for my taste, it still shows up in my Top 5 because I thought it was super smart to hang it in front of this vibrant read wall. I personally think that the picture stands out way better and I kinda love the contrast between the darkness and light. What do you think?

Amazon – Louis Tuaillon

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This one I loved because it reminded me of one of my favorite movies of all time: Wonder Woman. Who gets this reference? Let me know in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed my last entry about my Holiday. Make sure to check out the other two entries.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Holiday Haul

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am showing you what I got on my holiday. I really didn’t go crazy or anything, it was more about spending quality time with my family than shopping. But here’s what I got:

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L’Oréal Paris – Sugar Scrubs Glow Peeling

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I love this stuff! All the new L’Oréal skin care stuff is so good and I really enjoy using them. This sugar scrub is perfect for a hard scruff but also for a light everyday use. As you can see I’ve been using it frequently and it leaves my skin feeling and looking amazing. I will definitely try the other two from the series.

L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Aloe Water Sensitive Skin & Rituals – The Rituals of Sakura Foaming Shower Gel

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I’ve used the foaming shower gel before and absolutely fell in love with. It lasts really long and you only need a tiny amount of product for your entire body! And I love the smell.

The Hydra Genius Aloe Water by L’Oréal was a first try for me. I think you can use it as a moisturizer on its own, but I have been using it before my actual moisturizer and I can see a change it my skin. It feels tighter, more alive and so much more hydrated and healthy. And you only need like one to two pumps of it and it’s more than enough product for you entire face, which means it will last long as well.

CEDON – Note Pad and Notebook

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The small notebook is checked and the note pad is doted which is perfect if you want to add it into a bullet journal. I just really enjoy the prints. I don’t know if you can get them anywhere but Germany, but Amazon does have some on the german site, so if you are interested in buying them check that store out.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you want check out my Holiday Entry. I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Holiday – Bavaria – Chiemsee

Hey my loves,

first of all, so sorry there weren’t new post the past couple of weeks, I was super sick and all I did was sleep and watch Netflix, because I couldn’t do anything else after I got back from my holiday. I’m slowly feeling like myself again and am definitely ready to write again.

In today’s post I share with you one of my trips I did with my family during my holiday. The day after I arrived we went to Chiemsee and also went on a tour of the castle “Herrenchiemsee”. It was an absolutely beautiful day and we had such nice weather and the castle was beautiful. If you are ever in Bavaria you should definitely take a tour of the castle.

To get to the castle you have to go on a small ship that takes you to the island.

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I mean look at this beautiful view of the Alps.

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It’s super photogenic and looks stunning, even in Winter time.

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I can only imagine how much fun it is to walk around the park in summer.

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This is a big castle and it was never finished because he didn’t have enough money.

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Those doors are absolutely gorgeous, aren’t they?

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I had so much fun exploring and walking around.

I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Packing Advice

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how I pack and what I like to bring with me during vacation time. I just got back yesterday, and as soon as I have a chance, I will write-up a blog post what I’ve been up to on my holiday, but for now let’s get into this entry here.

Make a list

I always write down everything that I want to bring with me. That starts with my makeup and goes all the way to electronics. I just like to make sure that I don’t forget anything important and also that I have an overview when I pack when I get home. So I always know what I brought with me. The only list that is quite open is clothes, I tend to only write down like special things – for example: underwear, pj’s, socks etc. For the main outfits I usually know what I brought.

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Plan your outfits ahead

Now, if you know where you’re going and have somewhat of a plan what you are going to do there you can always plan your outfits ahead. I always like to check my weather app to see how the weather is going to be and make sure, that for example, if I were going to a beach vacation, that I will bring at least one pair of long pants and a sweatshirt of some sort, for the possibility that the weather changes. But for the most part I just look at the weather and my activity list and plan out the outfits accordingly. I also make sure that I can combine items of the looks with other ones, so if anything comes up that I didn’t plan for I still have an outfit choice for it.

Use dead space

If you bring more than the shoes you’re wearing, use the space in the shoes for socks, cables and your jewelry. It not only saves you space but also keeps your jewelry safe. And smaller items that fit are perfect to put into your shoes. And if you don’t bring more shoes, than stuff your socks with jewelry and smaller items and place them in-between your clothes.

Roll your clothes or use packing cubes

I for myself just roll my clothes and that works perfect for me. You tend to be able to pack way more and also a big bonus – your clothes are less likely to get wrinkly, which is always favorable.

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Don’t overpack

I’m not only talking about clothes, shoes or makeup, but also don’t overpack on entertainment things. For instance, if you’re planning on bring books with you make sure that you even have the time to read them. For a vacation that is only for a week you probably won’t read more than one. Or opt for audio books. Make sure that what you bring is going to be used and if you feel like: ‘Maybe, we’ll use it.’ – don’t bring it, because chances are that you won’t even use it and then it would just have taken away space for the necessary things.

What are some rules you go by when you pack for a holiday? I would love to know, so tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

I’m Going on Vacay! – My Travel Makeup Bag

Hey my loves,

When you’re reading this I’m already on my vacation! YAY! I’m going to visit some family in the south of Germany for a couple of days, just to recharge and spend some quality time with them. We have quite a few things planned, so expect an entry on that!

But today I am going to show you the makeup I took with me on my little family vacation.

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I kept it quite minimal even though it does not look lite it, but these are the things that I tend to use on a daily bases. I will have a video up quite soon about my daily makeup routine during winter, so keep an eye out for that, if you are interested.

Face

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One of everything – haha xD, literally so hard, I wanted to pack two more blushes, but then I thought ‘Girl, you’re only gonna use one anyway’, so I decided on one.

Eyes

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I love palettes for traveling, because you don’t need to bring a zillion different eyeshadows. And since my everyday and going out eyeshadows are in a palette I just brought them both.

Lips

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Now, for lips I always like to bring a variety of shades, so I tend to bring a lot, but since the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams are tiny I get away with it – haha xD.

What do you bring in your travel makeup bag? Tell me in the comments. I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

Maybelline x Gigi Hadid Lip Kit Review

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about the Lip Kits from the Maybelline x Gigi Hadid collaboration. I have bought two shades that I thought would suit me and which I had some kind of interest in. I bought Taura and Erin

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First of all, let’s talk about the formula and how they apply.

When I first applied them, I’m going to be honest, I did not like them at all. It felt super thick and too creamy. I tried to wear it for a good couple of hours, but took it off after an hour, because it felt like it was smudging and not holding on to my lips. Which in a way, was true, it faded quite a lot, but down to an amount of lipstick that did not feel heavy.

A week later I decided to give it another try, and changed up a few things. I did not apply the liner to my entire lip, instead I just lined them. And I used a brush to apply the lipstick itself. In that way I could control the amount of product I was putting on. And guess what, I quite enjoyed it. They won’t be my favorite, because I still don’t feel like they’re the best formula, but for the most part they are wearable.

Erin

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Erin was not what I expected when it arrived. And sadly I do think I cannot pull this color off. Its something about the under-color that does not suit my skin color, or at least that’s what I think. So I swatch it on the back of my hand and on my lips for you, so that you can make up your own opinion.

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When I swatched it on the back of my hand I thought it looked like a pretty chocolate-y brown with a light purple under-tone, but somehow it was way darker on my lips. See:

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The purple under-tones show up way more, I think, and I personally would have preferred it, when the chocolate-y brown was showing more. But all in all, the lipstick is applying thick, but smoothly and the color packs on quite good.

Taura

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Taura disappointed me a lot when it arrived, but mainly because my expectations of the color were different. The picture that I had seen online showed a nude color that was one to two shades darker than what Taura actually looks like on the lips. And I think you can see the difference in the tones in the swatches.

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Here it is the nude that looks like the pictures I’ve seen and also is a lot warmer in the shade. But when you apply it to the lips it is lighter. See:

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And again, I don’t know if it is my skin tone or the formula, but I personally think that the two swatches look different even though it is the same lipstick.

All in all, I’m on the fence about the Lip Kit, while I really hoped to like it, I was quite disappointed by them. But then again, it could just be my personal preferences and skin tone.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

Get to Know Me TAG

Hey my loves,

in today’s video you get to know me a little bit better. If you use the questions, leave me a link to your video or blog entry. I would love to check it out!

The Questions:

  1. What is your middle name?
  2. What is your favorite color
  3. Who was your first best friend?
  4. How tall are you?
  5. Cats or Dogs?
  6. Funniest moment throughout School?
  7. How many countries have you visited?
  8. Are you in/have you gone to college?
  9. What was your favorite/worst subject in High School?
  10. What is your Favorite drink?
  11. What is your favorite animal?
  12. What is your favorite perfume?
  13. Tea or Coffee?
  14. What would you (or have you) name(d) your children?
  15. What Sports do you play/Have you played?
  16. What is your favorite book?
  17. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?
  18. What is your favorite movie?
  19. Are you Single or Taken?
  20. Whats your idea of an ideal first date?
  21. How many Girlfriends/Boyfriends have you had?
  22. Favorite memory from childhood?
  23. Do you speak any different languages and how well?
  24. Do you have any siblings?
  25. How would you describe your fashion sense?
  26. What is your favorite restaurant?
  27. What are some of your favorite tv shows?
  28. PC or Mac?
  29. What phone do you have? (iOS v Android?)
  30. Tell us one of your bad habits!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

January 2018 Favorites

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I will share my January faves with you. January was a busy month for me, and February will be no different, but I do not know about you,  I love being busy! It helps me with staying motivated and I feel like my state of mind is better if I am.

Filming Videos for my channel

Creating content makes so much fun and I am planning a lot more videos, but obviously I need more time for it. But in March I will be able to film more and hopefully put out 2 videos a week, but I will keep you updated.

Blogging

Same with blogging, it’s been so enjoyable for me to write and think of new entries and I have been getting a lot more interactions on my blog, so I am assuming that you love my entries as well. So, thank you!

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What were your favorites from January? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Masks Review

Hey my loves,

today I am going to talk about some of my favorites when it comes to face masks. I’ve recently shared my evening skincare routine with you and told you briefly about one of the masks.

L’Oréal Paris – Pure Clay Face Masks

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I’ve been trying the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Face Mask for a little over six weeks now and I’m absolutely loving it! First of all, it says that the container should last for about 10 masks, BUT you don’t need so much product so it will definitely last you longer than that.

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Furthermore, I love the color, I know that’s quite odd, but it’s just so much fun to apply to your face! You almost look like a cute smurf! haha xD

But here’s the deal: the mask does its job! I apply it whenever I feel like I’m about to break out, or if I already have some major blemishes and the next day, your skin looks amazing! It feels fresh and clean. However, I can only advise you to put a hell lot of moisturizer on afterwards, because – and it may just be my combination skin – but my skin is undeniably more dry.

I thought I had found the ONE, the one face mask that rescues my skin and is my go to, BUT that was before I tried the L’Oreal Paris Pure Clay Detox Face Mask. – Boy, oh boy, do I hype that mask!

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I LOVE IT! If I could use it everyday I would, but you should NOT do that. I just love the feeling of my skin after applying that mask, it feels tight, clean, fresh and looks super healthy and also it feels like that. And that’s right after washing it off. The next day it is even better!

What I noticed the day after is that my makeup applies super smooth and it even holds longer! Also I do not get any blemishes for a couple of days after using it which is bomb! I can highly recommend that mask.

But one thing is super weird about that masks and in some way  I really like it, when the mask dries down you can hardly move your face and if you do its first of all really hard to do and second if you look closely into the mirror, and for me it’s especially around my nose, you can literally see your pores. It’s insane! One tip though: Use a lot of moisturizer afterwards, I feel like you get this is with all clay masks.

I really hope I could give you a good insight on how much I love these products! If you have any question feel free to ask me!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

2018 SAG Awards | Mandy Moore Makeup

Hey my loves,

in today’s video I share with you how to achieve Mandy Moore’s eyeshadow look from the 2018 SAG Awards! I thought her makeup looked STUNNING and so I just had to recreate this look!

Products that I used:

I hope you enjoyed this week’s video and if you did, make sure to give it a big thumbs up and I if you like subscribe to many channel, so that you won’t miss any new ones!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Meal Plan With Me

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to share with you one of my meal plan session with you. I will tell you how I plan everything and will lead you step by step through my progress.

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Scheduling of the Week

At first I will have a look at how my week will look like and maybe even plan it some more. If I’m pretty much certain how often I will be home for meals and how many meals I need I will set my weekly budget, which for the most part is around 25-30€, and on occasion sometimes a little more or less. It really depends if I need to stock up my pantry or not, but I usually have to stock it up every other month.

Looking Up Recipes

After that I will get out some of my recipe books and have a look trough them. I am doing Weight Watchers and am on a low carb, low cholesterol diet, so I always have to make sure that my meals are in my points and also, that I have at least one meal a day that is nearly carb free. Would you like some recipes? I could write a post about my favorites.

I then will write down some of the recipes that sounds good to me for the upcoming week and then I will take a look if they have somewhat similar ingredients or not. If they don’t I usually opt for ones who do. When I have a solid base of recipes, which usually are for a full week (if I’m at home for my meals) 4-5 dinners.

I should also mention that I cook in the evening, since I am not a big fan on eating a warm meal for lunch, because I tend to feel tired after eating. I also am still figuring out the right portion size for me and my lifestyle, so I tend to have less dinners, than week days, because I always have leftovers.

I have a Pinterest board with some of my favorite recipes!

Writing my Shopping List

I don’t really write down the meals for an exact day, since I like to keep my options open, when I want to eat what recipe. I also don’t plan my lunches and breakfast, because in the morning I tend to eat some bread with cheese or if I got the time some oatmeal and for lunch I usually eat salads mixed with various vegetables and sometimes fruits.

When I’m done with researching recipes, I will have a look through my pantry and freezer to find out what I still have and need to buy. After finishing that I will write down everything that I have to buy for my dinners and add the groceries I need for my salads and breakfasts. I usually just snack on some veggies or fruits if I feel hungry in between my meals.

Also when I’m in Uni I swap out my lunch for a low carb sandwich or some fruit and veggies. Like I said, it’s easier for me to keep my breakfast and lunches open, since every day is not like the other.

This is pretty much all I do to meal plan, sometimes if I’m being super lazy I just choose recipes I know by heart, which aren’t many but are enough for a couple of meals. But i just like to try out all the different recipes.

I hope you enjoyed this entry! Let me know in the comments any tips you have or how you meal plan.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

How to Grocery Shop on a Budget

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you some of my tips to grocery shop on a budget. As a student and with a minimal amount of money per week for grocery shopping I use these every time I go and pick up my groceries for the week.

Grocery Shops

Now this might seem a little bit odd to put as a tip, but believe me, this is one of the major things that make a difference at the end.

For example, we have a lot of different grocery stores in Germany, and they vary between higher priced products and low cost products. If you go into a “Rewe” you are much more likely to spend more money for the same products as you would be paying at “Penny”. And the simple reason is: “Penny” offers their products much cheaper than “Rewe”. So: Find out the different prices of your local grocery shops and choose the one, with the best price-performance ratio. Also, most of the products are the same, just different packaging.

Meal Planning

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Meal Planning is something I’ve been doing for a little while now. When I first moved out I just bought what I thought I needed, and what I wanted, when it was in the store. And that ultimately ended in me paying more and having to go more often, because I was missing a lot of ingredients. Also take into consideration the weekly offers your grocery store has and find out if they are actually the best deal.

Since I’ve been meal planning I not only spend less money but also have to go shopping once a week, which is super helpful if you’re super busy. I always make sure that I have recipes that include somewhat of the same ingredients, which means that I am more likely to use up a bag of carrots by myself, for example.

And since I’m more likely to cook in the evening, I always try to choose dishes that I could either re-heat for the next day as lunch or use the sides as extras for my salad, which I do prefer for lunches anyhow, because a warm meal always makes me feel tired.

Write down a Shopping List

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Having a shopping list is super helpful. For beginners, you won’t forget anything that you will need and it makes grocery shopping so much easier and cheaper, since you are more likely to only buy what’s on your list. Simply because you won’t need more than that.

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Always make sure to compare the kg/lb-price with the others, sometimes a product appears to be cheaper but isn’t. And if for some reason you shouldn’t need more products, buy it anyways, because you can always freeze a lot of it, especially veggies and fruits.

Also for the most part the house brand of products is cheaper than the well known brands, and they are usually produced by the same companies.

I hope I could give you some useful tips and if you have any more for me, please let me know them in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful week!
XoXo, Jasmin.

Chit Chat GRWM | YouTube

Hey my loves,

I’ve uploaded a new video on my YouTube Channel. It’s been such a long time since I’ve filmed and it was so much fun doing it.

I don’t know how much I am going to upload since I am very busy with Uni and filming and editing takes a while. But I will try to at least upload one video a week.

I hope you enjoy it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Evening Skincare Routine

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I thought I share my evening skincare with you. In the past couple of weeks I tried out a couple of new things and I thought I could share them with you since I really learned to enjoy some of the new steps I added.

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Taking My Makeup Off

On a day to day base I usually wear some makeup, which obviously I have to take off before I cant properly clean my face. And while I used an oil before I now switch to the L’Oréal Paris Fine Flowers Cleansing Cream. And it breaks up my makeup so much smoother and leaves my skin feeling so much more moisturized and cared for than the oil ever did. I use a small amount of it and rub it all over my face using my hands, and to take the product completely off I use a makeup wipe and just wipe down my face. The makeup wipes I am currently using are the Garnier Micellar Water Wipes.

Cleansing

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When I finished taking my makeup off I usually go in with a new makeup wipe and make sure everything is gone. Then I wet my face and use a soap. The face soap is a gel formula by L’Oréal Paris, it is the L’Oréal Paris Fine Flowers Cleansing Wash Gel. And after I massaged the soap onto my face I used my Braun Face 852 (similar one) with the sensitive brush and cleanse my skin in circular motion.

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Face Mask

About two times a week I will use a face mask and lately I’ve been loving the L’Oréal Paris Pure Clay Blemish Rescue Face Mask. It just really helps to clear up my skin and I love the feeling of my skin after I used it. Review blog post coming up real soon!

Moisturizing

When I’m done using my cleansing brush, I wash off everything and use my towel and pad my face dry. And lastly I moisturize using my L’Oréal Paris Triple Active Night Cream.

Do you guys have any suggestions for eye creams and toners? I turned 26 this past November and I feel like I need to start taking real good care of my skin. Also, would you like me to do a morning skincare routine, I use some different products in the morning. And also, just a small disclaimer, this blog post is not sponsored at all –  I just love L’Oréal skincare products so much!

I wish you all a wonderful day!
XoXo, Jasmin.

How to Set Yourself Up For a Productive Week

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to share with you some of my tips with you on how to set yourself up for a productive week.

Make a list

Making to-do list is of one the biggest tips I can give you. Writing down everything you need to do in a day, or in the week is super helpful, especially because you can add things along the way and tip-off anything when you’re finished with it.

I do have two systems for my to-do list: For university I actually like to write them down in my diary and sort them for the individual courses I have and I also sort them after priority. I also write down when they have to be finished. This is particular helpful when you have to migrate some of your to-do’s.

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For my apartment and life to-do’s I usually just write down my list on my phone in the notes app. Only if they are small things I have to do I write them down on my monthly to-do spread in my Bullet Journal.

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Start Small & Prioritize

Don’t overpower on the to-do’s, start with a small list. You can add more things to do later on. And if you can’t start small, choose the priority for each task you have to do and write them down in that order.

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Also: Don’t put yourself down if you can’t finish all of your to-do’s, if you use my priority system, you will get things down that have to be finished. I usually have like 3-4 priority categories. Priority 4 has to be done immediately on that day, Priority 3 has to be done on that day, but can be migrated to another day, if necessary, Priority 2 are things like doing the washing or cleaning, things you can do in between other chores. I for myself always have a wash of clothing running when I study for Uni, so that I remember to get up in between and move a little bit. And last but not least, Priority 1 are to-do’s that have to get done in this week, but can migrate, if necessary, to the next week.

Find a calm spot to work

We are all different especially when it comes to places to work, I for myself prefer to work at a desk, with a lot of natural light and a lot of space, because I usually have a lot of extra material besides my MacBook. I also love to have music in the background, although it has to be music, that I won’t sing to (which happens a lot, even if I pick songs I don’t hear that often). I sometimes even listen to instrumental Soundtracks or piano songs. Would you guys be interested in a playlist? Let me know in the comments.

Find your spot, where you aren’t distracted and can work concentrated, but also stay motivated. I also love to make myself a tea and have some snacks on hand – like fruit, veggies and if I feel like it, sometimes even a little bit of chocolate or cookies. It helps me to keep going.

Take breaks

I for myself, like to take 10 to 15 minutes in between chores to recharge and move a little bit. Especially when I’ve been working at my desk, I like to get up a bit and stretch or just walk around a little bit – and to be fair, quite often, I do have a longer break where I watch a 20-minute episode of something or a dance session. You have to find out what works for you, I know some people, if they start watching something, they start to procrastinate. I would lie, if id said that didn’t happen to me, but sometimes, we all have motivational problems.

What do you do to make sure that you have a productive week? I would love to know, maybe you even have some tips for me, that I could try.

I wish you all a wonderful and productive day!

XoXo, Jasmin

5 Things that make me happy right now

Hey my loves,

I thought today I would share with you a couple of things that make me happy right now. One of my goals this year is to live my life more positively and have a better and more positive way of looking at things.

Being Busy

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At the moment I am really busy with Uni stuff and I have to say I absolutely love it and it makes me incredibly happy to be so productive. Especially at the end of the week when I can look back at what I achieved and accomplished I am super proud of myself for being super productive and not procrastinating as much. I also find it always helps with overthinking if I am busy. I literally have no time to think about thinks and that means I can’t overthink anything. And that’s just awesome!

Family

At the moment I’m sitting in the living room of my grandma enjoying the few days off between the new and old year, even though I have a really long list of to-do’s I always like to make sure that I see her around the holidays. And if Uni starts again I at least get over to her place once a week, I just love spending time with her and it always makes me incredibly happy to spend time with her.

Reading

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I’m currently reading one of the books of my reading list for 2018 (make sure to check that entry out). I’m reading ‘The Night Circus’ by Erin Morgenstern and I really enjoy it. It’s very different from anything that I would normally read and it captivates me in such another way than any of my other books. I am really happy that I decided to venture out of my comfort zone and try reading something, which I would normally never and that makes me happy.

New Hobby

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My grandma is currently teaching me how to crochet and although I’m not the greatest (yet – haha) I really enjoy doing this. One of my other goals is to find a couple of new hobbies and I think I will take crocheting on. I really enjoy producing something with my own hands, and it’s also something I never thought I would do. But it makes me really happy and it keeps my mind off and with so much to do that is really something great.

Blogging

Being back on here and writing blog post is making me really happy, because I get to share things that I love and it also is keeping me super inspired. I just really missed it and hated it to be so uninspired. I also missed writing on its own. So now typing this, thinking about all the things I could write about and planning out more blog post just brings a smile to my face.

I would love to know the things that make you happy right now. You have to tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Books: What I Want to Read 2018

Hey my loves,

in today’s post I thought I would share with you my reading list for 2018. I will be updating this along the way this year, but for starters I have a couple of books that made it onto my list for this year.

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I am currently reading “The Night Circus” and I absolutely love it, it feels so different to anything I’ve read so far. Mainly because I usually stick to the thrillers and haven’t read any fantasy lately (except for rereading Harry Potter, duh!).

What is on your reading list for 2018? Tell me in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Highlights from 2017

Hey my loves,

A long time has passed since I last posted on here. This feels kinda weird and sort of exciting to be back. So sorry for not posting as frequent lately, well, I should say: “not at all”. But I’ve just had so much on mind and did not feel like writing and producing content, especially because I was feeling quite uninspired and wasn’t happy with the content I had. And now, new year – new beginnings! Or so do they say, right?

I will try to post one to two entries a week if I can, but only if I am happy with the blog post. But I just missed it a lot and when I set up my 2018 calendar I got struck with a lot of inspiration for the next couple of weeks. So my first entry this year will be a look back at some of my 2017 highlights.

February 2017

View out of my window in the early morning – so pretty, right?

Sunrise at my home

April 2017

Short Weekend Trip to Miri

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Mai 2017

Cutting my hair short and absolutely loving it!

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June 2017

Showing my cousin the city where I go to college to!

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July 2017

The birth of the beautiful daughter of one of my longest besties!

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August 2017

Zoo and theme park visit with Miri!

September 2017

1st real vacation since 2011!

October 2017

I just had to: Miri’s hair-ad moment :D

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December 2017

Christmas Markets with my friends!

What were your highlights from 2017? I would love to know them, tell me in the comments!

I hope all your dreams and wishes for the New Year are going to happen and I can’t wait for you to see all the blog post I have planned for this year!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

You can follow Miri here:

Instagram: miri_mh8

 

TOP 3 – HBO TV SHOWS written by Miriam

HBO has given us amazing entertainment, groundbreaking, shocking, hilarious entertainment. However, this is only a Top 3 list, so I do not have a lot of space to spare, and also I am not basing this list on the number of viewers or prizes (if I did, The Wire wouldn’t even be on this list). I am solely basing this ranking off my personal taste. So I do apologize to those who are missing Game of Thrones, or Curb Your Enthusiasm, or True Detective on this list, because I can only speak for myself and what I have seen. And the three shows I am about to introduce to you are three of the best TV drama series you will ever have the joy of watching.

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3. Boardwalk Empire

The Volstead Act, which introduced the Prohibition era to the United States that lasted from 1920 to 1933, was a bad idea, because it did not work the way it had been planned. Boardwalk Empire shows how a group of gangsters became millionaires by smuggling alcohol into the US every which way, killing whoever stood in-between them and the alcohol they wanted to illegally import into the US. The series centers around Nucky Thompson, played by always awesome Steve Buscemi and based on a real-life person. Nucky is the treasurer of Atlantic City, but basically controls the entire city, and when the Volstead Act is officialized, he and a group of politicians and gangsters decide to cash in. The first 3 seasons of this historic TV show are epic and thrilling, with an amazing ensemble cast, including not only good old Steve, but also Michael K. Williams, Michael Shannon, and Daredevil Charlie Cox. The scale of this superbly written drama really reaches epic proportions, considering the producers were unable to shoot scenes on the actual boardwalk in AC, so they built a new one in another city, furnishing it with amazing details from original 1920’s postcards and photos. The wardrobe and cars used in the show are so true to the prohibition era the production costs must have been astronomically high, and it pays off: anyone watching will definitely feel like they were transported right into the year 1920. Add to that the amazing variety of characters and gripping dialogue (as usual for HBO), this show is just fun to watch. It can be quite gory at times, though (there is a scene in season 2 where someone is literally scalped), so it might not be suitable for people with weak stomachs, but that just proves how amazing the special effects make-up is, as well. Characters you hate will die, and characters you love will die, and you just have to know how the story continues. There are several characters involved in the plot who existed in real life, such as Charlie Luciano, Bugsy Segel, and Al Capone (portrayed perfectly by Stephen Graham), which again proves the attention to detail applied to the writing. Season 4 loses some of the show’s excitement and speed, and season 5 seems like a tired, idea-lacking wrap-up that had me quite disappointed, but the first 3 seasons are just plain brilliant TV drama.

“We been on the road for eighteen hours. I need a bath, some chow, and then you and me sit down, and we talk about who dies, eh?”

“F***in’ tough guy, you gonna shoot me for mouthin’ off?” – I wasn’t going to, but you kinda talked me into it.”

“Untie him. Oh, but before you do, put a bullet in his f***ing head.”

2. The Sopranos

This is a TV drama that basically paved the way for all other TV dramas that followed. There would be no Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, or Dexter, without Tony Soprano and his family of thugs. For those of you who have actually never seen it, it is a show about Tony Soprano, New Jersey mobster and capo and later on the boss of the Soprano clan. Officially employed in waste management, he and his underlings are stone-cold killers who make their living with drugs, prostitution, illegal gambling, and collecting debts. At the same time, however, Tony is a loving father of two children and an unfaithful husband. The show explores themes of faith, family, loyalty, friendship, Italian-American intercultural conflicts, and lays down ground rules for storytelling and dialogue that were revolutionary at the time. Also, you will see some of the finest acting ever broadcast, on the small or big screen. Michael Imperioli especially, portraying Christopher Moltisanti, will tear your heart out with his all-in performance, and was awarded with the Emmy for his efforts. Moreover, I believe it was the first TV show to begin the tradition that was later copied by Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead of killing off characters unexpectedly that you were sure would stay until the very end. Some of the deaths you will see coming, some will hit you completely unprepared and make you weep with either glee or (more often) grief. The show stays brilliant throughout its six seasons, but the finale is, well, debatable. Nonetheless, if you love TV dramas, and you liked Goodfellas, Casino, and of course The Godfather, you need to see this. Even Martin Scorsese himself did not want to miss out on the fun and has a very brief cameo in the first season.

“Who do you think you are?” – “I’m the person who says how things go, that’s who I think I am.”

“You don’t think that human beings possess free will?” – “How come I’m not making f***ing pots in Peru? You’re born to this sh*t. You are what you are.”

“You’re being set up! He’s lying to you, whoever he is!” – “Wouldn’t make any difference.” – “What do you mean, it wouldn’t make any difference?!” – “He wants you dead.”

1. The Wire

Once denoted the “best show that nobody watches,” The Wire is possibly the best TV drama ever created, and still, if you research how many awards the show has received, you will be appalled, and rightly so. Even though it was supposedly suffering from continuously low ratings, luckily the creators managed to produce five whole seasons, and they are a gift to anyone who loves watching high-quality TV drama. At first glance, it seems to be a cop show, but it cannot be compared to Law and Order and the likes thanks to HBO’s liberty to give it a gritty sort of realism, which is what the show is praised for and owes largely to its creators, who are an ex-cop and a journalist, respectively, and know how the real world of crime and punishment works in Baltimore, Maryland. Using their background to thoroughly investigate and tell the story of life in Baltimore from as many angles as possible, the show aims to portray a new point of view in every season. While the first season begins with introducing the police in Baltimore and kicks off the amazing plot by starting the investigation of the Barksdale clan, a drug-dealing organization operating on the streets, the second season introduces the struggles of the dockworkers on the Port of Baltimore. The third season focuses more heavily on Baltimore’s politicians, showing a white councilman’s attempt to become mayor in a predominantly black city. In the fourth season, we enter the school system of Baltimore, while the fifth season places us in the newsroom of a big Baltimore newspaper. The fascinating thing about this multi-faceted way of portraying Baltimore is that we not only learn more and more about the city and how its institutions have an effect on the individual, but that the plot manages to outline not only the stark differences, but also the striking parallels between all these milieus. Giving every character, from the lowest street thug to the richest politician, their moment to shine, we see how every system is built on greed and deception to achieve its goals of surviving and persevering. The Wire is also the only TV drama I can think of that stays equally strong and brilliant in its casting, acting, and storytelling from the first episode to the very last one. If anything, the series finale is the best episode of them all, because it manages to wrap up the story of the entire show by demonstrating how everything always changes and yet stays the same. There is a reason why it has been termed a literary show. It is beautiful, skillfully crafted, and yet still entertaining enough for people who prefer less demanding entertainment, through awesome and funny characters such as Omar, the gay gunman who robs drug dealers for a living. The Wire is my favorite TV show of all time and will always be an example of how to do it right.

“You come at the king, you best not miss.”

“Does this sh*t look like money, motherf***er? Money be green!”

“You heroic mother***ers. Fighting the war on drugs, one brutality case at a time.” – “Girl, you can’t even call this sh*t a war.” – “Why not?” – “Wars end.”

 

Exploring the City // Die Stadt erkunden

Hey my loves,

a couple of days ago I showed my cousin around one of my favorite cities in Germany – Düsseldorf. I thought I share a couple of the photos I and my cousin took.

We first went to my Uni, then to the older part of the city and the “Rheinuferpromenade” which is pretty much a walk along the Rhine and then we went to the media haven. We had such a blast and even though it was quite windy and not so warm, it was still super fun. So here are the pics:

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I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Two Spring & Summer Salads // Zwei Salate für Frühling & Sommer

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I’m showing you two of my favorite salads for spring and summer time. I love both of them so much and they are also great to make in a big bulk for a party or for yourself.

Chicken Strawberry Salad with Quesadilla

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I don’t have the exact measurements, because I feel like with salads you can pretty much go all out, but here is everything you will need:

Lettuce

Shredded Carrots

Red Bell Pepper

Cherry Tomatoes

Strawberries

Yoghurt Sauce

Corn Tortilla

Shredded Cheese

Chicken Breast

Salt, Pepper, Cayenne Pepper

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Chicken Quinoa Salad with Mozzarella & Eggs

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Ingredients

Lettuce

Quinoa

Cherry Tomatoes

Cucumber

Red Bell Pepper

Corn

Chicken Filet

Yoghurt Sauce

Eggs

Onion

Salt, Pepper, Other Spices

Mozzarella

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All I can say that both of these salads are super filling and I love to eat them, especially when it’s really hot. And if you prepare everything a day ahead (just skip the salad sauce), you can easily assemble everything the next day, it literally takes no time.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. Hit the like and share button and leave a comment telling me what your favorite spring salad is!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

NYX Love Contours All Review

Hey my loves,

long time no see again. I’m so sorry, but I have been busy with the move of my grandma and Uni started again, so I haven’t gotten around to writing. But today is different, I have a day off and completed everything I had to do for University so I can write for you guys guilt free.

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I recently bought the NYX Love Contours All Eye and Face Sculpting Palette, and the KIKO Milano lipstick in 106 and I was able to play around with them little bit. And I have to say: I LOVE THIS PALETTE! And the lipstick is as always great too! The color pay off is amazing and the eyeshadows stay on all day, which I personally love since I’m usually in Uni all day.

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Ok, now a run down of everything that is in this palette: You’ve got two highlight shades, two contouring shades, nine eyeshadows and two eyebrow powders. And, as you can see in the picture, the shadows are a mix of matte and sparkly. Both of the contour shades are matte and that is amazing! I do have to say though that I liked the lighter highlight powder more, simply because I feel like I don’t have enough tan on.

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All in all, I have to say that this palette was a great investment and that I absolutely adore it! I can only recommend it, especially if you are on the look out for a palette you can take on holiday with you! Here’s where you can buy it:

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL ASOS

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL ULTA

NYX LOVE CONTOURS ALL BOOTS

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I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to share it and also it would mean a lot to me if you could thumbs up this entry! Thank you so much!

I wish you all a wonderful day and a great start into the new week!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

Midnight Ramblings // Mitternachtsgedanken

Hey my loves,

you know at times like these – it’s currently 11:43 pm as I’m writing this – I always get lost in my thoughts. I’m a night owl, so I tend to stay up later than others, but as for the last three months I’ve been going to bed quite early – well, for me at least.

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I’ve been so busy and on my feet constantly that I didn’t have time for thinking for a while now, but I guess that’s good for me. Because I tend to overthink things a lot. Are you like that? Overthinking used to be such a huge problem for me, not that I had to overthink anything for that matter, because to be honest, my gut feeling always turned out to be right and thinking of all the other possible outcomes or whatever usually just gave me a major headache than anything else. But you know how it is…

But tonight is a night where I kinda got some time to myself. And I have to admit I quite enjoyed it. The next, um let me think, 5 or 6 months are going to be tough. I’m in my second year of Uni (well, actually more, but if you want me to get into that, let me know) and since I kinda slacked the first year a bit,  because of moving out and other timing issues, I now have to write six papers. Which, let’s face it, is an awful lot to handle.

But I can’t change the fact, because I want to stay inside the three years and for that I have to do it. And usually if I set myself to something, I do it. Most of the time. But we’ll see. Next week Uni starts and it will all begin, but I’m excited to get back at it. I like being busy with school and I always feel like my summer term is so much nicer and easier to handle. Must be the sun, don’t you think?

Would you like me to talk about my Uni experience or which degree I’m aspiring to get? Because I could easily write a couple of entries for you. If you have any questions, feel free to comment and ask them.

Now enough of my midnight ramblings… I wish you all a good night!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Overthinking

The art of creating problems that weren’t even there.

 

Enjoying The Beautiful Weather // Frühlingssonne

Hey my loves,

I’m sort of back to blogging now. I’ve been and still am super busy, but here and there are always a couple of days where I may find the time to write for you guys. There won’t be an upload plan like I used to have since I don’t want to put that kind of pressure on myself.

Now this Friday I went out to my friends city, which is about one and a half hours away from my hometown, to spent the day and night. It was such a beautiful day that we decided to go for a walk alongside the river. We ate ice cream and then walked back to her home.

Later that day we ate some Spaghetti and watch a movie. We watched “Logan”, which btw. was so good! I can really recommend it! I had such a lovely time that I wanted to share some of the photos with you and also talk to you about my day! What do you do on a lovely spring day?

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My reading material for the journey is a book I have to read for Uni. Has anyone read it? I kinda don’t know what to think about it. But I haven’t gotten very far with reading. So who knows, maybe I end up loving it.

I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a big thumbs up and tell me in the comments what you’re plans for this Spring are. I would love to know!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.