The 3 Best Non-English TV Shows – Guest Entry by Miri

What’s up folks?

This is Miri. The last couple of years I have always been on the lookout for new, exciting TV dramas, and, as we all know, the best (or, at the very least, the most) entertainment is still produced in the US and Britain. However, there are a few golden pieces of TV I’ve come across that may completely escape the English-speaking viewers. Of course, being able to watch something in its original form, without dubbing or subtitles, is always the most rewarding, but trust me when I tell you that for the three shows I will introduce to you, dubbing and/or subtitles will not ruin the fun.

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No.3: Gomorra – La Serie

Gomorra is an Italian TV series produced by Sky about the mafia in Naples, Italy. The show is based on the nonfiction book by Roberto Saviano, who infiltrated the Camorra (the mafia’s local name) and published names of important people and detailed information on the organization’s illegal operations. Saviano’s book was so close to the truth that he has had to live with a constant protection detail due to threats. Herein lies the series’ biggest advantage as well as its biggest flaw. The stories told are so realistic and so sinister they not only make for prime entertainment, but they also serve as a constant reminder that what we see here is not fiction but bitter reality; this knowledge creates an intense viewing experience. Because of its realism, however, we have no one to identify with. Everyone is evil, no character is likable. Every person portrayed in-depth is either a hateful, cruel beast of a human, or an innocent soon to be killed. That is reality in the mafia, and that makes the show hard to watch, so those who like gritty crime shows with hero figures may be disappointed or confused. We are constantly reminded that we are not watching standard, easily digestible TV because of the violence that always undercuts each scene, every piece of dialogue, always threatening to break out. Everybody is fair game, no one is safe, not even little children.

So why is this show worthy of your time? For one, it is something that needed to be made to expose the violence that exists day to day to a broader audience. The people live with fear, the young kids grow up believing that they will never get out of their parts of the city. Honest jobs are rare, so if you need money, you have to turn to crime. The show brilliantly portrays the way in which the kids in Secondigliano take the crime and cruelty for granted, even emulate what they see in their childish games.

Also, and we as viewers should never take this for granted, Gomorra is incredibly well-made. The cinematography is stunning, especially in the third season, where every frame would be worthy of being hung on a wall as a piece of art. The original score is haunting and creates a unique atmosphere. In these gorgeous images, we see devastation and beauty exist side by side.

Lastly, the characters may be unlikable, but they are strong and interesting and captured in amazing performances by talented actors. The show has been renewed for a fourth season set to air next year, and I cannot possibly imagine what may happen next, but the first three seasons all centered on the relationship between Ciro di Marzio and Gennaro Savastano. There is an entire army of characters, including some strong women, but Ciro and Gennaro and their connection with one another has driven the show forward. It is brutal, and disgusting, and beautiful all at once.

No. 2: Deutschland 83

Everybody in Germany who loves great TV entertainment has had to turn their backs on German TV productions. Most shows produced in Germany, by Germans, for a German audience, are not very good, and every German will agree with me, I’m sure. I think the problem is that the German networks are, on the one hand, very hesitant to allow change (which is why, when Breaking Bad was aired on free TV, it was hidden in a very small channel Saturdays at 10 pm). Experiments are never welcomed with open arms. On the other hand, the prime networks probably think we, the viewers, are stupid. They do not seem to have a lot of faith in our comprehensive abilities. These issues make it all the more astounding that such a show as Deutschland 83 exists at all. It is a well-written, intelligent, thrilling show about the tensions between East and West Germany in the 1980s. Martin Rauch, a young man who firmly believes in the government of East Germany, is forced to go undercover for the Stasi in West Germany, posing as a soldier named Moritz Stamm. The real Moritz has been killed to make room for Martin. Suddenly, Martin is ripped out of his safe, relatively comfortable existence with his sick mother and his (unfaithful) girlfriend and thrust into the colorful world of West Germany, where all the restrictions and trade embargos on American merchandise of the East do not exist. But Martin also continuously risks his life for his country, spying on the West, stealing important data, only barely escaping from being discovered. The stakes are high, as would be the punishment for treason.

Deutschland 83 thus manages to combine history lessons on East and West tensions and the Cold War with a genuinely thrilling espionage story. The actors are amazing, and the soundtrack includes some of the best songs from the 80s. What makes this show so entrancing, however, is the development the main character undergoes over the course of the episodes. Martin starts as a rather naïve young man who firmly believes in his government’s values, that East Germany is right and everybody else is wrong. When he is forced to go undercover in the West, he refuses at first, but with a few patriotic lines, his Stasi handlers, who include his aunt, manage to convince him that what he is doing is “the right thing.” This serves as one example of how fanatic patriotism is akin to brainwashing. And the longer Martin works for the Stasi, the more ruthless he gets, until even human lives seem to pale in significance compared to his mission. Subtly fused into the compelling thriller is the story of how one finds his or her identity, sometimes by consciously turning away from what you know. The show is also very well-made, as lighting and editing basically scream American TV standards. And, indeed, it is a co-production between German network RTL and the AMC. If only we could have more collaborations such as this one. A second season is supposed to be coming this year, and I can only hope that t will be able to compete with the first one.

No. 1: Bron/Broen

The Bridge is a Scandinavian crime drama I discovered on accident while I was browsing articles for my bachelor’s thesis. The pilot episode begins with a female murder victim on the Øresund Bridge, a bridge that is 5 miles long and provides a direct connection between Denmark and Sweden. The body discovered has been placed exactly at the junction of the bridge where the official border between Danish and Swedish territory runs, even though the border crossing is not marked on the bridge. Also, the body of the victim is cut in half, one half each lying on Danish and Swedish territory. As the upper half is immediately identified as belonging to a known Swedish citizen, the Swedish police claims the case as theirs. On closer inspection, however, it turns out that the lower half of the body belongs to another victim, making it two cases of murder. The lower half is discovered to be that of a Danish woman, and thus a cooperation between Swedish and Danish police forces becomes necessary. The bridge obviously stands in for more than just a geographical connection between two places; it also symbolizes the cooperation between two nations, as well as the language gap that is artfully bridged in the show. The original title, Bron/Broen, means “bridge” in Swedish and Danish, respectively. As I do not speak Swedish, or Danish, I watched the show in German, so the language barriers that the characters may encounter at times was completely lost on me, but I do know that when the Danish characters speak, there are Swedish subtitles, so the language definitely factors into the viewing experience for native Scandinavian audiences.

Even without the language barrier, however, the show makes for a unique experience. In part this is due to the clearly Scandinavian crime thriller vibe. Muted colors, sparse lighting, and imaginative murders create an oppressive, sinister atmosphere that provides a welcome distraction for those viewers who are tired of polished, over-produced shows where everybody looks pretty and the bad guy is always apprehended. This is one thing The Bridge has in common with Gomorra: there can be no happy ending. The bad guy is never caught, or if he is, he has been caught too late.

What really makes this show worthwhile is its main character: Såga Norén, homicide detective in Malmö, is the strong female lead women have been waiting for. Interestingly, she is the antithesis of what societal norms predetermine a woman should be. An excellent detective, extremely intelligent, with an almost perfect memory, Såga is incapable of understanding social cues and engaging with other people on an emotional level, which makes her come across as cold and rude in the beginning. Once the audience gets closer to her, it becomes clear that she must have some form of Asperger’s Syndrome, and although she has never been diagnosed, Såga herself is aware, as she says at one point, that she is “not normal.” She never tries to hide this fact about herself, however, which gives her a range of freedom in social interactions others can only dream of: not inhibited by the unwritten rules of “proper” conduct, Såga has sex whenever she wants, with whomever she wants to have it, without ever coming across as anything but self-assured and determined. On the downside, her condition, and the love she has for her job, make her incapable of maintaining relationships, and she has a hard time finding, and keeping, friendship. Såga’s job is her life. Not interested in hobbies, police work is all her life consists of. We learn more about her tragic backstory as the seasons progress, and it fits right into the sinister mood of the show. Basically, if you love Scandinavian crime thrillers and strong female lead characters, this show is an absolute must. I am currently waiting for the fourth, and final, season to arrive on Netflix, because I would really like to see how Såga’s story concludes. If you have the opportunity, just watch it. It is time well spent.

Do you know any non-English TV shows that would be worth watching? I would love to hear some suggestions. Also, follow me on Instagram if you want: miri_mh8

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How to stay organized when you have a lot to do – College Edition

Hey my loves,

as you might know I am a student and currently I have been busy with multiple papers, presentations and participation proof things that I thought I would share some of my techniques with you.

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I always keep a planner on hand so that I can take notes and write down any important submission dates and also to just keep everything nice and organized at one place. I use a weekly spread, where I write down any appointments and according to the days any to-do’s. I also use a pencil for potential things that I am either unsure of if they need to be done or if it’s happening on that day that way I can easily remove and transfer them.

Another thing I am doing is putting all my appointments, submission dates, to-do’s and even home shores in my calendar app on my phone. I even went as far as color coding them. For instance, purple marked things are regarding everything I have to do for College, yellow marked ones are my to-do’s and so on.

I also use the reminder app on my phone to give me daily reminders of things that need to be done that specific day or in the near future and it keeps all my to-do’s in one place.

Another thing I like to do is to use a site in my planner or from a notebook and regarding to the course write down all the things I have to do and if possible date them accordingly. It’s also super satisfying to tick of a to-do on that.

I know this might seem like a lot of double work, but this is for my personal lifestyle. I might not have my planner on me one day so I have it on my phone. If something happens to my phone, I’ll always have it in my bullet journal. I just like to be safe.

What are your organizational techniques? I would love to know. Also, if you are interested in something like this for my blog I am more than happy to share that with you too.

Check out my other entry about College: How to stay organized for an assignment

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Lunch Ideas That Are Super Quick To Made

Hey my loves,

for the past three weeks I have been trying to eat super healthy and nutritious and today I am sharing yet another recipe related blog entry with you. Last week I should you a whole week of my food and today I show you a couple of my favorite recipes.

Check out my ‘What I eat in a week’ entry right here.

I am showing you three different Lunch ideas that I have been loving in different variations over the past couple of days. They also make super delicious dinner options or in case of the avocado bun even for breakfast. So here they are:

AVOCADO & EGG ON A WHOLE GRAIN BUN

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INGREDIENTS:

  • one whole grain bun
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • salt, pepper
  • chili flakes

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Fry your two eggs in a pan until it has the consistency that you like. I like my yolk a little bit runny, so I leave as long on as the egg white needs to set. I like to season the eggs with some salt & pepper.
  2. Half an avocado, and half the piece, spread it on the buns with a fork. I find that if you use a fork it goes way easier than with a knife.
  3. Slice your tomato and spread it evenly on the two sides of the bun, season with salt, pepper and I like to add some chili flakes.
  4. Lastly, transfer your eggs from the pan to the buns and you’re done.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • one whole grain bun
  • one chicken breast (I had one cut up, but a whole piece would obviously work better)
  • a couple of pieces of lettuce
  • one tomato
  • hummus
  • avocado
  • sweet and sour chili sauce
  • salt, pepper
  • paprika powder, chili

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. In a pan fry your chicken and season it to your tasting. I added salt, pepper and paprika powder.
  2. Divide your bun into two. On one side use hummus (I use the store ready one) and on the other side, smash one half on avocado and season it with salt, pepper and chili flakes.
  3. Place your lettuce and tomato on both sides.
  4. When your chicken is done cooking add about two big tablespoons of sweet and sour chili sauce and stir it in.
  5. Then transfer your chicken to the bun and you’re ready to go.

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INGREDIENTS:

  • Lettuce
  • half of a can of tuna
  • one half of a bell pepper (I used a yellow one)
  • one tomato
  • a couple of tablespoons of corn
  • 40 g of feta cheese
  • salt, pepper
  • balsamic vinegar

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Wash all of your veggies.
  2. Cut all veggies (except the corn, duh xD) into mouth-size pieces.
  3. Place all your veggies on a plate, add and mix in the tuna and corn.
  4. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and season it with salt and pepper.
  5. Last but not least, crumble the feta cheese on top and you’re ready to go.

You love salads? Here’s another recipe for you: Healthy Summer Salad

I hope you guys enjoyed today’s entry. What are your go-to lunches? Tell me in the comments and share some of your favorite recipes. I would love to recreate and try yours out.

Also have you guys seen my friends Stephanie’s guest blog entry? If not, check it out here: How to find your passion project when you have no idea what to do with your life – Guest Blogger Stephanie Vivienne

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXO, Jasmin.

 

How to find your passion project when you have no idea what to do with your life – Guest Blogger Stephanie Vivienne

Have you ever felt that you weren’t achieving great things in life? That’s exactly what I, and many others, have contemplated about in the wee hours of the morning. You aren’t the only one going through this so read on as I tell you that there IS a way out of this. The way out is through finding your passion project.

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So, what is a passion project?

It is exactly as it reads.

It is a project that you are passionate about. If I told you that you can only do one thing in your life, what would it be? That would be your passion project. It could be blogging, starting your own business, writing a book, or volunteering, along with many other things. Finding your passion project can be difficult but don’t fret as I will show you some of my tips on how you can find your passion project when you have no idea what you want to do with your life.

Figure out what you enjoy

This is my number one tip. Figuring out what makes you tick is crucial to finding your passion project. Without passion, it is merely a project. What do you love? What makes you spring out of bed at dawn?

For me, I enjoy a lot of things, most of which are what many classify as “introvert-type activities”. I enjoy reading books, writing, photography, social media, playing computer games, and working as an entrepreneur. Those are the things that make me tick. What are yours?

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You can have multiple passion projects

You aren’t restricted to only one passion project, you can have many. One day, you might feel like working on one project, another you might want to work on another, or if you’re super savvy with time management, you can spend blocks of time a day working on your different passion projects. If you want to focus on one passion project only, then go for it!

Everyone has different interests and work ethic. You do you.

Get inspired by people around you

If you really have no idea what you want to do, get inspired by the people around you, whether in real life or on social media.

See what others are doing and it might spark a lightbulb. In saying that, this doesn’t mean you are copying them, unless you are blatantly copying them exactly. That’s a no-no. Getting ideas from the world around us is perfectly normal. What makes each idea different is the person behind the idea and how he/she can make it reflect themselves.

Now my challenge to you is to find your passion project and let me know what it is! You can catch me on my blog (www.stephanievivienne.com) or chat over on my Twitter (@steph_vivienne) and Instagram (@theworldofpixels).

 

Healthy Summer Salad

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to show you a recipe for one of my favorites nutritious salad that I love making for lunch and sometimes even dinner in summer.

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Ingredients:

  • Lettuce
  • 1/2 of a bell pepper
  • 1 tomato
  • a handful of mushrooms
  • a handful of green asparagus
  • a handful of shredded carrots
  • 1 chicken breast
  • 100g low-fat yoghurt
  • Salt, Pepper, Paprika and Garlic
  • Basil & Parsley
  • 45 g feta cheese

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry your lettuce and cut into mouth-sized pieces.
  2. Wash and cut you bell pepper and tomato.
  3. Wash and cut your green asparagus and mushrooms.
  4. Put a little bit of olive oil into a pan and start cooking the chicken breast.
  5. In the meantime use a microwavable dish and put a little bit of water in and add the asparagus and a little bit of salt and microwave for about 2-5 minutes (it all depends on the asparagus and the microwave you have)
  6. Assemble the lettuce, bell pepper, tomato and shredded carrots on a plate.
  7. While your chicken is cooking you can start making the sauce. For that just mix the yoghurt with all the spices and herbs.
  8. When the chicken is almost done add the mushrooms to the pan and cook them through.
  9. Assemble the rest of the ingredients on the plate and top it of with the sauce and crumble the feta cheese over. Enjoy!

What is your go-to salad in the summer? Leave me your recipe down below.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

What I Eat In a Week

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you an entire week of food that I ate. Recently I have been trying to cut down carbs a lot more and also incorporate more fresh veggies into my lifestyle. I thought I would share all of the food with you and maybe give you a couple of ideas for dinners.

Breakfast

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So for breakfast this week I had a variation of the same thing and that was some kind of yoghurt with granola and fresh fruit. I had blueberry greek yoghurt three times this week and the other two just some plain greek yoghurt with honey. At the beginning of the week my fruit was mango and red grapes, but I ran out of mango on the third day, so I added banana instead. The granola is store-bought and I used about two tablespoons, because I only realized this later at home but it was very high in carbs and sugar. But two tablespoons were more than enough to keep me full for a long time.

What is your go to breakfast?

Lunch

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Now for Lunch I had these two, and the other days I either skipped lunch or ate granola bars. The only reasoning behind it was that my Uni hadn’t had any healthy option nor something that I would crave so I substitute my lunch with bars and some fresh fruit. I know that is not ideal but what would you do if you didn’t bring lunch. Alright on Monday I had a mixed salad with two eggs. It consisted of mixed lettuce, bell pepper, tomato and feta cheese and a side of green asparagus. It was delicious!

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On Tuesday I had a rye whole grain bun with some lettuce, a tomato, an egg and some cheese. And it was the best sandwich I had in a while, it was super delicious and as I am writing this I am thinking to myself that it would be nice to eat this now. Haha xD

What is your favorite lunch? Do you have any ideas for lunches on the go?

Dinner

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On Monday evening I actually skipped lunch, well not necessarily skipped it, but I fell asleep before I could make dinner, because I hadn’t slept the day before. That’s why there are only for dinners here. It’s not in chronological order but I will pretend that it is.

On Tuesday I had some bulgur with mixed Italian style veggies with chicken breast and a little bit of sweet and sour chili sauce! This definitely was the highest carb dinner this week, because of the bulgur and also because the veggies were frozen and had added some things that made it a little bit more unhealthy. But I didn’t have the time nor the energy to cut up some veggies.

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On Wednesday I had a turkey burger, sweet potato and green asparagus. Topped with some light hollandaise sauce and of course sweet and sour chili sauce. I made the burger myself, I just added an egg and some rye flour to eat and seasoned it.

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On Thursday I had pasta (was craving it) with chicken and mixed vegetables topped of with a self-made sauce and feta cheese. For veggies I had zucchini, bell pepper and green asparagus. The self made sauce consist of non-fat yoghurt and sweet and sour chili sauce. It was a nice change to the normal topping.

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Last but not least, my Friday dinner. Was definitely one of my faves this week! It consisted of some rice, bell pepper, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, corn and green asparagus, topped with a self-made tomato sauce and chicken. The sauce just consist of mashed tomatoes with salt, pepper, basil, parsley and oregano.

What is your favorite dinner?

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to let me know by liking and commenting! Also let me know in the comments what is your favorite snack? Mine is watermelon in summer.

Also plates and cutlery is from H&M Home, you can buy it here:

Bowls: H&M Germany BowlsH&M UK BowlsH&M US Bowls

Plates: H&M Germany PlatesH&M UK PlatesH&M US Plates

Spoons: H&M Germany SpoonsH&M UK SpoonsH&M US Spoons

Forks: H&M Germany ForksH&M UK ForksH&M US Forks

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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Spring to Summer Makeup Look

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am going to talk about the makeup look I’ve been wearing for the transition to summer. Where I’m leaving it’s currently a heat wave so we’ve been having temperatures up in the 25 C.

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As per usual I like to keep it minimal for the everyday basis, especially because I’m usually out the entire day at Uni. What’s also important is a very long-lasting makeup and a sweat proof one, because – duh – it’s summer, so it’s usually hot. Haha xD

Here’s the makeup I used to create my look:

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As you can see I’m currently loving a lot of Maybelline products and I think that’s amazing. I personally think they have really upped their game with their new products and I think that for their price they are amazing, long-lasting products.

For my eyes, I used a combination of the three bronzer shades in the Master Bronze Palette in the crease and under-eye. And a little bit of the gold from the palette on my lid.

My lip color varies on my mood and when I took that picture I felt bold so I went with a bright fuchsia color. I love the mattes from NYX, though I wish they were a little bit longer lasting.

What are your go-to makeup products for summer? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo,
Jasmin.

Food Festival

Hey my loves,

yesterday I went to a Food Festival in my hometown with some friends, and what was expected to be just like a two hour or something trip turned into almost six full hours. We laughed so much and had such good food and I thought I would share them with you.

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I shared all the food with one of my friends and except for one everything was SOOOO good. We also had some Nachos with cheese, which to be fair were alright but looked and tasted like the ones you can buy and not the homemade kind and the cheese sauce was super runny almost watery. We also bought some Fudge, I haven’t eaten it yet, but I went for Mango Yoghurt and something with raspberry chocolate, I think.

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We started off with this delicious looking ‘Pulled Pork Cheese Burger’. IT WAS AMAZING! I could have eaten tons of them. I just love pulled pork and with the sauce they made it. It was delicious.

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After the Nachos, which like I said weren’t great, we went for this ‘Tres Chicos’ which is basically BBQ pulled pork with three potatoes and sour cream. The pork was amazing, just like the one from the burger, and I even enjoyed the potatoes (I’m not the biggest fan of potatoes). It was really good!

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And of course, what can’t be missing on a festival like this? Right, DESSERT. I went with this black charcoal vanilla ice cream with sprinkles in a red cone and one of my other friend hat peanut butter and jelly ice cream which apparently was amazing too.

I do have to say though, eaten black ice cream in public is so weird, it stained my tongue, my lips and a little my teeth, but all was good after I wiped it off and had some water to drink. But it was a delicious and very filling ice cream! I felt so L.A., lol xD!

Do you like going to Food Festivals? Let me know in the comments below.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo,
Jasmin.

Summer Clothing Haul

Hey my loves,

I do not know how the weather is where you are living, but where I live the weather has been great. We currently have over 25 C and it’s amazing. Perfect for little shopping too. I needed a few new things for summer, since I don’t have a lot for warmer weather and H&M just had so many great things this time around for their H&M+ section. Here’s what I got:

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T-Shirt: Shirt with Print

Pants: Wide Leg Pants

Shoes: Sneakers in Yellow

I love these pants! They are super funky and way out of my comfort zone but I just had to have them. And I think with that pop of color they look amazing!

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Kimono: Kimono in Black

Black Top: V-Neck Top

Blue Top: Jersey Top

Strappy Tops were a no-go for a long time, because of the way I feel about my arms, but paired with a cute and lightweight Kimono I feel comfortable enough to wear them.

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Cardigan: Long Cardigan (On Sale!)

Dress: Maxi Dress

Been looking for a cute summer dress for a while now and this one is super cute and really comfortable yet fashionable! It has slits on both sides that are a little high, but totally okay! The cardigan is a little thick for summer, but it was on a sale and I was looking for a blue long cardigan, so I put it in this haul.

What are some of your clothing essentials for summer? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Coloring My Hair Pink & Realizing Things

Hey my loves,

today it’s going to be a little bit of a personal blog entry. The last couple of weeks were tough for a number of reasons and I struggled very hard to upkeep a positive mindset. And while I was in this situation and feeling down a lot, I looked at a lot of different blogs and YouTube channels from other content creators and fellow bloggers who struggle too and it helped. It made me realize that I am not alone in this.

But who got me through it all were my amazing friends who were and still are there for me, even if that means just making me laugh and not talk about it. Sometimes that’s just right. So a huge shout out and thank you to my friends! I love you girls!

Now, you might notice that I never actually talk about any struggles or at least never go into detail and to be honest that is just because I feel like sharing my problems, my private problems, is not something I want to do on a broad platform. But I kind of feel like I want to change that, but in a dimension where I don’t go into my family problems. But rather my struggles with staying motivated and positive.

A couple of days ago I had one of my moods growing out of struggles that just became too much and I decided I needed a change. And that change was dip-dying my hair pink.

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You might know the saying: A picture is worth a thousand words.

When I look at that picture I see a girl who struggled very hard the day before with all her emotions, a girl who had to put on makeup and get out of the house and pretend everything is okay the next one, because where she was going she couldn’t talk about her struggles.

But do you want to know what I also see?
I see a strong woman, who knows that she is stronger than the overwhelming feeling of pain. I see a strong woman, who puts a lot of people first and loves hard. And I see a woman, who is broken, but stands up every damn time.

I see a human with so many great friends, who are her family sometimes more than her actual one. And I see someone who at the end of the day knows that there is always something to live for, there is always light at the end of the tunnel. Some days may be hard, some days may be great. That is just how life works.

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If you are struggling, if you are having dark thoughts, if you feel like you are alone in this world, know this: You are not alone. You are loved. You are worthy.
Please make sure to talk to someone. Here are some sites:

13 Reasons Why Info & Telefonseelsorge

Talk to your friends, to your family or reach out to stranger. You will be surprised.

What I am trying to say is: With all the social media out there, with all the “happy lives” you see, with all the “happiness” around, you can easily think that it is just your life, that it is just you. But here’s the thing: Everyone has struggles. Some are worse, some are not. But everyone has their own struggles they bear every day. Just because social media says something else – better – portrays something else, know this:

A picture says a lot more than what you can see.
A picture is a moment of pretense.

Yes, some pictures aren’t that, but let’s be real, most of the pictures are. Just remember that is okay too. You don’t have to show everyone your pain, but you also do not have to hide it.

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Now, I am going to sign off and spend the day reading for a term paper and trying not to procrastinate and Netflix instead.

I am very thankful for everyone here on this platform who follows and reads my blog! I hope you all have a wonderful day and spend it laughing!

XoXo,
Jasmin.

 

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.

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.

In the Shop

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.