Quick and Effortless Summer Makeup

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you my go-to make up for those super hot summer days. All you need is about five to seven products.

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When it is super hot outside I like to stick to a super simple and easy makeup. I make sure to even out my skin tone. I use a concealer for that.

But before concealer I use primer.

I’ve been using the Maybelline – Superstay Primer. It makes my makeup last all day and even though I will only be using concealer I like to have a base for it.

I basically spot conceal and get rid of my dark circles. Currently I have been using the Maybelline – Instant Age Rewind Concealer. I use my finger to apply the concealer onto the spots and my under-eye.

To set my under-eye concealer I use a brightening powder.

Currently I have been trying out the Maybelline – Baking + Brightening Loose Powder. I only use it under my eyes and on my t-zone. On most days I don’t have to set the rest of the concealer, I only sweat in my t-zone and have creasing under my eyes.

I either apply blush or bronzer.

On hot days I don’t like to have too many powders on my face and because I haven’t found great drugstore liquid blushes or bronzer I usually stick to one of the powder versions. I either use my Too Faced – Sweethearts Blush in Something About Berry or a mix of the three bronzer shades in my Maybelline – Bronzer Palette.

Highlight is a must.

In summer I can’t live without highlighter. I’m currently using the MAC – Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle. I apply on the tops of my cheek bones, the tip of my nose, the inner corner of my eye, my brow bone and on my cupids bow.

Waterproof Mascara is a life saver.

I always use waterproof mascara, but I especially wear it in summer. Sweat will tear off any other mascara and I will look like a panda. I’m using the Maybelline – Perfect Mascara.

Set and set again.

Last but not least, setting my makeup is one of the biggest MUST’s. I have to set my makeup or I will end up with nothing on my face in under an hour. I use the Maybelline – Super Stay Setting Spray. It works wonders for me.

Light dab of color for the lips.

Now lastly, I apply lipstick. I usually just dab whatever color I want for the day on my lips and that’s it. Currently I have been using the Gerard Cosmetics – Lipstick in Berry Smoothie or NYX – Soft Matte Lip Cream in San Paulo.

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What is your go-to summer makeup for those super hot days? Tell me your secret products in the comments.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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How I Became Motivated for College

Hey my loves,

today I am going to talk about how I struggled for years with motivation and how I changed my life around to be motivated for college.

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I started this blog a little after I started college, that was in 2014. 2014-me seems like a different person now that I reflect back on it. I was motivated when I started back in October 2013, but that quickly changed after I felt misplaced. I was struggling with a lot of self-confidence and doubt about my abilities as a student. That was mainly because I was NOT happy with my courses or with what I studied.

This all changed in October 2015.

It was a slow progress and it took some hard work and some hard choices, but I am currently very happy and very motivated. And here’s how I did that:

I found my perfect combination of fields of study.

I started off with English as my major and History as my minor. Now, I am studying German as my mayor and English as my minor, and I am very happy with this combination. I get to combine two things that I love and can exclude thins that I am not good at. I love reading, I love writing, but I am no good with linguistics in English. And now that I have English as my minor I do not have to worry about getting bad grades in linguistics, but rather be focused on my love for literature.

I discovered that I don’t have to be perfect.

What I mean with that is: Every time I got a grade that was not as I expected, it got me down. I felt stupid, but the truth ist: I am not. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I were. But I needed the change in order to see that. I’ve needed to see that hard work, dedication and studying something you care and love is what it’s about. I am not an A-student, but with the grades that I get I am more than okay.

I found motivation in doing the work.

The truth to motivation is, in my opinion, just doing the work, setting goals that you can realistically achieve and work on stuff that you love. Loving what you do will keep you motivated, because you don’t feel the pressure as much. You do it – you are motivated -because you love doing the work.

I accepted that I procrastinate sometimes.

Everybody does it: PROCRASTINATE. Sometimes we just don’t feel like doing anything, sometimes we are just unmotivated and want to binge Netflix. And you know what? That’s okay, too.

You need days like these, because they help you stay focused and will help with overworking. How? Well, it’s simple: you start getting more organized. There is a saying: you don’t have a problem, until you have time problem. And with that comes organizing your time. Because, in order to get things done, you have to schedule them.

Here’s how you can motivate yourself:

  • do one thing a day that you love doing
  • find purpose behind what you are doing
  • create to-do list, they will make you feel accomplished
  • don’t overwork and accept bad days
  • you don’t have to be motivated EVERY SINGLE DAY
  • you don’t have to be productive every day, but it helps if you do one task a day, even if that is just making your bed, accomplishing a task sets hormones free that make you happier
  • BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

Here is how I stay organized when I have a lot to do for College:  How to stay organized when you have a lot to do – College Edition

What do you do to motivate yourself? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

 

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

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).