How To Decorate Your Home for Christmas On A Budget

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about decorating your appartment on a budget. As a College student, money is tight and you do not have as much money as you would like to spend on decorations, so in order to get your Christmas dream you have to get creative.

Christmas Decor Ideas

I have created a Pinterest board with some ideas!


I’m also sharing one DIY with you, as well as some tips and tricks that I like to use in order to make my living room a magical place.

DIY Window Ornaments

All you need for this DIY are some different sizes and shapes of ornaments. I went into two of my local dollar stores and picket up two different kind of silver ornaments, as well a some star ornaments. You will also need some gift wrapping ribbons. I found these colorful ones on Amazon: Ribbons

Now you just need to measure out the ribbon into different lengths, so that you get sort of like a teardrop effect and put the ribbon trough the holes from the ornaments and tie them around your curtain rail in the order you want. All in all I think I’ve spent about 8 bucks on my entire window creation and I love it so much.

Tips & Tricks

I personally shop my decorations in local dollar stores and at cheaper alternative stores, so that I save a couple of bucks and do no get tempted to buy expensive decor. I also make sure to check out any sale actions of my local stores. But, I think for the most magical decoration lightning and music is the key. So, I always make sure to dig out my fairy lights, candles and listen to a lot of Christmas music. My current favorite playlist is the pre-made one by Spotify: Christmas Hits

What are some of your decorations tips? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. 

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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How To Plan A Christmas Dinner Party

Hey my loves,

In today’s blog post I am going to talk about something I like to do every year together with my friends and that is a Christmas Dinner Party. I always host it, because Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and I love to cook and bake for my friends and I feel like they are looking forward to it as well.

I will give you a little insight into my planning as well as a cute Pinterest board with all cute things regarding a Christmas Dinner Party.

Finding a date

The first thing you will have to do is find a date that works. The past couple of years I created a group text, but this always led to confusion and it took way longer to find a date than it was necessary. So this year, I have decided to do it a little differently. In order to find a date that would work for most of my friends I created a poll with https://doodle.com/. I’ve suggested, I believe it was two dates and then send an e-mail around inviting my friends to the poll. It was super easy this way so that I had a date by the end of the week.

Theme & Food

When everyone answered I then proceeding with writing them individual text messages with the same content: the date, time, place and asking them to bring something to the Dinner for appetizers and desserts. I also told them the theme of the party, which this year will be: AROUND THE GLOBE. We will all create different recipes from all over the world.

Now I have given myself the big part of the dinner the main course and, to be fair, in the beginning I definitely had my problems with finding the right recipe, but after some careful consideration I have decided on a few things (which will I share in a post about the Dinner later this December, because it will be a surprise to my friends). But here are some delicious recipes I have found while researching: Christmas Dinner Party – Recipes

Decoration

Now next stop on the planning to-do list are decorations. While my living room is already decorated for Christmas I am planning on created a few cute décor pieces for the various tables we will be sitting and eating at. I am going to keep it a little low key, since the Dinner part is such a huge part of this part. So I will mainly focus on creating beautiful plated foods, as well as, maybe DIY-ing some flags from all around the globe and creating some cute name pieces and menu cards. Here some of my inspirations: Christmas Dinner Party – Decor

Music

Last but not least, the music! I always create an individual Christmas playlist for the party, and here are my top 5 songs that will most definitely go onto that list this year as well. 

1.      Maria Carey – All I want for Christmas is you

2.      Michael Bublé – It’s Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

3.      Kelly Clarkson – Underneath the Tree

4.      Train – Shake up Christmas

5.      Pentatonix – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

What are some of you favorite Christmas songs? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. Also, be excited about the actual entry about the Christmas Dinner Party. Coming to you soon.

I hope you all have a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to show you some of my book recommendations that make perfect gifts for your friends and family members who love to read. I personally enjoy gifting and getting books a lot, you are gifting so much more than just a few pages with words. You are given a new world, a new fantasy, an escape from your life risen from your own imagination. 

Books have the power to create a lot more for you. They tickle your inner child, your inner private detective, raise dreams and emotions and so much more. I tried finding a vast variety of books to put into this gift guide, so that there is something for everybody. 

I also posted a gift guide for your makeup loving friends, you can check it out here: Gift Guide for your Makeup Loving Friend

My Top 3 

The Circle, The Girl on the Train & Sharp Objects

When I read “The Circle” I was captivated, I loved the entire story, from front to back and I think I’ve read the entire book in just two days. It was that good! Sadly, the movie version sucked! You can buy it here: Dave Eggers – The Circle

“The Girl on the Train” is one of my absolute favorite books ever! It was truly amazing and Paula Hawkins is a gifted writer! I was so into the book, I actually read it twice! And the movie version is amazing as well, but that could be my love for Emily Blunt. You can buy it here: Paula Hawkins – The Girl on the Train

Gillian Flynn is a genius when it comes to writing dark and twisted stories. And “Sharp Objects” is definitely one of her best work. I really did not see that ending coming, let me tell you that. AND – the tv series with Amy Adams was truly amazing! Amy was the best choice for it, she shows so much vulnerability, I absolutely loved watching it. You can buy it here: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

Other Great Books & Some that are on my own wishlist include

Paula Hawkins – Into the Water

This one has been on my list ever since it coming out, just haven’t gotten around to buying it! But Paula Hawkins is an amazing writer and I loved “The Girl on the Train”.

You can buy it here: Amazon


Stephen King – Gerald’s Game

Wasn’t the biggest fan of the movie version, but loved the book!

You can buy it here: Amazon


Stephen King – The Green Mile

One of the best movies I have ever seen and one of the many books on my wishlist because of that.

You can buy it here: Amazon


Shirley Jackson – The Haunting of Hill House

I love the TV show on Netflix, it was one of the best shows I have seen in ages and it was truly amazing to watch the story unfold. Highly recommend watching it!

You can buy it here: Amazon


Michelle Obama – Becoming

I mean… how can this not be on any girls wishlist right now! Definitely excited to get my hands on this!

You can buy it here: Amazon


What are some of your favorite books or books that are on your wishlist? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know and I am always open for any suggestions.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Favorite Christmas Movies

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am sharing with you six of my absolute favorite Christmas movies that I actually love to watch every year. I love Christmas movies so much, they are always so full of love and usually have a happy ending! So here are my Top 6!

Die Hard, Elf & Home Alone

Now, listen to me on this one. It plays on Christmas so it is a Christmas movie! Haha xD Also I just love Bruce Willis! Check it out here: Die Hard

How could you not love Buddy? This one alway makes me smile so much! If you haven’t seen it yet, first of all: WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?, haha xD Check it out here: ELF

A CLASSIC! And by far one of the most well-known Christmas movies if you ask me. Check it out here: Home Alone

How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Love Actually & The Holiday

I vividly remember watching “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” for the first time, so I believe this is the first mover, like ever, that I actually remember watching each year when it was Christmas eve. Check it out here: How the Grinch Stole Christmas 

Love Actually is the only romantic movie that I can watch over and over and over again and still get as emotional as I got the first time around. And how could you not love it! Check it out here: Love Actually

The Holiday is another classic! When I watched it the first time I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but at the end of the movie I was sobbing and happy at the same time and it quickly became one of my absolute favorites. Check it out here: The Holiday

What are your favorite Christmas movies? Tell me in the comments below, I am always up for new movie ideas. 

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Gift Guide for your Makeup Loving Friend

Hey my loves, 

in today’s entry I am going to show you some of my favorite makeup items as well as some of my own wishlist items for gifts. Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year and makeup is one of my biggest hobbies, so I thought I bring to you this gift guide!

I’ve divided the items into three categories – face, eyes and lips. I’ve picked some of my all time favorites, as well as some items that I want myself and heard great things about. I also included high end things and more affordable brands. So you can find something for everyone!

  1. The Ordinary – Serum Foundation
  2. Laura Mercier – Translucent Loose Powder
  3. Benefit – Boiing Concealer
  4. Nip+Fab – Blusher Palette
  5. The Balm – Mary-Lou Manizer
  6. Bourjous – Bronzing Powder
  7. Maybelline – The Eraser Eye Concealer
  8. Zoeva – Opulence Blush Palette
  1. L’Oréal Paris – Paradise Mascara
  2. Urban Decay – Naked 3 Palette
  3. Charlotte Tilbury – Full Fat Lashes 
  4. NYX – Lid Lingerie Eyeshadow Palette
  5. NYX – Micro Brow Pencil
  6. Urban Decay – Primer Potion
  7. Hourglass – Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel
  8. Urban Decay – Backtalk Palette
  1. Maybelline – SuperStay 24 h Lipstick
  2. Maybelline – SuperStay Matte Ink
  3. L’Oréal Paris – Les Chocolats Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick
  4. NYX – Soft Matte Metallic Lip Cream
  5. L’Oréal Paris – Color Riche Magentic Stones Lipstick
  6. L’Oréal Paris – Infallible Mega Gloss Cream Finish
  7. NYX – #THISISEVERYTHING Lip Oil
  8. NYX – Land of Lollies Intense Butter Gloss Lip Trio

What makeup products are on your wishlist for this Christmas? Tell me in the comments. I would love to know!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin

My Secret to Glowy & Longlasting Winter Makeup

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about how I achieve a glowy and longlasting makeup look that will stay on for up to 14 hours without smudging.

Winter is the time of the year when your skin dries out and you need to give it that little extra attention and love in order to make your makeup look good. So I usually start my day off with a good skincare routine that gives my skin enough moisture. For that I use the L’Oreál Hydra – Genius Aloe Water for Sensitive Skin as well as The Ordinary – Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil.

A Step by Step Guide

  1. I like to apply a sticky primer that will allow the foundation to better adhere to the skin than anything else. For that I use The Ordinary – High Adherence Silicone Primer. Let me tell you, this stuff is cheap and AMAZING! I switched to it around two months ago and it changed the game on a whole other level. I just really love The Ordinary products, so if you haven’t checked their stuff out already definitely do so.
  2. Next I use a lightweight foundation that has almost the same effect as a CC Cream. Truth be told, I only like wearing lightweight foundations these days, because I feel like heavier foundations just clock up my pores and also do not last as long. My current obsession is The Ordinary – Serum Foundation that stuff is pure gold and under eight bucks.
  3. If I need extra coverage for pimples or for under my eyes I like to use the L’Oréal Paris – Infaillible Concealer. It’s high coverage but does not clog up the pores to much, but to be fair, I do not need my makeup to be perfect for everyday College life which basically means I usually step this step.
  4. Next I like to set my entire face with loose setting powder. As of my birthday I am using the Laura Mercier – Translucent Setting Powder and I absolutely love it! It’s super fine and feels lightweight on the skin.
  5. Last but not least I like to set my entire face of makeup with a glowy setting spray. The one that I am using is the NYX – Glowy Finish Setting Spray. It is the final touch to my makeup and it absolutely makes a difference when I use it.

Above you can see a full face with all the products I’ve mentioned as well as obviously some eye makeup, blusher, bronzer and highlighter. I just love how my skin looks with all the products. It’s perfect for Winter!

What are some of your favorite makeup products that you love to use during Winter? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.