Gift Guide – Stocking Stuffers

Hey my loves,

in today’s entry I am showing you some great gift ideas for your family and friends that are perfect for their stockings. I have created several other gift guide, make sure to check them out:

Gift Guide for your makeup loving friend

Gift Guide for Accessories Lovers

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

  1. Sparkletini Stainless Steel Gold Flask by Blush
  2. Mario Badescu – Drying Lotion
  3. Versace Bright Crystal By Gianni Versace For Women – Eau De Toilette
  4. PopSockets: Collapsible Grip & Stand for Phones and Tablets – Blue Marble
  5. Geometric Wire Photo Frame for Desktop or Wall, Matte Brass
  6. AirPods Case Cover, Silicone Protective Case and Skin for Airpods Charging Case with Airpods Anti-Lost Strap/Airpods Hooks
  7. Almond & Vanilla Happy Hands Natural Beeswax & Shea Butter Solid Lotion Bar Pair
  8. Premium Cocktail Kit – Limited Edition Gin Martini – Inspired by The Movie ‘A Simple Favor’ – Makes 6 Premium Cocktails

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

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Gift Guide for Accessories Lovers

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to show you some cute accessories that are perfect for family and friends who love to accessorize. They are from various prices, but they are all super cute.

An accessory can make or break an outfit and adds a little touch of personality to each individual outfit. They can be personalized and used for special occasions only. Check out these cute items I have found:

Those deep red leather boots are GORGEOUS! I love this color so much! What are some of your favorite accessories that you have been gifted? Tell me in the comments, I would love to know. 

I have created other gift guides, check them out here: 

Gift Guide for your Makeup Loving Friend & Gift Guide for Book Lovers

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.

How I Cleared My Skin

Hey my loves,

Since I can remember I am struggling with skin issues. But this year my skin has become much more radiant, healthier and I also have a lot less acne or active breakouts. Even my acne scars are starting to heal a little bitIf you want to know how I cleared my skin, keep on reading, because I am about to tell you.

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Firstly, I introduced a healthier diet into my life. I made sure to eat less processed food and also cook more with veggies and don’t eat as much of red meat and sugar. This helped with my skin enormously in the way that it cleared my skin off most of the active breakouts, since they usually appeared because of an unhealthy diet.

Then I make sure to take my makeup off EVERY SINGLE NIGHT, even if I don’t want to and am lazy, I do it. If you leave your makeup on overnight your pores will get clogged and with that breakouts are much more likely to happen especially if you have an acne prone skin, like me.

My skincare routine at night consist of the following steps:

  1. Taking my makeup off with L’Oréal Paris – Fine Flowers Cleansing Cream.
  2. Then take a makeup wipe to wipe the product off and get rid of any excess makeup. I prefer a makeup wipe, because I would have to use a new cloth every single evening, because I found out that even with cleaning the cloth with hot water and soap it still had some product left and that leads to me having breakouts.
  3. I then go ahead and clean my skin with the L’Oréal Paris – Fine Flowers Gel Cream Wash.
  4. Then I just clean my skin with hot and cold water, always in an upward motion.
  5. To moisturize I use two products:The Ordinary –100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil: about 5 drops.

Another thing I introduced into my everyday life was days without makeup. I used to wear makeup even when I was just running errands, I now don’t do that anymore. Simply to give my skin a little break and to breathe. I also make sure to get at least seven hours of sleep at night, so that my body and skin has enough time to rejoice itself. Last but not least, I doubled my water intake and take b12-vitamins.

What are some of your tips and tricks of clearing your skin? What has worked for you? I would love to know. I hope that this entry gave you a little insight into my routine and maybe some of my tricks will help you too.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

My Personal Development Story

Hey my loves,

Last week I talked about my final year of College and mentioned my personal development story. I thought I would touch on that a little more and tell you what I mean with that. 

This year has been a year of change for me. I do not even know where I should start, but I guess I start with the beginning.

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I always said that I felt comfortable in my skin and while to a certain degree that was true it changed in the last three years. I was getting to a point where life just seemed to throw bigger and bigger rocks at me. And last year towards the end of it, I decided that it is enough.

I didn’t want to live in a world where I felt displaced and out of order yet alone not in control and I started to look what I can change and I found myself at a mountain of possibilities. So instead of changing my surroundings or dive into something that I would not have been able to do, I decided in order to better my life: I HAVE TO BETTER MYSELF FIRST.

So I did, am still doing.

I decided that I would start with seeing everything as a challenge that I can do, instead of letting myself be muffled by anxious feelings. It was hard at first and to some degree still is, so I would say it’s a work in progress. Everything that was thrown at me I started to handle with these thoughts in my mind:

Will it affect my life in two years?

If it does not matter in two years, why make a big scene? Just accept that something is going wrong or not going the way you imagined it to be. Learn that not everything is in your control.

Will it matter next week? Next month? Next year?

This is basically the same thing as I said before, but in a short period of time. Is it just bad right now? Or will it be bad for a longer time? What can I change? How should I deal with it?

What can I do to make the situation more comfortable for me?

Obviously this won’t make everything go away, but I have found that talking about why I am uncomfortable or that I do not wish to do a certain things is more likely to be accepted by my friends/family than I ever thought. Just be honest to yourself and to the people in your life. They won’t judge you for what you’re feeling, even if they don’t understand it.

What can I change about it that I can do right now?

Is there a way that I can change the situation and if so what do I have to do to make a change? Should I maybe start with myself? Or does the problem lie somewhere else?

While early on in my life I would have had a freak-out or a desperate crying session I now surround myself with tools to handle these types of situations. Sometimes a big old breathing in session is all you need, trust me. Just give yourself a couple of seconds to think about it, to let it sink in. It might not seem as bad a couple of minutes later.

Another thing I changed in myself is my body.

And that started with my mind. While I’ve always been comfortable in my skin, I always felt like an outsider simply because of my weight. But here’s the thing, if you don’t care about it, it’s more likely that everybody else won’t care about it either. What I mean with that is, I let myself be strung back by my weight, I pushed myself down and had thoughts like “Well they wouldn’t like me anyway!” or “Nobody that looks like me would do that”.
So I changed my mindset, I told myself:

Your weight does not define the person you are. You do.

Your weight is not holding you back. You are.

And I tried to figure out what I can do to change my thinking. And for me it was pretty clear that in order to change my thinking I have to lose some weight, because, truth be told, I did not feel comfortable in my skin anymore. In order to lose the weight, in a healthy and continuous way, I had to change my lifestyle. I want to be as healthy as I can. I have not set myself a goal weight, because I believe that the number on the scale should not define the way you feel. I don’t count calories or follow a diet or at least no longer. But that is a story for another time. Instead, I am going to the gym and portion control my food and I chose healthier options.

My body has changed, my mind has changed.

I’ve lost over 20 pounds so far. I am proud of my achievement, but what I am more proud of is that I managed to stay on track, that even though some day might not be a good and healthy day, that as long as I am active and live 80 percent of my time healthy that it was okay. I am a happier, more confident and a more positive person: and I did that.

I got a job beside my studies, I can barely sit still and I do much more with my friends than before. I pulled myself out of hole and plastered it up. And I am still working on it, on me. I have so many more things I want to do to change my life around, but I will do it one step at a time. For now, what I am doing is working and in a year’s time, who knows where I’ll be at.

I hope I could give you somewhat of a good insight into my personal development story. If you have any question, feel free to ask them in the comments or DM me on Instagram or Twitter. You’re also more than welcome to shoot me an Email if you prefer that.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.