My Lockdown Makeup Routine perfect for Zoom Calls

Hey my loves,

Zoom, WebEx, Skype and Microsoft Teams have become a big part of our everyday lives, at least that’s how it is for me. Just because of work, I’m on at least one video call a week, and when university starts up again, I’m on almost every day.

If I’m honest, I did without makeup-free at the beginning of the pandemic. However, due to some private changes in my life and the very real mask acne, I just feel a bit fresher when I make a little effort and put on makeup.My routine has changed so much, simply by wearing far less makeup than before and also using completely different it.I also try to pay so much more attention to my skincare routine as well to keep my now more dry than combination skin moisturized.

If you’d like, I can share my updated skincare routine in an upcoming post. Let me know in the comments!

My Makeup Routine for Video Calls

Base
I like to start with a primer because I find my foundation just lasts so much better and just looks better too. I like to use The Ordinary’s primers: High-Spreadability Fluid Primer and High-Adherence Silicone Primer. I find both amazing! If I need a lot of moisture, I also use the setting spray Bare with me Multitasking Spray from NYX.

Foundation
I tend to alternate between two products. However, lately I use Catrice True Skin Hydrating Foundation, it lasts really long and is very covering. I don’t know about you, but I find it kind of wasteful to use my IT Cosmetics CC Cream every day when I’m not seen in real life. Therefore, I use the drugstore foundation from Catrice. And for its price, it’s great! I can only recommend.

Concealer
My dark circles have been terrible lately, which is why I’m literally soaking up concealer right now. I really want to try the caffeine solution from The Ordinary, I’ve heard really good feedback from it. Well, so for my concealer I use either Maybelline Fit ME! Concealer or Catrice True Skin High Cover Concealer it depends a bit on how dark my circles are. My Maybelline concealer is much lighter, which is why I mostly use it with the concealer of Catrice.

Powder
For my setting powder, I still use my trusted Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Setting Powder. However, I would like to go back to a drugstore variant here too because, as with foundation, it just feels wasteful to use the “good, expensive” powder. Get it?

Blush
I have a four blush palette from Nip+Fab which is great, I usually tend to go for the more muted color and apply that not only to my cheeks but also a bit to my nose. I’ve seen that once on TikTok and found that looked super cute. Tip: You should not go back into the blush but simply use what is left on the brush.

Bronzer
I must confess, most days I skip bronzer, but when I’m in the mood to bring a little warmth to my face, then I use my Benefit Hoola Bronzer. But is it really just me, or do we all need a long super sunny vacation to get a little more tanned?

Eyes and eyebrows
I usually skip eyeshadow completely, especially dark colors make you look even more tired and worn out than you actually are. I am lucky enough to have relatively full eyebrows, which is why eyebrow mascara is usually enough. I use here my fave: L’Oréal Paris Brow Artist Plump & Set Serum. For my lashes I am currently trying a few new mascaras, but my favorite is L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Very Different Waterproof mascara in black.

Lips
I spend a lot of time indoors at my desk and with the current season my heating runs often, which makes my skin and my lips very dry. I therefore tend to use more lip balms or lip glosses. My two favorites at the moment are: Maybelline Lifter Gloss Lip Gloss and Urban Decay Vice Lip Chemistry.

Setting Spray
To set my makeup I use Bare with me Multitasking Spray from NYX. But I also am gonna try a new one from L’Oréal Paris soon (Infaillable Magic Setting Spray Transparent). I don’t really use the setting spray for longevity but much more to freshen up and hydrate my now powdered face.

Has your routine changed since the pandemic began? Let me know in the comments.

XoXo, Jasmin.

Best Beauty Buys this Winter

Hey my loves,

In todays blog post I am going to talk about the best beauty buys for this Winter. I don’t know about you, but I have to take extra care of my skin in the winter time. So, I thought it would be a really great idea to sum up my best skincare and makeup bits I love using throughout winter.

Skincare is one of the key factors for a good base of makeup. In Winter I have to take very good care of my skin, while I have a more oily to combination skin in Summer I tend to have a much drier skin in winter. Obviously eating plays a big part of my skincare, which makes it a little harder during the holiday time for me to have a clear skin, but I can manage it. Would you like to know more about this? Let me know in the comments.

Skincare Products I swear by

Exfoliate

L'Oreal Paris Pure Clay Glow Foam Wash 150 ml

I exfoliate with a light scrub every other day while I am in the shower. I use the L’Oréal Paris – Pure Clay Glow Scrub Foam Wash. It super soft on the skin but gets rid of my dry skin perfectly and it is even perfectly save to use on a regular basis.

Moisturize

L'Oreal Paris Hydra Genius Liquid Care Moisturiser Sensitive Skin 70 ml

In the morning I only use one product, because I find that my skin gets super oily in the t-Zone area otherwise. I use the L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Aloe Water Liquid Care Moisturizer for Sensitive Skin.

Clinique Dramatically Different Feuchtigkeitslotion+ 50ml Tube

However, if I do not wear any makeup that day I instead will use the Clinique – Dramatically Different Moisturizing lotion +. I have recently been gifted a sample of it in an order I made and I absolutely love the feeling of it. It is perfect for those winter months because it is especially for very dry to dry combination skin.

Oily Cleanser

Clinique Take The Day Off Reinigungsbalsam (125ml)

Now, in the evening I just have to take off my makeup or else I will be cursed with pimples and flaky skin. For that I love using my Clinique – Take the day off Cleansing Balm. It get rid of most my makeup and is not drying at all. And a little goes such a long way, I have mine since the beginning of October and I barely finished half of it.

Oil

The Ordinary 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil 30 ml

After the rest of my skincare routine for the evening (which btw you can check out in this blog post) I like to use my oil at first. Which is The Ordinary – 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray 200 ml

Then I will use my moisturizer, which in the evening is the Clinique one and then add a spritz or two of the Neutrogena – Hydro Boost Express Hydrating Spray. If I haven’t showered that evening I will go through the tips of my hair with the same oil. It helps to keep my ends from breaking off because of the cold temperatures.

Overnight Mask

Clinique Moisture Surge Übernacht Maske 100ml

Now, after a long day or before a long day I will use an overnight mask. This was also a new try out for me, but I have been absolutely loving it. For my overnight mask I use the Clinique – Moisture Surge Overnight Mask. I really wake up with glowing and soft skin. It’s the best skin.

Lip Balm

Now, last but not least I use a very rich lip balm. Sadly, mine, which I acquired at H&M last year is no longer available, but any will do. 

What are some of your favorite winter bites for your skin care?

Makeup Products I love for Winter

Primer

The Ordinary High-Adherence Silicone Primer 30 ml

I love my The Ordinary products. And I have been loving this primer throughout the year, it’s just perfect no matter how my skin is. In combination with my moisturizer it is just the perfect base for my makeup: The Ordinary – High-Adherence Silicone Primer.

Foundation and Setting Powder

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I love wearing makeup and winter season is my most favorite time of the year, because I get to go all out with the makeup and no one cares. Haha, but for real though I am thriving in winter with different makeup looks. What I don’t wear in Summer I definitely pound on during late Fall and Winter.

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Recently I have been loving the IT Cosmetics – Your Skin but better CC+ Cream. It is super lightweight and in my case I would definitely say almost full coverage. It stays on beautifully during the day, but I do have to set it with my beloved Laura Mercier – Translucent Loose Setting Powder in Translucent.

What are some of your favorite makeup products for Winter?

I wish you all a wonderful day.

XoXo, Jasmin

My Skincare Routine

Hey my loves,

it’s been a while since I’ve written about beauty. Oh, how I missed it! But I hope y’all are okay with me going down a lot of different roads with my posts. I feel like this blog is such a huge part of me that I want you to be part of a lot of stuff.

Today I am going to talk about my updated skincare routine. I have combination skin and am prone to acne which is mainly related to stress and hormones.

Evening Routine

On an everyday basis I am probably wearing makeup so the first step in my skincare in the evening is using my Clinique – Take the day off Cleansing Balm, which is truly amazing. I am always wearing waterproof mascara and nothing I have used before got rid of everything, but this one does. So happy about this! It is a little pricey, but I do have to say that one pot seems to go a long way, because you barely need any product.

I do like to double cleanse myself from makeup so after my Clinique balm I usually go in with the L’Oréal Paris – Fine Flowers Cleansing Milk to make sure that I got rid of everything.

After that I will use my face wash which is the L’Oréal Paris – Fine Flowers Cleansing Wash. For toner I stay within the same range and use the L’Oréal Paris – Fine Flowers Cleansing Toner. Once or twice a week I will use a scrub to get rid off any skin. For that I like to use the L’Oréal Paris – Pure Clay Glow Foaming Wash.

After cleansing my skin thoroughly I have to put moisture back into my skin. I use a face oil every other night for that, I am still using The Ordinary – 100% Organic Moroccan Argan Oil, and I use about a couple of drops and sometimes center a few extra ones and super dry spots. As a moisturizer I am using the L’Oréal Paris – Hydra Genius Aloe Water for Dry & Sensitive Skin.

I try to keep my skincare pretty minimalistic which is why in the morning I only wash my face with hot and then with cold water and reapply moisturizer. It truly helps my skin to stay somewhat balance and healthy looking.

What are some of your favorite skincare products you can’t live without? I would love to know. I’m always down to try some new products.

If you are currently looking for some new beauty bits, make sure to check out theneedtolive.com for some great discount codes.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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.

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.