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 Fall Makeup Routine

Hey my loves,

in today’s blog post I am going to talk about my long-lasting fall makeup routine with you and share my secrets on how I make it last all day long. I will also include my six favorite fall lipstick shades for this season.

Step-by-Step

Skincare is key when it comes to making your makeup super long-lasting. So I always make sure that the night before I cleansed my skin super well. if you would like to have an in depth skincare routine check out my post about that.

Primer is also an important step. Each skin type needs to use their own particular primer, but since I have combination skin I like to use something that is super sticky. I use “The Ordinary – High-Adherance Silicone Primer” and I have been for super long now.

Foundation is the make or break in a long-lasting makeup look, if you’re foundation doesn’t hold all day. How should the rest of your products stay on? I always go back to my favorite in the colder seasons, which is the “L’Oréal Paris – True Match Liquid Foundation“. They now have added hyaluronic acid to their foundation which is amazing because it has great skincare values.

Concealer for all the little spots and dark circles. I always make sure to use as less concealer as I can since I tend to crease with it on a lot quicker especially under my eyes. But here’s my tip for you: Only apply it on the lower half of your under eye circles and don’t go up all the way to your eye. That way you stay a way from the fine lines right under the eye. It works wonders for me. For my concealer I use the “Maybelline – Face Studio Concealer“.

Setting Powder is next to foundation the KEY to making your makeup long-lasting. I find that if you don’t use the right powder for your skin type and level on longevity, your makeup tends to rub off a lot quicker. I LOVE my “Laura Mercier – Translucent Loose Setting Powder” because it leaves my skin feeling smooth and silky and it will make my makeup not move an inch, while also making it look like I am not wearing any powder at all.

Bronzer and Contour are my next steps in my routine. To be fair, I don’t use a bronzer on the daily basis, but if I do I like to use the “Physician Formula – Ultra-Nourishing Argan Oil Bronzer“. For my contour powder I am staying true to my one true love which is the “Benefit – Hoola Bronzer“. I find that it works amazing as a contour on my skin color.

Blush is where it gets a little tricky for me. I get a little oily in those areas so powder blushes tend to just disappear after a while. But I now have the perfect combination for long-lasting blush. For my base, before I apply my powder I use the “NIP+FAB – Liquid Blush in Mauve Moment” and after applying a light dust of my face powder I set my liquid blush with the “Maybelline – Face Studio Blush”.

Highlighter I don’t use on an everyday basis, but if I were to use a highlighter I would probably use my fave the “Becca – Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Opal“.

Brows are super simple for me, because I have been blessed with quite good brows. So I only use my trusty “L’Oréal Paris – Brow Artist Plumper” and run it lightly through my brows.

Setting Spray is my next step because I like to use it before I apply mascara and lipstick. I’ve been recently loving the “NYX – Bare with me Prime Set Refresh Spray” because it literally feels super light, makes my makeup look like skin and it helps with the longevity of my makeup so much.

Mascara is and always be waterproof for me. My eyes get super teary so anything other than waterproof just doesn’t stay on. I recently been trying out the “L’Oréal Paris – Unlimited Waterproof Mascara” and have to say that I really like it. It just takes some time to get used to.

Lipstick never changes for me on an everyday basis, since I just loving the “Maybelline – SuperStay 24hr Lip Color in Rose Dust” it just stays on all day and is my perfect pink nude lipstick for me.

For a quick everyday makeup

I love to switch up my foundation on days where my makeup doesn’t have to stay on for 12 hours or longer. For that I have been recently using the “IT Cosmetics – CC Cream“. And I love it.

Favorite Fall Lipsticks

I love me some dark colors for the fall and winter season. Here are my top six that I love to wear.

What are some of your favorite fall lipsticks to wear? Let me know, I’m always down to try something new.

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.

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 Fall Makeup Favorites as a Busy College Student

Hey my loves,

fall is my favorite season of the year, I just love everything that comes with it – cozy sweaters, warm tea, changing leaves, cold and crispy days filled with sunshine and of course Halloween. But for most of the time, I’m at college or work so in order to fully live out my fall love I have to try to incorporate it into my makeup routine. And you know what? Fall is perfect for makeup, first of all, it’s not too hot that you sweat it off and also you get away with wearing a dark lip at daytime, which is already a perk in itself.

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So today, I will share some of my staples for fall and what I pretty much use on an everyday basis. My makeup usually has to stay on for a long time, everything from 8 to 12 hours sometimes even more, so long-lasting makeup that doesn’t wear off to easily is very important to me. Especially because I’m not big of a touch-your-makeup-kinda-gal, it just does not work for me and my skin type.

Prep & Prime

For my base I like to start with a hydrating moisturizer and on days where my skin feels extra dry I even add one to two drops of face oil. I use the L’Oréal – Hydra Genius Moisturizer for sensitive skin, and, as for my oil, I use The Ordinary – 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Moroccan Argan Oil. The primer I use is also from The Ordinary, it’s the High-Adherence Silicone Primer – I love that primer so much, it really makes a HUGE difference in the longevity of my makeup.

Base

I usually like to wear a little foundation and concealer on an everyday basis, because my skin gets quite irritated during the day, so to even out my skin tone I use the L’Oréal Paris – Infaillible Foundation Stick and the L’Oréal Paris – Infaillable 24h Concealer Pomade. I usually blend it in with a damp beauty blender by Real Techniques. I also always spritz my face with one to two pumps of NYX – Dewy Finish Setting Spray. I used to only use it at the end, but using it with the “liquids” in the beginning makes the makeup even more long-lasting. To set my foundation and concealer in place I use the Maybelline – Masterfix Baking + Brightening Powder in Banana all over my face. If you don’t have a yellow undertone in your complexion the translucent powder might be a better choice for you.

Shape, Color & Highlight

As for my bronzer and blush I like to stick to non shimmery based products, because I do really think that matte products last a lot longer. I use the Benefit – Hoola Bronzer and the Maybelline – Dream Matte Blush in Flirty Pink. Most days I skip highlighter, especially on my really long College and work days, simply because I do tend to get a little bit oily and shiny throughout the day, and to avoid being a complete shiny mess I tend to skip highlighter. But for my shorter days I always use the MAC – Mineralize Skin Finish in Soft & Gentle.

Brows & Eyes

My eyeshadow routine changes everyday. It usually depends on how much time I have in the morning, where I’ll be at and how long I’ll be out. But for basic days I like to use one single eyeshadow all over my eye blended out and also a little bit of it under the eye. For that I am currently using the L’Oréal Paris – Havana Camila Cabello Eyeshadow in Control. But, on days where I feel a little more daring, I like to pop on some color and for that I am currently using the NYX – Ultimate Shadow Palette in Brights. As for my mascara I always use a waterproof one, I love the L’Oréal Paris – Paradise Extactic Mascara. For my brows I usually stick to the L’Oréal Paris – Brow Artist Xpert in Cool Blonde and just fill them in with a light hand.

To set my phase I use the NYX – Dewy Finish Setting Spray, again.

Lips

Now, my lip color changes everyday. But here are my top 3 choices at the moment:

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What are some of your favorite fall makeup products? I would love to know. I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did I would be super happy about a like or a share. Also if you want to keep updated with me follow this blog or my Instagram.

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.