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July’s favorite

July’s favorite

Hey guys!

I know it’s been a while where I’ve written in my little webspace. Therefore, I am here to share the things that I have been enjoying.

Skincare

The Ordinary SkincareEver since I’ve been off birth control my skin returned to its teenage form and have been suffering from blemishes and light acne on my cheeks. I used to use natural skincare products but I didn’t think that they helped that much because certain ingredients were missing. Now, I have incorporated chemical ingredients because they have been clinically proven to help with blemishes. And I started looking more into active ingredients and gave the products from The Ordinary a try.¬† These are the 3 products that I’ve been using religiously and they really help.

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

The Ordinary Niacinamide and ZincIf you suffer from acne or pimples this is something for you. I have been using these bad boys for over 2 months. I put the serum in the pm. The consistency is not watery but a little bit tacky but if you follow up with your moisturizer, you don’t notice that anymore. After 2 weeks, I noticed that I don’t break out that crazy anymore, sometimes little bumps appear but they disappear quickly thanks to the serum. The 1% Zinc helps to control the oil production in my face and the Niancinamade fights the blemishes.. awesome combo? Right?

AHA 30% + BHA 2% Peeling Solution

The Ordinary Peeling SolutionAHA’s and BHA’s are two active ingredients that fight skin problems. BHA’s are one of the chemical peelings which posses very small molecules and can, therefore, enter deep into your skin layers. On the other hand, AHA’s have bigger molecules than BHA’s but they’re the most effective ingredient to fight pimples, blemishes and acne. I use this peeling solution once a week. It helps with fine lines, shrinks large pores and keeps the skin even. After using this solution a few times, I noticed, that my skin feels super soft and my pores appear smaller. After using this mask, I put moisturizer on my face and follow up with sunscreen since I used a peeling solution.

Alpha Arbutin 2% + HA

The Ordinary Alpha ArbutinThis one is for you peeps who suffer from hyperpigmentations. I have dark marks on my cheeks and on my neck. Unfortunately, I get dark spots if I don’t use sunscreen or if I pop a pimple. I apply this serum only on my dark spot and only in the evening. If you want to use it in the morning, don’t forget to use SPF. I can highly recommend this product because it keeps my skin tone even.

I hope this helps and I am planning a visual skincare tutorial soon, so stay tuned!

Floral dresses

SHOP THE DRESSES: white floral midi dress // mini blue wrap dress // yellow ditsy dress

Jey in short blue ditsy H&M dressUnfortunately, summer is over and was way too short! ūüôĀ But I am happy that I was rocking dresses the whole summer season. Moreover,¬† I like to experiment with skirts and dresses and I don’t enjoy thick fabrics or materials that make me sweat – you know? I literally bought every dress which had ditsy prints. Not only do those prints make any dress look cute they were very on-trend this season. Lastly, I wear midi to maxi lengths for those days where you don’t feel like shaving those pesky hairs.Yellow midi dress by Stradivarius Jey in floral Newlook 90s midi dress Jey in short blue ditsy H&M dress Jey in floral Newlook 90s midi dress

SHOP THE DRESSES: white floral midi dress // mini blue wrap dress // yellow ditsy dress

Books

If you are looking for a book to read this year, I would suggest, you read The 4 agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz. It is a self-help book which frees you from self-doubt and limitations in your life. Furthermore, it is so powerful because it’s packed full of lessons. And I find myself falling back to the lessons that I had read. Also, I am sure that I will reread the book so that I can’t forget the beautiful message and lessons.

Netflix film

Lastly, I wanted to include a Netflix film into my list because it made me so emotional, angry and really had an impact on me because I know how it is to face racism. And I am happy that I don’t live in the states where I would fear for my life and the ones of my brothers.

When They See Us is a mini-series on Netflix that is about 5 young black boys who were accused of a crime that they didn’t do. And the sad thing is, that this is based on a true story. Please go and watch it, I can highly recommend the film.

 

See you in the next post!

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A pop of pink

A pop of pink

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CONCEALER: Nars – Amande
EYEBROWS: Max Factor – Eyebrow pencil
EYESHADOW: Bareminerals – You had me at Merlot / Alverde – 07 Cosy Copper
HIGHLIGHTER: Kiko – Water Eyeshadow 208
MASCARA: Maybelline – Lash Sensational
LIPSTICK: NYX – Teddy

Today, I want to share a spring/summer inspired makeup look. Whenever I want to experiment with beauty, I first head to Pinterest and then to a few makeup artist accounts in Instagram to get inspired. I’ve noticed that bright colors like pink or orange are very trendy right now. As you can see, I used matte bright colors on the eyelids but you can use a glossy eyeshadow too. Besides, glossy lids are a must-have for the hotter season!

For this simple makeup look, I kept the lips in a neutral nude color, so that it doesn’t steal the show of off the eyes. The skin is not matte rather dewy. This can be achieved with well-prepped skin. I like to exfoliate my skin and follow up with a good moisturizer. Since I don’t use foundation, I like to cover up my blemishes and hyperpigmentations with my trusty NARS concealer in the color Amande. It is the best concealer ever. Due to the color varieties, undertones and the creaminess of it. Moreover, I don’t like to bake my eyes with powder because of the cakiness. As I am getting older, I don’t want to dry out the delicate eye area.¬†

Moving on to the eyes, I used my blush by Bareminerals as an eyeshadow base because I don’t like to follow beauty rules. It is a reddish burgundy color but on my skin, it looks more pinkish. Then I added a copper tone near my eyelashes so that my eyelids have more dimensions.

Next, I drew on my eyebrows to make my eye makeup to pop more. Then I used the blush that I used for my eyes, on my cheeks.

Finally, I completed this spring/summer inspired makeup look with a nude lip and a gold highlighter on the areas that I want to accentuate. Like my nose, the cupid bows and under my eyebrow and on the cheeks.

I hope you enjoyed this makeup look and see you in the next post!

Jey with pink eyeshadow
Another makeup look with a similar eye makeup.

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Experimenting with bold colors

Experimenting with bold colors

SHOP THE LOOK: RED TURTLENECK SWEATER // JEANS // SHOES // BAG

In the colder months, I opt for the same coat and scarf as my safe canvas. Now, as it is getting warmer, I like to experiment with bolder colors. In todays blog post, I want to show you what’s underneath my grey coat. Because my winter clothes tend to be grey, white and blacks.

To add some color to my outfit, I picked this new turtleneck sweater by Pull&Bear via Zalando. You must size up because the sweater is very small. I bought a size M. I instantly fell in love with the dark red color. And this is the first red that suits my skin tone because brighter reds with a blue undertone make my skin look ashy – haha! Also, I wanted to mention that I like to inject new pieces into my existing wardrobe. I also don’t believe in buying the same or similar stuff only for the sake of fashion. I find it even more interesting to style a piece that you have in several ways.

Underneath the burgundy sweater, I wore a shirt to keep myself warm. Furthermore, I styled it with my favorite pair of black jeans and some ankle boots. In addition, I didn’t want to tuck my hair back as always and left it in its curly state and let the bangs out. Finally, I wore silver thick hoops and finished my look off with a slouchy brown bag by H&M. I bought the bag again because my old one was broken. I really can’t wait to style this burgundy sweater with beige pants or with my vintage Levi’s jeans and white Converse Allstars. I hope you enjoyed this look!

See you in the next post!

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Jey’s thoughtful christmas gift guide

Jey’s thoughtful christmas gift guide

Happy last month of the year 2018!

Soon Christmas is knocking on our doors and the year is almost over. So I wanted to share my personal gift guide. Furthermore, this gift guide should attract different kinds of people. Therefore, I hope there are a few bits and bobs that you can include in your own Christmas gift collection.

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The vintage lover

I love vintage fashion that is why I included vintage bags, fragrances. Plus, vintage-inspired fashion clothes.

The Bookworm

This list is for the females who enjoy spirituality, women empowerment and relationship books.

     

The beauty lover

I am not much of a beauty hoarder but I put a few things that I use like the Dr. Bronner soap, the Baremineral products and of course a dark red nail polish.

The fashionista

Being on trend or just being fashionable is what you are looking for? Then you’ll love this list because I included the latest bags, shoes and some must-haves for the fashion lovers out there.

The lifestyle & unique gift lover

This is for all the people who love handmade stuff or unique art prints. You can decide if you fancy colorful watercolor art or a digital minimalistic drawing and much more.

Happy shopping!

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My thoughts on social media

My thoughts on social media

Jey in mini green dressJey in mini green dressWith Jean dressThis might be a different type of content but I want to talk about my thoughts on social media. Here are the following topics for today’s blog post:

  • Instagram algorithm
  • engagement on Instagram
  • slow growth
  • losing creativity

I’ve been posting on Instagram and on my blog regularly. Also, on other social media platforms like Twitter and Pinterest. Although I am constantly improving my photography skills and my writing. I still notice slow growth. And I am not the kind of person who follows and unfollows people, buy followers or participate in those engagement groups. I just want people to follow me because they are inspired or just interested in photography or my personal style. Plus, Instagram favors accounts that follow a specific niche.

I try to log off of social media whenever it feels toxic and steals my creativity. Because sometimes you see yourself absorbing too much content from others artists. That you might lose your own creativity which is bad for finding your own style.

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SHOP THE LOOK: DRESS // SUNGLASSES // SHOE // NECKLACE

My thoughts on social media: The old social media era

Furthermore,¬†I miss the 2014/15 social media era. Where blogging and sharing photos were carefree, unstaged and not full of competition. Don’t get me wrong I, myself shoot pictures that are well thought. But there was a time where I use to post random stuff that I like that don’t have any value to other people. Then I started posting about my everyday life, fashion and sometimes about food. After I noticed that people enjoy my content.¬†I put my interest in one¬†niche. Thus, I started focusing more on fashion content like pieces that I wore and lookbook shoots.

However, the new social media¬†era allows me to connect with like-minded people and be inspired by them. And you can share your work and get noticed by people. In my case, it’s shooting and editing fashion/product editorials. Lastly, I’ve¬†been enjoying the ‘in the moment shots’ that reminds me of the good old days.

Now, I am in a battle where I want to post also about other stuff like food and travels. Also if it means that I could lose followers but that is what makes accounts unique. Am I right?

And no, I don’t want to cry about the Instagram algorithm like everyone else. Because it’s just the way it is, either you go with the flow or you do your own things and live with the consequence.

Please feel free to tell me about your own social media experience.

See you in the next post!

Jey <3