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    Room Tour | How to Style A Small Bedroom



    Hi guys! Today’s post is going to be all about my bedroom! I have decorated my bedroom a million times since I moved in and this is my latest summer decor ;) I love how it’s looking and wanted to share some photos! It's a beautiful space, so much light from the big window and enough room for my favourite things. There's probably still a few things I would change, but at the moment I feel happy with it.
    Here's the styling your bedroom video-if you want to see it- might be helpful for some, especially if you have a small bedroom.



    LIGHT IT UP

    I strongly believe that using soft lighting coming from different directions in the bedroom can have a big effect on how small your bedroom feels. Smart lighting choices can include using fairy lights around your bed frame while indulging in a soothing bedtime routine. A life changing advise I once received was using soft white overhead light with a lower wattage bulb to create a calm ambience and, in turn, make your room feel brighter and larger. Moreover, the headboard is an important part of the room. My previous headboard was tan brown but to instantly change it, I used a DIY upholstered white plain headboard with a nailhead that took less than 20 minutes.  



    Creating Depth With Mirrors

    Using mirrors will add depth and dimension to a small bedroom. I personally consider wall mirrors akin to big windows. Hanging several smaller mirrors in a group or adding one large mirror will instantly create the illusion of more square footage. Since my room has corners and a big wardrobe, overall, it looks like smaller room that it is. With wall and floor mirrors, the light reflects around the room and psychologically, the spaces seems vast.



    Creating Depth With Mirrors

    Using mirrors will add depth and dimension to a small bedroom. I personally consider wall mirrors akin to big windows. Hanging several smaller mirrors in a group or adding one large mirror will instantly create the illusion of more square footage. Since my room has corners and a big wardrobe, overall, it looks like smaller room that it is. With wall and floor mirrors, the light reflects around the room and psychologically, the spaces seems vast.



    Use a Peaceful Palette

    When decorating my room, I first created a mood board to find out what colours I find the most peaceful. I instantly thought of "millennial pink," "disco 54 gold" and  "palm-tree green" even though  the colours are not of similar hues. However, I realized that if I used these same shades on the walls, furnishings and bedding, the bedroom instantly appears larger. The lines between the bedding, wall and desk decor elements will be blurred and your eye will move effortlessly around the room.  Just for added interest, I injected a few pops of a contrasting colour including a bamboo bag and hat.



    DITCH A NIGHT STAND
    Using a desk next to your bed will create a dual-purpose opportunity. Initially, I had a small night table but realized I can store my bed journal, books and night time skincare essentials in my desk cupboard. Not only does a small desk act as an oversized nightstand, but when paired with a comfy small chair, serves as a work surface. I positioned my desk in front of my big window so I can directly face the sunshine as I work in the mornings and evenings.  In my personal experience, I maximize the use of my desk if I enjoy my chair and I love my this chair with a cushions and throw.

    Helpful Hint: Look for a white small-scale desk at antique markets to add instant charm to your presently-loved bedroom. 


    TAKE ADVANTAGE OF VERTICAL STORAGE

    Making the most of the vertical space in a small bedroom via open shelves is such a crucial way to keep things neat and organized. I use open shelves in my room to display seasonal shoes and accessories. Small baskets (aka shoe boxes) are genius for providing extra storage for makeup, jewelry and sunglasses. Trust and believe that arranging these shelves is always a work in progress, but I am instantly happy to see it looking decent. The best part of dressing up is coming back to the open shelves, spritzing some perfume, adding sunglasses, and a bracelet to my overall look.

    Helpful Hint: It's okay if the open shelves never look finished, mine never is. It's all about the feeling it evokes and how it ties into the decor of the room. 


    BRING ON THE PLANTS
    Plants are extremely attractive decorating tools that can add tons of positive, calming energy in a small bedroom. Another plus is that plants will complement virtually any design style, so have fun choosing ones that are just right for you. 
    Helpful Hint: Keep some realistic fake flowers that can look pretty all year long with greenery that you can water every couple of days. The best ones I have found are in Homesense or Michaels.  It's honestly a miracle that this plant from Ikea is growing but I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it will keep growing.




    And that’s my bedroom! I love the neutrals mixed with green and pink! Thanks for reading!


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    FULL FACE DRUGSTORE MAKEUP TUTORIAL Easy & FOR Beginners

    Spoiler: 10-Minute Drugstore Makeup Tutorial


    I am a typical drugstore makeup shopper, I love browsing the drugstore aisles for great makeup products while also buying my weekly essentials, it saves me time and money. Today, I thought I would share my Full Face Drugstore Makeup Tutorial.

    Please watch the video below in HD and comment below if you have any other suggestions for any videos you want to see from my Youtube channel.  Make sure to SUBSCRIBE to my channel if you haven’t already, we’re almost at 3K!!My upload schedule is Fridays and Sundays. Start your weekend mornings with new videos!



    DRUGSTORE HOLY GRAIL MAKEUP

    Of the bunch, honorable mention must go to L'Oreal Infallible Foundation AND the Zoeva Matte Eyeshadow Palette. Both blew me away and compete with high end products that are very similar. To see a full comparison with high end products, check this post. The other products are great too, of course, but those two are absolute front runners to me!
    Products Mentioned:



    L' Oreal Infallible Foundation in Soft Sable

    LA Girl Pro Concealer in Fawn

    SACHA Buttercup Setting Powder


    ELF Cosmetics Blush Palette

    Zoeva MATTE Eyeshadow Palette


    Colourpop Highlighter in CANDY MAN


    Sleek Cosmetics Blush by 3 Palette - Turbinado

    L' Oreal Telescopic Waterproof Mascara


    Colorpop Liquid Lipstick in Barcelona



    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin

    Let me your thoughts on drugstore makeup products. Hope you enjoyed this post. Leave me your comments below, I would love to know your drugstore favourites. Happy Wednesday!


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    Outfits /// 5 Struggles anyone that only wears black will understand

    REPEAT OFFENDER...  In Defence of Wearing Black 24/7








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    You've probably noticed that the world is obsessed with wearing black, and for good reason: It's easy and always looks polished. Whether you're a college student or a working woman, it seems everyone's go-to outfit is a pair of black denim or black pencil skirt. Some may wear black from head to toe or use it to mix and match with other colours, but there's a good chance that a substantial portion of your wardrobe is black. Today's post is proof that wearing all black on repeat will in no way hinder your style. Just pair a black look with bold hues, playful fabrics and classic accessories for maximum impact. I bought this blue peplum top from my recent Spring haul, you can see the video here. 

    We get that giving up black entirely is a tall order. But for the most youthful effect, you might want to try swapping it out for, or pairing it with other "new black" colours when it's something that's worn close to your face. Be open to try charcoal grey, navy blue and tan camel. You may just discover how much you truly enjoy it. Okay, enough of that, let's relish in 5 struggles anyone that only wears black will understand:

    1. White deodorant marks are the bane of your life. The first company to make a spray that actually doesn't leave white streaks across your clothes will make millions.
    2. You sometimes worry that people think you wear the exact same top and trousers every single day. No, you just have the same outfit 10 times over.
    3. You haven't bought so many nice things because they don't come in black. Farewell to all the clothes you left in the fitting rooms because they only come in blushed pink or red.
    4. And don't even talk to us about getting makeup marks around the collar. Whoever says it's worse on white tops is lying.
    5. You feel like the places you can shop is narrowly limited by colour palette, and usually only ever find stuff you like in Zara, H&M and sometimes Topshop.
     But ultimately, it's all worth it because wearing black is a way of life and you love it. True story.
    Sound familiar? Same. Let me know your thoughts on the colour black in the comment section below? Are you a chic black wearer or do you love a pop of colour?

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    Yasmin

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    BEAUTY BARGAIN /// SAVE OR SPLURGE MAKEUP EVERY GIRL NEEDS TO KNOW

    Spoiler: It's Time To Save Money, Honey!

     How To Grab An Awesome Beauty Bargain

    Over the past few months, I’ve snapped new products I am testing out and trying and I’ve received SO many questions regarding my thoughts on these products. However, I thought it would be fun to share with you my holy grail drugstore (or affordable) makeup as well as my holy grail high end items! 

    I am typically a ‘you get what you paid for’ type girl - for the most part I typically like the real deal more than the dupe when it comes to beauty products. However, the past few months I’ve found some ‘dupe' items that I think are better or equal to the high end products. So let’s get started...
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    I don't know how it happened, but my current beauty spending is at an all-time low. Unfortunately the same can't be said for my Spring Wardrobe (Watch my haul here), My bad. When it comes to makeup though I feel like I have my favourites the Holy Grail status stuff that I repurchase over and over again and hen it's only on the odd occasion when something catches my eye. When it comes to purchasing, whether it is for the first time or the 47th time, here is a Full Face vs Drugstore Makeup Dupes. Read on as I share my cost-effective beauty products.

    SPLURGE ON HOLY GRAIL PRODUCTS


    I seriously LOVE this foundation, it's pricy but it is worth it- for a natural, organic foundation. I think it is best for those who need light to medium coverage  and have normal to dry skin. This foundation can be worn as a concealer as well, it lasts ALL day and is REALLY good. I keep it in my makeup bag for touch ups throughout the day. I don't know of any natural foundation that even compares to this. Holy grail status, most definitely.

    I’ve seen so many bloggers rave about this and I finally gave it a try. I am always disappointed in bronzers as they tend to only comes in one shade and they aren't dark enough for me BUT this bronzer is pure magic and comes in more than 10 shades. It is so smooth and looks SO good and natural! I also love the smell and packaging! I use it on my arms and feet in the summer for a golden tan.  :)

    I seriously LOVE this eyeshadow palette. It is pricy but it is worth it - if you need it. I think it is best for those who love eyeshadows that are wearable but also want to experiment with warm shades. This orange and pink shades can be worn alone for events but I use the shimmery shades and the brown shades every day. It lasts ALL day and is REALLY good. I don’t know of any eyeshadow palette that even compares to this in terms of quality but read on for a really close alternative...

    Ahhh I spent years hunting down the perfect eyeshadow primer- but never wanted to go premium. :( I found some many dupes  and purchased them but the color was always grey and it always irritated my sensitive eyes BUT the Urban Decay Primer Potion formula is so good. It’s full coverage and just wears so well and covers my dark eyelids.

    This comes as a shock to me but this is flipping amazing. I swear by my Hourglass Ambient Powder in Radiant Light but after trying this on camera, I am in LOVE. It is not the best highlighter in the makeup world but for dark skin, this is a really great one. I really love for a flawless application and I can confirm it lasts for 8 hours without touch-ups. Looking on the Jouer website, it's apparently their best-selling highlighter and I can definitely agree that you will look luminous and that lit-from-within glow.

    SAVE & GET CHEAP DUPES




    -You guys know that the Laura Mercier powder is a HG of mine - I will not travel with out it. However, I decided to try this since it’s cheaper and I actually really like it & think it is comparable to the Laura Mercier. (This video here is where I show my daily makeup routine and how I use this powder.)

    -I own like every highlighter that comes out - mainly because not many work on my skin or show up on my skin. I am always trying new ones hoping they will really show up and make my skin glow! The other day, I got a package from ColourPop and randomly tried their highlighter and I was in shock. They are GOOD. Holy cow - you guys have to try it!

    I keep this in my handbag because it’s a favorite of mine. I have HG mascaras like Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara but I like using this one for layering mascara. If I want my lashes to look extra long I add a coat of this one!

    Just a warning - you will try to buy all the shades BUT it is totally worth it. The formula SO waterproof and long-lasting that I find it 100% worth it. It’s super user friendly but boy, when you get used to it - it stays and your lipstick will not move all day! A definite repurchase.

    I seriously LOVE this eyeshadow palette and a dupe for Anastasia Modern Renaissance Palette. I was so excited when Colorpop finally released an eyeshadow palette and this doesn't disappoint. The orange and pink shades are the best but I wish they added a dark brown or black so one can create a fun look. However, one con shouldn't dissuade you, It lasts ALL day and is REALLY good. I don’t know of any drugstore eyeshadow palette that even compares to this in terms of quality. By far, the best dupe of 2016.



    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin

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