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    SUNDAY CHATS /// PERIOD TIPS EVERY GIRL NEEDS TO KNOW


     Happy Sunday! I hope you guys are having a wonderful weekend. Today's video is a personal one, I am revealing period tips every girl needs to know. Over the past few years, I have managed my period cramps and mood swings and I hope you guys find this video helpful! Watch the Youtube video first and read through the blog to find my best 5 tips! Don't forget to like and Subscribe to my channel for three videos every week. 



    1. Pro tip: Try to wear comfortable underwear

    My instinct during my period is to curl up in a ball and binge-watch The Crown for an entire weekend, but you should get out, and go for a long, walk. When you are getting dressed, underwear is always the hardest piece to wear because your lower region is swollen. My trick is to wear Commando High-Rise Briefs and trust me, it's uber comfortable. Listen, no one is saying you need to get out of bed to run a marathon, but going for a walk on your own or with friends will make you feel unbelievably better. Exercise triggers your brain to release endorphins, which are your body's natural pain reliever. Also, if you are prone to taking ibuprofen, exercise  one hour before you do so - that's when the meds will completely kick in and you'll hit your sweet spot for pain relief.



    2. Blueberries Can Reduce The Length Your Menstrual Cycle

    You'd steamroll anything that stood between you and a plate of cheese fries right about now, yes? The struggle is real, and here's why: During the week before your period, your brain lowers serotonin, the chemical that makes you feel happy. Your body's natural response is to crave foods that comfort you aka high-fat, sugar, high-carb EVERYTHING. But, eating blueberries has been shown to reduce the length of your period. It's OK to indulge a little, but what will actually increase your energy and happiness is eating fresh fruits and vegetables.



    3. Baking Soda is a Natural Fragrance to Mask the Period Smell

    Baking soda is natural fragrance that helps mask the period smell especially if you share close quarters with other individuals. For example, if you share a bathroom with roommates, you can pour baking soda over the trashcan to mask the smell of old pads. I find that spraying perfume is too obvious but baking soda absorbs all of the funky smell.




    4. Resist The Temptation To Try Miracle Drugs

    Avoid trying super-powered PMS drugs that claim to help alleviate your period cramps unless it is prescribed by your doctor. Over counter drugs that have helped me in the past include Ibuprofen, Advil or Motrin. In severe cases, I take one pill every six hours and find amazing belief.





    5. Treat yo-self - it's a way better alternative to drown your mood swings


    Real talk: You've got at least three decades of periods ahead of you. That's too much time to waste to complain about your cycle every month. Instead, try to find a way to kinda-sorta, as-much-as-humanly-possible embrace your time of the month. I like to invite my friends over, do face masks, eat my favourite croissants and cupcakes and enjoy our pamper evening. All of these tips reduce the dread of getting my period! Amen to that.

    Let me know your thoughts on periods and the key tips you need to have an awesome week! Let's share our tips in the comment section below!

    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin


    OUTFITS /// Cool tones for Winter

    Dark Girls: I'm making a case for every shade of blue







    Take one cursory glance at my style page and it's evident I'm somewhat a slave to warmer tones, with the occasional grey thrown in. Yet, despite my warmer tone inclinations, I'd be lying if I didn't admit that for winter style, pastels and cooler toned shades, especially shades of blue are more sartorially satisfying than reaching for my oversized khaki jacket or my favourite tan coat - which I intentionally bought a few sizes too big to fuel my warmer look addiction. 

    The ultimate tan pieces appeal to people during winter because not only will it help you warm to the idea of winter, but warmer tones radiate earthiness and reminds you of your favourite summer sandy destinations. However, one can only stomach wearing warmer tones for so long, I decided to embark on embracing cooler tones but very serious, about the tones not making my skin look grey. A tip here is to wear warmer versions of cool colours, like olive, moss, royal blue, and and violet grey. For neutrals, I vintage shopped various taupe, mushroom grey and cappuccino shades. 

     For the outfit look, I started off with a key winter top, the cashmere sweater. Chinti and Parker makes an entry-level, high-quality cashmere sweater. Acne is the king of cool, oversized basic shirts. And this Theory mushroom grey pleated skirt is currently getting some serious mileage on my end. Finished the look off with my fail-safe Gianvito Rossi heels and quickly rummaged through my hijab closet and pulled out this vintage bluish-grey scarf


    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin


    I AM Yasmin is a Canadian lifestyle blog written by Yasmin, a writer, photographer, and blogger. Yasmin established I AM YASMIN in 2016 during her final year studying at University. The blog covers her Lifestyle, along with many other categories including Fashion, Beauty, Food and Travel and regularly posts on her blog.

    With a childhood growing up in Kenya, her everyday style has stemmed from her love of the  casual chic way of dressing. With a love for premium fashion and beauty, she hopes to inspire her readers, along with showing them you can get the simplistic everyday chic look for less
    Check out her latest videos over on her Youtube Channel, or head over to the home page to catch up on her newest blog posts, or find her on InstagramTwitter, and Snapchat as iamyasminh.

    10 BEAUTY HACKS STRAIGHT FROM YOUR KITCHEN!

    Spoiler: I have rounded up 10 of the very best ingredients for our skin that are found your kitchen!

    For every skin ailment, there seems to be a plethora of beauty products promising to fix the problem. And while we’re all for a fantastic power product, chances are, the price tag on such products can be rather costly. Not to mention that so many of these superstar products are formulated with ingredients that aren’t exactly healthy for our skin or our system.
     In today's video, I am discussing 10 beauty hacks straight from your kitchen! Please watch the video below and Subscribe to my channel for three videos a week. 




    That's why we're taking our complexion concerns to the kitchen where fruits, vegetables, oil and various other cooking accoutrements reside. We've rounded up 10 of the best beauty hacks straight from your kitchen (if not, they are easily accessible at your local supermarket). While proving to be more cost-effective, these 10 all-natural ingredients are also extremely potent and able to work their magic on your most pressing skin issue. So get rummaging through your cupboards and whip up a few of these wondrous DIY masks, exfoliators, lotions and potions.




    1. Aspirin tablet with Vitamin C - Known for it's ability to alleviate pain, I primarily use crushed aspirin tablet for reducing acne pimples and scars. If you are struggling with dull, blemish-prone skin, whip up an aspirin mask or use it as a spot treatment mask. The effective ingredient, salicylic acid help to exfoliate skin for more clearer, softer skin.

    2. Coffee – Coffee is a fantastic natural exfoliator. Combine with water to create a paste and slough onto your body, or add yogurt to the coffee and make a mask that both brightens and heals; this works especially well on sunburned skin.
    3. Lemon – Known for its powerful lightening, tightening, and brightening properties, lemon juice is a natural source of vitamin C used to even out skin tone, tighten pores, and lighten sun and age spots. While pure lemon juice is rather potent on its own, you can create a simple toner by adding double the amount of fresh water to the juice. Pour onto a cotton pad and swipe onto affected areas – acne scars, sun spots, blackheads – up to three times a day.
    4. Coconut Oil – With its countless beauty uses – face cleanser, moisturizer, hair mask, shaving cream –  coconut oil is something you should definitely keep in your bathroom, not your kitchen. My favourite way to use it is for hair: Apply to dry hair, massage in, remove with co-wash shampoo the next day. It adds intense moisture as my favourite, making your hair shine.
    6. Honey – It makes a perfectly effective mask all on its own as honey hydrates, repairs, and aids in controlling breakouts (thanks to its antibacterial properties). Or add sugar to create a simple and effective DIY lip scrub!
    7. Potatoes – Potatoes are an amazing all-natural skin brightener that will leave skin incredibly soft and ethereally glowing. Potatoes are natural skin lighteners and  works very simply. Apply to your knuckles, ankles, underarms and dark circles and gently pat for 5 to 10 minutes every morning. You will notice a difference within four weeks of continuous use.

    8. Turmeric – A wonder spice ideal for both anti-aging and acne woes, not to mention its ability to help hyperpigmentation and scarring. To combat aging, create a paste of wheat or rice flour, turmeric, and yogurt; apply to skin until dry. Gently scrub off to increase exfoliation benefits. For acneic skin, create a scrub using turmeric, the juice of a lemon, and yogurt. Apply to skin and let it dry for about 10 to 15 minutes; rinse off. To minimize acne scars, make a simple paste of turmeric and water and dab onto the scar; rinse off after 15 to 20 minutes.

    9. Apple Cider Vinegar – Choose raw, unpasteurized, and unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) that contains the “mother,” that stringy stuff at the bottom of the bottle. This is where the enzymes, healthy bacteria, and minerals reside. ACV is a natural source of Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA), so it’s ideal for  problem skin, sun and age spots, and scarring. Create a toner by mixing four parts water to one part ACV. Apply to a cotton pad and sweep over your face morning and night, post-cleansing.
    10. Olive Oil – Packed with antioxidants and vitamin E, olive oil soothes and heals cracked skin – from cuticles to elbows. But because its chemical composition is so similar to that of skin’s natural oil, olive oil is an ideal moisturizer for drier skin types. Add a dollop to the face post-wash and… voila!… beautifully, soft skin by morning. Or, add some granulated sugar to create a paste, and you’ve got yourself an ultra-hydrating body scrub. 

    Let me know your thoughts about using beauty hacks straight from your kitchen. I would love to know your own beauty secrets! Let's share it below in the comments.




    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin





    BEAUTY EDIT /// 5 HIGHLIGHTERS FOR THE PERFECT GLOW /// Women Of Color


    To highlight or not to highlight - that is the question.


    Regardless of whether I’m going to work or attending a special event, my highlight will always be applied before I leave the house. I’m a highlight obsessive. I recently did a clear out of makeup that were old, broken or I had completely forgotten and I rounded up my best highlighters I use on a constant basis. 
    Whilst there are definitely more highlighters I would recommend, and the majority you will find me using on this blog or during my makeup tutorial videos, these five are my ride or die faves that I really thought deserved a mention. From a subtle glow to a full blown moonbeam, these are five products that I am really enjoying!



    Best Everyday Highlighter: Hourglass Ambient Powder in Radiant Light 
    It’s amazing to me how this rose gold pressed powder barely looks like I’ve made a dent in it, when I’ve been wearing it pretty consistently — sometimes for weeks on end — for the past few years. That’s a pretty good thing to know, that a single pan of anything could last until forever, or at least outlast all of my other makeup products.
    What I love about Radiant Light is the finish. On the skin it looks like expensive, subtle and sits well with a dewy or matte skin.The sheen is unlike anything else I’ve seen before. Soft and subtle, yet still noticeable, and it’s oh, so forgiving of large pores and fine lines. All in all, this one’s my favourite everyday, all-occasion highlighter in the world!

    Best Highlighter for Dramatic Looks: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz 

    How can one include a highlighter favourite without including BECCA Cosmetics. This highlighter is a liquid formula that I primarily use to mix into my liquid foundation for an all over glory look. It also works well on the d├ęcolletage and on the legs and arms mixed with your favorite moisturizer.  
    The consistency reminds me of liquid gold. Just too stunning for words and will work in both summer and winter months. The intensity is super intense, and because of the liquid formula, you can keep increasing the intensity depending on the season or your mood. This is the most intense and pigmented highlighter I own, and I primarily wear it during the summer for an incredible glow.  Last but certainly not least, a little goes a little way. Start with applying the product slowly and build up the product by dapping it with your fingers. Your natural body heat blends the highlighter smoothly for a glistening effect.


     Best Multi-Use Highlighter: Anastasia Beverly Hills The Modern Renaissance Palette

    In my countdown of my favourite highlighters for a perfect glow, I had to include a multi-use product that I depend on for those groggy mornings when I have ten minutes to get ready in the morning. What can I say about the ABH palette that I already haven't, it's my current everyday eyeshadow palette that has a mixture of gorgeous matte and shimmery shades.

     A highlighter doesn't have to be specifically labelled a highlighter, this eyeshadow palette contains gorgeous champagne, gold and rose-gold colours that in a rush, I apply in my cupid's bow, tear duct, beneath my brow and my cheekbones to finish off a look. I prefer to apply the product to the back of my hand before using my little finger or a small brush to apply to the high points of my face before blending. This requires a touch more patience and time to blend in to avoid harsh lines but when in a pinch, it works extremely well. For value, this DIY highlighter (eyeshadow palette) is frankly so incredible, one eyeshadow palette can do your eyeshadow, highlighter, contour, and even change the colour of your lip shade! The price really reflects the quality of this product, purchase it for the many things you can do, go wild with your creativity.


     Best Golden Shimmer Highlighter: Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer in 12

    Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer is a sparkling, mauvy-coral highlighter when applied on the cheek bones dresses the skin in a radiant veil. The shade range of the fluid sheer highlighters are quite extensive and I opted to go for a darker hued highlighter that can be more pigmented and build-able. I use this highlighter as a highlight/ blush combo and in general, it mixes with my Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation so well that it is not even apparent in daylight. Because of the rich, coral colour in the highlighter, it brings out the rich tones in my skin and lasts seven hours on my before fading. This highlighter doesn't impact the wear time of my base products and I like finger tips or a duo-fibre brush for application using a patting and dabbing motion rather than sweeping across the skin.

    I would recommend this to a women of colour who has a hard time finding rich highlighters that are not golden or champagne, but instead, a rich coral hue that has a golden shimmery glow, as if you have had a wonderful facial and your skin is glowing from within. The compliment I get with this highlighter is that I feel alive, my skin is bursting with energy as if I do a de-tox and drink two litres of water a day. You get so much value for this bottle, it has lasted me for ages, it will probably last you a year probably! Giorgio Armani is currently stocked at Sephora, so get it here.



     Best Easiest "No Brainer" Highlighter: Benefit Watt's Up


    This soft focus champagne shade of highlighter cream gives cheeks, eyes, and face a lovely little luminous glow and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to use it. The cream to powder formula has a smooth, creamy feel that is great for beginners stepping into the dark world of highlighting, whoo, who is glad that strobing is over? If you tend to avoid highlighting your cheek bones because of not blending it out correctly, the sponge applicator or eraser as I like to call it, blends out the cream to a soft gleaming finish. It’s so easy, it looks like a pro did it for me.
    If you are not huge on powders or liquid highlighters you’ll enjoy this easy to use cream formula. Really glow and not at all shimmery, you can use it on the eyelids or cheekbones where it gleams and catches the light! The pigmentation on dark skin tones is medium, not too intense but has enough payoff that is highly noticeable. I tend to pair this highlighter when I am doing smokey looks or any cool-toned looks for a glorious champagne glow! For value, the pigmentation of the cream means it will last you long time, so more bang for your buck! 


    Tempted to try out something new? Have you already tried any of these? What did you think? I’d love to know of your favourite full blown highlighter for the most intense glow you’ve ever seen. Does it beat any of my faves?! I’d love to know!



    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin

    I AM Yasmin is a Canadian lifestyle blog written by Yasmin, a writer, photographer, and blogger. Yasmin established I AM YASMIN in 2016 during her final year studying at University. The blog covers her Lifestyle, along with many other categories including Fashion, Beauty, Food and Travel and regularly posts on her blog.

    With a childhood growing up in Kenya, her everyday style has stemmed from her love of the  casual chic way of dressing. With a love for premium fashion and beauty, she hopes to inspire her readers, along with showing them you can get the simplistic everyday chic look for less. Check out her latest videos over on her Youtube Channel, or head over to the home page to catch up on her newest blog posts, or find her on InstagramTwitter, and Snapchat as iamyasminh.


    OUTFITS /// Stylish take on a Power Suit
















    SHOP THE POST


    WORKING GIRL


    Bringing back the no-nonsense working girl look (of the girl boss variety) thanks to an extra sharp blazer with a well fitted skirt suit. With all the nineties throwbacks and old-school references being thrown around in the fashion world, we can all be forgiven for regressing somewhat. Oversized hoodies. Velvet. Slinky slips, Well-worn denim. The 90's revival has sunk it's teeth in well good. I love the 90's trend but it does not inspire me to feel powerful and inspired. There's a part of me that will always like dressing up sharp. When I'm not lazily relying on my hefty stack of cashmere snuggly sweaters, I'm all about embracing the aesthetic of a straight-talking, decision making boss lady. 

    A-line maxi skirts which have actually been tailored to fit just-so. Crisp white shirts that are familiar with the concept of an iron. And double breasted blazers with shoulders so sharp and lapels so purposeful you know they mean business. Like all things in life, if I'm going to do something, I'm all or nothing (also applies to ice-cream, avocado and toast and data usage). So if I'm going to get down with business, then I say embrace the structure, but change up the traditional sartorial suits. Keep the white shirt, double breasted blazer, and black pumps but find a subtle patterned DIY belt to cinch in your waist for some definition. Even a little pinstripe tie will do the trick. Roll up the cuffs in a Don Draper meets the modern woman, circa now. 

     The black blazer has been a part of my sartorial repertoire since I discovered it could make any outfit (see style posts) look somewhat sophisticated. Hence the introduction of grey and camel blazers - both classics in their own right - the same rule can be applied to the black blazer: use it to bring a straight-shooting professional air to your look. So, ditch the crushed velvet jumpsuits for a black blazer this work week and remember to strut with attitude. Let me know your thoughts on the perfect black blazer in the comment section below!

    Peace and Love,

    Yasmin




    I AM YASMIN is a Canadian lifestyle blog written by Yasmin, a writer, photographer, and blogger. Yasmin established I AM YASMIN in 2016 during her final year studying at University. The blog covers her Lifestyle, along with many other categories including Fashion, Beauty, Food and Travel and regularly posts on her blog.

    With a childhood growing up in Kenya, her everyday style has stemmed from her love of the  casual chic way of dressing. With a love for premium fashion and beauty, she hopes to inspire her readers, along with showing them you can get the simplistic everyday chic look for less


    Check out her latest videos over on her Youtube Channel, or head over to the home page to catch up on her newest blog posts, or find her on InstagramTwitter, and Snapchat as iamyasminh.
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