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Yvonne Khadra

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How to Be Happy in A World of Social Media

July 25, 2018

The other day, I had a long phone conversation with a good friend of mine. As I listened to her cry, I realized that it’s so hard to be enough in a not enough world. She was talking to me about how she feels so depressed when she scrolls through her Instagram feed.

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We all find ourselves perusing the social media channels that are so available at the palm of our hands. We all get that feeling of not being happy when we see other people living their best lives. The one thing we don’t realize is the fact that most people only share their highs and leave out their lows.

Comparison is a horrible thing and social media doesn’t help. For the record, I happen to adore following my friends on Instagram and keeping up with my family on Facebook. It can be a wonderful thing. However, it also beckons you and me to secret places of feeling bad about who we are and what we are doing in life.

What do you do when you don’t feel good enough because comparison is knocking at your door? Here are four tips you can try:

Gain Perspective: Remind yourself that you’re enough, you’re unique, and that you’re in a different stage in life than that person who has traveled the world, won awards, and fulfilled their goals. Everyone’s accomplishments happen at the right stage in their lives. If you want something, go get it! Stop comparing yourself to others and focus on yourself.

Alter that Mindset: When an unwanted thought pops into your head, immediately try to smack that ugly down! Start taking into consideration all of the things you love about yourself. Appreciate yourself and if something about yourself bothers you: try to fix it instead of creating a bubble of low self-confidence that looms over your head every time you are on Instagram or Facebook. Keep a list of things you are grateful for, things you need to work on, and what makes you happy.

Celebrate Success: A great way to combat comparison is to honour other people. Celebrate the wins of friends and family and encourage them to pursue their dreams. We are all in this together and if we don’t have each other’s backs, who will? Someone else’s win isn’t a loss for you; this world is big enough for us all to dream, to be, and to succeed!

• Switch off! Make sure you have some down time without social media. As much as I’m so grateful for doing this as a job, like any job I need to take a break from it. You can’t be working 24-7. When you feel anxious about it, just switch off and get out of the house without your phone. Trust me, it helps!

Enjoy your own journey, stop focusing on other people’s lives and what they are doing. Social media started as a way to connect with people and stay in touch with them, however, over the years, it has become a way of life, in a sense that, most people rely on their likes and engagement in order to feel wanted and appreciated. Don’t rely on social media for your real happiness. Real happiness is being confident with who you are and being able to scroll through Facebook or Instagram and feel happy for other people’s accomplishments without feeling low about yourself. Start looking at how far you’ve come, and believe that you are enough in a world of social media.

I hope this post helped you, Yvonne K. xo

 

Fashion

Summer Fashion 2018: Floral Dresses Under $50

July 2, 2018
Floral Dresses Summer Trends 2018

With the summer season comes a bunch of beautiful summer dresses to wear! We all know what this summer trends include… A LOT of florals. Since summer is so hot this year, who wouldn’t be in the mood to rock some floral dresses that also keep you nice and cool?!

Floral Dresses Summer Trends 2018

Floral Dress Summer Trends 2018

I always LOVE wearing dresses to outside events during the summer because I know I’ll be comfortable as well! You can find the same dress that I’m wearing at Fashion Nova! I’ve added a few more affordable floral dresses for you to choose from as well!

Just click the image to go to the site!

Plan A Trip Floral Dress - Black

Plan A Trip Floral Dress

Floral Cutout Maxi Dress Floral Maxi Dress from Forever 21

Floral Pleated Maxi Dress

Yellow Bardot Printed Wrap Front Tea Dress

Now you know why I’m obsessed with floral dresses for this summer! I hope you found this post helpful, happy shopping! xo, Yvonne.

10 Amazing Face Masks Under $30

July 2, 2018

Face masks… where do I even begin!? From sheet masks to peel-off ones, finding the perfect match for your skin needs can be a challenge and also pricey! So today I’m sharing with you 10 amazing face masks under $30! Let’s get your skin glowing!

dr. jart face sheets

#1: DR. JART+ Sheet Masks

To kick off the list, I had to start by mentioning these sheet masks by DR. JART+. Not only are they affordable but the best part is they come in individual packaging! Depending on the day, your skin needs help with different issues. From pore minimizing to water replenishment, you’re sure to find one to match your requirements!

Egg cream mask

#1: Too Cool For School Egg Cream Mask

Not gonna lie, the packaging and name of this mask is what got me! Lol! But really, after reading all of the amazing reviews I knew I just had to try this Egg Cream Mask out! I like to leave this on my face for about 15-20 minutes, and once I take it off, my skin is glowing!!

#2: L’Oréal Detox & Brighten Clay Mask

If you’re skin needs a detox from makeup, pollution, or just a quick pick up, then this mask is perfect for you. I use this mask after an event or after applying lots of makeup to clean out my pores. It works wonders for me!

#3: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask

Ultra Repair Instant Oatmeal Mask is the perfect antidote to dry, dehydrated skin. This face mask’s soothing formula blends a duo of protective oats—colloidal oatmeal and avena sativa oat bran—with botanical antioxidants and skin-nourishing ingredients to help repair the look of skin. The fast-acting mask relieves dry, distressed skin in only 10 minutes.

#4: Freeman Beauty Infusion Revitalizing Peel-Off Mask with Pomegranate + Peptides

Amp up your beauty routine instantly with a serum-infused peel-off gel mask, boosted with Peptides that help plump and increase skin’s resiliency. Features a powerhouse blend of antioxidants with Pomegranate that tones and reveals radiant, glowing skin.

#5: Origins Out of Trouble™ 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin

Face too shiny?  Want to get rid of dead skin cells? Oily or combination skin type? Then you will love this mask!

Those are all of the face masks I wanted to share with you guys today! I love skincare and sharing some of my faves with you is so much fun! Until next time… Xo, Yvonne K.

 

 

Style Swimwear

Say Goodbye to Tan Lines This Summer with Cooltan Swimwear!

June 29, 2018

When summer rolls around, I start to look for swimsuits.  I’ve always had a problem with bad tan lines since I am light-medium skin toned and for that reason, I tan pretty easily! Let’s face it, tan lines are the last thing we need to worry about during the summer while on vacation or even if we’re trying to get an even tan in our backyard!

I recently found out about a swimwear called Cooltan. I’m so excited to share this Tan Through Swimwear with you because they really are comfortable and stylish at the same time. Now you can get a natural suntan right through the fabric, and lucky for me, I don’t have to worry about any tan lines! The fabric is lightweight, cool, and dries extremely quickly (which I absolutely love)!

Cooltan swimwear

All of the Tan Through Swimwear is made from a high quality fabric called Microsol-V. This unique patented fabric is made with a special knitting technology that creates millions of tiny pores in the fabric which allow approximately half of the sun’s light to pass through. This means, you will get a natural suntan, but don’t forget to apply sunscreen for protection and to achieve an even tan.

I can finally pack light when I’m travelling because these swimsuits feel so thin which is perfect for me!

The Cooltan Swimwear line offers a wide variety of swimwear styles, in women’s one piece swimwear and bikinis, as well as men’s swimwear, swim trunks, board shorts and surf shorts. You can choose from a variety of shirt styles and colors which are available for men and women. Cooltan Swimsuits and shirts are easy to wash and take care of as they are washer machine safe! These swimsuits will come in handy for me because I can wash them the night before, hang them to dry and they’ll be dry by the next morning! I simply love how convenient the Cooltan Swimsuits are!

You can shop by style, size, and by color!

Here are some of the swimsuits that I’m loving by Cooltan!

Cooltan swimwear

Red Sea Triangle Top Bikini

Cooltan swimwear

Deep Forest Triangle Top Bikini

Have you ever worn/tried this swimwear?

xo, Yvonne K.

Digital Marketing

How to Find, Engage and Grow Your Audience On Instagram

June 7, 2018

You sit down after a long day, scrolling through your Instagram feed when you realize your profile isn’t growing. You’ve tried everything, and nothing seems to be working. You feel stuck.

Starting from scratch? Don’t you worry. I was exactly in your shoes, trust me.

A little bit of context, my name is Yvonne Khadra and I’m an entrepreneur + digital marketer. I create direct and genuine advice on how to build your own personal brand and business through digital marketing solutions. From 0 to 11,000+ followers, I have built my personal brand from the ground up through trials and tribulations.

So, you want to stand out on social media?

Standing out in a crowded niche can be challenging in 2018, you’ve seen models rise to fame from just their Instagram accounts, how did they do it?

I’ve got news for you: in order to stand out, you need to study your demographic and read what it actually means to your growth potential! Narrowing down your niche is the best thing you can do for yourself.

For example:

If your audience is mainly 20 – 25 year old females in San Francisco, make sure you make content sensitive to San Fransisco culture and students!

This way your looks are targeted and have more relevance to the audience who actually cares.

You might need to hit up more organic shops and spin classes but relevance is everything!

Experiment to what is popular in each age, gender, and location. It plays a huge part in increased engagement.

Content is King. But Distribution is Queen. You need both!

You’ve heard the repetitive saying “post consistently”. However, that means nothing without spending as much time getting it out to targeted audiences.

You can’t just sit there on your phone hoping the “algorithm” is going to magically push your content.

Luckily there’s a solution to this. It’s the 50/50 rule.

What you should do is set a timer for however long it takes you to create the piece of content, caption or a photoshoot and spend the same amount of time distributing it!

If it takes you 2 hours creating content, spend 2 hours distributing.

Tactics that have worked for me:

Dm’ing 100 people under relative hashtags.

Promoting the post with Instagram Ads showing to 10,000 potential accounts.

Replying to every comment and creating conversations outside just compliments

You work hard on your looks. Take your marketing just as seriously.

What Types of Content Do Your Followers Care About?

I have one question for you: Is the content you create for you or for your followers?

Keep in mind that people want to connect with you, so don’t just post pretty outfits and makeup looks, start posting captions that will help your engagement. People want to see the authentic and relatable content. If you can be confident with yourself, people will engage and want to follow you.

It’s the personality and story you share that makes them attracted to follow you.

Remember, you need to make a connection with people whether it’s in a video or a photo.

xo, Yvonne K.

Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup + Video Tutorial

May 15, 2018
Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup + 2018 Met Gala

Selena Gomez Met Gala 2018 Makeup Tutorial say whaaaaat! I am a huge fan of Selena Gomez Makeup looks! Love her makeup look! I think it’s editorial yet wearable and wanted to create my spin on it.

In this video, you will be able to find out exactly what products I used to achieve this look! I tried to keep the products cruelty free and affordable 🙂

Here it is, my Selena Gomez Inspired Makeup Tutorial:

xo, Yvonne K.

10 Minute Everyday Makeup Routine + Tutorial

May 15, 2018
10 Minute Everyday Makeup

Hello beauties! Today I decided to share my everyday 10 minute makeup routine with you. When I say it takes 10 minutes, I mean it! This is a perfect makeup routine for those of you who are on the go and have no time to waste!

10 Minute Makeup Routine?

That’s right! It’s super easy! I have a list of my essential products below and some dupes for the higher end ones because, you know I got your back! 🙂

Products For Achieving an Everyday Makeup Routine include:

Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer (Drugstore Product)

Laura Mercier Translucent Powder » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Face Powder High Definition

Cover FX pressed mineral powder » Drugstore Dupe: Rimmel London Stay Matte Pressed Powder

Kat Von D Shade + Light Contour Palette (Powder) » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Highlight + Contour

Essense Cosmetics Eyebrow Designer Pencil (Drugstore Product)

Essence Cosmetics I love Extreme Volume Mascara (Drugstore Product)

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade » Drugstore Dupe: Essence Eyebrow Gel

Tarteist PRO Glow to Go Highlight & Contour Palette » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Cream Contour

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in ‘Lolita’ » Drugstore Dupe:  NYX Lip Lingerie in ‘Teddy’

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray » Drugstore Dupe: NYX Matte Finish

Watch My 10 Minute Makeup Tutorial For More Tips + Tricks!

Makeup

Review + Tutorial: Anastasia Beverly Hills’ Soft Glam Palette

March 13, 2018

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills recently released the Soft Glam Palette and it’s everything!

From gorgeous shimmers to stunning mattes, this eyeshadow palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($55 CAD), is neutral heaven. One way I like to describe these shades is they melt on to your skin and are packed with pigment. This palette is definitely great for everyone! It was created as a neutral palette with touch of glitz for a reason: it is meant to be a go-to for anyone, it transitions beautifully from day to night, and is a dream for makeup lovers because it can be used to create sultry smokey looks as well.

SWATCHES ANYONE?

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette features 14 shades, is a curated ensemble of nudes, pastels and warm peaches that I have been seriously excited about!

Soft Glam is the brand’s toned out version of the Modern Renaissance Palette, and the shades are true to its name – soft and glam. There are pastels, nudes, browns, burgundies and glittery eyeshadows all in one palette.

There are some very pretty dusky mauve roses here combined with sultry browns, shimmering golds, browns, and peaches. If you glance at it quickly, the colors just jive together beautifully but there are a few odd shades here that you might question like Orange Soda which is a light matte peach. But somehow, someway, the shades just work together and I honestly had no trouble thinking up ways to combine the shades into a look.

The shadows are a range of mostly matte and softly pressed metallics and light iridescent shades. For the most part though, the matte does dominate here but I’m fine with that as they make a nice base. The metallics and iridescent shades are a lovely compliment that can you can come up with later to finish off your look.

Like the previous palettes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Palette consists of very creams shades. They remind me of melted butter. The texture is so, so soft. Especially the very loosely packed metallic which almost have a cream-like consistency and a very velvety, soft texture. The pigment is quite impressive as I experienced no patchiness during application just a smoothened perfect application. Believe me when I tell you, the shades are super creamy and pigmented that I don’t even think I’ll need a primer!

Shades include:

  • Tempera (ultra-matte velvety beige)
  • Glistening (iridescent gold with a hint of pink reflect)
  • Orange Soda (ultra-matte pastel peach)
  • Rose Pink (rose gold with a soft pink iridescent hue)
  • Sultry (hybrid satin metallic finish warm chocolate brown)
  • Bronze (metallic gold bronze)
  • Mulberry (ultra-matte mulberry)
  • Dusty Rose (ultra-matte dusty lilac)
  • Fairy (multi-imensional light gold)
  • Burnt Orange (ultra-matte deep orange)
  • Sienna (ultra-matte earthy brown)
  • Rustic (ultra-matte deep cinnamon brown)
  • Cyprus Umber (ultra-matte dark coffee)
  • Noir (ultra-matte deep carbon black

This was a purchase that I don’t regret and will be making a lot of use out of these shades!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Soft Glam Eyeshadow Palette is available at Sephora & Ulta Beauty.

Anyone purchase it?

What was your experience with it?

xo, Yvonne K.

 

 

Benefit Cosmetics Launch the New BADgal Bang! | Makeup Review

February 2, 2018
BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara

Just a few weeks ago, I was sent a sample to try the new Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Bang! mascara. I was super excited because it’s supposed to add volume to your lashes without weighing them down.

BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara

BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara is supposed to be a smudge-proof, flake-free, water-resistant, and includes ProVitamin B5 known to fuel thickness & strength.

Benefit Cosmetics evaluated 102 women and found that:

90% saw dramatic volume**

94% said it instantly lifted lashes**

92% said it lengthened lashes**

 

BADgal Bang! Volumizing mascara

The BADgal Bang! mascara comes with a Slimpact! brush which makes it so much easier to separate your lashes. The wand consists of 300 soft half-cone shaped bristles that do not pick up too much product, just the right amount! As soon as you open the tube, you’ll notice how shiny and glossy the formula is. This is a jet black mascara and one coat seems to be enough for a natural/everyday makeup look. The formula feels thinner and doesn’t weigh down my lashes thanks to an innovative ingredient called ‘aero particles’.

A good tip for application: start at the base of your lashes, wiggle your way up for added volume, separate your lashes with the tip of the wand and, voila!

Is It Smudge Proof?

I wore this mascara when I watched a sad movie, cried my eyes out (why do we like doing that to ourselves)? lol and I did not have panda eyes! Keep in mind, I only had the mascara on my top lashes.

The Verdict?

I’m usually very picky with my mascaras and I don’t like spending more than I have to so I typically opt for amazing drugstore formulas. However, the BADgal Bang! mascara by Benefit Cosmetics will join my top mascara list! It’s truly volumizing and even lengthens lashes if you know how to work that wand. This mascara will be within my reach for a very long time!

xo, Yvonne K.

Review: Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream – Fresh | Sephora

January 31, 2018
Youth Lotus Preserve Face Cream

Fresh has a face cream that changed my life! It’s the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream.

Youth Lotus Preserve Face Cream

Here’s why I love it:

Since it’s Winter where I live, my skin has been looking dull and dry! This Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream completely took care of my dry skin, (especially on my nose).

My face finally has a natural glow to it!

I use this as a makeup primer because it is super lightweight and doesn’t feel greasy.

I have combination skin and this never makes me look oily throughout the day.

No awful scent! It’s so simple and easy to add to my daily routine.

You can purchase the Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream at Sephora 🙂

*Please do a skin test before committing to this face cream! All skin reacts differently.

xo, Yvonne K.