living with less ii – the minimalist mindset

The second installment of my minimalism series is here already. Weeks ago, someone asked me on instagram if I will be having another blog post about minimalism, and here we are now. I actually wanted to write more about this but most of the time, I will start with a paragraph but I will just leave it on my drafts and never return to it. (inspiration, where u at????)

Lately, I have been listening to a lot of podcasts and audiobook about minimalism, particularly from The Minimalists. I learn a lot from them and they are really an inspiration to me.

steps to minimalism

There is no specific step in transitioning to being a minimalist. It doesn’t matter how hardcore you are in minimizing your clutter, or when you’re evaluating the value of your material possessions. In contrary to my previous post where I said that minimalism is a lifestyle, now I believe that minimalism is more of a mindset.

As long as you have everything you need, and you know that these things add value to your life, then you are good to go. You are a minimalist.

Take a look at your office desk, or your vanity table. Look at all of the things that you have. Do you own 20+ pens? Do you own 2 sets of makeup brushes? If so, re-evaluate these things. Does it add value to your life? Does it spark joy? Does it serve its purpose? Maybe you are just collecting these pens just because they are cute, or cheap that’s why you purchased them. Is it necessary to have 2 sets of makeup brushes (sure it does loljk) when you just use one at a time?

minimalist mindset

The perfect situation in which we can experience the minimalist mindset is when we spend or purchase. Yes, we are surrounded by malls, bazaars and other shops where we can get items from. We can’t go on a week (especially when we are in an urban area) without going to the mall, and mindful purchasing is exactly what we need. Say for an instance, you saw this really cute and “omg this is so me!”mug. You paid for it, went home, and saw a whole other mug collection of yours sitting on the cupboard, waiting for them to be used. But you only drink coffee once a day, and you only use your favorite mug that you recently bought. What will happen to the other mugs that you purchased months ago? And that, my friends, is how you accumulate clutter.

Here’s the thing. If you have a minimalist mindset, first thing that will come to your mind is, “Do I really need it?” or “Will it add value to my life?” Well, maybe yeah, buying this really cute mug will definitely motivate me to get up in the morning and get that fresh brew of coffee. But come to think of it, your mug at home is serving its purpose really well. It’s not chipped, it houses your coffee like how it should be. Why don’t you let it serve its purpose until it wears out? Or until it gets chipped or broken? Not only will it save you money, but also, avoiding small purchases can help you save the environment too (hello, zero-waste!).

 

I don’t even know why I came up with a mug as an example. But this is what we tend to do, we keep on hoarding and hoarding until it gets out of hand. And seeing all of these clutter will stress you out. But hey, like I said earlier, if collecting things add value to your life, then go do it. But maybe there are some items that you should let go for you to have more headspace and freedom in life.

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Living with less

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1. Identify the essential.

2. Eliminate the rest.


Two important things that you have to keep in mind if you want to live with less, or if you want to pursue minimalism. 

For months, I’ve been fancying minimalist style and designs because it was all over my Pinterest feed. Everything was simple, clean looking and sleek. I thought minimalism was only a style. I never knew that it was actually a lifestyle. From then on, I got really invested in reading blogs, watching videos and following groups who are practicing minimalism.

If you are new with minimalism, I guess today’s the perfect time to learn about it.

 

What is minimalism?

“Minimalism is a way of eschewing the non-essential in order to focus on what’s truly important, what gives our lives meaning, what gives us joy and value.  Continue reading Living with less

We can help!

Ciao! It’s Chams. 🙂 For today’s blog post, I just wanted to share with you all something that I learned today (real quick!). I came across a video online, promoting this web search engine called Ecosia. 

So basically, Ecosia is a search engine that plants trees using its ad revenue. The system is really easy. You just have to search the web using Ecosia, then all of the ad searches will generate income for Ecosia and they will use all the money to plant trees! Amazing, isn’t it? 😉 Continue reading We can help!

Self-care is necessary

Ciao! It’s Chams. 🙂

I know there are days when you feel exhausted, lonely and sometimes, getting up in the morning is like the hardest thing to do. Don’t worry, you are not alone. I’ve been there too, and though it was not as easy to get away with that phase, I know that you can do it! 🙂 As for me, I practiced self care to help get myself together and be a brand new person. It was really helpful, because you know, the only person that can take the best care of yourself is YOU! So, here are some self-care ideas that you can try! Continue reading Self-care is necessary

Dream Space

Ciao! It’s Chams. Welcome back to my blog!

Lately, I was a bit busy and wasn’t able to be on track with my blog post schedule, but I’m back since I have plenty of time off from my job (Yes! I have a job again! Yay!). On the side note, I really missed writing here and I wanted to make a bit of a personal blog post too and I thought it was cute to share my dream space. 🙂

At the moment, I’ve been really into decorating and organizing my room. I usually spend hours and hours of my time watching videos of people having their room tour and looking at Ikea catalogs online so I could get ideas as well. Very occasionally, I get to see (and buy) cheap decors at department stores and try to incorporate them in my room. However, I can’t do much of the designing since I share room with my sister and I have to consider her likes too. Continue reading Dream Space

Mini Make-Up Stash

Ciao, it’s Chams!

Welcome back to my blog! This is going to be quick though.

Yesterday, my sister and I went out to buy new make-up products because we ran out of our essentials. Basically, we share the same stuff all the time, and I think that’s pretty normal for anyone who has a sister.


What I got

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Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Matte + Poreless 

[ in the shade 220 – Natural Beige ]

I’ve been seeing this product all over lately and the reviews were all great! This is almost comparable to the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte, though they have their own pros and cons in terms of the matte finish and their coverage. We were really planning to get the Infallible, but it wasn’t on Sale so we got Fit Me instead. But we have no regrets, this product is amazing and it’s definitely worth the price. It also has better finish after you bake it with translucent powder. Must try!

 

Maybelline Fit Me Concealer 

[ in the shade 35 – Deep ]

To be honest, this is my first time owning a concealer. I know, I know, don’t judge me. I’m 22, and this is my first time getting a concealer. But, I fell in love with this product right away! It really hides my pimple marks and other discolorations on my face. The sales lady asked me to get a shade slightly darker than my skin tone to provide more coverage. I always thought you have to choose the lighter one. Haha I’m not really a beauty expert, why the heck am I doing this.

 

Nichido True Colors Collection Powder Blush

[ in the shade Cool Rum ]

I always love buying Nichido blush powders, not only because it’s affordable, but because it’s long lasting! Nichido is actually my favourite drug store make-up because of it’s quality and value for money. The shade is a bit peachy, since peachy blush works best on my skin tone unlike the pink ones.

 

Aido Travel Kit Eyeshadow Palette

[ Color # 2 ]

It was not really in my head to buy an eyeshadow palette, but I saw this one and it’s super cheap and the colors are awesome! It includes 6 neutral eyeshadow colors perfect for a natural make-up look. It also comes with 2 blush powders. This is super ideal for travelling because you don’t have to bring multiple palettes for blush and eyeshadows. The colors are pigmented too and they really blend well.


I think these products will be my go-to make-up for this month of August! Hope you like this one! 🙂

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I’m so excited to go out of the house just so I could use my new make-up heehee

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