Friday, 30 August 2013

Haul and some changes



I had a wee bit of a haul and a half yesterday. I do not have money, I am in my overdraft (a lot). I just wish that I had a job to pay for it all now rather than later. Soon. Soon I can I hope! The thought of finishing university and getting a full time job is so close I can taste it. It's a big, bright, beautiful world. 

Maybelline Babylips in Cherry Me
I've seen these on various American YouTube channels and wanted to try them. I'm excited that they're now here in the UK. First impressions is that this is a nice sheer, moisturising colour. I like how it gives a bit of colour too. It smells like a cross between cherry and plasticine. The packaging is simple and nice. I'm happy with it, and not too expensive at all. 

Revlon Lip Butter in Candy Apple
Very similar to the baby lips above, but with a thicker more moisturising formula. The colour is also a lot stronger but still relatively sheer. It has really beautiful packaging. I probably did not need both though :0(

Nivea Lip Balm in Rose
From the pound shop so I thought 'why not'? It's nice. Very moisturising. 

Revlon Lash Potion Mascara
On recommendation from fleur de force, and I've just finished up my only mascara too. First impression is that it's a nice natural but lengthening mascara with gorgeous packaging!

Real Techniques powder and shadow brushes
FIIINNNNAAALLLLYY I own some decent make up brushes. Hallelujah. Buy one get one half price in Boots. Huzzah. 

MAC 4x palette and the shadow 'Quarry'
This was going to be my old purchase. It was actually a whole lot cheaper than I expected it to be. But it's pretty and gorgeous and oh dear why did I spend money again?

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon
Suggested by Carrie Hope Fletcher, it's apparently an amazing novel so I'm really super excited to start this soon! I definitely do not regret this. 

Goldfish Cracker
Really super cheap from the American Candy Shop. And super yummy too. 

Lucky Charms Cereal Bar
Half gone as you may be able to tell. Whoopsie. But so yummy, I wish I could eat Lucky Charms everyday but they're £6 for a tiny box. 

Okay, I am regretting these a teeny bit now. I shouldn't be spending my precious money on such trivial things, especially as I have bills to pay for and am in minus money anyway. But I love these products, and I know I will use them to death. 

A little side note - I post quite a lot about beauty, what do people think of that? I sometimes feel that blogging beauty makes me feel a little shallow. I'm definitely not saying that about all beauty bloggers, but I know personally for me I don't want to do it too often any more. I want my blog to be a place of happiness and refuge, and I want to radiate integrity and goodness. I wouldn't want someone's impression of me to be shallow and ungrateful. I think my posts will be changing slightly to reflect a change in me, thankyou everyone. 

Jas xo

Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Confessions of a Beauty Blogger


Tagged by Lou @ Bluebird.


1:: How many hours a week do you spend writing/editing posts? 
Hmmm, maybe a few hours? I try to blog as much as I can, and I have loads of unfinished blogs that I write and never finish. If this get's posted before September begins then please be very proud of me. 

2:: Are you a spender or a saver? 
Oh god, I'm  a spender. Good on Lou for saying that she's a saver, but I just adore buying and owning things and shopping is one of my favourite thing to do ever. However, we are now saving up for a house so I think I may have to spend a little less. Or not.

3:: When is it easier for you to blog? 
Alone and in the evenings. I like to relax doing it, and know that no one is looking over my shoulder. I'm fine with anyone reading my blog when it's published, but there is something really private about an unfinished post for me.

4:: What makes writing behind a computer comfortable for you? 
Getting whatever I want out in words. Unless you mean physically comfortable, and then it will have to be PJs, lots of food and watching Doctor Who. Although maybe that goes without saying.

5:: What is your worst make up/hair habit? 
Not taking off my make up before I go to bed. I am so bad at this. I try, I really do, but I always forget about it until just when I am dropping off to sleep and than I just really do not want to drag myself out of bed to do that. My second is just sticking my hair up in a messy bun when I really cannot be bothered to do anything so that it gets matted. I always regret it afterwards.

6:: What is one quote you wish the world lived by? 
“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice versa, the bad things don’t always spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” - The Doctor

7:: How long do you spend getting ready every day? 
Ahh not too long. Maximum half an hour if I'm properly getting ready, otherwise about 15 minutes. It all depends on the occasion to be honest! But I never spend a huge amount of time.

8:: Who's your favourite blogger? 
Today it is Louise at Sprinkle of Glitter! She is wonderful, and kind, and beautiful, and intelligent. I really want her as my mother or big sister. She seems like an awesome kind of person to see on a regular basis.

9:: Who is a blogger that you think deserves more subscribers than they have? 
Definitely Lou at Bluebird :) Who has become my friend through blogging. Also Colette at Established in the Tropics, and Cat at Cheshire Cat!

10:: What is one thing you are excited about in the upcoming year? 
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 8) Ehehe. Although there are MANY things I am currently looking forward to in the year that's coming up. Get here soon please, because I am so super excited for it I cannot contain myself.

11:: What is your most awkward blogging moment? 
I don't think I've had any D:

12:: How long does it take for you to prep a post? 
Usually about 30 minutes to write it, and then another half hour faffing around with editing it.

13:: Are you wearing trousers right now or jogging pants/PJ bottoms? 
I am in my newest Pyjamas that I love. It's my only purchase ever from Topshop - a huge oversized bed tshirt with sleepy the dwarf on it. SO comfy.

14:: What are you most proud of in your life? 
I am proud of my achievements in education, and with my photography work. I feel like I am becoming a good person, and I am proud of that too.

Wahooo, I have finished another tag :) I now would like to tag Colette, Cat and Anni :)

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Papoi


Yesterday, as I said in my previous post, I wen to a little festival in my home town where we there was a procession, and then live music and performances and little festival on a near by field. I always look forward to this every single year, and this year was no different. Well, I say that, it was different in one very special way - Jack was there with me for the first time :) When there is something repetitive that you do every year and then suddenly there is another person there with you, it really hits home how your life has changed for the better. It kind of kicks you out of the routine where you may take some one for granted ever so slightly, and makes you more and more in love.

The procession through the town is always a bit of a hit and miss here. Some years it is wonderful, and others it's a pretty miserable effort. This year however, I think we excelled ourselves and I enjoyed it so very much. It was a procession of old cars, floats, fire engines, dancers, dragons and all sorts. It brings the town together, and I've never felt like more of the community than I do at events like these. After the procession, we all walk down as a huge crowd to the ground of the festival, where there is yummy food, live music, falcon displays, stalls, games and bouncy castles. You cannot move two metres without meeting someone you know. My mum and her partner also came down, so it was nice to be out with them somewhere. It was a very hot day, and I don't know about you, but I completely melt in heat. I do not understand people who love it - I do not like it and it makes me really dizzy and worried! We just stayed for a few hours to watch some of the acts before coming home. A highlight, however, was the fact that I won a minion toy from Despicable Me 2 on the raffle stand. I adore him, and I have named him Papoi which is the minion language for 'unicorn'.

I am still reading The Casual Vacancy, but I'm purposely dragging it out, and reading it really slowly so that I soak everything in. If anyone has any suggestions for a book to read then please let me know. I think that I am going to start reading through the list of books that Carrie Hope Fletcher put on her youtube channel as her top 10 books of all time - I am so excited to start reading these!

Three more weeks until university starts again - yipee! Finally, it's been a long, long time since I've been at university properly, and I want to kick these final few months and start looking for full time work that I can start pretty much straight away. 

And, as a final note - I have been tagged in LOTS of tags from blogs, and I am honestly trying to complete as much as I can :) I think a Leibster award will be up tomorrow then a tag from Lou will be up the day after :) Thank you everyone for your continuing support. 








Sunday, 25 August 2013

Hear me roar

Well hello there! I have quite a few posts on the go at the moment, but currently they are all taking a little while to get finished. I really want to get them to be the best they possibly can before I post them on here. The main ones are my top 10 favourite books, favourite beauty products, and also a post about the fictional characters that shape who I am today. I'm really excited to post them! A friend of mine recently gave me the idea to do a little life/week recap on a Sunday, and I think this is a really sweet little idea. So here we go, as week number one. 

This week in the life of Jasmine has been pretty good. It's a few weeks before going back to university, so I've been swapping between relaxing watching films, and trying to plan my work ahead of schedule for my last year at university. I think I have my future photography projects pretty much in the bag. They will require work, but also be less stressful than the things I have attempted in the past. I will definitely be sharing them on here and documenting my progress through. Today I finally decided on the details of one of my upcoming projects, I won't give it all away, but it involves recolouring and retouching photographs from the 1940s and I'm really looking forward to completing it. It plays heavily on photoshop which is where a lot of my skills lie. Here is an example of one I'm working on right this second as a practise:



I have been lucky enough to spend a lot of this week with Jack, we are getting excited because our Haven holiday is only two weeks away now and it will be really good to get away by ourselves for a week.

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Cake, gimme all the c.a.k.e

In the town where I live, we have a celebration every summer for two weeks celebrating local music, arts and drama. Although, as a photographer, I should probably get involved some how but always forget until the last minute, this year I made it my mission to at least enjoy one of the workshops that get's put on by local businesses. I decided to go with the cupcake decorating workshop because I can just envision myself as the perfect housewife making the perfect cupcakes. So this morning at 10:30am I walked with my mother to the vintage tea rooms. There were about ten of us there, ranging from about 7 years old to 70, and everyone was lovely and cheery. We even met some friends there who we had accidentally gone years without getting in touch with.

We learnt how to make little roses made out of icing, and how to feather out the edges of little decorations like circles and butterflies. We got to dust and paint our cupcakes however we wanted, and then attach everything with a gorgeous buttercream that tasted of strawberry Angel Delight. Okay, so this was the first time I have ever decorated a cupcake. I didn't know what design to do, and I didn't get any time to plan it, so we just had to wing it with what we had. I don't think I did too bad! I learnt a lot anyway, and I had a really good time. 

Yesterday I finished the infinity scarf that I have been making and I have to say that I love it. It has only taken me about 2 hours to make, maybe not even that to be honest, there was just a fortnight gap in between the times I was able to buy the wool. It's a thick, chunky scarf that's in a gorgeous poppy red. In total it cost me £7.50 for the amount of wool I used, and it's super nice quality! I am very definitely going to be making a lot of these for people's christmas presents this year, as I know I would have honestly loved to receive something like this as a present. The colour selection of this type of wool is also really versatile and pretty. Gahhhh, I just love it. I've always searched for the perfect red scarf and I think I may have just made it myself. I think I may do a bit of experiment with embellishment now to really add something special.




I also styled my hair slightly different today, using big tongs to wave curl my hair away from my face. My hair loses curl sooooo very easily, so now it's just a tiny bit wavy, but I still really like the way it has turned out. And wow, my hair has grown pretty long recently!

Yesterday I also spent a whole lot of time watching Carrie Hope Fletcher's YouTube videos, and she has inspired me to make my very only top 10 novels as a post, which I am working on right now :D Thankyou everybody for reading. See you soon!


Saturday, 17 August 2013

J K Rowling and the Soft Snuggly Wool


First of all, thankyou for everyone's wonderful comments on my previous post. I have been trying to follow by my rule of 10 minutes work towards my goal each day, and it's making me feel much more positive about the future, it just feels so great to know you are slowly getting closer to what you really want.

Despite being an unemployed student (I know, tell me about it), every month I usually find myself going out to little expeditions to Chichester of Guildford to meet friends, and always end up with having a little shop around. I think because I have always lived in a really small town in the middle of the countryside, I have always over compensated in how much I buy when I am around shops I like because I just don't get to go there very often. I buy in excess so I don't regret not buying enough. I always get called to the things that I really do not need, and think that the things I do really need can just wait until I find myself around shops again.

Now, my dear, faithful, loving friend - Waterstones. Words cannot describe how I feel when I enter this shop and walk around. Books, books everywhere. Each one is full of stories that I cannot even imagine, and everyone there is about to unfold into a new adventure. Ooooh it just sends shivers down my spine! I love the look of books. I love the smell of new books even more. Alas, this is a downfall of mine when it comes to spending. I already do not have enough room for all my books. My under-bed storage has turned into an under-bed library, and there's another book shelf in the hall way just overflowing with way too many books. As soon as I move into my own house, I plan to have a library (all be it probably a corner) that is full of books and knowledge and stories. Anyway, I digress. As I have said in previous posts, I'm currently reading The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling, but this time I am taking the time to read it slowly, and take in every word. I think my trouble with trying to read it before was that there was so much going on and so many characters, that trying to read through it pretty fast was just not working for me at all. But currently, I absolutely adore it. I have always been a huuuggee huge fan of J K Rowling, she filled my childhood with such magic, and now it has reignited. Therefore, today I bought her new book Cuckoo's Calling which she wrote under the pen name of Robert Galbraith. I know absolutely nothing about this book, I just know that it will be an essential part of my Rowling collection in my somewhen-hopefully library. But yes, as you can see by the image above, I also purchased the first book I own of the special edition Harry Potter books. It is my honest mission to own all the special edition versions too. Obviously, I have all the books already, and they have been read to death over the last 14 years or so, but these ones are just beautiful. They are big, and bound, with golden edges, and have J K Rowling's signature in gold plate on the front. Ooooh I just love it. I really can't afford buying it though, but it was speaking to me, so I said yes. I will say now, that this special edition book cost me £30. I now have the other six to collect (probably slowly) over my life. As much as a I adore a clean, new book with no creases, I also think that books are there to be read, and any sign of wear is just a sign of love for the book, and a sign that someone has gone through the same magic as you. Therefore, I will still read these special editions despite the price.

I popped into Superdrug (now isn't that an infamous phrase?) just to have a look, and saw that the L'Oreal 3 in 1 Purifying Solution was in the half price section, and was therefore just over £2. I've been wanting to try this for ages as I have heard that it's a really good dupe for BioDerma which is really hard to find in the UK and a lot more expensive. I have heard really, really good things about this make up remover from youtubers and beauty blogs, and this was a purchase that I did actually need. I haven't used it yet so I can't really comment on how well it performs, but I will most definitely let you know. Who knows - it may even make it into my August favourites…?

Lastly today, I purchased some wool from C&H fabrics. As I said before, we do not have many shops where I live, so somewhere like C&H fabrics where you can buy all the fabric and wool in the land is like another jungle for me and I love it. I was aware of my money constraints, so I only purchased the wool that I need to finish my scarf, and some other super soft baby pink wool that was just so soft and cuddly that I could not resist it. I always end up starting crochet missions at home with the wool I have, and then when I run out I am never able to repurchase more for a while. So it's always fun buying lots more! :)

The reason I went to Chichester today was to meet up with some friends of mine in Wetherspoons with Jack so we could play Pokemon and Animal Crossing on our 3DS's together, while of course eating yummy food (chicken burger and chips and a belgian waffle ice cream sundae) and drink. I've made a few new friends through these meet ups, and it's a great feeling to get to know some new people. I also managed to get some time to see my very good friend Ellie, which was lovely. We are now home, and I am babysitting for a neighbour of mine. Tonight will be chilled and quiet, and hopefully with even more yummy food when Jack returns with the goods. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend, let me know what you have been up to in the comments as I would love to know. Until next time :) x

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

F.A.W Day Seven - Giving Yourself a Direction

 © Jas Poole 2013


I think that sometimes in life, it is good to sit and write down exactly what you want. We always think in the back of our head that we are working towards something, but then we get lost in the routines and life just gets in the way. We lose sight of what it is that we are really working towards. How great would it be to know one thing, exactly what you want, and know that every single day you are doing one thing to work towards that? That everyday you are spending 10 minutes doing something that will get you what you want.

I have a few things that I would like to achieve at the moment. They are all important to me, and I think it's okay to have multiple things to work towards as long as it is achievable for you. Only you can make that decision. If you are unsure, ask yourself whether or not you want it enough, and if you do then just go for it. What's the worst that could happen, seriously?

The things I am working towards:
  • Finishing my degree
  • Passing my driving test
  • Moving out into my own house

Everyday, or whenever I think of it, I am going to come back to these three things and do one thing that will help me achieve them. For finishing my degree I will read a chapter of a book that will be helpful to my dissertation, or I will do some book work that will help me plan out my work. I will go over my notes, and search for information that it useful. I will email a company for advice or experience. Passing my driving test will rely entirely on money. For this I can do little things like not buy myself a treat on one day and put the money into a jar to go towards a lesson. I can read over my high way code. I can go over the workings of a car. I can do my best to earn more honest money. Moving out will a lot of the time rely on the previous two, so if I can work on those, then I am also working on my goal to move out into my own house. It's a cycle of positivity and giving yourself direction, giving your hard work a clear reason. Why am I doing this? Do I have to do this? Will this help me in the future? Is this what I want? You don't have to know the answers to this question, and your answers will change as you change, but they are a good basis to know what you want.

Sometimes it's really hard to find the motivation. You just think 'if I don't do anything today, and I do it all tomorrow then nothing will change', and maybe that is true, but maybe it is not. Maybe today is the opportunity that you will never have again. I'm not saying you have to make huge advances, work all day towards something and never miss a day. Quite the opposite. Just do something, even if it's blogging about it, writing down an idea, thinking about it while in the bath or walking the dog. Just keep in mind your goals. I'm going to print out the things I'm working for and stick them next to my mirror that I use in the morning.

I don't need to be worried that I am not advancing fast enough.
I do need to be patient, and realise that it will pay off.
Life is not a film or a book, you make your happy endings.
My main goal is to be happy.

On another, less serious note (XD) today started off pretty well. I tried out one of the hairstyles I found from Lou at Bluebird's blog and I looove it so much <3 I will definitely be doing my hair like this a lot more. It's super quick and looks so nice. I quite like this random mirror selfie too on my Instagram (therabbitwood).

This morning me and Jack wandered into town so that he could apply for a job, we got some cake and a brownie from Costa then came home and chilled for a little bit before coming back to my home home. I will be back there tomorrow. I love getting some time on my own, but I also miss him even though it will only be for about 24 hours. It's quite nice to miss someone sometimes though, if you know that you will see them soon. It's a reminder of how much they mean to you and your life. Jack makes me excited for the future, and excited for what we can do with our lives together. I am excited to see what he does as he grows older, and I can't wait to spend all those special moments with him by my side.

Currently (as I said in my last post) I am trying to read The Casual Vacancy by J K Rowling again, as last time I gave up about 100 pages in. J K Rowling is one of my hugest idols, she is an incredible person and I want to thank her so, so much for filling my childhood with wonder and magic, and for giving me such amazing role models in Harry, Ron and Hermione (as well as many others). Last time I felt that I didn't like how it was written. But this time, I just kind of get it more. I get that it is incredibly clever, and that it is masterfully put together in true J K Rowling style. I am literally eating up every sentence on the page. It can be quite hard to follow, but only because there are a lot of characters and sometimes I lose track of them. But I am loving it at the moment. It is a bit weird though that the voice of my childhood is now writing books that talk about sex and some racy language.

I have been having a lot of arguments with my mother today, but to cut a long story short she is not willing to stay here until I finish my final year of university. Therefore, I am looking to find somewhere that I can stay. It is very stressful, and very upsetting, and I wish that things could be different.

Aaaaannnnddd if you can believe it, it is the end of my week of blogging. My word it has gone very, very quickly. I have really enjoyed it though, and thankyou everyone who did it with me or who are doing it right now. It's amazing to think I can suggest something and then people from all over the country - and over the world in some cases - take the time out of their lives to do it with me. This is the wonderful power of the internet.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

F.A.W Day Six - Blah


Yesterday was such a horrible day for me, I had horrendous anxiety and I really felt alone. Today is better, but right now my lack of sleep is making very sleepy. Jack came over this morning, and most of today has been spent playing our Legacy Challenge on The Sims 3 and building our little family there. I tried on my prom dress from 4 years ago which I was pretty skinny to wear then, and it now fits me again. It's pretty and I really want an excuse to wear it again. 

Tonight I'm staying at Jack's, and I think I'm just going to chill and read The Casual Vacancy. Tomorrows post will have more substance, and it's also the final day of my FAW blogging challenge. 

Onwards and upwards. Tomorrow is a new day, and I love you all. Xo

Monday, 12 August 2013

F.A.W Day Five - Glossybox August '13


Ohhh yesss! Hi everyone, as promised this is the mini-review and haul of my Glossybox this August. I was so excited about everything in this month's box, I think it's (almost) my favourite box I have ever received. I wholeheartedly recommend Glossybox to everyone who has an interest in beauty, skincare and makeup - it really helps you to explore new brands, and at the same time build up your cosmetic collection. This box had products in it from all over the world, which are often harder to get hold of in the UK.

The first thing that I saw when I opened my Glossybox, was a brand new pair of eyelash curlers - they were made by Emite Make Up. Not only was I pretty excited about these, but they looked pretty high end and where a gorgeous black and red colour. Expensive eyelash curlers have always baffled me. I just don't see how eyelash curlers like this (worth around £20) could be better than the usual £4 ones that I buy. Saying that, I am really very pleased that I now own them. I have been needing a new pair, but I'm wary of spending money on them. I've used these for a few days now, and they are pretty good. The pushing mechanism on them seems a lot sturdier and more effective than ones I have tried previously, and I don't worry that they are going to break and ricochet back into my eye - that has happened to me before. I really love the pop of red colour, and the rubber part of it seems very long wearing. You also get a few spare rubber strips which is a huge plus. Considering Glossybox is £10 a month for five products, having one of them worth £20 alone was awesome!

Glossybox have now sent me a number of Jelly Pong Pong products, and I think pretty much all of them have been quite a disappointment. This month it was a Jelly Pong Pong 2-in-1 Shadow and Liner in black. This is a fairly thick - claimed as 'creamy' - black pencil. It says that you can use it as an eyeliner or smudge it into eyes as a shadow. I really don't see the point for any of it. If it's an eyeliner it rubs off in seconds, the slightest touch smudges it, and personally I don't really fancy smudging a black pencil onto my eyelids. It says it costs £10.50 retail price, and personally Rimmel do better products at cheaper prices.

Urban Veda Purifying Day Cream was my next find in my box. I'm not sure why they sent me this, as on my Glossybox profile I'm listed as having dry/sensitive skin and this is for oil and spot prone skin. But all that aside, I gave it a go and I did like it. It has a strong smell of tea tree and feels pretty purifying and tightening. I can imagine that this would be really great for acne and people who get a lot of blemishes, but it just wasn't right for my dry skin. I would love to try some more products from this range, as it has a strong focus on hollistic health and wellbeing. I think I am definitely going to look into either a different product for dry skin, or even a full size.

TRESemme Keratin Smooth 60 Second Treatment - I can't really make a comment on this currently as I have not given it a go. However I am pretty stoked to try it as I have pretty dry hair too. I think I will review this individually, and may actually try this tonight!

Oceane Make Up Remover Pen - a couple of years ago a saw a friend using a similar product and I've wanted to try one ever since. This pen also comes with a number of refills, so there's not really a problem with it running out. It's apparently not available in the UK yet, but could still be found online somewhere. It's such a useful device, and works really well. What I use it most for, is when you get mascara on your eyelid. This pen means that you don't have to worry about redoing anything really, you just swipe it and it's gone. Of course it does, dye the tip of the pen when you use it, but I'm not really worried about that at all!


Overall, my love for Glossybox is just growing and growing. It's such an exciting moment when it arrives and you get to unwrap it and see what goodies are inside. I know I've been talking it up a lot, but just to let you know that this is not sponsored and it's all my own opinions. I just really think that this is worth the money.

Sunday, 11 August 2013

F.A.W Day Four - The 90s Tag


















I was born in 1993, so for the first 7 years of my life, I most definitely lived the 90s to the full. I love the 90s, it's my favourite decade, and I still love 90s music a hell of a lot! This tag has been going around for a while, and I loved the idea of reminiscing over what I used to love. Apologies for not getting the glossybox post up today, we've only just got home and it's now too dark to photograph anything how I would like too. 


1. Favourite Disney Film?

My favourite film of my childhood was The Lion King. My mum used to come down every morning and I would be sitting in front of the TV watching The Lion King, glued to the screen. Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid where close seconds though.

2. Favourite Music Artist?

S Club 7, gahh I loved S Club 7, and I really loved their TV show and films too. I was so gutted that I was too young to be in S Club Juniors. Steps, Bewitched and Spice Girls I also loved. I went to see Spice Girls at Wembley when I was too young to remember.

3. Favourite Candy/Sweeties?

Yorkie bars, Freddo, Penguins, candy necklaces, candy sticks.

4. Favourite Game (Board Game, School Game etc)

Can it be video game? If so then the Harry Potter PS1 and computer games, they were amazing! Also the Pokemon gameboy games, The Sims and Rollercoaster Tycoon. All of which I actually still play to this day.

5. Favourite McDonalds Happy Meal Toy?

DIGIMON BEANY BABIES.

6. Favourite Book?

I was a huge fan of so many books! My favourite are - Roald Dahl books, especially The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate factory and The Witches. I adored Harry Potter, The Famous Five by Enid Blyton, the Magic Key books, and alllll Jaqueline Wilson books.

7. Favourite Clothing Store?

I as only a maximum of 7 years old in the 90s, so I don't think I had a favourite clothing store unless the Disney store counts. Which it totally does.

8. Favourite television Show? & 
What would you watch when you got home from school?

My Parents are Aliens, Even Stevens, Tracy Beaker, Jeopardy, Blue Peter, The Really Wild Show, Smile, XChange, Newsround, Best of Friends, 50/50, Get Your Own Back, Mona the Vampire, Fairy Odd Parents, Arthur. Oh many.


Glossybox coming up in tomorrow's post with lots of exciting things!



Saturday, 10 August 2013

F.A.W Day Three - Photoshoot and Awesome People

Today has been one of those rare great days, where everything was lovely and perfect! I got awesome post today, things which I ordered off the internet turned up early which is always great. It then began by Jack and I heading into Chichester to get Nando's (our favourite food ever) for lunch, plus from our loyalty card there we got a little extra, so we still have extra extra Nandos in the fridge for tomorrow. We then looked round the shops, I found the perfect pair of jeans, which never happens because I'm not really a fan of jeans at all, and then met up with my very oldest friend Ellie and her sister Verity. It was Verity's 18th birthday (woohoo!) so as a surprise to her we went to some pretty locations and I did a photoshoot with her (see above). We toured round the harbour, and then also took a lot of photos in the Bishops Garden behind the Cathedral, stopping off for a drink at Wetherspoons inbetween locations. After the shoot, we parted and got the bus back home, where my new Glossybox was waiting for me. This month's Glossybox is definitely my favourite I have received! I will probably post about that tomorrow :) It's now been a gorgeous night with Jack, playing Pokemon TCG, listening to Matilda the Musical (SO AMAZING) and chilling with The Sims 3. Gah, an excellent day! I also hit 25 bloglovin followers today, thankyou so much to everyone who takes the time to read my blog, it means so much to me! Check back tomorrow for my Glossybox opening and some reviews :) Buh-byyee! xo


A few behind-the-sceney kind of pictures UNDER THE CUT :)

Friday, 9 August 2013

F.A.W Day Two - Everyday Make Up Summer '13

Oh hey! FAW (blog for a week) day TWO is upon us! I don't necessarily wear make up every single day, but for a day at university, going out with friends or something similar, this almost definitely be the products I am using this summer. I'm really happy with this routine! For the first time I think I've found something I really like working with. My face also, for some reason, felt really smooth and happy today so I thought I would roll with this post.

Foundation - MAC Pro Longwear in NC15
I've come to love this foundation recently. Great coverage, and great lasting ability. A really good colour for me too!

Concealer - Collection 2000 Long Lasting Concealer in Light
Yes, the rumours are TRUE. This is a miracle product.  I adore this concealers texture and the coverage is the best I have ever found.

Powder - Rimmel Stay Matte in 001 Transparent
A really great low-cost, effective, matte pressed powder.

Mascara - GOSH Growth Mascara
I think this actually has made my eyelashes really long over the last month or two! It's also a great every day mascara. It's not too clumpy, but it lengthens lashes and volumises them too.

Eyebase / Shadow - MAC Paint Pot in Let's Skate
SO glittery, it's a really pretty colour. I recommend doing everything that will involve you touching your face before putting this on, as it is so very glittery that if you're not careful you will end up with a very glittery face!

Eyeliner - B. Liquid Eyeliner in Black
This eyeliner is okay, it does what you want it to, but it could do with giving a bit more product as it applies. It's the only one I have currently though!

Eyebrows - MUA Undressed Palette in Shade 5
Ahhh this palette is my baby! Shade 5 is the very best colour for my brows. I'm so glad I've discovered I can use this for my brows too!

Blush - Unknown, a mystery blush I've used for years!
Yeah, sorry, I have no idea what it is. Years and years ago I got a make up set for my birthday and it came with a few blushes. This one has always stuck with me, it's just a lovely colour.

Lipstick - No.7 Lasting Perfection Lipstick in Classic Rose
This is my signiture colour, I will wear it every time if I get the chance. It makes my blue/green eyes pop, lasts all day, never gets on my teeth, yeah I just really treasure this lipstick!


I'm on a constant search for a better liquid eyeliner, can anybody help!?

Thursday, 8 August 2013

F.A.W Day One: Mini decorating mission

Seeing as I think I will be staying in this house for quite a while longer now, I decided I may as well have a room that I like and that I have put my heart into. My room is an odd little shape. One end of the room has a cut out section, half the room is the airing cupboard, and the other half is this strange square shaped section. Recently it has looked really awful, with this old trunk and the bin there, and it made me so angry just looking at it every single time. Last night I was in a frustrated mood anyway, so I decided enough was enough and I was going to move my chest of drawers there, move my TV to another part of the room and actually make this little space into something lovely.

The before shot above what how it was when I woke up this morning, trust me when I say it's been a LOT worse than that recently, just a pile of junk really. I wanted an area where I could use alll my make up and beauty costmetics really easily, and display my favourites. I used old Glossybox boxes to store my nailvarnishes and the makeup I don't use very often, then I used the lids to put in my everyday make up on the top of my new dressing table. My skincare also has a pride and place now - Caroline Hirons said that a bathroom was too hot to store skin products, so I took her advice and moved them into my bedroom. The mirror  on the wall is actually a weird wood colour in the before and during pictures, so I bought some white spray paint today, covered the mirror part, and gave it  few coats. I have never done any kind of furniture painting or used spray paint, so it was a bit interesting. It's not a perfect finish, but it's good enough and I prefer it a lot. I'm so happy with how this part of my room looks now, finally it actually looks like part of a bedroom.

I'm hoping to try and do something to the rest of my room too, but I don't quite know what yet. Perhaps I will paint my desk white too? Hmm. It's in such bad condition I am not sure that it could stand it to be honest. We will see. I did not realise how much utter rubbish I had in my room though, I have thrown so much out that was just useless tat that I would never want to ever use again and it feels great!

On a different note, I am really not happy with the design of this blog. Today I removed the background because it did not look quite right, and now it just looks a little plain. I would love to plan a whole layout, but I'm not too hot on blogger's editing process. I used to code websites from scratch, but this is just so different from what I am used to! I'm thinking of a woodland illustration kind of theme? I may even illustrate it myself with  watercolours or something?! I don't know, I know I change my blog layout a lot, I just really enjoy seeing what I can do with it and finding something that I like.

Last night I started crocheting a DINOSAUR from a pattern that I got from a site called planetjune.com - its a really easy and lovely pattern to follow. If you have been following my blog for any length of time you will know that I love dinosaurs so very much. However, I ran out of stuffing after making the first part of the body and then also I don't think I actually have enough wool to finish the head and legs in the same colour. I'm thinking it may have to have a green body with blue legs or something. Ooooh well. After this I will make it my mission to also make a toy Pterodactyl, as they are my favourites.

Anyway, I am now super tired. Furniture moving and tidying the small little annoying things in my room has really taken it out of me. I'm off to curl up on my bed with the book The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeir for my book club. Coming up soon will be my daily make up collection :)

Question: What is your favourite kind of crafting / DIY?

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

The 'FAW' Blogging Tag



Starting from tomorrow, Thursday 7th August 2013, I will be blogging every single day for one week. I am calling this blog challenge the FAW challenge, standing for 'for a week'. I will be blogging about my daily life (with pictures), and I'll also post some various product reviews, some beauty tags, a DIY  and a home challenge that I am doing. I would hereby like to invite everyone reading this to try the challenge. Whether or not you blog everyday, or write a few posts in one day on a delay, just update your blog everyday for one week. I am really looking forward to it. Please feel free to use the logo above on your posts or on your sidebar if you would like :)

I would like to take this opportunity to personally tag: Lou Bluebird, MsBerryStylish, Cheshire Cat, & Colette 

Everyone is welcome to do this project, please let me know in the comments if you are! Happy blogging everyone :)

Saturday, 3 August 2013

July Favourites 2013


Hoorayyyyyyyyy! I love making these monthly favourite posts. I like looking back over what I've written to see what has changed. It's a bit of a small haul of favourites this month, but I've loved each and every one.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Filming a Documentary & Life Update

For my final year of university I am planning to film and photograph a documentary of a small town in south east England. I want to challenge myself at the same time as feeling safe and assured as this town is where I have spent pretty much 90% of my life. I want to challenge myself to get out into a community and get to know new people and hear their stories. I've wanted to join some kind of group or project for a long time, so when I needed a final year project I just thought - why not just make my own? I thought I knew nearly everything there was to know about this town, and I was wrong. I have not officially started yet - I don't think I'm technically allowed to until I go back to university at the end of September - but I have been getting the news out in the community via facebook and word of mouth. In the space of a week I have almost 300 facebook followers and have received many emails offering help and letting me know about certain events coming up. I am literally a few weeks into researching this probably 9 month long project, and I already have so many people on my side who want this to work - how amazing. It's a bit daunting, but at the end of the day it is my project, and I can do what I like with it. If I decide not to do it then that's okay, if I decided to include everyone in it then that's okay too. I have mainly focused in the past on photography - my photographic documentary 'Peggy' is one of my all time favourite pieces. Film, however, I am new at. I've been wanting to explore it for a while, but never had the right reason or motivation behind it. I am actually very excited to go back - too many things stopped me from enjoying last term, but this coming year will be great.

The next book I am about to start reading is The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier, as suggested by my close friend Ellie in the book club that I run online. As soon as my kindle is charged I think I am going to dive right in and download it. The blurb sounds really amazing, I will probably post on here about it when I am done!

In a few months, I am probably going to be moving in with my boyfriend and his family for the remainder of university. It is a lot closer to university (cutting the travelling time from 4 hours a day to 1) and means I will hopefully be much more relaxed and able to concentrate on my studies. It will mean moving out of my current house having lived here for 16 years, and as my Mum will also be moving in with her boyfriend, it will probably mean saying goodbye to it forever. I am very excited about this new (potential) move as I think it is exactly what I need right now. It is a teeny weeny bit sad though at the same time. But life moves forward, and that is what I have been wanting for a long time. 

I am working on my July Favourites post at the moment, though I know I did a favourites post not too long ago. I just love celebrating and looking back over what I have loved over the months. This brings me to saying that this blog is now in it's 3rd month, and I am loving it more every day. Thankyou to everyone who comments and follows me, and everyone who encourages me to keep posting.