Sunday, 29 December 2013

What I Got For Christmas!

Hello my lovelies, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I thought I would do a little (okay big) post about some of the exciting things that I got for Christmas this year. Please know that I'm not bragging,  I love reading other people's posts like this so I thought I would do my own!

Saturday, 28 December 2013

December Favourites - Beauty & Entertainment

(Also - I got about 6 inches cut off my hair today! I adore it, I really do. More on that soon.)
Monu Illuminating Primer SPF 15
This month I have been going without foundation, and this has been my saving grace. I got this in a glossybox a while ago, and its only now that I'm seeing how much I like it. When put on clean skin it makes my skin smooth and appear less red. It definitely evens out my skin tone. The SPF 15 is great. I will be sad when it goes as I only have a small bottle of it.

Revlon Colorstay  - Addictive Intoxiquant
I've owned this for a long time, but this month I have got back into my eye palettes. I love this because it's a nice neutral palette that can be really handy to carry around with you.

Urban Decay - Smog
A while ago I won the Urban Decay Peacock palette, and this month I have been using the shade 'Smog' a lot. I then found out afterwards that it was MissBudgetBeauty's all time favourite eye shadow. Win! 

Trevor Sorbie Beautiful Volume Thickening Leave-In Conditioner
I god send, I'm so glad I own this now. It just adds a bit of extra smoothness, and with my hair that's just what it needs. I find it also works a lot better if you blow dry your hair afterwards.

Rimmel Wake Me Up Concealer
Again, this month I've gone without foundation. This concealer does a great job at concealing and highlighting at the same time. Although the coverage is quite good, I would suggest using it with another high coverage concealer.

Hair Plaits
I first put my hair in one or two plaits during the day just because my hair was being so unruly that that was the only way to keep it under control. I then kind of fell in love with it. A while after I saw the new disney film Frozen where they all have beautiful plaits in their hair so I now wear them all the time. I am still yet to master the fishtail plait though... (now my hair is gone I will have to experiment!)!

GAH I love Minecraft, and I think that I love the yogscast even more than that. They do really funny build videos and all the cast members are so funny and lovely. I think you would like it even if you weren't a big fan of the game. Sjin is my favourite member, followed shortly by Simon (honeydew). I've been loving this one.

My favourite Disney film ever now. Everything about it is absolutely perfect, and I have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop since I saw it for Jack's birthday. Oh man, I cannot even tell you how much I love it.

What are your favourites? I'm looking for new tv series to watch!

Fleur De Force Vlogmas
  Listening: Bangerz (album) - Miley Cyrus
 Looking Forward To: New Years Eve and 2014
 Feeling: Good :)

Thursday, 26 December 2013

My Christmas

Hello my lovelies! How nice to be back. I hope you have all had a pretty damn awesome Holiday season, whatever you are celebrating. This year was my first Christmas where I was not at home with my family, so it was a bit of a shake up to what I am usually used to.

It began on Boxing Day when me and Jack got a lift from my father over to his family house. We spent the day eating yummy food and chilling out (while Jack's wonderful mother worked very hard!). When the gingerbread was made and cooled, we started cutting out the patterns for the house we were creating - a new tradition for me! It's the most satisfying thing - sticking jelly tots onto the roof of a house. The house looked so great, and we were all really proud of it. Later in the afternoon we played a game of Cranium, where in teams you have to answer a question on general knowledge or spelling, act something out, or sculpt something out of clay. It was actually super fun - I love board games anyway! Especially with good people. Everyone at the table was very competitive, and eventually Jack and I won the game! Woohoo!

After a bit of yummy salami pasta dinner (despite being stuffed full of gingerbread and sweeties) we all eventually settled down on the sofas in front of the television to watch the Christmas Eve movie - Despicable Me 2! It's a wonderful, funny, feel good film which definitely made me relax and enjoy myself. Then it was time for bed, and to wait for the arrival of Santa.

As has been the tradition since I was 4 years old, the night before Christmas was a sleepless one. I just get so excited about the activities of the day and the presents that my brain is buzzing and no matter how much I try I just cannot go to sleep! I was going to wait until about 7:00am, but at 5:50am I woke up Jack and he was nice about it even though he definitely did not want to get up (thankyou to Jack!). A short while later we discovered the santa stockings in the room! I had two! Which was such a surprise. Jack's mum was too kind to me. After ransacking the stockings we discovered we had accidentally woken up some people in the family, so we chilled out with our stocking booty until everyone else in the house woke up. You just have to wake up early on Christmas, right?!

The day was pretty relaxed for us really. At 11:30am we started to open the presents underneath the tree. I got some pretty awesome things, which I was really not expecting (I will post a haul post in the next couple of days!) but my favourites have to be a beautiful silver charm of a bee on a chain from Jack and my dad got me.... an iPad Mini! Gah! What?! I was thoroughly spoilt by everyone, and after this post I will start to write my thank you letters. 

Christmas dinner was yummy - Turkey, ham, pigs in blankets, potatoes, veg and Yorkshire puddings. Not to mention the trifle after. Christmas food is so good, it always makes me wonder why we don't just make it at other times of the year. Maybe I will, I will break this tradition this summer!

In the evening we played a game with everyone in the family of 'Scene It' which turned out to be a whole lot harder than we thought it would be. It was a great way to wind down the evening, and send us all off to bed. That night I slept like a baby, and made up for all the lost sleep the night before.

I came back home this afternoon, and I have already spent my Christmas money online by buying the latest SimCity. I have to admit that I am already regretting it slightly, as I've stopped playing it after about half an hour and now I am thinking of all the wonderful things I could have bought for that much money. Ah well. I will definitely get my money's worth! Now I am just relaxing at home, watching The Wizard of Oz on TV and looking up some recipes to make on New Years Eve when me and Jack have the evening together. Eeeee!

Upcoming posts: Christmas Haul, December Favourites, New Years Eve Recipes, Food for Energy, New Years Resolutions, Going One Month Without Foundation

 Watching: The Wizard of Oz
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Looking Forward To: New Years Eve and Sherlock Series 3
 Feeling: Happy

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Beauty Lust List 2014

EOS Lip Balm - I have been lusting after these for such a long time. This year is definitely my year to buy it though!
Sugar Lip Balm - Nikki Phillipi recommended this so much that I can't help but want it now.
Ruby Woo by MAC - Soooooo, so gorgeous. Like, seriously - I need this and soon.
Hydraluron - I'm really bad at keeping hydrated and it really shows in my skin. I think this is a must.
NAKED 1 Palette - Again, this has been on my lust list for quite some time. I STILL need this in my life.
Benefit Speed Brow - Looks awesome and perfect for me.
Magnetic Mascara - Recommended by so many people, this may have to be a treat to myself.
Panasonic Nanoe Hairdryer - I am a sucker and have been sucked in by all the youtube advertising. Plus mine is broken.
Etude Sheet Mask Facials - Never tried these, they look pretty cool.
LUSH Lip Scrubs - They smell good, taste good, and do good. They are good.
Rimmel Scandeleyes Eyeliner in Nude - My waterliner has just run out, and I'm in the mood for a change.

 Watching: Friends - Series 8
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Looking Forward To: Christmas <3
 Feeling: Excited

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Book Wishlist for 2014

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
This just looks right up my street. It was mentioned on a book tube channel that I watch, and I've definitely heard it mentioned many times before. I'm so very excited about reading this that I cannot even express it. 

Rapture by John Shirley
This year I have become a huge fan of the game Bioshock, and it's the story behind the game that really catches me. There's been an official novel released...yes please!

World Eater by Susan EE
Angelfall, the first in the series was such an amazing book that I do have high hopes for this one too. It was a good moment when I saw it was on the shelves in Waterstones. 

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
So much hype about this. I should read this - yes?

Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
The last in the Gemma Doyle series. I really adored the first two so I'm very much looking forward to this. 

Eat Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Recommended to me by a friend, it seems to be one of those life changing books. I will read this when I need an emotional epiphany. 

I Capture the Castle By Dodie Smith
So many good things have been said about this. Get in my brain. 

No Humans Involved by Kelly Armstrong
Bought this for a friend recently and now I need to read it myself. 

 Hello Dolly
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Looking Forward To: Christmas!
 Feeling: very tired!

Glossybox December 2013 Haul

It's herreeeeee! My glossybox arrived yesterday and I always get so damn excited whenever it arrives. This one was called 'Festive Treasures' which really excited me. It was in such a pretty red Christmas Box too <3

Maybelline New York - Color Tattoo 24hr Eye Shadow in Gold
Eeeeee how excited am I about this little treasure?! I've been wanting to buy this product in this colour for such a long time, but I've been a bit wary about spending so much money on just one eye colour. I used it for the very first time today, and I think the colour and the pigmentation is really lovely but I definitely need to learn how to use it more effectively. It's a bit like a MAC paintpot but a lot, lot cheaper.

Seche - Seche Nail Lacquer in Blanc II
I am actually using this product as we speak. From first glance it's a really nice sheer ivory colour. Like ones I've used before it is not very pigmented - but is that meant to be the point? I'm not quite sure. Anyway, I quite like it and I'm very happy with it. After a couple of coats it gives a really nice winter colour.

Wilkinson Sword Intuition - Naturals Razor
Okay, this may seem weird, but I am super excited about using this - although it is just a razor. It is huggeee though, and I think it's a bit over dramatic for what it actually its. But yeah - looking forward to giving this a try as nice razors are those kind of products I never want to spend any money on.

Lipsy London - Glam
From first impressions this smells super lovely. Oooooh new smells... new smells!

Beautiful Moments Cosmetics  - Nude Lip Gloss
Looks nice, but is a little bit meh once I gave it a try. I don't think there's much about it that stands out at all - the packaging, the forumla or the colour. Pretty forgettable but still nice to own I suppose! I do like to own things...

 Watching: X Factor Final!
  Listening: Frozen Soundtrack
 Looking Forward To: Christmas! And finishing this dissertation.
 Feeling: Tired

Friday, 13 December 2013

Motivation - Where fore art thou?

Do you ever just feel really unmotivated? This week I have just been lolling around doing - well not much really. It's been a week that I have had pretty much nothing planned. I have had everyday to get up when I please, do whatever I want and have nothing too much to worry about. The plan was to get motivated with writing my mammoth essay for university (10,000 words - ack!) and I have done it a bit - but I know I could have done so much more! I have had a horrendous headache for five days now, but I refuse to use that as an excuse for doing pretty much nothing. Therefore, I have put together a plan of action, because - seriously - I need to feel more fulfilled in myself right now! I am not good at relaxing - I would rather be doing something and always feel a bit guilty. I really can't wait until I have a full time job next year! Bring it on, I say. So here is my sparkly new plan:

Time it - one hour with no distractions. Before and after I can do whatever I please, but in that one hour I work, whether it's reading and taking notes, writing, editing, printing.

Just take my moleskin, and right down all of my plans and ideas for my final uni project. Simples.

When I work on my dissertation I get an extra special treat - like  watching my favourite tv shows or laying in bed playing Pokemon for an hour. Ahh yes, that is the life.

I could easily spend the day in my room, but it makes me feel horrible. Exercise is good for mood, anxiety and motivation.

Surely this can't be too hard?! I generally try and make the right food decisions anyway.

Remember that it's okay to not follow the rules or be a 'perfect person' all of the time. Make a decision based on how you feel in the circumstances you find yourself in. Its okay (Y)

Right now though, I'm going to try and shake off this headache! Hope everyone is having an amazing holiday season. <3

Jas xo

Survivors - BBC Drama
  Listening: Wrecking Ball - London Grammar (Live Lounge)
 Looking Forward To: Jack's birthday weekend, and Christmas
 Feeling: Totally unmotivated & tired!

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Winter Nail Varnish

I have a lot of time at home at the moment that I'm suppose to be using to work on my dissertation so I like to keep my nails pretty and painted as much as I can. It really relaxes me and when I'm just typing away on a computer writing, writing, writing it's a little bit of comfort to see nails that I really like on the keyboard.

Barry M Top Coat and Base Coat 
My all time favourite top and base coat. It's just so handy and works really well. It's perfect for darker winter colours.

Barry M Nail Paint- Raspberry
A beautiful dark berry red colour. Such a gorgeous winter colour.

Barry M Gelly Nail Paint - Blood Orange
Who can go without a bright red colour in the winter? Not me, that's for sure. This is super long lasting and so shiny. You can definitely get away with just one coat of this, although I use two. The perfect red nail varnish, I have to say. It's just beautiful.

Topshop Nails - Awol
I'm not usually a one for blue nail varnish and I have to say, it's really super pretty especially with the model's own glitter polish over the top of it. It's a beautiful icy winter blue.

Rimmel 60 Seconds - Green With Envy
This colour reminds me of Christmas and Easter at the same time. It's kind of the colour of easter egg green foil. I prefer it in the winter though as it's so shiny and shimmery.

Models Own - Juicy Jules
This glitter looks silver, but in the light it's holographic and shines all the colours of the spectrum! I would usually put this on as a top coat, but if you put 3-4 coats on of this then it can be worn on it's own. The colour just reminds me of snowflakes and sparkly ice.

 Watching: Survivors - BBC Drama
  Listening: Christmas music!
 Looking Forward To: Jack's birthday weekend, and Christmas
 Feeling: Tired but content! I should be writing my dissertation...

Vlogmas #1

I attempted to vlog a bit.... yeah. I enjoyed it!

Season's Greetings!


Survivors - BBC Drama
  Listening: Christmas music!
 Looking Forward To: Jack's birthday weekend, and Christmas
 Feeling: Tired but content

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Blogging in Two Places - My Photography Blog!

Hey guys! Just a really quick post to tell you about my other blog. Here on Rabbitwood I will be posting about my life, beauty, reviews, books and lifestyle. But mainly beauty! On my other blog I will be exclusively posting my photography and development processes. That kind of thing probably won't be featuring much on here any more. Go check it out if you like, and you can always follow that blog on bloglovin too :)

I am also working on some new vlogs and beauty reviews right now.

Thanks guys!

Jas xo

Saturday, 7 December 2013

My Yankee Candle Babies!

It's only been in the last year or so that I have really got into scented candles. Not only are they really pretty, but they make the room smell amazing, and I find a candle burning really mesmerising and calming. I'm not a fan of when the room feels stuffy with it but I do really love it when it kicks out a gorgeous scent. Yankee candles are my go-to candles at the moment. I bought my first ever little on a few months ago with 'Fireside Treats' and I just completely adore it. As an early Christmas present, my friend Ellie gave me the Salted Caramel candle too and tonight I burnt it for the first time. It's actually amazing - I'm so happy with it! It makes my room smell so sweet and gorgeous. The amount of scent it kicks out is amazing.

There are just so many different Yankee candles that I really want to try - especially November Rain. They are quite pricey though, and I can't justify spending so much on candles at the moment. This is why I am so over the moon that Ellie got me one for Christmas!

What are your favourite scents?

Jasmine xo

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Lip Balms from The Body Shop

Being in town the other day, I sneakily went into The Body Shop to have a look around and maybe buy some little Christmas presents for people. I love the look of all the products in there, and they all smell delicious too. As a poor student, I don't have too much money at the moment. I spotted these cute little lip balms for £4 each, and as a bonus they where 3 for 2. I bought the vanilla and cranberry ones for myself, and the ginger one as a little gift for one of my friends. I just could not resist them! I was really looking forward to giving them a try.

The design is really nice! Its kind of like the EOS lip balms in that the lip balm part is wide, so it's super easy to apply. You don't have to worry about smooshing it all in the lid by accident, and the lid is really secure.

Now, I have tried the cranberry and vanilla ones and I have to say that my experience with them both has been very different. I tried the vanilla one first. I was really dissapointed with the smell (it smells a bit like plasticine, not vanilla at all) and the consistency is not very nice. It feels like a horrid plastic, and it's really gritty. I mean, it's okay, but definitely not worth the £4 I paid for it. It's not very moisturising at all, and it tastes horrible. I still like it, but it's so not worth the money.

The cranberry one was a slightly different story. Firstly - it smells really nice! A really nice citrus berry smell. The product is a lot less gritty, much smoother, and also has the added benefit of being slightly tinted so that it gives a nice subtle blush to the lips. It's still not too moisturising, and is pretty similar to the vanilla one, but it's a lot better.

As for the ginger one, I'm giving it to my friend this weekend, but I am sure it will be more like the cranberry than the vanilla!

Overall, I'm glad that I have tried this but only because I can now stop lusting after them! They are not too great - you can find much, much better lipbalms for a much cheaper price. They just don't have The Body Shop on the top!

Jas xo

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

"The Messenger" - Getting My Passion for Images Back

Recently I have been craving photography. I have not shot my own work in quite few months now, and this term at university I've been working with found photography and retouching rather than shooting my own new work. It's such a passion of mine that I've literally been pining after it. I thought of this little photo a few days ago. My self portraits usually just express how I'm feeling at that moment, and I usually find meaning in them a little while after it's been created. I'm happy with this though. I woke up this morning and wanted to shoot. Jack is quite ill in bed with a cold today, so I've been making my own fun. I would love to hear your thoughts!

I will be posting lots more soon, so if you're interested follow me at twitter and facebook to keep up to date.

Thankyou for your support,