Sunday, 23 March 2014

Monthly Muses - March 2014

Dove Body Wash - Okay, so body wash is a bit of a weird one to put on a favourites list, right? Right. I've heard so much hype about Dove products recently! My mum has always adored Dove, so we usually have some in the house. For Christmas I was given a gift set of two, and oh my stars I adore them. They smell incredible and are so super moisturising. So good that I am avoiding using them too much because I don't want to use them up too quickly. Ohhhh the smell. So. Yummy. 

MAC Studio Fix Fluid Foundation - A couple of weeks ago I bought this foundation in NC10, and it's the very first full coverage foundation I've ever used. I have to say that it's a pretty beautiful foundation. It's the only foundation I've ever had they makes a dull/crappy/disastrous skin day into normal to awesome looking day. And for that I am truly grateful. It is expensive I shouldn't have bought it but the colour suits my skin really well, and it really is a beautiful liquid foundation.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - A book that I've only just started but am already hooked on. It's a surprise surprise dystopian novel about how the OASIS (a virtual video game world) becomes the only good thing left to live for, and how a teenage boy turns his life around on a mission to find mystery virtual easter eggs and win his fortune. If you love reading, and love video games, then you should give this a try!

Cinnamon and Raisin - Bagels, breakfast bakes, cakes. Anything that has these two in them and I am all over them this month. The nutri grain breakfast bakes are my absolute holy grail at the moment. I've been known to eat all six of them over two days (not recommended, but so good).

White Chocolate and Almonds - Oh yes, yes, yes. I've recently started to take a packed lunch to university. I probably should have started doing that three years ago, but whatever, better late than never! I was making a little snack pot and put in some white chocolate buttons and almonds together and it was like a beautiful explosion on my tastebuds. Seriously, I will be eating this for the rest of my life now.

River Island Molly Pants - These have completely got me hooked. I hate jeans, I hate trousers - I ADORE these. So much. They make my legs looks like skyscrapers and feel like I am wearing soft leggings. A miracle product that I will now worship for life.

Canon 50mm f1.8 Lens - The first lens I ever bought for the SLR camera a number of years ago now, and recently I have discovered how much I love it again. The depth of field that it creates (the blurryness of the background) is just absolutely gorgeous, and this will definitely become my favourite portrait lens again for a very long time. For this price, this lens is pretty damn incredible. If you have a canon DSLR you simply have to own this.

So there we have it. A bit of a weird list there, I do agree, but it's been a weird month!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Five Ways to Remain Positive When You Have a Cold

I am the first person to admit that I am really terrible at being ill. By this I mean the typical cold and flu that seems to be currently plaguing England, that everyone seems to be coming down with at the moment. I have a phobia of vomiting which leaves me constantly anxious when I'm ill, and I have to stop myself from tweeting things like 'Am I too I'll to Hoover my bedroom? Update: yes I am'. It happens to everyone! Therefore I am taking little steps in making this time at least a little bit less rubbish! Obviously my way of getting over illness is blogging about it...Hopefully I can share some of these little things and help some others too. 

1. Make a Survival Pack - By this, I meant create a small bag that you can keep by your bedside full of everyone you need to ease the ill feelings. In mine at the moment is pain killers, berocca vitamins, rescue remedy (for the anxiety!), tissues, lip balm, anti bacterial hand gel and some kind of cooling head stick. It just takes a bit of the weight off, and makes everything you need within your reach in seconds. 

2. Audiobooks - When you're ill, a lot of the time doing things like reading, watching films and playing video games can just be too much for your little brain, but these are often get only things that shake off the boredom that being ill for a week bearable. Sleeping is when our bodies can fight the illness most, but for all other times audiobooks are a really great way to relax and do nothing , but not be bored. If you don't own any then there are plenty available on YouTube to listen to for free, and often allows you to get one pretty cheap or sometimes free. 

3. A Clean Environment - By making sure that the room you are in is tidy and clean, it helps you get into the mindset of being well and better which ultimately will boost your mood. If you are too ill you can always ask someone else to do it for you, but I find making year effort to get up and clear away the tissues, change the bed sheets and give your environment a bit of a cleanse always makes the world of difference. 

4. Eat Well and Enjoy It! - If you're up for eating, make it count. I've always lived by the phrase 'eat for a cold and starve a fever' (disclaimer: I don't know if that's true!). As you'll probably be wanting to eat less, make what you do eat count. Always try to eat some sort of protein if you can, but honestly - eat whatever you feel like. If you want tuna salad? Go for it. Fancy some fruitcake? Go. For. It. Protein can be found in so many foods - anything with meat, fish, nuts, eggs and dairy in it will contain a decent amount of protein. 

5. Socialise - Now obviously don't go and infect all your friends or go out if you don't feel up to it, but simply talking to someone else can help motivate you robe positive and put your situation into perspective. Friends can make you laugh and smile, and just talking someone over the phone or over text can lift your spirits. Being ill can be a lonely experience of spending days in bed, but those little gems of conversation can bring you back to he real world!

So those are my little tips! Obviously I am not a doctor, and this is not a substitute for medical help. But all these things have been really helping me get through being ill this week! The picture at the top was of Jack lying in bed with an ill Jasmine. I think it's sooo cute. 

Watching: The Big Bang Theory on E4
Listening: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J K Rowling
Reading: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Looking Forward To: getting better, and finishing university!
Feeling: Snotty and drained!

Sunday, 16 March 2014

Wanderings with Werefriends

Another beautiful-weather-day here in Sussex. Yesterday Jack and I took his brother to see The Lego Movie, complete with McDonalds (naughty) and then last night I went out with some of my new work friends and ate some gorgeous pizza and cheesecake with good company. Today I (after a bit of a money freak-out) I met up with my oldest friend Ellie. We bought a tropical ice drink from Costa (coconut, pineapple and lime - so good) and then ate salad and sandwiches while walking around the countryside.

This weekend I have been spending the nights and evenings alone - one of the only things that makes me panic. I am so grateful for the people who have made this weekend such an awesome one, and I am very thankful that they were there.

I am thankful that I am safe.
I am thankful that I have space on my own to grow and learn.
I am thankful that I have people to care about, and who care in return.
I am thankful for being able to record these fleeting moments.

I also saw Cherry Menlove today. Which was awesome!

  Listening: -
 Reading: Player One
 Looking Forward To: Seeing Jack tomorrow!
 Feeling: Tired but okay :)

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Book Review - Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

When I bought this book last week, I was really excited to get stuck in. The book combines old photographs within it's pages that compliment the story, and I found this added a whole lot of depth to the story. It was extremely engaging, and I read the whole thing in a few days without really trying, it keeps you hooked from the first to the last page.

Being a student of photography, I was prepared to be very critical about the photos used in the book and skeptical over their authenticity and use. I found that it was less about how 'real' the photos were and more about how they illustrated the story. Quite a few times I did think 'it's kind of obvious that the author found picked some old photos and tried to make a narrative with them' but I'm prepared to give the author artistic licence because I really did find that it made the reading experience a lot more fun.

That being said, I did find one aspect pretty disappointing. The book was in the 'dark fantasy and horror' section of Waterstones, and the cover and blurb highly suggested that this book would be in the thriller kind of genre. However, it's not. At all, really! I'm a terrible scaredey cat when it comes to anything remotely scary, and this story is sweet and heartwarming and not really scary in any way. I did feel like I was more reading a book aimed at younger teenagers more than for adults or young adults. The language was pretty basic, and at times I found myself craving more of a depth to the characters, and more of an insight into how they were feeling.

All this being said, I did really enjoy this book. I was expecting a good scare and some classical gothic literature to dig my teeth into, but instead I got a lovely and sweet novel that I could just get some escapism in for a couple of  days!

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  Listening: Miley Cyrus
 Reading: -
 Looking Forward To: Seeing Jack!
 Feeling: Tired but content.

Monday, 10 March 2014

004 Pyjama Wrestling

Jasmine - I don't know what to do my photo on today
Jack - Come over here, we'll do one touching foreheads!
Jasmine - Okay :)

  Listening: Honeydew - Yea Yea - The YOGScast
 Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Random Riggs
 Looking Forward To: Graduation!
 Feeling: Tired but content

Sunday, 9 March 2014

003 Blue Skies and a Pizza Picnic for Two

The weather is so freaking gorgeous today that this morning we decided to take cold pizza, J20s and various other goodies down to a local hill and enjoy the sunshine. All hail the sunnnnn!!!

  Listening: Stay the Night - Zedd ft. Hayley Williams
 Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children - Ranson Riggs
 Looking Forward To: Finishing uni.
 Feeling: Happy!

HAUL: MAC, River Island, Superdrug & Waterstones

A few days ago I went into Guildford, for the soul purpose of buying some Jeggings from River Island that I had had my eye on for a while. Although I'm now working a couple of days a week, I am still a poor student so after trying on and buying the (freaking amazing) Molly Jeggings, the plan was to eat and come home. As you can probably tell by the title of this haul... it didn't really happen! I decided to 'just look' in MAC, and before I knew it I was asking if the lady there could try NW10 Studio Fix Fluid foundation on me, and when she asked 'anything else?' I found myself saying 'oh, the ruby woo lip liner please!'. The madness then continued as I walked though Superdrug, and then on to Waterstones. Everything I bought in this haul where things that I have been wanting for a long time, but it does mean that my next few weeks wages will go towards refuelling my bank! I'm very happy with my purchases though, and I do think that I will use these all a hell of a lot.

So.... to MAC!

A few months ago I finished my beloved Pro Longwear foundation, but it was always just a little bit dark for me. I wanted to see the difference between NC15 and NW10.

The lady who served me in MAC was trying to convince me that NW10 was way too light for me - I thought it looked perfect! She was a lovely lady, and really helpful but personally I thought her foundation was a bit too dark. I stayed with what I wanted, and and I'm very happy with it. It's the first full coverage foundation I have ever owned, and I have to say that I am super happy with it. The Lip Liner in Cherry was a bit of a naughty afterthought, and I also bought the pump for the foundation - because aint nobody got time for bottle lids.

In Superdrug I purchased a new moisturiser as I had run out of all of mine, and, having dry skin, it was a bit of an essential. I am really loving the Simple moisturisers recently! For the cost (I think I got this on offer for £2.99) they are really amazing. I also picked up the Lasting Perfection concealer in '1' because my last one is on it's last legs and it also a '2' which I was annoyed about. This one is a much better match to my skin tone.

I think by this point in the haul, I was just a little over excited by spending money and fuelled on my the delicious Nando's I had just consumed. Jack wanted to 'have a look' in Waterstones and this soon became my I've-just-finished-my-book-and-need-something-new mission. The Maze Runner and Ready Player One I have heard such great things about, and I am really excited to get stuck in to. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is a book that I have been aware of for a while, and bought on impulse because I suddenly just needed to read it. It combines fiction with photography in a fantasy / horror / dark kind of genre which pretty much makes me go all tingly with excitement. Despite not having much time to read it, I am already half way through and loving every single word of it!

From River Island I bought these Molly Jeggings and oh-my-stars they are so great. I hate jeans and trousers because they just never fit right, and are really uncomfortable compared to tights or leggings. These are so soft and stretchy and make my legs look so long and toned that I will probably live in these for life now. Well worth the money, and I thoroughly recommend them if you usually hate jeans and are looking for Jeans / Jeggings that are really comfy.

 Watching: -
  Listening: -
 Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children - Ransom Riggs
 Looking Forward To: Finishing uni and moving house :)
 Feeling: Happy

Saturday, 8 March 2014

001 Childhood vs. Adulthood / 002 Lunch Date

001 - Friday 7th March 2014 - 2:20pm - Childhood vs Adulthood
Bonjour :) This is me, starting a new 50 days project. I have been thinking about doing it for a while, but I have had so many failed attempts in the past. My main reason for giving up was that I didn't feel that the images where strong enough, and didn't reflect me as a photographer. I would have a really busy day, take a picture I thought was thoughtless and rubbish, and then I would deem my whole 365 project ruined from that photo. I want to challenge that. Is there such thing as a bad photo? What are my motivations behind the project? I'm not sure yet, but I'm going to try again I think.

002 - Saturday 8th March 2014 - 1:04pm - Lunch Date
Today the weather was beautiful, and we have nothing to do but relax and chill out. Jack and I decided to go for a potter down the town and ate cake and ice cream at the little cafe I work at some days in the week. This is his 'are you taking a picture of me?' face.

  Listening: Matilda the Musical OLC
 Reading: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
 Looking Forward To: Finishing uni!
 Feeling: Normal