June and July Favourites 2016

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I didn’t have too many favourites during June, so I decided to do two months in one. I’ve also been fairly busy the past two months so forgive me for the lack of posts.

 

LUSH’s Grease Lightning

Grease Lightning

My wonderful friend recently sent me a goody box of lovely LUSH products and I took a shine to this one in particular. This zit zapper which includes Fair Trade organic aloe vera gel, fresh sea water and grape juice as some of its alluring ingredients is definitely a winner with me. Throughout June I had a few nasty breakouts of one or two big whoppers and this beaut in a bottle really came to the rescue in sorting them out.

Available for £6.50

LUSH’S Coalface cleanser

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Another product I received was the Coalface cleanser. This was one of the first ever LUSH products I tried and I’ve fallen in love with it all over again. The smell for me takes me back to when I first started using the products, which is nice, but may not be to everyone’s liking. You use it like a typical soap and wash off and it cleanses your skin nicely and consistently.

Available from £5.95

 ‘Girls Talk Boys’ by 5 Seconds of Summer

The Aussie foursome are back with a brand new single and this time, it’s pretty special. The track belongs to the soundtrack of the 2016 remake of ‘Ghostbusters’. The song gives off some very retro funk vibes which honestly makes me think of putting on some flares and heading out to my local disco to bust some moves. As an introvert, however, I just listen to it as I get on with work and mime my heart out.

 

‘Brand New Moves’ by Hey Violet

Speaking of 5 Seconds of Summer, their first band signed to their label, ‘Hi or Hey Records’, have released the lead track of their new EP, ‘Brand New Moves’. Hey Violet are back a year on from their debut ‘I Can Feel It’ and following 5SOS on the retro sounds. I’ve been listening to this song on repeat since the release at the end of July and I honestly cannot wait to hear the upcoming EP releasing later this month.

Tanya Burr Cosmetics matte lip in ‘Martha Moo’

Martha Moo

Beauty guru, Tanya Burr, has released a new range to her beauty line and I was extremely excited to get my hands on the matte lip in the colour ‘Martha Moo’, named after her dog, Martha. The colour reminds me of a 90s grunge which is rich in colour and only needs one application to create the perfect matte lip.

Available for £5.99

 

‘New Dynasty’ EP by Camryn

Camryn is back with her brand new EP, ‘New Dynasty’, which is a five track extended play. Camryn’s sound has matured since her One Direction tour days and is a prime example of where she plans to take her music. I’m super excited to see her near future plans.

‘You Don’t Know Love’ by Olly Murs

Olly has released the first single from his upcoming untitled album and it’s definitely a right bop. I managed to meet up with Murs (after that story) on his radio tour promoting the single and it’s definitely thrilling and refreshing to hear his new music on the airwaves once again.

 

This has been a music-heavy two months for me! What have you been loving lately?

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5SOS' Ashton Irwin becomes a hero for the night!

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If you follow this blog and my social media, you’ll know that last weekend I was in Cardiff for a 5 Seconds of Summer concert weekend along with some friends. While we were there, something that only happens in fan fiction happened. 5 Seconds of Summer’s drummer, Ashton Irwin, booked my friend a hotel room! Crazy, right?

Ashton (left) was Laura's superhero for the night
                                                 Ashton (left) was Laura’s superhero for the night

While the media are hounding her for the 411, Laura agreed to speak to me about the craziness that took place early Saturday morning.

Hey Laura! So, what was the situation that led you to Ashton being your saviour of the night?

Hi Jazz!  Basically the hotel room that my friend’s boyfriend booked had accidentally been booked for 2 people rather than 3 so as I was supposed to meet them later I ended up not being able to stay in that room.

Where were you when he found you?

I was outside the back of the arena when Ashton’s taxi pulled up.

Did you ask him for help or was it his own decision to take matters into his hands?

Actually I didn’t even start the conversation! I didn’t want to trouble him so I just smiled and waved and he came over to ask how I was doing. I explained my situation and he asked why I couldn’t buy myself a room in the hotel across the road so I told him I had no money. He swiftly replied that he did and crossed the road to the hotel.

Was there any doubt that he’d not be able to get a room?

Well to be honest I thought he was trying to convince the hotel staff to let me crash on yours and Sarah’s hotel room floor.

That’s security being too tight! Did he end up pulling the “famous” card by any chance?

I did make a joke along the lines of ‘use your fame to make them let me stay’ and he laughed! 

What was your reaction when he offered to book you a room?

I was gobsmacked. I thought he was just going to tell me to ‘stay safe’ and walk away but no! I was so close to tears I was that grateful. (Being absolutely shattered didn’t help on the tear front haha)

If you could meet with him again, what would you like to say to him?

I would want him to know how incredibly grateful I am! I did thank him a lot that night but I wasn’t fully composed haha. I’d like to be a lot calmer and tell him how much it meant to me and probably give him another cheeky hug!

People often say celebrities and pop stars have a big ego – what would you say about that?

I mean some celebrities might but I don’t think 5sos do at all. Every time i’ve met them they’ve always been so lovely! It was almost 3 am I don’t think Ash was in the mood to meet people (which I don’t blame him for, he was off to bed!) He didn’t have to meet me that night let alone help me out! That just shows how caring he is!

So much happened at the 5SOS weekend which you can find out in my vlogs

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2015 favourites

2015 favourites

[Apologies this is late – I’m in bed with two ear infections and the flu. My painkillers have kicked in enough for me to finish adding images and publishing!] 

It’s that time of the year again where I discuss my favourite things from the year. As I lacked in regular posts this year, I decided to just wait until now to do my favourite products from the past 12 months in a post similar to this one. Without further ado, here are my 2015 favourites.

Music 

Little Mix – Get Weird 

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Little Mix made a big comeback from their 12 month sabbatical and downtime in the studio with their third album ‘Get Weird’. which is full of melodramatics, sass and just some damn right catchy tunes. Of course, I purchased the Deluxe edition and absolutely fell in love with it. My personal favourites include hit single ‘Black Magic’, ‘Secret Love Song Pt II’ and ‘A.D.I.D.A.S’ (not about the sporting brand, in case you were wondering.) This album is eclectic and showcases the sounds of girl band’s from today’s generation perfectly. I’m very much looking forward to them performing it live next year on the Get Weird tour which starts in Cardiff. Of course, I will be there.

5 Seconds of Summer – Sounds Good, Feels Good 

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This is the second album from 5SOS since getting signed in 2014 by Capitol Records and it shows such a difference from their debut studio album. The campaign alongside the album, ‘The New Broken Scene’, aims to promote that the album and any environment involving the band is a place for the “outcasts” and people who are suffering with stigma from mental health. Tracks such as ‘She’s Kinda Hot’, ‘Jet Black Heart’ and ‘Broken Home’ are just a few of the songs which fans are able to find pretty easy to relate to and I am definitely in love with this album.

One Direction – Made in the A.M 

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The first album post Zayn and the last album pre haitus; Made in the A.M is One Direction’s most anticipated album since Up All Night (aka album number one) and what a difference there has been since 2011. As a fan, I feel honoured to have watched them grow from teenage boys to young men and listen to their sound mature from bubblegum pop to chasing the rock vibes. While I’m sad that we won’t be getting a new album in 2016, I’m very satisfied with the music we have been left with for these 18 months.

Books

Binge – Tyler Oakley

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As you may be aware from my review, this is something I highly enjoyed reading. The essays compiled by Tyler Oakley covering a numerous amount of topics are definitely relatable to myself or people I care about and is definitely on my top three favourite books this year.

Love, Tanya – Tanya Burr 

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It’s true that there are many YouTubers signing book deals lately, but ‘Love, Tanya’ is definitely one I recommend. ‘Love, Tanya’ is like a handwritten guide from a beautiful big sister who has experienced the highs and lows of a teenage life and female problems and is now sharing her advice. Plus, the baking chapter is definitely a must read and try.

140 Characters of Truth – Joshua Fox

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This book was written by my friend and fellow journo, Josh Fox and although I only read it last month, it’s definitely an important one. Josh says the things many of us need to hear. With a message to our generation who thrive on showcasing the perfect life on social media, Josh gets real in a book that merely talks about the truth behind a numerous amount of tweets posted by himself over the years. If you’re as consumed in social media as much as I am, I highly recommend this quick yet eye opening read.

Products 

Lush Intergalactic bath bomb

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I’m a sucker for a good bath bomb, especially ones which satisfy my aesthetic. I’ve fallen hard for Lush’s Intergalactic bath bomb which makes it look like outer space in my bath tub. Very satisfying and smells amazing.

£3.95 from LUSH  
Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation

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This has been my go to foundation for 2015 as it has a lovely natural, radiant glow. It’s a light coverage which you can build to your own need and doesn’t feel at all caked on. Definitely got a good use out of this.

Bourjois Délice de Pouder bronzing powder

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This is definitely a product I found myself using a lot in 2015. After hearing my favourite beauty gurus rave about it and high recommendation from my friend, I picked it up earlier in the year. It’s a fantastic shade for my light skin colour and doesn’t have any orange tone to it, so it gives a natural look. Plus, I love the fact that it reminds me of chocolate!

£7.99 from Feel Unique

Tanya Burr lipgloss in Berry Picking

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I absolutely loved this lip gloss this year. It gives a berry stained look to your lips (hence the name) and isn’t too overpowering in colour. I love all of Tanya Burr Cosmetics’ lip glosses that I have tried but this one is definitely my favourite.

£5.99 from Superdrug

EOS Strawberry Sorbet lip balm

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I’ve never tried an EOS lip balm before this one and it definitely kept my lips moisturised whenever I used it, plus the flavour was really nice. The only downside is that I know you can get them for less than $3 in America whereas they cost a good £7 here in the UK. Next trip to America I shall definitely be stocking up.

£7.00 from Topshop
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I loved in 2015! What were your favourites from last year?

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Two years of friendship and memories: The Friendship Tag

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Today, Monday 9th November, marks two years since I met two of my dearest friends, Sarah and Alysha. We met at a fan meet up for 5 Seconds of Summer and we’ve pretty much been close ever since. We’ve been through a world-wind of memories in a short time period of 24 months. In celebration of our friendship I nagged  asked if the girls would take a friendship tag questionnaire with me, and they happily  obliged.

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The day we met! I’m with the Welsh flag, Alysha is behind me on the right and Sarah is the one looking away…

What was your first impression of each other? 

J: I though Sarah was like my age maybe a year younger. I stupidly called her “Jess” as I was nervously texting my friend Jess on my way to meet everyone at the 5sos meet up. I thought Alysha was really pretty and a big Union J fan since she had just met them at their book signing.
S: I thought Jazz was a bit shy and reserved, which she was, until I got to know her and we got comfortable around each other. I though Alysha was someone who would be so easy to get along with and had 10/10 music taste. I really enjoyed both of their company.

A: I thought Sarah was pretty, outgoing but also super intimidating because she had dark blue/black hair, and also because she had (and still has) a tongue piercing. I thought jazz was super quiet until about 10 seconds into our first conversation where she made me feel so comfortable and like we’d been friends for years… and then I thought you were fab and I knew we’d be friends for a while.

What’s your favourite memory together?

S: This is where my mind goes blank…

A: When we spent the day in Cardiff together and had a sleepover because it was pretty damn awesome.

J: Oh and we hacked the CCTV of my dad’s flat to take selfies. I really enjoyed our sleepover in August because despite not knowing the worst was about to happen, I had a pretty rough year but both were there for me and able to help me take my mind off everything. They were also there when I had the news about my dad and helped clear my mind. That, and the second ever meet up which was the Christmas one at the Coca Cola truck which was like the bees knees.

S: It’s pretty much the sleepover, DerpCon, and the Coca Cola truck.

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The Coca Cola Truck at our Christmas meet up in 2013. There were more people there but we had mini group photos.

Describe each other in one word.

J: Sarah is hilarious. But I want to say she’s more than that because she is. But even when she’s really caring, she can crack a joke. Alysha is caring. No matter what your situation is, she cares and that’s such an amazing quality to have.

S: Jazz – intelligent. Honest to God, she’s so socially woke, and is like a fucking wordsmith. Alysha – hilarious. Legit constantly has witty replies and is just all around funny.

J: I feel like my intelligence hides for myself…

A: Jazz is incredible. You’re such a lush person (I’d say lush but incredible is better.) Sarah is just all around amazing.

What is one song that reminds you of each person?

S: Jazz- anything 1D or Disney. Alysha-any film soundtrack ever.

J: That was rather vague…

S: I can’t think of anything specific.

A: Jazz- Act My Age by One Direction. Sarah- Anything 80s related. Rick Astley maybe?

S: I love a good Rick Roll.

J: I think… Beside You by 5 Seconds of Summer for Sarah because it was the first song that 5SOS played when we saw them for the first time together at soundcheck and Calum [Hood] looked at us and smiled as Sarah cried and I hugged her. I think for Alysha it would be Set The Night On Fire by Camryn as we both ran the Welsh Camryn fan account together and I played that song a lot when we first met.

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Sleepover!

Who in the group gives the best presents?

A: Jazz because I haven’t even given one to Sarah yet…

J: I say me because I give presents a lot and it’s my speciality 😉

S: Yeah Jazz because she’s always thinking of something new.

Who is most likely to embarrass themselves in public?

A: Either me because I’m super clumsy or Jazz because because she’s super hyper and loud.

S: I reckon Jazz because she’s quite out there when she’s hyper (that’s not a bad thing)

J: I think we’ve all had an embarrassing moment but Sarah rolls with it. I get hyper and loud sometimes because I try to mask my anxiety by acting rather boisterous but I’m also a klutz, like you need to hear my stories. If not me then Alysha because she can be a clumsy person…

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Caught on CCTV. We don’t know what Sarah is doing.

If you had to be trapped with each other in one place for 24 hours, where would it be? 

A: McDonald’s because I can get cheap food from employee discount.

J: Easy, Disneyland. Or a hotel but it would have to have 5SOS in it.

A: OH YEAH! That sounds good.

S: I reckon a gig. That’d be sick.

J: A 24 hour gig? Only if there’s intervals, though. Because I’d need to pee and stuff. And it would need to be a 5SOS gig since we all love them.

S: I’d love to be trapped in an arena.

J: I mean if we could get backstage, there’d be a nice sofa to nap on. With potentially a nice band member. Of 5SOS. Michael…

A: I COULD BRING MCDONALD’S.

S: Next question

J: Alright, hold on!

Deciding together, where would be your ultimate holiday destination?

J: Guys, I genuinely think California because it has everything.

A: California or Australia. Mainly California because celebrities and great American food.

J: Australia is a good place, but it’s like a 24 hour flight. And I agree on California because like Disney and Universal Studios..

S: For me, Australia, New York or LA.

J: So we all chose California. I assume that’s our destination?

A: Yep! And Six Flags… wait how far is California from New Orleans?

J: No idea…

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With our friend, Tanya

Where do you see us all in 10 years?

J: Hopefully, all three of us will be working in our ideal jobs, still in contact and meeting up whenever possible. Maybe even going to all the local 5SOS shows together.

A: Hopefully I’ll either be in a band or more realistically have a successful job with a Psychology/English degree behind me. I see Sarah being a bassist in a band (hopefully I will be, too). I see Jazz as being a very successful journalist. Hopefully we’ll all still be friends, though. I don’t want to lose you guys.

S: I definitely see Jazz working as a journalist or something affiliated with that area of work. I see Lysh as either in a band or maybe even working in film. I see me probably living in a box making dollar from robot dancing with my Rick Rolls…

A: YES! I forgot to mention I hope to be an actress on stage and screen (as yet another career)

So, there you have it. I hope this has given you more of an insight to my friends and I. We’re all rather weird teenagers/young adults, but we’re loveable once you get to know us.

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Monthly Favourites- October

Well look at that. We’re in November. This year has gone way too fast for my liking. Like wasn’t it Christmas a week ago? Anyway, nothing we can do about that, so here’s what I enjoyed in October. I’ll warn you- it’s a lot more than usual.

Love, Rosie – as you know, beginning of last month I went to the world premiere of Love, Rosie. I also wrote a review of the film and I honestly cannot wait for it come out on DVD. It’s currently in cinemas so you should definitely try and see it- I want to go again but being a student limits my spending and after my recent holiday, I am in red alert.  But the film is basically the best rom com I have seen in so long and I loved everything about it.

Polagram- This is an app which you can turn your photos into Polaroids and other formats of photos and have them sent to your door. It’s reasonably cheap and when I saw everyone posting about it on Facebook, I was really interested and so I checked the app out and ordered 2 standard polaroids and I really liked the quality. You can also make phone cases, order a box set of polaroids or even get photobooks made. If you decide to try this app out, then use my code PGV0UT7H for your first 2 credits meaning you’ll get money off your purchase. You will also have your own personal code which if you share to people and they use it, you’ll get more credits. Using other peoples codes and getting them to use yours gives both you and them 2 credit for each code used, so get your friends and family on the app, too!

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Get to know me: 25 questions tag

I thought it’d be cool if we got to know each other (or at least- you get to know me) since I’ll be here blogging regularly. I don’t know about you but I like to know a bit about the person behind the keyboard. So, I’m going to do the 25 questions tag! And I tag all of you who read this to do it on your own blog and post a link below for me to see.

1. Do you have a middle name?

Nope. But my friend from my old work gave me the middle name Beyonce. Does that count?

2. What was your favorite subject in school?

Drama was the best. I loved it. Especially improvising.
 
3. What’s your favorite drink?

Hot drink- tea. I love tea and my favourite brand is Yorkshire Tea, I mean have you tried it? Cold drink is Asda brand cherryade and yes I’m specific about the brand as the rest don’t taste the same.

4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?

I honestly change favourite songs every day. I wake up and a new song is in my head for that entire day. Today is Mrs All American by 5 Seconds of Summer. It’s on their American version of the album and I liked listening to it so much that I ordered the American version from eBay. 


5. What would you name your children?

I’ve pretty much got my mind set on no children but if I do, girl – Angel and boy – Griff


6. Do you participate in any sports?

Yes. Marathons. The movie kind.

7. What’s your favorite book? 
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Meet & Greet – Introducing myself

Hello!

Nice to e-meet you. My names Jazmin but everyone calls me Jazz, so feel free to do the same if you’d like. In fact, I don’t think anyone ever calls me Jazmin except for people at the hospital or the bank. The only reason “Jazmin” is in my URL is because “Jazz” wasn’t available and would probably be a copyright since it’s a song from a movie and whatnot. Sorry, rambling.

I’m a soon-to-be-nineteen (like literally my birthday’s next week- heads up if you want to get me anything!) year old journalism and English student from South Wales, UK. I study with the Open University for my BA Hons English Literature & Creative Writing degree and I also study with the London School of Journalism via distant learning for my Freelance writing in Music & the Arts, so you can probably guess what my passion is? That’s right- Science! Okay, that was a (really rubbish) joke. I’m a very keen writer and I’ve had a lot of experience in my less than two decades on this planet, but not enough in my opinion. Continue reading “Meet & Greet – Introducing myself”

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