Top 10 Christmas Movies

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing with you my Top 10 Christmas movies. There are only a few weeks left until Christmas and I love to watch Christmas movies every day. When else are you going to watch them, right?

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Die Hard

The Santa Clause

Scrooged

Elf

The Polar Express

Love Actually

Home Alone

Miracle on 34th Street

Four Christmases

How the Grinch stole Christmas

I do have to say that Scrooged, Elf, Love Actually and How the Grinch stole Christmas are my absolute favorites! I could watch them on repeat! If you click on the title of the movies it will transfer you to Amazon! :) Also I know that Die Hard seems to be an odd choice for Christmas, but it always is on TV during Winter time and the action in the movie is happening around Christmas, and who doesn’t love Bruce Willis.

And I have to admit something… Scrooged only has been on that list since last year, because that’s the first time I watched it. Yeah I know, what were I thinking? But I didn’t think about it until a friend recommended it to me. And I love that movie!

What are your favorite Christmas movies? Tell me in the comments.

I hope you enjoyed today’s entry and if you did make sure to show it some love. I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Chris Carter – The Crucifix Killer – Review

Hey my loves,

today I am going to review a book I recently finished reading and fell in love with. It’s ‘The Crucifix Killer’ by Chris Carter! If you are a big fan of the thriller genre then keep on reading:

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So let me tell you a bit about the story: It’s about the hunt for a psychotic killer whose name is ‘The Crucifix Killer’. It’s the first book of a series about the Homicide Detective Robert Hunter. Detective Hunter and his partner are trying to find out who this serial killer is and enter a hunt that is gripping, dangerous and definitely not for people who cannot handle distress. I don’t want to give to much away, so I think that is all you need to know about this book.

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I love a good thriller and this definitely is one of the best ones I’ve read in my life so far! I absolutely love the storyline and the characters! It’s super intense and I even cringed a few times about a some things in the story and that says a lot, because I don’t cringe easy! But that only made the book even more fantastic! You fall in love with the characters and root for them and the end, oh my god, the best part ever! You had absolutely no clue who the killer was and when it all unravelled you were left shocked, excited and completely overwhelmed! I love the detailed storyline and immediately bought the second installment of the series.

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If you love thrillers and a good detective story and aren’t of the squeamish kind you will fall for this book very hard! I would recommend this book to all the thriller lovers out there!

Have you read any of the ‘Robert Hunter Series’ books by Chris Carter? Let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoyed this entry and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up. I would really appreciate it!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

March Favorites – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I’m sharing my 2016 March favorites with you. Everything from Music to Clothes to make-up and media. I had a lovely month and I hope April is going as good as March did, but I am of very high hopes. So here are my favorites:

Converse – Chuck Taylor Classics in Black

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Nike – Flex Trainer 5 in Black

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I love both shoes a lot! The Nike shoe is perfect for long days of walking or for working out and the Converse ones are just the comfiest things ever! I just ordered myself the same ones in white, because I’m back on my Chucks. What are your favorite pair of trainers for the day? And for working out?


Another thing that I loved in March was doing Sudoku, it’s perfect for those long hours I was on the train and it’s also a great way of relaxing! If you never done it you should try it, it might seem complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it’s fun and easy. Why don’t you check out my Travel essentials to see what else I do when I’m on long train journeys?

Long Train Journeys Essentials

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Fairway Solitaire App for iPhone

This game is so cool! I played it long before I went on holiday, but I got to love it even more during my train journey! If you love Solitaire games than give this app a go!


 

Favorite Movies & Tv Shows

Batman v Superman: The Dawn of Justice

Since I don’t want to spoil anyone anything, I’m just gonna say this: I expected a lot different that what I got, but I still loved it. And even though, in my opinion, no one will ever be as good as Christian Bale as Batman, Affleck did a decent job! Can’t wait for the next movies!

London Has Fallen

Loved, loved, loved this movie! Loved the first one and the second one was as great! Loved the new site to Butler’s character and the ass-kicking of Eckhart’s character!

Blindspot

Well, in the beginning I wasn’t sure if I liked this new TV show, but ever since season 1B I’m hooked! Give it a try!

Scorpion

I’ve been a fan of this show from the very beginning, but I think Season 2 is by far my favorite. I love the character development of Walter and the whole story! Give this show a try, Season 1 is on Netflix!

If you click on the title of each it will lead you to the IMBD website!


 

Make-Up Favorites

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Rimmel – Brow This Way

I love this brow product by Rimmel! I’ve got thick eyebrows so I always tend to over-do them, but with this product – using it on its own – it’s perfect for my everyday make-up look. It gives a bit of a tint to the brows and holds them in place!


 Favorite Quote

There are things you carry in your heart so deep that not even the reality can destroy them. There are moments which touch you so much that one word is sufficient to make you cry. There are moments in your life which you wouldn’t exchange for any money in the world. There will be people who will always love you, even beyond death. But there will also be shadows that lie about your existence. There will be rainy days that make you feel like the sun has died. There will be days full of suffering, anguish, grief and pain, which will manage to make you start to doubt. And there will be moments when you rather want to die than to endure them longer. No matter how dark the days seem to be, no matter how sad you are, no matter which messages make you worry, no matter where you are and what you do – It is important that you stand by your decisions. It is important to stand up after you fall. It is important to believe in yourself. It is important that you never lose your target. Only when you start to believe in yourself, only if you have understood that life consists out of light and shadows, only when you are sure you have found your way, and only if you know who you really are, you understand this life and are willing to do anything for what may come.


 

And last but not least, my favorite songs this month! But since I’ve went on holiday I’m going to share my Travel Playlist I created on Spotify:

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I hope you liked this entry, and if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

January Favorites – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I am sharing my January Favorites with you! What were your favorites this month? Tell me in the comments.

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Beauty Favorites

The Balm – Mary-Lou Manizer

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I love this so much! I bought it a couple of weeks ago and have been using it every day! It definitely is worth it’s money! You can buy it here: FeelUnique – The Balm Mary-Lou Manizer

Bourjois – Bronzing Powder in 52 Peaux Mates

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A long time I have been using a drugstore bronzer from Catrice, but since buying this product I could never go back to it. This is absolutely amazing! It looks so flawless and natural, I love it! You can buy it here: FeelUnique – Bourjois Bronzing Powder

EOS – Lip Balm in Pomegranate Raspberry

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This product became quickly one of my favorite lip balms of all time, it’s moisturizing and smells great and even though I have been using it for pretty much every day for two months it still looks like it did in the beginning! You can buy it here: Evolution of Smooth – Lip Balm

Lancome – La Vie est Belle – L’eau de parfum (Try Version)

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This parfum was a gift I got for Christmas, I got it in a small try version together with the other versions of this product. I love the smell of this! It’s amazing! You can buy it here: Amazon – Lancome La Vie est Belle L’eau de Parfum

KIKO Milano – Rebel Bouncing Blush in 03 Treasure Rose

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I only own this product a little over a week, but I have been using it everyday since then! It’s amazing and the color is great! If you want to know a little more head over to this entry: KIKO Milano Haul If you want to give this product a try, you can buy it here: KIKO Milano Germany – Blush

Essence – All that Greys Eyeshadow Palette in 01 – 7 Shades of Rose and Grey

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Lately I’ve been into smoky eyes even during the daytime and this product has been my go-to ever since! I love essence eyeshadow palettes a lot, you get a lot for your money and with a primer underneath, the eyeshadows stay on all day! I love this palette, if you can find it in your local store try it!


 

Non-Beauty Favorites

Busy B – 2016 Busy Life Diary

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This calendar is amazing! I have been looking for something like this a long time. I wanted a calendar in which I can have one site for my blog and other things and one side for my Uni stuff, and the little reminder pages before each quarters is amazing! You have to have this in your life, I bought it here: Amazon

Coloring Book for Adults

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This might seem odd, but I got this as a present from one of my best friends and I absolutely love it! We talked about it a while ago and she surprised me with it! Coloring books for adults is a great way to destress and just let go for once, I have almost colored everything in, and it has been a great time for me. The exact coloring book I own you can buy here: Amazon

Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects

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Why this book is in my monthly favorites, you can find out here: Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects – Review


Music Favorites

Pretty much the whole album “Badlands” by Halsey (iTunes) and “Royality” by Chris Brown (iTunes) have been my favorite this past month. Especially Halsey’s album runs on repeat!


 

That’s pretty much all it! I hope you enjoyed this entry, if you did make sure to give it a thumbs up!

I wish you all a wonderful day!

XoXo, Jasmin.

Gillian Flynn – Sharp Objects – Review – 2016

Hey my loves,

today I want to give you a review of the New York Times Besteller “Sharp Objects” by Gillian Flynn. As I told you earlier this month I wanted to read more this year and this book was the first one of my New Year’s resolution. And I loved this book! I read in about a week I think, probably would have finished it earlier, but I was busy with other things so I only read in the evening for about 30 min. or more. This is what the cover looks like:

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I loved this book so much it was dark, twisted, thrilling and fascinating at the same time. You had moments where you literally sat there and was like “WTF?? How? Why? Isn’t she a bit to young?” I was so sucked into the world of the main character – Camille Preaker – and my imagination played wild during reading. I would like to see this made into a movie, it was so compelling and the potrayal of the individual characters was so original. I just have to recommend this book for you if you like this sort of stuff – the dark, psychological, thriller ones – because I surely do, and this book might just be one of the best in that genre that I have read. Chapeau to Gillian Flynn, for her incredible work.

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I don’t want to give too much away from the storyline, so here is what’s written on the back of my paperback copy:

Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, reporter Camille Preaker faces a troubling assignment: She must return to her tiny hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. For years, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie group on the town. Now, installed in her old bedroom in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille finds herself identifying with the young victims – a bit too strongly. Dogged by her own demons, she must unravel the psychological puzzle of her own past if she wants to get the story – and survive this homecoming.

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Have you read this book? If you did, tell me in the comments what you think of it. If you haven’t read it and were thinking about reading it, definetely do so. It’s absolutely amazing and was the best book I good start of my year with.

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Halloween Movie Night

It’s Halloween in a few days, and most people like to celebrate this day in some way or other. There’s of course a variety of things to do, but mainly you have two options: you can do a party, or you can watch movies. And just in case you decide on the latter, here’s a list of suggestions for you.

Classics

Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

An absolute all-time classic, not just for horror fans. Sure, nowadays it does not hold the same shock value it had fifty years ago, but this movie is still great. Suspenseful, dark, creepy, superbly acted, and the score alone is haunting enough, even without the bizarre dream sequence in which Rosemary conceives her hellish offspring.

The Exorcist (1973)

Once considered the most scary movie ever, horror fans will not be shocked as much now, but this movie is undeniably a true piece of horror that made a lasting impression on all occult horror flicks that came later. I still cannot watch it at night, or alone.

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

It is not the first zombie movie ever (that credit goes to “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari” from 1920), but it is considered the one that laid down the ground rules for all zombie flicks to boot, and it led to the five subsequent movies George Romero made, which were remade and inspired more than one generation. It is not really scary, but then, most zombie films are not, and if you are a genre lover, you have to see it. Also, as far as I know, it was the first movie ever to cast a white woman and a black man as the two lead actors.

The Shining (1980)

One of my all-time favorites. Even watching it for the 20th time, you can still get a kick out of Jack Nicholson’s acting. From the haunting score, to the kid actor that is ridiculously good for a 7-year-old, to the rotting corpse in the bath tub, to the chase through the icy labyrinth, everything about this Stephen King adaption is perfect. One of the best scenes in movie history is the scene in the bathroom where Delbert Grady cleans Jack Torrance’s jacket. Oh, and the bloody elevators. And the twins in the hallway. The horror that Kubrick managed to create with such limited means is still awe-inducing.

Slashers

Halloween (1978)

Could have been placed in the Classics section, since it is the mother of all slashers, laying down ground rules like the final girl and the masked killer. I guess I was too old (21) when I finally saw it, because it did not make much of an impression on me. But I will not deny that it is a good movie, and perfect for a Halloween movie night.

Friday the 13th (1980)

Tried to hop on the train that “Halloween” (1978) started. I have to admit that I have not seen it, but Leonard Maltin’s Movie Guide gave it only 1 ½ stars out of four, calling it a cardboard thriller. However, it has developed into a cult classic, and it has brought to the genre the idea of a secluded camp area that has been copied a million times.

Scream (1996)

This one could have also been placed in the Classics section, since it revived the genre and defined its tropes, as well. Never say you’ll be right back! Not scary after watching it 20 times, but that is the one downside to slashers—they usually only work once. However, this first installment in a (too prolonged) series is at times exciting, sexy, hilarious, and just enjoyable.

You’re Next (2011)

A fairly new movie that is surprisingly fantastic. It is an independent project with no known names, but I was completely thrown by how good it is. The action starts suddenly, and brutally, and when the suspense starts picking up, your heart rate will definitely rise. Its solution is not really a surprise, but that hardly matters, nor do any potential plot holes, because the movie artfully plays with the genre tropes, spinning and twisting them without ever breaking any rules, turning the slashers into the slashed.

Zombies

Shaun of the Dead (2004)

Another one for the Classics. Not actually a spoof of “Dawn of the Dead”, a misconception that must stem from the title. This brilliantly intelligent British production is a zombie film that just happens to also be extremely funny. Dozens of shout-outs at classics of the genre and other pop culture phenomena, as well as dialogues sprinkled with hints at the entire plot that you only catch if you pay really close attention, make this a pure pleasure to watch. Look out for Michael Smiley’s two-second-cameo as a zombie.

Zombieland (2009)

Wonderful comedy with big names like Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone that gives us a quite realistic view of what the life post-zombie apocalypse might look like. Like, for instance, the fat ones die first because they cannot run that fast. The characters are relatable, and also this movie has one of the best cameos ever. Of course, most people are already spoiled, but I will not mention it.

Wyrmwood (2014)

This Australian production might just be the best zombie film I have ever seen. Gory, yes, of course, but also very funny, and sad, and shocking, and with so many new ideas to the genre it makes your head spin. I saw it at the Fantasy Filmfest without having seen any trailers or reviews, which is a true blessing because you will not get the full experience if you do not watch it completely ignorantly. No, seriously, do not watch the trailer. It tells you everything.

Deathgasm (2015)

Outrageous production from New Zealand about a teenaged boy who founds a band with his pals and then they inadvertently play a song that brings hell to earth. While the idea is not new, the variety of weapons the survivors choose to employ to fight off the zombies surely has not been seen like this before. And the humor is so rudely, incorrectly, gut-wrenchingly funny that you just have to fall in love with it. Also probably the most gory flick I have ever seen. An absolute must for genre fans.

Creature horror

An American Werewolf in London (1981)

Very funny, but also really creepy movie with Oscar-winning make-up effects that were unbelievable back then and still are today. I watched it when I was way too young and was absolutely terrified. I am certain it would not have as much of an effect on me now, but it is perfect for a nice scary movie night.

Ginger Snaps (2000)

Exciting, slightly scary movie about two sisters, one of which gets bitten by a wolf. The movie is not surprising, but well acted, and the characters are relatable. There is a significant amount of tension created as we watch Ginger slowly change, starting with her personality and the fact that she suddenly has very hairy legs.

Cursed (2005)

Also a werewolf flick, with Christina Ricci and Jesse Eisenberg as siblings that both get bitten and go through some interesting changes as a consequence. Funny, fairly suspenseful and with a nice twist in the end.

Black Sheep (2006)

Completely absurd and extremely hilarious creature horror from New Zealand in which crazy scientists try crossing human DNA with sheep DNA and inadvertently create genetically modified sheep that crave for human flesh and bite people who then slowly turn into sheep themselves. And the hero, of course, has an extreme sheep phobia. Very gory and brutal, but the effects are handmade, which makes the whole thing very likeable and just plain awesome.

Haunted House

Poltergeist (1982)

Another one for the Classics, and, to my knowledge, one of the first movies ever to display such a clear example of the Haunted House motif. I admit I have not seen it. I am not made for this genre because of my vivid imagination. However, there is nothing but praise to be found for this horror flick that was cowritten and coproduced by Steven Spielberg (!). If you are a fan of the genre, I guess you need to see it.

The Amityville Horror (2005)

There is a long history of movies centering around the same story that I was not aware of. This installment is the only one I have seen and that is enough for me. Again, classic Haunted House, but with a striking resemblance to “The Shining” (1980) at times, just with a slightly different ending.

Paranormal Activity (2007)

I have not seen this one either. All I know is I watched a few snippets of it and then had to sleep with the lights on that night. This film (that is also a classic example of the found-footage-genre) represents the epitome of why the Haunted House motive is so scary—because it is an invasion by an offender you cannot fight against, in an environment where you are supposed to be safe. If you can watch that kind of thing, this is your movie.

Insidious (2011)

There are those who found it boring, and then there are those who were a complete mess after watching. I have to admit I belong to the latter group. Starts out as classic Haunted House, until it turns out it is not the house that is being haunted. A mean ending, and well-acted with a lot of jump scares and a very sinister atmosphere.

Miri – @OriginalSGreenD

Tell us in the comments what you’re favorite movie is to watch for Halloween!