Blogmas 2018: Day 11!

An image of a lit up white branch with baubles hanging from it, on the right is a narwhal decoration hanging off the branchI felt so organised last week getting all the posts ready and scheduling them and then they didn’t post! At least we’re caught up now and I have a couple of gift set posts I want to do coming up so there will be two posts a few days. I always feel a bit like I’m cheating on the advent calendar when I do these posts in advance, I open them each day and it’s a bit of a treat but then I open three at once to take photos! Do you guys do advent calendars a day at a time or in chunks, or just open them all at once?

Today is the first of the duplicate characters with another Harry Potter, though he is pretty different to the first I would prefer it if they’d thrown in a few others that I know aren’t in here, I won’t spoil it by says who I’d have added yet. But the Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Cleaner Beaut Calendar was great, I’m a huge fan of Dr Organic products, so is my skin, and it’s something from a range I’ve never tried before.

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Blogmas 2018: Day 10!

A sepia toned image of stocking hanging on the bannister of the stairsBack home after the weekend and today’s been so busy that it’s not so Christmassy feeling now! I don’t think I’ve done anything all that festive today, I started a course for developing a business to see if I can create a business plan so it’s all been about that so far. It’s exciting lead up to Christmas may not have been the best time to start on this!

I am loving the moisturiser in the Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty Advent Calendar, it’s one of the things I was most looking forward to trying, and the Funko Pop Harry Potter Calendar is adding to the Hogwarts staff with a pretty detailed and well done character.

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Blogmas 2018: Day 8!

The first of the two catch up advent calendar posts for today, Day 9 will go up later, though I might do three so I’m fully caught up as I have a few normal blog posts I want to put up soon too as they’re gift set reviews and I have no idea how long some of the things will be in stock for.

An image of a golden wire Christmas tree decoration with gold, rose gold and dark purple baubles hanging from it. To the left is the title Blogmas Day 8It always feels like Christmas really starts when we see family, though recently it’s been before we’ve decorated so it’s even more of a thing, but this year it’s definitely intensified the Christmassy feeling I had before. I love getting together with people you don’t see very often and just catching up with everything that’s happened. The presents and decorations are nice, and they’re definitely the more exciting parts of Christmas in some ways, but it’s this sort of thing that really feels like Christmas. And yes I know that sounds cheesy and possibly like a made for TV movie but oh well!

Today’s advent calendar goodies are good again, I feel like I say that every time, with some more hair care from the Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty and another teacher, who happens to be one of my favourite characters in the Harry Potter universe, in the Funko Pop advent calendar. We’re still away so no tea today but I’ll be catching up with that when I get back!

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Blogmas 2018: Day 7!

I am so annoyed at the moment, somehow the posts I had prepared for this weekend and scheduled haven’t posted. Unless you’ve already seen this, then sorry for the double post and I guess it’s not showing up on my blog my end. It said at the time my scheduled post was published but I can’t see it on my blog. I’ll do 2 a day to catch up.

A white tree covered in lights and decorations with Blogmas Day 7 in frontThis weekend is the start of family visits for Christmas so I’ll be in North Wales for a big family meal. It seems to end up that we only really see each other once a year, or most of us anyway, so it’s nice to catch up and have a meal out together. There’s always Christmas crackers, there will probably be at least one of those fortune telling fish and the hopping frog, and I have a proper Christmas dress this year, it even has Santa on it!

As we’re away (and I feel like I’m cheating with the advent calendar and opening these few days early) I’m not going to be drinking the teas till we get back, I’ll have to do a couple in each of the posts then. However I am looking forward to thing the first haircare product from the Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar and I have a mini Draco Malfoy to go with Snape to start on the Slytherins in the Harry Potter Fubko Pop advent calendar.

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Blogmas 2018: Day 6!

It doesn’t feel like December at the moment, it’s too warm for this time of year, so much for the snow we were supposed to be getting from November.

The advent calendars today had some more goodies, I do love trying new nail varnishes, though I should probably reducing my nail varnish collection rather than adding to it. The Funko Pop figure is the first of the Hogwarts pets. Crookshanks is almost as big as the other figures but still a very cute looking angry cat!

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Blogmas 2018: Day 2!

Blogmas title image with Blogmas Day 2 and a decorated Christmas treeWhy does Christmas decorating always take longer than you expect? Or I guess it’s more preparing for decorating, I swear I spent an hour untangling lights today, and it’s so tiring. Tomorrow will be putting the decoration boxes back in the attic and all of the boxes will be away for a month or so. I’ve still got some bits to sort out in my room and tidying it all away, I’m sure our puppy will miss the fun of poking around in all of them and helping us to sort them out.

Day 2 in the advent calendars was another good one, though I know the Funko ones will be as they’re all mini Funko Pop Harry Potter figures and I’m trying to work out if they’ll all fit onto my mini shelves in one go. The Holland and Barrett Organic Herbal Tea Calendar was a good one and I think the 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty one had one of the more interesting and unusual products for a beauty advent calendar.

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Blogmas 2018: Day 1!

The Blogmas Day 1 header image. It shows the title in a box in the centre with a photo of white branches decorated with fairy lights behindI can’t believe it’s already December! We’ve started our advent calendars, the first lot of decorations have been put up and it’s finally feeling properly Christmassy even if the weather isn’t. This yea I’m going to do the daily advent calendar opening like I have the past few years but I’ve also found a list of 25 questions that I’m going to answer each day. It’s from Pinterest so I can’t save the picture and the site keeps saying it doesn’t exist but it’s from peanutbutterJenny.com and apparently from 2012 so it’s not new, I’ll have to make a new graphic to show the questions and add it in here some time.

Anyway, the advent calendars I’ll be posting about are the Holland and Barrett 25 Days of Cleaner Beauty and the Harry Potter Funko Pop one. I do have the Holland and Barrett Organic Herbal Tea one and I’ll review those if I’ve actually drunk it when I post but might not do that one every day. If you want to find out what was behind door number 1 on each of them then keep reading!

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It’s Christmas! Blogmas Day 25 and the First Day of Christmas.

Merry Christmas everyone!

I hope you’re having a good day and enjoying yourself whether you celebrate Christmas or not. As it’s the last day of the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent Calendar and the official first day of Christmas it’s the last day of Blogmas. Not that my Blogmas went as I was expecting, December has definitely been more hectic than I expected it to be so I didn’t do the same posts I was expecting. Today’s gift in the advent calendar is a makeup bag. It’s not one I can find on their website but as their makeup bags are £12 in general I’m going to stick with that as the value they’ve put in this one, not sure if it would be.

The first day of Christmas from my Twelve Days of Ciate London Calendar is a liquid lipstick. I love the look of this calendar in general and I’ve wanted to try the Ciate makeup after loving their nail varnishes for years so couldn’t resist it when it was on offer. The liquid lipstick is a Liquid Velvet Liquid Lipstick in the colour Oh Honey! The full sized version is £17 normally on their website (currently on sale for £13.60) and is part of the new nudes range. This mini size is 2ml to the 6.7ml of a standard one which means it has around £4 of product in it. These minis are always enough for me in liquid lipsticks anyway and I can see this one lasting well.

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Blogmas Day 24: Advent and Christmas Eve Traditions

It’s the second to last day of the Marks and Spencer’s advent calendar, though I know a lot of advent calendars end today and they always did when I was growing up. When does advent actually end? I always thought the 24th but so many include the 25th now too. Anyway, today’s gift is the Pur Illuminate and Glow Primer, the second primer in three days so I kind of wish they’d spread the two out a bit more. It’s a corrective primer that has some shimmer in it to give a glowy look for a base. The full sized tube is 30ml and £24 so this 10ml tube contains £8 of product. It has a bit of a peachy bronze look to me and definitely has shimmer in so I’m not sure how much I’ll use it as primer.

The second thing from an advent calendar, well kind of, is the Forest Walk Wax Tart from the Scented Seasons Shop Twelve Scents of Christmas set I bought and have been picking them out at random as a kind of home done advent calendar. The set was £15 for twelve wax tarts or they can be bought individually for £1.25 each where you pick your scents.

I can’t believe it’s Christmas Eve already! We have some things we do on Christmas Eve every year, they’ve become traditions as well as some of them being practical. Things like getting food bits ready or watching certain movies, I love these things that become traditions and are different for each family and don’t necessarily have anything too Christmassy about them.

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