I 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.
Back 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.
My lips seem to get chapped and dry throughout the year, so today’s Holland and Barrett product is definitely welcome, especially as they get worse in the winter. The Funko Pop figures for today adds to the Weasley family. I like how they’ve included Ginny in here as she’s a fairly main character but seems to be sort of forgotten in a lot of Harry Potter licensed products.
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.
It 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!
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!
Is it just me or does it already feel like December is going by quickly? I love Christmas but it feels like there’s so much to do in the next three weeks I’m.not sure how it’ll all fit in! Today was another day of decorating, this time my room and an accidentally colourful Christmas tree, and painting for this year’s Christmas card which is a bit behind schedule but hopefully will be taking it to be printed tomorrow.
My Hogwarts golden trio was complete today with the Funko Pop Harry Potter advent calendar, they’re so cute I’m tempted to stick them in my tree as decorations but it may be a bit much alongside the Primark Harry Potter decorations. In the Holland and Barrett ones I got a completely new flavoured tea, something I’ve never even heard of before and had to Google to see what it actually was, and another fun oil to try out and see if I can mix my own beauty products, I’m getting a bit excited about that.
Why 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.
I 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!
I do love a good Primark shopping trip, but the ones near me aren’t really the best when it comes to the homeware department, we normally get everything well after it’s been off the shelves (the Chip mugs appeared about six months later at full price) so I was very happy to see some of the Christmas decorations there that I thought would have missed us.
They had a decent amount of the Harry Potter Christmas decorations along with some of the Disney themed sets of two and quite a lot of the decorations that aren’t a collaboration or licensed products from someone else. I could have spent a lot more but I was good… ish.
This year I planned on getting a couple of advent calendars, one was going to be the Marks and Spencer’s Beauty Advent calendar, the other was probably going to be the cheapest of the three Body Shop ones. However, I managed to write down the wrong date for the M&S one so missed out on it and the Body Shop one was sold out by the time I had the room in my budget so I’ve been having a look around at some and actually will have four within my budget for two (I have one on the way which I will link to at the end as well). I did plan on getting the NYX one too, which may sneak into a basket if it goes on offer but I don’t really need the extra makeup even if the colours do look gorgeous!
I think this year will be the biggest variety in advent calendars I have ever had, it pretty much covers most of the things I like and they aren’t even really linked in any way. The first is from Funko Pop and is one I found by accident and had to get when I saw it was in stock, the second is a beauty advent calendar that was better than half price and has some amazing products in but it’s not one I’ve seen any posts on in advent calendar round ups, and the final one I have with me is full of tea! The fourth is Christmas decorations for the tree and I just love the style of them, plus I did originally decide to get it before I found any of the others and I just wanted an advent calendar.