Blogmas 2018: Day 5!

An image of an artificial Christmas tree with gold and maroon baubles on and some Harry Potter Decorations.Today was not the best day, I did manage to get things done but only about half of the things on my list of ‘to do’s and that may have been overdoing it as I ended up having to lie down with a cold towel on my head. I’m really hoping I’m not going to be ill, perfect timing in the plead up to Christmas. At least I’ve got pretty much all of my Christmas shopping done and may be starting to wrap presents tomorrow, I don’t have the room for the things in my wardrobe and then I don’t have to hide them any more.

I have to say that I am very excited about both of the gifts in the advent calendars today. The Funko Pocket Pop is one I’ve had my eye on in the full size but it seemed to be sold out when I went to get it. The Holland and Barrett beauty calendar had a face mask in and I do love a good face mask, plus my skin could really do with some TLC as it’s been playing up recently. The tea was surprisingly good too, it wasn’t one I was looking forward to but I did enjoy it.

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Blogmas 2018: Day 4!

How did this not post on the 4th? Sorry guys, but it does mean 2 today!

The decoration boxes are back in the attic and all the clutter is cleared away so it finally looks properly Christmassy. It’s surprising how many boxes there are, though this year we’ve not used as many lights as normal I can’t seems how we used the extra sets. I also gave my blue tongue skink’s vivarium a Christmas theme, he seems to like it so far, he’s been climbing on his mini Christmas tree and hiding under the sparkly flower.

In the advent calendars today I got the first of the Pocket Pops that I already own in a full sized version. The Holland and Barrett beauty advent calendar has a soap in from a company that I’ve heard of but never tried, which I might end up looking at in the future for bath products.

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Blogmas 2018: Day 3!

An image of a painting of a black dog with a Santa hatIs 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.

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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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My Advent Calendars This Year (There’s a Bit of an Odd Mix!)

My three advent calendars; Funko Pop Harry Potter, Holland and Barrett Beauty Advent Calendar and Holland and Barrett Tea Advent Calendar

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.

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Review: Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm Primer

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I’ve had the Tony Moly Egg Pore Silky Smooth Balm in my drawer for a while, I’ve had a few primers to go through and try and it somehow ended up falling down the queue. Like a lot of Tony Moly products it has cute packaging, though it’s a lot bulkier than it needs to be it’s the kind of product that looks really nice sat out on the side. I got it for £9.99 in TK Maxx but I can’t find it there any more so it’d probably be eBay if I wanted to replace it.

This primer is supposed to contains egg, though I can’t see it in the ingredients specifically. It’s aimed at reducing pores and is that silky kind of primer that fills in pores and fine lines to leave a flatter surface for your foundation. It claims to help your makeup stay matte for longer, and as I prefer the matte look but have dry skin something that gives me that finish without adding to the dryness is always something I’d like to try.

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Review: Alpha-H Liquid Gold (and Limited Edition Rose Version)

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I was planning on doing this review of both of the versions of the Liquid Gold I have from Alpha-H and then realised that the Limited Edition Rose version isn’t available in many places. I’ll leave it in because I did find it still available online (£37 for a 100ml bottle here) and it might be available ion various online stores in other countries so might be worth knowing if it’s worth searching for over the original version.

Liquid Gold is an exfoliated, or I find it works as one, with glycolic acid. It’s quite strong and works in the same way as products like the Pixi Glow Tonic where it uses chemicals to exfoliate and remove dead skin rather than a physical scrub. The original version is available in a lot of places and the price various from £30-£40 for a 100ml bottle, though £33.50 seems to be the most common price. As it’s stronger than a lot of other similar products it’s recommended you use it once in the evening every two days, rather than twice a day as the Glow Tonic recommends. I’ve had the original for a while and I got the Rose version in an advent calendar but I haven’t got round to giving them a proper try so was interested to see how they’d work compared to other similar products I’ve tried.

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DIY Beauty: Cocoa Face Mask

DIY-beauty-home-made-cocoa-face-mask-1.jpgI’ve always been interested in trying some DIY beauty products but have never got round to it, either because I didn’t have the right ingredients when it came to making them or I didn’t know what ones to try. Last weekend we had a couple of avocados that needed using up so I tried a face mask and a hair mask.

There are so many face masks out there I didn’t know which to try but I found a chocolate face mask that seemed like it’d work for what I want and we had all the ingredients in the cupboards, it seemed an obvious choice for a first attempt. This recipe is from the Marie Claire website, you can find it here along with five other easy face masks so if this doesn’t seem right for your skin type there are others to choose from instead.

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Review: M&S Beauty Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream

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I haven’t actually had a full sized version of this but, with the latest Marks and Spencer Beauty Box, I have had three of the mini sample sizes and been using it for a while now so thought I’d do a post on the Formula Absolute Ultimate Sleep Cream. Although these are minis at 15ml you really don’t need much of the product so this is enough to get a good feel for if it’s right for you, I love it when companies do that.

The full sized version of this cream comes in a jar and contains 50ml of product at £22. It’s not a low budget product but it’s not high end either, I’d say it’s somewhere in the middle price wise. It is also vegetarian friendly and cruelty free with the leaping bunny logo, one thing I love about Marks and Spencer’s beauty ranges is that they are cruelty free.

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