Blogmas Day 3: By the End of 2013..

There are 28 days left in 2013, how scary is that? I thought today I’d blog about a couple things I want to get done before 2014 arrives just to make December a really good month. I read you’re more likely to do things if you tell people you’re doing them so here we go.

Finish Blogmas. Blogging every day is hard, I don’t know how people do it. I went to see a friend of mine today and realised when I got home that I had nothing to blog about, it took me a good twenty minutes to come up with this list but hey. I already know what tomorrows post is about though so that’ll be okay.

See my brother get married and have a really nice Christmas. Oh yeah, it’s a busy month on the family front. My older brother is getting married on the 21st so we have cousins and aunties and uncles and grandmas and everybody coming from all over England and Scotland to join us for a couple of days then leaving us with just my two cousins, aunt and uncle for a fairly quiet (for us anyway) Christmas. It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Listen to the Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Audiobook. Lately I’ve been reliving my childhood by listening to the early Harry Potter books read by Stephan Fry, except I’ve swapped the blue and red cassette tapes for iTunes. I listen to it a lot when I’m tidying and cleaning, and considering how much of that needs to be done before my family visits, I think I’ll be able to do this one, no problem.
Make a Buche De Noel. I say I will every year and never do but I saw it on The Great British Bake Off Christmas Masterclass and was inspired! If you’re in the UK you can still watch this episode on iPlayer till the 7th of December here so hurry, and take notes. Yum. I’m excited for this one.
But you can only make so many lists before you have to stop procrastinating and just do it..

What do you want to get done by the end of December?
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Blogmas Day 2: Best Harsh Winter Skincare

With Winter comes skin trouble but the cold has finally set in to the point where even my winter skincare isn’t cutting it. The wind is whipping round my face every time I open the door and the chill has crept into my little attic home where the radiators often fail. But here I have a couple products that may help, if you are struggling like me with dry painful skin.

Products I recommend for winter skincare

Origins Drink Me Up Intensive!
I normally use this as an overnight mask once or twice a week, but in the winter it gets pulled out every day or every other day. I talked about this on my old blog twice here and I still love it. I slather this on, breathe the gorgeous apricot smell in deep and go to bed. When I wake up my skin is moisturized, soft and plumped up, ready for makeup. Perfection. 

You can get it from Boots here!

Hand Cream, my favourite at the moment is Laidbare’s ‘In Safe Hands’*!
Ah, our hands. They really get the brute of the winters strength and hand cream often lies forgotten at the bottom of my bag. But! My tip is to put them everywhere. Spread out your hand creams, depot if you don’t have a unnecessarily large collection like mine and leave them in handy places. On your desk, by your bed, by the sink, next to the kettle, anywhere you can think of, and apply every time you see them! Your hands will thank you for it.
You can get Laidbare’s offering here!

A thick lipbalm, I recommend the Nuxe Reve De Miel or Lush’s Whipstick.
These are for overnight, a nice thick layer that has sunk in by morning and leaves you with soft lips ready for the days lip product, rather than dry cracking lips that don’t accept moisture. If you get in a good habit of applying lipbalm and hand cream before bed, it can actually help your sleep hygiene and routine, helpful come Christmas Eve! And both my recommendations smell like Chocolate Orange. Yum.

You can pick up Nuxe here and Lush’s offering here!
Lush’s Lemony Flutter!
The best cuticle balm ever. Thick, lemon sherbet scented and you can use it on your elbow and knees and any dry spots that need major moisture as well. I’ve even been known to use a little on my forehead and nose where I get really dry. It is a godsend. I can’t say enough great things about it.
You can get this from Lush here!

I know it’s hard when the outside is cold, you don’t feel like guzzling down water like you did in the summer but you still need your 8 glasses a day. Personally I like to sit at my desk in the morning with a few cups of tea, then in the afternoon I switch to green tea, all the while carrying around a bottle of just plain tap water. But there’s something so comforting about tea in Winter that I just can’t explain. Either way- Drink something!

What are your Winter skincare must-haves?

* This was received at the Look Fantastic Mid-Summer Meet. I am not obliged to show it on my blog and I have since bought two more tubes with my own money because it’s damn good hand cream.
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Blogmas Day 1: My Christmas Wishlist!

I always say I can talk myself out of buying anything, I’ve been known to talk myself out of buying anything from a 17p pack of gum up to a £500 plane ticket. I am the master of notbuying things. So this list is everything I regret not buying over the last 12 months/ my Christmas Wishlist. Enjoy!

Snooki Slippers! I love them. I love Snooki. These are the most comfortable slippers on the planet, they’re like walking on clouds and I want them in all the colours. I have them in Leopard and Pink Leopard already and I just want more! And on the subject of Snooki; Gorilla Beach by Nicole Polizzi! I’ve read the first of her novels and it’s actually really good and a great holiday read if you want something fun. Maybe it isn’t literary genius, but that’s overrated anyway. It’s nice easy reading with good plotlines and developed characters and I’ve wanted to read the second one ever since.
Victoria’s Secret Yoga Pants! My gym wear tends to be oversized sweatpants, a teeshirt and a hoodie but I want to look a little more put together and I think these are the way to go. My friend Ashley swears by them and I trust her opinion completely. And since I’d be going to the gym- A Toblerone and a Terry’s Chocolate Orange! Christmas chocolate classics! Everybody needs one of these in their stocking.
The Frasier Boxset! I love this show! I have the season 1 boxset from forever ago and I watch it on the internet on and off again and it really is a great show. So I’d like to own the whole 11 season boxset. I tend to buy from iTunes but £230.89 for 11 seasons! Appalling. Especially when you can get it on Amazon for £49.99.
Whittard Teas! I love them but I always forget to buy them when I’m near a store so this is more a reminder to myself to pick some up ASAP. Perfect for the cold months ahead we are predicted ahead. I could drink them out of these ever so slightly condescending Grammar Mugs. I’m not saying I’m the best at grammar, I make mistakes, but I feel I would make fewer mistakes with these mugs. Yep. I really like them. I literally need one. Okay I’m done.

Speaking of mugs, this NightVale Mug and these NightVale Bumper Stickers are pretty awesome. Oh and this Intern shirt. I’m really loving Welcome to Night Vale lately. 

I’m redecorating my room at the moment just trying to make it a little more- me. And this Doodle Pillow Case and this Doodle Duvet Cover are just perfection. Who doesn’t have brilliant ideas just as you fall asleep. Now all you have to do is scrawl it on your sheets and they wash out. Genius.

Lastly! I swear this is the last thing and a bit of a pipe dream, Animal Crossingor the Pokémon Nintendo 3DSxl!I love Animal Crossing and Pokémon, and my old DS is really really battered and torn apart after having it for.. 5-6 years? Maybe longer. tweeted about the poor battered thing back in July and it has lost even more of the plastic cover since to the point where I’m weary of being electrocuted!

That ended up a lot longer than I meant it to be! What’s on your wish list?
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Yes, I am doing Blogmas. I’ve only just started this blog but I thought- hey, why not? Vlogmas are my favourite videos to watch on YouTube from about September onwards and I know people do- Blog your socks off September, Blogtober, etc. But for me I wanted to do Blogmas. I love Christmas and it made sense to me! Then I saw on twitter that Cole was doing a #BigBlogmasProject and thought it was a great idea and a fun way to get involved with a lot of other great bloggers. They’re even doing twitter chats on Mondays and Fridays and you can follow their twitter here to be kept in the loop.

So! Starting on the 1st of December I will blog every day until Boxing Day and I’m really looking forward to it. I already have a few ideas up my sleeve.
Are you doing Blogmas? Leave me links! Leave me ideas! Leave me requests!

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Autumn is Awesome Tag!

I thought I’d ease myself back into blogging with a nice easy tag and this one was so cute, I just had to, even though Autumn is nearly over- I have 4 more days! This is a tag by Rachael Whitehurst, one of my favourite Youtubers, and you can watch her video here.

I was struggling to find a picture for this post but flicking through my albums I found this one which just screams early Autumn in England to me!

1. Favourite/least favourite thing about Fall?
My favourite thing would be the return of my favourite TV shows or the change in the weather. I hate summer, the heat and the sun, it’s not for me. 
My least favourite thing would be that it gets so hard to take decent photographs as the sun is out for about two minutes a day in England at the moment.

2. Favourite clothing item for Fall?
I recently got a new coat from ASOS that I’ve had my eye on for months, I snapped it up during the 20% Student Discount time and boy am I glad I did. Green is my favourite colour and this Ted Baker Jacket is a wool/cashmere blend that is so lovely and warm. I love it. And it’s on sale right now. For less than I paid. Isn’t that always the way?

3. Favourite makeup trend for Fall?
A little Snow White-ish. A pale base, simple eyes and dark lips. 

4. Favourite fall food/drink?
Favourite Fall food would be Oranges. I’ve been eating about 3 a day, it’s a bit ridiculous but they’re so tasty this year.
And favourite Fall drink would probably be tea. I love tea as it starts getting colder for warming me up and sipping in front of the TV.

5. Fall TV show premiere you are were looking forward to most?
The Walking Dead! The Walking Dead! The Walking Dead! The Walking Dead! It’s back and it’s awesome. I love it. 

6. Favourite Fall tradition?
I don’t really have any that I can think of! I guess making the christmas pudding is a big one in my family. And doing my Fall clean, my house is invaded by family over Christmas so I spend all of Fall cleaning and on the 28th December they all go home and it looks like a bomb has gone off.

I tag everyone but specifically; Ashley from Legally RedheadSiobhan from Siobhan EmmaAngela from Paper Love StoryVicki from Lets Talk Beauty, and Grace from Grace Talks Beauty. All of whom I have had the pleasure of speaking to whether it be Skype, Twitter or even in person and they’re all lovely women who I recommend to everyone. <3
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On the 6th September 2011 I wrote my first post on my old blog, and now I’m writing it again. I wanted a new place to blog, a little less beauty and more- a little bit of everything. Probably still a lot of beauty though. I’m really excited to be blogging again after taking a few months off, I missed it. So! Hello! I’m Imogen and  I hope to be posting more interesting things soon.

And please excuse the theme, I’m still ironing it out.

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