#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 22

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Another Monday and just a few days until Christmas – how are we all doing? With most of my Christmas shopping done I have one more present to buy and it is a tricky one so I will get on with this post and crack on with my shopping!

Reading

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I’m almost finished with this audio book with about one hour to go. If you have read or listened to this book I would love to hear what you think.
There are some great reviews out there – check them out:

Vilma’s Book Blog

Kevin @ I Heart Chick Lit

Laura’s Haven

Tara @ Running ‘n’ Reading

Anna @ Diary of an Eccentric

I am hoping to finish listening to this book mid-week so I can crack on with something else very important that I want to read more than having to read! A bit of a secret but I’m hoping all will be revealed soon!

Life

Things are great on the living front at the moment – well apart from my split location. Between mine and himself I feel like I’m being spread a little thin on the ground but I am sure it will pass. Work is hard but as I am off for the Christmas period I can’t really complain.

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Over the past couple of weeks I have picked up a few new bedding sets and this one is just so cute.
Don’t ya think?!
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As I have very sensitive skin I have to keep my make up brushes clean and do it as often as possible without ruining them. As I do not wear make up every day I clean my brushes every two weeks and this week I managed to get a snap of my squeaky clean brushes.

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Himself and I popped over to a friend’s house on Sunday and found this in their bathroom and just had to snap it. At this current moment in time I am incredibly happy and this caption is exactly how I feel so why not ‘spread the love’ so to speak.

Beauty

My skin has really been giving me problems lately which is most likely due to the crazy weather changes. From the bitter cold outside going to the warmth of inside (my house is like the tropics!) my skin flares up and I find my skin reacting like crazy. My medicine cabinet seems to have more anti-histamine in it than the regular hay fever season and it is truly annoying.

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As I mentioned last week this has been a staple in my daily routine as it really has saved my skin from falling off like a snake. Disgusting but true!

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With House of Fraser throwing such heavy discounts around before Christmas I thought it would only be right to treat myself and as I use this on a regular basis I am extremely glad for the top up.

What are you using to keep your skin smooth in such harsh weather.

What have you been up to this week?

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Christmas Party Time – Blogmas Day 18

Yes people we all know it is almost ‘that’ time of year again and once again we are all preening for Christmas Party time to end the season for work and let the family time commence – well for some. For once I am in this bracket as I have Christmas off and will be spending it at home (family away and himself by my side!). Whilst I long for that special day of snuggling up with the dogs at our feet and watching old movies whilst getting merry I am also getting very excited about my work Christmas party this week. Now I have already put up pictures of what my christmas outfit choices are. However I thought it would only be right to put together a ‘dream’ christmas party look. Check it out and let me know what you think.

Christmas Party Time
Christmas Party Time by blogabooketc

From the selection above I think my favourite items would be . . .

– Christian Louboutin T-Bar Nude Shoes

– Coast Dress

– Chanel Bag

– NARS Lipstick

Each item could be dressed up and down for many more occasions which is also an added bonus!

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#IMWAYR – Blogmas Day 8

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It’s Blogmas Day 8 people and I am on the slow road to Christmas celebrations. This is my favourite time of year and I fully intend to enjoy it to the max. The decorations are going up and treats are almost ready for the oven (well kind of!). How are you preparing for the festive season and what are you reading?

Reading

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Thanks to Audible this is what I am currently listening to.
Sophie Kinsella has been a favourite of mine for many years and if I am honest got me into reading a lot more with her fabulous shopaholic series. This one however so far has not impressed me – I’m unsure whether it is because I am listening to it and don’t really like the narrators whiny voice.
We shall see!

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After checking out the new collection for Coast this is one of my favourite pieces of the collection. You may have guessed as this has not only been on my Instagram but also on my Facebook and made it to the press day post.

Beauty

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This has been my skin saviour this week, with all the cold weather I have been taking my daily cleansing routine a lot more seriously. After the first use my face felt fresh and dewy. Have you used this?

Life

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Our picture from date night at Winter Wonderland – it was such an awesome night and so romantic and snuggly.

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Cute right?! I just love this bed-spread and of course I am on the nice side!

What have you been up to this week?

Primed For the Season – Blogmas Day 6

Something that I have never really paid much attention to is priming my eyes prior to putting on my eyeshadow. It is a tried and tested method by beauty aficionados out there and it is about time I paid attention and cracked on so my eyes don’t look cracked at the end of a day/night out. I have looked at a number of products out there and my one gripe is – why can I not find one that is clear instead of coloured. Being mixed race but on the lighter side of things I tend to find it hard to find foundation or beauty products in general to match. Luckily I have sorted out the foundation and concealer side of things but for primer I am going to stick to clear – much more versatility.

Look What I Found

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Still Stay All Day Liquid Eye Primer
£13 – Feel Unique

Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

£19.50 – NARS

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Rimmel Exaggerate Undercover Shadow Primer Clear

£4.99 – Superdrug

The three products above are the only ones that I seem to be able to find and the final one from Rimmel being more affordable will be my most likely first try. Although I really do want the NARS version as their products really are just awesome.

With so many palettes waiting at home to be used it is the perfect time to find a base that will keep them in place for the seasonal events ahead.

Have you tried any of these and if so what did you think?