Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

I'm about to head to bed after a very long and busy day but I couldn't not pop over to my blog and say Merry Christmas to all that celebrate it! I hope you had a great day and got to spend time with people that love you. As I do every year, I'm going to leave a list of helpline numbers because sometimes Christmas isn't always movie magic perfect, even if I wish that for everyone.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 18002738255
Alcoholics Anonymous: 08457697555
Beat, for Eating Disorders: 08456341414
Refuge deals with domestic violence: 08082000247
Childline for children to call: 08001111
And for adults worried about a child: 08088005000
Narcotics Anonymous: 03009991212
Rape Crisis: 08088029999
Victims of Crime Support: 08453030900
OCD Action: 08453906232
No Panic for anxiety sufferers: 0800 138 8889
Contact a family for families with disables children: 0808 808 3555
Cry-sis: 08451228669
Disabled Parents Network: 0870 241 0450
Fatherhood Institute: 08456341328
Help To Heal: 08451203788
National Domestic Violence Helpline:
England: 08082000247
Northern Ireland: 02890331818
Wales: 08088010800
NSPCC Child Protection Helpline: 08088005000
Parents Advice Centre: 08088010722
Parentline Plus: 0808 800 2222
Prisoners' Families Helpline: 0808 808 2003
Relate: 0845 456 1310
Samaritans: 08457 90 90 90
Solvent Abuse - Urban 75: 0808 800 2345
Talk to Frank: 0800 77 66 00
Womens Aid: 0808 2000 247
Working Families: 0800 013 0313
Youth2Youth: 020 8896 3675


If you’re feeling suicidal then please reach out and call 999 or 911.

If you just need someone to talk to then feel free to email me at imogenstypewriter@gmail.com

Merry Christmas, and thank you for reading. <3

Friday, 19 December 2014

Fiction Friday: The Nutcracker Ballet!

Last weekend I went to go see The Nutcracker at the Birmingham Hippodrome and it was amazing. I've loved The Nutcracker ever since I was a little girl and go see it whenever I can locally, probably about once every two years. The Birmingham Royal Ballet did an amazing job, the dancing was perfect and the set was magical. I admit my foot was tapping about quite a lot throughout.



The soundtrack is here and there are many versions of the ballet on YouTube (don't tell my mum but I'm also a huge fan of the Barbie version). If you need a little Christmas cheer, I really recommend either watching a version or putting on the soundtrack and dancing about!

Have you ever seen The Nutcracker? What gets you in the Christmas mood?

Best Dry Skin Skincare for Winter!

Winter has rolled around again and while it isn't as horrendously cold as I was expecting, the wind is whipping around and the rain is being blown into your face the minute you step outside. It's getting pretty rough on my dry skin. I did a best harsh Winter skincare post last year and thought I'd update it with a few things I've discovered this year!



Water. Water. Water. Oh- and some more water.
Yeah, I know you've heard it before and I know in Winter we all really want a cup of hot chocolate instead but water really is a dry skins best friend. Your skin is the first place that inner health problems show, if your skin is dry- you're probably not getting enough hydration. Carry a bottle around everywhere you go. I have cats so glasses and cups are a no-go unless you want a little wet nose stuck in your drink but I rate bottles anyway. Portable and reusable bottles are much better for the environment, this is a great list if you have no idea where to go but personally I didn't really rate the Bobble bottle. However, I love my Camelbak Groove that I bought from Amazon for £18.70.
And because it's winter, you don't need ice because water from the tap is cold as heck!

Witch Hazel toner.
I bought this Witch Hazel toner from my local supermarket after having a pretty painful allergic reaction to a face mask and wanted to only use natural basic products on my face until it calmed down. I've been using it since then and keep coming back to it even though I have a fair amount of other, more expensive and with impressive claims, toners in my collection. I love it for Winter especially because the wind and rain really make my skin hurt and this soothes it.

Oil Cleansing.
I did a whole post on oil cleansing earlier this month that you can read that here but the basics is that instead of cleanser, you rub oil into your skin then wash it off. It's affordable, there are certain oils that are amazing for dry skin- I personally switched to Argon oil and Sweet Almond oil in the Winter- and it's natural. There's nothing shady in a pure oil!

Strong Moisturisers.
My pick is the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. Don't let the name fool you, a day cream this is not. This is thicker and stronger than any other moisturiser I've ever used and packs a mighty punch. It even beats last years pick of the Origins Drink Up Intensive mask because it is just so moisturising. Definitely not for the faint hearted or the casually dry. I got mine last Christmas and it's lasted all year, you can get a tube here if it sounds like something you need!

Carry around a multi-use hand cream.
I get dry hands in winter, but I also find that my arms get dry really easily so rather than a super expensive hand cream that I use sparingly, I like to have something a little more reasonably priced that I can slather all up my arms without guilt. I've been trying out the Balance Me Super Moisturising Hand Cream* and it's exactly what I need. You can get it in a 100ml tube here but it also comes in a set with the Rose Otto hand cream. I have an obsession with rose so this is on my to-buy list!

What works for your skin?

*Post contains affiliate links. I was sent the Balance Me hand cream to try, this has not changed my opinion and I am not obligated to talk about it.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Beauty Review: Formula X - Drawn To You!

Today I have to show you todays festive nails. Yes it's another green, but not from Kiko! I bought the Formula X glitter nail polish in 'Drawn To You' in Rome and hauled it here. It's a beautiful gold shimmer with green glitter at about €15 a bottle, a little expensive but it was a holiday treat.



I put one coat of 'Drawn To You' over OPI's 'Jade is the New Black' to get this effect. It was literally one coat to get this effect, the shimmer is so packed in. It's not as pretty on it's own as the gold shimmer doesn't make much of an affect on nude nails but over dark polish, amazing. I love this glitter.  As for the polish, it was a great formula and dried quickly. It did need a top coat to stop the large glitter being rough but it lasted a long time. The pictures were actually taken on the fourth day! Pretty good for a glitter.

What do you think of 'Drawn to You'? What is your favourite glitter polish?

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Loving Lately: Candles!

Along with loving the Countdown to Christmas, lately I've been pulling out all my candles from every nook and cranny that I store them and firing them up. I'm actually a little ashamed of how many I have when I get them all together!



Spiced Orange by Yankee Candle was a Christmas present from my brother about six years ago that I have repurchased time and time again as it just reminds me of the first time I burnt it on Christmas Day watching movies with my family. 
I won a set of Elli Candles from Caitlin (and if you use this link you get £5 to spend free!), the set came with Festive Nights, Festive Fires and Festive Pine and they've been amazing. Really lovely scents, really Christmassy and gorgeous reusable Mason jars.
Last year my Booboo Ashley was kind enough to smuggle some Bath and Body Works candles in a huge brown box with a $0 customs value, god bless her. I've been using them sparingly since to make them last and I have to say- YouTubers are right. Leaves is the best candle ever.
The candle in the little gingerbread votive holder is the French Vanilla one from Heart and Home Candles* from IWOOT but it's nearly finished and then I'll raid my Yankee Candle stash.


Do you bring out the candles when Winter comes around? What are your favourites?

*The IWOOT link is a affiliate link which means if you buy anything from them, I get a few pennies at no extra cost to you. They sent me the candle too which was nice of them.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Fiction Friday: Winter Wonderland Book Tag!

Admittedly I had no idea what do to for today's Fiction Friday, mainly because my plan of reviewing Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with my friend who is a Harry Potter Virgin ran into problems when I made her watch the first episode of Lost and got her hooked enough that we haven't been reading together. My bad! Anyway while scouring for ideas I was watching old YouTube videos and found a tag that Priscilla from The Readables did last year, you can watch it here! And here are my answers!



1. What book is so happy and sweet that it warms your heart?
This would have to be Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. I was thinking about Harry Potter and the Philosophers Stone and thinking about how it was actually kind of dark when the quote; "But then again, everything has it's drawbacks as the man said when his mother-in-law died, and they came down on him for the funeral expenses," came to mind and reminded me that Three Men in a Bot has no dark side and truly just makes me happy.

2. What is your favourite book with a white cover?
World War Z by Max Barry. Not exactly festive but this is my favourite book with a white cover and actually one of my favourite books ever. I normally read it in Summer though.

3. You're sitting in a nice comfy chair, wearing a onesie, with a lovely warm hot chocolate but what MONSTER are you reading?
Honestly I haven't read many monsters this year, I attempted Game of Thrones but had to put it down a couple hundred pages in. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is on my Christmas TBR so I'll say that one! I'd love some monster book recommendations, I tend to shy away from them!

4. It started snowing so you decided to have a snowball fight! What fictional character would you love to have a snowball fight with?
Hmm. I'd have to say Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird, she'd be amazing in a snowball fight.

5. Sadly, your fire is beginning to go out. So what book would you tear the last few chapters out to throw into the fire?
Either Endgame by James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton or Season to Taste by Natalie Young. I really didn't like either of those books so I'll sacrifice them to the flames. Reminds me of that scene from The Day After Tomorrow where they burn the books in the library.

6. What book is so close to your heart that you would gift it to someone this Christmas who hasn't read before but wants to get into reading?
Okay, I'm going cliché here but Harry Potter. It's a great series for people who want to get into read but- apart from my friend- who hasn't read it these days?

I tag everyone! Seriously, I want to see everyones answers. Please link me if you do a post or answer in the comments!

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Beauty Review: Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter!

Now I hauled the Sephora Instant Nail Polish Remover for Glitter and Nail Patches, Nail Tattoos, Pen... What a name. Anyway I hauled this here and I've been trying it out for a couple months whenever I paint my nails with glitter and sometimes when I'm too lazy for normal nail varnish remover, so here's my review!



Pretty simple instructions!



I'll keep this short and sweet, we've all seen and heard the great things about nail varnish remover pots and the only thing different with this one is that it has a rough sponge in the middle and the liquid seems to be pretty dang strong but. This works.

Gone are the days when I would sit around with cotton balls soaked in acetone wrapped in cling film around my fingers for ages and still have to scrub to get it all off. Or, if I'm being brutally honest here, I would let my hands soak in a hot bath then peel it off.  No, it's not 'instant' but we're talking a minute or two to twist and scrub my nail varnish off and do a job that would normally take twenty and leave me with wrecked nails. Totally worth the €9ish I paid and I would again.

Have you ever tried this? What do you think of nail varnish remover pots?

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Gifts: For Nerdy Beauty Lovers!

How is that for a specific audience! I thought I'd write a bit of a gift guide for the nerdy beauty lovers, because personally I love putting make up on that has a bit of a reference to the things I love most. I've hauled some Indie Cosmetics before and let me tell you, there's nothing quite like using 'Smell Ya Later' on the lid, 'I'll Move that for You' in the crease, 'You Know Nothing' as a highlight with 'Why Not Zoidberg?' on the lips. So here are my top picks for making your nerdy beauty lovers, or your own, make up routine a little more cheerful!



Are they a Peggy Carter fan? Hayley Attwell recently tweeted about the lipstick that Peggy Carter herself wears! It's 1946 - Red Velvet lipstick from Bésame. It's the perfect red lipstick for taking no shit, shooting at Captain America to test his shield and being an all round inspiration. And with the new Agent Carter TV series premiering in early January, this gift would be pretty well timed.

So they're a Marvel fan, they like red lips, Shiro Cosmetics has your back with the Red in my Ledger lipgloss. Or are they more into eyeshadow? The entire The Earth's Mightiest Heroes collection from Shiro is pretty beautiful in my opinion with names like "I Understood that Reference" and "That Man is Playing Galaga", any Avengers fan would probably be pretty pleased to find these in their stocking. If you're still not convinced then check out the art. I need it all!
Shiro also do collections for Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Minecraft, The Hobbit, Legend of Zelda, Fullmetal Alchemist, Hunger Games, and Pokémon fans. So you're pretty covered! I use their eyeshadow every time I do my make up and it's all amazing quality too.

Or if the nerd in your life likes their nails, then you might want to pop over to Espionage Cosmetics where their nail wraps, especially if they're Borderlands fans. My favourites though are the Harley Quinn nails and oh- the tentacle wraps are so pretty!

Etsy is a feast of great things for nerds, and you support some pretty great small indie brands at the same time. If you know something that your nerd likes, a search will generally bring up some amazing results but I have to bring to your attention this store; MeLissa Lacquer who have some of the prettiest nail polishes that is still accepting orders. I'm lusting after Joker Here, Oh Captain, My Captain and Caped Crusader.

I'd love to recommend Geek Chic cosmetics too but they're now shut for orders for December, so I'll just be here pining over The Pie Hole Scent collection until they open again! But hopefully this gave you some ideas!

What do you get for the nerdy beauty lovers in your life?

Monday, 8 December 2014

Beauty Review: KIKO Nail Lacquer in Lime Green

Another day, another NOTD post. I love this one though, I have it on right now and I keep looking down as I type because it's so pretty and shimmery. I have nothing else in my collection like this and weirdly, this seems super Christmassy to me. I can't figure out why though- can you?




268 - Nail Lacquer in Lime Green
This guy, as you can see, is pretty sheer. I had to put on three coats to get the look above and it's still see-through but I didn't need a topcoat as it is super shiny. I personally love the sheer look but you could always use a white base under this one if you wanted it to really pop or save it for nail art looks! As I mentioned in my last Kiko NOTD, their polishes all have really lovely wide brushes which kept this from getting too streaky as well.

What do you think of sheer nail polishes?

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sample Review: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque!

Today is a quick sample review of the Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque that's been kicking about in my haircare drawer for a while now before I pulled it out and committed to using it. I've declared my love for Macadamia's detangling hairbrush before so I was excited to see if this would stand up to the high regard I have for the brand.

Sample Review: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque!


The sample I had was a generous 15ml but I was a little worried as my hair is thick and long. I needn't have been. It was just enough. The consistency was like a thick gloopy cream but it spread evenly to cover all of my hair.

Sample Review: Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque!


Now the instructions are pretty simple; wash your hair then comb this through and leave for seven minutes. So I did this, clipped my hair up and read in the bath for maybe ten minutes before rinsing this out. It needed a good rinse. I stood under the shower for quite a while and that's always something I'm worried about with these types of things because if you don't rinse long enough then your hair is left greasy and if you rinse too long then there's nothing to show for it. I was pretty sure I had rinsed too long but lo' and behold, the next day when I let my hair out of my plait it looked incredible. It was super soft and shiny, and just felt and looked amazing. A+ results!

I'm also in love with it being cruelty-free, paraben-free and alcohol-free. All in all, I'm probably going to buy this! If you want to try it, you can buy it here!

Have you tried a hair masque? What's your favourite?

*I received this at the Mid-Summer Meet way back when. I am not obligated to talk about it and it has not changed my opinion! Post contains affiliate links.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Why I Love Oil Cleansing!

Let's talk about Oil Cleansing. This is the method of cleansing the skin where instead of using a balm or a gel or a wash, you cleanse your face with oil! It basically works by the science that like attracts like, oil attracts the oil in your skin and when you wash it off, the oil on your skin and all the gunk comes with it. I've tried cleansers from £4 to £40 and this is my favourite method of cleaning my skin.

Why I Love Oil Cleansing! Sweet Almond Oil on a Flannel


I really love this way of washing my face for a few reasons;
One. The first time I did it, my pores became the clearest they had ever been since I knew what pores were.
Two. It's affordable, all you need is an oil which I get at my local health store for around £6 and a flannel which you can get three of at Primark for £2. That's it. That bottle will last about two months in my experience.
Three. Instead of feeling stripped or dirty, my skin feels clean and nourished after I'm finished.
Four. Long term, my skin has been- great! I didn't have terrible skin in the first place but I look at my foundation now and can't imagine ever finishing a bottle because of how little I use to get a flawless look.
Five. No chemicals or general nastiness. There's one ingredient. One. I feel a lot better using one ingredient on my face that I know where it came from then twenty that I can't even name.
Six. It's customisable. If your skin is having a bad week or needs a boost as it sometimes just does then you can reach for an essential oil to mix in. Here's a pretty extensive list!

To do it, I get a few drops of oil on my hands and massage it into my skin, makeup and all. Then with a hot damp washcloth I let it rest over my skin to open my pores. After a couple seconds or minutes depending on how long I have, I just take the wash cloth off and wash off the oil. I've used Jojoba oil, which is the oil closest to the skins oil and is great for temperamental skin but at the moment I'm using sweet almond oil as winter is so drying. I also have Castor Oil for when my skin needs a really good cleanse. Don't think it's just for dry skin! There's a lot you can read about the benefits and pros of oil cleansing for all skin types, I just wanted to throw my two cents in and hopefully get more people trying out this pretty neat way of caring for your skin.

Have you ever tried Oil Cleansing? What do you think?

Friday, 5 December 2014

Fiction Friday: Books I'm Reading this Christmas.

The holiday time is well and truly upon us, we even had ridiculously heavy hail today and personally I'm looking forward to curling up with a good book with a candle and a hot chocolate. And here are the eight books I'm optimistically looking to read. I also have a couple Christmas story anthologies I might dip into too...

Pile of Books I'm Reading this Christmas.


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Not a typical Christmas book but the final Hobbit movie is coming out on the twelth and I'm hoping to get around to this before I go see the conclusion of the trilogy. I've already read it a couple years ago so it's not a huge thing if I don't get around it though.

Three Bedrooms, One Corpse by Charlaine Harris.
Another not very christmassy book but I've read the first book and the second book this year and they've been great so I'm pretty interested in finding out what happens next! They've both only taken me an evening too so if I feel like a murder mystery, it's a quick read.

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey.*
Finally! Something wintery! Based in 1920's Alaska, a couple moves to try and get away after the death of their baby, but they start to see a mysterious little girl out in the snow. I'm hoping for a snow day so I can stay in and read this with the scenic weather.

The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson.
I won this from Bookolio's blog and it's the first instalment in the Mistborn trilogy. I really want to read some thicker books next year, so if I start this epic fantasy this year then I'll be starting off on the right foot.

Snowblind by Christopher Golden.*
Much like The Snow Child, this is a creepy kind of story based in Massachusetts (like my boo, Ashley). The idea is that twelve years after a great storm, the ghosts of those that died are back with a new storm. It has some really great reviews so I'm looking forward to creeping myself out with this one.

Red Rising by Pierce Brown.*
This is a YA dystopian type of book set on Mars and is the book of the month for the Chapter 5 Book Club over on Goodreads so I decided to save this for December even though I've been clamouring to read it for a couple months now.

Rudolph! He is the Reason for the Season by Mark Teppo.**
I won this from Goodreads and I know for a fact that this is what I'm going to be reading on Christmas Eve. I don't know a huge amount about it apart from that its the 'true story' of a very cynical Rudolph.

Batman Noël by Lee Bermejo.
Now I borrowed this one off my brother about two years ago and really should give it back at some point... This is essentially a retelling of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens with Batman as Scrooge!

What are you reading this Christmas?

*I was sent these books for review.
** I won this book on Goodreads!

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Gifts: For Bookworms!

For me, the hardest people to buy presents for are bookworms. I know they like books. I know what kinds of books they like. But I know what kinds of books they like because they already have those books so unless I'm told explicitly "I want this book by this author," then I have to think a little outside the box. These are the five gifts for bookworms I've found!



Last year I got my dad the Bookrest Lamp (£36.99) from I Want One of Those and he loves it. He says it's the best gift I've ever got him (no pressure for this year eh?). This lamp is house shaped and is designed for the bookworm to rest their book on, while saving their page. I honestly think I'm going to buy one of these for myself one year.

If your bookworm is also a camper, or likes to read in the great outdoors then this Fully Booked Tent is so cute! It's a bit pricey (£189.99) but I couldn't not show it. It fits two, has the cover of The Natural World and opens at the pages.

Another gift idea is the Spineless Classics posters (£24.99-£44.00) that use the words from the book in the shape of instantly recognisably imagery from the story. They have a wide variety of books to chose from; The Great Gatsby, Alice in Wonderland, James and the Giant Peach, Pride and Prejudice, Trainspotting, Wuthering Heights and Life of Pi. And there are a couple more on Amazon if none of those take your fancy too. Personally I think these are so classy and prefect for if you know they like a book enough to want it up on their wall.

I couldn't do a gift idea post without mentioning a subscription service. I think they're such a lovely gift because they continue on for a couple of months and give the receiver something to look forward to in the bleak new year. And the one I love is Prudence and the Crow, a vintage book subscription box at £12 a month that offers 1, 3, 6 and 12 month subscriptions. I got a 3 month subscription for my mum for her birthday this year and she was really excited every month when it popped through the letterbox. Each package comes beautifully wrapped with a vintage paperback and a few extras.

Lastly, another thing something my dad and I both have is the Moleskine Book Journal (£12.59) for keeping track of what we've read and what we thought of it but while looking for this, I found this Book Lover's Journal that seems pretty neat too and is a little bit less expensive (£10.06). Book Journals are so handy to have for readers that maybe don't have Goodreads or maybe just like writing things down! I use mine for recording quotes and amazing writing I find as I read.

What do you get for the bookworms in your life?

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Beauty Review: KIKO Nail Lacquer in Grass Green!

Three guesses what Imogen's favourite colour is? Way back when I was in Florence I happened by a Kiko Cosmetics store nearby the pizzeria I frequented during my stay and picked up some nail polish while I was there as they are all super cheap and a couple were even on sale. I got 7 of them and I think I paid around £10. I'm finally getting around to wearing them and blogging about them so look out for a fair amount of green nails on the blog over the next few weeks!

KIKO Nail Lacquer in Grass Green!


391 - Nail Lacquer in Grass Green
This one was actually a bit of a pain compared to the others! It took absolutely ages to dry and took three coats to get a nice even finish. It really needed a topcoat to add shine and even it out but I have an OPI dupe and it's the same story with that one too. I think it's just a problem with bright greens but I do love how it looks. So cheerful and perfect for Christmas tree nail art! Kiko polishes all have really lovely wide brushes similar to OPI too- no cheap brushes here.

What's your favourite nail polish colour?

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Loving Lately: The Countdown to Christmas!

I'm normally the person that starts preparing for Christmas in- June? July? Yeah, but I wasn't really feeling it this year until December 1st when my mum gave me my lovely homemade advent calendar and I put up my first Blogmas post. Now I'm practically counting the seconds and dreaming of warm fires, good company and roasted potatoes.




So tonight I'm curling up with To Kill A Mockingbird, which I am determined to finish before starting my Christmassy TBR. I've got my advent chocolate and vegetarian gummy Santa sweet by my side for a snack. And one of the Elli Candles I won from Caitlin burning and filling my room with the scent of christmas (and if you use this link you get £5 to spend free!). It's love. I'm in love with the countdown to Christmas.

What are you loving lately? 

Monday, 1 December 2014

My Christmas Wishlist!

I did a Christmas Wishlist last year for Blogmas Day 1 that you can check out here and I thought I'd do another one this year on the same day! It's nice to have traditions. I have an Amazon wishlist like everybody else but these are the not-books in my letter to Santa. It's a pretty short list since I don't really need anything but it's fun to do.



Much like last year I'm asking ol' Santa Clause for another pair of Snooki Slippers, they're my one thing where I know they're a little overpriced but I want them anyway. And this year I have my eye on the Green Zebra print and the Blue Leopard print (both of which are on sale right now!)

Another thing I'm asking that I asked for last year are the Whittard Teas because they just taste so good! To drink said tea, I'd love a Night Vale mug! Be it the classic Night Vale Community Radio one or the new Moonlite All-Nite Diner one! I love this podcast, I've talked about it before here and here and I love mugs!

A Loot Crate subscription is also on the list. I love Loot Crate, I've done a couple reviews on the blog and I love it but I just don't have the income to have £18 a month coming out of my bank account. Although I may have just ordered Decembers box because it looks neat (and with the code CYBERMONDAY for get $5/£3 for today only here) Loot Crate is like Christmas once a month anyway!



And of course a Toblerone, it wouldn't be Christmas without a Toblerone. Something I also need desperately is a new head for my Clarisonic and I found this Delicate Brush Head Twin Pack on Amazon that is perfect!

New releases Pokémon Alpha Sapphire and Pokémon Omega Ruby both look neat too. I have Pokémon X and really enjoy it and I'm looking forward to seeing what is coming next from the Pokémon world. I still have to finish Yellow for my 30 before 30 but this is good practice! Or should I wait until I complete X?

And finally a calendar, I have my eye on this Walking Dead one for my month by month and I also saw a German phrase-a-day one at my local garden centre that I think would be neat as I try and up my language skills! I've also been looking at this Q&A a Day: 5 Year Journal for a while and I think it would be cool as I love looking back on how things change over the years!

What's on your Christmas Wishlist? 

*This post contains Amazon affiliate links which means if you buy anything from the links, I get a few pennies at no extra cost to you. Pretty neat, huh?

Friday, 28 November 2014

Fiction Friday: Books I Read in November!

Now I'm jumping the gun a little with my Books I Read in November post considering we have two days left of the month. However, I decided to attempt Blogmas again this December so my Fridays are already booked up with Wintery reading goodness! I've actually been reading a lot online this month so my book consumption is down but hey. Reading is reading.



Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand by Carrie Vaughn
This series had a bit of a dip with the second and third books, coming back up into greatness with the fourth and continuing in this. Set in Vegas we deal with more werewolf hunters, magic, were-things and that extra bit of romance too. The characterisation is dead on because while Kitty made some choices I would definitely not make in my own life, I completely understood why she did. And oh was there drama!
Also, this was the first of the Kitty Norville books to end on a cliffhanger and the only time that I didn't have the next book to dive in straight away! Sods law! But I had a £10 voucher for eBay and the remaining 3 books were quickly on their way to me.


I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
You can read my review (and enter my giveaway) for this book here! Basically, it's perfect.


Y: The Last Man, Volume 8, Kimono Dragons by Brian K Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuda, José Marzán Jr.
I don't know if it's because I took a break from reading this series or maybe it's just me but this volume felt a little- off. A lot was happening, a lot of backstory was put in, but it managed to feel like too much and not enough at the same time. Don't get me wrong, I love this series but this volume didn't wow me as much as the others. My least favourite of the ten but still worth reading.


Y: The Last Man, Volume 9, Motherland by Brian K Vaughn, Pia Guerra, Goran Sudzuda, José Marzán Jr.
Back to four stars, I went straight into this volume from the last and preferred it. There was less backstory but more explanation as we finally find out what caused the plague and it's not a bad explanation. I don't want to give away spoilers so I'll just leave this by saying that Yorick is one of my favourite comic book characters.


Y: The Last Man, Volume 10, Whys and Wherefores by Brian K Vaughn, Pia Guerra, José Marzán Jr.
I cried. I admit. I cry every dang time I read this volume and I'm not talking just the one time. There are two distinct points in this that make me tear up.
In general, I'm not a fan of endings. Mostly I'm left unsatisfied or annoyed compared to how I felt about the series as a whole, (looking at you Lost) but this comic ended the way it did and I might not be happy in the sense of- not crying, but I'm happy by the way it ended because it was the ending this amazing series deserves. The whole run of Y: The Last Man is five stars in total.


I'm also hoping to finish To Kill A Mockingbird in the next couple of days but I'll put it in Decembers wrap up. And that's another month down! I can't believe I only have one more 'Books I Read in..' post for this year. Where has the year gone?
What did you read this month?


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Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Pop in a Box: November 2014!

Today I'm going to be talking about a nerdy subscription box that I stumbled upon this month. And that is Pop in a Box where for £11.47 a month you get a Funko Pop! sent to you from a selection that you have up voted. So it's not a usual subscription service where you might get something you don't want, it's always going to be something you like.



So I popped (heheh) over to their website and gave the thumbs up to a few pops! Mainly The Walking Dead and Firefly and soon enough this little box was delivered to my door.



Inside was Maggie from season 2 of The Walking Dead and she's super cute! And it came with popping candy much like the Pop Rocks in this Lootcrate!
I like Funko Pops but I just don't think this is the subscription I'll be going for monthly. I'll probably use it if there's a pop I really want as it is slightly cheaper though and if you're a collector I really recommend it, the collection tracker is really neat and sometimes people get double pops and exclusives! Fancy it? You can sign up here!

What do you think of Pop in a Box?

Monday, 24 November 2014

A Year of Imogen's Typewriter.

I realised a couple of days ago that my first ever post on Imogen's Typewriter went up on this day, a year ago. That's pretty crazy to me. I've now been blogging since 2011 and I've never been happier with what I've been putting out there into the internet as I have been the past year.



Statistically my most popular post has been my Best Harsh Winter Skincare post and I have no idea why, maybe my SEO was accidentally good, but look for an updated version soon. Followed by my Sephora Haul. And my Indie Cosmetics Haul, probably because Chloe Dykstra retweeted it.

Personally my top moments include that retweet, being invited to the Essence Event in Manchester, and getting the opportunity to interview New York Times bestseller Lauren Oliver. I've also had several writers write posts for my blog which is still amazing to think about for me. And I participated in Blogmas vaguely successfully and will be trying again this year.

I'm still writing about beauty but I've also started writing about bookscomic books and one of my greatest passions- TV! I've even started doing life posts, which is intimidating for me but I'm enjoying it. I've ranted about not feeling guilty about what you love, and explored everything I want to do before I'm 30- which I've been updating here!

I own my domain, I figured out how to have a little favicon of a typewriter, I have original art done my a friend of mine over there to the right and I think this year I'm finally going to get my blog designed professionally.

All in all I really love my blog and I'm looking forward to another year of blogging, so I'd love if you'd leave me links to your favourite post on your blog if you're a blogger or if you're a reader- link me to a blog you love.

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