Sunday, 30 March 2014

The Walking Dead Nails!

Anyone who follows me on Twitter knows that my second favourite show in the world is The Walking Dead (favourite goes to Firefly because I’m a Browncoat forever) and I painted my nails inspired by this promo. Now tonight is the last episode of the Season so I thought I would post these up!

They were pretty easy to do as well! I put a base coat of BarryM’s White, then got a thin paint brush and started drawing with BarryM’s Grey, eventually mixing it with some random red and eventually adding a little bit of Illamasqua Scarab. Of course, you could do this with any brands you wanted. 

Easy and effective, these got a lot of comments- admittedly not all good as some people don’t watch the show and were fairly confused :’) but I liked them either way and they put me in a Season 4 finale mood.

What do you think? What is your favourite TV show? 

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Astrid & Miyu: March Secret Box!

I finally broke down and got one of the Astrid & Miyu Secret Boxes that have been talked about a lot on blogs lately. I was so excited to get this in the mail- only two days after I ordered it! For those who don't know, Astrid & Miyu have a quarterly subscription service where four times a year you can pay £39 for a 'Secret Box' of a personalised selection of their jewellery picked for you according to what you say on their questionnaire.

So- what's in the box!? Brad Pitt? Seven?

When it comes to jewellery I pick quality over quantity. I like nicely made pieces that are going to last decades rather than fashion jewellery that is going to last weeks. Which means that I just don't own a lot of jewellery. I'm not really a ring person either just because I type a lot, I think I owned one before getting this box. But I'm in love with these three and they fit so perfectly that I barely feel them. I filled out a questionnaire saying what I liked and I'm pleased that this was what came. They're comfortable, beautiful and just to my taste.

The Rosy Delicate One in Green Ring is £29 and the Floating Leaf Midi Rings appear to be £24 each but are not available on the website in these colours. So I paid £39 for the box for £77 worth of jewellery and delivery, not too shabby!

Beautiful, right?

The box also came with Skin Feelings temporary tattoos, a sample of Premae Skincare Harmony Crème Balm and Moa The Green Balm. Along with discount codes for all of them and £10 off your next Astrid & Miyu order. I'm eyeing up a couple of things right now but I'm hesitant. Even though these rings are all nice quality but I'm not sure about the prices for plated brass.

Overall, the service is something pretty original. We'll have to see if I keep my subscription in 3 months. I think I might stick with drooling over Etsy.

What do you think of the Astrid and Miyu Secret Box?

Friday, 21 March 2014

Fiction Friday: Another Discount Book Haul!

Another book haul Imogen? Didn't you just do one? Yes! I did! Don't judge me! In my defence I bought 43 books for £33.95- So these books were around 77 pence each if my math is correct. Not too shabby. And hey- I can always find more nooks and crannys to shove books, right?

So these books are…

The Douglas Adams Collection - £4.99 at the time of buying, now £8.99
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for all the Fish
Mostly Harmless
The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
The Salmon of Doubt

I bought two copies of this, one for me and one to give away because even though I own a couple of these books, this set was so cheap it was better value to buy all of these, than the four I don't have. I love Douglas Adams writing for radio and film and I've read enough to know his writing is really fantastic and original. If you haven't come into contact with his work before I truly recommend it. 

The Gollancz 50th Anniversary Fantasy Collection - £7.99
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolf
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Eric by Terry Pratchett
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch

This is a great selection of Fantasty/SciFi books and I'm really excited to try out some of the work of some very recognisable names. This set includes one of my all time favourite books- I am Legend which considering I paid £7.99 for when I first bought it, makes this set 100% worth it.

The Hidden Classics Collection - £5.99
The Last Day of a Condemned Man by Victor Hugo
The Devil's Elixirs by E.T.A Hoffman
Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert Von Chamisso
A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder by James De Mille
The Haunted House by Charles Dickens
The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
Notes from The Underground by Fyodor Dostoevsky
The Monk and the Hangman's Daughter by Ambrose Bierce
The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford
The Black Spider by Jeremias Gotthelf

I don't read or own many classics, much to the irritation of my mother, so I thought where was a better place to start than these at just 59 pence each? These are all slightly less known, but still great, classics by various authors. "A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" is just calling to me, what a great name.

The P.G. Wodehouse Collection - £9.99
Summer Lightning
Pigs have Wings
A Pelican at Blandings
Service with a Smile
Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Blandings Castle
Full Moon
Leave it to Psmith
Something Fresh

You may remember that I got a Wodehouse book for Christmas and although I haven't read it yet, I have flicked through it and decidedly liked Wodehouse's work enough to buy these to push me over the £25 you need for Free Delivery. I love the colours of the spines as well- they just look so summery.

And where did I find these? The Book People! I love The Book People, they have amazing value collections as you can see and also send out a catalogue every now and then that I used to pour over as a child marking the pages of everything I wanted. They also currently have an extra 12% off! I recommend all the collections I bought and also- The Hunger Games trilogy that I reviewed here! And the Sookie Stackhouse/ True Blood collection which I bought from The Book People years ago.

Have you ever read any of these? What do you think of my haul?

Saturday, 15 March 2014

The Liebster Award!

I was nominated for the Liebster Award! Three times in fact. Thank you to the lovely HelenNatasha and Lilly!

11 Facts about Me: 

1. I'm trying to grow my hair long enough to donate to the Little Princess Trust and I'm really tempted to just shave it all off after reading that Cate Blanchett said it was 'liberating'.
2. I have a real problem finishing things I start, I'm trying to become more of a completist.
3. I'm thinking of vlogging my trip I'm taking to Florence next month.
4. I'm dying to move out and have my own 'home'. I want a fresh start and to live somewhere with fresh country air.
5. I love the Stephen Fry Harry Potter audiobooks and I'm currently listening to it along with a friend of mine.
6. I have binge 6 seasons of The Office U.S. in the past week.
7. I've been vegetarian for around five years after giving it up for Lent- this years attempt at giving up chocolate is not going as well.
8. I have a permanent dent on my pinkie finger because of how much I rest my phone on it.
9. I'm currently reading five books and I have no idea how that happened...
10. I'm doing Camp Nanowrimo in April to try and finish my failed Nanowrimo novel from last year.
11. I'm going to the Manchester #bbloggers even tomorrow and I'm so nervous! Anyone else going?

Since I was nominated three times I decided to pick only one set of questions and I picked Helens...

1. Winter or Summer Olympics? Which sport is your favourite to watch?

I'm not an Olympics person! I watched the UK opening ceremony last year but that was it. I'm not really into sports. I'd be a lot more interested if there was some kind of reality TV element to it. Olympics/Jersey Shore :')

2. If you had to make an entire cooked meal with just five ingredients what would it be?
Mac 'n' Cheese! Macaroni, Cheese, Flour, Milk and Garlic. Oh now I have a craving for Mac 'n' Cheese. I might have to go make some…

3. What's the last film you watched at the cinema? Would you recommend it?
It was the latest Hobbit film and yes! I love both Tolkien and Peter Jacksons work and this was no exception.

4. What's your favourite book?
Yikes. Er. If push comes to shove- Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome. It is free on kindle/iTunes but if you have £2.95 to spare then I truly recommend you get this audiobook version read by Hugh Laurie that is just perfection.

5. When on holiday do you prefer exploring or relaxing?
Both! But exploring always lands me in trouble. I went to Venice last year and decided on the first day that I was going to deliberately get lost in the beautiful floating city. So I dropped a pin on the Maps app of where our rented place was- keep in mind that I had been there once late the night before and I was half asleep- and went and got lost. I took left turns, right turns, and walked till I was pretty much on the other side of Venice. Then when I decided to go home, my phone was dead. How I got back is the biggest mystery and one of my greatest achievements in life.

6. What's your favourite thing to do in your home city?
Leave *badumdumtssh*

7. If someone gave you £100 to live without your phone for a month could you do it?
Heck no. No way. Nuh-uh. When I got my current phone, the guy selling it to me said that I was getting 10MB of data a month and that there was no way I could possibly go over it… He was wrong.

8. What's your earliest memory?
Terrible memory! Er- probably the day that my primary school took a break from teaching to watch a football match and my friend and I were the only people on the playground.

9. When you feel like spending money where's the first place you go?
Probably to Boots. Or Etsy. Or Steam!

10. Which animal would your Patronus be?
I'd like to think it would be a panther- but probably a big fluffy cat.

11. Why/when did you decide to start blogging?
It would've been about 3 years ago during a summer holiday and I was so. bored. I was in the middle of a Lush/Mac obsession so Imogen Rose Beauty was born. Ah memories!

 I don't actually follow anyone under 200 followers who haven't already won this award I think *for shame* so I would really appreciate some recommendations! 
Thank you for reading!

Friday, 7 March 2014

Fiction Friday: A Discount Book Haul!

It's pretty hard to find discount books in the UK online. And the prices of books, while worth it, has put me off making orders in the past. But the lovely Lianne nudged me towards The Works and oh boy, it was basically my dreams come true. But it was not without issues.

But first- what did I buy?

The Divergent Box Set - £9.99
I was so excited to read these, they're the ones I reached to read first out of all 22 books I bought. After I read The Hunger Games, this was the one that kept popping up when I googled for similar books to fill the Katniss shaped hole in my life. However, if you read my Books I Read in February post you know that Divergent was not my favourite.

The Georgia Nicolson Collection - £9.99
I read the first five of these books as a teen. But I never finished them, and they still stick with me even now. Unfortunately, only 4 days after getting these in the mail, I found my copies in the depths of a box in my storage unit so… Giveaway maybe?

Bridget Jones' Diary - £1.99
Bridget Jones, The Edge of Reason - £1.99
I love the Bridget Jones movies so I'm excited to read the books and hopefully find a book in diary format that doesn't move so slow it makes me want to tear my hair out. *side-eyes Princess Diaries*

Kitty Goes to Washington - £1.99
Kitty Takes a Holiday - 99p
Kitty and the Silver Bullet - £1.99 but no longer on the site
Kitty and the Dead Man's Hand - £1.99
The 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th book in the Kitty Norville series about a werewolf with a late night radio show. Unfortunately I'm a dummy and didn't realise that there is one book before these four so I had to head over to Amazon to get it. But I'm excited to read these books as I love a good supernatural story!

Destined - £1 but no longer on the site
This is the 9th book in the House of Night series and I never finished to it see a pattern in my book buying? so when I saw this for £1, I think it was a sign :') I did really like this series when I read it as a teen so I'm hoping I still like it now I'm in my twenties, I do write YA so it is research either way and these are really popular.

Stardust - £2.99
I think I have one Neil Gaiman book and I haven't read it but people keep telling me how great he is so when I saw this and read the description I decided to take a chance. It's a lot shorter than the other book I have as well. If I don't like it then it's only £2.99 anyway.

21st Century Dead - £1.99
Zombies? Check. Short stories? Check. Perfection! I'm a big fan of zombies in all fiction media so I really didn't look at this very closely before buying it but it sounds good!

The Works seems to be a bit of a mixed bag. They did email me and refund my money once they found out that two of the books I ordered were out of stock but then again- you'd hope they'd take something off the website if it was no longer in stock. I got free delivery and wasn't expecting much but half my order came within 1 working day, the other half a couple days later. They have multiple dispatch locations and I was seriously impressed because these packages were large and heavy. Postage costs for The Works must have been pretty high.

So that's my haul! It seems like their stock rotates fairly frequently so I'll definitely be checking back soon. And if you fancy 20% on top of the already ridiculously low prices then you can follow this link. Go forth and buy cheap books!

Have you ever read any of these?

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

The Battle of the (Hair)Brushes!

Tangle Teezers, No Tangles, Tangle Angels. When it comes to these detangling hair brushes that are everywhere it's hard to know which one is the right one for you and your hair type, so I thought I'd do a little comparison post of the three I've tried that are all around the same price range.

So let's see how these three compare, shall we?

The Tangle Teezer
Now I bought this so long ago. It was literally in my first haul on my old blog which means this baby has lasted over two years and is still going strong! It was my first try with detangling brushes and left me liking them, but not loving them. I stuck with it though and kept using it until I was presented with something better.
My main problem with the Tangle Teezers is the shape, it doesn't fit my hand comfortably and the design of it lets in water and lets out water all over laptops sometimes which was fixed with the Aqua version but I just want a handle on my hairbrush, call me old fashioned.
It detangles fine, and I think it's really good for people with normal to thick because the bristles are quite long and firm.

These are found at Boots and they have a variety of colours you can check out here ranging from about £10.99 to £12.49.

The Macadamia No Tangle Brush*
My personal favourite! This is the best of the three for me, it has a handle and long sturdy bristles for my thick hair. It's solid but the lightest which means no tired-brushing-arm, and comes in my favourite colour- green. It can get through wet and dry hair with no problem and is the only one I reach for these days. It's only downfall is that the name which was on the back, rubbed off after continued use but that really doesn't matter.

These are on Look Fantastic and come in the Green/Brown version I have with a 10ml of oil for £14.25 here and a bright pink for £9.95 here.

The Tangle Angel**
Now I'll admit, when I first saw this I was like- wow. It's a pink angel shaped brush, which isn't quite to my taste but I have a friend who loved the look of it so that just shows that taste is subjective. But I wasn't a fan of this brush, the bristles were just a little too flimsy and a little too short for my hair which is slightly on the thicker side and wavy, it just couldn't reach all my hair. Although I did love that it had a handle.
This would be great for kids, I hated having my hair brushed when I was little but if my brush was kind on my hair which this is, and shaped like a pink angel I think I would've sat down and been quiet.

These are found at Look Fantastic in a assortment of colours for all your angel shaped hairbrush needs here around the price of £9.95 to £12.95.

So in conclusion, The Tangle Teezer might be easier to find in stores and preferable if you prefer a hand-held brush, but I'd recommend The Macadamia No Tangle Brush especially with it being on sale right now, but if you have thinner hair or kids then The Tangle Angel might be a good choice!

Do you have any of these? Which is your favourite?

The Tangle Angel** was a PR product. The Macadamia No Tangle Brush* was received at an event. This has not changed my opinion on either product and I am not obliged to show them on my blog.

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