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I'm feeling really festive already and so I've been browsing online for Christmas jumpers, I mean who doesn't love a good Christmas jumper?! I love them all from the garish and out-there to the subtle but festive. So I've compiled a wishlist of all my favourites.

Are you buying a new Christmas jumper this year?

A few weeks ago Soap and Glory had 1/3 off selected skincare products so I decided to try Ultimelt Hot Cloth Cleanser as I had heard great things about it and wanted to try a hot cloth cleanser. I love S&G products anyway so I thought this would be a great place for me to start regarding hot cloth cleansers.

The cleanser itself has a slight typical S&G smell, you all know the one, but I find it quite pleasant as it's not overbearing. Since I've bought this cleanser I've really enjoyed using it as it makes my skin so smooth and therefore it gives me a better base for my makeup.
I massage it into my skin for a good few minutes (around 4-5) before using the damp muslin cloth to wipe it off. When I first used this I was shocked at how much makeup was on the cloth, it was quite gross in a way haha! 

Overall, I am really pleased with this cleanser and I'd definitely be happy to repurchase it as my skin feels a lot smoother and I've had less breakouts too which is great.
The only downside to this cleanser is that after a few uses the packaging ends up looking quite battered and squashed, but that's my only gripe with this product.

Have you tried this hot cloth cleanser?

This is quite a light hearted post as I personally don't believe that there are *too* many rules for blogging. But I have made some mistakes and little errors in the past so I thought I'd share those with you today.

Forgetting to proof read my whole post | Okay so this one happened this past Friday. I was in a rush to make sure I published the post and I completely forgot to change the title, hence the '[UNFINSHED]' oops. (I add 'unfinished' to the title of a post that is written out but missing a picture for example).

Scheduling it for completely the wrong time | Sometimes I've ended up scheduling my posts for 2 months previous, which makes absolutely no sense so don't ask me how/why I've done that before.

Broken links | This one I'm still working on, but a good few years ago I changed my URL very slightly and so some of my really old posts have broken links. It's taken me quite a while to sort through them, but I'm slowly getting there.

Have you ever made blogging 'mistakes' like I have?

In the past few months adult colouring books have been really popular. I bought my first one back in July 2014 and I've loved them since. I've been getting a little bored of my current ones and there's so many new ones on the market so here are my top picks!

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Also incase you're curious I use these felt tips and both these and these fineliners for my colouring.

Have you bought any adult colouring books? If so, what ones do you have?

A couple of weeks ago I featured a brush cleanser from P.S. Love This (which is Primark's beauty range incase you're not familiar with it) in a haul and I thought it was about time I wrote a review. I was really intrigued by this as I don't see many brush cleaners in the drugstores in the UK. 

This is the method I use to deep clean my brushes and I swear by it, but I do like to spot clean them in between to prevent the build up of bacteria. 

The directions suggest you apply the brush cleanser to the brush itself and swirl it around on a paper towel. However, for me I prefer applying the cleanser to my silicone glove AND the brush to save time. The cleanser itself doesn't have an unpleasant smell which I found the E.L.F one did when I used it a few years ago, and you get 125ml for £2 which will last you quite a while.

Of course I still deep clean my brushes regularly as this doesn't remove all the makeup, especially if I'm using it on a foundation brush but I do really like this cleanser. I use it a few times a week and it also reduces the amount of time I spend deep cleaning my brushes which is a bonus as I find it quite the chore! 

So will you be picking up this bargain brush cleanser or do you swear by another one?

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post on the Things I Love About Autumn and it seemed to have gone down quite well. So today I'm writing a post which may seem a little negative (but it's not I promise) on the reality of Autumn, as it's not always quite as I imagine.

S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) | This for me is the hardest aspect of Autumn/Winter as it really can be difficult to deal with. It's not something I've talked about on my blog before, but maybe I will if other people are interested.

A House With No Heating | The joys of student living! I mean we do have the heating on for about 2 hours a day, but it's a big house and it's still freezing - cue a lot of layering of hoodies, trackies, onesies and fluffy socks.

Deadlines Before Christmas | It's a guarantee that I'll be bombarded with uni deadlines before Christmas, this year it's 5 so it can be a little stressful.

Homesickness | I tend to get more homesick in Autumn and I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe it's because I'm settling back into uni again or just because I want to be at home in a warm house! 

Don't get me wrong, despite me writing all of the points about I do still love Autumn and I'm happy it's here. I just find it a bit of a struggle at the same time as well!

Can you relate to any of the points I've mentioned above?

November has come around so quickly, but that means it's almost Christmas!! I feel as soon as November hits it's acceptable to start the countdown to Christmas and embrace all things festive. I feel like November will be a good month, but also a fairly stressful one but here are a few of the things I have coming up...

- I'm going home twice in one month which I'm super excited about
- My Mum and my Nan's birthday
- Dissertation Proposal deadline (11th November) and I am slightly very panicked. 
- Red cups come back which means I will be having all the Toffee Nut Lattes

What are your plans for November?