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Saturday, 5 December 2015

Advent Calendar: Days 1-5

About a month ago I purchased this adorable 'The Sweetest Thing' advent calendar from Matalan after it caught my eye during a VM nightshift, which includes 24 days worth of mini nail varnishes. I normally go for chocolate filled calendars but last year I just wasn't craving it like I normally would and I'd be away from home for a few days at a time and I lost the sparkle of excitement I'd have in past years so I decided this year I'd get something that I would actually enjoy and get to use throughout the year too. Also it has a cute unicorn illustration which I love too.
Overall I've really liked the colours that have come out of this calendar. I'm not a snob when it comes to brands of nail varnish, as long as it does the job I have no preference over what brand it is. However there is some colours I tend to repurchase and some colours that I have never tried, like the Taupe/Beige coloured nail varnish from Day #4 and this calendar has gave me the option to have that and give it a try which I think is a really good idea.
The older I get and the more I'm exposed to more festive things and ideas, the more I've realised how popular and beneficial it is having a calendar that has something a bit more useful with it. Maybe I'm an old soul or maybe my taste buds have changed and don't give me the craving for advent calendar chocolate (send help!) but I think these type of calendars that include items that are around more these days are a great gift for those who are into beauty or wanting to try something new. I think you can get some really great items within them to try out so I think they are worth having far much more and are appreciated more.
Although I've seen some incredible calendars advertised out there, I really enjoyed my cheaper option from Matalan at £12 (with Staff Discount) and I can't wait to try out all the colours in the new year.
Thanks for reading & Let me know which colour is your favourite :)
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  1. Hello from Spain: fabulous nails polishs. Keep in touch

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    1. Hello from England :D thanks for the comment :) xx

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  2. Oh my! Your advent calendar is the cutest! And I love the color of the nail polishes you got!

    Be | lovefrombe

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  3. Such a cute design! I'm not ready to let go of my chocolate advent calendar just yet though <3

    Gisforgingers xx

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    1. Haha I don't blame you, I wouldn't be surprised if next year my thoughts changed back to chocolate calendars ;) thanks for the comment Claire :D xx

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  4. didnt know matalan had this! :O soo cute!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  5. Oh my goodness. These colors are so gorgeous. They're so bold & beautiful. :]

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  6. love these colors!!!
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  7. What a cute idea! I currently have a chocolate one going, but I love the idea of small useful things like this! Thanks for sharing :)
    xo Kiki
    http://colormekiki.com/

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    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one ;D Thanks for the comment Kiki :D xx

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  8. This is so cool! I'd have to say though those aren't colours I would normally wear!
    Charlotte // charlottespicks.blogspot.com

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    1. Same here, there's a few I wouldn't but I'm looking forward to giving them a try :) thanks for commenting Charlotte :D xx

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  9. Oh, how cute is the packaging?! I'm more of a item with usable products kind of girl myself, too, haha!

    Enjoy the week, Kate!

    May | THE MAYDEN

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    1. Haha glad I'm not the only one ;D I know I had to open one of the doors that was part of the unicorn illustration and felt bad for spoiling it because it is so cute! haha. Thanks for the comment May :D xx

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  10. This is the coolest Advent calendar ever! Absolutely love those nail polishes!
    Fashion Soup

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  11. These are lovely! I didn't know Matalan had advent calendars :) I especially love day 1, 3 and 4! xx

    http://www.jelacablogs.blogspot.com

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    1. I didn't know Matalan had ones like this either until I saw it, they normally have the wooden ones so it was a pleasant surprise :D I'm a big fan of 3 as well, I like to hear what other's favourites are so thanks for including that too :) thanks for comment Jessica :D xx

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  13. oh my this is the sweetest little calendar! I really wanted to get myself a beauty calendar this year but never got round to it! NEXT YEAR! I love nail polishes and these are so good so far, you have one for nearly every season! £7 is so good when you know that some nail polishes alone cost that! xx

    www.iridescentplaces.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. That is a really good point! The price of the calendar probably costs the same as a high end brand of nail polishes, I completely agree :) I've said that for ages too I always putted it off, hopefully next year you have one though :D thanks for the comment Caroline :D xx

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  14. OMG! I want it! This advent calendar is so cute and such a great idea! I love it.
    xx,

    Aurelie | http://www.surface85.com

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    1. Hehe glad you like it :) Thanks for the comment Aurelie :D xx

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  15. I'm all agreed for a more useful advent calendar. There are some from beauty companies with great products inside. These are some pretty nail paints <3

    Noor | Noor's Place

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    1. Glad I'm not the only one who enjoys a useful one ;) Thank you for the comment Noor :) xx

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  16. Lovely shades! :)

    I have a new post up on the blog, would love to know your thoughts:

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    1. Thanks for the comment Helen, I'll be sure to have a look :D xx

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  17. This is probably the cutest most adorably packaged advent calendar I have seen to date! I love your photos so much! xxxxx

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    1. It's an adorable calendar isn't it :D Glad someone else enjoys it too :) Thanks for the comment and for your kind words about the photography :D xx

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  18. Beautiful nail polish colours. x

    http://themakeup-gypsy.blogspot.com.au/

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  19. Oh my goodness, what an adorable calendar! I should have gone for a beauty one this year, everyone's advent posts make me so jealous :) xx

    www.hello-cat.blogspot.com

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    1. You always have next year Cat don't worry :D thanks for the comment :) xx

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  20. How adorable! Love the colors!!

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  21. 7 pounds?! That is a serious bargain for all these shades! I think beauty advent calender's are far more exciting than chocolate too! I really wanted one, but I couldnt find any here in Australia

    Rachel xx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

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    1. Aw no way?! Hopefully next year they'll have more around for you :D And I know! I couldn't believe the price either! So worth it :D Thanks for comment Rachel :D xx

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  22. ohn darling, thanks a lot <3

    wooow, I really love this kind of advent calendar :D so nice colors :D

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    1. Hiya lovely :D glad you liked my blog! I'll be sure to check out yours too :) Thanks for sending the links over xx

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  24. That's the sweetest advent calendar ever! The nail polishes are really beautiful, I specially love the pumpkin/yellow shade, it's so unique and stunning, perfect for this season!
    I hope you have a great day xx

    Sel♥
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    1. They are so cute aren't they :D Thank you Sel for the comment :D Hope you have a great da too! xx

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  25. I got a similar nail polish advent calendar from Ciate, but I just ended up opening all of them at once, because I was too excited. :D <3

    Kay
    http://shoesandglitter.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Hahaha I love that :'D you'll have to link me to any posts you have of it. I'd love to see them all! Thanks for the comment Kay :D xx

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  26. OMG! That´s wonderful! I want this kind of advent calendar too! (: Lovely photos ♡

    Wanna follow each other? Let me know! (:
    Have a nice day xx Love from Slovakia ~
    ♡ ESTÉE LAUDER ♡

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    1. Thank you for the lovely comment Gabrielle :D I'll have a look at your blog now, thanks for sending the link over :) xx

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  27. such a lovely post <3

    xx,
    www.liviapangdoko.com

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  28. They look like mini OPI nail varnishes! I wish I had got a beauty one this year, I haven't eaten a single choc out of mine this year xx

    Tamz || http://www.throughneweyesx.com

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    1. I see that actually, now that you've said! Haha good call :D That was definitely me last year too! Thanks for the comment Tamzin :D xx

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  29. I'm really gutted I didn't know about this calendar as it's such a great idea - not that I need any more nail varnishes, oops!

    Musings & More

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    1. Haha you can never have too many nail varnishes! ;) Thanks for the comment Emily :D xx

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  30. What a gorgeous advent calendar, it's so cute! I am working my way through a Ciate advent calendar right now and adoring seeing new shades each day :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. Oh fantastic! If you have a post on it then link it over, I'd love to see the different shades :) Thanks for the comment Gabrielle :) xx

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  31. Your advent calendar is so cute! I like it :)
    Kisses,
    Magdalena from
    www.magdalenaklak.pl

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  32. I like your blog, its really dope.
    Do you want to follow each other?
    If you want, than follow me, and let me know in comments, so I can follow you back with pleasure.

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    xoxo

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    1. Aww thank you so much Andjela :D glad you like it! I'll have a look at your blog now :) xx

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  33. the colors are beautiful, I never tried a glaze of this brand

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  34. "Shut up and take my money!!!"XD
    OMG, I´m in love, what an amazing idea!

    Beijinhos ♥
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    1. Haha love it! :D Thank you for the comment Liliana :) xx

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  35. Świetny post, masz bardzo fajny blog a Twoje wpisy są naprawdę bardzo interesujące :) !
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    1. Aww thank you so much Karolina :D Really glad you like my blog :)

      Dziękuję Ci bardzo Karolina :D naprawdę cieszę, że Ci się spodoba :)
      nadzieję, że to przekłada się dobrze! xx

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  36. Love your blog :) Im going to follow you:)
    Kisses

    elisaumarapariganormal.blogspot.com

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    1. Aww thank you very much Elisa! Glad you like it :) xx

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  37. uh, amazing. love it ♥


    Beijinhos
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  38. gorgeous colors! xo

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  39. So cutte colours :)
    Tjanks for visited my blog <3
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    1. No problem Maja :) thank you for taking the time to visit mine :) xx

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  40. Would love to have an advent calendar like this one! So many cute shades.

    LUXESSED

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    1. There is some great ones :D Need to share the rest on here when I get the chance :) Thanks for the comment Anouk :) xx

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  41. What a beautiful advent calendar!
    So cute and it has lovely colors <3

    xoxo,
    Rabisquei meu Horizonte

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    1. Thank you for the comment Fernanda :D xx

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  42. Cuuuute! love the colors
    Have a wonderful week!

    xx Girl in the Bunny Ears
    girlinthebunnyears.com

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    1. Thank you Cissy and I appreciate the comment, hope you have a great week too! :) xx

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  43. This callendar looks fab!
    -Morgan x
    http://justmorgs.blogspot.co.uk

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  44. So much better than a chocolate filled one and it will do wonders to your nail polish collection. :-)

    -Kati

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    1. I agree! They have some lovely shades, hopefully I will get a chance to share the rest :) Thank you for commenting Kati :) xx

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  45. My favorite is the Taupe/Beige color!

    xx

    Rhenicia | Beauty By Rhenicia | Bloglovin'

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    1. Thanks for the comment Rhenicia :D You have good taste! I like that colour too :D xx

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  46. Such cutie nail polish, love its package so much <3

    xoxo, Lastestbag - Best Bags 2016

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    1. That's what I thought too, really cute :D Thanks for your comment Lynne Le :) xx

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    1. I know! I loved the cute illustrations on it :) Thank you for the comment Alyssa :) xx

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    1. Thanks for the comment Aquatera :D xx

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