Saturday, 14 July 2012

Yankee Candle Tart Burner


This is my second post today (catching up since I've had no internet!). This is slightly different to all the other posts that I have done and I was debating whether to do it or not but I thought it would be nice to post about something slightly different.

I love scented candles and was looking at buying a yankee candle jar as I love the look of them and most of them smell AMAZING. However, they are like £18 each for a large jar! (slightly above my price range!) so I decided against them. Whilst researching these I came across 'wax tarts' by yankee candle so I decided to check them out and I'm so glad that I did. I read many reviews saying how amazing they are as they fill the whole room with a lovely scent and unlike candles they don't have to be burnt very often! After reading so many good reviews about them I decided to buy six wax tarts which range from £1.25 - £1.80 from here and a cream petal wax burner from here.

When the wax burner arrived I noticed how well packaged it was and I absolutely loved it! It was so plain and simple but it matched the colours of my room perfectly and looked really nice. They do sell the wax burner I bought it different colours but I went with cream as like I said, it went with my room.

The pictures above show the burner once I had unwrapped it and because I knew it would get hot I decided to use an old soap and glory lid I got from a set as a base to sit the burner on. The one thing that I didn't like about the burner was that the top just sits on the bottom which means it would be extremely easy to knock it off by mistake but as I was putting it out of the way I knew this wouldn't really be a problem for me.

The six wax tarts I bought were bahama breeze, fruit fusion, pink sands, sweet strawberry, creamy caramel and strawberry buttercream. Smells are extremely hard to explain but I will tell you what I thought about each one.

Bahama breeze - this is my favourite wax tart out of all six and I personally think it smells AMAZING! This is the only one I have burnt so far as I knew as soon as I smelt it that I wanted to burn this one first. My parents actually love the smell of this one and because of this they have bought a wax burner and tarts themselves!

Fruit fusion - this is another really nice smell. It's easy to say what this smells like as the name of it says it all: it smells of fruit. I think this would be a lovely smell for summer.

Pink sands - I love the smell of this one! I'm not too sure what it smells like so I can't really explain it but it is really nice.

Sweet strawberry - I thought I would love this one the best as I love the smell of strawberries. However, I didn't like this one as much as I thought I would. It's still nice but doesn't have much of a smell.

Creamy caramel - this is by far the worst one I bought and is actually HORRIBLE. It doesn't smell like caramel but smells extremely strongly of liquorice (which I hate) and it smells so strong it gave me a headache so I am currently keeping it in my sock drawer (don't ask).

Strawberry buttercream - this doesn't have much of a smell if I'm honest, the smell that it does give off isn't very pleasant but I'm hoping it will smell better once I've burnt it!

I would recommend going to a yankee candle store or somewhere that sells yankee candles to smell them before buying them so you don't buy ones you don't like! There isn't a yankee candle store near me which is why I ordered them offline.

Like I stated earlier, bahama breeze was the only one that I have burnt so far and I decided to cut it into four quarters so that I could swap scents easier but you don't have to do this. You place the wax tart in the burner, light an unscented tea light underneath and then enjoy the smell. The smell you get off these is amazing and it travels everywhere! The bottom left hand picture is of a liquid once the tart had melted and the bottom right hand picture is once the tart had hardened.

Overall I am SO glad that I bought this tart burner and will enjoy trying the different wax tarts!

Have you tried any yankee candle products before?

Hope you've had a great day! :)


NOTD: fruit nails

Hello everyone!

First off I'd like to say hello to all my new followers and thank you so much for following! I'd also like to apologise for the lack of posts recently but the internet wasn't working in my house and has decided to randomly start working today (I now realise how much I rely on the internet!).

In one of my previous NOTD posts I tried using fimo shapes on my nails and I loved them so much that I bought three other types of shapes. For this particular style I used Barry M nail varnish (I'm unsure on the colour, sorry!) and used an orange, an apple and a strawberry on my thumb on both hands. I thought this looked extremely cute but didn't like the actual nail varnish as it has gone all clumpy and horrible :(

I bought the fimo shapes from here.

(Sorry about the rubbish quality of the photo', my camera battery died so I took them using my iPhone!)

Have you tried any of the fimo shapes?

Have a great day!


Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Essie Collection: starting up!

This is a scheduled post as I am currently on holiday so won't be able to reply to any comments until I am home (13th August).

I have started in a previous NOTD that I had ordered more essie nail varnishes. I ordered three mini nail varnishes and a full size 'bikini so teeny' all from Ebay.

I haven't used all of them yet but I love all of their colours and think they will be great on holiday as they are all rather summery.

The colours I ordered left to right are: bikini so teeny, braziliant (it's actually an orange colour but looks more red in this photo), super bossa nova and smooth sailing.

What essie nail varnishes do you have?

Have a great day!


Friday, 6 July 2012

DIY: Hello Berry inspired bracelets


I don't know whether you have heard of them or not but Hello Berry is a shop on Etsy that create bracelets and necklaces. I absolutely LOVE their bracelets and have wanted one for a while but they are around £17 and I really didn't want to pay that for bracelet so I decided to create my own. The Hello Berry bracelets are available here.

The picture above is of the Hello Berry bracelets. Now for my bracelets...

As you can see, I used smaller chains as I ordered the wrong size so I used three chains instead of one on each bracelet. I bought the chains from here. The plastic lace which I used to actually create the bracelets I bought from here and here. The tutorial I used was from youtube and you can find that here. I found the tutorial extremely easy and absolutely love the bracelets!

I was thinking of maybe selling them but I don't know if anyone would actually buy them?

Thanks for reading, have a great day! :)


Thursday, 5 July 2012

NOTD: flowers!

I'm pretty obsessed with painting my nails recently but have been getting bored of using the same old colours so I purchased some fimo shapes off Ebay (here) for only £1.39 which is a rather good price in my opinion! They are extremely simple to use as you just paint your nails and then push them down onto your nails whilst they are still wet (I used a tweezer to do this!).

The pictures below are what my nails look like right now. I'm happy with them and it's so simple and quick to do! The nail polish I used is from George (Asda's Brand) and the shade is 'smarty pants'.

Have you tried any fimo shapes? Leave a comment below!

Have a great day!


Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Superdrug Haul


So last week I went on a major shopping spree (online - I'm slightly addicted). I bought rather a lot of stuff from Superdrug which I am going to show you in this post! I originally just wanted to order some make up but ended up buying loads of extra things as I am going on holiday at the end of the month and everything was basically on sale!

Top left to bottom right: 1. Superdrug dry shampoo, spirit of the carnival, away with the fairies and chocolate brownie. 2. Timotei Shampoo fresh and strong, conditioner fresh and strong and shimmer shine shampoo. VO5 shampoo and conditioner nourish me truly, VO5 shampoo and condition revive me daily. 3. The box of all the goodies that I received. 4. Original source shower gel lavender & tea tree oil, Olay eye make up removal cream, Olay gentle cleanser refreshing toner, Olay gentle cleanser conditioning milk and a Superdrug travel toothbrush.

Dry shampoo - The dry shampoo was on offer for buy one get TWO FREE! I'd heard brilliant reviews about it and on such a good deal who would say no?

Shampoo and conditioner - The Timotei shampoo and condition was also on buy one and get two free so I bought it for my mum for holiday. The VO5 shampoo and conditioners I bought for myself for holiday and they were only 99p each! BARGAIN!

Olay and show gel - I've heard good things about the Olay products and they are only £1.50 each and the shower gel was 99p (I LOVE tea tree oil!) and will be good for my holiday.

Toothbrush - The toothbrush is for my holiday and was only 10p! I don't have another travel toothbrush and therefore figured that this would be a good buy for my holiday.

Carmex - I absolutely adore lip balm and have heard great things about this product. I've tried this one and absolutely love it already, the smell is divine and it looks like there is loads in the pot (also good for my holiday as it has sun protection).

Revlon Lip Butter - If you're from the blogging world then you would have definitely heard of these lip butters. Like many bloggers, I wanted to try these for myself and this was on sale for £5.99 which to me is still quite expensive considering I don't wear lipsticks but I wanted to try it out as it is more of a lip balm. The colour I got is sugar frosting.

MUA lipstick - The shade is 'Juicy'. I never wear lipstick as I don't think it suits me. However, I wanted to try a lipstick and have heard good things about the MUA range and as it's only £1 I couldn't resist. The colour is actually a lot lighter in real life than it looks in the picture.

MUA loveheart lip balms - I've wanted these for quite a while and at £2 each I decided to get two. The colours I decided to get were 'great lips' and 'sugar lips'. Looking forward to using these!

Have you tried any of these products?

Have a great day! :)


My new 'Focco' bag!

Hello everyone!

So you might of heard of the 'Focco' bag which is a fake of Alexander Wang's Rocco. I've wanted one of these bags for a while but obviously didn't want to pay the extremely high price tag! The bag I purchased was off Ebay (here) and was only £14.99 included postage: BARGIN!

After waiting around a week (I have no patience!) my bag finally came this morning and I couldn't wait to open it. The first thing that became apparent as soon as I opened the packaging was that it was extremely well packaged and had four different layers before I actually got to the bag! The picture below is of the bag and the packaging when I was unwrapping the bag.

I obviously haven't used the bag yet so cannot review it as such but I will do a review once I have used it! All in all I am EXTREMELY happy with this purchase as it was such a good price and brilliantly packaged which shows that the company actually care for their customers!

I also purchased a little hello kitty tin to put tablets in my bag as generally I always need them! You can buy the tin here :)

Do you have a 'Focco'?

Hope you have a brilliant day!