Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Strawberry Buttercream Yankee Candle

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Strawberry Buttercream Yankee Candle - £16.99 - Link 

The weather may be showing slow signs of warming up, but I can't help lighting a candle to help me relax of a night time. This is actually one of the first Yankee Candle jars I have ever purchased, mainly due to the fact that I tend to buy the sampler sized candles. As a fan of sweeter scents I couldn't resist buying this Yankee Candle to indulge my sweet tooth - calorie free!

Strawberry Buttercream's scent is described as an absolutely luscious treat of plump, sweet strawberries buried in rich whipped cream. This is the perfect scent for the summer, this lightweight sweet smell not only lingers after blowing the candle out, but if you keep the jar open it will lightly scent your room. Because this scent isn't too sweet I find that it really helps lull me into a relaxing sleep mode on a night, which is fab when I'm having a restless night. 

Just like other Housewarmer Jar Candles, this candle is presented in the gorgeous glass jars - a trademark design of Yankee Candle. These jars serve as perfect decorative accessories whether you are burning a candle or using it for storage/display ect. Allowing you to decorate your home with fragrance, as Yankee would say! What also makes these jars fab is the tight sealed lid, which helps lock in the fragrance until the candle is used again. My only major bummer with these is that if you are using a normal lighter to light the candles it can sometimes become difficult, so I popped along to the shops to get me some of the longer lighters which makes life a hell of a lot easier. 

The medium Yankee jars have around 65 - 90 hours burning time, which is seems to last ages for me as I only tend to burn these a couple of hours every night. These jars retail at £16.99 so whilst they aren't the cheapest candle available I do find they are one of the best and worth every penny. It may be worth having a look in Clintons or on the Yankee site as they often do 25% off deals with their fragrance of the month. 

Overall I find that this is the perfect balance between strawberries and cream leaving a delicious scent that is perfect for freshening up the scent of a room. Honestly the smell that it leaves it good enough to eat, and I do have to sometimes remember that this is just a candle not a sweet smelling cupcake that I can pick up and eat. This is probably one of my favourite scents from Yankee Candle!

Have you tried this candle yet? What are your favourite Yankee Candles?


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Tuesday, 29 April 2014

Hair Quick Fixes

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(LtoR) Floral headband New Look, Velvet and Lipstick headbands Topshop, Black bow New Look, Hair Clips Superdrug, Leather Scrunchie Topshop, Floral and Coloured Scrunchies New Look, Heart Headband New Look, Donut Bun Claire's, Kitsch Headbands*

Do you find that some mornings you just can't be bothered with your hair and just want a style that can be achieved in minutes? Well I seem to have gotten myself into this routine lately, combined with not washing my hair everyday I sometimes wake to find my hair looking a little worse for wear and needs sprucing up with my handy dry shampoo and hair accessories. I thought I'd do something a little different today and share with you some of my hair quick fixes that help keep bad hair days at bay. 

Headbands

I am obsessed with wired and unwired headbands, not only do they look cute but can instantly transform any look. I always feel very Blair Waldorf when I wear these, and are a great way to accessorise an up-do or a simple pulled back look in-between washes. These headbands are perfect for any look - day or night - and come in such a vast array of colours and prints, I literally own loads and cannot fault their effortless style. 

Chunkier headbands are also perfect for hiding your roots between going to the hair dresser, because if you're anything like me I don't always fancy going every couple of months for a touchup (bad I know), and so by popping a headband on it helps hide my growing roots. 

Bows

Who doesn't love bows? I find bows one of the simplest and most easiest ways to transform your hair, so when I find myself sectioning parts of my hair back such as my fringe I like to clip it into place and then pop a bow on top, it just makes my hair look girly and spruces up even the dullest of looks. I often like to match bow patterns with whatever I'm wearing that day. 

I love to transform bigger bows from hair to fashion accessory, they are perfect for creating a bow tie look on shirts - yes I have done this!

Hair Clips

What doesn't a hair clip fix? Stray strands of hair, clipping your fringe out your face ect. I always carry a couple of hair clips with me wherever I go. The most basic hair accessory yet probably the most used, there's nothing a hair clip cannot sort. These are great for transforming bad hair days into good ones and simply keep those pesky hair strands at bay leaving a neat look. 

However saying that I swear I have a hair clip monster in my room that likes to eat away at my clips.

Scrunchies

Scrunchies are back and not only are they pretty but practical too! Available in an array of patterns, colours and styles, scrunchies are perfect for adding a cute look to an up do. I'm quite a big fan of scrunchies with little bows as they just add a lovely finishing touch to your ponytail, which is perfect for the summer. Currently scrunchie styled ponytails are my go to style for hair that is between washes as it not only looks neat but it really practical. 

Hair Donut

I am a massive fan of the hair donut, apart from those that are bigger than you're head - just why? Hair donuts are perfect for turning second and third day hair into a chic up-do or messy bun, either way both look fab! Best of all? You can achieve either look in a matter of minutes and no one is to know you got help from a little shaper. 

Elastic Hairbands

Slightly different to my other hairbands and something I find a little easier to wear. I adore smaller elasticated headbands, many of mine have dainty patterns which are really easy to style. I love these as they are the perfect accessory for keeping your hair from your face whilst be decorated with a cute design. What makes these perfect is that they are double elasticated at the back which helps the brand from falling back - something that I find happens a lot with others - which means no having to keep pulling the band forward. 

Kitsch Headbands*

Kitsch headbands are probably my favourite to wear for more relaxed days or where I'm looking for something that adds a pop of colour to my look. Kitsch are designed to be kind to your hair which means they refrain from snagging or creasing your hair - perfect for when you do move the band and don't have to worry about having creases in your hair from where the band has been. Just like the elastic headbands these don't fall backwards off your hair and are perfect in the summer to keep your hair from your face and quickly transform your look whether it be a messy bun or a way of adding  volume to your bangs when pulled back. 

I hope you enjoyed this post, like I said it was something different but I really enjoyed writing.

I'd love to know what you're quick hair fixes are! Let me know.

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Jacava Nail Polish

Jacava Nail Polish* LtoR: Top Coat, Oxford Street and Pink Whisper - £14.50

Many of you may be aware that I happen to have a slight obsession with nail polish, and therefore can never have enough pinks, purples, top coats ect! When Jacava offered me the opportunity to try some of their polishes out I couldn't resist and chose Oxford Street, Pink Whisper and their UV Top Coat.

Javaca London is a brand that produce high gloss, long lasting and '8-free' nail polishes, now when I first heard of 8 free I wasn't quite sure what they meant by that. Their 8 free slogan actually means that their polishes are free from 8 potentially harmful ingredients that are known to cause various health problems (scary I know). Each nail polish is free from: formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, parabens, camphor, toluene, DBP, animal ingredients and phthalates.

I think I will just start off by saying how pretty are the bottles? Everything from the top hat logo to the gold handles. I love that Jacava use 22 carat gold on every bottle, it just adds to that luxurious feeling. These nail polishes are different to others that I own purely because of handle of the brush, you can see in the photos these are quite long and I find that it just helps with the precision of applying the polish to your nails. Not only this but you can notice in my photos that the brush actually reaches the bottom of the bottle, so you don't have to worry when you reach about halfway down about having to turn and twist the bottle to reach product - something I really love about this!

They have an amazing shade range so there is something to suit everyone, and what I love about their website is that they have an online colour selector which allows you to try on different shades to get a feel of how they would look on your own nails. I know I played it safe with choosing two shades of pink, but hey I stick to what I know and love. I was also sent their UV top coat which I didn't realise not only helps your nails look shiny and avoids chips but this top coat also helps prevent your nail polish from fading and discolouring - something this top coat wins top marks for as I have discovered a couple of favourite top coats of mine are tending to do this more recently, leaving my mani looking a discoloured mess.

Formula wise, these are quite thick polishes but aren't opaque after just one coat. You do need anywhere from 2-4 layers depending on the colour shade. However I like that these are thick and quite creamy because it means that when I apply to my nails I haven't got to worry about not having enough on the brush and it going streaky (if you have long nails I'm sure you know what I mean).

I've tried both colours with the top coat and find they last well and don't chip easily. Sometimes at work I will be doing various bits and bobs that will always result in a chipped nail but these survived and managed to last a good week and a half before seeing an chips in the side on my nail.

Overall I'm really pleased with Jacava nail polishes, whist they are on the slightly pricer side I do think they are a great product not only on appearance but for their health benefits also as they come free of the harsh chemicals.

I'd love to know if you have tried Jacava out before? What are you're thoughts?

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Friday, 4 April 2014

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

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Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - £5.99 via Boots

I'm not really a big fan of beauty blender sponges and they are something I tend to stay away from, however I was intrigued by the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge. After already falling in love with many of the Real Technique brushes I couldn't wait to give this 3-in-1 beauty blender a shot. Just like the many Real Technique products the beauty sponge has been designed by makeup extraordinaire Samantha Chapman.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is designed to give you the pixel perfect, flawless base you have always dreamed of. This innovative sponge is different from other beauty blenders as it features three distinct surfaces giving you three different ways to apply liquid foundation. The flat edge is brilliant for contouring around the eyes and nose or to apply concealer in this tricky areas. The rounded sides are great for blending product over the face in a dabbing motion. Finally the precision tip is brilliant for concealing blemishes and imperfections. 

For me using the sponge was a strange experience, after using foundation brushes daily to try a sponge was completely alien and new. To apply foundation using the complexion sponge, you will need to begin by wetting the sponge lightly and wait for it to expand and then just squeeze any excess water out and lightly squeeze in a towel to make sure you soak any remaining water up. I then pump my foundation onto my hand and then dab the sponge into the product and then start dabbing it onto my face in a stippling motion. 

Overall I found the sponge really easy to use, I was mostly worried that my foundation would appear streaky however I found it did completely the opposite. My foundations definitely appeared on the lighter side and gives a kind of radiant effect. I have found this works best with my Nars Sheer Glow foundation just due to the fact the foundation itself is on the heavier side and combined with this sponge is gives a lighter and more radiant finish. 

The brush retails for £5.99 which I think is a great price in comparison to the slightly more expensive beauty blender, and it makes the sponge a lot more affordable for those who do want to venture down the blender route.

I won't go all the way and say that the miracle sponge has replaced my trusty buffing brushes, however this is a great product to use in between the washing of dirty brushes or if you're like me go to use a brush and find that it's in need of a good wash so put it to one side for a clean.  

Have you tried Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge before? I'd love to know if you prefer brushes or sponges!

PS. Sorry folks for the lack of posts this week, been quite ill going to and from Docs and A&E so just kicking back with the painkillers whilst I await further tests. However I should be back on the blogging front soon just when I feel well enough to be able to get my camera and set up all out - yes any movement currently leaves me in pain. 

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