Saturday, 1 October 2016

The £3 Gingerbread Candle You NEED In Your Life!

Hey beaut's!

It's no secret that I'm a crazy candle lady, my house is pretty much lit up like Blackpool all year round, however during the Autumn and Winter months my addiction gets even worse and that's not only because I love that cosy feeling but because all of my favourite warm, spicy scents come back out and and I just have to have them all.

Last week my boyfriends parents went out for that day and came back with a couple of candles for me ( you see, everyone knows I'm a candle addict) one of which was in the scent Gingerbread, which I just HAD to share with you all today! This Gingerbread candle came from Home Bargains and cost a teeny tiny £3, what a bargain hey, it's in a heavy glass jar and is the same size as the large Yankee Candles so it's seriously good value considering the Yankees are about £22.00 now! When I opened the lid I was met with the most amazing, strong 'gingerbread men baking in the oven' scent, my goodness its smells incredible but the real test was when I actually burnt this, was it going to have a good scent throw seeing as it was such a bargain??? Yes is does, the scent throw is great and it's super recognisable throughout my entire house, I'm really impressed by it as I must admit I wasn't expecting anything major. If you like sweet, warming, spicy scents your going to love this and trust me your going to be craving gingerbread so badly each time you burn this!

Overall I'd say this is up there with one of my most favourite candles I've ever burnt and that's really saying something considering how many candles I go through! I'm just praying Home Bargains keep getting stock of this in up until Christmas because I need to go in there and stock up as I'm going to be so sad once this is gone, it does have a burn time of up to 95 hours but that's not enough, I need a burn time of forever ha ha. 

Have you tried this candle beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!   

nopin

Friday, 30 September 2016

September Favourites ♥

Hey beaut's!

It's that time again.... Monthly favourites time! Wow hasn't this month gone quick, I know I say that every month but I cant quite believe how quick these months are whizzing past! I'm so happy that everything is finally getting autumnal, I literally live for Autumn/Winter and I cant wait for these next few months. Anywhoo back onto today's post, I thought I would switch things up this month and combine both my beauty and non beauty favourites today, hope you enjoy!
My ultimate favourite this month has to be my Gingerbread Candle from Home Bargains, this was only £3.00 and smells insanely good, just like your baking a batch of gingerbread men, it amazing! It's such a good size too, it's in a heavy glass jar and is as large as the big Yankee Candles making this amazing value! Another non beauty favourite of mine this month has to be the Jim Jams Hazelnut Chocolate Spread*, this stuff is incredible, it contains 83% less sugar than your average hazelnut/chocolate spread and I'm always whacking some on toast or bread for a quick snack, I love it in the mornings too on toast with sliced banana on top, it's divine! This is actually my second tub, ooopsie!
Makeup wise this month I haven't switched things up too much but I've been obsessed with my Too Faced Born This Way Foundation that I got for my birthday in August, the coverage is great but isn't heavy feeling on the skin at all, it's so long lasting and never goes patchy, I have the shade ivory and it's bang on my for me, all in all I've been super impressed by this so far and will be reviewing in full soon! Something else that I got on my birthday that I've been loving is my MAC Lipstick in Twig, it has the same sort of tones as Brave, Mehr and Faux but it's slightly deeper making it great to transition from Summer into Autumn. Lastly for makeup is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner, I'm sure I wasn't the only one eager to get this as soon as the Kat Von D collection went live on the Debenhams website, I have always lusted after this liquid liner and finally after using it I can confirm that all the hype is true, it's bloody amazing and hasn't left my makeup bag since it arrived!
I've also been totally obsessed with my Spectrum Eye Blending Brush Set, their honestly some of the best brushes I've ever used and they make such a difference in how my overall eye makeup looks, I have a full review HERE if you'd like to know more. Finally my last favourite this month is the Zoella Hungry Hands Hand Cream, I was so exited about this release and it certainly didn't disappoint, it's such a lovely hand cream that nourishes and soaks straight into the skin, not to mention it smells absolutely incredible! Check out my full review HERE beaut's!

What have you been loving this month beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

September Degustabox Review + £7 off Discount Code

Hi beaut's...

I have a subscription box review for you all today but it's a subscription box with a difference.... it contains yummy food and drink, so say hello to Degustabox*. Degustabox works very much like how beauty subscription boxes work, for £12.99 a month (postage included within the £12.99 price) you will receive 10 to 15 surprise food/drink products, many that are completely new to the market! So if your a bit of a foodie like myself  and you love subscription boxes your going to love this beaut's! I have to say that over the last few months the contents of each box really has been amazing, I literally cant wait to tuck in and this months certainly has me drooling he he!


 
This month we have 16 yummy food and drink items to sink our teeth into starting with some savoury treats from Say YES to no, I had their BBQ Toasted Bread Chips £1.49 to try and wow these are yummy! The brand is all about being bare and contains no artificial flavourings or additives, no colourings, no marketing lies, no photo shopped images on the packaging and no phony advertising. Then I had two packets of Chia Seeds, one milled packet and one whole packet £1.00 each, Chia Seeds are huge in the health food world at the moment, they are tiny black and white seeds that can be added to food to boost nutrition, the best way to use these is mixed through your porridge or in smoothies I think! Next up is a box of Miso Tasty Miso Soup £3.65, I'm a lover of soup but have never tried Miso Soup so I'm excited to give it a whirl! We also have a 3 pack of Cirio Borlotti Beans to try £1.89, these are great to add into soups and stews to bulk them out, so they came at the right time really now Autumn is here. 

Moving on to some sweeter treats, this month we have Metcalfe's Popcorn Thins £1.00, I absolutely love the Metcalfe's brand and I'm always buying their rice cakes that have been dipped in chocolate so when I saw that these where popcorn thins I couldn't wait to tuck in, I got the dark chocolate flavour and wow they where amazing, I will definitely buying more! Then I had a Get Fruity Bar in Tangy Pineapple, Coconut and Lime flavour £1.00, this is an award winning fruit and oat bar which is gluten free with no added refined sugar, it was super, super tasty! Also this month I got four Hartley's No Added Sugar Jelly Pots 50p each in an assortment of flavours, I absolutely love jelly so these wont last five minutes with me, I think they make great desserts that aren't too naughty or bad for the waistline he he.

Last up this month I have some drinks, starting with the Teisseire Sirop in Raspberry and Cranberry flavour £2.99, we drink loads of juice and squash in our house so this went down a treat, you only need to smallest amount of the sirop to add to water so I can see this lasting us absolutely ages, it's super refreshing and tasty too! There was also two cans of Cape Drinks to try which are £1.59 each, these are a sparkling blend of anti-oxidant Rooibos Tea and fruit juices that contains no refined sugar and are made from only natural ingredients, again these where super refreshing and tasty and felt like such a treat!

Degustabox have kindly given me a discount code for all of my beautiful readers, all you have to do is pop BLDEG15 into the promotional code box and you'll receive a whopping £7.00 discount when registering making your first box just £5.99. And don't worry beaut's, theres no commitments with Degustabox meaning you can cancel your subscription free of charge before the 10th of any month, but I mean why would you cancel monthly surprise food treats ha ha!

What do you think of the Degustabox concept beaut's?? I'd love to know your thoughts.

nopin

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Zoella Hungry Hands Hand Cream Review

Hey beaut's!

When Zoella announced her Christmas Collection I couldn't wait to get my hands on it 'literally' he he. One thing from her gingerbread themed collection I knew I would need in my life asap was her Hungry Hands Hand Cream, during the colder months I go through hand cream like its going out of fashion so as soon as Zoella's offering was in stock I quickly ordered myself a tube to try!
The Zoella Hungry Hands Hand Cream comes beautifully packaged in a brown box with the 90ml tube of hand cream safely tucked inside, I adore the 'brown paper packages tied up with string' vibe that this collection has running through it, it's so cute and festive without being too 'young' looking. The hand cream itself is white with a creamy consistency, it's enriched with Shea butter and vitamin e which together make this a super moisturising hand cream. What I love about this hand cream is that it doesn't take long at all to soak into my hands, it literally melts into my skin and theres no sticky residue afterwards either, that's a huge pet hate of mine and so many hand creams leave my hands tacky after application so I'm so happy I don't have that problem with Hungry Hands. Scent wise its gorgeous, its made up of pinch of ginger and a dash of vanilla so as you can imagine it smells super festive and just like gingerbread which is one of my favourite scents throughout autumn and winter.
Overall I'm so impressed with this hand cream, it gets the job done, smells amazing, looks great and is great value for money considering the tube is quite substantial, and the fact it soaks straight into the skin gives this hand cream major points from me!

You can buy the Zoella Hungry Hands Hand Cream on the Superdrug website HERE for £6.00, although at the moment it's on offer for £5.00.

Have you tried anything from Zoella's Christmas range yet beaut's? I'd love to know!

nopin

Monday, 26 September 2016

My Beauty Advent Calandar Top Picks 2016

Hey beaut's!

Theres just 90 sleep's until Christmas and I cant tell you how excited I am, every things becoming that little bit festive now with websites starting to get their Christmas gifts in and Tesco's have got loads of their Christmas chocolates out so I thought I could just about get away with talking about all things advent calendars today, I done a post like this last year so I knew I wanted to follow suit and do one this year with my top picks! I've narrowed it down to just 10 even though their are sooooo many advents this year to choose from, I've chosen 9 beauty calenders and one candle calender, I hope you enjoy!
What Is It - Benefit Girl O’Clock Rock ’12 Days’ Calendar 2016
What's Inside-  Benefit always do amazing advent calendars and gifts for Christmas and this years 12 days of Christmas calendar really doesn't disappoint, although I do think it looks a bit young and it's not all that festive but hey ho. Behind all 12 windows is one of Benefit's best selling products in miniature including a mini Hoola Bronzer, mini they're Real Mascara plus so much more, all of which are perfect little samplers if you haven't tried them before or if you have they are a great size for popping into your handbag for when your on the go.
How Much Is It - £34.50 
It's Available From- 14th October on the the benefit website HERE.
What Is It - bareMinerals Countdown To Gorgeous Advent Calendar 2016
What's Inside - I believe this is bareMinerals very first advent calendar and it certainly looks the part, behind all 24 doors is a good mix of their lip glosses, lip balms, eye shadows, blushes, mascara's and even their skin veils, they've done an amazing job with this one.
How Much Is It - £75.00
It's Available From - 1st November on the bareMinerals website HERE.
What Is It - Ciate Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar 2016
What's Inside - Every year Ciate bring out their Mini Mani Month and if your into your nail polishes then this will be right up your street. The calendar is filled with individual boxes that contain 18 mini paint pots and 1 full size including 4 new and exclusive shades! Inside one box you’ll find a special limited edition surprise, alongside 1 mini treatment and 2 magical nail toppers, PLUS a sneak peek of a new nail care superhero! Sound amazing right, I'm also loving Ciates festive packaging this year, it's so pretty!
How Much Is It - £50.00
It's Available From - The Ciate Advent is available NOW on the Ciate website HERE.
What Is It - ASOS Beauty Advent Calendar 2016
What's Inside - Oh hello ASOS Advent Calendar... I was so excited when I heard about this. I mean how cool is it that ASOS have an advent calendar this year! Within the ASOS Advent theres a good mix of skincare, make-up and hair care products from brands such as Dermalogica, Elemis, Philosophy, Nip and Fab and Yes To, this is going to be a great all rounder for all ages I think and it's contents is worth a whopping £175!
How Much Is It - £50.00
It's Available From - The ASOS Advent is available NOW on the ASOS website HERE.
What Is It - The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Deluxe Advent Calender
What's Inside - The Body Shop are spoiling us beauty advent calender lovers with not one but three advent calenders to choose from this year, ohhhhhh! I love the design of this red and pink deluxe one which contains treats from the body shops bestsellers to brand new body care, skincare, makeup and accessories. The Body shops calendars do tend to be more on the pricey side but I think if your wanting to splurge on a calender this year then The Body Shop is the way to go because their products are just amazing!
How Much Is It - £80.00 (worth £127.50)
It's Available From - The Body Shop 24 Happy Days Deluxe Advent Calender is available now HERE.
No7 advent calendar 2016
What Is It - Boots No7 Advent Calendar 2016
What's Inside - I'm loving the look of this No7 Advent, it has 25 windows which each contain a mix of mini and full size popular No7 makeup and skincare products, rumour has it that theres even makeup brushes and tools inside too.
How Much Is It -  £40.00 (Worth £150)
It's Available From - No date as of yet but it will be available very soon at Boots.
Tanya Burr advent calendar 2016
What Is It - Tanya Burr 12 Days Of Christmas Beauty Advent Calender
What's Inside - The gorgeous Tanya Burr is back this year with her second advent calendar, shes stuck with the '12 days of christmas' theme and behind each window you'll find 12 extra special limited edition Tanya Burr treats so you can shimmer and sparkle on every occasion. The products within this are mostly glitters so think glitter nail polish, glitter pigments, glitter liner and sparkly glosses!
How Much Is It - £25.00 (Currently on offer for £15.00)
It's Available From - The Tanya Burr 12 Days Of Christmas Beauty Advent Calender is available now on the Superdrug website HERE.
What Is It - Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar
What's Inside - As you may know already I'm a HUGE Makeup Revolution fan so when I saw they where launching another advent calender this year I was soooo excited. This years calendar contains 25 windows, yes 25 windows which means your get a present on Christmas day too, theres eye shadows, lipsticks, lip glosses and even makeup brushes to find and I think it looks pretty cool to be honest! 
How Much Is It - £40.00 (Currently on offer for £30.00)
It's Available From - The Makeup Revolution Beauty Advent Calendar is available now on the Superdrug website HERE.
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What Is It - NYX Beauty Advent Calender
What's Inside - Unfortunately I couldn't get a clear image of this yet but yes NYX are bringing out and black suitcase style advent calender which looks absolutely amazing! It will include long lasting lip colours and eye shadows plus more, I'm so excited for this! 
How Much Is It - £60.00
It's Available From - No date as of yet but it will be available very soon at Boots.
What Is It - Yankee Candle Party Pavilion Calendar
What's Inside - Now I know this isnt a beauty calendar but seeing as I'm a crazy candle lady theres no way I couldn't include this one by Yankee Candle. Inside this pavilion theres 20 Tea Light Candles and 4 Votives with scents including Christmas Memories, Winter Glow, Christmas Cookie, Snowflake Cookie, Bundle Up, All is Bright, Festive Cocktail, Macaron Treats, and Star Anise & Orange, what a fab selection!
How Much Is It - £29.99
It's Available From - The Yankee Candle Party Pavilion Calendar is available now HERE.

Let me know what you think of these advent calendars beaut's... Will you be buying one of these this year?? I'd love to know.

nopin

Sunday, 25 September 2016

Yankee Candle Halloween Collection Reviewed

Hey beaut's!

It's that time of year again where I go slightly candle crazy, I love nothing more than getting super cosy at home during Autumn and Christmas with all my candles and fairy lights on, so when I saw my local garden centre had the brand new Yankee Candle Halloween Collection out I just couldn't resist picking them up to try! These where actually in my garden centre in August which is when I picked these up, see I told you I get excited he he!

Much like every Halloween, Yankee Candle jazz up the packaging and bring out something new and limited edition for their large glass jars and this years seriously do not disappoint! However the new packaging isn't the only thing to get excited about this year, yes we still have Candy Corn and Witches Brew to burn but theres also a brand new Halloween scent, Forbidden Apple, say whatttt!!!!!  
Forbidden Apple is described as 'a seductive potion that takes apple—mixed with bergamot, black oak and vanilla noir—to someplace forbidden' for me this smells soooo much like a crisp, slightly sour green apple that has just been cut into, its quite sweet smelling which I love without being sickly and I get a slight hint of vanilla when it's burning too but  predominantly it's apple scented. As this is a new scent for 2016 I would get your hands on it when you can as I can see this one being super popular this year!

Next up is Candy Corn which is hands down my favourite Halloween scent by Yankee Candle and I always make sure I stock up on it when it come out each year, this one is described as 'the familiar, sweet scent of candy corn which is a fond reminder of Halloween fun and treats' which I have to say is pretty on point to be honest. If you like sweet scents then you'll love Candy Corn because it definitely has that 'candy/sugary' vibe running through it, I also get waves of vanilla, caramel and butterscotch when I burn this, oh my it's divine! Even though Candy Corn is a sugary, sweet scent it isn't sickly or heavy at all, instead its very light and and the scent throw is subtle but still recognisable. I love this one soooooo much!

Finally we have Withes Brew, this another one we see brought back every year by Yankee Candle, this one is described as 'The spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli, casts a captivating spell!'. This too me is like a proper, realistic Halloween themed candle because it actually smells quite 'scary', it's very musky and masculine and actually does make me think that an actual witches brew would smell like this, it's earthy with a aftershave twist! This one  really isnt my cup of tea to be honest, only because I love sweeter scents rather than musky ones but I'd definitely say it really captures the Halloween vibe in this scent!   

All the Yankee Candle wax tart melts claim to provides up to 8 hours of fragrance but personally I find they last sooooo much longer, I can literally have the wax tarts burning in my tart burner for weeks and they still fragrance the entire house which is amazing and such great value for money considering they only set you back £1.49 each.

I actually picked up another set of these Yankee Candle Halloween Tarts to giveaway on Twitter, if you'd like to enter just retweet my pinned tweet HERE and follow me! The giveaway will be UK only and will be open for two weeks, so if you win you'll get them in time for Halloween!

Will you be buying any of the Halloween Yankee Candles this year?? Let me know beaut's!

nopin

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Barry M Mist and Fix Makeup Setting Spray Review

Hey beaut's!

Makeup setting and fixing sprays seem to be everywhere at the moment and I for one am absolutely loving them, I'm a huge fan of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray but I tend to go through it super quickly and at £22.00 a bottle it's something I cant really be repurchasing on a regular basis so I needed to find a cheaper alternative quickly. 

After having a good look in Superdrug I came across Barry M's new Mist and Fix Makeup Setting Spray which was only £4.99 a bottle and impressively it came in a dewy finish and matte finish, how amazing is that, I was sold straight away and bought the dewy finish version because of my dryer skin and love for the dewy/glowing look.

I literally have nothing bad to say about this makeup setting spray at all, it literally does exactly what it says on the tin, the mist when you apply it is super fine and distributes evenly, the formula is super lightweight and sets within seconds and then becomes invisible on the skin, it hydrates and conditions the skin, it gently fixes/sets my makeup into place for long-lasting wear, uses ingredients to protect the skin from dirt and pollution and best of all leaves my skin looking healthy, dewy and reduces any look of over powdering or caking!

 To use the Barry M Mist and Fix Makeup Setting Spray I simply hold the bottle at arms length, close my eyes and do 3-4 spritzes over my face once my makeup is applied in an cross shape, this just makes sure the spray covers all angles of my face. I sometimes like to use the spray before I apply my makeup too as a slight priming water, I find this really helps with blending especially if I'm using a beauty blender and leaves such a smooth finish.

Overall I'm so happy I picked this bottle of gorgeousness up, its definitely worth picking up if your looking for a good, reasonably priced fixing/setting spray and the fact it comes in the two finishes theres something to suit everyone. The bottles size is great too, it's 30ml so it fits inside my handbag and makeup bag super easily and I love the hot pink packaging!

Have you tried either of the Barry M Mist and Fix Makeup Setting Sprays beaut's? What did you think? I'd love to know!

nopin