26 September 2015

Busy Bee Candle Haul

I've been eyeing up Busy Bee Candles for a while and drooling over their gorgeous Magik Beanz. This payday, I took the plunge and finally ordered some! I may or may not have been in a Christmassy mood when I ordered so half of this are Christmas themed (totally fine by me!)

Magik Beanz are basically mini wax melts which means you can just burn a few instead of a whole tart. This is a massive bonus for me as I tend to get bored of scents and I love to swap and change. Because they're so small, you can also mix and match the scents to make your own! You only need to use 2 or 3 of these to get a really strong and lovely scent. 

First up, we'll do the non Christmas scents.

Magical Autumn - From the website "Top notes of apple and lemon sit above spices of ginger, star anise and cinnamon with a deep base of woods, musk & vanilla." This one smells lovely! I can really smell the lemon coming through which makes this a really fresh scents and I can also smell the musk coming through. I think that this one will be a downstairs scent (Dave seems to think only fresh smells should go downstairs - I disagree).

Vanilla Dream - From the website "A beautiful subtle fragrance of vanilla.Just like popping the lid on your favourite luxury vanilla ice cream." I didn't actually purchase this one, it came as an extra which I thought was really lovely. This smells like really sweet vanilla. The only downside to this one is that it's quite a strong scent (or at least it is to me) so it may get a little sickly if you put too many beans in your burner. Then again they are the hot shot ones which are stronger than the  normal Magik Beanz.

Key Lime Pie - From the website "A gorgeous fragrance of fresh baked Key Lime Pie. Zesty lime with crumbly pastry and sweet top notes." This one smells really strongly of lime (obviously) but there's also a sweetness to it that I can't quite put my finger on. Again, this is quite a clean scent so this is one that I'll be allowed to burn downstairs. 

Cinnamon Buns - From the website "A bakery in your living room? Cinnamon with pastry undertones. A fabulous, delicious fragrance." This one smells exactly how you'd expect it to - like cinnamon and icing basically and I love it!

Strudel & Spice - From the website "Apple, cinnamon and pastry with the sweetness of currants. Need we say more." No, you don't need to say any more! This smells just like an apple strudel that's fresh out of the oven!

Now for the Christmas scents! (I love Christmas and I love cinnamon so you will see a theme here)

Ginger Christmas - From the website "Do you love the scent of freshly baked Gingerbread? Well this one is for you. Simply amazing. Begins with with top notes of orange, lemon zest and bergamot followed by middle notes of ginger root, nutmeg, honey, and clove Rounded off with creamy base notes of vanilla bean and cocoa." I love the smell of this one and I keep opening the pot up just to have another sniff. This smells just like gingerbread with a slight citrus twist - I think I'm going to need to buy more of these!

Christmas Comfort - From the website "A fabulous Christmas scent. All the comfort of the festive season in one stunning fragrance! Citrus top notes of orange, lemon and grapefruit above cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. A creamy base note of buttercream & vanilla. Scrumptious!" This is one of my favourites, I can smell all of the spices plus the vanilla and it just smells yummy!

Merry Christmas - From the website "Merry Christmas! A cheerful seasonal scent blended to make you smile. Make your home a merry place to be this Christmas." This one smells fruity and there's no cinnamon or ginger in it which is unusual for a festive scent but I really like it! I can't quite place the scent but it's really familiar and this is another one for downstairs I think.

Mince Pies - From the website "A wonderful freshly-baked mince pie aroma with sweet currants, spices and a light fluffy pie crust." These do smell like mince pies but also not at the same time if that makes any sense? I think there needs to be a little more of the pastry smell in these as to me, they smell more like the mincemeat filling than the actual pies. But I still love them!

Christmas Fireside - From the website "A spectacular seasonal scent. Picture the scene. A roaring open fire and a freshly cut pine Christmas tree. Add a touch of spice and hey presto. If it’s a seasonal mood you are trying to create, you can’t go far wrong with this one." This one to me has a hint of menthol with a wood fire smell to it (which is quite strong). This is a strange one, I really like it because I like both of those scents but Dave really isn't sure so this may be one that we argue over. 

I decided to burn some of the Strudel ones first and they smell lovely. They also have quite a good throw and I'm really impressed so far! 

This little pots of hot shots are £1.09 (5 beans but 25% stronger than the others) and the Magik Beanz are £1.89 a pot (roughly 15 beans). I think that next time I'll go for the Magik Beanz pots as I think you get more for your money on those, but the hot shots are a great way to try new scents.

You can buy all of these from the Busy Bee website here!

1 September 2015

August 2015 Favourites!

It's that time of the month again where I let you know what products I've been loving. We haven't had a lot of nice weather this month where I live - it's been rainy and quite cool for most of the month. This means that I'm now well and truly ready for autumn and winter!

First up is the No7 Essential Moisture Day Cream. I accidentally left a face mask on for too long and ended up with scaly dry patches all over my face. I'd never had my skin react this way before and didn't have anything to get rid of it. So I went to boots and picked this up (I had vouchers) and started using it. It's a little heavy for me to use on my skin every day (I get quite oily) but it's perfect as a night cream. Three days of using this and my skin went back to normal! I now use this a few times a week and my skin hasn't been dry since.

I've been really lazy this month with my eye makeup and I haven't been reaching for my normal shadow palettes. Instead I've been reaching for my cream/gel shadows and the one I went for most was the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Permanent Taupe. It's a gorgeous grey/brown colour and it applies amazingly with the Zoeva 229 Eye Finish brush. 

Anyone who knows me will know that I love my eyeliner. Recently I grabbed the Maybelline Gel liner in a destash sale and I absolutely love it! It's the first gel liner that I've used that is this soft and the softness makes the application incredibly easy! Especially when using the Zoeva 317 Wing Liner brush. It's so easy to do just a quick sweep of liner or a whole wing if I feel like it and I loved it that much that I also bought this in purple.  

I've also been loving the MUA Whipped Velvet blush in Spry. This is the first cream blush that I've used that actually works on my skin. I've worn it almost every day since I bought it and I'm going to go and get another one of these to try.

I've also been loving the Revlon Matte Balm in Sultry. This is a gorgeous deep pink shade with brown in it and it's a perfect every day shade. It's also deep enough for a night out and it lasts for hours!

I've been testing out gel polish quite a lot this month and I've been trying to make sure that I'm taking extra special care of my nails to make sure that they stay healthy. As soon as I've finished a manicure, I've been applying a generous layer of nail butter. I love this stuff and I've finally hit the bottom of the tub. While there's still a lot left, I'm going to pick up another tub of this ready for when this one runs out.

I've also been using my Dollish Polish cuticle balms every couple of hours. My personal favourite is High Functioning Sociopath but the scent is a little strong for when I'm at work. While at work I've been using Twisty The Clown as this smells similar to cocoa butter to me and it stops the men on either side of me complaining about the smell.

What have you all been loving this month?