Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pineapple And Coconut Soy Wax Candle


Pineapple And Coconut Candle from IW Natural Candle Co.*
£10.50 for a medium sized candle

I may have said in my previous candle blogpost that I wasn't going to light any new candles until I've burnt out my current ones because the amount of candles I've got lined up in a row on my window sill is ridiculous. Sitting a couple of feet away from my window, I can see at least 11 candles from large jars, small jars, votives and tea lights. 

I don't even light them all the time, maybe just once a week and when I'm having a really long bubble bath after a bad day! But I am such a hoarder when it comes to candles (and cute stationery), I seem to have accumulated a decent collection. I know what some of you are thinking... That it's just a typical ~blogger~ thing, bloggers love their candles but I really do think it has gone past that point! They do make nice decorations for the home and creates a nice atmosphere, it's just one of those things that cheers me up!

Choosing one candle from IW Natural Candle Company wasn't going to be easy as there are sooo many lovely scents that I could imagine being lit in the lounge on a cosy night in. Did I want a fresh scented candle? Or a comforting one? Maybe a calming fragrance, or perhaps something fruity? In the end, I picked Pineapple & Coconut because I want to feeling of summer to linger on a bit longer. Even if it doesn't look all that pleasant outside, it doesn't harm to at least smell like I'm on a summer holiday! Something as simple as a smell can take you back to a place or a memory - that's probably why I love candles! I haven't been abroad for a while (and Dublin doesn't count, especially as it was absolutely freezing when we were there) so this would explain my current obsession of all things tropical!

This Pineapple and Coconut candle is a punchy little thing and is everything you'd expect it to be even though it says on the website that there are a few hidden extras. I'm not sure what those "extras" are but the scent of pineapple and coconut really comes through, and it's a nice balance of the two key scents. It's tropical and fruity candle and when you smell it, you can almost picture yourself sitting by the pool, sipping on a cocktail and sizzling in the sunshine (with your factor 50 slapped all over your body, of course!). That sounds like my kinda candle (but who am I kidding? ANY candle is my kinda candle!) 

I have the medium sized candle which comes boxed, as does the large size, for an extra £2. All sizes come in a good quality glass jar. All of the candles on IW Natural Candle Co. are made of soy wax which burns cleaner with less soot than paraffin wax. Soy candles also burns more consistently meaning you get a steady delivery of the bespoke fragrance blends. 

Prices range from £5.50 to £15.50 which isn't at all bad for a good quality candle. You can buy IW Natural Candles directly from their website and get 10% off the Pineapple And Coconut candle this month with code August10

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Monday, August 18, 2014

Liz Earle Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanser

Liz Earle Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanser
Liz Earle Orange Flower and Chamomile Cleanser

Limited Edition - £19.75

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish has got to be my all time favourite skincare product! I'm not going to gush about it because I must have written about this cream cleanser about five times on my blog already but I wanted to let you know about the summer edition, Orange Flower and Chamomile. As you've probably guessed by now, as this is a summer version, it has been on the shelves for a couple of months already. I always look forward to these limited editions - my favourite was the Rose and Lavender from a couple of years ago - and as I'm not so keen on the fragrance of the original Cleanse & Polish so when the special ones are launched, I like to buy 2 or 3 bottles at a time and that usually lasts me about a year. Each bottle lasts about three months depending on whether you use it once or twice daily. I can't remember the last time I used the original! I've only just finished off the Grapefruit and Pachouli from last year, so it's rather good timing! I have to point out that I sometimes take a break from using this cleanser just to give my skin something else to try, I think it's good to switch it up to perhaps a gel cleanser, a milk one or even something oil based. I've got a few to pick from and I've tried to go for an alternative but I ALWAYS go back to Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish! I actually can't live without it!

The Orange Flower and Chamomile is lovely, it's a delicate, soothing and calming scent. I love the bottle design, I prefer it in white rather than the green. You will get the same results as it's the same formula but with a different fragrance. If you've not used this product before, it's a two-phase process in which the first stage is to massage the cream on to your face in a circular motion. The next part is to use the muslin cloth (included) soak it in hand-hot water and wring it out before gently polishing the cleanser off your face. The results are brighter, smoother skin as the dead skin cells, dirty and grime are removed to reveal a more radiant appearance. It also does a fantastic job of removing make up. It contains cocoa butter for it's moisturising properties, and the rosemary and chamomile in the formula gently tones the skin.

I don't know how much longer the Orange Flower and Chamomile cleanser is going to be around for, but get it while you can because it is limited edition and once it's gone, it is gone forever! It is available in 150ml and retails for £19.75. You can buy it directly from the Liz Earle website, selected Boots stores, John Lewis, Fenwicks and QVC. 

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Outfit: A Casual Stripy Dress From Wal-G

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Dress* Wal-G / Watch* Olivia Burton at Twisted Time / Bracelet* Love Hearts And Crosses / Jacket ASOS / Bag Mulberry / Necklace* Nikki Lissoni

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Having the laziest day today - what else are Sundays for? I say "lazy" but I'm still gripped to my phone and laptop. One day, I WILL be able to switch off from the Internet for an entire weekend but on the plus side, I've almost answered all of my emails and I've got a few blogposts scheduled for the new week! I'm about a stone heavier because I did all that whilst eating two bags of chocolate chip cookies and a whole pizza! I'll have to remember to buy more healthy snacking options this week but you know when you just can't be bothered to cook or prepare food? Yeah. That. It has been one of those weekends! *sigh*

I wore this green and grey stripy dress which is oversized and comfy - quite appropriate for a lazy weekend when hiding cookie/pizza food baby! I bunged my hair in a bun but it ended up looking as if I had a tarantula on the top of my head (I couldn't bear the thought! "Is it on me? I feel like it's on me!") so it paid off to spend a bit of time tidying that up. I've not got much to wear when the weather is this confused. It's warm, but the skies are miserably grey and pouring down with rain, not to mention 22-25mph winds today. Hot pants are out of the question, ha! But I didn't know whether to put a coat on or a cardigan but I went with a leather jacket...which may have been a bit extreme and it was totally the wrong choice.. far too hot! I've given up with Summer, I am ready for Autumn now - at least you know what you're 100% in for with A/W. A lot of RAIN, COLD AND WIND. I'm currently watching Hocus Pocus on TV, so I'm in the mood for Halloween!

I don't know if you an see my bracelet very well in the photos, one of the most annoying thing to photograph is silver jewellery but engraved in to the bangle are the words "Live Laugh Love" which is really nice. It's from Love Hearts And Crosses, an independent company that have got so many pieces of cool jewellery in store so be sure to check them out!

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Love Me Beauty August 2014 | Unboxing

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Contents of Love Me Beauty* - August 2014

Another month, another beauty box! I have been really out of the loop with these types of boxes lately. I used to love reading what everyone got in their Glossybox and Birchbox but I haven't been that bothered this past couple of months. Out of all the subscription boxes I've tried, Love Me Beauty seems to the one who is most consistent, and it's also not as "gimmicky" either. They also care a lot more about the customers in regards to social media and customer service. 

Love Me Beauty keeps things interesting and as you can see from the four boxes I've received so far, there's also 2 or 3 full sized products in there to make each month seem worth it. Upon first impressions,  it doesn't appear to look as "full" as last months (which is my favourite so far) but 3 out of the 4 samples are full sized products. Here's a look at what's inside August's Love Me Beauty box:

Oriflame Swedish Spa Beauty Wonder Oil (full size) - £8.45
This one's a multi tasker! It can be used for massages, or as a pre-shampoo treatment for hair, or you can even put a few drops in your bath. It's a versatile products (and that's what I like!) which contains the goodness of tonic ginger oil and nourishing coconut oil. It smells nice and doesn't seem to be too heavy or greasy. This is going on my hair asap!

Mirabella Lip Luster Liner in "Shy" (full size) - £10.50
This shade is quite close to my natural lip colour so I can't wait to wear it properly. It has a sheer finish, and has Aloe Vera in it to ensure lips are moisturised. I don't use lip liners a lot and it isn't an essential for me but it's ones of those products that are handy to have if and when you need to use it. I'm going to try filling the entire lip with this and add a clear gloss over it.

A La Carte Smudge Proof Eyebrow Definer (full size) - £23
This shade is too light for me so it's a shame I can't use this one, especially as it seems like such a useful products - and pricy too! All is not lost - I think you can use this as eyeliner so that's what I'll be doing! I have never used anything like this before, I always use powders and pencils to fill in and define my eyebrows. It's basically like an eyeliner pen but not as pigmented, it comes out watery and transparent. It's an interesting one as I'm not sure how well I would handle it if it came in black because I have very light eyebrows so it could literally be like using a marker over my face. I can see this Eyebrow Definer suitable for those with thicker brows, because as long as it's a good colour match, this pen would do a great job in filling them in. 

Marsk Mineral Eyeshadow in "Lucky Penny" (sample size) - £14.49 for full size
I think this is a sample sized, I'm not sure because it comes really well packaged in a miniature cardboard box and a branded lid. I would have preferred it in a darker shade as I got a similar eyeshadow shade in last month's Love Me Beauty box but this one is a loose powder. 100% natural and strictly cruelty-free, these eyeshadows form a creamy texture. Highly pigmented and easily blendable, you can use this wet or dry depending on how subtle or dramatic you want your look.

Check out my previous Love Me Beauty unboxing.
To sign up, head over to the website. It costs £10 per month (plus P&P)

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Organic Surge Shower And Body Products | Review

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Organic Surge - Organic and Natural Beauty Products*
Prices from £4.50

I have had a jolly good time pampering myself with these products lately! Not only during the evening but in the morning too! The right kind of attitude sets me up for the day and having awesome beauty products to use gears me up for that (along with a delicious breakfast smoothie!). I'm not saying that I've become one of those people who happily pop out of bed at the first sound of the alarm (I am most definitely not one of those people!), I detest morning but after taking a slow, sluggish walk to the bathroom, the sight of nice toiletries wakes me up!

Organic Surge products are free from parabens, SLS, SLES, artificial or synthetic fragrance, colourants and propylene glycol, mineral oils or petrolatum. They also don't test their products on animals.

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Organic Surge Fresh Ocean Shower Gel* - £4.75
Organic Surge Super Fresh Awakening Body Wash* - £5.99

Both of these are great for a morning shower because they are fresh and energising. For the mornings, I like to use products that have a sharp, zingy, citrus-y scent to it, staying well away from "relaxing" fragrances like lavender (it makes me sooo sleepy) and these two shower gels from Organic Surge are just perfect.

The Super Fresh Awakening Body Wash is 99% natural and has been specifically formulated to provide an all day freshness, targeting odour and bacteria. It has quite a spicy fragrance, containing mandarin, may chang (which smells a bit like ginger) and bergamot essential oils.

The Fresh Ocean Shower Gel is my favourite out of the two, I highly recommend it! The organic lemon and lime is not only invigorating and refreshing, it also gently cleanses your skin, whilst the rosemary oil helps to tone and soothe any irritation. At 98.9% natural, this is a natural solution for dry and dull skin as it packed with intense moisturising ingredients. It smells very fresh and I love using this.

Both of these are gentle on skin and doesn't strip it from it's natural moisture. It's quite a runny consistency so it's hard to control the amount to dispense without pouring too much each time but the simple packaging cuts costs down - so I'm not complaining! 

Other shower gels in their range include Sugared Almonds (which sounds delish! I'll be buying this one next), Citrus Mint, Lavender Meadow and Sweet Blossom.

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Organic Surge Tropical Bergamot Hand Wash* - £4.50
Organic Surge Sweet Blossom Body Cream* - £7.50

Hand wash is something that I buy from supermarkets when they are on offer so I do find it of a boring product to buy. It's like "ugh, we've ran out of hand wash, put it on the shopping list". I spend so much on beauty products, including hand lotion and cuticle oils but I skimp on hand wash by opting for those which are £1.50. I don't suffer from dry skin on my hands (probably because I dowse them in copious amounts of hand cream!) However, it got a little more interesting a couple of weeks ago when this Tropical Bergamot hand wash arrived, and I realised that it does make a difference from the cheap stuff I usually buy. With this being only £4.50, I can afford to repurchase this! It has a mouthwatering scent, like a fruity cocktail with a herbal kick to it! The bergamot relaxes and calms skin condition, the sweet orange elimates toxins and the aloe vera soothes and moisturises. If you have dry hands and cracked skin, it's advisable to splash out a little extra on a quality product (or at least something with less artificial ingredients in) otherwise the chemicals in the cheap stuff will just make matters worse. 

Finally, the Sweet Blossom Body Cream! I've got a lot of body butters and lotions that are thick and heavy, so it's nice to have something that's quite light for a change especially in the mornings! £7.50 is not a bad price for a beauty product that is 99% natural! The 150ml tub is enriched with organic sweet orange, cedarwood essential oils, aloe vera, shea and cocoa butter. The scent doesn't resemble the key ingredients, the orange nor cedarwood doesn't comes through very strongly, it's extremely subtle. The combination of all the fragrances mix together makes it smell a bit like cherries - even though it doesn't contain any cherries! This cream sinks in to skin without that film-like sensation that you sometimes get with body butters whilst you're waiting for it to absorb. It's really light and it smells lovely! Fits right in to my morning routine! 

Organic Surge is available from Waitrose, The Co-Op, John Lewis, Whole Foods and selected large independent chemists and health food stores. They also ship worldwide.

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