.My First Dip In The Yankee Candle Pool.
I’m a big candle lover with my favourite brand being the ever-wonderful NEOM but until recently I hadn’t bought into the whole Yankee Candle craze along with the rest of the world. It’s not until the boyfriend and I took a Sunday afternoon stroll and stumbled across a local Yankee shop that we decided to wander in and see what all the fuss was about!
It was a little overpowering at first with all the candles in there and I found so many to be far too sweet for my tastes but I settled on two that I absolutely loved and the boy treated me to both – Soft Blanket and Blissful Autumn! Blissful Autumn is perfect for this time of year with the scent of pear, apple, cinnamon and woody leaves leaving a subtle but crisp foresty smell behind when it burns – nothing too strong but just enough to know there’s a candle burning. Soft Blanket however has instantly become my all-time favourite candle! It smells just like snuggling under a duvet on the sofa on a cold winter’s day and although you can tell a difference when it’s burning it never smells like you’ve got a candle on, it just becomes the smell of your room.
After burning my new Yankee Candles for the first time I became completely obsessed, buying car air fresheners and an array of little samples to try out new scents in my bedroom (Sugared Apple and Mandarin & Cranberry are also a contender for the larger sizes this month!) so you can imagine my excitement when the boyfriend presented me with the Yankee Candle Advent Calendar last week! I’d been considering it for a while after deciding the Benefit Beauty Calendar was a little excessive but feeling slightly downtrodden with the thought of a bog standard choccie offering and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying opening up every day and finding a new tealight behind each door to burn! I won’t ruin the surprise of what’s inside but if you’re interested I’m sure you’ll find a few snaps on my Instagram page with some spoilers – at just over £20 it’s a real Christmas bargain!
I like to buy Yankee Candles from my local store as they’ve got a loyalty card scheme but the service from their website is great too – if they’ve got any calendars left I’d highly recommend getting your mitts on one!
Are you a Yankee Candle Fan? What’s your favourite scent for Christmas?
Tweet me @xameliax and tell me which candle you’re burning at the moment #yankeecandle
.Bobbi Vs Bo-ing: The Battle of the Concealers | Bobbi Brown Creamy Concealer.
I’ve been an avid user of Benefit’s Boi-ing concealer for many months but when my last pot ran out, I found myself in possession of some Bobbi Brown gift vouchers and I decided to give their Creamy Concealer a go instead and share with you my comparative concealer conclusion! (yay alliteration.)
Let’s start with the size. You are getting a little more with your Bo-ing concealer for the extra few pounds but really the difference isn’t enough to shout home about. However Bobbi Brown spoils us with it’s colour range ensuring you get the best shade for your skin tone whereas Benefit only offers three shades making it a little tricky to match. I use the shade Warm Ivory which is spot on for my skin tone as the concealer itself is yellow based to help camouflage dark circles and blemishes.
I love how long Bo-ing lasts and Bobbi B is no different with excellent wear time and a lovely creamy consistency that doesn’t dry up around the eyes. It blends really easily and covers a world of sins! All in all I’d have to say that both Bo-ing and Bobbi Brown are pretty similar and id happily buy either one again. I’m really happy with my BB purchase but apart from the shade range they’re fairly well matched…looks like its 1:1 in this beauty battle!
You can find a pot of Creamy Concealer on the Bobbi Brown website HERE for £18.50!
What’s your favourite concealer? Have you tried Bobbi Brown’s Offering?
Tweet me @xameliax #bobbivsboing
Sadly i’m not jetting off to warmer climates this Christmas, but the boyfriend and I are heading off for a New Year Spa break and i’ve been thinking about investing in some sultry new swimwear for the occasion! So i’ve sought out some advice from the lovely team behind George at ASDA on the best swimwear shape and how to get the most flattering fit!
“Help with Swimsuits: Which Style is Best for You?
Swimsuits can be a massive bugbear for women. Choosing the right one can be a real pain, but it’s something that we have to do if we’re hoping to look at least a teeny bit elegant in the pool. While Christmas isn’t really the time to think about swimwear, it is the time of making resolutions, and with many people opting to go down the ‘get fit’ route this January, investing in a suitable swimsuit will be the next thing on the agenda.
With so many different options available nowadays, to suit all body shapes (and levels of confidence required to carry them off), choosing a swimsuit can be a bit of a minefield but it has to be done. Here’s a quick lowdown to help you make the best choice.
.Boost Those Roots | Unite Boosta Volume Spray.
I’m forever after products to help add extra volume to my hair with it being so long and heavy. My last super product was Big Sexy Hair’s Roost Boost Pump* and I used every last squirt until it was empty but as my hair is one of the few things i can experiment with without repercussions, when Unite asked if I’d like to try their product I jumped at the chance to try something new.
Unite’s Boosta Volumizing Spray* is a lightweight spray that you apply into the roots of your hair before blow drying. It’s really easy to use and feels very fine when it comes out which i like, but although the smell isn’t great the product is absolutely amazing! Big bouncy hair that doesn’t dry crunchy or greasy and stays large until you wash it - what more could you want?! I’m really impressed with this spray, so much so that i’m thinking of investing in their Expanda Mousse too!
You can grab yourself a bottle for £15.75 from Harrods, Jones & Payne and specialty salons - but for now, why not take a look at Unite’s website and see the spray in action HERE!
What do you use to boost your hair? Would you buy Unite?
Tweet me @xameliax #boostaspray
.Get Christmassy At Your Desk | teapigs Spiced Winter Tea.
This year I’m on a major Crimbo kick and I’m thoroughly enjoying every bit of festive food and drink I can get my mittens on! Teapigs Spiced Winter Tea* is like Christmas in a mug, it’s AMAZING! What teapigs say:
“We think we’ve captured the best bits of winter with this one - mulled wine, mistletoe, winter coats and rosy cheeks. Log fires, happy cats and old movies on the telly”
I’m not sure about the happy cats but I definitely feel all the rest! With orange peel, cloves and cinnamon on red tea base this is a gorgeously fragrant and caffeine-free pick me up for the month of December. It smells incredible as soon as you pour the water in and with the help of the awesome teapigs temples it diffuses in a couple of minutes to create a refreshing but not over-powering tea. I’ve tried it with and without milk and others suggest trying it with Amaretto or a big Brandy which I’m yet to sample, but I’ve loved everything I’ve experimented with so far and yet again with teapigs I’m really impressed – ho ho ho!
You can find their Spiced Winter Tea on the teapigs website HERE from just £1.19!
Have you tried teapigs Spiced Winter tea yet? What’s your favourite tea to drink at this time of year?
Tweet us @xameliax @teapigs #spicedwintertea
.Weekend In Photos.
This weekend’s been such a relaxing one and just what I needed.
I’ve been crocheting again and getting into the Christmas spirit with a few adorable decorations to put on our tree! We have robins, candy canes, Christmas puddings and holly leaves and it really adds a personal touch to our beautiful tree, i love them!
Saturday was spent taking a drive back to my home town as I’d forgotten all my makeup like a silly person. So we decided to make the most of it and enjoy a stroll round town, stop for a Christmassy costa and pick up a few naughty bits from my favourite bakery! In the evening we made some hot mulled cider and ventured out for a yummy curry for the boy’s mum’s birthday. Everywhere looks so pretty this time of year, it’s just lovely.
Sunday had been spent catching up on our favourite tv shows in our pjs under the duvet being lazy bums! We’ve got quite a lot coming up in the next few weeks so it’s nice I take some time for ourselves.
I hope your weekend was just a relaxing!