Monday, 20 October 2014

Snowflake Cookie Yankee Candle

Last year Yankee Candle added a new candle to their Christmas collection called Snowflake Cookie. During the Christmas period I typically reach for spicy scented candles, and this expands into the Autumn and Winter months. I therefore thought I would give Snowflake Cookie a try as it is a little different for this time of the year! This vanilla sugar based scent is described as:
A new Christmas tradition that is sure to charm: perfectly pretty holiday cookies, deliciously decorated with sugary pink icing.
As you would expect from the description, this is a very sweet scented candle, mimicking cookies topped with icing. It is very similar to Vanilla Cupcake, but sweeter. On first sniffs it is a bit too sweet and over powering for my liking. However, once lit it is not quite so strong and the room fills with a lovely light baking smell. The packaging is not particularly Christmasy and therefore can easily be burnt all year round without it looking out of place. If you do not like sweet scents, this is not for you, but if you like your house smelling like cookies this is the one.

Which is your favourite Yankee Candle Scent?

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Saturday, 18 October 2014

Vaseline Limited Edition Queen Bee

Earlier this week, Victoria and I attended the launch of Vaseline’s fourth Limited Edition Lip Therapy - Queen Bee. This was my second event at the Ham Yard Hotel in London, and what a lovely hotel it is. Located in the Orangery room, the décor was black and gold themed with honey dotted around the room – it smelt amazing. They also had Queen Bee inspired manicures (mine were black with gold glitter on the ring finger) and a life coach you could speak to.

Now onto the Vaseline! It has a light honey scent, which I absolutely love and like all Vaselines, it will help to protect your lips through the cold winter months approaching. What really makes Queen Bee stand out is the shimmery gold and black stripes packaging, very different to the usual plain packaging.

The Limited Edition Vaseline Queen Bee is available now from Boots and Tesco for just £3.99 – but be quick as stock is limited.

Which is your favourite Vaseline?

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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadow

Max Factor is a brand that I particularly love, so I am always excited to hear about their new releases. Next month they shall be releasing a new range of gel eye shadows called ‘Excess Shimmer Eye shadows’. As the name would suggest, these gel based shadows contain shimmer and have a metallic finish. Pearl is a beautiful white which works great as a highlighter, Pink Opal is a pearly pink and Onyx is a shimmery black which is perfect for a smokey eye.

As a gel I was expecting the shadow to be hard to work with, when in fact the texture is surprisingly nice. They are very soft, which makes them incredibly easy to blend, and silky smooth when applied. As you can see they are highly pigmented and can be built up to produce a more intense look or blended for a softer look. Lasting power is good if used with a primer, otherwise it will crease towards the end of the day. The packaging is very secure, it has a glass base with a black screw lid and they contain 7g of product which is very generous when compared to others.

These shadows are very versatile, which is great for when you are traveling. Not only can you apply them by themselves, but you can mix the shades together to produce a new colour, apply them on top of another shadow to add some shimmer, use them as a base of another shadow, or line your eyes. Available from November for just £7.99, these are a great buy. They come in three other shades; Bronze, Copper and Crystal – of which I have my eye on them all!

Which is your favourite colour?

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Monday, 13 October 2014

Luxury Beauty Advent Calendars 2014 over £50

Following on from last week’s post on Beauty Advent Calenders for £50 and under, here are the more luxurious calendars available this year. From £59.95 all the way up to £250 (!!) there are some seriously expensive calendars here.

Elemis 12 days of beauty // £59.50
Unlike most calendars, the Elemis includes 12 presents rather than 24. However if you were to buy the products separately it would cost you £113 so it is well worth the money! Each door contains a luxurious sample which will be sure to last you well into the New Year.
Available: Now!

Benefit – Candy Coated Countdown // £60
Benefit first introduced their advent calendar last year and it was truly very popular. Like last year, you will find 18 samples of their bestsellers and 6 surprise gifts. I am a little bit put off by the price (last year it was £50) but if you are looking to try some Benefit products it is a great way to try a large range of their products.
Available:16th October

Selfridges Enchanted Spells // £85
The Selfridges advent calendar is another popular calendar. Each year it sells out extremely quickly so if you want this – buy it now! At £85 it is very expensive, however with 24 luxurious miniature treats including brands such as Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent, Kiehl's and Lancôme, it is worth it if you fancy a splurge.
Available: Now

Liberty // £125
The is the Crème de la Crème. I would say it really is a step up from the Selfridges calendar, and if you are willing to splash the cash then this is worth the extra £40. Beautiful design, products by NARS, ESPA, Diptyque, Laura Mercier –need I say more?
Available: November

Jo Malone // £250
Styled in a Georgian townhouse, this advent calendar houses 24 colognes and body crèmes. At £250 this is a very expensive advent calendar, but if you fancy spoiling a loved one this would be perfect. Whether they love Jo Malone, or have yet to try their products I am sure anyone who receives this would be in love.
Available: 20th October

Which are you looking forward to the most?

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