Candle Review

One thing that knows how to set the mood right is candles. Be it plain white or coloured; scented or non scented; just for decor or to add ambience to an evening. Over the past few years candles have grown, especially in the handmade community. I myself do love to burn a candle here and there, so I decided to test a few candles from a few local shops. Primark, Poundstretcher, Home Bargains and Wilko. The environment in which I burned all the candles, where in a large room with the door closed part of the way.

primark-candle

Let me begin with Primark. I headed straight towards where the candles expecting to see the usual lovely candles they had in the past. When I reached they had completely changed their stock. I was somewhat disappointed. Now I don’t know if this was the winter ones and the have yet to change over as most of the scents were quite wintry. I struggled to find one that I actually wanted to buy. Then I found one Patchouli and Tona Bean. Even though this candle came in a stylish glass with a silver metal lining, the cold throw on this candle was minimal. I had to sniff quite hard to get any scent. So I was not too impressed. That being said even with  most of their other candles, it was the same result. This candle has a burn time of 30 hours. I burned this candle and I was really disappointed. The scent was almost non-existent. I had to call my son just to double-check. I let it burn for several hours and not much changed.

PRICE£3.00

RESULT: Poor would not buy again 1/10

home-bargins-candleI purchased these Wickford and Co candles from Home bargains. I was quite excited about these purchases cause the cold throw was quite intense. The large jar which is Apricot Blossom and has 95 hours burning time. The smaller jar,  Sweet Pea and Rose has a burn time of 16 hours. With the same environment as stated above I lit the candles expecting a room filled with a glorious smell. I was yet again disappointed. The cold throw was stronger than the Primark candle, but not as strong once it was lit. I think in a smaller room, maybe the scent will be better received.

PRICE: Apricot Blossom £2.99                                                                                                                       ……….Sweet Pea & Rose £0.59

RESULT: Not as good as I thought they would be 4/5

poundstretcher-candleThis cute little candle was purchased at Poundstretcher. The cuteness of it makes you want to buy it alone. The cold throw on this little jar of candle was intense and I had high hopes for this. I do not know the burn time but when I lit this candle the warm throw filled up the room. I was pleased with the amount of scent it threw out. The scent itself is nice. I am not mad about it but it is pleasant. I found that the wick was too big and created a large pool which almost drowned out the flame. I had to pour out some of the wax, apart from that, quite happy.

PRICE: £1

RESULT: Really liked it. 7/10

wilko-candle

This white candle was purchased from Wilko. The scent is cotton and lily which are my favourite scents. The cold throw makes you want to put it in your wardrobe to increase the fresh smell of your clothes. It is really pleasant. It actually puts a smile on my face. The cold throw on this candle is a delight and quite strong. When lit this candle fills the room with a lovely scent. I am not disappointed by this candle and it delivers. This is one of my best pics for the scent and its throw.

PRICE: £1.50

RESULT: A beautifully scented candle and at a good price 9/10

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There are so many candles out there on the market some are worth it and some are not. Until you try you will never know. If you think one shop can provide a cheap candle with great throw, you assume they all can. Candles are not all created equal.

Análaigh

Getting ready for spring

Who isn’t  looking forward to spring. I mean it gets a little warmer, the fruit trees  start to bud and the flowers start to bloom. So many lovely and beautiful things happen in the spring. People’s moods start to lift and the days have already started to get lighter like your change of wardrobe. So many wonderful things happen in spring and it is one that I look forward to. Mainly because it follows winter. In preparation of this time I am going to share with you some of my beauty favs and colours for everyday wear.

spring-favs

Prepping my skin I like to use Maybeline baby skin  primer. It leaves my skin feeling as though I have a soft coating of baby powder, which is a good base for when applying my foundation.

Sleek foundation. I love this brand and this type. It is so light on my face and using sparingly can leave me with a real natural look. Unlike some foundations, it does not leave my skin with an oily look.  Colour 989 Earth.

LA Girl Pro.face pressed powder. I am really impressed with this brand and their products. This powder really works with my skin and is perfect for my skin tone. It comes with a mirror and sponge and is something that will definitely be part of my on the go make up kit. Colour true bronze.

Gosh rebel eyes massacre. Sometimes it is not everyday thick black and sexy lashes. There are days where I want to just keep it light including my lashes. This massacare is perfect for such lash goals and I really recommend it. It leaves your lashes separated and defined, whilst also leaving you with a natural look.

LA Girl Matte lipstick. I love this brand and their matte shades. They do have a variety of colours and I especially love mixing and matching, whilst creating umbre lips or just to mix up the colours. It gives me the just the right amount of matte without looking too drying.

Essence cosmetics. This is such a cute brand it reminds me of being a teen. With their cute looking essence the gel nail polish. This brand has such an array of colours, from very darks to really light. I have a small collection of this nail polish and I will be definitely rocking the essence polish on my nails.

What are you spring go to’s have you got colours or pallets that you like? Let me know. Till then.

Análaigh

Month of Love- keep it positive

month-of-loveI know, I know there are plenty of people out there who can not stand, shall I dear say it. Valentines day. There are so many negatives that are associated with the V word. Cheesey, exploitation, money, etc. For others, they like to take this day as a day of fun, happiness and a reason to go all out, when in normal circumstances, they probably wouldn’t have. Some people like to go the extra mile or two and others will spend their time moaning and groaning and giving out negative energy as to why they don’t celebrate V day. I mean who cares. If you don’t celebrate it and you don’t like it, then don’t  celebrate it, but please stop moaning. No one needs to hear that type of negativity.

I myself do not care either way. I see it as fun and at times needed. Not everyone is good at letting others know how much they mean to them. Why? Not because they don’t but because they tend to get caught up with the everyday grime of life and when it comes to going out not much effort goes into it. Others on the other hand are great at this at any time of the year.

Besides all of the above, no matter what, you can not escape it. All you need to do is walk into your local shop or go out shopping and displays of pinks and reds are right there in your face. Love it or loath it. Anyway, besides all this lovely scent of love in the air and loving your partner, and treating them to dinners and gifts and flowers. Not much talk goes to loving yourself. As human beings we get into a habit of neglect and the practice of not giving much thought in or to ourselves. We all know why, too busy dealing with life, self-hatred, self-doubt, self-belief being non-existent and the list goes on. It can be hard to love ourselves or remind ourself to love ourself.

KEEPING IT POSITIVE

If you are one of those who forgets about how important you are, how great you are and how valued you are. Use this month or this day to remind yourself. Remember it takes 21 days to form a habit so why not start today. Love is not just about being in a relationship with someone, it is about loving your friends, and telling them, your family and most importantly loving yourself.

Watch out for the month of love daily series. 28 days of love.

Happy V day peeps.

Análaigh

Are you investing in yourself?

invest-in-yourselfWe invest so much into our lives. Cleaning house, food and clothes shopping, going out with friends, family do’s. Because of this we make the assumption that we are making our lives better. To some point we are, especially if we manage to keep on top of these things that I have listed above. Investing in yourself goes beyond just the obvious and the immediate especially if you are looking to grow as a person. If you are looking to overcome certain flaws and improve on characteristics that you lack. There is so much out there to get to that point; Online, books, TV radio; they are all out there for us to drink and explore.

Some how we manage to not go the extra mile to better ourselves. We accuse time and money as the culprit to stopping us from doing something about it, when in fact it is all in our heads. There is no reason as to why we can not choose to better ourselves in one form or another. We spend time thinking about it, but end up doing nothing about it. Continue reading “Are you investing in yourself?”

Go with the flow ? or Go on your own?

followerWhat type of person are you? Do you like to go with the flow, see what is hot and what’s not or do you like to just do you? Is it all about the name or is it about what works for you? Do you feel pressured to conform to pick something and stick to it or are you comfortable in just going with what interests you? With social media presence on the rise and the need to be noticed to reach the height of success that you desire, what are you willing to do or not do to get there?

I myself go with whatever interests and what I want to do. My blog and vlog pretty much reflects the person I am. I find it hard to stick to one topic as I find that life in general interests me. So therefore I want to talk about it write about.  From a business or general outlook, that might be detrimental to achieving social media success, however, I need to be true to who I am. There maybe a day when I will just want to stick to a topic or an interest and concentrate on that, until then, I will continue doing what I am doing.

Competition has never been so fierce like it is today. Thanks to the interweb, and instant photo’s the bar is set up high these days and entry-level is looking a lot like a semi-professional one. However, do not let these things pressure you or sway you into jumping onto a band wagon for the sake of likes and followers. It is important now more than ever to be as unique and stand out as much as you possibly can, otherwise you will blend in and just be another ……… blogger or vlogger.

Some will be fine with that because what ever gets you there right? Going at it your way could be really hard to do to. People, fans , blogger and vlogger readers and watchers may not got you. But what’s more important? Your creative expression or popularity. Remain true to you.

Análaigh

Planner Journal

planner-journal2017 is here and I have made it. I have had a really slow start to the new year. I am walking into the new year without my mum and a new path and journey is set for me. There is a lot of adjusting I need to do as well as stepping up my game in all my areas of my life. Business, hobbies, weight and more. Quite an overwhelming start to the year, hence probably to why I’m having a slow start. I am behind on some of the things that I wanted to be ahead in and some of my plans are only half done.

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Why can’t I stop?

why-cant-i-stopWhy can’t I stop is a question that I found asking myself only a week into 2017. When I look behind me I see the dust of all the things that went on in 2016. I see al the things that I need to do in 2017 including all the things that I have not finished or even started in 2016. With all that looking I see a full and busy time ahead. With that said I see myself on a continuous train that shows no sign of stopping.

With the ongoing chug, I can feel a burn out coming on,  and I know I can not afford to have one of those. So what can I do? Stop? I don’t think so, who has time to stop. So I keep going regardless of the consequences of the future.

WHAT TO DO.

I always like to come up with solutions to situations, when I find myself in a bit of a bubble. There are different ways and paths that one can take if you want to arrive at the same destination. The first thing you got to do is be honest with yourself and really know what your strength and weaknesses are. Know what you would do if a certain situation suddenly fell on your lap. I am constantly studying myself to make sure I get the best out of me. The older I get I find that the way I do certain things change, so therefore I am growing and trying out new things whether I realise it or not.

If I feel as though I can’t stop. I change my tactics. I will start to incorporate more activities in my life that will cause me to relax. Go cinema more often. More at home pamper days and maybe a relaxing hobbies. Catch a film or two at home. anything that forces me to take time out and stop overloading my head with thoughts on the things that I have to do.

Spend some time finding solutions to problems that you are facing instead of heading for a crash course.

Análaigh