Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mothers Day In Devon

Hello lovelies. 

I hope you've all had a lovely day, and those of you that are mummies out there I hope you've been thoroughly spoilt rotten! I spent the day with my mum in Devon, going to lots of different villages to have a wander around, so I thought I'd share some snaps of the day with you. 

Happy Sunday everyone!

What did you do for mothers day? 


Tuesday, 25 March 2014

NOT A Yankee Candle Wax Haul! Kringle Candle Haul & Review

Hello lovelies.

A lot of you will be thinking YOU WHAT?! You, Jade, lover of all things Yankee Candle, have been buying A DIFFERENT CANDLE BRAND?! I know, i know! It feels wrong. But at the same time.. so so right! I bought a few from a shop in Bath and ended up making an order online, so I thought I'd share a collective haul!

So the word haul might as well be replaced with spree here, so here is my collective spree... !

The largest part of my spree, and the one thing I certainly didn't need any more of, were these wax tarts, but they are wax tarts with a twist! But more on that in a minute. I went for:

Watercolour - This features in this spree haul, a lot! It's the most perfect twist of floral and sandalwood, almost fruity and slightly sweet.

Sparkling - This is a fruity mix of lemon and lime with a sweet undertone, think a lemon & lime sparkling drink.

Petals In Water - A rose & lilac scent with a light musk undertone.

Pancake Breakfast - A mix of maple syrup and a very light cinnamon. I'm not usually a foody scent fan but this tastes good enough to eat!

Under The Sea - A mix of lemon and tea which is light and fresh.

Now as I said these are wax tarts with a difference! Usually wax tarts are designed to be used all at once, but Kringle mixed things up.

These are breakable wax tarts! Designed to be split up in to the pre molded pieces and you can store the rest in the little plastic pots they come in.These are a great price, at £2.15 each you can get about 5 uses from one!

The tarts are actually quite big, about the same width as a Yankee wax tarts but about twice as deep. I found that burning one chunk will give a decent throw of scent, but two is best for an amazing scent impact.

Next up is another candle form I've only seen from Kringle, a candle called a "Daylight". It's basically a big tea light that burns for around 12 hours. These are basically the Kringle versions of vovtives or "sampler" Yankee candles, however these are burnt in the packaging they come in, so you don't need a separate holder. These are around £2.50 each.

I bought this in Candle Time, a shop in Bath, because they didn't have Watercolour in anything bigger, but once I burnt a chunk of the tart, this happened...

I folded and ended up going for the large two wick candle. I know, I am weak! It's beautiful fragrance however, and I don't think I will ever get sick of it! This was £21.99, which is slightly more expensive than Yankee Candle, as this has a 100 hour burn time, and a large Yankee Candle at £19.99 would burn for around 110 to 150 hours.

Kringle Candles also have a distinctive bright white wax, which is because Kringle Candles use 100% dye free wax. The tumblers they candles are in are also completely food safe & they encourage reusing the tumblers when the candle is finished. 

However, Kringle and Yankee aren't too far apart, as the father of Mike Kitteredge, the founder of Kringle, was also one of the founders of Yankee Candle before retiring thinking his days of wax slinging were over, until his son started making candles for a college project, and shortly after Kringle Candle was born. 

Overall I am very impressed with Kringle Candles, I've only slightly dipped my toes in to the Kringle world but everything I've tried has been so spot on! Although I think I'll always be a Yankee Candle girl at heart, it's nice to mix it up with a different brand! 

Have you ladies got any favourite candle brands outside of Yankee Candle?


Sunday, 23 March 2014

MAC A Fantasy Of Flowers Limited Edition Lipstick In Snapdragon

Hello lovelies. 

I'll be really honest here, recently I've been feeling slightly apathetic towards make up. I used to find every new release really exciting, wanted to go out and purchase it all straight away, but in the last few months nothing has caught my eye much. 

However, as it usually is, MAC was there to pick me up, and get me handing over my money for make up again, and I managed to get something I found really exciting, Snapdragon from the new A Fantasy Of Flowers limited edition collection! 

I hadn't been to MAC for a good while so when I ended up there a good hour before I started work I thought I'd be in there for ages having a good browse, but no. 

I made a beeline for the A Fantasy Of Flowers collection picked up two lipsticks, swatched them both and just went Snapdragon, I want that, I need that, I'm gunna get that. Straight to the till, in and out within maybe 5 minutes, 4 of which were watching the sales assistant trying to get the iPad they take your details on to work! 

Snapdragon is a blue toned mid pink in a luster finish, so it has a little shine on the lips. Now obviously this colour is based on the flower, which just so happened to be one of my all time favourite flowers, and they look like this - 

(image credit here

I remember my nanny having these in her garden when I was little and thinking they were super pretty. 

On the lips, its just perfect. a little shine without being overly gloss like. The colour is also just spot on, the best "I've made a little effort" but without being too in your face. 

I've had this for a few days now and I've had been wearing it constantly. I've found myself reaching for it much more frequently than I would usually reach for any other lip product as I like wearing it so much!

You can browse the full A Fantasy Of Flowers range in-store or online here, but as with all limited edition MAC collections when they are gone they are really gone, so if something takes your fancy I'd act quick. Also worth noting here that MAC lipsticks have gone from £14.50 to £15.00 since I last went in, what madness is this?!

Have you ladies been lusting after any of this collection? Can I get a collective booooo for MAC increasing the prices again? 


Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Bargain Perfume Alert! Katy Perry Meow Perfume For £4.99

Hello lovelies. 

I've been on a little bit of a "perfume ban" for a while, because I am trying to use up the ones I had, but when I was in B&M Bargains the other day I couldn't help but have a look at the perfume cupboard! And it ended up, obviously it's me, in a purchase! 

In true cat lady fashion, it's a kitty shaped perfume! Meow by Katy Perry, which is the second perfume from Katy Perry. 

In terms of bottle design, which lets face it, does play a part in being attracted to a perfume, it's pretty sweet if probably aimed a young audience. The bottle is a soft pink rounded body with a kitty shaped head, with blingy eyes and an "m" charm collar. 

In terms of scent, I would say it's quite sweet and fruity but with a soft powdery edge, however the top notes of this perfume are pear, gardenia, jasmine, and tangerine with base notes of amber, sandalwood, creamy musk, and effervescent vanilla.

The bottle I bought was only 15mls, so I've put it beside a 30ml Jo Malone perfume bottle for comparison, and it is a diddy little thing, however I really wish that more perfumes would come in 15mls, it would be easier to try more fragrances, and more importantly, cheaper! 15mls will still last a good while! 

So, as I mentioned, I picked this up in B&M bargains, for the bargain price of just £4.99! Meow wasn't the only wee 15ml perfume they had either, off the top of my head they had the new Beyonce NYC perfume as well of one of the Rhianna perfumes. However I've found a 30ml bottle of Meow online here for £11.85.

Are you ladies loving the idea of small 15ml bottles? Or is bigger always better?