miércoles, 14 de noviembre de 2012

I'm Obsessed With Candles

Today we're talking scented candles. Maybe I don't read enough blogs but I don't really see too many posts about candle collections even though we seem to be constantly nattering about them on Twitter.

So onto the scented, waxy goodness.

Here are the candles I'm currently burning.

Back row: Yankee Candle Christmas Cookie, The White Company Winter, Archipelago Peony

Front Row: The White Company Cassis, NEOM Invigorate, Yankee Candle Clean Cotton

My absolute favourites right now are from the White Company. I've known about them for ages but have never really taken much notice until the other day when I saw the 'Winter' candle in Selfridges. This utterly gorgeous candle is basically Christmas in a bee-yoo-tiful jar. You smell it and I'm not joking all you can do with yourself is feel festive. It is uh-mazing. It has scents of cinnamon, clove and orange and I really recommend you go sniff it.

The White Company Winter. Stunning packaging.

Another thing I love about this candle is that it has three wicks so it should burn evenly. If you read my 'things I'm loving this week' post two posts ago, you'll have heard me grumbling about my Archipelago Peony candle which only has one wick in the centre. It looks awful after burning so unevenly due to the single wick. That post also describes the scent of it.

I can't wait to start burning Winter and will probably have it on while I put my Christmas decorations up.

So with the three wicks in the Winter candle it is very similar to my second favourite brand of candle, NEOM Organics.

The first one I tried from them was the Happiness candle which is absolutely lush and I plan to put it on my Christmas list as I need another. I love how with NEOM the wax looks so creamy and good quality. The other one I am currently trying is Invigorate. The scents in this are grapefruit, bergamot and lime. I've nearly finished this candle and to be honest I prefer the smell of when it's not burning. When it is alight it's just not the same and is also quite weak. It is still a quality candle though and the burning scent of it is down to personal taste. The NEOM candles are large with beautiful packaging, and use vegetable wax and essential oils which justifies the price tag of around £40. 

The price of the Winter candle from The White Company is £55 and is considerably larger than the NEOM. It is made of refined mineral wax. I'm not too sure about what this is and whether or not it's as good as vegetable wax. The other candle I'm enjoying from The White Company is Cassis. I purchased this in the smaller size for £20. This scent is reminiscent of berries and is quite fruity consisting of cassis, blackberries and cedar.

The last two candles are by Yankee Candle. I'm not a massive fan of Yankee anymore since trying NEOM and White Company. I have Clean Cotton and Christmas Cookie which are nice fragrances but once lit, I find them quite heady and sickly. Also the top of the jars seem to go black despite the fact I ensure the wicks are short before burning.

What are your favourite candles and candle brands? If you've done a post on them or know of any posts on them that you think I'd like to read, please link me to them below.

Current Holy Grails

Hey beauts, hope you're having a fantastic weekend. I'm chilling out and pampering with a hair and face mask (namely Lee Staffford Treatment for t
hat hair never grows past a certain length and Origins Drink Up Intensive mask) and thought I'd share with you some of the products I'm currently using that I really don't want to live without.

So here we have it.

Illamasqua Gleam - OMG best cream highlighter I've ever used. The texture is almost like a paste which feels so satisfying to work with. I love it. It really does what it says on the tin. You will be gleaming and your cheekbones will look immense.

Tom Ford Lipsticks - The beauty of these begins with the packaging. It's beautiful, weighty and just feels like pure luxury. There's an amazing colour range, they glide on, have staying power and I will be buying more. From left to right I have Scarlet Rouge, Nude Vanille, and Wild Ginger. All are perfect on my pale complexion.

DIOR Forever Foundation - I speak for all Dior face products in this paragraph, not just the foundation. From the face powders, through to the bronzers and foundations Dior gives you amazing coverage and also leaves you with an effortless, long lasting luminosity. This foundation is aptly named because I will use it Forever.

Lady Gaga Black Fluid - I tried this in a Glossybox a couple of months back and it just has something about it. I'm not one for celebrity scents or anything celebrity to be honest but this just does it for me. It's sweet but not overly so and I wear it every day. It makes me happy.

Origins High Potency Night - A - Mins - This is a renewal cream that smells like oranges. I LOVE the scent of it although it's not
for everyone. I use it every other night before bed and it really does rejuvenate the skin. When I've applied it my skin feels warm and just comfortable and cosy if you know what I mean. I wake up with glowing, soft skin the next day too. Absolute winner.

Topshop Glitter polishes - I don't think I've ever heard a bad word about Topshop nail products and I'm not surprised. They are gorgeous. I've heard people say the £6 price tag is a bit steep but I disagree. For me what's steep is Chanel charging around £16 for a polish that lasts about an hour before chipping. Topshop's £6 for quality long lasting, beautiful looking polish is fine by me. And what's more the glitter particles and plentiful and easy to apply onto the nail. These look great over metallic polishes and darker coloured polishes. From left to right I have Ice Crush and Panther.

Skinetica Anti Blemish - I received this in last month's Glossybox. My skin is pretty good on the whole but I'm prone to a couple of blemishes from time to time. I've been dabbing this on as soon as they appear and I would definitely say they heal in half the time after using this. It doesn't dry the skin out around the blemishes either. It is described on the the bottle as 'kind to skin' which is great if you ask me.

So there's a quick round up of some of my beauty staples right now.

Which products can't you live without at the mo?

Remembering You

Recent Things I've Been Loving.....In Pictures

This is a bit of a random unplanned post but I've been taking a lot of photos recently and wanted to share some of the things I've been loving the last couple of weeks.

Topshop Nail Polish. This one is called Lead.

London. On the right is one of my fave places in London. It's called James Street and has some great pubs and restaurants. It's off Oxford Street near Selfridges

Skulls. Bought this lip balm from Primark just for the tin.

Lip balms. Am trying this. It's gorge, smells like sugary lemons and keeps my lips soft. 

My new necklace from Sugar & Vice. This company followed me on Twitter so I decided to check out their site. I instantly had to have this when I saw it as I love aztec designs.

Costa Coffee. The Christmas mugs this year are so cool.

Lush Baths. This one is Golden Wonder.

My new Fluoro Yellow Cambridge Satchel. I had my initials embossed onto it too. I'm loving wearing this. It's so beautiful.

NARS Blush in Exhibit A. Perfect colour for me for natural rosy cheeks.

Black Milk Clothing. This Darth Vader swimsuit is from the recent Star Wars collection. I also have the leggings with all the characters on. I'm a Star Wars nut, lol.

The Tube. I have a bit of a geeky fascination for the tube and I love my tube map notebook from Paperchase. 

So that was a quick round up. If you like these pics and want to see more, I'm on instagram at Lettherebeshopping (same as my blog name).

See you there


Shoe Porn

I'll be honest, I'm not really on board with the camo trend. Most fashion does tickle my fancy but the camo shirts and jackets I'm seeing are doing nothing for me at all. I do like the camouflage print but I kind of don't want too much of it at once if you know what I mean. Put just a hint of it on an accessory and I can deal.

So today my camo curiosity combined with my unrelenting love of studs led to me swiping a pair of these from River Island. 

£75 River Island

Nothing could stop me buying these. I've been lemming a pair of high tops with the hidden heel, but nothing was really jumping out at me. These were worth the wait. They are like nothing else I own and I just needed them. I think the heel is around 3 inches and I will mostly style them with leggings.

I like the leather and buckle part too across the front and this was one of my criteria for the high tops.

These are perfect.

What do you think?