February Favourites 2015

1 Mar

2015 is already flying by and it’s now March! February was a mixture of feelings for me and I honestly couldn’t wait for it to be over for many reasons.

I couldn’t wait to get my February favourites written as I loved so many products last month and whilst I know there are two lipsticks mentioned, who cares! The more the merrier!

I also want to add-on this post how I’m so glad I decided to stop making monthly empties posts. I was thinking about it Friday and yesterday and how much easier it has been so far not having to gather and hoard all my used products. It just makes each month a hell of a lot easier.

  • Victoria’s Secret Ultra-Moisturising Hand and Body Cream in Frosted Apple (LE).

When Victoria’s Secret first opened in Birmingham before Christmas, I honestly couldn’t wait to go there. I’d heard nothing but good things about them and I just wanted to see what great lingerie they had. I ended up buying a bra and it’s now my favourite. Alongside that I had a look in the beauty section and fell in love with their Christmas products. What attracted me the most was their body sprays, which I picked up in Frosted Apple and Snow Mint. When I got to the till the girl who served me said that I could pick another product up for free! So after sniffing it whilst waiting I picked up this body cream. I use it once or twice a week before I go to uni and it is such a beautiful body lotion! It’s not a thick lotion which means it’ll soak into the skin quickly and leave you feeling lovely and soft. I’ve found with this body lotion that in less than 10 minutes I’ll be moisturised and ready to get dressed, which is perfect for me. As well as that, this smells beautiful! If you thought The Body Shop apple range at Christmas was good, well this stuff was better. It reminds me of Hubba Bubba bubblegum, which I always loved as a kid. I’m gutted that this is only limited edition and I regret not buying more, but there’s always eBay and with how quickly months go by, this will be in the shops again soon anyway!

  • Dior Addict EDP.

This was one of my birthday presents whilst I was on holiday (mentioned here) and I really do love it! I keep it in my Travalo for when I’m out and about. It’s a very strong scent and whilst it is said to be an oriental floral fragrance but I feel like this is a mixture of floral and sweet which I really like! I’m a sucker for sweet scents and something that is pretty unique. Due to this being strong it’s lovely to wear on days where I’m out for the majority and want to make sure I don’t have to keep topping up with sprays. This is especially great for when I’m at uni all day and weekends if I’m doing something special. This may not be to a lot of people’s liking as it is a strong scent, but if you like Angel or Alien by Thierry Mugler then you’ll love this!

  • MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Viva Glam – Miley Cyrus (review here).

Since buying this around Valentine’s Day, I have been in love with it and worn it as much as I can. It lasts ages and feels so creamy and nice to wear. I’ve popped the link to the full review, so if you want to know more definitely go and give it a read! I really want to pick up the lipglass next, but I can wait.

  • The Body Shop Smoothing Pumice Foot Scrub.

Back last month I popped into The Body Shop to use my birthday gift and ended up picking up their foot set (post about that here), which contains this foot scrub. Whilst I’ve so far loved everything in the set, this is the thing I have been loving the most! This is a foaming foot scrub which you can use in both the bath and shower, as well as over a bowl of water if you like that sort of thing. I take about a ten pence size of this and give my feet a good rubbing over with the scrub and then rinse off. My feet were in awful condition after I got back from my holiday and since using this scrub along with the foot cream my feet have been better than ever and I love what it’s done to them. I want to get the rest of the foot range soon, which I might just treat myself to eventually. I’m already confident I’ll have perfect tootsies for summer!

  • Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Lipstick in Emotion.

This was one of the presents my Mom bought me whilst we were on holiday (mentioned here) and I love it so much. I’ve wanted a Chanel lipstick for years and this one is perfect for me. It’s a gorgeous berry shade and applies like a balm gloss but lasts like a lipstick! I’ve worn this a couple of times for work on top of a lip liner of the same shade and it works really nicely. I also wear it alone whilst at uni and I’ve had a couple of compliments on it so far. It just feels like butter to wear and keeps my lips feeling moisturised and lovely. I want to review this soon and I probably will at some point this month. It’s amazing and I recommend these lipsticks to anyone who is wanting a Chanel one!

So those were my favourite for this month! What did you think? What are your favourites for February? Make sure to let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all.

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My Perfect Duvet Day…

25 Feb

I recently discovered a mattress company called Casper. They are based over the pond in New York and LA, but brag abouthaving an “outragousely comfortable mattress”. For my American readers out there, They offer free shipping anywehre in the US (and now Canada!) as well as 100 night trial period. That means that, if you don’t like the mattress after 100 nights,, you get a full refund and Casper will pay for your mattress to be picked up and delivered to a local place in need.

After checking out their website, I was inspired to write a blog post about my perfect duvet day. So basically what I would do abd of course, who I would spend it with!

I would of course say my boyfriend, but this is my fantasy and the main person that I thought would be idea is Chris Pratt and there are so many reasons why he would be perfect for the role.

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1. Well look at him, he’s bloody gorgeous and who doesn’t want to spend a day in bed with a beautiful man?

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2. This probably isn’t a perfect thing to a lot of people but I seriously love a man’s hair that you can ruffle. Do you know what I mean? Just lose your hands inside and ruffle it up and wriggle your fingers through? That’s the sort of hair I like! And Chris Pratt has it. Plus, look at that cute little pug he’s snuggling into. SO CUTE!

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3. He loves food. He used to be a little fatty and now he’s all hench and toned up. He looked good either way in my opinion but it just shows from him being bigger before that he enjoys his food. Junk food in bed would be a must with this guy!

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4. He has such a lovely smile, it makes me melt. :’) I mean come on, you can’t tell me that gif isn’t making you sigh and little in admiration?

5. If you want him to, he’ll plait your hair and he’ll do it perfectly! When I discovered he could plait hair, I asked my boyfriend if he would do mine… Of course he wouldn’t… Because he can’t! I think every man should learn this skill. ;)

I don’t think I need to go into anymore reasons why he’s the perfect candidate, HOWEVER I will say what we would do during the duvet day…

We would watch some of our favourite movies and TV series in bed. I would make us scrambled egg and crumpets to eat in bed, with either coffee or tea. We could jam out to some tunes and do a little bit of karaoke. Throughout the day we would have sweets and fizzy pop to keep our energy levels high, as lying in bed all day can be tiring you know! In the evening we would order takeaway and then dig into some ice cream whilst we watch some anime, as I can imagine Chris Pratt would rather like it! Maybe some Studio Ghibli?

SO that would be my perfect duvet day… My fantasy one anyway.

My real perfect duvet day would be to stay in bed all day, curled up next to my boyfriend watching Fullmetal Alchemist and Dexter whilst playing Theme Hospital and Pokemon. That would be my perfect duvet day, in reality. :)

What would be your perfect duvet day? Fantasy or reality? Do you think Chris Pratt would make an awesome duvet day buddy? Let me know in the comments!

I hope you enjoyed this post, it’s very different and I really enjoyed writing it.

Until next time, take care all!

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A Free Pokemon Game?

21 Feb

You read the title correctly, Nintendo are offering a free Pokemon game? Oh yes!

If you own a Nintendo 3DS or 2DS then I’m pretty sure you’ve heard of this offer already, but none the less, I’m still going to tell you about it. :P

Since Wednesday the game has been available on the Nintendo eShop for free and as soon as I heard about it on Thursday I downloaded it and I can safely say, I’m addicted.

I love Pokemon as I’ve mentioned on my blog various times so I knew I needed to get this and as a Pokemon fan it’s definitely fun to play.

It does remind me of a game you would download on Facebook or via Android Store or App Store but I don’t mind that to be honest as this will be perfect to play when on the go and when I have breaks at uni and such.

Usually a game like this would cost nearly £5.00 so it’s definitely a bargain.

So what are you waiting for? I’m sure you’re after a new game and why not pick this one up? It’s the weekend, may as well have something to take your attention off of important matters. ;)

You can check out some more information about this game here.

Do you like the look of this game? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time take care and see you all after the weekend!

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My Cervical Screening Experience

19 Feb

I had my first cervical screening this morning and whilst it’s fresh in my mind, I want to tall about my experience here.

Yes, this post is going to be too much information for some… Okay… Most! But my reason for writing about it is to try and encourage anyone out there to go and get their screenings done. I also want to reassure you that it isn’t as scary as people have made it sound.

I was inspired to write this post by Mikhila over at Miss Budget Beauty, where she recently shared her experience of a cervical screening (which you can read here). I read it yesterday before I went for my screening today and it really did help me feel calmer, so thank you for that Mikhila!

First of all I want to talk a little about WHY we have our cervical screenings.

A cervical screening test (previously known as a smear test) is a method of detecting abnormal cells on the cervix. The cervix is the entrance to the womb from the vagina. Detecting and removing abnormal cervical cells can prevent cervical cancer. (Taken from http://www.nhs.uk)

Now don’t panic when you get your Cervical Screening letter in the post! You’re not being tested for cancer, it’s just a test to make sure your cells on the cervix are all healthy. Whilst most women’s test results come back normal, 1 in 20 women’s test will show some abnormal changes in the cells of the cervix.

I know it sounds scary already, but keep reading. Although these abnormal changes sound frightening, not all of these changes will lead to cervical cancer and cells may go back to normal on their own. In some cases the abnormal cells need to be removed so that they cannot become cancerous.

Each year in the UK about 3,000 cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed, which amounts to 2% of all cancers diagnosed in women.

It is possible for women of all ages to develop cervical cancer, although the condition mainly affects sexually active women between the ages of 30 and 45. Although you won’t go for your first cervical screening until you’re 24 and a half, it is very rare for women under 25 to develop cervical cancer.

Has this already caused you to want to go for your cervical screening? Not yet? Keep reading.

All women aged between 25 and 64 are invited for cervical screening. Women aged between 25 and 49 are invited for testing every three years, and women aged between 50 and 64 are invited every five years. It is estimated that early detection and treatment can prevent up to 75% of cervical cancers. (Taken from http://www.nhs.uk)

Now I’m going to talk about my experience. I apologise for all that doctors jargon, but I wanted to get some facts out there… Not trying to frighten readers or anything, but I thought it would sound better than me attempting to explain it!

The procedure takes 5 minutes, but including having a chat with the nurse, getting onto the bed and off again the whole procedure will take max 15 minutes.

The nurse I saw was lovely and spoke me through the whole thing, telling me all about cervical cancer, cells, etc. She was really bubbly too which helped a lot, as the last kind of nurse I wanted was one who was a bit… Arsey. But I’m sure nurses as women know how awkward and uncomfortable this sort of procedure can be.

She also told me that in two weeks time I will find out if my screening will have come back as okay or if I’ll need to pop back to have some more tests done. This is something I will update readers on (well, if people wish to know).

So I took off my bottom garments, lay on the bed and popped a paper towel over myself to keep my modesty… For a while anyway. Bending your legs you get ready to “flop” them apart for the nurse to do her thing. The “flop” is the word the nurse used and it did make me laugh. It made me feel a lot more relaxed with her being so bubbly and jokey. She joked about how we all hate having it done, herself included and that did make me feel better. Plus this is someone who must perform a smear on hundreds of women a month, so she’s sure to have seen it all!

So the nurse pops a small or maybe a medium-sized speculum inside so that she can get a good look at your cervix and once she has that in view she pops in a little brush and gives it a good wiggle to make sure she has gathered enough cells on it to be read in the lab.

For me there was a slight pinching when she popped in the speculum, but it wasn’t THAT uncomfortable but that could just be my pain threshold speaking there. I’ve had a lot worse pain. The brush didn’t feel uncomfortable at all and yes I could feel it wiggling around up there but it wasn’t bad. But that just be because I was focusing on the feeling the speculum was creating.

The procedure only took 5 minutes and I was able to pop my underwear and joggers (I wanted comfort) back on. The nurse went on to talk to me about the procedure once again for my own comfort, as well as ask me a couple of questions and that was it. I was able to go home.

I won’t lie, I had put off going for my cervical screening since the summer, I’d received two letters, one in summer and then one in winter and I threw them both away and said “No, I’m fine. I don’t need this.” But when I read another bloggers post I KNEW I had to go. Katie over at Katie’s Beauty Blog wrote about cervical cancer for awareness week back at the end of January and it was an interesting read (read it here).

It really opened up my eyes about it and at the start of the week I booked my cervical screening. I’m so glad as for 5 minutes of slight discomfort I now won’t have to have another test for 3 years, AND I’ll also find out if I’m okay or not.

Is that really worth the risk of cancer? Not really. Honestly if you’re due to go, just go and do it.

I hope my post today has been inspiring. Have you a story to share about your cervical screenings? Please comment and let me know, I’d love to read and hear about them.

Until next time, take care all and I hope you’re having a good day.

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Some Bedtime Treats

18 Feb

I love my bed. It’s my safe place and the best place to snuggle up on rainy weekends with my boyfriend whilst we watch anime and films.

It’s also the place where I like to snuggle up under the covers and have some beauty and self-indulgent treats.

The first thing I like to do is make sure I’m nice and moisturised before bed. I’ve been using various foot moisturisers at the moment, with I slather on my feet as much as possible and put my white cotton socks over the top. I sleep in this and wake up to find my feet lovely and soft! The foot cream I’ve been reaching for the most at the moment is Heel Genius by Soap & Glory (review here). I don’t do this every night, but every other night I’ll do this. I’ll soon be doing this every night as I want nice soft feet ready for spring and summer this year.

Another thing I like to keep soft and smooth are my hands. I suffer from mild eczema in both the winter and summer, HOWEVER I haven’t as of yet had any issues and I thinks it’s because I’ve been making sure to keep my hands moisturised whenever I can. My sister-in-law gave me a huge Sanctuary Spa gift set for Christmas and this came inside of it. I’ve been keeping it by my bed to use throughout the day as well as before I go to sleep. It’s not too thick and really does leave my hands feeling soft. The smell isn’t the best in the world but I don’t care, it does the job.

I like to make sure my lips are moisturised all the time! As soon as they feel dry I make sure to apply plenty of lip balm, as the worst thing for me are a chapped pair of lips. Especially if I want to wear my lipstick and not need to worry about scrubbing away any dead skin first. I know it should be the done thing, but sometimes I don’t have the effort. I love my Carmex lip balms (review here) and these are my go to lip balm at the moment for when I’m at home. I’m currently trying to make my way through plenty of lip balms as I appear to have quite a few… I’m sure I’ll make my way through them though.

You can’t go wrong with burning a candle in the evenings, especially when it’s cold and miserable at the moment. I’m currently burning Yankee Candle’s Red Raspberry wax tart and it’s safe to say I LOVE it! At first it reminded me of The Comforter bubble bar from Lush but now it reminds me of something else, which I can’t quite put my finger on. I love this though and intend to buy a jar of it in the future. I’ve recently gone back to burning wax tarts as instead of forking out for large jars, I may as well pick up some of the scents I want to try before I buy in tart form.

Days in bed are definitely days spent doing next to anything and watching TV shows. One series I’ve been loving at the moment is Dexter and since getting Netflix I’ve been able to continue watching it… Seeing as Amazon Prime took it down. I’m currently just over the halfway mark of season 4 and really addicted to it. I’ve been told not to watch until the end, but I will. I love Dexter’s character too much to just let him go and not find out what happens to him.

Another series, well three series in one that I’ve been enjoying is Cucumber, Banana and Tofu. These are a trilogy of shows put together about gay relationships, as well as a couple of straight ones thrown in there. It’s very modern, funny and great for people of any age. Cucumber focuses more towards older ages, whilst Banana focuses towards a younger audience. Tofu however is only 10-11 minutes long and each week focuses on different topics relating to sex. I love shows like this as they’re so interesting, as well as keeping a funny and lighthearted side to them too. If you haven’t watching any of them yet, do it!

Finally what I really enjoying doing whether my boyfriend is here or not, is to snuggle up to my Totoro plushie and my seal plushie from my second home. My Totoro is huge and it makes it somewhat comforting if I’m feeling a little lonely, sleepy, or just want something to snuggle. My seal plushie is just so squishy and nice, which can make a change from the size of the Totoro one.

Either way, I love having time to chill in bed with all these comforts and treats before I go to sleep and as I’ve written this post out this evening, I’ve done them all. Including snuggling with my Totoro plushie and watching Dexter.

What are your bedtime treats that you do before bed? Let me know in the comments down below.

Until next time, take care all and I wish you all a good sleep tonight.

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MAC Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Lipstick – Review

16 Feb

I haven’t written a review for a while and I especially haven’t written a MAC review. However today I have a special new MAC lipstick to talk about. Yes, as the title reads it is infact the newest addition to the Viva Glam family, Miley Cyrus.

I knew as soon as this was announced in October, I would want it in my life. I can’t say I am the biggest fan of Miley Cyrus (even though I do have two of her songs on my iPod…) but I think her first shade out of two has been one of the best Viva Glam celebrity shades for a long time.

I should be saving money but I thought I would treat myself to this after discovering I have passed my first semester of my MA, which I was anxious as hell about! Besides, I recently sold my Viva Glam Nicki lipstick so the money I got for that went towards this. :P

Due to this being a Viva Glam product it’s a part of the MAC Aids Fund and the full price paid for all the Viva Glam lipsticks is donated to this charity, which goes towards helping women, men and children everywhere affected by HIV and AIDS.

Viva Glam Miley Cyrus is also limited edition, but I’m sure it’ll be around for a year yet when a new celebrity will be getting ready to release their first collaboration with MAC. Of course there will be another shade out by Miley Cyrus yet, which I’m excited about but I’m pretty sure it’ll be a red shade.

Now all that information is out there, I’m going to get down to the finer details of this gorgeous lipstick.

MAC describes Viva Glam Miley Cyrus as:

Miley Cyrus’s shade of VIVA GLAM Lipstick. Her super-sexy hot pink hue in M∙A∙C’s iconic Lipstick formula. Limited-edition packaging features Miley’s signature.

The finish is an amplified creme, which I’ve never owned before until now and I can say it is a gorgeous finish that I want to experience again in the future.

As the description for this lipstick states, it comes in the classic black bullet but instead of silver, its red, which is for MAC’s Aids Fund. As well as that, like all Viva Glam celebrity lipsticks, inside Miley Cyrus’s signature can be found across the red of the bullet. As I did with my Viva Glam Nicki lipstick, I really love the look of the red and black as a change to the classic silver and black.

As for the colour of this lipstick the bullet does look really bright and it might be a tad frightening to someone who doesn’t have much confidence when wearing bright shades, but seriously, it isn’t that bright.

I’ve only owned this since Valentine’s Day, but the day before I tested it out from MAC and it lasted AGES! But since buying this I’ve worn it loads and even have it on today. Due to this being an amplified finish it might not last as long as a satin or a matte finish, but if you use a lip liner, blot and reapply this it’ll last ages, which is exactly what I’ve been doing when wearing it.

For a first time user of amplified finish I’ve not had a problem at all! The lipstick feels creamy and glides onto the lips with ease. I found that you can apply this as lightly or heavily as you wish to and due to this the colour payoff can either be light, or when applied heavy it can build up the colour and be a really shocking, hot pink.

The lipstick leaves behind a light pink stain, which looks perfect.

I’ve done both and loved it, it means you can rock a mild pink stain shade in the daytime and a strong, bold, hot pink in the evenings! Or vice versa of course.

If I want to keep the colour going whilst out and about but don’t wish to reapply it, I found a dab of lip balm does do the trick, especially if it’s got a hint of pink as it helps keep the pink colour of the lipstick bright and strong.

I think this shade will work for everyone as it’s a perfect go to hot pink! Whether you’re pale, mid tone, or dark toned, it’ll look gorgeous on you! I’m yellow toned and I find that this suits me really nicely, and especially as I like my dark and bold shades this is definitely going to be a go to shade for me. It really does remind me of the lip colour that Barbie would go for and I have a feeling this is what Miley Cyrus was aiming for.

Like all the MAC lipsticks this has its standard vanilla scent, and smells just like sugary doughnuts. When I wore this to pop out and run some errands, it actually reminded me of marshmallows and every time I’ve worn it since I have thought about marshmallows and how much I crave them! Thanks MAC!

L-R: Lickable, Speak Louder and Viva Glam Miley Cyrus Flash used.

L-R: Lickable, Speak Louder and Viva Glam Miley Cyrus. No flash, natural light (which was crap due to it being late at night!)

For comparison to some other pink MAC lipsticks I’ve swatched Viva Glam Miley Cyrus next to MAC Lickable (review) and MAC Speak Louder (review).

I already love this lipstick and think before it is taken off of the shelves, I’ll possibly re purchase so I make sure to have a back up for the future. This is just a perfect go to pink lipstick.

This retails for £15.50 from MAC and whilst I usually try and pick up my MAC lipsticks for cheap, I didn’t get this one at a bargain.

You can also pick up the matching lip glass, which I intend to do in the future as when I swatched it it was so beautiful! Very pigmented and would work lovely not just over the top of the lipstick, but on its own during hot summer days too.

I think this will be perfect to wear all year around, especially in the summer in the evenings when going out with friends. I intend to wear this to uni a lot as well, as it’s just so nice to apply.

For some reason recently I’ve really neglected wearing my MAC lipsticks and I have honestly missed wearing them. I think March will be the start of me wearing them more, as they are such amazing lipsticks and by far some of the best ones out there.

I’m hoping to try and get some more MAC reviews on my blog soon, as I know I have a couple of lipstick shades left to review.

What do you think of Viva Glam Miley Cyrus? Have you picked it up yet? Do you intend to? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time, take care and I hope you all had a lovely Valentine’s Day.

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My Yankee Candle Collection… So far!

13 Feb

Since last January my Yankee Candle collection has grown quite rapidly. I love Yankee Candles as regular readers of my blog will know and I felt it was the right time to talk about the candles I own.

I did write a post all about my Yankee Candles back in March 2013, but since then my collection has changed dramatically! So I wanted to show you all the new additions.

In the next week or so I hope to create another post similar to this one BUT about how to take care of your Yankee Candles.

If you are interested in reading the previous posts I wrote, then please check those out here:

Yankee Candle small jars, samples and wax tarts.

Small Jars

The first and only new small jar to my collection is Sweet Apple, and I didn’t even have to pay for it! I was given this free at Christmas for purchasing two large Christmas jars, which I thought was a good deal really. I’ve wanted this for ages and it smells of fresh apples, which I’ve always been a fan of. It smells like a crisp red apple, which of course is what the picture on the jar shows. I didn’t find this was a light or an overpowering scent, which I liked. I can do with a happy medium. This is classed as a fruit fragrance, which makes perfect sense and this is ideally perfect for spring due to the light scent of fresh apples. I will definitely be picking up the large jar of this in the future.

Medium Jars

This is Ghostly Treats and is a limited edition Yankee Candle that first came out for Halloween last year. I first of all fell in love with the jar and that was the main reason I wanted it, but when I heard that it shared the same scent as Fireside Treats I saved a couple of quid and picked up a large jar of that instead. So when Yankee Candle’s Halloween sale loomed, I kept my eyes peeled for this to be in the sale. So, instead of £16.99, I picked this up for £8.00! Bargain, huh? This is a lovely warm scent that smells like a mixture of smoke and sweet marshmallows, which I really like. I find that this is a stronger scent than Fireside Treats. I’ve hardly burnt this since buying it… I guess because I’m trying to save it for “special occasions”.

This is one of the candles I received for Christmas from my boyfriend and I won’t lie, I hated it at first. This is Sugared Apple, which is classed as a food and spice candle. It came out one or two Christmases ago and I used to sniff it every now and again but never bought it. It’s a sugary sweet apple smell ans isn’t as fresh smelling as Sweet Apple. When I first lit this it gave me a headache as the throw seemed way too strong for me and was way too sickly too. However since then I’ve not had any issues when burning this. The only issues I’ve been having is it welling, which is proving annoying. Otherwise this is a nice candle and works well in the autumn and winter weather due to the warming smell the sugary apple leaves behind. This is a strong candle and if you burn it in one room it will travel as far as it can in the house.

Candy Cane Lane is by far one of my favourite candles out there. I LOVE mint smells and this nails it perfectly. This first came out for Christmas 2014 and came in a gift set alongside Sugared Apple. It’s classed as a festive scent, so is clearly only meant to be burnt at Christmas, but sod it I’ll be burning this all year around! It just carries that beautiful buttery type peppermint scent and it just reminds me of peppermint hot chocolates, my favourite! I would love a large jar of this to see me through the year, but as soon as I burn this medium jar up I know I’ll be picking up a larger one. The throw on this is great and it leaves a good scent in the room it’s in. I imagined this was going to be pretty strong, but alas it’s actually perfect.

Large Jars

This is probably one of my favourite candles out of them all, purely because this was the first large jar I owned and also because my boyfriend picked it up for me for my birthday last year. It’s Sweet Strawberry and I remember wanting this candle for years, and he remembered from me telling him. I haven’t burnt it all that much because I want to make it last, but at the same time I love burning it because it reminds me of him. This weld the first time I burnt it and I was gutted, so I luckily fixed it, which I’m pleased about. This is of course a fruit scent and it’s probably the best one out there! It smells just like the Strawberry Shortcake dolls you can buy (I know because I smell them, okay?!) and when I was five or six years old my Gran bought me one and that is exactly what this candle smells of. If you aren’t a huge fan of strawberries, then I highly recommend this as I’m certainly not, but I adore this candle. FYI this candle is currently one of Yankee Candle’s Fragrance of the Month so you can pick it up with 25% off!

This is one of the last large jars I bought and I got it for 25% off as it was the Fragrance of the Month at the time. This is Fireside Treats and I mentioned it a little before when talking about Ghostly Treats, which shares the same scent… Sort of! This is classed as a food and spice scent and it really is yummy! When you smell it you just wanna eat it and it really does remind me of a bonfire but one that involves like doughnuts and marshmallows. This came out for spring if I remember right, but I feel this candle would work better for summer and autumn due to the warming scent. The best thing about this candle is that the scent isn’t strong at all and out of all of the candles I’ll be talking about, this one is the lightest of them all and I love that. I can burn this in the evenings and it’ll be so nice and relaxing. I can’t wait for summer to arrive so I can burn this until it turns dark. I’d love to one day have my own back garden to have little fires in with my friends and toast marshmallows as the scent this candle gives off is so relaxing and because of that, this is a definite favourite for me.

If my memory serves me right, this is a limited edition candle that came out for autumn last year and it appears that it isn’t really available anymore… Which is why this is my least used candle out of them all! It is of course Berrylicious and it really is true to its name. I bought this back in August when I went to visit my friend Gabriella for her birthday. We popped into the Yankee Candle shop in Trentham Gardens and as soon as I eyed this up, I knew I was buying it. It wasn’t cheap at £19.99 but it was so worth it! I hadn’t seen it anywhere else and I was too paranoid to leave it behind and then wonder if I would ever get my hands on it. This is once again a food and spice scent, I have quite a lot of food related candles if you hadn’t already noticed! This one really does smell like a blueberry cake with some sort of icing, basically what the picture on the jar shows. It’s just so tarte and yummy and it makes me want dessert whenever I smell it! The throw was really good and whilst it wasn’t strong, it may be if you have a sensitive nose. I may try and stock up on some other jars of this whilst they’re cheap in the Yankee Candle sale. Sadly the large have all gone and so have the medium. If you want to give this a try I suggest you hurry and do so as this is selling out fast online!

So those were my Yankee Candles! If I had it my way my collection would be a hell of a lot bigger, but due to money and I won’t lie space I just have a little (ha!) collection.

Soon I might create a Yankee Candle wish list as there are so many I want.

Which Yankee Candles do you own? Do you have any that I have? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time, take care all and have a great weekend.

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