Tuesday, 25 October 2011

Review: eyeshadow palette by Pixi

I used to love the bright colours and extremely rich pigmentation found in the Urban Decay eyeshadows, but lately I've become, I don't know, kinda bored with my usual routine. And I've suddenly realised that I'm now twenty eight, so yeah I'm not 'young' anymore. I guess it's sensible make-up [ahem, most of the time], twin set and pearl time... 

The colour combinations and the satiny finish to the shadows in the Miracle Velveteen compact really appealed to me as the colours are neutral and only one shade is dark, so this is something that can be used every single day, at any time of day and with any outfit. None of the shadows contain shimmer, so I decided that this was a 'sensible' palette, so I thought that I'd give it a whirl.

Thursday, 13 October 2011

witches Brew scented candle by Yankee...

Advantages: Fragrance fits the holiday, reasonable price, range of sizes,
Disadvantages: limited availability.

It's that time of year again; I just love burning scented candles during the grey, rainy and cold autumn/winter months...

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Candy Corn scented candle by Yankee Candles...

Candy Corn is a tri-coloured [yellow, orange and white] American candy made from corn syrup, marshmallow and fondant. It is sold all year round in America and Canada, but is especially popular in autumn and has become a sort of mascot for Halloween. The Yankee candle version of CANDY CORN is therefore unsurprisingly very sweet, so be warned.

Scent-wise there's not really much to say. if you love benzoin, you'll want to eat this candle. All the classic benzoin hallmarks are here; vanilla, burnt sugar, slightly buttery notes, with a faint almond-cherry undertone.

There is extra vanilla in the fragrance, to mimic the marshmallow, and there is also a pinch of what I think is nutmeg, possibly cinnamon, underneath everything else to give everything a bit of a kick.

As with all Yankee candles, the entirety of the wax is perfumed; I've used some candles where the fragrance burns up before the candle does, but that is not the case here. The fragrance lasts as long as the candle does and I even catch occasional wafts of the perfume whilst the candle is unlit.

To sum up the scent; I really enjoy using the CANY CORN scented candle and will be buying more while I still can, this is second only to Christmas Cupcake on my favourite Yankee candle list.

However; we Brits don't have the same connections between candy corn sweets and Halloween, so this is not a fragrance that says "Halloween is almost here." I'll be using CANDY CORN again, but I see it as a all-year round fragrance, rather then a seasonal special.

I mainly use my candles in my bedroom for a few hours in the evenings. A single Yankee votive sampler will last about one week in total. so seven days, with two to three hours per use mains each one has a burning time of between roughly fourteen to sixteen hours. Very good for £1.65.