Monday, 12 November 2012

Yankee Candle Fragrance Mixology Set

I'm a huge fan of Yankee Candles but as they're quite pricey I only ever buy one now and again. So for my birthday I of course put them on my list of things I'd like! One of my friends got me this fantastic little set....
The candles gorgeous fragrances and all really summery and fresh. The pack comes with 6 different fragrance candles and a cute little holder that holds three candles at once. The holder is ideal for tea lights as well so I won't have to keep it only for Yankee candles.
From l - r (top to bottom) the candles in the pack are:
Lilac Blossom, Sweet Honeysuckle, Pink Sands
Beach Walk, French Lavender, Garden Hideaway.
My absolute favourite is Pink Sands which is a light rose smell but really sweet. The Beach Walk is another favourite of mine and compliments the Pink Sands nicely. The Garden Hideaway is really strong and I probably wouldn't buy it again. Most of them are really gorgeous and smell a lot better once they're lit than they do if you sniff the actual candle - which of course you have to do so you know what they smell like - try before you buy and all that!
I loved this present and it's a great way of trying new candles without having to spend a fortune on one you later find you don't like! Although I'm not sure how much this was I'm planning on getting a couple of these for friends for Birthdays. Buying the smaller candles like these is a great idea as are able to change your fragrance more often!
Which Yankee Candle fragrances are your favourite?
Do you think Yankee Candles are worth the money?

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Benefit Away We Glow Mini Set

For my birthday the one thing I was really lusting after was this gorgeous little set from Benefit. I've used their cosmetics for years and am completely sold on the packaging alone - and yes the products too of course!

This set is fantastic as it basically has all the little miniatures you need so it's perfect to put in your handbag and touch up your make up while you're out. Usually I have a whole make up bag filled with all sorts of bits and pieces and I hardly ever use it all while I'm out so having this compact is ideal for me.

The blush is Coralista which I use every day and absolutely love! I fell in love with the 5 eye shadow shades which go from light to dark so it's great to have in your handbag to go from a day to night look.
I don't really use the Bad Gal Mascara as it doesn't give great results like my Hyperlash from Smashbox but it's great to have a miniature so I can give it another go and use to touch up my lashes during the day. Benefit lip glosses are great and this one in "life on the A list" is a pretty sheer pink which I wear in the day at the moment.
I've used Highbeam for a while now so I was quite happy to have a teeny sample of the Sunbeam - I hate buying the full sized version only to find I don't like it or it doesn't suit me!
The colours in this set really compliment each other but I'm gutted Benefit don't do all the eye shadows separately from this set as I'd definitely get the lot of them!
I've used this shadows and lip glosses so far but is it wrong that I don't want to use this and ruin the cuteness of set?? Yeah I know, totally weird but I'm a packaging junkie so seeing this in all it's glory is part of the high I get from new make up! I will go and see someone about that. ha ha.
So what are your favourite Benefit products?
What's on your Christmas list from Benefit?

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Balance Me Radiance Face Oil Review

I have previously tried the Wonder eye cream from Balance Me but wasn't all that impressed so when I was looking at their website at something else I wanted to try and I spotted the Radiance Face Oil. I've tried the Liz Earle Superbalm in the past which is a similar sort of thing so I thought I'd try this as it claims to enhance the radiance of skin as well as soften and smooth. As I have combination skin I was a bit wary about putting oil on my face and ending up with a greasy fish oil skin! But apparently oil on oil is balancing so it won't upset your skin.
This is £30 for 30ml from the Balance Me website which isn't cheap but at the same time this is a luxury product so it's not going to be the cheapest of products. Plus it's a decent sized bottle and you literally use 3 - 4 drops a time so it's going to last a while.
So I've been using this for a week now and I couldn't be without it now! I'm absolutely 100% in love with this oil! I was pretty worried I'd end up not liking this and it either breaking me out or leaving my skin itchy and inflamed. Instead it left my skin super super smooth, clear from any blemishes or spots and with a lovely glow. I don't know how it's done it, maybe it's the chamomile and all the other oils but it has literally done wonders with my skin. It's so conditioned but not oily or greasy. I've also noticed that the annoying under the skin spots that I usually get are completely gone and the fine lines around my eyes are also less noticeable.
As the ingredients are all natural it's great for sensitive skin like mine and a little goes a long way. I've not used a moisturiser in the evening since I've been using this and I don't think I need to. It's pretty sad but I can't wait to take my make up off in the evenings so I can get this on my skin! It's a really luxurious product and a gorgeous treat for any skin type!
Definitely a re-purchase for me, although the price tag is a bit more than I'd expect to pay I love what it's done for my skin. So glad I've found this product as it's now partly of my daily skin care routine.
Which balance me products do you use?
Have you tried any face oils?

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Avon - Anew Clinical Cream - AF33 Review

As the new "miracle wrinkle" cream from Avon was promoted and advertised left, right and centre I couldn't avoid reading about it and becoming more curious. Lucky for me my sister Kate is an Avon lady *ding dong Avon calling!* ha ha.
I did a little research and was surprised at the claims this cream had to make. First off they say that in clinical trials 100% of the women who tried this product showed results within 14 days - pretty convincing I'd say! This gel cream is supposed to be the new super dooper break through cream in fighting fine and deep wrinkles. It was the fastest selling cream from Avon and has say that results are achieved with ongoing use over weeks and I guess to keep the changes up you need to use it continuously.
I don't have deep wrinkles as I'm still in my twenties (only just!!) but I've started to get a little frown line across the bridge of my nose and crows feet probably from laughing too much which I don't really mind but if I can keep them at bay for a few more years then I will.
The packaging is ok, it comes in a sleek mirrored bottle with a pump dispenser. Although it looks quite sleek it's also prone to get sticky finger print marks all over the bottle so I often find I'm wiping it down with a tissue or cloth to keep it clean looking. I know, yes I might be a bit obsessive about this but it's so annoying!
For a 30ml bottle you're looking at around £20 depending on what offer they've got on at the time. With this order I *received* a little free make up bag containing some miniature goodies. The reason I put little asterisks by received in my previous sentence is because I've not actually received it yet! My sister says it's still on order but it's not due till later in the month - boo! I know what the little bag contains as a couple of my colleagues got theirs but I'm still looking forward to trying the freebies.
The cream itself is kind of a gel formulation and goes a looong way! Literally one pump is all you need, I learnt this after overusing it on several occasions and having to smear it over my partners face to use it up! He loved it really!  :)
Now for the results, I've been using it for about 3 week now and can definitely see a difference in my frown line and the expression lines on my forehead. I've had to stop putting it near my eyes as it has irritated them a bit, but that's pretty much standard with me nowadays. But other than that I'm quite impressed with this, it's sort of on a par with the Perfect and Protect Serum by No7, if not a little bit better.
My only gripe is that it takes a while to sink in and I find I need to apply it a while before bed or my face sticks to my pillow. But really apart from that issue and the packaging style I can't say anything bad about it. I'm pretty sure I'll re-purchase this and I don't think it'll be for a while as it looks as if this bottle will last a while.
All in all a good purchase which appears to live up to expectations and claims!
Which "wonder" product do you use?
Are you a fan of Avon products?
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