Sunday, November 16, 2014

Yankee Candle World Journeys Italian Christmas Cookie Review

I'm going to try a more systematic review layout for candles. Let me know what you think!

Candle: Yankee Candle World Journeys Italian Christmas Cookie Large Two Wick Tumbler

Cold Sniff: A light, lemon almond biscotti scent

Throw: High, my whole bottom floor was scented, and you could smell it upstairs as well.

Scent Strength: Medium-High. This candle is Goldilocks standard. Not too weak, not too strong. It's perfect in whatever room I put it in. In smaller rooms it's not too strong. In larger rooms it doesn't get weak. It's a good, consistent scent.

Scent: So this smells pretty similar to how it smells on cold sniff. It's a lemon, almond biscotti scent. About halfway down the candle, the cookie aspect really started to come out strong. It almost smells like baking lemon almond cookies now.

Burn: The wicks on this are skinny puny things. I have had to scoop out wax consistently. One time, one of the flames even extinguished itself. However, you can see above that the wax pool forms nicely, there's no tunneling with this candle. Despite the puny flames, you can see the wax pool is pretty decently sized. Conundrum!

Here is a picture of the low flames, yet deep wax pool (sorry about the dirty/smudgy glass. EEK!):

Friday, November 14, 2014

Small Bath and Body Works travel size item haul. Christmas 2014 items.

Today, Bath and Body Works had the travel sized trios 3 for 6, so I *had* to stop over there and get a trio. I picked up two pretty iconic Bath and Body Works Christmas scents: Twisted Peppermint and Vanilla Bean Noel.

Twisted Peppermint, for those of you that have never tried it, is quite simply, a fresh, minty, sweet fragrance. I personally think it smells like peppermint frosting.  Vanilla Bean Noel is a warm, rich, sugary vanilla caramel scent.  Both are incredibly delicious!

I had a cool coupon (full sized signature item free with any purchase), so I also picked out an Ultra Shea Body Cream in Vanilla Bean Noel:

I absolutely LOVE the Christmas Packaging this year,  it's so pretty and festive. They also have cute character graphics on certain items, which I find so adorable, and made me squee inside when I saw them.  I'm eagerly awaiting the rumored $8 3-wick candle sale, so expect a candle haul if that happens soon!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Candle Haul!

The following is some candle haulage I've done over the past two weeks. You can see in the pictures I've already burned down a few of them. I love candles, and since the last few months were extraordinarily hot (where I live has only just started to cool down a bit) I wasn't able to burn any candles. So now that the cold weather is approaching, I couldn't help myself and stocked up!

First, my Yankee Candle haul:

-Yankee Candle Candy Cane Lane, Large Jar
-Yankee Candle Sugared Apple, Large Jar
-Yankee Candle Snowflake Cookie, Large Jar

-Yankee Candle Summer Scoop, Large Jar
-Yankee Candle Chocolate Layer Cake, Large Jar

Tiny, Voluspa haul:

-Voluspa Bella Sucre, Small Glass Jar Candle
-Voluspa Macaron, Votive

As you can see, I really love sweet/foodie scents. I find gourmand scents so comforting; when the air is scented with mouthwatering fragrances, it's almost like being in a house where someone has been baking scrumptious sweets all day. The scents adds a touch of homey comfort and warmth.

P.S. Sorry about not cleaning the already burned candles beforehand. I like to push down even the little bit of wax to get every last, fragrant drop!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

My Notebook Collection

One of my favorite things in the world is to write. I love writing (which is why I blog rather than do youtube videos).  Here is my collection of notebooks!

From left to write:
-Cambridge Limited Casebound Notebook.
-Eccolo World Traveler Journal.
-Paperchase Sketchbook.
-Sun-Star Poplardia School Notebook (5). These are Japanese grid books. Good for Kanji practice!
-Moleskine Cahier Journal (3). I have the ruled ones.
-Filofax Domino, personal sized.

Then on the right are some small, stackable drawers that house my pens. My current favorite pens are Uni-ball Jetstreams, Uni-ball Signos (especially in BLX series ink), and Sharpie Pens (the newer pen types, not the fine tip permanent markers).

Oh, and on top of the drawers is one of my new candles, a Voluspa Macaron Votive. Gorgeous packaging isn't it?!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Yankee Candle Belgian Waffle Review

My recent Yankee Candle World Journeys haul showcased some World Journeys candles I never experienced before. Today I am reviewing Yankee Candle World Journeys Belgian Waffle candle. I have the large 2-wick tumbler.

If this was school, and I was assigning a letter grade to this candle, it would get an F. This candle is a flat out failure. There is zero throw while it is burning. It's not even that it is a light throw or a lighter scent; this candle literally has no scent while burning whatsoever. It's not even the situation where you can only smell the candle if you put your face close to it. Even then, it smells like ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.  The burn was ok-ish. It took four dang hours to form almost a whole wax pool, and you can see I still had to push the sides down [note: in the picture right side of wax is higher than left]. The wicks were flimsy as well, so when I trimmed it, thinking that 3/4 inch wicks would be way too big, the flames shrunk down, and I had to pour wax out. Very disappointed in this candle. I do not recommend you buy it, unless you are a collector of the Yankee Candle World Journey candles and don't plan to burn it at all.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Stash Inventory: Eyeshadows

This is my current eyeshadow stash after my huge makeup clear out over the past year.

-Urban Decay Naked 2
-Urban Decay Vice 2

-Laura Mercier Artist's Palette 2013 version
-Guerlain Turandot
-Guerlain Les Fumes 

 Clockwise from top
-Maybelline Color Tattoo in Waves of White
-L'Oreal Infallible in Blinged and Brilliant
-L'Oreal Infallible in Strawberry Blonde
-Chanel Illusion d'Ombre. I have half of Mirifique and half of Illusoire from a split.
-Maybelline Color Tattoo in Seashore Frosts

                                                                          From Top
-MAC Blanc Type
-Essence Jacob's Protection pigment (depotted it into the little MAC pigment vial)
-MAC Reflects Antique Gold Glitter
-Essence Alice Had a Vision Again pigment
-Essence Eyeshadow in Party All Night

That's it. At first I was all proud of myself for getting it down to this amount. But then I counted all the shades in the palettes (and all those palettes have pretty sizable shadows, some even bigger than regular singles). I still have 64 shades.  Not so little, lol, but it's progress, and I can honestly say, I love every single shade that is left.

I even *cheated* a bit... if I didn't like a shade in a palette I removed it and pressed an eyeshadow shade that I did love inside of it. For example I scrapped out Half Baked and Chopper from Naked 2, which were horridly orange-ish and plain unflattering on my complexion,and pressed MAC Kid and Cork into the empty pan places. Before any of you gasp about getting rid of the shades, let's be honest now, there's no point in keeping around shades that flat out don't work and that will never be used. I think it's best to utilize the space with product I'll actually use, and I like the whole composition of the palette MUCH better now, truly a neutral/cool palette after my modifications.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Yankee Candle World Journeys Haul


Italian Christmas Biscotti
On cold sniff this is the lightest fragrance. Smells like lemon/almond biscotti.

Bavarian Pretzel
On cold sniff, this is strong. Holy Batman does this smell like one of those big, jumbo salted pretzels. This scent is so authentic it is crazy.

Belgian Waffles
On cold sniff this is light, but not as light as Italian Christmas Biscotti. It smells like a sweet, vanilla bread.

I haven't burned them yet... they're just sitting on my desk, where I can gaze at their beauty... LOL.

Fellow candle addicts will understand my craziness.

I found them at my Marshalls, for anyone on the lookout. The only way this haul could have been better was if they had Danish Butter Cookie, but alas, there were none. They did have German Apple Strudel, but I'm not a fan of spice scents, so I passed, even thought it definitely smelled like authentic apple strudel. Very cool!