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3 Simple Steps to Newness!

There are many candles in my house as not only myself but my mother has a slight obsession with the beautiful smelling things. From Yankee to Ikea we have a wide range of wax in our house. Thankfully it is not a house of wax (odd film!).

End of the Jar

As you can see from the above images from the small selection of house candles we are a different points with each candle. The one on the right is Fluffy Towels scent which seems to be a particular favourite especially in the bathrooms in the house. It smells incredibly fresh and comforting especially when sinking into a hot bath with a good book. Sadly this candle has come to its end (there are more in the cupboard!) so in the spirit of recycling the wax must BE GONE!

Step One

Fill your jar/container with boiling water from the kettle put the lid on and leave on the side.
Perfect time to make a cuppa and catch up on some reading or whatever else is on your to-do list!

Nice Hot Soak

There are many blogs around the blogosphere and pins on Pinterest linking to instructions of how to clear out that final bit of wax and make this large jar ready for use of something other than a candle! I have thought about sweety jars, flower pots, pasta containers but (and it may be slightly cliché) I will be using this lovely jar for make up storage and a few others I have got my hands on for make up storage. I cannot claim that it is something different but it looks nice and that is enough for me!

Step Two

After leaving the jar for about 30 minutes the wax should have slowly made its way to the water’s surface as shown in the picture below.

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Once you can see the wax at the top and the jar has cooled down it is time to get that wax out.

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Step Three

Now comes the bit that might be a bit tough and take a few soaks. Removing the wick base.

For me this took two more soaks and about an hour in the cooled water before the base lifted out with ease.

All that is left after that is a good scrub inside and out and then you will have a jar ready to use.

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The only thing I noticed about the Yankee jars is under the sticker on the outside you are left with a residue. After scrubbing there is still a vague outline as you can see however I am sure if you pop it in the dishwasher it would come off. If not then you have the perfect place to put a label or paint over with some chalkboard paint!

Overall I am happy with my three simple steps and now have a lovely jar ready for my make up brushes.

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If you like this post then please do let me know and if you have any inspiration for other projects please do let me know.

Ciao Ciao!

It’s Monday, Let’s Do It

Good Morning Blog Lovelies

How are you all feeling on this wonderful Monday morning? As you can probably tell I am slightly excited about it being Monday. Not so much that it is the beginning of the week but at the end of this week I will be heading up to Birmingham.

Fashion Week here I come and not only will it be an epically wonderful networking opportunity but it is also the girly weekend I have been waiting for, for what seems like forever. Time away from home is very valuable these days. Time to breath, blog and reboot!

This week I would love to share with you all of the wonderful fictional things I have gained. However that is not the case. So without any more waffle!

Reading

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These bad boys have not left my side this week. Sadly my passion for reading has taken a turn for the professional. However I have to say they are quite enjoyable books as the rationale behind certain critical care I am giving is just amazing. The level of care is massively increased hence the patient being in critical condition however it is all the more fulfilling knowing that I have done everything I can to help them either maintain or improve on their current state.

Home

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Whilst studying and reading this is the scent that has been burning in the background. I cannot admit that it keeps the hunger at bay but it really does smell amazingly seasonal. Not one to hold on to the Christmas spirit when it has passed its time this is really something out of the ordinary for me!

With a sweet toffee kind of scent this is the perfect complement to those evenings where I just HAVE to study and need the extra oomph of calm feeling.

Listening To

Now as this is the clean version there are many words missing that may be constituted as offensive but really are just lyrics. Busta Rhymes and Q-Tip are two of the giants of the rap world and this song just accentuates their true talents. The other thing this video does is highlights how BAD Kanye West really is at rapping! After listening several times to this TUNE (!) it is ridiculously obvious that Kanye is really not needed. Try and see if you can notice his minuscule effort.

As I was listening to the new tune from Busta I figured a bit of the ‘Old Skool’ couldn’t be missed out! This tune was a big summer tune and the video just shows you how ‘fine’ Busta used to be in his younger days. Don’t get me wrong he is still awesome but back then – well . . . Enough of that!

Right back to reality! 

Over the next couple of days lists will be made with regards to the things I will be taking with me to Birmingham. So far we are pretty organised and almost ready for the off. The only thing that is on tender hooks is outfits!

So, what have you been Reading, Doing, Listening to?

 

Treacle Moon – One Ginger Morning

Ginger wake up shower gel

The past couple of weeks have been a little full on so having the chance to kick back, relax and have a bubble bath with a book is a bonus. Especially when the bubbles last a while. Even for a refreshing shower this big bottle of love is just wonderful. The packaging is pretty, practical and easily storable. It is also durable as it is waterproof so no soggy edges of cardboard to get soggy. An easy open lid for those with stiff fingers and an easy squeeze bottle to get out the gorgeous contents.

The gel itself holds its colour when out of the bottle and is nice and thick. The bubbles once lathered are pretty immense and you only need a little bit to go a long way. The smell does not hit your nose immediately and is far from sickly. Whilst lathering up you will notice a build up of the smell sensation and gradually the ginger infuses with the hot water and takes to the air. The formula is not sticky and does not leave a residue once washed off, it is also nice that it does not leave your skin dry when you are finished bathing. The one other thing that really impressed me with this product is the fact that having really sensitive skin means that the number of beautifully scented products I can use is extremely limited. I can safely say that my skin has been softer than ever and not a spot of irritation. I cannot confirm that it is suitable for all skin types but it suited my highly sensitive skin just fine.

You can find this lovely product either at Treacle Moon or Tesco (exclusively made for Tesco! Swit Swoo!)

£2.99 for 500ml is a very good bargain!

Rating

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Bargains & giving back!

For the first time I tagged along with Catherine from Vintage Frills on one of her thrifty shops. We visited around six shops in Worcester Park, Surrey. The one that stood out the most of for me was the Marie Curie shop. The manager Helen had a chat with us and told us all about her ambitions for the store. I hope that in the future the shop really does work out well for her and I will most definitely be back to visit and maybe even volunteer! Thanks Helen and I am sure we will be in touch. Check out Helen’s Facebook page for Marie Curie Worcester Park. Also this may be worth mentioning – if you are around the area or can get to this place and want something in particular then contact Helen and you may be in luck. 

Check out my haul

charity dvd haulTwo DVD’s for £2 – not a bad deal at all! A couple of weeks ago I commented on a post about When Harry Met Sally and now I have it all to myself.  I am pretty sure I already own 500 days of summer however if I do then it was all for charity and I can give it to Catherine!

charity haul books

£4.50 for three books – now let me say I am so happy with this particular bit of my charity shop haul. Over the past couple of weeks Catherine (Vintage Frills) has been reading the Aaronovitch books and absolutely loves them. After reading what they are about and hearing her endless praise for the writer I was only too happy to find them for £1.50 each in the charity shop. Getting what I want and giving back – two in one and a bargain!

In total I believe we visited around 6 charity shops for different organisations and between us picked up various bargains. It is definitely an experience that I look forward to repeating and next time my budget will hopefully be bigger. On Monday I went out with a budget of £20 and the most expensive I bought was the coffee before we set out to be thrifty. I also came home with £15 of the originally budget.

Not bad for a day out at the shops! Keep checking back for more thriftiness!

It’s Monday What Are You . . .

Reading

A Winter Flame by Milly Johnson

So far so good and almost finished so the review will be up ASAP! Just keep checking back.

Reading Next

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty

Coco's Secret by Niamh Greene

I am looking forward to reading both of these books. Have you read either of them?

What are you reading?

Wearing

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After returning from the US with this truly AWESOME pair of Jordan’s they are all I want to wear. Sadly they do not go with everything and I don’t want to wear them out quickly so they do go back in the box every now and then!

If you have Jordan’s – How do you wear yours? If you don’t buy some because they are über comfortable!

Skin Care

Ginger wake up shower gel

This delectable bathroom goody has made me want more than the regular three showers a day (it may seem excessive to some but oh well!). Have you tried it?

Hair Care

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These bad boys have not only tamed my locks but also kept away the split ends and made my hair feel sleek. Very happy at the moment!

Listening to . . .

This is the clean version of the tune as I thought it was only appropriate for the blog. However if you would like to watch the original then please do find it on You Tube!
I listen to a variety of music but this song right now has made a regular recurrence on my playlist. What is on yours?

Watching

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This show is highly addictive and there is something that I cannot identify about Benedict Cumberbatch that is just so HOT!

How is your Monday panning out?

Do let me know :Dmonday love!

Night Haul

What should have been my introduction into the world of Vlogging actually turned out to be a night-time beauty trek around the local Tesco with Catherine (Vintage Frills). Laughs were had, pictures were taken and products were bought. Maybe a little too many products made their way through the checkout however the deals more than made up for it!

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Not my ideal picture as the background is not clean cut but I did the best with what I had at the time.

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Remington Ceramic Straight Straighteners – £20 – Tesco

My GHD’s seemed to have given up the ghost a while back and just damage my hair. As sad as I am to say goodbye I have read good things about Remington straighteners so I thought I would give these a whirl.

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It was a tough decision as both of them smelt absolutely amazing and from a selection as good as this . . .

Shower Gel Rainbow

It looks like the stores version of a Shower Gel rainbow!

Ginger wake up shower gel

Treacle Moon One Ginger Morning – £2.99 – Tesco

This choice will most definitely be making a prominent appearance during my morning wake up call. Hopefully it will be ok for sensitive skin?!

Anatomicals Bath Stuff

Anatomicals Relaxing Bath Kit – £2.50 – Tesco

Not only have I been longing to get my hands on some of Anatomicals scrummy products for a while the price was hard to pass on.

Anatomicals Hands

Anatomicals Hand Care Kit – £3.00 – Tesco

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Anatomicals A Smacker in A Cracker – 75p – Tesco

Another great deal and set of lush products.

Batiste Spray Cherry

Batiste Cherry Dry Shampoo – £2.99 – Tesco

Not the biggest can of this stuff but as big as I could get my hands on from Tesco and the smell is just delicious.

Barry M

Barry M Matte Nail Paint – £3.99 each – Buy 2 Get 1 Free – Tesco

Another deal, another brand but nevertheless something that I have been looking at for a while. Patience most definitely is a virtue in this case!

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1st Coat: O.P.I. Natural Base Coat

2nd Coat: Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Mocha

3rd Coat: Another coat of Barry M and I am done!

I wonder how long it will last?!

Not a bad haul for a spur of the moment shopping trip with your best mate in the dead of night. Thank heavens for 24 Hour stores. Out of the three things I needed to purchase, those being a calculator, quad coloured pens and coffee capsules I got two and the coffee was sadly left behind. Looks like I will be seeing Tesco again very soon.

How did you like the haul and what have you grabbed whilst the sales are on?

Winter is coming . . .

That is not only the words of the House of Stark from Game of Thrones – it is reality. It is getting colder as the days go by and the time has come to wrap up warm and protect ourselves against the elements. These are just some of the things that I am loving right now.

Clothes & Shoes

temperley honeycomb scarf

Temperley - Honeycomb Scarf – Flannel Grey – £140

zara two sided soft scarf

Zara - Two Sided Soft Scarf – £19

M&S Collection Leather Stictch Detail Gloves

Marks & Spencer’s – Collection Leather Stitch Detail Gloves –  Brown – £17.50NF Stratosphere Triclimate

The North Face – Stratosphere Tri-Climate Jacket – £220

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Mango - Star Applique Sweater – £44.99 – although I just found it in sale at John Lewism&s jeggings

Marks & Spencer’s - 5 Pocket Denim Jeggings – Indigo – £22.50

Fair Isle Bootie Socks M&S

Marks & Spencer’s – Fair Isle Bootie Socks – £15
(They might look overpriced but they are incredibly warm!)

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Aldo - Billingsa Boot – Dark Brown – £130

Skin Care

At this time of year skin can get dry and flaky with that awful tight feeling. The Kiehl’s products below have gone above and beyond keeping my skin supple and smooth. Big thanks going out to Kiehl’s right now!

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Kiehl’s - Ultra Facial Moisturizer – £34/250ml

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Kiehl’s – Creme De Corps – £27/250ml

Home

Nothing better after a long day at work and a cold commute than getting in lighting up a scrumptious candle and settling on the sofa with a cuppa and a book. These heavenly scents are my seasonal faves.

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Yankee Candle – Christmas Cookie – £14.99
I am unsure what is the official UK site therefore I have added no link to the picture.
If anyone knows please do contact me!

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Glade – Spiced Apple & Cinnamon – £2.00 from Tesco

I hope you like my choices – some of which I have liked for many years and some of which are new but will remain.

What are you winter faves?