Halloween 2015 || Yankee Candle Collection is Here


I recently posted some of the USA Halloween collections for Yankee Candle on the blog [here] and now it's time to show you the UK offerings. Halloween is pretty major for the brand as everything is limited edition and Yankee collectors and fanatics (yes there really are fanatics) go wild for these short-term products - myself included.

Normally we are offered less than the UK which sucks but generally we have a patchouli blend, a sweet candy scent and sometimes there's another scent up for grabs. This year we have two scents. TWO scents! let's just say most of us fanatics are pretty angry about this especially since the USA have at least four for 2015.

I digress slightly so I'll leave the ranty 'tude in the background and move on to the scents...
The two main scents are Witches Brew and Candy Corn. I have seen some sites sell some of last years offerings but for the UK, these are the scents they've released. I'm not overly offended as Witches Brew is my all-time favourite Yankee scent. I tend to overstock each year just to get me past the Halloween season.

Witches Brew // The spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli casts a captivating spell.

Candy Corn // The familiar, sweet scent of candy corn is a fond reminder of Halloween fun and treats.
Cat Jar Holder | Cat Burner | Cat Sampler Holder | Black Cat Jar Clinger

There are definitely two themes for the UK accessories and that is cats and webs. I adore the cats, I would actually keep the cats out all year but the webs aren't drawing me in. How cute is the cat clinger though and at only £3.99 it's an affordable option for everyone.
Web Iluma Lid | Web Jar Holder | Web Sampler Holder | Orange Bucket Sampler Holder

The webs. What do you think about this collection?
Pumpkin Burner | Skull Sampler Holder | Black Bucket Sampler Holder | Pumpkin Sampler Holder 

Finally the characters - that pumpkin tart burner calls my name. The ghost and translucent pumpkin holders feel a little bit lazy again on Yankee's part.


I'd love to know your thoughts on this years range. Were you equally disappointed by the lack of scents and accessories in comparison to the US?

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Achieve a Younger Looking Face Without Any Pain!


Loving this completely unrelated image however peacocks for me at least are the epitome of glamour from the animal world at least. 

We’d all like to look a little bit younger and hold on to our youth for as long as possible. But surely, to turn back the clock we need to go under the knife and have multiple painful procedures? Not necessarily! Here’s how you can achieve a younger looking face without any pain and without breaking the bank. 

Eat to Nourish Your Body

Everybody who makes the effort to eat healthy, colourful, natural food looks better than those who don’t. When we eat to nourish our bodies, we automatically make it look younger and keep it in better health. However, you can’t just eat one or two salads a week and hope for the best. You need to make a habit of eating naturally so it has a big impact on your face. You should keep bad treat foods to an absolute minimum. 

Get Some Regular Exercise

Regular exercise is the key to keeping your youthful appearance. Not only will you look younger when you begin exercising regularly, you’ll also keep your body healthy and free from disease. You’ll strengthen your immune system, and experience all kinds of other benefits. 

Keep Up a Good Routine

A good skincare routine is a must if you want to keep your face looking young. There are so many things you can do to keep up a good routine.You should be cleansing twice a day, once in the morning and once before bed. You should also be toning twice a day after cleansing. Moisturising should be done with a day cream/night cream containing SPF. Exfoliating is important a couple of times per week. Using a face mask is recommended once per week. Make sure your products suit your skin type for the best results and watch for changes in your skin type. 

Treat Yourself 

There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself, so why not buy that luxury facial product you’ve had your eye on? You might even want to treat yourself to a salon treatment. This thread lift before and after could tempt you if you’re unsure. 

Stop Frowning

Try to actively stop frowning at things. It can take practice. Simply try to reduce stress, wear sunglasses and have your eyes tested regularly to stop those dreaded frown lines from becoming permanent fixtures.

De-stress

Stress can be a big factor in the way our skin looks. If we’re very stressed, it’ll show on our face. Do what you need to do to de-stress. Take a break from work. Take a bath. Read a book. Do things you enjoy! 

Change Your Hair

Changing your hair colour, style, or both could be just the ticket to making your face appear younger. Your colour might be aging you prematurely, or there could be some kind of illusion you could create with your hair. 

Whiten Your Teeth

White teeth are a sign of youth, so invest in a home whitening method for a cheap and easy way to make your face look younger or splurge by heading to your local dentist. Then you can show them off when you smile in person and in pictures! 

I hope you love these tips and they help you to look as young as you want to look. Remember, you should try to reduce any bad habits you have to see the best results. 



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Benefit Cosmetics || Christmas 2015 Offerings

Finally it's time to get the festive posts going - I know many of will be cringing at the 'F' word but in our house it's all go as soon as autumn hits. With three young boys in the house we prefer to plan ahead so we can chip away at the festive season bit-by-bit and having a 'wishlist' helps us keep an eye out on sales and with Quidco - cause who doesn't love cashback?

Every year I look forward to the Benefit releases because they have amazing packaging, products that actually get used instead of gathering dust in the back of a drawer and they save so much money in the long run because it's a brand that I do use almost daily. There's lots of awesome gift sets and palettes for 2015, some have launched already, some are still due to launch here in the UK but have hit the US waters already too.

Here's the rundown...
Party Hoppin'

Includes: They're Real! Mascara | Gimme Brow | High Beam | It's Potent! Eye Cream.


Party Poppers - Available on October 15th this advent calendars going to sell out fast though. It opens up like a book and holds lots of cute little mini sized products to get you through the festive season.  

Includes: Mini Rockateur Blush | Mini They're Real! Mascara | Mini They're Real! Remover | Mini High Beam | Mini Ooh La Lift | Mini The POREfessional | Mini BADgal Lash Mascara | Mini Lollitint Cheek & Lip Stain | Mini Total Moisture Facial Cream | Mini Ultra Plush Lip Glosses in Hoola & Sugarbomb | Mini Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter. 

Pucker Up & Party

Includes: Posietint Poppy-Pink Tinted Lip & Cheek Stain | Posiebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm | Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm | Benetint Rose Lip & Cheek Stain. 

You're So Party!

Includes: The POREfessional | Ultra Plush Lip Gloss in Hoola | They're Real! Mascara | Hoola Matte Bronzer.

Benefit Real Cheeky Party 

Includes: Dandelion Box O' Powder Blush | Rockateur Blush Box O' Powder Blush | Sugarbomb Box O' Powder Blush | Watt's Up! Cream-to-Powder Highlighter | Hoola Matte Bronzer | CORALista Box O' Powder Blush | They're Real! Push Up Liner | They're Real! Mascara 

Party To The Peepers! 

Includes: Creaseless Colour Wash in Peach Party, Go Taupeless and Honey Talks | They're Real! Mascara. 
Party Like a Rockstar  

Includes: The POREfessional | Hoola Matte Bronzer | They're Real! Mascara | Roller Lash Curling Mascara | Longwear Powder Shadow Palette with Call My Bluff, Thanks a Latte, Gilt-y Pleasure and Kiss Me and I'm Tipsy. 

Life Of The Party 

IncludesMini Face Powder Brush & Double-Ended Sponge Applicator | The POREfessional | They're Real! Mascara | Dandelion Face Powder | Rockateur Blush | Longwear Powder Shadow in Taupe It Off, Nude Swings and Call My Buff | Benetint Lip & Cheek Stain.
Pump Up The Party 

Includes
The POREfessional | Rockateur Blush | Benetint Cheek & Lip Stain | Roller Lash Mascara | Longwear Powder Shadow in Milk It!, Nude Swings, It's Complicated and Kiss Me, I'm tipsy | Face Brush & Double Ended Sponge Applicator.  
You're B.Right To Party 

IncludesThe POREfessional | Dream Screen SPF 45 | Instant Comeback Facial Serum | Moisture Prep Toning Lotion | Total Moisture Facial Cream. 

Get Your Party On!  

Includes: They're Real! Mascara | Hoola Matte Bronzer | High Beam | Gimme Brow. 

Which, if any of these gift sets do you have your eye on for Christmas? Personally I badly want that advent calendar, those cute mini sizes do it for me everytime. You can pick them all up from Benefit Cosmetics website. 



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Yankee Candle || Out Of Africa Collection


What's your favourite Yankee scent? My favourite has to be Soft Blanket which is the perfect blend of white flowers and sultry amber. It's a long lasting, warming and slightly sweet scent that travels throughout the house even when it's not lit. When Soft Blanket isn't available at my favourite store I tend to veer towards unisex, musky and resinous scents such as Blissful Autumn, Witches Brew, Patchouli (when it's available) or Frankincense. I rarely purchase airy scents or fruity scents for some reason.

Anytime YC release a new collection I can't help but wish it's going to be made with my favourite resinous and earthy notes that are suited more to the autumn season - most of the time there's one or two scents in the latest release that scream 'buy me' but so far I've never had that pull to purchase a whole collection.

That is until now.

Yankee Candle's summer-autumn 'Out of Africa' collection consists of Egyptian Musk, Kilimanjaro Stars, Madagascan Orchid and Serengeti Sunset.

This collection screams romance, inspiration and high summer don't you think? I love how they've taken somewhat blasé notes and blended them to become sultry and mature - Egyptian Musk has been sweetened with vanilla to create a more unisex appeal, Serengeti Sunset's dull blend (in my opinion) of fruits and flowers have been sexed up with amber and Kilimanjaro Stars airy scent has been completely overhauled with patchouli! Who'd have thought of combining cool mint and airy scents with patchouli......? A genius that's who!

The line-up includes:

Egyptian Musk | A prized treasure... a captivating musk with hints of vanilla bean and cedar wood.

Kilimanjaro Stars | Like nightfall on the ice-covered peak, crisp clear mountain air is laced with cool mint and earthy patchouli.

Madagascan Orchid | 'Intense and intriguing... the exotic perfume of this rare orchid holds an irresistible allure.

Serengeti Sunset | This enticing blend of fruit, citrus, lotus flower and amber celebrates the haunting beauty of the African sky.

I'd say I'm most excited about Serengeti Sunset and Kilimanjaro Stars, the thing is even is Kilimanjaro Stars had been a terrible scent the label alone would have lead me to purchase it as it's so beautiful. I keep planning to purchase these but in all honesty I was blinded by the Halloween scents so this collection fell to the wayside. I do however plan to rectify this blip this month.

The collection is now available from the usual waxy stores online and offline. Which scent has you intrigued or have you sniffed these already?

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How I Cook More Healthily With Clever Kitchen Appliances


I always try my best to have a healthy diet, no matter how much time I have to cook. It's important that my whole family gets all the nutrients they need, especially the boys who are still growing. Sometimes everyone needs a little help, though so I like to turn to gadgets and tools in the kitchen to help me cook more healthily. You can always find a healthier way of cooking something, whether it's steaming instead of boiling or using a low-fat fryer instead of a lot of oil. Here are some of my favourite healthy cooking gadgets that help me keep our meals nutritious.

Juicer

It's not always easy to choose healthy drinks and snacks. That's why I think single auger juicers are essential for kitchens. You can turn any fruit or vegetable into juice in one quick and easy step with no cutting or peeling. I love to make lime, parsley, green apple and mint juices *yum*

Juice isn't just a drink either; it can make an awesome snack or even breakfast or lunch. Plus, you can heat it up and have it as a soup too if you want to (vegetables are recommended here). You can pack so much nutrition into one glass of juice. And a lot of people swear it's better than making a smoothie or eating the fruit and veg whole.

Blender

I use my blender a lot to make anything from smoothies to soups. It's another great way to get lots of vegetables or fruit into one meal or snack. An immersion blender, which you hold in your hand, is really handy for plunging into your pan of soup and whizzing some of it up. You can make it all smooth or you can leave some tasty chunks of vegetables. And if you have a glass that's big enough, you can stick your blender right in to make a smoothie without creating any extra mess.

Low-fat Fryer

Not too long ago, you would have to use a deep fat fryer if you wanted to deep-fry your food. While they might make delicious meals, they use an awful lot of oil. But with new low-fat fryers, you can use as little as a teaspoon of oil to fry lots of things. They make light and fluffy chips, and you can use them to make anything that you would usually put in a deep fat fryer. The difference however is that everything is much healthier because there's less oil and, you don't have to worry about causing yourself an injury when you put it away after dinner.

Steamer

A lot of people boil their vegetables, but I often like to steam ours. If you boil them too long, you can be in danger of extracting all the useful nutrients. Plus, vegetables that have been overcooked give me bad memories of school dinners, who remembers their school dinners?. 

Steaming your veg gives you tastier food and helps to keep all the nutrients locked in too. Steamed carrots and broccoli are two of my favourites, and the boys love them too. You can buy an electric steamer or a simple steamer lid to go on top of your saucepans. Your choice of kitchen gadgets can make a difference to how healthily you eat. I love the tools that help me make healthier choices when I'm cooking. 

What's your ultimate kitchen gadget?


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Thierry Mugler Angel Passion Star || Covetable 2015 Perfumes

Thierry Mugler's latest perfume creation is called Angel Passion Star and comes in this gorgeous bottle in time for the holiday season. I can see this sitting awkwardly on my dressing table but still being the shining star, there's something very festive with the bottle but is there anything festive about the scent itself?
The note line up includes:

Top notes include melon, coconut, mandarin orange, cassis, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy. Middle notes are honey, peach, apricot, jasmine, blackberry, plum, orchid, rose, red berries and lily-of-the-valley on a base of tonka, amber, patchouli, musk, vanilla, chocolate and caramel.

Well, it's a rehash of Angel which isn't a bad thing. Angel's always been one of those Marmite fragrances for some, working in harmony with some people's body chemistry and overpowering the rest. I adore the scent and its complexity - but - it's simply too strong with no dry down on me personally.

The thing is these notes are the exact same ones that they use in Thierry Mugler's Angel. I can't really see how they've rehashed Angel with exactly the same notes unless they simply add more of the same note, personally I think it's a cop-out. I'd loved to have seen less sweetness with the caramel and chocolate notes and maybe they upped their game with an addition of amber notes instead? It would be similar to Angel, of course, but it would have a smoother, sexier appeal.

So basically Angel Passion Star is a bottle launch. The bottle is limited edition and so gorgeous so I'm not going to grumble. If you want to get your paws on the launch I believe it's coming in a 50ml refillable bottle size with more sizes being considered.

What are your thoughts on the launch having the same notes as the original Angel?

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