Yankee Candles || Some Oldies But Goodies


There's nothing more exciting than purchasing a new candle, I really get the belly full of butterflies when I head into our local store, when I hit the Yankee websites or when I find a great bargain or rare scent on Ebay. Because I consider my candles as being treats I tend to purchase samplers or tarts purely so I can smell and judge more in one sitting - consider it the same as buying 10 penny sweets rather than 1 Chomp (who remembers the days when penny sweets were a penny? Or Chomps and Fudge's were 10p?). 

The last few months have really been about variety, trying scents that I'd never normally go for and even hunting down scents that are no longer sold, are rare or are USA fragrances. Jar's wise I purchased the 3 for £10 offer that was on the Yankee website and picked myself up a Witches Brew, Candy Corn and Trick or Treat - I live for the Halloween scents but stupidly didn't photograph them as I was over on the old blog at the time and it wasn't beauty *sigh* 

Witches Brew | Bewitching patchouli.  
Candy Corn | The familiar, sweet scent of candy corn with a creamy vanilla taste. 
Trick or Treat | The sweet aroma of candy corn. 

I buy Witches Brew every year and next year plan to stock up to the high heavens, this is one of those scents that's dark, magical, earthy and raw sex appeal - it's a unisex scent that's for sure and it's ability to travel around your home even when not lit far exceeds many of the other scents in the Yankee scent catalogue. If you love dark scents, earthy, incense and hippy types of scents you-will-adore-this. 

If you prefer something a bit more feminine, a bit sugary sweet and foody then Candy Corn and Trick or Treat are great options. I love foody scents but felt there wasn't a huge difference in the two scents, if I was being picky I'd say Candy Corn is that bit more sugary sweet but only just. 

I had a little bit of trouble with the jars this year though as they suffered horribly with uneven burning, black soot covered sides and mushrooming of the wick, even after snipping the candles and following candle care protocol - I eventually had to cut out the surplus wax that hadn't melted and burn it in my burner. 


These were hauled from all over the net. Many are not sold now and some are old labels - I had to opt for tarts which is fine but I prefer samplers these days if I can get my hands on them. 

Pictured above is the Man Town, Green Grass tart, Witches Brew Tart, Treehouse Memories tart, Icicles Tart, Yuletide tart and Silver Birch tart. In Sampler size there is Patchouli, Patchouli old label, Eucalyptus, Silver Bells, Cozy Sweater, Harvest Welcome and Holiday Bayberry

Here's a closer snapshot. 


So were they any good? Keeping in mind these were selectively chosen because I felt I could possibly fall in love with them based on descriptions. 

Tarts

Witches Brew / Seasonal | The mini version of the candle above, this is all patchouli but with a mix of sex and dirt and raw magic. It is positioned in the top three overall Yankee scents for me personally. 

Green Grass / RetiredNothing says summer like the familiar, heady scent of a freshly cut lawn - I had high hopes for this tart because who doesn't love the fresh scent of cut grass? At first sniff this smelled exactly like green grass, once lit it dissipated and went no-where. Overall it's a nice scent but such a let down. 

Treehouse Memories / US Retired | earthy woods wrapped in sweet, familiar spices evoke memories of crisp autumn days spent amongst the changing leaves. This scent had the longest lasting power and I actually had to blow out the tealight because it was so strong so quick. That being said, it's definitely more of a masculine scent and was really nice - not as nice as my Witches Brew but definitely still in the same earthy category. If you like Man Town you'll love this. 

Silver Birch / Current | Autumn is in the air, the slight crispness of an early fall breeze mingles with the spicy dryness of just-turning leaves. Amazing. It's. Just. So. Amazing. This also falls into my top three scents and I surprisingly fell in love with it at first sniff. It's a fresh scent with a hint of sexyness and a mix of comfort - think Cozy Sweater mixed with Soft Blanket but with an ability to travel throughout the home. 

Yuletide / Retired Wrap yourself in the spirit of the season with this festive mix of nutmeg, ginger root, clove and rich amber. This wasn't good and it wasn't bad - it just smelled as though it needed some work. Like a typical Christmas scent but watered down. 

Icicles / Current The crisp, winter forest scent of ice covered pine branches with tingly notes of spicy cinnamon. If you love pine you'll love this, it's definitely more of a frosty pine in my opinion than a winter scent. 

Samplers

Silver Bells / Retired This festive fragrance blends notes of fresh cypress, spruce, apple, wild berries, cloves and white cedar to embody the spirit of Christmas joy. I lit this after Silver Birch thinking it would be equally as marvelous - I was wrong. Don't get me wrong I adore Christmas scents, festive fragrances are my thing but it wasn't festive enough for me and was a huge let down. The scent is strong and you definitely smell the cypress and spruce with the white cedar, that's the thing it's too green tree and pine like and not enough cloves and berry in my opinion. 

Cozy Sweater / US Retired & UK Rare This fragrance is fresh but warm with touches of musk, patchouli and soft florals. I didn't expect to like this but wowzers this was absolutely incredible, if you love Soft Blanket for it's warm but fresh scent you're going to adore this 100 times more - I promise. Although it's a fresh scent it travels extremely well and has large amounts of lasting power. 

Christmas Bayberry / Retired | Woody notes of pine, fir and laurel with a soft, warm fusion of bayberry, frankincense and myrrh. It was the frankincense and myrrh that sold me on this and it was one of the scents I had major hopes for having had excellent memories of the F&C scents in my childhood but.... it was so wrong! The scent was so eclectic and mish-mashed and it was an olfactory obtrusion. You're hit instantly with the pine then the frankincense and laurel, then comes the bayberry and stuffs it all up. It's strong at first sniff but didn't travel too well and once it got into a good burn it actually started smelling soapy? No idea why though. 

Harvest Welcome / US Retired Welcome home! Cozy up with this inviting combination of farm-fresh pumpkins spiced with just the right amount of brisk autumn air. Super strong and very autumnal, I was so surprised at the strength of this and how spicy it actually was. Would I purchase it again? probably not but only because it didn't make a huge impact on me. 

Patchouli / Old Label | The spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli creates a perfectly mellow mood. It's patchouli, I adore patchouli and feel this works extremely well as a stand-alone fragrance. If I had to choose between Witches Brew and this I would choose Witches Brew only because I feel it travels further and for longer. 

Patchouli / Retired US ExclusiveThe spicy sweet aroma of exotic patchouli creates a perfectly mellow mood. This smelled exactly the same as the old label above. 

Eucalyptus / Retired A clean and bracing scent to awaken the senses. I expected fresh, green and breathtakingly invigorating - I got a hint of eucalyptus that travelled no-where once lit. 


I also picked up my first ever Kringle candle having heard amazing things about the Yankee sister brand. Most Yankee fans had even gone so far as to say the scent was stronger and the scents smelled even better - it was these statements that had me sold. My local store didn't have a huge selection and I found many of the scents were pretty basic, I tend to prefer unusual scents rather than the standard rose, clean cottons, lemon, lavenders etc. However, I chose the Warm Cotton hoping it would match up to my favourite clean Yankee scent - Soft Blanket. 

Kringle Warm Cotton / Current | Light citrus/fresh notes, gentle florals and traces of musk unite to create the ultimate warm cocooning fragrance.This smelled fresh of course but the scent failed to travel - once lit you could smell this if you stood at the unit but as soon as you reached the couch or the door in my living room you'd be forgiven for thinking there was no candle lit. I will try another scent as I'm no quitter but I was hugely disappointed with this daylight candle. 

Soft Blanket Sampler / Current Wrapped in sweet dreams; a lullaby of clean citrus, 
luxurious vanilla and warm amber. Ah I love it so much, it's fresh and warm and comforting. It reminds me of a just washed fluffy blanket and evokes so many wonderful childhood memories, the amber note really gives this scent great depth and lasting power; although it's a fresh scent it travels extremely well. 

I have more candles en-route, of course most are in tart and sampler form but at least it allows you to hear about the scents and which are awesome and which really do not fit the descriptions. Are there any scents you adore or hate? 

Kringle lasts 12 hours and cost around £2.50 whereas YC Samplers cost £1.80 and last 15 hours - Yankee Candle have a huge array of fragrances and I feel have more of a true scent - I know which I'd choose time and time again. 

Tweaks To Make Mornings Better For You

It’s so easy for our morning to pass by in a blur. After all, once we have managed to get out of bed, it can take us ages to get ready for work. In fact, we can spend ages trying to get rid of that bed hair and dark circles. But your current morning routine might not be the best for your wellness. And it’s so important to try and start the day off in a healthy way if we can. Therefore, here are some tweaks to make to ensure your morning is better for you.

Opt for a run before work

It’s always good to start the morning with some exercise if you can. After all, it can wake you up before you have to start the daily grind. And it can give you some much-needed energy. In fact, a lot of people claim they have a more productive day if they do some exercise in the morning. It also will ensure you go to work in a good mood. After all, exercise releases endorphins which can boost your mood. Not only this but it can ensure you fit some exercise into your day. After all, it can be a challenge to get any time to fit it into your day. Therefore, by doing it in the morning, it’s an easy way to ensure you have a chance to get fit and healthy! A run is often a popular form of exercise for first thing in the morning. Otherwise, swimming or yoga can also be great.

Grind your own coffee

A lot of us have a coffee when we first get up in the morning. After all, it can give us a boost to ensure we start the day with a buzz. And if we have had a poor night’s sleep, it can be a godsend to ensure we have energy. But there are some ways you can make that morning coffee better for you. For starters, you should consider grinding your own coffee. It can make it even tastier, and it’s a lot healthier. After all, it keeps the original compounds which are full of antioxidants. And you don’t have to worry about what they have put in the coffee when you buy the jars. You will need to get a grinder to ensure you can make the perfect coffee. There are many different types out there so make sure you research the different options. For example, you can learn more about burr grinders by looking online. And remember however you make your coffee, make sure you limit the milk and sugar to ensure it’s healthy!


Have a hearty breakfast

It’s so easy to skip breakfast in the morning. After all, we are so busy rushing around that it can be the last thing on our mind. But to ensure you stay healthy, you need to make sure you have a hearty breakfast. After all, it can fuel you with the energy you need to have a great day. And it can stop you snacking throughout the day if you start the day off well with a good breakfast!



And remember to always think positive thoughts before you head to work. That way, you will head out with a spring in your step!


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Look Better in Your Bikini



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It won’t be long until summer rolls around, and when it does, you’ll probably want to slip into your bikini and visit the local beach. Of course, wearing a bikini can be a daunting prospect, especially if you haven’t done it in a while, but there are lots of tips and tricks that can help any woman to feel confident and look more beautiful than ever in her bikini.


Here are just some of the tips and tricks you can use to look better in your bikini this summer:


Be Confident


First, and most importantly, you need to be confident in yourself and your body if you want to exude a calm and confident beauty. You don’t need to look like an A-lister to be bikini body beautiful, but being as confident as one will certainly help.


Exercise


Obviously, the best way to look good in a bikini is exercise. The more trim and toned you are the better your bikini will look and the more comfortable you’ll feel wearing it. See topworkoutprograms.com/workout-reviews/max-workouts-review/ for an exercise program that will help you to slim down and tone up in all the right places before summer gets into full swing.


Buy the Right Bikini


Even if your body isn’t as bikini-ready as you would like it to be, you can look better on the beach by choosing the right bikini for your body-shape. You can find a guide to buying the right bikini at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/, but in most instances, if you’re curvy you should buy a supportive bikini, and if you’re a flatter, straight up and down type, buying a bikini with frills, ruffles or ruching on the bust will help give you the illusion of more curves.


Colour Confident

When buying this year’s bikini, you should choose colours that you love and which match your skin tone if you want to feel good and be confident in your bikini. A good trick is to use splashes of colour to highlight your best features and neutral tones to keep the eye away from those problem areas you’d rather people didn’t focus on.


Try Separates


If you’re top heavy or you have curvy hips, you might find that mixing and matching separates will enable you to get a better fit and improve your proportions, so that you look fantastic when you step out in your bikini.


Fake It ‘Til You Make It
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Unless you’ve spent your time since last summer living it up on a paradise island in your bikini, chances are your skin won’t be quite as bronzed as you would like. If you hate the pale and interesting look, it might, therefore, be a good idea to book an appointment at the tanning salon. There’s no shame in faking it until your skin’s seen some actual sun, and having a spray tan applied correctly can help you look slimmer and more toned. What’s not to love?


Go Fuzz Free


It’s an annoyance, but there’s no getting around the fact that, in summer, we have more skin on show and that means we have to step up our hair removal regime. So, unless you’re one of those girls who’s confident enough to leave your body hair where it is, time to stock up on leg wax and start removing the fuzz.


Buff Up


Once you have de-fuzzed your exposed areas, it’s time to exfoliate. Getting rid of those dead skin cells will ensure that your bikini body is silky smooth and glowing when you hit the beach.


Moisturise


Of course, there’s no point exfoliating if you’re not also going to moisturise your freshly waxed and buffed skin. Moisturising twice a day will help to keep your skin in perfect condition, getting rid of dry and scaly skin patches, so that you always look your best on the beach.


Wear Sunscreen
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If you don’t want to end up looking like a lobster after a few hours in your bikini, check out this guide to the best sunscreens at http://www.independent.co.uk/extras/indybest/ and ensure that you slather it on before and during your trip to the beach. It’ll stop your skin from prematurely aging too.


Take a Cover Up


Wearing a bikini is all about baring the skin, but most of us don’t want to have our flesh on display the whole time. If you want to look well dressed on the beach, wearing a cover-up that shows just enough of the bikini beneath can look even better than a lone bikini, and it can cover a multitude of sins too!


Will you be hitting the beach this summer? What are your top tips for looking beautiful in a bikini?
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Tweaks To Make Mornings Better For You

It’s so easy for our morning to pass by in a blur. After all, once we have managed to get out of bed, it can take us ages to get ready for work. In fact, we can spend ages trying to get rid of that bed hair and dark circles. But your current morning routine might not be the best for your wellness. And it’s so important to try and start the day off in a healthy way if we can. Therefore, here are some tweaks to make to ensure your morning is better for you.


Opt for a run before work


It’s always good to start the morning with some exercise if you can. After all, it can wake you up before you have to start the daily grind. And it can give you some much-needed energy. In fact, a lot of people claim they have a more productive day if they do some exercise in the morning. It also will ensure you go to work in a good mood. After all, exercise releases endorphins which can boost your mood. Not only this but it can ensure you fit some exercise into your day. After all, it can be a challenge to get any time to fit it into your day. Therefore, by doing it in the morning, it’s an easy way to ensure you have a chance to get fit and healthy! A run is often a popular form of exercise for first thing in the morning. Otherwise, swimming or yoga can also be great.


Grind your own coffee


A lot of us have a coffee when we first get up in the morning. After all, it can give us a boost to ensure we start the day with a buzz. And if we have had a poor night’s sleep, it can be a godsend to ensure we have energy. But there are some ways you can make that morning coffee better for you. For starters, you should consider grinding your own coffee. It can make it even tastier, and it’s a lot healthier. After all, it keeps the original compounds which are full of antioxidants. And you don’t have to worry about what they have put in the coffee when you buy the jars. You will need to get a grinder to ensure you can make the perfect coffee. There are many different types out there so make sure you research the different options. For example, you can learn more about burr grinders looking online. And remember however you make your coffee, make sure you limit the milk and sugar to ensure it’s healthy!



Have a hearty breakfast


It’s so easy to skip breakfast in the morning. After all, we are so busy rushing around that it can be the last thing on our mind. But to ensure you stay healthy, you need to make sure you have a hearty breakfast. After all, it can fuel you with the energy you need to have a great day. And it can stop you snacking throughout the day if you start the day off well with a good breakfast!



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Online Gaming: Dangerous Or Not?


We’ve all heard the folk myths and horror stories about video games warping the minds of children and adults alike. Many claim that some of the violence seen amongst children or young adults is the direct result or playing too many video games, but many others claim that video games played no part in what may have been a pre-existing problem in somebody’s life. Still, even if online gaming doesn’t affect children or adults on a psychological level, does that mean it isn’t dangerous on other levels? Here are some of the pros and cons of online gaming along with ways in which to use internet-based platforms responsibly.

Multiplayer gaming.
The most popular strand of online gaming is, obviously, multiplayer gaming with either friends or strangers on the internet. There are numerous lines of thought regarding the dangers surrounding this, but the key is to teach your child about privacy in terms of personal information and communication with strangers. Much like you’d tell your child never to accept candy from a stranger, you simply need to teach them never to give out their details online to strangers. However, when it comes to the simple act of playing online games with people, who are likely kids themselves, there isn’t as much danger. You could always encourage your kid to play online games with friends rather than strangers if it makes you too anxious.

Betting.
This breed of online gaming is applicable only to adults, but it’s an interesting area of “gaming” as it can be dangerous in many other ways. The fear of using a dodgy site might be the first thing that springs to your mind, but, on a very practical and “real world” level, betting online can be dangerous for much the same reason as betting offline: gambling addiction. The key is to always take precautions and not simply gamble online because it’s easier to do so there than it is offline if anything.

Advertising for betting has improved over recent years, given the “When The Fun Stops, Stop” campaign. At the end of the day, your judgment will tell you whether you’re playing for fun or not. Gaming should always be about having fun. It’s all about using trusted sites as well as being sensible in terms of how much real-life money you pour into this type of online gaming, and you could look into the best slots to play if you want to start with trusted casinos. Much like drinking alcohol, smoking or even eating junk food, betting in an online environment is all about doing so in moderation; only you know whether you’re doing it for a fun, occasional thrill or on an overly regular basis. In moderation, it isn’t dangerous.

Augmented reality.

Whilst this mainly refers to the success of Pokémon Go in 2016, augmented reality is likely going to seep into other games in the future. In itself, this game was highly popular and fun for kids and adults alike, but it came with risks for people of all ages. There were incidents in which criminals lured people to certain locations and stole their possessions. This brought to light the risks involved with using an augmented reality game that still relied on the physical world. As with all dangers in the real world, the best piece of advice is simply to use such games with friends, pay attention to your surroundings and never stray out of public areas.

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