Friday, 19 April 2019

AD | Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch with Candles Direct

This post was sponsored by Candles Direct but all words & opinions are my own.
Like most millennials, I love a good scented candle - and it's no secret that Yankee Candle are everyone's favourite brand. They've recently released their new Sunday Brunch collection, and I've teamed up with Candles Direct to tell you aaaaallll about it...

Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch collection

There are 8 different scents in the collection - four foodie scents and four floral scents. The foodie ones are Belgian Waffle, Grilled Peaches & Vanilla, Honey Lavender Gelato, and White Strawberry Bellini, and the floral scents are Floral Candy, Blush Bouquet, Market Blossoms and Sweet Morning Rose. All of the scents are available as wax melts, votives, and small/medium/large jars. So, onto the most important part - are they any good?

The floral scents

Floral Candy* reminds me of sugared almonds and sweet Spring flowers, and it's lovely - so fresh and just the epitome of a sunny weekend morning! While floral scents are never my personal go-to, I really like this one so if you are a floral lover, you'll LOVE it. 6.5/10

Sweet Morning Rose* is actually my least favourite of the collection, but it's still not completely awful which I think says a lot. I usually hate the smell of rose but I can just about deal with this one, as it has hints of pear, lily and musk too. It's much less cloying than your typical rose scent, so I think it's one that a lot of people will enjoy. 5/10


Blush Bouquet* is pink and therefore will look amazing in my office, and it smells lovely too - it's very floral, but it reminds me of grown-up perfume which makes sense as it has notes of amber, which is a really mature scent if you ask me. It also has cherry blossom and other flowers in the mix, and it's genuinely really lovely - perfect if you're hosting brunch for your favourite gal pals. 8/10

I actually haven't had the chance to sniff Market Blossoms yet, but apparently it contains notes of berries, apples and patchouli so I can imagine it being sweet and fruity and absolutely bloody lovely. I'll update this post if I manage to pop into a Yankee store any time soon!

The foodie scents

White Strawberry Bellini* smells like strawberry, obviously, but not in that sickly fake way that strawberry-scented things usually do. It's subtle, and mixed with notes of champagne, sugar, and other fruits. Truly an absolute delight! 8/10

Grilled Peaches & Vanilla* is, you guessed it, peach scented - but again it's subtle, and you can smell brown sugar and and sweet honey too. I like that there are so many different scent notes (in all of the candles, not just this one) because it makes for a less overwhelming experience. 7/10


Honey Lavender Gelato* smells very lavender-y which is a dream for me because lavender has been one of my favourite scents since I was little. This also has notes of blackberry, which you can definitely smell - they make it sharper, which is cool, and the honey adds sweetness. This is 100% one of my favourites from the collection. 9.5/10

Belgian Waffle is my ultimate favourite from the whole Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch collection - I actually already owned this one before Candles Direct reached out to me, and I love it. Really it's just dessert in a candle - cinnamon, vanilla, sugary perfection. 10/10

All in all, I'm a big fan of the collection as I'm sure you can tell - Yankee Candles might be a little more pricey than your average candle but the scents really carry, and the burn time is long enough that it's so worth it. Make sure you check out Candles Direct to pick up the Yankee Candle Sunday Brunch collection, or any of their other scents!


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Wednesday, 17 April 2019

My current Netflix recommendations | april 19

It has to be said, I bloody love Netlix - but sometimes it takes forever to find anything worth watching on there. With that being said, I thought I'd share my current Netflix recommendations in case you're having a night in or just need something new to binge watch...

Agatha and the Truth of Murder 

My aunty got me into Agatha Christie when I was younger (Death on the Nile is one of my favourite films) and she said this was pretty good - and it is. It's an imagining of what might have happened when Agatha Christie, famous mystery writer, disappeared for 11 days. The 1920s fashion is lovely and the storyline is great, AND it has Neil from the Inbetweeners in it.

The Secret of Crickley Hall

I popped this on on a whim because it has Suranne Jones in it and she never disappoints - and I absolutely loved it. It follows the story of a young family who's son disappears, and they move to a big old house to escape London for a bit. Turns out the house is a bit haunted and used to be an orphanage, and we get to see flashbacks to the 1940s. It's such a clever series and I just loved it.

graffiti on a wall in liverpool

Collateral 

This is a 4-part BBC thriller and it's sooooo good. It has Carey Mulligan in it and she's investigating the murder of a pizza delivery man, which spirals into some pretty big shit. It has some major sub-plots and it's a bit difficult to follow along with, but definitely worth a watch.

Dumplin'

My mum and I watched this on mother's day and I absolutely LOVED it. It's such a feel good film - quite emotional in parts but full of love and laughter and Dolly Parton references, and the storyline is just gorgeous. I'd definitely recommend this for a girly night in with your pals. Biggggg love.

In the Dark

This is another BBC drama, about a pregnant detective investigating the disappearance of a young girl in her hometown. It drags up all sorts from her past and her present, and it's such a twisty-turny series. Definitely a good one to watch!

Honourable mentions to Line of Duty, Bodyguard and also the Disappearance of Madeleine McCann which are all also on Netflix, but more widely spoken about than the above. If you're sick of trying to find something to watch on Netflix, check out the above and enjoy...


Monday, 15 April 2019

Top 3 eyeshadow palettes to travel with

When it comes to travelling, and specifically packing, one of the hardest parts of it all is the lack of space - making sure you've got the essentials, but still have room for the not-so-necessary items. With that in mind I wanted to put together a list of my top 3 eyeshadow palettes to travel with, especially when you're short on space!


Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette

I think they might have changed this palette since I bought mine, because when I googled it the results are a bit different - it's the same 8 shades, but with two added transition shades. I love mine, and the new one looks great too, so it doesn't really matter which one you have. It's a neutral palette with pops of green and blue, but not bright in your face green and blue, you know? The palette itself is thin but sturdy, and it's cheap enough that if it does get broken in your suitcase it doesn't matter *too much*. The eyeshadows are buttery soft and blend so easily, and it's just an all round good palette - especially to travel with. It comes in two other variations in case you're after something a bit different, too. click here to buy

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette in The Glamour Muse*

These little quads from Charlotte Tilbury are great, and there's 10 different variations with a range of colours in them. There's mattes, shimmers and glitters, and the palettes are SO tiny that no matter how short on space you are, you should be able to fit one of these in. Being a high end brand, the Charlotte Tilbury luxury palettes are pricey but they're such good quality both in terms of the packaging and the eyeshadows themselves. click here to buy


Pixi x Weylie Hoang Dimensional Eye Creator palette*

I love Pixi eyeshadows, and this little palette that's part of their collab with Weylie Hoang is the perfect eyeshadow palette to travel with; you get 6 neutral shades, ranging from light to dark, some being matte and some being shimmers. It's so easy to create a nice look for day or night, and it's not too big or too chunky. Pixi make up is amazing quality, too, so you know you're getting something good. It is currently sold out, but hopefully it'll be back in stock soon... click here to buy

As you can see in the picture at the top of this post, I've got the perfect travel toiletry bag* now - it's a gorgeous clear bag from Emma Lomax, with a neon pink aeroplane on the front. It's bold and bright and I absolutely love it; it's perfect for your travel minis, and these palettes, and for your favourite lipsticks. Stick it in your hand luggage or your suitcase and you'll be absolutely fine; so if you're looking for a sturdy travel toiletry bag that's much more stylish than those clear bags the airport give you, head to the Emma Lomax site now and get your mitts on one of these!

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Saturday, 13 April 2019

Wok to Walk, Liverpool | review

Noodles usually wouldn't be my go-to in terms of picking a type of food to eat when I'm out and about - but honestly, my mind has been changed since I was invited to try out the new Wok to Walk on Bold Street, Liverpool. With it's stylish interior and varied menu, it's a boss take on fast food and one that fits in well with the Liverpool food scene.


Wok to Walk, Liverpool

Originally opening in Amsterdam, Wok to Walk now have locations around the world - and Liverpool is one of thirteen UK stores. Fitting in perfectly on Bold Street, there's plenty of choice when it comes to food and you can either stay in and eat or, as the name suggests, take it away with you. The food comes in those cardboard containers that are so synonymous with noodles and Asian food in general, and you get chopsticks too. Don't worry, though, if you're a chopstick-phobe like me; there are forks available!



The menu

All of the ingredients are completely fresh and also free from MSG - plus you can watch them prepare your dish right in front of you. First of all, you choose your base: there are 4 different kinds of noodle to choose from (egg, whole-wheat, rice or udon) or you can go for actual rice or a vegetable mix. Then you can add whatever fillings you want: chicken, tofu, bacon, baby corn, mushrooms, nuts and more. Pick from 8 different sauces, and then choose your topping as well. Prices start at just over £4, and it gets slightly more expensive the more fillings you add - but still not megabucks!



My verdict

I went for egg noodles with katsu chicken, saigon sauce and sesame seeds on top - and it was absolutely incredible. There was sooooo much in the box and it was warm with a generous amount of chicken; the sauce wasn't too runny or anything, and the sesame seeds just gave it the perfect finishing touch. 10/10 genuinely couldn't fault it.



So if you're looking for the best noodles in Liverpool, I think I might have found them - I'll definitely be heading back there ASAP...

Interested in my thoughts on Around the World, Liverpool? CLICK HERE

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Fudge Professional Luminizer Shampoo and Conditioner | review

You may know if you follow my social medias/know me in real life, but I recently had all my hair chopped off because let's face it, most of it was dead. Now it's short and a bit healthier but still kind of frizzy and dull, so when Fudge Professional offered to send me their Lumunizer Shampoo and Conditioner* to try, I took them up on it. Here's my thoughts...

me taking a selfie in the mirror wearing a low cut black dress

Fudge Professional

They're pretty much a 'does what it says on the tin' kind of brand - haircare for stylists and professionals within the haircare world. But they've branched out a bit and you can buy their products on the likes of Beauty Bay now, so if you're wanting to put something more into your haircare then definitely have a look. There's a few different ranges available: whether you want to preserve your colour, give your hair some TLC or create some funky styles, you're probably going to find something that works for you.

Luminizer Shampoo

First of all, this shampoo is glittery. Yeah, lads, it's glittery shampoo. To be honest this is enough for me to want to give it a 10/10 but there are obviously some other good qualities. It smells really nice, giving off that salon scent (you know exactly what I'm on about) that you'd expect from a brand with 'professional' in their name. My hair shines in the light more, after I've used this, so it's definitely living up to the Luminizer name. It doesn't lather all that much, and I find myself needing quite a lot of it. But also, it's glittery. Overall verdict? 8/10


bottles of shampoo and conditioner stood up with two scrunchies next to them

Luminizer Conditioner

Sadly the conditioner is not glittery, but has that lovely salon-esque smell and leaves my hair feeling sooooo soft. I definitely find my hair easier to manage and a bit less frizzy after I use this, if I leave it on for a while - if I wash it straight off, it doesn't work wonders so if you're after something super quick to use in a rush, this might not be the one for you. Again, my hair shines more since I've started using this duo, so that's a win. Overall verdict? 7/10

All in all, I really like the duo - they're pricey but if haircare is your thing and something you don't mind splurging on, AND you need a shampoo & conditioner for dull hair then definitely check these out.