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Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Random | 6 comments

Twig + Dot – Sugar & Spice Hand Poured Candle

Twig + Dot – Sugar & Spice Hand Poured Candle

I first came across this beautiful brand of candles at The City Girls blogger event that I attended in Leeds a few weeks ago where I was lucky enough to pick up a mini Carousel votive candle with scents of marshmallow, vanilla and cream. I immediately fell in love with the plain white jars and simple silver grey branding. All Twig + Dot candles are made from a custom blend of soy and mineral wax and each candle is hand poured in Great Britain. Today I am going to be telling you about one of the new Twig + Dot candle fragrances for Autumn 2015, it’s called Sugar & Spice and it’s scented with sweet vanilla and cinnamon. Sugar & Spice is a warm fragrance, mainly of sweet creamy vanilla but there is just a hint of spicy cinnamon. I like that the cinnamon isn’t too overpowering, it reminds me of a lovely apple pie served with vanilla custard! Sugar & Spice will be launched in the next few...

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Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Random | 0 comments

Home fragrance from Orla Kiely

Home fragrance from Orla Kiely

You might know Orla Kiely as a textile designer and creator of bright prints that feature simple repetitive leaves and floral patterns. But did you know that Orla Kiely also offers a range of home fragrance products that include candles and diffusers? I have to admit that I didn’t, so I was very excited when I was sent this Orange Rind Scented Candle* to try! I love home fragrance products, I think a house that smells good feels so much better to live in, and I’m trying to increase the number of candle and home fragrance reviews that I write here on Beauty Best Friend. Orla Kiely candles come in 9 different scents, I’ve been trying out Orange Rind, but other fragrances include Sicilian Lemon and Rhubarb – they all sound quite zingy which I think matches perfectly with the bold prints of Orla Kiely textiles! I love fruity scents so Orange Rind is perfect for me (although I’m not keen on the ‘Rind’ name, it reminds me of a shrivelled...

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Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Makeup, Skincare | 0 comments

Beauty Expert – Latest products & offers

Beauty Expert – Latest products & offers

Welcome to the second in my occasional series of posts looking at all the fab beauty products that are out there and particularly those that are on offer – who doesn’t love a discount?! This post is focusing on beauty specialists Beauty Expert – the main reason I love them (apart from the huge range of brands they offer) is that they offer FREE worldwide delivery, so no matter whether you just want one item or a whole haul, it won’t cost you any extra to have your beauty products delivered. There’s £20 OFF this Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush which aims to give you softer, brighter skin in as little as 7 days. It has 2 cleansing modes and is waterproof so you can use it in the shower, plus you get 2 weeks of use from just one charge. Pack includes worldwide charger and 12 month warranty. The Magnitone Lucid Facial Brush is priced at £49.99 (usual price £69.99) from Beauty Expert while stocks last. I love Nuxe...

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Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Random | 1 comment

Voluspa – French Bourbon Vanille & Branche Vermeil Candles

Voluspa – French Bourbon Vanille & Branche Vermeil Candles

I do seem to have been writing quite a few candle reviews recently, but it is the perfect time of year for them. I love to close the blinds when it gets dark, and light a scented candle – a fragrance can really help to relax you, or to transport you back to a different time and place. A couple of weeks ago I was VERY lucky enough to receive these Voluspa candles*. Voluspa is a luxury US candle brand – fueled by a love for art, fragrance and elegant illumination, Troy and Traci Arntsen created their first scented candle in their kitchen in 1999, and the brand took off from there. I love their traditional style of logo and the ornate tins and packaging. All of Voluxpa’s luxury candles are made from a coconut wax blend which burns slowly and cleanly with no soot or smoke. Both of these candles are from Voluspa’s Seasons collection. French Bourbon Vanille 3 Wick Tin Candle – this is the larger of...

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Posted by on Dec 3, 2013 in Random | 1 comment

Partylite – Escential Jar Candle in Iced Snowberries

Partylite – Escential Jar Candle in Iced Snowberries

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to a Partylite party by a friend. I’d never heard of Partylite before, but basically it’s a Party Plan type brand that sells candles via home parties and also via its website. The company was started in the US in the early 1900s and in the 1970s developed into a Party Plan business as a way of allowing US women to start working for themselves. The party was good fun and our consultant was really knowledgable, explaining about the ingredients within the candles and how to get the best from them. Although the prices aren’t cheap the candles are really good quality and should burn for a long time with a clear flame – not giving off any soot like cheaper budget counterparts. There are around 50 different fragrances of candles available, and the consultant had a small sample of each one so you could have a sniff and choose your favourite. I just loved the Iced Snowberries fragrance, described as...

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Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Random | 3 comments

Voluspa – Suede Blanc Votive Candle

Voluspa – Suede Blanc Votive Candle

I purchased this small Voluspa Suede Blanc Votive Candle from Imaginarium in York last week (if you live in the York area you should definitely visit Imaginarium, the shop displays themselves are worth the visit). I had never heard of Voluspa before, it is a luxury US candle brand. Fueled by a love for art, fragrance and elegant illumination, Troy and Traci Arntsen created their first scented candle in their kitchen in 1999, and the brand took off from there. I was attracted by the traditional luxury style logo and wording on the box, and when I smelled the buttery soft scent I was hooked. Voluspa describe the scent of Suede Blanc… ‘buttery soft sueded leather and rich cedar combine in a blend that is both exotic and refined’. It’s only a small 3oz votive candle, but I have it on the side of the bath and light it whenever I have a soak. It’s my little bit of luxury! The candle wax is a coconut wax blend, and...

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