Imperial Candles Review.

Hello lovelies.

Over the past month I have somewhat neglected my blog. If you follow my Instagram – which you can find here – you will see I have been a busy bee doing lots of crafts. I also learned how to crochet. If you would like any craft related posts on here do let me know and I will be happy to oblige.

Anyway, on to my thoughts on Imperial Candles.


 

Imperial Candles are a UK company who make hand poured, soy candles. In each candle there is a piece of jewellery that is valued between £10 & £2000. There is also a chance to win an IPad if you receive a code wrapped up with your jewellery. Your candle is poured after you place your order so there is a few days wait. I received mine exactly a week after ordering. Incidentally, when I did receive it, it was packed very well. The candle is suspended in a cardboard cradle within another box so would be very difficult to damage in transit.

There are so many beautiful scents to choose from but I picked ‘Festive Cranberry’. Having looked on their website – which you can find here – I am very tempted by the coconut scent and also the vanilla.

  FotorCreated

As you can see, the candles have 2 wicks which helps to prevent tunnelling and the glass jars that they come in are beautiful. The scent throw was not impressive at first but once we had burned it for about 30 minutes than it filled the room with a fruity aroma with a hint of festive spices.

Prices start at £22.99 and run up to £28.99 with sets of 2 also available. If you compare this to a large Yankee jar candle for £19.99, it is a few pounds more expensive but remember that as well as getting a piece of jewellery you are also getting a quality, all natural soy candle with Imperial Candles.

FotorCreatedm

It took my candle about 11 hours to burn down enough so that I could safely remove the jewellery. I will admit that I was tempted to dig down into the wax to get it sooner but I managed to refrain from ruining my lovely candle. You can see in the above photo the shadow where my ring was located and also what the package looked like when I had removed it with tweezers (which was a lot less messy than I anticipated). The ring was wrapped in 2 layers of foil and a little bag so there was no danger of wax getting onto it. Even if you do get the soy wax onto your jewellery, simply rinsing it under hot water will clean it up nicely.

A huge plus about Imperial Candles is that you can choose what jewellery you want. You can pick from a necklace, earrings or a ring. Obviously the style of your piece will still be a surprise but I like that you have the option to choose. Even better is that you get to select your ring size so you know it will fit you. I have seen many jewellery candle reveals on YouTube where you have no say in what you receive.

Overall I am hugely impressed with Imperial Candles. One word of caution though. As with anything it is complete chance as to what you receive. Do not buy a candle expecting to receive a valuable piece of jewellery. I saw it as I was buying a quality candle to enjoy and whatever I received inside it would just be a fun bonus. Speaking of what I received, I will leave a picture of it down below. The RRP of the ring I got in my candle is £35 and it is 925 sterling silver (handy as I am sensitive to most metals other than silver and gold).

FotorCreatedlkjg

I’m really pleased with my new ring and it fits perfectly. Have you ever tried any jewellery candles before?

I’ll speak to you soon, 

Jackie

*All opinions are my own. I bought this candle with my own money and received nothing in exchange for this review.*

 

REVIEW – Lush ‘Dashing Santa’ Bath Bomb.

As a recent convert to Lush products, on my first visit to their Preston store I went a little crazy! If you check out my Instagram  (link in the sidebar) you can see a little video of what I purchased. One of the bath bombs I had to have was the adorable ‘Dashing Santa’.

IMG_4240

Lush describe it as having a cheerful and uplifting scent of satsumas and their product description says that it contains mandarin oil, bergamot oil and orange flower absolute. Of course it is also vegan. There are bits of glitter on his boots but they aren’t noticeable in the bath or on your skin when you get out.

This bath bomb is not my favourite. It’s a slow fizzer (mine took almost 15 minutes to fully dissolve) and the scent, while pleasing, is not very strong. It did leave my skin feeling soft but I did not notice the scent after I had dried off. However, what disappointed me the most was the fact that it didn’t have any fun colours layered through it. It is red all the way through and though you do get a little of the gold colour off of his boots, your water just turns red. I like the fun aspect of bath bombs such as ‘Golden Wonder’, where after the outside has dissolved, you are treated to a rainbow of colours.

Overall, I would recommend this bath bomb as it has a very nice scent and leaves your skin soft and smooth. I would probably say not to buy this if you a looking for a show like you get with ‘Northern Lights’ for example. If you just want a nice smelling soak in the bath but don’t want the scent to linger afterwards because you use a scented body butter or something similar then this is definitely the bath bomb for you. Personally, I don’t think I shall buy this again though, as I do enjoy watching them dissolve and put on a fun colour show.

If you want to watch a demo of this bath bomb then check out my YouTube channel. You’ll find the link at the top of the side bar. 

What is your favourite Lush product?

Jackie x

*Test It Tuesdays* Maybelline Baby Skin.

I’ve decided to start a new beauty series on YouTube called ‘Test It Tuesdays’. If you have any suggestions as to what you would like me to give a first impression on then please comment below or on my video. Thank you for visiting my blog ❤

 

Beauty Blender First Impression & Review.

I am subscribed to Birchbox and can you imagine how excited I was this month to receive a Beauty Blender with Blender Cleanser Solid (£26 RRP) as one of my products? I had been looking online for months at these and had been arguing with myself about whether a sponge was worth that much money! Everyone has raved on and on about how they are so amazing but I couldn’t justify the price.

I usually use the Benefit ‘Hello Flawless’ powder foundation and hadn’t ever found a liquid foundation (which is essential with the Beauty Blender) that I felt worked with my skin; mostly oily but with occasional dry patches, pink undertones and pale. When I received my Beauty Blender I took myself down to Boots and had myself colour-matched for the first time and it turns out I am the lightest shade – Calico – in their No.7 range. I wanted a medium to full coverage and the advisor recommended their Stay Perfect Foundation (£14.50) which is for all skin types. I had been wanting their Beautifully Matte Foundation (£13.50) which is specifically for oily skin and contains salicylic acid to combat blocked pores but on testing it I felt it was a little heavy for me. 

So please check out my vlog below to see what I thought of the Beauty Blender and how it applied my foundation. The one thing I missed out in my video is that I would have preferred the black Beauty Blender because your foundation will stain, even after cleaning. It’s not a huge deal but I just wanted to add that as I hadn’t washed mine until after filming this so didn’t mention it in the review.