Review: Wickford & Co – Vanilla Snowflake Luxury Scented Candle (99p – Home Bargains)

So in my Home Bargains haul yesterday I picked up the gorgeous Vanilla Snowflake scented candle by Wickford & Co for just 99p. I was looking for some of the large jars,  you know the ones that are £2.99 but they were completely sold out of all scents – they only had these glass tumbler candles left. I love Wickford & Co candles and they are a great alternative to more expensive candle brands like Yankee Candles for instance – which come with a hefty price tag. So, if you have never had one get down to your local Home Bargains and pick some up. They do sell out quite quickly though!

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The Vanilla Snowflake candle comes in a clear glass tumbler and it is filled with 3/4 of creamy-white wax. There is a clear sticker/label on the front of the tumbler which features a gorge gold Wickford & Co logo and it has a pretty picture of some vanilla, snowflakes and flowers. The glass tumbler and the label looks quite expensive and you would never guess by looking at it that it was only 99p. When I have used the candle I will be keeping the jar for my DIY homemade candles as it is a good size and looks good. I love to recycle and I love to make my own candles so I keep my used candle jars, clean them up and it saves me a bit of money from buying new jars. Genius, huh?

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The candle itself smells like sweet, creamy vanilla and it is just beautiful. The scent is not as potent or long-lasting as Yankee Candles but you can still pick up the scent nonetheless and it makes the room smell lovely and cozy. If your the crazy type of erson who doesn’t actually light your candles and you just use them for display/decoration then these will really look amazing. I’m not sure if it’s a soy wax candle or a paraffin one as it doesn’t say on the bottom like it does with the big jars – so I’m guessing it’s made with parrafin wax as it’s much cheaper than soy wax. It also doesn’t say how long it burns for so I’ll have to put it to the test and update this post when I’ve done so.

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You will probably know already how much I love my candles and Wickford & Co candles are up there with my favourite brands. They are so popular and I haven’t met anybody who doesn’t like their candles. They smell lush, they look good and they are budget-friendly and cheap. They really do look and smell pretty and this Vanilla Snowflake candle would make the perfect Christmas gift. I’ll be buying a ton more to hand out as gifts this Christmas.

Oh, and just to let you guys know, although they had sold out of all the other scents – they still had loads of the ‘Halloween’ candles left. You can read my review for it here.

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Cinema Light Box Only £5.99 At Home Bargains

So, yesterday I went on a big massive shopping spree in Home Bargains (my fave shop) and I picked up lots of gorgeous things – treats & sweets, a few beauty/hair/skincare products, some craft bits and bobs and a fab Cinema Light Box which I’ve had on my ‘to-buy’ list for quite a while. I bought the Cinema Light Box for just £5,99 and I think it’s an absolute bargain considering they are priced at around £12-£20 or more elsewhere so I thought I’d let you dolls know about it.

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The Cinema Light Box is an LED style light box which comes in an outer cardboard box and it includes 90 changeable plastic letters and symbols. All you have to do is tear off the letters you want to use, take off the protective layer and slide them in to the box to create your own personalised message. It has an on/off switch at the side of the box too. It can be mounted onto the wall as it has two holes either side of the box where you can hang from. It’s also free-standing too so you can stand it up wherever you wish.

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It requires 3 x AA batteries which are not included. I use rechargeable batteries in mine which last longer and I also have a battery charging plug so I can charge them, which makes life easier no more running out for new batteries. On the back of the box is the battery holder and you will need a tiny ‘star’ screwdriver to screw the back of it off. I used a normal screwdriver at first but it didn’t fit so I had a look in my craft box and luckily found a small screwdriver.

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I absolutely love my little Cinema Light Box and it’s in my bedroom right now but I will be going back to Home Bargains to purchase another for my living room. It’s a well made, good quality, budget-friendly A4 light box and measures L 30 x W 22 x D 4.3 cm approximately. Perfect for Christmas, Birthday’s, parties, special announcements or just as a personalised room lamp. Deffo recommend!

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Budget Yankee Candle Dupe: Wickford & Co – Halloween Candle From Home Bargains (£2.99)

I absolutely love my candles and there is nothing better than relaxing on an autumn/winter night with a gorgeous smelling candle lit. I was over the moon when I spotted these ‘Halloween‘ themed candle by Wickford & Co sitting on the shelves in Home Bargains and for just £2.99, you know that I had to get myself one.

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Wickford & Co candles are probably one of my fave candle brands ever, simply down to the fact that they are budget-friendly, Yankee Candle dupes. They look so similar to Yankee Candles which cost around £24 for a large jar and the same size Wickford & Co candles cost a fraction of that price at just under £3.


Thoughts:

The Halloween Candle by Wickford & Co comes in a large, glass mason jar which has a glass lid. On the front of the candle it has a clear sticker on it which features a gold ‘Wickford & Co’ logo and has a cute pumpkin image on it too.

There is a bit of info at the bottom of the glass jar which mainly tells you about warnings, precautions, etc… plus it says what the candle contains – although it doesn’t say what type of wax the candle is made from so I’m guessing it is paraffin wax, but don’t quote me on that. It is a 95-hour candle which will last for ages – 95 hours is like, what, four whole days. So if you leave it to burn constantly, it will last four days! Wow!

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The Halloween scented candle itself is a bright orange colour and I can’t really work out how to describe the scent. It is very sweet-smelling and my first thought was that it smells like candy or lollipops. It lingers too, not as much as Yankee Candles but it’s potent enough that it can be picked up by the nose. I left my candle burning at home when I took my two dogs out for a 10 minute walk and when I come back home I could smell the scent all over my apartment.

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I’ve lost count of how many Wickford & Co candles I’ve bought over the years and there is a little review already on my blog for the winter/Christmas themed candles (Warm Apple & Cinnamon, Mulled Wine and Gingerbread) which you can read HERE.

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I love Home Bargains as you genuinely do pick up some bargains for the home and their Wickford & Co candles are just gorgeous and fabulous. I definitely recommend them and if you’re popping into your local HB anytime soon… don’t forget to pay the candle aisle a little visit as you will not be disappointed. I am soooo excited for Halloween now and I’ll be picking a few more candles up next time I pop into Home Bargains.


USB Candle Lighter

Oh and not to forget… I also bought myself a USB long, candle-lighter as I find it difficult getting my hands into candle jars to light them up. This candle lighter is so easy to use and has saved me from bruised hands and knuckles many-a-times. I got it HERE if you guys are interested. I think it was £19.99 and because you charge it by USB it doesn’t need refilling with fuel so it’s perfect.

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Review: TRU LEGS – Instant Make-Up Spray Tan From Home Bargains – It’s only 49p!!!

You guys will know how much I love shopping at Home Bargains for my beauty supplies, it’s local, it’s cheap, and you really do pick up some beauty, hair and skin bargains. Whilst browsing the beauty aisle I came across this instant, wash-off spray tan called TRU LEGS for 49p. Yep, 49p. I had to buy it, I love trying new products out and I wanted to see if it was any good considering it was so inexpensive. I have been using Sally Hansen’s spray tan since the early noughties which is priced at around £9.99 so I was interested to see how it would compare.

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TRU LEGS say the spray tan is ‘ for beautiful, flawless looking legs with a natural glow and subtle shimmer. It’s quick drying fine spray creates an even, streak-free finish in an instant. The water-resistant formula helps hide imperfections for a longer lasting result.’

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How To Apply?

Its quick, easy and simple to apply, just simply hold the bottle 25 cm from your skin and spray lightly. Blend in with your fingertips until it’s all even and streak-free. Reapply another layer if neccessary and don’t dress until the tan has dried.

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First I’ll talk about the colour, I chose the DARK one and before I even tried it on my skin I thought I should have probably chose the LIGHT or MEDIUM bottles as my natural skin-tone is quite pale, almost porcelain and I just wanted a healthy glow – I’m not into that tango-ed look! Ha!

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It has a perfumed scent which is actually quite nice. It doesn’t smell overpowering or unbearable and after applying the tan the pretty smell stays on the skin. It doesn’t smell bad at all which I find with most tanning products.

The coverage of this spray tan is pretty poor to be honest, if you have flawless, blemish-free skin this will not be a biggie for you but if you suffer with psoriasis like me or have scars or blemishes – this will not cover any of your imperfections. I definitely prefer Sally Hansen’s spray tan for this reason alone which I find hides and covers most of my psoriasis and conceals any skin blemishes.

There’s nothing worse than putting fake tan on and getting caught in the rain or going on a girls night out and your clumsy friend spills their drink all over your legs making them look streaky. Well, TRU LEGS claims that its water-resistant so I put it to the test and ran my arm under the tap to see if the tan is water resistant and I can confirm that the water just rolled of my skin like it would if you had baby oil on. Although it’s water resistant, it can be washed off easily with soap and water.

Verdict:

I do like TRU LEGS spray tan and actually think it’s a great little bargain at 49p. It’s easy to apply, easy to wash off with soap and water and water-resistant too so no need to worry about streaky or patchy tan if it rains. The colour of the tan is not as dark or deep as I would have liked but I was happy with the end result which looked natural and lightly tanned. It didn’t really do much for my blemished skin so I wouldn’t recommend this tan for someone who is trying to conceal any marks on their skin. I would recommend Sally Hansen’s Spray Tan for that. It does give a flawless finish and is easy to blend into the skin, my skin didn’t look streaky or patchy either which is good. I don’t think this tan will last very long on the skin and will fade easier than more expensive spray tans. I’m actually surprised with this product and I never thought it would be as good as it is! It’s not the best tan I have ever used but it’s not the worst either! The TRU LEGS from Home Bargains won’t be replacing my Sally Hansen Spray tan but I would consider buying it again.

Love

Katie

 

Foamy Banana Sweet Treats Bath Cream by Imperial Leather

Hey girls,

Long time no see hey, well… today I have a short and sweet little review for you all. I have been using one of Imperial Leather’s Sweet Treats Bath Cream in Foamy Banana and I’m loving the idea of there sweet Treats Bath Creams which are named after and smell like real sweets.

The Foamy Banana Bath Cream is just a dream. It is a thick pale yellow gel like cream that lathers really well and feels fabulous on the skin leaving it feeling cleansed, soft and scented. It even produces a good amount of bubbles when used as a bubble bath. It smells AMAZING! Exactly like the foam banana sweets, such a sweet, fabulous scent. I use mine as a bubble bath, a shower gel and a body wash and it really is a lush treat for your skin. Not only does it smell good but it leaves skin feeling soft and smooth too.

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I can’t wait to try the other ‘flavours’ out, the Sherbert Lemon and Marshmellow bath cream are already on my shopping list. The bath creams retail at around £1 and a big 500ml bottle will last a while so they are definately bargains. I picked mine up in Boots but they are available in Asda, Home Bargains and Superdrug too.

Love

Katie x

Strawberry, Rose, Mango & Lavender Fizzing Bath Bombs from Home Bargains

Hey ladies,

I love nothing more than soaking in a gorgeous fizzing bath – I love myself a good bath bomb so I was excited to try these little bargain bath bombs after spotting them at the back of the shelf in saver store, Home Bargains. They were about 79p each and there are four different scents available, they are: Rose, Strawberry, Mango and Lavender. I have bought them in the past so these were a second time buy for me so I thought I’d fill you lot in on them.

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I really love the packaging of the bath bombs, they look much more expensive than what they are and I think they look very pretty, pretty enough to be put into a little box and given as a gift to someone maybe.

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The ingredients list is printed on the packaging and the bath bombs each have their own mild yet fabulous scent and they smell lovely when they’re fizzing away under the warm running water, I love watching them fizz! The only negative thing I have to say about the bombs is the fact I did find the fragrance soon disappeared once it had stopped fizzing in the water and the scent of them never lingered as long as I hoped it would although my skin was left silky soft afterwards and my sensitive skin did not feel irritated.

My two favourites were the Strawberry bath bomb and the Mango bath bomb. Overall, I liked them. They are great little bargain and at 79p each you can’t complain, hey.

Much Love,

Kate xo

Review: Divine Shine Coconut Hair Oil – Inecto Naturals

Hey chicks.

A while back I reviewed a Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner from Inecto Naturals and I liked the brand so much I thought I would give their Divine Shine Coconut Hair Oil a whirl to see if it is any good for my damaged hair. Inecto say they don’t use unnecessary chemicals in their products and they claim to be vegan friendly, saying their products themselves are made cruelty free and are not tested on animals.

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First impressons:

The oil comes in a 100 ml clear recyclable bottle which looks simple and fresh. It has a anti-leak pump dispenser with a lid which is always good especially if you’re accident prone like me and always knocking things over. The oil is itself is clear and transparent, doesn’t leave a sticky feeling on the hands and it smells divine like coconuts. I think the bottle looks cool and attractive and I love Inecto’s packaging and their way with words on the back of the label.

The ingredients contain:

Cyclopentasiloxane, dimethiconal, Dimethicone, Bis-Hydroxy/Methoxy Amodimethicone, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Parfum.

Results:

After washing and towel drying my damaged hair I pumped a little oil out of the bottle into my hands and ran my fingers throughout my mid lengths and ends before styling with a hair dryer. Once dried, my dry hair felt smooth, silky soft and my frizzy ends were tamed and no longer noticeable. The oil left my hair looking very shiny and glossy and it literally felt like silk compared to how it usually feels. Not only that, my hair was left smelling absolutely delicious and the coconut scent of the oil is to die for. I love how it smells and I found it lingers too and doesn’t fade too quickly. I did notice that when I used too much of the oil and especially near my roots, my hair looked greasy and oily, so I do recommend using sparingly, using a little each time and adding more if needed as well as keeping the oil away from the roots. I also use the oil on dry hair for added nourishment and shine and it works just as well on dry hair as it does on wet hair. I do recommend this coconut oil and I believe it is a bargain, priced super cheap at around £1.29 from Home Bargains.

Love Yas,

Kate xo

Budget Yankee Candle Alternatives: Wickford & Co Christmas Candles – Gingerbread, Mulled Wine, Apple & Cinnamon

Christmas is coming to town kids…

 So you know I had to get the candles in to get me into the swing of things. I love Christmas. I love my candles, any candles to be fair… but, you really can’t beat Christmas candles can you? There’s nothing better and nothing cozier than lighting a candle to get into the Christmas spirit.

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I bought three very large Wickford & Co candles from Home Bargains yesterday and at only £2.99 each for a large jar with around 95 hours burn time – they really are a bargain. You would pay over £20 for a same-sized Yankee Candle. Although these aren’t as strong smelling as Yankees but they are still smellable, Yankees are so potent. I love my Yankee’s but they can be expensive especially when you’re the type of person who has candles lit of a DAY and of a night when I’m home, continuously non-stop – #obsessedwithcandles.

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Mulled Wine – I’m not usually a mulled wine drinker but this candle smells lovely. It has a rich aroma and I might even be tempted to get some Mulled Wine in this Christmas.

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Apple Cinnamon. – Smells like baked apple pie with a hint of cinnamon. This has a girly sweet aroma and I love it. Delish!

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Gingerbread – Without a doubt my favourite candle out of the three that I bought. This candle smells like you have just walked into a bakery on Christmas Eve – absolutely gorgeous. It is so lovely and has a sweet aroma exactly like gingerbread biscuits. It has made me want to eat some gingerbread men. Yum!

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If your liking these gorgeous Christmas fragranced candles, head down to your local Home Bargains store before they sell out. I almost had a punch up over the last Gingerbread candle, so be quick and be prepared to rumble and pounce if you have to ha. I’ll be getting a couple more in for myself and to give as little gifts to all the ladies in my life as I think they will like them just as much as I do.

Hopefully, next time I pop into HB they will still have some left. I think they are fabulous and I would be very happy if I was gifted one of these candles this Christmas.

Hint hint.

 You can read my review for the Wickford & Co. ‘Halloween’ Candle HERE.



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Dry, Damaged & Frizzy Hair? | Inecto’s Coconut Shampoo & Conditoner Are Miracle Workers (Review)

I bought some Inecto Coconut Hair Shampoo & Conditioner a few days ago and I’ve just absolutely fell in love with it! I’ve never tried any of Inecto’s products before, I’ve never even heard of them until now but I had a little voice in my head screaming ‘BUY, BUYY, BUYYY’ while out shopping yesterday. I had to do as I was told didn’t I and I’m so grateful to that little voice now that I have tried them!


What I’ve Been Using

I’ve been using the Inecto Naturals Super Nourishing Coconut Shampoo & Super Moisturising Coconut Conditioner to rescue my damaged, dry and brittle hair.

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My Review:

The packaging of the shampoo and conditioner instantly grabbed my attention – I just love the crisp, clean, and simple white bottles because they look so fresh and modern. I was shocked to find that they were only £1.19 each as they were pretty good sized 500 ml bottles and look very expensive.

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I love how my hair looks and feels after using them! My hair hasn’t looked / felt as healthy as it does now for a long, long time. It is so silky to touch and looks so much healthier. Usually an hour or two later after styling my hair, it becomes tatty and coarse to touch. My hair smells absolutely amazing too and is so shiny and smooth with not a split end in sight – I can’t praise them enough. I’m definitely going to buy the Coconut Shampoo and Conditioner again and I’m really looking forward to trying the Inecto Argon Oil Shampoo/Conditioner too as well as other products made by Inecto.

As mentioned above the shampoo & conditioner cost me around £2.40 for both which I think is a bargain price – I would definitely purchase them both if they where more expensive to buy! I think they’re amazing and they’ve done an amazing job at moisturising my hair so I have put them into My Favourite Products.

Apparently, they are not tested on animals (cruelty free), suitable for vegans and contain no PARABENS.

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Recommended For

I’d recommend Inecto Coconut Shampoo & Conditioner to anyone and everyone! Especially those with damaged dry hair who will certainly benefit from the serious moisturising ability. I’d also recommend to anyone who likes to use quality hair products but for a reasonable price too!


Where To Buy

I got mine from Home Bargains for around £1.20 each. You can get some on eBay and Amazon too. Check out Inecto‘s website to find a local stockist near you.


 

Have any of you tried Inecto products before?

Thanks for reading chicks !

Love…

Katie ❤