Beauty, Home Accessories, Home Bargains, Home Sweet Home

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.


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.


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.


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!


Beauty, Candles, Halloween, Home Bargains, Home Sweet Home, reviews

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.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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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Easy DIY: Large Polaroid Poster Frame

Hey Girlies!

Hope you’re all doing good! I have a little project for you today… I’ll be showing you how I made my own Polaroid Photo Frame which I absolutely LOVE so I hope you guys like it too! I have tons of Polaroids lying around and I wanted to display them on my living room wall. I don’t like the look of them hanging from twine or fairy lights like you see on tumblr and pinterest and instead wanted a more cleaner, contemporary look so I opted for a large frame instead. It is super easy to make and it doesn’t cost the world and as well as being easy and cheap(ish) it looks absolutely fabulous plus it’s a wonderful way to display your favourite pics. Every-time somebody comes into my home, they always comment on how cool it looks and how much they love it, so I thought I’d share it on here to let everybody know how easy and simple it was to make. It will cost you a little bit of money but not as much as if you were to buy it ready-made from a photography shop. It only cost me the price of the large frame which was £19.99 and the price of the Polaroids which I got from Lalalab. 

How To Make:

1. So first of all you will need a frame. I chose a large sturdy 61 x 91.5 maxi poster frame from Amazon UK which was £19.99, you could get the same size as I did or maybe get a smaller or bigger one. It has a 30mm frame, wall hangers included for both portrait and landscape display and is made of shatterproof Styrene instead of glass. I also chose the white frame but it is available in black too. I got my frame here if you’d like to take a look.

2. Next, you’ll need your Polaroids. If you haven’t already got some Polaroids lying around, you can head over to Lalalab and get some prints there. Simply click on ‘products’ on the menu and then ‘prints’ and chose the 10×12 vintage option, each print costs 0.39 euro’s which is about 35p or select ‘boxes’ (which is what I chose). In my LALABOX I got 32 photos in Vintage format (10x12cm). The box was 15.9 euro’s which is around £14. I did six rows of 5 Polaroids so 30 photo’s altogether. You can also add captions to your photographs and choose between eight colours too. The website is easy to use and you can upload pics from your computer or Facebook which is handy. If you enter my discount code: PGV2E9ZZ  upon checkout you will get yourself £5 worth of credit on your account. you’re very welcome! 🙂

(Read my Lalabox review HERE)


3. Wait for the frame and your chosen prints to arrive. I got my frame the next day because I am an Amazon Prime Member but I waited a couple of days for my Polaroid prints from Lalalab to arrive.

4. Ok, so when they have both arrived, take the back of the frame off and there will be a blue advert poster already inside, turn it round onto the plain white side and using sticky tape or blu-tak, stick your pictures down onto the white side of the poster, spacing them all out evenly.

5. Check they are secure and once your happy with how they look, put the back of the frame back on and clip it down and voila!

All done.



21463192_10213752297345998_4901525974719263153_n(Sorry about the crap images, my mobile phone is sh!te.)


Katie xo

Beauty, Beauty Reviews, Candles, Christmas, Home Bargains, Home Sweet Home, Lifestyle, reviews

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.


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.


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.


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


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!


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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