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Candles And Giveaways

3 Sep

Hi folks,

Over the last week I have been filling my home with some lovely fragrances from the Classic Candle Company.

Whilst I was opening the box they arrived in, I could smell them. The scents are stunning… & that’s even before anything has been lit!

So… What did I receive?

  • 6 Mini Lights in fragrances: Berry Burst, Rose Petals, London, Relax, Classic Cotten & Colourful. Each will last 10-12hrs
  • Reed Diffuser in Orange & Anise. Lasts up to 12wks
  • Medium Jar in Belgian Waffle. Burns for 50-70hrs
  • Wax Melt Bar in Tiare Flower. Lasts for 48-60hrs

First of all… the one thing that stands out to me is the clean, crisp look of the products. With the wax being white & having a transparent casing, it just gives it an elegant feel & look. Any of these products would blend into any home decor. With other fragranced candle brands they may be coloured, which is lovely, but sometimes it deters you from certain fragrances if it means it won’t match your colour scheme.

With this lovely, clean white look… I can’t help but think of Wedding centre pieces.

Imagine a beautifully dressed room with these stunning candles all lit in the centre of the tables. It would look so elegant & it’d smell divine. Or, if not a wedding – a Christmas table. I think I’ll be getting one of the festive fragrances for the centre of my table on Christmas Day. Simple but stunning. This Belgian Waffle fragrance is beautiful. But then I do love sweet, foodie kind of fragrances. I lit this in my dining room & I could smell it all over the house. I have a 4 bedroom home too, so the fragrance had plenty space to spread out & try to fill. I can also say that there was no black smoke… with some cheaper candles I have found you can get a little black smoke. This was a nice clean burn. Also, with this candle almost being like a pillar candle, it doesn’t take long for the wax to pool & spread, giving an even burn – no tunnelling at all.

The mini lights are perfect for a little burst of fragrance. In no time at all after lighting, you’ve got an even pool of wax across the top scenting your room.

I’ve been lighting these ones on an evening once my little boy has gone to bed. I think my favourites have been Classic Cotten & Berry Burst. They’re all lovely… But I do love a fruity fragrance & you can’t beat that clean laundry scent.

These beautiful little candles would make amazing Wedding favours. Or Baby Shower favours; Baby Powder would be the perfect fragrance. With Christmas just around the corner too, these little mini lights would make a gorgeous little gift for your christmas dinner guests, or if you’re making your own crackers – they’d make a lovely little surprise.

I do love a wax melt, I’ve been melting the Tiare Flower wax melt bar in our kitchen.

It’s great that you can split the bar into 6 cubes & burn 1 at a time. This fragrance has been great for banishing foodie cooking smells.

If you’re not a big fan of candles, then maybe the Reed Diffusers would be perfect for you.

This fragrance is so stunning. Admittedly, this wouldn’t be a fragrance that I would choose, but it’s so fresh smelling. I opened this & popped on the windowsill in our office. When my husband came in from work a few hours later, he said he could smell it as soon as he walked into the porch. Our office is at the other end of the house. I think he got excited thinking I’d been baking some fancy cakes lol.

With the orange scent in this, it’s almost got a festive feel to it. It really is lovely & strong enough to fill the whole of my home. With so many fragrances to choose from, you could find the perfect fragrance to suit any room. One of the fresh classic fragrances would be stunning in the bathroom.

If you head over to their website, you can view their full range of fragrances & styles. They’ve actually just launched a new 2 wick candle too! Now here’s the exciting part… you can WIN a 2 Wick Large Candle worth £24.50 in the fragrance of your choice, delivered to your door for FREE!!! Enter HERE. Competition will close Mon 24th September 2018. UK Only.

If you can’t wait until then to get your hands on some beautiful candles then use code: ixxypoco at checkout to get 20% off!!! But be quick, as this discount will only be valid for 7 days!

Thanks so much for reading & don’t forget to enter this fab competition!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

 

 

Valentine’s Day Pretties

9 Feb

Hi folks

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner – I received some gorgeous products from Crabtree & Evelyn. You all know that I just love love love Crabtree & Evelyn products.

If you want to impress that special someone – you need to get yourself to your nearest store or get buying online… their gorgeous pretties are sure to impress!

So… what did I receive?

And what did I think…?

Pear & Pink Magnolia Body Soufflé

This is utterly divine!!! Scented body lotions can make me quite nervous as I have sensitive skin on my arms & legs. This is so delicate. It’s stunning. The texture is so super lightweight. If you’re after a beautiful hydrating body lotion that isn’t too heavy or ‘cloggy’… then this is for you! The scent is lovely & soft with a hint fruity freshness. Love love love this lotion. It comes packaged in a lovely box too, which gives it that luxury feel. It’s a fairly big tub, so it should last a good while. Definitely worth every single penny.

Citron & Coriander Body Wash 

Perfect for morning showers as the beautiful zestiness gives you that wide awake feeling. It’s so fresh & zingy… this makes me think of long summery days. This body wash leaves you fruity fresh & soft… it’s definitely not drying like some body washes can be. The whole of this range is stunning – so you could absolutely put a little ‘Zingy Hamper’ together for that special someone. There’s even some jars of Lemon Curd & Beautiful BiscuitsImagine the fabulous gift you could throw together!

Citron & Coriander Soap

Oh I just love a good old traditional bar of soap – I really do. This soap has left my bathroom smelling super fresh. You’d think I had a reed diffuser in there. This is a lovely gentle soap that won’t irritate those hardworking hands. It’ll leave your hands soft & feeling invigorated.

Use Instagram? If you do then why not enter the Crabtree & Evelyn #LoveGoalscompetition. Simply post an image or story of what you love most using hashtags #LoveGoals & #CrabTreeUK to be in with the chance of winning a FREE GIFT! Also, don’t forget that they offer International Delivery… I know a few of my American readers have been asking 🙂

And… don’t forget that Mother’s Day is just around the corner too, as is Easter! Chocolate is so last season… so why don’t you pop along to Crabtree & Evelyn to buy something that’s less calorific & will last longer!

Thanks so much as always for reading 🙂

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Charming Charms with Charmed Aroma

13 Dec

Hi folks,

The festive-ness is really building now here at Thorne Towers. I received the most gorgeous little package from Charmed Aroma.

Just in case you’re not familiar with Charmed Aroma… here’s a little background; Every Candle is hand poured with a high quality soy wax. Soy wax is known for giving candles a longer & cleaner burn. All of the jewellery is Sterling Silver & if you’re super lucky… you can find a stunning piece of jewellery up to the value of $5,000!!! I mean how exciting!? Shipping is also available in the UK, US, CAD, AUS, FR, GER, IT, SPAIN.

So… let’s get to the good stuff!

These candles are absolutely gorgeous! My candle is ‘Candy Cane‘. The fragrance is stunning. After only been lit for a few minutes, my lounge was filled with the most gorgeous Christmassy sweet scent. The candle itself is also really pretty, in a nice glass jar. It would make such a stunning gift. And the best part… you get a jewel inside! My candle is the ‘ring’ candle. The ring I found inside is really beautiful. As the candle burns & the wax begins to melt, a little parcel will appear. Once it’s totally free of wax – you can scoop it out with a teaspoon etc… then reveal your hidden treasure!

What a stunning treat!

I also received a Candy Cane Bath Bomb. I so enjoyed running myself a relaxing bath & then finding my treat inside.

The Sterling Silver necklace I found inside is so pretty… perfect for wearing with a festive outfit on a night out. The bath bomb smelled so nice & filled the bathroom with a gorgeous scent. The bath bomb was really mild too & left my skin feeling really soft. This would make a fab stocking filler! What an amazing treat to buy someone. You can view my reveal video on my Instagram page.

If you head on over to their website you will find a gorgeous selection of scents & the types of jewellery you can find hidden within. This is not just another scented candle… it’s a candle with a little extra charm hidden within. I love them. Literally the perfect present!

The beautiful candles & bath bombs would make stunning gifts for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Birthday’s etc…

If you head on over to their website & use coupon code: HAYLEY10 you’ll be given 10% off. But please note that this will only be valid for 1 month.

Thanks so much as always for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Festive Fragrances

5 Dec

Hi folks,

Hands up if you’re feeling festive!? We put our tree up at the weekend & I’m just feeling so Christmassy. I love this point of the holidays when you can sit back & relax & just breathe in the festivities.

If you’re looking for any last minute treats for yourself to have around your home to add to the sparkle of Christmas. Or, if you need any last minute stocking fillers & gifts… then look no further than the fabulous Crabtree & Evelyn.

The products I’ve been using to add that festive spritz in the air are:

Both candles come in a stunning metallic glass holder & they come presented in a beautiful decorative box. Imagine how festively fabulous they’d look with a little name tag & then presented on your dining table as place settings? They’d look so gorgeous & they’d be a lovely little gift for your guests. They’d also be perfect for a Secret Santa gift.

The candles can be purchased in the larger size too.

The room spray is fantastic for an instant burst of festive fragrance around the home. I’ve been using this lots. It’s in a lovely elegant glass bottle & again, in a lovely decorative box. You really don’t need to spray a lot to fill the room with a stunning scent. I’ve been using this several times a day & I’ve hardly used any really when you look at the bottle.

We’re going on holiday in just over a week & I’m planning on taking a candle & a room spray with us for our lodge… Eeeeck I can’t wait.

I find that in this day & age – people are so hard to buy for. Everyone tends to have everything already that they need. So gifts should be lovely little treats. This room fragrance would make anyone a stunning little treat.

Crabtree & Evelyn offer a free click & collect service. So you can literally run in store & collect your items. No need to battle the crowds! Or if you’d prefer home delivery, they’re offering free delivery on all orders over £50. So you may as well treat everyone & yourself!

Head to their online Christmas Gift Guide for some inspiration & for gifts starting at just £7!

Ooooooh it’s not long now folks until Christmas… I’m super excited… can you tell!?

Thank so much as usual for reading!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Gorgeous Goodies… Thanks Crabtree and Evelyn 

8 Sep

Hi folks,

You all know I’m a HUGE fan of Crabtree & Evelyn & I’m delighted to say I’ve been trying & reviewing more of their beautiful products! 

Now… where to start… let’s start with…

I decided to start with this product as this was my ultimate favourite in the pack I was sent. It is hands down my most favourite product from Crabtree & Evelyn now. I literally adore this hand scrub. I’ve menetioned a lot in previous blog posts that I suffer with mild dermatitis on my hands – especially along the index finger on my right hand. So, a hand scrub is something I’d really not buy. I’d presume that it would aggravate & inflame my sore skin, but… How wrong I was… 

This scrub is super soft & gentle. It almost seems to buff the sore, dry, rough skin. When you wash it off your hands they feel so soft. They even look fresher & brighter too. Almost like they’ve been given a brand new lease of life! I’ve been using this once a day. The fragrance is gorgeous. I cannot recommend this product enough! 

Lavender & Espresso Calming Soap

I’m really old school in the sense that I still love a good old bar of soap. I’ve always got a bar of soap in a soap dish at the side of the sink. This soap did not disappoint. I love Lavender as a scent anyway, but with the mix of Espresso in there too – it gives a lovely kick. This mix is naturally purifying without stripping away at the skin. This soap would actually be perfect in your kitchen for after you’ve been chopping stinky onions & garlic. It’ll get rid of those strong foodie smells in an instant. Whenthis bat of soap is out of its wrappper it literally fills the room with its aroma.

Rosewater & Pink Peppercorn Hydrating Hand Recovery

This product smells utterly fantastical! I knew as soon as I used it that it had patchouli in there somewhere & after reading the ingredients – I was right! Patchouli is one of my most favourite scents. It always makes me think of Autumn days… I don’t know why… but it does. For me – it’s a very uplifting scent & it’s also long lasting. So you tend to take the fragrance with you. 

This hand recovery is lovely. It’s been lovely to use on an evening. It seems to give your hands that much needed burst of hydration after a long day of running round after a toddler… constantly washing, scrubbing etc… you know what I’m talking about lol. This handcream has been kept in my bedside drawer… it’s now part of my bedtime skincare regime. I mean… we moisturise our face before bed… so why not our hands too!?  

With Christmas fast approaching – you must visit your nearest Crabtree & Evelyn shop or visit them online. Imagine receiving some lovely luxury items in your Secret Santa? I mean you can buy some of their luxury foodie items for as little as £5. They have something to cater to all budgets. With Crabtree & Evelyn you always know you’re going to get top quality products. So go on… treat yourself & your nearest & dearest. With only 3 more pay days until Christmas… you’d best get your skates on! 

Thanks so much for reading! 

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

More Crabtree & Evelyn Goodies 

13 Jun


Hi folks

Have I got a lovely little review for you. The kind & lovely folk at Crabtree & Evelyn have sent me some lovely goodies from their Gardeners Range. 

I’d never tried the Gardeners Collection before. The fragrance from this range is utterly stunning. The scents that stand out for me are Lavender & Sage. But in there you’ll find Lavender, Sage, Rosemary, Thyme & Oak Moss. Such an intoxicating aroma. 

In my little blogging pack I received: 

So… let’s start with… 

Exfoliating Soap 

I popped this soap in our main bathroom & every time I open the door I’m met with a gorgeous fresh scent. It just makes you think of being outdoors in a beautiful floral garden. Scent aside, the soap itself is gorgeous too. I get very dry skin along my knuckles & down my index fingers. Soap tends to dry my skin out & can even make it crack. This soap however is really gentle & moisturing. The exfoliating element of fine ground pumice is amazing for cleaning overworked hands. Perfect for after muddy play in the garden. The fragrance really lingers on your hands afterwards too.

Ultra Moisturing Hand Therapy 

This little stunner is enriched with shea butter. The thing I love about this hand cream is that it’s not greasy at all & it absorbs really easily leaving no residue. The smell is gorgeous. You can buy this hand cream in various sizes… so you can have one stood in the bathroom & one popped into your favourite handbag. I’m a huge fan of any Crabtree & Evelyn Hand cream if I’m honest. But this one is deffinitely up there with my fave scents.  

Intensive All Purpose Balm

I love a multi purpose balm. A little tin of all round goodness that you can pop straight into your handbag for those pesky little skin emergencies. This beautiful balm is enriched with shea butter & beeswax. So it’s super hydrating & moisturing. The eucalyptus in it gives it that protecting antiseptic feel. I actually used this a lot on my lips. The constant change in weather at the moment from hot to cold has left me with sore & chapped lips. This balm has worked a treat! My little boy often gets a a rough patch of skin near his elbow from commando crawling around the place…. a teeny little dab of this & it cleared right up. This would be excellent on hard working hands too. It may be a little pot, but a little dab goes a long way. Less is deffinitely  more where this little miracle balm is concerned. This product is an Online Exclusive. 

This range is stunning… just what we’d expect from Crabtree & Evelyn. If you’re struggling for gift ideas for Father’s Day – these products would be prefect! Treat Dad & Grandad to some goodies. At the moment there is 30% off certain products & I know for sure that some of the Gardeners range products are in that deal. Also… free delivery online for transactions over £15! Bargain! 

So what are you waiting for??? Go treat yourself & your nearest & dearest too! 

Thanks as always for reading 🙂

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Melting Creations

14 May

Hi folks,

A few weeks ago I was sent some lovely eco friendly handmade soy wax melts to try. I do love a yummy fragrance engulfing my home.

These melts are handmade by a single, stay at home Mammy. The packaging isn’t fancy – to keep costs low. But, the product itself is so lovely that it doesn’t need to be wrapped up in a fancy box.

The scents I received:

Black Cherry

Dove

Parmaviolet

Cinnamon Apple

Candy Hearts

Angel Cake

Mango

The first scent I decided to try was Black Cherry. I popped two of the little melts in to my warmer. I decided to use two, simply as I like a stronger scent. The aroma was lovely. It almost had a ‘fizzy’ candy kind of smell. I’ve used these melts in my sitting room, but also in my kitchen to get rid of cooking smells. Honestly, these melts literally fill my whole house. Even with the door closed downstairs… I could smell it up in the bedrooms. None of the scents were too heavy either.


All of the other scents were just as lovely. If you’re looking for that fresh clean scent… then Dove is the one for you. Candy Hearts is just like a fizzy refresher sweet. Parmaviolet literally does just make you think of childhood sweets. Angel cake has that lovely home-baked fragrance. Mango is lovely & fruity for the Summer. Then last but not least – cinnamon apple made me think of cozy nights in & Christmas.

Now, we all know & have tried the big brand names when it comes to wax melts & candles. Yes… they are beautiful… but they can be rather pricey too. These little melts & bars are so easy on the purse strings. You could also buy a few packs & split into little parcels for Wedding Favours or Baby Shower Gifts. Or, with the end of term fast approaching – these little melts would make a lovely gift for your favourite teacher. A lot more diet friendly than a box of chocolates!

The wax bars are fantastic value for money as you can break them into 8 pieces. So essentially thats 8 melts for the price of 1 really. As they’re so affordable, you could also become really creative. You could buy a few bars & break them up & make some fragrance cocktails. Add a piece of this & a piece of that to create your own home fragrance! I mean… why not.

I love that this is a little family business & that Stacey get’s her kids involved too, with helping Mammy to add the stickers to the packets etc… Being a Mammy myself, I know just how much kids love to get involved. I mean, Seth is involved in so much of my work… & he loves it!

So, all in all… amazing little melts that are so affordable.  Also, with them being soy wax… they’re a lot more ‘safe’… Cleaner burning – no toxins, carcinogens or pollutants which means it’s less likely to trigger allergies. No petrol-carbon soot like you can get from petroleum-based paraffin candles. It’s also longer lasting  as soy wax burns cooler. Therefore you can enjoy soy wax melts for generally 30-50% longer than a paraffin based melt.

You can find Melting Creations on Facebook here & you can find them on Etsy here.

Coming soon… I shall be posting my London adventures very soon. The Mothercare A/W 2017 Press Show was utterly fantastic! I have some gorgeous pics of the new collections along with a summary of Clemmie Hoopers Q&A.

Thanks so much for reading folks!

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Christmas Cosmetics 

19 Dec

Hi folks,

Eeeeeeeck how excited are you about the festivities!? This time of year brings Christmas parties galore! 

For any party you want to feel at your utter best! Well… Over the last few weeks I’ve been sampling some Yves Rocher goodies. I was sent some Evidence L’au de Parfum along with their Instant Youthful Effect Foundation. Love love love them! 

The perfume comes in a lovely elegant slender bottle. I like to wear sweet floral fragrances… this scent does not disappoint. It’s light – not heavy. It’s simply lovely. With the bottle being so sleek too – it pops fantastically into your handbag! For current prices simply click the bold text to be taken to their website. 

They also have some beautiful bath & shower products & skincare products that would compliment this fragrance beautifully. 

The foundation is gorgeous! Very lightweight! It also dries to a light powdery finish I found, which is great for me as I like a matte finish. But if you prefer a dewy finish then a dab of highlighter would work a treat. 

I have a very rosy complexion & this foundation covered it beautifully without clogging or being too heavy. No one wants to look caked or orange! Being a new Mammy I may sometimes look a little ‘fatigued’ lol. I always say good make up is essential when Mammy-ing, this foundation hid the tiredness well. Again – for current prices – simply click the bold text. 

I’m 34 years old & I do have the odd fine line or wrinkle as much as I don’t like admitting it. This foundation didn’t cling to every crease or line which is good. Some foundations tend to act as an ageing highlighter I think. This just gracefully skated over the bits you want hidden… perfect!

Everyone loves a little beauty treat… so whether you’re looking for yourself or as a gift… these products are excellent value! 

Thanks for reading! 

Love & huggle,

Hayley xxx

Victorian Hydro

5 Jul

Hi folks ✨
I’ve been trying & testing some new scents. Victorian Hydro make & handpour their very own candles & melts. I was sent a lovely a package of wax melts in a variety of scents. 

Sometimes I feel like I buy the same kind of fragrances… Very sweet & generally food related. Cookie or ice cream etc… Well the scents I was sent were like a breath of fresh air. Lovely fragrant scents, but not too overpowering or overly sweet. I’m a big fan of their Opium scent, Jasmine & Patchouli & Raspberry & Peppercorn. I’m a huge fan of Molton Brown Black Peppercorn showergel… The Raspberry & Peppercorn is very reminiscent of it. Fresh & clean with a hint of spice. 

The scents I received: 

  • Opium
  • Raspberry & Peppercorn
  • Violet Seduction
  • Alpine Forest
  • Nut Cracker 
  • Orange Zest
  • English Rose
  • Fireside
  • Musk & Sandalwood
  • Amber Noir
  • Jasmine & Patchouli 

The Alpine Forest & Orange Zest are very Christmassy. As you all know – I LOVE Christmas. Alpine Forest was just like Christmas Trees & Wreaths. I love that smell. Orange Zest made me think of the Orange you find at the bottom of the toe of your Christmas stocking. 

All of the scents melted really well – no black smoke or fumes. You know my pet hate for black smoke coming from candles & melts. Some of the better known brands seem to be chemically & smokey… These were not. They melted so well. When melting I used a regular Tealight that lasted around 3hrs. Each scent I managed to use 4 times before the smell started to fade! I thought that was really good. Especially as a wax melt is priced at 60p!!! Amazing value for money! 

With Wedding Season upon us, these melts would be amazing as favours for your guests.

I really enjoyed trying this brand. The scent combinations were lovely & different to the norm. Even more sensitive noses enjoyed them… My Chihuahua Coco sometimes sneezes when I’m burning a scented candle. There’s just certain brands & scents I can’t burn now, but Coco didn’t sneeze once while using Victorian Hydro.

You can find them on Facebook or via their Website.

Thanks for reading & happy candle shopping! ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx

Candleisima

26 May


I received a beautiful little package from Candleisima a few weeks back. You need to check out their website for their full list of fragrances. There are some beautiful combinations. Damson Noir is just stunning. The fragrance comprises of Rose, Patchouli & Plum. I’ve always loved the smell of patchouli… I find it so relaxing. Pomegranate Marmelade is a lovely sweet citrus fragrance. 

I decided to pop my candles in the bathroom. I love a bubble bath & thought these candles would add a touch of luxury to the bathroom whilst unwinding after a hectic day of work & nurturing a new bambino 💙 Oh how right I was! I’ve lit these candles individually & together. Burning at the same time they created a gorgeous aroma.

Candlelisima candles are natural soy wax with cotton and linen wicks to contribute toward a toxin free lifestyle. This is good to know when you have a baby & a furbaby in the house. I’m also pleased to say that these candles didn’t emit any nasty black smoke either. 

Some of my visitors have actually said how beautiful the candles smell in the bathroom & that’s when they’re not even lit!!! There are so many candles on the market that have a wishy washy fragrance when lit. Not these though… These candles smell strongly & they also last even after the candle has been blown out. 

Pomegranate Marmelade in the metal tin would be fab for taking away on holiday. I tend to vacation a lot in Center Parcs & this candle would be lovely in the villa. I’ll definitely be buying some for our next vacation. Also, it’s Wedding season coming up… How nice would the tinned candles be as Wedding favours for your guests? 💕

You can find Candleisima on Facebook. Give them a like to stay up to date with new fragrances, products & giveaways. 

Thanks for reading ✨

Love & Huggles,

Hayley xxx