Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – make your own wax melts

Good morning friends,

For years I have thrown away glass jarred candles with tons of wax still intact.

The other day, I saw a video online of someone heating the jar, melting the wax, and creating their own layered candle. To be honest, that sounded like a great idea, although, I don’t want to buy wicks as I don’t think I’ll use them as often, and will just go round in circles with there always being left over wax.

Instead, I thought I’d make my own style ‘wax melts’

All you need is –

Near to empty candles

1 fork

1 saucepan (filled with boiling water)

Small containers/ice trays – (can be purchased in multipacks from Poundland/B&M)

I have a few candles of warm winter and floral scents that I’m planning to melt down.

Simply fill a small saucepan half way with boiling water and place the candle on a medium heat for 10 minutes

Every few minutes, I carefully broke up the wax with a fork and stirred.

Once melted, I poured the wax into the ice cube trays and small tubs.

For the winter scents, I filled the small tubs half way, and layered them with both scents.

To add a little something extra, I sprinkled glitter into the wax as it was cooling.

After about 30 minutes, the melts easily popped out of the tubs.

These are quick and easy to make, and can be kept for yourself or given as a gift at Christmas.

I know that to buy professionally made wax melts aren’t too expensive, but why not give this a go if you have the resourses at home?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – The Body Shop Sumptuous cleansing butter review

Good evening friends,

I have been trying to cut down on disposable items such a make up wipes.

Although I do use a make up remover with my bamboo reusable pads, depending on the make up, sometimes cotton pads and make up wipes are needed.

Last month I bought a new make up remover after it being recommended by a friend.

The Body Shop Camomile range offers products that are gentle to sensitive skin.

This Vegan and cruelty free balm comes in a 90ml tin for £11. That may seem expensive, but the tub is such a good shape and size, you can swipe every last bit without there being any waste.

I thought best to demonstrate on a full face of make up.

‘Apply to a dry face, and massage into the skin, then remove with a warm wet flannel’

I used too much balm, as a little goes a long way. The balm easily removed my mascara, I gently rubbed a little balm on my lashes, and wiped away.

The balm has a light fresh scent and left my skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed. I was skeptical and didn’t think a balm would remove make up, especially mascara, but it worked wonders.

This is a perfect gift for someone who is a make up lover, it may not seem like the most obvious or exciting gift, but this is a new staple for my skin routine, and wish I’d been introduced to this earlier.

What do you think of the balm, and have you used one before?

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020

Blogmas – Next Advent calender, tried and tested make up review

Good evening friends,

Today I tried out a few of the contents from my Next Beauty Advent calender.

The items I used

  • 1x pink lipsick
  • 1x pink lipgloss
  • 1x black full size Nx eyeshadow quad
  • 1x full size Nx bronzer
  • 1x eyeshadow brush
  • 1x lip balm
  • 1x full size Nx eyeshadow quad
  • 1x full size Nx bronzer
  • 1x eyeshadow brush
  • 1x lip balm
  • 1x lip scrub
  • 1x 30ml face moisturiser

From the eyeshadow quad, 2 shimmery gold shades, as always, caught my eye first. I thought I’d go for a different look and play around with a pink and purple eyeshadows.

I never sway towards a pink/purple make up look; 1 I love a black/brown/gold smokey eye (all day everyday), and 2, I always think if a purple eye isn’t done properly, you risk the chance of looking as though you’ve gotten a bruised eye.

I used the face moisturizer as a primer, it’s worked well. It is thinner and more of a lotion than a moisturizer, but either way I was happy with it, and my make up glided on well after.

The lip scrub was a good consistency, to most people’s taste I expect, although I do prefer mine to be a little grittier to really work the lips.

The lip balm was pretty standard, but a nice application, and non greasy.

The shimmery lipstick was soft and sheer, whilst the gloss was thick and bright giving it that pow, without being sticky or over the top.

The mascara was pretty standard but decent. I gave my lashes two coats as I normally would and was happy with the outcome.

The Highlight is striking in the pan, but doesn’t show overly well on the skin. I think this is more so down to my lack of skills with highlighter, I’m not 100% the exact place to put it and how heavy handed. It would however look incredible as a eyeshadow.

Over all I was extremely happy with the products, especially where you have almost a full face of make up

Kaya •

Blogmas 2020, Uncategorized

Blogmas – W7 Advent Calender

Good morning friends,

Today we’ll be looking at the W7 Advent Calender.

I didn’t realise W7 sold advent calenders, but after purchasing, I discovered they have for the last 4/5 years.

There have been mixed reviews, but here’s my thoughts on it.

The 24 day advent calender was available by dozens of sites, prices ranging between £12-£25, depending on where you purchase it.

I bought mine from Amazon for £12, with an additional £3 P&P, (which works out at around 62p a day) bargain!

The make up is pretty basic in looks and quality, but overall decent.

The Beauty Blast contains:

1 x Mini Big Lash Mascara (Black)
3 x Mega Matte Lip Liner (Red, Pink and Nude
3 x King Kohl Eyeliner (Black, Brown and Blue)
4 x Mini Glam Gloss (Glam Bam!, Super Star, So Hollywood and Too Hot!)
5 x Mini Mega Matte (Smudge, Happy, Hasta La Vista, First Class and Star)
1 x Mini Glowcomotion Highlighter
1 x Mini Honolulu Bronzer
1 x Mini Cheeky Flusher
1 x Mini Banana Dreams
1 x Mini Beam Me Up Illuminator (Volcano)
3 x Loose Glitter Pigment Pots (Super Silver, Gilded Gold and Pretty Pink)

Here’s a closer look at a few of the products.

Firstly,how freaking adorable are these miniature lipglosses?

Perfect size for a small clutch bag, purse, to keep in your drawer in the office,or in the car, when you need a quick bit of glam.

The top 4 glossed are shimmery, whilst the bottom 5 leave a strong but soft shade that lasts for hours.

Perfect trio of Lip liners, for any preference.

Black and brown liners will always be present in my make up stash, but this beautiful navy may give me the confidence to branch out a little and create a blue smokey eye.

You don’t often get a mascara in a advent calender, which in all honestly was one of the selling points.

The wand is thick, and gave me long defined lashes with just one coat.

Is the glitter multi purpose? For make up or nails? Honestly, who cares? It’s Christmas, and we all need a bit of glitter in our lives, now than ever!

Honalulu bronzer – I’ve seen this as a dupe for the Benefit Hoola Lite Bronzer. I didn’t believe it until I tried it, but it’s pretty spot on, and a fraction of the price!

Cheeky flusher – I think that might be a bit much for highlight or bronzer but what a stunning eye shadow.

Glowcomotion is a gorgeous all around soft gold for your cheeks or eyes.

This advent calender will kit you out for a full face of make up and multiple looks (keep an eye out for this at a later date)

I was also pleasently surprised that there were no fillers – not nail file, hair band, or outdated eyeshadow applicator in sight.

What did you think of the calender and would you buy it

Kaya •