The best places to buy candles that won’t leave you totally skint. 

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We all love a good candle, I don’t know if it’s the flickering light, the scrumptious smells or the cute homey feel they give the place but the minute I go into shop I’m off like a greyhound to the candle section. I’ve found a few places where they sell very nice, reasonably priced scented candles so I thought I’d share them with you!
Primark – I love this place in general. This is the money savers holy grail for pretty much anything, decent quality at low cost is something that’s hard to come by but usually Primark does it. Some items can be a little bit hit and miss but as a whole, they’re a very good place if you haven’t got much cash to work with. Their candles included. They have a decent range of candles, some a scented and some aren’t (I’m a sucker for scented, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a candle that wasn’t scented) and they’re such good prices. You can get a 3 wick scented candle in very pretty tins for £5. Their whole range is beautiful, I would recommend checking it out if you’re in the market for some!

Supermarkets – any supermarket that has a homeware section. Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose I’ve seen candles in every single one of these shops, these are usually quite plain but very good prices, occasionally they’ll have something a little bit more arty farty. (I’m looking at you ASDA with you initial candles!) if you’re looking for something plain and cheap these might be the guys for you! Plus Tesco do a range with Yankee candle which of course smell divine.

The range, TOFS, next etc. – these types of shops that are a mix of everything are great for candles. Where I’m from we have a TOFS (The Original Factory Shop) and Store 21 which both sell some awesome candles at ridiculously good prices. I have to talk myself out of buying a candle every time I walk in there. Some of these can be a little bit pricier but I find they’re larger/more intricate scents!

Matalan – I’ve saved my personal fave till last, this is one place where I will always walk out with a candle. Not only that but I’ll stand there for a good half an hour smelling every single one. They have a range out at the moment which I currently have 2 from that come in large glass tubs, one is black orchid and amber scented and it cost me £5 this candle is pretty darn big so for its size it’s a great price. So imagine my joy that the next time I go in there they have a certain scent half price. I got a pomegranate and peony scented candle for £2.50. That same trip I also got a large pineapple and coconut scented candle which was also £5. This is probably my favourite, the smell is sweet but fresh at the same time and it’s covered in tropical leaves. Perfect summer scent!

I plan to do another post candles at Christmas time because as you can imagine, this is my favourite time to go shopping for candles!

What are your favourite candle scents?

W7 and Make Up Revolution – Eyeshadow Palette Review.

We all love a good bargain don’t we? Especially when it comes to make up but how many times have we picked something up thinking ‘yes! I can’t believe how cheap this was?’ got it home and realised there’s a reason why it was so cheap. The reason, was because it was utter crap. Well, thankfully, it seems that as I’ve gotten older, this has happened less and less and honestly, I think that make up brands have seized an opportunity for affordable make up ranges for teens who maybe don’t have their own income, people who aren’t privileged enough to be able to splurge on make up or even just those who begrudge spending a lot of money on make up and love a good bargain!

I have two palettes from two of these brands and both of them have convinced me I don’t need to splash extra cash on eyeshadow palettes to get some amazing products. (I may not need to, but sometimes I really really want to!)

The first of the two I purchased was the W7 In The Buff Palette, you can get this from a bunch of different beauty websites and a few high street stores. I got mine from The Original Factory Shop and I think I paid £5 for it. (It was a while ago…) I remember there being a lot of hype around this product as it appeared to be a dupe of the Urban Decay Naked palette, I’m not sure which one, I’ve read articles where it says Naked and ones where it says Naked 2. Whichever one it was, I’ve never owned any of the Naked palettes (insert ugly crying face here) so I haven’t been able to compare them. What i can tell you about this palette however is that it is B E A U tiful. The texture of the shadows are great, they blend well and not a lot of fall out. There is some but it’s easily wiped away without smudging all across your cheeks. As you can tell from the name, the colours are mostly nudes with some metallic thrown in for good measure. As a teenager I wore mostly black eyeshadow and my little emo heart couldn’t cope at the thought of wearing what I saw as beige eyeshadow, so I was a little resistant to try it but when I did I fell in love with it. I tend to wear nude colours for day time make up so this is perfect for my everyday looks. I don’t use this as much as the other palette I’m going to talk about purely because I don’t often wear make up in the day but I do love it. You can get this palette in a lot of different places online, I’ve seen the price range from £3.95 to £5.95. I would definitely recommend this for lovers of nude shades that don’t want to pay the high end price tags. W7 also do a huge range of palettes in different colour combo’s which i will definitely be investing in.

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The second palette is my all time favourite. Make Up Revolution – I Heart Make Up Palette. I wear this without fail every time I go out or want a more dramatic make up look. They again are super wearable, the staying power is GREAT with very little fall out. I think throughout all of the colours in it there is only 2 which I haven’t touched. This palette is what made me feel more adventurous about eyeshadow and want to step away from the emo panda eyes look I’d been rocking since age 14.
You can also get this one online, it’s old so it’s no longer available in Superdrug anymore but if you search it online, it’s still available on other sites. As I’ve had this for a long time I wasn’t able to photograph the inside for you but I have included an image from a site where it is still available to buy (Link to this is included). The cost of the palette is around £6.99.
The red/burgundy eyeshadow with a hint of gold glitter is my absolute favourite, if i want a really dramatic look I will team that with a winged liner, false lashes and a nude lip.

Honestly, I think both of these palettes are worth it especially for the cost and if you’re like me and trying to make those pennies stretch to payday I’d definitely check out the brands for their other products.

Let me know if you have any other affordable Make up, Beauty, Clothing or Homeware brands you’d like me to look at!


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St Moriz – Tanning Mousse REVIEW!


Today I embarked on something that was completely out of my usual territory. Something that in my rebellious teenage phase I swore blind that I would never do. Today I applied my own fake tan. Apart from one horrific incident where i mixed up my mothers gradual tanning moisturiser for my own normal one, I had never fake tanned and I  was quite content in living the pale life and looking like a twilight cast reject. Almost a year ago I went to Essex for a friends birthday, it was a TOWIE themed night out and I was living my worst nightmare. But she loves it so we went and got a spray tan. To my shock, it didn’t look half as bad as I’d thought it would and I sort of looked healthy. Very strange and new to me. However getting a spray tan, although horrifying to my dignity wasn’t too bad, if it looked rank I could blame it on the poor girl that did it and insist I was forced into it by peer pressure. Then I liked it, oh no. Ever since I’ve wanted to try home applied fake tan but I’ve never had the balls.

So this Saturday I’m going to a friends birthday party and I thought okay, that’s it I’m going to buy some fake tan! And buy it I did. However I’m currently borderline poor so I did not have a lot of cash to splash, I went to Wilkinson’s and picked up St Morris which from what I could see looked like a complete rip off of a well known higher end brand of tan and as I put it in my basket it knew it was going to be pants. But I grabbed the tanning mitt that was adorned flamingos and pineapples and off I went.

Now I watched my sister fake tan all through my childhood. I t

hought that she looked completely and utterly ridiculous. A delightful shade of orange that trump would be proud of and the oompa loompa song following her around the house because me and the rest of my sisters were horrible children. I hated it, it smelled funny, she always looked green when she had just applied it, she left orange marks wherever she went and she couldn’t join in with anything remotely fun in case she laughed to hard or sweat too much and caused streaks. So I had low expectations.

I exfoliated like my life depended on it, moisturised my knees, elbows and all the dry bits and I picked up my mitt and the bottle of fake tan. I chose the instant tan mousse in the medium shade. I would have chosen light but they didn’t have any available. It was a scary colour but I pulled up my big girl pants and went ahead and rubbed it in. I was so terrified of looking like a piece of streaky bacon that I rubbed it in within an inch of its life. My veins may well be tanned by now. But once I was sure I’d covered everything I needed to cover with an even layer of this stuff I finally relaxed. It had gone on well, the mitt was good and the colour of the mousse made it easy to see if there was anywhere that you had missed, a little bit of product went a long way, no weird green tinge and the cherry on top for me I didn’t smell like chemical waste, it was almost completely odourless.

I left it for around 5 hours (it says to leave it about 4-6) and had a shower, washing it off. I was slightly worried that I’d scrubbed it all off and would be back to BFF’s with Casper. But alas, the golden, lightly tanned colour stayed. I was so impressed.
It cost me £3 for the bottle, I tanned my legs, arms, chest, neck and face and I probably used less than ten pumps. I would like to branch out and try some more expensive brands and see how they compare but as I’m attempting to keep costs down and showcase the best of the affordable I would quite happy use this tan for the rest of my days. It may have even turned me into a regular tanner (something that if you’d have told 14 year old Andie she would have cringed so hard her eyes would have fallen out.)

St Moriz is definitely on my list of amazing products at fantastic prices. I found mine at Wilkinson’s but I know a lot of places sell this brand.

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