Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Yankee Candle Witches' Brew

I love Christmas Yankee Candles but this is the first time I have tried a Halloween one from them. Witches' Brew is one of three Halloween Candles released this year- there is also Candy Corn and Ghostly Treats.

Although Halloween themed, the scent isn't at all scary. This candle is warm and relaxing with a spicy sweet scent of exotic patchouli. I have the medium size candle which I actually find to be a little large for a holiday candle. However the size smaller than 'medium' is a sampler which doesn't come in a glass jar. I usually buy the small size Yankee Candles jars and find them to be the best, especially if it's a scent which I haven't previously tried and I'm not too sure if I will love it in the long run. That said, I love this scent and have been burning it non-stop since Friday but I doubt I will finish it any time soon.

The glass on these jars is also completely opaque which I find to be quite strange and I am interested to see how much light I will get from them once I burn it down a bit. I love a festive/holiday themed candle and this one has got me really excited for the Christmas ones!

What is your favourite Yankee Candle

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Lush Halloween

If you haven't noticed yet it's a bit of a Halloween week on ALO this week and since it is October there are few things that I love more than hot baths.

This year Lush has a great range of Halloween products from soaps and bath bombs to fabulous gift sets for those of you that want more than just one halloween themed bath. My personal favourite has to be the Sparkly Pumpkin Bubble Bar- it's just halloween perfection! It has quite a citrusy smell but remains still quite warming, it turns the bath water orange and adds a sparkle to the night. However I have heard that you do use this bubble bar in the evening you should be sure to be out of the bath by midnight before it turns back into a pumpkin. 

Since I am all about the bubble, I also have a soft spot for the Wizard Bubble Bar which magically fills your bath with bubbles and essential oils. If you prefer Bath Bombs the Lord of Misrule is a great one to watch and to relax with. It has a spicy scent, a green exterior and a pink centre making it one of the more interesting seasonal offerings- I also love that it has popping candy inside. 

If baths aren't your thing (or if they are), try the Fairy Ring Soap which is made with fresh mushrooms! The mushrooms are believed to increase blood circulation, be antibacterial, whilst the Jasmine and Ylang Ylang Oil give it quite a sweet/floral scent.

And if Halloween simply isn't for you, celebrate Guy Fawkes night instead with the Sparkler Bath Bomb. This smells heavenly and like roses, which surprised me as it is yellow. It spins around in the bath, fizzes and crackles whilst you watch your very own sparkling display. 

The last of the Halloween product is Northern Lights which sadly smashed in the box (which is why all the other products are purple) but the online reviews are great despite it being quite a fragile one. 

Have you tried any seasonal Lush Products recently? 

Monday, 20 October 2014

Halloween Nails: Manicure Monday

With Halloween only 11 days away I thought I would share the first of my two Halloween nail posts. Although I don't like nail art anywhere near as much as I once did, I still think it's a must for both Halloween and Christmas. 

A few years ago I shared my blood nails on Instagram and they're still my favourite as there is simply no other time of the year where I would wear it. However if you are looking for something a little more fun I shared five different nail art ideas last year (here) and that I still love. Of course you don't have to do it exactly the same- you can go for one of my designs on all five nails, pick just a few or mix and match some of your own with my ideas too. 
If nail art is just a little too much, I am currently in love with these House of Holland (By Elegant Touch) Press-on nails which are just perfect! They're really easy to apply, look incredible and from my experience last quite a while too. I'm hoping to wear them at some point this week and will share a photo of them next week along with some other halloween inspired nail colours. 

What will you be wearing on your nails this Halloween? 

Sunday, 19 October 2014

The first weekly vlog....

I'm having a go at this daily vlogging thing. 

I love watching daily vlogs even more than beauty videos (probably because I'm nosey) so I thought I would also start sharing a bit of my week with you. I'm not sure if I'll do this every week but we'll see how it goes and if you like it I might even consider Vlogmas.

Hope you all had a fabulous week and don't forget to subscribe here

Finding Inspiration: Blogging Tips

I've been blogging for quite a while now but still I have weeks where I am less inspired than others. Some weeks I can't type quick enough to actually get all my thoughts down and other weeks (like this week) I sit searching for ideas. I have a few tips which I thought I would share with you to help prevent this lack of inspiration and where to go if it does happen. 

Read Blogs
In my opinion reading other blog's is one of the most important things you can do as a blogger. You can learn so much from others and that's where I personally get most of my inspiration. I'd really recommend reading a variety of blogs from all over the world and in a range of topics; for example I read beauty, fashion, interior design and DIY blogs.

I pin all the blog posts that I love onto a secret board which I can then come back to when I need a little inspiration. This doesn't mean I go back and copy someone else's post but instead change it to make it my own. I think even simply going back and looking at other bloggers images can help inspire a totally different blog post. 

It's also worth using Pinterest to pin beauty looks which you love and may want to later recreate (Check mine out here) or simply look back on later. 

It's very rare that I actual buy a magazine nowadays but every now and then I do pick one up/get given one my friend has finished with. Read all the beauty pages and keep all the articles you particularly like. I would also recommend downloading Stylist Magazine which is free from the iTunes store and often has great beauty pages. 

Keep a notebook
I like to keep this old school and I have an actual notebook but you could simply use the notes section on your phone. Try to find inspiration in everyday life, wether its from a conversation you overheard on the train or something you saw on TV and write it all down. Even if you don't use it straight away you'll have it there to come back to when you're looking for inspiration. 

Previously Popular Posts
Have a look at what's been popular in the past and do something similar, you obviously don't want it to be too similar as your readers have already seen that. For example, if 'Face of the Day' posts are popular then it's likely people would also love to see an evening version. 

Try something different
The nice thing about being a blogger is that most readers are on your blog because they also like you and most wouldn't mind the odd blog post about something a little different. Share an outfit post even though you're a beauty blogger, start making YouTube video (I'm trying to here) or share a cooking post. It's great to test the waters out every now and then to see if theres something else your readers might like and you will hopefully attract new readers by adding a little something extra to your blog. 

And if that's been no help check out my blog posts here for lots of ideas

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