I’ve never spoken about Zoella’s range on here as I always felt it was aimed at a slightly younger audience but last week I had the chance to visit the #zoellaapartment which was filled with new launches and the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I was really surprised by the fact that it’s a bit more grown up and I would buy almost everything from the range, so I had to share some of the photos I took and share my thoughts.
I’m actually quite the Zoella fan and although I don’t watch all of her main channel videos, I think few YouTubers daily vlog as well as her and I do think her channel is growing up a little (as her, and her audience get older.) which was really reflected in the new products.
The apartment had lots on display including newness being added to the original Zoella Beauty range, which I really haven’t tried much from. Although I think the range is really pretty I find it to be still a little aimed at teens for me. That said the new Christmas Gingerbread Fizz Trio smell amazing, the scent isn’t too overpowering or even overly artificial and I think I’ll be buying these when they come out! If you’re a fan of the beauty range then you’ll be happy to see that she has added a new gingerbread hand cream, a mini fragrance set and some other great gifting products for Christmas as well as a hand sanitiser, bath soak and body cream to her permanent line. Another notable product launch for Christmas is the Pamper Hamper, at £50 it’s the priciest gift from the range but would blow any Zoella fan away (exclusive to Superdrug).
Then onto the new Home Fragrance, candles and defuser range…
She kept her Zoella scribble on the packaging for these but the rest of the packaging is so beautiful that I think it still looks grown up and I’d love to have these in my house. There are five scents; My Eden, Seaside Stroll, Lazy Days, Daisy Picking, Gingerbread Village and Homemade Treats. I’ve heard (may not be true) that Daisy Picking is Zoe’s Favourite but personally I love Lazy Days as it’s a really beautiful fresh scent. I was really surprised by the scents in the range and Gingerbread Village is the only one I really expected, the scents are very grown up and sophisticated, I’m actually not too sure if younger teens would love this range but I guess they’re not the ones usually buying candles and diffusers. Candles are £10 and diffusers £12, would recommend these wether you are a Zoella fan or not as a great affordable candle option.
The most exciting thing in my option though is the new Zoella Lifestyle range; it’s any bloggers dream with lots of marble and copper, I actually think it’s quite Kate Spade inspired but on a smaller budget. That said somethings are still quite obviously branded which will probably put some people off if they’re not huge fans (or simply not a huge fan of branding).
The lifestyle range retail from £5-14 and includes everything from pencils and storage pots to cushions and socks. Other than the keyring I love everything in the range especially the pencils, notebooks, storage pots and travel mug.
Very impressed by the new Zoella products and keep and eye out as I’m sure I’ll be featuring a few bits on my Instagram.
There are hundreds of candles on the market but they make a truly luxurious gift for almost anyone. I have so many at the moment that I thought I would talk you for my favourites to help you with your own Christmas wish list or your Christmas shopping.
Theres quite a few and I’m awful at describing scents so this will probably not be the greatest post…
If you are looking to add a little sparkle to someones Christmas/life through a candle then I have two equally beautiful picks. Space NK Shimmering Spic
e is a great festive one with a blend of cinnamon, citrus and vanilla- perfect for a festive party. 100 Acres Sweet Orange, Cinnamon and Clove is another great one, made with 100& natural essential oils- the scent is my favourite for cosy winter nights in.
If you’re on a budget fear not, as you will not be missing out. Sanctuary has a great range of candles but Yankee Candle would be my pick for inexpensive festive ones. There’s such a huge range that it’s almost to hard to pick; if you like sweet scents then Christmas Cupcake is perfect! If you want something a little more luxe than the Avon Winter Nights Candle has three wicks and is probably one of my favourite scents from all I’ve mentioned.
Keeping with the orange theme Origins Feel Good Candle and La Montana Winter Oranges smell absolutely dreamy! Origins Feel Good Candle is out 7th December and comes beautifully house in a recycled wine glass base, even more excitingly Origins will be planting a tree for every candle sold in partnership with Global ReLead. For an organic, natural, really relaxing candle then Lucy Annabella is the way to go, Niaouli & Lavender is my current favourite, especially great after a stressful December. If you’re looking for a more unisex candle or love Oud then you will love Van Cleef & Arpels Perfumed candles which is a really sexy, sophisticated scents!
But above all my two picks are Neom and Jo Malone, they’re my absolute favourites to give, receive and burn. Both brands do really special candles perfect for Christmas gifts!
Last week I was invited by Fragrance Direct to make my own candle at the Rachel Vosper shop in Knightsbridge. Although the candle making class was amazing it was Rachel’s Candle Etiquette which I found most interesting. I really love candles, especially luxury candles and have been using Rachel’s tips to get the most from all of my candles.
I’ve never really thought of timing my candle burning time but candles should burn for no less than one hour and no more than four. Sticking to this means you allow the entire surface of the candle to burn, allowing for an even burn, with less tunnelling but the candle doesn’t over heat.
Wick lengths are also really important and should usually be kept to 6mm however if you’re going to be burning the candle for over three hours than it’s worth cutting the wick even shorter. If you’re going to be relighting a candle then always allow it to cool and solidify before you do so.
Then of course there are the basics, never leave a candle unattended and always keep them out of the reach of children and animals. One which I think it obvious but people seem to forget is to really consider what is going on around the candle, be careful with curtains or lose papers which can easily be flown into a candle. Also be careful with what the candle is sitting on too, not burning the candle all the way to the bottom will protect the candle vessel too.
Another cleaver tip for anyone who, like me, likes to use empty candle vessels to hold makeup brushes or someone that likes to refill the candle; place the vessel in the freezer overnight to shrink the wax. In the morning using hot (not boiling) water, rinse the vessel and polish with a soft cloth.
I love candles in autumn and winter, I’ve been burning a candle daily and a have a few waiting to be used. Of course I love Diptyque and Jo Malone but I’ve been trying out a few different ones recently. I haven’t had a chance to burn my Rachel Vosper candle which I made yet but I went for the Sandalwood & Cedar scent as I find it really warming. The Lucy Annabella Niaouli & Lavendar candle is the perfect evening candle as it has a really beautiful relaxing scent. The White Company Fresh Figs is the one I have been burning the most recently throughout the day and is a really lovely all year round candle. I’m patiently waiting for Christmas to burn La Montana Winter Oranges and the 100 Acres Candle. La Montana Winter Oranges has a really christmasy orange, cinnamon and clove scent which I love as it’s christmasy without the sicky sweet scent the lots of christmas candles come with. The 100 Acres candle comes in the most beautiful vessel, perfect for Christmas in any room.
What candle are you currently burning?
I have been lusting over a Diptyque candle for a few years now but after smelling every candle numerous times there was never one that blew me away however I really am in love with the Insolite candle.
The reason I had never spotted this beauty before is because it is exclusive to Liberty’s in London. I love the box it comes in too, clearly Liberty’s inspired. The candle it’s self is a mixture of warm and cold spices, petals, zests, peels and leaves (I clearly stole that of the Liberty’s website- I’m not even sure what that all means.) I’m pretty awful at describing scents but it’s sweet/spic and just what I have been looking for
The glass jar is beautiful as they are with every Diptyque candle and I think it’s the perfect scent for both Autumn/Winter and Spring. Diptyque candles make such a beautiful luxurious gift too and this one is available for £45 from Liberty.
Which is your favourite Diptyque candle scent?
It’s that time again when I have had enough of all empty beauty products I have collected and I just want to throw them all away, which means I have another Empties video to share with you!
Theres a good mix of products this time around from everyday essentials to, luxury candles and makeup. Let me know in the comments what you have finished recently…