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 Spice 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! 

With under a month until we can open the first door in our advent calendars I thought I would share what the beauty world has to offer and some of my favourites…

The Body Shop Calendar- £50. I had this one last year, it comes filled with miniature bath products, body lotions, lip balms and more. It’s perfect if you travel a lot and want to save the smaller sizes for when you go away or if you simply want a mini treat everyday of advent.

Boot No7 Calendar- £35. This is probably one of the more affordable beauty advent calendars as most retail for £50+, it has a range of miniature products from skincare or makeup.

Topshop Jewellery Calendar, £25. This one is probably the most tempting in my opinion, £25 for 24 days of Topshop- seems like a good deal. It has a mixture of gold and silver, although 12 of the doors hide studs which I don’t tend to wear too much.

Yankee Candle Calendar, £24.99. Another very tempting option for candle lovers like me is this relatively affordable offering which houses 25 scent candles to leave your house smelling amazing all December.

Ciate Mini Manicure Manor Calendar, £49. If you love nail polishes then this is the calendar for you, they have a range of colours and finishes to help create any nail look you desire this Christmas.

Jo Malone Calendar, £250. The creme de la creme of beauty calendars has to be the Jo Malone one which also carries a very premium price tag. It has a range of miniature body creams and their famous colognes as well as a larger treat hiding behind door number 24. It will be available 10th November nationwide but is currently Harrods exclusive.

If you want to keep it traditional and stick to chocolate, try the Lindt or Thornton Calendars for an affordable option.

Sadly I was too late in telling you about The Selfridges Beauty Advent Calendar and the Benefit Calendar as they have already sold out. Keep an eye for them next year though as the content is amazing if you have a few extra pounds to spend.

What advent calendar do you have your eye on?

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

I love reading other peoples monthly favourites so I am going to make an effort to start doing them myself next year and hopefully as a regular video. Since I am not particularly organised I only have a blog post this month.

Christmas Yankee Candles
Turns out I bought a few too many and haven’t even managed to burn a full one even though I have been trying. Yankee Candles are quite reasonably priced but I found them to burn pretty clean, to be long lasting and give of just enough scent.

Urban Decay Naked 3- here*
Surprise, Surprise I have been addicted to this palette since I go it, I just love the colours especially for winter as it created a really easy romantic smokey eye.

Elegant Touch Rapid Dry for Nails – here
I’ve always known about quick dry sprays but never felt I really needed on until this one appeared in a Glossy Box and I have used it loads since. As you may know I posted a different nail look every day on my blog throughout advent which turned out to be terribly time consuming but this really did help. I was worried it would cause my nail polish to chip more but I didn’t find that at all.

YSL Shocking Mascara- here
I don’t have a whole lot to say about this, YSL mascara’s are my favourite! They not only look beautiful but give me perfectly volumised, long lashes.

YSL Terre Saharienne Bronzer – here
This hasn’t left my hand bag as not only does it have a very handy mirror but it’s the perfect on-the-go bronzer. It is buildable, really easy to apply and blend so you don’t have to worry about any orange stripes. I also love that it is matte (but not too flat) as I think sheeny/shimmery bronzers just don’t work as well in the winter.

Bleach London Reincarnation Hair Mask – here
I’m not usually much of a hair mask person but now that I have hair extensions I really feel it is important. Although this is actually aimed at dyed or bleached hair its also worked really well on my hair (actually I’m not sure if my extension were once dyed) and also smells amazing. I use it once a week, apply it to dry hair and keep it in for about 30 minutes, once I was my hair it looks super soft and shiny (plus it’s only £6!)

Bumble and bumble Thickening hair mousse – here
I’ve been eyeing this up for a while so am happy to report that it’s as good as I had hoped. When using this you need to remember that a little goes a long way as it is very easy to overload the hair which will leave it crispy and hard to blow dry but other than that it leaves my hair with lots of volume and adds a little texture which my fine hair always needs.

Armani Luminous Silk – here 
I finally bit the bullet and bought this at the beginning of the month, for the first few days I simply thought it was okay as I think I just hadn’t found the right way to apply it. However since I tried it with my Real Techniques buffing brush I haven’t stopped using it and I actually don’t think I have used anything else!

What products have you been loving this month?
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 I got a little excited and got a few Christmas Yankee Candles this year. Eight to be exact and I am a little worried I won’t get through them all by Christmas!

Yankee Candles can be a little pricey if you want to buy a few different scents so this little sampler size ones are perfect. I picked up Red Apple Wreath which is a lovely spiced apple scent, Snow in Love which is quite a clean scent (I have when people say that!) but still remains sweet which I love and Merry Marshmallow which I have read isn’t a very strong scent.

 Small Jar Candles are in my opinion the best size of all the candles. Just enough candle but not so much that you would get sick of it. I absolutely love Christmas Cookie which is quite a sweet candle but I’ve heard smells no different to the normal Cookie Candle, I also have the air freshener in my car which I love! Christmas Cupcake is also in the same family as cookie and I can imagine some people would find these simply too sweet. Christmas Eve is the most perfect Christmas Cinnamon Scent, something about it reminds me of childhood which is always lovely around Christmas time.

I got the medium size Winter Wonderland Candle which sadly isn’t my favourite scent although it’s pleasant it’s a little minty and oddly like a bathroom air freshener scent. I think for me these are a little too big unless you know you absolutely love a scent!

I found the most exciting one to be Red Velvet cupcake which smells exactly like a Red Velvet cupcake, of course. Since it’s the only one which isn’t Christmas themed I will be saving it until after the holiday season.

So far I have found Yankee Candles to burn far cleaner than I expected. I often find with cheaper candles that they will let of horrible black smoke and I haven’t experienced that at all. They do however burn a little quicker that other candles I own but that seems to be normal with cheaper candles.

I got mine from the Yankee Candle store in Westfield and online at The Scented Candle Store.

What Yankee Candles have you tried? Which one is your favourite?
Have you entered my Yankee Candle giveaway?
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