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Heart and Home Candles

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on December 1, 2015

I am absolutely loving candles at the moment, especially Christmas-themed ones and I recently discovered these beauties from Heart and Home and thought I would share them with you.

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Winter Berries Small Jar Candle £4.99

I think the Heart and Home lids are some of the prettiest candle lids I have seen – they show illustrations and photographs that describe the name of each scent. In this case, the Winter Berries fragrance, it has snow coated red berries on the little metal lid which pops off easily to reveal this gorgeously scented soy candle.

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Winter Berries allows you to create a winter wonderland filled with frosted berries and comforting seasonal spices to warm your senses on those cold days. As soon as you remove the lid the scent instantly hits you, which to me is a sign of a quality candle.

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Even though this is their ‘small’ candle it still has a burning time of up to 30 hours! Which for under £5 that is amazing value, as the scent really does linger throughout the house, although the lids are so pretty I don’t want to take them off!

Christmas Cupcake Large Jar Candle £12.99

As soon as I saw the lid to this candle it made me want to eat cupcakes, but then when I opened it it made me NEED to eat cupcakes! The scent reminds me of the way I imagine a traditional kitchen smells after someone has been baking lots of spiced Christmas treats.

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It has the fragrance of warming and welcoming rich vanilla cupcake topped with sweet butter icing and a hint of spice and I love to keep this candle in my kitchen so hopefully any visitors will think I am a pro baker!!

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The Large Jar candles have a burn time of up to 70 hours and with them looking so decorative, they are more ornaments than mere candles. The prices of both of these beautiful candles is much lower than a lot of other brands on the market, but the scents and quality are just as good, if not better than some, and I think they would make great Christmas gifts, without spending a fortune but still giving something amazing.

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You can check out Heart and Home Candles here.

Love,
Kathryn xxx

Quick Catch Up

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on January 20, 2015

Okayyyyyy so I have been seriously Missing In Action lately and I just wanted to give you a quick update to explain why. Just before Christmas I found out I needed an operation on my foot and so last Wednesday I went into hospital and had the operation, which has left me in lots of pain and a pain-relief-haze. I am just starting to feel myself a little although I will be on crutches for six weeks and so I won’t be that mobile. On the upside though that gives me lots of blogging time and I shall be writing up lots of posts so that as soon as I am a little more mobile I can take some photographs. So you shall be seeing a lot of posts from me in the next 5 weeks or so which will hopefully make up for my lack of posts recently.

Love,

Kathryn xxxx

The Make Up Tag!

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on October 9, 2014

Hi everyone!

We’ve been nominated to do The Make Up Tag by the lovely Rhian at Pretty Green Eyes, so here goes! Here’s a link to her post: http://prettygreeneye.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/the-make-up-addict-tag.html?m=1

1.Which product do you keep still buying more of despite having plenty in your collection?

Emily: Lipsticks, I’m slowly becoming obsessed, and have about 10 different shades in my handbag at any given time… you never know when you’re going to need to swap colour!

Kathryn: Mascara – I always fear I am going to run out and the two mascara products I ALWAYS use are not available in a drugstore so I like to have plenty of backups. My all-time favourites are the Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara and the Magnifibres lash fibres.

2.What’s the one product you couldn’t live without?

Emily: Mascara, my current is an old favourite which i rediscovered recently… Maybelline The Falsies!

Kathryn: Again, it would be mascara, although apart from that nowadays I would say my Bilion Dollar Brows eyebrow pencil.

3.Favourite make-up brand?

Emily: Hmmm I’m not sure I can pinpoint a favourite… drugstore wise probably Rimmel, it’s usually the first counter I visit in Superdrug and excellent for the money! Higher end, probably Bobbi Brown, I literally want everything they do! I also love Benefit and Mac.

Kathryn: This is so hard because I have my cult faves from lots of different brands – but I love the thrill of Benefit products and the packaging and the whole shebang really.

4.How big is your make-up collection?

Emily: I’d say it was pretty reasonable to be honest. My mum would disagree.

Kathryn: I have make up stored in every nook and cranny, it is ridiculous to be honest – I am quite good though and do have clear outs every couple of months or so.

5.And how do you like to store it?

Emily: I have a huge glass candy jar for nail varnishes, glass pots for brushes, more pots for lipsticks, a four drawer cabinet for products and excess makeup and the rest is in two fairly large make up bags… yes, it needs a good sort

Kathryn: Wherever I possibly can! I have four glass beakers/jars that I store my brushes in, and I have a couple of lipstick trays, a big basket for my current make up, a 4 drawer cabinet where I keep my other make up and then things are scattered around!

6.How many items of make-up have you got in your handbag at the moment?

Emily: I always always always carry round a mascara (usually just the one I’m currently using), my Bobbi Brown bronzer and Mac Studio Fix powder. And as stated before, about 73 lipsticks/ lipglosses/ lip crayons. If I’m out for the entire day somewhere special or on a night out, I also have a brow kit, eyeliner, blusher and eyeshadow.

Kathryn: I don’t often keep make up in my bag to be honest, but I currently have my Gucci lipstick and a Bourjois eyeliner which are only in there from when I went to a christening at the weekend.

7.If you could raid another blogger’s stash, who would it be?

Emily: Definitely Tany Burr, without a shadow of a doubt! I’d be like a kid in a sweet shop.

Kathryn: I am obsessed with Gabby from Velvet Gh0st so I would love her to do my make up!

8.How long does your usual make-up routine take and how many products do you use?

Emily: My everyday make up takes about 20 minutes and I use the following in this order: Benefit Porefessional primer, applied with my fingers followed by Rimmel Match Perfection foundation applied using a Real Techniques Expert Face Brush. Then Rimmel Wake me up concealer applied with a RT Foundation brush. I powder my face with Mac Studio Fix and use a Real Techniques powder brush. I use Benefit Browzings on my eyebrows using a Nima eyebrow brush and a Body Shop lip brush which is the exact shape of the mini brushes that come in the compact, but easier to use. Next I use my Urban Decay Naked 3 palette (I mix and match the shades I use on my lid and crease each day) with RT brushes, Rimmel liquid eyeliner and Maybelline the falsies mascara. I then use Bobbi Brown bronzer with an RT contour brush and go over that with a tiny bit on my RT powder brush and finish with a blusher which changes daily. Today I have a Clarins cream blush on, applied with a RT buffer brush… can you see a Real Techniques theme in there.

Kathryn: It totally depends on where I am going and how tired I am! I would say minimum 10/15mins to an hour if I am lazing around taking my time.

9.Have you ever bought make-up knowing you wouldn’t use it?

Emily: I dont think so, no. I often buy things, use it once and either forget it or dislike it though!

Kathryn: Absolutely! I am such a shopaholic and I waste so much money which is something I am trying to curb!

10.Tag a few other make-up addicts to do the tag!

We would like to nominate:

Becky Newham – http://justbeckyblog.wordpress.com

Jemma from Drugstore Addiction- http://www.adrugstoreaddiction.com

Catherine from Counter Pretty- http://counterpretty.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Tori from Dolly Birds & Bows – http://dollybirdsandbows.blogspot.co.uk/?m=1

Love Emily & Kathryn xxx

Being 23…

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on October 9, 2014

I thought I’d step away from beauty products and write more of a lifestyle post today as it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Sometimes, it makes it all seem better when you write it down, but really, I just wanted to write a piece that so many people would relate to.

Anyone older than me with their own home, bills to pay and children to provide for would probably read this thinking ‘you’re 23, you just wait another ten years, then you’ll know what stress is’ but to me, getting to that point seems a lifetime away. Do you remember when you were at school and your parents and teachers used to say ‘your school years are the best years of your life, enjoy every minute’ and we’d all think ‘yeah right’? Well they actually had a point…

To be as carefree as an 11 year old would be great, but school isn’t the easiest time for a lot of people. I loved being at school and spending every day with my friends, but bullying in schools is a huge issue that people have to, unfortunately, face and for some, it can determine aspects of your life forever. I grew up having people comment on a mole I have on my face, (I now despise anything to do with Austin Powers as I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one) but them features don’t define you as a person, if anything, it defines the person saying it to you. Some are still people I would never associate with. People say things to others to make themselves feel better, it’s as simple as that. And that must always be remembered. Pity them, and move on with your own life, because everyone’s beautiful. ( Apart from them 😉 )

I would however say university was definitely the best time of my life, despite being constantly stressed with course work, essays and exams. I was looking through my university assignment folder the other day for module work on British film and television when writing an article about The Full Monty for Scottish edition of The Metro. As I flicked through each submission, memories came flooding back from each seminar and each lecture which I shared with some of the funniest, kindest and intelligent people there are. Days of meeting on the corner of Heaton Park to walk down to Northumbria University in the Geordie weather seemed like centuries ago, but really, I only graduated two years ago. I don’t feel like that chapter of my life has closed fully yet, but I would do anything to be living with my three best friends in our gorgeous four bed flat in Heaton, Newcastle again, working in Next in Eldon Square so I had enough spare money for a night in Sinners, and to order a ‘Pizza Pizza’ to eat whilst watching The X Factor after we all got home from work every Saturday.

Going to University definitely changed me as a person. I grew up a hell of a lot as I became independent, did my own washing, cooking, paid bills, made friends, the works. I would push anybody to go to university because it really is the best three years of your life, most definitely. And if you’ve just started, embrace every single second, because it will soon seem a million years ago. Make as many memories as you can, go on nights out when you have £10 to your name (there’s always the Bank of Mum and Dad to call on tomorrow), spend £5 on tins of beans for your weekly food shop, work hard to gain a degree that will determine the rest of your life, but have the most fun doing it. We used to be so poor we’d spend the evenings playing the post-it note game, watching films and playing on Just Dance, but those nights make the best memories and we still talk about them now. Go on bar crawls such as Carnage or Poly vs Posh, just try not to get your face in the Daily Mail lying in the gutter with a kebab down your front. Take trips around the area, I was lucky enough to live with three locals who all had cars at university with them, so we used to go up to Morpeth and Ashington where they lived, the Metro Centre, Gateshead, Durham etc. But above all, remember to have the most fun doing whatever you want, because despite hand ins and lectures, them three years are when you have the most freedom ever.

After moving home to Hull from Newcastle with a Media and Journalism degree life could be a lot worse. I know so many people that two years down the line, still can’t find a graduate job, and sadly that’s the way the economy is working at the minute. Although it has picked up a lot since the first job searches. When I started looking for a job, I applied EVERYWHERE. And I mean everywhere. Media jobs, journalism jobs, retails jobs, admin jobs, hospitality jobs, the list was endless. In fact, I kept a tally. I applied for 56 jobs before I got my job at The Press Association. 4 rejections, one week long stint in a call centre, one interview and acceptance and 50 complete ignores. I even applied to work at Build a Bear, which still amuses my friends to this day when we see the poor member of staff stood outside pulling a teddy around on roller skates. That could well have been my life.

Although I now have a job I love, it’s not something that I ideally want to do, but who does have a job like that? It’s all about progression and working hard. But looking at your income and lifestyle right now makes you address a lot of issues for the future:

1) When are you going to buy your own house?

When pigs can fly… I don’t know, in a few years I guess?

2) But all your friends are saving up for one?

Yes, but they’ve got boyfriends to save up with. I don’t, therefore I don’t have to think of these grown up things.

3) Well why don’t you have a boyfriend?

Because… I don’t know. I just don’t. And I’m not crying myself to sleep over that fact every night.

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4) But what if you never get a boyfriend, will you live at home forever?

Obviously not, I’ll buy a house on my own.

5) But how would you ever afford that when you have 34p left the day before payday every single month?

I don’t know… Get a second job?

6) But then if you got a second job, it would have to be a weekend, then you can’t go out with the girls?

Ok… Maybe we didn’t think this through…

7) Maybe if you stopped going out ever Saturday night and spend £50 on wine, then spend all day Sunday lying on the sofa eating £10 of McDonalds and watching X Factor, then you’d be able to save £240 per month to go towards life?

Well when I put it like that… But that probably won’t happen anytime soon.

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8) And what about kids, don’t you want kids?

Well yes eventually.

9) But the clock is ticking…

The clock is NOT ticking. I’m 23 thank you very much!

10) Have you tried online dating?

Me and my friends got Tinder to laugh at people… That would not work and I refuse to set up a Plenty of Fish account.

11) The right person will come along eventually you know…

Really? Well he hasn’t for the last 23 years, that’s for sure!

12) Why don’t you go travelling seeing as you’ve got nothing holding you back then?

If you would like to give me £5000, that would be great. I’ll send you a postcard from Australia.

Being 23 is tough… But if you look from the outside you have years to do all of these things. Right now enjoy life, go out with your friends, go on holidays, go on dates, smile a lot and always remember that planning isn’t always the best thing to do. Go with the flow, be spontaneous, take chances and do things that scare you. It just all adds to the experience of this rollercoaster ride they call life.

Maybe life will fall into place next month when I turn 24? Who knows…

Love Emily x