It’s officially October so time to crank out autumnal scents, all things spooky and relish the dark nights.
Today’s review is all about the DW Home Caramel Apple Cider candle which retails for £7.99 in Homesense.
I’d never used or heard of DW candles before this review but it is beautifully mirrored and spooky blood splatter design which made me want to test it out, plus is smells amazing!
It’s a double wick candle although there was a smaller version which has one wick and retailed for £5.99 I think.
When I got it home it did fill the room without being lit so I was expecting a strong smelling candle straightaway but once lit it wasn’t as strong although it did nicely fill the room eventually.
Although the candle smells good I wouldn’t rate it as highly as Yankee Candle or Makers of Wax Goods.
Have you tried any spooky candles lately? 🎃
Halloween season is upon us and I love bringing out all my Halloween candles, my latest edition is from Makers of Wax Goods.
I’d never heard of this brand before but it’s an American Company which specialises in handmade goods. Here in the UK you can find their products in Homesense
I love the old fashioned labelling as it stands out from other brands. It’s a medium sized candle which crackles and smells amazing!
It’s pumpkin and spices which smells similar to Fireball sweets and within minutes of being lit for the first time I could strongly smell it and the scent lasted without weakening.
I have been really into crackling candles lately and this one doesn’t disappoint although it can be a little noisy at times.
If you come across this brand I would definitely recommend giving them a try if you love scented candles as to me this brand could rival Yankee!
If you read my May Favourites post then you’ll know that I’ve been loving the Delicious Destinations body mists. The body mists come in a range of different scents and retail for £3.99 for 100ml (currently £1.98 on offer).
“Take a walk through the jungle where wild exotic fruit notes are tangled with tropical & enticing oriental floral tones”
For a 30ml of Gucci Bamboo you’re looking at around £49, for a 100ml of Jungle its around £3.99 at most.
Funnily enough there are no notes of kiwi or palm leaf in Gucci Bamboo which I find strange so they may share other notes not mentioned on the Jungle bottle but to me personally they smell so similar and I’d much rather pay £1.98/£3.99 instead of splashing out £50.
A great thing about the body mist is that it does tend to last well on clothes and is small enough to keep in your bag to spritz throughout the day, as it is cheap anyway it does not matter how often it gets used where as I don’t tend to overspray Gucci.
Does anybody else think its a good match?
Let me know any dupes you know of in the comments below! 🙂
*Available at Superdrug
A brand new Netflix dark comedy Insatiable due for an August release has caused outrage with its first trailer. Debbie Ryan plays Patty an overweight teenage girl who over the summer loses a lot of weight due to having her jaw wired shut, she returns to school and seeks revenge of those who bullied her.
First of all are we really doing high school revenge plot again? that was already done badly in 13 Reasons Why and secondly why is it another cliché she’s a hot popular girl now she’s lost tons of weight (rolls eyes).
This might be described as a satirical or dark comedy but how awful is the body suit for the larger Patty they could have made her body look more realistic and why must it be she can only seek revenge on the bullies when she is thin, why seek revenge at all?
A lot of people feel this show is body shaming and will cause eating disorders amongst viewers who feel that if they are overweight they’ll also be bullied or that the only way to be accepted is to be thin and popular which I can agree with as it is an overly used narrative that you must look a certain way in high school to fit in.
It may not have been the creators intentions but couldn’t it have shown a larger confident girl happy with her weight or only changing her size because she wants to and not because she physically cant eat? Yes people get bullied at school due to their weight or appearance but this is giving audiences the green light to seek revenge, making them no better than the bullies or making people feel their worth is based on their size.
A petition is spreading over the internet to get the programme cancelled before it is even aired which just proves how much of a fail it is and that audiences are not okay with body shaming.
Netflix had the chance to positively represent body image and mental health and again it has fallen short in favour of the stereotypical narrative which needs to be redefined to cater to all audiences.
*image from Google
Hey everyone, the lovely people over at Uber Sonic kindly sent over one of their award winning sonic toothbrushes for me to review.
If you haven’t heard of Uber Sonic before then it is a new dental subscription service that costs £19 to start which sees you receive the sonic toothbrush and a gel whitening kit, then for £9 every other month you receive two new replacement brush heads unless you cancel your subscription. If you don’t want to commit to a subscription then you can actually purchase it alone and all customers will get a whitening kit.
Firstly I think £19 is a great price to begin with as their are a whole lot of expensive brushes on the market and have you seen the cost of whitening kits? The toothbrush is very slim and the head has soft bristles which might not be everyone’s preference but unfortunately there isn’t an option for medium bristles etc… I personally like the soft bristles and I like the shape of the head as it really gives a good clean, my original electric toothbrush has a standard round head but I much prefer this one.
Often enough I tend to forget to buy replacement heads until I actually need them so I think its a great idea having them delivered every other month so you can keep them aside until you need them.
The toothbrush comes well presented and has a nice stand, it isn’t flimsy cardboard like some toothbrushes come in and feels good quality like Ipad boxing if that makes sense. I have found it to have a great battery life and I haven’t actually had to charge it since receiving mine.
If you need a new electric toothbrush then I would highly recommend you check out Uber Sonic, it is developed with Dentists, German engineered and the first aluminium toothbrush.
For more into you can follow them other on Instagram @ubersonic.club and Twitter @UberSonic Club or visit their website https://ubersonic.co.uk/
Primark has been killing it lately with all of the Disney ranges available and one of my favourites is the Beauty and the Beast collection. I have been lucky enough to get Mrs Potts and both Chip mugs. Todays review is all about the Cogsworth Clock.
Cogsworth retails for £10 and is a fully working clock, he looks great and makes a great collectors piece. Although he is an actual clock I haven’t had the best of luck with him, the battery does not fit correctly in the back so he does tend to stop working.
I’m not sure if this problem is a manufacturing issue or if it is just mine that has faults but as I collect Disney pieces anyway I aren’t that bothered by it as I display it with my other Beauty and the Beast items.
Another thing I think could be better is the open back that displays the battery, I think if it was covered it would look like a more expensive piece rather than just having a big cut out in the back of his head.
I just have to get the Lumiere tealight candle holder to complete my collection but I am unsure whether or not it has been discontinued.
Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see more Disney posts from me!
Instantly energise and awaken your skin with the B. Vitalised Vitamin Facial Spritz. It contains Caffeine, Vitamin C and Cucumber Juices to boost skins radiance with a healthy glow. I believe this product only launched this year but I was kindly sent it to review for the Superdrug Blog Squad.
This is the first facial spritz I have tried as I have never really been interested in using them before, it is a really nice spritz that doubles up as a makeup setter and it does not soak you when you spray it on your face and doesn’t take too long to dry.
I have mainly used it for setting my makeup and I have found that it stops my skin from getting oily and my makeup looks great throughout the day, usually my foundation will look oily around my t-zone if it isn’t set with this spray.
You can use this spritz pretty much whenever you like so it comes in a handy 75ml bottle which you can just keep in your handbag. It is suitable for all skin types and I have found that the product is lasting quite well and wont need re-purchasing for a while. I think it will make a great addition to anybody going to festivals this year or even if you’re going on holiday as it has a cooling sensation.
It retails for £7.99 (currently buy one get one free) is cruelty free and suitable for Vegans and Vegetarians.
Only available at Superdrug
Former cult brand American Apparel re-launched this week in the UK, the company has had a fully re-branded makeover and is staying away from overly sexualised images which saw the previous company director Dov Charney face many cases of sexual harassment. Here’s a previous post on their Controversal Campaigns.
The new owners Guildan Activewear Inc, a Canadian-American manufacture have decided there’s nothing wrong with advertising the clothes in a ‘sexy’ way it’s just how that sexy comes across which is important, it’s not about sexualising the models it’s about empowering them. It’s refreshing to see that they do not agree with how the company was formally represented, this is how they used to try and appeal to consumers with their Back to School Campaign.
As before the models are ordinary people, not professionals and are from a wide background of different cultures, diversities and sizes. The photos are also unedited which is great because it means that there won’t be any photo-shopped images and shows a true representation of the products and people. It doesn’t matter whether you have stretch-marks or acne etc… it will not be edited out like it’s a problem or like ‘perfection’ needs to be put out there in order to sell the clothes.
“Our customer has never really cared about the ‘American’ in American Apparel because it was made in America. They’ve always cared about American Apparel because it stands for certain values of authenticity, diversity and ethical manufacturing and we keep all of those values now, even though we are not necessarily made in the US,” says Silvia Mazzucchelli, vice-president, direct to consumer. (Theguardian.com)
I am not 100% sure if that statement is true about the customers but in my opinion I thought it was great that the products were produced in America and boosted the job trade over there, far too many companies import now. There is the option to purchase the American made version or globally made one, of course the global one is cheaper in price.
Do you like how the company has re-branded?
Will it gain cult status again?
*Images from Americanapparel.com
Picture this, it’s Milan Fashion Week and Gucci’s fashion show is about to begin when out walks models wearing turbans. You might think what’s wrong with that? but the models of choice are white and wearing an item of clothing specific to the Sikh religion. It’s divided critics with the majority being against this choice, what would have been wrong with using appropriate models? If a Sikh model couldn’t be found or did not wish to be involved then does that not speak volumes?
Gucci may see this as being a homage to culture but the turban is significant in the Sikh religion as representing self-respect, honour, spirituality, courage and piety. Gucci is simply using it as disposable fashion, the turban is not supposed to be fashionable and seasonable. In religion it is supposed to fully cover the hair but as you can see from the male model in the centre his hair is visible so Gucci are not correctly adhering to the Sikh religion in any way.
As a powerful fashion house Gucci could change the landscape of how religious clothing is perceived by using a vast array of appropriate models from different backgrounds and religions. A lot more education is needed for brands who feel it is okay to borrow sacred religious garments merely for fashion collections, the turban is merely more than a seasonal item portrayed here.
What are your thoughts?
Can brands get away with making religion fashionable?
*images sourced from Google
YouTube heroes are quickly declining after many popular vloggers upsetting their fans in 2017.
Zoe Sugg aka Zoella (over 12 million subscribers) suffered a heap of backlash over her festive Advent Calendar caused controversy over its ridiculous high price and poor content packaged inside. If you don’t remember it then the 12 day calendar cost a whopping £50 and contained things like stickers and confetti. Allegedly it wasn’t down to the star what the price point was but she’s happy to slap her name over the crap inside?
She’d also let down fans further at the event Hello World Live but that wasn’t all down to her it was an oversold event hyped up on the basis of a great experience but she barely saw her fans. I’ve never been a subscriber to Zoella but I have brought her merchandise in the past as gifts and to me it looks like she’s all about the money now. Usually her festive merch sells out super fast but this year the shelves are still filled in the sales so can she make a comeback this year?
Logan Paul (Logan Paul Vlogs) took things to the next level recently by publishing a video of a suicide victim found in Japan’s notorious Aokigahara Forest aka ‘Suicide Forest’. The vlogger joked with friends about finding the body and zoomed in on various parts of the victims body, showcasing it to over 15 million subscribers. He claims the reason he did this was to raise awareness of suicide or so he says…
There is absolutely no reason why anyone should film in that area for a YouTube video and it’s absolutely disgraceful that he did it for the views or whatever his motive was. It’s also a shock that YouTube allowed the upload to begin with which questions how safe is the internet really?
Both these Youtubers apologised with Twitter statements and videos but is that really good enough? Should more be done to show their sincerity?
In an online world it’s just as easy to be brought down by fans as it is to be built up.
If you need any support for Mental Health or know of anybody who does then please visit http://www.mind.org.uk to receive telephone support or to find out how else you can receive support.
*Please note I have not seen the Logan Paul Video and it has since been removed from YouTube
*Images sourced from Google