DIY Candle Making- Reusing Candles

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Materials:

  • Leftover Candlewax
  • Candle vessel/jar
  • Pre-waxed wick
  • Pouring Pot

I’ve been burning B&BW candles all winter. I prune myself in bathtubs and light candles in winter.

According the candle safety guidelines, you’re not supposed to burn a candle all the way down; you should stop at 1/2 in. But for a 3-wick BBW candle, 1/2 inch is a pretty decent amount of wax. It bummed me out to see how much I was wasting.

3wickcandle1So instead of throwing out the jar, I decided to reuse the leftover wax and move it to a smaller vessel, leaving the sturdy jar free for all kinds of uses. (Pinterest had tons of ideas for reusing these jars)

I honestly take on these DIY projects whenever I’m mildly stressed or burnt out; it distracts me from how grim the weather is. (it’s snowing cats and dogs and reindeers)

mycandle11. Scrape out chunks of leftover wax from the 3-wick BBW jars. (This is easier if you leave them in the fridge overnight. The frozen wax will have fissures running through its body; all you have to do is insert your butter knife into the cracks)

These were chunks of BBW’s “Lavender” and “Midnight Blue Citrus.” This is enough wax to glean one small candle.

mycandle2mycandle42. Prepare the cup. Press a small dollop of all-purpose cement/glue on the bottom of the wick and press it gently onto the bottom of the cup. Make sure the wick is placed at the center of the cup.

I bought the cute cup from Anthropologie, the “ETCHED BANDS HURRICANE.” It was $3.57 each on sale.

Wick, I bought on amazon. I’d recommend buying something else. These were too wishy-washy; they had no back bone, too feeble.

mycandle3mycandle63. Melt the wax by double boiling. This was much like melting chocolate.

You fill a pot with water and boil the water. Rest the pouring pot in the boiling water and melt the wax. Avoid direct heat. Putting pan to stove may be too hot for the wax.

Pot was also bought on amazon.

mycandle54. Let the wax melt in low heat until it’s clear.

Then pour it gently into the prepared cup.

mycandle75. Make sure the prewaxed wick stands straight in the middle. Use pens to prop it up if necessary.

It’s okay if the wick is too long; you’ll have to trim it anyhow.

mycandle86. Let it stand.

The leftover wax from my two candles were just enough to fill this cup.

mycandle97. Enjoy. This personally was the perfect size for bath candles. I like lighting this while taking a bath.

The 3-wick jar now may be used to other purposes, such as storing q-tip, candies, hair bands, and other miscellaneous knick-knacks.

 

 

 

2018 Target Beauty Box 1&2

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Price: $7 (per box)


I’ve been doing so well avoiding subscription boxes; the piling DS from ipsy & birchbox was a bit too much. Then again, Target is a noncommittal one-time deal. Cheaper, too. Also, free shipping.

I passed on the previous few boxes, but this time around I couldn’t decide between the two boxes they offered. Hence, the two boxes.

Screen Shot 2018-01-09 at 3.58.03 AMItems arrived earlier, around Jan 8.

I was mostly interested in the face mask, shampoo (love ogx), clay mask, and the shadow palette.

2018Jan_2Theme of the first box is “Jetsetter.”

Getting major déjà vu because I’m pretty sure I’ve had a few subscription boxes named this. (Birchbox?)

2018Jan_3Mostly happy to try Sleek makeup and the clay mask. Am saving that serum for traveling purposes, since I have a million skincare DS open at the moment.

I’m considering gifting the body cream to a friend.

2018Jan_4As per usual, Target doesn’t forget to add on a coupon for $5 off $20, expiring at Feb 4.

If anyone needs this, please tell me. I don’t think I’ll use it.

2018Jan_5Second box. Theme is “Staycay.” I’m kinda loving the blue ombre.

2018Jan_7This was a decent box. I prefer this just a bit more to the first box. You get seven items for $7, bringing down the price of each item to $1.

I see myself using everything, especially the shampoo & conditioner (also love Nexxus) and the face mask.

2018Jan_6Another coupon, this time, for $3 off $15.

Wonder why they give different coupons for each box.

2018Jan_8All in all, good boxes.

Wonder what February would bring. I’m hoping for a really nice “Men’s” one.

GlamGlow – DreamDuo Mask Review

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Price: $59

(bought during Sephora 20% off, which brought it down to: $47.2)


This was the first GlamGlow product I bought out of my own pocket. I’ve only encountered this brand through samples, subscription DS, and the one cleanser I was gifted a million years ago. It’s pricey. So when I received a sample of DreamDuo, I was all set to use it up and forget about it.

But alas, I really liked it.

mask2This is a two-parter mask. There’s a step 1 and step 2, each of which uses different portions of the mask.

There’s “Dream Serum = Step 1” and “Dream Seal = Step 2.”

mask3Why hello you sexy expensive thing.

mask4Not that big, considering what you paid for.

There’s only 0.68oz (20ml) of each treatment.

mask6Pretty. Very chrome.

mask7DreamDuo is a night treatment.

Step 1: Apply DREAM SERUM (pearl) evenly on clean face and let absorb into skin for about 30 seconds.

Step 2: Follow with DREAM SEAL (gray)

mask8A plastic cover for sanitary reasons.

Left (pearl) is DREAM SERUM, right (gray) is DREAM SEAL. (Don’t know why I’m capitalizing; I’m being led astray by the descriptions on the box.)

mask9DREAMSERUM (pearl) is a melt-in face serum that infuses antiaging antioxidants into the skin, while supercharged essential vitamins support an even, flawless complexion.

DREAMSEAL (gray) is a nourishing moisture boost of hyaluronic acid and mozuku green algae that plumps and recharges skin’s glow.

mask5DREAM SERUM feels like a mildly sticky gel. It glides around but is absorbed pretty quickly. Smells strongly of orange creamsicle and toffee.

DREAM SEAL is tackier, a bit more cream-like than the pearl serum. It takes longer to absorb but once it’s absorbed, my skin doesn’t feel tacky.

The fragrance lingers, so if you’re sensitive to scent, avoid this product. I personally like the creamsicle scent.

mask6My skin remains moisturized and non-dry/non-flaky in the morning now. I do think it’s pricey for what you get, so I may only use this in the harsher winter months where nothing else really helps.

Interestingly enough, this doesn’t feel hydrating upon application. I’m surprised it lasts so well over the night.

PS: This is a treatment by the way, so it wouldn’t really work as a makeup moisturizer. It’s too tacky!

LUSH – Shoot for the Stars Bath Bomb

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Price: $7.75


I’ve always had a thing about constellations, the moon, and the night sky.

This had to be the first.

Hubbygift_2“Shoot for the Stars” was a part of the LUSH “Christmas Bathtime Favorites” set my SO gifted me.

(That’s why it’s covered in miscellaneous glitter and pink powder; they’ve been snuggling all together)

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 5.41.26 PMThis has bergamot and Brazilian orange oil, but it doesn’t smell too citrusy. It had a more toffee-floral scent, if that makes sense. Very small hint of citrus.

It leaves your skin smelling like “Honey I Washed the Kids” and “Honey Bee.”

Watch it go:

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Much like Lush Dragon’s Egg, this one goes fast. It spews and gushes blue until it leaves behind three golden stars that melts into pretty glitter goo you can smear on your skin.

I’m sad my lackluster bathroom light tinted the whole shot. Thankfully, even with the yellowish tinge, you can tell how deep the colors are. Deep sea blue.

shootstars2Here’s a color-corrected version, though it still doesn’t do this bomb justice.

In the right bottom corner, you can see the leftover stars.

shootstars3When you smoosh the leftover stars, you get this golden glitter goo that feels just like a rice-powder scrub, grainy and slick.

shootstars4After bath. If you look closely, you can see residue glitter sparkling on the surface.

I hope they release this again. It’s too good not to.

PS: if you have dry skin, don’t skip the lotion after this bomb. Some bath bombs are moisturizing enough for me to go without, but this one will leave your skin dry after awhile. Not too lasting. But the scent lingers.

Lush Christmas Bathtime Favorites Box

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Price: $89.95

(currently out of stock)


This was part of a Christmas gift from my SO. He knows how obsessed I am with bathing come winter. I wallow in sweet water and prune myself daily.

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 2.28.08 PMScreen Shot 2018-01-02 at 2.29.57 PMThis was a great assortment of bath treats.

Among these, I’ve used “Golden Wonder” and “Butterbear.”

Hubbygift_1These came wrapped nice and tight with packing peanuts, which I removed for sake of presentation. Smells like heaven.

The bath bombs come separated into two floors. First floor had:

  • Christmas Sweater
  • Butterbear
  • Snow Angel
  • Sherbet Dip
  • Luxury Lush Pud
  • Star Light Star Bright

The only nitpicky thing I have to say about packing is … everything gets mixed up. So your bombs don’t stay pristine; they might get a glitter here and a blue there from tumbling in that big box together.

Hubbygift_2Second floor:

  • Lord of Misrule
  • Shoot for the Stars
  • Never Mind the Ballistics
  • Thundersnow
  • Golden Wonder

A total of eleven amazing bath bombs/oils.

Again, you can see how they rubbed against each other. It’s a wee bit messy. But I’m excited to use everything.

Lush Heavy January Hauls

NuriBox1First off, a dear friend sent me a box of goodies from Japan!

T’was technically supposed to be a Christmas present, but with New Years and all, I finally got my hands on it today.

NuriBox2Items included were… :

  • 3 boxes of Shirukotto cotton
  • 1 Japan Lush Intergalactic box
  • 2 Pokemon Terrarium collectible
  • 4 Kororo Fruit jelly
  • 1 Milky taffy bag
  • 1 Lip balm for extra dry lips

I love everything. N knows me so well. I, in turn, sent her a box of Nexxus hair products, Soap&Glory body scrub, an assortment of masks, and brush cleaner.

Lushbogo1My mini Lush bogo deal also arrived!

  • 2 Snow Fairy Jelly Bomb
  • 2 Saucy Snowcake

And this along with…

HubbyGift1… Hubby’s gift of Christmas Bathtime Favorites Box, I’m set on Lush. At least till June, methinks.

candlehaul1Finally, my $10 deal BBW candles arrived. I bought

  • 1 Lavender Marshmallow
  • 1 White Mint Latte

Love the scent of lavender marshmallow but not so much white mint latte. Ironic, because I assumed vice versa.

LUSH BOGO 1+1 deal seems to be still working, so go take a look if you’ve missed out!

2017 December Empties

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Technically, these are empties I’ve been hoarding since October (minus the Rip-Van-Winkle status old makeup items I chucked way before in an attempt to spring clean)


Once again, I listed my empties according to these two categories.. but these are mostly items I’ve saved. Likely, I liked them enough to keep for months!

  • Loves (will/already have repurchased)
  • Likes (likes enough to use it again someday)
  • Underline (already repurchased)

2017empties_2December FS/DS Loves!

  • Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum (Saves me from flaking skin)
  • Soap&Glory Smoothie Breakfast Scrub (Best body exfoliator. Smells like heaven.)
  • Dior Diorshow Iconic Mascara (One of the few mascaras that doesn’t give me panda eyes)
  • L’oreal Hydrafresh Moisturizing Cream (Moisturizer that doesn’t feel greasy or peel when applying makeup)
  • E Nature Birch Juice Hydro Sleeping Pack (great sleeping mask)
  • It’s Skin Powder 10 Formula Gf Effector (great essence)

December FS/DS Likes!

  • Etude Hydro Glow on Primer (perfect for glowy makeup. non-greasy)
  • Davines Love Shampoo (unlike other Davines shampoos, the smell is great)
  • Su:m37 Essence (costly but good)
  • Nexxus Therappe Shampoo (smells delicious and doesn’t dry my hair out)
  • Maui Moisture Shampoo Hydrate + Shea Butter (hydrating. smells great.)
  • Tata Harper Clarifying Mask (smells great and works as an okay exfoliator)
  • Lush Rose Jam Bath Gel (smells like a confectionary)

Empties Category:

2017empties_3Hair&Body: 3 FS + 4 DS

2017empties_4Skin: 3 FS + 5 DS

2017empties_5Makeup: 2 FS + 3 DS

+ Bonus: Empties from some time in Spring 2017.

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Catch96 – Game of Thrones Makeup Brushes (Rose-Gold)

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Price: $79.95

(Sale: $39.95)


My SO and I are both big fans of Game of Thrones.

When I saw these brushes on sale, I waved my macbook and yelled I was going to get them and no one can stop me, fire and blood .. but my SO beat me to it. He ordered a set for me and we waited with baited breath.

Shipping took about 2-3 weeks. (I think it ships from China)

GOT_brush_1GOT_brush_2These came wrapped individually in plastic covers.

We got the Rose-Gold Set. They feel heavy, like scepters in your hands.

GOT_brush_7The pouch they came in was kind of meh.

I wonder why they didn’t go full-on gold. The pink rendered the brushes kitschy.

GOT_brush_4The details are drop-dead gorgeous. Each symbol holds the house motto, with the exception of the “Hand of the King” symbol.

  • House Baratheon – Ours is the Fury
  • House Targaryen – Fire and Blood
  • House Martell – Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
  • House Stark – Winter is Coming
  • House Lannister – Hear (Me) Roar
  • House Tully – Family, Duty, Honor
  • House Greyjoy – We Do Not Sow

There are a total of 8 brushes in this set. My only regret is the lack of House Tyrell’s golden rose.

GOT_brush_5The set includes (but is not limited to) a flat thick liner brush, tapered blending, flat long packing brush, flat shader, and a blending brush.

Bristles are of decent softness and density … but I don’t think I can ever use them! Too pretty. This set is strictly for display.

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Currently, the brushes are on display as such.

The vase is a generic glass vase that I was gifted a million years ago. Stones were purchased from Michaels.

I should have them next to me while I blast through season 7!

The Body Shop – Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter

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Price: $16 (on sale: $9.60)


Caroline Hirons turned me to this gem. I’m kinda in love with it.

I have combination skin that runs dry and oily, prone to breakouts–especially with oils. Most cleansing oils don’t work for me; even if there’s one that works, the journey doesn’t seem worth the payoff. (Those breakouts are easy to trigger but hard to exterminate)

This cleansing butter is perfect for those who’s got a love-hate relationship with oils.

camomilebutter_2Here’s the off-white miracle balm that gives in softer than real butter. It …

  • Gets make up off
  • Doesn’t leave a residue
  • Is not drying
  • Is gentle. No breakouts.

It is a bit of a hassle to manage. Your hands should be clean before touching the butter, lest you contaminate the rest.

camomilebutter_3Here’s a teeny red heart. (Cameo: BH Cosmetics Lip Liner in “Retro”) It’s cute but has to go.

Spread a mini dollop of cleansing butter on the teeny heart.

camomilebutter_4The butter melts into a gentle, oily gel when in contact with warm skin.

Rub gently in a circular motion for about a minute then wash off the residue. There will be nothing left behind.

For my evening double cleansing, I use this right after a swipe of Bioderma. Everything goes off and my skin is left moist, not dry.

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$16 might be a tad pricey, but the Body Shop often has promotions like this where everything goes on sale (and free shipping to boot).

I often stock up on 2-3 of these during the sale. That lasts me for half a year or more.

 

Bath&BodyWorks 3 Wick Candle Haul- August 2017

3wickcandle1B&BW recently had a “Buy-Two-Get-Two-Free” promotion.  Plus they had the $10 off $30 deal going on.

I usually don’t go for candles, but well, “Winter is coming” (despite it being August. It gets cold quickly where I live). Figured some scented ambience would be nice.

3wickcandle3I grabbed Eight candles and paid for four. Here’s what I grabbed:

  • Lavender
  • Midnight Blue Citrus
  • Bergamot
  • Rose Water & Ivy
  • Almond
  • Hot Cocoa & Cream
  • Marshmallow Fireside
  • Pumpkin Cupcake

Spent 30 minutes in the store, sniffing candle covers.

3wickcandle2Tried lighting two so far: Lavender & Midnight Blue Citrus.

They have a mild throw but pleasant calming scents. My favorite scents so far are “Hot Cocoa & Cream, Almond, and Midnight Blue Citrus.”

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I’ll be looking for this next year 🙂

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