Super Tarts Wax Haul

Super Tarts had a weekend-long Father’s Day sale in June 2017, and every male-themed wax tart was offered for $3 each instead of $4. How lucky for me, then, that I was planning on purchasing a few of the Game of Thrones inspired products that weekend anyway. All in all there were seven wax tarts available that interested me the most, plus one that wasn’t on sale that I needed to try. This order was my first experience with Super Tarts and I will be a repeat customer.

I let the clamshells sit for a few weeks after I received them, and then tried my first cube – it smelled great, but I want to get the most out of these products, so I’m going to let them sit a while longer. My thoughts on them so far are mostly based on cold sniff.

 

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Annabeth (Olympian Melts)
Salt Water Taffy & Pink Sugar
I don’t know who Annabeth is, but this wax looked gorgeous and I imagined that it smelled wonderful. This is the only one I’ve melted so far and it was perfect for a long summer morning. I love its appearance, and I’m a fan of the Pink Sugar perfume, so I’m glad I added it to my order along with all of the manly melts.

 

Tyrion
Tyrion (Game of Tarts)
Kumquats, Whipped Cream, & Rice Krispy Treats
I definitely get orange creamsicle from this wax. I’ll enjoy it during the spring and summer months, but I can imagine blending a bit of it with cinnamon for fall, and pine for winter. Hopefully it is a strong thrower.

 

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King Crow (Game of Tarts)
Snowy Peppermint & Fierce Cologne
I obviously had to show these GoT-inspired melts to my loved ones that appreciate the series, and this one seemed to be the biggest hit. I love it, too, and I can’t wait to melt it later this year. I get an even mix of peppermint and cologne, but it isn’t a sweet peppermint to me.

 

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King Joffrey (Game of Tarts)
Sweet Wedding Cake & Ceremonial Pie
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this scent when I ordered it, but it may actually be my favorite from this order. I get cake with berries and a soft spice note from it, which makes me think: late summer to early fall transitional fragrance.

 

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President Snow (Sniffing Games)
Peppermint Cream, White Rose, & Vanilla Ice Cream
There is a lot more rose/floral in this scent on cold. I don’t think I can really form an opinion on it until I smell it warm, because it’s possible I’ll get more of the peppermint or vanilla. The description sounded perfect to me for a late winter scent.

 

Haymitch
Haymitch (Sniffing Games)
Frangelico, Chocolate Chip Cookies, & Ice Cream Scoop Bread
This wax smells exactly how I expected it to smell. It is a strong, sweet hazelnut scent and I can even smell the chocolate chip cookies. This is not only a delicious scented wax, but it looks really neat as well. I’m impressed.

 

Psycho
Psycho (Fright Night)
Warm Pumpkin Bread, Sweet Raspberries, & Spiced Sour Cream Cake
The wax says “BATES” in reference to Norman Bates & the Bates family from the movie Psycho (+ the show Bates Motel). I absolutely love the hint of raspberry along with the aroma of fresh baked pumpkin treats. I’m saving this one for Halloween, of course!

 

Leonardo
Leonardo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Tartles)
Blue Cotton Candy, Blackberry Jam Butter Cookies, & Sweet Tarts
I wish I got more of the butter cookies out of this scent, but I do enjoy it nonetheless. It is sweet, fruity, and candy-like, as one would expect given the description. Leonardo was always my favorite ninja turtle as a child, so I wanted to grab this during the sale while I had the chance.

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Root Candles: Bourbon Vanilla

I received this Bourbon Vanilla candle to review from Root Candles. It is a large 10.5 oz. Veriglass candle with a description that reads: Intoxicating blend of bourbon and cognac unfold into buttery rum vanilla, complemented by milky creamy notes of caramel and maple. The wax is made out of an all-natural beeswax blend, and the wick is all-natural cotton. The burn time expected for this candle is up to 70 hours.

 

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First Impression
I was really pleased with the look of this candle when I unboxed it. It has a sophisticated appearance and it is something that I would keep on display, as it doesn’t clash with any of my home decor. It can blend in for just about any occasion as well. Visually, this candle gets 5 out of 5 stars from me.

Based on the scent description, while smelling it cold, I braced myself for the boozy essence of this candle. I did not get hit in the face with it; the bourbon and cognac notes aren’t too strong or dominant, and they are not off-putting alcohol notes by any means. It is more like a liquor-infused dessert. I got the vanilla, caramel, and maple notes right away – I was actually surprised by how creamy and sweet it is, without coming off as artificial to my nose.

 

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First Burn
The candle burns more on the slower side, so it took a while for the wax to pool out evenly. For me, this product is ideal for long evenings, perhaps while hosting guests or even just to keep lit during a day off at home. The fragrance gradually builds over time, with the scent strength and throw reaching a medium intensity within a couple of hours of burning in a large open space. I detect almost the same ratio of scent notes as the candle burns: the milky, creamy maple note falls into the background a bit, while sweet caramel comes through and the buttery vanilla rum brings it all together along with a light dose of bourbon & cognac.

It is a decadent aroma, but it isn’t too intense. In fact, despite its evening cocktail vibe, I think I’d really enjoy this candle in the morning with coffee, too. As I experience more of this scent, my mind wanders to scenarios when I would reach for this candle. I think this is a brilliant transitional fragrance from a warm late summer, into cooler fall weather. I could also see myself wanting to burn this candle during spring months. To put it simply: it is yummy, and it is versatile. I have no complaints.

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Bath & Body Works $3 Spring Hand Soap Sale

I received an e-mail about a $3 hand soap sale from Bath & Body Works, and while mentally taking inventory on the seasonal soaps I had left, I realized I should probably take advantage. I ordered 7 soaps for around $24 with tax & shipping, plus a 20% off coupon. I bought all 5 of the new Paris/French themed hand soaps (not sure what this collection is called – sorry!) plus two more: Sweet Mint Mimosa and A Thousand Wishes.

I got a few hand soaps in the 8.75 fl. oz. foaming hand soap style, and the rest in an 8 fl. oz. creamy luxe style that is new to me. So far, it is doing well!

Onto the goodies!

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A Thousand Wishes – I picked this up because I own it in all of its forms: mist, cream, shower gel, lotion, candles, pocketbacs, perfume… so naturally, I should have it as a hand soap as well. Needless to say, its a favorite of mine. Its scent description lists the notes sparkling champagne, peonies, and almond crème.

Sweet Mint Mimosa – This scent is great. I’d been craving a fresh citrus scent for summer since last year, and Island Margarita didn’t quite satisfy that craving. This one does! The kick of mint and sugar in it is a nice twist on a citrus scent. I can’t wait to use it.

Paris/French Collection:

Waterlily & Lilac – The scent notes include green apple, lilac blossom, and jasmine. This smells like something I’ve smelled before, but can’t quite put a finger on it; it’s in the realm of Herbal Essences shampoo, or other floral scented hygiene products. It is a very pleasant scent for a spring hand soap.

Mediterranean Blue Waters – I’m in love with this scent. It’s clean, fresh, and perfume-y, with an ocean/beach vibe to it. It is what I was hoping for out of the hand soap Indigo Sky from last spring’s Italian line. Although lemon and peony are listed in the scent description, I don’t pick up on either scent note too strongly. It just smells like an aquatic unisex cologne/perfume to me.

Raspberry Rosé – I wondered if this scent might be similar to Black Cherry Merlot, which I am a big fan of. It is not. They are quite different. Its scent notes are raspberries, pink rosé, and fresh picked apple. I get the apple and the raspberries, but only a tiny bit of the rosé. It smells a little like some grapefruit face wash I used in high school… which is odd, but not necessarily bad. I’ll be happy to have it this summer.

Springtime in Paris – I get peach overwhelmingly when I smell this soap. It’s the same peachy scent that Bath & Body Works tends to produce, but mixed in with citrus and a hint of a floral note. It’s more of a summer scent than a spring scent to me.

French Tulips – This scent surprised me, because I was bracing myself for a strong, musky floral scent that my guests would probably complain about if I put it in the guest bathroom. I was pleasantly surprised. White jasmine, lily of the valley, and sparkling nectarine are included in its scent description, and it all blends together into a soft fragrance. What it actually smells like, to me, is Endless Weekend. I love that B&BW scent, so I love this soap as well.

Blogmas 2016 Day 12: Sephora Gifts for Myself!

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I received in the mail a $15 off of $50 loyalty reward from Sephora (not a coupon – the code was sent to my e-mail address) so I decided to treat myself to makeup that I have been wanting since this summer. It sold out online and just about everywhere else and has been difficult to come by since then, but luckily the palette was in stock on the Sephora website recently. It is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance eyeshadow palette in gorgeous warm red and gold tones.

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To bring my total up to $50 I added a nail polish set in colors that I thought would be appropriate for the holiday season.

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I also added a code to receive a free gift which was a very pretty makeup bag (pictured above) filled with samples that I am eager to try out. Sephora really spoiled me this time.

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I’ve had a busy day, but it isn’t over yet. I have some cardio and lifting to do and then it’s time to bake some cookies. I’ll be up early to get them decorated, and get some of them packaged to take to the post office. I still have Christmas cards to do, which I will probably take care of tomorrow as I don’t want to rush through them or wait until I’m beat. I also need to get holiday menus started, so a long trip to the grocery store may be in order.

 

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works A Thousand Wishes
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Winter Candy Apple

Blogmas 2016 Day 6: Victoria’s Secret / PINK… and Mac & Cheese?

Even though I love Victoria’s Secret, I did not watch their fashion show last night. Judging by some people’s reactions on social media, I’m missing out by always skipping these. Oh well. In honor of the event, though, I thought I would share another festive wintery purchase that I made online around Black Friday (not exactly a Black Friday sale, but still a good one).

I have a ton of Victoria’s Secret body care and fragrances, but I’ve only been using the PINK body care products since this summer. Although they seem to have a university/college student theme and I am still in college and in my 20s and such, I felt that the body care might smell a little too “juvenile” for what my tastes have gradually become, if that makes sense. It turns out, however, that they smell like just about any other feminine lotions or soaps that I’d pick up from B&BW or the drugstore. Consequently, I now own these body care items as well.

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In adorable holiday packaging, I received:

Just Say Snow – Peppermint & Pink Peony
Sleigh What? – Vanilla Infusion & Praline
Happy Holiyay – Juicy Raspberry & Sugared Musk

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What makes these three sets even more adorable is that they came with tiny “sweaters!” Remember when I said I was a sucker for cute little details? Yeah, that one got me. Dang it.

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I know I mentioned in my last post that I’m focusing on health and fitness this month, and I am, but I had a random craving today. I wanted some homestyle mac & cheese, so I made some homestyle mac & cheese. I used the Stove Top Macaroni & Cheese recipe for the mac & cheese itself from I Heart Recipes that I’ve used before and loved. I took it a few steps further by pouring it into a glass pan, topping it with shredded cheese and crushed Rittz crackers (which I prefer to bread crumbs, but either works), and baking it for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.

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There is just something about mac & cheese that I can’t seem to get enough of. As a child, a teenager, and now an adult, it is my go-to comfort food in any form. It’s somehow a little more perfect when I’m stuck inside during these cooler months. But now, I need to go work off some of the calories that my random craving gave me.

Blogmas 2016 Day 1: Shopping & Decorating

Happy first day of December! I don’t know about anyone else, but over the past 48 hours or so, I’ve been pretty excited about the beginning of December. It’s not just the posting each day that excites me, but reading other blogs and even watching Vlogmas uploads on Youtube as well. I have a feeling this will be my most festive December yet. I woke up way too early this morning, at around 2:30 AM… so, I guess I’ve gotten a really early start to the final month of 2016.

With all of the the time that I spend on my electronic devices, it made sense to switch out my phone, laptop, and tablet wallpapers for something that fits better for the holidays. I had a difficult time choosing because there is so much adorable graphic art out there on Pinterest. There isn’t any snow outside yet, and I haven’t even finished decorating, but just seeing all of my Christmas wallpapers whenever I grab my phone, tablet, or sit down at my laptop now has put me in a pretty jolly mood already. I found some of the cutest art at Felicity French, so check out the link if you need some ideas for your own backgrounds. If you’re not feeling the holiday spirit yet, though, consider a wallpaper switch. It’s really working for me so far.

Before I head out for the day, I do need to open my advent calendar! My mother surprised all of her kids and grandchildren with advent calendars on Thanksgiving, which was awesome, to be completely honest. We always had these when I was growing up and I remember how cool it was to fish out a chocolate to go with my morning cereal. Now I get to have chocolate with my morning coffee.

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My plans for later this evening involve shopping for a birthday party my family and I are having this Saturday. I’m picking up a bottle of perfume for a present, and I’ll also need a box of yellow cake, chocolate frosting, sprinkles, and candles for the birthday cake. I’m not the best gift wrapper, and since I know I have a lot of that ahead of me this month, I’m going to go easy on myself, skip the wrapping paper, and just buy a cute birthday gift bag. The gathering is actually for two people’s birthdays, and I have no idea what to get the second person, so I’m sure a good chunk of the evening will be spent on just browsing the aisles of whichever shops I end up in. Of course, this means I may end up Christmas gift shopping, too – or just buying more decor, or treats, and who knows what!

Once I’m home tonight, I have a lot of cleaning and organizing to get out of the way before the weekend. It’s not a very interesting day, but so much of this time of year is about running around and getting stuff done. I guess I’m hitting the ground running this month. The one fun part in my day is that I still have a couple of mini trees that need decorating, and some more (well, a lot of) decor to put up. I’m hearing some Christmas music in my future.

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Body Care Scent of the Day: Bath & Body Works Twisted Peppermint
Home Fragrance Scent of the Day: Kringle Candle Peppermint Cocoa

Fall Fun Series: Body Care

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It wouldn’t be a true fall season if I didn’t spend a week of it under the weather, and I suppose that time has come. On the bright side, I’m glad it’s happened while I don’t have quite so many fun fall plans, and I’m certainly happy not to be ill over the Thanksgiving holiday. Drinking lots of tea and spending extra time in bed hasn’t been the worst.

Surprisingly, my favorite fall body care isn’t one of my perfumes, a cute soap, or a bath bomb; it’s my body creams and/or butters. Specifically, it’s the Bath & Body Works body creams that I gravitate towards the most. Each year they release several new fall scents, and the packaging looks so nice that I like to keep them on display – thus, they are always handy, and I’m always using one.

At this point in the fall season, pumpkin scents take a back seat and I tend to grab my other fall scents more often. Where I live it’s already cool and dry, so a thick, heavy cream becomes a necessity for me.

Some of the Bath & Body Works fall body creams I have not yet mentioned on my blog include:

Wrapped in Comfort – Cashmere & Almond Creme
Cup of Warmth – Vanilla Chai & Biscotti
Cozy Sunday Morning – Soft Chamomile & Bergamot
Perfect Autumn Day – Maple Toffee, Amber Woods, & Autumn Air