I really want to start doing favorites every month so I decided to start things off with some of the let downs this month for me. Maybe it will help you decide on whether you should buy something or not. Also, just because I say it didn’t work for me doesn’t mean that it will be the same for you, you may love it.
So earlier this week my mom got rid of a bunch of her nail polish. She can never get it to work for her so she’s moved on to gel. That’s awesome for me though because now I have a bunch of new polish to try and share with you guys. I got 8 different clear coat type things. I won’t put pictures up of all of them but I will tell you what they all are. I got 3 Sally Hansen ones: Double Duty which is a strengthening base and top coat that I tried today so I’ll let you know whether I like it, Dry-Kwik which just dries your nails quickly and I also tried today (it dried the nails really fast, like moments after I put it on), and then New Lengths which is a strengthener to help grow longer nails (this one looks old school so I’ll have to see how long my mom has had it). I also got Primetime from ORLY (a nail primer that I used today), a Barielle instant liquid nail hardener (never heard of this brand and it looks a little old school again so we’ll see), Nutra Nail Bullet-Proof Strength, Cutex Nail Developer (this is a 10 day system so sometime when I don’t have polish on I’ll try it), and OPI Start to Finish base and top coat (I also used this today. I used this on one hand and the Sally Hansen one on the other so I’ll see which one I like better).
So I know I’ve been gone for over a week and I didn’t tell you guys I was going to be gone. Next time anything like that happens I’ll make sure to let you guys know what’s going on. But I’m back now and I’ve got a small clothing and candles haul. I have 6 little candles from Bath & Body Works and a candle holder along with two clothing items. Not a huge haul but it’s my first candles from there so I wanted to share.
I’ll go ahead and get the clothes out of the way. I had a gift card to Ross from Christmas so I figured I should go use it. The first thing I got is a Marvel tank top. It’s kind of the sporty cut with low cuts for the arms so you really have to wear something under it whether it’s another tank top, bandeau, and really whatever you want. I’ve also worn stuff over it and that fixes it as well. This was around $5 which I thought was a really good deal and I had to get it in an extra large. The large fit everywhere except over my chest. It didn’t go all the way across like I wanted it to so I opted for a size up which fits really well especially for a nice comfy throw on tank top. I like the design with the old comic style and slightly faded letters. The sides are literally just cut off without any sewing or anything and the neck has a black band around the color. I really like the look and feel of this and am glad to be adding it to my Marvel collection.
The next item is a cardigan type sweater that cost about $15. It doesn’t have buttons or a zipper so it’s always open. It’s a light tan color that I think will look good with quite a few things. It’s a nice loose comfy fit. I got this one in a large. The sleeves are the perfect length for me and it isn’t overly long or short. It’s also got a nice kind of crochet pattern in the back so you’ll be able to see whatever you’re wearing under it. It isn’t too heavy so it’s really nice for layering. It feels nice and the shape is really nice for me I think. I’ll be getting a lot of use out of this when things get a little cold.
Now onto the candles. I got a gift card here for Christmas as well and I’d never bought candles so I decided I had enough lotions and such and went this route instead. The first thing I got was a candle holder. It’s a blue tinted jar. It has a holder inside that keeps the candle about halfway down and also a holder so you can hang it somewhere if you want. I loved the look of it and thought it would go well in my room. I thought it was really cute and it was $16.50. The jar has little bobbles in it so it looks really cool when the lights are out. I’m really happy with it.
I got six different little candles. These are originally $4.50 and they were on sale for 3 for $12. The lady there also gave me a coupon so I got everything for even cheaper. These are the little candles (so they fit in the jar) that last for about 10 hours. I liked the idea of being able to try a bunch of different scents without too much commitment. I can switch out scents often and if I want to try a new one it only costs me $5 instead of the $20 it costs for the big ones.
The first one I really wanted was Caribbean Escape. It says it smells like tropical melon, raspberry nectar, lemon, coconut milk, and raw sugar cane. It’s a very sweet smell (I’m so bad at describing smells but I’ll do my best) and I really wish they had a body mist that smelled like this because this is what I want to smell like. I don’t really think of the Caribbean when I smell it but it is sweet and fruity and it’s a nice bright fun smell. I want to say it’s a warm fruity smell but it’s more of something like a sunshine fruity smell which I guess is kinda beach-like. This was the one that I knew I wanted from the beginning and I’m really happy with it.
The next one I got was Black Teakwood. It says it has Teakwood (obviously), sandalwood, and lavender. This is basically Abercrombie in a candle. It smells like a guy (at least a good smelling guy, not like gross sweaty guy). My mom asked if I really wanted my room to smell like guy and I said of course. To me it’s a very warm comfy scent. I really have no other way of explaining it. I really like the smell though. If you don’t like guys fragrance and stuff then you probably shouldn’t got for this one.
Rio Red Guava was my next one. It smells like guava and passion fruit. This one doesn’t seem quite as strong as the other ones. That isn’t really a bad thing though, it will be a nice light scent. I know my dad doesn’t like too much scent so if you’re like that then this would be nice. It’s obviously fruity again but I think it has less of the sunshine aspect than the other one. I would also say this is maybe a more grown up fruity scent than Caribbean Escape. It will be nice to have some different fruity options to use.
Amazon Falls is next and smells like fresh water, rainforest fern, and “a hint of sunlight”. This one reminds me so much of camping. Nice forest smell with a slight rain scent. Very fresh smelling and also smelly a little like a guy scent again, probably because it smells like a forest. I really like this one and it probably helps that I’ve gone camping every summer since I was really little.
This next one is the one my mom liked the most. Island Waters is supposed to smell like water, palm leaves, and bamboo. My mom really likes fresh and clean scents and also anything that reminds her of water so this was right up her alley. It’s kind of a sweet fresh scent. Definitely reminds me of an island or water. It think both this one and Amazon Falls remind me of rainy days which would be really nice for reading a book or a lazy day inside.
The last one is Tiki Beach. It smells like vanilla musk, orchids, and toasted coconut. Vanilla musk (and vanilla in general) and orchids are both in a lot of scents I like so I really enjoyed this one. It’s still a very sweet scent but it’s also very warm because of the musk and it’s weird but you can kinda smell the toasted part of the toasted coconut. This might be my favorite out of all of the scents.
So far they have all been burning well but I only have one or maybe two burns out of them. One thing I’m slightly worried about is the wicks drowning but hopefully that won’t be a problem. I’ll let you know. I’m really happy with all the scents I got though and also really happy with the candle holder. I could get candles from other places to fit in it too and I could take out the holder and use a bigger candle as well. I’m super happy with everything I got. I hope you guys had a great weekend and I’m hoping this next week will be good. I’ll see you guys tomorrow.