Gratitude with Circa Home & Giveaway ;)


With winter approaching us, I always find myself poking over to the candle section of stores, sniffing out some good ones to take home to burn with the upcoming chilly season. In light of Mothers Day rolling around soon, Circa Home have released the Gratitude Collection, which includes their classic candle, diffuser, soy melts and an electric wax warmer in their limited edition Honeyflower & Sandalwood scent. Likewise with the rest of CH's range, the packaging is simple but SO pretty, and as for the candle, it has "gratitude" printed in that brushstrokes font across the cup (not sure what to call it lol). #fontonpoint.

Circa Home candles have always been known to be handmade in Australia, utilising natural soy wax and high quality fragrant oils and lead-free cotton wicks; not to mention that the glass jar and the packaging are all recyclable ;)

I've never been any good at describing fragrances, but this is from the Circa Home website describing the scent of Honeyflower & Sandalwood:
  • Top: Dewy cucumber, light musk
  • Middle: Red Rose, honeyflowers, Osmanthus
  • Base: Sandalwood, Vanilla, Patchouli


This scent is really nice and comforting scent, makes you think of what you're grateful for (currently grateful for being able to do placement overseas haha) and brings a sense of warmth in the room, which funnily enough, really does fit in the description of "warm and inviting as a hug from mum".

Personally, the strength of the candle is pretty decent, my whole room smells like it, and I can smell it down the hallway a bit as well. The candle has two wicks, and I've noticed the wax burns a lot more nicer compared to some other brands, as you don't get much of a tunnelling effect when you just let it burn for a short amount of time. For a candle that's worth $32.95, this is definitely worth the money considering the quality and throw of the candle is so good.

Circa Home are running a giveaway, where you just need to tell them what you're grateful for and you could be in the running to win one of the three gift packs, each worth $251.60!


Date Truffles


As promised, these are the truffle/bliss balls that I made, inspired from the recipe card from the last post here. Personally not a huge fan of cooking, just haven't reached the age where cooking is "enjoyable", but this ones super easy to make and only requires a few ingredients :)

Paw Paw Lip Butters the Natralus Way ;)

Paw paw ointments are such a staple in anyones bags, and we were lucky enough to be sent some *flavoured* paw paw lip butter by Natralus. These babies are in tubes of 10g each, with cute typography on a brightly coloured background- easy to find when everything else in your bag is pretty much black haha. 

All of the flavours contain 51mg/g of Australian Organic Papaya, with added components such as shea butter and Vitamin E, without the petrochemicals. We were able to try out the three flavours (as pictured) and the scents did not disappoint. Coconut would be my favourite scent of the bunch as it has that underlying coconut creaminess scent without it being so artificial or overbearing (currently coconut-everything obsessed). All 3 scents are all very light and subtle, and don’t taste like anything when you lick your lips.

I do suffer from dry lips from time to time, and the only time I ever apply lip balm these days is right before I pop into bed. It usually does keep dry lips at bay, but sometimes when environmental factors and other lip products come into play, once a day application just isn’t enough. 

I found that these were able to be somewhat absorbed into my lips throughout the day, yet still had a layer intact to prevent any surface dryness. With consistent use, I realised that I gravitated towards these more so when I’m getting ready, applying a layer before makeup application to give it time to sink in and moisturise my lips. 

Natralus have done a wonderful job with these lip butters and they are definitely worth trying out if you are in need of a new lip balm soon because these won’t disappoint. It's also worth nothing that these are Australian made and owned AND cruelty free, so support the right brands people :D

Only $5.75 from your local Woolworths or selected pharmacies for chapped-free lips ;)
(I actually made some Coconut & cocoa Bliss Balls/truffle balls, thanks to the inspirational recipe card that came with these lip butters, will be posted soonish!)

Foiled


Nail art is something that I've always double tapped on instagram, but never really thought twice about trying it out. The usual train of thought is like "ohhhhhh ... so pretty" *continues scrolling mindlessly* lol, probably because I'm not one to really spend a lot of time on my nails, and if I do, it's gotta be real simple. I've recently discovered nail foils and these seriously are the bomb. Cheap, doesn't take a lot of effort and it looks fancy. I chose to go for the "dispersed holographic tips" look, which is why I used the foils in a dabbing motion, but there are a heap of other ways to use them if you just look them up on pintrest :)

Garnier Hair & Body Oils

Garnier has always been a *golden brand* in my eyes lol. Ever since I started buying skincare/makeup, some of my really well-loved products have been by Garnier (e.g Micellar Water, Clean Sensitive Makeup Remover, Oil Free BB Cream and the list goes on), so it's no surprise that I would eventually test out some of their hair and body products.