Bath & Body Works Candles Haul!

10.22.2014

I'm not too sure about the weather where you guys live, but in Islamabad, the cold has definitely snuck up on us! I clearly remember being too hot in the day time, and BAM! come evening it was freeezing! Literally to the point where I had to take out my thick scarf and wear that to university for my evening classes (obviously people decided to laugh at me, not for long though, when the wind picked up they were definitely shivering in their t-shirts! Ahh sweet karma! Lol. Anyways, since summers here are brutal, I can't even look towards my candles that just lie in storage, un-burned (is that even a word? haha) but worry not dear candles, after a scorching summer, your time to shine has come!


I do LOVE me some Bath & Body Works candles, they are a bargain for the scent quality and power that you get, plus they have impressive sales every month, so what better time to stock them up. I decided to try new scents this time around, from different collection, and I'm soo glad I did! Loving each and every one!


The scents I picked up were - 

1. Limoncello - A lovely scent that reminds me of lemon cakes, which I have a habbit of gobbling up frequently haha!
2. Sicilian Orange - If you guys have tried the Satsma range from The Body Shop, this is basically that scent in a candles! Soo refreshing! 
3. French Lavender - I adore purple, all shades of purple so this lilac-y mason jar was definetly going into my shopping cart, unfortunately, I'm not really feeling the strong lavender in this, I was hoping the vanilla notes would tone down the lavender, but let's see, maybe when I light it up, it won't be soo strong. 
4. Lemon Mint Leaf - Now this one, as strange as it sounds, remind me of Strepsils or Vicks and how they smell haha! Definitely weird in the jar, but when you light it up, it kicks of a much subtle-r scent than you would expect which I really enjoy!
5. Red Velvet Cupcake - OMG! This is basically red velvet cupcakes and cream cheese frosting stuffed into a candle jar. Seriously! When ever I'm having a craving some baked delights, I get a whiff of this, and it is almost strong enough to make me not want to have a cupcake, almost, but not quite haha! Like the other ones, the scent in the jar is incredibly over helming-ly sweet, but burn it and it's much more refined. Make the house smell like there's always baking going around, which I quite like! 


I've been playing around with my new camera, and went a little too image happy in this post, but I really liked looking at the 'smooth-ness' of these candles before they were burned haha. Is that weird? Do you guys get sad before lighting a candle thinking about how they will never be smooth again? 

Let me know in the comments below!

Prices - Small Candles - $10 each
Mason Jar Candles - $12.50 each

Availability - 
For US Residents - Bath & Body Works stores and online here!
For Pakistani residents - Online FB makeup shops. I trust and always do my shopping via Makeup & Accesories!

Until next time, tc.

Morning Routine!

8.27.2014

Well hello there guys! I was just sitting and brain storming about potential blog ideas, and for some reason since I wasn't in the mood to do beauty posts, I decided I would work on a daily routine kind of post where I show you what I get up to on a daily basis.


So starting off,I'm not gonna lie and say I make the effort to have a nice breakfast everyday. It honestly depends on the amount of sleep I've gotten the night before haha, so since I was well rested, I decided to go all out and make some super delicious but unhealthy fluffy pancakes! I consumed them within minutes of topping it of with layers of maple syrup! Yum (comment below if you would like the recipes)


Now I'm as forgetful as anything! If I don't write every single thing down, chances are I won't remember what I have to do through out the day. That is why I have a different planner for various areas of my life. One for university, one for work, one for my blog.. You get the idea. Now most of you must be thinking what a hassle it is to write everything down physically instead of typing it on my phone, but honestly there's just something about writing stuff down that helps you keep it in your mind. I even read studies that back my theory up, so I'm definitely on to something haha


Next is the dreadful task of going through my emails!I dread this part since my inbox is always loaded with a ton that I have to reply to. Now I won't lie and say I'm the most productive person who stays focused on the task at hand haha, I always end of scrolling through blogs and instagram and facebook and the bazillion other social media websites! Too many things to check, really less time haha. A cup of tea is mandatory here!

 Since for a change, it was a nice day outside, I decided to stop being so gadget-centered and enjoy the weather! Sadly it turned ridiculously humid as soon as I got settled in so I stopped procrastinating and decided to get on with work!


I'll be honest here, I usually don't work with a smile on my face haha, but since I was pose-working here, you'll have to excuse that. I work as freelance writer among other things at the moment and I love it! Working in a field that is my hobby, it doesn't get better than that seriously! Even when I get tired, it's always the happy-kinda-tired. 

Time to get some food in my tummy! I wish I could've shown you a really Instagram worthy shot of what I cooked, but I decided to be all Master-Chef-y and ended up with something that was barely edible, and a mountain of dishes to do! Oh well.. there's always next time haha.


What I did manage to get right were these delicious zesty lemon-y cupcakes for my cousins birthday! I honestly don't know why I never tried these before; the addition of the fresh lemon zest makes a world of a difference! (comment below if you would like recipes)

Once I'm done with all that, I usually dress up and head off to university. I take evening classes so I leave around 5 in the evening and come back around 10. By that time in knackered and half-dead so I head to bed, more often than not skipping dinner. 


Hope you liked this post, I had so much fun making it :) Would you like more lifestyle-y posts like these? Let me know. 

Until next time, tc

22nd Birthday Goodies!

7.31.2014


This post is going up super late, my actual birthday was on the 6th of July but since I was waiting for some of the presents to actually reach me, this post didn't go up on time. Now that everything is here, I'm super excited to share with all of you some of my favorite presents that I got for my 22nd birthday, feeling very spoiled haha.


Just a heads up, I got alot of fragrances for some reason. Is it because perfumes are one of the easiest presents to choose? Whenever I have to get a present for someone, I always opt for a perfume haha! I mean who wouldn't want to smell nice? 


So what I was gifted was Juicy Couture by Juicy Couture, Burberry Sport by Burberry and Victoria by Victoria's Secret. How incredibly pretty is Victorias bottle?! I LOVE the detailing of that over sized bow and the pale pink fragrance. Good work on the aesthetics, Victoria's Secret haha. 


I love collecting Victoria's Secret body mists, so these two additions were more than welcome in my collection. The first is Noir Tease (my ALL time favorite) and the second one is, once again, Victoria. These body spray versions of VS perfumes are ideal for on the go, to chuck into your bag without having to worry about them breaking or leaking. 


As a present to myself, I decided to opt for a new camera. While the Kodak one that I was previously using did serve me well, it kinda was on its last legs and I just wanted better results (without having to put in a ton of effort, #lazygirlissues ) Upon using it for a couple of days, I would call this as a hybrid between a digital camera and a proper DSLR, making it ideal for auto-mode users like me haha.


Now onto one of the most exciting presents that I got, MAC lipsticks! I got Twig, Lady Danger and Mocha ( from my best-est friend! Thank you Tehni! ). While I love all three, Mocha has to be my favorite, it is the perfect everyday nude, and given how I've been using this everyday since I got it, this will definitely be a future re-purchase. 


Since I'm all about accessorizing these days, one of my other best friends gave me this Marc Jacobs inspired necklace that I can't wait to wear with plain tops to add a bit of pazzaz! Love the variations of blue on it :) 


Now after perfumes, I got a whole load of clothes so instead of putting up images here and making this post into a huge mammoth one, I'll be doing outfits of the day instead so you guys can actually see how the clothes look once worn :) expect alot of Khaadi, Origins & Beech Tree posts soon.

All in all, I feel very thankful for everything I got, and can't wait to see all that this 22nd year of my life has in store for me :) Thank you to all those who wished me, made my day, truly! 

What was your favourite present from the bunch that I got? Is there something you have had your eye on? Let me know in the comments below :) 

Until next time, tc.