Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Subscription Box Corner: May 2016's Flicker Box Review!

TWO UPDATES IN A ROW??? You're not dreaming! I've got a new computer and it's fast as balls...ok, that's not so nice, but it's true! It might be fast, but I lost all of my old and recent photos when I reformatted my old PC.  :(  This one is a Dell, so hopefully I'll have better luck with it than I did with my Toshiba.

I'm here to bring you my review for the May 2016 Flicker Box! I'll be honest, these are not the best photos because I took them on my old phone and when it was being a pest during its last days before it crapped out on me. Sorry they are so dark!
I loooooooooooove the card this month!
A summary of what's in the box!
Three wonderful candles, two new to me vendors!
I have been fortunate enough to try Wood & Wax Co. before, and I received one of their candles in a different subscription box at some point. Unlike other woodwick vendors, theirs aren't as loud, which I simultaneously don't mind and mind. I like my woodwick candles to be noticeable in sound, otherwise, what's the point? And sometimes, I can't hear anything from this one. No matter, I guess, it's mostly about performance! Jasmine is the front and center note of this bad boy. It's lovely, and not too strong, which puts people off of jasmine sometimes. A solid choice for a medium-throw woodwick!
Candelaria is a new to me vendor. I absolutely LOVE the way they present their products. Look at that amazing label! The sleek black candle holder is gorgeous. And, it came with a candle coaster with an intricate webbed design. You can see it if you click the link for this vendor. I use it for everything. This Stardust candle smells exactly like pink sugar to me, and I LOVVVVE IT. It is strong, and almost gone, LOL. I have burned it consistently and haven't really gotten any major tunneling that more time burning can't fix. Amazing candle, I have my eye on this vendor.
LITERARY CANDLES! YES! Emily Bronte, they say. Delicate! Hearth & Hammer gave us a Moonlit Moors soy wax candle with one wick. It's got violet and musk, and it's very dainty, almost a perfumey floral. It's not my favorite scent, but the burn is incredible and the throw is just as good! I've burned it 3 times, once in the kitchen. I will keep my eye on this vendor, too, as they have many other scents I'm interested in trying!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Subscription Box Corner: May 2016's Vellabox Review!

Hi all! Better late than never??

It's been a while since I've made a subscription box post, but I want to get back into the swing of things. Usually, when candle mail comes, I am so excited, I rip the package apart and light the sucker before I have a chance to take a proper picture! I'm sure you don't want to see sooty, used wicks, right? Well, if you do, let me know because I'll be more than happy to oblige. ;)
The box, as usual!
On the inside of each box every month, there's a little photo card with a really cool quote printed on it. I love the one for May! So cheerful and uplifting!
The full innards! AGHHH! Love that spring look to it!
Love me some KIND bars! This one was delicious. Anything vanilla and anything almond are a-okay with me! You're lucky you got picture of this bad mamajama!
The candle every month comes wrapped in cloth, which is a touch I absolutely adore! I try to save the cloth pieces if I remember, they serve as really nice backgrounds for my photos. ;)
Chi Candles is a company I have never heard of. I love discovering new brands from these candle subscription boxes! Their label is so cool, very elegant and chic!
The bottom of the candle features instructions and the scent name: fig and sage!
This candle smells incredible. The fig is that earthy, deep, dark fig, not the super fruity, warm one from Bath and Body Works. True fig lovers must apply. The sage is herbal, in your face, and intense! These two scents mix together to create a mature, intoxicating blend. I've burned this candle twice so far and the burn has been nice and even. Both times, it made our house smell like a lush forest, slightly damp, but very alluring. Josh liked this one, too! I think I will save the rest of this for Christmas as the combination of scents is really reminiscent of that holiday.
Here's April 2016's Vellabox. I am STILL in love with this company and their awesome subscription boxes! If you like candles at all, sign up for them. They are the company with different tiers, and you can choose which you want based on how much you want to spend. Nifty! I think I need to bite the bullet and upgrade to their highest plan...every single month, it seems like the candles in their highest package are the ones I want the most! :P

I thought I had released this box review, but I guess I didn't. Thanks for sticking with me, everyone! <3

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 7 / July 2016

Summer 2016 is officially here for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere! Longer days, abundant sunshine, warm weather and fun activities will hopefully keep us busy and happy during the months ahead.

This month the Band Of Bloggers will be sharing their favorite summer memory or tradition as well as the one scent or blend that we most associate with summertime.
When it comes to summer, the quintessential scent for me is watermelon anything and watermelon everything. I just can't get enough of it! It's sweet, fresh, fruity, bursting with wonderful whiffs of summertime. My favorite summer memory is the summer before my friends and I all went off to college. We'd wake up early, stay up late, eat crappy tacos from Jack in the Box, listen to Blue Oyster Cult and jam out, scream at people from the car window (hey, at least we weren't destructive!), smoking the hookah in our buddy's backyard, going to the beach all day every day, walking at the park and cracking jokes....just being young! Those were the good ol' days. 

Please visit these Band of Bloggers blogs
and help support the blogger community!

Lauren, at Lolo Loves Scents.
Liz, at Furianne
Michelle, at Waxing About.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Band of Bloggers: Vol. 6 / June 2016

Welcome to the June edition of the Band of Bloggers!
We hope you have been enjoying this little monthly conversations of ours, as much as we enjoy having them. As always, we hope you will join in this month and chat with us.

I can't quite believe that we are officially at the half-way mark of 2016. I don't know about you but the past two months felt especially whirl-windy to me. In Singapore, June is the month to slow down and relax. All the schools are out and you can almost feel the country heave a collective sigh of relief. What are your summer plans, are you doing anywhere fun with family and friends? I am looking ahead to a month of packed weekends! A good friend of mine is getting married in early July and I am going to be a bridesmaid for the first time! We just did the dress fittings and we are getting deep into the final details for the big day!

Of course, with all the rushing around and the summer heat, hydration is going to be key to keeping healthy and glowing. I drink eight glasses of water on a regular basis (keeping a huge bottle on my desk helps) and my favourite drink is an ice(cold) lemon tea! Not surprisingly, I love tea-related scents as well. I find tea scents are such a subtle way to keep the room smelling fresh and feeling cool (does that make sense?).

And so with all that rambling, my question to you is what are your favourite drinks and drink scents? Do they correspond like mine?
I loooooooove root beer. The rootier, the better. Root beer definitely corresponds into wax for me, too. I've had several root beer wax melts and most of them are amazing. I love when wax can so perfectly match its real-life smell! As far as other drinks go, I am pretty boring. I'm not a huge cola wax scent fan, but I love Coke. Water is my favorite drink, so clearly that cannot correspond. I also really enjoy lemonade, which is hit or miss in wax depending on the level of sweetness. Margarita scents are good, but only in wax. I'm more of a hard liquor kinda gal (whiskies, rums, gins, etc), and I can't recall ever trying a gin scent! LOL! What will it smell like, taters? So, it seems as if this question brings mixed results. Some drink scents are excellent, others, not so much, but they only correlate to my favorite drinks on occasion!

Please visit these Band of Bloggers blogs
and help support the blogger community!

Lauren, at Lolo Loves Scents.
Liz, at Furianne
Michelle, at Waxing About.

Monday, May 30, 2016

To Try: Influenster's Bloom VoxBox!

Howdy, folks! I'm here to review Influenster's Bloom VoxBox! I am so glad I got chosen for this box, it's a good one! Let's just into it!
The box is a nice light orange color this time around.
The card with the box's contents. Pretty!
The goodies! Lots of bath and body and beauty products in this one!
First up, Cutex's Advanced Revival  nail polish remover pads. I LOVE these things. They work so ridiculously well! I don't feel like I'm wasting cotton balls or Q-tips or paper towels, plus extra polish remover. I found these worked best on manicures without glitter, which is both good and bad because more often than not, I am wearing a sparkly/glitter top coat. These works very well, and I found that, unlike advertised, one pad did not get all 10 nails, but it sure was close! I'd totally buy these.
I go back and forth of deodorant. I've used my favorite kind for nearly a decade, but the aluminum in it has me worried about the risks. Secret's Outlast Xtend does have aluminium in it, so steer clear if you watch that kind of thing. I used this deodorant twice. The smell is very nice, though I didn't find it outlasting my current products. In fact, no deodorant feels to me like it lasts, even the one I wear. I liked this though, and I might buy a full size stick just to see how it compares to the tiny one. On the third application, the entire deodorant part went flying off the mini stick and onto the lint-and-hair-and-life-littered carpet...needless to say, I tossed it.
Sinful Colors is a big brand in nail polish, mostly because of their super cheap prices. I tend to stick to OPI and KBShimmer, but I do have a few Sinfuls in my collection. This is VIP, it's a really nice light, sort of pastel sort of neon pink. No shimmer, no glitz, nothing. I love this! The formula is a little thick and the brush is a little flimsy, but I really enjoyed this. I need to paint my nails again, but I've been having some peeling problems and I cut them to minuscule nubs. It looks like one of the awful Kardashians made this color, so I'd never pick it for myself just based on knowing that.
If it makes me sound dumb, I'm fully prepared, but WUT IS HAIR OIL??? I am a no frills person when it comes to my hair, but before my birthday, I got it cut, and IT'S SO SHORT NOW. I'm still getting used to it. I put this in my hair a few times, but honestly, I don't know what the hell it's for. It also said it's for the face, but I'm not sure how I feel about putting oil on my face. I may try this on my nails instead.
Not Your Mothers seems to be a popular brand of products at the moment. This Plump For Joy stuff smells amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing. I've used it 4-5 times and I like it just because it makes my hair smell good. I know it adds some curls, but as far as plumping goes? Nah, not on me.
Sunbelt Bakery is a brand I've never tried before. If this fudge dipped chocolate chip granola bar is any indication, I may need to get acquainted with their other products. YUM!!!!!!!!!!! This was awesome! I saw on Pinterest that other people got an oats and honey variety of this product, so I'll be on the lookout for that one. TRY THIS ASAP!!!

So, this was a fantastic little box. As always, I got it for free from Influenster, but all thoughts and opinions are my own!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Random Post: My 30th Birthday Celebration Week, Part 2 - A Live Taping of "Conan"!

Welcome to part 2 of my birthday celebration week!

The one thing I reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally wanted to do for my birthday was go see a live taping of my favorite late night talk show host, Conan O'Brien! Since he tapes in Burbank, which is in/near Los Angeles, it's only a few hours drive from where we live. After extensive research and the random picking of a day, I booked the free tickets many weeks in advance. The day came and I was nervous to drive to LA since 1) I hate traffic, 2) I have a hard time getting around these days, and 3) I wasn't sure what to expect from such an event. I am pleased and glad to say we had a BLAST. Here are the photos!
It wouldn't be a trip up north without a photo of the cans! The drive time took us about an hour and a half after we stopped for breakfast.
When we got there, based on the instructions provided from 1iota, we parked in the parking lot as instructed.....
The best thing about this experience is, unlike other shows, Conan provides these big, long benches for its audience members. When we arrived, about 25 people were there in front is us waiting to check in. We knew what to expect ahead of time (again, obsessive planner) and knew that security would be there to check people in around 12:30 pm. Actually, it was about 12:45pm, but we expected to wait all day pretty much. Got checked in with security. went through metal detectors, then were told to wait in line in the order instructed. Luckily, it wasn't that hot the day we went, in fact, it drizzled all throughout the drive up to Los Angeles.
When I looked it up online, I noticed it was quite a long walk to the studio where Conan tapes. Luckily, I was able to tell the person giving us tickets that I needed to get a ride over to the studio because of my disability and inability to walk long distances. They gave us this purple card and told us to be back to the studio at 3 pm, which was at least half an hour earlier than everyone else.
OHAI, Cone Bone! Across the street from the parking lot is where the show tapes, but much, much, much more inside the lot. This is the beginning of the lot.
THE CONAN BOBBLE! One of the most exciting things about this trip was getting to see the Conan bobble head in person. We have watched Conan every single show since he has been on TBS. We DVR him religiously and follow him all over the internet. We watched this bobble head get debuts on his show, so seeing it in real life was amazing. And, it really works!
Conan's creepy bobble lurking in the background of our selfie.
After we got our tickets, we were told we could leave and come back, so long as we returned by 3:00 pm. So, we explored floor one and used the restrooms, which ARE NOT porta-potties like other reviews for the show have implied. They are fully functioning bathrooms with sinks and hand dryers and everything. Fun fact - 3 talk shows are filmed on the Warner Brothers Lot: Conan, Ellen, and The Real, which we had never heard of but sure found out about on our trip downstairs. Upon exiting the elevators, all we could hear was thumping, loud music and cackling. Audiences for The Real were lining up in the same fashion as us, only in parking lot 1. WOW. We asked around and found out this is a talking show like "The View" or "The Talk." There were a sea of women and virtually no men, other than the security guards and show production staff. It was madness!
After we left the parking lot, we headed to Griffith Park to check out the Hollywood sign, which Josh has never seen in real life. Like idiot tourists, we took the long way around.
There it is, in all its (far away) glory! Our bread and butter!
I took this photo from a moving car, and that, my friends, is talent. On our way back to the studio, we got stuck in traffic because something show or movie was shooting on location right when we were driving back. We nearly missed our meeting time, but we hauled butt back to the studio, driving right by what we can only assume was Johnny Depp's LA home because of the giant rooster!
When we returned, us and a few other small groups ere shuttled to the studio in a tram sort of car that looked like it was for studio tours. Josh and a few gals from the other groups walked to the tram, but me and the other two people with canes were taken in a golf cart. Fun fact - the guy driving our tram was a tour guide at the lot and told us about the "Supergirl" season 2 renewal and CBS to CW switch before it was announced in public. When we got there, they told us where to sit and got to take photos of the set! LOOK! IT'S CONAN'S DESK! It looks waaaay smaller in person, but, fun fact - the entire thing moves forward to give the appearance that it's bigger! That's what she said!
There are monitors hanging at the top of the studio so pre-taped bits can be shown and can get audience reactions.
Crap picture, but they wouldn't let us onto the wood floors of the stage, so I had to zoom in to get a photo of the band's set up.
Once everyone else filled in the audience, a hype man came in for about 10 minutes and got us riled up. Then, the band came out, played a ton of songs, went all through the audience, and then, ANDY RICHTER came out!! He was about 6 feet to the right of us, and when Conan came out to tape the show, he was about 6 feet to the left of us.

We had good seats, but were obstructed by the cameras, which was alright. There were 6-7 cameras, moving every which way. Conan came out, bing, bang, boom, done. His show is an extremely well oiled machine, and they run a tight ship.

Rob Riggle, Moshe Kasher, and band The Heavy were the guests during our taping. We have enjoyed Rob Riggle in several movies, and Moshe Kasher has been on At Midnight several times. We had never heard of The Heavy, but they were good. Check out the videos from our taping here.

After the band was done, Conan came into the audience and sang his "end of the show" song. Right after that, when we were getting ready to leave, he got on the mic and asked the audience if we would be okay watching him tape another segment because, due to time constraints, his guest was only going to be able to tape that day, May 4th. Well, of course the audience went nuts. Conan said he wasn't going to tell us who the guest was, but that it was a very famous and iconic actress. After a tie change for both he and Andy (LOL), he started taping, prattled off the actress' accolades, and then announced.............IT WAS JODIE FOSTER!!!!!!!! We went nuts! We really like her, and as fate would have it, she had gotten a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame earlier that day, so she was in town. She was also promoting her new film, "Money Monster," which she directed (and you can read our review of here).

I must say, it was honestly one of the coolest things we have ever gotten to do, see a live taping of Conan. The drive home was a complete and total suck-fest and my hands were busted up from clapping so much and my voice was hoarse from screaming too loud, but nothing could have made that experience bad. We had an absolute blast!! Conan is, and always will be, my favorite, so seeing him live was incredible. I just wish we could have gotten to meet him, and we can't wait to go back!!

If you have a disability and even moderately like Conan and/or free stuff, please, go see a taping of his show. You will NOT be disappointed. His staff was both generous with their time and accommodating with their set-up for people with mobility issues. I never once felt excluded because I couldn't walk to the studio, which is something that doesn't happen very often, and I was never questioned or made to feel bad about my inability to walk there.
And, the icing on the (birthday) cake: HALF OF JOSH MADE IT ON TV (to the left, the first guy)!!!!!!!! I wanted to sit right where that girl assaulting Conan was because those are the "nipple seats." Every night, well, most nights, Conan picks an audience member to rub his nipple on television, and has been doing this for some time. I may have bribed the golf cart driver to let me sit there...clearly, we didn't get to. Still, this was an awesome idea for my 30th birthday!!