Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Haul: K's Kreations Haul #4!

K's Kreations was taking part in a series of flash sales hosted by the Veteran Candles Makers Association (VCMA) a week or so ago. Some of her items were on sale, and I got to partake in a few holiday items! Here's what I got!
These are the samples she sent me! Of course, with every order, she includes the really cool rose pen (which I think is made from some sort of tape or something). LOVE these pens! She also sent me little flower shaped samples in Miss Scarlett's Cookie Bread (which I've had before and liked just fine) and Coconut Cream Pie (which isn't really my scent).
She also sent a sample in Magical Fluff, which I LOVE. Even if I don't care for the samples vendors send, I truly appreciate their sentiment! Thank you to Kathy for thinking of your customers and sending samples. :)
Even though this wasn't part of the VCMA sale, I *had* to get this rainbow bracelet. I've been eyeing it since Kathy listed it on her website. I absolutely love this thing, it is so cool! Love wearing it!
She was offering her aroma bead sachets at a cheaper price, so I picked one up in Pink Sugar. I may put this in my car and see how the scent throws in there. w0ot!
I should have known better than to buy chapstick/lip balm, I am really picky with what chapstick I buy. Kathy's lip balm is just fine, but I miss my medicated stuff that I've used for years. The lemondrop pucker flavor is nice, but this just ain't for me!
Some of her new scents that I purchased that weren't part of the VCMA sale. I really like 3 out of 4, but Nilla Sugared Poundcake just isn't my cup of tea. I love her rainbow blends, as well as her fluff blends. Delish!
The main reason I purchased stuff during the VCMA sale: these AWESOME votive candles and holders! These are things I can have out during the holidays and reuse for many years to come. Eskimo Kiss smells like wintergreen life savers, and Magical Christmas is a spicy yet sweet pine scent. These will be in our home for a long time!
Here are the fall votive candles and holders. These can be displayed on our fireplace as well. Very cute decorations. Primitive Bliss smells like a creamy spiced apple cider, and Pickin' Punkins smells pumpkins and spice mixed with crisp autumn air and pine. Delicious decisions, I'm only sorry I didn't buy them all, LOL!

Anyways, here's my haul, and this is one of the last orders I'm placing until possibly Black Friday, assuming there are good sales this year. Have you tried K's? Anything look or sound good to you? Let me know! Have a great week, friends!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Surprise Package: Goodies from Deb at ...It's Always Something...!

Deb over at ...It's Always Something... has sent me two, count 'em TWO packages in the last month or so. She is the best, and I wanted to share what she sent me with you all! Deb, you're really awesome for doing this. :)
I had to share this cool orange envelope with adorable Peanuts stickers on it! YAY! I love stickers, and I love Peanuts, and I love orange. IT'S LIKE SHE KNEW MY FAVORITE THINGS. :) Also, Deb, I love your handwriting.
First off, she had sent me a sampling of some of the goats milk soaps she made. I was floored she let me try these! They smell divine, I love the autumn sunset one. I cannot wait to use them. I sort of waited at least a month in case they needed "cure time." I don't know if she same rule applies to homemade soap as it does with wax, so I just figured I'd wing it. LOVE these, they are so very great smelling.
She also sent me this adorable plug-in wax warmer from Scentsationals! She knows that Josh and I have a beach themed bathroom, and said she thought it'd go great in there...AND IT DOES! I love having a warmer in the bathroom. It is really sturdy and heavy-duty, so I'm not worried about anything spilling or falling out or anything. Love this piece!
She also included a 4-pack of Cranberries Sprinkled with Sugar from Front Porch. I really like this scent and have been hoarding my last grubby, so now I don't have to worry!
She also sent Cranberry Cobbler from Sweet Fixations, which smells delightful, and Pumpkin & Apples from Front Porch, one of my all-time favorite fall scents.
Deb knew I wanted to try Sea Breeze Scents & Things, so she also included some single tarts in Cranberry Peach Cider and Pumpkin Cheesecake! WOOHOO! Also, two pumpkin tarts from Daphne's in Sweet Potato & Brown Sugar. I can't wait to compare that one to her review.
Finally, she included two cubes in Boardwalk in a Bottle, to compare to Bath & Body Works' Summer Boardwalk. YAY!
The second package was a Halloween themed package. LOOK AT THE STICKERS!! AGHHHH! I love Peanuts, as I said above, and have always loved them, so this made me ridiculously happy to see again! :)
The photo doesn't do this mobile justice! It's SO sparkly and glittery, two things I adore! It's so cute. We've put it up outside next to the creepy screaming head in a cage to balance out the evil, LOL.
COOKIES!! YUM! This thing was delish. Josh and I split it (he says thank you, too, BTW, Deb!).
Not sure that I've mentioned it here on my blog, but I am obsessed with making lists and post-it notes. I was SO EXCITED when I saw this stack of skeleton post-its! HUZZAH! Time to begin more list-making. :D
She also sent along some wax tarts, too! This little turtle from Sea Breeze Scents & Things is freaking adorable and I named her Stacey. Unfortunately, she's going to be in waxy heaven soon. Goodbye, Stacey, we hardly knew thee. ')
On the left is CANDY CORN! Josh also had a bit of this, too. I haven't had candy corn in quite a while, so it was just enough to satisfy my Halloweeny urge for the stuff. On the right is 2 cubes of Better Homes & Garden's Warm Autumn Memories. This scent smells so good, woodsy and cologne-y. I am going to melt this on Halloween day!
Another tart she sent is Sweet Fixations' Pumpkin Patch. Another winner, IMO! Smells creamy with a hint of sweetness. I'll also melt this on Halloween day!
The last tart in the box was Witches Brew from Back Home Scents & Suds. We melted this today. While the throw was amazing, the scent just wasn't up Josh's alley. He's not so much a patchouli fan. I don't mind it, I thought it had a nice sweetness from some sort of apple note. I'm looking forward to checking out this vendor and actually making a purchase!
As I "oooo'ed" and "awwww'ed" whilst opening this, Josh was hilarious as the fruit snacks came out of the box. "FRUIT SNACKS??? I'LL TAKE THOSE! YOINK!," he said, LOL. It was hilarious. I only got one of these, but it was tasty. ;)
Some of the stuff came in this cute little Halloween spider bag...

...and the package also included this adorable card! I love the puppy with his trick or treat bag! :)

Again, thank you so, so much for all the thought you put into these gifties, Deb! I truly appreciate it, AND YOU! And don't worry, the Thanksgiving Wax Fairy may or may not be gobblin' her way out to you... <3

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Lightning Round Reviews #17, Busted Elbow Edition!

As the title suggests, I have a busted elbow. It's nothing too alarm, just an arthritis flare, and it's just about gone. But I left the title anyways, LOL. I can still type as long as I don't move my arm too much, but for now, I thought I'd catch up on my lightning round reviews! We've been melting fiends lately!
Orchid Lake Candles' Coco Pink
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating5.5/10
Overall Rating6/10; almost smells like watermelon. Delicious and juicy. Gorgeous chunks. Amazing throw. Cotton candy machine. Lovely!
Orchid Lake Candles' Raspberry Zinger
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; love this one! Very nice, great combination of scents, pretty decent strength! Definite repurchase, lasted 6 hours.
Orchid Lake Candles' Harvest
Cold Rating7.5/10
Lit Rating: 8/10
Throw Rating7/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; another winner from OLC! This is a Yankee Candle dupe, and I really liked it. Could have been a bit stronger, but I didn't cure this, so I'd say it's a-okay! Definite repurchase, lasted 5 hours.
Streetman Candle Co.'s Really, Just Lemons
Cold Rating8/10
Lit Rating: 7.5/10
Throw Rating7.5/10
Overall Rating7.5/10; not cleaner lemon, not bakery lemon, it really is just fresh, tart, squeezable citrus! One of my favorite scents from Heather. So good! Not overly in your face. Lasted 6 hours. DEFINITE REPURCHASE!
Streetman Candle Co's Honolulu Hula
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating6.5/10
Overall Rating7/10; great on cold sniff and warm sniff, but I wish it would have been a tropical barrage of smells! It smelled like Blue Hawaiian, a popular scent nowadays. Decent, not sure if I'd repurchase just because it's not typically my favorite scent. Did last 5 hours.
Streetman Candle Co.'s Lemon Crumb Cake
Cold Rating: 9/10
Lit Rating: 8.5/10
Throw Rating8.5/10
Overall Rating8.5/10; YUM! Smelled just like fresh lemon cake, sweet, tart, and had a hint of frosting in there. Heather really has her lemon scents down PAT! Delicious. Lasted 7ish hours, I let it go a bit long. So good. Definite repurchase.
Streetman Candle Co.'s Spiced Apples
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating5.5/10
Overall Rating: 6/10; this is your typical spiced apple scent. Unfortunately, it's not much more, which isn't a bad thing because I like spiced apple scents. I would have preferred to have this be a bit stronger, though! Lasted 3 hours, might repurchase.
Tiffany Candles Blueberry Cobbler
Cold Rating5/10
Lit Rating: 5/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating5/10; ehhhh, blueberry. Not my favorite to begin with. This had a medium throw. I just don't care for blueberry, and I need to stop giving it chances. It's not the vendor, just my nose. Not a repurchase.
Tiffany Candles Pumpkin Crunch Pie
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; I liked this a little bit. I didn't care for the crunch part of the tart. Small pumpkin scent, small amounts of spice, 90% crunch and/or crust. Eh. That being said, it had a solid medium throw, which was good for this scent. Not a repurchase, but I left it on for 4 hours.
Jaimie Lauren Cupcakery & Confections in Wax's (JLCCW) Aloha Pineapple Strawberry Passion
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6.5/10
Overall Rating6.5/10; pineapple and strawberry are a nice mix! Liked this, but didn't love it. It had a good throw, but would have liked a bit more from this in general. It was a freebie, but I wouldn't buy this blend. Lasted 4 hours.
JLCCW's Coconut Bra
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 7/10
Throw Rating: 7/10
Overall Rating7/10; coconutty, baby! That's about it! Great throw, nice scent, but nothing too fancy. Might repurchase this. Melted it for 4.5 hours.
JLCCW's Marshmallow Carnival Pink Creme Brulee Cupcakes
Cold Rating6/10
Lit Rating: 3/10
Throw Rating4/10
Overall Rating4/10; something in this smelled really icky when it was melted, and I suspect it's the creme brulee part of the blend. Not a fan of this. Marshmallow carnival smells good by itself. Not a repurch in the blend.
JLCCW's Wildberry Mousse Lemon Icebox Cupcakes Vanilla Bean Noel
Cold Rating7/10
Lit Rating: 6/10
Throw Rating6/10
Overall Rating6/10; liked this! Very nice mix of the scents, especially the wildberry mousse. Yum! The lemon icebox cupcakes is a bit of a showoff in it though, it sort of overpowers everything. Possible repurchase!

Enjoy the weekend, friends! :)