Friday Favourites - Candles

There are many different ways to go about choosing the perfect fragrance for your home. We at The Amazing Blog adore candles, but sometimes we find it difficult to narrow down all of the choices each candle company in the UK has to offer. In attempt to truly broaden our horizons, we have decided to select candle companies that started in countries outside of the UK and have a special back-story. La Montana, EssentialCandles, PaddyWax and Mila Isla are just the exotic and refreshing companies we have been looking for.

Inspired by a mountain village in Valencia, each candle made by La Montana is sure to provide a special experience. The story behind each candle is based off of the founders’ new experiences after their move from London to Spain. Featured scents include: First Light, Alfredo’s Café, Galan De Noche and Winter Oranges. Each variety resembles either a scent or place that reminds the founders of a special moment in their lives, and we just love this concept. If you would like to read more about this candle company and their story, visit their website.

Mila Candles is a company rich in history and family values, for its founders are a niece and aunt power team who desired to carry on their great-grandfathers legacy. The business is based off of an essential oil company in Vienna, which extended into the UK once the grand-father immigrated prior to WWII. We received one of their newest candles, the Isla candle, which reminded us of a casual and relaxing day at the beach. The company offers other fragrance scents as well, including Chiara and Scuro. To browse around their candle, diffuser and oil selections, visit their website.

Now that we have ventured to companies all throughout Europe, we decided to seek a candle company based out of the USA! When we were sent samples from PaddyWax Candles, we were pleased to find that not only are their candles American, but each candle is truly one of a kind. PaddyWax sent us two candles: Amber & Smoke from the Apothecary collection and Old Fashioned from the Mixology collection. The Mixology collection was our favourite because they honour the craft cocktail movement. Each candle contains a hint of alcohol, which inspired the cocktail glass it is presented in, along with a recipe on the back. After each burn, you can enjoy a room that smells like the drink you will soon indulge in. There are other collections you can browse through on the PaddyWax website.

We believe we saved the most interesting story for last. EssentialCandles was started by a young boy at the age of 12 as merely a hobby, when he would make candles for his family and friends and give them away as Christmas presents. Once he discovered his knack for it, he started his own business of different kinds of seasonal fragrances. The company is based of out Scotland, and he supplies shops in the Borders and Edinburgh with his distinct seasonal scents. We particularly had a soft spot for the scent Christmas Hearth considering the fact that we we received the sample, it was so close to the holidays! To read more about how Aidan Paterson and how he got his company off of the ground, visit the EssentialCandles website.

Green People - Enrich & Enchance Lip Primer and Illuminating Eye Duo

Women are told constantly to respect their bodies not just in the way they perceive them, but also in the way they treat them. By using organic products, you protecting, nourish and respect your body.

We here at The Amazing Blog believe that organic products are the way to go, which is why we suggest that you try Green People’s new Enrich & Enhance Lip Primer and Illuminating Eye Duo. 

With the Enrich & Enhance Lip Primer, you can quickly and easily perfect your pout. Blended with Candelilla, Carnauba and Bees wax, this beauty must-have anchors and enhances your favourite lip shade while locking in hydration.

The Illuminating Eye Duo highlights and contours the eyes for natural radiance. It’s an eye shadow, highlighter and skin illuminator all in one. These organic eye shadows are richly pigmented and add a hint of shimmer to your eyes for a natural glow. Plus, you can use them to help give a beautiful blended colour.

As someone who regularly wears lipsticks and lip glosses, I really enjoyed wearing this primer. My lips felt smooth all day long and my lipstick faded less. I was surprised at the feel of the eye shadows as well - it’s almost like a matte material. The shades are a little too light to be used on their own for my liking, but I use them to even out the darker shades I put on my eyes by blending the colours to make a more natural look.

You can purchase the Enrich & Enhance Lip Primer here for £12.95 and the Illuminating Eye Duo here for £10.00

Living Nature - Hydrating Toning Gel

Here at The Amazing Blog, we're always on the hunt for great products with unique, natural ingredients. Living Nature’s Hydrating Toning Gel harnesses the beneficial properties of some of New Zealand’s unique botanicals and we couldn’t wait to try it.

Living Nature creates skin care products that include only certified natural preservatives, fragrances and ingredients. They also have one of the lowest, safest ratings on the Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database, so much so that Breast Cancer Network New Zealand has endorsed the range. Considering all of these impressive facts, we were excited to see what difference the Hydrating Toning Gel would make to our skin. The toner contains Harakeke, Active Manuka Honey and Larch Tree Extracts that help repair dehydration by drawing moisture into the skin. They are also alcohol-free and work to soothe, calm and restore the skin’s ideal PH balance. I was so pleased by how moisturised my skin felt after using the gel, and I can only imagine what the the rest of the Living Nature range could do for me.

The Living Nature Hydrating Toning Gel is available from a nationwide network of salons, pharmacies and health stores and you can buy it online here for £28.

The Original Make-Up Eraser

You walk into the bathroom and poof, your make-up is gone. How many of you wish that could actually happen? Here at The Amazing Blog, the last thing we want to do at night is spend forever cleaning our faces. Luckily for us, we've discovered the Makeup Eraser, an amazing tool that helps to remove your make-up quickly and easily.

Made from a specially knitted polyester/silk fibre, the eraser is designed to remove even the toughest make-up, including those water-proof products that are often hard to shift. All you need to do is wet the eraser and gently rub your face with it. When the eraser gets damp, it creates a hydro-mechanical process that breaks the surface tension of the oils that bond make-up to the skin, which is why it can remove 100% of your make-up so effectively. As well as being easy to use, the cloth promotes healthy skin by getting all the gunk off your face without using any chemicals. Plus, it’s dual-sided and machine washable, so you can cleanse with one side, exfoliate with the other, and just pop it in the washing machine when you're done.

I’ll admit I was a little skeptical about the product, but it really works. My make-up came off very easily and I even wiped a cotton ball on my face afterwards to double check. There was no trace of makeup left on my face! You can buy this miracle cloth here for just £15.99.

The Perfume Bible

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Working in an office full of women, I often hear about the importance of fragrance. Perfume is said to add a personal signature and a final touch to an elegant outfit. In short, it's a powerful way to make a statement. 

When you’re walking through the crowded London streets, it's hard not to stop and take a whiff of the variety of fragrances around you. However, have you ever stopped to think about the art of perfume? If The Amazing Blog has sparked your curiosity, then go pick up The Perfume Bible by Josephine Fairley and Lorna McKay and learn a thing or two about that scent you put on your body everyday.

The Perfume Bible is your ultimate guide to the world of fragrance. It captures the romance and beauty of perfumery in an informative way that will deepen your appreciation and enjoyment of your favourite perfume bottle.

Josephine Farley, a best-selling author, teamed up with Lorna McKay, the leading fragrance and former Harrods/Liberty fragrance buyer, to create this beautifully-illustrated and comprehensive guide to scent. Packed with insider information from the world’s leading experts and interviews with some of the greatest international perfumes, this book brings together everything you need to know about perfume, including guidance on which ‘scent family’ you’re attracted to, the art of shopping for fragrance, and a run-down of the 100 Perfumes to Try Before You Die.

If you’re a perfume addict or simply a curious person, then get online  and purchase the book for £20 or walk to the nearest bookstore and buy it for £25.