Madewell Candles & A Beauty Launch

Argh! I’m a bit late to post on this, seeing that one of the lovely candles I recently discovered now appears to be sold out.

Madewell launched a line of candles a few months ago, and I picked up a set of these as a gift, and then immediately purchased a second set for myself:

These are slightly larger than a votive and they’re hand poured here in Minnesota. The ceramic containers are supposedly re-usable once the candles are done.

The two pictured above are Fig Cassis and Cedar Vetiver, respectively, but the sold out one – which, sadly, was my favorite – came in a lovely millennial pink hue and is scented with Bergamot and Amber. Together, the three made a pretty trio and the palette is spot on for 2017. 

Even though millennial pink candle #1 may no longer be available, this new Bergamot and Amber edition is:

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Same tone, same scent. Millennial Pink #2.

The new candle release also includes this cute number:

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One more thing: Madewell also just launched Beauty Cabinet, an edited collection of  cosmetics that include French Girl Lip Tints.

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Candle Jar Upcycle

For a long time I’ve felt guilty about tossing empty candle containers into the trash, especially when so many of them are quite elegant.

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The problem is obvious: the vast majority of the time, the candle burns unevenly into a tunnel shape or else it melts down to a little nub at the bottom.

A nub that I cannot chip out for love or money.

Hence, the toss.

Recently, though, I hit the jackpot: two candles burned cleanly down to the bottom of the jar.

When the last bit of fire snuffed itself out, I use a paper towel to wipe down the sides and bottom. The key here is that the wax was still warm, making this easy to do.

Next I cleaned both jars with soap and water. One was a clear container and I put it through the dishwasher. It came out nice and sparkly!

I’m currently using both of them to hold items on my desk at work.

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(And yes, one of them is stuffed with lip glosses).

Two other tips I found online for cleaning wax residue:

  • Place jars in the freezer overnight, then use a butter knife to chip out the residue. Clean with soapy water.
  • Pour a small amount of boiling water from a tea kettle directly into the candle jar. The water will melt and displace the wax, and as the water cools, the wax will float to the top in a disc. Remove and clean with soapy water.

P.S. Here are a few other snaps from my desk:

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My Mom and Trixie. She’s so small! And my hot pink Buddha.

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Smiling sperm beanie doll. One of the perks of being an OBGYN: sperm toys.

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I think this is an X-bearing sperm. (Nerdy doctor joke).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firewood Candles

Last year I developed a strong interest in campfire-scented candles. 

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Why? Not sure. My tastes changed, I guess.

I used to skew toward fruity, tropical scents but now with fall firmly in the air (and my tropical travels over for the year), these masculine varietals feel cozy and right.

Here are four winners:

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Autumn Noir from Henri Bendel. HB also makes a candle called “Firewood,” but I like this one better. It brings in the campfire scent but also is reminiscent of leaves and fall spices. This is burning in my house as I type this. (“Holiday” is another great seasonal scent from HB and comes in a gorgeous gold glass container).

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Feu de Bois from Diptyque. French. Expensive. Tres chic.

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Ski House from LAFCO. My gateway firewood candle and still #1 in my mind.

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Woodfire candles from Illume. These candles are part of a seasonal collection from Illume and come in a variety of vessels, sizes and price points. The scents are the same for the two above but the presentation is obviously different. I love the idea of pairing these with a box of oversized faux bois matches (also Illume). This is my favorite new find and one I will definitely be giving for the holidays this year.

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Beauty Deals

Oh, how I love the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! 

Spectacularly sad but true, I look forward to this event with no small amount of anticipation every year.

The Beauty Exclusives are particularly hard to resist.

Yesterday I got my hair done at a salon that happens to be a mere 10 minutes away from the only Nordstrom around, and mysteriously my car navigated there on my way home.

This year did not disappoint.

First up, this Kate Somerville set.

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While this set is still pricey ($98), it’s worth $191, making it one of the best deals of the sale. The Age Arrest Anti-Wrinkle cream is worth $90 alone. And if you haven’t tried it, the ExfoliKate treatment is one of the line’s star products. 

Next, AERIN Beauty’s ‘Lilac Path’ perfume:

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This was a wild-card that I did not anticipate purchasing (and also not an official Beauty Exclusive), but I got swept up in the scent and had to have it. There are five fragrances in this line, and it was difficult to pick out the one I liked best. I was waffling between this one and two others, ‘Ikat Jasmine’ and ‘Evening Rose.’ They were all really sophisticated and a little more perfume-y than what I normally wear (either Bobbi Brown or Jo Malone). This picture doesn’t do the bottle justice; the cap has a lovely lilac stone on top.

With the AERIN perfume, I received an Estee Lauder gift with purchase. I chose the cool colors for the lipstick and eyeshadows. You also could select a moisturizer in a generous sample size. The other items were a cleanser, mascara and serum, all packed in a navy blue bag.

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These Voluspa candles were a steal! I bought two sets, one for myself and one for gifting. I’m not sure if I’ll keep them together or break them up, since they make such great hostess gifts and are easy to wrap in colorful fabric, furoshiki-style.

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The last thing I purchased was a bit of a beauty risk, at least for me.

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Since I’ve been maintaining my fake eyelashes, I’ve been wearing almost no eye makeup, which means my lips need a little more attention lest I look completely washed out. 

Once again, I’m late to the party, but I love the modern look of a nude eye and bright, matte lip. Except up to now, not on me.

This M.A.C. set came in pink, coral or nude. It still feels outside of my comfort zone, but I went for the pink. Bright, shocking pink.

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Besides the gloss and lipstick, there’s a brown eyeliner (full-size) and eyeshadow trio with two champagne-y colors and one that is a sparkly plum. All are pretty.

Here’s me trying out the lipstick:

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Still not sure if I’m ready to go out like this. Baby steps.

In the end, I got another bag of beauty samples, which I love to save and use for traveling.

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The blue bag is the Estee Lauder one from the gift with purchase, and the purple nylon one contained the samples above. There were two Jo Malone perfumes (score!), plus samples from Kiehl’s, Lancome and Laura Mercier.

I was embarrassingly excited over this haul. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mason Jar Candle Holders

Recently I saw this oversized Mason jar candle holder online, but it was sold out from the store by the time I got there to check it out.

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It holds a large three-wick candle, and I thought this would be perfect for a casual outdoor gathering, provided that spring and summer eventually show up.

Even though I struck out with the above, I found some cool DIY projects that are even better.

Check out these glittered jars from Cakerypapery:

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So simple to make! Here’s how.

A floating candle version:

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Ok, here’s the coolest one of them all, glow-in-the-dark jars:

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Will someone please make me a set of these? Here are the instructions.

P.S. 100 other great ways to use Mason jars