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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

10 Bad Things You Can Do to Good Hair


                Good hair is whatever hair you feel comfortable with. I can't possible describe what good hair is to you because what is "GOOD" to me may not be good to you. But one thing we can all agree on is that healthy hair is definitely not bad hair. And even with healthy hair sometimes, we can still have some bad hair days. Today,  I have a list of some  bad things that I have done to my hair over the years. Well, before I started my healthy hair journey. The only thing on the list that I have not done to my hair is bleaching it. I am sure you will find at least one thing on the list that you are either currently doing to your hair or have done in the past. Change is good, but sometimes it is best if we just leave things the way they are. And sometimes too much of a good thing can also be a bad thing. Knowing when to go back to what worked before is the best way to continue the journey.


  1. Using too much  heat - Not all heat is bad for your hair. Using a hair steaming to help open the cuticle layers of the hair is a good way to allow proper penetration of your deep conditioner. But,  using styling tools like a hair straightener and a curly iron can damage the hair when done too often. 
  2. Using products that cannot penetrate the hair shaft - Some oils do penetrate the hair and the scalp; while others don't. Make sure you know which oils are good for nourishing the hair, and which ones are only good to seal the moisture in. 
  3. Using too much shampoo - The only time I use shampoo is after I protect my ends with a conditioner. And I only use the shampoo to wash my scalp. Too much shampoo can cause dryness; and in most cases split ends.  
  4. Not using shampoo at all - A clarifying shampoo should be used at least once a month to remove buildup from the scalp and hair.  
  5. Using too much protein - Protein should be used when necessary. Protein is good for the hair, but using too much can make your hair feel like straw and cause breakage. 
  6. Pulling the hair too tight when wearing braids, or ponytail - Traction alopecia is no joke. And the best way to avoid it is to switch positions when wearing ponytails. Tying your ponytails too tight at the same spot can cause major hair loss. Hair that will be difficult to grow back. 
  7. Not trimming the split ends - Holding on to damaged ends can make the  split travel even further down the strand. The best thing to do is have regular trims to keep the ends strong. 
  8. Bleaching your hair - Bleaching your hair at home should be a no-no. It should be done by a professional. Bleaching can damage the protein bonds within the hair. And depending on your hair's porosity level, it can also break the hair, or make it look and feel thinner. 
  9. Not washing your hair when wearing extensions - Not taking care of your own hair when wearing extensions can lead to dandruff, shedding, dryness, and even breakage. 
  10. Getting a relaxer right after taking your extensions out - After removing any hair extensions, the hair should be washed and treated with a good protein treatment before applying any chemical treatments. A protein treatment can help fill the gap if there is any. This is very important because relaxers do break the protein bond within the hair during the process. 
Did I leave anything out? What are some of the things you know are bad for your hair , but you do it anyway? 

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Revlon Super Lustrous 750 ( Kiss Me Coral) Lipstick REVIEW


          Happy new week Everyone! Did you do anything interesting over the weekend?  I am currently reading THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE, and it's been taking all my time. As confusing as the book is, it is definitely a good way to kill time. A sure way to be in 100 places at once. Anyway, I am reviewing a lipstick today. I have been into the color orange/coral lately. I am very one-sided when it comes to lipsticks.  I love purple, lavender, violet, rose velvet, or anything that is mixed with purple. Well, I dared to try something different bold last week. Let's see what happened!


How Revlon describes the product

Super LustrousLipstick features exclusive LiquiSilk technology to pamper lips With silk-drenched mega-moisturizers and vitamins. For Rich, smooth color, Soft-Shine and irresistible lips. No wonder it's America's #1 Lipstick.* So why not try all 72 gorgeous shades?

Ingredients
Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, Polybutene, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Ceresin, Ozokerite, Pentaerythrityl Tetraisostearate, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, BIS-Diglyceryl Polyacyladipate-2, Cera Microcristallina ((Microcrystalline Wax) Cire Microcristalline), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Paraffin, Silica, Synthetic Wax, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Retinyl Palmitate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Serica ((Silk Powder) Poudre De Soie), Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben. May Contain: Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 177491,77492,77499), Red 33 Lake (CI 17200), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140), Yellow 6 Lake (CI 15985), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090), Red 6 Lake (CI 15850), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Red 27 Lake (CI 45410), Bismuth Oxychloride (CI 77163), Carmine (CI 75470).
My opinion

         
             Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Kiss Me Coral is an interesting lipgloss lipstick. It goes on the lips smoothly. The color is beautiful. The moisture is incredible, while the pigmentation is slim to none. I had to swipe 3 times to get a reasonable amount of color. What's even worse is that the lipstick bleeds. It lasted until lunch,  and quickly transferred to my glass. I am not sure what went wrong because I reviewed the Violet Frenzy here and I really loved it. 

Pros
  • Moisturizing
  • Beautiful color
  • Goes on smoothly
  • Affordable
Cons
  • Pigmentation (too light)
  • Duration (lasts until you eat or drink something)
  • Messy  (bleeds)
The bottom line

           Keep your money. The only good thing about this lipstick is that the color is very attractive. Oh, it is moisturizing, too. 

Have you tried any color from this line before? 





Thursday, May 19, 2016

OUTFIT | Add A Pop of Color


               Hello dolls! If orange is the new black, then there is no reason for me not to mix the old with the new. Not in a monochromatic way, but a color popping kind of way. Does that make sense to you? It's okay. It does not make any sense to me either. But it's a good thing that fashion does not require much explanation. The outfit speaks for itself.
 Here I am wearing my old top that I got from Target last year. I broke the spring fashion rules by pairing it with my dark colored jeans. But thanks to the fashion gods, I remembered to add some colors. I am loving these shoes a little too much. I blame it on the level of comfort they provide. Don't leave without letting me know what you think about my color poppin'.




Have a safe weekend!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Hair Style: Crochet Senegalese Twists | #washdayexperience

              Hello Everyone! I hope the weather is  treating you fairly. The temperature has been up and down around here. I was supposed to post this wash day last week, but I have been so busy lately. I am trying to get everything in order before our family vacation to South Carolina. It will be my second trip to Myrtle Beach, but a first for our children. Are  you going away this summer?


The Wash Day Experience            If you have extremely dry hair, deep conditioning your hair with heat is the best thing you can do for your hair. It doesn't matter if your hair is color treated, naturally curly, or relaxed. Dry hair happens to all of us. I did not use much heat when I deep conditioned my hair last year; and the result was dry, thirsty hair that resulted in breakage. Now that I use heat every time I deep condition my hair, I don't feel the need to moisturize my hair as often as I did last year.

           Needless to say that my focus was on deep conditioning the last time I washed my hair. My hair is more dense now and requires more conditioner. It also takes longer for the deep conditioner to melt when I use a steaming method, because I use so much. But the result is always AMAZING! Aussie 3-Minute Miracle + Extra Virgin Olive Oil + Extra Virgin Coconut Oil = soft, nourished hair.

Hair of the week: Crochet Senegalese Twists


                  I got a lot of compliments from my co-workers when they saw my hair, but the length was more than I could handle. I had the twists in a low bun most of the time. I am not used to wearing such long twists. Senegalese twists are so popular that they even sell them already twisted in the stores. All you have to do is braid your pattern and install them. But, I twisted these myself. It took me about 8 hours.  What do you think? 

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser and Toner REVIEW

            The last time I tried a face cleanser, it left me speechless.  I thought I would never find something else to compare it to. But the face cleanser that I am reviewing today is so much better. When used together with the toner, they give amazing results.

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser


BENEFITS: • Skin Repair • Skin Cell Renewal • Promotes Collagen Production to Restore Firmness and Elasticity • Powerful But Gentle Skin Cleansing

ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser Offers High-End Spa Quality Oceanic Minerals and Micro Minerals To Nourish, Repair Skin Lesions, Dry Skin, Blemished Skin and Rough & Damaged Skin, MSM Increases Cell Permeability, Vitamin E and Rose Hip Oil help diminish discoloration and Repair Scarring Leaving your Skin With a Clean, Healthy, Youthful Glow. This Cleanser is a Proud Part of Our Line of Restorative and Healing Ocean Mineral Skin Care Products.
Ingredients
(97% Natural/70% Organic) Ingredients: Deionized Aqua (Water), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Lavandula Officinalis (Lavender Water), Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (from coconuts), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Cocamide MIPA, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Disodium Lauryl Sulfosuccinate, Ocean Mineral Complex, Carbopol, Arginine, Salvia Sclarea (Clary Sage Essential Oil), Olea Europaea (Olive Oil), Organic Rosa Canina (Rose Hip Oil), Macrocystis Pyrifera (Kelp), Chondrus Crispus (Irish Moss), Panthenol (Vitamin B5), Borago Officinalis (Borage Oil), Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange Peel Tincture), Origanum Compactum (Oregano Oil), Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree Oil), Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit Seed ), Organic Calendula Officinalis (Calendula), Origanum Arctium Lappa (Burdock Root), Organic Trifolium Pratense (Red Clover), Organic Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary), Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Phenoxyethanol, Organic Aloe Barbardensis Leaf (Aloe Vera Extract), Organic Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kola Extract), Organic Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail Plant Extract), Organic Pelagonium Gravoleons (Geranium Extract), Organic Taraxacum Officinale (Dandelion Extract)

 My opinion 

Azure Naturals ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser   comes in a nice pumping bottle that dispenses  the product  effortlessly. It has a clear, watery gel consistency. The scent is not overpowering  and it does not linger either. I use two pumps after wetting my face mornings and nights. Then I apply the toner after I pat dry my face It lathers well, but it does not form a lot of bubbles. I noticed a big difference  on my skin by the third day. The product  gently  removes  dead skin and leaves the face squeaky  clean. It is very  gentle on the skin, too. My face feels less oily and I have also noticed  less blackheads since I have bee using the product. Another  thing you need to know is that this product  is not irritating at all. 

Pros
  • Nicely  packaged  
  • Mostly  natural  ingredients  
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Removes  dead skin/blemishes
  • Reduces blackheads  
  • Works quickly  
  • None-irritating
Cons
  • I could  not  find  any  
Azure Naturals ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Toner 

BENEFITS: • Balances pH and increases the effectiveness of your other skin care products! • Repairs Skin • Skin Cell Renewal • Promotes Collagen Production to Restore Firmness and Elasticity,
ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Toner contains 92 powerful oceanic minerals! Micro minerals help repair, rejuvenate and deeply nourish your skin, Irish Moss and Kelp (Algae) stabilizes minerals that deeply moisturize and brighten your skin. Your skin will look and feel healthier, hydrated and give you a beautiful, youthful glow. This wonderful organic facial toner is a proud part of our line of restorative and healing Ocean Mineral anti aging skin care products. 

My opinion          
  Azure Naturals ULTIMATE Ocean Mineral Facial Toner comes in a spray  bottle  similar  to the cleanser. I spray it  on a cotton  ball and apply  it to my  face, away from my eyes. It goes  very  fresh on the skin and dries up very fast. This product  provides  instant moisture to the skin, controls excess oil, and leaves the skin glowing. It also provides  nourishment  to the skin to make it look younger. It keeps  my skin hydrated for a long time during the day and at night. I like the cool, refreshing  feeling it leaves on my face. I also like the smooth finish every time I use it. I cannot  remember  the last time I saw my skin so healthy  looking. I look forward  to  using  this product everyday  because  it works  great  on my skin. 
Pros
  • Nicely  packaged  
  • Rejuvenating
  • Refreshing  
  • Smooth  finish  
  • Nourishing
  • Moisturizing  
  • Fast-drying  
Cons
  • I could not find any

The bottom line

             The Cleanser and the Toner worked great on  my oily skin. Both products are gentle enough to use on dry, sensitive skin. I was amazed at how fast the products started working to make my face look clearer and softer.  And I am 100% satisfied with both products so far.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Looking Chic For Less: Talbots Blue Sheath Dress


Hello Everyone!
             I hope you had a fantastic Mother's Day. Mine was great. I did absolutely NOTHING. It is the day when I get to stay away from the kitchen. We bought Chinese food and ate at the park with kids. Since most restaurants have long waiting lines on Mother's Day, it was the least frustrating thing to do. Hubby and the kids got me flowers, and it was a beautiful day to be outdoors.
             So, the last time I went to the thrift shop, I did not only get one shirt. I also got a dress for $20.00. I may or may not have gotten a few other things, but that's not important right now. Let's talk about the dress. I do most of my clothes shopping online. But when I go to the thrift shop and see something with the price tag still attached to it, I have a hard time leaving it in the store for somebody else. Selfish, right?  Most of the time I don't even try it on. This dress is a size 14P. Can you tell by how short it looks on your girl? I could barely cross my legs. But, I love the quality of the fabric. It feels soft on the skin and it is very durable. And the fit is not bad either. You would think that the cardigan came with the dress. I got it at Macy's a long time. The shoes are old too. I got the Emilie M. Loren tote bag on Groupon for $29.00 about a month ago. The original price was $75.00. It reminds me of the Michael Kors Jet Set East West tote bag. I am also wearing Paparrazi jewelry that you can find here. I thought a little bit of color popping would do me some good. What do you think?




I will be back on Saturday with a product review. Thanks for all your support. Always! 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer | Vegetable Spiral Slicer REVIEW

             I've always wanted to try one of these kitchen tools that can turn a zucchini into veggie noodles. Well,  today is my chance! With the 5-blade Spiralizer by  Brieftons, you can turn  Butternut Squash, Zucchini, and their little cousins Sweet Potatoes, into tasty veggie pastas. Brieftons sent me their Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer | Vegetable Spiral Slicer to review. Keep reading to find out what I think.

*This product was sent to me to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own*

How Brieftons describes the products

Eating Healthy and Creating Delicious Vegetable Meals Easily with the All-New Improved Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer! 

If you love the Brieftons Tri-Blade Spiralizer, you will find there are even more good reasons to love the Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer.
We dissected an already great product and asked ourselves how it could be made better. And the result is a new edition with these integrated features you won't find in any other competing products:
✓ Comes with 2 additional blades (ultra thin 2mm angel-hair blade and curly-fry blade), for a total of 5 blades to cater for all your spiralizing needs
✓ Ingenious removable design for the most compact storage and transport (especially useful for traveling)
✓ Reinforced, heavy-duty, stainless steel forward handle (instead of weak plastic forward handles that can break easily). This is something you definitely want to see in your spiralizer if you want it to last for more than a few months


What can you do with the complete set of 5 blades?

▶ Angel-hair blade for 2mm ultra thin noodles
▶ Fine-shredding blade for 3mm-wide noodles
▶ Crude-shedding blade for 6mm-wide noodles
▶ Flat blade for ribbon-like noodles
▶ Curly-fry blade for 10mm wide x 6mm thick curly fries

My opinion
           I received my package in excellent condition. All five blades ( 1 Angel-hair blade, 1 Fine-Shredding Blade, 1 Crude-Shredding Blade, 1 Curly-Fry Blade and 1 Flat blade) were included in the box. There is room to store up to 3 blades within the spiralizer. I wish there were enough room to store all five blades.  The base/bottom of the spiralizer has suction cups that keep it in place on the kitchen counter.  It took me less then three minutes to figure out each piece and put the machine together. The blades are dishwasher safe and it is easy to hand wash them also. The  Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer is easy to use. If your fruit or vegetable needs to be peeled, you have to do that yourself. The machine does not do it. It is better to cut the top and the bottom of the vegetable for proper fitting and easy gripping by the spike holds. Once the vegetable is tightly held, you can start turning the vegetable clockwise through the blades with the help of the handle.  Each vegetable you push through the blades gets spiralized. You get long strings of spiral veggies. This machine is not a slicer. So don't expect to get nice slices of tomatoes or onions like I did. I had so much fun using the spiralizer. I even tried to spriralize a hard boiled egg. Please don't try this at home. The result was a disaster, a mess you do not want to clean up.

Pros

  • Nicely packaged 
  • None-electric
  • Fun to use
  • Easy assembly
  • Easy to clean
  • Suction cups 
  • Easy-to-remove blades
  • Gets the job done
Cons
  • Not enough room to store the blades
The bottom line
            I think spiralizing your veggies is a fun way to enjoy them. I am not quite sure if that will get your kids to eat their vegetables. I must say that they did enjoy the curly fries and the onion rings.  Brieftons 5-Blade Spiralizer  is a basic spiralizer that you can use in your kitchen. If you choose to buy it, don't expect to see something that you would find in Hell's kitchen. BUT, it does get the job done. My only problem is that my curly fries were cut too thin. It is a personal preference. If you don't have a problem with your fries being too thin, then this is the gadget for you!  

Friday, May 6, 2016

Looking Chic for Less | Nine West Women's Braveit Leather Wedge Sandals


               Happy Friday Everyone! I hope everybody is doing okay. If you are a teacher, Happy teachers appreciation week. I know it is the end of the week, but it is never too late to do the right thing. You work so hard, and we really appreciate what you do for our children.
My plan to buy more shoes this year is working so far. I gave away some of my old shoes and now it is time to replace them, one pair at a time. You know your girl likes to look chic for less! So, I snatched these Nine West Women's Braveit Leather Wedge Sandals for $26.00 on amazon a few weeks ago. They are so comfortable and the fit is just right. The only problem is that the straps are too long. They feel a little loose when I wear them. Other than that, I love them.
             You want to know something? The top that I am wearing is the only orange-ish top that I have in my closet. I got it from eShakti about two months ago. I am not sure when I joined the dark side, but I don't have enough bright colors in my closet. Let me know what you think about the outfit below. And thanks for your love and support.








And if you tell anybody I was wearing purple nail polish with orange sandals, I will deny the whole thing. LOL! 

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser REVIEW


              When you have acne, you are always looking for the next best thing. Even if you have a product that's already working, you still want to try other products to either get faster results,  or save more money. And so is my story. When I got the notice that I was going to review Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser, I was very excited because the name Micheal Todd Beauty is synonymous to #clearskin. Let's see if the product met all my expectations!

How Micheal Todd describes the Product

This cleanser is the first step in your skin balancing routine. Specifically designed to lift deep-set impurities without stripping the skin of its natural hydration balance, the detox cleanser removes pore blockages and preps the skin for additional balancing treatments. Who should use it? Ideal for oily and blemish prone skin types. Eliminate all excess oil and impurities and draw out deep set blockages from pores. Sugar Cane, Maple and Bilberry Extract stimulates cellular turnover to heal dark spots and retexturize, and dissolves blockages, preps pores for following treatment steps.

Indications
Ideal for oily and blemish prone skin types.
Ingredients
Organic Aloe barbadensis Leaf (Organic Aloe Vera) Juice, Coco Glucoside, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Inulin, Phospholipids, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Gaultheria Procumbens (Wintergreen) Extract, Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) Extract, Saccharum Officinarum (Sugar Cane) Extract, Acer Saccharum (Sugar Maple) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Beta-Carotene, Panthenol, Activated Charcoal, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Oil, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Acrulates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Phytate, Dehydroacetic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide
Directions
Shake well before each use. Wet face and hands with warm water. Apply cleanser onto hands and gently massage onto damp face in upward, circular motions. Rinse thoroughly


My opinion
              Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser  has a gel-like consistency, but it does not feel sticky. You don't need a lot to get great results.  It does not lather like a regular soap bar, but it cleanses the face thoroughly. The first thing that I noticed is Aloe Vera being the first ingredient on the list. That probably explains why my skin felt moisturized and refreshed every time I used the product. The product cleans my face very well. I have seen a significant change on my nose. My blackheads are not as noticeable as they used to be. And my face looks slightly smoother after using the product for only one week.
             The product came nicely packaged. It comes in a 6.7 oz  purple pump bottle. The pump dispenses the right amount of gel for one wash, but I try not to use a full pump because the scent lingers and I don't like the smell very much. If you've used products made with charcoal before, you totally understand what I mean.

        
Pros
  • Nicely packaged
  • Purple bottle with pump dispenser
  • Cleanses well
  • Smooth, soft finish
  • No dry feeling
  • Cruelty free
  • Reduces blemishes and blackheads
  • 70% Organic
Cons
  • I can't stand the smell
The bottom line

            As much as I appreciate the quick results that I got from using the product, I can't get passed the smell. And the other problem is that it lingers. If you need a product that will clean your acne prone skin without leaving it feeling dry, I think  Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Deep Pore Cleanser can get the job done. The smell is the only thing I don't like about it so far.    


*This post contains Affiliate links, but all opinions are my own*

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Ocotillo Southwest Champagne Apple And Mimosa Scented Jar Candles REVIEW


        Do you remember the first time you fell in love with scented candles? I bet it was such an experience! I fell in love with scented candles last year. I bought a Mango & Peaches scented candle and had it burning while I was cleaning the house. Now I cannot clean the house without having some kind of  candle action going. Today I am reviewing Ocotillo Southwest scented candles; the Way Out West Collection. Keep reading to find out more! 

About the Company

        Ocotillo Southwest is a small Family Owned Business nestled at the foothills of the Sandia Mountains in New Mexico. We have been designing and crafting premium scented products in the Southwestern United States for more than 2 decades. Our experience and expertise allow us to formulate amazing candles for candle lovers like you!


           The Way Out West Collection comes ready to be gifted. The candles came well-packaged in a small box. The box also contained a heart-shape key/wick dipper that you can use to extinguish the candles.
How Ocotillo Southwest describes the products

• Mimosa will erupt like a volcano of fragrance with it's citrus blend grapefruit, orange and tropical notes. Champagne Apple, well let's just say it's the best green apple ever. Burn separately or together for a cosmic fruity fiesta! This one WOW smell! The Way Out West Collection will bring a smile to your face!

• Experience Scented Candles that Smell Great, are High Quality & Long Lasting! Our candles are the perfect choice to fragrance your home, office, or personal space! Indulge yourself and let the wonderful fragrances transport you to another world! You will receive 2- 8 ounce jar candles that will last 80-90 hours combined, and a metal wick dipper for smoke free extinguishing!


CHAMPAGNE APPLE 

MIMOSA

My Opinion

            I admire the way the products were packaged. The Mason jars are not too big, but the wax is very concentrated. You can feel the weight when you lift up the jars. Each candle  has a delightful and inviting scent. The fragrance started to fill the rooms right away, although the wick itself did not burn too fast. After burning the candles for almost two hours, I dipped the wick in the wax pool to extinguish each candle, then brought the wick back up and centered it for future use. I did not see any dark smoke flying everywhere while the candles were burning. There was a little white smoke when I used the wick dipper to extinguish the candles, but it was not as bad as when I blew the candles.  

Pros
  • Professionally packaged
  • Very attractive colors
  • Burn nicely ===> Clean
  • Come ready to be gifted
  • Beautiful metal seal around the rim of the jar
  • Wick dipper
  • Warm, inviting scent
Cons
  • I could not find any
The bottom line
           
             I am not a candle connoisseur, but I have bought candles that smelled so strong they made me sneeze. Or in some cases, you have to get close to the jar to smell the fragrance. Overall, my experience with these candles was great. They exceeded my expectations. Did I mention they were nicely packaged?


*I received these products to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.*
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