Sunday, 21 August 2016

How To Make Soy Wax Candles


In case you didn't know, I love candles. Whenever I am going to shops or craft fairs, I look out for candles and such like to purchase for my room, the disadvantage being of course that candles are quite pricy. I saw some soy wax candles being sold for £10 each so I was intrigued to do a bit of research to find out why soy wax candles are so expensive. Turns out, they are incredibly easy to make and cheap to purchase the ingredients.

Soy wax candles are supposedly one of the best type of candles to make as they burn cleaner, longer and without producing black soot like the paraffin candles do. They also 'throw scent' further than other candles so are nicer to smell. You can read more here. I purchased all of the ingredients off Amazon for less than £20 with free delivery (which arrived in a couple of days) so I was a happy bunny! I've linked all of the products I used so you can use the same if you desire.

What You Will Need:

Cups/Jars to hold your candle

*Wax flakes are reccomended as they melt easier and smoother. 
**I linked the 200mm ones I bought, as it is easy to cut the wicks down so it gives flexibility on height of candle jar. 
***I linked the Lavender scent, however there are SO many other fragrances. I have Lavender, Fresh Linen, Gingerbread and Jasmine as my starter scents and they all smell lovely. Make sure you pick the 10ml to start off with as they are less than £2 and you don't need a lot to have your desired scent!


Method:

Stick your wick to the centre-bottom of your candle cup/jar. The ones I have linked above have metal bottoms so it makes sticking them down so much easier! I used superglue to do this which worked really well, but don't use a hot glue gun as the hot wax will melt the glue when its poured in and the wick will fall out of place.  

Fill your jar up with the amount of wax flakes you need, then repeat this process. This is because the wax will reduce by half when you melt it so you want enough wax to be in your candle! Put the wax flakes into a glass bowl and melt it over some boiling water on the stove. Alternatively you could melt it in the microwave but this method is safer as you don't want you wax boiling.

After the flakes have all melted remove from heat and wait a few minutes for the wax to cool down slightly. This means that the wax won't crack when it sets in your candle jar. After a few minutes have passed and the wax is still in liquid form, add your fragrance oil. I used about 10 drops for my candle and it was quite strong so adjust this for your scent.

Stir this round and pour into your candle jar. The wick will start to bend so position two pencils/pens either side of the wick to keep it in a straight line and then leave for 24 hours to set. The wax will look set in about 30 minutes so you can remove the pencils then but leave it to set fully before burning.

Enjoy your candle!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Reader Survey 2016


Roll up, roll up its reader survey time! It's been ages since I last held a reader survey and I have so many more readers than before who might have not had the chance to express their opinions on The Joys of Being Paige. I would love, love, love it if you could spare a couple of minutes to fill in this survey and be as honest as you can because all I want to do is provide a blog which you and I both love!
 
Thank you in advance! xx

Thursday, 4 August 2016

What I Am Listening To Currently


This post isn't really a proper post, its more of a update for those interested to read what sort of songs I like listening to. I love music, so I wanted to share some of my favourite songs with you to see if you share any of my interests! 

When You Love Someone - James TW
One Dance - Drake
Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele
Dancing On My Own - Calum Scott
We Don't Talk Anymore - Selena Gomez and Charlie Puth
Same Old Love - Selena Gomez
This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris and Rihanna
Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes
i hate u, i love u - gnash and Olivia O'Brien
Tears - Clean Bandit and Louisa Johnson
Alarm - Anne-Marie

Do you like any of these songs?

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

A Little Shopping Spree





Long time, no see! Apologies for my absence, I have no excuse at all bar the fact that I completely forgot to upload posts, oops... I figured everyone likes a little haul once in awhile, so I wanted to share some of the items I have bought over the past few weeks.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Foundation - I picked this up as my other one was running out. It is in the shade 010 Light Porcelain, and its a great match for my skintone. I love this foundation because it blends really easily and gives a good, even coverage.

Rimmel London Match Perfection Concealer - Again, my old one was running out so I wanted a top up! This is in the lightest shade again, 010 Ivory, and it blends lovely with the foundation. I like this because it isn't too bright so creates a natural looking coverage.

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer - I have yet to try this out, so I can't comment on its ability to blend well but it is in the shade 022. This was a free gift so I didn't purchase this but it looks quite red toned so I will see how it looks on then get back to you!

Seventeen Skin Wow! Concealer - Seventeen is a brand I have been wanting to buy a few products from in recent months, so I picked up this concealer. It was interesting because it can also be used as a highlighter which I think is great if you wanted to highlight your face features without it being too noticeable. I love the packaging also, isn't it pretty?

Seventeen Easy On The Eye Pallete - I saw this a while ago in Zoella's video of her recent buys and was intrigued so I eventually bought it. It has three different types of eyeshadow, all in gorgeous golds and pinks plus a eyeshadow primer which is a great addition!

Seventeen Blush Powder - This was a free gift for spending money on Seventeen, which was good! Its in the shade Nude, and whilst I didn't get to choose it it matches my skintone perfectly so it was a lucky addition! It blends nicely, so I am happy with it.

Avon Colour Correcting Pearls - Avon is a brand that I use quite often which I don't think is mentioned enough. I love Avons products, they are really high quality and look great on. I picked these up as a whim because I wanted to try out the whole new CC rage. So far, I'm impressed as they really even out my skintone in a natural way. I have very good skin (touch wood!) which I was concerned that it wouldn't make a difference but these help illuminate my skintone.

Have you bought any of these? What are your thoughts?

Hey! I wanted to add a little note onto this post to let you know about a collab I am doing with 3 other lovely girls called Blogirl. It will be up on Sanjana's blog soon, so I will link it when its posted but go show it some love!