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Diptyque Candles Review

diptyque candles review

 

Howdy Candle Lovers! I finally pulled the trigger and tried some Diptyque candles in votive sets. As you can see above, they’re RosesFiguier and the most popular one, Baies

I was wondering what’s the fuss with all these fancy schmancy scented candles? why are they in almost every blogger’s photos? I swear, I’ve been dying to know, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger until I saw a Diptyque store at Grand Central NYC, and the rest was history. 🙂 

What do I think of them? They’re really pretty, with a capital P. 🙂 There’s something sleek about a white candle/wax in a clear glass jar, which has a nice and crisp white label that identifies the scent. This is nothing like your ordinary scented candle for sure. Even without lighting these candles, their scents trail everywhere and mind you, they’re really strong. Not in a bad way though, they’re more perfumey and quite soapy at the same time. But it’s not a bad combination, it’s actually very pleasing to the senses. FYI: How d’ya pronounce “Diptyque?” Is it Deep-tick as in fleas? Is it Dip-tike? No girl, read mah words, not lips, it’s “Dip-Teek” so they say…

They definitely smell high-end. The kind of scents you usually notice upon entering some high-end stores, like the friendliest place on earth called Barneys. 🙂 hahah, (don’t get me wrong, they’re not all like that, you know… 🙂 ) I definitely understood now why a lot of people went gogogaga with these, they smell soooo gooood it’s addicting! Everytime I light one of these candles and close my eyes, I could hear Iggy Azalea in the background singing “I’m So Fancy” 🙂  But of course, I open my eyes and realize “it’s a damn expensive candle I’m burning!”  Lawd what has gotten into me?…. I’m really going to hell…  🙂  but wait, let’s see what I got;

diptyque baies candle

Baies – Mirror mirror on the wall, what’s the most famous Diptyque candle of them all? Baies my queen readers! With a mix of roses and blackcurrant leaves, this scent is fruity, sexy, fresh, and just lovely. If you’re planning to buy just one Diptyque candle in your life, (which probably you wont, I guarantee it) then go with this one. The scent is strong, so strong that I could smell this anywhere inside my house. Even if I cover or hide it, it’s still haunting me everywhere like a ghost. 🙂

diptyque figuer candle

Figuier – Never knew Diptyque could make a fig-scented candle this good. This candle smells like Fig and nothing but the Fig or Fig wood I should say. This is the preferred scent of Marc Jacobs, you know him? I do, he’s my next door neighbor, like some 300 years ago…LOL! Anyway, this scent is also gorgeous, it’s smells like a strong, perfumey and milky fig. A lot of people are definitely in love with this.

diptyque roses candle

Roses – Roses are red my love, violets are blue…my second favorite scent next to Baies. This indeed smells like a bouquet of roses, as in so much so. Its scent is also strong and might be slightly similar to Baies, but that’s because Baies has roses in it too. 

 

To sum it all up, these candles are great! they have such intense and unique scents. I’m actually surprised and amazed at how good these candles are. Now, when it comes to price point, are they worth it? Hmm, that’s the million dollar question. Girl, it depends. If you can afford it, why not coconut? right? Personally, I would love to buy them all, but I think it’s better to pick only what you like/love the most, and probably buy a few limited editions here and there. They’re really wonderful candles, and I’m now a convert, but after all, they’re just candles.

 

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‘Till Next Time…

L.

 

 

 

Nespresso Pixie Review

nespresso pixie review

 

Kon’nichiwa Friends! This post is dedicated to all the coffee lovers out there. I truly cannot imagine a world without coffee. We’d probably be all sluggish by now, pinching ourselves to wakeup and pretend like we’re paying attention to every single thing that we’re doing. I swear, a quick caffeine fix is really a game changer. But let me tell you, not all coffees are created the equal, and not all coffees are prepared the same as well. Lemme introduce you to my Holy grail coffee maker, the Nespresso Pixie. 

This portable espresso maker packs a punch. It’s everything that I need in a coffee machine and it saves me money. And of course, it tastes as great as Starbucks. 🙂 The price of this amazing little espresso maker can’t be beat, but it’s not all the price that I raved. I love how it’s easy to use, no brainer at all.

 

 

nespresso pixie espresso coffee maker

 

Likes: 

  • it’s extremely portable
  • nice cable length
  • water tank is removable
  • easy to understand instructions and relatively easy to use overall
  • has a power saver mode
  • free Nespresso pods to try
  • can choose between an Espresso or Lungo size
  • foldable
  • foldable drip tray
  • robust body
  • doesn’t need to refill water tank all the time
  • easy capsule/pod insertion
  • has “used pods” catcher/reservoir
  • ergonomic handle
  • has empty water tank detection
  • heats up really fast: 30 seconds
  • one touch buttons
  • convenient power cord storage
  • makes fast and great tasting coffee

 

Slight Dislikes:

  • can be quite noisy
  • needs to use only Nespresso pods 
  • pods are delicate and can be easily dent

 

nespresso pixie pods

 

As someone who is also a fan of Keurig K45 Elite, I realized that this little espresso machine makes coffee tastier and overall better than most drip coffee machines nowadays.  Though it can never replace the versatility of Keurig machines, the problem with drip coffees is that they tend to leave a very bitter aftertaste, while espressos lose the bitterness when added with milk. They also seemed to taste more concentrated than drip-brewed coffee as well. Yet somehow, I still think when it comes to coffee, it’s all about personal preference and taste. 

Now, what’s the difference between this “Pixie” model versus the “Inissia?” While I haven’t tried the Inissia, I think the difference is quite minimal. The Nespresso Pixie is more compact and has an aluminum body, while the Nespresso Inissia is made of plastic, lightweight, doesn’t have empty water detection, and is not as compact. However, both machines brew the same.

When it comes to taste, there’s really not much difference between this and Starbucks. You may not get the Starbucks portion is one preparation, but the punch is still the same. This nice little espresso machine can awaken the dead. 🙂 even with just one shot. Plus, each pod costs around $.070-$.0.75 dollah, so that’s something to consider, and Nespresso has a wide range of Pods to choose from, depending on which Nespresso machine you have. So grab one now, they’re on sale here.

 

That’s it for now folks! Happy Monday!

 

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Poo-Pourri Review Part 2

poo pourri toilet spray

 

The quest to hide any traces of your smelly poop continues! This is part 2 of my poo-pourri review. If you haven’t read part 1, please click here

These bathroom toilet spray is truly heaven-sent. I cannot imagine unloading/downloading without it, hahaha. It will completely give you confidence in pooping from public bathrooms. Just spray on the bowl 3 times and go. As easy as that!

 

Here are some additional scents that are always a staple in my bathroom.

 


 

 

poo pourri original review

Poo-Pourri Original – This is the first and best poo-pourri scent. It smells like herbs and citrus. Very aromatic and earthy. It works really well in hiding the stink 🙂 and will leave a nice cozy scent in the bathroom.

 

poo pourri potty potion review

Poo-Pourri Potty Potion – It has tea tree, rosemary & lavender mixed with earthy citrus. This is a very popular and well-loved scent by many. This is also one of my favorite. It smells like the original one mentioned above but with fresher earthy scent.

 

poo pourri rosy cheeks review

Poo-Pourri Rosy Cheeks – This was a bit hard to find, and I thought this would smell like a rose. It actually smells like earthy floral and lots of strong citrus. In fact, it’s hard to discern the rosy or floral scent of this. However, this is so good at hiding stinks or any nasty smell.

 

poo pourri royal flush review

Poo Pourri Royal Flush – The best poo-pourri for men. With eucalyptus, spearmint and natural essential oils, this spells men’s cologne. No hint of citrus, but more like a musky, woody scent. This is also good at eradicating any untoward odors.

 

Arent these convenient? Have you ever tried these toilet sprays before? I really think that you should.

 

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