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What I’m Into Recently: Jimmy Fallon, Million-Dollar Chocolate Bar, Voluspa Goji & Tarocco Orange candle

Nicole Kidman informing Jimmy Fallon that she was into him that one time she visited him apartment is one of the most adorable things I’ve seen in weeks.

Barton’s Milk Chocolate Million-Dollar Bar. How adorable is this?? A sweets shop just opened close to where I work, and while I rarely eat candy, I did of course check out their chocolate selection and found this. How Willy-Wonka is this? Unfortunately the quality of the chocolate isn’t great, but this is a great stocking stuffer or fun/prank gift. I can tell you, some small part of me expected to find a Golden Ticket in this as I unwrapped it. Never stop living in dreams, kids. Note: you can buy these at World Market.


Voluspa Goji & Tarocco Orange candle. Have I mentioned before how obsessed with Anthropologie’s Voluspa candles I am? It’s really really hard to find candles that are long-burning and have a strong, lasting scent, but these are scent magic, the perfect candle. I gravitate toward citrus scents in all candles and perfume so it’s no surprise that my favorite is the Voluspa Goji & Tarocco Orange with notes of goji berry, ripe mango and tarocco orange. It’s an incredibly deep, rich, sweet-but-not-too-sweet, heavenly smell. These also burn forever and the scent, while not overwhelming, distinctively floats over the entire space, unlike every other candle brand I’ve ever tried (Luminesccence which Sears sells comes in second, but has a much more bland scent range).

voluspa goji tarocco orange candle review


And finally, this music video for Kdrama Pinocchio is gorgeously romantic.


Candle Review: Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Votive


I’m mildly obsessed with candles, so every few months I buy a new fragrance to try out. Recently, that fragrance was Pacifica Tuscan Blood Orange Votive. I’m a fan of Pacifica overall – they make relatively inexpensive perfumes, bath and shower products, and the recently expanded to beauty products, and feature a range of unusual and exotic scents tied to those products. I’m a big fan of their Tuscan Blood Orange perfume, which is a heady scent that manages to be both spicy and sweet at the same time (full review another time). So obviously I bought a set of 6 Tuscan Blood Orange candles with high hopes.

Alas – this temptingly named, visually appealing candle (made of deep red candle wax) – has almost no scent at all. Believe me – I tried lighting it multiple times, wondering if perhaps I’d been mistaken the previous times, had adapted to the scent too quickly, anything of that sort. No – the scent this candle gives off is a nice smell- fairly similar to the perfume, a sort of rich, orange-ey scent – but is is almost nonexistent. I had to put my nose right up to the candle – about an inch away – to be able to smell the fragrance at all, and this was both when it had been burning for 5 minutes and when it had been burning for 2 and a half hours. This was an utter waste of money and, while I will continue to buy Pacifica perfumes occasionally, I have no intention of ever buying Pacifica candles again.

Verdict: Lose it!

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