How To: Reuse Your Favorite Candle

Scent is one of the most powerful senses that we have. That’s why most everyone fill their homes with candles. My favorite candle EVER is the Capri Blue Volcano Candle! It’s so hard to describe, but my best description would be a mix of citrus fruits and greens and it just fills the whole room with a wonderful smell. However, a great flaw with most tins or jars that contain the candle is that the wick burns straight down the middle leaving a ton of unburned wax down the sides. Feels like a waste of money. But this simple DIY will help your repurpose that wax into a new jar so you can get the most for your money and your candle!

What you will need:

( You can find most of these supplies at Michaels )
– A thin cylinder jar 
– Wick with a metal bottom
– Spoon
– Tin or metal pot to melt the wax
– Super glue
– Leftover wax from existing candle
This process will take roughly 30-40 start to finish! First you will want to start by digging out your remaining wax from the candle you want to repurpose. Use the spoon for this step. You may also want to have a paper towel nearby because the step can get a little messy. Once you have dug out all the wax from the existing candle, put it in the pot to melt the wax on the top of the stove. You’ll want to let the pot melt the wax on medium-low heat. 
Should look something like this. Also, keep in mind that this pot will be very hard to clean afterwards, so make sure its not a pot that you like to cook with. 
Watch the wax to make sure it does not come to a boil, keep it on low heat. While the wax is melting, super glue the metal bottom of the wick to the center bottom of the new cylinder jar you will use as the new jar for your candle. The wick may be a lot longer the top of the jar, thats ok, you can trim it later on. Once the wax is melted it will look a little like this: 
Let the wax cool for just a moment and then VERY CAREFULLY hold the wick straight up with one hand, while pouring the melted wax in the jar around it. It is important that the wick is straight up through the middle of the jar so that once the wax has cooled the wick will burn in the middle, rather than just on one side of the jar. Once you have poured the wax into the new jar, place into the freezer for about 10-15 minutes. Once it has cooled in the freezer, cut the wick to the rim of the jar. And ta-da, you have a new candle made from the old. 
Some people have told me that this is “too many steps”, but what can I say? I’m a DIY addict. If I can do it myself, I probably will. And it’s fun! You get the most out of your money for you candles and you get to have fun while doing it. Show me any candles that you repurpose!
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XO, Girli Rae

Perfect Work Shoes

About a month ago I started really working extra hard at work, and I mean like 10 hour days all week. It really exhausted me, but it was something I wanted to do for my business! However, all that working in crappy sandals and flats with no foot support really took a toll on my feet, back and overall energy. I was telling my mom about it, per usual, and she said I needed new shoes. But, I work in a salon, I didn’t want to get some chunky orthopedic shoes to work to work every day, because, whether you like it or not, people will judge you even on the tiniest thing like shoes. 
Funny enough, a couple weeks later, I was at Nordstrom Rack in Phoenix and saw these shoes. I had always said that I looovee TOMS shoes to wear to work, but sometimes when I wear them, they can look a little casual or sporty for work– until I saw these babies! They had a cute black zebra pattern, right up my alley and my “all black” aesthetic, and upon closer inspection, I saw that they were made from TOMS. I could have screamed, I was so excited. The way TOMS works is really that the regular slip ons start off expensive (for slip ons, in my opinion) and just go up from there based on how “cute” they were. I knew these styles in particular ran for about $70-$80 (later checked on site and they are $84)– so I was a little scared to turn the shoe over and see the discounted price at NR… they were $30! I was immediately upset that they didn’t have more in any other colors because I would have bought them all. Honestly, $54 off…YAASSSS!

These flats don’t lack in comparison to the regular TOMS slip ons. They are comfy as can be and really feel like they give me the support I need at work while still being stylish. They are my favorite closed toe shoe to work in. I’m not really sure how Nordstrom Rack works, like if they have the same stuff available online as they do in store, but I’m pretty sure, in the US, they are all over the place so definitely try and check out a store. I got a pair in size 8.5, which is usually is a tad too big for me, but thank gawd these ones fit me perfectly. 
The day I took these pics was a weekend, so really didn’t have anything special to do other than get my nails done, but I knew I’d be parking far away from the nail salon and walking, since it was downtown and parking is a bitch. They held up perfectly just like the regular ones and let me know that they would do just fine when I’m working in them too. 

I wore a basic elbow length striped tee from Pitaya. 
And my favorite new tan leather fringed bag from Steve Madden (that I had snagged for $20 at Buffalo Exchange) Also, wore some black leggings, because I literally live in leggings all day every day. 
As funny as it sounds, these shoes really made me feel more confident and breezy. I was comfortable but they are also cute AF! How could I not love them? 

In case you were wondering, on my face I’m wearing:
MAC Blush in Peachy Keen
Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone for  highlight
and voila, I’m ready for the day!

Hope you enjoyed, let me know if you have these shoes and how much you love them! 
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XO, Girli Rae

Makeup Monday: Manny MUA x Makeup Geek Palette

If you’re anything like me, then you have been waiting soooo patiently for the new Manny Mua Palette from Makeup Geek to come, and trust, this baby is hard to get your hands on! However, if you do already have this palette then you already know how absolutely beautiful and glorious it is! (Really, can I just be best friends with Manny already, it would complete me) But, since this palette has so many different versatile looks that you could very well wear all year long, I wanted to do a few quick tutorials with it. I’ll show you 2 today. One, more dramatic, alternative and vampy look- and the other, an everyday classy look! Since I will be doing a full review on the palette later this week I will not be going into full detail about it, but let’s just say, girl, if you don’t have this palette by now, you need to get on that because it’s limited edition and you’ll be sorry you missed out!!

The Looks

This is only going to be an eye tutorial and the lipstick I paired with each look. For the more dramatic look, this is how I achieved it using the Manny Palette:
1. Prime your eye with MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot and set that with a translucent powder.
2. With a fluffy brush, use the color Beaches & Cream in your crease as a transition color.
3. Same brush, use the color Sora, to deepen your crease.
4. With a slightly smaller blending brush, use the color Frappe, just along your crease and little above moving outward to create a winged shape. 
5. Blend all colors together with a clean crease blending brush!
6. With a new clean blending brush, use the color Mars, in the crease of your lid, using a light hand to blend it upwards and outwards until it is covering the upper 2/3 of your lid. Make sure to use even, windshield wiper motions with your brush to blend it all out!
7. Take the color, Aphrodite, and apply it to the inner and outer thirds of your lid with a small shader brush- then again, blend them out!
8. Apply the color, Insomnia, to the middle portion of your lid with a damp small shader brush. This will really make the shimmer in the color pop!
10. Take the color Frappe again, and with a small pencil brush, smudge your lower lash line with that color. 
11. If you’re feeling feisty that day you can take just a bit of Mars on the same brush and smoke out your lower lash line even more!
12. Apply top and bottom mascara, and falsies if you want an even more dramatic look!
13. For the lips, I used, Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the shade Exorcism and Vampira. 
Ta Da! Dramatic eye look complete. 

Everyday Look

1. Prime your eyes using MAC Soft Ochre Paint Pot and set it using a translucent powder.
2. With a Fluffy crease blending brush, use the color Sora, in your crease as a base and a transition color.
3. With the same brush, take the color Frappe, and deepen up your crease just a little to add definition. 
4. Take a TINY amount of Aphrodite on a small shader brush and apply to the outer “V” of your eye.
6. With a damp shader brush, pack on the color Cosmopolitan, to the entire lower lid area. Try using MAC Fix+ to dampen your brush before applying. This will make your shade more metallic. 
7. With a clean blending brush, blend the crease colors with the lid color to create more balance. 
8. Use the color Artemis, to highlight your inner corners and brow bone.
9. Lightly smoke out the lower lash line using the color Sora on a small pencil brush.
10. Apply top and bottom mascara to finish off the eye look!
11. I applied Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in the shade Patina on my lips to complete this every day look!
I have to say, I am in love with this palette! I have used it almost every day for either a dramatic or simple look for the past week. There are so many possibilities with this palette! One of the many perks! 
**Side note: When using the colors Mars and Aphrodite, apply them with a very light hand! The color payoff with these two in particular is extreme. So a little goes a very long way! 🙂 
I hope you enjoyed these two looks! If you recreate these looks or have any questions, leave me a comment below. OR connect with me on instagram @girlirae! I would love to see your interpretations!
XO, Girli Rae