Reusing: Bath & Body Works Candle

I have been all about reusing things in my house that would otherwise be thrown in the trash. I recently stripped down some wine bottles and have those set aside to either paint or decorate some other way [haven’t decided yet]. Now I am on to my Bath & Body Works candles!

My mom got me two candles from Bath & Body Works for Christmas and I absolutely love them. They’re great candles and the jars are super cute as well. I recently saw a post on pinterest that sparked my interested in turning them into holders for my Q-tips and cotton balls. I am only doing one candle jar at the moment because the other one still has a lot of life left in it.

Let’s proceed!

UpcycleProject (1 of 12)I loved this Cinnamon Frosting candle! Basically anything that’s Cinnamon, I love!

I used a knife to slice into the wax and cut it into multiple pieces so it would be easier to take out.
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Now since I am recycling the glass jar, I figured I might as well recycle the remaining wax. I have a wall wax melter thingy [ yes, thingy!] that I intend on filling with this lovely cinnamon wax. I figure the wax is still good, still has scent and why waste it in the trash when I can use it and make my kitchen smell good.UpcycleProject (4 of 12)

Next, I filled the jar with hot water and soap so that the glue will release from the bottom and I’ll be able to pull the remaining wicks out with ease. I let it sit like this for about 5 minutes.UpcycleProject (5 of 12)

Here’s my warmer reusing the wax that was remaining from my used candle. By the way, never order this type of burner. By that, I mean don’t order a burner that is two pieces. This one has a top piece [where the wax goes] that comes off and the base always moves around and then the top piece falls or spills the wax. It’s annoying! Just buy a one piece one from Scentsy!UpcycleProject (6 of 12)

Now that I was able to remove the wicks from the bottom, which I was able to easily remove with my finger nails, it was onto the labels. The front label was super easy and reminds me of a cling label more than a super sticky label. The bottom label I simply scrubbed off with soap, water and a stainless steal scrunchy type sponge.UpcycleProject (7 of 12) UpcycleProject (8 of 12)

Easy peasy!UpcycleProject (9 of 12) Ahh yes! All nice and clean and ready for Q-tips!UpcycleProject (10 of 12)

 

Now the finished product!!

UpcycleProject (11 of 12) UpcycleProject (12 of 12)I am still debating on painting the lid a nice, pretty purple and also adding a cute knob to the top so it’s easier to just lift and grab.¬†Have you recycled an old object into something new and cute?

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Makeup Brushes: Cleaning Session!

I don’t believe anyone out there loves cleaning their makeup brushes as much as me /sarcasm. I take FOREVER to clean my brushes. Mainly, I use them and then use them again and keep using them. I’ll finally get around to cleaning them after a couple weeks which is really really bad! Bacteria builds up in the brush and by using them repeatedly, you’re just putting germs upon germs on your eye lids and face. Big NO NO!

Today, I decided to clean my brushes. Big shocker there! I use the Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser to clean my brushes and my face. It does a great job of taking makeup off without a lot of effort. 

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As you can tell in the above photos, some of my brushes were really dirty. The second to the last photo shows how much dirt and nastiness is left in the soap on my hand. Gross! Now look at how clean they all are! I’m one happy lady now. Tee hee. Reminder: Allow the brushes to dry either on their sides or if you have a way to hold them vertical without smashing the bristles, then do that. You NEVER want to dry the brushes with the bristles standing up because all of that water will loosen the glue that holds them in the brush. Also allow the brushes to dry completely before using.

Hope this post was helpful! You all have a lovely weekend!!