Friday, May 30, 2014

Jewelry in Candles Review with a Simple French Manicure

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Hello Loves!  I have something a little different to show you today.  My friend, Pamela, recently became a rep for a company called Jewelry in Candles.  Of course, I was intrigued and purchased one.  It’s like a cereal box prize, but with candles and jewelry!
Jewelry in Candles Review

I have seen companies that offer this type of product before, but what got my attention about this specific brand is that you are able to select the type of jewelry – earrings, necklace, or ring.  If you choose a ring, you are also able to select a size so there’s little chance of getting something you won’t be able to enjoy.

According to the Jewelry in Candles website, the jewelry inside may range in value from $10 to several thousand dollars.  It may be titanium, silver or gold plated, solid sterling silver or gold, or even platinum.  The stones range from cubic zirconium to genuine gemstones or diamonds.  I’m not sure how you would tell if you had a $2000 piece vs. one of lesser value, but it’s still a fun product.

I chose a Gardenia scented candle with a ring in my size.  The candles are 21 oz natural soy candles with a burn time of 100-150 hours.  I was pleasantly surprised at the strength of the fragrance!  I was able to sniff through a few scent samples before I chose my candle, and I can tell you that they are all quite powerful.  I was a little worried that they might be too powerful when warm, but that isn’t the case at all.  My living room is quite large and this candle had no problem filling the entire room with the scent of gardenias without smelling like a perfume shop.  Every time I walked into the room, I was reminded of the huge gardenia bush at my parents’ house.  Fond memories, for sure!

I wish I could show you an awesome series of reveal pictures, but I can’t.  I had every intention of doing so, but after letting the candle burn for 8 hours I noticed I could see the top of the foil pouch that contained my surprise ring.  That’s when I turned into the most impatient person in the world!  Yep, I dug that sucker out with a spoon.  lol  I suspect it would have taken another 5-8 hours to fully reveal the pouch and remove it properly, but I simply have no self control.
Jewelry in Candles Review

They also offer tarts with jewelry inside.  Since my candles aren’t always the best choice around my children (one who tries to pull things over and another who likes to blow out candles), I will likely order tarts next time!

The ring from my candle was enclosed in a plastic bag inside a foil pouch – completely protected from the wax.  I did get a bit of wax on it when I opened the bag, but I was able to easily remove it with a soft nail brush and warm water.

So, what did I get?  This amazing costume jewelry ring!  I really wasn’t expecting to find such an awesome piece in my candle.  My taste in jewelry is very specific and usually simple, so I was thrilled to find a piece inside that I honestly love.
Jewelry in Candles Ring, American Manicure, French Manicure

Here's a close-up of the ring.  Isn't it gorgeous?  I love the soft lavender stone.
Jewelry in Candles Ring

Naturally, I had to do a classic French Manicure with crystal accents to go with it.  Well, technically this is an American manicure due to the sheer pink base, but you know what I mean! ;)
American Manicure, French Manicure, Couture Gel Polish

I started with a base of one coat of Couture American.  American is a pink tinted, sheer polish.  I then added the French style tips with Couture Ooh La La French (swatched here).  The flowers and dots are Couture Lavender Lace (swatched here) and the centers of the flowers are ss4 crystals from Born Pretty Store.  I love these little crystals because they are reusable and affordable!  After top coat, I can’t tell much of a difference between these and genuine Swarovski crystals.

Here’s a closer shot of the manicure. :)
American Manicure, Couture Gel Polish, Couture American, French Manicure

If you would like a candle of your own with a jewelry surprise, be sure to check out Pamela’s store here.  Also, code “SummerFun” is good for 15% off during the month of June. 


*Disclosure: This post uses Born Pretty affiliate Links.  Purchases through these links generate commissions that help fund this site.  The links to Jewelry in Candles direct the viewer to Pamela’s site where she can assist with any orders.  If preferred, you may also visit the main Jewelry in Candles site.


  1. Hi I am new to gel polish manicures! I have starter kit including UV lamp and just wondered in simple terms how you do the tips of French/American style manicures. I am assuming you can't use nail guides as they would stick to the tacky surface of the polish..

    1. The easiest way is to apply the whote to the tip and then clean up the smile line before curing. I use a #4 gel brush to clean up. Dip it in isopropyl alcohol, blot on a paper towel, then swipe it along the smile to get the curve.


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