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[Review] Frostbeard Studios – Through the Wardrobe

This week, I’m reviewing one of Frostbeard Studio’s seasonal candles, “Through the Wardrobe.” Like all of their candles, it’s based off of scenes/ideas from a book, and this one (for those of you who can’t tell) is from “The Narnia Chronicles” by C. S. Lewis.

I bought this candle, pretty much for this post alone, even though I have – oh, about ten others I could be reviewing. I’ll get to those eventually, but I have this one burning right now, so I figured I’d write my thoughts on it while they’re still fresh. (Plus, it’s seasonal, so you have a very limited time to get your hands on it before next winter~)

Now, the scent it’s supposed to be is a mix between spruce, applewood, and snow. To me, though, it smells a lot like baby powder mixed with a hint of the trees I remembered playing in when I lived in Arkansas. (Fun little story: I always thought the trees were pine, but according to Google, they’re spruce. So, I mean, they got the spruce part down right…) I imagine some people would love it, but I’ve never been fond of baby powder, and for me, the powder scent comes through much stronger than the spruce. To be fair, however, the scent is supposed to be reminiscent of stepping through a wardrobe and into Narnia, and I can very easily see how it’s represented. I’m just not a fan.

Spruce photo by Irina Iriser on Pexels.com

Luckily, the scent is very light. I burned the candle right next to me in a tiny room, and I barely smelled it. Every once in a while, I would get a stronger whiff of it, but for the most part, it just sat there and looked pretty while it burned. Granted, I only bought the little 2oz can to test, so it’s possible the bigger candles will have a stronger scent. A side note, however, is that this isn’t really an issue with the other test candles I’ve used so far. Most of them have had a strong enough scent to fill this room, down the hall, and halfway up the stairs (seriously, though, the room is small).

Breakdown:

Frostbeard Studio says: I say:
Scent Details Spruce, Applewood, Snow Baby powder with a hint of spruce
Scent Strength Mild Faint

Available in:

2oz cans4oz Cans8oz glass jartarts (wax melts)
$6$11$18$6.75

Just click on the bearded fellow above to get your order on!

Note: This particular candle is seasonal and only currently available from January 1st – March 15th.

Note: These are seasonal and only currently available from January 1st-March 15th.

Eye love good news, don’t you?

Ah, yes, I am a two year old, thank you for asking (hey, I warned you guys the eye puns were never gonna end…).

So, long story short, I have a trip coming up at the end of the month, and I need new glasses (my last pair was so bad, the next doctor was convinced I was given the wrong lenses or something), so I scheduled an eye doctor appointment and got two unexpected bits of good news.

  1. I now have 20/20 vision in my good eye.Snellen chart.svgI’ve mentioned before that I am pretty much blind in one eye due to an accident when I was very young. Well, in my other eye, my vision was, at best, 20/40*. Not terrible, but not perfect either. Just a little bit nearsighted. Again, no big deal.

    Well, when the doctor checked my vision this time, he said the surgery must’ve shifted my eye just right or something, because I now have “perfect”** vision. I had noticed before that my vision seemed changed, but I thought maybe the tumor had been affecting it, and now that the tumor was gone, my eye was just going back to normal. Apparently not, though! Hey, I’m not complaining. Had a tumor removed and a corrective surgery, all in one! Not a bad deal, hey?

    I do have a prescription for new glasses though. Went and turned it in on the same day, so I should have my glasses here in a week or two. I went all out on the lenses. Got myself some transitionals so I don’t have to worry about losing my sunglasses. Again. For like, the millionth time.

  2. My eyes are leveling out.

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August 2016 – Left eye appears to be lower than right eye.

The way I eventually found out about the tumor behind my eye was because of the proptosis – or bulging out. When you looked at me, it looked like one eye was lower than the other.

The first time I noticed it, I thought I’d had a stroke or something, because that was the only explanation I could think of for one eye to be lower than the other. After the CAT scans and MRI though, it turned out that the tumor was pushing my eyeball down and out. That was why my face looked all lopsided.

After the surgery, my eyes still looked off to me, and I figured my face was stuck that way because of how long it took before the tumor was removed. Our skin only has so much elasticity, and it decreases with age. I’m not exactly a spring chicken anymore, so I pretty much just resigned myself to my new look. I asked the doctor about it though, and hey, surprise, surprise. He said that they’re almost back to normal.

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July 2017. About two weeks after surgery. Eye lid still swollen, but looking much better.

Whether or not my left eye will continue to move back into place, we don’t know. Honestly, we probably won’t know until it finishes moving. In the meantime, though, I’m happy. I actually put on makeup for the first time in almost two years the other day. Before, if I put on any kind of makeup around my eyes, it just made the difference in their positions stand out even worse, so I had stopped wearing it for the past year.

Plus, right after the surgery, it hurt to mess with my eye, so trying to put on eyeliner or eye shadow was just NOPE.

So, yeah, there you have it. Good news and more good news. My next official after-surgery check up will be next month, but considering the news I got this past week, I think the check up should go well enough. Fingers crossed, anyway. I am so ready to be done with hospitals and check ups.

Especially the ones that are first thing in the morning.

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Side by side comparison. Forgive the crappiness of the “before” picture. NO ONE takes a good picture at the DMV, and I didn’t take any other pictures before.


* For those of you wondering how the whole 20/20, 20/40 thing works: Basically, if you have 20/40 vision, it means that you have to be standing 20 feet away from something to see what someone with 20/20 vision can see, standing 40 feet away.

** Despite common belief, having 20/20 vision does not mean your vision is perfect. 20/20 only applies to the clarity of vision. I have slight astigmatism, so even though my vision is clear, it’s not perfect.