ILNP: Mega

Hi everyone!

Today is another non-perfume review featuring nail polish! The brand featured is ILNP aka I Love Nail Polish, a brand that is cruelty free, vegan, and Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate free.

On Black Friday, I decided to take advantage of ILNP’s (I Love Nail Polish) free shipping event and try out one of their most famous polishes: Mega. Mega was one of the first holographic nail polishes on the market, and it has spawned numerous different variations. This is a straight forward silver holographic shade that retails for $10 US; you can buy it on ILNP’s website or their etsy page. I’m a magpie for all things holographic, so I was very excited to try out a holographic polish!

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The polish arrived in a sturdy little bottle with an easy to grip handle. As you can see, the holo is strong in the bottle.

Left is without flash, and right is with flash.

The formula is pretty standard in terms of consistency; its not too thick and its not too watery. I would say that its most similar to Color Club nail polishes. It took two coats to get the full opacity that you see here.

In indoor, indirect light, the polish looks like a pretty silver with a subtle rainbow shimmer. But as you can see, the flash illustrates how truly holographic and multidimensional this polish is. It’s crazy!

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Outdoors is where this polish really shines. The sun just catches the shimmer and gives you that gorgeous rainbow shift.

I love this polish! The shade is exactly what is advertised, and the formula is pretty solid as well. If you’re a fan of all things holographic, I highly recommend it.

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Luvmilk Bath and Body’s Winter Collection: A Collab

Hi everyone!

Today’s post is going to be a little bit different. Instead of reviewing a perfume, I want to talk about Luvmilk Bath and Body’s new winter release for a very special reason: I helped with it!

This collection is inspired by different Jewish holidays and the smells that I associate with them, since I’m Jewish and I’ve grown up celebrating these holidays. I came up with the descriptions for the scents, as well as the idea of the Jewish holidays as an inspiration, and Milky (owner and creator of Luvmilk) created all of the fragrances!

Here are the six scents in the collection:

  • Shofar (Rosh Hashana)
    •  Red apples drenched in golden honey, freshly baked Challah, and ripe pomegranate.
  • The Four Species (Sukkot)
    • Ripe dates, myrtle, willow, and citron.
  • Festival of Lights (Hanukkah)
    • Dripping candle wax, fried dough, strawberry jelly, and chocolate gelt.
  • Megillah (Purim)
    • Apricot, prune, raspberry, pastry dough, and champagne.
  • Exodus (Passover)
    • Cinnamon, apples, Egyptian amber, brushfire smoke, and a bottomless cup of red wine.
  • Mei Halav (Shavuot) 
    • Honey drizzled cheesecake with a graham cracker crust.

Out of all of these, my personal favorites are Exodus and Shofar! 

These scents are now available on the Luvmilk etsy in numerous different bath and body products, alongside some returning holiday scents from previous years (Afterglow, Fuzzy Mittens, Golden Crown, and Wolf Moon). You can see my review of some Luvmilk products here. Everything I received was high quality and smelled great, and Milky is an absolute sweetheart.

This post is not sponsored and I make no profit from the sale of these products; I just wanted to share this brainchild with you all since I’m so excited to be a part of the indie process!

XOXO,

The Scenturion

Arcana: Devilish

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Arcana Devilish

Shaking off vanilla’s unfair reputation for namby pambyness, this infernally dark and smoky fragrance comes complete with licks of fire and sulfurous wafts of brimstone.

At long last, this scent has returned! This GC Arcana favorite was out of stock for quite a while as a result of difficulties obtaining one of the scent components. I’ve been meaning to try this guy for a while now, because I love vanilla and I love smoky scents.

In the bottle: I’m getting vanilla frosting and campfire smoke. It’s rather soft, which is surprising.

On the skin: The smoke definitely becomes more prominent on the skin than it is in the bottle. I’m also detecting something kind of spicy…ginger maybe? That could possibly be the brimstone though. Overall, I’m getting a layer of smoke with vanilla and a touch of spice. As for how it compares to Alkemia Smoke and Mirrors: Devilish has a softer smoke note, and its much sweeter because of the vanilla. Smoke and Mirrors, on the other hand, is pure campfire smoke with very little vanilla and a realistic, subtly acridity. They’re similar scents for sure, but they have their differences.

TL;DR: Smoke with vanilla frosting and a hint of ginger. Yummy and interesting. 4/5.

Arcana: Drool

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Arcana Drool

Ripe figs with vanilla beans and hypnotic honey amber.

Happy (slightly belated) Thanksgiving! Every so often, you discover a scent that you want to try and you spend months on end trying to get your hands on it. Drool was one of those scents for me. This scent was a part of the limited edition Cocos Nucifera collection, and it has been discontinued since 2015. However, Julia (the owner and perfumer of Arcana) decided to make a limited run of about six or seven bottles of this rare scent, and I was lucky enough to be able to buy one. Will it live up to the hype?

In the bottle: I’m getting a very rich, almost caramelized, sweet smell, almost like Arcana Two Finger Ballet. There’s a subtle juicy fruitiness in the back that stops it from getting too sweet; it’s like ripe figs that have been caramelized and soaked in a vanilla honey sauce. It’s gourmand without being foodie, if that makes sense.

On the skin: The juicy figs come roaring to the front and it pushes the sweet vanilla to the back. The honey also becomes more prominent. There’s a very slight powderiness from the amber as well, but overall it’s a bright fragrance. As it settles, it becomes the most perfect fig/honey blend and I’m really into it. “Hypnotic” is a good way to describe this scent.

TL;DR: Juicy, ripe figs covered in a slightly sweetened honey. Delicious. 6/5.

Detrivore Cosmetics

Hello!

Today I’m switching it up and talking about another indie makeup brand: Detrivore Cosmetics. Detrivore makes blushes eyeshadows, and they’ve become quite famous for their matte shades. The company is currently being run by the folks of Shiro Cosmetics, and the Shiro website is where you can purchase them.  I picked up samples of a few shades from their fall collection “Beware the Autumn People”, which is based on the book “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury. That book happens to be a favorite of mine, and most of the shadows are warm-toned, so this was a match made in heaven for me. Samples are $1 US, and a full sized jar is $6.50 US. All of the eyeshadows are loose powders, and all shades in this particular collection are vegan!

I ordered the shades Burn Yourself at Both Ends, Carousel Calliope, and Richly Treasured Pockets, and I got Comparing Life to Libraries as a free sample.

All swatches are  finger swatches over Milani eyeshadow primer. Left is without flash, right is with flash. From top to bottom: Carousel Calliope, Burn Yourself at Both Ends, Richly Treasured Pockets, Comparing Life to Libraries.

Carousel Calliope

Metallic red-toned copper.

I want to start by saying that none of these photos do the shadows justice; they’re much more saturated in real life. This shade is very true to its description, and it applies smoothly, with lots of pigment on one finger swipe. It’s a perfect shadow for a “one and done” eye look.

Burn Yourself at Both Ends

Rich metallic copper.

This color is definitely more of an orange-y copper than a gold or red copper. It’s kind of like the lovechild of Carousel Calliope and Richly Treasured Pockets. It’s not as pigmented as Carousel Calliope, but it’s still pretty pigmented and it applies well.

Richly Treasured Pockets

Metallic copper-tinted gold.

I feel like this shade is one of those classic “true gold” kind of shades. It’s not too yellow or too orange; it’s just gold. It’s a bit sheerer than I was expecting, but I really love the color.

Comparing Life to Libraries

Deep metallic brown-toned copper.

This is sort of a weird shade because it the more your blend it in, the darker it gets, and it makes the shade kind of patchy looking. You can see that in the swatches, how the middle looks darker than the edges. I’m not really a fan of that because it makes it hard to get even for an eye look. That being said, it looks gorgeous with the flash because you can see all of the sparkles in the color. It’s probably my least favorite of the bunch though, so I’m glad it was the freebie.

All in all, I’m quite pleased with my little set of shadows. My favorite is probably Carousel Calliope, followed by Burn Yourself at Both Ends. The formula is smooth and not chalky, and the colors are overall nicely pigmented. I’d definitely be open to trying some more Detrivore shadows in the future, especially their matte shades!

Arcana: Ganesh

Arcana Ganesh

A large, joyous snoutful of coconut cake is snugly wrapped in honey, vanilla, Indonesian clove, green coconut, and a warm blend of spices.

I’ve been wanting to try this particular scent since I got into indie perfume; it sounds like the perfect gourmand for me as the notes suggest that its not overly sweet. Unfortunatly, this perfume has been out of stock for months and no on knows when it will return, if ever. I was very lucky to be able to find a decant of it in a destash list. As for the name, this fragrance is named after Ganesh, a very important and popular Hindu deity. This scent is currently out of stock.

In the bottle: So fragrant! It’s all honey, cloves and spices with a touch of coconut.

On the skin: It’s basically the same as it is in the vial, just with stronger clove, but the clove is like chai clove so I love it. There’s a strong warmth to this as well. You would think it would be gourmand based on the notes, but its not; it smells like potpourri, but in the best way possible, if that makes sense. Just spicy and warm and sweet and golden. It’s not as coconut-y as I expected, but I really like it.

The scent’s divine namesake, the Hindu god Ganesh.

Tl;DR: Strong chai clove with honey, spices, and a touch of coconut. Warm and delicious. 5/5.

Alkemia: Le Petit Mort

Alkemia Le Petit Mort

Triple iron distilled Indonesian red patchouli and dark forest blossom beeswax honeycomb.

Despite it’s haters, I’m a big fan of patchouli. It’s dirty and earthy and very sexy to me. I’m always ready to try a new patchouli scent. You can buy it from Alkemia’s Etsy store for $12 US for a 5mL full size. You can also buy it as part of an Alkemia sample set, where it will be 1mL.

In the bottle: Patchouli and honey. Very simple, but very sensual. Not much more to say there.

On the skin: It now reminds me a lot of BPAL impressions of the Floating World. It’s that same kind of powdery, perfume-y patch and honey blend. It’s just okay, honestly. It’s not bad, but it’s not fantastic either. I will say that it smells quite mainstream and expensive though.

This is the image that Alkemia uses for the scent listing, and it’s honestly quite accurate.

TL;DR: Powdery patchouli and honey. Kind of basic to me. 2/5.