Arcana: Peaches Crave Fire

Arcana Peaches Crave Fire

Ripe peaches with our Fire accord (scorched black tea leaves, curling wisps of woodsmoke, Arcana’s Holy Terror blend, and a splash of hot toddy)

I like smoky scents. I like Holy Terror. I’m a fan of peach notes, especially Arcana.  Therefore, it was a no brainer when it came to trying this scent.

In the bottle: Smoky peaches. There’s nothing sweet about it; its really like a bunch of fresh peaches sitting in a fireplace. It’s quite interesting.

On the skin: I…don’t know what’s going on here. The tea and smoke combo reminds me a lot of the tea and smoke combo from Marshmallows Smoke, but for some reason, this scent is turning sour on me.  It almost smells sweaty? There’s also the hot toddy that adds this warmth and depth, but I can’t get past that weird BO smell. I don’t know what’s causing it, but I’m not a fan.

TL;DR: Weird smoky, sweaty peaches and smoke. No bueno. 1/5.


Nocturne Alchemy: Halcyon Bat

NAVA Halcyon Bat

Vanilla Bean, Crystalline, Kobalt, NA Black Patchouli Absolute, Cotton Candy, Sugar, Cream Soda, Bastet’s Amber, drop of Bastet’s Ice Cream (Original) and Bergamot EO.

Followers of my blog know that I am lover of patchouli. If used correctly, it can make a scent insanely sexy and alluring. Several of my friends love this perfume, which they have described as a sugared patchouli blend. I was unsure, since I was worried about it being too sweet, but I decided to finally try it and see what the hype was about.

In the bottle: Yup, that’s a lot of patch. I’m definitely getting some sugar there though, and I like the balance between the two.

On the skin: Oh holy crap. If you thought the patch was strong in the bottle, that’s nothing compared to how strong it is on the skin. It completely drowns out the rest of the notes; I can’t smell them at all. The patch is so prominent and so powerful that its overwhelming, and that’s coming from someone who loves patchouli scents. It’s also gone into full “dirty hippie” territory. I feel like the patchouli just broke into my house to scream at me. I’m scrubbing this off.

TL;DR: The world’s most pungent, aggressive patchouli and that’s it. Nope nope nope. 1/5.

Arcana: Erzulie’s Soft Kiss


Arcana Erzulie’s Soft Kiss

Ripe pink strawberries smeared with honey and bee pollen.

Happy February, everyone! And what better way to start the month than with a scent that reminds me of Valentine’s Day. Now, I am very picky about my strawberry scents. They often turn artificial or grossly sweet and syrupy on my skin. Because of that, I was hesitant to try this scent, but I heard good things about it, so I took the plunge. This scent was a part of the 2014 Valentine’s Collection, in the mini set called the “New Orleans Trio”. Like the other two scents in the trio, this scent is named after a voodoo loa. This particular fragrance is named for Erzulie Freda, who rules over love, beauty, pleasure, and all things feminine and luxurious.

In the bottle: This scent is PINK. It’s sweet strawberries and honey, but not sickeningly sweet or anything like that. There’s a very subtle sharpness to it that I think is from the bee pollen.

On the skin: To my nose, the scent on the skin smells very similar to the scent in the bottle, with maybe a touch more honey and a hint of powderiness from the pollen. As weird as it sounds, you can also tell that the strawberries in this are pink rather than red. This fragrance is very girly and bright and feminine; it’ll be absolutely perfect for spring!

TL;DR: Honey-dipped pink strawberries with a hint of powdery pollen. A very “pink” scent. 4.5/5

Arcana: Frilly Underpinnings


Arcana Frilly Underpinnings

Pink, white, and black pepper, sweet cream, bourbon vanilla, caramel amber, white musk, two sugars, spice, and everything nice.

Black pepper is a rather uncommon note that I have a small obsession with. Nothing else adds that same kind of sassy spice to scent. However, as we saw with Krampus Cones, black pepper scents can be tricky. I’m always game to try a new pepper scent though, and this hard to find Arcana has always been on my list.

In the bottle: Creamy bourbon vanilla with a smack of pepper! The booze is strong with this one, but I feel like the pepper cuts it to a certain degree.

On the skin: The bourbon vanilla calms down quite a bit, as does the pepper, but both are still detectable. The cream doesn’t go sour, which I’m very thankful for. I’m mainly getting a creamy vanilla with musky not foodie caramel and a kiss of pepper to keep it from being too sweet. It’s an extremely feminine scent, but that beautiful pepper adds this interesting, dark kick to it. I feel like this perfume would be worn by a lace-draped Victorian lady who is demure by day, but a stealthy jewel thief by night. Think Irene Adler from the Robert Downey Jr. Sherlock Holmes movie!

TL;DR: Creamy vanilla, musky caramel, and a touch of pepper. Feminine but punchy. 5/5.

Black Moon Cosmetics: Mortis Liquid Lipstick

Hi everybody!

During this past Black Friday, I finally took the plunge and bought an item that I have been eyeing for a while: a Black Moon Cosmetics liquid lipstick. Black Moon Cosmetics is an indie brand that makes liquid lipsticks, liquid eyeshadows, false eyelashes, and more. They’re a cruelty free and vegan brand with a cool gothic kind of aesthetic, as evidenced by the packaging and the shade names. I absolutely adore dark red lipsticks, so when they came out with the shade Mortis, it immediately went on my wishlist.


Mortis is described as “A hauntingly beautiful deep red with an orange base that is just stunning on all skin tones! ” and “The perfect shade of blood.” The name is very fitting, since Mortis is Latin for “death”. Like all of the liquid lipsticks, Mortis retails for $18 US.

The packaging is really nice. The tube feels sturdy and the logo and ombre color that matches the lipstick is aesthetically pleasing. I only wish that the shade was written on the tube somewhere.

Formula-wise, Mortis is right in the middle between creamy and liquidy. Because of that, I feel like it’s less drying that other liquid lipstick formulas. It also has a nice, sweet vanilla cupcake kind of scent to it. The applicator is a flat doe-foot; I prefer a traditional doe-foot applicator, but that’s just me.


This was a quick swatch without lip liner.

The shade is absolutely gorgeous; it really does look like freshly spilled blood. It doesn’t have that rusty, brown undertone, but I’m not mad about that. It’s honestly the perfect red for my skintone (N10). It applied smoothly and opaquely and I feel like it layers well too. Lasting power was good; it stays in place when drinking, and only comes off a little bit in the middle when eating. I imagine that greasy foods would do more damage though. I also love that it isn’t overly drying compared to other liquid lipsticks. Obviously, it won’t be as hydrating as a bullet lipstick, but as far as liquid lipsticks go, this is one of the more comfortable ones.


Blue eyeshadow doesn’t really go with the look, but c’est la vie.

As you can probably tell, I really like this lipstick. The color is gorgeous, it’s not overly drying, and it lasts well. Plus, I love the company’s aesthetic and the fact that they’re cruelty free! If you’re in the market for a new liquid lipstick, perhaps in a more unconventional shade, I highly suggest checking out Black Moon Cosmetics!


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Arcana: Aestas


Arcana Aestas

Madagascar vanilla, yellow cake, soft peach nectar, golden musk, black musk, and a hint of patchouli.

Today is a review of a scent that I have been wanting for a while now. Named after the ancient Roman goddess of summer, Aestas has a bunch of notes that I adore: peach, patchouli, vanilla, and musk. My only hesitation came in the form of the cake, since I don’t like overly foodie blends. Despite that, I was super happy to find a full bottle because I had a feeling that this was going to be a scent that I would love.

In the bottle: Oooooo. I’m getting the most glorious peach note with some subtle vanilla cake. The peach note is identical to the one in NAVA Adele, to my nose. Actually, this is like a muskier version of Adele!

On the skin: I’m getting more of that buttery cake, and the peach note is no longer similar to Adele; Adele’s peach note is lighter and more delicate, whereas the Arcana peach note is much richer.  It’s heavier and almost more sensual. The musks are still very present, and I like that because it prevents the scent from being too sweet and foodie. I’m starting to get some of that patch, but it’s not in your face at all. Someone who hates patchouli would still like this scent, I think. Frankly, I wish there was a bit more patch, but that’s really the only complaint I have with this scent. It’s rich and golden and absolutely stunning.

TL;DR: Rich, golden peaches with buttery vanilla cake rounded out with musk and the smallest touch of patch. Glorious. 7/5.

ILNP: Cygnus Loop


I’m interrupting your regularly scheduled perfume reviews for a nail polish review! Today I will be looking at ILNP’s Cygnus Loop polish, which I got as a Hanukkah gift. I’m such a sucker for duochromes and multi-chromes that I knew I had to get this shade. It retails for $12.50 US and you can buy it on ILNP’s website or their etsy page. All ILNP shades are cruelty free, and Toluene, Formaldehyde, and Dibutyl Phthalate free.


Cygnus Loop is part of ILNP’s Ultra Chrome line. As for the shade, “Cygnus Loop will shuffle through a bright purple, to orange, to yellow, and even a little bit of green.” Nearly all of those colors are visible in the bottle, something that the photo doesn’t do justice to.

The formula is pretty standard; not too thick, not too thin. Like Mega, it reminds me of the consistency of the Color Club polishes. It took two coats to get to full opacity and its not streaky at all.

Being a multichrome, this polish is a serious morpher. For the most part, it looks like an indigo polish with a gold or yellow shift. But depending on the light, it can look more blue or more pink or more purple. It’s really stunning!


Taken in natural light.

The polish wears well; it didn’t start to chip until about day 3 or 4 of my manicure. Overall, I’m very pleased with this polish. It’s super unique and pretty without being as in-your-face as the holo. Duochrome fans should check out ILNP’s polishes because there are a ton of these kinds of shades in their catalog!


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