Bad Habit Beauty: The Athena Palette

Hi all! Today’s review is gonna be a little different from the usual. For a while now, I’ve been lusting after the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette, but I couldn’t justify that price tag. So when I saw that there was a full palette dupe by Bad Habit Beauty, I got really excited. I was a bit skeptical, however, due to the price tag, but I figured that since it was so cheap, it couldn’t hurt to check it out. Bad Habit Beauty is an LA based, cruelty free company that dupes several other popular eyeshadow palettes, such as ABH Subculture and UD Naked Heat. Their palettes can be found on Shop Hush, but I got mine on r/Makeup Exchange.

The Athena Palette by Bad Habit Beauty comes with 18 shades: 8 mattes, 7 shimmers, 2 duochrome toppers, and 1 pressed glitter shade. The ingredients are on their website. The packaging is really nice and quite sturdy; it definitely doesn’t feel super cheap. All of the swatches in my post are done with fingers and no primer. My skintone is about N10.

Now, I don’t have the Desert Dusk palette to compare it to, but I can talk about the quality of the Athena palette by itself. Honestly, I’m really impressed. The mattes have a bit of kickback and they can be a tad chalky, but they’re surprisingly pigmented! The shimmers are gorgeous; very metallic and vibrant. The toppers are sheer, but that’s to be expected. They look a bit similar to me as well, but I don’t mind that too much. The glitter shade is hard to apply without glitter adhesive, and I’m not 100% sure if it’s eyesafe. But I didn’t buy the palette for the glitter, so I’m not upset about that. If I had to compare this formula to another brand, I’d probably say that it’s closest to KVD. My biggest gripe about the palette is that there isn’t a dupe for the Huda shade Twilight in it, but I think I have another shadow in my collection that’s similar to Twilight (UD Tonic).

From top: Fierce. Triumph, Valour, Purity, Truth, Heroic, Gleam, Epic, Medusa, Justice, Lore, Power

From top: Divine, Cunning, Wisdom, Prize, Daring, Clever

Now, onto the dupes! As you can see, some of the shades are reminiscent of the ABH Modern Renaissance palette, but none of them are dead-on dupes. The closest dupes I could find in my collection are Divine and ColourPop White Rabbit, and Medusa and ColourPop Come and Get It.

From top: Truth, ABH Warm Taupe. Heroic, ABH Realgar. ABH Red Ochre, Power, ABH Venetian Red. Clever, ABH Cyprus Umber.

From top: ColourPop Static, Wisdom, Stila Pigalle. Epic, ColourPop Skydancer, UD Tonic. Divine, ColourPop White Rabbit.

From top: Valour, ColourPop Flutterbye. Medusa, ColourPop Come and Get It. Cunning, ABH Primavera, Fierce.

Overall, I’m really impressed with this palette, especially for the price point. It satisfies my desire for Desert Dusk without breaking the bank and some of the shades are really stunning. I particularly like Medusa, Divine, Wisdom, and Prize.


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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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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For more organization, I have added a perfume master list to the header bar! Now you can see all of the perfumes that I have reviewed listed there by brand, with a link to the review. Let me know if you want me to also categorize them by scent type (floral, gourmand, woodsy, etc.)!


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Happy 2018!

Hello everyone!

I hope you all had a happy holiday and a happy New Year! I apologize for my inactivity; I’ve been on winter break. But now that it’s 2018, I’m ready to get back into the swing of things! Here’s a little taste of what to expect in the coming weeks!

Perfume Reviews

  • Alkemia Carmen 7
  • Arcana Krampus Cones
  • Arcana Aestas
  • Arcana Winternights
  • Arcana Peaches Crave Fire
  • BPAL Wednesday’s Child is Full of Woe
  • Nui Cobalt Designs Cloak of Evergreens
  • Solstice Scents Foxcroft Fairgrounds
  • Solstice Scents Monarch

Makeup Reviews

  • Black Moon Cosmetics Liquid Lipstick: Mortis

Nail Polish Reviews

  • ILNP Cygnus Loop


  • Perfume dupes, part 2
  • Indie perfume brand overview



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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!


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!


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.

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!


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