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

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.

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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!

Updates and Upcoming Reviews!

Hello!

As some of you know, I live in Florida, and we were just hit by Hurricane Irma. I am very lucky in that my family and I are fine, and our house sustained little damage. However, because there is still some clean-up and work to be done, postings will be sporadic at best this week.

In the mean time, here are a list of some upcoming reviews to look forward to once the mail starts back up again!

  • BPAL Mouse Circus
  • NAVA Pyramid Vanille 1
  • NAVA Pyramid Vanille 2
  • NAVA Spooktacular
  • NAVA Vampire Vanilla Bat
  • Solstice Scents Sycamore Chai

 

XOXO,

The Scenturion

Black Phoenix Trading Post: Claw Polish

The indie beauty community has plenty of perfume and makeup, but it is also known for some very unique nail polishes. Femme Fatale and ILNP are two of the most popular brands, but Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab’s sister shop, Black Phoenix Trading Post, also makes nail polishes as well. They are called “claw polishes” and they retail for $9.75 US each. Their nail polishes are usually themed around their perfume collections, such as Crimson Peak and Yules. I decided to purchase a polish from their American Gods collection, since the swatch caught my eye and I love the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

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Champagne gold holographic that twists and turns from hues of copper to blue.

Left: without flash, Right: with flash

The formula for this shade is on the liquidy side; it’s definitely less thick than a mainstream brand like OPI. I used two coats to get full opacity. Once fully dried, the shade is a pinky champagne gold with rainbow shimmer in regular light, and it is a rose gold holographic shade under bright light. It’s a really cool shade because its almost neutral, but with that amazing holographic shimmer shift.

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Two coats with flash

Overall, I’m pleased with this nail polish. The color looks true to pictures and the formula is nice.  I’ll update this post once I wear the polish for a few days to see how it holds up!

Femme Fatale Cosmetics: Eyeshadow

For many international indie lovers, Femme Fatale is their one-stop shop for indie perfume and makeup. While they sell numerous indie brands, they also have their own cosmetics brand, and they are known for their eyeshadows. I’m a sucker for duochrome, and I was so excited when a friend sent me a bunch of Femme Fatale samples. Will they live up to the hype? The eyeshadows can be purchased on Femme Fatale’s website.

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From top: Alpine Skies, Animal-Shaped Jellies, and Candied Apple. Swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion.
  • Alpine Skies

A super pale taupe with cool tones and prominent turquoise shimmer.

Magical, ethereal cool toned sparkle. It reminds me a bit of NYX Glass Slipper eyeshadow, but this one has a stronger shift and leans more blue than green. I love it.

  • Animal-Shaped Jellies

A brilliant mid-tone pink that leans warm, and golden shimmer.

This one is BRIGHT. Like neon pink bright. It has a very subtle gold shimmer in it, but on the eyes, it reads as just hot pink with shimmer; the gold is hard to pick up on.

  • Candied Apple

A pale redwood pink with a green duochrome.

Probably the most famous of all Femme Fatale eyeshadows. This one is a major shifter. In the swatch, you get this reddish brown color, but on the eyes, its more of a light greenish color with a pinky red duochrome. Its surprisingly subtle, but quite striking.

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From top: Cheap Tricks, Clockwork Train, Land of Tea Parties.  Swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion.
  • Cheap Tricks

A vibrant mid-tone pink with shiny green-gold sheen.

If you think this looks similar to Animal-Shaped Jellies, you would be right. They are almost identical, but I feel like this one has a stronger gold shift to it. Because I love any and all duochromes, I prefer this to Animal-Shaped Jellies. It’s so fun and pretty!

  • Clockwork Train

A warm puce pink with bold golden overlay.

This is easily one of my favorites of the bunch. The description is true to the color and it’s subtle but gorgeous. It’s not quite a rose gold, but its close.

  • Land of Tea Parties

A soft ruddy pinkish-beige with blue glow.

This one shows up very lavender on me. I’d call it more of a “soft beige with a strong lavender shift”. Despite not really matching the description, I really like it.

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From top: Mister Whiskers, Puzzle, The Wayward Prince.  Swatched over Urban Decay Primer Potion.

 

  • Mister Whiskers

A grey-toned mauve purple with strong golden shine.

Sometimes you come across a shadow so magical that you just have to stare at it. This is one of those. It’s so insanely pretty and pigmented, but its still really wearable in my opinion. It’s sort of like My Pretty Zombie Anthrax, but it has a gold shift instead of a green one and the purple is more mauve-y. I’m in love with it.

  • Puzzle

A concrete grey with copperish-gold overlay.

I’m not super impressed with this one compared to the others. It’s a pretty blue-ish grey with copper sparkles. It’s not bad, its just not something I could see myself wearing and I feel like I can find a similar color in other brands.

  • The Wayward Prince

A mauve-rose base with strong bronze-gold overlay.

At first, this looks like a boring reddish brown, but once applied, you get this brilliant bronze shine. It’s really nice.

The Formula

I really like Femme Fatale’s formula. It’s very pigmented and it blends well. You could probably get away with not using primer for some of the non-duochromes. Fallout is minimal for all of them, but I noticed that Animal-Shaped Jellies and Cheap Tricks had a bit more than the others.

My favorites of the bunch are Alpine Skies, Clockwork Train, Cheap Tricks, and Mister Whiskers. Least favorite is probably Puzzle.

I hope you enjoyed my review! What Femme Fatale eyeshadow is your favorite? Comment below!

Indie Glossary

Entering the indie world can be daunting, and there are tons of abbreviations thrown around that might confuse a newcomer. I’ve done my best to provide a comprehensive list of common terms you might encounter.

  • BNNU– Means “Bought New, Never Used”. Refers to a product that was purchased but never actually used by the buyer.
  • BPAL– Short for Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. It is the largest indie perfume house known for scents like Dorian and Antique Lace. They also frequently collab with Neil Gaiman and major films such as Crimson Peak and Labyrinth.
  • BPTP– Short for Black Phoenix Trading Post. This is the sister shop of BPAL, and they sell hair glosses, soaps, atmosphere sprays, nail polish, t-shirts, and other goodies.
  • DC– Short for “Discontinued”. These products can no longer be purchased at their source stores.
  • Decant– A decant is when someone takes some perfume out of their personal bottle and puts it in a smaller container, usually a sample. It can also be done with eyeshadows.
  • FF– Short for “Femme Fatale”. They are an Australian indie retailer who sells brands like Arcana, Shiro, and more.
  • FS– Short for “Full Size”. A product that is not a sample. For perfume, a FS is usually 5mL.
  •  GC– Short for “General Catalog”. It refers to items that are not limited edition or seasonal and can be bought year-round and are restocked somewhat regularly.
  • HG– This can refer to two things: “Hair Gloss” or “Holy Grail”. Hair glosses are scented hair oils. Holy Grail refers to a person’s favorite product.
  • HoG– Short for “Haus of Gloi”. A perfume company known for scents like Cozy Sweater, as well as their bath and body products like their Pumpkin Butter.
  • Imp– BPAL’s term for a sample.
  • ISO and DISO– They mean “In Search Of” and “Desperately In Search Of”, respectively. These are items on a person’s wishlist that they are actively searching for.
  • LE– Short for “Limited Edition”. Refers to items that are around for a specific period of time before being discontinued.
  • MPZ– Short for My Pretty Zombie. An indie makeup company known for their edgy aesthetic with product names like Anthrax, Everything Looks Better on a Meat Hook, and Grandma Cleavage.
  • Notes– These are the components that make up a perfume.
  • NAVA– Short for “Nocturne Alchemy and VApothecary”. They’re a perfume house who specializes in rich scents with notes like resin, vanilla, and musk. Their perfumes have an Egyptian theme.
  • OHWTO– Short for “One Hand Washes the Other.” An indie perfume brand on Etsy.
  • OOS– Short for “Out of Stock”. A product that currently cannot be purchased because the company has run out of it.
  • PIF– Short for “Pay It Forward”. Usually its a giveaway of some items where nothing is expected in return; it is done out of the kindness of the person’s heart.
  • RIS– Short for “Received in Swap”. This means that the item was not purchased by that particular person, and they either bought it from someone else or swapped it for another item.
  • S92– Short for “Sixteen92”. They are a perfumery that specializes in witchy, gothic scents such as Salem.
  • SN– Short for “single note”. A perfume where it only has one component for the scent.
  • Sniffie– A sniffie is an empty bottle or sample of perfume that is usually free with another purchase. Sniffies are a great way to see if you like a scent before you purchase a larger size of it.
  • SS– Short for “Solstice Scents”. They are a perfume house that specializes in atmospheric scents. Popular ones include Manor and Rose Mallow Cream. They also make EDP scents.
  • Swap– Swaps are super popular in the indie community; its simply when one person trades one item for another. Money does not change hands, only the items do.
  • TAT– Short for “Turn Around Time”. This refers to the time it takes between placing an order and the order shipping. Most indies have longer turn around times than mainstream brands because they are smaller companies where things are sometimes made to order by one or two people.
  • TOL– Short for “Top of Label”. Refers to the fill level on a perfume bottle being at the top of the brand label.
  • YMMV – Short for “Your Mileage May Vary”. Such a term usually pertains to perfumes, and it means that a fragrance can vary from person to person due to skin chemistry. If a scent smells bad on one person, it might smell great on another.