The use of crystals and gemstones in beauty products – both as inspiration or actual ingredients – has definitely become a bonafide trend in the past couple of years. Whether it’s Colourpop’s Gemstone Collection or the myriad indie brands experimenting with crystal-infused perfumes and skincare, the idea only seems to be picking up steam.
I mentioned this in my The Magick Cabinet Carnelian Perfume Oil Review, but I have a fondness for gemstones that stems to childhood. Even if I’m not buying in to the idea that certain gems can change your life, I’ve been enjoying this whole crystal craze for the aesthetic and nostalgic appeal. This has led to many nights browsing Etsy, looking for indie brands that are doing something fun with gemstones when creating their products. I’ll admit it: I let myself splurge on a few items as long as I made sure to review them for everyone else who has been intrigued by the crystal cosmetics trend.
Which brings us to today’s review of the Amethyst Multi-Use Oil from Violet Moon Botanicals!
Here is how Violet Moon Botanicals describes this oil:
Cleanse your aura and nourish your skin with this amethyst crystal infused body oil. Let your skin absorb the powers of amethyst while using this oil during a relaxing and centering massage, in ritual uses, as a moisturizing bath oil, or as a nourishing and negativity clearing face and body serum. This multi-use oil contains a nourishing blend of sunflower, avocado, rose hip and jojoba oils infused with amethyst to promote peace and serenity and clear negative energy while hydrating and deeply nourishing your skin. Chose your own scent from a variety of essential oils, for sensitive skin and facial use I recommend choosing the unscented oil.
Whether you believe in the power of amethyst – supposedly a crystal that helps with emotional and physical stability – or not, there’s no denying that this product contains a blend of oils that are known to be fantastic for the skin. While you can add a fragrance oil to the blend if you’re planning on using this as for non-facial skincare purposes (options include rose geranium, amber, and lavender, among others), I selected the unscented version precisely because I intended to use this as a facial oil.
I don’t even remember how I first stumbled onto The Magick Cabinet, but their Carnelian Perfume Oil immediately grabbed my attention. I resolved to buy it once autumn hit, as the notes seemed a bit more cool-weather, and when eBates decided to do an unprecedented 12% cash back for Etsy in mid-September, you can bet I jumped at the opportunity! So today, here’s my Magick Cabinet Carnelian Perfume Oil review, for anyone else who was intrigued by this scent but hadn’t yet pulled the trigger themselves.
Carnelian has long been one of my favorite gemstones. My dad was a sort of geology hobbyist – he loved to read about different gemstones and rocks as well as craft geode-inlaid wooden boxes or tumbled/shaped gemstones to sell at the front desk of the motel he managed. He had an uncanny ability to spot geodes in the wild, too – I remember him one time stopping the car and getting out, grabbing a kind of large, lumpy rock, and when we got home he split it open to reveal that it was, in fact, opal. We’d often go visit “rock shops” that completely dazzled me with their bins and bins of beautiful stones of all shapes and sizes. While most of my favorites were probably kind of predictable for a young girl – pink rose quartz, shiny purple amethyst – I always loved the soft, almost milky reds and oranges that could be found in polished carnelian stones.
So when I saw The Magick Cabinet Carnelian Perfume Oil, its appeal to me was threefold: one, the notes sounded lovely; two, I liked the overall idea of fragrance oils inspired by gemstones that actually included said gemstones within the oil; and three: the perfume was inspired by and named for my beloved carnelian.
But enough of my waxing nostalgic – let’s get down to business so you can actually read my The Magick Cabinet Carnelian Perfume Oil review.
So… initially, I meant to have this post about my favorite Luvmilk Fall scents go up on Thanksgiving night, to coincide with Luvmilk’s Black Friday sale – but my SSHD had other ideas, as it went into a death spiral on Thanksgiving afternoon and just barely allowed me to run enough checks to confirm that yes, it was a disk failure and not something else, before I had to completely reset Windows to be able to get into the OS at all and backup the last few days’ worth of files. And given the state the SSHD was in, resetting Windows? Literally took two full days.
I mean, on the bright side, Black Friday is possibly the best day to suddenly need new computer parts, yeah? But it also pretty much nuked any chance I had of writing this post in time for the sale, since even with the crazy fast shipping I get from Newegg (they have a distribution center ~2 hours away), it was still a Holiday weekend and deliveries were backed up… so I didn’t get to install my replacement SSHD (and my new SSD, since I finally decided to pull the trigger on that as well after “meaning to” buy one for about a year now) until the next Tuesday.
I did also totally forget to put a bracket in my order (weirdly, I definitely looked them up, but for some reason did not add them into my order with the cables. I am smart?) and Amazon Prime saved the day, both by delivering the bracket I needed within an hour as well as a 4-pack of one of my favorite semi-local beers:
All in all, not the worst turn of events.
So here I am, with my OS on a new SSD and my PC now all zippy because of it – let’s talk about some yummy Fall and Winter indie fragrances!
Joining the Indie Beauty Fanatics group on Facebook was a fun decision, but definitely throws the door wide open to constant temptation – there are so many amazing indie brands being featured in that group that I’d never heard of despite my lurking and posting on /r/Indiemakeupandmore! One of those brands was Baby Bat Beauty, and I immediately fell in love with their name and aesthetic (I just love bats, they’re super cute, what can I say?) as well as a ton of their swatches. I decided to indulge when they posted a pretty hefty coupon code one weekend, and while I tried not to go too crazy, I did get a decent selection of their cosmetics that I’ll now review here.
All in all, I selected one blush, a liquid highlighter, two matte lipsticks (one classic, one liquid), and a gel eyeliner. The order also came with a cute logo sticker and some promo inserts, as you can see above!
Let’s go through each product, one by one.
ETA: Okay, wow. This post was meant to go up back in late July, but unfortunately my motherboard died and the repairs to the PC ended up taking almost the full month of August. So this review is slightly outdated as the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit is no longer available, but I’m going to post it anyway just in case they bring it back (which, frankly, they should – this was a bomb kit and easily the best Sephora Favorites box to date in my opinion)!
I was lucky enough to grab the Sephora Favorites Skin Super Foods Kit before it went out of stock, and I thought I’d post my unboxing and initial thoughts just in case anyone’s out there considering going to a brick & mortar Sephora to try and get their hands on one. Given how quickly this kit sold out, though, I would be pretty shocked if Sephora didn’t restock – seems like it’s leaving money on the table if they don’t, you know?
Since the link may or may not be dead depending on current stock levels, here is what you get in this kit:
1 oz / 30 g Boscia Luminizing Black Mask
.32 oz / 9 g Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask
2 oz / 60 g Herbivore Botanicals Coco Rose Body Polish
.15 fl oz / 5 mL Josie Maran Cosmetics Whipped Argan Oil Face Butter
2.5 fl oz / 75 mL Kopari Beauty Coconut Melt
.23 fl oz / 7 mL Tarte Maracuja Oil
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser
.4 fl oz / 12 mL Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist
.5 fl oz / 15 mL Youth to the People Age Prevention Superfood Mask
…all packaged up quite prettily in a very on-trend faux rose-gold-and-marble box.
Read on for my individual thoughts on each item!
Remember how I was planning to step up my sheet mask review game? Hahahahaha, yeah. Good joke, I guess. But I’m actually going to pay up today and give you guys my Hello Care Olive Collagen Sheet Mask Review, since I actually remembered to take photos when I used it two nights ago!
But seriously, guys. This is how crazy my sheet mask backlog has become: I posted this pic of my Hello Care Sheet Mask haul from Asian Food Grocer twenty-six weeks ago, and I’ve only tried a whopping two of them since then.
I may have a problem.
Anyhow, as I alluded to in that insta post, I managed to get these sheet masks dirt cheap when Asian Food Grocer was clearing them out. I guess sheet masks weren’t selling very well for them, because they slashed them all to like 50 cents each and don’t seem to have ever restocked. I grabbed one of each type available, though looking at Hello Care’s website, the Intensive Collagen line has a TON of variations beyond the seven “flavours” that I purchased.
However, today I’m only going to be talking about the Hello Care Intensive Olive Collagen Treatment Mask.
Thanks to my 2014 Memebox spree, my backstash of moisturizers and facial cream is positively insane. Today, I’m going to post my Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream Review – this is a product that I’ve been using for the past eight weeks, but I’ve actually owned since the Cleopatra Memebox was released way back in winter of 2014!! Seriously, guys, this is why I’ve been trying to make 2017 the year of depop, because things are a little out of control…
Anyhow, the Xaivita Goat Milk Whitening Cream is one that I’ve had on my shortlist for when I needed a new wintertime moisturizer, due to its myriad hydrating ingredients. Among other standouts, this cream includes sodium hyaluronate, goat milk at 10,000 ppm, macadamia oil, jojoba esters, niacinamide, and glycerin. It seemed like a great choice for a season where my skin would be battered by cold temperature and winds when outside walking my dog and running errands, you know?