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Violet Moon Botanicals Amethyst Multi-Use Oil Review

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.

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The Magick Cabinet Carnelian Perfume Oil Review

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.

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Luvmilk Review: My Favorite Fall and Winter Scents from OfficialLuvMilk on Etsy

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!

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Baby Bat Beauty Fall Haul Swatches & Review

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.

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Fresh Geeky Scents Review: Assassin, Thief & Convict Mass Effect Inspired Fragrances

One of my very favorite things about shopping Etsy/Indie brands is the wide range of nerd-inspired items. While some people collect figures or movies or comic books, I like to indulge my merch/swag desires via cosmetics and cute clothes! Whether it’s Zatanna-themed eyeshadow (thanks, /r/IndieMakeupandMore for that find), Skyrim-inspired “Skooma” tea or just Nova Corps t-shirts to make me feel like even my casual errands or workouts are cosmic-level superhero shenanigans, I dig nerdy goodies that I can actually use, not just collect.

So when I somehow stumbled upon the Fresh Geeky Scents shop and noticed that she has a collection of Mass Effect inspired perfumes, I knew that I totally had to check them out.

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While FGS has fragrances for almost all the main crewmembers (I’ve requested a Zaeed scent since he’s basically my Mass Effect true love – seriously, no matter what class my Shepard was in ME2, Zaeed was the first companion recruited and he stayed in my party the entire game. He is perfect. My love for him is such that I would probably buy anything with his name on it, tbh), I picked out three whose blends sounded the most appealing to me personally:

CONVICT: Jack or Subject Zero is a strong, unique woman who doesn’t take crap from anyone. This perfume is a dark, dusty vanilla with hints of woods. Sounds simple but this is truly a unique scent perfect for the woman who isn’t afraid to speak her mind.

ASSASSIN: A fresh aquatic unisex fragrance inspired by everyone’s favorite Drell, Thane. This scent opens with notes of citrus and melon and finishes with musk, moss and wood, all bathed in a fresh floral aquatic scent. The perfect fragrance for him or Siha.

THIEF: This perfume, inspired by Kasumi’s love for Keiji, will have you falling in love at first whiff. Main notes of cherry blossom fill the air with hints of lilies, freesia and sandalwood. A truly fresh and romantic scent – perfect for a date, or a stroll though the park, and perhaps most importantly light enough that Kasumi wouldn’t give herself away in the middle of a heist.

I got my order this week, and I’m really pleased! First of all, shipping was really fast – she shipped out the morning after my late-night order and I got my items in less than a week. Everything was packaged securely and cutely (sparkly ribbons and multi-colored paper!) and she even included some free candy. How did she know that watermelon airheads are my weakness?!

For my individual thoughts on each scent, read on!

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