In honor of the autumnal equinox I am sharing my first fall/Halloween themed haul of the season- this one is from Sugar and SpiteFirst off, please just take a moment to soak in the glorious packaging. I actually hesitated here, it was so damn pretty and I hated to tear it up. Then I pushed that pesky feeling aside and tore into it like a kiddie on Christmas. The theme/branding for all of this is just stunning, it really is. I can tell there was so much effort put into making it all work together seamlessly. There were wax seals, themed cards, even a homemade honeysuckle green tea lolly.




I ordered a 3 sample set of the Halloween scents- I chose Diabolique, Grimoire, and Babylon. It came wrapped in a super cute box, and would have been great for gift-giving. The sample sizes were larger than what's typical; for reference, about half the size of a Darling Clandestine Bitsy vial. I also ordered a body milk in Diabolique and a lip balm in Bite Me (caramel apple)! I got an extra lip balm in Bad Wolf (Apricot Brandy) as a freebie, which was a nice surprise.


I am really fond of Sugar and Spite's body milk formula, which comes in a 4 oz glass pump container. It's much lighter/ silkier than others I've tried like Haus of Gloi's Pumpkin Butter or Solstice Scents' Ganache. It's not nearly as thick and soaks in really quickly, and the scent comes through clear and strong, but isn't overpowering. I like the more potent creams, but sometimes I just don't need the heavy-duty moisturization, so these hit the spot for that.


Diabolique

Orange blossoms dripping with sticky black honey, warm gingerbread, 3 vanillas, tea leaves and aloeswood


I admit I'm a little biased with this one. There was really no possible way for me to not like this, it was a done deal from the start. It's basically a list of some of my all-time favorite notes, and Lysa has my favorite versions of some of them (her tea and honey notes work marvelously for me). So this is really sweet, some might think it's way too sweet, but with the tea and wood notes it straddles that fine line perfectly for me. It's hard for me to find any one note that dominates- I get the slightly smoky tea, ooey-gooey honey, some cinnamon from the gingerbread. It's hard for me to pick out the orange blossom, but I think I can get a very faint whiff of it on cold sniff.  No doubt this is a luxurious indulgence, but man, I really do love this one.

Grimoire 

Ancient dusty spices, fire, smoke, charred wood, and turned earth.

This is for the smoke lovers out there! It's very intensely smokey, and has a charred, smoldering feel to it. It smells pretty much like its name- like a huge, dusty book you might find in the restricted section of a certain library, one full of sooty fingerprints on the smudged, brittle pages, spatterings of potions from when it got too close to the cauldron fire. A force to be reckoned with.

Babylon

Wood, twisted roots, damp earth, resin, incense smoke, red musk, oud and a waft of blood red cranberries

This has a similar feel to Grimoire in that it has that smoky quality, and I think I can pick up a touch of licorice though it's not in the note list. Perhaps that's what creates the "twisted roots and damp earth" impression. It's more incensey too- I can definitely get the red musk. I don't really smell the cranberries. Squarely unisex. Hell, I think all of them could be unisex, even Diabolique, which is admittedly sweet and foodie but that tea note is also a formidable player.





Both of my lip balms smelled amazing, especially Bite Me. Perfect balance of sugary caramel and tart apple. The listings say they're unsweetened, but it smells so good my brain tells me that it tastes wonderful, too. I would say they're both a little more stiff than I'd like ideally, and it takes several swipes for them warm up enough to apply with any ease. If they were more supple and smooth they would be one of my favorite lip balms, because the smell is just phenomenal. It's a bummer the particular ones I got are hard to apply.

So, now that fall is officially upon us (and fall is my season, yo), I'm looking forward to posting some more hauls and perhaps some fall-ish looks for you all. Maybe even some autumn excursion posts if I'm able. Let me know if you've hauled any awesome fall items lately or if you've tried any of these here! Have a great day all!





Today I've got three simple, everyday LOTDs I've done in the past month with my recent Fyrinnae haul, discussed HEREI'm sorry the quality of these is a little erratic, the lighting these days was not consistent or cooperating with me so I tried to adjust them to most accurately display the colors.

For LOTD #1 I used Titania's Bottom on my lid and Bawdy Librarian in my crease, and a little bit of the Sunkissed finishing powder as a highlight. This powder has no tint, but just the faintest gold gleam to it in the jar. It's really subtle, not something that will actually show up on your skin. I also tried out the Nordic Angel Blush and on my lips is Meloncholy lip lustre. I love this color and have already ordered a full size. I'm a sucker for coral.










For  LOTD #2 I used Debonair on my lid and Snow Leopard in my crease, along with Sexy Nerd lip lustre. Sexy Nerd is gorgeous, magenta with gold shimmer. I will use my mini up, but it's too intense for me personally to wear everyday (and it stains) so it will take me a while to get through it. But when I want to feel extra sassy, I'll be reaching for this baby.






 LOTD #3 consists of It Beautifies! on my lid and Bawdy Librarian in my crease. My regular highlight has been Bubbly from BFTE lately. I adore It Beautifies! so much and have been wearing it pretty much non-stop since I got it. It will go swimmingly with all your autumn golds, coppers, olive greens, and browns. I used Chickadee lip lustre here and I was surprised to like it. Pale lip colors (and orangey ones at that) usually look terrible on me and wash me out, but applied lightly I think it looks nice, kind of like a creamsicle. It can be built up to a more opaque level but I prefer a soft touch with this.





That's all for today, have a great day all!



It's been far too long since I've bought from Fyrinnae, or any indie makeup company in general, really! I hadn't bought for over a year because I just have so much eyeshadow, a lot I rarely if ever use, and I just couldn't justify it. But they have been releasing some extra purty stuff lately so I bit the bullet and put in a small order. I hadn't even ordered before they reformulated, and I really noticed a positive improvement! Some of the shades have an odd, more cohesive, semi-solid quality that causes them to "ball-up." It's weird looking but nothing to be alarmed by! Maybe it's just the types I bought, but I noticed it was easier to apply these shades (less super careful patting) and there was less fall-out than with my old ones.

Here's what I got:
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Left to Right: Debonair (freebie), It's Beautifies!, Titania's Bottom, Snow Leopard, Bawdy Librarian. Second Row: Pixie Epoxy, Sexy Nerd, Meloncholy, Chickadee, Nordic Angel Blush, Sunkissed Finishing Powder


A very late summer review for you all today! Solstice Scents had their summer release recently, and I picked up a few things. Not too much, as the brain is slowly and somewhat reluctantly switching over into fall mode. Not enough to be hitting the pumpkin lattes hard, but at least looking forward to seeing the first leaves of the season change.





I got a new Tenebrous Mist perfume and ganache (haven't seen TM in ganache before so I had to pick it up while I could). Tenebrous Mist is one of my all time favorite indie scents in general and I just finished my first bottle, so a refill was definitely in order. I got a glace in Coquina, as my Tropical Moon glace is running out, and I am kind of over that one. 

I also got samples in three new summer scents: Old Havana, Sun-Warmed Honey, and Heat of the Night.

Old Havana

Tobacco, Woods, Spices, Sea Mist, Lime

This makes me think of walking through an exotic, bustling outdoor market alongside the ocean. Dream market, of course, nothing experienced in real life. Brushing past dashing, mysterious strangers. Spices for sale, delicate hints of sea mist on the breeze. Cool, refreshing drinks. It's got a masculine edge to it but that's never stopped me. I think ladies can wear this with no problem. I get tangy lime, saltwater, smooth woods, and some smokey tobacco mostly. I've tried layering this with Tenebrous Mist and they mesh very nicely together. It might also go with other aquatics: Hand of Darkness, maybe Harpy from Darling Clandestine or Picaroon from Haus of Gloi? It's got that kind of feel to it, but the tobacco makes it more rugged than a straight-up beachy scent. 

Sun-Warmed Honey
Honey, Apricot, Strawberry, Chamomile, Kunzea, 
Ginger, Orange Blossom

I knew this would be a tricky one for me- all those fruity notes, and strawberry especially can smell fake or bitter on me so easily. I don't get any of that, thank goodness, but it is really sweet. Kind of cutesy. What keeps it from going overboard is the herbal, almost hay-like Chamomile. It reminds me almost of the dried Sweet Annie in Witch's Cottage, so it's a really fascinating addition and saves the blend from being way too much for me. It actually does smell sun-soaked, warm and syrupy. The honey is nice, but I admit after first applying it goes "URP" on me and veers into the dreaded honey= cat pee territory. Then it softens and goes back into darling, sweet, and precocious honey land. I will use up my sample of this as I can envision being in the mood occasionally, but it's not really a "me" scent.


Heat of the Night
Vanilla, Mango, Coconut, Orange, Sandalwood, Amber, Orange Blossom, Edge of the Night Base


This is the last offering in the Night series, and my second favorite, after the original Edge of the Night. I love, love, love that one but for some reason I've just been nursing my samples of it for the longest time. It's potent and long lasting so somehow it's just lasted using a drop or two at a time. But I really need to get a full size of it. Heat of the Night on cold sniff reminds me a lot of Coquina, only a little more drinkable with the extra fruits and more creamy with the vanilla. Then the dry down is similar to Edge of the Night, but softer and a little more muted. Not as intense. I would love to have a full size of this, but for budget's sake, I may just get Edge of the Night like I already planned and layer it with Coquina to get something in the same ballpark. Heat of the Night is described as being a really great for summer nights, being a humid, incense-laden scent. For me though, it has tenacity but the sillage is well controlled. I've worn it to work and felt comfortable, and I'm always nervous about my scents being overpowering. But, it does feel more summery, so right now I think I do want to focus on just getting the original, since it feels timeless and less defined by the seasons. Then, maybe next summer when HOTN could get more mileage, I'll re-evaluate. 


My order also came with a new edition of the Foxcroft Bulletin. I've said it before but here it is again: I adore these! They are so imaginative and show so much care and effort that goes into creating this little Solstice Scents world. Packaging and branding isn't everything and can't save a bad product, but a cohesive style and that attention to fun little details, when done right, is such a magical thing!




 




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