Long ago I introduced you to Black Phoenix Alchemist Lab and my slight obsession with the brand. I’m still quite in love with BPAL but I discovered Arcana a few years ago and it’s since been as desirable as BPAL.
If you love perfume oils, Arcana will be a fab beauty discovery for you. Jump ahead to learn more.
Why perfume oil?
Perfume Oils are enriched with a heavy dose of fragrant oil making them stronger and long wearing. When blended correctly they allow for a greater throw and linger than regular perfume or toilettes. Oils are normally sold in 5-10ML bottles due to the nature of the product and expense. A little goes a long well so a smaller size will last you a very long time.
If you like a little bit of a Gothic romantic Victorian packaging Arcana perfume oils are sure to please. Housed in a small 5ml alchemist bottle with aged yellowing labels they look quite old worldly. Available in a variety of scents that are rotated constantly with limited edition scents these are truly little treasures that are easy to become addicted to.
I decided to do a Beauty Discovery on Arcana as I recently ordered a few new blends for my collection and also felt that so many people are probably missing out on the joys of perfume oil especially such unique blends as the ones Arcana creates.
Two delightful scents I hauled recently are Arcana Poison Candy Perfume and Underpinnings. At $14.95 per a 5ml bottle these are a tad more costly than the normal bottles which are $7.95. The uniquely high ingredient costs push the price a little higher but truly it’s well worth it as the throw and linger on each is incredible.
Poison Candy comes housed in green alchemist bottle much like what…well…what poison might come in. With a aged yellow tag embellished with a creepy little coffin indeed ones does worry how poisonous this candy could be! But one sniff and you’ll realize that poison never smelled so good. Ripe strawberries, rich cream, cinnamon, sugar, and honey make up a unique foody scent that smells quite like some sort of rich, decadent cake. Wonderful!
Velvet Underpinnings also priced high at $11.95 contains ingredients that are unique and high in cost but again well worthy of the extra few dollars as the scent lingers long and has great throw. Made up of chocolate, sweet cream, vanilla, sugars, spice, and everything nice, these Underpinnings are good enough to flaunt.
With a wide variety of fragrances available and an ever evolving catalog of limited edition fragrances, Arcana has my vote for a great way to indulge in small amounts of unique and interesting blends of fragrance.
Last year I fell in love with the Too Faced Smoky Eye Palette and this year isn’t any different with the introduction of the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette, incredible, truly a fabulous palette and a killer deal!
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I’ve been known to hate all over a natural, nude eye look but my tastes have evolved since I started this little site and with those changes came the revelation that I do enjoy a natural eye look. With a total of nine shades, three tutorials, and a brush, all packaged together, Too Faced Natural Eye Palette arms you with just about everything you’ll need to create three natural, nude looks or any number of looks using the nine shades. This style palette is ideal for anyone who either loves neutrals or isn’t so handy with eye shadow application. It’s ease of use and nifty little tutorial cards make it’s a snap to create a flawless eye look sans drama.
The palette is a sweet flip top box with full size mirror and pull out draw with one dual applicator that includes a sponge on one side and a liner brush on the other. As per my rant last year I will say that I hate they don’t include at least three sponges with the kit as it would be great to use one brush per shadow look. The kit also includes a sleeve which houses three little business card size tutorials with three simple steps for creating a Day, Fashion, and Classic Eye look. The instructions are simple and easy to understand and for the most part one sentence tells you what to do. Believe me if I can follow the instructions you’ll be able to without any problem. The instructions make it very easy to create dramatic neutral looks that are beautifully flattering for Fall.
The shades in the palette are as follows:
Day Look Heaven (Matte Cream) Velvet Revolvor (Matte Nude) Sexpresso (Matte Brown
To create the Day Look you simply sweet Heaven all over the line and blend Velvet Revolver into the crease to contrast. Finish the look by blending Sexpresso on the upper and lower lash line for a smudged out liner effect. The results of the completed look are a work friendly subtle neutral eye look.
Fashion Look Nude Beach (Shimmering Beige Peach) Honey Pot (Coppery Bronze) Cocoa Puff (Shimmering Golden Brown)
When compared to Day, Fashion Look is considerably more dramatic. To create the look you’ll be using nude Beach as a high brow highlighter and blended into the crease. Follow up with Honey Pot patted on the inner lid and around the tear duct and complete with Cocoa Puff blended on the out lid, crease, and upper and lower lash lines. Although completely work friendly, Fashion Look manages to have the drama of a night time look as well!
Classic Look Silk Teddy (Nude Shimmering Peach) Push-Up (Light Shimmering Brown) Erotica (Grayish Brown with Golden Sparkle)
The Classic Look is probably the most dramatic of all the looks with a blend of bronze and brown to create a very smoky, nude look. To achieve the look you’ll blend Silky Teddy from crease to brow and gently press Push Up onto the lid. Follow up by smudging Erotica on crease and lower lashes.
All three looks are very pretty and flattering on my brown eyes. It’s fun following the card step by step but nothing is stopping you from using the shades individually or combined to create any number of looks. Nine shadows is alot of color so I’m sure you can let your imagination run wild to create some other interesting looks. All the shadows in the palette are brilliantly pigmented and rich in texture. Finishes range from shimmery, matte, to velvet and blend like a dream.
Overall, the Too Faced Natural Eye Palette is an absolute steal at $34 and a Fall must have for creating natural or dramatic eye popping looks. I really love this one and I’m deeply impressed. Quite a great little palette for not only makeup amateurs and beginners but also those who are well versed in makeup application.
Muse Approval for purchase!
You won’t regret adding this one to your collection, likey!
Oh I fancy myself some gold shimmer. Gold is such a good color for me and so flattering. Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight is part of the Too Faced Fall Collection 2009 and one of my favorite items released. A pretty little compact filled with powder candlelight is just what ever girl needs in their life.
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Housed in a cream and gold compact this finely milled, sheer golden powder has a hint of shimmer to deliver a lit from within finish to skin. The powder is ideal for sweeping on cheekbones and face for a subtle little kiss of gold. It works a treat on bare moisturized skin to illuminate skin with a natural finish. The powder easily multitasks as a great way to brighten up eyes or the brow bones too. It’s also packed with a dose of skin-saving antioxidants to help protect and sooth tired skin as it warms and illuminates your complexion.
I’m all about gold so this has much of my attention. It’s a rather universally flattering shade that works well right now in the Summer, will remain looking fabulous as the Fall and cooler weather approaches, and will be ideal for the holidays when I want a brush of gold across my face.
Truly a great little palette for illuminating and brightening up my complexion for a soft, romantic glow.
Muse Approved for purchase!
A touch of candlelight on my cheeks!
Too Faced Absolutely Invisible Candlelight is available now from Sephora for $25.
The Too Faced Fall Collection 2009 zoomed onto shelves very early at Sephora so early in fact it’s not even updated on their site as of yet. It’s quite a selection of goodies one item in particular is really outstanding (that review is coming in a few). For now let me tell you that Too Faced joins in on all the primer games this season with a brand new primer of it’s own. Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer is the first facial primer that the company has had in it’s collection to my knowledge. Interestingly enough it’s also the most unique primer I’ve come across as it comes in a beige shade that seems to even out my skin tone a tad bit.
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We all probably share at least one thing in common, a desire for flawless skin. Proper prepping and priming is key to creating a good working canvas for making and achieving a flawless, perfect look.
Too Faced Primed and Poreless Skin Smoothing Face Primer aids you on your quest for perfect skin nirvana with an interesting primer formulated to wear under bronzers, foundations, and powders to keep skin radiant and fresh. The primer pretty much mimics the formula of many popular primers today with a silicon-like base that dries down to a powdery finish. Unlike many primers like this it doesn’t make me itchy, doesn’t make me feel like I have a mask on, and doesn’t pill. I’m still not the biggest fan in the world of silicon or silicon feeling primers but I’m trying to find the joy in them.
Even though it feels like a typical primer it’s actually a bit different in one case. This one case is in fact what I think makes it special. The primer is a translucent beige shade that somewhat evens out my skin tone. It’s considered colorless and invisible for the most part but I felt like it not only smoothed my skin but also evened out my complexion slightly.
The primer glides onto my face without looking or feeling heavy and mask-like. I can’t speak for filling pores as my pores are non existent but I think it’ll make a perfect filler. It allows my foundation particularly powder to apply easily with little fuss. I didn’t notice any extended wear for my foundation but it does keep my foundation fresh without it oxidizing quickly.
All in all a very good primer and worthy of a check out. Too Faced Primed and Porless is $30 and is available now from Sephora.