Crow & Pebble: Eyeshadow Swatches, Review & Looks

Of all the indie brands currently on the scene, Crow & Pebble is probably the youngest one, being launched in May 2017. Hailing from Scotland, Crow & Pebble’s eyeshadow products are inspired by literature and contain vegan and cruelty-free ingredients (non-vegan ingredients are labelled as such). Moreover, the micas come from places where child labour is not exploited.

crow and pebble eyeshadow

I chose a variety of colours in order to test the waters: a warm brown/aqua duochrome (Petrochemical Sheen), a pinky red (Atreides), a neutral beige (Harkonnen) and a Mystery Case with an assortment of five different samples. All the eyeshadows I ordered were in sample size with the exception of Petrochemical Sheen. I knew I would love it so I ordered a half-jar of it straight away.

Mystery Case (5 samples): £4 [here]

Petrochemical Sheen (half-jar): £3 [here]

Harkonnen: £1 [here]

Atreides: £1 [here]

Standard shipping: £3

DISCOUNT ALERT! Get 20% off your entire order with the code PHOTOFUN. Valid until 29 September 2017. Disclaimer: I’m not affiliated with the brand in any way.

I’ve placed my order on 18 July and the package was shipped on 31 July. It might seem a lot but you have to keep in mind Crow & Pebble is a small business where everything is made by hand. I was satisfied with the package; everything was securely wrapped to minimise any potential damages.

The Eyeshadow Swatches

These Crow & Pebble swatches were done over an Etude House primer with Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy applied on the left half of the forearm. The eyeshadows were applied with a flat shader brush and the photos were taken indoors in indirect sunlight.

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Arcana: Two Finger Ballet

Two Finger Ballet by Arcana is a perfume that quickly gets under your skin. It’s your favourite dessert, so sweet it’s sticky but so enveloping that it never truly leaves you. Are you interested in what this delicately raunchy-named perfume has to offer? If so, read on.

The Description

A delicate blend of French vanilla creme, white amber, sugared vanilla beans, caramel, and the smallest dab of opium.

Two Finger Ballet can be purchased at Femme Fatale for $21.60 AUD, and the Arcana Wildcraft store on eBay (currently closed).

Arcana Two Finger Ballet perfume

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: La Vague

La Vague. The Wave. A painting by Georges Clairin that inspired Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab when creating a scent of the Salon: Traveling Exhibit collection, exclusive to Pretty Indulgent.

This August has been the hottest month of 2017 and it made me steer towards lighter, fresher scents. La Vague is on the fruity side of the fresh category, something that promises an elegant floral sweetness and gives you a lively kick out of an otherwise dull, extremely hot afternoon.

The Description

White peach, lily of the valley, jasmine, rose, iris, osmanthus, tangerine, white wine grape, and cream accord.

BPAL Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab La Vague

Find La Vague on Pretty Indulgent; $30 CAD.

Does it remind me of a wave? Grab a cup of fruity iced tea and read on.

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Arcana: Nereids

For a scent that was released for Halloween in 2015, Arcana’s Nereids isn’t what you’d typically associate with possibly the most commercialized holiday in the world. A bright, fresh perfume is far from spooky, candied cobwebs of All Hallows’ Eve but is definitely a lovely scent to wear in the summertime.

The Description

Shimmering water, sweet apples, Tiare, rain, pink jasmine, green musk, and wildflowers.

Find Nereids on Pretty Indulgent; $25 CAD.

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L’Occitane: Shea Intensive Hand Balm

In January 2017, L’Occitane released Shea Intensive Hand Balm*, a new version of the iconic Shea Hand Cream. I started using it a month or so ago (this is what you get when you have too many hand creams open and half-used) so while this post is kind of late, it’ll allow you to see whether you need this hand cream for the upcoming autumn and winter. Read on!

loccitane shea hand balm hand cream

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Art of the Unicorn Perfumes

Most people love perfumes. Most people probably love unicorns. What wouldn’t we give in order to see one? Who wouldn’t want to see this magical creature? What if I told you that while unicorns might not exist, their idea has been encapsulated in perfume oils?

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab, a brand I have already introduced over here, released a special collection in the summer of 2016. They called it Art of the Unicorn and dedicated it to eternal hope that doesn’t fade even during the darkest times. We all need a reminder that not everything is violent, dark, confusing, and these perfumes serve as a delightful manner to counteract all the negativity.

So far, two parts of this series have been released so far and the third one is still waiting in the Lab for its time to come forth and shine. There can never be enough hope.

black phoenix alchemy lab bpal art of the unicorn bestiaire du moyen age abduction of a prosperine on a unicorn allegory of chastity

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Review: Nuxe Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel

I discovered this makeup removing gel by Nuxe shortly after using up my beloved Banila Co. Clean It Zero. I needed a new product to remove my makeup and sunblock after a long day spent out and about. My requirements were not too complicated – a gentle, non-dehydrating, oil-based formula – but I still couldn’t find anything perfect in pharmacies/drugstores. The only thing that came close was Nuxe Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel.

Nuxe Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel front view

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Fyrinnae Eyeshadows: New Discoveries

When I ventured into the world of indie cosmetics I noticed there was always someone talking about Fyrinnae. As I discovered, this is an(other) American independent make-up brand, known especially for their eyeshadows. My first order from them included a lip lustre (a sort of a liquid lipstick/lipgloss thing), a sample of their famous glitter glue – Pixie Epoxy –, and three mini jars of various eyeshadows. You can read my review of Intergalactic Bookstore here but now let’s focus on my second order: four super lovely eyeshadows from my second order.

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Favourite Makeup Discoveries of 2016

This post is way overdue. I’ve been having it on my mind for the longest time but sadly couldn’t post it any time sooner. In early 2016, I started using more makeup and relatives quickly found some of my favourite makeup items that I love using this year, too. Some are part of the daily rotation while others are meant for special occasions only. Any way you look at them – they’re my favourites!

nars hello waffle artdeco fyrinnae makeup favourites

Hello Waffle Lavender Cream Liquid Highlighter

This is such a versatile highlighter that I can’t help but love it. It can be very, very subtle but it can also be packed on for a very noticeable, shimmery effect. It’s cool-toned so folks with warm undertones might not appreciate it that much. However, it should work fine if used sparingly. Check my review and swatches here.

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

This foundation stole my heart back in February 2016 but I only started using it in November. It truly is a weightless foundation because it feels like second skin and you don’t need to apply a lot of it to achieve medium-to-full coverage. I apply three drops, tops. While it’s called luminous, I find it to be more matte but then it’s not chalky or heavy, especially if you apply it to well-moisturised skin.

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Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab: Yule 2016 Perfumes

Today I present the company that’s mysterious and hilarious, poetical and political. It’s the one that intrigues me the most, a source of endless inspiration, curiousity, and wonderment. This is Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab and they make amazing perfumes.

Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab is a perfume company from North Hollywood, California. They describe their business and products as “extraordinary scents for extraordinary people”. A short and succinct description, just as most people like it. However, the people behind this four-word brand name (BPAL) aren’t just making perfumes, they create stories based on various pieces of literature or film, combining both classical literature and fantasy novels. Films and paintings.

This post’s focus will be on their Yule 2016 collection that went live on 5 December 2016 and is available until 13 February 2017. This limited edition offers a wide variety of typical Christmassy scents, as well as strange aromas you’ve never dreamt about, at least not in perfume form. Don’t hesitate to check out the shop and pick your new favourite scents!

bpal yules 2016

bpal yules 2016

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