Once upon a time, I fell in love with the perfume called Two Finger Ballet by Arcana. I quickly turned to my usual indie haunts like Reddit and, surprisingly, Facebook only to find yet another perfume described as Two Finger Ballet… but with maple creme. I knew I had to get it.
Arcana Witches Draw Down the Moon review
Infused vanilla oleoresin with sweet maple creme, maple sugar, dry Madagascan vanilla, and moon-white marshmallow.
Witches Draw Down the Moon was part of Arcana’s Halloween 2016 collection. It’s not available for purchase at the moment but I’m hoping it will return at some point in the future.
Spring is finally here and with it the wish to wear lighter, fresher perfumes. Aside from stellar gourmand perfumes, Arcana is also known for its aquatic note. Julia, Arcana’s owner, has created a number of perfumes related to water and I’ve taken a liking to them. You can read my review of Nereids here but now it’s time to plunge into a lively river before being washed away into the sea…
Arcana Lammas vs Sea Witch
Lammas was created for The Crone’s Crate that’s curated by Nui Cobalt Designs. This is a witchy subscription box that follows Wheel of the Year and each box celebrates a different Sabbat. Lammas was celebrated in late July/early August, which is when Lammas the perfume was introduced. Once the stocks ran out, the perfume wasn’t available for purchase anymore.
Sea Witch is part of the Halloween 2017 collection that was inspired by nature and featured all sorts of witches (Cottage Witch, Forest Witch, Garden Witch, Hedge Witch, Nocturnal Witch and Sea Witch). This concept is very interesting and I hope Julia revisits it and perhaps expands it, too.
Arcana is known for its peach scents and Fille de Joie is probably the most loved and coveted of the bunch. In my experience, it’s sold out as soon as it hits the shelves (I will forever be grateful to the Pretty Indulgent owner for making the buying process easier for me). Now, is the hype justified?
Arcana Fille de Joie
Delicate lavender marshmallows and yellow peaches cured in a vanilla absolute bottle.
To be completely honest, I’m not the biggest fan of new-in posts or empties posts. They either look unappealing photography-wise (empty products aren’t really elegant, are they?) or they can come across as vain. However, in light of manic consumerism and the feeling that you need to have at least three (five, ten?) pro-level eyeshadow palettes to create a decent look, it’s high time we get ourselves together and work on using our products up instead of mindlessly buying them.
I’m not pretending this post is going to change people’s ways – projects like this one have existed for quite a few years now – but I’m going to use it as a reminder to work with what I have on hand and learn a few things along the way. I will try to mindfully use products; noting what using them makes me feel like, what I like or dislike about them, and whether they’re just fine or actually good items. If anyone wants to join me on my journey, you’re more than welcome to. As always, you can leave a comment and share your thoughts on this subject. You can expect project pan updates every month or so but you can also follow my Facebook page for more frequent updates. Tag along and share your progress with me!
Pan Project 2018: What I Will Be Using Up
I’ve lined up 12 products that I will attempt to use up completely in 2018. Some will be quite easy to finish because they’re samples or nearly empty anyway. When a product gets used up I’ll replace it with another product to keep going until December. Wish me luck! 🙂
If you follow me on other social media (namely the subreddit r/indiemakeupandmore), you have probably seen me gush about Arcana’s Two Finger Ballet. This is still one of my favourite perfumes of all time but in October, Arcana Wildcraft released a new autumn collection focused on marshmallows and “and the fights they get into”. A very special scent was also included in this collection – Pirouette. It’s described as “a graceful union of two of Arcana’s most beloved scents”, Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl. I’ve never tried Twirling the Pearl but I like Arcana’s lavender note and with TFB added to the mix, I knew I couldn’t pass on this scent.
Two Finger Ballet and Twirling the Pearl perform a pas de deux over a base of deep labdanum, satiny sandalwood, and an extra twirl of sugary French lavender absolute. Dedicated to Autumn of Opalimne Designs who came up with the genius idea and drew the beautiful label art.
V petek, 10. novembra, je v ljubljanskem Hotelu Lev potekala že tretja blogerska konferenca Beautiful Bloggers Meet-Up, ki jo je organizirala Nika Veger, avtorica bloga Beautyfull Blog. Udeležile s(m)o se ga lahko tiste lepotne blogerke, ki ustvarjamo že vsaj leto dni. Na konferenci se je zvrstilo šest predavanj in ena okrogla miza, prisotni pa so bili tudi številni predstavniki blagovnih znamk, ki smo jih lahko tudi pobliže spoznale.
Kaj pa me je najbolj navdušilo na BBMU?
Na kupu se je zbralo približno 65 blogerk, ki si delijo isti hobi: lepoto in kozmetiko. Neverjetno je, kako različne smo si med sabo, pa vendar imamo podobne, srčne želje: izražati svojo ustvarjalnost, deliti mnenje z drugimi, pomagati, osrečevati. Vse to se je čutilo na tem sproščenem dogodku in verjamem, da smo vse dobile krepko dozo zagona za nadaljnje ustvarjanje.
Tematike, ki segajo dlje od lepote in nam razkrivajo delček sebe in ideala, ki ga lahko dosežemo. Predavateljice so nas opogumile in vzpodbudile k ustvarjanju, vendar pa so nas tudi opozorile na moč in odgovornost, ki jo kot blogerke imamo do svojih bralcev ali gledalcev. Kaj je dejansko pomembno pri bloganju? Iskrenost in zvestoba – sebi pa tudi sledilcem.
Lepo je spoznati osebe, avtorice bloga, ki jih tako rada berem. Z veseljem sem poklepetala s soudeleženkami konference, poglobila »stara« poznanstva in spletla nova. Upam, da se še kdaj srečamo – morda prej kot naslednje leto na 4. BBMU.
Rada bi se še enkrat zahvalila Niki za dobro organizacijo tako obsežnega projekta – koordinacija številnih vpletenih vsekakor ni mačji kašelj, skrb za gladek potek celotnega dogajanja pa je še težja. Nika, kapo dol!
Hvala tudi vsem sodelujočim podjetjem, ki so tako lepo poskrbeli za nas:
Aikon, Adria Media, Alterna Haircare, Ars Florae Gardenia, Afrodita, Avon, Catrice, Essence, Fidimed, Honor, Ličila.si, Le Couvent des Minimes, L’Occitane, Lotique, Makeup Revolution, Medex, Med in mleko, Melvita, Nelipot, Olaplex, Philips, Rauch Fresh, S.Oliver, Smile Concept Store, Sisinger21, The Body Shop, Vivaderm, Vichy in Yankee Candle.