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Friday, September 20, 2013

Autumn Daze ~ Dudleyville by OHWTO

Hello little harvest moons, and happy official first day of autumn! I just completed my first week at my new job, and I love it so much! My coworkers are so nice and down to earth, it's such a relief from every single job I've had in the past. It's not exactly easy, but the people I work with make any hard task so much easier by just being so chill and understanding. I told them how lucky I am to be working with them. 

I haven't had energy to do much of anything while I get used to this new schedule, so I'm so sorry for not posting sooner. Today I will be revisiting a perfume from last year's One Hand Washes The Other Halloween release- Dudleyville!

Here is a bit about the inspiration beyond this perfume from

This abandoned settlement is known for its overwhelmingly negative psychic energy. The land was first settled in 1738 by the William Dudley family but conditions provered too difficult for farming. The production of charcoal from pine trees was the only profitable industry, although it lasted only a few decades. Residents of the settlement were viewed with great suspicion. Odd accidents, suicides, and insanity seemed to plague the people of Dudleyville. The town quickly gained a reputation for being cursed and no one wanted to live there. Today sensitive individuals still feel dark forces, and modern witches hold annual ceremonies here. The area is technically a dead zone where birds and other animals rarely venture. Recently a film producer aand a group of friends encountered a black shape rising out of an old stone foundation. As they got closer they all experienced trouble breathing, as if the life force was being sucked out of them. Dudleyville is considered one of the most haunted locations in the United States. So far, there have been over 500 reports of paranormal activities.

Scent Description:
Dried leaves, wood smoke, patchouli, fennel, dirt, palo santo, petitgrain, spectral musk, amyris, catnip, ginger, and cardamom

The cold sniff of Dudleyville reminds me so much of Haus of Gloi's Samhain, but with ginger added to the mix. I'm not a fan of Samhain until the drydown because it's too sharp for me until then, but actually I'm in love with it after that. Initial application is exactly the same as the cold sniff. Much like Samhain, I find this perfume much more enjoyable during the drydown. It's just fabulous with the earthiness of the dirt and leaves, and the other notes blend together so seamlessly that I cannot detect them individually unless I try REALLY hard. Though I don't care for the ginger and sharpness of the initial application, the drydown is definitely worth the wait! Dudleyville and Samhain are fairly similar, so you might like this scent if you're a Samhain fan!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Autumn Daze: Sugarpill's Cold Chemistry Palette

Hello, sweet little sparkles! I have another change of pace from perfume posting today. For the longest time ever, I've been stalking the Sugarpill website and Facebook to see when the Cold Chemistry palette was going to be released. It was very hard to find an official release for this palette, but it finally came out (seemingly out of the blue)! While this palette is not part of any fall/autumn/Halloween collection, I think these colors are absolutely perfect for fall; so I decided it would be okay for this post to be part of "Autumn Daze!"

The Packaging

The packaging on this palette is different from the rest of the Sugarpill palettes. The main difference is that the Cold Chemistry palette contains four shadows horizontally. There is still a mirror in this palette, but as you can see below, it's an asymmetrical mirror to go with the theme. It's not very functional, but it's cute of course!

The Colors

There are four colors in this palette that compliment each other very well. They're very blendable, don't have much fallout, and are incredibly pigmented. Here are the color descriptions from Sugarpill's website:

Soot &Stars: Metallic gunmetal with prismatic sparkle

Diamond Eyes: Satin white with crystalline sheen. An excellent brow highlight color!

Elemental Chaos: Deep grape shimmer with iridescent blue undertones.

Subterranean: Lustrous peacock green with navy blue undertones.

The Swatches

And the most important part of this post- the swatches! These shadows were swatched on my arm over urban Decay Primer Potion.

Above: Cold Chemistry Swatches in direct sunlight. 

Above: Cold Chemistry swatches in the shade. 

Okay, so I do have an announcement before I go! After five years of agony and part time jobs with no hours, I finally got a job offer on Friday! It's still part time, but I'm going to be working five days a week, which I am very thankful for. I'll still be posting here as much as possible with autumny things!  I hope you guys have a wonderful day/night. 

Above- A rainbow from the walk my boyfriend and I went on the other day :) There's actually two rainbows, but one is hard to see. 

Monday, September 2, 2013

Autumn Daze: The Horseman by Haus of Gloi

Hello lovely little raindrops! I hope you're all doing very well. I thought today would be a perfect day to begin my Fall-based series, since we are already two days into September!

Recently, Liber Vix wrote about some great things she picked up from Haus of Gloi's Indian Summer collection (you can view that post here!); and she gave us a sneak peak of one of Haus of Gloi's new Autumn scents- The Horseman! I was so excited about the scent description, and I just knew I had to own it.

The Horseman official scent description:
Autumnal forest and wood, distant fire, smooth saddle leather, brown musk and the lingering scent of a dark gentleman's cologne on a black woolen coat.

I jumped and purchased the full size perfume oil, which I'm glad I did! I also ordered the bubbling scrub in the same scent. I actually received the pumpkin butter in The Horseman instead, but I didn't even contact them about it because I have a plethora of soap and not much lotion. I have no doubt in my mind that Matt and Britton would make it right if I were to ask, though. I have always gotten excellent customer service from them.

Onto the pictures and my thoughts on this perfume! :)

The Horseman is very dark, musky, and smoky upon cold sniff; and I can even smell the autumn woods. I sniffed Samhain to see if they were alike in the bottle, but Samhain is completely different to me.
I know this is crazy, but The Horseman completely captured The Headless Horseman in a bottle. It is musky, woodsy, and autumnal, with a good amount of leather from the haunted rider's saddle. It's like walking through the woods on a foggy fall evening. You can't see what's through the mist, but you're pretty sure it's a good thing you can't. The light from your torch does nothing to your field of vision, but releases a sweet smokiness into the autumn air.
I am seriously in love with this perfume and couldn't be happier that I got it. I wore it yesterday, and it lasted about 5 hours on me.

If you'd like to see what I ordered last year for Haus of Gloi's autumn release (which includes my thoughts on Samhain, Ghost Puffs, and Spider Silk),  please go here! :)

Thank you guys so much for reading, and I hope you have a great day/night!