I subscribe to the monthly Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag and have done so since earlier this year. Rainbow Honey is a indie company that specializes in nail polishes, but also has branched out to perfumes and creams. “Each Mystery Bag has sneak peaks and previews of new lacquers, unreleased samples of future collections and exciting new products made by the Rainbow Honey Lab!” Here is their December bag, whose theme is inspired by fictional characters of Russian literature. In this bag, the two nailpolishes are named from characters in the book The Master and Margarita
The Master and Margarita (Russian: «Ма́стер и Маргари́та») is a novel by Mikhail Bulgakov, written between 1928 and 1940 but unpublished in book form until 1967. The story concerns a visit by the Devil to the fervently atheistic Soviet Union. Many critics consider it to be one of the best novels of the 20th century, as well as the foremost of Soviet satires. In part, it is an outcry against a suffocatingly bureaucratic social order from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_and_Margarita
Informational card explaining what is in the mystery bag
From left to right: Woland, Muscovite body lotion, Muscovite solid perfume, Muscovite cuticle balm, The Master, Muscovite Scented Top Coat
Woland (7.5 mL) ~ Packed with a mix of black opal and silver holo glitters, Woland is the perfect accent for a luxurious new year’s mani! Layer it or use it as an accent. This is my favorite item out of the bag. It renders lavender in the photo, but it is a clear base with shimmer opalescent black and silver glitters. It is so pretty…. Looks like a comet!
The Comet West, 1976 image from http://www.space.com/3366-greatest-comets-time.html
Who is Woland?
Woland (Russian: Воланд) is a fictional character in the 1967 novel The Master and Margarita by the Russian (Soviet) author Mikhail Bulgakov. Woland is the mysterious foreigner and professor whose visit to Moscow sets the plot rolling and turns the world upside-down. Different people see him in different ways: “[t]he first says that the [he] was short, had gold teeth, and limped on the right foot. The second, that the man was of enormous height, had platinum crowns, and limped on the left foot. The third states laconically that the man had no special distinguishing characters.”
Woland’s name itself is a variant of the name of a demon who appears in Goethe’s Faust: the knight Voland or Faland. This link is made tighter by the quotation from Faust at the beginning of the novel. However, Woland is seldom called by his name. His band refer to him as “messire”, a French honorific title meaning “sire” or “master” and given to priests, advocates, etc.
His demonic retinue, which includes witches, vampires, and a gigantic talking cat, his role in the plot, and the fact that Woland was used as a synonym for Satan in (now outdated) German all imply that he is, in fact, the Devil. More controversial interpretations see him as the Apostle Peter (based on Jesus’s remark to Peter “Get thee behind me, Satan”) or even the Second Coming of Christ. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woland
Muscovite Body Lotion (1 oz) ~ Muscovite is a blend of winter fragrances and holiday sweets capturing the crisp and chilly Moscow air, blended with sweet and fruity holiday aromas. This is their body lotion which is enriched with aloe vera. Muscovite smells grape-y wine-y with something else lingering behind it. Not sure what at this point.
Ingredients: water, cetearyl alcohol (and) ceteareth-20, glycerin, caprylic/capric triglyceride, DiC12-15 alkyl fumarate, sunflower seed oil, isopropyl palminate, DMDM hydantoin, triethanolamine, carbomer, iodopropnyl butylcarbarnate, tocopherol, aloe vera leaf juice, tocopherol/acetate, fragrance
Muscovite Solid Perfume (.25 oz) ~ This is the first ever solid perfume that Rainbow Honey has done and it is really nice. I think this is perfect to keep in your purse. It is free from alcohol and blended with natural oils and I like how it only 4 ingredients.
Ingredients: persea gratissima (avocado) oil, euphorbia carifera (candelilla) wax, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, fragrance
Muscovite Scented Cuticle Balm (.15 oz) ~ These cuticle balms are handy to keep in your purse, desk drawer at work or your knapsack. This treatment has been formulated to moisturize cuticles and repair dry and damaged cuticles.
Ingredients: avocado oil, babasu seed oil, candelilla wax, coconut oil, cupuacu butter, passion flower seed oil, vitamin E, fragrance
The Master (7.5 mL) ~ A gorgeous scarlet red, packed with micro fine gold and platinum flakes. I do not care for this color that much. It is more orange-red to me and I am very picky about my red nail colors.
Who is The Master? No, it isn’t the Master from Dr Who….
An author who wrote a novel about the meeting of Pontius Pilate and Yeshua Ha-Notsri (Jesus of Nazareth), which led to the ruination of his career by the Soviet literary bureacracy. He is “detained for questioning” for three months by the secret police because of a false report by an unscrupulous neighbor. Later, he is committed to a psychiatric clinic, where Bezdomny meets him. Little else is known about this character’s past other than his belief that his life had no meaning until he met Margarita. from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Master_and_Margarita
Muscovite Scented Top Coat (7.5) mL) I needed a top coat! I have base coats, but I ran out of my top coat so this is good to have, as a top coat provides that extra glossy finish
Left to right: Woland, The Master
I really liked Woland, with its snowball look and the solid perfume is really cute. However, too much of one thing is not necessarily good! Muscovite can be sweet and cloying, so I wish that Rainbow Honey had used a cinnamon scented something in this bag for the holidays. I am hoping that they do more solid perfumes over the winter months, but then stop in the warmer months; otherwise, they will melt all over the place.
Did you get Rainbow Honey’s Mystery Bag this month? What did you think of it?