Get ready for summer with a Leonisa swimsuit | US/Canada giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leonisa swimsuit giveaway

I like to do something a little different every summer if I can, whether that’s a Summery Summary or a big ‘ol bunch of giveaways.

This year, that “something different” is, well, even more different. Leonisa (a brand you might recognize from their features in Marie Claire or Jezebel) has generously offered to give one of theNotice’s readers the swimsuit of their choice, which I thought would be a great way to start the season!

Leonisa shapewear swimsuit giveaway

Leonisa combines shapewear with swimsuits, which is awesome if you need a little help getting super body-confident for the beach. (Not that anyone “needs” shapewear, but heck, going out onto the beach mostly-naked is hard. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want at least a little more nipple coverage out of my regular flimsy swimsuit every now and again.)

The brand hails from South America, where they’re doing some pretty cool work in terms of social responsibility. Supply chain employees get free meals on-shift, forgivable student loans for themselves and for their families, on top of things like housing loans (almost all Leonisa employees own their own homes) and the basics, like health and life insurance.

Leonisa giveaway

To enter, use the giveaway widget below! (You can pick which swimsuit you want to win here.) This contest is open from May 26th to June 8th at 11:59 PM MST to all residents of the US and Canada. (For more details, check out the fine print in the widget).

Good luck!!

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BISC Vol.8: What’s your current morning and evening skincare routine?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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What’s your current morning and evening skincare routine?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

I try to keep my skincare routine as simple (and affordable) as possible, so it stays mostly the same. In the mornings, I rinse my face and apply a little German Nivea with the Odacité Camelina Chamomile serum/oil, or something with SPF if I’m leaving the house.

In the evenings, I remove my eye makeup with Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution, wash my face with Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk, and moisturize with German Nivea blended with Odacité Pomegranate Rose Geranium (review), which I LOVE for dry skin. I don’t use a lot of masks or scrubs, but if I’m breaking out, I’ll also spot treat with Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion — that stuff is magic!!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

My morning routine is pretty simple. I just wash my face and apply a moisturizer with an SPF. The evening routine is where it gets more complicated. First, I remove my makeup with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes. Next, I use Garnier Cleansing Oil to remove the rest of makeup and my waterproof mascara. Then I cleanse my face using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush with Nude Skincare Omega Cleansing Jelly or Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser. Next, I apply a toner- either Pixi Glow Tonic or Murad Hydrating Toner. Lastly, I apply a moisturizer- currently I am using Aveno Ultra-calming moisturizer and an undereye cream- Vichy Idealia Eyes.

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MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

AM: First I cleanse with the The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Facial Wash and exfoliate and tone with the Paula’s Choice Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and the 5100 Skincare Glacier Moist Refresh spay. Then I apply my Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Serum followed by my Olaz Regenerist moisturizer, including around the eyes. And for sun protection I use the Glo-Therapeutics Oil-Free SPF 40+ sunscreen.

PM: Usually I double cleanse with a milk cleanser first – at the moment the Eucerin Gentle Cleansing Milk – and then a cleansing oil – at the moment the L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, followed by exfoliating and toning with the same two products that I use in the morning. Then I apply Differen gel for my acne, followed by my Caudalie serum and my Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer, eye area included again.

LENA | USA | Lenallure

I have just started with new routines and I’m pretty happy with them.

[Morning] Cleanse with Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder / Tone with Avéne Thermal Water Spray / Moisturize with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum / Protect with Sofina Perfect UV SPF50 PA+++ Sunscreen

[Evening] Remove makeup with L’Oreal Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover and Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil / Cleanse & Exfoliate with Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder / Tone with Boots Botanics Rosewater / Treat with Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 and Serum 10 Yeux & Cils / Moisturize with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Riche

[Exfoliate] Radical Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads (twice a week)

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

Morning: cleanse with either Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder or Verso Foaming Cleanser; tone with homemade Apple Cider Vinegar; moisturize with Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Serum followed by Verso Day Cream and Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Ultra Purifying Liquid; protect with either Dior Diorsnow Brightening Illuminating UV Protection with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Translucent SPF 50 or Benefit Specialist Dream Screen Invisible Silky-Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen for Face.

Evening: remove eye makeup with Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover; remove face makeup with Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm; cleanse with Glamglow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser; tone with homemade Apple Cider Vinegar; moisturize with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II followed by Verso Night Cream and Eve Lom Brightening Cream.

For eyes, I’m not loyal to any particular eye cream but I’m currently using La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream.

Odacité Camelina Chamomile Facial Serum Concentrate review, photos | The perfect summer serum

Friday, May 22, 2015

Odacite Ca+C Camelina Chamomile serum booster oil review photos

The product: Odacité Ca+C Camelina Chamomile Facial Serum Concentrate

Today was the unofficial start of summer in Edmonton, with the mercury rising to just past 20 degrees. 21 is, admittedly, not a lot for most places, but with the bright sunlight and a big bay window, our kitchen was verging on sweltering by dinner time.

With the summer heat comes changes to my skincare routine, and this serum/oil is the one thing that I’m crazy about at the moment.

Odacite Sensitive Skin booster serum oil review - Camelina Chamomile

The texture: When I first tried this oil back in February, I actually… hated it. I wanted to use my beloved Pomegranate + Rose Geranium oil instead! I didn’t want this thin serum that smelled, for lack of a better term, like a regular facial oil. I wanted that lush, syrupy-thick Po+R Serum Concentrate, with its intense scent and comforting weight.

But as the months got warmer, and warmer, and, eventually, hotter, I thought, hey, why not give Ca+C another go.

And am I ever glad I did. This oil is thin, yes, but it’s smooth and delicate. Two small drops will turn even the thickest of moisturizers into silky fluids, and impart their pasty bases with a good dose of hydration.

Odacite Ca+C Camelina Chamomile Facial Serum Concentrate review photos

The ingredients: Unlike the Pomegranate/Rose Geranium oil that I’m so in love with, Ca+C contains a lot more than three ingredients. It’s mostly camelina seed oil, which is anti-inflammatory and helpful in treating eczema, but it also features a blend of essential oils: ingredients like calendula and German chamomile, which help heal the skin, and Blue Tansy, which for some reason Into the Gloss has decided will be the next big trend. (I have my doubts.)

It’s still a very short ingredient list (silicone- and paraben-free), and like the rest of the Odacité booster serums, Ca+C is made fresh from high-quality ingredients and packaged in thick-walled violet glass.

Odacite Ca+C Facial Serum Concentrate review photos

Best as: A basic, simple serum-oil to use with a moisturizer or tinted moisturizer. This one is perfect for sensitive skin, so it’s a great place to start exploring the Odacité line if your skin tends to react to new products!

Best for: Blending into your moisturizer (and thinning out thick ones, like many of those with physical SPF!)

Odacite Camelina Chamomile Serum Concentrate review photos

The verdict?

Camelina Chamomile isn’t as uniquely singular as Odacité’s Po+R serum, but it’s still a really lovely, simple oil to add to your skincare regimen this summer. It’s very thin and blends well with most moisturizers (especially those that are a little too thick), and is a great “starter oil” for anyone with normal, dry, or sensitive skin.

Availability: $39 USD/$46 CAD at The Detox Market.

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Klorane Dry Shampoo Natural Tint & Leave-in Spray with Flax Fiber review | For lazy Sunday mornings

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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The products: Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk (Brown to Dark Hair) and Leave-in Spray with Flax Fiber

What’s that, you say? It’s not Sunday morning?

Well, no. Not even a little bit. But I’m crabby and sleepy and I’ve had strep throat for going on three weeks now, so you can shut your pretty, beautiful face and imagine that it is, in fact, Sunday. Because these two products are great for a Sunday morning, or for any other morning that you’re short on time or energy and just want to take it easy and still end up with great hair.

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Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk – Natural Shade ($20 USD/$24 CAD)

The one Klorane product that you NEED (yes, need) to own is their dry shampoo. Everyone keeps telling me that it’s the best, and after all this time, I can finally confirm that, yes, it’s the best. (Way better than Colab, even, thanks to the scent.)

They make four: a green-lidded one with nettle (Oil Absorbing Dry Shampoo), this one (Natural Shade Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk), their Gentle Dry Shampoo with Oat Extract, and the non-aerosol Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk. The non-aerosol powder and the tinted aerosol (this one) are the only ones that are silicone-free, so be careful when you purchase!

Klorane Dry Shampoo brown dark hair review swatches photos

Klorane :natural Shade dry shampoo colour swatch

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk for brown to dark hair, “swatched” covering palm

I couldn’t get to a legendary seven days with this stuff, but I love it all the same. It smells fantastic; a very clean, subtle scent (sort of a powdery-floral), and applies as a sheer, even veil of light brown powder. You’re supposed to leave it on for 2 minutes and then brush thoroughly, but in a pinch, I find that it works just as well to simply spray on as you head out the door and then tousle lightly on the train.

This stuff is so good that if I apply it on second-day hair, my third-day hair still looks like first-day hair when I wake up. It’s that good. It makes hair look at feel clean, and adds just a touch of volume without making my hair feel gritty.

Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk Natural Shade review photos

Klorane Leave-in Spray with Flax Fiber ($16 USD/$20 CAD)

Klorane operates on the very cool concept of one problem/one plant, and for volume, it’s flax fiber. (For gentle balancing/second-day-hair, it’s oat milk.) Tracy from Beauty Reflections really loves this one, and when she mentioned that it doesn’t feel like anything at all on the hair, she had me.

Klorane Leave-in Spray with Flax Fiber review photos

When Klorane figured out that flax was naturally soluble, they put it in their volumizing products to provide actual, physical plant-lift to the hair. But while I think this one is a dream to use (it smells lovely, like a very subtle veil of perfume, and has a really solid, even mister) and looks awesome on Tracy, it didn’t quite work for me.

Check this one out if you have short or fine limp hair, but skip it if you want instant volume for stick-straight Asian hair. Unlike what it does for Tracy (which looks awesome and natural; I’ve seen it in person and can attest to this), it doesn’t give me much in terms of air-dried root lift.

It does get major points for touch-invisibility, though, so give it a look if you’re willing to put in the styling time but want something 100% non-sticky and non-gritty!

Klorane dry shampoo leave in spray review

The verdict?

The Klorane Leave-in Spray with Flax Fiber feels touchably natural, but unless you have fine, limp hair (not just straight/limp hair), it’s not an instant fix-it.

The Natural Tint Dry Shampoo, on the other hand, is a total must-have. It’s a little bit pricy, but the next time you’re due in for a hair treat, you need to try this!! It absorbs oil like a champ, has the best scent of any dry shampoo I’ve ever tried (light, pretty, and clean-smelling), and makes hair look and feel clean.

Availability: Natural Tint Dry Shampoo – $15.24 USD at Escentual.com; $20 USD/$24 CAD at Sephora. Leave-in Spray – $16 USD/$20 CAD at Sephora. Klorane products are available at Shopper’s Drug Mart locations across Canada.

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Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo 01 review, swatches, photos + 156 Large Flat Brush

Friday, May 15, 2015

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo review

The product: Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige & 156 Large Flat Brush (Wavy)

This season, Make Up For Ever joins that insane contouring craze with their Pro Sculpting Duo, which they billet as an “undetectable face contour” and recommend using with their 156 brush (the Large Flat Brush or Flat Round Brush, depending on who you ask).

I think this pillow-topped, gel-powder formula is far from undetectable, but still worth checking out. It works well with both the 156 and the 150 brush that I love so much, and comes in two shades: 01 Pink Beige (“light with cool undertones”) and 02 ??? (tan with warm undertones).

MUFE Pro Sculpting Duo Pink Beige review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige review

The sculpting shade: I’m gonna start with the not-so-great stuff, which is to say: like many other contouring products I’ve tried this season, this one totally didn’t work for me. It leans quite orange and looked like an obvious bronzer against my complexion, and I’m not the only one. The best look that I’ve seen with 01 Pink Beige so far has been on Chelle, but even she found the contour shade in this duo to be more of a bronzer than a sculpting shade. (This duo–the highlighter especially–looks totally bangin’ on her, though!)

You can see her look here, but, well… take that into consideration when purchasing, because it’s not just me who was hoping for a much cooler contour out of this one.

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo 01 Light Pink swatches review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige swatched heavily/lightly

MUFE Pro Sculpting gel duo review Light Pink

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige

The highlighter: Okay folks, THIS IS WHERE IT’S AT. I don’t love a really bold highlight most of the time, but this highlighter is gorgeous.

You can see individual sparkles from about 3 ft away under incandescent lighting (that’s so not “unbelievably natural,” MUFE), but it’s one of the (very) few highlighter shades that really pops against my fair complexion. Normally, highlighters look really shimmery on me, but are too dark or yellow to give more than a sheen — but this baby lifts the cheekbone right up. It’s still more shimmer than I want from day to day, but I’m smitten!

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo swatches review

Make Up For Ever Pro Sculpting Duo in 01 Pink Beige swatches – contour & highlighter heavily/lightly Make Up For Ever contouring duo Flat Roung Brush review

THAT BRUSH, THOUGH: The 156 Large Flat/Flat Round Brush is insanely kitten-butt soft and relatively small, for a blush brush. It’s great for loosely applying a small amount of product and blending it out, and is extremely versatile — it’s great for blush, contour, and setting undereye concealer, plus it can easily handle setting powder and highlighter in a pinch.

And did I mention that it is so soft? I have at last count forcibly petted four people with zero interest in makeup with this brush, and all of them begrudgingly admitted that yes, it’s as soft as a kitten-butt Rae; please stop stroking my face with that. 

Make Up For Ever 156 brush review

Make Up For Ever 156 Flat Round Brush review

Make Up For Ever 156 Large Flat Brush review

Make Up For Ever 156 Large Flat Brush review

The verdict?

At $45 CAD, I think this Sculpting Duo can be skipped — unless you want it as a high-impact highlighter/bronzer duo, in which case, go for it.

For an invisible, high-def contour, this duo isn’t the product that you want. However, the highlighter is just gorgeous, and the brush is a total must-have. (Oh, this brush!) If you only have room in your life for one of these two, definitely invest in the brush instead!

Availability: $39 USD/$45 CAD for the sculpting duo; $37 USD/$43 CAD for the brush. Both permanent products available at Sephora and Make Up For Ever boutiques as of March 2015.

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