Lash Boosting: Week Zero

Sunday, February 28, 2010

There are a lot of things that come with being Asian – some good (mantao, fresh egg tarts, and that greyish soupy thing with tapioca and red beans that you get in the bakery or at the dessert stand, but no one ever tells you what it is in English so you have no idea what it’s called,) and some bad (being short, having wimpy lashes, and crazy relatives.)


While there’s nothing that can be done to fix the shortness (except for six inch heels) or relatives (but really, everyone has some crazies in their family,) we can at least hope to fix this “wimpy lashes” issue. (Without this crazy “iris darkening” crap!)

So here are my lashes right now, without mascara or liner or any of that jazz. Unlike most photos on theNotice, which are taken in less-than-desirable lighting and then fixed to death with backend work, these are un-retouched, save for cropping and resizing, and have been taken without flash in natural light — if we’re watching for changes, it’s only fair to use raw images!

(Why yes… I do have about ten more of these photos, including shots of my other eye. But I’m feeling empathetic today, so I’m not posting them all!)

And here’s our possible solution — L’Oreal‘s Concentrated Lash Boosting Serum!


I’ll report back every Sunday for the next little while to let you know how it’s faring — if it’s working or if it’s just glorified glycerine. I’m not expecting miracles or anything, but some lenthening or added fullness would be nice! And (psst!) I’m feeling a related giveaway coming up soon…

LORAC lemming swatches!

Saturday, February 27, 2010

I’m falling hard for LORAC‘s new Multiplex 3D Gloss. At $22US/$29CAD, I really wish I hadn’t seen these in the first place! You’ll have to enlarge the swatches to get my gist; the glitter factor and pigmentation is just stunning. I liked the formula (and the short brush-tip appicator) while swatching, and a friend of mine tells me they wear like a dream.

Left to Right: Polished, Cliché, (Untamed was MIA, unfortunately,) 3D, Vivid, and Intermix.

Quick descriptions of the glosses:

Polished is the sheerest of the bunch; pearlescent salmon-pink shimmer on an almost-clear peachy base.
Cliché looked like your typical baby pink (hence the name?) but actually turned out to be a very pigmented milky pink packed with white-blue shimmer.
3D has a strange brown base, but it’s the most interesting gloss I’ve ever come across. Why? Gold and hot pink reflects, baby!
Vivid is another juxtaposition, but is much less flashy than 3D. Lime reflects on a medium-pink base. Trust me when I tell you it’s fascinatingly pretty!
Intermix, like 3D, is another shade that you’ll either totally love or totally hate. It makes me think of fire with igold reflects on a red-orange base.

So — what do you think?? I’m majorly lemming Cliché and Vivid, but 3D is the one I’m dying to try on.

Tarte lipstain swatches!

Friday, February 26, 2010

The title says it al! Swatches of the new Tarte Natural Lip Stain with LipSurgence Technology lipstains follow. (That’s not my arm, though — I have the accute inability to effectively photograph my entire forearm, so I used my friend’s arms. Thanks hon!)

The basic details: each pencil is quite small, 0.08oz each, and they’re $24US/$31CAD. The bottom turns to push up more product, similarly to the cheek stains, and they do the same “sweating” thing if left alone for quite a while (or if they’re left in fluctuating temperatures for just a little while.)


Ingredients: 

Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceide, Vegetable Oil, Candelilla Cera, Cera Alba, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Castor Oil Bis-Hydroxypropyl Dimethicone Esters, Ozokerite, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Limnanthes Alba (Meadowfoam) Seed Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Dimethyl Isosorbide, Stevioside, Salicornia Herbacea Extract, Palmitoyl Hexapeptide-14, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Red 27 (CI 45410). (+/-): Iron Oxides (CI 77492, CI 77499), Red 28 Lake (CI 45410), Red 28 (CI 45410), Red 7 Lake (CI 15850), Yellow 5 Lake (CI 19140).

 
Above: The display

Above: Joy, Amused, and Charmed

Above: Moody, Lust, and Enchanted
(With flash; the photos without it didn’t turn out.)

Open Door Policy

I’ll be uploading some swatches later today (LORAC glosses and Tarte stains, anyone? Yah, swatches overruled my craving to review.) but until then, we’re trying something new. So…

Until noon on Saturday, theNotice is open for questions!
ETA: Submissions closed; thanks for all the great questions! See you in a month or so for another round ;)

Feel free to ask anything in the comments of this post, from “I’m looking for a new non-sticky clear gloss, can you recommend something in the $5-10 range?” to “if you ran into Christian Bale RIGHT THIS MINUTE, what would you do?”

(Answers: Victoria’s Secret Beauty Rush Minty Lip Shine, and probably pee myself.)

Just found out that my favourite bagels can totally be ordered online.

These are literally the best bagels you will ever taste anywhere.

(On a side note, I will hopefully get my act together soon and re-take some photos so I can post a review later today.)

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