Our third birthday

Sunday, September 26, 2010

I just realized that theNotice turns three today. I was going to have an epic post; all the things we’ve loved and all the things we’ve learned. But all I can come up with is “holy cripes; three years is a long time.” I feel old!

Today’s mid-morning snack was unintentionally appropriate: a banana sundae, minus the ice cream. Healthy(ish,) tasty, and celebratory!
We’ve met an incredible number of amazing ladies (and men,) tried out some really awesome products (and some not-so-awesome ones,) developed our writing style (albeit at a painfully slow pace…)
So yah, it’s been worth it. Posting every day, hauling our arses my arse (why is it so hard for me to stay in the singular?!) out of armchairs and onto computer chairs, countless hours of photo-taking, product testing, and writing, writing, writing. And I’ve loved every moment of it; I absolutely love it.
Well. Happy third birthday, my dear blog :) And a huge thank you to all of our wonderful readers; you ladies really make blogging worth it!

New at… Sephora

Of course, the “New at…” posts just can’t stop. Why not, you ask? Well, makeup companies just won’t slow it down with those new releases!

But hey, we’re not complaining ;)

Remember: you can get to the product pages of any of these items just by clicking on the images! Even the ones in little collage-like spreads.

To start us off, a confession: the copious numbers of sets coming out kind of freak me out. I mean, Christmas shopping?! We must start Christmas shopping already!!?!


What’s definitely freaking me out less (and making me way more curious,) though, are the new Sephora Favorites sets.
Sephora, Sephora, Sephora, Sephora

There’s a new Lancome foundation that has me getting all curious as well, but I’m sure it (sigh) has ‘cones.

And a few new lipsticks Sephora will be carrying. It’s a good time to be a lipstick, apparently, and I couldn’t be more happy about it. Call me old-fashioned, but I love me a good lipstick!

Ooh, and have you seen the new Tokidoki quad? Finally, one that I can get behind! All that wonderful violet…

Lastly: Sephora doesn’t have the floor space to sell Cargo anymore, but they can find the space for a mascara with a “fierce panther head”? Perhaps this should have been a “Things That Scare Me” post.

{Marcus Lawett}

Saturday, September 25, 2010

images credit marcus lawett. via desire to inspire.

Fresh Firebird mascara won’t make your lashes rise like a phoenix.

Friday, September 24, 2010

What it is: Fresh Firebird mascara

Firstly: can you believe how phenomenally long it took me to get this post up? I took the photos a few days after taking them for Fresh Supernova, the other mascara in the Magic Wands duo (review here.) And yet, somehow, my massive procrastination managed to get the better of me…

The lash: one coat, two coats, three — no matter how many you put on, Firebird maintains a very soft, feathery look. When I say “soft,” I mean it in two ways: not only do my lashes look soft and natural, they feel soft and natural, too. Those seeing false-lash-like drama should look elsewhere, but ladies who seek a “my lashes but better” look (like me) will definitely fall for this effect! I’m not sure if it’s from the formula or from the brush, but I’m hoping for the latter. Why? Stop asking questions and read on; I’m about to tell you why!

The catch…es: Firebird’s formula totally takes the curl out of my lashes. Normally, I can “set” the lash in a curl, even with the wettest mascaras — but with Firebird, the curl just won’t stay. It doesn’t straighten my lashes completely, but just one coat takes out about 80% of the curl! And, as if that wasn’t bad enough, Firebird smudges like mad below my eyes (though, most mascaras do on me,) and it’s not as dark as I’d like it to be. I like a really black, patent effect, but this finish is matte and a little charcoal-y.



The verdict? I don’t say this often, because at least from my point of view, most products will work for someone… but I just can’t recommend this one. The price ($26 US) is way too high, and while my lashes look gorgeously feathery, the curl is out by noon. Not to mention, half the product’s smudged under my eyes by then!

Try it only if…

  • You’re going to be layering it. I do love Firebird under tubing mascara, because the final look makes my lashes look ah-mazing — you get the full, feathery lash from Firebird, and the glossy, black-black, curled, non-smudging finish of the tubing mascara. But for the effort, it’s just not worth it!

Availability: I’m not sure why you’d want to buy Firebird after a review like this one, but hey — be my guest! Mascaras are a very personal thing, so if Firebird works for you, I hate you I’m insanely jealous more power to you.

but it’s so pretty before the curl droops! *bursts into tears*

No Old Bags Allowed: but will Anatomicals keep them away?

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The product: Anatomicals No Old Bags Allowed Eye Gel

Hold your horses: I know the first reaction a few of you will have to this review is “Rae’s not qualified to review eye gels! She’s like, ten freakin’ years old!” Well, I’m certainly not ten anymore, and many sleepless nights have given me some pretty major bags over the past few months. (Weekly all-nighters? Yeah, they’ll mess your skin up pretty badly. Not recommended!)

I’ve tried a few eye gels and cremes before, but so far I still look like a bit of a zombie.

The product: No Old Bags Allowed has a light liquid-gel consistency. It sinks in very quickly, you don’t have to use a lot, and it dries to a blissfully non-sticky finish. (Ever use an eye gel that left your undereyes kind of… tacky? Nice, it is not.) It does list perfume as the last ingredient, which I found a bit concerning at first — but the scent is super-light and dissipates almost immediately. (And more importantly, my super-sensitive eyes didn’t protest.)

The ingredients: (‘cone-free and paraben-free!)

But does it work? To a degree, I think it does. It’s not the holy grail of eye gels (if such a thing exists, it’s still hiding from me,) but especially for the price, I don’t by any means regret trying it. It won’t make bags disappear, but it seems to help “tighten” the eye area and make me look just a touch less tired, if that makes sense.

The verdict? I don’t think it’s leaps and bounds better than other eye gels I’ve tried, but it’s also no worse — and the ones that I have tried so far (The Body ShopBenefit, and Bliss,) have all cost a ton more! At just $4/£3 for 15ml, this cheeky tube of eye gel is definitely worth the pocket change. It’s a fairly simple eye gel, so don’t go in expecting a miracle — but it definitely does its job, particularly for the price.

AvailabilityAmazon (UK,) AsosBeautyBay.

Burt’s Bees Nutmeg — surprisingly pretty!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

What it is: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Nutmeg.

The wear: As expected, this wears like a nice, light lip balm. The colour is sheer, lasting 2-3 hours, and you get the expected refreshing, pepperminty tingle when you apply or reapply. It’s on the moisturizing side, but slightly less so than the original Burt’s balm — for a tinted lip balm, it’s pretty moisturizing, but if you were hoping to use it in place of your normal lip balm, you might need a little more oomph.

Then again, I do expect a lot out of my lip balms! This is just as moisturizing as, say, a ChapStick or tube of Nivea, but those with dry lips would need to either layer this or use something a little more moisturizing in the night. If you have normal lips, though, I think you’d be totally fine with a Lip Shimmer on it’s own.

The vibe: I didn’t swatch Nutmeg for months. Literally: the poor thing just sat in a box. Unloved and alone. Cold. Terrified. Desola–
Erm, anyhow, it looked like it wouldn’t be my thing, y’know? About a week ago, though, while procrastinating some readings out of sheer boredom, I gave it a swatch…
…and immediately thought of NARS Orgasm. Peachy-pink base with gold microshimmer? Ding ding ding! Hey there! It’s a darker and more peach (less pink,) but they definitely have the same vibe. I mean, they’re not dupes, so don’t plan on smudging this one one cheek and buffing Orgasm onto the other*, but one is definitely reminiscent of the other!
*please never do this. I can’t imagine how icky it would be! Lipstick as blush, yes. But lip balm? Not recommended — you’d need so much for a tint that it would feel like a gross mess :/
Orgasm vs Nutmeg. They’re certainly not dupes, but I hope you know what I mean when I say they have a similar vibe!
On a side note: consistency FAIL! I really should have taken all of my swatch photographs on the same day…

The ingredients:

Ricinus communis (castor) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, cera alba (beeswax, cire d’abeille), candelilla cera (euphorbia cerifera, cire de candelilla) wax, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil, lanolin, theobroma cacao (cocoa) seed butter, cera carnauba (copernicia cerifera, cire de carnauba) wax, tocopherol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, glycine soja (soybean) oil, canola oil (huile de colza), limonene.
May contain+/-: CI 77491/77492/77499 (iron oxides), mica, CI 77891 (titanium dioxide), CI 75470 (carmine), CI 778161(tin oxide).

Try it if:

  • You’re a NARS Orgasm fan! (I am; I’ll admit it.) Or if you’re a fan of other medium-toned peachy to peachy-pink shades ;)
  • You’re neutral, warm, or cool-toned. Like with Orgasm, this would really work on anyone — sure, the shimmer’s gold, but it’s very finely milled and is on top of a very versatile base!
  • Like I do, you love finely milled shimmer. I hate anything encroaching on “glitter” when it comes to my lips, and this is just perfection.

Skip it if:

The verdict? I really liked Nutmeg, in the end. I don’t love it so much that I’d wear it every! single! day!, but it’s definitely worth the meagre price tag of just $5 US ($6 CAD.) It’s not dramatic by any means, but in the stead of a normal lip balm, it’s quite pretty and easy to wear — you’ll never have to worry about matching it to your makeup, or staying in your lip lines!

Remember how I was disappointed by Burts’ Super Glossy line, because it wasn’t… glossy? Well, this is exactly what you think it’ll be, and it does a darn good job of fulfilling its role. As they say, “a kiss of colour and pearlised shine add a hint of glamour to our world famous lip balm”!

Availability: Well.ca, drugstore.com, Ulta, Macy’s. (Yes, I just said Macy’s. Why they  carry this, I do not know. But they do!)

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