What were your favourite products of 2010?

Monday, December 27, 2010

Hello, my dearlings! (That’s right, “dearlings” is totally a word.) A bit of an open thread idea today — I want to hear all about your favourite products of the year! What was good? More importantly, what was great? (And, of course: what was terrible?)

Just as a bit of a pre-emptive note, my apologies for the awful lighting and hair. As I’m sure you all know by  now, I’m terribly lazy with my hair, and the sun sets *really* early in Edmonton during the winter. Unfortunately, I haven’t a will to change the former, and I haven’t a way to change the latter!

That’s it for me! This is a bit early (I had planned on posting this on New Year’s but I’m superimpatient), but please do tell us what you loved, liked, and totally hated this year! Alternately, feel free to ask more about the products mentioned in the video — I know, it was really fast, but I’d love to link you to the reviews or answer questions. I was totally obsessed with each product at some point in the year, so I’m totally up for blabbing about ‘em :P

Boxing Day beauty shopping

Sunday, December 26, 2010

MAC Cham-Pale and Stylishly Yours are now online at Nordstrom.com! Thought I’d give you the heads up right now, but I’ll see if I can’t update this post later today (or tomorrow) to add some Boxing Day beauty deals :) Updated!

A few codes:

  • e.l.f. has a “buy one get one 50% off” sale now through the 3rd of January; code is BCGDEAL50. Max discount is $100. {e.l.f.}
  • Free Canadian shipping at the online MAC site with BOX {MAC}
  • An extra 20% off online sale items at Sephora (US only; Canucks can head in-store to pick up some sale items, though! Code is EXTRA. {Sephora}
  • Rotating deals today at Well.ca; the deal changes every few hours but you can keep an eye on their Twitter for updates. {Well.ca}

And, finally, some Steals and Deals:

P.S. The Clinique Chubby Sticks post from earlier this week has been updated as well!

Clarins Barocco Eye Trio

Haven’t actually given this one a thorough test yet (so no review), but my lord is she ever gorgeous! For all of you out there who didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas, perhaps you could console yourselves with this shadow trio ;) I bet the gold would make a gorgeous New Year’s lid colour…

But alas! Ladies and gents, please prepare yourselves for the upcoming photo onslaught.

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With love from theNotice

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Wearing: MAC Blanc Type and a touch of Urban Decay Primer Potion in Sin on the eyes, a touch of MAC Harmony and Lancome Rose Fresque on the cheeks, Hard Candy Glamoflauge and Marcelle Loose Powder as needed. Boring for the holidays? But of course!

[Insert different PC-approved phrase as is appropriate. Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, something else entirely, or nothing at all, happy holidays my dear!]

P.S. I don’t really understand the word “holiday,” so I don’t expect there’ll be one. See you tomorrow!

Clinique’s Chubby Sticks are back, and better than ever

Friday, December 24, 2010

What it is: Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Super Strawberry

The background: Feeling a bit of deja vu? Don’t worry; you’re not the only one — Chubby Sticks existed until a few years ago, when they were discontinued. By the sounds of it, I believe Clinique has fine-tuned the product and decided it was time to bring ‘em back!

The product: Despite the pencil format, these really do act like lip balm. Packed with shea butter, mango seed butter, and jojoba seed oil, these fragrance-free sticks feel moisturizing and smooth, and are neither too tacky nor too slippery (as many jumbo lip pencils can be). Super Strawberry is a fantastic MLBB shade (“my lips but better”) on me; it’s about a shade darker than my natural lip colour, and a bit brighter. It’s great for applying in a rush or without a mirror, and looks really natural when on. The satiny finish looks and feels awesome, and the pigmentation’s good — Clinique calls it sheer, but I’d place it more at medium-sheer.

swatched heavily / swatched lightly and blended

The packaging: The cute, playful packaging’s been revamped too, which I think is going to be a big hit! Chubby Sticks now have  a twistable base, so you won’t have to find an enormous sharpener (or deal with a stubby little Chubby.) (And yes, I’ve been waiting the whole review to say that.)

The ingredients:

Castor seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, vegetable oil, candelilla wax, beeswax, ozokerite, shea butter, hydrogenated vegetable oil, jojoba seed oil, tocopherol, mango seed butter, meadowfoam seed oil, hydrogenated olive oil, sunflower seed oil. [+/- pigments, which are a bit of a wordy mess so I'm not going to list them all!]

The verdict? Colour these approved! I like the formula, the packaging’s awesome, and Super Strawberry is a really lovely shade. The only thing I’m not huge on is the price up here in Canada ($15USD/$19CAD per stick), but I think I’d be able to justify it by waiting for a GWP.

Availability: these will be released on Boxing Day, so keep an eye out for them when you go deal hunting! I’ll be sure to update this post with availability links then. Clinique, Lord & Taylor, Dillard’s.

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