Hard Candy Hide & Glow Cheek: product review and swatches

Monday, January 31, 2011

What it is: Hard Candy Hide & Glow Cheek duo cheek tint in Hot Date (317)

The formula: Hide & Glow Cheek features a solid gel formula, like Tarte’s cheek stains. However, I find these to be a lot (and I mean a lot) less sticky! It’s sort of like… applying a slightly tacky foundation, rather than slatering on a bit ‘o glue stick.

The formula glides on easily and blends well, allowing for a lot of time to move the product. Plus, the finish does a great job “waking up” my face – my cheeks are left looking well-hydrated but not shiny or oily, which works perfectly with my combination very dry/slightly oily skin. I do think it’s this finish that leads to the wear time – because it’s slightly moist-looking, it doesn’t last as long as a liquid stain or a powder blusher. (Like with most lipsticks, I get about four hours out of this before I start craving a touch-up; five hours before I actually need one.)

The shades: okay, so this product gets some major brownie points for the two shades. The darker end is your typical “berry cheek stain” colour, complimenting a wide variety of skintones summer through winter, but the brighter end has stolen my heart. It’s a bright, fresh coral – but unlike most coral blushers, it’s sheer enough to look perfectly natural. I’m waiting eagerly for summer to start, because while it’s awesome at brightening up my winter pallor, it’s going to look amazing in the summer.

The ingredients:

Caprylic/capric tryglyceride, trimethylopropane trisosterate, hydroxystearic acid, isostearyl isostearate, disostearyl malate, polybutene, isononyl isonanoate, ozokerite, 1,2-hezanediol, capryl gycol, castor seed oil.

May Contain: titanium dioxide, mica, iron oxides, carmine, silica

What we’d change: I’m not a huge fan of the bulky packaging – there’s only about 3cm of product in total, and yet the stick is 11cm long! I guess I understand where they were going with the tube (it does make it really easy to hold and apply), but I just hate how bulky it is. Perhaps if Hard Candy tried packaging similar to e.l.f.’s or Bobbi’s, and split the shades up?

The verdict? I do have one major problem with this blusher (which is that I’d like to reapply during the day, but can’t justify lugging the clunky packaging around to do so), but aside from that, I do quite like it. The finish is just right, and the shades are lovely! Plus, you can’t beat the

Dior Spring 2011 – runway beauty

Sunday, January 30, 2011

I thought I’d share some more photos of the Dior Spring 2011 show – after all, the makeup was just as stunning as the collection itself!

P.S. That gorgeous lipstick? It’s a Rouge Dior, in No. 999 Ara Red ;)

shade name + photos via style.com

Dior // Spring 2011 CTR

I’m not usually a huge fan of Dior couture (always like it; rarely love it), but I must say – this year’s spring collection was breathtaking. The dresses were gorgeous and the makeup was divine; there really wasn’t anything not to adore!

Full shots via Vogue.com / Details via Style.com

Make Up (Not War) with Ellis Faas

Friday, January 28, 2011

I’ll be the first to admit that I don’t usually publish press releases, but I wanted to give the most recent Ellis Faas release a moment of our time – after all, they’re a terrific company, and it’s a terrific cause!

Ellis has paired with War Child for their new “Make Up Not War” campaign. The basic gist of things? When you’re done with your gorgeous silver pen of product, you can bring them back to a shop (or mail them in) for a 5% discount on your next order. It’s sort of like B2M, but… um, (very) different.

These pens will then go to an array of visual artists to be incorporated into a(nother) stunning piece of artwork, and the proceeds from the sale of these pieces will go directly to War Child, an organization whose goal is to – and this is a direct quote from their site – advance the cause of peace through investing hope in the lives of children caught up in the horrors of war.

Read more about Make Up Not War here, or feel free to read about War Child directly here.

Getting on the Twitter train

No, seriously – @theNotice is now on Twitter! (I know, it blows my mind, too).

See you lovelies later today for a post about a wonderful cause with Ellis Faas, but for now – give us a follow, yeah? ;)

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick: part two (shades)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Intro/part one {here} with the verdict (which will be copied into this post) and a full review of the formula!

L-R: 700 Enchantment, 701 Exuberance, 750 Sensation, 751 Provocative, 801 Sentimental, 851 Obsession, 950 Delirium

The creams

As I mentioned in part one of this review, I don’t understand Marcelle’s naming system. The two most recent cremes (Delightful and Curious, in the Trend collection) really are, well, creams – but these four aren’t! While less pearled than the pearls, they do still have shimmer through their formulas. They’re the four “natural” shades of the collection, though; perhaps that has something to do with it.

L-R: 700 Enchantment, 701 Exuberance, 750 Sensation, 751 Provocative

700 Enchantment: a neutral, medium-nude. Very, very finely milled shimmer, which (ironically) I’d say makes it a true pearl finish!

701 Exuberance: a darker mauve-brown with noticeable (larger) gold shimmer. This would make a gorgeous nude shade for darker skintones (think NC40+), I believe, or a nice dark neutral for lighter skintones.

750 Sensation: again, a cream finish spoiled by gold shimmer. However, because of the slightly darker nature of the shade, the gold is less obvious. Similar in depth to Exuberance, but Sensation is a sort of warm brown-berry, rather than a neutral brown.

751 Provocative: a warm brick-red with a moist (actual) cream finish and rather a lot of attitude!

L-R: 700 Enchantment, 701 Exuberance, 750 Sensation, 751 Provocative

The pearls

These three all do have a more pearled finish, and are the “brights” of the collection, to contrast the natural-toned creams. However, they’re still not  “true” pearls by my definition – Sentimental is too frosty, for instance, and Delirium is too much of a cream. more Rouge Xpression fun »

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