Angry bears and seal-slugs.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Today’s regularly scheduled post has been temporarily postponed so that I can send you over to Lipglossiping instead, where Charlotte needs (and deserves) some love. Go give it to her!

Charlotte – I tried to draw you a picture to make you feel better, but then I remembered that I can’t draw. Anyhow, this is what happened:

It started out pretty tame,

And then was reasonable for a little while,

But eventually, it got out of hand.

Anyhow. Internets: I will see you soon with some beauty-related posts! In the meantime, I’m justifying my actions by the fact that I find joy in railroading other people with so much crazy stuff that they can’t help but smile. Give me a shout sometime if you need some cheering up ;)

Swatches: L’Oreal Magic Smooth Soufflé

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Just a few quick swatches (and comparison swatches) today; my apologies for not being able to review the product itself, but it’s full of silicones and to be honest, I’m a bit afraid of it!

The product itself feels light and velvety upon application, with your regular mousse/”soufflé” texture. It’s on the sheer side, though, and doesn’t layer well – if you try to put on too much product, it simply balls up rather than settling in. Like a lot of other bloggers, I’d definitely recommend this for a drier skin before an oily one, but as I said: I haven’t worn it around, so do read up on it if you’re curious!

A note on the images: these have been uploaded in 1000px across, so do give them a click if you’re looking to see the swatches up-close! Additionally, it’s worth noting that the exposure setting is a touch darker than normal, to help show off the shade differences a bit better.

L-R: L’Oreal Magic Smooth 512 Classic Ivory, L’Oreal Magic Smooth 516 Nude Beige, L’Oreal Magic Smooth 530 Sun Beige

L-R: MAC Studio Finish Concealer NW20, L’Oreal Magic Smooth 512 Classic Ivory, MAC Studio Stick Foundation NW20, L’Oreal Magic Smooth 516 Nude Beige, MAC Studio Stick Foundation NC35, L’Oreal Magic Smooth 530 Sun Beige, MAC Studio Finish Concealer in… bollocks, I have no idea what that last shade is.

& finally, a few full reviews worth reading, if you’re interested:

FOTD: green-gray eyes, inspired by Chanel

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

After seeing the models’ eyes on the Chanel Fall 2011 runway, I knew that I had to try and dupe it. I absolutely fell in love with the gorgeous Épatant (one of three upcoming Illusion d’Ombre shadows) – it’s not quite green, not quite aqua, not quite blue… basically just perfection; undefinable perfection.

I can’t be the only one who’s currently revering Peter Phillips, right?

To get the eye…

Review and swatches: FaceFront Re-Write Pink, Third Kiss

Monday, March 28, 2011

What they are: FaceFront Cosmetics’ Rocket Bronzer in Third Kiss and Color Volume Blush in Re-Write Pink, both from the Spring/Summer 2011 Ouro Fino collection.

Third Kiss: I haven’t yet tested this as much as I’d like to (not really a bronzer-in-the-winter kind of gal), but I’d say the company’s description of this as a  “subtle golden tan infused with 24K Peruvian gold nano-particles” is pretty spot-on. The shimmer is finely milled and the shade itself isn’t too orange or muddy, though it is perhaps a tiny bit more yellow than I’d prefer. On the whole, though, it’s nice and neutral, and best for light/med skintones.

L-R: re-write pink (heavy/light), third kiss (heavy/light)

Re-Write Pink: Brace yourselves, because I am absolutely in love with this shade! It’s the perfect balance between warm and cold, between coral and magenta… honestly, just gorgeous. It’s very pigmented, so it can create quite a strong cheek, but it’s not hard to blend Re-Write Pink down to a smooth, natural flush. I can see the fine shimmer in the pot, but once applied, I really don’t notice any  shimmer or glitter.

& slightly different lighting/focus…

The verdict? I like Third Kiss, but I LOVE Re-Write Pink. Both are limited-edition, so please, please, please, check out the blusher before it’s too late! The two are $17.50 and $15.00 respectively, but there’s nine grams of product in there. Compare that to the 0.85g of product in B.E.’s blushers (which for the record are $18USD), and you’ve got —

a really awesome product for a really awesome price. And if you want any more details you’ll have to go figure them out for yourself because I’m refusing to do math today!

More Ouro Fino…

A bit of an important message…

Friday, March 25, 2011

So this camera can actually shoot pretty impressive video… but I don’t know how to do that so the following is utterly terrible. I’ve scrapped the video on the whole, but these are the most important few seconds:



(Please excuse the super-weird face at the end!)

Basically, I’m here to give you ladies a bit of unfortunate news, because I’m a Debbie Downer. I’ve been having health issues over the past little while, which I’m not really going to explain in great detail (unless, as I said in the clip above, you’d like me to).

Further explanation in an audio clip because I’d rather not keep typing: A ramble for your Friday (My apologies that you have to download; I can’t figure out how to embed this. But I promise the file is clean and all that!)

If you’re interested in finding out more about rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, here are a few links might help:

Much love,


Giveaway: calling all cat-loving beauty addicts!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

What it is: Honeycat Cosmetics Hiss Good Nite Lipgloss

The packaging: Alright, so I like the chic, squared-off tube, and I think the cardboard cylinder it’s sold in is adorable – but I have one complaint. The tube itself is totally unlabelled! I guess it’s alright at the end of the day (I, at least, will never get this confused with anything else in my stash), but it’s a little weird. Factory blem, perhaps?

The gloss: Honestly, the photos say it all. If you love an über-glittery pink gloss, Honeycat is the way to go. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it is literally the most glittery lip product I’ve ever seen or heard of! It’s definitely not for me (I feel a bit like a small child who’s gotten into the wrong makeup stash), but if you’re into glitter (and yes I do mean GLITTER), then this is a must-have.

Other things to love:

  • The moisture – surprisingly, this does a wonderful job of keeping my lips hydrated!
  • Lightweight and really non-sticky. (Which, of course, I love.)
  • Absolutely no animal testing.

But watch out if:

  • You don’t like to be able to feel your glitter. Obviously, with particle sizes this large, you’re going to be able to (no matter who makes it!)
  • You need your lip products to be totally scent-free. I can’t quite put my finger on what this smells like, but I’m guessing it’s from the mango, kokum, and shea butters?

Win it

Glitter-lovers, this is your lucky day! Honeycat Cosmetics has generously offered another tube up for giveaway, and it’s open internationally (adherent to your country’s regulations). There are two ways to enter…

  1. Follow @thenotice on Twitter and leave a comment on this post (be sure to leave your Twitter username!)
  2. Follow theNotice through GFC, and leave a comment on this post (and again, be sure to leave your GFC username!)

And, of course, an opportunity for an extra entry – (re)tweet the following:

Calling all glitter-lovers and cat-lovers! Follow @thenotice to win a frisky @honeycattweets gloss. Details

EDIT: This giveaway is now CLOSED! Thank you all for entering, and we’ll see you soon with a fresh one :)

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