With so many possibilities out there…

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

… you’d think they could manage to design different bottles every now and again, yeah?

But oh no! They’re all the saaaame. They’re all the SAME! D:

From L-R: Marc Jacobs Lola & flanker, designed by Jacobs and Coty Prestige artistic director Deborah Aruta, followed by the BCBG and Beiber copycats. And, okay, so I actually like the BCBGMAXAZRIA bottle the most, but it’s essentially just riffing on the same concept!

Summery Summary | part two, makeup

Monday, August 29, 2011

Okay, so I’ll own up to it: it’s already the end of summer, and I’m just now getting around to sharing my favourite products of the season with you.

But despair not! Like with our skincare summary, I’ve only included permanent-line items, so you can find them all year ’round ;)

For the cheeks, I’m loving Etude House Fresh Cherry Blusher Duo (specifically, the right hand side) and Hard Candy Blush Crush in Honeymoon.The Etude House is a product that I have quite a few problems with (like that icky, synthetic cherry scent), but I love cream products, and I really love the shade – it’s the perfect coral; just enough peach and just enough pink.

And, of course, I rave about Honeymoon all the time – as a matter of fact, a lot of you mentioned as a “like” or a “love” in our recent poll! It’s a gorgeous highlighter (I wear it along the top of my cheekbone, and then “swoop” it along my orbital bone and under my brow), and gives a really easy fresh, dewy glow.

Swatched L-R: Etude House Fresh Cherry Duo, Hard Candy Honeymoon, Clinique Super Strawberry, Marcelle Rio Rose.

My lip favourites tend to stay the same throughout the year, but I do tend a bit more toward sheer, bright colours in the summer. This year, I’m all over Clinique Chubby Sticks (mine is in Super Strawberry, which is just ridiculously perfect) and Marcelle Vita-Lip Glosses (last year, I was really into Angelica; this year, I’ve found an affinity for Rio Rose).

Swatched L-R: Clinique Super Strawberry, Marcelle Rio Rose, Ellis Faas Light 303, Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow (shade II).

For my two “eye” choices, I’ll admit I cheated a little – one of them could, technically, be a base product. But whatever; a favourite’s a favourite! :P

I’m still really loving Ellis Faas Light E303, that bronzy beaut from Ellis’ Summer Set, and Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow – which I’ve had for ages, and still absolutely adore. I call it my real-life dodge brush, because when I layer it overtop either my timeBalm or Glamoflauge, it creates the perfect undereye area. It’s one of the few base products I have with silicones, but the results are sometimes worth the risk of a breakout!

Why I still have dark circles in the summer (especially when I’m neither taking classes nor working), I have no idea. We’ll blame genetics and general bad luck, yeah?

Swatched L-R, direct sunlight: Etude House Fresh Cherry Duo, Hard Candy Honeymoon, Clinique Super Strawberry, Marcelle Rio Rose, Ellis Faas 303, Boots No. 7 Radiant Glow (shade II).

P.S. Two favourites this post is missing are Clinique’s Lid Smoothies and Clarins’ Graphites quad, but it’s only because I’m easily distracted and lazy. These photos were taken at the beginning of summer, before either were launched or on my desk ;) I’m still loving them, though!

Close-up photos and swatches »

The Monday Morning Haze


New 28/08/11 | I’m getting rather excited for Fall

Sunday, August 28, 2011


Fall is coming; fall is coming! Alert the presses!

Somehow, I always forget that autumn… exists. Every single year. I dread summer, and then I adore it, and then I dread it again as soon as the mercury hits twenty-five, and then I adore it until, one day, I realize that fall is on its way.

And then I’m torn. Because as much as I hate the summer heat, I love the lazy days and the constant sunlight. I love being able to take photos (almost) whenever the feeling grips me. I love the late nights and the almost non-existant mornings and the smells; the way the air smells in the summer.

But damn – I don’t think anything will ever be able to eclipse my love for Fall/Winter collections.

skin, base, and fragrance

And a few more things

The similarities between the two quads below are really getting to me! I mean, they’re not actually all that similar, but for whatever reason, my brain’s just gotten stuck in a rut around them.

The first one is Guerlain’s Écrin 4 Couleurs palette in Les Noirs (and what gorgeous blacks they are), and the second is my beloved Clarins Graphites.

And then we’ve got a but of a curious thing; paper lashes. I’m sure you’ve heard about them by now, but I never really expected them to go mass, you know?

Sephora is now carrying six equally weird charming styles of PAPERSELF lashes, online and at their NYC Meatpacking District store (which opens mid-September). They’re quite a costly lash, at $17, (and I somehow doubt you’ll get the same wear out of these as you would out of a regular false lash fringe), but I suppose it’s the novelty!

& finally, I’ll leave you with a quick pic of Ultraflesh’s Ninja Star Compact, which I think is a little bit insane and a little bit hilarious:

all images are (c) their click-through.

New for Fall at Sephora and MAC

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Every weekend (or every other weekend, or every third weekend if it’s a particularly slow month), theNotice features the recent product launches that have caught my eye. But… I don’t know what it was about this week. Maybe it’s just that I haven’t done it in a while?

Anyhow, this weekend, we’re splitting things up a bit. Today, we’ll be featuring the MAC Me Over! collection widget, plus the new lines that have launched at Sephora, and tomorrow, we’ll feature the normal “New x/x/x” widget, with products from all over the board. Oh, and lots of blathering on about random things. Keep an eye out for that blathering.

Ellis Faas

That’s right, Ellis Faas! I definitely didn’t see this one coming, but it looks like Sephora’s picked them up at long last. Which is, well – pretty darn exciting.

You can read all of our Ellis Faas reviews by clicking on that link, but just in general, here are my three favourite Ellis products at the moment: Light E303, Creamy Eyes E104, and Milky Lips L201, aka Ellis Red. (See L201 on the cheeks, here).

UK hits

Along with Ellis, Sephora’s bringing over two more brands from across the pond: Soap & Glory, which disappeared from Target shelves a while back but will be reappearing stateside shortly (Canucks will recognize it from Shopper’s stores, and I’m under the impression that it’s staying there), and nails inc, which is basically the hottest brand in nails at the moment (or so I’ve been told by rather unsavoury characters kidding!)

MAC Me Over!

I’m not really sure why, but I wasn’t really excited for this one – MAC’s fall collections are simply too large, if you ask me. I just sort of get overwhelmed and then flail everywhere and, finally, give up trying to follow them entirely.

Hope your weekends are off to a lovely start, my dears! Talk to you tomorrow x

Black Box Week | Wrap-up

Happy Saturday, lovelies! I just wanted to wrap-up our Black Box week & share a few more swatches with you all. Hope you enjoyed the series, and please feel free to leave any additional thoughts you may have in the comments!

To be honest, I kinda liked writing up everything for this week – it was a bit hectic and a bit crazy, seeing as I did most of it in the span of three or four days in addition to writing up posts for those days, but I don’t know. I guess I liked the coherency of it all? I kinda want to do it again, but of course, with a different focus next time ;)

(I’m thinking, maybe, MAC Pigments? Or a week of different makeup looks. Ooh, or perhaps Clinique’s Black Honey seasonal collection…)

Read the reviews

How they stack up

One particularly awesome thing about this collection is that, though they’re all more or less black, there’s no redundancy in the products. They’re all different in shade, application, portability, texture, finish, purpose – I think it’s a bit brilliant, to be honest.

But then again, I’m easily amused.

Annabelle Black Box swatches, L-R: Le BIG Show mascara, Licoriche Smoothie, Metal Daze Smoothliner, Black Spark Liquid Eyeliner, Blast Off Glitterama Eyeliner.

Direct sunlight, no flash.

L-R: Le BIG Show, Licoriche, Metal Daze, Black Spark, Blast Off.

Indirect sunlight, no flash.


Try Le BIG Show if you’re looking for a lot of volume, an intensely black lash, or a glossy finish, but not necessarily lengthening or curling.

Try Licoriche if you’re looking for a super-blendable, super-black base or a really opaque waterline. It layers well, too, so you can get anything from a subtle, hazy shadow around your lashes to a dramatic smokey eye.

Try Metal Daze if you’re looking for a light black/dark gunmetal eyeliner to create a sharp or smokey line. The shimmer in this one adds a bit of interest to what would otherwise be another basic black, and it gives a softer, more ethereal effect.

Try Black Spark if you’re looking for a longwearing, budgeproof, easy-to-use, black-but-better liquid liner.

Try Blast Off if you’re looking to add some shine and glitter to a liner you already have. (Because of the translucent base in Glitterama liners, they’re even prettier when layered over a “regular” liner!)

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