theNotice’s fourth-year celebrations | The Colour Giveaway

Monday, October 31, 2011

Sorry that this is a week late! It took me ages to finish photographing this one; I forgot until the last minute & autumn in Edmonton has finally hit. (Translation: I get home at five, and the sun starts setting at five-thirty. Not optimal.)

But I digress!

This giveaway includes: two Annabelle 4Show Eyeshadow Quads (ahem, can someone please make a four-show/four-year joke? Please?) in Pop-Eye and Vivid-Eye, plus three FaceFront Lip Lust Sheer Hydratone Lip Balms in Can’t Elope, LUSTQuest, and Kiwi for Lunch. Aren’t they adorable? ;o)

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Holiday shopping | Bare Escentuals, Benefit, and Bobbi Brown

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Each Holiday season, we try to put together a bit of a “holiday shopping guide” – a simple, concise way for you to check out this year’s holiday collections, without having to do all the digging yourselves.

The Shopstyle widgets went over pretty well in 2010, so that’s what we’re using this year, too. My apologies to those of you reading this through a feed (depending on what you’re using, the widgets may not show up), but it’s so much easier for me to put together a few of these than it is to save hundreds of images to my hard drive, re-upload them, and track down the pricing and details. If you’re getting a whole lot of nothing below this paragraph, click here to view the post on theNotice!

Enjoy the post, and happy shopping! xx

Bare Escentuals


Bobbi Brown

(Next week: Dior, Laura Mercier, and NARS)

Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum review | An autumnal classic

Friday, October 28, 2011

The product: Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum

Up until about a month ago, I was completely certain that the hilight of the Fall 2011 launches would be Balenciaga L’Essence, the flanker to the original Balenciaga Paris (one of my all-time favourite scents).

And then the Bottega Veneta Eau de Parfum came creeping out of nowhere, like some incredibly stealthy ninja cat, and I think it’s safe to say that it blew us all away. I mean – I wasn’t even aware that the house was doing a fragrance until their videos went live, and now I can’t get it out of my head.

See? Stealthy.

The fragrance

Made to capture an elegant, austere villa in the Venetian countryside, the Bottega Veneta scent is just perfect: classic without inundating your olfactory glands with aldehydes, leathery without coming off as too masculine, and distinctive enough to make you go hmm, okay, I like that without a discordant shock of contradictions.

It features naturally-sourced Italian bergamot, Indian Jasmine Sambac, and Indonesian patchoulli at its heart, and is accented by leather, Brazilian pink peppercorns, and the suggestion of mown hay, flowers, earth, and wood.

My thoughts on the scent

The top and base note separate well, but I get a lot of bergamot and leather from this overall – perfect for fall, and exactly (exactly!) what I had wanted this to be.

Like a luxe leather handbag, the drydown is smooth and supple, with the sillage and tenacity you’d expect from a gently leather-based EdP. One spritz is enough to create a sheer veil of fragrance that lasts throughout the day, and it wears just close enough to the skin: noticeable to those around you, but without leaving you swimming in headache-inducing sillage. It opens with fresh bergamot and patchouli, and wears with a dry warmth – no syrupy stickiness.

For what it’s worth, if I had to pick just one scent department store fragrance to wear for the rest of, um, forever – this may well be the one.

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The Neutrals | Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil review, photos, swatches

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The product: Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencils in Melonade, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, and Licoriche.

The shades: Annabelle’s definitely outdone themselves on this colour range, if you ask me! It’s great to see such a variation of shades from a drugstore company, and to be honest, I wouldn’t expect any less from my favourite Canadian drugstore brand ;) There are eight shades available right now, four neutrals and four brights, and while that isn’t a ton, what’s really great about it is that all eight shades are different.

So,  yeah. If you give the formula a try and you really, really love it… well. You’re going to need all eight of ’em.

Melonade is a distinctive peachy, melony shade. Mokamirage (my favourite) is a lovely taupey-champagne. Cocoaloco is a medium-light brown, sort of a slightly bronzed chocolate. Licoriche is a smooth, matte black.

I’d love to see an inner corner shade added to the line (Melonade’s rather too orange to use as such, at least for me), but aside from that, I can’t really think of any “essentials” that they missed.

Swatched L-R: Melonade, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, Licoriche

Swatched L-R, blended: Melonade, Mokamirage, Cocoaloco, Licoriche

The formula: as I pointed out in our review of Licoriche, these feature the exact same formula (and really similar packaging, to be honest) as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils ($24) – so at under $9 CAD, Annabelle Smoothies are definitely a great buy. Both lines have a great colour range, in terms of brights and neutrals, but I don’t know if there are any spot-on dupes.

I find these pencils a bit difficult to work with; they glide on really smoothy, but don’t blend out very well – I have to pull at my lids in order to move the colour, and they tend to go a bit patchy if sheered out.

The wear: The first time I tried these, I tried a really sheer layer… and, predictably, was a mess within the hour. The wear is a lot better if they’re applied thickly, but I still feel like the colour sort of “slides” down my lids, ending up thicker around my lashline and sparse on the edges. I don’t end up with a thin, crinkly line of eyeshadow, like I do with a lot of other products, but the colour migrates downwards if I’ve blended it out too much.

Unfortunately, I also found that I can’t wear the shimmery shades on my waterline – I was really impressed by Licoriche (which is matte) when I tried it there, but the other three itch and slide off within a quarter of an hour. Not for the sensitive of eye, I suppose! :P

The verdict?

Okay, so I’m right on the fence with these. They’re a fantastic drugstore dupe if you’re into Urban Decay’s 24/7 shadows, and I know a ton of bloggers who love them, but they just don’t work on my lids. Which, I mean, kind of sucks, because they have some pretty awesome shades, but – well. Nothing you can do, right?

(Except quench your sadness in ice cream and pie, of course.)

(What? Don’t look at me like that. Creasing eyeshadow is totally a good reason to sad!eat ice cream.)

Try them if…

  • You’re going for a graphic shape: if you can refrain from buffing them out (I can’t), they honestly do not budge.
  • You like the UD pencils, or you wanted to try them,
  • Your lids aren’t as finicky as mine – if TFSI or UDPP work for you, I think these would, too!
  • You usually like eyeshadow pencils – though I didn’t love these, they’re the best eyeshadow pencils I’ve tried thus far.

P.S. Check out Licoriche in superhero form!

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New 23/10/11

Sunday, October 23, 2011

New in beauty

New in fragrance

Psst – the posts aren’t ready just yet, but New for the Holidays will be going up soon! Probably next Sunday ;)

Open to comments | The Pink Giveaway

Friday, October 21, 2011

Head on over to the original post and tell me which shade you’re most excited for :o)

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