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Friday, October 21, 2011

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

Good for your skin, good for the world | L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream in Hibiscus Flower

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The product: L’Occitane Ultra Rich Body Cream in Hibiscus Flower

It’s rather more summery than the weather we’ve been getting, but I thought I’d share a few photos of one of L’Occitane’s current LE products today.

Hibiscus Flower is one of three scents available this October, with packaging designed by Olivier Baussan to represent the Bogolan cloth, a traditional fabric worn by West African women. Along with Cocoa and Desert Rose, the scents (along with the print-like designs) have been crafted to reflect the culture and scents of the region – cocoa flowers from the ivory coast, Egyptian hibiscus, and the Moroccan rose.

The L’Occitane Shea collection gets a lot of press, and it’s not just because the products are ridiculously moisturizing. The company, in line with the L’Occitane Foundation’s work to aid the economic emancipation of women in Burkina Faso, employs over 12 000 women in a sustainable co-development program under the EFT (ECOCERT Fair Trade) certification.

The ties between L’Occitane and Burkina Faso stretch back over twenty-five years, and include not just the production of shea, but also microcredit programs, entrepreneurial awards, and literacy projects.

The Hibiscus Flower scent is a little agressive in the jar, but it’s surprisingly soft once applied. It’s warm, sweet, and a little ethereal – a distinctly tropical sort of floral. It reminds me of a frangipani-and-shea moisturizer I once had, but so, so much better. Other dry-skinned ladies will understand what I mean when I say it’s refreshing to find such a comforting moisturizer paired with a light, unrestrained floral: it’s such a nice change from the typically heavy scents paired with such rich moisturizers.

Along with the 25% shea body cream, the three scents are available in hand cream and lip balm format. (The hand cream and lip balm contain 20% and 10% shea, respectively.) I’m actually quite taken with the look of the lip balm – they’re adorable!

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Fall swatches | I’m feeling like…

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I’m feeling like the colour of leaves in autumn. Like the 40’s. Like Essie Very Structured. Like Joan Holloway. Like Slow Dancing Society’s The Warm Familiar Sound of September.


Maybe it’s something in the air, the light, the era – I don’t know, but I’m head over heels for desaturated greens, burnt sienna, tan, and a mix of mink browns to balance everything out.

It’s strange: I usually fall into a rut of brown and berry in the fall, but I’m just crazy for sienna this year. I mean, sienna; what absurdity! It looks terrible on me, which more or less explains why I couldn’t stand it. Perhaps I’ll have to find it in a handbag or pair of gloves, yeah?

Swatches from left to right: 1. Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner in Metal Green, 2. Lancome Colour Design Eye Shadow in Mochaccino, 3. Annabelle 4Show Eyeshadow quad in Tiger Eye, 4. Marcelle Wet & Dry Eyeshadow in Coco Chic, and 5. FaceFront Steel Finish Artistic Pigment in Lost in Nishitama.

Lips and Cheeks

Plum lips, of course. Perhaps with a mix of cranberry. And, strangely enough, burnt corals and bronzes on the cheeks – preferably matte. Tons of contouring; no colour whatsoever some days.

Swatched from left to right: Clarins Blush Prodige in Sunset Coral, MAC Lipliner in Plum, Clarins Colour Quench Lip Balm in 05 Delicious Plum.

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The violet crease | A quick, easy way to wear colour

Monday, October 17, 2011

One of my favourite everyday looks (perhaps my top favourite, even) is one that, ironically, I will never be able to wear.

I’ve always loved the clean simplicity of a light, neutral lid with a soft pop! of colour in the crease – an eye that can be done in under two minutes, but still create a very polished, fresh look. So, to share it with you, I borrowed a friend’s lids (and, er, face)! Everyone, meet Becky. Becky, meet… everyone.

Hope you enjoy the look :)

Okay, so, a moment of honesty? These photos are over a year old (I wasn’t kidding when I said that I really do procrastinate a lot), and I’m not completely sure what we used. I’m going to guess the GOSH Golden/Chocolate duo on the lid (Golden as a wash, and Chocolate lightly on the outer 1/3, both on the lid and along the lower lashline), plus a blend of Korres Plum and Annabelle Violet Vibe in the crease.

With my predictability, I’d say there’s a 90% chance that these guesses are correct :P

P.S. I’m a huge fan of violet in the crease, but you could really go with anything! Blue, brown (a basic neutral eye), green…. anything. Hit up our colour posts for swatches of some of my favourite colour families.

theNotice’s fourth-year celebrations | The Pink Giveaway

This giveaway includes four tubes of Marcelle Rouge Vitality, one of my all-time favourite lipstick formulas. For everyone who missed out on last week’s nudes, here are some rosier shades to get you going!

The shades are: 105 Legend, 135 Jazzy, 550 Chiffon, and 560 Flirt. Good luck! :)

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