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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YOU Fridays: all about eyeliner

Friday, October 14, 2011

I keep forgetting that YOU Fridays exists/existed, but I’m feeling the need for a resurrection! Here’s a blank for you to fill out in the comments. No worries if there are empty spots; I’d rather hear one or two faves than none at all :o)

  1. Blackest black liner:
  2. Longest wearing pencil liner:
  3. Favourite liquid liner:
  4. Favourite gel liner:
  5. Favourite purple liner:

My answers…

  1. Blackest black liner: Eep! I don’t know; I’ll have to re-swatch my (disturbingly large) collection of black liners and get back to you.
  2. Longest wearing pencil liner: Marcelle Waterproof Eyeliner, so far – I just wish it would last on my waterline.
  3. Favourite liquid liner: Up until a month or two ago, I would have said Ellis Faas, hands down, but Annabelle’s Liquid Eyeliner is some pretty stiff competition. Factor in that the price and packaging are loads better, and I might just have a new favourite ;)
  4. Favourite gel liner: Still looking for “the one.” I’ll, er, get back to you on that one, too, yeah?
  5. Favourite purple liner: I have a few, but none that are really BAM! violet!, you know? They all seem too blue, or too brown, or just too blah. The upcoming NARS liner sounds great (St. Mark’s Place), but with my luck, it probably won’t last on my lids. Anyone have recommendations?

Happy Friday, lovelies! Can’t wait to read about all of your liner favourites :o)

Sephora Moonshadow palette review, photos, swatches

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The product: Sephora Moonshadow Baked Palette in In The Nude

Sephora describes this palette as a “collection of glittery baked eyeshadows [in] ten sultry nude shades.” And if that’s not enough to get you going, they add on claims of “a cosmic amount of diamond dust shimmer” and “a super sparkly finish.” I gave it a try assuming that, okay, the palette was going to be shimmery. But like, another glittery nude palette – whatever, right?

The lesson of the day is that I obviously need to stop being such a cynic, because I keep having to eat my words.

In my opinion, the top and bottom rows are separated out pretty well. The top ones pack your serious shimmer chunks, while the pigment is mainly found in the bottom shades. On the whole, the palette is really “love it or hate it” – you’re either going to adore the ridiculous (and we mean ridiculous) amounts of shimmer, or it’s going to drive you absolutely insane.

If you’re going to pick up this palette, or you already have it, you NEED to give foiling a try. I’ve read a few posts where the reviewers were frustrated with the lack of pigment, and I’ll admit, you’re not going to get any colour out of these if you try to apply them with a fluffy brush to a dry lid. They definitely do best applied with a damp, dense brush, and you’ll want to prime first, but I think it’s worth the effort – that is, if you’re a glitter lover, of course!

Swatched L-R: Cream, Light Bronze, Soft Gold, Peach, and Taupe

Swatched L-R: Silver, Deep Brown, Honey Brown, Deep Sienna, and Plum

The verdict?

This palette wasn’t “made for me,” but I still actually… really like it. Which I didn’t see coming! I’m always drawn toward palettes like this one (nude shades, a hint of colour, and tons of shimmer), but I find that I very rarely actually like them in the long run.

It would do well to carry more of a pigment punch, but honestly, I find it hard to knock off points for that – they never promised pigment; just tons and tons shimmer. And on that, Sephora definitely delivered.

If you’re a glitter girl and you love your neutrals, give this one a go!

Mica, Talc, Ci 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), Ci 77491 (Iron Oxides), Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Dimethicone, Ci 77499 (Iron Oxides), Isopropyl Palmitate, Polysorbate 20, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Octyldodecyl Stearoyl Stearate, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Isohexadecane, Caprylyl Glycol, Sorbitan Stearate, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Ci 77492 (Iron Oxides), Tocopheryl Acetate, Polysorbate 80, Tin Oxide, Hexylene Glycol, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Nylon-12, Sorbitan Oleate, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Calcium Aluminum Borosilicate, Lauroyl Lysine, Silica, Tocopherol.

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