Oxblood lips & gold-rimmed eyeliner | A New Year’s Eve look to try this year

Monday, December 31, 2012

Glitter-rimmed eyes and oxblood lips

For all of you who still have to sort out your NYE makeup: a tradition (glitter) and a trend (oxblood).

As much as I love glitter in the eye area, I absolutely cannot stand it elsewhere — perhaps sparingly on the lips, but rarely-if-ever my cheeks or skin. So, when it comes to holidays like New Year’s, I rely on my Marcelle Lux Diamond Liquid Eyeliner in Pure Gold. I’ve raved about it before, but with great wear, zero fallout, and absolutely gorgeous glitter particles, it’s one of my (few) must-have products.

Dark red lip tutorial (s)

The lips in this look are easy to do, but I always encourage taking a few extra minutes to apply — if five minutes more at the mirror will translate into a few extra hours’ wear, why not, right?

Start with primed or bare lips, add a brown-undertoned red lipliner (though the entire lip), and follow up with dark brown-red lipstick. I used Paula Dorf Lip Liner in Tapestry and MAC Lipstick in Desire (last seen worn matte and reviewed), and then followed up by blotting the lip for a less-glossy finish. 

Dark red lip tutorial trick

One of my go-to tricks is using paper (not tissue!) to blot the lip area, particularly for formulas with a glossy or tacky finish. That way, there’s zero chance that you’ll end up with tissue fibres stuck to your lip area, and you know it’ll be an even press — to get your cupid’s bow, hold the paper on the left and right edges and press lightly against a relaxed pout. 

Read the full tutorial here at She Said Beauty.

Gold glitter + black eyeliner (s)

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YSL Rouge Pur Couture in 01 Le Rouge | A red lipstick review (with swatches!) to start wrapping up the year

Sunday, December 30, 2012

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick in Le Rouge

The product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture SPF 15 in 01 Le Rouge

This Rouge Pur Couture–a miniature in the L’Oreal Luxe Loose Button Advent Calendar earlier this year–is my first YSL lipstick… but I have a feeling it won’t be my last. Fantastically “holiday,” Le Rouge is such a stellar shade for a really bold, attention-grabbing red, and the formula is absolutely divine.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture lipstick

YSL Rouge Pur Couture - Le Rouge 01

The wear: With a physical SPF of 15, the Rouge Pur Couture formula wears smoothly and comfortably, even on my stubborn lips. I fidget constantly (rubbing my lips together, pursing them, etc.) but it does absolutely nothing to the gorgeously even, opaque colour distribution  even after some time, the colour doesn’t bleed, slide around, or settle into fine lines or dry flakes.

These lipsticks do have a very distinct fragrance, but honestly, it’s pretty alright. I tend to hate fragranced lip products, but the floral, ever-so-slightly-fruity scent is a far cry from the waxy, fig-based odours that saturate the lipstick market.

Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick swatch - Le Rouge

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Le Rouge lipstick swatch

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick swatches – 01 Le Rouge

The shade and finish: The Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are described as having a luminous satin texture, which is a fairly apt description. The finish is just this side of matte, shimmer-free (at least in Le Rouge) and very plush without being glossy.

When worn sparingly, Le Rouge reads as a matte pink-red stain; again, with great colour distribution and wear. When worn full-on, though, the finish is more supple and moisturizing — think satin, not gloss. Le Rouge is very well-pigmented, with full colour in just one swipe, and a good red/blue balance.

YSL Rouge Pur Couture Lipstick LOTD

Wearing Le Rouge

YSL describes the shade a “blood red,” but I like to think of it as an “optimistic red.” It’s definitely wearable on both warm and cool complexions, as well as olive colouring and against both fair and dark skintones.

Le Rouge does have a respectable bit of blue in it, but it has this great vividness that feels a little  too strawberry to be a cool colour. It really does pull both ways depending on your colouring, so don’t shy away from it just because it wears well on a skintone other than yours!

(See it on Pink Sith, Tacky Blue Eyeshadow, and calivintage.)

YSL Le Rouge - Rouge Pur Couture 01

The verdict?

At $32 USD/$38 CAD for a full-sized tube, the Rouge Pur Couture lipsticks are certainly a luxury — but such a worthwhile splurge. Le Rouge is a stunning rendition of the textbook “holiday” red, and for the gorgeous wear, I’m putting some serious thought into finding a more natural shade in the line.

Find it at Sephora & Nordstrom online. I know this one will be too attention-grabbing of a shade for most of you (I’m a little self-conscious of it right now, and I’m alone at my laptop!), but formula is honestly in my top five three for wearability and colour distribution. You need this! 

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The Best of Burt’s Bees review & photos | A Boxing Week skin saviour

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, Almond Milk hand cream

The product: Burt’s Bees Best of Burt’s Bees set (Holiday 2012)

This year’s Best of Burt’s Bees set ($24.99 CAD) contains three full-size Burt’s bestsellers, and is basically a hit of major hydration in a box. With targeted treatments for dry hands, feet, and cuticles, I like to think of it as my little “prairie saviour” box — perfect for soothing your holiday-shopping-tired feet and wind-chapped hands. 

(And by wind-chapped, I totally mean shopping-mall-chapped.)

The Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream review

A Burt’s Bees classic, the Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is waxy and unyielding, and takes a moment to apply . That said, though, it does its job well — that same waxy texture also means that it’s highly portable (in any climate), and stays on your cuticles like nobody’s business.

I haven’t tested this out long enough to give it a ringing endorsement, but from what I’ve seen of it so far, it definitely does a great job of locking in moisture without getting your fingertips or hands greasy. You don’t have to use a lot of it each time, and what you do put on withstands a respectable amount of wear & washing, to boot.

Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Creme with Vitamin E

The Coconut Foot Cream

Rather unexpectedly (for someone who rarely-if-ever uses foot creams), this was my favourite of the bunch! Despite living on the prairies and having chronically dry skin, my feet don’t actually tend to get terribly dry — less so than the rest of my body, even.

The Burt’s Bees Coconut Foot Cream is strangely gelatinous, while still being petroleum-free and 99% natural. Like their Peppermint Foot Lotion, Burts’ coconut cream feels luxurious and has a bit of a minty tingle — but that’s where the comparisons end.

Burt's Bees Foot Cream - Coconut

Where the peppermint lotion is thin, white, and sinks in quickly, this one reminds me of a thick honey butter, flavoured with a slightly-spicy coconut and a little sticky. It’s made to sink in overnight (follow up with cotton socks, of course), and delivers deep hydration while having what I’d actually describe as quite a pleasing scent!

The Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream

Burt's Bees Hand Cream - Almond & Milk

Like the coconut foot cream, Burts’ Beeswax Hand Cream has a lovely, interesting texture — in this case, the texture of a waxy butter, solid in the jar but which melts easily as it’s worked into the skin.

While rich and moisturizing in terms of formula, my complaint with this product lies in its portability and fragrance. The latter is overdone (a problem I have with a surprising number of Burt’s Bees products), and has a sharp, synthetic edge that may be headache-inducing for some. And, while the 2 ounce jar is a great sink-side or desk-drawer addition, it’s far from portable — just something to consider, with the way hand creams need re-application in climates like the prairies!

Burt's Bees Almond & Milk Hand Cream

The verdict?

At $25, this set is a good deal… but only if you already love all three of the included products. With the way I (don’t) go through products, I tend to prefer sets like the Burt’s Bees Tips n Toes Kit  — that is, ones that let you try out a lot of different products, rather than those that get you stocked up with old standbys.

So, while I liked this set, I’d actually recommend that you give the other one a go, instead! (Or, hey, any one of these.) Something like the Tips ‘n Toes Kit is just $19 CAD for the same awesome formulas plus three others, but minus the commitment of full-sized containers.

Or, y’know, skip the hand care entirely and just go for the Coconut Foot Cream. I’m having a lot of fun with the texture! And, okay, the giant hit of moisture and tasty fragrance are pretty nice too, I guess.

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Happy Holidays from theNotice

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from theNotice

Hope you’re all having a warm & festive holiday with your loved ones… and that someone out there cares enough about your makeup stash to have snuck a few Clinique Chubby Stick Intenses underneath the tree.

(Because the only thing that’s better than moisturizing lip colour is moisturizing lip colour that looks like a giant, shiny crayon.)

See you back here tomorrow with a return to our regularly (un)scheduled posting!

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense - Mightiest Maraschino

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The Lipstick Bandits’ Secret Santa Look Swap | Big hair & a plush pout, inspired by call it beauty.

Monday, December 24, 2012

!LB look swap - call it beauty

Happy Christmas-Eve-Day, my dearlings!

This month for The Lipstick Bandits, we’ve put together something a little different — a bit of a “secret santa” project, for both ourselves and our readers. Each Bandit has been paired up (by myself, unbeknownst to the other person) to create a look inspired by the other blogger, whether in product, application, colour… you get the idea.

The inspiration: Dani, at call it beauty. 

Dani - call it beauty

I ended up being paired with the absolutely gorgeous Dani, a wonderfully talented Vancouverite with a fantastic blog (and even more fantastic hair.) To mimic her look, I tried to copy said hair (of course), using hot rollers and a flat iron to add as much curl and volume as possible.

I think the hair went surprisingly alright, all things considered, but I’m completely bummed that I forgot to line my waterlines in black, as she usually does!

!LB look swap - Dani

After making my best attempt at getting Dani-hair, I applied a quick flick of coloured eyeliner (Shu Uemura Blackish Satin Purple) overtop a neutral smokey eye (mainly Clarins Smokey Passion, used also here and here), and paired with a pop of colour — in this case, a bright teal along the lower lashline.

Finally, I applied a sheer layer of a coral-y blush, and layered a Marcelle Rouge Vitality lipstick (one of my all-time favourite formulas) with Korres‘ Cherry Oil Lipgloss in Rose for a bright, plush pout, something I absolutely associate with Dani’s look.

! The Lipstick Bandits Secret Santa Look Swap

I also made sure to take the eye shots from my left eye, rather than my right — I feel like I never see Dani’s right eye unless it’s in a full-face shot! :P

My right eye is certainly my favourite, but I have to admit, it was kinda nice to change things up a little & photograph the other one for once.

!The Lipstick Bandits December Look Swap

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