Physician’s Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss review, photos, swatches | We found love in a… pH-balanced place?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The product: Physician’s Formula “pH Matchmaker” pH Powered Lip Gloss in Light Pink

(We’re three lines in, and already this post has an overabundance of pHs. Oh dear.)

So, basically: this is the most unexpected have-to-have-it product that I’ve come across all year. Possibly in the last few years, to be frank; my expectations were low at best (er, sorry, Physician’s Formula), but the product inside knocked my socks right off.

Let’s start by talking about the packaging, shall we? Because it’s the little miscreant that set said expectations so low.

The packaging: Lots of pink, a mirror, and a light-up applicator. It’s… well, it’s a lot of things, and not one of them is up my alley. Pink? LED lighting? It all seems rather tacky, to me, and it turned me off this product in the beginning.

Admittedly, people who are less picky about their products are going to find the mirror quite handy, but I carry a mirror in my purse anyways – I’d rather ditch the bells and whistles, if it means a lighter, sleeker product. And the LED is useful, if you’re standing in a completely dark room, but if you’re standing in a completely dark room, no one can see your lipgloss anyways.

(I’ve never really understood the need for light-up beauty products in this regard.)

Swatches, ingredients, & why it’s quite possibly a Holy Grail product… »

New 19/03/12

Monday, March 19, 2012

I feel like I’m crawling out of a three-month hiatus. *crawls crawls crawls*

Here, take these new-product-widgets and run as far as you can, as fast as you can. I’m going to go hunt down some berries or salmon or something (bears eat berries and salmon, right?), but if you get in my way — I can’t be held accountable for any damage or lemming-creation that occurs.

New in fragrance

New in… all that other beauty stuff

A diverted St. Patrick’s Day post | Two (four?) surprising green eyeliner dupes

Saturday, March 17, 2012

So, I was going to do another colour post for today – in green, of course. But while I was swatching the eyeliners I’d picked out, I came to the (rather startling) realization that they were more or less two sets of almost-perfect green eyeliner dupes.

And this, of course, absolutely begged to be covered.

L-R: MAC So There Jade, Marcelle Caribbean, Clinique Intense Ivy, Marcelle Metal Green.

(Click to enlarge!)

On the left, we have MAC’s Powerpoint Eye Pencil in So There Jade and Marcelle’s Waterproof Eye Crayon in Caribbean, two iridescent aqua-green longwearing waterproof liners. MAC describes So There Jade as a “light green jade,” but I call bullshit – I’d say it’s more of a metallic seafoam green than “jade,” and I’ve been to China.

(See, that’s funny, because jade is “the” Chinese stone, but you don’t actually have to be Chinese to recognize that Jade is typically, well, green, with perhaps a bit of blue.)

(… and now we’re making tongue-in-cheek jibes at hipster racism and the fact that it is WRONG, ANDERSON, WRONG! at ten o’clock at night. Sherlock references and passive-aggression at the beauty industry over sexism, racism, and orientalism: just a regular Saturday at theNotice.)

But, back on topic. Caribbean is So There Jade‘s prettier, smarter twin sister – she’s smoother, better priced, and more opaque. The Marcelle is a little brighter and bluer, but honestly, there’s no contest: if you’re in Canada (or you’re ordering Marcelle online from the US), go with Caribbean!

Marcelle Lux Metallic Liquid Eyeliner in Jade over the straight swatches, and alone on the far L&R.

Other eyeliners in the same order as above: MAC So There Jade, Marcelle Caribbean, Clinique Intense Ivy, and Marcelle Metal Green.

On the right hand side of the swatches, we have Clinique’s Quickliner Intense in Intense Ivy (a recent release – review of the formula soon!) and Marcelle’s Waterproof Eye Crayon in Metal Green. And you’d expect that I’d be all over the Marcelle again, right? Because that would only make sense.

Content on theNotice rarely makes sense, though, so then there’s that. (I’m sorry, I’m so sorry; I can’t seem to be able to turn off the meta tonight!)

While startlingly similar, the differences between Clinique’s Quickliner Intense and Marcelle’s Waterproof Eye Crayon are more varied, both in shade and in performance. Intense Ivy features a creamier formula, easier to apply & with a more complex shade, but Metal Green is cheaper, water-resistant, and makes it through more of my sixteen hour days.

As for which one I’d recommend? Well, that depends. If your lids aren’t too oily, go for the Clinique Quickliner Intense – the buttery texture is to-die-for, and the more nuanced shade of Intense Ivy is (har, har) really intense. It’s more black, more green, more metallic, and contains tiny gold flecks that just take my breath away. If your lids are oily, though, opt for the Marcelle Waterproof Eye CrayonMetal Green is still breathtaking, and wears much better on my lids.

I should probably start rambling about now, but there’s one last thing we have to go over: I compulsively add Marcelle’s Lux Metallic eyeliner in Jade to all of my green liner swatches. It’s a bit of an addiction, admittedly, but can you really blame me? It’s gorgeous. 


For a green swatch post that actually managed to happen without getting sidetracked, here’s last year’s St. Paddy’s mini-post: Green swatches for St. P

You NEED this: Clarins Instant Light Blush | Vitamin Pink review, photos, swatches

Friday, March 16, 2012

The product: Clarins Instant Light Blush in Vitamin Pink

I’ve been waiting for Clarins Spring 2012 for a very, very long time. Seriously – the Gloss Prodige line has been close to the top of my wishlist since November. That all said, though: now that the products are out, it’s actually the Instant Light Blush that’s really caught my attention. It’s a blush! And it’s pink! And it’s liquid, you guys; it’s liquid!(It should probably be mentioned, though, that I haven’t yet found time to test out the glosses. So, it’s entirely possible that I’ll be tooting an entirely different horn in a week’s time.)

The packaging: Clarins’ Instant Light Blush comes packaged in what’s slowly overtaking their line: hopelessly chic, gold-accented rectangles. It looks a bit like a short, stout gloss, which (to be entirely honest) couldn’t be more perfect. It features a large doe-foot applicator, which might bug some – it can be hard to get out of the container, and I’m sure someone out there is having a minor breakdown about liquids packaging and bacteria. (Seriously, though: I know powders are sanitize-able, but who actually sprays down their personal products with alcohol every two weeks? And how dirty is your face to begin with?!)

Vitamin Pink vs. two Gloss Prodiges

The shade: Vitamin Pink is a lovely, bright, clear rose with plenty of gold iridescence. It gives a really natural, sheer pink flush, and it embodies the picture-perfect spring cheek perfectly: the gold microshimmer is small enough that it never looks “disco-ball,” but (paired with the way the Instant Light formula sinks into the skin,) it creates an incredibly believable dewiness. Basically, it’s the perfect way to pick up your skin after the long winter. (And, well, if you live in a place where winter isn’t long — don’t even talk to me.)

Swatched L-R: Clarins Gloss Prodige in Raspberry and Candy; Instant Light Blush in Vitamin Pink (heavily/blended.)

(Same swatch order, but unfocused & in direct sunlight.)

The formula: The format of the Instant Light blushes is what really gets me – though Vitamin Pink is absolutely lovely, it wouldn’t be half as addictive without being a liquid. It’s a bit like a fluid moisturizer, and blends into translucence like a dream. That being said, though, it does layer quite well! It’s a bit deceiving, with how easily the formula blends away, but you really can build it upto an impressive flush.

The verdict?

Basically, you didn’t even have to read this review – you just had to give the title a glance. You need this; you really, really do! I’ve spent years blending fluid moisturizers with liquid lipsticks, cream lipsticks, and cream blushers to get exactly this effect, but Clarins pulls off liquid blush flawlessly (and with the added bonus of cute packaging.) At $28 CAD, yes, this is on the pricey side. The Instant Light blushers are still cheaper than a NARS powder blushers (if only barely), though, and I’d reach for this over Orgasm any day. The shimmer is so much more refined, and there’s something just so about this liquid formula – it really does create a lit-from-within flush. Here’s to hoping for a few shimmer-free Instant Light blushers in the future! Bonus points if there’s a berry shade ;) <

Ingredients & more »

Don’t miss this | Contoured eyes + red lips tutorial

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

More here or if you click through the images!

Sorry theNotice itself has been lacking in looks recently – but, hey, one a week on SSB is way more than the norm! (Because, okay, I’m kind of lazy busy.) For those of you who haven’t been clicking through: it’s the same quality of photos, the same face, and the same aesthetic, just… with the added bonus of a written tutorial. So get clicking, my silly geese! 

(In other news: I’m still ridiculously excited that I can take photos after the sun’s gone down, and not have to turn on my flash. It’s hell to explain, though, which is why the tutorial has been MIA as well – video on it soon, potentially! It really just depends how easy/hard that would be to organize, but we’ll see.)

Coming up | Clarins Colour Breeze (Spring 2012)

Monday, March 12, 2012

I know I’m not the only one going crazy waiting for Clarins’ Enchanted Summer collection, so perhaps this’ll help tide you over!

Clarins’s Spring 2012 collection, Colour Breeze, includes the launch of the new (and much-anticipated) Gloss Prodige line, with eight gorgeously fresh shades. But, of course, that’s not all…

The Colour Breeze lineup

Gloss Prodige

Eight ultra-shiny shades inflused with raspberry oil, Maxi-Lip™ peptides, hyaluronic acid, and a delicious scent with notes of blackberry and liquorice.

  • 01 Chocolate
  • 02 Nude
  • 03 Rose
  • 04 Candy
  • 05 Grenadine
  • 06 Raspberry
  • 07 Blackberry
  • 08 Papaya

6ml/$22 CAD; permanent.

Colour Breeze Face & Blush Powder

A super-cute collector’s palette that combines 4 luminous shades to create an even, matte complexion.

9g/$40 CAD; limited edition.

Instant Light Blush

Am I the only one that goes absolutely crazy for products in unexpected formats? I’ve been on the hunt for a good liquid blush for ages, and this one definitely lives up to my expectations. (More on that tomorrow, though!)

The Instant Light Blush comes in three shades, but one (02 Coral Tonic) isn’t available in Canada. (It’s available in the US, though, if you’re trying to find it!)

  • 01 Vitamin Pink
  • 03 Brown Fizz

7ml/$28 CAD; limited edition.

The rest of the lineup »

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