Tarte Friends & Family: say it with me, now…

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

| “You don’t need to try the Amazonian Clay blushes, Rae. You don’t. You really, really don’t.”

30% off all { Tarte } products with the code FFAUG, now until the sixth, plus free shipping over $40. Don’t say I didn’t warn you off this one, folks.

(This is me, warning you off a sale. From a distance, it looks remarkably like me enabling your makeup habits, but I’m sure that if you look closely enough for a long enough period of time, you’ll see it my way.)

(The right way.)

A few things that I’m lemming neither want nor need…

COMING UP | LUSH Emotional Brilliance, Tatcha, Japonesque, & more.

Monday, July 30, 2012

LUSH Emotional Brilliance reviews: Wise (Cream Eyeshadow), Perspective (Liquid Lipstick), and Fantasy (Liquid Eyeliner).

That’s right; another not-quite-real post. Because I’m (still) swimming in coursework, and the time that I haven’t spent studying, I’ve spent trying to fight off an unexpected midsummer flu. (And, seriously? Who gets the flu in the summer?!)

Anyhow. Once I mange to dig myself out of this summer-term black hole, this is what you can expect to see on theNotice! 

(To be totally honest, though, you’ll probably see some of these things before term ends because I have no self-control occasionally take breaks from neuropsychology to eat, sleep, shower, and blog.)

Lise Watier Summer Sunset flash reviews: oh my god, I can’t believe I still haven’t finished covering this collection. I am the worst when it comes to “out of sight, out of mind,” I swear!!

Senna Mod Muse eyeshadows: same for these. They’re gorgeous, but I have yet to post the swatch photos sitting somewhere on my MacBook!

Japonesque Safari Chic review. No elaboration needed — how cute is that brush?

Hard Candy Glamoflauge: I love this one, so expect shade comparisons (Light vs Medium) in the near future!

Tatcha skincare overview and regimen review… once I get my act together and actually try it.

And, finally, Physician’s Mineral Wear Talc-Free Pressed Powder, because SPF is definitely “in” for the summer.

Violet + black smokey eyes | A Lana Del Rey-inspired makeup look

Friday, July 27, 2012

I have a (not-so-secret) secret: I’m kind of a huge Lana Del Rey fan. I’m not crazy about her face, and I’m on the fence about the whole persona she has going on, but — Lana Del Ray A.K.A Lizzy Grant; Born To Die? Kind of loved them.

Anyhow; today’s look is a Lana-inspired smokey violet eye, inspired by the look below. I’m actually pretty sure that the “violet” part of the smokey eye was added in post-production (and not all that well), but hey, the resulting image is no less stunning!

Hope you enjoy the look!

Read the tutorial & see a different set of images here.

Keep reading! »

LUSH Emotional Brilliance: the full range

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

With all the talk of LUSH’s new Emotional Brilliance range, I thought I’d take a moment to cover the entire lineup on theNotice. We’ve seen a lot of previews and such recently, but I’ve been hard-pressed to find a post with both product & shade breakdowns!

The line, which launched on the 21st, starts at $18.95 (for the auxiliary products) and goes up to $22.95 (for the staple items). All 30 products are 100% cruelty-free and vegan-friendly.

Now, here’s the green cool green and definitely cool part: the colours all come in clear glass bottles (glass is one of the most easily recycled materials globally, which I didn’t know before) with disposable-or-reusable brush inserts made from recycled black LUSH pots.

Each bottle holds 8g of product (liquid eyeliners are typically only 2g), and all the ingredients are listed inside the label, attached to the cap with a hair tie. Kind of awesome, right?

Play the Emotional Brilliance game to pick your colours…

or keep reading to see the whole range!

Liquid Eyeliner, $22.95

LUSH made an interesting choice with their liquid eyeliners, using two formulas for dramatically different effects. Independent (black) and Fantasy (gold) are designed with a no-smudge, stay-put formula, but the others have the same base as the cream eyeshadows — meaning you’ll have time to blend, despite their liquid base.

Cream Eyeshadow, $22.95

Formulated with a rose petal base and skin-softening almond and jojoba oils, LUSH’s cream eyeshadows are designed to blend easily and dry down to a soft, refined look.

Liquid Lips, $22.95

Formulated using LUSH’s Ultrabalm formula as a base, the Liquid Lips products have been made to moisturize, soften, and carry intense pigment. The effect can be worn on its own for a stronger lip (perfect for their wide range of reds!) or blotted down with lip balm for a softer look.

Eyes Right Mascara, $18.95

AKA the Fresh Wheatgrass mascara, which… I don’t know, man. I think that’s a hilarious and extremely LUSH thing to call a product, even though there isn’t anything strictly funny about it.

The Eyes Right mascara comes in just one colour (black), and promises a natural lash effect with no smudging or flaking. 

Ingredients lists & the rest of the range »

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara: review, photos, swatches

Monday, July 23, 2012

The product: Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara in Very Black

The lash: Illegal Length gives exactly the kind of effect you’d expect (and want) it to: long, defined lashes with very little volume in tow.  As someone who isn’t actually crazy about volumizing mascaras (because let’s be honest; 9 times out of 10 that “volume” is simply clumps masquerading as being intentional), it’s right up my alley.

The end result is really natural; intensely black but with “clean” vibe (no sootiness here) and great separation. I find I get the best results with a simple, smooth sweep of the brush; no wiggling or zig-zagging necessary.

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara on lashes. (…Lash swatch?)

The wear: While I didn’t get the kind of wear I love out of this (which is to say, 18+ hours), it can definitely make it through a regular workday. As long as you make sure you don’t let your lashes droop while applying it, Illegal Length should hold a long, defined curl with no smudging or flaking for a good eight hours or so — just try not to over-apply, mmkay?

Maybelline Illegal Length Fiber Extensions Mascara brush.

The brush: The brush on this one is pretty basic; straight and spiky and perfect for separation. It’s not the kind of brush (or the kind of formula) that you’d want for volume, so keep your strokes basic — just a few layers, with no drying between coats (as recommended on the Maybelline site), and you should be good to go.

(Honestly, I’ve read a few of the negative reviews online, and I have no idea what people are doing to make this clump and flake. If you were that dead-set on getting volume, you shouldn’t have bought a product called “Illegal Length”!)

The verdict?

Illegal Length Fiber Extensions does a great job of delivering “illegally” long, separated lashes, if you ask me. It’s not perfect–I do get smudges by the very end of the day, but no drooping,– and it won’t deliver anything on the volume front, but it’s good at what it’s been designed to do.

If you’re looking for a really clean, defined lash look, or if you’re on the hunt for a cheap, paraben-free, non-tubing mascara with fibers, then check this one out. (I think it’s the only one that fits in that latter category, to be honest!)

Illegal Length retails for $9.99 CAD, and can be seen on my wimpy Asian lashes here or here.

Keep reading! »

New 22/07/12

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I sorted this week’s “New…” widgets a little differently — limited edition items vs. permanent ones. Nothing’s double-checked or cross-referenced, so don’t blame me if a few of the items are on the wrong list, but this should be more or less correct!

Permanent-range items

I love the look of the new Clarins mono eyeshadows. They’re one of the last (or perhaps the very last?) Clarins products to be repackaged and relaunched, and the brand did not disappoint! (Review coming soon for ome of the shades; just need it to get light out in Edmonton again.)

The product that surprised me the most to see, though, was YSL’s Touche Éclat foundation — I just figured that if they were planning on doing one, they’d have done it sooner, you know? It’s not exactly news (anymore) that the illuminator has done well for itself! Better late than never, I suppose, though, and foundations have been “in” again this year.

Limited edition items

From NARS, Fall 2012; from Chantecaille, Safari Chic (elephants!); from Lancôme, Midnight Roses… the list goes on. Dior Purple Revolution (and hey; if you’re going to have a revolution in violet, I am not going to complain); MAC Illustrated (Nordstrom/The Bay exclusives, if I’m not mistaken); Estée Lauder Violet Underground.

Oh, and then there’s… »

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