A week away | theNotice goes to Toronto!

Monday, March 2, 2015

As some of you may know already (and if you don’t, why aren’t you following theNotice’s Twitter and Instagram channels?), I was lucky enough to spend last week in Toronto thanks to Neutrogena, visiting all kinds of beautiful shops, learning about the coolest new products of the year, and meeting the most hilarious, amazing women.

So. Today, I’m going to catch you up on what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks; on Wednesday, I’m going to share my Neutrogena experience with you (including a little game of I-Spy!); and on Friday, I’ll be posting my review of the (gorgeous) Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie.

Note: I lost my camera while I was away (cry) so I don’t have a ton of photos to share with you… but here’s what I had saved to my phone!

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The Detox Market (Canada/Toronto)

The Detox Market

If you live by Toronto’s Detox Market, you have to visit it. Like, STAT. And bring your wallet!

This little shop (which was originally meant to be a pop-up shop in 2009 but is still around and thriving) is packed from wall to wall with an incredibly well-curated selection of skincare, haircare, cosmetics, and everything from ready-to-boil soups (just add water!) to delicious green juices by Greenhouse.

And ugh, it has the best vibe. Great music, beautiful setup, and the most magical lighting.

Odacite oil review

Little trays of Odacité

If you get the chance to go to The Detox Market, make sure to:

  • Pick up an serum concentrate oil by Odacité (their top-selling range, which I adore) — I hear the blueberry serum is amazing for scarring,
  • Check out Rahua, which literally everyone who works in the store is obsessed with,
  • Smell the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil (the prettiest),
  • Give the W3ll People makeup line a swatch (this is the only place you’ll be able to do it in Canada), and
  • Try a cold-pressed Greenhouse juice! The Good and The Giver are sugar free — I bought a bottle of The Giver on my way out (it was too pretty not to), and it was delicious. Annika, the woman who was working at the Greenhouse table that day, said that it was one of their earthier ones, but the balance of lemon and ginger masks the green-ness of the juice so well. If this is earthy, man, the rest of the line must be like drinking healthy candy.

Greenhouse Juice review

Rodial launches cosmetics

I have a handful of products from this launch that you can bet your bones I’ll be reviewing for you soon, but just as a little preview: Rodial is launching cosmetics this March, and you guys, you need to get excited for this now

I’ve heard amazing things about the new Glamolash mascaras (a skinny wand for day wear and a chubby one for serious volume), which were wear-tested on Rodial’s London employees overnight to ensure that they wouldn’t flake, and the upcoming brush line is SO plush and dense. The brushes look and feel super luxe, and they put even the best Real Techniques synthetics to shame.

Rodial Glamolash review preview

Rodial cosmetics review preview

A few bits & bites

And, finally, the last thing that I have to share with you (and thank you for sticking with me until the end, if you have) is that M and I kind of broke up when I came home. I mean, we did. We did and now I am sad.

It’s a weird time for me right now, because so much has changed in just a few days, but I’m okay. You know how it is: you cut seven inches off of your hair, go travelling for the first time as a disabled human being, meet the people that you’ve been friends with for (literally, in one case) seven years… break up with your boyfriend of two and a half years and then cry about it.

It was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do, but hey. I visited three libraries on Friday and he’s still sending me upside-down monkey emoticons; we’re gonna be just fine.

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This stately old house surrounded by tall buildings

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Bloor & Spadina. I could have stayed here forever.

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On Google Reader’s imminent closure, & keeping up to date with theNotice

Monday, July 1, 2013

I really hate writing housekeeping posts, so let’s keep this short and sweet.

As I’m sure many of you already know, Google Reader will be permanently shutting down today. So, to keep up with theNotice (and all your other favourite blogs), make sure to move your feeds to another reader — something like Feedly (where you can do a quick, one-click Google Reader import) or Bloglovin’ (where the beauty & fashion worlds seem to gravitate toward, for some reason; the one-click import here is in your heart dropdown).

Google Reader shutting down

Join our other awesome readers, & follow theNotice on…

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See you around, gorgeous!

Marcelle B.B. Cream: a love story

Monday, May 7, 2012

So, this happened. And it was exciting!

In the interest of Rae not spontaneously exploding out of sheer awkwardness, I’m going to leave you with a few pictures (but not a lot more words). Instead: just a quick merci!! to the lovely ladies and gents at Marcelle (Isabel, I’m looking at you) for this fantastic opportunity – I am always happy to work with a great Canadian brand like Marcelle, but the BB Cream in particular has been getting some serious l o v e in the Chen household as of late.

So, thank you for the opportunity to show my support for a great product! :)

I’ve never been a fan of the “celebrity endorsement” type of advertising, but I feel it’s quite different when it’s bloggers and companies they routinely work with, rather than a stranger with a contract. It’s just– it’s a very different level of trust, you know? I’ll trust a (good) blogger’s word for something because I know that they really have tried and loved the product, vs. the word of a stranger that just happens to be famous.

Anyhow. It happened! There was lots of flailing involved! And you should try the BB Cream, because I can’t use it (‘cones) but I really like it. :D

(My mum, who has never in her life owned a foundation, makes me prep her skin for a night out with the BB. Wears really well, works great with her combination oily-dry skin, and fills in large pores like a dream! So, yeah, I’d say it’s a hit.)

More Marcelle B.B. Cream coverage…

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A bit of shimmer and shine in the sidebar | Required reading: randomized linked images

Friday, May 4, 2012

Today’s free time went into the structure of theNotice, rather than a post itself – so, those of you reading through a feed won’t see anything different, but those of you on the blog itself should be able to see it.

It’s just a small change, but one that I’ve been meaning to do since sometime early last year. As I’m sure you know by now (because I complain about it all the time), I’m horribly indecisive – so, rather than a static “popular posts” list, the sidebar now features three randomized images under the heading of “required reading.”

The images lead to all of the makeup looks, lip features, and bb cream posts on theNotice — with regards to the latter, we get a really startling number of hits off the keywords “Marcelle BB Cream.” (It’s kind of awesome.) I was planning on doing a fourth, for our beauty blogging series, but then I got bored. (It’s coming, honestly. Sometime.)

Hope you like the small site tweak, and let me know how its working with your OS+browser combination in the comments!

Don’t forget to update your subscriptions! | A notice about theNotice (ha, ha)

Monday, February 27, 2012

Just a reminder for all of you who follow theNotice on Google Friend Connect: Google will be discontinuing this service at the end of the month, so please take a moment to update your subscription if you’d like to stay updated & entered in giveaways, etc! (And I have a few choice words I could say about this move, but, well.)

Feel free to follow us through RSS, email, Bloglovin’, and/or Twitter to get your daily beauty fix ;) Hope to see you around!

theNotice turns four (and has four gifts to give away!)

Monday, September 26, 2011

I’m bad with celebrations.

No, seriously, I’m actually just extremely bad at them. Holidays and get-togethers, I can do, but I try to get out of celebrating my birthday every year, and god, things like blogging anniversaries? I don’t even know where to start.

(Mainly, I think I’ll just stand around and flail.)

Instead of telling you all how thankful I am that I’ve been able to stick around for four years and do something that I thoroughly enjoy, I’m just going to announce a giveaway.

And another giveaway.

And another giveaway.

And… another giveaway?

Yes, really. Because, well, what better way to celebrate your fourth blogiversary than to do four colour-coded giveaways? :D

The rules

Each giveaway will run for one week, and I’ll email the winner once the giveaway closes. We’ll be running them through Rafflecopter, and you’ll have 48 hours to get back to me before the prize gets passed along to the next person. The four giveaways will be open to everyone, regardless of age, habitation, or favourite brand. (However, if you’re under the age of majority in your country/state/province, you’ll need parental consent!)

Also, the giveaways will be run in terms of colour.

It’s going to be epic.




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