NARS Matte Multiples, Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes, Bobbi, and bees | New 20/02/14

Thursday, February 20, 2014

I’ve been doing New This Week features for a good few years, now, and I honestly think that this is the very first time I’ve posted one and not had to include any MAC.

MAC, guys, you really dropped the ball this week. We thank you for it.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes

The two biggest launches of the past few months are, arguably, the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes ($41 CAD/$35 USD) and NARS Matte Multiples ($46 CAD/$39 USD). I wasn’t super excited for either–cheeks aren’t really doing it for me right now–but, if it was a different month, I could totally see myself going head over heels for both.

They’re opposites in almost every way possible: the Ambient blushes are glowing, pressed products; the NARS Matte Multiples are matte creme sticks. The Ambient blushes are packaged in shiny gold; the Multiples, rubbery black. The Ambient blushes are made for dry use only; the new NARS Multiples sheer out if applied wet. 

The Ambient blushes got a boring new logo; the NARS blushes did not. :<

NARS Matte Multiples

On the collections front, we have two from Bobbi Brown, actually: Nectar & Nude and Uber Pinks. My picks from the two would be the Nectar & Nude Pot Rouges ($26 USD), I think, and the Uber Pinks Illuminating Bronzing (really??) Powders ($38 USD)– I love their BE BOLD and BE PRETTY imprints.

If your makeup’s going to give you commands, they’d better be awesome, caps-locked, confidence-inspiring ones.

Bobbi Brown Uber Pink collection

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The first signs of spring | New 27/01/14 from NARS, YSL, Laura Mercier, and more

Monday, January 27, 2014

Wrapped in gold: YSL Spring & the launch of Tory Burch

The new YSL Gloss Volupté lipglosses are rumoured to be underwhelming — but is that going to stop any of you, dear readers?

New from NARS

Everything before (and including) the pink Adelaide Illuminator is from the NARS Final Cut collection–exclusive to Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, I believe–and I’m super excited about it.

Everything after the NARSissist Cheek Palette is the NARS Spring 2014 colour collection, which didn’t really grab me — was I the only one? I liked the look of the gold/violet Kauai Eyeshadow Duo, but it just felt really uncoordinated. Let me know your thoughts in the comments, because I’d love to hear them!

P.S. The NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette wasn’t available through this widget, but can be found here.

Spring hues with Laura Mercier and bareMinerals

Rose golds and soft hues. I never really threw myself on the rose gold train with everyone else (though pretty, they’re not the best hue for my skintone), but I’m really excited about the soft, almost desaturated shades we’re seeing for spring. I feel like we’re seeing a mix of soft pinks and peaches juxtaposed against cool-toned fluorescents, which is something I can totally get behind.

I love me a pastel, but give me bridal-appropriate neutrals and tiny pops of intensity any day.

Everything else

MiraCurl/Curl Secret knockoffs, beautiful hues from Lancôme (that Rouge in Love!), and a new finish from those wonderful Sephora singles. Oh! And a skin oils kit from Sephora, plus the relaunch of Calyx under the Clinique name.

The new Guerlain Meteorites are silicone-free, by the way. Just in case you weren’t tempted enough.

Beauty sales, new Meteorites, and the last “New This Week” post of the year | New 29/12/13

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Just an “easy” post for today — a few recent launches that I think are worth noting + a two sale PSAs.

Sorry for the impromptu little break I took last week; I ended up having to scrap the last few of our pre-Christmas features in favour of staying in bed and bemoaning my lack of an immune system. I hope to get back into the swing of things soon, though admittedly at a slower pace than the rest of December has been going at, so keep an eye on theNotice for more reviews & beauty news in the new year.

Get up to 50% off beauty at Nordstom & Sephora

There’s nothing like the post-holiday season for buying beauty, apparently! Get 15-50% off select beauty items + free US shipping on all orders at Nordstrom for a limited time. { shop the sale } clickable picks below!


From now until January, get an extra 20% off all sale items at Sephora with code EXTRA20, both in Canada & the US. { shop the sale } clickable picks below!

One last thing — due to the overwhelming response to this post, I will be reviewing the Je Joue MiMi Soft as soon as I can find the time! I’m so excited to get into something that’s so important to me (embracing female sexuality) in a space that I hold just as close to my heart. Thank you so much for your clicks, feedback, and re-tweets — support from all of you makes theNotice possible, and I couldn’t be more grateful.

Hope you’re having a wonderful holiday season!

Say it with beauty.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

All products click through to their product page at Sephora.

BareMinerals Mineral Veil Completely Sheer

Bite Beauty The Lip Kit

Bite Beauty Collector's Edition Lip Layers Set

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Dior Golden Winter, Armani Holiday 2013, and a bit of diptyque & Voluspa | The Gift Guide

Monday, November 18, 2013

Our New This Week (& etc) posts always operate on the same concepts–new products and collections featured in scrollable widgets,–but I thought I’d try something a little different today.

Rather than everything that’s come out recently, here are just a few of my holiday picks, in (clickable!) images with text (actual words!) beneath.

Dior Golden Winter Holiday Look 2013


Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Golden Snow ($60.00) – One of two Golden Winter eye quints, Golden Snow seemed like a good inclusion for this post. It’s a soft, pretty palette that’s both lovely to look at and (presumably) easy enough to work with, making it ideal gift-giving material (especially for lighter, cooler skintones).

Dior Addict Gloss in Enchanted Rose ($29.50) – Again, one of two shades in the Golden Winter collection, and again: pretty easy to wear. I’d actually panic if someone gave this to me, because my intense fear of shimmery lip products would take over, but — well, I hear shimmer is a thing people actually like. (I guess that’s why it’s found in 80% of the lip colour market, and beginning to infiltrate even the skincare ranks.)

Dior Diorific 3D Jewel Manicure Duo ($39.00) – These are weird, admittedly, and packaged in those strange little bottles that no one actually seems to like. The concept, however, is pretty novel for a mainstream brand: the shimmering gold is made to be a base colour, and the silvery shimmers (clear crystal micro pearls) are meant to be applied on top. Think Ciaté, but more chic.

Armani Holiday 2013: #400 reds


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