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!

A guide to Black Friday/Cyber Monday in the beauty world

Friday, November 29, 2013

(To disclaim: some, but not all, of these sites are affiliate links. I’ve chosen the deals I think you’ll find the most useful, not the ones that’ll generate the most revenue. If you don’t want to click, by all means, feel free not to!)

BECCA Cosmetics Ultimate Colour Gloss Berry Twist

Becca Cosmetics: 20% off + free shipping over $50, runs until 12/2 at midnight PST. Use code FAMILY13. (I’m lemming their Ultimate Color Gloss in Berry Twist, seen above. Plus, a quick PSA: their liquid Shimmering Skin Perfector smells alarmingly like MAC wipes, if you’re a fan of those.)

(What? Some people are! I think it’s weird, but hey, I regularly pull out my Clarins Face and Blush Powders just to sniff. I definitely don’t get to judge.)

Biotherm Canada: 25% off + free shipping on everything. Use code BLACKFRIDAY.

The Body Shop Canada: 3 for $30 sitewide, 11/26 to 11/30. But, more importantly: 50% off sitewide 12/01 to 12/03!

Butter London: 20% off regular price & 50% off “last orders” items, runs 11/29 through 12/2. Use code CYBER13.

Clinique Makeup Minis

Clinique: free shipping on all orders + 4 free makeup minis with orders $25+, 11/29 to 11/30. Use code PRETTY. Pick 5 free minis with orders 35+ from 12/1 through 12/5. (I recommend Chubby everything, obviously.)

Diptyque: free Feu de Bois and Oranger 35g candle duo + free US shipping, now until 12/02. Use code HOLIDAY2013. (Never have I ever wished I lived in the US more.)

Indigo/Chapters: 40% off a lot of really great candles. Plus a bunch of other things, like, you know, books, but their candles are where it’s at. (I recommend Illume Woodfire for the bedroom, particularly in its demi boxed size, and Voluspa Lichen & Vetiver for the office or living room.)

Kate Somerville: 50% off, 11/29 through 12/01 – unconfirmed info from the brand; it doesn’t appear to be live as I write this. Otherwise, it’s 30% off 11/25 through 12/2. Use code HOLIDAY2013. (If you’ve been meaning to try the cult-favourite ExfoliKate, now’s the perfect time!)

Lancôme Canada: 15% off + free shipping, 11/28 to 11/29. Use code BLACKFRIDAY. I would recommend their eyeshadows, Bi-Facial (if you’re not sensitive to ‘cones), and Artliners (both new and old), and this holiday’s illuminator, if you have a particularly strong affinity for pink and shimmer.

MIYU Holiday 2013

MIYU Beauty: 25% off, 11/29 through 12/2. Use code BFCMMIYU5. (These Canadian beauty teas and beauty essences (serums in the form of facial sprays) are pretty brilliant — and pretty gorgeous).

Sephora: $10 USD/$12 CAD deals, 11/29.

Plus, the freebies: 12 free samples + free makeup bag on orders over $25 USD/$35 CAD, use code FIXIT (BI only). US orders over $25, 11/30 to 12/9: free makeup bag + 5 mystery samples with code SUSPENSE, free with SHIPNOWCanada orders over $35: free Fresh Sugar Lemon mini with SUGARLEMON, 8 free samples + free makeup bag with BLITZ, free Fresh Rose Face Mask deluxe sample with ROSEMASK, free BareMinerals trio including the foundation shade of your choice with BAREGIRL (original formula) or MATTEGIRL (matte).

Tarte Cosmetics: 25% off all orders + free shipping over $40, 11/28 through 12/1. Use code TURKEY. (This code is my favourite).   

Nordstrom: 33% off+ on all Black Friday deals, plus special beauty value sets + over 80 beauty GWPs, 11/29 only. Thanksgiving deals at 25% off+ through to 12/1. Free US shipping & returns on all orders.

PS: don’t forget about Ebates! (US/Canada)

Sephora 20% off VIB/Rouge: Information & Recommendations | 2013’s Giftopia “Friends & Family” Sale

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sephora VIB sale 2013

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you probably know by now that Sephora is running it’s annual autumn/winter Friends & Family sale, starting today — with a bit of a twist (a bad one).

The details: This year, VIBs/VIB Rouges will be the only ones getting 20% off their orders, without brand exclusions. Using the code VIBTOPIA at both and, they (and one friend, with a single-use code) will get the discount at checkout from November 7th, 2013 through November 11th, 2013 — just five days, so act fast!

Click here to shop.

If you’re not a VIB/VIB Rouge (it’s okay, neither am I) but still want to haul, I’d recommend using the code BLITZ: it’s valid on all orders over $25 USD/$35 CAD, and lets you choose from four free sets of deluxe samples to add to your order.

Not sure what to buy? Here are some of my picks… (all images click through!)


To start: products to get the glowiest skin on the block. From the Bobbi Brown Brightening Finishing Powder ($50 USD/$58 CAD) I’ve been lusting over all year and will likely never, ever be able to use due to its silicone content, to the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette ($58 USD/$67 CAD) that I also can’t use because of its silicone content, these are a handful of surefire products to help you get what I like to call “runway skin.”

(Man, that was a long sentence.)

Fresh, dewy, and completely separate from your foundation routine–because we all have entirely different ones,–hopefully at least one of these products will float your boat. If not all of them, because gah.

Keep reading! »

Marc Jacobs Beauty, Clinique All About Eyes, & Armani Kaleidoscope | New 11/08/13

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Just a few (great) miscellaneous products and collections that have launched over the past few weeks! Have fun with the widget, and I hope you all have a beautiful Sunday.

Marc Jacobs Beauty

As mentioned in last month’s Marc Jacobs Beauty preview, the new beauty line launched last Friday (August 9th). It’s been met with mixed reviews so far–the liquid liner is supposed to be amazing; the eye palettes, only mediocre–but I’m curious to see how it’ll do in the coming months.

Shop the collection here or in the widget above.

Clinique All About Eyes

Alongside all-new eyeshadows (and aren’t they gorgeous?), Clinique has launched a concealer and an all-new eyeshadow base — and I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty curious. As someone who struggles greatly with eyeshadow fallout and creasing, a new base from any brand (much less one of my favourites) is something to get excited about.

Here’s to hoping!

Plus, a few great freebies at Sephora

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector deal, Josie Maran, Laura Mercier

For Beauty Insiders only, of course. Use codes OPAL, ARGANLIGHT, or LMSMOOTH with any purchase over $35 CAD at the online store for a free deluxe sample of the newly-launched Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal ($50 CAD), Josie Maran Argan Oil Light ($58 CAD), or Laura Mercier Smooth Finish Foundation Powder ($52 CAD).

Shop here, and see the rest of the Beauty Insider GWP-type deals here! I know I don’t usually post this type of deal, but — well, these ones seemed particularly awesome (by which I mean I kind of want to try them, too.) I thought I’d give you a heads up, just in case!

One day only: Buy 2 Mascara Get 1 Free at Nordstrom

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Nordstrom 2-1 mascaras

With free US shipping and a buy-two-get-one sale, today (5/25) is the perfect day to stock up on your favourite Nordstrom mascaras! Here’s a few that come highly recommended…

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