DECIEM Toronto HQ Tour | Beauty behind the scenes

Monday, July 27, 2015

DECIEM review

The energy at DECIEM is really infectious, and it (along with the rest of my Toronto experiences) really has me re-thinking the way that I approach beauty blogging. Like a lot of other bloggers, I’ve been struggling to find my–for lack of a better word–muse over the past few years, and I think it’s been hurting the quality of the content here at theNotice.

Entering the Deciem front doors feels kind of like getting punched in the face by Regina George. (I hear she does car commercials… IN JAPAN.) You step in and you’re immediately hit a wall of great smells and good vibes — it’s a really collaborative, creative space full of people who love what they do.

DECIEM ten brands

DECIEM HQ

Hair is Fabric DECIEM

The table in the lobby area is topped with artfully squished Hair is Fabric tubes, matte black candles burn along one wall, and everything is open-concept — I don’t think I saw a single solid wall in the entire building. The guy who makes videos for all of the Deciem brands sits just down from the girl who packs and ships everything; the chemists who formulate products in the lab are (literally) within spitballing distance from the factory area, where you’ll find workers bickering and tinkering.

BEAUTY FOR EVERYONE [HERE] – Deciem products are tested on people, not animals, and can be purchased online at deciem.com, where full ingredients lists are available for every product! Express shipping is FREE within Canada (or worldwide, depending on the product) and you have a year to return anything that doesn’t work for you, but you can find in-store locations here if you must.

DECIEM Mira and Eric

The lovely Eric & Mira (who spearhead Deciem’s social media and PR, respectively)

DECIEM Toronto lab

I think everyone dreams of having an in-house lab, no?

DECIEM factory tour

Production, packaging, and storage happens just around the corner!

Hylamide Eye Serum DECIEM review

Lookit all the tiny little SubQ Eye Serums waiting to be packaged!

It’s clear that the people here love what they do, which I’m crazy about — they have a lot of freedom to experiment and try out different things (there was literally a tiny explosion in the lab while I was there; apparently someone was playing with a morsel of magnesium that should not have gone poof but totally went poof anyways), and it’s reflected strongly in the products they create. Their goal was to make 10 products to change the face of beauty, and barely two years in, they’re currently working on their 11th brand.

What I really want to do is take a little bit of that energy with me. I want to work with other bloggers who love what they do; I want to get excited again about taking pictures and tweaking them juuuust until I feel that little rush of ooh, that actually looks really good.

Hand Chemistry review

The brand’s [first] big hit

DECIEM--13

Hand Chemistry on Mira’s model-hands

Inhibitif DECIEM

Yes. They are absolutely making the joke you think they are.

I want to have new sensory experiences — for me, that involves a lot of smelling fragrances that are really well-composed and complex (thank you, Frederic Malle), but it’s also things like eating an entirely new-to-you food (this year: foie gras) or taking in that first breath of clean, crisp air after a rainstorm. It’s about what will expand the way you process information, but I think fresh experiences play a big role in that. (Why else would so many people feel the constant pull of wanderlust! Nothing expands like your metacognitive abilities like culture shock. Or psychedelics.)

But back on topic.

DECIEM assortment

What am I crazy about from DECIEM?

Well, I’m going to be posting reviews as I finish testing products (of course), but if you need a teaser, I’m really excited about:

  • Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist ($20 CAD) – This is my favourite Deciem product right now, hands down. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve told four different people about it in person, and three of them immediately went, “oh my god, where can I get that.” (The third doesn’t even own a cleanser, so really, a mist was never going to happen.) It sprays a fine, dense mist, is powered by air (not CFCs), and penetrates really far into your dermal layers — even in areas that are callused or chronically dehydrated.

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist DECIEM review

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate review DECIEM

  • NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% ($60 CAD) – Because how cool is having to mix a fresh product that’s 100x more potent than what you usually get in consumer serums?
  • NOID Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% ($30 CAD) (and Hylamide Photography Foundation ($20 CAD), which provides a little more coverage) – This stuff is SO good. It’s a foundation that isn’t a foundation; think Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders to the nth degree. Photography Fluid goes green and then disappears into the skin, leaving you with less redness and with a really gorgeous, photo-ready glow. (It’s apparently particularly great under natural sunlight!)

NIOD Photography Fluid review DECIEM

NIOD Photography Fluid swatch review

Photography Fluid (magic in action)

Fountain The Green Molecule review DECIEM

  • Fountain 03 The Super Green Molecule ($28 CAD) – Contains kelp, alfalfa chlorophyll, and hyaluronic acid. 1 teaspoon is equal to 6 bowls of dark, organic leafy greens. See all of the molecules here.

DECIEM A Tannery in Tuscany

Something lovely is inside.

Silicone-free L’Occitane hand cream review | Currently obsessed with…

Friday, June 26, 2015

L'Occitane hand cream favourites

L’Occitane hand creams are a pretty big Thing (capitalization totally necessary) both in and outside of the beauty blogging world, but because so many of them contain silicones, they’ve never been a thing that I’ve really gotten into.

Until now.

» Availability: $12 USD/$12 CAD for 30ml (which usually equals 1 oz) at Hudson’s Bay, Sephora, and L’Occitane.

L'Occitane Pivoine Flora hand cream review silicone-free

L’Occitane Pivoine Flora Hand Cream review

Over the past few months, I have been absolutely in love with my silicone-free L’Occitane hand creams. (They come in quite a few different formulas, so while most of them–including the original shea butter formula and the recent Collection de Grasse additions–do contain silicones, there are a few that don’t.)

I’ve been using them at my desk, throwing them in my handbag, taking them to school… I very, very rarely leave the house anymore without a little tube of L’Occitane with me.

L'Occitane 20 shea hand cream review - rose petals

L’Occitane 20% Shea butter Hand Cream review (Rose Petals)

The three that I’ve particularly fixated on are photographed here. First, there’s the Pivoine Flora Hand Cream ($12 USD/$12 CAD), which is a light, liquidy lotion with a strong but sophisticated peony fragrance. (It smells a little sharp in the tube, but the top notes fade quickly.)

Next, there’s the L’Occitane Rose Petals Hand Cream from a charity collection a few years back; it’s more of a true creme formula, like the other 20% shea butter hand creams. It’s more hydrating than the Pivoine Flora, and I love the very feminine rose scent.

L'Occitane 25 shea whipped hand cream review

L’Occitane 25% Shea Butter Whipped Hand Cream review

Finally, there’s my favourite of the bunch: the 25% Shea Butter Whipped Hand Cream ($12 USD/$12 CAD). This one smells like the rest of L’Occitane’s shea line (comforting, like one of my favourite moisturizers!) and it absorbs really well, leaving my dry hands feeling smooth and hydrated for hours.

More importantly, though… the Shea Whipped Hand Cream comes out of the tube like FROSTING. Which, if you ask me, totally makes up for the fact that (because it’s whipped) it contains only 59% as much product as a regular tube of L’Occitane, making this hand cream a particular treat to use.

Because frosting.

Charlotte Tilbury The Ingénue makeup look & review | #CBBLovesTilbury

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Charlotte Tilbury Coachella, Love Glow review makeup look

Every makeup line asks a question. 

For some, it’s how can we help you look your best? For others, it’s who are you inside? And for more still, it’s how can we pack as much pigment as humanly possible into this eyeshadow?

The Charlotte Tilbury line asks something different. Not who are you, or even who do you want to be, but:

Who do you want to be today?

Charlotte Tilbury haul review

There’s nothing quite as pretty as a present from Charlotte Tilbury…

Charlotte The Ingénue makeup look review photos

L-R: Charlotte Tilbury Chic to Chic in Love Glow, Coachella Coral lipstick, Full Fat Lashes, Portobello Girl lip lacquer, Champagne Dreams eye pencil, Pink Venus lip cheat, Audrey eyeliner

This week, I and nine other Canadian Beauty Bloggers are helping bring Charlotte Tilbury into Canada with a splash. The line launches in Toronto as of June 22nd at Holt’s on Bloor (there’s a meet & greet with Charlotte herself this Wednesday at 6-8!), on July 6th at Holt’s Vancouver, and online with free Canadian shipping for all of June.

So, today, I’m sharing The Ingénue with you. It’s a look that’s meant to be pretty, fresh, and effortlessly gorgeous; the “cool” girl; the fresh-faced, wide-eyed stock character and the low-maintenance It girl who plays her… you know, the girl we all wish we were but that nobody–aside from Blake Lively and Kate Bosworth, probably–actually is.

Charlotte Tilbury makeup look review photos swatches

Charlotte Tilbury makeup look

Charlotte Tilbury The Ingenue

The Ingénue

The Ingenue focuses on that electric coral lip, so I started with the skin and eyes to keep the suspense going.

I started off with just a bit of homemade tinted moisturizer — the tiniest amount of Kevyn Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer ($48 USD), which I am completely obsessed with, plus a bit of Bioderma Sensibio Tolerance+ and Odacité Ca+C serum. Then, I filled my brows in just a touch with some Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Brow Colour ($21 USD) and prepped my lids.

Charlotte Tilbury Champagne Diamonds swatch review The Audrey

The eyes for this look are just the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon in Champagne Diamonds ($27 USD), which is a total glitterbomb, paired with the Audrey Classic Eye Powder Pencil ($22 USD), which is gorgeously velvety and blendable — it’s just a brown liner, but I think it wowed me more than anything else here!

Then, a quick coat of Full Fat Lashes Mascara in Glossy Black ($29 USD), the line’s #2 bestseller — it’s right up there with the Filmstar Bronze & Glow and Charlotte’s Magic Cream.

Charlotte Tilbury The Ingenue makeup look review

The cheeks are Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blusher in Love Glow ($40 USD), which I really liked — the whole “swish and pop” thing really appeals to me, because it’s such a subtle way to add definition to the cheeks. (You “swish” the outer ring up the cheekbone, then “pop” the inner shade on the apples of the cheeks.)

Then, for the lips, I went a little crazy and layered all three of the included lip products on at once: first, Charlotte’s Lip Cheat Lip Liner in Pink Venus ($22 USD) (I’m not a huge fan of those velvety-waterproof lip liner formulas, and this one was no exception), then, a quick coat of the super-pretty K.I.S.S.I.N.G. Lipstick in Coachella Coral ($32 USD), and finally, a touch of Charlotte’s Lip Lustre in Portobello Girl ($22 USD).

Charlotte Tilbury swatch Coachella Coral, Portobello girl

Charlotte Tilbury The Ingénue lip

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Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo review, photos – Gentle Radiance Cleanser (Airy Touch)

Monday, April 20, 2015

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo Conditioner review

The product: shu uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo Gentle Radiance Cleanser Airy Touch

By now, I’m sure you’re all familiar with the giant, iconic Shu Uemura Cleansing Oils (oh, sorry, skin purifier cleansing oils), but did you know that Shu’s The Art of Hair line has a few cleansing oils in its lineup, too?

Yup. All of you cleansing oil fans can now oil cleanse your hair, too — and it is just as hysterically awesome as you’d expect.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo review photos

The science: The Airy Touch Cleansing Oil Shampoo and Conditioners are formulated around the idea of onsen, the classic Japanese hot mineral-spring-water bath. To achieve this, both of the products are enriched with volcanic ferments sourced 2000 metres below sea level, and are formulated to leave the hair squeaky-clean and with an “airy touch” of volume. 

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo Gentle Radiance Cleanser review

The formula: My favourite part about this Cleansing Oil Shampoo is that there is, in fact, something distinctly oily about it. It functions just like a normal shampoo (gentle, no oily residue, and a good amount of lather), but the formula is really silky. There’s no other way to put it — it just feels like a really luxe, thick, smooth, silky shampoo, and its texture is entirely unique.

Functionally, I think this one performs like a normal shampoo (maybe a touch more stripping than I was expecting), and just like with the face cleansing oils, you get a lot of bang for your buck. (I can easily shampoo my entire scalp with just one small pump from this giant bottle!)

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo 400 ml size review

The scent: One of the weird things that I’ve always liked about shu uemura is that their skincare and haircare products, for some reason, often have an actual, dedicated fragrance associated with them.

This one is scented with yuzu calm, which lists citrusy top notes, watery middle notes, and base notes of cedar, sage, and musk. Honestly, I don’t really think that it smells like yuzu, but I do like it! It smells like fancy shampoo; that’s the best I can do.

Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo Airy Touch, conditioner review

The verdict?

I could’t try the yellow Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Conditioner due to its silicone content, but I’ve been using the Cleansing Oil Shampoo on and off for about a month, and I quite like it. 

For my dry skin and scalp, it’s a little too stripping to use every day, but it gives a good amount of volume — and its silky formula is quite a unique experience. If you’re really into textures (which you really should be; textures are great), then you definitely need to give this one a try!

Availability: $56 CAD/$57 USD for 400 ml at Shu Uemura – The Art of Hair (or $19 USD for a 75 ml travel size).

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MYH TOTL ME Eyeliner & Mascara: A 2-in-1 that’s literally two. In one.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Mascara:liner 2 in 1 review swatches

The product: MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Revolutionary 2 in 1 Eyeliner & Mascara in Black Forest

Okay. So, before I begin this post, I just want to take a moment to look at how hilariously fantastic TŌTL M.E. (total mascara/eyeliner) is as a product name. Because that? That is impressive, dude. That’s impressive and the word-nerd in me likes it a lot.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME mascara review

MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara (liner brush twisted up)

How it works: You know that old wives’ tale about how liquid liners and mascaras are totally interchangeable? (Full disclosure: not actually a wives’ tale, but definitely something that people say.) Well, MYH has taken this idea to the next level.

Their TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara is a mascara with a cream formula (I can’t actually think of the last time I tried a mascara that was quite this thick) and a spoolie that hides a little liner brush inside of itself. You just twist the back end of the wand, wipe the excess product off of the brush that comes out, and line away.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME mascara swatches review

No product vs. with the MYH TŌTL M.E. worn as liner + mascara

MYH mascara eyeliner 2 in 1 review

MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara (liner brush twisted down)

But keep this in mind! I find the liner half of the TŌTL M.E. to be pretty hard to use, and (because the mascara spoolie and liner brush are one in the same) the mascara bristles get product all over my lashes while I’m lining my eyes.

So, if you do give this one a try, the trick is to put on your liner first — that way, your lashes will comb themselves through when you use the mascara part of the wand.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME liner swatches review

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME eyeliner review

My favourite thing about this mascara/liner: is definitely that packaging. I was expecting something really gimmicky, but this mascara tube is actually pretty darn cute.

Plus, the product itself reminds me a lot of Annabelle’s Expandable mascara, which is one of my favourites. Same twisty end, both with plastic bristles, similar thick/cream formula in each. The wear on the TŌTL M.E. is really good, too, much like the Annabelle mascara; I wear-tested it for nine hours & two naps (what? Don’t judge me.) and it didn’t budge at all.

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