Lise Watier Something Sweet Review, Photos | A little something… sweet

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gourmand perfume - Lise Watier Something Sweet

The product: Lise Watier Something Sweet Eau de Toilette

Like the name suggests, Lise Watier’s latest fragrance offering is a bright, lively gourmand with plenty of sugary notes to satisfy any sweet tooth. As someone who prefers (by a long shot) dry, masculine scents, the company’s description of this one had me on the edge of my seat in terror — but, unlike last week’s bright pink confection, I’m not quite running away in fear.

Lise Watier Something Sweet fragrance spray

Something Sweet is, to me, the angel food cake of this season’s perfume launches. With top notes of champagne bubbles & rainbow sorbet (no, I’m not pulling your leg), middle notes of melon fizz & red fruit, and base notes of juicy raspberry and chocolate mousse, it sounds like something that could give you a cavity in two seconds flat… and it is.

Beneath that too-sweet exterior, though, lies a surprisingly palette-cleansing heart. It presents in a surprisingly layered manner – almost as if you’ve just rinsed off a tropical body wash, and followed up right afterwards with a spritz of metaphorical cotton candy.

Lise Watier Something Sweet EdT packaging

The Lise Watier camp refers to the bright heart of this fragrance as “zest,” and it really is — instead of a single-note, nauseatingly overdone saccharine disaster, Something Sweet is the perfect perfume for someone who loves gourmands but doesn’t want to smell like a late-90′s Disney teenybopper. It’s still super-sweet, but it has a little something else going on, too;  something bright and playful and vibrant.

Lise Watier Something Sweet detail

The verdict?

While I could never see myself wearing Something Sweet, I think Lise Watier has brought something worthwhile to the already-overflowing table of gourmands on the market today. I wish the fresh notes of this Eau de Toilette stuck around a little longer, but this lively, fresh gourmand might be just what you’re looking for if you love gourmands (but you’re tired of smelling the same thing over and over again).

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Polished & Pink: Five Summer-Ready Spring Picks | On Our Radar

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Set to conquer in three… two… nope

I have zero inherent talent for anything design-related (or even design-adjacent, really), so product spreads are always a little tricky for me. If, by “a little tricky,” you mean “a time suck and a constant source of frustration,” that is.

Despite the sweat and tears and hours and hours and hours that go into these posts, though, I still quite enjoy putting them together — the challenge, when I can come out on top, is incredibly rewarding.

I hope you enjoy this week’s picks (even though I didn’t quite manage to conquer the image).

Skincare sweethearts

This week’s picks started off with the Sweet Leaf Bath Adzuki Bean & Rice Bran Face Polish, which caught my eye as a low-end Canadian alternative to the Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder ($65 USD). While Sweet Leaf’s version doesn’t have the same wow! factor or enzymatic powers, it’s still a very cool powder-format face polish for those of us on a tighter budget.

Also in the skincare department is the eos 24-Hour Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, which is a great silicone-free, scent-free shaving cream for those of us who want to keep our showers simple.

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Vibrant blue eyeliner & bright white highlights | Just Cavalli/Lise Watier SS13

Monday, April 1, 2013

!Into the blue

At long last: an actual post!

I’m not usually the biggest fan of blue, but the new Lise Watier Dramatique Intense Extra Smooth Liner in Bleu ($20 CAD) is definitely swaying me in its favour.

!Just Cavalli SS13 makeup

Paired with the Lise Watier Ombre Soufflé Suprême in Magie Blanche and Dramatique Intense 3D Volume Mascara in Noir (both also new for the spring), this look is based off of Benjamin Puckey’s SS13 Just Cavalli show, where MAC Marine Ultra Chromaline Eyeliner was applied in contrast to a pearly white pigment.

The effect (at least, on the models) was gorgeous: bright-eyed, intense, and flattering on literally any eye shape.

Read the full tutorial here on She Said Beauty.

!Just Cavalli SS13 backstage MAC

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I’m still not that crazy about Emerald, so the abundance of blue we’ve been seeing? Pretty great, if you ask me. Lise’s Bleu in particular really caught my eye, and I can honestly say that it is by far the most stunning eyeliner I own. In person, the colour is complex, vivid, and saturated in a way that my other liners just aren’t — it’s definitely not another boring blue.

This look used two other products I’m pretty pleased with, as well: the L’Occitane Immortelle Brightening Mist (whose super-fine mist makes it my current go-to for dewy skin), and the gorgeously-fragranced Clarins Palette Eclat (which I’ve featured in a couple other posts, but still haven’t reviewed — sorry!)

I don’t know. It’s soft, basic, easy; I’m kinda fond.

!Lise Watier Dramatique Bleu liner : Just Cavalli makeup

!Lise Watier SS13 vivid marine eyeliner

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Get photo-ready in a flash with this Advent-inspired beauty box | Lise Watier Beauty in a Flash Kit

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The product: Lise Watier Beauty in a Flash Kit

As those of you on a silicone-free skincare regimen (aka the ‘cone-free diet, as I like to refer to it in my head) will already know, finding a beauty kit that’s entirely silicone-free is a hard feat — a kit that’s largely skincare-based, even moreso.

These sets are few & far between, with the exception of a few natural beauty lines, but Lise Watier has put out a very cool Advent-calendar-inspired exception to the rule this Holiday season.

In the kit ($42 CAD), you’ll find… 

Seven Flash Lift Radiance Vials

On the periphery of the kit are seven re-closable plastic Flash Lift Radiance vials, regularly $27.00 for 7. They’re described as an all-ages “magic potion,” designed to lift, firm, smooth the appearance of wrinkles, erase signs of fatigue, and give instant radiance to all complexions.

I’m sure I don’t have to remind you that instant fixes never produce the same results as long-term skincare (or, I guess, an actual facelift,) but who couldn’t use a bit of a pick-me-up at this time of year? Between December deadlines, holiday shopping, and a constant lack of quality sunlight (at least in Alberta), I think we’re all a little more lackluster than we’d like.

Aqua, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Silk, Rutin, Green Bean Seed Extract, Palmitoyl Oligopeptide, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Polysorbate 20, PPG-26-Buteth-26, Xanthan Gum, Potassium Sorbate, Benzyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum, Mica, Titanium Dioxide.

Three pairs of Bio Lift Eye Patches 

To go along with the Flash Lift vials, our fairy godmothers at Lise Watier have slipped in three pairs of their Bio Lift Eye Patch (regularly $34 for 6 pairs). These ones are a little less instantaneous, needing 15 to 20 minutes overtop moisturized skin for full efficacy, but promise similar results: smoothing, softer lines, and an overall less-tired eye area.

Aqua, Glycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Polyacrylate, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Witch Hazel Extract, Soy Protein, Allantoin, Tocopherol, Polysorbate 80, Tartaric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben.

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Lise Watier Light Up Cap Nail Lacquer in Dragon Fruit: review, photos, swatches

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The product: Lise Watier Nail Lacquer in Dragon Fruit

I’ve been a bit remiss in posting about the Lise Watier Summer Sunset collection, and (with summer ending,) I thought I ought to finish my reviews as quickly as possible. I didn’t see the collection the last time I was in a Shopper’s, but this polish is still available on the LW site, so you should be able to get your hands on it with relative ease.

The shade: Dragon Fruit is an intense, blue-based bright pink – not for the faint of heart. With a gorgeous cream-finish formula and a medium (rather than light) hue, it’s more of a statement colour than a delicate, girly shade. I’ve never been much for pinks, but for a bright, punchy nail, this one’s not half bad: it certainly has teeth!

Lise Watier Dragon Fruit Nail Varnish swatch – indirect sunlight

Lise Watier Dragon Fruit Nail Varnish swatch – direct sunlight

The formula: I was a bit wary of a shade this intense (and in a cream finish, no less), but the Lise Watier Nail Lacquer formula? Doesn’t disappoint.

Opaque in two coats, I found this formula to be ridiculously easy to apply — just the right consistency, it settles into a smooth finish without any coaxing and dries relatively quickly. I do tend to like a thinner formula, where you don’t have to worry about gloopiness (totally a word) or streaks or waiting between coats (aside from doing your four other fingers or nine, as it were, because… two hands), and this one was just right. 

No streaks, no clumps, no need for more than two coats; even for a mid-range price point ($12.50), this one gets a gold star in my books.

The packaging: Okay, so my one peeve with this product? Light-up caps, ugh. I’m really not a fan of the whole let’s put LEDs on everything! trend, but for the formula, I’ll give it a pass. The light-up lid is perfect if you’re bothered by your polishing hand casting shadows on your being-polished hand, and at just 50 cents more than the non-lit Lise Watier polishes, it’s really not a huge problem for me.

(Plus, despite that I’m anti-LED, lights in nail varnish caps actually makes sense. Unlike some other products.)

The verdict?

I’m not sure about tip wear and chipping over time, but from what I’ve seen of Dragon Fruit so far, I’m impressed. The Lise Watier Nail Varnish formula is a solid one, at least in this shade, and it applies easily and smoothly with good pigmentation.

Plus, Lise Watier should get bonus points for making their polish more attractive than the actual fruit… though it does lack in points for weirdness! ;)

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