COMING UP | LUSH Emotional Brilliance, Tatcha, Japonesque, & more.

Monday, July 30, 2012

LUSH Emotional Brilliance reviews: Wise (Cream Eyeshadow), Perspective (Liquid Lipstick), and Fantasy (Liquid Eyeliner).

That’s right; another not-quite-real post. Because I’m (still) swimming in coursework, and the time that I haven’t spent studying, I’ve spent trying to fight off an unexpected midsummer flu. (And, seriously? Who gets the flu in the summer?!)

Anyhow. Once I mange to dig myself out of this summer-term black hole, this is what you can expect to see on theNotice! 

(To be totally honest, though, you’ll probably see some of these things before term ends because I have no self-control occasionally take breaks from neuropsychology to eat, sleep, shower, and blog.)

Lise Watier Summer Sunset flash reviews: oh my god, I can’t believe I still haven’t finished covering this collection. I am the worst when it comes to “out of sight, out of mind,” I swear!!

Senna Mod Muse eyeshadows: same for these. They’re gorgeous, but I have yet to post the swatch photos sitting somewhere on my MacBook!

Japonesque Safari Chic review. No elaboration needed — how cute is that brush?

Hard Candy Glamoflauge: I love this one, so expect shade comparisons (Light vs Medium) in the near future!

Tatcha skincare overview and regimen review… once I get my act together and actually try it.

And, finally, Physician’s Mineral Wear Talc-Free Pressed Powder, because SPF is definitely “in” for the summer.

Matchmaker, Matchmaker, I’ll bring the veil | Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker Blush in Natural: review, photos, swatches

Friday, June 22, 2012

The product: Physicians Formula pH Matchmaker pH Powered Blush in Natural

The blush: This review goes into some pretty dark (read: critical) places, so I thought we’d start off on a bright note: the blush itself. I find I’m always nicely surprised by Physicians Formula products, and this one’s no exception.

For a shade called Natural, this blush is actually quite rosy. It’s a bright, warm medium-pink with a bit of shimmer; the chunky silver overspray on the dots wears off, but–despite what the internet may tell you–the blush itself does have some finely-milled shimmer as well.

(It’s possible that the overspray is just extremely reluctant to leave, but I really doubt it, seeing as some of the shimmer is fuchsia.)

Anyhow; the super-tiny silver and fuchsia reflects are visible mainly in the pan, but do make an appearance on the cheeks if you look closely. The blush itself is more than decently pigmented for a drugstore product, and should work just fine on most light, medium, and medium-dark skintones, though I’m guessing it’ll really shine on warm and olive skintones, specifically.

As the cherry on top, this blendable blusher layers well, too, so you can wear just a light dusting of powder for a really fresh, glowy look, or blend in a bit more for a full-on flush.

The packaging: Oh, pH Matchmaker products, you kill me. While I’ve been loving the blush itself, this packaging is way more clunky than it needs to be! The lid itself is the height of an entire Senna blusher, and it’s only a third of the height of the whole contraption.

In theory, I’m actually okay with this packaging. An LED-lit mirror and a cute brush tucked under the blush… it sounds good, right? But the thing is, the LEDs aren’t bright enough to apply blush by, and (after having them on for about ten minutes to photograph,) they’ve already burned out.

And then there’s the brush. I actually like thin brushes for certain products, and this one’s included in that statement — the blush itself is more than decently pigmented, and a thin, flat brush is a great way to get just a small amount of product at a time.

This brush, though? It sheds like crazy, which is always a pain, and after just a few weeks, it’s already starting to feel floppy and sparse as a result.

The kitsch: I’m not crazy about this whole “pH powered!” concept that Physicians Formula has going on, either. Photochromic powders, okay, kind of cool — having your blush look the same both indoors and outdoors is definitely a plus. (If it works, that is; I haven’t tested. I’m not even sure how I would, to be honest.)

pH-adjusting fluorescein-based dyes, though? Um, fluoresceins are typically involved in like, microscopy and blood stain detection, neither of which are particularly appealing concepts to your average consumer. Plus, acidity-fitted colour cosmetics don’t actually make sense — I mean, I could be an NW30 with a skin pH of 5.3, or I could be an NC15 (actually, I think I am; I can never remember) with the same skin pH.

The verdict?

Despite the fact that the last… five paragraphs solid were rife with criticism, I’m actually pretty fond of this blush. The packaging and marketing are awful, as far as I’m concerned, but the product itself — it’s worth a second look. It’s quite pigmented, really blendable, and the shimmer is surprisingly finely-milled, particularly for a drugstore product.

That said, I wouldn’t pay $15.99 for something this clunky. If you can find the pH Matchmaster blushers at 20-40% off, which Physicians Formula often is at Shopper’s or Rexall, then definitely pick one up; at full price, though, I think this one’s a pass.

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Don’t miss this | A soft, effortless Spring look

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

I’ve been doing about a look a week the last little while, but most of them have been for the purpose of, well, the look. Which is to say, the concept of the makeup came first, and was then followed by the selection of products — which is how things usually go, if I’m not mistaken.

This week, though, I set out with only two things in mind: one, create something that would more or less realize the idea of a staple Spring makeup look, and two, feature a number of the products I’ve reviewed recently, so that you lot can see what they look like in an actual look, instead of just on my arms.

You can read the She Said Beauty post here, but just keep on scrolling if it’s the product babbling (and not the tutorial) you’re here for.

(Note: all the product links in this post go to reviews on theNotice!)

The cheeks

Ah, Senna. Quite a few comments were left asking to see these on my cheeks, and I’ve been using them in various FOTD photo sets since they came across my desk. This look happens to include the Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Clarity and Face and Eye Color in Enlighten, as blush and highlight, respectively.

I’ve been using the two Senna blushers (not including, of course, the hilighter) for a good few weeks now, and I have to say — not loving them any less, even after all this time. I thought some of their appeal might wear off, as it does, but Senna products tend to stick around for me. What can I say? The colours are just that good!

(Or my frontal lobe is just that fixated; really, it’s a toss-up between the two.)

The eyes

To start, I used Vasanti Mount Rushmore through the whole lid – just the shimmery taupe, though, mind. For a touch more definition, I added a few of the Sephora Moonshadow In the Light shadows; lighter in the inner corner and a hint darker on the outer third.

Then, to finish things up, I added two pencils to the look. First, the black eyeliner from Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Nude Eyes along the upper lashline — I’ve yet to review this eyeliner trio, but I keep reaching for the black. It’s got a bit of shimmer in it, which makes it a bit more interesting than a solid black).

And, finally, a whisper of Marcelle Accent Brow Pencil in Granite through the brows. I’m not crazy about Granite, but it’ll do, you know? I tend to fill my brows sort of (okay, extremely) lightly, so it doesn’t really matter what I use as long as it’s sheer and grey(ish).

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but: grey eyebrow products really do work wonders for cool skintones + black hair! It’s a makeup secret ;)

The lips

Last but not least, two products from a little farther back: L’Occitane Lipstick in Pivoine Délicate and L’Occitane Lipgloss in Rose Frémissant. I photographed this look with both lips; though it’s a small change, I couldn’t decide if I preferred the bare look of the lipstick or the light, playful edge that the gloss gives.

Anyhow; the photo above is the only one with the gloss layered on top. Feel free to decide which version you prefer on your own, because I haven’t any help to give!

Physician’s Formula pH Powered Lip Gloss review, photos, swatches | We found love in a… pH-balanced place?

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The product: Physician’s Formula “pH Matchmaker” pH Powered Lip Gloss in Light Pink

(We’re three lines in, and already this post has an overabundance of pHs. Oh dear.)

So, basically: this is the most unexpected have-to-have-it product that I’ve come across all year. Possibly in the last few years, to be frank; my expectations were low at best (er, sorry, Physician’s Formula), but the product inside knocked my socks right off.

Let’s start by talking about the packaging, shall we? Because it’s the little miscreant that set said expectations so low.

The packaging: Lots of pink, a mirror, and a light-up applicator. It’s… well, it’s a lot of things, and not one of them is up my alley. Pink? LED lighting? It all seems rather tacky, to me, and it turned me off this product in the beginning.

Admittedly, people who are less picky about their products are going to find the mirror quite handy, but I carry a mirror in my purse anyways – I’d rather ditch the bells and whistles, if it means a lighter, sleeker product. And the LED is useful, if you’re standing in a completely dark room, but if you’re standing in a completely dark room, no one can see your lipgloss anyways.

(I’ve never really understood the need for light-up beauty products in this regard.)

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