theNotice’s Best of Beauty: 2014

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 was a big year for me — or, at least, for my skin. I found out that I have eczema, I kept trucking my way through the silicone-free lands of Clear Complexioniteria, and I tried some seriously cool new products.

So, as the year comes to a close, here’s what I really, really loved this year. These are the products that are both the best in their class and the ones that I reach for time and time again, and all products that were just one or the other (for instance, a gorgeous eyeshadow that only saw use once a season, or an everyday favourite that I think could stand to be better) just didn’t make the cut.

I hope you enjoy the list, and please! if you have time, let me know what products you loved this year!

theNotice skincare favourites 2014

theNotice’s Best of Beauty 2014 – Skincare Edition

Best makeup removing cleanser – NSPA Melting Cleansing Gel, which beat out Shu Uemura’s cleansing oils for the spot! { $15.97 CAD / review }

Best serum for dehydrated skin – Clarins Hydra Quench Intensive Serum Bi-Phase. This one works better for me than Hydraluron, but it really shines when combatting dehydration — not dryness. { $58 USD / review }

Best de-puffing eye cream – L’Occitane Immortelle Eye Care & Mask Duo. This isn’t a fix-all, but so far, it’s the best de-puffing product I’ve tried — and trust me, I’ve looked. Slather on a thick layer of this before bed and puffiness from crying and salt will go way down by morning. { $42 CAD / also seen in }

!!! Best miracle product – Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion. If I had to pick just one product to attribute my clear skin to, it’s this! It works wonders on regular blemishes and really makes a difference with cystic acne. 9/10 times, if I apply this early & frequently, this clears up my spots before they even have a chance to come to a head. { $19 USD / also seen in }

Skincare favourites 2014

Best everyday moisturizer for dry skin – German Nivea. Great if you love a heavy moisturizer for dry skin; not so good for dehydration! {  review }

Best intensive moisturizer for dehydrated skin – This category, unfortunately, just has two runners-up: the Odylique Timeless Rose Moisturizer and the L’Occitane Light Comforting Cream (5% Shea), so neither have been photographed. Both are great for dealing with dehydration, but neither is suited for dry skin — and the Odylique goes bad fast. Expect reviews of both next week!

Best face mask for dry skin – Bio-Beauté Vitamin Rich Detox Mask (for immediate smoothing, not long-term repair). { $27 CAD / review }

Best hand cream – Weleda Skin Food. This thick, glossy cream smells like citrus, lasts for an impressive amount of time, and really sinks into dehydrated hands. In a pinch, it’s great for extremely dry skin on the face, too, but it will leave your face pretty greasy. { $12.76 USD }

tn Best haircare body products of 2014

theNotice’s Best of Beauty 2014 – Makeup & Hair

Best body oil – Osmia Sunset Body Oil.This luxe body oil is all-natural and smells absolutely gorgeous. I’ve tried a few of the line’s other scents now, too, but this is the only one that I think is a must-have. { $25 USD / also seen in }

Best hair styling product – Giovanni 2Chic Avocado & Olive Oil Dual Action Protective Leave-In Spray. Low scent, no silicones, and zero-effort smoothing and hydration. (Literally — this minimizes frizziness even in air-dried hair.) { $10.43 USD / review }

Best hair treatment – Coconut oil. Pure coconut oil is a dream for a dry scalp — even one with eczema. Just warm up about a tablespoon in your hands and work onto your scalp once every week or two!

!!! Best skincare secret – Moisturizer on the lips! M is actually the one who figured this one out. The next time your lips are dry and cracking, apply a generous layer of your favourite intensive moisturizer to the lips, and follow up with a heavy lip treatment 5-10 minutes later to lock it in overnight. Voilà — I promise your lips will be completely healed within 48 hours at most.

theNotice favourite makeup 2014

Best lip balm – Bobbi Brown Lip Balm SPF 15. This stuff is stiff, hydrating, and tacky, so it’s perfect for lasting until morning and keeping your lips hydrated overnight. It’s amazing for super-dry lips, comes in a wide pot (so it’s easy to pick up without getting any under your nails), and even works well as a lipstick base. { $23 CAD / review }

Best lipsticksRevlon Lip Butter in 085 Sugar Plum and Lise Watier Hydra Kiss Colour Balm in Rose Eden. Both formulas are super-comfortable, and both deliver my-lips-but-better colour. { $11-ish } { $22 CAD / review }

Best blushers – MAC Powder Blush in Full of Joy (Frost), which is a gorgeous, glowy sheer lavender, and Senna Sheer Face Color Powder Blush in Très Jolie, a really wearable neutral-pink (I love the slim packaging). { $22 USD } { $18.50 USD / review }

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Revlon Icy Violet Super Lustrous Lipstick photos, swatches | Revlon Legacy Collection

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Revlon Legacy Collection - Icy Violet Super Lustrous Lipstick

Continuing my accidental trend of embarrassingly delayed posts, here’s a lipstick that I swatched and photographed four years ago, good lord.

Revlon Icy Violet was first launched in 1946, but is back temporarily as part of the brand’s Legacy Collection. It’s a cool-toned plum (red, brown, and violet tones) with medium opacity and a frosty lavender finish.

The Legacy Collection by Revlon

Revlon Legacy Collection: Icy Violet, Snow Peach, 5th Ave Red, Jungle Peach, and Sandstorm

Revlon Icy Violet Super Lustrous Lipstick review

Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Icy Violet

I have Icy Violet on as I write this, and I have to admit: against my colouring, this lipstick doesn’t look very violet at all. Instead, like most plums, it reads as a neutral colour on me — a little more purple than my natural lips, but in a very subtle way. I don’t love the frost finish (you can see each and every shimmer particle from a foot and a half away), but at “stranger distance,” the effect is very pretty — almost as if my lips are glowingly moist. Up close and in the sun, you can see the ruddy, red-violet base colour and lavender shimmer more distinctly.

(The shimmer in this is gorgeous: micro-explosions of clear shimmer into bursts of lavender. I wouldn’t be surprised if I spent the next ten years trying to dupe it in an eyeshadow.)

Revlon Icy Violet swatch - Super Lustrous Lipstick

Revlon Icy Violet (Legacy Collection) – swatched on skin, lips in indirect sunlight

Like the rest of the Super Lustrous line, I find Icy Violet to be comfortable but not hydrating, with an average wear time. Its formula and packaging is wonderfully basic while still being rather chic, and I think the range is one that every burgeoning makeup addict should have at least one of. To me, the Super Lustrous line is the quintessential starter lipstick: well-priced and well-made, without any scents or frills. It’s not too much of any one thing, and while I’d love to see a more modern colour selection (more creme finishes, please!), the lipsticks themselves are the perfect place to begin.

I’ve gone anti-shimmer since buying this, but if you’re situated in the sparkly camp, Icy Violet is at least worth a swatch. It’s not a must-have, but it’s kind of mind-blowing to wear a colour that was formulated 68 years ago.

These photos are four years old. Please forgive me. 

The Lipstick Bandits | A drugstore vampy lip with Revlon Super Lustrous in Sultry Sable (and Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten)

Monday, November 19, 2012

If you pick up just one new lipstick this season, make it a vamp. And not just because this month’s Lipstick Bandit collaboration features them–though I’m sure some of the products are going to be absolutely gorgeous–but because they’re the perfect mix of red and not-red: just as high-impact, but without all the newfound hipster-trendiness. 

I’ve been looking for the perfect vampy lipstick all season (admittedly not very hard), but I’ve settled for this one until I find the perfect product.

The lip: Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Sultry Sable (646)

When in doubt, go for one of the old guard. Revlon is always a great choice when you’re breaking into a new colour family, with the Super Lustrous, ColourBurst, and Matte lines covering pretty much all of your bases. I’m not thrilled with the Canadian markup ($12 for a Revlon lipstick? Really?), but unlike mid-range/high-end brands, at least these do go on sale pretty frequently.

Sultry Sable wasn’t actually my pick at all, to be honest — my sister bought it sometime last year, passed it on to mum when she found it too hard to wear, and it eventually ended up in my drawer. We can pull off a number of the same shades, but browns are often the exception — the shades that sit well on my sister’s light olive complexion end up looking too orange against my skintone, and shades that read more reddy-mauve (case in point, this one) on me can end up washing her out.

On the eyes, I have on the super-glittery white shade from the Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura Smoky Velvets Eye and Cheek Palette, which you’ll see on the blog later this week. I can’t say enough about this one — it’s so packed with multi-dimensional shimmer and glitter; you’re going to love it. Mainly translucent in tone, but with a ton of differently sized rainbow reflects, it’s hell to remove at the end of the day… but completely mesmerizing on the lids.

(And on the lashes, Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara, out of the L’Oreal Luxe Advent Calendar. It is entirely possible that Armani is going to ruin me for all other mascaras, I kid you not.)

And that little something extra…

While I like the Revlon on its own, the vampy lip I’ve actually been wearing around layers Annabelle Le Gloss in Bitten overtop. The shade is long discontinued, though, and the entire line has fallen by the wayside more recently, so I thought I’d better feature the lip both with and without it.

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Canadian PSA: Revlon Super Lustrous sale

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Revlon’s Super Lustrous lipsticks, Super Lustrous lip glosses, and Moon Drops lipsticks are only $3.99 at Shopper’s this long weekend! (Limit 4.) The rest of the week, they’re still on sale, but they go up to $5.99.

So now would be the time to go try Mauvy Night or Mulled Wine!

Picspam + Review: Revlon Mauvy Night

Friday, September 3, 2010

Too tired to think today, so here’s a bunch of photos for you ;) Mauvy Night is a Revlon Super Lustrous favourite of mine — it features their gorgeous creme formula, which both feels great and looks great! 

Here’s a point-form review of the Creme formula for any of you interested. It’s definitely my favourite formula out of the drugstore, though I haven’t tried the new Colorburst lipsticks yet!
Revlon Super Lustrous Cremes are…
  • pretty moisturizing, for lipsticks,
  • well-priced (or as well-priced as things can be, nowadays,)
  • creamy and pigmented,
  • one of the few formulas that doesn’t catch on my dry bits or migrate to my lipline!
They’ve also introduced a new cap, recently, with a clear top — super handy for those of us with way too many lipsticks. The only changes I’d make to the Super Lustrous line would be (a) adding more of these awesome creme finishes! and (b) taking the price back down a few notches. The price ($9 CDN,) is good… but it’s not quite “right!”
Availability: SLs can be found in tons of drugstores and grocery stores, but also online in shops like Target and

Ingredients, plus more photos…
the lovely, lovely tube…

… and again, the tube.

swatch on NW20ish skin

another lip swatch with slightly different lighting

the ingredients

When fake… is a good thing

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

What it is: Revlon‘s Fantasy Lenghts false lashes, which from here on in will be called the “FL lashes,” because I am a lazy arse. They come in both self-adhesive and glue-on styles, so I’ll be discussing both!

These are false lashes.
They were not ripped from the lids
Of a human being.

The self-adhesives:
I personally don’t like these (as I’ve now found out) because if you don’t get the right position the first time, there’s a greater chance that the lash will fall off partially and throw you into lash-flap city. (It’s an ugly place to be.) And, as a perfectionist, I neeeed my lashes to be EXACTLY where I want them to be.

Intensifying self-adhesives, seen here.

For those of you that do like self-adhesives, though, these are good ones — they’re sticky enough to stay on well, but not so sticky they pull your natural lashes out. Another thing to note if you have monolids is that, for those of us (like me!) whose lash lines touch their lids in some places, the adhesive strip is… well, it’s adhesive. Which means that it’ll try to adhere to your fold, too! (So remember to set with powder, as strange as that may sound.) The adhesive strip is black and thick, so you’ll have to line with black (preferably liquid or gel for the opacity) to make these look natural.

The self-adhesives come with lashes, an extra pair of self-adhesive glue strips, an applicator, and even instructions!

The glue-on lashes: Ahh, now this is what I’m used to! There really isn’t much to say specifically for these ones; they’re pretty standard as far as lashes go. What I did notice, though (through the whole FL line, not just the glue-on lashes) was that each lash was very thin and tapered — this may sound like nothing, but trust me: when it comes to falsies, the thinner the better. Thin lashes are more costly for the manufacturer, as they have to make more lashes per strip, but they look much more natural than falsies whose individual lashes are flat and thick. The wispies that many of these lashes taper down to are perfect for blending into your normal lashes, because that’s what our lashes actually look like! (Thin and lonely, boo.)

Flirty glue-ons

The verdict? I love ’em so much I could dance. Actually, you know what? I will dance.

—dancing break—

Aaand now, back to work. I really like the design of the FL lashes (they’re all very delicate and classy) and the quality is superb! They seem very sturdy, despite the thinness of each lash, so you’ll likely get three to five wears per set. (The self-adhesives come with an extra self-adhesive strip and an applicator, but you can always peel off the self-adhesive strip and use them as glue-on lashes.)

Defining self-adhesives

Two other nice, surprising things? The self-adhesives are latex-free, which is great for gals (or guys) with allergies! And a pair of lashes, according to, is regular $5.49 (but on sale for $3.84 right now.) I have to say it: major steal alert! The quality of these is above Ardell’s (and yes, that’s coming from an avid Ardell lover) and actually comparable to the pairs of falsies you’d pick up for $15-30 at Sephora… so pick some up, especially if they’re on sale! Drugstore lashes are a great way to start if you’re a false-lashe newbie, and these would be perfect — you get the quality of a more expensive lash, but without the high price.

Minx glue-on lashes

Note: the Revlon site page kind of sucks (sorry, Revlon!) so I’m directing you towards Madame Madeline‘s if you want to see some product photos. It looks like they have the whole collection, with a slew of glue-on, self-adhesive, AND individual lashes!

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