The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

The product: The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso Brightening Serum

I can’t review this one for you. I’ll be right upfront about it: I would love to, because I think it’s going to have a huge pull as part of a range of Asian skincare products brought over to the North American market, but I can’t — it’s full of silicones.

So, instead, let me tell you a little bit about this one.

The Body Shop Moisture White serum

The Body Shop’s Moisture White Shiso range contains six products (including this brightening serum), all of which contain hand-harvested Community Fair Trade aloe vera gel from Guatemala. The serum is made to be invisible and non-sticky, suitable for all skin types, and features the skin-brightening shiso plant (perilla leaf extract), liquorice, and vitamin C to add radiance to the skin.

I’m not a fan of whitening products, and I’m a little saddened by the fact that The Body Shop is perpetuating the whiter-is-better stereotype. However, I also recognize that it’s something that’s becoming more & more common in today’s market, and I would rather see theNotice’s readers turned toward a gentle, community-oriented, FDA-approved serum than order something from Asia that they may not be able to read the packaging for — something I’m personally very wary of, myself!

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso range

I’m not a fan of whitening itself, but whitening serums can be a great way to safely manage hyperpigmentation, too — so this could be a good option for you even if you aren’t looking to lighten your skintone. And, of course, it’s great to see the North American market extend past western ideals of beauty, even if I still hope for the day when everyone can be happy with their own skintone!

The Moisture White range was formulated in Japan, which I think is very cool — and I hear the Moisture White BB Serum Inside ($25 CAD, not available in the US) BB cream is very pale, which speaks to my inner (okay, outer) pale girl.

Availability: $36 USD/$36 CAN online & in-store at The Body Shop. The Moisture White range is available starting at $15 CAD.

The Body Shop Moisture White Shiso review overview

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New 09/09/12 | The Body Shop Pulse, Sephora End of Summer Sale, & more

Sunday, September 9, 2012

New this week…

Nordstrom’s being a bit strange today, so this is missing a few launches — I’ll get to them before the end of the week, though, promise!

Sephora: The End of Summer, Inc.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it an indie rock band album cover?

Nope, it’s just the Sephora End of Summer Sale — probably the best deals (up to 75% off) you’ll find on Sephora stock all year. Prices start at $3 (well, technically $1, but I don’t think sponges and emery boards count), so check out the sale here!

I’m a bit late with this news, so products are already selling out, but here are a few of my in-stock product picks:

In other, more important news… IMAGE MAPS! Actual, functioning, potentially-dynamic image maps! :D

(Geek-to-English translation: the products in the image above are linked to their respective product pages. We are going to have so much fun together.)

The Body Shop Pulse

Next up on the list? The cool new Pulse boutiques that’ll be rolling out at The Body Shop locations worldwide over the next little while. One just opened up at the Toronto Eaton Centre this past Friday (Sept 7th, 2012), but it won’t be–and already isn’t–the only Pulse in Canada.

There are eight of the boutiques open already, and they’re designed to bring activism, beauty, and community to the forefront of the shopping experience. I haven’t had a chance to visit one yet, but they sound pretty cool! With energy-efficient lighting, responsibly-sourced wood (both in the boutiques themselves and in The Body Shop’s packaging), and “Community & Values” walls, they make The Body Shop’s ethical focus quite clear.

I grew up as a huge Body Shop fan, and I’ve been kind of worried about it losing ground to LUSH’s growth in popularity over the past few years. Honestly, though? By the sounds of things, I really needn’t be worrying.

Have you had a chance to experience a Body Shop Pulse boutique yet? Let us know what you thought of it in the comments!
And more importantly… how excited are you about those image maps? *squee*

GIVEAWAY: Five February Favourites!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

I realized that we haven’t had a giveaway in ages, so I wanted to put together something special for you lovely ladies. The result? A “favourites” giveaway, of course!

One lucky winner will get to try out a bunch of my faves – my favourite drugstore eyeshadows (Annabelle), one of my favourite drugstore lipstick lines (Marcelle Rouge Xpression), my favourite lid shade for light-to-medium skintones (Halo, and I should probably also note that the opened one in the photograph was my own; the winner will get a sealed one), my favourite deo (technically, I prefer the liquid, but Canada Post says I shouldn’t be shipping that…) and, finally, my favourite off-greige polish (Steel Gray).

The prize

  • Annabelle Eyeshadow Trio in Rosewood,
  • Marcelle Rouge Xpression lipstick in Curious,
  • Marcelle Minerals Eyeshadow in Halo,
  • The Body Shop DeoDry stick in Fresh & Floral, and
  • Rimmel Lasting Finish PRO in Steel Gray.

How to enter

There are two easy ways to enter this giveaway, and you’re more than welcome to do both ;)

  1. For one entry, follow @theNotice on Twitter re-tweet the following:
    Follow @thenotice and RT to win FIVE of Rae’s favourite products!
  2. For one entry, follow theNotice through Google Friend Connect (over in our right-hand column) and leave a comment about anything at all at the bottom of this post.

This giveaway will run for two weeks (until the 16th of Feb, 2011) and is open internationally following your country’s entrant laws. (Which I think is legal age or over 13 with parental consent?)

Good luck! xoxo

The Body Shop Vitamin C Eye Reviver Duo is two times the fun

Friday, October 22, 2010

What it is: The Body Shop Vitamin C Eye Reviver Duo

Step one, the gel: Okay, can I just point out that I love applying this?! I have always, always wanted an eye roller, but have held myself back due to silicones — until now! Of course, it feels lovely on tired eyes ^^

This gel is silicone-free and sinks in nicely, feeling sticky at first but disappearing to nothing shortly thereafter. I have no problems layering makeup over it, and it doesn’t do anything funky (like flaking or creasing) after the fact. However, while soothing, I don’t find it’s the best at depuffing — the Anatomicals one we reviewed a while back seems to do the job a bit better (at least when it comes to my eyes,) and it’s cheaper, to boot.

The ingredients:

Water (Solvent/Diluent), PEG-8 (Humectant), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Distillate (Astringent), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Quillaja Saponaria Wood Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Pullulan (Binder), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Antioxidant), Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Alcohol Denat. (Solvent/Diluent), Honey (Natural Additive), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Maltodextrin (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Fragrance (Fragrance), Linalool (Fragrance Ingredient), Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Phosphoric Acid (pH Adjuster), Euphrasia Officinalis Extract (Natural Additive), Limonene (Fragrance Ingredient), Benzyl Benzoate (Solvent).

Step two, the creme: I didn’t get to test this one extensively (aka for more than three days at a time), because unlike its gel counterpart, it does contain silicones. However, that won’t stop me from going over it in a broader sense! It feels great on my skin – not too thick and not too thin – and moisturizes well. Of course, I can’t talk in terms of long-term “brightening,” but the experiences that I did manage to have with this were pretty good.

The one thing that may worry some about this duo is that both ends touch your skin. What I have to say to that, though, is simple: stop your fretting, dear! Because it’s an eye duo, I can’t imagine anyone randomly applying either one over makeup during the day — and if you’re always putting the products onto freshly cleansed skin, I think you should be a-okay.

The ingredients:

Water (Solvent/Diluent), Dimethicone (Skin Conditioning Agent), Glycerin (Humectant), Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate (Sunscreen), Cetearyl Alcohol (Emulsifier), Cetearyl Olivate (Skin Conditioning Agent), Sorbitan Olivate (Emulsifying Agent), Phenoxyethanol (Preservative), Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane (Sunscreen), Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Antioxidant), Sclerocarya Birrea Seed Oil (Skin Conditioning Agent), Dimethicone Crosspolymer (Emulsion Stabilizer), Carbomer (Stabiliser/Viscosity Modifier), Butylene Glycol (Humectant), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fragrance Ingredient), Caprylyl Glycol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Niacinamide (Hair and Skin Conditioning Agent), Sodium Hydroxide (pH Adjuster), Disodium EDTA (Chelating Agent), Xanthan Gum (Viscosity Modifier), Fraxinus Excelsior Bark Extract (Skin Conditioning Agent), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Skin Conditioning Agent), Myrciaria Dubia Fruit Extract (Skin-Conditioning Agent), Glycolic Acid (Skin Conditioning Agent), Potassium Citrate (pH Adjuster), Silanetriol (Skin Conditioning Agent), Mica (Opacifier), Titanium Dioxide (Colour).

The verdict? For $22, I’m on the fence about this one. It’s really handy (perfect for an overnight bag!) and packaged fabulously (on top of housing a rollerball, it feels very solid and well-built, which I love) but the product (well, products) didn’t wow me. They’re nice, and I do quite like them… but they’re not *quite* re-buy worthy.

Try it if…

  • You catch it on one of The Body Shop’s awesome sales
  • You’re looking for an eye gel and creme duo to throw into your overnight bag…
  • …or one that’s just easy to use at home! No more tube-pot-pump-hasslehasslehassle
  • You want something with packaging that is, quite frankly, awesome
  • You want an eye duo that smells great!

Skip it if…

  • $22 for a tiny 10ml of product sounds like too much. Under $20 and I would have excused it for being quite-good-but-not-great :P

Vote for a cause at The Body Shop

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Body Shop, one of our favourite (if not our #1 favourite) socially responsible companies, is launching on an awesome new charitable cause. They explain it loads better than I would, so here it is!

Raising money for your favourite charity is now as simple as walking into one of The Body Shop boutiques starting Monday, October 11. Help The Body Shop Foundation celebrate 20 years of caring this month by voting on three deserving charities to win a share of $20,000 to support their amazing grassroots efforts. The three charities speak to The Body Shop core values of Defending Human Rights (Canadian Women’s Foundation), Animal Protection (Born Free) and Protecting the Planet (Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society) and provide an opportunity for you to support the cause you feel most passionate about. Voting is also available online here, and will end on November 1.

Even better, no matter what charity you vote for, every cause will win vital funds towards continuing important work. $10,000 will go to the organization with the most customer votes, $6,000 to the organization with the second highest customer votes and $4,000 to the organization with the third highest customer votes. Doing good has never felt or looked so good.

Human Rights – Canadian Women’s Foundation
The Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) is Canada’s only national foundation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. CWF researches, shares and funds the most promising approaches to ending violence against women, moving low-income women out of poverty, and empowering girls with confidence, courage and critical thinking skills. (

Animal Protection – Born Free
Through litigation, legislation, and public education, Born Free leads vital campaigns against animals in entertainment, exotic “pets”, trapping and fur, and destructive international wildlife trade. Born Free’s worldwide mission is to end suffering of wild animals in captivity, conserve threatened and endangered species, and encourage compassionate conservation globally. (

Environmental Protection – Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society
With a handful of dedicated staff and hundreds of volunteers, CPAWS is protecting our wilderness and endangered species like caribou through public education and conservation planning with governments, industry and local communities. (

The Body Shop: buy 3 get 2 free!

Monday, September 6, 2010

So…  now would be a good time to stock up on things like the newly-redone Vitamin C line! I felt bad after the last Steals and Deals post, because the good ones were US-only — but this one is for us Canadians, too! (In the US, the sale’s actually only buy-two-get-one-free, whereas we have buy-two-get-one and buy-three-get-two. Crazy, right?)

Additionally, all facial accessories are two for $6, and both Originals and (all) blotting tissues are two for $10!

Here’s what I’d pick up, if I wasn’t on a crazy skin diet! That face wash sounds like it would smell great ;)

The Body Shop, The Body Shop, The Body Shop

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