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

The Body Shop Friends and Family – 20% off!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Today and tomorrow, get 20% off all (US?) online purchases at The Body Shop with the code FF10.

Here’s what we recommend…

Keeping us dry: The Body Shop’s DeoDry line!

Friday, August 13, 2010

What it is: The Body Shop DeoDry Dry-Effect deodorants

A bit about the line: The nifty thing about the DeoDry line is that, while being all the lovely things most “natural” deodorants are (paraben-free, aluminum-salt-free, etc,) the Body Shop has also worked in all sorts of nifty “mainstream” antiperspirant traits as well: great scents that last for more than five minutes, the option of roll-ons vs solids, and decreased sweating. Plus, the solids are translucent and waxy (in other words, the DeoDry line doesn’t leave white marks,) and the roll-on containers can be used again with a new liquid cartridge when they’ve run out to reduce waste. It sounds like a dream come true, right?

Liquid — Chilled and Breezy

Well, here’s the good news: it is a dream come true! I’ve been running around with the roll-on for the past little while, and I’ve really been liking it. Though (like any roll-on,) it does take a fair amount of time to dry, it’s just lovely when it is dry — while I don’t notice a huge decrease in sweating, it does keep me from smelling funky. The scent that I’ve been wearing is perfect; just heavy enough that I’ll catch a whiff every now and again, but light enough that it doesn’t interfere with my perfume.

However, I realize I’m not the best judge to review a deodorant for you ladies. Like many other Asian ladies,  I do sweat, but it doesn’t ever really… smell. (At least, my family’s like this. Anyone else?) I’ve gone weeks in the winter without wearing deodorant at all, and there has literally been no difference in smelliness. As for the sweating? Not even “clinical strength” antiperspirants decrease that! (I tried one last summer out of curiosity. Liked the deo, but didn’t really get results.)

So, I had my smelly enemy try one, too.

(If by “smelly enemy” we actually mean “awesome but not smelly friend, who happens to be able to answer questions about deodorant.” I really just wanted to be able to use the phrase “smelly enemy” because it sounds cute.)

(Smelly enemy smelly enemy smellenemy!)

Solid — Cool and Zesty

Becky, the gorgeous gal from posts like this one, took this stick to the sweltering heat of New York in July. And guess what?

She didn’t hate it! Ta-da!

Like the roll-on, the solid sticks come in three scents, prevent smelliness, and don’t leave white marks on your clothing. However, Becky noted one problem: the packaging.  For whatever reason, these lids have a stopper built into them, which means that you have to rollrollroll the stick up when you use it, then rollrollroll it back down to put the cap on.

Solid — Fresh and Floral

So, this category’s really just here because I wanted to share some photos and some thoughts on the scent ;)  I don’t think you’ll need a separate review for it, as the formula’s the same as the other solids! However, seeing as this is the last scent in the line… may as well, right?

Anyhow. It’s cute, it’s pink, and it smells the part! I found this to be very feminine, and give off the strongest scent of the bunch. Nothing too annoying, but it definitely is a touch more scented the other two. Ironically, though, Becky’s reaction was “it smells like my dad.”

I guess scents really are subjective!

The verdict?

Overall, we were really happy with the new DeoDry line, and I was particularly thrilled with the Chilled and Breezy roll-on! (I have a friend who picked up the very same one, and loves it just as much.) The only problem is the lid of the solid deodorants, which I agree is… well, we’ll just say “less than optimal.” However, I didn’t have any such problems with the roll-on — in fact, I really liked the packaging! It’s well-made and lightweight, but it doesn’t feel flimsy.

Try them if…

  • You’ll be buying the roll-on, because I cannot find a single problem with this!
  • You want a liquid that’s pretty low-packaging in the long term (remember: refills.)
  • You want an aluminum-free deodorant, but you still want the benefits of a drugstore anti-perspiriant, like reduced sweat and cute packaging.
  • You’re sick of having to make the compromise of using natural deodorants that smell like crushed, dead leaves. Ick! There are only three DeoDry fragrances (so far,) but they’re pretty well-crafted scents.

Skip them if…

  • The packaging problem of the sticks is going to bother you. But, maybe the stopper actually comes out, and two smart chicas just couldn’t figure it out? *puzzled*
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