Annabelle & Marcelle Holiday 2016 giveaway | 30 items worth over $340!

Friday, December 2, 2016

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All year, I’ve toyed with the idea of running four giveaways throughout the month of December. But this fall, an even better opportunity fell into my lap: the chance to host a giveaway of the ENTIRE Annabelle and Marcelle Fall 2016 makeup collections, plus a few of Marcelle’s latest and greatest new skincare innovations.

I am a huge Annabelle/Marcelle fan, and I could not be more psyched to get to share this incredible volume of products with you guys. Even more, I’m shipping this straight to one lucky reader from theNotice HQ, so it’s open internationally for all of my readers who have been tempted by my Annabelle posts for years (but haven’t been able to order themselves!)

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How to enter

The list of items included in this prize is freakin’ LONG, so I figured I’d put the “how to enter” ahead of it – save us all a little bit of scrolling. To enter, use the widget below! (And let me know if you have a Gleam/Rafflecopter preference! I’ve enjoyed using Gleam as a reader, but this is the first time I’m running a giveaway using it.)

This giveaway is open internationally and will close on December 25th at 11:59 PM (MST)… so some lucky reader will probably be waking up to a particularly lovely Christmas present on Boxing Day!

Annabelle & Marcelle Holiday Giveaway

What’s in the prize…

In this prize are over 30 different products, including the entire Annabelle mascara lineup and ALL of the new TwistUp Metallic lip colours and BigShow Gel Lipliners.

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This big gift basket has a value of $349.50 CAD altogether, and it comes with a few awesome perks, too: not only are Annabelle and Marcelle Canadian-owned, but all of their products are cruelty-free from start to finish.

Skincare products marked * contain silicones, and products in bold are a few of my all-time favourites!

Annabelle BigShow Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Waterproof Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle Expandable Mascara ($10.95 CAD)

Annabelle Outlash Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle Lash Launcher Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle Blast Off Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle Supernova Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle TwistUp Metallic in Heartbreaker ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle TwistUp Metallic in Purple Panache ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle TwistUp Metallic in Heavy Petal ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle TwistUp Metallic in Nude of Fame ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle TwistUp Metallic in Crazy Coral ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle TwistUp Metallic in Rock & Rose ($9.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Gel Lipliner in Red is Love ($8.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Gel Lipliner in Nude Attitude ($8.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Gel Lipliner in Fall for Fuchsia ($8.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Gel Lipliner in Call Me Pinky ($8.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Gel Lipliner in Royal Purple ($8.95 CAD)

Annabelle BigShow Gel Lipliner in Meet Rosie ($8.95 CAD)

Marcelle New-Age LumiPower* ($24.95 CAD)

Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Gel Eye Make-Up Remover ($13.95 CAD)

Marcelle Hydra-C Eye Contour Gel Cream* ($24.95 CAD)

Marcelle Ultimate Fringe Effect Mascara ($12.95 CAD)

Marcelle Ultimate Easy Lash Mascara ($9.95 CAD)

Marcelle Face Powder in Translucent Medium ($14.95 CAD)

Marcelle Flawless Compact Foundation* ($17.95 CAD)

Marcelle Flawless Skin-Fusion Concealer in Light to Medium* ($10.95 CAD)

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in 840 Pink Lace ($11.95 CAD)

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in 875 Berry Blossom ($11.95 CAD)

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in 960 Show of Pink ($11.95 CAD)

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A few more snapshots of the prize bundle! 

Holiday hair with Kérastase | Win a free year of hair care!

Friday, November 25, 2016

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I’ve got a big holiday giveaway planned this year, and I hate to admit it, but… mine hasn’t even gone live yet and it’s already been shown up.

The folks at Kérastase are giving away not one holiday gift set, but one ENTIRE YEAR of free in-salon hair careTo enter, you simply have to go through their hair quiz (through the link; Canada only). There are 10 prizes to be won, from the aforementioned year of hair care to a personalized at-home product regimen.

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Kérastase always comes out with the most gorgeous holiday sets, and this year’s is no exception. Their gift guide is detailed with gorgeous illustrations of glamorous hair, outfits, and bloggers, and each one is linked to a set.

My recommended set is the Nutritive collection, but I’ll tell you a secret – the Densifique kit is silicone-free from start to finish. So if you, like me, are ‘cone-free, there’s still a Kérastase holiday set for you!

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I’m with her

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

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Today, I am heartbroken. It’s tough for me to believe that our cousins down south are filled with so much hate that they would elect a president like Trump. It breaks my heart that so many of them are cheering on all of his abusive, predatory, misogynistic, and racist behaviour.

But today, I also feel something unexpected: pride. I am proud of the 59+ million people who loudly decry his beliefs; of the millions of millennials who got out there and voted (and would have voted in a democrat landslide). I am proud of Hillary Clinton, who faced down the very embodiment of misogyny and came so incredibly close to triumphing over him.

I may not agree with every single thing Hillary has ever done, but you cannot tell me now that she isn’t relatable. We were all Hillary on those debate podiums, being called nasty women and being blamed for our partner’s indiscretions; we were all Hillary being called cold, robotic, and untrustworthy, even though all personal accounts show that we’re thoughtful, compassionate, and goofy.

We were all Hillary, being passed over for an unqualified white male despite years of experience that no one will acknowledge, and being asked to smile as it happened.

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You know that feeling of “I don’t like her but I don’t know why” that overtook this election? That’s no more than your standard misogyny, folks. I felt it too. We didn’t trust her because we’ve been taught our entire lives that women cannot be trustworthy, responsible, or powerful, and we didn’t know why because we live within our own cultural rhetoric. It’s hard to see a culture when it is your only point of comparison, just like how it’s hard to see blue through a blue-tinted glass.

Sexism is alive and well in this world, and there is no amount of privilege that can cushion you from its effects. But millions of other people believe in compassion, and one day, our daughters will win this fight.

Today and all days, if you’re with her, I am with you. Know that you are our future, and you are loved.

Diptyque Face Oil, Jason Wu x Caudalie, and more: New 27/08/16 | Steals & Deals with Groupon

Saturday, August 27, 2016

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Okay, so here’s the thing. You know Groupon? I’ve been using their site for years*, and I recently found out that they do more than just coupons for in-store deals. They emailed me a couple weeks back and asked me to check out their site, and like… did you guys know that they have pages for web coupons, too? Because they do, and it’s awesome.

The Groupon Coupon pages have everything from % off deals to free shipping, and they have them for all sorts of sites – Nordstrom, Namecheap, even Ebay. Literally everything in the box above comes from a Groupon Coupon site. (In other words: ALL THE MAKEUPS.)

If you do a lot of online shopping, they’re worth checking out!

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*Okay, technically my mother has been compulsively using their site for years and the rest of us are just getting sucked into the vortex, but it’s lead to a surprisingly affordable Marble Slab addiction for all of us, so I’m cool with it. 

CalExotics Inspire Kegel Exerciser, Dilator Kit, Flickering Arouser reviews & giveaway!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

CalExotics Silicone Dilator Kit review

The products: CalExotics Inspire Vibrating Remote Kegel Exerciser, Silicone Dilator Kit, and Flickering Intimate Arouser

This spring, CalExotics released a range of products in collaboration with Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The range, labelled Inspire, aims to raise awareness of the sexual side effects of breast cancer treatments and includes products that are actually designed for those experiencing things like decreased libido and difficulties having sex, like breast massagers, vibrators, and “teasers”.

CalExotics didn’t just throw in on an awareness campaign; they actually designed and produced niche products to help specific individuals who may be struggling to have sex (but want to) to do so – and that’s pretty cool of them.

A portion of each sale goes to Living Beyond Breast Cancer (unfortunately, the exact figure or percentage is undisclosed,) and the prices range from $78.99 – $136.99 USD.

Updated 22/08/16: 5% of the proceeds from the CalExotics Inspire line are donated to LBBC! 

CalExotics Inspire Vibrating Remote Kegel Exerciser

Vibrating Remote Kegel Exerciser

The CalExotic Inspire Vibrating Remote Kegel Exerciser is a fairly standard product done well – but it has its flaws. I will start, however, with the good stuff.

It’s moderately strong with nice, rumbly vibrations (3 speeds, 7 patterns), a plush, waterproof silicone covering, and a squishy tip. It charges via USB and runs for 30 minutes on high/1.5 hours on low on a 2.5 hour charge. It has a long cord for easy retrieval and and makes a great clit vibrator, too.

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CalExotics Vibrating Remote Kegel Exerciser review

However, I wasn’t able to get the full use out of this product. The remote that came with the product refuses to pair with it, and even without the remote, it has one big problem: it turns on, and I don’t mean intentionally. This little guy will start rumbling away like a jackhammer in the middle of the day when it’s charging; in the middle of the night when I’m sleeping; during dinner, when drilling sounds suddenly start emanating from the bedroom.

It is, to say the least, undesirable. My product may just be faulty, and I hope that it’s alone in this regard, because the vibrator itself is excellent (if a little short-lived).

Availability: $129.99 CAD at Well.ca, $99.99 CAD at PinkCherry.ca, and $79.99 USD at PinkCherry.com. (Free shipping on all 3 sites, plus an extra 30% off at PinkCherry right now with code DEAL30.)

CalExotics Inspire Flickering Intimate Arouser review, photos

Flickering Intimate Arouser

I have some pretty mixed feelings about the CalExotics Inspire Flickering Intimate Arouser. On one hand, it is a pretty darn unique product – similar, I’m guessing, to something like the Squeel, but definitely not something that I’ve ever seen before. It too is completely waterproof, and the useable portion of this toy is completely made from silicone, featuring a “tongue” that really does vibrate and flicker rapidly.

It is, however, HELLA LOUD. I did not know that sex toys could be this loud. It feels great and (for me) produces a very drawn-out, intense orgasm, but good lord, it sounds like a blender. On high, it is SO UNBELIEVABLY LOUD that if I’m watching or listening to something, I cannot make out the words.

(I tested this theory by parking the arouser next to a Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast, of course. Because reasons.)

If you’ve always wanted a flickering toy, then I suppose this is worth the investment – it’s pretty cool. But for most of you out there, I’m not recommending this one. It’s so clunky and so loud that it’s not even just an inconvenience; it’s an actual turn off.

Availability: $59.99 USD at PinkCherry.com

CalExotics Inspire Flickering Intimate Arouser review

CalExotics Inspire Silicone Dilator Kit review photos

Silicone Dilator Kit (and giveaway!) 

Aaand finally, we have the last Inspire item that I received for review – and it’s so good that CalExotics and I are giving a free set away to one reader! 

I have vestibulodynia (a condition that as many as 1 in 4 women experiences), so I’ve owned a number of dilator sets throughout my life so far. This one is by far my favourite. Unlike the cylindrical plastic sets of yesteryear, it contains five gently curved, slowly tapered dilators of 0.5″ to 1.25″ in diameter, and each one has a ring on the end rather than an awkward, popsicle-style handle.

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Dilators are a pretty simple product, so I don’t think I really need to say more than that. These ones are really easy and comfortable to use, and while I don’t typically experience vestibulodynia symptoms anymore (thanks to feedback training, lidocaine, and my great OBGYN), I use them frequently to do internal stretches or warm up my muscles before sex. They make a big impact on how active my pelvic floor pain is, and I couldn’t recommend them more wholeheartedly.

So, if you want to win your very own set of Inspire Silicone Dilators, just enter using the widget below. While best used in conjunction with treatment from your gynecologist, they’re a great tool for anyone with pelvic floor pain, vestibulodynia, or even just anxiety about sex! 

Availability:$89.99 at Lovehoney (US/US/Can), $69.99 USD at PinkCherry.com.

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This giveaway will be open to US & Canadian residents over 18 until 11:59 PM MST on August 31st, 2016. For full rules, please read the terms included in the widget above. 

Amaterasu Liquid Eyeliner, Brow Liner review & giveaway! | Canadian beauty at its best

Monday, July 4, 2016

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The products: Amaterasu Liquid Eyeliner in Espresso, Liquid Brow Liner in Brunette 

I love covering Canadian beauty products here on theNotice, and I loooove giving my favourite products a little extra screen time. Today, I get to do both!

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I’ve teamed up with the lovely folks at Amaterasu to bring you a pretty awesome giveaway: one lucky reader will win an Amaterasu Liquid Eyeliner in Brunette and an Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner in a shade that’s picked out just for them.

I’m a big fan of the Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner ($29 CAD), and the great tone and sheer finish of the formula still wow me every time. The pen itself is pretty small, but it hasn’t dried up on me yet (which is a pretty tough feat to accomplish!)

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The Amaterasu Liquid Eyeliner ($30 CAD) is new to me, and it’s definitely unlike all other liquid liners that I’ve tried before. The formula seems very similar to a liquid brow liner – it’s surprisingly sheer and sinks right into the skin instead of looking inky or painted on.

The liquid liner stays on incredibly well (no smudging or bleeding on my lids, even all day long!), but it rinses off easily and doesn’t stain the skin. If you like a really opaque line, I don’t think it’ll be for you, but for a natural look, it can’t be beat. There are very few liquid eyeliners that can pull of a tint, but this one does!

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Amaterasu Liquid Brow Liner in Brunette (the sheer one) & Liquid Eyeliner in Espresso (the chocolately one) swatches

What I think makes the Amaterasu liquid liner super special is its brush tip. Sure, a lot of other brands do a fibrous pen tip too, but this one just works. Because the formula is so liquidy, you can make full use of the brush from root to tip, getting a thick line that tapers into just a hair’s breadth in just one movement.

The giveaway

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If you’re excited about these two products now (and you should be), you can enter below for your chance to win a set! The prize ($59 CAD value) will include both an eyeliner in Espresso and a brow liner in a shade that’s handpicked just for you – the folks at Amaterasu will email the winner directly to figure out which of the shades will work best for them.

I’m super psyched about this giveaway, which is open to all US & Canadian residents of legal age and closes in two weeks, at 11:59 PM MST on July 17th. Happy entering!!

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