On cover girls, textbook-sized magazines, and perfumes that mainly just look cool

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Katy Perry in ELLE Canada

Earlier this month (late last month? Early last month? The days are all a little fuzzy for me right now), ELLE Canada sent over a copy of their October issue, as well as their cover girl’s new scent: Killer Queen.

While I’m not big on either Katy Perry or her perfume, I’ll give Killer Queen one thing: it was a blast to photograph.

Katy Perry Killer Queen

Katy Perry interview ELLE Canada + perfume

Killer Queen ($49 USD and up) is a perfume that I’m not sure I’d want on my dresser, despite finding it remarkably easy to take pictures of. Like the larger versions of Burberry Body (which has to lie down horizontally, lest it fall over and club a small animal to death), it doesn’t have a base to stand on. Instead, it has to be lain on its side, like a beached whale or a vial of poison.

On one hand: what an inconvenience, right? I don’t want a beached whale on my countertop.

But on the other… yeah, a glamorous, gold-capped, ombré vial of poison and I would probably get along just fine.

Katy Perry Killer Queen EdT magazine

October’s issue of ELLE Canada was a door-stopping 312 pages long (their largest issue yet), with two separate covers: one for subscribers, and one on the newsstands. (The only image of the subscriber cover online comes from E! Online, and can be seen here). The issue also boasted their biggest beauty section ever, as well: 31 pages, including a 17 page Beauty Trend Report insert.

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On finding your niche, and making the most of it | Elie Saab: an overview

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Elie Saab F13 CTR (4)

ELIE SAAB Haute Couture Autumn/Winter 2013-2014

Yeah, I don’t really have a good reason for posting any of these images (which, by the way, are all from Style.com). I just felt like taking a bit of a beauty break, you know?

We’ll be back to our regularly scheduled reviewing, flailing, and photo-taking shortly, but in the meantime, here are a few of my favourite Elie Saab pieces from the past few seasons. The Elie Saab aesthetic may not be the most innovative, or the most exciting, but I absolutely love the delicate embellishments and ethereal, flowing silhouettes that are repeated so often in the line.

I think, for many, that Elie Saab seems like a bit of a one trick pony. I prefer to look at it another way, however: the familiar, recognizable couture collections are a wonderful example of finding your niche and working with it, exploring its depths to their fullest extent before moving onto new textiles, new colour palettes, new shapes.

Elie Saab F13 CTR (5)

How breathtaking is that dress on the left? I would love to see that on the red carpet — I think it would be perfect for someone like Claire Danes.

Elie Saab F13 CTR (6)

Same with the dress on the right, here — but I think it’s better suited to someone who’s more of a risk-taker, no?

Elie Saab F13 CTR (1)

Oh, and with the reds — I loved seeing these against the red runway; it usually doesn’t work, but the glossy floors and lighting really helped provide contrast.

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Behind the scenes at New York Fashion Week SS14 with Maybelline New York

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

MNY FW SS14 Richard Chai

I’ve managed to come down with (yet another) cold, so today’s post is something a little different — a bit of behind-the-scenes action from New York Fashion Week, through the eyes of Maybelline.

I hope you enjoy the backstage photos & info, and I’ll hopefully be recovered enough to blog in a few days!

The runway standard: Super-dewy skin at SUNO

MNY FW SS14 SUNO (3)

(Yes, that’s a Baby Lips balm being applied to the lids!)

To start us off, a look that we see time and time again on runways. Makeup artist Alice Lane created a really flawless, really dewy base with Maybelline Fit Me Foundation and Fit Me Shine Free Powder (though I’ve no idea where on earth the powder went), then added Dream Bouncy Blush in Candy Coral to the cheeks.

As an aside, I love the texture of the Bouncy Blushes, but the pigmentation and wear time have always left me wanting. For a cheap, super-fun fix, though, you can’t do much better than a blush that feels like a happy marshmallow!

MNY FW SS14 SUNO (1)

MNY FW SS14 SUNO (2)

On the matte side of things: Satin perfection at Lacoste

Though dewy skin is always a hit on runways, I’ve always been more of the “more is more” camp when it comes to matte and satin finishes. Makeup artist Mayia Alleaume (what a beautiful name) used Maybelline Fit Me Shine-Free Powder to perfect the skin, then added the blush and bronzer of the same line to add a sun-kissed effect to the skin.

On the eyes, the models wore Maybelline Color Tattoo 24HR Cream Gel Shadows in (what else?) Tough as Taupe and Bad to the Bronze, topped with one of the new Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow Pencils in Smoking Charcoal.

MNY NYFW SS14 Lacoste (2)

MNY NYFW SS14 Lacoste (1)

Glowing eyes at Tibi, bold orange lips at DKNY, and a violet haze at Mara Hoffman

These looks need no further introduction.

Okay, maybe just a little bit more of an introduction. The looks at Tibi and Mara Hoffman are both so beautifully ethereal & easy to do at home — I’m really hoping to see them on the streets next spring.

On the other hand, there’s nothing easy about flushed cheeks paired with an orange lip, but can you really fault me for including the look at DKNY it in these photos? If someone drops a photo of Karlie Kloss in your inbox, you post that photo. You post it good.

NYFW SS14 at Tibi

Karlie Kloss at NYFW SS13 DKNY

NYFW SS14 at Mara Hoffman

All images courtesy of Maybelline New York & edited for theNotice.

A product-free On Our Radar: July 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Michelle Williams for LV

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

Everything (everything) about these photographs is perfect. I love the slightly-punk look of it all: the peroxide blonde hair with the dark roots; the moody lip; the ultra-defined dark brows; the flawless-but-flawed way they’ve finished her skin — look, moles!

The beauty blogging world is smitten with these images right now, and honestly, I’m no exception.

Photographed by Peter Lindbergh, with hair by Sam McKnight and makeup by Stephane Marais. (x)

Find Momo

Go Find Momo

Instagram user Andrew Knapp has a border collie.

The border collie, Momo, has an amazing amount of patience.

In an ongoing series of photographs tagged #findmomo, Knapp takes wonderful, slightly-hipstery shots of places he sees and people he meets — all with Momo hiding somewhere in the shot. Think of it as the grown-up version of Where’s Waldo, but with vsco-happy photographs. And a fluffy.

Find Momo on Instagram and Tumblr.

MAC Sheen Supreme

The new MAC Sheen Supreme Lipglass Tints

Because fake science is always funny.

Photograph and info from Temptalia — read more about them here

2013 Nordstrom Anniversary Sale: Beauty Picks

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Good morning, gorgeous! I know this is a little delayed (I wanted to have something to post for the weekend, so it’s been waiting in my drafts since Friday), but here’s a few quick beauty picks from this year’s Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

The products are a blend of exclusives, sets, and discounts, and the sale will be running until August 4th (two weeks from today). Shop it here, or click on the products below!

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