BISC Vol.12 | ​​Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

Hah! Absolutely not — I throw out expired products as I come upon them, but I definitely don’t toss en masse or get rid of things based on expiry dates. Once a product is past its prime, it gets thrown out, but I’m far too lazy to sort through my collection and search out expired products on a regular basis! :p

TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty

Whenever I purchase an item I put an alert in my phone from 3months up to a year out depending on the product. That way I can keep track of what I’m using (and not using for that matter) and toss anything that should be thrown out. If however something either doesn’t look quite right or smells weird I don’t hesitate to toss it right then and there. And the money lost definitely takes precedence over a possible infection.

You wouldn’t put spoiled milk on your cereal so why would you put expired foundation on your face.

ANGELA | Canada | Do Want Makeup

Confession: I sometimes use mascara past the 3-6 month mark if the texture is still good. Honestly, I don’t pay too much attention to the expiry date (unless it’s sunscreen!) or the period-after-opening date (that jar symbol with a number). I make a personal decision about whether a product is still okay to use based on the consistency, smell, or appearance. If any of those things change, then I toss it. I try go to through my stash once or twice a year to declutter and purge items that are expired or no longer hold any interest for me.


ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca


I´ll probably make myself main target to the wreath of the beauty community out there, but I couldn’t care less about expiration dates. There are foundations, lipsticks and eyeshadows I purchased four to five years ago that I still happily use every once in a while. As long as they don’t smell or look weird, I think this is perfectly fine. The only thing I toss within expiration date is mascara, mainly because it doesn’t last any longer.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I do, but only with liquid eyeliners and mascaras. Everything else I keep until I notice a change in texture and/or scent. I try to be proactive about keeping my makeup clean where I can. For example, I make sure my hands and vanity are clean before I start putting on makeup. I rarely ever share my makeup with anyone. I dab cream and liquid products on the back of my hand and apply with a separate applicator to prevent possible contamination. I also keep my makeup only in a dry area away from sunlight and humidity.

BICS Vol.11: ​How do you ensure your makeup stays flawless all day?

Sunday, July 12, 2015


How do you ensure your makeup stays flawless all day?

KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious
In the heat and humidity of summer, my face gets much oilier so my routine is different than in the winter.  I cleanse my face in the morning with a cleanser containing kaolin clay, then I apply a serum foundation if I’m going out. My skin gets the tiny amount of moisture it needs from the foundation and stays pretty shine-free throughout the day. For years I applied moisturizer like all the experts recommend, and I’d wind up mopping oil off my face all day with blotting sheets and powder. My advice: you don’t have to follow “the rules.” Experiment!

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
One of my biggest make-up must-haves is a translucent setting powder that I can reapply throughout the day to take away shine and excess oil. Without it my face turns into a total oil slick after a couple of hours and whatever face make-up I applied in the morning will just slide off. To ensure that my eye make-up stays put from AM to PM I make sure that I don’t apply any skincare on my eyelids and I always use a good primer before applying my eyeshadow. As far as lips go I don’t mind touching up during the day, so I don’t really take any special measures there.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
I’m not one for touchups, so I like to pick only products that (a) basically stay on until you die or (b) still look great as they fade. For base products, that means using only extremely pigmented products (like the Kevin Aucoin Sensual Skin Enhancer or theBalm timeBalm Concealer), using them sparingly, and buffing them REALLY REALLY WELL into the skin, followed by mineral powder concealer (for blemishes) and a setting powder.

For flawless eye makeup, I always wear tubing mascara (currently: Déjàvu Lash Up) and wear only gel or liquid liners.


SHEILA | Canada | Maddy Loves
I have dehydrated skin so I start off with properly moisturizing my skin so that foundation won’t “flake” off. I love using a non-silicone primer such as Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer, followed by my foundation of choice (currently Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow), topped with a light dusting of Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light for a bit of glow and oil control. Throughout the day, I blot whenever I feel a bit of oil surfacing, and then I reapply powder if needed. On eyes, I use an eye primer to help eyeshadow stay vibrant, longer.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
For face, I blot excess shine from my skincare before following with a mattifying primer such as the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Next I apply a long-lasting base using a Beautyblender and really press it in the skin. I always finish everything off with a light dusting of loose powder. For eyes, I prime with a slightly matte eye primer before I do my eye makeup. For lips, I apply a lip liner all over the lips as a base for my lipstick. I also like to keep blotting sheets handy to get rid of excess oil when needed without disturbing my makeup.

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BISC Vol.10: ​What are essential makeup brushes everyone should own?

Sunday, June 28, 2015


What are essential makeup brushes everyone should own?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

I think everyone needs to own a dense foundation brush, a pinpoint concealer brush (I favour fine-tipped art brushes, or a lip brush like the Make Up For Ever 304), and at least three good eye brushes: an all-over shadow brush, a domed blending brush, and a soft angled eyeliner brush for getting right into your lashline without irritating your eyes!

My favourite brushes of the moment are the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, the Cozzette S125 and 135 (which are a dream), and, weirdly, the Essence Gel Eyeliner Brush.

DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It

The only brushes that I would say I ABSOLUTELY need are my eyeshadow brushes. I love my fingers/beauty blender as makeup implements for my face so don’t have any MUST-HAVE face brushes. If I must, Id say a fluffy blush brush. For eyes however, I would go with 1. a flat eyeshadow brush for all over the lids 2. a crease brush 3. a fluffy dome brush to blend 4. a pointy outer-v brush.  I’m not a slave to any brand of makeup brushes and have good luck with budget as well as high-end brands alike. I say – experiment, have fun – you’ll know when you find the RIGHT brushes for –>YOU<–!

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ANGELA | Canada | Do Want Makeup

I love a good dense, domed concealer brush. I bought the Sephora Advanced Airbrush Set years ago and the round concealer brush is still my go-to. It is amazing at blending and concealing my dark circles without looking too heavy or cakey.

It’s not exactly a brush, but my beautyblender dupe is also a must! It is great for sheering out foundations for daytime makeup, and is a lifesaver when I am dealing with an eczema flareup/dry patches because it doesn’t disturb dry, irritated skin the way a brush can.

SHARI | Philippines| The Misty Mom

I think every woman should have the MAC 217 blending brush especially if they’ve had trouble with eye makeup application. It’s my do-all eye brush. If you’ve slightly smaller eyes, maybe go a smaller/more tapered blending brush to avoid messy blending issues.

For the face, I didn’t think a tapered highlighter brush is one I would consider essential.. until now. I can apply foundation with my fingers and blush with any kind of powder brush (sometimes even my fingers, too!) but I can’t ever apply highlighter properly without a brush. My favorite is the Zoeva 105 Luxe Highlight Brush.


LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash

When it comes to makeup application, tools do matter. They do all the hard work for you. You can always apply foundation and concealer with your hands, and even pat on eye shadows using fingers. Blending however, is the key to makeup looking seamless and flawless. I’d say a good eye blending brush is a must. A medium sized soft blush brush is also the key to natural looking flushed cheeks. A bigger face brush for powder and bronzer is also very handy. Last but not least, if smokey eyes are your thing, always invest in a good pencil brush.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

For eye makeup, my staples include MAC 239 Eye Shader Brush(lid color), Chanel Eyeshadow Blender #19 (outer corner), MAC 217 Blending Brush (crease and blending), Smashbox Crease Brush #10 (all-over blending), MAC 219 Pencil Brush(smudging), and MAC 211 Pointed Liner Brush (lining). See more.

For face makeup, my staples include Hourglass No 2 Blush/Foundation Brush (foundation), Tom Ford Bronzer Brush (setting), Charlotte Tilbury Powder & Sculpt Brush (highlighting), NARS Ita Kabuki Brush (contouring), Tom Ford Cheek Brush and MAC 168 Large Angled Contour Brush (cheek color), and Real Techniques Setting Brush (concealing). See more.

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What are the 3 most frequently asked questions by your readers? | BISC Vol. 9

Sunday, June 14, 2015


What are 3 most frequently asked questions by your readers?

ERIN | USA | Clever Girl Reviews

All of my questions usually revolve around the wine I review on Wednesday! Where can they get it, when will it be in stock, and can I ship it to them. The only beauty questions I get asked are where to find pale foundations! 

SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog

I wouldn’t say there are FAQs, but I get these questions sometimes:

1) Does it really work that well?
Occasionally I make a product sound amazing, but in 100% of the cases that’s because it works for me/speaks to me personally. I’ll never sing anything praises if I am not convinced.

2) I have X type of skin. Is Y or Z better for me?
Assuming I have tried both Y and Z, I can make an educated guess. However, in the perfect world, especially when it comes to base products, it’s better to get a sample and test it out!


MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

1. Can you do a tutorial on that look?
2. What are you wearing on your lips here?
3. How do you think product X compares to product Y?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

Honestly, my most frequently asked questions are all variants on the same thing: how do I make my photos look like yours/what kind of camera do you use/etc. My answer is always this: I shoot with a Sony a6000 or Canon T3i, but the most helpful thing any beginner can do is put in the time! (And, okay, maybe reference my Tips for Bloggers: Photoshop and Photos series if you still need a hand.) Familiarize yourself with your camera’s manual settings, shoot somewhere with lots of sunlight, and edit your images in Photoshop, Lightroom, or even just Preview to get the brightness and colours just right.

And then maybe one day we’ll get as good as Jaa. Maybe. One day. :p

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I do get asked a lot about my photos. Most FAQs include: what camera/lens/image optimization plugin I use and how to use a macro lens to get sharp focus. For makeup-related questions I’m often asked: what foundation/foundation primer controls oil the best while still giving a natural finish, what I’m wearing in the post, and sometimes product comparison.

I find Rae’s Photoshop series really fun and useful for enhancing image quality! Do check it out!

Get ready for summer with a Leonisa swimsuit | US/Canada giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leonisa swimsuit giveaway

I like to do something a little different every summer if I can, whether that’s a Summery Summary or a big ‘ol bunch of giveaways.

This year, that “something different” is, well, even more different. Leonisa (a brand you might recognize from their features in Marie Claire or Jezebel) has generously offered to give one of theNotice’s readers the swimsuit of their choice, which I thought would be a great way to start the season!

Leonisa shapewear swimsuit giveaway

Leonisa combines shapewear with swimsuits, which is awesome if you need a little help getting super body-confident for the beach. (Not that anyone “needs” shapewear, but heck, going out onto the beach mostly-naked is hard. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want at least a little more nipple coverage out of my regular flimsy swimsuit every now and again.)

The brand hails from South America, where they’re doing some pretty cool work in terms of social responsibility. Supply chain employees get free meals on-shift, forgivable student loans for themselves and for their families, on top of things like housing loans (almost all Leonisa employees own their own homes) and the basics, like health and life insurance.

Leonisa giveaway

To enter, use the giveaway widget below! (You can pick which swimsuit you want to win here.) This contest is open from May 26th to June 8th at 11:59 PM MST to all residents of the US and Canada. (For more details, check out the fine print in the widget).

Good luck!!

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