BISC Vol. 6 | Makeup & Skincare DOs and DON’Ts

Sunday, April 26, 2015

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Makeup / Skincare DOs and DON’Ts

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash

  1. When it comes to both makeup and skincare, DO know your own face and skin. Your skin type, skin tone, skin behaviour. Nobody knows your skin better than you.
  2. Do your own experiment – mix and match or layer different products. Layer different serums or mix foundation shades. Pull out your inner mad scientist but as a rule of thumb, refer number 1 first.
  3. Don’t be afraid to sample new skincare or new looks. When it comes to makeup especially, it’s more fun to try a variety of looks and explore your own features at the same time.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

  1. DO treat all acne like face acne. (This is so, so important. I had back acne for years, and it all but disappeared when I started moisturizing my back.)
  2. DON’T try too many new things at once. It’s tempting, but too many new treatments at once can stress out your skin barrier and leave your skin really reactive!
  3. DO bend the rules. Makeup and skincare should be fun! And a little bathroom alchemy never hurt anyone.

SARA | Germany | Color Me Loud

  1. Don’t wear foundation which is too light or too dark compared to the tone of your neck. This one seems to be a common mistake, to the point that it is widely excepted by the brands, so they release their foundations in deeper shades in one part of the world and very light shade in the other. Try not to go with the trend, there is nothing less appealing than your face sticking out of your neck.
  2. Do test out skin care and foundation and actively ask for the shops to provide you with samples. This is especially important if you are going to spend a small fortune on the product. No samples, no purchase!
  3. Don’t (over)plug your eye brows. Later in life you might regret plugging them too much since they get ever more sparse each year.

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AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

  1. Do emphasize your beauty but don’t conceal it. A lot of people will say that you put on makeup to hide the real you. Don’t. Use makeup to hide imperfections but play up your best features- beautiful eyes, prominent cheek bones, plump lips.
  2. Do step out of your comfort zone and try new things. Red lipstick is not for you? You won’t know until you try it on. Makeup is supposed to be fun, play with it.
  3. Do take good care of your skin. It’s the basis for all your makeup and if your skin isn’t well taken care of, no amount of makeup will cover it. Drink plenty of water, properly cleanse and moisturize your skin.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

  1. Don’t pop or pick at your pimples to avoid acne scars!
  2. Do apply sunscreen religiously wherever there is sunlight, even when you are indoors.
  3. Don’t share your makeup, especially eye makeup, to prevent contamination and eye infection.

MIYU Beauty: A Sunday Well Spent Giveaway!

Friday, April 24, 2015

MIYU Beauty A Sunday Well Spent giveaway

My mom is not your stereotypical mom.

You can’t just get her flowers and bubble bath on Mother’s Day, and she’s happier with a hammer than a hammam, but even then… I mean, all moms deserve a little pampering. They put up with a lot from us young (and not so young) ‘uns, and everyone likes to get a little spoiled every now and then — no matter how practical and utilitarian they are.

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Today, I have a really exciting giveaway for one of your moms (or yourself)! MIYU Beauty, who make those really pretty Beauty Essences and Teas that I reviewed last year, has offered to share one of their limited edition A Sunday Well Spent kits with a lucky reader of theNotice.

The kit ($100 value) is designed to de-stress even the busiest of moms, and includes:

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This giveaway is open to all readers of legal age (or with parental consent) in Canada & the US, and closes at midnight on May 3rd. To enter, just use the widget below!

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Images courtesy of MIYU Beauty.

BISC Vol.5: Hyped products that just aren’t worth buying

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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What was the last product you bought because of the hype and now regret?​

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
The Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara. So many people say this is THE mascara to gorgeous lashes, but it did absolutely nothing on me. It was very disappointing because I had high hopes for it. I guess I just have to stick with what works. Dior and Estee Lauder work well on my lashes. Clinique Power Lash is great and some Japanese drugstore ones work much better. It was an expensive mistake though.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
They were a great deal, but I really regret buying The Body Shop’s Body Sorbet moisturizers. Everyone always says they’re the best thing ever, but they leave my skin feeling sort of… powdery? And tacky. My only other hype-haul this year has been for ColorPop eyeshadows, though, and they more than made up for it!

SARA | Germany | Color Me Loud
I feel like it is part of my blogger duties to hunt down hyped products before others and review them so I end up making mistakes very often. Last three products which disappointed me were:

  • YSL 10 color eye palettes (reviewed here): These had very cheap looking linear shimmer, almost like drug store quality, plus fall out.
  • By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Color Design (reviewed here): The colors looked very vibrant in the pan. Instead they turned out to be very soft and muted, also they fade on me.
  • Giorgio Armani Runway Nail Polish (swatched here): It costed more than the regular nail polishes but is almost the same as their regular one called Incense Velvet.

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AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
This is the hardest question so far! I thought about it for days, I went through my makeup stash a few times and I can’t find one thing that would fit the criteria. I am normally not a very spontaneous buyer and I do a little research before buying makeup, especially if it’s more expensive. Don’t get me wrong- I bought makeup because of a hype (urban Decay Naked palettes, Hourglass blushes) but none of these products disappointed me.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover! It does a good job at removing waterproof and long-wear eye makeup but that’s about it. I don’t like the scent (strong and unpleasant), nor the greasy residue it leaves behind. I just don’t get the rave reviews at all. I have to always follow up with a separate cleanser to get rid of the oily film.

What makeup brand would you want to be an ambassador for? | Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol. 4

Sunday, March 22, 2015

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If you could be a brand ambassador for a makeup company, what brand would it be and why?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

Marcelle! I’d want to pick a Canadian company that I already know and love, and there’s no one sweeter than the folks that work at Annabelle/Marcelle. It’s the only pairing that I think would really make sense for theNotice, and I couldn’t live without their Cleansing Milk, 3 in 1 Micellar Solution, and translucent face powders. (That said, though, I would DIE if I could be a brand ambassador for Clinique — their makeup line right now is killer!)

Lily | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
I don’t think I’d like to be a brand ambassador. Being a brand ambassador means being employed by a company, having to use everything from that one brand and to promote all the products whether or not you really like it. I love my variety, and there’s no one brand out there that does everything right. That’s the beauty of being a blogger. I get to sample a variety of things and also tell my readers the good, the bad and the ugly. What ambassador can do that?

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LENA | USA | Lenallure

Hmmm, it is a toughie! I have a feeling that I am not the only one who would choose this brand, but I would have to go with Chanel. Mostly because I have been buying quite a few things from the brand lately, and pleasantly surprised by their recent offerings. Plus I have my respect for their unique yet timeless color compositions. Chanel isn’t a brand that is known to feature Asian faces often, so maybe it would be a nice change in my wild imagination.

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

This is a really hard question to answer because there are so many amazing makeup brands out there that I’d love to be an ambassador for. However, I would go with Hourglass Cosmetics. Everything about them says luxury- high quality ingredients, hand made products, beautiful and elegant packaging. Each and every product they release involves a cutting-edge technology and amazing formulas. Although their makeup comes with a high price tag, I feel like you get what you pay for- luxurious packaging, high quality makeup, long lasting formulas and products that quickly become your every day staples (looking at you Ambient Lighting Powders and Blushes!)

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ALICE | Belgium | Alice Yeh

That’s an absolute no-brainer. Even though I adore countless brands, Charlotte Tilbury stands out immediately. There’s just nothing not to love about her as a person, her make-up and the philosophy behind it. Her brand reflects her immense passion and knowledge of make-up, which embodies quality and luxury. I have yet to find a product I dislike. She does everything so well, from base to eyes to lip products – she doesn’t disappoint. It’s a brand I’d recommend to everyone – from my closest friends to complete strangers. She deserves to live in everyone’s make-up bag.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa

I shouldn’t have asked this question because I am having a hard time deciding myself! I’d like to say VERSO because I love all the science behind their products but then I realized they are not really a makeup brand! I think I’ll go with MAC Cosmetics because it would be so much fun to present and play with new makeup collections all the time! They have some really nice, good-quality, and affordable staple-worthy products in the line-up, too. Their MUAs are also talented, professional, and friendly which are the type of people I want to be working with.

BISC Vol. 3: If you could start your blog all over again…

Sunday, March 8, 2015

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If you could start your blog all over again, what would you do differently?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
If I could start my blog all over again, I’d skip the first few years of terrible product photos! And I’d start on WordPress this time, tagging everything extensively, so that none of my old posts would be weighed down by unchangeable Blogger styling and old posts would be easier to find. Day to day, however, I think it would be run much the same as it is right now — it would just have a better archive.

SARA | Germany | Color Me Loud
This is a hard question because I am not blogging for a such long time (less than 2 years). I believe I would invest in a light box a little earlier than later. I am still struggling to find the right lighting for product and portrait photography. Since my lights are not bright enough, it takes longer to edit the photos. I have just installed a new banner this summer. I wish I could have done it before because it changes the website a lot. But the most important of them all, I would write PR of the companies before the first year is over. I always waited for the right moment, the right page hits etc. only to find out much smaller/newer blogs keep the available slots occupied. Another thing I would do would be starting with social media as early as possible, because it takes time to build it up. But whatever you do, do things you like because it is your hobby and not a job.

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MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
I’d probably think things through a lot better. When I started my blog I really didn’t have a clue what I was doing. It was so cringe… My lay-out was a nightmare, my photos were embarrassingly bad and I just basically had no idea what having a beauty blog really meant. Of course over the years I learned a lot and I’m very happy with where I stand now with the blog, but if I could do it all over again I’d definitely do more research before launching myself as a beauty blogger and I’d try to approach it all a lot more professionally and less than a hobby.

LAARNI | Philippines | Xoxo Laarni
This is a funny question because I already started my blog all over again. My #1 reason was my old blog’s niche was too broad. It was running for five years but I eventually got tired of it. Also, it was penalized by Google because of sponsored posts so buying a new domain name was my best option.

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KRISTEN | USA | Glambunctious
I’d focus on spending money on products that are exciting to me, even if they aren’t new to the market, and not go broke trying to keep up with every new release.  There’s no sense in spending so much money on each new collection when there are already blogs upon blogs that cover these releases that receive the items gratis from PR.  I also started out posting 7 times per week which quickly became exhausting (blogging is not my full-time job).  I decided to only post when I was inspired and that decision has led to 2 years of happiness!

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
I’d start experimenting with portrait studio lighting sooner. My older posts would have been more complete. I’d also make sure to choose a layout that accommodates larger picture size because I believe larger photos create higher impact. Another thing would be to tell myself to not be shy and connect with other bloggers sooner! It is more fun to have someone with the same interest to talk to and you just learn so much from them! Last thing would be to implement a Pin It button on all my photos right away because Pinterest is among the top three social networks that drive traffic to my blog the most.

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