Spot the Neutrogena + 2015 launch preview | theNotice goes to Toronto!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

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The big event that I was in Toronto for was Neutrogena’s 2015 Skincare Expert launch party, so today, I wanted to go over (briefly!) some of the Neutrogena adventures that I had while I was in the city… and, of course, talk about some of the new products that they have coming out. (The reviews will come later; this is just a little preview.)

This year, Neutrogena is focusing on what they call the Art of Formulation. They described it like this: if you have a bucket of grapes, you can make grape juice, or you can make wine. So, for 2015, the brand is taking their grapes, adding a twist of innovation, and turning them into a fine wine, accessible to all.

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I don’t know what was in this, but it was amazing and I could drink these every single day. Something about “gilded somethingorother” with bitters, bourbon, and pineapple juice. (But seriously, I’m dying to know how to make this at home, because delicious.)

Tree plate

A tree bark-inspired dish (caramelized foie gras, roasted parsnip bark, and cedar jelly), inspired by one of Neutrogena’s 2015 innovations!

This year, look for three new moisture-boosting products with hyaluronic acid (the Hydro Boost Eye Gel-Cream looks particularly good), and keep an eye out for the Triple Age Repair with Hexinol line, in purple — that stuff smells really good, and the day cream comes with an SPF of 25. Plus, fans of the Pink Grapefruit line can look forward to the brand’s first-ever Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Pink Grapefruit Moisturizer, which is very fluid and smells just as bright as the rest of the line.

If you love a good primer, make sure to try the Healthy Skin primers ones when they come out (the Refining one mattes the skin for eight hours, and the Tone Corrector adds super glowy shimmer), and if you’re ‘cone-free like I am, then you can look forward to not one, not two, but three exciting new silicone-free products from Neutrogena this year!

Neutrogena 2015 silicone-free launches

Silicone-free launches coming your way!

The Healthy Skin Boosters Facial Cleanser and Exfoliating Scrub are silicone-free and smell really fresh and delicious, with added extracts of white tea and Vitamin E, and the ‘cone-free Neutrogena Naturals moisturizer will be joined by the first silicone-free Neutrogena makeup wipes ever. These wipes are gooood, you guys — they’re super wet, and the ladies hosting the event mentioned that they were their favourite wipes out of the entire Neutrogena lineup. (Finally, an all-natural product that’s even better than its classic counterpart!)

Arianne and Jessica

finally got to meet these girls!!!!! ( Jessica / Arianne )

Arianne!!

Seriously, how cute is this gorgeous mom-to-be??

Spot the Neutrogena

To say thanks to Neutrogena for sending me away on this amazing trip to Toronto, I put together a little series of “Spot the Neutrogena” images while I was in the city. (Which were, largely, lost along with my camera, but I made up for it the best I could). It’s not much of a thank-you present, but it was the most fun one that I could think of: I mean, we’re all adults here, or close enough, but no one really ever grows out of I-Spy.

So I’ll leave you to spot some Neutrogena products in the photos below, and good luck to you all! Let me know in the comments if you find ‘em ;)

Spot the Neutrogena at breakfast

Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Night Cream

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Neutrogena Naturals Multi-Vitamin Night Cream (in box)

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Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Balm, Cleansing Oil review & giveaway

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Avene Xeracalm review

The products: Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil, Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm, and Eau Thermale/Thermal Spring Water

The technology behind Xeracalm

Avène (a.k.a. Eau thermale Avène, or “the itchy horse brand”!) has been making products for intolerant skin for years, but this month, they’re launching something just for those with dry skin. The Xeracalm A.D range, which is suitable for infants and adults with moderate to intensely dry skin (my entire life can be summed up in that statement, by the way) was created around “I-modulia®,” a new technology that took a whopping twelve years of research to create.

Avene Xeracalm A.D Cleansing Oil review

The Xeracalm A.D range, which is formulated with Avène’s classic thermal water as a key component, aims to reduce itching while soothing irritations and redness, offering both comfort and softening to the skin — something that those with very dry skin will recognize as a pretty rare find.

The Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Unlike other cleansing oils, the Avène Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Cleansing Oil is thick and almost “sticky,” and I was surprised to find out that it is NOT made to be a makeup removing oil (though it does that, too). Rather, it’s generously-sized and is designed to be used on wet skin at the sink, in the shower, or as a bath oil.

Avene Xeracalm Lipid Replenishing Cleansing Oil review

It feels most like a shower/bath gel, with a gentle lather and squeaky-clean (but not too stripping) finish. It cleanses well, but I found that this one really excelled as a bath/baby product. Think of it as a lipid-replenishing bath gel, not a cleansing oil, and definitely give it a try if you have generalized eczema, psoriasis, or atopic dermatitis.

The Lipid-Replenishing Balm

On the opposite end of the spectrum, the Xeracalm A.D Lipid-Replenishing Balm is thin and non-sticky, for a balm! It’s manufactured in a completely sterile environment and is packaged in patent-protected packaging with a perfect hermetic seal, meaning that there are ZERO preservatives (not even trace amounts) in this product.

Avene Xeracalm A.D Lipid Replenishing Balm review

The Xeracalm Balm reminds me of a zinc cream, but with a texture more like body lotion: it’s very plain, very soothing, and perfect for skin prone to atopic dermatitis. This one is hard to squeeze out of the tube (so avoid it if you have arthritis in your hands or wrists) and not optimal for dehydration, but it will be perfect for you if you have reactive skin.

Or if you’re a baby. The literal kind — this is very well-suited to itchy babies’ skin.

Avene Xeracalm A.D review balm

The classic: Eau Thermale

I also had a chance to try the cult-favourite Avène Thermal Spring Water (proper name “Eau Thermale Avène Eau Thermale,” which I find to be endlessly hilarious) for this review, and I have to say: I really liked it! The full-sized bottle is enormous, and it dispenses a dense, light mist of calming spring water.

I don’t have an itchy-skinned horse to test this product on, but I do find it to be very soothing on my skin when it’s feeling particularly parched. If you haven’t tried it yet, give it a go — you might just find (like I did) that this one really does live up to the hype.

Avene Thermal Spring Water review

The giveaway

And now, the best part! One lucky Canadian reader of theNotice will win the ENTIRE Xeracalm A.d range by Avène – just enter using the givewaway widget below. Good luck (and good skin) to all of you!!

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A week away | theNotice goes to Toronto!

Monday, March 2, 2015

As some of you may know already (and if you don’t, why aren’t you following theNotice’s Twitter and Instagram channels?), I was lucky enough to spend last week in Toronto thanks to Neutrogena, visiting all kinds of beautiful shops, learning about the coolest new products of the year, and meeting the most hilarious, amazing women.

So. Today, I’m going to catch you up on what I’ve been up to over the past few weeks; on Wednesday, I’m going to share my Neutrogena experience with you (including a little game of I-Spy!); and on Friday, I’ll be posting my review of the (gorgeous) Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie.

Note: I lost my camera while I was away (cry) so I don’t have a ton of photos to share with you… but here’s what I had saved to my phone!

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The Detox Market (Canada/Toronto)

The Detox Market

If you live by Toronto’s Detox Market, you have to visit it. Like, STAT. And bring your wallet!

This little shop (which was originally meant to be a pop-up shop in 2009 but is still around and thriving) is packed from wall to wall with an incredibly well-curated selection of skincare, haircare, cosmetics, and everything from ready-to-boil soups (just add water!) to delicious green juices by Greenhouse.

And ugh, it has the best vibe. Great music, beautiful setup, and the most magical lighting.

Odacite oil review

Little trays of Odacité

If you get the chance to go to The Detox Market, make sure to:

  • Pick up an serum concentrate oil by Odacité (their top-selling range, which I adore) — I hear the blueberry serum is amazing for scarring,
  • Check out Rahua, which literally everyone who works in the store is obsessed with,
  • Smell the Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin C Body Oil (the prettiest),
  • Give the W3ll People makeup line a swatch (this is the only place you’ll be able to do it in Canada), and
  • Try a cold-pressed Greenhouse juice! The Good and The Giver are sugar free — I bought a bottle of The Giver on my way out (it was too pretty not to), and it was delicious. Annika, the woman who was working at the Greenhouse table that day, said that it was one of their earthier ones, but the balance of lemon and ginger masks the green-ness of the juice so well. If this is earthy, man, the rest of the line must be like drinking healthy candy.

Greenhouse Juice review

Rodial launches cosmetics

I have a handful of products from this launch that you can bet your bones I’ll be reviewing for you soon, but just as a little preview: Rodial is launching cosmetics this March, and you guys, you need to get excited for this now

I’ve heard amazing things about the new Glamolash mascaras (a skinny wand for day wear and a chubby one for serious volume), which were wear-tested on Rodial’s London employees overnight to ensure that they wouldn’t flake, and the upcoming brush line is SO plush and dense. The brushes look and feel super luxe, and they put even the best Real Techniques synthetics to shame.

Rodial Glamolash review preview

Rodial cosmetics review preview

A few bits & bites

And, finally, the last thing that I have to share with you (and thank you for sticking with me until the end, if you have) is that M and I kind of broke up when I came home. I mean, we did. We did and now I am sad.

It’s a weird time for me right now, because so much has changed in just a few days, but I’m okay. You know how it is: you cut seven inches off of your hair, go travelling for the first time as a disabled human being, meet the people that you’ve been friends with for (literally, in one case) seven years… break up with your boyfriend of two and a half years and then cry about it.

It was one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do, but hey. I visited three libraries on Friday and he’s still sending me upside-down monkey emoticons; we’re gonna be just fine.

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This stately old house surrounded by tall buildings

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Bloor & Spadina. I could have stayed here forever.

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TORONTO REFERENCE LIBRARY!!!

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Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column Vol.2: Makeup Advice for Beginners

Sunday, February 22, 2015

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THE QUESTION: What beauty advice would you pass on to someone who wants to start wearing makeup for the first time?

MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up
My biggest tip would be to take it one step at a time and to start with the basics. Think products like mascara, eyeliner and maybe a sheer lippie. Then once you feel comfortable with that you can start adding more products to your routine and get into the real pro stuff like contouring and highlighting. And another great tip: have fun with it and experiment away! Trying out different things is the best way to discover what does and doesn’t work for you.

SUNNY | Belgium | Mostly Sunny Blog
Start out with what you are comfortable with and don’t get discouraged if you can’t ace everything in one go. Experiment with different things, but feel free to move on if it’s not for you. Believe you are beautiful the way you are, and makeup is there to enhance your natural beauty as well as something you do for fun! Technique-wise, the only thing I think absolutely everybody can benefit from is sorting the brows out. It might take you a while, and to be honest I’m not even sure I have completely nailed it. It might seem like a chore compared with trying a new lipstick on, but never underestimate the power of brows!

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
Start by learning the basics, but wear what you love! If you focus on learning how to (1) create steady lines and (2) blend (really, really well) first, everything else will come naturally after that. You can pull off ANY look that speaks to you, from “no-makeup” makeup to green lips and chiselled cheekbones, as long as it’s skillfully applied.

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ALICE | Belgium | Alice Yeh
Make-up should be a powerful tool to enhance features instead of plastering away what you consider to be imperfect. Do your make-up in natural light to avoid unpleasant surprises. Build up light layers and take time to properly blend. Don’t forget that less is always more – something I’ve learnt the hard way.

DEE | Canada | How Does Dee Do It
My first tip when it comes to makeup is less is more – keep it simple and your skin will thank you. Second, never ever skip wearing sunscreen (less is NOT more in this case) and lastly take off every single bit of makeup on your face before bed – no matter how tired (or drunk) you are.

JAA | USA/Thailand | Hello Jaa
Research! Look for someone who has the same features as you and learn from them. It will save you a lot of time, money, and headaches trying to figure out what does and does not work for you. Once you get the basics down, then you can start experimenting on your own. Don’t give up if you can’t get it right the first time. Believe that practice makes perfect. I am still learning every day!

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Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column, Vol. 1: Blogger Introduction

Sunday, February 8, 2015

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Happy Sunday, dear reader! Today, I have a little something special to share with you — ever since I shut down BBLL (I loved doing it, but I couldn’t fit it into my schedule anymore), I’ve been hoping to find a new community of bloggers to exchange links with every now and then.

The lovely Jaa (from HelloJaa) solved this problem for me by asking me to be a part of her brand-new Beauty Influencer’s Sunday Column, a super cool series that’s going to feature the bloggers you see below. Today, she’s put together a Blogger Introduction so we can all get acquainted with each blogger, their skin type, their makeup style, and their makeup bag staples!

I hope you enjoy the intro.

OUR PANEL OF SELECTED BLOGGERS

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- AGATA -

USA; Her and Makeup
Skin color and type: MAC NW20; normal
Makeup style: Smokey eyes with neutral brown shades, pink lips, pink and glowy cheeks
Makeup bag staples:  Mac Face and Body foundation, N2, Buxom Lash Waterproof mascara in Black, and Dior Addict Gloss in Princess

- ALICE -

Belgium; Alice Yeh
Skin color and type: MAC NC25; dry to normal
Makeup style: Fairly neutral with a natural smokey-eye
Makeup bag staples: Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk in shade 6.5 (The one foundation I rely on on bad skin days and big events. It guarantees great skin without failure. Thanks to it’s medium – buildable coverage, it blurs imperfections and creates a beautiful soft-focus look. It blends in so beautifully that even a magnifying mirror fails to detect it. I call it an Instagram filter in a bottle because that’s exactly what it is.), Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner in shade Sepia Ink (Whilst I describe my make-up look to be rather neutral, I do have to confess that I haven’t been able to leave the house without a flick on the eyes. Bobbi Brown’s formula is hard to beat: it’s longwearing, smudge-free and budge-free. It applies so easily that it omits the need of cotton buds. Sepia Ink is a very dark ashy brown and wears beautifully day and night. I’ve caught myself to reach back to this time and time again.), and Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick in shade Amazing Grace (A neutral lipstick hunt is generally just a wild-goose chase in my books because most of them are either too pink or too pale. Amazing Grace however is my current neutral lip love. The shade injects just the perfect amount of colour to perk up your complexion without being overly pink. Some people rock pink so naturally but I’m definitely not one of them. The formula rocks as well. It’s a creamy matte formula – yes you’ve read that well – that feels great on the lips and fades into the prettiest stain after having been displayed for a good few hours. There’s just nothing not to love.)

- DEE -

Canada; How Does Dee Do It
Skin color and type: NC 35-NC42 (depending on the time of year ); dry
Makeup style: Neutral with a pop of brights/colour
Makeup bag staples:  Nivea Lip Smoothie lip balm in Acai & Wild Apple (now called  Nivea Lip Care Kiss of Vitamin Swirl), Too Faced Teddy Berry lipstick, and Bobbi Brown Corrector (Peach)

- ERIN -

USA; Clever Girl Reviews
Skin color and type: Ranges from N/NW 5 to 15 depending on the time of year; combination with Rosacea; it can veer very dry and dehydrated in winter
Makeup style: Softer looks for day, bolder looks for night
Makeup bag staples: Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer in Raisin (I have bought at least 30 tubes since it came out), L’Oreal Voluminous Full Definition (20 – 40 tubes. I’ve lost count), and Armani Sheer Blush in #2 (this blush is worth every cent if you can find it)

- JAA -

USA/Thailand; Hello Jaa
Skin color and type: MAC NC30; combination
Makeup style: Smokey neutral
Makeup bag staples: Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer in Ocher, Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Cruise, and Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper

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