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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LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Vol. 2 | Collection Overview & Preview

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes On Tour

About the collection

The facts

Like the first collection of Gorilla fragrances, Volume 2 features nine new unisex fragrances, available in six sizes. They’re limited edition for the year, available online and in these ten shops throughout the summer, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a few of them end up joining the permanent range. (My money’s on Sikkim Girls, and maybe Flower’s Barrow).

LUSH Devil's Nightcap The Bug Voice of Reason Gorilla Perfume

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes The Voice of Reason, Devil’s Nightcap, & The Bug

The line ranges from $14.95-$174.95 CAD, with prices varying by fragrance and size. I haven’t spoken to anyone at LUSH about why this is, but I’d bet it’s based upon the varying ingredients and percent of perfume solids by volume — the more expensive ones tend to have better wear time and sillage.

These vegan*, natural-synthetic blend perfumes are alcohol-based, which took me by surprise. With five splash bottles and one dropper, I had expected an oil base!

(*With the exception of Hellstone.)

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes sizes

The feelings

Created by the father-son team of perfumers Mark and Simon Constantine, Volume 2 was inspired by music, emotions, literary figures, and the British countryside. Meant to be “an antidote to boring mass-market scents,” each fragrance has a story behind it, and sometimes sits a little discordant.

(For a more “normal” scent, try something like Furze or The Sun; for something completely unexpected, give The Voice of Reason or The Bug a sniff.)

LUSH Sikkim Girls Hellstone Sun Gorilla Perfume

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes The Sun, Sikkim Girls, and Hellstone

LUSH Flower's Barrow Furze Euphoria Gorilla Perfume

LUSH Gorilla Perfumes Euphoria, Furze, and Flower’s Barrow

See the full collection past the jump! »

ob for shu uemura, Summer 2013 | Coming Up

Friday, April 12, 2013

ob for shu uemura cleansing oil teaser

Just a quick preview of a few products that will be up on theNotice (hopefully) soon! I haven’t photographed & tested the three cleansing oils that I have yet, but I’m loving the two UV mousses — they’re not ‘cone-free, but the results are fantastic. Good enough to tempt me into wearing them around despite my silicone intolerance, eep!

Availability: online at shuuemura.ca ($10 off any purchase over $50 with ARTOFSHU), shuuemura-usa.com (free shipping on all orders over $50), and in-stores at Holt Renfrew & select Sephora boutiques.

Here’s what’s in the collection…

ob for shu uemura collection

ob for shu uemura

the cleansing oils

  • fresh pore clarifying gentle cleansing oil (pink packaging), $79 CAD
  • high performance balancing cleansing oil advanced formula (yellow), $79 CAD
  • cleansing beauty oil premium A/O advanced formula (green), $89 CAD
  • whitefficient clear brightening gentle cleansing oil (blue), $89 CAD

the UV under base mousses

  • POREraser – pink (pink), $46 CAD
  • POREraser – beige (yellow), $46 CAD
  • BB mousse – BB beige (green), $46 CAD
  • brightening mousse whitefficient – pink purple (blue), $46 CAD

ob for shu uemura spring 2013 collection teaser

coming up

rouge unlimited lipstick

  • ob princess coral, $36 CAD
  • ob dream orange, $36 CAD
  • ob sakura pink, $36 CAD

pressed eyeshadow refill – all matte (M), $19 CAD/ea

  • light blue 630
  • light green 434
  • light purple 716
  • salmon beige 132

pastel eyeshadows - ob for shu

  • yellow beige 814
  • medium brown 852
  • medium brown 864
  • dark brown 896

cases & lashes

  • ob compact case (fits one Face Architect powder refill), $19 CAD
  • ob duo custom case (fits two eyeshadows), $11 CAD
  • sakura flower mini false eyelashes, $32 CAD
  • ocean beads mini false eyelashes, $32 CAD

ob for shu lashes and cases

Clarins Rouge Eclat (Spring 2013) | Collection Preview, Overview, & Details

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 preview

I’ve been extremely remiss about posting things on time always recently always (let’s be honest), so this preview is rather late! I’ve been playing around with the Clarins Spring 2013 Rouge Eclat collection for a good month or so, but I do actually have reviews & a look coming up for you soon — I promise.

(Actually soon this time, not the ,”in the distant future but I promise to tweet and Instagram about it,” kind of soon!)

Availability: on counters now & online at Nordstrom.

Clarins Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 model

The inspiration

“Like the iris…

The  Clarins woman is natural, elegant, modern. Her make-up embodies the freshness and softness of spring: a delicate velvet-smooth complexion and eyes enhanced with plum and shimmery grey tones.

The focus is on the lips with Rouge Eclat, the first age-defying lipstick by Clarins. Finally, a lipstick that offers more than just colour! Inspired by the multicoloured tones and satin feel of the iris, it veils the lips in youthful, radiant shades…”

Claring SS13 pre-teaser

The collection

Clarins Spring Rouge Eclat complexion

Poudre Multi-Eclat Mineral Loose Powder – new product

With its silky, featherlight feel, Poudre Multi-Eclat veils the skin in softness, enhancing the beauty of the face and décolleté. The translucent texture of this mineral powder even, smoothes and matifies the complexion in one step.

Face & Blush Powder in Palette Eclat - limited edition

Instant Light Brush-On Perfector – permanent

Clarins Rouge Eclat eyes

Wonder Perfect Mascara – permanent

Eye Quartet Mineral Palette in Iris Blossom - limited edition

Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick launch collection

Joli Rouge Brilliant Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick in 17 Watermelon and 18 Sweet Plum - new shades

Gloss Prodige in 09 Water Lily and 10 Vibrant Rose - new shade & limited edition, respectively

Clarins Gloss Prodige, Rouge Joli

Rouge Eclat Lipstick - new product

Satin Finish Age-Defying Lipstick: The highly nourishing cream texture glides onto the lips. It’s so smooth and fine, you won’t notice you’re wearing lipstick… but you will notice the subtle fragrance of red fruits with notes of blackcurrant and liquorice, the signature scent of all Clarins lipsticks!

Clarins Rouge Eclat lipstick 1-5

01 Nude Rose, 02 Sweet Rose, 03 Petal Pink, 04 Tropical Pink, 05 Pink Berry

Keep reading for the rest of the Rouge Eclat shades & more photos! »

YSL Arty Stone (Spring Look 2013) | Collection Overview & Preview

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Yves Saint Laurent Spring Look 2013

With a pretty serious cold (the kind of serious wherein the cold virus means business, not the kind where it glares grumpily at everything though that, too) and spotty sunlight at best, my progress photographing and testing out the new YSL Arty Stone collection is plodding along pretty slowly.

Here’s a collection overview to get you started — I’m most excited to test out the Rouge Pure Couture Vernis à Lèvres in Pêche Cerra-Colla, Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise Craquante, and the Crème de Blush formula. While I’m not much of a nail girl, La Laque Couture in both Jade Impérial and Bronze Pyrite will be coming up as well!

On counters this January & online now at Nordstrom, for those of you who’d rather not venture out into the cold.

YSL Arty Stone Spring 2013 preview

The inspiration

YSL Spring Look 2013 Arty Stone

Gems fascinate with their magnetic beauty and their mysterious power of attraction. The Spring Look 2013 is a palette of mineral and crystalline colors, inspired by the brilliance of precious stones.

“After an acid pop trend in 2012, the Spring Look 2013 is a return to calm. I wanted a palette of colours in halftones, pastel but intense, fresh and powdery, almost milky. To use as a play of harmonies for a chic Parisian look or contrasted to show-off a rock attitude.”

-Lloyd Simmonds, Creative Director Make-up Yves Saint Laurent Beauté

The collection

YSL Y Facettes Eye Collector Palette - Pure Chromastics No 14, Face Collector Palette

Y Facettes Palettes

Face Collector Palette, limited edition ($70 CAN)

Eye Collector Palette (Pure Chromastics No. 14), limited edition ($74 CAN)

YSL Volupte Sheer Candy Frosted Mint, Tasty Raspberry, Griotte Mocha

Volupté Sheer Candy ($38.00 CAN)

No. 11 Frosted Mint, limited edition UK exclusive

No. 12 Tasty Raspberry, new permanent shade

No. 13 Griotte Mocha, new permanent shade

YSL Rouge Pure Couture Vernis a Levres N-27, 28, 29, 30

Rouge Pure Couture Vernis à Lèvres ($34.00 CAN)

No. 27 Pêche Cerra-Colla, new permanent shade

No. 28 Grenat Acrylique, new permanent shade

No. 29 Rose Forreau, limited edition

No. 30 Mauve Fusain, limited edition

YSL Creme de Blush Red Agate, Baby Doll, Rose Quartz

Crème de Blush ($52.00 CAN)

No. 7 Rose Quartz, new permanent shade

No. 8 Red Agate, new permanent shade

No. 9 Baby Doll, new permanent shade

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