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

Keep reading! »

Clarins Rouge Eclat, Instagram, and Anastasia Bold & Beautiful | A brief update…

Thursday, January 17, 2013

I feel like I’ve managed to get away with surprisingly few “teaser” posts recently, but that is possibly just because I’ve been cheating & not posting at all. Either way, here’s a brief update on why there isn’t a proper post for today!

(But not an actual, proper post. Apologies.)

Clarins Rouge Eclat (Spring 2013)

Clarins Palette Eclat - Rouge Eclat Spring 2013 face palette

Clarins Rouge Eclat Face Palette (Palette Eclat) & Rouge Eclat Lipstick (in Red Wine)

I wanted to have a teaser up for this today, but it just didn’t happen — I was up until three editing photos before I gave up and went to bed. I always overshoot collections (one of the main reasons why it takes me so long to get new material up on the blog), and the hundreds of images were just too overwhelming.

A snap review, though: Spring this year is going to be amazingI am absolutely loving the bits of Clarins Rouge Eclat that I have on hand; from the gorgeous detailing, to the textures and pigment… the collection is quite impressive so far, even by Clarins’ own high standards.

[Finally] On Instagram: theNotice

No promises, but we’ll see how it goes. Follow here for early teasers, trivial updates, and the occasional makeup look/full-face swatch!

theNotice on Instagram

Anastasia Beverly Hills Bold & Beautiful Kit

Another “coming up”! I just got this one yesterday (haven’t even opened it up to swatch yet), but I am so smitten with the aesthetic — the entire concept is based around classic novels & book characters; how awesome is that?

Out next month (February 2013) as part of the brand’s Spring offerings.

Anastasia Bold & Beautiful Kit

Have a wonderful Thursday, my dears!

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