My Marcelle recommendations & must-haves (and a 40% off code)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Marcelle annabelle 40 off free shipping

With Marcelle and Annabelle featuring 40% off until the 13th to celebrate International Women’s Day, I thought I’d take a minute to go over a few of my must-have from their lines. I’ve linked to full reviews wherever possible, but I’ll do my best to tell you why I love each & every one of these within this post, too.

» Shop Annabelle.ca & Marcelle.com at 40% off with the code WOMEN

As with the Annabelle site, shipping is free on all Canadian orders, and is calculated by weight for all US ones. If you do live in the US, now might be a good time to stock up anyways — 40% off goes a long way in negating the cost of shipping!

My Marcelle favourites & recommendations (see my Annabelle picks here)

Marcelle Essentials 400ml

Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk { review | buy }

Marcelle’s Cleansing Milk was both the first Marcelle product and the first skincare product that I truly fell head over heels for. Sure, there are products that I like more, but so far, I have yet to find anything I love more.

While not flawless (my skin is still not 100%), this cleansing milk made a huge impact on my skin. Because it doesn’t strip my skin of all of its natural oils, it leaves my face feeling less tight and dry than other cleansers (even other cream cleansers that I’ve tried), and it keeps my skin from overproducing oil during the day.

Formulated for normal to dry skintypes, it’s also scent-free and sensitive-skin friendly.

 Marcelle Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water review

Marcelle Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water review | buy }

If there was one “hit product” in the Marcelle skincare line, I think this one would be it. I’ve gone through an entire bottle (which doesn’t sound like much, but this is literally the only makeup remover I’ve ever finished), and I have two more as backups already.

Also scent-free and sensitive-skin-friendly, the Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water does an amazing job at removing makeup without leaving your skin greasy or raw. It’s great for removing eyeliner from the waterline, and while it’s not as hydrating as a straight-up oil (and really, why would you even expect it to be?), it removes makeup beautifully and quite gently.

Marcelle Light to Medium BB cream review

Marcelle BB Cream (original) review | buy }

This isn’t a product that I use in my daily makeup repertoire (it’s full of ‘cones), but I tested it out when it launched & loved it so much that I bought a tube for my mom. It’s great at evening out the skin while still looking like skin, and wears well throughout the day.

Where the Marcelle BB Cream really excels, though, is in covering up large pores. I’m not sure how it does it (magic!), but it makes the pores on my mom’s nose disappear. I basically think that my mom is the prettiest human to ever exist–who doesn’t think that of their mothers, though, really?–but I’m not looking forward to getting her pores when my skin ages!

Marcelle Face Powder review | buy }

An oldie but goodie. Marcelle’s Face Powder is a classic, both in its utilitarian packaging and its velvety-soft finish. It holds up well throughout the day, disappears into the skin while giving it a beautiful satin-matte finish, and keeps a pretty short, ‘cone-free ingredients list.

I’ve had my tub of Marcelle Face Powder for years (at least three, if not four), and I’ve barely made a dent in it despite dropping it all the time. With the exception of Marcelle’s now-discontinued pressed powder, this is the only face powder I will use — it trumps everything else I’ve tried.

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Marcelle Lux Eye Dust in Go-Violet buy }

Okay, so this one is kind of cheating. It’s not one of my must-haves, but I posted about Annabelle’s Violet Vibe pigment many years ago, and it apparently resonated with a lot of you! I still have readers writing in and telling me that they bought Violet Vibe, and think of theNotice every time they use it.

Go-Violet is essentially the same as Violet Vibe, but I’m recommending it as an upgrade for one simple reason: the packaging is a lot better. And, with 40% off, you have no reason not to buy the slightly more expensive but far better-packaged version!

Marcelle Lux Diamond Eyeliner in Pure Gold see itbuy }

I don’t even have odes left to talk about this one, I write about it so much. Marcelle’s Lux Diamond liners are the same as the Annabelle Glitterama liners that I love, but the Annabelle ones don’t come in this beautiful, beautiful gold. It’s perfect during the holidays, for a dinner date, for an effortless summer evening eye — I could even see excelling at office wear.

It’s beautiful, beautifully packaged, and beautifully subtle. There’s nothing not to love.

Marcelle Lux Metallic, Diamond liquid liners glitter

Marcelle Lux Metallic Eyeliners review | buy }

Finally, I wanted to wrap up with Marcelle’s Lux Metallic Eyeliners. Housed in the same packaging as their Diamond counterparts, the Lux Metallic liquid liners are quite unique: they deliver translucent metallic colour, for a very interesting, almost watercolour effect. They can be layered for more impact, but they hold up well, and make it easy to create an ombré effect from one liner to the next, as well.

What are your Marcelle skincare and makeup favourites?

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light: Review, Swatches, Photos | A creamy, silicone-free concealer you (and your under eyes) will love

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye review swatches

The product: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Full Coverage Waterproof Concealer in Light

Two months ago, IT Cosmetics was just another “QVC brand” to me — over-marketed, under-formulated, and probably not worth paying attention to.

Following an email from the brand, however, I found out that both their bestselling concealer & their new foundation are silicone-free, and I decided to give them a try: after all, ‘cone-free base products are no small feat, especially from a company that doesn’t even bill itself as “natural” or “organic.”

Since then, IT Cosmetics has been leaving me gobsmacked at every turn, so I thought — well, why not kick things off with a review of their most popular product?

IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation Bye Under Eye Concealer

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye (R) with their Celebration Foundation in Fair (L)

The texture & general feel: Created to offer highly-pigmented coverage without creasing or cracking, the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye concealer is good for so much more than the under eye area.

It comes out of the tube thick, creamy, and very emollient, its heavy texture making it feel almost sticky before it sets. The formula blends easily, though, heavy but spreading out well over larger areas, like around the nose, jawline, or (yes) the under eye.

IT Cosmetics Fair Light concealer foundation swatches

Swatched L-R: IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer in Light (heavy/blended), IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair (heavy/blended)

It’s best used as: A concealer for hiding discolouration over a large area, like under eye circles, darkness around the hairline/mouth, or patches of redness. It’s high-coverage enough for blemishes, but the texture really isn’t suited for it — while the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer can certainly hide away scars, veins, and small spots, it’s not ideal for something like point-concealing cystic acne.

IT Cosmetics says that you can use this as a foundation, too, something that I do with all my concealers anyways. (What? I’m lazy.) I think it’s best suited as a concealer, but it makes an okay foundation. It struggles a little over dry patches, but it’ll certainly do in a pinch.

IT Cosmetics Light Bye Under Eye Concealer review

IT Cosmetics Bye Under Eye Light review

The way it wears (in lines, etc): In one word? Fabulously. I haven’t been testing this on my under eye area (it’s too dark for me, especially there), but that’s not actually where I have the most problems with concealer creasing on me.

Instead, formulas tend to settle into my fine lines of dehydration on my forehead & between my brows, and catch on my dry patches on my nose & right cheek. This has done absolutely none of the former, and very little of the latter — it’s not perfect for dry patches, but I have yet to see it settle obviously into any of my various fine lines throughout the day.

IT Cosmetics Bye Under Eye vs MAC shades swatches

Swatched L-R: 1) MAC Studio Finish Concealer in NC15, 2) MAC NW15, 3) IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye in Light, 4) IT Cosmetics Celebration Foundation in Fair, 5) MAC NC15 (again), 6) MAC NC20

The shade (Light): According to IT Cosmetics (this is interesting, and probably based off sales figures), 70% of skin tones fit Neutral Medium in their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer.

Unfortunately, even their lightest shade (Light, which is actually closer to their Fair foundation than it is to the Light shade) is just a hair too dark on me. I’ve been using this instead along my jawline and hairline, where I get redness and darkness respectively — and it blends into both areas fabulously, delivering completely invisible coverage, even for my stubborn little patch of jawline redness.

IT Cosmetics Light concealer review

The verdict?

If it hasn’t become clear in the last six hundred words, I think this is a fantastic product. I love that it’s free of silicones and fragrances, and that IT Cosmetics doesn’t test on animals… but I particularly love that it blends in flawlessly and easily, delivering great coverage without ever settling into lines or looking greasy and obvious.

I think it speaks volumes that this concealer has found a place in my daily makeup routine, even though it doesn’t match for most of my face. If you’re on the market for a new concealer, check this one out — if you can find a match for your complexion, it’s definitely up there in the ranks with cult-classics like timeBalm and Make Up For Ever Full Cover.

Availability: $24 USD/0.28 fl oz through Ulta, QVC, & IT Cosmetics. $29 CAD in Canada through The Shopping Channel.

Please note that the Bye Bye Under Eye concealer featured here is NOT the regular size; it’s a super-sized 1 fl oz tube from QVC/The Shopping Channel’s Your Most Beautiful sets ($65.96 USD/$79.95 CAD).

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There’s more than one of everything | Or, things that exist in many forms

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Flankers - Chanel Coco Mademoiselle Noir

I was thinking the other day (on very little sleep, might I add) about product ranges that stretch beyond a single product: more specific than a brand’s entire lineup, and a far cry from products that are simply offered in different shades.

You know — the products that all fall under the same name, or series, but that aren’t actually the same formula at all. The flankers of the cosmetic world, if you will; the long-stretching follow-up to a product that’s done particularly well for the brand.

shu uemura cleansing oil range

The big three

What got me thinking about this post initially was a Shu Uemura cleansing oil post that I was working on. Different in scent, formula, and targeted concerns, the oils are far more extensive than your usual product X for daytime wear/nighttime wear. The more I thought about it, though, the more I realized that this wasn’t an isolated incident at all.

Lancome Hypnose mascara range

Take Lancôme’s classic Hypnôse mascaras, for instance. With the same name as their Hypnôse fragrance (fun fact: Daria Werbowy’s campaign for the fragrance was the first time that I paid any attention to perfume, packaging, or models), the line now composes of seven different mascaras, all “Hypnôse” but all completely different.

Laura Mercier tinted moisturizers, primers range

Or, in an even more recent example, the nigh-iconic Laura Mercier Foundation Primers & Tinted Moisturizers. There weren’t a lot of tinted moisturizers on the market before Laura came along (or was it simply that no one paid them any heed, prior to?), but they didn’t just show up on the scene — they exploded onto it.

Both lines now contain quite a range of formulas, from Illuminating to Oil-Free, and the Tinted Moisturizer has even recently branched out into a solid (crème) format.

Two more (give me some lip)

YSL Rouge Volupté vs Dior Addict

In the lip world, there are two main formulas that I can think of which always confuse me. You’ve got the YSL Rouge Volupté lineup, in everything from the full-finish Rouge Volupté lipsticks to the sheer shine of the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy balms, and then you have the Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses – Addicts, Addict Extremes, Addict Lip Glows, Addict Glosses, Addict Lip Maximizers, Addict Lip Polishes

I can never decide if ranges like these are a great showing of brand coherency or just the beginnings of a really bad headache. (I think I’m going with the former, though!)

And that awkward shade that just won’t go away

NARS Orgasm lineup launches history

It has to be said: NARS Orgasm. This one shade, NARS’ glistening crown jewel, exists in so many forms that I find myself often alarmed — from polish to illuminator, and (of course) all of its Super Orgasm incarnations. But, then again, perhaps I would feel differently if it was simply a different finish, or a different name, or a different shade altogether.

One that I liked, preferably.

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A quick primer: theNotice’s readership is pretty evenly split throughout North America, so the brackets link to Sephora.ca & the brand names link to Nordstrom. I hope it’s helpful!

Lise Watier Bronzing Gel & Tinted UV Shield review, swatches, photos | Sun Destination

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lise Watier Sun Destination 2013 reviews

The products: Lise Watier Sun Destination collection (part one)

Every summer, Lise Watier releases a summer bronzing collection, available only for a few months. I’m a little late with this one (the products are technically only supposed to be around until the end of July), but as far as I know you can still get all of these products — and some of them, on sale!

Here are two of this summer’s Lise Watier bronzing products, on shelves and online now. (Their summer Sensationnelle Dry Oil & Sun Bronzing Powder will be on theNotice shortly!)

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel review

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel

Illuminating Bronzing Gel, $30 $18

Described as a ”lightweight, sheer illuminating gel that delivers a youthful, radiant finish,” the Illuminating Bronzing Gel is — well, kind of a stunner, really. Neither too orange nor too brown, it gives a great neutral-brown glow to the skin, sheer and sparsely shimmery.

I’d recommend this one to people with fair to medium skin who want to create a natural, softly bronzed glow. It can be worn with or without makeup, and I think (at $18 CAD) that it would be gorgeous on the décolleté, shoulders, and arms & legs, too.

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Squalane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Steareth-21, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Talc, Phenoxyethanol, Erythritol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extrat, Homarine HCL, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, Iron Oxides.

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel swatches

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel, swatched heavily/sheerly

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel, swatched heavily/sheerly

Sun Smart Tinted Universal UV Shield SPF  30, $30 $23

I’m a lot less smitten with the colour of the SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield, but it does tout a shimmer-free matte finish and an SPF of 30, which may appeal to some.

Designed to give both chemical-free (physical) sun protection and a velvety, bronzed finish, this is a bronze version of Lise Watier’s Universal UV Shield (available year-round). It’s too orange, in my opinion, when you consider how much sunscreen you really need to be using to get proper coverage — about a teaspoon, for your face.

Lise Watier SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield review

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shu uemura UV Under Base Mousse review, swatches: Pink Purple & Beige | OB for shu uemura (Summer 2013)

Friday, April 26, 2013

shu uemura - ob UV under base brightening mousse whitefficient pink purple

The product: OB for shu uemura UV Under Base

   ↳ Brightening Mousse SPF 30 PA ++ in Pink Purple

   ↳ POREraser Mousse SPF 35 PA +++ in Beige

I’ve been trying to put together a review of the YSL Tie and Dye topcoats all week, but — no dice. (I think I took way too many photos; seriously.) In the meantime, here’s a review for something that really blew me away this month!

shu UV under base beige, brightening pink purple

(how cute are these?!)

The POREraser UV Under Base Mousse in Beige

To start off with: shu’s Beige Under Base (SPF 35 PA +++) is made to even out skin tone and texture, reduce redness, and minimize the appearance of pores.

It’s kind of like — you know how makeup primers tend to be a clear layer of silicones, while paint primers are there for adhesion and tint? The POREraser is more like the latter, not only filling pores but creating a more even tone, too. I’d say its pore-filling prowess is less than a heavy “filler” (think Benefit The POREfessional), but it’s worth it for the lighter feel and silicone content.

Try this if: You’re looking for something to even skin tone without “flattening” the face. Use before your foundation —  or instead of, if you’re around a NW20-30!

shu uemura UV mousse swatches review - beige, pink purple

shu uemura UV under base – POREraser/beige (L) and brightening/pink purple (R)

The UV Under Base Brightening Mousse in Pink Purple

Here’s the one that really steals the show for me. Like the POREraser Under Base, the Brightening Mousse was created to be a weightless way to even out skin tone and texture — but with a brightening benefit, too, both in immediate effect and long-term reduction of imperfections.

With SPF 30 PA ++, this primer is phenomenal at brightening up a fair to medium skintone (perhaps a deep skintone, too, if used sparingly), and works particularly well with yellow undertones. You definitely need to spread this one out (the shu website recommends applying a walnut-sized amount with their pentagon sponge) and make sure to cover all exposed skin, but it is absolutely, definitely worth it.

Try this if: You already have a sheer-to-medium foundation that you love, but want something to help “pick up” your complexion without relying on shimmer or sheen.

shu uemura POREraser beige, whitefficient brightening swatches review

shu uemura UV under base swatches – beige (L) and pink purple (R)

The verdict?

shu uemura’s POREraser Under Base is great, but the Brightening Mousse – wow. From the spot-on Pink Purple shade (which really does have pink-purple undertones) to the wonderfully unique mousse format, it absolutely blew me away. 

I don’t feel like these are absolute must-haves (perhaps because I personally don’t wear an all-over base), but at $46 CAD, the shu bases are a very novel, wonderfully packaged product.

Availability: At Holt Renfrew & select Sephora boutiques (Canada); shuuemura.co.uk (United Kingdom). The bases are permanent, but the packaging featured here is limited edition!

See the brightening mousse: featured in this OB for shu uemura teaser post & used as a base for this blue eyeliner look.

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