A quick reminder: the Sephora spring sale is ending!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sephora BI sale

Shop the Sephora 15% off sale with the code TICKET, VIBTICKET, and ROUGETICKET until the end of today (Beauty Insiders) or tomorrow (VIBs). Remember, shipping is free over $50 in the US & $75 in Canada, and you can stack your savings by using Ebates or Ebates.ca.

Happy hauling!

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Framboise Craquante swatches, review, photos | A luxury lip balm that’s worth a second glance

Monday, July 15, 2013

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy review swatches photos

The product: Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm in 12 Framboise Craquante (Tasty Raspberry)

As far as sheer lip balms go, you can’t get much more chic than YSL’s Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy Glossy Balm line. As the name promises, these lip balms are both sheer and glossy — and they do a fabulous job of both.

Pay attention to the details: Be sure not to get these mixed up with the similarly-named YSL Rouge Volupté Shines, which tout a similarly glossy formula (but with more pigment, and a tube finished in gold)!

YSL Framboise Craquante review swatches photos

The wear and pigment: Like most lip balms with a glossy finish, the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy balms won’t last you through an eight-hour day. I feel the need to touch these up every 2-3 hours (the same as any other gloss-balm hybrid), but I don’t mind it at all — more on that in a bit.

The twelve Sheer Candy Glossy Balms sit on a spectrum from almost-clear to medium-sheer (I’m sorry, I had to say it), and Framboise Craquante/Tasty Raspberry sits on the sheerer end of the spectrum. A medium pink with just a hint of shimmer, it swatches with sheer colour on my arm but reads mainly as a lightly glossy, “perfectly naked” finish on my pigmented lips.

See Framboise Craquante worn on its own here, and layered overtop a stain here.

YSL Spring lip launches 2013

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise Craquante/Tasty Raspberry (leftmost swatch)

YSL Framboise Craquante Sheer Candy review swatches

The luxury factor: Where the Sheer Candy balms really excel, however, is in the experience of the product. This is easily the most luxurious lip balm I’ve ever come across, and likely the most luxurious one I will ever come across, at that.

With a heavy, intricate metal tube and the YSL logo pieced in overtop a translucent ring of colour, the Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy packaging feels very much like an indulgence. The no-fuss application and mouthwatering fruity scent are great, sure, but you’re really paying for the YSL factor with this lip balm — and I don’t just mean the brand name.

These are so solidly made, so elegantly designed… they’re essentially luxury lipsticks for those of us who don’t like lipstick. 

YSL Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy packaging tube

YSL Tasty Raspberry review swatches photos

The verdict?

As a treat to yourself (or to someone you really, really like), I think YSL’s Rouge Volupté lipsticks are the perfect choice. You can’t do much better than these chic, well-built tubes–Guerlain doesn’t even hold a candle to these, if you ask me–and I love the sheer, deliciously-scented Sheer Candy formula.

These fail spectacularly from a cost-weighted standpoint, but as far as luxury gloss-balms go, this is as good as it gets. I like to think of these as a no-fuss, mirror-free mid-day touchup for both my lips and my spirit: they pair just as well with a smokey eye as they do with a bare face, and there’s nothing like a fresh, fruity scent to really perk up your afternoon.

Availability: $32 USD (Nordstrom)/$38 CAD (Sephora). Permanent.

A few alternatives: Try a Burt’s Bees Lip Shine ($7 USDreview) for an equally sheer, equally delicious lip gloss at a budget price point. Go for a YSL Rouge Volupté Shine ($34 USD/$39 CAD) for more pigment without sacrificing formula or luxury.

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The Week of Awesome: a weekend recap

Sunday, February 24, 2013

So, it turns out that I actually can’t manage a post a day any more, even when I have a week off. (Surprised? Nope, neither am I.)

Here’s what we covered during The Week of Awesome:

YSL Spring look - Week of Awesome

YSL Arty Stone makeup lookClinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm

7 Clinique Broadest Berry swatch Grandest Grape

Clinique Chubby Stick Intenses

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadow palette review

Sephora Collection Colorful Eyeshadows

Going forward, I think this week is going to be a Clarins one — I should probably review the Rouge Eclat collection before it’s off the shelves entirely! (The Sephora and Clinique followups will be delayed by a week, but they’re both permanent ranges — I think you’ll be okay to wait.)

Have a great week, lovelies. I hope you enjoy the Clarins Spring 2013 collection!

COMING UP | The Week of Awesome

Sunday, February 17, 2013

As you may have noticed (by which I mean I know you’ve noticed, so please don’t punch me on sight,) the posting schedule on theNotice has been a little patchy recently.

The Week of Awesome instagram

To make up for it, and hopefully start catching up on the massive backlog of products I have cluttering up my shooting table, I’m trying for a post a day (but only for a week). And, because a post a day is a lot for both your feed readers and my sanity, the five (weekday) posts will showcase a something that I think is, for lack of a better word, awesome.

In total, I hope to cover one look, three reviews, four different product lineups, thirteen different shades… and each of them a must-have. So: buckle your seatbelts, shake off a little seriousness, and get ready for a solid week of things I love.

I hope you enjoy the series! 

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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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