Shupette by Karl Lagerfeld for shu uemura | Holiday 2014 preview

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Karl Lagerfeld for Shu Uemura 2014

Karl Lagerfeld photographing Chupette for the upcoming Shupette collection

The details are out — or, at least, some of them are. Makeup and cats (two of my favourite things) will be coming together this autumn in shu uemura’s 2014 holiday collection, designed by Karl Lagerfeld on behalf of, uh, his cat.

As you might remember, shu’s 2012 holiday collection was also designed by Lagerfeld, and featured a little concept doll that he designed. This time around, however, it will focus on something a little closer to his heart — his cat Choupette, whom he apparently babysat for model Baptiste Giabiconi over the holidays in 2011 and simply refused to give back. 

shu 2014 shupette by Karl Lagerfeld

That’s how I want to come into cat acquisition, you guys. I want to find the most perfect cat on the entire planet and then steal it from its trusting owner.

Expect fluffy lashes and feline liner from this collection, which will be available this October. Until then, follow @shuuemura and @ChupettesDiary to keep up with the launch. And the cat.

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Bobbi Surf & Sand, Estée Lauder Perfectionist, and more | New 12/07/14

Sunday, July 13, 2014

I went over some beauty picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale last Friday, but for those of you who aren’t Nordstrom members (or who live outside of the US), here are a few new makeup launches that anyone can buy!

This is a new style of widget, both on theNotice and generally on the internet, but I hope you like it. Let me know what you think!

(I’m especially intrigued by that limited-edition Estée Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush):

Estee Lauder Sculpting Foundation Brush

Shop the Nordstrom Anniversary sale: beauty

Friday, July 11, 2014

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

This year’s Nordstrom Anniversary sale runs from July 10th-17th for Nordstrom card holders, and is open to both card holders and the pubilc from July 18th-August 3rd. Now, I don’t usually cover anniversary sales, but there’s something special about this one (you know, aside from the free US shipping & returns on all orders): it includes a Charlotte Tilbury set.

Charlotte Tilbury 'Filmstar Killer Cheekbones' Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Set ($110 USD)includes a Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette and Powder & Sculpt Brush

For beauty addicts who’ve been living under a rock these past few months, Charlotte Tilbury (y’know, that crazy-famous makeup artist who often sits alongside fellow legends Lisa Eldridge and Mary Greenwell) launched her own beauty line last September. And, up until now, it was only available through British retailers like Selfridge – who packages orders worth hundreds of dollars in near-empty boxes with a single piece of tissue for impact control.

So, here are a few picks from the Nordstrom Anniversary sale, including a small, precious piece of Charlotte Tilbury. Here’s to hoping this means the brand will officially land in North America soon. Shop all the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale beauty exclusives here

Chanel Dentelle, Jo Malone, Diptyque Baies, Figuier

Chanel Dentelle Précieuse Illuminating Powder ($80 USD) - finally available in the US! Sara has some great comparison swatches of this one at Color Me Loud.

Jo Malone Cologne Collection ($88) – contains five mini (0.3 oz), layerable fragrances in Nectarine Blossom and Honey, Orange Blossom, Blackberry and Bay, Pomegranate Noir and Grapefruit.

Diptyque Baies & Figuier Candle Set ($120) – set includes two 6.5oz candles in Baies and Figuier, as well as a wick trimmer and candle snuffer. (Diptyque candles are notoriously finicky during burning — you need to make sure to straighten and trim the wick after each burn.)

MAC Look in a Box 2014 Pink, Beige, Coral

MAC Look in a Box in All About Pink ($39.50) – includes Embrace Me Lipstick (Matte), Unlimited Style Lipglass (Frost), Fabulous Three Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio, and Photogravure Technakohl Liner.

MAC Look in a Box All About Beige Face Kit ($49.50) – palette contains MAC Eyeshadows in Rocketgirl (Satin), Plum Ember (Satin), Sable Riche (Frost), Cocktail Black (Frost), Honesty (Luster), Light Study (Matte); Powder Blushes in Love and Laughter (Satin) and Liberating (Satin); Lipsticks in Modern Wow! (Amplified) and What’s Haute? (Amplified). (Also available in All About Plum).

vMAC Look in a Box in All About Coral ($39.50) - includes Passion Charge Lipstick (Luster), Stroke the Flame Lipglass (Frost), Collective Chic Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow trio, and Brownborder Technakohl Liner. (Also available in All About Nude).

Bobbi Nude, NARS Dolce Vita, LORAC Skinny Navy palette

Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Color Set ($85) – set includes Bobbi’s Perfectly Defined Gel Eyeliner and Smokey Eye Mascara (both in black), as well as a 12-pan eyeshadow palette containing Ivory, Chiffon Sparkle, Golden Pink Metallic, Graphite Sparkle, Gold Sparkle, Naked, Bare Metallic, Birch, Smokey Topaz Metallic, Truffle, Golden Bronze, and Espresso.

NARS Dolce Vita Lip & Nail Set ($52) – includes NARS Dolce Vita Lipstick, Nail Polish (limited edition), and Lip Gloss (also available in Schiap).

Lorac Navy Skinny Eyeshadow Palette ($15) - a cheap, seven-pan pick-me-up (also available in Nude).

Clinique All About Shadow swatches, review, photos: Jenna’s Essentials

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Clinique Jenna's Essentials All About Shadow review

The product: Clinique All About Shadow quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

I had some of Clinique’s old eyeshadows. I loved some of Clinique’s old eyeshadows. But, no matter how good the Colour Surge line was, it was nothing like this.

The new-ish (as of September 2013) All About Shadow formula promises intense colour and long wear — and dude, from what I’ve seen, their pigmentation and texture are so good.

Clinique Jenna's Essentials review

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials

The shades: Jenna’s Essentials contains four neutral shades handpicked by Jenna Menard, Clinique’s Global Colour Artist — and dude, they’re divine. Medium-opaque and easy to both blend out evenly and layer for intensity, they’re kind of a neutral palette’s dream.

To start off on the left, shade 1 is a frosty, shimmering white that’s perfect for adding light to an eye look. It’s followed by a light, satin-matte brown that both sheers out well and layers easily — it’s a yellow-brown, so it reads pretty neutral.

Clinique Jenna's Essentials swatches

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials (indirect sunlight)

Next, shade 3 is a shimmering beige with gold sparkle (again, quite neutral, with a hint of pink to give it life), and finally, la pièce de résistance: a gorgeous charcoal-black with a matte base and sparse green-blue microshimmer, like magical stars in the sky.

But, like, who puts bright teal sparkles in a black(ish) shade? Clinique does, apparently — and I kid you not, they transform a boring, standard shade into the most enchanting black eyeshadow you’ll ever own.

Clinique All About Shadow swatches Jenna's Essentials

Clinique All About Shadow Quad in 02 Jenna’s Essentials (direct sunlight)

The packaging: As a minimalist who believes wholeheartedly in function, I appreciate Clinique’s packaging so hard. It’s super-slick, with no weird lumps or bumps (MAC) making it hard to store, and the bottom is–get this–clear. Yeah. You can tell exactly what shades are in this quad from the bottom.

I freakin’ love this packaging, you guys. Let’s let the logical-chic packaging (what are you talking about; that’s totally a thing) movement begin.

Clinique All About Shadow quad packagingClinique All About Shadow packaging — makes so much sense!

The verdict?

If you were to tell me right now that all of my eyeshadows had just been magically converted into Clinique — I would be pretty okay with it. I might not even flinch. Because, you guys, this quad is so good: the textures are beautiful, the pigmentation is great, and the All About Shadow shade range looks to be both gorgeous and gorgeously vast. (I count 57 products and a whopping 100 unique shades in total!)

The singles are a little pricy ($19 CAD), but the duos and quads are pretty reasonable – $25 CAD and $35 CAD respectively. If the rest of the range is even a little bit as sneakily complex and well-formulated as these four, I’m willing to list them as a tentative new favourite.

Availability: $28 USD/$35 CAD at Nordstrom, Sephora, and Clinique counters everywhere. See also: Clinique’s All About Shadow singles ($15 USD/$19 CAD) and duos ($20 USD/$25 CAD).

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Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara review, swatches, photos | For a pretty, pool-ready lash

Monday, July 7, 2014

Clarins waterproof mascara review-

The product: Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara in 01 Intense Black

The formula: Clarins’ Truly Waterproof Mascara is formulated with bitter orange tree wax and olive squalane, and promises 12 hour waterproof wear from not just chlorinated water, but from salt water, too. (Which is great, considering how many mascaras do okay with pure water, but run when you cry!)

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara review

The packaging: Can I just take a moment to say that love this packaging? It’s super sleek, with the little “C” emblem in a handy dip – which I always thought was aesthetic, but it actually makes opening the tube a lot easier.

The brush on this one has a relatively slim profile with traditional bristles (that is, not silicone), and the bottom of the tube has a thin piece of translucent red plastic on the bottom, which is a nice, subtle touch.

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara brush review

Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara & brush

The application: I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed applying mascara before, but this one surprised me. It goes on really easily, no lash comb needed, and delivers a natural-looking lash in just one stroke. It gives really good separation with very little clumping, and it holds a curl beautifully — all while leaving your lashes feeling soft and flexible. 

One last thing to note about this formula is that it smells really nice (for a mascara). Like, weirdly nice. I can’t quite put my finger on what it reminds me of, but this formula has a very distinctive, pretty, Clarins-y fragrance to it.

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara swatches review

Bare lashes / one coat of Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara in 01 Intense Black

The wear: SO GOOD — but not infallible. While this formula is extremely waterproof (I was able to submerge my lashes in water and rub at them multiple times before I even begun to lose a curl), the oils on my face do make it smudge through the day.

That said, this mascara doesn’t drop my curl or flake, and it removes easily with a good cleansing oil – those who use micellar waters may struggle, however. (This is the only product I’ve ever tried that my beloved Marcelle cleansing water couldn’t get off!) But, for those in a really humid country, or a day at the beach, this one’ll hold up like a champ.

Clarins Truly Waterproof  Mascara eyelash swatch

Bare lashes / Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

The verdict?

It’s not quite holy grail material, but Clarins’ Truly Waterproof Mascara is definitely one that I’d recommend. Between easy application, super classy packaging, and a really pretty fragrance, it does a wonderful job of delivering a soft, flexible waterproof lash — and it does it all while holding a curl.

Give it a pass if most mascaras smudge on you, but if not, put this one at the top of your list of waterproof mascaras to try!

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