True Nature Botanicals Noble Floral Solid Perfume review, photos

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

True Nature Botanicals Noble Floral Solid Perfume review

The product: True Nature Botanicals Solid Perfume in Noble Floral

Over the past year, I’ve done my best to share some natural, niche, and just overall unexpected fragrances with you guys on theNotice. Today, that journey (can you really call it a journey?) continues, with an all-natural solid perfume from True Nature Botanicals, who split off from Marie Veronique Organics late last summer.

True Nature Botanicals Solid Perfume review - compact

The scent: Noble Floral lists main notes of rose, jasmine, and tuberose, but what struck me about it is that it doesn’t smell like your run of the mill floral perfume. It’s absolutely gorgeous; creamy and enveloping with a pepperiness that’s rare in florals.

Noble Floral wears very close to the skin, however, and it doesn’t last for long — I’d say only around 3-4 hours before it really starts to fade. If you have a lot of chemical sensitivities and you’ve struggled to find an all-natural perfume that doesn’t just smell like astringent leaves, however, then definitely try the (free) scent sampler that True Nature Botanicals offers. This one was my favourite from the bunch, but honestly, I really liked all three. 

True Nature Botanicals scent sampler - solid perfume review

True Nature Botanicals scent sampler

The formula: True Nature’s perfumes are all crafted from 100% natural ingredients (which are notorious for sitting close to the skin and fading quickly), and are presented in solid form, not spray.

The perfume discs are about the same size as an eyeshadow (3.5 cm in diameter), and are offered in both refill and compact versions. The compact is very small, but it’s solid metal, so it’s actually extremely heavy — which feels wonderfully luxe, but isn’t something I’d want to throw into my handbag!

Finally, these solid perfumes warn that they will stiffen up in cooler temperatures, but mine has stayed consistently soft through both the winter and spring (and trust me, our house is cold in the winter). Expect something with whipped-butter consistency instead of fridge-butter consistency, I guess?

True Nature Botanicals Noble Floral review

The verdict?

The True Nature Solid Perfumes are definitely a luxury, but you could do far worse from an all-natural perfume. If you’re looking for something that wears close to the skin but is absolutely gorgeously blended (these would be perfect for an office environment), then give these a look!

(They’d also make a great Mother’s Day gift, if you’re thinking that far ahead.)

Availability: $95 USD at True Nature Botanicals (refills are $75 USD).

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BISC Vol.5: Hyped products that just aren’t worth buying

Sunday, April 12, 2015

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What was the last product you bought because of the hype and now regret?​

LILY | Malaysia | Chloe Ash
The Armani Eyes To Kill Mascara. So many people say this is THE mascara to gorgeous lashes, but it did absolutely nothing on me. It was very disappointing because I had high hopes for it. I guess I just have to stick with what works. Dior and Estee Lauder work well on my lashes. Clinique Power Lash is great and some Japanese drugstore ones work much better. It was an expensive mistake though.

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog
They were a great deal, but I really regret buying The Body Shop’s Body Sorbet moisturizers. Everyone always says they’re the best thing ever, but they leave my skin feeling sort of… powdery? And tacky. My only other hype-haul this year has been for ColorPop eyeshadows, though, and they more than made up for it!

SARA | Germany | Color Me Loud
I feel like it is part of my blogger duties to hunt down hyped products before others and review them so I end up making mistakes very often. Last three products which disappointed me were:

  • YSL 10 color eye palettes (reviewed here): These had very cheap looking linear shimmer, almost like drug store quality, plus fall out.
  • By Terry Eye Designer Palette in Color Design (reviewed here): The colors looked very vibrant in the pan. Instead they turned out to be very soft and muted, also they fade on me.
  • Giorgio Armani Runway Nail Polish (swatched here): It costed more than the regular nail polishes but is almost the same as their regular one called Incense Velvet.

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AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup
This is the hardest question so far! I thought about it for days, I went through my makeup stash a few times and I can’t find one thing that would fit the criteria. I am normally not a very spontaneous buyer and I do a little research before buying makeup, especially if it’s more expensive. Don’t get me wrong- I bought makeup because of a hype (urban Decay Naked palettes, Hourglass blushes) but none of these products disappointed me.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa
Clarins Instant Eye Makeup Remover! It does a good job at removing waterproof and long-wear eye makeup but that’s about it. I don’t like the scent (strong and unpleasant), nor the greasy residue it leaves behind. I just don’t get the rave reviews at all. I have to always follow up with a separate cleanser to get rid of the oily film.

COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo review, photos | For those lazy days

Friday, April 10, 2015

CoLab Sheer Invisible dry shampoo review

The product: COLAB Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoo in London (“classic”) and Rio (“tropical”)

So, you know how some dry shampoos make it look like tiny birds spilled tiny bags of cocaine onto your hair?

These ones don’t.

CoLab Ruth Crilly review photos dry shampoo

The formula: I’ve tried a few dry shampoos in my day (not a lot, but a few), and these are my favourites of the bunch by far.

As promised, the original COLAB formula goes on totally transparent, absorbs oil like a champ, and leaves my hair looking (and feeling) very clean. They’re actually very unlike traditional dry shampoos, which bulk up your hair and have a bit of grit to them — these Sheer Invisible Dry Shampoos just make your hair look freshly washed again.

» If you like a lot of body from your dry shampoos, COLAB now does an Extreme Volume formula, too!

I get the best results with these by shaking, spraying very liberally, giving them a few minutes to work their magic, and then tousling my hair gently to make sure the product is evenly spread out.

CoLab Rodial, TBS Universal FOTD review

Contouring before/after from this Rodial review. 2nd day hair + COLAB Sheer Invisible dry shampoo in BOTH frames!

CoLab Dry Shampoo review - travel size

Tiny, tiny travel bottles

The scents: Rio (tropical) and London (“classic”) are unfortunately the only two COLAB scents available here, but both are pretty well done for budget products. They do definitely smell like “fashion fragrances,” (their words, not mine), but both will cover up any scalp/sweat smells right away!

If you sniff these in person, note that Rio opens with a particularly chemically blast that fades within the first 60 seconds. (Past that, it’s very fruity and tropical.)

CoLab Sheer Dry Shampoo review

The verdict?

If you’re looking for a dry shampoo that’s going to be super easy to use and won’t make your hair feel gritty, then these are a total must-have. My bottle of London is already pretty much empty, and I will definitely be re-purchasing soon!

You do need to use a lot product with these, though, so I’d definitely recommend getting the full-sized bottles (50 vs 200 ml). The minis are great for overnight trips and important end-of-day emergencies, but they are tiny!

Availability: $5.49-$9.99 at London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Lawtons, and select Pharmasave and PharmaChoice locations. (£2 to £3.50 in the UK!)

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MYH TOTL ME Eyeliner & Mascara: A 2-in-1 that’s literally two. In one.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

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Mascara:liner 2 in 1 review swatches

The product: MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Revolutionary 2 in 1 Eyeliner & Mascara in Black Forest

Okay. So, before I begin this post, I just want to take a moment to look at how hilariously fantastic TŌTL M.E. (total mascara/eyeliner) is as a product name. Because that? That is impressive, dude. That’s impressive and the word-nerd in me likes it a lot.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME mascara review

MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara (liner brush twisted up)

How it works: You know that old wives’ tale about how liquid liners and mascaras are totally interchangeable? (Full disclosure: not actually a wives’ tale, but definitely something that people say.) Well, MYH has taken this idea to the next level.

Their TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara is a mascara with a cream formula (I can’t actually think of the last time I tried a mascara that was quite this thick) and a spoolie that hides a little liner brush inside of itself. You just twist the back end of the wand, wipe the excess product off of the brush that comes out, and line away.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME mascara swatches review

No product vs. with the MYH TŌTL M.E. worn as liner + mascara

MYH mascara eyeliner 2 in 1 review

MYH Cosmetics TŌTL M.E. Eyeliner & Mascara (liner brush twisted down)

But keep this in mind! I find the liner half of the TŌTL M.E. to be pretty hard to use, and (because the mascara spoolie and liner brush are one in the same) the mascara bristles get product all over my lashes while I’m lining my eyes.

So, if you do give this one a try, the trick is to put on your liner first — that way, your lashes will comb themselves through when you use the mascara part of the wand.

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME liner swatches review

MYH Cosmetics TOTL ME eyeliner review

My favourite thing about this mascara/liner: is definitely that packaging. I was expecting something really gimmicky, but this mascara tube is actually pretty darn cute.

Plus, the product itself reminds me a lot of Annabelle’s Expandable mascara, which is one of my favourites. Same twisty end, both with plastic bristles, similar thick/cream formula in each. The wear on the TŌTL M.E. is really good, too, much like the Annabelle mascara; I wear-tested it for nine hours & two naps (what? Don’t judge me.) and it didn’t budge at all.

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The perfect sculpting brush: A Make Up For Ever 150 brush (re-)review

Monday, April 6, 2015

Make Up For Ever 150 precision blush brush contour review

The product: Make Up For Ever 150 Precision Blush Brush (Wavy)

I totally wasn’t feeling the whole blogging thing last night, so instead of the CoLab review that I was supposed to have ready for today (don’t worry; that’s still coming up this week), I have a really short re-review for you guys.

The Make Up For Ever Precision Blush Brush last seen here has been in my right hand pretty much every day for the past two weeks, and it’s been there for one reason only: this season is going insane over the contouring products.

MUFE 150 cheek brush review

MUFE 150 wavy angled contour brush review

So, girls and boys, take note. If you’re going to be contouring with cremes (especially stick-cremes), there’s nothing better to blend them in with than the MUFE 150. This thing works in product like a dream, and it’s pretty tiny, so you can get really good control with it, too.

The 150 has been great with everything I’ve tried it on so far, but it’s been the very, very best with the Clinique Chubby Contouring Sticks ($21 USD; totally not their real name). They’re worth buying together, if you’ve been on the fence about either one!

Availability: ($40 USD/$46 CAD) at Sephora.

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