AERIN Waterlily Sun EdP review, photos | Or, how to bottle happiness

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Aerin perfume review - Waterlily Sun

The product: AERIN Waterlily Sun Eau de Parfum Spray

I first met Waterlily Sun on a hectic day in Toronto with Liz/Reductionista. (For that matter, that’s when I first met Liz, too. And yes, for the record, her hair is just as amazing in person.) We were at the Eaton Centre Sephora to sniff the Serge Lutens line, and upon finding out that almost all of their Lutens had to be sent back to the distributor due to water damage, we were wandering around…

And I came upon the AERIN range in person for the first time ever.

Aerin Waterlily Sun

The packaging: All of the AERIN perfumes look, like their namesake, like old money and flawlessly curated good taste. They come in thick, carefully cut glass bottles topped with gem-like stones (each in a soft, unique shade) and touched with gold accents, and are packaged in boxed with designs by Lee Jofa, a textiles/home decor company that has produced fabrics and carpets for everyone from Oscar de la Renta to Lilly Pulitzer.

Waterlily Sun looks exquisite in front of all of my La Collection de Grasse perfumes, but I can only imagine how perfect two or three of these would look together on a hammered-metal gold tray…

Aerin Waterlily Sun perfume review photos

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The scent: I fell immediately in love with both Waterlily Sun and Lilac Path ($110 USD/$125 CAD by Richard Herpin, which smells just like passing by a lush lilac bush in a garden), but Waterlily Sun was the one that I had to go back for.

For a lack of a better descriptor, Waterlily Sun ($110 USD/$125 CAD by Annie Buzantian, Master Perfumer) smells like sunshine. It’s crisp and very light, and doesn’t smell like any one thing or flower or perfume in particular — its scent is, honestly, encapsulated perfectly in its name and packaging.

The story - Waterlily Sun is inspired by Aerin Lauder’s trip to Monet’s garden in Giverny, France as a young girl. It “inspires serenity and calmness with a floral watery scent that leads the senses to a warm and peaceful place. Like sunlight reflecting on water.”

Listed notes - Sicilian Bergamot and Lush Dewy Greens / Waterlily and Jasmine Sambac / Musk

Aerin Waterlily Sun review Eau de Parfum

The bergamot in this makes Waterlily Sun’s opening very lemony, like the perfect cold lemonade on a hot summer day in the garden. It’s balanced out very nicely with some crisp green notes (I usually find “green” to be too mulch-y, but I love it here) and a base of musky florals.

Like all light, citrusy fragrances, Waterlily Sun fades long before dinner, but I love it nonetheless. It’s reminiscent of something like Fresh Citron de Vigne ($88 USD/CAD), but with its bergamot opening and jasmine sambac heart, it smells far, far less generic.

Aerin Waterlily Sun EdP review

The verdict?

Waterlily Sun smells the way a bright summer day makes you feel; it smells like nothing in particular other than happiness. It has just the right amount of sillage and tenacity for warm weather, and it’s the kind of scent that makes you spritz, sniff, and sigh.

As far as light, citrusy scents go, Waterlily Sun is in a class of its own. It manages to be transparent and pleasant without ever becoming boring (even after months), and it smells, somehow, both effortless and complex at once.

Give this one a sniff — you won’t regret it. And hey, while you’re there, check out Lilac Path, too.

Availability: $110 USD/$125 CAD for 1.7 oz at select Nordstrom, Sephora, and Holt Renfrew locations.

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Besame Boudoir brushes, Formula X Infinite Ombré, and more | New 01/06/15

Monday, June 1, 2015

Can you believe that it’s already June?! Because dude, I cannot. It is way too soon for this, and I am not ready.

In other news, though, here’s what’s new this month at Nordstrom and Sephora! Sephora has actually done a great job of picking up niche beauty brands again this year, which is really exciting — I feel like they were definitely moving away from that for a long while, but with weird new products like that Eborian Pâte au Ginseng mask, those Besamé Boudoir brushes, and the Make Up Eraser (I’m dying to know if that works), they’re definitely branching out into niche finds again.

I also have my eye on the Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set, which makes me think of the new OPI Color Paints. It doesn’t look like much at first glance, but some of the looks Sephora has up on their Beauty Board make it look really cool.

Formula X Infinite Ombre kit

What’s your favourite unexpected beauty find?

Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer review, swatches, photos | Beige Pop, Poppy Pop, & Fab Pop

Friday, May 29, 2015

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick review photos swatches

The product: Clinique Pop Lip Color + Primer in 04 Beige Pop, 06 Poppy Pop, and 12 Fab Pop

New this spring from Clinique are sixteen Pop Lip Colour + Primers, which are designed to pair rich colour with a smoothing primer. They’re part of Clinique’s current strategy of releasing pretty, accessible products without any complicated steps, and just like the rest of the no-fuss products Clinique has released recently… these rock.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer lipstick review

The formula: It’s been a long time since I fell in love with lipstick formula, but the Pop Lip Colour + Primers had me at hello. The formula is perfect: creamy and comforting without feeling too heavy, slippery, or drying, and absolutely packed with smooth, velvety pigment. These remind me a lot of the (mosly discontinued) Marcelle Rouge Vitality Lipsticks, AKA my favourite lipsticks ever — but the Clinique Pop lipsticks might just be even better.

Formulated with shea and murumuru butters and designed to provide “moisture maintenance” with a flexible polymer blend, these are one of the only lipsticks I’ve ever worn that don’t leave my lips crinkly and dry. They feel just as rich in texture as they are in colour, and on top of all that, the formula is totally scent-free.

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Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer swatches in Beige Pop, Fab Pop, and Poppy Pop

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A quick, messy iPhone shot of Fab Pop, filched from my Instagram — @thenotice

The shades: I tried three of the sixteen Clinique Pop shades, and surprisingly enough, Fab Pop was the one that I realy fell in love with. It’s bright and milky with lavender undertones, and really brightens up my face without looking like TOO MUCH (caps lock totally necessary.)

I wasn’t as crazy about Beige Pop, which is an objectively lovely medium-nude (I need a little less pink from my nude lipsticks to counteract my natural lip colour, unfortunately), and Poppy Pop wasn’t really for me, either — poppy reds make me look, for some reason, both flushed and yellow-toothed.

But Fab Pop – oh, my. What a shade.

Clinique Beige Pop lipstick primer review swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Beige Pop

Clinique Fab Pop lipstick primer review swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Fab Pop
Clinique Poppy Pop lipstick primer review swatches

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer in Poppy Pop

The verdict?

You need. You absolutely, totally, definitely need. I’ve been wearing Fab Pop bascially non-stop for the past two weeks, and it hasn’t lost its appeal by even a bit. (Plus, for once, my lips don’t feel stiff and dry when I’m wearing lipstick.)

The Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Prime formula is fast becoming one of my all-time favourites, and for anyone looking for creamy, luxurious, scent-free lipstick, these are totally it.

Availability: $18 USD/$21 CAD at Sephora, Clinique, and Nordstrom.

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Get ready for summer with a Leonisa swimsuit | US/Canada giveaway!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Leonisa swimsuit giveaway

I like to do something a little different every summer if I can, whether that’s a Summery Summary or a big ‘ol bunch of giveaways.

This year, that “something different” is, well, even more different. Leonisa (a brand you might recognize from their features in Marie Claire or Jezebel) has generously offered to give one of theNotice’s readers the swimsuit of their choice, which I thought would be a great way to start the season!

Leonisa shapewear swimsuit giveaway

Leonisa combines shapewear with swimsuits, which is awesome if you need a little help getting super body-confident for the beach. (Not that anyone “needs” shapewear, but heck, going out onto the beach mostly-naked is hard. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want at least a little more nipple coverage out of my regular flimsy swimsuit every now and again.)

The brand hails from South America, where they’re doing some pretty cool work in terms of social responsibility. Supply chain employees get free meals on-shift, forgivable student loans for themselves and for their families, on top of things like housing loans (almost all Leonisa employees own their own homes) and the basics, like health and life insurance.

Leonisa giveaway

To enter, use the giveaway widget below! (You can pick which swimsuit you want to win here.) This contest is open from May 26th to June 8th at 11:59 PM MST to all residents of the US and Canada. (For more details, check out the fine print in the widget).

Good luck!!

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BISC Vol.8: What’s your current morning and evening skincare routine?

Sunday, May 24, 2015

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What’s your current morning and evening skincare routine?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

I try to keep my skincare routine as simple (and affordable) as possible, so it stays mostly the same. In the mornings, I rinse my face and apply a little German Nivea with the Odacité Camelina Chamomile serum/oil, or something with SPF if I’m leaving the house.

In the evenings, I remove my eye makeup with Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution, wash my face with Marcelle Essentials Cleansing Milk, and moisturize with German Nivea blended with Odacité Pomegranate Rose Geranium (review), which I LOVE for dry skin. I don’t use a lot of masks or scrubs, but if I’m breaking out, I’ll also spot treat with Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion — that stuff is magic!!

AGATA | USA | Her and Makeup

My morning routine is pretty simple. I just wash my face and apply a moisturizer with an SPF. The evening routine is where it gets more complicated. First, I remove my makeup with Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes. Next, I use Garnier Cleansing Oil to remove the rest of makeup and my waterproof mascara. Then I cleanse my face using my Clarisonic Mia 2 brush with Nude Skincare Omega Cleansing Jelly or Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser. Next, I apply a toner- either Pixi Glow Tonic or Murad Hydrating Toner. Lastly, I apply a moisturizer- currently I am using Aveno Ultra-calming moisturizer and an undereye cream- Vichy Idealia Eyes.

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MELISSA | Switzerland | Kiss & Make-up

AM: First I cleanse with the The Body Shop Aloe Gentle Facial Wash and exfoliate and tone with the Paula’s Choice Anti-Redness Exfoliating Solution and the 5100 Skincare Glacier Moist Refresh spay. Then I apply my Caudalie Polyphenol C15 Serum followed by my Olaz Regenerist moisturizer, including around the eyes. And for sun protection I use the Glo-Therapeutics Oil-Free SPF 40+ sunscreen.

PM: Usually I double cleanse with a milk cleanser first – at the moment the Eucerin Gentle Cleansing Milk – and then a cleansing oil – at the moment the L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil, followed by exfoliating and toning with the same two products that I use in the morning. Then I apply Differen gel for my acne, followed by my Caudalie serum and my Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer, eye area included again.

LENA | USA | Lenallure

I have just started with new routines and I’m pretty happy with them.

[Morning] Cleanse with Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder / Tone with Avéne Thermal Water Spray / Moisturize with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Serum / Protect with Sofina Perfect UV SPF50 PA+++ Sunscreen

[Evening] Remove makeup with L’Oreal Clean Artiste Eye Makeup Remover and Tatcha Pure One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil / Cleanse & Exfoliate with Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder / Tone with Boots Botanics Rosewater / Treat with Vichy Liftactiv Serum 10 and Serum 10 Yeux & Cils / Moisturize with Vichy Aqualia Thermal Riche

[Exfoliate] Radical Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads (twice a week)

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

Morning: cleanse with either Tatcha Rice Enzyme Powder or Verso Foaming Cleanser; tone with homemade Apple Cider Vinegar; moisturize with Bobbi Brown Extra Bright Advanced Serum followed by Verso Day Cream and Dior Diorsnow White Reveal Ultra Purifying Liquid; protect with either Dior Diorsnow Brightening Illuminating UV Protection with Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Translucent SPF 50 or Benefit Specialist Dream Screen Invisible Silky-Matte Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen for Face.

Evening: remove eye makeup with Chanel Démaquillant Yeux Intense Gentle Bi-Phase Eye Makeup Remover; remove face makeup with Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm; cleanse with Glamglow Powercleanse Daily Dual Cleanser; tone with homemade Apple Cider Vinegar; moisturize with Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II followed by Verso Night Cream and Eve Lom Brightening Cream.

For eyes, I’m not loyal to any particular eye cream but I’m currently using La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream.

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