Odacité Po+R Serum Concentrate | One in, one out

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Odacite Po+R dry skin dehydration review

As a beauty blogger, I try a lot of stuff for work you guys! And, as a result, it’s rare that I ever get to fully finish products that I like, much less hit pan and buy them again.

The Odacité Pomegranate + Rose a Geranium Serum Concentrate ($49 CAD), though — it’s the first of a few exceptions that I’ve been lucky enough to stumble across.

One in one out Odacite PoR

It feels like just yesterday that I reviewed Po+R on theNotice for the first time, and my skin has been in heaven since then. Just a drop or two every couple of days, added into my moisturizer, keeps my super-dry skin glowing and hydrated.

It’s kind of a godsend, honestly — I’ve had stubborn dry patches that have hung around since high school, but since starting on Odacité oils, I’ve been happily patch-free.

One in one out skincare favourites

I also–no surprise here–have been recommending their oils to people left and right. (To everyone who actually has to deal with me in person: I’m sorry and also I have NO REGRETS). So, when I finally ran out of my first bottle if Po+R after eight-odd months of use…

I immediately ran out to the nearest Detox Market to replenish my skincare stash with another.

Availability: $49 CAD at The Detox Market (CA).

Odacite oil dehydrated skin dryness review

Feather eyeliners, New Dimensions, and eye palettes galore | New 03/08/15

Monday, August 3, 2015

New this week: leather-feather-tipped Stila eyeliner brushes (so lovely, but weirdly expensive for just a liner brush, no?), matte pastel finishing powders, and New Dimension lifting products (but more on that soon).

And that new NARS NARSissist palette and Sephora brushes — mmpfh. Five kinds of oh-so-pretty!

Juicy Couture giveaway (& behind the scenes at the I AM JUICY COUTURE launch party)

Friday, July 31, 2015

I AM JUICY COUTURE launch party

I had a pretty wide variety of adventures while I was in Toronto this month (I got home late Tuesday night), from factory tours to coffee dates. Today, though, I get to share with you something special: a launch party for the new Juicy Couture fragrance, plus a little giveaway with a memento for one of you.

I am Juicy Couture review notes

The I AM JUICY COUTURE party was a really weird experience for me: it was a lot of pink, a lot of people out to “be seen,” and a lot of fragrance notes that I’m not the biggest fan of, personally. (What? I like my fragrances vaguely snobby, kind of dirty, and aggressively unisex.)

THE NOTES: TOP – raspberry, pomelo, passion fruit / HEART – gardenia, heliotrope, Rose de Mai, sweet pea / BASE – musk, woods, amber

I AM JUICY COUTURE ($89 CAD/50 ml; available soon) was created for the house by Dora Baghriche for Firmenich Paris, and was inspired by candied pralines and the idea of the ultimate Juicy Couture girl. It’s described as a “rebellious gourmand” for the “prestige rebel,” and smells kind of like something that would happen in all caps. The press release says it’s for the girl who “daringly proclaims exactly who she is not in order to declare who she is“… but what kind of life is that?

Juicy Couture

This guy is Juicy Couture

Yes you are, dude. Yes you are.

So here’s what I think. I think you should take the great parts of I AM JUICY COUTURE, and leave the rest. Feel free to tell people that you’re not apologetic, because no one should have to be. Tell them that you’re not conventional, because you’re not obligated to be.

But don’t operate under the assumption that these are traits of the “cool girl.” Girls, in case you haven’t noticed, are awesome. I’d be pretty damn proud if someone told me that I was just as cool as a conventional girl.

Megan Joy Nicole About Town Diary of a Trendaholic

The lovely Nicole (Beauty, Brains +), Megan (Megan Joy), and Erica (Diary of a Trendaholic)!

Elaine Atkins

Elaine (Elaine Loves)

Megan Joy

Megan is THRILLED TO BE HERE; TO BE ALIVE (seriously though, how cute is she??)

The ultimate Juicy Couture girl sounds kind of like a bully. So aim higher than that; be better than that. Wear the I AM JUICY COUTURE fragrance, but wear it to say:

» I AM NOT going to be held down by the conventions of your misogynistic society

…not “It girls are not ordinary, shy, predictable, reserved, or average.” Because there is nothing, nothing wrong with being shy or predictable or reserved if you choose to be. 

Define yourself by what you are, not what you hate.

Juicy Couture giveaway Gold Bracelet

Win it!

I’m not much of a memento type (well, except for scent memories, but more on that soon), so I’m sharing this little piece of my travels with one lucky reader! Enter below to win one (1) Juicy Couture “Juicy Bangle” in Gold. This giveaway is open to anyone over the age of 18 who is currently residing in Canada, and will close on August 8th at 11:59 PM MST.

Good luck!

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DECIEM Toronto HQ Tour | Beauty behind the scenes

Monday, July 27, 2015

DECIEM review

The energy at DECIEM is really infectious, and it (along with the rest of my Toronto experiences) really has me re-thinking the way that I approach beauty blogging. Like a lot of other bloggers, I’ve been struggling to find my–for lack of a better word–muse over the past few years, and I think it’s been hurting the quality of the content here at theNotice.

Entering the Deciem front doors feels kind of like getting punched in the face by Regina George. (I hear she does car commercials… IN JAPAN.) You step in and you’re immediately hit a wall of great smells and good vibes — it’s a really collaborative, creative space full of people who love what they do.

DECIEM ten brands

DECIEM HQ

Hair is Fabric DECIEM

The table in the lobby area is topped with artfully squished Hair is Fabric tubes, matte black candles burn along one wall, and everything is open-concept — I don’t think I saw a single solid wall in the entire building. The guy who makes videos for all of the Deciem brands sits just down from the girl who packs and ships everything; the chemists who formulate products in the lab are (literally) within spitballing distance from the factory area, where you’ll find workers bickering and tinkering.

BEAUTY FOR EVERYONE [HERE] – Deciem products are tested on people, not animals, and can be purchased online at deciem.com, where full ingredients lists are available for every product! Express shipping is FREE within Canada (or worldwide, depending on the product) and you have a year to return anything that doesn’t work for you, but you can find in-store locations here if you must.

DECIEM Mira and Eric

The lovely Eric & Mira (who spearhead Deciem’s social media and PR, respectively)

DECIEM Toronto lab

I think everyone dreams of having an in-house lab, no?

DECIEM factory tour

Production, packaging, and storage happens just around the corner!

Hylamide Eye Serum DECIEM review

Lookit all the tiny little SubQ Eye Serums waiting to be packaged!

It’s clear that the people here love what they do, which I’m crazy about — they have a lot of freedom to experiment and try out different things (there was literally a tiny explosion in the lab while I was there; apparently someone was playing with a morsel of magnesium that should not have gone poof but totally went poof anyways), and it’s reflected strongly in the products they create. Their goal was to make 10 products to change the face of beauty, and barely two years in, they’re currently working on their 11th brand.

What I really want to do is take a little bit of that energy with me. I want to work with other bloggers who love what they do; I want to get excited again about taking pictures and tweaking them juuuust until I feel that little rush of ooh, that actually looks really good.

Hand Chemistry review

The brand’s [first] big hit

DECIEM--13

Hand Chemistry on Mira’s model-hands

Inhibitif DECIEM

Yes. They are absolutely making the joke you think they are.

I want to have new sensory experiences — for me, that involves a lot of smelling fragrances that are really well-composed and complex (thank you, Frederic Malle), but it’s also things like eating an entirely new-to-you food (this year: foie gras) or taking in that first breath of clean, crisp air after a rainstorm. It’s about what will expand the way you process information, but I think fresh experiences play a big role in that. (Why else would so many people feel the constant pull of wanderlust! Nothing expands like your metacognitive abilities like culture shock. Or psychedelics.)

But back on topic.

DECIEM assortment

What am I crazy about from DECIEM?

Well, I’m going to be posting reviews as I finish testing products (of course), but if you need a teaser, I’m really excited about:

  • Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist ($20 CAD) – This is my favourite Deciem product right now, hands down. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve told four different people about it in person, and three of them immediately went, “oh my god, where can I get that.” (The third doesn’t even own a cleanser, so really, a mist was never going to happen.) It sprays a fine, dense mist, is powered by air (not CFCs), and penetrates really far into your dermal layers — even in areas that are callused or chronically dehydrated.

Hand Chemistry Hyaluronic Body Mist DECIEM review

NIOD Copper Amino Isolate review DECIEM

  • NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1.00% ($60 CAD) – Because how cool is having to mix a fresh product that’s 100x more potent than what you usually get in consumer serums?
  • NOID Photography Fluid, Opacity 12% ($30 CAD) (and Hylamide Photography Foundation ($20 CAD), which provides a little more coverage) – This stuff is SO good. It’s a foundation that isn’t a foundation; think Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders to the nth degree. Photography Fluid goes green and then disappears into the skin, leaving you with less redness and with a really gorgeous, photo-ready glow. (It’s apparently particularly great under natural sunlight!)

NIOD Photography Fluid review DECIEM

NIOD Photography Fluid swatch review

Photography Fluid (magic in action)

Fountain The Green Molecule review DECIEM

  • Fountain 03 The Super Green Molecule ($28 CAD) – Contains kelp, alfalfa chlorophyll, and hyaluronic acid. 1 teaspoon is equal to 6 bowls of dark, organic leafy greens. See all of the molecules here.

DECIEM A Tannery in Tuscany

Something lovely is inside.

BISC Vol.12 | ​​Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

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Do you regularly toss expired makeup?

RAE | Canada | the Notice: a beauty blog

Hah! Absolutely not — I throw out expired products as I come upon them, but I definitely don’t toss en masse or get rid of things based on expiry dates. Once a product is past its prime, it gets thrown out, but I’m far too lazy to sort through my collection and search out expired products on a regular basis! :p

TRACY | USA | Swaybeauty

Whenever I purchase an item I put an alert in my phone from 3months up to a year out depending on the product. That way I can keep track of what I’m using (and not using for that matter) and toss anything that should be thrown out. If however something either doesn’t look quite right or smells weird I don’t hesitate to toss it right then and there. And the money lost definitely takes precedence over a possible infection.

You wouldn’t put spoiled milk on your cereal so why would you put expired foundation on your face.

ANGELA | Canada | Do Want Makeup

Confession: I sometimes use mascara past the 3-6 month mark if the texture is still good. Honestly, I don’t pay too much attention to the expiry date (unless it’s sunscreen!) or the period-after-opening date (that jar symbol with a number). I make a personal decision about whether a product is still okay to use based on the consistency, smell, or appearance. If any of those things change, then I toss it. I try go to through my stash once or twice a year to declutter and purge items that are expired or no longer hold any interest for me.

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ANNE | Germany | Linda, Libra, Loca

No.

I´ll probably make myself main target to the wreath of the beauty community out there, but I couldn’t care less about expiration dates. There are foundations, lipsticks and eyeshadows I purchased four to five years ago that I still happily use every once in a while. As long as they don’t smell or look weird, I think this is perfectly fine. The only thing I toss within expiration date is mascara, mainly because it doesn’t last any longer.

JAA | Thailand | Hello Jaa

I do, but only with liquid eyeliners and mascaras. Everything else I keep until I notice a change in texture and/or scent. I try to be proactive about keeping my makeup clean where I can. For example, I make sure my hands and vanity are clean before I start putting on makeup. I rarely ever share my makeup with anyone. I dab cream and liquid products on the back of my hand and apply with a separate applicator to prevent possible contamination. I also keep my makeup only in a dry area away from sunlight and humidity.

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