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    Fitglow Beauty review: Vita-Active Foundation, Bliss Oil, Good Gloss, and Vita-Set Powder

    fitglow beauty vita active vf1 foundation

    The products: Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation in VF1, Vita-Set Powder, Good Gloss in Cherry, and Bliss Oil

    What happens when a Canadian fitness fanatic with rosacea decides to design an entire range of organic, cruelty-free products? Well… Fitglow Beauty happens, that’s what.

    fitglow beauty vita-active foundation review VF1

    How pretty is the Fitglow Vita-Active foundation packaging?

    Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation ($59 USD) and Vita-Set Powder ($69 USD)

    To start us off, here’s one product that I had high hopes for that totally delivered. The Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation ($59 USD) is, in a word, excellent. It reminds me a lot of my Make Up For Ever Water Blend foundation (VF1 is very close in shade to Make Up For Ever’s Y225), with its light coverage and comfortable finish. The results aren’t quite as seamless–Vita-Blend is more of a thin fluid and less of a wet gel–but I’d still be very comfortable recommending Vita-Active as a cruelty-free alternative to Water Blend. 

    VF1 is just slightly too dark and yellow for me, but it blends into the skin so seamlessly that it still looks natural. I’ve been wearing it almost daily since it arrived, and for a 95% organic formula, it’s extremely impressive. Heck, it’s so good that even if it was full of chemicals, I’d still be a fan.

    Fitglow vita-active foundation swatch vf1

    Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation in VF1 swatch: blended, unblended (indirect sunlight)

    Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation, Vita-Set Powder review, before and after

    Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation review / Vita-Set Powder added on right

    I do, however, take a bit of an issue with the brand’s matching Vita-Set Powder ($69 USD). It’s the only Fitglow Beauty product that I haven’t liked so far, and honestly, it makes me far more agitated than it should.

    It’s a good product, but it’s not a great one. I found the Vita-Set Powder to be very yellow and pigmented, and it visibly muddies up my fair complexion. You can see it in the before and after photos here; it makes my skin look darker and more yellow than the foundation alone.

    fitglow beauty vita set powder review

    But while we’re at it (I’m so sorry, Fitglow!), can we talk about that price tag??? I mean, it’s awesome that the Vita-Set formula touts glacial marine clay and niacinamide (my fave cosmetic ingredient), but that pricing is way out of line. This powder is TINY, and it’s not as finely-milled as it could be. This powder is gritty to the touch, and you can really feel the difference when you’re applying it.

    With a few tweaks (less pigment, more finely-milled ingredients, and an adjusted price tag), I think the Vita-Set Powder could be pretty great.

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    Fitglow Beauty Good Gloss in Cherry ($26 USD)

    The Fitglow Beauty Good Gloss in Cherry ($26 USD) feels like a bit of a throwback to natural gloss formulas of days gone by. It’s extremely sheer, smooth, and shimmer-free, with a hydrating formula and zero tackiness.

    My lips have been really dry this winter, so I’ve been enjoying my Good Gloss. Its ingredient list is really refreshing (considering how much lipstick I undoubtedly eat in the course of the week), and I love that it adds moisture to the lips with jojoba oil, coconut oil, and shea butter. When I put this on, my lips actually feel more moisturized than they were, which is awesome.

    fitglow good gloss cherry swatch, vita set powder

    Fitglow Beauty Vita-Set Powder swatch (blended, then heavily), Fitglow Beauty Good Gloss in Cherry

    Fitglow Beauty Bliss Oil ($74 USD)

    I’ve saved the best for last, and folks… this is the best. The Fitglow Beauty Bliss Oil ($74 USD) is a beautiful, luxurious oil that’s scented with locally-harvested lavender. I can’t stand synthetic or highly-processed lavender fragrances, but this stuff is gorgeous.

    fitglow beauty glow oil review

    Fitglow Beauty Bliss Oil review. Oh, and me – hiiii!

    “Bliss” is the perfect name for this product, because my skin was a mess before I found it. Formulated with macadamia and avocado oils, Bliss Oil is the most nourishing oil I currently own. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated without feeling heavy, and it smells simply divine.

    (Did you want me to say “simply blissful?” Because I can, but you’ll have to ask very nicely for it.)

    Fitglow’s Bliss Oil pretty heavy-duty stuff, though, so I would recommend it primarily for those with ageing or dry skin. Check it out if you have skin struggles that are similar to my own – it’s very glowy and perfect for someone with eczema.

    Fitglow beauty review swatches

    The verdict?

    I love getting to check out small(er) Canadian beauty brands, and Fitglow is one that deserves all of the attention it’s been getting. It’s a cruelty-free brand that labels each product with easy to read symbols about each product’s “free of” list, vegan status, and percent organic ingredients, and the packaging for the entire range is really lovely.

    I would give the Fitglow Vita-Set Powder a pass, but I honestly loved the rest of these products. The oil and foundation are deserving of an almost cultish following, and I’m looking forward to seeing more from Fitglow in the coming year!

    Availability: Fitglow Beauty products can be found online at Fitglow Beauty, Rodale’s, and Ecodiva. All permanent products.

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    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick review, swatches, photos

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Supreme lipstick review photos swatches

    The product: Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême (Rouge à Lèvres Intense) Lipstick – all shades

    This Spring, Lise Watier introduces an entirely new range of lipsticks: the Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks.

    A far cry from the mattes, velvets, and liquid lipsticks that inundate the market today, the Rouge Intense Suprême range is the full-opacity sister of the sheer Rouge Fondant Suprêmes that won a 2016 ELLE Beauty Grand Prix award.

    Lise Watier Spring 2017 rouge intense supreme lipstick review photos swatches

    Lise Watier Arielle, Olivia, Kelly, Zoe, Suzan swatches review

    The promise: The Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks promise “rich, intense colour in one swipe” with “incredible hold” and a “hydrating and nourishing” texture. I kinda love that these don’t guarantee X-hour wear, because let’s be honest: products never make it as long as they say they will.

    The Suprêmes are packaged in magnetic cases (which is pretty darn classy) and are infused with Lise Watier’s Labrador Tea extract.

    Lise Watier Kelly lipstick review photos swatches

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick review – Kelly

    Lise Watier Jasmine rouge intense supreme swatch

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick review – Jasmine

    The formula: You guys, I love this formula. I wanted to like the Rouge Fondant Suprêmes, but these — these practically hypnotize you into doing their bidding.

    The Rouge Intense Suprême lipsticks feel comforting and glossy, and they have a delicious fruity-tea scent that makes me smile every time. They’re intensely pigmented, and glossiness of the finish endures. Even two or three hours after I apply these, they feel comfortable and emollient, and I can rub my lips together without moving the colour or getting stuck on the finish.

    (Resentful? Who, me?)

    Lise Watier Kelly rouge intense supreme swatch

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick swatch – Kelly

    Lise Watier Jasmine lipstick review photos swatches

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick swatch – Jasmine

    I can comfortably wear these for a good 4+ hours, and the colour wears away evenly throughout the entire lip. At the end of four-ish hours, I need to reapply or add lip balm, but I don’t look like I’ve been eating grapes or living in the ’90s or something.

    The buttery formula doesn’t slip around, and it doesn’t catch on lip lines or dry patches. For someone who lives as an eternally-parched cactus, these lipsticks are simply perfect.

    Lise Watier Clara, Maya swatches review

    The shades: I was lucky enough to be sent all 15 of these new, permanent shades, and I gotta tell you… they are all pretty fab. First, there are the nudes: Clara, Maya, Charlize, Kim, and Daphne. I’ve been getting a lot of wear out of Kim, which is a little more metallic than the rest of the range but looks just gorgeous on.

    Lise Watier Charlize, Kim, Daphne swatches review

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick swatches, L-R: Clara, Maya, Charlize, Kim, and Daphne

    Then, there are the pinks. Arielle, Olivia, Kelly, Zoe, and Suzan range from a ballet pink (Arielle) to a blinding tomato-red (Suzan, which is definitely going to my Auntie Sue the next time I see her; her bright red lips were basically an icon of my childhood). Of the pinks, Zoe and Suzan are notable for being particularly opaque and creamy.

    Finally, there are the big, bold shades. Jade, Jasmine, Mary, Brooklyn, and Caroline are where the Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême lipsitcks really shine. If you’re looking for colour that’s literally opaque in one swipe and wears away with soft-focus berry stains instead of rings of colour, these are what you’re looking for.

    Lise Watier Arielle, Olivia swatches review photos

    Lise Watier Kelly, Zoe, Suzan swatches review photos

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick swatches, L-R:  Arielle, Olivia, Kelly, Zoe, and Suzan

    These bolds are so comfortable, and they’re quite flattering. Caroline is patchier than the rest, but overall, they perform very well. I went with Jasmine for my wear test, and it lasted without a single sign of wear right up until I had to eat dinner–which, admittedly, was only about a 3-hour span. (Am I the only one who exists in a constant state of “oh god, feed me, I am starving,” when I have a cold?)

    The last five shades I swatched (“the bolds”) pack such a punch of pigment that my arm was stained, I kid you not, for more than four days. They couldn’t be rubbed, scrubbed, or oil-cleansed away.

    All fifteen of these shades save for Jade, Suzan, and Caroline contain imperceptible microshimmer to give additional depth of colour.

    Lise Watier Jade, Jasmine, Mary swatches review photos

    Lise Watier Brooklyn Caroline swatches review photos

    Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipstick swatches, L-R: Jade, Jasmine, Mary, Brooklyn, and Caroline

    The verdict?

    For a mid-range lipstick, these are expensive at $27 CAD. But you know what? For once in my life, I’m recommending them with NO reservations.

    The Lise Watier Rouge Intense Suprême Lipsticks are excellent in every way. They’re very pigmented, they don’t shift around on the lips, they smell amazing, they’re hydrating… I could go on forever. These are the best example of a glossy, opaque lipstick that I’ve tried yet, and I’ve been wearing them daily since they arrived.

    Buy one. Hell, buy three. You won’t be disappointed.

    Availability: $27 CAD at Lise Watier (Can/US), Shopper’s Drug Mart, London Drugs, and more. Permanent as of Spring 2017.

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    Marcelle Velvet Gel Spring 2017 review, swatches, photos

    Marcelle Buff Nude, Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active foundation MOTD review photos

    Marcelle Buff Nude lipliner, Rosy Nude Velvet Gel Lipstick

    Also wearing: Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation in VF1, Marcelle Kohl Eyeliner in Mother of Pearl and Chocolate, Annabelle Supernova Mascara

    The products: Marcelle Velvet Gel Rouge Xpression Lipstick, Waterproof Lipliner, and Waterproof Eyeliner; Marcelle Kohl Eyeliner

    This spring is all about gel-textured mattes (hello, eyeliner revolution of 2006), and I’m feelin’ it. As much as I love how comfortable and wearable lipglosses and sheer lipsticks are, the occasional heavy matte is just gorgeous – enough so that I’ll make my lips put up with it a few times each month, comfort be damned.

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Rouge Xpression lipstick review photos swatches

    Marcelle Rouge Xpression Velvet Gel Lipsticks and Velvet Gel Lipliners ($11.95 CAD each)

    For me, the highlight of these launches is the new Marcelle Velvet Gel Rouge Xpression Lipsticks. They’re a five-piece collection with Karine Vanesse, and they rock.

    Marcelle (whom I love, but who tend to fudge their copy) promises that these lipsticks will deliver extreme colour, smooth glide, and an ultra-lightweight feel… none of which I particularly agree with. BUT I still think these (and their corresponding velvet gel lipliners) are pretty great!

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Rouge Xpression review photos swatches

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Rouge Xpression Lipstick review

    Marcelle Buff Nude, Rosy Nude lipstick swatch, review

    Marcelle Velvet Gel “Buff Nude” Lipliner + Velvet Gel “Rosy Nude” Rouge Xpression Lipstick swatch

    The Velvet Gel Rouge Xpression Lipstick formula has a matte finish and medium opacity that’s reminiscent of the Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Lipsticks that I reviewed recently. The formula feels heavy and comfortable, and with the liners underneath, the resulting lip is extremely matte.

    I feel like matte lipsticks reinvent themselves every 5 years, and this gel trend is just the newest iteration. First there were the powdery mattes, then the silicone-y ones; now, there are the sticky velvets. Like the Rouge Artists, the Marcelle Velvet Gel formula shows wear after only two hours, and it feels really comfortable–until your lips feel suddenly parched and tight, 8 hours later.

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Buff Nude swatch review

    Buff Nude + Rosy Nude lip

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Lipliner review photos swatches

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Waterproof Lipliner review + Universal Anti-Feathering Lip Liner ($9.95 CAD)

    My favourite shade of the Velvet Gels is Buff Nude – a gorgeous, putty-brown pink. The lipliners in this collection pack a lot of pigment while the lipsticks are medium-sheer, so for a natural-looking lipstick, I like Rosy Nude… and for lips that look big and plush, I like to layer my Buff Nude lipliner with the Rosy Nude lipstick.

    If you decide to dip into this collection (it’s a lot cheaper than buying a Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist + a lipliner, for sure), I would definitely recommend that combo!

    Marcelle Velvet Gel Lipliner, Rouge Xpression lipstick swatches, review

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    Vixen Maverick VixSkin silicone dildo review, photos

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    The product: Vixen Creations VixSkin Maverick dildo

    It’s been a while since my last sex toy review, so I thought I’d shake things up a little and do something a little out of the ordinary–for theNotice, at least. I tend to focus on non-realistic vibrators, but today, I’m reviewing a toy that’s both startlingly realistic and shockingly large.

    I know that realistic toys aren’t everyones cup of tea, so this review can be found under the cut. For those who venture on, I promise to pack this review with as many bad jokes as I can!

    Images NSFW. Read more »

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    Pai Avocado & Jojoba, Echium & Macadamia Day Cream reviews, photos

    Pai skincare review day cream natural silicone-free

    The products: Pai Skincare Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream and Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream

    This winter is the first that Tunakitten and I are spending in our current apartment, and keeping my skin hydrated has been a struggle. No matter how much water I drink or how much Pai Rosehip Oil I apply, my face feels eternally parched with the forced air heating system that runs throughout the building.

    Don’t get me wrong — I’m a huge fan of being this toasty warm at all times. But I miss having a humidifier built right into the heating, and so does my skin!

    Pai Avocado and Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream review

    Pai Skincare Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream ($60 CAD)

    I turned to Pai to solve my skincare struggles, and I’ll tell you this right off the bat: neither one of these products was hydrating enough for me. But my skin is so finicky right now that NONE of the twenty six zillion moisturizers that I currently own are doing the job, so take my hydration levels into consideration as you read this review.

    Pai’s Avocado & Jojoba Day Cream is made for dry, dehydrated, and dry, sensitive skin. It contains organic avocado and jojoba oil in addition to a number of vitamins (A, D, and E) and omega fatty acids, so for those with lightly dry skin (aka not my skin), it’s a good option.

    The Hydrating Day Cream has a light formula that rapidly sinks into the skin to leave it feeling silky. I think it’s best for normal to dry skin, or skin that gets a little dry and sensitive during the winter.

    Pai Echium and Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream review

    Pai Skincare Echium & Macadamia Replenishing Day Cream ($78 CAD)

    I wasn’t sure which of these two creams would be more hydrating, but Pai offered to send over both so I could find out on my own. It was fascinating to get to try two different dry skin moisturizers from the same brand at the same time, and I’ve been excited to share my results!

    Of the two, I found Pai’s Echium & Macadamia Day Cream to be more hydrating. It’s designed to target mature skin and very dry, sensitive skin, and you can feel the difference in the formula. The Replenishing Day Cream is heavier and more comforting than the Hydrating Day Cream, and I find myself reaching for it far more often.

    Pai day cream review silicone free

    The verdict?

    I love the clean, soft-touch formulas of these two moisturizers, and both offer benefits of their own. Neither was hydrating enough for my skin, even with the addition of a face oil, so I would recommend them primarily for skin that sometimes looks dull or flakey — not chronic dryness or eczema.

    If you’re trying to choose between the two, here’s my advice. Opt for the Avocado & Jojoba Hydrating Day Cream for normal skin that gets dry in the winter, and the Echium & Macadamia Day Cream for skin that’s a little dry to very dry all year round.

    Availability: Pai is available online, at The Detox Market, and through Beauty Bay and Look Fantastic.

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