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    Grey hair, Olaplex, and more | New 18/01/19

    I haven’t done one of these in a loooong time, and there’s so much out there that’s new right now!

    I’m most excited that you can now get Olaplex outside of the salon – I’ve been thinking of transitioning to grey hair (NO PROMISES), and this is definitely a check in the “pros” column! Aside from that, I have my eye on a few things from Milk and Natasha Denova. Those duochrome eye shadow cushions…

    How about you?

    My grey hair inspiration of the moment:

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    Juvente Day Cream, Night Cream, Eye Cream review, photos

    *this post was sponsored by Juvente.

    The products: Juvente Parfaite Day Cream, Absolue Night Cream, and Radieuse Eye Contour Care

    Late last year, I was introduced to a new, Canadian skincare company called Juvente. Designed to provide users with a plant-focused cosmeceutical option for their skincare, the 98% natural brand targets free radical damage to combat the signs of ageing.

    As I’m sure longtime readers know by now, I love anti-ageing products–but not for their anti-ageing properties. Instead, I love how they provide deep, dermal hydration (a must-have for my dry skin), and I really appreciate the fact that they minimize damage caused by pollution. So, because there’s no better time to start a new skincare regimen than the beginning of the year, I thought I’d kick off 2017 with a skincare post!

    Juvente products are free of silicones, gluten, parabens, mineral oil, animal byproducts, and phthalates, and the brand is committed to never using microbeads, artificial colourants, or SLS. Their packaging is designed to reduce the brand’s carbon footprint, right down to the vegetal ink. (I’d love to see future iterations of these products with glass bases instead of plastic – it’s a more eco-conscious alternative, and would be incredibly satisfying to use.)

    The science behind Juvente

    Juvente calls their product range a “7/3 solution.” Each product uses 7 key ingredients, with 3 key actives.

    The crowning ingredient of this line is beta-glucan, extracted from GMO-free oats. It’a water-soluble polysacchraide that, like hyaluronic acid, can absorb right down to the dermis, where it’s been shown in vitro to stimulate collagen synthesis. The products also feature anti-inflammatory oat-derived avenanthramides, and astaxanthin, a powerful antioxidant that comes from the sea. (It’s a micro-algae extract from the carotenoid family.)

    The Juvente Anti-Ageing Day Cream – Parfaite ($107 CAD)

    The Juvente Parfaite Day Cream comes in packaging with a sunny yellow stripe. It has a very subtle sweet, floral fragrance, and a cushy, almost gelatinous texture. It absorbs easily and is moderately hydrating – I’d like to see more hydration for the price, but it should work well for anyone with normal to combination skin.

    These products get their pink tint from astaxanthin, which helps protect against UV damage, but this day cream doesn’t contain SPF. I enjoy my Juvente Day Cream, but I’m going to level with you: I don’t use it unless I know for certain that I’m going to be indoors all day long.

    As any skincare junkie knows, sun damage is a key part in slowing down free radical damage. I know most luxury day creams don’t contain SPF (and I will forever wonder as to why), but I’d really like to see an updated version of this day cream in the future with a physical sunscreen component.

    The Juvente Anti-Ageing Night Cream – Absolue ($103 CAD)

    I also tried out the Juvente Absolue Night Cream, which has a super-subtle herbal fragrance. Honestly, the scent is so faint that it just smells good. Clean, but like nothing at all. Like the other Juvente products, this one is very experience-based: it has that cushy texture, hefty packaging with super-smooth threads, and just the barest hint of fragrance.

    The Juvente Night Cream is creamier and heavier than their Day Cream, but I definitely need to pair it with an oil or some squalane. (Thanks, Alberta.) The packaging, however, is just a pleasure to use, and I hope it’s here to stay.

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    Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator review, photos, comparison

    The product: Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator

    I’m a big fan of Je Joue, so when I found out that they’d be making a bullet vibrator… I was psyched. My We-Vibe Tango is forever in a state of “I’m almost dead but I’m not going to warn you beforehand, because I want it to be a surprise!”, so I was well ready to move onto the Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator instead.

    The Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator specs

    The Je Joue Classic Bullet is described by the brand as “the luxury version of the Classic Bullet,” with a medical-grade silicone finish and a waterproof body. It’s 4.75″ by 3.25″ with a width of .875″.

    What I really love about the Je Joue Classic Bullet is that, unlike most bullet vibes, it has a 3-button design: (+) and (-) buttons to control intensity, and a (~) button to cycle through patterns. The buttons are raised on the side of the toy but sit fairly flush, so they’re hard to press accidentally. This leaves the base open for direct micro USB charging, so there are less pieces to carry around (and, if you’re me, lose).

    The three new Je Joue bullets are all different shapes on the same base, all with the same 3-button design. They charge in 60 minutes, which gives you up to 1.5 hours of use. The bullets have 5 vibration levels and 7 pulsation patterns, and they come with a silicone finger… Thing.

    The Je Joue Classic Bullet in practice

    The weirdest thing about the Je Joue Classic Bullet is definitely the finger sleeve attachment. It’s designed to create a “more hands-free experience” by strapping the toy to your finger, but like… That doesn’t actually make any sense? Like, just as many hands are involved? I guess there’s no more clutching at the toy, which is nice, but then you have to disentangle your fingers anyways to turn up the intensity.

    The sleeve is a super-stretchy silicone that fits over two of my fingers. It’s a cool inclusion, and I think some people will enjoy it, but I’m glad that it’s included in the box (because I’d never purchase it on my own). The most interesting thing about it is that it’s made to be reversible; as in, you can turn the toy to the back of your fingers and get both skin-to-skin contact and (some) vibrations. 

    The Classic Bullet is as rumbly as Je Joue’s other toys, which was the one thing that I was worried the brand wouldn’t be able to translate into a bullet vibe. It’s thicker than standard bullet vibes (i.e. the ones that you can insert into dildos), but that seems kind of irrelevant: you wouldn’t be able to comfortably slide silicone into silicone anyways.

    The Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator has a soft, velvety finish, and the vibrations range from very thuddy (on low) to intense and more buzzy (on high). Its vibrations on high are comparable to the vibrations of something like a Lelo or JimmyJane toy; that is, they’re buzzier than I’d like, but not buzzy like $10 bullet vibes are buzzy.

    How does the Je Joue Classic Bullet compare to the We-Vibe Tango?

    I prefer the We-Vibe Tango’s size for pinpoint stimulation. It has a rumblier motor on high, and as a result, feels much more intense. I use it more often than my Je Joue bullet.

    I prefer the Je Joue Classic Bullet’s charging method and controls. It has a far more reliable battery, and actually lasts for 90 minutes on its 1 hour charge. (My Tango lasts about 40 minutes on a 90 minute charge. It advertises 2 hours of use.) I have a better track record with Je Joue toys, too; my Mimi Soft lasted me 3 years, while my Tangos usually die within 1 year. At $59 USD, it’s also cheaper than the Tango, and more likely to go on sale. It has a rumblier motor on low.

    Both are rechargeable, body-safe, discreet, and quiet.

    My verdict on the Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator?

    I enjoyed using the Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator, but I still prefer the Mimi Soft. The squishiness of it is what made it so ideal for me, not the motor alone; it’s pleasing to use on your own, but also feels more comfortable for me during sex, when everything is sort of… Stretched out and in different places. The Je Joue Classic Bullet Vibrator doesn’t have that advantage for me, because its squishiness is only on the tapered tip.

    It’s still an excellent bullet, and at $59, I’d recommend it – with two caveats. If you need pinpoint stimulation, these may be too large; similarly, if you want a bullet you can insert into other sex toys, this one won’t work. I prefer the We-Vibe Tango over the Je Joue motor in use, but if slightly buzzy vibrations aren’t an issue for you, the Je Joue Bullets are all-around better toys. 

    Availability:$59 USD at Je Joue (who sent this item in for review), $59 USD at SheVibe, $64.99 USD at Lovehoney (G-Spot version), $59 USD at Peepshow Toys.

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    theNotice’s Best of 2017 | Makeup, skincare, and haircare

    For a blogger, I feel like I don’t try that much new stuff… But compared to your average consumer, I definitely do. Here are my best of 2017 picks in makeup, haircare, and skincare, plus a little bit about why I love them.

    All of the products in this post are things that I use no less than weekly, and/or that I’ve re-bought at least once.

    My six top products of 2017

    There’s more on each of these in the appropriate sections, but here it goes: Annabelle Chrome Eyeshadows, Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencils, and Pür Cosmetics Eye Polishes for makeup; The Ordinary Squalane, Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Soothing Balm, and SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask for skincare.

    Best of 2017: Makeup

    My top three makeup products of the year are the Annabelle Chrome Eyeshadows, Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencils, and Pür Cosmetics Eye Polishes, hands down.

    The Chrome Eyeshadows give an unreal “shattered” glitter finish to any eye look, and the Pür Eye Polishes are the perfect weightless base for that look. They don’t intensify eyeshadows like a proper eyeshadow primer does, but they do prevent creasing, at least for me. (I talk about the Skinny Brow Pencils non-stop, so you don’t really need to hear that again. They’re very good and very cheap, although I do wish they wore for longer.)

    FACE

    Base: Rodial Airbrush Foundation (transferred to a glass jar); Pür Cosmetics 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup SPF 15; Make Up For Ever Water Blend Foundation

    Powder: Marcelle Cosmetics Translucent Powder (loose and pressed)

    Colour: Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in 01 Golden PinkCharlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Instant Look palette; Rodial Blusher in South Beach

    Other: MAC Glitter in 3D Silver (okay; I don’t use this weekly, but it is super pretty.)

    EYES

    Lashes: Kiss Looks So Natural Lashes in Shy (which I carry around in an old Red Cherry container, because boxed lashes are super cumbersome); Esqido Mink Lashes in Starlet and Radiance; Duo Lash Glue in Translucent; Clinique Full-to-Flutter Mascara; Annabelle Supernova Mascara

    Eyeshadow: Inglot eyeshadow quad (these are so lovely to work with, but I always find that my Inglot eyeshadows disappear entirely by the end of the day); Clinique Wear Everywhere Greys Eyeshadow Palette; Pür Cosmetics Eye Polishes (no creasing! These are great solo or as a base); Annabelle Chrome Eyeshadows (SO pretty – Rose Gold and Gold are my favourites.)

    Pencils: Lise Watier Automatique Eyeliner Stylo in Platine (I’m on my second pencil); Annabelle Skinny Brow Pencil in Universal Ebony (I’m on like, my fifth of this one)

    LIPS

    Sheer: Burberry Lip Colour Contour Pen in 01 FairYves Saint Laurent Rouge Volupté Sheer Candy in Framboise CraquanteMake Up For Ever Ultra HD Lip Booster; Revlon Lip Butter in Plum Perfect

    Opaque: Maybelline Super Stay Matte Ink in 50 Voyager (kiss-proof and sexy as hell!); Annabelle TwistUp Lip Colour in Vamp; Make Up For Ever Acrylips Lip Paint in 501 Eggplant

    Best of 2017: Tools & Brushes

    Tools: Tweezerman Mini Tweezers; Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

    Brushes: NYX Cosmetics Pro Fan Brush (the best for highlighter!); assorted brushes from Cozette; assorted brushes from Real Techniques

    Best of 2017: Skincare & Haircare

    My top three skincare products of the year are The Ordinary Squalane, Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Soothing Balm, and SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask. They’re all really no-nonsense products that perform super well and all happen to be budget buys.

    The Ordinary’s squalane is high-quality and hydrating for under $10; the Bioderma balm is the same, but for a lotion. It’s a little pricier but it’s absolutely enormous, and it hydrates without feeling sticky. I’m also a die-hard fan of that SkinFood mask (I get mine from Take Good Care) – it makes my skin so darn soft.

    FACE

    Serums: The Ordinary Squalane; L’Occitane Divine Youth Oil (I’m on my second bottle); No. 7 Youthful Replenishing Face Oil; Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel (the best hyaluronic!)

    Treatments: The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7%; Neutrogena Spot Treatment; SkinFood Black Sugar Honey Mask

    Cleansers: Paula’s Choice Resist Hydrating Cleanser; B.Liv Drench Me Cleanser

    Moisturizers: DHC Extra Nighttime Moisture (I’m on my second jar); Aveeno Fresh Essentials Daily Nourishing Moisturizer SPF 30 (I’m on my fourth)

    Lip balm: Lovetica Lip Balm, all the way!

    HAIR & BODY

    Hair: Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Night Cap; Batiste Lotus Dry Shampoo

    Body: Bioderma Atoderm Ultra-Soothing Balm (I just re-purchased this at Shopper’s!); Ahava Liquid Dead Sea Salt (use it before a shower for the closest shave you’ll ever get in your life); Paula’s Choice Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA (my holy grail for treating keratosis pilaris); Lovetica Natural Deodorant. LUSH Body Conditioners, Bath Bombs, Shower Gels, and Sympathy for the Skin Hand & Body Lotion

    Other: Thursday Plantation Eucalyptus Oil (for cleaning & as a mouthwash) and Tea Tree Oil (for yeast infections)

    Best of 2017: Fashion

    Here are a few of my most-worn items of 2017. I haven’t posted about all of these on theNotice yet, so I’ve included shopping links to help you track down the same (or similar) items. Some of them are affiliate links, but these are the only shoppable links in this post – everything else goes directly to a review.

    ACCESSORIES: BonLook Myrtle Glasses in Rose Dazzling (more photos); E.L.F. Zhou Monarch Choker in Black (matching cuffs)

    VELVET: WORKHALL Studio Moeah Dress in Plum (I looooove this dress); Ardene Crushed Velvet Crop Top

    COZY: Abercrombie & Fitch flannel (similar)

    BOOTS: Geox Inspiration Wedges (more photos)

    I’m going to close out this post with a few of my favourite fashion shots and product photos from 2017 (click to read the posts), but: What did you love last year?

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    Bijoux Indiscrets Maze Chokers, Magnifique Chain review, photos | A trio of temptation

    Happy 2018, dear reader! How’s your year going so far? Mine’s picking up steam quickly: I started with the flu (hence the sudden almost-two-week hiatus) while freezing half to death in -30˚C weather, but now I’m sitting cozily at home in a balmy, snowy, -1 degree city with a not-insubstantial part of the Bijoux Indiscrets Maze collection lying out in front of me to start the year.

    Bijoux Indiscrets was one of my favourite brands of 2017. I’ve already shown the Bijoux Indiscrets Maze Tassel Choker in Brown ($35 USD/$45 CAD) and Maze Wide Choker in Brown ($45 USD) in this Tobi LBD post, but I wanted to share a few snaps of the products themselves, too.

    See you Monday with more of my 2017 faves!

    The Bijoux Indiscrets Maze chokers

    The Bijoux Indiscrets Maze chokers (although let’s call ’em what they are: fashion collars) are cute as heck, but they do have one flaw: they’re made for fashion, not heavy play. A single firm tug on either choker will snap its connecting ring, and any oils or lube residue on your hands will stain the (very believable-looking) brown vegan leather.

    But… They’re super cute. And $35 for a choker this unique is a good price – which is one of the many reasons why I love Bijoux Indiscrets so much. Their products can be a little pricier in small, sex-positive boutiques, but on the whole, they’re very affordable for kinky gear. 

    There’s a little more on these chokers in this post, but my verdict? Buy them, but do it because they’re cute, not because you want to use them in the bedroom.

    Availability: $35 USD & up at Bijoux Indiscrets. Select styles available at Blush Lingerie.

    The Bijoux Indiscrets Magnifique collection

    I also shot the Bijoux Indiscrets Magnifique Metallic Chain Shoulders & Back Jewelry in Gold ($40 USD), and I love/hated it.

    On one hand: it’s a really unique product, which Bijoux is great at. And it’s reversible, so it’s kind of like a 2-in-1. AND it comes in both gold and silver, so it doesn’t matter what your colour palette is. AND ON TOP OF THAT, it’s nickel-free, making it safe for many people with allergies.

    Bijoux Indiscrets Magnifique Metallic Chain Shoulders & Back Jewelry in Gold. Worn with: Victoria’s Secret bralette (similar/similar/plus size), Lens Republica/Solotica Natural Colors Contact Lenses in Mel/Honey ($94.99 USD; seen also here), and Maybelline Matte Ink Lipcolor in 40 Believer. Other makeup listed here.

    However. Despite all that, it’s not a product you should wear if you’re a perfectionist, like I am. I spend half my time worrying about which strands are out of place, or which have twisted, or which aren’t on quite right… It’s a nightmare. It’s definitely one of the most unique pieces I own; I just trend towards things that are easier to wear, like these collars.

    I like this chain against bare skin, but I love it most layered over a black dress or top.

    Availability: $40 USD at Bijoux Indiscrets.

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