Revolutionary Brush: Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

14 Aug

Givenchy Noir Interdit Mascara

When it comes to innovative makeup, I’m all in. So I was very excited to try out Givenchy’s latest mascara, which is getting a lot of buzz for its lash extension effect.

The latest member of the Givenchy mascara family is Noir Interdit Mascara, a deep pigmented black mascara with a 90° bendable brush!

The brush is designed to make mascara easier to apply and catch smaller lashes (especially your lashes on the outer corner). On top of that, the bristles of the brush act like a comb to help apply the mascara from root to tip.

Combine the innovative brush with a unique stretching formula, and it’s easy to create lashes that have both volume and length. To build even more volume, I apply a few coats of the mascara with no smearing or flaking later in the day.

Applying the Mascara

Here are Givenchy’s Makeup Artistic Director, Nicolas Degennes’s tips for applying Noir Interdit Mascara:

  1. Bend the brush to 90° by pressing the wand against the top of the container.
  2. Brush lashes in a zig zag motion from the root to the tips to achieve length and definition.
  3. Unbend the brush to create buildable volume.


Since this is a high-end mascara, let’s talk about the packaging of the Noir Interdit Mascara.

The mascara comes in a black glossy tube with silver stitching detail and GIVENCHY embossed on the side. Besides being elegant, the size and shape of the tube also makes this mascara comfortable to grip.

If you’re a mascara hoarder, you definitely need to add this to your lash stash!

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Shine Control: NeoStrata Pore Minimizing Anti-Shine Hydrating Gel

9 Aug

Hi beauties!

It’s been extremely hot and humid in Vancouver, and that means shiny skin.

I don’t like to overdo it with powder, so I’ve been using an anti-shine gel to control oily areas like the T-zone.

NeoStrata Pore Minimizing Anti-Shine Hydrating Gel is an oil-free gel that reduces shine and mattifies for up to 8 hours.

In addition to instant shine control, this gel visibly reduces pore size and refines skin texture over time. The formula is designed for combination and oily skin, but is also suitable for sensitive skin.

To get the best results, you can apply the gel after cleansing once or twice a day:

  • If your skin is oily, apply the gel all over your face.
  • If you have combination skin, apply the gel on the T-zone.

Even though we’re into the dog days of summer, I know this anti‑shine gel will be part of my daily skincare routine well into the fall. 💕

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

Coming Soon: MAC Cosmetics Girls Personality Palettes

2 Aug

Hi beauties!

It’s been awhile since I’ve had my eye on a MAC launch.

That’s about to change with the August launch of their Girls Personality Palettes.

This collection includes six palettes, each with pressed powder eyeshadows and a highlighter, that are based on different personality types.

Generally, MAC eyeshadow palettes are a good buy so I’m looking forward to checking these out.

Here’s the lineup of palettes.

Basic Bitch

This smoky palette contains rich neutrals like khaki, maroon, and lilac designed to flatter every skin tone.

Prissy Princess

If you like an understated vibe, this cool-toned palette contains soft champagne and ballerina pink tones (my first fave 💕).

Power Hungry

For neutral lovers, this ambitious palette with warm tones features beige, tan, and apricot shades in a mix of matte and iridescent finishes (my second fave 💕).

Mischief Minx

This bronzed palette with animal print packaging contains warm metallics like copper, orange, and gold.

Rockin’ Rebel

For fearless makeup lovers of blue and green eyeshadows, this palette with camouflage packaging also contains a shimmery copper shade.

Fashion Fanatic

If you love a pop of colour like fuschia, tangerine, and lavender, this coral palette is for you.

The range of palettes is set to launch at MAC counters in early August. See you there!

[Image via InStyle]