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Ipsy August Glam Bag Review & Why I Cancelled My Subscription

Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014

This is my last Ipsy Glam bag review (more about why I cancelled my subscription below). My August bag arrived late this month, just like my July bag. The August bag’s theme was fittingly “Beauty Schooled”, just in time for back-to-school. This month may be the cutest bag yet, a plastic cylinder shaped bag with orange polka-dots.

In the August bag was:

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (0.1 oz mini):  $26.00 for full 0.4 oz size
  • Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil (0.02 oz mini): Could not find a price
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush Sample Duo in “Fresh” & “Elegant” (0.09 oz sample):  $8.70 each for full 0.28 oz sizes
  • Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner: $6.00
  • Paula’s Choice Skincare Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+ (0.5 0z sample size): $29.59 for full 2 oz size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the August bag (excluding the Kohl Eye Pencil I couldn’t find a price for) if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $78.99 CAD.

I was excited to try the  Urban Decay Perversion Mascara but I have to say I was less than impressed with it. Sephora is currently selling it with the Subversion Primer. I don’t know if you’d get a more dramatic, volumizing effect if you used the primer, but it didn’t wow me. I still love my Guerlain Maxi Lash.

The Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil was a bit of a fail as it was really smudgy and not the type that stays put very well. I’d have to be doing a REALLY smokey eye! Lord & Berry is not a brand that’s available in Canada.

I haven’t tried any Coastal Scents makeup so the blush sample was neat, especially the fact that it was a duo so you get to try two shades. My favourite was the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner! Love this lip balm!!! I have no idea where to buy it in Canada, except on Amazon.com.

So, I decided to cancel my Ipsy subscription. Why?
It wasn’t because I was unhappy with the Glam bags or the products I was receiving. I actually had a lot of fun getting them each month and although some of the products were misses, many were hits. Here are some of the reasons I decided to cancel:

  • I have been subscribing for a year now. The “novelty” or the fun factor was starting to wear off a bit.
  • I now have 12 cosmetic bags! I was starting to run out of things to do with them 🙂
  • I was accumulating a lot of samples and was finding I wasn’t able to keep up with trying them all.
  • I was looking for ways to save some money in my budget and wasn’t as interested in the expense of a monthly subscription service.

I hope my reviews of my monthly Ipsy bags have been helpful for those of you curious about getting a subscription! Maybe I’ll subscribe to another type of monthly sample service eventually. Who knows.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Summer Love Tag!

Summer Love TagI was nominated to do the “Summer Love Tag” by the lovely Sonalhira…x. I know summer is almost over, but here are some of the things I’ve loved this summer:

1. Summer lipstick you’re loving?
I’ve been gravitating toward plums and darker, vampy shades lately (not very “summery”). I guess I am in fall mode already! The more summer time type of shade I’ve been wearing is MAC Syrup.

MAC lipstick in Syrup

MAC lipstick in “Syrup”

2. Summer nail polish you’re loving?
I love really dark shades on summer toes! This summer I’ve been wearing Essie “Over the Edge”, a “dramatic metallic midnight silver”, pretty much non-stop.

Essie "Over the Edge"

Essie “Over the Edge” (Photo from http://www.essie.ca)

3. Bikini you’re loving?
I’m more of a full-piece, vintage, Marilyn Monroe-inspired swimsuit gal. My fav is my halter neck, black swimsuit with red cherry print.

4. Favorite summer frappuccino from Starbucks?
I like a plain ol’ iced coffee – literally coffee with ice-cubes.

5. Favorite fake tan?
For pale gals, check out my review of Jergens Natural Glow. It really works!

6. Favorite summer song?
I am such a nerd and not really into pop music 😛

7. Favorite summer accessories?
My pink fedora with an even pinker faux flower, cause why not.
nerdylibrariangirl8. Favorite summer fragrance/perfume?
Issey Miyake.

9. Summer book you’re loving?
Summer is all about the Netflix binge watching (Orange is the New Black season 2, Homeland, V). I am a bad, bad Librarian.

10. What are you most excited to do this summer? What is the most exciting thing you did this summer?
Go to Vegas! Check out some of my posts on Vegas Makeup shopping here, here & here.

I feel like its too late to tag others with a summer-themed tag with summer being nearly over. I tag anyone reading this to reply to this post with answers to these 3 questions:

  1. What’s your fav fall lipstick?
  2. What’s your fav fall blush?
  3. What’s your fav fall accessory?

Thanks for visiting my blog! ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Skincare Routine for Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

I just want to start by saying that if you are having skin issues, particularly acne, I would recommend seeing a professional dermatologist. They can assess you individually and provide you with prescription strength treatments that are unavailable over-the-counter. Seeing a dermatologist helped me tremendously.

This is my current evening skincare routine. I hope this post helps you if you are struggling with similar skin concerns. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to provide more information.

Step 1: Eye Makeup Removal

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

This is what the individually wrapped towelette looks like

I have VERY sensitive eyes and had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that wouldn’t sting and irritate the skin around my eyes. Then I discovered these Lid-Care Towelettes. They are specifically made for cleaning your eyelids and are fragrance-free and non-irritating. I love that they are pre-moistened and individually wrapped: Great for travel! A box of 30 is $12.99 CAD. I get mine at Lawton’s Drugs, but they are also available at Wal-Mart and well.ca.

Step 2: Makeup Removal

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

I started using Bioderma about 8 months ago and I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. Miceller water, according to this cosmetic scientist, contains micelles or spherical liquid crystals that “vastly reduce the irritancy of some detergents”. This gentle cleanser removes every trace of makeup but doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry. Although Bioderma is available in most drugstore chains, none of my local drugstores carry it (the perils of small town living). I order it online through Murale or pick op a bottle when I’m traveling. Its $21.95 CAD.

I use the square Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads with it. You may want to checkout my post on how they’re a dupe for the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads.

Step 3: Cleansing

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

My dermatologist recommended using an antibacterial cleanser, Tersaseptic, which I used for years but has been discontinued. My pharmacist told me about Adasept, which has the exact same active ingredient, Triclosan 0.5%. Adasept is a “gentle sudsing soapless formula for acne”. I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs. Rexall also carries it and its available online through well.ca: the 500 ml size is $22.89 and the  250ml size is $12.29 CAD.

I use it with the Clarasonic Mia. The Clarasoinc is an investment at $150 CAD, but I’ve had mine for 10 years and use it every night, dropped it a bunch of times, travel with it, and it just keeps on going! It deep cleans my pores (I get almost zero blackheads) yet its very gentle. I can’t recommend this enough. I use the “sensitive” head and replace it about every 6 months. Replacement heads are $31 CAD.

Step 4: Topical Acne Treatment

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

As I mentioned, I really recommend a prescription strength treatment for acne-prone skin. There are many different types and your skin may not respond to certain treatments, so a doctor can work with you trying different things until you find something that works for you. For example, my skin did not react well to Retinoid cream which severely irritated it and caused redness, and worst of all didn’t improve the acne. My skin responds better to a topical antibiotic. I initially used erythromycin, but eventually my skin stopped responding to that (which can happen) so we switched to clindamycin. The individually wrapped Clindets pads have been working amazingly well. I apply twice daily. The treatment is covered by my insurance.

UPDATE: I’ve been unable to get Clindets, as there seems to be a distribution issue. My pharmacist is filling my prescription with Dalacin T. It’s a topical antibiotic clindamycin 1% in isopropyl alcohol 50% in a bottle with a rollerball on top (VS pre-moistened pads). It is working as well as Clindets.

Step 5: Moisturize

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 was recommended by my dermatologist. Its water-based and fragrance-free.  There is a smaller 100ml size labelled “Daily Face Cream”  and a larger 300ml size labelled “Body Lotion”. Both are $9.99 CAD and I cannot for the life of me find any difference between the two, so I just buy the “body lotion” and use it on my face. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. You may also want to see my post on Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin.

Step 6: Spot Treatment as Needed

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

If I feel a blemish coming on, I will use the Adasept Gel as a spot-treatment. When I wake up the next morning, its usually completely gone. It is amazing! I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs and its available online through well.ca for $13.3 CAD. I only need to use a tiny amount of this so a little bottle lasts months.

Once a week: Exfoliate

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant

Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin cells

Its important to exfoliate dead skin cells regularly to help combat acne. I prefer a gentler enzyme-based exfoliator to a physical exfoliator (products with grains or beads which can actually irritate skin more). There are lots to choose from. I’m currently using the Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant which uses papain, the fruit enzyme from papaya, to dissolve dead skin cells. I got it at a spa when I had a facial and I think it was around $35 CAD. I apply it to clean skin on a Saturday or a Sunday morning and leave it on for 10 minutes.

Morning Skincare Routine
In the mornings, I wash my face with just water, use my Clindets pad, and then moisturize with Complex 15.

This is what’s been currently working for me. Hope this  helps!

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Dandelion Blush: Soft, Pink Perfection

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

As August is drawing to a close, I’m posting somewhat wistfully about the softest, loveliest, most perfect summertime blush, Benefit’s Dandelion. This one has been on my wish list for a while and I finally ordered it a few weeks ago. I don’t know why I waited so long.

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit describes it as “finely spun with delicate mauves and pinks, this exquisite brightening face powder leaves a petal-like finish”. It’s a soft, light “ballerina” pink that can be used as a blush on fair skin. I love the finish it gives – not quite matte but not shimmery either. I actually think Benefit is right in their “petal-like” description. Everything about this powder is just soft and delicate.

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Like all of Benefit’s box powders, it does have a light scent (which I could take or leave). Benefit’s Coralista does not irritate my skin, and so far neither has Dandelion. The box powders are one of the few scented cosmetics that my skin seems able to tolerate.

The Benefit Dandelion Box Powder is $36 CAD.

Which Benefit Box Powder is your favourite?

Thanks for stopping by ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time

When it comes to favourites, a good indicator that you really love a beauty product is when you use it up entirely and then buy it again (and again!). I had an idea to do a post about the products I have repurchased the most. When I thought about it, I came up with a  list of my 12 most repurchased products of all time, which I could also have called the makeup products I am most obsessed with. So, in no particular order, here they are:

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Fair

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in “Fair”

Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 ($35.00 CAD): I’ve been using this powder foundation for over 10 years. Its a great match for fair skin, and when my skin was really break-out prone this was the only foundation that wouldn’t exacerbate the issue. It never irritated my sensitive skin.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer ($24.00 CAD): I prefer the Too Faced over the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I find it creamier and smoother and it lasts longer on me. When I discovered eyeshadow primer it literally changed my (makeup) life!

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain ($36.00 CAD): This is another product that I’ve been using for at least 10 years, maybe more. I use it everyday under my foundation. It gives fair skin a beautiful, glowing from within flush. I couldn’t even guess how many of these little bottles I’ve gone through!

MAC Patina eyeshadow

MAC “Patina” eyeshadow

MAC Omega eyeshadow

MAC “Omega” eyeshadow

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule” eyeshadow

Three of my most repurchased products are MAC eyeshadows in Patina, Omega and Brule ($12-19.00 CAD). I have hit pan on all three multiple times.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($31.00 CAD): This is my absolute favourite under eye concealer. I used to buy “1 – for light complexions with pink undertones” and then Sephora started carrying “0.5 – light beige for fair to light complexions” which I like even better.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($22.00 CAD for 0.14oz size): I use this to set my under eye concealer. I always buy the mini size because you only need to use a tiny amount. The mini size lasts forever and I’ve still gone through three or four of these.

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel” blush

NYX powder blush in “Angel” ($6.00 CAD): This is my favourite blush ever! It lasts longer on me than any other powder blush (Nars, MAC, Tarte…) and is the prettiest shade on fair skin. The blushes are small though, so I go through them quickly. I’ve gone through a lot of these.

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

MAC Eye Kohl in “Powersurge” ($19.00 CAD): This flattering, wearable “bronzed-brown with golden shimmer” is the perfect eyeliner. I first heard about it from Pixiwoo. I use it on my lower waterline and smudge it out on my lower lash line. I literally have like 3 back-ups of this and I’m also constantly buying it for other people so they can discover the eyeliner goodness that is Powersurge!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($12.00 CAD): I have been loving this little mascara since it debuted. I’d never worn mascara on my lower lashes because I could never find anything that would stay on there. This doesn’t smudge or flake and stays put until I wash it off. And the little brush is so cute!

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20 in the peach pot ($3.99 CAD): I’ve been using this lipbalm since I was in highschool, but I won’t say how long ago that was, lol. I suspect that if I could stack up all of the empty pots of this lipbalm that I’ve gone through, the tower might reach the moon.

I’d like to tag anyone reading this to do this post too! I’d love to hear about your most repurchased products.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Best Nars Blushes for Fair Skin

Nars Blushes for Fair Skin
Nars is known for their blushes and with have such a large number to choose from (close to 30) it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start. I had decision anxiety in Sephora when I bought my first one! I thought I’d share which Nars blushes I really like and that I think work well on fair skin.

Nars blushes for fair skin: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, & Madly

Nars blushes for fair skin (clockwise from top left): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Madly, & Amour

Orgasm: I know that everyone has probably already heard of Orgasm blush, but it really is the prettiest shade. Orgasm was the first Nars blush I ever bought, probably about 10 years ago now, and I have hit pan and repurchased it several times since then. Whenever I wear it, I always get complimented on my “complexion” (Spoiler alert: Its the blush!)

Deep Throat: Rude name aside, this is also a great blush. Orgasm is a peachy pink with a golden shimmer. Deep Throat is slightly more pink with less shimmer. When I’m not feeling so shimmery and want something more subtle, I will pick Deep Throat over Orgasm.

Madly: This blush was actually recommended by a Sephora SA and is one of those shades you might overlook in the pan. A pinky-brown nude, it has a hint of golden shimmer similar to Orgasm. Its often described as “peachy” but I don’t get much peach on my skin tone (which has very strong pink undertones). It’s in the same ballpark as Cargo Tonga or MAC Prism, neutral and subtle.

Amour: I got this one after watching gossmakeupartist’s video How to Pick the Right Blusher for Your Skin Tone. Although it looks intense, this deep reddish pink sheers out to give fair skin a sun-kissed or a been-out-in-the-cold look. Its one of my favourite blushes for fall.

Swatches: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Madly

Swatches (L-R): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Madly

Nars blushes are $33 CAD and available in Canada through Sephora, Murale, The Bay, and Nordstrom.

What are your favourite Nars blushes?

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipsticks

Revlon Super Lustrous "Shine" Finish Lipsticks

Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Finish Lipsticks

The Revlon lip products were on sale at my drugstore, and I had been wanting to try out the new Super Lustrous “Shine” lipsticks that have a different finish than the regular Creme and Pearl finishes and the newer matte finish. I have quite a few Super Lustrous lipsticks and I really love them. I should really do a post on the rest of my collection (here’s my favourite Revlon lipsticks for fall). A few of the shades in the Shine formula were calling my name…

Pink Cognito: A light peachey-pink
Plum Velour: A gorgeous deep plummey-berry
Foxy Lady: A dark, vampy, mauvey-brown and quite a unique shade I think

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Pink Cognito

Pink Cognito

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Plum Velour

Plum Velour

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady

I was very surprised by how different the formula of these are from the other Super Lustrous lipsticks I have. They are extremely sheer.  The intensity in the tube doesn’t translate onto your lips. This didn’t work well for the lightest shade, Pink Cognito. It was so light and sheer that it didn’t really show up on me. It was more like a slightly tinted lip balm. The other two shades are much more intense so I didn’t have that issue.

I enjoy sheer, balmy lipsticks, so at first I thought I would like these. But, I am not entirely sold on the shine formula. It doesn’t go on as smoothly and evenly as I would like. It takes a bit of fussing with and I had to apply multiple coats. Once I got it built up and looking ok, I really loved both of the shades. Neither had very much staying power though, but did stain my lips (especially Plum Velour). I find they work better over a lip liner.

You can get an idea of the sheerness and slight unevenness from the swatches:

Swatches: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Foxy Lady, Plum Velour & Pink Cognito

Swatches: Foxy Lady, Plum Velour, Pink Cognito

These are alright, but I think I’m going to stick with the regular creme and pearl finishes, or for something sheer and balmy go with the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains or ColorBurst Lacquer Balms.

Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are $9.99 CAD.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

After trying out one of the Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige and totally loving it, I picked up four more. There are 30 shades in total, and I like that there’s such a great selection of neutral shades. I got Taupe (Satin), Cocoa (Satin), Chocolate (Matte), and Java (Pearl).

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Well named, “Taupe” is a very light, cool toned taupe with a little bit of sheen. After “Greige” this one is my favourite. “Cocoa” is a cool medium brown that seems a little more on the matte side than a satin as its described. “Chocolate” is more of a warm brown and is completely matte. Chocolate didn’t have quite as smooth a texture as the others. My least favourite was “Java” which definitely had an uneven texture and way too much glitter for me. It didn’t appear that glittery in the pan.

Revlon Shadowlinks Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

The Revlon ShadowLinks have received a lot of negative reviews. I can understand if you like really intense, highly pigmented shadows, you might not like these. But on fair skin, shadows can show up very dramatically. For example even MAC’s Satin Taupe looks pretty dark on me. The ShadowLinks are great for when I want a subtle, natural look and are great for work. I do think they would probably work best on lighter skintones (at least the neutrals I’ve tried).

They last really well on me, but I do wear them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, like I do with any eye shadow I wear.

I am a fan of these cute little singles and I love the way you can interlock them to form your own palette. I got these four at Shoppers Drug Mart for 2 for $6 CAD.

What do you think about Revlon’s Shadowlinks? Love ’em or hate ’em?

Thanks so much for spending time with me ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl
xoxo

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Lovin the New Zoya Naturel 2 Collection

Zoya Naturel 2 Nail Polish Collection

Zoya Naturel 2 Nail Polish Collection (photos from http://www.zoya.com)

I just watched MissGoldgirl, Marnie’s YouTube video on the Zoya Naturel 2 nail polish collection. She has one of the shades named after her which is really neat. I think these 6 nude inspired shades look fabulous. The collection includes:

  • Spencer – rich camel cream
  • Chanelle – toasted almond cream
  • Emilia – dark chocolate cream
  • Marnie – deep warm plum cream
  • Aubrey – medium mauve cream
  • Madeline – muted rose cream

Zoya is a difficult brand to find in Canada, but is available online through www.nailpolishcanada.com, which has free shipping. But the site doesn’t have the Naturel 2 shades yet. I am super bummed. For now I will just have to keep them on my wish list.

What do you think of these shades?

Thanks for stopping by ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

I’m not normally a big liquid or gel liner girl, but I redeemed some Sephora points for this mini Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner because there seemed to be such a lot of buzz about it. I was also interested because Benefit claimed “Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line” and it “hugged the lash line”. I have a bit of a hooded eyelid, so I don’t typically wear liner on my upper lid because I have a difficult time applying it there plus it can often add a heavy look to my eye. I liked the idea of a liner that could get at the base of my upper lash line to emphasize my lashes.

Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner has a non-latex rubbery tip that the gel liner gets squeezed up through

The Push-up Liner has an “AccuFlex” tip (which is happily latex free for those of us with latex sensitivity) and you twist the pen to squeeze the gel liner up into the tip. I have to say that this rubbery tip does not make the gel liner any easier to apply. I had the same difficulty getting the tip close enough to the base of my lashes as I do with other liners, and the formula is a bit on the dry side so it didn’t exactly glide on. I was able to get a fairly thin line, which I wanted.

Swatch: Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner does make a thin line

I was happy with the final look – if not the ease of application – but the nail in the coffin was that at the end of the day this liner had totally smudged. The thin line I started out with had smudged all over my eyelid, and I was even wearing eyeshadow primer and powder eyeshadow. So not sure this liner lives up to its claims of being long wearing.

If I thought the Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner might convert me into a gel eyeliner wearer, I was wrong. This liner was not my cup of tea.

The full sized Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $29.00 CAD.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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How Badass is the Pulp Fiction Makeup Collection?

Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction Makeup Collection!

Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection!

I can’t even describe how excited I was to see that Sephora package arrive today (more excited than usual even) because I knew it contained the items I’d ordered from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction makeup collection. I am a huge Tarantino fan and have seen Pulp Fiction about a million times and have even been Mrs. Mia Wallace for Halloween. This collection did not disappoint.

My most favourite details about this collection? 1. The iconic “path of the righteous man” quote is printed on the eyeshadow palette. 2. The quote is even written inside the boxes containing the lipstick and nail polish, and 3. The lipstick and nail polish shades are both named “Mrs. Mia Wallace”! This is seriously the coolest packaging ever.
Path of the Righteous Man quote on Pulp Fiction Palette
Path of the Righteous Man quote on Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick packaging
Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick packaging
Let’s start with the amazing Stay Cool Honey Bunny eyeshadow palette. The shadows are the buttery soft, pigmented goodness you’d expect from Urban Decay. And love the names!

Pulp Fiction eyeshadow palette

Pulp Fiction eyeshadow palette

These are shades I would gravitate to anyway – very neutral, cool toned browns and creams.

Swatches: Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches: Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette

Then there’s the beautiful deep red lipstick. I love how the Revolution lipstick tube is black (although it isn’t reading as quite as black in this photo).

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Revolution Lipstick in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”

I wasn’t in love with the Revolution Lipstick I bought in “Liar”. I didn’t think the formula worked for a nude lipstick (too opaque and matte) but I think it works better in this vampy red. It went on extremely smooth and stayed on for hours and surprisingly didn’t feel drying. It’s a deep, cool-toned red. Definitely very Mia Wallace.

Swatch: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Swatch: Revolution Lipstick in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”

I also got the nail polish in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”, although Uma Thurman famously wore Chanel “Vamp” nail polish in the original film. Urban Decay’s version is similar (a dark, blood red) but not the same as the shade she wore in the film. Vamp was more of a blackened plum. I love the Urban Decay nail polish bottle with the black skull on the top though!

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish

“Mrs. Mia Wallace” Nail Polish

I am delighted with this collection. If you’re thinking of picking up these limited edition items, here are the Canadian prices:

  • Stay Cool Honey Bunny eyeshadow palette: $41.00
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick: $26.00
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish: $18.00

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Love Kate’s Blush Pink Fascinator

Kate Middleton Pink Fascinator

photo taken from: http://www.mirror.co.uk

Love this sweet, pale pink fascinator Kate wore at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Belguim on August 4.

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Sephora 1000 Point Perk: Marc Jacobs Love & Lust Lip Set

Sephora V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk

Sephora V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk

I’m a bit of a Sephora points hoarder I think, but when I saw the V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk was two full-sized Marc Jacobs lip products, I finally felt there was something worth blowing some points on. I wanted to get some pics and swatches up right away in case anyone is considering redeeming their points for this and is curious about the shades.

The set arrived in this fancy schmancy faux-velvet lined case that opened like a jewelry box:

Marc Jacobs Love & Lust 2-piece Lip Set

Marc Jacobs Love & Lust 2-piece Lip Set

It contained a Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”, and a Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”, which is a V.I.B. Rouge exclusive shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”

Shooting Stars is described as “berry mauve with shimmer” but doesn’t seem berry or mauve to me. Its more of a reddish brown type of shade. Although the Lip Vinyl packaging looks and feels very luxurious and gorgeous, this has got to be the worst lip gloss container I’ve ever encountered! It oozes out all over the outside of the tube EVERY time you re-close it. Its a complete mess! I kept wiping away the excess around the top of the tube and applicator (wasting product) but it was still getting all over everything. I read some reviews and it turns out this is a common complaint about the Marc Jacobs lip glosses. Not something I’d repurchase.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

I had much better luck with the beautiful lipstick in Cabaret, a deep plum. I will be reviewing the lipstick in depth soon as part of a review series/giveaway I am going to be starting on high-end, luxury lipsticks (stay tuned for that!).

Here are swatches of Shooting Stars and Cabaret:

Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars and Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars” and Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

Normally the Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyls are $34 CAD, and the Lovemarc Lip Gels are $36 CAD. So at a $70 value (not including tax) this is a pretty nice point perk. I really liked the Lip Vinyl – its just such a shame about the messy packaging.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review of bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

In terms of liquid foundation, I’m really happy with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but I am such a fan of bareMinerals I wanted to try their new bareSkin foundation. This is one of the things I picked up while shopping in Vegas.

The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is “Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one…this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.”

I got the brush designed to go with it, which has a little “reservoir” in the center where you’re supposed to drop 1-2 drops of foundation and buff onto your skin in circular motions. bareMinerals says to add more drops to increase coverage.

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush (My advice? Skip it)

So here is the overview of what I liked and disliked about this foundation.

What I liked:

  • Good colour match! bareMinerals has 20 shades and the lightest one, “Bare Porcelain 01”, was light enough for me which hardly ever happens with liquid foundation. And it didn’t oxidize or darken after applied.
  • Squeeze bottle. Very sanitary!
  • Didn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts.

What I disliked:

  • The smell! It has an indescribable, unpleasant smell in my opinion.
  • Greasy, oily texture. I didn’t like the texture of this foundation at all. It reminded me of trying to rub in greasy sunblock. Even after shaking it well, it almost seemed like the ingredients were trying to separate.
  • The brush. The Perfecting Face Brush didn’t do it for me. No amount of “circular motions” could get this stuff to look blended and streak free.  Once I gave up on the brush and switched to my Beauty Blender sponge, I had better luck. SKIP THE BRUSH!
  • Difficult to apply/blend. Even with the Beauty Blender, this foundation took a lot of work to look blended and natural. I didn’t particularly like how it sat on my skin.

As you’ve probably guessed, this foundation was a “miss” for me. I have  tried to make it work, but I just don’t care for it. The bareMinerals powder foundation is amazing, but I am disappointed by their liquid foundation.

I paid $29 USD for the foundation and $28 USD for the brush. In Canada, the foundation is $36 CAD and the brush is $35 CAD.

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY: If any of my fair-skinned subscribers would like to try this, I would be happy to mail you the foundation and brush for free  (Canadian addresses only please). I’m not going to use it, so I’d love to be able to pass it on, and maybe you will like it better than I did! First subscriber to leave me a comment, it’s yours! [UPDATE: It’s been claimed]

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Giveaway Winner Announced

Sephora Favorites Meet Your Match Lip & Nail Set

Sephora Favorites Meet Your Match Lip & Nail Set ($30 CAD)

Thank-you to everyone who entered my very first giveaway! The winner of the Sephora Favorites Meet Your Match Lip & Nail Set is…Martina Wilkinson. Congrats, Martina!

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