Monthly Archives: September 2014

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil

I am so in love with this lipliner! Plumberry was featured in a Get Ready With Me video by TheBombshellSuite and raved about by LisaLisaD1, who really knows her lipliners. I had tried to order it online, but Sephora was sold out of this shade, so I was really excited to pick it up at a Sephora while I was traveling.

Plumbery is described as “medium rose brown” but is definitely more on the plummy side than this description suggests. It is a beautiful shade of lip liner.

laura mercier plumberry

Plumberry

Laura Mercier Plumberry lip pencil swatch

Plumberry swatched

This is my first Laura Mercier lip liner and I am impressed. This liner goes on so creamy and smooth but is also long-wearing. That combo is hard to find in a liner. The Laura Mercier Lip Pencils are $28 CAD though, which is the only downside; that’s pricey for a lip liner. However it does have an extra durable metal cap (plastic liner caps have a tendency to split) and they do throw in a sharpener with it!

Laura Mercier Free Lip Pencil Sharpener

You get a free sharpener with the lip pencil!

I’d love suggestions for other good lip liner shades from Laura Mercier.

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Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Fav Perfume (in Rollerball Form!)

Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey perfume

Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey

Hi everyone! September combined with moving and putting my house on the market has kept me from blogging as often as I like to. On a business trip I got a chance to do a little Sephora and MAC shopping and got some great new stuff, so I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you. I just thought I’d do a quick post today about the perfume I picked up in Sephora.

How much do I love that Sephora has nearly all of it’s perfumes available in rollerballs?! Traveling with perfume is a nightmare. I love that the 7.5ml rollerballs are allowed in my carry-on, especially now that airlines in Canada just starting charging $25 to check a bag (although I know this is common in the US, so I shouldn’t complain).

According to the mag I was reading on the flight, I’m a “signature scent” kind of girl, that is, I don’t change up my perfume. I have been wearing only Issey  Miyake L’Eau d’Issey for years now. Its my absolute favourite. I don’t know how good I am at describing a fragrance, so here’s what Sephora says:

L'Eau d'Issey perfume descriptionMy fiance says I smell like “chocolate and orchids”. Can’t argue with that right? 🙂

Are you a signature scent girl or do you like wearing different perfumes?

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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De-Cluttering my Makeup Collection: Tossing some things I didn’t like

As I mentioned in my last post, I just bought a house and have to sell my current house, so there’s lots of de-cluttering and packing going on. As I go through my makeup collection, I have been trying to be ruthless about tossing out things I really don’t like and probably won’t use anymore. This post is about some of those “unfavourites”: things I have tried (and in some cases tried and tried and tried) to like, but just aren’t working for me. It was time to say goodbye to:

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher and Concealer

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher & Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher: Since I switched to liquid foundation, I have been searching for a light, non-cakey touch-up powder to powder my t-zone with, as it can get a bit shiny throughout the day. This powder is definitely NOT non-cakey and looks very obvious over my foundation. I also hate the ginormous packaging which is way too big for my purse and looks ridiculous to use as a compact for a in public touch-ups. $15.99 CAD.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in “Fair”: I bought this to conceal occasional blemishes (find out how my skincare routine has dramatically reduced those). Again its NOT non-cakey, looks obvious on the skin plus its slightly too dark for my fair skin tone and its their lightest shade. $10.99 CAD.

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil: I was soo excited about this product because I was a big fan of bareMinerals, but the loose powder can be a pain to carry around and use for touch ups. What could be better than their mineral veil in pressed form, I thought? Hmm…a lot of things apparently. I have really tried to make this work (different puffs, brushes, etc.) but this powder just looks awful on me. Its cakey, breaks down and looks patchy, and doesn’t help reduce shine at all as claimed. Its available at Sephora for $28.00 CAD.

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder: I have had this a while (I got it last year in my theBalm haul). I haven’t been able to part with it because the packaging, like all theBalm packaging, is just so cute. This is yet another touch-up powder that is not working for me for similar reasons as above. And although this is allegedly “translucent”, it does oxidize on me and go a bit orangey. As a stylish, portable compact I give it an “A” but I give the powder inside “F”. It’s also pricey at $26.00 CAD.

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in “Fair”: I ordered this from LisalisaD1 for $39.00 USD plus shipping. I will admit I generally don’t have any luck with primers. I have yet to find one I like that doesn’t irritate my skin and/or cause breakouts (I think I’m likely sensitive to the silicone in them). I didn’t like the smell of the Rachel K, a heavily scented, old-fashioned “makeupy” smell. It didn’t work under my bareMinerals foundation or under my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. Maybe the ingredients were at odds with each other, but this seemed to repel both foundations and make their application less smooth and even. I am passing this one on to my Mom who really likes primers and maybe she’ll have more luck.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Packing Makeup & Jewelry When You’re Moving

How to pack necklaces for a move

Threading necklaces through an empty bathroom tissue or paper towel roll keeps them from getting tangled

In very exciting news, my finance and I bought a house. In super stress inducing news, omg now I have to sell my house and pack all my stuff! So this has been a very busy week. Not to mention that it’s September and we both work at a university, so we’re both really busy at work too.

In preparation for selling my house, I’ve begun major de-cluttering. I have moved quite a few times in my life (probably 10 times) so I  thought I’d show you some of my tricks for packing. I love the empty bathroom tissue roll for necklaces, or in my case a paper towel roll I cut into 3 sections; I have a lot of necklaces. This is a great way to keep them from getting all tangled. Plastic snap lid containers and plastic sandwich or freezer bags are also great for keeping jewelry organized.
I heart lipgloss
This little “I heart lipgloss” mini suitcase is one of my most favourite gifts that I have ever received. I have had it for ages. I decided to use it to pack all my lip products. And I finally had a use for all of those small cosmetic bags that I accumulated with my Ipsy Glam Bag subscription! lol.

Organizing lipsticks for packing

Finally figured out what to do with all those Ipsy Glam Bags! You could easily use Ziploc bags instead.

I labelled each one with removable masking tape into these categories:

  • Drugstore lipsticks
  • High-end lipsticks (ended up needing 2 of these)
  • MAC lipsticks
  • Lip liners
  • Jumbo lip pencils
  • Lip gloss
  • Lip balm

They all fit snugly into the suitcase.

How to pack lipsticks for a move
Now I just have to figure out how to pack the rest of my collection…

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy: Longwear Polish with no Salon Visit?

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polish in "500 Ace of spades"

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy nail polish in 500 “Ace of spades”

I love the look of nail polish, but it never lasts on me. I usually only get one full day out of a home manicure and it starts chipping like crazy, and by the second or third day looks terrible. Yes, I’ve tried base coats, top coats, etc. with minimal results. That’s why I love shellac polish (that sets with the UV light). It lasts nearly 14 days on me looking perfect. The downside is how much acetone nail polish remover I have to use to get the stuff off. It ends up wrecking my nails.

So I was pretty skeptical to try the Revlon Gel Envy Longwear Nail Enamel. It’s advertised as “salon-quality colour with our revolutionary 2-step system”. I absolutely loved the shade “Ace of Spades”, a dark charcoal grey. All of the shades have Vegas inspired names. The first step is a “color + base”. I needed two coats. Then you top it with the clear, protective Diamond Top Coat. I didn’t find it dried quite as quickly as some other top coats, but I really loved how shiny the polish was! It was definitely just as shiny as when I have had shellac done at the salon.

This stuff really did last! I got 5 whole days without a single chip. That’s amazing for me.

The Colorstay Gel Envy polish and top coat are $9.99 CAD each.

Do you have trouble with polish not staying on and chipping? Have you come across any long wearing polishes or top coats?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Vintage Cat Eye Sunglasses

Vintage cat-eye sunglasses

Vintage cat eye sunglasses from Bernie Dexter

I have been enjoying following “American Rockabilly Pin Up Girl”, Bernie Dexter, on facebook lately. She has such amazing style and posts retro inspired photos wearing some of her very own clothing designs.

I saw this super cute pair of vintage cat eye sunglasses for sale on her ebay site for only $20 USD. I have ALWAYS wanted a pair of 1950’s style cat eye sunnies! I just love them. Summer may be almost over, but retro sunglasses are always in style, right? lol.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Microwaving Your Beauty Blender: Does it Really Work?

Can microwaving your Beauty Blender for 30 seconds really kill germs?

Can microwaving your Beauty Blender for 30 seconds really kill germs?

When I saw GlamLifeGuru Tati’s YouTube video on How to Clean a Beauty Blender, where she talks about microwaving your beloved makeup sponge in order to kill bacteria that may be living in it, I immediately wondered if there was scientific proof behind this tip. I wash my Beauty Blender with anti-bacterial soap after each use, but I would always wonder if it was *really* clean. Could 30 seconds of microwaving actually kill germs that I  wouldn’t be patting onto my face? Fingers crossed, I decided to do some Nerdy Librarian Girl research to see if this myth would be confirmed or busted.

I found a 2006 study in the Journal of Environmental Health, “Microbial Inactivation by Microwave Radiation in the Home Environment” by Park, Bitton & Melker, that totally CONFIRMED this theory! The study looked at the survival of microorganisms on kitchen sponges after being “zapped” in a typical microwave oven and found that the total bacterial count was reduced by more that 99 percent within 1 to 2 minutes.

However, the most common bacteria (coliform and E. coli) were totally inactivated after only 30 seconds. What required longer microwaving to irradiate were Bacterial phage MS2 which is found in soil, the intestines of animals, and sea water, and Bacillus cereus which is found in various foods. Neither are likely to be lurking in your Beauty Blender to begin with one would hope.

So microwaving your Beauty Blender sponge for 30 seconds really will kill germs! Great news for us slightly germaphobic types. It’s really important to make sure your Beauty Blender is WET while microwaving it. Dry sponges can catch on fire in a microwave – yikes! I wash mine first to remove makeup, and then place it in a small glass bowl filled with water. CAUTION: Your Beauty Blender will be super hot, way hotter than you think, after just 30 seconds! So wait for it to cool or squeeze it out in a towel so you don’t scald yourself. Best of all, microwaving doesn’t hurt your Beauty Blender at all.

Yay science! 🙂

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

 

Reference:
Park, D., Billon, G., & Melker, R. (2006). Microbial inactivation by microwave radiation in the home environment. Journal of Environmental Health, 69(5), 17-24.

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New: Sephora Kiss Me Balms!

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Lip Balm

New Sephora Collection Kiss Me Lip Balm

I was in Sephora in Toronto at the end of August, and I saw these new little egg-shaped lip balms. They are literally the cutest thing ever. At $10 CAD I had to try one. There are five tinted shades and one clear balm, and I was immediately attracted to the deepest one, “06 Soda Pop” a purpley-plummy shade.

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm in 06 Soda Pop

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm in “06 Soda Pop”

I was really surprised by three things. One: the colour pay-off. These tinted balms are super pigmented! It stained my lips slightly too. Check out one swipe:

Swatch: Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Soda Pop

The Kiss Me Balms pack a lot of colour!

The second surprise was that they’re scented and flavoured. “Soda Pop” tastes slightly like cherry cola or maybe cream soda? It’s not too overpowering though. I’m not normally a huge fan of scented or flavoured lip products but I just love the colour of this one so much. Apparently each one has it’s own unique flavour/scent so I can’t comment on the others.

The third surprise is how moisturizing this little balm is. It really gives a long-lasting, hydrating feel to the lips. It actually reminds me of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, especially since the colour is so pigmented and long-wearing too.

They are also visually similar to the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. I really didn’t like the EOS balms, which comes in similar egg-like packaging.

Sephora Kiss ME Balm vs EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

Sephora Kiss ME Balm vs EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

I got the one in the pink egg, “Strawberry Sorbet”. All the EOS balms are  clear, and each one has its own flavour/scent. I was using the EOS as a lip balm, because why else would you use it if its not tinted? Not only did it not feel hydrating, it actually dried out and irritated my lips even more. If you were disappointed by the EOS lip balms, you might want to give the Sephora Kiss Me Balms a chance. The formula is much better, the black and clear packaging is much chicer, and they’re tinted with pretty shades.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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