Monthly Archives: October 2014

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara (001 Blackest Black)

Although I’m totally in love with my favourite mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash and I have yet to find something I like quite as much, I can never seem to resist trying out a new drugstore mascara (especially when they are on sale!). I’ve had good luck with some of the Revlon mascaras, so I gave the Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara a try.

I immediately found the wand and the formula very similar to the Guerlain Maxi Lash. I really like a more traditional bristle mascara brush, and I also don’t like wands that are too big. The Revlon wand is bigger than the Guerlain, but still a manageable size. The wand did a great job at coating each and every one of my lashes to build volume.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara Wand

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara Wand

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

The thing I really like about the Guerlain is that it’s very, very black and dramatic. Described as having “intense colour pigments”, the Bold Laquer is the blackest mascara I have tried from the drugstore. Its just about as intensely black as the Guerlain. Dare I say, it might be a dupe?

The big difference between the two is that the Revlon mascara has fibers. I think that’s what gives such a noticeable volumizing effect. I  seriously felt like I had false lashes on. But the downside of fibers is that I did find they flaked off a little bit by the end of the day. Not too badly, but I don’t get any flaking with the Guerlain, it just stays put. I wouldn’t say its a deal breaker for me. I really like the Revlon and would repurchase it.

The Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara is typically around $9.99 CAD, but I got mine on sale at Lawton’s for only $7.99.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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One Lovely Blog Award

one-blog-lovely-awardI was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by the super sweet Catia of LiveLifeLoveLipstick and the super cute Karen of Playing Dress Up. Thanks girls! You should check out both of their awesome blogs.

The rules of this award are:

1) You must thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog
2) You must list the rules and display the award
3) You must add 7 facts about yourself
4) You must nominate 15 other bloggers and comment on one of their posts, letting them know they have been nominated
5) You must display the award logo and follow the blogger who nominated you

7 Facts About Me:

1) I just adopted an 8 year old, deaf, pure white, female cat named Vivien Leigh less than a week ago. She’s the sweetest! Totally ❤ her. I think she looks a little bit like Karl Lagerfeld’s cat Choupette.

Our adopted, deaf white cat, Miss Vivien Leigh

Our adopted, deaf, white cat, Miss Vivien Leigh

2) I have been engaged for nearly 1 year now and we still have no wedding plans. I must be the laziest bride-to-be ever, lol.
3) Fall is my favourite time of year. I love when all of the leaves turn beautiful colours and the air is crisp and cool. Scarf weather!
4) My favourite holidays are Halloween and Thanksgiving. Probably also why fall is my favourite (see fact #3)
5) I have been totally obsessed lately with my copy of Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Two words: brussels sprouts. Seriously. Life changing.
6) I’m lactose and gluten intolerant. I love following gluten-free bloggers.
7) Ironically, my favourite food is cheese. Thank goodness for those little Lactaid pills 🙂

The bloggers I nominate are:

Intermittent Makeup
Paint Me Pretty
Your Fairy Godmother
the beauty vampire
Baubles to Bubbles
beyondbeautyblogger
The Beauty Sanctuary
The Beauty Bee
The Makeup Whoreder
Nicole’s Beauty Blog
cassmadaboutfashion
The Friday Girl
Beauty by Brooke LeAnne
After the 9 to 5
twolittleowlsblog

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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How to Get that 1990s Brown Lipcolour

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

As someone who was in highschool and university in that decade, I sort of know from 1990s brown lips, and its super exciting to me that this look is back in. In the 90s, makeup (from foundation to lip colour) was totally matte. My friends and I actually filled in our lips with lipliner and would never have thought of wearing gloss. The lipliner we were all obsessed with was Bonne Belle “Chutney”, a warm, orangey brown (sadly discontinued). Since I can’t get in a time machine and go back to a drugstore circa 1993, I thought I’d suggest some other good lip pencils for rocking a retro 1990s matte brown lip.

Lipliners for a 1990s brown lip

Lip pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip: Oak, Spice, Cork, & Subculture

Here are my 9 picks from a number of different brands in various price points:

  • MAC “Oak” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Spice” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Cork” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Subculture” ($19 CAD)
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip 3C “Medium Natural Beige” ($23 CAD)
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil in “Natural” ($4.99 CAD)
  • Annabelle Lipliner in “Nude Lustre” ($5.95 CAD)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner 04 “All Natural” ($3.99 CAD)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner 09 “Spice” ($3.99 CAD)

swatches 1990s brown lipAre you into the brown lip trend?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Battle of the Makeup Sponges: Real Techniques VS Beautyblender

The Beauty Blender VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

The Beautyblender (left) VS the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge (right)

I am already a huge fan of the Beautyblender. The latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply liquid foundation. The only downside is that it costs $26 CAD. Although my first one did last about 4-5 months before needing replacing.

The Real Techniques tools were on sale at my Lawtons, so I thought I would try out the decidedly less expensive Miracle Complexion Sponge. Normally $9.99 CAD, I got it for only $7.99. Either way that’s much less than the Beautyblender. But how does it compare to the original?

After using it for over a week, here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Real Techniques is made from polyurethane foam. The Beautyblender doesn’t say what it’s made of specifically, but the two sponges feel extremely similar and I think they are made of the same material. Both are very soft and neither soak up much product. With my eyes closed, I don’t think I could tell one from the other by touching them (except for the shape).
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. I felt the Real Techniques did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

The one difference I really LIKED:

  • Shape. I really enjoyed the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Real Techniques sponge is bigger. I found it slightly more difficult to use around my nose, under my eyes, etc., but this wasn’t too big a deal.
  • Cleaning. The Real Techniques sponge is a bit more more difficult to wash. Not sure why that is.
  • Drying time: The Real Techniques sponge doesn’t seem to dry as quickly as the Beautyblender does.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. I don’t have anyplace to put the Real Techniques sponge.

I think the shape and size difference will come down to personal preference; Some people might prefer a bigger sponge, and some people might prefer the Beautyblender’s egg shape instead of the flat side of the Real Techniques sponge. Overall I thought the Real Techniques worked just as well as the Beautyblender in applying my foundation smoothly, evenly and streak-free. If you aren’t interested in paying the extra $12+ dollars, I think the Real Techniques is a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender.

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Vampy Retro Lips (just in time for fall)

vampy, retro, vintage fall lipsticks

Vampy, plum-toned lipsticks perfect for fall!

All the leaves have turned beautiful fall colours here in Canada, and isn’t fall a perfect time for rich, plum-toned lip colours? Dark, vampy lipsticks always make me feel like I’m in a classic black and white film. These are some of my favourite vintagey lipsticks:

Besame Noir Red: Not actually a red, but a deep 1930s plum, it has a semi-matte finish. Totally vintage, the Besame lipsticks are exact reproductions of shades worn by Hollywood starlets. This is a perfect film noir, retro pin-up lipstick! $22 USD.

theBalm Girls Amanda Kissmylips: More of a brown-toned plum, on fair skin this has a similar, old-school vampy look as the Besame Noir Red. But theBalm Gilrs lipsticks are very hydrating and have a bit more shine. Love the cute names too! $20 CAD.

Revlon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet:  The Revlon lipsticks are some of my favourites. This rich purple lipstick is a full-on goth type of shade. It goes on a bit sheer, so you could go for a more subtle plum stain or build it up for a bold, vampy lip. Embrace your inner femme fatale! $9.99 CAD.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion: Another great drugstore option. I was really impressed by the Moisture Stain and love this deep purple/plum shade. Check-out my full review. $9.99 CAD.

MAC Hang-up (cremesheen): This “deep berry” is a perfect fall shade. I think depending on your undertones, it could look either more raspberry or more blackberry. Its definitely more purpley-plummy on me. $19 CAD.

MAC Capricious (lustre): This luscious plum lipstick is my absolute favourite right now. I have almost used it up and will definitely be repurchasing this shade. Its also the plum lipstick worn by “evil queen” Regina on one of my favourite shows, One Upon a Time. $19 CAD.

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips,Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips, Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

I’d love to hear your fall lipstick favourites!

Hoping all my Canadian readers are having an awesome, turkey-filled Thanksgiving long-weekend!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Naked Basics 2 Palette VS Original

The new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette

The new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette

A new Urban Decay Naked palette coming out is always exciting. I had hit pan on several of the shades in the original Naked Basics palette, so I felt pretty sure that I was going to like the Naked Basics 2, especially because I’d heard that the shadows were more cool-toned. I think I like the second palette even better than the first!

Original Naked Basics vs Naked Basics 2

The Naked Basics

Although I used three of the shades from the original palette – W.O.S., Naked 2, and Faint – a ton, I wasn’t such a fan of Venus and Foxy. Venus was too shimmery for me and Foxy was much too yellow for my skintone. I would  use my MAC Brule with the palette to make it work. But I love the two lightest shades in the Naked Basics 2 – Stark and Skimp! Stark is very similar to MAC Brule and makes a great matte highlight or to blend out shadows.

Naked Basics 2 VS original Naked Basics

Top: Naked Basics 2. Bottom: My (well loved) original Naked Basics

I also love the three cool-toned taupey neutrals, Frisk, Cover & Primal. Soo pretty! The darkest shade, Undone, is a wearable medium gray which I will likely get more use out of than Crave from the original palette.

Swatches: Original Naked Basics vs Naked Basics 2

Swatches: Top – Original Naked Basics. Bottom – Naked Basics 2

Both of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes are $35 CAD each.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Checkmate

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 540 Checkmate

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 540 “Checkmate”: Streaktastic

After falling in love with Revlon Colorsty Gel Envy in 500 “Ace of Spades” I am a bit disappointed in the latest shade I’ve tried, “Checkmate” – a pale, nudey-beige. This shade was totally streaky! I didn’t have that issue with Ace of Spades.

After 2 coats, Checkmate looked ok (not great), but as soon as I applied the clear top coat, it was like it removed some of the colour. It ended up being a bit of a streaktastic mess. I also decided that this pale nude shade doesn’t look the greatest on fair skin. Oh well!

I wonder if anyone else has found some inconsistency amongst the different shades with the Gel Envy polishes?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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New! MAKE UP FOR EVER Custom Artist Palettes

MAKE UP FOR EVER's new Custom Artist Palette

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Custom Artist Palette

I had never tried any of the MAKE UP FOR EVER eye shadows before. The newly revamped shadow singles that came out this fall that can be combined in custom duos or trios were a perfect excuse to give them a try. With over 200 shades in five different finishes (matte, satin, iridescent, diamond and metallic) it wasn’t hard to find shades that were right up my alley. All of the shades weren’t available in the Sephora I visited and I suspect it would be hard to find a location where you could swatch all 210, but they’re all available on the website.

The singles come in “temporary” plastic cases that look like this:

make up for ever artist shadow S556

The single shadows come in their own little plastic cases

You COULD try to keep them in the plastic packaging but its fairly flimsy. You’re meant to also pick up a Mono, Duo, or Trio Custom Palette. I picked up the duo case:

Empty Make Up For Ever Duo Custom Palette Case

Empty Duo Custom Palette case with magnets

The eye shadow singles are $24 CAD each, and the deal with the separate cases is: When you buy 2 shadows and a Duo Palette, a $9 discount will be applied automatically at checkout. When you buy 3 shadows and a Trio Palette, a $20 discount will be applied automatically at checkout. So presumably the case is free when you purchase shadows with it.

I was really drawn to two shades in particular: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin). If you like taupe shadows, there are so many to choose from!

I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Grey (Satin)

I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin)

Swatches: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray

Swatches: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin)

I think I might like these shadows as much as I like my MAC shadows. They are very pigmented, creamy and blendable, yet don’t leave any fall out when you’re applying them. They are as long wearing as my MAC shadows too. The MAC Pro Palette Refill Pans are only $12 CAD, but you do get much more product with the $24 MAKE UP FOR EVER shadow. These shadows are seriously huge.

MAC Pro Pan Refill 0.05g VS MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow 0.07g

MAC Pro Pan Refill 0.05g VS MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow 0.07g

I am loving them! Have you tried them yet? If you have any shades you love, leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Where Have You Been All My Life, MAC Paints?

MAC Paints in Sublime Nature

MAC Paints in “Sublime Nature”

How is it I have only just now discovered MAC Paints? I was watching one of Sanni’s (missmai27) tutorials where she was doing a very subtle, understated eye look, and she used MAC Paints in Sublime Nature. Not to be confused with MAC Paint Pots, Paints come in a little squeezable tube. I had never heard of them!

Paints are described as:
“A high performance eye shadow product which goes on creamy; dries to a powdery finish…Creates a smooth, crease-free, slightly shiny, reflective look to the lid.”

Sublime Nature is a “mid-tone naked beige” and combined with the texture of the Paints creates a very natural, “no make-up” type of look. Very pretty and subtle, particularly on fair skin.

Swatch: MAC Paints in Sublime Nature

Swatch: MAC Paints in Sublime Nature

I found it easy to apply and easy to blend, and it stayed put all day with no creasing. I did use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance under it, but I do that with all the cream shadows I have (Maybelline Color Tattoos, Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows) because I find all eyeshadow will crease on me without a primer.

MAC Paints are $25 CAD. Paints only come in four other shades: Stillife: pale peach with icy shimmer; Bare Canvas: champagne with shimmer; Untitled: soft grey-mauve with shimmer; and Bamboom: beige-brown with golden shimmer.

Have you tried them?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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