Monthly Archives: December 2014

A Few New Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

new makeup geek eyeshadowsMy very last post of 2014! I’m sure everyone’s going to be thinking about makeup today as you’re getting ready for New Year’s Eve. I love new years makeup. Its a great excuse to try out something crazy you wouldn’t’ wear everyday, like a black smokey eye, silvery iridescent shadows, glitter liner or dramatic false lashes!

Speaking of eyeshadow…I recently ordered some of the Makeup Geek blushes, and I couldn’t resist ordering a few of the new eyeshadow shades that have come out as well. I already have quite a few of the MUG shadows and I like them a lot. They are good quality shadows in a huge range of shades at what seems like an impossibly low price. I should really do a post on my favourite MUG shadows.

Some of the new shades that caught my eye were:

  • Beaches & Cream: a matte peachy-cream shade
  • Rockstar: a really unique, duochrome type of shade, described as “pale silver with purple iridescence”
  • Barcelona Beach: a matte, medium cool-toned brown
  • Hipster: a beautiful taupe with a slightly shimmery finish (but not glittery, more of a sheen)
  • Preppy: a light, matte, cool brown with green undertones

Makeup geek eyeshadows beaches and cream, rockstar, barcelona beach, hipster, preppy

swatches: Makeup geek eyeshadows beaches and cream, rockstar, barcelona beach, hipster, preppy

L-R: Beaches & Cream, Rockstar, Barcelona Beach, Hipster, and Preppy

I’m loving all five of these shades! I especially love Hipster. If you are a taupe fan, you need Hipster in your life. I’m also surprised at how much I like Rockstar. It looks really good all over the lid. I used Preppy with it in the crease and added a black liquid liner for a really pretty 1950s eye look.

MUG eyeshadow pans are an amazingly priced $5.99 USD. I highly recommend the MUG site for inexpensive and super fast shipping to Canada.

Which Makeup Geek shades are your favourite?

Happy New Year everyone and thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-End Lipstick Review Series: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in 440 "Irresistible"

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in 440 “Irresistible”

In this installment of my High-End Lipstick Review series, we’ll be reviewing Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick which retails for $34 CAD. Here’s a few ways Estee Lauder describes this lipstick:

  • Saturates lips with high-intensity color in one stroke
  • Time-released Moisture Complex helps capture and seal-in hydration
  • Lips feel continuously moisturized throughout the day
  • Super creamy, glides on effortlessly, covers evenly

I chose the shade 440 Irresistible, a rosy pinky-brown.

Estee Lauder "Irresistible" swatch

Estee Lauder “Irresistible” swatch

Here’s my ranking of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick:

Packaging
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The reason why I scored this lipstick so low on packaging can be summed up in one word: navy. I just don’t associate this colour with glamour or luxury or chicness. It reminds me of the colour of a uniform. Other than the drab, matronly shade, the packaging otherwise feels quite high-end. Its heavy and substantial with a magnetic closure. I think the colour choice is totally subjective and others may love it but, for me, it just doesn’t have that “wow” factor. 1/3 Duchess points

Formula
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Once I got past the packaging, I have to admit I fell in love with the formula of this lipstick. I have to agree, it does have “high-intensity color in one stroke” combined with being very moisturizing, even hours after you’ve applied it. “Super creamy, glides on effortlessly, covers evenly” is pretty much a perfect description. It looks very flattering on the lips with a slight shine, and feels super comfortable and hydrating. I really like wearing this lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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Its also super long wearing! Yet hydrating. How many lipsticks can you say that about? 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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After trying the Estee Lauder Hydra Lustre lipstick with its weird chemically-fruity scent, I was quite pleasantly surprised that this lipstick is completely unscented. Thank goodness! 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
I did not find that this lipstick irritated my lips at all, so no need to deduct any Duchess points.

MAC Test
I’m slightly conflicted on this one. I like the formula of this lipstick as much as I like my MAC lipsticks, but I don’t like the packaging as much (really wish it was a different colour). So I guess I’ll go with neutral Duchess points.

Would I pay $34 CAD for another one?
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Yes. All things considered, I really do like this lipstick and am wearing it quite a bit. Its one of those lipsticks you enjoy reaching for. I know if I bought another one I’d wear it and enjoy it.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy total: 11/14

Here are the rankings so far:high-end lipstick comparison Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale. At the end of the series, I am going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)!

Previous reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Makeup Geek Blushes for Fair Skin

Makeup Geek Blushes for fair skin

Makeup Geek Blushes!

I was already a fan of the Makeup Geek (MUG) eyeshadows, so I think I was as excited as everyone else when the blushes came out earlier this year. I finally got around to placing an order. I can’t believe it took me so long! I love the MUG packaging, and these blush compacts are no exception. To me, they are the perfect size and shape – sleek, lightweight and compact. Love the gun metal finish and the clear lid so I can see what the shade is without opening them!

I looked at a lot of the reviews and swatches online before deciding on four shades that I thought would work for me. I have very pale skin with cool, pink undertones. I ordered:

  • Smitten
  • Honeymoon
  • Spell Bound
  • Bliss
Makeup Geek blushes Smitten, Honeymoon, Spell Bound, Bliss

Clockwise from top right: Smitten, Honeymoon, Spell Bound, Bliss

Makeup Geek blushes Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

L-R: Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

Makeup Geek blush Smitten

Smitten

Smitten was the one blush that looked a bit iffy once I saw it in person because I initially thought it may be a little too orangey and might not work on me. Some bloggers have described this shade as “apricot.” Once applied it totally works though! I think because the pigmentation is light and subtle (but buildable). I didn’t get a big crazy dark swatch of peach across my cheek if you know what I mean. I love the soft matte finish of this blush and I think the light peachy shade compliments fair skin very well.

Makeup Geek blush Honeymoon

Honeymoon

Honeymoon seems to have sparkles/glitter in it in the pan and even when I first swatched it, but once applied on my cheeks with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, it isn’t sparkly or glittery at all. So don’t be put off by that. A neutral, peachy-brown shade, its very pretty, natural and a little bit glowy on fair skin. It was also the sheerest of the four.

Makeup Geek blush Spell Bound

Spell Bound

Out of the four, Spell Bound is my favourite. A muted pinkey-brown with subtle plum undertones, this matte blush is right up my alley!

Makeup Geek blush Bliss

Bliss

Bliss reminds me of the MAC Sheertone blushes – very light and subtle and perfect on lighter skin tones. Out of the four, I would say Bliss would be the one that would likely not work on darker skintones because it probably wouldn’t show up. This fleshy, pinky-peach, soft matte shade looks so pretty on the cheeks.

Makeup Geek blush Swatches Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

Swatches L-R: Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

The MUG blushes remind me most of my NYX blushes. They are very soft and powdery, not like my MAC or Tarte blushes which I seem to hardly ever be able to make a dent in. Smooth and easy to apply, the soft matte finish is so similar to the NYX matte shades. Also like my NYX blushes, these are very long wearing. They are nearly the exact same size as the NYX too; the MUG are 0.15 oz, and the NYX 0.14 oz.

The thing I like best about the four shades I ordered is that they are light, subtle and a little on the sheer side. This makes them so easy to apply. I don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed or applying too much, which is so easy to do on fair skin. All four look very natural and complimentary. I’d recommend them for any fair-skinned gals out there.

The MUG blushes in the compacts are $12.99 USD each. As always I was super impressed with the MUG shipping (only $9.22 USD). It arrived in just 10 days which is impressive for where I live. I’ve often waited a month for online orders to arrive. I didn’t incur any additional customs charges or anything. I love ordering from the MUG site.

I also ordered a few more of the MUG eyeshadows, and will be doing a post about them as well.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Merry Tip’s Eve!

pink christmas treeToday was my last day at work before the Christmas break. The library closes tomorrow and doesn’t re-open until January 5. I am really looking forward to the time off. Today, in Newfoundland, its “Tip’s Eve” or as I like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve. Traditionally it was the official start of the holiday season – when you put up your Christmas tree, had your first “spirit”, had a party or went out visiting.

I thought I would share some pics of my library all decked out for Christmas. We have 3 trees – a white, a dark gray, and a pink tree.

vintage retro christmas decorations

the library all decked out for the holidays!

pink christmas tree

the pink tree is my favourite!

That is one of my fascinators on top of the pink tree. I couldn’t find a tree topper I liked 🙂

retro vintage inspired xmas decorations
Tomorrow evening we are hosting some friends and family for dinner. In my family we always have a baked ham on Christmas Eve. I’m also making Julia Child’s scalloped potatoes (or potatoes “gratineed” with cheese) and her brussels sprouts braised in butter. I already baked gingerbread for desert which I like to serve with warm rum sauce.

I wish everyone a happy and relaxing holiday filled with eggnog, family and friends, and lots of good food and fun!

Merry Christmas
from
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Battle of the BeautyBlenders: How does Sephora Brand Compare?

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the Beauty Blender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

How does the Sephora Precision sponge compare to the BeautyBlender and Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge?

In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.

The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.

So when I saw the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set for $12 CAD as a Black Friday deal, I thought – I need more sponges! Although these minis aren’t available on the Sephora site anymore, Sephora does have a regular sized Precision sponge. But do these cute little sponges perform as well as the original BeautyBlender?

Here’s what I felt was similar:

  • Both are latex-free!
  • Similar material: The Sephora Precision sponges are almost as soft and neither soak up much product.
  • Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. The Sephora sponges did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.

Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:

  • Size. The Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set is, as advertised, “mini” so it took a little bit longer to blend my entire face than it did with the larger BeautyBlender. However, the regular sized Sephora Precision sponge looks to be a comparable size (and shape) to the BeautyBlender.
  • Poofiness. The Sephora sponges don’t poof up as much and increase in size as much when you wet them. They seem a bit denser. I find they feel a tiny bit less soft against the skin because of this.
  • Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. Like the Real Techniques sponge, the Sephora sponges did not.

I think the Sephora sponges are a good dupe and apply liquid foundation just as well as the BeautyBlender. But consider the prices:

BeautyBlender: $26 CAD
Real Techniques: $9.99 CAD
Sephora Precision Sponge (regular size): $18 CAD

If the choice was between Sephora and Real Techniques, I would go with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge hands down!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-End Lipstick Review Series: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Parfait & Bel-Ami

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Parfait & Bel-Ami

I’m back with another entry in my High-End Lipstick Review Series. Remember, at the end of the series, I am going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

I have two of the Chanel Rouge Coco “Hydrating Color Lipshines”, which Chanel describes as “sheer, shiny” and “effortlessly chic.” I have #4 Parfait, a pale, cool-toned, peachy-pink and #66 Bel-Ami, a brownish, berry-plum. Parfait is perfect for a subtle, barely there nude that is very flattering on fair skin. Bel-Ami is more on the vampy side and is very buildable for a sheer lipstick. I love both shades!

Swatches Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Parfait and Bel-Ami

Swatches: Parfait and Bel-Ami

The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are available at the Bay and Murale for $39.00 CND.

Packaging
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The Chanel packaging exudes luxury and chicness. As far as glamorous packaging goes, this is darn near perfection. The sleek, square, black and gold tube with the iconic Chanel logo? Sigh, so dreamy. The tube gently slides shut with a perfectly engineered and reassuring “click” and stays on while rolling around in your purse. 3/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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I love the formula. My favourite MAC lipstick finish are the Lustres, and the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are very, very similar. I really enjoy a more sheer lipstick that has a bit of a “luscious” finish. They just look really pretty and flattering. The Chanel lipsticks are very hydrating and feel like butter. If my lips are dry, in a pinch I can actually pop this lipstick on instead of lip balm, and I don’t even need a mirror to apply it. Definitely one of my favourite formulas! 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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For a sheer lipstick, they’re actually quite long-wearing (and don’t require a lipliner) and wear off really nicely too. 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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Chanel lipsticks are scented, but surprisingly, I LOVE the signature scent, which is really unusual for me. I normally prefer unscented makeup products. but there is just something about that Chanel fragrance. It smells…expensive! A little bit like rose water, a little bit like vanilla? the scent is hard to describe precisely, but – like the MAC lipsticks – is very distinctive. Whereas scented drugstore lipsticks often smell cheap and chemical-ish to me, I think because Chanel uses perfume quality fragrances (hence the much higher price tag) it smells all classy 🙂 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
I have never found that these lipsticks irritated my lips. They are very comfortable to wear and totally pass the sensitive skin test.

MAC Test
As much as I love the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick, I don’t know if I love it MORE than MAC. I would say I like it the same amount as my beloved MAC lipstick. This counts as neutral in terms of duchess points.

Would I pay $39 CAD for another one?
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Absolutely! The only thing that saves me from financial ruin is that there is no way for me to get my hands on any Chanel makeup anywhere near where I live. I would have to order online, which for me, for a an expensive lipstick, I’m reluctant to do without seeing/swatching in person. I picked up each of these lipsticks while in Montreal and Toronto. However, I would buy another one. I think they are worth the splurge. But maybe that’s my makeup addiction talking? +1 Duchess point

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Total: 13/14

high-end lipstick review comparison chartOther reviews in this series:
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Sephora Black Friday Sale Goodies!

Sephora Black Friday deals 2014

Black Friday goodies from Sephora!

The order I placed on Black Friday arrived yesterday. I had really wanted the little Smashbox mini lipstick duo, but it sold out early. I did get to grab two of the deals, the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Collection and the adorable Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set. Both were $12 CAD.

Some sample lovin: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel & Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Some sample lovin: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel & Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

I also added the Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette to my cart, because for $12, why not? I really like the gold, wallet-like packaging and the magnetic clasp!

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

The colours are on the neutral side:

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

I think the quality of the eyeshadows are what you’d expect for an inexpensive Sephora palette. Its a bit shimmery overall. There are only 2 matte shades: the dark brown and the black shades on the far right. The texture of the shimmery shades are nice, but I found the matte shades a bit patchy.

Swatches: Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches: Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

I am going to do a full review of the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set and compare them to my Beautyblender and my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Did you manage to snag any good Black Friday deals?

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: NARS (original formula) VS NARS Audacious Lipstick

I thought it might be helpful to not only review the new NARS Audacious lipstick, but to also review the original NARS lipstick along with it. That way people would have a comparison if they were thinking about trying the new lipsticks out. So in this installment of my High-end Lipstick Review series you get two for one!

Let’s start with the NARS lipstick original formula which is $32.00 CAD. I tried the shade Barbarella, a “sheer peach”. This was when I was going through a “must-find-a-peachy-nude-that-works-on fair-skin” phase. I have to admit, this shade is very pretty!

NARS Lipstick in Barbarella

NARS Lipstick in “Barbarella”

NARS Barbarella swatch

NARS “Barbarella” swatched

Here’s how the NARS original lipstick fared:

Packaging
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I was underwhelmed by the original packaging. The lipsticks are weirdly tiny (although at 0.12 oz you certainly are getting a standard amount of product). Its the same material as the NARS blush packaging – that fuzzy, rubbery material that seems to pick up every bit of dirt and lint. While I can tolerate it in a blush, I don’t want to pull a lipstick out of my purse to reapply and have it looking all filthy. I had the same issue with this lipstick as I did with the Marc Jacob packaging; for a high-end lipstick it wasn’t very unique or interesting. 1/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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I really prefer a sheer lipstick, but the formula on this one was not one that I enjoyed. In a word, I would describe it as “greasy”. Need I say more? 1/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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For a lipstick described as “sheer”, this actually wears really well. 2/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste
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I just can’t stand the scent of the original NARS lipstick. It smells like sugary, artificial, colours-not-found-in-nature breakfast cereal. It reminds me of the smell of Fruit Loops cereal in particular. So gross. 0/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
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Have to deduct a Duchess point. This lipstick seriously irritated my lips, probably due to the strong artificial scent. After wearing this, my lips would literally peel (sorry TMI!).

MAC Test

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Definitely did not like this as much as my MAC lipsticks so I have to deduct another Duchess point.

Would I pay $32 for another NARS Lipstick?
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Definitely not! The greasy feeling formula, icky scent, and the fact that it irritated my lips made me vow to never buy another NARS lipstick. -1 Duchess point.

NARS Lipstick (original) total: 1/14

Then along came the new NARS Audacious Lipstick which is $37.00 CAD (but at 0.14 oz you are getting slightly more product). During the V.I.B. sale, I decided to give NARS a second chance and see if their new lipstick was an improvement over the original.  So, technically, I got it for $29.60. I ordered the totally vampy shade Liv a “deep aubergine” and the darkest shade in the line. I am in love with this colour.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv

NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Liv”

NARS Audacious Liv swatch

“Liv” swatched

Packaging
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Much better packaging! The new Audacious packaging is bigger, weightier, and more  substantial and has a magnetic closure (yay!). They’ve done away with the typical, weird fuzzy NARS packaging for a sleek, smooth tube. I love the black-on-black “NARS” lettering on the tube and the “NARS” imprint on the lipstick itself. This packaging looks and feels more high-end. 2/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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After using it all week, I’m not head-over-heels in love with this formula. Its a bit fussy to apply evenly (which I have heard some other reviewers mention and you can kind of tell from my swatch). I have to pat it on from the bullet, and then pat it in a lot with my finger to get it to look good and to make sure it doesn’t settle into any lines on my lips. Its also on the drier side and will  accentuate any dryness on your lips, so exfoliate and apply lip balm before hand. After all that fussing, it does look good though. 1/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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Wow this is a long wearing lipstick! Once applied it really isn’t going anywhere. I would recommend a lipliner with it (I used MAC Vino). 3/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste
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The Audacious Lipstick is completely unscented and has no taste! This is what I prefer in a lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
The Audacious Lipstick totally passed my sensitivity test. After using it all week, it hasn’t irritated me at all. Hooray!

MAC Test
I would compare the Audacious Lipstick to the MAC Cremesheen or Amplified finishes. I wouldn’t say I like it better than MAC, but I think I like it about the same as the MAC Cremesheens. This counts as neutral (it doesn’t lose or gain any Duchess points).

Would I pay $37 for another NARS Audacious Lipstick?
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While its an improvement over the original NARS lipstick, I feel like I just didn’t love this enough to pay $37 for another one. That’s a lot of money. I would REALLY have to be completely in love with it to repurchase it at that price point. -1 Duchess point.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Total: 8/14

Here’s an updated ranking:

high-end lipstick comparison chart

I feel bad that I’m not coming up with any “worth the splurge”s yet, lol, but I promise my next lipstick in the series will be one of my absolute favourite high-end lipsticks!

Previous reviews in this series:
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Estee Lauder Black Cherry Lipstick

This summer, I read War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry and it got me curious about the Estee Lauder brand. I had a gift card for Sears (a place I hardly ever shop) and then I remembered my Sears has a makeup counter, though a small one, and that they carry Estee Lauder. I’d never ever tried anything from the brand.

I was really attracted by the packaging of the Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick which retails here in Canada for $25.00 CAD.

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Black Cherry

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in “Black Cherry”

The weighty, fluted, gold tube with scalloped edging reminds me of a vintage lipstick from the 1940s or 1950s. Its so retro! Then there is the shade, Black Cherry. OMG it is spectacular. A deep, berry shade with brown undertones, its subtlety vampy and so flattering on fair skin. I think the nicest thing about it is the finish. Its rich yet sheer with a dewy finish. This contrasts nicely with the richness of the shade. On the lips, it just looks yummy!

Estee Lauder Black Cherry Lipstick swatch

“Black Cherry” swatched

Now, the downside is the scent. What a weird scent on this lipstick! Its sort of fruity? yet hard to describe. Its definitely not my favourite. It thankfully doesn’t have a taste and the scent fades after application, but I would prefer if this was just unscented. Luckily I love the shade so much I am willing to endure the scent.

I wouldn’t say this lipstick is “hydrating” as claimed, and certainly doesn’t deliver “hours of moisture”, but it doesn’t dry out my lips either. If I have some lip balm on before I apply it, it feels very comfortable on the lips.

The other neat thing about Estee Lauder is they are really big on gifts with purchase. Check out all the stuff I got:

Estee Lauder gift with purchase

my gift with purchase

I’m in love with the cosmetic bag which I am using to carry around the copious lip products in my purse. I’m really enjoying the mini sample-size Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick which retails full-sized for $32.00 CAD. I received the shade Pinkberry, which is a creme finish.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pinkberry

Sample of Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in “Pinkberry”

The Estee Lauder site says its “enriched with lip-loving ingredients, including apricot kernel, shea butter and murumuru butter that leave lips soft and creamy smooth” and I think it does feel much more moisturizing than the Hydra Lustre formula. Unfortunately, it does have the same weird chemically-fruity scent as the Hydra Lustre lipstick 😦

Pinkberry is a super pretty, wearable, nudey brown-pink. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this shade.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pinkberry swatch

“Pinkberry” swatched

Overall I am impressed with the Estee Lauder lipsticks, if not with the fragrance of them. I am definitely curious to try more products from this brand. Are you an Estee Lauder fan? Do you have any favs you’d recommend?

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Review

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

This was one of the items I picked up in the Sephora VIB sale. I had been considering it for a while. I love the packaging and always love some neutrals, so I thought it was time to actually order it.

The World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes kit contains 2 creaseless cream shadows in Birthday Suit and My Two Cents, and 4 long-wearing powder shadows.

Benefit World Famous Neutrals

The eyeshadow kit contains 2 creaseless cream shadows and 4 long-wearing powder shadows

I had tried Benefit’s creaseless cream shadows a long time ago in R.S.V.P. and Skinny Jeans. I thought they were ok, but they didn’t wow me. I feel the same way about Birthday Suit and My Two Cents. I’m still not convinced the creaseless cream shadows work well on their own, but they are nice layered under a powder shadow. I would say they are my least favourite part of this kit.

The powder shades I am a much bigger fan of. Buttery and pigmented, all four shades are pretty, natural, and wearable – everything you’d want in a neutral eyeshadow kit. None of the shades are over the top shimmery either. I love Call My Bluff, a pale creamy matte shade, and Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, a medium brown with a satin finish, especially.

Swatches: Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Bluff, Kiss Me  I'm Tipsy, It's Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure

L-R: Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Bluff, Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, It’s Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure

I think this is a fun kit, but I’m glad I got it for $28.80 CAD, versus $36.00 full price.The only other peeve I have about the kit is that its really difficult to get the cover to stay open. You have to hold it or prop it open while you’re using it or it snaps shut. Does this bug anyone else?

Thanks for reading ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Sephora VIB Sale Order Finally Arrived!

Sephora VIB 20% off sale

Gotta love a 20% off sale!

I typically have a long wait to receive nearly anything I order online (the joy of living on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic – lol), but this order seriously took ages. Normally when I place a Sephora order I get a second email that it’s shipped within a couple of days. This time it took 10 days before it even shipped. I guess the volume of orders was extra high because of the big sale.

So I was super happy when it finally arrived. I re-stocked on some favourites that I was nearly out of like:

  • MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”: This is my third bottle. For a full review checkout my post on why this is the best liquid foundation for fair skin.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder: Love this powder for setting my under-eye concealer. I featured it in my Most Re-purchased Products of All Time post. I only ever order the 0.14 oz “mini” size because you use so little it lasts forever (for me, nearly a year).  I was surprised that they changed the packaging on the HD Powder though. What I really liked about the mini size was that it was so mini it barely took up any space and was perfect for traveling. The new container is much bigger. Not lovin that so much.
MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

  • Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara: The best mascara ever. They aren’t lying when they call it a “volume-creating and curl-sculpting mascara”. It also doesn’t budge or flake on me. A mascara worth $34 CAD? Absolutely! For more pics see my Guerlain Store shopping post.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer 0.5: Also featured in my Most Re-purchased Products of All Time post. Best under-eye concealer ever IMO.

Now on to the new stuff. I could not resist ordering the Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm. I mean, look at this packaging!

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in "Honey"

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in “Honey”

Here’s the description from the Sephora site: “It is a cult-favorite amongst Korean pop stars, and ‘Bbo Bbo’ means ‘kiss’ in Korea. This clear-colored balm is infused with hydrating ingredients that include vitamin E and either honey or blueberry extract. Its soft fragrance leaves lips with an irresistible scent.”

I love the packaging, but I am not in love with the lip balm. Its heavily scented (and doesn’t smell like honey) and the perfumeyness lingers and it was all I could taste. Ick.

Speaking of cute packaging though, I love the free Sephora tote that came with the order!

I’m going to do separate, full reviews on my other two purchases – Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever eyeshadow kit and the NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Liv”. So check back for those soon!

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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