Monthly Archives: January 2015

Favourite Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

favorite makeup geek eye shadows
Although I really like the Makeup Geek eyeshadows, it can be tricky purchasing them because your only option is ordering them online, which means you don’t get to see the colours in person or swatch them. I have quite a number of MUG shadows, and most of them are awesome but some of the shades, once I received them, didn’t really work on me so much.

makeup geek eyeshadow collection

the rest of my MUG eyeshadow collection

I thought a post about the MUG eyeshadows that work really well on fair skin might be helpful for others contemplating which shades to order. I generally prefer cooler toned shadows and I do find that the MUG shadows can tend to be on the warmer side. Here are the 9 shadows that are my favourite of all of the ones I’ve ordered:

  • White Lies:  a matte white
  • Vanilla Bean: a creamy beige that is a close dupe for MAC Brule. You can see I’ve hit pan on this one.
  • Rockstar: a very unique shade, described ad “pale silver with purple iridescence”
  • Moondust: a slightly shimmery silver taupe
  • Barcelona Beach: a creamy matte, sandy brown (pretty neutral)
  • Hipster: a very natural looking, light, shimmery taupe. absolutely love this one!
  • Prom Night: a cool, purpley-gray taupe that is very similar to MAC Satin Taupe. One of my favourite eyeshadows from any brand.
  • Taupe Notch: a neutral, satiny taupe
  • Pretentious: a wearable bronze, even for fair skin, that isn’t overly warm
White Lies, Vanilla Bean, Rockstar, Moondust, Barcelona Beach, Hipster, Prom Night, Taupe Notch, Pretentious

Can you tell I like neutrals?

swatches White Lies, Vanilla Bean, Rockstar, Moondust, Barcelona Beach, Hipster, Prom Night, Taupe Notch, Pretentious
These super pigmented, creamy eyeshadow pans sell for an amazing $5.99 USD, which at the current exchange rate is about $7 CAD. They ship via Canada Post so I have never incurred any additional duties or customs charges. Shipping is less than $10 USD and is very fast. I could definitely recommend ordering from the Makeup Geek site.

I purchased both my Z Palettes from the Makeup Geek site as well. The small black palette, which I ordered to keep my favourites in, was $14.99 USD, and the large pink Z palette (which holds 27 MUG e/s pans) is $20 USD.

I hope this helps you if you’re are trying to decide which MUG shadows to get. Have you tried the MUG shadows yet? What are your favourites?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Burberry

Burberry Lip Cover

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick

Burberry makeup isn’t sold in Canada except for a few select Burberry Stores in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver. I visited the Toronto Burberry Store on Bloor Street and they had very little makeup in stock. The only other way to buy Burberry makeup is online from Saks Fifth Avenue where a Burberry lipstick will set you back $41.45 CAD plus $18.32 shipping* and $7.85 “duties & taxes” for a whopping total of $67.62 CAD!

*free shipping is offered on orders of $100+

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

I was actually able to pick up this lipstick while I was in England at the Burberry Store on Regent Street for 22 pounds 50, which is roughly $41 CAD. I had a lovely experience shopping there. I was really drawn to shade No. 23, English Rose, sort of a neutral, rosy pink with brown undertones.

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

Swatch: Burberry Lip Cover No.23 English Rose

English Rose swatched

Packaging
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Burberry, like Tom Ford or Chanel, has totally nailed high-end packaging. The substantial, square silver tube engraved with the classic Burberry pattern is gorgeous. It has the magnetic closure too. I also love that the lipstick itself has the Burberry diamond check pattern. 3/3 Duchess points

Formula

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I liked the formula of this lipstick. Is not my favourite of all time or anything, but I do like it. Its quite creamy and feels very comfortable on the lips. I found it a bit opaque and it almost had a heavy, traditional “lipstick” sort of formula if you know what I mean, but overall not bad. 2/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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I kind of feel the same way about the wear as I do the formula – its ok. Not my favourite, but not the worst either. It stays on well, but has a tendency to wear off a little unevenly and unflatteringly. Its one of those lipsticks that can gather around the inside corners of your lips. At least on me it does. 1/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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The scent of a lipstick has such a big impact on whether or not I enjoy it. I generally just prefer unscented lip products. I’m not a big fan of the scent of the Burberry lipstick. I was actually really shocked to discover it has that old-fashioned “makeupy” smell like your grandmother’s makeup would have. Not exactly what I was expecting from Burberry. Even less enjoyable is that it also has a bit of an old-fashioned soapy taste when first applied. 1/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Despite the icky scent/taste, I don’t believe the Burberry has irritated my lips at all. I haven’t had any sort of reaction to it. (Neutral Duchess points)

MAC Test
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I definitely don’t like this lipstick as much as my MAC lipsticks. -1 Duchess point

Would I pay $42+ CAD for another one?
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Especially considering the shipping and duties/taxes I’d have to pay to even order another Burberry lipstick, I have to go with no. I am not in love with this lipstick, mostly due to the scent, but also the formula. -1 Duchess point

Burberry Lip Cover Soft Satin Lipstick total: 5/14

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At the end of the series, I’m 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.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Makeup Storage Solution: The Beauty Cube Review

"The Beauty Cube" Acrylic Lucite Makeup Organizer review

“The Beauty Cube” Acrylic Lucite Makeup Organizer

I, like many of you reading this, am always trying to figure out storage solutions for my makeup. I’d seen clear acrylic makeup organizers online, but so many of them were crazily expensive or didn’t ship to Canada. Finally, with my growing makeup collection bursting at the seams, I found The Beauty Cube Acrylic Lucite Makeup Organizer on Amazon.ca.

Here are the dimensions of The Beauty Cube:

  • 9.45″ width x 9.45″ depth x 11.81″ height
  • flip top section is 1.57″ deep
  • middle drawers are 1.38″ deep
  • bottom drawer is 2.76″ deep
"The Beauty Cube" Acrylic Lucite Makeup Organizer review

5 drawers plus the top section with a flip-up lid

It also came with 4 sets of removable acrylic dividers: 1 “four section” divider, 2 “six section” dividers, and 1 “triangle” divider. Here’s how I arranged the drawers (and hopefully it can give you an idea of how much/what types of makeup you could store in it if you’re considering getting one):

The Beauty Cube

Bottom drawer

The bottom drawer is the deepest and I’m using it for blushes. I placed a “six section” divider in that drawer. As you can see, because the dividers are removable, which gives you flexibility, the do slide around a little bit. I secretly wish all of the drawers were this deep.

Beauty Cube

fourth drawer

The next drawer is also blushes – including cream and liquid blushes. I don’t have any dividers in this drawer.

Beauty Cube

third drawer

Next I have a drawer of cream eyeshadows. Again, no dividers.

beauty cube

second drawer

In the second drawer, I have some eyeshadow singles. I have the “four section” divider in this drawer. (My apologies for the blurriness. As I blog this, its now too dark to retake any photos. Darn Canadian winters)

beauty cube

top drawer

Currently I have some miscellaneous things in the top drawer including some things I’m trying to use up.

beauty cube

top section with (removable) flip-up lid

In the top, I have items I use daily and new items I’m trying out and reviewing. Right now I have the “triangle” divider in the top section but I’m not sure I like it there; I may move it.

I’m really pleased with The Beauty Cube. I paid $149.95 CAD, plus $18.72 shipping. The shipping was super impressive. It arrived in 1 week and it was packaged incredibly carefully – the box was wrapped in packing foam and then placed inside a second box. There wasn’t a single scratch or crack or anything. It arrived in perfect condition.

Overall, I like the size of The Beauty Cube. Any bigger and I wouldn’t really have a place to put it. It doesn’t take up too much room on my vanity. I love that its see-through and that you can pull out the drawers. It makes my makeup a whole lot more accessible. The only thing I would change would be to make some more of the drawers deeper like the bottom drawer.

It certainly could not hold my entire makeup collection though. For example, I don’t think it would be an efficient way to store palettes. I have my (numerous) eyeshadow palettes stored elsewhere. I’m also not sure about pencils. I have my eyeliners and lipliners in short glass vases and I think this makes them easier to see. I also prefer to store my lipsticks upright and my brushes in a glass vase so I can grab them quickly and easily, but that’s just my personal preference. Brushes and lipsticks could easily fit in The Beauty Cube.

Hope this review helped! I’d love to hear your makeup storage ideas.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Two Plum Lipstick Discoveries from the Drugstore

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour 340

CoverGirl LipPerfection 340 “Entwined” and Revlon Super Lustrous 465 “Plumalicious”

good plum drugstore lipsticks

Spoiler alert: One of these lipsticks was a hit, and one was a bit of a fail. Keep reading to find out which one was which 🙂

I’m so obsessed with plum lipsticks right now. My Mom and I went on a mission to our local drugstore to find her some good plums and, of course, I ended up with a few too. She found some really beautiful shades in the Milani Color Statement lipsticks: 20 Uptown Mauve, 21 Sangria (deep purple berry), and 24 Black Cherry (a dark, vampy wine). I just can’t get past the watermelon scent of these, but my Mom loves them and says they are creamy and lovely. I must say I really liked the shades.

Milani Uptown Mauve, Sangria, Black CherryI picked up another Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Plumalicious. Its a berry plum that’s a little on the reddish-brown side but with enough purpleness to keep it in the plum family. Its fairly dark on me, but is a wearable shade and the pearl finish keeps it from being too vampy. Its slightly sheer and a little bit glossy. I totally love it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

I decided to be brave and try another drugstore brand lippie, although I’m generally not a big fan of anything else besides the Revlon lip products, mainly due to the scents. The scent of the Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolour didn’t seem too objectionable; a not overly strong cotton-candy scent. I really, really, loved the shade Entwined, a cooler-toned, deep mauvey plum.

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

This shade looked rich and lovely and had crazy intense staying power. Here’s where it all went awry though: It really stains your lips. The problem is it didn’t stain my lips a flattering berry shade. It stained my lips orange! I have no idea how to explain it, but the colour left behind was a weird orangey-red like when you’re a little kid and you’ve just had a brightly coloured popsicle. And I couldn’t get it off! It was still on the next day. So the Covergirl LipPerfection was a bit of a fail for me. It looks great when you first put it on, but I’m not a fan of the weird staining effect.

In Canada, Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are about $7.50-9.99 CAD and the Covergirl LipPerfection lipsticks about $8.50-9.99 CAD depending where you buy them.

And in case you’re wondering – I would love to hear recommendations for more good plum lipsticks!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
NerdyLibrarianGirl ❤

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MAC Lipstick Fail

MAC Naked Paris lipstick

MAC “Naked Paris”: A gritty, glittery mess

It hardly ever happens, but sometimes every now and then MAC gets it so wrong. I was going through my lipstick collection and found this sad little unused one. I had such high hopes for Naked Paris when I ordered it online a couple of years ago.

I thought it would be right up my alley:  a lustre (my fav), in the brown/pink family, “shimmery”…what could go wrong? As soon as I opened it I was like:

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I have never seen a glittery MAC lipstick before, but “glitter bomb” would be how I’d describe Naked Paris. It has so much glitter in it, you can actually feel the chunks of sparkle scraping across your lips when you apply it. You can see by the swatch, Naked Paris actually looks ok when first applied. But its so deceptive. Within half an hour, there is none of that pretty colour left on your lips, but there is tons and tons of glitter.

MAC Naked Paris swatch

Looks pretty at first, then quickly fades leaving nothing but chunks of glitter behind

I have never had a MAC lipstick wear off in such an unflattering way. This is one of the worst lipsticks of any brand I have ever tried.

Thankfully, MAC has discontinued Naked Paris, sparing others from its awfulness. I guess I will just back-to-MAC this one.

Have you ever had a MAC lipstick fail?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-End Lipstick Review Series: Tom Ford

Tom Ford Lip Color Spanish Pink

Tom Ford Lip Color

Oh has there ever been a lipstick as hyped as Tom Ford? It seemed like people just went bananas over them when they first came out. The fact that I couldn’t get them in Canada made them seem even more elusive and desirable, so while on a trip to England last year, I couldn’t resist picking one up. Its still practically impossible to buy Tom Ford makeup in Canada except for a few select Holt Renfrew stores, where they retail for an almost unbelievable $55 CAD.

I got the shade Spanish Pink, which I think really shouldn’t have “pink” in the name because this shade is more of a peachy coral and looks very peach on me. Its one of those Bridget Bardot 1960s type of shades that I really, really want to work on me, but honestly, its not the best colour for me 😦

Tom Ford Lip Color in Spanish Pink

Tom Ford Lip Color in “Spanish Pink”

Tom Ford Lip Color Spanish Pink Swatch

“Spanish Pink” Swatch

Let’s see how Tom Ford Lip Color does in my high-end lipstick comparison series…

Packaging
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Spectacularly luxurious. The heavy square tube, the black and gold – Its definitely one glamorous looking lipstick. I love the little “TF” engraved in the top of the lipstick itself. The Tom Ford packaging is up there with Chanel or Guerlain in fully living up to all of your expectations of a high-end lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points

Formula
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The Tom Ford lipstick doesn’t have the type of formula that I typically like. Although it claims to have “Rare and exotic ingredients, including soja seed extract, Brazilian murumuru butter and chamomilla flower oil” to “create an ultra-creamy texture”, its not a hydrating lipstick. I find it drying to wear. There’s also something about the finish that I’m not a fan of. Maybe its too matte for me or too opaque? It doesn’t make my lips look “yummy”. Every time I dig this out I think, I’m going to like this lipstick this time…but it just never happens. 1/3 Duchess points

Wear
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This lipstick does stay on well but isn’t the most comfortable to wear. I always feel like I want to apply lip balm after I’ve had it on a while. 2/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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To me, the Tom Ford lipstick smells almost identical to a MAC lipstick. It has that light vanilla scent. 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
Besides drying them out a bit, I don’t think this lipstick has irritated my lips at all. I haven’t had any reaction to it, so no Duchess points deducted.

MAC Test
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I definitely do not like this lipstick as much as MAC, so it gets the scary negative Duchess point!

Would I pay $55 CAD for another one?
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Nope. Another scary negative Duchess point!

Tom Ford Lip Color Total: 7/14

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At the end of the series, I’m 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.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
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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MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder VS Original Microfinish Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

I love the original MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder. The translucent finishing powder has been one of my most repurchased products. I use it every day with my Real Techniques setting brush for setting under-eye concealer.

I’ve been super curious about the HD pressed powder ever since it came out earlier this year but it retails for $41 CAD! The 0.14 oz mini size of the original loose powder I normally buy is just $22 CAD and lasts me at least 6 months or so. The new HD pressed powder was the other item I ordered with my Sephora VIB Rouge $25 off discount (the other being the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer).

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD original Microfinish Powder VS the new Pressed Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD original Microfinish Powder VS the new Pressed Powder

The only thing I don’t like about the original powder is that its a loose powder. Because its such ultrafine silica its very “floofey” (which I believe is the highly scientific term). It flies up a lot when you dip your brush in it, and also when you’re applying it. I’ve gotten a big poof of it right in the eyeball on many a morning. Its also a bit of a pain to travel with.

So I have to admit I love the pressed powder. I’ve been using it about a month now and it performs exactly the same as the original, just without all the floofiness. I love that I can put the mirrored compact in my purse and use it as a touch-up powder, which was never a practical option with the original.

Now for the negatives. The first one is that the original HD powder is 100% mineral silica. The pressed powder contains 15 additional ingredients including other natural and synthetic minerals, preservatives, and hyaluronic acid. If I have the option to use a product that performs just as well but doesn’t have all the extra unpronounceable ingredients, I think I’d like to stick with the original.

The other downside is that the pressed powder is more expensive. You are paying more for less product. Here’s the price breakdown:
Original Loose       Pressed
0.14 oz – $22                 0.07 oz – $26
0.3 oz  – $39                   0.21 oz – $41

What do you think? Would you pay more for a pressed version in a mirrored compact? Do the extra ingredients bother you?

I do like the pressed powder and will use it up, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. I will go back to the original loose microfinishing powder.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Collection

Favourite Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

yeah, um, so I *might* have a lipstick “problem”…

I thought I’d do a post about my favourite drugstore lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous. Actually, they are about the only drugstore lipstick I like. The deal breaker for me for so many lipsticks is the scent, and for some reason, I’m not a fan of a lot of the drugstore brands, like Maybelline (weird playdough scent), Loreal (old fashioned perfumey scent), Milani (fake watermelon scent), and NYX (perfumey/soapy scent & taste).

The Revlon Super Lustrous are totally unscented (hooray!) and have a really nice formula that’s comfortable to wear, non-drying, glossy, and there is such a huge colour selection. Evidently I have 14 of these (Sorry – I totally forgot Blackberry but for pics/swatch see this post). I didn’t include the 3 “Shine” lipsticks that I have, because I don’t like the formula, but I do have a whole review on those. You’ll notice I don’t have any of the matte finishes. I did try one once and absolutely hated it, but I typically don’t like matte lip products at all.

The shades I have are:

  • 631 Luminous Pink (pearl)
  • 415 Pink in the Afternoon (creme)
  • 651 Porcelain Pink (pearl)
  • 030 Pink Pearl (pearl)
  • 420 Blushed (pearl)
  • 130 Rose Velvet (creme)
  • 641 Spicy Cinnamon (pearl)
  • 473 Mauvy Night (pearl)
  • 477 Black Cherry (creme)
  • 663 Va Va Violet (creme)
  • 640 Blackberry (creme) – Not pictured

best revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

631 Luminous Pink: A little bit of a peachy-pink, this is the sheerest and most shimmery one I have. Remarkably, it works on fair skin and is a pretty, subtle, glossy shade that looks good for everyday AND with a dark, smokey eye.

415 Pink in the Afternoon: A light, cool-toned pink that also woks really well for fair skin. This shade has a very retro feel to it to me, like Betty Draper might have worn it.

651 Porcelain Pink: Ok, I honestly have no idea what makes this frosty pink work in me, but there’s just something I really like about it.

030 Pink Pearl: This shade is more of a neutral brown-pink, and isn’t full on pink like 415 or 651. Its one of those my-lips-but-better shades.

420 Blushed: Speaking of my-lips-but-better shades, Blushed is a warm, pink-brown. I like this one, but I wouldn’t say its one of my favourites.

130 Rose Velvet: A rich, rosy brown-toned shade. This works well on me because of my pink undertones so it looks more “pinky-brown” on me. But reviewers have mentioned it can look more brown on some people (great for the 90s brown lip trend though).

641 Spicy Cinnamon: This is a very wearable berry red shade for me because of the brown undertones in it.  Like Rose Velvet I think it might look more brown on some.

473 Mauvy Night: My favourite Revlon lipstick! Love this plum shade.

477 Black Cherry: A dramatic, dark wine shade, it reminds me of a vampy lipstick from the 1920’s or 1930’s. Really like this one.

663 Va Va Violet: Full on, gothy dark purple. Not for the faint of heart.

640 Blackberry: A deep burgundy red, great on fair skin for a “Snow White” effect or a classic 1950’s type of look. Another fav. (pic/swatch)

favorite revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

swatches revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

Hope you enjoyed my collection! I’d love to hear what your favourite Revlon lipsticks are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Plum Perfect! MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick

MAC Plumful Lipstick

I’d been coveting this lipstick for a few months now and was so excited to get it for Christmas. It did not disappoint! This was instantly one of my favourite MAC lipsticks. A lustre finish (my fav), Plumful is on the more pinkish side of plum. Its slightly sheer, slightly glossy and so wearable! Its not too dark and not too light – just perfect!

Lipsticks have a tendency to pull very pink on me, so I was a tiny bit worried that this might turn fuchsia on me, but it did not. It retains just enough plummyness and I even think it may have some brown undertones going on. I think this complex shade would work on so many skin tones.

Swatch: MAC Plumful

Swatch: MAC Plumful

I can definitely see why Plumful has made so many favourite lists!

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Review: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in "Chantilly"

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Chantilly”

It seems like everyone has just been raving about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer lately. So when Sephora sent me a VIB Rouge $25 gift card to redeem in December, I thought it might be a good time to try it out. At $35 CAD, its a bit of a pricey concealer.

I ordered the lightest shade (as I would do with any product) which is Chantilly “true ivory for fairest complexions.” It is very light! Finding a concealer or highlighter lighter than my skintone is not easy, but Chantilly definitely is.

swatch NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ChantillyRight away, the thing that I was not a huge fan of is the doe-foot applicator. I guess I’m just used to a more traditional concealer in a pot, or a highlighter with a clickable brush (like my fav L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer). Its odd to use a concealer that  looks like a lipgloss.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ChantillyI tried using this concealer 3 ways:

  1. as an under-eye concealer
  2. as a highlighter/brightener
  3. over blemishes

How did it do…

as an under-eye concealer?
I’m VERY picky about under-eye concealers and it took me a long time to find my current fav, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. I have dry skin, especially around my eyes, and most concealers will look cakey and/or crease. The Laura Mercier topped with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder does not crease on me or settle into any little fine lines and stays put until I remove it. Unfortunately, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer did not. It accentuated any dryness and it creased on me. A lot. I would definitely not use this as an under-eye concealer.

as a highlighter/brightener?
After I apply my Laura Mercier, I use the L’Oreal Magic Lumi just below my under-eye area (which can be a little bit puffy). I put the highlighter in the slight “crease” that I have beneath my under-eye “bag” (for lack of a better word – lol, its not really that much of a bag). I find this brightens my under-eye area. For visuals, see gossmakeupartist’s YouTube video How To: Make Eye Bags Vanish in Seconds.

I did find the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer worked pretty well for this, especially because its so light. However, my $12.99 CAD L’Oreal Magic Lumi does just as good a job.

over blemishes?
I did try using this to conceal a blemish I got over Christmas, when its really, really hard to completely avoid gluten (stuffing! gingerbread cookies! gravy!). Gluten wreaks total havoc on my skin. Anyway, I wasn’t that fussy over it as a blemish concealer either. First of all, the shade Chantilly – which I chose intending to use as an under-eye concealer/brightener – was too bright for blemishes. A darker shade might work better, but honestly it was kind of sheer and luminous; Not ideal for concealing a spot. It took several coats, plus it didn’t hold up that well over the day. Thumbs down.

Sadly, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer just didn’t work out for me. I’m glad I had the discount to use towards it. I don’t think its worth all the hype.

What do you think? Have you tried it? And do you love it or hate it?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Rouge G de Guerlain

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in 15 "Galiane"

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in 15 “Galiane”

This is the seventh lipstick in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! I picked up this lipstick during a Las Vegas shopping trip this summer in the actual Guerlain Store in the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. I chose the shade Galiane, a warm nudey-pinky-beige. It’s a very wearable “my lips but better” type of shade.

In Canada, Guerlain is online through The Bay and Sephora. The Rouge G de Guerlain jewel lipsticks are $53 CAD. Galiane isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site, but is available on the Nordstrom site which ships to Canada (but it sells for $62.04 CAD on there!).

Swatch: Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 “Galiane”

Here’s how the Rouge G de Guerlain did:

Packaging
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I wish I could give this even more than 3/3 Duchess points!!! I really don’t know how lipstick packaging could get any fancier or more high-end than this “luxury jewellery lipstick”. I love the silver metal case – it weighs a ton. And the magnetic cap pops open to reveal a mirror! It looks so fancy to take out of your purse to re-apply. I don’t have any other lipsticks that even compare to this one.

Formula
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Here’s how Guerlain describes it: “a subtle balance of intense colour and the comforting pleasure of a creamy lip balm…the unique combination of ruby powder for spectacular radiance, hyaluronic acid spheres for perfectly smoothed lips and wild mango butter for lasting hydration.” Those are some fancy (i.e expensive) ingredients! Ruby powder? An ingredients check revealed its synthetic ruby powder, which the Patents site says is “excellent in the effects of covering wrinkles and roughness in the skin”, has “a texture close to the skin in optical deepness”, and photographs well.

I love the formula, which I found creamy, slightly glossy, very hydrating, and it really doesn’t settle into any lines or emphasize any dryness at all. It reminds me a lot of MAC’s Lustre finish, which is my favourite, and like the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine I could apply it in lieu of lip balm. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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Because this lipstick is glossy and a bit on the sheer side (which looks really pretty) it isn’t the most long-wearing of lipsticks. You do have to re-apply more frequently than with some other lipsticks. 2/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste

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According to Guerlain, its the “light, delicate scent of a vanilla “floriental”…Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness.” Whoa. After all that you’d think this lipstick would be perfumey as all heck, but it actually isn’t. To me it has a slightly old fashioned lipstickey smell that isn’t too bothersome but that I could take or leave. 2/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
I have used this lipstick quite a lot and have never had any reaction to it. Passes the sensitivity test! neutral Duchess points

MAC Test
I like this lipstick as much as MAC for sure. Like I said, its very similar to the MAC lustre lipsticks. neutral Duchess points

Would I pay $53 for another one?
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This is a tricky one. My initial response is “YES!!! ONE IN EVERY COLOUR!” But then my more practical side says, “calm down, you don’t need $50 lipsticks crazy lady.” This lipstick is a real splurge, and I definitely think its worth the splurge, just maybe not more than once 🙂 But who knows…I actually would really like to try out some more of the Guerlain lipsticks like the KissKiss and the Rouge Automatique. If you do have some extra money to play with, I really don’t think this luxurious, stunningly packaged lipstick would disappoint. 1 Duchess point

Rouge G de Guerlain total: 11/14 (totally splurge-worthy!)

high-end lipsticks comparison chart

At the end of the series, I’m 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.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
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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2014 Favourites!

2014 makeup favourites
I have never actually done any monthly favourites posts before, so its a bit ambitious of me to start with yearly favourites, but here it goes! Here are the makeup items that I had been loving and using the most all year in 2014:

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation
You might be sick of hearing me rave about this foundation in 110 Porcelain Pink, but I just love it and have repurchased it 3 or 4 times since discovering it in January. Best foundation for fair skin I have ever found. ($49 CAD)

Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara
Another 2014 discovery that has quickly become my absolute favourite! I have repurchased it probably 3 times now? ($34 CAD)

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Cannot live without this mascara. This long-time fav is still going strong in 2014. ($12 CAD)

Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Eyeliner (waterproof)
I really only started using liquid liner this year. I don’t like a lot of heavy liner on my top lids because they are a bit hooded. But I like the effect of getting a thin line of black liner right at the lash line to make your lashes look fuller and more dramatic. The Almay brush is tiny enough to draw a thin line right at the lash line. It dries super fast, literally doesn’t budge or smudge, and also doesn’t irritate my eyes. ($9.99 CAD)

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl
One of my most repurchased products of all time, I am still in love with this subtle, slightly shimmery, golden beige liner which I use on my lower water and lash line nearly every day. ($19 CAD)

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
I picked this up in January, and I must say I have used it a lot throughout the year. I really like this eyeshadow palette and have been into the “rose-hued neutrals” in 2014. See my review comparing it to the other two Naked palettes. ($64 CAD)

MAC Capricious Lipstick (lustre)
I found this fabulous shade this spring after becoming obsessed with the series Once Upon a Time on Netflix. This is Evil Queen Regina’s lipstick. I’ve only had it since April and its almost completely used up! Must reorder… ($19.00)

MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture and Plum
I’ve been totally obsessed with lip liners this year and two of my MAC favs (narrowed down from many, many others, lol) have been Subculture, a rosey-browney nude pink that works with everything and that I’ve sharpened down to a stump, and Plum, a deep brown-toned plum. ($19.00)

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil
Speaking of lip liners…I only became obsessed with this one in September but I’m totally obsessed. Its another one I’ve sharpened down to nearly a stump already and need to repurchase. See my full review. ($28 CAD)

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
I found this by first receiving a Sephora sample and picked up a full-size in January. I have been using it all year and have re-purchased it 2 or 3 times. This setting spray is amazing! ($36 CAD)

Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
I picked this up in June and I’ve nearly used it up completely! See my full review ($22 CAD)

MAC Patina Eye Shadow
Another of my most repurchased products, I was loving this eye shadow all year. ($12 CAD)

MAC Prism blush
This was without a doubt my favourite blush of 2014. Prism is a matte, muted, slightly peachy, mostly pinky-brown with a completely matte finish. Ever since I got it earlier this year I just never want to wear any other blush. For swatches and more pics see my earlier post. ($26 CAD)

Well that’s it for my 2014 favs!

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

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