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500 Followers MAC #Giveaway CLOSED

giveaway: win a MAC lipstick and eyeshadow of your choice

win a MAC lipstick and eyeshadow of your choice!

I realized I now have over 500 people in total following my blog! To thank everyone, I’m doing a giveaway for all of my followers. I’m giving away a MAC lipstick and a MAC eyeshadow single and the winner gets to choose the shades.

The giveaway is international (I’m willing to ship anywhere).

Here are the rules for entering:

1. Subscribe to my blog, through either wordpress, via email, or bloglovin
2. Follow me on any social media of your choice,  twitter, facebook, or pinterest
3. Leave a comment below saying which shade of lipstick and eyeshadow you’d like to receive

Plus you can gain additional entries by:

  • Liking this post (1 additional entry)
  • Sharing this post on a social media site of your choice (1 additional entry)
  • Reblogging this post (1 additional entry)

The winner will be chosen at random and I will announce the winner here on my blog as well as contacting them myself. Contest closes July 13, 2015.  SORRY THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Good luck!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Fitness Friday: My 10-Day Detox Experience

10-Day Detox Diet review

No carbs, no sugar, no dairy, no caffeine, no alcohol and a lot of celery

If you saw my Fitbit post, I mentioned I was attempting to be healthier. I decided to do a lot of things this summer to be more active and generally healthier, including joining a gym and working with a personal trainer. I thought it would be fun to keep you updated with some of the things I’m trying out with a weekly post I’m calling “Fitness Friday”. This week I’m reviewing my experience doing my very first ever cleanse, Dr. Mark Hyman’s 10-Day Detox diet.

I knew I could never get through most of the juice cleanses I was reading about (Only juice for 3 days? No way), but the 10-Day Detox designed to reboot your metabolism, allows you to eat solid food at least. You can get the full 10-Day Detox Diet meal plan here. The “detox” part is that for 10 days you basically eliminate sugar, carbs, dairy, caffeine and alcohol. Like any sane, rational person, my initial reaction to this idea was:

10-day detox diet review

Detox? Nooooooooo!

But honestly after doing it for 10 days, it wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. I loved the morning protein shake recipe! I typically make a smoothie for breakfast so this wasn’t too radical a change for me.

10-day detox smoothie recipe

The breakfast protein shake recipe was super yummy

For lunch I would have a salad with 1/2 a chicken breast, and for supper another 1/2 chicken breast or a piece of fish with a “green base” like broccoli, asparagus, or brussel sprouts (actually one of my favourite foods – totally weird I know).  I snacked on raw almonds and celery sometimes with hummus. I did feel like I ate A LOT of celery.

What did I find the hardest part? Before I started, I thought giving up cheese (my favourite food!) would be the hardest part, followed by not being able to have a glass of wine. The hardest part actually turned out to be no caffeine! Despite all the testimonials about how amazing you feel, for the first four days I had a constant headache, a symptom of caffeine-withdrawal. I normally have about 2 cups of coffee a day. Once I got past that, I started to feel much better. I have gone back to drinking my morning coffee now but I’m not adding sugar anymore; I’ve switched to Steevia.

What worked really well for me after the detox is that I’m eating less sugar, I feel like I’ve broken my “cheese addiction” – the only dairy I’m eating now is yogurt – and I discovered I love almond milk. I’m lactose intolerant and have to take Lactaid pills, so I’m happy to be reducing the dairy I’m eating instead. I’ve also decided to boycott beer and wine for the summer, or at least avoid it as much as I can. I just feel better and sleep better without it.

Overall, it wasn’t life-changing, but I think a sensible detox is a great way to kick-start a change in your eating habits and make you realize you won’t miss some of the bad things you’re eating as much as you thought you would…except for caffeine! 🙂

I’d love to hear your experiences with any detoxes or cleanses you’ve done! Leave me a comment if there’s something you’d recommend or something I should avoid. And please like this post if you’d like to see more Fitness Friday posts.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Blush Addict Tag!

blush addict tagI saw this tag on the lovely plus+beauty27‘s blog (which if you haven’t checked out, you really should). As a ridiculously pale person incapable of tanning, I pretty much cannot live without blush and if I’m not wearing makeup, its usually the one thing I will pop on before leaving the house, even before lipstick. I am of the Kate Middleton school of blush; you can never have on too much! Blush is one of my favourite makeup products, so I knew I just had to do this tag.

What color blush suits you most?
I have very fair, cool-toned skin and I find the types of blush shades that suit me best are natural/nude shades, and light cool-toned pinks and peaches. I also try to go for more sheer blushes that I can build up so they look more subtle and natural.

Pressed, cream or loose blush?
Pressed all the way. I haven’t had much luck with cream blushes and loose blush is just way too messy for me.

Favorite shimmery blush?
This is a hard one because I’m really into matte blushes right now, but one of my favourite blushes of all time is NARS Orgasm, which is fairly shimmery I think.

Favorite matte blush?
MAC Mocha which I have heard Dita Von Teese wears. Its is so pretty on fair skin (see my post about Mocha).

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha matte blush

Favorite cream blush?
I am not typically a big fan of cream blushes, but I do really love Benefit Benetint, which is a great cheek stain to wear on its own, layer under foundation, or pat on over liquid foundation.

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Favorite drugstore blush?
I love the NYX blushes so much. I’ve posted about my favourite NYX blushes  and the NYX Baked Blushes. My absolute favourite, most repurchased NYX blush would be Angel.

NYX Angel blush

NYX Angel blush

Favorite high end blush?
I love MAC blushes. You can see my post on what’s in my MAC blush palette for a few of my favs. NARS blushes would be a very close second, and I’ve also posted about my favourite NARS blushes for fair skin. I have one Chanel blush, In Love, and its one of my favourite high-end blush splurges.

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Biggest blush disappointment?
Definitely the Tarte Cheek Stains. I found it too sticky on the skin. Compared to Benefit’s Benetint, it didn’t set on me, so trying to apply foundation over it was an issue. I also found it too sheer and not long-wearing. Plus, I hated the strong fruity smell (why add fragrance to a cheek product?). They were a total fail for me.

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Best blush packaging?
I recently picked up one of the new Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour blushes and I think it has the coolest packaging of any blush I’ve ever seen. Very edgy with such detail. UD really nails it with packaging.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

What’s on your blush wishlist?
I’ve really been wanting to try two high-end blushes: the Make Up For Ever HD powder blushes (which are $31 CAD) and the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blushers that I’d have to order from Nordstrom for $51.37 CAD. You can see why the Charlotte Tilbury is still just “wishlist” 🙂

Plus I just saw a review of the new Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16 hr blushes with the colour-coordinated heart shaped packaging including a heart shaped mirror and I am totally freaking out!

Too Faced Love Flush blush

I am lusting after the new Too Faced Love Flush blushes!

Holy grail blush?
I have three “go-to” blushes that just never seem to fail me and that I’d never want to be without: NYX Angel, MAC Prism, and Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed.

MAC Prism blush

MAC Prism

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Exposed

I think I will do as plus+beauty27 did and invite anyone to do this tag who likes blush as much as I do! I had fun doing this tag and I hope you had fun reading it!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Dupes (MAC & more)

In April I did a review of the awesome new NYX Hot Singles eye shadows after having ordered 14 of them in an array of beautiful neutrals. I had promised to look for dupes or very similar shades in my own eye shadow collection, mainly my MAC collection,  and have finally found time to do this post. I hope you find this helpful if you’ve been looking for dupes for some of the higher end shadows mentioned here or if you’re looking to order some of the NYX Hot Singles and need help selecting shades.

Let’s get started…

First up is Loaded, a neutral taupe with a slight sheen. I found it very similar to MAC Coquette (although Coquette is lighter) and a close dupe for MAC Concrete.

NYX Loaded a dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

swatch NYX Loaded dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

NYX S.O.S. a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” is – as I suspected – a dupe for another of my favourites, Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige.

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

swatch Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon Greige are both perfect for a subtle, natural, “no makeup” look

The next two NYX shades I think I found  exact dupes for. First is NYX Fancy That and MAC ALL That Glitters.

Dupe for MAC All that Glitters, NYX Fancy That

L-R: NYX Fancy That, MAC All that Glitters

The next is NYX Guilt Trip, which is a dupe for MAC Espresso. I actually think Guilt Trip has a much nicer matte formula and is smoother and easier to blend than Espresso which I have always found a bit difficult to work with.

MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

NYX Guilt Trip & MAC Espresso

swatch MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

L-R: NYX Guilt Trip, MAC Espresso

I was so sure I had a dupe of NYX Coquette, a soft, matte, purple-toned neutral. Although I found 3 really similar shades, I don’t think either of them are exact dupes. NYX Coquette is similar to MAC Quarry and Nooner from the UD Naked 3 palette (which are total dupes for one another), and Makeup Geek Unexpected.

dupes NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected swatches

L-R: NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected

The last one is NYX Damage Control, a beautiful taupe with a very pretty sheen. I really hate to use the word “dupe” for this one, so I will say its similar to MAC Satin Taupe. I think Satin Taupe is an incredibly unique shade with so many subtle undertones and a bit of a duochrome finish, that I think its hard to dupe. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a very similar eye look, Damage Control is close, but I would say more cool-toned.

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

NYX Damage Control and MAC Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

L-R: NYX Damage Control, MAC Satin Taupe

Most of the NYX Hot Singles turned out to be pretty unique and I was unable to find dupes for them (in my collection anyhow). For a full review, swatches of all 14 shades, and pricing info, you can check out my previous post.


Thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Got a Fitbit

fitbit review

Of course I needed a pink one

Hey everyone! In an attempt to be healthier, I invested in a Fitbit. If you’re not sure what a Fitbit is, its a wearable fitness device that basically tracks your activity level, mainly by how many steps you take a day (among other features). There are lots of similar fitness devices on the market, like Jawbone and Vivo for example. I decided on Fitbit because a good friend of mine also has one and we can challenge each other and see weekly comparisons, which I though would be a good motivator.

The goal is to do 10,000 steps a day, but you can adjust your goal to fewer steps or more steps if you prefer. I love that when I get to 10,ooo steps my Fitbit celebrates by vibrating and lighting up! lol.

Fitbit syncs to my iPhone, iPad and PC, and you can see lots of information, like your progress over time, your number of “active minutes” per day, and how many calories you’ve burned based on your recorded activity level.

Fitbit review

The iPhone app syncs with your Fitbit and records all your activity

The coolest feature is that at night you can put it in “sleep mode” and it tracks how well you sleep, showing you when you were restless or awake and calculates your “sleep efficiency”.

Fitbit review

In “sleep mode” Fitbit can track how well you slept

I’ve only had it a few weeks so far, but I am really loving it and I think it is helping me to be more active. I will update you guys again in a couple of months for a full review and to see if I am still finding it useful. The model I purchased is the Fitbit Flex and it costs $99 CAD. Its rechargeable and I find the battery lasts about a week.

I was wondering if anyone else has a Fitbit or similar fitness device? Do you find it helps and are you still using it and loving it? Do the other brands do things my Fitbit doesn’t? Please share your experience, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

The Tartelette palette has the prettiest ombre packaging

I’ve been eying the Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette since it came out. Matte shadows are my favourite. Last month, I had a 10% off coupon from Sephora and I knew exactly what I wanted to use it on. The Tartelette palette is $53.00 CAD, so I was pleased to not pay full price. I’ve had this for several weeks now, and I’m glad to finally be reviewing it. I haven’t had a chance to post anything recently because Nerdy Librarian Girl has been away at two different nerdy librarian conferences.

I am really happy with this palette! I love the packaging. The palette is slim and lightweight, but the case is also very sturdy plastic that stays shut securely. I would actually not be nervous to travel with this palette, which is unusual. It comes with a full mirror as well.

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

So many mattes!

The 12 matte shades are very pretty and wearable neutrals, that I think lean a little more towards the cool-toned side, and include a good mix of light, medium and darks. I think the shade names are cute too, which (unlike brands that go for sexually suggestive names, cough, cough *urban decay*) are more positive girl-power themed, like “Force of Nature”, “Natural Beauty”, and “Super Mom”.

I’d never tried any of the Tarte shadows before and I am impressed. They are so soft and smooth and easy to work with and blend – and mattes aren’t always the most blendable. I find the shadows long wearing too (I always use an eyeshadow primer).

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette swatches

Tartelette swatches on fair skin

Have you tried the Tartelette palette? Leave me a comment if you love matte eye shadows too!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Went in for Cheek Pops, Left with a Different Blush!

New Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

New Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

I’ve been in Ottawa for work this past week, and while I was there, visited the Sephora in the Rideau Centre. I totally went in to check out the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes with the super cute flower design. I’d been hearing several other YouTubers & bloggers mention them and was especially interested in the shade Nude Pop.

I have to say, in person, I was so disappointed. After swatching them, I found them to be way too shimmery for me (think lots of little individual flecks of shimmer). All the shades seemed to have the exact same finish. I’m just not a shimmery blush kind of gal. Feeling bummed, I wandered forlornly around Sephora till a SA asked if I needed any help. I told her my tale of Cheek Pop woe and she immediately suggested I check out the new Urban Decay blushes. I’m so glad I did. The “Afterglow” (named in typical UD fashion) 8-hour powder blushes are beautiful!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

I think this is the coolest blush packaging I’ve ever seen. Several of the blushes were matte and had the softest, buttery texture, much like the UD eye shadows. I chose the shade Fetish, described as a “medium pink nude,” which I would say is a pale, neutral pinky-nude blush with a matte finish. UD describes the Afterglow blushes as “extremely blendable”, “sheer”, and “finely milled”, which I would completely agree with.

swatch Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

Fetish

Look at the subtle, pale loveliness of this blush! Such a perfect blush for fair skin I think.

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blushes are $31 CAD.

What do you think? Clinique Cheek Pop VS Urban Decay Afterglow? Are you loving the shimmery Cheek Pops or do you prefer a matte blush? I’d love to hear from you.

Thank for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Blog Tour Award

blog tour award
I got tagged to do the Blog Tour Award by fellow Canadian blogger Stash Matters. If you aren’t following her blog, you really should be!

Rules:
• Pass the tour on to up to 4 other bloggers.
• Give your nominees the rules and a specific Monday to post (please, post your story on Monday, June 8th).
• Answer 4 questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do!

The 4 questions are:

1. How does my work differ from others in my genre?
I love reading other beauty blogs and watching YouTube beauty gurus but I often had a hard time finding information about products for very fair skin and for sensitive skin. I think that makes my blog a little unique. I’m also Canadian and like to provide information about where to find products in Canada and Canadian pricing.

2. How does my writing/creative process work?
I’m inspired by all kinds of things: new products, other bloggers, flipping through a magazine, and sometimes ideas just pop into my head. I usually have a list of upcoming posts I’d like to do that I’m working through. I have a full-time job, so I’m typically writing on evenings and weekends.

3. Why do I write or create what I do?
I wanted my blog to be a fun hobby that was completely different from what I spend my workday doing. As I mentioned, I loved reading other beauty blogs and watching YouTubers, and had an interest in makeup, skincare, fashion, accessories, and all things girly. About 2 years ago, I thought – why don’t I start my own blog?! I wanted to connect with other people around the world who share my love of makeup and fashion, and I have. Its really fun!

4. What I’m working on at the moment?
There’s my High-end Lipstick Review series and giveaway, which I’m almost finished. I also have a few ideas for some high-end/low-end comparisons, like lip scrub. Plus, I’m interested in doing some health and fitness type of posts which will be fairly different from that I’ve been posting so far.

Hope you enjoyed this “tour”! Here are my 4 nominees:

Finger Candy
Thrifty Meet Splurgy
Grateful Geek
My Exquisite World

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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