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5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it?

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss, Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss, Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain, Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer

Miniature Lippies are the cutest!

I love anything miniature. I couldn’t resist a post about these cute little mini lippie samples that have piled up. The best thing about getting samples of a product is you can decide for free whether its something you’d like to buy or something you’d rather skip. Here’s what I decided about these five samples.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle

Baby Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle ($30.00 CAD): The first thing I didn’t like about this lip gloss was the very strong minty scent and taste. I know some people like that, but I’m not a fan. Its also super sticky! Again, some folks don’t mind a sticky lip gloss but this is another thing I’m not a fan of. It did look really pretty applied and reminded me of my favourite Rimmel Stay Glossy in Non-Stop Glamour. If you don’t mind the stickiness and the mint flavour, its a shimmery nude that you could pop over any lip liner or lipstick. But be warned – this lip gloss is nearly impossible to remove and leaves a lot of glitter behind. Plus you could pick up the Rimmel for much less. Verdict: Skip it.

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Baby Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss ($21.00 CAD): I liked the concept of the Ultra Plush glosses matching the Benefit best-selling boxed powders. I feel like the packaging was a bit disappointing though. The plastic squeeze-tube feels more drugstore than a $20+ lip product should. I don’t like applying coloured glosses out of these because I find it trickier to get a precise and even application. I also found this gloss very sheer. Maybe its the shade, but it didn’t show up on me very well. Finally, the scent of this was odd too. Instead of having a matching scent as the Coralista blush, this just had that slightly chemical, medicated lip balm smell. Verdict: Skip it.

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss  in 202 Sweet Pink

Baby Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink ($23.00 CAD): This gloss is seriously shiny! I liked that it doesn’t have any scent and is really long-wearing. Even the sample packaging feels high-end and is real glass vs plastic. The only downside is that its a little on the sticky side. But if you like a shiny lip gloss look, the Make Up For Ever has 35 shades, super cute packaging and is more reasonably priced than the Bobbi Brown. Verdict: Buy it.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence

Baby Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence ($18.00 CAD): This may literally be the worst lip product I’ve ever tried! First there’s the awful chemically-raspberry smell. Then, this stain was impossible to apply! It was so uneven, patchy and awful. It also felt really dry and uncomfortable. Just the worst. Verdict: Skip it.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

Baby Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral
($28.00 CAD): This is a really neat product described as a “long-wear, lip-hybrid formula with high-impact staining pigments for color that goes on as a lacquer and then adjusts to a stain for eight hours of color.” Its more a liquid lipstick than a gloss. Its really easy to apply and goes on smoothly and evenly. Its long-wearing, wears off really pretty and leaves behind a serious stain. The lip lacquer has a slight scent of coconut and no taste. The shade, Coral, is not a great shade for me, but I would love to try some of the others, like Keepsake, a cool mauve pink or Off Duty, a nude pink brown. Verdict: Buy it.

Here are swatches of all five:

swatches Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Bare Sparkle, Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss 202 Sweet Pink, Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain Red Essence, Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer Coral

L-R: Bobbi Brown, Benefit, Make Up For Ever, Sephora, Smashbox

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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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NARS Lip Pencils: Satin, Velvet Matte & Velvet Gloss

NARS Lip Pencils

NARS Lip Pencils

Just a short post about the NARS Lip Pencils I have. I received two of the NARS Lip Pencils as my Sephora VIB Birthday Reward and I have also purchased one. I have one in each of the finishes: Velvet Matte, Velvet Gloss and Satin:

  • Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella, a blue-red
  • Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in New Lover, described as a “gold infused strawberry pink”
  • Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien, a mauvey-pink
NARS Lip Pencils Velvet Matte Cruella, Velvet Gloss New Lover, and Satin Rikugien

Velvet Matte Cruella, Velvet Gloss New Lover, & Satin Rikugien

My favourite is definitely the Satin Lip Pencil. I love the finish of this one the best. Rikugien is such a pretty, wearable my lips but better type of shade. The Velvet Gloss is a little too frosty for me. Cruella is the right shade of red for me, but I’m generally not a huge fan of matte finish lip products.

swatches NARS Lip Pencils Velvet Matte Cruella, Velvet Gloss New Lover, and Satin Rikugien

Velvet Matte Cruella, Velvet Gloss New Lover, and Satin Rikugien

The thing I like about the NARS Lip Pencils is that they are completely unscented. I’m not a big fan of other NARS lip products I’ve tried (like the lipsticks and lipgloss) but I really like the Satin Lip Pencil. I would totally get more of these. I have two on my wishlist, Biscayne Park and Het Loo, two gorgeous nude shades!

NARS Satin Lip Pencils in Biscayne Park & Het Loo

Biscayne Park & Het Loo Satin Lip Pencils

The NARS Lip Pencils are $32.00 CAD.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Maska Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask Review

Maska Rejuve Skin Rejuvenating Collagen Gel Face Mask

Maska Rejuve Skin Rejuvenating Collagen Gel Face Mask

I had never tried one of these types of masks before, and when I saw the new display in my Lawtons Drugs I was too curious to resist giving it a try. The Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask claims to “hydrate & nourish tired, dull, skin to radiant glow.” My favourite type of special facial treatment is a hydrating one, because my skin tends to be on the drier side.

I really liked the ingredients listed in the Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask which includes shea butter, hyaluronic acid, collagen, and salicylic acid, and I also liked what wasn’t listed: fragrance or perfume.  Sometimes its hard to find luxurious skin treatments that don’t have a ton of artificial fragrance added.

The Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask comes in a plastic tray that is filled with liquid. Opening this was messy. Do it over the sink. The liquid and mask did have a light rose-water scent.

Maska Rejuve Skin Rejuvenating Collagen Gel Face Mask

The mask comes folded up in a liquid-filled plastic tray

When I unfolded the mask, I couldn’t believe how weird and slippery the texture was. It almost felt like it was made of jello.

Maska Rejuve Skin Rejuvenating Collagen Gel Face Mask

Yikes! Unfolded the mask looks a little scary.

The instructions say to “carefully place & massage mask over the face”. This wasn’t as easy as it sounded. The pre-cut holes didn’t really fit well around my eyes, nose and mouth and it was so slippery there was no “massaging” that could occur. It will also only stay on if you’re lying down. I wasn’t used to that. Normally I’m putting products on my face that let me set a timer and go about my business while they work their facial magic. They recommend the mask be left on for 20-30 minutes. So its a bit of a commitment.

Maska Rejuve Skin Rejuvenating Collagen Gel Face Mask

Even scarier on!

The results?
As fussy as the mask was, I have to admit my skin felt amazing afterwards, very soft and hydrated. I even noticed some of my pigmentation and the pinkness in my skin was reduced. It didn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts. I would use it again.

The Maska Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask was $5.99 CAD.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Fitness Friday: 1 Day Watermelon Cleanse

I carried a watermelon

I carried a watermelon

I got this idea from YouTuber Zoeebella who did a video on her 1 day watermelon diet. Its very simple, you just buy a whole watermelon and eat it throughout the day whenever you’re hungry. She also made a watermelon smoothie  in her video (again – very simple, just throw it in the blender).

I know I could not commit to a multi-day fruit cleanse, but I thought one day? That seems doable. And who doesn’t love watermelon? I also thought if you’re healthy with no medical conditions, one day eating only watermelon couldn’t be that bad for you, even if there is a lot of science out there warning against multi-day cleanses. I also chose to do it on a lazy rainy Sunday when I could sleep in a bit later, didn’t have to go to work or be around too many people just in case eating watermelon all day made me murderously grumpy and irritable.

So here’s how I did…

Breakfast: watermelon smoothie
I usually start my day with a smoothie, so it seemed natural to throw some in the blender like Zoeebella did and drink my first watermelon meal. It was really yummy, refreshing, and oddly filling. I did have a cup of coffee as well, because I learned from my 10 Day Detox that going cold turkey without caffeine gives me a headache.

Lunch: watermelon

1 day watermelon cleanse


Really delicious! I felt pretty full after eating a bowl of watermelon.

Afternoon snack: more watermelon
I felt peckish (not super hungry) and ate a little more watermelon, although somewhat less enthusiastically.

“Supper”: more watermelon
I was pretty hungry towards the end of the day. I ate another big bowl of watermelon. I thought – this isn’t so bad and I might be able to make it through this! I had eaten about 3/4ths of the watermelon in total.

But, I didn’t really feel as full as I did after lunch. About an hour later I started to feel REALLY hungry. I almost felt like I hadn’t actually eaten anything all day. I also felt a little light-headed. I also didn’t feel like eating any more watermelon.

Actual supper: boneless, skinless chicken breast
I needed protein!!! I had some chicken breasts in the fridge that I’d prepared for the week. I was starving and had to heat one up and eat it. Then I felt much better 🙂

So the 1 day watermelon cleanse didn’t really work for me. It was a cleanse fail. I think I could do the smoothie and just watermelon for lunch again, but then I’d have to eat some “real food” for supper.

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!
Nerdy Librarian Girl


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A Primer for Sensitive Skin

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector is perfume free, hypo-allergenic and tested on sensitive skin

I’ve been looking for a good foundation primer for ages. I’m noticing my pores more, especially around my nose and on my chin which primers help conceal and generally give your skin a smoother appearance. The problem is, most primers I’ve tried, like the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish, Hourglass Veil Mineral, BareMinerals Prime Time, all contain a lot of silicone (that’s what gives them that really “slippery” feel) and have irritated my skin and caused breakouts. Many other primers contain oils, also not a great thing to put on acne-prone skin. Since I found my all time favourite foundation, the water-based MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation I’ve avoided silicone and oil based primers because a water-based foundation isn’t going to work well over a silicone or oil primer.

My search for a non-siliconey, oil-free, fragrance-free primer led me to discover Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector Complete Daily Corrector. Marcelle is a Canadian brand based in Montreal and their products are made in Canada. Marcelle is known for being a fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic brand that is formulated especially for sensitive skin. The Ideal Skin Perfector “perfects and corrects the appearance of uneven skin tone, dark spots, pores, and fine lines” and can be applied on its own or under makeup.

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

the “precise massaging applicator tip” can be used to apply the product

Water-based, there are no oils listed in the ingredients. It isn’t completely silicone free, but it doesn’t have that heavy silicone feel to it like a lot of primers do. It feels like a moisturizer. Its also paraben free for those of you avoiding parabens. I’ve been using it around my nose and on my chin. I don’t really need a primer all over my face.

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

Looks and feels like a light moisturizer and absorbs completely into the skin

It hasn’t irritated my skin, or caused any clogged pores or breakouts. I do find my foundation applies more smoothly over it and my pores are not as accentuated.

The Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector is $24.95 CAD. Marcelle is available in most drugstores and major chains, and online through the Marcelle website,, and London Drugs. Its available in the U.S. through their American site.

Let me know if you’ve found any other oil-free, fragrance-free or non-silicone foundation primers.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Brand Spotlight: #Annabelle Cosmetics Review

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle is a Canadian drugstore brand based in Montreal that began in the 1960s. Most of their makeup products are actually made in Canada. I have already blogged about my love of the Annabelle lip liners, which are some of my favourite lip liners ever and very similar to the MAC lip liners. One of the things I like most about Annabelle is that their makeup has no scent or fragrance and is great for sensitive skin. I thought I’d do a brand spotlight to talk about some of the best Annabelle makeup products I’ve been trying out and also one that was a “miss” for me.

First up are the Annabelle eye shadows. This brand has quite an impressive selection for a drugstore brand as well as lots of good neutral shades (also hard to find at the drugstore). The Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow in Java Jive with the four shades Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown is an awesome neutral palette.

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

The quad itself didn’t photograph well and all of the pics I took of it are showing as way too cool and purpley toned (sorry!), but the swatches, below, are more accurate.

swatches annabelle java jive quad

Java Jive quad: Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown

None of the four shadows are overly shimmery. They just have a bit of sheen and the darkest Brown shade is pretty matte. I like using the Cream shade to blend out with and on my brow bone. Its very light which is perfect for my fair skin. I can do an eye look with just this quad alone.

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

The cool-toned neutral Trio Eyeshadow in Haute Chocolate was another awesome find!

swatches Haute Chocolate Trio

Haute Chocolate Trio

Both the quad and trio I tried are very long-wearing and don’t crease on me (I always use an eye shadow primer). There are 5 other quads and 9 other trios to choose from! My favourite though are the Annabelle Single Eyeshadows which totally remind me of the MAC eye shadows. These are made in Canada and come in 15 shades.

Annabelle Single Eye Shadows

Annabelle Single Eyeshadows look remarkably like the MAC eye shadows

I have three of these: #225 Ivory, Suedine, and #127 Brown Frost.

swatches annabelle Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Ivory is basically a dupe for MAC Brule. Suedine (french for “Suede”) is a gorgeous neutral taupey-brown, and Brown Frost is a good, medium, cool-toned brown, and both have the prettiest (non-shimmery) sheen. The Singles are so soft, easy to work with and long-wearing they perform like high-end eye shadows.

I was also brave and tried one of their TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayons. I don’t typically have much luck with creamy eye shadows, but the shade Taupe, a slightly metallic, golden shade that wasn’t too warm-toned for me was calling my name.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

I have used this on its own and under the Annabelle shadows and remarkably it hasn’t been creasing on me! I could barely get the swatch off my hand. Once these puppies are set, they aren’t going anywhere! Taupe is a beautiful, flattering shade that’s along the lines of MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl. Its like a browner, more coppery version of Powersurge.

The Annabelle Blushon powder blushes also bear a striking resemblance to the MAC blushes and are also Canadian made.

Annabelle blushes

Annabelle blushes are like mini MAC blushes!

I have #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto.

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

swatches Annabelle blushes #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

Rose Fawn is soft, cool-toned pink that is nearly matte with only a hint of sheen. It really reminds me of the feel and the quality of the MAC blushes. Its really pretty on fair skin and lasts all day. I’ve worn this one a lot.

One miss: I absolutely loved Pronto, the pale, neutral rosey-taupe type of blush shade I love, but sadly Pronto turned out to be a miss for me. It looks beautiful when first applied but it seriously oxidized on me and by the end of the day it was way darker and completely, straight up-bronzer brown. My BF even asked me what I had on my face. I didn’t have any issues with Rose Fawn oxidizing.

Another favourite of mine are the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons. I have the shades Romance a nude, mauvey pink and Vamp a deep, burgundy-plum.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

annabelle twistup retractable lipstick crayons in romance and vamp

Romance and Vamp

These really remind me of the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils (I’ve reviewed Kittenish and Spontaneous, and Sultana). Side note: How excited are you that MAC is coming out with more Patentpolish Lip Pencils in new colours???!!! The Annabelle Lipstick Crayons feel creamy and comfortable like a lip balm and you can pop them on without a mirror, but they stay on for hours. I mean, look how pretty they are:

Swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Romance and Vamp

Romance and Vamp

Annabelle is available in most drugstores – Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, Lawton’s Drugs – and Wal-Mart and Loblaws. If you are in the United States the site ships to the continental US, but doesn’t currently ship internationally. Here’s what I paid (yup bought all these myself and I’m not affiliated with the company in any way) for these Annabelle makeup items:

Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow: $10.95 CAD
Annabelle Trio Eyeshadow: $7.95 CAD
Anabelle Single Eyeshadow: $5.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon: $9.95 CAD
Annabelle Blushon: $7.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon: $9.95 CAD

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried the brand and if you have a favourite Annabelle product!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Fitness Friday: Low Calorie Hydration!

Karma Wellness Water

Karma Wellness Water

In the summer, its more important than ever to stay hydrated. I’m not a huge fan of plain water. I usually drink sparkling water and love my Soda Stream water carbonator which I previously posted about. I’m trying to avoid sugary drinks which I tend to crave when the weather is warmer, but I also try to avoid artificial sweeteners, like aspartame.

I have just discovered a really cool drink (and I am in no way affiliated with this company). Its has the rather cheesy name of Karma Wellness Water, but try to get past your initial eye-roll. At only 20 calories each, Karma Wellness Water comes in 5 yummy flavours – Pineapple Coconut (my fav), Acai Pomberry, Rasberry Guava Jackfruit, Passionfruit Green Tea, & Orange Mango. The reason its so low cal is that although it does contain some sugar, its mainly sweetened with Steevia, a naturally occurring sweetener made from the leaves of the South American Stevia rebaudiana plant.

The really cool thing about it though is that it contains premixed vitamins in the “KarmaCap” that you mix in, like A, D, E, B6, & B12 (in the Pineapple Coconut for example).

step 1 peel off the sticker

Step 1: Peel

step 2 press

Step 2: Press

 vitamins being released into the drink

The vitamins being released into the drink

step 3 shake

Step 3: Shake!

According to their website, water soluble vitamins lose potency in water: “Additionally, vitamins suffer degradation while they are exposed to UV rays, oxygen and heat. The loss is greater when the vitamin contents are spread across the full contents of bottled beverages. The broader the surface area, the greater the exposure. In sharp contrast, Karma’s vitamins are stored dry in the hermetically sealed cap, the vitamins are stored in a condensed area which limits exposure to the elements, and Karma makes use of opaque plastic and a UV blocker in its cap…By introducing the vitamins only seconds or minutes from actual consumption, it optimizes the effectiveness of the nutrient-rich ingredients.”

You are only supposed to drink 1 per day. I love them. The Karma Wellness Water are $2.29 CAD.

Another thing I have recently tried and am now obsessed with is all natural coconut water. At 48 calories in a 250 ml can, its a much better option that sugar-filled drinks. If you haven’t tried it before, it doesn’t really taste like coconut. Its more of a slightly sweet, nutty flavour that is very unique and distinctive. A study in a peer-reviewed journal showed that coconut water replenished body fluids better than water (Idárraga & Aragón-Vargas, 2010).

low sugar, low calorie coconut water

low sugar, low calorie coconut water

I buy the brand Thirsty Buddha which is $1.99 CAD (again, I’m in no way affiliated with this company).

I hope this gives you some ideas for yummy, low calorie ways to stay hydrated this summer!

Idárraga, A. P., & Aragón-Vargas, L. F. (2010). Post-exercise rehydration with coconut water. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 42(5), 575.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Post a Quote Challenge: Day 3

“If I’m at a party where I’m not enjoying myself, I will put some cookies in my jacket pocket and leave without saying good-bye.” I love Mindy Kaling! When I was younger I always put pressure on myself to try to do things that I thought I was supposed to find “fun” and almost felt like a failure for not liking them. Now, if I don’t want to do something or I’m somewhere and not really having a good time, I’m not afraid to bail. Life is too short. Steal the cookies and get out of there!

My day 3 nominees are:

For details, check out my day 1 post.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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MAC Giveaway Winner!

I had 31 entries in my 500 Followers MAC Giveaway. Thank-you so much to everyone who entered and to everyone subscribed to my blog! Knowing that there are people out there reading it makes writing it much more fun.

I entered all of the names (including multiple entries) into an Excel spreadsheet and used a random number generator to pick the winner. And the winner is…


Congratulations to Felicia from Beginner Beaute! Please email me your mailing address and which MAC lipstick and eyeshadow you’ve decided on 🙂

Thanks everyone for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Post a Quote Challenge: Day 2

“If you can do a half-assed job of anything, you’re a one-eyed man in a kingdom of the blind”
I know I don’t talk about books much on my blog for someone who is a Librarian, but Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favourite authors. This quote really made me laugh and has stuck with me. I think of it whenever I’m not feeling confident. Whenever you have those moments of self-doubt and question whether you’re good enough, smart enough, talented enough to do something, just remember: doing it at all is half the battle and most people are probably too afraid to even try! Then just go for it 🙂

My day 2 nominees are:

For details, check out my day 1 post.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Post a Quote Challenge: Day 1

"The formula for happiness and success is just being yourself in the most vivid possible way you can"I was tagged by Stashmatters to do the Post a Quote Challenge!

The Rules:

  • Post 1 quote a day for 3 days
  • Nominate 3 bloggers to participate per post
  • Acknowledge the person who nominated you

My first quote is something I heard Meryl Streep say when she was being interviewed about her film Julie & Julia. This is what she said she learned from Julia Child. Its my favourite quote. Its even the signature on my gmail account. I try to think of this everyday and remember how important it is to always be yourself.

I nominate:

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Chantecaille

Chantecaille Lip Chic

Chantecaille Lip Chic

This is the second last post in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! I have only one more lipstick left to review and then its time for me to give away the highest scoring high-end lipstick to a subscriber in a shade of their choice!

While I was in Ottawa for a conference, I visited the Rideau Centre – a fabulous shopping destination – and was delighted to discover that a Nordstrom had just recently opened, the first one in Canada. I knew the Nordstrom website carried Chantecaille and shipped to Canada through Borderfree, but would they have it in store? Yes they did! I actually got to swatch the Lip Chic shades that I’d previously only been able to obsess over online.

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

I selected the shade, Camellia, a pale, cool-toned peachy-pink. I had been on a bit of a vampy lip colour spree lately and felt like I already had a lot of darker shades, so I was in the mood for something light and summery (maybe it was the warm Ottawa weather?).

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

I would caution that Camellia is very light, and although my ghostly-white self is enjoying this shade, it likely wouldn’t show up well on people with very pigmented lips or deeper skin tones.

Swatch Chantecaille Lip Chic in Camellia

Camellia swatched

I paid $42.00 CAD in-store for the Lip Chic and was pretty psyched to not have paid any shipping costs or duty. On the Nordstrom site they’re charging $48.02 CAD plus $18.89 CAD for shipping and $10.13 CAD in duties & taxes for an astounding $77.04 CAD in total!!!

I also have to note that the Chantecaille Lip Chic is a fairly small lipstick and has less product than a MAC lipstick for example.

Chantecaille Lip Chic versus MAC lipstick

Less product: The Chantecaille Lip Chic is 2 g versus a 3 g MAC lipstick

Let’s start the review…

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Although certainly not as flashy as some of the other high-end brands, like YSL, Dior, Armani or Guerlain for instance, I did like the Chantecaille packaging. I thought the lavender shade of the box was unique. I can appreciate a minimalist type of design. The small, gunmetalish silver tube was a little plain but still felt weighty and snapped shut very securely like a high-end lipstick should. 2/3 Duchess points

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Loved the formula of the Lip Chic! Its very rich, pushing the boundaries to almost being sticky (but isn’t sticky) its so lip-balmy and moisturizing. It contains Hyaluronic Acid and Chondroitin Sulfate which evidently hydrates your lips. The Lip Chic is sheer and very glossy compared to the Chantecaille Lip Stick I also swatched. Chantecaille describes the Lip Chic as the “perfect combination of gloss and lipstick” and I couldn’t agree more. It basically gives the effect of a lip gloss without all the stickiness and messiness of lip gloss (I am so OVER having my hair and just about everything else sticking to lip gloss). I love to fill in my lips with a nude lip liner, like MAC Subculture or Whirl, or Annabelle Demure, and top it with Camellia Lip Chic. 3/3 Duchess points

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Again in terms of wear its the perfect combination of gloss and lipstick. I don’t normally find lip gloss long wearing. The Lip Chic is super shiny and glossy but long wearing like a lipstick. No idea how they did that! 3/3 Duchess points

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The Lip Chic has a light vanilla scent, similar to the MAC lipsticks and no discernible taste. What more could you ask for? 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
I’ve been using it for about 3 weeks now and it has not irritated my lips at all. No Duchess points deducted

MAC Test
I like the Lip Chic as much as I like my MAC lipsticks. Neutral Duchess points

Would I pay for another one?
Here’s where it gets tricky to answer. I would love to have more of the Lip Chics in some of the other shades. If I could purchase them in-store for $42 CAD I would. The problem is, only 4 stores in the entire country carry Chantecaille and none are remotely close to where I live. Realistically, for me to purchase another Lip Chic I would be looking at ordering it online through Nordstrom, and I would NOT pay $77 CAD for another one. I’m unlikely to be re-purchasing any.

I wish I could deem the Lip Chics splurge-worthy and award them an additional Duchess point putting them in second place overall. However at $77, for me they would not be worth it. If you happen to live in Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary or Vancouver where you can purchase them at Holt Renfrew or Nordstrom, I would recommend giving Chantecaille a try.
negative 1 duchess point
-1 Duchess point



Chantecaille Lip Chic Total: 10/14


High-end lipstick review series score chartOther reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
YSL Rouge Volupte Shine
Dior Addict Extreme
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Rouge Bunny Rouge
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
Dolce & Gabbana
NARS Lipstick (original)

As always, thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl


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What the Heck Sephora Canada?

Why are these brands suddenly unavailable in Canada?

Why are certain brands suddenly unavailable in Canada?

I was on the Sephora site and noticed a lot of items seemed to be out-of-stock, and not just newly released hot items that you might expect to quickly sell out. Then, a glance at my list of “loves” made me practically have a panic attack. Brands and items that I’ve ordered numerous times suddenly “cannot be shipped to Canada” including Sephora’s own name brand. What’s going on? Could this be some weird website glitch?

I immediately took to facebook, twitter and the interwebs to see if anyone else knew what was up and found some info on Canadian Daily Deals and Smart Canucks blog. Disturbing info.

Apparently Sephora is opening a Canadian warehouse. The “good news” is orders can be shipped without any duty or Borderfree costs and shipping should be faster. The bad news? Sephora can’t stock items that do not comply with Canadian packaging laws or containing certain ingredients. Smart Canuck’s post included a list of brands released by Sephora that will no longer be available including Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Michael Kors, Clarasonic and plenty more. Other items showing out-of-stock *should* be available again as they arrive in the Canadian warehouse.

I was unable to find ANY info about this on the Sephora site. I searched my inbox and although I have tons of promotional emails from them, there are no emails whatsoever about what I think is a fairly serious customer service issue.

I have so many questions! Like:

  • How long will it take items to get stocked in the new Canadian warehouse? (A LOT of things are out-of-stock)
  • Are brands temporarily no longer available until things get sorted out or permanently disappearing?
  • How will in-store stock be affected? (if you’re lucky enough to have a store near you. I don’t)

I’m also confused about claims of cheaper shipping costs because orders can be shipped without duty or Borderfree costs. First of all, I get free shipping as a VIB Rouge, and even if you’re not Rouge, there’s free shipping on orders over $75 CAD. Have you ever tried to place a Sephora order and spent less than $75? I know I haven’t. So shipping isn’t a big concern of mine. Second of all, no duty or Borderfree charges appear on my orders; just 13% HST. Plus, I didn’t find shipping took particularly long.

Not sure how a Canadian warehouse is a good thing if its resulting in fewer brands being available. Its already difficult enough to order beauty products online to ship to Canada. Has anyone else heard anything about this? I’m going to try emailing Sephora customer service. I am pretty darn unhappy with Sephora right now 😦

UPDATE: Sephora Customer Service responded to my email with the following:

We are excited to announce we have recently started shipping to Canadian addresses from our new warehouse in Canada! By being able to ship directly within Canada, our clients will receive many new benefits, including faster processing and delivery times, elimination of duty charges and the addition of new brands and items to our Canadian product assortment.

If there are certain favourites that appear to be out of stock, try searching for the product by name again; in some cases we have updated the product item number. For other products that no longer appear on the site, we apologize that this is due to stricter language packaging restrictions that we are required to adhere to by law in order to ship within Canada.

We understand that this may be frustrating and invite you to continue to check back as these products may become available again in the future.”

When I searched for some of the items showing as out-of-stock on my favourites list by item name like they suggested, most were in stock (like the Urban Decay Setting Spray) but some were still showing as out-of-stock (like the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder). Any brands showing “item cannot be shipped to Canada” are really gone with little reassurance that they will be returning anytime soon.

If you’re looking for alternative sites to order from in the meantime, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Sisterhood of the World Blogger Award
I’ve been nominated for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award by the lovely Felicia from Beginner Beaute. Thanks so much, Felicia, and if you haven’t checked out her blog you really should.

For this award, here’s what you need to do:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions they have sent you.
  • Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Nominate ten people

Here are the questions I had to answer:

What would be your dream job?
I know this sounds super corny, but I feel like I have my dream job. I love being a Librarian and working in a university library. First of all, I get paid to buy books, how fun is that? I find it really rewarding to help students and feel like I played a part in helping them get their education, and to help faculty members doing research on all kinds of interesting topics. If I couldn’t be a Librarian, I think I’d like to work in advertising (probably because I’m obsessed with Mad Men), or work with a charity doing fundraising, or maybe party planning.

If you can live anywhere in the world, where would you want to live?
After 10 years away, I choose to move back to the place I am originally from and its the best place in the world to live IMO. I love traveling, but I’m living where I want to live. I’m happy where I am.

If you can only use one brand of product all the time what would it be?
I was thinking of this the other day actually! It would be MAC, except that I haven’t been able to find a MAC foundation that works for me. I love the MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation which is light enough for my pale skin. I really like the MUFE eye shadows too, so if I had to pick just one brand, I might have to go with Make Up For Ever.

What is your favorite perfume?
Issey Miyake. I don’t change up my fragrance. Its the only thing I wear.

What do you plan on doing this summer?
Working at a university, people sometimes assume I have the summers “off”, but although I have some downtime, I use it to work on other areas of my career. I go to conferences (I’ve already been to two), I’m working on publishing a couple of papers, and presenting a national webinar with a colleague.

That all sounds super boring, right??? lol. I’m also refocusing on my health and fitness this summer. I got a personal trainer and I’m trying to eat cleaner and be more active. You can read more about some of my efforts like my Fitbit review, my 10-day detox, and check out my “Fitness Friday” posts.

What has gotten you into blogging?
I really just wanted to share my interest in makeup, accessories, skincare, and all things girly. Its often difficult to find people in “real life” who are quite as obsessed. I loved reading other beauty blogs and watching YouTube beauty gurus but often had a hard time finding information about products for very fair skin and for sensitive skin, and where to find products available in Canada. I started my blog for people looking for this information too, and also to connect with other people around the world who share similar interests.

Where do you currently live?
Newfoundland, Canada. It’s a large island with a small population and is the furthest east you can go in North America (we even have our own time zone and are half an hour ahead of the rest of the continent). I like to joke that I’m clinging to the side of a rock sticking out into the middle of the frigid north Atlantic.

Does any of your family/friends know you blog?
Not really. I have mentioned it to my fiance and a few very close friends, but haven’t disclosed the name of the blog and as far as I know, none of them have seen it. Mainly because I don’t think the content would be all that interesting to them, but also because I guess part of me is a little self-conscious about it.

What is your favorite song right now?
Oh dear, I am the worst person for keeping up with popular music.  I have Sirius satellite radio in my car and basically listen to the On Broadway channel non-stop (all songs from Broadway musicals). I don’t have ANY music on my phone. I prefer to listen to eAudio books. I’m a huge nerd 🙂

What is your favorite car/dream car?
I’m not really a car person. I didn’t own a car until I was 30 because I preferred to bike everywhere. When I moved back to Newfoundland, the winters are too crazy and long for that. I appreciate having a vehicle I can drive places, but I don’t really care what kind of car it is. I picked my current car because it was affordable and got good gas mileage to minimize my carbon footprint. Remember that part about being a huge nerd?

Hope you found that at least a little interesting! 🙂

Here are my 10 questions that the folks I’m tagging have to answer (I decided on summer-themed questions, seemed appropriate):

  • What is your favourite way to cool off in the summertime?
  • Whats your favourite frozen treat?
  • Whats your favourite barbequed food?
  • Do you prefer swimming in a pool or a lake/ocean?
  • Bikini, one-piece or “other”?
  • What is your best summertime memory from childhood?
  • What would your dream summer vacation be?
  • What is your essential, can’t-live-without-it summer beauty product?
  • What summer accessory are you loving most right now?
  • What are you reading this summer?

I nominate:
R Cubed
My Exquisite World
Your Fairy Godmother
Queen of Sparkles
The Makeup Whoreder
Makeup on a Tight Budget
Kayla’s Chaos
Hello Kaily
Any bloggers reading this who’d like to answer my summer-themed questions! 🙂

I did check to make sure none were already nominated, but if I’m mistaken and have inadvertently re-nominated anyone, my apologies!

Thanks for reading and I hope you’re all having a great summer!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Fitness Friday: YouTube Yoga

Hi guys! I’m back with another Fitness Friday. I wanted to share with you a recent discovery of mine: YouTube yoga! Although I go to YouTube to find out how to do all sorts of things (from how to poach an egg to how to install satellite radio in my car) it had never occurred to me to look for yoga. I used to love going to yoga classes, but since moving here I’ve had a difficult time finding yoga classes, one of the drawbacks of rural small-town living.

Solution? YouTube yoga. I roll out my pink yoga mat in my living room, ignore the strange looks from my cat Miss Vivien, and I’m all set. There are entire free workouts to follow anywhere from 15 minutes to nearly an hour depending on how much time you have.

Here are three of my favourite recent discoveries.

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adriene

Yoga with Adriene

My favourite “yogi”, Texas-based Adriene is super cute and easy to follow, and her over 700,000 subscribers would surely agree. She has really creative video ideas and themes, like her 30 Days of Yoga series, and one of my favourites, her Bedtime Yoga Sequence. Adriene uploads a new video every Wednesday.

Yoga by Candace

Yoga by Candace

Yoga by Candace

Another great yoga YouTuber, Candace has lots of short targeted videos like 5 Minute Guided Meditation for Stress Relief and on specific poses or body parts, as well as longer videos. I love that she organized her videos by length (15, 20, 30 minutes). You know how Librarians love organization! Candace uploads a new video every Tuesday.

SarahBeth Yoga

SarahBeth Yoga

SarahBeth Yoga

SarahBeth has a great selection of 5-30 minute videos, many focused on restorative yoga and yoga to address different heath concerns. I am obsessed with her Yoga for Neck & Shoulder Tension. SarahBeth uploads new videos on Fridays.

I can’t believe it took me so long to discover YouTube yoga. Hope you enjoyed this post. If you have yoga channels that you love, please share them with me. I’d love to hear from you. Please like this post if you’d like to see more Fitness Friday posts!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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