Monthly Archives: March 2016

Giving Matte Lipstick Another “Whirl”

MAC Whirl lipstick
I have never been a big matte lip product girl, but MAC’s Whirl lip pencil is one of my favs. Its the perfect warm, pinky-brown nude that you can fill your lips in with or use with all kinds of different lipstick shades. When I heard that MAC was coming out with a lipstick version of Whirl lip pencil, I was intrigued…until I learned that it would be a matte finish lipstick. Would my love for Whirl be enough to overcome my general dislike of matte lipsticks? Continue reading


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Strobing for Fair Skin: Good Highlighters (& one miss)

Highlighters for pale skin

Can strobing work on fair skin?

“Strobing” or basically highlighting seems to be the latest makeup trend. When you have very pale skin, finding a foundation light enough is a challenge, let alone finding something even lighter than your skin that could be considered a “highlight” (and don’t even get me started on contouring/bronzing, that’s a whole other post). Nevertheless, pale, I-live-in-a-Northern-climate, Nerdy Librarian Girl set out on a mission to find a highlighter for fair skin to partake of this strobing trend! Continue reading


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Condition first, shampoo second? Did this work for my colour-treated, dry, thick, tangley hair?

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Collection: The new reverse system for touchably soft volume

TRESemme Expert Selection Beauty-Full Volume Collection: The new “reverse system for touchably soft volume”

When TRESemme reached out to me to try their new “reverse system” where you use the conditioner first and shampoo second, I thought I would be the perfect person to review this product. I only respond to offers like this when I feel like its a product I’m truly interested in or if I think I would be a good person to offer an opinion about it. In this case, my hair is literally a nightmare! Its colour-treated and dry/frizzy even before processing. I also have the most un-combable hair in the entire world. I once had a new hairdresser (it was my first and last appointment with her) get totally frustrated and complain that my hair “tangled around itself” inexplicably. I have to use a good conditioner plus a leave-in conditioner/de-tangler. Even then my hair is barely manageable. I like to think I have all the texture of naturally curly hair, but without the benefit of curls πŸ˜› So a reverse hair care system where you shampoo after conditioning? I thought my hair could put that to the ultimate test.Β  Continue reading


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Did Sephora Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? (Part 3: Mascaras & Lip Products)

For part 3 of my Did Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? I’m reviewing mascara and lip product samples I received. These were some really good samples!

 bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop

Plumberry Pop

 bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm Plumberry Pop swatch

Plumberry Pop

bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($20 CAD): I was totally excited to try this 100 point sample of the new tinted “lip oil-balm” from bareMinerals. I really like tinted lip balms. There are so many things I love about this, I don’t know where to begin! I love the packaging. Its super cute and the colour of the packaging matches the shade, which I always find handy. The Pop of Passion lip-oil balms come in 8 different shades. I’m really enjoying the shade I received, Plumberry Pop, a pinky-red, but I want to try out all of the other shades now! This oil-balm applies a wash of colour combined with the light, hydrating feel of a lip balm. It feels moisturizing on the lips, but also leaves behind a super long-lasting stain. It reminds me of the Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm (my beloved rose coloured Benebalm is in my empties) or the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (but without the sweet fruity scent). If you are into tinted lip balms, I think you’ll love this! Verdict: Buy it. Continue reading


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Did Sephora Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? (Part 2: Primers/Foundation)

100 point samples and Sephora's Beauty to Love Sample Bag

100 point samples and Sephora’s “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag

Welcome back to part 2 of my Did Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? Today I’m reviewing the primers and foundation samples I received.
Becca Backlight Priming Filter
Becca Backlight Priming Filter ($46 CAD): This primer claims to be “infused with 3 unique pearls to add light behind your complexion.” I like a glowy, dewy type of finish so I had high hopes for this Becca primer, a brand known for their highlighters. After an ingredients check, I was happy to see this was a mostly water-based primer, but then frustrated that it had added fragrance (urgh! #sensitiveskin #thestruggleisreal). Still, I gave it a try. After using this a couple of times under my MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation, I have to be honest, I saw absolutely no difference. No light. No glow. It did not create “an aura of light behind [my] foundation.” I prefer my Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector instead which is a great, light, fragrance-free moisturizer/primer for dry sensitive skin, and about half the price. Verdict: Skip-it. Continue reading


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Deluxe & Beauty to Love Sephora Samples: Buy it or Skip it? (Part 1: Skincare)

100 point samples and Sephora's Beauty to Love Sample Bag

100 point samples and Sephora’s “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag

I did a post like this before, 5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? and I received quite a few comments that people liked that type of review. I redeemed a bunch of Sephora points along with a code for their “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag (8 samples free with $25 purchase and the code BEAUTYFEED) and I thought I would do another Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? post. Its A LOT of samples, so I’m going to do it as two posts, the first on the skin/hair care samples, and the second on the makeup samples. A few of the items I think I might do separate reviews on, I’m not sure. I hope you’ll enjoy them! Continue reading


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A Great Acne Spot Treatment

Kate Somerville EradiKate review

EradiKate Acne Treatment

My skin had been going crazy lately, most likely due to stress. My usual skincare routine for sensitive acne-prone skin alone hasn’t been cutting it. When I was in the Toronto Sephora, I asked the SA what the best-selling spot treatment for blemishes was, and she said emphatically without hesitation, Kate Somerville’s EradiKate Acne Treatment. Continue reading


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