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Quebec City Trip: Sephora & the Fluevog Store

Old Quebec City

Old Quebec City in May

Hi everyone! In May, the fiance had a folklore conference at Université Laval in Quebec City so I decided to tag along. The amount of traveling I have been doing lately has gotten me seriously behind on my blogging. Quebec is our french-speaking province, and Quebec City (the capital with a population of about 500,000) dates back to the 1600s. Its so beautiful and it feels like you’re in Europe. I thought you might like to see a few pics from my trip before I delve into the goodies I picked up while I was there. Continue reading

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Ipsy August Glam Bag Review & Why I Cancelled My Subscription

Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014

Ipsy Glam Bag for August 2014

This is my last Ipsy Glam bag review (more about why I cancelled my subscription below). My August bag arrived late this month, just like my July bag. The August bag’s theme was fittingly “Beauty Schooled”, just in time for back-to-school. This month may be the cutest bag yet, a plastic cylinder shaped bag with orange polka-dots.

In the August bag was:

  • Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (0.1 oz mini):  $26.00 for full 0.4 oz size
  • Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil (0.02 oz mini): Could not find a price
  • Coastal Scents Forever Blush Sample Duo in “Fresh” & “Elegant” (0.09 oz sample):  $8.70 each for full 0.28 oz sizes
  • Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner: $6.00
  • Paula’s Choice Skincare Clear Ultra-Light Daily Mattifying Fluid SPF 30+ (0.5 0z sample size): $29.59 for full 2 oz size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the August bag (excluding the Kohl Eye Pencil I couldn’t find a price for) if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $78.99 CAD.

I was excited to try the  Urban Decay Perversion Mascara but I have to say I was less than impressed with it. Sephora is currently selling it with the Subversion Primer. I don’t know if you’d get a more dramatic, volumizing effect if you used the primer, but it didn’t wow me. I still love my Guerlain Maxi Lash.

The Lord & Berry Silk Kajal Kohl Eye Pencil was a bit of a fail as it was really smudgy and not the type that stays put very well. I’d have to be doing a REALLY smokey eye! Lord & Berry is not a brand that’s available in Canada.

I haven’t tried any Coastal Scents makeup so the blush sample was neat, especially the fact that it was a duo so you get to try two shades. My favourite was the Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo Lip Conditioner! Love this lip balm!!! I have no idea where to buy it in Canada, except on Amazon.com.

So, I decided to cancel my Ipsy subscription. Why?
It wasn’t because I was unhappy with the Glam bags or the products I was receiving. I actually had a lot of fun getting them each month and although some of the products were misses, many were hits. Here are some of the reasons I decided to cancel:

  • I have been subscribing for a year now. The “novelty” or the fun factor was starting to wear off a bit.
  • I now have 12 cosmetic bags! I was starting to run out of things to do with them 🙂
  • I was accumulating a lot of samples and was finding I wasn’t able to keep up with trying them all.
  • I was looking for ways to save some money in my budget and wasn’t as interested in the expense of a monthly subscription service.

I hope my reviews of my monthly Ipsy bags have been helpful for those of you curious about getting a subscription! Maybe I’ll subscribe to another type of monthly sample service eventually. Who knows.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time

When it comes to favourites, a good indicator that you really love a beauty product is when you use it up entirely and then buy it again (and again!). I had an idea to do a post about the products I have repurchased the most. When I thought about it, I came up with a  list of my 12 most repurchased products of all time, which I could also have called the makeup products I am most obsessed with. So, in no particular order, here they are:

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Fair

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in “Fair”

Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 ($35.00 CAD): I’ve been using this powder foundation for over 10 years. Its a great match for fair skin, and when my skin was really break-out prone this was the only foundation that wouldn’t exacerbate the issue. It never irritated my sensitive skin.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer ($24.00 CAD): I prefer the Too Faced over the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I find it creamier and smoother and it lasts longer on me. When I discovered eyeshadow primer it literally changed my (makeup) life!

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain ($36.00 CAD): This is another product that I’ve been using for at least 10 years, maybe more. I use it everyday under my foundation. It gives fair skin a beautiful, glowing from within flush. I couldn’t even guess how many of these little bottles I’ve gone through!

MAC Patina eyeshadow

MAC “Patina” eyeshadow

MAC Omega eyeshadow

MAC “Omega” eyeshadow

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule” eyeshadow

Three of my most repurchased products are MAC eyeshadows in Patina, Omega and Brule ($12-19.00 CAD). I have hit pan on all three multiple times.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($31.00 CAD): This is my absolute favourite under eye concealer. I used to buy “1 – for light complexions with pink undertones” and then Sephora started carrying “0.5 – light beige for fair to light complexions” which I like even better.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($22.00 CAD for 0.14oz size): I use this to set my under eye concealer. I always buy the mini size because you only need to use a tiny amount. The mini size lasts forever and I’ve still gone through three or four of these.

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel” blush

NYX powder blush in “Angel” ($6.00 CAD): This is my favourite blush ever! It lasts longer on me than any other powder blush (Nars, MAC, Tarte…) and is the prettiest shade on fair skin. The blushes are small though, so I go through them quickly. I’ve gone through a lot of these.

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

MAC Eye Kohl in “Powersurge” ($19.00 CAD): This flattering, wearable “bronzed-brown with golden shimmer” is the perfect eyeliner. I first heard about it from Pixiwoo. I use it on my lower waterline and smudge it out on my lower lash line. I literally have like 3 back-ups of this and I’m also constantly buying it for other people so they can discover the eyeliner goodness that is Powersurge!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($12.00 CAD): I have been loving this little mascara since it debuted. I’d never worn mascara on my lower lashes because I could never find anything that would stay on there. This doesn’t smudge or flake and stays put until I wash it off. And the little brush is so cute!

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20 in the peach pot ($3.99 CAD): I’ve been using this lipbalm since I was in highschool, but I won’t say how long ago that was, lol. I suspect that if I could stack up all of the empty pots of this lipbalm that I’ve gone through, the tower might reach the moon.

I’d like to tag anyone reading this to do this post too! I’d love to hear about your most repurchased products.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

I’m not normally a big liquid or gel liner girl, but I redeemed some Sephora points for this mini Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner because there seemed to be such a lot of buzz about it. I was also interested because Benefit claimed “Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line” and it “hugged the lash line”. I have a bit of a hooded eyelid, so I don’t typically wear liner on my upper lid because I have a difficult time applying it there plus it can often add a heavy look to my eye. I liked the idea of a liner that could get at the base of my upper lash line to emphasize my lashes.

Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner has a non-latex rubbery tip that the gel liner gets squeezed up through

The Push-up Liner has an “AccuFlex” tip (which is happily latex free for those of us with latex sensitivity) and you twist the pen to squeeze the gel liner up into the tip. I have to say that this rubbery tip does not make the gel liner any easier to apply. I had the same difficulty getting the tip close enough to the base of my lashes as I do with other liners, and the formula is a bit on the dry side so it didn’t exactly glide on. I was able to get a fairly thin line, which I wanted.

Swatch: Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner does make a thin line

I was happy with the final look – if not the ease of application – but the nail in the coffin was that at the end of the day this liner had totally smudged. The thin line I started out with had smudged all over my eyelid, and I was even wearing eyeshadow primer and powder eyeshadow. So not sure this liner lives up to its claims of being long wearing.

If I thought the Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner might convert me into a gel eyeliner wearer, I was wrong. This liner was not my cup of tea.

The full sized Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $29.00 CAD.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Rediscovered Love: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

I was going through my eyeliners, and rediscovered a favourite that I hadn’t used in a while, MAC’s Eye Kohl in “Heirloom”. This is one of my favourite eyeliners for using in my lower water line.

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

I have several of the Eye Kohls (Powersurge, Costa Riche, Teddy, Smolder) and they are my favourite eyeliners. They are so soft and creamy and easy to apply. They stay put on me all day. Heirloom is described as “highly metallicized greyed lavender” which I think is actually a very accurate description.

Swatch: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

On the waterline this really brightens the eye without being too much. I typically use MAC Powersurge for my bottom liner, but if I am wearing cooler-toned eyeshadow Heirloom works better with them.

MAC Eye Kohl’s are $19.00 CAD. I unfortunately discovered after writing this post that Heirloom was limited edition 😦 It’s no longer on the Canadian MAC website. Sorry guys! It may be available in outlets or on Amazon. I am also trying to find a dupe (if anyone knows of a similar eyeliner, please let me know).

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy April Glam Bag Review

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt microdermabrasion skin exfoliant, Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

April Ipsy Glam Bag: UD 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil, Rainbow Honey Midnight Fountain glitter nail lacquer, dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant, Demeter Jasmine perfume oil, and Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss

The April Glam Bag’s theme was “Beauty Rocks” and contained products with a rock-n-roll sort of theme. The cosmetic bag was really cute, and also said “Beauty Rocks” with an image of an old vinyl record.  The bag contained 5 products, 4 of which were sample sizes:

  • Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-on Eye Pencil in “Black Velvet” (0.03 oz size): $24.00 CAD for full 0.04 oz size
  • Rainbow Honey glitter nail lacquer in “Midnight Fountain” (sample size): $11.50 CAD for full size
  • dr. brandt Microdermabrasion Skin Exfoliant (0.25 oz sample size): $90.00 CAD for 2 oz size
  • Demeter Jasmine perfume oil (o.29 sample size): $20.00 CAD for full 1 oz size. This is the first time I’ve received perfume in my Glam Bag.
  • Mary Kay at Play Jelly Lip Gloss in “Berry Me”: $11.00 CAD

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the April bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $156.50 CAD.

I am happy with this month’s products with the exception of the Mary Kay. I am not a fan of Mary Kay because I am allergic to their products, so I won’t be using the lip gloss. The dr. brandt is quite a high-end product. I’m looking forward to trying it out.

In Canada, Rainbow Honey nail lacquer and Demeter perfume is available through nailpolishcanada.com. Urban Decay and dr. brandt are available at Sephora. Mary Kay can be purchased through their “independent beauty consultants”.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

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Ipsy March Glam Bag Review

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

I’m a bit late reviewing my Ipsy Glam bag this month. The March cosmetic bag was my favourite  so far – a super cute, original design by artist Klari Reis. The bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in “Segredos De Giselle”: $6.75 CAD
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick in “Get Ready” (1.5g sample size): $23.00 CAD for full 3.4g size
  • Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (12ml sample size): $25.00 CAD for full size
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen: $26.90 CAD

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

There were only four products in this month’s bag, which is slightly fewer than normal, but three of them were higher end brands that would be over $20 each to purchase on their own.

I love NYX eyeshadows, and I’m happy with the trio I received in “Segredos De Giselle” – a peachy pink, a beige, and a bronzey-brown, all shades that I would wear. The same with the bareMinerals lipstick shade; it’s a super wearable pinky-rose. The shade “Get Ready” seems to be exclusive to Ipsy, as it isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site. I am also loving the Pixi primer, a water-based, fragrance-free primer that works well with my MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I haven’t used the Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen yet, which is a water-resistant liquid liner. I’m not really a blue eyeliner person.

The total retail value of the March bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $81.65 CND.

The Chella website ships to Canada, but states “Canadian customers are responsible for all duties and GST”, and doesn’t say what shipping method they use. The Hudsons Bay Company logo is on their site under “About Us” so they may carry Chella products? For where to buy NYX, bareMinerals, and Pixi in Canada, checkout my Canadian Makeup Shopping Guide.

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Rimmel Waterproof Kohl Kajal

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in "004 Taupe"

Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “004 Taupe”

One word: Sticky. Who knew eyeliner could even BE sticky?

I was drawn to this because it is almost impossible to find a taupe eyeliner. I absolutely loved this colour.

Swatch: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in "004 Taupe"

Swatch: Rimmel London Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal in “004 Taupe”

Sadly, the formula of this eyeliner is not for me. I only applied it to my lower lash line and lower waterline. Every time I blinked, my eyes would slightly stick together. It was like the liner never really “set”. Hours later you could still smudge it. Worst of all it made my eyes water and felt itchy.

Can anyone recommend another taupe eyeliner?

(Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Rimmel in Canada)

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MAC Store Shopping in Toronto

Okay, while visiting Toronto I *may* have gone to the MAC store 3 times.

MAC Fix+ Travel Size; Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4; Eye Shadows (Pro Palette Refills); Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck; Lip Pencils in Whirl and Oak; Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

MAC Fix+ Travel Size; Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4; Eye Shadows (Pro Palette Refills); Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck; Lip Pencils in Whirl and Oak; Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

Trip number one was the first day I arrived. It was -30 degrees Celsius with the wind chill and nearly zero percent humidity. My skin immediately felt super dry, so a quick stop at the MAC store for some Fix+ was essential.  This hydrating spray or “aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals” saved me!

Later that week I had more time and stopped into the MAC store on Queen Street where I was tempted by some beautiful lip pencils in Oak and Whirl. MAC lip pencils are my absolute favourite. Oak is a light, neutral, beige/brown that doesn’t seem to warm or too cool and that I have heard goes well with nude lipsticks.  MAC describes Whirl as “dirty rose” and it’s basically a brownish-pink shade that leans more towards the cool side.

MAC Lip Pencils in Oak and Whirl

MAC Lip Pencils in Oak and Whirl

I also picked up Twig Lipstick, which was recommended by the lovely LisaLisaD1 as a “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shade”. My friend Kate picked out the dark and vampy Hang-Up Lipstick for me, and the SA recommended Amorous Lipstick, which I loved but they were sold out (This, obviously,  led to trip number three to another MAC store).

L-R: MAC Lipsticks in Twig (Satin), Amorous (Satin), and Hang-Up (Cremesheen)

L-R: MAC Lipsticks in Twig (Satin), Amorous (Satin), and Hang-Up (Cremesheen)

L-R: MAC Lip Pencil  in Oak, MAC Lip Pencil  in Whirl, MAC Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

L-R: MAC Lip Pencil in Oak, MAC Lip Pencil in Whirl, MAC Lipsticks in Twig, Amorous, and Hang-Up

Twig is a super wearable deep rosey-pink, definitely leaning towards being a brown-pink. Amorous is a cool-toned, berry red and an example of why I love having MAC SA’s pick out shades for me! Hang-Up is a dark, purpley-berry shade. It’s what I had hoped Rebel would be, but Rebel looks very fushia on me. Hang-Up stays that deep plum and I think looks great against fair skin.

On my third MAC Store visit (to find Amorous), I remembered that I wanted a Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4 to pop my favourite shadows in for travelling (I find the 12 palettes too big). The SA helped me pick out four pro pan eyeshadows, because…why not?

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper, Soba, Woodwinked, and Sketch.

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper, Soba, Woodwinked, and Sketch.

I’m probably the last person on earth to get Woodwinked. I was bummed that even though I packed my makeup in my carry-on, when I got home there was a big ding taken out of poor Woodwinked 😦

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper (Frost), Soba (Satin), Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl), and Sketch (Velvet).

MAC eyeshadow in (L-R): Ricepaper (Frost), Soba (Satin), Woodwinked (Veluxe Pearl), and Sketch (Velvet).

Finally, I asked the SA to recommend an eyeliner that would work on my lower lash line that was as light as my beloved MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, but that was more cool-toned. I find it difficult to find eyeliner that isn’t really dark. She suggested Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck. Here it is swatched in the middle between Powersurge and Teddy Eye Kohl (which I find too dark for daytime on my lower lash line):

L-R: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck, and MAC Teddy Eye Kohl.

L-R: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Duck, and MAC Teddy Eye Kohl.

I didn’t realize it was water-proof, so we’ll see how I like that.

As much as I love online shopping, it’s so good to be able to get in to a store once and a while, athough it usually leads to spending way too much, lol. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my crazy shopping tales!

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