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Rouge Bunny Rouge Unboxing and First Impressions

My first time ordering from Rouge Bunny Rouge

My first time ordering from Rouge Bunny Rouge

I was inspired to checkout Rouge Bunny Rouge by Shameless Fripperies post on the new, reformulated lipsticks. I’d never tried anything from the brand, but soon discovered the Rouge Bunny Rouge UK site ships internationally for only 5 EUR. Shipping to Canada took just 12 days and everything arrived in perfect condition, but I did end up owing an additional $30.94 CAD in customs fees.

A relatively new brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge (RBR) began in 2006 in Moscow, and is now described as “Moscow-London based.” RBR is cruelty-free and doesn’t test on animals. Their makeup is manufactured within the EU, and isn’t sold in any countries where animal testing is required by law (source). What I really liked about the brand is the unique and over-the-top cute packaging and product names.

I really wanted to try one of the Long Lasting Lip Pencils (22 EUR or $30 CAD), because I’d read really great reviews on them. I’m a total lip pencil junkie! I picked Roald, which was described as “pure matte, pale mauve. Best suited for pale, bluish toned complexions.” I think this might be my favourite item that I ordered. Its such a creamy, easy to apply lip pencil but its also very long-wearing. This shade is perfection! I love this lip pencil with the Succulence of Dew lipstick I ordered, but I will be reviewing the lipstick separately as part of my High-end Lipstick Review Series.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald

Long-Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Lip Color in Roald

Long-lasting Lip Pencil in Roald

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Lip Color Roald Swatch

Roald

I also got one of the Original Sin Blushes in Delicata (31 EUR or $41 CAD), described as “nude beige-rose with the barest hint of peach.” This is a very neutral beigey type of blush, similar to MAC Prism (one of my favs). The packaging is adorable.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush

Original Skin Blush

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Delicata

Original Skin Blush in Delicata

Swatch Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush Delicata

Original Skin Blush in Delicata

I’ve used this blush 3-4 times now and quite like it. Its very natural and very light, making it a great blush for fair skin. Its mostly matte with a little bit of a soft, satiny glow to it. It wears well too – similar to the wear I get from a MAC blush. I would say though, that for the price you don’t get a ton of product: 3.5 g VS a 6 g MAC blush. The RBR blush was about $41 CAD with the exchange rate, and a MAC blush is $26 CAD. The RBR is a nice blush, but I feel like there are lots of lower priced alternatives (like NYX or MUG) that are just as good.

I also wanted to try out one of the When Birds are Singing… Long Lasting Eye Shadows (24 EUR or $32 CAD), and picked the shade Rufous-tailed Weaver, described as “medium taupe with bronze-gold highlights.” I love that each of the shades are named after birds! Again, this packaging is beyond adorable.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow

Long-lasting Eye Shadow

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-tailed Weaver

Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-tailed Weaver

swatch long-lasting eye shadow in Rufous-tailed Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

This shade is undeniably pretty, but I immediately felt like it was also fairly dupe-able. I think I’ll go through my collection to see what shades are similar to this, but if you’re someone like me who has a lot of neutrals and taupes, you more than likely have something similar to Rufous-tailed Weaver already.

I was seriously unimpressed with the staying power of this eyeshadow. Even with primer, it creased on me and didn’t stay put even to the end of my work day. It only claims “8-hour wear”, which doesn’t seem overly long for a “Long Lasting Eye Shadow.” I’m really surprised because a lot of people really like these. I’m not inspired to order more of the RBR eye shadows 😦

I received two unexpected free samples, which was nice, a Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and a Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds sample.

Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds

Free samples: Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds

Swatches: Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds

Swatches: Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds and Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere

The Embrace of Cashmere Loose Glitter Pigment swatched very similarly to the Rufous-tailed Weaver shade. I don’t have any loose eye shadow pigments because I’m actually kind of scared of them and don’t really know how you’re supposed to use them, lol, so I haven’t tried this out yet.

The Highlighting Liquid is very heavily scented, reminding me of a perfumed hand lotion. I had read that the RBR liquid foundation is scented as well. I’m not a fan of the scent and can’t imagine using this on my face. Luckily the powder products and lip pencil were not scented.

Overall I had some hits (lip pencil and blush) and one miss (eye shadow). Stay tuned for my full review of the Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick!

Have you tried Rouge Bunny Rouge? What are your favourite products?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Two Makeup Geek Eyeshadows that are Dupes…for Each Other?

Makeup Geek Last Dance and Homecoming

One of these things is not a lot like the other

The other day I posted about my favourite Makeup Geek eyeshadows. I’m a big fan of MUG and really enjoyed the eyeshadows I’ve ordered. Of course, like any brand, there have been some “misses” but nothing as peculiar as these two shades: Last Dance and Homecoming.

Makeup Geek Last Dance and Homecoming

Dupes?

Although Homecoming is described on the MUG site as “medium brown with gold shimmer” and Last Dance as “satin medium to deep plummy brown”, these two shades seem to be identical. Check out the swatches and see if you can tell which is which:

Swatches: Makeup Geek Last Dance & Homecoming

Swatches: Last Dance & Homecoming

Now, I’m not sure if this was an accidental mis-labelling situation? I feel like these might both be Homecoming. If anyone else has ordered either (or both) of these shades please let me know what you think. Are these just really similar or could this have been a mistake?

UPDATE: I emailed Makeup Geek with a link to this post, and they confirmed I had been sent two Homecomings. They sent me a new Last Dance right away for free which was super nice of them! To see the REAL Last Dance, check out this post.

As always, thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Favourite Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

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

makeup geek eyeshadow collection

the rest of my MUG eyeshadow collection

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

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

Can you tell I like neutrals?

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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A Few New Makeup Geek Eyeshadows

new makeup geek eyeshadowsMy very last post of 2014! I’m sure everyone’s going to be thinking about makeup today as you’re getting ready for New Year’s Eve. I love new years makeup. Its a great excuse to try out something crazy you wouldn’t’ wear everyday, like a black smokey eye, silvery iridescent shadows, glitter liner or dramatic false lashes!

Speaking of eyeshadow…I recently ordered some of the Makeup Geek blushes, and I couldn’t resist ordering a few of the new eyeshadow shades that have come out as well. I already have quite a few of the MUG shadows and I like them a lot. They are good quality shadows in a huge range of shades at what seems like an impossibly low price. I should really do a post on my favourite MUG shadows.

Some of the new shades that caught my eye were:

  • Beaches & Cream: a matte peachy-cream shade
  • Rockstar: a really unique, duochrome type of shade, described as “pale silver with purple iridescence”
  • Barcelona Beach: a matte, medium cool-toned brown
  • Hipster: a beautiful taupe with a slightly shimmery finish (but not glittery, more of a sheen)
  • Preppy: a light, matte, cool brown with green undertones

Makeup geek eyeshadows beaches and cream, rockstar, barcelona beach, hipster, preppy

swatches: Makeup geek eyeshadows beaches and cream, rockstar, barcelona beach, hipster, preppy

L-R: Beaches & Cream, Rockstar, Barcelona Beach, Hipster, and Preppy

I’m loving all five of these shades! I especially love Hipster. If you are a taupe fan, you need Hipster in your life. I’m also surprised at how much I like Rockstar. It looks really good all over the lid. I used Preppy with it in the crease and added a black liquid liner for a really pretty 1950s eye look.

MUG eyeshadow pans are an amazingly priced $5.99 USD. I highly recommend the MUG site for inexpensive and super fast shipping to Canada.

Which Makeup Geek shades are your favourite?

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

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Sephora Black Friday Sale Goodies!

Sephora Black Friday deals 2014

Black Friday goodies from Sephora!

The order I placed on Black Friday arrived yesterday. I had really wanted the little Smashbox mini lipstick duo, but it sold out early. I did get to grab two of the deals, the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Collection and the adorable Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set. Both were $12 CAD.

Some sample lovin: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel & Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

Some sample lovin: Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel & Exfolikate Intensive Exfoliating Treatment

I also added the Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette to my cart, because for $12, why not? I really like the gold, wallet-like packaging and the magnetic clasp!

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

The colours are on the neutral side:

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

I think the quality of the eyeshadows are what you’d expect for an inexpensive Sephora palette. Its a bit shimmery overall. There are only 2 matte shades: the dark brown and the black shades on the far right. The texture of the shimmery shades are nice, but I found the matte shades a bit patchy.

Swatches: Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches: Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette

I am going to do a full review of the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set and compare them to my Beautyblender and my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Did you manage to snag any good Black Friday deals?

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Review

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

This was one of the items I picked up in the Sephora VIB sale. I had been considering it for a while. I love the packaging and always love some neutrals, so I thought it was time to actually order it.

The World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes kit contains 2 creaseless cream shadows in Birthday Suit and My Two Cents, and 4 long-wearing powder shadows.

Benefit World Famous Neutrals

The eyeshadow kit contains 2 creaseless cream shadows and 4 long-wearing powder shadows

I had tried Benefit’s creaseless cream shadows a long time ago in R.S.V.P. and Skinny Jeans. I thought they were ok, but they didn’t wow me. I feel the same way about Birthday Suit and My Two Cents. I’m still not convinced the creaseless cream shadows work well on their own, but they are nice layered under a powder shadow. I would say they are my least favourite part of this kit.

The powder shades I am a much bigger fan of. Buttery and pigmented, all four shades are pretty, natural, and wearable – everything you’d want in a neutral eyeshadow kit. None of the shades are over the top shimmery either. I love Call My Bluff, a pale creamy matte shade, and Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, a medium brown with a satin finish, especially.

Swatches: Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Bluff, Kiss Me  I'm Tipsy, It's Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure

L-R: Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Bluff, Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, It’s Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure

I think this is a fun kit, but I’m glad I got it for $28.80 CAD, versus $36.00 full price.The only other peeve I have about the kit is that its really difficult to get the cover to stay open. You have to hold it or prop it open while you’re using it or it snaps shut. Does this bug anyone else?

Thanks for reading ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Sephora VIB Sale Order Finally Arrived!

Sephora VIB 20% off sale

Gotta love a 20% off sale!

I typically have a long wait to receive nearly anything I order online (the joy of living on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic – lol), but this order seriously took ages. Normally when I place a Sephora order I get a second email that it’s shipped within a couple of days. This time it took 10 days before it even shipped. I guess the volume of orders was extra high because of the big sale.

So I was super happy when it finally arrived. I re-stocked on some favourites that I was nearly out of like:

  • MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”: This is my third bottle. For a full review checkout my post on why this is the best liquid foundation for fair skin.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder: Love this powder for setting my under-eye concealer. I featured it in my Most Re-purchased Products of All Time post. I only ever order the 0.14 oz “mini” size because you use so little it lasts forever (for me, nearly a year).  I was surprised that they changed the packaging on the HD Powder though. What I really liked about the mini size was that it was so mini it barely took up any space and was perfect for traveling. The new container is much bigger. Not lovin that so much.
MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

  • Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara: The best mascara ever. They aren’t lying when they call it a “volume-creating and curl-sculpting mascara”. It also doesn’t budge or flake on me. A mascara worth $34 CAD? Absolutely! For more pics see my Guerlain Store shopping post.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer 0.5: Also featured in my Most Re-purchased Products of All Time post. Best under-eye concealer ever IMO.

Now on to the new stuff. I could not resist ordering the Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm. I mean, look at this packaging!

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in "Honey"

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in “Honey”

Here’s the description from the Sephora site: “It is a cult-favorite amongst Korean pop stars, and ‘Bbo Bbo’ means ‘kiss’ in Korea. This clear-colored balm is infused with hydrating ingredients that include vitamin E and either honey or blueberry extract. Its soft fragrance leaves lips with an irresistible scent.”

I love the packaging, but I am not in love with the lip balm. Its heavily scented (and doesn’t smell like honey) and the perfumeyness lingers and it was all I could taste. Ick.

Speaking of cute packaging though, I love the free Sephora tote that came with the order!

I’m going to do separate, full reviews on my other two purchases – Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever eyeshadow kit and the NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Liv”. So check back for those soon!

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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I Can’t Stop Buying Revlon Shadow Links!

Revlon Shadow Links in "Bone"

Revlon Shadow Links in “Bone”

It started with Greige, then I picked up some more of the taupes and browns, and now I think I might officially have a Shadow Links “problem”. In my defense my drugstore had them on sale again (for $2.95 CAD) and I also can’t seem to resist anything miniature. The little Shadow Links are just so darn cute!

I decided to try out Bone a light, matte cream shade. It seriously reminded me of Brule from MAC (a “soft-creamy beige”). Brule is officially a “satin” finish but on me it looks completely matte. I use Brule so much it was in my Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time post. I love to have a matte shade that matches my skin tone to blend out shadows and use on my brow. I have to say I think Bone is a pretty close dupe for MAC Brule.

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule”

Revlon Shadow Links Bone Dupe for MAC Brule

A dupe for MAC’s Brule?

In the pan, Bone looks a little lighter and cooler toned, but once applied they are extremely similar. Bone blended really smoothly. It stayed on all day (I always use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer). I did try to get a side by side swatch pic, but they just didn’t show up at all; both totally match my skin tone which is kind of the point but doesn’t make for much of a swatch 🙂

I just continue to be impressed by these little Shadow Links!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Naked Basics 2 Palette VS Original

The new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette

The new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette

A new Urban Decay Naked palette coming out is always exciting. I had hit pan on several of the shades in the original Naked Basics palette, so I felt pretty sure that I was going to like the Naked Basics 2, especially because I’d heard that the shadows were more cool-toned. I think I like the second palette even better than the first!

Original Naked Basics vs Naked Basics 2

The Naked Basics

Although I used three of the shades from the original palette – W.O.S., Naked 2, and Faint – a ton, I wasn’t such a fan of Venus and Foxy. Venus was too shimmery for me and Foxy was much too yellow for my skintone. I would  use my MAC Brule with the palette to make it work. But I love the two lightest shades in the Naked Basics 2 – Stark and Skimp! Stark is very similar to MAC Brule and makes a great matte highlight or to blend out shadows.

Naked Basics 2 VS original Naked Basics

Top: Naked Basics 2. Bottom: My (well loved) original Naked Basics

I also love the three cool-toned taupey neutrals, Frisk, Cover & Primal. Soo pretty! The darkest shade, Undone, is a wearable medium gray which I will likely get more use out of than Crave from the original palette.

Swatches: Original Naked Basics vs Naked Basics 2

Swatches: Top – Original Naked Basics. Bottom – Naked Basics 2

Both of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes are $35 CAD each.

Thanks for stopping by ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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New! MAKE UP FOR EVER Custom Artist Palettes

MAKE UP FOR EVER's new Custom Artist Palette

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Custom Artist Palette

I had never tried any of the MAKE UP FOR EVER eye shadows before. The newly revamped shadow singles that came out this fall that can be combined in custom duos or trios were a perfect excuse to give them a try. With over 200 shades in five different finishes (matte, satin, iridescent, diamond and metallic) it wasn’t hard to find shades that were right up my alley. All of the shades weren’t available in the Sephora I visited and I suspect it would be hard to find a location where you could swatch all 210, but they’re all available on the website.

The singles come in “temporary” plastic cases that look like this:

make up for ever artist shadow S556

The single shadows come in their own little plastic cases

You COULD try to keep them in the plastic packaging but its fairly flimsy. You’re meant to also pick up a Mono, Duo, or Trio Custom Palette. I picked up the duo case:

Empty Make Up For Ever Duo Custom Palette Case

Empty Duo Custom Palette case with magnets

The eye shadow singles are $24 CAD each, and the deal with the separate cases is: When you buy 2 shadows and a Duo Palette, a $9 discount will be applied automatically at checkout. When you buy 3 shadows and a Trio Palette, a $20 discount will be applied automatically at checkout. So presumably the case is free when you purchase shadows with it.

I was really drawn to two shades in particular: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin). If you like taupe shadows, there are so many to choose from!

I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Grey (Satin)

I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin)

Swatches: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray

Swatches: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin)

I think I might like these shadows as much as I like my MAC shadows. They are very pigmented, creamy and blendable, yet don’t leave any fall out when you’re applying them. They are as long wearing as my MAC shadows too. The MAC Pro Palette Refill Pans are only $12 CAD, but you do get much more product with the $24 MAKE UP FOR EVER shadow. These shadows are seriously huge.

MAC Pro Pan Refill 0.05g VS MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow 0.07g

MAC Pro Pan Refill 0.05g VS MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow 0.07g

I am loving them! Have you tried them yet? If you have any shades you love, leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks for stopping by ❤
Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Where Have You Been All My Life, MAC Paints?

MAC Paints in Sublime Nature

MAC Paints in “Sublime Nature”

How is it I have only just now discovered MAC Paints? I was watching one of Sanni’s (missmai27) tutorials where she was doing a very subtle, understated eye look, and she used MAC Paints in Sublime Nature. Not to be confused with MAC Paint Pots, Paints come in a little squeezable tube. I had never heard of them!

Paints are described as:
“A high performance eye shadow product which goes on creamy; dries to a powdery finish…Creates a smooth, crease-free, slightly shiny, reflective look to the lid.”

Sublime Nature is a “mid-tone naked beige” and combined with the texture of the Paints creates a very natural, “no make-up” type of look. Very pretty and subtle, particularly on fair skin.

Swatch: MAC Paints in Sublime Nature

Swatch: MAC Paints in Sublime Nature

I found it easy to apply and easy to blend, and it stayed put all day with no creasing. I did use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance under it, but I do that with all the cream shadows I have (Maybelline Color Tattoos, Chanel Illusion D’Ombre, Benefit Creaseless Cream Shadows) because I find all eyeshadow will crease on me without a primer.

MAC Paints are $25 CAD. Paints only come in four other shades: Stillife: pale peach with icy shimmer; Bare Canvas: champagne with shimmer; Untitled: soft grey-mauve with shimmer; and Bamboom: beige-brown with golden shimmer.

Have you tried them?

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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.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

After trying out one of the Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige and totally loving it, I picked up four more. There are 30 shades in total, and I like that there’s such a great selection of neutral shades. I got Taupe (Satin), Cocoa (Satin), Chocolate (Matte), and Java (Pearl).

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Revlon Colorstay Shadowlinks in Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, & Java

Well named, “Taupe” is a very light, cool toned taupe with a little bit of sheen. After “Greige” this one is my favourite. “Cocoa” is a cool medium brown that seems a little more on the matte side than a satin as its described. “Chocolate” is more of a warm brown and is completely matte. Chocolate didn’t have quite as smooth a texture as the others. My least favourite was “Java” which definitely had an uneven texture and way too much glitter for me. It didn’t appear that glittery in the pan.

Revlon Shadowlinks Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

The Revlon ShadowLinks have received a lot of negative reviews. I can understand if you like really intense, highly pigmented shadows, you might not like these. But on fair skin, shadows can show up very dramatically. For example even MAC’s Satin Taupe looks pretty dark on me. The ShadowLinks are great for when I want a subtle, natural look and are great for work. I do think they would probably work best on lighter skintones (at least the neutrals I’ve tried).

They last really well on me, but I do wear them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer, like I do with any eye shadow I wear.

I am a fan of these cute little singles and I love the way you can interlock them to form your own palette. I got these four at Shoppers Drug Mart for 2 for $6 CAD.

What do you think about Revlon’s Shadowlinks? Love ’em or hate ’em?

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Nerdy Librarian Girl
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How Badass is the Pulp Fiction Makeup Collection?

Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction Makeup Collection!

Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection!

I can’t even describe how excited I was to see that Sephora package arrive today (more excited than usual even) because I knew it contained the items I’d ordered from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction makeup collection. I am a huge Tarantino fan and have seen Pulp Fiction about a million times and have even been Mrs. Mia Wallace for Halloween. This collection did not disappoint.

My most favourite details about this collection? 1. The iconic “path of the righteous man” quote is printed on the eyeshadow palette. 2. The quote is even written inside the boxes containing the lipstick and nail polish, and 3. The lipstick and nail polish shades are both named “Mrs. Mia Wallace”! This is seriously the coolest packaging ever.
Path of the Righteous Man quote on Pulp Fiction Palette
Path of the Righteous Man quote on Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick packaging
Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick packaging
Let’s start with the amazing Stay Cool Honey Bunny eyeshadow palette. The shadows are the buttery soft, pigmented goodness you’d expect from Urban Decay. And love the names!

Pulp Fiction eyeshadow palette

Pulp Fiction eyeshadow palette

These are shades I would gravitate to anyway – very neutral, cool toned browns and creams.

Swatches: Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches: Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette

Then there’s the beautiful deep red lipstick. I love how the Revolution lipstick tube is black (although it isn’t reading as quite as black in this photo).

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Revolution Lipstick in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”

I wasn’t in love with the Revolution Lipstick I bought in “Liar”. I didn’t think the formula worked for a nude lipstick (too opaque and matte) but I think it works better in this vampy red. It went on extremely smooth and stayed on for hours and surprisingly didn’t feel drying. It’s a deep, cool-toned red. Definitely very Mia Wallace.

Swatch: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Swatch: Revolution Lipstick in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”

I also got the nail polish in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”, although Uma Thurman famously wore Chanel “Vamp” nail polish in the original film. Urban Decay’s version is similar (a dark, blood red) but not the same as the shade she wore in the film. Vamp was more of a blackened plum. I love the Urban Decay nail polish bottle with the black skull on the top though!

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish

“Mrs. Mia Wallace” Nail Polish

I am delighted with this collection. If you’re thinking of picking up these limited edition items, here are the Canadian prices:

  • Stay Cool Honey Bunny eyeshadow palette: $41.00
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick: $26.00
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish: $18.00

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

Maybelline The Nudes: A neutral eye shadow palette at the drugstore!

A neutral eye shadow palette at the drugstore for $14.99! Crazy!

I’ve been waiting for Maybelline’s The Nudes eye shadow palette to appear at my drugstore. I had heard mixed reviews, but I couldn’t resist a neutral eye shadow palette from a drugstore brand for $14.99 CAD. I really wanted to try it out for myself.

I don’t have a lot of drugstore eye shadows, with the big exception of NYX which I Love, so I honestly didn’t have super high expectations. I’ve been really surprised and impressed! I love the  sleek, compact packaging and I quite like the 12 shades which include both warm and cool toned browns and greys. You could get a warm or a cool  eye look with this palette.

Maybelline The Nudes palette has a pretty good mix of both warm and cool tones

The Nudes palette has a pretty good mix of both warm and cool tones

Half of the shades are matte, and the remaining six have a bit of a shimmery finish, but not glittery or overly shimmery or anything. I was surprised by how pigmented and smooth they were for drugstore shadows. They reminded me a little of some of the NYX shadows.

Swatches: Maybelline The Nudes palette

Swatches: Maybelline The Nudes palette

I had heard complaints about these being patchy and hard to blend, but I didn’t find that at all. They blended nicely. I apply them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. They lasted well and didn’t crease. I even really like the matte, flesh-toned shade (third one on the top) which I used on my brow-bone and to blend out the other shadows. Palettes hardly ever have a shade like this that I actually use. I normally still have to reach for my MAC Brule.

I think this cute little neutral palette is an amazing deal!

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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy July Glam Bag Review

July Glam Bag: mini bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30, Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment, Models Own Nail polish, and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

July Glam Bag: mini bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30, Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment, Models Own nail polish, and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

My July bag arrived really late this month. The July bag’s theme was “Sensationally Sunkissed” and the bag was bright pink (my favourite colour!). Unfortunately it was another one of those plastic bags with a strong chemical off-gassing smell. Ick.

In the July bag was:

  • bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 mini with the shades “Muse” and “Passion” a pink and a purple shade:  $25.00 for full size
  • pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30 (15ml sample size): $65.00 for full 50 ml size
  • Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (2 ml sample size):  $38.00 for full 7.5 ml size
  • Models Own nail polish in “Red Sea”: $9.50
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm mini in “Pretty Pink” (1.8 g sample size): $22.00 for full size

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

The total retail value of the July bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $159.50 CAD. This month’s bag was pretty high-end.

I absolutely love the mini bareMinerals eyeshadow and mini Pixi tinted lip Balm – they are beyond cute. Pur-lisse and Clear Clinic Laboratories are two expensive brands and I’m excited to try them out. Overall, a really good bag this month!

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bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 quad in “The Truth” has been mentioned quite a bit by Kristen Gehm. I already had a bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 duo in “The Escape”, and I really liked the formula. The shadows are soft and buttery.

bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in The Escape

A much loved bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in “The Escape”

The light shade on the right “Daydream” is a lovely matte cream colour, similar to MAC’s Brule. The shade on the left, “Wanderlust” turns out fairly dark on me (its actually darker than it appears in this photo). If you are on the paler side, its a good duo for doing a dark smokey eye, with Wanderlust on the lid blended out with Daydream, but I really wanted to try some of their other palettes in lighter, neutral shades.

“The Truth” is a perfect quad if you are looking for wearable, everyday neutrals.

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

  • “Serendipitous” – a light, cream colour with unfortunately a shimmery finish. I really wish this one was matte 😦
  • “Magnetism” – An absolutely beautiful taupe with a slight sheen finish (similar to the finish of MAC’s Patina or Satin Taupe). This shade is my favourite and looks pretty as an all over lid colour.
  • “Fate” – a medium, warm-ish brown with the same finish as Magnetism. Looks pretty in the crease.
  • “Apropos” – The darkest shade, a cooler brown with little silvery glitter flecks, which actually don’t show up too much once applied.
Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

I love three out of the four shades in this quad, and it would be an absolutely perfect little palette if the light, cream shade was matte. I prefer a matte shade for blending out and on my browbone. I can’t use Serendipitous for this, so I have to reach for my MAC Brule to complete the look.

Another great feature of the bareMinerals Ready eyeshadows is that the packaging is very sturdy and substantial and great for traveling. I feel safe packing them, and they all have a built in mirror.

The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 quads are $38.00 CAD, and the 2.0 duos are $25.00 CAD. In Canada, bareMinerals is available at Sephora.

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Review & Swatches: My Wet n Wild Eye Shadow Palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow palettes

I have been curious about the much hyped, cult favourite brand, Wet n Wild, but it’s not widely available where I live, and although it is sold at one drugstore near me, the selection is very small.

Recently, I ordered some of the Wet n wild eyeshadows through FTB Beauty. They seemed to have all of the Wet n Wild products available so I was able to get all of the neutral palettes I was interested in trying out. I ordered three of the Color Icon Trios in 335 “Silent Treatment”, 380B “Walking on Eggshells”, and 381B “Sweet as Candy”, and the 8-pan eyeshadow palette in 738 “Comfort Zone”.

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow "Comfort Zone" palette

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow “Comfort Zone” palette

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Silent Treatment"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Silent Treatment”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Walking on Eggshells"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Walking on Eggshells”

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in "Sweet as Candy"

Swatches: Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trio in “Sweet as Candy”

What I liked:

  • The colours! All of the palettes had very pretty, wearable, neutral shades. It can be hard to find “subtle” eyeshadow shades in drugstore brands.
  • Overall, fairly pigmented.
  • Easy to blend.
  • Didn’t irritate my eyelids, which tend to be sensitive.

What I didn’t like:

  • Too soft and crumbly! It’s nice to have a soft, blendable shadow, but these are REALLY soft. If you look at the pics, I haven’t even used these that much and have already eroded huge chunks out of some of the shades. The shadow kind of goes everywhere when you put your brush in it.
  • Fall-out. I would get a lot of shadow falling down under my eye while applying.
  • Some inconsistent texture/pigmentation. Although most of the shades were smooth, a few were pretty patchy and uneven, especially the darker or matte shades (see swatch of “Silent Treatment” trio for example)

Wet n Wild eyeshadows have been compared to much higher priced brands, like MAC. While I think that for their very low price these are good quality, I don’t think they compare in texture to MAC or some of the other higher-end eyeshadows I have. The one big difference would be in how soft they are. I was losing a lot of product while I was picking up the shadows on my brush, and then losing more while applying them. Based on how much product has already been swept away, I think you would hit pan on these much quicker than with higher-end shadows. MAC might cost more, but think about how long it takes you to use up a MAC eyeshadow.

I think if your preferred price point is more drugstore, the Wet n Wild shadows are for sure the best drugstore brand I’ve tired. However, I don’t think I’m convinced that they are comparable quality to some of the higher-end brands I have. I like them a lot, but I’m not wind-in-my-hair-the-hills-are-alive-with-the-sound-of-music in love with them.

Price details: Through FTB Beauty, the Comfort Zone palette was $8.50 CAD, and the trios were $5.00 CAD each (plus tax). Shipping was $15.98 CAD. I noticed they have improved their shipping options, with regular shipping $7.99 and express shipping $12.99, and free shipping now on orders $50 or more (yay!). Shipping was very fast and the eyeshadows arrived in perfect condition. I would definitely recommend this site for Canadian makeup shoppers.

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“No Makeup” Makeup for Fair Skin: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”

The May issue of Allure magazine featured two taupe eyeshadows, Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow in “Wild Truffle” and Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”, in their “Backstage Beauty” article on runway trends for fall 2014. The “soft mix of beige and gray” was described as “pretty much the perfect shade”. Editor Sophia Panych also listed Revlon’s Greige as her “new everyday shadow”.

Always ready to try a new taupe, I picked up the very tiny (1″x1″) Revlon Shadowlink at the drugstore. These wee eyeshadows are very inexpensive ($2.49 CAD). Now I will warn you, if you have dark skin or prefer really pigmented shadows, this probably won’t be for you. But, if you’re like me and sometimes crave a very natural, “no makeup” makeup look and would love a light wash of taupey goodness for that maybe-she’s-born-with-it effect, I would definitely recommend trying Greige. I have a hard time finding shadows that don’t show up rather dark or dramatic against my fair skin. Greige is the subtle, matte shade I have been looking for.

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige” (natural daylight)

Swatch: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige

Swatch: Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in “Greige”

I think Greige is a hidden gem of the drugstore. Have you tried any of the other Revlon Shadowlinks? Are they worth checking out?

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Ipsy May Glam Bag Review

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

May Ipsy Glam Bag: Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil, Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo, Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask, Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer, Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 sunscreen

The May Glam Bag’s “Fresh Picks” theme was all about natural beauty. I nicknamed mine the “hippy glam bag” because all my products seemed to be of the all-natural, sustainable, ethical, organic, cruelty-free variety. Even the cosmetic bag was unbleached cotton with a green leaf design. My bag also contained more skincare products then any of my previous bags. Only one item out of the five was a makeup item. I received:

  • Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil (travel size): $14.00 CAD
  • Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn” (unable to find a price)
  • Hey Honey Take It Off Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask (10ml sample size): $38.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Pur-lisse Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer (15ml sample size): $60.00 CAD for full 50ml size
  • Hang Ten Classic Sport SPF 50 natural sunscreen (sample size): $14.00 CAD for full size

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

The total retail value of the May bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $126.00 CAD. That is without the Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo which had no price available.

The Balanced Guru No Frizz Oil is silicone-free and uses essential oils like Sesame, Grapeseed, Jojoba, and Tamanu and certified organic ingredients. Its cruelty-free and has recyclable packaging. I have super frizzy hair and generally like hair oils. I found the scent of this one a bit off-putting – a very sinus-clearing eucalyptus. I could not find where this brand might be sold in Canada. We can’t order online, but their website says you can call or email to place an international order, but beware they ship using UPS.

The Pacifica eyeshadow duo is not on their website, so I suspect it was an item specially created for Ipsy. The brand’s products are gluten-free, 100% vegan, cruelty-free, and don’t contain “FD&C color, phthalates, parabens, sulfates, propylene glycol, benzene, mineral oil, petroleum, peanut oil, triclosan, and other ingredients you do not want on your skin” and they are really environmentally and ethically conscious.

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in "Moonbeam" and "Unicorn"

Pacifica Mineral Eyeshadow Duo 2 in “Moonbeam” and “Unicorn”

Their mineral eyeshadow duo, infused with coconut water, was literally a hit and a miss. The darker, purpley-taupey shade was quite nice and wearable, with a very smooth texture and satin finish. The other half of the duo, a glittery cream shade, was awful! That shade was everything I dislike in an eyeshadow: scratchy, uneven texture; chunky; patchy to apply; and over-the-top sparkly. Pacifica is available through well.ca and may be at some Target stores in Canada (not mine).

I love getting facial masks in my Ipsy bag. The Hey Honey brand uses honey as the main ingredient in all their products, so I am excited to try out the Exfoliating Honey Peel Off Mask. The Hey Honey site ships to Canada using USPS for very reasonable shipping ($8.99 USD) and with USPS there aren’t additional import or customs fees.

Pur-lisse is quite a high-end brand. One of the great things about getting samples in my Ipsy bag is that I can try out expensive products to see how my skin reacts before dropping a lot of money on the full sized product and then discovering it irritates my sensitive skin. The Pur-moist Hydra Balance moisturizer does contain natural fragrance oils so we will see how it goes.

I was excited to get a sunscreen in my Ipsy bag. Being a very pale girl, I practically never leave the house in summer without at least an SPF 30 on (and prefer an SPF 50 or even 75). The Hang Ten Classic Sport contains some organic ingredients, is Oxybenzone, Paraben, and Retinyl Palmitate free, and has a “a signature beach themed all-natural non-synthetic scent”. It smells delicious! Again, I am glad I get to test this out first to see how my skin reacts. Although I couldn’t find where to purchase this brand in Canada.

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Cargo Yukon Eyeshadow

Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon

Cargo Eyeshadow in “Yukon”

When Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics, I tried several of their products. But as I mentioned in my previous post, their eyeshadow single in “Yukon” immediately sold out. I have been back a few times with no luck, but finally was able to get my paws on this popular shade. A favourite of Youtubers like Kristen Gehm and GlamLifeGuru among others, would this taupe eyeshadow live up to the hype?

Cargo Eyeshadow in Yukon

Cargo Eyeshadow in “Yukon”

First of all, it is a very pretty colour. A slightly cool-toned, not too brown, not too gray shade without any purple, “Yukon” really is a true taupe. From how it appears in the pan, I really wasn’t expecting it to be as shimmery though. That was a surprise. I got a bit of fall-down and what was under my eye was almost sparkly. On the eye, it definitely has a sheen. It was also slightly on the sheerer side; not quite as pigmented as, say, a MAC shadow. But I found I could build it up, and it did stay on all day with an eyeshadow primer.

Swatch Cargo Yukon Eyeshadow

Swatch: Cargo “Yukon”

Overall I really like it. I can understand why it is a favourite, mainly because taupes are elusive. “Yukon” is a very flattering, natural looking type of shade.

The Cargo singles retail for $19.00 CAD which SEEMS expensive at first, but its huge – you get 3.5g of eyeshadow. By comparison a MAC single is only 1.5g for $18.00. So you will have loads of taupe! 🙂

I haven’t tried any other Cargo eyeshadow shades. Have you? Which would you recommend?

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Dupe

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow
I was sad to hit pan on some of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, especially “Naked 2”, the one I wore most often. I really like wearing this shade all over the lid as a very natural, everyday “no makeup” makeup look. While I was in Sephora I asked the SA if UD made Naked 2 as an individual shadow. They don’t, but she was so sweet and helpful and immediately recommended another shade that she said is a very close dupe for Naked 2: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Cement”.

Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown “Cement” Eye Shadow

Cement is described as “a grey beige” and is completely matte.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Swatches (L-R): Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

It’s extremely similar to Naked 2. Both are very light, matte, cool-toned beigey-taupes. I would say Naked 2 is a little warmer and more brown, and Cement is a little more grey.

I’m really happy with it! If there are your-lips-but-better shades, I would say this is a your-eyelids-but-better eye shadow 🙂

This is the first Bobbi Brown eye shadow I’ve tried. In Canada they’re available at SephoraMurale, and Holt Renfrew for $26.00 CAD. Now I’d like to try some other Bobbi Brown shadows. Which ones would you recommend?

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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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LORAC Pro Palette & My Experience with Borderfree

Lorac Pro Palette Packaging
When I went to the Sephora website to order the LORAC Pro Palette, I was dismayed to discover that they had stopped carrying LORAC. After checking out the interwebs, it became obvious that getting your hands on LORAC in Canada was next to impossible. Until I discovered that Nordstrom now ships to Canada using Borderfree, so you don’t incur crazy high, surprise customs charges on top of your order and shipping charges.

Here was my experience ordering from Nordstrom with Borderfree:

  • Prices on the website were displayed in CAD, which was awesome! The Pro Palette was $48.25 CAD.
  • Shipping was $8.86 CAD which is reasonable. International orders aren’t eligible for free shipping. The “duties & taxes” were only $6.27 CAD (for a total of $63.38 CAD).
  • My order shipped on February 27, and I received it on March 7, which would be 5 business days. To get it to an island in Canada in winter is pretty darn impressive!
  • Most importantly, there were no additional, unexpected customs charges.

And here it is:

LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette

It also came with a little baby sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. There have been so many reviews of the Pro Palette. For some amazing swatches and photos check out Temptalia’s review. Does it live up to all the hype? I think so. I love that it’s half matte shades, and that the shimmery shades are actually not too shimmery. They are all very wearable. Unlike some palettes, I will actually wear all of the shades. They are as pigmented and as soft and blendable as the reviews said. I am super happy with it.

I would definitely order from Nordstrom again. They carry a lot of beauty brands that aren’t readily available here in Canada, so if you’re searching for that hard to find item, you might want to check them out. I know I have my eye on some of the LORAC blushes…

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Cargo Cosmetics now at Lawtons Drugs

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

Cargo Cosmetics Blush in Tonga, and Essential Palette in Cool Neutral

I was exited that my local Lawtons Drugs began carrying Cargo Cosmetics. I had never seen it in “real life” before. I knew I had to try one of their blushes. Although “Catalina” is apparently one of their most popular/best-selling shades, seeing it in person I was hesitant. It was a really bright pink! I decide to go with the “Tonga” blush instead, which to me seemed much better suited to fair skin. Cargo describes it as “pink terracotta”.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush

Tonga is a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve. Here it is compared to two shades from Nars: “Madly” (also a soft, brown-pink) and “Orgasm” (a shimmery peachy-pink). Tonga is similar to Madly and very different from Orgasm, to give you some points of reference.

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

Cargo Cosmetics Tonga Blush Swatch

I love it. It looks totally natural on fair skin. I love the packaging too, and it’s awesome that you get a ton of product: 8.9 g. I go through a lot of blush 🙂 A MAC blush is 6 g (for $25 CND) and a Nars blush is 4.5 g (for $33 CND). So although the Cargo blush is $26 CND, it’s actually inexpensive considering how much product you get. Cargo is about $2.89/g, MAC  $4.17/g and Nars $7.33/g.

I had really wanted to get an Eye Shadow Single in “Yukon”, but they were already sold out of that shade. The Essential Palette in Cool Neutral caught my eye though. I have a hard time finding cool-toned eyeshadows, especially in neutral/brown shades and especially in a palette.

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in "Cool Neutral"

Cargo Cosmetics Essential Palette in “Cool Neutral”

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

Cargo Cosmetics Eye Palette Cool Neutral Swatches. L-R: Browbone, Lid, Crease, Outer Corner.

The “browbone” shade is an exact dupe for MAC’s “Brule” one of my all time favourite shadows. It doesn’t show up in the photo because it’s basically an exact match for my skintone. It is a pale, matte cream/beige shade that’s perfect for blending out other shades and for a highlight.

The “lid” colour was a little disappointing because it just doesn’t show up as well as it does in the pan. It’s very light on the skin, almost as light as the “browbone” shade.

The “crease” colour is beautiful. Mostly matte with just a hint of sheen, it is a perfect cool taupe shade. The “outer corner” shade is deep, cool brown. I didn’t use the shades in the way the palette suggests, with the exception of the browbone shade.

I don’t think these shades are very dupe-able. As I mentioned, it’s tough to find cool-toned neutrals. I also love that these are mostly matte and none are super shimmery. It’s such a wearable palette. The quality of the shadows are excellent; very pigmented (with the exception of the “lid” shade) and very soft, smooth, and blendable. There also wasn’t any fall-out when I was applying them (a big pet peeve of mine).

The palette is a bit pricey at $39 CND, but I think, totally worth it. And again, like the blush, you do get a ton of product. Each shade is 3.7 g. A MAC eye shadow is 1.5 g for $18 CND. So four MAC shadows would be $72. You get way more product for a lot less with the Cargo palette.

I am looking forward to heading back to try out some more Cargo products. If you have any recommendations, please leave me a comment!

Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Cargo Cosmetics in Canada.

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