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MAC Work it Out Collection

MAC Work It Out collection

Love the 80s-inspired packaging!

I love when MAC comes out with a new LE collection. I always check it out, although I don’t necessarily always order anything. There was just something about the Work it Out collection that was calling my name. I think, primarily, it was all of the lustre finish lipsticks (my fav!), but then there were just so many other cool new things I wanted to try. I also absolutely love this packaging that is a little bit 80s but also a little bit retro 1950s/1960s too. Black and white stars and checkerboards combined with bright, neon pinks, oranges, blues and greens!? Swoon. Continue reading

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Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara

Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara
Earlier this year, Revlon replaced all of their mascaras with five brand new mascaras. I hadn’t tried many Revlon mascaras, except for the Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara which I’d really loved. I’m typically more of a L’Oreal mascara girl when it comes to drugstore mascaras.

This new line was pretty hard to miss (and equally hard to resist) with its eye-catching packaging that reminded me of the bright colourful markers that always tempt me at art supply stores. I really like how each cap is a different colour. They’re so shiny! Continue reading

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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara
Hi everyone! It has been ages since I last posted. Working at a university, the fall is a super busy time. I have had so many projects on the go this fall that I have had hardly any spare time. Plus, another exciting thing happened – we bought a house! Very unexpectedly. We had almost bought a house two years ago but some stuff happened and we ended up not proceeding with the sale. So things have been crazy! I hadn’t even realized how long it had been since I was last blogging.

I’m back with a review of the Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara. I recently finished my Smashbox X-Rated Mascara which I totally loved. The wand and the formula of the X-Rated mascara is one of my favourites. When I started testing out the Full Exposure mascara, I immediately thought – oh no a huge brush! This is one mascara trend that I’m not a big fan of. Continue reading

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Redeeming Sephora Points, VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, & a Great Beauty Deal (still available!)

Sephora 500 point reward Tarteist Tools, VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, and Urban Decay Beauty Deal

Who doesn’t love Sephora points, amirite?

Hey everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post about the free items I got with my latest Sephora order, especially because one of the Beauty Deals is pretty great and is still available on the website. When I placed my order, I ended up qualifying for VIB Rouge again [hangs head in shame and cuts up credit card]. I was happy to see that the VIB Rouge Welcome Gift was actually available this time. I never did get the VIB Rouge gift last year (which I think was a mini Marc Jacobs Beauty Lipstick) even after contacting Sephora, who continually said they were “out of stock”, which I think was pretty bad customer service considering how much one has spent when one hits the Rouge level. The only VIB Rouge gift I’d received was for 2014, the first time I qualified, and that was the mini Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick. So I was really pleased with the 2016 VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, a super cute mini NARS blush.

NARS mini blush VIB Rouge exclusive Goulue

This year’s VIB Rouge welcome gift: a baby NARS blush!

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Smashbox Indecent Exposure VS X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara

Love the velvet mascara wand handle

Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara, which is my new favourite mascara. I loved the wand and the formula, which really volumized my lashes and is very black and dramatic.  I was excited to try another new mascara from Smashbox, the Indecent Exposure Mascara, but also a little nervous because I just love the X-Rated so much. Here’s what I thought of the Indecent Exposure and how it compared to the X-Rated. Continue reading

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My new Favourite Mascara!

Smashbox Mascaras
Hi everyone! I recently received several Mascaras from Smashbox, and I’m so excited to try them all out and review them for you. I think mascaras are one of my favorite products to try out, how about you? I love the sample sized mascaras from Sephora. I have one particular absolute favourite mascara that I just keep repurchasing and repurchasing, Guerlain Maxi Lash, which made my 2014 and 2015 favourites, but I’m always game for putting a new mascara up against it to see if it competes! I’m going to test out and review each of these separately. I find you need to use a mascara for at least a week before you can really get a good feel for it.

Before I start, I think its important for you to know what I really like in a mascara. That way, you’ll know that if you like similar qualities and I really like a mascara, chances are you’ll like it too. On the flip side, if what I tend to prefer in a mascara is not your cup of tea, then my review can still be helpful because you’ll be able to judge whether or not its what you’re looking for (if I hate it, you might love it). Let’s get started… 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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Review: L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

I’m a big fan of the L’Oreal mascaras – Telescopic and the original Voluminous both come to mind. There was something about this new L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara that grabbed me and made me really want to try it out, and when I saw it on sale at my local drugstore I couldn’t resist. I blame the pretty, pretty packaging! Plus, who doesn’t want to look as beautiful as a butterfly?

L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

I also thought the wand was very different and intriguing.

L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara wand

Double Wing Butterfly Brush

Here’s what L’Oreal has to say:
Lashes are dressed in ultra-intense deep matte black volume, spread like butterfly wings. The exclusive Double Wing Butterfly Brush spreads lashes outwards while building greater intensity. L’Oréal’s Intenza formula is enriched with micro-fibres for up to 9X the volume without clumps or flakes. Creates a simply sophisticated matte finish.”

I find the whole “matte” thing a bit perplexing. Are other mascaras not matte? I have no idea. Anyway…on to the review. I liked the brush. Similar to the Telescopic mascara, it had awesome short little rubber bristles that make it very easy to apply and get down to the base of your lashes without the mascara smudging all over your lids.

I thought the formula was kind of meh though. I like a very intense black, very dramatic, volumizing mascara that almost gives you a false eyelashes effect (insert another nerdylibraiangirl shout out to Guerlain Maxi Lash if you’re not too sick of hearing about it). This mascara is more of a your-lashes-but-slightly-better. It was very lengthening, but not volumizing, which is what I really need.

I did get a tiny bit of flaking (not too bad) and otherwise it wore well. I like it, but am not in love with this mascara.

I got the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza on sale for $8.99 CAD (yay!) but its regularly about $12.99 CAD.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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What Would You Like to Pick Up at the Sephora VIB Sale?

Sephora VIB Sale

Its the VIB Sale at Sephora!

Hi everyone! I took advantage of the 15% off VIB Rouge discount to order a few things today. I re-ordered some favourites, the Guerain Maxi Lash Mascara, the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, and my favourite perfume, Issey Miyake. I love getting it in the rollerball form because its so easy to apply and to travel with.

I’d purchased a WEN On the Go Travel Kit and really liked the Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Treatment, but the full-size is fairly pricey ($41 CAD), so I’m glad I could get this on sale.

I also got two lipsticks to review for my ongoing High-end Lipstick Review series, Dolce & Gabbana and YSL. Can’t wait to review these!

How about you? Are you taking advantage of the VIB sale?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Mini-Review: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

gift with purchase

Hi everyone! This is just a quick review of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara. I received this sample sized mascara a while back as a gift with purchase when I picked up some EsteeLauder lipsticks. I’ve used up my favourite Guerlain Maxi Lash and I’m waiting for the Sephora VIB Rouge sale (which starts tomorrow!) to purchase another one, so I’ve been trying out the Estee Lauder.

FYI – the full size looks like this:

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Full-sized Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara ($29 CAD)

I am not a fan of this mascara. The brush is way too big and the bristles are thick and close together. I can’t apply it without getting mascara on my eyelids. #hoodedlidproblems

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara wand

Sumptuous Mascara wand – a ginormous, bristle brush

It also flakes off like crazy! By the end of the day I have all kinds of little black flakes under my eyes and on my cheeks. Total deal breaker for me when it comes to mascara. I haven’t tried any of the other Estee Lauder mascaras (they have 10 of them!) but I am a huge fan of their Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara (001 Blackest Black)

Although I’m totally in love with my favourite mascara, Guerlain Maxi Lash and I have yet to find something I like quite as much, I can never seem to resist trying out a new drugstore mascara (especially when they are on sale!). I’ve had good luck with some of the Revlon mascaras, so I gave the Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara a try.

I immediately found the wand and the formula very similar to the Guerlain Maxi Lash. I really like a more traditional bristle mascara brush, and I also don’t like wands that are too big. The Revlon wand is bigger than the Guerlain, but still a manageable size. The wand did a great job at coating each and every one of my lashes to build volume.

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara Wand

Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara Wand

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

The thing I really like about the Guerlain is that it’s very, very black and dramatic. Described as having “intense colour pigments”, the Bold Laquer is the blackest mascara I have tried from the drugstore. Its just about as intensely black as the Guerlain. Dare I say, it might be a dupe?

The big difference between the two is that the Revlon mascara has fibers. I think that’s what gives such a noticeable volumizing effect. I  seriously felt like I had false lashes on. But the downside of fibers is that I did find they flaked off a little bit by the end of the day. Not too badly, but I don’t get any flaking with the Guerlain, it just stays put. I wouldn’t say its a deal breaker for me. I really like the Revlon and would repurchase it.

The Revlon Bold Lacquer Length & Volume Mascara is typically around $9.99 CAD, but I got mine on sale at Lawton’s for only $7.99.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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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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Two Recent Mascara Fails

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara and Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

A couple of months ago, I had run out of my favourite mascara, the Guerlain Maxi Lash, and happened to be near a MAC Store. I thought I’d pick up my second favourite mascara, MAC’s Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash. When I got back to the hotel, I realized the SA had accidentally put a False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara in my bag instead. I loved the cool shape of the tube and thought, well let’s give this one a try then!

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

Sadly, it didn’t turn out to be a serendipitous discovery of a great new mascara. This one didn’t work for me at all.  My biggest issue was with the wand, which is odd because I usually like a bristle brush. The False Lashes Extreme Black brush is too thick and the bristles too short and stiff – they’re jam packed close together – making it really hard to get the mascara on your eyelashes. The formula is really dry which also doesn’t help with the application. This was a pain to apply and worst of all it would flake off during the day. For $25 CAD, I expect a mascara to stay on a lot better.

I headed to the drugstore for a replacement when I got home. I had been wanting to try Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara. Ever since Clinique came out with their Bottom Lash Mascara, I have been ranting to anyone who would listen that ALL mascaras should come with a double wand: one for the top lashes and one for the bottom lashes. Isn’t that a good idea? Finally, Maybelline made one. I love the concept!

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

I liked both the applicators on this one, although I thought the bottom lash brush could have been smaller. Here it is compared to Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. The Maybelline brush is twice as long!

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara VS Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara VS Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

What I didn’t like about the Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes is the formula. Like many drugstore mascaras I’ve tried, this one just didn’t stay on. It smudged quite badly on my lower lashes (I’m sticking to my Clinique Bottom Lash from now on) and it flaked off throughout the day. It also didn’t give my lashes much volume, although it was lengthening.

The Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara is $8.99 CAD. Have you tried it? Did you love it or leave it?

Thanks so much for stopping by,
Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Las Vegas Makeup Shopping: The Guerlain Shop

Makeup from Guerlain at the Grand Canal Shoppes

A trip to Guerlain at the Grand Canal Shoppes

Hello everyone! I am finally back from my trip, where I didn’t have any wifi access at the hotel or the conference centre. Sorry I haven’t been able to post anything. I had an amazing time and have lots of great stuff that I picked up in Vegas to tell you about.
welcome to fabulous las vegas nevada
While visiting the Venetian (yes, I did go on the gondola ride, lol) we strolled through the Grand Canal Shoppes where I spotted a Guerlain store. I can only order Guerlain through the Sephora website; They don’t seem to carry it in-store at the Canadian Sephoras. I was excited to actually get to see the products in real life and swatch them. My absolute favourite mascara is Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara. I had recently used mine up and tried out two other mascaras in the meantime that I really didn’t care for (I will do a review of those soon).

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

The Guerlain Maxi Lash has a traditional bristle brush and is on the smaller, thinner side, so it’s a lot easier to apply than some of the mascaras with the popular new humongous wands. I just love the formula of this mascara – very thick! It really makes my lashes look thicker and fuller. And although I know it sounds weird, this mascara is just blacker than any other I’ve tried. It gives a dramatic false-eyelashes effect. It stays on, doesn’t flake or smudge, and doesn’t leave my lashes feeling crunchy and stiff. I was so happy to be wearing this again.

Since I could swatch, I also finally bought a Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour with the super fancy jewel lipstick compact. I picked the shade “15 Galiane”. Look how crazy fancy the lipstick case is! It even has a mirror that flips open on its own.

Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour in 15 "Galiane"

Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour in 15 Galiane

Galiane is a new shade just added this year (it’s not available on the Canadian Sephora site, but it is through the Nordstrom site). It’s a nudey-pinky-beige. The finish is slightly sheer, moisturizing, and a little bit glossy. It actually reminds me of MAC’s Lustre finish, which is my favourite, so the Rouge G de Guerlain formula is right up my alley. It has a very mild “lipstick” smell, but no taste. It was definitely a splurge, but I really do love it.

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

I paid $30 USD for the mascara, which is about $32 CAD. It’s $34 CAD through Sephora. The lipstick was $51 USD or about $54 CAD. They are $53 CAD through Sephora. So the cost was roughly the same as if I’d bought them in Canada.

I have lots more Vegas shopping to blog about, so stay tuned for more posts over the next few days! I’ll leave you with a pic of me on the gondola ride at the Venetian.
Gondola ride at the Venetian
Thanks for Stopping by!
Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

The June Glam Bag’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise” and included a beautiful Rebecca Minkoff floral patterned cosmetic bag.

I received:

  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (45 ml sample size):  $11.99 for full 125 ml size
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: $16.20
  • NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”:  $5.50
  • Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in “Green”: $5.30
  • Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser (58 ml sample size): $24.00 for full 118 ml size

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

The total retail value of the June bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $62.99 CAD.

I was thrilled to get another NYX Butter Gloss! You can feel my love for them in a previous post. This one was in a shade I didn’t have, Apple Struedel, a pretty peachy coral.

Swatch: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Struedel

NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”

I’m enjoying the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, which smells amazing, like a pina colada. The Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser I am a bit unsure about, as it is very scented (it smells like an orange creamsicle) and does contain oils. I have only used it once; I’m a bit nervous how my skin might react. I also really (unexpectedly) like the green Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner. I don’t often use liquid liners, but I think over a dark smokey eye this could be cool. It sets really well and doesn’t budge once applied, and seems to be fairly water-proof.

The one big “miss” from this month’s Ipsy bag is the Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara. It smells horrific, almost like gasoline! I wouldn’t even try it on. Has anyone else tried this mascara? Is there something wrong with mine? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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UK Mascaras Review: Max Factor & 17

Max Factor and 17 Mascaras
While I was in England a few months back, I picked up some brands that are hard or impossible to find in Canada (like Burberry & Tom Ford, Sleek, Soap & Glory, and Bourjois). I had also picked up a few mascaras to try out. So many that it took me a while to get through them all 🙂 I’d only managed to review the Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night and the 17 Deconstructed Lash Lacquer so far.

I had been really keen to try some Max Factor mascaras because they get such good reviews and make so many favourite lists. I picked up the Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume Black mascara and the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion Volume & Length Black mascara.

I really, really liked the 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara. It was my favourite out of the three. It’s very black and dramatic and the formula is thick and volumizing. It was long wearing and didn’t flake or smudge at all (it does claim to be “smudge proof”). I also quite liked the applicator: more of a traditional, long tapered bristle brush. I will be sad to say goodbye to this one.

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara

Max Factor 2000 Calorie Dramatic Volume mascara

My second favourite was the False Lash Effect Fusion. Max Factor and Cover Girl are both owned by the same company. The False Lash Effect Fusion packaging/wand looks pretty much identical to the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion mascara.cg_lashblast_fusion_mascara
I’m pretty sure the Max Factor False Lash Effect Fusion is a dupe for the Cover Girl Lash Blast Fusion. Imagine I went all the way to Europe to buy the same mascara I can find in my own backyard 😛

The last one, which I only recently have tried out, is the 17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara. It had such cute packaging and a cute name, but this one was my least favourite. The formula was nice, and gave my lashes a very pretty feathery effect, but the wand on this one is just too humongous!

17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara

17 Blow Out Blackest Black Volumise Sculpt Tease Mascara

The big round wand made the mascara difficult to apply. This mascara also smudged A LOT, which is not normally something I have trouble with. So along with the Deconstructed Lash Lacquer which was a fail, 17 mascaras are not fairing very well.

It was so fun to get to try out some different brands though.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Review

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer

I picked this up while I was in England. Seventeen is a UK brand that I’ve been unable to find in Canada. I was very intrigued when I saw this in Boots. Its an unusual product, that is sort of like mascara, but doesn’t have anything like a traditional mascara wand. Instead its a tiny, thin brush that you use to paint on the glossy “lash lacquer”:

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Brush

Seventeen Deconstructed Lash Lacquer Brush

Seventeen describes it as “a top coat for lashes”. You’re supposed to apply it over mascara and it “wraps around each lash for blacker, loaded lashes full of drama”.

There are two things I didn’t like about this product. First, I found it very difficult to apply. The applicator is so small and thin and trying to “paint” it onto my eyelashes took forever. Second, I just didn’t notice any difference at all in my lashes. I was hoping for a more intense black or even some glossiness, but it really didn’t give me any noticeable effect.

I do like the IDEA of a lash lacquer top coat. Are there other brands who do a similar product that you would recommend?

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Em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara

I REALLY wanted to like this mascara because I really like Michelle Phan. She is so cute! I was excited to receive this in my November Ipsy Glam Bag. Maybe it’s just me, but this mascara is just not doing it for me. I think partially because I struggle with a curved mascara brush.

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara Brush Close-up

em Michelle Phan Lash Gallery Lengthening Mascara Brush Close-up

I found this mascara difficult to apply. I also found the formula didn’t do much for my lashes, but that may be because I prefer more of a volumizing mascara. I have to give it a “meh”.

If you’ve tried some of the other em products and loved them, let me know. I wasn’t able to find any way to order em products in Canada. Currently, the em site doesn’t ship to Canada.

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Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara

Rimmel London Glam'Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara: LEFT - "Volume" brush; RIGHT - "Length" brush

Rimmel London Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara: LEFT – “Volume” brush; RIGHT – “Length” brush

I picked up this Rimmel Glam’Eyes Day 2 Night Mascara while I was in London. It does seem to be available in Canada, but with slightly different packaging; Here the tube is pink instead of black. I picked it up at a Boots for about 7.99 pounds (or $15 CND).

The concept – a “double cap” where the top cap lengthens and the bottom cap thickens lashes – is definitely a take on MAC’s Haute & Naughty Lash mascara. You can use one or the other, or both. I love the Haute & Naughty Lash (I have been through two tubes now) so I thought I would give the Rimmel a try. Fail. I really don’t like this formula at all. It doesn’t seem to really do anything for my lashes. It isn’t black enough, and definitely not thickening or volumizing at all. It is also one of those mascaras that leaves your lashes feeling “crunchy” if you know what I mean.

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Besame Cosmetics Order Arrived!

I was really excited to open this. Besame is a unique, vintage-inspired make-up line. Although shipping it here was crazy (more on that later) and I probably won’t place another order, it was totally worth it.

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics

I ordered two of the Classic Color Lipsticks in Portrait Pink and Noir Red; their Signature Compact in Porcelain; the Crimson Cream Rouge; and their 1930s Mascara.

Besame Classic Color Lipsticks in Noir Red and Portrait Pink

Besame Classic Color Lipsticks in Noir Red and Portrait Pink

I love the lipsticks. You really feel like you’ve gone back in time to the 1950s. Back then, lipsticks were smaller, so the Besame lipsticks are smaller than a typical lipstick:

Besame Lipstick Compared to MAC Lipstick

Besame Lipstick Compared to MAC Lipstick

Speaking of MAC…the Besame lipsticks are similar to the MAC cremesheen lipsticks in formula, finish, and even the vanilla scent.

Besame Signature Compact, 1930s Mascara, and Crimson Cream Rouge

Besame Signature Compact, 1930s Mascara, and Crimson Cream Rouge

The mascara packaging is so glamorous, but it was the only product that was disappointing. I didn’t think the formula or brush did much for my lashes. But, I loved the rouge and the compact. Again, you really feel like you’ve gone back to another era. I mean, just look at this compact:

Besame Signature Compact

Besame Signature Compact

My order initially came to $122.00. The problem was with the brokerage and customs fees which weren’t included. Besame ships using UPS and they charged me an additional $55.00! which means I am not likely to place another order. I will just have to enjoy these for now.

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