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Finally, Too Faced Love Flush, the Adorablest Blush Ever!

Too Faced Love Flush blush

The packaging is even my favourite colour!

The Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16-Hour Blush has been on my wishlist ever since I first laid eyes on the mind-blowingly cute packaging. Not having a Sephora anywhere near me, was the only thing that stopped me from immediately going there and buying the entire collection! When I placed a Sephora order last month I added Baby Love to my cart. When the blush first arrived, I could not even. I mean, observe the cuteness! Continue reading

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A Micellar Water as Good as Bioderma?

Marcelle Micellar Solution
Miceller water, according to this cosmetic scientist, contains micelles or spherical liquid crystals that “vastly reduce the irritancy of some detergents”. If your skin is sensitive at all, micellar water is a great choice for removing makeup. I’m a big fan of the Bioderma Sensibio H2O micellar water, but frustratingly, it isn’t carried by any of the stores in my area. I always buy like 2 or 3 bottles, or however many I can fit in my suitcase, whenever I travel.

About a month or so ago I found myself at the end of my supply. Panicked, I headed to Shoppers Drugmart in search of a fragrance-free makeup remover. The SA suggested Marcelle 3 in 1 Micellar Solution. Marcelle is a Canadian brand known for catering to sensitive skin, and their Micellar solution boasts  that its “paraben free, oil free, alcohol free, non comedogenic, hypo-allergenic, for sensitive skin and eyes.” There is also no added fragrance. Continue reading

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Top 5 MAC Blushes & Giveaway! – CLOSED

top five MAC blushes for fair skin
Hey there! I’m back. Its been a crazy busy month with work and I’ve had very little time for anything, especially blogging. The fall is the busiest time of the year for me. I thought I’d get back in the swing of things with a giveaway! I absolutely love MAC blushes and I thought I’d share my favourite MAC blushes for fair skin and at the end of my post I’ll reveal which of those 5 blushes I will be giving away to a subscriber! Continue reading

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Battle of the Setting Sprays: A Fantastic Drugstore Alternative

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray versus Urban Decay

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray VS Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray

I have been using the Urban Decay makeup setting spray for several years now. The “Chill Cooling & Hydrating” setting spray is my favourite. I even have the mini size for when I travel. Thanks to the new Sephora Canadian shipping debacle, my setting spray has been out-of-stock for ages. Dangerously low, I was walking through my local Lawtons Drugs, and I noticed a product that looked remarkably similar to the Urban Decay setting spray, L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. The packaging was extremely similar. I asked the SA if she knew whether or not it was similar to the Urban Decay setting spray and she said she had several customers try it and then tell her they switched to the L’Oreal! Well, that was all I needed to hear to make me want to try a possible drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay setting spray! Continue reading

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The New MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

The new reformulated Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

The newly reformulated Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

I can’t believe its been ages since I last posted! I had an unexpected work situation occur: I had to take over a project in a sort of emergency capacity to get it back on track and it has seriously taken up all of my time for the past couple of weeks. Today was the start of the new semester at my university and even though I was busy with orientation events for new faculty and students all day and am exhausted, I really wanted to do a post and get back in the swing of things. I have several new products that I’ve been using that I’ve been dying to write about.

If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I’m head over heels in love with the MUFE HD Foundation (read about how its the best foundation for fair skin imo). Its the only liquid foundation I’ve found that is light enough for me, that doesn’t oxidize, and also doesn’t irritate my skin or break me out. I tried a lot of foundations in my quest for a good liquid foundation as evidenced by my foundation graveyard. So imagine my horror to discover that my beloved foundation was *gasp* being reformulated!

New Make Up For Ever Ultra formula VS original HD Invisible Cover Foundation

How does the new “ultra” formula compare to my beloved HD Foundation?

Turns out, I shouldn’t have worried. The new Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is just as even more awesome as the original. I didn’t notice a huge difference in the formula, although MUFE claims the new formula “appears more invisible, comfortable, and natural-looking than ever before.” I think it was just so good to begin with that its difficult to notice a huge improvement. It’s still long wearing and sheer and natural looking, letting your own skin come through but also provides good coverage.

For me the two differences are 1. even cuter, and more high-end looking packaging, and 2. improved shade range. I really like the new silver band around the bottle versus the original black. I also liked the addition of the little MUFE lips holding a makeup brush logo on the cap.

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation packaging

Some cute touches on the new packaging!

I think the most impressive improvement is that the Ultra HD foundation comes in even more shades; an astonishing 40 shades! (compared to 26 in the original formula). I had been using the lightest shade in the original line, N110 Pink Porcelain, which I still found slightly too pink-toned for me. In the new line, the equivalent of 110 is R220, but there is an even lighter shade (which looks to be about 2-3 shades lighter than Pink Porcelain), Y205 Alabaster. You can see the difference in the swatches below:

Make Up For Ever original HD foundation formula N110 compared to new Ultra HD formula Y205 "alabaster"

Left: Original formula in N110 Right: New formula in Y205 (both the lightest shades available)

Alabaster is an even better match for me! So the new Ultra HD Foundation gets a huge thumbs up from me. If you have a difficult time finding a foundation light enough for your skin tone, definitely check this out. I think its nice that they include a sample of the Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer with the foundation as well.

Make Up for Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer

A sample of their Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer is included

The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is $50 CAD.


Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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A Primer for Sensitive Skin

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

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

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

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

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

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

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

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Brand Spotlight: #Annabelle Cosmetics Review

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

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

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

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

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

swatches annabelle java jive quad

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

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

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

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

swatches Haute Chocolate Trio

Haute Chocolate Trio

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

Annabelle Single Eye Shadows

Annabelle Single Eyeshadows look remarkably like the MAC eye shadows

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

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

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

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

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

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

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

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

Annabelle blushes

Annabelle blushes are like mini MAC blushes!

I have #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto.

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

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

swatches Annabelle blushes #44 and #32

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

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

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

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

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

annabelle twistup retractable lipstick crayons in romance and vamp

Romance and Vamp

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

Swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Romance and Vamp

Romance and Vamp

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Blush Addict Tag!

blush addict tagI saw this tag on the lovely plus+beauty27‘s blog (which if you haven’t checked out, you really should). As a ridiculously pale person incapable of tanning, I pretty much cannot live without blush and if I’m not wearing makeup, its usually the one thing I will pop on before leaving the house, even before lipstick. I am of the Kate Middleton school of blush; you can never have on too much! Blush is one of my favourite makeup products, so I knew I just had to do this tag.

What color blush suits you most?
I have very fair, cool-toned skin and I find the types of blush shades that suit me best are natural/nude shades, and light cool-toned pinks and peaches. I also try to go for more sheer blushes that I can build up so they look more subtle and natural.

Pressed, cream or loose blush?
Pressed all the way. I haven’t had much luck with cream blushes and loose blush is just way too messy for me.

Favorite shimmery blush?
This is a hard one because I’m really into matte blushes right now, but one of my favourite blushes of all time is NARS Orgasm, which is fairly shimmery I think.

Favorite matte blush?
MAC Mocha which I have heard Dita Von Teese wears. Its is so pretty on fair skin (see my post about Mocha).

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha matte blush

Favorite cream blush?
I am not typically a big fan of cream blushes, but I do really love Benefit Benetint, which is a great cheek stain to wear on its own, layer under foundation, or pat on over liquid foundation.

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Favorite drugstore blush?
I love the NYX blushes so much. I’ve posted about my favourite NYX blushes  and the NYX Baked Blushes. My absolute favourite, most repurchased NYX blush would be Angel.

NYX Angel blush

NYX Angel blush

Favorite high end blush?
I love MAC blushes. You can see my post on what’s in my MAC blush palette for a few of my favs. NARS blushes would be a very close second, and I’ve also posted about my favourite NARS blushes for fair skin. I have one Chanel blush, In Love, and its one of my favourite high-end blush splurges.

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Biggest blush disappointment?
Definitely the Tarte Cheek Stains. I found it too sticky on the skin. Compared to Benefit’s Benetint, it didn’t set on me, so trying to apply foundation over it was an issue. I also found it too sheer and not long-wearing. Plus, I hated the strong fruity smell (why add fragrance to a cheek product?). They were a total fail for me.

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Best blush packaging?
I recently picked up one of the new Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour blushes and I think it has the coolest packaging of any blush I’ve ever seen. Very edgy with such detail. UD really nails it with packaging.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

What’s on your blush wishlist?
I’ve really been wanting to try two high-end blushes: the Make Up For Ever HD powder blushes (which are $31 CAD) and the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blushers that I’d have to order from Nordstrom for $51.37 CAD. You can see why the Charlotte Tilbury is still just “wishlist” 🙂

Plus I just saw a review of the new Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16 hr blushes with the colour-coordinated heart shaped packaging including a heart shaped mirror and I am totally freaking out!

Too Faced Love Flush blush

I am lusting after the new Too Faced Love Flush blushes!

Holy grail blush?
I have three “go-to” blushes that just never seem to fail me and that I’d never want to be without: NYX Angel, MAC Prism, and Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed.

MAC Prism blush

MAC Prism

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Exposed

I think I will do as plus+beauty27 did and invite anyone to do this tag who likes blush as much as I do! I had fun doing this tag and I hope you had fun reading it!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Went in for Cheek Pops, Left with a Different Blush!

New Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

New Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

I’ve been in Ottawa for work this past week, and while I was there, visited the Sephora in the Rideau Centre. I totally went in to check out the Clinique Cheek Pop blushes with the super cute flower design. I’d been hearing several other YouTubers & bloggers mention them and was especially interested in the shade Nude Pop.

I have to say, in person, I was so disappointed. After swatching them, I found them to be way too shimmery for me (think lots of little individual flecks of shimmer). All the shades seemed to have the exact same finish. I’m just not a shimmery blush kind of gal. Feeling bummed, I wandered forlornly around Sephora till a SA asked if I needed any help. I told her my tale of Cheek Pop woe and she immediately suggested I check out the new Urban Decay blushes. I’m so glad I did. The “Afterglow” (named in typical UD fashion) 8-hour powder blushes are beautiful!

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

I think this is the coolest blush packaging I’ve ever seen. Several of the blushes were matte and had the softest, buttery texture, much like the UD eye shadows. I chose the shade Fetish, described as a “medium pink nude,” which I would say is a pale, neutral pinky-nude blush with a matte finish. UD describes the Afterglow blushes as “extremely blendable”, “sheer”, and “finely milled”, which I would completely agree with.

swatch Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush in Fetish

Fetish

Look at the subtle, pale loveliness of this blush! Such a perfect blush for fair skin I think.

The Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blushes are $31 CAD.

What do you think? Clinique Cheek Pop VS Urban Decay Afterglow? Are you loving the shimmery Cheek Pops or do you prefer a matte blush? I’d love to hear from you.

Thank for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Drugstore Swap with ChromaMeSilly!

US drugstore makeup swap

Fabulous drugstore goodies from Miami. Thanks Thalia!

I recently did a swap with the lovely Thalia from ChromaMeSilly who lives in the U.S. Our theme was favourite lip and cheek products from the drugstore. I sent her some Canadian brands, like Annabelle, Quo and Marcelle, and she sent me brands that are hard to get where I live. She sent me such a nice package! I thought I’d share some of the neat things I received.

I was excited about the Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio and the Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss. Hard Candy is apparently available in Canada at WalMart, but my local WalMart doesn’t stock much make-up so I’ve never tried anything from them. I absolutely love the packaging! How cute is this for a drugstore brand?

Hard Candy Contouring Face trio and Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio and Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss

I love the Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel. The way I’ve generally been using it is to swirl my blush brush and use all three shades mixed together, but if I just want to pick up some highlight or blush, a pretty peachy-pink, that works too.

I also love the Hard Candy Volumizing Lip Gloss in 916 Magic Mauve. I was nervous at first about the “plumping” part because I can be so sensitive, but I don’t think this lip product has any of those ingredients that intentionally irritates your lips to make them plumper. I just feels a little bit cool. Magic Mauve is a beautiful, nude pink. The formula of this is not like a gloss, but more like a liquid lipstick and the scent reminds me of MAC lipsticks. It isn’t sticky at all and has a very natural-looking finish. It also wears off in the prettiest way of any lip product ever. This is my favourite  item I received and I’d love to have more shades. Great pick Thalia!

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel – so pretty!

Here are swatches of the Hard Candy products.

swatch Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel and Volumizing Lip Gloss in 916 Magic Mauve

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 3rd Wheel and Volumizing Lip Gloss in 916 Magic Mauve

The next brand she sent me was e.l.f. I’ve never seen e.l.f. in any Canadian stores (if you know of anywhere to purchase it, please let me know) although there are a few websites that ship it to Canada but I haven’t tried ordering from them before. So many bloggers and YouTubers rave about e.l.f. I was really excited to try these too.

e.l.f.

e.l.f. products!

I received:

  • e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia
  • e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Wine
  • e.l.f Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit
  • e.l.f Essential Clear Brow & Lash Mascara
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia

e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia

I had heard about the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia, which I think was being called a dupe for the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna. The packaging sure is similar. I was so impressed with this! The blush is beautiful and stays on all day without fading.

e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Wine and Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit

e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Wine and Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit

The Matte Lip Color and the Lip Balm Tint are two more fabulous lip product selections from Miss Thalia. I’m not normally a huge fan of matte lip products, but the e.l.f. is an exception. The Matte Lip Color is more like a lip stain, similar to the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, only not glossy. It doesn’t dry out my lips at all. I always love a tinted lip balm, and both of these worn together is a beautiful lip combo.

Check out the extreme prettiness of these swatches:

swatch e.l.f. St. Lucia Blush & Bronzer, Wine Matte Lip Color, & Grapefruit Lip Balm Tint

e.l.f. St. Lucia Blush & Bronzer, Wine Matte Lip Color, & Grapefruit Lip Balm Tint

Finally, I also received two more lip balms. Anyone who knows me, knows of my lip balm addiction. I have one in every room, in my car, in my office drawers, everywhere! Neutrogena cosmetics aren’t available in Canada, so I loved that I got their Moisture Shine Lip Soother. I also have a thing about goat’s milk (see my post about my favourite soap) so the Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm seemed made for me and also has awesome ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. I’m now on a mission to find out if Dionis products are available in Canada.

Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother & Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm

Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother & Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm

I really enjoyed swapping with you Thalia! Loved everything you sent me. I’d recommend checking out Thalia’s blog.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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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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Review: New NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

NARS-all-day-luminous-weightless-foundation
When I was last in Sephora, a super friendly SA demoed the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation for me and gave me a generous sample to try. I’ve given up on buying high-end foundation without trying out a sample first, if possible. The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is $57.00 CAD, so I definitely wanted to test out a sample before buying! I’ve been wearing it to work all week and I feel like I have made up my mind about it.

I asked the SA for the palest shade, and she gave me the shade Siberia. On the Sephora website, its described as “light w/ neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones.” There’s also two other very light shades: Mont Blanc, “light with pink undertones” and Gobi, “light with yellow undertones.”

Siberia is probably one of the palest, whitest (not pink or yellow toned) liquid foundations I’ve ever seen which is amazing! I have a really difficult time finding foundation light enough for me, and the first day I wore this someone told me, concerned, that I “looked pale.” I also have a difficult time with foundations oxidizing on me and shifting colour throughout the day. This did not happen at all. The colour really did stay true the entire time I was wearing it.

The foundation is described as “An oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop, for lightweight, 16-hour wear” and that “builds and blends effortlessly.” I would totally agree that it is full, yet natural looking coverage and not a thick mask of makeup (and I’m not always a big fan of full coverage). It also stayed on literally the entire day. But here is where the negative part of the review comes in. Before I cover the negatives, just to be clear, this is a foundation that you are supposed to shake. The SA said to stir the sample before each application, which I did.

This stuff did not blend effortlessly for me. I cannot imagine trying to blend out “one-drop” over my entire face. It reminds me of Revlon ColorStay only it “sets” even faster. It dries in place very quickly to the point that it took a lot of work to blend in and look natural. I tried several different methods of application: Beauty Blender, fingers, foundation brushes, including the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (normally a good one), but nothing really worked for me. I didn’t enjoy fighting with this foundation every morning 😦

Another negative for me was the finish. The word “luminous” may be in the product name, but this foundation is pretty much completely matte on me. I  prefer a liquid foundation that gives a more dewy, hydrated appearance to the skin. I have fairly dry skin and this foundation really accentuated that. It even made my skin feel dryer.

So to summarize…

Likes/Pros:

  • Very light shades available for fair skin!
  • Colour stays true and doesn’t oxidize
  • Natural, not heavy/opaque combined with full coverage which is rare
  • Long wearing
  • Probably a good foundation for those with oily skin

Dislikes/Cons:

  • Difficult to apply and blend
  • Sets too quickly
  • Matte finish, accentuated dryness
  • Not a good foundation for those with dry skin

I don’t think this is a bad foundation necessarily, it just isn’t the type of foundation I prefer and I don’t think its a good one for dry skin. If you’re looking for something extremely light and haven’t been able to find a foundation that matches your fair skin, this might be for you. If you have oily skin and are a fan of foundations like Revlon ColorStay, you would probably like this. My skin is super dry right now with the crazy cold, dry winter weather we’ve been having. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this one.

Have you tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation yet? What do you think?

I’ve also never tried NARS Sheer Glow, so please let me know if you think I’d like that foundation.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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My Favourite NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes for fair skin

Hi everyone! I thought I’d give a little love to one of my favourite makeup products, NYX powder blushes. NYX are my favourite drugstore blushes. They wear longer on me than many other blushes I’ve tried, including high-end brands. After 8-12 hours they look exactly like they did when I first applied them. Typically priced at less than $6.50 CAD, they are a great deal, with the only downside being that the blushes are small (4g VS a 6g MAC blush for example) and very soft, so I do go through some of my favourite shades rather quickly.

Here are my favourite, top six NYX powder blushes:

Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

Top L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural. Bottom L-R: Peach, Angel, Mauve

NYX Pinched blush

PB25 Pinched

Pinched: A peachy-coral blush with subtle golden shimmer, Pinched has been compared to NARS Orgasm. Although similar, I don’t feel that they are exact dupes. Orgasm is much more pink and the finish is quite different. Orgasm has more of a duo-chrome type of sheen, reflecting differently from different angles, whereas Pinched is just shimmery. Here is Pinched swatched with Orgasm, Benefit Coralista, and MAC Peachykeen for comparison:

swatches NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Bourgeois Pig blush

PB28 Bourgeois Pig

Bourgeois Pig: Love the name of this one. 🙂 Although a bit washed out in this pic (don’t get me started on lighting during a dark Canadian winter), its actually a very pigmented matte pink. On fair skin you do have to apply carefully with a light hand, but I like this blush for getting that flushed, rosy-cheeked, “I’ve been out in the cold” type of look. Its a great fall blush.

NYX Natural blush

PB07 Natural

Natural: A light, cool-toned matte pink. Great shade for fair skin.

NYX Peach blush

PB06 Peach

Peach: NYX is known for inexplicable shade names that don’t give a very accurate description of the actual colour. Peach is a perfect example of that. This blush is not even remotely peach. Its really a pale, soft, matte ballerina pink, very similar to Benefit’s Dandelion. Really love this one!

NYX Peach is a dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Peach is a close dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Angel blush

PB03 Angel

Angel: This is one of my favourite blushes ever! The prettiest shade on fair skin, its a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! I have hit pan on this shade so many times it made my Most Repurchased Products of all time.

NYX Mauve blush

PB13 Mauve

Mauve: Again, another NYX shade name that is very misleading. This is not a plum-toned blush at all. Its one of those soft, neutral, matte blushes with beigey/browny undertones, similar to some of my favourite MAC blushes like Prism, Blushbaby, or Mocha. None are dupes for Mauve. Mauve is more peach than any of them.

swatches NYX Mauve VS MAC Prism Blushbaby Mocha

MAC blushes that give a similar effect as NYX Mauve

Here are all six NYX blushes swatched side-by-side:

swatches NYX blushes Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, and Mauve

I’d love to hear what your favourite NYX blush shades are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Feeling Marsala at MAC

MAC Haul Marsala

Goodies from the MAC Store in the Eaton’s Centre, Toronto

I just got back from Toronto where I had to attend some meetings and present at a conference. It was so cold and dry there! It was about -22 C (which is about -8 F I believe). Since I’ve been back, we’ve also had the worst weather! My university had two snow days this week. On the up-side: sleeping in! On the down-side: shoveling. Here’s a shot of my driveway yesterday morning after we got over a foot of snow. Thankfully my finance and our amazing neighbours helped me out.

snow day

My poor car buried under 1.5 feet of snow that fell overnight

Anyway, the best part of being in Toronto in the middle of a freezing Canadian winter was definitely getting to go to the MAC Store. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t actually have a MAC where I live. I think I must have been in a “marsala” sort of mood, because I was totally drawn to all of the red-brown earthy shades. I had 6 empty containers, so I did a “back-to-MAC” for a free lipstick (wah00!), and also picked up a second lipstick and a lipliner.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Absolutely It

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Absolutely It

Absolutely It is a brownish, burgundy wine lip pencil that the SA suggested to me to bring out the marsala in any other lip shades you might already own. Don’t you love that? I also picked up two Lustre finish lipsticks, which is my all time favourite type of MAC lipstick.

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up!

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up!

Sophisto looks quite different in the bullet than it does applied. Although it initially appears more brown, its really a sheer, berry plum with some warm brown undertones going on (or as MAC describes it “dewy rose plum with gold”). In the bullet it almost looks like it might be shimmery, but this does not show up at all swatched or on your lips, so no repeat of my Naked Paris experience. Sophisto is a unique shade that I think you could play around with to get different looks depending on which lip liner you use with it. I’m really enjoying it. It is sheer though, so if you have quite pigmented lips or prefer a more opaque lipstick, it might not be for you.

Spice It Up! is described as “mulled brown berry” which I think is very accurate. Its a beautiful brownish-red. If you are into the 90s lip trend that has made a major come back, then you totally need Spice It Up!

Swatches: Absolutely It, Sophisto, and Spice It Up

Swatches: Absolutely It, Sophisto, and Spice It Up

I also got another blush – I really love the MAC blushes, especially the matte finish blushes. I had Mocha on my list for a while, a muted plum-toned pink matte blush that is a apparently a favourite of the very fair-skinned Dita Von Teese.

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha blush

swatch: MAC Mocha blush

swatch: MAC Mocha blush

Finally, I also picked up another MAC 239 eye shadow brush. I’ve tried others from MAC, Real Techniques, Make Up Geek, and I just don’t like any other brush for applying eye shadow as much as the 239. So I got a second one.

MAC 239

Best eye shadow brush ever!

Hope you enjoyed my MAC shopping escapades and liked my ideas for “marsala” lipsticks!


Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder VS Original Microfinish Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Pressed Powder

I love the original MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder. The translucent finishing powder has been one of my most repurchased products. I use it every day with my Real Techniques setting brush for setting under-eye concealer.

I’ve been super curious about the HD pressed powder ever since it came out earlier this year but it retails for $41 CAD! The 0.14 oz mini size of the original loose powder I normally buy is just $22 CAD and lasts me at least 6 months or so. The new HD pressed powder was the other item I ordered with my Sephora VIB Rouge $25 off discount (the other being the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer).

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD original Microfinish Powder VS the new Pressed Powder

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD original Microfinish Powder VS the new Pressed Powder

The only thing I don’t like about the original powder is that its a loose powder. Because its such ultrafine silica its very “floofey” (which I believe is the highly scientific term). It flies up a lot when you dip your brush in it, and also when you’re applying it. I’ve gotten a big poof of it right in the eyeball on many a morning. Its also a bit of a pain to travel with.

So I have to admit I love the pressed powder. I’ve been using it about a month now and it performs exactly the same as the original, just without all the floofiness. I love that I can put the mirrored compact in my purse and use it as a touch-up powder, which was never a practical option with the original.

Now for the negatives. The first one is that the original HD powder is 100% mineral silica. The pressed powder contains 15 additional ingredients including other natural and synthetic minerals, preservatives, and hyaluronic acid. If I have the option to use a product that performs just as well but doesn’t have all the extra unpronounceable ingredients, I think I’d like to stick with the original.

The other downside is that the pressed powder is more expensive. You are paying more for less product. Here’s the price breakdown:
Original Loose       Pressed
0.14 oz – $22                 0.07 oz – $26
0.3 oz  – $39                   0.21 oz – $41

What do you think? Would you pay more for a pressed version in a mirrored compact? Do the extra ingredients bother you?

I do like the pressed powder and will use it up, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. I will go back to the original loose microfinishing powder.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in "Chantilly"

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Chantilly”

It seems like everyone has just been raving about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer lately. So when Sephora sent me a VIB Rouge $25 gift card to redeem in December, I thought it might be a good time to try it out. At $35 CAD, its a bit of a pricey concealer.

I ordered the lightest shade (as I would do with any product) which is Chantilly “true ivory for fairest complexions.” It is very light! Finding a concealer or highlighter lighter than my skintone is not easy, but Chantilly definitely is.

swatch NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ChantillyRight away, the thing that I was not a huge fan of is the doe-foot applicator. I guess I’m just used to a more traditional concealer in a pot, or a highlighter with a clickable brush (like my fav L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer). Its odd to use a concealer that  looks like a lipgloss.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ChantillyI tried using this concealer 3 ways:

  1. as an under-eye concealer
  2. as a highlighter/brightener
  3. over blemishes

How did it do…

as an under-eye concealer?
I’m VERY picky about under-eye concealers and it took me a long time to find my current fav, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. I have dry skin, especially around my eyes, and most concealers will look cakey and/or crease. The Laura Mercier topped with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder does not crease on me or settle into any little fine lines and stays put until I remove it. Unfortunately, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer did not. It accentuated any dryness and it creased on me. A lot. I would definitely not use this as an under-eye concealer.

as a highlighter/brightener?
After I apply my Laura Mercier, I use the L’Oreal Magic Lumi just below my under-eye area (which can be a little bit puffy). I put the highlighter in the slight “crease” that I have beneath my under-eye “bag” (for lack of a better word – lol, its not really that much of a bag). I find this brightens my under-eye area. For visuals, see gossmakeupartist’s YouTube video How To: Make Eye Bags Vanish in Seconds.

I did find the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer worked pretty well for this, especially because its so light. However, my $12.99 CAD L’Oreal Magic Lumi does just as good a job.

over blemishes?
I did try using this to conceal a blemish I got over Christmas, when its really, really hard to completely avoid gluten (stuffing! gingerbread cookies! gravy!). Gluten wreaks total havoc on my skin. Anyway, I wasn’t that fussy over it as a blemish concealer either. First of all, the shade Chantilly – which I chose intending to use as an under-eye concealer/brightener – was too bright for blemishes. A darker shade might work better, but honestly it was kind of sheer and luminous; Not ideal for concealing a spot. It took several coats, plus it didn’t hold up that well over the day. Thumbs down.

Sadly, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer just didn’t work out for me. I’m glad I had the discount to use towards it. I don’t think its worth all the hype.

What do you think? Have you tried it? And do you love it or hate it?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Makeup Geek Blushes for Fair Skin

Makeup Geek Blushes for fair skin

Makeup Geek Blushes!

I was already a fan of the Makeup Geek (MUG) eyeshadows, so I think I was as excited as everyone else when the blushes came out earlier this year. I finally got around to placing an order. I can’t believe it took me so long! I love the MUG packaging, and these blush compacts are no exception. To me, they are the perfect size and shape – sleek, lightweight and compact. Love the gun metal finish and the clear lid so I can see what the shade is without opening them!

I looked at a lot of the reviews and swatches online before deciding on four shades that I thought would work for me. I have very pale skin with cool, pink undertones. I ordered:

  • Smitten
  • Honeymoon
  • Spell Bound
  • Bliss
Makeup Geek blushes Smitten, Honeymoon, Spell Bound, Bliss

Clockwise from top right: Smitten, Honeymoon, Spell Bound, Bliss

Makeup Geek blushes Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

L-R: Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

Makeup Geek blush Smitten

Smitten

Smitten was the one blush that looked a bit iffy once I saw it in person because I initially thought it may be a little too orangey and might not work on me. Some bloggers have described this shade as “apricot.” Once applied it totally works though! I think because the pigmentation is light and subtle (but buildable). I didn’t get a big crazy dark swatch of peach across my cheek if you know what I mean. I love the soft matte finish of this blush and I think the light peachy shade compliments fair skin very well.

Makeup Geek blush Honeymoon

Honeymoon

Honeymoon seems to have sparkles/glitter in it in the pan and even when I first swatched it, but once applied on my cheeks with the Real Techniques Blush Brush, it isn’t sparkly or glittery at all. So don’t be put off by that. A neutral, peachy-brown shade, its very pretty, natural and a little bit glowy on fair skin. It was also the sheerest of the four.

Makeup Geek blush Spell Bound

Spell Bound

Out of the four, Spell Bound is my favourite. A muted pinkey-brown with subtle plum undertones, this matte blush is right up my alley!

Makeup Geek blush Bliss

Bliss

Bliss reminds me of the MAC Sheertone blushes – very light and subtle and perfect on lighter skin tones. Out of the four, I would say Bliss would be the one that would likely not work on darker skintones because it probably wouldn’t show up. This fleshy, pinky-peach, soft matte shade looks so pretty on the cheeks.

Makeup Geek blush Swatches Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

Swatches L-R: Bliss, Smitten, Spell Bound, Honeymoon

The MUG blushes remind me most of my NYX blushes. They are very soft and powdery, not like my MAC or Tarte blushes which I seem to hardly ever be able to make a dent in. Smooth and easy to apply, the soft matte finish is so similar to the NYX matte shades. Also like my NYX blushes, these are very long wearing. They are nearly the exact same size as the NYX too; the MUG are 0.15 oz, and the NYX 0.14 oz.

The thing I like best about the four shades I ordered is that they are light, subtle and a little on the sheer side. This makes them so easy to apply. I don’t have to worry about being too heavy-handed or applying too much, which is so easy to do on fair skin. All four look very natural and complimentary. I’d recommend them for any fair-skinned gals out there.

The MUG blushes in the compacts are $12.99 USD each. As always I was super impressed with the MUG shipping (only $9.22 USD). It arrived in just 10 days which is impressive for where I live. I’ve often waited a month for online orders to arrive. I didn’t incur any additional customs charges or anything. I love ordering from the MUG site.

I also ordered a few more of the MUG eyeshadows, and will be doing a post about them as well.

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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De-Cluttering my Makeup Collection: Tossing some things I didn’t like

As I mentioned in my last post, I just bought a house and have to sell my current house, so there’s lots of de-cluttering and packing going on. As I go through my makeup collection, I have been trying to be ruthless about tossing out things I really don’t like and probably won’t use anymore. This post is about some of those “unfavourites”: things I have tried (and in some cases tried and tried and tried) to like, but just aren’t working for me. It was time to say goodbye to:

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher and Concealer

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher & Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher: Since I switched to liquid foundation, I have been searching for a light, non-cakey touch-up powder to powder my t-zone with, as it can get a bit shiny throughout the day. This powder is definitely NOT non-cakey and looks very obvious over my foundation. I also hate the ginormous packaging which is way too big for my purse and looks ridiculous to use as a compact for a in public touch-ups. $15.99 CAD.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in “Fair”: I bought this to conceal occasional blemishes (find out how my skincare routine has dramatically reduced those). Again its NOT non-cakey, looks obvious on the skin plus its slightly too dark for my fair skin tone and its their lightest shade. $10.99 CAD.

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil: I was soo excited about this product because I was a big fan of bareMinerals, but the loose powder can be a pain to carry around and use for touch ups. What could be better than their mineral veil in pressed form, I thought? Hmm…a lot of things apparently. I have really tried to make this work (different puffs, brushes, etc.) but this powder just looks awful on me. Its cakey, breaks down and looks patchy, and doesn’t help reduce shine at all as claimed. Its available at Sephora for $28.00 CAD.

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder: I have had this a while (I got it last year in my theBalm haul). I haven’t been able to part with it because the packaging, like all theBalm packaging, is just so cute. This is yet another touch-up powder that is not working for me for similar reasons as above. And although this is allegedly “translucent”, it does oxidize on me and go a bit orangey. As a stylish, portable compact I give it an “A” but I give the powder inside “F”. It’s also pricey at $26.00 CAD.

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in “Fair”: I ordered this from LisalisaD1 for $39.00 USD plus shipping. I will admit I generally don’t have any luck with primers. I have yet to find one I like that doesn’t irritate my skin and/or cause breakouts (I think I’m likely sensitive to the silicone in them). I didn’t like the smell of the Rachel K, a heavily scented, old-fashioned “makeupy” smell. It didn’t work under my bareMinerals foundation or under my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. Maybe the ingredients were at odds with each other, but this seemed to repel both foundations and make their application less smooth and even. I am passing this one on to my Mom who really likes primers and maybe she’ll have more luck.

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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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Skincare Routine for Sensitive Acne-Prone Skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

My skincare routine for sensitive/blemish prone skin

I just want to start by saying that if you are having skin issues, particularly acne, I would recommend seeing a professional dermatologist. They can assess you individually and provide you with prescription strength treatments that are unavailable over-the-counter. Seeing a dermatologist helped me tremendously.

This is my current evening skincare routine. I hope this post helps you if you are struggling with similar skin concerns. If you have any questions, leave me a comment below and I will be happy to provide more information.

Step 1: Eye Makeup Removal

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

Lid-Care Towelettes Eye Makeup Remover

This is what the individually wrapped towelette looks like

I have VERY sensitive eyes and had a hard time finding an eye makeup remover that wouldn’t sting and irritate the skin around my eyes. Then I discovered these Lid-Care Towelettes. They are specifically made for cleaning your eyelids and are fragrance-free and non-irritating. I love that they are pre-moistened and individually wrapped: Great for travel! A box of 30 is $12.99 CAD. I get mine at Lawton’s Drugs, but they are also available at Wal-Mart and well.ca.

Step 2: Makeup Removal

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

Bioderma Sensibio H2O Make-Up Removing Micelle Solution for Sensitive Skin (Fragrance-free)

I started using Bioderma about 8 months ago and I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. Miceller water, according to this cosmetic scientist, contains micelles or spherical liquid crystals that “vastly reduce the irritancy of some detergents”. This gentle cleanser removes every trace of makeup but doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry. Although Bioderma is available in most drugstore chains, none of my local drugstores carry it (the perils of small town living). I order it online through Murale or pick op a bottle when I’m traveling. Its $21.95 CAD.

I use the square Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads with it. You may want to checkout my post on how they’re a dupe for the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads.

Step 3: Cleansing

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

Adasept Antibacterial Skin Cleanser and the Clarasonic Mia

My dermatologist recommended using an antibacterial cleanser, Tersaseptic, which I used for years but has been discontinued. My pharmacist told me about Adasept, which has the exact same active ingredient, Triclosan 0.5%. Adasept is a “gentle sudsing soapless formula for acne”. I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs. Rexall also carries it and its available online through well.ca: the 500 ml size is $22.89 and the  250ml size is $12.29 CAD.

I use it with the Clarasonic Mia. The Clarasoinc is an investment at $150 CAD, but I’ve had mine for 10 years and use it every night, dropped it a bunch of times, travel with it, and it just keeps on going! It deep cleans my pores (I get almost zero blackheads) yet its very gentle. I can’t recommend this enough. I use the “sensitive” head and replace it about every 6 months. Replacement heads are $31 CAD.

Step 4: Topical Acne Treatment

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

Clindets pads clindamycin 1% available with prescription only

As I mentioned, I really recommend a prescription strength treatment for acne-prone skin. There are many different types and your skin may not respond to certain treatments, so a doctor can work with you trying different things until you find something that works for you. For example, my skin did not react well to Retinoid cream which severely irritated it and caused redness, and worst of all didn’t improve the acne. My skin responds better to a topical antibiotic. I initially used erythromycin, but eventually my skin stopped responding to that (which can happen) so we switched to clindamycin. The individually wrapped Clindets pads have been working amazingly well. I apply twice daily. The treatment is covered by my insurance.

UPDATE: I’ve been unable to get Clindets, as there seems to be a distribution issue. My pharmacist is filling my prescription with Dalacin T. It’s a topical antibiotic clindamycin 1% in isopropyl alcohol 50% in a bottle with a rollerball on top (VS pre-moistened pads). It is working as well as Clindets.

Step 5: Moisturize

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 Moisturizer

Complex 15 was recommended by my dermatologist. Its water-based and fragrance-free.  There is a smaller 100ml size labelled “Daily Face Cream”  and a larger 300ml size labelled “Body Lotion”. Both are $9.99 CAD and I cannot for the life of me find any difference between the two, so I just buy the “body lotion” and use it on my face. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. You may also want to see my post on Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin.

Step 6: Spot Treatment as Needed

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

Adasept Benzoyl Peroxide Gel USP 5%

If I feel a blemish coming on, I will use the Adasept Gel as a spot-treatment. When I wake up the next morning, its usually completely gone. It is amazing! I buy mine at Lawton’s Drugs and its available online through well.ca for $13.3 CAD. I only need to use a tiny amount of this so a little bottle lasts months.

Once a week: Exfoliate

Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant

Use a gentle enzyme exfoliator once a week to remove dead skin cells

Its important to exfoliate dead skin cells regularly to help combat acne. I prefer a gentler enzyme-based exfoliator to a physical exfoliator (products with grains or beads which can actually irritate skin more). There are lots to choose from. I’m currently using the Phytomer Vegetal Exfoliant which uses papain, the fruit enzyme from papaya, to dissolve dead skin cells. I got it at a spa when I had a facial and I think it was around $35 CAD. I apply it to clean skin on a Saturday or a Sunday morning and leave it on for 10 minutes.

Morning Skincare Routine
In the mornings, I wash my face with just water, use my Clindets pad, and then moisturize with Complex 15.

This is what’s been currently working for me. Hope this  helps!

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Dandelion Blush: Soft, Pink Perfection

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

As August is drawing to a close, I’m posting somewhat wistfully about the softest, loveliest, most perfect summertime blush, Benefit’s Dandelion. This one has been on my wish list for a while and I finally ordered it a few weeks ago. I don’t know why I waited so long.

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit describes it as “finely spun with delicate mauves and pinks, this exquisite brightening face powder leaves a petal-like finish”. It’s a soft, light “ballerina” pink that can be used as a blush on fair skin. I love the finish it gives – not quite matte but not shimmery either. I actually think Benefit is right in their “petal-like” description. Everything about this powder is just soft and delicate.

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Like all of Benefit’s box powders, it does have a light scent (which I could take or leave). Benefit’s Coralista does not irritate my skin, and so far neither has Dandelion. The box powders are one of the few scented cosmetics that my skin seems able to tolerate.

The Benefit Dandelion Box Powder is $36 CAD.

Which Benefit Box Powder is your favourite?

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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.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Best Nars Blushes for Fair Skin

Nars Blushes for Fair Skin
Nars is known for their blushes and with have such a large number to choose from (close to 30) it can be a little overwhelming to know where to start. I had decision anxiety in Sephora when I bought my first one! I thought I’d share which Nars blushes I really like and that I think work well on fair skin.

Nars blushes for fair skin: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, & Madly

Nars blushes for fair skin (clockwise from top left): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Madly, & Amour

Orgasm: I know that everyone has probably already heard of Orgasm blush, but it really is the prettiest shade. Orgasm was the first Nars blush I ever bought, probably about 10 years ago now, and I have hit pan and repurchased it several times since then. Whenever I wear it, I always get complimented on my “complexion” (Spoiler alert: Its the blush!)

Deep Throat: Rude name aside, this is also a great blush. Orgasm is a peachy pink with a golden shimmer. Deep Throat is slightly more pink with less shimmer. When I’m not feeling so shimmery and want something more subtle, I will pick Deep Throat over Orgasm.

Madly: This blush was actually recommended by a Sephora SA and is one of those shades you might overlook in the pan. A pinky-brown nude, it has a hint of golden shimmer similar to Orgasm. Its often described as “peachy” but I don’t get much peach on my skin tone (which has very strong pink undertones). It’s in the same ballpark as Cargo Tonga or MAC Prism, neutral and subtle.

Amour: I got this one after watching gossmakeupartist’s video How to Pick the Right Blusher for Your Skin Tone. Although it looks intense, this deep reddish pink sheers out to give fair skin a sun-kissed or a been-out-in-the-cold look. Its one of my favourite blushes for fall.

Swatches: Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Madly

Swatches (L-R): Orgasm, Deep Throat, Amour, Madly

Nars blushes are $33 CAD and available in Canada through Sephora, Murale, The Bay, and Nordstrom.

What are your favourite Nars blushes?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review of bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

In terms of liquid foundation, I’m really happy with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but I am such a fan of bareMinerals I wanted to try their new bareSkin foundation. This is one of the things I picked up while shopping in Vegas.

The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is “Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one…this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.”

I got the brush designed to go with it, which has a little “reservoir” in the center where you’re supposed to drop 1-2 drops of foundation and buff onto your skin in circular motions. bareMinerals says to add more drops to increase coverage.

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush (My advice? Skip it)

So here is the overview of what I liked and disliked about this foundation.

What I liked:

  • Good colour match! bareMinerals has 20 shades and the lightest one, “Bare Porcelain 01”, was light enough for me which hardly ever happens with liquid foundation. And it didn’t oxidize or darken after applied.
  • Squeeze bottle. Very sanitary!
  • Didn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts.

What I disliked:

  • The smell! It has an indescribable, unpleasant smell in my opinion.
  • Greasy, oily texture. I didn’t like the texture of this foundation at all. It reminded me of trying to rub in greasy sunblock. Even after shaking it well, it almost seemed like the ingredients were trying to separate.
  • The brush. The Perfecting Face Brush didn’t do it for me. No amount of “circular motions” could get this stuff to look blended and streak free.  Once I gave up on the brush and switched to my Beauty Blender sponge, I had better luck. SKIP THE BRUSH!
  • Difficult to apply/blend. Even with the Beauty Blender, this foundation took a lot of work to look blended and natural. I didn’t particularly like how it sat on my skin.

As you’ve probably guessed, this foundation was a “miss” for me. I have  tried to make it work, but I just don’t care for it. The bareMinerals powder foundation is amazing, but I am disappointed by their liquid foundation.

I paid $29 USD for the foundation and $28 USD for the brush. In Canada, the foundation is $36 CAD and the brush is $35 CAD.

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY: If any of my fair-skinned subscribers would like to try this, I would be happy to mail you the foundation and brush for free  (Canadian addresses only please). I’m not going to use it, so I’d love to be able to pass it on, and maybe you will like it better than I did! First subscriber to leave me a comment, it’s yours! [UPDATE: It’s been claimed]

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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