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Merry Tip’s Eve!

pink christmas treeToday was my last day at work before the Christmas break. The library closes tomorrow and doesn’t re-open until January 5. I am really looking forward to the time off. Today, in Newfoundland, its “Tip’s Eve” or as I like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve. Traditionally it was the official start of the holiday season – when you put up your Christmas tree, had your first “spirit”, had a party or went out visiting.

I thought I would share some pics of my library all decked out for Christmas. We have 3 trees – a white, a dark gray, and a pink tree.

vintage retro christmas decorations

the library all decked out for the holidays!

pink christmas tree

the pink tree is my favourite!

That is one of my fascinators on top of the pink tree. I couldn’t find a tree topper I liked 🙂

retro vintage inspired xmas decorations
Tomorrow evening we are hosting some friends and family for dinner. In my family we always have a baked ham on Christmas Eve. I’m also making Julia Child’s scalloped potatoes (or potatoes “gratineed” with cheese) and her brussels sprouts braised in butter. I already baked gingerbread for desert which I like to serve with warm rum sauce.

I wish everyone a happy and relaxing holiday filled with eggnog, family and friends, and lots of good food and fun!

Merry Christmas
from
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Sephora VIB Sale Order Finally Arrived!

Sephora VIB 20% off sale

Gotta love a 20% off sale!

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

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

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

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

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

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

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in "Honey"

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in “Honey”

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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I Can’t Stop Buying Revlon Shadow Links!

Revlon Shadow Links in "Bone"

Revlon Shadow Links in “Bone”

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

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

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule”

Revlon Shadow Links Bone Dupe for MAC Brule

A dupe for MAC’s Brule?

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

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

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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How to Get that 1990s Brown Lipcolour

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

As someone who was in highschool and university in that decade, I sort of know from 1990s brown lips, and its super exciting to me that this look is back in. In the 90s, makeup (from foundation to lip colour) was totally matte. My friends and I actually filled in our lips with lipliner and would never have thought of wearing gloss. The lipliner we were all obsessed with was Bonne Belle “Chutney”, a warm, orangey brown (sadly discontinued). Since I can’t get in a time machine and go back to a drugstore circa 1993, I thought I’d suggest some other good lip pencils for rocking a retro 1990s matte brown lip.

Lipliners for a 1990s brown lip

Lip pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip: Oak, Spice, Cork, & Subculture

Here are my 9 picks from a number of different brands in various price points:

  • MAC “Oak” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Spice” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Cork” ($19 CAD)
  • MAC “Subculture” ($19 CAD)
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip 3C “Medium Natural Beige” ($23 CAD)
  • NYX Slim Lip Pencil in “Natural” ($4.99 CAD)
  • Annabelle Lipliner in “Nude Lustre” ($5.95 CAD)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner 04 “All Natural” ($3.99 CAD)
  • Milani Color Statement Lipliner 09 “Spice” ($3.99 CAD)

swatches 1990s brown lipAre you into the brown lip trend?

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Vampy Retro Lips (just in time for fall)

vampy, retro, vintage fall lipsticks

Vampy, plum-toned lipsticks perfect for fall!

All the leaves have turned beautiful fall colours here in Canada, and isn’t fall a perfect time for rich, plum-toned lip colours? Dark, vampy lipsticks always make me feel like I’m in a classic black and white film. These are some of my favourite vintagey lipsticks:

Besame Noir Red: Not actually a red, but a deep 1930s plum, it has a semi-matte finish. Totally vintage, the Besame lipsticks are exact reproductions of shades worn by Hollywood starlets. This is a perfect film noir, retro pin-up lipstick! $22 USD.

theBalm Girls Amanda Kissmylips: More of a brown-toned plum, on fair skin this has a similar, old-school vampy look as the Besame Noir Red. But theBalm Gilrs lipsticks are very hydrating and have a bit more shine. Love the cute names too! $20 CAD.

Revlon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet:  The Revlon lipsticks are some of my favourites. This rich purple lipstick is a full-on goth type of shade. It goes on a bit sheer, so you could go for a more subtle plum stain or build it up for a bold, vampy lip. Embrace your inner femme fatale! $9.99 CAD.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion: Another great drugstore option. I was really impressed by the Moisture Stain and love this deep purple/plum shade. Check-out my full review. $9.99 CAD.

MAC Hang-up (cremesheen): This “deep berry” is a perfect fall shade. I think depending on your undertones, it could look either more raspberry or more blackberry. Its definitely more purpley-plummy on me. $19 CAD.

MAC Capricious (lustre): This luscious plum lipstick is my absolute favourite right now. I have almost used it up and will definitely be repurchasing this shade. Its also the plum lipstick worn by “evil queen” Regina on one of my favourite shows, One Upon a Time. $19 CAD.

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips,Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips, Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

I’d love to hear your fall lipstick favourites!

Hoping all my Canadian readers are having an awesome, turkey-filled Thanksgiving long-weekend!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Fav Perfume (in Rollerball Form!)

Issey Miyake L'eau d'Issey perfume

Issey Miyake L’eau d’Issey

Hi everyone! September combined with moving and putting my house on the market has kept me from blogging as often as I like to. On a business trip I got a chance to do a little Sephora and MAC shopping and got some great new stuff, so I’m really looking forward to sharing them with you. I just thought I’d do a quick post today about the perfume I picked up in Sephora.

How much do I love that Sephora has nearly all of it’s perfumes available in rollerballs?! Traveling with perfume is a nightmare. I love that the 7.5ml rollerballs are allowed in my carry-on, especially now that airlines in Canada just starting charging $25 to check a bag (although I know this is common in the US, so I shouldn’t complain).

According to the mag I was reading on the flight, I’m a “signature scent” kind of girl, that is, I don’t change up my perfume. I have been wearing only Issey  Miyake L’Eau d’Issey for years now. Its my absolute favourite. I don’t know how good I am at describing a fragrance, so here’s what Sephora says:

L'Eau d'Issey perfume descriptionMy fiance says I smell like “chocolate and orchids”. Can’t argue with that right? 🙂

Are you a signature scent girl or do you like wearing different perfumes?

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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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?

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks

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

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

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

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

Revlon Shadowlinks Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

Swatches: Taupe, Cocoa, Chocolate, Java

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

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

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

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

Thanks so much for spending time with me ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl
xoxo

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So Excited About Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection!

Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction Collection available July 16th

Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection available July 16th

I am a huge fan of Pulp Fiction. I remember in the 90s when the film first came out (can you believe it was 20 years ago?) and all my friends and I just wanted to be Uma Thurman. We all loved her look – her black cropped hair, blood red lips and nails – and thought she was the epitome of cool.

Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace in 1994.

Uma Thurman as Mrs. Mia Wallace in 1994

I may not have been able to get Chanel’s famous Vamp nailpolish, which she wore in the film, but I wore anything similar that I could find, like Revlon’s Vixen. A couple of years ago, I even dressed up as Mia Wallace for Halloween, lol.

Dressed up as Uma in Pulp Fiction for Halloween

Dressed up as Uma in Pulp Fiction for Halloween 🙂

Tomorrow, we can live our fantasy of looking like Mrs. Mia Wallace, with Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction collection, an eyeshadow palette, lipstick, lipliner, and nail polish inspired by Uma’s makeup look. I am so excited!

Will you be picking up any of the Pulp Fiction collection?

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
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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

sunscreens for sensitive skin

What I packed for Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…except sunburns. Before I left, I stocked up on my favourite sunscreens so I could enjoy a poolside margarita in the hot, sunny desert without burning to a crisp.

Some sunscreens can make me break out, so I’m always careful to use a good quality sunscreen made specifically for the face. This summer, I’m using Ombrelle SPF60 Face Ultra-Fluid Lotion which is non-comedogenic and fragrance free. Its light and absorbs quickly so its great for wearing under makeup. Price: $12.74 CAD.

For the rest of my skin, I’m using Coppertone Oil Free SPF60 Sunscreen Lotion. It’s hypoallergenic, lightweight, non-comedogenic, and is “PABA, paraben, fragrance, and dye free”. I’ve used this one for years and its never irritated my skin and is light and non-greasy. Added bonus: it’s also waterproof. Price: $11.99 CAD.

When you’re out and about and need to reapply, it’s really handy to have a spray-on sunscreen so you don’t get it all over your hands. I picked up the Neutrogena Ultra-Sheer Body Mist SPF45 to have in my bag to spray on during the day especially on parts that burn super easily like my shoulders and chest. The Neutrogena is oil-free, light and non-greasy. It does have a slight fragrance, but it isn’t your typical coconut suntan lotion scent, thankfully. Price: $12.99 CAD.

Hope this helps you stay un-sunburned this summer!

I won’t be able to post much while I’m here in Vegas, but I’ll be doing some shopping and hope to have lots to blog about when I get back next week. I hope you’re all having a great summer!

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Lipstick Addict Tag!

lipstick addict tagI’ve seen a bunch of YouTubers doing the “Lipstick Addict” tag lately. Nobody tagged me specifically, but I really liked this tag and I’ve never done one before and I thought it would be fun. I’m especially excited to tag some other bloggers. So let’s get started…

1. Favorite Lip Balm

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (Fragrance Free) works great as a lip balm, especially in winter when your lips get really dry. I put it on at night before bed.

2. Best Eye-Catching Red

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

I had the hardest time finding a red lipstick that suited me. I have very pink undertones and a lot of pink in my lips. Every red I tried would look hot pink or fushia on me. The first time I went into a MAC store (after swatching literally every red lipstick in Sephora) it was in search of a red. Dubonnet is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and still the only red lipstick I own. Its a very intense, more blue than orange red, with a bit of a brown undertone. If you have fair, cool-toned skin this would be a good red to get.

3. Best Luxury Brand

Chanel Coco Shine in Parfait

Chanel Coco Shine in “Parfait”

I only have a few lipsticks from luxury brands (Tom Ford, Burberry, NARS) but my Chanel lipsticks are the ones I enjoy the most. I have Rouge Coco in “Mademoiselle” and Rouge Coco Shine in “Bel-Ami” which I have already blogged about, and this one, Rouge Coco Shine in “Parfait” which is the yummiest pink. I love the scent of Chanel lipsticks!

4. Best Drugstore Brand

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Adore" & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in "Fig Jam"

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Adore” (top swatch) & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in “Fig Jam” (bottom swatch)

My favourite drugstore brand is definitely Revlon, and the Kissable Balm Stains and the Lip Butters are tied for best Revlon lip product. I have a couple of the Balm Stains and I like ‘Adore” the best. I think its similar to MAC’s Dubonnet in that it’s a slightly blue-toned, slightly brownish red. I have a lot of the Lip Butters (I was a little obsessed there for a while) and “Fig Jam”, a deep reddish brown, is my favourite.

5. Best MAC

MAC "Modesty" lipstick

MAC “Modesty” lipstick

This was a difficult one. How do you pick just one favourite MAC lipstick??? I went with one of my favs that doesn’t get mentioned a lot but I think is just an amazing shade, “Modesty”, a neutral, nude pink. Its such a natural, wearable shade.

6. Most Disappointing

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Liar"

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Liar”

A few other people who have done this tag have listed the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick as their most disappointing. I was so excited about this line. Just look at the beautiful hammered gunmetal tube! I was loving the UD Naked palettes and then along comes a UD lipstick line full of wearable, nude shades. But, sadly, I am just not in love with this formula. Too thick, too creamy, too opaque. Its not the kind of texture that applies easily or smoothly and it has a dull, almost matte finish. When I’m wearing it, it just feels “blah”.

7. Lip liner yes or no?
YES! I love lipliners. MAC are my favourite, and I have posts on my favourite drugstore lipliners if you’re interested: Annabelle and Milani.

8. Best Gloss
Its a tie between Rimmel Stay Glossy in “Non-Stop Glamour” and the NYX Butter Glosses. Check out my posts for pics & swatches 🙂

9. Something Extra

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

If you haven’t tried anything from Shoppers Drug Mart’s line, Quo, you might want to give one of their lipsticks a go. I picked this one up last summer. I don’t know if the shade had a name; it only says “6” on the bottom of the tube. I really enjoyed this sheer lipstick in a pretty peachy-pink. It had no scent or taste and felt really hydrating and smooth on my lips and cost less than $10.00 CAD.

That’s all for my Lipstick Addict tag. Now I am tagging:

Tanja Holland
Melissa Raymond
Deana (Zoeebella)
Cat (Live Life Love Lipstick)
The Fabulous Nerd
Stephania (Amuleta Beauty)
Jasmin Charlotte Lifestyle
Living Disrobed
Vanessa (Say Hello To Gorgeous)
Christina (A Casual Beauty)
A Beauty Obsession

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Rediscovered Love: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

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

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

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

Swatch: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Heirloom Eye Kohl

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

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

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Best “Nude” Lipstick for Fair Skin

theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

I love the nude lipstick look in theory, but as anyone else with fair skin knows, “nude” lips are not necessarily a flattering look. Many popular nude shades, with practically cult followings, on me end up looking like I smeared foundation over my lips or simply make me look ill.

But then, enter theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”. I first picked this up last year along with several other theBalm products. I have been obsessed with it ever since. I was down to the last little nub, and luckily was able to pick up another one while I was traveling (I can’t buy theBalm where I live). When you have a healthy sized lipstick collection and you use up a lipstick in under a year, it’s a pretty good sign.

Mai Billsbepaid is a pinky-brown nude. It’s the perfect “nude” for me and very wearable for everyday. It has hardly left my purse. I have cool toned skin with pink undertones (I’m an “NC15” but in reality lighter than that). This shade works really well with my skin tone, doesn’t wash me out, and just looks effortless and natural.

Swatch: theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

Swatch Lovin: theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

The formula of theBalm Girls Lipsticks is amazing. Very smooth, creamy, super hydrating, and not too opaque and not too sheer. Just right! The finish is slightly shiny. In fact, I think they remind me of the MAC Lustre Lipsticks which I love. theBalm lipsticks also have a pleasant, light scent that fades after you apply it. Sort of a chocolate mint scent. The silver bullet packaging is adorable. It’s the kind of lipstick you just enjoy pulling out and applying over and over again.

theBalm Girls Lipsticks are $20.00 CAD. In Canada, you can get theBalm at London Drugs and Rexall, or online through NailPolishCanada.com or Nordstrom.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Shiseido Facial Cotton Dupe

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads

Do you love the Shiseido Facial Cotton pads, but don’t exactly love the price? Me too. But once you feel the soft yet indestructible fluffiness of them, you don’t want to touch any other cotton pad to your face ever again.

Until…I heard Youtuber LisaLisaD1 mention the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads and how they are remarkably similar to the Shiseido. I found them at my local Shoppers Drug Mart. Right away I thought the shape, size, and feel of the packaging was just like the Shiseido. They also both have exactly 165 pads in three “stacks”. When I opened the Quo and compared the individual pads, they are the exact same shape, size, and thickness.

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

LEFT: Shiseido Facial Cotton RIGHT: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

TOP: Shiseido Facial Cotton BOTTOM: Quo Cotton Facial Pads

The Quo feels just as soft as the Shiseido. When I was using one to remove my makeup it held up as well too; it didn’t start to disintegrate. I cannot imagine that these two products aren’t manufactured in the same factory. Especially since even the packaging is identical.

The Shiseido Facial Cotton is $11.00 CAD. The Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads are $7.00 CAD. Quo is only carried by Shoppers Drugmart and Murale, but the square Luxury Cotton Facial Pads don’t seem to be available to order online.

Have you tried the Quo cotton pads? Do you think they are a dupe for the Shiseido?

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My Favourite Goat’s Milk Soap

Slice Soapworks Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap

Slice Soapworks Goat Milk & Oatmeal Soap

I have been using goat’s milk soap for years. If you have sensitive or dry skin, soap made with goat’s milk is much gentler and moisturizing than soap made with water. The important thing is to find soap made with fresh, liquid goat’s milk, not processed or powdered like some of the mass-produced brands in the drugstore. Goat’s milk is very beneficial for your skin. It contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids that help remove dead skin cells, vitamin A, and the high fat content makes it super moisturizing. It won’t dry your skin like regular soaps will.

I would find hand-made goat’s milk soap in specialty shops or farmers markets. Then, about 2 years ago while I was in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, I went to a farmer’s market and found, literally, the best goat’s milk soap ever!

Slice Soapworks is run by a lovely lady named Terri-Lynn who I met at the market. She has a farm in Falmouth, Nova Scotia, where she raises her own adorable goats and even keeps her own bees to make honey to add to her soaps. My two favourites are her fragrance-free Goat Milk & Oatmeal soap with honey and certified organic oats (which smells naturally AMAZING all on its own) and her Honey, I Love You! soap imprinted with a honey comb pattern on the top.

The Slice Soapworks website is currently undergoing a make-over, but you can order soaps by simply sending them an email and arranging payment through Paypal. That’s what I do. These all-natural, hand-made soaps are $5.00 CAD.

I thought I’d leave you with some pictures of the actual goats borrowed from their blog. Look how frickin cute they are!

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Moisturizers for Sensitive Skin

Moisturizers for sensitive skinI have sensitive skin that’s also fairly dry. I’m always searching for good moisturizers that won’t irritate my skin or, if I’m using it on my face, won’t cause breakouts. Here are some of my favourites:

  • Complex 15: This is my go-to moisturizer for my face that I use daily. Its water-based (so it won’t cause breakouts), lightweight, and fragrance-free. It was actually recommended by my dermatologist. I’ve been using it for years. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. Its also very inexpensive. PRICE: $7.99-$9.99 CAD
  • Impruv Cream: Specifically for dry, sensitive skin it contains no dyes, perfumes or preservatives. It has shea butter which can be a little rich, so I don’t use this one daily. But it is great in winter or on those days when my skin needs extra hydration. I get mine at Shoppers Drug Mart. Its also available online through well.ca. PRICE: $16.50 CAD
  • Oilatum Cream: Made for the treatment of eczema and dry skin conditions, Oilatum is fragrance-free and contains 6% light liquid paraffin and 15% white soft paraffin. I picked this up while I was in England and its my favourite hand cream. I love the way the paraffin feels. Oilatum is a UK brand and sadly its been discontinued in Canada, but it is available on amazon.ca. PRICE: $13.28 CAD
  • Bio-Oil: Advertised to “improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks”, I have no idea if Bio-Oil can actually do that, but it sure can moisturize. I really like using this on my elbows and feet. Its does have some fragrance, but hasn’t irritated my skin. Its available at most Canadian drugstores (Shoppers Drugmart, London Drugs, Lawtons Drugs), Walmart, and online through well.ca. PRICE: $12.99 CAD
  • Bioderma Sensibio Light: Water-based, preservative-free and fragrance-free, I tried this after I started using Bioderma Sensibio H2O (love it!). Bioderma is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online through Murale. PRICE: $29.95 CAD

Do you have a favourite moisturizer for sensitive skin?

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Top 5 Drugstore Blushes for Fair Skin

Top 5 Drugstore Blushes Fair Skin
After starting with my Top 5 High-End Blushes for Fair Skin I said I would return with my top 5 “drugstore” picks. Let me start by admitting that my choices are definitely on the higher-end of what is available in drugstores in terms of price. Although I have plenty of favourite inexpensive makeup products, I find that every time I search through lower priced blushes I have a difficult time finding shades suitable for fair skin. For some reason, lower-priced blushes tend to be either very, very bright or very, very dark. I would love to receive suggestions for good drugstore blushes in more subtle shades that work on lighter skin tones.

Anyway, here are my top five best blushes for fair skin:

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel”

The one really big exception in my search for drugstore blushes would be NYX. I love NYX powder blushes and find they wear longer on me than any other blush I’ve tried, including high-end blushes. After 8-12 hours it looks exactly like it did when I first applied it. There are so many shades (at least 25 I believe) but NYX Angel is my absolute favourite. It a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! NYX describes it as “matte soft pink” which I think is totally inaccurate 😛 ($6.50 CAD)

Benefit Coralista Blush

Benefit “Coralista”

Benefit Coralista is a beautiful coral blush with a bit of shimmer. The Benefit blushes have a slight scent that fades after applied. It has not irritated my skin, but I don’t wear it everyday, just in case. I know the price point on this one is high, but in Canada, Benefit is available at all Shoppers Drug Marts. Plus, you could redeem your Optimum points for this and get it for free! ($36.00 CAD)

Cargo Tonga Blush

Cargo “Tonga”

I mentioned this one in a Cargo haul. I have been obsessed with it since I got it. Its a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve – that is perfect for fair skin. Again, expensive, but in Canada, only sold in drugstores. ($26.00 CAD)

Physicians Formula Rosy Glow Mineral Blush

Physicians Formula “Rosy Glow” Mineral Wear Blush

I heard about Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in “Rosy Glow” when it was mentioned as a drugstore favourite by Tati (GlamLifeGuru). What I like about the Physicians Formula blushes is they are fragrance-free, long-wearing, and come in really light and natural shades. What I don’t like about them is the bulky, unwieldy packaging. “Rosy Glow” is a very natural looking, mostly matte, light pink. ($15.99-$19.99 CAD)

Bourjois Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in “Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat”

I picked up several Bourjois blushes last year in England (view post). Although Shoppers Drug Mart carries Bourjois, I don’t think the shade Radiant Rose – a matte, warm pink, which turns out to be my favourite – is available in Canada. They do have lots of other shades that work well with fair skin though. ($19.00 CAD)

Here are all five side-by-side, swatched in natural daylight:

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Swatches (L-R): NYX Angel, Benefit Coralista, Cargo Tonga, Physicians Formula Rosy Glow, and Bourjois Radiant Rose

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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Evil Queen Regina’s Lipstick

MAC Capricious lipstick and Plum lipliner

MAC Capricious lipstick and Plum Lip Pencil

I’ve gotten hooked on watching the tv series Once Upon a Time on Netflix. Its from the creators of Lost, my previous Netflix addiction. A lot of the actors from Lost turn up on Once Upon a Time. One of the things I like most about the show is the amazing makeup and costumes. My favourite character is the “Evil Queen” Regina, played by actress Lana Parrilla. I am in love with the lipstick she wears, a deep, rich plum:

Lana Parrilla as Evil Queen Regina on Once Upon a Time

Lana Parrilla as “Evil Queen” Regina on Once Upon a Time

After several episodes spent thinking how I would love to have that shade, I googled “What lipstick does Lana Parrilla wear on Once Upon a Time?”. Turns out, someone had asked her that very same question on twitter and she answered.
lana parrilla lipstick color
MAC Capricious and Plum LiplinerMAC Capricious is a lustre that MAC describes as a “fanciful rose plum.” MAC Plum Lip Pencil is more of a brown plum. I immediately loved Plum lipliner – an instant favourite. Together they make a fantastic lip combo. The liner makes Capricious darker and gives it more of a purpley-plum undertone.

MAC Plum Lipliner

MAC Plum Lip Pencil

MAC Capricious Lipstick

MAC Capricious Lipstick

Swatches: MAC Capricious Lipstick and Plum Lip Pencil

Swatches: MAC Capricious Lipstick and Plum Lip Pencil

Now, it doesn’t look exactly the same on me as it does on her, but I still really love it. If you have fair skin and dark hair and are looking for that deep, rosy-plummy shade to give you an I-just-stepped-out-of-a-fairy-tale look, you would like this 🙂

Have you watched Once Upon a Time? Which characters’ makeup looks are you loving?

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Dupe

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

Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown “Cement” Eye Shadow

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

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

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

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

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

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

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Top Five Blushes for Fair Skin (High-End)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!

These are in no particular order:

NARS Deep Throat

NARS “Deep Throat”

I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 “In Love”

I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)

theBalm FratBoy

theBalm “FratBoy”

The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Baked Matte Satin blush in “Exposed”

Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Dollface"

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Dollface”

I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)

Here they are swatched in natural daylight:

Top 5 blushes for fair skin -  swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

Top 5 blushes for fair skin – swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!

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Drugstore Find: Milani Color Statement Lipliners

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliners: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

After my post on Annabelle lipliners I felt like I needed to give a shout out to my other favourite drugstore lipliners, the Milani Color Statement Lipliners. I first heard about these from LisaLisaD1. These are very similar to MAC lipliners (which I also really love) and are just as good quality in my opinion, but for a lower price. The differences would be you get more product with the MAC liners (1.45g vs the 1.14g Milani) and I find the Milani liners softer and require more frequent sharpening, so the MAC would certainly last longer. Also, MAC has a much wider colour selection. I think the Milani are the best drugstore lip liners.

If you love neutral lip liners though, you will love some of the shades from Milani. I have:

  • 02 – True Red: This is the only non-neutral one I have, that I got for using with red lipsticks. Its a blue-toned red, which is harder to find in a liner, and is also nice to wear on its own.
  • 03 – Nude: My favourite and the one I have worn the most (I’m getting down to the end and will definitely repurchase). It’s a light, pinkey-brown nude. It’s a my-lips-but-better shade worn on its own and also works with almost any lipstick shade.
  • 04 – All Natural: My second favourite. It leaves the land of “pinkey” brown and arrives more in nude brown land. This is a great one for a 1990s lip! It’s a light, neutral brown so it also works well with lots of lipstick shades.
  • 07 – Brandy: A pretty, dark, mauvey-brown. It’s the darkest out of the five I have.
  • 09 – Spice: A medium, warm brown.
Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 - True Red, 03 - Nude, 04 - All Natural, 07 - Brandy, and 09 - Spice.

Milani Color Statement Lipliner Swatches: 02 – True Red, 03 – Nude, 04 – All Natural, 07 – Brandy, and 09 – Spice.

I find these liners creamy, non-drying, easy to apply. They make a great base under lipsticks or on their own for a matte lip. They retail for about $3.99 CAD which is amazing. I ordered mine (with the exception of True Red) directly from the Milani website which ships to Canada. Shipping was $16.45 USD, but there were no additional customs fees.

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I heart L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer

I tried this out after reading reviews that it was similar to the YSL Touche Eclat. I haven’t been able to bring myself to pay $50 CAD for the YSL, but wanted a highlighter pen to brighten my under-eye area after concealing. Since I haven’t personally tried it, I can’t tell you if the L’oreal Magic Lumi is a dupe for the YSL Touche Eclat, but I do know that I really love the Magic Lumi.

Although called a “concealer”, L’Oreal’s description clearly puts it firmly in the land of highlighter: “Awaken your skin with targeted illumination…highlights your complexion and boosts radiance for a subtle glow. Dab it on dark areas or shadows for instant enlightenment.” This is not meant to cover blemishes or dark circles. If you buy it for that purpose I think you would be disappointed. I got it in the shade “860 Fair” and was super impressed with how light it is – actually lighter than my very fair skin. Finally, something light enough to actually work as a highlighter!

L'Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in 860 Fair

L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer in 860 Fair

After I apply my under-eye concealer, I dab this underneath the area I have concealed, just in that slightly more shadowy area that needs a little extra brightening (you know what I mean, and if not, check out gossmakeupartist’s video on this technique). The Magic Lumi has a light, sheer consistency, so it brightens without adding extra cakeyness. It also doesn’t crease or settle into lines. I do set it and my under-eye concealer with MUF HD Microfinish Powder.

If you have tried the YSL Touche Eclat, let me know if you think it’s worth the splurge. Would you recommend it? Leave me a comment.

The L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer retails for about $12.99 CAD.

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