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MAC Work it Out Collection

MAC Work It Out collection

Love the 80s-inspired packaging!

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

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5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it?

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss, Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss, Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain, Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer

Miniature Lippies are the cutest!

I love anything miniature. I couldn’t resist a post about these cute little mini lippie samples that have piled up. The best thing about getting samples of a product is you can decide for free whether its something you’d like to buy or something you’d rather skip. Here’s what I decided about these five samples.

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle

Baby Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle

Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle ($30.00 CAD): The first thing I didn’t like about this lip gloss was the very strong minty scent and taste. I know some people like that, but I’m not a fan. Its also super sticky! Again, some folks don’t mind a sticky lip gloss but this is another thing I’m not a fan of. It did look really pretty applied and reminded me of my favourite Rimmel Stay Glossy in Non-Stop Glamour. If you don’t mind the stickiness and the mint flavour, its a shimmery nude that you could pop over any lip liner or lipstick. But be warned – this lip gloss is nearly impossible to remove and leaves a lot of glitter behind. Plus you could pick up the Rimmel for much less. Verdict: Skip it.

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Baby Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss

Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss ($21.00 CAD): I liked the concept of the Ultra Plush glosses matching the Benefit best-selling boxed powders. I feel like the packaging was a bit disappointing though. The plastic squeeze-tube feels more drugstore than a $20+ lip product should. I don’t like applying coloured glosses out of these because I find it trickier to get a precise and even application. I also found this gloss very sheer. Maybe its the shade, but it didn’t show up on me very well. Finally, the scent of this was odd too. Instead of having a matching scent as the Coralista blush, this just had that slightly chemical, medicated lip balm smell. Verdict: Skip it.

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss  in 202 Sweet Pink

Baby Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink

Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink ($23.00 CAD): This gloss is seriously shiny! I liked that it doesn’t have any scent and is really long-wearing. Even the sample packaging feels high-end and is real glass vs plastic. The only downside is that its a little on the sticky side. But if you like a shiny lip gloss look, the Make Up For Ever has 35 shades, super cute packaging and is more reasonably priced than the Bobbi Brown. Verdict: Buy it.

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence

Baby Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence

Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence ($18.00 CAD): This may literally be the worst lip product I’ve ever tried! First there’s the awful chemically-raspberry smell. Then, this stain was impossible to apply! It was so uneven, patchy and awful. It also felt really dry and uncomfortable. Just the worst. Verdict: Skip it.

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

Baby Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral

Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral
($28.00 CAD): This is a really neat product described as a “long-wear, lip-hybrid formula with high-impact staining pigments for color that goes on as a lacquer and then adjusts to a stain for eight hours of color.” Its more a liquid lipstick than a gloss. Its really easy to apply and goes on smoothly and evenly. Its long-wearing, wears off really pretty and leaves behind a serious stain. The lip lacquer has a slight scent of coconut and no taste. The shade, Coral, is not a great shade for me, but I would love to try some of the others, like Keepsake, a cool mauve pink or Off Duty, a nude pink brown. Verdict: Buy it.

Here are swatches of all five:

swatches Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss Bare Sparkle, Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss, Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss 202 Sweet Pink, Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain Red Essence, Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer Coral

L-R: Bobbi Brown, Benefit, Make Up For Ever, Sephora, Smashbox

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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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New: Sephora Kiss Me Balms!

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Lip Balm

New Sephora Collection Kiss Me Lip Balm

I was in Sephora in Toronto at the end of August, and I saw these new little egg-shaped lip balms. They are literally the cutest thing ever. At $10 CAD I had to try one. There are five tinted shades and one clear balm, and I was immediately attracted to the deepest one, “06 Soda Pop” a purpley-plummy shade.

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm in 06 Soda Pop

Sephora Collection Kiss Me Balm in “06 Soda Pop”

I was really surprised by three things. One: the colour pay-off. These tinted balms are super pigmented! It stained my lips slightly too. Check out one swipe:

Swatch: Sephora Kiss Me Balm in Soda Pop

The Kiss Me Balms pack a lot of colour!

The second surprise was that they’re scented and flavoured. “Soda Pop” tastes slightly like cherry cola or maybe cream soda? It’s not too overpowering though. I’m not normally a huge fan of scented or flavoured lip products but I just love the colour of this one so much. Apparently each one has it’s own unique flavour/scent so I can’t comment on the others.

The third surprise is how moisturizing this little balm is. It really gives a long-lasting, hydrating feel to the lips. It actually reminds me of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, especially since the colour is so pigmented and long-wearing too.

They are also visually similar to the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. I really didn’t like the EOS balms, which comes in similar egg-like packaging.

Sephora Kiss ME Balm vs EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

Sephora Kiss ME Balm vs EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balm

I got the one in the pink egg, “Strawberry Sorbet”. All the EOS balms are  clear, and each one has its own flavour/scent. I was using the EOS as a lip balm, because why else would you use it if its not tinted? Not only did it not feel hydrating, it actually dried out and irritated my lips even more. If you were disappointed by the EOS lip balms, you might want to give the Sephora Kiss Me Balms a chance. The formula is much better, the black and clear packaging is much chicer, and they’re tinted with pretty shades.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Sephora 1000 Point Perk: Marc Jacobs Love & Lust Lip Set

Sephora V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk

Sephora V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk

I’m a bit of a Sephora points hoarder I think, but when I saw the V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk was two full-sized Marc Jacobs lip products, I finally felt there was something worth blowing some points on. I wanted to get some pics and swatches up right away in case anyone is considering redeeming their points for this and is curious about the shades.

The set arrived in this fancy schmancy faux-velvet lined case that opened like a jewelry box:

Marc Jacobs Love & Lust 2-piece Lip Set

Marc Jacobs Love & Lust 2-piece Lip Set

It contained a Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”, and a Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”, which is a V.I.B. Rouge exclusive shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”

Shooting Stars is described as “berry mauve with shimmer” but doesn’t seem berry or mauve to me. Its more of a reddish brown type of shade. Although the Lip Vinyl packaging looks and feels very luxurious and gorgeous, this has got to be the worst lip gloss container I’ve ever encountered! It oozes out all over the outside of the tube EVERY time you re-close it. Its a complete mess! I kept wiping away the excess around the top of the tube and applicator (wasting product) but it was still getting all over everything. I read some reviews and it turns out this is a common complaint about the Marc Jacobs lip glosses. Not something I’d repurchase.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

I had much better luck with the beautiful lipstick in Cabaret, a deep plum. I will be reviewing the lipstick in depth soon as part of a review series/giveaway I am going to be starting on high-end, luxury lipsticks (stay tuned for that!).

Here are swatches of Shooting Stars and Cabaret:

Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars and Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars” and Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

Normally the Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyls are $34 CAD, and the Lovemarc Lip Gels are $36 CAD. So at a $70 value (not including tax) this is a pretty nice point perk. I really liked the Lip Vinyl – its just such a shame about the messy packaging.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Visanti Lipshine

Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

I don’t normally gravitate towards lip gloss, but I received a Visanti Lipshine as a gift a little while ago and wanted to do a review because I was surprised to find that I really like it. Vasanti is a Canadian brand that I actually haven’t tried many products from. I immediately liked the packaging. Its a substantial glass tube (not plastic) and looks and feels very high-end.

The Lipshine is described as “wind-proof, cake-proof…non-stick shine” and I would have to agree. This gloss melts into your lips almost like a liquid lipstick. Its long wearing and not sticky! It’s the stickiness that normally turns me off of lipgloss. It almost reminds me a little bit of the texture of the NYX Butter Glosses. It does have a slight fruity scent, but has no taste.

Swatch: Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

Swatch: Visanti Lipshine in Coral Sea

I have the shade “Coral Sea”, a pretty coral pink, but the Lipshine comes in 22 different shades, which is a pretty good selection.

The Vasanti Lipshine is $15.00 CAD and is available through the Vasanti website and in select Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Lawtons, and Pharmasave locations.

Have you tired any of the Vasanti products?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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New Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in 005 “Parisian Passion”

My drugstore finally had the Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in stock! I’ve really been wanting to try these because I love Revlon lip products. I love the packaging on these new Moisture Stains; the square tube is so neat. There are 11 shades and most of them are very bright. I was immediately drawn to “005 Parisian Passion”  a deep, rich purpley-berry shade. I love this colour!

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

Swatch: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion

Swatch: Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in “Parisian Passion”

Accurately described as “ultra-light creamy lipstain”, it feels so moisturizing and (hooray!) is completely non-sticky. I was very surprised that it was long-wearing but doesn’t dry out my lips. That’s pretty rare. I found that the Moisture Stain didn’t transfer at all when I was drinking and lasted for hours, and it felt comfortable the entire time. I was hoping for a bit more of a staining effect, especially since this is such a dark colour, but I didn’t find it stained much, not like the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains do.

The Moisture Stains aren’t really scented but do have a slight scent. They smell like the Revlon Lip Glosses. Once applied, they don’t taste like anything.

The Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stains are $12.99 CAD.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

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

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

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

I received:

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

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

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

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

Swatch: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Struedel

NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”

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

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

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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How Adorable is Benefit’s new Benebalm?

Benefit Benebalm

Benefit Benebalm (with the original Benetint)

I was so excited when I heard Benefit was coming out with tinted lip balms to match their Lip & Cheek Stains. I love Benefit’s Benetint. What could be better than having it in lip balm form? How ridiculously cute is the red and pink polka-dot packaging!?

But I was also skeptical because the last time Benefit came out with lip products to “match” their famous boxed powders, it turned out to be pretty disappointing. The Ultra Plush Sheer Lip Glosses in Dandelion, Dallas, CORALista, Bella Bamba and Hoola were too sheer. I swatched them in Murale and none of them showed up on me 😦

I was not disappointed by the Benebalm! It has a lovely rosey red tint.

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit says it “conditions and hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate”. I do find it very hydrating and “balmy”. The best part is, it smells just like the original Benetint – that slight rose petal scent. If you are a fan of Benetint, you will probably like Benebalm. If you prefer any of the other Lip & Cheek Tints, there are matching lip balms for them too, in Posiebalm, Chachabalm and Lollibalm. They are $22.00 CAD at Sephora and Murale.

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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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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Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm

I love the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, so I was excited when I saw this new line of ColorBurst Lacquer Balms. Described as “High Shine Lacquer. Moisture Rich Balm” with Shea, Coconut and Mango butters, these are like a shinier, glossier version of the Balm Stains.

I picked up “Ingenue” a warm, caramely brown.

Swatch: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in Ingenue

Swatch: Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in “Ingenue”

The Lacquer Balm feels similar to the Balm Stains – balmy and moisturizing with that slight minty scent. “Ingenue” is sheer and shimmery and is a very natural looking shade. Although described as “high shine” I was relieved that it actually wasn’t super shiny (I find that a bit much). The Lacquer Balm was just a little glossier than the Balm Stains.

“Ingenue” didn’t stain my lips, but some of the darker more intense shades might. I’m thinking of getting “Coy” or “Enticing” next 🙂

The Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balms are $9.99 CAD.

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Maybelline Color Elixir Review

Maybelline Color Elixir in 065 Caramel Infused

Maybelline Color Elixir in “065 Caramel Infused”

After trying and really liking Rimmel Apocalips, my non-lipgloss-loving self felt brave enough to try one of the new Maybelline Color Elixirs. I’m generally not a fan of the scent and taste of Maybelline lipsticks, but it had been a while so I thought I’d give their lip products another chance.

Unfortunately I had a familiar experience with the Color Elixir. Super cute packaging, great colour, but I could not get past the weird sweet yet oddly chemical scent and almost perfumey taste of these. I also found it to be very thick, sticky and tacky, which I know some people don’t mind or even love, but its the opposite of the consistency I like in a lip product. Its too bad because they have a fantastic shade range.

Do you agree, or are you loving the Maybelline Color Elixirs? Leave me a comment below.

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MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil Review

MAC Limited Edition Patentpolish Lip Pencil

MAC Limited Edition Patentpolish Lip Pencil

While I was in MAC, I just had to check out the new, limited edition Patentpolish Lip Pencils. Essentially glossy, balm-like lip colour in a twist-up pencil stick, the Patentpolish Lip Pencils reminded me a little of the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains. They come in 12 shades. I picked Sultana, a “dark grape”.

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana

MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Sultana”

Swatch: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in Sultana

Swatch: MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencil in “Sultana”

It has quite a lot of pigment, yet is sheer and easy to swipe on without a mirror, which is what you want in a pencil stick like this I think. I have found it very moisturizing and not at all sticky, and also not too shiny. I am kind of sad these are only limited edition because I really like them. I’m thinking of ordering “Spontaneous” (a “soft plum with pearl”) and “Kittenish” (a “mauvey pink”) while they’re still around.

The Patentpolish Lip Pencils are $24.00 CAD.

Have you tried them yet?

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Ipsy April Glam Bag Review

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains

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When I saw these new Balm Stains in the Wet n Wild section, they immediately reminded me of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains and the Clinique Chubby Sticks. All three have the same shape and size and “twist-up” packaging.

Battle of the Balms: Wet n Wild Balm Stain compared to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Clinique Chubby Stick

Battle of the Balms: Wet n Wild Balm Stain compared to Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain and Clinique Chubby Stick

I had to try them out. I picked up two of the six shades:

  • 128 Pinky Promise – a light, soft, baby pink with some shimmer
  • 126 Rico Muave – a medium, cool-toned, mauvey-pink
Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 Pinky Promise and 126 Rico Muave

Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 “Pinky Promise” and 126 “Rico Muave”

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Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stain in 128 “Pinky Promise” and 126 “Rico Muave”

I think these are very similar to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains (rather than the Clinique Chubby Sticks which are more of a tinted lip balm). They even have a slightly minty scent when applied like the Revlon do. I really liked the “Rico Muave” shade which REALLY stained and stayed on all day. “Pinky Promise” didn’t really work as a stain, but is still a pretty shade. I didn’t find that either of these dried out my lips or irritated them at all.

The Wet n Wild Megaslicks Balm Stains are only $3.99 CAD compared to the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains which are typically $9.99 CAD. In my area, they are available at Walmart and Lawton’s Drugs. They’re also available online in Canada through Well.ca.

Have you tried them yet? Let me know what you think.

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NYX Butter Glosses: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

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Is it just me or does it seem like everyone has been talking about the NYX Butter Glosses lately? Maybe because they just released a bunch of new shades? In any case, I had read/watched so many recent reviews about these, I had to try them out for myself. With cute, dessert-inspired names, a sweet vanilla scent, and a lot of shades to choose from, I can understand why people are raving about these.

I’m not always a fan of the scent or taste of NYX lip products, but the Butter Glosses were surprisingly appealing.  The scent is subtle and I didn’t notice it once applied. I also didn’t notice much of a taste. I got the shades:

  • Vanilla Cream Pie: Bright mauvey-pink
  • Creme Brulee: Pale, soft pinkey-nude
  • Tiramisu: Pinkey-brown
NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R:  Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

I really like these applied over lipliner (MAC Whirl with Tiramisu was my favourite combo so far). They aren’t too shiny or sticky like some lip glosses. Obviously they aren’t super long wearing, but I don’t mind reapplying. I think they are a unique product, and at $5.50 CAD definitely worth trying out.

I ordered mine through Cherry Culture. The shipping wasn’t bad ($15 CAD) and it arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I also got a free lime lip balm with my order.

Have you tried any shades that you would recommend?

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I Heart Rimmel Apocalips

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in "201 Solstice"

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in “201 Solstice”

Not being a lip gloss person anymore, I didn’t jump to try one of these when they first came out in Canada last year. Rimmel describes them as “neither a lipstick nor a gloss”, which I think is a good description actually. What I love about this lip lacquer is that it stays on forever! It’s very long wearing, yet also feels good (very moisturizing) on the lips. It’s not sticky either. It feels creamy and smooth. The Solstice shade is thick and opaque. They also pass the smell test – they aren’t strongly scented and have no noticeable taste (something I can’t stand in a lip product).

They do have some shine, but you can play with how you apply it to get a glossy effect or more of a “lipstick” effect:

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in "201 Solstice" Swatches

Rimmel London Apocalips Lip Lacquer in “201 Solstice” Swatches

The only sad thing for me is that out of the 12 shades, the only one I like is the 201 Solstice, a wearable rosey shade. The lighter, “nude” shades are very light and opaque and not the most flattering against pale skin. The other shades are all extremely bright pinks and fushias (not really what I personally like to wear). Fingers crossed Rimmel comes out with some more colours.

In Canada, you can buy Rimmel products at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, London Drugs, and Target. You can order online through London Drugs or Well.ca. The Apocalips retail for about $9 CND.

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Trying out The Body Shop Cosmetics

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in "01 Light Matte"

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in “01 Light Matte”

I had never tired any of The Body Shop’s makeup line, but after watching one of Canadian Youtuber, essie-button‘s videos, I felt compelled to check out the Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder which she continually mentions as one of her favourites. She is pretty fair-skinned, and it’s difficult to find bronzers that work on us pale skinned gals, so I thought I would take her advice and give the Honey Bronzer a whirl! The Body Shop had a buy one get one half off promotion, so I couldn’t resist also nabbing a cute little Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm for $5.00 CND (regularly $10.00).

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in "01 Light Matte"

The Body Shop Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm and Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder in “01 Light Matte”

I really, really like the Honey Bronzer. I don’t know if it contains any actual honey, but how cute is the honeycomb pattern???

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in "01 Light Matte"

The Body Shop Honey Bronzer in “01 Light Matte”

The packaging on both of these is just beyond adorable. The lip balm looks like a little honey pot! And I love the rich, brown packaging. You don’t see that colour used that often. I also thought the price points were very reasonable (the Honey Bronzer is $20.00 CND).

I am enjoying the bronzer. It’s not at all orangey or muddy, and does in fact work very well on cool-toned, fair-skin. It’s completely matte; no shimmer. I find I can use it as a contour or a blush. It doesn’t seem to contain any fragrance and has not irritated my sensitive skin. Thumbs up for The Body Shop so far. Leave me a comment if you can recommend any other Body Shop makeup products!

There are tons of Body Shop locations in Canada and you can also order online on their website.

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Lip Gloss or Sorcery? Rimmel Stay Glossy in Non-Stop Glamour

Rimmel London Stay Glossy 6-Hour Lip Gloss in Non-stop Glamour

Rimmel London Stay Glossy 6-Hour Lip Gloss in Non-stop Glamour

Although I tend to be more of a lipstick than a lip gloss girl, I am lovin the Rimmel London Stay Glossy 6-Hour Lip Gloss in Non-stop Glamour. I saw Tanya Burr (pixi2woo) wearing it in one of her videos and it just looked so pretty. It’s a shimmery, peachy nude and it’s one of those glosses that you can pop over any lip liner or lipstick and it magically transforms it into something prettier. Check out what it can do for MAC’s Please Me lipstick, which is a matte finish:

L to R: MAC Please Me, Non-Stop Glamour over MAC Please Me, and Non-stop Glamour on its own.

L to R: MAC Please Me, Non-Stop Glamour over MAC Please Me, and Non-stop Glamour on its own.

Here it is again over MAC’s Hue (Glaze finish):

L to R: Non-stop Glamour on its own, MAC Hue, Non-Stop Glamour over MAC Hue.

L to R: Non-stop Glamour on its own, MAC Hue, Non-Stop Glamour over MAC Hue.

It does have a little sparkle, but not too much. I find its also not too sticky and is fairly long-wearing for a gloss. I havent tried any of the other Stay Glossy lip glosses, but I would definitely recommend giving this one a try!

Rimmel products are sold in Canada in Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, London Drugs, and Target, and are available online through London Drugs. The Stay Glossy 6-Hour Lip Gloss retails for about $7.99 CND.

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A Visit to Superdrug: Sleek Make-Up

Sleek is a UK brand not currently sold in Canada (and the sleekmakeup.com site doesn’t ship here). Sleek is a favourite of Youtubers Pixiwoo, so on a recent trip to England I stopped by a Superdrug to check it out.

Sleek Makeup from Superdrug

Sleek Makeup from Superdrug

I picked up two of their famous I-Divine eyeshadow palettes in Au Naturel and Storm (9.99 pounds each). There were some other palettes I was interested in but they didn’t carry the entire 15 palette line.

Sleek I-Divine palette in Storm

Sleek I-Divine palette in Storm

Sleek I-Divine palette in Au Naturel

Sleek I-Divine palette in Au Naturel

The palettes reminded me of NYX palettes: a bit hit and miss. Some of the colours are great and pigmented, but others aren’t, and some have quite a lot of fall-down.

I also picked up a single blush in Coral (5.99 pounds). The packaging is really similar to Nars blushes, which these have been compared to. All of the shades I swatched in the store were VERY pigmented; Not many seemed suited to fair skin, but would be great for darker skin tones. I like the coral shade though and I have found it long wearing.

Sleek Blush in Coral

Sleek Blush in Coral

 

Sleek Coral Blush Swatch

Sleek Coral Blush Swatch

I got one of their “Blush By 3” trios in Sugar (12.49 pounds).

Sleek Blush By 3 in Sugar

Sleek Blush By 3 in Sugar

Sleek Sugar Blush By 3 swatches

Sleek Sugar Blush By 3 swatches

Again, these are really pigmented! Sugar was one of the lightest trios they had. The first colour (on the left) is nice if used with a light hand, and the third shade (on the far right) is quite nice. The centre shade I initially thought was bronzer, but it is really shimmery and red-toned. I probably won’t use it as blush, but maybe as an eyeshadow.

Finally, I had to try a Pout Polish tinted lip balm (5.99 pounds).

Sleek Powder Pink Pout Polish

Sleek Powder Pink Pout Polish

Love the packaging! The lip balm has an SPF15 and a very slight coconut scent. The colour (powder pink) doesn’t really show up, but its a nice lip balm.

I do wish Sleek was available in Canada because there are lots of other products in the line that I would like to try.

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