Hi everyone! Lipliners are one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of makeup products. You either love lipliner or you just never use it. I am in the first category. I love lip liners and MAC lip pencils are my all time favourite. I like to combine different liners and lipsticks to create more customized colours, use lipliners as a base to make my lipstick wear longer, and sometimes I wear liner on its own topped with a bit of lip balm. MAC liners don’t dry out my lips and come in the most beautiful selection of colours. In December, the MAC Canada website had a 25% off sale and I added three more MAC lip pencils to my collection that I thought I’d share with you. Continue reading
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Hey everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post about the free items I got with my latest Sephora order, especially because one of the Beauty Deals is pretty great and is still available on the website. When I placed my order, I ended up qualifying for VIB Rouge again [hangs head in shame and cuts up credit card]. I was happy to see that the VIB Rouge Welcome Gift was actually available this time. I never did get the VIB Rouge gift last year (which I think was a mini Marc Jacobs Beauty Lipstick) even after contacting Sephora, who continually said they were “out of stock”, which I think was pretty bad customer service considering how much one has spent when one hits the Rouge level. The only VIB Rouge gift I’d received was for 2014, the first time I qualified, and that was the mini Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick. So I was really pleased with the 2016 VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, a super cute mini NARS blush.
A little while ago, I attended a fundraiser for my local women’s centre and I won a gift basket that contained, among other things, a $25 gift card for The Body Shop. As you guys probably know, I have super sensitive skin and cannot use scented products, but I thought this would be a good opportunity to try out some more of The Body Shop’s makeup line. I have only ever tried their Honey Bronze Bronzing Powder, which works great on fair skin, and their Honey Bronze Shimmer Lip Balm. I recently popped in and they were having a buy one get one free sale. The SA was very helpful and assisted me with sanitizing and trying on several things, and I decided on a few of their lip and cheek products.
I am a blush-addict, so of course I had to try one of their All in One Blushers: “This extra-fine powder blusher gives smooth, buildable colour and has great staying power. With ingredients including vitamin E and marula oil, it’s make-up and skincare in one.” I picked the shade #01 Macaroon, a pale peachy shade with a satin finish – not entirely matte, but with a hint of sheen. Continue reading
Not only is Charlotte Tilbury available in Canada now and super easy to order from their Canadian website, there was free shipping on all orders for the whole month of July. I’ve been dying to try the lip products. I love lip liners. They’re one of my favourite makeup items. The Charlotte Tilbury Lip Cheat Re-Shape & Re-Size Lip Liner was on my wish list.
When my order arrived, I was so impressed with the packaging!
I tried the shade Iconic Nude, a fairly brown nude with a 1990’s feel to it.
The Lip Cheat description says “rich, velvety lip liner glides effortlessly over the lips” and “lasts up to 6 hours.” This liner is very smooth and creamy and easy to apply. Once its on, its not going anywhere! It is really long wearing and smudge-proof. Iconic Nude would go with a lot of lip colours. You could also fill in your lips with it and top it with a bit of lip balm or gloss.
I have a lot of lip liners and I was unable to find a dupe for Iconic Nude. Here it is swatched next to some other popular nude lip liners like Too Faced Perfect Nude, and MAC Spice, Stone, and Subculture. Its a unique shade.
Now I really want the shades Pillow Talk and Pink Venus! Charlotte Tilbury is seriously not helping my lip liner problem. I’m also dying to try the blushes.
The Lip Cheats are $27.00 CAD, and the CT website is entirely in Canadian dollars so no scary exchange rates. I was really happy with the shipping (which was free!) and there were no surprise additional charges.
I also ordered a lipstick which I will be reviewing soon as part of my High-end Lipstick Review Series & Giveaway, so stay tuned for that. I’d love to hear what your favourite Charlotte Tilbury product is!
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
Up until a few weeks ago, I’d never heard of the Arbonne brand. If you’re wondering why you’ve never seen it in stores, that’s because Arbonne is sold through reps (like Avon or Mary Kay). Known primarily for their skincare products, they also have a line of makeup. When I got invited to an Arbonne party by someone I work with, I thought it might be fun to check out their makeup.
I tried out the eye shadow, blush, lip products, and mascara. Overall, my initial impression was that the products are pretty pricey! For example, the small blushes looked extremely similar to the NYX blushes in size and shape and had similar inexpensive plastic packaging. However the NYX blushes (which are awesome) are about $6.50 CAD, and the Arbonne blushes are $36 CAD, which is more than what a NARS blush costs! I had to pass on the blushes.
I had a chance to swatch many of the Arbonne eye shadows, but they left me similarly unimpressed. They didn’t feel smooth or soft. Several were patchy when swatched. None of the shades really appealed to me either. At $27 CAD each, these were also a pass for me.
You know how when you go to a party like this you feel like it would be rude not to order anything though? What I ended up getting was the Arbonne Lipstick ($31 CAD) and Lip Liner ($26 CAD). Shipping was an additional $7 CAD, which I wasn’t super happy about, because I’m sure reps place one order for multiple customers and it all gets shipped together, so the shipping fee seemed a little bit gougey to me.
The lipstick packaging is quite nice: classic black, sleek, substantial, with a secure snap-shut cap. I like the cute little Arbonne logo too. My only complaint is that its one of those skinny lipsticks instead of the standard sized bullet. Its also only 2.17g of product (vs a less expensive 3g MAC lipstick). Remember how I mentioned it all seemed a tad overpriced?
The lipstick is described as “Longwearing, feather-resistant…glides on easily for full coverage, and intensely conditions and hydrates lips.”
I got the oddly named shade Mauve which isn’t really mauve at all. Its a pinky-brown nude type of shade. Very pretty. The lipstick is rich and moisturizing and slightly glossy – the type of formula I really like. Its completely unscented too.
I am such a sucker for lip liners. I love them! So, unsurprisingly I couldn’t help getting one. The Arbonne Lip Liners are the retractable kind, and are described as “Smudge-proof, creamy…defines lips with durable pigments, helping to extend the wear of…lipstick.”
There wasn’t a huge range of shades, but I thought Pink Mauve was a pretty and versatile pinky-nude that I would get a lot of use out of.
The lip liner is the kind of liner that is a bit thick and matte, which means its super long-wearing, but needs to be paired with a balmy, hydrating lipstick to avoid drying out your lips, which the Arbonne definitely is. So these two work awesome together. They stay on for hours feeling comfortable. I do think they’re both on the expensive side, but I don’t regret getting them.
For me the Arbonne makeup was a little hit and miss. I wasn’t impressed with the blush or eye shadow, but I ended up quite liking the lip products. I’d love to hear about other people’s experience with Arbonne!
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
I was inspired to checkout Rouge Bunny Rouge by Shameless Fripperies post on the new, reformulated lipsticks. I’d never tried anything from the brand, but soon discovered the Rouge Bunny Rouge UK site ships internationally for only 5 EUR. Shipping to Canada took just 12 days and everything arrived in perfect condition, but I did end up owing an additional $30.94 CAD in customs fees.
A relatively new brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge (RBR) began in 2006 in Moscow, and is now described as “Moscow-London based.” RBR is cruelty-free and doesn’t test on animals. Their makeup is manufactured within the EU, and isn’t sold in any countries where animal testing is required by law (source). What I really liked about the brand is the unique and over-the-top cute packaging and product names.
I really wanted to try one of the Long Lasting Lip Pencils (22 EUR or $30 CAD), because I’d read really great reviews on them. I’m a total lip pencil junkie! I picked Roald, which was described as “pure matte, pale mauve. Best suited for pale, bluish toned complexions.” I think this might be my favourite item that I ordered. Its such a creamy, easy to apply lip pencil but its also very long-wearing. This shade is perfection! I love this lip pencil with the Succulence of Dew lipstick I ordered, but I will be reviewing the lipstick separately as part of my High-end Lipstick Review Series.
I also got one of the Original Sin Blushes in Delicata (31 EUR or $41 CAD), described as “nude beige-rose with the barest hint of peach.” This is a very neutral beigey type of blush, similar to MAC Prism (one of my favs). The packaging is adorable.
I’ve used this blush 3-4 times now and quite like it. Its very natural and very light, making it a great blush for fair skin. Its mostly matte with a little bit of a soft, satiny glow to it. It wears well too – similar to the wear I get from a MAC blush. I would say though, that for the price you don’t get a ton of product: 3.5 g VS a 6 g MAC blush. The RBR blush was about $41 CAD with the exchange rate, and a MAC blush is $26 CAD. The RBR is a nice blush, but I feel like there are lots of lower priced alternatives (like NYX or MUG) that are just as good.
I also wanted to try out one of the When Birds are Singing… Long Lasting Eye Shadows (24 EUR or $32 CAD), and picked the shade Rufous-tailed Weaver, described as “medium taupe with bronze-gold highlights.” I love that each of the shades are named after birds! Again, this packaging is beyond adorable.
This shade is undeniably pretty, but I immediately felt like it was also fairly dupe-able. I think I’ll go through my collection to see what shades are similar to this, but if you’re someone like me who has a lot of neutrals and taupes, you more than likely have something similar to Rufous-tailed Weaver already.
I was seriously unimpressed with the staying power of this eyeshadow. Even with primer, it creased on me and didn’t stay put even to the end of my work day. It only claims “8-hour wear”, which doesn’t seem overly long for a “Long Lasting Eye Shadow.” I’m really surprised because a lot of people really like these. I’m not inspired to order more of the RBR eye shadows 😦
I received two unexpected free samples, which was nice, a Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and a Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds sample.
The Embrace of Cashmere Loose Glitter Pigment swatched very similarly to the Rufous-tailed Weaver shade. I don’t have any loose eye shadow pigments because I’m actually kind of scared of them and don’t really know how you’re supposed to use them, lol, so I haven’t tried this out yet.
The Highlighting Liquid is very heavily scented, reminding me of a perfumed hand lotion. I had read that the RBR liquid foundation is scented as well. I’m not a fan of the scent and can’t imagine using this on my face. Luckily the powder products and lip pencil were not scented.
Overall I had some hits (lip pencil and blush) and one miss (eye shadow). Stay tuned for my full review of the Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick!
Have you tried Rouge Bunny Rouge? What are your favourite products?
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
I just got back from Toronto where I had to attend some meetings and present at a conference. It was so cold and dry there! It was about -22 C (which is about -8 F I believe). Since I’ve been back, we’ve also had the worst weather! My university had two snow days this week. On the up-side: sleeping in! On the down-side: shoveling. Here’s a shot of my driveway yesterday morning after we got over a foot of snow. Thankfully my finance and our amazing neighbours helped me out.
Anyway, the best part of being in Toronto in the middle of a freezing Canadian winter was definitely getting to go to the MAC Store. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t actually have a MAC where I live. I think I must have been in a “marsala” sort of mood, because I was totally drawn to all of the red-brown earthy shades. I had 6 empty containers, so I did a “back-to-MAC” for a free lipstick (wah00!), and also picked up a second lipstick and a lipliner.
Absolutely It is a brownish, burgundy wine lip pencil that the SA suggested to me to bring out the marsala in any other lip shades you might already own. Don’t you love that? I also picked up two Lustre finish lipsticks, which is my all time favourite type of MAC lipstick.
Sophisto looks quite different in the bullet than it does applied. Although it initially appears more brown, its really a sheer, berry plum with some warm brown undertones going on (or as MAC describes it “dewy rose plum with gold”). In the bullet it almost looks like it might be shimmery, but this does not show up at all swatched or on your lips, so no repeat of my Naked Paris experience. Sophisto is a unique shade that I think you could play around with to get different looks depending on which lip liner you use with it. I’m really enjoying it. It is sheer though, so if you have quite pigmented lips or prefer a more opaque lipstick, it might not be for you.
Spice It Up! is described as “mulled brown berry” which I think is very accurate. Its a beautiful brownish-red. If you are into the 90s lip trend that has made a major come back, then you totally need Spice It Up!
I also got another blush – I really love the MAC blushes, especially the matte finish blushes. I had Mocha on my list for a while, a muted plum-toned pink matte blush that is a apparently a favourite of the very fair-skinned Dita Von Teese.
Finally, I also picked up another MAC 239 eye shadow brush. I’ve tried others from MAC, Real Techniques, Make Up Geek, and I just don’t like any other brush for applying eye shadow as much as the 239. So I got a second one.
Hope you enjoyed my MAC shopping escapades and liked my ideas for “marsala” lipsticks!
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
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.
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)
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I am so in love with this lipliner! Plumberry was featured in a Get Ready With Me video by TheBombshellSuite and raved about by LisaLisaD1, who really knows her lipliners. I had tried to order it online, but Sephora was sold out of this shade, so I was really excited to pick it up at a Sephora while I was traveling.
Plumbery is described as “medium rose brown” but is definitely more on the plummy side than this description suggests. It is a beautiful shade of lip liner.
This is my first Laura Mercier lip liner and I am impressed. This liner goes on so creamy and smooth but is also long-wearing. That combo is hard to find in a liner. The Laura Mercier Lip Pencils are $28 CAD though, which is the only downside; that’s pricey for a lip liner. However it does have an extra durable metal cap (plastic liner caps have a tendency to split) and they do throw in a sharpener with it!
I’d love suggestions for other good lip liner shades from Laura Mercier.
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Nerdy Librarian Girl
The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace is one of the craziest shopping centres I have ever been in. It’s an entire mall made to look like ancient Rome, complete with a painted faux sky ceiling. There’s a mix of high-end shops – like Burberry, Loubouton, Versace, Dior – and stores regular people like me shop in like H&M, GAP, Sephora, and most exciting of all a MAC Pro store.
I’d never been to a Pro store and it was so cool to see all of the colourful Pro products. I asked the SA about some of the popular Pro products and she immediately asked if I’d tried Peachstock lipstick which she said looks good on almost everyone. I tried it on and I really liked it. I was nervous about the word “peach” in the name, but it has a lot of browney-beigeyness to it, and even though I am quite pale, it doesn’t wash me out. It looks very natural.
She also recommended the MAC Sculpting Powder and choose the shade “Bone Beige” for me.
The Sculpting Powder is soo soft! Bone Beige is a lovely shade for fair skin. When I was going through the pics from my trip, I saw one and wondered – hey my blush looks good, what was I wearing? and I remembered that was the day I went to MAC and the SA had applied the Sculpting Powder. I’m wearing Peachstock too. Here’s what they looked like on:
I also picked up a couple of lip liners because I have a MAC lipliner problem, Dervish Lip Pencil, a pretty, cool brownish-pink, and Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Staunchly Stylish, a rosey, pinkey-brown. These aren’t Pro products though.
Here are swatches of all four:
Here’s the price breakdown with approximate $CAD equivalent compared to what I would normally pay in Canada:
- Dervish Lip Pencil – $15 USD ($16 CAD, regularly $18 CAD)
- Staunchly Stylish Pro Longwear Lip Pencil – $19.50 USD ($21 CAD, regularly $23 CAD)
- Peachstock Lipstick – $16 USD ($17 CAD, regularly $19 CAD)
- Bone Beige Sculpting Powder – $16.50 USD ($18 CAD, regularly $19.50 CAD)
So I saved about $7.50 by shopping in the US 🙂
I hope you’re enjoying hearing about my Vegas shopping escapades! I have a few more posts to come.
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Nerdy Librarian Girl
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:
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.
MAC 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.
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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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.
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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Annabelle is a Canadian brand that originated in Montreal. It can be found in most drugstores and major chains. I think their lipliners are totally overlooked and underrated. Personally, I think they are the same quality as MAC’s lipliners – smooth, creamy, easy to wear, and last forever – and they have a fabulous selection of nude and neutral shades. And the best part? They are only $5.95 – $6.95 CND.
I have the shades:
- 305 Nude Lustre: This is one of their Metallic lipliners, but I honestly don’t notice much difference in the formula or finish of this range vs the regular lipliners except that maybe they are slightly more shimmery. Nude Lustre is a medium warm-toned brown.
- 405 Demure: My favourite! A soft, cooler-toned, pinky-brown. It’s a perfect my-lips-but-better shade.
- 420 Blush: A very pretty rosey-nude liner. A “Rosie Huntingon Whiteley” type of shade.
- Nude (Waterproof): The only difference between the regular lipliners and the waterproof liners is that the regular liners are the traditional wooden pencils, and the waterproof liners are the sharpenable plastic and they cost $1 more. Otherwise, the formula seems the same to me; I think most lipliners are likely waterproof. The actual “waterproof” line has some great shades though, like “Nude” a deep, cool brown.
- Rose (Waterproof): A deep, rosey-pink.
I love wearing a liner to fill in my entire lip and top with some lip balm for a 1990’s matte brown lip that stays put for hours. Demure and Nude are perfect shades for that.
Check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians for where to buy Annabelle cosmetics in Canada.
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Okay, while visiting Toronto I *may* have gone to the MAC store 3 times.
Trip number one was the first day I arrived. It was -30 degrees Celsius with the wind chill and nearly zero percent humidity. My skin immediately felt super dry, so a quick stop at the MAC store for some Fix+ was essential. This hydrating spray or “aqua-spritz of vitamin and minerals” saved me!
Later that week I had more time and stopped into the MAC store on Queen Street where I was tempted by some beautiful lip pencils in Oak and Whirl. MAC lip pencils are my absolute favourite. Oak is a light, neutral, beige/brown that doesn’t seem to warm or too cool and that I have heard goes well with nude lipsticks. MAC describes Whirl as “dirty rose” and it’s basically a brownish-pink shade that leans more towards the cool side.
I also picked up Twig Lipstick, which was recommended by the lovely LisaLisaD1 as a “Rosie Huntington-Whiteley shade”. My friend Kate picked out the dark and vampy Hang-Up Lipstick for me, and the SA recommended Amorous Lipstick, which I loved but they were sold out (This, obviously, led to trip number three to another MAC store).
Twig is a super wearable deep rosey-pink, definitely leaning towards being a brown-pink. Amorous is a cool-toned, berry red and an example of why I love having MAC SA’s pick out shades for me! Hang-Up is a dark, purpley-berry shade. It’s what I had hoped Rebel would be, but Rebel looks very fushia on me. Hang-Up stays that deep plum and I think looks great against fair skin.
On my third MAC Store visit (to find Amorous), I remembered that I wanted a Pro Palette Eye Shadow x 4 to pop my favourite shadows in for travelling (I find the 12 palettes too big). The SA helped me pick out four pro pan eyeshadows, because…why not?
I’m probably the last person on earth to get Woodwinked. I was bummed that even though I packed my makeup in my carry-on, when I got home there was a big ding taken out of poor Woodwinked 😦
Finally, I asked the SA to recommend an eyeliner that would work on my lower lash line that was as light as my beloved MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl, but that was more cool-toned. I find it difficult to find eyeliner that isn’t really dark. She suggested Power Point Eye Pencil in Duck. Here it is swatched in the middle between Powersurge and Teddy Eye Kohl (which I find too dark for daytime on my lower lash line):
I didn’t realize it was water-proof, so we’ll see how I like that.
As much as I love online shopping, it’s so good to be able to get in to a store once and a while, athough it usually leads to spending way too much, lol. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my crazy shopping tales!