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Finally Got My Paws on a New Bite Beauty Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil
I have been dying to try the new Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil since it first came out. I am already a fan of the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Masks, Amuse Bouche Lipsticks, and the Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub. So knowing that they now also made a lip liner kinda made my life complete. The Canadian brand is known for its lip products made from natural, organic, food-grade ingredients that are “good enough to eat.” They also have really unique shades. I can’t wait for the next time I’m in Toronto, so I can visit the Bite Beauty Lip Lab where you can create your own custom or bespoke lipsticks. It looks so fun! Continue reading

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Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip: Does it Really Work?

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip
As soon as I saw this new lip product from Benefit, I knew I had to try it. Benefit is one of the cutest, retro-inspired brands and they have the greatest packaging and iconic product names. Some of their products can be a bit gimmicky but they are never boring! Their Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip Beyond Sexy Lipstick & Liner in One was just too interesting to pass up. Benefit bills it as “This lip liner & lipstick in one features a Custom Teardrop Tip that grabs and defines your lip line and fills in lips with complementing colour for the appearance of volume and dimension.” I had never seen a built in, separate lip liner colour in a lipstick before. Visually, these Double the Lip two-tone lipsticks were irresistible. Continue reading

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New Skincare Routine

new skincare products for sensitive acne-prone skin
Way back in 2014 (that seems so crazy long ago!) I did a post on my skincare routine for sensitive, acne-prone skin. I thought it was about time to do an update 🙂 As I am getting older, my skin is changing. I’m finding it much drier, and my breakouts are more hormonal, which means that there’s not a lot that topical treatments can do (more on that later). Nearly three years later, some of my skincare products are the same, some I have since stopped using, and I’ve also introduced a few new products. I sometimes find it difficult to get information about products that are fragrance-free or good for sensitive skin, so I hope this helps others out there! Continue reading

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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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Too Faced Melted Matte

Too Faced Melted Matte in Drop Dead Red

Drop Dead Red

As many of my readers will know, I am not the hugest fan of matte lip products. My ideal type of lippie is a MAC lipstick in the lustre finish (as evidenced by my ample lustre collection), which is more balmy, shiny and sheer. I received this Too Faced Melted Matte Liquified Long Wear Lipstick from a thoughtful friend who shares my love of makeup. I was apprehensive. I had tried on the Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick (the one in the squeeze tube) at Sephora. After wearing it as I shopped along  my merry way for 10 or 15 minutes, my lips felt like they’d had all of the moisture sucked right out of them! I removed it before I even made it to the checkout line and applied copious amounts of my fav Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment. Would the newer Melted Matte be better or even worse? Continue reading

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A Less Than Glowing Review

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Its always a bummer to have to do a less than positive review, but a gal has to be honest, right? With a Sephora gift card I received over Christmas, I wanted to try out a new product. I love using a gift card to splurge on something totally new. I’m already a huge fan of the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and have repurchased it multiple times. I like to use it under my eyes and pair it with a highlighting or illuminating type of concealer like the L’oreal Magic Lumi. I had the $38.00 CAD Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter on my wish list for a while. Advertised as a “versatile concealer and highlighter for the undereye area and the face that provides sheer coverage with a soft, radiant finish” I thought this would be a great product for creating some luminous glowiness under my eyes.
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MAC New York Apple

MAC New York Apple lipstick

Take a bite out of New York Apple!

Hi everyone! I know I have a lot of MAC lipsticks, but I couldn’t resist adding one more to my collection when MAC had a sale in December. I was really interested in trying New York Apple, described as a “muted red with pink shimmer.” Although my favourite finish in MAC lipsticks is lustre, New York Apple is a frost. I only have one other MAC frost lipstick, Angel, which I love. I was really pleased when New York Apple arrived. It is the sweetest shade and I can’t help thinking it would be perfect to wear for Valentine’s Day, which is coming up soon. Continue reading

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A Few New MAC Lip Pencils!

MAC lip pencils in Beet, Edge-to-Edge, Half-Red
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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Can a Silicone “Sponge” Compete with the Beauty Blender?

The Beauty Blender VS the Silisponge makeup blender

The Beauty Blender VS the Silisponge silicone sponge makeup blender

If you are a YouTube fan, you will likely have seen some of the reviews of the newest (and possibly oddest) beauty product being talked about right now – the silicone makeup applicator/blender. Its getting fairly mixed reviews, and I was so curious I just had to try it out for myself. Originally created by indie beauty brand Molly Cosmetics, their SiliSponge is currently sold out. However, I ordered one from Silico-Sponge.com (they ship to Canada via Canada Post) for the same price that looks identical in shape and size. It is basically a blob of 100% silicone, so I’m not sure how they could be that different?

As soon as I heard about a silicone makeup “sponge” I was intrigued, mainly because Nerdy Librarian Girl is also a huge germaphobe, as evidenced by such posts as How to Sanitize Makeup, AKA my unnatural obsession with 95% rubbing alcohol, or Microwaving your Beauty Blender (spoiler alert: it really works). Silicone is super hygienic! I loved the idea of a makeup applicator that is non-porous, that wouldn’t absorb product, and that would be incredibly easy to clean. But, would it work as well as the Beauty Blender for applying foundation? Continue reading

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I Finally Caved: The Naked Smoky

Urban Decay Naked Smoky eye shadow palette

The Naked Smoky was 50% off at http://www.urbandecay.ca

The Naked Smoky has been out for a while (since last year), but I had so far valiantly resisted adding another eye shadow palette to my collection. I have all three of the Naked palettes, the Naked Basics, and the Naked Ultimate Basics. I thought the Naked Smoky looked gorgeous, but I wasn’t sure I’d use the darker, smokier shades often enough to justify the price. This month, the lovely Canadian beauty blogger, Miss Hailey, provided the awesome tip that the Naked Smoky was half price on the Urban Decay Canada site for a one day only sale. Normally $66 CAD, it was going for $33 plus free shipping! Well that was all the convincing I needed. I couldn’t resist the allure of the Naked Smoky eye shadow palette any longer. Continue reading

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Revlon Ultra Volume Mascara

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

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

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Dry Shampoos & Dark Hair: Did any of these really work?

Best dry shampoos for dark hair

Which of these five dry shampoos got a passing grade and which one got an F?

I colour my hair. I’ve been battling greys since I was in my 20s (sadly its hereditary). Visiting the salon every 4-5 weeks to have my roots done is hard on my hair. I’m sure those of you with colour treated hair can relate. Any type of chemical processing can really leave your hair dry and damaged. A couple of years ago, I decide to try to join the “no poo” movement and gradually decrease how frequently I shampooed my hair. Instead of washing my hair daily, I have now reduced it to twice (sometimes 3 times) a week. I can’t even begin to tell you what a difference this has made in the health and texture of my hair. Its so much softer and more manageable. In between shampoos, I will often use a dry shampoo on my roots. I thought I’d do a quick review of some of the brands I’ve tried. Dry shampoo on very dark hair like mine can be tricky. You don’t want to be left with a visible white, powdery cast. I also don’t want a dry shampoo to have a strong, overpowering scent. So here are five dry shampoos I’ve tried, from drugstore to high-end, graded from A to F. Continue reading

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UD Naked Ultimate Basics Palette Review

Urban Decay Naked Ultimate Basics eyeshadow palette
First there was the Urban Decay Naked palette (can you believe that was all the way back in 2010?). Then came the Naked 2 and Naked 3. Like any makeup hoarder lover, I have all three eye shadow palettes, although I haven’t picked up the Naked Smokey as of yet. I’m also a big fan of both the Naked Basics palettes, particularly because they had a lot of wearable, everyday matte shades. I have pretty much used up my favourite shades in my Naked Basics palette. Continue reading

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Boscia Peel-Off Masks

Boscia Multi-Masking Medley

Boscia Multi-Masking Medley from Sephora

After discovering this fragrance-free skincare brand, I was interested in trying out more from Japanese-brand Boscia, which makes masks that don’t have any added perfumes or artificial fragrances. I had previously tried out and reviewed some of the Boscia sheet masks. When I was in line at Sephora, in that oh-so-tempting section filled with miniature sample sized versions of products, I spied this Boscia Multi-Masking Medley pack of single use, peel-off masks that included the Green Tea Oil-control mask, the Bright White Mask, and two packs of the Luminizing Black Mask for $23.00 CAD. Continue reading

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Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara

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

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

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DIY Pedis & My Fav Summer Polishes for Toes

Bon Vital Spa Pomegranate & Acai Berry Salt Scrub and Lavender & Rosemary Sugar Scrub

Bon Vital’ BVspa Pomegranate & Acai Berry Salt Scrub and Lavender & Rosemary Sugar Scrub

Summertime is when you need your feet to look their best. During Canadian winters, I literally don’t see my feet for months on end, but they emerge in the summer to peek out of cute open-toed shoes. I’m a big fan of going for the occasional professional pedicure, but I also really like doing my own at home. The thing I love most about a pedi is that although my skin is generally pretty sensitive to fragrance, the one exception are my feet. Its the one time I can indulge in that luxurious spa-like experience of using lovely scented skincare products like a normal girl! Here are my fav skincare products that I’ve been using for summertime feet, and the polishes I have been loving the most on my toes. Continue reading

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Smashbox Indecent Exposure VS X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara

Love the velvet mascara wand handle

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

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In Search of Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

Boscia Hydrogel Sheet Masks review

Boscia Hydrogel Sheet Masks

Hey everyone! I have been interested in finding some more good face masks, since discovering a good fragrance-free sheet mask at the drugstore, the Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask. There are so many of these types of masks available now at Sephora. They are super popular. The problem for me is finding ones that don’t have added fragrances, which my face doesn’t react well to. So I asked the Sephora SA and she suggested the Boscia brand (originally a Japanese brand). Boscia claims to be “the world’s first 100% preservative-free skincare brand”, which is pretty cool, and their products don’t have added perfumes or artificial fragrances. I picked up 3 of their sheet masks to try out. Here’s what I thought.

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

The new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Hi everyone! Today I have a pretty extensive review of the new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks in nine of the shades (this is a long one, so get comfy and fix yourself a drink or a snack!) plus a pretty exciting giveaway! Keep reading to find out how you can win Bawse, a collab with hilarious YouTuber Lilly Singh (iisuperwomanii). I am giving one away to a subscriber and its open internationally.

When I received this package from Smashbox, I have to admit that initially I was a bit scared, because, as anyone familiar with my blog knows, I’m not normally the biggest fan of matte lippies. I tend to find them too drying for me. But Smashbox was so generous and the colours were so cool, that I decided to just dive in and wear a different shade every day and then review them for you and let you know what I think. I ‘m also trying to include more pics of me wearing the products I’m reviewing so you will be treated to an abundance of selfies in this post (Selfies are not easy. I have a whole newfound respect for the Kardashians! lol). Smashbox sent me 10 shades, but I didn’t open or swatch Bawse as I really wanted to be able to share with my subscribers and let someone else try out this new product too. Continue reading

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Temporary Root Touch Ups: Do they really work?

L'oreal Root Cover Up, AG Dry Shampoo, Greyfree Professional Temporary Hair Color reviews comparisons

three wash-out root touch up products I’ve tried

Hi everyone! I’ve been on a quest lately to try out some products that might keep me from having to visit the hair salon too frequently. I have been colouring my hair regularly to cover grey since I was in my late 20s. Sadly its genetic. My Mom and my Grandma went completely white very early too. My Grandma never coloured her hair, but my Mom and I do. I used to go every 6 weeks, but now I’m getting some pretty white roots going on up there and they are starting to contrast sharply against my black hair (which, in case you’re wondering is fairly close to my natural colour, a very dark brown). My hairdresser recommended going every 4 weeks! I just find it so time consuming. So I decided to try out some of the temporary root touch-up products out there to see if they really worked. So far I’ve tried the L’Oreal Root Cover Up, the AG Dry Shampoo Root Touch–Up, and the Greyfree Professional Temporary Hair Color. Here are my thoughts on them.
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Foreo LUNA Review by a Former Clarisonic User

Foreo Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin

Foreo LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin

Hi everyone! A couple of months ago my much-loved, extremely pink Clarisonic Mia suddenly died. It was a staple in my skincare routine. I’d had the sonic facial cleansing brush for at least nine years, and I guess eventually the rechargeable battery just gives up. Nothing can last forever I suppose. I was on the fence about repurchasing a new Clarisoinc for two reasons. The first was that when I looked into purchasing a new one at Sephora, I discovered they didn’t make the same Clarisonic Mia that I’d had anymore (the new Mia does not come with a stand for charging) plus there was also an entirely new model called the Mia Fit which was a completely different shape.

Clarisonic Mia Fit

Clarisonic Mia Fit

I was torn as to whether I should get another Mia or the smaller, more compact, round Mia Fit. The second reason I was hesitating was because the last couple of times I’d had a professional facial, the facialist commented that I was developing little broken capillaries and she was not happy when I told her I used the Clarisonic, which she believed was not gentle enough for my sensitive skin, even though I always purchased the Sensitive brush head. While I was debating getting another Clarisonic, I stumbled upon a whole other option…

When I was in Sephora in Halifax, I spotted the oddest looking display. Had Sephora begun selling “personal massagers”? Nope, the egg-shaped, vibrating silicone item was in fact the Foreo LUNA, a sonic cleansing and anti-aging tool. The very helpful SA generously took a great deal of time explaining to me how it worked and how it differed from the Clarisonic. Here is why I decided to buy the Foreo LUNA instead, and what I think of it compared to the Clarisonic. Continue reading

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A New MAC Eyeshadow: MAC Extra Dimension

MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow in Stolen Moment

MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow

Hi everyone! So after traveling to Jamaica, St. John’s, and then Quebec, I was off to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for another library conference. Do you know what Librarians love? They love Mac. Well, and also Fluevogs. So we all had to visit the MAC store while we were there 🙂 I was perusing the eye shadows, and I was struck by a beautiful shade that I could not believe I hadn’t seen before/didn’t already own. Continue reading

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My new Favourite Mascara!

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

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

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St. John’s Sephora & Lancome Juicy Shakers

St. John's Sephora

The first Sephora opened in my province in 2015

One of the most exciting things to happen in Newfoundland last year (well in the beauty blogging community anyhow) was that our very first Sephora store opened. Sadly for me, it remains an 8 hour drive away, but while I was in St. John’s to present at a conference, I finally got a chance to go to the new location. I really didn’t go for anything in particular. I just wanted to check out the store. Apparently I visit Sephoras like some people visit other touristy landmarks. The staff there were super nice, and I asked a SA how the store was doing. She said Sephora is shocked at how much business its doing and that sales are way beyond expectations, which I thought was pretty cool. Way to go fellow Canadian beauty product lovers!

While I was there, what did catch my eye was the display of the new Lancome  Juicy Shakers. Continue reading

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Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fig

Another Sephora spring sale purchase: a Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick!

Its taken me so long to get around to blogging about all of the different things I got in the Sephora spring sale, but I really wanted to thoroughly test out the Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick before I reviewed it. I’m very particular about lipsticks and after my High-end Lipstick Review Series, I like to give a new lipstick a real good try before I write about it. Smashbox recently revamped their Be Legendary lipsticks and added some new shades (in total there are 18 shades in the cream finish, and 18 in the matte finish). I’d quite liked the Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer that I’d tried, so I was really curious to try the newly re-formulated cream lipstick out. Continue reading

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