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MAC is Reading My Mind: The Prissy Princess Palette

MAC Prissy Princess palette

MAC Prissy Princess palette

You know how everyone seems to be paranoid nowadays that everything we do online – everything we buy, every site we visit – is being tracked and used to carefully craft ads targeted directly at us? I’ve always pooh-poohed such notions…until I saw the MAC Prissy Princess Palette. Clearly, MAC has perfected some sort of futuristic, mind-reading technology because it has made a palette that seems to be tailor-made just for me! First of all, the packaging: Pale pink! With polka-dots! Come on, MAC, that’s just not fair. And its adorably called “Prissy Princess”? Upon first glance, I really didn’t even care what was inside. I totally wanted it. Continue reading

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MAC Lip Duos

MAC Lip Duo Cherry and Cockney

MAC Lip Duo Cherry & Cockney

Over Christmas I visited my sister, and we made a little trip to the MAC store in Halifax. I love going to MAC in person because there is no MAC store where I live. We had an awesome SA who showed us some of the new MAC Lip Duos and helped us try some on. I think the duos are a neat idea. You get a lip pencil and lipstick combo for less than what it would cost to buy them each separately. My sister bought Chicory/Brick-o-la and, can you believe it, it was her first ever MAC purchase!? I decided on Cherry/Cockney. However, I noticed that I had some of the lip pencils and lipsticks from the other duos, so I’m going to do some swatches from three of the other MAC Lip Duos for you in this post as well. Continue reading

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Sephora Favourites: Give Me Some Nude Lip

Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Nude Lip

Sephora Favourites “Give Me Some Nude Lip” Lip Kit

When Sephora was offering their $25 off promotion in December, in addition to picking up the Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set I also couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites “Give Me Some Nude Lip” Lip Kit. I had really enjoyed Sephora’s “Give Me Some Bold Lip” Lip Kit. I love the idea of getting to try out sample sizes of popular lip products for much less than it would cost to get the full size of all six items. The Give Me Some Nude Lip kit is $33 CAD, but to buy all six separately would be $84 CAD! I’ll jump right in and tell you what I thought of the six nude lip picks in the kit. Continue reading

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Pop the Bubbly: Bite Champagne Discovery Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set

Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set

Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you’re all having a great holidays and have been able to take some time off to relax and spend time with family and friends. I have really been enjoying my time off, especially going to holiday parties and get-togethers, and eating one of my absolute favourite foods – turkey! The other really enjoyable thing that happens in December is Sephora gives us $25 off. Tis the season for giving 🙂 Continue reading

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Fantastic Spot Treatment & Inexpensive Dupe

Dr. Lin Acne Spot Corrector VS drugstore dupe
Hi everyone! I love samples. Its a great way to discover new products. Its how I discovered my favourite mascara, the Guerlain Maxi Lash, for example. A long while back, when I was placing a Sephora order online, I selected as a sample, the Dr. Lin Skincare Acne Spot Corrector. I’d been using it for at least 6 months or so, and then about a month ago I used it up. I wanted to do a review as well as let you know about a less expensive dupe. Continue reading

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Burt’s Bees Tinted Balm, Tinted Oil & Another Lipstick

Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm, Tinted Lip Oil, and Lipstick
Hi everyone! I’m back with a review of some more of the Burt’s Bees lip products. I’m a big fan of this brand and I love their lip balms. Lip balm is one of the most essential items in my life! I did a previous review of some of the Burt’s Bees lip balms as well as their lipstick in Orchid Ocean. I really wanted to try out another shade of the Burt’s Bees lipstick, and while I was swatching, I also picked up two additional Burt’s Bees lip products I hadn’t tried before; the Tinted Lip Balm and the Tinted Lip Oil. Continue reading

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Battle of the Makeup Wipes: One Fav & One Fail

Neutrogena and Bioderma makeup remover wipes review
As handy as makeup removing wipes are, I don’t use them every day. I have a whole night-time skincare routine that I normally stick to, and to remove my makeup I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O cleansing and make-up removing water with the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads (which are a dupe for the pricier Shiseido Facial Cotton). But every now and then, isn’t it so convenient to have some makeup removing wipes on hand to quickly take your makeup off and cleanse when you’re just too tired to go through your entire routine? I also really like makeup removing wipes for traveling. I had a bit of a hard time finding fragrance-free makeup wipes though, so for everyone out there like me with sensitive skin, I thought I would review the two fragrance-free makeup removing wipes that I’ve tried. One has become a re-purchased fav,  and one was a huge fail. Continue reading

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Revlon’s New ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows: MAC Paint Pots Dupe?

Revlon's ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows

I have to admit, I haven’t been overly enthusiastic about many new drugstore products recently, but I was excited to try Revlon’s new ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows. These came out in the U.S. about a year ago, but I’ve only recently seen them in Canada, at least in my local drugstore. Oddly they aren’t on the revlon.ca website but they are on the revlon.com site. Not all my local stores had them, but I was able to find them at Shoppers Drugmart.

If you follow my blog you know I’ve been really into my MAC Paint Pots lately (you can see my review of Groundwork and Frozen Violet). I was curious to see how the Revlon ColorStay Creme Eye Shadows compared to the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots. Are they a dupe? Continue reading

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MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Frozen Violet

If you follow my blog, you may have seen my post about MAC’s Pro Longwear Paint Pot in Groundwork which I have been loving this fall. When I was in Toronto recently, I had a looooong wait in Pearson airport, so I did what any normal, makeup obsessed person would do and headed straight to MAC to swatch some Paint Pots. I love a MAC in an airport – what an amazing idea! There were several gorgeous Paint Pots I liked. Two were not in stock – Camel Coat and Tailor Grey (both in the land of matte, taupey goodness). The shade they did have in stock was Frozen Violet. Continue reading

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Who Can Resist the Sephora Minis?

Sephora mini sizes

Can you get past the Sephora line without being tempted by the minis?

The last time I was in Sephora, I was waiting in the check-out line surrounded by shiny, tempting, mini-sized products and of course the next thing I knew, some of them *mysteriously* ended up in my basket. They get me every time. I can never resist the lure of all of the adorable miniatures and add-ons in the Sephora line. Partly, I love anything miniature, but I also love that you can often sample higher-end products this way at a lower price. Continue reading

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Sephora Favs Give Me Some Bold Lip

Sephora Favorites: Give Me Some Bold Lip
I haven’t been traveling as much this year, but a few weeks ago I was in Toronto and made it to a Sephora in-person and while there, I spotted the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip kit. I really like these Sephora favorites type of kits that let you sample several best-sellers at a great price, but I find they usually sell out too quickly. So I was pretty pumped to get to try out the bold lip favs. I’m really into bold lip shades right now. I think it must be a fall weather thing. Continue reading

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Burt’s Bees Balms and New Lipstick

Burt's Bees Balms and Lipstick

Burt’s Bees Balms & Lipstick

Burt’s Bees is a pretty adorable brand. I have been a long-time fan of their Lemon Butter Cuticle Creme. I love that they use 99-100% natural ingredients, and their bee and honeycomb themed packaging is irresistible. I mean, who doesn’t love bees? I also really love their #BringBacktheBees campaign, started last year, to raise awareness about the declining bee population and to restore bee habitat.

When we moved from my tiny place into our current house, there was one serious downside…I could never find any lip balm! I like to have at least one in every room (but I’m totally *not* addicted or anything). The solution? I headed to the drugstore to buy a bunch of extra lip balms to have on hand. I had completely used up an entire Burt’s Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil, and I knew I wanted me some more Burt’s Bees balms. Continue reading

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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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