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Merry Christmas!

rainbow tree
I hope everyone is having a great holiday. I thought you’d enjoy a pic of one of the library’s Christmas trees (we have five). Our newest tree is this amazing rainbow tree! I made a matching tree skirt for it from two pride flags. The students love it. We got it from a fun website called Treetopia. I hope it brightens your day!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Turducken!

turducken kebabs
I know this isn’t a food blog, but I just wanted to share a fun recipe that I came up with for the annual library Christmas party. You’ve probably heard of “turducken”, that famous chicken baked inside a duck, inside a turkey? I wanted to bring a turducken appetizer to the party in hors d’oeuvre form. After some Googling, I couldn’t find any recipes for anything like that, so I decided to come up with my own. It was so fun that I thought I would share it with you!

The first thing I had to do was get a hold of some turkey, duck and chicken. I could easily find chicken breasts, but in a smaller town, I could only find an entire duck and turkey, which needed to be de-boned and chopped up. Luckily my sweet vegetarian fiance was happy to oblige, but I would recommend trying to find turkey and duck in pieces or bringing the birds to a butcher. De-boning them yourself is a lot of work! Once they were all diced into bite sized pieces, the next step was marinading. The marinades are totally up to you, but here’s what I did. Continue reading

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Back from Estonia!

Tallinn

Tallinn selfie

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks because I have been traveling. I went to Estonia and Finland with my finance. He was in Tallinn for a folklore conference. We had such an amazing trip! I did some makeup shopping while I was there and I will be doing a post about that and some of the neat European brands I tried, but I just wanted to do a quick travel post and share some of my pics. It was the first time I’d ever traveled to that part of Europe. Continue reading

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My First Vacation Post

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Runaway Bay, Jamaica, at sunset. I love these Kate Spade sunglasses I found at Winners. My polka-dot dress is by one of my fav brands, Hell Bunny.

Hey everyone! The lovely Gym Bag Makeup left me a comment asking if I was going to do a vacation post on the trip to I took to Jamaica at the end of the semester. I have really only done makeup posts and not any thing lifestyley on my blog, but I thought I would give it a try. This is my first ever vacation post, and my trip to Jamaica was also the first real vacation that my fiance and I have taken together. I’m not sure if this will be interesting to anyone, but here it goes! Continue reading

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Going to see a Star War

Princess Leia Makeup

Getting into the Star Wars spirit!

Last night my fiance and I finally went to see the new Star Wars. Have you seen it yet? I couldn’t resist geeking out with a bit of a Princess Leia look. It was really easy to do full-on Princess Leia buns with the help of my Irresistible Me Hair Extensions. I looked at some images online of Carrie Fisher’s makeup from the original 1977 film. I did a matte brown eyeshadow look with lots of dark brown liner, paired with an orangey-brown glossy lip (a 1970s idea of a “natural” makeup look?). Continue reading

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Halloween & Day of the Dead Looks

Snow White makeup and hair

Should I take a bite?

There’s two kinds of people: Halloween people and Christmas people. I am definitely a Halloween person. I love it! Every year at the library, we all dress up in costumes according to a certain theme and give away candy to the students. We’ve done book characters, movie characters (Uma Thurman from Pulp Fiction), TV characters (Joan Collins’ Dynasty character), and music stars (Amy Winehouse). This year we all decided to be fairy tale characters. I just knew I HAD to be Snow White. Continue reading

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Burberry now sold at Sephora

I checked the Sephora Canada site, and its available here too!

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Big new for all you high end makeup lovers, Sephora now sells Burberry makeup! This is fantastic if like me, you could only find the Burberry at Neiman’s. Enjoy checking over everything, and don’t forget to add a code to you 25+ order!

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Finally a Post About a Book!

Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying the Vintage LookI haven’t posted at all this week. It’s been a crazy, stressful and sad week for me. I had to make the very difficult decision to have my cat, Miss Vivien Leigh, put down. As any of you who have had to part with a pet know, its a terrible thing to have to do. If that wasn’t all bad enough, I also had my hot water tank give up and leak all over my basement. I had to have it replaced and then spend several days mopping and cleaning my basement. I’ve been feeling a bit overwhelmed.

A happy thing that happened this past week though, was a friend of mine picked up a very thoughtful present for me while she was on vacation. She was in a super cool store in Toronto, Loveless Boutique, and found this book, Retro Makeup: Techniques for Applying the Vintage Look. I had seen this book online (it looked amazing!) and was so happy that when she saw it, she thought of me. It definitely cheered me up.

Its really beautiful and filled with the makeup styles, colours and techniques of the 1920s, 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s. Very cool! I feel inspired to try out some of the retro makeup looks.

I have some good posts coming up soon and hope to be posting more often than I have been this week. As always, I really appreciate you all for reading.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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A new way to order makeup online in Canada!

Shoppers Drug Mart has launched a new website, www.beautyboutique.ca, where you can order makeup and skincare products and earn Optimum points (pretty much the best rewards program of all time). I was curious to see how it differs from Murale, also owned by Shoppers Drug Mart. There seem to be two big differences:
1. The Beauty Boutique site offers free shipping over $75 CAD, and
2. you can redeem your Optimum points online! which you cannot do on the Murale site.

Also, right now you can get 8000 bonus Optimum points (until August 14) on the Beauty Boutique site.

I am excited to be able to order Bioderma Sensibio H2O which isn’t carried in-store anywhere in my town. Its also great to have more online shopping options for makeup products in Canada, especially since the recent Sephora shipping disaster.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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What the Heck Sephora Canada?

Why are these brands suddenly unavailable in Canada?

Why are certain brands suddenly unavailable in Canada?

I was on the Sephora site and noticed a lot of items seemed to be out-of-stock, and not just newly released hot items that you might expect to quickly sell out. Then, a glance at my list of “loves” made me practically have a panic attack. Brands and items that I’ve ordered numerous times suddenly “cannot be shipped to Canada” including Sephora’s own name brand. What’s going on? Could this be some weird website glitch?

I immediately took to facebook, twitter and the interwebs to see if anyone else knew what was up and found some info on Canadian Daily Deals and Smart Canucks blog. Disturbing info.

Apparently Sephora is opening a Canadian warehouse. The “good news” is orders can be shipped without any duty or Borderfree costs and shipping should be faster. The bad news? Sephora can’t stock items that do not comply with Canadian packaging laws or containing certain ingredients. Smart Canuck’s post included a list of brands released by Sephora that will no longer be available including Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Michael Kors, Clarasonic and plenty more. Other items showing out-of-stock *should* be available again as they arrive in the Canadian warehouse.

I was unable to find ANY info about this on the Sephora site. I searched my inbox and although I have tons of promotional emails from them, there are no emails whatsoever about what I think is a fairly serious customer service issue.

I have so many questions! Like:

  • How long will it take items to get stocked in the new Canadian warehouse? (A LOT of things are out-of-stock)
  • Are brands temporarily no longer available until things get sorted out or permanently disappearing?
  • How will in-store stock be affected? (if you’re lucky enough to have a store near you. I don’t)

I’m also confused about claims of cheaper shipping costs because orders can be shipped without duty or Borderfree costs. First of all, I get free shipping as a VIB Rouge, and even if you’re not Rouge, there’s free shipping on orders over $75 CAD. Have you ever tried to place a Sephora order and spent less than $75? I know I haven’t. So shipping isn’t a big concern of mine. Second of all, no duty or Borderfree charges appear on my orders; just 13% HST. Plus, I didn’t find shipping took particularly long.

Not sure how a Canadian warehouse is a good thing if its resulting in fewer brands being available. Its already difficult enough to order beauty products online to ship to Canada. Has anyone else heard anything about this? I’m going to try emailing Sephora customer service. I am pretty darn unhappy with Sephora right now 😦

UPDATE: Sephora Customer Service responded to my email with the following:

We are excited to announce we have recently started shipping to Canadian addresses from our new warehouse in Canada! By being able to ship directly within Canada, our clients will receive many new benefits, including faster processing and delivery times, elimination of duty charges and the addition of new brands and items to our Canadian product assortment.

If there are certain favourites that appear to be out of stock, try searching for the product by name again; in some cases we have updated the product item number. For other products that no longer appear on the site, we apologize that this is due to stricter language packaging restrictions that we are required to adhere to by law in order to ship within Canada.

We understand that this may be frustrating and invite you to continue to check back as these products may become available again in the future.”

When I searched for some of the items showing as out-of-stock on my favourites list by item name like they suggested, most were in stock (like the Urban Decay Setting Spray) but some were still showing as out-of-stock (like the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder). Any brands showing “item cannot be shipped to Canada” are really gone with little reassurance that they will be returning anytime soon.

If you’re looking for alternative sites to order from in the meantime, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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What are you Picking up at the Sephora VIB Sale?

Its the most wonderful time of the year! The Sephora VIB sale is here, when VIB & VIB Rouge members get 20% off all purchases. Today is the last day of the sale. I took advantage of the discount mostly by restocking items I was nearly out of (and picking up a few new things I haven’t tried). Here’s what I ordered:

Sephora VIB SaleWhat are you getting at the Sephora sale?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Two (Belated) Halloween Looks

I haven’t posted much recently. I take all my blog photos in natural light, and we are just having the ickiest, greyest, rainiest, darkest fall here in eastern Canada. On top of that we are in daylight savings time now, and it starts getting dark at about 4:30 pm! By the time I get home from work its completely dark, making photo-shoots pretty much impossible. I have gotten some great new stuff lately, so I’ve decided to just get cracking and share it with you guys and do my best with whatever lighting this Canadian gal has been given 🙂

So today, I wanted to share two looks I did last week for Halloween and for the Day of the Dead, November 1-2. We threw our second annual Day of the Dead party (you can checkout my look from last year) and had collected lots of great Día de Muertos decorations over the past year while traveling, so this year’s party was even better than last year’s I think, complete with Mexican-inspired food and lots of tequila.

This was our ofrenda:

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La Ofrenda, or altar honouring the memory of loved ones who have passed away

This year I felt like doing pink sugar skull makeup. I absolutely loved this skull fascinator I found at Bonnie & Clyde’s while I was in BC.

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Pink sugar skull makeup for our 2nd annual Day of the Dead Party

Here’s what I used:pink sugar skull makeup
Eyes:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance (I used it all around and under my eyes)
  • MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
  • Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal 24HR Cream Gel Shadow “Inked in Pink”
  • Wet n Wild “Spoiled Brat” eyeshadow trio (just the pink shade)
  • MAC Da Bling
  • MAC Expensive Pink

Nose:

  • MAC Blackground paintpot
  • NYX eyeshadow single 01 “Black”

Lips:

  • NYX Milk Jumbo Pencil
  • MAC Soar Lip Pencil
  • MAC Smolder Eye Kohl

I used some of my very tiny Real Techniques brushes – the Detailer brush from the Core Collection, the Accent brush from the Starter Set, and the Fine Liner brush. And of course, don’t forget to set  all of that with a setting spray. I used UD All Nighter.

For Halloween, at the library where I work we all dress up every year according to a theme we’ve picked, like characters from our favourite book or movie. This year we were all characters from TV shows. I had just watched Sam from Pixiwoo’s Joan Collins tutorial and knew I wanted to try to recreate the over the top 80s look!

Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby makeup

Halloween Costume: Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby

Here’s what I used for my version of Alexis:joan collins / alexis makeup
Eyes:

  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance (not pictured)
  • Makeup Geek Eyeshadow Pans in “Wisteria” and “Duchess”
  • “Venus” from the UD Naked Basics palette for that frosty 80s brow highlight
  • NARS Albatross for even more brow highlight!
  • Maybelline Waterproof Black Liquid Liner
  • Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara (full review)

Cheeks:

  • Sleek Blush By 3 palette 364 “Sugar”. I used the dark reddish shade “Turbinado”
  • NARS Albatross

Lips:

  • MAC Spice Lip Pencil (as Sam said “if you can’t see the lip liner, you’ve failed” lol)
  • NARS Velvet Gloss Lip Pencil in “New Lover”
  • MAC “Angel” Lip Gloss

This look was really fun to do. I love Halloween! Its such a great excuse to play with makeup looks that you don’t normally wear everyday.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy December Glam Bag Review

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

This is my fourth Glam Bag, and I am still pretty pleased. I had previously reviewed my November Glam Bag. The December theme was “Celebration!”. This bag contained:

  • Ardell Naturel 120 Demi Black lashes: $6.29
  • NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream”: $5.99
  • NICKA K New York nail polish in “Classic Taupe”: $5.30
  • POP Beauty eyeshadow trio in “Smokin Hot”
  • Be a Bombshell The One Stick in “Girl Crush”: $16.98

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

I love Ardell lashes and it was great to get a new pair just in time for the holidays. I am not typically a big fan of NYX lipsticks, but I’m actually liking the formula of the Extra Creamy Round which doesnt have the typical icky, perfumey NYX lip product scent and taste. Unfortunately the colour doesnt quite suit me but I may check out some of the other shades now.

The NICKA K polish is “DBP, Toluene and added formaldehyde free’ and I loved the colour, but the formula is a bit thin and streaky and required 3-4 coats. I much prefered the Nailtini nail lacquer from last month’s Glam Bag. I also don’t think NICKA K products are available in Canada. I calculated the Canadian price from the American website (which doesnt ship internationally). UPDATE: NICKA K is sold at London Drugs, in-store only.

POP beauty is a UK based brand. I couldn’t find the eyeshadow trio for sale anywhere, which I can only guess means it may have been a special sample prepared for the Glam Bag? I did really like the shadows. The “Smokin Hot” contained great New Year’s Eve (or any party!) shades: white, silvery grey and sparkely black. They were very pigmented and I would try some other POP Beauty eyeshadows if I can find them in Canada.

The only big “fail” from this month’s bag was the Be a Bombshell The One Stick. I had been really impressed with the Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon from last month’s Glam Bag. The One Stick is obviously a take on NARS’ The Multiple. Be a Bombshell says you can use it on “eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere! Apply as you would regular eyeshadow, blush or lip gloss.” Yeah…not so much. This smooshy, greasy, glittery thing didn’t work on my cheeks, eyelids OR lips. Just awful.

The total retail value of the December bag (minus the POP Beauty eyeshadow which I couldn’t find a price for) was: $34.56. So, for $16 this bag had significantly less value than last month’s $108 Glam Bag.

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“Day of the Dead” Make-up Look

Day of the Dead Makeup

For my Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead” party, I did a sugar-skull inspired make-up look. Here’s a quick look at the products I used:

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  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
  • MAC blackground paint pot
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • MAC greensmoke eyeshadow (not pictured)
  • NYX black eyeshadow single
  • Milani Color Statement lip liner in true red
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk
  • Ardell false lashes
  • any small, pointed brush

I actually didn’t use anything to make my skin paler – I just skipped any bronzer or blush and this is how pale I look (lol). I used eyeshadow primer all around and under my eyes where I painted the black circles. For all of the black areas, I used MAC blackground paint pot and MAC smolder eye kohl, and I set it with NYX black eyeshadow (any matte black shadow would do).

I used MAC greensmoke eyeshadow on my lid to give my eyes a bit more dimension. For the red scallop pattern and dots  I used the red lip liner outlined with the black eye kohl.

On my lips I used the milk Jumbo Eye Pencil and the MAC smolder eye kohl. I was surprised how well this stayed in place all night.

I made the flower headpiece myself using a headband, some Dollar Store fake flowers and a hot glue gun. It was super simple.

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Amy Winehouse Halloween Look

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An idea for a fun and easy Halloween or costume-party look. Amy Winehouse is all about the hair. Luckily, I had the right hair colour to start with. I picked up a “hair donut” from Claire’s for $9.00 CND and some extensions to wrap around it and to clip in the back of my hair for $18.50 CND.

Hair Donut from Claire's

Hair Donut from Claire’s

To get the 1960s beehive look without back-combing, I followed this youtube video tutorial.

The make-up products I used were:

  • MAC brule eyeshadow
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • Ardell 118 false lashes
  • MAC omega eyeshadow (for my crease and my Amy brows)
  • Benefit Hoola (cheek contour)
  • MAC teddy eye kohl (for the Amy beauty mark)
  • MAC angel lipstick

While I was at Claire’s I also picked up a faux flower hair pin and a faux gold chain to complete the look.

For Amy’s tattoos, I found a website TattooFun.com, that specializes in celebrity temporary tattoos. They were $19.95 CND plus shipping, but were so worth it as it really made the costume!

Amy Winehouse Temporary Tattoos from TattooFun.com

Amy Winehouse Temporary Tattoos from TattooFun.com

 

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