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Did Sephora Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? (Part 3: Mascaras & Lip Products)

For part 3 of my Did Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? I’m reviewing mascara and lip product samples I received. These were some really good samples!

 bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop

Plumberry Pop

 bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm Plumberry Pop swatch

Plumberry Pop

bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($20 CAD): I was totally excited to try this 100 point sample of the new tinted “lip oil-balm” from bareMinerals. I really like tinted lip balms. There are so many things I love about this, I don’t know where to begin! I love the packaging. Its super cute and the colour of the packaging matches the shade, which I always find handy. The Pop of Passion lip-oil balms come in 8 different shades. I’m really enjoying the shade I received, Plumberry Pop, a pinky-red, but I want to try out all of the other shades now! This oil-balm applies a wash of colour combined with the light, hydrating feel of a lip balm. It feels moisturizing on the lips, but also leaves behind a super long-lasting stain. It reminds me of the Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm (my beloved rose coloured Benebalm is in my empties) or the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (but without the sweet fruity scent). If you are into tinted lip balms, I think you’ll love this! Verdict: Buy it. Continue reading

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De-Cluttering my Makeup Collection: Tossing some things I didn’t like

As I mentioned in my last post, I just bought a house and have to sell my current house, so there’s lots of de-cluttering and packing going on. As I go through my makeup collection, I have been trying to be ruthless about tossing out things I really don’t like and probably won’t use anymore. This post is about some of those “unfavourites”: things I have tried (and in some cases tried and tried and tried) to like, but just aren’t working for me. It was time to say goodbye to:

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher and Concealer

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher & Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher: Since I switched to liquid foundation, I have been searching for a light, non-cakey touch-up powder to powder my t-zone with, as it can get a bit shiny throughout the day. This powder is definitely NOT non-cakey and looks very obvious over my foundation. I also hate the ginormous packaging which is way too big for my purse and looks ridiculous to use as a compact for a in public touch-ups. $15.99 CAD.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in “Fair”: I bought this to conceal occasional blemishes (find out how my skincare routine has dramatically reduced those). Again its NOT non-cakey, looks obvious on the skin plus its slightly too dark for my fair skin tone and its their lightest shade. $10.99 CAD.

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil: I was soo excited about this product because I was a big fan of bareMinerals, but the loose powder can be a pain to carry around and use for touch ups. What could be better than their mineral veil in pressed form, I thought? Hmm…a lot of things apparently. I have really tried to make this work (different puffs, brushes, etc.) but this powder just looks awful on me. Its cakey, breaks down and looks patchy, and doesn’t help reduce shine at all as claimed. Its available at Sephora for $28.00 CAD.

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder: I have had this a while (I got it last year in my theBalm haul). I haven’t been able to part with it because the packaging, like all theBalm packaging, is just so cute. This is yet another touch-up powder that is not working for me for similar reasons as above. And although this is allegedly “translucent”, it does oxidize on me and go a bit orangey. As a stylish, portable compact I give it an “A” but I give the powder inside “F”. It’s also pricey at $26.00 CAD.

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in “Fair”: I ordered this from LisalisaD1 for $39.00 USD plus shipping. I will admit I generally don’t have any luck with primers. I have yet to find one I like that doesn’t irritate my skin and/or cause breakouts (I think I’m likely sensitive to the silicone in them). I didn’t like the smell of the Rachel K, a heavily scented, old-fashioned “makeupy” smell. It didn’t work under my bareMinerals foundation or under my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. Maybe the ingredients were at odds with each other, but this seemed to repel both foundations and make their application less smooth and even. I am passing this one on to my Mom who really likes primers and maybe she’ll have more luck.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time

When it comes to favourites, a good indicator that you really love a beauty product is when you use it up entirely and then buy it again (and again!). I had an idea to do a post about the products I have repurchased the most. When I thought about it, I came up with a  list of my 12 most repurchased products of all time, which I could also have called the makeup products I am most obsessed with. So, in no particular order, here they are:

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Fair

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in “Fair”

Bare Minerals Original Foundation SPF 15 ($35.00 CAD): I’ve been using this powder foundation for over 10 years. Its a great match for fair skin, and when my skin was really break-out prone this was the only foundation that wouldn’t exacerbate the issue. It never irritated my sensitive skin.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer ($24.00 CAD): I prefer the Too Faced over the Urban Decay Primer Potion. I find it creamier and smoother and it lasts longer on me. When I discovered eyeshadow primer it literally changed my (makeup) life!

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain ($36.00 CAD): This is another product that I’ve been using for at least 10 years, maybe more. I use it everyday under my foundation. It gives fair skin a beautiful, glowing from within flush. I couldn’t even guess how many of these little bottles I’ve gone through!

MAC Patina eyeshadow

MAC “Patina” eyeshadow

MAC Omega eyeshadow

MAC “Omega” eyeshadow

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule” eyeshadow

Three of my most repurchased products are MAC eyeshadows in Patina, Omega and Brule ($12-19.00 CAD). I have hit pan on all three multiple times.

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($31.00 CAD): This is my absolute favourite under eye concealer. I used to buy “1 – for light complexions with pink undertones” and then Sephora started carrying “0.5 – light beige for fair to light complexions” which I like even better.

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder ($22.00 CAD for 0.14oz size): I use this to set my under eye concealer. I always buy the mini size because you only need to use a tiny amount. The mini size lasts forever and I’ve still gone through three or four of these.

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel” blush

NYX powder blush in “Angel” ($6.00 CAD): This is my favourite blush ever! It lasts longer on me than any other powder blush (Nars, MAC, Tarte…) and is the prettiest shade on fair skin. The blushes are small though, so I go through them quickly. I’ve gone through a lot of these.

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

MAC Eye Kohl in “Powersurge” ($19.00 CAD): This flattering, wearable “bronzed-brown with golden shimmer” is the perfect eyeliner. I first heard about it from Pixiwoo. I use it on my lower waterline and smudge it out on my lower lash line. I literally have like 3 back-ups of this and I’m also constantly buying it for other people so they can discover the eyeliner goodness that is Powersurge!

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara ($12.00 CAD): I have been loving this little mascara since it debuted. I’d never worn mascara on my lower lashes because I could never find anything that would stay on there. This doesn’t smudge or flake and stays put until I wash it off. And the little brush is so cute!

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20 in the peach pot ($3.99 CAD): I’ve been using this lipbalm since I was in highschool, but I won’t say how long ago that was, lol. I suspect that if I could stack up all of the empty pots of this lipbalm that I’ve gone through, the tower might reach the moon.

I’d like to tag anyone reading this to do this post too! I’d love to hear about your most repurchased products.

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Review of bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

In terms of liquid foundation, I’m really happy with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but I am such a fan of bareMinerals I wanted to try their new bareSkin foundation. This is one of the things I picked up while shopping in Vegas.

The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is “Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one…this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.”

I got the brush designed to go with it, which has a little “reservoir” in the center where you’re supposed to drop 1-2 drops of foundation and buff onto your skin in circular motions. bareMinerals says to add more drops to increase coverage.

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush (My advice? Skip it)

So here is the overview of what I liked and disliked about this foundation.

What I liked:

  • Good colour match! bareMinerals has 20 shades and the lightest one, “Bare Porcelain 01”, was light enough for me which hardly ever happens with liquid foundation. And it didn’t oxidize or darken after applied.
  • Squeeze bottle. Very sanitary!
  • Didn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts.

What I disliked:

  • The smell! It has an indescribable, unpleasant smell in my opinion.
  • Greasy, oily texture. I didn’t like the texture of this foundation at all. It reminded me of trying to rub in greasy sunblock. Even after shaking it well, it almost seemed like the ingredients were trying to separate.
  • The brush. The Perfecting Face Brush didn’t do it for me. No amount of “circular motions” could get this stuff to look blended and streak free.  Once I gave up on the brush and switched to my Beauty Blender sponge, I had better luck. SKIP THE BRUSH!
  • Difficult to apply/blend. Even with the Beauty Blender, this foundation took a lot of work to look blended and natural. I didn’t particularly like how it sat on my skin.

As you’ve probably guessed, this foundation was a “miss” for me. I have  tried to make it work, but I just don’t care for it. The bareMinerals powder foundation is amazing, but I am disappointed by their liquid foundation.

I paid $29 USD for the foundation and $28 USD for the brush. In Canada, the foundation is $36 CAD and the brush is $35 CAD.

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY: If any of my fair-skinned subscribers would like to try this, I would be happy to mail you the foundation and brush for free  (Canadian addresses only please). I’m not going to use it, so I’d love to be able to pass it on, and maybe you will like it better than I did! First subscriber to leave me a comment, it’s yours! [UPDATE: It’s been claimed]

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy July Glam Bag Review

July Glam Bag: mini bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30, Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment, Models Own Nail polish, and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

July Glam Bag: mini bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0, pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30, Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment, Models Own nail polish, and Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm

My July bag arrived really late this month. The July bag’s theme was “Sensationally Sunkissed” and the bag was bright pink (my favourite colour!). Unfortunately it was another one of those plastic bags with a strong chemical off-gassing smell. Ick.

In the July bag was:

  • bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 mini with the shades “Muse” and “Passion” a pink and a purple shade:  $25.00 for full size
  • pur-lisse pur-protect essential daily moisturizer spf30 (15ml sample size): $65.00 for full 50 ml size
  • Clear Clinic Laboratories Vanished Clear Spot Treatment (2 ml sample size):  $38.00 for full 7.5 ml size
  • Models Own nail polish in “Red Sea”: $9.50
  • Pixi Tinted Brilliance Balm mini in “Pretty Pink” (1.8 g sample size): $22.00 for full size

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

The total retail value of the July bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $159.50 CAD. This month’s bag was pretty high-end.

I absolutely love the mini bareMinerals eyeshadow and mini Pixi tinted lip Balm – they are beyond cute. Pur-lisse and Clear Clinic Laboratories are two expensive brands and I’m excited to try them out. Overall, a really good bag this month!

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Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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bareMinerals Store Visit!

bareMinerals store in the Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas

beautiful bareMinerals store in the Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas

I didn’t have a lot of time to spend in the Fashion Show Mall but I was so excited when I saw they had a whole bareMinerals store. I had never even seen one before. I had been to the Sephora in The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace specifically to get bareMinerals’ new Bareskin liquid foundation because I haven’t been able to get it in Canada. I visited a Canadian Sephora about a month ago and they weren’t carrying it yet, and on their website they don’t have all the shades (like the lightest shades which would match me). The Forum Sephora was sold out of the shade that matched me (although the SA was kind enough to give me a sample).

I was soo happy to finally get the Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in Bare Porcelain 01. I bought the accompanying Perfecting Face Brush as well.  The girl who worked there gave me a really nice Bareskin canvas tote bag too!

bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, Perfecting Face Brush, and free Bareskin canvas tote!

bareMinerals Bareskin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation, Perfecting Face Brush, and free Bareskin canvas tote!

Before I left, I had to take a picture of the display of loose pigment eyecolors because they were so pretty!

bareMinerals loose pigment eyecolors arranged like a beautiful rainbow!

bareMinerals loose pigment eyecolors arranged like a beautiful rainbow!

I haven’t used the foundation yet and want to use it for a little while before writing a review, but I will definitely be reviewing it for you!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 quad in “The Truth” has been mentioned quite a bit by Kristen Gehm. I already had a bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 2.0 duo in “The Escape”, and I really liked the formula. The shadows are soft and buttery.

bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in The Escape

A much loved bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in “The Escape”

The light shade on the right “Daydream” is a lovely matte cream colour, similar to MAC’s Brule. The shade on the left, “Wanderlust” turns out fairly dark on me (its actually darker than it appears in this photo). If you are on the paler side, its a good duo for doing a dark smokey eye, with Wanderlust on the lid blended out with Daydream, but I really wanted to try some of their other palettes in lighter, neutral shades.

“The Truth” is a perfect quad if you are looking for wearable, everyday neutrals.

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

  • “Serendipitous” – a light, cream colour with unfortunately a shimmery finish. I really wish this one was matte 😦
  • “Magnetism” – An absolutely beautiful taupe with a slight sheen finish (similar to the finish of MAC’s Patina or Satin Taupe). This shade is my favourite and looks pretty as an all over lid colour.
  • “Fate” – a medium, warm-ish brown with the same finish as Magnetism. Looks pretty in the crease.
  • “Apropos” – The darkest shade, a cooler brown with little silvery glitter flecks, which actually don’t show up too much once applied.
Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

I love three out of the four shades in this quad, and it would be an absolutely perfect little palette if the light, cream shade was matte. I prefer a matte shade for blending out and on my browbone. I can’t use Serendipitous for this, so I have to reach for my MAC Brule to complete the look.

Another great feature of the bareMinerals Ready eyeshadows is that the packaging is very sturdy and substantial and great for traveling. I feel safe packing them, and they all have a built in mirror.

The bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 quads are $38.00 CAD, and the 2.0 duos are $25.00 CAD. In Canada, bareMinerals is available at Sephora.

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Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Ipsy March Glam Bag Review

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

I’m a bit late reviewing my Ipsy Glam bag this month. The March cosmetic bag was my favourite  so far – a super cute, original design by artist Klari Reis. The bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in “Segredos De Giselle”: $6.75 CAD
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick in “Get Ready” (1.5g sample size): $23.00 CAD for full 3.4g size
  • Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (12ml sample size): $25.00 CAD for full size
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen: $26.90 CAD

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

There were only four products in this month’s bag, which is slightly fewer than normal, but three of them were higher end brands that would be over $20 each to purchase on their own.

I love NYX eyeshadows, and I’m happy with the trio I received in “Segredos De Giselle” – a peachy pink, a beige, and a bronzey-brown, all shades that I would wear. The same with the bareMinerals lipstick shade; it’s a super wearable pinky-rose. The shade “Get Ready” seems to be exclusive to Ipsy, as it isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site. I am also loving the Pixi primer, a water-based, fragrance-free primer that works well with my MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I haven’t used the Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen yet, which is a water-resistant liquid liner. I’m not really a blue eyeliner person.

The total retail value of the March bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $81.65 CND.

The Chella website ships to Canada, but states “Canadian customers are responsible for all duties and GST”, and doesn’t say what shipping method they use. The Hudsons Bay Company logo is on their site under “About Us” so they may carry Chella products? For where to buy NYX, bareMinerals, and Pixi in Canada, checkout my Canadian Makeup Shopping Guide.

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