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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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Chanel Lipstick Giveaway Winner!

Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Color #109 Rouge Noir

The winner receives a Chanel lipstick in the shade of her choice!

Thank-you to everyone who entered my High-end Lipstick Review Series Giveaway. I had so much fun doing the series. There were 73 entries in total. I always use random number generator to pick giveaway winners. And the winner is… Continue reading

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Chanel Vamp Attitude Holiday 2015 Collection

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in #18 Rouge Noir and Rouge Allure Intense Long-wear Lip Colour in #109 Rouge Noir

Chanel Le Vernis/Nail Colour in #18 Rouge Noir and Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour in #109 Rouge Noir

When I read that Chanel was coming out with a holiday collection inspired by their iconic 1990s shade Vamp, I was so excited! According to Chanel “In 1994, a uniquely striking Le Vernis shade was revealed on the Chanel Fall/Winter Ready-to-Wear runway, and a legend was born. This year, a gleaming Holiday colour collection celebrates the rebellious black-red, ‘Vamp’ — the shade that became an icon.” I have ranted about my coming-of-age in the 1990s love of Vamp nail polish previously. I knew I needed the lipstick and nail polish in the Vamp-inspired shade Rouge Noir.

While I was in Ottawa for work just before Christmas, I went to the Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutique in the Rideau Centre and I was so happy that they had both the lipstick and the nail polish in stock. Both are LE. Continue reading

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Blush Addict Tag!

blush addict tagI saw this tag on the lovely plus+beauty27‘s blog (which if you haven’t checked out, you really should). As a ridiculously pale person incapable of tanning, I pretty much cannot live without blush and if I’m not wearing makeup, its usually the one thing I will pop on before leaving the house, even before lipstick. I am of the Kate Middleton school of blush; you can never have on too much! Blush is one of my favourite makeup products, so I knew I just had to do this tag.

What color blush suits you most?
I have very fair, cool-toned skin and I find the types of blush shades that suit me best are natural/nude shades, and light cool-toned pinks and peaches. I also try to go for more sheer blushes that I can build up so they look more subtle and natural.

Pressed, cream or loose blush?
Pressed all the way. I haven’t had much luck with cream blushes and loose blush is just way too messy for me.

Favorite shimmery blush?
This is a hard one because I’m really into matte blushes right now, but one of my favourite blushes of all time is NARS Orgasm, which is fairly shimmery I think.

Favorite matte blush?
MAC Mocha which I have heard Dita Von Teese wears. Its is so pretty on fair skin (see my post about Mocha).

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha matte blush

Favorite cream blush?
I am not typically a big fan of cream blushes, but I do really love Benefit Benetint, which is a great cheek stain to wear on its own, layer under foundation, or pat on over liquid foundation.

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Favorite drugstore blush?
I love the NYX blushes so much. I’ve posted about my favourite NYX blushes  and the NYX Baked Blushes. My absolute favourite, most repurchased NYX blush would be Angel.

NYX Angel blush

NYX Angel blush

Favorite high end blush?
I love MAC blushes. You can see my post on what’s in my MAC blush palette for a few of my favs. NARS blushes would be a very close second, and I’ve also posted about my favourite NARS blushes for fair skin. I have one Chanel blush, In Love, and its one of my favourite high-end blush splurges.

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Biggest blush disappointment?
Definitely the Tarte Cheek Stains. I found it too sticky on the skin. Compared to Benefit’s Benetint, it didn’t set on me, so trying to apply foundation over it was an issue. I also found it too sheer and not long-wearing. Plus, I hated the strong fruity smell (why add fragrance to a cheek product?). They were a total fail for me.

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Best blush packaging?
I recently picked up one of the new Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour blushes and I think it has the coolest packaging of any blush I’ve ever seen. Very edgy with such detail. UD really nails it with packaging.

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

What’s on your blush wishlist?
I’ve really been wanting to try two high-end blushes: the Make Up For Ever HD powder blushes (which are $31 CAD) and the Charlotte Tilbury Cheek to Chic Swish & Pop Blushers that I’d have to order from Nordstrom for $51.37 CAD. You can see why the Charlotte Tilbury is still just “wishlist” 🙂

Plus I just saw a review of the new Too Faced Love Flush Long-Lasting 16 hr blushes with the colour-coordinated heart shaped packaging including a heart shaped mirror and I am totally freaking out!

Too Faced Love Flush blush

I am lusting after the new Too Faced Love Flush blushes!

Holy grail blush?
I have three “go-to” blushes that just never seem to fail me and that I’d never want to be without: NYX Angel, MAC Prism, and Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed.

MAC Prism blush

MAC Prism

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Exposed

I think I will do as plus+beauty27 did and invite anyone to do this tag who likes blush as much as I do! I had fun doing this tag and I hope you had fun reading it!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-End Lipstick Review Series: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Parfait & Bel-Ami

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Parfait & Bel-Ami

I’m back with another entry in my High-End Lipstick Review Series. Remember, at the end of the series, I am going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

I have two of the Chanel Rouge Coco “Hydrating Color Lipshines”, which Chanel describes as “sheer, shiny” and “effortlessly chic.” I have #4 Parfait, a pale, cool-toned, peachy-pink and #66 Bel-Ami, a brownish, berry-plum. Parfait is perfect for a subtle, barely there nude that is very flattering on fair skin. Bel-Ami is more on the vampy side and is very buildable for a sheer lipstick. I love both shades!

Swatches Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Parfait and Bel-Ami

Swatches: Parfait and Bel-Ami

The Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are available at the Bay and Murale for $39.00 CND.

Packaging
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The Chanel packaging exudes luxury and chicness. As far as glamorous packaging goes, this is darn near perfection. The sleek, square, black and gold tube with the iconic Chanel logo? Sigh, so dreamy. The tube gently slides shut with a perfectly engineered and reassuring “click” and stays on while rolling around in your purse. 3/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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I love the formula. My favourite MAC lipstick finish are the Lustres, and the Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks are very, very similar. I really enjoy a more sheer lipstick that has a bit of a “luscious” finish. They just look really pretty and flattering. The Chanel lipsticks are very hydrating and feel like butter. If my lips are dry, in a pinch I can actually pop this lipstick on instead of lip balm, and I don’t even need a mirror to apply it. Definitely one of my favourite formulas! 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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For a sheer lipstick, they’re actually quite long-wearing (and don’t require a lipliner) and wear off really nicely too. 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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Chanel lipsticks are scented, but surprisingly, I LOVE the signature scent, which is really unusual for me. I normally prefer unscented makeup products. but there is just something about that Chanel fragrance. It smells…expensive! A little bit like rose water, a little bit like vanilla? the scent is hard to describe precisely, but – like the MAC lipsticks – is very distinctive. Whereas scented drugstore lipsticks often smell cheap and chemical-ish to me, I think because Chanel uses perfume quality fragrances (hence the much higher price tag) it smells all classy 🙂 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
I have never found that these lipsticks irritated my lips. They are very comfortable to wear and totally pass the sensitive skin test.

MAC Test
As much as I love the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine lipstick, I don’t know if I love it MORE than MAC. I would say I like it the same amount as my beloved MAC lipstick. This counts as neutral in terms of duchess points.

Would I pay $39 CAD for another one?
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Absolutely! The only thing that saves me from financial ruin is that there is no way for me to get my hands on any Chanel makeup anywhere near where I live. I would have to order online, which for me, for a an expensive lipstick, I’m reluctant to do without seeing/swatching in person. I picked up each of these lipsticks while in Montreal and Toronto. However, I would buy another one. I think they are worth the splurge. But maybe that’s my makeup addiction talking? +1 Duchess point

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Total: 13/14

high-end lipstick review comparison chartOther reviews in this series:
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
NARS Lipstick (original)

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Lipstick Addict Tag!

lipstick addict tagI’ve seen a bunch of YouTubers doing the “Lipstick Addict” tag lately. Nobody tagged me specifically, but I really liked this tag and I’ve never done one before and I thought it would be fun. I’m especially excited to tag some other bloggers. So let’s get started…

1. Favorite Lip Balm

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant Fragrance Free

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant – Fragrance Free

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Skin Protectant (Fragrance Free) works great as a lip balm, especially in winter when your lips get really dry. I put it on at night before bed.

2. Best Eye-Catching Red

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

I had the hardest time finding a red lipstick that suited me. I have very pink undertones and a lot of pink in my lips. Every red I tried would look hot pink or fushia on me. The first time I went into a MAC store (after swatching literally every red lipstick in Sephora) it was in search of a red. Dubonnet is the first MAC lipstick I ever bought and still the only red lipstick I own. Its a very intense, more blue than orange red, with a bit of a brown undertone. If you have fair, cool-toned skin this would be a good red to get.

3. Best Luxury Brand

Chanel Coco Shine in Parfait

Chanel Coco Shine in “Parfait”

I only have a few lipsticks from luxury brands (Tom Ford, Burberry, NARS) but my Chanel lipsticks are the ones I enjoy the most. I have Rouge Coco in “Mademoiselle” and Rouge Coco Shine in “Bel-Ami” which I have already blogged about, and this one, Rouge Coco Shine in “Parfait” which is the yummiest pink. I love the scent of Chanel lipsticks!

4. Best Drugstore Brand

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in "Adore" & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in "Fig Jam"

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in “Adore” (top swatch) & Revlon ColorBurst Lip Butter in “Fig Jam” (bottom swatch)

My favourite drugstore brand is definitely Revlon, and the Kissable Balm Stains and the Lip Butters are tied for best Revlon lip product. I have a couple of the Balm Stains and I like ‘Adore” the best. I think its similar to MAC’s Dubonnet in that it’s a slightly blue-toned, slightly brownish red. I have a lot of the Lip Butters (I was a little obsessed there for a while) and “Fig Jam”, a deep reddish brown, is my favourite.

5. Best MAC

MAC "Modesty" lipstick

MAC “Modesty” lipstick

This was a difficult one. How do you pick just one favourite MAC lipstick??? I went with one of my favs that doesn’t get mentioned a lot but I think is just an amazing shade, “Modesty”, a neutral, nude pink. Its such a natural, wearable shade.

6. Most Disappointing

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Liar"

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in “Liar”

A few other people who have done this tag have listed the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick as their most disappointing. I was so excited about this line. Just look at the beautiful hammered gunmetal tube! I was loving the UD Naked palettes and then along comes a UD lipstick line full of wearable, nude shades. But, sadly, I am just not in love with this formula. Too thick, too creamy, too opaque. Its not the kind of texture that applies easily or smoothly and it has a dull, almost matte finish. When I’m wearing it, it just feels “blah”.

7. Lip liner yes or no?
YES! I love lipliners. MAC are my favourite, and I have posts on my favourite drugstore lipliners if you’re interested: Annabelle and Milani.

8. Best Gloss
Its a tie between Rimmel Stay Glossy in “Non-Stop Glamour” and the NYX Butter Glosses. Check out my posts for pics & swatches 🙂

9. Something Extra

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

Quo Lipstick from Shoppers Drug Mart

If you haven’t tried anything from Shoppers Drug Mart’s line, Quo, you might want to give one of their lipsticks a go. I picked this one up last summer. I don’t know if the shade had a name; it only says “6” on the bottom of the tube. I really enjoyed this sheer lipstick in a pretty peachy-pink. It had no scent or taste and felt really hydrating and smooth on my lips and cost less than $10.00 CAD.

That’s all for my Lipstick Addict tag. Now I am tagging:

Tanja Holland
Melissa Raymond
Deana (Zoeebella)
Cat (Live Life Love Lipstick)
The Fabulous Nerd
Stephania (Amuleta Beauty)
Jasmin Charlotte Lifestyle
Living Disrobed
Vanessa (Say Hello To Gorgeous)
Christina (A Casual Beauty)
A Beauty Obsession

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Top Five Blushes for Fair Skin (High-End)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!

These are in no particular order:

NARS Deep Throat

NARS “Deep Throat”

I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 “In Love”

I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)

theBalm FratBoy

theBalm “FratBoy”

The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Baked Matte Satin blush in “Exposed”

Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Dollface"

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Dollface”

I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)

Here they are swatched in natural daylight:

Top 5 blushes for fair skin -  swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

Top 5 blushes for fair skin – swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!

Thanks for stopping by ❤

I’d love to hear what your favourite blushes are for fair skin!

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Shoppers Drug Mart BeautyBOUTIQUE/Chanel Haul

I was recently in Toronto and had a chance to go to the new Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE in the Eaton’s Centre. Its beautiful! Check out Toronto Shopkeeper for a great review and some photos of the swanky new space. I also really like the new beautyBOUTIQUE store locator site where you can search by brand, because not all of the locations carry certain brands.

The best part of going to a beautyBOUTIQUE is that you can redeem your Shoppers Optimum Points there! I had $170.00 CND worth of points to redeem, and unlike some other points programs, you get to choose the products you would like to spend your points on. I headed straight for the Chanel…

Redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points for Chanel Makeup at beautyBOUTIQUE

Redeeming Shoppers Optimum Points for Chanel Makeup at beautyBOUTIQUE

Joues Contraste Powder Blush, Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow

Joues Contraste Powder Blush, Illusion D’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow, Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick, Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour, Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow

Chanel Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Let’s start with my favourite. This is my first Chanel blush. I got the shade In Love, a light, corally-peachy shade with slight shimmer. I knew I wanted this shade after seeing actress Rose Byrne wearing it in this pic.

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste Powder Blush in 55 In Love

Everyone always talks about the scent of Chanel blushes, so I was a bit nervous that I might find it too strongly scented or that it might irritate my sensitive skin. No worries there. The blush is very lightly scented and once applied, you don’t notice it at all. I really like the scent. It doesn’t smell like anything else. Just a lovely, sophisticated this-is-probably-really-expensive smell. So far, it hasn’t bothered my skin at all.

The blush has the same scent as the Chanel lipsticks. I already had a Rouge Coco Shine in 74 Parfait (a light shimmery pink) that I love. I picked up another Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami, and a Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami.

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and  Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami

Chanel Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour in 05 Mademoiselle, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick in 66 Bel-Ami

Mademoiselle is a popular shade (it’s the one Vanessa Paradis is wearing in the original ad!) and I can see why. It’s a flattering, deep rosy neutral that would look great on many skin tones. The lipstick is very creamy and, like the description says, very hydrating.

Bel-Ami is beautiful mauvey, plumey shade. The Coco Shines remind me of the Revlon Lip Butters.  They are super moisturizing, sheer, and can be swiped on quickly without needing a mirror. I’ve worn this one non-stop since I got it.

The most interesting and unique Chanel product for me was the Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire. Whenever you see a celebrity on the red carpet or a magazine cover and read which products their MUA used, you often see the Illusion d’Ombres mentioned.

Chanel Illusion d'ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire.

Chanel Illusion d’ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire.

Chanel Illusion d'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire

Chanel Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in 83 Illusoire

The Illusion d’Ombre goes on smooth and creamy and then dries to more of a powder finish. It’s a bit more shimmery than I normally wear, but that’s the “luminous” part I guess 🙂 The shade Illusoire is a beautiful, rich, cool taupe. I have worn it on its own and as a base for eyeshadow quad.

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Chanel Les 4 Ombre Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude

Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow in 33 Prelude: This is the only thing that I was a little bit disappointed in. Although I love the colours, for a high-end brand, the pigmentation and staying power of these shadows are somewhat lacking. After the Burberry eyeshadow (think: buttery, richly pigmented, long wearing) the Chanel quad seemed sheer and definitely didn’t wear as well as my other eyeshadows, even with a primer. I will still wear them and enjoy them, but unlike the other items I got, I don’t think it’s quite worth the price.

So here is a breakdown of what I WOULD have paid, if I hadn’t had all of those sweet, sweet Optimum Points:
Joues Contraste Powder Blush: $48.00 CND
Rouge Coco Shine Hydrating Sheer Lipstick: $39.00 CND
Rouge Coco Hydrating Creme Lip Colour: $39.00 CND
Illusion d’Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow: $38.00 CND
Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow: $62.00 CND

In Canada, Chanel is available in stores at The Bay, Murale, and some Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUES. As far as I know, there are no websites that ship Chanel makeup to Canada. UPDATE: You can order online through The Bay!

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