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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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Battle of the Setting Sprays: A Fantastic Drugstore Alternative

L'Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray versus Urban Decay

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray VS Urban Decay Chill Cooling & Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray

I have been using the Urban Decay makeup setting spray for several years now. The “Chill Cooling & Hydrating” setting spray is my favourite. I even have the mini size for when I travel. Thanks to the new Sephora Canadian shipping debacle, my setting spray has been out-of-stock for ages. Dangerously low, I was walking through my local Lawtons Drugs, and I noticed a product that looked remarkably similar to the Urban Decay setting spray, L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray. The packaging was extremely similar. I asked the SA if she knew whether or not it was similar to the Urban Decay setting spray and she said she had several customers try it and then tell her they switched to the L’Oreal! Well, that was all I needed to hear to make me want to try a possible drugstore dupe for the Urban Decay setting spray! Continue reading

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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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Two Drugstore Lippies: Riche & Buttery

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color and NYX Butter LipstickI know neither of these lip products are new to the drugstore, but both are new to me. It took a while for the NYX Butter Lipsticks to show up at my local drugstore, even though they’ve been out for ages now (sometimes living in small-town Canada has its disadvantages). I also had never been drawn to the L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color until recently when I saw My Exquisite World‘s review. So I picked up one of each the last time I was at Lawton’s.

I am in love with the L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color in the shade Molto Mauve. Not like a sticky gloss at all, these are more of a light, glossy liquid lipstick. Its super easy to apply and I can’t believe how long it stays on! It also wears off very evenly and in the prettiest way (unlike some liquid lip products).

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Lip Color in 500 Molto Mauve

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Lip Color in 500 Molto Mauve

Look how pretty this pinky nude shade is. On me, Molto Mauve is a my-lips-but-better type of shade. I am loving it for a natural, summertime look. Thanks for the recommendation Pooja! 🙂

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Molto Mauve

Molto Mauve

The L’Oreal Extraordinaire does have a slight scent, but doesn’t smell like the L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks which I really dislike the scent of. These have also been called a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains, but I haven’t tried them so I wouldn’t know. Leave me a comment if you’ve tried both. Are they similar?

NYX Butter Lipstick in BLS11 Licorice

NYX Butter Lipstick in BLS11 Licorice

The second lip product I’m not as in love with. I’m a huge fan of the NYX Butter Glosses, so in fairness, I had high expectations. I think the word “Butter” in the product name had me anticipating something different. I’m not finding this lipstick buttery. I feel like it has a formula more similar to the MAC creamsheens, and I find both can feel a bit drying on my lips. The finish is a bit flat and very opaque and after wearing it for a while I almost felt like I was wearing a matte lipstick. I think a lot of people would totally go for this but the Butter Lipstick just isn’t really the type of formula I typically like. If you’re looking for something long-wearing, this would also work for you, especially the vampy burgundy shade, Licorice, that I tried.

swatch NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice

Licorice

What I did enjoy about the Butter Lipsticks was the packaging – how great is it that the colour of each tube matches the lipstick shade? – and the scent. The Butter Lipstick has the same yummy, sugary, edible scent as the Butter Glosses. Mmm!

The L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color is a slightly pricey for drugstore $13.49 CAD, but I really love it. The NYX Butter Lipsticks are a very reasonable $8.99 CAD.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eye shadow palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes

I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in the head, but when I was waiting for a prescription refill at my Lawtons Drugstore, I spied the display of Maybelline eye shadow palettes. I’ve already posted about how much I liked the original Maybelline The Nudes palette. I ended up leaving with the new The Blushed Nudes palette. The pretty pink and rosy-toned neutrals were just too  much to resist!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eye shadow palette

Beautiful rosy neutrals

Its easy to see why reviewers are comparing this palette to the Urban Decay Naked 3, which is my fav out of the Naked palettes. Its certainly not a dupe for the Naked 3 though. There aren’t any exact dupes in either palette, but I would say they are similar palettes. If you like the rose-gold trend, you’ll probably like the shades in The Blushed Nudes palette. There are some great pinks, mauves, and rose-gold type of shades plus some cool-toned neutrals. Here it is compared to The Nudes palette:

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes versus original The Nudes palette

The Blushed Nudes VS original The Nudes palette

There are a few “duds” in The Blushed Nudes palette, like in the bottom row the first one on the left and the last two, which I find a bit chunky and a bit too glittery, but for the most part I think the quality of the shadows are the same as those in The Nudes palette. There are more shimmery shades in The Blushed Nudes (9 out of the 12) but the mattes they did include are excellent and I have used them with all of the eye looks I’ve done.

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette swatches

The Blushed Nudes swatches

I have created the prettiest neutral, everyday eye looks with this palette. Like The Nudes, with a primer I find these super easy to apply and blend, and they wear well all day without creasing. I like this palette as much as, if not maybe more than, The Nudes palette. Some reviewers have complained that they aren’t as pigmented as they’d like, but I find on my fair skin they show up very well and create subtle, wearable eye looks. I could understand if gals with darker skin tones find some of the shades too light.

I’m a fan of the Maybelline palettes and at $14.99 CAD for 12 shadows, they are a much better deal than the seriously over-priced and terrible L’oreal La Nudes palettes which cost twice as much (you can check out my review if you’d like).

I haven’t tried out Maybelline’s The Smokes palette yet. If anyone’s got that one please let me know if you think its worth getting.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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A Primer for Sensitive Skin

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector is perfume free, hypo-allergenic and tested on sensitive skin

I’ve been looking for a good foundation primer for ages. I’m noticing my pores more, especially around my nose and on my chin which primers help conceal and generally give your skin a smoother appearance. The problem is, most primers I’ve tried, like the Smashbox Iconic Photo Finish, Hourglass Veil Mineral, BareMinerals Prime Time, all contain a lot of silicone (that’s what gives them that really “slippery” feel) and have irritated my skin and caused breakouts. Many other primers contain oils, also not a great thing to put on acne-prone skin. Since I found my all time favourite foundation, the water-based MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation I’ve avoided silicone and oil based primers because a water-based foundation isn’t going to work well over a silicone or oil primer.

My search for a non-siliconey, oil-free, fragrance-free primer led me to discover Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector Complete Daily Corrector. Marcelle is a Canadian brand based in Montreal and their products are made in Canada. Marcelle is known for being a fragrance-free, hypo-allergenic brand that is formulated especially for sensitive skin. The Ideal Skin Perfector “perfects and corrects the appearance of uneven skin tone, dark spots, pores, and fine lines” and can be applied on its own or under makeup.

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

the “precise massaging applicator tip” can be used to apply the product

Water-based, there are no oils listed in the ingredients. It isn’t completely silicone free, but it doesn’t have that heavy silicone feel to it like a lot of primers do. It feels like a moisturizer. Its also paraben free for those of you avoiding parabens. I’ve been using it around my nose and on my chin. I don’t really need a primer all over my face.

Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector

Looks and feels like a light moisturizer and absorbs completely into the skin

It hasn’t irritated my skin, or caused any clogged pores or breakouts. I do find my foundation applies more smoothly over it and my pores are not as accentuated.

The Marcelle Ideal Skin Perfector is $24.95 CAD. Marcelle is available in most drugstores and major chains, and online through the Marcelle website, Well.ca, and London Drugs. Its available in the U.S. through their American site.

Let me know if you’ve found any other oil-free, fragrance-free or non-silicone foundation primers.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Brand Spotlight: #Annabelle Cosmetics Review

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle Cosmetics eye shadows

Annabelle is a Canadian drugstore brand based in Montreal that began in the 1960s. Most of their makeup products are actually made in Canada. I have already blogged about my love of the Annabelle lip liners, which are some of my favourite lip liners ever and very similar to the MAC lip liners. One of the things I like most about Annabelle is that their makeup has no scent or fragrance and is great for sensitive skin. I thought I’d do a brand spotlight to talk about some of the best Annabelle makeup products I’ve been trying out and also one that was a “miss” for me.

First up are the Annabelle eye shadows. This brand has quite an impressive selection for a drugstore brand as well as lots of good neutral shades (also hard to find at the drugstore). The Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow in Java Jive with the four shades Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown is an awesome neutral palette.

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

Annabelle Quad eye shadow in Java Jive

The quad itself didn’t photograph well and all of the pics I took of it are showing as way too cool and purpley toned (sorry!), but the swatches, below, are more accurate.

swatches annabelle java jive quad

Java Jive quad: Cream, Camel, Beige, & Brown

None of the four shadows are overly shimmery. They just have a bit of sheen and the darkest Brown shade is pretty matte. I like using the Cream shade to blend out with and on my brow bone. Its very light which is perfect for my fair skin. I can do an eye look with just this quad alone.

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

Annabelle Trio eye shadow in Haute Chocolate

The cool-toned neutral Trio Eyeshadow in Haute Chocolate was another awesome find!

swatches Haute Chocolate Trio

Haute Chocolate Trio

Both the quad and trio I tried are very long-wearing and don’t crease on me (I always use an eye shadow primer). There are 5 other quads and 9 other trios to choose from! My favourite though are the Annabelle Single Eyeshadows which totally remind me of the MAC eye shadows. These are made in Canada and come in 15 shades.

Annabelle Single Eye Shadows

Annabelle Single Eyeshadows look remarkably like the MAC eye shadows

I have three of these: #225 Ivory, Suedine, and #127 Brown Frost.

swatches annabelle Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Single Eyeshadows in #225 Ivory, Suedine, & #127 Brown Frost

Ivory is basically a dupe for MAC Brule. Suedine (french for “Suede”) is a gorgeous neutral taupey-brown, and Brown Frost is a good, medium, cool-toned brown, and both have the prettiest (non-shimmery) sheen. The Singles are so soft, easy to work with and long-wearing they perform like high-end eye shadows.

I was also brave and tried one of their TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayons. I don’t typically have much luck with creamy eye shadows, but the shade Taupe, a slightly metallic, golden shade that wasn’t too warm-toned for me was calling my name.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon in Taupe

I have used this on its own and under the Annabelle shadows and remarkably it hasn’t been creasing on me! I could barely get the swatch off my hand. Once these puppies are set, they aren’t going anywhere! Taupe is a beautiful, flattering shade that’s along the lines of MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl. Its like a browner, more coppery version of Powersurge.

The Annabelle Blushon powder blushes also bear a striking resemblance to the MAC blushes and are also Canadian made.

Annabelle blushes

Annabelle blushes are like mini MAC blushes!

I have #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto.

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

swatches Annabelle blushes #44 and #32

Annabelle blushes (L-R): #44 Rose Fawn and #32 Pronto

Rose Fawn is soft, cool-toned pink that is nearly matte with only a hint of sheen. It really reminds me of the feel and the quality of the MAC blushes. Its really pretty on fair skin and lasts all day. I’ve worn this one a lot.

One miss: I absolutely loved Pronto, the pale, neutral rosey-taupe type of blush shade I love, but sadly Pronto turned out to be a miss for me. It looks beautiful when first applied but it seriously oxidized on me and by the end of the day it was way darker and completely, straight up-bronzer brown. My BF even asked me what I had on my face. I didn’t have any issues with Rose Fawn oxidizing.

Another favourite of mine are the Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons. I have the shades Romance a nude, mauvey pink and Vamp a deep, burgundy-plum.

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons

annabelle twistup retractable lipstick crayons in romance and vamp

Romance and Vamp

These really remind me of the MAC Patentpolish Lip Pencils (I’ve reviewed Kittenish and Spontaneous, and Sultana). Side note: How excited are you that MAC is coming out with more Patentpolish Lip Pencils in new colours???!!! The Annabelle Lipstick Crayons feel creamy and comfortable like a lip balm and you can pop them on without a mirror, but they stay on for hours. I mean, look how pretty they are:

Swatch Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayons in Romance and Vamp

Romance and Vamp

Annabelle is available in most drugstores – Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Rexall, Lawton’s Drugs – and Wal-Mart and Loblaws. If you are in the United States the Annabelle.ca site ships to the continental US, but doesn’t currently ship internationally. Here’s what I paid (yup bought all these myself and I’m not affiliated with the company in any way) for these Annabelle makeup items:

Prices
Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow: $10.95 CAD
Annabelle Trio Eyeshadow: $7.95 CAD
Anabelle Single Eyeshadow: $5.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon: $9.95 CAD
Annabelle Blushon: $7.95 CAD
Annabelle TwistUp Retractable Lipstick Crayon: $9.95 CAD

I’d love to hear if you’ve tried the brand and if you have a favourite Annabelle product!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Dupes (MAC & more)

In April I did a review of the awesome new NYX Hot Singles eye shadows after having ordered 14 of them in an array of beautiful neutrals. I had promised to look for dupes or very similar shades in my own eye shadow collection, mainly my MAC collection,  and have finally found time to do this post. I hope you find this helpful if you’ve been looking for dupes for some of the higher end shadows mentioned here or if you’re looking to order some of the NYX Hot Singles and need help selecting shades.

Let’s get started…

First up is Loaded, a neutral taupe with a slight sheen. I found it very similar to MAC Coquette (although Coquette is lighter) and a close dupe for MAC Concrete.

NYX Loaded a dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

swatch NYX Loaded dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

NYX S.O.S. a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” is – as I suspected – a dupe for another of my favourites, Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige.

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

swatch Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon Greige are both perfect for a subtle, natural, “no makeup” look

The next two NYX shades I think I found  exact dupes for. First is NYX Fancy That and MAC ALL That Glitters.

Dupe for MAC All that Glitters, NYX Fancy That

L-R: NYX Fancy That, MAC All that Glitters

The next is NYX Guilt Trip, which is a dupe for MAC Espresso. I actually think Guilt Trip has a much nicer matte formula and is smoother and easier to blend than Espresso which I have always found a bit difficult to work with.

MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

NYX Guilt Trip & MAC Espresso

swatch MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

L-R: NYX Guilt Trip, MAC Espresso

I was so sure I had a dupe of NYX Coquette, a soft, matte, purple-toned neutral. Although I found 3 really similar shades, I don’t think either of them are exact dupes. NYX Coquette is similar to MAC Quarry and Nooner from the UD Naked 3 palette (which are total dupes for one another), and Makeup Geek Unexpected.

dupes NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected swatches

L-R: NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected

The last one is NYX Damage Control, a beautiful taupe with a very pretty sheen. I really hate to use the word “dupe” for this one, so I will say its similar to MAC Satin Taupe. I think Satin Taupe is an incredibly unique shade with so many subtle undertones and a bit of a duochrome finish, that I think its hard to dupe. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a very similar eye look, Damage Control is close, but I would say more cool-toned.

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

NYX Damage Control and MAC Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

L-R: NYX Damage Control, MAC Satin Taupe

Most of the NYX Hot Singles turned out to be pretty unique and I was unable to find dupes for them (in my collection anyhow). For a full review, swatches of all 14 shades, and pricing info, you can check out my previous post.


Thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Drugstore Swap with ChromaMeSilly!

US drugstore makeup swap

Fabulous drugstore goodies from Miami. Thanks Thalia!

I recently did a swap with the lovely Thalia from ChromaMeSilly who lives in the U.S. Our theme was favourite lip and cheek products from the drugstore. I sent her some Canadian brands, like Annabelle, Quo and Marcelle, and she sent me brands that are hard to get where I live. She sent me such a nice package! I thought I’d share some of the neat things I received.

I was excited about the Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio and the Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss. Hard Candy is apparently available in Canada at WalMart, but my local WalMart doesn’t stock much make-up so I’ve never tried anything from them. I absolutely love the packaging! How cute is this for a drugstore brand?

Hard Candy Contouring Face trio and Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio and Plumping Serum Volumizing Lip Gloss

I love the Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel. The way I’ve generally been using it is to swirl my blush brush and use all three shades mixed together, but if I just want to pick up some highlight or blush, a pretty peachy-pink, that works too.

I also love the Hard Candy Volumizing Lip Gloss in 916 Magic Mauve. I was nervous at first about the “plumping” part because I can be so sensitive, but I don’t think this lip product has any of those ingredients that intentionally irritates your lips to make them plumper. I just feels a little bit cool. Magic Mauve is a beautiful, nude pink. The formula of this is not like a gloss, but more like a liquid lipstick and the scent reminds me of MAC lipsticks. It isn’t sticky at all and has a very natural-looking finish. It also wears off in the prettiest way of any lip product ever. This is my favourite  item I received and I’d love to have more shades. Great pick Thalia!

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel – so pretty!

Here are swatches of the Hard Candy products.

swatch Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 839 3rd Wheel and Volumizing Lip Gloss in 916 Magic Mauve

Hard Candy Contouring Face Trio in 3rd Wheel and Volumizing Lip Gloss in 916 Magic Mauve

The next brand she sent me was e.l.f. I’ve never seen e.l.f. in any Canadian stores (if you know of anywhere to purchase it, please let me know) although there are a few websites that ship it to Canada but I haven’t tried ordering from them before. So many bloggers and YouTubers rave about e.l.f. I was really excited to try these too.

e.l.f.

e.l.f. products!

I received:

  • e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia
  • e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Wine
  • e.l.f Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit
  • e.l.f Essential Clear Brow & Lash Mascara
e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia

e.l.f. Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia

I had heard about the Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in St. Lucia, which I think was being called a dupe for the NARS Blush/Bronzer Duo in Orgasm/Laguna. The packaging sure is similar. I was so impressed with this! The blush is beautiful and stays on all day without fading.

e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Wine and Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit

e.l.f Matte Lip Color in Wine and Lip Balm Tint in Grapefruit

The Matte Lip Color and the Lip Balm Tint are two more fabulous lip product selections from Miss Thalia. I’m not normally a huge fan of matte lip products, but the e.l.f. is an exception. The Matte Lip Color is more like a lip stain, similar to the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, only not glossy. It doesn’t dry out my lips at all. I always love a tinted lip balm, and both of these worn together is a beautiful lip combo.

Check out the extreme prettiness of these swatches:

swatch e.l.f. St. Lucia Blush & Bronzer, Wine Matte Lip Color, & Grapefruit Lip Balm Tint

e.l.f. St. Lucia Blush & Bronzer, Wine Matte Lip Color, & Grapefruit Lip Balm Tint

Finally, I also received two more lip balms. Anyone who knows me, knows of my lip balm addiction. I have one in every room, in my car, in my office drawers, everywhere! Neutrogena cosmetics aren’t available in Canada, so I loved that I got their Moisture Shine Lip Soother. I also have a thing about goat’s milk (see my post about my favourite soap) so the Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm seemed made for me and also has awesome ingredients like coconut oil and shea butter. I’m now on a mission to find out if Dionis products are available in Canada.

Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother & Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm

Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lip Soother & Dionis Goat Milk Skincare Lip Balm

I really enjoyed swapping with you Thalia! Loved everything you sent me. I’d recommend checking out Thalia’s blog.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Review of L’oreal La Nude Palettes 1 & 2

Loreal La Nude Palette 1 and 2

Couldn’t choose so I got them both!

After seeing reviews for the L’oreal La Nude palettes, I was bummed that I hadn’t seen them yet in any of my local drugstores. While I was in Toronto I happened to pop into a Shoppers Drug Mart and when I saw the La Nude palettes 1 and 2 I was so excited I grabbed them both. I had high hopes for these after being really impressed with the Maybelline The Nudes palette (see review).

The La Nudes 1 has your typical brown and taupe type of neutral shades that I think has a nice mix of both cool and warm tones, vs some palettes which tend to lean one way or the other. It has 4/10 matte shades.

Loreal La Nude Palette 1

La Nude 1 – brown and taupe neutrals

La Nudes 2 is more of a pink and plum toned palette. It has 6/10 matte shades.

Loreal La Nude Palette 2

La Nude 2 – more pinks and plums

Here are the swatches of the La Nude 1 VS La Nude 2:

swatches Loreal La Nude Palette 1

La Nude 1

swatches Loreal La Nude Palette 2

La Nude 2

Sadly, I can’t do a positive review of these palettes. I found the quality of these shadows just isn’t there for me. Here were my main issues:

Major fall-out: The La Nude 1 had the most fall-out. It was a mess trying to apply them and I would have to do a ton of clean-up under my eyes with a cotton bud. I did think the La Nude 2 had less fall-out.

Dude, where’s my eye shadow? When I tried to blend these shadows, they would nearly disappear and I would have to go back and reapply them to try to build the intensity back up (who has the time?).

Creasing & fading: Most of the shades from the La Nude 1 creased on me – with primer. The La Nude 2 shades didn’t crease, but both palettes would fade on me throughout the day.

Too expensive! In Canada, the La Nude palettes are a whopping $29.99 CAD. By comparison, Maybelline The Nudes palette is only $14.99 CAD and you get 12 neutral shadows (vs only 10 in the L’oreal palettes). I would skip the L’oreal and get the Maybelline or some of the new NYX shadows which are awesome (see review) instead.

I think I could have been less critical of the La Nudes if it wasn’t for the price. I expected better quality from a $30 palette. I have so many other shadows that I like way more. The L’oreal La Nudes were a miss for me.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

I was so excited to try the Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, because I loved the Rimmel Apocalips and the Stay Glossy lipgloss. I am generally a fan of the Rimmel lip products. I was also totally in love with the beautiful deep plum shade, Kiss Fatal.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour in 230 Kiss Fatal

230 Kiss Fatal

The Provocalips is one of those two-step, long-wearing lip products. The Rimmel site explains:
STEP 1: Apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.
STEP 2: Apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.”

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour 230 Kiss Fatal swatch

Kiss Fatal swatched with topcoat

Unfortunately, the Provocalips did not work out for me at all. I found the step 1 colour difficult to apply evenly. Although I let it set for a minute the first time, and then even longer the next few times I tried it (several minutes), when I applied the step 2 topcoat it would wipe away some of the colour.

The topcoat was really different than other 2-step products I’ve tried before like the Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor or the MUFE Aqua Rouge. Instead of being clear its thick and more opaque like a lip balm – a pretty odd formula. It did a good job of keeping my lips moisturized though.

As opposed to providing 16 hours of wear, I didn’t find it long-wearing at all, and even worse, within an hour  it looked very patchy and uneven. Provocalips was definitely a miss for me.

Have you tried it? I’m curious if other folks had a similar experience.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Review: L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

I’m a big fan of the L’Oreal mascaras – Telescopic and the original Voluminous both come to mind. There was something about this new L’oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara that grabbed me and made me really want to try it out, and when I saw it on sale at my local drugstore I couldn’t resist. I blame the pretty, pretty packaging! Plus, who doesn’t want to look as beautiful as a butterfly?

L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara

I also thought the wand was very different and intriguing.

L'oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Mascara wand

Double Wing Butterfly Brush

Here’s what L’Oreal has to say:
Lashes are dressed in ultra-intense deep matte black volume, spread like butterfly wings. The exclusive Double Wing Butterfly Brush spreads lashes outwards while building greater intensity. L’Oréal’s Intenza formula is enriched with micro-fibres for up to 9X the volume without clumps or flakes. Creates a simply sophisticated matte finish.”

I find the whole “matte” thing a bit perplexing. Are other mascaras not matte? I have no idea. Anyway…on to the review. I liked the brush. Similar to the Telescopic mascara, it had awesome short little rubber bristles that make it very easy to apply and get down to the base of your lashes without the mascara smudging all over your lids.

I thought the formula was kind of meh though. I like a very intense black, very dramatic, volumizing mascara that almost gives you a false eyelashes effect (insert another nerdylibraiangirl shout out to Guerlain Maxi Lash if you’re not too sick of hearing about it). This mascara is more of a your-lashes-but-slightly-better. It was very lengthening, but not volumizing, which is what I really need.

I did get a tiny bit of flaking (not too bad) and otherwise it wore well. I like it, but am not in love with this mascara.

I got the L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza on sale for $8.99 CAD (yay!) but its regularly about $12.99 CAD.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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The New NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadows!

NYX Hot Singles eye shadowI recently did a post about my NYX eye shadows only to discover from readers that NYX has discontinued its line of square eye shadows! The good news is they’ve replaced them with a new line of Hot Singles in 88 shades. The Hot Singles have round packaging that is nearly identical to the MAC singles with the addition of a cute little bow on the front, like the NYX Baked Blushes. The round pans are the exact same size as the MAC, so if depotted, I’m certain they’d fit into the MAC palettes.

The new NYX Hot Singles eye shadow (middle) compared to MAC (left) and the old NYX square eye shadow packaging (right)

The new NYX Hot Singles eye shadow (middle) compared to MAC (left) and the old NYX square eye shadow packaging (right)

I was really curious to try out some of the new shadows and when I went to the Cherry Culture site they were on sale for $3.50 USD (about $4.50 CAD). I was so excited to see all of the fabulous neutral shades that I *might* have gotten a little carried away and ordered 14 of them. Be prepared for neutral shadow overload. It was so hard to choose!

I am really impressed with the Hot Singles! I ‘m finding them smooth, easy to apply, and – with only a few exceptions – don’t have any fall-down. They have been wearing well without creasing (I always wear a primer with any shadow). I would say they aren’t quite as long wearing as MAC. They do fade a little by the end of the day, but they are very good quality for their price.

Hope you enjoy all the swatches and that they help you out if you are deciding which singles to get!

I’m starting off with the 7 matte shades.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow S.O.S., Over the Taupe, and Coquette

  • S.O.S. – This is one of my favourite type of shades, a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” that is perfect for a no-makeup makeup look. Perfect for fair skin! You could also use it to fill in your eyebrows or maybe even to contour. It reminds me of favourites MAC Omega or Revlon Shadow Links Greige.
  • Over the Taupe – Similar to S.O.S. but darker and a little more purple-toned. This completely matte taupe took a bit more work to blend than the other mattes.
  • Coquette – This shade reminds me of MAC Quarry. Its a soft, matte, purpley brown neutral perfect for a crease or blending out colour. I would say its lighter than Quarry. It blended beautifully.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow S.O.S. swatch

S.O.S

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Over the Taupe swatch

Over the Taupe

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Coquette swatch

Coquette

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Suede, Happy Hour, Guilt Trip, Own the Night

  • Suede – This one was a bit of a miss for me. This matte camel shade has got a bit too much warm peachy undertone going on for my skin tone. If you like warm shades, you’ll probably love it though.
  • Happy Hour – A really lovely, matte, cool-toned light brown. Very wearable!
  • Guilt Trip – A deeper, richer version of Happy Hour.
  • Own the Night – This is a really interesting shade! Its a cool-toned, dark brown with a hint of purple. I find this type of shade difficult to find, because most dark browns tend to be warm-toned.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Suede Swatch

Suede

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Happy Hour swatch

Happy Hour

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Guilt Trip swatch

Guilt Trip

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Own the Night swatch

Own the Night

These next 3 shades have more of a sheen to them, but aren’t shimmery.

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Damage Control, Loaded, and Strike a Pose

  • Damage Control – This might be my favourite! I love taupe eyeshadow. Its similar to Over the Taupe but has a really pretty, subtle sheen to it and is so soft and blendable.
  • Loaded – Another fabulous taupe that is darker and more neutral (not really cool-toned) than Damage Control.
  • Strike a Pose – Like Suede, this shade is more warm-toned. A warm, light brown with a slight sheen.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Damage Control swatch

Damage Control

NYX Hot Singles eyeshadow Loaded swatch

Loaded

NYX Hot Singles eyeshadow Strike a Pose swatch

Strike a Pose

The last 4 shades are the shimmers:

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow in Lust, Fancy That, J'Adore, and Illusion

  • Lust – An absolutely gorgeous cool-toned brown with a hint of golden shimmer, this shadow in particular reminded me so much of the quality of MAC shadows: it was pigmented, easy to apply, had zero fall-down, and a lovely subtle sheen. The colour is complex and unlike anything I already have.
  • Fancy That – Not really my cup of tea. This warm, peachy-coral type of shade borders on the glittery side and I had some fall-down with it.
  • J’Adore – This one as well was a little too glittery for me with some fall-down.
  • Illusion – Really like this one! A shimmery golden brown similar to MAC Woodwinked I think, although I haven’t swatched them side-by-side.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Lust swatch

Lust

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Fancy That swatch

Fancy That

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow J'Adore swatch

J’Adore

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Illusion swatch

Illusion

Here are all 14 shades swatched side by side:

Swatches: S.O.S., Over the Taupe, Coquette, Suede, Happy Hour, Guilt Trip, Own the Night, Damage Control, Loaded, Strike a Pose, Lust, Fancy That, J’Adore, Illusion

Top L-R: S.O.S., Over the Taupe, Coquette, Suede, Happy Hour, Guilt Trip, Own the Night
Bottom, L-R: Damage Control, Loaded, Strike a Pose, Lust, Fancy That, J’Adore, Illusion

I’m going to swatch these against shadows from my collection to see which ones might be dupes for the old NYX shadows, MAC, and any others I can find. So stay tuned for that post coming up!

Thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Another Hit from Revlon Gel Envy

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 300 All In

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in All In

I am totally in love with Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy, a nail polish that actually stays on more than a day for me. The latest colour that I’m loving is 300 All In, a rich, midnight blue with shimmer. This shade is so pretty! I love that you get an iridescent sheen but it’s not a “glitter” polish. This lasted a full 5 days which, on me, is amazing. With other polishes, like Essie or OPI, I sometimes don’t even get a full 24 hours without significant chipping.

Check out my reviews of some of the other shades I’m loving, like High Stakes and Ace of Spades.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks VS Revlon Lip Butters

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

A friend of mine was wearing the prettiest pinky-berry lip and when I asked her what it was, she pulled out one of the new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipsticks. We had previously bonded over our love of the Revlon Lip Butters, so I asked her if she liked the Almay as much as the Revlon, and she said yes! Then I knew I had to try them.

The Butter Kiss lipsticks are “ultra-hydrating buttery lip color” available in “12 shades expertly coordinated to your unique skintone.” You are meant to pick your skintone (light, light/medium, or medium) and then pick one of the four shades in that group – berry, pink, nude, or red. I, like most people, just swatched them all and picked out the ones I liked best. I really liked Berry-Medium (which was the one my friend was wearing) and Red-Medium, the darkest shade of the 12.

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

Berry-Medium is a cool-toned, berry pink with some purple undertones going on. Red-Medium is a brown-based red.

Swatches Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

The packaging looks extremely similar to the Revlon Lip Butters (they even both have “butter” in the name) so a comparison between the two is inevitable.

Almay Butter Kiss VS Revlon Lip Butter

Battle of the Lip Butters!

I immediately noticed that the Butter Kiss lipsticks smell very similar to the Lip Butters; a light, slightly sweet, slightly vanilla scent. I don’t find the Revlon ones have any taste, but the Almay do.

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium are not dupes for any of the 8 Revlon Lip Butters I own. While I was swatching them, I noticed the Lip Butters are more pigmented than the Almay and the Almay are a little more sheer. Both are very hydrating.

I would say one difference for me is that the Almay are much longer-wearing and are also a lip stain. I don’t find the Revlon Lip Butters stain my lips at all. If you didn’t like the Lip Butters because of the staying power, you might like the Almay ones better. Both shades I tried left a very flattering stain that was pretty much exactly the same colour as the lipstick (not like the awful staining I experienced with the CoverGirl LipPerfection).

I really like these! I definitely like them as much as the Lip Butters and I think the shade range is quite different from Revlon. At my drugstore, they were the exact same price too – $9.99 CAD.

Have you tried the Almay Butter Kiss lipsticks?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
NerdyLibrarianGirl

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NYX Eye Shadow Collection

NYX Singles Eye Shadows
Hi guys! After doing My Favourite NYX Blushes post, I thought I’d share my collection of NYX Single Eye Shadows with you and let you know which ones work for me on fair, cool-toned skin, and which didn’t. However, these square eyeshadow singes are no longer on the main  NYX site, so I am now wondering if NYX has discontinued them!!! They are still available through Cherry Culture and are also still in my local stores. If anyone has any info on this, please let me know!

I have 12 of the NYX Single Eye Shadows:

  • True Taupe (matte): a light, subtle, cool-toned taupe, this is a great shadow for fair skin. I know some people even use it as a contour colour, but I haven’t done that.
  • Taupe: Compared to True Taupe, Taupe is slightly warmer and more brown, whereas True Taupe is more grey-toned. Its similar to MAC Omega, except that Omega is matte and Taupe has a slight sheen to it.
  • Hawaiian Coffee (matte): a rich, medium brown with cool, purpley undertones. This is one of my favourite NYX eye shadow shades. Its apparently a dupe for MAC Handwritten (but I don’t own that shade).
  • Frosted Flake: Often referred to as a dupe for MAC Shroom, this is a shimmery, cool off-white. Its one of those shades, like Shroom, that I never know what to do with. I don’t particularly like a light, shimmery shadow that emphasizes my hooded lid, and I don’t like a shimmery highlight (I prefer a matte shade on my brow bone).
  • Ultimatum: A shimmery cream or “champagne” type of shade. I have a similar issue with this one as I do with Frosted Flake – I never know what to do with it.
  • Nude (matte): a very yellow-toned, cream matte shade. I was hoping this might be similar to MAC Brule, but its a bit too yellow for my skin tone.
  • Black (matte): Seriously the blackest of the black eye shadows!
  • Rock (shimmer): a very glittery, dark charcoal, similar to MAC Black Tied. Great for doing a dramatic smokey eye for a night out.
  • Charcoal Brown (matte): Not very well-named, this shade isn’t really brown but much more grey with some warm, purpley undertones. Its quite a complex type of shade that might look different on different people.
  • Suede: This one was a miss for me – way too much orange for my skin tone.
  • Dark Brown (matte): More of a medium matte brown, than a “dark” brown. Fairly neutral, true brown; not overly warm or cool toned. Great shade!
  • Brown (matte): Another mis-named shade, I don’t really think this is a brown. Its a warm, yellowy cream shade, maybe bordering on tan. This one also did not work at all with my skintone.
NYX Single Eye Shadow True Taupe, Taupe, Hawaiian Coffee, Frosted Flake, Ultimatum, Nude

TOP ROW, L-R: True Taupe, Taupe, Hawaiian Coffee
BOTTOM ROW, L-R: Frosted Flake, Ultimatum, Nude

NYX Single Eye Shadows Brown, Dark Brown, Suede, Charcoal Brown, Rock, Black

TOP ROW, L-R: Black, Rock, Charcoal Brown
BOTTOM ROW, L-R: Suede, Dark Brown, Brown

NYX Single Eye Shadow swatch Nude, Ultimatum, Frosted Flake, Hawaiian Coffee, Taupe, True Taupe

L-R: Nude, Ultimatum, Frosted Flake, Hawaiian Coffee, Taupe, True Taupe

NYX Single Eye Shadows Swatche Brown, Dark Brown, Suede, Charcoal Brown, Rock, Black

L-R: Brown, Dark Brown, Suede, Charcoal Brown, Rock, Black

My favourites are definitely True Taupe, Taupe, Hawaiian Coffee, Dark Brown and Black.  Three misses for me were Nude, Suede and Brown which I wouldn’t recommend for cool-toned skin.

I do really like the NYX eye shadows and I’d be sad to see some of these shades being discontinued. I haven’t tired any of the new singles in the round pans and I wonder if they are the same formula/quality.

Hope you enjoyed this post & thanks for reading!

Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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My Favourite NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes for fair skin

Hi everyone! I thought I’d give a little love to one of my favourite makeup products, NYX powder blushes. NYX are my favourite drugstore blushes. They wear longer on me than many other blushes I’ve tried, including high-end brands. After 8-12 hours they look exactly like they did when I first applied them. Typically priced at less than $6.50 CAD, they are a great deal, with the only downside being that the blushes are small (4g VS a 6g MAC blush for example) and very soft, so I do go through some of my favourite shades rather quickly.

Here are my favourite, top six NYX powder blushes:

Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

Top L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural. Bottom L-R: Peach, Angel, Mauve

NYX Pinched blush

PB25 Pinched

Pinched: A peachy-coral blush with subtle golden shimmer, Pinched has been compared to NARS Orgasm. Although similar, I don’t feel that they are exact dupes. Orgasm is much more pink and the finish is quite different. Orgasm has more of a duo-chrome type of sheen, reflecting differently from different angles, whereas Pinched is just shimmery. Here is Pinched swatched with Orgasm, Benefit Coralista, and MAC Peachykeen for comparison:

swatches NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Bourgeois Pig blush

PB28 Bourgeois Pig

Bourgeois Pig: Love the name of this one. 🙂 Although a bit washed out in this pic (don’t get me started on lighting during a dark Canadian winter), its actually a very pigmented matte pink. On fair skin you do have to apply carefully with a light hand, but I like this blush for getting that flushed, rosy-cheeked, “I’ve been out in the cold” type of look. Its a great fall blush.

NYX Natural blush

PB07 Natural

Natural: A light, cool-toned matte pink. Great shade for fair skin.

NYX Peach blush

PB06 Peach

Peach: NYX is known for inexplicable shade names that don’t give a very accurate description of the actual colour. Peach is a perfect example of that. This blush is not even remotely peach. Its really a pale, soft, matte ballerina pink, very similar to Benefit’s Dandelion. Really love this one!

NYX Peach is a dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Peach is a close dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Angel blush

PB03 Angel

Angel: This is one of my favourite blushes ever! The prettiest shade on fair skin, its a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! I have hit pan on this shade so many times it made my Most Repurchased Products of all time.

NYX Mauve blush

PB13 Mauve

Mauve: Again, another NYX shade name that is very misleading. This is not a plum-toned blush at all. Its one of those soft, neutral, matte blushes with beigey/browny undertones, similar to some of my favourite MAC blushes like Prism, Blushbaby, or Mocha. None are dupes for Mauve. Mauve is more peach than any of them.

swatches NYX Mauve VS MAC Prism Blushbaby Mocha

MAC blushes that give a similar effect as NYX Mauve

Here are all six NYX blushes swatched side-by-side:

swatches NYX blushes Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, and Mauve

I’d love to hear what your favourite NYX blush shades are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Revlon Gel Envy High Stakes

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in High Stakes

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in High Stakes

I love the Revlon Gel Envy nail polish. It lasts without chipping about twice as long as typical nail polish on me. I had a bit of a miss with the shade Checkmate which was a bit streaky. I’m loving High Stakes though, a dramatic dark green. This went on so easily in 2 coats and is intense. I think its a really unique and sophisticated shade.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Review: New Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

New Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

New Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

Hi everyone and Happy Friday the 13th! Do you think of Friday the 13th as unlucky? Some people believe its an unlucky day to travel or start a new project, and others think its actually a day that brings good luck. I certainly didn’t have much luck with these new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks, although I don’t think I can blame the calendar.

I typically love Revlon lip products, especially the Super Lustrous Lipsticks, Lip Butters (I have about 9 or 10 of these at last count), Kissable Balm Stains (I just got a new Adore, my fav shade), and Colorstay Moisture Stain. I was soo excited about the Ultra HD Lipsticks! Apparently they were released last fall, but they only just appeared where I live. Advertised as having “revolutionary wax-free gel technology for true color clarity in one smooth swipe”, I instantly fell in love with the look of the packaging, which is the same as the Lip Butters, but with a smooth, untextured, see-through cap with a  top that looks like a clear jewel. I didn’t even read any reviews (spoiler alert: this was a mistake).

I picked mine up at Target. As you have likely already heard, all of the Target stores in Canada are closing in what’s being described as the biggest corporate bankruptcy in Canadian history. Sales are beginning, and last week, all makeup went on sale for 30% off so I thought this would be a great time to purchase some of the new Ultra HD Lipsticks. At Target they were regularly $8.99 CAD. With the discount, I paid $6.29 for each.

My first disappointment came when I saw the shades in real life. Although there are 20 shades, I had a difficult time finding ones I liked – the opposite of my experience with the Lip Butters. There were a lot of bright pinks, orangey shades, and browns (like full on 1990s browns). Target didn’t have any testers either. I eventually settled on HD Primrose and HD Rose (all the shades are named after flowers).

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Primrose and HD Rose

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Primrose and HD Rose

Revlon HD Rose and HD Primrose

HD Rose and HD Primrose

HD Rose is a soft, muted, more cool-toned pink. I have since seen it swatched on other blogs looking like a much prettier purple-toned pink, but on me it looked more peachy-corally pink. HD Primrose is a darker shade, a rosey brownish-pink.

Swatches: Revlon Ultra HD Primrose and HD Rose

Swatches: HD Primrose and HD Rose

Once I got these home I experienced more disappointments. Ugh – the packaging! Having read other reviews now, I know I’m not alone in my frustration. A lipstick that doesn’t retract all the way + a clear cap = huge mess. You can’t avoid nicking the lipstick with the cap when you close it.

Ugh – the formula! You can even see in the swatch, these lipsticks don’t go on smoothly or evenly. “One smooth swipe”? Um, nope. HD Rose looked just awful. It was patchy and settled into any little lines in my lips. HD Primrose just sat on top of my lips blandly with a dull finish. I didn’t like the way either shade looked on me. They also felt thick and drying and uncomfortable.

Ugh – the scent! The worst and most disappointing thing of all was the overwhelming, sickly sweet, cherry cough drop scent that hit me as soon as I removed the cap. Ick! And you can really taste it when you’re wearing it. Bleck!

What was Revlon thinking with these? They are a real miss for me.

Have you tried them?

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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MAC Capricious Dupe!

MAC Capricious dupe

Revlon Super Lustrous Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

I’m such a huge fan of MAC’s Capricious lipstick. I just bought another one. This lustre finish lipstick is the perfect rosy plum (and also the shade worn by Evil Queen Regina on Once Upon a Time). It may just be my all time favourite MAC lipstick.

I recently did a post on my Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick collection and my favourite Revlon shade is without a doubt the beautifully plum, Mauvy Night (with the recently discovered Plumilicious a very close second). It suddenly hit me that the two shades are quite similar. Although they don’t initially appear to be dupes in the tube, I tried side-by-side swatches and it turns out that Mauvy Night may just be a dupe for MAC Capricious! and probably why I love them both so much.

Swatch Revlon Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

Left: Mauvy Night Right: Capricious

I would say that Capricious is a bit more pigmented and slightly glossier than Mauvy Night, but otherwise they are extremely similar. MAC lipsticks are $19.00 CAD and Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are only $9.99 CAD, so Mauvy Night is a pretty great drugstore alternative if you’re on a budget.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Two Plum Lipstick Discoveries from the Drugstore

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour 340

CoverGirl LipPerfection 340 “Entwined” and Revlon Super Lustrous 465 “Plumalicious”

good plum drugstore lipsticks

Spoiler alert: One of these lipsticks was a hit, and one was a bit of a fail. Keep reading to find out which one was which 🙂

I’m so obsessed with plum lipsticks right now. My Mom and I went on a mission to our local drugstore to find her some good plums and, of course, I ended up with a few too. She found some really beautiful shades in the Milani Color Statement lipsticks: 20 Uptown Mauve, 21 Sangria (deep purple berry), and 24 Black Cherry (a dark, vampy wine). I just can’t get past the watermelon scent of these, but my Mom loves them and says they are creamy and lovely. I must say I really liked the shades.

Milani Uptown Mauve, Sangria, Black CherryI picked up another Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Plumalicious. Its a berry plum that’s a little on the reddish-brown side but with enough purpleness to keep it in the plum family. Its fairly dark on me, but is a wearable shade and the pearl finish keeps it from being too vampy. Its slightly sheer and a little bit glossy. I totally love it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

I decided to be brave and try another drugstore brand lippie, although I’m generally not a big fan of anything else besides the Revlon lip products, mainly due to the scents. The scent of the Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolour didn’t seem too objectionable; a not overly strong cotton-candy scent. I really, really, loved the shade Entwined, a cooler-toned, deep mauvey plum.

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

This shade looked rich and lovely and had crazy intense staying power. Here’s where it all went awry though: It really stains your lips. The problem is it didn’t stain my lips a flattering berry shade. It stained my lips orange! I have no idea how to explain it, but the colour left behind was a weird orangey-red like when you’re a little kid and you’ve just had a brightly coloured popsicle. And I couldn’t get it off! It was still on the next day. So the Covergirl LipPerfection was a bit of a fail for me. It looks great when you first put it on, but I’m not a fan of the weird staining effect.

In Canada, Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are about $7.50-9.99 CAD and the Covergirl LipPerfection lipsticks about $8.50-9.99 CAD depending where you buy them.

And in case you’re wondering – I would love to hear recommendations for more good plum lipsticks!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
NerdyLibrarianGirl ❤

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My Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick Collection

Favourite Revlon Super Lustrous Lipsticks

yeah, um, so I *might* have a lipstick “problem”…

I thought I’d do a post about my favourite drugstore lipsticks: Revlon Super Lustrous. Actually, they are about the only drugstore lipstick I like. The deal breaker for me for so many lipsticks is the scent, and for some reason, I’m not a fan of a lot of the drugstore brands, like Maybelline (weird playdough scent), Loreal (old fashioned perfumey scent), Milani (fake watermelon scent), and NYX (perfumey/soapy scent & taste).

The Revlon Super Lustrous are totally unscented (hooray!) and have a really nice formula that’s comfortable to wear, non-drying, glossy, and there is such a huge colour selection. Evidently I have 14 of these (Sorry – I totally forgot Blackberry but for pics/swatch see this post). I didn’t include the 3 “Shine” lipsticks that I have, because I don’t like the formula, but I do have a whole review on those. You’ll notice I don’t have any of the matte finishes. I did try one once and absolutely hated it, but I typically don’t like matte lip products at all.

The shades I have are:

  • 631 Luminous Pink (pearl)
  • 415 Pink in the Afternoon (creme)
  • 651 Porcelain Pink (pearl)
  • 030 Pink Pearl (pearl)
  • 420 Blushed (pearl)
  • 130 Rose Velvet (creme)
  • 641 Spicy Cinnamon (pearl)
  • 473 Mauvy Night (pearl)
  • 477 Black Cherry (creme)
  • 663 Va Va Violet (creme)
  • 640 Blackberry (creme) – Not pictured

best revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

631 Luminous Pink: A little bit of a peachy-pink, this is the sheerest and most shimmery one I have. Remarkably, it works on fair skin and is a pretty, subtle, glossy shade that looks good for everyday AND with a dark, smokey eye.

415 Pink in the Afternoon: A light, cool-toned pink that also woks really well for fair skin. This shade has a very retro feel to it to me, like Betty Draper might have worn it.

651 Porcelain Pink: Ok, I honestly have no idea what makes this frosty pink work in me, but there’s just something I really like about it.

030 Pink Pearl: This shade is more of a neutral brown-pink, and isn’t full on pink like 415 or 651. Its one of those my-lips-but-better shades.

420 Blushed: Speaking of my-lips-but-better shades, Blushed is a warm, pink-brown. I like this one, but I wouldn’t say its one of my favourites.

130 Rose Velvet: A rich, rosy brown-toned shade. This works well on me because of my pink undertones so it looks more “pinky-brown” on me. But reviewers have mentioned it can look more brown on some people (great for the 90s brown lip trend though).

641 Spicy Cinnamon: This is a very wearable berry red shade for me because of the brown undertones in it.  Like Rose Velvet I think it might look more brown on some.

473 Mauvy Night: My favourite Revlon lipstick! Love this plum shade.

477 Black Cherry: A dramatic, dark wine shade, it reminds me of a vampy lipstick from the 1920’s or 1930’s. Really like this one.

663 Va Va Violet: Full on, gothy dark purple. Not for the faint of heart.

640 Blackberry: A deep burgundy red, great on fair skin for a “Snow White” effect or a classic 1950’s type of look. Another fav. (pic/swatch)

favorite revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

swatches revlon super lustrous lipsticks fair skin

Hope you enjoyed my collection! I’d love to hear what your favourite Revlon lipsticks are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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I Can’t Stop Buying Revlon Shadow Links!

Revlon Shadow Links in "Bone"

Revlon Shadow Links in “Bone”

It started with Greige, then I picked up some more of the taupes and browns, and now I think I might officially have a Shadow Links “problem”. In my defense my drugstore had them on sale again (for $2.95 CAD) and I also can’t seem to resist anything miniature. The little Shadow Links are just so darn cute!

I decided to try out Bone a light, matte cream shade. It seriously reminded me of Brule from MAC (a “soft-creamy beige”). Brule is officially a “satin” finish but on me it looks completely matte. I use Brule so much it was in my Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time post. I love to have a matte shade that matches my skin tone to blend out shadows and use on my brow. I have to say I think Bone is a pretty close dupe for MAC Brule.

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule”

Revlon Shadow Links Bone Dupe for MAC Brule

A dupe for MAC’s Brule?

In the pan, Bone looks a little lighter and cooler toned, but once applied they are extremely similar. Bone blended really smoothly. It stayed on all day (I always use my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer). I did try to get a side by side swatch pic, but they just didn’t show up at all; both totally match my skin tone which is kind of the point but doesn’t make for much of a swatch 🙂

I just continue to be impressed by these little Shadow Links!

Thanks for reading!

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Sheer Up Lint Tint: Flower Brand First Impressions

Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint in Airy Orchid

Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint in “Airy Orchid”

I rarely go to Walmart so I haven’t tried any of the Flower makeup yet. Flower, Drew Barrymore’s cosmetic line, is sold exclusively at Walmart. While I was there recently, I thought I would try out something from the brand. I must say, overall I’m not really attracted to the Flower packaging, which may also be why its taken me so long to get around to picking something up.

I can’t resist a tinted lip balm though! I love the Revlon Kissable Balm Stains, the Clinic Chubby Sticks, and the Wet n Wild Mega Slicks Balm Stains, so I thought the Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint looked right up my alley. The shade selection is fairly limited with only 5 choices and the only one that really stood out to me was the darkest, “Airy Orchid”, a berry shade.

Swatch Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint Airy Orchid

Airy Orchid

When they say “sheer tint of colour” they aren’t messing around! It is really sheer on the lips. I had thought that if I liked this that I would try a few other shades, but since they are all even lighter than this one, I’m worried they wouldn’t show up at all. I also expected a bit of staining action from the Flower Lip Tint based on my experience with similar balmy lip crayons and tints from other brands (although to be fair Flower doesn’t claim it’s a lip stain). I did not find the Flower Lip Tint left any kind of stain at all. Once it was gone, it was totally gone, and it was gone pretty fast.

I liked how the Flower Lip Tint felt on my lips. It was very balmy and moisturizing. I also really liked that it was scent-free. So many drugstore lip products have cheap heavy fragrances added which I don’t care for that can irritate my lips. What I didn’t like is that it was very sheer, didn’t give any sort of staining effect, and didn’t last very long. It disappeared within an hour or so. I wouldn’t repurchase one. I think there are other similar lip products out there that I like better.

My first impression of Flower is kind of mixed. Let me know if there are any products from the line that you love that you think are worth trying.

The Flower Sheer Up Lip Tint is $7.98 CAD at Walmart.

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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