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Merry Tip’s Eve!

pink christmas treeToday was my last day at work before the Christmas break. The library closes tomorrow and doesn’t re-open until January 5. I am really looking forward to the time off. Today, in Newfoundland, its “Tip’s Eve” or as I like to call it, Christmas Eve Eve. Traditionally it was the official start of the holiday season – when you put up your Christmas tree, had your first “spirit”, had a party or went out visiting.

I thought I would share some pics of my library all decked out for Christmas. We have 3 trees – a white, a dark gray, and a pink tree.

vintage retro christmas decorations

the library all decked out for the holidays!

pink christmas tree

the pink tree is my favourite!

That is one of my fascinators on top of the pink tree. I couldn’t find a tree topper I liked 🙂

retro vintage inspired xmas decorations
Tomorrow evening we are hosting some friends and family for dinner. In my family we always have a baked ham on Christmas Eve. I’m also making Julia Child’s scalloped potatoes (or potatoes “gratineed” with cheese) and her brussels sprouts braised in butter. I already baked gingerbread for desert which I like to serve with warm rum sauce.

I wish everyone a happy and relaxing holiday filled with eggnog, family and friends, and lots of good food and fun!

Merry Christmas
from
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Two (Belated) Halloween Looks

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

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

This was our ofrenda:

ofrenda

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

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

day of the dead makeup

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

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

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

Nose:

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

Lips:

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

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

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

Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby makeup

Halloween Costume: Joan Collins / Alexis Carrington Colby

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

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

Cheeks:

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

Lips:

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

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

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Love Kate’s Blush Pink Fascinator

Kate Middleton Pink Fascinator

photo taken from: http://www.mirror.co.uk

Love this sweet, pale pink fascinator Kate wore at the St. Symphorien Military Cemetery in Belguim on August 4.

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Kate’s Easter Fascinator!

I just love the dove gray Jane Taylor fascinator Kate wore on Easter Sunday:

Kate Middleton easter fascinatorThe New Zealand/Australia tour has been full of spectacular millinery so far, beginning with the fabulous Gina Foster red pillbox hat Kate wore getting off the plane:

Kate Middleton's red pillbox hat Another favourite was the powder blue Jane Taylor fascinator Kate wore while in New Zealand with the cutest leaf shape that matched her brooch:

Kate Middleton New Zealand Fascinator

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