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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Rouge G de Guerlain

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in 15 "Galiane"

Rouge G de Guerlain Jewel Lipstick in 15 “Galiane”

This is the seventh lipstick in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! I picked up this lipstick during a Las Vegas shopping trip this summer in the actual Guerlain Store in the Grand Canal Shoppes in the Venetian. I chose the shade Galiane, a warm nudey-pinky-beige. It’s a very wearable “my lips but better” type of shade.

In Canada, Guerlain is online through The Bay and Sephora. The Rouge G de Guerlain jewel lipsticks are $53 CAD. Galiane isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site, but is available on the Nordstrom site which ships to Canada (but it sells for $62.04 CAD on there!).

Swatch: Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 “Galiane”

Here’s how the Rouge G de Guerlain did:

Packaging
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I wish I could give this even more than 3/3 Duchess points!!! I really don’t know how lipstick packaging could get any fancier or more high-end than this “luxury jewellery lipstick”. I love the silver metal case – it weighs a ton. And the magnetic cap pops open to reveal a mirror! It looks so fancy to take out of your purse to re-apply. I don’t have any other lipsticks that even compare to this one.

Formula
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Here’s how Guerlain describes it: “a subtle balance of intense colour and the comforting pleasure of a creamy lip balm…the unique combination of ruby powder for spectacular radiance, hyaluronic acid spheres for perfectly smoothed lips and wild mango butter for lasting hydration.” Those are some fancy (i.e expensive) ingredients! Ruby powder? An ingredients check revealed its synthetic ruby powder, which the Patents site says is “excellent in the effects of covering wrinkles and roughness in the skin”, has “a texture close to the skin in optical deepness”, and photographs well.

I love the formula, which I found creamy, slightly glossy, very hydrating, and it really doesn’t settle into any lines or emphasize any dryness at all. It reminds me a lot of MAC’s Lustre finish, which is my favourite, and like the Chanel Rouge Coco Shine I could apply it in lieu of lip balm. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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Because this lipstick is glossy and a bit on the sheer side (which looks really pretty) it isn’t the most long-wearing of lipsticks. You do have to re-apply more frequently than with some other lipsticks. 2/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste

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According to Guerlain, its the “light, delicate scent of a vanilla “floriental”…Top notes sparkle with a lemon, orange and bergamot accord. The rose and iris heart exudes sweetness.” Whoa. After all that you’d think this lipstick would be perfumey as all heck, but it actually isn’t. To me it has a slightly old fashioned lipstickey smell that isn’t too bothersome but that I could take or leave. 2/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
I have used this lipstick quite a lot and have never had any reaction to it. Passes the sensitivity test! neutral Duchess points

MAC Test
I like this lipstick as much as MAC for sure. Like I said, its very similar to the MAC lustre lipsticks. neutral Duchess points

Would I pay $53 for another one?
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This is a tricky one. My initial response is “YES!!! ONE IN EVERY COLOUR!” But then my more practical side says, “calm down, you don’t need $50 lipsticks crazy lady.” This lipstick is a real splurge, and I definitely think its worth the splurge, just maybe not more than once 🙂 But who knows…I actually would really like to try out some more of the Guerlain lipsticks like the KissKiss and the Rouge Automatique. If you do have some extra money to play with, I really don’t think this luxurious, stunningly packaged lipstick would disappoint. 1 Duchess point

Rouge G de Guerlain total: 11/14 (totally splurge-worthy!)

high-end lipsticks comparison chart

At the end of the series, I’m 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.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
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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High-End Lipstick Review Series: Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in 440 "Irresistible"

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy in 440 “Irresistible”

In this installment of my High-End Lipstick Review series, we’ll be reviewing Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick which retails for $34 CAD. Here’s a few ways Estee Lauder describes this lipstick:

  • Saturates lips with high-intensity color in one stroke
  • Time-released Moisture Complex helps capture and seal-in hydration
  • Lips feel continuously moisturized throughout the day
  • Super creamy, glides on effortlessly, covers evenly

I chose the shade 440 Irresistible, a rosy pinky-brown.

Estee Lauder "Irresistible" swatch

Estee Lauder “Irresistible” swatch

Here’s my ranking of the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick:

Packaging
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The reason why I scored this lipstick so low on packaging can be summed up in one word: navy. I just don’t associate this colour with glamour or luxury or chicness. It reminds me of the colour of a uniform. Other than the drab, matronly shade, the packaging otherwise feels quite high-end. Its heavy and substantial with a magnetic closure. I think the colour choice is totally subjective and others may love it but, for me, it just doesn’t have that “wow” factor. 1/3 Duchess points

Formula
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Once I got past the packaging, I have to admit I fell in love with the formula of this lipstick. I have to agree, it does have “high-intensity color in one stroke” combined with being very moisturizing, even hours after you’ve applied it. “Super creamy, glides on effortlessly, covers evenly” is pretty much a perfect description. It looks very flattering on the lips with a slight shine, and feels super comfortable and hydrating. I really like wearing this lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points

Wear
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Its also super long wearing! Yet hydrating. How many lipsticks can you say that about? 3/3 Duchess points

Scent/Taste
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After trying the Estee Lauder Hydra Lustre lipstick with its weird chemically-fruity scent, I was quite pleasantly surprised that this lipstick is completely unscented. Thank goodness! 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity
I did not find that this lipstick irritated my lips at all, so no need to deduct any Duchess points.

MAC Test
I’m slightly conflicted on this one. I like the formula of this lipstick as much as I like my MAC lipsticks, but I don’t like the packaging as much (really wish it was a different colour). So I guess I’ll go with neutral Duchess points.

Would I pay $34 CAD for another one?
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Yes. All things considered, I really do like this lipstick and am wearing it quite a bit. Its one of those lipsticks you enjoy reaching for. I know if I bought another one I’d wear it and enjoy it.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy total: 11/14

Here are the rankings so far:high-end lipstick comparison Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale. 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)!

Previous reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
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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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)

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: NARS (original formula) VS NARS Audacious Lipstick

I thought it might be helpful to not only review the new NARS Audacious lipstick, but to also review the original NARS lipstick along with it. That way people would have a comparison if they were thinking about trying the new lipsticks out. So in this installment of my High-end Lipstick Review series you get two for one!

Let’s start with the NARS lipstick original formula which is $32.00 CAD. I tried the shade Barbarella, a “sheer peach”. This was when I was going through a “must-find-a-peachy-nude-that-works-on fair-skin” phase. I have to admit, this shade is very pretty!

NARS Lipstick in Barbarella

NARS Lipstick in “Barbarella”

NARS Barbarella swatch

NARS “Barbarella” swatched

Here’s how the NARS original lipstick fared:

Packaging
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I was underwhelmed by the original packaging. The lipsticks are weirdly tiny (although at 0.12 oz you certainly are getting a standard amount of product). Its the same material as the NARS blush packaging – that fuzzy, rubbery material that seems to pick up every bit of dirt and lint. While I can tolerate it in a blush, I don’t want to pull a lipstick out of my purse to reapply and have it looking all filthy. I had the same issue with this lipstick as I did with the Marc Jacob packaging; for a high-end lipstick it wasn’t very unique or interesting. 1/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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I really prefer a sheer lipstick, but the formula on this one was not one that I enjoyed. In a word, I would describe it as “greasy”. Need I say more? 1/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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For a lipstick described as “sheer”, this actually wears really well. 2/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste
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I just can’t stand the scent of the original NARS lipstick. It smells like sugary, artificial, colours-not-found-in-nature breakfast cereal. It reminds me of the smell of Fruit Loops cereal in particular. So gross. 0/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
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Have to deduct a Duchess point. This lipstick seriously irritated my lips, probably due to the strong artificial scent. After wearing this, my lips would literally peel (sorry TMI!).

MAC Test

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Definitely did not like this as much as my MAC lipsticks so I have to deduct another Duchess point.

Would I pay $32 for another NARS Lipstick?
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Definitely not! The greasy feeling formula, icky scent, and the fact that it irritated my lips made me vow to never buy another NARS lipstick. -1 Duchess point.

NARS Lipstick (original) total: 1/14

Then along came the new NARS Audacious Lipstick which is $37.00 CAD (but at 0.14 oz you are getting slightly more product). During the V.I.B. sale, I decided to give NARS a second chance and see if their new lipstick was an improvement over the original.  So, technically, I got it for $29.60. I ordered the totally vampy shade Liv a “deep aubergine” and the darkest shade in the line. I am in love with this colour.

NARS Audacious Lipstick in Liv

NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Liv”

NARS Audacious Liv swatch

“Liv” swatched

Packaging
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Much better packaging! The new Audacious packaging is bigger, weightier, and more  substantial and has a magnetic closure (yay!). They’ve done away with the typical, weird fuzzy NARS packaging for a sleek, smooth tube. I love the black-on-black “NARS” lettering on the tube and the “NARS” imprint on the lipstick itself. This packaging looks and feels more high-end. 2/3 Duchess points.

Formula
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After using it all week, I’m not head-over-heels in love with this formula. Its a bit fussy to apply evenly (which I have heard some other reviewers mention and you can kind of tell from my swatch). I have to pat it on from the bullet, and then pat it in a lot with my finger to get it to look good and to make sure it doesn’t settle into any lines on my lips. Its also on the drier side and will  accentuate any dryness on your lips, so exfoliate and apply lip balm before hand. After all that fussing, it does look good though. 1/3 Duchess points.

Wear
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Wow this is a long wearing lipstick! Once applied it really isn’t going anywhere. I would recommend a lipliner with it (I used MAC Vino). 3/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste
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The Audacious Lipstick is completely unscented and has no taste! This is what I prefer in a lipstick. 3/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
The Audacious Lipstick totally passed my sensitivity test. After using it all week, it hasn’t irritated me at all. Hooray!

MAC Test
I would compare the Audacious Lipstick to the MAC Cremesheen or Amplified finishes. I wouldn’t say I like it better than MAC, but I think I like it about the same as the MAC Cremesheens. This counts as neutral (it doesn’t lose or gain any Duchess points).

Would I pay $37 for another NARS Audacious Lipstick?
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While its an improvement over the original NARS lipstick, I feel like I just didn’t love this enough to pay $37 for another one. That’s a lot of money. I would REALLY have to be completely in love with it to repurchase it at that price point. -1 Duchess point.

NARS Audacious Lipstick Total: 8/14

Here’s an updated ranking:

high-end lipstick comparison chart

I feel bad that I’m not coming up with any “worth the splurge”s yet, lol, but I promise my next lipstick in the series will be one of my absolute favourite high-end lipsticks!

Previous reviews in this series:
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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Estee Lauder Black Cherry Lipstick

This summer, I read War Paint: Madame Helena Rubinstein and Miss Elizabeth Arden: Their Lives, Their Times, Their Rivalry and it got me curious about the Estee Lauder brand. I had a gift card for Sears (a place I hardly ever shop) and then I remembered my Sears has a makeup counter, though a small one, and that they carry Estee Lauder. I’d never ever tried anything from the brand.

I was really attracted by the packaging of the Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick which retails here in Canada for $25.00 CAD.

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in Black Cherry

Estee Lauder Signature Hydra Lustre Lipstick in “Black Cherry”

The weighty, fluted, gold tube with scalloped edging reminds me of a vintage lipstick from the 1940s or 1950s. Its so retro! Then there is the shade, Black Cherry. OMG it is spectacular. A deep, berry shade with brown undertones, its subtlety vampy and so flattering on fair skin. I think the nicest thing about it is the finish. Its rich yet sheer with a dewy finish. This contrasts nicely with the richness of the shade. On the lips, it just looks yummy!

Estee Lauder Black Cherry Lipstick swatch

“Black Cherry” swatched

Now, the downside is the scent. What a weird scent on this lipstick! Its sort of fruity? yet hard to describe. Its definitely not my favourite. It thankfully doesn’t have a taste and the scent fades after application, but I would prefer if this was just unscented. Luckily I love the shade so much I am willing to endure the scent.

I wouldn’t say this lipstick is “hydrating” as claimed, and certainly doesn’t deliver “hours of moisture”, but it doesn’t dry out my lips either. If I have some lip balm on before I apply it, it feels very comfortable on the lips.

The other neat thing about Estee Lauder is they are really big on gifts with purchase. Check out all the stuff I got:

Estee Lauder gift with purchase

my gift with purchase

I’m in love with the cosmetic bag which I am using to carry around the copious lip products in my purse. I’m really enjoying the mini sample-size Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick which retails full-sized for $32.00 CAD. I received the shade Pinkberry, which is a creme finish.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pinkberry

Sample of Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in “Pinkberry”

The Estee Lauder site says its “enriched with lip-loving ingredients, including apricot kernel, shea butter and murumuru butter that leave lips soft and creamy smooth” and I think it does feel much more moisturizing than the Hydra Lustre formula. Unfortunately, it does have the same weird chemically-fruity scent as the Hydra Lustre lipstick 😦

Pinkberry is a super pretty, wearable, nudey brown-pink. I can’t imagine anyone not liking this shade.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Long Lasting Lipstick in Pinkberry swatch

“Pinkberry” swatched

Overall I am impressed with the Estee Lauder lipsticks, if not with the fragrance of them. I am definitely curious to try more products from this brand. Are you an Estee Lauder fan? Do you have any favs you’d recommend?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever Review

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

Benefit World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever

This was one of the items I picked up in the Sephora VIB sale. I had been considering it for a while. I love the packaging and always love some neutrals, so I thought it was time to actually order it.

The World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes kit contains 2 creaseless cream shadows in Birthday Suit and My Two Cents, and 4 long-wearing powder shadows.

Benefit World Famous Neutrals

The eyeshadow kit contains 2 creaseless cream shadows and 4 long-wearing powder shadows

I had tried Benefit’s creaseless cream shadows a long time ago in R.S.V.P. and Skinny Jeans. I thought they were ok, but they didn’t wow me. I feel the same way about Birthday Suit and My Two Cents. I’m still not convinced the creaseless cream shadows work well on their own, but they are nice layered under a powder shadow. I would say they are my least favourite part of this kit.

The powder shades I am a much bigger fan of. Buttery and pigmented, all four shades are pretty, natural, and wearable – everything you’d want in a neutral eyeshadow kit. None of the shades are over the top shimmery either. I love Call My Bluff, a pale creamy matte shade, and Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, a medium brown with a satin finish, especially.

Swatches: Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Bluff, Kiss Me  I'm Tipsy, It's Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure

L-R: Birthday Suit, My Two Cents, Call my Bluff, Kiss Me I’m Tipsy, It’s Complicated, Gilt-y Pleasure

I think this is a fun kit, but I’m glad I got it for $28.80 CAD, versus $36.00 full price.The only other peeve I have about the kit is that its really difficult to get the cover to stay open. You have to hold it or prop it open while you’re using it or it snaps shut. Does this bug anyone else?

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Sephora VIB Sale Order Finally Arrived!

Sephora VIB 20% off sale

Gotta love a 20% off sale!

I typically have a long wait to receive nearly anything I order online (the joy of living on an island in the middle of the North Atlantic – lol), but this order seriously took ages. Normally when I place a Sephora order I get a second email that it’s shipped within a couple of days. This time it took 10 days before it even shipped. I guess the volume of orders was extra high because of the big sale.

So I was super happy when it finally arrived. I re-stocked on some favourites that I was nearly out of like:

  • MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”: This is my third bottle. For a full review checkout my post on why this is the best liquid foundation for fair skin.
  • MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder: Love this powder for setting my under-eye concealer. I featured it in my Most Re-purchased Products of All Time post. I only ever order the 0.14 oz “mini” size because you use so little it lasts forever (for me, nearly a year).  I was surprised that they changed the packaging on the HD Powder though. What I really liked about the mini size was that it was so mini it barely took up any space and was perfect for traveling. The new container is much bigger. Not lovin that so much.
MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

MAKE UP FOREVER HD Powder old packaging VS new packaging

  • Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara: The best mascara ever. They aren’t lying when they call it a “volume-creating and curl-sculpting mascara”. It also doesn’t budge or flake on me. A mascara worth $34 CAD? Absolutely! For more pics see my Guerlain Store shopping post.
  • Laura Mercier Secret Concealer 0.5: Also featured in my Most Re-purchased Products of All Time post. Best under-eye concealer ever IMO.

Now on to the new stuff. I could not resist ordering the Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm. I mean, look at this packaging!

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in "Honey"

Tony Moly Bbo Bbo Lip Balm in “Honey”

Here’s the description from the Sephora site: “It is a cult-favorite amongst Korean pop stars, and ‘Bbo Bbo’ means ‘kiss’ in Korea. This clear-colored balm is infused with hydrating ingredients that include vitamin E and either honey or blueberry extract. Its soft fragrance leaves lips with an irresistible scent.”

I love the packaging, but I am not in love with the lip balm. Its heavily scented (and doesn’t smell like honey) and the perfumeyness lingers and it was all I could taste. Ick.

Speaking of cute packaging though, I love the free Sephora tote that came with the order!

I’m going to do separate, full reviews on my other two purchases – Benefit’s World Famous Neutrals Most Glamorous Nudes Ever eyeshadow kit and the NARS Audacious Lipstick in “Liv”. So check back for those soon!

Thanks for reading ❤
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Marc Jacobs

This is the second lipstick in my High-end Lipstick Review Series & Give-away. I’m ranking lipsticks that retail for $30 CAD or more, and at the end of the series will pick my favourite and give away a lipstick from that brand to a subscriber. Next up is Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel.

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in "Cabaret"

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

I got this full-sized lipstick in August as part of a 1000 point perk from Sephora. The Marc Jacobs lipsticks are $36.00 CAD. The shade “Cabaret” was exclusive to the VIB reward and is no longer available. The Lip Gels are described as a “color-saturated, long-wearing, gellified lipstick with a sleek shine finish.”

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel Cabaret swatch

Cabaret

Packaging

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I have to say I was a little disappointed by the design and quality of the packaging. It isn’t very remarkable. Black and silver: not overly original. The plastic tube feels very light-weight like a drugstore lipstick, although it does have the magnetic closure which is nice. The cover (which feels cheap) is oddly wide, but the bullet inside seems really small. You’re getting 0.12 oz (a MAC lipstick is 0.1 oz) so there isn’t less product, but the bullet seems skinnier and the tip much smaller than a typical lipstick which I didn’t like when I was trying to apply it. The lipstick itself is completely plain with no design imprinted on it like a lot of other high-end lipsticks. For $36.00, the design of the lipstick did not wow me. 1/3 Duchess points.

Formula

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I’m not sure about all this “gellified” and lip “gel” business, because I found the lipstick to have a pretty much standard lipstick type of formula. It is super pigmented though! It did apply smoothly and evenly, but I found it to be a little too dry and a little on the matte side for me. I would disagree that it “provides intense hydration” or that it has a “sleek shine finish”. Overall I’m in like with the formula, but not in love. 2/3 Duchess points.

Wear

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One thing you sure can’t fault Marc Jacobs for. When he says “long-wearing” he is not fooling around! This lipstick stays on until I remove it with make-up remover. It is so pigmented it also stains my lips. 3/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste

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Described as “subtly scented with vanilla”, the Marc Jacobs smells pretty much exactly like the MAC lipsticks which smell amazing! It is subtle like the MAC scent and has no taste. 3/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity Test
Although I did find it a bit drying on my lips I don’t think I’ve had any reaction to the lipstick, so it passes the sensitivity test.

MAC Test

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I didn’t like the Marc Jacobs as much as MAC lipstick, which costs much less, so I have to deduct a Duchess point.

Would I pay $36 for another one?

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No, I don’t think so. This high-end brand lost points for packaging, plus I enjoy MAC lipsticks (at $17 cheaper) way more than this one. I don’t think the Marc Jacobs are worth the splurge. -1 Duchess point.

Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel total: 7 Duchess points.

Here are my rankings so far:
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For more details on my High-end Lipstick Review Series and to read my Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème full review check out my first post.

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Love,
❤ Nerdy Librarian Girl

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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Hourglass

I’m always curious about the “prestige” or high-end makeup lines with their super fancy and glamorous packaging that comes at a high price. So for fun, I’ve decided to try doing a series where I review lipsticks from high-end brands, rate them and compare them, and decide which ones I think are worth the splurge and which ones aren’t. At the end of the series, I’m going to pick my favourite and give-away a lipstick from that brand to a subscriber in the shade of their choice!

For the series, to count as “high-end” the lipstick has to retail for $30 CAD or more. I came up with a rating scale that awards or deducts “Duchess points” (represented by HRH Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge of course!) based on packaging, formula, wear, scent/taste, the sensitivity test (whether or not it irritated my lips), whether I’d repurchase, as well as what I’m calling the “MAC test”. MAC lipsticks are my absolute favourite and I just can’t help measuring all other lipsticks against theirs.

High-end Lipsticks Review Series!

High-end Lipsticks Review Series!

For the first lipstick in the series I’m reviewing the Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick. I ordered mine online through Sephora for $35.00 CAD.

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick Fresco

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick in “Fresco”

The Velvet Creme Lipsticks are a “lustrous, cream formula lipstick that hydrates and softens lips.” After looking at swatches and reviews online, I chose the shade Fresco, described as a “rosy nude”.

Swatch Hourglass Lipstick Fresco

“Fresco” a rosy-nude

Packaging

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Love the packaging! The heavy-duty plastic tube feels very solid and substantial and has a clicking mechanism to keep it securely shut. In my pic it appears more black (sorry about that), but the tube is actually a rich, metallic chocolate brown, a unique and classy colour choice I think. The brand’s name is engraved down the side of the tube in gold Arts & Crafts style lettering. I love the hourglass design on the actual lipstick (a nice extra touch), and although not everyone is a fan, I really like the lipstick’s square tip. I had no trouble applying it and it wears to a more rounded shape. Overall very understated and modern packaging. 3/3 Duchess points.
Formula

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The formula is pretty much everything I could ask for in a lipstick: creamy, moisturizing, slightly sheer (but not too sheer). It has the perfect amount of sheen and feels very comfortable on the lips. It’s one of those lipsticks that makes you want to reach for it. 3/3 Duchess points.

Wear

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I found it long-wearing and non-drying. I also liked how it wears off subtly, gradually and evenly. 3/3 Duchess points.

Scent/Taste

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This is a very important factor for me that can make or break a lipstick. I was happy that the Hourglass lipstick doesn’t seem to have a discernible scent or taste – hooray! The ingredients lists “vanillin” (artificial vanilla flavour) but for the life of me I can’t detect any vanilla scent or taste.  It smells vaguely of clay, sort of like the old unscented Bare Escentuals lipsticks if anyone remembers those. 2/3 Duchess points.

Sensitivity
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As much as I loved this lipstick, it didn’t pass the sensitivity test, which is weird because it’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, or phthalates. You know how when you get a new lipstick you really like, you get a bit obsessed with it? I was using only this lipstick and after a week, the skin around my lips, especially in the corners of my mouth got dry, cracked, red and irritated. When I stopped using the Hourglass lipstick, it went away. One ingredient that stood out to me as a bit unusual is “Honeysuckle Flower Extract” and I found an article in the Contact Dermatitis journal identifying it as a potential allergen.  -1 Duchess point.

MAC Test
Aside from the sensitivity issue, I would say I liked the Hourglass the same amount as my beloved MAC lipsticks. This counts as neutral in terms of duchess points.

Do I like it enough to pay $35 for another Hourglass lipstick?
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No but only because I had a reaction to it, which does happen to me with some beauty products. The curse of having sensitive skin, sigh.  -1 Duchess point.

Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Creme Lipstick Total: 9/14 Duchess points

Stay tuned for more in my High-end Lipstick Review Series! If you like this idea for a series, please like this post. To be a part of my High-end Lipstick Give-Away, you just have to be subscribed to my blog through WordPress, email, or Bloglovin.

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❤ Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Naked Basics 2 Palette VS Original

The new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette

The new Urban Decay Naked Basics 2 palette

A new Urban Decay Naked palette coming out is always exciting. I had hit pan on several of the shades in the original Naked Basics palette, so I felt pretty sure that I was going to like the Naked Basics 2, especially because I’d heard that the shadows were more cool-toned. I think I like the second palette even better than the first!

Original Naked Basics vs Naked Basics 2

The Naked Basics

Although I used three of the shades from the original palette – W.O.S., Naked 2, and Faint – a ton, I wasn’t such a fan of Venus and Foxy. Venus was too shimmery for me and Foxy was much too yellow for my skintone. I would  use my MAC Brule with the palette to make it work. But I love the two lightest shades in the Naked Basics 2 – Stark and Skimp! Stark is very similar to MAC Brule and makes a great matte highlight or to blend out shadows.

Naked Basics 2 VS original Naked Basics

Top: Naked Basics 2. Bottom: My (well loved) original Naked Basics

I also love the three cool-toned taupey neutrals, Frisk, Cover & Primal. Soo pretty! The darkest shade, Undone, is a wearable medium gray which I will likely get more use out of than Crave from the original palette.

Swatches: Original Naked Basics vs Naked Basics 2

Swatches: Top – Original Naked Basics. Bottom – Naked Basics 2

Both of the Urban Decay Naked Basics palettes are $35 CAD each.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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New! MAKE UP FOR EVER Custom Artist Palettes

MAKE UP FOR EVER's new Custom Artist Palette

MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Custom Artist Palette

I had never tried any of the MAKE UP FOR EVER eye shadows before. The newly revamped shadow singles that came out this fall that can be combined in custom duos or trios were a perfect excuse to give them a try. With over 200 shades in five different finishes (matte, satin, iridescent, diamond and metallic) it wasn’t hard to find shades that were right up my alley. All of the shades weren’t available in the Sephora I visited and I suspect it would be hard to find a location where you could swatch all 210, but they’re all available on the website.

The singles come in “temporary” plastic cases that look like this:

make up for ever artist shadow S556

The single shadows come in their own little plastic cases

You COULD try to keep them in the plastic packaging but its fairly flimsy. You’re meant to also pick up a Mono, Duo, or Trio Custom Palette. I picked up the duo case:

Empty Make Up For Ever Duo Custom Palette Case

Empty Duo Custom Palette case with magnets

The eye shadow singles are $24 CAD each, and the deal with the separate cases is: When you buy 2 shadows and a Duo Palette, a $9 discount will be applied automatically at checkout. When you buy 3 shadows and a Trio Palette, a $20 discount will be applied automatically at checkout. So presumably the case is free when you purchase shadows with it.

I was really drawn to two shades in particular: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin). If you like taupe shadows, there are so many to choose from!

I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Grey (Satin)

I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin)

Swatches: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray

Swatches: I-550 Olive Gray (Iridescent) and S-556 Taupe Gray (Satin)

I think I might like these shadows as much as I like my MAC shadows. They are very pigmented, creamy and blendable, yet don’t leave any fall out when you’re applying them. They are as long wearing as my MAC shadows too. The MAC Pro Palette Refill Pans are only $12 CAD, but you do get much more product with the $24 MAKE UP FOR EVER shadow. These shadows are seriously huge.

MAC Pro Pan Refill 0.05g VS MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow 0.07g

MAC Pro Pan Refill 0.05g VS MAKE UP FOR EVER Artist Shadow 0.07g

I am loving them! Have you tried them yet? If you have any shades you love, leave me a comment, I’d love to hear from you!

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Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Dandelion Blush: Soft, Pink Perfection

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

As August is drawing to a close, I’m posting somewhat wistfully about the softest, loveliest, most perfect summertime blush, Benefit’s Dandelion. This one has been on my wish list for a while and I finally ordered it a few weeks ago. I don’t know why I waited so long.

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit Dandelion Box Powder

Benefit describes it as “finely spun with delicate mauves and pinks, this exquisite brightening face powder leaves a petal-like finish”. It’s a soft, light “ballerina” pink that can be used as a blush on fair skin. I love the finish it gives – not quite matte but not shimmery either. I actually think Benefit is right in their “petal-like” description. Everything about this powder is just soft and delicate.

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Swatch: Benefit Dandelion

Like all of Benefit’s box powders, it does have a light scent (which I could take or leave). Benefit’s Coralista does not irritate my skin, and so far neither has Dandelion. The box powders are one of the few scented cosmetics that my skin seems able to tolerate.

The Benefit Dandelion Box Powder is $36 CAD.

Which Benefit Box Powder is your favourite?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

I’m not normally a big liquid or gel liner girl, but I redeemed some Sephora points for this mini Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner because there seemed to be such a lot of buzz about it. I was also interested because Benefit claimed “Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line” and it “hugged the lash line”. I have a bit of a hooded eyelid, so I don’t typically wear liner on my upper lid because I have a difficult time applying it there plus it can often add a heavy look to my eye. I liked the idea of a liner that could get at the base of my upper lash line to emphasize my lashes.

Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner has a non-latex rubbery tip that the gel liner gets squeezed up through

The Push-up Liner has an “AccuFlex” tip (which is happily latex free for those of us with latex sensitivity) and you twist the pen to squeeze the gel liner up into the tip. I have to say that this rubbery tip does not make the gel liner any easier to apply. I had the same difficulty getting the tip close enough to the base of my lashes as I do with other liners, and the formula is a bit on the dry side so it didn’t exactly glide on. I was able to get a fairly thin line, which I wanted.

Swatch: Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner does make a thin line

I was happy with the final look – if not the ease of application – but the nail in the coffin was that at the end of the day this liner had totally smudged. The thin line I started out with had smudged all over my eyelid, and I was even wearing eyeshadow primer and powder eyeshadow. So not sure this liner lives up to its claims of being long wearing.

If I thought the Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner might convert me into a gel eyeliner wearer, I was wrong. This liner was not my cup of tea.

The full sized Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $29.00 CAD.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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How Badass is the Pulp Fiction Makeup Collection?

Urban Decay's Pulp Fiction Makeup Collection!

Urban Decay’s Pulp Fiction Collection!

I can’t even describe how excited I was to see that Sephora package arrive today (more excited than usual even) because I knew it contained the items I’d ordered from the Urban Decay Pulp Fiction makeup collection. I am a huge Tarantino fan and have seen Pulp Fiction about a million times and have even been Mrs. Mia Wallace for Halloween. This collection did not disappoint.

My most favourite details about this collection? 1. The iconic “path of the righteous man” quote is printed on the eyeshadow palette. 2. The quote is even written inside the boxes containing the lipstick and nail polish, and 3. The lipstick and nail polish shades are both named “Mrs. Mia Wallace”! This is seriously the coolest packaging ever.
Path of the Righteous Man quote on Pulp Fiction Palette
Path of the Righteous Man quote on Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick packaging
Mrs. Mia Wallace lipstick packaging
Let’s start with the amazing Stay Cool Honey Bunny eyeshadow palette. The shadows are the buttery soft, pigmented goodness you’d expect from Urban Decay. And love the names!

Pulp Fiction eyeshadow palette

Pulp Fiction eyeshadow palette

These are shades I would gravitate to anyway – very neutral, cool toned browns and creams.

Swatches: Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette

Swatches: Pulp Fiction Eyeshadow Palette

Then there’s the beautiful deep red lipstick. I love how the Revolution lipstick tube is black (although it isn’t reading as quite as black in this photo).

Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Revolution Lipstick in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”

I wasn’t in love with the Revolution Lipstick I bought in “Liar”. I didn’t think the formula worked for a nude lipstick (too opaque and matte) but I think it works better in this vampy red. It went on extremely smooth and stayed on for hours and surprisingly didn’t feel drying. It’s a deep, cool-toned red. Definitely very Mia Wallace.

Swatch: Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in Mrs. Mia Wallace

Swatch: Revolution Lipstick in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”

I also got the nail polish in “Mrs. Mia Wallace”, although Uma Thurman famously wore Chanel “Vamp” nail polish in the original film. Urban Decay’s version is similar (a dark, blood red) but not the same as the shade she wore in the film. Vamp was more of a blackened plum. I love the Urban Decay nail polish bottle with the black skull on the top though!

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish

“Mrs. Mia Wallace” Nail Polish

I am delighted with this collection. If you’re thinking of picking up these limited edition items, here are the Canadian prices:

  • Stay Cool Honey Bunny eyeshadow palette: $41.00
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace Revolution Lipstick: $26.00
  • Mrs. Mia Wallace Nail Polish: $18.00

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Sephora 1000 Point Perk: Marc Jacobs Love & Lust Lip Set

Sephora V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk

Sephora V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk

I’m a bit of a Sephora points hoarder I think, but when I saw the V.I.B. Rouge 1000 Point Perk was two full-sized Marc Jacobs lip products, I finally felt there was something worth blowing some points on. I wanted to get some pics and swatches up right away in case anyone is considering redeeming their points for this and is curious about the shades.

The set arrived in this fancy schmancy faux-velvet lined case that opened like a jewelry box:

Marc Jacobs Love & Lust 2-piece Lip Set

Marc Jacobs Love & Lust 2-piece Lip Set

It contained a Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”, and a Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”, which is a V.I.B. Rouge exclusive shade.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars”

Shooting Stars is described as “berry mauve with shimmer” but doesn’t seem berry or mauve to me. Its more of a reddish brown type of shade. Although the Lip Vinyl packaging looks and feels very luxurious and gorgeous, this has got to be the worst lip gloss container I’ve ever encountered! It oozes out all over the outside of the tube EVERY time you re-close it. Its a complete mess! I kept wiping away the excess around the top of the tube and applicator (wasting product) but it was still getting all over everything. I read some reviews and it turns out this is a common complaint about the Marc Jacobs lip glosses. Not something I’d repurchase.

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Marc Jacobs Beauty Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

I had much better luck with the beautiful lipstick in Cabaret, a deep plum. I will be reviewing the lipstick in depth soon as part of a review series/giveaway I am going to be starting on high-end, luxury lipsticks (stay tuned for that!).

Here are swatches of Shooting Stars and Cabaret:

Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in Shooting Stars and Lovemarc Lip Gel in Cabaret

Swatches: Marc Jacobs Beauty Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyl in “Shooting Stars” and Lovemarc Lip Gel in “Cabaret”

Normally the Marc Jacobs Lust For Lacquer Lip Vinyls are $34 CAD, and the Lovemarc Lip Gels are $36 CAD. So at a $70 value (not including tax) this is a pretty nice point perk. I really liked the Lip Vinyl – its just such a shame about the messy packaging.

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Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Beauty Blogger of the Month Nomination!

beauty blogger of the month awardI was nominated for Cecilia’s Corner Beauty Blogger of the Month Award by the sweet and lovely Christina from A Casual Beauty and the talented Sonal from sonalhira…x. You should really check out their beauty blogs. I think this award that Cecilia created is such a neat idea and I am very honored and excited to be nominated.

Part of the nomination is answering these 7 beauty related questions:

1. Where does your makeup inspiration come from? From my mom and my grandma, both very beautiful ladies who would never leave the house without looking glamorous. For day-to-day inspiration, other beauty bloggers and youtubers (I’m addicted to tutorials!). I’m also always looking closely at the actresses’ makeup whenever I’m watching a tv show on Netflix or a movie, and then I have to Google what eyeshadow or lipstick they were wearing. I even ask strangers what makeup they’re wearing sometimes! So I get inspiration from a lot of places.

2. What are 3 of your makeup Holy Grail products you cannot live without?
Concealer, concealer, concealer? I definitely could not live without under-eye concealer. If I had to pick two more, I would go with blush and lipstick. My three couldn’t-live-without-them makeup products would have to be:

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, Benefit Benetint, and MAC Capricious lipstick

Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer, Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain, and MAC Capricious lipstick (my current favourite)

3. What is your makeup signature look which you have on most of the time?
Most days I have on very work appropriate (I work at a library) and natural looking makeup: foundation and concealer, light neutral eyeshadow, mascara, blush, and either a nude, a pink or a berry-toned lip.

The makeup look I have on most of the time

The makeup look I have on most of the time

4. Let us know your favorite makeup brands? Let’s see…MAC, Revlon, NYX, Benefit, and if I’m feeling splurgey, Chanel and Guerlain.

5. Your ultimate makeup pet peeve? I don’t really have a specific one, except maybe not wearing makeup at all, ever. I have to hold back the urge to start putting makeup on them 🙂

6. You’ve heard about all the hype on this makeup item, bought it, tried it and don’t understand what all the fuss is about…Name that product!

Tom Ford Lip Color

Tom Ford Lip Color

7. Concealer OR foundation ONLY for the rest of your life. Choose one and tell us the reason! Concealer, definitely! I am very pale and my under-eye area is quite dark and purpley and really stands out. Without concealer I look so tired. I also strongly believe that over the age of 30, under-eye concealer is not optional – lol.

I am also happy to nominate 7 other awesome bloggers to receive next month’s Beauty Blogger award:
livelifelovelipstick
sayhellotogorgeous
jasmincharlottelifestyle
littlebitsoph
asseenbybea
kittnoir
thefabulousnerd

For more information and rules for participating, visit Cecilia’s original post. Good luck!

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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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bareMinerals Store Visit!

bareMinerals store in the Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas

beautiful bareMinerals store in the Fashion Show Mall, Las Vegas

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

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

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

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

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

bareMinerals loose pigment eyecolors arranged like a beautiful rainbow!

bareMinerals loose pigment eyecolors arranged like a beautiful rainbow!

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

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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Las Vegas Makeup Shopping: The Guerlain Shop

Makeup from Guerlain at the Grand Canal Shoppes

A trip to Guerlain at the Grand Canal Shoppes

Hello everyone! I am finally back from my trip, where I didn’t have any wifi access at the hotel or the conference centre. Sorry I haven’t been able to post anything. I had an amazing time and have lots of great stuff that I picked up in Vegas to tell you about.
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While visiting the Venetian (yes, I did go on the gondola ride, lol) we strolled through the Grand Canal Shoppes where I spotted a Guerlain store. I can only order Guerlain through the Sephora website; They don’t seem to carry it in-store at the Canadian Sephoras. I was excited to actually get to see the products in real life and swatch them. My absolute favourite mascara is Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara. I had recently used mine up and tried out two other mascaras in the meantime that I really didn’t care for (I will do a review of those soon).

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

Guerlain Maxi Lash Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara

The Guerlain Maxi Lash has a traditional bristle brush and is on the smaller, thinner side, so it’s a lot easier to apply than some of the mascaras with the popular new humongous wands. I just love the formula of this mascara – very thick! It really makes my lashes look thicker and fuller. And although I know it sounds weird, this mascara is just blacker than any other I’ve tried. It gives a dramatic false-eyelashes effect. It stays on, doesn’t flake or smudge, and doesn’t leave my lashes feeling crunchy and stiff. I was so happy to be wearing this again.

Since I could swatch, I also finally bought a Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour with the super fancy jewel lipstick compact. I picked the shade “15 Galiane”. Look how crazy fancy the lipstick case is! It even has a mirror that flips open on its own.

Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour in 15 "Galiane"

Rouge G de Guerlain Lip Colour in 15 Galiane

Galiane is a new shade just added this year (it’s not available on the Canadian Sephora site, but it is through the Nordstrom site). It’s a nudey-pinky-beige. The finish is slightly sheer, moisturizing, and a little bit glossy. It actually reminds me of MAC’s Lustre finish, which is my favourite, so the Rouge G de Guerlain formula is right up my alley. It has a very mild “lipstick” smell, but no taste. It was definitely a splurge, but I really do love it.

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

Rouge G de Guerlain in 15 Galiane

I paid $30 USD for the mascara, which is about $32 CAD. It’s $34 CAD through Sephora. The lipstick was $51 USD or about $54 CAD. They are $53 CAD through Sephora. So the cost was roughly the same as if I’d bought them in Canada.

I have lots more Vegas shopping to blog about, so stay tuned for more posts over the next few days! I’ll leave you with a pic of me on the gondola ride at the Venetian.
Gondola ride at the Venetian
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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadows

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

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

bareminerals Ready Eyshadow 2.0 duo in The Escape

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

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

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

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in "The Truth"

bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

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

Swatches: bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow 4.0 in “The Truth”

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

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

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

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Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure"

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure”

I couldn’t resist the lure of the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes any more. The only thing stopping me was that I didn’t want to splurge without being able to actually swatch them in person. Then, I was traveling for work and had a chance to go to a Sephora and I fell in love with “Mood Exposure”. Look how pretty it is:

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure"

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure”: Swirly goodness!

“Mood Exposure” is described as “soft plum” but I think its more on the neutral side. It doesn’t look overly “plum” on me. It gives a naturally flushed look. It has a very natural finish (not matte, but not shimmery) and it’s super easy to blend.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in "Mood Exposure" Swatch

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush in “Mood Exposure” Swatch

The Hourglass blush is so soft. It’s the softest powder I have ever felt. Its the kind of blush that can go on lightly at first, but is buildable. You can really control how much you apply, which is great for fair skin. It just feels luxurious and the fancy, mirrored packaging certainly makes you feel like it was worth the splurge. It IS a splurge. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes are $41.00 CAD.

Have you been able to resist the Hourglass Ambient Lighting blushes or is there a shade you are coveting?

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How Adorable is Benefit’s new Benebalm?

Benefit Benebalm

Benefit Benebalm (with the original Benetint)

I was so excited when I heard Benefit was coming out with tinted lip balms to match their Lip & Cheek Stains. I love Benefit’s Benetint. What could be better than having it in lip balm form? How ridiculously cute is the red and pink polka-dot packaging!?

But I was also skeptical because the last time Benefit came out with lip products to “match” their famous boxed powders, it turned out to be pretty disappointing. The Ultra Plush Sheer Lip Glosses in Dandelion, Dallas, CORALista, Bella Bamba and Hoola were too sheer. I swatched them in Murale and none of them showed up on me 😦

I was not disappointed by the Benebalm! It has a lovely rosey red tint.

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit Benebalm Swatch

Benefit says it “conditions and hydrates with mango butter and sodium hyaluronate”. I do find it very hydrating and “balmy”. The best part is, it smells just like the original Benetint – that slight rose petal scent. If you are a fan of Benetint, you will probably like Benebalm. If you prefer any of the other Lip & Cheek Tints, there are matching lip balms for them too, in Posiebalm, Chachabalm and Lollibalm. They are $22.00 CAD at Sephora and Murale.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Eyeshadow Dupe

Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow
I was sad to hit pan on some of the shades in my Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, especially “Naked 2”, the one I wore most often. I really like wearing this shade all over the lid as a very natural, everyday “no makeup” makeup look. While I was in Sephora I asked the SA if UD made Naked 2 as an individual shadow. They don’t, but she was so sweet and helpful and immediately recommended another shade that she said is a very close dupe for Naked 2: Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow in “Cement”.

Bobbi Brown Cement Eye Shadow

Bobbi Brown “Cement” Eye Shadow

Cement is described as “a grey beige” and is completely matte.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison:

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Urban Decay Naked 2 dupe: Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

Swatches: Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eyeshadow

Swatches (L-R): Urban Decay Naked 2 and Bobbi Brown Cement eye shadow

It’s extremely similar to Naked 2. Both are very light, matte, cool-toned beigey-taupes. I would say Naked 2 is a little warmer and more brown, and Cement is a little more grey.

I’m really happy with it! If there are your-lips-but-better shades, I would say this is a your-eyelids-but-better eye shadow 🙂

This is the first Bobbi Brown eye shadow I’ve tried. In Canada they’re available at SephoraMurale, and Holt Renfrew for $26.00 CAD. Now I’d like to try some other Bobbi Brown shadows. Which ones would you recommend?

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Buxom Lipsticks

Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks

Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks

I had never tried any of the Buxom lip products because I thought they were all that “plumping” type that causes your lips to tingle and sting that I’m not a fan of. Then I read that the Full Bodied Lipstick gives a “plumping effect without the tingle” through “encapsulated hyaluronic spheres” to “promote hydration and fullness”. They don’t contain any of the ingredients used as an irritant (like niacin, cinnamon, menthol, or ginger) that cause an inflammatory reaction.

A picked up the shade “Hooligan” a few months ago and I have been loving it, so I just got another shade, ‘Two-Timer”.
Buxom-Hooligan-Two-Timer-Lipsticks

  • Hooligan – described as “mauve plum” is just that, a rich, rosy plum
  • Two-Timer – described as an “earthy rose” is more of a peachy/orangey-brown
Buxom Full Bodied Lipsticks Swatches: Hooligan & Two-Timer

Buxom Full Bodied Lipstick Swatches: Hooligan & Two-Timer

The formula of these lipsticks is so nice and creamy and moisturizing. They are opaque and not too glossy. My favourite thing of all is they smell a little like coconut. They actually contain real coconut oil, which I am obsessed with!

In Canada, Buxom is available at Sephora. The Full Bodied Lipsticks are $26.00 CAD.

Have you tried any of the other Buxom shades?

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Review of LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer

A sample size of the LORAC Behind the Scenes Eye Primer came with my LORAC Pro Palette. Eyeshadow primer pretty much changed my life (well my makeup life anyway, lol) but they are not all created equally. I love my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Eye Primer, so I wouldn’t have gone out specifically in search of a new eye primer.

I have tried to give this one a good go, but I have to say I really don’t care for it. I don’t think it works very well at all. My eyeshadows were creasing midway through the day and it didn’t help them stay put at all. I felt like I might as well of not used a primer. I would recommend the Too Faced or the Urban Decay Primer Potion for sure over the LORAC. They are all the same price, $24.00 CAD, although you do get more in the LORAC tube (0.5 oz VS the 0.35 oz Too Faced and 0.37 oz UD). This is my first disappointing experience with a LORAC product.

You can buy LORAC in Canada through the Nordstrom website which ships using Borderfree. Check out my post about my good experience with Borderfree.

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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!

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

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