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A Less Than Glowing Review

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Its always a bummer to have to do a less than positive review, but a gal has to be honest, right? With a Sephora gift card I received over Christmas, I wanted to try out a new product. I love using a gift card to splurge on something totally new. I’m already a huge fan of the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and have repurchased it multiple times. I like to use it under my eyes and pair it with a highlighting or illuminating type of concealer like the L’oreal Magic Lumi. I had the $38.00 CAD Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter on my wish list for a while. Advertised as a “versatile concealer and highlighter for the undereye area and the face that provides sheer coverage with a soft, radiant finish” I thought this would be a great product for creating some luminous glowiness under my eyes.
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My New Favourite Setting Powder!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder

I had been seeing the Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder on favourites lists everywhere. My skin is on the drier side, so I don’t generally use a ton of powder, except on my chin and around my nose where I can tend to get a little shiny throughout the day. I find that my Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation doesn’t require much powdering to set and I like leaving the luminous finish. I’ve been loving the MAC Mineralized Skinfinish Natural in Light, which made my 2015 Favourites. When I ran out, I wanted something to replace it faster than I knew a MAC order would take to arrive. MAC can take three weeks or more to get to me, whereas the new Canadian Sephora shipping is crazy fast – about 2-3 days! Continue reading

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Going to see a Star War

Princess Leia Makeup

Getting into the Star Wars spirit!

Last night my fiance and I finally went to see the new Star Wars. Have you seen it yet? I couldn’t resist geeking out with a bit of a Princess Leia look. It was really easy to do full-on Princess Leia buns with the help of my Irresistible Me Hair Extensions. I looked at some images online of Carrie Fisher’s makeup from the original 1977 film. I did a matte brown eyeshadow look with lots of dark brown liner, paired with an orangey-brown glossy lip (a 1970s idea of a “natural” makeup look?). Continue reading

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2014 Favourites!

2014 makeup favourites
I have never actually done any monthly favourites posts before, so its a bit ambitious of me to start with yearly favourites, but here it goes! Here are the makeup items that I had been loving and using the most all year in 2014:

MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation
You might be sick of hearing me rave about this foundation in 110 Porcelain Pink, but I just love it and have repurchased it 3 or 4 times since discovering it in January. Best foundation for fair skin I have ever found. ($49 CAD)

Guerlain Maxi Lash Mascara
Another 2014 discovery that has quickly become my absolute favourite! I have repurchased it probably 3 times now? ($34 CAD)

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara
Cannot live without this mascara. This long-time fav is still going strong in 2014. ($12 CAD)

Almay Intense i-Color Liquid Eyeliner (waterproof)
I really only started using liquid liner this year. I don’t like a lot of heavy liner on my top lids because they are a bit hooded. But I like the effect of getting a thin line of black liner right at the lash line to make your lashes look fuller and more dramatic. The Almay brush is tiny enough to draw a thin line right at the lash line. It dries super fast, literally doesn’t budge or smudge, and also doesn’t irritate my eyes. ($9.99 CAD)

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl
One of my most repurchased products of all time, I am still in love with this subtle, slightly shimmery, golden beige liner which I use on my lower water and lash line nearly every day. ($19 CAD)

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette
I picked this up in January, and I must say I have used it a lot throughout the year. I really like this eyeshadow palette and have been into the “rose-hued neutrals” in 2014. See my review comparing it to the other two Naked palettes. ($64 CAD)

MAC Capricious Lipstick (lustre)
I found this fabulous shade this spring after becoming obsessed with the series Once Upon a Time on Netflix. This is Evil Queen Regina’s lipstick. I’ve only had it since April and its almost completely used up! Must reorder… ($19.00)

MAC Lip Pencil in Subculture and Plum
I’ve been totally obsessed with lip liners this year and two of my MAC favs (narrowed down from many, many others, lol) have been Subculture, a rosey-browney nude pink that works with everything and that I’ve sharpened down to a stump, and Plum, a deep brown-toned plum. ($19.00)

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil
Speaking of lip liners…I only became obsessed with this one in September but I’m totally obsessed. Its another one I’ve sharpened down to nearly a stump already and need to repurchase. See my full review. ($28 CAD)

Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
I found this by first receiving a Sephora sample and picked up a full-size in January. I have been using it all year and have re-purchased it 2 or 3 times. This setting spray is amazing! ($36 CAD)

Benefit Benebalm Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm
I picked this up in June and I’ve nearly used it up completely! See my full review ($22 CAD)

MAC Patina Eye Shadow
Another of my most repurchased products, I was loving this eye shadow all year. ($12 CAD)

MAC Prism blush
This was without a doubt my favourite blush of 2014. Prism is a matte, muted, slightly peachy, mostly pinky-brown with a completely matte finish. Ever since I got it earlier this year I just never want to wear any other blush. For swatches and more pics see my earlier post. ($26 CAD)

Well that’s it for my 2014 favs!

Happy New Year & thanks for reading!
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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Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil

Laura Mercier Plumberry Lip Pencil

I am so in love with this lipliner! Plumberry was featured in a Get Ready With Me video by TheBombshellSuite and raved about by LisaLisaD1, who really knows her lipliners. I had tried to order it online, but Sephora was sold out of this shade, so I was really excited to pick it up at a Sephora while I was traveling.

Plumbery is described as “medium rose brown” but is definitely more on the plummy side than this description suggests. It is a beautiful shade of lip liner.

laura mercier plumberry

Plumberry

Laura Mercier Plumberry lip pencil swatch

Plumberry swatched

This is my first Laura Mercier lip liner and I am impressed. This liner goes on so creamy and smooth but is also long-wearing. That combo is hard to find in a liner. The Laura Mercier Lip Pencils are $28 CAD though, which is the only downside; that’s pricey for a lip liner. However it does have an extra durable metal cap (plastic liner caps have a tendency to split) and they do throw in a sharpener with it!

Laura Mercier Free Lip Pencil Sharpener

You get a free sharpener with the lip pencil!

I’d love suggestions for other good lip liner shades from Laura Mercier.

Thanks for stopping by ❤
Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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My Most Repurchased Makeup Products of All Time

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

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in Fair

Bare Minerals Original Foundation in “Fair”

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

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

Too Faced Shadow Insurance eyeshadow primer

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

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

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

MAC Patina eyeshadow

MAC “Patina” eyeshadow

MAC Omega eyeshadow

MAC “Omega” eyeshadow

MAC Brule eyeshadow

MAC “Brule” eyeshadow

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

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

Laura Mercier Secret Concealer

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

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

Make Up For Ever HD Powder

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

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel” blush

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

MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC Powersurge Eye Kohl

Swatch: MAC “Powersurge” Eye Kohl

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

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

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

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

Blistex Daily Conditioning Treatment SPF 20

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

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

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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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!

Thanks for stopping by!
Love
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation “Fails”

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

Foundation Fails L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder, Revlon Photo Ready, MAC Studio Sculpt, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Colorstay, Loreal Magic B.B. Cream

When I did my review of the Loreal Magic Nude Liquid Powder and Magic B.B. Cream, I mentioned doing a post on my “Foundation Graveyard” – about all of the other liquid foundations I’ve tried that have been fails – so here it is! As someone with very fair skin that’s also sensitive and prone to breakouts, I’ve always found it a struggle to find a foundation that is actually light enough to match my skin-tone (even the lightest shade is still not light enough) and that won’t irritate my skin. I have typically stuck with my BareMinerals Original mineral powder in “Fair C10”, but find that a powder foundation can be too dry for a Canadian winter.

Here is a quick run-down on why all of these liquid foundations were fails:

  • Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup SPF 20 in “Natural Ivory 20” – WAY too dark. And orange. It looks soo much more orangey on the skin than in the bottle, almost as if some strange chemical reaction happened as soon as it made contact with the air. I was so disappointed because you can’t get Neutrogena makeup in Canada and I picked this up while I was in Florida visiting my Dad. It had gotten rave reviews,  but sadly the colour range was not meant to include us pale girls 😦
  • Revlon Nearly Naked in “110 Ivory” – Out of all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried, Revlon does tend to have the best colour range and is usually the closest match I can find. Although the Nearly Naked started off as a pretty good match, it seriously oxidized during the day to get increasingly darker and more warm-toned (I’m cool toned). I also wasn’t fussy over the finish of this one. It was too sheer, emphasized fine lines, and didn’t have much staying power.
  • Stila Sheer Colour Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Bare” – The Stila Tinted Moisturizer is very popular. A Sephora SA colour matched me for this one. As you can see from the swatch below it was WAY too yellow and probably the worst of the bunch in terms of a colour match.
  • Revlon Photo Ready in “001 Ivory” – I actually really loved the way this one looked on my skin. The problem: it doesn’t last AT ALL. It was a very close colour match, had a beautiful natural finish, and is oil and fragrance free. But literally within an hour it was totally breaking down and looking patchy.
  • Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Oil-free in “Porcelain” – I got this one after reading that the MUA for True Blood used it on actress Deborah Ann Woll who plays Jessica. That girl is PALE! I mean, she’s even a vampire. I thought – well, if it’s light enough for her… Sadly, the Laura Mercier foundations are all very yellow toned. This one is way too yellow and oxidized like crazy to just get darker and darker as the day went on. Even though it’s oil free, it also did not get on well with my skin and caused some clogged pores. Total fail.
  • MAC Studio Sculpt Foundation in NC15 – I really really loved this foundation even though I had to finally admit it wasn’t the greatest colour match. It looked amazing and made my skin feel so soft. I spent a half hour with a MAC SA who tested out the NC15s from EVERY liquid foundation they made on me. They were all too dark except this one. Like the Nearly Naked, it would start off as a good match but then oxidize throughout the day. It was also too moisturizing for my skin and did start to cause some clogged pores and breakouts.
  • Revlon Colorstay for Normal/Dry Skin in “110 Ivory” – The best colour match of them all (nearly perfect), the Colorstay was the only one that did not oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day. It’s also, as the name suggests, very long wearing. I can see why this makes a lot of peoples’ favourites list. The downside: it’s  difficult to remove. After wearing it regularly (I used almost the entire bottle) I was noticing a lot of clogged pores and breakouts.
L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

L-R: Neutrogena Healthy Skin, Revlon Nealy Naked, Stila Tinted Moisturizer, Revlon Photo Ready, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, MAC Studio Sculpt, Revlon Colorstay

If you’re a cool-toned (pink undertone) fair skinned girl like me, I hope this helps you out knowing some foundations you may want to skip. My next post will be about the liquid foundation I have found that ISN’T a fail…stay tuned!

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