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A Few New Discoveries & Oldies but Goodies from MAC

MAC eye shadow Patina, Sable, Omega, Cranberry

A few MAC single eye shadows I picked up recently

I have not been very good at getting blog posts out lately. I am moving into a new house in less than 7 days, so I have been super busy with packing up my current house and also preparing it for sale. Its so much work! But I’m very excited about moving. I have all kinds of ideas for the new house and think I’d like to share some of the renovating, decorating, and organizing ideas I have planned on my blog. Would you like to see that? Please leave me a comment if you’d be interested in some DIY retro-inspired home decorating type of posts.

In all of the chaos, I still have found time to get some new eye shadows from MAC. This is a quick post about four of the MAC eye shadow singles I’ve been enjoying recently. Continue reading


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MAC Work it Out Collection

MAC Work It Out collection

Love the 80s-inspired packaging!

I love when MAC comes out with a new LE collection. I always check it out, although I don’t necessarily always order anything. There was just something about the Work it Out collection that was calling my name. I think, primarily, it was all of the lustre finish lipsticks (my fav!), but then there were just so many other cool new things I wanted to try. I also absolutely love this packaging that is a little bit 80s but also a little bit retro 1950s/1960s too. Black and white stars and checkerboards combined with bright, neon pinks, oranges, blues and greens!? Swoon. Continue reading


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The MAC Lipstick Tag

I saw this tag on Chanelle Hayley’s blog (you can check out her post) and thought this was such a great tag for MAC fans that I wanted to do it too.

1. What was your first MAC lipstick?
Dubonnet. I remember searching fruitlessly for a red that suited me and didn’t immediately turn hot pink after I applied it. I went into a MAC for the first time and had them pick one for me and totally loved it!

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick


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MAC New York Apple

MAC New York Apple lipstick

Take a bite out of New York Apple!

Hi everyone! I know I have a lot of MAC lipsticks, but I couldn’t resist adding one more to my collection when MAC had a sale in December. I was really interested in trying New York Apple, described as a “muted red with pink shimmer.” Although my favourite finish in MAC lipsticks is lustre, New York Apple is a frost. I only have one other MAC frost lipstick, Angel, which I love. I was really pleased when New York Apple arrived. It is the sweetest shade and I can’t help thinking it would be perfect to wear for Valentine’s Day, which is coming up soon. Continue reading


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A Few New MAC Lip Pencils!

MAC lip pencils in Beet, Edge-to-Edge, Half-Red
Hi everyone! Lipliners are one of those love-it-or-hate-it type of makeup products. You either love lipliner or you just never use it. I am in the first category. I love lip liners and MAC lip pencils are my all time favourite. I like to combine different liners and lipsticks to create more customized colours, use lipliners as a base to make my lipstick wear longer, and sometimes I wear liner on its own topped with a bit of lip balm. MAC liners don’t dry out my lips and come in the most beautiful selection of colours. In December, the MAC Canada website had a 25% off sale and I added three more MAC lip pencils to my collection that I thought I’d share with you. Continue reading


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MAC Lustre Lipstick Collection Swatched

MAC lustre lipsticks

My MAC “lustre” finish lipsticks

Hello everyone! I thought I’d share my favourite MAC lipsticks with you today. My favourite finish of all the MAC lipsticks is the lustre, and I have amassed quite a few of them. I find that the lustre lipsticks just don’t get enough love, so I wanted to do a post featuring all of the shades I have, along with some swatches, and let you know what my favourites are. I’ve only included lustres I have from the permanent collection, nothing LE.

Lustre is one of MAC’s 10 (I think?) different lipstick finishes. The lustres are described by MAC as “Demi-sheer with wet-look lustre finish. Very slick. Makes lips look soft,smooth, ultra-moist.” My lips tend to be dry and I find the lustres very moisturizing and light and comfortable to wear, almost like a lip balm. I like that they have some shine and I suppose because I am more fair skinned, I also like that they aren’t super pigmented because that makes them easier to work with. Many of these I can swipe on without a mirror. Continue reading


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A New MAC Eyeshadow: MAC Extra Dimension

MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow in Stolen Moment

MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow

Hi everyone! So after traveling to Jamaica, St. John’s, and then Quebec, I was off to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for another library conference. Do you know what Librarians love? They love Mac. Well, and also Fluevogs. So we all had to visit the MAC store while we were there 🙂 I was perusing the eye shadows, and I was struck by a beautiful shade that I could not believe I hadn’t seen before/didn’t already own. Continue reading


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A Great Way to Start the Day: MAC Fresh Brew

MAC Fresh Brew lustre lipstick
Hi everyone! Just a little ode to one of my newest favourite MAC lipsticks. I ordered Fresh Brew online, mostly because it was a brown-toned lustre lipstick (my absolute favourite finish) and who isn’t totally obsessed with the 1990s brown lip at the moment, am I right? Described as “creamed coffee”, Fresh Brew is a true brown on fair skin (not too warm and not too cool) with a beautiful, semi-sheer, slightly glossy finish. I think on darker skin tones this would be a beautiful nude lipstick. Continue reading


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Giving Matte Lipstick Another “Whirl”

MAC Whirl lipstick
I have never been a big matte lip product girl, but MAC’s Whirl lip pencil is one of my favs. Its the perfect warm, pinky-brown nude that you can fill your lips in with or use with all kinds of different lipstick shades. When I heard that MAC was coming out with a lipstick version of Whirl lip pencil, I was intrigued…until I learned that it would be a matte finish lipstick. Would my love for Whirl be enough to overcome my general dislike of matte lipsticks? Continue reading


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Strobing for Fair Skin: Good Highlighters (& one miss)

Highlighters for pale skin

Can strobing work on fair skin?

“Strobing” or basically highlighting seems to be the latest makeup trend. When you have very pale skin, finding a foundation light enough is a challenge, let alone finding something even lighter than your skin that could be considered a “highlight” (and don’t even get me started on contouring/bronzing, that’s a whole other post). Nevertheless, pale, I-live-in-a-Northern-climate, Nerdy Librarian Girl set out on a mission to find a highlighter for fair skin to partake of this strobing trend! Continue reading


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3 New Additions to my MAC Lipstick Collection

three new MAC lipsticks
Hi everyone, I’m back! February has not been a good month and I have not been blogging. My fiance’s daughter, who was traveling abroad, was involved in a serious accident (she is now ok) and he had to rush to be with her. As you can imagine it was a stressful time for us and our families. It really made beauty blogging take a backseat. To make blogging matters worse, my trusty old hot pink Dell laptop that I’ve had since 2008 gave up and I had to get a new laptop. I am finally back up and ready to blog again! I have many, many things to review and share with you so my goal is to get back on a regular schedule. 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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Giveaway Winner!

MAC Blushbaby

The winner of my MAC blush giveaway will receive Blushbaby

Thank-you to everyone who entered my MAC blush giveaway and also left me some great blush recommendations! I had 143 entries in total. I always use random number generator to pick giveaway winners. Continue reading


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In love with Lovelorn

MAC Lovelorn lipstick
I was already in love with MAC’s lustre finish lipsticks, but my latest find, MAC Lovelorn lipstick is totally swoon-inducing. As someone with cool, pink undertones in my skin and quite a lot of pink in my lips, I find pink lipsticks tricky. Its hard for me to find pinks that don’t look totally crazy on me, with something like MAC’s Angel being one of the few exceptions.

Lovelorn is cryptically described as an “emotive blue-pink” (um, what colour is “emotive”?). It’s basically a light, cool-toned pink with slightly mauvey undertones that looks very natural on fair skin, which is really hard to find. Continue reading


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Top 5 MAC Blushes & Giveaway! – CLOSED

top five MAC blushes for fair skin
Hey there! I’m back. Its been a crazy busy month with work and I’ve had very little time for anything, especially blogging. The fall is the busiest time of the year for me. I thought I’d get back in the swing of things with a giveaway! I absolutely love MAC blushes and I thought I’d share my favourite MAC blushes for fair skin and at the end of my post I’ll reveal which of those 5 blushes I will be giving away to a subscriber! Continue reading


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MAC Giveaway Winner!

I had 31 entries in my 500 Followers MAC Giveaway. Thank-you so much to everyone who entered and to everyone subscribed to my blog! Knowing that there are people out there reading it makes writing it much more fun.

I entered all of the names (including multiple entries) into an Excel spreadsheet and used a random number generator to pick the winner. And the winner is…


Congratulations to Felicia from Beginner Beaute! Please email me your mailing address and which MAC lipstick and eyeshadow you’ve decided on 🙂

Thanks everyone for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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500 Followers MAC #Giveaway CLOSED

giveaway: win a MAC lipstick and eyeshadow of your choice

win a MAC lipstick and eyeshadow of your choice!

I realized I now have over 500 people in total following my blog! To thank everyone, I’m doing a giveaway for all of my followers. I’m giving away a MAC lipstick and a MAC eyeshadow single and the winner gets to choose the shades.

The giveaway is international (I’m willing to ship anywhere).

Here are the rules for entering:

1. Subscribe to my blog, through either wordpress, via email, or bloglovin
2. Follow me on any social media of your choice,  twitter, facebook, or pinterest
3. Leave a comment below saying which shade of lipstick and eyeshadow you’d like to receive

Plus you can gain additional entries by:

  • Liking this post (1 additional entry)
  • Sharing this post on a social media site of your choice (1 additional entry)
  • Reblogging this post (1 additional entry)

The winner will be chosen at random and I will announce the winner here on my blog as well as contacting them myself. Contest closes July 13, 2015.  SORRY THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Good luck!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Blush Addict Tag!

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

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

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

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

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

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha matte blush

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

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

Benefit Benetint Cheek Stain

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

NYX Angel blush

NYX Angel blush

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

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

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

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

Tarte Cheek Stain in Flush

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

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

Urban Decay Afterglow 8-hour Blush

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

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

Too Faced Love Flush blush

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

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

MAC Prism blush

MAC Prism

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Exposed

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

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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A Few Recent Things From MAC

MAC Sweet Satisfaction, Desire, and Uninterrupted
This post could easily have been hashtagged Youtube Made Me Do It. I was enticed into purchasing all of these MAC items, two of them by YouTube. The third was by one of those tempting emails MAC keeps sending me that I am evidently helpless to resist. Lets start with my YouTube-inspired purchases.

I saw a Pixiwoo video that featured MAC Uninterrupted Pro Longwear eye shadow. The lovely LisalisaD1 has also talked about Uninterrupted a couple of times now and also recently raved about Sweet Satisfaction, another Pro Longwear. I had never tried the Pro Longwear shadows. Both of these were on my MAC wishlist.

Lisa described Uninterrupted as one of those shades that looks kind of “blah” in the pan, but looks awesome on. I love shades like that. MAC describes it as “dark camel” and its a semi-matte finish. Its quite an interesting shade of brown, that I find really brings out the green in my eyes. It isn’t completely matte but has the tiniest hint of a sheen.

MAC Uninterrupted

MAC Uninterrupted

Sweet Satisfaction is “soft neutral beige” and is a frost finish. Its a beautiful neutral shadow that I think most people would totally love. Don’t be scared by the whole frost thing – it isn’t glittery. It just has a shimmery finish.

MAC Sweet Satisfaction

MAC Sweet Satisfaction

I am super impressed with the Pro Longwear formula. Both shadows are so buttery and easy to apply and blend yet don’t have any fall-down. They are crazy long-wearing (I always wear a primer). MAC shadows are just my favourite. The Pro Longwear compacts are $25.00 CAD.

Swatches MAC Sweet Satisfaction and Uninterrupted

Swatches: Sweet Satisfaction and Uninterrupted

My third purchase was totally due to an Artist Tips email from MAC promoting their lustre lipsticks, and if you’ve been following me you probably already know MAC lustres are my favourite lipsticks of all time. The email featured Desire lipstick, described as “warmed burgundy wine”, right up my plum lipstick loving alley!

MAC Desire lipstick

MAC Desire lipstick (lustre)

MAC Desire lipstick swatch

MAC Desire

Its in the same family as some of my other lustre favs like Capricious and Plumful. Its darker, and a more vampy burgundy plum compared to either of those. I love it!

Do you have any recent YouTube Made Me Do It purchases?

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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The Lipstick Tag!

I saw this tag on Stashmatters blog, and in addition to tagging the required 3 people, she also said if you haven’t been tagged and wanted to do this tag, to post a comment and she’d officially tag you! I loved the questions and wanted to do it.

The questions:

1. How many lipsticks do you own? Ok, this was scary. I’d never actually counted them before. Shamefully, I own 86 lipsticks (not including glosses, jumbo lip pencils or crayons, etc.).

2. What was your first ever lipstick? In highschool, no one wore lipstick. We were all about filling in our lips with brown-hued lip liner. Hey it was the 90s! So I actually remember purchasing my first actual lipstick when I was in university. It was a Clinique lipstick. I remember I loved the fluted silver tube!

clinique lipstick

My first lipstick was a Clinique lipstick in a bronzey-brownish type of shade

3. What is your most worn lipstick? Currently, MAC Capricious. I’m on my second tube.

MAC Capricious Lipstick

MAC Capricious

4. What is your favorite brand for lipsticks? MAC!

5. What is your favorite finish? MAC lustre. Best finish ever.

6. What is the last lipstick you bought? Anna Sui Lipstick V in Beige Pink. I will be doing a full review soon!

Anna Sui Lipstick V in Beige Pink

Anna Sui Lipstick V in Beige Pink

7. How many lip products do you currently have in your bag? This is always a ridiculously high number! Right now, 13. Make no wonder my purse weighs a ton.

8. What lipstick do you use to rock a red lip? MAC Dubonnet.

MAC Dubonnet Lipstick

Best red lipstick for cool-toned fair skin!

9. How do you store your lipsticks? I have clear plastic containers that I picked up at a home-decor store, some that have actual dividers specifically for lipsticks. But they are overflowing!

Current lipstick storage

Current lipstick storage

10. What lip products are you currently lusting over? Cle de Peau because I cannot get it in Canada (you always want what you can’t have), Chantecaille Lip Chic and Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G. in Bitch Perfect.

Lipsticks I'm currently lusting over

Lipsticks I’m currently lusting over

Hope you enjoyed this. If you’d like to do this tag, please leave me a comment below to consider yourself tagged!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Mac is Beauty: Lips

MAC is BeautyI am a huge fan of MAC Lustre lipsticks and I’m often bummed when their limited edition collections come out because the lipsticks are typically in the other finishes, lately matte finishes especially. When I saw the spring Mac is Beauty collection I was really excited because it included 8 Lustre lipsticks!

I was just in Toronto for work and visited the MAC store in the Eaton’s Centre and got to swatch them all. My favourite was Real Redhead. It is the perfect nude for fair skin!

MAC is Beauty Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick

Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick

Real Redhead is described as “mauve nude”,  an odd description. I would describe it more as a fleshy-peachy nude.  I’ve been looking for a shade like this that works on cool-toned, fair skin for ages. Usually this type of shade washes me out. But Real Redhead has some brownish, beigey undertones that make it work.

MAC is Beauty Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick

Real Redhead

MAC is Beauty Real Redhead Lustre Lipstick swatch

Real Redhead

I think its the prettiest lipstick. If you like the lustre finishes, I’d really recommend you check out the limited edition MAC is Beauty collection. There are 7 other great shades.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Giveaway Time: Win a MAC Lipstick of Your Choice!

The Rose Beauty Files

100-followersLast night I went to bed with 98 followers and this morning I woke up and I had hit the 100 mark! Thank you so much for following me, I am so happy that so many of you are actually interested in reading my little blog! MAC-Fantasy-of-Flowers-Lipsticks_Fotor_CollageAs promised, I have decided to do a little giveaway to say thank you to everyone for following! This is my first giveaway so bare with me as I’m not entirely sure how I want it to to work, but I’ve come up with some rules:

  • You must be a follower of this blog
  • For an extra entry, you must also follow me on Bloglovin’
  • You must like and reblog this post
  • Finally, drop me a comment to say that you’ve done so!

This giveaway is open internationally, I don’t know whether it will be international in the future as I am unsure on…

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Feeling Marsala at MAC

MAC Haul Marsala

Goodies from the MAC Store in the Eaton’s Centre, Toronto

I just got back from Toronto where I had to attend some meetings and present at a conference. It was so cold and dry there! It was about -22 C (which is about -8 F I believe). Since I’ve been back, we’ve also had the worst weather! My university had two snow days this week. On the up-side: sleeping in! On the down-side: shoveling. Here’s a shot of my driveway yesterday morning after we got over a foot of snow. Thankfully my finance and our amazing neighbours helped me out.

snow day

My poor car buried under 1.5 feet of snow that fell overnight

Anyway, the best part of being in Toronto in the middle of a freezing Canadian winter was definitely getting to go to the MAC Store. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t actually have a MAC where I live. I think I must have been in a “marsala” sort of mood, because I was totally drawn to all of the red-brown earthy shades. I had 6 empty containers, so I did a “back-to-MAC” for a free lipstick (wah00!), and also picked up a second lipstick and a lipliner.

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Absolutely It

MAC Pro Longwear Lip Pencil in Absolutely It

Absolutely It is a brownish, burgundy wine lip pencil that the SA suggested to me to bring out the marsala in any other lip shades you might already own. Don’t you love that? I also picked up two Lustre finish lipsticks, which is my all time favourite type of MAC lipstick.

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up!

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up

MAC Sophisto and Spice It Up!

Sophisto looks quite different in the bullet than it does applied. Although it initially appears more brown, its really a sheer, berry plum with some warm brown undertones going on (or as MAC describes it “dewy rose plum with gold”). In the bullet it almost looks like it might be shimmery, but this does not show up at all swatched or on your lips, so no repeat of my Naked Paris experience. Sophisto is a unique shade that I think you could play around with to get different looks depending on which lip liner you use with it. I’m really enjoying it. It is sheer though, so if you have quite pigmented lips or prefer a more opaque lipstick, it might not be for you.

Spice It Up! is described as “mulled brown berry” which I think is very accurate. Its a beautiful brownish-red. If you are into the 90s lip trend that has made a major come back, then you totally need Spice It Up!

Swatches: Absolutely It, Sophisto, and Spice It Up

Swatches: Absolutely It, Sophisto, and Spice It Up

I also got another blush – I really love the MAC blushes, especially the matte finish blushes. I had Mocha on my list for a while, a muted plum-toned pink matte blush that is a apparently a favourite of the very fair-skinned Dita Von Teese.

MAC Mocha blush

MAC Mocha blush

swatch: MAC Mocha blush

swatch: MAC Mocha blush

Finally, I also picked up another MAC 239 eye shadow brush. I’ve tried others from MAC, Real Techniques, Make Up Geek, and I just don’t like any other brush for applying eye shadow as much as the 239. So I got a second one.

MAC 239

Best eye shadow brush ever!

Hope you enjoyed my MAC shopping escapades and liked my ideas for “marsala” lipsticks!

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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MAC Capricious Dupe!

MAC Capricious dupe

Revlon Super Lustrous Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

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

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

Swatch Revlon Mauvy Night VS MAC Capricious

Left: Mauvy Night Right: Capricious

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

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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MAC Lipstick Fail

MAC Naked Paris lipstick

MAC “Naked Paris”: A gritty, glittery mess

It hardly ever happens, but sometimes every now and then MAC gets it so wrong. I was going through my lipstick collection and found this sad little unused one. I had such high hopes for Naked Paris when I ordered it online a couple of years ago.

I thought it would be right up my alley:  a lustre (my fav), in the brown/pink family, “shimmery”…what could go wrong? As soon as I opened it I was like:



I have never seen a glittery MAC lipstick before, but “glitter bomb” would be how I’d describe Naked Paris. It has so much glitter in it, you can actually feel the chunks of sparkle scraping across your lips when you apply it. You can see by the swatch, Naked Paris actually looks ok when first applied. But its so deceptive. Within half an hour, there is none of that pretty colour left on your lips, but there is tons and tons of glitter.

MAC Naked Paris swatch

Looks pretty at first, then quickly fades leaving nothing but chunks of glitter behind

I have never had a MAC lipstick wear off in such an unflattering way. This is one of the worst lipsticks of any brand I have ever tried.

Thankfully, MAC has discontinued Naked Paris, sparing others from its awfulness. I guess I will just back-to-MAC this one.

Have you ever had a MAC lipstick fail?

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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