When Sephora was offering their $25 off promotion in December, in addition to picking up the Bite Beauty Champagne Discovery Lip Set I also couldn’t resist the Sephora Favourites “Give Me Some Nude Lip” Lip Kit. I had really enjoyed Sephora’s “Give Me Some Bold Lip” Lip Kit. I love the idea of getting to try out sample sizes of popular lip products for much less than it would cost to get the full size of all six items. The Give Me Some Nude Lip kit is $33 CAD, but to buy all six separately would be $84 CAD! I’ll jump right in and tell you what I thought of the six nude lip picks in the kit. Continue reading
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I love seeing what people chose to pick up at Sephora’s 20% off fall sale. I often use the sale to finally purchase an expensive item on my wish-list or to try out some new products. This year, however, I was totally practical. I decided to save money by restocking some of my staples. I ordered five items that are products that I use everyday. Continue reading
Make Up For Ever has come out with a new HD under eye concealer! The only foundation I use is the MUFE Ultra HD Invisible Cover which I’ve reviewed and also included in my 2015 Favourites. MUFE has shades light enough for very pale skin (I use the lightest foundation shade, Y205 Alabaster). I couldn’t wait to try the MUFE Ultra HD Concealer. It comes in only 5 shades, but lucky for me, the lightest, Y21 is super light! It is the lightest concealer that I have ever seen from any brand. If you’re a pale-skinned girl and have had a hard time finding a light enough concealer, I would definitely check this one out. Continue reading
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
I can’t believe its been ages since I last posted! I had an unexpected work situation occur: I had to take over a project in a sort of emergency capacity to get it back on track and it has seriously taken up all of my time for the past couple of weeks. Today was the start of the new semester at my university and even though I was busy with orientation events for new faculty and students all day and am exhausted, I really wanted to do a post and get back in the swing of things. I have several new products that I’ve been using that I’ve been dying to write about.
If you’re familiar with my blog, you know that I’m head over heels in love with the MUFE HD Foundation (read about how its the best foundation for fair skin imo). Its the only liquid foundation I’ve found that is light enough for me, that doesn’t oxidize, and also doesn’t irritate my skin or break me out. I tried a lot of foundations in my quest for a good liquid foundation as evidenced by my foundation graveyard. So imagine my horror to discover that my beloved foundation was *gasp* being reformulated!
Turns out, I shouldn’t have worried. The new Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is
just as even more awesome as the original. I didn’t notice a huge difference in the formula, although MUFE claims the new formula “appears more invisible, comfortable, and natural-looking than ever before.” I think it was just so good to begin with that its difficult to notice a huge improvement. It’s still long wearing and sheer and natural looking, letting your own skin come through but also provides good coverage.
For me the two differences are 1. even cuter, and more high-end looking packaging, and 2. improved shade range. I really like the new silver band around the bottle versus the original black. I also liked the addition of the little MUFE lips holding a makeup brush logo on the cap.
I think the most impressive improvement is that the Ultra HD foundation comes in even more shades; an astonishing 40 shades! (compared to 26 in the original formula). I had been using the lightest shade in the original line, N110 Pink Porcelain, which I still found slightly too pink-toned for me. In the new line, the equivalent of 110 is R220, but there is an even lighter shade (which looks to be about 2-3 shades lighter than Pink Porcelain), Y205 Alabaster. You can see the difference in the swatches below:
Alabaster is an even better match for me! So the new Ultra HD Foundation gets a huge thumbs up from me. If you have a difficult time finding a foundation light enough for your skin tone, definitely check this out. I think its nice that they include a sample of the Step 1 Skin Equalizer Hydrating Primer with the foundation as well.
The Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation is $50 CAD.
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
I love anything miniature. I couldn’t resist a post about these cute little mini lippie samples that have piled up. The best thing about getting samples of a product is you can decide for free whether its something you’d like to buy or something you’d rather skip. Here’s what I decided about these five samples.
Bobbi Brown High Shimmer Lip Gloss in Bare Sparkle ($30.00 CAD): The first thing I didn’t like about this lip gloss was the very strong minty scent and taste. I know some people like that, but I’m not a fan. Its also super sticky! Again, some folks don’t mind a sticky lip gloss but this is another thing I’m not a fan of. It did look really pretty applied and reminded me of my favourite Rimmel Stay Glossy in Non-Stop Glamour. If you don’t mind the stickiness and the mint flavour, its a shimmery nude that you could pop over any lip liner or lipstick. But be warned – this lip gloss is nearly impossible to remove and leaves a lot of glitter behind. Plus you could pick up the Rimmel for much less. Verdict: Skip it.
Benefit Coralista Ultra Plush Lip Gloss ($21.00 CAD): I liked the concept of the Ultra Plush glosses matching the Benefit best-selling boxed powders. I feel like the packaging was a bit disappointing though. The plastic squeeze-tube feels more drugstore than a $20+ lip product should. I don’t like applying coloured glosses out of these because I find it trickier to get a precise and even application. I also found this gloss very sheer. Maybe its the shade, but it didn’t show up on me very well. Finally, the scent of this was odd too. Instead of having a matching scent as the Coralista blush, this just had that slightly chemical, medicated lip balm smell. Verdict: Skip it.
Make Up For Ever Artist Plexi-Gloss #202 Sweet Pink ($23.00 CAD): This gloss is seriously shiny! I liked that it doesn’t have any scent and is really long-wearing. Even the sample packaging feels high-end and is real glass vs plastic. The only downside is that its a little on the sticky side. But if you like a shiny lip gloss look, the Make Up For Ever has 35 shades, super cute packaging and is more reasonably priced than the Bobbi Brown. Verdict: Buy it.
Sephora Rouge Infusion Lip Stain #10 Red Essence ($18.00 CAD): This may literally be the worst lip product I’ve ever tried! First there’s the awful chemically-raspberry smell. Then, this stain was impossible to apply! It was so uneven, patchy and awful. It also felt really dry and uncomfortable. Just the worst. Verdict: Skip it.
Smashbox Be Legendary Long-Wear Lip Lacquer in Coral
($28.00 CAD): This is a really neat product described as a “long-wear, lip-hybrid formula with high-impact staining pigments for color that goes on as a lacquer and then adjusts to a stain for eight hours of color.” Its more a liquid lipstick than a gloss. Its really easy to apply and goes on smoothly and evenly. Its long-wearing, wears off really pretty and leaves behind a serious stain. The lip lacquer has a slight scent of coconut and no taste. The shade, Coral, is not a great shade for me, but I would love to try some of the others, like Keepsake, a cool mauve pink or Off Duty, a nude pink brown. Verdict: Buy it.
Here are swatches of all five:
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
I love the original MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder. The translucent finishing powder has been one of my most repurchased products. I use it every day with my Real Techniques setting brush for setting under-eye concealer.
I’ve been super curious about the HD pressed powder ever since it came out earlier this year but it retails for $41 CAD! The 0.14 oz mini size of the original loose powder I normally buy is just $22 CAD and lasts me at least 6 months or so. The new HD pressed powder was the other item I ordered with my Sephora VIB Rouge $25 off discount (the other being the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer).
The only thing I don’t like about the original powder is that its a loose powder. Because its such ultrafine silica its very “floofey” (which I believe is the highly scientific term). It flies up a lot when you dip your brush in it, and also when you’re applying it. I’ve gotten a big poof of it right in the eyeball on many a morning. Its also a bit of a pain to travel with.
So I have to admit I love the pressed powder. I’ve been using it about a month now and it performs exactly the same as the original, just without all the floofiness. I love that I can put the mirrored compact in my purse and use it as a touch-up powder, which was never a practical option with the original.
Now for the negatives. The first one is that the original HD powder is 100% mineral silica. The pressed powder contains 15 additional ingredients including other natural and synthetic minerals, preservatives, and hyaluronic acid. If I have the option to use a product that performs just as well but doesn’t have all the extra unpronounceable ingredients, I think I’d like to stick with the original.
The other downside is that the pressed powder is more expensive. You are paying more for less product. Here’s the price breakdown:
Original Loose Pressed
0.14 oz – $22 0.07 oz – $26
0.3 oz – $39 0.21 oz – $41
What do you think? Would you pay more for a pressed version in a mirrored compact? Do the extra ingredients bother you?
I do like the pressed powder and will use it up, but I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing. I will go back to the original loose microfinishing powder.
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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
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!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
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.
- 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!
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 ❤
Nerdy Librarian Girl
As someone who was in highschool and university in that decade, I sort of know from 1990s brown lips, and its super exciting to me that this look is back in. In the 90s, makeup (from foundation to lip colour) was totally matte. My friends and I actually filled in our lips with lipliner and would never have thought of wearing gloss. The lipliner we were all obsessed with was Bonne Belle “Chutney”, a warm, orangey brown (sadly discontinued). Since I can’t get in a time machine and go back to a drugstore circa 1993, I thought I’d suggest some other good lip pencils for rocking a retro 1990s matte brown lip.
Here are my 9 picks from a number of different brands in various price points:
- MAC “Oak” ($19 CAD)
- MAC “Spice” ($19 CAD)
- MAC “Cork” ($19 CAD)
- MAC “Subculture” ($19 CAD)
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua Lip 3C “Medium Natural Beige” ($23 CAD)
- NYX Slim Lip Pencil in “Natural” ($4.99 CAD)
- Annabelle Lipliner in “Nude Lustre” ($5.95 CAD)
- Milani Color Statement Lipliner 04 “All Natural” ($3.99 CAD)
- Milani Color Statement Lipliner 09 “Spice” ($3.99 CAD)
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Nerdy Librarian Girl
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:
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:
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 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.
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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Nerdy Librarian Girl
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 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 ($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 ($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!
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 ($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 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 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 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 ($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 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.
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Nerdy Librarian Girl
My last post, Foundation Graveyard: Fair Skin Foundation Fails listed all of the liquid foundations I’ve tried that really haven’t worked for me. So I thought I would give us fair-skinned girls some hope and talk about a foundation I am currently loving: Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation in “110 Porcelain Pink”.
I had mentioned this in a previous post along with some other things I’d been trying. I’ve been using it for over a month now and I can honestly say it’s working really well. The MUF foundation range has 26 shades! The lightest, 110 Porcelain Pink “for porcelain skin with pink undertones”, is the best colour match I have ever found. The best thing is it doesn’t oxidize or shift in colour throughout the day.
It’s also super long wearing. I don’t even set it with a powder, although I do use the UD Setting Spray. It’s sheer and natural looking, letting your own skin come through, yet also provides good coverage. I apply it with the Beautyblender. The foundation is water-based and very light. So far, I haven’t had any issues with it aggravating my skin.
The only negative is the price: $49 CND. But I have such a difficult time finding a foundation I am happy with, I really feel it is worth it to have something that looks good, matches my skintone, and doesn’t bother my skin. It is a thin consistency and a little also goes a long way, so I feel like it will last me a long time before I have to repurchase (I can keep you updated on that). UPDATE: I am finding that one bottle lasts about 3-4 months.
If you have a recommendation for a good foundation for fair skin, leave me a comment! For where to buy Make Up Forever in Canada, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. Thanks for stopping by! ❤
Still on a quest to find a new wintertime foundation routine, I am currently trying out these four products: Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer (I bought the “travel size”), the Beautyblender sponge, MAKE UP FOREVER HD Invisible Cover Foundation in 110 “Pink Porcelain”, and Urban Decay All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray.
I received a Sephora sample of the Hourglass primer and absolutely loved it, and I’m not usually a big fan of primers. I generally find them too drying for my skin or they don’t seem to really do anything. Of course, the thing you like is inevitably one of the most expensive :P. I held out until I noticed that it does come in a smaller, more affordable size. The 0.33 ounce “travel size” is $21.00 CND. It really makes my skin feel super soft and smooth and works great with my Bareminerals powder foundation probably because they are both mineral-based.
The Hourglass primer doesn’t seem to get on as well with the MUF HD Invisible Cover foundation. I checked the Sephora site and sure enough the Hourglass primer is “water-resistant” and the MUF foundation is water-based. I love them both individually but they don’t seem to work well together.
I was impressed with the shade range of the MUF HD foundation (24 shades). The lightest, 110 “Pink Porcelain” is a really good match and does not seem to oxidize and darken or shift throughout the day. It seems sheer and natural but also manages to provide medium coverage. So far it’s getting along with my skin. I think it’s the best liquid foundation I have used. I should do a post on my liquid foundation “graveyard”. So many fails.
I finally am trying out the Beautyblender. I may be the last person to have bought one. I never use sponges normally because I am allergic to latex (Beautyblender is happily latex-free). Although I find washing it and squeezing the water out a bit more of a pain than washing brushes, I am liking the way it applies foundation. The Sephora site says they “can last up to three to four months if cared for properly”, and you can even mail it to Pennsylvania if you are a dedicated recycler.
My absolute favourite thing I am using right now is the UD All Nighter Make-up Setting Spray. I also discovered this by receiving a Sephora sample (I think it may have been a “deluxe” sample). This setting spray really works! I have previously used the MAC Fix+ and while I like it for other qualities and purposes, I don’t think it extends the wear of your make-up like the UD All Nighter spray. I feel like my make-up would literally stay on looking the same forever.
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