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Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eye shadow palette

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes

I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in the head, but when I was waiting for a prescription refill at my Lawtons Drugstore, I spied the display of Maybelline eye shadow palettes. I’ve already posted about how much I liked the original Maybelline The Nudes palette. I ended up leaving with the new The Blushed Nudes palette. The pretty pink and rosy-toned neutrals were just too  much to resist!

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes eye shadow palette

Beautiful rosy neutrals

Its easy to see why reviewers are comparing this palette to the Urban Decay Naked 3, which is my fav out of the Naked palettes. Its certainly not a dupe for the Naked 3 though. There aren’t any exact dupes in either palette, but I would say they are similar palettes. If you like the rose-gold trend, you’ll probably like the shades in The Blushed Nudes palette. There are some great pinks, mauves, and rose-gold type of shades plus some cool-toned neutrals. Here it is compared to The Nudes palette:

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes versus original The Nudes palette

The Blushed Nudes VS original The Nudes palette

There are a few “duds” in The Blushed Nudes palette, like in the bottom row the first one on the left and the last two, which I find a bit chunky and a bit too glittery, but for the most part I think the quality of the shadows are the same as those in The Nudes palette. There are more shimmery shades in The Blushed Nudes (9 out of the 12) but the mattes they did include are excellent and I have used them with all of the eye looks I’ve done.

Maybelline The Blushed Nudes palette swatches

The Blushed Nudes swatches

I have created the prettiest neutral, everyday eye looks with this palette. Like The Nudes, with a primer I find these super easy to apply and blend, and they wear well all day without creasing. I like this palette as much as, if not maybe more than, The Nudes palette. Some reviewers have complained that they aren’t as pigmented as they’d like, but I find on my fair skin they show up very well and create subtle, wearable eye looks. I could understand if gals with darker skin tones find some of the shades too light.

I’m a fan of the Maybelline palettes and at $14.99 CAD for 12 shadows, they are a much better deal than the seriously over-priced and terrible L’oreal La Nudes palettes which cost twice as much (you can check out my review if you’d like).

I haven’t tried out Maybelline’s The Smokes palette yet. If anyone’s got that one please let me know if you think its worth getting.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Beauty Themed Party Favour Idea for a Baby Shower

makeup themed party favour for a baby shower

It’s a boy!

I threw a very nontraditional baby shower for a friend of mine last weekend. It was a “Boozey, Badass Unshower” actually, with no games (I really am not a fan of baby shower games). I did make a yummy non-alcoholic punch for the mums-to-be in attendance. Because people weren’t going to be winning any prizes, I thought it would be nice to do party favours instead and I had the idea of going with a makeup/beauty theme and thought I’d share it with you.

Disclaimer: I’m sure craftier/more patient types would be able to do a fancier job with presentation. All I managed was some clear cellophane and poorly curled blue ribbon (did I mention it was an “unshower”?). 🙂

Each guest received a Maybelline Baby Lips lip balm in Quenched 005, which is the clear one, and a nail polish in a shade of blue.

Maybelline Baby LipsOPI Blue My Mind











I went with the clear VS the tinted Baby Lips because 1. it has the blue packaging (too perfect) and 2. that way I didn’t have to worry about gals not getting a shade they didn’t like. It was hard to find enough of any one shade of blue nail polish at my drugstore, so I picked up a variety of blue polishes. The brands and shades I picked up were: OPI’s Blue My Mind (pictured), Can’t Find My Czechbook, Keeping Suzi At Bay, and I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Set Sail, Brisk Blue, and In Prompt Blue.

My little deaf white kitty, Miss Vivien Leigh, loved the attention she received from all the ladies and attentively observed the guest of honour opening gifts before taking a nap in a tissue paper fort she’d constructed.


my sleepy kitty, Miss Vivien Leigh, enjoying the tissue paper

In case anyone is having a par-tay, I thought I’d share the recipe for the punch I made. I made it virgin, but had white rum on hand for spiking too.

Unshower Punch Recipe

  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 2 cups cold (decaffeinated) tea
  • 6 cups Ginger ale
  • 1 sliced lemon
  • 1 sliced lime
  • 1 sliced orange
  • 1/2 jar of maraschino cherries and juice
  • 2 cups soda or sparkling water (add just before serving)

I let it sit with the fruit in it  for a few hours and also chucked in some ice.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Review: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick

Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick

Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in 095 “Please Stay Plum”

I picked up this lipstick after watching Lisa Eldridge’s “Berry Stained Lips Makeup Tutorial” where she had mixed a really pretty custom lip colour for a runway show. She gave some dupes for the berry shade, and the Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in “Always Plum” was one of them. Here in Canada, the shade is called “Please Stay Plum”. I don’t know for sure if the shade I have is exactly the same as the UK version though. Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick is about $8.99 CAD.

This colour certainly is beautiful, especially since I am really, really into plum lip shades right now.

Swatch: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Please Stay Plum

Swatch: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in “Please Stay Plum”

Unfortunately I can’t stand this lipstick 😦 No matter how pretty the shade is and how many times I have tried to force myself to wear it, I just can’t get past the awful texture and terrible scent of the Maybelline SuperStay 14HR lipstick. The texture is dry and gritty, and it has a strong sugary sweet fragrance that seems artificial and cheap (Why do brands feel the need to add such heavy scents to lip products? Is it just me, or are other people turned off by this?).

I would love to find a similar shade but in another lipstick line. Lisa mentioned Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in 128 “Starry Eyed” – but I couldn’t find it in my local drugstores – and Bobbi Brown Lip Color in “Berry”, but that shade is not on the Sephora Canada website.

I’d love suggestions for your favourite plum lip shades!

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Maybelline The Nudes Eye Shadow Palette

Maybelline The Nudes: A neutral eye shadow palette at the drugstore!

A neutral eye shadow palette at the drugstore for $14.99! Crazy!

I’ve been waiting for Maybelline’s The Nudes eye shadow palette to appear at my drugstore. I had heard mixed reviews, but I couldn’t resist a neutral eye shadow palette from a drugstore brand for $14.99 CAD. I really wanted to try it out for myself.

I don’t have a lot of drugstore eye shadows, with the big exception of NYX which I Love, so I honestly didn’t have super high expectations. I’ve been really surprised and impressed! I love the  sleek, compact packaging and I quite like the 12 shades which include both warm and cool toned browns and greys. You could get a warm or a cool  eye look with this palette.

Maybelline The Nudes palette has a pretty good mix of both warm and cool tones

The Nudes palette has a pretty good mix of both warm and cool tones

Half of the shades are matte, and the remaining six have a bit of a shimmery finish, but not glittery or overly shimmery or anything. I was surprised by how pigmented and smooth they were for drugstore shadows. They reminded me a little of some of the NYX shadows.

Swatches: Maybelline The Nudes palette

Swatches: Maybelline The Nudes palette

I had heard complaints about these being patchy and hard to blend, but I didn’t find that at all. They blended nicely. I apply them over my Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer. They lasted well and didn’t crease. I even really like the matte, flesh-toned shade (third one on the top) which I used on my brow-bone and to blend out the other shadows. Palettes hardly ever have a shade like this that I actually use. I normally still have to reach for my MAC Brule.

I think this cute little neutral palette is an amazing deal!

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Two Recent Mascara Fails

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara and Volum' Express Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara and Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

A couple of months ago, I had run out of my favourite mascara, the Guerlain Maxi Lash, and happened to be near a MAC Store. I thought I’d pick up my second favourite mascara, MAC’s Haute & Naughty Too Black Lash. When I got back to the hotel, I realized the SA had accidentally put a False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara in my bag instead. I loved the cool shape of the tube and thought, well let’s give this one a try then!

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

Sadly, it didn’t turn out to be a serendipitous discovery of a great new mascara. This one didn’t work for me at all.  My biggest issue was with the wand, which is odd because I usually like a bristle brush. The False Lashes Extreme Black brush is too thick and the bristles too short and stiff – they’re jam packed close together – making it really hard to get the mascara on your eyelashes. The formula is really dry which also doesn’t help with the application. This was a pain to apply and worst of all it would flake off during the day. For $25 CAD, I expect a mascara to stay on a lot better.

I headed to the drugstore for a replacement when I got home. I had been wanting to try Maybelline’s Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara. Ever since Clinique came out with their Bottom Lash Mascara, I have been ranting to anyone who would listen that ALL mascaras should come with a double wand: one for the top lashes and one for the bottom lashes. Isn’t that a good idea? Finally, Maybelline made one. I love the concept!

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

I liked both the applicators on this one, although I thought the bottom lash brush could have been smaller. Here it is compared to Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara. The Maybelline brush is twice as long!

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara VS Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara VS Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

What I didn’t like about the Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes is the formula. Like many drugstore mascaras I’ve tried, this one just didn’t stay on. It smudged quite badly on my lower lashes (I’m sticking to my Clinique Bottom Lash from now on) and it flaked off throughout the day. It also didn’t give my lashes much volume, although it was lengthening.

The Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara is $8.99 CAD. Have you tried it? Did you love it or leave it?

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Maybelline Color Elixir Review

Maybelline Color Elixir in 065 Caramel Infused

Maybelline Color Elixir in “065 Caramel Infused”

After trying and really liking Rimmel Apocalips, my non-lipgloss-loving self felt brave enough to try one of the new Maybelline Color Elixirs. I’m generally not a fan of the scent and taste of Maybelline lipsticks, but it had been a while so I thought I’d give their lip products another chance.

Unfortunately I had a familiar experience with the Color Elixir. Super cute packaging, great colour, but I could not get past the weird sweet yet oddly chemical scent and almost perfumey taste of these. I also found it to be very thick, sticky and tacky, which I know some people don’t mind or even love, but its the opposite of the consistency I like in a lip product. Its too bad because they have a fantastic shade range.

Do you agree, or are you loving the Maybelline Color Elixirs? Leave me a comment below.

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