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You won’t believe what happened to these NYX blushes!

NYX High Definition blushes in Nude 'Tude, Soft Spoken, Amber and Intuition

How the blushes looked a year ago

About a year ago, I ordered some of the (new at the time) NYX High Definition Blushes. I used the (also new at the time) NYX Canada website and sadly you can read about my disastrous shipping/customer service experience with the site if you’d like. I cannot recommend ordering from nyxcosmetics.ca. Despite the experience, I did quite like the High Definition Blushes and did a full review and a comparison to the old NYX blushes, which I really loved, in a December 2015 post. I hadn’t been using them very much lately, but I had recently made a resolution to cycle through my rather large blush collection and use them all more, after hitting pan on a MAC blush I’ve been obsessed with. I pulled out my NYX High Definition Blush in Nude ‘tude, and right away noticed that the blush had significantly faded, and in several spots the colour had shifted to an almost pale yellow! Continue reading

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NYX New High Definition Blushes Review

NYX High Definition Blushes
Who doesn’t love NYX, am I right? My favourite NYX product is their powder blushes, and I was a bit concerned that they seem to have discontinued their familiar blush line and come out with a new formula and packaging. I went to the recently launched NYX Canada website to order some of the new High Definition Blushes along with some other items. You can read about my disastrous shipping/customer service experience with the site if you’d like. The four blushes I ordered survived and I really wanted to review them (although I cannot recommend ordering them from nyxcosmetics.ca).

The original line of NYX blushes came in 29 shades. The new HD blushes have 24 available shades, and only two of the original shade names remain (Amber and Taupe) although I’m not sure if they are still the same colour. Sadly there is no Angel, one of my all time favourite blushes. Continue reading

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Why I Won’t Be Reordering from NYX Canada

I’m so sorry to have to do a *negative* post, but I feel like all my Canadian peeps need to hear an honest review of my experience with the new NYX Canada site, www.nyxcosmetics.ca. I was thrilled when I heard NYX had launched the new site with shipping within Canada in Canadian dollars, and free shipping on orders over $45. I had been wanting to try the new NYX High Definition Blushes and while on the site I noticed the new Simply Lip Creams (Nude, Pink and Vamp) and thought I would try out some of those too.

I’m a fan of the brand and have posted about my love for their old line of blushes, the Butter Glosses, and the new Hot Singles Eye Shadows, among other products. So I’m pretty bummed to have to give my experience ordering from NYX Canada a huge thumbs down. I order makeup online frequently. I live in a small town where not a lot is available except online. I order regularly from MAC and Sephora, and have placed orders everywhere from Amazon.ca, to American sites like Nordstrom, Cherry Culture, Makeup Geek, Besame, Charlotte Tilbury, to UK sites like Rouge Bunny Rouge. I have never received any damaged items. Nothing prepared me for receiving my NYX Canada order. Continue reading

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Two Drugstore Lippies: Riche & Buttery

L'Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Lip Color and NYX Butter LipstickI know neither of these lip products are new to the drugstore, but both are new to me. It took a while for the NYX Butter Lipsticks to show up at my local drugstore, even though they’ve been out for ages now (sometimes living in small-town Canada has its disadvantages). I also had never been drawn to the L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color until recently when I saw My Exquisite World‘s review. So I picked up one of each the last time I was at Lawton’s.

I am in love with the L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color in the shade Molto Mauve. Not like a sticky gloss at all, these are more of a light, glossy liquid lipstick. Its super easy to apply and I can’t believe how long it stays on! It also wears off very evenly and in the prettiest way (unlike some liquid lip products).

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Lip Color in 500 Molto Mauve

L’Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Lip Color in 500 Molto Mauve

Look how pretty this pinky nude shade is. On me, Molto Mauve is a my-lips-but-better type of shade. I am loving it for a natural, summertime look. Thanks for the recommendation Pooja! 🙂

L'Oreal Extraordinaire Color Riche Molto Mauve

Molto Mauve

The L’Oreal Extraordinaire does have a slight scent, but doesn’t smell like the L’Oreal Color Riche lipsticks which I really dislike the scent of. These have also been called a dupe for the YSL Glossy Stains, but I haven’t tried them so I wouldn’t know. Leave me a comment if you’ve tried both. Are they similar?

NYX Butter Lipstick in BLS11 Licorice

NYX Butter Lipstick in BLS11 Licorice

The second lip product I’m not as in love with. I’m a huge fan of the NYX Butter Glosses, so in fairness, I had high expectations. I think the word “Butter” in the product name had me anticipating something different. I’m not finding this lipstick buttery. I feel like it has a formula more similar to the MAC creamsheens, and I find both can feel a bit drying on my lips. The finish is a bit flat and very opaque and after wearing it for a while I almost felt like I was wearing a matte lipstick. I think a lot of people would totally go for this but the Butter Lipstick just isn’t really the type of formula I typically like. If you’re looking for something long-wearing, this would also work for you, especially the vampy burgundy shade, Licorice, that I tried.

swatch NYX Butter Lipstick in Licorice

Licorice

What I did enjoy about the Butter Lipsticks was the packaging – how great is it that the colour of each tube matches the lipstick shade? – and the scent. The Butter Lipstick has the same yummy, sugary, edible scent as the Butter Glosses. Mmm!

The L’Oreal Extraordinaire by Colour Riche Lip Color is a slightly pricey for drugstore $13.49 CAD, but I really love it. The NYX Butter Lipsticks are a very reasonable $8.99 CAD.

Thanks for reading!
Love,
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!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadow Dupes (MAC & more)

In April I did a review of the awesome new NYX Hot Singles eye shadows after having ordered 14 of them in an array of beautiful neutrals. I had promised to look for dupes or very similar shades in my own eye shadow collection, mainly my MAC collection,  and have finally found time to do this post. I hope you find this helpful if you’ve been looking for dupes for some of the higher end shadows mentioned here or if you’re looking to order some of the NYX Hot Singles and need help selecting shades.

Let’s get started…

First up is Loaded, a neutral taupe with a slight sheen. I found it very similar to MAC Coquette (although Coquette is lighter) and a close dupe for MAC Concrete.

NYX Loaded a dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

swatch NYX Loaded dupe for MAC Coquette and MAC Concrete

L-R: NYX Loaded, MAC Coquette, MAC Concrete

NYX S.O.S. a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” is – as I suspected – a dupe for another of my favourites, Revlon ColorStay ShadowLinks in Greige.

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Definite Dupes: NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

swatch Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon ShadowLinks Greige

Dupes NYX S.O.S. and Revlon Greige are both perfect for a subtle, natural, “no makeup” look

The next two NYX shades I think I found  exact dupes for. First is NYX Fancy That and MAC ALL That Glitters.

Dupe for MAC All that Glitters, NYX Fancy That

L-R: NYX Fancy That, MAC All that Glitters

The next is NYX Guilt Trip, which is a dupe for MAC Espresso. I actually think Guilt Trip has a much nicer matte formula and is smoother and easier to blend than Espresso which I have always found a bit difficult to work with.

MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

NYX Guilt Trip & MAC Espresso

swatch MAC espresso dupe NYX Guilt Trip

L-R: NYX Guilt Trip, MAC Espresso

I was so sure I had a dupe of NYX Coquette, a soft, matte, purple-toned neutral. Although I found 3 really similar shades, I don’t think either of them are exact dupes. NYX Coquette is similar to MAC Quarry and Nooner from the UD Naked 3 palette (which are total dupes for one another), and Makeup Geek Unexpected.

dupes NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected swatches

L-R: NYX Coquette, MAC Quarry, UD Nooner, & Makeup Geek Unexpected

The last one is NYX Damage Control, a beautiful taupe with a very pretty sheen. I really hate to use the word “dupe” for this one, so I will say its similar to MAC Satin Taupe. I think Satin Taupe is an incredibly unique shade with so many subtle undertones and a bit of a duochrome finish, that I think its hard to dupe. However, if you’re looking for something to give you a very similar eye look, Damage Control is close, but I would say more cool-toned.

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

NYX Damage Control and MAC Satin Taupe

MAC Satin Taupe dupe NYX Damage Control

L-R: NYX Damage Control, MAC Satin Taupe

Most of the NYX Hot Singles turned out to be pretty unique and I was unable to find dupes for them (in my collection anyhow). For a full review, swatches of all 14 shades, and pricing info, you can check out my previous post.


Thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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The New NYX Hot Singles Eye Shadows!

NYX Hot Singles eye shadowI recently did a post about my NYX eye shadows only to discover from readers that NYX has discontinued its line of square eye shadows! The good news is they’ve replaced them with a new line of Hot Singles in 88 shades. The Hot Singles have round packaging that is nearly identical to the MAC singles with the addition of a cute little bow on the front, like the NYX Baked Blushes. The round pans are the exact same size as the MAC, so if depotted, I’m certain they’d fit into the MAC palettes.

The new NYX Hot Singles eye shadow (middle) compared to MAC (left) and the old NYX square eye shadow packaging (right)

The new NYX Hot Singles eye shadow (middle) compared to MAC (left) and the old NYX square eye shadow packaging (right)

I was really curious to try out some of the new shadows and when I went to the Cherry Culture site they were on sale for $3.50 USD (about $4.50 CAD). I was so excited to see all of the fabulous neutral shades that I *might* have gotten a little carried away and ordered 14 of them. Be prepared for neutral shadow overload. It was so hard to choose!

I am really impressed with the Hot Singles! I ‘m finding them smooth, easy to apply, and – with only a few exceptions – don’t have any fall-down. They have been wearing well without creasing (I always wear a primer with any shadow). I would say they aren’t quite as long wearing as MAC. They do fade a little by the end of the day, but they are very good quality for their price.

Hope you enjoy all the swatches and that they help you out if you are deciding which singles to get!

I’m starting off with the 7 matte shades.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow S.O.S., Over the Taupe, and Coquette

  • S.O.S. – This is one of my favourite type of shades, a soft, matte, cool-toned “greige” that is perfect for a no-makeup makeup look. Perfect for fair skin! You could also use it to fill in your eyebrows or maybe even to contour. It reminds me of favourites MAC Omega or Revlon Shadow Links Greige.
  • Over the Taupe – Similar to S.O.S. but darker and a little more purple-toned. This completely matte taupe took a bit more work to blend than the other mattes.
  • Coquette – This shade reminds me of MAC Quarry. Its a soft, matte, purpley brown neutral perfect for a crease or blending out colour. I would say its lighter than Quarry. It blended beautifully.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow S.O.S. swatch

S.O.S

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Over the Taupe swatch

Over the Taupe

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Coquette swatch

Coquette

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Suede, Happy Hour, Guilt Trip, Own the Night

  • Suede – This one was a bit of a miss for me. This matte camel shade has got a bit too much warm peachy undertone going on for my skin tone. If you like warm shades, you’ll probably love it though.
  • Happy Hour – A really lovely, matte, cool-toned light brown. Very wearable!
  • Guilt Trip – A deeper, richer version of Happy Hour.
  • Own the Night – This is a really interesting shade! Its a cool-toned, dark brown with a hint of purple. I find this type of shade difficult to find, because most dark browns tend to be warm-toned.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Suede Swatch

Suede

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Happy Hour swatch

Happy Hour

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Guilt Trip swatch

Guilt Trip

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Own the Night swatch

Own the Night

These next 3 shades have more of a sheen to them, but aren’t shimmery.

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Damage Control, Loaded, and Strike a Pose

  • Damage Control – This might be my favourite! I love taupe eyeshadow. Its similar to Over the Taupe but has a really pretty, subtle sheen to it and is so soft and blendable.
  • Loaded – Another fabulous taupe that is darker and more neutral (not really cool-toned) than Damage Control.
  • Strike a Pose – Like Suede, this shade is more warm-toned. A warm, light brown with a slight sheen.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Damage Control swatch

Damage Control

NYX Hot Singles eyeshadow Loaded swatch

Loaded

NYX Hot Singles eyeshadow Strike a Pose swatch

Strike a Pose

The last 4 shades are the shimmers:

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow in Lust, Fancy That, J'Adore, and Illusion

  • Lust – An absolutely gorgeous cool-toned brown with a hint of golden shimmer, this shadow in particular reminded me so much of the quality of MAC shadows: it was pigmented, easy to apply, had zero fall-down, and a lovely subtle sheen. The colour is complex and unlike anything I already have.
  • Fancy That – Not really my cup of tea. This warm, peachy-coral type of shade borders on the glittery side and I had some fall-down with it.
  • J’Adore – This one as well was a little too glittery for me with some fall-down.
  • Illusion – Really like this one! A shimmery golden brown similar to MAC Woodwinked I think, although I haven’t swatched them side-by-side.
NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Lust swatch

Lust

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Fancy That swatch

Fancy That

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow J'Adore swatch

J’Adore

NYX Hot Singles eye shadow Illusion swatch

Illusion

Here are all 14 shades swatched side by side:

Swatches: S.O.S., Over the Taupe, Coquette, Suede, Happy Hour, Guilt Trip, Own the Night, Damage Control, Loaded, Strike a Pose, Lust, Fancy That, J’Adore, Illusion

Top L-R: S.O.S., Over the Taupe, Coquette, Suede, Happy Hour, Guilt Trip, Own the Night
Bottom, L-R: Damage Control, Loaded, Strike a Pose, Lust, Fancy That, J’Adore, Illusion

I’m going to swatch these against shadows from my collection to see which ones might be dupes for the old NYX shadows, MAC, and any others I can find. So stay tuned for that post coming up!

Thanks so much for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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NYX Eye Shadow Collection

NYX Singles Eye Shadows
Hi guys! After doing My Favourite NYX Blushes post, I thought I’d share my collection of NYX Single Eye Shadows with you and let you know which ones work for me on fair, cool-toned skin, and which didn’t. However, these square eyeshadow singes are no longer on the main  NYX site, so I am now wondering if NYX has discontinued them!!! They are still available through Cherry Culture and are also still in my local stores. If anyone has any info on this, please let me know!

I have 12 of the NYX Single Eye Shadows:

  • True Taupe (matte): a light, subtle, cool-toned taupe, this is a great shadow for fair skin. I know some people even use it as a contour colour, but I haven’t done that.
  • Taupe: Compared to True Taupe, Taupe is slightly warmer and more brown, whereas True Taupe is more grey-toned. Its similar to MAC Omega, except that Omega is matte and Taupe has a slight sheen to it.
  • Hawaiian Coffee (matte): a rich, medium brown with cool, purpley undertones. This is one of my favourite NYX eye shadow shades. Its apparently a dupe for MAC Handwritten (but I don’t own that shade).
  • Frosted Flake: Often referred to as a dupe for MAC Shroom, this is a shimmery, cool off-white. Its one of those shades, like Shroom, that I never know what to do with. I don’t particularly like a light, shimmery shadow that emphasizes my hooded lid, and I don’t like a shimmery highlight (I prefer a matte shade on my brow bone).
  • Ultimatum: A shimmery cream or “champagne” type of shade. I have a similar issue with this one as I do with Frosted Flake – I never know what to do with it.
  • Nude (matte): a very yellow-toned, cream matte shade. I was hoping this might be similar to MAC Brule, but its a bit too yellow for my skin tone.
  • Black (matte): Seriously the blackest of the black eye shadows!
  • Rock (shimmer): a very glittery, dark charcoal, similar to MAC Black Tied. Great for doing a dramatic smokey eye for a night out.
  • Charcoal Brown (matte): Not very well-named, this shade isn’t really brown but much more grey with some warm, purpley undertones. Its quite a complex type of shade that might look different on different people.
  • Suede: This one was a miss for me – way too much orange for my skin tone.
  • Dark Brown (matte): More of a medium matte brown, than a “dark” brown. Fairly neutral, true brown; not overly warm or cool toned. Great shade!
  • Brown (matte): Another mis-named shade, I don’t really think this is a brown. Its a warm, yellowy cream shade, maybe bordering on tan. This one also did not work at all with my skintone.
NYX Single Eye Shadow True Taupe, Taupe, Hawaiian Coffee, Frosted Flake, Ultimatum, Nude

TOP ROW, L-R: True Taupe, Taupe, Hawaiian Coffee
BOTTOM ROW, L-R: Frosted Flake, Ultimatum, Nude

NYX Single Eye Shadows Brown, Dark Brown, Suede, Charcoal Brown, Rock, Black

TOP ROW, L-R: Black, Rock, Charcoal Brown
BOTTOM ROW, L-R: Suede, Dark Brown, Brown

NYX Single Eye Shadow swatch Nude, Ultimatum, Frosted Flake, Hawaiian Coffee, Taupe, True Taupe

L-R: Nude, Ultimatum, Frosted Flake, Hawaiian Coffee, Taupe, True Taupe

NYX Single Eye Shadows Swatche Brown, Dark Brown, Suede, Charcoal Brown, Rock, Black

L-R: Brown, Dark Brown, Suede, Charcoal Brown, Rock, Black

My favourites are definitely True Taupe, Taupe, Hawaiian Coffee, Dark Brown and Black.  Three misses for me were Nude, Suede and Brown which I wouldn’t recommend for cool-toned skin.

I do really like the NYX eye shadows and I’d be sad to see some of these shades being discontinued. I haven’t tired any of the new singles in the round pans and I wonder if they are the same formula/quality.

Hope you enjoyed this post & thanks for reading!

Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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My Favourite NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes for fair skin

Hi everyone! I thought I’d give a little love to one of my favourite makeup products, NYX powder blushes. NYX are my favourite drugstore blushes. They wear longer on me than many other blushes I’ve tried, including high-end brands. After 8-12 hours they look exactly like they did when I first applied them. Typically priced at less than $6.50 CAD, they are a great deal, with the only downside being that the blushes are small (4g VS a 6g MAC blush for example) and very soft, so I do go through some of my favourite shades rather quickly.

Here are my favourite, top six NYX powder blushes:

Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

Top L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural. Bottom L-R: Peach, Angel, Mauve

NYX Pinched blush

PB25 Pinched

Pinched: A peachy-coral blush with subtle golden shimmer, Pinched has been compared to NARS Orgasm. Although similar, I don’t feel that they are exact dupes. Orgasm is much more pink and the finish is quite different. Orgasm has more of a duo-chrome type of sheen, reflecting differently from different angles, whereas Pinched is just shimmery. Here is Pinched swatched with Orgasm, Benefit Coralista, and MAC Peachykeen for comparison:

swatches NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Pinched compared to NARS Orgasm, Benefit Coralista and MAC Peachykeen

NYX Bourgeois Pig blush

PB28 Bourgeois Pig

Bourgeois Pig: Love the name of this one. 🙂 Although a bit washed out in this pic (don’t get me started on lighting during a dark Canadian winter), its actually a very pigmented matte pink. On fair skin you do have to apply carefully with a light hand, but I like this blush for getting that flushed, rosy-cheeked, “I’ve been out in the cold” type of look. Its a great fall blush.

NYX Natural blush

PB07 Natural

Natural: A light, cool-toned matte pink. Great shade for fair skin.

NYX Peach blush

PB06 Peach

Peach: NYX is known for inexplicable shade names that don’t give a very accurate description of the actual colour. Peach is a perfect example of that. This blush is not even remotely peach. Its really a pale, soft, matte ballerina pink, very similar to Benefit’s Dandelion. Really love this one!

NYX Peach is a dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Peach is a close dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Angel blush

PB03 Angel

Angel: This is one of my favourite blushes ever! The prettiest shade on fair skin, its a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! I have hit pan on this shade so many times it made my Most Repurchased Products of all time.

NYX Mauve blush

PB13 Mauve

Mauve: Again, another NYX shade name that is very misleading. This is not a plum-toned blush at all. Its one of those soft, neutral, matte blushes with beigey/browny undertones, similar to some of my favourite MAC blushes like Prism, Blushbaby, or Mocha. None are dupes for Mauve. Mauve is more peach than any of them.

swatches NYX Mauve VS MAC Prism Blushbaby Mocha

MAC blushes that give a similar effect as NYX Mauve

Here are all six NYX blushes swatched side-by-side:

swatches NYX blushes Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, Mauve

L-R: Pinched, Bourgeois Pig, Natural, Peach, Angel, and Mauve

I’d love to hear what your favourite NYX blush shades are!

Thanks for reading!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤

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How to Get that 1990s Brown Lipcolour

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

1990s icons: Shannen Doherty, Claire Danes & Liv Tyler

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.

Lipliners for a 1990s brown lip

Lip pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip

MAC Lip Pencils for a 1990s brown lip: Oak, Spice, Cork, & Subculture

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)

swatches 1990s brown lipAre you into the brown lip trend?

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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Ipsy June Glam Bag Review

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

Ipsy Glam Bag for June: Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara, NYX Butter Gloss, Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner, and Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser

The June Glam Bag’s theme was “Pretty in Paradise” and included a beautiful Rebecca Minkoff floral patterned cosmetic bag.

I received:

  • Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray (45 ml sample size):  $11.99 for full 125 ml size
  • Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara: $16.20
  • NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”:  $5.50
  • Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner in “Green”: $5.30
  • Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser (58 ml sample size): $24.00 for full 118 ml size

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

The total retail value of the June bag if I were to purchase the full-sized products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) would be: $62.99 CAD.

I was thrilled to get another NYX Butter Gloss! You can feel my love for them in a previous post. This one was in a shade I didn’t have, Apple Struedel, a pretty peachy coral.

Swatch: NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Struedel

NYX Butter Gloss in “Apple Struedel”

I’m enjoying the Marc Anthony Dream Waves Beach Spray, which smells amazing, like a pina colada. The Skinn Olive & Enzyme Cleanser I am a bit unsure about, as it is very scented (it smells like an orange creamsicle) and does contain oils. I have only used it once; I’m a bit nervous how my skin might react. I also really (unexpectedly) like the green Nicka K New York Shimmer Eyeliner. I don’t often use liquid liners, but I think over a dark smokey eye this could be cool. It sets really well and doesn’t budge once applied, and seems to be fairly water-proof.

The one big “miss” from this month’s Ipsy bag is the Be A Bombshell Lash Out Mascara. It smells horrific, almost like gasoline! I wouldn’t even try it on. Has anyone else tried this mascara? Is there something wrong with mine? Leave me a comment to let me know.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick & Soft Matte Lip Cream

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NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

I love so many of the NYX products, but sadly I’ve recently had two “mehs” from this line, both lip products (which is really too bad after experiencing the loveliness that is the NYX Butter Glosses). I’m just not feelin the NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick or the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream.

I received the Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in my December Ipsy Bag and have tried to like this lipstick. I was excited about it because NYX reformulated this line. Previously, the NYX Round Lipsticks with the curlicue  design on the packaging (which don’t seem to be available in Canada anymore) had a very strong icky, perfumey scent and taste. I literally threw mine out after wearing it once. The new Extra Creamy Round Lipsticks thankfully don’t have the perfumey taste. They don’t smell great, but it’s a mild scent that doesn’t bother me.  But the formula is only ok. It feels almost greasy or oily on the lips and is pretty sheer. Maybe it’s just the “Cream” shade? Please let me know if any of the other shades are worth trying out.

I tried the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream because it was getting a lot of good reviews and was being compared to the OCC Lip Tars. NYX describes it as “Neither lipstick nor lip gloss, this matte lip cream is a new kind of lip color that goes on silky smooth and sets to a matte finish…surprisingly durable and, unlike some matte lipstick formulas, also moisturizing.” I don’t hate this, but I don’t love it either. It’s just not something I reach for. I find it a little uncomfortable to wear and it tends to dry out my lips.

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Swatches: NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream” & Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Stockholm”

Both of the colours are super pretty though!

Price & Where to Buy: The NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick is $4.99 CAD, and the Soft Matte Lip Cream is $6.50 CAD. In Canada NYX is available at Rexall, Pharmasave, some London Drugs, and Lawtons Drugs (Atlantic Canada) and online through Cherry Culture, TSC, FTB Beauty, and Funk ‘n’ Frost Beauty Bar.

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Top 5 Drugstore Blushes for Fair Skin

Top 5 Drugstore Blushes Fair Skin
After starting with my Top 5 High-End Blushes for Fair Skin I said I would return with my top 5 “drugstore” picks. Let me start by admitting that my choices are definitely on the higher-end of what is available in drugstores in terms of price. Although I have plenty of favourite inexpensive makeup products, I find that every time I search through lower priced blushes I have a difficult time finding shades suitable for fair skin. For some reason, lower-priced blushes tend to be either very, very bright or very, very dark. I would love to receive suggestions for good drugstore blushes in more subtle shades that work on lighter skin tones.

Anyway, here are my top five best blushes for fair skin:

NYX Angel blush

NYX “Angel”

The one really big exception in my search for drugstore blushes would be NYX. I love NYX powder blushes and find they wear longer on me than any other blush I’ve tried, including high-end blushes. After 8-12 hours it looks exactly like it did when I first applied it. There are so many shades (at least 25 I believe) but NYX Angel is my absolute favourite. It a unique “neutral” type of blush, with a subtle sheen, that I can only describe as peachy-pinky-apricotty perfection! NYX describes it as “matte soft pink” which I think is totally inaccurate 😛 ($6.50 CAD)

Benefit Coralista Blush

Benefit “Coralista”

Benefit Coralista is a beautiful coral blush with a bit of shimmer. The Benefit blushes have a slight scent that fades after applied. It has not irritated my skin, but I don’t wear it everyday, just in case. I know the price point on this one is high, but in Canada, Benefit is available at all Shoppers Drug Marts. Plus, you could redeem your Optimum points for this and get it for free! ($36.00 CAD)

Cargo Tonga Blush

Cargo “Tonga”

I mentioned this one in a Cargo haul. I have been obsessed with it since I got it. Its a completely matte “earthy” pink – a brownish-pink with a hint of mauve – that is perfect for fair skin. Again, expensive, but in Canada, only sold in drugstores. ($26.00 CAD)

Physicians Formula Rosy Glow Mineral Blush

Physicians Formula “Rosy Glow” Mineral Wear Blush

I heard about Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Blush in “Rosy Glow” when it was mentioned as a drugstore favourite by Tati (GlamLifeGuru). What I like about the Physicians Formula blushes is they are fragrance-free, long-wearing, and come in really light and natural shades. What I don’t like about them is the bulky, unwieldy packaging. “Rosy Glow” is a very natural looking, mostly matte, light pink. ($15.99-$19.99 CAD)

Bourjois Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat

Bourjois Little Round Pot Blush in “Radiant Rose / Rose Eclat”

I picked up several Bourjois blushes last year in England (view post). Although Shoppers Drug Mart carries Bourjois, I don’t think the shade Radiant Rose – a matte, warm pink, which turns out to be my favourite – is available in Canada. They do have lots of other shades that work well with fair skin though. ($19.00 CAD)

Here are all five side-by-side, swatched in natural daylight:

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Swatches (L-R): NYX Angel, Benefit Coralista, Cargo Tonga, Physicians Formula Rosy Glow, and Bourjois Radiant Rose

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.

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

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NYX Baked Blushes: Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

How cute is the packaging on these new NYX Baked Blushes?

I am a huge fan of the regular NYX powder blushes, so I was excited when they came out with a new line of baked blushes. NYX describes them as “Baked to sheer perfection, this luxurious formula is packed full of pigments to provide a natural glow and highlight to the face.” These are definitely not matte, but are intended to be a shimmery, glowey type of blush, as baked blushes often are.

I tried three shades:

  • Ladylike: “Light pink with gold shimmer” – very accurate description.
  • Wanderlust: “Iridescent peach”. A straight-up peach once applied.
  • Chiffon: Oddly described only as “Iridescent highlight”, Chiffon is one of those blush shades I love: a brownish-pink, very “nude” type of shade.
NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush in Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush Swatches (L-R): Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

NYX Baked Blush Swatches (L-R): Ladylike, Wanderlust, & Chiffon

As many reviewers have mentioned, with baked products you have to break through that top layer to really get at the product. The texture was quite nice with the glaring exception of Ladylike. Ladylike is very gritty and scratchy. So I would caution that there seems to be some inconsistency with the formula; it varies depending on the shade. If you’re interested in a specific shade, look for reviews. Ladylike is a very pretty colour, but the texture is horrible which is a shame.

Wanderlust and Chiffon were very smooth and easy to apply. You can also go from sheer to building it up for a more intense colour payoff. My favourite shade is Chiffon.

I haven’t seen the new blushes in stores in Canada yet, but you can buy them through Cherry Culture for $7.69 CAD. Shipping was $15 CAD and they arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I was also impressed with the way it was packaged. There was so much cushioney (recyclable) paper to make sure nothing got damaged.

Have you tried the new NYX blushes? What do you think?

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NYX Butter Glosses: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss in Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

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Is it just me or does it seem like everyone has been talking about the NYX Butter Glosses lately? Maybe because they just released a bunch of new shades? In any case, I had read/watched so many recent reviews about these, I had to try them out for myself. With cute, dessert-inspired names, a sweet vanilla scent, and a lot of shades to choose from, I can understand why people are raving about these.

I’m not always a fan of the scent or taste of NYX lip products, but the Butter Glosses were surprisingly appealing.  The scent is subtle and I didn’t notice it once applied. I also didn’t notice much of a taste. I got the shades:

  • Vanilla Cream Pie: Bright mauvey-pink
  • Creme Brulee: Pale, soft pinkey-nude
  • Tiramisu: Pinkey-brown
NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R:  Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

NYX Butter Gloss Swatches L-R: Vanilla Cream Pie, Creme Brulee, & Tiramisu

I really like these applied over lipliner (MAC Whirl with Tiramisu was my favourite combo so far). They aren’t too shiny or sticky like some lip glosses. Obviously they aren’t super long wearing, but I don’t mind reapplying. I think they are a unique product, and at $5.50 CAD definitely worth trying out.

I ordered mine through Cherry Culture. The shipping wasn’t bad ($15 CAD) and it arrived within 10 days, which is super fast for Canada! I also got a free lime lip balm with my order.

Have you tried any shades that you would recommend?

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Ipsy March Glam Bag Review

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

March Ipsy Glam Bag: NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette, bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick sample, Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Chella Eyeliner Pen

I’m a bit late reviewing my Ipsy Glam bag this month. The March cosmetic bag was my favourite  so far – a super cute, original design by artist Klari Reis. The bag contained:

  • NYX Love in Rio Eye Shadow Palette in “Segredos De Giselle”: $6.75 CAD
  • bareMinerals Marvelous Moxy Lipstick in “Get Ready” (1.5g sample size): $23.00 CAD for full 3.4g size
  • Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer (12ml sample size): $25.00 CAD for full size
  • Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen: $26.90 CAD

Retail prices are in CAD and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

There were only four products in this month’s bag, which is slightly fewer than normal, but three of them were higher end brands that would be over $20 each to purchase on their own.

I love NYX eyeshadows, and I’m happy with the trio I received in “Segredos De Giselle” – a peachy pink, a beige, and a bronzey-brown, all shades that I would wear. The same with the bareMinerals lipstick shade; it’s a super wearable pinky-rose. The shade “Get Ready” seems to be exclusive to Ipsy, as it isn’t available on the Canadian Sephora site. I am also loving the Pixi primer, a water-based, fragrance-free primer that works well with my MUFE HD Invisible Cover Foundation.

I haven’t used the Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner Pen yet, which is a water-resistant liquid liner. I’m not really a blue eyeliner person.

The total retail value of the March bag if I were to purchase these products (not including taxes or shipping, etc.) was: $81.65 CND.

The Chella website ships to Canada, but states “Canadian customers are responsible for all duties and GST”, and doesn’t say what shipping method they use. The Hudsons Bay Company logo is on their site under “About Us” so they may carry Chella products? For where to buy NYX, bareMinerals, and Pixi in Canada, checkout my Canadian Makeup Shopping Guide.

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils

I’m going to start doing posts of my “unfavourites”, basically short reviews about a product I’ve tried that I’m just not that impressed with. Something that I’m not loving, that I feel just “meh” about. I apologize if it’s something you totally love. This is just my opinion.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in 617 Iced Mocha and 615 Slate.

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils in 617 Iced Mocha and 615 Slate.

I am a big fan of NYX eyeshadows and blushes (Angel blush is one of my all time favs) and I like their lip pencils and eyeliners too. The Jumbo Eye Pencils get rave reviews, but I was just underwhelmed by them. I don’t like the texture at all. I found them uneven, difficult to apply and blend, and not long wearing, even when I tried them with an eye primer.

Please like or comment if you want more unfavourites 🙂

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Ipsy December Glam Bag Review

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

Ardell Naturel lashes, NYX Lipstick, NICKA K New York nail polish, POP Beauty eyeshadow trio, Be a Bombshell The One Stick

This is my fourth Glam Bag, and I am still pretty pleased. I had previously reviewed my November Glam Bag. The December theme was “Celebration!”. This bag contained:

  • Ardell Naturel 120 Demi Black lashes: $6.29
  • NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in “Cream”: $5.99
  • NICKA K New York nail polish in “Classic Taupe”: $5.30
  • POP Beauty eyeshadow trio in “Smokin Hot”
  • Be a Bombshell The One Stick in “Girl Crush”: $16.98

Retail prices are in CND and don’t include taxes or applicable shipping.

I love Ardell lashes and it was great to get a new pair just in time for the holidays. I am not typically a big fan of NYX lipsticks, but I’m actually liking the formula of the Extra Creamy Round which doesnt have the typical icky, perfumey NYX lip product scent and taste. Unfortunately the colour doesnt quite suit me but I may check out some of the other shades now.

The NICKA K polish is “DBP, Toluene and added formaldehyde free’ and I loved the colour, but the formula is a bit thin and streaky and required 3-4 coats. I much prefered the Nailtini nail lacquer from last month’s Glam Bag. I also don’t think NICKA K products are available in Canada. I calculated the Canadian price from the American website (which doesnt ship internationally). UPDATE: NICKA K is sold at London Drugs, in-store only.

POP beauty is a UK based brand. I couldn’t find the eyeshadow trio for sale anywhere, which I can only guess means it may have been a special sample prepared for the Glam Bag? I did really like the shadows. The “Smokin Hot” contained great New Year’s Eve (or any party!) shades: white, silvery grey and sparkely black. They were very pigmented and I would try some other POP Beauty eyeshadows if I can find them in Canada.

The only big “fail” from this month’s bag was the Be a Bombshell The One Stick. I had been really impressed with the Be a Bombshell Lip Crayon from last month’s Glam Bag. The One Stick is obviously a take on NARS’ The Multiple. Be a Bombshell says you can use it on “eyelids, cheeks or lips for the perfect pop of color anywhere! Apply as you would regular eyeshadow, blush or lip gloss.” Yeah…not so much. This smooshy, greasy, glittery thing didn’t work on my cheeks, eyelids OR lips. Just awful.

The total retail value of the December bag (minus the POP Beauty eyeshadow which I couldn’t find a price for) was: $34.56. So, for $16 this bag had significantly less value than last month’s $108 Glam Bag.

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“Day of the Dead” Make-up Look

Day of the Dead Makeup

For my Día de Muertos or “Day of the Dead” party, I did a sugar-skull inspired make-up look. Here’s a quick look at the products I used:

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  • Too Faced Shadow Insurance Primer
  • MAC blackground paint pot
  • MAC smolder eye kohl
  • MAC greensmoke eyeshadow (not pictured)
  • NYX black eyeshadow single
  • Milani Color Statement lip liner in true red
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in milk
  • Ardell false lashes
  • any small, pointed brush

I actually didn’t use anything to make my skin paler – I just skipped any bronzer or blush and this is how pale I look (lol). I used eyeshadow primer all around and under my eyes where I painted the black circles. For all of the black areas, I used MAC blackground paint pot and MAC smolder eye kohl, and I set it with NYX black eyeshadow (any matte black shadow would do).

I used MAC greensmoke eyeshadow on my lid to give my eyes a bit more dimension. For the red scallop pattern and dots  I used the red lip liner outlined with the black eye kohl.

On my lips I used the milk Jumbo Eye Pencil and the MAC smolder eye kohl. I was surprised how well this stayed in place all night.

I made the flower headpiece myself using a headband, some Dollar Store fake flowers and a hot glue gun. It was super simple.

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