At the end of January I was off to Toronto for the annual national library conference. While I’m there, I always try to make time to do some of my favourites and sometimes try out new things too (like going to the Bite Lip Lab). I always make time to go to the Eaton’s Centre and hit the Sephora and MAC because there is no Sephora or MAC near where I live. I had a great trip to Sephora this year! Continue reading
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Hi everyone! Today’s post is a quick review of a new lipstick I picked up the last time I was at Sephora. I have heard really great things about the Laura Mercier lippies but have never tried one. I recently got one of the Laura Mercier Lip Parfait Creamy Colourbalms. Don’t you just love the name “Lip Parfait”? Continue reading
Last year I got really into cream shadows, like the MAC Pro Longwear Paint Pots and the Revlon Colorstay Creme Eye Shadows. When I saw the NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks featured in a YouTube video, I was intrigued. Nearly all of the cream eye shadows I’ve tried (like the Chanel Illusion d’Ombre or the Maybelline Color Tattoos) have been in pots. I was curious to try a cream formula that was in a stick. The NARS Velvet Shadow Sticks are touted as “a creamy, blendable eyeshadow packaged in a convenient, portable stick” and come in some truly stunning shades. Continue reading
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
The last time I was in Sephora, I was waiting in the check-out line surrounded by shiny, tempting, mini-sized products and of course the next thing I knew, some of them *mysteriously* ended up in my basket. They get me every time. I can never resist the lure of all of the adorable miniatures and add-ons in the Sephora line. Partly, I love anything miniature, but I also love that you can often sample higher-end products this way at a lower price. Continue reading
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
I haven’t been traveling as much this year, but a few weeks ago I was in Toronto and made it to a Sephora in-person and while there, I spotted the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Bold Lip kit. I really like these Sephora favorites type of kits that let you sample several best-sellers at a great price, but I find they usually sell out too quickly. So I was pretty pumped to get to try out the bold lip favs. I’m really into bold lip shades right now. I think it must be a fall weather thing. Continue reading
Hey everyone! I just wanted to do a quick post about the free items I got with my latest Sephora order, especially because one of the Beauty Deals is pretty great and is still available on the website. When I placed my order, I ended up qualifying for VIB Rouge again [hangs head in shame and cuts up credit card]. I was happy to see that the VIB Rouge Welcome Gift was actually available this time. I never did get the VIB Rouge gift last year (which I think was a mini Marc Jacobs Beauty Lipstick) even after contacting Sephora, who continually said they were “out of stock”, which I think was pretty bad customer service considering how much one has spent when one hits the Rouge level. The only VIB Rouge gift I’d received was for 2014, the first time I qualified, and that was the mini Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick. So I was really pleased with the 2016 VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, a super cute mini NARS blush.
Hi everyone! In May, the fiance had a folklore conference at Université Laval in Quebec City so I decided to tag along. The amount of traveling I have been doing lately has gotten me seriously behind on my blogging. Quebec is our french-speaking province, and Quebec City (the capital with a population of about 500,000) dates back to the 1600s. Its so beautiful and it feels like you’re in Europe. I thought you might like to see a few pics from my trip before I delve into the goodies I picked up while I was there. Continue reading
One of the most exciting things to happen in Newfoundland last year (well in the beauty blogging community anyhow) was that our very first Sephora store opened. Sadly for me, it remains an 8 hour drive away, but while I was in St. John’s to present at a conference, I finally got a chance to go to the new location. I really didn’t go for anything in particular. I just wanted to check out the store. Apparently I visit Sephoras like some people visit other touristy landmarks. The staff there were super nice, and I asked a SA how the store was doing. She said Sephora is shocked at how much business its doing and that sales are way beyond expectations, which I thought was pretty cool. Way to go fellow Canadian beauty product lovers!
While I was there, what did catch my eye was the display of the new Lancome Juicy Shakers. Continue reading
At the Sephora spring sale, I picked up some Bite Beauty lip products (you can see my post about those here) and I also wanted to test out a NARS Single Eye Shadow ($31 CAD), which I had never tried before. While cruising the site, I also noticed the mini Smashbox Photo Matte Eyes Travel Palette. I had recently tried out the Smashbox Full Exposure palette and particularly loved the matte eye shadow shades in it. I actually wrote in my review, “I would definitely like to try more of the Smashbox matte shadows, but their palettes and trios all seem to have a similar mix of shimmers and mattes. Fingers crossed they come out with an all matte palette!” It seems my makeup prayers were answered! So understandably, I was excited to try out the all-matte Smashbox palette. Continue reading
I did a post like this before, 5 Mini Lippies: Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? and I received quite a few comments that people liked that type of review. I redeemed a bunch of Sephora points along with a code for their “Beauty to Love” Sample Bag (8 samples free with $25 purchase and the code BEAUTYFEED) and I thought I would do another Did Samples Convince Me to Buy it or Skip it? post. Its A LOT of samples, so I’m going to do it as two posts, the first on the skin/hair care samples, and the second on the makeup samples. A few of the items I think I might do separate reviews on, I’m not sure. I hope you’ll enjoy them! Continue reading
Happy holidays everyone! I have been pretty much AWOL this December. I had a sensitive family matter occur that required me to suddenly go out of town (it has been a stressful month), and then I also had to travel for work. I returned home with literally nothing done for Christmas. I decorated a tree and did some shopping 3 days before Christmas! I was so unprepared this year. I pretty much failed at Christmassing. I hope everyone else had a much more stress-free holiday than I did 🙂
I did have a lovely Christmas day with my fiance though. I couldn’t resist sharing this story of his adventure in Sephora. He was out-of-town in December as well, and when he was in Ontario, for the first time he actually ventured into a Sephora seeking some Christmas presents for me. He is aware that I have a lot of makeup, so he told me that he asked the SA for the most “obscure tools” they sold, that I would be unlikely to already have. This question apparently earned him a very blank look from the poor SA! Here’s what he chose all by himself after wandering around the store: Continue reading
I don’t know if I’ve mentioned before that I collect mirror compacts. I think its a bit of an odd thing to collect I suppose. I kind of feel like an evil queen – so vain and evil that I collect mirrors! I especially love the Sephora LE compacts but they often sell out almost instantly. I have been on the “email me when in stock” list for the Jem and the Holograms Truly Outrageous Compact Mirror for weeks now. When I finally received an email, I immediately went online and ordered one (its already showing as “out of stock” again online). Continue reading
I just wanted to let you guys know about a few giveaways I found out about today. The first are from Sephora. In an attempt to address concerns about the recent changes in Canadian shipping, Sephora is running Canada’s Daily Gift of Beauty. You can enter the Canada-only giveaway (sorry to my non-Canadian readers) that runs until Friday, October 2, for a chance to win a daily beauty prize. Visit the SephoraCanada Facebook page to see what the prize of the day is, or @sephoracanada on Instagram for a hint about the next day’s prize, and enter to win each day. Continue reading
Bite Beauty is a Canadian brand available exclusively through Sephora, that makes lip products made from food-grade ingredients that are “good enough to eat.” Bite lip products are handcrafted one at a time and contain natural and certified organic ingredients. I have seen such amazing reviews of this brand, and the last time I was in Sephora I swatched many of the shades wanting to try one out. I fell in love with the Luminous Creme lipstick in the shade Cava, but was disappointed that they were sold out of the shade (although that’s always a good sign a colour is popular!). I recently placed an online order and added Cava to my cart. Continue reading
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 was on the Sephora site and noticed a lot of items seemed to be out-of-stock, and not just newly released hot items that you might expect to quickly sell out. Then, a glance at my list of “loves” made me practically have a panic attack. Brands and items that I’ve ordered numerous times suddenly “cannot be shipped to Canada” including Sephora’s own name brand. What’s going on? Could this be some weird website glitch?
Apparently Sephora is opening a Canadian warehouse. The “good news” is orders can be shipped without any duty or Borderfree costs and shipping should be faster. The bad news? Sephora can’t stock items that do not comply with Canadian packaging laws or containing certain ingredients. Smart Canuck’s post included a list of brands released by Sephora that will no longer be available including Laura Mercier, Bobbi Brown, Clinique, Michael Kors, Clarasonic and plenty more. Other items showing out-of-stock *should* be available again as they arrive in the Canadian warehouse.
I was unable to find ANY info about this on the Sephora site. I searched my inbox and although I have tons of promotional emails from them, there are no emails whatsoever about what I think is a fairly serious customer service issue.
I have so many questions! Like:
- How long will it take items to get stocked in the new Canadian warehouse? (A LOT of things are out-of-stock)
- Are brands temporarily no longer available until things get sorted out or permanently disappearing?
- How will in-store stock be affected? (if you’re lucky enough to have a store near you. I don’t)
I’m also confused about claims of cheaper shipping costs because orders can be shipped without duty or Borderfree costs. First of all, I get free shipping as a VIB Rouge, and even if you’re not Rouge, there’s free shipping on orders over $75 CAD. Have you ever tried to place a Sephora order and spent less than $75? I know I haven’t. So shipping isn’t a big concern of mine. Second of all, no duty or Borderfree charges appear on my orders; just 13% HST. Plus, I didn’t find shipping took particularly long.
Not sure how a Canadian warehouse is a good thing if its resulting in fewer brands being available. Its already difficult enough to order beauty products online to ship to Canada. Has anyone else heard anything about this? I’m going to try emailing Sephora customer service. I am pretty darn unhappy with Sephora right now 😦
UPDATE: Sephora Customer Service responded to my email with the following:
“We are excited to announce we have recently started shipping to Canadian addresses from our new warehouse in Canada! By being able to ship directly within Canada, our clients will receive many new benefits, including faster processing and delivery times, elimination of duty charges and the addition of new brands and items to our Canadian product assortment.
If there are certain favourites that appear to be out of stock, try searching for the product by name again; in some cases we have updated the product item number. For other products that no longer appear on the site, we apologize that this is due to stricter language packaging restrictions that we are required to adhere to by law in order to ship within Canada.
We understand that this may be frustrating and invite you to continue to check back as these products may become available again in the future.”
When I searched for some of the items showing as out-of-stock on my favourites list by item name like they suggested, most were in stock (like the Urban Decay Setting Spray) but some were still showing as out-of-stock (like the Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder). Any brands showing “item cannot be shipped to Canada” are really gone with little reassurance that they will be returning anytime soon.
If you’re looking for alternative sites to order from in the meantime, check out my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians.
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
Hi everyone! I took advantage of the 15% off VIB Rouge discount to order a few things today. I re-ordered some favourites, the Guerain Maxi Lash Mascara, the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, and my favourite perfume, Issey Miyake. I love getting it in the rollerball form because its so easy to apply and to travel with.
I’d purchased a WEN On the Go Travel Kit and really liked the Sweet Almond Mint Replenishing Treatment, but the full-size is fairly pricey ($41 CAD), so I’m glad I could get this on sale.
I also got two lipsticks to review for my ongoing High-end Lipstick Review series, Dolce & Gabbana and YSL. Can’t wait to review these!
How about you? Are you taking advantage of the VIB sale?
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
Hello, my little Awkward Annies! Earlier this year I hit the 100 follower mark, and I had planned on doing a giveaway then. Life sidetracked me a bit, so I’m just now getting around to it. I’m humbled and honored that you have taken the time to read my little blog on a regular basis. To show my appreciation, I’m giving one lucky winner a $50 Sephora eCard. Here are the rules:
- Anyone can enter! The gift card will be sent to the winner via email.
- The contest begins today and will end next Friday (April 3rd, 2015). A winner will be chosen that evening and contacted via their blog.
- To enter, you must be a follower of this blog. You must also share this post on your own blog. Finally, you must comment below, answering the following question: What is your favorite beauty product(s) for spring?…
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In my last “battle of the makeup sponges” post comparing the BeautyBlender to the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion sponge, I declared the less expensive Real Techniques sponge a pretty good dupe for the Beautyblender. I was already a huge fan of the Beautyblender; the latex-free, washable, reusable sponge is my favourite way to apply my MUFE HD Foundation.
The thing about washable, reusable sponges that I find a bit annoying is the washing them part. Its a bit of a pain to rinse all of the cleanser out and I also microwave them regularly for 30 seconds to keep them germ- free (which actually works BTW). I’ve enjoyed having both the BeautyBlender and the Real Techniques so when one is dirty, I can use the other.
So when I saw the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set for $12 CAD as a Black Friday deal, I thought – I need more sponges! Although these minis aren’t available on the Sephora site anymore, Sephora does have a regular sized Precision sponge. But do these cute little sponges perform as well as the original BeautyBlender?
Here’s what I felt was similar:
- Both are latex-free!
- Similar material: The Sephora Precision sponges are almost as soft and neither soak up much product.
- Both blend liquid foundation into my skin perfectly. The Sephora sponges did just as good a job as the Beautyblender.
Some differences I DIDN’T like as much:
- Size. The Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set is, as advertised, “mini” so it took a little bit longer to blend my entire face than it did with the larger BeautyBlender. However, the regular sized Sephora Precision sponge looks to be a comparable size (and shape) to the BeautyBlender.
- Poofiness. The Sephora sponges don’t poof up as much and increase in size as much when you wet them. They seem a bit denser. I find they feel a tiny bit less soft against the skin because of this.
- Packaging: The Beautyblender comes with it’s own little plastic “house” you can dry it on and store it in. Like the Real Techniques sponge, the Sephora sponges did not.
I think the Sephora sponges are a good dupe and apply liquid foundation just as well as the BeautyBlender. But consider the prices:
BeautyBlender: $26 CAD
Real Techniques: $9.99 CAD
Sephora Precision Sponge (regular size): $18 CAD
If the choice was between Sephora and Real Techniques, I would go with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge hands down!
Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤
The order I placed on Black Friday arrived yesterday. I had really wanted the little Smashbox mini lipstick duo, but it sold out early. I did get to grab two of the deals, the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Collection and the adorable Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set. Both were $12 CAD.
I also added the Sephora Collection VIP Pass Eyeshadow Palette to my cart, because for $12, why not? I really like the gold, wallet-like packaging and the magnetic clasp!
The colours are on the neutral side:
I think the quality of the eyeshadows are what you’d expect for an inexpensive Sephora palette. Its a bit shimmery overall. There are only 2 matte shades: the dark brown and the black shades on the far right. The texture of the shimmery shades are nice, but I found the matte shades a bit patchy.
I am going to do a full review of the Sephora Precision Makes Perfect Mini Airbrush Set and compare them to my Beautyblender and my Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.
Did you manage to snag any good Black Friday deals?
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
Its the most wonderful time of the year! The Sephora VIB sale is here, when VIB & VIB Rouge members get 20% off all purchases. Today is the last day of the sale. I took advantage of the discount mostly by restocking items I was nearly out of (and picking up a few new things I haven’t tried). Here’s what I ordered:
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Nerdy Librarian Girl
I was in Sephora in Toronto at the end of August, and I saw these new little egg-shaped lip balms. They are literally the cutest thing ever. At $10 CAD I had to try one. There are five tinted shades and one clear balm, and I was immediately attracted to the deepest one, “06 Soda Pop” a purpley-plummy shade.
I was really surprised by three things. One: the colour pay-off. These tinted balms are super pigmented! It stained my lips slightly too. Check out one swipe:
The second surprise was that they’re scented and flavoured. “Soda Pop” tastes slightly like cherry cola or maybe cream soda? It’s not too overpowering though. I’m not normally a huge fan of scented or flavoured lip products but I just love the colour of this one so much. Apparently each one has it’s own unique flavour/scent so I can’t comment on the others.
The third surprise is how moisturizing this little balm is. It really gives a long-lasting, hydrating feel to the lips. It actually reminds me of the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, especially since the colour is so pigmented and long-wearing too.
They are also visually similar to the EOS Smooth Sphere Lip Balms. I really didn’t like the EOS balms, which comes in similar egg-like packaging.
I got the one in the pink egg, “Strawberry Sorbet”. All the EOS balms are clear, and each one has its own flavour/scent. I was using the EOS as a lip balm, because why else would you use it if its not tinted? Not only did it not feel hydrating, it actually dried out and irritated my lips even more. If you were disappointed by the EOS lip balms, you might want to give the Sephora Kiss Me Balms a chance. The formula is much better, the black and clear packaging is much chicer, and they’re tinted with pretty shades.
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Nerdy Librarian Girl