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Vampy Retro Lips (just in time for fall)

vampy, retro, vintage fall lipsticks

Vampy, plum-toned lipsticks perfect for fall!

All the leaves have turned beautiful fall colours here in Canada, and isn’t fall a perfect time for rich, plum-toned lip colours? Dark, vampy lipsticks always make me feel like I’m in a classic black and white film. These are some of my favourite vintagey lipsticks:

Besame Noir Red: Not actually a red, but a deep 1930s plum, it has a semi-matte finish. Totally vintage, the Besame lipsticks are exact reproductions of shades worn by Hollywood starlets. This is a perfect film noir, retro pin-up lipstick! $22 USD.

theBalm Girls Amanda Kissmylips: More of a brown-toned plum, on fair skin this has a similar, old-school vampy look as the Besame Noir Red. But theBalm Gilrs lipsticks are very hydrating and have a bit more shine. Love the cute names too! $20 CAD.

Revlon Super Lustrous Va Va Violet:  The Revlon lipsticks are some of my favourites. This rich purple lipstick is a full-on goth type of shade. It goes on a bit sheer, so you could go for a more subtle plum stain or build it up for a bold, vampy lip. Embrace your inner femme fatale! $9.99 CAD.

Revlon Colorstay Moisture Stain in Parisian Passion: Another great drugstore option. I was really impressed by the Moisture Stain and love this deep purple/plum shade. Check-out my full review. $9.99 CAD.

MAC Hang-up (cremesheen): This “deep berry” is a perfect fall shade. I think depending on your undertones, it could look either more raspberry or more blackberry. Its definitely more purpley-plummy on me. $19 CAD.

MAC Capricious (lustre): This luscious plum lipstick is my absolute favourite right now. I have almost used it up and will definitely be repurchasing this shade. Its also the plum lipstick worn by “evil queen” Regina on one of my favourite shows, One Upon a Time. $19 CAD.

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips,Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

Swatches: Besame Noir Red, theBalm Amanda Kissmylips, Revlon Va Va Violet, Revlon Parisian Passion, MAC Hang-up, MAC Capricious

I’d love to hear your fall lipstick favourites!

Hoping all my Canadian readers are having an awesome, turkey-filled Thanksgiving long-weekend!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl

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De-Cluttering my Makeup Collection: Tossing some things I didn’t like

As I mentioned in my last post, I just bought a house and have to sell my current house, so there’s lots of de-cluttering and packing going on. As I go through my makeup collection, I have been trying to be ruthless about tossing out things I really don’t like and probably won’t use anymore. This post is about some of those “unfavourites”: things I have tried (and in some cases tried and tried and tried) to like, but just aren’t working for me. It was time to say goodbye to:

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher and Concealer

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher & Concealer in “Fair”

Revlon PhotoReady Translucent Finisher: Since I switched to liquid foundation, I have been searching for a light, non-cakey touch-up powder to powder my t-zone with, as it can get a bit shiny throughout the day. This powder is definitely NOT non-cakey and looks very obvious over my foundation. I also hate the ginormous packaging which is way too big for my purse and looks ridiculous to use as a compact for a in public touch-ups. $15.99 CAD.
Revlon PhotoReady Concealer in “Fair”: I bought this to conceal occasional blemishes (find out how my skincare routine has dramatically reduced those). Again its NOT non-cakey, looks obvious on the skin plus its slightly too dark for my fair skin tone and its their lightest shade. $10.99 CAD.

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil in Translucent

bareMinerals Ready Touch Up Veil: I was soo excited about this product because I was a big fan of bareMinerals, but the loose powder can be a pain to carry around and use for touch ups. What could be better than their mineral veil in pressed form, I thought? Hmm…a lot of things apparently. I have really tried to make this work (different puffs, brushes, etc.) but this powder just looks awful on me. Its cakey, breaks down and looks patchy, and doesn’t help reduce shine at all as claimed. Its available at Sephora for $28.00 CAD.

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder

theBalm Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder: I have had this a while (I got it last year in my theBalm haul). I haven’t been able to part with it because the packaging, like all theBalm packaging, is just so cute. This is yet another touch-up powder that is not working for me for similar reasons as above. And although this is allegedly “translucent”, it does oxidize on me and go a bit orangey. As a stylish, portable compact I give it an “A” but I give the powder inside “F”. It’s also pricey at $26.00 CAD.

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in Fair

Rachel K CC Cream in “Fair”: I ordered this from LisalisaD1 for $39.00 USD plus shipping. I will admit I generally don’t have any luck with primers. I have yet to find one I like that doesn’t irritate my skin and/or cause breakouts (I think I’m likely sensitive to the silicone in them). I didn’t like the smell of the Rachel K, a heavily scented, old-fashioned “makeupy” smell. It didn’t work under my bareMinerals foundation or under my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation. Maybe the ingredients were at odds with each other, but this seemed to repel both foundations and make their application less smooth and even. I am passing this one on to my Mom who really likes primers and maybe she’ll have more luck.

Thanks for stopping by ❤

Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Best “Nude” Lipstick for Fair Skin

theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

I love the nude lipstick look in theory, but as anyone else with fair skin knows, “nude” lips are not necessarily a flattering look. Many popular nude shades, with practically cult followings, on me end up looking like I smeared foundation over my lips or simply make me look ill.

But then, enter theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”. I first picked this up last year along with several other theBalm products. I have been obsessed with it ever since. I was down to the last little nub, and luckily was able to pick up another one while I was traveling (I can’t buy theBalm where I live). When you have a healthy sized lipstick collection and you use up a lipstick in under a year, it’s a pretty good sign.

Mai Billsbepaid is a pinky-brown nude. It’s the perfect “nude” for me and very wearable for everyday. It has hardly left my purse. I have cool toned skin with pink undertones (I’m an “NC15” but in reality lighter than that). This shade works really well with my skin tone, doesn’t wash me out, and just looks effortless and natural.

Swatch: theBalm Girls Lipstick in Mai Billsbepaid

Swatch Lovin: theBalm Girls Lipstick in “Mai Billsbepaid”

The formula of theBalm Girls Lipsticks is amazing. Very smooth, creamy, super hydrating, and not too opaque and not too sheer. Just right! The finish is slightly shiny. In fact, I think they remind me of the MAC Lustre Lipsticks which I love. theBalm lipsticks also have a pleasant, light scent that fades after you apply it. Sort of a chocolate mint scent. The silver bullet packaging is adorable. It’s the kind of lipstick you just enjoy pulling out and applying over and over again.

theBalm Girls Lipsticks are $20.00 CAD. In Canada, you can get theBalm at London Drugs and Rexall, or online through NailPolishCanada.com or Nordstrom.

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Love,

Nerdy Librarian Girl

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Top Five Blushes for Fair Skin (High-End)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

My top five blushes for fair skin (high-end)

Sorry I haven’t posted much this week. Its the end of semester so work has been very busy. I thought I would share my blush recommendations for fair skin. This post is my top five high-end blushes. I will do my drugstore blush picks soon though!

These are in no particular order:

NARS Deep Throat

NARS “Deep Throat”

I have several NARS blushes and they have such an enormous shade range its easy to find one that works for you. My favourite NARS blush is Deep Throat, a peachy-pink that is similar to NARS Orgasm, but a lot less shimmery. ($33.00 CAD)

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 In Love

Chanel Joues Contraste 55 “In Love”

I mentioned this in a recent post, and I am totally in love with Chanel In Love. I think anyone with fair skin will like this natural, peachy-coral blush with a subtle shimmer that gives you the perfect glow. ($48.00 CAD)

theBalm FratBoy

theBalm “FratBoy”

The deepest of the five shades, theBalm’s FratBoy is a completely matte, corally-pink. I consider theBalm a “high-end” line because its difficult to find in Canada (most drug stores don’t carry it) and the price point is higher than what I consider “drugstore” ($24.00 CAD).

LORAC Exposed

LORAC Baked Matte Satin blush in “Exposed”

Lorac Baked Matte Satin blush in Exposed is a favourite of LisaLisaD1‘s and bought this one from her online shop actually. Despite its name, this blush is NOT matte; it has a beautiful (not too shimmery) sheen. I often use it as a highlight for the tops of my cheeks over another blush. Its fabulous on its own too. This peachy-pink blush is one of my all time favourites. If you’re searching for LORAC in Canada, try the Nordstrom’s site which has reasonable shipping and no additional customs charges. ($27.70 CAD)

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in "Dollface"

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour blush in “Dollface”

I have three of the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes. My Dollface is the “baby” sized version, but its available in the full-size. Dollface is a light, cool-toned, matte pink. It gives a very natural flush to the cheeks and is super long-wearing. ($31.00)

Here they are swatched in natural daylight:

Top 5 blushes for fair skin -  swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

Top 5 blushes for fair skin – swatches L-R: NARS Deep Throat, Chanel In Love, theBalm FratBoy, LORAC Exposed, Tarte Dollface.

For information on where to purchase these brands in Canada, checkout my Makeup Shopping Guide for Canadians. I’ll be back soon with my top five drugstore blushes!

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

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TheBalm Splurge & Review

The selection of theBalm cosmetics on the Canadian Sephora website isn’t great, so when I had a chance to pick some up at a London Drugs (there aren’t any near where I live) I got a little excited.

theBalm Cosmetics

theBalm Cosmetics

I love theBalm’s cheeky retro packaging and product names. I picked up three of theBalm Girls lipsticks; the Shadow/Blushes in DownBoy and FratBoy; Stainiac Lip & Cheek Stain; Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder; and the “Meet Matt(e)” Matte Eyeshadow Palette.

Let’s start with the lipsticks. These are probably the nicest lipsticks I have ever used. They are so moisturizing and long-wearing. They do have a slight, almost minty scent that happily fades away almost immediately. I am obsessed with the pinky-nude “Mai Billsbepaid” which might be my favorite lipstick ever.

theBalm Girls Lipsticks in Amanda Kissmylips, Mai Billsbepaid, and Ima Goodkisser

theBalm Girls Lipsticks in Amanda Kissmylips, Mai Billsbepaid, and Ima Goodkisser

theBalm Girls Lipsticks in Amanda Kissmylips, Mai Billsbepaid, and Ima Goodkisser

theBalm Girls Lipsticks in Amanda Kissmylips, Mai Billsbepaid, and Ima Goodkisser

I am also impressed with the blushes, which are very pigmented and long-wearing. FratBoy is a wearable corally-pink with a satin finish (not too shimmery). DownBoy is more of a classic pink, slightly cool-toned with a satin finish.

theBalm Shadow/Blushes in DownBoy &FratBoy

theBalm Shadow/Blushes in DownBoy &FratBoy

As a matte eyeshadow fan, I am enjoying the “Meet Matt(e)” palette. The shadows are very high-quality, smooth, and easy to apply and blend. I would really like to get the “Meet Matt(e) Nude” palette, but the London Drugs I was in didn’t carry it.

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Matte Eyeshadow Palette

theBalm Meet Matt(e) Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I was surprised at how much I like the Staniac cheek stain, as I really love Benefit’s Benetint and find most other cheek stains I’ve tried can’t compare. This one is great and the packaging is super travel friendly.

theBalm Staniac Lip and Cheek Stain

theBalm Staniac Lip and Cheek Stain

The only one disappointing product was the Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder. Far from being translucent, it is quite dark and yellow-toned once applied, and it tended to oxidize and darken on me as the day went on.

In Canada, theBalm products can be ordered on the London Drugs website (but in-store selection is way better), the Sephora website (which doesn’t carry the full line) and NailPolishCanada.com. I wouldn’t recommend theBalm.com website because customs will be extra and can end up costing a lot.

theBalm Girls lipsticks: $17.00 CND
theBalm Shadow/Blush: $24.00 CND
Stainiac Lip & Cheek Stain: $17.00 CND
Sexy Mama Anti-Shine Translucent Powder: $26.00 CND
“Meet Matt(e)” Matte Eyeshadow Palette: $34.00 CND

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