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NARS Velvet Shadow Stick Review

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca

NARS Velvet Shadow Stick in Oaxaca

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

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Battle of the Makeup Wipes: One Fav & One Fail

Neutrogena and Bioderma makeup remover wipes review
As handy as makeup removing wipes are, I don’t use them every day. I have a whole night-time skincare routine that I normally stick to, and to remove my makeup I use Bioderma Sensibio H2O cleansing and make-up removing water with the Quo Luxury Cotton Facial Pads (which are a dupe for the pricier Shiseido Facial Cotton). But every now and then, isn’t it so convenient to have some makeup removing wipes on hand to quickly take your makeup off and cleanse when you’re just too tired to go through your entire routine? I also really like makeup removing wipes for traveling. I had a bit of a hard time finding fragrance-free makeup wipes though, so for everyone out there like me with sensitive skin, I thought I would review the two fragrance-free makeup removing wipes that I’ve tried. One has become a re-purchased fav,  and one was a huge fail. Continue reading


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Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip: Does it Really Work?

Benefit They're Real! Double the Lip
As soon as I saw this new lip product from Benefit, I knew I had to try it. Benefit is one of the cutest, retro-inspired brands and they have the greatest packaging and iconic product names. Some of their products can be a bit gimmicky but they are never boring! Their Benefit They’re Real! Double the Lip Beyond Sexy Lipstick & Liner in One was just too interesting to pass up. Benefit bills it as “This lip liner & lipstick in one features a Custom Teardrop Tip that grabs and defines your lip line and fills in lips with complementing colour for the appearance of volume and dimension.” I had never seen a built in, separate lip liner colour in a lipstick before. Visually, these Double the Lip two-tone lipsticks were irresistible. Continue reading


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A Less Than Glowing Review

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter

Its always a bummer to have to do a less than positive review, but a gal has to be honest, right? With a Sephora gift card I received over Christmas, I wanted to try out a new product. I love using a gift card to splurge on something totally new. I’m already a huge fan of the Laura Mercier Secret Concealer and have repurchased it multiple times. I like to use it under my eyes and pair it with a highlighting or illuminating type of concealer like the L’oreal Magic Lumi. I had the $38.00 CAD Laura Mercier Candleglow Concealer and Highlighter on my wish list for a while. Advertised as a “versatile concealer and highlighter for the undereye area and the face that provides sheer coverage with a soft, radiant finish” I thought this would be a great product for creating some luminous glowiness under my eyes.
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Can a Silicone “Sponge” Compete with the Beauty Blender?

The Beauty Blender VS the Silisponge makeup blender

The Beauty Blender VS the Silisponge silicone sponge makeup blender

If you are a YouTube fan, you will likely have seen some of the reviews of the newest (and possibly oddest) beauty product being talked about right now – the silicone makeup applicator/blender. Its getting fairly mixed reviews, and I was so curious I just had to try it out for myself. Originally created by indie beauty brand Molly Cosmetics, their SiliSponge is currently sold out. However, I ordered one from Silico-Sponge.com (they ship to Canada via Canada Post) for the same price that looks identical in shape and size. It is basically a blob of 100% silicone, so I’m not sure how they could be that different?

As soon as I heard about a silicone makeup “sponge” I was intrigued, mainly because Nerdy Librarian Girl is also a huge germaphobe, as evidenced by such posts as How to Sanitize Makeup, AKA my unnatural obsession with 95% rubbing alcohol, or Microwaving your Beauty Blender (spoiler alert: it really works). Silicone is super hygienic! I loved the idea of a makeup applicator that is non-porous, that wouldn’t absorb product, and that would be incredibly easy to clean. But, would it work as well as the Beauty Blender for applying foundation? Continue reading


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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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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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The Body Shop Sensitive Skin Line: Did it Work for Me?

The Body Shop Aloe Vera Eye Cream Review for Sensitive Skin

Fragrance, colour and alcohol-free eye cream

While I was in The Body Shop checking out their makeup products, I mentioned to the SA that I can’t use the skincare products because I’m really sensitive to scented products. She told me that they had a small line of products for sensitive skin that were fragrance-free. I didn’t know that! I decided to try the Aloe Vera Eye Defense which is $19 CAD. The area around my eyes is extremely sensitive and I have had reactions to nearly every fragrance-free cream I’ve tried including Clinique. The one eye cream that doesn’t irritate my skin is the crazy pricey Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm ($80 CAD!), so I normally stick to my dermatologist recommended, water-based, unscented  Complex 15 and use it around my eyes as well my face. Continue reading


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What the Heck Sephora Canada?

Why are these brands suddenly unavailable in Canada?

Why are certain brands suddenly unavailable in Canada?

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?

I immediately took to facebook, twitter and the interwebs to see if anyone else knew what was up and found some info on Canadian Daily Deals and Smart Canucks blog. Disturbing info.

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 ❤


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Review of L’oreal La Nude Palettes 1 & 2

Loreal La Nude Palette 1 and 2

Couldn’t choose so I got them both!

After seeing reviews for the L’oreal La Nude palettes, I was bummed that I hadn’t seen them yet in any of my local drugstores. While I was in Toronto I happened to pop into a Shoppers Drug Mart and when I saw the La Nude palettes 1 and 2 I was so excited I grabbed them both. I had high hopes for these after being really impressed with the Maybelline The Nudes palette (see review).

The La Nudes 1 has your typical brown and taupe type of neutral shades that I think has a nice mix of both cool and warm tones, vs some palettes which tend to lean one way or the other. It has 4/10 matte shades.

Loreal La Nude Palette 1

La Nude 1 – brown and taupe neutrals

La Nudes 2 is more of a pink and plum toned palette. It has 6/10 matte shades.

Loreal La Nude Palette 2

La Nude 2 – more pinks and plums

Here are the swatches of the La Nude 1 VS La Nude 2:

swatches Loreal La Nude Palette 1

La Nude 1

swatches Loreal La Nude Palette 2

La Nude 2

Sadly, I can’t do a positive review of these palettes. I found the quality of these shadows just isn’t there for me. Here were my main issues:

Major fall-out: The La Nude 1 had the most fall-out. It was a mess trying to apply them and I would have to do a ton of clean-up under my eyes with a cotton bud. I did think the La Nude 2 had less fall-out.

Dude, where’s my eye shadow? When I tried to blend these shadows, they would nearly disappear and I would have to go back and reapply them to try to build the intensity back up (who has the time?).

Creasing & fading: Most of the shades from the La Nude 1 creased on me – with primer. The La Nude 2 shades didn’t crease, but both palettes would fade on me throughout the day.

Too expensive! In Canada, the La Nude palettes are a whopping $29.99 CAD. By comparison, Maybelline The Nudes palette is only $14.99 CAD and you get 12 neutral shadows (vs only 10 in the L’oreal palettes). I would skip the L’oreal and get the Maybelline or some of the new NYX shadows which are awesome (see review) instead.

I think I could have been less critical of the La Nudes if it wasn’t for the price. I expected better quality from a $30 palette. I have so many other shadows that I like way more. The L’oreal La Nudes were a miss for me.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour

I was so excited to try the Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour, because I loved the Rimmel Apocalips and the Stay Glossy lipgloss. I am generally a fan of the Rimmel lip products. I was also totally in love with the beautiful deep plum shade, Kiss Fatal.

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour in 230 Kiss Fatal

230 Kiss Fatal

The Provocalips is one of those two-step, long-wearing lip products. The Rimmel site explains:
STEP 1: Apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.
STEP 2: Apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.”

Rimmel London Provocalips 16HR Kissproof Lip Colour 230 Kiss Fatal swatch

Kiss Fatal swatched with topcoat

Unfortunately, the Provocalips did not work out for me at all. I found the step 1 colour difficult to apply evenly. Although I let it set for a minute the first time, and then even longer the next few times I tried it (several minutes), when I applied the step 2 topcoat it would wipe away some of the colour.

The topcoat was really different than other 2-step products I’ve tried before like the Revlon ColorStay Overtime Lipcolor or the MUFE Aqua Rouge. Instead of being clear its thick and more opaque like a lip balm – a pretty odd formula. It did a good job of keeping my lips moisturized though.

As opposed to providing 16 hours of wear, I didn’t find it long-wearing at all, and even worse, within an hour  it looked very patchy and uneven. Provocalips was definitely a miss for me.

Have you tried it? I’m curious if other folks had a similar experience.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Mini-Review: Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

gift with purchase

Hi everyone! This is just a quick review of the Estee Lauder Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara. I received this sample sized mascara a while back as a gift with purchase when I picked up some EsteeLauder lipsticks. I’ve used up my favourite Guerlain Maxi Lash and I’m waiting for the Sephora VIB Rouge sale (which starts tomorrow!) to purchase another one, so I’ve been trying out the Estee Lauder.

FYI – the full size looks like this:

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara

Full-sized Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara ($29 CAD)

I am not a fan of this mascara. The brush is way too big and the bristles are thick and close together. I can’t apply it without getting mascara on my eyelids. #hoodedlidproblems

Estee Lauder Sumptuous Mascara wand

Sumptuous Mascara wand – a ginormous, bristle brush

It also flakes off like crazy! By the end of the day I have all kinds of little black flakes under my eyes and on my cheeks. Total deal breaker for me when it comes to mascara. I haven’t tried any of the other Estee Lauder mascaras (they have 10 of them!) but I am a huge fan of their Pure Color Envy Lipstick.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Review: New NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation

When I was last in Sephora, a super friendly SA demoed the new NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation for me and gave me a generous sample to try. I’ve given up on buying high-end foundation without trying out a sample first, if possible. The All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation is $57.00 CAD, so I definitely wanted to test out a sample before buying! I’ve been wearing it to work all week and I feel like I have made up my mind about it.

I asked the SA for the palest shade, and she gave me the shade Siberia. On the Sephora website, its described as “light w/ neutral balance of pink & yellow undertones.” There’s also two other very light shades: Mont Blanc, “light with pink undertones” and Gobi, “light with yellow undertones.”

Siberia is probably one of the palest, whitest (not pink or yellow toned) liquid foundations I’ve ever seen which is amazing! I have a really difficult time finding foundation light enough for me, and the first day I wore this someone told me, concerned, that I “looked pale.” I also have a difficult time with foundations oxidizing on me and shifting colour throughout the day. This did not happen at all. The colour really did stay true the entire time I was wearing it.

The foundation is described as “An oil-free foundation that delivers full, natural-looking coverage with one drop, for lightweight, 16-hour wear” and that “builds and blends effortlessly.” I would totally agree that it is full, yet natural looking coverage and not a thick mask of makeup (and I’m not always a big fan of full coverage). It also stayed on literally the entire day. But here is where the negative part of the review comes in. Before I cover the negatives, just to be clear, this is a foundation that you are supposed to shake. The SA said to stir the sample before each application, which I did.

This stuff did not blend effortlessly for me. I cannot imagine trying to blend out “one-drop” over my entire face. It reminds me of Revlon ColorStay only it “sets” even faster. It dries in place very quickly to the point that it took a lot of work to blend in and look natural. I tried several different methods of application: Beauty Blender, fingers, foundation brushes, including the Real Techniques Buffing Brush (normally a good one), but nothing really worked for me. I didn’t enjoy fighting with this foundation every morning 😦

Another negative for me was the finish. The word “luminous” may be in the product name, but this foundation is pretty much completely matte on me. I  prefer a liquid foundation that gives a more dewy, hydrated appearance to the skin. I have fairly dry skin and this foundation really accentuated that. It even made my skin feel dryer.

So to summarize…


  • Very light shades available for fair skin!
  • Colour stays true and doesn’t oxidize
  • Natural, not heavy/opaque combined with full coverage which is rare
  • Long wearing
  • Probably a good foundation for those with oily skin


  • Difficult to apply and blend
  • Sets too quickly
  • Matte finish, accentuated dryness
  • Not a good foundation for those with dry skin

I don’t think this is a bad foundation necessarily, it just isn’t the type of foundation I prefer and I don’t think its a good one for dry skin. If you’re looking for something extremely light and haven’t been able to find a foundation that matches your fair skin, this might be for you. If you have oily skin and are a fan of foundations like Revlon ColorStay, you would probably like this. My skin is super dry right now with the crazy cold, dry winter weather we’ve been having. I don’t think I’ll be purchasing this one.

Have you tried the NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation yet? What do you think?

I’ve also never tried NARS Sheer Glow, so please let me know if you think I’d like that foundation.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Review: New Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick

New Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

New Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks

Hi everyone and Happy Friday the 13th! Do you think of Friday the 13th as unlucky? Some people believe its an unlucky day to travel or start a new project, and others think its actually a day that brings good luck. I certainly didn’t have much luck with these new Revlon Ultra HD Lipsticks, although I don’t think I can blame the calendar.

I typically love Revlon lip products, especially the Super Lustrous Lipsticks, Lip Butters (I have about 9 or 10 of these at last count), Kissable Balm Stains (I just got a new Adore, my fav shade), and Colorstay Moisture Stain. I was soo excited about the Ultra HD Lipsticks! Apparently they were released last fall, but they only just appeared where I live. Advertised as having “revolutionary wax-free gel technology for true color clarity in one smooth swipe”, I instantly fell in love with the look of the packaging, which is the same as the Lip Butters, but with a smooth, untextured, see-through cap with a  top that looks like a clear jewel. I didn’t even read any reviews (spoiler alert: this was a mistake).

I picked mine up at Target. As you have likely already heard, all of the Target stores in Canada are closing in what’s being described as the biggest corporate bankruptcy in Canadian history. Sales are beginning, and last week, all makeup went on sale for 30% off so I thought this would be a great time to purchase some of the new Ultra HD Lipsticks. At Target they were regularly $8.99 CAD. With the discount, I paid $6.29 for each.

My first disappointment came when I saw the shades in real life. Although there are 20 shades, I had a difficult time finding ones I liked – the opposite of my experience with the Lip Butters. There were a lot of bright pinks, orangey shades, and browns (like full on 1990s browns). Target didn’t have any testers either. I eventually settled on HD Primrose and HD Rose (all the shades are named after flowers).

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Primrose and HD Rose

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in HD Primrose and HD Rose

Revlon HD Rose and HD Primrose

HD Rose and HD Primrose

HD Rose is a soft, muted, more cool-toned pink. I have since seen it swatched on other blogs looking like a much prettier purple-toned pink, but on me it looked more peachy-corally pink. HD Primrose is a darker shade, a rosey brownish-pink.

Swatches: Revlon Ultra HD Primrose and HD Rose

Swatches: HD Primrose and HD Rose

Once I got these home I experienced more disappointments. Ugh – the packaging! Having read other reviews now, I know I’m not alone in my frustration. A lipstick that doesn’t retract all the way + a clear cap = huge mess. You can’t avoid nicking the lipstick with the cap when you close it.

Ugh – the formula! You can even see in the swatch, these lipsticks don’t go on smoothly or evenly. “One smooth swipe”? Um, nope. HD Rose looked just awful. It was patchy and settled into any little lines in my lips. HD Primrose just sat on top of my lips blandly with a dull finish. I didn’t like the way either shade looked on me. They also felt thick and drying and uncomfortable.

Ugh – the scent! The worst and most disappointing thing of all was the overwhelming, sickly sweet, cherry cough drop scent that hit me as soon as I removed the cap. Ick! And you can really taste it when you’re wearing it. Bleck!

What was Revlon thinking with these? They are a real miss for me.

Have you tried them?

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Two Plum Lipstick Discoveries from the Drugstore

CoverGirl LipPerfection Lipcolour 340

CoverGirl LipPerfection 340 “Entwined” and Revlon Super Lustrous 465 “Plumalicious”

good plum drugstore lipsticks

Spoiler alert: One of these lipsticks was a hit, and one was a bit of a fail. Keep reading to find out which one was which 🙂

I’m so obsessed with plum lipsticks right now. My Mom and I went on a mission to our local drugstore to find her some good plums and, of course, I ended up with a few too. She found some really beautiful shades in the Milani Color Statement lipsticks: 20 Uptown Mauve, 21 Sangria (deep purple berry), and 24 Black Cherry (a dark, vampy wine). I just can’t get past the watermelon scent of these, but my Mom loves them and says they are creamy and lovely. I must say I really liked the shades.

Milani Uptown Mauve, Sangria, Black CherryI picked up another Revlon Super Lustrous lipstick in Plumalicious. Its a berry plum that’s a little on the reddish-brown side but with enough purpleness to keep it in the plum family. Its fairly dark on me, but is a wearable shade and the pearl finish keeps it from being too vampy. Its slightly sheer and a little bit glossy. I totally love it.

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

Revlon Super Lustrous Plumalicious

I decided to be brave and try another drugstore brand lippie, although I’m generally not a big fan of anything else besides the Revlon lip products, mainly due to the scents. The scent of the Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolour didn’t seem too objectionable; a not overly strong cotton-candy scent. I really, really, loved the shade Entwined, a cooler-toned, deep mauvey plum.

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

Covergirl LipPerfection Lipcolor Entwined

This shade looked rich and lovely and had crazy intense staying power. Here’s where it all went awry though: It really stains your lips. The problem is it didn’t stain my lips a flattering berry shade. It stained my lips orange! I have no idea how to explain it, but the colour left behind was a weird orangey-red like when you’re a little kid and you’ve just had a brightly coloured popsicle. And I couldn’t get it off! It was still on the next day. So the Covergirl LipPerfection was a bit of a fail for me. It looks great when you first put it on, but I’m not a fan of the weird staining effect.

In Canada, Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are about $7.50-9.99 CAD and the Covergirl LipPerfection lipsticks about $8.50-9.99 CAD depending where you buy them.

And in case you’re wondering – I would love to hear recommendations for more good plum lipsticks!

Thanks for reading!
NerdyLibrarianGirl ❤


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MAC Lipstick Fail

MAC Naked Paris lipstick

MAC “Naked Paris”: A gritty, glittery mess

It hardly ever happens, but sometimes every now and then MAC gets it so wrong. I was going through my lipstick collection and found this sad little unused one. I had such high hopes for Naked Paris when I ordered it online a couple of years ago.

I thought it would be right up my alley:  a lustre (my fav), in the brown/pink family, “shimmery”…what could go wrong? As soon as I opened it I was like:



I have never seen a glittery MAC lipstick before, but “glitter bomb” would be how I’d describe Naked Paris. It has so much glitter in it, you can actually feel the chunks of sparkle scraping across your lips when you apply it. You can see by the swatch, Naked Paris actually looks ok when first applied. But its so deceptive. Within half an hour, there is none of that pretty colour left on your lips, but there is tons and tons of glitter.

MAC Naked Paris swatch

Looks pretty at first, then quickly fades leaving nothing but chunks of glitter behind

I have never had a MAC lipstick wear off in such an unflattering way. This is one of the worst lipsticks of any brand I have ever tried.

Thankfully, MAC has discontinued Naked Paris, sparing others from its awfulness. I guess I will just back-to-MAC this one.

Have you ever had a MAC lipstick fail?

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Review: NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in "Chantilly"

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in “Chantilly”

It seems like everyone has just been raving about the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer lately. So when Sephora sent me a VIB Rouge $25 gift card to redeem in December, I thought it might be a good time to try it out. At $35 CAD, its a bit of a pricey concealer.

I ordered the lightest shade (as I would do with any product) which is Chantilly “true ivory for fairest complexions.” It is very light! Finding a concealer or highlighter lighter than my skintone is not easy, but Chantilly definitely is.

swatch NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ChantillyRight away, the thing that I was not a huge fan of is the doe-foot applicator. I guess I’m just used to a more traditional concealer in a pot, or a highlighter with a clickable brush (like my fav L’Oreal Magic Lumi Concealer). Its odd to use a concealer that  looks like a lipgloss.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ChantillyI tried using this concealer 3 ways:

  1. as an under-eye concealer
  2. as a highlighter/brightener
  3. over blemishes

How did it do…

as an under-eye concealer?
I’m VERY picky about under-eye concealers and it took me a long time to find my current fav, Laura Mercier Secret Concealer. I have dry skin, especially around my eyes, and most concealers will look cakey and/or crease. The Laura Mercier topped with MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Microfinish Powder does not crease on me or settle into any little fine lines and stays put until I remove it. Unfortunately, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer did not. It accentuated any dryness and it creased on me. A lot. I would definitely not use this as an under-eye concealer.

as a highlighter/brightener?
After I apply my Laura Mercier, I use the L’Oreal Magic Lumi just below my under-eye area (which can be a little bit puffy). I put the highlighter in the slight “crease” that I have beneath my under-eye “bag” (for lack of a better word – lol, its not really that much of a bag). I find this brightens my under-eye area. For visuals, see gossmakeupartist’s YouTube video How To: Make Eye Bags Vanish in Seconds.

I did find the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer worked pretty well for this, especially because its so light. However, my $12.99 CAD L’Oreal Magic Lumi does just as good a job.

over blemishes?
I did try using this to conceal a blemish I got over Christmas, when its really, really hard to completely avoid gluten (stuffing! gingerbread cookies! gravy!). Gluten wreaks total havoc on my skin. Anyway, I wasn’t that fussy over it as a blemish concealer either. First of all, the shade Chantilly – which I chose intending to use as an under-eye concealer/brightener – was too bright for blemishes. A darker shade might work better, but honestly it was kind of sheer and luminous; Not ideal for concealing a spot. It took several coats, plus it didn’t hold up that well over the day. Thumbs down.

Sadly, the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer just didn’t work out for me. I’m glad I had the discount to use towards it. I don’t think its worth all the hype.

What do you think? Have you tried it? And do you love it or hate it?

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Review: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick

Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick

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

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

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

Swatch: Maybelline SuperStay 14HR Lipstick in Please Stay Plum

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

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

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

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

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in Checkmate

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 540 Checkmate

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in 540 “Checkmate”: Streaktastic

After falling in love with Revlon Colorsty Gel Envy in 500 “Ace of Spades” I am a bit disappointed in the latest shade I’ve tried, “Checkmate” – a pale, nudey-beige. This shade was totally streaky! I didn’t have that issue with Ace of Spades.

After 2 coats, Checkmate looked ok (not great), but as soon as I applied the clear top coat, it was like it removed some of the colour. It ended up being a bit of a streaktastic mess. I also decided that this pale nude shade doesn’t look the greatest on fair skin. Oh well!

I wonder if anyone else has found some inconsistency amongst the different shades with the Gel Envy polishes?

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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.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Lipsticks

Revlon Super Lustrous "Shine" Finish Lipsticks

Revlon Super Lustrous “Shine” Finish Lipsticks

The Revlon lip products were on sale at my drugstore, and I had been wanting to try out the new Super Lustrous “Shine” lipsticks that have a different finish than the regular Creme and Pearl finishes and the newer matte finish. I have quite a few Super Lustrous lipsticks and I really love them. I should really do a post on the rest of my collection (here’s my favourite Revlon lipsticks for fall). A few of the shades in the Shine formula were calling my name…

Pink Cognito: A light peachey-pink
Plum Velour: A gorgeous deep plummey-berry
Foxy Lady: A dark, vampy, mauvey-brown and quite a unique shade I think

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Pink Cognito

Pink Cognito

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Plum Velour

Plum Velour

Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Foxy Lady

Foxy Lady

I was very surprised by how different the formula of these are from the other Super Lustrous lipsticks I have. They are extremely sheer.  The intensity in the tube doesn’t translate onto your lips. This didn’t work well for the lightest shade, Pink Cognito. It was so light and sheer that it didn’t really show up on me. It was more like a slightly tinted lip balm. The other two shades are much more intense so I didn’t have that issue.

I enjoy sheer, balmy lipsticks, so at first I thought I would like these. But, I am not entirely sold on the shine formula. It doesn’t go on as smoothly and evenly as I would like. It takes a bit of fussing with and I had to apply multiple coats. Once I got it built up and looking ok, I really loved both of the shades. Neither had very much staying power though, but did stain my lips (especially Plum Velour). I find they work better over a lip liner.

You can get an idea of the sheerness and slight unevenness from the swatches:

Swatches: Revlon Super Lustrous Shine Lipstick in Foxy Lady, Plum Velour & Pink Cognito

Swatches: Foxy Lady, Plum Velour, Pink Cognito

These are alright, but I think I’m going to stick with the regular creme and pearl finishes, or for something sheer and balmy go with the Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains or ColorBurst Lacquer Balms.

Revlon Super Lustrous lipsticks are $9.99 CAD.

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They're Real! Push-up Liner

Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner

I’m not normally a big liquid or gel liner girl, but I redeemed some Sephora points for this mini Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner because there seemed to be such a lot of buzz about it. I was also interested because Benefit claimed “Its flat, wide guard gently pushes lashes aside to get close to lash line” and it “hugged the lash line”. I have a bit of a hooded eyelid, so I don’t typically wear liner on my upper lid because I have a difficult time applying it there plus it can often add a heavy look to my eye. I liked the idea of a liner that could get at the base of my upper lash line to emphasize my lashes.

Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner has a non-latex rubbery tip that the gel liner gets squeezed up through

The Push-up Liner has an “AccuFlex” tip (which is happily latex free for those of us with latex sensitivity) and you twist the pen to squeeze the gel liner up into the tip. I have to say that this rubbery tip does not make the gel liner any easier to apply. I had the same difficulty getting the tip close enough to the base of my lashes as I do with other liners, and the formula is a bit on the dry side so it didn’t exactly glide on. I was able to get a fairly thin line, which I wanted.

Swatch: Benefit They're Real Push-up Liner

The Push-up Liner does make a thin line

I was happy with the final look – if not the ease of application – but the nail in the coffin was that at the end of the day this liner had totally smudged. The thin line I started out with had smudged all over my eyelid, and I was even wearing eyeshadow primer and powder eyeshadow. So not sure this liner lives up to its claims of being long wearing.

If I thought the Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner might convert me into a gel eyeliner wearer, I was wrong. This liner was not my cup of tea.

The full sized Benefit They’re Real! Push-up Liner is $29.00 CAD.

Have you tried it? What do you think?

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Review of bareMinerals bareSkin Foundation

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation and Perfecting Face Brush

In terms of liquid foundation, I’m really happy with my Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, but I am such a fan of bareMinerals I wanted to try their new bareSkin foundation. This is one of the things I picked up while shopping in Vegas.

The bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation is “Clinically proven tone-correcting mineral foundation and brightening serum in one…this ultra-thin, skin-perfecting fluid provides seamless adjustable coverage, a natural finish and the look and feel of beautiful skin while delivering a noticeably brighter, more youthful appearance. Made with the bare minimum ingredients and formulated without oil, silicone, parabens or fragrance.”

I got the brush designed to go with it, which has a little “reservoir” in the center where you’re supposed to drop 1-2 drops of foundation and buff onto your skin in circular motions. bareMinerals says to add more drops to increase coverage.

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush

bareMinerals Perfecting Face Brush (My advice? Skip it)

So here is the overview of what I liked and disliked about this foundation.

What I liked:

  • Good colour match! bareMinerals has 20 shades and the lightest one, “Bare Porcelain 01”, was light enough for me which hardly ever happens with liquid foundation. And it didn’t oxidize or darken after applied.
  • Squeeze bottle. Very sanitary!
  • Didn’t irritate my skin or cause any breakouts.

What I disliked:

  • The smell! It has an indescribable, unpleasant smell in my opinion.
  • Greasy, oily texture. I didn’t like the texture of this foundation at all. It reminded me of trying to rub in greasy sunblock. Even after shaking it well, it almost seemed like the ingredients were trying to separate.
  • The brush. The Perfecting Face Brush didn’t do it for me. No amount of “circular motions” could get this stuff to look blended and streak free.  Once I gave up on the brush and switched to my Beauty Blender sponge, I had better luck. SKIP THE BRUSH!
  • Difficult to apply/blend. Even with the Beauty Blender, this foundation took a lot of work to look blended and natural. I didn’t particularly like how it sat on my skin.

As you’ve probably guessed, this foundation was a “miss” for me. I have  tried to make it work, but I just don’t care for it. The bareMinerals powder foundation is amazing, but I am disappointed by their liquid foundation.

I paid $29 USD for the foundation and $28 USD for the brush. In Canada, the foundation is $36 CAD and the brush is $35 CAD.

SUBSCRIBER GIVEAWAY: If any of my fair-skinned subscribers would like to try this, I would be happy to mail you the foundation and brush for free  (Canadian addresses only please). I’m not going to use it, so I’d love to be able to pass it on, and maybe you will like it better than I did! First subscriber to leave me a comment, it’s yours! [UPDATE: It’s been claimed]

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Two Recent Mascara Fails

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

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

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

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

MAC False Lashes Extreme Black Mascara

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

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

Maybelline Volum' Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Big Eyes Washable Mascara

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

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

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

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

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

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


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Review: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in "902C Bare It All"

Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “902C Bare It All”

A lot of beauty bloggers mention Wet n Wild products in their favourites, so I have been trying out a few things from the line – I recently reviewed some Wet n Wild eye shadows I’ve tried and the Balm Stains. I went to my local Lawtons Drugs to look at the Wet n wild lipsticks and found that my store only carried the Silk Finish Lipstick and the Mega Last Lip Color, although I think Wet n Wild has more lipstick collections. Honestly, I just couldn’t get past the unattractive (in my opinion) and cheap looking packaging of the Silk Finish Lipsticks. Here’s a pic from the Wet n Wild site if you haven’t seen them:
wet n wild silk finish lipstick
So, I went with the Mega Last Lip Color which I think has fairly nice looking packaging. There was a really good colour selection (20 really pretty colours). Vampy Varnish has some awesome swatches and photos of all the shades. I choose “902C Bare It All”, a sort of 1990s browney-nude with a hint of pinkey-peachiness to it. I thought it looked like a good wearable, everyday shade.

Swatch: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in "902C Bare It All"

Swatch: Wet n Wild Mega Last Lip Color in “902C Bare It All”

Sadly, I didn’t realize these lipsticks are “semi-matte” and realistically it feels totally matte once applied. I have fairly dry lips so this formula is not working for me at all. I find it very drying and uncomfortable 😦

So the Mega Last Lip Color is a miss for me, which is a shame, because at $3.99 CAD these would be an amazing deal. If you don’t mind matte lipsticks, I would recommend these just based on the really nice colour selection and the price.  Wet n Wild is also available in Canada at Walmart and through Well.ca and FTB Beauty.

What have you tried from Wet n Wild that you totally loved?

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Nerdy Librarian Girl


Filed under Lips, Lipstick, Reviews