DIY Pedis & My Fav Summer Polishes for Toes

Bon Vital Spa Pomegranate & Acai Berry Salt Scrub and Lavender & Rosemary Sugar Scrub

Bon Vital’ BVspa Pomegranate & Acai Berry Salt Scrub and Lavender & Rosemary Sugar Scrub

Summertime is when you need your feet to look their best. During Canadian winters, I literally don’t see my feet for months on end, but they emerge in the summer to peek out of cute open-toed shoes. I’m a big fan of going for the occasional professional pedicure, but I also really like doing my own at home. The thing I love most about a pedi is that although my skin is generally pretty sensitive to fragrance, the one exception are my feet. Its the one time I can indulge in that luxurious spa-like experience of using lovely scented skincare products like a normal girl! Here are my fav skincare products that I’ve been using for summertime feet, and the polishes I have been loving the most on my toes. Continue reading

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Redeeming Sephora Points, VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, & a Great Beauty Deal (still available!)

Sephora 500 point reward Tarteist Tools, VIB Rouge Welcome Gift, and Urban Decay Beauty Deal

Who doesn’t love Sephora points, amirite?

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.

NARS mini blush VIB Rouge exclusive Goulue

This year’s VIB Rouge welcome gift: a baby NARS blush!

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Smashbox Indecent Exposure VS X-Rated Mascara

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara

Love the velvet mascara wand handle

Hi everyone! A few weeks ago, I reviewed the Smashbox X-Rated Mascara, which is my new favourite mascara. I loved the wand and the formula, which really volumized my lashes and is very black and dramatic.  I was excited to try another new mascara from Smashbox, the Indecent Exposure Mascara, but also a little nervous because I just love the X-Rated so much. Here’s what I thought of the Indecent Exposure and how it compared to the X-Rated. Continue reading

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In Search of Face Masks for Sensitive Skin

Boscia Hydrogel Sheet Masks review

Boscia Hydrogel Sheet Masks

Hey everyone! I have been interested in finding some more good face masks, since discovering a good fragrance-free sheet mask at the drugstore, the Rejuve Collagen Gel Face Mask. There are so many of these types of masks available now at Sephora. They are super popular. The problem for me is finding ones that don’t have added fragrances, which my face doesn’t react well to. So I asked the Sephora SA and she suggested the Boscia brand (originally a Japanese brand). Boscia claims to be “the world’s first 100% preservative-free skincare brand”, which is pretty cool, and their products don’t have added perfumes or artificial fragrances. I picked up 3 of their sheet masks to try out. Here’s what I thought.

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European Makeup Shopping!

European brands Make Up Store, Art Deco, & Bell

I picked up items from the brands Make Up Store, Art Deco, & Bell

Hey everyone! I just got back from a trip to Estonia and while I was there I made time to do a little bit of makeup shopping (of course!). It was really neat to be in Eastern Europe and see all sorts of different brands I ‘d never heard of and that aren’t available in Canada. Once I got back, I did some internet research to learn more about the brands and I’m pretty happy with my new discoveries.

The first brand I discovered was the Swedish brand, Make Up Store. I happened upon one of their shops while I was in Helsinki for the day. Continue reading

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Giveaway Winner!

Smashbox Always On Liquid Lipstick in Bawse giveaway

Bawse by Lilly Singh

Thanks to everyone who entered my Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Giveaway. The winner is New Zealand blogger Chanelle Hayley! Check out her awesome blog: https://chanellehayleyyy.wordpress.com/.

Thanks to everyone following my blog!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl❤

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Back from Estonia!

Tallinn

Tallinn selfie

Hi everyone! I haven’t posted in a couple of weeks because I have been traveling. I went to Estonia and Finland with my finance. He was in Tallinn for a folklore conference. We had such an amazing trip! I did some makeup shopping while I was there and I will be doing a post about that and some of the neat European brands I tried, but I just wanted to do a quick travel post and share some of my pics. It was the first time I’d ever traveled to that part of Europe. Continue reading

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Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick Review & Giveaway! CLOSED

The new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks

The new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks

Hi everyone! Today I have a pretty extensive review of the new Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipsticks in nine of the shades (this is a long one, so get comfy and fix yourself a drink or a snack!) plus a pretty exciting giveaway! Keep reading to find out how you can win Bawse, a collab with hilarious YouTuber Lilly Singh (iisuperwomanii). I am giving one away to a subscriber and its open internationally.

When I received this package from Smashbox, I have to admit that initially I was a bit scared, because, as anyone familiar with my blog knows, I’m not normally the biggest fan of matte lippies. I tend to find them too drying for me. But Smashbox was so generous and the colours were so cool, that I decided to just dive in and wear a different shade every day and then review them for you and let you know what I think. I ‘m also trying to include more pics of me wearing the products I’m reviewing so you will be treated to an abundance of selfies in this post (Selfies are not easy. I have a whole newfound respect for the Kardashians! lol). Smashbox sent me 10 shades, but I didn’t open or swatch Bawse as I really wanted to be able to share with my subscribers and let someone else try out this new product too. Continue reading

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Temporary Root Touch Ups: Do they really work?

L'oreal Root Cover Up, AG Dry Shampoo, Greyfree Professional Temporary Hair Color reviews comparisons

three wash-out root touch up products I’ve tried

Hi everyone! I’ve been on a quest lately to try out some products that might keep me from having to visit the hair salon too frequently. I have been colouring my hair regularly to cover grey since I was in my late 20s. Sadly its genetic. My Mom and my Grandma went completely white very early too. My Grandma never coloured her hair, but my Mom and I do. I used to go every 6 weeks, but now I’m getting some pretty white roots going on up there and they are starting to contrast sharply against my black hair (which, in case you’re wondering is fairly close to my natural colour, a very dark brown). My hairdresser recommended going every 4 weeks! I just find it so time consuming. So I decided to try out some of the temporary root touch-up products out there to see if they really worked. So far I’ve tried the L’Oreal Root Cover Up, the AG Dry Shampoo Root Touch–Up, and the Greyfree Professional Temporary Hair Color. Here are my thoughts on them.
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Foreo LUNA Review by a Former Clarisonic User

Foreo Luna for Sensitive/Normal Skin

Foreo LUNA for Sensitive/Normal Skin

Hi everyone! A couple of months ago my much-loved, extremely pink Clarisonic Mia suddenly died. It was a staple in my skincare routine. I’d had the sonic facial cleansing brush for at least nine years, and I guess eventually the rechargeable battery just gives up. Nothing can last forever I suppose. I was on the fence about repurchasing a new Clarisoinc for two reasons. The first was that when I looked into purchasing a new one at Sephora, I discovered they didn’t make the same Clarisonic Mia that I’d had anymore (the new Mia does not come with a stand for charging) plus there was also an entirely new model called the Mia Fit which was a completely different shape.

Clarisonic Mia Fit

Clarisonic Mia Fit

I was torn as to whether I should get another Mia or the smaller, more compact, round Mia Fit. The second reason I was hesitating was because the last couple of times I’d had a professional facial, the facialist commented that I was developing little broken capillaries and she was not happy when I told her I used the Clarisonic, which she believed was not gentle enough for my sensitive skin, even though I always purchased the Sensitive brush head. While I was debating getting another Clarisonic, I stumbled upon a whole other option…

When I was in Sephora in Halifax, I spotted the oddest looking display. Had Sephora begun selling “personal massagers”? Nope, the egg-shaped, vibrating silicone item was in fact the Foreo LUNA, a sonic cleansing and anti-aging tool. The very helpful SA generously took a great deal of time explaining to me how it worked and how it differed from the Clarisonic. Here is why I decided to buy the Foreo LUNA instead, and what I think of it compared to the Clarisonic. Continue reading

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A New MAC Eyeshadow: MAC Extra Dimension

MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow in Stolen Moment

MAC Extra Dimension eye shadow

Hi everyone! So after traveling to Jamaica, St. John’s, and then Quebec, I was off to Halifax, Nova Scotia, for another library conference. Do you know what Librarians love? They love Mac. Well, and also Fluevogs. So we all had to visit the MAC store while we were there🙂 I was perusing the eye shadows, and I was struck by a beautiful shade that I could not believe I hadn’t seen before/didn’t already own. Continue reading

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Quebec City Trip: Sephora & the Fluevog Store

Old Quebec City

Old Quebec City in May

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

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My new Favourite Mascara!

Smashbox Mascaras
Hi everyone! I recently received several Mascaras from Smashbox, and I’m so excited to try them all out and review them for you. I think mascaras are one of my favorite products to try out, how about you? I love the sample sized mascaras from Sephora. I have one particular absolute favourite mascara that I just keep repurchasing and repurchasing, Guerlain Maxi Lash, which made my 2014 and 2015 favourites, but I’m always game for putting a new mascara up against it to see if it competes! I’m going to test out and review each of these separately. I find you need to use a mascara for at least a week before you can really get a good feel for it.

Before I start, I think its important for you to know what I really like in a mascara. That way, you’ll know that if you like similar qualities and I really like a mascara, chances are you’ll like it too. On the flip side, if what I tend to prefer in a mascara is not your cup of tea, then my review can still be helpful because you’ll be able to judge whether or not its what you’re looking for (if I hate it, you might love it). Let’s get started… Continue reading

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St. John’s Sephora & Lancome Juicy Shakers

St. John's Sephora

The first Sephora opened in my province in 2015

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

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Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Fig

Another Sephora spring sale purchase: a Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick!

Its taken me so long to get around to blogging about all of the different things I got in the Sephora spring sale, but I really wanted to thoroughly test out the Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick before I reviewed it. I’m very particular about lipsticks and after my High-end Lipstick Review Series, I like to give a new lipstick a real good try before I write about it. Smashbox recently revamped their Be Legendary lipsticks and added some new shades (in total there are 18 shades in the cream finish, and 18 in the matte finish). I’d quite liked the Smashbox Be Legendary Long Wear Lip Lacquer that I’d tried, so I was really curious to try the newly re-formulated cream lipstick out. Continue reading

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More of my Sephora VIB Sale Purchases

Sephora VIB sale haul: eyeshadows
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

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My First Vacation Post

Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Runaway Bay, Jamaica, at sunset. I love these Kate Spade sunglasses I found at Winners. My polka-dot dress is by one of my fav brands, Hell Bunny.

Hey everyone! The lovely Gym Bag Makeup left me a comment asking if I was going to do a vacation post on the trip to I took to Jamaica at the end of the semester. I have really only done makeup posts and not any thing lifestyley on my blog, but I thought I would give it a try. This is my first ever vacation post, and my trip to Jamaica was also the first real vacation that my fiance and I have taken together. I’m not sure if this will be interesting to anyone, but here it goes! Continue reading

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New Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks

Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks
Hey everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying spring. Where I live in Canada its still pretty cold and actually SNOWED here twice this week😦 The fiance, a Folklore Professor, says the folktale about May snow is that if you apply  it to your face it “cures” freckles. I haven’t tried it. I think freckles are super cute anyhow!

As someone who is very pale, I am just starting to dip my toes (or beauty blender sponge!) into the land of contouring, highlighting, and colour correcting. This isn’t always easy, as many of these products don’t seem to be geared towards fair skin gals. I was really excited to try out the new Smashbox Color Correcting Sticks, which claimed to enable me to “seamlessly achieve complexion perfection.” Who doesn’t want that?🙂 Continue reading

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Some New Bite Beauty Lip Products

Bite Beauty Maple Agave Lip Mask, Amuse Bouche Lipstick, Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub review

Maple Agave Lip Mask, Amuse Bouche Lipstick, Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub

Hey everyone! I have been away on vacation (in sunny Jamaica!) but I’m back and have quite a few things to post about that I picked up in the spring Sephora sale before I left. Canadian brand Bite Beauty known for its lip products made from natural, organic, food-grade ingredients that are “good enough to eat” recently came out with a new line of Amuse Bouche lipsticks. I loved the Bite products I’ve tried so far, including their Luminous Creme lipstick in the shade Cava, and their Agave Lip Masks. During the Sephora sale I wanted to try out one of the new Amuse Bouche lipsticks and I couldn’t help add a couple of additional Bite products to my cart. Continue reading

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New Shoes!

John Fluevog Find (Berry & Dots)

John Fluevog Find (Berry & Dots)

I recently picked up my second pair of “Fluevogs”. John Fluevog is Canadian and started designing shoes in the 1970s in Vancouver. He rose to fame in the 1990s with his iconic Angel boots and Munster platforms.His shoes are very unique and absolutely gorgeous. I could not resist this salmon pink and black and white polka dot pair. They had a whimsical, Alice in Wonderland vibe. Plus what two things does Nerdy Librarian Girl love more than pink and polka dots?! And someone put the two together in one marvelous magical shoe. Continue reading

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A Great Way to Start the Day: MAC Fresh Brew

MAC Fresh Brew lustre lipstick
Hi everyone! Just a little ode to one of my newest favourite MAC lipsticks. I ordered Fresh Brew online, mostly because it was a brown-toned lustre lipstick (my absolute favourite finish) and who isn’t totally obsessed with the 1990s brown lip at the moment, am I right? Described as “creamed coffee”, Fresh Brew is a true brown on fair skin (not too warm and not too cool) with a beautiful, semi-sheer, slightly glossy finish. I think on darker skin tones this would be a beautiful nude lipstick. Continue reading

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Giving Matte Lipstick Another “Whirl”

MAC Whirl lipstick
I have never been a big matte lip product girl, but MAC’s Whirl lip pencil is one of my favs. Its the perfect warm, pinky-brown nude that you can fill your lips in with or use with all kinds of different lipstick shades. When I heard that MAC was coming out with a lipstick version of Whirl lip pencil, I was intrigued…until I learned that it would be a matte finish lipstick. Would my love for Whirl be enough to overcome my general dislike of matte lipsticks? Continue reading

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Strobing for Fair Skin: Good Highlighters (& one miss)

Highlighters for pale skin

Can strobing work on fair skin?

“Strobing” or basically highlighting seems to be the latest makeup trend. When you have very pale skin, finding a foundation light enough is a challenge, let alone finding something even lighter than your skin that could be considered a “highlight” (and don’t even get me started on contouring/bronzing, that’s a whole other post). Nevertheless, pale, I-live-in-a-Northern-climate, Nerdy Librarian Girl set out on a mission to find a highlighter for fair skin to partake of this strobing trend! Continue reading

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Condition first, shampoo second? Did this work for my colour-treated, dry, thick, tangley hair?

TRESemme Beauty-Full Volume Collection: The new reverse system for touchably soft volume

TRESemme Expert Selection Beauty-Full Volume Collection: The new “reverse system for touchably soft volume”

When TRESemme reached out to me to try their new “reverse system” where you use the conditioner first and shampoo second, I thought I would be the perfect person to review this product. I only respond to offers like this when I feel like its a product I’m truly interested in or if I think I would be a good person to offer an opinion about it. In this case, my hair is literally a nightmare! Its colour-treated and dry/frizzy even before processing. I also have the most un-combable hair in the entire world. I once had a new hairdresser (it was my first and last appointment with her) get totally frustrated and complain that my hair “tangled around itself” inexplicably. I have to use a good conditioner plus a leave-in conditioner/de-tangler. Even then my hair is barely manageable. I like to think I have all the texture of naturally curly hair, but without the benefit of curls😛 So a reverse hair care system where you shampoo after conditioning? I thought my hair could put that to the ultimate test.  Continue reading

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Did Sephora Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? (Part 3: Mascaras & Lip Products)

For part 3 of my Did Samples Make me Want to Buy it or Skip it? I’m reviewing mascara and lip product samples I received. These were some really good samples!

 bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm in Plumberry Pop

Plumberry Pop

 bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm Plumberry Pop swatch

Plumberry Pop

bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip Oil-Balm ($20 CAD): I was totally excited to try this 100 point sample of the new tinted “lip oil-balm” from bareMinerals. I really like tinted lip balms. There are so many things I love about this, I don’t know where to begin! I love the packaging. Its super cute and the colour of the packaging matches the shade, which I always find handy. The Pop of Passion lip-oil balms come in 8 different shades. I’m really enjoying the shade I received, Plumberry Pop, a pinky-red, but I want to try out all of the other shades now! This oil-balm applies a wash of colour combined with the light, hydrating feel of a lip balm. It feels moisturizing on the lips, but also leaves behind a super long-lasting stain. It reminds me of the Benefit Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm (my beloved rose coloured Benebalm is in my empties) or the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me (but without the sweet fruity scent). If you are into tinted lip balms, I think you’ll love this! Verdict: Buy it. Continue reading

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