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Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks VS Revlon Lip Butters

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks

A friend of mine was wearing the prettiest pinky-berry lip and when I asked her what it was, she pulled out one of the new Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss lipsticks. We had previously bonded over our love of the Revlon Lip Butters, so I asked her if she liked the Almay as much as the Revlon, and she said yes! Then I knew I had to try them.

The Butter Kiss lipsticks are “ultra-hydrating buttery lip color” available in “12 shades expertly coordinated to your unique skintone.” You are meant to pick your skintone (light, light/medium, or medium) and then pick one of the four shades in that group – berry, pink, nude, or red. I, like most people, just swatched them all and picked out the ones I liked best. I really liked Berry-Medium (which was the one my friend was wearing) and Red-Medium, the darkest shade of the 12.

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

Berry-Medium is a cool-toned, berry pink with some purple undertones going on. Red-Medium is a brown-based red.

Swatches Almay Smart Shade Butter Kiss Lipsticks Berry-Medium and Red-Medium

Left: Berry-Medium Right: Red-Medium

The packaging looks extremely similar to the Revlon Lip Butters (they even both have “butter” in the name) so a comparison between the two is inevitable.

Almay Butter Kiss VS Revlon Lip Butter

Battle of the Lip Butters!

I immediately noticed that the Butter Kiss lipsticks smell very similar to the Lip Butters; a light, slightly sweet, slightly vanilla scent. I don’t find the Revlon ones have any taste, but the Almay do.

Berry-Medium and Red-Medium are not dupes for any of the 8 Revlon Lip Butters I own. While I was swatching them, I noticed the Lip Butters are more pigmented than the Almay and the Almay are a little more sheer. Both are very hydrating.

I would say one difference for me is that the Almay are much longer-wearing and are also a lip stain. I don’t find the Revlon Lip Butters stain my lips at all. If you didn’t like the Lip Butters because of the staying power, you might like the Almay ones better. Both shades I tried left a very flattering stain that was pretty much exactly the same colour as the lipstick (not like the awful staining I experienced with the CoverGirl LipPerfection).

I really like these! I definitely like them as much as the Lip Butters and I think the shade range is quite different from Revlon. At my drugstore, they were the exact same price too – $9.99 CAD.

Have you tried the Almay Butter Kiss lipsticks?

Thanks for reading!


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It’s Time for a Giveaway!

The Awkward Addict

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:

  1. Anyone can enter! The gift card will be sent to the winner via email.
  2. The contest begins today and will end next Friday (April 3rd, 2015). A winner will be chosen that evening and contacted via their blog.
  3. 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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NYX Eye Shadow Collection

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

I have 12 of the NYX Single Eye Shadows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hope you enjoyed this post & thanks for reading!

Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Rouge Bunny Rouge Unboxing and First Impressions

My first time ordering from Rouge Bunny Rouge

My first time ordering from Rouge Bunny Rouge

I was inspired to checkout Rouge Bunny Rouge by Shameless Fripperies post on the new, reformulated lipsticks. I’d never tried anything from the brand, but soon discovered the Rouge Bunny Rouge UK site ships internationally for only 5 EUR. Shipping to Canada took just 12 days and everything arrived in perfect condition, but I did end up owing an additional $30.94 CAD in customs fees.

A relatively new brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge (RBR) began in 2006 in Moscow, and is now described as “Moscow-London based.” RBR is cruelty-free and doesn’t test on animals. Their makeup is manufactured within the EU, and isn’t sold in any countries where animal testing is required by law (source). What I really liked about the brand is the unique and over-the-top cute packaging and product names.

I really wanted to try one of the Long Lasting Lip Pencils (22 EUR or $30 CAD), because I’d read really great reviews on them. I’m a total lip pencil junkie! I picked Roald, which was described as “pure matte, pale mauve. Best suited for pale, bluish toned complexions.” I think this might be my favourite item that I ordered. Its such a creamy, easy to apply lip pencil but its also very long-wearing. This shade is perfection! I love this lip pencil with the Succulence of Dew lipstick I ordered, but I will be reviewing the lipstick separately as part of my High-end Lipstick Review Series.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald

Long-Lasting Lip Pencil in Roald

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Lip Color in Roald

Long-lasting Lip Pencil in Roald

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Lip Color Roald Swatch


I also got one of the Original Sin Blushes in Delicata (31 EUR or $41 CAD), described as “nude beige-rose with the barest hint of peach.” This is a very neutral beigey type of blush, similar to MAC Prism (one of my favs). The packaging is adorable.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush

Original Skin Blush

Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush in Delicata

Original Skin Blush in Delicata

Swatch Rouge Bunny Rouge Original Skin Blush Delicata

Original Skin Blush in Delicata

I’ve used this blush 3-4 times now and quite like it. Its very natural and very light, making it a great blush for fair skin. Its mostly matte with a little bit of a soft, satiny glow to it. It wears well too – similar to the wear I get from a MAC blush. I would say though, that for the price you don’t get a ton of product: 3.5 g VS a 6 g MAC blush. The RBR blush was about $41 CAD with the exchange rate, and a MAC blush is $26 CAD. The RBR is a nice blush, but I feel like there are lots of lower priced alternatives (like NYX or MUG) that are just as good.

I also wanted to try out one of the When Birds are Singing… Long Lasting Eye Shadows (24 EUR or $32 CAD), and picked the shade Rufous-tailed Weaver, described as “medium taupe with bronze-gold highlights.” I love that each of the shades are named after birds! Again, this packaging is beyond adorable.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow

Long-lasting Eye Shadow

Rouge Bunny Rouge Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-tailed Weaver

Long-lasting Eye Shadow in Rufous-tailed Weaver

swatch long-lasting eye shadow in Rufous-tailed Weaver

Rufous-tailed Weaver

This shade is undeniably pretty, but I immediately felt like it was also fairly dupe-able. I think I’ll go through my collection to see what shades are similar to this, but if you’re someone like me who has a lot of neutrals and taupes, you more than likely have something similar to Rufous-tailed Weaver already.

I was seriously unimpressed with the staying power of this eyeshadow. Even with primer, it creased on me and didn’t stay put even to the end of my work day. It only claims “8-hour wear”, which doesn’t seem overly long for a “Long Lasting Eye Shadow.” I’m really surprised because a lot of people really like these. I’m not inspired to order more of the RBR eye shadows 😦

I received two unexpected free samples, which was nice, a Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and a Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds sample.

Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds

Free samples: Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds

Swatches: Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere and Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds

Swatches: Highlighting Liquid Seas of Illumination in Sea of Clouds and Loose Glitter Pigment Fire Drops in Embrace of Cashmere

The Embrace of Cashmere Loose Glitter Pigment swatched very similarly to the Rufous-tailed Weaver shade. I don’t have any loose eye shadow pigments because I’m actually kind of scared of them and don’t really know how you’re supposed to use them, lol, so I haven’t tried this out yet.

The Highlighting Liquid is very heavily scented, reminding me of a perfumed hand lotion. I had read that the RBR liquid foundation is scented as well. I’m not a fan of the scent and can’t imagine using this on my face. Luckily the powder products and lip pencil were not scented.

Overall I had some hits (lip pencil and blush) and one miss (eye shadow). Stay tuned for my full review of the Succulence of Dew Sheer Lipstick!

Have you tried Rouge Bunny Rouge? What are your favourite products?

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Some New Wrap Bracelets from Victoria Emerson

Victoria Emerson Wrap Bracelets
Whoa, another Friday the 13th. Crazy! Apparently we normally only have a Friday the 13th about every two to three years. How weird is it to have had one two months in a row? So here I am with another Friday the 13th post 🙂

I have previously ordered wrap bracelets from Victoria Emerson before, and you can check out my earlier review if you’d like. I’ve had them for nearly a year now, and I’m still wearing them and they look just as good as when I first got them. The leather, while a little stiff at first, is now worn in and they fit me even better and are more comfortable (just like a pair of shoes!). I always get compliments when I wear them. I saw that Victoria Emerson was having yet another “sale” and although I love the two black wrap bracelets I got, I really wanted some other colours.

I decided on three wrap bracelets: the Silver Dorado and Mint Green on Silver ($27 USD, originally $199), a beautiful pink Rose Crystals on Brown ($24 USD, originally $199), and a Mixed Freshwater Pearls on Brown ($34 USD, which is now out-of-stock).

Shipping on purchases over $75 is free, but I did pay $11.05 USD in tax. I didn’t incur any additional customs charges and the shipping was just as fast as last time – about a week. The total was $96.05 USD or roughly $120 CAD, which works out to about $40 CAD per bracelet.

Victoria Emerson Silver Dorado and Mint Green on Silver

Silver Dorado and Mint Green on Silver

The silver and green is my favourite of the three. I love this colour combination and I think this is a unique wrap bracelet. This one also pairs well with either of my black wrap bracelets.

Victoria Emerson Rose Crystals on Brown

Rose Crystals on Brown

I really wanted a pink wrap bracelet, and this one is perfect. The little, square pink crystals are so sweet.

Victoria Emerson Mixed Freshwater Pearls on Brown

Mixed Freshwater Pearls on Brown

I have no idea if these are ‘real” freshwater pearls but they are very pretty. (UPDATE: After seeing my review, a Victoria Emerson rep contacted me via email and confirmed that they are in fact genuine freshwater pearls). I love pearls and have a lot of pearl necklaces and wanted something to wear with them. The only thing about this bracelet is that the leather is really stiff. I am hoping that with wear it will start to get worn in and fit more comfortably. (UPDATE: It did! The leather is getting much softer and flexible with wear)

Once again, I’m super happy with my Victoria Emerson bracelets. They have never messed up my order, and shipping is super fast. My year old bracelets which I’ve worn a ton still look as good as new. I would definitely recommend them.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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High-end Lipstick Review Series: Dior Addict Extreme

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick

Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick

Ok guys, its time for the Dior review! I was so excited to try the Dior lipsticks because I have heard so many people rave about them and include them in their favourites. The Dior Addict lipsticks and glosses seem to be very popular! I got to swatch these in person, and although I initially thought I would try the original Dior Addict Lipstick, I was totally drawn to the colour selection of the Dior Addict Extreme more, especially the shade 866 Paparazzi. Although every time I use it I get the song stuck in my head…
Paparazzi is a bright, pinky-berry shade. Its very different than any other lipstick shade I have – I must have been in the oddest mood that day! On me, I get a lot of the pink/fushia undertones coming through as I have quite a bit of pink in my lips naturally. I find pairing this shade with a brown-toned lip liner underneath (like MAC Spice for example) gives me the best effect – more of a deeper, berry tone.

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi

Dior Addict Extreme 866 Paparazzi swatch

Dior Addict Extreme in 866 Paparazzi

What’s the difference between the Dior Addict and the Dior Addict Extreme? When I was swatching them, the formulas seemed very similar and both had a similar amount of shine. Here’s Dior’s explanation:

Dior Addict: “hydrating and volumizing formula dresses lips with a veil of addicting color and spectacular shine.”

Dior Addict Extreme: “extremely long-wearing lipstick that provides radiant shine…resisting fading while adding bold color and beautiful shine…formula combines waxes, radiant oils, and hyaluronic microspheres for ultimate comfort and a lip-plumping effect.”

Here’s what I thought of the Dior Addict Extreme:

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I really preferred the dramatic Dior Addict Extreme with its jet black cap (VS the original transparenty sort of cap). I just love black 🙂 I also love the silver tube, which I prefer over gold. Initially I thought the design, where you pull the lipstick out of the square cap was kind of different and neat, but after using it a few times, I realized how impractical it actually is.

It lost a Duchess point because the lipstick, once pulled out of the square cap, cannot be put down. The bottom is a round knob, so you can’t stand it up like most lipsticks. I swiveled the lipstick down and tried laying it on its side. It rolled away! So the design, while attractive, is very annoying. 2/3 Duchess points

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This lipstick has the sort of formula I really like: glossy, a little bit of sheerness to it but still good colour pay-off, and very comfortable and hydrating on the lips. I couldn’t give it full points on formula, because compared to some of the other high-end lippies I’ve reviewed, the Dior Addict Extreme felt a little bit “slippery” on the lips. Its an odd texture, like its a little too siliconey or waxy? I couldn’t find an ingredients list anywhere so I’m not sure. 2/3 Duchess points

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This lipstick rivaled the Armani Rouge Ecstasy in terms of wear. It is without a doubt very long-wearing, which is amazing for a glossy, hydrating lipstick. This lasted forever on me, even through eating and drinking. Like the Armani, it also wore off very nicely, leaving behind a flattering stain. 3/3 Duchess points


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This has absolutely no discernible scent or taste whatsoever, which is what I like in a lipstick! 3/3 Duchess points

Sensitivity Test
I have used this lipstick everyday for over two weeks now and I have had no reaction at all. It hasn’t dried out or irritated my lips. (neutral Duchess points)

MAC Test
I like this lipstick the same as MAC, mainly because of the crazy staying power, the great shades, and the fact that its unscented. (neutral Duchess points)

Would I pay $34 CAD for another one?
Yes. For sure. I do really enjoy this lipstick. I think its a pretty formula and I love how long-wearing it is and that its unscented. There are so many more shades that I’d like to try! I can understand why a lot of people love the Dior Addict line and I think it is worth the splurge.

Dior Addict Extreme total: 11/14

high-end lipstick comparisonAt the end of this series, I’m going to decide on my favorite high-end lipstick and give one away to a subscriber (in a shade of their choice)! Check out my initial post for a full explanation of my rating scale.

Other reviews in this series:
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy
Rouge G de Guerlain
Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy
Hourglass Femme Rouge Velvet Crème
NARS Audacious Lipstick
Marc Jacobs Lovemarc Lip Gel
Tom Ford Lip Color
Burberry Lip Cover
NARS Lipstick (original)

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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My Favourite NYX Blushes

NYX Blushes for fair skin

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

Here are my favourite, top six NYX powder blushes:

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

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

NYX Pinched blush

PB25 Pinched

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

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

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

NYX Bourgeois Pig blush

PB28 Bourgeois Pig

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

NYX Natural blush

PB07 Natural

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

NYX Peach blush

PB06 Peach

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

NYX Peach is a dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Peach is a close dupe for Benefit Dandelion

NYX Angel blush

PB03 Angel

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

NYX Mauve blush

PB13 Mauve

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

swatches NYX Mauve VS MAC Prism Blushbaby Mocha

MAC blushes that give a similar effect as NYX Mauve

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

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

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

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

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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Revlon Gel Envy High Stakes

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in High Stakes

Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy in High Stakes

I love the Revlon Gel Envy nail polish. It lasts without chipping about twice as long as typical nail polish on me. I had a bit of a miss with the shade Checkmate which was a bit streaky. I’m loving High Stakes though, a dramatic dark green. This went on so easily in 2 coats and is intense. I think its a really unique and sophisticated shade.

Thanks for reading!
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❤


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