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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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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

Roald

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!
Love,
Nerdy Librarian Girl ❀

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LORAC Pro Palette & My Experience with Borderfree

Lorac Pro Palette Packaging
When I went to the Sephora website to order the LORAC Pro Palette, I was dismayed to discover that they had stopped carrying LORAC. After checking out the interwebs, it became obvious that getting your hands on LORAC in Canada was next to impossible. Until I discovered that Nordstrom now ships to Canada using Borderfree, so you don’t incur crazy high, surprise customs charges on top of your order and shipping charges.

Here was my experience ordering from Nordstrom with Borderfree:

  • Prices on the website were displayed in CAD, which was awesome! The Pro Palette was $48.25 CAD.
  • Shipping was $8.86 CAD which is reasonable. International orders aren’t eligible for free shipping. The “duties & taxes” were only $6.27 CAD (for a total of $63.38 CAD).
  • My order shipped on February 27, and I received it on March 7, which would be 5 business days. To get it to an island in Canada in winter is pretty darn impressive!
  • Most importantly, there were no additional, unexpected customs charges.

And here it is:

LORAC Pro Palette

LORAC Pro Palette

It also came with a little baby sized Behind the Scenes Eye Primer. There have been so many reviews of the Pro Palette. For some amazing swatches and photos check out Temptalia’s review. Does it live up to all the hype? I think so. I love that it’s half matte shades, and that the shimmery shades are actually not too shimmery. They are all very wearable. Unlike some palettes, I will actually wear all of the shades. They are as pigmented and as soft and blendable as the reviews said. I am super happy with it.

I would definitely order from Nordstrom again. They carry a lot of beauty brands that aren’t readily available here in Canada, so if you’re searching for that hard to find item, you might want to check them out. I know I have my eye on some of the LORAC blushes…

Thanks for stopping by ❀

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Besame Cosmetics Order Arrived!

I was really excited to open this. Besame is a unique, vintage-inspired make-up line. Although shipping it here was crazy (more on that later) and I probably won’t place another order, it was totally worth it.

Besame Cosmetics

Besame Cosmetics

I ordered two of the Classic Color Lipsticks in Portrait Pink and Noir Red; their Signature Compact in Porcelain; the Crimson Cream Rouge; and their 1930s Mascara.

Besame Classic Color Lipsticks in Noir Red and Portrait Pink

Besame Classic Color Lipsticks in Noir Red and Portrait Pink

I love the lipsticks. You really feel like you’ve gone back in time to the 1950s. Back then, lipsticks were smaller, so the Besame lipsticks are smaller than a typical lipstick:

Besame Lipstick Compared to MAC Lipstick

Besame Lipstick Compared to MAC Lipstick

Speaking of MAC…the Besame lipsticks are similar to the MAC cremesheen lipsticks in formula, finish, and even the vanilla scent.

Besame Signature Compact, 1930s Mascara, and Crimson Cream Rouge

Besame Signature Compact, 1930s Mascara, and Crimson Cream Rouge

The mascara packaging is so glamorous, but it was the only product that was disappointing. I didn’t think the formula or brush did much for my lashes. But, I loved the rouge and the compact. Again, you really feel like you’ve gone back to another era. I mean, just look at this compact:

Besame Signature Compact

Besame Signature Compact

My order initially came to $122.00. The problem was with the brokerage and customs fees which weren’t included. Besame ships using UPS and they charged me an additional $55.00! which means I am not likely to place another order. I will just have to enjoy these for now.

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