My Trip to Inglot Toronto + Freedom System Palette Eyeshadow Review

Inglot Toronto - lipstick and eyeshadow

Inglot Toronto - lip products: lipstick, lip liner, lip gloss


Inglot Toronto - nail polish

My Trip to Inglot Toronto

If you’ve been reading my blog from the beginning, you’ll know that I love Inglot eyeshadows. In my post, I mentioned that I wished Inglot had a retail store in Toronto. Well, it seems like my wish came true. :)

The store is beautiful! It’s located in front of Eaton Centre in Dundas Square. However, one thing that I love about Inglot is it’s price point and perhaps due to its location (high rent perhaps?) the prices were a bit higher. I’ve ordered Inglot eyeshadows for $8 in the past. At the store, their eyeshadows are $10. It is still a good deal, but not as much of a steal as it usually is.

I decided to make another freedom system eyeshadow palette, but instead of an all matte, neutral eyeshadow palette, I bought myself some jewel-toned eyeshadows!

Inglot Toronto - Freedom System Palette: eyeshadow review

Inglot Toronto - Freedom System Palette: eyeshadow swatches

Freedom System Palette: Eyeshadow Review

428 was a colour that I had been eying for a very long time. It’s a colour that I may not wear very often, but it’s such a beaut! The rest of the colours were impulse buys — something I never do when I buy makeup (I always read reviews, it’s a habit!)

605 is a copper colour that is very similar to MAC Coppering eyeshadow. I would definitely say that they are dupes — you don’t need to own both. I’m kind of annoyed that I bought this eyeshadow because when I first saw this colour I thought it was so unique. *slaps forehead* I would say MAC Coppering is a tinge more rosey, whereas Inglot 605 leans more orange/rusty.

Inglot 446 is a beautiful plum purple shade, 414 is a shimmery emerald and 321 is a matte, midnight blue.

Pigmentation is great as usual. I noticed that 428 and 446 take a bit of effort to work with, but 605, 414 and 321 are one-swatchers. The colour I’m most impressed with in terms of pigmentation is 605 — it swatches so effortlessly.

Do you own anything from Inglot? If you’re in the Toronto area, do you think you’ll be paying a visit to the Inglot store? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments section!

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Review | Makeup Forever HD Invisible Cover Foundation


Review | Makeup Forever HD Foundation

Hello! Long time no see :) I’ve been quite busy these past few weeks, but I haven’t forgotten about my blog! I decided to review the Makeup Forever HD Foundation I recently purchased. Although I’m happy with my NARS Sheer Glow, I was finding that I wanted a foundation that looked amazing in high-def photography and this foundation definitely lives up to its name.

This is a medium-to-full coverage foundation, yet still manages to look natural at the same time. How it does that exactly, I have no idea! This finish of this foundation is not too matte and not too dewy, it’s somewhere straight in the middle. It’s not that type of foundation that makes you look like you’re “glowing from within” but it’s the type of foundation that looks like skin.

The lasting power of this foundation is pretty good. I’ve worn this foundation for 6 hours and it holds up well. I’ve heard some criticisms that this foundation isn’t good with oily skin, but with a good primer, I find that the foundation holds up well on my skin.

Colour Selection

Even though the Makeup Forever HD Foundation comes in a ton of shades, I had a really difficult time finding a shade that works for me. For some reason, whenever I tried to get colour matched to this foundation at Sephora, the makeup artists always wanted to match me to 153. This was extremely frustrating because 153 made me look like an oompa loompa. It was way too orange for me!

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Product Empties – Swatching Oddity

Product EmptiesProduct Empties

Over in the beauty blogging world, venturing into the contents of one’s trash can seems perfectly normal. So I’ve decided to dish the dirt: here are some mini-reviews on products that I’ve scraped the surfaces of…

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution

I reviewed the L’Oreal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution and although in my post I wrote that I’d repurchase the L’Oreal, I will be sticking to Bioderma *gasp* After using both for so long, I find Bioderma to be slightly more effective when it comes to removing makeup. Definitely a “holy grail” item that I can’t live without.

Maybelline Fit Me! Concealer (Sand 20)

This is a great concealer for the under eye area. I used this shade in particular for a highlighted effect. It provides a light coverage, which is why I’ll be exploring alternative concealer options. If you have any suggestions for medium-coverage concealers for the under eye area, let me know! :)

Estee Lauder Take It Away Total Makeup Remover

This stuff was terrible (and expensive). I love the concept of the product: it’s essentially a cream makeup remover. You pump out the product onto a tissue and wipe the tissue on your face to remove makeup. It eliminates the need for makeup wipes and is (in theory) more cost-effective.

Although the product worked great, once I reached the halfway point, I was no longer able to pump any product out. Spending $30-ish on a product that you can’t even use to its fullest? No thank you.

Neutrogena Make-Up Remover Cleansing Cloths: Hydrating

I usually grab the non-hydrating formula, but this formula is lot more effective! I feel like these would be great to use in the winter when my skin is more on the drier side. Neutrogena wipes are a bit on the pricer side in comparison to other brands (I paid $9.99 CAD for these), so I’ll be looking out for some alternatives.

BareMinerals Mineral Veil

I’ve had this product for YEARS! I really like the packaging because it dispenses a small amount of powder so it doesn’t go to waste. I bought this as a kit that came with a BareMinerals kabuki brush (which is great to throw in your purse for touchups), but they don’t sell the kit anymore. I will not be repurchasing this powder because (on my skin tone), it makes me look too pink and powdery. I’ll be sticking to my NARS Powder Foundation.

Final Thoughts

Seems like the only item I’ll be repurchasing is my good ‘ol trusty Bioderma. :) If you have any suggestions on concealers and makeup wipes, do leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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July Favourites | Swatching Oddity

July Favourites: Wet N Wild, Tarte, Bite Beauty, NYX Cosmetics, Marrakesh Endz

My July Favourites

I decided to wrap up the end of the month with my favourites for the month of July. :) This month seemed to be a time where I gravitated towards the colour purple — I’m not sure why, but I’m happy to be exploring my colour palette rather than sticking to the neutrals!

Wet N Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Collection – Petal Pusher

If you are on the hunt for high quality eyeshadows at an affordable price, Wet N Wild will be your good friend.

My favourite colour in the palette and the one that I’ve been reaching for the most is the eyeshadow in the second row and second column. It’s a shimmery plum with gold flecks. It’s not the most pigmented eyeshadow in the palette, but a base will help, which goes into my next favourite…

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