Inglot (re)Opens in Toronto

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At long last! Toronto is finally seeing the return of Inglot! Beauty lovers can finally get their hands on Inglot‘s huge range of colours and products.

Seriously doesn't this just feel slightly pornographic? No? Just me then?
Seriously doesn’t this just feel slightly pornographic? No? Just me then?

You’ll notice I say re-opened. Inglot actually had a few locations in Toronto several years ago but the company never really got off the ground in this city. It turns out that Inglot, although primarily owned and operated in Poland, does actually operate their external locations as a franchise.

Inglot's Nail Polish Rack
Inglot’s Nail Polish Rack

I had the good fortune to speak to Toronto’s store manager Jason, and he kindly gave me the latest information on Toronto’s fresh new Inglot store that opened on September 20, 2014. The shop is in an absolutely phenomenal location (19 Dundas Square), so much so that they had to beat out some seriously prominent franchises (Starbucks!) from that particular retail location. Being right beside the Eaton Centre will potentially bring in a lot of shoppers and tourists into the store since the square has good visibility.

Lip colours as far as the eye can see!
Lip colours as far as the eye can see!
Loose pigments, gel liners, pencils...
Loose pigments, gel liners, pencils…

The Toronto location has now become the only Inglot location in all of Canada since the Montreal location closed down a few months ago. There are plans to open more Toronto locations in the future, but right now they need to make sure that the one at Dundas Square gets off to a solid start.

Loose pigments
Loose pigments
Gel liners
Gel liners

Jason said that they were surprised with how quickly some of their products were selling out. Their red gel liner has turned out to be super popular and they’re already having to order new product in. (It’s one of my personal favourites.) Their other best sellers have been their black gel liner (no brainer there!) and their breathable nail polishes.

Powders in every shade of the rainbow
Powders in every shade of the rainbow

One thing I was incredibly surprised to hear was that all of Inglot‘s products are fresh made. None of them are sitting in a warehouse anywhere waiting to be shipped to the store. When a store runs out of product, they need to order it in from Poland where the products are then made by the batch and shipped directly to the store that ordered it. On average, between production and shipping time, any new products that are put on a shelf in an Inglot store are actually fresh made within 7 days! I was particularly impressed to hear this since it means you’re unlikely to get stale products.

Face products
Face products

The shop is well-lit and airy. It’s a giant playroom for makeup junkies with huge windows and makeup laid out like finger paints. Inglot has always had a store layout that has made me salivate. I’m glad that I no longer need to pick up my much-beloved cosmetics while on vacation in other countries (so far the list stands at the US, England and Ireland!) and can walk the ten minutes to this shop to pick up my goodies.

This table is everything
This table is everything

I’m mostly well-versed in their eyeshadows and gel liners. These are products that I keep coming back to and will continue to keep snapping up. Inglot is wonderful for having some completely unique colours in not only shimmery formats (which everyone seems to have) but also in a matte formula! It’s really nice to be able to pick up vibrant matte shades that aren’t just neutral.

I hope the eye candy was enough to give you the urge to check out Inglot when you get a chance. If you’re looking for some specific recommendations, here are a few of my favourites from Inglot that I’ve picked up in recent years:

Inglot Matte Eyeshadows
Inglot Matte Eyeshadows
Duochrome lipglosses? Yes please!
Duochrome lipglosses? Yes please!
AMC Shine 15 and Matte 382 - My absolute favourite eyeshadows
AMC Shine 15 and Matte 382 – My absolute favourite eyeshadows
AMC Shine 15 and Matte 382 in action
AMC Shine 15 and Matte 382 in action
Gel liner in 79
Gel liner in 79
Gel liner 79
Gel liner 79

Want to check out what Inglot‘s all about? Aside from visiting their physical location, you can check them out on the following platforms:

Empties – August through October

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Time to rifle through my garbage! Makeup items first, all the boring stuff after that.


Julep - Paris
Julep – Paris

I loved this polish like nobody’s business. Kalyn had sent me a package of Julep polishes after I had won them on her blog and I dove nose-deep into this disco glitter one. Julep‘s Paris is a 3D glitter polish that seems to hint gold more than silver. I wore this sucker out on my toes for several months and eventually finished up the entire bottle.

Repurchase? Unlikely only because it’s a mail order thing and I prefer to pick up my stuff in stores.


MAC Kohl Power pencil in Feline
MAC Kohl Power pencil in Feline

I bought MAC‘s Feline eye pencil because it was hyped up several years back on YouTube. It was supposed to be the blackest pencil available and would stay on my waterline. Well… it’s black. But it’s also incredibly smudgy and would never really stay put if I used it as a solid line. This was great for smudging out and creating smokey looks, but it usually had to be set with a powder to keep it from transferring. Wouldn’t stick on my waterline either. And unfortunately, the closer I got to the bottom of the pencil, the more it just kept breaking off. :/

Repurchase? Nah.


Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Twilight
Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain + Balm in Twilight

I love the Revlon lipstains + balms something fierce. They may be drying, but they feel “normal” on the lips. I don’t have to be worried about my lip product transferring to clothing, food, glasses, etc., and that’s a huge relief to me. This product was in my Products to Use Up in 2014 post and I’ve only just now reached the point where it’s dry enough that it’s not worth wearing anymore.

Repurchase: Yes, but a different colour.


CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara
CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara

CoverGirl‘s Clump Crusher mascara is a long standing favourite of mine: It separates my lashes well, the brush is fun and easy to use and the product doesn’t clump up. So with that being said, I don’t know what the hell was wrong with this tube but it sucked. It was too dry and didn’t work as well as the previous tubse I had purchase. This may have something to do with the fact that I picked it up at a discounted price at Winners one day, so it’s possible I just got a really old tube. (Ew)

Repurchase: Yes, definitely, but I’ll be picking it up at a drugstore next time!


Sephora - Tempting eyelashes
Sephora – Tempting eyelashes

I was gifted this pair of Tempting lashes from Sephora‘s collection by a friend who didn’t think she’d wear them. I didn’t get as much use out of these as I expected given the price tag associated with these suckers. I think maybe 3-4 uses? The band tended to straighten out more than I would like, which gave me a lot of grief when I would apply them. The effect was pretty, but not quite as voluminous as I tend to like my false lashes.

Purchase? Nope.


Tweezerman eyelash curlers
Tweezerman eyelash curlers

Soooo I didn’t realize that eyelash curlers aren’t supposed to hurt. I just assumed that since they look like torture devices, they’re actually supposed to feel like them too. Since this was my first ever pair of eyelash curlers, I really didn’t know any better. I left them at home by accident when I went on vacation and “had to” buy a new pair from a different brand at Sephora. The difference was unbelievable and I’ve since learned that the Tweezerman eye lash curlers SUCK for my eye shape! I am so happy to discover that something can fit my eyeball shape better!

Repurchase? A world of no.


Benefit sample size of Big Easy
Benefit sample size of Big Easy

Benefit‘s Big Easy foundation (BB cream?) has certainly seen some hype, so I was interested in trying the sample packet I got from Sephora. However… First of all, there isn’t enough in one of those little swatchy things to actually do your whole face. Secondly, my skin was too dark for their third and fourth darkest shades and yet the 5th darkest said was way too dark. I mixed all three together and even then had barely enough to cover my face. The colour was still off. I’m kind of meh on the skin colours and the product didn’t wow me either.

Purchase? Not worth it in my book.


Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer
Pixi Flawless & Poreless primer

Another freebie from a friend! Pixi‘s Flawless and Poreless primer was… okay? I guess? I didn’t notice it actually doing anything under my foundation, but I felt compelled to use it anyway.

Purchase? No, I don’t see the point in it really.


Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes
Neutrogena Makeup Removing Wipes

You’ve seen these before, so I’ll be brief. Neutrogena Makeup Removing wipes are god-like. The Hydrating ones are better.

Repurchase? Yep!


Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer
Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer

Aveeno‘s Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer is a staple in my skin care routine. Love this.

Repurchase? Forever and a day.


dermae Microdermabrasion Scrub and Fortune Cookie Soap Walnut Facial Scrub
derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub and Fortune Cookie Soap Walnut Facial Scrub in Swankified

derma e Microdermabrasion Scrub: Small sample from my Ipsy bag. It was fine. Smelled a little too much of fake lemon.

Purchase? Unlikely.

Fortune Cookie Soap Walnut Facial Scrub in Swankified: I hated this by the end of the bottle. It worked fine on my face, but the scent was gag-inducing to me.

Purchase? NO!


The Body Shop Shea Butter Body Butter
The Body Shop Shea Butter Body Butter

I don’t know if this actually smells like what Shea Butter smells like, but I couldn’t care less, this stuff is delicious. The Body Shop‘s Shea Butter scent is almost masculine and rather cologne-like. And I seriously love it. This is a wonderful scent and a fantastic product.

Repurchase? Definitely.


Marrakesh Endz and Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair
Marrakesh Endz and Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair

Two samples from Ipsy.

Marrakesh Endz: I quite liked this actually. It smelled faintly of cinnamon and was thick and creamy. The ends of my hair seem fine, but I also recently had a hair cut, so who the heck knows if it actually works.

Repurchase? Possibly, if I saw it at a discount store.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask: This stuff SUCKED. I used it as the instructions said and it didn’t leave my hair feeling nice at all. If anything, my hair was sticky and close to uncomb-able after using it. What a piece of crap.

Repurchase? NO!


St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash
St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash

St. Ives Oatmeal & Shea Butter Hydrating Body Wash was left at my place by a guest who had come and stayed for a while. I finished it up because why would I let it go to waste? It was okay. The scent wasn’t amazing to me, but it was a perfectly serviceable body wash.

Purchase? Unlikely.

Halloween Makeup Test Run: Gamora

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As I mentioned in my previous Halloween post of the year, I, along with several of my friends, are going out as the Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m one of the lucky ones out of the group and managed to buy my outfit on Ebay. The big issue with my outfit was going to be turning my skin colour green. I’ve never worked with full body makeup or anything of that ilk, so this was going to be super interesting for me!

Gamora Test Run
Gamora Test Run

So this was my first time trying out this kind of makeup. I picked up MAC‘s Landscape Green Chromacake a few weeks back after doing a little bit of research. It’s a water-based cake makeup that applies quite easily to the skin (as I quickly discovered). I did find I needed several layers (roughly three in the last photo on the bottom right) to get a somewhat even texture. I’ll probably do an extra layer on the night of Halloween just to make sure it’s extra smooth.

Highlighting and Contouring
Highlighting and Contouring

The Chromacake pigment does feel a bit tight on the skin. It doesn’t feel as emollient as foundation does. In the hour that I wore the pigment, it didn’t crack on me, but it never really felt completely comfortable. (As a side note, foundation itself never really feels “comfortable” on me either, so ymmv.)

Since the green on its own would be too flat, I had to add in some shading. I used MAC Print eyeshadow to carve out a bit of my cheekbones. I found that blending was somewhat difficult: If I blended out too much, I ended up removing some of the green Chromacake. I also used Print to fill in my eyebrows. For highlighting, I used MAC‘s Whisper of Gilt Extra Dimension Skinfinish on the tops of my cheekbones and down my nose.

My lips turned out to be a bit of a disaster. Gamora has darker green lips but I didn’t have anything that would really work. I tried using a dark lip colour mixed with gloss but I don’t like how it came out, so I’m going to have to try something else.

Those silver lines were created with eyeshadow and didn’t turn out so hot either. Argh!

Eye Makeup
Eye Makeup

Lastly were the eyes. The promo shot seems to show Gamora having a dark purple outer corner of her eyes. I deepened it up with some black, but like the contouring, I had a heck of a time blending on top of the Chromacake. I also had a heck of a lot of fallout from the shadow – something to be aware of the next time I try this! I’ll definitely throw on a pair of huge false lashes for this when I wear it out on Halloween – that should help cover up some of the terrible blending!

With wig
With wig

So in the end, it was a decent first try. I primarily wanted to get a feel for the Chromacake and what I would have to do with it on Halloween. It seems very easy to apply to the skin, although blending is still my major problem. If you have any suggestions for me – either a great silver liquid liner, or a way to blend out the shadows better on top of the green paint, I’d love to hear them!

Frankenstein's Monster
Frankenstein’s Monster

And no, this stuff was not fun to take off!

What’s On My Face – Volume 25

Mixed bag this week! Some colourful looks and some that are quite neutral.


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I’m finally coming around to using a single colour on the lid with a softer brown colour to blend out the crease. I really like the effect it creates, but man, it actually feels physically boring to do just that in the mornings when I’m getting ready for work!

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Eyes
(all Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette)

  1. Gilded Ganache over the entire lid.
  2. Semi-Sweet through the crease.
  3. White Chocolate on the brow bone.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Joe Fresh Apricot
  • Lips: Bite Beauty Fig

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The colours you can get out of Inglot shadows is just unbelievable!

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  1. Inglot Matte 360 on the inner third.
  2. Inglot Matte 383 on the middle of the lid.
  3. Inglot Matte 325 on the outer third.
  4. Makeup Geek Creme Brulee through the crease.

Tarte gel liner in Black to create the wing. Sephora Full Action Extreme Effect mascara in Purple is on my lashes.


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A rare moment using the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette. I knew I wanted to wear that particular lip colour, so it was just about finding an eye look that would match the lips. I’m not sure it matches really, but I think it works.

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Eyes
(all Urban Decay Naked 3)

  1. Liar on the inner two-thirds of the lid.
  2. Blackheart on the outer third of the lid.
  3. Nooner through the top of the crease.
  4. Strange on the brow bone.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes and MAC Feline Kohl Power pencil was used to rim the outer half of the lower lash line then blended out.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Stay Perfection in Deeply Ivory
  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: MAC Gingerly
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Too Faced Melted Berry

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This was something new for me. I like trying things, but sometimes you realize some colours just don’t work together. In this situation, I’m not pleased with the grey shade that was created by blending between the pale orange and the darker blue. And I finally got bold enough to wear that bright orange lipstick I picked up form Milani in March but never wore!

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Eyes
(all Makeup Geek)

  1. Glass Slipper on the inner half of the lid.
  2. Shark Bait on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Mandarin through the crease.
  4. Vanilla Bean on the brow bone.

Gabriella Salvete liquid eyeliner in Black to create the wing and Urban Decay Perversion mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Pinky Flow
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Milani Sweet Nectar

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Just a quick one using a palette I love.

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Eyes
(using the Too Faced A Few of my Favorite Things palette)

  1. Party Time on the inner half of the lid.
  2. Evergreen on the outer half of the lid.
  3. Chocolate Milk through the crease.
  4. Cream Colored Ponies on the brow bone.

Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Too Faced Sun Bunny
  • Blush: Too Faced Raindrops on Roses

Fitness Friday – LCC – Internationaler Babenbergerlauf 10K

Another race while on vacation! This time in Vienna, Austria. This was the original race I intended to run while on vacation in Europe in September. It was the only one I could find close to Prague that was a reasonable enough driving distance away. Originally, I hadn’t signed up for the half marathon, so this was to be my only race while on vacation.

I didn’t know much about this race other than that it had an exceptionally long name I didn’t understand (Babenbergerlauf), it was a 10k race and it was in Vienna, roughly a 4 hour drive from Prague. A friend from Germany (an ex, actually) had offered to drive to Prague, pick me up, and then drive us both to Vienna where we could do the race together. Always up for a fun adventure and a challenge, I definitely wanted to do this. It was my last weekend in Europe before I flew home to Toronto so I really wanted to squeak this last race in.

Starting zone for the Babenbergerlauf
Starting zone for the Babenbergerlauf

The Babenbergerlauf 10K is a varying distance run (there’s a 5k, 15k and half marathon track that sets off at the same as the 10k we were doing) that has very, VERY few people in it. The 10K we did actually only had 40 people in it! Definitely the smallest race I’ve ever done and had some of the fittest people I’ve ever seen running this thing. Seriously, I think I was the heaviest one there.

The race takes place on a paved path through one of central Vienna’s parks. It’s right beside the Ernst-Happel Stadium, a huge soccer venue.

Nilo at the start zone
Nilo at the start zone

I had been kind of hoping that the path would be through a shady area of the park, but a lot of the run turned out to be in the incredibly bright sun. The forecast had also under-predicted the temperature at 14 degrees and instead it turned out to be an almost blazing 22 degree day.

Bib number
Bib number

So the deal with this race is that I had stipulated to Nilo was that, given all things equal, a man should be 10% faster than a female. A (somewhat healthy) competition got started then between us, but it quickly deteriorated into him saying “well I hope I just beat you”.

:|

(I’ll also point that he’s an entire foot taller than me, too.)

Anyway, I didn’t know how well I was going to do. This was a race done at the very tail end of my vacation. I had already run a half marathon the week before and I had been eating and drinking like it was going out of style (because really, what ELSE do you do on vacation?!). Realistically, I knew I couldn’t beat my previous fastest 10k time (55:14), but I had small fledgling hope that I’d find some burst of inspiration during the race and bust out at a 50 minute 10k (baaaaaaaaahahahah yeah no).

Found this on the event's Google+ page, I'm famous!
Found this on the event’s Google+ page, I’m famous!

So we set off and it was fine. I’ll be honest, I don’t remember a whole lot of the run. It kind of comes to me in waves, my thought process being:

  • <1k: Okay, Imma beat him. Imma beat him! *goes fast*
  • 2-4k: Why am I doing this? This is stupid, you’ve been on vacation for a week or more, what are you trying to prove? *goes slower*
  • 4k: God it’s hot out here, where the hell are the water stations?
  • 4.2k: Oh man, that sun is REALLY shining down on me.
  • 4.4k: WHERE. ARE. THE. WATER. STATIONS.
  • 4.8k: EESH there’s the water station, why the heck wasn’t there one sooner??? *grabs two glasses and gulps them down*
  • Perpetual thought throughout the entire race: Why are there so many chestnuts on the ground? This isn’t safe! I’m going to roll my ankle!
  • 5-6k: Halfway there, this thing is almost done really.
  • 6-9k: WHYYYYYYYYYY AM I DOING THISSSSSSSSSS? (seriously, this whole chunk is a blur)
  • 10k: I’m done! THAT WAS AWESOME! Let’s go again!
Finish line!
Finish line!

In the end, Nilo beat me which I entirely expected. I finished in 56:24 which is the same finish time I had for that entirely downhill 10k in Toronto in April so I’m pretty pleased about that. Nilo finished in 54:07 which is a solid two minutes faster than me… but still wasn’t 10% quicker! (So really, I think I won this challenge!)

Babenbergerlauf 10K Race Circuit
Babenbergerlauf 10K Race Circuit

Race Results

  • Finish Time: 56:24
  • Pace: 5:38 per kilometer
  • Overall placement: 29/39
  • Age group placement (Women 30-39 years): 3/5
  • Gender placement (F): 8/13

Challenge Week: Makeup Geek Vegas Lights

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Good grief do I ever love this palette! I’ve gone on ad nauseum about my love for Makeup Geek eyeshadows, so I won’t bore you with the details other than to say that this brand is unbelievable quality for an incredibly low price point.

The week I used this palette I managed to get six looks out of it. Take a look:


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This was the most logical of choices for me in this palette. When I see colours, I naturally see a gradient, so I thought I’d make a gradient my first choice of looks.

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Eyes

  1. Casino on the inner corner.
  2. Sin City on the middle of the lid and one the lower lash line.
  3. Roulette on the outer corner and on the outer corner of the lower lash line.
  4. Desert Sands to blend out the crease.
  5. Mirage on the browbone.
  6. Bada Bing to line the upper lash line and to deepen up the outer corner.

CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: essence Autumn Peach
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: MAC Hibiscus

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I stole this one completely from one of Marlena’s own tutorials. I would never think to use the colours this way so I always find it helpful to see other people’s instructions!

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Eyes

  1. Sin City on the inner corner of the lid.
  2. Mirage of the middle of the lid and to highlight the browbone.
  3. Roulette on the outer corner.
  4. Bada Bing in the outer V.
  5. Desert Sands through the crease.

MAC Dipdown fluidline to create the wing and CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: e.l.f. Surf’s Up
  • Blush: Tarte Blissful
  • Highlighter: MAC Whisper of Gilt
  • Lips: Too Faced Bon Bon with Revlon Sunset Peach gloss on top

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Mmmm not as pleased with this one. Overall the look is nice, it’s just not as striking as I had thought it would be.

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Eyes

  1. Roulette all over the lid.
  2. Bada Bing in the outer corner and through the crease, also on the outer corner of the lower lash line.
  3. Desert Sands blended through the top of the crease.
  4. Mirage on the browbone.

Kat Von D tattoo liner in Trooper to create the wing with Urban Decay‘s Perversion mascara on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Foundation: Boots No7 Instant Radiance in Cool Vanilla
  • Bronzer: e.l.f. Surf’s Up
  • Blush: Sleek Guipre and Chantilly mixed together
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Candelight
  • Lips: Revlon Sunset Peach gloss

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Red eyeliner is a look I reach for often enough, so while this look is not necessarily focused on the Vegas Lights palette, it’s a good way of showing that this palette is versatile enough to incorporate into many different looks.

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Eyes

  1. Mirage all over the lid and on the browbone.
  2. Bada Bing in the outer corner.
  3. Desert Sands through the crease.

Inglot gel liner in 79 to create the wing with CoverGirl Clump Crusher mascara on my lashes

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: NYC Fire Island Tan
  • Blush: essence Life’s a Cherry
  • Highlighter: MAC Soft & Gentle
  • Lips: Revlon Lip Butters in Red Velvet with Creamsicle on top

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This started out as a concept, and while I like the idea (lower lash line liner pulls up to outer edge of the upper lid) I think I chose the wrong colours for each location.

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Eyes

  1. Casino on the outer corner and on inner corner of the lower lash line.
  2. Sin City on the inner half of the lid.
  3. Bada Bing on the outer half of the lid.
  4. Roulette used as liner on the outer corner of the lower lash line and then brought up to the outer lid and frames Bada Bing (barely blended in).
  5. Mirage on the brow bone.

MAC Feline Kohl Poer pencil to tightline and on the lower water line. Urban Decay Perversion mascara is on my lashes.


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I think people tend to call this a “spotlight” look. Same colour on the inner and outer corner, lighter shade on the middle of the lid. Whatever it’s called, I like the result!

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Eyes

  1. Roulette on the inner and outer thirds of the eye.
  2. Sin City on the inner third of the lid.
  3. Desert Sands through the crease.
  4. Mirage on the browbone.

Urban Decay Peversion mascara is on my lashes.

Rest of the Face

  • Bronzer: Hard Candy Hula Hula
  • Blush: Sleek Crochet
  • Highlighter: Too Faced Candlelight
  • Lips: Boots No7 Sweet Copper

My Vacation to the Czech Republic and Austria – In Pictures

My recent trip to Prague and Vienna as told in as many pictures as I could cram into these tableaus. Enjoy. :)

Day 1 - Overnight flight to Prague, checking into the apartment, locating a beer garden
Day 1 – Overnight flight to Prague, checking into the apartment, locating a beer garden
Day 2 - First full day - old town, astronomical clock, meeting up with old internet friends,
Day 2 – First full day – old town, astronomical clock, meeting up with old internet friends,
Day 3 - Train to Usti nad Labem, ran a half marathon, horseradish on everything makes it taste good, dark Budweiser is delicious
Day 3 – Train to Usti nad Labem, ran a half marathon, horseradish on everything makes it taste good, dark Budweiser is delicious
Day 4 - Prague castle, Karluv Most, BEER SPA
Day 4 – Prague castle, Karluv Most, BEER SPA
Day 5 - Jewish quarters and cemetery, fork graveyard, beer garden success
Day 5 – Jewish quarters and cemetery, fork graveyard, beer garden success
Day 6 - Cafe Savoy, Prague Opera
Day 6 – Cafe Savoy, Prague Opera
Day 7 - Train to Kutna Hora, Bone Church, best leggings purchase ever, best restaurant ever
Day 7 – Train to Kutna Hora, Bone Church, best leggings purchase ever, best restaurant ever
Day 8 - Petrin Hill, Karlovy Lazne
Day 8 – Petrin Hill, Karlovy Lazne
Day 9 - "Are you Irish?", travel to Vienna
Day 9 – “Are you Irish?”, travel to Vienna
Day 10 - Full day in Vienna, ran a 10k race, visited the best place on earth: a cat cafe
Day 10 – Full day in Vienna, ran a 10k race, visited the best place on earth: a cat cafe
Day 11 - Traditional Viennese food, back to Prague, why isn't all absinthe green?, Ice bar
Day 11 – Traditional Viennese food, back to Prague, why isn’t all absinthe green?, Ice bar

Cancelling Ipsy (+ September’s Bag)

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This isn’t going to be an exciting post. I’ve been so BLAHHHHHHHHH about Ipsy that I got this bag, photographed it out of force of habit and have barely touched the products. There’s just nothing in these bags to get me excited about anymore. It used to be like Christmas every month, but after 8, 9? months of it? I’m over it. I’m bored of getting pencil eyeliners I never use (and are the size of my baby finger). Or hair treatments that are really just conditioner. Or lip products that smell really bad. Or mascaras that smell really bad. I even blogged about the products I’m throwing out lately, and the bulk of them were products I’d received from Ipsy. I have no use for the multitudes of bags that the products come in, and some of them are so hideous that I wouldn’t even want to use them.

So as you can see, I’ve got a full list of things I’m fed up with in terms of this service, so it’s time to look elsewhere and move on. It’s also worth mentioning that cancelling this service wasn’t easy either. I cancelled it twice (and good god do they make you go through hoops for that) and both times I was told I would receive an automated e-mail to confirm my cancellation (despite all my hoop jumping). Never got any of their e-mails. I finally e-mailed customer support and was like “CANCEL THIS. SERIOUSLY.”. They answered and complied quickly, but I really should not have had to do that.

I’ve had some good products over the months, but I’d rather spend my money on things I’m already lusting after. ANYWAY. This is what I received this month. (As a forewarning, I’m a total Debbie Downer on these products.)

Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Fringe
Pacifica Natural Water-Proof Eye Pencil in Fringe

Pacifica pencil in… brown? It’s boring. It’s brown, it smooth enough but I don’t like pencil liners. Moving on.


Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair
Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair

Cailyn gloss in.. some shade. It smells bad and I don’t like gloss. Colour seems nice enough but I don’t reach for items when they smell bad. Boo.


Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask
Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

It’s a hair mask apparently. It feels like conditioner. Didn’t do anything amazing.


NYX - Asphyxiation
NYX – Asphyxiation

The other thing I’ve come to realize is that this bag is also good for people building up their makeup collection… and not so good for people who already have a lot of products. I’m fairly certain I have this shade of blue in various other brands. Another item I wasn’t excited to use.


Crown Brush - Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush
Crown Brush – Infinity Shadow/Crease Duet Brush

Now this is something I’ll actually use (despite being annoyed at the double-sidedness, I mean how the hell do you store these kinds of brushes?)… but I still haven’t tried it yet. ARE WE SENSING A THEME YET?


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So that was my last bag from Ipsy cuz I’m dunzo with this service. It was fun to try for a while, but wasn’t for me in the long run.

And because I was so lacklustre with this post, have a picture of Nemo (cats make everything better). He looks just as fed up with this service as I am.

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September 2014 Favourites

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I spent a chunk of September travelling abroad but, quite oddly, didn’t fall in love with a ton of the products that I had brought with me. I did, however, fall head over heels for some brand new products!


Makeup Geek Vegas Lights palette
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights palette

As I said in my What I Bought This Month haul for September, I went back and forth on this palette for a while. In the end I bought it because I’ve developed a collector-like attitude towards the MUG eyeshadows and I was worried that these shades would not become permanent.

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights

While gold is a colour I personally struggle with (it never looks right on me), the rest of the shades are absolute staples for me, in particular the orange and the red. The red is reminiscent of MAC Cranberry and the orange of an Inglot shade I own. I like how Marlena managed to actually make a palette that has all the staples (a matte cream shade, a midtone blending colour (although quite unique in its ochre-ness) and a dark brown) and yet still have plenty of punchy colours to play around with. Half the palette is perfect for daytime wear (as beauty bloggers are so damn fond of saying) but the other half can be used to liven up your makeup. The quality is also top notch and surpasses the quality of most of my MAC shadows. I cannot recommend this one enough (and I am so stinking glad I bought it!).

Makeup Geek Vegas Lights swatches
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights swatches

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Another new product to me! Too Faced‘s Melted Lipstick formula has been something that I’ve been lusting after for several months. I had put off buying them because I already own way too much lipstick for a person that considers lipstick to be the very bottom priority of their makeup routine. But oh man. I finally got my hands on some of these this last month and they are amazing. So amazing, that I ended up buying three of them. They don’t stay glossy on me, but instead dry down to a finish that wears like iron. While they are drying on the lips, that actually makes them even more enjoyable to me because I don’t have to be constantly fretting over whether or not my lipstick is actually staying on my lips. I reached for Melted Candy the most this past month and was amazed at just how vibrant it shows up in pictures. Love, love, LOVE!


Too Faced - Tinsel eyeshadow
Too Faced – Tinsel eyeshadow

Too Faced has developed a bad rap for re-naming their eyeshadow colours depending on what eyeshadow palette it has been included in, so I’m unsure if Tinsel goes by any other name. The version I have came in the Holiday 2013 set – A few of my Favorite Things palette. To me, it’s a shadow that looks like a gold shot through with green. It has a vaguely patina-like look to it and excellent pigmentation. I reached for this particular shade a lot while on vacation and was always happy with the looks I was able to produce with it.


Softlips CUBE in Vanilla Bean
Softlips CUBE in Vanilla Bean

I was sent a Softlips CUBE for review at the start of the month and found that not only did I like it enough to review it and do a giveaway, I also ended up reaching for it constantly despite owning several other lip balms I’m trying to finish up. This sits on my bed side table at home and I reach for it over all the others I own because the packaging makes it so simple to access. The Vanilla Bean flavour is my pick out of the two (Berry Bliss being the other).

A simple but sweet roundup of my favourite products of the month. :)

What I Bought This Month – September 2014 Haul

Settle in folks, this is another doozy of a haul. I spent almost two weeks in September travelling in Europe and this meant getting to dabble in makeup brands that I don’t have access to in Canada. I picked up a lot of different brands and products overseas, as well as a few new releases here in Canada/US.


Makeup Geek Vegas Lights palette ($37.99 USD)
Makeup Geek Vegas Lights palette ($37.99 USD)

The most exciting thing I picked up was the brand new Makeup Geek Vegas Lights palette. I hemmed and hawed over this sucker for a little while, but in the end splashed out for it. I love Marlena of Makeup Geek, and I *love* her eyeshadows.

Vegas Lights: Casino, Sin City, Roulette, Mirage, Desert Sands, Bada Bing
Vegas Lights: Casino, Sin City, Roulette, Mirage, Desert Sands, Bada Bing

The colours in this palette are right up my alley – specifically Sin City and Roulette. The bottom row really helps ground any look you can come up with this palette. I’m impressed that Makeup Geek managed to put out a palette that actually has serviceable neutrals along with some beautifully coloured shadows. I think this palette is limited edition, in which case, consider picking this up before it’s completely gone!


Makeup Geek shadows: Chickadee, Glass Slipper, Shark Bait ($5.99 USD each)
Makeup Geek shadows: Chickadee, Glass Slipper, Shark Bait ($5.99 USD each)

When I put in the order for the Vegas Lights palette, I also put a few shadows in the order. I have this (completely useless) idea of collecting all the Makeup Geek shadows so had to plug in a few more for this order.


MAC Chromacake in Landscape Green ($31 CAD)
MAC Chromacake in Landscape Green ($31 CAD)

For this year’s Halloween costume, I’m going as Gamora from the Guardians of the Galaxy. Because of Gamora’s green skin, I’m going to need a heck of a lot of coverage so I hopped on over to the MAC Pro store and picked up a Chromacake in Landscape Green. I’ve never used a Chromacake before, or any kind of body paint before, but I’m hopeful that this will turn out well.


MAC pigment in Landscape Green (free)
MAC pigment in Landscape Green (free)

The lady at the MAC Pro store was kind enough to give me an insanely generous sample of Landscape Green pigment to match my Chromacake. In fact, she gave me so much pigment I was actually able to mix it with alcohol and press it into an eyeshadow pan. Very handy!


essence - Life's a Cherry ($3.99 CAD)
essence – Life’s a Cherry ($3.99 CAD)

I’ve been loving the Autumn Peach blush by essence that I was previously sent, that I wanted to check out the other shades. Life’s a Cherry is a lovely pink veering on red shade. I think the lighting on the shot above really doesn’t make it across right, but so far I am loving this other essence blush as well.


e.l.f. Disney Ariel Eye Collection ($5 USD)
e.l.f. Disney Ariel Eye Collection ($5 USD)

The Disney Ariel collection was never released in Canada as far as I could see, so a friend in the US shipped a bunch of the products up to me. The eyeshadows aren’t bad, but that eyeliner is absolute crap.


e.l.f. Disney Ariel Bronzer & Mini Kabuki Brush ($5 USD)
e.l.f. Disney Ariel Bronzer & Mini Kabuki Brush ($5 USD)

The brush on this one is far too scratchy, but the bronzer is fairly nice. Pretty glittery, but still useable.


Ardell Disney Ariel Lash Kit ($8 USD)
Ardell Disney Ariel Lash Kit ($8 USD)

And lastly from the Ariel collection, a couple pairs of false lashes. They’re regular Ardell lashes but specially packaged up for this Little Mermaid collection.


Tarte - Rainforest After Dark ($26 USD)
Tarte – Rainforest After Dark ($26 USD)

My wonderful friend Sara whom I was vacationing with in Prague managed to snag me a few goodies in the US that she very kindly brought over for me. She managed to get an awesome deal on the Tarte Rainforest After Dark palette.

Rainforest After Dark
Rainforest After Dark

Having only ever tried Tarte’s blushes and bronzer, I was curious how their eyeshadows would perform. There are some lovely shades in here, but the palette on its own needs help. There’s no matte brow shade that works for me (the light pink is too dusty of a pink colour) and the pale lavender-grey is actually quite sheer and requires a lot of packing on. That being said, this sucker is super handy. The browns on the right side are wonderfully pigmented, the bronzer and the highlighter are wonderful and the blush is like all of Tarte’s blushes – easy to blend and looks great on my cheeks. This palette is wonderful for a full face – something quite rare in a palette of this size.


NYX - Fizzies ($5.99 USD)
NYX – Fizzies ($5.99 USD)

I had bought NYX‘s Butter Lipstick in Fizzies back in March but had managed to mangle it when I took it out to a club one night with me. The bullet broke in half and no matter what I did, I couldn’t put it back together. Since NYX‘s Butter Lipsticks still aren’t available in Canada, once again Sara managed to pull through and picked me up a tube in the US. Here’s hoping I don’t break this one as well.


Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melt Berry and Melted Candy ($21 USD, each)
Too Faced Melted Lipsticks in Melt Berry and Melted Candy ($21 USD, each)

She also snagged me two of the newer shades of the Too Faced Melted lipsticks. I haven’t actually tried any yet, but I’d been lusting over them for several months. As they’re cheaper in the US, I broke down and had her buy me two – Melted Berry and Melted Candy. Melted Candy is AMAZING. It’s almost fluorescent and shows up amazingly in pictures.


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul (free)
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul (free)

And finally, she also kindly gave me a few products that hadn’t worked out for her. NYX‘s Soft Matte Lip Cream is a product I’ve heard about constantly over the years, but had never picked one up. The colour above is Istanbul and I’m excited to try it out.


NYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet and Fortune Cookie (free)
NYX Butter Gloss in Red Velvet and Fortune Cookie (free)

And lastly, Sara handed over two NYX Butter Lip Glosses that hadn’t worked for her. (Shock, horror!) I’ll always happily add more of these to my collection!


Soap &amp; Glory Lid Stuff in What's Nude (£10 GBP)
Soap & Glory Lid Stuff in What’s Nude (£10 GBP)

I had a layover at Heathrow on my way to Prague and made a mad dash for the Boots they had in one of the terminals. Thankfully, this particular Boots had Soap & Glory makeup products and I was able to pick up their Lid Stuff eyeshadow quad in What’s Nude.This is a handy quad to bring along with a super bright palette, quite similar to one of the Urban Decay Naked Basics.


Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Raplumzel (£8 GBP)
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker in Raplumzel (£8 GBP)

Also from Soap & Glory is their Sexy Mother Pucker Gloss Stick in Raplumzel. This is completely unlike any other balm sticks I own. It’s way more buttery and soft, very reminiscent of a Revlon Lip Butter except that this smells like caramel or something. Delicious!


Boots No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Deeply Ivory (£14.50 GBP)
Boots No7 Stay Perfect Foundation in Deeply Ivory (£14.50 GBP)

Boots’ own brand No7 was having a deal on where if you spent enough money, you’d get a free goodie bag. I was interested in picking up more foundation from No7 as I already use their Instant Radiance foundation quite often. I got re-colour matched with their fancy handheld device and they paired me up with Deeply Ivory, two shades darker than what I had been previously using. I really love just how well the colour match seems to work with this brand, I’ve never been disappointed! I have zero idea if the technology is the same, but I’ve found that the Boots one gives me accurate results whereas the one from Sephora is seriously dodgy.


Boots No7 Lipstick in Sweet Copper (£9.95 GBP)
Boots No7 Lipstick in Sweet Copper (£9.95 GBP)

The lady at the Boots counter was doing colour matching to “find your perfect shade of lipstick”. I’m sure this suckers some women in, but it was really just about colour matching your skin and then finding a few shades that seem to match it based on some card they had. I thought it was basically a bunch of garbage, but I picked out a colour I didn’t think I had (yeah right) and it turned out to be Sweet Copper. Beautiful shade and I really love the consistency.


Boots No7 Exquisite Eyes Gift with Purchase (free)
Boots No7 Exquisite Eyes Gift with Purchase (free)

And because I’d spent enough money on their No7 line, they gave me this set. It includes a mascara, an eye pencil, a brush and a shadow.


Barry M Nail Paint in Diamond Glitter (£2.99, each)
Barry M Nail Paint in Diamond Glitter (£2.99, each)

I spotted the Barry M display and snagged the last two Diamond Glitters left on the display. I had previously gone through an entire bottle of it and I knew I loved it. I was happy to re-stock this in my collection because I can’t get Barry M in Canada.


Too Faced - Melted Nude (456 Kč)
Too Faced – Melted Nude (456 Kč)

Because I had loved the Too Faced Melted lipsticks that Sara had brought me up from the US, that I ran out at bought Melted Nude in Prague. Bonus being that it was on sale (price above is the non-discounted price) and it was cheaper than I could even get it in Canada. Sold!


Sephora Eye Lash Curler (315 Kč)
Sephora Eye Lash Curler (315 Kč)

This one was a necessity. I had forgotten my eyelash curlers at home and had to pick up a pair while on vacation. I’ve been using Tweezerman ones for years and I guess I just assumed eyelash curlers are supposed to pinch your eyes? Wrong, so wrong. I was happy to discover that Sephora‘s eyelash curlers are wonderful! No pinching of my lids at all! Think I’ll be throwing out my Tweezerman ones immediately.


MAC Prep + Prime for lips (500 Kč)
MAC Prep + Prime for lips (500 Kč)

Another item I’d forgotten at home (or so I thought, turns out they were in my luggage), but one I don’t mind buying multiples of. You know the drill… MAC‘s Prep + Prime for lips, an essential for me.


L'Oreal Micellar Gel (119 Kč)
L’Oreal Micellar Gel (119 Kč)

Now this was interesting! I picked this up at Rossman, one of the drugstores in the Czech Republic, because I had read that L’Oreal regular liquid version was similar to Bioderma‘s micellar liquid. This is the gel format and I’m curious to see how this works in comparison with my other makeup removers.


Dermacol Soft Heel Balm (72.90 Kč)
Dermacol Soft Heel Balm (72.90 Kč)

Picked up Dermacol‘s Soft Heel Balm solely because of the packaging. I have nasty heels and anything I can use to repair them is definitely right up my alley.


Dermacol Party Time mascara (179 Kč)
Dermacol Party Time mascara (179 Kč)

I wish I’d bought more Dermacol, but I didn’t actually realize that they were a Czech brand until very late into my trip. This was another item bought purely because the packaging screamed at me. Not opened yet because I have a bunch of other mascaras I need to finish up first.


essence blush up! in Heat Wave and Pinky Flow (105 Kč, each)
essence blush up! in Heat Wave and Pinky Flow (105 Kč, each)

Snagged these two up because I’ve never seen them in Canada! Bush ombres are just way too pretty to pass up and the one on the left looks like a dupe for MAC’s Ripe Peach, a blush I had never managed to get my hands on.


Astor Lipcolor Butter in Feeling Feline (169.90 Kč)
Astor Lipcolor Butter in Feeling Feline (169.90 Kč)

Hot pink, slightly sheer and called Feeling Feline! We had to go to three or four DM stores before we finally found one that hadn’t already been used. I also like how it’s not cut at the top like all the other chubby stick lip products.


Catrice Liquid Liner in Dating Joe Black (94.90 Kč)
Catrice Liquid Liner in Dating Joe Black (94.90 Kč)

Nikkie of NikkieTutorials claims this is better than Make Up For Ever’s liquid liner. Sold!


Gabriella Salvete Glitter Enamel (89.90 Kč)
Gabriella Salvete Glitter Enamel (89.90 Kč)

Yet another 3D silver glitter polish to add to my  collection! I think this one is textured though.


Gabriella Salvete Liquid Eyeliner in Black (129.90 Kč)
Gabriella Salvete Liquid Eyeliner in Black (129.90 Kč)

I really don’t need more black liquid liner, but this one claims that it’s matte. I’ve yet to meet a liquid liner that’s actually matte, but hey, I’m willing to give it a shot!


Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (15 €)
Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre (15 €)

My brother brought this over from France as I was getting low on the one I had back in Toronto. I had thought this was around 7 or 8 euros, but it turns out it’s a lot more expensive than that. I wonder if the price got jacked up recently?


That’s it for this post! There were a few things I picked up in Vienna that I don’t have on me now (forgot them in the car, my friend in Germany is going to mail them to me) so they’ll be in next month’s post.