ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Review and Swatches – Solow, Bumble, Tulle

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Lipstick Review and Swatches - Solow, Bumble, Tulle

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Lipstick Review and Swatches - Solow, Bumble, Tulle

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Review and Swatches – Solow, Bumble, Tulle

If you follow ColourPop on social media, you know that the Ultra Matte Lips have been long-awaited and anticipated by beauty lovers well before the launch date. Many brands have been jumping on the liquid lipstick bandwagon: Anastasia Beverly Hills, L.A. Girl, Lime Crime, and the list goes on. The day the Ultra Matte Lips launched on the ColourPop website… let’s just say the word madness does not describe it enough. I refreshed the page like a madwoman to no avail—that website was just not cooperating with me that day. After an hour of refreshing, I put my laptop to rest.

The next morning, I tried again. A ton of shades were sold out, but all of the shades that I wanted were still available. PRAISE. THE. LORD. (It was a Ramadan miracle!) So I snatched up Solow, Bumble and Tulle.

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My MAC Eyeshadow Palette | Swatching Oddity

Mac Eyeshadow Palette | Swatching Oddity

Mac Eyeshadow Palette | Swatching Oddity

My MAC Eyeshadow Palette | Swatching Oddity

Once upon a time, I was a MAC eyeshadow junkie and collected a whole slew of 15 MAC eyeshadows. There are some eyeshadows in here that I absolutely adore and some, not so much. I’ll share which eyeshadows those are and swatches, too! (Also, if you are wondering why the texture of some of the eyeshadows look strange, it’s because I may have dropped this palette on more than one occasion… oops).


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What’s in My Makeup Bag? | Swatching Oddity

What's in My Makeup Bag?

What's in My Makeup Bag?

What's in My Makeup Bag?

What’s in My Makeup Bag?

There is something intriguing about sifting through the contents of someone else’s makeup bag. It’s because you know that these are the essentials – the things that you need, otherwise all hell breaks loose! (Okay, a little dramatic I know, but you know what I mean) =)

Here’s what I have in my makeup bag:

  • Hand lotion
  • Rollerball perfume
  • Mirror (gifted to me when I received a gift card from Sephora)
  • 5 lip products (it’s not excessive, it’s a necessity).

Other things that are in my makeup bag that I didn’t include in the photos are: band-aids, eye drops, Halls, Advil, Tide To Go and a pen. See, I can be practical too. =) But if you want to learn more about the somewhat impractical stuff, then read on…

eos Everyday Hand Lotion: One of my favourite hand lotions to keep with me on the go (bonus: it’s paraben free!) The size is perfect for a makeup or handbag and doesn’t take up a lot of room. I do prefer the pink one more, but thought I’d change it up with the blue lotion. This one has a floral scent, whereas the pink one is more fruity. Whichever scent you pick, the hand lotions are effective at keeping my hands soft and moisturized.

Taylor Swift Wonderstruck Rollerball Perfume: Yes, Taylor Swift. At first, you may think the scent is vomitrocious and best suited for a 16-year-old girl, but I love it! I like sweet scents, so this is right up my alley. I like keeping a rollerball with me for touch ups because nobody wants to be the smelly kid.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Lolita: I love this lipstick! It’s a pinky mauve colour that I think would be universally flattering on all skintones. The smell of these lipsticks are divine (think the vanilla scent of a MAC lipstick, but 10x better). It’s a very matte lipstick, so it can be drying if you don’t prep your lips beforehand.

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Top 5 Products to Use in Frigid Cold Weather

Top 5 Products to Use in Frigid Cold Weather

Oh hey. Long time no see. Let’s skip the awkward hellos and move on to the cosmetics. ;)

Over here in Toronto, we have been facing some extreme cold weather. Yesterday, as I walked outside from the car to my local drugstore, I was whipped in the face with -23 degrees Celcius weather. I don’t even know what that would be with the windchill. Needless to say, it’s cold and my skin has been taking a beating. But, these products have been helping! Here are my top 5 products to use in frigid cold weather.

Top 5 Products to Use in Frigid Cold Weather

1. Tarte Pure Maracuja Oil

This stuff has been a lifesaver in this weather! Instead of using a moisturizer at night, I’ve swapped it with the Tarte Maracuja Oil. I apply it all over my face and neck and focus the oil on places where I experience the most dryness, like around my lips and nose. If you don’t want to dish out the cash for maracuja oil, there are so many other oils you can use as a moisturizer – coconut oil is a fantastic moisturizer as well.

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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!

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.

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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Frequently Asked Makeup and Skincare Questions


Can you tell this is a question mark or does it just look like a random collection of eyeshadows? ._.

Frequently Asked Makeup and Skincare Questions

Since creating my blog, I’ve received many questions related to makeup and skincare. Although I am nothing close to a professional expert on this topic, but do spend quite a bit of time dabbling with makeup and skincare, I feel like I can speak from some experience and answer these questions. Remember that these are just my opinions as a consumer who has tried 1239128308 products (and counting)… D:

The questions that I’ll be answering in this post are:

  • Do under eye dark circle creams really work?
  • How do I cover my under eye circles?
  • What is a good cleanser for acne?
  • What kind of brushes do I use to apply foundation, eyeshadow, etc.
  • How do I do a smoky eye or x makeup look?
  • Other makeup tips!

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Top 5 Summer Blushes: Review + Swatches

Top 5 Summer Blushes Review

Top 5 Summer Blushes | Review + Swatches

Continuing with my top summer series (I wrote about my Top 5 Summer Lip Products here), I decided to write about my favourite summer blushes. There will be images of blush swatches later on in the post. :)

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