Inglot Freedom System Square & Rainbow Eyeshadows

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Inglot Eyeshadow


These are my two Inglot Freedom System palettes. I’ll have a review and swatches up soon. Update: My review, swatches, and more photos are now posted.

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L-R: 107R, Matte 337, Matte 328, 101R, Matte 318


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L-R: D.S. 436, Pearl 407, Matte 330, 106R


Palmer’s Olive Oil and Coconut Oil Hair Milk

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I have long wavy hair. As most of us with curly or wavy hair can attest… dryness is the enemy. When curls and waves get dry, they usually also get frizzy. I personally like my hair to have texture and body – I prefer to work with its natural texture rather than against it. What I look for in hair products is mostly conditioning – something that can provide moisture and definition, without weighing my hair down or making it feel crunchy or “product-y.”


Olive oil and coconut oil are both amazing for hair, especially coconut oil. I use it as a deep conditioning treatment every week or so. I’m also a big fan of Palmer’s products and have used them as long as I can remember. So, while I was a little confused by the name (“hair milk”…?), I was interested to try these out.


The best way I can describe these is like a leave-in conditioner, but more hydrating. They’re not thick like hair masques – the consistency is actually relatively thin and lightweight. Yet they give your hair SO much moisture. If my hair looks dry or frizzy, I take the tiniest bit of this (think pea-sized amount) and run it through the ends and last few inches of my hair. This stuff really does tame frizz and leaves my hair feeling super soft, not greasy.


In terms of differences between the formulas, here are the ingredients lists for comparison:


Olive Oil Formula

Water (Aqua), Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) (Shea Butter), Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil (Olive), Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Extract, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Tocopheryl Acetate, Keratin Amino Acids, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropyl Butylcarbamate, Yellow 5 (CI19140), Red 4 (CI14700), Blue 1 Lake (CI 42090) (CI142090)


Coconut Oil Formula

Water, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cyclohexasiloxane, Behenyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethyl Cetearamidopropyldimonium Chloride, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Milk, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Polysorbate 20, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Dimethicone, Fragrance, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hair Keratin Amino Acids, Keratin Amino Acids, Sodium Chloride, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate


So, as you can see, the oils are the 7th or 8th ingredients on the lists (meaning the formula contains less of them). The #2 ingredient in both formulas is shea butter, so I think that’s probably the products’ main conditioning source. Not a bad thing, as shea butter is extremely moisturizing, but it is surprising given how the products are marketed.


Overall, the two formulas are very similar. One difference I did notice is that the Olive Oil formula contains fragrance and colorants, which I don’t see in the Coconut Oil formula. I’m guessing the fragrance is because Olive Oil doesn’t really have a scent, while coconut oil does – which is what the Coconut Oil formula smells like. The Olive Oil formula is a light green color (because, you know, olive oil is green?) while the Coconut Oil is just white – so that would explain the colorants.


I love the smell of coconut oil, so I definitely prefer that scent. I’m not sure how to describe the Olive Oil formula’s scent, maybe slightly like baby powder? Regardless, it isn’t bad and I don’t mind it. I don’t really notice a difference aside from scent and color, they seem to perform the same. Between the two, I’d definitely go for the Coconut Oil formula, because I like the smell and that it’s colorant-free. Plus, because coconut oil penetrates into the hair cuticle and cortex, its arguably the best oil for hair.


Have you ever tried a “hair milk”? Any other favorite conditioning products?

NARS Neutrals – Duo Eyeshadows in Madrague and Portobello

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L-R: Madrague, Portobello

I haven’t seen much online about NARS Duo Eyeshadows in Portobello and Madrague, which is surprising because they’re great basics. NARS describes Portobello as portobello matte ecru and soft matte mushroom and Madrague as matte caramel and matte cream.


While the lighter shades of the duos appear very similar in photos, in Portobello it’s definitely a deeper, yellower brown-tan-beige. In Madrague, it’s more an ivory-beige, along the lines of Mac Brule or Wet n Wild Brule – although not as light or pigmented. The darker shade in Madrague is more of a typical warm mid-tone brown. In Portobello, the darker shade is cooler and leans more towards a grey-tone. It can read almost taupe-y, but still has warmth.


Photos & Swatches:

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Inglot Azure Collection Nail Enamel 983

Another Inglot Nail Enamel! This one is from the Azure Collection, which features 11 nail enamels. Looking at the nail enamels in numerical order, they progress from grey to green to blue. Each polish has tones from the color before it and after it. The finish is very glossy – you can definitely see the difference compared to the matte collection polishes. Like the matte collection, the formula is non-streaky and applies smoothly.

983: dark teal-green with grey undertones


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I saw on the Inglot USA site they’ve just released a new collection (it doesn’t have any other name listed) that looks really interesting. It’s five metallic shades – two silver tones, two gold tones, and one copper rose gold tone. Of course, it’s hard to tell from the site exactly what the colors look like, so I’ll have to wait to see real swatches.

Have you tried any Inglot Nail Enamels? What do you think of their Azure and “new” collections?

Colgate and Animal Testing


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A few months ago, I noticed a new category on PETA’s Cruelty-Free Search feature: “Companies Working for Regulatory Change.”  Hmm… what exactly does that mean?

According to PETA:

[box]“Working for Regulatory Change” is used to recognize companies that test on animals only when required by law, that are completely transparent with PETA about which animal tests they conduct and why, and that are actively working to promote development and validation of non-animal methods.[/box]


PETA currently has only one company on this “working for regulatory change” list: Colgate-Palmolive Co.


Colgate and the many Colgate-owned brands make tons of common household products, but of course what first comes into my mind is toothpaste. Cruelty-free toothpaste can be one of the harder products to find – I know I haven’t tried one I really like yet. Before I switched to cruelty-free products, I mostly used Colgate. While I don’t mind spending extra effort to make sure I get cruelty-free toothpaste, I think it’s one of those products that’s such a necessity, affordability and ease of access are extra important. The average customer may choose a cruelty-free toothpaste if it’s sold in their local grocery or drugstore. But I’m not sure how many people would  order online or make an extra trip for a specific brand of toothpaste.


Does this categorization affect whether you’ll buy from Colgate? On one hand, part of me feels like– if they’re still testing on animals, I don’t want to buy their products, end of story.  On the other hand, I want to support the changes they’re making, which will end up saving lives and reducing suffering. It’s a tough call and there’s not a black-and-white answer. I think personally, Colgate may be an option for me in the future, if/when they become cruelty-free. It does make me more willing to support them once they completely stop animal testing.


As always, these sorts of decisions are definitely something everyone has to come to an opinion on for themselves. I’m interested to hear others’ take on this. How do you feel about the Colgate situation?  Are you ready to support them?



Update: For more information on what “Working for Regulatory Change” means, you can check out PETA’s original blog post about it.

For specifics on Colgate’s animal and non-animal research (e.g., in what instances they test on animals) and their work for and use of alternative methods, check out Colgate-Palmolive Product Safety Research Policy.

Photo by William Warby

Zoya Nail Lacquers – Ava, Melodie, Gia

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Ah, Zoya… definitely a favorite in the beauty community. I don’t know if they still do this, but once yearly they used to have this crazy sale, where you could get 3 polishes for free, just pay shipping. Any brand that’s willing to give discounts like that, I’m a fan of. But the main selling point for me is their huge selection of colors and finishes. I picked these three shades off the website, not having seen them in person, but I ended up being happy with all three. CONTINUE READING…

Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

The second of my Inglot Nail Enamels is 718, also from the Matte Collection. Feel free to check out my post on Inglot Nail Enamel 715 for more about the Matte Collection formula.

718: a mid-tone bubblegum peach-pink. It’s similar in color to Essie’s Van D’Go, but I find application much easier with Inglot’s formula. It’s darker and the slightest bit more pink than Essie’s A Crewed Interest and Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolor in Paparazzi Don’t Preach.


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Inglot 718 Bubblegum Peach: Inglot Nail Enamel 718

 The photos are with two coats and no base/top coat.

Nude Matte Nails: Inglot Nail Enamel 715

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: Inglot Nail Polish 715

Ever since I discovered it about a year ago, Inglot has quickly become one of my favorite cosmetic brands. I’m most interested in their face and eye products, but they do have great nail polish. There are multiple polish types – the two I own are from the Matte Collection. The finish of the Matte Collection polishes is actually more like semi-matte. I like the finish – I think it looks modern without being completely flat. If you like the color but prefer more shine, adding a top coat makes the finish more like a standard creme.

The formula is easy to apply and lasts well. It dries faster than any other nail polish I’ve tried. And their shade range… calling it extensive feels like an understatement.


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715: an opaque taupe-pink. It’s similar to Essie Topless & Barefoot and Zoya Melodie (without the shimmer). It’s a little like OPI Tickle My France-y but lighter and less brown.


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 Have you tried any Inglot polishes?  What did you think?

Urban Decay NOT Selling in China


As you may have heard, Urban Decay has changed its mind and will NOT be selling in China.

This is an amazing success and it absolutely shows the power that we have as consumers. The choices we make matter!

To read Urban Decay’s full statement: Urban Decay Decides Not to Sell in China

One Step Glitter Nails

Amazing Makeup That’s Still Cruelty-Free: LA Splash Nail Polish in Sparkling Jellyfish


It’s glitter nails without the hassle.


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a nail polish quite like Sparkling Jellyfish.

The base is a pink jelly formula, with lots of fine glitter. The sparkles totally change color depending on the light, but they appear mostly silver, light blue, light green, and pinkish red. They almost have a sort of ultra-violet glow. They’re like tiny electric crystals.


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Despite the glitter, the formula is really smooth, which makes application easy. The brush is on the wider side (more like OPI’s than Essie’s) which I like. It takes fewer strokes to cover the nail evenly. If you have very small nails, you may not like it as much.

It can be worn on its own or layered over other polishes. It works over creme finishes and those with fine glitter or shimmer. For some reason, I got the idea that it might be glow-in-the-dark (it’s not…) It looks like it could be. It actually does have a transluscent jellyfish-style glow.

The best part about this nail polish is that, even though it’s glitter-filled, it’s extremely easy to remove. It didn’t leave any traces of glitter stuck to my nails, which has happened with other glitter polish formulas. I think I did one extra swipe with a cotton square and nail polish remover, but otherwise it came off the same as a regular polish.


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Sparkling Jellyfish is the only LA Splash product I own. Judging from the LA Splash website, they have a large selection of unique shades and textures (seems like glitter is kind of their thing). Have you tried LA Splash? Any color or product recommendations?


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Photo by Giorgos