IMATS TORONTO 2018 HAUL: Swatches and Review

Hi there, my darlings! So, last week, I shared my IMATS Toronto experience...and then promptly fell off the map! Don't even ask, last week was a killer work week! You know, the kind that makes you want nothing but your nightie and a glass, or four, of something something. Yeah, that kind. Anyways, that week is over and I'm back at work after Canadian Thanksgiving break. Since I never really shared my thoughts on the products I picked up at IMATS, I figured I would share today. Read on to see if it was money well spent...or not!

MAC COSMETICS Bold and Bad Lash Mascara ($24.00 USD)

A dual-chamber mascara containing a brush for upper lashes, a brush for lower lashes AND different formulas in each.

I'm a BIG, HUGE fan of MAC's Haute and Naughty Mascara so when I spied this new mascara at IMATS, I decided to give it a whirl. What really sold me to this one is the two-brush deal, which is similar to the Haute and Naughty. I love it? Not quite. While the Haute and Naughty gives me volume for days and pretty good length too, this one doesn't perform nearly as well in either categories. I do like the tiny brush which helps brush out any errant clumps and really fan out smaller lashes. But, overall, I wasn't blown away!


VIOLET VOSS The Rainbow Palette ($30.00 USD)

We love color and especially when it is poppin' like these shades. Don't miss out on this limited edition palette that is sure to expand on your creativity. We love wearing it as eyeliner too!
  • 10 Larger than life pans
  • Infused with Jojoba Oil
  • 8 Metallic Colors
  • 1 Pearl topper (use alone for a glow)
  • 1 Matte black with sparkles

Color break down:
  • Flamingo- Rich pinky red
  • Peach- Duo chrome rusty peach
  • Buttercup-Rich golden gold
  • Seaform- Named after an inside joke ..this color is an amazing seafoam green.
  • Fiji-Like the exotic waters of Fiji
  • Royal- Rich deep blue
  • Indigo- True purple
  • Violet- Duo Chrome pink purple
  • Pearl- Sheer iridescent white. Can be used as a topper, highlighter, or on its own.
  • Eclipse- Matte black with glitter. Layer for an intense look.

I cannot even begin to tell you just how much I love this palette! Just looking at it makes me happy! The shades are bright and bold, without being garish or too over-the-top. For example, the yellow in this rainbow is a gorgeous yellow-gold rather than a straight-up sunshine yellow, which I would find harder to pull off. And every single shade is a shimmer! For a girl who pretty much only makes the effort for shimmers, this is THE best palette!

Formula-wise, very impressed. Except for Royal and Indigo, which were a bit harder to work with, the colors are satiny-smooth to apply and blend so wonderfully--the texture of these shadows is just divine! Worth every single penny!


BIODERMA Sébium H2O Micelle Solution ($14.90 USD on Amazon)

A cleansing and make-up removing water that gently purifies combination or oily skin
  • Sébium H2O is the 1st specific make-up removing micellar water for combination or oily skin that mimics the natural composition of the skin for perfect make-up removal and total respect for even the most sensitive skin.
  • Thanks to the Fluidactiv™ patented sebo-correcting complex, it biologically regulates sebum quality to keep the pores from becoming clogged and clear up the skin.
  • Enriched with purifying agents, zinc gluconate and copper sulphate, Sébium H2O purifies the skin and limits sebaceous secretion.

I'm pretty new to the world of micellar waters and have always made do with baby wipes and makeup remover. Or, to be honest, just baby wipes in a pinch. Still, I have managed to try a few micellar waters in the past year or so and I have to say I see why this is a cult favorite. It's really gentle on the skin and does a fabulous job of removing even the the toughest of waterproof products. I would definitely be re-purchasing!


So there you have it, my darlings! My small but mighty IMATS Toronto 2018 haul!

What do you think of my picks? Anything you need in your life too? Tell me in the comments section below!


  1. I love Bioderma! That palette is gorgeous, and it's too bad that the mascara was meh!

  2. Fun haul even if the mascara isn't your favorite. I always have Bioderma in my house. I especially like the bottles that have the push down top.

  3. That Violet Voss palette is so pigmented and bright, wow! I'd love to see some looks that you do with it. I love BioDerma Hydrabio when I'm not using Koh Gen Do Cleansing SPA Water - both are fabulous. Too bad about the mascara. I like MAC Upward Lash, so I might like this one, but not sure I want to spend the money to find out. Sorry you were disappointed by it.

  4. that palette is over the top gorgeous. if i wear those kind of shades, i'd cave in

  5. Love that Bioderma micellar water! And that palette looks gorgeous!

  6. The VV palette looks like so much fun!

  7. I love me some Bioderma so I'm glad that you liked it. That Violet Voss palette looks amazing! I hate that the MAC mascara wasn't better though.


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