Detoxifying Beauty Feats

19 Dec

To our delight, Seanna and I discovered a wonderful little pop-up in the heart of Toronto’s entertainment district last weekend – The Detox Market.

Odacite counter at The Detox Market

Admittedly, I hadn’t heard about the shop before. I’ve been purchasing the majority of my ‘organic’ beauty products from more commercialized store like Sephora and Lush out of sheer convenience. The concept behind this natural boutique is a little different. They collaborate with other eco-brands in the stages of production in order to ensure high-quality selections for their own showcase. Products range from luxury cosmetics to novelty and food items, including exclusive imports and hard-to-find items such as the Parisian-based Kusmi Teas.

Of course, I couldn’t risk a visit without making a few purchases pour moi. Here’s what I bought:

Ecoglam

  • ILIA lipstick in “Femme Fatale”

Some of you may have previously read Seanna’s review of Ilia summarizing this eco-fabulous lip colour. In line with the oxblood trend this season, I opted for “Femme Fatale” to give me a deep-red lip with a hint of plum. The colour is rich and staying power is true, finishing a bit on the shiny side but layering nicely if you prefer a matte look. I wear it with a high-lighter instead of a blush in order to enhance the burgundy pigmentation of this look.

  • Acquarella nail polish in “Incognito

This water-based line of nail colour is non-toxic, excluding harsh chemicals like Formaldehyde, Phthalates and petrochemical solvents. “Incognito” is a particularly rich water colour that distributes evenly, although I found the formula to have slightly extended drying-time compared to those of conventional brands like OPI and Essie. Despite Acquarella claiming there is no need to apply a base or topcoat, I also noticed the polish began chipping the very next day! Ultimately, the general issue with an all-natural nailcare line is cost: If you are going to commit to non-toxic polish, it makes sense to additionally invest in an eco remover, moisturizer, and conditioner. This is an expensive, albeit worthwhile commitment in the grand scheme of things.

100% Pure mascara in “Black Tea”

Replacing my mascaras with organic alternatives has been a personal challenge, seeing as I’ve been hooked on L’oreal’s Voluminous line since time immemorial. Nevertheless, I found myself gravitating towards this all-natural, vegetarian mascara for its unique properties: 1oo% Pure Fruit-pigmented mascara claims to be the only cosmetics line of its kind, conditioning lashes with ProVitamin B5, Vitamin E, Oat and Wheat protein rather than artificial ingredients that are hazardous to health and can irritate the eyes. I am certainly pleased with the formula’s ability to lengthen and moisturize. The use of natural extracts also inhibits the drying-out process of the mascara, extending its shelf life through the use of natural oils and pigments. If you have naturally thick lashes that just need a bit of separation, you should give this mascara a whirl.

Lips: Ilia lipstick “Femme Fatale”
Eyes: 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented mascara “Black Tea”
Cheeks: MAC Irridescent pressed-powder “Belightful”

Overall, I am impressed with the quality and selection of the products at The Detox Market, keeping in mind the store is still in pop-up stages of its distribution. Hopefully, a permanent placement is on the horizon for TO beauty ecoholics like us!

– Lina

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