Maybelline Total Temptation Review

Maybelline Total Temptation Review

Maybelline’s Total Temptation Collection had me as soon as I saw the blush packaging. The soft pink is so beautiful. As a result, I ended up with the mascara, eye and highlight palette and brow pencil… oops.

My favourite product by far from this line is the mascara. It has a very interesting formula. It is a really light moussey texture (I don’t think that’s a word, but let’s just go with it), which is what makes the mascara so great. The formula is light, so it is extremely buildable and it does not clump. I put 4-5 coats on and no clumps!! I love that I can layer coats, so I can quickly change my look from day to night by adding more mascara for a bolder lash look. The light weight texture also allows the lashes to hold a curl because it doesn’t weigh them down.

The brush is a really full bristle brush. The brush is really great in my opinion. It separates all my lashes while making them appear full and long. The only downfall is I do find the full brush is bigger then what I am used to (I normally use Benefit Roller Lash), so I tend to get mascara on my lid. I don’t think this is a downfall to the product, but more of an issue with my application technique.

The eye shadow and highlight palette is okay, but I don’t know that it is one of my favourites. I find the powders to all be really powdery – when I dip my brush in the shadow it breaks into a loose powder. Some of the colours are really pigmented and the shimmery shades look really intense when applied with a wet brush. I would say this one is a pass for me. I think there are better alternatives at the drugstore right now. If you are looking to try an eye shadow palette from Maybelline the new Burgundy Bar palette is AMAZING. Let me know if you want a review!

The Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil is a great drugstore alternative to Benefit’s Goof Proof brow pencil. They both have a similar teardrop shaped pencil. It has a nice creamy texture which allows it to easily apply to the skin without having to apply too much pressure. It also has four shades – really great for the drugstore.

The only thing I don’t love about this pencil is the brush on the end. It is a circular brush, which really isn’t practical. I find it doesn’t really blend well and I just don’t use it. For me, this isn’t a deal breaker. I just use a different brush to blend it out.

Overall, I am really impressed with the new launches from Maybelline lately. If I had to recommend one product from the Total Temptation Collection to try it is 100% the mascara. It is one of my new favourite mascaras and I am a hard person to please when it comes to mascara.

Have you tried anything new from Maybelline? Let me know in a comment below!



Mask Monday: Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay

This “Mask Monday” series is helping me rediscover some of my favourite masks. Origins Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay is one of my recent rediscoveries. I got this as a point perk at Sephora and I think I might invest in the full size once I finish it.

Origins Retexturizing Mask is formulated with Mediterranean rose clay, Canadian willow herb and exfoliating jojoba beads. It helps to clarify pores and gently exfoliate the skin. I also find it helps control the oil production on my skin.

This mask is one of my favourites because it makes such a difference with the size of my pores. I find it helps make them look smaller and less congested. It also leaves my skin feeling a lot more smooth, it reduces texture and leaves a radiant glow. It is a great weekly treatment to leave my skin looking and feeling smooth and healthy.

Do you have a favourite clay mask?


Dewy Skin Essentials

Best Highlighters for Dewy Makeup

I have been loving the look of dewy skin. It looks so fresh, radiant and healthy – I am obsessed. While falling in love with this trend, I have found a few products that really help me to achieve this look. Going into spring and summer I think these are products that are going to become staples in my routine.

Best Illuminating PrimersSkin Illuminators and Primers

My first step to getting a radiant, dewy complexion is to start with a good base. To get the perfect base I start with either a radiant primer, or mix an illuminator into my primer. These prep the skin and provide the perfect lit from within glow.

My favourite illuminating primer is the Smashbox Photo Finish Radiance Primer. This primer has hyaluronic acid and shea butter which provide lots of hydration for the skin. It provides a warm glow to the skin with it’s soft golden/bronze tone. I love wearing this product under makeup and over makeup. After I complete my makeup, I gently pat this product on the high points of my face for an even more enhanced glow.

My favourite skin illuminator to add into my primer or moisturizer is the Nude By Nature Sheer Light Illuminator. (I could not find a link to an online retailer that ships to North America, but my Canadian readers can purchase it at any Shoppers Drug Mart location.) I cannot get over how amazing this product feels on the skin. As soon as it touches the skin it instantly provides a cooling, and soothing, sensation that feels so amazing in the morning. It has oat extract that acts as an anti-inflammatory, hydrating and soothing ingredient – I am assuming this is what provides the amazing sensation on the skin. Plus, it has jojoba oil which is a hypoallergenic antioxidant that helps restore the skin’s elasticity – a product that looks and feels great on my skin AND will keep my skin looking young? AMAZING! It provides a warm glow that makes the skin look and feel so healthy. I find the best way to apply this product is with your finger tips. It really melts it into the skin and leaves a beautiful finish.

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Light WandFoundation

I don’t have many foundations that provide a dewy or radiant finish. My personal preference when it comes to foundations usually sits somewhere in between a dewy and matte finish – satin matte. I also have to set everything with a powder, so even if it is a more radiant finish foundation it disappears once I apply a power over top. To really amp up the glow in my foundations I have been adding a liquid highlighter to my foundation. I find that I can lock everything into place with a powder and still have that glow shine through with this magic blend. I do this by dotting my foundation around my face, then dotting the liquid highlight around and blend everything into the skin with a sponge. I don’t just reserve the liquid highlight for the traditional spaces on my face (high points – cheek bones, nose, cupids bow…) I dot it everywhere. It makes my skin look so fresh and healthy when I do this.

My current favourite is the Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Beauty Light Wand. It is a squeeze tube with a sponge tip applicator on the end. The tip makes it easy to quickly dot it around my face. Plus, this product has a pretty intense glow, which softens to just the right amount of glow once blended with the foundation.

Powder Highlighters

Maybelline Master Strobe vs Charlotte Tilbury HighlighterOn the high points of my face I apply a powder highlight. This provides a more intense glow to the parts of my face that catch the light. The powder highlighters I am really liking are the Maybelline Master Strobe in the shade “motlen gold” and Charlotte Tilbury’s Filmstar Killer Cheekbones Kit in the shade “light to medium”. Both of these are really pigmented, blendable and look amazing.

Setting Spray

I always finish of my dewy skin look with a good setting spray. It helps to keep my makeup in place, or refresh it during the day, and to give a nice glowing finish to the skin. My favourite dewy setting spray is the Pixi Glow Mist. It is infused with 13 oils that help to hydrate, protect and nourish the skin. It is perfect for all skin types and can be applied before or after makeup. The one thing I really love about this product is that it doesn’t contain alcohol.  A lot of setting sprays I have tried have a really high alcohol content which dries out the skin.

What are some of your favourite products to give your skin a glow? Let me know in a comment below!




Mask Monday: Neostrata Hydrating & Plumping Sheet Mask

Neostrata Hydrating & Plumping Mask Review

Neostrata’s Hydrating & Plumping Sheet Mask is something I have mentioned in a few posts, like my Best of Beauty 2017 post, but I have never actually reviewed. Today I am going to share why I am so obsessed with this product.

First, let’s talk about the price. This sheet mask runs for $8.50 at drugstores in Canada. In terms of price point it is on the lower end, but it doesn’t compromise quality. It also does go on sale regularly, so keep an eye out if your looking to get it for a deal.

This mask has pure hyaluronic acid and a mix of natural botanicals. It provides instant relief to dry and dehydrated skin. It enhances the skins natural moisture barrier and protects the skin from external aggressors.

This mask is perfect for anytime your skin needs a boost of hydration. I also love using it when my skin needs a little pick me up. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, soft and plump. It refreshes the skin and leaves it feeling comfortable. This mask also feels cooling on the skin, so its nice and soothing. I think it will feel amazing in the summer.

Do you have a favourite hydrating face mask? Let me know in a comment!


Winter Evening Skin Care Routine

Winter Skin Care Routine

Seasonally, I tend to change up my skin care. This winter I have really noticed a lot of dryness in my skin. My skin usually falls on the normal to oily spectrum, but that has changed this winter. I am experiencing more normal to dry skin with a lot of tightness on my forehead. As a result, I have switched up my entire skin care routine and added in lots of new products to boost my skin’s hydration. Here is the regular routine I follow daily or weekly depending on the step.

Step 1: Makeup Removal

Removing your makeup is one of the most important steps in your skin care routine. Everything you put on your skin is absorbed through your pores. Without properly removing your makeup it is going to continue to congest your pores and cause long term damage such as premature signs of aging. I don’t know about you, but I am willing to do just about anything to prevent aging. So, let’s start with something easy like removing your makeup.

When removing my makeup, I do so in two steps. First, I use a micellar water followed by a milk cleanser. I wear a lot of makeup on a daily basis as well as sun protection, so I want to make sure I break down and remove all of those products. The micellar water does a good job at breaking down my mascara and heavy makeup, but doesn’t get rid of everything. This is why I follow up with a milk cleanser. It eliminates having to really rub my skin and picks up anything left behind by my micellar water. I also find a milk cleanser feels really soothing and is a nice little cooling massage for my skin.

I prefer a micellar water and milk cleanser because they don’t strip the skin of the natural oil. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated and comfortable – especially this time of year when I am more on the dry side.

Currently, I am using: Bioderma’s Sensibio H2o Micellar Water and Avene’s 3-in-1 Makeup Remover. Both are great for sensitive skin and come in large value size formats, which I appreciate.

Best Cleanser with Clarisonic MiaStep 2: Cleansing Skin

Once my makeup is removed, it is time to cleanse my skin. I always remove my makeup and clean my skin in two separate steps. You won’t see the same benefits doing it all as one step. Your cleansing products can’t work through the makeup and reach your skin to deep clean your pores.

During the evening, I always do this step with my Clarisonic Mia 1. I have had my Clarisonic for probably five years now and it is something I cannot live without. I have the basic one speed version. Since I have started using my Clarisonic, I have noticed an improvement in my skin’s texture and clarity. During this time of year it also helps to buff off any dry skin patches too. I switch back and forth between the Radiance Brush Head and the Sensitive Skin Brush Head. I find both and very gentle and not too abrasive on my skin.

When choosing a cleanser, I always opt for a super gentle gel cleanser that doesn’t foam. I find that foaming gel cleansers can be too stripping. I usually opt for Jouviance’s Cleansing Gel. It is paraben, alcohol, fragrance and soap free. It has a rich texture and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed.

Gentle Exfoliators for Sensitive SkinStep 3: Exfoliating

I used to think using my Clarisonic daily was enough exfoliation for my skin, but I was very wrong. Adding both a physical and chemical exfoliator into my routine has made such a big difference. I have noticed the number and size of the blackheads on my skin has decreased and my pores look much tighter and less congested.

Every night I use Pixi’s Glow Tonic exfoliating toner. It has 5% glycolic acid, which works as a chemical exfoliator. When I first started using this it made my skin break out, but once I was over the break outs I noticed the biggest change in my pores. My skin looks brighter, healthier and refreshed. This product is magic.

A couple times a week I use Vasanti’s Brighten Up! Enzymatic Exfoliator. It has super gentle micro-crystals and papaya enzyme that work together to exfoliate the skin. I feel like this product is so underrated. It is so gentle, yet effective. I think everyone needs to use this exfoliator.

Step 4: Mask

A few times a week I treat my skin to a mask. I love face masks. They are a great way to give your skin a little extra of what it needs. The mask I use changes depending on how my skin is feeling that day. Some of my current favourite masks are Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Mask, Neostrata’s Hydrating and Plumping Sheet Mask and Origin’s Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay.

Facial Oils for WinterStep 5: Facial Oil

Adding a facial oil into my routine was new this winter. During an extreme cold spell my skin was extremely dehydrated and uncomfortable. I was willing to put anything on my face to make it feel better. While watching some instagram stories, I stumbled upon a blogger’s nighttime routine where she applied a facial oil. Since then, I have integrated Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil into my routine. I have also been testing out the new Lise Watier Sublimessence Nuit. Stay tuned for a full review.

Oils are amazing because they help to maintain and strengthen the moisture barrier on our skin. Oils also penetrate deeper into the skin because of their small molecular structure – aka instead of sitting on the surface of your skin the oil is absorbed deeper providing better long term benefits.

Best Serums and Treatments for 20sStep 6: Serums/Treatments

The serums and treatments I use regularly change based on the needs of my skin. I think it is such an important part of my routine because my skin changes depending on the weather, the time of the month, my diet etc. By regularly changing which products I am using I can give my skin exactly what it needs. Serums I am currently loving are the Clarins Double Serum, Vichy Idealia (my go to serum) and Korres Rose Brightening Face and Eye Serum. My favourite treatment is Vichy’s Mineral 89. If you haven’t tried this you NEED to. It helps stregthen, protect and hydrate your skin – amazing!!

It is important to incorporate a serum into your routine because they are your targeted treatment. They are highly concentrated in active ingredients (usually why they come with a higher price tag) and can target very specific concerns. Like facial oils, they also have a smaller molecular make up meaning they work their magic below the surface of the skin.

Moisturizers for Dry SkinStep 7: Moisturize

We are at the end of what may seem like my never ending routine. The last step of my routine is to apply a moisturizer. This is another product I switch up based on what my skin is feeling. I use a moisturizer on my face and a separate eye cream. Some of my favourite face night creams are Vichy Idealia Skin Sleep, Korres Rose Sleeping Facial and La Roche Posay Hydraphase. For the eyes I have been loving the Vichy Aqualia Eye Balm and Neostrata Fruit Stem Cell Anti-Wrinkle Eye Cream.

I usually try to use a moisturizer that is made to be used in the evening. When we sleep our skin goes through a restorative process to repair and heal itself. Products that are made to be used at night work with our skin during its repairing and restoring state. I also opt for something a little bit richer just because I prefer a heavier texture at night and something lighter in the day.

If you are still reading THANK YOU for sticking with me. I do want to say I am aware that my skin care routine is pretty extensive. Your skincare routine should reflect what fits best in your lifestyle and should be designed to meet your skin’s concerns. If I had to say what I think is most important definitely make sure you have a good cleanser, exfoliater and moisturizer in your routine. These should be staples for everyone.

I hope you all enjoyed my post! I would love to hear about your routine in a comment below.


Mask Monday: Pixi Peel & Polish

Pixi Peel & Polish Review

Happy Monday!

For those of you that don’t know I am a total face mask junkie. My love of face masks has inspired a new series on my blog – Mask Monday. In this series, I plan to review a face mask I have in my skincare stash. This will hopefully help me to deliver content on a regular basis and help me use up some of my many face masks.

Pixi Peel & Polish is a mask and physical exfoliater all on one. It uses lactic acid, fruit enzymes and sugar to polish away dead skin cells. To use this product you apply it to clean dry skin. Let is sit for two minutes while the lactic acid and fruit enzymes work to lift that dull skin. Then, you can use your finger tips to massage the product in circular motions. You can feel the sugar gently exfoliating your skin. I add  a little bit of water to the skin before massaging the product around to make it a little bit less abrasive. After, you can rinse and pat your skin dry.

I am not a sensitive skin person, so I don’t feel much when using this product. Others have mentioned that they feel a slight tingling sensation. If you are someone with more sensitive skin I would recommend doing a patch test before applying it to your whole face.

This product is amazing! I have never used something before that has made my skin feel so soft. My skin feels like brand new! Even after the first use I saw that my skin immediately felt soft, smooth and radiant. All of the products I applied afterwards absorbed really quickly into my skin and my makeup looked flawless on my skin. I use this once a week as a quick little pick me up for my skin. It is a deeper exfoliation that helps to keep my skin looking and feeling healthy.

Do you have any Pixi products you love? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy Masking,


Best of Beauty 2017

Kaitlyn from Buttoned Beauty's Favourite Products of 2017

Happy 2018! I finished off 2017 on a high note as a member of the jury for Fashion Canada’s 2017 Beauty Awards. I joined a group of fabulous ladies to help choose the best beauty products of 2017. In honour of Fashion Canada’s list, I decided to do a little round up of my own. My list features skin and body care, hair care, fragrance and cosmetic products that I used daily through out 2017. 

Skin and Body Care Products

Best Body and Skin Care of 2017

Vichy Mineral 89 Vichy’s Mineral 89 has become an essential in my skincare routine. It has the highest concentration of Vichy’s Thermal Water and is infused with hyaluronic acid. It fortifies, strengthens and hydrates the skin. Mineral 89 protects the skin from external aggressors like weather, skin damage, stress and fatigue. Since I start using this my skin is a lot more hydrated, smooth, bright and it always feels so refreshed right after I apply it.

Pixi Glow Tonic This is a magic potion in a bottle. This exfoliating toner has 5% glycolic acid, aloe and ginseng. Since using this product, I have noticed such a difference in the smoothness of my skin and the size of my pores. It is one of the first products I have ever used that has made a difference in the appearance of black heads. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stripped. Plus, it is safe for sensitive skin and not tested on animals. 

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator This year, I added a physical exfoliator into my skin care routine. This one from Vasanti quickly became my favourite. Brighten Up! has natural ingredients such as microcrystals, papaya and aloe which leave a bright and smooth glowing skin. Using this exfoliator has allowed the rest of my skin care products to absorb better into my skin and overall my skin has been clearer.

Neostrata Plumping and Hydrating MaskMy favourite face mask of 2017 was definitely Neostrata’s Plumping and Hydrating Sheet Mask. This is the perfect mid-week skin pick me up. It nourishes dehydrated skin and plumps the skin. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, plumped and soothed.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Moisturizer I never thought I would find a self tanning product that actually smells good, but this one definitely does. I love this product because it allows me to build up the colour of my tan and once the colour I want is acheived it is low maintenance. It lasts longer than the mousse self tanning products and fades much more gradually. I also find it super hydrating, it leaves my skin feeling really soft and it doesn’t transfer.

Hair Care Products 

Klorane Dry Shampoo, Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. Cake Dry Conditioner Spray

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish – This year, I moved up a level in Sephora’s loyalty program and it was just from buying this product. It has been my go to hair product for 2017 – I can’t even tell you how many cans I went through. Do you ever do your hair and then after feel like your hair needs a little something? That something is this! I curl my hair with a curling wand then mist this through the layers and then through my hair with my head flipped upside down. It adds the extra volume and effortless messy look I crave. Plus, I can quickly refresh the look throughout the day by fluffing my hair. I have tried so many texture sprays, but this is hands down my all time favourite. 

Cake The Lock Smith The Lock Smith is a hydrating dry conditioner spray. First off, before I even tell you what this does, I need to address how incredible this smells – like the most delicious vanilla cupcakes. Whenever I use this in my hair I get so many compliments about how good my hair smells. Cake describes it as a “blow-out in a bottle”. It is a light weight dry shine spray you can use on your ends to revive second day hair. I use this daily to counteract the dullness that texture spray adds to my hair – it keeps my hair smooth, frizz free and shiny. The combination of oils add shine, hydrate and protect your hair.  

Klorane Dry Shampoo I try to wash my hair as few times as possible each week. In between washes dry shampoo is a necessity for me. Klorane’s dry shampoo is my go to. I use the oil control version. It is specifically designed to absorb excess oil on the scalp and extend the time between washes. To use it I spray it through my roots, leave it for two minutes, then massage the product through the roots. I find this formula the most effective dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a feeling of residue in my hair, or make my scalp itchy.


Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

Yves Saint Laurent Mon ParisI have never repurchased a fragrance before until this one. I originally won it through a twitter contest and quickly became obsessed. It is a sweet, but still mature scent. It has notes of white peony, raspberry, strawberry, jasmine, pear and orange blossom. It is a fruity floral that is soft, and feminine without being too sweet or too floral. 

Cosmetic Products

Smashbox Cover Shot Palette, Benefit Blush Palette, Shiseido BB Cream, Stila Perla Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes –  The Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes were definitely my most used eye shadows of 2017. They are small and compact, which is great for a weekend away or travel. They also so affordable – you get 8 shadows for $35. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, blendable and one of my favourite formulas. 

Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce I am a big sunscreen advocate, but sometimes that extra step in the morning can feel like a lot. I absolutely love this foundation from Shiseido. It has amazing coverage for a BB Cream and has all the amazing benefits of Shiseido sun care products. It leaves a beautiful matte finish that hides the appearance of pores and evens out my skin tone. This is a year round essential for me. 

Benefit Cheek Parade Blush PaletteThis palette was limited edition, but all the powders inside can be purchased separately. My favourite product within this palette was definitely the Hoola Lite Bronzing Powder. This powder is the perfect contouring shade for my fair complexion because it is a softer, lighter, colour. I can go more heavy handed or be a little more aggressive while applying it and not have to worry about it being too dark or muddy. 

Stila “Perla” Liquid Lipstick – I have talked about how Stila’s Liquid Lipsticks are one of my all time favourite lipsticks. This year my most worn lipstick was Stila’s in the shade Perla. It was inspired by Katey MacFarlan from Chronicle of Frivolity. I follow her on instagram and snapchat and she mentioned it in one of her stories. After trying it I have been hooked… it must be a Kaitlyn/Katelyn thing.

That’s a look at some of my most used products of 2017. Were there any products you fell in love with last year? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy 2018,








Mini Sephora Haul

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Sephora is like some kind of weird vortex that just sucks you in. Last week, for example, I went in for one product and left with six – please tell me I am not the only one this happens to. So, to make myself feel better about my Sephora shopping spree, I thought I would turn it into a blog post and share with you what I purchased!

Sephora Favourites: Give Me Some Nude Lip

Sephora Favourites Give Me Some Nude Lip

This is the product I went in for! It is a limited edition Sephora Favourites Set. It runs for $33 and comes with two full-size products and four deluxe-size sample products. It is such an amazing value!! Both of the full-size products run for more than $20 each making the kit so worth the price. Plus, I rarely work my way through an entire full-size lipstick, so I find the deluxe-size samples great. And they are a nice size to have with you on the go.

The kit contains:

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Honeycomb (deluxe-size sample)
Buxom Full-On Lip Cream in White Russian (deluxe-size sample)
Estée Edit The Barest Contour Lip Liner in 05 In The Buff (full-size)
Marc Jacobs Beauty Le Marc Lip Crème in 246 Slow Burn (deluxe-size sample)
Too Faced Cosmetics Melted Matte Liquified Matte Long Wear Lipstick in Queen B (deluxe-size sample)
Urban Decay Vice Lipstick in 1993 Comfort Matte (full-size)

I have been feeling a little under the weather thanks to the head cold I am currently battling. While on the hunt for the Nude Lip Set I walked past the colourful display of Sephora Brand Face Masks and was instantly drawn in. When I am sick I always feel like my skin really shows it. Whenever my skin is in need of a boost I opt for a mask – it is the perfect pick me up.

Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask

Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask

I picked up the Sephora Collection Rose Face Mask. I received this product as a gift from a coworker over Christmas and it is beautiful! It is a moisturizing and brightening face mask enriched with natural rose extract. The rose extract plumps the skin, provides intense hydrating and provides and immediate radiance boost. After using this product my skin does feel really radiant and hydrated! Plus, I really like the actual sheet that the mask is made out of. Sometimes, I find sheet masks can be really big and therefore they don’t fit my face very well. I find the Sephora Collection to be a much nicer size and making them more comfortable during use.

Sephora Collection Rose Eye Mask, Sephora Collection Pearl Face Mask, Sephora Collection Pearl Eye Mask

While looking at the different masks I also decided to pick up the Sephora Collection Pearl Face Mask, Rose Eye Mask and Pearl Eye Mask. The Pearl Mask is designed to help brighten and even out the skin tone through relaxing the skin. I like the idea of anything brightening, so I decided to pick this one up.

I also decided to give the eye masks a try. I have never tried an eye mask before, but I love the concept. They are small patches that hug the eye contour area. They are formulated to treat the under eye area – the thinnest and most delicate skin on your body. Sometimes, I find my eye area needs a little boost, so I am betting these little guys will be the perfect remedy.

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay

Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask With Rose Clay

At the checkout I decided to redeem my Sephora Points for a deluxe-sample of the Origins Original Skin Retexturizing Mask with Rose Clay. I am excited to try this mask because I LOVE Origins masks. This mask is designed to smooth, refine pores and boost the skin;s overall quality. I am always on the hunt for products to hide my pores – and who can say no to a pink face mask?

That is all for today’s Sephora trip! Have you picked up anything new lately? I’d love to hear about it in a comment!

Happy Shopping,



Winter Skin Essentials

Winter Skin Essentials

This winter has really put my skin to work. As a result, I have put a lot of products to the test and found some of the best products to help get my skin through the winter. Are you having some winter skin struggles? Check out my must haves!

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleep Facial This product is a super light souffle texture that melts into the skin. It is packed with moisture thanks to hyaluronic acid as well as having brightening benefits from vitamin c and Wild Rose oil. I love that this product doesn’t feel super heavy on the skin, but still provides a lot of moisture. I layer a thick application on my skin after I finish my regular cleansing routine and wake up with bright and hydrated skin.

Egyptian Magic

Egyptian Magic is a 100% natural product that is cruelty free. It is an all purpose skin cream that can be used for pretty much anything from a skin moisturizer to a treatment for burns and scars. I personally love this product for hydrating really dry skin on my body – like my knees, ankles and elbows. I find the texture a bit heavy, so it is perfect for those really dry skin areas.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lips

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lip Cream has changed my life (I’m not even being dramatic). It is a barrier repair cream that helps to rebuild the epidermis (outer layer of skin on your lips). The core ingredients help to soothe and repair dry, chapped and cracked lips. I put a thick layer of the repairing cream on at night and the next morning my lips feel completely healed and restored. I don’t know how I survived using regular chapstick.

Lancome Juicy Shaker

Lancome Juicy Shaker has been my go to daytime lip product. With my lips being so dry this has been an ideal alternative to a lipstick or a gloss because it is a lip oil, which is very nourishing and hydrating. Plus, it is a super low maintenance lip product that leaves behind a subtle stain on the lips. I will definitely be purchasing more colours!

Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream

Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream I take this hand cream everywhere with me! It is the perfect size for my purse. It hydrates for up to 24 hours and can withhold 5 hand washes. This keeps my hands hydrated and protected from the winter cold.

Do you have any winter skin essentials? Let me know in a comment!




Product Review: Lipsense by SeneGence

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I love lipstick. There is something about lipstick that finishes off a look and makes you look put together – even when you might not be. As much as I love lipstick, I am not a huge fan of wearing products that require a lot of maintenance. I hate having to worry about if my lipstick is wearing off, or smeared all over my face.

I have started to wear lipstick more frequently due to the new liquid lip products that are long wearing and low maintenance. Recently Emily, a SeneGence Consultant, reached out to me offering a Lipsense product of choice for me to try. This was the first time I had ever heard of SeneGence and their Lipsense products. Lipsense makes lip kits that are unlike your traditional lipstick, stain or colour. They are waterproof, kiss-proof, budge-proof, smudge-proof and are long-wearing (anywhere from 4-18 hours).

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What is Lipsense?

Thanks to the whole Kylie Lip Kit trend, we have all become very familiar with the variety of long wearing lip kits available on the market. Lipsense offers a lip kit that includes a lip colour (your base), a top coat in a number of finishes and an easy to use lip colour remover product. Lipsense offers 70 different shades of lip colours and a variety of finishes in their top coats – pearl, shimmer, matte or glossy.

You can also purchase the products separately (outside of purchasing a kit), but for first time users I definitely recommend purchasing a kit. I found it extremely helpful to have all the necessary steps to start. My kit included the glossy top coat, the Ooops! Remover and a base lip colour in the shade Plum.

SeneGence Lipsense Review

Application Tips and Tricks

When I first got my Lipsense I was like a kid at Christmas. I tore through the package and began swatching, playing and applying the product. Through all this excitement, like any kid at Christmas, I neglected to read the instructions or the lovely information book Emily shared with me. This was a huge mistake because there is a very specific process you have to follow when applying your Lipsense. Following the process, which is not difficult, ensures that you get the best possible application of the product and that it will be long-wearing.

How to Apply Your Lipsense

  1. Apply the product to clean dry lips. This will ensure the longevity of the product.
  2. Shake the tube horizontally for a few seconds prior to application.
  3. Lipsense is applied using a layering technique. The number of layers you add will enhance the pigmentation of the product. For best results, it is recommended to apply 2-3 layers. When applying the layers you want to do it in one quick sweep across the lips from one side to the other. You do not want go back and forth. Then, wait a few seconds for the product to dry before applying the second layer. Be sure to keep your lips separated while the product is drying between layers.
  4. Add your top coat!

For a visual demonstration, check out SeneGence’s application video here.

Some great tips are that the Ooops! Remover can also be used as a corrector. You can use it to clean up any mistakes, or smooth along the edges of your lip line. Also, since you layer the products to get the desired colour pay off you want Lipsense is very customizable. You can layer different shades together to get any colour of your choice. I think this is amazing because sometimes it is hard to find that perfect shade for your skin tone and the ability to layer different colours together makes the possibilities endless.

Senegence Lipsense Review Shade Plum

My Experience

I am extremely impressed with Lipsense. At first, I was a little overwhelmed with the application process, but once I tried it I was hooked. The applicator is small enough that it allows you to be precise in your application and get a smooth clean line along the edges, but still large enough to be able to cover your lips in one quick sweep. I also did go back over spots I needed (even though you aren’t supposed to) and I didn’t have any issues.

I also found the product extremely comfortable to wear – thanks to the top coat. Applying the top coat added an extra boost of moisture to my lips leaving them so comfortable. Even after the top coat wore off it left a demi-matte finish on my lips. The finish was absolutely beautiful. It is important to make sure you really apply the top coat to your entire lips. If you don’t I do find the lip colour itself can feel a bit sticky, but the top coat  makes that completely disappear.

The first time I wore the colour I was out for a day of shopping with a friend. I was so surprised when the colour didn’t wear off on the lid of my coffee cup. It felt like I wasn’t even wearing anything on my lips and I kept having to ask my friend if my lip colour was still there. Eventually there was some wear towards the inside of my lips, but not until after I wore the product for approximately 8 hours and had eaten, drank and chatted a lot.

Here are some time lapse photos Emily has provided of the wear time for her Lipsense products:

Want to learn more about Lipsense? Check out Emily’s Facebook Page here. You can order directly through Emily here by entering her Distributor ID, which is 178282. Emily has also very graciously offered to provide you, my subscribers, with a 10% discount on your orders! To receive your discount please email Emily at with the coupon code: “buttonedbeauty”.

If you purchase a Lipsense product from Emily please be sure to tag me in your post on Instagram (@buttonedbeauty)! I can’t wait to see the colours you choose.

Kaitlyn xo


Disclaimer: This product was sent to me in return for a collaborative post with a SeneGence consultant. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are 100% honest and my own.