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,

Kaitlyn

 

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!

Kaitlyn

 

 

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 demoss.emily@gmail.com 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.

 

Monthly Must Haves: November 2016

Vasanti Eye Shadow Duo, La Roche Posay Mascara, Rodan + Fields Toner, Color Switch

Monthly Must Haves are one of my favourite posts to write. Nearing the end of every month my roommate and I think about all the new products I’ve tried, or the things I have been using a lot lately, and pick out my favourites. She is usually better at remembering which products I have been using the most then I am. The other thing I love about monthly favourites is that it gives me a little bit of time to reflect on the actual month itself. The month of November was a crazy busy month for me. Despite the busy time, I still managed to give lots of new products a try! Let’s get into some of my favourites!

Vasanti Eye Shadow Duo Taj Mahal

Vasanti Taj Mahal Silky Eye Shadow Duo ($22) – This duo has a metallic champagne rose colour paired with a luminous cream shade and they are absolutely stunning. I love wearing the champagne rose colour all over my lid and applying the cream shade to my inner corner and brow bone as a highlight. I usually add some depth to the crease by using my bronzer. The shadows are incredibly pigmented and super smooth. They have beautiful colour pay off as well. I also love how small and compact the duos are. It is the perfect size for someone who travels, or is on the go a lot.

Vasanti Eye Shadow Duo Swatch Taj Mahal

La Roche Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara

La Roche Posay Respectissime Volume Mascara ($20) – I rarely test out new mascaras. I have my tried and true go-to products that I stick to for mascara. This month, I was having some issues with my eyes feeling irritated and I was trying to determine if it was related to my eye makeup. While testing out this theory, I swapped out my regular mascara for this one from La Roche Posay. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This mascara is designed to provide zero discomfort from application to when you remove it at the end of the day. It is paraben free and made for those with sensitive eyes, as well as safe for contact lens wearers. The product itself is enriched with ceramides, which will help strenghthen the lashes. I love when cosmetic products provide extra benefits, like stregthening my lashes. This product is really good at creating a lot of volume. The large brush catches each individual lash and helps to separate and provide fullness to the lashes.

Rodan + Fields Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner

Rodan + Fields Redefine Pore Minimizing Toner ($55) – This month, I did a thirty day challenge using Rodan + Fields products from their Redefine product line thanks to one of their consultants Devon – check out her page here. During the challenge I fell in love with the toner that is part of their Redefine line. My number one skin concern is pores. I am constantly up close in a magnifying mirror examining the appearance of my pores, or trying new products to improve or conceal my pore size. When I received my Rodan + Fields package, I was so excited to discover the toner that is specifically designed to minimize the appearance of pores. This toner is alcohol free. That alone is a huge win in my books. I often times, avoid toners because I don’t like the heavy smell of alcohol that is present. I have to say, this one smells fantastic! This product uses hydroxy acids to exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores. This can enhance the benefits of the product you use afterwards because the exfoliating and pore clearing actions will allow the products you apply after to better penetrate the skin. I did notice while using this product that my moisturizers absorbed more quickly into the skin and the exfoliation from this product left my skin looking brighter.

Clean Sweep Makeup Brush Pad

Clean Sweep Makeup Brush Pad ($8) – This product is a life changer, I am not even being the slightest bit over dramatic. This is a dry brush cleaning tool you can use as a quick cleanse between colours. I use this specifically for my eye shadow brushes. You just swirl the brush on the textured pad and it removes all colour from the brush. It allows you to use the same brush for different colours without having to worry about ruining a shadow because there was still pigment on your brush from the previous shadow. I found mine for around $8 at Winners. Here is a link to a comparable product at Sephora, but I would recommend looking at other retailers for cheaper alternatives.

Those are a few of my favourites from the month of November. Did you have any new favourites this month? Please share them with me in a comment below!

Happy December,

Kaitlyn xo

Monthly Must Haves: October 2016

Lise Watier Rustique Chic Palette, La Roche Posay Respectissme, Essie Gel Couture Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel

October has been a really exciting month for me. I moved back to one of my favourite cities, started a new job and have been able to catch up with some old friends. Through all this excitement, I have been able to test out some new products and I have found some new must haves to share with you!

Lise Watier Rustique Chic Palette

Lise Watier Chic & Rustique Palette ($44) – I have been eyeing this palette since early August and I am so happy to finally have it in my collection. This is the perfect warm neutral palette for fall. The burnt orange shade that is third in from the left is STUNNING. These shadows are super blendable and pigmented. I have been wearing this palette non-stop since I got it. It is limited addiction for fall, so if you can still get your hands on it I recommend picking it up.  My favourite look is to do the gold shade all over the lid, the burnt orange shade in the crease, and then I deepen the outer V with the green shade. I am so obsessed with this look.

Essie Gel Couture Polish Swatch Striped with Style

Essie Gel Couture Polish Spiked with Style ($14.99) – This has been my go-to colour this month. It is that perfect deep red/burgundy shade that screams fall to me. I just recently did a full review on the Essie Gel Couture Collection here, check it out for more details on how the polish wears and my thoughts!

La Roche Posay Respectissime Makeup Remover Review

La Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($19.50) – Removing my eye makeup is probably one of my least favourite activities. I have very sensitive eyes and often times eye makeup removers can irritate my eyes, or don’t entirely dissolve and break down my makeup. This makeup remover from La Roche Posay is a complete game changer for me. It is fragrance and paraben free, and is designed to remove makeup without any intense rubbing. This minimizes the risk of irritating skin around the eye area. I can say from personal experience all of these claims are true and I am obsessed with this product.

Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel Mask

Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel Mask ($40) – All the changes this month really took a toll on my skin. My pores were really looking and feeling congested and my skin has been lacking radiance. This mask was the perfect fix for me as it exfoliates, boosts radiance and resurfaces the skin. It helps to treat break outs, minimize pore size and provide visibly smoother skin. For a full review of the Glyco Laser products see one of my previous reviews here.

Have you tried any new products this month? Tell me about them in a comment below!

Kaitlyn xo

 

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish

Essie Gel Couture Review

Essie launched their Gel Couture polish line back in June. As a self-proclaimed Essie addict, I know that Essie very rarely launches new formulas or strays from their tried and true core products. I knew this launch was going to be big – it definitely did not disappoint. The packaging alone had me hooked… do you see how cute those bottles are?

Essie’s Gel Couture line is their version of the at home gel manicure trend. It includes 42 shades along with a top coat. They claim that you an get up to 14 days of wear with an instant gel-like shine that doesn’t require a UV light. This formulation also has a new wider rounded tip brush. This brush allows you to more easily apply the polish near the cuticles and requires fewer strokes to cover the nail. The wand also has a curve in it to keep the polish from sliding down the handle in big surprise drips.

Essie Gel Couture Brush

The colour selection in this line is amazing! They have a shade for everyone whether you love neutrals, bold colours or deeper tones. I have tried a shade from each category and the formula is consistent throughout. With the more neutral shade I found it more sheer in colour, but that is usually expected in softer tones. The top coat really locks the colour in place and provides a stunning gel shine. Even as I wore the polish I found the top coat really held its shine.

Now, what you’re probably wondering… did it live up to the 14 day claim? For me, no. But! Before you stop reading, I want you to know, out of all the at home gel manicure polishes I have tried, this is by far the best formulation. With others that I tried, they peeled off in entire strips a few days after application. With the Essie Gel Couture I can get anywhere from 5-7 days of wear out of it. I usually don’t start to see any chips until day 3 or 4, which are very minor along the tip of the nail. I photographed the last time I used the polish to show you how it wore. (Scroll over each picture to see how many days it has lasted on my nails.)

To get 5-7 days out of one nail polish application is amazing for me. When using a regular formulation I can’t get through one day without chipping my nails. I am extremely satisfied with how long the the Essie Gel Couture lasts and it has become my new favourite polish.

I also need to mention Essie’s amazing customer service. I tweeted them after two of the polishes I own from this collection broke – the wand applicator unattached from the lid. Within a few hours someone had responded and within three days and a few emails they offered to reimburse me for the cost of the nail polish. Thank you Essie!!

Have you tried the Essie Gel Couture? Were you able to make it the full 14 days? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy painting,

Kaitlyn xo

L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay Hair Care

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Mask, L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo, L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Conditioner

L’Oreal recently launched their new Extraordinary Clay hair care line and I was dying to get my hands on it. It is their first re-balancing system for people who suffer with oily roots and dry ends (aka this product line was made for me). Often, people who have oily roots tend to shampoo more frequently which can strip the moisture from the ends of the hair. This can result in extra oil production at the scalp because the body is trying to replenish the moisture to the ends of the hair making it a vicious cycle. Extra oil production at the scalp can also lead to limp lifeless hair – who wants that?

L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay is formulated with three different types of clay: white clay, blue clay and green clay. White clay is light, smooth and known for its oil absorbing properties. Blue clay is known for its hydrating properties allowing it to soften and smooth the hair. Green clay has cleansing and water absorbing properties that allow it to provide radiance to the hair.

L'Oreal Exraordinary Clay Mask

There are three products within this range including a pre-wash mask, a shampoo and a conditioner. They retail for around $7.99 each, but I was able to score mine on sale for $4.99. The pre-wash mask is made up of 30% mineral clay. It is applied directly to the scalp and stays for 3-5 minutes before it is rinsed from the hair. At first I thought that this was going to be an extremely messy step. I was surprised at how easy it was. The mask itself has a very thick clay-like texture, so you don’t have to worry about it dripping everywhere. The easiest way I found to apply it was to put my hair up in a ponytail, then massage it into my scalp. It allowed to me cover more of my scalp and easily get underneath and the nape of my neck. The clay mask does have a very strong fragrance, but it doesn’t last long when you follow up with the other two steps.

L'Oreal Extraordinary Clay Shampoo and Conditioner

The shampoo and conditioner are both silicone free. They have a very light amazing scent that I love. The conditioner is very lightweight allowing it to add moisture without weighing down the hair.

On average, I usually go three days without washing my hair. On the end of day two is when my hair starts to get oily and I add in some dry shampoo to make it through day three. After my first use of the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay trio I noticed a difference. It extended my wash by one day. By the end of day three my hair still looked fresh. I was able to make it through three full days without needing to use dry shampoo. I added some dry shampoo on day four to add a bit of freshness and keep my oily roots hidden. I also noticed my hair has a lot more volume since I have started using it, and it holds my style for longer. Usually, I curl my hair on day one, and have to touch up my curls on day three when I add in my dry shampoo. When using the Extraordinary Clay Line, I didn’t have to touch up my curls until day four. Do you know how much time that saves me in the morning?

Overall, I am very impressed with the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay line. If you are a lazy girl like me, who is willing to try anything to avoid washing your hair, give this set a try. I also think someone who washes their hair everyday and is looking to try and skip a day here and there would really love this line.

Have you tried the L’Oreal Extraordinary Clay line yet? How did you like it? Let me know in the comments below!

Happy second day hair,

Kaitlyn xo

 

 

Monthly Must Haves: September 2016

 

September Monthly Must Haves

September is one of my favourite months. Summer is just ending and you are beginning to transition into fall. You are getting back into routines and heading back to school, or in my case work, and the cooler weather is slowly arriving. This September, I made a lot of changes to my beauty routine. I always like to change things up seasonally to stay with the seasonal trends and give my skin the care it needs. This month I tried a bunch of new products and all my favourites are new things I have discovered in the past month or two.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

 

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, $6 – This highlight has become an everyday essential AND it is a super affordable drugstore find. I first bought it on a whim, just to try. When I got it home I swatched it and wasn’t super impressed, but decided to give it a chance anyway. I am so happy I did. Using a brush to apply it to the skin made such a difference in comparison to swatching it with my finger. It is extremely buildable and can really give you the kind of highlight that can be seen in outer-space. I am obsessed with this find.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Shade 201 Classic Ivory

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, $21 – I am ready to leave summer behind, but I am not ready to leave my glowing summer skin behind. I have been maintaining my summer glow with this foundation from L’Oreal, which leaves the most incredible dewy finish. It provides a very natural healthy glow to the skin. For a full review and swatches of this foundation, see my post here.

Dior Addict Lip Glow 005 Lilac Swatch

Dior Addict Lip Glow, $41 – I attended a training session with Dior to learn about their new Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Fragrance (it is to die for). In the gift bag, I received the Dior Addict Lip Glow in the shade 005 Lilac and it is amazing. The Addict Lip Glows are a universal balm that react to the unique chemistry on each person’s lips to give them a pink flush that will suit their skin tone. It provides a sheer glossy wash of colour that is absolutely stunning. It is infused with wild mango and luffa cylindrica to protect and moisturize the lips throughout the day. This has been in my pocket or purse for the entire month. It can quickly pull any look together and I can apply it without a mirror making it the perfect low maintenance everyday product.

Vichy 24 Hour Hydrating Anti-Acne Treatment

Vichy Normaderm 24 Hour Hydrating Anti-Acne Treatment, $29.95 – For those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis you already know I am a huge fan of Vichy products. I tried this product out and immediately fell in love with it like the rest of the products I have tried. It is a moisturizer with 1.5% salicylic acid and LHA along with their air licium technology. This product targets shine, pore visibility, pimples and acne marks. The salicylic acid helps to clean out clogged pores by exfoliating deep in pores, LHA helps to exfoliate along the surface of the skin and air licium keeps the product super light-weight. I am not a chronic acne sufferer, but I do get the occasional break out. This has made a huge difference on my skin and I have been using it for just about a month now. Even after just 6 days of use I was receiving compliments on how great my skin looked. I find my skin gets less oily through out the day and there has been a big improvement in my skin’s texture and the size of my pores.

Have you started to switch up your beauty routine and found some new fall beauty favourites? I would love to hear about them in a comment below!

Happy October,

Kaitlyn xo

 

Cityline Beauty Event with Dave Lackie

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This past Friday, September 2, I had the exciting opportunity to attend a taping of Cityline with Dave Lackie – Cityline’s Beauty Expert. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dave, where have you been? Just kidding! He is currently the founder of a luxury beauty digital magazine and a monthly guest on Cityline. Cityline is Canada’s most successful and longest running daytime show for women in Canada. They cover everything from, food, fashion, home decor to beauty.  The audience was full of fellow bloggers and fabulous twitter friends and I have to say, Cityline knows how to throw a party. I mean, who else has dance parties during their commercial breaks? They even hired a DJ just for our taping that day. This was my first time attending an event as a blogger and they have set the bar high.

The day started off with an amazing breakfast in the Green Room provided by Coty Prestige. It was definitely a hit among everyone. I somehow managed to miss getting a picture of the cutest part – the mini bagels! We had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast while mingling with other audience guests and fellow bloggers as the Cityline Team prepared the studio for our taping.

During breakfast Tracy Moore, the incredible host of Cityline, stopped in to welcome us all. I have to say, she is just as sweet and down to earth in person as you would imagine her to be. Her positive energy and enthusiasm lit up the entire room.

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Cityline’s Friday episodes are their “Fashion Friday” segment. Fashion Fridays are focused around fashion and beauty segments with their key experts shedding some light on what’s trending. Within this episode we got to see two fall fashion segments from Lynn Spence, an audience makeover, a Nivea Beauty segment, and a fall beauty and fall fragrance segment  (both from Dave Lackie).

Attending the taping really put into perspective for me how much time and effort really goes into putting a TV show together. There are so many moving parts that have to be in sync to make something like this work. Plus there are so many things they have to do that you don’t even consider, like the clips cutting in and out or all the previews/commercials that run prior to the episode airing. It really takes a huge team of people who work very hard, and who are incredibly talented, to make this kind of operation successful. We got the chance to meet the whole Cityline Team and they are amazing at what they do.

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Cityline and Dave Lackie didn’t let us leave empty handed either. They sent us away with an amazing gift bag valued at over $1200. I am still in a state of shock. This was so generous and I still don’t think I have said thank you enough yet, so THANK YOU!!! It was full of skincare, fragrance and beauty goodies. Stay tuned as I am hoping to do some reviews as I get a chance to try everything. If you see anything in particular you want me to review let me know in a comment below!

Dave Lackie Cityline Beauty Giveaway

The episode that I attended airs Friday, September 9th at 9am, or can be viewed live on Cityline.ca. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram with #CitylineBeauty on Friday. I’m sure it will be another crazy twitter party you don’t want to miss.

Again, I just want to send out another thank you to Dave, Cityline and their teams. This day was an experience I will never forget and I am so happy I got to spend it with you all. Every time I use any of the products, or wear the outfit I wore to Cityline, I will think back to this day and the amazing time I had. I am so grateful and thankful for the opportunity. It is a day that I will never forget.

Tune in on Friday,

Kaitlyn xo

Monthly Must Haves: August 2016

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Nyx Butter Gloss, Benefit Goof Proof Pencil, Avene Skin Recovery Cream

I have mixed feelings about the month of August wrapping up. On one hand, I am so excited for cozy sweaters, fall fashion and there is something about a change in the season that feels like a fresh start. But, on the other hand, I am not ready to part with the warm weather and relaxed feelings that come along with summer. Either way, August is on its way out, and September is quickly approaching – I guess I’ll just have to embrace it. August seemed to be a month that I didn’t try a lot of new products, but rather discovered my love for the ones I have been using or rediscovered an old favourite. Here are my must have products for the month of August:

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Shade 3

Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil ($30) – I am sure you’re all probably sick of me confessing my love for the brow products from Benefit, but I just can’t get enough. I have gotten so many compliments on my brows since these products came out. It has a tear drop shape tip, which at first was really strange to me, but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it I love it. The more pointed edge is perfect for defining the brow and the wider edge works great for filling the brows. If you want to learn more about the brow products see my full review here.

Avene Skin Recovery Cream

Avene Skin Recovery Cream ($34) – Sometimes, when I try new products it can go very badly. Like very, very badly. Like the time I over exfoliated my face, or the time I used a glycolic mask and wet my skin first (glycolic and water don’t mix – it results in burning). The Avene Skin Recovery Cream is my life saver, or I guess skin saver, when I have these little skincare mishaps. I will slather on a thick layer to my entire face, or even use it as a mask and it instantly soothes any kind of irritation and makes me skin happy again. If you are anyone who suffers from your skin becoming easily irritated, or you have common skincare mishaps (me), I definitely recommend testing this guy out.

Nyx Butter Gloss

Nyx Tiramisu Butter Gloss ($8) – This lipgloss is always with me whether it is in my pocket at work, or in my purse. It is the perfect neutral shade that goes with everything. It also has a really hydrating feel without being too sticky or heavy. If you’re looking for a low maintenance and easy to wear product I definitely recommend!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($66) – This has been rotating in and out of my makeup routine forever. Whenever I bring it back out I always fall in love with this product all over again. There is something so flattering about the rose gold tones in this palette. I recently pulled this out of my collection again this month and I am so happy I did. The colours are beautiful, the pigmentation is perfect and it blends out so smoothly. I think I have all the UD Naked palettes and they are absolutely worth the price tag. They last forever and the quality is amazing. If you are looking for a good neutral palette I would recommend giving this one, or any in the Urban Decay Naked line a try.

Did you have any must have products this month? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy September,

Kaitlyn xo