Monthly Must Haves: July 2020

 

Nexcare Acne Cover, Neostrata Dual Acid Peel, Vichy Mineral Sunscreen, Lise Watier Deep Cleansing Oil, Avene Cicalfate Hand CreamOver the last couple of months I have discovered some really great summer and skincare favourites. I have been spending a lot time outdoors and wearing a mask, which has really changed up what products I’m using. I have been wearing a lot less make up and really leaning in to skincare. If you’d like to know some new products I have been loving just keep reading!

Lise Watier Deep Cleansing OilLise Watier Deep Cleansing Oil – This cleansing oil is amazing. I regret not trying it sooner. It is so great for breaking down sunscreen and pulling impurities from the skin. I have been following LA Beautyologists oil cleansing routine and have been seeing a lot of impurities being pulled from my skin. Not only have I found her method incredibly effective, but the facial massage component feels so good.

I love this oil cleanser because it doesn’t break me out and it leaves my skin feeling really hydrated and soft. I also find my skin can feel really oily and congested after wearing a mask. This oil cleanser does a great job at leaving my skin feeling clean and nourishing my skin.

Avene Cicalfate Hand CreamAvene Cicalfate Hand Cream – I have never washed my hands, or used as much hand sanitizer, as I have in the past few months. As a result, my hands have been so dry and I started experiencing eczema. So many people who swear by this hand cream and I was desperate to try anything. Withing 24 hours of using this cream I noticed a significant difference in the dryness and irritation on my hands. I applied this cream as needed throughout the first 24 hours. Since then, I have been using it on an as needed basis. See the photos below for the difference within 24 hours of using the cream. This is the best hand cream I have ever tried.

Before and After using Avene Cicalfate Hand CreamBefore and After using Avene Cicalfate Hand Cream

 

 

 

 

Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

Nexcare Acne Covers – Where were these when I was a teenager? This is one of the best spot treatment products I have ever used. Best part? They are around ten dollars and are from the drugstore. They work like a sponge to pull out the oil and puss from the breakout. You can wear them at night while you sleep. Sometimes it can take a couple of nights to clear up the blemish completely.

My favourite way to wear these is under my mask. I have to wear a mask for eight hours a day at work. I have been experiencing some serious maskne because of this. To help combat the spread of the acne bacteria, and to prevent more breakouts caused by my mask rubbing I wear the patches underneath my mask. Doing this has greatly reduced the inflammation and helps clear up the blemishes faster. Never did I think I would be wearing pimple patches out in public, but 2020 is a strange time.

Vichy Mineral Tinted SunscreenVichy Mineral Tinted Sunscreen – Stepping away from makeup has given me a whole new appreciation for tinted sunscreen. Tinted sunscreen, in general, has really helped me feel more confident day to day when not wearing makeup – especially with maskne. The tint is really light and gives just enough coverage to reduce any redness from a blemish, but still leaves my skin looking like skin. You can still see blemishes – it just helps them to be less red and noticeable.

I also really like this sunscreen because it is mineral. With my skin having more blemishes lately a mineral sunscreen is a better alternative as it is more gentle on the skin and less likely to cause breakouts. I also this it acts as a good barrier between my skin and my mask.

This sunscreen doesn’t leave any kind of white cast and doesn’t feel sticky. I find it adds a bit of a dewy or glowy finish on the skin. It is also water and sweat resistant, fragrance free and non-comedogenic.

Neostrata Dual Action Clarifying PeelNeostrata Dual Acid Clarifying Peel – This has been a favourite for a while whenever I have a breakout, or need a really good exfoliation. It uses a 10% AHA and 10% PHA to exfoliate the skin. It helps to minimize the appearance of pores, treat break outs and reduce acne scarring. I love this product because it is effective and provides instant gratification. It takes 15-20 minutes and I always notice a difference in the clarity, brightness and texture of my skin.

Those are some of the products I have been loving over the last couple of months. What have you been loving lately? Have you changed up the kind of products you use in your routine?

 

Product Empties: Volume 1

Jouviance, Neostrata, Bioderma, Vichy, Lise Watier, Pixi, Benefit, La Roche Posay

Spending more time at home over the last few months has me shopping my stash a lot more lately and I have lots of products I have finished up. I thought I would share some of the products I have used up lately and how I liked them. Using a product up entirely gives you a much different perspective then just using it for a week or two and then reviewing it. Here are some of the products I’ve used up:

La Roche Posay Hyalu B5 Anti-Wrinkle Plumping Serum – This product is something I would definitely repurchase – I loved it. I gifted an extra one I had on hand to a friend and I regret gifting it a little bit because I loved it so much. This serum is gentle, hydrating and plumping. It has hyaluronic acid which hydrates and plumps the skin. B5 stimulates the skin’s healing process and is really hydrating and nourishing. One of my favorite ways to use this serum was to pair it with a product with a more active or irritating ingredient – like retinol. The B5 really helped to soothe and minimize any irritation that could come with using the active. The combination was a dream team. Anyone with dry skin, or looking for a lot of nourishment, plumpness and radiance for the skin should try this product. The only thing I will say is that I didn’t love the scent of this product, but it doesn’t linger long on the skin. When using this product a little bit goes a long way. If you use too much it will roll off the skin and feel really sticky.

Jouviance 3-D Action Boost First Wrinkle Anti Aging Cream – This is another product I would repurchase. I started initially using it just as a night cream, but during the colder months integrated it into my morning routine as well. It is a rich texture, so I was worried it wouldn’t sit well under makeup, but it was fantastic. It was an amazing makeup base that left my skin looking really dewy and hydrated. This product smooths, hydrates and protects the skin – I definitely noticed these benefits. It has Tightenyl, which is an ingredient derived from plants that works like a retinol without the irritation typically associated with retinol.  This product would be amazing for anyone who is sensitive and unable to use retinol because Tightenyl is anti-inflammatory. I also think this is a great alternative to retinol while we are wearing masks because it is really soothing, This product is naturally fragranced and I really enjoyed the scent.

Neostrata Glycolic Mousse Cleanser – This is my second bottle I have used up of this cleanser, so it is safe to say I am a fan. If you have been following me on instagram lately you know I have been loving Neostrata products. This cleanser pumps out in a light foamy texture. It has glycolic acid and bionic acid to provide a chemical exfoliation on the skin. I find this cleanser can be a little bit drying for me when the weather is colder and my skin is more on the dry side, so I follow up with a good moisturizer – the Hyalu B5 Serum from La Roche Posay was great to compensate for the dryness. Even though it can be drying I continued using this product because it helps with blemishes. I recently have started to experience more acne. This is something that I have never dealt with before, but with daily use of this cleanser it has really helped to keep pesky breakouts away. After I finished this cleanser I started to break out again. Once I added it back into my routine everything settled down again, so this will definitely be a staple in my routine. I also want to note this product can seem a little pricey retailing at $35. Keep in mind it does have two active ingredients, and a little bit goes a long way. I only need to use half a pump of product.

Bioderma Sensibio Eye Contour Gel – This eye cream from Bioderma is a light gel cream texture that is really hydrating and soothing. It wears great under makeup and leaves the eyes feeling really hydrated and soothed. I loved the texture of it. It is really light and absorbs very quickly. This is a great eye cream, but I don’t think I would repurchase it. I need something that works to help brighten dark under eye circles and this eye cream doesn’t work to target that concern. If you are someone who is really sensitive and needs something really hydrating and soothing I would definitely recommend. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, safe for contact lens wearers and paraben free.

A-Derma Emollient Foaming Gel – I love using body washes (like this one) that are geared for atopic, or dry sensitive skin. I find they are really gentle and also so hydrating and nourishing on the skin. I am really lazy when it comes to things like applying body lotion, so any added benefit I can get from my body wash is great. This one is fragrance free, soothes, protects, relieves itching sensations linked to dry skin. I find that when I use more gentle body washes it also helps sunless tanning products last so much longer on the skin and fade more naturally. They don’t become all patchy they just slowly fade and you don’t notice it as much. This product is fragrance free, so it does have a bit of a smell. I would definitely repurchase this body wash. I think it is a great product and loved how it made my skin feel.

Vichy Purete Thermale Micellar Cleansing Wipes – I have use up many packages of these makeup wipes from Vichy – they are my favourite wipes. I don’t use makeup wipes daily to remove my makeup, but I have them on hand for lazy days, or to clean up a mistake during makeup application. These makeup wipes are super gentle. They are not too abrasive and they don’t irritate my skin. They are free of fragrance, alcohol and parabens. They are allergy tested and safe for sensitive skin. I also find that they do a good job at removing makeup without leaving and residue or any oily feeling behind. You can also find them in a two for the price of one package, so I consider them to be pretty affordable.

Lise Watier Perfection Fiber Eyebrow Pencil – This eyebrow pencil lasted such a long time and I was really happy about it. I was using a drugstore brow pencil prior to this one and I would run out in 3-4 weeks. This brow pencil easily lasted me 6 months. The initial purchase price is obviously more, but when I look at how often I had to repurchase other brow pencils in the past the Lise Watier pencil ends up being more cost effective. I wear the shade Chatain and it is the perfect shade for me. This product has little fibers to add volume to the brow. Personally, I don’t really notice the fibers or any added volume. This product is pigmented, creamy and looks really natural. It is also waterproof and I find it wears well and is long lasting. I have already repurchased this product because I enjoyed it so much.

Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pencil – This eyeliner was great. It is a super creamy formula, my favourite, which glided onto the skin very easily. I loved the Bronzed Beam colour as it was a really warm brown that worked really great with blue eyes. I always prefer a brown eyeliner as it looks really soft on the eye. This pencil claims to be waterproof and smudge proof, however I found if I was touching my eyes it did move around. For me this isn’t necessarily a deal breaker, but if you are someone looking for a waterproof pencil this one may not be ideal. I am not overly loyal when it comes to eyeliner pencils, so I haven’t repurchased it as I wanted to try something new.

Benefit Hoola Lite Matte Bronzer – We all know Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer, but did you know that they offer other shades? Hoola Lite is the lightest shade in the collection and it is a perfect contour colour for me. I also like using it in the winter months as a more subtle way to add warmth to the skin. If you are fair in complexion this will be your best friend.

Klorane Shampoo With Mango Butter – This shampoo is one of my favourites. It is a great hydrating shampoo that does not weigh down your hair or leave it feeling heavy or greasy. It still leaves my hair with lots of volume. It nourishes the hair and smells amazing. I have repurchased it many times and will probably repurchase it again.

Those are some of the products I have used up lately. Have you been using up more products from your stash with all this time spent at home? I would love to hear what you’ve used up lately! Let me know in a comment below.

Monthly Must Haves: April 2020

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With everything that has been going on lately I have really been missing sharing my passion for beauty. Previous to now, I have been fulfilling this passion with my day-to-day work in retail, but with all of the changes as a result of Covid-19 that is not my main focus at work these days. While I still feel very fortunate to be going to work on a daily basis to help Canadians stock up on essentials I really do miss sharing my love for beauty. To fill this void, I have decided to start posting on here again. What better way to start things off then by sharing some products with you that I have been absolutely loving lately. Here are my April 2020 favourites…

Klorane Mango Hair Mask Review

Klorane Mask With Mango Butter – I am a huge fan of Klorane hair products and this mask definitely didn’t disappoint. I was noticing that my hair was feeling really dry, so I decided to give this mask a try and it was perfect. It left my hair feeling soft, nourished and smooth. I also really liked it because it wasn’t heavy. I find sometimes that hydrating products can really weigh down the hair, but this still left my hair with body and volume. And it smells AMAZING!

Skyn Iceland Eye Mask, Patchology Eye Mask, Pixi Eye Mask

Eye Patches – During this time I have been looking for any opportunity to practice self care, even if it is just for a few minutes. One of my favourite ways has been with under eye masks or patches. I can pop them on while doing dishes or wear them during a Netflix binge. My dark circles have never been darker. I don’t know that the patches have really improved my dark circles, but they feel so good. I keep mine in the fridge, which makes them feel even more cooling and soothing. They also leave my under eyes feeling really hydrated and soothed. Some of my favourites are the Pixi DetoxifEYE, Patchology FlashPatch Restoring Night Gels and the Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Eye Gels.

Vichy Mineral 89 Eye Review

Vichy Mineral 89 Eye – I am obsessed with Vichy’s original Mineral 89. When they launched the eye cream I was so excited to try it. I really love it, but I didn’t realized how much until I stopped using it for a little while and added in another eye cream. My under eyes got so dark and I thought it was just from everything going on right now, but then when I added the Vichy Mineral 89 Eye back into my routine I really noticed the brightening effect. I have never used an eye cream before and noticed a significant difference in my dark circles. This is an item I will definitely be repurchasing as it has become a staple for me. In addition to the brightening effect, I find it very hydrating, soothing and leaves my eye area nice and smooth. I also love that I can apply it directly on my eye lid. It makes a great base for makeup.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Tinted Cream Review

La Roche Posay Toleriane Sensitive Tinted Cream – My foundation preferences have changed a lot. I used to be a full coverage matte finish girl, but in recent months have loved using lighter coverage products that give a more natural skin look and leave a more radiant and dewy finish. This new launch from La Roche Posay has been my go to. It has light to medium coverage and leaves a beautiful finish that looks like skin. It doesn’t look like you’re wearing makeup, it is very natural. This product is also great if you have sensitive skin as it is a hybrid of sensitive skincare and tinted makeup.

Swatch of Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Rose & ShineRimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Rose & Shine – This is definitely my favourite lip colour for spring and it is less then $10. It is the perfect pop of pink that brightens up a look without being too overpowering. I also love the formula. It is so light that you barely feel it on your lips and it doesn’t feel overly dry. I do find that when applying you can only do one layer. If you try to do too many it starts to pull the product off your lips. I have tried darker shades in this range and I didn’t find them to be opaque enough, but the nudes and softer colours are great. If you want to see this colour in action I filmed my first IGTV video where I show you my go to spring makeup featuring this lip colour along with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Tint. 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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A-Derma Xera-Mega Cream

A-Derma Xera-Mega Cream – Between all the hand sanitizer and hand washing I have been doing lately my hands have been in rough shape. I pulled this cream from A-Derma out of my stash because it was honestly the first one I found and it has been a hero product for me. I apply a thick layer at night before I go to bed and put a pair of cotton gloves on over top. (I feel like the cotton gloves should also be a favourite this month.) What I like most is that I see results right away after just one application. It leaves my hands feeling, nourished soft and soothed. It has no added fragrance or harsh ingredients. It is a very clean and simple, but effective formula. A-Derma products are also safe for the entire family, vegan and plant based – I love when I know a formula I am putting on is super clean and safe.  

Those are some products I have been loving lately. Have you tried anything new, or rediscovered anything from your stash that is a must have? Let me know in comment, or my latest post on Instagram. 

Kaitlyn

Best of Beauty 2018

 

Happy 2019! To end off 2018, I thought I would do a little round up of new beauty products I started using in 2018 that have become a staple in my routine. There were some really great new products I fell in love with in 2018, especially at the drugstore. Keep reading for a full break down of some of my must have products for 2018.

Skin Care Products

 

La Roche Posay Toleriane Caring Wash – La Roche Posay launched a new cleanser within their Toleriane line in the fall and I have gone through at least two bottles since then. Although it was added to my routine in late 2018 I had to include it in this round up. It is a texture that is in the middle of  a milk and micellar water – more fluid then a milk, but not as liquid as a micellar water. I use this after removing my makeup to catch any extra makeup or impurities that my makeup remover may have left behind. It is fragrance free and extremely gentle. It leaves my skin feeling clean, but not stripped. It is fragrance free and safe to use on your face eyes and lips. 

Avene Soothing Eye Contour Cream I refer to this cream as “the magic eye cream”. To be honest, I actually refer to a lot of Avene products as magic because they are so great for soothing or calming any kind of irritation. I started using the Avene Eye Cream after experiencing an irritation under both of my eyes – dry red flakey patches that were both extremely itchy and burning. This instantly took the uncomfortable sensations away. It also soothes my eyes if they feel irritated from my contact lenses. If you are someone who experiences a lot of sensitivity around your eyes, or are just looking for something gentle and hydrating definitely try this out. 

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant My best friend gifted me a trial size of the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant and I don’t know how I survived before having this product. It is a powder you shake into wet hands that turns into a thick paste once combined with the water. You then massage it around your face and rinse it off. It is so gentle, yet so effective and you can use it everyday. It makes my skincare absorb faster and my makeup apply smoother. My pores look clearer and smaller, plus I find in get fewer breakouts since using this product. If you struggle with congestion on your skin, or can’t find an exfoliant that is gentle enough I highly recommend trying this one. 

Foreo Luna Play Plus – As a die hard Clarisonic user, I was a bit apprehensive to try out a different facial cleansing device, but I was pleasantly surprised. First of all, I think this product is amazing for travel. It is really small, and can be dried off completely unlike my Clarisonic which holds a lot of water in the brush head. I also like that I don’t have to repurchase a brush head periodically and that it cannot grow bacteria because it is silicone. It also has a great battery life. I have been using it twice a day for approximately four months and have not had to replace the batteries yet. I also find this product keeps my pores looking clear and leaves my skin feeling clean. It gives a very gentle, but effective clean. If you are someone who finds the Clarisonic too harsh for you definitely give this a try because it is a lot more gentle.

 

Hair Care Products 

 

Marc Anthony Grow Long Volumizing Texture Spray – If you read my Best of Beauty 2017 post, then you’ll know I love the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dry Spun Finish spray. I am someone who loves texturizing spray and it was my goal to find a more affordable option for 2018. The Marc Anthony Grow Long Volumizing Texture Spray was the answer to my prayers. Although it is not an exact dupe for my beloved Bumble and Bumble Spray, it is a great alternative from the drugstore. The Marc Anthony spray is not too heavy, or wet and leaves enough grit in your hair to hold some texture and volume. It also smells great and is supposed to help your hair grow.

Ice Cream No Yellow Shampoo This is the best purple shampoo available at the drugstore. All my fellow blonde hair friends need to try this. I also recommend wearing gloves when using this because it is potent enough to turn your hands purple, but that’s what gives you the really icy blonde tone you want. I find it works so well I only need to use it every couple of weeks, or I dilute it with my regular shampoo in between. My hair stylist recommended it to me and I am so happy she did. I find it better then the high end one I was previously using and it was three times the price.

Makeup Products

 

Smashbox Super Fan Mascara –  The Smashbox Super Fan Mascara was one of the only new mascaras I tried in and truly loved enough to repurchase. I love this mascara because you can apply more layers to build up the volume and drama. I find it doesn’t clump even after a couple of coats and really separates the lashes while still building a lot of volume. It also doesn’t dry right away, so you have some time to play with your lashes a bit and get the look you want.

L’Oreal True Match Lumi Glowtion – This was hands down L’Oreal’s best lauch of 2018. After seeing so many Youtubers and Influencers raving about it I had to try it. My favourite way to use it is mixed in with my foundation. Since using it, I’ve been getting so many compliments on my skin. It leaves this natural and dewy healthy glow to the skin that is so incredibly beautiful. 

Dermablend Professional Loose Setting Powder  – I have always been a lover of powder, but in 2018 I made the switched from pressed powder to loose powder. Previously, I have been scared of loose translucent powder after a terrible incident involving a photo with flashback. I am happy to report that there is zero flashback with the Dermablend Translucent Powder. It does an amazing job at setting my makeup and locking everything into place. All of my foundations wear really beautiful underneath and it doesn’t look heavy or cakey. 

Maybelline SuperStay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick  – The Maybelline SuperStay Liquid Lipsticks have had some mixed reviews, but I am a huge fan. I love them because I can put it on in the morning and it will stay put all day without feeling dry, flaking or transferring off. They are so long wearing that I have to remove them at the end of the day with a makeup remover. They are also super comfortable to wear – they do have a sticky feeling at first, but once they dry to a matte finish you can’t even feel them on your lips. These are probably my favourite drugstore product of 2018. My go to shade is “Lover” (linked above).

Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick – My second most worn lipstick shade of 2018 was Pixi MatteLast Liquid Lipstick in the shade “Au Naturalle”. They discontinued this shade *crying emoji*, but I still wanted to mention it because I love the formula. It goes on really easily, is super pigmented and comfortable. My favourite thing about this is the applicator wand. It comes to a point at the tip and I can easily define my lips – it is perfect!

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow Contour Duo – This was the only highlighter and contour product I wore in 2018. The contour colour has a slight sheen to it that adds a nice glow to the skin. It is not too glittery or shimmery, so it still looks natural on the skin. The highlighter is amazing. I have been using it as both a highlighter and an eye shadow. In the pan it looks pretty underwhelming, but on the skin it is a beautiful champagne highlight.

Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer – This has been one of my favourite eye liners for as long as I can remember, but I don’t think I have ever shared it on my blog. I have used Rimmel eyeliners for years and they are one of my favourites. They have a kohl formula which is creamy and not too dry so it doesn’t tug or pull while you apply it. It does not transfer and it is waterproof, so it lasts all day. Plus, you cannot beat the price!

Milani Eyeshadow Primer  – This was another great drugstore find this year. I like this one because it is affordable and works great. I didn’t realize how well it worked until one day I was getting ready quickly and decided to skip it. By the end of the day there was no eyeshadow left on my eyes and it looked terrible. It is super light weight and doesn’t have a lot of colour to it, so it is great for all skin tones. 

That’s a look at my newly discovered favourite products of 2018. Were there any products you fell in love with last year? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy 2018,

Kaitlyn

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Mask Monday: Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque

Dermalogica Charcoal Rescue Masque Review

I finally restocked one of my all time favourite face masks, so I knew it had to be my next Mask Monday feature.

I first tried Dermalogica’s Charcoal Rescue Masque after a travel size was gifted to me by a friend, and it was recommended to me my aesthetician. This mask is really an all in one treatment. It brightens and detoxifies the skin through both physical and chemical exfoliation. It helps with all major skin concerns too – aging, dullness and break outs.

I really love Dermalogica because they are professional grade. They use the best ingredients available. This mask uses sulfur to promote cell turnover and binchotan charcoal to clear up impurities. Along with bamboo, hydroxy acids, volcanic ash and sea silt to help with brightness.  Plus, it is vegan, gluten free, cruelty free, paraben free and has no artificial colours or fragrances.

When I use a skincare product I like to see instant results. For me, I instantly saw a difference in the clarity and brightness of my skin. I love using this mask once a week to help maintain my skins glow, or to help clear up the occasional breakout.

Do you have a holy grail mask in your routine?

Kaitlyn

Mask Monday: Garnier SkinActive The Super Purifying Charcoal Sheet Mask

Garnier SkinActive The Super Purifying Charcoal Sheet Mask Review

Sheet masks are probably my favourite type of masks. I love that they come prepackaged, they aren’t super messy and you don’t usually have to rinse them off. Garnier recently came out with a bunch of sheet masks within their SkinActive Collection. I love anything to help with clarity and pore size, so I was really excited to try their Charcoal Sheet Mask.

When I first opened this mask I was surprised by the colour. Sheet masks are usually white, but this one was black. It is infused with powdered charcoal, which probably explains the colour. The sheet was also really saturated, more than sheet masks usually are. I was a little worried it was going to drip everywhere, but it wasn’t an issue. I actually liked that it was so saturated because I was able to spread it down my neck as well.

A problem I often have with sheet masks is that they are really big and don’t fit my face. This one has extra slits along your cheeks which was perfect and made it fit so much better. The slits allowed me to overlap the bottom and top of the mask to make it fit properly.

I applied the mask and removed it after 15 minutes (as per the directions). When I first took it off I wasn’t sure that I liked the mask. As I rubbed in the remaining mask solution my skin began to feel sticky. My skin continued to feel sticky for a little while afterwards. I also noticed that as the mask dried my skin started to feel really tight – similar to the feeling you get with some firming products. When I woke up the next morning my skin looked great and I definitely liked the results. My pores looked visibly smaller and my skin was clear and bright.

Overall, I really like this mask. I would use it again. I recommend that you don’t do this mask right before bed because it does feel sticky for a little while afterwards.  However, the sticky feeling was totally worth it for the end results.

Have you tried any of the new Garnier masks? Let me know!

Kaitlyn

 

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!

Kaitlyn

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?

Kaitlyn

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!

Kaitlyn

 

 

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!

Kaitlyn