Influenster VoxBox: Maybelline Product Review

FullSizeRender (10)Just over a week ago, I received a VoxBox from Influenster containing a bunch of Maybelline products. There is nothing I love more than putting new products to the test! I am so grateful to have been able to collaborate with Influenster and share my thoughts on these products with you. The products I received included: Maybelline Lash Sensational Lucious Mascara, Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser (shade Illuminate), Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Foundation (shade 15 Ivory), Maybelline Master Contour Palette (shade 10 Light-Medium) and Maybelline Colour Sensational Soft Matte Lipstick (shade Siren in Scarlet).

Starting out with the mascara, I honestly am not a huge fan. First of all, when I opened the package the wand was damaged – super disappointing. I was able to bend the wand and make it into a usable state *clapping emojis*. I found that the wand picked up way too much product and the formula itself is really wet in consistency. These two combined resulted in my lashes clumping together – it was a mess. In order to make it wearable, I had to use a different wand to remove the excess product and separate my lashes. It was just way too much work! I love the original formula, in the pink tube, and I’ll be sticking to that.Maybelline Lash Sensational Luscious Mascara

The Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser has been a favourite of mine for a while. I was so happy to see this little guy in my box. I am running low and it is always nice to have a backup on hand. I really love this product because it is extremely light weight. It is perfect for the under eye area because it isn’t too heavy and it won’t sink into fine lines and wrinkles. I also love the illuminating shade because it reflects light, which helps to cancel out any darkness under the eyes. I’ve been using this for what seems like forever and I don’t see myself stopping anytime soon. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser

When it comes to foundation I am super picky. When I saw the Dream Velvet foundation in my box I felt a little uneasy because I can be super hard to please when it comes to foundation. I was pleasantly surprised with this product. Despite the fact that it was a shade too dark I enjoyed the foundation. It gives more of a dewy finish and feels very hydrating on the skin. I applied it with a damp beauty blender sponge and was able to achieve a buildable medium coverage. I would say this product is better for dry, normal or combination skin. It probably isn’t something I will reach for very often, but if I am looking for something with some coverage for a natural makeup day, or just looking for a bit of coverage while spending time outside this summer, I will reach for this. Maybelline Dream Velvet Soft Matte Foundation

I LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THE MASTER CONTOUR PALETTE. I know all caps is really aggressive, but it was the only way I could express my excitement. I think this palette is perfect. All three shades look beautiful on the skin. The bronzer adds the perfect warm summer skin kissed look to the skin. And the blush is a beautiful pop of colour. The highlight is pretty natural, but can be built up to be a bit more intense. If you are someone who wants a Jaclyn Hill Becca Highlight kind of glow, then this isn’t for you. But, if you are looking for an everyday highlight you can build up at night this palette is perfect. All three shades work together perfectly. I am so excited to have something that has everything I need all in one place.

Maybelline Face Studio Master Contour

Maybelline has done a great job formulating a matte lipstick that is comfortable to wear. I am not a huge fan of red lipstick – it is something I typically only pull out for the holidays. Although the shade that I received isn’t ideal for me I really love the formulation and will definitely be testing out some other shades in this line in the near future.

Have you tried any new Maybelline product lately?

Kaitlyn xo

DISCLAIMER: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. Despite being sent these products, all reviews are 100% my own personal thoughts and feelings on these products.

Monthly Must Haves: April 2016

FullSizeRender (7)Another month has gone by – how is April over already?! With April coming to an end I have had another month to test out some products new products and rediscover some that have been hidden away in my makeup stash. Here are some of the products I have been loving for the month of April:

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – I think I am always the last one to jump on the band wagon when it comes to tools for makeup application. If any of you have tried the Real Techniques Sponges, you won’t be surprised that this has made its way into my favourites this month. I love how they apply my foundation – it is like a second skin. It provides a smooth flawless finish and blends my foundation and concealer into my skin perfectly. If you haven’t tried these already I definitely recommend that you do. And, rumour has it, they are a great dupe for the notorious Beauty Blender sponge.

Benefit Hervana Box-O-Powder –  I am a huge fan of Benefit’s boxed powders. This month I added Hervana to my collection and I couldn’t be happier. It is the perfect blush for spring. It is a beautiful orchid shade that adds a stunning flush to the cheeks. It has four different shades inside, which you blend together before application. It applies smoothly to the skin without being overly powdery and has buildable pigmentation. It creates a very natural flush and is incredibly long wearing. I have been eyeing this one for a while and I am so happy I finally picked it up. I will be definitely wearing this one throughout the rest of spring and into early summer.

Nyx High Definition Concealer (Yellow) – This month, I put colour correcting to the test with the Nyx HD Concealer in the yellow shade. Yellow is really good for highlighting, particularly under the eyes. I have been using it under my eyes for the last month and it has made a huge difference. After applying primer, I blend in the yellow concealer with a damp Real Techniques sponge. Then, apply my foundation over top. It makes a huge difference and I find I am using way less concealer under my eyes. Sometimes I find concealer can crease under my eyes and look really heavy, but this one blends out really well and I use a lot less concealer, so it doesn’t look heavy.

Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Collection – Volume is something I always desire in my hair, especially since most of the time I style it to be curly or wavy. This month I tested out Tresemme’s Pre-Wash Conditioner and Volume Shampoo as part of their Beauty-Full Volume Collection. I really love this duo. You use the conditioner first, followed by the shampoo. In using the conditioner first, it detangles and smooths the hair, while allowing the shampoo to wash away any of the added weight. This helps create volume in the hair while still giving your hair moisture, shine and smoothness. In testing out this duo, I also tried reversing other shampoos and conditioners I had on hand and had similar results – it created more volume in my hair. If you aren’t sure about investing in these products, try reversing your shampoo and conditioner you already have to get more volume in your hair.

What were your must have products for April?

Kaitlyn xo

Skin Benefits of Thermal Water

Vichy Thermal Water, La Roche Posay Thermal Water, Avene Thermal WaterI already know what you’re thinking, “It’s water in a can… why would I buy water in a can?”.  Trust me, I felt the same way as you. After doing some research and adding it to my skincare routine, I’m hooked. Not only does it have a million different uses, it also has so many benefits for your skin.

Let’s dive right into it, what is thermal water? It is rain water that is harvested from springs in France. The water takes years to get to the source where it is harvested. During this journey, it collects minerals and anti-oxidants from the earth that have incredible benefits for the skin.

Thermal water is amazing at soothing any kind of redness associated with inflammation. It can also soothe irritation and has the ability to balance the pH level on the skin (aka it can work as a toner). It can be used as a makeup setting spray, add hydration to the skin and cool the skin.

I love using thermal water through out the day. Working indoors, and over the winter, I found my skin could feel very dry throughout the day. A little spritz of thermal water helps my skin feel refreshed and reduce any feeling of dehydration. Also, during the summer it feels so refreshing on a hot day. In addition to use throughout the day, I also use it as part of my morning and nighttime skincare routine. I apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing. Applying moisturizer over top helps to lock the hydration, anti-oxidants and minerals into the skin.

Vichy Thermal Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Water

Avene Thermal Water

How do you use thermal waters?

Happy spritzing!

Kaitlyn xo

Monthly Must Haves: March 2016

Monthly Must Haves: March 2016

I have been testing out a lot of new products throughout the month of March and rediscovering some old products in my stash. Here are some of my favourite discoveries this month:

Nyx Highlight and Contour Pro Palette – This product has been something I have reached for everyday, whether I am going for a subtle everyday look or a full on glam look I find I reach for this. It is also super affordable with amazing quality. For more details check out my full review here.

Vichy Normaderm Tri-Activ Mask – This product has been SAVING my skin this month. My skin has been very active this month with break outs appearing like crazy. I rediscovered this product in my stash to help target these pesky breakouts. I apply it at night at night, before I go to bed, and when I wake up in the morning the breakouts have really calmed down. So happy I rediscovered this mask!

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Caramello – I think the whole entire world knows that my favourite liquid lipsticks come from Stila. This month I think the only thing I have worn is this shade in Caramello and I have gotten so many compliments. It is the perfect nude that can pull any look together. If I want to change it up I just apply a gloss over top and it gives it a completely new look. Everyone needs to try Stila’s Liquid Lipsticks.

Real Techniques Stippling Brush – I purchased a new foundation brush at the beginning of March and I am in love. I feel like I am a little late jumping on the whole stippling brush band wagon… like years late. I love this brush because it gives me a lot of coverage without looking too heavy or cakey. It blends my foundation like a dream, while giving me the coverage I desire.

Smashbox Photo Matte Anti-Shine Primer – I have never really been a fan of Smashbox primers, until now. I tried their famous original primer a while back and was very unimpressed, it left my skin an oily mess. This month I ran out of my tried and true everyday primer and had the Smashbox Photo Matte Anti-Shine Primer in my stash and decided to give it a try. I am happy I did because I actually have been really enjoying it. It creates a perfect matte base and helps my makeup stay all day. The one downfall is that I don’t find it is very good at covering pores, but I was still very happy with the performance.

That’s it for my favourites! Did you have any products you loved this month?

Happy April,

Kaitlyn xo

 

Nivea After Shave as Makeup Primer?

Nivea for Men After Shave Balm as Makeup PrimerMy willingness to slap just about anything on my face might be getting out of hand. I tried to explain to my mom that I was testing out aftershave as makeup primer and she and when she asked why my response was, “because it was on the internet”. Now that I am taking a minute to think about this, “because it was on the internet” is not always a valid excuse, but I’m always willing to take one for the team here on the blog. You’re welcome!

This internet trend of using Nivea for Men After Shave Balm as a makeup primer all started with Nikkie from NikkieTutorials, but most recently I heard about it from my best friend who is also a makeup artist. She sent me a snapchat of herself when she was using it after a long day and her makeup still looked FLAWLESS. Obviously, I had to give it a try.

I used the product over the course of three days. I applied it to my skin after cleansing, toning and moisturizing. The consistency is much different than what I am used to in a primer. It is very runny and liquid in consistency. I applied a quarter sized amount of product to my finger tips, rubbed my hands together and then applied it all over the face focusing mostly on my t-zone as that is where I get oily.

Nivea for Men After Shave Balm

Once applied, as the product started to dry, it left my skin feeling kind of sticky or tacky. At first, this left me feeling kind of concerned because this was something I had never experienced with a primer. However it worked great! This stuff should be renamed to makeup glue because my makeup lasted all day with it. I had a little bit of patchiness start around my nose by the end of the day, but that is normal for me as I tend to rub or touch my nose a lot throughout the day. The product also controlled oil on my t-zone and kept my skin to a demi-matte finish. Over the course of the three days I had the same results where my makeup lasted and looked great. I tested different applications, with both a sponge and a brush, and I still had the same results.

There is a fragrance to this product. It is a kind of masculine scent, but it is very fresh and not like an overwhelming cologne smell. It does linger on the skin for a little while after application, but then disappears. Personally, I didn’t mind the smell at all and it kind of reminds me of those masculine scented candles from Bath and Body Works. If you are someone with sensitivity to fragrance, I would proceed with caution.

Although the product made my makeup look amazing, my skin isn’t quite as happy. On day three, after application, I started to notice some break outs occurring on my face. When I washed off my makeup that night I had developed five blemishes on my face, which weren’t there in the morning. This is a huge disappointment because I love the way my makeup looks on top of it. I don’t plan on parting with it yet because I really did love how it worked. Instead, I think I’ll keep it in my vanity for those times when I run out of primer, or for every once and a while when I need my foundation to really last.

Have you tried the Nivea for Men After Shave Balm as primer? Are there any other interesting makeup trends out there I should try?

Happy Priming,

Kaitlyn xo