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: 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

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.

Fragrance

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,

Kaitlyn

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Product Review: Lipsense by SeneGence

SeneGence Lipsense Review Plum

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).

SenseGence Lipsense Swatch Plum

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