Monthly Must Haves: May 2016

Essie Fiji Nail Polish, Benefit Porefessional Matte Rescue, Joe Fresh Champagne Highlighter, Nyx Scult and Highlight Brow ContourMay has come to an end and I could not be more excited for June to arrive!  I have a few new products that I’ve been using during the month of May that have become favourites for me and I would love to share with you all.

Nyx Sculpt and Highlight Brow Contour – I have a confession to make… this is the first brow pencil I have ever used. I have been a huge fan of using brow powders to fill in my brows ever since I started filling in my brows, but the pencil has certainly stepped up my brow game (#browsonfleek). The main difference I have noticed in using a pencil is that my brows are a little bit bolder and much more defined, which I love. This pencil comes with a brow colour in one end and a highlight shade in the other end. I really appreciate the consistency of the pencil. The colour is very forgiving and gradually buildable. It has a fine tip which allows for hair like strokes. I also find it isn’t a super dry pencil and it glides on easily. So happy to have discovered this one in the month of May. P.S. I wear the shade Blonde/Ivory, which is best for an ash blonde brow.

Nyx Sculpt and Highlight Brow Contour Blonde/Ivory

Joe Fresh Highlighter Powder – Joe Fresh Cosmetics have recently launched within Shoppers Drug Mart and I have been using their highlighter in the shade champagne. It has been my go-to product for highlighting over the last month. It is a beautiful cool-toned pink shade. It offers the perfect everyday highlight for me. If you are someone who wants an intense highlight that can be seen from outer-space, then I don’t think this is the highlight for you. However, if you are like me and just looking for a subtle everyday glow this product is perfect. It is not overly glittery or chunky and just provides a natural luminous finish to the skin. I definitely recommend testing this guy out!

Joe Fresh Champagne Highlighter

Essie “Fiji” Nail Polish – I have been on the hunt for the perfect nude pink nail polish. It has been such a struggle to find a nude pink that doesn’t look washed out, that is opaque and doesn’t make my skin look too pink. I have been obsessed with Essie’s Fiji this month. It is the perfect opaque creamy pale pink shade. It applies so nicely and is the perfect shade of pink I have been searching for. I also have received so many compliments on it and people keep asking me who does my nails – clearly they aren’t looking close enough at my paint job.

Benefit Cosmetics Porefessional Matte Rescue – To be honest I really didn’t give this product much thought when it first launched. I already use Benefit’s Porefessional Primer and I didn’t think anything could do much better than that, but after trying their new Matte Rescue I’m hooked. It is a gel-water consistency that absorbs instantly and feels so clean and refreshing on the skin. It has mushroom extract to absorb excess oil on the skin and diamond powder to blur out the appearance of pores. I apply this product to freshly cleansed skin after moisturizing. I feel it instantly absorb into the skin and almost tighten my pores. I apply the Porefessional primer on top and I have noticed my t-zone looks significantly less oily throughout the day. I think this product is going to be a life saver as we move into the warmer months of summer!

Those are my favourite products of May. What products did you love this month?

Happy June,

Kaitlyn xo

 

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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.

Nyx Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

Nyx Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

Contouring can be scary and intimidating, to say the least. I mean, we’ve all seen those thirty second instagram videos where that girl slaps all those different colours on her face, blends it with a sponge and comes out looking flawless. Instagram lies. I would classify myself as someone with a pretty decent handle on the whole makeup application thing, but even sometimes I get overwhelmed by this whole higlighting/strobing/baking/contouring thing. (Baking, in particular, didn’t go so well for me… aka I had reverse racoon eyes in photos. Yikes.)

For the last week or so, I have been testing out the Nyx Highlighting and Contour Pro Palette and it makes contouring and highlighting so easy – almost as easy as those instagram girls make it look. Nyx tries to make it easy by providing visuals on the disposable package that indicate where to put each shade. This is super helpful for beginners! The product comes with eight shades – two shimmery highlights, two matte highlights, two cool toned contour shades and two warm toned bronzer shades. Each shade is a 2.7g pan for those of you looking to compare the amount of product in this palette versus others on the market. Each pan is also removable, so as you run out of your favourites, or want to sub in a new colour you easily can.

What do I love about this palette? Well, for starters the yellow shade (Cream) has literally changed my life. This is not an exaggeration. Yellow is really good for cancelling out darkness. I have been using this to set my under eye concealer and I have never looked so well rested in my life. You wouldn’t even know that daylight savings time has just happened and I feel like I need tooth picks to prop my eyes open. I would purchase this palette just for that shade alone. Anyone struggling with concealing dark circles needs this product.

I also love the formulation of the powders. The powders are all very smooth and blend easily, making them very forgiving. The one thing I will say, is that I found the white shimmer highlight (Ice Queen) to be a little powdery. When trying to pick it up with a brush it is very easy to pick up too much product as it tends to go powdery and fall apart. However, that was the only shade that I had that problem with and if you use a light hand when picking up the product it can be avoided.

The price is also amazing! In Canada, this runs for $29.99. The colour selection is very comparable to higher end contour palettes that are over double the price. If you are someone new to contouring, and worried about making the investment in the higher end palettes, this is a great alternative. You get the same colour selection and great quality without having the break the bank.

Overall, I am really happy with this product and it will be part of my daily routine. It has all the shades I need in one place creating convenience as I don’t have to switch between two or three different products. Plus, I love how forgiving the shadows are, so if I make a mistake I can easily just blend it out and no one will know.

Swatches of Nyx Highlighters

Highlight Shades L-R: Ice Queen, Soft Light, Cream, Nectar

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Contour Shades L-R: Tan, Toffee, Sculpt, Hollow

Have you tried out any other contour or highlighting products from Nyx? I have my eye on their cream contour and highlight stick next!

Happy contouring,

Kaitlyn xo