Product Empties: Volume 2

I have another collection of empty products I have used up. Spoiler alert: I really liked them all! As I said in my last post about product empties, I love sharing thoughts after using a product up entirely. You really get a true impression of how you like a product when using up the entire thing. Some of the products I am sharing today are tried and true products in my routine that I have repurchased over and over. Others are new to me, but I would not hesitate to repurchase them again. Interested to see what these winning products are? Just keep reading!

La Roche Posay Ultra Micellar Water Sensitive – This is one of my favourite micellar waters. It is super gentle, but still effective. It gets all my makeup off in one sweep. It doesn’t feel drying, leave any residue on the skin or irritate my eyes. It leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed. They also make a few other versions for different skin types – reactive, sensitive and acne prone. This is something I will probably repurchase once I finish up the other micellar waters I have on hand.

La Roche Posay Toleriance Ultra – I have recommended this products for years – it is great! If you are someone with really sensitive skin, experiencing any kind of skin irritation, or just want minimal ingredients in your moisturizer definitely check this out. This product is free of fragrance, alcohol, lanolin, parabens and preservatives. It comes in air tight packaging which allows the product to stay sterile and safe for the most sensitive skin. This product has really helped me to combat any irritation I have been experiencing from wearing a mask. I will definitely repurchase this product.

Bioderma Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel – I never realized the difference between drugstore and dermo-cosmetic body wash products until I made the switch for myself. I knew the technology and ingredient differences, but I had never experienced the difference myself. Prior to now, I would buy whatever was on sale and smelled pretty. But, since using dermo-cosmetic body washes I don’t think I can go back. The biggest difference I notice is the hydration and comfort I feel in my skin. My skin always feels hydrated and nourished. There is also little fragrance in these products and, if there is, they are hypoallergenic. I appreciate this because it really isn’t ideal to be using fragrance on more delicate areas of the body.

This body wash is hypoallergenic, soap free, allergen free, paraben free and respects the skin’s balance. It is safe for the whole family. It does have a light scent. The blue colour is natural colouring and it does not have any added colourant. Overall, I would repurchase this product. I liked how it made my skin feel and how it lathered.

Bioderma Atoderm Shower Oil – This product is another body wash product from Bioderma. It is different from the last one in the way that it is for atopic (eczema prone) skin. It provides immediate soothing effects, hydration and protects the skin. It is rich with lipids (good fatty acids for the skin), prevents bad bacteria from binding to the skin and can increase the tolerance of sensitive skin. I actually love using this product as a bubble bath or to shave my legs. It created a really nice foam in the bath and leaves your skin feeling so hydrated and smooth after shaving. I think this will be a great product to use in the winter time to help with the dry skin that comes along with the colder temperatures. I also like using this as a hand wash when my hands become irritated from hand sanitizer or frequent hand washing. I can’t say enough good things about this product.

Avene Thermal Spring Water – This product has been a staple in my routine for years now. I don’t know if I have ever talked about it on my blog (and I am too lazy to go back and look). This is a thermal water rich in minerals with a low mineral salt content. It is known in my household as magic water because you can use it for just about anything. I use it as part of my skincare routine, on skin irritations, to refresh throughout the day, to soothe irritated eyes from contact lenses… literally anything. Avene’s thermal water is unique because it is rich in silica, which helps to soften the skin. This product has so many amazing soothing benefits. I have already restocked and have one for back up. This is something I can’t live without.

Vichy Mineral 89 – Since this product launched a few years ago it has been a staple in my routine. I always have multiple bottles on hand, so I am never without. I like to describe this product as a multi-vitamin for your skin. It is 89% Vichy Thermal Water which is packed with 15 different minerals to help strengthen and protect your skin. It also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate and plump the skin. You can use this product on face, eyes and lips. It has no fragrance, alcohol or parabens. If I could shower my whole body in Mineral 89 I would.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray – This product is a well known product in the makeup community and there is definitely a reason for it. This is at least my third bottle I have gone through. It really does help your makeup last all day… or night. It keeps your makeup looking fresh, helps prevent transfer and blends all your products together flawlessly.

My favourite way to use it is by doing what I call a setting spray sandwich. After applying my skincare I do one layer of setting spray then apply all of my makeup, except mascara. I then apply another layer of setting spray and finish off with my mascara. I like to apply setting spray before my mascara because sometimes the spray can weigh down my lashes and they don’t look as lifted or curled. By doing two layers of setting spray I find the first layer helps your makeup adhere to your skin better and the second layer locks in your products.

Annabelle Brow Fibre Gel – This is one of my all-time favourite brow gels and it has been discontinued. It is such a good dupe for the Benefit Gimme Brow. It has an identical brush and formula. It is a tinted brow gel with small fibers to tint, shape and fill in your brows. The formula is amazing, but the other thing I loved the most about this is the colour. The shade I wear is light/medium. It is the perfect shade. I find a lot of brow gels can be really warm in the lighter shades, but this is light and cool toned. Annabelle please bring this back.

Klorane Dry Shampoo With Nettle – This is my go-to dry shampoo. I have repurchased this so many times. I like this dry shampoo because it leaves your hair feeling clean and brushable. It doesn’t leave your hair feeling stiff, or like there is a lot of product in your hair after using it. My favourite way to use it is to apply it the night before and then brush it out in the morning. It also doesn’t have a very strong smell, it is just a soft clean scent that doesn’t linger. I’ve already repurchased this.

Those are the latest products I have used up lately and without a doubt will be repurchasing. I love doing these kind of posts because they really help me to stay on track with finishing products and I love being able to give a full review versus more of a first impression. Have you finished up any beauty products lately? Let me know in a comment below!

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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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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