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!

Monthly Must Haves: September 2020

Monthly Must Haves featuring La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel, Effaclar Duo+, La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro, Dermablend Cover Care Concealer, Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Happy October! With another month come and gone I have a round up of some of my favourite products. This month I have a lot of products from La Roche Posay. To say that La Roche Posay has saved my skin over the last month or two is an understatement. I know I keep bringing up maskne and the breakouts I have been having with my skin a lot, but it has been a struggle. About mid-August the breakouts I have been having from my mask got out of control. It was at a point where I was grateful to be able to hide them under a mask. I was battling both irritation from the mask along with blemishes. I have sensitive as well as combination to dry skin, so this duo can be tricky to treat as most acne treatments are geared towards oily skin and can be very harsh. If you are having the same struggles as me, or have a similar skin type as me, check out my favourites below.

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro

La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra Dermallegro – Before I started treating my acne I needed to address the irritation I was experiencing. La Roche Posay recently launched Dermallegro serum to help skin in distress – whether that be from irritation, allergies or you just have very sensitive skin. It has a very minimal formula soothes irriation, redness and itchiness upon contact to the skin. I can definitley attest to this claim. Prior to starting this serum my skin felt tight, itchy and red. Immediately after applying it I felt relief for all of those sensations. This product has really helped restore my skin’s barrier and control any irritation my mask was causing. I have already finished a full bottle and am on my second. I can’t recommend this product enough for helping with any kind of skin discomfort.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Foaming Gel

La Roche Posay Effaclar Clarifying Foaming Gel – This cleanser is a lot different then most acne cleansers. Most acne cleansers are salicylic acid based, or benzoyl peroxide based. Effaclar Foaming Gel uses zinc pca. For me, this is great for my skin type. It helps to moderate oil production on the skin and prevent the growth of acne causing bacteria – both things I need to help my maskne. The other important thing that zinc pca does is that its a natural mosturizing factor meaning it helps the skin to stay hydrated. This product helps to control my acne and keep my skin from drying out. What more could I need? Since using it I definitely have noticed a change in my skin. I am not 100% breakout free, but there has for sure been an improvement.

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo +

La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo + – This is the acne treatment I have been using after cleansing with the Effaclar Foaming Gel and prepping my skin with the Dermallegro Serum. I chose this treatment because it has a low amount of salicylic acid and also has zinc pca in it. It also has niacinimide to help with redness and pigmentation on the skin. It is a global acne treatment meaning it treats current breakouts and prevents them from reoccurring. I like this product because it is so gentle, but still effective. It hasn’t dried out or irritated my skin at all. Like with the cleanser my breakouts aren’t entirely cleared up, but they are on the mend. It is important to keep in mind that treating acne takes time and a consistent routine. That can sometimes be discouraging as we all want results yesterday. One way I have been keeping myself motivated to stick with it is by taking regular photos of my skin so I visually see the progress that is happening.

Dermablend Cover Care Concealer

Dermablend Cover Care Concealer – I think this might be the best concealer I have ever used. Is that a big claim? Maybe, but I like it a lot. The coverage is incredible. It has 30% pigment, twice the amount of typical full coverage concealers. It is super long wearing and does not require setting. I can put it under my eyes and it stays in place all day without creasing or smudging. I have never owned a concealer before now that I could wear without setting. It is also hydrating, but I do recommend a good hydrating eye cream and moisturizer prior to applying it. It looks much better when applied to hydrated skin. It is hypoallergenic, fragrance free, non-comedogic, tested on allergy and acne-prone skin. It is one of the safest and best concealers I have ever used.

Bioderma Hydrabio Micellar Water

Bioderma Hydrobio H2O Micellar Water – Bioderma created micellar water technology, so I feel like I don’t even have to say that their micellar waters are some of the best on the market. I have always been a big fan of Bioderma micellar water and I always purchase the Sensibio version for sensitive skin. I have to say I am really impressed with the Hydrabio, the hydrating version, I have been using this month. It effectively removes all my makeup easily and really leaves my skin soothed and hydrated. This has been great for my skin in conjunction with the difference acne treatments I have been trying. It keeps my skin feeling hydrated and refreshed.

Those are the products I have fallen in love with during September. Did you try anything new this month? 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

Winter Skin Essentials

Winter Skin Essentials

This winter has really put my skin to work. As a result, I have put a lot of products to the test and found some of the best products to help get my skin through the winter. Are you having some winter skin struggles? Check out my must haves!

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial

Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleep Facial This product is a super light souffle texture that melts into the skin. It is packed with moisture thanks to hyaluronic acid as well as having brightening benefits from vitamin c and Wild Rose oil. I love that this product doesn’t feel super heavy on the skin, but still provides a lot of moisture. I layer a thick application on my skin after I finish my regular cleansing routine and wake up with bright and hydrated skin.

Egyptian Magic

Egyptian Magic is a 100% natural product that is cruelty free. It is an all purpose skin cream that can be used for pretty much anything from a skin moisturizer to a treatment for burns and scars. I personally love this product for hydrating really dry skin on my body – like my knees, ankles and elbows. I find the texture a bit heavy, so it is perfect for those really dry skin areas.

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lips

La Roche Posay Cicaplast Lip Cream has changed my life (I’m not even being dramatic). It is a barrier repair cream that helps to rebuild the epidermis (outer layer of skin on your lips). The core ingredients help to soothe and repair dry, chapped and cracked lips. I put a thick layer of the repairing cream on at night and the next morning my lips feel completely healed and restored. I don’t know how I survived using regular chapstick.

Lancome Juicy Shaker

Lancome Juicy Shaker has been my go to daytime lip product. With my lips being so dry this has been an ideal alternative to a lipstick or a gloss because it is a lip oil, which is very nourishing and hydrating. Plus, it is a super low maintenance lip product that leaves behind a subtle stain on the lips. I will definitely be purchasing more colours!

Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream

Avene Cold Cream Hand Cream I take this hand cream everywhere with me! It is the perfect size for my purse. It hydrates for up to 24 hours and can withhold 5 hand washes. This keeps my hands hydrated and protected from the winter cold.

Do you have any winter skin essentials? Let me know in a comment!

Kaitlyn

 

 

Monthly Must Haves: October 2016

Lise Watier Rustique Chic Palette, La Roche Posay Respectissme, Essie Gel Couture Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel

October has been a really exciting month for me. I moved back to one of my favourite cities, started a new job and have been able to catch up with some old friends. Through all this excitement, I have been able to test out some new products and I have found some new must haves to share with you!

Lise Watier Rustique Chic Palette

Lise Watier Chic & Rustique Palette ($44) – I have been eyeing this palette since early August and I am so happy to finally have it in my collection. This is the perfect warm neutral palette for fall. The burnt orange shade that is third in from the left is STUNNING. These shadows are super blendable and pigmented. I have been wearing this palette non-stop since I got it. It is limited addiction for fall, so if you can still get your hands on it I recommend picking it up.  My favourite look is to do the gold shade all over the lid, the burnt orange shade in the crease, and then I deepen the outer V with the green shade. I am so obsessed with this look.

Essie Gel Couture Polish Swatch Striped with Style

Essie Gel Couture Polish Spiked with Style ($14.99) – This has been my go-to colour this month. It is that perfect deep red/burgundy shade that screams fall to me. I just recently did a full review on the Essie Gel Couture Collection here, check it out for more details on how the polish wears and my thoughts!

La Roche Posay Respectissime Makeup Remover Review

La Roche Posay Respectissime Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover ($19.50) – Removing my eye makeup is probably one of my least favourite activities. I have very sensitive eyes and often times eye makeup removers can irritate my eyes, or don’t entirely dissolve and break down my makeup. This makeup remover from La Roche Posay is a complete game changer for me. It is fragrance and paraben free, and is designed to remove makeup without any intense rubbing. This minimizes the risk of irritating skin around the eye area. I can say from personal experience all of these claims are true and I am obsessed with this product.

Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel Mask

Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel Mask ($40) – All the changes this month really took a toll on my skin. My pores were really looking and feeling congested and my skin has been lacking radiance. This mask was the perfect fix for me as it exfoliates, boosts radiance and resurfaces the skin. It helps to treat break outs, minimize pore size and provide visibly smoother skin. For a full review of the Glyco Laser products see one of my previous reviews here.

Have you tried any new products this month? Tell me about them in a comment below!

Kaitlyn xo

 

Monthly Must Haves: June 2016

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water, La Roche Posay Anthelios, Benefit Kabrow, Essie Gel CoutureJune was the busiest month for me with everything from graduation, to celebrating my birthday, to the prep for a close friend’s wedding. My posts, as a result, have been few and far in between this month. With a new month now underway, I am getting back on track by starting off with my favourite products for the month of June.

Essie Gel Couture Nail Polish (Sheer Fantasy) – If you read my monthly favourites post last month (check it out here), then you know I am going through a huge obsession with nude pink nails. It is such a clean and polished look that goes with everything you’re wearing. I think it is so incredibly flattering. This month, Essie’s new Gel Couture polishes launched and they are amazing! They are Essie’s take on the at home gel manicure trend that doesn’t require a UV light to dry the polish. Let me tell you, these are game changing! It honestly looks like a shellac manicure and it lasts for a full 6 days before any major chipping. So far I have only tried the shade Sheer Fantasy, but expect a full review once I have had a chance to test out a few more shades.

Benefit Kabrow – Benefit launched their new brow products in June and they helped my brows find their game. For a full breakdown of the new brow collection see my post here. Someone told me my brows looked “fleeky” – definitely a first. Kabrow is a cream-gel brow colour. It does an amazing job at defining and filling in my brows, while still keeping them natural. It is a super easy product to use that is amazing for anyone just starting out, or a seasoned brow expert.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion – After working in the beauty industry for the past few years I have seen a whole new light to the reality of sun damage. This has turned me into a sunscreen addict. My favourite facial sunscreen is the Ultra-Fluid Lotion from La Roche Posay. It is a fast absorbing liquid with an SPF of 60 sunscreen that provides both UVA and UVB protection. It is extremely light weight, dries to a matte finish and wears flawlessly under makeup. If you are someone who isn’t a lover of sunscreen because of the heavy or oily texture I recommend giving this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Smashbox  Photo Finish Primer Water – This product has been a staple in my everyday routine for a while now, but with the warmer weather we have now it has become an essential. It is a facial mist that also helps extend how long my makeup wears, while having amazing benefits for the skin. It provides hydration and radiance which is perfect for the summer months when we all want glowing skin.

I hope you all had a great month of June! I would love to hear about your favourite products this month in a comment below.

Happy July,

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