Monthly Must Haves: September 2016

 

September Monthly Must Haves

September is one of my favourite months. Summer is just ending and you are beginning to transition into fall. You are getting back into routines and heading back to school, or in my case work, and the cooler weather is slowly arriving. This September, I made a lot of changes to my beauty routine. I always like to change things up seasonally to stay with the seasonal trends and give my skin the care it needs. This month I tried a bunch of new products and all my favourites are new things I have discovered in the past month or two.

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

 

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter, $6 – This highlight has become an everyday essential AND it is a super affordable drugstore find. I first bought it on a whim, just to try. When I got it home I swatched it and wasn’t super impressed, but decided to give it a chance anyway. I am so happy I did. Using a brush to apply it to the skin made such a difference in comparison to swatching it with my finger. It is extremely buildable and can really give you the kind of highlight that can be seen in outer-space. I am obsessed with this find.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Shade 201 Classic Ivory

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, $21 – I am ready to leave summer behind, but I am not ready to leave my glowing summer skin behind. I have been maintaining my summer glow with this foundation from L’Oreal, which leaves the most incredible dewy finish. It provides a very natural healthy glow to the skin. For a full review and swatches of this foundation, see my post here.

Dior Addict Lip Glow 005 Lilac Swatch

Dior Addict Lip Glow, $41 – I attended a training session with Dior to learn about their new Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Fragrance (it is to die for). In the gift bag, I received the Dior Addict Lip Glow in the shade 005 Lilac and it is amazing. The Addict Lip Glows are a universal balm that react to the unique chemistry on each person’s lips to give them a pink flush that will suit their skin tone. It provides a sheer glossy wash of colour that is absolutely stunning. It is infused with wild mango and luffa cylindrica to protect and moisturize the lips throughout the day. This has been in my pocket or purse for the entire month. It can quickly pull any look together and I can apply it without a mirror making it the perfect low maintenance everyday product.

Vichy 24 Hour Hydrating Anti-Acne Treatment

Vichy Normaderm 24 Hour Hydrating Anti-Acne Treatment, $29.95 – For those of you that follow my blog on a regular basis you already know I am a huge fan of Vichy products. I tried this product out and immediately fell in love with it like the rest of the products I have tried. It is a moisturizer with 1.5% salicylic acid and LHA along with their air licium technology. This product targets shine, pore visibility, pimples and acne marks. The salicylic acid helps to clean out clogged pores by exfoliating deep in pores, LHA helps to exfoliate along the surface of the skin and air licium keeps the product super light-weight. I am not a chronic acne sufferer, but I do get the occasional break out. This has made a huge difference on my skin and I have been using it for just about a month now. Even after just 6 days of use I was receiving compliments on how great my skin looked. I find my skin gets less oily through out the day and there has been a big improvement in my skin’s texture and the size of my pores.

Have you started to switch up your beauty routine and found some new fall beauty favourites? I would love to hear about them in a comment below!

Happy October,

Kaitlyn xo

 

Product Review: L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Shade 201 Classic IvoryI am a foundation snob. I know some people can’t justify spending a lot of money on foundation, or are not overly picky when it comes to foundation. On one hand, I totally get it – seasons change and with that comes different textures of your skin and the need for different shades. For me, I have a really hard time using just any foundation and picking up whatever is on sale because a lot of foundations look terrible on my skin. I have combination skin that ranges from normal to oily. My t-zone is my trouble spot. It can get very shiny throughout the day and the pores in that area (especially on my nose) can be terribly exaggerated if I don’t pick the right foundation. They are something I am so self-conscious about. Plus, when my skin gets oily, it miraculously has the ability to make things oxidize on my skin aka my foundation turns orange and I channel my inner oompa-loompa. It wasn’t a cute look on Charlie and The Chocolate Factory and I can promise you, it isn’t a cute look on my face either. After testing out the L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow Foundation, I think my skin has met its match and I have finally found a drugstore favourite.

L’Oreal added a new product to their Infallible line – the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation in June-July. It is one of their 24-hour long wear foundations that offers a hydrating glow. They describe it as lightweight, creamy and long-lasting. It is said to apply smoothly with a finish that lasts and is recommended for normal to dry skin. It comes in 12 different shades, which when compare to the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte foundations tend to be a little more of a pink undertone. (Pro Matte appears to have a shade selection that is more yellow toned). I found it very interesting that the shades were different between the two finishes. I expected it to be the same shades as the first infallible foundation, only with a glowing finish instead of a matte. In Canada, this foundation ranges from approximately $17-$21 depending on where you shop, but does go on sale for less.

After using it for a bit, I can totally say based on my own experience that Pro-Glow can be used on combination skin too. I was a little worried that it might make my skin look too shiny, but it wasn’t bad at all. It isn’t an overpowering dewy finish, it is more of a semi-matte finish. Semi-matte is so flattering on my skin personally. It isn’t so matte where your face looks flat or chalky, but isn’t so shiny that my face looking like a greasy mess.

I don’t think the product lives up to the 24-hour claim, because once I hit the 12-hour mark I was getting pretty shiny and the foundation was starting to separate from my skin a little. For me, that is normal and you realistically should not be wearing foundation for a full 24-hours.

The best application, in my experience, for the Pro Glow Foundation was with a brush. A brush made the product apply super smoothly and gave me the ability to build up the coverage a bit. I know there has been a lot of discussion on social media about the coverage of this foundation in comparison to the Pro Matte. The Pro Matte is much more full coverage, where as the Pro Glow is more on the light-medium range of coverage. I found it has a buildable medium coverage, that when paired with a decent powder can appear more full coverage. I took before and after photos to show you the coverage. Below you can see my skin without foundation, my skin with just primer and the foundation, and then a full finished makeup look where I have added concealer and powder for more coverage. I am wearing the lightest shade 201 Classic Ivory.

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation SwatchesL'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation SwatchesL'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Makeup Tutorial

I find the coverage perfect! If you compare the first image and second image, you can see it evens out my skintone, brightens my dark circles and cancels out any redness. The only thing I would really need any extra coverage for is to add a bit more brightness to my under eye area and cover up any blemishes.

Pros

  • Has the perfect amount of glow for my skin – a semi-matte finish
  • Has enough coverage to even out my skin tone
  • Super lightweight and feels light and fresh on the skin
  • No fragrance
  • Feels hydrating

Cons

  • The shades are different in comparison to the Pro Matte line (This wasn’t a con for me, but might be for some if you prefer the selection in the Pro Matte.)
  • Not a full-coverage foundation, more light-medium coverage
  • Higher price point for a drugstore item

Overall, I am super happy with this foundation. It lasts on my skin, has ideal coverage for me and has a beautiful finish. It feels amazing on my skin and I have gotten a lot of compliments on how my skin looks while wearing it.

Have you tested out the Pro Glow Foundation? How did you like it?

Kaitlyn xo