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

 

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Cityline Beauty Event with Dave Lackie

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This past Friday, September 2, I had the exciting opportunity to attend a taping of Cityline with Dave Lackie – Cityline’s Beauty Expert. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dave, where have you been? Just kidding! He is currently the founder of a luxury beauty digital magazine and a monthly guest on Cityline. Cityline is Canada’s most successful and longest running daytime show for women in Canada. They cover everything from, food, fashion, home decor to beauty.  The audience was full of fellow bloggers and fabulous twitter friends and I have to say, Cityline knows how to throw a party. I mean, who else has dance parties during their commercial breaks? They even hired a DJ just for our taping that day. This was my first time attending an event as a blogger and they have set the bar high.

The day started off with an amazing breakfast in the Green Room provided by Coty Prestige. It was definitely a hit among everyone. I somehow managed to miss getting a picture of the cutest part – the mini bagels! We had the opportunity to enjoy breakfast while mingling with other audience guests and fellow bloggers as the Cityline Team prepared the studio for our taping.

During breakfast Tracy Moore, the incredible host of Cityline, stopped in to welcome us all. I have to say, she is just as sweet and down to earth in person as you would imagine her to be. Her positive energy and enthusiasm lit up the entire room.

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Cityline’s Friday episodes are their “Fashion Friday” segment. Fashion Fridays are focused around fashion and beauty segments with their key experts shedding some light on what’s trending. Within this episode we got to see two fall fashion segments from Lynn Spence, an audience makeover, a Nivea Beauty segment, and a fall beauty and fall fragrance segment  (both from Dave Lackie).

Attending the taping really put into perspective for me how much time and effort really goes into putting a TV show together. There are so many moving parts that have to be in sync to make something like this work. Plus there are so many things they have to do that you don’t even consider, like the clips cutting in and out or all the previews/commercials that run prior to the episode airing. It really takes a huge team of people who work very hard, and who are incredibly talented, to make this kind of operation successful. We got the chance to meet the whole Cityline Team and they are amazing at what they do.

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Cityline and Dave Lackie didn’t let us leave empty handed either. They sent us away with an amazing gift bag valued at over $1200. I am still in a state of shock. This was so generous and I still don’t think I have said thank you enough yet, so THANK YOU!!! It was full of skincare, fragrance and beauty goodies. Stay tuned as I am hoping to do some reviews as I get a chance to try everything. If you see anything in particular you want me to review let me know in a comment below!

Dave Lackie Cityline Beauty Giveaway

The episode that I attended airs Friday, September 9th at 9am, or can be viewed live on Cityline.ca. Be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram with #CitylineBeauty on Friday. I’m sure it will be another crazy twitter party you don’t want to miss.

Again, I just want to send out another thank you to Dave, Cityline and their teams. This day was an experience I will never forget and I am so happy I got to spend it with you all. Every time I use any of the products, or wear the outfit I wore to Cityline, I will think back to this day and the amazing time I had. I am so grateful and thankful for the opportunity. It is a day that I will never forget.

Tune in on Friday,

Kaitlyn xo

Monthly Must Haves: August 2016

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette, Nyx Butter Gloss, Benefit Goof Proof Pencil, Avene Skin Recovery Cream

I have mixed feelings about the month of August wrapping up. On one hand, I am so excited for cozy sweaters, fall fashion and there is something about a change in the season that feels like a fresh start. But, on the other hand, I am not ready to part with the warm weather and relaxed feelings that come along with summer. Either way, August is on its way out, and September is quickly approaching – I guess I’ll just have to embrace it. August seemed to be a month that I didn’t try a lot of new products, but rather discovered my love for the ones I have been using or rediscovered an old favourite. Here are my must have products for the month of August:

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil Shade 3

Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil ($30) – I am sure you’re all probably sick of me confessing my love for the brow products from Benefit, but I just can’t get enough. I have gotten so many compliments on my brows since these products came out. It has a tear drop shape tip, which at first was really strange to me, but now that I’ve gotten the hang of it I love it. The more pointed edge is perfect for defining the brow and the wider edge works great for filling the brows. If you want to learn more about the brow products see my full review here.

Avene Skin Recovery Cream

Avene Skin Recovery Cream ($34) – Sometimes, when I try new products it can go very badly. Like very, very badly. Like the time I over exfoliated my face, or the time I used a glycolic mask and wet my skin first (glycolic and water don’t mix – it results in burning). The Avene Skin Recovery Cream is my life saver, or I guess skin saver, when I have these little skincare mishaps. I will slather on a thick layer to my entire face, or even use it as a mask and it instantly soothes any kind of irritation and makes me skin happy again. If you are anyone who suffers from your skin becoming easily irritated, or you have common skincare mishaps (me), I definitely recommend testing this guy out.

Nyx Butter Gloss

Nyx Tiramisu Butter Gloss ($8) – This lipgloss is always with me whether it is in my pocket at work, or in my purse. It is the perfect neutral shade that goes with everything. It also has a really hydrating feel without being too sticky or heavy. If you’re looking for a low maintenance and easy to wear product I definitely recommend!

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette

Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette ($66) – This has been rotating in and out of my makeup routine forever. Whenever I bring it back out I always fall in love with this product all over again. There is something so flattering about the rose gold tones in this palette. I recently pulled this out of my collection again this month and I am so happy I did. The colours are beautiful, the pigmentation is perfect and it blends out so smoothly. I think I have all the UD Naked palettes and they are absolutely worth the price tag. They last forever and the quality is amazing. If you are looking for a good neutral palette I would recommend giving this one, or any in the Urban Decay Naked line a try.

Did you have any must have products this month? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy September,

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.

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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

How Much is My Face Worth?

Everyday MakeupI read a post from Beauty By Catherine a couple of months ago where she did the “How Much is My Face Worth” Tag. She took a look at all the products she uses on a daily basis and calculated the cost of her made-up face. I loved it and hated it all at the same time. In one sense I felt relief that other people spend a good amount of money on makeup. But, on the other hand, my stomach flip-flopped at the thought of how much my face might cost. It was kind of eye opening for me to take a step back and think about how much I spend on makeup and what I use everyday. Today, as I was going through my makeup drawer and getting ready, I thought back to Catherine’s post and decided to share the value of my everyday face with you all. If you haven’t checked out Catherine’s Blog or her fabulous Instagram, I recommend that you do! She does a bunch of amazing beauty, fashion and lifestyle posts.

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How Much Is My Face Worth Tag

Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer ($39)

Benefit The Porefessional: Matte Rescue ($36)

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water ($37)

Nyx Dark Circle Concealer ($8)

Cover FX Cream Concealer ($32)

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser ($13)

Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation ($28)

Bourjois Healthy Balance Unifying Powder ($24)

Benefit Hoola Bronzer ($36)

Milani Luminoso Baked Blush ($8)

Physician’s Formula All-in-1 Custom Nude Palette For Face and Eyes ($17)

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil ($30)

Benefit Gimme Brow ($30)

Eyes

Naked 3 Palette, Smashbox Waterproof Kohl Liner, Benefit Roller Lash

Urban Decay Naked 3 ($66)

Benefit Roller Lash Mascara ($31)

Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Pencil ($25)

Lips

Nyx Butter Gloss Creme Brulee

Nyx Creme Brulee Butter Gloss ($8)

Grand Total: $468

I will be the first to admit it is absolutely crazy that I wear $468 worth of product on my face. My brain is currently exploding with ideas of things I could spend that much money on. That is A LOT of money. Although, I do have to keep in mind that it isn’t like I went out and spend $468 all at once. These are products I have slowly accumulated overtime and I slowly repurchase here and there, or swap out for new alternatives (sometimes less expensive) as they run out.

I’m dying to know, how much is your face worth?! Let me know in a comment below or send me a link to your post!

Kaitlyn xo

 

Monthly Must Haves: July 2016

Nyx Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation, Nyx Dark Circle Eraser Concealer, Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector, Milani Baked Blush LuminosoAnother month has come to an end, which means I have found some more products to love. Here are some of the products I newly discovered in July and can’t live without. They have been on my face literally everyday. I don’t know how I lived without them.

Nyx Dark Circle Concealer – Dark circles under my eyes are my world’s biggest struggle. I have tried so many products and have had a hard time finding something that will conceal them. At the beginning of July, I picked up the Nyx Dark Circle Concealer on a whim after my best friend telling me I needed to use something with an orange undertone to correct my dark circles. The Nyx Dark Circle Concealer comes in four shades that are different variations of an orange shade. I use this product after priming my skin and before applying any makeup. It helps to tone down my dark circles allowing for my foundation and concealer to provide significantly better coverage. It is super lightweight and is infused with coconut oil. The coconut oil makes it extremely hydrating and lightweight on my skin. If you struggle with dark circles I recommend giving this product a try.

Nyx Dark Circle Eraser Concealer Swatch

Nyx Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation – This month I tested out a new powder from Nyx. I was in between shades in the powders I had on hand thanks to my self tanner and I decided to pick this one up. When it comes to powders I prefer something with a semi-matte finish. I want something that is going to minimize shine, but still gives my skin a healthy glow. I want to look like I have fresh healthy skin and not be overly chalky or matte. This powder is perfect for that! It has amazing coverage, helps to minimize shine without making my skin look too dry and does not crease. I have been using this to set the concealer under my eyes and it does not crease at all throughout the day.

Nyx Stay Matte Not Flat Powder Foundation Swatch

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector – This has been my perfect summer foundation. The Tinted UV Protector from Shiseido is light weight, has a matte finish and an SPF of 43. I’ve been wearing it with some concealer and powder over top and it is the perfect product for the warm weather. For a full review see my previous blog post here.

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector

Milani Baked Blush (Luminoso) – This product was 100% an impulse purchase. I was in a store, not even supposed to be looking at makeup when I saw a Milani display. Milani cosmetics are hard to find in Canada, and their baked blush in Luminoso is a cult favourite. The Milani display was completely empty except for one single Luminoso blush sitting there. I took it as a sign that I had to get it because it was the only one left and it looked lonely – I am so grateful that I did. It is the only blush I have worn for the month of July. It is a beautiful warm coral shade that leaves a luminous finish on the skin. It is the perfect shade for summer and looks amazing on tanned skin. If you see this blush lingering around on a display, follow my lead and take it as a sign you need it in your life.

Milani Luminoso Baked Blush Swatch

Makeup look using the Milani Luminoso Baked Blush

I hope you all had a great month of July! Did you discover any new products this month? Let me know and maybe they will make it into my monthly must haves next month!

Happy August,

Kaitlyn xo

Review: Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector

Shiseido Urban Environment Tinted UV ProtectorI will be the first to admit that I am that girl who would wear makeup to the beach or the pool. So, when it comes to the warm summer months, I am all about getting the most I can out of my makeup. I want something that is going to even out my skin without being too heavy and provide extra sun protection where ever possible. This summer, I have been testing out Shiseido’s Urban Environment Tinted UV Protection and it has met all my high standards.

The Urban Environment Tinted UV Protector is very similar to a tinted moisturizer. It is lightweight, oil-free, hydrating and provides UVA and UVB protection (SPF 43), all while evening out your skin tone. An added bonus is that it is waterproof for up to 40 minutes before you need to reapply – talk about the perfect beach or poolside companion. There are three shades available in colour numbers 1, 2 and 3. It applies to the skin smoothly and blends out easily. I find the best application to be with a brush, but you can also use your fingers or a sponge.

I have combination to oily skin and generally prefer something with at least a medium coverage. With that being said, I was a little reluctant to first try out this product. Something that adds moisture to my skin and has the coverage of a tinted moisturizer… yikes! I am happy to say I was pleasantly surprised. I did use a primer, concealer for extra coverage and set it with a powder, but the results were fantastic. I did not get oily or shiny throughout the day and my skin maintained a nice matte finish. Despite being waterproof it removed from my skin easily with my regular makeup remover and cleanser.

One thing I will point out, is that it does have a fragrance to it. Personally, I am not sensitive to fragrance, so this wasn’t a concern for me. It also does not linger too long on the skin after application, which is another nice factor.

Pros: Light weight, UVA and UVB protection, waterproof for up to 40 minutes, maintained a matte finish

Cons: Limited colour selection (only 3 shades), scented (some people may have sensitivities to fragrance)

Overall, I am extremely happy to have found this product. It has become a summer essential for me. I love the texture, coverage, added moisture and sun protection it provides. Do you have any summer makeup essentials you can’t live without?

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

Benefit’s New Brow Collection

Benefit Cosmetics New Brow Products

This Friday, June 24, Benefit’s new brow collection hits stores and I could not be more excited. When it comes to new product launches from Benefit I always get excited. They are one of my all time favourite brands. I mean, they aren’t a hard brand to love with their insanely cute and creative packaging along with their innovative products. I have had the pleasure of testing out some of their new products over the past three weeks and I promise you these new products are going to change your brow game (#browsonfleek). Let’s jump right into the products I have been obsessed with.

BROWVO! Conditioning Brow Primer, $36 – This product is not only a brow primer, which can be used to extend the wear time of your brow products and enhance their appearance, but it can also help your brows grow. I know that you’re probably thinking this is some kind of gimmicky claim, but after three weeks of use I can honestly say my brows look fuller and have fewer sparse areas. The formula contains keratin and soy proteins – ingredients found in hair care products to encourage hair growth. For all my ladies out there who went through that phase of over plucking their brows, this product is for you! This is going to be a great product for these hot summer months to ensure your brows won’t go anywhere.

Goof Proof Brow Pencil, $30 – This brow pencil comes in 6 shades and is so easy to use. It has a tear drop shaped applicator allowing for you to easily define and fill in your brows. The pointed edge is perfect for defining as it allows you to really shape those arches, and the wider end is perfect for filling. A brow pencil this shape was completely new to me and learning how to apply a pencil with this shape took some getting used to, but I love it now! This product is water-proof and has a 12-hour wear time. I haven’t tested out it’s longevity in water, but I can definitely attest to its superior long wearing abilities. It also comes with a built in spoolie for combing out those brows and blending the product. This is going to sound crazy, but this is the best spoolie I have ever used. It has some kind of magical ability to perfectly blend everything out without removing any colour you’ve added. I would repurchase this product just for the spoolie itself.

ka-BROW Gel-Cream Brow Colour, $30 –  This is a rich gel-cream brow colour different from any brow pomade I have ever tried before. Any brow pomade I tried using prior to this one was a terrible experience. The formulas were all really wet and left me with way too much product on my brows and I looked like a crazy person. This new formula from Benefit is so different. It is a much drier consistency enabling a lot more control when picking up the product with the brush. This allows for buildable colour, so you can acheive a natural brow look (something I could never do with a pomade before), or you can get those crazy bold instagram brows if that is what you desire. I love how versatile this product is and that it can achieve so many different looks. It also has a brush built right into the cap that you can pop out and then reattach to the lid to create a handle. This product also comes in 6 shades, has a 24-hour wear time and is waterproof. This has become a staple in my everyday brow routine.

In addition to these three new products, Benefit is adding Precisely, My Brow Pencil– a skinny brow pencil in 6 shades, 3D Brow Tones Instant Color Highlights – a long wearing brow gel that adds highlights in 2 shades, Ready, Set, Brow! – a clear brow setting gel, brow grooming tools and they are adding a third shade to my all time favourite product Gimme Brow – a brow gel that adds volume with fibres. Plus they are reformulating High Brow and Brow Zings and adding additional shades to meet every skin tone and hair colour.

Benefits brow game just got real! I hope you all get a chance to check out their new products on Friday. I promise you, they do not disappoint!!

Kaitlyn xo

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