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.

Face

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

 

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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

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

 

Best Bronzers for Every Budget

L'Oreal Glam Bronze, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Lise Watier Eclat Bronzer, Rimmel Matte Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Nyx Matte BronzerAs a perma-pale girl, I am all about bronzers this time of year. It is the perfect way to add that sun-kissed glow we all crave as the summer months approach. Over the past couple of weeks, I have been digging through my collection determining my favourite tried and true bronzers, and of course scouring the drugstore to find the best of the newly released bronzers. Here is a full breakdown of my favourite bronzers for every budget!

Under $10

Rimmel Natural Bronzer, 021 Sun Light, $7.99 – This bronzer regularly retails around the $8 mark,  but I was lucky enough to pick this guy up on sale for $5.99. This bronzer was part of Elle Canada’s Products of the Year for 2015, and rightfully so. It is waterproof and has an SPF of 15. It is super blendable and applies smoothly. The shade I chose is the lightest matte shade available. It is perfect for adding warmth to the skin without any added shimmer.

Under $15

Nyx Matte Bronzer, Deep, $11.99 – Now that Nyx is so easily accessible in Canada I have jumped on their bandwagon for every category it seems. The one thing I really love about this product is the packaging. It has a large mirror in the lid, which is so convenient. The shade I chose was deep. This is because all the other ones seemed too warm with a red or orange undertone that wasn’t going to be flattering on my skin tone. The powder is very pigmented, so a light hand is necessary, but it looks beautiful on the skin.

Under $20

Physicans Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, Bronzer, $19.99 – First of all, this bronzer smells incredible! It smells like summer aka coconut and pineapple. The smell itself had me sold. Infused with Murumuru butter, cupuacu butter and tucuma butter it is full of pro-vitamins and fatty acids that help to condition, moisturize and soften the skin. It is a really creamy formula that blends out smoothly. It has a slight glow to the finish that is super natural on the skin and looks amazing. It also has a small compartment underneath that contains a foam applicator and mirror. This product is also hypoallergenic, paraben free, gluten free, non-comedogenic, dermatologist approved and oil free.

Under $25

L’Oreal Glam Bronze Face and Body Bronzer, Medium, $21.99 – This is a super sized product with high lights of gold throughout. I love the large pan because I can easily swirl my brush around, which allows me to evenly coat my brush for a consistent application. In the pan these products look very light, but on the skin it is a much different story. So don’t be deceived by the colour you see in the package as it will apply darker to the skin. This is a new product from L’Oreal this season that has been receiving a lot of hype online – it is totally worth the hype.

Over $30

Benefit Cosmetics Hoola Bronzer, $36 – This is a beauty community favourite in the bronzer category, and a personal favourite. This bronzer is super buildable and the perfect bronze shade that is not too warm and not too cool. It also comes with a narrow brush, which is the perfect shape for contouring. This product is so versatile and is a must have for me.  One time, I had some pretty harsh tan lines that I was able to cover using Hoola – talk about a life saver!

Lise Watier Escale Summer, Escale Bronzing Powder, $44 – This limited edition bronzer provides quite the deal for the price. It is a huge pan of product holding about twice the size of product in comparison to the others on the list. This is a beautiful marble powder with shades of bronze, pink, and gold throughout. It creates a soft glow on the skin that makes you feel like a goddess. I am so happy I got my hands on the limited edition product and I hope you do too!

Here are full swatches of all the bronzers. L-R: Rimmel, Nyx, Physicians Formula, L’Oreal, Benefit Cosmetics, Lise Watier.

Swatches of L'Oreal Glam Bronze, Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer, Lise Watier Eclat Bronzer, Rimmel Matte Bronzer, Benefit Hoola Bronzer, Nyx Matte Bronzer

What are your favourite bronzers for summer? Be sure to let me know in a comment below! Also, if you like my posts, be sure to check out my instagram @buttonedbeauty where is post daily mini reviews!

Happy bronzing!

Kaitlyn xo

 

Monthly Must Haves: April 2016

FullSizeRender (7)Another month has gone by – how is April over already?! With April coming to an end I have had another month to test out some products new products and rediscover some that have been hidden away in my makeup stash. Here are some of the products I have been loving for the month of April:

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – I think I am always the last one to jump on the band wagon when it comes to tools for makeup application. If any of you have tried the Real Techniques Sponges, you won’t be surprised that this has made its way into my favourites this month. I love how they apply my foundation – it is like a second skin. It provides a smooth flawless finish and blends my foundation and concealer into my skin perfectly. If you haven’t tried these already I definitely recommend that you do. And, rumour has it, they are a great dupe for the notorious Beauty Blender sponge.

Benefit Hervana Box-O-Powder –  I am a huge fan of Benefit’s boxed powders. This month I added Hervana to my collection and I couldn’t be happier. It is the perfect blush for spring. It is a beautiful orchid shade that adds a stunning flush to the cheeks. It has four different shades inside, which you blend together before application. It applies smoothly to the skin without being overly powdery and has buildable pigmentation. It creates a very natural flush and is incredibly long wearing. I have been eyeing this one for a while and I am so happy I finally picked it up. I will be definitely wearing this one throughout the rest of spring and into early summer.

Nyx High Definition Concealer (Yellow) – This month, I put colour correcting to the test with the Nyx HD Concealer in the yellow shade. Yellow is really good for highlighting, particularly under the eyes. I have been using it under my eyes for the last month and it has made a huge difference. After applying primer, I blend in the yellow concealer with a damp Real Techniques sponge. Then, apply my foundation over top. It makes a huge difference and I find I am using way less concealer under my eyes. Sometimes I find concealer can crease under my eyes and look really heavy, but this one blends out really well and I use a lot less concealer, so it doesn’t look heavy.

Tresemme Beauty-Full Volume Collection – Volume is something I always desire in my hair, especially since most of the time I style it to be curly or wavy. This month I tested out Tresemme’s Pre-Wash Conditioner and Volume Shampoo as part of their Beauty-Full Volume Collection. I really love this duo. You use the conditioner first, followed by the shampoo. In using the conditioner first, it detangles and smooths the hair, while allowing the shampoo to wash away any of the added weight. This helps create volume in the hair while still giving your hair moisture, shine and smoothness. In testing out this duo, I also tried reversing other shampoos and conditioners I had on hand and had similar results – it created more volume in my hair. If you aren’t sure about investing in these products, try reversing your shampoo and conditioner you already have to get more volume in your hair.

What were your must have products for April?

Kaitlyn xo

Nyx Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

Nyx Highlight and Contour Pro Palette

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

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

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

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

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

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

Swatches of Nyx Highlighters

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

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

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

Happy contouring,

Kaitlyn xo