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

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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

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

 

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

 

Jouviance Soft Peel Mask

Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel MaskRecently, I have been testing out Jouviance’s Glyco Laser as home peel treatments, which sound scary with laser in the name and glycolic acid being a key ingredient.  But, before anyone gets too scared and clicks away I have to tell you, my skin has never been happier. My skin looks more radiant, smooth and even.

Jouviance’s Soft Peel Mask is formulated with 5% glycolic acid. It exfoliates, boosts the skin’s radiance and resurfaces the skin. It helps to reduce fine lines, fight photoaging and wrinkles. It will help reduce pore size, hyper pigmentation and sun damage, while treating blackheads and pimples. It is a product suitable for all ages and skin types (even sensitive).

Having recently over exfoliated my skin with a physical exfoliant (probably the most painful experience ever) I love that this product can exfoliate my skin without having to use a physical exfoliant. The non-drying formula uses BHA and AHA along with two earth clays to provide amazing multi-action exfoliation.

I use this product about once a week and I have noticed amazing results. I apply a thin layer for 10 minutes and then remove with warm water. It does have a slight tingling sensation on the skin that I really enjoy. It makes me feel like the product is really working on my skin. Instantly my skin is smooth, soft and glowing. It is an amazing product if you are looking for that instant gratification.

Jouviance Glyco Laser Soft Peel $40, Shoppers Drug Mart or Jouviance.com

Have you tried any of Jouviance’s Glyco Laser products?

Kaitlyn xo

The Beauty Blogger Tag

The Beauty Blogger Tag

Today, I have a different post to share with you all that I am really excited about! I was nominated by Brandie from The Striped Coyote to do the Beauty Blogger Tag. She is a fellow Canadian girl that shares posts about beauty, lifestyle, recipes and travel. Check out her blog, you won’t be disappointed! See my responses to her ten questions below.

The Rules for this Tag:

Tag the blogger that nominated you
Answer the questions you were given
Nominate 10 bloggers whose blog is about beauty/lifestyle/fashion
Name 10 questions for your nominees to answer
Inform the bloggers you chose that you nominated them

Have you ever done yoga and did you like it?

Yes, and I loved it! Two summers ago I was attending a pay-by-dontation studio in the city where I live three-four times a week. I absolutely loved it. It was a nice time to have time to myself to clear my head and it also made me feel great. I always had more energy after class and felt so relaxed.
What products do you splurge on? What products do you save on?

I combined these two questions because I actually did a full blog post on this! Check out my post here.
What is your best tip for maintaining healthy skin?

For me, my skin is most healthy when I really dedicate the time to take care of it. Every morning and night I dedicate time to really cleanse and treat my skin based on what it needs. Over the last few months, the use of face masks has really helped my skin. My current favourites are Origins’ Active Charcoal Mask, Vichy’s Normaderm Mask and Avene’s Soothing Moisture Mask.
What do you use to remove your makeup?

Bioderma Micellar Water *insert heart eyes emoji here*! This stuff has been my go-to for as long as I can remember. I also have been following it with Shiseido’s Cleansing Oil over the last three months to get anything the Micellar water might have missed.
How do you maintain your eyebrows (example, threading/waxing)?

To groom and shape my brows I stick to just tweezing at home. I am honestly too scared to trust a complete stranger to thread or wax my brows. Maybe someday, but for now I’ll stick to my trusty tweezers.
What is your favorite mascara?

Benefit Roller Lash! I have been using it for over a year and nothing else compares. I always get asked if I am wearing false lashes when I wear it and that is the best compliment you can ever get with a mascara.
Where do you buy most of your makeup?

I buy most, if not all, of my makeup at Shoppers Drug Mart. I am actually employed as a Cosmetician in one if their locations, so I always do my best to keep my beauty purchases within my store.
What is your favorite shade of lipstick?

This one is really hard, I can’t just pick one. This changes all the time, but currently my two favourites are Smashbox’s Be Legendary Lipstick in Pretty Social and Stila’s Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Caramello.
What is your favorite perfume?

My favourite fragrance changes all the time. Right now, I am loving Versace’s Bright Crystal or Lancome’s Tresor La Nuit.

 

Here are my nominations:

Isabelle from Belle’s Beauty Page, Lieve from Love Lieve, Chana from Derpy Pink and Molly from Molly a la Mode

Here are my questions for my nominees:

What is one beauty product you can’t live without?

What is your favourite nude pink nail polish? (I am currently on the hunt for the perfect nude pink polish, so any suggestions would be appreciated!)

What is your favourite brow product?

Where do you purchase most of your beauty products?

What is your favourite hair care product?

How often do you wash your makeup brushes?

What is your favourite blog post that you have written?

Why did you start blogging and what do you love about it?

Where do you get inspiration for your posts?

What is the best beauty related advice you have ever received?

 

Thanks to Brandie for the nomination. I can’t wait to see my nominees responses!

Happy Tagging,

Kaitlyn xo

Micellar Water: A lazy girl’s cleansing dream

Micellar WaterListen up lazy girls, I’m about to answer your skincare prayers. You thought cleansing your face in the shower was a dream? Well I’ve got two words for you that are even easier (once you figure out how to pronounce the first one): micellar water.

Micellar water was a huge North American trend in 2015 with what seemed like every brand bringing one to the market. Micellar water is made up of tiny micelles. These micelles attract dirt, oil and impurities and remove them from the skin without the harsh stripping action that happens with foaming cleansers. The product is great for any skin type, and leaves behind a hydrated glowy finish.

Now you’re probably wondering, “How is this a lazy girl’s dream?”. It’s a non-rinsing formula! That means you apply the micellar water to a cotton pad, swipe it on your face, then you’re good to go. In one product you can easily cleanse and hydrate. Plus the micelles are great at breaking down makeup.

Micellar water was a great addition to my skincare routine this past year. Here are a few to try out (captured in the photo above):

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, $9.99, Drugstore

Bioderma Sensibio H2O, $19.97, Shoppers Drug Mart

Caudalie Micellar Water, $28, Sephora

Avene Micellar Lotion, $28, Shoppers Drug Mart

Lancome Eau Fraiche Doucher Micellar Water, $39, Sephora

Happy cleansing to all my fellow lazy girls out there!

Kaitlyn xo

Oils that can cleanse?

Cleansing oil, two words that when I first heard had me asking a lot of questions. As it turns out, it is just another skincare/beauty trend that us North Americans are behind on yet again. European women have been using these products for years – this statement basically had me sold, I mean, have you seen their skin? (#flawless)

The whole concept behind cleansing oils is that they use good oils to attract bad oils. This makes sense when I think about cooking with oil. Before you mix anything together with oil, it always separates from the other ingredients. The same kind of thing happens when you use a cleansing oil. The good oils within the cleansing oil, attract bad oils in your skin, like sebum, and remove them from your skin without harshly stripping your skin like some cleansers. Without harshly stripping the skin of all the natural oils this helps to keep the skin hydrated and balance the ph level, which can reduce breakouts and overproduction of oil.

Now the next thing I thought, after hearing about cleansing my face with oil was, “I have oily skin, there is no way I’m adding to this slick mess…”. But in reality, adding oil to oil isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Some cleansing oils contain botanical oils which can be antibacterial. These will help reduce the number of break outs caused by bacterial overgrowth. Also, sometimes oily skin can be caused by lack of oils in the skin. Using a cleansing oil can replenish your skin and prevent it from over producing oil. And in case I haven’t hit it home yet – oil attracts oil – using a cleansing oil can remove excess oil from the skin.

If you are interested, here are some cleansing oils to try:

Clinique Cleansing Oil

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil, $35, Sephora

Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cleansing OilBoscia Makeup Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil, $38, Sephora

 

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Replenishing Cleansing Oil, $45, Shoppers Drug Mart
Shiseido Perfect Cleansing OilShiseido Perfect Cleansing Oil, $55, Shoppers Drug Mart

 
Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing OilBobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Oil, $77, Sephora

 

 

 

Happy cleansing! xo Kaitlyn