Product Review: Vichy Aqualia Thermal

Vichy Aqualia Thermale Review, Chick AdvisorAs much as I love makeup, my true addiction is to skincare products. There is really nothing I won’t try when it comes to skincare if it means reaching my ultimate skincare goal – clear, glowing, plump, smooth, luminous skin. This desire to try pretty much anything has shown me the good, the bad and the ugly. The ugly being two nights ago when I tried a new face mask that left my skin lobster red and feeling like I had a sunburn. Something that didn’t turn out so ugly? The Vichy Aqualia Thermal products I have been trying out lately. My skin looks great!

Aqualia Thermal is Vichy’s product range that contains the highest concentration of Vichy Themal Spa Water. It is soothing and allows your skin to stay moisturized for up to 48 hours. The Thermal Spa Water helps to rebalance the skin by preserving the skin’s pH level, strengthens the skin to create a strong barrier and accelerates the regeneration of skin by speeding up the process of new cells coming to the surface of the skin. To see all the amazing benefits of thermal water check out my full blog post here.

About a month ago, I received three full sized Vichy Aqualia Thermal products from Chick Advisor to test. The products I received were the Aqualia Thermal Light Cream, Aqualia Thermal Dynamic Hydration Power Serum and Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm.

Vichy Acqualia Thermal Light Cream

The Aqualia Thermal Light Cream is, as you may have guessed, is a light cream texture. It is geared towards those with normal or combination (me) skin, with a concern for skin hydration. It is said to re-hydrate areas of the skin that are dry and/or dehydrated by evenly spreading water throughout the skin to lock in 24 hour hydration. This moisturizer also comes in a gel-water texture for more oily skin and a rich cream texture for those with dry to very dry skin.

My initial reaction when seeing the cream was “yikes”. I generally avoid cream textures as they can feel heavy on the skin and  I worry they will not suit well for my combo skin, but I was pleasantly surprised.  This product is sooo light and cooling on the skin. It absorbs instantly and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and hydrated.

Acqualia Thermal Dynamic Power Hydrating Serum

The Aqualia Thermal Power Serum is a lightweight serum suitable for all skin types. It has an ultra-light texture that softens and provides comfort to the skin without an kind of sticky or oily residue. The powerful formula provides hydration for 48 hours.

I love a good serum, so I was thrilled to see this little guy. It feels so good on my skin I want to apply it to my whole entire body. This is the perfect product for summer because during the summer months I don’t feel like loading heavy products on my skin. This product is so lightweight and provides so much moisture, which I instantly can see. During the summer it is so important to keep the skin hydrated, especially when we are losing water through perspiration. I also think it will be great for the winter months when the cold winter air is taking a toll on our skin and it needs a little boost of hydration.

Vichy Acqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm

Last, but not least is the Vichy Aqualia Thermal Awakening Eye Balm. It is an gel-cream that targets bags, puffy eyes and tired looking skin. It does this through re-balancing water distribution around your eye area. This leaves your eyes looking more refreshed and awake throughout the day.

I have actually already been using this eye cream in my routine since February. I struggle with eye creams. I don’t like anything too heavy in texture because I feel like it weighs down my eye area and sits on the skin not allowing it to fully absorb. This gel-cream texture is perfect! It is lightweight, absorbs super quickly and feels really soothing on the skin. I also really notice a difference on my skin when I stop using it for a day or two, my eyes look tired and the skin isn’t as smooth.

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Pros:

  • All the products I used were light-weight
  • Left my skin feeling refreshed and smooth
  • I could physically see a difference in my skin
  • There is a variety of different product textures to meet the needs of each skin type

Vichy Aqualia Thermal Cons:

  • There is an added fragrance, which is strong at first, but disappears after application. It is a very clean and refreshing scent (this wasn’t an issue for me, but may be a con for anyone with fragrance sensitivity).

So, what is my overall verdict? I am really impressed with this line. Even after the first night of using it my skin felt different. When I woke up, my skin seemed brighter and it was so soft – I couldn’t stop touching it. To test out the level of moisture in my skin after using the product for a week I used the moisture checking tool in my local drugstore. Many large chain drugstores have skincare consult tools in store that the Beauty Experts in store can use to gauge the health of your skin. The tool I used reads the moisture level within your skin. I checked the level of moisture in my skin after using the product for a little over a week. Then, switched back to my previous moisturizer for a week and checked the difference. I noticed the level of moisture in my skin drop by five points. These products have earned a special place in my skincare drawer.

Have you tried anything from the Vichy Aqualia line? Let me know in a comment below!

Kaitlyn xo

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me through Chick Advisor. All reviews regarding these products are 100% my own thoughts and opinions.

 

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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

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

 

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