Best of Beauty 2017

Kaitlyn from Buttoned Beauty's Favourite Products of 2017

Happy 2018! I finished off 2017 on a high note as a member of the jury for Fashion Canada’s 2017 Beauty Awards. I joined a group of fabulous ladies to help choose the best beauty products of 2017. In honour of Fashion Canada’s list, I decided to do a little round up of my own. My list features skin and body care, hair care, fragrance and cosmetic products that I used daily through out 2017. 

Skin and Body Care Products

Best Body and Skin Care of 2017

Vichy Mineral 89 Vichy’s Mineral 89 has become an essential in my skincare routine. It has the highest concentration of Vichy’s Thermal Water and is infused with hyaluronic acid. It fortifies, strengthens and hydrates the skin. Mineral 89 protects the skin from external aggressors like weather, skin damage, stress and fatigue. Since I start using this my skin is a lot more hydrated, smooth, bright and it always feels so refreshed right after I apply it.

Pixi Glow Tonic This is a magic potion in a bottle. This exfoliating toner has 5% glycolic acid, aloe and ginseng. Since using this product, I have noticed such a difference in the smoothness of my skin and the size of my pores. It is one of the first products I have ever used that has made a difference in the appearance of black heads. It doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight or stripped. Plus, it is safe for sensitive skin and not tested on animals. 

Vasanti Brighten Up! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator This year, I added a physical exfoliator into my skin care routine. This one from Vasanti quickly became my favourite. Brighten Up! has natural ingredients such as microcrystals, papaya and aloe which leave a bright and smooth glowing skin. Using this exfoliator has allowed the rest of my skin care products to absorb better into my skin and overall my skin has been clearer.

Neostrata Plumping and Hydrating MaskMy favourite face mask of 2017 was definitely Neostrata’s Plumping and Hydrating Sheet Mask. This is the perfect mid-week skin pick me up. It nourishes dehydrated skin and plumps the skin. It leaves my skin feeling hydrated, plumped and soothed.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Body Moisturizer I never thought I would find a self tanning product that actually smells good, but this one definitely does. I love this product because it allows me to build up the colour of my tan and once the colour I want is acheived it is low maintenance. It lasts longer than the mousse self tanning products and fades much more gradually. I also find it super hydrating, it leaves my skin feeling really soft and it doesn’t transfer.

Hair Care Products 

Klorane Dry Shampoo, Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. Cake Dry Conditioner Spray

Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish – This year, I moved up a level in Sephora’s loyalty program and it was just from buying this product. It has been my go to hair product for 2017 – I can’t even tell you how many cans I went through. Do you ever do your hair and then after feel like your hair needs a little something? That something is this! I curl my hair with a curling wand then mist this through the layers and then through my hair with my head flipped upside down. It adds the extra volume and effortless messy look I crave. Plus, I can quickly refresh the look throughout the day by fluffing my hair. I have tried so many texture sprays, but this is hands down my all time favourite. 

Cake The Lock Smith The Lock Smith is a hydrating dry conditioner spray. First off, before I even tell you what this does, I need to address how incredible this smells – like the most delicious vanilla cupcakes. Whenever I use this in my hair I get so many compliments about how good my hair smells. Cake describes it as a “blow-out in a bottle”. It is a light weight dry shine spray you can use on your ends to revive second day hair. I use this daily to counteract the dullness that texture spray adds to my hair – it keeps my hair smooth, frizz free and shiny. The combination of oils add shine, hydrate and protect your hair.  

Klorane Dry Shampoo I try to wash my hair as few times as possible each week. In between washes dry shampoo is a necessity for me. Klorane’s dry shampoo is my go to. I use the oil control version. It is specifically designed to absorb excess oil on the scalp and extend the time between washes. To use it I spray it through my roots, leave it for two minutes, then massage the product through the roots. I find this formula the most effective dry shampoo that doesn’t leave a feeling of residue in my hair, or make my scalp itchy.

Fragrance

Yves Saint Laurent Mon Paris

Yves Saint Laurent Mon ParisI have never repurchased a fragrance before until this one. I originally won it through a twitter contest and quickly became obsessed. It is a sweet, but still mature scent. It has notes of white peony, raspberry, strawberry, jasmine, pear and orange blossom. It is a fruity floral that is soft, and feminine without being too sweet or too floral. 

Cosmetic Products

Smashbox Cover Shot Palette, Benefit Blush Palette, Shiseido BB Cream, Stila Perla Liquid Lipstick

Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes –  The Smashbox Cover Shot Eye Palettes were definitely my most used eye shadows of 2017. They are small and compact, which is great for a weekend away or travel. They also so affordable – you get 8 shadows for $35. The shadows are incredibly pigmented, blendable and one of my favourite formulas. 

Shiseido Sports BB Broad Spectrum SPF 50+ Wetforce I am a big sunscreen advocate, but sometimes that extra step in the morning can feel like a lot. I absolutely love this foundation from Shiseido. It has amazing coverage for a BB Cream and has all the amazing benefits of Shiseido sun care products. It leaves a beautiful matte finish that hides the appearance of pores and evens out my skin tone. This is a year round essential for me. 

Benefit Cheek Parade Blush PaletteThis palette was limited edition, but all the powders inside can be purchased separately. My favourite product within this palette was definitely the Hoola Lite Bronzing Powder. This powder is the perfect contouring shade for my fair complexion because it is a softer, lighter, colour. I can go more heavy handed or be a little more aggressive while applying it and not have to worry about it being too dark or muddy. 

Stila “Perla” Liquid Lipstick – I have talked about how Stila’s Liquid Lipsticks are one of my all time favourite lipsticks. This year my most worn lipstick was Stila’s in the shade Perla. It was inspired by Katey MacFarlan from Chronicle of Frivolity. I follow her on instagram and snapchat and she mentioned it in one of her stories. After trying it I have been hooked… it must be a Kaitlyn/Katelyn thing.

That’s a look at some of my most used products of 2017. Were there any products you fell in love with last year? Let me know in a comment below!

Happy 2018,

Kaitlyn

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Monthly Must Haves: September 2016

 

September Monthly Must Haves

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

Essence Pure Nude Highlighter

 

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

L'Oreal Infallible Pro Glow Foundation Shade 201 Classic Ivory

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

Dior Addict Lip Glow 005 Lilac Swatch

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

Vichy 24 Hour Hydrating Anti-Acne Treatment

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

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

Happy October,

Kaitlyn xo

 

Product Review: 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.

 

Skin Benefits of Thermal Water

Vichy Thermal Water, La Roche Posay Thermal Water, Avene Thermal WaterI already know what you’re thinking, “It’s water in a can… why would I buy water in a can?”.  Trust me, I felt the same way as you. After doing some research and adding it to my skincare routine, I’m hooked. Not only does it have a million different uses, it also has so many benefits for your skin.

Let’s dive right into it, what is thermal water? It is rain water that is harvested from springs in France. The water takes years to get to the source where it is harvested. During this journey, it collects minerals and anti-oxidants from the earth that have incredible benefits for the skin.

Thermal water is amazing at soothing any kind of redness associated with inflammation. It can also soothe irritation and has the ability to balance the pH level on the skin (aka it can work as a toner). It can be used as a makeup setting spray, add hydration to the skin and cool the skin.

I love using thermal water through out the day. Working indoors, and over the winter, I found my skin could feel very dry throughout the day. A little spritz of thermal water helps my skin feel refreshed and reduce any feeling of dehydration. Also, during the summer it feels so refreshing on a hot day. In addition to use throughout the day, I also use it as part of my morning and nighttime skincare routine. I apply it after cleansing and before moisturizing. Applying moisturizer over top helps to lock the hydration, anti-oxidants and minerals into the skin.

Vichy Thermal Water

La Roche Posay Thermal Water

Avene Thermal Water

How do you use thermal waters?

Happy spritzing!

Kaitlyn xo

Micellar Water Comparison (Bioderma, Vichy, Garnier, Marcelle and Simple)

Garnier Micellar Water, Vichy Micellar Water, Simple Skincare Micellar Water, Marcelle Micellar WaterMicellar water has been a huge part of my skincare routine for the past two years. With so many new options available at the drugstore, I decided to put some other alternatives to the test to see how they rank in comparison to my tried and true Bioderma. Let the battle of the micellar waters begin!

Vichy Purete One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution 3 in 1

The Vichy One Step Cleansing Micellar Solution claims to be a cleanser, toner and eye makeup remover. It is ultra-gentle, refreshing, purifies skin, removes makeup and soothes irritation. It attracts impurities like a magnet eliminating any need to rub or tug at the skin to remove makeup. It is ideal for all skin types and all skin concerns. Vichy states that they have a unique micellar technology which can effectively remove impurities.

Formula: The Vichy Micellar Solution has a very fresh clean scent – it is an added fragrance to the product. The list of ingredients in this micellar and the Garnier version (up next, keep reading!) are almost identical. Vichy’s micellar is tested on sensitive skin under dermatological control, hypoallergenic, paraben free and includes the Vichy Thermal Spa Water making it both soothing and fortifying.

Packaging: The packaging on this water is very similar to most on the market. It has a flip open cap with a small hole that dispenses the product when turned upside down. The one thing I did like about this bottle in particular is that it is more rectangular in shape and I felt like it was easier to pack when I have needed to take makeup somewhere and it fit better in  my makeup bag because of the shape.

Performance: This product worked extremely quickly and is the most comparable to my dear Bioderma. I could remove my entire face of makeup in about one and a half cotton pads – super impressive. The product was very soothing on the skin and left my face refreshed and clean without feeling stripped or dry. It was not irritating to the eyes or lips. I will mention that I did have a skin irritation as a result of testing out some new products recently. Normally, I would have avoided placing the micellar water on this area, but since it said it had soothing properties I decided to give it a try. It wasn’t my smartest idea and it ended up making that irritation feel worse. Overall, I did really enjoy this micellar water, it was gentle, and it did live up to it’s claims. However, I would avoid any contact with skin irritations in the future.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water All-In-1 Cleansing Water

The Garnier SkinActive Micellar Water claims to remove makeup, cleanse and refresh. It is a non-rinse formula safe for the face, eyes and lips. It is oil free, alcohol free and fragrance free. It is tested under Dermatological and Ophthalmological control and is non-greasy and non-comedogenic.

Formula: The formula, as previously mentioned is almost identical to Vichy’s, but there are two main differences. One, there is no fragrance to this product. And two, there is BHT in this formula (also known as butylated hydroxytoluene). It is used to help extend product shelf life and maintain product quality. You’re probably wondering why I am bringing up this long word and the reason being is some people boycott products over this ingredient due to potential side effects. I have looked into it and it is an ingredient that is regulated by Health Canada and they only allow a concentration of 0.1% or less. It is continuously being reviewed and monitored by Health Canada and they have confirmed that the amount currently found in cosmetic products is safe. You can find more details here. Based on my own research I will definitely be more aware of BHT, but I don’t plan on avoiding products with BHT in the future and it won’t stop me from reusing or repurchasing this product.

Packaging: Garnier Micellar Water has very standard packaging. It is similar to most micellar waters on the market. It has a flip cap with a small hole underneath that dispenses the product when it is flipped upside down.

Performance: The performance on this product is basically identical to Vichy’s, which isn’t surprising considering their ingredients are very similar. It took very little product to remove a full face of makeup (about one and a half cotton pads). It left no residue on the skin, no tight feeling and my skin felt clean. The only thing I didn’t find with this one that I was missing is that I didn’t feel a cooling refreshing feeling on the skin afterwards. This was a little disappointing as that is something I really enjoy in a micellar. Other than that, the performance was extremely good and very comparable to Bioderma.

Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution

The Marcelle 3-in-1 Micellar Solution claims to gently cleanse and effectively remove makeup from both the face and eyes, while soothing the skin. It is supposed to work on even the most dry, sensitive and intolerant skin. Effective on even waterproof makeup.

Formula: It has a very fresh cucumber scent, which comes from the cucumber extract included within the list of ingredients – there is no added fragrance to this product. Something I found interesting about the list of ingredients on this micellar water is that it has salicylic acid in it. This is a nice addition to the product as salicylic acid is great for improving skin texture. It is also 100% hypoallergenic, 100% perfume free, gluten free, paraben free, alcohol free, oil free, soap free, non comedogenic, recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association and Ophthalmologist tested.

Packaging: I loooove the packaging on this product and I think every other brand should adopt this packaging. It has a pump on the top that you place your cotton over top of and then press down. As you press down, the product is dispensed and immediately absorbed into your cotton. This provides a lot better control when it comes to how much product you use because you know the exact number of pumps you need to soak your cotton and get the job done. Plus, if you’re clumsy like me, you don’t have to worry about knocking it over and spilling it everywhere as the pump makes it spill proof!

Marcelle occasionally releases bonus format sizes where you can get extra product for the same cost, or a small gift will be attached as a gift with purchase. Marcelle is great at providing really good bonus offers with their products.

Performance: It left my skin feeling clean without any residue on the skin. It provided a very cooling sensation on the skin and did not leave my skin feeling tight or stripped. It took two cotton pads to remove my full face of makeup – one for each half of my face. It did a good job at removing my makeup, however it was much faster at taking off my face makeup (foundation) versus my eye makeup (mascara). Overall, I am very happy with the performance.

Simple Skincare Cleansing Micellar Water

Simple claims that their micellar is the perfect blend of multi-vitamins. It has skin loving ingredients that will gently cleanse with removing makeup leaving the skin feeling clean and hydrated.

Formula: The Simple Micellar Water has a very light chamomile scent to it. There are no harsh chemicals to upset the skin, no artificial fragrance and no parabens. It is Dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic.

Packaging: The standard flip cap packaging – you get it by now.

Performance: Over, this was my least favourite in comparison to the rest in terms of performance. I used a lot of product and my skin still did not feel clean after. I felt like I really needed to rub my skin to get any makeup off. I was never able to remove all of my makeup with this product. It was very refreshing on the skin and hydrating. This product would be great in the morning as a super gentle cleanser, but I would not recommend it for removing makeup.

Overall, I’m pretty impressed with the other micellar waters that are out there! Vichy and Garnier tie for my first favourite followed by Marcelle and then Simple. Check out my other post about what micellar water is and how to use it here.

What’s your favourite micellar products?

Happy cleansing!

Kaitlyn xo

Vichy Idealia: Finding Your Ideal Skin

Vichy Idealia Day, Vichy Idealia Serum, Vichy Idealia Skin SleepOne of my biggest fears in life is getting old. Seriously, what is fun about getting old? Besides a seniors discount and retirement, I don’t see anything to look forward to. To me, it sounds like a lot of responsibility and decision making and I’m not ready for it.

In addition to the responsibilities that come along with getting older, there are also a number of physical changes that come along with age. I know you’re all probably thinking “this girl is 22 she has nothing to worry about”, but over the last year I can honestly say I have started to notice some changes in my skin that can be associated with age. It just doesn’t seem to bounce back quite like it used to. On the nights where I don’t take the proper steps to care for my skin it seems like I am paying for it for a few days after. Luckily, I have found a way to cope with these changes and find my way back to my ideal skin thanks to Vichy’s Idealia line.

First off, let’s talk about my definition of ideal skin. For me, when I picture ideal skin, I think pore-less, smooth in texture and radiant. I want my skin to have a flawless glow, so I can really say I woke up like this. Vichy’s Idealia products are slowly helping me get there!

Vichy has finally completed their full Idealia skincare line with a serum, eye cream, BB cream, night cream and day cream. These products are geared towards someone in their early adult years and fights both physical and environmental signs of aging. AKA the things that are naturally happening that we have no control over, and the things happening in our environment like climate, sun damage, diet, stress and lack of sleep.

What do I love about Idealia? A LOT! First of all, the products are acting on first signs of aging – fine lines, skin tone, texture and radiance, which are all of my concerns. Additionally, the actual texture of all of the products is amazing and they are all infused with LHA to help exfoliate and promote new cell production.

Texture of Vichy Idelia Serum, Day and Skin Sleep

L-R: Idealia Serum, Idealia Day, Idealia Skin Sleep

My favourite products are the serum, day cream and night cream. The serum and day products have a pearly iridescent formula to provide an immediate healthy glow and are light in texture. The night cream has a balm gel texture allowing it to feel extremely refreshing. Plus, it has hyaluronic acid for extreme hydration and to help plump the skin. The night cream helps to recreate the effects that deep sleep has on your skin, so on the nights you really didn’t get that much sleep no one has to know.

What are your skincare must haves? Have you noticed a change in your skin and found something that is really working for you? Let me know!

Hope you find your way back to ideal skin!

Kaitlyn xo