If you plan on keeping your dashing Movember moustache or need a little grooming here and there, a trimmer that does double-duty will definitely come in handy.
The Switchblade from MicroTouch is the first 2-in-1 groomer that does more than trim facial hair. This manly grooming tool includes lighted mini and full-size trimmers for head to toe grooming.
If you love multi-tasking makeup, the Zap&Hide Blemish Concealer from Jane Iredale is genius.
The double-sided concealer in travel-friendly packaging heals your spots and camouflages them at the same time.
The Zap side is a clear stick with anti-inflammatory botanicals that can help heal breakouts. The treatment with tea tree oil is also designed to help control oil and improve skin clarity and health.
The Hide side is a highly pigmented, creamy concealer that you can feather and easily blend with any foundation. Zap&Hide comes in three shades.
You can use Zap&Hide as often as needed to keep your skin looking fresh and clean all day long.
Good news for your friends who celebrate Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights.
The Happy Hanukkah gift box is back and according to LUSH, it’s more fun than a bag full of Hanukkah gelt (translation: Hanukkah gelt refers to either money given as a gift on Hanukkah, or more commonly today, to a coin-shaped piece of chocolate).
The four goodies come in a traditional star-adorned blue and white box which includes:
More people are turning to organic skin care as they realize how easily skin can absorb chemicals and other ingredients that may cause health problems.
When it comes to non-toxic ways to keep your skin healthy and moisturized, Vermont Soap Organics continues to lead the way. I recently checked out three innovative products from their popular organic bath and body collection.
Sage Lime Organic Deodorant
As the latest launch to the Vermont Soap collection, Sage Lime Organic Deodorant is one of the first underarm protection products to meet the USDA organic food standard. If you care about your health and the health of the world, this deodorant is designed for you.
With a blend of 100% organic ingredients, this unique deodorant works with your body to inhibit odor-causing bacteria. Safe ingredients like sage and lime essential oils combine with 100% organic oil coconut oil to help you stay fresh.
You may want to pick up a couple of these because the light lime scent can work for you or your guy.
Now that HD technology is here and we’re all posting more photos and videos, we all could all use a little help making our foundation look perfect.
To prep your skin so that your foundation can live up to its true potential, Clinique has introduced new customized Superprimers.
What’s Different About Clinique Face Primers?
The oil-free formula with lightweight silicone polymers smooths skin and improves texture at the same time so that you can apply your foundation more evenly. All you have to do is smooth the primer over your entire face or where needed with your fingertips, or makeup sponge, before foundation.
Even better, Superprimers are available in one universal formula and five tinted formulas designed for specific skin care needs. Using the theory of colour science, each shade appears translucent when you apply it, yet it neutralizes the contrasting complexion concern that you’re trying to manage.
Here’s a list of the Superprimer shades and what they can do for you:
In 2011, Kate Middleton made bee venom famous when she prepared for her royal wedding with a luxurious bee venom facial.
Since then, other celebrities have turned to bee venom as a natural alternative to injectable fillers, like Botox, with anti-aging properties.
Shelley Collins, founder of Benir Beauty, recognized the opportunity to create skin care solutions that actively revitalize skin, rather than just mask problems with short-term results.
After working with different skin types and seeing firsthand how pure ingredients can actively repair skin with visible results, Benir Beauty has launched its debut product: BV-9 Platinum.
If your makeup tray keeps piling up with blushes that have color that fades after an hour or so, it’s time to try something new.
Stila’s Custom Color Blush is a unique powder blush that reacts to the pH in your skin to create a personalized shade every time you wear it. The velvety soft formula also smoothes out the appearance of imperfections and leaves behind a flawless flush.
I picked up this Stila blush in Coral and it is an all-season winner with a natural glow. This shade of the best-selling Custom Color Blush has a hint of golden shimmer that definitely gives your cheeks a youthful flush (whatever age you are).
When it comes to fixing deep wrinkles you already have, typical anti-wrinkle treatments are not enough. For the most stubborn and deep-set wrinkles, Skinn Cosmetics has launched a deep wrinkle system with the latest active ingredients and ultrasonic technology.
According to Dimitri James, Skinn Cosmetics CEO, the Deep Wrinkle Protocol System is the result of Skinn’s deepest research into dermal anti-aging technology to reduce the appearance of deep lines and wrinkles.
I recently tried the system (yes, I have a few deep crow’s feet) and can see how the science of this system can lead to dramatic results.
Here are the three components of the system which work together to bring you smoother-looking skin.
- Collagenesis Deep Wrinkle Protocol Line Peel Solution
You apply this resurfacing solution which is a multi-fruit acid complex first. Ingredients like White Tea Extract and Vitamin C are designed to resurface the appearance of deep lines. The solution also has Luremin, which is the next generation of non-retinols that does the job without irritating your skin.
If you love to dance the night away like the latest round of celebrity contestants for Dancing With the Stars, Stila has launched a makeup collection inspired by the show.
The limited-edition Dancing With the Stars makeup collection includes four different configurations of the Live, Love, Dance palette ($39 U.S).
Each palette comes with blush, seven eye shadow colors, a beauty balm (Stay All Day 10-in-1 HD Illuminating Beauty Balm!), an eye liner, and a lipstick.
Each palette is named after a dance style:
Lancome has just unveiled a key new all-round pigment corrector that targets dark spots, colour imperfections, and uneven skin tone with powerful results in just 4 weeks.
DreamTone Ultimate Dark Spot Corrector Beautiful Skin Creator features a formula that delivers an immediate correcting effect as a result of reflecting agents, pink and copper pigments, and light-diffusing particles.
Three different formulations are available, to serve the three international pigmentation profiles identified by Lancome:
Even though the dog days of summer are here, there’s still time to show off your summer tan.
You don’t have to lay on a sizzling stretch of sand to get an airbrushed look on your face that stays for hours (even if you have oily skin).
Guerlain Terracotta Spray is a new way to get a sunny glow without the damaging effects of the sun.
With similar technology used in a professional airbrush makeup application, the spray delivers a tan via a light mist. The spray diffusion ensures that you get a uniform application so that you’re able to cover areas evenly.
If you’re looking for a whole-body approach to beauty that involves more than just applying topicals to your skin, MIYU Beauty is launching this month in North America.
The debut collection from this new lifestyle beauty brand features skincare products uniquely paired with beauty teas to help nourish your complexion from the inside out.
The skincare products, called beauty essences, are a fusion between a facial mist and a serum that can prime your skin for moisturizer or act as a base for makeup (you can also mist the beauty essence on your face any time of day for a surge of hydration or calmness). The beauty teas are whole leaf blends with ingredients known for their nourishing skin benefits.
Look for Jennifer Aniston to appear on the cover of Glamour’s September issue, which is set to hit magazine shelves on August 6.
Jennifer’s signature long blond hair and healthy glow are centre stage once again.
In this issue, Jennifer reveals her must have beauty and fashion items. Here’s a brief rundown.
The hot weather is here and Veet wants to help you get ready. To kick off your summer fun, Veet is offering one lucky reader of The Blush Stops Here a prize pack valued at $100.
The Veet Prize Pack includes everything you’ll need to be smooth and silky this summer:
- Veet Precision Wax & Care removes unwanted facial hair for up to 28 days!
- Veet Underarm Hair Removal Kit removes unwanted hair (as short as 0.3 mm) from the underarms, while eliminating razor burn in this delicate area.
- Veet Hydro’Restor Hair Removal Cream contains ingredients to help restore the skin’s natural hydration levels, while delivering smoothness that lasts up to twice as long as shaving.
- Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll-On Kit warms up and evenly distributes salon quality wax for use even on the most sensitive of skin.
- Veet EasyWax Electrical Roll on Kit Refills features one refill for the legs and arms and one refill with a smaller roll-on head, specially designed for the bikini line and underarms.
Entering the Veet Summer Giveaway is super easy:
- Leave a comment below (with your e-mail address) indicating which product you’re most excited about before Monday, July 22 12pm PST (required entry).
- Optionally tweet the following: Win a $100 summer prize pack from Veet. Details at wp.me/pwaiC-6dT (optional extra entry).
A winner will be chosen randomly when the contest ends on Monday, July 22. The contest is open to Canadian readers only. Good luck!
Update: The Veet Summer Giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Sydney D!
In honor of Canada Day, here are a couple of outstanding Canadian beauty brands to try out.
Since 1996, CARGO has come up with makeup innovations like the the Essential Eye Palette, Reverse Lip Liner™, and the blu_ray™ High Definition pressed powder.
Talk about getting global attention. CARGO products are a staple in some of Hollywood’s hot goody bags from the Oscars to the Emmys to the Golden Globes.
This Canadian line was originally created to provide therapeutic benefits and environmental protection while being free of all irritants.
Today, Cover FX regularly features new formulations with a global shade palette containing good-for-you ingredients.
If you’re looking for high-quality foundation in any format, I suggest checking out their line.
One of the first moisturizers I ever tried was Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion because it had a reputation for being a solid performer (one bottle is sold every 4.87 seconds).
Since it was first formulated way back in 1968, Clinique decided to update the popular moisturizer with improved technology that strengthens your skin’s moisture barrier by 54% in eight weeks.
It took the company six and a half years and extensive clinical testing to come up with the modern version. The dramatic difference with this version is that it more than doubles moisture levels, with skin staying comfortable and moisturised all day long.
Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie
Smoothies are all the rage to boost your health. Now you can keep your skin healthy and moisturized with a skin smoothie.
Vermont Soap Choco-Luscious Skin Smoothie is a new USDA certified organic moisturizer that leaves skin feeling silky but without a greasy feel or film.
The texture is like a body balm which I like because you can easily spread it all over your body without saturating your skin. Free of preservatives, artificial colors, or fragrances, this skin smoothie has all the features of a luxury moisturizer, even a slight glow, but not the price (it retails for $19.98 US).
Key certified organic ingredients in this hydrating skin smoothie include coconut oil, coconut butter, and rosemary extract which all add up to a delicious scent. It is also gluten and lactose-free.
If you want to prevent aging skin, it’s super easy. Wear sunscreen every day!
A recent study showed what dermatologist have been telling us for years (but had yet to prove).
Participants who applied sunscreen regularly had younger-looking hands, with 24 percent less skin aging than those who used sunscreen only some of the time.
Now that may not sound like a lot, but think of those “nasty” wrinkles that fan out on your upper lip as you age. What if you could prevent those with sunscreen?
Let’s face it. When you’re out at the beach, your skin and hair can take a beating from the sun, wind, and surf. So, why not address both issues with one product?
Aerin Beach Cream for Hair and Body is a conditioning cream with a subtle shimmer.
Just a quarter-sized dollop adds a summer glow to your skin or activates the sun’s warm rays for a deep conditioning hair treatment.
Redbook magazine recently came up with their top beauty products for 2013. Here are some of the favorites selected by 24 prestigious beauty experts.
Best lip gloss: Flower Shine On Lip Gloss
Drew Barrymore’s lip gloss scored points for its pigmentation and non-sticky texture. The sponge applicator is firm and makes it easy to apply, plus it has a tasty, cinnamon scent.
Best full-coverage lipstick: Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Intense Lip Colour
According to the experts, this hydrating lipstick has rich color with staying power.
Best lip balm: Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm
This beauty classic is still winning fans because it keeps lips soft for hours without having to reapply.
Martha Stewart recently visited the Doctor Oz show to talk about her anti-aging beauty secrets (and the status of her love life).
Like many celebrities (including Lauren Conrad), the homemaking guru is a big fan of drinking hot water with lemon. It must be working because Martha Stewart looks much younger than 71 years old.
According to Martha, all you have to do is squeeze the juice of half a lemon into a small glass of warm water and sip it every morning for these wonderful health benefits.
Lemon Water Health Benefits
Here are some tried and true benefits of drinking lemon water.
For many years, Cassandra Bankson was bullied because of her acne.
Life in high school was so bad for Cassandra, that she once had slices of pizza thrown at her by kids who taunted her with the name “Pizza Face.”
Video with 18 Million Viewers
Then the teen made a life-changing decision. She made a video called “Acne Foundation Routine For Flawless Skin,” showing how she covers her blemishes.
Originally, she posted the video hoping that it would help “just one person.” The video has since gained over 18 million views.
Cassandra’s step-by-step video on covering blemishes has given hope to even those with cystic acne. In the video, she shows how to get picture-perfect skin using primer (such as Hourglass Mineral Veil), concealer, and foundation.
Self-adjusting Color that Covers Imperfections
Complexion Corrector (CC) creams are the latest skin phenom, featuring a new approach to wearing makeup.
Designed to be worn on top of your moisturizer, CC creams offer a sheer coverage that eliminates redness and dullness and evens out your skin.
One CC cream, soon to be on the top of my list, is the Almay Smart Shade CC Cream.
Packed with complexion enhancing ingredients, the tinted cream provides just the right kind of coverage you’ll need over the next few months.
Luxurious Gelée to Celebrate the Sand and Sun
Estee Lauder is always ahead of the pack when it comes to summer collections, and this year’s Bronze Goddess collection is no exception.
One item in the collection that’s sure to make your temperature rise is the limited edition Pure Color Illuminating Powder Gelée in Heat Wave.
This all-over bronzer is an innovative mix of liquid, powder, and gel that delivers a more sophisticated glow. The result is an all-over soft sheen that you can build to get a pearl highlighting effect.
How to Simplify Your A.M. Beauty Routine
Even though Mother’s Day has come and gone, it’s a good time to acknowledge how busy mothers juggle their time between work, family, and personal obligations.
If you’re a time-challenged Mom or know someone who’s burning the candle on both ends, here are some tips from the founder of Skinn Cosmetics, Dimitri James, to simplify your morning beauty routine.
Skin Care Tips
- Stick to the “essentials.” Find one gentle yet effective cleanser that removes dirt, oil, makeup, and mascara and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed. You’ll also want to use a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 15.
- Use a cleansing brush or soft washcloth to eliminate the need for eye makeup removers, toners, and scrubs. To brighten your complexion, exfoliate, and extract blackheads, try is the Skinnsonic High Frequency Cleansing System. Get more details about the system here.
Vitamin C for Resilient Skin
If you want a more youthful jaw line, Vitamin C may be your best bet.
Recent studies show that Vitamin C helps build collagen, a protein that gives your skin its elasticity.
Stabilizing your skin’s levels of vitamin C can help to counteract sagging by increasing collagen production. The result is firmer looking skin.
Boost Your Confidence With Clear Skin
If you struggle with confidence because of skin issues, you’re not alone.
A recent study by skin care company, Bioré, found that over 80 per cent of young Canadian women say clear skin has the largest impact on their self-confidence.
As a professional athlete and Olympic bronze medalist, Joannie Rochette knows how confidence plays a part in your professional and personal life: “When you compete on the ice it’s important to look your best and feel confident in your performance. This often means wearing heavy makeup that can be seen by the crowd and cameras–which can be problematic for my skin.”
Bioré skin care experts recognize that clear skin begins with clean pores. The Bioré Skin Care 2 Step Program, which Joannie Rochette follows, unclogs pores at the source and addresses problems before they start.
The two-part program involves the daily use of a Bioré complexion clearing product, like the new Acne Clearing Scrub, to fight all forms of acne and help prevent them from returning. It also includes weekly use of a Bioré Deep Cleaning Pore Strip to instantly pull away a week’s worth of dirt and oil.
Two Products for Hair Removal Season
Now that the sun is out (even in Vancouver), there’s nowhere to hide when it comes to unwanted hair.
Veet has two inventive products that are easy to use and treat your skin gently at the same time.
Hair Removal Kit for Underarms
Shaving can be a quick solution for daily removal, but the nicks and razor burn that usually come with it aren’t worth it.
Veet’s Hair Removal Kit for Underarms is enriched with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E which leave your skin feeling super smooth with no risks of nicks and cuts.
The formula is sensitive (with no nasty smell) yet powerful enough to painlessly dissolve unwanted hair at the root, and it works on hair as short as .3mm.
Protects Without the Grease
In honor of Earth Day, why not make a difference in the way your skin and the world looks?
Kiehl’s has teamed up with Alanis Morissette to create a unique limited edition cover for the brand’s Ultra Facial Cream.
The 24-hour, lightly textured daily hydrator is made with Antarcticine–a Glycoprotein extracted from microorganisms sourced from sea glaciers notable for its ability to protect skin from cold temperatures. It also contains Imperata Cylindrica, a plant indigenous to the Australian desert with water retention qualities in dry conditions.
All Natural Colours for a Sheer Dewy Look
This season, The Real Housewives of Vancouver is all about taking sides.
Whether you’re Team Jody or Team Mary, if you love an all-Canadian beauty line, you’ve got to pull for Mary Zilba’s latest venture into the world of cosmetics.
Coming to the Shopping Channel on Friday, April 12th, Buff Beauty is all about enhancing beauty instead of covering it up. The line is designed for everyone, but especially for women on-the-go.
First, we find out that French women are better at managing their weight. Now, we hear that women in France don’t seem to age as fast as the rest of us.
According to a British study by Escentual.com, French women look around seven years younger than their British counterparts. Over 80 per cent also agreed that French women age more gracefully.
One of the reasons is that most French women start using anti-aging products at an early age.
In France, a girl will start to use anti-aging cream as young as age 15 (by 20, nearly two-thirds are using specialist anti-aging French pharmacy brands like La Roche-Posay).
Limited Edition Five-Piece Collection
If you can remember eating yummy Sweetheart candies as a kid, you’ll love the new bath and body collection from Cake Beauty just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Cake Beauty is a Canadian company known for its indulgent products with a generous helping of 90 to 95% high quality, natural ingredients.
Each item in the Sweethearts by Cake collection has the subtle scent of vanilla candy and a printed message on the packaging just like the original heart‑shaped candies.
Come Clean, Cutie Pie Luscious Bath & Shower Froth is a rejuvenating shower froth with a scent of vanilla candy that leaves your skin silky and smooth.
Hands Down, You’re Mine Luscious Velveteen Hand Creme is a luscious hand formula that absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving hands smooth and silky.
Fresh Start, Sweet Thing Luscious Hair and Body Mist is a specially formulated scented mist for hair and body designed to last all day.
Call Me, Super Soft Luscious Body Butter is a whipped body butter that soothes and hydrates skin with mango butter and macadamia nut oil.
Kiss Me, I’m Sweet Luscious Lip Treatment is a sheer lip treatment that moisturizes with vitamin E and pomegranate extract.
The Sweethearts by Cake collection is available until May at Sephora, Murale, and cakebeauty.com,
Breakthrough in Liquid Foundation Technology
If you haven’t heard of It Cosmetics, I’m going to let the cat out of the bag.
This cosmetics brand works with leading plastic surgeons to come up with amazing, cutting edge anti-aging technology for their high-performance color cosmetics.
Their latest launch is the IT-O2 Ultra Repair Liquid Oxygen Foundation. This foundation not only provides buildable, full coverage, it’s also infused with anti-aging peptides, hyaluronic acid, and hydrolyzed collagen. The foundation, which comes in five shades, also has light-diffusing properties that even skin tone for airbrushed-looking skin without settling into lines and wrinkles.
Best of all, IT-O2 is formulated to deliver oxygen to the skin and is clinically proven to increase skin hydration by 71% after just 10 minutes of wear.