Make Your Summer Makeup Last with Setting Spray

6 Jul

Makeup Setting Sprays

This summer is turning out to be a scorcher which means your makeup may need extra attention to preserve your look.

The best way to do this is with a setting spray that locks in makeup so that it lasts all day and all night.

Here are a couple of makeup setting sprays to get the job done (shown in the photo from left to right).

Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray

This weightless spray is suitable for all skin types and features patented Temperature Control Technology.

The sprayer delivers a fine mist that goes on so light, and once you’ve applied it, you won’t even know it’s there.
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Benefit’s New BB Cream Eyelid Primer: Air Patrol

2 Sep

BenefitAirPatrol

Leave it to Benefit to come up with a new way to take care of our eyelids and make eyeshadow last all day.

Air patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer contains a complex called EnviroDefend (with SPF 20) that helps defend against the damaging rays of the sun and air pollutants. It also extends the wear of eyeshadow by helping to prevent fading, creasing, and smearing.

The primer features a CushionCalm™ tip which lets you apply the formula without putting  pressure on your eyelids (how brilliant!).

 To apply the primer, click the tip, twist the base, and wait until a small amount appears on the tip. Then, gently massage the primer to blend it out and apply eyeshadow.

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Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

31 Aug

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Make Your Dark Circles Skip Town

When used for color-correcting, a concealer with an orange tint does magic to conceal under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer is a creamy, full-coverage concealer with a non-tugging formula. It combines color-correcting pigments, moisturizing ingredients, and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

Love coconut oil? Well, it’s a key ingredient in this concealer that provides intensive moisture and blends easily over any discoloration (even blue veins on fair skin tones).

The NYX Dark Circle Concealer comes in four shades:
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New Colour Boosting Technology: MAC Vamplify

28 Aug

MAC Cosmetics Vamplify

So Much Pigment, So Little Time💄

Just when we’re all getting used to wearing lipstick, lip gloss is back . . . but with a twist.

MAC Vamplify lip glosses are not the traditional sticky stuff that starts to wear off before you know it.

Their most dramatic lipgloss yet, MAC Cosmetics Vamplify features a new colour-boosting technology loaded with high-powered pigments. In one swipe, you get a lot of attitude plus a combination of natural oils polish with gorgeous colour.

The glossy color has staying power and is designed to last for hours. You can also make it last by lining your lips with a  Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, now in 12 new shades.

Here are the 17 lip gloss shades in the collection:
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Smooth, Frizz-Free Hair Without Harsh Chemicals

27 Aug

Cezanne Perfect kerating Smoothing Treatment

Kiss Frizzy Hair G’Bye

If you have curly or frizzy hair, forget about wavy bobs or lobs. What you want to know is: “How can I gently and effectively smooth out my curls?”

The latest smoothing system that my hair stylist is raving about is called the Cezanne Perfect Finish Keratin Smoothing Treatment. The treatment zaps unwanted frizzies and makes hair shiny without turning it too straight or flat.

Lindsay Lecker is a master stylist at Simon’s Hair Salon in Vancouver. She’s been working with the Cezanne smoothing treatment since it came on the hair scene. As you can see the by the photos of Lindsay’s client, the results are amazing.

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Sun Protection on the Go: Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush

24 Aug

Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50

Even though applying sunscreen is a no brainer, many women still make excuses for skipping sun protection.

The most common reasons for unprotected sun exposure I’ve come across are that “it doesn’t fit in my bag” or it’s too messy”.

Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 by Colorescience is a safe water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection that makes protecting your skin easy.

The sunscreen comes in the form of tinted mineral powder in a self-dispensing brush that makes re-application or touch-ups a snap. Use the portable mineral sunscreen as foundation coverage alone or over moisturizer on your face, hands, and décolleté.

I had a chance to try out the Fair shade which blended perfectly with my complexion (additional shades are available for medium and deeper skin tones). The lightweight coverage smoothed out imperfections and left a matte finish, which is perfect if you suffer from “shiny face” syndrome when outdoors.

To bust your excuses even more, the sunscreen also features a skincare component with Red Seaweed Extract that helps firm and balance the skin.

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Jeans that Keep Your iPhone Charged

22 Aug

#Hello Jeans

When it comes to multitasking, you can’t do better than this.

Joe’s Jeans have designed a jean style that features a secret side pocket for your iPhone and a slim battery to charge it.

With just three steps, you can easily charge your iPhone with the #Hello Jean style:

  1. Slide the charged slim battery into the battery pocket and connect it to the power cord.
  2. Place your iPhone into the side pocket.
  3. Connect your iPhone to the plug.

On top of that, #Hello Jeans come in four mid rise skinny styles:
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Your Game Plan for Big Lashes This Fall: Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition and Eyelash Curler

19 Aug

Shiseido Mascara and Eyelash Curler

If you like to stay on top of the latest makeup trends, mascara (and plenty of it) is a big thing coming this fall.

In fact, dramatic lashes were all over the 2015 fall fashion runways like the show for Giambattista Valli, where six coats of mascara were applied to models for spidery-style lashes.

How do you get the big lash look? Try a one-two punch from Shiseido: full-definition mascara and an eyelash curler.

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition

This mascara combines a lengthening formula and dual-textured brush that captures every lash (even tiny lashes) to create a lustrous finish, and that’s what you want for a big mascara look. The non-clumping formula lets you apply multiple, smooth coats. It’s also smudge-proof (yay!)

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

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Sheet Masks: A Quick Way to Test Drive Skin Care

17 Aug

Sheet Masks

Face masks can treat all types of skin tissues, but the cost of some them is through the roof. For example, the Instant Plumping Cream Overnight Mask from Hungarian beauty brand, Omorovicza runs at $260 a jar.

Here are a few popular sheet masks that you can test drive without breaking the bank.

Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask

This pore minimizing masks features a high concentration of Vitamin C, peptides, and plant extract to help brighten and tone your skin.

Leave this mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and rub any excess mask into your skin for added benefits.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

This set of concentrated eye treatment sheets instantly restore vibrancy to the eye area using pure retinol micro-infusion technology to smooth away the look of wrinkles. These sheet masks seal in essence and provide up to 24-hour hydration.

Leave these eye masks on for 15 minutes then peel off. Gently pat the remaining liquid into the skin around the eye area.

Sephora Collection Face Mask

This collection features six different fiber sheet masks in sets of two, each with a different benefit for the skin. Leave these masks on for 15 minutes and gently massage your skin so that the excess liquid can penetrate.

Here are the different types of masks available in this collection:

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Professional Concealer Palette: Lancôme Le Correcteur Pro

14 Aug

Lancome Le Correcteur Pro Concealer

Covering up the under eye area can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to eliminate dark circles and discoloration. On the other hand, you don’t want to overdo it and cake it on.

To help solve the mystery and conceal like a pro, Lancôme has created a professional concealer palette: Le Correcteur Pro Concealer Kit.

The kit features a new approach to evening out and illuminating the eye area using three different formulas. The kit also includes application instructions and a double-ended perfecting brush designed for the sensitive eye contour area.

The palette lets you perform the three essential steps for concealing under the eyes:

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How Sweet It Is: Tarte Lip and Cheek Duo

12 Aug

Tarte How Sweet It Is

If you’ve always wanted to try the Tarte line, here’s an easy way to do it.

Get into the checkout line at Sephora and pick up the Tarte How Sweet It Is deluxe lip and cheek duo on the way out (sometimes it’s OK to succumb to impulse shopping).

This best-selling duo includes two mini products in Tarte’s latest shade of golden peach pink, Sweet, which flatters just about everyone:

  • LipSurgence Lip Tint is a lipstick, lip gloss, and a creamy balm in one. The nourishing formula contains vitamins C and E, jojoba seed oil, and peppermint.
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is a long-wearing powder blush that minimizes oil while hydrating the skin naturally (the blush does last a long time!).

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High Performance Hydration: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

10 Aug

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was one of the first moisturizers I ever tried. Back then, I loved it because it hydrated my skin without causing any irritation.

A few years ago, Clinique introduced Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with double the hydration and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel designed for oily skin.

Now, there’s another addition to the Clinique 3-Step System: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.

This moisture-rich cream combines all-day protection with skin-strengthening ingredients to soothe and hydrate skin, even if it’s on the dry side.

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Would You Sign Up for a Beauty Subscription Box from Sephora?

9 Aug

Sephora Beauty Subscription Service

With millions of people already subscribing to beauty boxes like Birchbox, Sephora has decided to jump into the beauty subscription market.

Launching next month in the U.S. (Boston, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio markets), Sephora is offering customers five deluxe-size samples (skincare and hair products) for $10 per month.

According to Peoplestylewatch, the premier box will be called “Uncover the Essentials” and will feature products from GLAMGLOW, Bumble, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and more.

What do you think Canadian beauties? Would you sign up for a beauty subscription service if it were available in Canada? I know I would.

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Handy Tips for Summer Nails

3 Aug

If you want your nails to look amazing for the rest of the summer, bring them back to life without giving up the things you love to do during the hot weather.

Just follow a few easy tips to get your fingers and toes in shape and ready for some well deserved attention.

1. Keep Them Short

Go for shorter nails to show off your manicure and all the trendy colors and textures of summer like turquoise and foil metallic. Short nails are also less susceptible to chipping.

The most fashionable (and professional) shape is called a squoval—a square with rounded edges. This shape mirrors your cuticle shape and usually requires less maintenance than a square shape.

2. Go For a Natural Look

Try a nude color for a natural look whether you’re spending time in the city or at the beach.

Check out some great nude shades , like Deborah Lippmann’s sheer pink color called Baby Love.

3. Make Your Nail Polish Last

If you want your manicure to last, make sure to apply polish to clean, dry nails (oils, creams, and residue prevent paint from staying in place). Re-applying a top coat every few days can also help you go the distance.

If you’re in hurry, try a quick-drying polish like Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Nail Polish.
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Cushion Soft Eye Shadow: Burberry Eye Colour Cream

29 Jul

Burberry Eye Colour Cream

The cushion makeup trend continues to be red hot for the fall, but you don’t have to wait till then to get started.

Burberry has launched Eye Colour Cream, a collection of eight creamy eye shadows that let you effortlessly apply a wash of autumn colour.

The shadows are super light and deliver colour that you can easily blend and build (experiment with a couple of shades to get the exact colour you like).

The formula is crease-free and long lasting which is unique for a cream which can fade over time and leave a trace in the upper eye area.

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Summer Giveaway: MAC Cosmetics Gift Card

27 Jul

MAC Gift Card

MAC Cosmetics is definitely on my top ten list of favorite beauty brands.

As a matter of fact, it’s hard to pass a MAC counter without being tempted. Like last week, I couldn’t resist these goodies.

MAC Goodies

MAC Eye Shadow (in Embark)

I found out how about Embark Eye Shadow when my  favorite makeup artist on Twitter suggested applying it as an eyeliner using a 266 small angle brush. It works like a dream!

Follow @NinaWMakeup on Twitter for other great makeup tips, plus she’s hilarious!

MAC Lipstick (in Politely Pink)

MAC lipsticks are in a class of their own (and they’re reasonably priced) so I just had to add a light pink shade to my current stash.

Politely Pink has a lustre finish which means it’s on the creamy side so it’s very moisturizing. To make the color last, I use a lip primer or blot my lips and then re-apply.

Other MAC Favorites
  • If you’re new to MAC Cosmetics, check out this article courtesy of Cityline beauty expert, Dave Lackie. The article includes an interview with MAC senior artist Jane McKay, who lists the items and shades that she goes back to time and again.
  • Find out about two MAC must-haves that I can’t live without here.

How to Enter the Summer of MAC Love Giveaway

Since I’m such a big fan of MAC Cosmetics, I decided that I would share my love with regular and new followers of The Blush Stops Here by running a “Summer of MAC Love” giveaway.

Prize

I’m giving away a MAC Gift Card valued at $35 to one lucky Canadian beauty. The giveaway is unsponsored, which means I’m picking up the tab for the gift card plus postage.

Note: You can only use the gift card in MAC retail stores (not at HBC counters).

Rules

Follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and tweet the following before Thursday, August 6 (11 a.m. PST):

RT & follow @blushstopshere to #win a $35 MAC Cosmetics gift card! Canada only. Rules/extra entries info: wp.me/pwaiC-7ke #giveaway

A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Twitter. The winner has 24 hours to reply with a mailing address or a new winner will be drawn.

Additional Entries

Want another chance to win the $35 MAC Gift Card? To get additional entries, do either or both of the following:

  1. Leave a comment below and let me know which MAC product you love or lust after (please let me know your Twitter name if it’s different than the name you’re commenting under).
  2. Follow me on Instagram at https://instagram.com/blushstopshere/.

Good luck to everyone!

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to @Smilers_Canada for winning the gift card. Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon.

[Image via MAC Cosmetics]

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