I don’t come across too many letters anymore, but there is still something special about receiving a hand-written letter.
The Sending My Love Set from Stila embodies the romance of love letters of the past and comes in an old-fashioned note card box that is beyond pretty.
On top of that, the four piece set contains some of my favorite Stila essentials:
Are you a Fresh Sugar lover, like me?
The big news from Fresh this holiday season is that the brand is launching its first product that gives back.
This December, you can pick up the limited edition SUGA (RED) Lip Treatment at Sephora wrapped in red to support the fight against AIDS.
Birchbox is one of the leading subscription beauty box services, but now they’ve upped their game with the launch of their debut makeup brand, LOC (Love of Color).
Inspired by the latest trends in colors, Birchbox has collaborated with YouTube beauty star Tati Westbrook (GlamLifeGuru channel) who selected (and named) the shades for the line.
Are you using a face cleanser with sulfates? You may feel like your skin is super clean after washing your face with this type of cleanser, but harsh detergents can actually injure your skin.
Want to slow down the aging process? Switch to a sulfate-free cleanser and wash your face at night only. In the morning, just splash your face with water as too much washing dries out your skin and causes it to age faster.
Here are three cleansers that are sulfate and paraben-free (from left to right in the photo).
I recently received a small sample of this cleanser and love it. The ultra-gentle formula is over the top rich and creamy, yet it still feels like my skin is fresh and clean.
The season of dry, cracked lips is just around the corner but you don’t have to give up your favorite lipstick, especially if it’s Clarins.
Clarins’ classic #1 lipstick Joli Rouge has been revamped with a new moisturizing long-wearing formula and brilliant gold packaging.
The new Joli Rouge has a creamy, moisture-rich formula that features color payoff and a hint of shine. The result is intense color with lip-softening, plant extracts that treat your lips. A blend of mango oil and organic marsh also adds long-lasting hydration.
The holiday season is hands down the best time of the year to pick up a makeup palette. This year, you can find choices for any budget.
Here are a few palettes that have caught my eye this year. The big question is:
Will you be giving one of these palettes as a gift or keeping it for yourself?
MAC doesn’t come out with a lot of face palettes, so when they do it’s worth taking a look. If you want to introduce yourself or someone to the brand, this year’s Enchanted Eve Face Palette is a great choice.
I like that the palette is available in either warm (neutrals) or cool (pinks/plums) shades and comes in a retro disco case. It contains:
- 3 Eye Shadows
- Beauty Powder
- Cream Colour Base
- Two Lipsticks (cream and high-shine finish)
- Double-Ended brush
Have you tried IT Cosmetics? I’ve been hooked on their makeup for a few years, especially their amazing brushes and lip products.
If you’re new to the brand, you may want to pick up the IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Four Piece Collection (as a gift for a loved one or yourself).
The IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Four-Piece Collection features the iconic Je Ne Sais Quoi shade, which is the perfect flush of pink on all skin tones!
What is Included
Here’s what you get in this holiday collection (from left to right).
Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain—moisturizes lips with hydrating butters and oils that treat, condition, and nourish lips.
If you’re looking for ways to look younger without going to any extremes, here are a couple of easy makeup tricks to get you started.
1. Replace Black Eyeliner with Brown Eyeliner
Unless you’re going for a goth look (why?), black eyeliner at a certain age can be too harsh. For a soft and natural-looking look, switch over to brown eyeliner.
I love the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Brown Black (matte deep chocolate). This waterproof eyeliner pencil has a creamy texture that lets you draw a straight line in a flash.
2. Apply Peachy Pink Blush to Your Cheekbones
I’m all for contour and highlighting, but it can be tricky. Swipe on too much contour/highlighter makeup, and you can look like a hot mess.
A pop of peachy pink color is very youthful and healthy looking.
One of my favorite blushes is MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty. This shade brightens your face and works whether you’re looking for a pink or peach shade to match your lip and eye makeup.
If your skin is on the oily side, a mattifying product is always worth checking out.
The Body Shop has just launched the Instamatte Mattifying Compact, a lightweight, transparent gel that works for all skin types and tones. It provides invisible coverage and shine control for up to 8 hours.
What I like about this mattifier is that it comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge so you can touch up on the go!
How to Use Instamatte
MAC Cosmetics has been hitting it out of the park with their latest launches.
What I’m loving lately are two products from the MACnificent Me! collection.
MACnificent Me! Eye Shadow x 9 Palette
This neutral palette includes nine shades (matte and frosted) with colors ranging from light taupe to deep brown. The palette is on the small side, but you’ll still get a lot of wear out of the shades for day or night.
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer (Simply Swinging)
This MAC Studio nail lacquer is my first nail product from MAC, and I have to say I’m impressed. The flat brush lets you apply the lacquer accurately and the formula is long-lasting. The grey-lilac tint is stunning (and not over the top if you’re not into darker nails).
How to Enter the Giveaway
Since I’m such a big fan of MAC Cosmetics, I decided that I would share my MAC love with regular and new followers of The Blush Stops Here by running an encore MAC Cosmetics Gift Card giveaway. Continue reading
One of the hottest trends for fall makeup is bold, graphic eye shadow. One way to get the look is using purple eye shadow to make a dramatic statement.
Here are some tips to make wearing purple shadow a breeze.
Purple Makes Your Eye Color Pop
If you have hazel or green eyes, purple-based shadows are made for you. If you have gold tones in your eyes even better, add a hint of pink and your purple shadow will accentuate your eyes even more.
If you have brown eyes, purple shadow is a great contrasting option. For those with blue eyes, a purple shadow with slight bronze undertones does the trick.
Brightness and Skin Tone Makes a Difference
Generally, if you have darker skin, you can go for a brighter shade. If you have lighter skin, go lighter (but not too light as it can wash out your skin).
The number of visually impaired people in the world is staggering: 285 million people have trouble seeing. The good news is that 80% of blindness cases can be avoided!
To fight against avoidable blindness, L’OCCITANE is helping with a solidarity product: a luxurious melting honey body soap from Provence made with shea butter to cleanse and perfume skin.
This symbolic soap is wrapped in a printed box, decorated with flowers and honeycomb cells drawn by founder, Olivier Baussan.
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.
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!)
Jeff Chastain is a NYC celebrity hairstylist with over 14 years of experience.
Of course, you want to know who some of his amazing celebrity clients are. They include Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kerry Washington, and RHONY Kristen Taekman.
If that’s not enough, other celebrity clients that you may have heard of are Sarah Jessica Parker and Keri Russell. Ttwo of my favorite binge-watching series just happen to be Sex and the City and Felicity (Team Aidan/Team Ben!).
Clients loved Chastain’s signature practice of “product cocktailing”so much that he created PARLOR by Jeff Chastain with the help of Birchbox.
If you’ve been thinking that hair products are getting too complicated, you may want to check out this haircare line. You don’t need a chemistry degree to figure out how to use PARLOR by Jeff Chastain because the line features easy-to-use formulas.
Since the products are designed to work together, they all have the same unisex fragrance: ripe peach, fresh-cut grass, and white woods. For example, if you apply the Moisturizing Sea Salt Spray after shampooing and conditioning to get beachy waves, you won’t smell like a department store fragrance counter.