With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you may be feeling stumped on how to make this year special.
Here’s how you can give your mom the traditional Mother’s Day favorites with a twist.
A bouquet of spring flowers is always a hit, but a bottle of Prada Candy Florale will make any mom smile from ear to ear. This light and airy fragrance contains an uplifting mix of floral notes (peonies are a key note), soft powdery notes, and the warmth of honey to reflect the scent’s sensual side.
Find out more about this latest addition to the Prada Candy family here.
Finnish site, Uniikii, specializes in designers and manufacturers who have a desire to change the world and give back. Handmade in Finland, this three‑tiered bracelet in dark blue caught my eye because it has a warm and natural look. For moms who are concerned about sustainability, the bracelet is made of wood, jewellery metal, and rubber string.
Check out more Finnish fashion from Uniikii here.
Here are few beauty goodies that I’m loving lately. Let me know if you’ve tried any of these favorites or plan on it in the future.
This highlight from Clinique’s new contouring line contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments that I’ve been lusting after for a long time. Use this sculpting crayon to add a luminous sheen to the top of your cheekbones or your Cupid’s bow to make your lips look more shapely. Find out more about the Clinique Hello Cheekbones collection here.
Vitamin C is one of the most powerful ingredients for fighting aging. Why? Vitamin C helps to produce collagen which gives elasticity to your skin.
When it comes to Vitamin C, nobody does it better than Cellex C. A pioneer in Vitamin C skin care, the Cellex-C complex contains highly concentrated levels of ascorbic acid (Vitamin C) to enhance your skin. If you don’t believe me, check out photos of Mr. C. who tested the product on one side of his face.
Just in time for spring, Clinique has added to its high-performance Turnaround Revitalizing franchise.
I had a chance to take a look at one of the new products−Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil−designed to kick-start the skin’s natural renewal cycle.
If you’re wondering how Clinique’s facial oil differs from others, the Turnaround Revitalizing treatment Oil is extremely lightweight, yet hydrating (a little goes a long way). In addition to anti-oxidants, the formula contains salicylic acid which adds an exfoliating feature to this oil.
The bottle comes with an attached dropper on the lid, which is a great feature for applying oil which can be messy. You can also use the dropper to mix this oil with your favorite moisturizer for more hydration.
There are two other additions to this skin renewal line:
Let’s face it. Some of us are just not into loud, bright nail shades. And extreme nail art . . . Fuggetaboutit.
The Whisper collection from Deborah Lippmann for spring ’15 features classic, understated colors and that’s it.
Each sheer finish in this collection is chic and can be layered with other shades.
Here are the soft shades in the Whisper collection:
It seems like every day there’s a product launch and something new to try, but there are two go to products from MAC Cosmetics that I just can’t live without:
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish (Soft and Gentle)
- MAC Mineralize Blush (Dainty)
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle can be used in many ways but I just may have a unique application for this MAC favorite. Using a blush contouring brush, I apply it under the hollow of my cheekbones. Even though, the powder is a swirl of peach and cream with a touch of shimmer, it adds just the right shadow of color to bring out your cheekbones.
If sparkle isn’t your thing, then you’ll love this all-matte palette from Too Faced.
The Too Faced Natural Matte palette includes shades from the best-selling Natural Eyes palette in a matte format. The creamy shadows feature a silky smooth formula with rich color payoff that creates an almost airbrushed effect.
Here are the shades in the Natural Matte Palette divided into three different looks (starting with the top row):
I’m a big fan of the pink pout. I also love Buxom lip polishes with their infamous tingle (especially White Russian) so I couldn’t resist six mini pink lip polishes in a luscious set.
The Pink With Envy Lip Polish Set has everything you need to get your pink on this spring.
The sheer shades range from soft to bold and can make all of your pink lip gloss dreams come true.
The lip polish collection features six full on lip polishes that you can use alone or layer together for a customized look:
Just in time for spring, My Burberry is a fragrance designed to capture the scent of a London garden after the rain.
For those who haven’t traveled to London, imagine a contemporary floral featuring a delicate heart of rose and a light touch of geranium.
Even more exciting is the posh bottle, which is inspired by the Burberry trench coat and its deep heritage of British design and craftsmanship. The bottle features a bow made of cotton gabardine used in classic Burberry trench coats and a tortoise shell-colored cap.
Here are the notes of this every day fragrance:
Have you always wanted to try highlighting and contouring, but worry that you’ll end up looking like a hot mess.
Clinique has come to the rescue (as usual) with their new Hello Cheekbones collection, which makes highlighting and contouring a breeze!
I had a chance to preview the new sculpting tools in this new line and am pleased to say that this is one mistake-proof collection.
The Hello Cheekbones collection includes these tools to help enhance the bone structure you’re born with:
- Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight and Contour Crayons
- Sculptionary Cheek Contouring Palettes (love the name of this one!)
Although the latest star of the Fresh Black Tea collection is the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, this line also has another top performer.
If you’re looking for an anti-aging eye cream that sinks into your skin without being overly rich, the cooling formula of Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate softens fine lines, reduces puffiness, and inhibits damaging free radicals.
In addition to moisture retaining noni fruit juice, the formula contains Kombucha (a fermented black tea blend) designed to return luster to dull skin and firm the complexion.
Since everyone is loving the face oil trend, it’s not surprising that lip oil is fast becoming the next big craze in lip wear.
The reason lip oils are gaining so much ground is because they provide everything you want from a lip product: color, moisturization, and shine.
Here are three new lip oils to try.
Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil. This lip oil has a lightweight texture that goes on smoothly and applies color evenly. The eight tints provide a solid wash of color for a natural and healthy look.
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. The formula of this oil is a unique fusion of plant oils designed to nourish lips. The lip comfort oil leaves a non-sticky shine and comes in two shades: honey (clear) and raspberry.
Rimmel London has been spot on with their latest makeup products, like their Wonder’Lash Mascara with Argan Oil and Scandaleyes Shadow Stick. So I’m not surprised that the brand is introducing another innovative product, this time in their eye collection.
The Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow palette contains 5 shades that add up to decent colour payoff for up to 8 hours.
The shadow formula is a new hybrid powder-cream technology that is easy to blend, especially for a drugstore product. You can wear it dry for a subtle look or wet for bumped up drama.
Are you addicted to taking selfies? Well, you’re not alone because selfies are more popular than ever.
For those who want to enhance the quality of their photos, Too Faced has created the first makeup palette designed for social media. It even has its own hashtag: #tfnofilter.
The Too Faced Selfie Finishing Powder Palette is a collection of lightweight (silk-like) finishing powders that mimic the effect of photo filters. The portable compact lets you filter your selfies with light-fragmenting technology whether you’re at home or on the go.
The palette contains a mirror on one side with details about the three light filtering photo-enhancing powders on the other side:
After a long winter, spring is finally around the corner. What better time to get your skin ready for a new season and leave the cold, dry weather behind!
MIYU Beauty is a revolutionary line of skincare and beauty teas that can renew your skin by hydrating and soothing your complexion inside and out.
I’m a big fan of award-winning MIYU Beauty and am so excited to be hosting a giveaway of their four-piece collection of skin essences and tea pairings.
A Prettea Little Tea Quartet
This handy travel-size beauty set will help you hydrate and unwind with skincare and delicious beauty tea. The quartet includes:
- Hydrate mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Enhances your skin’s ability to retain water and leaves a radiant, dewy glow.
- De-stress mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Helps with visual signs of stress like redness and irritation and leaves a healthy, serene glow.
- Hydrate mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains green rooibos, an African red bush tea that naturally contains electrolytes to rehydrate from within.
- De-stress mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains relaxing ingredients like peppermint and chamomile blossoms.
How to Enter the Giveaway
Follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and tweet the following before Thursday, March 19 (12 pm PST):
RT & follow @blushstopshere to #win a 4-piece skincare/beauty tea set from @MIYUBeauty. #Giveaway details at http://wp.me/pwaiC-7bF
A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Twitter. The winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents. The prize package is sent directly from the sponsor.
Note: I’m just starting out on Instagram, so feel free to follow me at https://instagram.com/blushstopshere/.
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Update: This contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for new giveaways!
If you’re a beauty junkie, you know that contouring is hot, hot, hot this year.
Besides the cheek and jaw area, you can also contour your eye area.
I’ve been relying on the Benefit Cosmetics Big Beautiful Eyes kit to contour and define my eyes for years! Benefit is always spot on with kits and this one definitely gets The Blush Stops Here approval.
The Big Beautiful Eyes kit contains:
- Boi-ing Concealer (one shade suits most)
- Alabaster pink eye shadow (soft pink shimmer shade for highlighting or applying as a base all over the eye area)
- Cocoa shimmer eye shadow (soft brown shimmer for contouring)
- Rich chocolate eye shadow (deep brown for lining and defining)
A concealer brush and a double-ended contour/liner brush are included, plus step-by-step application instructions.