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!

[Image via MAC Cosmetics]

Beach Proof Beauty: Ciaté London South Beach Socialite Collection

22 Jul

Ciate London South Beach Collection

Have you ever wondered how to glam up your makeup for the beach?

The South Beach Socialite collection from Ciaté London is the perfect beach proof makeup with just the right edge for creating bronzed contours and pigmented finishes.

Here are a few of the products I had a chance to try from this beautifully packaged collection with a Miami art deco themed design.

Bamboo Bronzer

This lightweight powder bronzer with oil-controlling properties comes in two shades: light mid and mid/dark. It contains botanical ingredients that smooth the look of your skin.

Get beach ready by dusting this bronzer anywhere you want to add warmth whether it’s your cheekbones, collarbone, or arms/legs.

Precious Metal Eyeshadow

If you’re looking for eye-catching glimmer in the sun, these innovative eyeshadow duos come in four metallic finishes: bronze gold, pink gold, ultramarine gold, and fuchsia gold.

Inspired by runway looks, the duos are cleverly packaged with a primer that you apply on your lids before layering the metal finish. The result is a high impact foil like shimmer that’s not over the top.

Lip Locked

Ciate London Lip LockedThis lip duo (tint and balm) can help create long-lasting lip color even in the dog days of summer with so many ways to wear it:

  • For a day look, add a swipe of the tinted lip balm for soft and smooth lips with a slight tint (I love the lip balm which is infused with shea butter).
  • For night, start with the lip balm then apply the hydrating lip tint for a full effect finish. Build coverage, as desired.

Whether you pick up Fuchsia or Berry, the shades work with all skin tones.

Lash Locked Mascara

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Trend Alert: Berry Lips for Fall

20 Jul

Berry Lip Shades for Fall

Berry lips dominated the Fall 2015 runway shows earlier this year, so it’s not surprising that this shade is trending right now as a pre-fall favorite.

If you’ve started the berry party early, the good news is you can take this trend right into the fall.

Here are a few berry lip shades to get you started.

NARS Audacious Lipstick (Charlotte)

This modern burgundy shade features bold coverage and a soft texture. You can update your look with the satin finish, which isn’t overly glossy.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (Color 48)

This highly pigmented blackcurrant shade delivers rich color in a single stroke. This lipstick also features a satin finish which is long-lasting and moisturizing.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer (Berry Pop)

This weightless dark berry shade combines intense saturated color with a smoothing primer. Find out more about Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer here.

Quick Tips for Wearing Berry Lipstick
  1. Make sure your lips are flake-free as darker shades draw attention to your lips.
  2. To apply the color precisely, use a lip brush.
  3. For staying power, apply one coat of lipstick, blot your lips, then apply again.

[Images via Sephora]

What I’m Loving This Summer

16 Jul

ImLovingIt

Here are few beauty and style goodies I picked up at the recently opened McArthurGlen designer outlet near the Vancouver airport. This is the first designer outlet to hit the city of Vancouver (not the ‘burbs) so it’s a big deal for Vancouver shoppers.

Coach Aviator Sunglasses

I’m a sucker for aviator sunglasses and combined with Coach touches (like the horse-and-carraige logo at the temple), I couldn’t resist.

These sunglasses provide state-of-the-art, full-spectrum sun protection which also twisted my arm. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re packaged in a Coach case with a velvet interior.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer

I didn’t expect to shop at The Body Shop at the designer outlet, but I noticed a new addition to the Instablur line for the eye area.

The Instablur Eye Primer does triple duty: it works to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid with a slight tint, and enhance the vibrancy of your eye shadow.

I like how this primer works but I wish it came in a larger tube.

Lady Slipper Nail Lacquer

This feminine shade of shimmering pink is just the right touch of summer if you prefer subtle polish. I love that it dries fast and glides on smoothly.

The formula, which reinforces and protects nails, is free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde and toluene.

Next time, I’ll try Crabree & Evelyn’s Nail Polish Remover Wipes that replace traditional ingredients with a gentler, healthier soy-based formula.

Guess Relaxed Skinny Jeans

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Summer Shine Patrol: 3 Products for Fighting Oily Skin

15 Jul

Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers

Even if you’re not prone to oily skin, the hot humid weather can bring out the shine on your face (especially the T-zone).

Here are three products that can help fight oily skin during the summer months.

Bobbie Brown Blotting Papers

These powder-free tissues are perfect for absorbing excess oil and perspiration during the summer months, without removing makeup.

The tissues (100 per pack) come in a refillable black faux-leather case with a mirror that can fit in a back pocket. As one reviewer on the Bobbie Brown site mentioned, they’re not your Grandma’s blotting papers!

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Cushion-Sponge Liquid Eye Liner: Stila Got Inked

13 Jul

StilaGot Inked Cushion Eye Liner

Cushion makeup has been one of the strongest trends in makeup this year with products like the innovative Lancome Miracle Cushion infused with liquid foundation.

Now Stila is taking cushion technology one step further with Got Inked™ Cushion Eye Liner.

This lightweight liquid liner is dispensed using a one-of-a-kind, cushion sponge soaked in richly pigmented color. The six colors range from flat to metallic finishes and can be easily applied using an eye liner brush (use Stila’s La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush or your own).

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Clinique’s New Mask Lineup

8 Jul

New Clinique Masks

Just in time for summer, Clinique is introducing two new masks: one to deep cleanse and the other to brighten skin for an all-around glow.

Like all of Clinique’s masks, these masks feature super-charged ingredients to complement any regular skin care regimen.

They’re also 100% fragrance free which is important since fragrance is the most common cause of skin irritation which can be aggravated during warmer weather.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask

This deep cleansing mask features a blend of clays and charcoal powder to instantly mattify and detoxify the skin of dirt and impurities.

But don’t worry about it stripping your skin. The mask is specifically designed to be gentle with a formula that balances oil-absorbing clays and charcoal powder with hyaluronic acid to prevent potential dryness.

Here are the key ingredients in the mask:
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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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BB Cream for the Body: Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream

29 Jun

First came BB cream for your face. Next came BB creams for your hair. Now, you can apply a BB cream to improve the skin texture on your body.

Jergens BB Body Perfecting Skin Cream is designed to create five “beautifying” benefits to your skin:

  • Hydration
  • Illumination (subtle sheen)
  • Evenness (redness/discoloration)
  • Firmness
  • Correction (blurs/hides imperfections)

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Give Your Nails Some Oxygen: Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment

24 Jun

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment

It’s very easy to go overboard when it comes to your nails. There are so many fantastic nail collections to try and it’s only the beginning of summer.

If your nails need some SOS., try reviving them with an at-home oxygen treatment.

Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment is a nutrient-rich nail care solution designed to revamp thin, weak nails in about four weeks.

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Boost Your Skin’s Immunity: Shiseido Ultimune Eye

22 Jun

Ultimune Eye

Last year, Shiseido introduced Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate designed to boost the immunity of the skin in its defense against the signs of aging.

Ultimune was such a game changer that it won the best cosmetics award “Prix d’Excellence” in 2014 sponsored by French magazine, Marie Claire.

Taking eye treatment to a new level of intensity, Shiseido has just launched Ultimune Eye Power Infusing Eye Concentrate for the delicate skin around the eye area. Ultimune Eye is based on the same patented immunity activating technology which has won dedicated customers all over the world (one million bottles have already been sold!).

ULTIMUNELABI recently won an invitation to a VIP dinner hosted by Shiseido Canada and City Line’s resident beauty expert Dave Lackie to celebrate the launch of Ultimune Eye.

Talk about lucky–this invitation is like winning the lottery.

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What You Need to Know About Ultimune Eye

Here’s what I learned during Shiseido’s presentation in their cross-country mobile Ultimune Lab and what you need to know!

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New Ways to Get a Safe, Sunless Tan

17 Jun

Sunless Tanners

Everyone loves the a sun-kissed look, but damaging UV rays aren’t worth taking a risk.

Here are a couple of products that can make you look like a bronze goddess without frying for hours on a beach.

Michael Kors Hydrating Bronze Gel Creme

This lightweight gel creme lets you combine a tanned look and a subtle glow. Not only does it provide sheer color, it also gives your skin all-day hydration.

Use it alone on your face for a luminous look or apply before bronzing powder. You an also smooth on the gel creme anywhere on your body.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Bronzing Beauty Balm

This lightweight bronzer comes in a beauty balm format that leaves a subtle, warm glow in a medium bronze shade. It also enriches skin tone and minimizes skin imperfections.

The best part of this bronzing beauty balm: it provides SPF 20 for sun defense.

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Turn Your Moisturizer into Foundation: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

15 Jun

Cover | FX Custom Cover Drops

Do you ever wish your foundation could be as smooth as your favorite moisturizer, or as firming as your favorite serum?

Cover FX has come up with a genius product called Custom Cover Drops that can turn any moisturizer, serum, oil, or primer that is water, oil, or silicone-based into foundation.

The drops feature a unique technology which leaves behind a pigment that transforms into a sheer tint or a total coverage foundation, depending on how many drops you add. To ensure the smoothest application, the pigments are also coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin.

Choose from a wide range of shades (up to 24) ranging from fair to light skin with pink undertones to medium to deeply tanned skin with golden undertones.

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Skincare Designed for Millennials: Origins Original Skin Renewal Serum

10 Jun

Original Skin Renewal Serum with Willowherb

If you’re a millennial, chances are a serum isn’t part of your skincare ritual yet.

Yet, the fact is that biological and physical changes do occur under the skin’s surface at this age. Whether it’s from late nights, stress, or sun exposure, skin can become uneven and dull resulting in a less radiant complexion.

Original Skin™ Renewal Serum with Willowherb by Origins was recently introduced as a high-performance solution to address the transition in quality of skin faced by today’s millennials. This super-serum helps skin look fresher and brighter, while it minimizes the appearance of imperfections.

The star ingredient in the serum is Willowherb, found in the Canadian prairies (yea Canada!), which has traditionally been used as an herbal supplement to treat medical ailments. This plant extract and other potent ingredients boost the skin’s overall quality and help soften the appearance of pores and imperfections.

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