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Romantic Treasure: Stila Sending My Love Set

23 Nov

Stila Sending My Love Gift Set

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:
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Birchbox LOC One & Done Shadow Sticks

16 Nov

Birchbox LOC Shadow Sticks

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.

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Pretty Palettes for the Holiday Season

9 Nov


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?

1. MAC Cosmetics Enchanted Eve Face Palette

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

2. Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette

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Fall Giveaway: MAC Cosmetics Gift Card

2 Nov


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

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Are You Afraid to Wear Purple Shadow? Here are Some Tips That Will Show You How

30 Oct

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).
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Help L’OCCITANE Improve the Vision of People in Need

28 Oct


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.

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Get Big Lashes This Fall: Shiseido Perfect Mascara and Eyelash Curler

26 Oct

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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Birchbox for October: Positive Force

19 Oct

Birchbox Positive Force

I recently attended a Birchbox event introducing Vancouver beauty bloggers to PARLOR by Jeff Chastain haircare (more about this haircare line here).

To help educate bloggers about Birchbox, we all received the October 2015 edition of Birchbox’s subscription beauty box, Positive Force.

This month’s theme focuses on the power of beauty to change your mood, inspire confidence, and make you happy (beauty samples definitely make me happy). Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Birchbox is also partnering with the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation.

What You Get

Here are the products you’ll receive in the Positive Force beauty box:
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Holiday Makeup Tradition: Dior Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette

14 Oct

Dior Pret-a-Porter Nude Eye and Lip Palette

Since I started blogging at The Blush Stops Here, I’ve always covered Dior holiday palettes. They are truly amazing!

If you want to impress a fellow makeup junkie or treat yourself this holiday season, give the gift of a Dior holiday palette and you’ll score big points ;).

This year one of my favorite holiday palettes is the Dior Pret a Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette.

The Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette comes in a chic, black zippered case and contains three eye shadows (light gold, satiny brown, and matte brown) and two lip products: Lip Maximizer in Light Pink and Rouge Dior #766 (Dark Pink). A double-ended (eye shadow and lips) applicator is also included.

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Trying Out Popular Asian Beauty Products

12 Oct


Since Asian beauty products are getting so much buzz right now, I decided to head over to a local Japanese dollar store (Daiso) that stocks imported beauty products.

My goal was to find a couple of unique popular items that I’ve never used before.

All of the products that I purchased cost $2 (CDN) plus tax. The packaging of the items contained the minimum required English (it’s often “lost in translation”), so I didn’t have a lot of information to work with.

Check out which products I recommend as a BUY and which ones I recommend as a PASS.

Nose Shadow

I’ve never seen a contouring product targeted for only the nose, so I was definitely interesting in checking out this product.

On close inspection, this shadow is no different from eye shadow and it took a few swipes of the darker shade before I could draw a line down my nose. The lighter shade is also on the white side which works for me since I’m pale; however, it may look awkward on darker skin.

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Perfect Party Shadows: Clarins 5-Color Eye Palette Pretty Night

9 Oct

5-Color Eye Palette Pretty Night

Now that we’re well into October, the party season is coming up right around the corner.

If you want to up your party game, you’ll need a palette with strong shades that work for all occasions.

The Clarins 5-Color Eye Palette Pretty Night just may do the job.

Not only are the shadows versatile, they contain plant and minerals extracts which makes application a breeze.

The five matte and satin shades come in a sleek coffee bean case:
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Brighten Up with a Serum Concealer

24 Sep


There’s a new crop of concealers that may just change your makeup routine.

Concealer with serums are designed mostly for the under eye area.

If you’re looking for creamy smooth texture, concealers with serum easily blend into the skin so you won’t tug at your skin. They also provide serious brightening properties.

Here are 3 concealers with serum (from left to right in the photo) that are worth checking out.

BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This serum concealer is designed to provide major coverage with an ultra-light texture. The formula contains antioxidant Lilac Plant Stem Cells to give skin a brightened, lustrous finish.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

This gel-serum concealer features brightening properties and a unique domed applicator (like a cotton swab) for the sensitive under eye area.

What I like about this concealer is that it’s infused with pineapple ceramide (pineapple is well-known for its brightening properties). You can also build the coverage without adding texture. Just dip, dot, and blend.

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Triple Duty: YSL Couture Kajal Eyeliner Pencil

21 Sep


If you want to recreate some of the graphic eyeliner trends seen on the Fall 2015 fashion runways, Yves Saint Laurent has the perfect 3-in-one pencil.

The Couture Kajal Eyeliner Pencil is an eyeliner, kohl, and smoky eyeshadow–all wrapped up into one gorgeous pencil.

With a creamy texture that glides on smoothly and a tip that always stays sharp, you’ll be able to draw inky lines that are thin or thick or in between.

The pencil comes in four wearable shades (nothing too over the top here):

  • Noir Ardent (deep black)
  • Vert Anglais (forest green)
  • Bleu Cobalt (cobalt blue)
  • Bleu Petrole (deep blue)

Here’s how you use the eyeliner pencil for three different applications.
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Benefit’s New BB Cream Eyelid Primer: Air Patrol

2 Sep


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!).

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.

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