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Clinique Spring Bouquet of Beauty Indulgences

13 Feb


If you can’t wait try out a few spring beauty indulgences, Clinique is offering an exclusive gift with any $31.00 purchase at Hudson’s Bay until February 22nd.

The gift features a bright, large-scale floral print cosmetic bag that contains a sunny collection of Clinique’s signature pieces:

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Why You Need to Invest in Makeup Brushes

26 Jan

It Cosmetics Brush Kit

Budget beauty works well when you can pick up a trendy new lip balm or a purse-sized hairspray.

When it comes to makeup brushes, you just may want to pull out more bills.

Why? High-quality makeup brushes make application easier and they’re designed to last longer. Most importantly, they don’t damage your skin.

The Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Kit and the Bobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection are excellent choices if you want to spend a couple of hundred dollars on brushes.

If $200 is too expensive, there are still a lot of good choices for a lot less.

One of my favorite brands for makeup brushes is IT Cosmetics, who design luxurious brushes that give new meaning to air brushing. The brushes are 100%, cruelty-free and anti-microbial.

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Clinique’s Mix-and-Match Neutrals Collection

22 Jan


When it comes to beauty, 2015 could very well be the year of Clinique.

First, the company collaborated with Meghan Trainor on a limited-edition makeup bag, inspired by her latest video Lips Are Movin’.

Now, Clinique has introduced a very wearable collection of eye shadows that will definitely shake up your image of neutral shadows  (these aren’t your mother’s neutrals).

The Wear Everywhere Neutral collection includes 5 palettes, each with 8 shadows that explore a different colour family:

  • Nudes
  • Greys
  • Pinks
  • Blues
  • Greens

Each neutral palette lets you get creative and mix and match blendable neutrals that are either matte or shimmery. You can tone down the shadows for work or amp them up for evening wear. The shadows are crease-and fade-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.

I had a chance to check out a sample of the Greys and the Pinks.
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Energize Your Eye Area With This Powerful Duo

19 Jan

Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo

Smoother skin and thicker lashes using one product: yes please!

Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo combines a hydrating eye cream and a nourishing lash serum to improve the overall eye area.

The eye cream contains an amino-Peptide + hydra-firming complex that penetrates deep into the skin’s surface to plump cells. Yet, the formula is not overly rich so you can apply it under the eye and onto your eyelid.

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Best Beauty Finds for 2014

31 Dec


Best Beauty Finds 2014

Here are some of the beauty finds I came across this year.

What qualifies as a beauty find on The Blush Stops Here: the product gets the job done!

1. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate

When my skin is looking dull and tired, I apply a drop or two of this skin booster and my skin takes on a glow almost immediately. Use it for a few days and your skin will definitely look softer and smoother (less makeup required!).

The refreshing grapefruit scent will also wake you up in the morning. Get more details about Ultimune here.

2. Fresh Sugar Ruby Tinted Lip Treatment

I admit that I’m not a fan of bright red lips, but I’ve definitely warmed out to the shimmery rouge tint of Fresh’s new addition to the Sugar Lip Treatment collection. The nourishing balm treats your lips, while the sheer texture lets you apply it on the go (without a mirror) and not worry about a moving lip line.
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More Chocolate from Too Faced: Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

24 Dec

Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar

When it comes to chocolate, I can never get enough and that includes a new addition to Too Faced cocoa-infused makeup.

The latest “chocolate” launch for 2015 is the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, a warmer version of the best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow palette.

The semi-sweet version doesn’t disappoint with 16 antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused shadows in matte and shimmer shades including warm caramel, deep mocha, and bronzy chocolate (bronze is big for 2015!).

The palette also includes a how-to Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.

The set contains these shades (starting at the top left):

* Coconut Creme
* Nougat
* Truffled
* Hot Fudge
* Cocoa Chili
* Pink Sugar
* Puddin’
* Blueberry Swirl
* Peanut Butter
* Frosting
* Rum Raisin
* Mousse
* Caramel
* Bon Bon
* Butter Pecan

[Image via Too Faced]

Easy Bolder Brow: Maybelline Brow Drama

24 Nov

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara

If you’re into makeup, you know that shaping your brows can make a big difference.

I’m all in when it comes to brow products, so I’m really excited about Maybelline’s new product, Brow Drama.

This new brow helper sounds like a game changer as it works like mascara to sculpt and tint your brows in a single step.

The delivery system is a ball brush that has the same effect as mascara for your lashes (without clumping or flaking). All you do is brush the mascara onto your brows in light upwards strokes and follow along the brow contour.

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Satisfy Your Holiday Craving: Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses

17 Nov

Too Faced Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses

Who doesn’t love a Too Faced holiday gift set, especially one that includes all of your holiday makeup essentials.

The Beauty Wishes & Sweet Kisses palette lets you create eye looks with three signature antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder infused shadows also found in the best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow palette.

To finish the look, the palette also contains two bronzers for a fresh glow and a pinky peach cream finish gloss.

Here are more details on the items in this holiday gift set:

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Introducing MAC Smoky Black Friday

15 Nov


Can you believe that Black Friday is around the corner? Even in Canada, Black Friday is becoming one of the biggest shopping days.

This Black Friday, MAC is getting in on the shopping frenzy by offering an exclusive online-only edition of Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow.

The Smoky Black Friday palette features three complementary noir shades that blend together for endless nightime looks (or daytime looks, if you dare).

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Inspired by a Classic Holiday Tradition: Clinique The Nutcracker Suite

13 Nov

Clinique The Nutcracker Suite

Performed for the first time in 1892, The Nutcracker Suite is an annual holiday production celebrated around the world.

The Nutcracker Suite collection from Clinique celebrates the spirit of the performance with rich shades of pink, white, and plum.

Breaking from the traditional berry colors of winter, this subtle collection is a breath of fresh air especially if you’re a fan of sugary pink tones.

The ballet-inspired collection contains three products:
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Three Classic Favorites are Among Winners of 2014 Glammy Awards

27 Oct

Glammy Awards

Every year, Glamour magazine comes out with a list of the top makeup and skincare products as voted on by their magazine readers. The awards cover both drugstore and specialty store products.

Here are three classic favorites that I’m already a fan of and have been using for a long time.

The Best Lip Color
MAC Lipstick (From Specialty Stores)

I have no trouble agreeing with this choice. When it comes to highly pigmented and moisturizing shades, MAC lipsticks can’t be beat.

One of my favorite shades is Fabby, a pinky shade with a hint of color. It looks great on most skin tones.

The Best Mascara
Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara (From Drugstores)

This mascara has been around forever and is a cult classic. The reason I love this mascara may be a little different from some of the Glamour readers.

I use Maybelline New York Great Lash Mascara in Clear as a sealer after applying deep black mascara. It really helps to stop flaking and smudging!

The Best Hairstyling Product

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Younger Looking Eyes: The Body Shop Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate

20 Oct

The Body Shop Drops of Youth

When it comes to innovative products, The Body Shop has been right on top of it lately.

One of their newest product, Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate, is a firming concentrate for younger looking eye area.

The ingredients that do the magic this time are Edelweiss plant stem cells and Community Fair Trade Babassu Oil with skin renewing properties. All of the ingredients in Drops of Youth Eye Concentrate help to smoothe out the appearance of lines, bags, and fatigue so your eyes look less tired (and younger!).

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Cult Classic: Clinique A Black Honey Affair

14 Oct

Clinique A Black Honey Affair

In 1971, Clinique created a phenomenon with the introduction of a deep, blackened raisin hue for their Clinique Glosswear for Lips collection called Black Honey. Nearly 20 years later, the Black Honey shade was launched as an Almost Lipstick: a cross between a lipstick and lip gloss that is perfectly unique for every woman.

Inspired by this cult classic, Clinique has introduced the limited edition A Black Honey Affair All About Shadow octet. Offering the same versatility, the palette contains a range of shades from light browns to deep purples that works for all skin tones:

  • The first four shades can be worn together or alone to create a neutral daytime look.
  • The four purple tones can be paired with the neutral hues for a pop of colour, or layered together to create a dramatic smoky violet eye look.

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New Makeup Collection from Brooke Shields and MAC

6 Oct

MAC Brooke Shields

Brooke Shields has been working as an actress/model since she was a baby, so it’s not surprising that MAC Cosmetics decided to collaborate on a makeup collection with Brooke.

The new collection contains 13 products including a fabulous 15-shade eye shadow palette (called Gravitas), lipsticks, and glosses, blushes and nail polish.

The colors cover a wide range from neutrals to reds for fall. According to Peoplestylewatch, Brooks believes that she isn’t one version of herself:  “There are products for looks that are very natural and also sexy and sophisticated.”

The shades and finishes in the limited edition collection have been chosen by Brooke herself, inspired by her favourite looks for day and night. The looks are intended to be easy, modern, and beautiful.

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MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show Collection

8 Sep


Wow, time flies! Remember, the Rocky Horror Picture Show (who could ever forget it). Well, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the legendary musical comedy horror film.

To celebrate the occasion, MAC is launching MAC Rocky Horror Picture Show. The goodies in this MAC collaboration are great keepsakes whether you’re a hardcore fan or like your makeup loud and shiny.

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