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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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Your Game Plan for Big Lashes This Fall: Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition and Eyelash Curler

19 Aug

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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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.


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).


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: #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

Good luck to everyone!

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to @Smilers_Canada for winning the gift card. Stay tuned for another giveaway coming soon.

[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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What I’m Loving This Summer

16 Jul


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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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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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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In the Pink: Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

3 Jun

Maybelline New York The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette

If you loved the Maybelline New York The Nudes palette, get ready for the next edition: The Blushed Nudes.

What’s different about this nude palette? The shades have been infused with rose gold pigments. Rose gold is a carry over of a trend from last spring (check it out here).

The palette features 12 shades in pinks, plums, and rose colors which are flattering on just about everyone. The shades are mostly shimmer (not over the top) but there are also 3 matte shades. If you need inspiration on using the shades turn over the compact to see quad, trio, and duo combinations.

TIP: Green or hazel-eyed ladies, the shades in this palette will make your eye color pop!

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Your Go-To Summer Eyeliner: Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

1 Jun

SEPHORA COLLECTION Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner

I love the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner any time of the year, but especially during the summer weather.

With its creamy texture, the waterproof eyeliner pencil glides on smooth and stays put without smudging or fading for the entire day (no makeup meltdown).

Do you struggle at drawing a defined line? Well, this eyeliner is a game-changer when it comes to easily drawing a straight line on the first try that almost looks like a liquid liner. Leave the line as is or use the smudge tip or for a smoky summer evening look.

Even though it’s a retractable pencil, you can also create a super-fine tip using the built-in sharpener. And talk about an extensive color range. The eyeliner comes in 21 matte, shimmer, or glitter shades.

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This Mascara is Flying Off the Shelves

14 May

Ciate Triple Shot Mascara

If you want to try this hot, hot, hot mascara, you’ll have to wait till it’s restocked at Sephora.

In the meantime, here’s why there’s buzz about Ciate London Triple Shot Mascara.

The special formula in this mascara is unique in that it coats the lashes with a glossy finish creating a more wide-eyed look.

The wand also has a starfish design with less rows of bristles than on most other mascara wands. What this means is that excess formula stays between the rows and transfers onto the root of the lashes on contact.

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Splurge on this Natural Eye Palette and Give Back

7 May

Chantecaille 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shade Trio

If you love to give back and also wear gorgeous neutral shades, Chantecaille has a striking eye shadow trio that is definitely worth splurging on.

Chantecaille palettes are so breathtaking, they could easily double as collector’s items. The 15 Year Anniversary Eye Shade Trio is no exception.

It comes in a refillable limited edition gunmetal palette with three neutral shades that can easily take you through any season:
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