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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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:
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.
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):
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.
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):
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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.
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:
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.
Two excellent choices in high-end makeup brushes are The Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Kit and the Bobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection.
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.
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:
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.
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.