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Matte Neutral Eye Shadow Collection: Too Faced Natural Matte

6 Apr

Too Faced Natural Matte

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):

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Hybrid Powder Cream Technology: Rimmel Glam’Eyes HD Eyeshadow

11 Mar

Rimmel Glam Eyes HD

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.

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Spring Giveaway: MIYU Beauty Skincare and Beauty Teas

4 Mar

MIYU Beauty Prettea Quartet

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):

RT & follow @blushstopshere to #win a 4-piece skincare/beauty tea set from @MIYUBeauty. #Giveaway details at

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

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Update: This contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for new giveaways!

Eye Contouring All-in-One: Benefit Cosmetics Big Beautiful Eyes

2 Mar


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.

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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.

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.

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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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