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Why You Need to Invest in Makeup Brushes

8 Feb

It Cosmetics Brush Kit

Budget beauty works well for most items like lip balms and makeup wipes.

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 high-end makeup brush sets to get started with are the Dior Backstage Brushes Collection and the Bobbi Brown Mini Brush Set.

Another cult favorite for makeup brushes is IT Cosmetics, a brand that designs luxurious brushes that give new meaning to air brushing. The brushes are 100%, cruelty-free, and anti-microbial.

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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day: Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub

1 Feb

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub

Happy February, beauties! Are you ready to celebrate the month of love?

If your lips are on the dry side, you may need a lip scrub to get them ready for Valentine’s Day.

The Kiss Lip Scrub is a limited edition Valentine’s Day lip scrub from LUSH!

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28 Jan

 FluMakeup

Flu season is here and hopefully you haven’t caught a cold or flu.

If you are sick, get plenty of rest!

When you’re ready to face the world, check out these makeup recovery tips to find out how to camouflage the last signs of your cold or flu.

Wear a Moisturizing Foundation

When you suffer from a cold or the flu, your skin may need extra moisture.

A tinted moisturizer or BB cream like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm isn’t drying like a powder, nor is it heavy like a liquid. It’s also quick and easy to apply (you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time on makeup when you’re getting over a cold!).

Cancel Out Red with Concealer

Red spots go hand in hand with a cold, especially around your nose. Benefit Cosmetics arsenal of correcting products from the Confessions of a Concealaholic kit like Lemon Aid and Boi-ing can help cancel out red spots on your nose and around your eyes.

To help with any dryness or cakiness around the nose, go for one of the latest high-tech skin relief lotions. Soothe from Diane Lai is an organic Shea butter-enriched lotion with natural oils to prevent discomfort and inflammation.

Try Peach Eye Shadow for a Little Warmth

For a quick fix for eye color, use a versatile product like Cream Colour Base from MAC Cosmetics in Shell.

This translucent cream color with a peachy beige shimmer is recommended as a shadow base but can also act as an all over color.

Wear a Blush With a Bit of a Glow

It’s common to become paler when you’re sick, so you may need a bit of colour and highlighter to create a healthy glow and subtle sparkle.
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Favorite Beauty Finds for This Year

31 Dec

Best Beauty Finds 2015

Before I list my favorite beauty finds for this year, I want to wish everyone a happy new year.

This past year, I’ve been lucky enough to connect with a lot of fabulous bloggers. Thanks so much for stopping by, checking out my blog, and following me (feel fee to follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and Instagram and I’ll follow you back).

Now, here are some of my favorite beauty finds for the year (from top left to bottom right).

Most of the products hit the shelves in 2015. Others caught my eye this year and I’m loving them so much, I just had to mention them.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

I like a creamy, full-coverage concealer for the under eye area. Not only is this dark circle concealer easy to blend,  it has color-correcting pigments to tone down dark areas. Find out more details about this amazing concealer here.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was one of the first moisturizers I ever used so I was happy to see that it was available in a more hydrating version.

This moisture-rich cream intensely hydrates skin without feeling greasy. It’s also designed to act as a barrier against the environment.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer (in Nail Slipper)

I found this sweet shade of shimmering pink in the Crabtree and Evelyn store at Vancouver’s new McArthurGlen Designer Outlet which opened up this summer.

I love that the formula dries fast and glides on smoothly. It’s also free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde, and toluene.

NYX Lip Primer

Until I started using this lip primer, I didn’t realize I needed one. Does this lip primer make a difference!

It comes in two shades (nude and  deep nude) and ensures your lip product lasts. It also prevents feathering and helps retain the true color of your lip product.

MAC Eye Shadow X 9 (in MACnificent Me!)

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Pretty Party Makeup

21 Dec

Party Face

It’s time to dust off your party dresses and glam up your beauty routine (woo hoo!).

To get into a party mood this season, I’m loving makeup with a bright pop of color.

Here are a few product suggestions for your party makeup inspiration!

MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty

MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty is ahhmazing! It brightens your face and works whether you’re looking for a pink or peach shade to match lip and eye makeup.

Too Faced Sugar Pop Palette

Who doesn’t love a Too Faced palette, especially one with so many wearable shades I don’t even know where to begin.

Not only does this colorful palette have signature shadows in vanilla and chocolate, it also includes fun candy-inspired hues like Strawberry Ice and Peach Fuzz.

Buxom Lash Mascara

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Easy Ways to Glam it Up for the Holidays

9 Dec

 Get Glam

If you’re party hopping this holiday season, here are some easy ways to change your look from day to night.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner

This liquid eyeliner has a superfine, flexible felt tip that easily glides along the lashline for precise application.

On top of that, this high-pigment liner is waterproof and stays put so you won’t have any melting or cracking by the end of your party.

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Nourishing Neutrals: Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio

2 Dec

Fresh Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio

Fresh always puts together great holiday gift sets. One of my favorites this year is the Nude Lip Lovers Mini Kissing Trio.

Mini kits are a big trend this holiday season. Combine that with three neutral Sugar Lip Treatments and you’ve got the perfect holiday gift (for a friend or for yourself).

The set contains:

  • Sugar Nude Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: (sheer shimmery blush nude)
  • Sugar Rosé Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: (sheer rose)
  • Sugar Honey Tinted Lip Treatment SPF 15: (bold warm nude)

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Perfectly Portable: Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette

30 Nov

Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette

This is my first Bobbi Brown makeup palette, so excuse me for gushing but it is something else.

I’ve always wanted to try Bobbi Brown makeup, but it is on the pricey side. When I saw the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette online, I knew I had to pick this one up.

The Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette is part of a the mini makeup trend, and it is doesn’t disappoint. With  five shades of silky powder shadow and high shimmer pink lip gloss, this “palm” palette has everything you need on the go for a touch up or a glammed up night look.

The shades also come in a sleek black compact with an embossed crest, silver interior, and mirror (swoon!).

What the Palette Contains

Look at all you get in this mini palette:
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