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Metallic Lips for the Holidays

25 Nov

Metallic Lips

The holiday season is the one time of the year when you can bling it up big time and go for high-voltage lips.

TIP: When wearing metallic lips, make sure your lips are in good condition as the texture is definitely an attention grabber.

Here are a couple of metallic lip products to try.

NYX Glam Lipstick Aqua Luxe in Jet Set

Glam Lipstick Aqua Luxe is a lip collection from NYX in all kinds of sparkle with major color payoff. Jet Set is a golden bronze shades with silver reflects that embrace the colors of the season.
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Kiss and Contribute: Fresh SUGA(RED) Lip Treatment

17 Nov

Fresh SUGA(Red)

Are you a Fresh Sugar lover, like me?

The big news from Fresh this holiday season is that the brand is launching its first product that gives back.

This December, you can pick up the limited edition SUGA (RED) Lip Treatment at Sephora wrapped in red to support the fight against AIDS.

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Moisture-Rich Lipstick: Clarins Joli Rouge

12 Nov


The season of dry, cracked lips is just around the corner but you don’t have to give up your favorite lipstick, especially if it’s Clarins.

Clarins’ classic #1 lipstick Joli Rouge has been revamped with a new moisturizing long-wearing formula and brilliant gold packaging.

The new Joli Rouge has a creamy, moisture-rich formula that features color payoff and a hint of shine. The result is intense color with lip-softening, plant extracts that treat your lips. A blend of mango oil and organic marsh also adds long-lasting hydration.

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Pretty Palettes for the Holiday Season

9 Nov


The holiday season is hands down the best time of the year to pick up a makeup palette. This year, you can find choices for any budget.

Here are a few palettes that have caught my eye this year. The big question is:

Will you be giving one of these palettes as a gift or keeping it for yourself?

1. MAC Cosmetics Enchanted Eve Face Palette

MAC doesn’t come out with a lot of face palettes, so when they do it’s worth taking a look. If you want to introduce yourself or someone to the brand, this year’s Enchanted Eve Face Palette is a great choice.

I like that the palette is available in either warm (neutrals) or cool (pinks/plums) shades and comes in a retro disco case. It contains:

  • 3 Eye Shadows
  • Beauty Powder
  • Cream Colour Base
  • Two Lipsticks (cream and high-shine finish)
  • Double-Ended brush

2. Bobbi Brown Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette

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Perfect Kiss of Pink: IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Four-Piece Collection

6 Nov


Have you tried IT Cosmetics? I’ve been hooked on their makeup for a few years, especially their amazing brushes and lip products.

If you’re new to the brand, you may want to pick up the IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Four Piece Collection (as a gift for a loved one or yourself).

The IT Cosmetics Je Ne Sais Quoi Four-Piece Collection features the iconic Je Ne Sais Quoi shade, which is the perfect flush of pink on all skin tones!

What is Included

Here’s what you get in this holiday collection (from left to right).

Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain—moisturizes lips with hydrating butters and oils that treat, condition, and nourish lips.

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Birchbox for October: Positive Force

19 Oct

Birchbox Positive Force

I recently attended a Birchbox event introducing Vancouver beauty bloggers to PARLOR by Jeff Chastain haircare (more about this haircare line here).

To help educate bloggers about Birchbox, we all received the October 2015 edition of Birchbox’s subscription beauty box, Positive Force.

This month’s theme focuses on the power of beauty to change your mood, inspire confidence, and make you happy (beauty samples definitely make me happy). Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Birchbox is also partnering with the Look Good, Feel Better Foundation.

What You Get

Here are the products you’ll receive in the Positive Force beauty box:
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Holiday Makeup Tradition: Dior Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette

14 Oct

Dior Pret-a-Porter Nude Eye and Lip Palette

Since I started blogging at The Blush Stops Here, I’ve always covered Dior holiday palettes. They are truly amazing!

If you want to impress a fellow makeup junkie or treat yourself this holiday season, give the gift of a Dior holiday palette and you’ll score big points ;).

This year one of my favorite holiday palettes is the Dior Pret a Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette.

The Pret-a-Porter Nude Palette comes in a chic, black zippered case and contains three eye shadows (light gold, satiny brown, and matte brown) and two lip products: Lip Maximizer in Light Pink and Rouge Dior #766 (Dark Pink). A double-ended (eye shadow and lips) applicator is also included.

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H&M Beauty Collection: Lip Colour-to-Go

6 Oct


I popped into H&M recently just to check out the new Beauty Department making a splash in H&M stores across the globe. The collection isn’t just a few products–it’s quite extensive (700 products) with everything from hair styling products to body care to tons of makeup.

Like a kid in a candy store, I admit I had trouble deciding on one product to try. I finally settled on the Lip Colour-to-Go in “At First Blush” because I love neutrals so much.

Lip Colour-to-Go is a lipstick pencil with a moisturizing formula and decent colour pay-off. With its hydrating formula and size, it’s easy to apply with precision even without a mirror. It’s small enough to fit in just about any bag, but big enough to easily find with any other items you carry.

For staying power, I apply my favorite lip primer (NYX Lip Primer) which makes this lip colour last even longer.

So, what’s the verdict?

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NEW Burt’s Bees Caramel Apple Moisturizing Lip Balm

17 Sep


Nothing says fall like apples, caramel, and lip balm.

NEW Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm has a buttery caramel flavor combined with notes of juicy tart apple (sounds yummy).

The moisturizing lip balm ingredients include rich Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Apple Fruit Extract.

Like all Burt’s Bees lip balm, the apple caramel version hydrates and moisturizes dry lips, leaving them soft and smooth.

NEW Burt’s Bees® Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm will be available October 2015.

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MAC Haute Dogs Mineralize Rich Lipsticks

8 Sep


If you’ve passed by your local MAC Cosmetics counter, you’ve probably noticed the MAC Haute Dogs Colour Collection in all its canine splendor.

The limited edition makeup collection is inspired by well-groomed dogs although I haven’t seen too many pinky nude puppies lately . . . maybe a cross between a cocker spaniel and an Irish setter :).

For this collection, MAC has added 6 limited edition shades to its Mineralize Rich Lipstick collection. This lipstick is lightweight and provides long-term hydration so it’s not super long-lasting, but it’s so doggone pretty I couldn’t resist.

The shades include:

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New Colour Boosting Technology: MAC Vamplify

28 Aug

MAC Cosmetics Vamplify

So Much Pigment, So Little Time💄

Just when we’re all getting used to wearing lipstick, lip gloss is back . . . but with a twist

MAC Vamplify lip glosses are not the traditional sticky stuff that starts to wear off before you know it.

Their most dramatic lipgloss yet, MAC Cosmetics Vamplify features a new colour-boosting technology loaded with high-powered pigments. In one swipe, you get a lot of attitude plus a combination of natural oils polish with gorgeous colour.

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How Sweet It Is: Tarte Lip and Cheek Duo

12 Aug

Tarte How Sweet It Is

If you’ve always wanted to try the Tarte line, here’s an easy way to do it.

Get into the checkout line at Sephora and pick up the Tarte How Sweet It Is deluxe lip and cheek duo on the way out (sometimes it’s OK to succumb to impulse shopping).

This best-selling duo includes two mini products in Tarte’s latest shade of golden peach pink, Sweet, which flatters just about everyone:

  • LipSurgence Lip Tint is a lipstick, lip gloss, and a creamy balm in one. The nourishing formula contains vitamins C and E, jojoba seed oil, and peppermint.
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is a long-wearing powder blush that minimizes oil while hydrating the skin naturally (the blush does last a long time!).

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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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Trend Alert: Berry Lips for Fall

20 Jul

Berry Lip Shades for Fall

Berry lips dominated the Fall 2015 runway shows earlier this year, so it’s not surprising that this shade is trending right now as a pre-fall favorite.

If you’ve started the berry party earlier in the year, the good news is you can take this trend right into the fall and winter.

Here are a few berry lip shades to get you started.

NARS Audacious Lipstick (Charlotte)

This modern burgundy shade features bold coverage and a soft texture. You can update your look with the satin finish, which isn’t overly glossy.

Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer (Berry Pop)

This weightless dark berry shade combines intense saturated color with a smoothing primer. Find out more about Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer here.

Make Up For Ever Rouge Artist Intense (Color 48)

This highly pigmented blackcurrant shade delivers rich color in a single stroke. This lipstick also features a satin finish which is long-lasting and moisturizing.

Quick Tips for Wearing Berry Lipstick
  1. Make sure your lips are flake-free as darker shades draw attention to your lips.
  2. Use a lip brush to apply the color precisely.
  3. For staying power, apply one coat of lipstick, blot your lips, then apply again.

[Images via Sephora]


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