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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 early, the good news is you can take this trend right into the fall.

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.

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.

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.

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

[Images via Sephora]

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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Make Your Lips Pop with New Clinique Lip Collection

7 Jun

Clinique Pop Lip Colour and Primer

No time for lip primer? You won’t have to miss this smoothing step anymore with Clinique’s latest lipstick collection:  Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer.

Not only do you get a built-in primer that defines and nourishes your lips, the long-wearing velvety finish stays true and doesn’t fade over time (really!).

What makes Clinique’s new lip colour unique? The formula contains Shea and Murumur butters plus flexible polymer blends that maintain moisture and keep the wearable colours vibrant.

I had a chance to try Fab Pop, a creamy shade of light pink, which didn’t disappoint despite several sips of water and orange pekoe tea.

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Dior Can Help You Create a Custom Pink Glow

18 May

Dior Cheek & Lip Glow

Nothing says spring better than a flush of pink on your cheeks and lips.

It would be great if we could keep the glow from a yoga class or a run along the beach (in Vancouver), but that’s wishful thinking.

If you’re looking to capture that spring flush, Dior has developed new technology that immediately reacts to moisture in the skin and lips to give them a custom pink glow.

Dior Cheek & Lip Glow, which comes in a universal shade, is an ultra-light gel formula that leaves a healthy rosy glow with a natural, sheer look.

How to Apply Dior Cheek & Lip Glow

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What I’m Loving Lately

22 Apr

What I'm Loving

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.

1. Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight

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.

2. Cellex C High-Potency Serum

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.

3. Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Foundation

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All About the Pinks! Buxom Pink With Envy Lip Polish Collection

30 Mar

 Buxom PINK WITH ENVY 6-piece Mini Full On Lip Polish Collection

I’m a big fan of the pink pout. I also love Buxom lip polishes with their infamous tingle (especially White Russian) so I couldn’t resist six mini pink lip polishes in a luscious set.

The Pink With Envy Lip Polish Set has everything you need to get your pink on this spring.

The sheer shades range from soft to bold and can make all of your pink lip gloss dreams come true.

The lip polish collection features six full on lip polishes that you can use alone or layer together for a customized look:
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Latest Trend for Lip Wear: Lip Oils

16 Mar

Lip Oils

Since everyone is loving the face oil trend, it’s not surprising that lip oil is fast becoming the next big craze in lip wear.

The reason lip oils are gaining so much ground is because they provide everything you want from a lip product: color, moisturization, and shine.

Here are three new lip oils to try.

Yves Saint Laurent Volupté Tint-In-Oil. This lip oil has a lightweight texture that goes on smoothly and applies color evenly. The eight tints provide a solid wash of color for a natural and healthy look.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil. The formula of this oil is a unique fusion of plant oils designed to nourish lips. The lip comfort oil leaves a non-sticky shine and comes in two shades: honey (clear) and raspberry.

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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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Decidedly Defined Lips: MAC Pencilled In

10 Feb

MAC Cosmetics Pencilled In

For awhile, lip pencils were a makeup no-no. But, lip pencils are back and they’re better than ever.

If you want to take your makeup look to the next level with defined lips that are bold or classic, check out MAC Cosmetic’s latest launch: Pencilled In.

You can expertly line lips in 11 shades that are carbon colors of MAC lipsticks like the peachy coral Fruit Cocktail and the bright purple Heroine.

Here are the lip pencils in the collection (which also includes 12 lipsticks and
3 lip glasses):
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