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Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

31 Aug

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Make Your Dark Circles Skip Town

When used for color-correcting, a concealer with an orange tint does magic to conceal under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer is a creamy, full-coverage concealer with a non-tugging formula. It combines color-correcting pigments, moisturizing ingredients, and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

Love coconut oil? Well, it’s a key ingredient in this concealer that provides intensive moisture and blends easily over any discoloration (even blue veins on fair skin tones).

The NYX Dark Circle Concealer comes in four shades:
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New Colour Boosting Technology: MAC Vamplify

28 Aug

MAC Cosmetics Vamplify

So Much Pigment, So Little Timeđź’„

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.

The glossy color has staying power and is designed to last for hours. You can also make it last by lining your lips with a  Pro Longwear Lip Pencil, now in 12 new shades.

Here are the 17 lip gloss shades in the collection:
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Jeans that Keep Your iPhone Charged

22 Aug

#Hello Jeans

When it comes to multitasking, you can’t do better than this.

Joe’s Jeans have designed a jean style that features a secret side pocket for your iPhone and a slim battery to charge it.

With just three steps, you can easily charge your iPhone with the #Hello Jean style:

  1. Slide the charged slim battery into the battery pocket and connect it to the power cord.
  2. Place your iPhone into the side pocket.
  3. Connect your iPhone to the plug.

On top of that, #Hello Jeans come in four mid rise skinny styles:
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Your Game Plan for Big Lashes This Fall: Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition and Eyelash Curler

19 Aug

Shiseido Mascara and Eyelash Curler

If you like to stay on top of the latest makeup trends, mascara (and plenty of it) is a big thing coming this fall.

In fact, dramatic lashes were all over the 2015 fall fashion runways like the show for Giambattista Valli, where six coats of mascara were applied to models for spidery-style lashes.

How do you get the big lash look? Try a one-two punch from Shiseido: full-definition mascara and an eyelash curler.

Shiseido Perfect Mascara Full Definition

This mascara combines a lengthening formula and dual-textured brush that captures every lash (even tiny lashes) to create a lustrous finish, and that’s what you want for a big mascara look. The non-clumping formula lets you apply multiple, smooth coats. It’s also smudge-proof (yay!)

Shiseido Eyelash Curler

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Professional Concealer Palette: LancĂ´me Le Correcteur Pro

14 Aug

Lancome Le Correcteur Pro Concealer

Covering up the under eye area can be tricky. On the one hand, you want to eliminate dark circles and discoloration. On the other hand, you don’t want to overdo it and cake it on.

To help solve the mystery and conceal like a pro, LancĂ´me has created a professional concealer palette: Le Correcteur Pro Concealer Kit.

The kit features a new approach to evening out and illuminating the eye area using three different formulas. The kit also includes application instructions and a double-ended perfecting brush designed for the sensitive eye contour area.

The palette lets you perform the three essential steps for concealing under the eyes:

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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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Would You Sign Up for a Beauty Subscription Box from Sephora?

9 Aug

Sephora Beauty Subscription Service

With millions of people already subscribing to beauty boxes like Birchbox, Sephora has decided to jump into the beauty subscription market.

Launching next month in the U.S. (Boston, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio markets), Sephora is offering customers five deluxe-size samples (skincare and hair products) for $10 per month.

According to Peoplestylewatch, the premier box will be called “Uncover the Essentials” and will feature products from GLAMGLOW, Bumble, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and more.

What do you think Canadian beauties? Would you sign up for a beauty subscription service if it were available in Canada? I know I would.

[Image via Sephora]

Handy Tips for Summer Nails

3 Aug

If you want your nails to look amazing for the rest of the summer, bring them back to life without giving up the things you love to do during the hot weather.

Just follow a few easy tips to get your fingers and toes in shape and ready for some well deserved attention.

1. Keep Them Short

Go for shorter nails to show off your manicure and all the trendy colors and textures of summer like turquoise and foil metallic. Short nails are also less susceptible to chipping.

The most fashionable (and professional) shape is called a squoval—a square with rounded edges. This shape mirrors your cuticle shape and usually requires less maintenance than a square shape.

2. Go For a Natural Look

Try a nude color for a natural look whether you’re spending time in the city or at the beach.

Check out some great nude shades , like Deborah Lippmann’s sheer pink color called Baby Love.

3. Make Your Nail Polish Last

If you want your manicure to last, make sure to apply polish to clean, dry nails (oils, creams, and residue prevent paint from staying in place). Re-applying a top coat every few days can also help you go the distance.

If you’re in hurry, try a quick-drying polish like Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Nail Polish.
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Cushion Soft Eye Shadow: Burberry Eye Colour Cream

29 Jul

Burberry Eye Colour Cream

The cushion makeup trend continues to be red hot for the fall, but you don’t have to wait till then to get started.

Burberry has launched Eye Colour Cream, a collection of eight creamy eye shadows that let you effortlessly apply a wash of autumn colour.

The shadows are super light and deliver colour that you can easily blend and build (experiment with a couple of shades to get the exact colour you like).

The formula is crease-free and long lasting which is unique for a cream which can fade over time and leave a trace in the upper eye area.

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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.

Prize

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).

Rules

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: wp.me/pwaiC-7ke #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 https://instagram.com/blushstopshere/.

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: CiatĂ© 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]

What I’m Loving This Summer

16 Jul

ImLovingIt

Here are few beauty and style goodies I picked up at the recently opened McArthurGlen designer outlet near the Vancouver airport. This is the first designer outlet to hit the city of Vancouver (not the ‘burbs) so it’s a big deal for Vancouver shoppers.

Coach Aviator Sunglasses

I’m a sucker for aviator sunglasses and combined with Coach touches (like the horse-and-carraige logo at the temple), I couldn’t resist.

These sunglasses provide state-of-the-art, full-spectrum sun protection which also twisted my arm. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re packaged in a Coach case with a velvet interior.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer

I didn’t expect to shop at The Body Shop at the designer outlet, but I noticed a new addition to the Instablur line for the eye area.

The Instablur Eye Primer does triple duty: it works to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid with a slight tint, and enhance the vibrancy of your eye shadow.

I like how this primer works but I wish it came in a larger tube.

Lady Slipper Nail Lacquer

This feminine shade of shimmering pink is just the right touch of summer if you prefer subtle polish. I love that it dries fast and glides on smoothly.

The formula, which reinforces and protects nails, is free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde and toluene.

Next time, I’ll try Crabree & Evelyn’s Nail Polish Remover Wipes that replace traditional ingredients with a gentler, healthier soy-based formula.

Guess Relaxed Skinny Jeans

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Summer Shine Patrol: 3 Products for Fighting Oily Skin

15 Jul

Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers

Even if you’re not prone to oily skin, the hot humid weather can bring out the shine on your face (especially the T-zone).

Here are three products that can help fight oily skin during the summer months.

Bobbie Brown Blotting Papers

These powder-free tissues are perfect for absorbing excess oil and perspiration during the summer months, without removing makeup.

The tissues (100 per pack) come in a refillable black faux-leather case with a mirror that can fit in a back pocket. As one reviewer on the Bobbie Brown site mentioned, they’re not your Grandma’s blotting papers!

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Cushion-Sponge Liquid Eye Liner: Stila Got Inked

13 Jul

StilaGot Inked Cushion Eye Liner

Cushion makeup has been one of the strongest trends in makeup this year with products like the innovative Lancome Miracle Cushion infused with liquid foundation.

Now Stila is taking cushion technology one step further with Got Inked™ Cushion Eye Liner.

This lightweight liquid liner is dispensed using a one-of-a-kind, cushion sponge soaked in richly pigmented color. The six colors range from flat to metallic finishes and can be easily applied using an eye liner brush (use Stila’s La Quill Precision Eye Liner Brush or your own).

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