I don’t come across too many letters anymore, but there is still something special about receiving a hand-written letter.
The Sending My Love Set from Stila embodies the romance of love letters of the past and comes in an old-fashioned note card box that is beyond pretty.
On top of that, the four piece set contains some of my favorite Stila essentials:
Birchbox is one of the leading subscription beauty box services, but now they’ve upped their game with the launch of their debut makeup brand, LOC (Love of Color).
Inspired by the latest trends in colors, Birchbox has collaborated with YouTube beauty star Tati Westbrook (GlamLifeGuru channel) who selected (and named) the shades for the line.
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.
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?
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
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.
If you’re looking for ways to look younger without going to any extremes, here are a couple of easy makeup tricks to get you started.
1. Replace Black Eyeliner with Brown Eyeliner
Unless you’re going for a goth look (why?), black eyeliner at a certain age can be too harsh. For a soft and natural-looking look, switch over to brown eyeliner.
I love the Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in Matte Brown Black (matte deep chocolate). This waterproof eyeliner pencil has a creamy texture that lets you draw a straight line in a flash.
2. Apply Peachy Pink Blush to Your Cheekbones
I’m all for contour and highlighting, but it can be tricky. Swipe on too much contour/highlighter makeup, and you can look like a hot mess.
A pop of peachy pink color is very youthful and healthy looking.
One of my favorite blushes is MAC Mineralize Blush in Dainty. This shade brightens your face and works whether you’re looking for a pink or peach shade to match your lip and eye makeup.
If your skin is on the oily side, a mattifying product is always worth checking out.
The Body Shop has just launched the Instamatte Mattifying Compact, a lightweight, transparent gel that works for all skin types and tones. It provides invisible coverage and shine control for up to 8 hours.
What I like about this mattifier is that it comes in a compact with a mirror and a sponge so you can touch up on the go!
How to Use Instamatte
MAC Cosmetics has been hitting it out of the park with their latest launches.
What I’m loving lately are two products from the MACnificent Me! collection.
MACnificent Me! Eye Shadow x 9 Palette
This neutral palette includes nine shades (matte and frosted) with colors ranging from light taupe to deep brown. The palette is on the small side, but you’ll still get a lot of wear out of the shades for day or night.
MAC Studio Nail Lacquer (Simply Swinging)
This MAC Studio nail lacquer is my first nail product from MAC, and I have to say I’m impressed. The flat brush lets you apply the lacquer accurately and the formula is long-lasting. The grey-lilac tint is stunning (and not over the top if you’re not into darker nails).
How to Enter the Giveaway
Since I’m such a big fan of MAC Cosmetics, I decided that I would share my MAC love with regular and new followers of The Blush Stops Here by running an encore MAC Cosmetics Gift Card giveaway. Continue reading
One of the hottest trends for fall makeup is bold, graphic eye shadow. One way to get the look is using purple eye shadow to make a dramatic statement.
Here are some tips to make wearing purple shadow a breeze.
Purple Makes Your Eye Color Pop
If you have hazel or green eyes, purple-based shadows are made for you. If you have gold tones in your eyes even better, add a hint of pink and your purple shadow will accentuate your eyes even more.
If you have brown eyes, purple shadow is a great contrasting option. For those with blue eyes, a purple shadow with slight bronze undertones does the trick.
Brightness and Skin Tone Makes a Difference
Generally, if you have darker skin, you can go for a brighter shade. If you have lighter skin, go lighter (but not too light as it can wash out your skin).
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.
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!)
Some innovative liquid foundations have launched this year like Clinique Beyond Perfecting, but sometimes I prefer the convenience of a powder foundation.
One of my favorite powder foundations is the Diorskin Forever Compact. If you avoid powder foundation because you don’t like a cakey finish, you need to take a serious look at this powder. It does everything your favorite glowy liquid foundation does.
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:
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.