If you’re a beauty junkie, you know that contouring is hot, hot, hot this year.
Besides the cheek and jaw area, you can also contour your eye area.
I’ve been relying on the Benefit Cosmetics Big Beautiful Eyes kit to contour and define my eyes for years! Benefit is always spot on with kits and this one definitely gets The Blush Stops Here approval.
The Big Beautiful Eyes kit contains:
- Boi-ing Concealer (one shade suits most)
- Alabaster pink eye shadow (soft pink shimmer shade for highlighting or applying as a base all over the eye area)
- Cocoa shimmer eye shadow (soft brown shimmer for contouring)
- Rich chocolate eye shadow (deep brown for lining and defining)
A concealer brush and a double-ended contour/liner brush are included, plus step-by-step application instructions.
Nothing says spring more than a natural-looking, fresh face.
So, go ahead and trade in heavier, darker makeup for a blush palette if you want to create a soft, romantic flush.
A super easy way to get this look is with the Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush. This trio palette in multiple colors is a baked, heart-shaped blush with dimensional color that helps your skin look brighter and healthier.
The blush comes in three swatches:
- Candy Glow (pink)
- Something about Berry (rose)
- Peach Beach (peach)
Are you a sucker for multitasking products? If you answered yes, you’ll want to check out a new addition to Clinique’s foundation portfolio: Beyond Perfecting Foundation + Concealer.
Beyond Perfecting features an oil-free formula that combines a liquid foundation and concealer for long-lasting (12 hours) yet lightweight, full coverage.
The foundation also includes a unique wand applicator that lets you use the foundation based on the level of coverage you want:
- Use the doe foot part to apply dots all over your face or sideways to spread across your cheeks.
- Use the tip of the wand to cover smaller imperfections.
Sandy beaches, lava-flowing volcanoes, rugged shores. Right about now, we’d all like to be exploring the sights of Hawaii.
One of OPI’s spring 2015 collection is inspired by the exquisite colors of the Hawaiian islands.
You won’t find beachy pastels in the collection but deep, rich colors that evoke days and nights spent on Hawaii’s beautiful terrain.
Here are the 12 shades in the Hawaii Collection by OPI (love the names!):
Even though Valentine’s Day has come and gone, you can still keep the romance alive 365 days a year.
How do you do that? With a little help from Too Faced Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer duos.
Not only does the heart-shaped compact for these blushing bronzers strike the perfect romantic chord, the color payoff is superb. The bronzer and blusher let you add warmth, contouring, and a pop of color with a natural finish.
TIP: Use the blush and the bronzer separately or mixed together.
And it gets better! The duos are inspired by two iconic TV couples: Ross & Rachel and Carrie & Big. I’m a big Jennifer Aniston fan and obsessively watch Sex and the City, so I was very excited to take a look at the Soul Mates Blushing Bronzer duos.
Ross & Rachel
This blushing bronzer features a medium to deep bronzer with a slight shimmer combined with pink blush. This bronzer works well on lighter skin tones and creates a natural flush.
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:
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):
Highlighting and contouring used to be a trick of the trade reserved for only the most experienced makeup artists.
With so many great vloggers now showing the way, anybody can do a great job creating the look of a sculpted jaw line.
The latest tools that help enhance your best features are highlighting and contouring pencils. Unlike powders, these pencils are blendable and easy as pie to apply.
Here are few highlighting and contouring pencils carving out new territory.
This little trio of pencils includes three shades that mimic perfect lighting:
- Contour sculpts by creating shadows.
- Highlight mimics light reflection to pull features forward.
- Bronze provides a smooth transition that eliminates the look of harsh lines.
The trio also includes a how-to insert with instructions for achieving the best looks for your face shape.
The Clinique Chubby Stick tradition continues with a highlight stick that features a luminous cream with light-reflecting optics that bring your best features forward. The creamy contour stick makes areas appear to recede.
Budget beauty works well when you can pick up a trendy new lip balm or a purse-sized hairspray.
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.
The Make Up For Ever Artisan Brush Kit and the Bobbi Brown The Basic Brush Collection are excellent choices if you want to spend a couple of hundred dollars on brushes.
If $200 is too expensive, there are still a lot of good choices for a lot less.
One of my favorite brands for makeup brushes is IT Cosmetics, who design luxurious brushes that give new meaning to air brushing. The brushes are 100%, cruelty-free and anti-microbial.
When it comes to beauty, 2015 could very well be the year of Clinique.
First, the company collaborated with Meghan Trainor on a limited-edition makeup bag, inspired by her latest video Lips Are Movin’.
Now, Clinique has introduced a very wearable collection of eye shadows that will definitely shake up your image of neutral shadows (these aren’t your mother’s neutrals).
The Wear Everywhere Neutral collection includes 5 palettes, each with 8 shadows that explore a different colour family:
Each neutral palette lets you get creative and mix and match blendable neutrals that are either matte or shimmery. You can tone down the shadows for work or amp them up for evening wear. The shadows are crease-and fade-resistant and ophthalmologist tested.
I had a chance to check out a sample of the Greys and the Pinks.
Hang in there, January is almost over. If you can’t beat ‘em, though, join ‘em.
Survive the January blahs by trying some bright nail colors on the blue side of the rainbow.
The four shades in the photo are (starting at the top counterclockwise):
This Butter London shade is a bright turquoise glitter with full coverage suspended in a clear base.
This shade by Nicole by OPI is a bright blue with silver tones. The fast-drying nail formula also comes in a glass bottle that is recyclable.
Everyone loves cashmere. That’s why Essie has based one of their latest collections on the chic quality of rich cashmere.
If your nails “appreciate the finer things,” the Cashmere Matte collection is for you.
The finish for this collection is semi-satin with reflective micro-pearls. This combination makes the neutral colors look chic, regardless of the season.
The six subtly iridescent colors in the collection are:
Is MAC Cosmetics clever or what? They’ve just added a few products to their Studio Conceal and Correct collection, which is perfect timing since nothing shows holiday overindulgence ike your skin.
One of the new additions is the Studio Finish Concealer and Correct Duo in complementary colors that let you conceal and cover everything from dark circles to moles to birthmarks with a formula that lasts for up to eight hours. The complementary shades are:
- Mid Peach/Mid Yellow
- Pale Yellow/Pale Pink
- Rich Yellow/Burnt Coral
- Pure Orange/Ochre
Are you using a face cleanser with sulfates? You may feel like your skin is super clean after washing your face with this type of cleanser, but harsh detergents can actually injure your skin.
Want to slow down the aging process? Switch to a sulfate-free cleanser and wash your face at night only. In the morning, just splash your face with water as too much washing dries out your skin and causes it to age faster.
Here are three cleansers that are sulfate and paraben-free (from left to right in the photo).
I recently received a small sample of this cleanser and love it. The ultra-gentle formula is over the top rich and creamy, yet it still feels like my skin is fresh and clean.
When it comes to chocolate, I can never get enough and that includes a new addition to Too Faced cocoa-infused makeup.
The latest “chocolate” launch for 2015 is the Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar palette, a warmer version of the best-selling Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow palette.
The semi-sweet version doesn’t disappoint with 16 antioxidant-rich, cocoa powder-infused shadows in matte and shimmer shades including warm caramel, deep mocha, and bronzy chocolate (bronze is big for 2015!).
The palette also includes a how-to Glamour Guide with three looks to get you started.
The set contains these shades (starting at the top left):
* Coconut Creme
* Hot Fudge
* Cocoa Chili
* Pink Sugar
* Blueberry Swirl
* Peanut Butter
* Rum Raisin
* Bon Bon
* Butter Pecan
[Image via Too Faced]