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.
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.
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.
Just in time for spring, Clinique has added to its high-performance Turnaround Revitalizing franchise.
I had a chance to take a look at one of the new products−Turnaround Revitalizing Treatment Oil−designed to kick-start the skin’s natural renewal cycle.
If you’re wondering how Clinique’s facial oil differs from others, the Turnaround Revitalizing treatment Oil is extremely lightweight, yet hydrating (a little goes a long way). In addition to anti-oxidants, the formula contains salicylic acid which adds an exfoliating feature to this oil.
The bottle comes with an attached dropper on the lid, which is a great feature for applying oil which can be messy. You can also use the dropper to mix this oil with your favorite moisturizer for more hydration.
There are two other additions to this skin renewal line:
Although the latest star of the Fresh Black Tea collection is the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask, this line also has another top performer.
If you’re looking for an anti-aging eye cream that sinks into your skin without being overly rich, the cooling formula of Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate softens fine lines, reduces puffiness, and inhibits damaging free radicals.
In addition to moisture retaining noni fruit juice, the formula contains Kombucha (a fermented black tea blend) designed to return luster to dull skin and firm the complexion.
Are you addicted to taking selfies? Well, you’re not alone because selfies are more popular than ever.
For those who want to enhance the quality of their photos, Too Faced has created the first makeup palette designed for social media. It even has its own hashtag: #tfnofilter.
The Too Faced Selfie Finishing Powder Palette is a collection of lightweight (silk-like) finishing powders that mimic the effect of photo filters. The portable compact lets you filter your selfies with light-fragmenting technology whether you’re at home or on the go.
The palette contains a mirror on one side with details about the three light filtering photo-enhancing powders on the other side:
After a long winter, spring is finally around the corner. What better time to get your skin ready for a new season and leave the cold, dry weather behind!
MIYU Beauty is a revolutionary line of skincare and beauty teas that can renew your skin by hydrating and soothing your complexion inside and out.
I’m a big fan of award-winning MIYU Beauty and am so excited to be hosting a giveaway of their four-piece collection of skin essences and tea pairings.
A Prettea Little Tea Quartet
This handy travel-size beauty set will help you hydrate and unwind with skincare and delicious beauty tea. The quartet includes:
- Hydrate mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Enhances your skin’s ability to retain water and leaves a radiant, dewy glow.
- De-stress mi beauty essence (15 ml)–Helps with visual signs of stress like redness and irritation and leaves a healthy, serene glow.
- Hydrate mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains green rooibos, an African red bush tea that naturally contains electrolytes to rehydrate from within.
- De-stress mi beauty tea (2 sachets)–Contains relaxing ingredients like peppermint and chamomile blossoms.
How to Enter the Giveaway
Follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and tweet the following before Thursday, March 19 (12 pm PST):
RT & follow @blushstopshere to #win a 4-piece skincare/beauty tea set from @MIYUBeauty. #Giveaway details at http://wp.me/pwaiC-7bF
A random winner will be chosen and contacted on Twitter. The winner has 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be drawn. This giveaway is open to Canadian and U.S. residents. The prize package is sent directly from the sponsor.
Note: I’m just starting out on Instagram, so feel free to follow me at https://instagram.com/blushstopshere/.
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Update: This contest is now over. Thanks to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for new giveaways!
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.
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:
Is your special someone overworked and stressed out?
MIYU Beauty, a beauty brand that pairs luxurious skincare with beauty teas, can help you give the gift of an at-home spa retreat with a healthier twist on chocolate (if you’re new to MIYU Beauty, read more about their beauty essences and teas here).
The Made With Love kit designed especially for Valentine’s Day features a dash of kindness, a spoonful of laughter, and heaps of love.
The limited edition kit contains:
Smoother skin and thicker lashes using one product: yes please!
Olay Regenerist Micro-Sculpting Eye Cream and Lash Serum Duo combines a hydrating eye cream and a nourishing lash serum to improve the overall eye area.
The eye cream contains an amino-Peptide + hydra-firming complex that penetrates deep into the skin’s surface to plump cells. Yet, the formula is not overly rich so you can apply it under the eye and onto your eyelid.
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.
Face oils are red hot and for a good reason. Rich in vitamins and anti-oxidants, they keep your skin hydrated all day.
If you’ve been intimidated by all the choices, Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE is a multi-purpose skin perfecting oil that can cut through the confusion.
Although the formula is lightweight (it’s also non-greasy and paraben-free), this facial treatment is jam-packed with age-defying ingredients that leave your skin feeling smooth.
- Iconic Palmer cocoa butter provides extreme moisturization against environmental elements.
- Anti-aging retinol helps to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Essential oils including sweet almond oil, sesame oil, and coconut oil (my fave!) help nourish the skin.
The bottom line is that Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil FACE is a year-round dry oil that can protect your skin and slow down the aging process. Check out more info on Palmer’s Skin Therapy Oil Face about here.
Applying Face Oil
The trick to applying face oil is experimenting to discover what works best for your skin. For example, you may prefer to apply Skin Therapy Oil FACE to damp skin to spread the oil easier.
TIP: If you have dry skin, mix a few drops of oil with your moisturizer or serum to boost the hydration and repair benefits of your skin regime.
I’m very excited to be offering a Winter Skin Package giveaway that includes these Palmer’s favorites:
Here are some of the beauty finds I came across this year.
What qualifies as a beauty find on The Blush Stops Here: the product gets the job done!
When my skin is looking dull and tired, I apply a drop or two of this skin booster and my skin takes on a glow almost immediately. Use it for a few days and your skin will definitely look softer and smoother (less makeup required!).
The refreshing grapefruit scent will also wake you up in the morning. Get more details about Ultimune here.
I admit that I’m not a fan of bright red lips, but I’ve definitely warmed out to the shimmery rouge tint of Fresh’s new addition to the Sugar Lip Treatment collection. The nourishing balm treats your lips, while the sheer texture lets you apply it on the go (without a mirror) and not worry about a moving lip line.
Everyone is looking for better skin, but sometimes you just can’t spare the time for a facial.
REN Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is designed to visibly rejuvenate the skin in just one minute.
What’s the magic with this at home facial treatment? Breakthrough Vitamin C technology improves skin elasticity and evens out skin tone while boswellic acid relaxes muscles and fights facial fatigue.
In addition to reduced signs of photo-aging and skin imperfections, the Flash Rinse 1 Minute Facial is also designed to deliver more luminous skin. Who doesn’t love that?
How to Use
If you’ve been to Provence, you know that the markets in the south of France are full of herbal and floral treasures.
Can’t make it to Europe any time soon?
Well, French brand L’Occitane can bring the aromas of the region to your shower with the Holiday Verbena Star Kit.
The kit includes five products formulated with the highest quality verbena extract from France. Each product has the refreshing, lemony scent of freshly picked green verbena.