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.
I was recently contacted by Julep to share some of their best winterizing tips for nails. Julep is well-known for sourcing high quality ingredients that work, so the tips in the tutorial above are definitely worth checking out (don’t forget to take a look at their latest colors here).
Even though the Oprah Show is history, the tradition of Oprah’s Favorite Things still lives on.
Oprah is well-known for discovering beauty breakthroughs like the Philosophy Hope in a Jar.
Here are three new beauty products that made her coveted list this year (from left to right in the photo).
This crushed pearls cream is pricey ($78 US), but think of it as a multi-tasker that will help give you skin that glows with the radiance of nature’s purest gem.
The Precious Pearl Perfector provides the benefits of a primer, highlighter, and anti-aging cream all-in-one. Optical reflectors soften imperfections and capture light to highlight your best features.
You can apply the cream before makeup application, or wear it alone for younger-looking skin.
Dior always offers the most amazing holiday palettes. I’ve been a fan of the palettes for years because they provide such great value and always come in très chic packaging.
As a gift, you would definitely make someone’s day. However, if you’re going to treat yourself this holiday season, Dior makeup is always right on target.
The Burt’s Bees 2014 Holiday Gift Giving Collection is going to make your holidays pretty painless this year.
You can take care of everyone on your list with custom sets of Burt’s Bees favorites with their iconic nourishing formulas.
Forget about gift wrapping because most of the packages also have cute bows attached to the box.
Here are some of my favorite holiday kits for this year.
Burt’s Bees Assorted Lip Trio Gift Set
- Beeswax Lip Balm Tube
- Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil
- Nourishing Lip Balm with Mango Butter
Burt’s Bees Endless Shine Trio
Burt’s Bees Lip Shines give you natural, sheer colour enriched with Apricot Wax for a super shiny finish. The mini tubes contain neutral shades in Blush, Wink, and Flutter.
Remember the alpha-hydroxy products from the 90’s. Way back then, the formulas in the over the counter glycolic products were quite harsh and dried out the skin.
Today’s glycolic products come in convenient formats and contain ingredients that balance out your skin with serious results like retexturized and more radiant skin.
If you’re going to use glycolic pads, remember to follow the directions carefully as you can overdo it with constant exfoliation.
Here are three of the top-selling glycolic pads.
This luxe version of glycolic pads feature a patented two-step treatment to reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and pore size. When you use these pads, you’ll find your skin tone is brighter and more even. The formula, which is recommended for sensitive skin, also calms redness and irritation.
Think of these spa-strength pads as an overnight facial that reduces wrinkles and dark spots.The no rinse pads release powerful levels of exfoliating glycolic acid that renew skin, without the harsh irritation.
Serious Skincare has been a leader in delivering glycolic products. Their pre-soaked pads, which are a customer favorite, make exfoliating a quick, yet effective part of your skin routine. Look for results like brighter, more moisturized skin and smaller pores.
[Images via Sephora and Amazon]