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Get Ready for Valentine’s Day: Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub

1 Feb

Lush The Kiss Lip Scrub

Happy February, beauties! Are you ready to celebrate the month of love?

If your lips are on the dry side, you may need a lip scrub to get them ready for Valentine’s Day.

The Kiss Lip Scrub is a limited edition Valentine’s Day lip scrub from LUSH!

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28 Jan

 FluMakeup

Flu season is here and hopefully you haven’t caught a cold or flu.

If you are sick, get plenty of rest!

When you’re ready to face the world, check out these makeup recovery tips to find out how to camouflage the last signs of your cold or flu.

Wear a Moisturizing Foundation

When you suffer from a cold or the flu, your skin may need extra moisture.

A tinted moisturizer or BB cream like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Beauty Balm isn’t drying like a powder, nor is it heavy like a liquid. It’s also quick and easy to apply (you probably don’t want to spend a lot of time on makeup when you’re getting over a cold!).

Cancel Out Red with Concealer

Red spots go hand in hand with a cold, especially around your nose. Benefit Cosmetics arsenal of correcting products from the Confessions of a Concealaholic kit like Lemon Aid and Boi-ing can help cancel out red spots on your nose and around your eyes.

To help with any dryness or cakiness around the nose, go for one of the latest high-tech skin relief lotions. Soothe from Diane Lai is an organic Shea butter-enriched lotion with natural oils to prevent discomfort and inflammation.

Try Peach Eye Shadow for a Little Warmth

For a quick fix for eye color, use a versatile product like Cream Colour Base from MAC Cosmetics in Shell.

This translucent cream color with a peachy beige shimmer is recommended as a shadow base but can also act as an all over color.

Wear a Blush With a Bit of a Glow

It’s common to become paler when you’re sick, so you may need a bit of colour and highlighter to create a healthy glow and subtle sparkle.
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Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

25 Jan

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Happy Monday, beauties.

Have you noticed that your under eye circles and bags appear worse in the winter?

Blame it on less sunlight in winter which causes paler skin and more emphasized dark circles.

The best strategy to deal with under eye circles is to use a concealer with an orange tint to hide under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

My favorite concealer for this type of job is NYX Dark Circle Concealer.

I like this concealer because the formula is creamy and non-tugging. It also has color-correcting pigments and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

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Baby It’s Cold Outside: Winter Skincare Favorites

14 Jan

Winter Skincare

Hey fellow beauties. How is the winter treating you so far?

I live in Vancouver, where we’ve experienced a lot of rain this winter (as usual). Even though our winter seasons are on the mild side, I still need to adjust my skincare routine for the cooler temps.

Here are some of the essentials in my winter skincare routine. If you have any winter faves, let me know.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

I’ve been a big fan of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion forever, so I was very excited when Clinique launched a hydrating version of their skincare classic last year.

After cleansing, my skin absorbs DD cream very quickly and it doesn’t have any greasy residue. Find out more about the Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream here.

Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

If you’re going to invest in an eye cream, this is one of my favorites. Fresh always sources the most natural and effective ingredients. The ingredients in this formula, like Kombucha, help soften lines and reduce puffiness.

TIP: If your eyes are super puffy in the morning, keep this eye cream in the fridge to deflate undereye bags even quicker.

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Perfectly Petite Palette: Tartlette Tease

11 Jan

TartletteTease

I’m loving the pocket palette trend (like the Bellini Mini Lip & Eye Palette from Bobbi Brown here).

Smaller palettes let you do a test run on a brand, and you can’t beat their portability.

I’ve had my eye on Tarte eye shadows because I like the eco-chic factor that comes with Tarte products. Also, the shadows look so pretty!

The Tartelette Tease contains the same clay-infused shadows found in the bestselling Tartelette palette. It features four everyday matte shadows and two shimmer shadows so you can transition your look from day to evening.

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Should You Wear Bronzer in the Winter?

7 Jan

Winter Bronzer

During the winter, sunlight-deprived complexions often end up looking dull and sallow.

Although bronzing makeup makes more sense when we have more exposure to the sun, there’s no reason why you can’t warm up your skin with a hint of bronzer.

The trick is to not overdo bronzer in January to avoid an overdone faux tan. The best choice is a subtle, matte bronzer as an addition to rosy cheeks (wear powder blush to keep bronzer from looking too flat).

TIP: For a natural look, use a fluffy large brush to apply the bronzer and sweep it over your cheeks, chin, and forehead.

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For Green Tea Lovers: The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea

4 Jan

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea

Hey fellow beauties. I hope you had a great holiday season.

I was very lucky to receive a holiday gift designed to leave your body and soul feeling rejuvenated and replenished. Who doesn’t need that at the start of a new year?

The Fuji Green Tea range from The Body Shop contains hand-picked green tea leaves from the Mount Fuji region of Japan. Incorporated into skincare, green tea can revive the body and detox the mind. Sign me up!

What stands out for all of the products in this range is the light, clean scent. Like a cup of green tea, it is both energizing and calming.

Fuji Green Tea Body Butter

The body butter, which is infused with shea butter, has a light texture. It soaks in quickly but still delivers hydration.

Fuji Green Tea Eau de Cologne

The scent of this cologne includes a blend of green tea, bergamot, lemon and mandarin top notes. The blend of these notes makes this scent a classic for daytime.

Fuji Green Tea Body Wash

The body wash contains detoxifying properties that help cleanse and purify your skin. The gel features a lather rich formula enriched with fair trade organic honey.

Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub

The body scrub gel helps lift away dead skin cells, detox the body, and prepare skin for moisture. It’s very gentle but still works well to remove dry areas.

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Favorite Beauty Finds for This Year

31 Dec

Best Beauty Finds 2015

Before I list my favorite beauty finds for this year, I want to wish everyone a happy new year.

This past year, I’ve been lucky enough to connect with a lot of fabulous bloggers. Thanks so much for stopping by, checking out my blog, and following me (feel fee to follow @blushstopshere on Twitter and Instagram and I’ll follow you back).

Now, here are some of my favorite beauty finds for the year (from top left to bottom right).

Most of the products hit the shelves in 2015. Others caught my eye this year and I’m loving them so much, I just had to mention them.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

I like a creamy, full-coverage concealer for the under eye area. Not only is this dark circle concealer easy to blend,  it has color-correcting pigments to tone down dark areas. Find out more details about this amazing concealer here.

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was one of the first moisturizers I ever used so I was happy to see that it was available in a more hydrating version.

This moisture-rich cream intensely hydrates skin without feeling greasy. It’s also designed to act as a barrier against the environment.

Crabtree and Evelyn Nail Lacquer (in Nail Slipper)

I found this sweet shade of shimmering pink in the Crabtree and Evelyn store at Vancouver’s new McArthurGlen Designer Outlet which opened up this summer.

I love that the formula dries fast and glides on smoothly. It’s also free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde, and toluene.

NYX Lip Primer

Until I started using this lip primer, I didn’t realize I needed one. Does this lip primer make a difference!

It comes in two shades (nude and  deep nude) and ensures your lip product lasts. It also prevents feathering and helps retain the true color of your lip product.

MAC Eye Shadow X 9 (in MACnificent Me!)

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