Winter isn't a reprieve from the sun; in fact, it can multiply the sun's threat to your skin while adding the harsh elements of wind and cold. Snow reflects up to 300 percent more ultraviolet (UV) rays than sand, and thinner air blocks less light, increasing the risk of sunburn by 4 percent with each increase in altitude of 1,000 feet. Kiehl's All-Sport “Non-Freeze” Face Protector SPF 30 Sunblock combats UVA and UVB rays while providing a top layer of skin-armoring moisture to guard against windburn.  The balm essentially creates a barrier between your face and the elements, locking moisture into your skin and keeping the cold air from drying it out. It's especially good for skiers, snowboarders and other people who love winter sports—but it's just as useful for those of us just trying to walk a few blocks in the freezing cold.

Star Makeup Must-Haves Here at Blush!

Check out what is inside these celebrity makeup bags! 

Rihanna uses YSL's Mascara Volume Effect Faux Cils in Extreme Blue to get intense, dramatic lashes. Jane Iredale's D2O Hydration Spray is a staple in her makeup bag too. The star tells InStyle magazine, "This sets my makeup. Or if your skin is tight and dry, just spray it on to hydrate."

Olivia Palermo always keeps YSL's Perfect Touch foundation in her makeup bag. "The City" girl tells Elle UK magazine, "I've tried others, but I keep going back." We don't blame her! Perfect Touch is part of YSL's Radiance Essentials. The brush applicator delivers a smooth, even and naturally radiant finish with sheer coverage for skin that shines from within.

Katherine Heigl uses Yves Saint Laurent Anti-Cernes Concealer. She stashes this in her bag of makeup because the densely pigmented concealer eliminates the look of imperfections while reducing inflammation and puffiness. The creamy texture has light diffusing pigments that fade away even the worst blemishes.

You can get the same glamorous look here at Blush with these fabulous beauty products!

InStyle's Best Beauty Buys

InStyle magazine deemed Yves Saint Laurent's Gommage Natural Action Exfoliator as a Best Beauty Buy! YSL's exfoliator was chosen as the best facial exfoliator for normal skin. This natural action exfoliator enhances radiance and pureness of the complexion without abrasive particles. The formula combination of sugars and ultra-soft surfactants eliminate impurities and dead cells, while plant sugars and ultra-fine oils act in harmony with the skin without altering the surface. Skin is left relaxed, purified and replenished. N.Y.C. dermatologist Jeffery Weinberg explains why InStyle prefers this particular exfoliator over the rest, "This gel turns slick with the heat from your fingers and exfoliates with fruit acids, not abrasive granules. Rinsed off with warm water, it leaves skin silky."

The Shape of Beauty Awards

Shape magazine's Best in Beauty Awards chose Kiehl's Açaí Damage-Correcting Moisturizer as a top pick of 2010 for facial moisturizers! It is no surprise this antioxidant-enriched, non-greasy moisturizer made it to the top of the list! Açaí Damage-Correcting Moisturizer helps skin repair the visible effects of oxidative environmental stress while minimizing the appearance of fine lines and loss of elasticity. Skin is visibly renewed, smoother, and more even-toned. Shape magazine noted that they especially love this moisturizer because "it doesn't contain any parabens, which can be irritating to sensitive skin." 

Come to Blush to get a sample of Kiehl's Açaí Damage-Correcting Moisturizer today!

Ready, Set, Glow!

Jane Iredale's Sunbeam and Moonglow Quad Bronzers are made with 24-Karat gold flakes that give a soft shimmer. These Quad Bronzers are ideal for use on the eyes, cheeks, and lips, or as an all-over bronzer. With four luxurious shades to choose from, you can easily highlight and contour all at the same time!

Jane Iredale explains how to use the Quad Bronzer for a sculpted face: Apply a lighter base to the center of the face (include eyes and around the mouth, but not the nose), a darker one on the outside perimeter, and then the bronzer. This pulls the center of the face out and mimics the effect that a key light would have. It's a very effective way of adding definition and a trick often used by TV and film makeup artists.

Jane Iredale also explains how to use Sunbeam or Moonglow to highlight and contour. Apply the lighter shades to bring light to the high points of the face: cheek bones, brow bones, or places where you need to add light such as the inner corner of the eye. Apply the darker shades as a contour under cheek bones and along jawline; or around the perimeter of the face to add warmth. For a red-carpet look, dust onto shoulders and décolleté!

How to Get Glowing Skin!

Lucky magazine dishes the secret to achieving allover dewiness in their article, 
"Top Makeup Artist Reveals Her Skin-Perfecting Secret Concoctions!"

Body Cream + Highlighter

New York makeup artist Jordan Long explains, "Lightly apply to the top of shoulders and above chest. I sweep what's left over on cheekbones and underneath the brow. It catches the light in a beautiful way and leaves skin with a subtle sheen."

Long uses Kiehl's coveted Creme de Corps Light-Weight Body Lotion and mixes the cream with a highlighter. For a champagne glow try The All Nighter All Over Shimmer Powder. Glowing skin is the perfect accent for the holiday season!

Top Model Secrets

What is top model Coco Rocha's skincare secret on and off the runway?

Yves Saint Laurent's Flash Radiance Skincare Brush!

"There is this new product! It makes you feel radiant, when you might feel tired. Voilà!"

Instantly erase the signs of a fast-paced lifestyle with YSL's Flash Radiance Skincare Brush. This complexion perfecting primer wipes away signs of stress and fatigue in a flash using Grains of Paradise and Caffeine. Light-reflecting micro-pigments capture light to mask imperfections and brighten the complexion.  Wheat proteins and Oat sugars leave the skin feeling silky-smooth and exceptionally even. YSL's Flash Radiance Skincare Brush leaves your skin fresh and primed for makeup application. Or try their Pore Refining Skincare Brush. This multi-tasking primer controls oily shine and lessens the look of pores. Salicylic acid eliminates dead cells that dull the complexion while Peptide extract from hazelnut gives a skin-smoothing effect by boosting cell renewal. Seaweed extract and Silica control shine and absorb oil leaving skin ready for a flawless makeup application.

How to Wear Fall's Hottest New Shades

Get gorgeous with the help from Blush and InStyle magazine! Topping the list of Fall Beauty Trends 2010 from InStyle is green eye shadow. Learn how to wear fall’s hottest new shades here at Blush! YSL offers a variety of green eyeshadows including their Ombres 5 Lumieres in Garden of Eden or their Ombre Solo in Garden of Eden or Slate Green. Or try YSL's creamy, water-resistent Fard Lumiere Aquaresistant in Golden Fern. The long-lasting, luminous color can be layered for high color impact or worn sheer and soft. When wearing a green eye shadow, InStyle suggests "keeping the shade below the crease of the lid to avoid looking overdone, and reach for a brown liner for definition. A smudge under the bottom lashline can also have subtle impact."

YSL Holiday Look 2010

Yves Saint Laurent Holiday 2010 is here at Blush! With new colors and limited editions - this collection is a holiday must-have! The Palette Metallic Colorama Compact is a lightly shimmering pink champagne shade that gives a cashmere-like, satin feel for skin that looks soft and radiant. Touche D'or is a limited-edition Golden Touch Highlighter for the face. The beautiful golden shade can be used to highlight the complexion and the neckline, on the cheekbones or decolletage. YSL's Holiday Collection introduces new colors of Golden Gloss, Pure Shine lipstick, and Ombres Duolumieres. Their number 1 selling mascara - 'Volume Effect Faux Cils' - is featured in a fashion forward plum shade. Come get gorgeous for the holidays with YSL at Blush!

Get the Perfect Eye!

Jane Iredale's award winning liquid eyeliner can help you get the perfect eye you are looking for! This amazing liquid eyeliner contains no irritating chemicals and is made with highly pigmented iron oxides for saturated color with real staying power. Essential oils help nourish the skin and prevent drying while the specially designed brush has a long handle to allow easy and controlled application. Available in six gorgeous colors! Jane Iredale even offers a Color Guide to ensure that you get the best shade for your eye color. So, whether you are looking for a soft and natural eye or want to look retro-glam - Jane Iredale's liquid eyeliner is a must-have for your makeup bag!

Prevent Dry Winter Hair

Prevent dry winter hair and keep your hair healthy and shiny all season long! The cold dry air outside and indoor heat can wreak havoc on your hair. Pamper your strands with a Kiehl's Hair Pak. All hair types can benefit from a moisture boost. Choose from Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak or their Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak. Kiehl's Olive Fruit Oil Deeply Repairative Hair Pak is formulated for dehydrated, under-nourished, and damaged hair. The repairative masque provides intense conditioning, helping to repair severely weakened hair fibers by restoring its moisture content. The Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak is formulated for color-treated hair to help repair chemically-processed hair, while providing an extra boost of healthy shine and radiance. Consistent use of Kiehl's Hair Paks will prevent future damage from environmental stresses and other external abuses to keeping you looking fabulous all winter long!

Be Your Own Picasso

Become your own personal Picasso using good quality makeup brushes. A great set of makeup brushes are essential when trying to achieve the perfect look. Knowing how to use your brushes can mean the difference between a completely flawless face and an unpolished look. The right brushes help to apply foundation to create a smooth and even canvas, for blush to hit just the right areas, and eyeshadows to blend effortlessly with each other. There are many differences between brushes from the head shape to size to bristles. Understanding the importance of makeup brushes is a necessity for a flawless makeup makeup application. Jane Iredale makes this easy for you. Their brushes are composed of the finest natural materials available. They are designed to be both effective and gentle. Stop by Blush to learn more about using the right makeup brushes and become your own personal Picasso today!

Fall 2010’s Top Nail Polish Trends

New nail polish is fall 2010’s most wanted beauty accessory! Topping the charts are Purples, Metallics, Neutrals, and Gem Tones. This season’s holiday nail polish collections are packed full of glitter glam polishes which is perfect for party-ready nails! And we are not the only ones going “gaga” for nail polish. One of Deborah Lippmann’s newest colors is Bad Romance. Inspired by Lady Gaga herself - Bad Romance is “Gaga blackened fuchsia” with glitter. Or go with the top fall nail polish trend: Purple. Try YSL’s nail polish in Belle de Nuit. No matter which trend you pick this season let Blush help you nail the right color!

Why we LOVE Yves Saint Laurent's Gloss Volupte

There are many reasons why we LOVE Yves Saint Laurent's Gloss Volupte! For starters - you can wear Gloss Volupte over your favorite lipstick to give exceptional shine while increasing moisture 30% within the first 30 minutes of application. Or you can wear this "Lazy Girl Lipstick" solo to get sheer color with a non-stick shine - ALL while increasing hydration. A winter must-have! Available in 8 mouth-watering shades. But we are not the only ones who love this amazing gloss stick. Gloss Volupte #7 - Tangy Orange - was recently named "Best Sheer Lipstick" in Allure's October '10 issue as an Allure Best of Beauty winning product! Lucky magazine recently featured "The 10 Best Beauty Products of the Past Decade" and Gloss Volupte was the first product on the list! "The brightest but sheerest balm - wildly flattering, smells fantastic, and you don't need a mirror to put it on." Need we say more?!

Roxane Mesquida and Yves Saint Laurent

Up-and-coming French actress Roxane Mesquida was recently featured in Lucky magazine. When asked what her favorite two-minute makeup routine was the actress replied:

"I will never go outside without makeup! For me, it's like taking a shower. I use Yves Saint Laurent everything - and always heavier on the eyes than the lips."

Come get the same look as the beautiful Roxane Mesquida here at Blush using YSL!

Allure Best of Beauty 2010

Allure - The Beauty Expert - has made our homework easy for us! By creating a Master List of 2010's Best of Beauty and Breakthrough products we now can skip all the trial runs with products and jump straight to the good stuff. Kiehl's received awards from categories including Natural Wonders, Hair, and Guy Stuff. Kiehl's Sunflower Color Preserving Shampoo and Conditioner was featured under Natural Wonders because of it's "UV-protective sunflower oil sees to it that your hair color won't fade away." It's no surprise that their Creme with Silk Groom received an award for Hair Styling Products since this "tames flyaways weightlessly" and has been featured on a number of must-have lists. Guys don't feel left out! Best of Beauty included a Guy Stuff category with Kiehl's Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser winning an award. This gel cleanser "contains acne-fighting salicylic acid and skin-quieting witch hazel." Stop by Blush to pick up these award-winning products!

Winter Skin Remedy

With winter fast approaching, make sure that you have a game plan to beat dry skin. Vogue magazine recommends Kiehl's Creme de Corps moisturizer and we couldn't agree more!

The ingredients that keep this at the top of every beauty mavens list include:

Come in for a free sample of this uber rich moisturizer and your skin will thank you all winter long!

Love your Lashes

Lashes have a tough life. We would never treat our hair the way we do our lashes. Apart from the mascara we use every day – many of which contain shellac and petroleum that dries lashes out – we don’t think of conditioning them they way we do our hair. So they dry out and break and rarely reach their full potential in length. 

We swear by Jane Iredale's PureLash Conditioner. It keeps lashes soft, conditions them so they grow as long as possible and is a fabulous base for mascara. You’ll find that you have to use less mascara because the lashes have been primed before you apply it, so they look longer and thicker and are much happier. 

Mini Emergency Kits

Good things come in mini packages. Measuring just 3.5" x 1.75" x 2.5" the Minimergency Survival Kit is more compact than a cupcake. From a teeny-tiny hairspray to single-use dental floss, Ms. and Mr. have miniaturized 16 emergency essentials that women need at their fingertips. Ladies can stash this low-cost life-saver in an evening clutch, glove compartment, or carry-on bag. And for an amazingly low price, this kit's size isn't the only thing that's mini.

The kit includes:lip balm, breath freshener, dental floss, pain reliever, emery board, clear nail polish, nail polish remover, hair spray, clear elastics, earring backs, stain remover, mending kit, double-sided tape, mending kit, tampon, deodorant towelette, and adhesive bandages. 

Elle Magazine's Hall of Fame Beauty

Elle Magazine celebrated their 25th year this month with an enormous magazine filled to the brim with top twenty-fives, including their top 25 beauty products. 
"Not only did these superstars earn the most accolades in our pages since 1985 (beating out more than 10,000 other products for the honor), they continue to be can't-live-without-it daily essentials hoarded by editors, readers, and industry insiders alike."

Two of our own favorite beauty products made their list!

Kiehl's Creme with Silk Groom

Delight in the thought that you are doing something wonderful for your hair when applying this silk goodness. This creme is made with Silk Powders and naturally-absorbed oils and moisturizers derived from Wheat Protein, Soy Protein, and Jojoba Oil.

It's no surprise that one of favorite products, YSL's touche eclat made the list for the best highlighter. 
"The closest thing to Photoshop, this shimmery highlighter covers anything and brightens anywhere." Brush over concealer to eradicate dark circles or across cheekbones and temples for "golden goodness" skin." 

YSL and Kim Kardashian do it glamour style

Kim Kardashian looks stunning in the new Fall collection of YSL.  Here are a few tips from her make-up artist, Troy Jensen, in how to achieve this glamour girl look. 

Step 1: Use a light moisturizer and eye cream to prepare the skin.
Step 2: Dab a touch of concealer under the eyes, around the mouth, and anywhere to conceal skin imperfections. Blend with a foundation brush.
Step 3: Dab a touch of pale beige liquid shimmer at the top of the cheek bones, above the lip, and down the center of the nose. Blend well with the same foundation brush you used with the concealer. Then apply the liquid foundation across the forehead, down the jawline, and into the neck, blending with your foundation brush and making sure you blend well into the skin.
Step 4: Set with pressed powder.
Step 5: Apply powder cheek color, starting with the apples of the cheek and blending upward toward the hairline. Blend well.
Step 6: Start eyes with a well-groomed brow and using your powder eye-shadow duo, dust the light shade just below the brow and the darker shade over the entire eye lid and below the lower lash line, creating a smokey effect. Blending upward but not too cat-like. Then line entire eye with black eyeliner and blend with a sponge applicator or q-tip. Curl and coat your lashes.
Step 7: Line your lips with a neutral lip-liner, if needed, for added definition or just simply apply the pale pink lipstick to the entire lips and top off with the shimmering lip gloss.
Step 8: Nails should be black with a touch of top coat for added shine.

Come in to Blush and let us create this same look for you! 

YSL Touche Eclat = Liquid Gold

Alright girls, listen up. If you have somehow never heard about YSL's magical touche eclat we invite you out of the darkness and into the light of this incredible highlighter. The dark circles and bags under your eyes will disappear thanks to YSL's touche eclat, or as we call it liquid gold. It brightens the eyes and covers a multitude of sins.

It's been dubbed by everyone as their favorite beauty product from InStyle Magazine , New York Times,  How to Walk in High Heels; The Girls Guide to Everything  not to mention countless celebs, including Oprah that swear by it. 

  Instyle dubbed it one of the six beauty products that make you look younger and we totally agree. 

Not worried about wrinkles yet? This product will work wonders after late nights and too much bubbly. 

Come in and try it for yourself. 

Elle Decor Mention

Natalie Massenet, founder of one of our favorite websites, was featured in the October issue of Elle Decor. She list 12 things she can't live without, including Kiehl's Original Musk. Come by Blush and pick up your own bottle of this Keihl's goodness!

The Blush girls

Save the Date for our Grand Opening!

Please join us on Tuesday October 12th for champagne and hors d'oeuvres to celebrate the Grand Opening of Blush of Wilmington! 
Stop in before and  participate in our Blush drawing with the chance to win up to 200 dollars of free Jane Iredale 

We've Moved

We are so excited to announce all of the new happenings at the brand new Blush of Wilmington. Elisha Wendt, owner of Lavish Boutique Salon, purchased the name and products of the previous Blush Aesthetics and Cosmetics Boutique. Blush of Wilmington is carrying all of your favorites, including YSL, Jane Airdale, and Kiehl's. We are excited to introduce Wilmington to one of other favorite French lines, La Compagnie De Provence, adorable lip gloss line Twist and Pout, as well as our favorite nail polish, Deborah Lippman. Come by and see the new Blush of Wilmington!