scene + heard: NYE tips with Metro News

December 31, 2013By DJMC

This past weekend, we spent some time with Takara Small of Metro News to talk about New Year’s Eve looks to rock while you’re out celebrating tonight.

From colourful smokey eyes to glowing skin, we covered everything you need to know to perfect your look as you countdown to 2014. Stephanie, BlushPretty’s founder, was also interviewed for the Small Business section of Metro for today’s print edition – be sure to pick up a copy today!

We had so much fun with Takara and the Metro News team – check out our behind-the-scenes shots from the weekend and be sure to check out the article for expert tips.


the bp life : NYE ’14

December 29, 2013By DJMC

The countdown to 2014 is on, and we know you’ve probably got plans to welcome yet another new year. Maybe you’re going dancing or maybe you’re joining friends at a house party, but regardless of how you’re celebrating BlushPretty wants to help you get glam for the night!

On Tuesday, December 31, guests are welcome to join us from 2p.m. – 10 p.m. to choose one of the following services for $45+HST, or both for $80+HST:

1. one of the following hairstyles: options include stylized topknot, soft side do, long loose waves or a braided crown.

2. one of two makeup looks: Smokey Eye or Bold Lip.

The BP team will be there to beautify you, and dessert and champagne will be served!
And don’t worry about going back and forth between your place & ours to get ready – you’re welcome to get dressed at the studio before you head out for the night.

As a bonus, Lippy Girl Lipsticks and Revolution Organics lip glosses will be on sale for 25% off!

Call us at 416.727.1754 to book your appointment. See you next week as we bid farewell to 2013 – in the meantime, check out some of these photos for hair & makeup inspiration!


things we like : 14 Things You’re Doing Wrong To Your Skin

December 19, 2013By DJMC

Earlier this week, Chanel Parks over at BuzzFeed put together a great list of 14 Things You’re Doing Wrong To Your Skin we wanted to share. It’s a great time of year to be paying special attention to your skin with the harsh weather in full swing, and this list serves as a good reminder of what to do/what not to do when treating it.

Chanel is a DIY Intern for the much-loved website (there’s at least one BuzzFeed list that applies to everyone, we swear) and has a range of lists pertaining to makeup, skincare, DIY projects and so much more. We’ve enjoyed perusing her articles this week and think you should check them out!

musings from morgan : piling on the polysporin (no, really)

December 18, 2013By DJMC

When I think of Polysporin, I think cuts and burns – the name is synonymous with treating wounded skin, fast and effectively. So, when Stephanie handed over this new product to try out, I was a little surprised to be trying something made by them for a beauty blog of all places.

It didn’t take long for me to understand how perfect Polysporin is to develop a lip therapy treatment. When the temperature drops and our lips start begging for moisture, who better to come to the rescue than the experts in damaged skin? Seems obvious now, right?

Polysporin has developed a line of lip treatments called Visible Lip Health, and I’ve been using the Overnight Renewal Therapy for several weeks now. The Visible Lip Health line also has a Daily Hydration Therapy treatment, and both products are designed to ensure your lips stay healthy, hydrated and rich in vitamins all day and night.

My lips generally start to dry out by the end of October/beginning of November, so I waited to write my review until I could really give it a true test drive. Now, we’re well into December and I can truly say I have been so glad to have this on my nightstand.

The product is a thick, white, creamy texture with a petrolatum (petroleum jelly) base, and doesn’t have a scent (perfect if you’re sensitive to perfume-y lip treatments). Before this product came along, petroleum jelly was my go-to solution for super dry lips at night, so this product not only has a tried, tested and true main ingredient, but boasts the benefits of cocoa seed butter, paraffin and vitamins to make it a superstar lip treatment.

The results are stellar – I’ve had a few days where I’ve been slathering on the lip balm all day trying to soothe my dry, burning lips, but as long as I made sure to put this on before lights out I’ve woken up to soft, smooth lips, as if the previous day never happened! It really does what it claims to do.

This is a must-purchase product if you suffer from dry, chapped lips during the winter months (or ever!) and need something that will nip the problems in the bud, fast. It’s no surprise that the skin-repair experts at Polysporin could create such an effective product and I highly recommend it.   

Morgan Cadenhead is a self-professed beauty junkie living & working in Toronto. By day, she’s a PR pro who loves all things writing & media, but by night she’s often catching up on her favourite fashion & beauty blogs or hitting up the gym. Her makeup obsession stems from the realization that makeup is a powerful and (most importantly) fun tool – it can make the difference in how you carry yourself, set the tone for a good day and above all, make anyone feel gorgeous! Follow her on Twitter & Instagram @morgancadenhead or send her an email at

bp love list : holiday gift ideas from us to you

December 17, 2013By DJMC

Can you believe we’re just over one week away from Christmas? Yes, you read that right. One. Week!

Neither can we, but there’s no question we’re excited. We’re busy girls over here at BlushPretty and are betting you are too, so if you’re not done shopping, don’t stress – we’ve rounded up our picks for those of you needing some beauty-inspired gift ideas for a lovely lady in your life!

steph’s picks

Stila Colour Outside the Lines Smudge Stick Set ($39)
Stila is well-known for its ability to provide luxurious makeup in simple but feminine-chic compacts and palettes. This season is no different, as their Holiday 2013 line is filled with sets perfect for gifting to your makeup artist or best friend!  Lip glosses, blushes, or palettes for the whole face, their holiday selection is vintage-inspired but filled with modern, on-trend makeup. One of my favourites from the line is the Colour Outside the Lines Smudge Stick Set. Five versatile colours from the always-needed black to a jewel-toned emerald, these liners shine all night without budging once. Wear them alone, or better yet, double up! (more…)