loved by laura : nars nails it

September 30, 2014By DJMC

The title says it all, but allow me to elaborate. NARS had me at the Orgasm blush, but now I am taken by their line of iconic coloured nail polish.  I had the chance to sample the Shameless Red and Back Room, and I must say I’m excited to try out more!

With any nail polish, the brush makes a difference in the quality of formula distribution.   Here we have the perfect marriage between flat & curvy.  The flat brush creates polish coverage over more nail surface area, and the curved edge allows maneuvering corners without staining your cuticles and fingers.

“A little goes a long way is” how I would describe this vividly pigmented polish. One generous layer of the polish is enough for full coverage with no need for a second application. The formula is neither runny nor goopy so it won’t cling to the brush and leave streaks on your nails.   It is fluid & flexible creating an even coverage once applied and dried.

A great benefit of this product is that it is easy on and easy off.   You will not struggle with lingering polish on your nails after you remove it.

Just like any basic essentials in your wardrobe, NARS nail polish would be a classic go to staple in anyone’s polish collection.  After a trying moment or a long day, you can look down at your nails and sigh, “There is something in life that is still beautiful!”

You can find the NARS nail polishes as well as the Phillip Lim for NARS nail polish collaboration at Sephora and Murale ranging between $19 – $23.

should i? shouldn’t i? : makeup and hair for your engagement shoot …

September 29, 2014By stephanie

Brides often ask me if it’s worth getting your makeup and hair done for their engagement shoot.  Engagement shoots, depending on the bride, are normally more of a lifestyle/casual affair. Some brides feel that since it’s not the wedding day … maybe they can DIY it (which of course is always an option!). Some on the other hand, still want the polished hand of a professional … but aren’t quite sure if its a necessity.

So back to the original question: Should you have your hair and makeup done professionally for your engagement shoot … the short answer is “yes”.  I really do think taking the time and money to have a professional doll you up is money well spent.


Well, because it allows you the opportunity to see how your chosen’s artist work and makeup application will translate in photos. Did they use enough coverage? Did they apply enough blush for your liking? Does your request for a natural look seem almost tooooo natural on film? Or, did your request for a smokey eye look like just a mess?

The way you take a photo (but first … let me take a selfie …), the way the artist takes a photo, or the way your family takes a photo, will never compare to the way a photographer captures your look on screen. Arranging for your artistry team to beautify you and then having your wedding day photographer capture you on camera is the perfect test before the BIG show. Your photographer will capture you from all angles, in all sorts of different lighting and moods that it’s like getting a full 360 look at your best “almost” wedding self. Once you receive the teasers from your photographer, I highly suggest that you share your professional photos with your artist(s) and provide any necessary feedback or changes.

A game plan like this ensures a very VERY happy wedding day.

(Sometimes, my brides will use their trial run as the opportunity to prepare for their engagement shoot, which I personally think is a great idea. It’s a great way to utilize your trial run … it’s a great way to make the wedding budget stretch.)

Tell me … do you plan to hire a team to get you all  blushpretty for your e-shoot?


stuff from lil steph : negative space nails tutorial

September 25, 2014By DJMC

Inspired by Tracylee by Sally Hansen for the Nonoo Spring 2015 Runway at NYFW, I’ve decked out my nails with negative space. In this case, the “negative space” is my natural nails. It’s super simple, so even if you’re a nail art novice, you can definitely do this one! All you need is some tape and any polish shade of your choosing (I used Born Pretty Store Nail Art Striping Tape and the Rimmel Seconds Polish in Hot White Love)

1. Apply a thin strip of tape in the centre of your nail

2. Paint over the tape and onto your nail with a colour of choice.

3. Peel off the tape to reveal your “negative space”.

And there you have it – a super simple runway inspired nail look!

recos from regina : kiss nail dress

September 23, 2014By DJMC

For those looking for a quick and easy way to do a manicure, Kiss Products has come out with their new and improved 2 Looks Nail Dress. As a fan of Kiss Nail Products, I was excited for the opportunity to try it out in Double Lutz.

The box contains a mini dual-sided nail file and 40 different sizes of peel off nail strips (to fit all sizes of finger nail beds). 20 nail strips are for the Full Manicure, and the other 20 nail strips are for the French Manicure – hence the 2 looks name of the product.

Some tips to keep in mind when you’re applying the products:

  • Keep strips in plastic sleeve until ready to use
  • Select strip that fits nails
  • Apply near, not on cuticle and smooth away from centre
  • Fold down over edge and gently file excess from side-to-side with nail file underneath edge of nail

If you’re going for the french tip manicure look, Kiss also suggest using a top coat to seal the tip of the nail dress.

What I liked about Nail Dress was how natural my nails looked with the strips on – I was given many compliments at work on how nice my nails looked. The step-by-step instructions on the back of the box with pictures on how to apply the product are also really helpful, and getting 2 looks in 1 product was also a plus. Application is easy, and the removal is even easier and quick just by gently peeling of the strip from the side.

You can find this product and other styles at Wal-Mart, Target and London Drugs starting at $8.97.

Disclosure: This product was sent to BlushPretty as a press sample for editorial consideration.

quoted : elle canada …

September 19, 2014By stephanie

Since I started in makeup and hair many moons ago I have had tonnes of opportunities come my way, but I will never ever ever truly believe that media outlets like Hello!, Anokhi, or Elle Canada will seek me out to provide expert advice. So surreal …

I’m always super honoured and humbled to be asked.

Just this past week, editor Ava Baccari asked me for my tips and tricks for
brightening and beautifying tired eyes.

Check out the article here, and if you have any further questions – let me know!

Thanks so much to Elle Canada for asking me to participate. Always a pleasure.