the low-down from laura : birchbox

December 23, 2014By DJMC

Monthly sample boxes have been all the rage in the last couple years. Birchbox was actually one of the first I ever heard of through Youtube a couple of years ago, but back then it was not yet available in Canada so I opted for a few other options at the time. This has now all changed!

Birchbox officially launched in Canada and sent out their first round of boxes this December. I was so excited to hear the news that I quickly signed up on a monthly basis for $10 plus $4.95 for shipping & handling. You also have the option to subscribe for the year for $100 + shipping and handling.

For those of you not familiar with sample boxes, what happens is you sign up for the type of subscription you’d like – Birchbox offers monthly (sort of like a pay-as-you-go option) and annual subscriptions. Every month you receive a lovely box with a few beauty samples, making it a great way to try out new and popular products. Products include anything from makeup to skincare, haircare and fragrances. Each box also includes a card that explains each product and lets you know how much each full size item costs.

As I mentioned, I’ve subscribed to other boxes before and overtime became unimpressed as the types of products and quality they were sending was becoming less and less appealing, so when I saw Birchbox I thought to give it a try – so far so good! I received my box about a week ago and loved every sample.

This month I received the following items:

  • Mini Beauty protector protect and detangle spray (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Benefit Cosmetics Lollitint (full size available for $36.00)
  • Mini Cynthia Rowley Beauty Eyeliner in Black (full size available for $18.00)
  • Mini Harvey Prince hello Body Cream (full size available for $26.00)
  • Mini Vasanti BrightenUp! Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator (full size available for $34.00)

So far I’ve tried the Cynthia Rowley Eyeliner, Vasanti BrightenUp!, and the body cream and I’m loving them all. My mini version of the Brightenup has been used 3 times already and I’ll for sure be purchasing the full size version once I run out. The eyeliner is so creamy, which for me is a must because I like to smudge my liner to create a smokey effect. Finally, the body cream smells delicious and is not greasy! I can’t wait to try out my Lollitint which I’m saving for a Christmas look.

All in all I have to say that so far Birchbox did a great first round of boxes, and I’m looking forward to seeing what next month brings!

2015 is almost around the corner …

December 19, 2014By stephanie
Makeup and Hair by BlushPretty (Tess Lopez; Stephanie Daga)
The above wedding was planned and designed by the talented team behind Bliss Events.

As we near the end of 2014, the studio is a buzz with bridal trials and consultations.
Yay us!

Just a friendly reminder that we are always here and ready to discuss your 2015 wedding day and beauty needs. Just give us a shout, 416.727.1754 or, or drop us a line, beautymail@blushpretty.com, to learn about our team, our services,
and how much we LOVE weddings …

-stephanie-

loved by laura : j. crew model inspiration

December 18, 2014By DJMC

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I have always been in awe at how the models in J. Crew catalogues look so fresh with dewy complexions despite looking blown away with their disheveled hair.  Their makeup is natural and their lip colours add a sense of boldness. How can you get the look? The makeup artists use RMS beauty products as well as lipsticks from NARS – totally accessible products. This means we can get the J. crew model look too!

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In order to achieve the glowing complexion the makeup artists use RMS living luminizer. The RMS website describes the process: “Apply sparingly with fingers over the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, along the inner corners of eyes, and on the cupid’s bow above lips for a natural glow. Add life to eyes by subtly applying onto the center of eyelids, just above the lashes.”  The product itself is 100% organic and great for all skin tones. The texture is waxy and gradually melts with warmth, so it is not greasy or sticky once applied to the face.

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NARS lipsticks punch up the models’ pout with their super pigmented finish. Although we can’t all sport a vibrant fuchsia every day, there are a wide variety of shades to complement all individuals and suit all occasions. Bonus? They’re enriched with vitamin E to increase wearability and keep true color intact.

And with just two products, you’ll be all set for your catalogue-worthy moment! You can purchase RMS luminizer online, and NARS lipstick are available at Sephora, Murale or any NARS counter between $32 – $38.

musings from morgan : i love… body butter

December 17, 2014By DJMC

Winter often comes with some negatives when it comes to skincare – the cold, harsh weather can take a toll on everything from our cheeks to our arms to our legs, and many of us are often reaching for the moisturizer more and more as the temperature drops.

A mainstay in my arsenal of winter weapons? Body butter. Heavier than a typical moisturizer, body butter is perfect for legs and arms when you’re experiencing extra dryness. I recently tried European brand i love… body butter offering in Raspberry & Blackberry, which includes coconut oil and shea butter to help you achieve soft nourished skin.

My first impression of the product was “oh my god is it ever scented.” It actually smells like candy. For me, this was a bit of a turn-off since I often opt for fragrance-free products or one with softer scents like vanilla. The raspberry/blackberry combo comes through quite strong, so if you’re into that sort of thing this would be perfect for you.

When it came to the product itself, it definitely did a good job of moisturizing without feeling greasy or heavy on the skin, but for a body butter I expected a bit more in terms of thickness – it felt more like a regular body lotion instead of a butter.

I think this product would work well if you don’t require heavy-duty hydration and you like fruity products that really deliver on scent. At $9.99 it’s a decent buy and you can get it online at Farleyco.ca.

Disclosure: Press samples featured.