musings from morgan : mary kay at play lip crayons

I’m so happy we’re finally getting some warm weather in Toronto. On the first day of spring a few weeks back, I decided to throw on a bright floral shirt and wore pink lipstick to work despite the fact the weather still showed signs of winter. It was such a grey day and I’d had enough! Since then, I’ve decided if the calendar says it’s Spring, I shall choose only to wear spring and summer appropriate clothing and makeup (within reason, of course – I’ve yet to break out a pair of shorts). As the temperature slowly but surely continues to rise, I’m welcoming all things Spring and Summer with open arms.

A few months back, I had the chance to try out some of the Mary Kay At Play products including a lip crayon that I really liked, so I was pleased to see some new shades show up for Spring that I can start incorporating into my everyday looks.

The Mary Kay At Play line is definitely a more fun, vibrant set of products geared towards those of us who want to play with colour and step outside our comfort zones, but not too far out. The lip crayons ($12.00 CAD each) are no exception, and the purple and coral shades featured below are perfect to throw in a handbag to add a pop of colour to your look.

The first shade, Purple Punch, is a violet product with a smooth, balm-like texture. It goes on lightweight and is pigmented enough to change the colour of your lips without going overboard – it’s perfect if you’re hesitant to play with colour and want to start slowly. I loved this shade, and liked how easy it was to build if I wanted a little more colour. The colour itself rivals my MAC Heroine lipstick, but is nowhere near as pigmented so if I’m looking to subtly spruce up my look, this is the crayon to use. It also builds well so if you’re wanting to really show the colour, it does become even more vibrant after a few layers.

I then tried Coral Me Crazy, which had me excited yet nervous as I love how coral and orange lip shades look on others, but never feel like it’s something I can pull off. This coral leans more towards pink than orange, so I felt like it was a good starter shade for me that suited my skintone. Again, the product is lightweight, smooth, and balm-like so there’s no need to worry about it drying out.

Overall, these crayons are a great way to change up your usual day-to-day colours and will go with lots of looks you’ll likely be rocking over the warmer months! Check them out online.

Disclosure: These products were sent to for editorial consideration by the brand’s public relations team. We tested and reviewed the product to share our honest opinion with you (our fabulous readers) and would only ever recommend or review products we truly believe in!

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spotlight on : merry carlos-baguio

Name: Merry Carlos-Baguio

Years with BlushPretty: 2

I got into hair/makeup artistry because… I fell into the makeup industry as a working student with The Body Shop UK, and always loved art (& design). I loved learning all about the techniques and textures from the pros at head office, and the company had a very strong training culture. Every makeover I performed fueled my passion to learn more. I worked my way up to Brand Manager/Trainer and never stopped learning – I even learned how to do a little hair styling a few years ago when we moved here once I realized the demand for it.

My favourite part about being a hair/makeup artist… is meeting all the lovely people I get to work with and helping the clients look extra special for their day or big event. Oh, and learning new tricks to pass on to others!

My dream celebrity client: You (I’ve worked with celebs, but my fave jobs are those with real stars and everyday heroes).

My secret weapon: Concealer – because most of us just want that flawless face.

My must-share beauty tip: Start with good skin. Establish a skincare regime to suit your skin’s needs (keep it simple, hydration is key) and your makeup won’t take as long to apply, it will look better and will stay on longer. Just don’t spoil it by putting on too much foundation or worse, the wrong shade! Foundation Tip: Blend it. If you can still see it, ditch it. Color Tip: Anything goes. Have fun!

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things we love : dove’s short film

Last week, the folks at Dove Canada shared their latest short film called Patches with us. At just four minutes, it’s worth the watch for its powerful message.

It follows a group of women over the course of two weeks who have been given the opportunity to test a new beauty patch, and they’re asked to vlog along the way to capture the effects of the patch as they wear it from day to day.

If you’ve seen Dove’s previous short films and ads from the last year or so, you can likely guess how this one ends. It drives home the message that the thoughts and feelings we have about ourselves are entirely mental, and all it takes is a conscious change in attitude to drastically improve your self-confidence and self-love. The video fittingly ends with the message “Beauty is a state of mind.

Check it out below, and feel free to share it out if you want to spread the positive vibes!

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motivated mondays : support our indiegogo campaign …

You know … it really has been a great ten years building BlushPretty. But the best part is the team that has come together in the past five years that has made BlushPretty one of the  top artistry teams for brides and glamazons across the province (I say province because we have made trips out to some of the most remote places.) We love our brides. We love our special event clients. We love our photoshoots, our bar and bat mitzvahs clients, our baptismal and every celebration under the sun clients.

But now its time to take it to the next level. 

While we’ve been commissioned for video shoots and television in the past, it has never been the “bread and butter” of our work. But, as the artistry team grows we are beginning to “rep” some top-notch and skilled talent and we see a natural and organic progression forward into more video and film gigs.

And … so it begins.

I’m very very pleased to start this week off with some great news. The bp team is partnering up with  Canterbury Productions and award-winning writer and director Gregory Breen for their foray into a feature length film: The Long Night. Our artists are ready to go for filming when production launches in June and we couldn’t be more chuffed/stoked/excited/above-the-moon to be providing the makeup and hair. We think we are in good company with such a talented production team and are truly honoured to take part.

This is only the beginning for us as we venture into a whole new industry, but we are excited to see what the future holds. That said, new ventures – like a feature length film – always need a bit of help, and I was wondering if you, yes you, wanted to do us a solid and help us out a bit? Maybe? Sorta? Kinda? Please? :)

In order to make The Long Night a true success – which we feel in our bones it will be – we have an Indiegogo campaign running to help fund the film a bit. Our campaign is filled with some great perks (including a makeover OR makeup bag overhaul from us!) and if you happen to purchase one, you will not only be supporting our team, but also, Canadian talent and the Canadian film industry. We’re all family, right?

If you have the time, please take a look at the campaign and perks – I’m sure there is something for you to take advantage of. The entire bp team and I thank you in advance for your consideration and support.  You rock!

Thanks so much and have a great week everyone! 


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weekend reads : everything eyes by bobbi brown

I am a big fan of Bobbi Brown.
I love her product line.
I love her website/blog.
I love her books.

When I found out that she released another makeup book, I immediately went to pick it up. Everything Eyes is a shorter read than her other reference books, but packed with just as much valuable information.

I really love the section dedicated to makeup and women who wear glasses.

Visit your local bookstore to pick up a copy.

Have a great weekend! 


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