recos from regina : NYC smooch proof lip stain

Recently, we were given the chance to try out the NYC Smooch Proof 16HR Lip Stain, a product that claims to provide a sheer yet intense colour that lasts. With a day off and a few errands to run, I tried it out in Unstoppable Red to see if it stood the test of time.

When I first applied the lip stain at 8:00 am, I was impressed by how nice the colour was and how quickly it dried. Since this was my first time trying out a lip stain of any brand I didn’t know what to expect, but I did find myself applying lip balm as I felt my lips started to dry out during the day.

When I had my first meal (coffee and a muffin), I noticed & liked that the colour didn’t rub off on my mug. A few hours later, I met up with my husband for lunch at a buffet restaurant, and after 2 hours of eating, some of the lip stain started to come off but there was still visible product.

Afternoon snacks, dinner, dessert and more beverages came along and surprisingly, some of the product still remained! Not too bad for a product that retails around $5 at the drugstore.

By the end of the day, the stain lasted about 12 hours. I was impressed by it’s staying power, despite the fact it didn’t quite give me the full 16 hours of complete coverage.  The only advice that I would give is to keep lip balm on hand as it may start to dry out your lips. However, if you’re looking for a stain on a budget that comes in a variety of colours, we definitely think you should check it out!

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 : naomi mundy

Name: Naomi Mundy

Years with BP: 2 years

I got into hair and/or makeup artistry because… I had always wanted to do makeup, but it wasn’t until I met the makeup artist who worked my wedding that I knew I really needed to pursue it.

My favourite part about being a hair/makeup artist… I love meeting new people and seeing how happy they look once you’ve dolled them up and they look fabulous.

My secret weapon: Well then it wouldn’t be a secret, would it?? Just kidding! I have a few; I carry a great hydrating serum from MUFE and my eyelash guard for applying mascara.

My must-share beauty tip: Drink lots of water, exfoliate regularly and maintain your skin health with regular facials.

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lightbox : kiss me, i’m blonde …

As Kin, one of our favourite photographers would say :
“the only time a duck face is acceptable …”

She is gorgeous!!! 

Model: Michelle Nadeau
Hair: Sam of
Mua: Tess of
Photographer: Kin Hai

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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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