go #Fenty, or go home …

I need to be super honest … but very rarely do I buy into celebrity brands. I never really did the Kat Von D. line, in fact, I don’t think I have one thing in my kit from her line. And don’t get me started on anything Kylie, Kendall, or Kim. Just don’t. I also never indulged in Drew Barrymore’s Flower line … AND I LOVE DREW BARRYMORE!

I guess my line of thinking was that while a celebrity does spend a lot of time in the makeup and hair chair, what would they really understand about my skintone, my features, and what I want my makeup to do for me on an everyday basis. Sure they have a treasure box of tips and tricks learned from some of the best makeup and hair teams in the world … but what would they really know about developing a universally flattering red or a foundation that works well with both my skintone AND undertone?

I was stuck in my opinion and my own way.

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And then RIHANNA DONE DID IT.

She created a beautiful makeup line that I cannot get enough of. So much so, that I plan trips to Sephora and beeline to the Fenty Beauty section immediately before they “run out” of what I am looking for after creeping #Stunna hashtags on the ‘gram for about ten hours. I’m about .5 of a point below the term obsessed at this point.

I think what really got me going with Fenty Beauty is the marketing campaign itself and how it really did focus on covering all skintones and shades. I realized that even though I’m Asian with yellow undertones and skin that goes super dark after a little sun … I never really thought that other brands weren’t meeting my needs. I always managed to find a close enough shade or flattering shade with almost any other brand I tried. I was basically in this “happy middle” – happy enough with my “go-to” brands (and I still love all my other brands, I really do!) but unaware (and barely concerned) that they could be doing things better for myself and others who shared my skintone and features. I had to ask myself if I was like this because I just believed that the top makeup brands were already out there doing the best that there is for all skin types. Were my years spent with my nose buried in the beauty adverts in Allure magazine – with light skinned versions of anyone ethnic – conditioning me to be okay with being in my “happy middle” with makeup?

Fenty Beauty’s campaign, coupled with Rihanna’s Navy of fans (a selection of beauty addicts who ranged the spectrum of skintone possibility) swatching and posting their success with the foundation shades made me put aside my opinion of celebrity brands for a quick minute and head on in to Sephora to check it out for myself. While I didn’t pick-up my foundation shade – strictly because I’m not a big fan of foundation – I did invest in the Matchstick Trio for medium skintones. It was with this one purchase, my short sighted opinion on celebrity brands changed. The concealer and contour shades melt effortlessly into my skin, don’t turn orange or red after a few moments wear, and feel like silk on the skin. I can apply quickly before I head out the door and my skin looks even and real.
I have since returned to Fenty Beauty, without any hesitation and picked up lipsticks, more matchsticks for highlighting and shading, and the latest : Stunna lip paint. (LOVE!)

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still not going to go out there and buy something from anyone who’s name begins with a K … but I do have a new found respect for Rihanna and Fenty Beauty!

– xx,
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#BridalInspo : The Romantic and Soft Updo …

In case you were wondering, it is possible to do a nice, clean updo that still is soft to both the eye and the touch. Many times, we get brides who are 100% freaked out that their updo will look too constricting and overdone butat the same time, are scared that “too loose” will mean it will fall apart before they say “I do”.

It’s a fair fear …

But still, a bride has nothing to be anxious about. Your hair artist will ensure that your soft updo will be pinned properly and of course treated with the right products (hairspray anyone?) to ensure all day wear without a slip-up in sight. On your end, you just have to put a bit of trust in your artist and also, follow his or her prep instructions for the wedding day. The more you invest in adhering to their prep instructions, the more your chosen soft ‘do will stay in place and turn out just the way you like it.

Hands-off the style is also key. Don’t fuss or touch your ‘do that much and this goes for the entire bridal party … they should NOT be touching your hair or pushing pieces or “testing” if certain pieces are pinned in or if a section of the hair would look better “this way …“.

You hired your hair artist for a reason – because they are the expert.

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This particular updo required that the bride wash and dry her hair the day prior. She left it dry and as is for me the day of her appointment. I went in with a 1 inch curling iron and curled medium pieced sections around the barrel. A bit of twisting with some hidden bobby pins throughout allowed me to create the fullness around the crown and sides of the hair.

Interested in this style for your wedding day? Start by booking a trial run with us at either of our Toronto-based locations. Contact us at 416.727.1754 to book today!

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Hey Toronto! What’s up?

Here we are! Halfway through summer,  and past halfway to the end of the year … Unbelievable! Where does the time go (I seem to say that a lot on this blog – don’t I)?

This year marks the first year (or half of a year) that we’ve had two locations in Toronto to serve all you beauties.  Our BlushPretty Beauty Bar at 508 Yonge Street has been up and running since January and the public loves it. We are so thankful for everyone who has called, made an appointment, and left the Beauty Bar feeling fabulous! And our flagship studio at 907 College Street still greets beautiful brides daily and we couldn’t be more pleased.

We love you Toronto!

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Speaking of Toronto, can we take a moment to appreciate this beautiful map of Toronto by talented artist Jennifer Beck of Modern Map Art! Jennifer was kind enough to send this must-have 18×24 print of the best city in the world for us to hang up in our studio! It’s so fitting and so appropriate. Toronto brides are the BEST brides.

For all of you whom love Toronto just as much, you can order your own Toronto print here. It’s available in 5 different sizes (from 8×10 to 24×36) and 4 different colours. The prints come as is, so you can frame it or hang it just as you wish!

Do you happen to be from another Canadian city? Maybe one of our other favourites like Mississauga, Markham, or Oakville?  Modern Map Art can do custom prints!

If you pick up a Toronto map for yourself, don’t forget to place a pin in it to mark where your favourite little beauty studio lives! As a friendly reminder, we want to make sure that you and all your friends know that we now have two beautiful studios in Toronto and we really REALLY want you to come visit. So, how are we going to do that?

Simple.

INTRODUCING : HAPPY HOUR!

For the month of August 2017, we will be hosting happy hour(s) at both our 907 College Street studio AND our 508 Yonge Street beauty bar. Book an appointment between the hours of 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and get a makeup application or your hair done up in waves, curls or braids for just $45.

Yep. That simple.

We’re itching to get you ready for all your beach bbqs, patio parties and summer soirees. After all … it’s summer, look hot!

To book your appointment, just email us at beautymail@blushpretty.com, or call us at 416.727.1754.

Hope to see you soon!

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#BlushPrettyUnfiltered : real people looking real pretty

Had to take a moment to share some photos from our recent #BlushPrettyUnfiltered photoshoot.

The reason these photos are so important to the team and me is because they capture the simple idea that everyone is truly beautiful in their own way. In an age where filters, photoshop and dog-ears reign supreme, we wanted to bring some beautiful faces in, give them a fresh-faced easy-to-wear makeup look, and take clean bright photos with #nofilterneeded.

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Any of the looks you see through #BlushPrettyUnfiltered are available for you to have done yourself at our new beauty bar located at 508 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor. You can choose from our combos of makeup and hair, mix ‘n’ match from different looks, or choose one or the other.  Pricing begins at $65 plus HST!

Subscribe to our BlushPretty newsletter for promos and deals, or scout new looks to try via Instagram under @blushprettyteam.

Hope to see you at the beauty bar this summer!

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Steal this look for Spring : Golds and Fiery Plums!

I had to share this look that I did recently for a photoshoot. I think it’s a great take on a fusion soft smokey eye and by pairing it with sheer foundation warmed up with a bit of bronzer it takes you right into the warmer weather easily.

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  • First prep and prime the eye as needed. I used Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion in Sin. Applying this with a synthetic brush gives a well blended application and spreads the product well.
  • Using the Lorac Gold UnZipped Palette, dust a mix of Unlocked and Unlimited all over the lid from lashes into the crease. I then dusted MAC Cosmetics Amber Lights at the outer and inner corners of the lid to add some depth.
  • Next up, using NYX eyeshadow in Golden Peach, I worked the colour on the top part of the lid and lightly into the crease. This created a soft gradient and you’ll find that depending on the skintone, tones done the brightness of the gold.
  • With a crease brush, start working Unbridled from Lorac UnZipped at the outer corner and into the crease and blend away.  When blending, blend upwards to soften a bit of the plum up to the browbone.
  • I returned back to my NYX Golden Peach Shadow and did a soft trace abrove the crease blending in with the plum.
  • Highlight the browbone with your highlighter of choice, and then blend/buff the entire eye with a clean brush to fuse the colours.
  • Complete the eyes with layers of your favourite mascara, and a gel or liquid liner.
  • Brush the brows up and fill as needed create a soft full brow. I filled with just a brow pencil for a softer look.
  • Finish the look with a sheer base and conceal blemishes as needed. Apply bronzer, and finish with a light dusting of blush. I used NARS The Multiple Scultpting duo to contour, and NARS Luster for blush on the model because I am in love with both products!

I have more images available on Instagram for you to look at so don’t forget to hit Follow on handles @BlushPretty and @BlushPrettyTeam.

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