Let the Holiday Beauty Bar begin … 

Canadian Thanksgiving, check. Hallowe’en, check. Remembrance Day, almost there.

And then …

Let the holiday season begin. It’s the most magical time of year after all!

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Every year, the BlushPretty team opens up our doors to welcome you and yours to join us for our Holiday Beauty Bar. It’s the opportunity to get in the spirit of the season and get glam on the go. Between your office holiday party to cocktails with friends, BlushPretty will be open Thursdays to Sundays from 2-8 pm for both makeup and hair services. Whether you want to try the new metallic trend, or style your hair into the latest red carpet ‘do, we got you! We’ve even have a designated changing space to take you from office to “oh holy night!”hot that much easier!

Located in the heart of Dufferin Grove at 907 College Street, the Toronto studio is just steps away from the city’s finest establishments meaning you’re in, you’re out, and you’re pretty.

Holiday Beauty bar begins Thursday November 18, 2016 . Makeup applications begin at $55, and hair services begin at $65.

Bring on the cheer!

-xx, s and the BP beauty elves

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fall/winter beauty is coming …

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Wowza! The BlushPretty team made it through another fruitful Spring/Summer bridal season. Yay us!!!

And now, it’s October 2016. OCTOBER!!!

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the summer goes. It becomes a blur and before we know it, it’s fall. And I’m pretty sure that I will blink once, maybe twice, and boom … the HOLIDAYS!

Anyhow, while I have you here on the blog, visiting and reading, I wanted to remind all of you that now is the perfect time for you to give us a call and book in a Fall/Winter beauty lesson. Whether you choose a 60 minute, 90 minute, or 2 hour lesson – you’re bound to learn a few pro tricks and get the scoop on must have products to mastering a makeup style that’s fit for you. It’s the perfect way to refresh your makeup bag with products and skincare that will work with your Fall/Winter skin; and if you happen to have a full dance card for the holiday season, set your selfie game on fire on and learn how to do your own glam makeup for each and every party!

Book your appointment today. Just email us at beautymail@blushpretty.com or give us a shout : 416.727.1754

Have a great week ahead beauties!

-s-

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introducing : workshop wednesdays …

I cannot believe that we are almost coming up to one year at the College+Ossington studio.  It wasn’t that long ago that we started off in a really small space that sat above Second Cup on Queen+John. We had the smallest window, and it was boiling hot come summer with no air conditioning. It was the perfect space to meet with clients one on one, but as the team and our supportive community grew, we needed a space to grow with us!

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Needless to say, our street level, spacious and bright studio in the Dufferin Grove has been a welcomed change. We have more space to meet with clients, offer skin treatments, and really be a part of the community.

To celebrate, we are officially introducing Workshop Wednesdays – the perfect way to get to know our community and give back to the community by welcoming people into our space, and sharing what we know and what we have to offer.

This coming June 22, 2016, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm, join us (and our sister biz, fresh.beautiful : the skin studio) for our first workshop – Mad about Masks – where we introduce you to one of the biggest selfie trends on Instagram : sheet masks. We’ll talk about how and why they work, how they differ from other masks, and the best way to apply them and soak up the benefits. And BONUS : don’t leave without a quick 5-minute makeover with a few tips and tricks on mastering summer-proof makeup!

Space is limited, so for more details and to reserve yourself a coveted spot, register at our Eventbrite page today! For more information, just email us (beautymail@blushpretty.com) or call us at 416.727.1754.

Hope to see you there!

-xx, s

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scene+heard : lily and tony on nearlyweds.com

  
There is so much more to a bride’s wedding day than just the walk down the aisle, and lucky for us, we sometimes get to be a part of all those moments as well. This can include makeup and hair services for bridal showers, bachelorette  and much more … like engagement shoots.

Our friends at Two Bright Lights recently shared with us that a recent bride we worked with, Lily, and her engagement shoot with her fiancé Tony, were featured over at Nearlyweds.com. YAY! 

Lily came to us for makeup and hair services when preparing for this shoot, and our BP artists, Giselle and Samantha, were happy to oblige.

Ave just seen the photos, courtesy of Ten 2 Ten Photography and couldn’t believe how pretty they are. They definitely show the beauty of this couple and the love between them. Congratulations to Lily and Tony, and thank you for choosing BP to be a part of it.

  

Feel free to view the entire gallery over at Nearlyweds.com.   If you’re looking to book beauty services for your big day, or all the precious moments in between, well, look no further – give us a call, or feel free to fill out our form over at our contact page!

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try it : the one “must-do” step before applying colour corrector …

my Instagram feed is literally dotted with colour correcting and concealing. seriously. the newest hype is officially dot concealing … because you know, dotting your concealer in specific places is way different than applying it normally in those same places. totally. *insert rolling of the eyes here*. and please don’t get me started on excessive colour correcting. just don’t.

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for those of you who aren’t sure what the difference between colour correcting and concealing is, here’s the Cole’s Notes : colour correctors – usually in shades of peach, orange, lavender, and green – are used to counteract or neutralize different unflattering colours in the skin such as blue-black under the eyes, or redness over the cheeks and around the nose. corrector formulations vary, with some being more liquid and wet like (YSL’s new pen correctors) and others more firm or dry-creamy (such as those that come in palettes like Stila and Tarte). they are meant to stay on top of your skin, and not sink in. your concealers and foundations are meant to be worn over these correctors.

for most and depending on one’s skin type, the layering of correctors, concealers and foundations can go awry pretty fast and the end result in broad daylight and not through an Instagram filter is … interesting. the whole area can look aging, thanks to too many layers. or it can crease. or it can emphasize the drier area directly under the eye. there is one thing those tutorials are forgetting to tell you, which is :

the number one step before you go to dot dot dot correct town, is to pat pat pat on some hydrating under eye cream. very liberally.

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for most of us who are busy AF, we tend to have a nighttime skincare regimen that is totally on point complete with a state of the art exfoliate, moisturize, and then moisturize again method. when we make up in the morning, it’s simply wash face, moisturize face, make up face, and go – which is totally fine, because how much damage can you do when you’re fast asleep.

but what we aren’t thinking about, is the 12-15 hours we spend between in between with those said layers of corrector, concealer and other related makeup. regardless of how creamy or “hydrating” your concealer or foundation says it is, you still need a protective barrier between the delicate skin around the eyes and those extra makeup products that are sapping moisture from it.

here is your best bet when it comes to perfecting your eye cream-corrector-concealer trifecta …

choose an eye cream made for hydrating and moisturizing the eye area. there is a plethora of formulations out there, so stick with ones with those key words instead of “firming”, “brightening” or “lifting”. firming and lifting are more about tightening the eye area, which means there formulations are a little more “dry” than moisturizing or hydrating ones.

apply your eye cream liberally. using your ring finger and a good dose of eye cream, pat on the product under the eye and over the upper cheeks. bring it up into the inner corner (carefully) and outer corner as well. technically, you can apply corrector and concealer anywhere on your face, but its this area around the globe of your eyes that is most delicate and needs the extra love.

give it time to sink in! i know – who has time in the morning, right? but you do. apply your face cream and eye cream immediately after your shower or when you wash your face. then go get dressed, or do your hair, or have some breakfast. if you don’t give it time to sink in, your corrector and concealer might not stick or adhere to the skin well, and will slip around throughout the day.

apply your corrector. if you’ve followed the three steps above, once you are ready to apply your corrector colours – whether swiped on, dotted, or in little tiny stars – it should glide over the eye area and blend with ease. remove any excess product with a beauty blender or sponge and let it sit. removing the excess here is clutch!

apply your concealer/foundation. this is the easiest step .. because all I have to say is “apply as you normally would, and complete the rest of your makeup. with either foundation or concealer, just make sure it’s a formulation made to cover up the green, lavender or orange shade you did your colour correcting with. sheer formulations probably won’t help!

and here is the bonus tip : while applying your corrector, if you happen to notice that it’s already streaky upon application, isn’t spreading/gliding easily, or looks super dry after application (even with our super eye cream tip!) … remove the colour corrector and just reach for your concealer.  reconsider the formulation you’re using, or reconsider the idea of colour correcting completely. don’t get me wrong, when done correctly and with the proper products and application for an individuals skin type, correcting can be effective … but it’s not for everyone …

hope this helps you navigate your way through the newest makeup trend. please do leave me any comments or share your stories on what works and doesn’t work for you when it comes to adding in some peach, green and lavender into your makeup routine!

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