31 days to a prettier 2017 : brighten up the eyes …

January 18, 2017By stephanie


Today, I’m going to tell you to treat yo’self …

Day 18 : January 18

Buy yourself a new eyeshadow.

We spoke about eyeliners before for defining the eyes, but today we’re going to talk about brightening up and highlighting the eyes. You’re going to do this with a simple swipe of eyeshadow. You probably already have plenty of shadows ranging the colours of a rainbow, but the shadow I want you to pick up will be a neutral shimmer.

Look for something across the lines of soft champagne, rose gold, soft gold, or bronze. Shades that fall within this category can be swept across the lids and instantly lift and brighten the eye area within nothing more than perhaps mascara.

It’s a great way to get ready quick with minimal makeup! And don’t worry, the right neutral shimmer can always be incorporated into your full colour looks from winged liner to smokey eyes!

Now, off you go!

TIP : For easy on the go, try cream eyeshadow sticks. I particularly love Laura Mercier and Bobbi Brown!

HOMEWORK : Buy yourself just one, but it doesn’t hurt to take note of other shades that don’t make the cut. You can always pick them up later!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : commit to an all over balm …

January 17, 2017By stephanie

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We’ve all been in that situation when a dry patch comes through our makeup midday, or our cuticles look rough, or  our baby hairs get a little feisty. You cannot carry your vanity table with you everywhere you go, so here’s our trick for MacGyvering your pop-up beauty dilemmas.

Day 17 : January 17

Commit to an All Over Balm (or skin salve).

An all over balm or skin salve is like the duct tape of makeup … while most are advertised as a quick way to hydrate the skin in a convenient carry with you everywhere tube they do so much more than that! They come in all sort of consistencies and are cased in everything from tubes to tin pots (as mentioned, portable!). The ones I prefer comes in a firmer (but smooth), waxy texture and in tin or glass pot form, just because you don’t waste any product – you can lightly pick up some on the finger tips without overdoing it, or gather a bit more by scooping it out when needed. Tube salves are just as great, but I’ve been known to squeeze out too much more often than not!

What can you do with your balm?  Plenty!

  • Apply a light layer over dry patches of skin midday, as needed
  • Soothe minor cuts and wounds
  • Heal chapped lips in a pinch
  • Sweep up high on the cheeks for a quick highlight
  • Refresh your makeup, especially under the eyes
  • Tame brow hairs
  • Tame baby hairs and flyaways
  • Soften cuticles
  • Press and blend over your eyeshadow for a glossy eye look
  • Dab blush to the lips and smooth salve over for a DIY clip colour
  • Remove makeup mistakes

See – it’s truly the duct tape of makeup.

All over balms or skin salves can be found with in both conventional and organic brands, and a bunch of sizes. Brands I suggest : NYX, Glossier, Antipodes and RMS.

Happy Shopping!

TIP : I say commit now (which I do mean), but you can also test out a few before making a hard purchase!

HOMEWORK : Once you’ve chosen a salve, try turning to it first whenever you come across a skin issue or beauty dilemma – start testing out what works for you and what doesnt, how much you need to solve the dilemma or how much you don’t!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : book a beauty lesson …

January 16, 2017By stephanie

Did you have a good rest yesterday? Hope so! Let’s ease you back into it …

Day 16 : January 16

Book a beauty lesson!

Whether you go full tilt and book a private one on one with a professional OR you invite your makeup guru BFF over to your vanity table for an evening, seek out some live help! YouTube is great for learning new tricks and practising, but sometimes its great to have an actual person to hit with rapid fire questions. Your teacher of choice can also assist you with product and colour selection, but also give tips and tricks that work for them and can be tweaked for you. PLUS – it’s fun to talk beauty with someone else!

A few ways to get a beauty lesson :

  • Hanging out with your besties who are queens at makeup (free , except for snacks and drinks!)
  • Heading over to a beauty counter for a makeup application and instruction (but keep in mind that you may be obliged to purchase a product or two)
  • Hiring a professional makeup artist to have a one on one beauty lesson (will be either an hourly rate or a flat rate; but the lesson can be tailored to what you want to learn)

Whatever avenue you choose you’re bound to learn plenty all while having fun with it. It’ll open you up to more new looks and styles, plus give you the fundamentals in application. 

Back to beauty school you go!

TIP : Arm yourself with pictures and questions in advance of your lesson. It’s the perfect time to get answers to the beauty stuff you want to know!

HOMEWORK : Check out the BlushPretty services page. We provide beauty lessons ranging from 60 minutes to 2 hours and even do so in a group setting, making it much more fun! Call or email to book!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : do nothing …

January 15, 2017By stephanie

We’re halfway through our 31 days …

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Day 15 : January 15

Do nothing today.

Just sleep and rest. And sleep and rest somemore.

Enjoy your beauty sleep!

TIP : Comfy pajamas and plenty of pillows help.

HOMEWORK : Don’t get out of bed today.

31 days to a prettier 2017 : focus on your skin …

January 14, 2017By stephanie

It’s Saturday. And it’s the weekend. I shouldn’t make you work, should I? But what you can do, is do some research and reading on your tablet, in your pajamas, with a glass of wine …

Day 14 : January 14

Start thinking more about the health of your skin.

You don’t have to jump into action right this minute but you should start considering making any necessary changes to your skincare routine. This could include :

  • Throwing out products that don’t work for you
  • Researching and purchasing the right skincare products for your skin type
  • Eating better for your skin
  • Incorporating a proper skin care regimen
  • Protecting your skin from aging and future damage 

Some people think they can just make a resolution to start washing their face every night and everything is going to be okay. It’s definitely a good start, but as we age, our skin needs a bit more help than just that. Start googling and reading up on skin care regimens of celebrities, beauty bloggers, and celebrity estheticians. What products do they use? What do they eat for their skin? How to they always look red carpet ready?

Start getting inspired and thinking about the most positive changes and habits you can make to get the same results. As they say, your face is the canvas for your makeup so the better the canvas, the better the art. 

Google is your friend and you can lose yourself reading articles from all the beauty blogs and magazines that are online. You can also visit our sister page: www.freshbeautiful.com which (almost) just completed it’s 15 days to better skin guide.

Happy reading!

TIP : Don’t forget to bookmark and save articles so that you can remember the tips and tricks you want to try, and the products you want to buy!

HOMEWORK : Try to incorporate at least 3 tips/tricks/products you learned about within the next week!