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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,
s

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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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The One Foundation Every Girl Needs in her Makeup Bag …

Okay, so the title for this post is a little misleading, because in actuality, I believe a girl needs a few different base products in her kit for different purposes : a tinted moisturizer, a powder, a foundation … however, that’s a post for another day. But if suddenly, the entire earth’s population had to pack up and ship off to another planet and could only bring a backpack filled with essentials, then THIS foundation is the one I would tell you all to purchase and bring with you : Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer.

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The chic, vampy red pot of a creamy smooth base is the most versatile foundation I’ve ever come across. Whether you wear it with sheer or full coverage, the end result is always a dewy, enhanced glow. Available in 16 shades – including shades for deeper complexions – the Sensual Skin Enhancer covers, corrects and conceals all while being waterproof.  Thanks to it’s whipped buttery texture, its suitable for most skin types from oily to dry.

The best way to use this product is by starting with the tiniest amount – a water drop worth to the back of the hand can cover more than enough and prevents you from using too much. For the fullest coverage, blend – as is – onto the face using your favourite foundation brush or my personal weapon of choice, the MAC Oval brush. Full coverage will look and work best with a well-moisturized and exfoliated face.

Need to conceal? Using a concealer brush, press in minimal amounts over the desired area, blending and layering as is until the blemish has disappeared. Want to go a bit more bare during the day? Turn it into a sheer coverage or a fluid foundation by mixing a rice grain amount with your moisturizer, serum or face oil of choice. You can apply with your fingers for a light touch, or try Real Techiniques Expert Face Brush to buff and blend onto the face.

One small pot can go a long way. I purchased mine about 6 months ago, and use it about 3-4 times a week and still have plenty left to last me another 10-12 months. I highly recommend having a few different brushes like the ones suggested above to get the best of what this foundation can offer. I choose to have two colours one for the warmer months when I have a bit more colour in my face and one for the cooler months but I also mix and match these to highlight and contour my face when I’m feeling like doing a little more than ring natural.

Kevyn Aucoin’s Sensual Skin Enhancer is available at Sephora (or Sephora.com), Space NK (Nordstrom Canada), and of course the Kevyn Aucoin’s website.

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Pssst ! Whatcha doing next weekend?

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If you haven’t already heard, I’m here to shout it loud and proud : OUR NEW BEAUTY BAR IS OFFICIALLY OPEN!

Located right in the heart of the city, on the busiest street, populated with the BEST people in the world, our brand new beauty bar at 508 Yonge Street in Toronto is the obvious choice when it comes to getting your makeup and hair done before any big event, hot date, or just because. Central to all the local hotspots from the trendiest of eateries, the most mysterious of hidden resto-lounges, and the most exclusive clubs, BlushPretty is literally moments away from all the places you need to be seen at!

Whether its just makeup, just hair, or both – you can call or email to book in your appointment. We have a curated set of services and pricing at the beauty bar to make it easier for you and that also guarantees that you’re in and out in a jiffy without missing your dinner reservations.

  • Want your eyes smoked out and you’ll do the rest in your Uber? Sure thing!
  • Need a false lash application and your hair volumized? No problem!
  • Beef up the brows and plump up your lips? We got you!

So – I don’t know what your plans are come this first weekend of March but with the opening of our new beauty bar, I’m inviting all your P.Y.T.s to come in and get pretty! :)

Hope to see you soon!

– xx, s

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : CONGRATULATIONS!

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We did it! We made it through our 31 days to a prettier 2017 guide.

Day 31 : January 31

Be proud and wear your crown high!

Look at you go. Congratulations to you, because you have started to make tiny steps towards feeling better, feeling prettier and feeling yourself for the rest of the year! You’ve adopted some healthy and mindful habits
when it comes to beauty and boosting your self confidence every time you step out your door.
2017 will be your best year yet.

Continue to follow some of the tips and tricks we taught you in the guide … and if you can, do something that makes you feel beautiful every day. Just one thing. That’s all it takes.
Try a new lipstick. Wear your hair differently. Go makeup free!

Before you know it … you’ll be 365 days of pretty.

Xoxo and thank you so much for following along!

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