The One Foundation Every Girl Needs in her Makeup Bag …

April 3, 2017By stephanie

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.

Pssst ! Whatcha doing next weekend?

February 16, 2017By stephanie 2 Comments

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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

31 days to a prettier 2017 : focus on healthier habits …

January 30, 2017By stephanie

Just last saturday we chatted about setting up a beauty calendar, and how maintaining all your beauty appointments is just as important in your overall wellness as is regular doctor checkups and staying healthy. We’ve also touched upon healthier eating habits, which benefits your skin. 

Now, while many people start off a brand new year looking to hit the gym and lose weight, we’ve avoided that resolution during this guide … until now.

Day 30 : January 30

Get active daily.

Notice that there is no mention of losing weight. Or building muscle. Or entering a fitness competition. The direction is simply to get active on a daily basis. It could be as simple as walking your lunch hour away. Waking up and doing yoga poses for 10 minutes. Going for a swim. Playing a round of pick-up basketball. Get your body moving – plain and simple.

Sure, getting your heart rate up has nothing to do with killing your look with contour and highlight; and for the most part, no one feels pretty when they are sweaty … but the benefits of moving around can help improve circulation and reduce stress which then translates into glowing healthy skin and less frown lines, wrinkles and stress acne. If you lose a little bit of weight along the way … well, hey – BONUS!

Healthy habits = happy lifestyle = a beautiful you!

TIP : You don’t have to sign up at your local community centre to get started on healthier habits. Yoga poses and body weight exercises can be done at open and the minute you wake up!

HOMEWORK : Download some of those fun apps that give you a workout in 7 minutes!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : change it up!

January 27, 2017By stephanie

It’s Friday night and the weekend is here  …

Day 27 : January 27

Celebrate the weekend ahead with a quick polish change!

It’s easy to let your manicure sit and wear itself away until the first chip … but half the fun about nails and polish is that you can change it up in a quick minute and customize it to your mood. If you’ve been wearing an office appropriate shade all week long, strip it off and swipe on a new “weekend wow” colour.

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The great thing about today’s task is that you can do it yourself! You just need your remover and polish, and about 20 minutes. if you’re super handy with at-home manicures, then take some extra time to tend to any ragged cuticles and rough nails.

Paint away and enjoy your day!

TIP : Don’t forget your base coat and top coat! And speaking of topcoat, get to your Friday Night festivities faster with a quick-dry topcoat!

HOMEWORK : None – it’s FRIDAY!!!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : find your perfect concealer …

January 25, 2017By stephanie

Have you ever caught your reflection midday and thought to yourself : “woah …”; and not like an enthusiastic woah that you hear in rap songs but more like a “what happened?” kind of woah. Midday or late day, you may find that your coverage has faded, or that some redness has appeared, or at the very least you are just in dire need of a touch-up. Let’s prevent that from happening.

Day 25 : January 25

Get yourself the perfect portable concealer.

I’m a huge advocate for having a concealer stick or pencil in my makeup kit – even if you only wear a base and rarely need any concealer (if that’s the case you’re super lucky!). Concealer sticks/pencils are small, transportable,  and easy to use; and if you find the right one – they are super creamy and blendable. All of these factors combined makes it the best tool for makeup that always looks fresh and natural. All it takes is a quick look in the mirror during your lunch break, your concealer, and your fingertips.

As mentioned, you’ll want one that is creamy; this will allow you to blend over your skin without the aid of more moisturizer and if your skin tends to get drier as the day wears on. Concealer sticks are better for this, but some pencils can be creamy in consistency – it’s just a matter of testing products out. Creamier concealers are good for touching up under the eyes and around the nose. Concealer pencils – which tend to by firmer – are exceptional at covering up hard to hide zits or marks on the face. If you find your skin blemishes need more help than bags under the eyes, they might work better for you.

When it comes to application, it doesn’t get any easier – its basically apply directly from tube to face and use your fingers to warm the product and blend it in. No brushes, no sponges. 

Bye bye bad face days!

TIP : Get colour matched. It’s super easy and any makeup artist at any beauty department can point you in the right direction.

HOMEWORK : Know what brands work for you before you shop. If there are certain brands that you know work best for you as base products, try to shop within those brands for consistency and ultimate happiness with your chosen concealer!