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31 days to a prettier 2017 : find your beauty spirit monster …

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With January signalling a time for change and evolving yourself, it is always good to have related visuals to your direction or goal to inspire and guide you. For example, I want to be fitter this year, so my current Instagram feed is nothing but before and after photos of women who really got into and did the work to be healthier and happier. You may want to cook more, so perhaps you’re pinning recipes on Pinterest. Or maybe, you want to quit your 9 to 5 and your Flipboard is lined up with articles about entrepreneurship.

Having a vision keeps your end goal in reach …

Day 9 : January 9

Find your beauty muse … or as I like to call it, my beauty spirit monster.

Whether you want to be glammed out on the daily like Kat Von D, or beachy and bronzy like Jennifer Lopez, or naturally imperfect like a Parisian girl … it’s always good to study the look. Following someone’s beauty evolution and style isn’t about copying their makeup from magazine and calling it a day. Rather it’s more like learning about the products they love and the techniques they (or their makeup artist) use and that work for them, to grow your own look.

Having one or two beauty muses can encourage you to try new colours or techniques, and bring you out of your comfort zone. It can prevent you from getting stuck in a beauty rut as well which is the quickest way to age you faster.

If you don’t already have Pinterest, it is a great tool to collect images of your chosen style muse, products you want to try and also, how-to articles on almost any makeup technique you want to try. If you have a 20-minute bus ride home, you would be surprised at how much pinning you can do.

Happy celeb hunting!

TIP : Images can help you shop better as well. Having images of a celeb’s look on hand when you hit a beauty counter can help the makeup artist determine what products and colours will work for you to achieve the same look and style.

HOMEWORK : If you love a good old magazine and have tonnes of them lying around BUT also know its time for them to hit the recycling bin, then grab a bottle of wine, park yourself in front of your pile and start ripping out photos of your beauty spirit monster. You can even tear out pages of makeup you’re interested in. Once your done with one magazine, toss it in your blue bin and move on to the next. Collect your images in a file folder for future reference.

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loved by laura : j. crew model inspiration

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I have always been in awe at how the models in J. Crew catalogues look so fresh with dewy complexions despite looking blown away with their disheveled hair.  Their makeup is natural and their lip colours add a sense of boldness. How can you get the look? The makeup artists use RMS beauty products as well as lipsticks from NARS – totally accessible products. This means we can get the J. crew model look too!

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In order to achieve the glowing complexion the makeup artists use RMS living luminizer. The RMS website describes the process: “Apply sparingly with fingers over the cheekbones, down the bridge of the nose, along the inner corners of eyes, and on the cupid’s bow above lips for a natural glow. Add life to eyes by subtly applying onto the center of eyelids, just above the lashes.”  The product itself is 100% organic and great for all skin tones. The texture is waxy and gradually melts with warmth, so it is not greasy or sticky once applied to the face.

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NARS lipsticks punch up the models’ pout with their super pigmented finish. Although we can’t all sport a vibrant fuchsia every day, there are a wide variety of shades to complement all individuals and suit all occasions. Bonus? They’re enriched with vitamin E to increase wearability and keep true color intact.

And with just two products, you’ll be all set for your catalogue-worthy moment! You can purchase RMS luminizer online, and NARS lipstick are available at Sephora, Murale or any NARS counter between $32 – $38.

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scene+heard : exuding confidence with Excel+Stacy London

Let’s talk about confidence. Regardless if we are wearing our favourite lipstick, or if our bangs are co-operating, or if we know we lost 5 pounds and it shows, emanating an aura of being a confident, strong being can be kind of hard sometimes … or maybe all the time. There are very very few of us who wake up and walk out the door each day feeling confident from start to finish. If you feel me, raise your hand!

Well, I have news for you … actually Stacy London does. :) There are plenty of ways you can up the confidence factor in your everyday life … plenty. For example:

1. Be prepared and plan ahead. Preparation is key. Your purse, your tote, your backpack : make it your confidence kit. Depending on your lifestyle or your schedule for the day, you need to pack the essentials to get you through it all. This would include: your phone, charged and ready; a makeup kit stocked with travel size or minis of you favourite products; snacks to keep you going; a notebook to write down the important stuff.

2. Highlight what works. Instead of spending to much time focusing on what you don’t like, highlight the features and parts of your body that you love. Do you have a plump pout? Wear bright lipstick! Have super sculpted arms? Go sleeveless! Legs longer than a mile? Hike up the hem a bit!

3. Fresh breath! Nothing feels better than knowing that the creamy caesar salad you had for lunch isn’t offending others when you speak. Always carry a pack of gum, like Excel in your purse or pocket when you need a quick boost of confidence.

These were just a few of the tips Ms. London shared with the group and believe me, when she tells you to do something, you want to do it! I’ve already put most of her tips into practice!

I was very fortunate to be in the room, sharing the same breathing space, with Stacy London that day. To be able to learn from one of the top style gurus the very many ways I could put my best face forward was such a treat! A big thank you to Excel for the invite!

-stephanie-

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oh, you know, NBD : allison micheletti+michael modano

On November 17, 2014, this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame … (you know hockey right? Canada’s favourite pastime?) … were officially inducted. Now I’ll admit, I don’t play hockey and don’t follow it all that closely – but I do know athletes – AND I also know that hockey is a larger than life sport here in the north … so imagine my surprise when the BlushPretty team was asked to provide makeup and hair services for professional golfer
Allison Micheletti, the wife of NHL great Michael Modano.

Needless to say – we’re were pretty chuffed. Both the Modano and Micheletti families were welcoming and kind as we spent an afternoon with them beautifying
the ladies of both families before the big ceremony.

While we try to remain calm and poised through any situation, we did have to take a minute, get puck-struck, and ask for a photo.  We owe it all to Samantha
who had the ovaries to speak up and ask!

Thank you so much to that Modano and Micheletti families for welcoming us into your circle for the afternoon and congratulations to Michael Modano on a
well-deserved election into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Well … we hope your week is going just as great as ours started!

-stephanie-

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scene+heard : getting a truly radiant summer look

As mentioned last week, I met with the Beauty Director of Us Weekly, Gwen Flamberg for a quick lunchtime chat to discuss tips, trends and secrets to achieving a great summer look.

Gwen was in town for the launch of Arm & Hammer’s newest toothpaste and Spinbrush collection, Truly Radiant. We were able to discuss some of her favourite beauty products for the summer, what makes her feel “truly radiant” and of course, the importance of a white smile when it comes down to creating a signature look that pops.

How you feel about yourself is really at the core of Gwen’s definition of beautiful. With every question I asked, it always came down to finding the products and practices that will make you feel beautiful – whether it’s swiping on a bright lipstick shade, using hair products that elevate your natural hair style or getting in a workout that you genuinely enjoy doing.

A white smile can be a simple way to contribute to creating that feeling of natural beauty no matter what you’re doing. Using a toothbrush and toothpaste that are designed to gently whiten, deep clean and protect not only boosts your look, but your health too. Gwen highlighted the convenience of the Spinbrush, as it’s easy to travel with and still delivers results because of its dual action head designed to remove 100% more surface stains than ordinary toothpaste. Pretty impressive, if you ask me! I also learned that strawberries are a natural stain lifter when you’re out and about sipping on coffee or red wine – the seeds work to lift stains before your teeth absorb them, so snack away on strawberries to keep your pearly whites gleaming!

Chatting with Gwen about her career was the best part, and in particular hearing the passion for what she does come through was great to hear. She shared that “Beauty is the most exciting thing to write about because the trends are constantly changing and it’s really easy with beauty to try a trend. You can get a piece of a celebrity lifestyle through a lipstick that a celebrity wore on the red carpet a lot easier than buying the gown.” I couldn’t agree more with her on that front!

As for the Truly Radiant collection, I was gifted with a Spinbrush and toothpaste to put to the test. I’ll be starting that soon (I just had oral surgery myself so I’m not quite ready to jump in to testing an electric toothbrush) and reporting back to see just how radiant I can get my smile to keep rocking pink and purple lips for the summer!

– morgan

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