the “b(p)” list : blushpretty+loft

November 6, 2013By stephanie 18 Comments


We get to work with some really great people and brands.

Case in point : LOFT! Yes, that LOFT.

We’re pretty chuffed to be joining LOFT at the grand opening on November 14, 2013 of their newest location : Square One! Just in time for the holiday season. 

Many GTA fashion and beauty bloggers (and of course your every day fashion-enthusiasts) were excited when LOFT first came to Canada not too long ago, AND, are just as excited as storefronts keep opening and expanding across the city, making LOFT accessible and nearby to all.

And believe me, you want to live near a LOFT! With a great mix of classic and on-trend pieces – which are further complimented by reasonable price ranges – it’s going to quickly become your “go-to” shop when you are needing to add the right piece to round out your wardrobe or when you need that statement piece for a special event.

Since we are about to embark on the holiday season, which comes complete with low temperatures but high shine, here are some pieces that both LOFT and bp believes should walk right into your closet:

I’m a layering type of girl, so while it might be cold, I still love a good t-shirt as the base of my outfit. However, when the eggnog is flowing and the holiday songs are playing, a sparkly tee on casual Friday is perfectly acceptable. Pair it with jeans or black trousers and hello holidays!

Winter white! Love it. The key to wearing white in winter is wearing it in the right fabric … and this one is soooo right! The texture and sparkle is perfect for the office or for a holiday party. It can take you from your 9 to 5 meeting right into your 5 to 9 cocktails.

Holiday high-shine aside, being warm is also important. Like I said, LOFT isn’t just about being in style, but being timeless as well. A classic sweater in a rich colour like the one above is the perfect addition to your winter wardrobe.

The scarf … the quickest way to take last year’s winter coat and make it new again. LOFT isn’t just about a sweater, a skirt, or a pair of pants – but it is also about great accessories.

So … there you have it. If you aren’t familiar with LOFT, well … better step to it! You cannot flip through a major fashion magazine and not find an advert, or a mention, or a piece from their line in a “what’s hot this season” – type list, so it’s in your best interest to officially add LOFT to your list of “must shop” places. To help you along, we’ve got something for you:


We love a good giveaway!! And so does LOFT.

Take some time this week to leave a comment on this post
and enter yourself to win a
$50 Gift Certificate* to LOFT.

We will accept entries from today until Monday, November 11, 2013.

AND, we have two gift certificates to raffle off!

Thank you in advance for entering and we hope to see you at the opening!

A very big thank you to bp’s Artists Manager, Elaine Atkins, whom just happens to adore LOFT  so much (see her lifestyle blog, Toronto Beauty Reviews) that LOFT went to her about partnering up with a glam squad in the city for this event. She pointed right in our direction. Obviously she is a little biased … but that works in our favour! :)
Thanks Elaine!


*gift certificate will be available for pick-up at the event on November 14, 2013
( but is not required to be spent that day – we just want to see you and meet you!);
arrangements can be made for pick-up or delivery after November 15, 2013

stuff from (l’il) steph: mary kay lippies

August 2, 2013By stephanie

The Mary Kay Beauty that Counts Creme Lipstick in One Woman Can* and the Mary Kay NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss in Celebrate* are special edition products in that for each product sold, $1 will be donated to the Mary Kay Ash Foundation to help prevent and bring an end to domestic violence. Mary Kay products can be purchased from a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant found here.

 Both products were my first ever encounter with Mary Kay, so I didn’t know what to expect. First off, I love the gold packaging, which is both classy and simple as well as the the playful swirls of colour in both products.

The One Woman Can creme lipstick is a swirl of purple and pink that equates to a lovely berry concoction with a satin finish. When applied, the lipstick does not look stripey (as the look of the bullet might suggest). Furthermore, I’d say that not one …but any woman can pull off this lipstick because it is quite sheer yet buildable, very moisturising, and fairly long lasting (3-4 hours).

The Celebrate lip gloss is a mixture of a light pink and golden shade to create a sheer and shimmery peachy pink colour that smells like something along the lines of a vanilla cupcakes (yum!). It’s not at all sticky and the shimmer is not particularly prominent. This shade would add the perfect amount of gloss over a lipstick and works nicely for a subtle lip on its own.

In a heartbeat, I’d pair the Celebrate lip gloss with a dark smoky eye, and the One Woman Can lipstick or the combination of both with an everyday neutral eye.

After learning about the Mary Kay Beauty That Counts campaign, I really wish that every cosmetics company had a great cause with quality products to match!

Stephanie Lau is the creator and writer of FUN SIZE BEAUTY, a blog encompassing beauty reviews, handmade accessories, and the occasional food post. Upon discovering a fuchsia lipstick in her mom’s stash at age 12, she fell in love with all things beauty. She started her blog in November 2012 as a creative outlet to share her thoughts on beauty products and escape from the stress of school.  Aside from blogging and beauty, Stephanie enjoys all things travel, photography, DIY, small business, and sample hoarding.  An undergrad Accounting student at the University of Waterloo and an avid multi-tasker, on rainy days you can find her studying the Income Tax Act, watching food network, recreating makeup looks from magazines, and sipping on tea. 

cool people i get to meet: foxy originals …

August 29, 2012By stephanie

Luckily for me, I get to work with some pretty awesome people! And the end result is always better than I could imagine. I was very lucky to be introduced to Foxy Originals via my awesome baby bro, Justin Borja. I did the makeup and hair for the photoshoot for their Fall 2012 collection and Justin put together these great videos for their newest line of belts, necklettes, and scarfs!


Foxy Originals – “The Four Way Silk Scarf” from Justin Borja on Vimeo.

Foxy Originals – “Necklettes” from Justin Borja on Vimeo.

Foxy Originals – “Skinny Belts” from Justin Borja on Vimeo.