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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!

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Hope to see you at the beauty bar this summer!

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Steal this look for Spring : Golds and Fiery Plums!

I had to share this look that I did recently for a photoshoot. I think it’s a great take on a fusion soft smokey eye and by pairing it with sheer foundation warmed up with a bit of bronzer it takes you right into the warmer weather easily.

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  • First prep and prime the eye as needed. I used Urban Decay’s Eye Primer Potion in Sin. Applying this with a synthetic brush gives a well blended application and spreads the product well.
  • Using the Lorac Gold UnZipped Palette, dust a mix of Unlocked and Unlimited all over the lid from lashes into the crease. I then dusted MAC Cosmetics Amber Lights at the outer and inner corners of the lid to add some depth.
  • Next up, using NYX eyeshadow in Golden Peach, I worked the colour on the top part of the lid and lightly into the crease. This created a soft gradient and you’ll find that depending on the skintone, tones done the brightness of the gold.
  • With a crease brush, start working Unbridled from Lorac UnZipped at the outer corner and into the crease and blend away.  When blending, blend upwards to soften a bit of the plum up to the browbone.
  • I returned back to my NYX Golden Peach Shadow and did a soft trace abrove the crease blending in with the plum.
  • Highlight the browbone with your highlighter of choice, and then blend/buff the entire eye with a clean brush to fuse the colours.
  • Complete the eyes with layers of your favourite mascara, and a gel or liquid liner.
  • Brush the brows up and fill as needed create a soft full brow. I filled with just a brow pencil for a softer look.
  • Finish the look with a sheer base and conceal blemishes as needed. Apply bronzer, and finish with a light dusting of blush. I used NARS The Multiple Scultpting duo to contour, and NARS Luster for blush on the model because I am in love with both products!

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try it : rock ‘n’ roll eyes a.k.a. smudged eyeliner …

You can waste hours perfecting smokey shadow, but an edgy “let’s rock” kind of eye can take just a few products and a cotton swab. A girl can look just as alluring and just as glam with unkept eyeliner!

KarlieWhen I wear this type of rock ‘n’ roll look a la Karlie Kloss above, I like to make sure the complexion is perfection. I’ll take a bit more time concealing and brightening around the eyes, and be super mindful of oil and shine control. I prefer a matte (but not super matte) face when the eyes are this defined. With blush – I’ll keep it in shades of sheer peach, maybe with a hint of shimmer so I do not look like complete death. (One may opt to go a bit bronze). Lips are a sheer gloss in a soft shade, nothing too bright, bold or statement making.

To get the eyes lined right, start with the following products :

  • a kohl liner in your shade of choice but I prefer deep brown, graphite or black (of course!);
  • a sheer eyeshadow in nude, bone, or champagne;
  • a mascara; and
  • a cotton swab, or pencil eyeshadow brush.

First, I’ll sweep the eyeshadow over the entire lid and work my way up to the brow bone. Create a nice even layer of shadow which will serve as a nice backdrop to your eyeliner.

Next, I line the eyes once around … keep the line thin to begin within, but it doesn’t have to be perfect – you’re smudging it after all. Taking your swab or pencil brush, gently diffuse the line stroking back and forth and upward. Repeat once more if you want a bit of a thicker appearance.

Once you’ve lined the upper and lower lids, press your eye kohl (or pencil) into the lashes and your lash line from underneath. If you are comfortable filling in the waterline, you can do so and this will give a more badass appearance like Karlie’s. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still be an ass-kicker if you press and smudge colour into the lashes from underneath but the overall appearance is just a hint softer.

Once you’ve hit your desired smudge limit, I like to take my pencil brush dipped in your neutral eyeshadow and softly diffuse the ends and tops of the smudged eyeliner. If you want a hint more drama, you can do this step with a sheer shade of eyeshadow in the same colour as your eyeliner.

To finish, swipe on layers of mascara, and groom the brows.

Try it!

-s-

 

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october 2015 : wine lips and big jewels …

Happy October 1, 2015 everyone …

September came and went, and we are starting to feel autumn weather. For me personally, I find that as seasons change, so does to my personal theme song that plays in my head daily. And with a new theme song … comes theme for a new look.

For Fall 2015, everything I do will revolve around wine lips and big jewels.  Think NARS Audacious lipsticks in deeps reds and burgundies and large gemstone rings worn in pairs, triplets, or quadruplets.

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I like the idea of deeper lips in fall against glowing almost bare skin. It’s fresh and modern and always looks appropriate day or night. I currently have NARS Audacious lipsticks in Liv and Ingrid … and I have to re-purchase Bette as BlushPretty Junior got into my brand new Bette about three weeks ago and gave herself (and our new carpet) a makeover. I also picked up Glastonbury by Charlotte Tilbury … and who doesn’t love Bruised Plum by Tom Ford?

I’m pairing my deep lips with some Touche Eclat by YSL, sometimes some Peach corrector by Bobbi Brown. And groomed brows … wine lips, strong brows!
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When it comes to accessories, I’m pretty much covered. I rather spend all my money on a nice piece of jewellery or a purse than jeans and t-shirts. This picture of Mary Kate (or is it Ashley – I don’t know) sums up my ring game for Fall 2015 : the bigger the better, the more the merrier. My inspiration also comes from Stylist and former editor Sacha Charnin Morison whom, if you follow on Instragram, wears huge rings in multiples and I love it. I’ll be mixing golds and silvers and stones ranging from amethyst to onyx for many months to come …

So that’s pretty much it … me wearing a sea of grey, black or navy … but with lips to kill and jewellery to match.

What’s your theme this Fall?

-s-

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get inspired : pink+gold …

My favourite thing about South Asian brides and bridal parties is the use of colour. Everything is deep and rich and jewelled, it’s so pleasing to the eye. I find it all very glamorous, luxe, and ornate.

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But, that isn’t to say that we don’t have South Asian brides who want the best of both worlds … an infusion of colour into their wedding style, but also a more naturally enhanced look.

This past weekend, I got to try my hand at a soft pink and gold eye for my bride.  It complimented her coral and gold attire perfectly and played up her naturally flawless skin.

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To achieve this look, I used Lorac’s Unzipped Gold palette, along with the pink and coral blushed from Smashbox’s Crush on Blush Palette . I lined the eyes with Tarte’s Tartiest. We kept all the layers light to keep in line with the bride’s request for minimal makeup, but regardless, I think it plays up her features quite nicely!

-s-

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