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31 days to a prettier 2017 : clean yourself up …

If you are like any other women in the world, it’s probably super rare that you get to have a really good shower and wash, yes? It’s not that you aren’t hygienic or don’t shower … you just don’t have the time to do things as properly as you would like to.

Well … it’s Saturday … and you’re going to give yourself just that.

Day 21 : January 21

Give your hair a good wash. Give your body a good scrub.

Most days of the week, if you’re lucky before work, you jump in the shower, throw around some body wash, massage through some a 2 in 1 shampoo and conditioner and jump right back out before you can say “I need coffee”. You’re clean … but you don’t feel like you did anything. For me – the power of a shower is EVERYTHING. You step out of the real world for a moment. You think about nonsense. You think about deep stuff. Heck – some of my best decisions happen in the shower. SHOWERS are essential to a balanced life.

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Today, take the time to shower and really clean up. Start by lathering up your hair for a good shampoo.While your hair sits with shampoo for a few moments, use a body scrub to exfoliate your body. Rinse away both your body scrub and rinse out your shampoo. Move on to a deep conditioning treatment. You can either use an actual deep conditioning product or hair mask if you wish, but in a pinch, leaving on your regular conditioner longer but also in a liberal amount can also do the trick. Apply your conditioner or mask from root to tip, focusing more on the ends of the hair twist up high on your head and secure with a jaw clip.

While you’re letting your products sit, move on to another task you normally rush through – hair removal! Whether you shave or epilate, now is the perfect time to do a thorough job leaving your skin super smooth. Once you’re done shaving, finish up with your soap or body wash. From there, go ahead and rinse out your hair mask or conditioner, using a wide-tooth comb to detangle and tame your hair.

Turn off the water. Grab a towel. Dry off.

Done. And well done. Hope you made some good decisions!

TIP : I’m guilty of having the hottest showers ever. But I know deep down, it’s not good for me, my scalp or my skin. If you must have a hot shower, do it in intervals. Perhaps just in the beginning for a minute or two, and then right before you step out. Switch between warm water and cooler temperatures in between.

HOMEWORK : No homework – it’s Saturday!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : wear your hair differently …

Yesterday, we made sure that you have a plan to get in to see your stylist for a cut or trim. Until then, you’ll need to create a diversion until you can come through with a fresh new style.

Day 11 : January 11

Style your hair differently.

Take a moment to practice and trysome new styles for your hair this evening. If you’re growing out your bangs, experiment with different braids and twists to keep them up and off your face. If you always wear your hair in a ponytail, try a half-up / half-down with some waves. Change your curly hair to something super sleek with a flatiron. I’m sure by now, you now where I’m going with this.

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Visit your Pinterest account and aim to try 2 or 3 styles that you like. Practice tonight, and then wear your hair in your chosen styles throughout the next few days at work or when out with friends. You’ll be surprised at how a simple change like adding a wave to your long length or moving from a centre to a side part can modernize your look in an instant. People notice!

Happy hairstyling …

TIP : Don’t worry about washing your hair before trying new styles. Sometimes, second day hair is better for volume, curling and manageability.

HOMEWORK : Challenge yourself to not revert back to your usual style (high bun, ponytail, jaw clip) – at least not for one day. Switch it up on the daily!

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fall/winter beauty is coming …

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Wowza! The BlushPretty team made it through another fruitful Spring/Summer bridal season. Yay us!!!

And now, it’s October 2016. OCTOBER!!!

It never ceases to amaze me how quickly the summer goes. It becomes a blur and before we know it, it’s fall. And I’m pretty sure that I will blink once, maybe twice, and boom … the HOLIDAYS!

Anyhow, while I have you here on the blog, visiting and reading, I wanted to remind all of you that now is the perfect time for you to give us a call and book in a Fall/Winter beauty lesson. Whether you choose a 60 minute, 90 minute, or 2 hour lesson – you’re bound to learn a few pro tricks and get the scoop on must have products to mastering a makeup style that’s fit for you. It’s the perfect way to refresh your makeup bag with products and skincare that will work with your Fall/Winter skin; and if you happen to have a full dance card for the holiday season, set your selfie game on fire on and learn how to do your own glam makeup for each and every party!

Book your appointment today. Just email us at beautymail@blushpretty.com or give us a shout : 416.727.1754

Have a great week ahead beauties!

-s-

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try it : the one “must-do” step before applying colour corrector …

my Instagram feed is literally dotted with colour correcting and concealing. seriously. the newest hype is officially dot concealing … because you know, dotting your concealer in specific places is way different than applying it normally in those same places. totally. *insert rolling of the eyes here*. and please don’t get me started on excessive colour correcting. just don’t.

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for those of you who aren’t sure what the difference between colour correcting and concealing is, here’s the Cole’s Notes : colour correctors – usually in shades of peach, orange, lavender, and green – are used to counteract or neutralize different unflattering colours in the skin such as blue-black under the eyes, or redness over the cheeks and around the nose. corrector formulations vary, with some being more liquid and wet like (YSL’s new pen correctors) and others more firm or dry-creamy (such as those that come in palettes like Stila and Tarte). they are meant to stay on top of your skin, and not sink in. your concealers and foundations are meant to be worn over these correctors.

for most and depending on one’s skin type, the layering of correctors, concealers and foundations can go awry pretty fast and the end result in broad daylight and not through an Instagram filter is … interesting. the whole area can look aging, thanks to too many layers. or it can crease. or it can emphasize the drier area directly under the eye. there is one thing those tutorials are forgetting to tell you, which is :

the number one step before you go to dot dot dot correct town, is to pat pat pat on some hydrating under eye cream. very liberally.

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for most of us who are busy AF, we tend to have a nighttime skincare regimen that is totally on point complete with a state of the art exfoliate, moisturize, and then moisturize again method. when we make up in the morning, it’s simply wash face, moisturize face, make up face, and go – which is totally fine, because how much damage can you do when you’re fast asleep.

but what we aren’t thinking about, is the 12-15 hours we spend between in between with those said layers of corrector, concealer and other related makeup. regardless of how creamy or “hydrating” your concealer or foundation says it is, you still need a protective barrier between the delicate skin around the eyes and those extra makeup products that are sapping moisture from it.

here is your best bet when it comes to perfecting your eye cream-corrector-concealer trifecta …

choose an eye cream made for hydrating and moisturizing the eye area. there is a plethora of formulations out there, so stick with ones with those key words instead of “firming”, “brightening” or “lifting”. firming and lifting are more about tightening the eye area, which means there formulations are a little more “dry” than moisturizing or hydrating ones.

apply your eye cream liberally. using your ring finger and a good dose of eye cream, pat on the product under the eye and over the upper cheeks. bring it up into the inner corner (carefully) and outer corner as well. technically, you can apply corrector and concealer anywhere on your face, but its this area around the globe of your eyes that is most delicate and needs the extra love.

give it time to sink in! i know – who has time in the morning, right? but you do. apply your face cream and eye cream immediately after your shower or when you wash your face. then go get dressed, or do your hair, or have some breakfast. if you don’t give it time to sink in, your corrector and concealer might not stick or adhere to the skin well, and will slip around throughout the day.

apply your corrector. if you’ve followed the three steps above, once you are ready to apply your corrector colours – whether swiped on, dotted, or in little tiny stars – it should glide over the eye area and blend with ease. remove any excess product with a beauty blender or sponge and let it sit. removing the excess here is clutch!

apply your concealer/foundation. this is the easiest step .. because all I have to say is “apply as you normally would, and complete the rest of your makeup. with either foundation or concealer, just make sure it’s a formulation made to cover up the green, lavender or orange shade you did your colour correcting with. sheer formulations probably won’t help!

and here is the bonus tip : while applying your corrector, if you happen to notice that it’s already streaky upon application, isn’t spreading/gliding easily, or looks super dry after application (even with our super eye cream tip!) … remove the colour corrector and just reach for your concealer.  reconsider the formulation you’re using, or reconsider the idea of colour correcting completely. don’t get me wrong, when done correctly and with the proper products and application for an individuals skin type, correcting can be effective … but it’s not for everyone …

hope this helps you navigate your way through the newest makeup trend. please do leave me any comments or share your stories on what works and doesn’t work for you when it comes to adding in some peach, green and lavender into your makeup routine!

-s-

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scoop : five ways to slay perfectly winged eyeliner …

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you know that meme that keeps floating around about never asking a girl why she’s late with an image of a perfectly crisp winged eyeliner? makes you want to punch someone in the face, yes? it’s like, you want that line. but you can’t do that line. but you really want to do that line.

i get it. i really do. 

i would love to walk out of the house every single day with a perfectly lined eye that could slay Lauren Conrad’s signature eyeliner in a quick minute, but the truth is applying liquid eyeliner to myself is hard. i can work it on a bride, a client, and my BFF no problem … but i’m screwed over several times when it comes to perfecting it on me.

but after some practice and playing around and a bit of cheating, i can do it … now. i don’t do it often … but i can if i want to and really apply myself. and i know you want to do it too. like as soon as tomorrow.

so, here’s the problem : you, and several other Pinterest junkies out there, are too focused on achieving the end result that you aren’t paying attention to the tools you are going to use to get there. and that is where the answer lies – HOW are you going to get that perfectly flicked, incredibly dark eye line? the question has never been “can you do it” … because you can.

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here are my five tips on getting Instagram worthy eyeliner :

choose your weapon wisely. liquid liner has always been the forerunner in creating enviable eyeliner looks but you really require a steady hand (i’ll touch base on this more in the next tip!). if you’re less than Cool Hand Luke, consider other inky options such as gel liners or tube or pot based liners (like Tarte Tartiest or Bobbi Brown Gel Liners) paired with an eyeliner brush (more on this in a bit too!). these alternatives to liquid liners are just as inky and create an equally crisp look. basically, you have options!

if you must use liquid liner than consider this … take a look at the applicator or wand that you will be working with. if you’re super steady and able to … say … thread a needle in the dark, then you probably could have your pick of the lot. you’ll most likely be comfortable with any applicator style including those that have a super slender and flexible applicator (such as Urban Decay’s 24/7 Perversion Liquid Liner). if you’re pretty steady-handed but prefer control, aim for something with a felt tip end (like Charlotte Tilbury’s Feline Flick). i find felt tip ends still glide across the lashline, but offer more control. this might not be a good example for everyone but here’s how I see it … I prefer writing with medium point pens and think my handwriting looks atrocious with anything fine tip or a light weighted pen. if i use a liquid liner, i’m on team felt tip.

invest in some eyeliner brushes.  if you are feeling my tip about gel or potted eyeliners, you will need to pair them up with an eyeliner brush. i prefer a super flat slanted (MAC 209), but a pointed end brush (MAC 208) is good to have as well. i personally use a flat slanted to walk the product across the lash line and execute my flick, and the pointed one to blend the line smooth. if you’re still a straight from the liquid line tube, the pointed liner brush can help blend and smooth the line, or when dipped in some makeup remover, clean up mistakes without removing the whole line.

do up your eyes first. it’s always super cute when the team or i am working on a client and we start doing their eyes and they get all confused about why we haven’t applied foundation first. if you’re only beginning to practice winged liner or cat eyes, it might get a little messy. may i suggest shading and lining your eyes first, then going in with your foundation and concealer afterwards, which will allow you to clean up the eye area and your liner. you can hide mistakes by blending them away with some foundation on the tip of your eyeliner brush, and i also find it really sets off the inkiness of your line.

eyeliner is life … so practice your ish. seriously, half the fun of buying and having makeup is watching YouTube tutorials and practising the looks at 2 am when you should be asleep. so, wear winged eyeliner and a cut crease while you’re vacuuming. do up a cat eye while you’re waiting for your laundry to dry. or just practise for the sake of practising. the more you practise the more comfortable you’ll be and your weapon of choice will become natural to you. you’ll know what works and what doesn’t and the next thing you know someone will ask you “how did you get your eyeliner so nice?”

Leave me a note or comment and let me know your worst eyeliner disaster. Would love to know what products you love and hate!

Happy Easter all!

-Stephanie-

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