go #Fenty, or go home …

December 6, 2017By stephanie

I need to be super honest … but very rarely do I buy into celebrity brands. I never really did the Kat Von D. line, in fact, I don’t think I have one thing in my kit from her line. And don’t get me started on anything Kylie, Kendall, or Kim. Just don’t. I also never indulged in Drew Barrymore’s Flower line … AND I LOVE DREW BARRYMORE!

I guess my line of thinking was that while a celebrity does spend a lot of time in the makeup and hair chair, what would they really understand about my skintone, my features, and what I want my makeup to do for me on an everyday basis. Sure they have a treasure box of tips and tricks learned from some of the best makeup and hair teams in the world … but what would they really know about developing a universally flattering red or a foundation that works well with both my skintone AND undertone?

I was stuck in my opinion and my own way.

And then RIHANNA DONE DID IT.

She created a beautiful makeup line that I cannot get enough of. So much so, that I plan trips to Sephora and beeline to the Fenty Beauty section immediately before they “run out” of what I am looking for after creeping #Stunna hashtags on the ‘gram for about ten hours. I’m about .5 of a point below the term obsessed at this point.

I think what really got me going with Fenty Beauty is the marketing campaign itself and how it really did focus on covering all skintones and shades. I realized that even though I’m Asian with yellow undertones and skin that goes super dark after a little sun … I never really thought that other brands weren’t meeting my needs. I always managed to find a close enough shade or flattering shade with almost any other brand I tried. I was basically in this “happy middle” – happy enough with my “go-to” brands (and I still love all my other brands, I really do!) but unaware (and barely concerned) that they could be doing things better for myself and others who shared my skintone and features. I had to ask myself if I was like this because I just believed that the top makeup brands were already out there doing the best that there is for all skin types. Were my years spent with my nose buried in the beauty adverts in Allure magazine – with light skinned versions of anyone ethnic – conditioning me to be okay with being in my “happy middle” with makeup?

Fenty Beauty’s campaign, coupled with Rihanna’s Navy of fans (a selection of beauty addicts who ranged the spectrum of skintone possibility) swatching and posting their success with the foundation shades made me put aside my opinion of celebrity brands for a quick minute and head on in to Sephora to check it out for myself. While I didn’t pick-up my foundation shade – strictly because I’m not a big fan of foundation – I did invest in the Matchstick Trio for medium skintones. It was with this one purchase, my short sighted opinion on celebrity brands changed. The concealer and contour shades melt effortlessly into my skin, don’t turn orange or red after a few moments wear, and feel like silk on the skin. I can apply quickly before I head out the door and my skin looks even and real.
I have since returned to Fenty Beauty, without any hesitation and picked up lipsticks, more matchsticks for highlighting and shading, and the latest : Stunna lip paint. (LOVE!)

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m still not going to go out there and buy something from anyone who’s name begins with a K … but I do have a new found respect for Rihanna and Fenty Beauty!

– xx,
s

#BlushPrettyUnfiltered : real people looking real pretty

April 10, 2017By stephanie

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!

Subscribe to our BlushPretty newsletter for promos and deals, or scout new looks to try via Instagram under @blushprettyteam.

Hope to see you at the beauty bar this summer!

Looking into Artistry Teams? Be Sure to Ask These Questions …

April 5, 2017By stephanie

Now, I might be a little bit biased, but I think the planning of your makeup and hair needs for your wedding day is the best part of your planning process. THE. BEST! I mean, think about it – you have the perfect excuse to peruse beauty boards on Pinterest all day, to visit every Sephora within a reasonable radius for samples, and to get your makeup and hair done a few times before the actual wedding date itself. Fun … fun … and more fun!

Choosing and working with an artistry team is also very fun, but to make it go smoother and easier it’s always a good idea to start of with a proper consultation before you schedule a trial run or book a wedding date. Consultations should be treated like a mini-date … a getting to know you kind of thing. Why? Because your artistry team will be spending a significant portion of your wedding day with you and your bridal party. They should fit right in with you guys and the vibe should feel comfortable and cozy and most importantly – trustworthy. You have to be able to trust your artistry team! Consultations can help you pinpoint whether a team is a yay or nay for you … especially before you start shelling out deposits and balances!

But how does one do a consultation? What questions should you ask? Here’s a quick guide on the top 10 questions (and their sub-questions that relate to them) that you should ask before making the right decision :

  • What would you say your beauty style is, and what looks are you really strong at doing?
  • This is the type of style I’m looking for, are you comfortable with doing this look and also, do you think this look is doable for me? If not, what adjustments can be made?
  • Do you have any tips or suggestions for me to prepare me for the trial run and/or for the wedding day itself?
  • I’m concerned about these specific issues (e.g. foundation matching properly, allergies to products, etc.) – how do you correct or address this problem?
  • For a party of my size, how many artists will be present to provide services? What is the experience of your assistants?
  • How long will it take to complete my entire bridal party? What can we do to make sure we run on time?
  • What is your backup plan if you are unable to provide services on my wedding day because of an emergency?
  • Are you flexible with changing numbers of my bridal party or a change in services? What are my options for adding or cancelling services?
  • What do you need in terms of set-up and lighting at my home, hotel room or venue? What will you bring with you to complete services?
  • Do you have any concerns or questions about the scope of mine and my bridal party’s beauty needs for the big day?

Keep this list handy before you go in for your consultations. Take notes and compare the answers and decide which artistry team had the best answers that made you feel like you were in good hands. In addition, keep in mind how you felt just being in the presence of the booking agent, artists, or team leader. In the end, choosing the right team is about the team that provides you the best service, but also, gives you the best feeling in your gut!

Pssst ! Whatcha doing next weekend?

February 16, 2017By stephanie 2 Comments

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!