fresh year, fresh start: the skin …

December 29, 2012By stephanie

When a the opportunity arrives to start fresh, I jump on it. The start of a new week, a new month, a new year … it’s always a marker for me to try something new.

Without a doubt, you are probably the exact same way. With the onset of 2013, let’s focus on beauty products that can help you start fresh!

Maybelline Dream Fresh BB

Available in five shades, this lightweight but longlasting BB cream keeps your skin looking real, dewy and healthy. It’s perfects the skin without masking it so you’ll start your day (and new year) with brighter, smoother skin without the weight. Complete with SPF 30, this BB cream is under $11 CDN and can be found at WalMart, Shoppers DrugMart and Rexall.

Urban Decay Eye Primer Potion

Never forget the skin over the eyelids. Even out the entire face by adding a bit of this nude based primer over the lids to where alone for an flawless look (it will hide the tiny veins and slight coloring on the eyes) or under your eye makeup to prevent creasing and to let eyeshadows show their true colours. Urban Decay does carry tinted/colored versions of this primer, but nude is always best! Under $25 CDN at Sephora and select Shoppers Drug Mart.

MAC Blot Pressed Powder

Sometimes, perfect looking skin requires that you touch up throughout the day. MAC Blot Powder is a makeup artist favourite that can help to reduce shine without adding any extra “cake” to the face. It let’s your skin radiate through without the oiliness. Just $29 CDN at MAC Stores (free-standing and at The Bay).

Laura Mercier Undercover Pot

Every girl needs a concealer she can trust to do its job and stay put. This one gives you three useful products in one travel-friendly pot. A yellow toned concealer for marks and blemishes, a creamier peachier-toned concealer to mask dark circles and discoloration; and underneath a yellow based powder to set and brighten. Available at Holt Renfrew and Sephora for approximately $40 CDN.

For more fresh skin inspiration, click on over to our “the fresh skin …” board on Pinterest!

Tomorrow: the cheeks …


a little late to the party … but, that’s fashion …

December 10, 2012By stephanie 1 Comment

Okay. So, I am totally late to the party. I know.

The party I’m talking about … PINTEREST.

Actually, I’m not THAT late. In fact, I have had the BlushPretty account open since earlier this year and while I did pin here and there … I didn’t really use Pinterest as a tool … until recently.

Chalk it up to the end of the year when all I care to do is nestle under a big fluffly throw and hunker down with my iPad and a list of my favourite blogs, that I have finally caught the PIN bug. I’m pinning almost everyday!!  If I could I might pin ALL day, but I have these little humans called “kids” and a four-legged creature called “a dog” and a full-size human called “a husband” that sometimes require my attention and distract me from doing so. Hmpf!

Anyway …

As of late, I’ve totally redesigned the BlushPretty profile on Pinterest and I am rather excited to share with you – clients, brides, friends, followers – our (as in the BlushPretty team) boards and ideas.

Now, when you visit our page on Pinterest you’ll see I have re-categorized everything (hello Type A!) … but that’s just so you can find everything a little bit easier!

For the brides, there is a board dedicated to bridal trends in 2013 – it’s a collection of all the hair and makeup images that echo and resonate with what all our current 2013 brides are looking to achieve on their wedding day. Also check out “the updo …” or  “the braided hair …” if you’re a bridesmaid looking for hair ideas.

For the makeup and hair collection enthusiasts, aka shopaholics, we’ve started a board titled “stuff we love … ” for you to get your shopping lists prepared with and also, “the boutique …” to showcase what we carry at the studio.

And for the artist, whether you’re a freelance one, an aspiring one, or just someone who LOVES to play with it all, we’ve divided up our boards into our favourite features – “the fresh skin …”, “the flush …”, “the bold lip …”, and “the smokey eye …” – you get the idea, right?

So join us and our party (the really really late one) on Pinterest today. We’ll be looking for you!