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#BridalInspo : The Romantic and Soft Updo …

In case you were wondering, it is possible to do a nice, clean updo that still is soft to both the eye and the touch. Many times, we get brides who are 100% freaked out that their updo will look too constricting and overdone butat the same time, are scared that “too loose” will mean it will fall apart before they say “I do”.

It’s a fair fear …

But still, a bride has nothing to be anxious about. Your hair artist will ensure that your soft updo will be pinned properly and of course treated with the right products (hairspray anyone?) to ensure all day wear without a slip-up in sight. On your end, you just have to put a bit of trust in your artist and also, follow his or her prep instructions for the wedding day. The more you invest in adhering to their prep instructions, the more your chosen soft ‘do will stay in place and turn out just the way you like it.

Hands-off the style is also key. Don’t fuss or touch your ‘do that much and this goes for the entire bridal party … they should NOT be touching your hair or pushing pieces or “testing” if certain pieces are pinned in or if a section of the hair would look better “this way …“.

You hired your hair artist for a reason – because they are the expert.

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This particular updo required that the bride wash and dry her hair the day prior. She left it dry and as is for me the day of her appointment. I went in with a 1 inch curling iron and curled medium pieced sections around the barrel. A bit of twisting with some hidden bobby pins throughout allowed me to create the fullness around the crown and sides of the hair.

Interested in this style for your wedding day? Start by booking a trial run with us at either of our Toronto-based locations. Contact us at 416.727.1754 to book today!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : CONGRATULATIONS!

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We did it! We made it through our 31 days to a prettier 2017 guide.

Day 31 : January 31

Be proud and wear your crown high!

Look at you go. Congratulations to you, because you have started to make tiny steps towards feeling better, feeling prettier and feeling yourself for the rest of the year! You’ve adopted some healthy and mindful habits
when it comes to beauty and boosting your self confidence every time you step out your door.
2017 will be your best year yet.

Continue to follow some of the tips and tricks we taught you in the guide … and if you can, do something that makes you feel beautiful every day. Just one thing. That’s all it takes.
Try a new lipstick. Wear your hair differently. Go makeup free!

Before you know it … you’ll be 365 days of pretty.

Xoxo and thank you so much for following along!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : change it up!

It’s Friday night and the weekend is here  …

Day 27 : January 27

Celebrate the weekend ahead with a quick polish change!

It’s easy to let your manicure sit and wear itself away until the first chip … but half the fun about nails and polish is that you can change it up in a quick minute and customize it to your mood. If you’ve been wearing an office appropriate shade all week long, strip it off and swipe on a new “weekend wow” colour.

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The great thing about today’s task is that you can do it yourself! You just need your remover and polish, and about 20 minutes. if you’re super handy with at-home manicures, then take some extra time to tend to any ragged cuticles and rough nails.

Paint away and enjoy your day!

TIP : Don’t forget your base coat and top coat! And speaking of topcoat, get to your Friday Night festivities faster with a quick-dry topcoat!

HOMEWORK : None – it’s FRIDAY!!!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : choose your weapon …

Very early on in this January 2017 guide, we told you that you needed to clean your brushes thoroughly and regularly from then on. Hopefully, you’ve been in the habit of doing so. Having clean tools is the best for avoiding irritations to the skin and reducing any opportunity for contamination between products. But having the right tools, that are in great working condition, is key to having great makeup looks.

Day 25 : January 25

Do an inventory and quality control check on all your makeup tools.

Besides brushes, this would include sponges, tweezers, mirrors and even your cotton swabs. 

Check your brushes – are they losing fibres or shedding? Are the brush hairs frayed and bent and out of shape? Are the handles broken or wiggly? And what about your tweezers? Still sharp and straight? Are your special makeup sponges split or torn anywhere?

The goal here is to either repair any tools (if you can) as needed, toss any tools that are past their prime, and make note of anything that needs to be replaced. In addition, you may want to consider doubling up on any brushes that you use constantly or need to clean constantly because you are always using it. For me, this would include shader brushes and/or crease/blending brushes (in fact, I probably own two of every eye brush I have). 

Nice you’ve weeded out the brushes and tools that need to be retired from their job, and have restocked with fresh new tools, you’ll find your makeup application easier, cleaner, and more polished.

Get to work!

TIP : If you have brushes where the hairs or fibres are out of shape or somewhat frayed, try cleansing and then CONDITIONING the natural hairs, before you consider tossing it. Sometimes that can fix the issue.  If not … recycle!

HOMEWORK : If you happen to be a one brush per facial feature kinda gal, try broadening your horizons and seek out different shaped brushes for said facial feature. Different brushes have different jobs and can make a huge difference in the execution of a particular look!

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31 days to a prettier 2017 : commit to an all over balm …

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We’ve all been in that situation when a dry patch comes through our makeup midday, or our cuticles look rough, or  our baby hairs get a little feisty. You cannot carry your vanity table with you everywhere you go, so here’s our trick for MacGyvering your pop-up beauty dilemmas.

Day 17 : January 17

Commit to an All Over Balm (or skin salve).

An all over balm or skin salve is like the duct tape of makeup … while most are advertised as a quick way to hydrate the skin in a convenient carry with you everywhere tube they do so much more than that! They come in all sort of consistencies and are cased in everything from tubes to tin pots (as mentioned, portable!). The ones I prefer comes in a firmer (but smooth), waxy texture and in tin or glass pot form, just because you don’t waste any product – you can lightly pick up some on the finger tips without overdoing it, or gather a bit more by scooping it out when needed. Tube salves are just as great, but I’ve been known to squeeze out too much more often than not!

What can you do with your balm?  Plenty!

  • Apply a light layer over dry patches of skin midday, as needed
  • Soothe minor cuts and wounds
  • Heal chapped lips in a pinch
  • Sweep up high on the cheeks for a quick highlight
  • Refresh your makeup, especially under the eyes
  • Tame brow hairs
  • Tame baby hairs and flyaways
  • Soften cuticles
  • Press and blend over your eyeshadow for a glossy eye look
  • Dab blush to the lips and smooth salve over for a DIY clip colour
  • Remove makeup mistakes

See – it’s truly the duct tape of makeup.

All over balms or skin salves can be found with in both conventional and organic brands, and a bunch of sizes. Brands I suggest : NYX, Glossier, Antipodes and RMS.

Happy Shopping!

TIP : I say commit now (which I do mean), but you can also test out a few before making a hard purchase!

HOMEWORK : Once you’ve chosen a salve, try turning to it first whenever you come across a skin issue or beauty dilemma – start testing out what works for you and what doesnt, how much you need to solve the dilemma or how much you don’t!

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