welcome: batiste dry shampoo

November 28, 2012By stephanie

Just a quick announcement to let you all know that we are carrying everyone’s favourite dry shampoo at the studio: Batiste.

If you are a proud member of the “no ‘poo” movement, then Batiste Dry Shampoo is one of those must-have products you “must-have” on your vanity table or in your purse. A mist of Batiste instantly refreshes your hair between washes, leaving it feeling gorgeously clean and fresh with added body and texture. Simply spray into your roots, massage in and style.

BlushPretty fans (like The Beauty Boarders) turn to Batiste on no wash days, but also after workouts, to freshen up after the office and before happy hour, and, when carried in travel size, for use on vacation.

For Winter 2012, we are only carrying XXL and also tones for Medium/Brunettes and Deep/Dark Browns, starting at just $10.50 plus HST per bottle.

They will be available at our Queen St. West location starting November 29, 2012 (which is tomorrow!) and are currently available online at our Shopcaster.com account.

Happy Shopping!


pleasing the palette …

November 26, 2012By stephanie

One of the best parts of doing what I do is that, sometimes, I get to attend great events and “play” with newly released (or sometimes not yet released) products. November has been an exceptionally fun month for me and I wanted to share with you some of the pretty palettes that are on rotation at my vanity table.

Stila Snow Angel Colour Palette

Stila recently underwent a bit of a facelift with their website and product line and I am falling in love with the brand all.over.again. This palette has been getting some action from me every single day since I received it. Complete with 12 blushes and 18 eyeshadows – plus a mascara – the colour combinations I could create are endless. In particular, I am loving mixing up the blushes alone. I’m wearing most of the pinks and peaches daily!

Giorgio Armani Holiday Collection 2012 Makeup Palette

Luxe is luxe. And I feel like a steady million bucks when I take this palette out. Giorgio Armani’s Moonlight White palette is complete with a shimmery highlighting powder, grey shadows, and a red lip/cheek colour. It’s perfect for creating more dramatic looks for all your holiday fesitivites. I’m in love with the middle grey shadow, which I’ve been smudging across my lash line and smoking outward when I’m feeling the drama!

Shu Uemura: Karl for Shu Smoky Velvet Palette

I’m a devout follower of the Church of Shu, so when I was invited to an event that focused on this collabo between Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura – I was pretty pleased. The casing alone is fun to look at, but what’s housed inside is even better.  For this palette with five eyeshadows and one glow-on blush colour, the green shadows take the cake. I love adding a bit of pop to my eye makeup just by adding touches of the green.

YSL: Artic Night Boreal Palette

Eyeshadows. Eyeshadows. Eyeshadows. (As I’ve recently been on a lip-kick, all these new shadows are seriously leaving me with a battle of the facial features). It’s yet another luxe, beautiful collection of wet/dry shadows in shades of BLUE! Now, I like to play with makeup, but sometimes even though I want to really wear blue, I stick with a swipe of navy liner and play it safe … but the two blues in this kit NEED to be worn. So I have broken from my bubble just a little bit, and have started wearing the blues as a shadow. I found with lots of blended and mixing, that blue CAN look great on me …


find us on Shopcastr.com!

November 19, 2012By stephanie

Happy Monday everyone!

I’m really excited to announce that BlushPretty: The Blush Boutique is officially representing on Shopcastr.com.

If you’re unfamiliar with Shopcastr, it’s time to get acquainted. It’s a great resource for the savvy shopper to discover local boutiques and hidden gems in the Toronto and Vancouver areas!

For consumers, Shopcastr is a tool to shop your city and collect pretty products for your shopping list or “wishlist” – like Pinterest meets e-tail! You can mark your favourite items, scour by neighbourhood, and plan your shopping trips! You can even see what your friends are shopping for by following their profiles.

For retailers, like me, Shopcaster makes it super simple to show off our best products and let you know that “hey, we’re here!”. It has everything from furniture to clothing, modern to handmade to vintage.

We just posted up some of our favourite items from the boutique on our page …

but over the next couple of weeks we will be adding more … and more … and more! Think stationary, bridal ware, and jewellery from A Paper Story, jessieboyblue.com, and The Funk Shop. Plus, some of the new brands we plan to bring in for 2013 …


Happy Shopping folks!


beauty on duty: nasya n., the sewing studio

November 13, 2012By stephanie

“Morning is the worst time of day for me. I am always rushing to get my face put on and my style pulled together.  Most of the time my beauty routine ends up being as minimal as possible.  I like a clean face and less to worry about fussing with through out the day.  However, the one thing that I never leave the house without is my lip-gloss.  I can’t deal with the gunky, sticky, funky tasting ones, so lucky I have found the perfect lacquer, Liquid Lip Shine by NYC in “Nude York City”.

As for the base of my face, I am extremely loyal to Bare Escentuals make up, which was passed down to me by my mother who is also a loyal user of their products.  Their SPF Matte foundation, in fairly light, it goes on evenly, its lightweight and does wonders for my skin.  When I don’t use it, I actually get breakouts.  All of the minerals in their products act as a natural evener and keep a nice balance to my skin, meaning I don’t need a concealer.  I enjoy that it is a power foundation and that you don’t get those same lines that a liquid foundation does.

The eyes get a light dusting of one color usually “peace” or “foreshadow” from Bare Escentuals.  I like to keep it simple and neutral toned. Then I line with L’Oreal Liner Intense, in carbon black and a quick brushing of Colossal Volume Express by Maybelline on my lashes.  I do get a bit more creative for an evening out though.  I tend to get inspired by Audrey Hepburn cat eye, extend my liner and add a “chicory” eye shadow with a slanted brush to get a smudged look.  It helps if you wet the brush a bit to get a good line and less flaking of color on your skin”

– straight from Nasya’s Mouth

To learn more about Nasya’s Beauty OFF Duty, check it out here.

Originally from Denver, Colorado, Nasya is a self-proclaimed New Yorker whom moved to the city to pursue an education in Fashion Design at FIT.  She graduated with her BFA concentrating in Special Occasion and bridal and went on to intern and study at design houses like Zac Posen and J. Mendel, after which she honed her skills doing custom bridal gown and accessories  while getting back to the heart of what make fashion so exciting for her, the sewing. Coming from a long line of seamstresses sewing is something that in beaded at a young age.  At The Sewing Studio, she melds her design background and sewing skills together by interacting with students and instructors as the Studio Director.  This job is ideal, allowing her to sew and teach, leaving time for custom projects, and being able to move the studio forward as they grow, passing on our sewing knowledge.  She is always looking for opportunities to pass on her skills and share her passion for sewing.


fit by fa-la-la-la-la: a water bottle, standing on your toes, and a trusty dry brush

November 8, 2012By stephanie

November 8, 2012. If you really think about it … it’s a scary date. We are less than two months away from the holidays. And Hallowe’en just passed, so the house is filled with leftover candy so there goes any “diet” plans. Plus, all companies are trying to save a buck here or there, so your office holiday party and cocktail hour are going to happen last week of November or first week of December to avoid the holiday season premium pricing for venues. Right?

You literally have only a few weeks to get your self into shape. Or looking like you are in shape.

In the last fit by la-la-la-la post, I offered up a few tips to get you moving in the right direction, even though the turn in weather might have you feeling like staying inside until March 2013. (I hear ya … ) This month, let’s explore ways to keep you on track while you’re busy living life.

It’s a rule you’ve heard many times before, but I’m going to repeat it, because it is essential. Drink more water. A little story here: during this recent pregnancy, I found myself drinking more and more sweet things – like juice, pop, flavoured teas, etc. – to quench cravings and get rid of odd tastes in my mouth (nothing tastes like it should except for aforementioned juices, pops, and flavoured teas). Bad idea. I go from sugar high to crashing low within minutes and it’s driving me nuts. I found I was extremely swollen/bloated by the end of the night and let’s not even talk about weight. Do you know how many calories these drinks have? Anyway, as of late, I’ve taken to carrying around this huge bottle of water around with me. When I feel hungry, I swig water. I have a craving, I swig water. I get thirsty, I swig water. I’ve cut back on my juice/pop/tea intake, which I am sure is better for baby, but also, better for stopping any unnecessary weight gain. It’s as they say, sometimes you think you are hungry/craving chocolate/dying for alcohol … but you are not … it’s just your body needing to be hydrated. Investing in a water bottle is next to nothing.

And my tip: keep a pitcher of water flavoured with berries/cucumbers at the ready in your fridge. It has all the benefits of water but with natural flavouring.


You know what’s crazy about us women? (Okay. There could be plenty of things, but I’m asking about one specific thing.) It could be negative 10 outside but when we have a holiday party to attend, we will still wear the thinnest sheerest hose, the shortest skirt and a sexy strappy high heel. Snow on the ground be damned … So it only makes sense that we do our best to keep our legs in shape, yes? Now, if you are an overachiever, you already do a leg series at the gym – squats, lunges, some step-ups. Let’s one-up it. Between all the long lines between now and December 24, 2012, you can certainly take some time to do some calf raises. I’ve been doing them everywhere. In line at the grocery store. Standing around in the school yard waiting for the BlushPretty kids to come out. When I am standing in the kitchen marinating chicken. It’s mindless effort that takes zero gear. Do  you look like a fool doing it in public – yes. Will your calves look super sculpted in your holiday dress – YES!

And my tip: I change my feet positioning (straight forward or pointed out) to target different areas of the calf. And if I am at home, I will do five calve raises for every step I walk up or five squats between every ten calf raises.


By now, you are probably feeling the effects of the weather on your skin. Your face is probably taking the brunt of it, but remember, your skin covers your entire body so there is plenty more than just your face to take care of. Now is a great time to practice dry brushing. Exactly as it sounds, dry brushing is taking a firm bristled dry brush and sweeping it up and over your body to stimulate blood flow and exfoliate the skin. You start from the bottom up. It takes only ten minutes before you hop into the shower to practice this habit. Some of the key benefits are softer, smoother, skin and a reduction in the appearance of cellulite. A dry brush can be found at your local drugstore or big box store in the bath/body/cosmetic department and start as low as $14.99.

And my tip: start your day off with a dry brush routine. It’s quite invigorating and gets the blood flow moving. When choosing a brush, look for a long handled one which I find helps you get around the “nooks and crannies” of your back!