holiday wishlist 2014

November 26, 2014By DJMC

It’s that time of year again – the holidays are upon on us! We wanted to share our roundup of wishlist items since so many beauty brands pull out all the stops for limited edition products, sets and gifts (but don’t be fooled – beauty isn’t all we want for Christmas!).

Laura Amaya

My family does Secret Santa every year and I’ve just finished sending out the invites so that we can get the ball rolling on it. With this yearly family tradition, we can post online a wishlist of things we’d love. I’ve narrowed down my list and this year I have put it down to these 3 items:

Miss Dior Eau de Parfum (Sephora $94.00 1.7 oz bottle) – I’ve been eyeing this fragrance for months but refused to buy it during my recent pregnancy because I experienced lots of nausea, and every now and again scents would make me ill. I refuse to allow that to happen to this amazingly delicious perfume!

NARSissist Eyeshadow Palette (Sephora, $85.00) – I usually don’t splurge on eye palettes for myself (they almost always end up in my makeup kit for my brides) but then came this beautiful palette of 15 shadows perfect for creating everyday looks and transforming into sultry evening glam. My eyes beamed when I saw this beaut, here’s hoping it ends up under the tree for me!

Crock Pot 6.5 QT slow cooker (Wal-Mart $58.93) – I know you’re probably going to laugh but ever since becoming a mom there are two things I value most above all else PRACTICALITY & SIMPLICITY! And this baby is perfect for just that, knowing I can throw a hunk of meat with veggies and some seasonings into this baby setting it and forgetting it makes my heart sing with happiness ( oh how things change as we get older… *Le Sigh*)

Regina Salvador

As the holidays are fast approaching and limited editions makeup sets pops up all around us, picking the one set that you really, really want can be very daunting.

My list started to grow as soon as Sephora started to showcase their holiday merchandise on their website. I was like a kid in a candy store (but I was actually staring at my iPad screen).

The New Exclusive Limited Edition item that caught my eye as soon as I saw it is Formula X Paint The Town (Sephora, $69.00). This set consists of 22 mini nail polishes that come in a reusable paint tin. As a nail polish fanatic this is an amazing set with colours that are great to wear on their own or for layering as well!

Morgan Cadenhead

I’ve been drooling over so many beauty sets out for the holidays, but the one that’s left me starstruck is the MAKE UP FOR EVER Makeup Station (Sephora, $345.00) I’ve left it on my wishlist as the price tag makes it an unlikely gift from Santa, but hey…it’s a wishlist after all!

The set contains everything from primer, setting powder, Artist Shadows, eyeliner, setting spray, lip liner, lipstick, lashes…oh gosh, the list goes on. It’s a makeup junkie’s dream! Who’s got an extra $350 to scoop this up for me? ;)

What’s on your wishlist?

recos from regina : f.a.s.t shampoo & conditioner

November 25, 2014By DJMC

Do you have short hair and can’t wait for it to grow out or just want your hair to grow a little quicker than it normally does in a month?

I had the chance to represent BlushPretty at the preview of F.A.S.T (Fortified Amino Scalp Therapy) Shampoo and Conditioner at Shagg Salon in the Yorkville area of Downtown Toronto.

The preview consisted of meeting Tom Davidson who is the owner and CEO of Nisim International (the company who is responsible for making F.A.S.T) and having my hair shampooed, conditioned and blow dried.

F.A.S.T. is a Shampoo and Conditioner set that can help with hair growth by 99%.  This is due to the “blend of natural herbs, vitamins, amino acids that enhances the ‘growth phase’ of the hair cycle.”

By simply lathering, rinsing with the shampoo twice and leaving the conditioner in for one minute, within two months of continuous use of the F.A.S.T. duo growth results will be noticed. The longer that the shampoo and conditioner is used, the better the results will be with the hair growth.

Since I already have long hair and don’t plan to cut it for awhile. I am looking forward to using these products and seeing how much my hair will grow within the next two months. I will update with a post with a before and after comparison to follow up!

F.A.S.T. Shampoo and Conditioner can be purchased through and at select Trade Secrets and hair salons across Canada. The 2 Pack Shampoo and Conditioner for $34.95, 300 ml Shampoo or Conditioner for $19.95, and for 1 litre shampoo or conditioner for $59.95.

scene+heard : exuding confidence with Excel+Stacy London

November 21, 2014By stephanie

Let’s talk about confidence. Regardless if we are wearing our favourite lipstick, or if our bangs are co-operating, or if we know we lost 5 pounds and it shows, emanating an aura of being a confident, strong being can be kind of hard sometimes … or maybe all the time. There are very very few of us who wake up and walk out the door each day feeling confident from start to finish. If you feel me, raise your hand!

Well, I have news for you … actually Stacy London does. :) There are plenty of ways you can up the confidence factor in your everyday life … plenty. For example:

1. Be prepared and plan ahead. Preparation is key. Your purse, your tote, your backpack : make it your confidence kit. Depending on your lifestyle or your schedule for the day, you need to pack the essentials to get you through it all. This would include: your phone, charged and ready; a makeup kit stocked with travel size or minis of you favourite products; snacks to keep you going; a notebook to write down the important stuff.

2. Highlight what works. Instead of spending to much time focusing on what you don’t like, highlight the features and parts of your body that you love. Do you have a plump pout? Wear bright lipstick! Have super sculpted arms? Go sleeveless! Legs longer than a mile? Hike up the hem a bit!

3. Fresh breath! Nothing feels better than knowing that the creamy caesar salad you had for lunch isn’t offending others when you speak. Always carry a pack of gum, like Excel in your purse or pocket when you need a quick boost of confidence.

These were just a few of the tips Ms. London shared with the group and believe me, when she tells you to do something, you want to do it! I’ve already put most of her tips into practice!

I was very fortunate to be in the room, sharing the same breathing space, with Stacy London that day. To be able to learn from one of the top style gurus the very many ways I could put my best face forward was such a treat! A big thank you to Excel for the invite!


scene+heard : saint cosmetics

November 20, 2014By DJMC

I recently checked out the launch party for Saint Cosmetics at Andrew Richards Design in downtown Toronto. In case you haven’t heard of them, Saint Cosmetics is a brand new natural cosmetics line that has been in the making over the last two years and developed by the Marydel Group. The line consists of 144 products for the lips, eyes and face.

What makes the line unique is its ingredients are totally natural – products are produced from the best natural component of plants that don’t result in skin irritation unlike other chemical based cosmetics.

Upon entering Andrew Richards Design Studio, guests were greeted with a walk on the Red Carpet with pictures being taken. (pictures from the event can be found on Facebook). Cocktails and food were created by Toronto’s own Chef Toben Kochman.  There were also one-on-one makeup applications done by professional makeup artists.

What impressed me while I was there was the belief in giving back to the community.  2% of all of Saint Cosmetics sales are donated to Interval House, Canada’s first safe haven for abused women and children. I also like that this cosmetics line is Made In Canada – a great bonus. If you’re looking for a new brand offering natural, organic products make sure you check them out!

The Saint Cosmetics line can be purchased on their website:


oh, you know, NBD : allison micheletti+michael modano

November 19, 2014By stephanie

On November 17, 2014, this year’s inductees into the Hockey Hall of Fame … (you know hockey right? Canada’s favourite pastime?) … were officially inducted. Now I’ll admit, I don’t play hockey and don’t follow it all that closely – but I do know athletes – AND I also know that hockey is a larger than life sport here in the north … so imagine my surprise when the BlushPretty team was asked to provide makeup and hair services for professional golfer
Allison Micheletti, the wife of NHL great Michael Modano.

Needless to say – we’re were pretty chuffed. Both the Modano and Micheletti families were welcoming and kind as we spent an afternoon with them beautifying
the ladies of both families before the big ceremony.

While we try to remain calm and poised through any situation, we did have to take a minute, get puck-struck, and ask for a photo.  We owe it all to Samantha
who had the ovaries to speak up and ask!

Thank you so much to that Modano and Micheletti families for welcoming us into your circle for the afternoon and congratulations to Michael Modano on a
well-deserved election into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Well … we hope your week is going just as great as ours started!