locks+lashes : when size kinda matters …

March 27, 2015By stephanie

I’m going to put it out there in the universe that the BlushPretty team has the most naturally beautiful brides. We’re talking great features, great skin, great attitude. We’re certainly not complaining …

While our brides are fit to walk down the aisle with some blush, gloss and a curl in their hair … sometimes … it’s fun to add some “oomph”. And usually, that oomph comes in the form of luscious fuller hair, or long fluttery lashes. It’s the one case where size really does matter … we’re talking longer, lusher, fuller …

I wanted to take a quick moment to remind all of you brides out there – and perhaps the ladies who like a little glam everyday – that we have the hook-ups to two great services.

As you already know our team represents the fabulous and talented Samantha Wilson.  We’re talking a finalist in Salon Magazine’s 2015 Bridal Hair contest, editorial photography mainstay, and all-around great hair artist!

candy photoshoot by Rhommel Bernardino
Makeup by Crista Aguinaldo
Hair by Samantha Wilson

If you happen to be in the market for hair extensions to add a more fuller, longer look to your hair, Samantha’s your girl. No beans about it. We’re talking a consultation to go over the different types of extensions you can use to create your look; having Samantha source and purchase the right extensions for you; and then, having them custom coloured to match.

Sure, the above photograph probably isn’t bride material – ha ha – but it is a testimonial of what Samantha can do with extensions: colour to match, colour to change, colour to however you wish! Custom created and coloured extensions are key for several reasons : they’ll blend into your hair seamlessly that no one will be able to tell you’re faking it; they’ll accommodate your chosen hairstyle for the day (they won’t be too long, or too short); and they can be used over and over again with proper care.

And let’s not forget about the other thing where length matters : lashes!

It’s not uncommon for brides to wear false lashes on the day of their wedding, but for those who are looking for something that lasts longer than the wedding day itself, perhaps into the honeymoon, lash extensions are the way to go!

Photo from @FCLToronto, Instagram

Our Toronto studio is also home to Flirt Custom Lash Studio, the place where lashes are transformed. We’re talking lashes that lift and lengthen and stay pretty throughout the whole night without a smudge of mascara. While you might lose a lash or two here or there, there is no risk of the entire false lash falling off before you say I do … and let’s all agree, that is key for many brides! If we have piqued your interest, your best bet is to set up a consult or appointment with Paddy at the Toronto studio to discuss your options.

If we have you thinking a whole new beauty game plan, and you wish to speak with either Samantha or Paddy, send us a quick note and like I said, we’ll hook you up! Email us at beauty mail@blushpretty.com!

Have a wonderful weekend everyone!



get inspired : from Maybelline at Fashion Week …

March 26, 2015By stephanie

It’s March 2015, and of course, Toronto is in the midst of fashion week. All the stylish people are out and about this week at the tents, and there is no shortage of inspiration for fashion and beauty.

Here’s the look (plus the product roll call and how- to) for David Dixon, a must-see at Toronto Fashion Week, created by Maybelline’s very own Grace Lee. I’m a fan of fresh skin that looks flawless without being heavily concealed; it always pairs well with a bold deep lip.

Looking forward for more to come from Maybelline and Fashion Week!


going global : beautiful friends from Iceland …

March 24, 2015By stephanie

Last week, I had the honour of beautifying world-renowned visual artist, Andrea Maack for her first Toronto art show on March 19, 2015. Let me tell you, when I first received the email in February and seeing that the sender’s signature line (her assistant) had details for Iceland … I did a double take and thought that surely, it must have been a mistake, right? Iceland? Me? How did you find me? But then I thought – woooooaaaahhhh … someone has found me all the way from Iceland – what an amazing thing! The power of the internet is crazy! Without a doubt, I accepted the request and marked the appointment in my calendar.

My appointment with Ms. Maack, although brief, was filled with lots of chat about her homeland, her life, her travels, and her art. We also managed to talk about our favourite beauty products. As a fragrance designer herself, she knows beauty and beautiful things for sure!

Her exhibition, titled Like a Statue, featured the artist herself as an ethereal ghostlike beauty amongst her art. Her request for makeup was simple: strong highlight and contour but void of obvious colours, with clean, dewy-fresh skin.

For her look, I used minimal and very simple products including : Shroom and Vapour eyeshadows by MAC; MAC Face and Body Foundation and Amazing Cosmetics concealer for the skin and complexion; Clinique’s Highlight and Contour Chubby Sticks; Aerin Kaleidoscope Palette to brighten under the eyes, and intensify the contour; and for the lips, Bite Beauty in Madiera.

But let’s not kid ourselves either … her Icelandic beauty was already a great canvas to work with.  She had the truest bluest eyes and a wonderful complexion to start which made my job easier. Like ten times over.

I’m very thankful that she found me and asked me to assist with her first Toronto appearance. I’m also very thankful, that somewhere across the globe, two women – Ms. Maack and her assistant – know the BP name. It’s been almost 12 years in the making … but I guess you really could say, we’ve gone global!