Take these three beauty items with you into 2020 …

December 31, 2019By stephanie

It’s a common feeling to want to bring in a whole bunch of “NEW” into the new year. Most people are gung ho to renew, refresh, and reinvent, and often times this comes with the idea of tossing out the old and buying (or adopting) a bunch of new. Unreasonable? No. Cathartic? Absolutely.

This being a beauty blog, new year for me is about bringing in or trying a new look or style; tossing expired or dated makeup; and changing up my routine. It’s fun, and exciting, and gives me a total sense of self-care.

Bit whether you plan to start cracking down on a strict skincare routine, or revamping yourself out of a makeup rut, here are three beauty items to take with you into 2020 …

1. An effective skin serum : I swear by skin serums. I’m currently alternating between two (one for day and one for night) and the results are delightful. My skin has never behaved better. You may be tempted to bring in and try a new skincare system for 2020, but hang on to your serum – especially if you found one that really works for you. Whether you’re about to embark on a seven-step regimen OR plan to Marie Kondo your routine into a simple three items, make sure your serum stays a part of it.
Try : Drunk Elephant B-Hydra Intensive Hydration Serum, The Ordinary Buffet Serum

2. A luminizing base : Nothing says a fresh new year of beauty than a base that reflects the same thing – freshness. If you’re the type who hangs on to different formulations, be sure to keep a lightweight, luminizing base in your rotation. It could be a foundation, a BB cream, or a tinted moisturizer, but as long as it makes your skin look dewy and glowing – it’s a keeper. Apply the lightest layer on the days you don’t need much makeup, and dust a setting powder only where you need it most. It’s a softer diffused look that always looks healthy.
Try : Clinique Even Better Glow Foundation, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

3. A feel-good lip colour : It can be red, fuchsia, or shimmery pink – the choice is yours. But a feel good lip colour, something that makes you feel like you’re pulled together, is a MUST KEEP. Statement lip colour is a total look on its on and so much easier to achieve than any other look, e.g. liquid liner, a smokey eye, perfectly symmetrical and blended contour and highlight. Right? The trick : make sure the lips are prepped and primed before applying lip colour for the best finished look.
Try : NARS Audacious Lipstick, MAC Lipstick, YSL The Slim Lisptick

Wishing you all a prosperous and beautiful 2020, and a new decade’s worth of growth and amazement!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! It’s a Christmas Giveaway!

December 25, 2019By stephanie

Hopefully by now, you’ve awoken to a wonderful Christmas Day, filled with love, family … and perhaps, a gift or two, maybe ten! HAPPY HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

It’s hard to believe the decade has come to an almost end, and as the year winds down for BlushPretty as it does every year, I always realize two things :

1. how much I appreciate every reader, follower, artist, client and bride for their continued support over the years; and
2. how inconsistent I have been in blogging here on the site for the entire year (I’m sorry guys).

So, how do I even begin to reconcile the two? It’s so, so simple : I’m do an appreciation giveaway AND announce it on the blog! #NAILEDIT!

This last Christmas Day of the Decade, I have FIVE digital double passes available for the advanced screening of LIKE A BOSS, starring Tiffany Haddish, Rose Byrne and Salma Hayek. Tiffany and Rose play Mia and Mel, two besties who run their own cosmetics company! As with any business, working hard does come with some financial troubles. Enter Salma Hayek as Claire Luna with a big buyout offer. Too good to be true?

In theatres January 10, 2020, BlushPretty has access to the ADVANCED SCREENING for January 6, 2020 at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. Five lucky followers can receive a digital double pass for themselves and their beauty BFF.

HOW TO ENTER :

1. Follow us on Instagram @ms.blushpretty
2. Tag your BEAUTY BFF on our contest post
3. Comment why your BEAUTY BFF is Like a Boss

BONUS ENTRY : Follow our team Instagram Page @blushprettyteam

The contest ends January 1, 2020 and the winners will be announced January 2, 2020. Please note that the screening takes place in Toronto. All contestants and entries will be accepted but the winners are responsible for their own travel/accommodations etc. to Toronto.

GOOD LUCK TO ALL CONTESTANTS!

Thank you again beauties for a wonderful 2019 and an even more successful decade! Sending happiness to you and yours this holiday season, and wishes for a prosperous new year!

-xo, s

Being Your Best Self

September 2, 2019By admin

It’s been 15 years since BlushPretty became “a thing!” 15 years!!!

Can you believe it?  We can’t – mainly because it’s been so much fun growing over the years that it flew by. In all that time, we’ve been so busy beautifying brides, teaching beauties new tips and tricks, and promoting self-care and self-love … that we kind of forgot to take care of BlushPretty. So what better way to promote “being your best self” than practising what we preach????

I am so happy and so excited to announce that our brand and website have finally gotten a (very much needed) “makeover”. We’ve brought out pretty little website up-to-date, making it mobile friendly, easy to navigate, and chock-full of information!

We hope you love the new website as much as we do! Be sure to check out our new offerings (skincare anyone?) and our new membership program (beauty your way, any day!). We’ve introduced these new services and initiatives with you in mind in the hopes of helping you along on your journey to being your best self!

Thanks so much for being a part of our growth over the past 15 years … and here’s to 15 more!

Happy Long Weekend!

-s-

Popular Opinion : yes, you need more than one concealer!

January 30, 2019By stephanie

I like to pride myself on the idea that despite being a makeup artist with plenty of makeup to play with, I personally can do a decent “face” with minimal product. In fact, I usually can do my daily makeup in about three minutes. It’s all about a little bit of coverup, a good eyeliner, and some bronzing powder.

Most beautycentric people’s talk a lot about having lipstick wardrobes or several eyeshadow palettes they play with every day … and technically, I could be considered one of them however, as of late … I find myself buying concealers; concealers of all sorts and kinds actually.

Every time I pick up a tube or pot of flesh coloured cream or liquid, I silently shame myself. Is this really necessary Stephanie? Is it? C’mon now …

But then, I decided to go easy on myself; because I actually do need different concealers. I do. I really really really do.

I currently have four in rotation, and I managed to justify each one.

MAC Studio Fix 24-Hour Smooth Wear Concealer in NC35 : I use this for blemishes and marks, and in lieu of wearing full foundation. The wand applicator makes it super-portable. It’s super pigmented and blendable which provides seamless coverage!

Make Up for Ever Ultra HD Self Setting Concealer in 21 : Packaged similar to MAC Studio Fix concealer, I use this concealer in a lighter shade to brighten up under the eyes and diminish the signs of fatigue. I also do a trace down the centre of the nose for a slimmer look! Bonus : this concealer self sets and doesn’t crease – perfect for the the eye area.

Benefit Cosmetics Boing Brightening Concealer in No. 2 : When I plan to wear a bareface, but still want to brighten up a bit – I apply this concealer with my ring finger and gently dab around my eyes. While the product is full coverage, it feels lightweight and like silk on the skin. I’ll also take a bit right under the brow bone to lift the eyes a little!

Cle De Peau Concealer in Ochre : This is my luxury, always with me, make me fabulous concealer. It’s the priciest of the bunch, but for me : it can do anything and everything – so it’s worth it. In a stick format, it’s Thin Fit Layer formula can give me a natural layer on the days i don’t need much … but with the right layering and blending, can perform like a full coverage foundation in a pinch.

So, does anyone else’s concealer wardrobe look like this?

How to have great makeup, every day …

January 4, 2019By stephanie

Photo by Mohsin Javed | Hair by Samantha Wilson | Makeup by Stephanie Daga

You can spend as much as $250 dollars on your everyday makeup essentials like foundation, concealer and mascara, but that doesn’t guarantee that your endgame makeup will look like the megabucks you spent.

Great makeup actually starts the night before with the right skin prep, and if you aren’t practising these three tips just yet … the new year is the perfect time to start!

  1. Cleanse and moisturize every night. Your skin needs to breathe and repair every night while you get your shuteye! As much as it sounds like a broken record, I’ll say it again : remove your makeup and apply your serums and moisturizer. Giving your skin what it needs to recuperate before bed means a well-prepared complexion in the morning! Think soft skin, non-existent eye bags, and plump lips!
  2. Skip cleansing in the morning, but repeat the moisturizer. Avoid stripping your skin of its natural oils in the morning which can dry out your skin and create problems for your foundation application. Rinsing your face with water to wake up is fine, but skip the cleanser or soap. After rinsing, follow-up with a lightweight, daytime moisturizer and apply some eye cream (firming or brightening – pick your poison!) and lip balm. Give it time to sink in before starting your makeup application.
  3. Prime the skin and work in layers. If you have textured skin or are concerned about uneven tone or discolouration, a targeted primer can help for a more even makeup application. Apply a light layer before foundation, and be sure to wait a beat to allow the primer to set the skin. When applying foundation, start off with a light first layer working your way from the centre of the face outward. Blend well! Just like your primer, give it some time before adding another layer of foundation or moving on to concealer . Repeat your layers until you get your desired coverage.

Unfiltered “filtered-looking” makeup is all about prep and patience! Begin with these three tips and start to see results almost immediately!

Happy skin prep!