Hey Toronto! What’s up?

July 25, 2017By stephanie

Here we are! Halfway through summer,  and past halfway to the end of the year … Unbelievable! Where does the time go (I seem to say that a lot on this blog – don’t I)?

This year marks the first year (or half of a year) that we’ve had two locations in Toronto to serve all you beauties.  Our BlushPretty Beauty Bar at 508 Yonge Street has been up and running since January and the public loves it. We are so thankful for everyone who has called, made an appointment, and left the Beauty Bar feeling fabulous! And our flagship studio at 907 College Street still greets beautiful brides daily and we couldn’t be more pleased.

We love you Toronto!

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Speaking of Toronto, can we take a moment to appreciate this beautiful map of Toronto by talented artist Jennifer Beck of Modern Map Art! Jennifer was kind enough to send this must-have 18×24 print of the best city in the world for us to hang up in our studio! It’s so fitting and so appropriate. Toronto brides are the BEST brides.

For all of you whom love Toronto just as much, you can order your own Toronto print here. It’s available in 5 different sizes (from 8×10 to 24×36) and 4 different colours. The prints come as is, so you can frame it or hang it just as you wish!

Do you happen to be from another Canadian city? Maybe one of our other favourites like Mississauga, Markham, or Oakville?  Modern Map Art can do custom prints!

If you pick up a Toronto map for yourself, don’t forget to place a pin in it to mark where your favourite little beauty studio lives! As a friendly reminder, we want to make sure that you and all your friends know that we now have two beautiful studios in Toronto and we really REALLY want you to come visit. So, how are we going to do that?

Simple.

INTRODUCING : HAPPY HOUR!

For the month of August 2017, we will be hosting happy hour(s) at both our 907 College Street studio AND our 508 Yonge Street beauty bar. Book an appointment between the hours of 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm, and get a makeup application or your hair done up in waves, curls or braids for just $45.

Yep. That simple.

We’re itching to get you ready for all your beach bbqs, patio parties and summer soirees. After all … it’s summer, look hot!

To book your appointment, just email us at beautymail@blushpretty.com, or call us at 416.727.1754.

Hope to see you soon!

#BlushPrettyUnfiltered : real people looking real pretty

April 10, 2017By stephanie

Had to take a moment to share some photos from our recent #BlushPrettyUnfiltered photoshoot.

The reason these photos are so important to the team and me is because they capture the simple idea that everyone is truly beautiful in their own way. In an age where filters, photoshop and dog-ears reign supreme, we wanted to bring some beautiful faces in, give them a fresh-faced easy-to-wear makeup look, and take clean bright photos with #nofilterneeded.

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Any of the looks you see through #BlushPrettyUnfiltered are available for you to have done yourself at our new beauty bar located at 508 Yonge Street, 2nd Floor. You can choose from our combos of makeup and hair, mix ‘n’ match from different looks, or choose one or the other.  Pricing begins at $65 plus HST!

Subscribe to our BlushPretty newsletter for promos and deals, or scout new looks to try via Instagram under @blushprettyteam.

Hope to see you at the beauty bar this summer!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : focus on healthier habits …

January 30, 2017By stephanie

Just last saturday we chatted about setting up a beauty calendar, and how maintaining all your beauty appointments is just as important in your overall wellness as is regular doctor checkups and staying healthy. We’ve also touched upon healthier eating habits, which benefits your skin. 

Now, while many people start off a brand new year looking to hit the gym and lose weight, we’ve avoided that resolution during this guide … until now.

Day 30 : January 30

Get active daily.

Notice that there is no mention of losing weight. Or building muscle. Or entering a fitness competition. The direction is simply to get active on a daily basis. It could be as simple as walking your lunch hour away. Waking up and doing yoga poses for 10 minutes. Going for a swim. Playing a round of pick-up basketball. Get your body moving – plain and simple.

Sure, getting your heart rate up has nothing to do with killing your look with contour and highlight; and for the most part, no one feels pretty when they are sweaty … but the benefits of moving around can help improve circulation and reduce stress which then translates into glowing healthy skin and less frown lines, wrinkles and stress acne. If you lose a little bit of weight along the way … well, hey – BONUS!

Healthy habits = happy lifestyle = a beautiful you!

TIP : You don’t have to sign up at your local community centre to get started on healthier habits. Yoga poses and body weight exercises can be done at open and the minute you wake up!

HOMEWORK : Download some of those fun apps that give you a workout in 7 minutes!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : prep a beauty calendar …

January 28, 2017By stephanie

So, if you have been following the guide … you’ve made some appointments for your skin, your hair, and perhaps even eyelash extensions. That’s great. You deserve to treat yourself.

And treating yourself should happen regularly.

Day 28 : January 28

Prepare a beauty calendar for the next 8 months or for the full year!

A beauty calendar can help you stay on track of all the appointments for the one thing that matters the most : your wellness. Yes, many will say wellness is more about your internal health – like doctors appointments, therapy appointments, etc. – but wellness can also be nurtured by taking care of your beauty needs and giving you the opportunity to take care of you in ways that make you FEEL good about you. When you feel good about you, you’re mentally and emotionally happy … and happy is definitely a part of wellness. We tend to push aside our beauty appointments because we seem them as unimportant or not urgent … but your wellness IS priority.

Whether you use your Hobonichi planner, or that boy band calendar you received as a stocking stuffer this past holiday season, start looking ahead and the next 8 to 12 months. Start making notes on the days that you should :

  • See your stylist for a trim, cut, or colour
  • Book in your next facial
  • Get a Brazilian
  • Enjoy a therapeutic massage

There are many more beauty appointments you could include, but you get the idea. In addition, your calendar should include important event dates – ones where you’ll want to seek some professional beauty services in preparation for. Your cousin’s wedding, your high school reunion, your industry’s annual gala. This way, you’ll note to make any one-off appointments (manicures, pedicures, eyelash extensions) close to the event date.

The days that you mark can be used as loose placeholders too … you don’t have to make any appointments for that specific day – but you want to stay within range of it. When you see it in your calendar it will trigger your brain to book and KEEP your appointment just like you would any other appointment you have. Preparing in advance is like 98% away from success!

Plan away!

TIP : Colour-coding! Colour coding your different appointments and service providers can keep you focused.

HOMEWORK : Aim to do at least 6 months if 8 or 12 seem daunting!

31 days to a prettier 2017 : change it up!

January 27, 2017By stephanie

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!!!