get inspired : emma stone waves

January 26, 2016By stephanie

Remember that year when it was all “short hair, don’t care”? A year of pixies, undercuts and fringe were all the rage, and rightly so because the look was hot. And while pixies and undercuts are still great cuts, some people have opted to start growing out their hair into bobs, and their slightly longer cousin – the lob.

But with any grow-out, come wedding season, we are often told “I’ve been growing out my hair, and it’s just a bit longer than a bob …and I really don’t know what I can do with it. Maybe we should just blow it out and I’ll wear it straight”.

Wearing your hair as is can be an option – nothing will translate as more you than a slightly more polished version of how you regularly wear your hair. You’l look great! However, if you are looking for another option, I think that the textured and wavy lob adds a bit of flare to your “not long enough yet” strands!

tousledLeft : Emma Stone
Right : waves done by Stephanie Daga, BlushPretty

I think the poster child for the ultimate wavy lob or bob is the always stylish (and charming) Emma Stone. She’s known to wear her short hair many ways from middle part to deep side part, straight to curly, bangs to no bangs. She knows her options! But I find her go to look is always a bit of piecey twistedness.

I have plenty of clients scheduled in this year with lobs. Some are brides, some are maids of honour, some are the chicest of mothers! Plenty are shooing away the standard blowout and flip for a sexier bedhead style.

To create this look for my clients I prefer to use a 1 inch curling iron and very few products. The list looks something like this:

– Hot Tools 1-inch barrel curling iron
– Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak
– Sall Hershberger Supreme Lift Root Spray
– Sally Hershberger Glam Waves Texture Spray
– Elnett Hair Spray
– Bumble+Bumble Styling Creme
– Bumble+Bumble Texture (un)Dressing Creme

For prep, I always start with a bit of dry shampoo brushed through the hair. My pick is Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak, and I find it adds a bit of lift and texture, especially for finer hair types. It soaks up the right amount of excess oil, but doesn’t leave a film or dusty layer of product.

As I section through the bottom layers of hair, I’ll spray Sally Hershberger’s Supreme Lift Root Spray before wrapping small sections  around the barrel  of my iron. I never use the clamp and wrap the sections with the barrel pointed downward. I also leave the ends free a bit for a more undone look.  I’ll repeat this sectioning and wrapping from the nape of the neck to the crown, alternating the direction I wrap the the hair with each section.

For the layers from the crown and up, I do repeat the process, but instead use Sally Hershberger’s Glam Waves instead of root spray. This is just personal preference as I find it gives a shiny but not weighted appearance to the top layers.

Once I’m done wrapping the hair and styling the front according to the client’s wishes (some want fringe, some don’t; some want it up off the face, others flat!), I’ll either finesse and finish with some Bumble and Bumble Styling Creme or Texture (un)Dressing Creme.  While both are made to be applied to the hair while damp, I actually will rub a bit through my fingers or palms and then either smooth the hair (Styling Creme) for a bit of shine or break up the waves and “fluff” a bit more (Texture Creme) for a more undone appearance.

Everything gets finished with some Elnett. Every-THANG!

So that’s how we do the ‘do! If you want to see it up close and personal – have you RSVP’d for our Bridal Beauty Preview this Sunday, January 31, 2016 yet?  If not, there is still time with a couple of spots left! Save your spot by heading over to our Eventbrite page!

Have a great week!


recos from regina : go-to products

January 28, 2014By DJMC
Editor’s note: Please join me in welcoming a new contributor to the BP blog, Regina! Find her on Twitter here. :)

Drawing from many years of trying out different things, attending events such as the BlushPretty Beauty Board and reading some of my favourite blogs like Toronto Beauty Reviews, I’ve pulled together a list of my four go-to beauty products to share with you.

L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara in Blackest Black – I’ve been using this mascara for almost 20 years. What I like about this mascara is it make my eye lashes looks fuller right away without having to use an eyelash curler. You can actually tell that I have lashes once it’s applied!

Kona Kare Luxury Lip Butter Balm – This lip butter balm is used with all natural ingredients, it’s Canadian, and it keeps my lips moisturized. Having my lips moisturized is very important to me especially during this “Polar Vortex” that we’ve been getting hit by lately. I carry their lip butters in my purse, makeup bag, in my coat pocket and beside my bed.

Kiss Products imPRESS Press-On Manicure – This is another go-to for me when I don’t have the time to paint my nails (which is very rare). I tend to change my nail polish everyday or every other day, but there are those rare occasions that I actually don’t have the time to do my nails so these are quick and easy to apply. I’ve had people come up to me to compliment my nails because of the style and colour that I’m using that week.

Pure + Simple Cellular Repair Face Cream – This face cream is great because a little goes a long way and it keeps my face moisturized through out the day. As I get older, I want to keep my skin healthy and glowing before the wrinkles kick in and this product is the perfect solution.

a pop of colour: purple haze …

January 21, 2013By stephanie

Purples – it’s a makeup artist favourite. Universally flattering on most skin tones, purples aren’t as dark and heavy as your blacks or greys, but aren’t as soft and see through as your pastels and neutrals. A good purple can be your best friend.

Try incorporating a shade of grape into your look whether for the eyes or lips. It’s really easy to do. Trust me! Our picks:

Stila Colour Balm in Gemma, $25. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale.

Laura Mercier Kohl Eyeliner in Purple Sapphire, $25. Available at select Sephora and Holt Renfrew

Christian Dior by Dior Lipstick in Mysterious Mauve, $32. Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora.

L’oreal Colour Riche in Hollywood Icon, $11.99. Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart.

COVERGIRL Liquiline Blast in Violet Voltage, $9. Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Wal-Mart.

MAC Cosmetics Eyeshadows in Vibrant Grape, Beautiful Iris or Nocturnelle, $14.50. Available at The Bay and all freestanding MAC stores.

quick beauty: l’oreal voluminous eye products …

January 21, 2013By stephanie 2 Comments

In case you didn’t get out this past weekend to take advantage of the 18,500 Optimum points at Shoppers Drug Mart or Murale, just a beauty FYI that you can steal and snag some great beauty deals. This week, L’oreal Voluminous Eye products – mascara anyone! – are 20% off at Shoppers Drug Mart until January 25, 2013. And if you really want to get your debit card burning, L’oreal’s new Magic Smooth Souffle Blush is also on sale … a little pink me up anyone?