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.

the beauty board: pure+simple

June 6, 2013By stephanie 1 Comment

more chit chat:

“love that they are toronto based. i’m very interested in their cleansing milk – it feels great. also – love the blush (it has a scent, but nothing I can’t get over!)”

“pure skin face oil is light and absorbs well into the skin – doesn’t leave an oily feel – smells nice. the sensitive skin face oil is similar as well, but the scent is a little too strong for my personal preference”

“an array of skin and beauty products that are easy to use, effective and well known. love that sample sizes are available for different skin regimens. have tried them previously and loved it.”

“the lady was super nice and offered us a sample of the hydro serum. there [sic] products are great! great for sensitive skin and love hot it is all natural.”

“love their products. they should bring more selection to the event next time! i would have like to see more of the natural makeup!”

“i was first introduced to pure+simple at last year’s beauty board. they have a nice range [of products] that are light and really effective!”

“love their line! very smooth and moisturizing!”

for more on pure+simple, check out their website!

test lab: pure+simple minimalist collection

April 10, 2013By stephanie

If makeup is what makes my world go round, then skincare is what created my world in the first place. Skincare is where I would be more than happy to throw my dollar bills at.

My complexion has gone through many changes in life, but never has it been as good as it is now. Sure, I have redness and a couple of trouble spots, but for the most part my skin is healthy, normal, and rarely breaks out. Thank goodness. It only took 36 years to get here …

Recently in the test lab I’ve been playing with Pure+simple’s Minimalist line. After dabbling with their Cleansing Milk and Rejuvenating Face Oil in the past and seeing amazing results, I was keen to try out this new line when I received it.

The new minimalist line focuses on improving the hydration and texture of the skin through key ingredients that incoude essential oils and fatty acids. There are four products in the line that can be used as a collective or individually mixed and matched for a routine that works for you!

I started with the Exfoliating Cleansing Milk and the Face Lift Serum. I introduced the cleanser first for three days on its own, then introduced the serum. Immediately I saw some promising results. I had a few random hormonal bumps on the face which cleared up after the first two days of using the cleanser. With the Face Lift Serum, the dry patches around the healing bumps disappeared significantly by the next day; after five days, I had softer skin, a healthy glow and I actually stepped out of the house makeup free.

This week, I will add in the Face Cream and Face Elixir. The only reason I haven’t tried them yet is because I have been pleased already with the current routine – but I am excited to see what results I can get when using all four products together.

You can check out the entire Minimalist line at The products range between $40-$100 and in my opinion are well worth the investment!


quick beauty: pure+simple

February 4, 2013By stephanie

Just a quick post to let you know that we have added some great items to our beauty boutique and profile including a selection of pure+simple’s Pure Pressed Powder Foundations in several wearable shades. This smooth, barely there foundation is made with 100% mineral colours and organic oils and butters. With no drying ingredients, you can avoid a cakey, overdone and dry look. One application is enough to last throughout the day! Added bonus: it can also be mixed with a moisturizer to make a cream foundation or mixed with a facial spritz for a liquid foundation. Feel free to pop by the studio to check out the latest from pure+simple available at BlushPretty. We’re located at 313 Queen St. West, Suite 204!

at the studio: blushpretty shopping event: thursday, february 7, 2013

January 7, 2013By stephanie 2 Comments

Who is in the mood for cupcakes? What about cupcakes, wine, and some great shopping deals?

Have I caught your attention?

On Thursday February 7, 2013 we will be having a special shopping party at the studio. Visit us between the hours of 4:00 and 7:30 pm for a fun evening of accessories shopping (Stella+dot, The Funk Shop, anyone?), trying on new lipstick colours, (Interested in LippyGirl? And how about Revolution Organics?), and maybe dancing with the idea changing up your skincare routine for 2013 (care to try Pure+simple or Consonant Body? Have you heard about Sprout?).

In addition to wine and cupcakes, let’s treat yourself to some more instant gratification, yes? That night eyebrow grooming services will be just $5, plus all purchases will be discounted 15%.

To join us, please RSVP by email to

We hope to see you then!