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    To Airbrush or Not To Airbrush (hint – yes!)

    The debate on the street (actually, in the beauty studio) continues … what are the benefits to airbrush foundation versus the good ol’ fashion liquid?

    First off let us preface this post by mentioning that airbrush makeup is not for everyone, if you have a very dry skin type or a mature skin then airbrush can look a little flakey. However, if you’re a good candidate with a normal to oily skin type then airbrush is definitely for you! 

    Pro # 1 

    Airbrush is a technique whereby makeup is sprayed onto the face as opposed to applied with brushes, fingers and sponges. This means it feels really light going on/ If you’re not a big fan of how a liquid foundation feels on your skin you will LOVE airbrush. It feels so light and airy you will barely notice that there’s anything on your skin.

    Pro # 2

    It keeps shine at bay for a lot longer than traditional makeup. If you are prone to shine, then airbrush will help ☺ Its formula has a higher silicone content which makes the foundation capable of staying matte and soaking up oil.

    Pro # 3 

    It lasts a lot longer. Traditional foundations have definitely come a long way and will look fab for many hours too, but airbrush has the upper hand when it comes to longevity and will look fresh and flawless for a few hours longer than its liquid counterpart. 

    Pro # 4 

    It looks GORGEOUS in pictures. Whether it’s your wedding, a fun event or a selfie-taking marathon, airbrush looks even, smooth and flawless in pictures. The main reason for this is because of that pixelated spray application = no streaks or uneven blending.

    So what does it really come down to? We think Airbrush is a FABULOUS alternative to the regular foundation; providing light, full coverage, with incredible staying power and FLAWLESS photos. Never cakey or overdone, you’ll get a perfectly smooth complexion with just the right amount of glow. #bridalglamgoals all the way!

    Photos: Life’s Reel Photography
    Florals: Art in Bloem

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    The Benefits of Blowouts & Bubbly

    Loving all things glam and bubbly as we do, it should come as no surprise that the title of this month’s blog post is…

    The Benefits of Blowouts and Bubbly!

    Now some of you are laughing I’m sure, but read us out! There are actual benefits covering everything from your budget to your bathroom storage.
    Why this topic you ask? Well, each and every Friday is our Blowout and Bubbly special! Join us and you can grab a drool-worthy blowout, plus a glass of bubbly, and enjoy some great tunes, all for $35! We LOVE this idea and want to share it because we know you will too.

    Now let’s get to the science-ish…

    Benefits of a Blowout:

    1. Great hair
    Okay, this one is obvious, but we are talking beyond the fabulous styling by our talented team. Our fabulous blowouts, along with a little maintenance can last anywhere from 3-5 days. This means less styling and less heat, which will help to reduce split ends and heat damage. And less shampooing means your hair and scalp aren’t stripped of the oils they need to stay healthy. See? We’ve got you thinking now, don’t we?



    2. Budget and Bathroom Storage
    If you’ve ever spent money on hair products or purchased products from your local salon, you know this is a big one! We only use products we love and trust like Oribe, Sebastian, ​KMS, ​J​oico,​ and​ ​E​lectric London. And we have professional, top of the line hairdryers, brushes, and other tools. This means for a single blowout, we’re using hundreds of dollars worth of product and storing 5-6 bottles, plus tools. Wow right? By coming into the studio for your blowout, you save on your bottom line and your bathroom storage. So, have you booked yet?

    3. It’s all about YOU
    In our busy, busy lives it is easy to put ourselves last, but as the saying goes, you cannot pour from an empty cup. It’s important to remember that YOU matter too and what better way to treat yourself than with a great hair day? You could do it yourself at home of course, but it’s never the same. You can’t reach all the angles our stylists can, no matter how practised you are. And so you struggle for 40 minutes, get frustrated, burn your fingers, and maybe swear. All before 9 am or before a fun night out.

    OR you can come to our little studio and enjoy a relaxing full wash and style by one of our lovely stylists. Luxuriate in a nourishing organic chia seed hear mask and scalp massage. And then enjoy a mimosa or glass of bubbly while we work our magic on your hair. Sounds sooo good right?!

    young lady smiling

    But wait – there’s MORE! Not only are blowouts good for the wallet, hair, and mind, but Bubbly is actually good for you! You’re laughing again, we know. But again, read us out…

    champagne and flowers

    Benefits of Bubbly

    1. It’s bubbly
    This one is a no brainer. It’s bubbly, delicious, and makes us feel fabulous and sophisticated. Remember that scene in The Great Gatsby, where Leonardo DiCaprio (swoon) is holding up the glass of bubbly amongst all the revelry?

    handsome man holding champagne That.

    2. Your heart and brain LOVE it
    And not just for the reasons you think. Like Red Wine, Champagne has polyphenols which are shown to lower blood pressure and prevent heart problems such as strokes and heart disease. Also, in some studies, it’s shown to increase memory and help prevent degenerative brain disorders. You’re welcome!

    3. The Skin and Skinny of it
    Bubbly is a great detoxifier, with antioxidants and lightening properties that help even out the skin tone. Ever seen a Formula One Driver? In addition, with fewer calories than wine, it’s a great choice for those who are watching their waistlines or really love pasta. Cheers!

    Essentially, we have used a lot of words to convey a single point – blowouts and bubbly ROCK! They’re good for you, your hair, your budget, your storage, your brain, skin, and waistline and well, are just plain enjoyable!

    Book yours HERE today and let’s get fabulous together!

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    Weddings in the 6ix; Venues We LOVE!

    Your wedding venue is one of the first big decisions you make and sets the tone for your wedding and all the planning that follows. Whether elegant or boho, casual or formal, the GTA and surrounding areas have plenty of venue choices. Seeing as we have been to one or two or all of them as the fabulous mobile beauty team that we are, we wanted to highlight the venues we love for glam perfect weddings in the 6ix!

    The Hunt Club

    bride standing beside some trees

    Founded in 1895, The Toronto Hunt Club packs on the charm, with rolling greenery and beautifully charactered interiors. Think of old-world charm and an outdoor feel, but with all the amenities you need to pull off one epic wedding! Bonus? The guys might be able to get a round of golf in before the big day.

    Why we love it:

    • Seats up to 180 guests
    • Menu Tasting for the Bride and Groom
    • Complimentary Parking
    • Onsite Photography Locations
    • All Location Rental and Set-Up Fees
    • Supplier Referrals
    • Private Bridal Suite/Washrooms
    • Amenity Baskets
    • Bridal Suite Lunch and Champagne Service

    Graydon Manor

    We don’t know about you, but anything built for a wealthy man in the roaring ’20s has our vote for a fabulous venue and Graydon Hall Manor doesn’t disappoint. Think romantic vistas, beautiful gardens, and bubbling fountains. Inside, the elegance and luxury you would expect from the era captured in the rooms ornate detailing, large fireplaces and period furniture.

    Why we love it:

    • Spectacular gardens – for cocktails, dining, or breathtaking photos
    • Elegant dining rooms
    • Private bridal dressing room
    • Air-conditioned interior
    • Terrace canopy to seat up to 250 guests
    • Parking for 120 cars
    • Facilities to host up to 250 guests for a seated reception

    The Great Hall

    bride in front of a window

    History-loving brides and grooms, we’ve got you covered! The Great Hall located in Toronto’s West End has a classic Victorian feel but with 21st-century sensibilities. With four separate rooms, each with their own distinct charm and personality, customizing your perfect day and night has never been easier. And with whitewashed interiors, large windows, a movie-esque stage and red brick facade, they’ve got your photo backdrops covered!

    Why We Love it:

    • String lighting
    • Uplighting packages
    • Bridal suites
    • Silk draping decor
    • Valet parking
    • Speciality drink creations
    • Custom-tailored rental packages
    • Sound and lighting systems

    Malaparte

    When you are choosing a venue owned by O&B you know you’re event will be fabulous! Whichever venue you choose in the O&B empire includes personalized consulting and access to their full-service planning studio and of course, their incredible service and cuisine. For this post though we want to highlight Malaparte. It is one of the best venues for those of you who want a true wedding in the 6ix vibe. Located on the 6th floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, you” enjoy floor to ceiling windows, incredible city views and a rooftop reception space.

    Why we love it:

    • service staff
    • table numbers
    • printed menus
    • tables & chairs
    • in-house dance floor
    • outdoor games
    • table flatware & glassware
    • standard white linens (tablecloths and napkins)
    • Can accommodate 150 seated, 300 for a reception
    • outdoor lounge furniture
    • fully dressed 1400 sq. ft. tent with draped ceiling and chandeliers

    The Estates of Sunnybrook

    bridal party walking

    With three separate buildings, each more fabulous than the first, The Estates of Sunnybrook truly has something for everyone. Want formal ballrooms and grandiose architecture? Vaughan Estate is your venue. Having a more intimate, cozy wedding? Then you want The Coach House. Looking for gardens and a romantic ambience? McLean House is your best bet. And with each building self-contained, including venue, washrooms, gardens and entrance, you won’t have to worry about run-ins with rival weddings. Just kidding about the rival part – maybe.

    Why we love it:

    • Self-contained venues
    • Rental cost covers the cost of the room set-up; standard tables & chairs, white linens, tableware and candles, plus the cost of servers and bartenders
    • A Maitre d’ dedicated to your event is also included (seriously, how cool is this?)

    We will be highlighting more Weddings in the 6ix and venues we love in the coming months so stay tuned! And remember – whichever venue you choose, stay true to your vision – it’s your big day, no one else’s, so get a little selfish if you need to and have the BEST time!

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    Meet the Team; The Triple N’s

    Our newest team members and the final in our roundup, are Nicole and Niamh. Whether doing hair or makeup these ladies have talent to spare! Read on to find out a little about them, their quirks and the best advice they’ve ever been given.  

    Nicole

    a young woman in a park

    Name: Nicole
    NickName: Nikki
    Born: Manila, Philippines
    Live: Downtown Toronto
    Favorite food: too many to name, usually falls in the savoury deep-fried variety
    Coffee or tea: black coffee
    Red, white or rose: Red
     If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? I actually really love Toronto
    Hobby: plant lady, cat lady, cooking
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Romantic comedy
    Best piece of advice you were given? There will always be people better than you, people worse than you, and people who are equally the same. So it’s best to stay in your own lane and stop comparing and just do what is fulfilling to you. 
    Spirit animal: cats, obviously 🙂

     

    Niamh

    young woman in front of black background

    Name: Niamh Mc Cann
    NickName: Sneevers
    Born: Dublin, Ireland 
    Live: Beaches
    Favorite food: Cheese is my life!
    Coffee or tea: Irish tea & espresso over ice 
    Red, white, rose: All of them!
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Here & Now!
    Hobby: salsa dancing & cycling
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Comedy
    Best piece of advice you were given? Less is more!
    Spirit animal: Dogs 

    Natalie

    woman with makeup on

    Name: Natalie
    NickName: Nat or NattyBorn
    Born: Scarborough 
    Live: Hamilton
    Favorite food: Nachos, Pizza and Hamburgers
    Coffee or tea: Coffee 
    Red, white, rose: Rose
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Hawaii
    Hobby: Makeup and Sleeping
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Suspense
    Best piece of advice you were given? Live, love and laugh
    Spirit animal: Butterfly

    Interested in turning your passion into a #dreamjob? Drop a line to Shira@theblushparlour.com
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    Meet the Team: Jessica and Leah

    Next up on the glam squad are Jessica and Leah, two of our recent additions to the glam squad and ever so talented makeup artists!
    Read on to find out a little about them, their quirks and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    Jessica

    Name: Jessica Hencke
    NickName: Jess 
    Born: Toronto
    Live: Toronto (Cabbagetown) 
    Favorite food: omg so hard… hash browns? Vegan Tacos, bibimbap, aloo gobi… I absolutely can not choose 
    Coffee or tea: COFFEE 
    Red, white, rose: ooooo depends.. ideally, a crispy cold white on a patio on a hot day 
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be?  On a train in Germany travelling with my Nintendo Switch and my boyfriend
    Hobby: I love to read (any kind of long series will do the trick, I never want them to end) 
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? an Epic! 
    Best piece of advice you were given? Act confident and no one will question you
    Spirit animal: Cavalier King Charles Spaniel 
     

    Leah

    Name:  Leah
    NickName: None
    Born: Brantford
    Live: Toronto
    Favorite food: sushi
    Coffee or tea: coffee, coffee, coffee
    Red, white, rose: all the wine! If I had to choose,  champagne
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Anywhere with a nice beach and great weather
    Hobby: floral arranging
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Rom-com
    Best piece of advice you were given? Pick your battles. There is no point in being upset over silly little things. 
    Spirit animal: Otter
     
    Coming up we’ll introduce you to Natalie and Niamh!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE
     
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    Meet The Team: Rebecca and Taylor

    Next up on the glam squad are Rebecca and Taylor. Taylor is an ever so talented hair and makeup artist and Rebecca is one of our newest members to the glam squad. Read on to find out a little about them, their quirks and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    Rebecca 

    Name: Rebecca Nicole 
    NickName: Becky 
    Born: Port Dover, ON. 
    Live: Toronto 
    Favorite food: Anything off the bbq 
    Coffee or tea: Coffee
    Red, white, rose: Red!
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Anywhere along the Mediterranean 
    Hobby: playing guitar & bike rides along the lakeshore 
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Maybe one a a rom com 
    Best piece of advice you were given? “ If it doesn’t work out atleast it’s a story”…everything is just a learning opportunity. 
    Spirit animal: Dolphin 
     

    Taylor

     
    Name: Taylor
    NickName: Tay Tay
    Born: Toronto
    Live: Toronto
    Favorite food: Steak and mashed potatoes
    Coffee or tea: Coffee
    Red, white, rose: Red
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? California
    Hobby: Dancing
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Romantic comedy
    Best piece of advice you were given? Dream Big
    Spirit animal: Owl
     
     
     
    Coming up next week, we’ll introduce you to Jessica and Leah!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE
     
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    Meet the Team: Sarah and Kristi ~ the Unicorns

    We love getting to know all our clients and thought it was about time we return the favor, especially considering how our team has grown over the last year. So please join us over the next few weeks as we introduce you to our incredible team and they share some funny insights and the best advice they’ve ever been given.
     

    SARAH 

    One of the original team members, Sarah, is our unicorn – does makeup and hair, is always excited to take a booking and makes our bridal/glam clients visions a flawless reality! We asked her a few fun and quirky questions, here’s what she had to say…
     

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    Name: Sarah
    NickName: Sarah Marina Jelly Beana
    Born: Hamilton, ON
    Live: Downtown TO
    Favorite food: cheese
    Coffee or tea: coffee
    Red, white, rose: Rose
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Australia and/or New Zealand
    Hobby: reading & working out
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Comedy for sure, with 3 kids I’m always finding myself in questionable situations!
    Best piece of advice you were given? Trust your instincts. Keep going.
    Spirit animal: cat. I love relaxing and I’m very selective about which humans I love!
     

    KRISTI

    Kristi is our other unicorn – a hair and makeup whiz, she is constantly requested personally by our clients for the way she makes them look and feel. When she’s not glamming with us, she is snuggled up with her sweet little girl. 
     
    Name: Kristi
    NickName: Never had one. People always just felt I was a “Kristi!”
    Born: Newmarket, ON
    Live: Pickering, ON
    Favorite food: oh So tough. Are we talking meals or dessert? For a meal, give me The Kegs prime rib dinner with garlic mashed potatoes. For desert, warm brownie with ice cream and whip cream on top.
    Coffee or tea: TEA PLEASE! I’m that weird person who never liked coffee but I can spend $50 at the drop of a hat at Davids tea.
    Red, white, rose: Yes, yes and yes
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? With my 16-month-old baby girl, Gwendolyn
    Hobby: acting in community theatre, anything makeup related
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Romantic comedy. I’m like that quirky leading lady trying to balance everything and hitting lots of bumps along the road.
    Best piece of advice you were given? I’m still waiting on it. Any suggestions?
    Spirit animal: The unicorn from “Nella the Princess Night.” The Treehouse channel is on repeat at my house.
     
    Coming up next week, we’ll introduce you to Rebecca and Leah – two of the awesome additions to our team this year!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE