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    Freshen up! Why a Tutorial is EXACTLY what you need right now!

    We hit 20 degrees yesterday and armed with our amazing, lightweight, yet super-powered sunscreen (check out our faves HERE) we are soaking in the sun over here at The Blush Parlour!  

    Every year around this time our thoughts turn to changing over our wardrobes, getting those much-needed highlights and freshening up our glam strategy.

    For freshening up your wardrobe and keeping on-trend for Spring you have to check out this fabulous list from Elle. For hair color change-ups, Allure puts together THE hair color trends for Spring HERE. And for glam strategy, there is no better way to update your glam plan than at one of our tutorials at our studio in Liberty Village.

    Still not sure how it can up your beauty game? Let us count the ways …

    1. Seasonal transitions; your beauty routine, products, and palettes should adjust with the seasons in order to get the most out of your products and your skin. Lightweight summer creams will do nothing for you in Winter, except getting wasted through overuse and heavy winter creams in summer will create clogged pores and a dull complexion. And ain’t nobody got time for that! Our tutorials run all year long and are seasonally curated, so you are sure to get the best products for both the season and your skin, with a palette and techniques sure to keep you on-trend
    2. Do you ever lie in bed at night and wish that you could have all the money back you ever spent on products that didn’t work or looked terrible? No? Just us then? We do. All the time! And this is yet another reason why a tutorial might be exactly what you need. First, the products we showcase are tried, tested and true. We love them and our clients love them, and we know they deliver. Second, you try each of the products over the course of the tutorial, allowing you to see what they feel and look like on you, without the upfront expense!
    3. Not to pat ourselves on the back here, but we are really good at what we do. Our artists have decades of experience in the industry and are continually updating their techniques. During a tutorial, not only do you get to test out the products, you get the double-advantage of our expertise in application, tips, tricks, and best practices. Not to mention some bubbly, some great tunes, samples and notes and instructions to reference whenever you need – a super fun and invaluable resource if we do say so ourselves
    1. Ch, ch, changes! So, you know about makeup and hair and have a good grasp of product and technique. No need for a tutorial, right? Think again! A hair and makeup tutorial is a great way to experiment with looks outside your comfort zone and skill set. Up your makeup and hair game by trying something new, on-trend or plain old different. Always go for beach waves? Let’s try a boho braid! Always do a red lip? Let’s try a neutral shade! Thinking outside the box with a beauty expert will take your makeup/hair places you didn’t know you wanted to go!
    2. Our clients LOVE them! Like LaRoux, who had this to say, “I recently did a Hair 101 How to Style Your Hair class at the Blush Parlour and it has completely changed my haircare and styling routine. I feel much more confident in getting an easy achievable style incorporated into my routine. Total game changer for me! Thank you, Angie!” or Talia, who had this to say, “I took a makeup class with Shira and it was a game changer. Talk about tips and tricks that I didn’t have a clue about. It really elevated my makeup game. Can’t wait to take the next one!” Or finally Anne, who said, “This was a great team to work with! I had a one on one make up tutorial that went beyond my expectations. The experience was completely tailored to my look and comfort. Will be back for a holiday evening makeup tutorial!”

    So now that we have you convinced and ready to join us for a tutorial, head over HERE to nab your tickets!

    We can’t wait to see you there

    XO The Blush Parlour

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    Spring has almost, definitely, maybe sprung!

    Despite the current weather, Spring is technically here and should (actually) be here shortly with its warmer weather and milder temperatures. So, what does this mean for your beauty routine? It means you need to start working through this mantra; clean, lighten, protect and color. Say it with us!

    1. Spring Clean

    We take great care to clean our skin and hair, but what about the brushes, sponges and other tools we use daily?  Spring is an excellent time to refresh your tools and ensure they are clean and germ-free (Pro Tip – you should be doing this weekly). Allure has a great step-by-step guide and some excellent cleaner recommendations HERE. Or, if like us, your trying to go green, be sure to check out  THIS list of all-natural formulas to get those bristles sparkling clean.

    1. Get your Marie Kondo on

    We are definitely not the only ones who have recently hugged and thanked a 20-year-old t-shirt before placing it gently in a pile right? When you think of purging your closet or getting your home ready for spring, don’t overlook your makeup bag! It’s time to ditch those nearly empty products, the ones you were going to try “someday” or those heavy, dark winter hues. If you don’t use it, lose it is the gist of this great article by Vogue. It seems by freeing up space in your bag and ditching those products that don’t “spark joy” you will not only feel more organized and together, but you may just feel a bit more creative too says Makeup Artist James Kaliardos. Pro-tip: Makeup has a shelf life! Check out the general timelines HERE, but be sure to take a look at your beauty products regularly to avoid infections and skin issue.

    1. Peeling good?

    Our skin, like our bodies, gets covered up and beaten up during the winter months. Heavy creams, the constant blast of moisture draining heat and the general havoc cold reaps on our skin means that come to the end of the winter, our skin looks as dull as we tend to feel. To prep for the warmer temperatures and to (literally) put your best face forward, a light chemical peel could be in order. Not only will it help erase the damage sustained during the winter and clear out those cold, clogged pores, it will also jump start that Spring/Summer glow we crave. Don’t forget to do your research – start with this list on Yelp before you commit to a medi-spa and or procedure! Too afraid to go all the way with a medi-spa? Our very own beauty expert, Shira Ben recommends Juice Beauty’s Green Apple Peel. Not only do they have an option for sensitive skin, they also dedicate a whole blog post to its use and benefits.

    1. Lighten up

    So, you’ve cleaned, purged and peeled – now be sure not to ruin your it all by sticking with those winter-necessary face creams! The warmer temperatures and more humid environ means that we can lighten up our moisturizers for the Spring and Summer months. Not sure where to start? Chatelaine knocks it out of the park with this handy Top Ten List of lightweight face creams. Get a jump start on our next Spring element by finding a moisturizer with built-in SPF. Hint – CeraVe has our vote!

    1. Spring for protection

    Did you see what we did there?!

    While we all love to bask in the glow of the sun, none of us want to resemble a leather hand bag in our later years! Don’t think it’s really that important? The Environmental Protection Agency says that 90% of our visible signs of aging come from unprotected UV exposure!  So run, don’t walk and snag one of these amazing, effective and non-white streaky sunscreens according to Women’s Health Magazine. Want more protection? Then get accessorizing! According to the fashion world, hats are among the go-to Spring accessories for this year. Check out some of our favorites HERE, along with other on-trend Spring items.

    1. Color yourself pretty

    The last stop on this Spring Beauty tour is perhaps the most fun, at least for us anyway! With lighter moisturizers and lighter makeup bags, it’s time to embark on a little shopping and get some color on that beautifully clean, glowing face! The trends for 2019 run the gauntlet between peachy pink pastels, neon greens and yellows to sparkly metallics. Check out Harper’s comprehensive list HERE!

    So you like the article but you’re still now sure who to adapt your routine? No worries! The Blush Parlour offers seasonal tutorials covering the skin/makeup essentials for the coming weather. Come out and learn all the insider tips and tricks to ensure you are looking flawless whether surrounded by snowflakes, leaves, summer heat or blooming flowers.

    The Spring Edition is on April 15th, you can register HERE.

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    Clip In Hair Extensions


    Clip-In Hair Extension Pack

    You’ve been dreaming of this day since you were little. Cutting pictures of dresses out of magazines, creating the perfect Pinterest board to make sure it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed of. It’s your wedding day so why settle for anything less than perfect? The same goes for your wedding day hair. Have you ever wondered how do they do it? The answer is simple…hair extensions. Here are our 5 reasons as to why hair extensions are a must for your special day.  

    1. Commitment – Your wedding day is full of commitments but luckily your hair doesn’t have to be one of them. Clip-in extensions provide a temporary option to make your hair picture perfect .Without you having to commit to endless salon appointments and upkeep. Once your wedding is done just simply unclip them and pack them away- or don’t, the choice is yours.

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    1. Longevity – Have a fear of your hairstyle falling out by days end? Don’t worry with clip-in extensions your hairstyle will last all day. They’re able to hold a curl longer than natural hair and are more resistant to weather that can make your hair frizz or poof. With clip-ins you’ll be looking glamourous all day long.


    1. Appearance – It is obvious that extensions can do a lot for your look. Not only do they add length, but they also help with volume. This is essential as teasing your hair can only go so far. Not only that but you can use your extensions to simulate highlights or lowlights without worrying about damaging your hair.

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    1. Convenience – Planning your wedding is stressful enough don’t let your hair add to this. With clip-in hair extensions you don’t have to worry about bad hair days simply put them in and carry on with your appointment. They also provide instant length to your hair meaning you won’t have to worry about your natural hair needing time to grow.


    1. Cost – The last benefit of clip-in hair extensions is their price. In comparison to more permanent extension options, clip-in extensions are the more affordable method to achieving that Pinterest perfect look. Not only that but the long-term upkeep of clip-ins has a lower cost than the many salon appointments necessary to maintain the longer-lasting extensions.

    There you have it ladies, every reason as to why you should invest in a set of clip-in hair extensions to make your wedding day as flawless as you are!

    Please email us if you would like to invest in your own set and get your colour matched :

    Examples of our clients wearing our hair extensions:

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    The Love Story That Almost Wasn’t

    The love story that almost wasn’t.
    Life is all about choices and each one you make brings you closer to something or someone or sends you farther away. The choice that would change my life, was not a smart one. And never in a million years would I have thought it would have landed me here. Happily married, with two kids.
    I was in my early 20’s, fresh off a bad break up and in the mood to party. I called a friend and we hit our favorite bar, where I proceeded to get completely and totally drunk. Once I got to the point where I could no longer stand, I stumbled into a cab and went home. I got a little sick, okay, a lot sick in the cab. But I’m nothing if not polite, so instead of ruining the cabbie’s car, I got sick in my purse (ewww, I know!)
    Some back story is necessary here. I didn’t get my license until I was 34 and during my clubbing years I had to use my passport as ID. Which would explain why my passport was in my purse on that fateful night. Continuing with my stellar choices, I decided to rinse the passport and leave it to dry. I will spare you the details on what the passport and I looked like in the days after that night. It was still passable as ID, so I didn’t give it another thought once the memory of that night and its aftermath faded.
    4 years, one relationship and another breakup later and it was time for some big changes. I had saved up money and decided to move to Paris, France for an indefinite period. With my apartment rented, my suitcase packed and my ticket purchased, I headed out for one last dinner with a friend. During that dinner I attracted the notice of an admirer. But, given the fact that I was Europe bound within the week, I spurned his request to meet him later for a drink. On my way home, later that night I happened to pass him sitting on a patio with a friend. After many repeated requests, I finally said yes to a drink.
    That night was one of those nights – everything had come together perfectly. I had one foot out of the country so I was not looking for anyone or anything. Unfettered by the pressures of “dating” I was carefree and genuine. He was cute, funny, nice, and wanted to have fun. We talked, laughed and had an awesome time. That night lasted well into the next day. And my last week in Toronto became a mix of days filled with family and friends, and nights filled with him. I was feeling something. He was too. But with my departure looming, we thought it would only ever be a casual thing and so we kept quiet.
    The night I arrived at the airport was full of mixed emotions. It was exciting to be starting this next chapter of my life, but I was sad at who I was leaving behind. Friends, family and now this boy. So you can imagine my surprise when after all the planning and goodbyes, they wouldn’t let me board the plane. Why? My passport. That washed out, rinsed out passport from that fateful night 4 years prior was too damaged to let me fly.
    And as you remember, I did not have a license. Turned out that my health card was expired too. So a problem that could have been solved quickly in any other circumstance, took a week. Another 7 days with the boy. And enough time for both of us to realize that there was something important at play between us.
    With new passport in hand, the next time I went to the airport was even more emotionally charged. Stranded as I was between two possible adventures, one at home and one abroad. But I put on my big girl pants and got on the plane. Paris was as magical as I had hoped and I loved every minute I spent there. But the pull of the boy was strong and getting stronger with every conversation and video chat. And it turns out you can run out of money quickly in Paris when you are living as a tourist. In the end I came back after 4 months, one mini adventure had and a new one just beginning. The boy and I were living together within the year and that boy is now my husband. We will be celebrating 13 years together this April.
    So thank you young, drunk me. You saved the love story that almost wasn’t and gave me my happily ever after.
  • InBeauty

    Single (mom) and Fabulous! A family love story…

    I never found Mr. Right, or at least not yet. But I have always loved myself. Not in the Kanye West way, but in the happy with who I am and what I stand for way. As I often tell my friends – I am The One, and it’s going pretty well!
    There were some great guys in university and beyond, but never great enough for me to envision happily ever after. And I was okay with that. I was happy and with a wonderful family to boot. I bought a house at 27, had a good job and was confident enough to make bold decisions with confidence and ease. Like quitting my job of 9 years and spending 5 months backpacking across South America.
    It was on that momentous trip that I felt a familiar stirring. My biological clock had started ticking 3-4 years prior and I could no longer snooze it. It was time to make another life-changing decision. Would I continue to be single and fabulous, globetrotting around the world? Or were harried grocery store trips with little ones in tow be the only adventures for the foreseeable future?
    I was paddling down the Amazon river (I know right?!) when I thought “I think I want to meet them” and right then and there I made my decision. I was going to be fabulous and a single Mom.
    Back in Toronto, I began my journey into motherhood. With no Mr. Right on the horizon, the process was a solo mission. Over the next 12 months, I met one of my closest friends, who also a genetic counselor (score!), purchased sperm (yes, I actually have a receipt for sperm!) and went through a total of 6 rounds of insemination, either with or without hormones. I was equally terrified of either result with each test.
    By January of that year, I was very pregnant. In other words, I got two for the “price” of one! I cannot tell you how happy this made me. I had always wanted two but wasn’t sure if I would go back down the rabbit hole to have a second. Also, I wanted them to be “real” siblings, not such an easy feat when you are buying sperm. My pregnancy was an easy one. Phew! And I’m a planner, so the logistics were worked out long before they arrived in September that year. The best part – it was a boy and a girl!
    They turned four in September of last year and we are all doing amazing (well, most of the time, anyway). As for the kids? They are complete opposites and yet, they always have each other’s backs. Exactly as I hoped. For me, I love that all the decisions are mine to make and that the challenges of co-parenting are not an issue. Though I have other issues to be sure.
    Four years later, I’m not dating or interested in dating, though I am open to the possibility of Mr. Right one day. For now, I am still fabulous and still single, but with the added title of Mom, which I think is my best one yet.
    Hey Mr. Right, if you’re reading this – you’d better like to travel…
  • InBeauty

    Love Story #1; The Beauty and the Older Business Man

    Spark. Chemistry. Dare I say it, love at first sight. 

    Who knew these things actually happened outside of The Notebook?

    I had just finished a Masters in Social Work, but it was clearly not the right path for me. In a tale as old as time, after feeling completely burnt out and emotionally overwhelmed from the program and placements, I came to Toronto to get my bearings and ended up bartending.  I knew I could take my passion for all things beauty and makeup somewhere BIG, but just couldn’t figure out how. So there I was a month in Toronto, working at a bar when Paul walked in.

    The chemistry was immediate and mutual.

    We made small talk on that first visit and he paid and left.  The SPARKs flew again when he turned up later that week and then again, the next week.

    He began coming regularly and asking me out every single time. I was wary however and turned him down every single time. He was 40, established, a mature business man as it were, and I was a 25-year-old with a big dream and a bartending job. But the chemistry remained. He came into the bar on and off for a year and asked me out every time. Eventually, I said yes, and that first date was the one of the best nights of my life.

    It is now 7 years later, we are married with a beautiful little girl and plans for more children. He is still a mature businessman, but now I enjoy drinks instead of pouring them and am the proud Owner and Founder of The Blush Parlour, my big dream made real.

    While parts of our relationship may be considered “unconventional” – our age gap and the fact that our daughter was at our wedding, we started in the most fairy-tale, traditional way, with an instant SPARK.

    Dare I even say it, love at first sight.

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    Makeup and Hair Tutorial – why you need one for 2019

    Since the early days of Khol, the husband endangering days of Aqua Tofana, and the lead and bloodletting days of the renaissance, hair, and makeup has (thankfully) evolved quite a bit over the last thousand years.

    Yet, most of us are still as confused today, as our historical counterparts. Certainly, we no longer resort to using burnt matches for our eyes, egg whites for our face or worry about the impropriety of loose waves. Still, the perfect smokey eye and smooth complexion elude most of us. Never mind the perfect beach wave. Moreover, the sheer number of products and tools available leave us spinning in our makeup chairs.

    As eyeliner replaced the burnt match and foundation replaced the egg white, makeup and hair tutorials are the answer to our collective hair and makeup question. We cannot emphasize enough how much we LOVE them, their value and lasting impact.

    We get to do what we love, and help you achieve your beauty goals with selective products and tools that won’t break the bank! Still not convinced?!

    Check out our Top Five Reasons Why You Need a Hair and Makeup Tutorial!

    1. Less is actually more!

    A common misconception is that you need a ton of product to achieve your dream look. A hair or makeup tutorial should actually help you pare down on expense and number of products/tools by helping you choose ones right for your skin tone, hair composition, desired look, and lifestyle. Better yet, if you have your own preferred products our beauty experts, we will show you exactly how to use what you have and clear out what you no longer need. No massive shopping lists or overflowing makeup bags here! You will actually leave with a small list and/or trimmed down bag and know exactly how to use each product/tool to your best advantage.

    1. Flatter YOUR face!With a continuous onslaught of flawless beauty standards and “ideal” looks, it’s easy to lose sight of YOU! Our beauty team has worked with hundreds of women, all with different hair, coloring, and features. Our years of experience and beauty smarts will ensure that we help put your best face forward, with shades, tones and hair techniques that flatter YOU. Have a specific look in mind?! Perfect! Let our experts show you how to copy that look and tailor it to your distinct features and lifestyle needs.3. Hands up!

      A tutorial is a chance to ask our experts all your hair and makeup questions in real time with a hands-on demonstration to boot! You will gain insight into product and tool usage and learn techniques that will be actionable long after the appointment and every time you visit your local beauty counter. With all that knowledge in hand, you will become your own beauty expert in no time!

      4. Ch, ch, changes! So, you know about makeup and hair and have a good grasp on product and technique. No need for a tutorial, right? Think again! A hair and makeup tutorial is a great way to freshen up both your look and routine. Our beauty experts will work with you to refresh your hair and makeup game. Showing you new techniques, tricks, and innovative products! Always go for beach waves? Let’s try a boho braid! Always do a red lip? Let’s try a neutral shade! Thinking outside the box with a beauty expert will take your makeup/hair places you didn’t know you wanted to go!

    2. It’s fun! Who doesn’t love getting dolled up?! Grab your besties, hit up your favorite coffee bar and head over to our studio! Learn some great tips and tricks of the trade, while listening to some great tunes and walk out to any of the bars/restaurants in Liberty Village at the end of the lesson #nofilterready. And who doesn’t love any class where a selfie is the homework?!
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     It may seem counterintuitive to recommend a makeup/hair tutorial while talking about the perfection and purchase pressure we face. However, we promise it’s exactly what you need to navigate this crazy beauty world!

    A proper makeup and hair tutorial – like our most popular group sessions HERE and HERE. Or click HERE to book a one on one tutorial which will allow you to create a custom beauty routine that fits YOU. Armed with selected products and proper techniques, you will know exactly how to achieve the looks you want.

    Literally put your best face forward in 2019!