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  • InBeauty

    Green Beauty 2020: New Year, New Routine

    It’s just over two weeks into 2020 and after the fizzle and pop of the holidays and with a new decade stretched in front of us, many of us have implemented new habits; focusing on taking care of ourselves a little better (think non-toxic beauty products) and our impact on the world around us (think sustainable practices). What better way to do this than with Green Beauty – the trend for 2020!

    So in this months blog, we will highlight The Blush Parlour’s favourite Green Beauty products to help turn your beauty routine eco-friendly. We will share our picks for organic and all-natural products that make us feel better about what we’re putting on our bodies and what we’re not putting into the environment. Plus, with the help of Beauty Expert Shira Ben, we de-code the terms “Natural” and “Organic” and what they mean for your personal care products.

    Shira been makeup artist
    First, let us decode the terms Organic vs Natural

    We asked Shira Ben, Founder and Lead Artist to decode the terms Natural and Certified Organic, here’s what she had to say.

     ‘Certified Organic’: 

    Is a term that is legally binding. A company can’t put the word ‘organic’ on their label without having the certification. This ensures that when you buy ‘certified organic’ the products have been farmed without synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and that at least 70% of the composition of the product is from organic sources.

    Natural’:

    Is a bit of a looser term and we do need to be a bit more wary of how it’s used. Companies do not have to outline the origin or percentage of the naturally derived ingredients they use to make their products with. Typically, we see the word natural as a marketing tool because if we take a closer look at the ingredient list the natural ingredients used are just a tiny fraction of the total list.

    There is no real information or guideline as to who can use the term Natural on their labelling and I really do urge you to please read the ingredient list before purchasing. As lovely as “all-natural” sounds when buying a new beauty product, we have to make sure we aren’t just buying synthetic fillers.

    Another difference between Natural and Organic is the origin of the naturally derived ingredients. The ingredients don’t have to be of the same quality as organic ones. Synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and GMO ingredients can be used

    So now that we’ve broken down the terms, its time to move onto the fun part…our fav green beauty companies and picks! To be super helpful, we have broken them into ‘Organic’ and ‘Natural’. As ever, we only recommend products that our beauty team at The Blush Parlour love and have been proven fabulous.

    ORGANIC BEAUTY BRANDS

    Juice Beauty Logo

    There would be no list without Juice Beauty (read the inspiring story HERE), THE name in organic products, Juice Beauty is Certified USDA Organic. So what does that mean exactly? In layman’s terms, the USDA organic seal is granted to products that have followed strict production rules, are in accordance with USDA organic regulations, and are overseen by authorized USDA agents. In other words, completely legit! Not to mention the fact that their products are beauty powerhouses; offering wear, results, and a price point that put them above their competitors at every turn. With exceptional results and newly designed recyclable packaging (plus sustainable farming practices), they are our top pick in the ‘Organic’ category and will ensure your clean beauty goals are met and then some.
    Products: Mineral Sunscreen, Illuminating Primer, CC Cream  

    Dr Hauschka Logo

    Up next is Dr. Hauschka (read their story HERE). With a deep focus on sustainable farming and harvesting, along with a NATRUE certification, requiring every product to meet a guaranteed minimum percentage of natural substances and maximum percentage of derived natural substances, Dr. Hauschka has firmly established itself as an Organic dynamo. With a fabulous skincare and makeup line, you can be sure your wishes to go green will leave you feeling good and looking amazing! Products: Any of their lipsticks, Volume Mascara, Eye & Brow Palette

    Bite Beauty Logo
    Born and bred in Canada, Bite is the fun and naturally-derived beauty brand we’ve been waiting for! Sustainable, non-toxic and powered by nutrient-rich ingredients and superfoods, read about their testing boot camp and toxicology commitment HERE. It’s a mouthful but essentially means their products are the ultimate in clean beauty. With impactful colours, sublime textures and staying power, this makeup brand has our vote as a green beauty champion.
    Products: Any of their lip products, plus their fabulous lip lab where you can customize your own lip colour

    NATURAL BEAUTY BRANDS

    Burts Bees Logo

    A natural list would be remiss in not mentioning Burt’s Bees – one of the pioneers of the trend. Their commitment to naturally derived ingredients and all-natural products has firmly put them on the green beauty map. The makeup line is full of beautiful colour palettes and a diverse range of products, with vibrancy, reliable coverage and staying power. Relying on ingredients like olive oil, beeswax, bamboo, honey and avoiding the usual suspects like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrance, you can feel as good about using them as you will look using them.
    Products: Eyeshadows, Blushes, Lipsticks

    Bare Minerals Logo
    Clean and green is the name of the game for beauty brand Bare Minerals, with its commitment to natural ingredients and its equal commitment to avoid chemically harmful ingredients. It focuses on eco-friendly minerals, antioxidant-rich fruit and seed extracts and some of their products are even tree/nut-free. Add to that it’s wide range of products and exceptional colour, quality, and coverage and Bare Minerals makeup is a green beauty routine staple and a great start to your clean beauty regime. Bonus? They have a program called The Good Fund, where they donate 1% of their proceeds and 1% of their employee’s time to charity programs benefitting women. Products: BarePro Foundations – hands down!

    New and Notable: Evio

    Evio Beauty Logo
    Skincare and makeup that’s gluten, paraben and cruelty-free, made in Canada and supports The Canadian Women’s Foundation? That’s the new and notable Canadian brand, Evio. Started in Toronto the brand was created, in their own words, “with a vision for a conscious future and a mission to break stigmas with products that are good for your skin, your planet and your community.” Their origin story is both inspiring and heartwarming, you can read it at Flare.com HERE. With a diverse range of products and having newly ventured into the Cannabis beauty industry, Evio is a literally the green beauty brand to watch.

    We hope you enjoyed our guide to green beauty for 2020 and that you find some inspiration from it! If you are interested in getting more fabulous tips, tricks and insider recommendations, be sure to sign up for our NEWSLETTER and book your appointment today to become a part of the #BLUSHBABE tribe!

    In closing we wish you a very green 2020 ~ may it keep your skin looking fabulous, your makeup on point and the planet just a little healthier.  And be sure to watch out for next month’s newsletter all about V-day! Whether single, dating, engaged or “complicated” we will have makeup tips, in-studio specials and stories sure to get you in the mood for LOVE.

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    Botox and Bubbly!

    We are thrilled to have Dr. Haq from Integra Health join us to share her knowledge and expertise. Her approach is gentle and very honest. She will ensure that you are 100% comfortable with your decision. The appointment consists of a 1on1 consultation where you discuss your desired outcome and decide which direction to take.

    The cost per unit is $10 and will be dependent on the number you and the doctor decide on together. 

  • InBeauty

    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!

  • InBeauty

    Best Wedding Venues in Toronto That we Truly Love!

    Below we have listed what we truly believe are the best wedding venues in Toronto, Ontario. We hope to give you major inspiration on the ideal setting for your wedding in and around the GTA.

    Given that our fabulous bridal hair and makeup team has experience most venues in Toronto (maybe even a few times each!), we are the ideal group to highlight what truly are the top Toronto wedding venues available in Downtown and surrounding areas

    Top Wedding Venues: Toronto, Ontario & GTA

    Your wedding location, in Toronto or otherwise, is one of the first big decisions you will make in your wedding planning. And needless to say, it sets the tone for your wedding and all the decisions that follow.

    Whether your wedding will be big or small, outdoor or indoor, casual or formal, elegant or boho, it doesn’t matter. The 6ix doesn’t lack glam venue choices for you to select from! And here at The Blush Parlour, we have the inside scoop:

    The Toronto 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 The Toronto Hunt Club:

    • 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 Hall 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 Graydon Hall Manor:

    • 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! It is definitely of the unique wedding venues in Downtown Toronto.

    Why We Love The Great Hall:

    • 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 one of the few true wedding venues in downtown Toronto with all the vibes of the 6ix! Located on the 6th floor of the TIFF Bell Lightbox, you’ll enjoy floor to ceiling windows, incredible city views and a rooftop reception space.

    Why we love this Downtown Toronto Venue:

    • 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? Then, Vaughan Estate is your venue. Having a smaller, more intimate wedding? Then you will want to choose 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 this Venue:

    • 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?)

    That wraps up what are our top choices for the best wedding wedding venues in Toronto, the GTA and surrounding areas in Ontario. But stay tuned: we will be highlighting even more Toronto wedding locations in this amazing area!

    And remember – no matter which venue you choose, stay true to your vision. It’s your big day, no one else’s, so be a little selfish if you need to, and have the BEST time!

    Ready to move onto the next step of wedding planning? We would love to beautify you and your wedding party on your big day!

    Come take a look at our mobile and in-salon wedding hair and makeup services page to learn more. And if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us!

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  • InBeauty

    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