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  • InBeauty

    Green Beauty: The Updated IT List

    We are loving green beauty in 2020! Not only for how it helps our skin but for how it helps the environment. And you do too! With the popularity of our last post, we decided to go back to our FAVOURITE beauty Maven Shira of Stop, Drop, and Makeup to talk all things green beauty and her must-have eco-conscious products.

    The Products

    Hello Sunshine:

    As we all know (or should!) The sun is the number one cause of premature ageing and skin cancers. Shira recommends wearing sunscreen every day, on face, neck and hands.

    As she explains, “understanding the huge impact that most sunscreens have on our health and the environment is so important. The majority of sunscreens we see on the market are chemical-based and contain an ingredient called oxybenzone. It is extremely unhealthy for humans and is also destroying our coral reefs’ and aquatic wildlife.”

    Not to mention that is considered a hormone disruptor and has been linked to skin cancer – ironic right?

    The Recommendation: Juice Beauty SPF. Their mineral-based SPF’s will keep you and mother nature safe and protected and with a range of options from oil-free to long-wearing, plus a FABULOUS CC cream, they are THE Green Beauty SPF option.

    Juice Beauty SPF

    Staying Fresh:

    First, the shock – Makeup wipes are the 3rd most wasteful product in the world with 20 million ending up in landfills every day! But as Shira tells us, they are also a critical part of her beauty routine, so when she found some that take the makeup off and stay out of the landfill, she was thrilled! When she stumbled on their all-natural (and ozone-safe) deodorant, she became a little obsessed!

    The Recommendation: Kaia Naturals: The Vitamin Cleanse bamboo makeup remover wipes. These wipes are made from bamboo fibres and can biodegrade in as little as 60 days, plus they are soaked in nourishing honey and essential oils which simply melt off your makeup. Talk about a win-win!

    The Recommendation: Effective deodorant is not optional, however, the traditional deodorants contain aluminium, sulphates and parabens, which shouldn’t be an option either. That’s why Shira is all about The Takesumi Charcoal Deodorant. The charcoal base neutralises odours keeping you fresh without any of those hormone-disrupting chemicals or ozone-destroying aerosols found in chemical deodorants.

    Kaia Naturals Biodegradable Makeup Wipes
    Kaia Naturals

    The Companies

    Meet the companies who are at the forefront of green in the beauty industry, using sustainable practices, recycling programs, and naturally/organically derived products to save our skin, out water, and reduce the waste in our landfills.

    Recommendation: Shira explains “L’Occitane s a great example of a company that’s core ethics revolve around traceability and sustainability.” And they help reduce the use of single-use plastics with their recyclable refill option, which uses up to 90% less plastic than traditional packaging. Covering everything from shampoos/conditioners, to body wash, perfumes, skincare and more you can be sure all of your beauty care needs are covered!

    L’Occitane Eco Refill

    The Recommendation: Fruits & Passion are a company founded in Quebec; their products are, to use Shira’s exact words, “dreamy”! Last year they launched their new green beauty line, Alo. Covering a range of bath products (think soaps, lotions, bath bombs and more!), each is made with all-natural ingredients and therefore biodegradable. This means no harsh chemical run-off down the drain which is crucial for the health of the world water supply and aquatic wildlife. Plus, their packaging is also 100% recyclable

    Fruits and Passion Alo line
    Fruits and Passion Alo Line

    The Recommendation: As a former MAC girl and lover of their cosmetics, Shira LOVES their recycling program! A fabulous initiative to beauty enthusiasts everywhere, if you trade in 6 empty MAC packages for recycling, they will gift you a full-size lipstick or eyeshadow of your choice! You can find more information about this initiative here: Back to MAC

    green beauty products

    It’s 2020 and now more than ever we know just how important our daily routines and lives impact the world around us. We hope that by sharing our updated green beauty IT list, you too can start greening your routine this year.

    Commit to a healthier you and a healthier planet by limiting single-use plastics and harsh chemicals in your daily routine ~ we promise your skin and planet will thank you!

  • 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!

    The Blush Parlour - Bridal hair and makeup Toronto
  • 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
  • InBeauty

    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
     
  • InBeauty

    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
     
  • InBeauty

    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…
     

    sarah marina makeup artist

    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
     
  • InBeauty

    Meet the Team; Shira Ben, Lead Makeup and Angie Cole, Lead Hair

     
    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.
    Shira Ben

    SHIRA BEN

    Our first team member, the original team member is Shira Ben. Founder of The Blush Parlour, makeup maven over at Stop, Drop and Makeup, a wifey and Mama, Shira has built a thriving business out of her passion and talents as a makeup lover and artist. We asked her a few fun and quirky questions, here’s what she had to say…
     

     

    Name: Shira 
    NickName: My Dad calls me Chichi
    Born: Johannesburg, South Africa
    Lives: Toronto 
    Favorite food: Avocado anything !!! 
    Coffee or tea: COFFEE – Americano Mistos to be exact 
    Red, white, rose: California Cabernet Sauvignon, please!
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Right here, right now
    Hobby: Haha does doing my makeup count? 
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Comedy 
    Best piece of advice? Be nice to everyone. This advice has always been good to me.
    Spirit animal: Chihuahua  small and yappy 
     
    Coming up next week, we’ll introduce you to Sarah and Kristi – two of the best makeup and hair artists out there today!
     
    Ready to book right now?! Head over HERE