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.
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, Joico, and Electric 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?!
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…
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?
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!
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
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
Onsite Photography Locations
All Location Rental and Set-Up Fees
Private Bridal Suite/Washrooms
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
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
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 LoveThe Great Hall:
• String lighting • Uplighting packages • Bridal suites • Silk draping decor • Valet parking • Speciality drink creations • Custom-tailored rental packages • Sound and lighting systems
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
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:
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!
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 …
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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?!
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.
Ethereal. That is the best way we can describe our bride Patrycja’s vintage wedding at The Hunt Club in Toronto. From the historical building to the lush green grounds, to the wedding dress, to the bridesmaid’s dresses, to the hair and makeup, each part of the wedding had a dream like quality to it, including the look on these two faces when they see each other!
With natural beauty both inside and out Patrycja and her bridal squad were a joy to work with. Taking inspiration from the elegant dress and antique location, we opted for neutral blush shades, soft waves and informal updos. And it turned out perfectly if we do say so ourselves 😉
We absolutely LOVE the way the soft taupe of their bridesmaids’ dresses pop against the beautiful green grounds and immediately draw your eye to the star of the show, the bride. While the dresses are limited in embellishments, they are beautifully structured, with flattering silhouettes and a gorgeous fabric that lent a lovely fluidity to their movements. And can we talk about that veil?! Just stunning!
Just another reason why we love our work and this city! Never mind when that wedding is what dreams are made of. From the location to the beauty and styling, to the dress and color choices, Patrycja’s wedding was one to remember. And kudos to Revel Photography for capturing it all so beautifully.