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Toronto beauty team

  • 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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  • 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
     
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  • 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
     
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  • 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
     
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  • 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

    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…
     

    Shira been makeup artist

    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 
     

     

    Angie Cole

    Angie Cole is an incredible human and hair aficionado, and when she is not making the world a better place as a Social Worker, she is wowing clients with her hair talents and know-how. She got the same round of questions, check out her answers below…
     
    Hair stylist Angi ColeName: Angie Cole
    NickName: Ang
    Born: Ottawa
    Lives: Toronto
    Favorite food: Gluten-free baked goods
    Coffee or tea: Coffee
    Red, white, rose: Depends on the season 😉
    If you could be anywhere in the world, where would you be? Hawaii or Paris – my homes away from home!
    Hobby: Singing
    If your life was a movie, what would the genre be? Musical Theatre
    Best piece of advice? ‘It always seems impossible until it’s done’ – Nelson Mandela 
    Spirit animal: my dog, Pandora
     
    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
     
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  • InBeauty

    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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  • InBeauty

    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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