Wine O’Clock (For Your Hair)
Posted on January 4, 2018.
What’s better than a glass of wine at the salon? How about hair products made out of wine? Yes, the geniuses at HASK beauty products have combined our two favorite things and come out with a line of wine-infused hair products(!). We’re talking leave-in sprays and deep conditioning packets that contain all of the same benefits that red wine is now known for, including free radical-fighting antioxidants, and lots of vitamins and omega oils from grapeseed (#winning).
Their leave-in sprays come in your choice of white wine, rose, or red wine, and the deep conditioners come in an array of wine selections, but don’t worry about coming to work smelling like you spent the night hitting the bottle, because these products will leave your hair smelling fresh as grapes. The packaging will also look very familiar to you if you’re as much of a wine connoisseur as we are.
So go ahead, try one of their deep conditioning packets, which gives you just enough time to enjoy a glass of wine. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere!
New Year’s Resolutions for Real Women!
Posted on December 26, 2017.
Ahh, New Year’s resolutions… we love to make them, but we usually end up breaking them! We decided to look for some really solid ones that could become more of a lifestyle than some quick thing we start that is destined to fail. For example, a lot of people resolve to go on a diet. This works usually until you are confronted with your first plate of cheese fries! That is because you’ve constricted yourself rather than adopt a more broadly healthy lifestyle. Here are some resolutions that will make 2018 your best year yet:
-Indulge in a Hobby: This one is easy and hard at the same time. We all have things we like to do, but not many of us make time for those things. Make the time, because the things you are passionate about are what connects you back to yourself in the midst of work and other obligations. Be it a jewelry making class or finally trying out martial arts, follow your heart to what makes you feel happy.
-Travel: No one’s asking you to forget about work and become a globetrotter, but traveling opens up your mind to new places, customs, and ideas, and if you can just take one trip within the next year, we guarantee you’ll be happy you went. Where is a place you’ve always wanted to see? They say the world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page…. Food for thought!
-Integrate a Healthier Lifestyle: Rather than set a rigorous workout/diet plan that will be easy to give up on, just make little changes that you are comfortable with. Hate the gym? Go on a walk when you feel like it. Eat lots of fast food? Check out healthier options that appeal to you. Many meat eaters do not realize how delicious veggie burgers actually are! Let yourself be adventurous this year, and figure out what healthy living means to you.
-Face Your Finances: Many of us simply turn our cheek on debts and other things that cause financial stress. This just leads to more worry, because we really don’t know the truth about our finances, and then more worry, because we have no plan when we don’t know the facts, and that leaves us feeling defenseless. Girl, it’s time to shine a light on your finances and make a plan to get where you want to be! We promise it’s not as scary as it seems!
-Be Present: Enjoy the little things each day brings. When you’re worrying about the future or regretting things in the past, the current moment gets stolen from you. Make a point to bring yourself back to the NOW, and relish in little things like a good cup of coffee or catching up with an old friend.
Time to live your best life, Blush girl! May this be your best year yet.
Toe to Toe: Netflix SAG Nominations
Posted on December 18, 2017.
If you’re a Netflix series addict, and you’ve seen this year’s SAG nominations, then you know it’s about to go down. Biographical drama “The Crown” goes up against sci-fi horror series “Stanger Things,” and we’re already making popcorn for Thursday’s awards to see which of our Netflix faves receives the honors. In case you aren’t up to date with these gems, “The Crown” is a historical drama about the life and times of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, while ‘Stranger Things” is set in the 1980s, and follows the supernatural events that take place after the disappearance of a boy from a small town. Ahh, both so different, yet so utterly enjoyable.
The Screen Actor’s Guild Awards go to the best of the best in both cinema and television. Some award categories that both “The Crown” and “Stranger Things” are up for include “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series,” and “Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.” This is gonna be a nail biter, for sure. Make sure you tune in on Thursday to see the winners (and the fashion) at this year’s SAG Awards. Best of luck to all!
We’re Feeling Festive: Surprise Holiday Discounts
Posted on December 14, 2017.
We’re at that sweet spot in the year where Christmas is just a couple of weeks away, and here at Blush, we feel a game is in order! Yep, we are counting down our 12 Days of Christmas by discounting different items each day, but the fun part is, you won’t know what’s on sale for the day until you check out our Instagram each morning to see what that day’s deal is. And although we can’t give anything away, we promise it’s pieces you’ll absolutely love.
So don’t worry, we won’t tell whether you’re getting gifts for others, or treating yo’self. We’ll leave it to Santa to judge whether you’ve been naughty or nice. Just follow us on Instagram (which you’re already doing, no?), as we gear up for Christmas as fashionably as possible.
Happy shopping, and see you on Instagram… Xoxo
And The 2018 Pantone Color of the Year Is…
Posted on December 13, 2017.
Pantone has announced their 2018 color of the year, and she is a beauty. The color is Ultra Violet, which is a color that symbolizes a lot of things we look forward to in the new year. A cosmic shade of blue-based purple, Ultra Violet is an imaginative and brilliant color that inspires contemplation and inventive solutions to problems. After a roller coaster year in 2017, the calmness of Ultra Violet is much needed, to say the least.
Let’s be real. Our country has become wounded and divided over the past year, not only due to idealogical and political divides, but also due to many natural disasters. 2017 was pretty chaotic, all around. Pantone definitely recognizes this, as they reportedly chose this color to reflect a “complex” time. Ultra Violet is not only calming, mystical and spiritual, but also creative and somewhat provocative. It does indeed represent new possibilities and a hopeful future. We are inspired by Pantone’s color choice to think outside of the box for ways to make our unique mark on healing our country.
It definitely doesn’t hurt that this color is also super pretty! Oh, the nail shades to come! Cheers to a year full of new possibilities!
The VS Angels Take Shanghai
Posted on November 29, 2017.
The Victoria’s Secret annual fashion show has taken its Angels all around the world, and always features top-notch musical performances paired with the hottest lingerie imaginable on all of your favorite models. This year, the show was held in Shanghai, China, and was every bit as amazing as we were hoping it would be.
Some of Victoria’s Secret’s biggest stars, including Karlie Kloss, Alessandra Ambrosio, and Adriana Lima, took center stage at this year’s show. Others, such as Gigi Hadid, weren’t able to get a Chinese visa and couldn’t participate in the show. Word on the street is that Kendall Jenner
was absent because she has signed a contract with La Perla, a competing lingerie brand. Still, this year was not lacking in the beautiful models department by a long shot.
This year’s Fantasy Bra features diamonds, yellow sapphires, and blue topaz, set in 18k gold on VS’s Dream Angels Demi Bra, and as you can imagine, it’s quite the vision. Brazilian model Lais Ribeiro was chosen for the honor of modeling the Fantasy Bra this year, and it looked completely breathtaking on one of Victoria’s Secret’s newer Brazilian bombshells.
This year is also special because Victoria’s Secret has collaborated with Balmain to create sexy, ready-to-wear retail pieces, featuring lots of leather and lace. Umm, we can buy some of the pieces we see? Yes, please.
Last but not least, the musical acts blew their performances out of the water. From Miguel to Harry Styles to China’s very own Jane Zhang, this year’s fashion show was on fire, right down to the music. Well done, VS!
Thanksgiving Outfit Wins
Posted on November 20, 2017.
It’s so close to Thanksgiving, we can practically smell the turkey roasting in the oven. Yep, the countdown is on for getting together with family, counting our blessings, and stuffing our faces. But one question lingers… what to wear? Blush has you covered – we’ve chosen our 3 favorite Thanksgiving looks from our collection, so you’re sure to look picture-perfect all Thanksgiving weekend long.
1. Our Faux Suede Dress is simply adorable (but not so adorable that your aunt will pinch your cheeks this year), and features a front zipper detail along the front of the dress, as well as pockets (!), not to mention the fab and super chic faux suede. Accessorize away to make this look perfectly you.
2. The Satin One Shoulder Top is a perfect staple holiday piece, as it goes beyond being a basic black top with details like one long sleeve (and the other arm bare), and an elastic neckline, making it super versatile. It goes with everything from jeans to a skirt, so dress this baby up or down to your liking.
3. We suggest the Lioness Velvet Romper for the night before Thanksgiving, when you reunite with all of your old friends for a night out on the town, as this piece is fierce! This romper features velvet brocade detail and fun, flowy sleeves. It’s the perfect outfit to come roaring back on the scene in!
Check out our website for even more great looks for the upcoming holidays – we’ve got it all!
Stress-Free Thanksgiving Recipe
Posted on November 13, 2017.
Are you doing a casual friendsgiving this year? Or just looking for a low-maintenance way to celebrate Turkey Day with the fam? Either way, we found a really cute recipe by Brittany of www.ilovevegan.com for a vegan (yes, we said vegan) Thanksgiving bowl that is fast, easy, and quickly made non-vegan by adding turkey, if you like. This recipe features yummy veggies, potatoes, and drizzled with pecans, and is absolutely delicious serving up the holiday feels without the fuss… here is the recipe (for 2 servings worth of T-Day goodness):
Sweet Roasted Squash and Carrots
-1 large carrot, peel, quarter and cut into 2" long pieces
-½ sliced medium acorn squash
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 tbsp brown sugar
-salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
Roasted Garlic Broccoli
-1½ -2 cup broccoli florets
-2 cloves minced garlic
-½ tbsp olive oil
-salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
-1½ cups brussels sprouts, halved
-½ tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp brown sugar
-salt, to taste
-black pepper, to taste
Mashed Creamer Potatoes
-1½ lb bag of potatoes (Russets work)
-1 cup vegetable broth
-1 tbsp vegan butter
-¼ tsp salt
-dried thyme and oregano (just a pinch of each)
Easy Vegan Gravy
-1 tbsp vegan butter (or olive oil)
-2 tbsp flour
-¼ tsp each of onion powder, thyme, and oregano
-1 cup vegetable broth
-1 can cranberry sauce
-¼ cup chopped pecans
1. Preheat oven to 425F. Prepare a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper. In a medium sized bowl, mix carrots and acorn squash with olive oil, brown sugar, salt and pepper. Spread both the carrots and the squash out on your baking sheet. Next, mix halved brussels sprouts in the same bowl with brown sugar, olive oil, salt and pepper, then spread them out on the same baking sheet. Finally, mix the broccoli with olive oil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Spread the broccoli on the baking sheet and put baking sheet in the oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes. About halfway through the cooking time, flip and stir everything on the baking sheet and sprinkle everything with ¼ cup of chopped pecans, and top the squash with an extra sprinkle of brown sugar.
Mashed Creamer Potatoes
1. While everything is baking, you can boil your potatoes and make your gravy. Boil the potatoes for 15 minutes (until tender) before mashing them with vegetable broth, vegan butter, salt, dried thyme and oregano.
Easy Vegan Gravy
1. In a small saucepan, heat vegan butter over medium heat. Once hot, whisk in the flour, salt, thyme, and oregano, and mix well. Cook for 1 minute before slowly whisking in the veggie broth. Simmer for 3-5 minutes until thick, adjusting the consistency with extra vegetable broth as needed
Serve with cranberry sauce, top mashed potatoes and/or roasted veggies with gravy, and have a lovely Thanksgiving!
Glitzy Glitter Palettes For The Holidays
Posted on November 9, 2017.
Finally! We are upon the most wonderful time of the year! This means many different things to many different people, including everything from hot chocolate to over-the-knee boot season. One of our favorite parts of this season: glittery eyeshadow palettes. They are an absolute must for bringing a little sparkle to this magical time of year. Many of our favorite makeup lines actually come out with seasonal collections, and we’ve made a little list of our must-have palettes for this holiday season. So whether you plan on gifting them or treating yourself to them, these are the palettes to get your hands on:
-We’re loving Urban Decay’s Heavy Metals Holiday Collection, featuring 20 brand new, extra metallic shades in a rad metal lavender box. This collection gives you all the goods, as it’s made up of half neutrals, and half stand-out jewel tones like teal and emerald. Yes.
-MILK has an amazing all-around holiday collection this year, but their Snow Ball Eye Compacts are of special interest to us. Available in either Rose Gold or Gold, both palettes feature a gorgeous selection of frosty nudes with plenty of shimmer, with the Gold collection being a little icier and the Rose collection being a little warmer. The foiled box completes the cold, sparkly vibe that MILK is going for.
-Last but certainly not least is 2017’s make-up breakout star, Fenty Beauty. Yep, Rih Rih hit us for the holidays with her Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette. Not your typical holiday eye palette, but maybe that’s why we like it so much. Described as “celestial” and “star-dusted,” this collection includes variations of greens, blues, pinks, and neutrals, and we can’t get enough of it. Even better is the rainbow case of the palette. It’s so NOT holiday themed, but Santa, all we want for Christmas is the Galaxy Eyeshadow Palette.
The Lion King, 2.0
Posted on November 3, 2017.
Disney’s latest thing is live-action versions of its most popular animated classics, and we’re into it. This year, they released a live-action version of “Beauty and the Beast” starring Emma Watson, which totally satisfied our cravings for the classic we grew up with, but with a fresh, modern spin.
People are losing their minds over the just-announced next live-action Disney movie in the works, which is none other than ‘90s favorite “The Lion King.” We are so ready to circle back into the Circle of Life! But that’s not even the kicker. Guess who will be the voice of Nala, Simba’s friend/crush? The one and only Beyonce! We can only imagine the soundtrack, and we’re getting chills just thinking about it. Other main parts include Donald Glover as Simba, and James Earl Jones coming back to voice Mufasa again, the first time being in the animated version. But yeah, we’re still pretty stuck on Bey voicing Nala (!).
Have patience, Blush girls, because this movie is slated to come out in early 2019. Also, it’s going to be a bit different than other “live-action” Disney movies, in the sense that it will use new technology to bring the African jungle to you. Photo-realistic animation brings the landscape and realistic-looking animals alive on the big screen, bringing you a life-like story, voiced by your favorite stars (BEY!).
We are too excited for this super-cool remake of a Disney fave! For something this good, we will happily wait!