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Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 715
London, England, United Kingdom


So I'm a hair and makeup artist, although MM only lets me call myself one or the other. I am going to Toronto for the very first time and I want to know where local artists and hair dressers favourite places to shop are! Is there a Sally's or something similar? Where would you go to get hair wefts? And are the USA contacts for product sponsorship the same? All advice and insider information gratefully received!
Sep 28 13 11:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Carmen Rachel MUA
Posts: 316
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Hey Heather!  How exciting that you are coming to our wonderful city of Toronto!
I can definitely be a bit of a help as far as where you should go...

My first suggestion is going to be Blur Makeup room
https://www.facebook.com/BlurMakeupRoom
They are a new addition to Toronto, but growing very quickly.  It is owned by the same girl who started Yaby (which they carry there!) as well as Face Atelier, another awesome Canadian brand. B'dellium brushes, Organization solutions (set bags, etc), as well as lots of FX stuff.  It is the least expensive places in the city to purchase disposables as well.  There is a 20% discount available to working artists, so make sure you email ahead of time or bring proof with you when you go!

We also now have the MAKE UP FOR EVER pro boutique in the Sephora Eaton Center which offers 40% off to professionals (this is another e-mail ahead thing) and they carry the full pro line including body paints, fx, and single flash colors.  I don't remember there being anywhere to see the full line of MUFE when I was in London.  Their new vegan brush line is really worth taking a look at.

One more I will suggest, which is a bit more skincare oriented is Jacob and Sebastian. 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacob-Se … ?ref=br_tf
It's a destination for visiting celebrities, he has some really cool stuff there, and loves giving samples to working artists.  Also, he carries Oribe, which is a hair line worth checking out.

As far as hair extensions, wefts, supplies, etc. Chlore beauty supply at Dufferin and Bloor is your best bet.  Also offering a professional discount, they are the very inexpensive and carry almost anything you might need for editorial hair.  They have aisles upon aisles of different options for wefts and extensions, and the staff is very knowledgeable, and will gladly help you in choosing exactly what you need.  They also sell hot tools branded products which are great.

There is a Sally Beauty supply but it is a little bit tricky to get to, also totally worth going.  They also have a pro card! I love to go there for nail polishes and cheap round brushes, plus a huge variety of combs.
Other spots are Cosmetic world (high end hair products - bumble and bumble, phyto, pureology, pravana and ellumen dyes) Some artists also shop at Hiscott's, Malabar, and the Kryolan store, but I find those three grossly overpriced, and while they offer a pro discount, they jack up the prices 200% , so you're still paying much more than you should.  In my oppinion, you can get the same if not better quality products at the other stores mentioned above.

If you would like someone to show you around, or even to meet another artist for coffee, or out for a drink, feel free to PM me.  I would be happy to do any of those things! smile Safe Travels! (and I hope this helps!)
Sep 29 13 08:49 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 715
London, England, United Kingdom


Thank you for an extremely thorough and helpful reply!! I realised today that we are actually shooting in a town quite a bit further away, but I think we will be ordering over the phone for rather a lot of things (otherwise its all in our baggage allowance!) and we are coming into the country through Toronto. I will see if we can maybe have a longer layover (currently meant to be a mere 2 hours) so that we can shop!
Sep 29 13 11:07 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Laura UnBound
Posts: 27,129
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Heather J M wrote:
Thank you for an extremely thorough and helpful reply!! I realised today that we are actually shooting in a town quite a bit further away, but I think we will be ordering over the phone for rather a lot of things (otherwise its all in our baggage allowance!) and we are coming into the country through Toronto. I will see if we can maybe have a longer layover (currently meant to be a mere 2 hours) so that we can shop!

Unfortunately if youre coming in through pearson, once youve spent however long in customs its going to take you at least another 30-50 minutes to get back downtown to where all of those stores are. Its doable, you just have to be prepared for the trek

Sep 29 13 03:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Carmen Rachel MUA
Posts: 316
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Laura UnBound wrote:

Unfortunately if youre coming in through pearson, once youve spent however long in customs its going to take you at least another 30-50 minutes to get back downtown to where all of those stores are. Its doable, you just have to be prepared for the trek

I was going to say this. Pearson is not actually in Toronto, it is located in a suburb.  It is a long bus ride and another long subway ride after that to get to the downtown core.

What is the city you will actually be in?  I may be able to make a suggestion on where to go there.

Sep 29 13 03:33 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 715
London, England, United Kingdom


Carmen Rachel MUA wrote:
I was going to say this. Pearson is not actually in Toronto, it is located in a suburb.  It is a long bus ride and another long subway ride after that to get to the downtown core.

What is the city you will actually be in?  I may be able to make a suggestion on where to go there.

I was anticipating ordering from the shop and having them deliver to my final destination, which is Sault Ste Marie? Not quite such a big destination or so I'm led to believe. Thanks ladies, the help and advice is invaluable.

Sep 29 13 04:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Carmen Rachel MUA
Posts: 316
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Heather J M wrote:

I was anticipating ordering from the shop and having them deliver to my final destination, which is Sault Ste Marie? Not quite such a big destination or so I'm led to believe. Thanks ladies, the help and advice is invaluable.

Ah! the world is so small. I grew up in Sault Ste. Marie.  Nowhere to buy make up, but lots of great Italian food smile

Sep 29 13 06:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Meghan Victoria MUA
Posts: 9
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sep 30 13 04:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Hair Stylist
rick lesser
Posts: 690
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US


Carmen Rachel MUA wrote:
Hey Heather!  How exciting that you are coming to our wonderful city of Toronto!
I can definitely be a bit of a help as far as where you should go...

My first suggestion is going to be Blur Makeup room
https://www.facebook.com/BlurMakeupRoom
They are a new addition to Toronto, but growing very quickly.  It is owned by the same girl who started Yaby (which they carry there!) as well as Face Atelier, another awesome Canadian brand. B'dellium brushes, Organization solutions (set bags, etc), as well as lots of FX stuff.  It is the least expensive places in the city to purchase disposables as well.  There is a 20% discount available to working artists, so make sure you email ahead of time or bring proof with you when you go!

We also now have the MAKE UP FOR EVER pro boutique in the Sephora Eaton Center which offers 40% off to professionals (this is another e-mail ahead thing) and they carry the full pro line including body paints, fx, and single flash colors.  I don't remember there being anywhere to see the full line of MUFE when I was in London.  Their new vegan brush line is really worth taking a look at.

One more I will suggest, which is a bit more skincare oriented is Jacob and Sebastian. 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacob-Se … ?ref=br_tf
It's a destination for visiting celebrities, he has some really cool stuff there, and loves giving samples to working artists.  Also, he carries Oribe, which is a hair line worth checking out.

As far as hair extensions, wefts, supplies, etc. Chlore beauty supply at Dufferin and Bloor is your best bet.  Also offering a professional discount, they are the very inexpensive and carry almost anything you might need for editorial hair.  They have aisles upon aisles of different options for wefts and extensions, and the staff is very knowledgeable, and will gladly help you in choosing exactly what you need.  They also sell hot tools branded products which are great.

There is a Sally Beauty supply but it is a little bit tricky to get to, also totally worth going.  They also have a pro card! I love to go there for nail polishes and cheap round brushes, plus a huge variety of combs.
Other spots are Cosmetic world (high end hair products - bumble and bumble, phyto, pureology, pravana and ellumen dyes) Some artists also shop at Hiscott's, Malabar, and the Kryolan store, but I find those three grossly overpriced, and while they offer a pro discount, they jack up the prices 200% , so you're still paying much more than you should.  In my oppinion, you can get the same if not better quality products at the other stores mentioned above.

If you would like someone to show you around, or even to meet another artist for coffee, or out for a drink, feel free to PM me.  I would be happy to do any of those things! smile Safe Travels! (and I hope this helps!)

Oct 07 13 05:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Hair Stylist
rick lesser
Posts: 690
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US


Carmen this info is great!  I'm in Toronto a lot these days.  I have friends I visit quit often.  I'm always looking to see what I can find when I travel.  I'm going to save this info for my next trip up.  Thankx, R-
Oct 07 13 05:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Raw-Beauty
Posts: 184
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


if you do come to Toronto, you should stop by the Eaton Centre. there are many makeup counters and stores inside including a MAC and Sephora which carries variety of brands you would like.  also further down is The Bay which also have a large selection of makeup counters there too.
Oct 07 13 07:19 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Heather J M
Posts: 715
London, England, United Kingdom


Now I'm hoping to change my flights and make it to Imats! I'm booked to fly home on the 9th.. Want hakuhodo brushes........
Oct 14 13 10:42 am  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Carmen Rachel MUA
Posts: 316
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Heather J M wrote:
Now I'm hoping to change my flights and make it to Imats! I'm booked to fly home on the 9th.. Want hakuhodo brushes........

Come say hi - I'll be the tall purple haired one working the MUFE booth wink

Oct 14 13 12:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Carmen Rachel MUA
Posts: 316
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


rick lesser wrote:
Carmen this info is great!  I'm in Toronto a lot these days.  I have friends I visit quit often.  I'm always looking to see what I can find when I travel.  I'm going to save this info for my next trip up.  Thankx, R-

Happy to help smile

Oct 14 13 12:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Lindsey Ordze
Posts: 29
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Carmen Rachel MUA wrote:
Hey Heather!  How exciting that you are coming to our wonderful city of Toronto!
I can definitely be a bit of a help as far as where you should go...

My first suggestion is going to be Blur Makeup room
https://www.facebook.com/BlurMakeupRoom
They are a new addition to Toronto, but growing very quickly.  It is owned by the same girl who started Yaby (which they carry there!) as well as Face Atelier, another awesome Canadian brand. B'dellium brushes, Organization solutions (set bags, etc), as well as lots of FX stuff.  It is the least expensive places in the city to purchase disposables as well.  There is a 20% discount available to working artists, so make sure you email ahead of time or bring proof with you when you go!

We also now have the MAKE UP FOR EVER pro boutique in the Sephora Eaton Center which offers 40% off to professionals (this is another e-mail ahead thing) and they carry the full pro line including body paints, fx, and single flash colors.  I don't remember there being anywhere to see the full line of MUFE when I was in London.  Their new vegan brush line is really worth taking a look at.

One more I will suggest, which is a bit more skincare oriented is Jacob and Sebastian. 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jacob-Se … ?ref=br_tf
It's a destination for visiting celebrities, he has some really cool stuff there, and loves giving samples to working artists.  Also, he carries Oribe, which is a hair line worth checking out.

As far as hair extensions, wefts, supplies, etc. Chlore beauty supply at Dufferin and Bloor is your best bet.  Also offering a professional discount, they are the very inexpensive and carry almost anything you might need for editorial hair.  They have aisles upon aisles of different options for wefts and extensions, and the staff is very knowledgeable, and will gladly help you in choosing exactly what you need.  They also sell hot tools branded products which are great.

There is a Sally Beauty supply but it is a little bit tricky to get to, also totally worth going.  They also have a pro card! I love to go there for nail polishes and cheap round brushes, plus a huge variety of combs.
Other spots are Cosmetic world (high end hair products - bumble and bumble, phyto, pureology, pravana and ellumen dyes) Some artists also shop at Hiscott's, Malabar, and the Kryolan store, but I find those three grossly overpriced, and while they offer a pro discount, they jack up the prices 200% , so you're still paying much more than you should.  In my oppinion, you can get the same if not better quality products at the other stores mentioned above.

If you would like someone to show you around, or even to meet another artist for coffee, or out for a drink, feel free to PM me.  I would be happy to do any of those things! smile Safe Travels! (and I hope this helps!)

Thank you for posting this!  I just moved to Toronto at the start of this month and was wondering if I could find anything about local stores in these forums.  You totally just made my life easier and as a huge yaby fan, my life is going to be a lot poorer as well.

Thank you so much for taking the time to post this reply.

Oct 20 13 03:27 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Michael Bots
Posts: 5,614
Kingston, Ontario, Canada


Toronto to Sault Ste Marie --> about 700km  --> population about 75,000
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sault_Ste._Marie,_Ontario

Small town but still a regional shopping hub. Economy dependant on the steel mill. railroad and canal locks.

-- locally you should be aware of these companies for makeup supplies
Hollywood Beauty Salon & Supply
http://www.thestationmall.com/stores/se … lon-supply
Sears - also at  Station Mall
Shoppers Drug Mart
http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/Beau … ory=Makeup
http://www1.shoppersdrugmart.ca/en/stor … ue&sh=&sn=


(of course Toronto has everything available)
Oct 22 13 02:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
DollfaceDredie
Posts: 1
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Going to Eaton Centre tonight to utilize my MUFE card; trying to see how close Blur Room is as I live out of the city and dont want to pay for parking twice. Is this walking distance?
Dec 19 13 12:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Makeup Artist
Diana
Posts: 2,372
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


DollfaceDredie wrote:
Going to Eaton Centre tonight to utilize my MUFE card; trying to see how close Blur Room is as I live out of the city and dont want to pay for parking twice. Is this walking distance?

Blur is about a 12 minute walk from the Eaton's Centre. 

If you want to save money, park at the IMPARK Cambridge Suites at 20 Richmond Street East (between Victoria and Yonge) $7-$8.  Cut through The Bay to keep warm. wink

Alternately, if you're heading west afterward, park at Parkway RioCan Hall Garage (313 Richmond W.) just west of John ($10) and walk up to Blur (4 minutes).

Dec 19 13 01:45 pm  Link  Quote 
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