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Visiting Barefoot Beauty Toronto’s Natural Nail Salon

Thursday, March 8th, 2018

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When it comes to nail salons in Toronto, there seems to be a new one popping up on every street corner.  However, there’s a new nail salon and beauty bar in the city that’s leagues apart from all the other ones.


Located on Queen East you’ll find Barefoot Beauty, a salon that’s not only extremely aesthetically pleasing, but it’s also an all-natural salon that’s changing the way you can get your nails done for the better.


But what truly sets this salon apart, is that it’s owned and operated by chiropodist Emily Stock, whose passion for health and wellness can be felt the moment you walk through the salon’s door.

So what is an all natural nail salon you ask? Well, it really is exactly how it sounds.


Barefoot Beauty only uses natural products made with the highest quality ingredients, including nail polishes that are all 5-free.


For those who don’t know what 5-free means, it’s kind of like the new gold standard when it comes to non-toxic polishes, and are free from formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, formaldehyde resin, and camphor.


But don’t feel like you’ll be limited to colours and brands, Barefoot Beauty has an impressive polish wall that’s stocked with tons of popular polish brands including ZOYA, Lauren B. Beauty, and Beyond Nail Lacquer.

But it’s not just the polishes that are better for both you, the salon also uses medical-grade sterilized tools offers environmentally-friendly and hygienic waterless services, and even makes a lot of its own service products in-house.


This means you can sit back, relax and fully enjoy your experience at Barefoot Beauty as you’ll know that your beauty routine is doing no harm.


Of course, the salon offers customers more than just relaxing mani and pedi, you can also enjoy a facial or get your waxing done by the salon’s professionally trained estheticians.


So if you’re looking to treat yourself to an all-natural nail and beauty experience, we highly recommend paying the wonderful team at Barefoot Beauty a visit.


To learn more or schedule an appointment with Barefoot Beauty, find them online here


Images courtesy of Barefoot Beauty


By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

Beauty Jobs – A Look Back at the Best Beauty of 2017

Monday, January 8th, 2018

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We may have already said goodbye to 2017, but we definitley haven’t taken the time to reflect on our beauty choices from the past year. Between new launches and partnerships, 2017 was an explosion of amazing products new and old. While we know how different everyone’s beauty tastes can be, the claims for the best of the year usually come as a common agreement. In honour of the year that’s past, we’ve narrowed down our list of the best of the best beauty finds of 2017. 

We went Canadian with the lips category and chose Toronto-based Bite Beauty. In 2017, Bite Beauty launched its first liquid lipstick formula that is nothing short of amazing. It’s highly pigmented, very nourishing, and comes in 20 unique shades – making it a must-have for all lipstick lovers.

When it comes to blush, we had to go with Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blush Collection. This beautiful collection gives off a subtle highlight, giving the cheeks a beautiful glow without looking too heavy. It’s a buildable product, so it’s super easy to work with.

The perfect combination of colour and structure, Physicians Formula bronzers are long-lasting giving you a subtle tan all year around. Physicians Formula is known for its flattering shades that work with every skin tone.

Drugstore brands are upping their game when it comes to quality products, and we are happy to say that Milani stole our hearts with its Strobelight Glow Powders. This collection is not only $10, but it’s available in seven different shades that you can blend together to create the ultimate glow.

Regardless if it’s a single or palette format, Color Pop stole the show when it came to eyeshadows in 2017. Color Pop’s Super Shock Shadows feature a creamy, long-lasting formula giving you an amazing payoff that will turn any boring look into a glam look in an instant.

Liquid Eyeliner
For the perfect winged liner, you need a liner that’s rich in colour and smudge-proof. Stila not only makes one of the best liquid eyeliners with the finest tip for precision on the market but its liquid liners are 100%  cry proof. The Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner comes in a variety of colours from the traditional black to a cool white.

When it comes to head-turning lashes, we’ve only got eyes for L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise. If the incredible price tag wasn’t enough to have us using it time and time again, the fact that one coat leaves us with ultra voluptuous volume and length certainly does. 

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Product Info:
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquefied Lipstick, $28, available at Sephora
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, $32, available at Sephora
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, $14.95,  available at Physicians Formula
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder, $10, available at Milani Cosmetics
Color Pop Super Shock Shadow, $7, available at Color Pop
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $29, available at Sephora
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise, $11, available at Walmart


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Beauty Jobs – Last Minute Beauty Gift Guide

Friday, December 22nd, 2017

When it comes to gift giving, the gift of beauty is always a good idea. Especially during the holidays, when everyone’s skin can use a little extra TLC. This Christmas pamper your loved ones with these amazing beauty items that we’ve rounded up below.

RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad Palette
We’re a huge fan of RMS Beauty, and once we saw this mini palette we know it would make such an amazing gift.  It comes with a quad of shimmering highlighters, each shade can be worn alone, blended together for a custom glow or mixed into any product for added luminosity.

Amopé Pedi Perfect Gift Set
Who doesn’t love a good pedicure, especially one that can be done at home! For under $60, this limited-edition gift set comes with Amopé’s Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals, an extra coarse roller head (for pesky stubborn skin), coarse roller head (for hard skin), the soft touch roller head (for buffing feet), a roller cover, cosmetic bag, and batteries.

Hard Candy Advent Calendar
Whoever says you can’t get an advent calendar after Christmas has never checked out Hard Candy’s incredible beauty advent calendar. For less than $10, you get 12 various products, each surprisingly pigmented. It’s a great way to sample a number of the brand’s items.


Hard Candy’s All Lit Up
For the woman who has every beauty item under the sun, this kit gives her the best of all worlds as she can sample a number of products. This kit includes a contour kit, a blush kit, perfecting primer, eyeshadow primer, and a setting spray.

SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque
Every beauty lover will appreciate a soothing facemask, especially during the holidays. This Phyto Corrective Masque helps reduce visual redness, discomfort, and heat – leaving you with healthy glowing skin.

Elizabeth Grant’s Beautiful Colour Lip Stain
Every woman needs a red lipstick for the holidays, especially a lip stain that will stay on through all the parties and cocktails. Elizabeth Grant’s Beautiful Colours Lip Stain is a semi-permanent lip stain containing pigments of colour that adhere to the lips for colour that lasts and lasts and lasts.

French Girl Body Oil Duo
Anyone that’s tried the French Girl line before understands how addicting these products are. That’s why we love this duo set, as it allows your favourite gals to sample two popular items: the Bronzing Oil and the shimmery Moonlight Oil.

Fenty Beauty Lip Stain
This gorgeous red colour is perfect for the holidays and leaves you with high-impact colour and low-maintenance long-wear, so you only need to apply it once for a big night out.


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Product Info
RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad Palette, $48, available at Net-a-Porter
Amopé Pedi Perfect Gift Set, $60,  available at Walmart
Hard Candy Advent Calendar, $12, available at Walmart
Hard Candy All Lit Up  Kit, $19.97, available at Walmart
SkinCeuticals Phyto Corrective Masque, $68, available at SkinCeuticals
Elizabeth Grant Lip Stain, $20, available at Elizabeth Grant
French Girl Body Oil Duo, $80, available at Goop
Fenty Beauty Lip Stain, $30, available at Sephora


By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

Beauty Jobs – Winter Lip Care 101

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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We literally blinked and winter was practically here. And once the cold weather hits, one of the first parts of our body that suffers is our lips. Since the skin is super thin and sensitive, we have to make sure to give our lips the TLC it needs.  Between lip liners and lipsticks, here is how you can keep your lips ready for kisses under the mistletoe.

Lip Scrubs
Like any other part of your body, your lips have to be scrubbed once in a while. If you’re too lazy to remember this extra step in your makeup routine, leave the little container in the shower to give your lips a good scrub once a week. One of the most popular lip scrubs is from Lush, as it makes your lips super soft and actually tastes amazing! To get into Christmas mood, try the Santa Baby.

Lip Care
We love to use face masks and eye patches correct? Did you know that our lips have a designated product that works the same way? That’s right, lip patches are getting very popular for lip care. The My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch works as a collagen enhancer that helps soften and refresh the lips for lipstick application.

Lip Hydration
Last but definitely not least, this step is super important. Before applying your favourite lipstick, make sure to hydrate your lips so your festive red lipstick won’t look cracked. The Canadian brand Bite Beauty is getting everyone’s attention with the agave lip mask, which is similar to a balm and nourishes the lips leaving a perfect surface for lipstick application. The best part is it’s made with edible ingredients and keeps your lips healthy year-round.

Lip Hydrater
This salve is the thickest formula on our list and it’s perfect for piling on underneath and over lipstick to soften and hydrate chapped lips.  Plus it comes in a number of shades if you’re looking to add some colour to your lips.

Lip Saver
For when your lips are painfully chapped, this salve is a slightly thicker formula that hydrates and soothes the lips while still giving a glossy finish.

Do you have a favourite remedy for winter-ready lips? Let us know commenting below!


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Product Info:
Lush Santa Baby Lip Scrub, $9.95 available at Lush
Soo Ae Lip Patch, $5, available at Soo Ae New York
Bite Beauty Agave lip mask, $30, available at Sephora
Glossier Balm Dotcom, $15, available at Glossier
Rosebud Salve, $7.50, available at Sephora


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Beauty Jobs – How to Turn Your Passion for Beauty Into a Career

Monday, November 6th, 2017

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Let’s face it, 2017 was the year where new beauty careers popped up everywhere. Seriously, it seems like every other person became a YouTube guru or a professional vlogger. But if you’re seriously passionate about beauty, you can also turn it into a full-time job. A couple years ago, to get a job in the beauty industry, you would have to go to beauty school and with a little luck and industry contacts, you could possibly land yourself a job.  Today, thanks to social media and the internet it’s much easier to turn your passion for beauty and turn it into an actual career.

Online Courses
So, let’s say you love beauty but you’re not sure if you’re ready to invest money into a college degree in beauty. To ensure that this is the right field for you, enroll in some beauty-related courses. A number of Canadian universities and colleges offer a number of courses once or twice a week for 3 months in beauty,  PR and journalism, that will not compromise your budget and you can see if you would really like work in the industry.

Start a Blog
Do you love to talk about all things beauty and test out products? Then you must start a blog! In today’s digital world, everyone uses Instagram and Snapchat to share beautiful pictures of products with short descriptions. But believe me, nothing tops having a blog to share more thorough descriptions and reviews Blogs will always dominate the digital space and they give you the perfect platform to build up your portfolio.

Start a YouTube Channel
Surprise, surprise, YouTube made our list! If you’re not a fan of writing and you’re not camera shy, YouTube will be your best friend. Utilize YouTube to share your thoughts and opinions on different brands and products, and teach your followers how to do cool new beauty tricks.

Attend Beauty Conferences and Expos
Regardless of where you live in Canada, there are always plenty of beauty related events taking place. From conferences and workshops to beauty fairs and expos, these are the perfect places to not only learn about new brands and products, but also make incredible connections within the industry. 

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By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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Beauty Jobs – 5 Canadian Beauty Brands You Need On Your Radar

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

In the sea of makeup brands available today, have you ever stopped and thought about the brands that are right under your nose? Yes, Canada is not only amazing when it comes to producing great musicians and Maple Syrup, our beautiful country is actually dominating the beauty industry. From the east to the west coast, here are five Canadian brands that you need to add to your beauty regiment ASAP. 

Harlow Skin Co.
This Vancouver-based company is getting a lot of attention lately and for all the right reasons. Known for its cool, basic products that not only smell amazing, but they have a great price tag considering each product is handmade with organic and cruelty-free ingredients. Between the collection’soils, candles, and beauty balms, the must-try product is definitely the Cleanse + Exfoliate Face Mask.

If you’re the home spa kind of girl, this brand is definitely for you. Lucia is a Canadian brand that produces a wide variety of soaps, candles and room sprays that are perfect for your next relaxing day in the tub. Made with a mix of flowers, fruits, and herbs, Lucia scents are unique, making them the perfect host gift. We recommend checking out the Mandarin & Tomato flower soap. 

Cake Beauty
We all have that one indulging smell that we never forget – and that’s what Cake Beauty is all about.  This proudly Canadian drugstore brand will make your skincare routine more fun. Between, scrubs, balms, and body creams there’s a scent for everybody – and we guarantee you’re going to want to eat these products. We recommend trying the new Triple Citrus Blend Body Butter Cream, which will remind you of warm summer days.

The Toronto-based brand proves that it’s never too late to create a business. This family-run business is owned by two sisters and their mother, and they’re known for creating incredible stick format makeup. The brand believes that makeup shouldn’t be complicated, it should be practical, which is why everything is in stick form. The must-try item is definitely the new addition to the lineup, the Nudes All Over Face Color Glow. 

Rocky Mountain Soap Co.
This  Alberta company is getting a lot of attention due to the fact that all its products are made with ingredients that you can find in your fridge. The brand not only has an amazing story and set of values behind it, each of the products smells absolutely amazing. The must-try item is definitely the face serum.


What is your favorite Canadian brand? Let us know in the comment section below!


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Products Info:

Halow Skin Co. Detox Exfoliating Face Mask, $27, available at Halow Skin Co.
Lucia Cherry Tomato Basil SoBar,r , $11, available at Burke Decor
Cake Beauty Tripple Citrus Body Butter, $15, available at Cake Beauty
Nudestix All Over Face Glow, $33, available at Nudestix
Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Hydrating Natural Face Serum $29, available at Rocky Mountain Soap Co.


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Beauty Jobs – Q&A With Ashley and Phil of basd Body Care

Saturday, September 16th, 2017


Phil LeBeau and Ashley Meston are the masterminds behind basd Body Care; an up and coming Canadian plant-based body care company with a passion for promoting self-love and truly feeling good in your skin. The dynamic duo first entered the plant-based world after working with Vega, a clean, plant-based nutrition company. Today, they have transitioned into the realm of plant-based skin care and are taking the industry by storm. Beauty Nine to Five had the opportunity to chat with Phil and Ashley and learn what attracted them to the natural beauty industry, what sets them a part from the competition and what keeps them motivated.


BNTF: Can you first tell us a little bit about basd, what you guys do and how you got started?


A&P: basd started with an idea, ‘empower the individual’. We believed that we could create a brand that encouraged consumers to be who they are, free of judgment, free of constraints, and to live their life, their way.  From there we looked at all the different categories that seemed to be under developed with true leadership brands, brands that were willing to take a stand and actually deliver on the things they promise.


BNTF: What is it about the natural beauty industry initially caught your attention?


A&P: We love the consumer, it is the same consumer we were familiar with our time at Vega, but this allows a different conversation with them, about not just eating better, but helping them do more of the little things that develop their best life. Clean-products, plus self-love and appreciation we are often too quick to forget.

BNTF: In an industry that’s dominated by conventional beauty brands, how do you stay true to what you believe in?


A&P: It is in our DNA as founders and the brands DNA to be transparent and stand up for what we believe in. We are fortunate enough to have had great inspirations and mentors that help shape two individuals who are mentally tough, but also kind and sensitive to the needs of others. We put this same energy into the brand and products. basd isn’t a bunch of products but an idea of being who you are and who you want to be regardless of the outside pressures. You do you better than anyone, and we feel the same way.


BNTF: Aside from your love for clean beauty, what was it that attracted you to launching your own business?


A&P: We have always had a drive to create, and connect with people, for us, creativity is through the development of the business and finding solutions to the problems we face every day. We got a taste of launching a business with Vega, but now we are all on our own. We have a lot of supporters, who we want to make proud, this drives us to work our tail off, and want to surprise and delight the consumer.

BNTF: What led you to decide that skincare was the route that you wanted to pursue?


A&P: Having worked in plant-based nutrition for so many years we knew firsthand the importance of making quality choices for your body. While there are lots of options now within food there are far less in body care. What you put on your skin is an intimate relationship with that product and we felt we could do better than what was offered at conventional and provide another option within natural. We wanted to create a product people could trust from the efficacy point of view but build a brand that could inspire.


BNTF: What was the biggest obstacle you faced when getting your brand off the ground? How did you overcome this?


A&P: Finding quality manufactures, developing quality systems, and of course, getting the packaging, warehousing, office and all the operational stuff in order.  But the absolute biggest obstacle was developing the product in a way we could be proud of. It took us over a year to launch. We had to get the right scents, we wouldn’t make this in a bathtub, but put a brand out that the consumer can trust, but also products that deliver on the expectations they have on products they put on their skin.


We overcame this by one thing and one thing only, putting in the work, and asking a million questions to anyone who would talk to us.


No one gets to where they are alone; we are always talking to those who have gone before us, and always talking to those just starting out to share our experiences.


We build a better industry when we work together.

BNTF: You not only have an incredible lineup of products, but your overall brand is amazing too and we love that you use clever hashtags like #basdbabe, which is great for standing out on social media. How has social media helped your brand since launching?


A&P: It has allowed us to have a real voice with the consumers in places we never would be able to reach in person. It gives us a chance to tell a story, but listen to others stories. We have made so many great friendships and connections because of social. Our tribe is out there, and we are discovering them every day. We love it! #basdbabes it’s time to rise and slay.


BNTF: Now that your brand has been up and running for a few months are those early business jitters over?


A&P: They are never over  when you have your livelihood on the line, you wake up every day nervously excited about what is in front of you. I am not sure we will settle, we know our consumers have choices every day on how and where to spend their money, we take that very seriously and want to ensure those who buy basd love every minute of their choice. It’s a privilege to be part of their purchase, not a right and we constantly have to work for that opportunity.


BNTF: How would you say you stay motivated? Where do you look for inspiration?


A&P: We love what some of the boutique natural brands are doing like Province Apothecary. They are a great brand and we love them, a great leader for us to look up too. Secondly, we often look outside the industry in fashion, design, and other unusual places for inspiration or how others might do things differently.


When it comes to motivation, we rely on our own determination – we are highly self-driven and hold each other accountable to everything! Moreover though, we find our biggest high comes from our fans sharing feedback and promoting self-love via basd – when you see a babe feeling good about who they are because of basd and another babe cheering them on, you know you are doing the right thing and must work harder to make that happen all the time!

BNTF: What is your number one tip for aspiring entrepreneurs? What about women and men in general?


A&P: There is a quote by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry- “a goal without a plan is just a wish”


It doesn’t matter if you are a woman or a man; we are all humans capable of amazing things. But, they don’t just happen by chance. You create your own luck, by setting out to do something, then putting in the work to do it.


We have found the most success and fun when we surround ourselves with people who act as champions and coaches rather than advisories – when we work together as equals we are far more powerful in everything we do.


BNTF: What do you wake up looking forward to next? What’s next for basd?


A&P: We have some very exciting new scents coming, and a great line extension that allows us to stay true to our brand and deliver on our plant-basd ethics. However, we are most excited when we get the chance to chat with more babes and are working hard to find even more ways to connect, grow and even give back.


You can follow along with basd’s journey by following them on Instagram, or you can check out their amazing products on their website.


All images courtesy of basd Body Care


By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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Beauty Jobs – Prep Your Skin for Fall With These 5 Sheet Masks

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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As much as we hate to say it, summer is almost over and it’s time to start thinking of how we can keep our summer glow going well into fall.  And there’s no better way to prepare your skin for the changing weather than with a hydrating and nourishing sheet mask. What once started as a popular Korean Beauty trend has taken the beauty world by storm and now we seriously can’t live without them.

Sheet masks are the best secret weapons you can have in your beauty arsenal, and are the perfect for preparing your skin for the dry and chilly fall weather. And with so many options to choose from, the hardest job is finding the best one. But don’t you worry; we’ve got you covered. We’ve rounded up our favourite brands for any type of budget, so you can make sure to give your skin some TLC this fall.

Whether you have dry, combination or oily skin, sheet masks are perfect for all skin types and can help hydrate, purify, brighten your skin and reduce pores — the list of benefits goes on!

This fall, keep your skin glowing by trying one of our favourite sheet masks. Read on to learn what they are.

Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold Sheet Mask

This super hydrating bio-cellulose sheet mask is drenched in pumpkin fruit extract and 24K gold for radiant, well-nourished skin. The best part? It works with all skin types and helps improve dryness, dullness and rough skin.

SEPHORA Algae Face Mask

This sheet mask helps to detoxify the skin to get rid of impurities that cause dullness for a fresh, radiant complexion.

TONY MOLY I am Real Red Wine Pore Care Mask Sheet

This South Korean paper face mask is infused with red wine extracts for a tightening effect that will leave your skin feeling youthful all season long.

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask

This coconut-derived sheet mask can boost the moisture content of your skin by up to 200 percent in 15 minutes (how amazing is that?!) for a luminous, plump-looking complexion. Not to mention this mask works with all skin types and will help with dryness, dullness and uneven texture, loss of firmness and elasticity.

Dr. Belmeur Daily Repair Soothing Gauze Sheet Mask
If you’re looking for a sheet mask that will help calm and moisturize your skin with out causing irritation, we recommend checking out this soothing sheet mask from Dr. Belmeur. It’s infused with lansil, a moisturizer that keeps skin hydrated and cool for a long time.

What are your favorite sheet masks to prepare your skin for fall? Let us know in the comments below!

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Product Info

1. Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold Sheet Mask, $10, available at Sephora

2. Algae Face Mask, $8, available at Sephora

3. TONY MOLY I am Real Red Wine Pore Care Mask Sheet, $5, available at The Bay

4. Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask, $34 available at Sephora

5. Dr. Belmeur -Daily Repair Soothing Gauze Sheet Mask, $6, available at The Face Shop

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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Makeup Artist Jobs – IMATS Toronto 2017 Recap: The Trends

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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I had the chance to attend the IMATS in Toronto this past weekend for my first time, and it was everything I expected and more! Although I was working the event as an exhibitor, I still had a chance to walk around the floor and checkout the trends as well as chat with makeup artists and beauty enthusiasts about their favourite products, looks and more. I also, of course, made time to get a bit of shopping in because well, priorities people. After a full weekend of sculpted eyebrows, symmetrical wing-tips and perfected contours, I’ve brought back my five favourite trends from the 2017 IMATS to share with you!

1. Neon Brights

Even with summer coming to an end, neon colours are still going strong. From bright locks to bold shadows, highlighter yellows and electric blues were big at the IMATS. My personal favourite use of colour? Was from a Makeup Artist from the Vancouver Film School who created a stunning Moroccan inspired look with bold pops of neon on the lids and every so slightly under the brow.


2. Strip Lashes

With the continuously growing popularity of eyelash extensions, you’d almost think that strip lashes were starting to become obsolete. But don’t put down that lash glue, because this weekend was proof that strip lashes are still a favourite of makeup artists and beauty lovers alike. Strip lashes were batting strong on almost everyone’s eyes and bags from brands like Stush Extensions, Esqido and Velour were everywhere!

3. Face Jewels

If bling on your arms, fingers and ears aren’t enough glam for you don’t worry, because face jewels are a perfect way to glam up your makeup look without having to go to heavy with actual product. I saw it all from bejeweled lash lines to accentuated eyeliner wings, but my favorite look of the entire weekend came from M.A.C. Makeup Artist Viktor Peters, a total boss when it comes to minimalistic makeup looks and is also now my makeup inspiration. He kept his makeup super clean and simple and decorated his entire face and neck with the smallest Swarovski Crystals.

4. Rainbow Lips

Lips are no strangers to bright fun colours, but hues like lavender, teal, and tangerine were as popular as ever. Deep dark tones, soft pastels and everything in between were being worn and sold everywhere. Brands like M.A.C Cosmetics and Lime Crime were definitively the leaders of the pack when it came to variety of colours and textures. Neutral tones like brown, grays and black were also huge hits this year which is perfect for the teenage goth in you who used to have to wait for October to snatch those shades!

5. Glitter Highlighter

The highlight game was taken to a whole other this weekend with glitter leading the pack. From highlights with glitter accents to full on glitter highlights the IMATS clearly proved that there is no such thing as too much glitz! My favourite providers of sparkle and fairy dust? G4E Beauty definitively set the tone demonstrating how to rock a highlight wearing their glitter collection.

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto ON @TheMJElle

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Beauty Jobs – Getting to Know Plant Powered Brand Graydon Skincare

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Natural skincare isn’t just a fleeting summer beauty trend — going green is a conscious, lasting movement that’s here to stay. Enter Graydon Skincare, a homegrown brand that’s on a mission to make luxurious, plant powered products the golden standard. Masterminded by health enthusiast Graydon (yes, that’s her name!), this super aesthetic skincare line has been featured in major publications like The Kit, Best Health, and ELLE Canada.


BNTF loves how much insight Graydon provides for each and every product: full ingredient list, how to use each one and what they pair best with. Read on to learn more about the five standout products in the collection and why we’re obsessed!

Pre-Cleansing Makeup + Grime Remover


The Keto Cleanse immediately caught our attention due to flashbacks of the diet of the same name. On a serious note, if you’re a fan of the oil-cleansing method you’ll want to check this out. The Keto Cleanse is a straight forward mix of oils and ghee that work together to break down old makeup and grime from the skin’s surface. The difference between this and other pre-cleanse oils on the market is the three item ingredient list!

Green Cream for a Cause


Imagine being able to feed your face a huge, nutritious green salad — that’s the concept behind The Green Cream. Jam packed with oils of broccoli, avocado, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme this chlorophyll based moisturizer stimulates the lymphatic system to detoxify pores. Also, $5 of every purchase goes towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund.

Super Sensitive Skin Stuff


Do you have oily skin that gets irritated by just about everything and anything? We know it can be a challenge to find a product that provides ideal moisturization without any potentially havoc-wreaking extras. Graydon’s Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is a lightweight moisturizer made with Canadian Maple Water that nourishes without leaving behind the sticky residue you might expect.

Cool Face Cleansing Tool


Most of us stick to wash cloths or powered brush heads for an extra deep clean. Graydon Skincare offers a 100% plant sourced alternative with their Bamboo Charcoal Sponge. As the name suggests, bamboo and charcoal are infused into a sponge made of ground konjac root. If your interest is piqued as much as ours was, watch the YouTube tutorial here.

Tinted Primer + Illuminator


As BNTFers, we’re constantly on the hunt for the most ethereal glow possible, and if it’s plant based, it’s even better! Nutrient-rich Face Glow, including raspberry, pumpkin and shea butter extracts, is the versatile tinted primer + illuminator combo you need. Fair to medium skin tones can wear this under foundation for a subtle shimmery and skin blurring effect. Dark to deep complexions can dab this onto high points of the face as a highlighter.


Which Graydon Skincare product are you most excited to try this summer? Leave comments below!


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Product Info:

1. Keto Cleanse Pre-Cleansing Makeup + Grime Remover, $25

2. Causemetics Green Cream, $35

3. Super Sensitive Skin Stuff, $35

4. Bamboo Charcoal Sponge, $13

5. Face Glow, $35

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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