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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.

All images taken by M.J. Elle

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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Image courtesy of Graydon Skincare

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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Career Chat – Q&A with Madelyn Chung, Beauty Writer Extraordinaire

Friday, July 21st, 2017

Madelyn Chung is a freelance editor with a ton of great gigs under her belt. As the former Style editor at HuffPost Canada, and a writer for fashionmagazine.com, sweet, Yahoo! Beauty and 29secrets, Madelyn is no stranger to the beauty world. We had the opportunity to chat with Madelyn and learn about how she transitioned from her university life and into the real world of beauty journalism, how she makes her content relevant, and her favourite beauty looks for summer.

 

BNTF: As a grad of Ryerson’s School of Journalism how important (or unimportant) is post-secondary education for a career in beauty journalism?

 

MC: It definitely played an important role, at least in my personal experience. Not only did I learn a ton (about journalism, not necessarily beauty) from J-School, but my school internship is pretty much what got me started on my career path.

 

Having said that, what’s most important in terms of landing a job as a fashion or beauty writer is experience. I know plenty of people who didn’t go to school for journalism, but have had successful careers as fashion and beauty editors or writers, simply by gaining experience through internships or writing jobs, whether they are paid or unpaid.

 

BNTF: Many people find the transition between college and “real life” a bit challenging. Can you tell us about your journey between the two? What was your first job post-university?

 

MC: I was fortunate enough to land a job immediately after school. My fourth year internship was at Chatelaine magazine, where I worked extremely hard as a web intern. Not only did I assist the editors, but I also made sure to write as much as possible, so I could have clippings for my own portfolio. My supervisors recognized my hard work, and offered me a job within the company (Rogers Digital Media) as the editor of syndicated content. From there, I made more connections with other media organizations, which ultimately led me to my job as lifestyle editor at MSN.ca and then style editor at HuffPost Canada.

BNTF: What’s one thing you wish you could go back and tell yourself when you were first starting your career?

 

MC: Stay true to yourself and be as transparent as possible. When you’re first starting out, it’s so easy to get sucked into the allure of receiving free products, etc. and a lot of times, people sell out. And with so many influencers and sponsored and advertorial content, it can be hard to decipher whether people truly stand behind the products they are repping, or if they’re just doing it for compensation. Nowadays, I make it a point to only write about products I truly love, rather than trying to make other people happy by offering coverage.

 

BNTF: Where do you find sources of inspiration to amp up your creativity?

 

MC: Reading websites I love, browsing through magazines, Instagram and looking at old beauty spreads. If I’m out of story ideas, I ask my friends what they’d like to read about, or what type of content/reviews/tips and tricks they’re looking for.

 

BNTF: Our blog covers a ton of beauty articles from Q&As, product features, howtos to must-haves. Which story in your beauty portfolio are you most proud of?

 

MC: The piece I’m most proud of isn’t a review, product feature or how-to… it’s a blog I wrote about cutting my hair. My hair was my security blanket, and cutting it off was a big deal. It really pushed me out of my comfort zone and forced me to put myself out there, rather than hide behind my strands. It just goes to show how something as simple as a hair change or a new lipstick can really boost your confidence, and I think that was one of those moments where that realization really clicked. That’s the kind of content I like to read, personally. Something that is raw and real and makes you feel something, rather than just someone telling me a certain product is going to make my life better.

 

BNTF: What are two pros and two cons of being a freelance writer?

 

MC: Pros – Freedom to create my own schedule and being able to contribute to numerous publications at once.

Cons – The hustle to keep steady work and not getting paid on time (this is very common, unfortunately).

 

BNTF: Writing about beauty products can get a little redundant, what are your top tips for upcoming writers to keep content fresh and exciting?

 

MC: Always personalize the story! I think traditionally in journalism, you’re taught to never include yourself or write in the first person, but I find the most useful/enjoyable beauty content is written from this angle. When I write about a product, I write in a conversational tone — a good trick is to think about how you would tell your friends about said product.

 

BNTF: What’s your favourite outlet for all things beauty related?

 

MC: Into the Gloss. It’s one of the few publications whose reviews I actually trust, and I love reading about which products my fave celebrities and editors are using.

 

BNTF: Your go-to makeup routine this summer?

 

MC: Funnily enough, I outlined it here but in a nutshell, I’m all about as little makeup as possible in the summer. I really just focus on glowy, bronzed skin, lots of mascara, messy undone hair and a neutral, glossy lip.

 

BNTF: And finally, what do you look forward to next in your career?

 

MC: Seeing what happens next!

 

Inspiration images courtesy of Madelyn Chung

 

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

Beauty Jobs – Office Beauty Rules to Break

Wednesday, July 19th, 2017

The corporate side of the beauty industry can be a little confusing for BNTFers, as who knows exactly how balance staying on top of trends while looking professional. Good news: notions of which makeup looks and hairstyles are “acceptable” in a workplace have drastically changed over the years. Rules really are meant to be broken!

 

In this day and age, bold makeup does not equal unprofessional, glitter is not only for a night on the town and you can make falsies work, at work! Keep reading to see which office beauty rules you need to break right now so you can look glam nine to five.

Rule #1 – Don’t wear fake lashes to work

Oversized, dramatic falsies may have a bad rep of being too glam for daytime, especially in an office, which means if you want to rock the false lash look, focus on finding a pair that blend seamlessly into your lash line. The Demi Wispies by Ardell is famous for their nearly invisible lash band. Apply precisely with tweezers and a thin layer of clear lash glue for an undetectable enhancement.

 

Rule #2 – Maintain short, french manicured or plain nails

In other words, boring. We’re not suggesting you march into your nearest nail salon and ask for the longest acrylic set with the most ornate nail art of all time (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Instead, get inspired! The hashtag #nailgasm is nearly at 1,000,000 hits on Instagram and is packed full of designs ranging from subtle to seriously WOW.

 

Rule #3 – Keep hair sleek and styled

PSA: Straight, sleek hair is not the epitome of professionalism. Why fry non-naturally straight strands with styling tools? Whether you have loose waves, tight curls or textured kinks, Shea Moisture is a renowned hair care brand that caters to a wide range of hair types. For products with light hold and definition check out their Organic Coconut and Hibiscus collection.

 

Rule #4 – Avoid dark makeup shades 

A full-blown smokey eye, burgundy lip and deep plum cheek may be too much for a meeting or presentation at a typical 9-5. However, a perk of working in the beauty industry is that you no longer have to shy away from deeper tones in your day makeup. Focus on one element of your face (eyes, lips or cheeks) and enjoy your vampy look all day long.

Rule #5 – Scent-free work environment

Perfume is a tough one since it’s so important to respect the personal space of your coworkers, including their airways. If you happen to work in an open, well-ventilated space or have a reasonable amount of room around you, a spritz of your favourite scent shouldn’t be a problem. Roses de Chloé is a crowd pleaser that smells irresistibly of sweet, freshly cut roses.

 

Rule #6 – Neon = No No

Take notes from the runway when you’re in a neon mood. First, colour correct the skin’s base while keeping the finish ultra dewy. Then add dimension back to the face by using a matte neutral-toned contour. Lastly, apply a matte neon pink, purple or orange liquid lipstick. Big impact in three simple steps!

 

 

Rule #7 – Save the glitter for the weekend

Glimmer, shimmer and shine Monday through Friday. We admit a hot pink glitter cut crease might be pushing it, but just like the dark eye makeup rule, glitter concentrated to one area of the face can be done. Line lower lids with a sparkle-infused liquid liner for a work-appropriate pop of colour.

 

Rule #8 – You really can’t win

We’ve been thinking: is wearing absolutely no makeup to work seen equally as “unprofessional” as donning a full nighttime glam look? As crazy as it may seem, a fresh face is often taken as not put together or worse, just rolled out of bed! If you’re not heavily into makeup, a no makeup makeup look is just what you need.

 

Which other outdated office makeup rules should we break? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Inspiration image courtesy of Glamour

 

Product Info:

  1. Ardell Lashes Demi Wisipies in Black, $9.99, available at Trade Secrets
  1. Nail art inspiration courtesy of Nail Scope
  1. Shea Moisture Organic Coconut and Hibiscus collection, $7.99 – $32.97
  1. Smokey eye inspiration courtesy of Who What Wear
  1. Roses de Chloé Eau de Parfum, $128 – $165, available at Nordstrom
  1. Neon lip inspiration courtesy of The Fashion Spot
  1. Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Midnight Cowboy, $23, available at Sephora
  1. No Makeup Makeup Tutorial by Elenna Perchele

 

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – How to Start Your Own Successful Beauty Blog

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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BNTF is a platform that encourages men and women from all walks of life to turn their passion for the beauty industry into a career. You’ve undoubtedly considered starting your very own blog, so what’s stopping you? A blog is a great way to make a name for yourself, sharpen or develop tons of new skills and even make extra cash! If you’re thinking about launching your own beauty blog and you’re not sure where to begin, read on below to get tips on starting your own successful blog ASAP.

1. Google the Title of This Article

Seriously. Google is a guy/gal’s best friend when it comes to learning just about, well, anything! Scan through the articles you come across until you have a general idea of what creating a blog actually entails. Also, try a variety of search queries like “how my beauty blog changed my life” or “why I stopped beauty blogging”. You’ll get a better view of what you’re really getting yourself into.

2. What Do You Have to Share?

In order to stand out from the sea of beauty blogs out there, find your voice and audience and what sets you apart from everyone else. The beauty scene can feel a little over-saturated at times but everyone brings something unique to the table! What is it about face mask addiction, hair dyeing obsession, product launch reviews, dupes, cost comparisons, etc., that you need to share? Your niche is what people will eventually come to your site for so try to pin it down.

3. Set Yourself Up

You’ve done a little market research, you know what you want to say, now’s the time to get online. Owning your site will make it easier to monetize in the future (and rake in extra revenue). Although it may seem complicated, it’s pretty straightforward to get a host provider, think of a catchy domain name, install WordPress and choose a theme in less time than you’d think. Suzi at Cruelty-Free Kitty has the most thorough, helpful and aesthetic setup guide, here.

4. Content

Focus on consistent quality over consistent quantity. Balance eye-catching images with thoughtful and useful text. Whether you plan on showcasing makeup looks, swatches, nail designs, etc., get the best quality pictures that are available to you. That may mean your iPhone camera in natural light or a high-performance DSLR with studio lighting. Everyone starts somewhere!

5. Measuring Success

Let’s talk data. You can post the most amazing content the internet has ever seen but if no one sees it, what’s the point? Measure the success of your posts by using analytic tools that come free with your website host provider. Frequently reviewing your blog’s traffic and performance allows you to monitor and track your average site views, clicks and engagement rates. The insights you can pull from this data are limitless — it’s up to you to use them!

6. You Saw This One Coming

Network. As a new blogger on the scene, it’s important to connect with and show support for other bloggers around you. Genuine engagement is appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed! Make it a point to attend a few blogger meet ups and product launch events in order to get your name out there. For more tips on networking, read up on How to Network in the Beauty Industry.

7. Don’t Stop

Beauty blogging is far from glam. It takes up a lot of creative juice, energy and antisocial time in work mode to get your baby beauty blog off the ground. The key here is to not give up. With these tips in your arsenal, you’re bound to be running your very own successful beauty blog in no time.

We never said starting your own successful beauty blog was going to easy, but it will be worth it! Are there any tips and tricks that we missed? Leave your beauty blog name below and share your know-how in the comments!

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Image courtesy of Bloglovin’

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Makeup Artist Jobs – 6 Ways to Incorporate Coconut Oil Into Your Beauty Routine

Friday, June 30th, 2017

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It has found its way into the beauty routines and hearts of many, including some Hollywood beauties like Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie and supermodels like Miranda Kerr. It’s a reliable and extremely beneficial product that is rapidly changing the beauty and health routines of women all over the world. It acts as a one- stop shop for all your beauty necessities and is a natural remedy for all things beauty and health related; it is the ever-powerful coconut oil. If you have yet to incorporate this natural wonder into your beauty regime, here are six ways to take your beauty routine to the next level with coconut oil.

Hair Mask 

Say goodbye to dry scalps, split ends and damaged, dried out hair. Simply apply coconut oil throughout your hair and then tie your hair into a slick bun. You can use the option of a shower cap to keep all of the oils contained in one place and to let it really soak into your scalp or you can leave your bun as is. You can leave the mask in for 30 to 40 minutes for noticeable results or to really reap benefits of the oil, we recommend leaving the mask on overnight. Doing this mask at least once a week will drastically improve dry hair, split ends and overall damaged hair. The coconut oil will give your hair a new smoothness and shine, and above all, a healthy dose of protein and nutrients that it needs. Your hair will be feeling stronger and growing longer in no time.

 

Face Cream

You are definitely going to want to start incorporating this one into your beauty routine! Coconut oil has incredible anti-aging and healing properties and is a great preventer of wrinkles, blemishes, dry and sagging skin. Applying just a few dabs all over your face and neck as an overnight moisturizer will be extremely effective and will leave you with smoother, more radiant and softer skin. If you simply can’t get enough, applying small amounts of the oil on top of your daily moisturizer will also give your skin the healthy boost it needs.

 

Lip Balm

The burning feeling of sore and chapped lips makes us all cringe just at the thought of it, luckily, coconut oil has more than enough moisture to bring your lips back to life. Apply the oil just as you would any regular lip balm, and let the healing action begin. Coconut oil will provide your lips with hydration, leaving them feeling softer, plumper and smoother.

Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, $27.35, available at Amazon

 

Natural Make Up Remover

What better way to quickly and effectively remove your makeup than with the most lubricating substance out there? Coconut oil is the one and only answer ladies. It is a natural product, therefore making it safer and healthier to use than any of the other makeup removers on the market. Simply apply the oil to a cotton pad or tissue and swipe against your face and your makeup will vanish!

 

Cuticle Oil

With all of its amazing healing properties, coconut oil is the answer to weak nails and dry cuticles. By substituting regular cuticle oil for coconut oil, your nails will be looking and feeling healthier than ever before. By using this natural product, your nails have a far greater chance of becoming stronger and your cuticles softer.

 

Body Lotion

Lastly, applying coconut simply all over your body as a moisturizer will be one of the best ways to reap all of its benefits. Coconut oil will not only keep your entire body silky smooth but will also help with healing bruises, fading scars, hydrating dry skin, eliminating stretch marks and any other unwanted little body blips we might have.

 

Are you already apart of the coconut oil craze? If so, what are your favourite ways to use it? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Image courtesy of Urban Outfitters via Byrdie

 

Product Info:
1. Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil, $27.35, available at Amazon

 

By: Ciara Koth of Toronto, @ciarakoth

 

Beauty Jobs – 10 Airplane Beauty Hacks

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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Why is travelling via plane always made out to appear super glamorous, when in reality it’s everything but? Well, unless you’re Bella Hadid than flying is a whole other story. If you’ve ever flown before, you’re probably well acquainted with the arctic cabin temps, standing in long TSA lines and being slightly cramped for hours while 35,000 plus feet in the air.

To ensure you can step off the plane feeling fresh and ready to take on the new city you’ve just landed in, Beauty Nine To Five has compiled 10 airplane beauty hacks that you need to try ASAP. Covering skin, hair and body, we’ll make sure you’re good to go straight off the airport runway. Read on below!

Get Your Beauty Rest (Literally!)

On a long flight? Overnight? Even better! Our #1 tip for long haul flights is a rich under eye serum paired with a light-cancelling sleep mask. Slather on an under eye serum with skin-saving ingredients like ferulic acid and retinol. Then, slip on your mask. You’ll never have to worry about waking up to puffy or dry eyes again.

Bye Bye Bacteria

Planes can be a breeding ground for germs *cringe*. We all know hand sanitizers can kill up to 99.9% of bacteria due to its high alcohol content but what about the extremely drying effect this has on your hands? The beautifully packaged hand sanitizing lotions from Renouve are 95% natural and contain vitamin e, aloe and chamomile to nourish and protect.

The Golden Rule of Travel

Note to self: all sunscreen rules still apply even though you’re technically “inside” a plane. Daytime travellers need to remember that airplane windows don’t block against UVA or burning UVB rays. Those sitting in window seats need to apply a nickel-sized amount of sunblock every two hours for optimal protection.

Avoid the Red Eye

We’re positive there’s an amazing one-liner involving dry, red eyes and catching a red eye flight somewhere on the Internet. But for now, all you need to know is that planes recycle air which causes irritated red eyes. If this is something you’re prone to, keep a bottle of TSA-approved eye drops handy.

Zoom In x10

This tip is key if you have a fear of public washrooms. Compact magnifying mirrors allow you to do everything beauty-related from your seat while avoiding the questionable airplane washroom. Go for the classic M.A.C Duo-Image Compact Mirror that comes in M.A.C’s signature sleek packaging.

Universal Skin Saviour

Products that can do everything are an airplane beauty hack in themselves. Glossier, the latest beauty brand to amass a social media cult following, carries a universal skin salve named “Balm Dotcom”. The original formula can be used on lips, hands, thirsty elbows and knees and everywhere else!

Hydrate on the Sly

For some of us, wearing a full face mask in public just isn’t going to happen. A less conspicuous way to keep skin’s moisture from completely depleting are under eye masks. Simply place sheets on under eyes for a hydrating boost, but before you toss them, swipe the excess serum over your entire face. This way you’ll get super hydrated skin without the awkward stares.

Effortless Overnight Hair

Be proactive and use the time you spend sleeping on the plane to get perfect tousled tresses. Before your flight, saturate “almost dry” hair with a medium hold shaping mousse. Braid your hair in two tight braids for a crimped look or looser braids for flowing waves. Once you’re aboard the plane, tie your hair up with a silk scarf and wake up to perfectly styled hair with barely any effort on your end.

Freshen Up

No matter how much we would love to, taking a shower mid-flight is not an option. If you feel the need to freshen up before landing use a no rinse body wipe that removes oils and odour while imparting a thin veil of moisturizing aloe vera onto skin. Use everywhere you feel could use a fresh boost!

Mini Makeup Bag

Makeup can clog your pores if kept on the entire flight. Instead, wait ten minutes before the plane lands to reach for travel-sized makeup necessities and apply sparingly. Choose kits that include a primer, tinted moisturizer/pressed powder as well as brow, cheek and lip products. Or, pack a homemade kit of your personal faves.

Which airplane beauty hack are you most likely to actually add to your travel routine? Leave it in the comments below!

Inspiration image courtesy of Vogue

Product Info:

.Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Ferulic + Retinol Triple Correction Eye Serum, $85, available at Sephora

Renouve Anti-Aging Hand Sanitizing Lotion, $29

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Water-Light Daily Face Sunscreen Lotion – SPF 60, $12.67, available at Walmart

Refresh Optive Advanced Lubricant Eye Drops, $14.99, available at Well.ca

M.A.C. Duo-Image Compact Mirror, $15

Glossier Balm Dotcom, $12, only available in the U.S.

Bliss Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Eye Mask, $77.62, available at ULTA

Inspiration image courtesy of Glamour

No Rinse Cleansing & Deodorizing Aloe Vera Wipes, $5.47, available at Walmart

Sephora Favorites Sunkissed Glow, $54

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Esthetician Jobs – The Minis: The Best Travel-Sized Products of 2017

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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Beauty Nine to Five has thought up a few reasons why travel-sized beauty products are so irresistible: 1) they fit into any pocket, purse or carry-on  2) they are less expensive than their full-sized counterparts 3) they usually come in value sets 4) mini things are always cute, like puppies for example!

As you reach for the mini-sized version of this season’s best beauty products, always remember that good things come in small packages! Read on for a full list of the best travel-sized spring makeup, skincare and hair products of spring 2017.

1. MILK MAKEUP

Vibes Vibes Vibes

Vibes Vibes Vibes is the name of MILK MAKEUP’s brand new limited edition travel set. Containing mini editions of their infamous Blur Stick, it also packs soon to be favourites like a lip + cheek duo, matte bronzer and a face stick that promises to soothe and refresh the skin.

2. CLINIQUE

Sunday Morning Saviour

Aside from Advil and large black sunnies, this kit may be the ultimate hangover solution — especially if you’re planning on attending Coachella this year! Throw Clinique’s classic makeup remover, vitamin-C infused under-eye cream and eye brightening mascara in your overnight bag to revitalize your complexion after a night on the town.

3. Tangle Teezer

Hello Kitty x Tangle Teezer

The new Tangle Teezer collab features Hello Kitty (iconic childhood fave) on a pink Compact Styler. The compact styler has a built-in protective cover and multi-tier bristles that make maintaining your ‘do absolutely effortless, plus it’s super cute!

4. Cover FX

Foundation + Concealer in a Click

This foundation and concealer duo is the size of a standard lipstick but brings much more to the table. With 24 shades of flawless full coverage giving off a natural finish, this may be the only skin base you need all spring long.

5. eyelash curler

Ultimate Bambi Eyes

The dramatic curl your mascara wand gives doesn’t always last all day, especially when the humidity and weather heat up. Pro Tip: use a curler to refresh lashes and avoid any possibility of clumping. Try Japonesque’s Pocket Curler, available in Black and Pink.

6. LANEIGE

Face Masks for a Steal

If mini-sized items are cute than the Multiberry Yogurt Repairing Mask and Water Sleeping Mask must be adorable. At a teeny-tiny 0.5oz each, both masks offer intense overnight hydration that are easy to rinse off in the morning.  P.S. This kit is only $8, we suggest you click “Add to cart” ASAP.

7. AVEDA

Protect Your Crown

Sunscreen isn’t only for your face and body – your hair also needs protection from the sun’s powerful rays to protect against things like dryness and colour fade. Spray on a protective hair veil with SPF 30 before going out in the sun. The small size makes it easy to slip in your bag and reapply throughout the day.

8.Kat Von D lipstick

Trend Alert: Lip Contouring on the Go

So you’ve been thinking of hopping on the trendy lip contour train that’s been taking over spring 2017? The fact that Kat Von D’s mini Everlasting Liquid Lip Duo in Melancholia/Susperia pair perfectly together will make your life that much easier. If the trend isn’t for you, both colours look great on their own, it’s a win-win.

9. GUCCI

Smell Delicious 24/7

Rollerballs have been around forever but how many of us actually use them on a day-to-day basis? Portable fragrance makes it super easy to spritz on your fave scents without lugging around an expensive and elaborate glass bottle. A floral yet seductive scent for spring is Gucci’s Flora.

10. Sephora Brushes

Tiny Tools

All the travel-sized makeup and skincare goodies in the world are useless if you don’t have the right tools on hand. Sephora has released a mini set of six charcoal-infused face and eye brushes that come in a compact travel pouch. Whether you need a full-face application in a hurry or a mid-day touch up, this antibacterial brush set is definitely one to watch.

11. BITE Beauty

Lush Lip Wipes

Whether they are “in” or “out” this season, most of us won’t be letting go of our mattes anytime soon. In case you need to remove your long-wearing lip colour in a pinch, grab the individually packaged Lush Lip Wipes and swipe away any trace of product without drying out your pout.

Phew — those are our top travel-friendly beauty pics of the season. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments in below!

Inspiration image courtesy of Notorious Mag

Product info:

MILK MAKEUP Vibes Vibes Vibes, $59, available at Sephora

Clinique Go-Go Eyes Set, $23, available at Sephora

Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, $13.50

Cover FX Cover Click Foundation + Concealer, $24, available at Sephora

Japonesque Go Curl Pocket Curler, $12.99, available at ULTA

Laneige Goodnight Kit, $8, available at Sephora

AVEDA Sun Care Protective Hair Veil, $38

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lip Duo: Lip Contour Edition, $25, available at Sephora

Gucci Flora by Gucci Portable Fragrance, $34, available at The Bay

Sephora Mini Deluxe Charcoal Antibacterial Brush Set, $53

Bite Beauty Lush Lip Wipes, $25 for 30 wipes, available at Sephora

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV