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Hair Stylist Jobs – From the Beach to the Boardroom: Summer Hair Trends You Can Wear to Work

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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For most of our fellow Beauty Nine to Fivers, summer is just another three-month time span on the calendar and not an actual vacay from the 9-5 grind. All the fun, beachy, effortless and (somewhat unkempt) hairstyles might just not cut it in a professional workplace. To balance the best of both worlds, we have compiled a list of eight hair trends that you can dare to wear to work. In order from least to most daring, read on for summer hair inspo, styling tips, and tricks!

Far From Basic Top Knot

When we think of summer hairstyles, two words immediately come to mind: Beach. Waves. You know the look that’s easily achievable with any salt-based texturizing spray? To take this look from the beach to your workplace, pull it together (literally!) by taking a section of hair from your crown and tying a sleek, mini top knot. Secure with bobby pins and you’re set.

Long Live The Lob

The lob (a long bob) is a breezy option for those not willing to commit to super short hair. Piecey, lengthy layers frame the face while the still being long enough for a ponytail. For extra sun-kissed vibes, selectively highlight sections of hair that fall around your eyes, temples, and mouth. This creates the effect that light is naturally being drawn to you.

Bang Bang Bang

Thinking of a super high, sleek ponytail in this humidity? Forget about it. Curly cuties, we have the perfect celeb style for you. Gather your hair at the very top of your head, pushing some of your hair forward. Gently pull a few wispy pieces from the back of your ponytail towards the front of your face, creating the illusion of bangs — the hair flowing over from your ponytail will hide everything. Once you’re done, you’re left with the perfect mix of carefree sophistication.

Tropical Tresses

Box braids 101: they’re a traditional hairstyle often used protectively for many women around the world. Attaching seashells or silver and gold beads and clamps throughout the length of your braids gives a distinctly tropical flair. We love the gold clamps pictures above to add a touch of island heat to any work setting.

Fresh Out The Pool Style

Ladies with straight hair: you know the way your hair looks when you climb out of the pool and it falls behind your ears? That’s what we’re going for! Blow dry damp hair with a firm boar bristle brush, directing strands towards the nape of your neck. Smooth over sections with a flat iron then backcomb the front to add volume. Pin sides of your hair discreetly behind your ears. Finally, spritz your entire head with a high-shine hairspray to complete the look.

Ariel, who?!

Aside from awesome pastel dye jobs, mermaid hair is also known for its extremely long flowing qualities. This summer hair trend is easy to try for a day or two — all you need are 40-inch hair extensions. If you can’t handle hair down to your ankles, opt for extensions that are noticeably longer than what you’re used to, around the 22-24 inch mark. This simple hack makes a stunning, glamorous difference without a permanent commitment!

Platinum Blonde Beauty

Hey, there risk taker! The striking trend of celebrities buzzing their hair and dying it platinum has been making serious waves. From Amber Rose who has donned the style for years, to the likes of Cara Delevingne, Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart and even Zoe Kravitz, a buzz cut makes a powerful statement while the bright platinum tone keeps it light and summery. If you’ve been thinking about going really short, this is the look to try (plus, it’ll grow out in a few weeks).

Millennial Pink Everything

Step up your casual Fridays at work with a millennial pink wig. We’re serious. Erase images of plastic, shiny costume wigs from your memory. 2017 wigs can be washed, bleached, curled, straightened, dyed, time and time again just like typical hair extensions. There are thousands of YouTube tutorials demonstrating where to purchase and how to wear wigs to make them look hyperreal.

This is our complete list of beach to boardroom hairstyles you can dare to try on your own this summer. Which style would you actually from this list? Which one are you skipping? Let us know in the comments below!

Inspiration image:

Image courtesy of Cool Chic Style Fashion

Product Info:

  1. Top Knot image courtesy of Harper Lange
  2. Lob image courtesy of ELLE
  3. Curly bangs image courtesy of Steal Her Style
  4. Box Braids with clamps courtesy of Prettie Major
  5. Wet, sleek hair image courtesy of Mane Addicts
  6. Extra long hair image courtesy of Stars Diary
  7. Platinum buzz cut image courtesy of Metro
  8. Millennial pink hair image courtesy of Buzzfeed

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Nine Beauty Tips for Bridesmaids

Friday, June 9th, 2017

Brace yourselves; wedding season is back in full effect. As you know, bridesmaids play an integral role in the wedding process as it’s typically up to these select few to host a crazy bachelorette party, attend rehearsal dinners, be in the millions of professional pics and to stay calm, cool and collected in the face of the infamous bridezilla.

Whether it’s your first wedding or you’re a seasoned pro, Beauty Nine to Five has put together the top beauty tips to keep you looking and feeling fab throughout the entire bachelorette experience. Read on below!

1. Superstay Mani + Pedi

Of course you’ll want to treat yourself to a mani and pedi a few days before the big day. Remember, as a bridesmaid, you’ll undoubtedly be helping with all the lifting, assembling and packing that go into putting on a wedding. Ensure your nails stay chip free throughout the festivities by opting for shellac. Please don’t go crazy with the design or colour; every little thing stands out in photos!

2. Pump Up Your Skincare

Treat yourself to a heavy-duty face mask packed with active ingredients that are proven to perform. Our recommendation is a skin saviour from Paula’s Choice that plumps the surface while also minimizing any blemishes due to its retinol content. Use this at least two nights before the wedding to ensure skin has time to chill out.

3. Oh, and Absolutely Do Not…

Get a haircut or worse, colour change right before participating in a wedding! Imagine the potential disaster of going in for a fresh “trim” the day before the big event and having your hairstylist accidentally cut off a few extra inches of hair. Or trying a new haircolour that ends up not suiting you at all. Play it safe!

4. Light It Up

We know, we know — white strips aren’t the best long-term option for overall oral health. But this is a special occasion! Use white strips a few nights before the wedding to brighten up your smile for the endless photos. This tip is best for bridesmaids wearing bright lipstick colours as they naturally draw attention to your teeth.

5. Until The Sun Comes Up

You’ll want to smell amazing as receptions often go on until the wee hours of the night. A well-known trick is to apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly over your pulse points. Then, spritz on your fave perfume. This combo allows the scent to sit on top of the skin for a long time since Vaseline acts as a barrier. Plus, it’s cost effective!

6. Element-Proof Your Makeup

Okay, so you’ll most likely get your makeup professionally done, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Once your look is finalized, mist Skindinävia’s award-winning spray over everyone’s face in the room. The Makeup Finishing Spray in Bridal promises to be “kiss-proof, cry-proof and sweat-proof” for up to 16 hours. Think of the wedding photos!

7. Practice Makes Perfect

In case you have to do your own makeup (no biggie!), practice the look you want to go for a few weeks in advance, multiple times. Try to nail the application by watching tons of YouTube tutorials and mastering your technique. Pro tip: Snap pics of yourself in a variety of lighting condition to make sure your makeup looks good from all angles.

8. Please Don’t Flake

As a member of the bride’s brigade, you’re bound to be rubbing shoulders with guests all day long, so make sure your skin is soft and well taken care of. Get down in the shower with Soap and Glory’s Flake Away Body Polish. Its yummy fruity scent combines sea salt, shea butter and plant oils for an intense exfoliation that is equally moisturizing. Focus on elbows, knees, feet, and underarms.

9. Plan for the Worst

We’re not talking First Aid when we say have a travel size kit at the ready in case of any potential disasters. A few days before the big day, brainstorm every possible beauty mishap that may occur and plan for it! Pack bobby pins that perfectly match the colour of your hair, mini makeup remover wipes for when you cry through your waterproof mascara, blotting sheets in case of unwanted shine and anything else you can think of. Store them all in a cute monogrammed makeup bag like this one from Sephora!

If you take anything away from this article remember to be supportive, let loose and smile! Let us know of any bridesmaid beauty tips we missed in the comments below.

Inspiration Image Courtesy of All Womens Talk

Product Info:


1. Nail design image courtesy of Alicia Torello

2. Paula’s Choice SKIN RECOVERY Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum With Retinol, $34

3. Bride Wars Movie image courtesy of Glamour Mag

4. Crest 3D White Whitestrips Glamorous White, $46.83 for 12 treatments, available at Walmart

5. Vaseline Original Petroleum Jelly, $3.67, available at Amazon

6. Skindinävia The Makeup Finishing Spray Bridal, $29

7. Bridesmaid Makeup Tutorials on YouTube

8. Soap and Glory Flake Away Body Polish, $21.21, available at ULTA

9. Sephora The Jetsetter: Personalized Pouch, $25

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – Q&A with On Air Beauty Expert Bahar Niramwalla

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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Beauty Nine To Five was lucky enough to chat with Canada’s very own on-air Beauty Expert Bahar Niramwalla! If you haven’t already seen her gracing your television screen hosting beauty segments for The Morning Show and CityLine, you’ve most definitely read her articles for Chrome Magazine. With 10 years of experience in the beauty industry, Bahar has earned a reputation as the go-to beauty know-it-all!

Take a peek at our interview which dishes on her career moves, tips for beauty industry hopefuls and even shares some of her fave Canadian brands!

BNTF: Your passion for all things beauty speaks for itself — what initially sparked your interest in makeup, skincare, and fragrance?

BN: The usual, watching my mom in the mirror, admiring how she paid attention to little details of the process for getting ready… even her regimen and steps in the whole “beautification” process.

BNTF: As the appointed Grooming Editor of Chrome Magazine, a luxury men’s publication, do you find that men and women have drastically different beauty needs?

BN: Not to speak down to the male sex, but, it’s a lot easier to speak to the majority of ladies looking for beauty solutions about detailed ingredient discussions, multi-step programs and minute details. Whereas the majority of men want an easy, quick, no fuss solution to all their problems — I am convinced 2in1 shampoo was a male invention for men.

Most of this does indeed speak to the fact that their “needs” are different. Women tend to find very small, specific issues and have many of them to deal with whereas men look at the grooming and beauty aspect as an overall picture and therefore see the solution as being the same overall thing to cure all their needs. The one universal need, however, is skincare, and it’s great to see both brands and their consumers responding positively to this necessary item.

BNTF: What are three ways someone obsessed with beauty can establish themselves as an authority in this field in the ways that you have?

BN: The three easiest avenues to stand out in this industry are rather simple: Be real, be honest and be yourself. There is nothing more refreshing (or marketable) than being real nowadays. That is why reality media has exploded. People want real life to unfold before them and, in this industry which can be full of “fake”, it’s always nice to see/hear someone who is being real.

Honesty seems obvious, but it’s often overlooked in communication within the industry, perhaps because the truth is often harder to swallow. And, it almost goes without saying: be yourself. You are the only YOU out there – no one can be you so it pays off tenfold to represent yourself in all your glory vs. trying to mimic a celebrity or a reality TV star. I think this also goes for your look and style, too. It’s great to have some inspiration from social media/online/TV, but be sure you’re repping’ you, at the end of the day.

BNTF: From The Morning Show to CityLine, you’re practically on-air 24/7! How can we create a camera-ready look that lasts?

BN: Skincare first, as it is the foundation (not the colour coverage kind) that sets the stage for a great on-air look. I adore the Omorovicza line of skincare products for both their sensorial aspect but also how they leave my face a perfect canvas for makeup. Next, figure out where you need foundation and concealer and apply accordingly instead of everywhere.

Strategic makeup is always better than a lot of makeup. Try using a matte bronzer as a contour instead of heavy, cakey colours and always fill in your brows. Make sure you slightly overdo your blush colour, as studio lighting can wash you out. Lastly, use a facial mist or makeup setting spray to keep everything in place!

BNTF: Brands have become increasingly creative and stepped up their product launch game in recent years. What’s the most memorable PR package you’ve ever received?

BN: The most recent was a personalized package filled with items selected based on a questionnaire. It was colour coded, had my name on items, came with some great scents and then also tied in SO well into the actual product offerings, I was left slack-jawed. Personal is always best in my books.

BNTF: Lastly, as we’re sure you know, Canadian brands are making huge waves in the beauty industry right now. Which ones have caught your eye and why?

BN: I have SO many!

  • Consonant Skincare – Hands down, the Hydrextreme is a game changer (and an award winner!)
  • Cake beauty – They are truly kicking a** in the hair styling game right now.
  • Vasanti Cosmetics – Their powder highlighters and gel formula lip colours are to die for!
  • Stellar Beauty – loving this more-inclusive shade range offering for your diverse nation!
  • Bite Beauty – If you don’t know, you need a bite lipstick/pencil/gloss/lip mask in your life.
  • Nudestix – Overall, so simple and easy to use, these (very young) entrepreneurs have created a great collection of eye, lip and cheek sticks that I can’t travel without.

P.S. You can follow Bahar on social media and follow her along her beauty journey: @BaharNiramwalla!

All Images Courtesy of Bahar Niramwalla

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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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

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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Beauty Jobs – 7 Beauty Tips Passed Down from Mom that Actually Work

Friday, May 5th, 2017

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Moms all over the world hold a special place in our hearts — no matter how easily they can make us roll our eyes or instantly regret telling a joke. Moms also know a thing or two about beauty regimens and have passed down timeless tips and tricks over the years to their beauty-obsessed children. Beauty Nine to Five scoured the internet for a full range of beauty tips from mothers around the world that actually work — just in time for Mother’s Day. Read on to learn more, you may even recognize a few!

1. Clinique

Nothing But Lipstick

An adage we can all attest to hearing our mothers repeat was, “you need to let your skin breathe”. This means no makeup except a bold lip colour. Debuting in the ‘70s to rave reviews, Clinique’s Black Honey Lipstick is a classic (and looks good on everyone)! Update this tip by using an undetectable BB cream to even your complexion and you’re good to go.

2. Kariderm

Shea Butter from Head to Toe

Shea butter is cocoa butter’s upgraded cousin. Originating in Ghana and loaded with vitamin E, this powerhouse is known to heavily moisturize skin, improve tone and even contains a small amount of SPF. Warm shea butter in the palm of your hands before applying from head to toe for the supplest skin ever.

3. Conair

Movie Star Hair Rollers

Moms were definitely on to something with the Velcro hair rollers trend. We strongly recommend tweaking this beauty tip to hot rollers for style that lasts without the headache. Use jumbo-sized rollers for glamorous, bouncy curls that you just can’t get with a curling wand.

4. Turmeric

Golden Face Mask

Turmeric root is ground into a deep yellow, pungent powder and has hundreds of uses around the kitchen and now, in your beauty routine. Mix enough turmeric powder and whole milk (or water) to form a paste and apply all over your face. Stay still as you allow this mask to dry and we promise you’ll wake up to a brighter, even complexion. Warning: turmeric stains everything.

5. Neutrogena

Never Sleep With It On

Never, ever, go to sleep with makeup on. And we know that you’ve probably heard this line from all ends, but Moms have a special way of reiterating this major beauty faux pas. Apart from clogging pores, spreading bacteria and ruining pillowcases what other reasons do you need to wipe off your makeup before bed?

6. Paulas Choice

Invest in Anti-Aging Products

You’re never too young to start taking amazing care of your skin. Most of us have memories of our mom using one potion or another that promised eternal youth. In modern times, this simply calls for a product that packs a dose of retinol plus antioxidants and other skin building ingredients. Don’t forget to top it off with an SPF of 30 or more.

7. Korean Italy towels

Korean Italy Towels

Korean Italy towels have definitely earned a spot in the top five list of holy grail body exfoliators. These towels are known to literally (TMI warning) have strips of dead skin roll off of your body after use. First, allow your skin to soften up by soaking in a hot bath for 20+ minutes. Then, firmly press the cloth into the skin in repetitive motions. Rinse dead skin down the drain and be amazed.

Let us in — which special beauty tips and tricks did your Mom pass down? Leave a note in the comments below!

Inspiration Image Courtesy of Honestly WTF

Product Info:

1. Clinique Almost Lipstick in Black Honey, $21

2. Kariderm Organic Pure Shea Butter, $6.99, available at

3. Conair Jumbo and Super Hot Rollers, $39.99

4. Inspiration Image courtesy of What Women Needs

5. Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes – Fragrance Free, $6.49, available at drugstores

6. Paula’s Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment, $56 

7. Image Courtesy of Frugal Bits

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – 6 Ways to add Orange to your Beauty Routine

Monday, April 17th, 2017

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Backstage beauty shots from the runway predicted this trend months ago: orange is the new black. Shades of orange, peach and mandarin are taking over department store counters, social media feeds and our favourite beauty gurus’ videos. This spring, we’re giving you six ways to add this vibrant, juicy colour to your everyday look.

1. Lipgloss

For the Lips

Just like red lipstick, the perfect orange shade depends on getting the right undertone for your complexion. Skip the guesswork and go for a universally flattering gloss. Makeup Forever’s Extreme Shine Lip Gloss gives a bold veil of colour that is perfect on its own or on top of a nude, long-wearing matte lipstick.

2. Eyeshadow

For the Eyes

Nothing looks better than a sunny pop of colour on the lid. The newly released Bronze Palette from Kylie Cosmetics does just that while providing an impressive range of crease, outer V and highlight shades. FYI: there are thousands (literally!) of tutorials on YouTube featuring this palette in case you need inspiration.

3. Blush

For the Cheeks

We’re not letting you get away with a coral blush this time — go full orange for maximum impact. Make orange cheeks wearable by dusting a sheer tone over apples of the face with a huge powder brush. Pro tip: lightly dust blush over the tip of nose to pull the look together with the rest of the face.

4. Hair

For the Hair

Sorry brunettes, this hair trend only really works on blondies. A quick way to change your hair colour for the weekend, without any major commitment, is by applying semi-permanent hair dye. Manic Panic’s Psychedelic Sunset will bring your tresses to neon, highlighter orange heights you never knew were possible!

5. Nails

For the Nails

Bright nails typically make their way around the beauty cycle by this time of year. Steer away from the typical high gloss finish by applying OPI’s matte topcoat over a deep orange nail lacquer. The matte topcoat gives the nails a unique effect and warms up a complexion that hasn’t seen enough sun yet.

6. Tools

The Tools

This beauty blender contender was designed by YouTube royalty Pixiwoo and is loved by so many of us! The Miracle Complexion sponge gives flawless results at a fraction of the price of similar luxury tools. It made our list due to its large size, availability and most importantly, fun orange colour.

What are you favourite orange beauty products this spring? Let us know in the comments below!

Inspiration image courtesy of Allure

Product Info:

1. Makeup Forever Glossy Full Couleur Extreme Shine Lip Gloss in Vibrant Orange, $23

2. Kylie Cosmetics The Bronze Palette, $42

3. Inspiration hair image courtesy of Lydia Kirwood

4. Manic Panic Semi-Permanent Cream Hair Color in Psychedelic Sunset, $10.49, available at Sally Beauty

5. Inspiration nail image courtesy of Jewell Code

6. OPI Matte Top Coat, $10, available at Ulta

7. Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge, $32.95 for pack of four, available at Walmart

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Beauty Jobs – Q&A with Denise Elliott, CEO of Denise Elliott Beauty Co.

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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Balancing what you love with the demands of owning a successful business takes hustle, motivation and most importantly, talent. Meet Denise Elliott, CEO of Denise Elliott Beauty and Co., who runs a full service beauty salon based in Vancouver.   

Following the salon’s recent grand opening, Beauty Nine to Five caught up with Denise to discuss the biggest challenges of working in the beauty industry, the importance of social media in running a business and, of course, top beauty tips!    

The Studio (credit Ema Peter Photography)

BNTF: Your growth in the beauty industry is inspirational — from working with major brands to starting your own mobile beauty company to now opening Denise Elliott Beauty Co! What are some challenges you’ve had to face to get where you are today?

DE: Thank you – it’s been a long road and it’s taken a lot of dedication to get here! There have been many challenges with running my own business. The main one that sticks out the most is turning off “work mode”. I seem to work all the time and sometimes at all hours. It’s been difficult finding the balance with work, personal and social life.  The consistent emails, team scheduling, and just day-to-day appointments – you can never get caught up! That said it’s all worth it in the end.

BNTF: What can new clients look forward to when they walk through the doors of the brand new Denise Elliott Beauty Co. makeup and hair salon?

DE: We’re a full service beauty salon. Services vary from makeup, hair styling, including colours and cuts, to hosting lessons and parties. Our team loves hosting any type of groups from weddings, grads, bachelorette makeup parties, teen lessons, birthdays and all sorts of other beauty events.

We totally understand that a beauty studio can be a little intimidating for some people and I wanted to make a super welcoming space where our clients can come in and feel comfortable asking questions and learning all about feeling and looking their best!

We also retail a full range of our favourite makeup, skincare and hair products, so we make recommendations and help to educate out clients what works best for them.

BNTF: Do you have any tips for young talent wanting to work in the industry? How can an aspiring MUA or hairstylist land a gig with you?

DE: For new aspiring talent, it’s really important to be professional and eager to learn certain techniques that are in line with the brand. We focus on enhancing our client’s natural beauty and it’s really important to have new talent be able to create the similar style.

BNTF: Your social media platform @deniseelliottbeautyco is super aesthetic. Does social media play a role for your business in the real world?

DE: Yes, social media is a major role in our business. We have clients email or message us through social media wanting to book our services whether it’s for a wedding, makeup or hair service for a special event or photoshoot. It’s nice to have other vendors always tag us because that creates awareness and builds community. Cross promotion is super helpful to anyone involved!Denise Elliott Beauty Co. 6

BNTF: What’s the signature Denise Elliott look and how does one achieve it?

DE: My philosophy is all about bringing out a woman’s natural beauty by enhancing their best features to complement their skin, style and personality. That means we want our customers to leave feeling confident, beautiful and knowledgeable about how to bring out their best features.

BNTF: Name a makeup “rule” you would never break. Name one you break all the time.

DE: The one makeup rule I can never break is putting an eye primer on! I can’t stress enough about having the eyeshadow last all day especially with having oily lids. I love doing eyes and for me using an eye primer is key!

One rule that I break is applying lip liner. If you want a red lip I do think it’s crucial to apply a lip liner, however with a soft lip colour I will sometimes just skip that step… oops!

BNTF: Finally, share a makeup trick more ladies and gents need to know about.

DE: After teaching numerous makeup lessons over the years to my clients I would definitely say my top tip is “less is more”. I can’t stress enough about starting with a light application and then adding more after if needed.

Images courtesy of Denise Elliott, @DeniseElliottBeauty

Image #2 by Ema Peters.

Other images by Christine Pienaar Photography

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

Makeup Artist Jobs – What’s in My Makeup Bag With Beauty PR Guru Victoria Malloy

Thursday, April 13th, 2017


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I am passionate about healthy living and that extends to my beauty regimen. In my line of work (I run a boutique PR firm working exclusively with natural beauty and grooming brands) I have had the great pleasure of working with some amazing natural beauty brands from across the globe. I have acquired a wealth of knowledge when it comes to the chemicals lurking in our beauty products and how our day-to-day beauty products can be easily replaced with clean alternatives. Just like we eat well – feeding our bodies nutrient-dense foods – the same care should be taken when it comes to our skin. There are amazing plant-based products out there to help you “green-ify” your make-up bag.

Here are some of my go-tos…

1. Vita Active Foundation

Fitglow Beauty Vita-Active Foundation

This has become a staple in my makeup arsenal. This is so much more than a foundation. It is skin nutrition that feeds the skin super foods and essential vitamins! This 98% organic foundation combines Vitamin C, Botanical Hyaluronic Acid, Seaweed Brighteners and Beta-Carotene to improve skin clarity, fight free radical damage and improve skin tone and smoothness. I love how well this foundation holds up throughout the day.

I have oily skin that tends to slowly break down my makeup throughout the day, but this one really holds up! Fitglow has designed this foundation to work with the skin’s changing pH so it stays put and looks great all day. I love how this feels on my skin. It doesn’t feel like I have a face full of makeup, nor does it look like I do. It gives me great coverage but feels nice and light. I like to apply it with my fingers with nice clean hands or with a beauty blender. Also works great applied with a foundation brush.

2. Pure Powder Foundation

Hynt Beauty Velluto Pure Powder Foundation

I have used different loose powders over the years, but as of late I’ve been really loving this one from Hynt Beauty.  Sometimes I use this on its own as a foundation or dust a light layer on top of my Fitglow foundation. Either way, this ultra-fine milled loose powder blended with organic extracts and oils creates a velvety smooth finish that I love. I like to tap a small amount of powder into the lid and swirl my brush around to load the brush evenly before applying.

3. Un-Coverup

RMS Beauty “Un” CoverUp Concealer

This is one of the best natural concealers I’ve used. The formulation is beautifully creamy and blends flawlessly.  It warms up with the skin and melts into the skin for a beautiful finish with great coverage. I like to gently pat a little bit under my eyes with my ring finger to brighten up the eyes as well as other areas that need a little bit of extra coverage. A little goes a long way!

4. Good lash

Fitglow Beauty Good Lash Mascara

I have tested out a lot of natural mascaras over the years and it took some time to find one that agreed with my eyes. Not only do I have sensitive eyes that have been known to get easily irritated by certain mascaras, but I also have long lashes that tend to transfer product to my lids and under-eye area. I needed to find one that was gentle but also formulated to stay put. My eyes found their match in Fitglow’s Good Lash Mascara. This is now a staple in my makeup bag.

5. Eyelash Curler

Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

The Shu Uemura eyelash curler is an absolute essential in my makeup routine. It’s amazing what a difference a curl of lashes makes to complete your makeup look. I have used different brands over the years and they all generally achieve the same result for me, but this is the one you’ll find in my makeup bag right now. Again, because of my eye sensitivity, I like to keep it nice and clean by spraying it with a little alcohol and giving it a good wipe.

6. Lip stick

Suntegrity Lip C.P.R Sunscreen Lipstick

I’m a huge fan of products that do double-duty, in particular, lip products. These beautiful lipsticks from Suntegrity not only nourish your lips in rich, creamy colour but they keep the lips protected with broad spectrum SPF 30 without chemicals. I love how this lipstick glides on and keeps my lips feeling hydrated with organic jojoba oil, shea butter and cocoa butter. I have been wearing Solar Rose but I also love Sunburst Pink.

7. Too Faced Kabuki Brush

Too Faced Kabuki Brush

Brushes are another important part of my makeup routine, but I’m mindful of keeping brushes made with animal hair (and any product not committed to being cruelty-free for that matter) out of my makeup bag. This “Teddy Bear Hair” brush from Too Faced is great because it’s a) cruelty-free and b) it’s retractable, so it’s easy to keep it clean especially when on-the-go or traveling. I have also been enjoying the sculpting foundation brush from Juice Beauty, made with 100% taklon non-animal fibre.

To stay up to date with the rest of Victoria’s beauty favourites, make sure to follow her on Instagram.

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Images courtesy of Victoria Mallory

Product Info:

  1. Vita-Active Foundation, $59, available at Fitglow Beauty
  2. Velluto Pure Power Foundation, $69, available at Hynt Beauty
  3. RMS Beauty “UN”Coverup, $45, available at Health Hut Boutique
  4. Good Lash, $28, available at Fitglow Beauty
  5. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $28, available at Sephora
  6. Suntegrity – Lip C.P.R. – Sunscreen Lipstick, $39, available at Clementine Fields
  7. Too Faced Kabuki Brush, $40, available at Sephora

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Beauty Jobs – Six Canadian Beauty Instagram Accounts to Follow

Monday, April 10th, 2017

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If you’ve scrolled through your Insta feed lately, you may have noticed it’s filled with more than just selfies, travel pics and artsy bowls of ramen. The truth is, there are tons of creative Canadians sharing eye-catching, inspiring and insightful content every single day — you just need to know how to find them! From makeup artists and hair stylists to beauty gurus and editors, these beauty experts will add a refreshing change to your repetitive feed.

We’ve compiled a list of home-grown accounts that stand out as beauty leaders in one way or another. Check them out and show them some love (once you’ve given us a follow @BeautyNine2Five, of course)!

1. Leigh Dickson

Colour Chameleon

If you don’t check up on Leigh Dickson’s IG page often enough, you might not recognize her. This beauty chameleon plays with colour so often it’s hard to keep up! Every shade of the rainbow in eyeshadows, hair dyes and lipsticks can be found here. Colour enthusiasts, you’re welcome.

2. Matthew Collins

Homegrown Hair Expert

You’ve probably seen him on The Social, in your fave magazine or jet setting to and from backstage sets. Hair expert Matthew Collins’ IG page is the perfect mix of his work, his process, and life’s outtakes. Follow for a serious dose of luxury hairstyling — we could all use a few tips!

3. Nails

Nails To Die For

Need inspo for your next mani appointment? You’ve definitely come to the right place. Toronto-based nail artist Kristin has accumulated a huge following based off of her incredible attention to itty bitty details, mastering metallics and the most insanely gradual ombre we’ve ever seen.

4. Marisa Roy

Guru with a Capital G

There’s no question about it, glam guru Marisa Roy loves all things beauty. Her page is a blend of edgy cityscapes, the latest launches (face masks anyone?!) and complete makeup looks that she does herself. If you’ve ever needed a reason to recreate a look you’ve seen on the gram, she’s your girl.

5.Cake Beauty

Delicious Beauty Brand

On top of their coveted skincare, hair and body products, Cake Beauty is killing the ‘Gram. Their posts not only showcase their beauty line in amazingly creative ways but features editorial-quality flatlays and sometimes sweet, always sassy text posts. Not to mention, there products are cruelty free! Definitely worth a peek!

6. Rani Sheen

Dream Job #Goals

Ever wondered what working at a magazine in the beauty department would be like? Rani Sheen’s page gives followers a BTS look at beauty photoshoots, world travels and the “regular” day-to-day as the Beauty Director of The Kit. If you need a mix of the familiar vs. the aspirational on your feed, step into her world.

Let us know which Canadian beauty accounts you can’t get enough of in the comments below!

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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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