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Beauty Jobs – 5 Cruelty Free Brands to Know Now

Monday, January 8th, 2018

Beauty Nine to Five - Beauty Jobs in Canada

In today’s cosmetics landscape, brands don’t have to strive to work the best, but they also have to be the best for the environment and the consumers that use them. Which is why we’re so happy to see that more and more brands are banning animal testing before putting their products into the market, which is why we wanted to share five cool traditional brands that are shaking up the cruelty-free beauty industry.


Cruelty-free means: A product and its ingredients weren’t tested on animals. PETA has a list of companies and brands that pledge to never to sell in China since the requirement to sell cosmetics in this country requires that they are tested on animals in order to have their products available in the Chinese market. You can check the list here.


If you want to know if your favourite brand is cruelty-free, keep reading…

E.L.F Cosmetics
We got super excited when we found out that one of our favourite drugstore brands is cruelty-free. E.L.F has great and affordable makeup brushes, blushes and eye shadows, the best part, great quality for a small price. We love the baked Highlighter, as it’s the perfect way to get a serious glow during winter. 

Josie Maran
Created by a supermodel that was looking to create a cosmetic line that actually does some good, Josie Maran is a pioneer when comes to Argan Oil. She is not only the queen of incorporating Argan Oil into all of her products but her brand 100% against animal testing. Josie’s must try: Whipped Mud Mask – it’s a scent-free product that work for every skin type.

Charlotte Tilbury
In the high-end department, we have the amazing celebrity makeup artist that wanted your go-to brand to be both luxurious and good for the environment at the same time. Not to mention Charlotte is against using animals as test components.  Tilbury’s Magic Cream is the celebrity secret, but we believe that the Matte Revolution lipstick will steal your heart; it has a smooth application and is long-lasting.

Cake Beauty
This Toronto-based brand does a great job at being 100% cruelty-free and develops the most delicious scented creams. They are manufactured in Canada and UK and they have cute packaging. The everything balm will be your best friend during winter, is a life savour for your lips, skin, elbows and even lashes!

Yes To Tomatoes
This brand has a great mission of creating great products without compromising on ingredients. Not to mention the packaging is made of recycled material and like all the products on our list, this brand does not test on animals. It’s a natural line made with ingredients that we can actually pronounce (score!) and can be found in your kitchen. The detoxifying charcoal mud mask should be on your list of must-have items.


Did your favourite cosmetic brand make the list? Let us know in the comments below!


Inspirational Image:
Image courtesy of Spectrum Collections


Product Info:
E.L.F Highlighter available, $4, available at E.L.F Cosmetics
Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask, $59, available at Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury Matte revolution lipstick, $39, available at Charlotte Tilbury
Cake Beauty Everything Balm, $11.20, available at Cake Beauty
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Mud Mask, $19.77, available at Amazon


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


Inspirational Image:
Inspiration imager courtesy of Beauty by Kelsey


Products Info:

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


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Edmonton Beauty Careers – Voluminous Hair Tool Kit

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Inspiration Image Voluminous Hair Tool Kit

When it comes to thick, voluminous hair, some are born with it (you lucky girl!) – others need a little help to achieve. Hence the importance of a handy tool kit to get the job done. (Image courtesy of Tumblr). Whatever volume you’re aiming to achieve, these must-have products help to prevent tresses from falling flat:

For allover body: It’s easier to create volume on clean hair – wash with a volumizing shampoo and conditioner (we recommend: Living Proof Full Shampoo and Conditioner, $24 each available at Sephora). The shampoo removes oil and dirt without stripping the hair and conditioner doesn’t contain silicones and oily ingredients that tend to weigh the hair down. Rake a volumizing mousse (we recommend ALTERNA Bamboo Volume Weightless Whipped Mousse, $22 available at Sephora) through damp tresses before blow-drying with a round brush. For big, soft, bouncy curls, use hot rollers after a blowout (we recommend: T3 Voluminous Hot Rollers, $99 available at Sephora).

Allover Body Collage

For height at the roots: To keep roots from falling flat, apply a root-lifting spray (we recommend: Living Proof Full Root Lifting Spray, $26 available at Sephora) to hair at the scalp prior to blow-drying. For fast, easy height at the crown, roll hair up in Velcro rollers. After blow-drying hair until it’s nearly dry, wrap two-inch sections around the rollers and leave them in for ten minutes. Finish with a hairspray that protects against humidity to help hold the style while preventing it from frizzing (we recommend: Pantene Pro-V Stylers Anti-Humidity Maximum Hold Hairspray, $7.99 available at Shoppers Drug Mart).

Root Lift Collage

For rough, thick texture: Run a volumizing foam (we recommend: DevaCurl Frizz-Free Volumizing Foam, $25 available at Sephora) through damp hair and tousle with your fingers as your blow-dry. Since a foam version is more lightweight than mousse, it will help create a piecey and slightly coarse effect. Opt for a salt spray (we recommend: Bumble & Bumble Surf Spray, $25 available at Sephora) to create a scrunched, crunchy texture when spritzed onto wet hair or mussed look when used on dry hair. Dry shampoo is great to soak up oil at the roots and adds extra thickness and matte texture to your strands (we recommend: Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo Powder, $18 available online at

Thick Texture Collage

By: Ashley De Filippis, Toronto

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Beauty Careers – Canadian Beauty Brands

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Just in time for Canada day, I wanted to share some of my favourite Canadian beauty brands. I love supporting home grown brands with innovative products that are beloved in my beauty kit and I think you’ll love what these companies have to offer too!

1. Bite Beauty
I’m all about natural ingredients, which is what Bite Beauty uses for their line of lip products. The line contains just about any lip colour you can imagine, from bold to neutral and I’m all about the anti aging antioxidant’s included in the formula!

2. Elizabeth Grant
Elizabeth Grant has a wide range of products from makeup, skincare and fragrance. It’s definitely not new to the market, the brand has been selling since 1958 and has a loyal fan base. My favourite is the dark circle treatment ($22), made with all natural ingredients and visible anti aging effects!

3. Cake Beauty
Natural ingredients never sounded more delicious! Cake Beauty started in the kitchen of founder Heather Reier, the bath and body collection is 100% paraben free. The confectionary scents and pretty pink packaging are enough to sell me but the Satin Sugar Dry Shampoo ($18) and Milk Made Velveteen Hand Cream ($18) work like a charm too!

By: Melanie Kerr, Managing Editor, Toronto

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Hairstylist Jobs – Best Dry Shampoos

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The truth is, I hate washing my hair. There, I said it. When squeaky clean, my tresses never seem to behave as well, have as much volume, and take away the Kate Moss quality of messiness I’ve been defined for, for years. Luckily, there are products designed to muss up my locks, (Bumble and Bumble make great messy hair helpers) but even luckier still, dry shampoos have finally become mainstream. My messy locks became my signature back in high school, before dry shampoos really existed. My friends and I used to shake baby powder into our roots, but the thick powder was fairly evident and I always smelled ever so slightly of a baby change room, even overpowering my penchant for Miss Dior Cherie perfume in my teens. Far more sophisticated today, here are my top choices.

Psssssst! is an award winning formula that is as joyful to say as its results. I became obsessed with this stuff working at a summer camp in Los Angeles with a bi-weekly schedule of 5-day overnight camping trips with no running water. I loved it so much I continued to use it while back in the cabins, with access to water. My campers loved it too, gleefully shouting, “PSSSSSSST!!!” every time they used it. My co-counselor? Not so much. (16 dirty haired little girls isn’t as much fun as it seems.) The original retro can houses a scentless, volumizing, light coloured spray that gives even 5 day California-hiking hair a refreshed look and although my tent-pitching, hiking, s’more making days are over, Psssssst! is still a staple in my hair care routine. (Psssssst! Instant Spray Shampoo, $6, available at

Cake is a Canadian beauty line that’s as sweet as sugar. One of their staple products (and one of my longtime faves) is their satin sugar powder dry shampoo, but this season, a new formula was introduced and I’m seriously in love. With ingredients that absorb excess oil, pump up limp strands and soothe and condition the hair and scalp, this stuff is magic in a can, and its subtly sweet vanilla and citrus scent is pretty good proof. (Cake Satin Sugar Sweet Fuss-Free Volumizing Dry Shampoo, $22)

The pro shaped pointed tip on Oscar Blandi’s Pronto Dry Shampoo allows for maximum styling by sectioning off hair, squeezing a cloud of refreshingly lemon verbena scented powder into the roots, and massaging the product in. The powder can also be sprinkled into your hands first to really control the amount of product in your hair. Powders tend to require a bit less product and can be worked in little by little to achieve mussed up, degreased locks with tons of volume. (Oscar Blandi Pronto Dry Shampoo, $25, at Sephora)

By: Aimée Brothman, Toronto

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Toronto Beauty Jobs – The Straight Goods

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

I’m proud of my curls, but for the last two years I’ve found myself paying to have my hair pressed into submission at the hands of one of my favourite masterful stylists. With my bank account and time in mind, now that the weather’s turned cooler, I’m considering going down the flat iron route more often and I won’t be surprised to see tons of other women doing the same, as straight hair was all over the Fall 2012 runway. To help us curly beauties achieve this look, here are some stylist tips on how to make straight hair last:

Avoid Water: This doesn’t just mean carrying an umbrella in the rain – be sure to also wear a shower cap from the time you get into a hot shower until the time you go back to your room, in order to avoid the inevitable steam in your bathroom, which is a silent killer to artificially straight hair.

Use a Soft-Bristled Brush: After being flat-ironed, curly hair is at its weakest and is more prone to breakage, so opt for a soft-bristled brush. Any hair store should stock a decent, inexpensive version that will do the trick.

Sleep with a Silk Scarf: Wrapping your hair in a silk scarf keeps your locks in place overnight, and silk, unlike cotton, won’t snag and pull your hair as you sleep.

1. Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum, $17, available at Sephora

Consider a High Pony: If you’re going to the gym, or running errands, put your hair into a loose, high ponytail. Keeping hair off of your neck limits the amount of moisture it attracts. Then, when you’re done your workout, briefly blow-dry your roots. Use a little bit of a heat protective product, like Carol’s Daughter Macadamia Heat Protection Serum, to be on the safe side.

Limit Touch-ups: A little heat can go a long way, though too much heat can lead to a permanent loss of curls (a lesson I learned the hard way), so resist the urge to touch-up the frizzier parts too often. Instead, switch your straight, flowing look for a different hair style. I love throwing my not-quite-straight-anymore hair into a cute topknot or French braids.

2. Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Glistening Dry Shampoo & Body Powder, $20, available at

Apply Dry Shampoo: Just because your hair is getting a little greasy doesn’t mean you need to call it quits on your straight ‘do just yet, as a sprinkle of dry shampoo will guarantee you another day of straight-haired bliss. Though I don’t suffer from oily hair personally, Cake Beauty Satin Sugar Glistening Dry Shampoo & Body Powder smells like a dream, so I suggest you give it a try.

Model Photo: Joan Smalls, Balmain Fall 2012, courtesy of

By: Allyssia Alleyne, Toronto

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