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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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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – 11 Canadian Beauty YouTubers to Follow Right Now

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

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When it comes to YouTube beauty tutorials, there’s no need to go south of the border, we have all the talent up here! Canada’s YouTube beauty community is overflowing with hard-working young women and men who fill our feeds with inspiration, reviews, unseen releases and tips on the daily. Many are even lucky enough to call YouTube their full-time job (we’re just a little jealous)!

BNTF has put together a list of 11 Canadian Beauty YouTube channels you need to subscribe to ASAP. In no particular order, meet the faces of the Great North’s beauty scene.

1. Nee (Bebexo), Vancouver

West Coast native Nee a.k.a. Bebexo is a super successful beauty vlogger with 1.8M subscribers and counting. Her hair tutorials are second to none as they get right down to business by demonstrating a fully styled look in five minutes or less! Nee has a way of making the most complicated hairstyle straightforward and easy to replicate.

2. Krystal (Krystal Clear Makeup), Vancouver

If you’re on the hunt for detailed makeup how-tos and tutorials Krystal is your girl! Her attention-grabbing hair is only matched by her bubbly personality, which is further matched by her serious makeup skills— it’s really no wonder why she’s so popular on all social media platforms. This beauty chameleon also provides helpful solutions for those with acne-prone skin.

3. Fatima (Fatima Caser), Toronto

The glow is real! Fatima may be well known for her up close and personal selfies on Instagram but don’t sleep on her YouTube channel either. So far, she’s featured a full coverage foundation routine, lip swatches, and an everyday makeup look. Her recent collab with NYX Cosmetics as part of the Total Control Drop Foundation calendar tells us there’s much more to come!

4. Cristine (SimplyNailogical), Ottawa

Need a nail tutorial with hilarious commentary and appearances by an adorable cat named Menchie? Look no further than Cristine’s highly addictive YouTube channel, Simply Nailogical. This uber talented nail connoisseur is located in the capital and constantly delivers exciting and unique nail art content to her 3.8 million subscribers — we love the Canada Day Nail tutorial!

5. Emily (Beauty with Emily Fox), Montreal

Emily Fox is the full beauty package. From skincare tips to dupes of high-end products to huge Sephora and drugstore hauls, everything you crave can be found on her super popular YouTube channel. Consistent uploads and a positive demeanour have us looking forward to her next upload!

6. Jean François (JeanFrancoisCD), Montréal

Men in makeup are less visible than they should be, which is why we’re pleased to introduce you to Jean-Francois! The lovable MUA has two channels (one in French) where he shares everything from product reviews, tutorials and behind-the-scenes clips of his daily life. His larger than life personality will have you hooked.

7. Sylvia (BeautyCakez), Toronto

Chit chat GRWMs (get ready with me), makeovers, beauty hacks, are you subscribed yet? Watching one of Sylvia’s videos is like having a convo with your really down to earth friend who’s ten times better at makeup than you and has all the new stuff. All jokes aside, Sylvia a.k.a. BeautyCakez is a YouTube veteran having been on the scene for over seven years. Pls note: she doesn’t do brunch!

8. Stef (Stef Sanjati), Toronto

Stef is a talented beauty guru who has been making huge waves in the YouTube beauty community. Her channel, which discusses Waardenburg syndrome and gender identity, also features videos like “Feminizing make-up for trans-woman” which has reached over 180,000 people around the world. There’s so much to love!

9. Raschelle (MsRoshPosh), Toronto

MsRoshPosh shows us every week on her YouTube channel why she’s the Queen of a full glam beat. If you’ve been looking to achieve flawlessly blended skin, the smokiest eyes ever and a full pout watch two or three of her videos. As a former MAC MUA, Raschelle knows her way around a beauty counter.

10. Aya (Beauty By Aya), Ottawa

It’s all in the eyes with Aya  — her videos always start off with a warm smile that just pulls you in! This beauty guru’s videos may be entirely in Arabic but it’s easy to follow along using the products listed in the description bar. You can expect tons of glam, glitter, nude lips and killer winged liner on her channel, they’re her specialty.

11. Kyne (OnlineKyne), Kitchener

Kyne describes himself as an “artist/shapeshifter/glamazon/creator” which we think just about covers it! His YT channel, OnlineKyne, features extreme special FX makeup and wig 101s with talk-throughs and vlogs sprinkled throughout. Only 19 years old, Kyne has tons of interests that deviate from makeup but as a super talented, creative and well-spoken YouTuber, he sure has our views (and support)!

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All additional images courtesy of YouTubers

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – The Top Sunless Tan Options for Summer

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Whether it feels like it or not (looking at you, unpredictable Canadian weather) summer 2017 has officially touched down. BNTF is very well acquainted with the dangers of harmful UVA/UVB rays and advocates the practice of safe sun by using SPF daily. We have compiled a list of the best self-tanners ranging from luxury brands, drugstore steals, eco-friendly options, etc. to get you bronzed up literally overnight. Get your glow on without damaging your skin in the long run by reading on below!

Worth the Splurge

Start your summer off glowing the right way. Dior’s foolproof self-tanner is raved about online for good reason! The gel-based formula makes it easy to blend evenly over the entire body — it also intensifies gradually throughout the day. To keep up your skin’s newfound bronze radiance, apply two to three times throughout the week.

#1 Drugstore Self-Tanner

Beauty aficionado Paula Begoun is known for her science-backed skincare line Paula’s Choice. What isn’t as well-known is her amazingly affordable Sun 365 Self-Tanning Foam. For only $16 a pop, you can get your hands on this lightweight, odourless, self-tanner for use on the face and body.

Eco-Friendly? Yes, please!

Eco-babes rejoice! We found the perfect vegan, cruelty-free and certified organic self-tanner for you to try this summer. The Invisible Tan by Australian company ECO-Tan has received countless beauty awards throughout the years and is the go-to product for many conscious women and men around the world. The brand also carries before and after care products to extend your glow as long as possible.

Handy Dandy Towelettes

Don’t have patience for all the liquid foams, gels, sprays and mists on the market? These large (9 square inches!) towelettes are the perfect option for full body self-tan applications. Simply run the towelettes over clean dry, skin and allow the quick-drying formula to develop over the next eight hours. What truly makes TanTowel a winner is the fact that they’re travel-friendly!

 

No Time, No Problem

BNTF has discovered the best 15-minute “self-tanning” beauty hack for Summer 2017. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs is essentially liquid pantyhose, it matches your skin tone and smoothes over your body’s complexion, covers veins, blemishes etc. all while being non-transferable and water resistant. By going a shade or two deeper than your actual skin tone you create an instant glow that will last all day long.

Tried and True

Let’s be real, is a self-tanner review legit if it doesn’t mention the iconic St. Tropez Self Tan? If you’re new to the world of self-tanning and are willing to spend a little more than you would at the drugstore look no further. A quick Google search will show you the thousands upon thousands of reviews on the St. Tropez line that promises non-orange, long lasting, summer ready bronze skin from head to toe.

 

Super Moisturized Glow

Jergens Natural Glow is a drugstore self-tanning line that’s been around for ages. They stepped up their game this summer with the release of their Wet Skin Self Tanning Moisturizer. As soon as you step out of the shower apply this gradual tanner all over body for a glow that lasts up to three days. Smooth, tan and touchable skin in just a few steps!

 

BONUS: Don’t get too messy

FYI sunless tanners can get pretty messy and stain your palms, knuckles and even under your fingernails. Keep it tidy by using this huge version of the Beauty Blender called the body.sponge. It has the same much-loved texture of the Beauty Blender but is large enough to efficiently cover large areas of your body.

 

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Product Info:

  1. Dior Self Tanner Natural Glow, $51, available at The Bay
  2. Paula’s Choice 365 Self-Tanning Foam, $16
  3. Eco Tan Invisible Tan, $39.95, available at Organic Skin USA
  4. TanTowel Self-Tan Towelette Full Body Classic, $29, available at DermStore
  5. Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs, $14.88, available at Walmart
  6. St Tropez Tanning Essentials Self Tan Classic Bronzing Mousse, $42, available at Sephora
  7. Jergens Natural Glow Wet Skin Moisturizer, $8.07, available on Amazon
  8. BeautyBlender body.blender, $37, available at Sephora

 

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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!

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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 – 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 Well.ca

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

Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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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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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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