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

Friday, November 3rd, 2017

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

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

Lucia
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.

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

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

 

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

 

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Products Info:

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

 

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Beauty Jobs – Trend Alert: Technicolor Hair

Monday, October 16th, 2017

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Forget the days of traditional hair colours, technicolour hair is here to stay. In the past year, pastel hair shades have received a lot of love from fashionistas and influencers, but it’s a look that will work for every girl who loves to play with her look. If colouring your hair on your own makes you nervous, go to a professional and talk to a stylist about temporary and washable options that you can play with for the first time, but if you are ready to try it at home here are some cool brands that will help you explore this colourful world.

Arctic Fox
Favourite of Youtubers like Tasha Leelyn and Hailie Barber, Arctic fox is an American brand that is cruelty-free and vegan. It’s easy to use, won’t damage your hair and is semi-permanent, meaning it will last for a while will completely fade after a month or two. The brand has an amazing cause behind it, it’s a dye for a cause, as the brand donates proceeds to help animal protection institutions.

Clairol Color Crave
This is the easiest semipermanent colour to use of them all. The tube comes with an applicator, so it won’t stain your hands and comes out after one wash. It’s perfect for newbies that want to experiment with colours without any drastic change.

L’Oreal Colorista
L’Oreal was one of the first drugstore brands to bring colourful hues from the salon and to your home.
This baby is semi-permanent, comes out within a couple of washes and very user-friendly so you give yourself some fun highlights or try colouring your entire head. The product works better for light coloured hair such as blonde and gray, but if you have highlights in your hair that will also take the pastel hues.

 

Lime Crime Unicorn Hair
This brand was known for dominating the makeup game and it has recently transitioned into the hair game. Lime Crime has semi-permanent, easy to apply colours that are perfect for the brand fanatics. It claims to fade gracefully and it’s also vegan, so if you’re looking for something durable, this is your pick. Pro tip: To keep the colour vibrant for longer, wash your hair with a baby shampoo and rinse with cold water. 

Splat Hair Chalk
If you want to play without compromising your original hair colour, hair chalk is for you. All you need to is rub the chalk against your hair and you’ll be left with playful colour that will wash out immediately.

 

Have you tried any fun hair colours? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Product info:
Arctic Fox, $8, available at Arctic Fox
Clairol Crave, $9.97, available at Walmart
L’Oreal Colorista, $12.96, available at Walmart
Lime Crime Unicorn Hair, $20, available at The Bay
Splat Hair Chalk, $9.57, available at Amazon

 

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Beauty Jobs – Beauty Hacks You Need to Try

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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During the colder months, we often get lazy when it comes to getting ready to go out. But this is actually the best time to test out some beauty hacks at home for your makeup, hair, nails and skin. If you have yet to jump on the beauty hack train, we’ve rounded up our favourite hacks that you need to try this fall and winter.

Contour
Have you attempted contouring yet? If not, no problem. A great trick is to use is, believe it or not, a chopstick! Just place the chopstick in the center of your nose line as a guide and apply the contour cream or bronzer from the nose bone to the tip, after you finish, remove the chopstick and start to blend. This hack will give you a great guideline for starters.

Black Heads
If you are wondering if those black masks that went viral on social media actually work, we have a treatment you can actually DIY pretty quick. All you need is a little bit of non-toxic glue and an activated charcoal capsule (available at any natural food store). Then simply mix one capsule with one tablespoon of nontoxic glue and it’s ready for application. Finally, add one to two drops of your favourite hydrating face oil to the mix to treat your face at the same time. Apply the mix in the desired areas and wait 20 to 30 minutes and peel it off. You’ll be left with skin that’s silky smooth and blackhead-free.


Dry Hair Ends
This hack claims to restore your split ends and also help treat those with chemically damaged hair. In a bowl mix 1 ½ tablespoon of honey and olive oil and apply the mixture to the ends of your hair. It will get a bit greasy, but let it stay overnight. Wash it off in the morning; you’ll notice almost immediately that your ends are less dry. Repeat the process every 15 days; you’ll notice a great improvement, especially if you are not ready to get your dead ends trimmed.

Soft Lips
Want to do your own lip scrub to keep your lips smooth for your fave liquid lipsticks? This one is easy and takes just five minutes. Mix together 1 tablespoon of sugar, 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and 1 teaspoon honey in a bowl and transfer it to a small container with a lid and voila! Your scrub is ready to use. Keep the mix sealed away from the heat and the mix will last for at least two months.

 

Have you tried any cool beauty hacks lately? Let us know in the comment section below!

 

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By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto @travelcultureblog

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Beauty Jobs – 5 Beauty Books for Beginners

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

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There’s no doubt that at some point in our lives, we were moved by an incredible book. Maybe you learned something you’ve remembered forever, were inspired by a touching story or were transported to a different world in those pages. In the internet age, physical books have been left aside as decorative pieces on our coffee tables, but the reality is, before YouTube, books were the fun and inspiring way to learn how to do that awesome smokey eye or that pretty fishtail braid.

 

To help get everyone back to the basics, we shared the best beauty books available to help you disconnect you from the digital world and bring you back to the amazing world of books. We hope that you not only learn new beauty trends, but you’ll be inspired to enjoy more moments outside the digital world.

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro
The first beauty book we wanted to share is a favorite of all beauty lovers from around the world. It’s full of great tips to help you perfect your basic looks and to master the fancy makeup applications you’ve been dying to try. Bobbi also shares tips for all skin types and ages, making this a must-have in your collection.

Michelle Phan – Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success-Online and off
If you’ve been in the beauty space for a while, there’s no way you’ve never heard about Michelle Phan. For those who don’t know her, she is one of the beauty tutorial veterans on YouTube and she definitely transfers that really well in her beautiful and well-designed book.  Michelle not only shares beauty looks and tips but also her amazing entrepreneurial journey.

Lauren Conrad Beauty
Another entrepreneur that we love is fashion and style icon, Lauren Conrad. Her beauty book is full of beautiful pictures and incredible step-by-step tutorials for beginners to help you find and define your beauty style. She also shares how to do her signature cat eye look, which is an added bonus.

In Style: Getting gorgeous: The step- by – step guide to your best hair, makeup and skin
Considering this book is from the editors of one of the most prominent magazines on the market, this beauty book is a must-have for all beauty lovers. Complete with plenty of insights, tips, and tricks to help you look your best on all occasions, this book explores the best beauty tips published in the magazine over the years.

Sephora: The ultimate guide to makeup, skin, and hair from the ultimate beauty authority It’s impossible to talk about the beauty industry without mentioning Sephora. What’s great about this book is that they mention various beauty products and brands in detail and share how to properly use some of the most popular products available. 

Do you have a favorite beauty book with awesome tips? Share it with us in the comments below!

 

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Product Info:

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual: For Everyone from Beginner to Pro, $27.86, available at Amazon
Make Up: Your Life Guide to Beauty, Style, and Success– Online and Off, $21.86, available at Amazon
Lauren Conrad Beauty, $22.96 available at Amazon
In Style: Getting gorgeous, $26.59, available at Chapters Indigo
Sephora: The ultimate guide to makeup, skin, and hair from the ultimate beauty authority, $27.35 available at Chapters Indigo

 

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

 

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Beauty Jobs – Recreate Diane Kruger’s TIFF Red Carpet Look

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has officially come to a close, and this year might have been the most exciting to date. There was not only countless film screenings that we’re incredibly moving: the world premiere of Lady Gaga’s new documentary The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has officially come to a close, and this year might have been the most exciting to date.

 

There was not only countless film screenings that we’re incredibly moving: the world premiere of Lady Gaga’s new documentary Gaga: Five Foot Two to the moving true love story Breathe starring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy to name a few, but the stars seriously brought their A-game when it came to their red carpet looks. Without a doubt, Diane Kruger, who starred in the film In The Fade, was one of the best-dressed stars at TIFF, who looked like an absolute knockout in a metallic Prabal Gurung gown at the premiere of her latest film.

Hairstylist Bridget Brager styled Kruger’s hair to compliment the “strength and beauty” of her dress, and we were able to get the inside scoop on how to recreate Kruger’s incredible look from the stylist herself.

 

1. Blow it out
Beginning with wet hair, I used the T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i dryer to rough dry the hair to enhance texture and volume. At the end of the blow dry, I used the cool shot while holding the roots up to ‘freeze’ the volume.

 

2. Set with a deep part
Once completely dry, I created a deep, angled side part with a rat tail comb.

 

3. Create a messy texture
Next, I separated the top section of the hair and clipped it while creating a low, sleek ponytail, using the T3 SinglePass Luxe flat Iron to create bends for a messy texture in the short ends of the ponytail.

 

4. Make bends
Taking down the top section, I then took 1” vertical sections and made bends in the hair using the T3 SinglePass Luxe Flat Iron.

  • Technique: I did this by clamping the flat iron on each section about an inch away from the head. I then began to create a half bend up, and then, opening my iron before making a complete turn, bent the hair in the opposite direction. I continued this technique down to the ends.

 

5. Finger comb the look
When completed, I used my fingers to relax the bends in the hair so it was not so wavy.

 

6. Backcomb for added height
Once I was at the very top of the head, I used a rat tail comb and backcombed for added height at the crown. Then, I made sure to make the same wave with the flat iron around the face for “perfect face-framing hair!”

 

7. Final touches
Finally, I mixed together a light oil and texture paste and scrunched the hair for added texture and shine. Once the hair was in place, I finished with a strong hairspray.

Now you can recreate Diane Kruger’s incredible red carpet look yourself the next time you have a big night on the town thanks to this step-by-step guide from hairstylist Bridget Brager.

 

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By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

We build a better industry when we work together.

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

All images courtesy of basd Body Care

 

By Ainsley Smith, Toronto, @ainsleysmithy

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

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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

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

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

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

Too Cool For School Pumpkin 24K Gold Sheet Mask

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

SEPHORA Algae Face Mask

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

TONY MOLY I am Real Red Wine Pore Care Mask Sheet

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

Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask

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

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

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

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Product Info

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

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

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

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

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

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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Makeup Artist Jobs – IMATS Toronto 2017 Recap: The Trends

Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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

1. Neon Brights

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

 

2. Strip Lashes

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

3. Face Jewels

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

4. Rainbow Lips

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

5. Glitter Highlighter

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

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By M.J. Elle, Toronto ON @TheMJElle

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Beauty Jobs – The New Nudes: Your Guide to Nude Lipstick

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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Nude lipstick is far from coming in just one shade. Today, you can find an infinite variety of shades, finishes, and textures — so regardless of your preference, there’s a nude lipstick for you. Luckily, the days of the original concealer-inspired lipsticks are behind us and the beauty industry saw the need to provide consumers with different nude options.

 

Not sure where to begin your nude journey? We’ve got you covered. We shared our favourite nude hues to guide you. Just remember, at the end of the day, nude lipsticks look different on everyone and every skin type can pull off countless different shades, it just requires a little trial and error to find which nudes work best. Consider this list a quick guide to help get you on your way to finding your nude lipstick match.

 

The Brown Nude

This variation is not so different from the traditional pale nude that we’re used to, except for it’s darker, sleeker and looks good on just about everyone because it doesn’t wash out the skin. Found in matte, sheer or glossy, the brown nude is the new universal shade that every ‘It’ girl should try. We love this Ciaté London matte lipstick as it provides you with gorgeous, long-wearing colour, making your lips appear fuller, supple and smooth.

 

 

The Pink Nude

If you’re looking for a playful and feminine nude that has a subtle touch of colour, then the pink hues are for you. Ideally made for those with fair and milky complexions, a pink nude adds a delicate pop of colour that’s perfect for all occasions. When working with a nude pink lip, we recommend rocking an understated eye to keep your look subtle and professional.

The Grey Nude

If you’re looking for something a bit bold, that doesn’t classify as going overboard, we recommend trying for a greyed nude, as it’ll add an edgier vibe to your makeup. This shade from MAC looks amazing on any skin tone and will leave you with a subtle pop of colour in a liquid-suede finish that will last all day.

The Traditional Nude

Last but not least, we had to mention the OG of nudes, even though we have so many options available we still have some space in our hearts for the classic nude. For those ‘no makeup’ days when you want to keep your look simple, a traditional nude hue, like this Porcelain Doll from Essence Makeup is the perfect shade to neutralize the lips without drawing too much attention.

The Blush Nude

If you’re looking for a high-impact nude that won’t leave your lips feeling dry or cakey, we highly recommend trying Toronto-based Bite Beauty’s Amuse Bouche lipstick in Meringue. This nude will leave your lips feeling moisturized, thanks to its soft texture and creamy wear that lasts for hours.

 

What are your favourite nude shades? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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Product Info:

  1. Ciaté London Liquid Velvet Moisturizing Matte Liquid Lipstick Obsession, $23.00 available at Sephora
  2. Too Faced Melted Liquefied Long Wear Lipstick Chihuahua, $25.00 available at Sephora
  3. Retro Matte liquid Lipcolor Flesh Stone, $25.00 available at MAC
  4. Long lasting Lipstick Nude in Porcelain Doll $3.49 available at Essence Makeup
  5. Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Meringue, $30, available at Sephora

 

 

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto @travelcultureblog

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Makeup Artist Jobs – 5 Dupes for High-End Makeup

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

With so many options of makeup available and new brands popping up every other day, it’s hard to focus on what you should spend your precious money on. If one thing is true, we want the best of the best, at budget friendly prices.  So how exactly do you do that? Try some dupes of high-end makeup! We’ve been testing out a bunch of great products, and we found that drugstore brands work just the same (if not better) as high-end products at a fraction of the price. Read on to see what our favourite dupe products are below!

Brow:

Sure, you can leave home with just your SPF on, but you need to make sure that your brows look sharp. The best way to rock the au naturale look is by using a brow gel that holds everything in place. A great high-end option is Benefit’s Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. It gives your brows volume and mimics your hair colour – making your brows look fuller. On the drugstore side, we have Make Me Brow Eyebrow Gel Mascara from Essence. This dupe works exactly the same as Benefit, but at a fraction of the price.

Primer:

The best way to prep your skin for a day of makeup is by applying a good primer to minimize pores and even out your complexion. The most loved one in this department for sure is the Smashbox Photo finish Primer, an oil free formula from heaven. Luckily, we found a great dupe for this baby that works just as well – the NYX Shine Killer. NYX is easy to apply, feels great on the skin and will keep your makeup in place well into the night.

Foundation:

Foundation transforms your skin, which is why you need to find the perfect match. A high-end foundation that is loved by celebs and makeup artists is the Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation. It’s lightweight, goes on smooth and provides amazing coverage, leaving you with perfect skin. On the other hand, we have a fantastic dupe that works just as well and has an even better price: the L’Oreal True Match Lumi. While the colour range is not big as Giorgio Armani, the results are absolutely flawless.

Bronzer:

In this department, there are so many affordable options available that it was actually hard to narrow it down to our top fave! If you’re looking for a higher price point, we recommend Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer. It not only smells amazing but gives you a much-needed sun kissed glow. If you’re on a budget and want to keep your bronzed glow until fall, head to your closest drugstore and pick up the Rimmel London Natural Bronzer. You’re going to have the same results but for way less. Seriously, this dupe is amazing.

Mascara:

This last dupe has the beauty world freaking out, not just because of the amazing quality but the packaging similarity. Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara loved by all, but the price point is a bit steep. This is why we love L’Oreal’s Lash Paradise Mascara. This product sets the bar high when it comes to drugstore mascara; the application gives volume and length delivering everything that the higher priced does for half of the price.

Which other makeup dupes have you tried? Let us know on the comment section below!

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Image courtesy of Megan Jean

Product info:

 

1. Benefit Gimme Brow, $32, available at Sephora

2. Make Me Brow, $3.99, available at Essence Makeup

3. Smashbox Photo finish Foundation, $44, available at Sephora

4. NYX- Shine Killer, $16, available at NYX Cosmetics

5. Giorgio Armani  Luminous Silk Foundation, $68, available at Sephora

6. L’Oreal True Match Lumi Foundation, $16.96, available at Walmart

7. Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer, $38, available at Sephora

8. Rimmel London Natural Bronzer, $7.99, available at Rimmel London

9. Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara, $30, available at Sephora

10. L’Oreal Lash Paradise, $10.96, available at Walmart

By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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