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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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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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Beauty Jobs – Turn Your Summer Internship into a Full-Time Gig

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Whether you want to admit it or not, summer 2017 is winding down and so is your beauty internship! Although we can’t extend the days in the summer season, it’s definitely possible to add months (and even years) to a placement by turning it into a “real” paying job.

It’s a fact: a large number of entry-level positions in the beauty industry are landed after completing an internship with the company. Whether you need school credits or vital experience as a recent grad, we share a few tips on how you can flip your summer internship into a full-time gig. Read on below.

Be Reliable

This is a given. If you haven’t been showing up 15 minutes early to your placement, start ASAP. You can also prove how reliable you are by handing in work well before the deadline and answering emails promptly. Small things make a big impact in the eyes of your potential future boss — they show you’re on top of your game!

Be Enthusiastic

They say “if you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life”, BNTF says if you radiate how much you love the work at your internship, you’ll increase your chances of an offer. Taking on even the most boring, routine tasks with a smile says a lot about your work ethic. A positive attitude is a quality 100% of employers want to keep around.

Be Memorable

In larger companies, beauty internships will require more than one girl or guy to get the job done — some may even require a whole team! If you find yourself working with tons of other interns, make yourself memorable. Lead the pack by going above and beyond what is required. It’s also key to establish a connection with the actual employees (instead of just the fellow interns).

Be Ready..

.. for disaster, which will inevitably happen at some point in your professional career. Beauty internships are notorious for being very detail oriented, after all, it’s the little things that set one product apart from the other. Whether you make a typo, send an email addressed to the wrong person, misspell a product name or worse, be ready to take accountability for your mistake and bounce back from it!

Be Teachable

Upgrade your role from hardworking intern to full-time employee by demonstrating how easily you pick up new skills. Most beauty internships provide newcomers with a handbook or introduction video. For ad hoc tasks, write processes and procedures down in detail and constantly reference them. Express how valuable you find new knowledge and that you’d love to learn more!

Be a Knockout

Impressing your future employer is so important but how is it actually done? Simple – underpromise and overdeliver. When you’re asked to complete a task that you (secretly) specialize in, like writing a killer blog post for example, slightly downplay your skills. Your potential boss will be impressed with your execution based on the lowered expectation you’ve set for yourself. Use this tactic in moderation.

Be Top of Mind

Timing is everything. You may already be doing all things listed above but there just isn’t a current opening for a new team member (which sucks!) Make the most out of this bad timing by connecting with the company and its employees via LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Actively engage with posted content and continue to show interest in what they’re up to.

Lastly, for the love of all things good in this world — just ask! The worst you can be told is no. Any other tips we missed on turning your summer internship into a full-time job? Leave them in the comments below.

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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – Getting to Know Plant Powered Brand Graydon Skincare

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Natural skincare isn’t just a fleeting summer beauty trend — going green is a conscious, lasting movement that’s here to stay. Enter Graydon Skincare, a homegrown brand that’s on a mission to make luxurious, plant powered products the golden standard. Masterminded by health enthusiast Graydon (yes, that’s her name!), this super aesthetic skincare line has been featured in major publications like The Kit, Best Health, and ELLE Canada.

 

BNTF loves how much insight Graydon provides for each and every product: full ingredient list, how to use each one and what they pair best with. Read on to learn more about the five standout products in the collection and why we’re obsessed!

Pre-Cleansing Makeup + Grime Remover

 

The Keto Cleanse immediately caught our attention due to flashbacks of the diet of the same name. On a serious note, if you’re a fan of the oil-cleansing method you’ll want to check this out. The Keto Cleanse is a straight forward mix of oils and ghee that work together to break down old makeup and grime from the skin’s surface. The difference between this and other pre-cleanse oils on the market is the three item ingredient list!

Green Cream for a Cause

 

Imagine being able to feed your face a huge, nutritious green salad — that’s the concept behind The Green Cream. Jam packed with oils of broccoli, avocado, parsley, sage, rosemary, and thyme this chlorophyll based moisturizer stimulates the lymphatic system to detoxify pores. Also, $5 of every purchase goes towards the Canadian Breast Cancer Support Fund.

Super Sensitive Skin Stuff

 

Do you have oily skin that gets irritated by just about everything and anything? We know it can be a challenge to find a product that provides ideal moisturization without any potentially havoc-wreaking extras. Graydon’s Super Sensitive Skin Stuff is a lightweight moisturizer made with Canadian Maple Water that nourishes without leaving behind the sticky residue you might expect.

Cool Face Cleansing Tool

 

Most of us stick to wash cloths or powered brush heads for an extra deep clean. Graydon Skincare offers a 100% plant sourced alternative with their Bamboo Charcoal Sponge. As the name suggests, bamboo and charcoal are infused into a sponge made of ground konjac root. If your interest is piqued as much as ours was, watch the YouTube tutorial here.

Tinted Primer + Illuminator

 

As BNTFers, we’re constantly on the hunt for the most ethereal glow possible, and if it’s plant based, it’s even better! Nutrient-rich Face Glow, including raspberry, pumpkin and shea butter extracts, is the versatile tinted primer + illuminator combo you need. Fair to medium skin tones can wear this under foundation for a subtle shimmery and skin blurring effect. Dark to deep complexions can dab this onto high points of the face as a highlighter.

 

Which Graydon Skincare product are you most excited to try this summer? Leave comments below!

 

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Product Info:

1. Keto Cleanse Pre-Cleansing Makeup + Grime Remover, $25

2. Causemetics Green Cream, $35

3. Super Sensitive Skin Stuff, $35

4. Bamboo Charcoal Sponge, $13

5. Face Glow, $35

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – How to Start Your Own Successful Beauty Blog

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

Beauty Nine to Five - Beauty Jobs in Canada

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

Beauty Nine to Five - Beauty Jobs in Canada

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)!

Inspiration Images

Image courtesy of Sylvia Jade

All additional images courtesy of YouTubers

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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