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5 Lipsticks You Need This Summer

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

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Summer is a time to have fun with makeup looks between big festival looks to barely-there makeup perfect for wear from day to night. No matter if you like to keep your regular routine or stick to something a little easier to wear through the heat, if there’s one item that isn’t leaving our make-up bags for summer it’s got to be lipstick. Summer is definitively the season to play with bright hues that compliment sunkissed skin perfectly. If you’re looking to try something new for the summer months or just add another tool in your arsenal of colours, check out these five lipsticks you need for this summer.

Caryl Baker Visage Lipstick
If you’re into Canadian beauty, you definitely know Caryl Baker Visage. The experts in everything neck up, their product line and services range from skincare, aesthetics, and cosmetics. If you’ve never tried their lipsticks, we recommend you change that and are sure you’ll find something to love given their wide range of colours. Their gluten and paraben free formulas also include moisturizing ingredients like Shea Butter, Vitamin E and Avocado Oil to leave your lips hydrated. We love Flirt, the perfect shade of pink. Shop this item now: Caryl Baker Visage Lipstick in Flirt, $18.50

Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit
Would it even be a lipstick list without including the queen of all things lips? Whether you like to admit it or not, Kylie Jenner has really proven herself with her Kylie Cosmetics brand that has been greatly received by beauty reviewers and enthusiasts alike. Her staple Lip Kit comes in a variety of shades and finishes, and her newer colour Boss is the perfect shade of red for the summer. You might have to keep up for a relaunch though because this colour is currently sold out! Shop this item now: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Boss, $38.50

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick
Another powerhouse in liquid lipstick department is none other than Kat Von D, another celebrity turned beauty queen thanks to her extremely successful cosmetics line. The Everlasting Liquid Lipsticks are some of the best in the market, really lasting through drinking, eating and daily wear making it perfect to wear at a day-long festival or poolside for the afternoon. A nice change from your classic red for summer is this bright orange shade, that compliments golden glow perfectly. Shop the item now: Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in A-Go-Go, $24, available at Sephora

NYX Cosmetics Plush Gel Lipstick
One look we love for summer is fresh, dewy skin but usually achieving that look with your lipstick requires a stick mess of gloss. We are so thankful we stumbled upon the NYX Cosmetics Plush Gel Lipstick collection a few months back and have been obsessing over it ever since. If you’re looking for a go-to barely-there nude to carry with you all summer long, Nude Beach has to be our pick. But at such an affordable price point, we wouldn’t be surprised if you pick up a few different shades! Shop this item now: NYX Cosmetics Plush Gel Lipstick in Nude Beach, $9

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine
Whether we actually make it there or not, we like to live our best summers pretending we’re soaking up the sun in the south of France. Well, what better way to do that then channeling your inner Parisienne with a good Chanel lipstick? We love the range of Rouge Coco Shine colours thanks to their moisturizing formula, featuring Hydratendre Complex, that is so sheen yet still with so much colour. Poppy Orange gives a gorgeous natural peach tone to lips with a shiny finish that’ll look great on your glass of Rosé. Shop this item now: Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Poppy Orange, $37


Product Info:
Caryl Baker Visage Lipstick in Flirt, $18.50
Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Boss, $38.50
Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in A-Go-Go, $24, available at Sephora
NYX Cosmetics Plush Gel Lipstick in Nude Beach, $9
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Poppy Orange, $37


By: M.J. Elle, Toronto, ON, @TheMJElle

Beauty Jobs – Beauty Shelf Life 101

Wednesday, February 28th, 2018

All beauty lovers understand how easy it is to stock up on items that we think we need only to forget about them in the back of our makeup drawers. Unfortunately, like food, our beloved beauty products also have an expiration date, some longer than others.

You can tell a product is past its shelf life if its texture and smell are off from when you bought it. Continuing to use products that are passed their expiry dates can cause irritation and allergies to your skin, eyes, and lips, which is that thing that anyone wants to deal with.

If you’re feeling in the dark and want to know if the go-to mascara that you’ve been using for a while is still in good shape, keep reading!


This category covers all the items we typically use in our daily skincare routines such as eye creams, wrinkle creams, moisturizes and sunscreens. This category has a shelf life duration of one year if the product is kept sealed, and six to ten months once the product has been opened. 



Most beauty lovers have a collection of different perfumes each for a different occasion. Fragrance is the longest-lasting product in your beauty routine — by far! If stored well (with the topper closed properly), perfumes can last up to ten years.


Foundation, Blush, and Eyeshadows
Liquid and cream foundation, blushes and eyeshadows have the same shelf life as skincare products because of their consistency and texture. But powdered products, on the other hand, have a shelf life of one to three years depending on the formulation. 


Lipstick/ Lipglosses
It doesn’t matter if it’s a stick or liquid format; overall these items can last one year. After that, you’ll start to notice a change in the consistency and application; it gets patchy and hard to apply for both. Liquid lipsticks can even get moldy and you can notice a change in scent.


Lipliner and Eyeliner
Both lip and eyeliner have a shelf life of one to two years. When they’ve passed the expiry date, you’ll notice that when you apply them, the product won’t apply as smoothly anymore. It’s really important to monitor your eyeliner, as it gets in contact with your eye, which can be very susceptible to infection. 


Liquid and Gel Liner
It’s very important to ensure you don’t use these items past their expiry date. These are items that go near your eyes and if applied once expired you may put yourself at risk of infection. Liquid and gel liners can last three to four months, and you’ll notice that as soon as these start to dry out its time to toss them out.


Mascara lasts three to four months, and it’s very noticeable when it’s not in good shape anymore. You’ll notice the formula will begin to get clumpy or it will start to smell funny, which means it’s gone bad.


Nail Polish
For the nail lovers out there, do you know that after one to two year, your beloved summer shade can go bad? Besides storing well, a good tip is also getting that cool trend colour in small sizes. You’re going to get more use before it gets bad or outdated.


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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 – 5 Beauty Brands You Need On Your Radar

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

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If one thing’s for certain, good things should always be shared, especially when it comes to the beauty industry. Because we understand how overwhelming the beauty industry can be with new brands popping up every other week, making it hard to keep up with all the latest beauty trends. Not to mention all the new brands. While we all have our favorite and trusted brands that we love, the magic of the beauty world is definitely discovering new brands to add to our beauty arsenals. Want to try some new brands but don’t know where to begin? We’ve shared some of our latest discoveries and their best products to try.

Fenty Beauty
Let’s start with the most obvious one. If you haven’t been living under a rock these past few weeks, then you’ve absolutely heard that Rihanna launched her own beauty collection sold exclusively at Sephora. It’s honestly surprising that the images from the collection didn’t leak before the big reveal, especially considering the Fenty buzz that started a few months ago when the singer announced the new collection on social media. The big reveal was that the collection comes in a range of 40 shades of foundations and the must-try product is easily the golden tone highlighter in Trophy Wife.

You might remember Emily Weiss from her days on The Hills, but following the show, she quickly made climbed the ranks as a beauty blogger with her blog Into The Gloss, which launched as a mega brand in 2014. Since launching, Glossier has gone viral and made all the beauty junkies fall in love with the cool skincare collection that features clean products in user-friendly packaging.  The must-try product is definitely the Milky Jelly Cleanser.

Kokie Cosmetics
This line was surprisingly created by Wallmart and has seriously stepped up the drugstore beauty game. The chain has created a full collection of affordable makeup that works incredibly well. Unfortunately, it’s not available in Canada yet but if you have a trip set to the US anytime soon, it’s definitely worth checking out. We recommend trying the Volume and Length Mascara.

RMS Beauty
Okay, RMS isn’t necessarily a new brand but it’s new to Sephora. This natural beauty brand was first sold at Detox Market only as a Canadian brand from Vancouver. The founder discovered she had health issues caused by some components found in makeup products, and then she had the idea of creating an organic brand that does not contain any toxic components and was a huge success among Hollywood stars. The must-try product is the Living Luminizer.

Blinking Beaute
For the ladies that love rocking dramatic looks, no look is complete without beautiful lashes. This is exactly what Blinking Beaute had in mind when they created beautiful falsies that go from day to night. We know that lashes aren’t something we wear every day, but certainly, they give your look the drama it needs. We recommend trying the Premier Silk Collection Ingénue.


Have you tried any new brands that you can’t get enough of? Let us know in the comments below.


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Product Info
Fenty Kilowatt Freestyle Highlighter in Trophy Wife, $42,  available at Sephora
Glossier Milky Jelly cleanser, $22, available at Glossier
Kokie Cosmetics Volume and Length Mascara, $7, available at Walmart
RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, $47.50, available at Sephora
Blinking Beaute Ingénue Soft Volume available, $33.09, available at Sephora


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.

All images taken by M.J. Elle

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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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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Image courtesy of Graydon Skincare

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

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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 – 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

Makeup Artist Jobs – How to Start Freelancing in the Beauty Industry

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Name a single beauty professional out there who doesn’t want to be their own boss. Impossible! Historically, beauty jobs have been freelance positions that allow maximum amounts of creative freedom for nail techs, hair stylists, MUAs and even beauty writers at magazines. Although nothing is ever as glam as it seems, successfully going freelance is the ultimate goal for many pros in the industry. Read on to learn how to start freelancing in the beauty industry.

Talent is Required

Perfect your craft. Before you charge clients for a service, make sure you have the education, skills, talent, and in some cases, valid certification to back it up. Be confident in your own abilities if you want potential employers to be confident in your work.

Do the Groundwork

Volunteer your time and talent. Reaching out to reputable brands/hair salons/fashion shows/magazines (you get the idea) and offering your services for free or at a lowered cost is the best way to build a strong portfolio. Whether paid or unpaid, experience is an invaluable asset that builds your body of work, professional reputation and most importantly, connections! By doing the groundwork, future clients will recognize your name and want to work with you again.

Define Your Presence

Brand yourself. As your connections start to build, make sure your online presence truly reflects who you are as an industry professional. Post your work to a personal website or portfolio and keep all social media profiles public and consistent – you may even want to create separate pages for your brand. Word of mouth is everything!

While it’s important to always work hard, it’s even more crucial to have patience. It can take years for beauty pros to garner consistent work and finally be able to freelance full-time. But as long as you follow the steps listed above you should be well on your way to living out your freelance dreams in the beauty industry!

Have any more advice to aspiring beauty freelancers? Leave them in the comments below!

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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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