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Beauty Jobs – A Look Back at the Best Beauty of 2017

Monday, January 8th, 2018

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We may have already said goodbye to 2017, but we definitley haven’t taken the time to reflect on our beauty choices from the past year. Between new launches and partnerships, 2017 was an explosion of amazing products new and old. While we know how different everyone’s beauty tastes can be, the claims for the best of the year usually come as a common agreement. In honour of the year that’s past, we’ve narrowed down our list of the best of the best beauty finds of 2017. 

We went Canadian with the lips category and chose Toronto-based Bite Beauty. In 2017, Bite Beauty launched its first liquid lipstick formula that is nothing short of amazing. It’s highly pigmented, very nourishing, and comes in 20 unique shades – making it a must-have for all lipstick lovers.

When it comes to blush, we had to go with Hourglass’ Ambient Lighting Blush Collection. This beautiful collection gives off a subtle highlight, giving the cheeks a beautiful glow without looking too heavy. It’s a buildable product, so it’s super easy to work with.

The perfect combination of colour and structure, Physicians Formula bronzers are long-lasting giving you a subtle tan all year around. Physicians Formula is known for its flattering shades that work with every skin tone.

Drugstore brands are upping their game when it comes to quality products, and we are happy to say that Milani stole our hearts with its Strobelight Glow Powders. This collection is not only $10, but it’s available in seven different shades that you can blend together to create the ultimate glow.

Regardless if it’s a single or palette format, Color Pop stole the show when it came to eyeshadows in 2017. Color Pop’s Super Shock Shadows feature a creamy, long-lasting formula giving you an amazing payoff that will turn any boring look into a glam look in an instant.

Liquid Eyeliner
For the perfect winged liner, you need a liner that’s rich in colour and smudge-proof. Stila not only makes one of the best liquid eyeliners with the finest tip for precision on the market but its liquid liners are 100%  cry proof. The Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner comes in a variety of colours from the traditional black to a cool white.

When it comes to head-turning lashes, we’ve only got eyes for L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise. If the incredible price tag wasn’t enough to have us using it time and time again, the fact that one coat leaves us with ultra voluptuous volume and length certainly does. 

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Product Info:
Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquefied Lipstick, $28, available at Sephora
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush, $32, available at Sephora
Physicians Formula Murumuru Butter Bronzer, $14.95,  available at Physicians Formula
Milani Strobelight Instant Glow Powder, $10, available at Milani Cosmetics
Color Pop Super Shock Shadow, $7, available at Color Pop
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, $29, available at Sephora
L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise, $11, available at Walmart


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Beauty Jobs – Winter Lip Care 101

Thursday, November 23rd, 2017

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We literally blinked and winter was practically here. And once the cold weather hits, one of the first parts of our body that suffers is our lips. Since the skin is super thin and sensitive, we have to make sure to give our lips the TLC it needs.  Between lip liners and lipsticks, here is how you can keep your lips ready for kisses under the mistletoe.

Lip Scrubs
Like any other part of your body, your lips have to be scrubbed once in a while. If you’re too lazy to remember this extra step in your makeup routine, leave the little container in the shower to give your lips a good scrub once a week. One of the most popular lip scrubs is from Lush, as it makes your lips super soft and actually tastes amazing! To get into Christmas mood, try the Santa Baby.

Lip Care
We love to use face masks and eye patches correct? Did you know that our lips have a designated product that works the same way? That’s right, lip patches are getting very popular for lip care. The My Collagen Hydrogel Lip Patch works as a collagen enhancer that helps soften and refresh the lips for lipstick application.

Lip Hydration
Last but definitely not least, this step is super important. Before applying your favourite lipstick, make sure to hydrate your lips so your festive red lipstick won’t look cracked. The Canadian brand Bite Beauty is getting everyone’s attention with the agave lip mask, which is similar to a balm and nourishes the lips leaving a perfect surface for lipstick application. The best part is it’s made with edible ingredients and keeps your lips healthy year-round.

Lip Hydrater
This salve is the thickest formula on our list and it’s perfect for piling on underneath and over lipstick to soften and hydrate chapped lips.  Plus it comes in a number of shades if you’re looking to add some colour to your lips.

Lip Saver
For when your lips are painfully chapped, this salve is a slightly thicker formula that hydrates and soothes the lips while still giving a glossy finish.

Do you have a favourite remedy for winter-ready lips? Let us know commenting below!


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Product Info:
Lush Santa Baby Lip Scrub, $9.95 available at Lush
Soo Ae Lip Patch, $5, available at Soo Ae New York
Bite Beauty Agave lip mask, $30, available at Sephora
Glossier Balm Dotcom, $15, available at Glossier
Rosebud Salve, $7.50, available at Sephora


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

Makeup Artist Jobs – Milk Makeup is Coming to Canada

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

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The beauty gods over at Milk Makeup heard your prayers and it’s finally possible to buy their highly covetable products at Sephora Canada online and in stores starting March 15th.

From a primer that minimizes pores by 68% to a felt tip lip marker, the super popular brand makes products that are cruelty-free and easy to use. Not to mention, their cool minimalistic packaging, multi-use portability, and innovative formulations make them hard to pass up. The brand — which sprung out of fashion hub Milk Studios in NYC and LA — is all about embracing diversity, inclusivity, and uniqueness; very fitting for 2017 and beyond.

Below you’ll find some of the products that we can’t wait to get our hands on north of the border.

1.Holographic Stick

Holographic Stick

One of the newer products for the line, this futuristic lavender-hued highlighter will take your glow to another level. Formulated with mango butter and avocado oil, the multi-use stick can be applied to cheekbones, eyes or lips and is suitable for every skin tone. It’s hydrating, prismatic, and melts into your skin for a flawless finish — everything you’ve ever wanted in a highlighter and more.  

2. Blush Oil

Blush Oil

A cheek colour that easily rolls on and plumps the skin? Sign us up! This innovative rollerball blush pen is infused with four different types of oil and gives a sheer watercolour effect, which is perfect for those who tend to unintentionally overdo it with powder blush.

3. Shadow Quad

Shadow Quad

When the texture of an eyeshadow is referred to as “marshmallow cream”, you know you’re in for a treat. Another new product, the eye palette quads offer both buildable natural and smoky colours so you can create a look for day or night (the quads are aptly named Day Goals and Night Goals).

4.Cooling Water

Cooling Water

What do you call a gel stick that simultaneously soothes and tightens skin with seawater and caffeine, depuffs the under eye area, and also primes the skin? Bliss in a stick, that’s what. But in all seriousness, Milk’s unique Cooling Water does all of that and more. It boosts moisture, restores glow, and energizes the skin.

5. Ubame Mascara

Ubame Mascara

Milk has made use of the trendy ingredient charcoal in their formulation for mascara, and for good reason. The ubame oak charcoal gives dense colour and a creamy texture to the mascara, making it easy on the eyes (pun intended). The cherry on top of the triple ball brush? Sapphire dust, which adds dimension and depth of colour.  

6. Natural Dry Shampoo

Natural Dry Shampoo

There are many dry shampoos on the beauty market these days, but few are made with natural rice starch and scented with white tea. This aerosol version absorbs excess oil and adds texture — because sometimes washing your hair the traditional way just isn’t in the cards.

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Product Info

  1. Milk Makeup Holographic Stick, $34, available at Sephora
  2. Milk Makeup Blush Oil, $31, available at Sephora
  3. Milk Makeup Shadow Quad, $43, available at Sephora
  4. Milk Makeup Cooling Water, $29, available at Sephora
  5. Milk Makeup Ubame Mascara, $29, available at Sephora
  6. Milk Makeup Natural Dry Shampoo, $17, available at Sephora

By: Kelly McLeod, Toronto, @KellyMcleod7

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Beauty Jobs – How to Network in the Beauty Industry

Monday, March 6th, 2017

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Much like its fashion counterpart, breaking into the beauty industry is no walk in the park. To be successful in this field you need passion, drive and most importantly, a strong work ethic.

Aspiring beauty gurus can get their foot in the door and a head start on the competition by building lasting relationships with industry professionals — so start networking ASAP! If you want to be a MUA or hairstylist on the retail level, work as a beauty editor at a leading magazine, or work at the head office in PR, social media or marketing, you need to start meeting people and immersing yourself in the industry however you can. So for those looking to break into the beauty game, we’ve got your back! Here are a few proven tips that will help you stand out.

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Show Serious Interest

Peers in your field (especially employers) can sniff out authentic passion versus someone who has a mild, passing interest in a heartbeat. Show your genuine interest in the beauty world by engaging with the industry as much as you can. Blog about product launches, retweet your fave beauty influencers, stay savvy on all the latest industry happenings and immerse yourself in the beauty industry by staying up-to-date with events, beauty breakthroughs, and corporate announcements.

Put Yourself Out There

There are tons of industry events that open the door for great networking opportunities. Maximize your time by looking for those special instances when different brands are under the same roof — think Fashion Week or Generation Beauty. Meetups in your area are also a great way to connect with like-minded people. Get your name out there!

Be Yourself Online

Present yourself just as beautifully online as you do in person. Social media platforms are a great way to connect with specific people who may be able to help get you to where you need to go. Make it easy to network over social media by keeping all your profiles public. Believe it or not, but LinkedIn is a huge asset for those looking to break into the industry and can make a huge impact on your job search and overall industry networking potential. Here you can follow the companies you’d like to work with and connect with their employees, network in groups, and job hunt. Facebook, on the other hand, can be used to join beauty-networking groups, while Instagram can be used to follow and engage with your favourite brands, MUA, beauty bloggers, and influencers.

Major Key: The Follow-up

When networking, there are so many names and faces you come across that it gets hard to remember everyone. The follow up is without a doubt the #1 most important step of this process. Make sure your hard work doesn’t go to waste by sending a friendly but brief email after every new encounter. Nurture your professional relationships and watch them grow!

Are there any beauty industry networking tips we missed that have worked for you in the past? Tell us in the comments below!

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By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Makeup Artist Jobs – 13 Spring Beauty Launches We’re Excited For

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

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There’s something fresh about spring! Is it because it marks the start of change and new beginnings? Or is it because it signals the end of icy sidewalks and heavy-duty parkas? Either way, we look forward to the season and all the skincare, hair and makeup goodies it brings.

As the timeless adage goes: out with the old, in with the new. Remember to throw away beauty products as they reach the end of their shelf lives. By spring cleaning a little early this year, you can make room for these 13 spring beauty launches we’re excited for. Check them out below!

1. Laura Mercier Highlight palette

  1. Stunning Glow Palette

There’s no denying how striking Laura Mercier’s latest highlight palette is. Rainbow reflective packaging aside, the beautiful array of five cream colours has our fingers itching to test this palette out. Personal favourites include the gunmetal silver shade which leaves a lot of room for creative fun.

2. Clinique x Crayola

  1. Lip Colour Nostalgia Overload

The feels! This Clinique X Crayola collaboration is a trip down memory lane. If you’re already a fan of Clinique’s Chubby Stick nourishing lip colours then you’re bound to love these eight juicy shades. The fact that they’re packaged in an old-school Crayola box will have you feeling like your 8-year old self again.

3. MUFE Skin Booster

  1. Instant Skin Plumper

Dehydrated skin can affect even the most diligent of skincare fanatics. Answering our prayers, MUFE is launching a range of Boosters for both face and lips that promise to instantly hydrate and plump skin before makeup application. Ladies and gents with dry skin should definitely keep an eye out for this one.

4. Ole Henriksen Skin Set

  1. If Your Face Needs Balance

Combination-skinned beauties rejoice! Cult-favourite brand Ole Henriksen is launching a skincare line focused solely on balancing that finicky skin type that is both oily and dry. Cleanser, toner and oil-controlling hydrator come together to give your face the ultimate balanced skincare regimen.

5. Charlotte Tilbury Sheet Mask

  1. The Most Luxurious Sheet Mask Ever

Best-known for her star quality makeup tutorials on YouTube, celebrity makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury is adding another item to her skincare line come March 2017. The Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask is highly anticipated by beauty editors and fans alike and is a definite must-have.

6. Maybelline Dream Cushion

  1. The Dream Cushion

If you’re late on the cushion foundation train, get on now! Maybelline just launched an affordable, full coverage cushion foundation available in eight luminous shades. The Dream Cushion is right on time for spring and let’s you dip your toes into the K-Beauty waters without breaking the bank.

7. Tweezermen

  1. Futuristic Tweezers

Technology, meet tweezers. Tweezerman has raised the bar yet again on top of the line eyebrow grooming products. This nifty tweezer features an LED light that zeroes in on the specific hair you want to remove. The added spotlight makes plucking your brows a less daunting task.

8. Kat Von D

  1. Everlasting Liquid Love

Word is matte lips are on their way out. Too bad we simply can’t ignore Queen Kat’s announcement of 25 new Everlasting Liquid Lipstick shades rolling out this spring. Their trademark stay-all-day formula makes them easy to layer underneath a clear gloss for the perfect pout. On top of that, the swatches make the wait that much harder!

9. OPI Fiji collection

  1. Fiji Vacation

Sunny pops of colour to jewel-toned shades make OPI’s Fiji collection look like a summer getaway in a bottle. With the names “Two Timing the Zone”, “Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet” and “Super Trop-i-cal-i-fiji-istic” it’s hard to pick a favourite.

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By now you’ve probably seen holographic eyelids and lips everywhere. Canadian brand Bite Beauty just released six new shades of the Prismatic Pearl Crème Lip Gloss. For a limited time only these stunners will be serving ultra reflective shine backed with full coverage, colour-changing pigments.

11. Matrix Biolage RAW

  1. Healthy Hair Smoothies

Reminiscent of freshly pressed juice and smoothies – the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. shampoos and conditioners have equally yummy ingredients. Natural-origin ingredients like quinoa, honey and coconut oil, among others, make this hair care collection extremely nourishing for all hair types.

12. Estee Lauder

  1. Bronze Goddess Collection

Iconic brand Estee Lauder just launched their Bronze Goddess collection for spring/summer 2017. The beautiful rose gold and turquoise packaging houses covetable items like scented body oils, sugar scrubs, bronzers and lipsticks. On shelves now!

13. drybar

  1. Tiny Burst of Sunshine

Extremely popular blowout salon drybar is releasing hot tools for clients’ at-home care. The Tiny Tress Press offers 0.5” plates that provide quick, on-the-go touchups. This lemon drop is perfect for styling bangs or maintaining the sleek look of third and fourth day hairstyles.

Which product launch are you most excited for? Share in the comments below!

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Product Info


1. Laura Mercier Lightstruck Prismatic Glow Palette, $62, available at Sephora

2. Clinique Crayola™ Chubby Stick™ Crayon Box, $65, only available online at Hudson’s Bay

3. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Skin Booster, $51, available at Sephora

4. Ole Henriksen Balance It All Essentials Set, $42, available at Sephora

5. Charlotte Tilbury Instant Magic Facial Dry Sheet Mask, $98

6. Maybelline Dream Cushion Foundation, $18.99, also available at drugstores

7. Tweezerman Expertweeze Lighted Slant Tweezer, $27

8. Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick, $24, available at Sephora Spring 2017

9. OPI Fiji Nail Lacquer Collection, $10 each, available at Ulta

10. Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Crème Lip Gloss, $25, available at Sephora

11. Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Shampoo, $24.60, available at Chatters Salon

12. Estee Lauder Bronze Goddess collection, prices vary, available at Nordstrom

13. drybar The Tiny Tress Press, $61, available at Sephora

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Beauty Jobs – Splurge vs. Steal: The 9 Items You Need In Your Makeup Arsenal

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

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Just as you need a staple wardrobe filled with tried and true clothing pieces, you also need a makeup bag stocked with beauty staples. To ensure you’re always selfie-ready, keep a trusty set of top-rated and essential makeup products for everyday use on hand or in your purse.

Not sure where to begin? No problem! We’ve put together a list of all the items you need in your makeup bag so you can get glammed’ in a minutes notice. Don’t worry — there are no gimmicks here — each of these products have a serious cult following and are guaranteed to deliver on their beauty promises!

And don’t worry, we’ve made sure to include products that are not only makeup artist approved, but also easy on your wallet. From high-end splurges to drugstore favourites, we’ve rounded up the nine items you need in your makeup arsenal.

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1. Pore-Smoothing Primer

The majority of us have visible pores somewhere on our faces. Luckily, large pores are a minor beauty problem that can be easily fixed with a smoothing primer. We suggest trying Benefit’s The POREfessional, as it will give your skin a blurred, filtered effect. Not to mention it’s constantly being raved about my makeup gurus. For the savvier shoppers, NYX’s Pore Filler offers a lighter, whipped consistency and can be applied under or over makeup to erase large pores.

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2. Versatile Medium Coverage Foundation

Guys and gals of the world listen up: Regardless of your skin, you need to have a medium coverage foundation at the ready. A good quality medium base is versatile by allowing you to sheer it out or build it up for full-coverage glam. Makeup Forever’s Ultra HD foundation gained an even bigger following when they expanded their colour selection to include an impressive 40 shades. Drugstore equivalent L’Oréal Paris True Match offers 23 shades and has been a favourite of MUAs and beauty bloggers since the early days of YouTube.

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Throughout your workday your T-Zone may need a pat here and a dab there to keep excessive shine under wraps. The luxurious Japanese-inspired brand Tatcha offers blotting papers made of leaves that have garnered rave reviews based on their ability to leave makeup undisturbed. An equally impressive dupe is Clean and Clear’s Oil Absorbing Sheets, which are available practically everywhere for a fraction of the price.

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4. On-the-go highlighter

Beauty lovers worldwide have dubbed Becca Cosmetics the reigning Queen of glow. Their long-lasting liquid highlighter comes in a plethora of shades to brighten every skin tone and is sleek enough to fit in any makeup bag — including yours! For equally stunning and beaming results you can find Maybelline’s Strobing Stick down the aisles of your local drugstore. Coming in at less than $11 a pop, be sure to stock up on these — we definitely did!

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5. Neutral Eye shadow Palette

Lugging single eyeshadows around is not only inconvenient but can also be unreasonably pricey. Major brands have picked up on this fact and now eyeshadow palettes are being released on what feels like a monthly basis. Opt for a neutral eyeshadow palette that can be used to create multiple looks from a shimmery everyday glam to a bold smokey eye like the Tartelette in Bloom or the Nature Glow palette. The only major difference between the two is the price tag.

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6. Universally Flattering Blush

Coral is without a doubt the most universally flattering blush shade. Depending on whether you use a light or heavy hand it adds a pop of colour to any complexion. Perhaps one of the most iconic blush shades is Nars’ Orgasm — once upon a time Drake even name-dropped it in a song! To achieve similar peachy results while saving a few bucks, MAC’s Springsheen blush is a well-loved and well-known dupe.


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7. Super Precise Eyebrow Pencil

Face-framing eyebrows should be a staple in every guy or gal’s makeup routine. Leave achieving the perfect brows to the experts at Anastasia Beverly Hills; their Brow Wiz is a micro-thin pencil that replicates hairs with a waxy yet firm stay-all-day formula. For those of us not willing to shell out $27, NYX Cosmetics has come out with a product so uncannily similar it will leave you wondering if it’s the same brow pencil in different packaging.thumbnail_8. Anna Sui Lipstickthumbnail_8. Christian Louboutin Lipstick

8. Bold Statement Lipstick

We’re all guilty at one point or another of buying a product solely for its beautiful packaging. Don’t feel too bad — the Christian Louboutin lipsticks are actual works of art packed with conditioning ingredients that make the price feel completely worth it! Equally beautiful is the packaging from Anna Sui’s lipstick collection that you can grab at a fraction of the price. Pulling either of these lipsticks out of your purse will definitely have heads turning.

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9. Lash Defining Mascara

Every makeup arsenal needs a mascara to define and thicken lashes in just a few non-clumpy swipes. The Eyes To Kill Mascara takes it a step further with a formula that dries down to a shiny, reflective finish and is used by MUAs around the world. With just as much jet-black pigment minus the shiny bling, L’Oreal Paris’ Voluminous mascara in Carbon black also delivers.

How many of the following beauty products do you already own and love? Share your thoughts and comments down below!

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Product Info:

  1. Benefit The Porefessional Face Primer, $39, available at Sephora
  2. NYX Cosmetics Pore Filler, $16, available at Shoppers Drug Mart
  3. Makeup Forever Ultra HD Invisible Cover foundation, $52, available at Sephora
  4. L’Oréal Paris True Match Super Blendable Makeup, $9.99, available at Ulta
  5. Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers, $15, available at Sephora
  6. Clean and Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets, $6.97, available at Walmart
  7. Becca Cosmetics Shimmering Skin Perfector Liquid Highlighter, $50, available at Sephora
  8. Maybelline New York Strobing Stick Illuminating Highlighter, $10.97, available at Walmart
  9. Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette, $60, available at Sephora
  10. Morphe Brushes 35O – Nature Glow Eyeshadow Palette, $39.99
  11. NARS Blush in Orgasm, $38, available at Sephora
  12. MAC Powder Blush in Springsheen, $27
  13. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, $27, available at Sephora
  14. NYX Cosmetics Micro Brow Pencil, $12, available at Shoppers Drug Mart
  15. YSL Rouge Volupté Shine Oil-In-Stick Lipstick in 44 Nude Lavalliere, $42
  16. Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Color in Rouge, $120, available at Holt Renfrew
  17. Anna Sui Lipstick in M770, $29, available at
  18. Giorgio Armani Eyes To Kill – Excess Mascara, $43.73, available at Nordstrom
  19. L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black, $6.97, available at Walmart

By: Taja Jarvis, Toronto, @TVJV

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Makeup Artist Jobs – Career Chat: Q&A with Lina Hanson

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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Lina Hanson is a celebrity make-up artist, natural beauty expert, and founder of her own skincare range. When I first met Lina, I was moved by her kindness and the information she provided me – regarding all the intricate details that go into creating her products. Her work, loyal following, and warm nature speak volumes on how impressive and inspiring she truly is. She is also an advocate of authentic beauty and celebrating yourself, which is something we can all find great comfort in. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to chat with Lina again and we spoke more about her brand’s expansion, her approach to makeup artistry, and her career advice for aspiring artists.

Beauty Nine to Five: Can you tell us about your experience as a makeup artist? How did you get your start in the beauty industry?

Lina Hanson: I started out as a makeup artist while I was living in New York.  I trained with and assisted a celebrity makeup artist until I moved to Los Angeles to further my career.  In LA, I signed with a makeup agency and started building clientele while also writing a beauty blog.  During this time, I would get products sent to me, and I started noticing what ingredients were in most beauty products on the market. After discovering all the harmful toxins in the products, I started switching out my makeup kit to all green products. This inspired me to write my book, Eco-Beautiful—The Ultimate Guide to Natural Beauty and Wellness, which ultimately led me to creating my own product line using the highest quality, natural and organic ingredients from around the world.

BNTF: Regarding your skincare collection, you told me it all started with the Global Face Serum, a product to fill a void in the market and to serve as a nourishing oil and primer. From the beginning did you anticipate expanding your brand to entire range of products?


LH: I’ve always had a big vision for the brand, and the belief in global beauty was the inspiration all along, so I definitely saw it expanding in various ways.  As far as skincare products, I only expand if I truly feel that a product adds something significant to the line, and it’s the best product possible. I go to great lengths to discover ingredients and come up with the right formulations, so every product truly is unique and has a story on its own.

BNTF: We spoke about how you crafted your line to be versatile with multi-purpose products, if you were to recommend just one item (or reveal your favorite!) what would it be and why?

LH: It’s so hard for me to pick just one product because I love them all so much. But if I absolutely had to, it may be the Global Face Serum. I don’t go a day without using it, and it’s the only moisturizer I need.  I love it before makeup application and when I travel too, because it always keeps my skin smooth and glowing. It has cleared and improved the texture of my skin tremendously. It’s all about the Global Face Serum for me.

BNTF: What ‘s a typical day like for you, while balancing your work as a celebrity makeup artist and being the mastermind behind skincare range?

LH: It varies so much from day to day. If I have a makeup job, it can be anything from a photo shoot in the desert, to a studio or traveling with a client for press. If I’m not on set as a makeup artist, I’m in my office, speaking to my retailers, answering emails, taking phone meetings, and overseeing production. I usually start my day with a workout. It keeps me balanced and focused throughout the day. At the end of the day, I’ll spend time with my husband, cooking or going out for dinner.

BNTF: You recently rebranded your entire line and introduced two new items! Can you tell us about the idea that went into this decision? What was this experience like for you?

LH: I always had a very clear vision for the brand from the start and along with the expansion of the collection, I felt that I wanted to share that vision more fully. Getting a new look and revamp was a big part of that.

The inspiration for the new products happened during my time in Southeast Asia. I learned a lot about the ingredients and the beauty secrets women there have been using for centuries.

1- Global Face Trio includes thanaka, rice bran, ginseng and lemongrass for its amazing skin enhancing properties.

2- I also learned about the amazing skin benefits of matcha, gold, and pearl. The Burmese, Korean, and Japanese women have used these ingredients for centuries and they are the inspiration behind Global Treasures.

BNTF: What is your signature makeup look?

LH: I love a natural makeup look with a focus on healthy glowing skin. In other words, lots of Global Face Serum and light foundation coverage that doesn’t look cakey.  For every day, I love soft and pretty makeup, that’s not overpowering. For evening, I like playing up the eyes, with brown, plum, or grey metallic tones. Ultimately, I believe makeup is supposed to enhance your own authentic beauty as opposed to cover it up.

BNTF: How important is authentic beauty to you and celebrating one’s natural skin? How do you feel about the “Instagram Makeup” sensation and other trendy makeup practices?

LH: Authentic beauty is everything I believe in. I believe our uniqueness is what makes us beautiful, and I think it’s a more empowering approach to beauty than the one we’re used to, due to so many stereotypical ideas of beauty.

As far as Instagram makeup, I think it’s great that women have a chance to learn to do their own makeup with various techniques, and it’s become a lot more attainable this way. Makeup is an art and I think everyone should have a chance to express their style.

However, with all the tutorials online etc., there are some I gravitate towards and others, not as much.

BNTF: Since you’re always on the go, what beauty items are your absolute must–haves while travelling?


LH: I always keep the following beauty products in my travel kit:

Satori Perfume Oil – Perfect scent for travel; it’s crisp and bright, yet warm and grounding.

Global Face Serum – Keeps my skin soft and hydrated.

Global Face Trio – Prevents breakouts while traveling across all different environments.

Miscellaneous – Tatcha Blotting papers, Henné lip balm, Ilia Beauty Lipstick, and Burt’s Bees Cleansing Cloths.

BNTF: What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given?

LH: The best advice I ever got was to follow my passion and my dreams.  Choosing a different path can be very scary at times, but I believe it’s more rewarding to work with something that you love and for which you are passionate.

BNTF: What advice do you have for those looking to pursue makeup artistry as their career?


LH: Learn your craft, study it, and start practicing. Every single day. I never went to makeup school, but I learned so much by studying fashion magazines and finding the style of makeup I liked, and practicing that.  Team up with a photographer whose work you like, and don’t be afraid to take risks. It’s a very competitive industry, so the most important thing is to absolutely really love what you’re doing.

Image courtesy of Lina Hanson

By Savana Gray

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Makeup Artist Jobs – Beauty Desk Essentials

Friday, September 30th, 2016

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When life gets busy and your desk starts to pile up, turn to your beauty stash to keep you comfortable and a little less stressed! If you don’t have one yet – it’s always fun to live the life of a beauty editor once in a while, so test things out and find your favourite products to keep at your desk. Now work hard and look the part with our list of essentials. There’s everything you need to stay refreshed, energized (and sane) throughout the day.


Hand cream

Dry, cracked hands are no fun at all – especially when on full display, working away on your keyboard! Byredo’s luxurious hand cream is the ultimate moisturizer, accompanied by a delicate floral scent.


Lip and cheek colour

If you’re obsessed with two-for-one products like us, try the Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm. It applies like dream and its tin casing comes with a built-in mirror. Now, you’ve cut down on items in your stash and mastered the art of after-work/pre-drink touch-ups!



When you’re in need of a pick-me-up, a bit concealer will help you look more awake. Enter: Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer, it’s a cult-favourite for a reason. With buildable coverage, smooth application, and lasting power, this concealer will quickly become the only complexion corrector you need.


Facial mist

If the office air dries your skin out, facial mists are the best option for frequent yet practical hydration. A few sprays from KIEHL’S new hydrating mist will keep your moisture levels in check – and it’s a fun way to take a mini-break.


Powder or blotting paper

Mid-day shine doesn’t have to be a constant battle. Quickly dusting on a tinted powder will give you a smooth, matte, and even-toned complexion. RMS Beauty’s Tinted “Un” Powder is perfect for the less is more approach – in terms of application and its impressive ingredient list.

Inspiration Image courtesy of Carissa Smart @designbyaikonik


Product Info:

Byredo Mojave Ghost Hand Cream, $49, available at Holt Renfrew

Nudestix Gel Color Lip + Cheek Balm in “Luxe”, $28, available at Sephora

NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, $36, available at Sephora

KIEHL’S Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist, $22-34

RMS Beauty Tinted “Un” Powder, $42.50, available at The Detox Market

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Career Chat: Q&A with Ashunta Sheriff

Monday, September 19th, 2016


No stranger to perfecting that coveted Red Carpet glam, celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff has been the artist behind the beauty of some of the top A-list celebrities, like Taraji P. Henson. With over 20 years in the beauty industry, Sheriff decided it was time to create her own makeup line, The Perfect Face, to target women of all skin tone types with her perfect blend sticks and perfect blend brushes. After wrapping up a weekend at TIFF, and having a client up for an Emmy award this past weekend, Sheriff sat down with Beauty Nine to Five to talk all things beauty. image4


Beauty Nine to Five: It starts with great skin. For someone who doesn’t already have flawless skin (that perfect canvas), how would you recommend they prep their skin before applying foundation?

Ashunta Sheriff: Fresh skin begins with proper skin care and making sure you are using products that work best with your skin care needs. Proper hydration [is key] also. Rest, as well as nutrition, all play a part in healthy radiant skin.

BNTF: You’ve worked in the industry for 20 years – amazing! What was the one pivotal moment from your experience that lead you to create your own line?

AS: There is no one pivotal moment for me, there are many. I will say that working with P. Diddy and Alicia Keys for many years, I adopted a “work hard, hustle hard” work ethic. That to me is bigger than any one pivotal moment. I’ve learned to always put your best foot forward and to maintain a positive attitude.image3

BNTF: Do you have expansion plans for your line that go beyond foundation and brushes? What’s next for your makeup line?

AS: Yes, absolutely! For 2017 we are going under a major revamp. We are growing day-by-day, but we are going to take a step back and revamp in 2017, and relaunch something amazing in Fall of 2017!

BNTF: Beauty Nine to Five is visited by job seekers who want to be successful makeup artists. What are 3 steps you’d suggest they take to make a name for themselves?

AS: 1. post amazing work, 2. self-promotion is key, [and] 3. stay on top of makeup trends and new products.

BNTF: When looking for an assistant, what stands out to you in a resume? And what previous experience is important to you?

AS: I like to see hard work and share ideas. I learn the most from my assistants. They’re still connected to the raw trends that start from the street level. So I love using an assistant for that reason – we both are growing at the same time.

BNTF: What’s one celebrity you’d love to work with that you haven’t already?

AS: Wow, I’ve worked with so many, but I think I would love to work with Jennifer Lawrence. She has such beautiful features and skin. Plus, I love her work.

BNTF: For those of us who haven’t yet tried your foundation, what are three reasons we’ll love it?

AS: [It has] phenomenal coverage, feels light and airy, [and] blends like butter into skin.

BNTF: Smoky eye or red lip?

AS: I’m smoky eye in the summer and red matte lip in the winter – best of both worlds.

BNTF: A new season brings fresh new inspiration for both fashion and beauty. What’s the hottest beauty look for fall?

AS: [The] hottest trends in beauty for fall are metallic matte lips, folds and coppers, [and] earth tones as well. Also, brows that are lush and full are popular. There is a trend in high tech beauty services, such as brow embroidery and lash extensions, [and they] are on the rise.

BNTF: Favourite part about being a makeup artist?

AS: I love making women feel more beautiful and I love discovering new products.

BNTF: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

AS: Pay your dues, assist, learn and grow. Don’t jump or bypass vital steps that will make you a well-rounded artist and business person.

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Makeup Artist Jobs – Interview with Nudestix Founder and CEO, Jenny Frankel

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

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You may have heard of Nudestix, the current no-makeup, makeup line for the minimalist and modernist alike. Since its launch in 2014, Nudestix has gathered quite the following and can be found on the shelves at Sephora. Jenny Frankel created Nudestix with her daughters, Ally and Taylor, based on their love of an easy, natural makeup look that works well for every face. As an industry veteran with over two decades of experience, Frankel is a wealth of information for all things beauty brand related. Plus, we got to hear from a new perspective in the industry due to Frankel’s achievements as a chemical engineer. Below, she shares her inspiration for the brand, her career experience, and her vision with us.

Beauty Nine to Five: We rarely get to hear from the masterminds that actually craft the products we use. For those who don’t know, tell us what a chemical engineer does and how they fit into the beauty industry.

Jenny Frankel: A chemical engineer learns about chemical principles that are extremely helpful when determining ingredient selection, behaviour/interaction, stability and skin benefits as well batch manufacturing to ensure optimal quality of product.

BNTF: What would you say is the best part of working in the beauty industry as a chemical engineer?

JF: I love that I have a 360 [degree] knowledge of the beauty industry. Typically marketers don’t understand the formulation ideation considerations and manufacturing complexities. Conversely, typically formulators don’t appreciate brand vision and client expectations from a brand/product. I can take a client/retail beauty request/idea and engineer the development.

BNTF: The natural shades and quick and easy packaging of Nudestix truly sets it apart as a brand. From your experience of working with other large beauty brands, do you believe it’s important for every beauty company to stick to a certain theme of products?

JF: It is really important for a brand to stand for something consistently and understand its point of differentiation. The Nudestix client is loyal because we solve her beauty wish. The Nudestix girl/woman is the modern day feminist that wants to feel her best, but quickly and natural looking. That’s why we will stay true to our vision, and provide the modern day beauty with makeup stix that are luxurious but fast, easy and effortless. And always portable, for quick application on the bus, car or after work touch-ups.

BNTF: Your 20 years of experience in the beauty industry is incredible, having previously worked as a chemical engineer for MAC, being the co-creator of Cover FX and a cosmetic brand consultant. Were there any pivotal moments from this experience that lead you curating your own line or pushed you in the entrepreneurial direction?

JF: There were definitely pivotal moments, too many over 20 years to list, but it is really important to be open to inspiration, look for a ‘white space’ and fill it, think outside the box and build a network of amazing industry professionals that will respect your vision and help make your dream a reality. Ultimately your unwavering passion, unique product and amazing people will be the pillars of success.

BNTF: What factors led you to focus on natural shades and convenient, modern packaging for Nudestix?

JF: Ally and Taylor, my daughters, were the factors that inspired the Nudestix philosophy. Nudestix embodies their vision and mission for the modern day girl/woman.

BNTF: How do you think Nudestix is changing the diversity of beauty?

JF: Diversity can mean many things. Nudestix is telling girls/women to love the skin they’re in, that they’re perfectly imperfect and unique, to not wear a mask of makeup and to celebrate the way they naturally look; the less is more approach to beauty. Nudestix also empowers young women to not hide behind a mask, and have the confidence to go ‘nude’. We want the modern day women to feel beautiful but also be smart, strong, confident, healthy and kind – take a holistic approach to being beautiful. The Nudestix beauty is not about creating a false reality: not about wearing a mask of makeup, nor photo shopping nor using professional models that all create unrealistic standards for girls and women. This is how we are changing the diversity of beauty.

BNTF: If you had to pick just one, what is your absolute favourite item from your line?

JF: Probably our concealer – I call it my shot of espresso! It’s amazing how lightening and brightening under-eye circles make you look youthful and rested.

BNTF: While developing new products and making business decisions, how do you divide up roles and responsibilities between yourself and your daughters – as they play a crucial role as the face of Nudestix.

JF: Ally and Taylor are the chief inspiration officers (CIO). They are the faces and voices of the brand when speaking to press, clients and retailers. The inspire through client events, education and lead social communication and engagement. They also have final say on all product launches and shade extensions. If they say ‘that would look good on you, mom, but we would never wear it’ – it doesn’t get launched. They also name all products – their love of reading inspires most shade names. I’m the CEO, which means I lead product and retail strategy and execution to make their vision a reality.

BNTF: Can you tell us about your experience of retailing Nudestix at Sephora?

JF: Sephora has been an amazing retail partner. They are so innovative in creating a desirable beauty experience that is relevant to todays modern day women. The Nudestix girl/woman loves the playful experience and amazing product selection Sephora provides. Sephora was the first large retailer to trust our vision and support our message.

BNTF: What’s the best career advice you’ve ever been given?

JF: When plan A doesn’t work, there are 25 other letters in the alphabet.

Image courtesy of Jenny Frankel

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