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Beauty Jobs – 5 Cruelty Free Brands to Know Now

Monday, January 8th, 2018

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In today’s cosmetics landscape, brands don’t have to strive to work the best, but they also have to be the best for the environment and the consumers that use them. Which is why we’re so happy to see that more and more brands are banning animal testing before putting their products into the market, which is why we wanted to share five cool traditional brands that are shaking up the cruelty-free beauty industry.


Cruelty-free means: A product and its ingredients weren’t tested on animals. PETA has a list of companies and brands that pledge to never to sell in China since the requirement to sell cosmetics in this country requires that they are tested on animals in order to have their products available in the Chinese market. You can check the list here.


If you want to know if your favourite brand is cruelty-free, keep reading…

E.L.F Cosmetics
We got super excited when we found out that one of our favourite drugstore brands is cruelty-free. E.L.F has great and affordable makeup brushes, blushes and eye shadows, the best part, great quality for a small price. We love the baked Highlighter, as it’s the perfect way to get a serious glow during winter. 

Josie Maran
Created by a supermodel that was looking to create a cosmetic line that actually does some good, Josie Maran is a pioneer when comes to Argan Oil. She is not only the queen of incorporating Argan Oil into all of her products but her brand 100% against animal testing. Josie’s must try: Whipped Mud Mask – it’s a scent-free product that work for every skin type.

Charlotte Tilbury
In the high-end department, we have the amazing celebrity makeup artist that wanted your go-to brand to be both luxurious and good for the environment at the same time. Not to mention Charlotte is against using animals as test components.  Tilbury’s Magic Cream is the celebrity secret, but we believe that the Matte Revolution lipstick will steal your heart; it has a smooth application and is long-lasting.

Cake Beauty
This Toronto-based brand does a great job at being 100% cruelty-free and develops the most delicious scented creams. They are manufactured in Canada and UK and they have cute packaging. The everything balm will be your best friend during winter, is a life savour for your lips, skin, elbows and even lashes!

Yes To Tomatoes
This brand has a great mission of creating great products without compromising on ingredients. Not to mention the packaging is made of recycled material and like all the products on our list, this brand does not test on animals. It’s a natural line made with ingredients that we can actually pronounce (score!) and can be found in your kitchen. The detoxifying charcoal mud mask should be on your list of must-have items.


Did your favourite cosmetic brand make the list? Let us know in the comments below!


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Product Info:
E.L.F Highlighter available, $4, available at E.L.F Cosmetics
Josie Maran Whipped Mud Mask, $59, available at Sephora
Charlotte Tilbury Matte revolution lipstick, $39, available at Charlotte Tilbury
Cake Beauty Everything Balm, $11.20, available at Cake Beauty
Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Mud Mask, $19.77, available at Amazon


By: Junia Goncalves, Toronto, @travelcultureblog

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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Beauty Jobs – Organic/Natural Beauty Brands You Should Know

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

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There are various beauty brands that focus on providing products that are based on natural or organic ingredients. For those that already eat clean, why not make your skincare routine clean as well? These products are especially ideal for those that are allergic or sensitive to chemical or synthetic ingredients. Your skin is less likely to become negatively affected by these products. Your skin will definitely thank you later for using them!


Below is a list of organic/natural beauty brands that should definitely be on your radar, if not already!


Herbivore Botanicals


Designed to be all natural and highly effective for the skin, HERBIVORE aims to provide products that have a high emphasis on using organic and food-grade ingredients. All products are pure and was tested on real people, not animals. All of their products are formulated without synthetic ingredients, parabens, sodium laurel sulfate, phthalates, chemicals, fillers, animal testing, mineral oils and petroleum.


Their best sellers include the following 3 facial oils that are designed perfectly for various skin concerns and skin types! Lapis Facial Oil is excellent for combination-oily skin types that are looking to clarify and reduce inflammation on the skin. Orchid Facial Oil is great for all skin types that are looking to prevent aging and deeply hydrate the skin. Lastly, Phoenix Facial Oil is the luxury oil that helps increase cell turnover to give skin a renewed, smoother appearance.

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1. Herbivore Botanicals Lapis Facial Oil, $96, available at HERBIVORE

2. Herbivore Botanicals Orchid Facial Oil, $85, available at HERBIVORE

3. Herbivore Botanicals Phoenix Facial Oil, $117, available at HERBIVORE


Dr. Hauschka

Dr. Hauschka is an absolute classic amongst the natural/organic skincare world. This brand focuses on formulated treatments that help the skin repair itself to its natural state. They only use the highest quality oils and all products are completely free from preservatives, artificial colours and synthetic fragrances.

Their ultimate #1 best seller is the Rose Day Cream that is perfect for dry and sensitive skin. It helps to soothe redness and is a great daily protective moisturizer!


4. Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream, $44, available at Hudson’s Bay


Juice Beauty

Also designed to be all natural and organic, Juice Beauty focuses on starting all their products off of a vitamin-rich organic botanical juice base. By combining that along with various skincare ingredients, all their products reveal better results than conventional over-the-counter products.


Their top best seller is the Green Apple Peel that is formulated with organic ingredients to deliver a highly effective facial peel product. This product comes in 3 versions: Full Strength, Sensitive and Blemish Clearing. There is a version for all kinds of skin types!

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5. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Full Strength, $45, available at Juice Beauty

6. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive, $39, available at Juice Beauty

7. Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Blemish Clearing, $39, available at Juice Beauty



KORA Organics


This brand is the direct equivalent to Miranda Kerr’s organic, healthy lifestyle philosophy. KORA Organics focus on developing a range of products that help to nourish and rehydrate the skin. All products are pure and premium quality, with all containing certified organic ingredients that comply with Ecocert’s strict certification guidelines.


Their #1 best seller is the award-winning Luxurious Rosehip Oil. It is a potent treatment oil that contains Organic Rosehip Oil, Jasmine, Sea Buckthorn, Noni Extract, Rose and Pomegranate Oils. It is high in fatty acids and antioxidants to help restore the skin’s natural barrier to fight against pollutants and aging.


8. KORA Organics Luxurious Rosehip Oil, $49, available at KORA Organics

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By Wendy So, Toronto

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