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Beauty Jobs – The 5 Hair Products You Need This Summer

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

We all love a good hair day, especially during the summer where they can be hard to come by thanks to frizzy hair and styles that just won’t stay thanks to humidity and sweating. But summer also brings some benefits to the table, like not having to blowdry your hair all the time and turning to easier updos like ponytails and braids to beat the heat. Summertime also brings out festival and day-party season where mermaid hair vibes strive! No matter how you choose to wear your hair this summer using the right products can really make or break a good hair day, so here are our top 5 must-have products for the season!

Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Shampoo
The one thing we love about summer, especially living in Canada, is spending days exploring our cities, getting outdoors and living every warm day like it’s our last. But being on the go in the heat means some sweating, usually resulting in our hair needing a wash way more often than the other three seasons. This Nioxin dry shampoo not only soaks up oils giving you an extra day worth out of your hair but also gives it new life with lots of fullness. It also has a cooling, refreshing mint scent (like most of Nioxin’s products are known for) making it perfect to bring with you up at the cottage or camping instead of those other heavily perfumed dry shampoos.

Marc Anthony Hair Care Strengthening Grow Long Volumizing Texture Spray
Humidity and heat can make some hair types a little limp and lack life during the summer and sometimes although we’d rather our hair go au natural, we want a little “oumf” to it. This Marc Anthony texture spray is the perfect product to give hair some body without leaving it sticky or hard. We also swear by this product to help add texture to beach waves and give them that messy chic vibe instantly.

IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray
Looking for something quick and easy or need the perfect finishing touch for your festival hair look? We recommend this IGK Strobing Glitter Spray that we’re loving for the summer! We love the formula on this particular glitter spray with its super fine glitter that allows you to either have a slight highlighted effect or layer the product for more impact. Try spraying this over braids, on your roots or all throughout your hair for totally different looks with this one product!

Rahua Organic Omega 9 Hair Mask
Winter isn’t the only time your hair needs good moisture to keep it healthy. With us tending to obviously sweat a bit more in the summer, we usually find ourselves washing our hair way more often that we usually would which dries it out. This Rahua Omega-9 Hair Mask is made from 100% natural plant-derived ingredients from the Amazon that almost instantly feeds your hair moisture even with the smallest amount of product. We use this as a hair mask and also add a couple pumps as a booster with our usual conditioner.

Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray
If you are going to brave out big curls or require an intricate updo this summer you better be sure you have a good hairspray in our arsenal. This Sebastian hairspray is a classic favourite of everyone from beauty gurus to celebrity hairdressers and everyone in between because it’s pretty much a miracle. This little bit of heaven in the can works great to hold hair against high humidity for 24 hours without an inch of stiffness or sticky residue while still leaving it completely flexible.


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Product Info
Nioxin Instant Fullness Dry Shampoo, $19.99, available where Nioxin products are sold
Marc Anthony Hair Care Strengthening Grow Long Volumizing Texture Spray, $10, available where Marc Anthony products are sold
IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter Spray, $20, available at Sephora
Rahua Organic Omega 9 Hair Mask, $81 available at The Detox Market
Sebastian Shaper Plus Hairspray, $20, available where Sebastian products are sold


By: M.J. Elle, Toronto ON, @TheMJElle

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 – Top Products for Glowing Summer Skin

Friday, June 22nd, 2018

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Hot summer days aren’t the best for heavy contours or bold eyelids, so luckily the “no makeup” look is this season’s makeup trend seen all over celebrities, runways and magazine pages. Sticking to a more minimalistic approach to applying makeup, the key to nailing this look is focusing on lightly highlighting your features while complimenting glowing, sun-kissed skin with a dewy fresh finish that’s easy to wear from day into the evening. To complete this look with confidence you’ll want to work on taking care of your skin by staying hydrated, eating clean and maintaining a good skincare routine paired with the right products. Here are our summer favourites that are sure to give you glowing, summer skin!

Skin Owl Maqui Berry Beauty Whip
A great foundation for good makeup is great skin and this multi-use cream is a skin saver. The Skin Owl Beauty Whip can be used as a facemask, makeup primer or added with Beauty Drops as a booster which makes it perfect to bring away with you on your summer trips. With so many ways to incorporate this into your beauty routine, it’s sure to find its place in your heart!
Buy Now: Skin Owl Maqui Berry Beauty Whip, $85, available at The Detox Market

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist
Move all your other face mists aside, because you’re about to be introduced to the Queen of them all! The Queen of Hungary Mist a purifying and hydrating toner inspired by the world’s first recorded perfume, Queen of Hungary Water, that was formulated for Queen Elisabeth of Hungary in the 1300s. This toner can be used after cleansing, as a mid-day refresh or our favourite way to use it, as a makeup setting spray which leaves your skin looking dewy without being too glossy.
Buy Now: 
Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist, $123, available at Nordstrom

Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This Smashbox water-based BB cream is our go-to for base makeup during the summer months. It’s light coverage and SPF 30 makes it ideal for a quick BB application during the day, but being water-based it builds great for more of a medium coverage for evening makeup. The Camera Ready BB Water delivers plenty of moisture to your skin and wears great throughout the day with no cracking, streaking or caking.
Buy Now: 
Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water Broad Spectrum SPF 30, $50, available at Sephora

Kjaer Weis Highlighter
What would glowing summer skin be without a good highlighter? You’ll probably want to skip your usual power highlight for this shimmering cream from Kjaer Weis. It’s perfectly silky texture applies great on the skin, and can be built on for a more intense glow. What we love most about the brand is its commitment to sustainability with their refillable containers designed by creative director Marc Atlan (the eye behind the Comme Des Garcons fragrance bottles) that are not only stunning but made with quality in mind. Your initial investment will be when you first purchase the cream compact, with refills coming in at $44.
Buy Now: Kjaer Weis Highlighter, $76, available at The Detox Market

Jouviance Hydractiv Coconut Melting Balm
Summer is all about easy looks so we can spend more time in the sun, so multi-use products are great to have in your arsenal. Jouviance’s Hydractiv Coconut Melting Balm is a miracle of a product, combining Coconut Oil and Hyaluronic Acid to deliver hydration, antioxidants and moisture balance while plumping and repairing the skin. Asides from using this as a moisturizer for dryer areas such as feet, hands, and legs, it can be used as an overnight mask, hair deep-conditioner or even a lip mask to help prep your pout for those bright summer colours.
Buy now: Jouviance Hydractiv Coconut Melting Balm, $45


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

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Beauty Jobs – Summer’s Must-Do Beauty Services

Friday, June 20th, 2014

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Summer should be spent poolside or on a patio with friends, not worrying about spending extra time to primp! But, by taking a day to pamper yourself to get completely summer ready, you’ll be saving time by having to apply less makeup or worry about a nail-chip before a day at the beach. These are the must-have services that will keep you looking gorgeous all summer.



1. Wax
Whatever your waxing preferences are, we think smooth legs and a bikini wax during the Summer months are a no-brainer. Skip the shaving. The wax will last longer and you can ensure no missed spots!


2. Eyelash Extensions
Having long, beautiful lashes is something we all want, right? With eyelash extensions we can have enviable lashes for up to 3 weeks. If you’re going on vacation this is a great idea, you can swim with them on and it means you can skip mascara in the morning too!


3. Shellac
Freshly manicured nails and toes are always a must but in the summer it’s especially necessary. Shellac is the best option for summer, it means you can forget about your nails for a few weeks. With so many companies introducing shellac polishes, there are tons of fun summery colours to choose from.

By: Melanie Kerr, Managing Editor, Toronto, @MelanieKerr_ 

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