BACKYARD BUILDS: Hear from the Onset Makeup Artists!

Get insider info from our hair and makeup artists on the set of HGTV’s Backyard Builds and learn top tips for looking flawless on screen!

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We asked The Beauty Team artists, Justine and Natasha, a few questions about their experience working on the set of Backyard Builds:

  1. You used FACE Atelier products on Sarah and Brian. Which were your favourites?

J: My favourite FACE Atelier products had to be the FACE Atelier Ultra Pressed Powder for Brian and FACE Atelier Jolie Lipstick for Sarah—she loves a pop of colour!

N: Other than FACE Atelier, Pro Long Wear Concealer from MAC was great for under their eyes or on any problem spots.

  1. How did you control shine on long shoot days?

face_atelier_ultra_matteJ: The trick to controlling shine was to prime with FACE Atelier Ultra Matte, use the FACE Atelier Ultra Pressed Powder then follow with one more layer of FACE Atelier Ultra Matte.

N: Blotting papers by Elf and Make up Forever HD loose powder were key for controlling shine. On long days we would even clean the face and start fresh!

3. What were your set bag essentials?

J: My set bag essentials were the FACE Atelier Ultra pressed powder, FACE Atelier Jolie Lipstick, and two bottles of water with straws to keep the talent hydrated!

N: For me, Make up Forever HD translucent powder, lip balm, and make up setting spray!

  1. What was your favourite look on Sarah?

J: Sarah always looked her best with a bit of Colour Runway on the cheeks and FACE Atelier lipstick in Jolie on the lips!

N: For Sarah, less is more! Blush and a coral lip!

  1. What is a typical day as a makeup artist on set of Backyard Builds?

J: No two days were the same on Backyard Builds! I was always ready to climb a tree house ladder for touch ups.

N: A typical day on an outdoor set meant always being ready behind the scenes to fix flyaway hairs!

  1. What is your best tip for looking amazing on camera?

J: The best tip to looking good on camera is staying hydrated.

N: Blending your blush and contour is important but don’t be afraid to go a little heavier as the camera may not pick up the pigment!

Be sure to tune in for the premiere of Backyard Builds on April 6th at 10 p.m. and catch the work of The Beauty Team on the big screen!

xo The Beauty Team

 

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Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener – Pro or No?

image1Our hair expert and OUAI Canadian Educator, Alysse, tested out the Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener and we just had to ask her about it!

Here are her answers:

Q: What are your favourite features of this product?

A: The number one thing was that it heated up quickly and was simple to use! I personally loved how it left some movement in my hair as opposed to making it pin straight and lifeless. My models also loved how it didn’t pull and made their hair feel silky and shiny.

Q: Who would you recommend this product to?

A: I would recommend this product to a variety of hair types however, if you have very kinky roots this product is not for you. The straightener doesn’t get close enough to smooth them out. I would say the target market is the girl on-the-go. It heats up quickly and smooths out hair giving you a polished look in minutes.

Q: Would you use this on a daily basis?

A: I would definitely use this on a daily basis. It’s always good to have easy-to-use products on hand to make mornings less stressful! Not to mention, if it makes my models happy I really can’t complain!

Q: Overall, do you give this product your stamp of approval?

A: Yes! It surprised me. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did! I would definitely recommend trying the Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener.

Thanks Alysse!

If you’re always on-the-go but don’t want to sacrifice your beauty routine, the Conair Pro Infiniti straightener may be the perfect tool to add to your belt.

Try it out and let us know what you think of the Conair Infiniti Pro Straightener!

xo The Beauty Team

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Q&A with OUAI’s Canadian Educator, Alysse Morrison

If you keep up with the Kardashians, you’ve probably seen some of the work of Jen Atkin, celeb hairstylist. She has worked with Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Emma Stone, Sofia Vergara, Jessica Alba, Cindy Crawford, Katy Perry, and Christina Hendricks, to name a few. However, we’re not here to discuss her relationship to the stars. We’re here to talk about her haircare line, OUAI. OUAI is “a line for real life, for real women”, as Atkin says herself. It is about making luxury accessible and easy in a world where life can be hard. While we support this mantra, we have a new reason to love OUAI.

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It is with great honour that we introduce Toronto hairstylist Alysse, member of The Beauty Team, and now, Canadian Educator for the OUAI line. We were eager to ask Alysse a few questions about her new position. Here’s what she said:

Q: What inspired you to pursue this position?

A: One of my biggest inspirations in my hairstyling career has always been women in the industry. I love Jen Atkin and her line. The idea of working for someone whom I idolize just seemed like a dream.

Q: What do you love about the job?

A: I love educating people about hair. Being able to do this with new people every day just seemed like something I’d be great at because I love it. I find Sephora’s staff education is lacking in the hair department so I thought this was an amazing idea!

Q: What is your favourite OUAI Product?

A: I can’t wait to try the dry shampoo foam! It seems amazing! Out of the products I have tried, I absolutely love the dry texture spray. You can use it like a dry shampoo, or through your ends to get a gorgeous beachy look.

Q: What is the best current hair trend, in your opinion?

A: I love very easy, undone hair which is trendy right now. The lived-in look—it’s effortless and looks cool.

Q: What are your favourite beauty/hair icons?

A: Well of course Jen Atkin! When I was in school we were asked to name well-known females in the industry and the only one we could name was Vivenne MacKinder. She’s known for her bridal looks. To have a new fashion forward woman to add to the list was vital for our industry. Jen has created a line that makes getting ready fast and easy. She knows what the consumer needs!

xo The Beauty Team

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Our favourite Valentine’s Day Beauty Products

Whether it’s Valentine’s or “Galentine’s”, our top products for the infamous holiday will make you fall in love!

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These lip crayons are a Valentine’s Day essential for many reasons. Coming in a range of romantic hues, there is no question why we would want to smack this on our lips for the big day. They are also peppermint scented, allowing you to embrace those up-close moments. With an extreme long-wear formula, you won’t have to worry whether they are kiss-proof. Feel free to test that out for us!

NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer

v day 2Wearing your heart on your sleeve doesn’t mean you can’t hide spots and dark circles. That’s why we recommend NARS Soft Matte Concealer for a flawless complexion on your night out.

 

Unwind before or after a romantic night out with LUSH’s Valentine’s Bath Bombs.

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The Cupid Bath Bomb is sure to give your bath the holiday themed colour you are looking for. Calm pre-date jitters with bergamot oil and fresh raspberry juice.

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We also love LUSH’s Lover Lamp. Pamper your skin with this aphrodisiac-inspired cocoa butter and Brazilian orange oil bath bomb.

Makeup Forever’s Uplight Face Luminizer Gel

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We think Valentine’s Day is a day to shine. Illuminate with Makeup forever’s uplift. Apply it to cheekbones, collarbones, or anywhere you want a subtle shimmer. The gel formula ensures an irresistible glow that will last all night.

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Finish off your V-Day look with Dior’s Iconic Mascara. This wand is nothing less than magic as it gives limp lashes the volume they deserve. Swipe this on and they won’t forget that “your eyes are up here”.

 

Find love this year by treating yourself to these fabulous products!

xo The Beauty Team

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Annual Swish For The Cure 2017

On February 4th, we had the pleasure of being a part of the annual Swish for the Cure event, a charity dedicated to children affected by childhood cancer. Let us begin by acknowledging how fortunate we are to have been able to work with such amazing children.

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This was our third year and, being situated next to the cotton candy, needless to say our stand was quite popular.

Take a look at how the day went:

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The kids were excited to get glam on this special day. Lipstick was definitely a popular feature.

DSC_0275We took advantage of recent trends including glitter roots. This may have been our favourite beauty feature of the day. The glitter part had the domino effect: you see someone with it and, suddenly, it’s the one thing you’re missing. The kids were pumped to indulge in some sparkle and we love how it turned out.

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A huge thank you to Elite Camps and the Swish for the Cure Charity for having us this year!

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xo The Beauty Team

 

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IMAGE Skincare Worldwide Launch Party 2016

This past Tuesday evening, Toronto welcomed a leader in the skincare industry Janna Ronert, CEO and founder of IMAGE Skincare. We were super excited when we got the invite to be apart of the IMAGE Skincare Worldwide Launch Party 2016 at the beautiful Four Seasons hotel in Yorkville.
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 We had a night of elegance and luxury with an Old Hollywood theme. Justine and I were greeted with pink pearls and a photographer on site. We started the evening ready to see what new products IMAGE Skincare had lined up.
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 IMAGE skincare delivered everything one could possibly want from a skincare line; with proven quality and safety that come together providing effective, professional products that work.

 

· Products not tested on animals
· No petrochemicals
· No chemical preservatives
· Fragrance composed with 100% essential oils
· Respect of the environment
· No Silicones
· No Parabens
One of our favourites from the launch was the VITAL C hydrating Facial Oil.
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This facial oil helps awaken skin from dull to hydrated and radiant. Made with stabilized antioxidants and anti inflammatory botanicals, it is a paraben and mineral oil free formula that helps transform dehydrated sensitive skin.

 

IMAGE skincare has something for everyone, using the most active ingredients in their products. They help your skin become its best; no matter what skin type or skin concern you have.

 

 We can’t wait to see the results!

♡ Chantel

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Rita Ora in Toronto for Rimmel London

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The Beauty Team was invited to an exclusive event with  Rimmel London’s to experience the Fall 2015 Collection and guess who else was there? You got it right, brand ambassador for Rimmel London the stunning “Rita Ora” who introduced us to her newly launched Nail Color collection called “Shine On”. A fast drying (60 secs), high impact color with ultra shine finish.
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Here’s a peak into the Fall/Winter collection.
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We all know brows are the new black and Rimmel London got you covered now. My favourite from the collection brow sculpting kit called  “Brow This Way”. The kit features a wax and brow powder. The long lasting formula feels lightweight and comfortable all day long.
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“Lift Me Up” mascara is infused with cucumber extract and vitamins as key ingredients. It not only opens up your eyes but also conditions your lashes with vitamins. It comes with an hour glass shape brush which is perfect for lifting your lashes.
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New gloss collection called “Oh My Gloss”. I tried these on and the texture is amazing. They’re actually not sticky at all so ladies, so don’t be scared of wind (or car windows) when you have these on!
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Don’t forget to check out this soon to be trending collection from Rimmel London in stores next month.
♥ Arushi
Makeup Artist for The Beauty Team
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H&M Beauty Department opens at the Toronto Eaton Centre

When your favourite clothing store launches a new beauty department, it’s time to celebrate! H&M has recently opened up their new Beauty Department in the Toronto Eaton Centre. The Beauty Team paired with Spoiled Fabulous events &  H&M Canada to give you the sneak peak into the new line. Our team will be there Thursday through to Sunday from 11-2pm and from 4-7pm at the Queen St W entrance, giving fresh ups from the new makeup line and also having some fun with social media where it can earn you some savings and fun giveaways.

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One of the stand out products is the aqua liquid eyeliners, you can get it in classic black or have some fun with some glitter or metallics. These liners are long lasting so they won’t smudge and run. A new way to bring a pop of colour to your everyday eye look for just $7.99.

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Another must try product is their new Vinyl Lip Creams for $12.99, these are amazing! They are liquid lipsticks that dry matte and stay on. Colours ranging from natural pink to a vampy purple. A beauty tip to get dimensional  lips is to add a lighter colour in the middle of the lips and ombre out darker.

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Lastly, don’t forget to check out there Nail Polish line, they have a full range or colours to beautifully compliment your stylish wardrobe.

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Not only is the packaging sleek and stylish the colours are out of this world. H&M Beauty collection has so many colours to choose from you’ll likely find more than one colour you’d like to pick up. The cosmetic line offers simple clean beauty, with many choices to customize your look. These easy to use products that are so affordable you’ll be grabbing a couple of new gems to your makeup collection!

Don’t miss out come see us and try out the new H&M beauty collection at the Toronto Eaton Centre!

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Tangle Teezer – The Original Detangling Hairbrush

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The Original Tangle Teezer is a is a must have beauty product for any girl on the go. With its compact and improved ergonomic design, this professional detangling hairbrush benefits all hair types.

The Tangle Teezer has been all over the media outlets including Vogue and Harpers Bazaar and the trend is picking up quickly amongst celebrities and beauty influencers around the world. Celebs like Cara Delevingne and Emma Watson have been raving over the Tangle Teezer and we can see why. Since trying it out we can’t leave home without it!

The super smooth design works the minute hair after it is lathered and rinsed. Use it on wet, vulnerable and colour treated hair with no pulling, tugging or yanking. The memory flex technology gently removes tangles with ease creating less breakage and healthier locks. There’s literally no hair this brush can’t handle!

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Just like other brushes (or combs), begin at the ends working your way up to avoid any breakage to wet hair.

The Tangle Teezer is the perfect travel accessory this summer. Suitable for any age, both children and adults can choose from 5 bright new colours consisting of some double shade brushes to celebrate the season.

Available at Urban Outfitters Canada for $16.

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2015 Met Ball Beauty

The 2015 Met Ball was held Monday in New York. This years theme was China: Through the Looking Glass. Here are some stand out beauty looks (and products) from the night.

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Rihanna’s gown and stunning headpiece were perfectly complimented by her Makeup. Mylah Morales created her look with an Asian-inspired color palette (lots of pinks) and used blush on both her eyes and lips. The focus of the look were her bold brows. She used Diorshow Brow Styler (one of our faves) to define and groom.

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Selena Gomez went for a sexy and sophisticated look with a sleek updo, dark red lips, a smokey cat eye and lots of lashes to really emphasize the drama.

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Kendall Jenner – the face of Estee Lauder – showed up with defined brows, dewy skin and a sleek wing liner. To achieve the wing, Kendall’s makeup artist used Estee Lauder’s Double Wear Zero-Smudge Liquid Eyeliner in Black and defined her long lashes with Little Black Primer. To create those bold brows, the Automatic Brow Pencil was applied and finished off with a pink pout by applying Pure Color Envy Sculpting Lipstick in Insatiable Ivory all over her lips.

Cara Delevingne made a statement with her full sleeve faux body art, nude lips and some seriously sexy smokey eyes.

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All hail the Queen Bee – Beyoncé – when it comes to any appearance, her makeup is always flawless and coordinates with the clothes she wears. This year at the 2015 Met Ball, Beyoncé wore only affordable makeup that you can get at your nearest drug store… and yes, we do mean L’Oreal!

To create Beyonce’s mod eye, her makeup artist used a mix of L’Oreal Paris Infallible Eye Shadows in Endless Sea and Infinite Sky ($8.00) which stood out beautifully against her sun kissed skin. She finished off the look with the Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara in black.

Who were your favourite looks at this years Met Ball?

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