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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