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A Celebration of Canadian Beauty – 150th Canada’s Day Edition

You might have heard the small piece of news recently that Canada just turned 150 years old. Well, if you somehow managed to miss all the splendor and celebration surrounding our Nation’s milestone birthday, fret not, for Fancy Face Inc. has decided to recognize Canada Day in our own glamourous way.

When discussing famous makeup brands, usually European makeup companies spring to mind. However, there have been an increasing number of home-grown brands gaining traction in the industry. For our Canada’s Day edition, we have rounded up six significant Canadian brands that should be on your beauty radar.

 

NUDESTIX 

The Basics:

Founded and headed by an energetic mother and (two) daughters combo, they adhere to a less-is-more philosophy when it comes to your makeup kit. All the products are pencil or stick-based and come in cute, handy packaging complete with sharpener, mirror and instructions.

The Canadian-connection:

Launched in May 2014 by mom and company president Jenny Frankel, a chemical engineer. Frankel once worked at MAC Cosmetics and was also a co-founder of Cover FX Makeup, another Canadian makeup brand. The company is still based in Canada, with its headquarters located in north Toronto.

The Must-have:

Nudies All Over Face Color Matte: A highly-rated multitasker that has a soft color balm on one side and a blending brush on the other. It provides natural soft colour for the eyes, cheeks and lips.

 

BITE BEAUTY

 

 

The Basics:

This lipstick-centered brand is known for its food-grade (a.k.a. edible) ingredients. It is a relatively young company, but there is already lots of media buzz surrounding its products. Their signature six products of a lip pencil, lipstick, lip crayon, lip balm, lip scrub and liquefied lipstick combine to give you the perfect kissable lips.

The Canadian-Connection:

Founded by Torontonian Susanne Langmuir in 2013, the company hand makes all their products in a very cool-looking factory in Toronto, Ontario. In fact, there’s even a movie-trailer worthy video of how their lipsticks are made on their website.

The Must-haves:

All of their products look enticing, but their Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Kimchi is definitely worth a look as it won the Nylon 2016 Beauty Hit List award for Best Pink Lipstick. Also worth a trip is their Lip Lab on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto, where you can design your own custom lip colour.

 

ILIA                                        

The Basics:

Using natural and organic ingredients, this line focuses on delivering ethically and sustainably produced cosmetics with a focus on lip care. Each product contains certified organic bio-active botanicals that are meant to pretty you up while nourishing and rejuvenating your skin at the same time.

The Canadian-Connection:

Even though the brand is now based in Los Angeles, ILIA was first launched in 2011 in Vancouver, Canada, where the founder, Sasha Plavsic was born and raised. The first collection in 2011 consisted only of six Tinted Lip Conditioners, but rapidly grew to forty pieces in less than two years, and is now available in over 15 countries.

The Must-have: 

The minimal yet stunning packaging can be reason alone to own any piece of this line, but since this brand was founded on Tinted Lip Conditioners, it is not surprising that these earn the most praise. Try the Crimson & Clover shade when you want a red lip that doesn’t look too overdone.

 

LISE WATIER

 

The Basics:

Encompassing a wide range of products that covers makeup, skincare and fragrance, it became the largest Canadian company in the beauty industry after its merger with Groupe Marcelle Inc. in early 2016.

The Canadian-connection:

Like the nation it is based in, Lise Watier Cosmetics is also celebrating a milestone birthday this year. Founded in Quebec by the pioneering Madame Watier in 1972, this brand is celebrating its 45th year as a leader in the cosmetic industry. Another piece of its Canadian identity can be found in the brand’s heavy use of Canadian flora in its products, such as the Labrador tea. The Labrador tea extract has been combined with other ingredients to create a highly efficient anti-aging complex.

The Must-have:

Portfolio Professional Correctors:  This award-winning concealer has been a fan-favourite for over fifteen years; its unique palette combats five common problems, helping countless users achieve the perfect complexion.

LOCKS & MANE 

The Basics:

Used and loved by the Fancy Face Inc. team, Locks & Mane is a Toronto-based hair extensions company that offers high quality natural hair extension clip-ins and semi-permanent hair extensions. Their product list isn’t long, but they are high on quality. Like they say on their website, “we believe in doing one thing well – like, really well.”

The Canadian-connection:

Founder and CEO Jennifer Parrott came up with the idea of offering fast and affordable extensions in a luxurious downtown Toronto studio space after spending eight years and thousands of dollars on hair extensions. That studio space is now Locks & Mane’s location on Queen Street West in downtown Toronto.

The Must-have:

Contact Tiffany at tiffany@fancyface.ca to book your own custom colour-match appointment in the Fancy Face Inc. studio, and get that voluminous look you always dreamed about!

 

LADY LASH CLUB 

 

The Basics:

Love false lashes but tired of wasting time looking for quality lashes? Look no further than this company, which came up with the ingenious concept of delivering four pairs of cruelty-free mink eyelashes to your door every month. For those who hate commitment, there’s also an option to cancel anytime or change the lash styles up to 10 days prior to your next delivery date.

The Canadian-connection:

They are a fairly new company, having only started in 2015 out of Coquitlam, near Vancouver in British Columbia. Although they are based in Canada, their lashes are shipped world-wide.

The Must-have:

Support this emerging Canadian innovator and get your subscription started here!

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