There’s never been a better time to amp up your beauty routine. Even though we’re not going out and about like we did pre-quarantine, there’s no reason why you can’t still get a little dolled up at home. If you’re looking for minimal makeup or at-home skincare, there are tons of brands that’ll have you covered, however, we suggest shopping from Canadian brands because shopping local is more important than ever.
First up on the list is Deciem. You may not have heard of Deciem, but I can guarantee you have come across The Ordinary line that has the internet buzzing. Created in Toronto, the company sells extremely affordable and high-quality serums, lotions, cleansers, facial masks, and so much more. Each product is specially formulated for specific areas and skin issues, which is great as they really narrow down a skincare routine best suited for your skin.
Live Clean was created in 2007 with a very simple goal in mind — to create skin and hair care products with good high-performing ingredients that are eco-friendly. The brand can be found at local drugstores, grocery stores, and many other places.
Next up is the Rocky Mountain Soap Company that makes everything from face and body products, to hair and baby products. It continues to prove that natural and clean ingredients really do work. Through transparency on the labels, you can truly feel good about using these products on yourself and recommending to others. Ingredients such as almond oil, aloe vera extract, and honey extract are all part of the list of natural ingredients found on the website — I don’t know about you, but ingredients you can actually pronounce sound quite promising to me.
You’ve probably heard of Saje Natural Wellness which is known for all of its calming diffusers and essential oils. The company is in fact a Canadian beauty brand as it was founded in Vancouver in 1992. Throughout the years it has expanded into skincare and continues to provide innovative and sustainable products that will help you look and feel better, naturally.
Created in 2002 by chemist Yingchun Liu, Suncoat has changed the game in the beauty world with its nail polish. These nail polishes are made without hazardous chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, and acetates, and instead are formulated with a water-based, non-toxic formula. You can now feel safe about what you’re putting on your own nails!
Now for the legendary, MAC Cosmetics. The brand has built a cult-like following throughout the years, with iconic lipsticks, top of the line setting sprays, unbeatable foundations, and highly pigmented eyeshadows. MAC is most definitely a leader in the makeup community and is one of the most known beauty brands in the world. How awesome that this famous company originated in Toronto? MAC is definitely a Canadian gem, for sure.
Did you know Bite Beauty is Canadian? The company was founded in Toronto in 2011 and has most definitely made a name for itself in the beauty community. The company’s main focus on lips products but it has recently launched face products as well. Bite’s lipsticks are available in a range of shades and finishes, so you’re sure to find your perfect match. One thing about this brand is that it’s passionate about clean beauty, too so it’s safe to say that Bite Beauty is a brand that doesn’t disappoint.
Nudestix is a Toronto-based brand that was created in 2014. Its focus is on easy and effortless beauty, because sometimes in life you just want to keep things simple. It is a collection of makeup crayons that compliment your face giving you that no-makeup makeup look that is quite popular these days. The tin packaging of the stix are all reusable and the actual product inside is made with natural ingredients, these products are definitely needed in your beauty routine. Environmentally conscious never looked so good.
Cheekbone Beauty is an Indigenous-owned and founded beauty brand that is based in the Niagara Region. The company’s mission is to create eco-friendly, vegan, and sustainable beauty products while empowering Indigenous youth along the way. A large focus of the brand is to invent ways to eliminate single-use plastic packaging and continue to create sustainable products. To see a company so involved in creating a happy and healthier planet is truly inspiring.
Stellar Beauty was founded by Canadian TV personality Monika Deol and its focus is on clean, long-wearing makeup that delivers that perfect and radiant skin complexion we are all searching for. Stellar is vegan, cruelty-free, and made without sulphates, parabens, and phthalates. The Stellar Brilliant Primer is most popular as it blurs pores and allows for flawless makeup application — who can refuse that?
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