Thursday, February 16, 2017


By Lisa Doherty

The Canadian Beauty Industry’s Hidden Gems
Wear Canada Proud!

Photo courtesy of Lips By Danilea (Click to enlarge)

From glitter and lip stains, to serums and masks, beauty companies are always trying to come up with the newest trends that will hit the cosmetic world by storm. And as much as we love some of the bigger, more well-known companies, there are always the hidden gems that have something unique to offer. As Canadians, we are proud of our country and continue to try and support local, Canadian companies where the beauty industry is no exception. Here are 4 Canadian beauty brands you may never have heard of, but will now be happy you did.

Oh So Pretty Cosmetics

Based in Kingston Ontario, this luxurious makeup line was created with safe ingredients in mind. Their “pretty line of cosmetics is comprised of colours and textures to suit whatever your face desires”. They are equipped with customizable palettes to suit each client’s need. 

All of the ingredients in the Oh So Pretty cosmetic collection are Canadian and free of fragrances, parabens and allergens. They are also not tested on our furry friends. You can check out and order your own custom palette and products at

Photo courtesy of Oh So Pretty Cosmetics

Lips By Danilea

This bold and beautiful lipstick company was created to give your face an every day pop of colour. With the caption of “Unaplogetically Bold”, this company provides a range of bright and brave colours that will give your makeup look some personality. All of the lipsticks from Danilea are made in Toronto Ontario, and completely cruelty free. The statement that these lip colours portray is empowerment. If you have had your eye on a bold lip for a while, this might be the place to check out.


This company is based out of British Columbia, and promotes natural makeup looks with their easy to use and simple collection of “makeup crayons that cover all the bases and give you a fresh faced, nude look.” Their philosophy is to show off what you have instead of covering it up. Their products contain skin-saving vitamins, antioxidants and moisturizers sure to bring out your best features and make them natural and flawless. Nudestix has crayons for the face, lips and eyes to add a touch of colour here and there, for your finest features. You can check them out at

Photo courtesy of Nudestix

Barefoot Venus

These body hugging products were created in Kelown B.C. Botanical in nature, they are made with natural ingredients including olive oil, and manage to keep your skin hydrated, healthy and free of parabens and other harmful chemicals. They have 14 different collections and scents, which means there is a recipe for everyone. Proceeds from a portion of their collection goes towards Autism Speaks, which means they are products that pay it forward. You can contact Barefoot Venus at

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