Lisa Mattam, the founder of Ayurvedic skincare line Sahajan, isn’t your usual beauty geek. She has cast broad strokes in big pharma, leadership training, strategic process and organizational development. Eventually Lisa’s daughter interrupted her steady groove as amanagement consultant and kick-started a new dream. Here’s how she lifted her one-year-old brand off the ground, step-by-step, and is making strides at home and abroad.
When you meet Simone Otis (she’s prepped the faces of Rachel McAdams, Sarah Rafferty and Kendall Jenner) one of the first things you notice is that she has ah-mazing skin. She’s mastered the model-off-duty-makeup look (that’s pretty and minimal), thanks to her stylish intuition and her career cred (Simone’s handiwork has graced the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair and ELLE Canada). We convinced her to tell us what’s in her personal beauty routine so we can get glowing just like her.
Heather Reier’s bath, hair and body business, Cake Beauty, was well established once she started a family and she says she didn’t freak out aside from the usual new mom jitters. With both Hudson, 7, and Graeme, 4, she cut her mat leave short and went back to work while the boys were each only a few months old. She didn’t sweat the transition too much because she says her personal experience as a mom has to do with finding joy and success in every part of her life.
Manicurist doesn’t seem enough to describe nail pro Gina Edwards. She’s buffed and polished Taylor Swift and Nicole Kidman and worked on set with high profile glossies like Elle and Harper’s Bazaar. After years of hard work, she’s enjoying her well-earned success and most importantly, she’s reached a point in her career where she can prioritize her life away from work.
This time around we’re getting beauty truths from Carlene Higgins, a Toronto-based freelance style writer and editor. After 13 years jet-setting around the globe and producing glossy editorials for FLARE magazine as its Beauty and Fashion Director, this mom of two littles knows what it takes to keep up with ever-changing—and let’s admit, tiring—trends.
Having worked with fashion magazines like Elle Canada, Glow, Fashion, Canadian Living and Marie Claire Indonesia, and entrusted to paint the tips of celebs such as Carly Rae Jepsen and Hilary Duff, Melissa Forrest has serious beauty cred. To the fashion set she’s known as part of an all-star team at Tips Nail Bar, but she’s also one cool mom to two daughters, age 20 and 18, and admits that motherhood continues to teach her so much more about herself.
I’m six months into this blog and admittedly sometimes I wonder what’s it all for which is natural during any start- up idea. Then I spoke to Barb Stegemann last week while she was in town to celebrate her latest fragrance launch for her company, The 7 Virtues. After our 20-minute conversation, I felt like I had a Red Bull for my mind. I was re-energized and ready-to-go again. Sure she’s a seasoned PR pro and motivational speaker who has the right words at the tip of her tongue, however if those words inspire, they’re always worth listening to.
As moms we’re all trying to make healthy, clean choices and going green when it comes to what we put on our skin is a step in the right direction.. But in a sea of products touting organic, natural, all-natural and pure on the labels, how do we really know what’s good-for us? Beauty Director Lesa Hannah has some answers.