• A few months ago I had the pleasure of visiting the cutest little store in the heart of The Hydrostone Market in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon entering Earth Goddess, instantly I found my senses stimulated and curiosity stirred. A plethora of handcrafted goods and beautiful artisanal jewelry glimmered against the backdrop of the store’s calming minimalist aesthetic, and store owners Sandy McInnis and Shannon MacGregor greeted me with smiles and warmth that immediately made me feel at home. Full disclosure,

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  • KENYA MILLER, 16, HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT Ottawa, Ontario ON HER FIRST MAKEUP MEMORIES “As a small child, I remember watching my mom using her MAC concealer and always trying to get her to put some on me. After a year of me continuously asking, she got me my first concealer paint pot – you could say my love affair with makeup was history from there. When I turned 14 years old I started my own YouTube channel where I filmed makeup related videos

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  • If you follow along with the GRR on Instagram, you have probably noticed my recent infatuation with all things essential oils. Whether it be diffusing frankincense for a 5 minute meditation to bring my anxiety levels down, some peppermint and eucalyptus to help clear my sinuses when I have a cold, or a few drops of lavender before I fall asleep to assist my mind and body in entering a more relaxed state, the use of essential oils have become a

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  • ANYSSA DI NARDO, 19 YEARS OLD, CRIMINOLOGY STUDENT AT CARLETON UNIVERSITY Ottawa, Ontario ON HER BEAUTY PRIORITIES “Skincare, particularly keeping my skin hydrated with quality products, is my number one beauty priority above all else. I religiously cleanse and moisturize my skin morning and night and swear by Ole Henriksen’s Sheer Transformation Moisturizer. I believe that one should invest time in finding products that are most compatible with their skin type. I have had super sensitive skin ever since I was young. I

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  • COURTNEY CROCKER, 30 YEARS OLD, LIBRARIAN Gander, Newfoundland ON THE BEST BEAUTY ADVICE “I think the best piece of beauty advice I have ever received is to take good care of your skin and to remove my makeup before bed. I remember reading an article as a teenager around the early 2000’s Dukes of Hazard time period, where Jessica Simpson said that no matter how tired she was, she would always take off her makeup. I get so much satisfaction from removing my

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  • RAANA REZAEI, 25, FLIGHT ATTENDANT AIR CANADA Ottawa, Ontario ON HER FIRST INTERACTIONS WITH “I was, and still am, the ultimate girly girl. As soon as I discovered my mom’s makeup, I constantly created looks for all my dolls and was always experimenting on my younger sister and cousins – no one was safe! I remember using fuchsia lipstick and glitter eyeshadow to create the most dramatic, elongated cat eye known to mankind. I think my makeup skills have since gotten better, but

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