BEAUTY INTERVIEW: Top 5 with Megan Fleming

by ANEEKA WARD

MEGAN FLEMING, 26 YEARS OLD, CO-FOUNDER OF GOOD ON YA/ STUDENT/ MOM

St. John’s, Newfoundland

GOOD ON YA’S BEGINNINGS

“Both having sensitive skin, my mother and I came to the realization that coating it daily with chemicals and fragrances could not be good for us. We were inspired to create our own all-natural skincare products that ended up working wonders for our skin. Through extensive research, we were able to develop a skincare line that delivered results ranging from intense moisturizing benefits to the relief of itching and eczema. Eventually, we began to share some of our products to family and friends, and before we knew it, Good On Ya was a full on business endeavor! Our company is such a labour of love. It is so enjoyable for us to experiment and fine-tune our own recipes and blends to meet our needs as well as the needs of our customers. Being an individual that loves to help others, the appreciation we receive after providing people with good quality skincare is the best compliment of all.

ON THE IMPORTANCE OF GOING NATURAL

What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. I try to eat healthy, go to yoga and live the most naturally healthy lifestyle as I possibly can. In my opinion, all these things go hand in hand, so it also made sense for me to also make the switch to natural skincare and beauty products. However, I have definitely found going all natural to be quite the challenge. I must admit that not all of my makeup items are natural; I’m still working on it. Who knows, maybe we will start creating our own makeup one day!

ON WHAT MAKES GOOD ON YA UNIQUE IN A COMPETITIVE INDUSTRY

We like adding a unique and special touch to our products. As proud Newfoundlanders, we’ve connected our products to the beauty and simplicity of our outport communities. For example, we have named our body butters after local communities that represent the essence of each scent. We also handpick empty mussel shells from the beaches, clean, sterilize, and attach them to each body scrub as a scoop. Most of our products are unisex, as we believe men should have equal access to quality skin care just as women do. All of our products, except our lip balms that contain beeswax, are vegan. We also use therapeutic grade essential oils with no dyes or fragrances. On top of that, our products are gluten free, made with mostly organic ingredients, leaping bunny approved and are 100% natural. We make skincare simple, yet beautiful and effective.

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TOP 5 BEAUTY PRODUCTS

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Can I just say that I totally took showering in peace for granted before having a baby? Thankfully, I don’t have to wash my hair nearly as much due to Good On Ya’s Dry Shampoo. It helps eliminate greasiness for days at a time and adds volume to my hair without exposing my scalp to toxic chemicals. To use, I pour some of the powder into either a small bowl or my hand. I then take the applicator brush that we sell specifically to apply this product to dab some powder onto my roots and then brush it through with a comb. It instantly refreshes the look of my hair. Before we created this product, I can confidently say I tried just about every dry shampoo on the market. Unfortunately, the only dry shampoo that ever worked for me was white in colour. That wasn’t going to fly since my hair is black and full grey isn’t something I was quite ready to embrace. Realizing I couldn’t be the only person in the world to have that problem, we decided to create two different all-natural dry shampoos: one for light hair and another for dark hair. Even though I use my dry shampoo multiple times a week, I anticipate getting about one years worth of use from my container. This product is pretty much my best friend these days.

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Making the switch to all natural products is extremely hard, especially when my Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Powder in champagne pop is something I absolutely cannot go without. I know this product isn’t natural, but it is cruelty-free, which is something that is very important to me. I started using this product as soon as it was released, so about a year ago, and just had to replace it. I use it almost every day, even if I don’t leave my house. Throwing on a bit of this highlighter gives my face an instant pick me up. I apply it onto my cheekbones, forehead, the bridge of my nose, and over my cupids bow. I use a brush to put it on for a lighter, everyday glow but for a more intense look I will use my fingers to put it on.

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The skin on my face tends to be on the dry side, so I rely on Good On Ya’s Atlantic Kelp Mask at least once a week for rehydration. My face feels so fresh after I use it as if all the dirt and debris has been lifted away. Kelp has a distinct smell, so you will either love it or hate it. I love because it reminds me of the ocean. The application process is very simple and has become even easier since we teamed up with local pottery maker, Erin McArthur of Northeastern Folk Art, to create a beautiful dish for our clients to mix their masks in. I combine a teaspoon of the Atlantic kelp powder with about a half a teaspoon of water in the dish to create a paste. Sometimes I will even add things like honey or aloe vera gel to switch things up. I apply a thin layer of the mixture all over my face and a little ways down my neck with the facial brush we pair with our dish. Once the mask is dry and I can feel my face tighten, I rinse it off with warm water and wipe away any excess with a facecloth. To finish, I lock in all the hydrating benefits of the mask with either a moisturizer or facial serum. I always feel like I’ve had an expensive facial after using this mask. In reality, it is a really inexpensive way to treat yourself!

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I have recently started using Urban Decay’s Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in green to combat skin redness. After moisturizing and priming my skin, I apply a small amount of colour corrector to any blemishes or areas I am prone to skin redness, such as my nose and chin. I like that I don’t need to put any concealer on top of this color corrector. All I have to do after I apply it is simply put on my foundation and the two blend nicely together. I still use regular concealer under my eyes, but this corrector eliminates the need to use concealer on the rest of my face. I really like the coverage this gives me without having that “cakey” feel. I find most concealers to be drying and stick into creases, but this one doesn’t. It miraculously makes my redness disappear!

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Good On Ya’s Facial Scrub is one of our newest and my most favorite products. It was in the “testing phase” for a long time, but we finally perfected it and I couldn’t be happier. FYI, we never test on animals, only friends and family! Since having Maddox I have embraced a more natural look due to time constraints. By alternating between our facial scrub and facemasks during the week, I have noticed a huge improvement in my skin. I breakout less, wear less makeup since there is less to cover up, and my skin has a healthier glow. This scrub is not too rough and not too dull. We use apricot kernel seeds and jojoba beads as the exfoliators and paired it with other natural skin-loving ingredients including whipped organic shea butter, argan oil and meadowfoam seed oil to get a perfect consistency. I will use this product once or twice per week. We don’t recommend using it more than that as you don’t want to over-exfoliate your skin. I feel like I’ve buffed away a weeks worth of build up on my face after using this scrub. It gives my skin a fresh new start after each use.”

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To see the entire Good On Ya product line, head to their Facebook Page. If you’d like to place an order send them a message and either Megan or Valerie will be sure to help you!

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