Buying Canadian

I love my country and I am proud to be Canadian. I love that as a nation we accept and support diversity and look beyond our borders to step up and do the right thing (most of the time – I know we aren’t perfect).

It hurts my heart that Canada is in a bit of conflict with the USA. What is happening south of us is sad and scary at the same time. I know many Americans who feel the same way as I do, and I don’t want to paint the entire country with the same brush. However while the leadership of the USA continues down the path that it is, I am getting on the “buy Canadian” (or at least don’t buy USA) bandwagon.

This has been an eye opening process for me – I didn’t realize that so much of my consumerism is American. I am excited to support Canadian workers and companies while trying new products that I might otherwise not have given a chance.

Here are some Canadian Beauty Brands that I have been using and am very happy with (I may never switch back to my previous brands):

1. DECIEM|The Ordinary

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I have heard a lot about this company but other than trying the Hylamide SubQ Anti-Age Serum and the hand chemistry lotion 2 years ago, I hadn’t had much to do with Deciem. I had been happy using Glossier Phase 1 set but it is both pricey and American. In my search for a Canadian alternative I kept coming back to Deciem.

The products I am using are much less expensive than Glossier, and are just better products. Right now I am using the following skincare products: the Buffet peptide serum in the morning and the Vitamin C Suspension 23%+HA Speheres 2% in the evening.

I am so happy with these products. Not only is my partner thrilled I am spending less, my skin has never looked better. My skin is hydrated, more even, glowing and bright. I am definitely keeping Deciem skincare products going forward-and I strongly suggest you check them out too.

2. Bite Beauty

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I have been a fan of Bite Beauty since I first discovered them (post here). This Toronto based company is hands down one of the best lip cosmetic brands out there. I have been using their products for awhile (see reviews of the everyday agave kit and the matte creme lip crayon) so it took me less than 3 seconds to decide that this will be my lip brand for the foreseeable future. If you haven’t checked their products out yet you are missing out – seriously drop everything and run to Sephora (or order from the web) right now! Your lips with thank me.

3. Annabelle

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Annabelle is a Montreal based drug store cosmetics brand. I forgot how much I like their products, but now I am regretting that I haven’t replaced the items I have used up (I will be making a trip to Shoppers Drug Mart very soon). Annabelle has great quality products at an affordable price … and are Canadian! I have done reviews on the CC Colour Control Pressed Powder, Lipsies and the Twist Up Retractable Eyeshadow Crayon but stay tuned because there will be more reviews to come!

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Other Canadian brands that I want to check out

Please comment below if you have any suggestions on Canadian brands I should be checking out (doesn’t have to be beauty related). I am eager to support and explore some homegrown products because Canadians make some pretty great stuff!

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One Comment on “Buying Canadian

  1. It is amazing how many things are made outside of Canada. Even some of the Canadian brands don’t make stuff here.

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