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How uoGLOW Was Born

About Us

uoGLOW is a club that emphasizes using make-up and skincare practices as a method to empower uOttawa women, increasing their self-esteem and confidence. Make-up often carries several stigmas and negative connotations in society, so the goal of uoGLOW is to help dissolve those and reclaim make-up as a creative tool of self-expression and self-love. uoGLOW is founded by an ethnically diverse team whose goal is to also work on breaking society’s “ideal” of what constitutes “beauty” and to be inclusive to individuals of all ethnicities. 

uoGLOW also has a philanthropic aspect which aims to support women’s shelters in Ottawa by fundraising and through connections with make-up and skincare companies which would provide in-kind donations and support. Most women arrive at a shelter with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Therefore, in order for women’s shelters in Ottawa to support these women, they rely on community support and donations. In a time like now where the COVID-19 pandemic has created unprecedented challenges for many, shelters have been overwhelmed with women and children seeking safety from gender-based violence. This is a critical time to support shelters in providing women with resources to feel empowered. 

It is now especially important to be reminded of ways we can help fellow women who are struggling to get by, without simple necessities such as hygienic products, or enough money to feed themselves and their children. Donate today by clicking the "Donate Now" button on our website, your community thanks you for your generosity.

About Us: Our Story

Meet the Co-Prezes

Get to Know Us

About Us: Team Members

Alexa Cheng


Nice to meet you! My name is Alexa and I'm the Co-Prez of uoGlow. I'm in my fourth year of Health Sciences at uOttawa. I started this club because I am passionate about makeup and skincare. I also strongly believe in giving back to the community, and supporting women's shelters is a great way to do so. I have so many beauty faves! My makeup staples include the Estee Lauder double wear foundation and the Huda Beauty easy bake powder. My skincare stapes include the Fresh soy cleanser and the Ordinary niacinamide serum. I look forward to hearing about all your faves and hopefully learning even more about makeup and skincare!


Nadine Cheffi


Hello! My name is Nadine and I’m the Co-Prez of uoGlow. I'm in my first year of medical school at uOttawa. I started this club because I think of makeup as a method of stress relief, and something that makes me feel more confident and lets me explore my artistic side. It means a lot to me that we can create a platform that empowers women, especially in this day and age. We also have a philanthropic aspect, as we will be hosting fundraisers to support women’s shelters in Ottawa. In my free time, I love playing music and watching K-Dramas. My favourite makeup product is the MAC In Extreme Dimension mascara, and for skincare, I love the CeraVe moisturizing lotion.


Meet the Team

Get to Know Us

About Us: Team Members

Angelica Forde

Co-VP Social Media

Hi! My name name is Angelica and I’m a fourth year Health Sciences student minoring in Management. Currently, my favourite product is the Laneige Lip Glowy Balm. My skin care staple is the Cetaphil Facial Moisturizer with SPF15. Can’t wait to meet you all!


Siyona Kassel

Co-VP Social Media

Hi everyone! My name is Siyona and I'm in my 2nd year of Biomedical Sciences at uOttawa! My favourite skincare product is the Glossier Milk Jelly cleanser. As for makeup, I love the NARS Creamy Radiant concealer and Marc Jacobs Major Volume mascara. Looking forward to see what this year has to offer!


Jessica Cheng

Co-VP Logistics

Hey everyone! I’m a fourth year Health Sciences student here at uOttawa. Just like many of you, I have a passion for makeup and skincare. Some of my favourite makeup brands include Hourglass and Too Faced Cosmetics. My current favourite skincare line is The Ordinary. I can’t wait to meet you all!


Rawan Hassan

Co-VP Logistics

Hi everyone! My name is Rawan, and I'm in my 3rd year of Biomedical Sciences. My favourite skin care product is the St Ives Collagen & Elastin Moisturizer and my favourite makeup product is my Rare Beauty liquid blush!


Vanessa Morin

VP Bilingual

Hey girls! I’m Vanessa and I’m in my third year in health sciences at uOttawa. My go to makeup products are definitely blush and bronzer as I love a cute dewy look. I’ve been obsessed with skin care ever since I can remember; I currently use cetaphil products as they are great for sensitive skin!


Madeline Leroux

VP Finance

Hello everyone! My name is Madeline and I’m a 4th year student in Translational and Molecular Medicine at uOttawa. My makeup staples include the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and the Fenty gloss bombs. For skincare, I’m currently loving The Ordinary’s serums and Vichy’s pore purifying clay mask. Can’t wait to hear all about your favourites!


Julia Patriquin

VP Events

Hello! My name is Julia and I am a third year French as a Second Language student minoring in History. I have a passion for all things creative and makeup. One product I cannot live without is my Burt’s Bees lip balm! I am really looking forward to this year!


Somayah Alsayadi

VP Marketing

Hello everyone! My name is Somayah and I’m a third year Translational and Molecular Medicine student at uOttawa. My favorite makeup product is the It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream. For skincare, my favorite product is the Celestial moisturizer by Lush as it keeps my skin super hydrated, especially during the winter. I’m so excited to meet all of you!


Ayaan Islam

VP Philanthropy

Hey everyone! My name is Ayaan and I’m a first year student in the Biopharmaceutical Sciences program here at uOttawa. So excited to be here!

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