Ep 78 - #TheGlowDown: Kim Kardashian’s Mane Man Chris Appleton Reveals His #1 Frizz Fix, The Hair Tool He Can’t Do Without and His Trick for Flawless Extensions

celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton reveal his hair secrets!

celebrity hairstylist Chris Appleton reveal his hair secrets!

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Meet Chris Appleton, the hairstylist to Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and JLo and card-carrying member of the glammiest of glam squads (that gang also includes Mario Dedivanovic aka Makeup by Mario.) Chris is known for his fantastical looks that we first see on a celebrity, and then on the stylish girl on the street. Case in point: Ariana Grande’s snatched ponytail, Kim’s sexy summer bob and the neon green hair trend courtesy of one of his plethora of wigs (psst: many of these are created by stylist and wig maker extraordinaire William Jackson @TokyoStylez.)

Tune in to hear Chris’ master tips on how to put in extensions without any of the tell-tale signs (that ‘shelf’, ugh), the exact steps to achieving glass hair and what to do about summer frizz. Plus, Chris tells us a little behind-the-scene story about how he chased Katy Perry around with a leaf blower for her Never Really Over video, and the reason he used a coat hanger to get her soft-focus 70s curls. And finally, listen until the end when Chris gets personal, to find out what inspired him to get into the hair industry in the first place.

Ep 77 - W3ll People Co-Founder Shirley Pinkson

Well People Co-Founder Shirley Pinkson

Well People Co-Founder Shirley Pinkson

It’s official, Breaking Beauty fans can’t get enough of clean beauty (hat-tip to listeners who filled out our survey for that intel!) In today’s episode, we bring you the origin story behind W3ll People — one of the O.G. all-natural makeup brands founded in Austin, Texas back in 2008. (Psst: Shailene Woodley is a fan!) We sit down with co-founder and makeup artist Shirley Pinkson, who trained under makeup master François Nars before setting out to create a green beauty dupe of “The Multiple” – and a whole wardrobe of good-for-your-skin cosmetics .

W3ll People makeup (Image courtesy of Manrepeller)

W3ll People makeup (Image courtesy of Manrepeller)

Find out how Shirley created a dream team with college pals, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Reneé Snyder and marketing guru James Walker – and the secret to maintaining a friendship through thick and thin. Then, Jill and Carlene weigh in with their honest review of W3ll People’s award-winning Expressionist Mascara, and give you the scoop on the sister wand launching next month. Plus, find out why W3ll People’s prices have been getting more accessible of late, and big news on which retailer will begin carrying the line by the end of this year.

Products mentioned in the episode: W3ll People Expressionist Mascara; W3ll People Multi Use Cream Stick; W3ll People Bio Bronzer Stick; Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm

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Ep 76 - Body Hair Acceptance + 5 Best Removers If You're Team Bare #DamnGoods

An image from the Billie #projectbodyhair campaign

An image from the Billie #projectbodyhair campaign

Anyone clocked the latest shaving ads that feature fluffy limbs, bushy pits and full-on pubic hair? With the cultural shift toward body and acne positivity, body hair acceptance is the next frontier in beauty realness. In today’s episode, Carlene and Jill discuss the merits of these latest marketing campaigns that (surprise!) are still trying to sell you a new razor. First we zoom in on Billie, the Serena Williams-backed company that’s leading the charge with its #projectbodyhair initiative that reinforces the fact that shaving is a choice.

An image from Gilette Venus’ My Skin, My Way campaign

An image from Gilette Venus’ My Skin, My Way campaign

We also break down the meaning of the “pink tax” and what some brands are doing to fire back. Next, we take a look at the industry giants duping the indie brands with radically different ads featuring women of all shapes, sizes, ethnicities and skin conditions compared to the svelte, pale and completely hairless models of years past. Full disclosure: Carlene and Jill still shave, wax and gadget their way to a hair-free aesthetic (in some body areas, anyway).

Oui Shave’s Rose Gold Safety Razor wins on so many levels

Oui Shave’s Rose Gold Safety Razor wins on so many levels

In this Damn Goods episode, Jill test drives the newest offerings in drugstores, including innovations that promise you can shave up and down, not to mention side-to-side. Meanwhile, Carlene gets down with some chic new safety razors that lean into zero waste. (Given that two billion plastic razors end up in landfills every year, you’ll definitely think twice next time about ever reaching for a disposable again!) In-grown hairs? We got you with the winning solutions on that front, too…

Products mentioned in this episode: Billie Razor; Aveline Razor; Flamingo Body Wax Kit; Gillette Venus Platinum Extra Smooth Metal Handle Women's Razor; Schick Intuition f.a.b.; Well Kept Safety Razor, Well Kept Shave Oil; Oui Shave The Rose Gold Single-Blade Razor; Oui Shave Neroli Shave Oil; Silk’n Infinity Hair Removal Device; PFB Vanish plus Chromabright for Ingrown Hairs; Princereigns Ingrown Hair Serum



Ep 75 #GlowDown: What It's Really Like To Be An Entrepreneur With Create & Cultivate's Jaclyn Johnson

Create & Cultivate CEO Jaclyn Johnson

Create & Cultivate CEO Jaclyn Johnson

Today we’re sitting down with the founder of Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn Johnson! Bestselling author of the book WorkParty and host of WorkParty podcast, Jaclyn (a.k.a “Your Internet Work Wife”) is all about redefining “work” for the millennial woman. An OG hustler, the Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni started Create & Cultivate in 2012. The biannual conference now attracts over 1,500 females across North America, boasting superstar self-starters like Kim Kardiashian, Daphne Oz and history-making USA Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad.

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Oh and there’s a Beauty Summit and Self-Care Summit, too! Find out what kind of experiential magic you can try out at a Create & Cultivate mixer, like B12 shots, tarot cards and ear seeds to relieve stress. Not to mention all that mentoring advice on everything from building your own business to raising capital. And since we know that a lot of you are aspiring entrepreneurs yourselves, Jaclyn schools us on what it’s really like to own a business, how to cultivate a culture of female empowerment and what she looks for in a good hire.

But it wouldn’t be a Breaking Beauty podcast episode without finding out which beauty brands are earning top ranks in Jaclyn’s books right now (surprise: it’s not Glossier)… and what three products are in her bag at this very moment.

Products mentioned in this episode: Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve; It Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer; Hourglass Lipgloss

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Ep 74 - Glow Recipe Co-Founder Christine Chang on Where Korean Beauty Is Going Next

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Glow Recipe co-founders and Shark Tank alums Christine Chang and Sarah Lee had no idea their little online store, offering a curated assortment of Korean beauty products, would explode into the multi-million dollar business it is today. Now, Glow Recipe is a Korean skincare company in its own right, selling out at Sephora on the regular. Today, we’ve got Christine Chang in the studio to tell us the inside story behind Glow Recipe’s massive success and what it’s like to go from L’Oréal marketing interns to beauty moguls – with their sights set on Australian expansion next.

How cute is Glow Recipe’s packaging?

How cute is Glow Recipe’s packaging?

Find out the origin story behind the best-selling Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask (a jar is sold every 3 minutes in over 33 countries around the world) that’s as precious in pastel pink packaging as it is effective at coaxing that covetable glass skin glow. The New York-based Mom and entrepreneur also launched a diffusion line, called Sweet Chef, exclusively at Target stores earlier this year. You’ll hear all the scoop on two follow up products hitting store shelves this month.

Believe it! That Glow Recipe glow

Believe it! That Glow Recipe glow

Keep your ears perked as Christine tells us which Korean beauty influencers she follows herself, where to eat the best Korean food in New York City, and finally, you won’t want to miss her personal #christineglowtips for eliciting the very best glow yourself—Glow Recipe style.

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Products mentioned in this episode: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask; Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra-Fine Mist; Sweet Chef Ginger Kombucha + Vitamin D Chill Mist; Sweet Chef Superfood + Vitamins Moisture Boost; Atopalm Real Barrier Intense Moisture Cream; Blithe Tundra Chaga Pressed Serum; MAKEP:REM UV Defense Me Blue Ray Sun Gel SPF 50





Ep 73 - The #DamnGoods - The Only Face Sunscreens You’ll Need This Summer, Tested

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Are you ready to discover the best sunscreens for face for the summer of 2019? We know, we know - SPF isn’t sexy. But the truth is, once you find the Holy Grail of face sunscreens that you actually love to wear, it’s actually the best anti-aging cream you could ever buy.  Jill and Carlene tested over 20 of the buzziest sunscreens for face, and at the end of the episode, they reveal their top three favourites in store right now.

But first, time to phone a friend! Skin therapist Dija Ayodele, founder of The Black Skin Directory in London, gives us the scoop on her groundbreaking work advocating for the #protectyourmelanin movement. Dija explains why every skintone needs to wear sunscreen, and she shares her very best SPF tips (like why do you need a facial sunscreen instead of moisturizer with SPF, anyway? And what step do you put sunscreen on in your skincare routine?).  Plus, Dija reveals why these are the best face sunscreens for black skin in her books: ECooking Solcreme Sunscreen SPF 30; Unsun Tinted Mineral SPF 30; Glossier Invisible Shield Sunscreen SPF 30

We phone a friend, Dija Ayodele, founder of The Black Skin Directory

We phone a friend, Dija Ayodele, founder of The Black Skin Directory

Dija’s raising awareness that every skin tone needs sun protection

Dija’s raising awareness that every skin tone needs sun protection

In this skin-saving Damn Goods episode, Carlene and Jill dig into their beauty editor handbook to share some Sunscreen 101, like the meaning of broad-spectrum sunscreen and the difference between chemical and physical formulas.  Then, stay tuned as they deliver the Coles Notes on this year’s jaw-dropping Consumer Reports sunscreen study, like the sad fact that very few sunscreens actually live up to their claims. (Here’s just a few of the Consumer Reports sunscreens that earned top marks: La Roche Posay Anthelios Melt-in Cream SPF 50, Banana Boat SunComfort Clear UltraMist Spray SPF 50+, Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch Ultra Radiance SPF 30, Trader Joe’s Sunscreen Spray SPF 50, Bullfrog Land Quick Gel SPF 50 Sunscreen.) And for the grand finale, you’ll hear their honest reviews on the SPF formulas for face that they’d actually buy again—and which ones weren’t worth the hype (Nexxxxxt….!).

Products mentioned in this episode:

Jill’s faves:
La Roche Posay Anthelios XL Dry Touch Gel Cream SPF 60
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF 60

Carlene’s fave
La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra-fluid Lotion SPF 60 (aka Shaka Lotion)
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face Sunscreen SPF 60
Coola SPF 50 Classic Face Sport Classic Sunscreen White Tea Moisturizer
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc SPF (mineral protection)

A comprehensive list of all the face sunscreens we tested:
Chemical:

Murad Age Reform Invisiblur Perfecting Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Shiseido Ultra Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50+ Wetforce
Dermalogica Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30
Clé de Peau Beauté UV Protective Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 50+
Coola SPF 50 Classic Face Sport Classic Sunscreen White Tea Moisturizer
Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 60 Anti-Shine Dry Touch Lotion
Amore Pacific Moisture Sun Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen
Beauty Blender Selfie Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 38 Dry Oil Primer
La Roche Posay Anthelios Ultra Fluid Lotion SPF 60
Estée Lauder Perfectionist Pro Multi-Défense UV Fluid SPF 45

Mineral/Physical:
Aveeno Face Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 for Sensitive Skin
Neutrogena Sheer Zinc Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Consonant The Perfect Sunscreen SPF 30
Drunk Elephant Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Sunscreen
Supergoop Play 100% Mineral Lotion SPF 50
Vichy Idéal Soleil SPF 60 100% Mineral Filter
Institut Estherderm UV Protect Your Protector Care 100% Mineral Very High Protection SPF 50
Ava Isa Pure Untinted Matte SPF 45 Sunscreen With Certified Organic Bio UVA Ultra

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Ep 72 - #TheGlowDown: Debunking Natural Deodorant Myths & How to Find One That Really Works For You

Here we are, smelling fresh, alongside Schmidt’s Naturals founder Jaime Schmidt

Here we are, smelling fresh, alongside Schmidt’s Naturals founder Jaime Schmidt

Did you ever wonder, “Should I make the switch to natural deodorant?” It seems like everyone is trying to ditch antiperspirant, detox their pits and make the swap to a natural deodorant for women. Real talk: we had a lot of questions… so we partnered with Schmidt’s Naturals to chat with founder Jaime Schmidt about the biggest myths around natural deodorant and how to find one that really works for you.

Justin Bieber is collaborating with Schmidts on a Deodorant

Justin Bieber is collaborating with Schmidts on a Deodorant

And what better timing!? Since Schmidt’s was acquired by Unilever in 2017, the clean deo brand is quickly rolling out to almost every mass-market retailer in Canada – and they just announced a new partnership with Justin Bieber (!!) for a collab called Here + Now, expected to launch later in 2019.

A total expert in her field, Jaime debunks a ton of myths flying around out there, like do you really need to detox your pits? And does your body get “used to” natural deodorants? And does using pH-balancing exfoliating toners under your pits really work to reduce bacteria and its related odour?

Stay tuned until the end for some #damngood natural deodorant reviews, when we put a bunch of all natural deodorants for women to the test including baking-soda free versions, pastes in a jar, spray versions - you name it! It’s an all-natural deodorant extravaganza!

Here’s a list of our recommendations:
Schmidt’s All-Natural Deodorant
MegaBabe Rosy Pits
No Pong Deodorant
Lululemon Anti-Stink Deodorant Spray (Disclaimer: did not try during an actual workout!)
Tom's of Maine Long Lasting Natural Deodorant Stick

Here are the rest we tested:

Saje Wellness Exotic Crystal Deodorant
Agent Nateur HoliStick
Kopari Coconut Oil Deodorant
Kaia Naturals Takesumi Detox Deodorant
Kaia Naturals Takesumi Underarm Bar
Soapwalla Natural Deodorant Cream
PiperWai Natural Deodorant Stick
Meow Meow Tweet Baking Soda Free Deodorant Stick

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Ep 71 - Founder #Flashback: The Blood, Sweat and Pride behind M.A.C Cosmetics With Co-Founder Frank Toskan

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We’re on vacation and we hope you are too! In honour of Canada Day, PRIDE and epic road trips, we are re-releasing our founder episode featuring legendary entrepreneur Frank Toskan, who co-created M.A.C Cosmetics! We also want to say a happy birthday to the iconic brand, which is celebrating 35 years in 2019. We originally launched the episode in two parts last summer, and this time around, we’re delivering one long track for your long-listening pleasure.

You’ll hear all the deets dedicated to the trailblazing brand that paved the way to so many modern, inclusive beauty lines today.  With its unforgettable, original tagline: "All Ages, All Races, All Sexes", M.A.C was waaay ahead of its time, tapping into a culture completely foreign to the heritage beauty brands lining store shelves when it launched in 1984.

Jill and Carlene recall the M.A.C beauty products that helped form their youths (hands up if you wore Twig Lipstick!). Plus, we remind you of the brand's ultimate best-sellers like Ruby Woo Lipstick (2,900 of their made-in-Canada lipsticks are sold everyday around the world) and their epic Studio Fix Foundations (still #1 in prestige in Canada), which offered nearly 40 shades decades before Fenty Beauty came along. 

Then, Frank takes us way back, on coming to North America as a young immigrant, with little more than a children's suitcase and a few small trinkets inside. Beauty history buffs will want to hear the story of "Frank & Frank" as the two founders would become known, partners in life and business until Frank Angelo's passing in the 1990's. And finally, the origin story on how Frank Toskan came to compose early M.A.C prototypes using nothing more than craft store supplies in his Toronto kitchen.

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We hit you with all the juicy celebrity moments that helped catapult M.A.C to household name status (a young Lady Gaga, Madonna and Linda Evangelista were all involved.) Don't miss the rebellious acts that had department stores up in arms, like hiring crossdressing beauty consultants, and giving out condoms at beauty counters (mon dieu!) We also go deep on VIVA Glam, the unparalleled giving-back program that's earned a whopping $480M for M.A.C's AIDS Fund, including a sneak peek on an academic book on the topic (launching just in time for VIVA Glam's 25th anniversary next year). So, what's Frank Toskan up to now? We've got the scoop on his next indie startup, called Impact Kitchen, that tastes as good as it is for you. 

Products mentioned in this episode: M.A.C Satin Lipstick in TwigM.A.C Lipliner in SpiceM.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo;M.A.C Lipglass ClearM.A.C Strobe CreamM.A.C Proud to Be Canadian LipstickM.A.C Matte Lipstick in Russian Red;M.A.C Studio Fix Perfecting Powder

Ep 70 - The #DamnGoods: The Best Beauty Products We’re Packing For Our Summer Getaways

ready, set, review!

ready, set, review!

Remember our listener survey? Well the results are in and it’s official, you want to hear EVEN more from us about the products we’re loving and what’s not really worth the spend. That’s why we’ve created “The Damn Goods”, our new monthly episode dedicated to our honest reviews of what’s great—and what’s just a gimmick in our humble opinions. In our first Damn Goods episode, brought to you in part by Neutrogena, we’re sharing our lists of what we’re packing on our summer getaways.

First we give a hat tip to the brand’s hyaluronic acid-filled Hydro Boost Gel Cream, that goes on like a lightweight water gel to replace oilier moisturizers in the thick of summer. Next, we’re giving you an earful on the genius complexion innovation Jill j’adores, the stay-put mascaras, the blush that works with the heat, the perf lip tint, the seamless bronzer, and the concealer angling for a spot in your weekender tote right now.

Let us know what you think— we love hearing from you!

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Products mentioned in this episode: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream; Tarte Shape Tape Concealer; Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Filter; Chanel Les Beige Water Fresh Tint; L’Oréal Paris Infalliable Concealer; RMS Uncover Up Concealer; Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick; Hourglass Vanish Foundation Stick; Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush; Kosas Sport Lip Fuel; Fenty Beauty Sun Stalker Instant Warmth Bronzer; Clarins Wonder Perfect Mascara 4D; Wet Brush Flex Dry Brush; Tangle Teezer; Alumier MD Sheer Hydration Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 40

Ep 69 - #TheGlowDown The Makeup Brushes You Really Need (and How to Clean Them) With Celebrity Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff

Pati Dubroff with Carlene and Jill

Pati Dubroff with Carlene and Jill

In today’s episode, Jill comes clean with a dirty little beauty secret: she barely ever washes her makeup brushes! Can anyone relate? We get a lesson in makeup brushes 101 with a very special guest, celebrity makeup artist, Pati Dubroff. She was in town with Winners Canada, because serious head’s up— they have prestige cosmetics at a discount, too. The LA-based pro has been in the biz for more than two decades, having worked with Madonna in the 90s, held court as Dior’s resident makeup ambassador for many years, and these days, she regularly glows up the faces of Margot Robbie and Priyanka Chopra Jonas.

Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ MET Gala look by Pati Dubroff

Priyanka Chopra Jonas’ MET Gala look by Pati Dubroff

We caught up with Pati when she was fresh from her major Met Gala red carpet makeup moment with Priyanka. We begin our chat by getting behind-the-scenes insights into the artistry behind the camp-themed look, including the hidden, historical meaning behind beauty mark placement. Next, we dive right into the topic of the day, starting with what separates a good brush from the bad. In a podcast bonding moment, Pati and Jill discover they share the same ride-or-die makeup brush (psst… it’s great for both foundation and concealer).

Pati often Instagrams her makeup brushes after a good cleaning

Pati often Instagrams her makeup brushes after a good cleaning

We also get Pati’s take on the top makeup brushes that should be in everybody’s makeup kit, and we get the #glow down on synthetic versus natural bristles. Finally, you’ll hear all the deets on Pati’s tricks for brush care and whether those sanitizing sprays are a good idea or not. You’re not going to want to miss the moment where Jill hands Pati all of her dirty brushes to wash live on the mic—this is not a drill!

Products mentioned in this episode: IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush #7



Ep 68 Legendary Haircare Founder Frédéric Fekkai

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Women of a certain age know the name of this hair legend well: Frédéric Fekkai. If you were born around the same time as Dua Lipa, get ready to hear the backstory behind the dashing Frenchman and former model who was among the first to charge hundreds of dollars for a hair cut in Manhattan. In his heyday, Frédéric was called upon by Hollywood royalty like Meryl Streep, Oprah Winfrey and Jodie Foster. At one Academy Awards show, he worked on three nominees in one night!

His eponymous haircare brand was also among the original hairstylist-backed brands, and it would become coveted for its anti-grunge, Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Cream, bringing that salon suave to top shelves across the continent. (Carlene even recalls one swanky press trip when she was helicoptered in to Frédéric’s estate in Upstate New York!) But after selling his self-titled haircare business in 2008, the brand lost its cool factor. In today’s episode, Frédéric explains why he recently bought back his own brand—and details his plans for re-inventing the House of Fekkai to compete with the Ouai’s and Brigeo’s of this world.

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Bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Frédéric never retired for long though. Meet the clean beauty brand born from his roots in the South of France, called Bastide. What began as a small assortment of artisanal, luxe-y perfumes, hand washes and body creams sold at high end department stores Nordstrom and Holt Renfrew, the highly giftable brand is ready to take on skincare this fall. Frédéric talks to us about shifting his focus from hair to face; he also explains the right* way to blow-dry your hair; and he shares some knee-slapping stories about his stylish travels working with the likes of Martha Steward (pre & post-penitentiary) along the way.

Products mentioned in this episode: Fekkai The One; Fekkai Apple Cider Clearing Rinse; Fekkai Brilliant Glossing Styling Cream; Bastide Verveine du Sud Eau de Toilette; Bastide Natural Artisanal Liquid Hand Wash in Amber Soir; Bastide Ambre d’Or Potpourri Scented Crystals; Bastide Corps-a-Corps Body Cream

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Ep 67 #TheGlowDown: Makeup by Mario Spills His Secrets to Achieving That Flawless Kardashian Base

Today’s guest is Mario Dedivanovic

Today’s guest is Mario Dedivanovic

Whoa! Today’s guest has more Instagram followers than anyone we’ve ever featured before, with 6.5 million fans and counting. It’s Mario Dedivanovic, a.k.a Makeup By Mario. With Kim Kardashian as his muse, is it any wonder the duo has created the defining makeup look of the decade? His masterclasses sell out across the country, so get ready for your very own mini-masterclass in how to perfect your base just.like.a.Kardashian.

Mario’s MET Gala look for his muse Kim Kardashian

Mario’s MET Gala look for his muse Kim Kardashian

We get all the tips on micro concealing, sand bagging, baking—we even find out which drugstore mascara is his ride or die. And since he was in town with Philosophy for our chat, Mario schools us on the skincare products he uses to prep before he even opens his makeup kit.

A look at all the loot from a masterclass swag bag

A look at all the loot from a masterclass swag bag

But it doesn’t end there! Who is this magic man, *really*? Get ready to hear Mario open up about what happens when mercury in retrograde rocks his world. Also, which faces, living or dead, does he dream of painting? And finally, when will his rumoured makeup range become a reality? And how about that YouTube channel? All of this, in today’s fire episode.

Products mentioned in this episode:
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths; Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer; Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water; Purity Made Simple Cleanser; Kryolan Dermacolor Concealer; Ben Nye Banana Powder; Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Concealer Palette; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer; Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation; Beauty Blender; RCMA Foundation; Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Foundation; La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20; L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black; Cozzette Beauty Infinite Contour & Blush Palette; Rodial Bronzer



Ep 66 - Meet Makeup Artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, Luxury Organic Cosmetics Pioneer

Founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis

Founder Kirsten Kjaer Weis

Who doesn’t love a sleeper hit? Among the cacophony of beauty launches, meet the indie brand that’s managed to quietly cut through the clutter to amass a niche group of devoted beauty fans. We sit down with makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, who tells us all about the vision for her eponymous cosmetics range that’s both ultra-luxury and certified organic—not to mention entirely re-fillable.

Kjaer Weis earns its shelfie status

Kjaer Weis earns its shelfie status

Seven years in the making, Kjaer Weiss launched in 2010 to mad magazine write-ups, thanks in part to its beyond-beautiful packaging (designed by the mastermind behind Comme des Garcons’ chic AF fragrances, Marc Atlan.) It quickly became a cult favourite amongst the models who were often in Kirsten’s makeup chair, celebrities like Emma Watson and makeup artists like Katey Denno. The reason? High performance makeup that could compete with conventional makeup brands—without any irritating toxins.

Current campaign model Michelle Stevens Childs

Current campaign model Michelle Stevens Childs

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Kjaer Weis has been often called upon by the likes of Marie Claire and Self magazines, for her ability to make skin look flawless and utterly natural all at once. In this episode, you’ll get an earful on the best-selling mascara and foundation, plus, Kirsten’s pro tips for nailing that woke-up-like-this-but-better base. Stay tuned until the very end and you’ll also get the scoop on Kirsten’s growing foray into the world of skincare, with two top shelf-worthy products in stores this month.

Products mentioned in the episode: Kjaer Weis Mascara, Kjaer Weis Foundation, Kjaer Weis Facial Oil; Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick; Kjaer Weis The Cleanser; Kjaer Weis Toner

Ep. 65 - #TheGlowDown: The Ultimate Guide to J-Beauty Shopping

We’ve created an Amazon Storefront with many of the J-Beauty musts we chat about in the episode (please note those are affiliate links)

In last week’s episode, Carlene flew all the way to Tokyo to learn about what’s new from her fave luxury J-Beauty brand, Clé de Peau (listen here to find out why their $90 concealer has ruined her for all others) and she also chats top shelf and Star Wars power with Felicity Jones, the company’s latest ambassador.

But of course, Carlene couldn’t leave Japan without a shopping haul, which brings us to our very special Glow Down decoding all there is to know about Japanese Beauty!

Carlene and Shiho inside Don Quijote

Carlene and Shiho inside Don Quijote

While K-Beauty trends may get all of the sexy headlines, the truth is that beauty insiders have long known that high-quality, smartly designed and effective products are born and bred from J-Beauty (One example? Backstage artists at fashion week, putting Shu Uemura lash curlers on the map).

So what really sets J-Beauty products apart? Carlene links up with her new beauty pal and Tokyo native Shiho Kobayashi who takes her to discount super store Don Quijote to fill her cart with all of the J-Beauty essentials. Steaming eye masks, award-winning liquid liner and the one thing that Japanese women slip on before bed to wake up with skinnier ankles - you have to hear it to believe it. Stay tuned to the end of the episode to hear all about Jill and Carlene’s J-Beauty faves they would seek out and buy again.

Ep 64 - The Glow Down Felicity Jones Shares Her Celeb Top Shelf + Cult Fave Clé de Peau is Coming to the U.K.

Carlene with Felicity Jones in Tokyo

Carlene with Felicity Jones in Tokyo

What’s on Jyn Erso’s top shelf?

What’s on Jyn Erso’s top shelf?

First up, beauty podfam! We’re conducting a short listener survey and we’d love to hear from you (Click here to answer our survey). It will only take a couple of minutes (promise!) plus there's a giveaway. By completing the survey, you'll automatically be entered to win a huge skincare prize from our friends @theinkeylist, valued at more than $200 - one lucky person will win 19 products! We’re accepting entries until May 22.

To kick off today’s episode, we chat about a podcast that we were featured on called Under the Influence with Whitney Eckis. Check out our feature here!

Plus, we discuss the new Gucci Beauty launch and the campaign that has everyone talking, before we get to even more exciting news for luxury beauty lovers - Carlene heads allll the way to Tokyo to learn about what’s new from her fave Japanese brand, Clé de Peau. Think of it as Japan-meets-Hollywood as Felicity Jones, best known for her role as Jyn Erso in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story chats with Carlene on the mic! Felicity is the face of Japanese luxury skincare brand Clé de Peau Beauté, and Carlene chatted with her on a recent press trip to Tokyo with the brand. Tune in to find out what’s on Felicity’s top shelf. We even find out what’s on Jyn’s top shelf (dat smudgy eye tho!) Then, Carlene and Felicity bond over Clé de Peau’s cultishly adored, $95 concealer, and yes, your humble host isn’t too proud to request an autograph.

Why was Carlene lucky enough to go to Tokyo? We’re glad you asked. Clé de Peau hosted its first ever Power of Radiance event— a multi-year philanthropic commitment that will honour inspirational women from around the world whose advocacy for women and girls’ education has led to positive, long-term impact on lives. You’ll hear all about the first award recipient, Muzoon Almellehan, who was appointed Goodwill Ambassador in 2017, when she was just 19-years-old. Recognized for her work publicly advocating for children displaced in Boko Haram, the Syrian refugee is the youngest ambassador in UNICEF’s history!

Left to right:  Actress Belinda Lee; Former  Glamour  Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive; Felicity Jones; Power of Radiance Recipient  Muzoon Almellehan ; Film Director Naomi Kawase

Left to right: Actress Belinda Lee; Former Glamour Editor-in-Chief Cindi Leive; Felicity Jones; Power of Radiance Recipient Muzoon Almellehan; Film Director Naomi Kawase

Travel minis of Carlene’s skincare favourites from Clé de Peau, along with the event invite

Travel minis of Carlene’s skincare favourites from Clé de Peau, along with the event invite

If you’re not familiar with Clé de Peau Beauté, we go deep on the luxury skincare and cosmetics brand– adored by beauty editors and pro makeup artists the world over– that’s finally launching in the U.K this fall! As a longtime super fan, Carlene shares her personal favourites worth investing in –  in case you’re new to the brand and have a wad of cash to burn. On a budget? Don’t worry, Carlene went drugstore shopping while she was there with local beauty lover Shiho Kobayashi, and we brought the mic for a beauty haul ride along! Stay tuned for Part 2 of Carlene’s adventures in Tokyo next week, when we uncover all of the wonders of J-Beauty (including whether her host finds the term offensive, or a compliment?)

Products mentioned in this episode: Clé de Peau Protective Fortifying Emulsion with SPF 22; Clé de Peau Hydro Softening Lotion; Clé de Peau Concealer; Davines Dede Hair Mist







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Ep 63 - Briogeo Founder Nancy Twine

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Meet the fastest growing hair care brand at Sephora: Briogeo. Today we’re chatting with its brilliant founder, Nancy Twine, a University of Virginia graduate and Goldman Sachs alum. As a woman of colour, she couldn't understand why there wasn’t any natural, non-toxic haircare on the market for all ethnicities and hair textures under one brand. Having whipped up DIY beauty products using avocado oils and coconut butters with her mother and grandmother as a child, clean beauty was also top of mind. She blended the two ideas, and in 2013, Briogeo was born.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

But why leave that high paying Wall Street job to begin with? In this episode, Nancy reveals the heart-breaking moment that caused her to re-evaluate everything in her life. She also shares a funny story about a surprising connection she has to Kelly Clarkson. And in the spirit of true #girltalk, we get her personal tips on blow-drying her hair in under 12 minutes, and the one product she made that pretty much broke the internet.

Briogeo fan @kats.curls

Briogeo fan @kats.curls

Jill and Carlene weigh in on why Briogeo’s best-selling Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is truly a dream for dry, damaged hair. (Super influencers Hannah Bronfman and Ingrid Neilsen are fans of the brand.) Finally, Nancy explains which 6 ingredients you’ll never find in any of her formulations. And we don’t let her go without getting all the deets on why hair supplements are what she’s conquering next – coming this fall.

Special thank you to Amazon for providing Breaking Beauty Podcast with new Bose headphones so we and our guests can now hear ourselves while we record. Game changer!

Psst!! We now have an Amazon store! Shop any of the products mentioned in our episode below. These are affiliate links, so Breaking Beauty Podcast will get a small portion of sales that will help with all of our production costs. [Adds to cart…] Thank you for shopping!

Products mentioned in this episode: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask; Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold Pressed 100% Castor Oil; Briogeo B. Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree Oil; GHD Air Dryer; Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ionic Straightening Iron



Ep 62 Glow Down: Everything We Know About Cannabis Beauty With Miss Grass

Miss Grass Founders Anna Duckworth (left) and Kate Miller

Miss Grass Founders Anna Duckworth (left) and Kate Miller

This weekend saw the funnest unofficial holiday of the year, 4/20! And to celebrate, we’ve partnered with Miss Grass on a special episode all about the benefits of cannabis-based beauty. On the mic we welcome Anna Duckworth and Kate Miller, founders of the leading women’s cannabis website that’s been dubbed “The Goop of Cannabis” by W Magazine.

Good reads on the Miss Grass website

Good reads on the Miss Grass website

Aside from offering up pink porcelain “Le Pipes”, cannabis-spiked lubes, celebrity-loved gummies and beauty products like CBD-infused face serums, Miss Grass is out to educate with an online magazine. And since they cover topics like: “How I faced my dispensary fear and found serenity,” (#relatable!) we knew we needed to get Anna and Kate’s tips on how they’ve been using cannabis beauty in their own lives to treat symptoms of celiac disease and psoriasis (all of their bestselling products are here).

Miss Grass best-seller: Vertly’s CBD Infused Lip + Skin Balm

Miss Grass best-seller: Vertly’s CBD Infused Lip + Skin Balm

If you’re wondering why cannabis beauty might be beneficial in skincare, it’s because cannabidiol and other parts of the plant are known, powerful anti-inflammatories. But let’s be honest, since pot has been outlawed for so long, clinical data is only now starting to get underway. In the meantime, it’s the wild west out there – and how’s a girl to shop? Do we really need CBD in our mascaras? All this and more, in today’s episode.

We’ve got a promo code! For US-based listeners, Enter breakingbeauty at checkout at missgrass.com for 15% off your order.

Products mentioned in this episode: 2 Rise Naturals Full Spectrum CBD Oil With Turmeric; Apothecanna Everyday Face & Body Oil; Dr. Kerklaan Natural CBD Pain Spray; Lord Jones Old Fashioned CBD Gumdrops; Vertly CBD Infused Lip + Skin Balm; Ildi Pekar CBD-Infused Facial Serum; Apothecanna Releiving Spray; Apothecanna Everyday Creme; Quim Rock Happy Clam







Ep 61: The Inkey List - The Budget Skincare Brand To Rival The Ordinary Is Here

The Inkey List Founders Colette Newbury and Mark Curry

The Inkey List Founders Colette Newbury and Mark Curry

How many of you are fans of premium, budget-friendly skincare? Well, you might be interested to know about an up-and-comer called The Inkey List that will debut at in the US at Sephora this month. We sit down with founders Colette Newberry and former microbiologist-slash-virologist Mark Curry to get to the bottom of the fast-growing phenom – one product sells every 30 seconds in the UK, where it first launched just one short year ago! We have The Inkey List reviews and hear from Jill and Carlene about the best Inkey List products like The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum and The Inkey List Vitamin C and The Inkey Glycolic acid.

It’s the battle of the budget brands!

It’s the battle of the budget brands!

The Inkey List (left) versus The Ordinary

The Inkey List (left) versus The Ordinary

We know, we know… it’s just like The Ordinary, you say. Yes, The Inkey List also zeroes in on one hero ingredient, like vitamin C, AHA, retinol, squalane… It’s also a minimally packaged, buildable system you can customize – with all products costing under $15 *The Inkey List is at Sephora exclusively in the US). We find out what led Mark and Collette to launch The Inkey List to begin with, and we don’t pull any punches in asking about allll those similarities.

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To be fair, you’ll also learn about a few key points that set The Inkey List apart. Tune in as we review the top-selling sku, the Hyaluronic Acid Serum, as well as Jill’s personal fave, the Vitamin C Serum. Plus, we fill you in on the fast-coming innovations whooshing down the pike in the months to come – all of which focus on buzzy new ingredients, destined for beauty headlines. Have you tried The Inkey List yet? Head on over to our Facebook Chatroom and tell us what you think!

Products mentioned in this episode: The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum; The Inkey List Vitamin C Serum; The Ordinary Ascorbyl Glucoside Solution 12%; The Inkey List Glycolic Acid; The Inkey List Retinol Serum

Ep 60 - The Glow Down: Your Ultimate Guide To Zero Waste Beauty!

Carlene and Jill with Julianne Robicheau of Eco + Amour and “Waste Wizard” Stephanie Hicks

Carlene and Jill with Julianne Robicheau of Eco + Amour and “Waste Wizard” Stephanie Hicks

With all the news about climate change, what woman doesn’t want to reduce her eco footprint, no matter how shimmery it may be? The most logical place to start might just be in the bathroom, given that 120 billion units of packaging are produced in the global cosmetics industry annually. We’re chatting it all out in this episode, alongside Julianne Robicheau, co-owner of Eco + Amour, a sustainable living boutique specializing in self-care and beauty products. We’ve also got Jill’s good friend Stephanie Hicks in the house, who’s sharing tips based on her year of living zero waste (even her upcoming wedding will be completely up cycled!).

Eco + Amour Zero Waste Re-Fill Store in Toronto

Eco + Amour Zero Waste Re-Fill Store in Toronto

Jill and Carlene share their favourite makeup brands leading the charge in recycling, re-filling and zero waste packaging. They also hat tip the big beauty brands committing to zero waste manufacturing and next level recycling programs in the year to come, like TerraCycle and its new re-fill delivery pilot project, Loop. It’s all part of winning over a growing generation who bases their beauty buying on their values as much as product performance.

Aether Beauty’s New Summer Solstice Palette, On Sale April 22 (Earth Day)

Aether Beauty’s New Summer Solstice Palette, On Sale April 22 (Earth Day)

Find out our top zero waste beauty tips for substituting out all-too convenient face wipes from your routine, what to do with all of your old nail polish, how to dispose of hair, what to do with mascara wands… and we review Aether Beauty’s new zero waste eyeshadow palettes, developed by a former exec in Sephora’s sustainability program. All this, and you don’t even have to worry about any brow beating. We believe baby steps are all steps in the right direction!

Carlene’s New Fave: Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek Colours

Carlene’s New Fave: Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek Colours