Episode 37 Bobbi Brown On Leaving Her Own Makeup Brand, Her New Beauty Supplement Line + Whether She’ll Ever Do Cosmetics Again  

 Carlene sat down with Bobbi Brown at Founder Made in New York

Carlene sat down with Bobbi Brown at Founder Made in New York

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Bobbi Brown has hit legendary status. First, there was her come up as a celebrity makeup artist, working with everyone from Whitney Houston to Naomi Campbell. In this episode, hear some of her little known stories about the struggles and successes, building a name for herself as the makeup artist that photographers like Arthur Elgort would come to have on speed dial when they wanted their subjects to look au natural and ah-may-zing all at once.

Brown went on to create the OG no makeup-makeup line at a time when every other cosmetic brand was still about selling sex in a lipstick. Just try to figure out Bobbi Brown Cosmetics’ best-seller—is it the foundation stick, the gel eyeliner, the shimmer brick, the Beach fragrance, or the nude eye palettes so many of us had on regular rotation? (The debate is on!) Find out the real reason why Brown chose to leave her namesake company, and she pulls no punches explaining what it felt like to walk away.

 Bobbi Brown’s first Vogue cover featured Naomi Campbell

Bobbi Brown’s first Vogue cover featured Naomi Campbell

Plus, listen in as Brown explains her second life developing a new range of beauty supplements, Evolution 18, not to mention her chic as hell hotel, The George. We also get real about Brown’s approach to interviewing some really big players herself, like Gary Vaynerchuk and Mickey Drexler for her lifestyle site, JustBobbi.com—with breaking news that Bobbi Brown is launching her own podcast! And finally, you do not want to miss Brown’s answer to the question we are all dying to know: will she ever start a makeup line again?

Products mentioned in this episode: Bobbi Brown Nude on Nude Eye Palette, Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick, Bobbi Brown Lip Color, Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation Stick, Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum, Evolution_18 Afternoon Chocolate, Evolution_18 Probiotic Stick Packets; Chanel Cristalle Eau de Parfum Spray

 Bobbi Brown back in the day

Bobbi Brown back in the day

Ep 16-The Glow Down: The Top 7 Beauty Moments In 2017 Ft. Fashion Magazine's Beauty Dept. & What's Next in 2018

This episode is brought to you by Smashbox Canada. Listen here.

 Fashion Magazine beauty editor  Souzan Michael  (left) and beauty director  Lesa Hannah  (right)

Fashion Magazine beauty editor Souzan Michael (left) and beauty director Lesa Hannah (right)

In this rollicking episode, we are joined by Fashion Magazine’s supes smart and hilarious beauty team, beauty director Lesa Hannah and beauty editor Souzan Michael, to recap the biggest beauty moments in 2017. Which feel-good beauty moment was the cushiest in one beauty editor’s eyes? Which WTF beauty trend should defs stay in 2017? We’ve got the hot takes! Plus, find out what’s coming down the pike in the year ahead, in a forecast by cosmetic chemist Stephen Ko.

 Glossier's winning Body Hero 2017 campaign

Glossier's winning Body Hero 2017 campaign

 Prototypes of what's around the corner in 2018

Prototypes of what's around the corner in 2018

Ep 15- Smashbox Co-Founder Davis Factor

 Carlene Higgins (left) and Jill Dunn with Smashbox Co-Founder Davis Factor

Carlene Higgins (left) and Jill Dunn with Smashbox Co-Founder Davis Factor

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When your great grandfather invented the term “makeup” as an Oscar-winning makeup artist during Hollywood's golden age, you start a makeup line. That’s exactly what Davis and Dean Factor did, having grown up around the legendary cosmetics empire, Max Factor. But it wasn’t a clear path for the Hollywood playboys (heli-skiing, anyone?). Davis took to photography and Dean studied business before they formed Smashbox studios in L.A., where everyone from Angelina Jolie to Jack Nicholson have struck poses.

Just how did a happening photo studio lead to a makeup line though, best known for its famous Photo Finish Primer sold every 1.8 seconds around the world? (Hint: Madonna's makeup artist, the late Paul Starr, may have something to do with it.) Plus, listen in to hear who’s surprisingly the best in the business to work with, and who Davis had the unfortunate luck of plowing down head-on in the studio hallway. And, we get the low down on what Davis has up his sleeve next—a business venture that strays from the world of cosmetics...

Over 20 years old, Smashbox is still a top seller in stores even as the Colour Pops, Anastasias and Urban Decays keep growing. (Fun fact! Max Factor was the first brand to sell makeup in drugstores, did ya know??) How do they keep the momentum going? We’ve got the insider insights, all on today’s Breaking Beauty.

Products mentioned in this episode: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer; Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick; Smashbox Drawn In. Decked Out. Shadow + Contour + Blush Palette; Milk Makeup

Ep 09- Nudestix Founders Ally & Taylor Frankel

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They’re beauty moguls, and they’ve just barely graduated high school. Meet Taylor and Ally Frankel, co-founders of Nudestix, the Canadian beauty brand with a teenage global following. With their mother Jenny Frankel—a chemical engineer who once developed blockbusters for M.A.C. and started up Cover FX—the Nudestix sisters have created a name for themselves with their brand of vegan, no-makeup makeup that rendered ladylike compacts “old-fashioned” the second their line of Crayola-like sticks hit Space NK in 2014.

Five years later, Nudestix's best-selling matte lip and cheek pencils are beloved by, who else, mega influencers. And this fall, they’ve collaborated with six leading Youtubers like @ssssamanthaa, @saythelees, @cydbee on an all-star Creator’s palette sure to make it into many a back-to-school makeup kit. Having conquered Teen Vogue and Sephora, their trajectory to fame hasn’t been all easy breezy. Find out how the Nudestix girls overcame a major hurdle upon launching the brand in China, and discover where the Frankels are headed after they reach the end of the nude rainbow. Exciting news, in this episode!

Products mentioned in this episode: M.A.C Lip Glass; M.A.C Satin Lipstick in Twig; Cover FX Total Cover Cream Foundation; Nudestix Intense Matte Lip & Cheek Pencil in Purity; Nudestix Concealer Pencil; Nudestix Creator's Palette