Ep 81 - #TheDamnGoods Summer Empties Edition

Kissing the summer goodbye!

Kissing the summer goodbye!

The summer is unofficially over and while we can’t wait to stock our topshelf for fall, we thought it would be fun to chat about the damn good products that really saw us through the summer of 2019. So welcome to our very special episode all about the warm weather staples that we loved to the very last drop. Go-to sunscreen? Check. Glossy-chic lippie in every straw bag? You know it. Pore clearing mask? All over this one. Meet the new finds that made it into heavy rotation –  and some old cult favourites that we fell in love with all over again. Consider this an End of Summer #empties party, and you’re invited.

breaking beauty podcast damn good summer empties

Products mentioned in this episode:
Deciem The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque; Mario Badescu Drying Lotion; Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Balm; La Mer Genaissance de la Mer The Eye & Expression Cream; Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 Moisturizer; Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil; MAC Art Library Nude Model; French Girl Lumiere Rose Doree Shimmer Oil; Escents Outdoor Body Spray,

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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 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 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