Ep 86 - #AMA: Ask Us Anything Special! 

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To celebrate our 1 million downloads (!!) milestone, we’ve got a very special episode where we answer all of your burning listener questions - everything from why we wanted to start a podcast in the first place, to our hangover cure, the one product that makes us nostalgic and our favourite episode we’ve ever done!. Thank you for all of the wonderful submissions. As always, we love hearing from you so please do reach out any time and leave us a voicemail: 1-844-227-0302, slide into our DMs on Instagram or join our private FB group. Thank you for listening - we can’t wait for a million more downloads!

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Products mentioned in this episode:

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum; Nars Orgasm Blush; CND Shellac


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.

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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 33 Glow Down: Inclusivity, Body Positivity and Marketing Misses With YouTuber Aysha Harun, Model Bree Ahmed and Writer/Podcaster Anne T. Donahue

Left to right: Aysha Harun; Bree Ahmed; Anne T. Donahue

Left to right: Aysha Harun; Bree Ahmed; Anne T. Donahue

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Welcome to my dining room! That's right, it's a round table talk with your hosts Carlene and Jill, along with YouTube beauty creator Aysha Harun (a.k.a Aysha Abdul); the gorgeous Bree Ahmed, who self-identifies as a plus-sized model and recently starred in an Every Woman campaign in support of CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Healthaaand podcast host of Nobody Cares (Except for Me), Anne T. Donahue, who's written for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Guardian and more!  Sit in on our rousing beauty chat about inclusivity (who's winning); representation (sniffing out tokenism); and body positivity (why can't we accept ourselves like we do others?)

Every Woman campaign produced by Jessica Lewis, in support of CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

Every Woman campaign produced by Jessica Lewis, in support of CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

After we get all cerebral, we get to the bottom of what's behind Aysha's glow, the secret spot in Toronto where Bree sources the best makeup finds for women of colour, and learn about which key products are behind Anne's signature, Mad Men beauty aesthetic. 

Nobody Cares: Essays by Anne T. Donahue

 

Plus, don't miss the details on Anne's upcoming book of essays, Nobody Cares, which launches in September--that's already been blurbbed by actress and author Gabourey Sidibe and Dolly Alderton of the High Low Podcast. And big news, we've done another pod swap! That's right, Carlene and Jill will be on Nobody Cares (Except for Me) podcast later this fall, where we'll share our damn good #bottomshelf beauty favourites that may look ugly on the outside, but make you look damn pretty anyway.

Products mentioned in this episode: Knixwear; Kylie Lip KitsCaudalie Vino Perfect Serum; Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50; Super Goop; Beauty Blender; Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil; Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter; M.A.C Lipstick in Lady Danger; Essie Gel Couture Polish; Fenty Gloss Bomb;

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Ep 18 - The Glow Down Featuring Goop Beauty Director Jean Godfrey June

Jean Godfrey June, Beauty Director of Goop.com

Jean Godfrey June, Beauty Director of Goop.com

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Excuse us while we Fan Girl for a moment. When it comes to beauty editors, there's almost no one we hold in higher regard than Jean Godfrey June, the au natural Beauty Director of Goop.com and former beauty director at Lucky Magazine. June's column at the latter outlet, called "The Beauty Closet" (who can forget those era-defining illas?), earned maximum respect for its just-between-us-BFFs writing style at a time when meaningless magazine-speak was very much the norm. 

June earned a devoted following long before influencers were even a thing and we were so excited to get her into the studio to chat about which all-natural products she herself uses everyday, plus, tips on how to detox your beauty routine. (P.S. Goop by Juice Beauty is now available at Detox Market!) And we couldn't let her go without finding out what it's like to work with the Gwyneth Paltrow on a daily basis, including what the actress-cum-beautypreneur wore for their beach-side job interview!

Gwyneth Paltrow Goop Cover Mud

Lastly, find out which new products are notable this month from Glossier, Clinique and a first at drug stores from Burt's Bees!

 

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Ep 13 - Drunk Elephant Skincare Founder Tiffany Masterson

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In this episode, we chat with the founder of Drunk Elephant Skincare, Tiffany Masterson - it's the fastest-growing skincare line in Sephora's history, despite only hitting the shelves in July 2014 and just recently launched in to Canada and Australia. According to Women's Wear Daily, its sales in 2016 were between $25 and $30 million dollars and it's on track to double that revenue this year. 

This Texan mother of four had dreams of having a big family - not of creating multi-million dollar beauty revolution. She was always interested in skin health though. She started out selling an imported bar soap to soothe sensitive skin before a stint at selling Arbonne. But it wasn't long before she took her passion to the next level and started researching how to formulate with little more than Google and a white board and the next thing you know, Drunk Elephant was born. The name Drunk Elephant is rooted in a myth that says the elephants love to eat the fruit that has fallen from Marula trees. Once eaten, fermenting occurs inside their very large tummies and the elephants become drunk!

Designed for sensitive skin types, her goal is to create highly active products that prioritize skin health. 
She pioneered what she calls "clean-clinical" – marrying the best all-natural ingredients with the best man-made, safe synthetic ones.

Find out just how did it get its funny name, which products are worth the spend because they are a bit of an investment (like $90 for their Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil and $112 for their famous Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum, what it's like to be a self-taught formulator, who her famous childhood best friend is that's responsible for her most embarrassing beauty moment and (it's got a celeb twist!) and what this super buzzy brand is working on next.

Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn
Audio production: Olivia Nashmi
Theme song: Cherry Bomb by Saya

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Ep 11 - Emily Weiss, CEO and Founder of Glossier

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She's the Founder and CEO to watch, and she started a revolution with Glossier, a millennial beauty brand that's commanded line-ups around the block with its era-defining pink-and-white packaging and its inclusive, raw beauty campaigns. She's Emily Weiss, and she's the 32-year-old  New Yorker fronting Entrepreneur Magazine and Forbes' lists alike. 

Find out why the other leading beauty brands are chasing Glossier's "v-commerce" business model (we didn't know what it was either!); learn the secrets behind Emily's editorial roots - including whose bathroom was the most epic for #TopShelf, her art for crowd-sourcing the brand's next innovations; and what she really remembers about those days interning at Vogue and making her debut on The Hills.

But most importantly, why is Glossier's Boy Brow the number one best-seller, exactly? We weigh in with our review of the most iconic product. Plus, don't miss Emily's personal beauty hacks—and what she wore to our interview.

And finally, hear from the Glossier fan girls IRL, who we turn the mic over to in this revealing, femmes-first episode.

Products mentioned in this episode: Glossier Boy Brow; Glossier Cloud Paint; Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser; Glossier Body Hero Daily Body Wash and Perfecting Cream; Benefit Gimme Brow; Chanel Sourcils de Chanel Brow Powder Duo; Clinique 3-Step; Stila Eye Shadow in Kitten

Ep 10 - The Glow Down featuring Petra Collins at Toronto Fashion Week, mad TIFF sightings, Celeb Makeup Artist Patrick Ta and alll the Fenty Beauty Scoop

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Welcome to the latest episode of Breaking Beauty's mid-month episode, #TheGlowDown! This one's a love letter to Toronto—an ode to everything that's been poppin' off this month. 

Carlene delivers the scoop on Toronto Fashion Week (including insider secrets from Canadian photographer and Gucci muse Petra Collins who spoke to an intimate crowd at TFW's Fashion Talks session) and we go deep on the hidden meanings in Selena Gomez's "Fetish" video, which Petra directed. 

Photo:  @chadwicktyler  via @petrafcollins/Instagram

Photo: @chadwicktyler via @petrafcollins/Instagram

Speaking of Gucci, we do a spray-and-tell with Gucci Bloom - a fragrance fronted by Gucci gal Petra Collins herself, Hari Nef and Hollywood royalty, Dakota Johnson. Trust - it's not what you'd expect.

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Plus, we detail all of the standout red carpet beauty moments at TIFF  -- here's a hint -- the straightest hair didn't belong to any actress, and Carlene reveals the new must-have lippie in her Chanel handbag.

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Oh hi, Nicole Kidman, we'll just be up here in the L'Oréal VIP suite

Oh hi, Nicole Kidman, we'll just be up here in the L'Oréal VIP suite

Jill checks in with King of Highlighter (and Kiss New York Pro spokesperson), Patrick Ta, tells us the craziest place he's ever done Chrissy Teigen's makeup!

Patrick Ta knows what to do in the presence of a Ring Light

Patrick Ta knows what to do in the presence of a Ring Light

nd talk about burying the lede... last but not least, we phone-a-friend, Victoria DiPlacido from ELLE Canada to go behind the scenes at the Fenty Beauty Launch Party in New York.

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Fenty Beauty -- what's good? 

Fenty Beauty -- what's good? 

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Products mentioned in this episode:

L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Matte Lip in #405, Doesn't Matter; Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Collection; Kiss Blooming Lashes; Kiss Pro Halo Strobing PaletteGucci Bloom Eau de Parfum; Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation; Sephora + Pantone Color IQ

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Ep 08 - The Glow Down, August 2017: Featuring Hair Colour Queen Tracey Cunningham, Makeup Artist Mogul Joyce Bonelli and Backstage at Miss World Canada

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In our second mid-month episode of The Glow Down by Breaking Beauty, we catch up with celebrity hair colourist extraordinaire Tracey Cunningham (who tends the manes of everyone from Khloe Kardashian to Emma Stone to Jennifer Lopez) about her secret weapons for her signature, super natural hair colour that always manages to look healthy no matter how much bleach is in the cup. We also get the scoop on the very famous helping hand who got Cunningham started in the beauty biz in the first place (guesses... guesses... anyone?)

Tracey Cunningham

Intern Emily chats with Joyce Bonelli who was in town to kick-off the Shoppers Drug Mart #MyBold makeup event. Bonelli's artistry may or may not have inspired the colour range for Kylie Lip Kits (her most famous client)—hear what she has to say on that front—plus, find out why Kim Kardashian FaceTimes Ms. Bonelli on the regs. Best of all, we get the major scoop on Ms. Boneill's own upcoming makeup line, planned for release in 2019. 

Finally, the fabulous Emily reports from behind the scenes at the Miss World Canada Pageant -- talking with backstage makeup artist Jennifer Turner on how to get pageant-ready (including what NOT to do). And, she chats with Miss Manitoba Courtney Mandock to find out what it's like to compete in a beauty pageant in 2017. Because we know what you're thinking, whyyyyyyyy? Well, have a listen to what one contestant has to say, maybe she'll surprise you. 

Miss World Canada 2017 Winner Cynthia Menard. Photo:  @stantrac

Miss World Canada 2017 Winner Cynthia Menard. Photo: @stantrac

Ep 07 - Rodial & Nip + Fab Founder Maria Hatzistefanis

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Maria Hatzistefanis is such a beauty boss that she's created not one, but two, blockbuster beauty brands in less than 20 years. Also known as the street style-leaning Instagrammer @MrsRodial, her luxury line, Rodial, is known for its headline-grabbing ingredients like "snake serum." A unit of the brand's Dragon's Blood Sculpting Gel sells every minute around the globe; even Kate Moss is a super fan of the skincare and Kim Kardashian's makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic, @MakeupByMario is a fan of their makeup. Meanwhile,  Nip + Fab is like Rodial's kid sister brand—POW ingredients at drugstore prices (pssst... Kylie Jenner can't get enough). And in this episode, you'll hear the bombshell that's coming from Nip + Fab next.

Plus, listen in on Maria's highs (landing said Jenner as the first face of Nip + Fab, a mentor spot on the Project Runway spinoff Fashion Startup) and lows (getting fired sucks, just ask Carlene, who overshares again in this episode) and how it takes both ups-and-downs to make for the damn good stories she's written about in her new book, How to Become an Overnight Successavailable now on Kindle and Kobo. Ready to hear the Coles notes?

Products mentioned in this episode:
Rodial Glamoxy Snake Serum, Rodial Dragon's Blood Sculpting GelNip + Fab Daily Fix Glycolic Cleansing PadsIndeed Labs, The Ordinary Skincare

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Ep 05: Fresh Co-Founder Lev Glazman

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Dreams do come true people. We are beyond excited to launch episode 5, featuring one of the original inspirations for the Breaking Beauty Podcast!!  Grab a glass of rose (or, vodka?!), because Lev Glazman, co-founder of Fresh, is a master storyteller of the highest beauty order. 

Growing up behind the Iron Curtain, Glazman knew the power of beauty products better than anyone. Find out how his childhood, marked by moments sneaking through the black market for contraband perfume, foraging for berries by dawn to make his OG face masques and even a stint cleaning houses, would lead to a global empire.

Why is the brand’s iconic Crème Ancienne, a worth-the-spend cold cream based on a 2,000-year-old recipe, made by monks from the Czech Republic? What was Glazman’s single scariest moment when he thought they may go bankrupt? Why does Jill still keep her tattered and torn Fresh Oval Soaps on display in her bathroom? And finally, what does the co-founder have brewing next? (We’ll give you a hint, it’s NOT a beauty product and fellow industry mega Bobbi Brown is headed in the same direction.)

Allllll the answers, in this episode.

Products mentioned in this episode: Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment, Fresh Creme Ancienne, Fresh Black Tea range, Fresh Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boosting Mask & Moisture Glow Cream, Fresh Oval Soap; Thierry Mugler Angel; Chanel No. 5

Ep 04: Caudalie Founder Mathilde Thomas

Mathilde Thomas in L'Appartement Caudalie in New York

Mathilde Thomas in L'Appartement Caudalie in New York

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Parisian women are world-renowned for having that je ne sais quoi—rumpled hair that lands just so, barely there makeup and healthy-looking skin synonymous with classic beauties like Francois Hardy, Brigitte Bardot and modern day muses like Lea Seydoux and self-taught makeup artist and YouTube star, Violette. When you think about the French lifestyle (noshing on cheese and croissants and drinking red wine daily) without ever gaining a pound, you know they're on to something. 

In this episode, we explore that very French Paradox with Mathilde Thomas, co-founder of Caudalie Paris.  (The woman has literally written a book on the subject!) For the uninitiated, Caudalie is an all-natural skincare line started in 1995 at a centuries-old vineyard that Thomas' family owns in Bourdeaux, France called the Chateau Smith Haut Lafitte.  The star ingredient, a polyphenol called resveratrol, is extracted from the seeds and skin of grapes. A natural antioxidant, the active has been proven to be even more powerful than vitamin E (whoa!). Much the way drinking a glass of reservatrol-rich red wine a day has been known to help stave off heart disease, so too does applying the cream have benefits for your skin.

Twenty years after its birth, Caudalie's most iconic product, Beauty Elixir, sells every 30 seconds around the globe. Discover why celebrity makeup artists have been relying on it to create a dewy glow for the past 20 years (they basically built a cult following.) Editors and fans clamour for the brand's luxe spa services, too, like the cabarnet body scrub. Available on almost every continent, Thomas is now launching a new concept spa that will re-invent the treatment experience. Titled L'Appartment Caudalie, the first location, in the Upper East side of Manhattan, is a four-cabine skincare sanctuary where you might even brush shoulders with a supermodel. Find out who we encountered on our day at the spa, what Jill did to mortify herself during the interview and more inside secrets in episode 4.

Products Mentioned in this Episode: Caudalie Beauty ElixirCaudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum; Caudalie Concentrated Brightening EssenceProvince Apothecary Custom Facial; Skinceuticals Resveratrol B E; Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick.

The stunning interior of L'Appartement Caudalie in New York 

The stunning interior of L'Appartement Caudalie in New York 

Mathilde's book "The French Beauty Solution." 

Mathilde's book "The French Beauty Solution." 

A custom light fixture, fashion to look like a grapes cluster

A custom light fixture, fashion to look like a grapes cluster

Sister Pact: The Aussie Twins Taking Green Beauty Brand Dr. Roebuck's From All-Purpose to Ultra Bespoke

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There are lots of words you expect to read on a "green" beauty product label like: natural, ethically-sourced, paraben-free, etc. But "custom," "anti-aging" and "clinically-tested" usually aren't among them. That's what makes Dr. Roebuck's, a family brand cooked up in Sydney, Australia so special.  

Dr. Roebuck wanted a salve to soothe the eczema that afflicted his identical twin infants, Zoe and Kim. It was compounded by a local pharmacist and kept in the fridge for the whole family to use.

Fast forward nearly four decades later, and those very same daughters are upgrading the range from simple, skin-soothing, hand-crafted salves to potent anti-aging serums, eye creams and custom treatments slick enough for the ultra chic counters of Holt Renfrew.

Sitting down with Kim and Zoe who finish each other's sentences (not surprisingly!), the first question is obviously what it's like to work one's sister. "We keep each other going - it's a lot work right? So much respect to those ladies who did it on their own - like Bobbi Brown and Jo Malone and women like that. Kim is Marketing Director and I am the Creative Director so we don't step on each others toes. But we do have to go to dinner and say - ok, no work talk!" 

In honour of Earth Month, the twins launched a luxe pop-up shop at Holt Renfrew in Toronto where you can custom-blend your serum tailored to your skin type (it's expected later this year in Vancouver - stay tuned). Fill out a digital survey and on the spot you get a customized serum, hand-crafted by one of their skin therapists. "You'll also get recipes that can help heal any skin ailments like inflammation or redness," says Kim, drawing from their own hyper healthy upbringing–like only being able to eat carob instead of chocolate. 

Staying true to their real simple roots, the brand's R&D has an equally homegrown feel. "All the formulations are created five minutes from my house," says Zoe, who notes there's a minimum of nine active ingredients in each serum. "We know the supply chain, where it's being refined and what's in it. For instance, Rosehip oil can be bought synthetically and cheaply but not in this case – our father's name is on the box so we would never do that." 

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Dr Roebuck Custom Serum Holt Renfrew

Meet The Woman Who Invented My First Beauty Crush, Solange Dessimoulie, Founder of Decléor Paris

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It was probably around 2010 when I discovered my first beauty crush. I may have been wearing a pair of Uggs at the time. I was a newb beauty editor at a major fashion mag and this was long before oils were a thing. I was experiencing a heavenly Decléor aromatherapy facial at The Bay in Toronto. The waft of neroli oil—a warm orange blossom—had me hooked on the first nostril hit, and I treasured the little frosted flask of the Aromessence oil serum every time I'd pack for a press trip. Post-flight, I would pour out a few drops onto my palms, spread it around and press it onto my face, giving my skin a miraculously non-greasy glow and my spirit an instant boost (neroli is also known to aid in anxiety, so no joke it was a travel must for my finicky system).

Truth be told I never thought about who created that first love of mine until I was invited to meet the founder a couple of weeks back—didn't even know that person was still part of the company! Turns out she is, and her name is Solange Dessimoulie. She reminded me of a French Betty White. Besides the physical resemblance, I loved how this 70-something woman gave zero effs about what it was that she was supposed to say, instead speaking her mind because you know, she’s earned it. Of course, I didn’t understand much of what she said as she chatted on in French, but thankfully, I had an interpreter who worked hard to condense five sentences into one.

Decléor Aromessence Neroli Oil

In 1976 Dessimoulie was a beautician studying aromatherapy at the University of Bobigny in France. It was then that she met up with an aromatherapist thirty years her senior named Caroline Colliard. Taking one look at the ‘energy’ in her face, Dessimoulie said, “You have a secret I want.” Together, they went on to pioneer the introduction of aromatherapy in skincare, something many of us spoiled spa-goers may take for granted today.

 

“The most difficult thing is to mix different essential oils and plant oils because of the complex molecules,” says Dessimoulie. “To retain good smell and good results, is truly a savoire faire, otherwise it can irritate or even burn the skin.” In the forty years since she started, essential oils are about as common today as a poké bar, but on both fronts, freshness of ingredients count, as does the proper recipe. The gold standard is a blend that mimics your skin’s natural pH and oil consistency so it penetrates rather than leaving a slick layer.

Equally as remarkable about Decléor though is its sparky founder, who has stayed close by even after the company has changed hands three times in her lifetime (in 2014 it was purchased by L’Oréal), and even as Dessimoulie floats through her Golden years. “I’m a dolphin in the industry, because I adapt and dah dah dah, dah dah dah,” she concludes, her hand gesturing as though it’s leaping through waves. No translation needed. – Carlene