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 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 23 Saje Natural Wellness Co-Founder Kate Ross LeBlanc

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Saje Co-Founder Kate Ross LeBlanc (left) with Breaking Beauty Podcast's Jill Dunn

Saje Co-Founder Kate Ross LeBlanc (left) with Breaking Beauty Podcast's Jill Dunn

In honour of Earth Month, we are practically giddy to present Saje, a Canadian wellness brand that's grown to over 70 stores across North America. Given that the 'wellness' category is poised to be the next trillion dollar industry, you'll hear why this little shop of essential oil-based remedies keeps growing even in the midst of a notoriously difficult retail landscape. With over 500 products already, the brand's loyal clientele demanded a non-toxic home cleaning line, and this week, they delivered. And you’ll learn why celebs like Hailey Baldwin have been seen toting Saje's Pocket Pharmacy. (They’re so cool, they even have their own podcast called Well Now.

Hailey Baldwin totes Saje Pocket Pharmacy with Kendall Jenner in New York

Hailey Baldwin totes Saje Pocket Pharmacy with Kendall Jenner in New York

In this episode, Co-Founder Kate Ross LeBlanc takes us way back to Saje's roots, with a jokes story about how she first met her husband and fellow Co-Founder Jean Pierre LeBlanc during a little game of road racing (vroom, vroom). Listen in as LeBlanc shares the backstory on how Saje's very first product—still the best-seller today—Peppermint Halo, came to be. Plus, Carlene divulges her favourite self-care product from the range that beat out so many other all-natural competitors she's tried to date!

Finally, find out Kate's thoughts on the "Skincare's Backlash Against Essential Oils" debate of late, including, how Saje manages to live up to its tagline "Nothing to Hide."

Saje Pocket Pharmacy

Saje Pocket Pharmacy

Ep 13 - Drunk Elephant Skincare Founder Tiffany Masterson

Drunk Elephant Founder Tiffany Masterson and Breaking Beauty Podcast

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.

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Audio production: Olivia Nashmi
Theme song: Cherry Bomb by Saya

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Ep 11 - Emily Weiss, CEO and Founder of Glossier

Emily Weiss Glossier Canada

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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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September 20, 2017

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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ELLE Canada Rihanna Cover - pick up their October 2017 issue on newsstands now (RiRi's famous friends ask her q's)  

Ep 05: Fresh Co-Founder Lev Glazman

Fresh founder Lev Glazman.jpg

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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

Dr. Roebucks sisters

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." 

Dr Roebuck Custom Serum Holt Renfrew Jill Dunn
Dr Roebuck Custom Serum Holt Renfrew

Episode 02: Mask Force, The Nannette de Gaspé Story with Nannette de Gaspé Beaubien

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In our second episode, we speak to Canadian banker-turned-beautypeneur Nannette de Gaspé Beaubien, founder of Nannette de Gaspé dry masks. Find out why her breakthrough, Youth Revealed dry masks for face and body took home the Best Indie Beauty Brand Award at the 2017 Beauty Industry Awards; whether the new Uplift Revealed plumping dry masks for boobs and butt really work; and discover why Charlotte Tilbury's Instant Magic Dry Sheet Mask, made by the very same Quebec-based biotech company, is just the start of an industry-wide trend.

Jill and Carlene share their thoughts on trying the dry masks themselves as they chat with Nannette de Gaspé on everything from her most embarrassing beauty moment of all time to getting the exclusive scoop on what the founder has up her sleeve next (you're not going to want to miss this!) Plus, could this patented, biomimetic vector technology, be the answer to needle-free Botox, for real? The answer, in this episode. 

Wearing Nannette de Gaspé's dry mask during recording

Wearing Nannette de Gaspé's dry mask during recording

But first... just what are dry masks anyway? They're fabrics that you wear on your face like sheet masks, but because they're waterless, goop-free and therefore non-sticky, they have little slits that you use to tuck them over your ears so that they stay in place. 94% all-natural ingredients such as Shea butter, camellia sinensis (green tea) seed oil and peptides—in comparison, Tilbury's are her own proprietary blend—are infused into the "techstile", and become activated by the warmth of your skin with gentle massaging (click here to see how to tap like a pro). Like sheet masks, you keep them on for about 15 minutes.

Nannette de Gaspé dry mask photo

And finally, B-side alert!! We asked founder Nannette de Gaspé to spill her bag post-interview to find out which beauty products (besides her beloved dry mask) she can't live without, and what we found was perhaps unsurprisingly high-tech and rather luxe (clockwise from top left): Smashbox O-Gloss Intuitive Lip Gloss; M.A.C Powder Blush; M.A.C Paints Eye Shadow; Yves Saint Laurent Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Lip Stain; Guerlain Terracotta Original Bronzing Powder; M.A.C Patentpolish Lip Pencil; Nannette de Gaspé Youth Revealed Restorative Techstile Masque.

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