Ep 45 - Bonus! Recapping The Most Cray Beauty Moments Of 2018

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In today’s show, we are looking back at the Year in Beauty because what a year it’s been! We spill alll the tea on the highs, the lows and everything in between.

Joining us are two very special guests: Grace Lee, Lead Makeup Artist for Maybelline New York who is the key makeup artist for the brand’s shows at New York Fashion Week and works with celebs like Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid on the regular. We also have Kathleen Newman-Bremang in the house! Kathleen is the former TV producer at The Social on CTV, a contributor to Lainey Gossip and the newly minted staff writer at Refinery29 Canada.

Meghan Markle’s fresh face on her wedding day

Meghan Markle’s fresh face on her wedding day

Listen in as we go deep on the meaning behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day makeup-lite. Plus, we shine a light on September issues finally representing in this record-breaking year for women of colour (Rihanna on British Vogue, Beyonce on Vogue, Tracee Ellis Ross on ELLE Canada, Lupita N’yongo on Porter Magazine).

Record-breaking year for diversity in magazine covers

Record-breaking year for diversity in magazine covers

We open up on our real feelings about the Deciem drama; detail the hidden gems that ruled our top shelf this year (including a liquid lipstick that literally will stay on for days if you want it to); and answer the number one Googled beauty question of 2018 “wtf is a lash lift?” We also explore the latest social beauty movements, like how South Korean women are binning their beauty products, essentially giving the middle finger to the patriarchy and capturing it all on Instagram with the #escapethecorset hashtag.

South Korean women rebel against their routines

South Korean women rebel against their routines

Happy Holidays Breaking Beauty Listeners! Our first episode of 2019 will premiere January 9th when we will be dropping some major news you are not going to want to miss!!

Special thanks to episode sponsors Giovanni Cosmetics, who’s offering Breaking Beauty listeners an exclusive 'buy one get one free' offer! To redeem the coupon, simply click this link, insert your email, and download the coupon! Bring it in to any retailer that carries Giovanni products.

Products mentioned in this episode: DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum;
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum; Maybelline New York Superstay Matte ink Liquid Lipstick in Inspire (pink); and Fuller (90s shade); Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizer SPF 20

Ep 31 - Why Squalane May be the Missing Hero Ingredient in your Skincare Routine

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On today’s episode (listen here) we’ve partnered with Biossance, a sustainable skincare line that has a big, big story behind it (it's not often that a beauty brand has Bill Gates' blessing). And it’s raison d’etre is all centred around a little skincare ingredient called squalane.

Squalane is a huge trend in the skincare world right now because it's a weightless moisturizing molecule that has a hyper hydrating effect. Not unlike hyaluronic acid, we're actually born with a version of it, known as squalene (stick with us here) that depletes with age (bummer, we know).   

In the past, squalane was obtained from shark liver but that practice has come to an end in many parts of the world, thankfully. And plant-based versions, from olive oil, were not as pure. Enter Biossance who has found a way to engineer the purest form of sustainable squalane from sugarcane and make it a skincare star - when it's  in your serum, moisturizer or face oil - skin looks plump, younger, dewier and smoother. 

There are a lot of squalane-based products out there, but very few are making headlines for *constantly* selling out at Sephora. If you’ve been listening to Breaking Beauty for awhile, you know we love a best-seller, so we needed to know why everyone loves this sleeper hit of a brand, including Queer Eye's Johnathan Van Ness who has been spotted with it in his bag of grooming tricks.

We've even polled our listeners in the Breaking Beauty Podcast Chat Room  who sent us some voice memos with squalane q's of their own so tune in! 

Products mentioned on the episode:

Biossance’s Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil (Carlene's fave)
Biossance Squalane + Peptide Eye Gel 
Biossance Squalane + Phyto-Retinol Serum (Jill's fave and it contains a plant-based alternative to retinol called Bakuchiol )
Biossance Squalane + Bamboo Deodorant (brand new launch)
 


 

Ep 30 Legendary M.A.C Cosmetics Co-Founder Frank Toskan on Building the Ultimate Beauty Icon and Starting Over

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In honour of Canada Day, we went straight to the icon of all beauty brands, M.A.C Cosmetics! We sat down with legendary co-founder Frank Toskan, to hear every detail about how the mother of all beauty companies came to be. In fact, we chatted for so long, we couldn't squeeze it into one episode! Stay tuned for both Part 1 and Part 2 to 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 stalwart beauty brands lining store shelves when it launched in 1984.

M.A.C Limited Edition Lipstick in Proud To Be Canadian

M.A.C Limited Edition Lipstick in Proud To Be Canadian

Madonna in M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick circa Blonde Ambition tour

Madonna in M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick circa Blonde Ambition tour

In Part 1 of this two-part special, 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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Stay tuned for Part 2, where 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 Spice; M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo; M.A.C Lipglass Clear; M.A.C Strobe Cream; M.A.C Proud to Be Canadian LipstickM.A.C Matte Lipstick in Russian Red; M.A.C Studio Fix Perfecting Powder

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

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Ep 20 - The Glow Down with Nora McInerny, Host of the Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

Nora McInerny, Author and Host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

Nora McInerny, Author and Host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

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Are you one of the gazillions of podcast listeners already tuning into Terrible, Thanks For Asking? No, it’s not a beauty podcast, it’s a sad but also very funny show hosted by Nora McInerny, an author and widow who tackles the human predicament about our struggles to grapple with, and talk to others about, loss and pain—awkwardness be damned. She’s a contributing life & love writer to Elle.com and she's even done a TedxMinneapolis talk, but what you may not know is that Nora McInerny is also a skincare-savvy former beauty publicist who we befriended on a press trip like, ten years ago.

And we were due for a good catch up, you know? Listen in to our somewhat gap-y Skype call (sorry, kids! #wifiproblems) and find out how TTFA was born out of McInerny’s first-husband’s death. Plus, the super mom’s anti-self-care rituals for how to survive shitty life deals; the scoop on her upcoming second book; how to wake up looking legit like a princess; and all the Costco beauty buys worth driving out to the 'burbs for. 

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And finally, did we mention that Breaking Beauty went on location to the Bahamas with Neutrogena? We deliver the goods on our top faves of what’s coming to drugstores next month, including a zit zapping pen Jill likes to use on those undergrounders you get on your chin after a flight.

Products mentioned in this episode: Egyptian Magic; Ole Henriksen Truth Serum; Double Blessing’s Goat Milk Hand, Face and Body Lotion; Pixie Glow Tonic; CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser; Glossier Super Bounce; CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30; Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion; Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements; Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint; Glossier Priming Moisturizer;  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50; Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment

 

 

 

 

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

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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 14 The Glow Down: What's up with cannabis beauty? We check out a foundation with 8,000 shades & chat with beauty podcaster Emma Guns!

Welcome to our latest episode of The Glow Down! We are so excited to chat with fellow beauty podcaster Emma Gunavardhana of The Emma Guns Show! This U.K. based former print editor started out at O.K. Magazine before venturing into the world of audio storytelling. She's a host with heart, covering topics from red lipstick (empowering or beauty myth?) to coping with panic attacks. We love how she brings us all the feels no matter what she's talking about! Find out what her most memorable celeb encounter was back when she was a baby beauty editor, and which red lippie won her #RedDread project. #oneredforall?

Emma Guns #RedDread

We also give you the complete #GlowDown on the latest (and greatest?) custom foundation that's just landed in Canada: Lancôme Le Teint Particulier. How's it living up to the hype?

Lancome custom foundation station

Lancome custom foundation station

April Van Der Pop 

April Van Der Pop 

And finally, what's the buzz on cannabis beauty? Carlene first wrote about this trend in The Coveteur a few months ago and this week we chatted with Odessa Paloma Parker, a Head of Content at Tokyo Smoke,  a lifestyle brand with high end coffee, an elevated retail experience and its signature collection of smoking accessories and founder and CCO of Van der Pop, April Pride. Her hemp self-care line is just the tip of the next big beauty wave coming to a state or province near you?

Products mentioned in this episode: Lancôme Le Teint Particulier; Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt'r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation; Van der Pop Forget Balm; Astral Face & Body MoisturizerMarley Naturals Hemp Seed Hand CreamWhoopi & Maya Soak Medical Cannabis Lavender Bath Soak; LORD JONES PURE CBD PAIN & WELLNESS FORMULA BODY LOTION; Hemp Soap on a RopeBourjois Lipstick; Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Matte Velvet Lip Colour in La Fascinante; Bobby Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red; Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow Palette in Golden Goddess; Charlotte Tilbury Eye Pencil in Elizabeth Violet; Nivea Soft; Tata Harper Illuminating Eye CreamFenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color; Astral Moisturizer

 

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.

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

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Ep 12 The Glow Down is Live!! Featuring Full Coverage Podcast's Lindsey Kelk & Harriet Hadfield

Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand with Breaking Beauty's Jill Dunn

Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand with Breaking Beauty's Jill Dunn

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In this champagne-filled episode, Carlene & Jill get served with the latest splurgy spa treatments by Swiss luxury skincare line Valmont and clinical-clean Dermalogica.

 

Breaking Beauty's Carlene Higgins learning about honey harvesting at Langdon Hall with Valmont

Breaking Beauty's Carlene Higgins learning about honey harvesting at Langdon Hall with Valmont

Then, listen in for a very special chat with fellow beauty podcasters Lindsey Kelk and Harriet Hadfield of Full Coverage. These two British-born, L.A.-based beauty junkies go microscopic on the buzziest new launches on their own podcast and we get a taste of their in-depth reviews with a few fun throwbacks. Which beauty product is Lindsey—a long-time beauty blogger and best-selling rom-com author—still toting around in her makeup kit after way too many years (and, what will she dress up as this Halloween?)

Full Coverage Podcast Hosts Lindsey Kelk (left) and Harriet Hadfield

Full Coverage Podcast Hosts Lindsey Kelk (left) and Harriet Hadfield



Which beauty product does Harriet, a YouTuber and celebrity makeup artist who’s worked with Rita Ora, wish was brought back from the grave? Most embarrassing beauty moments... Plus, they’ve also got the inside scoop on fashion model Cara Delevingne’s upcoming fiction novel, Mirror Mirror, on account of that book-writing connection. How cool are they?? You’re about to find out!

Urban Decay Lip Gunk

Urban Decay Lip Gunk

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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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.

Gucci #inbloom



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

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

dry masks

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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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