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 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 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 19 - Invisibobble Co-Founder Sophie Trelles-Tvede

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Meet today’s version of the scrunchie, the Invisibobble! But you probably don’t need an introduction, you probably have one in your hair right now. Or maybe your daughter is wearing one of the telephone cord-looking hair holders, or your spin instructor, or that cute girl with the loose bun across the subway aisle. Last year, four million units of Invisibobble were sold worldwide, that’s eight spiral thingys per minute.

Now meet the inventor of Invisibobble, Sophie Trelles-Tvede, who was an 18-year-old university student when she dreamed up the idea, fresh from a dorm party (been there!). The co-founder approached her friend, Felix Haffa, and with their combined savings of $4,000, launched a massive beauty brand. But just how did their ages work to their advantage? You may be surprised to hear that social media had zero to do with it. You might also enjoy hearing about the time that their ages definitely did not work in their favour during one of their early business deals (don't worry, they got theirs).

Today, Trelles-Tvede has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, and she has given TedxTalks on how to trade in four years-worth of red bull-vodkas to start a small business (that quickly grew humungous.) Armed with their tagline, “That Simple”, Invisibobble is already in every girl’s ponytail, and they’re not stopping there. Find out in this episode how the beauty brand is planning to re-invent another oldie but goodie hair staple (hello, SATC fans!) this spring—and even more smart solutions, revealed!

Products mentioned in this episode: Invisibobble Power, Nano and Original; EOS Lip Balms

All the things you can do with an Invisibobble

All the things you can do with an Invisibobble

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 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 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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