Ep 41 - Jennifer Harper, Founder of Cheekbone Beauty – The Indigenous Makeup Brand Taking Over Instagram

Cheekbone Beauty Founder Jennifer Harper

Cheekbone Beauty Founder Jennifer Harper

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Cheekbone Beauty, founded by Ojibwe entrepreneur Jennifer Harper in 2016, is bringing indigenous women across North America together through lipstick. The Canadian-made cosmetics brand supports First Nations education through the sale of every lipstick, and in its Instagram feed you’ll see hundreds of indigenous and non-indigenous women alike wearing knock-out shades that can rival Nars, M.A.C and Kat Von D. (Just ask Carlene, who kept getting asked what hot pink and coral lipsticks she was wearing the whole time she was in L.A.!)

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Find out the inspiring stories behind the shade names, each named after a strong, indigenous woman. Then, hear all about Jenn’s incredible journey in overcoming alcoholism, surviving her brother’s suicide, reconciling her identity and eventually, how she would come to start a socially conscious beauty business as rich in heart as its fashion-forward pigments.

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We’ve got the foils (like being rejected during a Dragon’s Den audition) and the fist pump moments (like being invited to a round table on female entrepreneurship by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), including a new ambassador program set to give dozens of women new skills and financial rewards as they help Cheekbone Beauty rise to the top.

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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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