Ep 39 Bonus Episode (Part 1)! Sephoria Highlights: Makeup by Mario, Daniel Martin & All The Fairy Bombs

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In this late breaking bonus episode, we’re bringing you all the highlights from Sephoria’s first ever House of Beauty event in Los Angeles. Between the mad product reveals, customization stations and masterclasses from mega headliners, we had to drop two extra shows this week. In Part 1, we’re celebrating 20 years of Sephora in the U.S., bringing you behind-the-scenes on who we saw, what we experienced, and which products were worth the spend. In Part 2, we get up-close-and-personal with one of the event’s top speakers, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin! (Stay tuned tomorrow as she gives us her top tips for using Dyson’s new, sold-out AirWrap innovation; what hair looks the trend-setter is loving now; and the plethora of products she has up her sleeve in the months to come.)

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Mario Dedivanovic (aka @MakeupbyMario) with Toronto fan Tharshikak Arasan (@glammwitht)

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Jill and Carlene in Fenty Beauty’s glitter pool

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Meghan Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin on the Dior stage

But first, in Part 1 of our Sephoria report, you’ll hear all about the larger-than-life installations, from a King Kong-sized jar of La Mer we encountered in the garden area of the House of Beauty, to Fenty Beauty’s glitter pool that left mass sparkle in areas Jill couldn’t even mention on air. Plus, find out which product reveals guests were privy to before anyone else in the world, like Fenty’s new Fairy Bomb, Chrissy Teigen’s cinnamon bun-scented holiday Glow Kitchen Kit in collaboration with Becca, and Atelier Cologne’s upcoming Pacific Lime fragrance.

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Becca x Chrissy Teigen’s scented holiday glow kit

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10-year-old fan Paityn Hart @Paitynhart

Then, hear from Kim Kardashian’s personal makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic (aka @MakeupbyMario), who demo’d his “set up/set down” technique using Laura Mercier’s new translucent loose powder glow. And, find out which dollar store and drug store products Meghan Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin has stashed in his kit at all times.

Your dainty podcast hosts inside Gucci’s bloom room

Your dainty podcast hosts inside Gucci’s bloom room

Finally, get the glow down on all of the exclusive swag—with pricing—that could be in store should Sephoria return for a second season. Custom eyeshadow quads that blend four different brands, lipstick cases that can be customized with one of your favourite selfies, and makeup sponges that match your foundation. We’re spilling the tea on what really put the euphoria in Sephoria.

Products mentioned in this episode: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter; La Mer Crème de la Mer; Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Mini Matte Trance Trio; Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Kitchen Kit; Beauty Blender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation; Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb; Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Fragrance; Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream; Milk Makeup Blur Stick Mini; Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipstick; Ardell Lashes; Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

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 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 03: Barb Stegemann, Founder of The 7 Virtues perfumes

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It's not often that an act of war is the impetus for creating a beauty brand, but in our third episode, you'll find out exactly why single mom Barb Stegemann was compelled to create an all-natural, fair trade fragrance empire from her garage with nothing more than a Visa card, steely determination and a set of seven philosophical virtues to guide her: beauty, wisdom, wonder, moderation, justice, courage and truth. Voila, The 7 Virtues were born.  

Seven years and a million dollars in sales later, Stegemann is not only a successful businesswoman, but a motivational speaker. And now, her story is the subject of a poignant documentary called Perfume War , earning accolades at the Sonoma and Sedona International Film Festivals (and will be in wider distribution soon). 

We get the scoop on what the future holds including being hand-picked by Sephora for its 2017 Sephora Stands Accelerate program. Plus, get a sneak peek of a new range of kick-ass, vegan lipsticks that will launch just in time for International Women's Day 2018—and rival some of the most fashion forward brands lining store shelves in colour payoff, pigment and finish. 

Stegemann offers up her candor about the ups and downs of life as an social entrepreneur - she's just as focused on building better lives for the most vulnerable people around the globe as she is about turning a profit. Unlike most other brands, The 7 Virtues is about perfumes with purpose, offering a second life to those in war-torn nations. Tune in to meet the powerhouse mind behind the mega movement.