Samantha Ravndahl is here! “Meet the beauty blogger who’s made a career out of brutal honesty,” said Vanity Fair, in an article profiling the 26-year-old professional makeup artist last year. She’s spilling tea about giving up free PR makeup samples, YouTube drama, why she’s over PhotoShop, what’s on her top shelf and even how much she spent at her last trip to Sephora.
oday we’re talking hair colour with a French master. The colourist behind Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis and Catherine Deneuve’s gorgeous hair hues — it’s Christophe Robin! Christophe was the long-time magic man behind all the big L’Oréal hair ad campaigns, plus the hands responsible for 90’s supermodels’ sparkling manes. They all went to Christophe to get this signature look: natural radiance without compromising the health of hair. Listen in for his take on vegetable hair colour; dry shampoo ‘don’ts’; how to tweak your hair colour to make dark under eye circles less obvi; and a hack for taking your hair colour down a notch if you return from the salon a tad too stark. It’s a podcast episode so chic, it’s magnifique!
We are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem and The Ordinary. We sat down with Brandon in January of 2018 - when he was at the top of his game, making headlines and mystifying the competition- and we are re-releasing this episode as a tribute to his creative genius within the beauty industry and beyond. As evidenced in this episode, Brandon was funny, brilliant and sensitive, and he will be missed. Brandon’s genius was that he was radically transparent and it earned him a lot of respect and trust with beauty consumers. When The Ordinary launched in 2016, never before had such incredible formulations, centred around hero ingredients like vitamin C and retinol, been delivered in chic, no-frills packaging at rock-bottom prices. When we asked him about this blockbuster, budget-friendly creation de-throning prestige skincare 10 times its price, he said: “There’s nothing luxurious about being taken for an idiot.” The products clearly resonated - some launches had 25,000 + people on the waitlist
In a word, Brandon was an innovator. He had a passion for the beauty industry that was truly one of a kind. I mean, even the tagline for Deciem is “The Abnormal Beauty Company” - evidence that he never took himself too seriously. This mix of innovation and cheeky sense of humour that informed everything he did endeared him to legions of beauty fans. We thank you for listening. Rest in Peace, Brandon.
She’s the fresh-faced entrepreneur who’s been bottling her eponymous, all-natural skincare since 2010. Today we’re chatting with eco beauty pioneer Tata Harper! With her unmistakable green glass packaging and sophisticated, earth-friendly formulas, the Colombian skincare founder succeeded in elevating the whole green beauty game at a time when organic formulas couldn’t shake their crunchy granola rep.
Hello beauty friends! We’ve got a brand new ep live in your feeds rn 🙌🏻If there’s one beauty exec we’d want as a career mentor it’s this woman, @ukonwaojo, a major beauty biz force (most recently she completely transformed @covergirl - hello 40 foundation shades & @leapingbunnyprogram 🐰 status) so we HAD to share her words of wisdom with you. We ask her what’s on her top shelf & how to make a power move and ask for that raise you’ve been after💰But first @carlenehiggins goes on a field trip, in partnership with our friends @weleda_usa, to find out why are celebs like @badgalriri @victoriabeckhamobsessed with this $23 cult cream 🌿💚
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 their shows at New York Fashion Week and works with celebs like Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid. We also have Kathleen Newman-Bremang, Kathleen is the former TV producer at The Social on CTV, contributor at www.LaineyGossip.com and the newly-minted staff writer at Refinery29 Canada.
Tune in to see what made the cut: we go deep on the meaning behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day makeup plus we shine a light on September issues finally representing in this record-breaking year (Rihanna on British Vogue, Beyonce on Vogue, Tracee Ellis Ross on ELLE Canada, Lupita N’yongo on Porter Magazine). Plus, of course we cover the Deciem drama, the hidden gems on our top shelf from this year (including a liquid lipstick that literally will stay on for days if you want it to) and wtf is a lash lift anyway (and why is everyone googling it?). We also explore the latest social beauty movements like how South Korean women are binning their beauty products to give the middle finger to the patriarchy, rallying around the #escapethecorset hashtag.
Is the facialist to Michelle Obama quite possibly the most influential skin expert in the world? Heads are nodding in Breaking Beauty’s sound studio where yes, we sat down with Montreal-based Jennifer Brodeur — dubbed JB Skin Guru by the mighty Oprah Winfrey, another star client. You’re definitely not going to want to miss Jennifer’s stories about tending to the skin of the entire Obama family in the private quarters of the White House! We also get some choice tips on how to get your skin red carpet ready for your own holiday events this season. And finally, the skin pro divulges the secrets to detoxing your complexion from the inside out post-holiday.
In this Hollywood edition of Breaking Beauty, we sat down with Shannon Dellimore, co-founder of the one and only GlamGlow. One of the fastest growing indie beauty brands around, GlamGlow launched in 2011 with just one product: a mysterious mud that had been passed around from celebrity to celebrity in unmarked jars to clear up imperfections and create a spa-style glow in 15 minutes flat. We get the E! True Hollywood story on how it came to be!
Today we’re chatting with mega influencer Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, the creator of beauty, wellness, and lifestyle content brand The Skinny Confidential and co-host of TSC Him & Her Podcast. What you're going to love about Lauryn is her no-filter real talk about everything from boob jobs to face shaving and even her must have product for between the sheets (plus the jaw surgery completely changed her life). She's a skincare junkie too and we go deeeeeep on her top shelf. Want to know more about the products Lauryn mentions? We rounded them all up here. But first, we breakdown some news of the week with details on Glossier’s multi-level New York City store. We send kudos to Drybar founder Alli Webb, who announced her next venture: massage bars called Squeeze. Finally, get all the scoop on Cover Girl’s alliance with Leaping Bunny via Cruelty Free International, and hear our take on why the news is a HUGE deal to the beauty industry at large.
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.!)
Coming in hot, we have celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin on the mic! It's part 2 of our Bonus #Sephoria episodes (Jen held her very own masterclass on the glitter stage). She’s the founder of Ouai haircare, she created the hugely popular educational website, Mane Addicts, by and for hair professionals, she’s a Dyson ambassador and she works with Hollywood’s elite, from the Kardashians to the Jenners to Chrissy Teigen and Bella Hadid. And while we may have missed out on Jen Atkin’s sold-out Sephoria session where she demonstrated how-to-use Dyson’s new multi-purpose hair tool, the AirWrap, we got a one-on-one preview just days before the event!
In this late breaking bonus episode, we’re bringing you all the highlights from #Sephoria - Sephora's first ever House of Beauty event in Los Angeles. In Part 1, we’re bringing you behind-the-scenes from the front row of makeup masterclasses with Makeup By Mario and Daniel Martin, plus we detail who we saw, what exclusive product debuts we experienced (Hello Fenty Fairy Bomb!), and which products are worth the spend. Look for Part 2 in your feed tomorrow where we get up-close-and-personal with one of the event’s top speakers, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin who gives us the scoop on Dyson's new hair tool, the AirWrap.
It is a Damn Goods best in beauty product bonanza episode! We tested all of the buzziest fall launches from that Dyson AirWrap that’s hitting your feed right about now to Chanel's 3-D mascara? We took it for a spin, with a live demo from Chanel’s national makeup artist Julie Cusson. And Shiseido's re-vamp of their cosmetics line? We hand-picked the standouts, while makeup artist to the stars Patrick Ta gives us his top tip for finding your best nude lip shade.
AND THEN: in partnership with Indeed Labs we decode the colour correcting trend. We invited our makeup artist friend Simone Otis (who’s recently worked with Agyness Deyn and Amandla Stenberg) on the mic to explain the do’s and don’ts of playing with green, yellow and purple colour correctors.
And lastly, breaking news! We’re going to Sephoria. Will we ever meet Chrissy Teigen? Will Charlotte Tilbury tink our glasses at the cocktail? Keep one eye to our Instagram stories while we podcast our way through the House of Beauty in L.A., and stay tuned for all the highlights in a future episode.
*Unless otherwise stated, all products reviewed are media samples submitted for editorial consideration.*
We get real with makeup mogul Bobbi Brown about what it was really like to build a billion dollar beauty brand, and after 25 years - walk away from her namesake company. We also hear all what this serial entrepreneur and best-selling author is up to next (hotels, building a wellness empire and more!). Plus stay tuned to the end to see how she answered that burning question we all want to know the answer to: will she ever dream up another makeup line?