Who doesn’t love a sleeper hit? Among the cacophony of beauty launches, meet the indie brand that’s managed to quietly cut through the clutter to amass a niche group of devoted beauty fans. We sit down with makeup artist Kirsten Kjaer Weis, who tells us all about the vision for her eponymous cosmetics range that’s both ultra-luxury and certified organic—not to mention entirely re-fillable.
Carlene couldn’t leave Japan without a shopping haul, which brings us to our very special Glow Down decoding all there is to know about J-Beauty (aka Japanese Beauty)!
In today’s episode, we discuss the new Gucci Beauty launch and the campaign that has everyone talking, before we get to even more exciting news for luxury beauty lovers - Carlene heads allll the way to Tokyo to learn about what’s new from her fave Japanese brand, Clé de Peau.
Meet the fastest growing hair care brand at Sephora: Briogeo. Today we’re chatting with its brilliant founder, Nancy Twine, a University of Virginia graduate and Goldman Sachs alum. As a woman of colour, she couldn't understand why there wasn’t any natural, non-toxic haircare on the market for all ethnicities and hair textures under one brand. Having whipped up DIY beauty products using avocado oils and coconut butters with her mother and grandmother as a child, clean beauty was also top of mind. She blended the two ideas, and in 2013, Briogeo was born.
How many of you are fans of premium, budget-friendly skincare? Well, you might be interested to know about an up-and-comer called The Inkey List that will debut at in the US at Sephora this month. We sit down with founders Colette Newberry and former microbiologist-slash-virologist Mark Curry to get to the bottom of the fast-growing phenom – one product sells every 30 seconds in the UK, where it first launched just one short year ago!
Sylvie Ganter worked for brands like Hermes and Fresh before co-creating her boutique fragrance line, Atelier Cologne with her former boss turned husband, Christophe Cervasel. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the brand boasts over twenty stand-alone stores around the world. It’s just one example of how indie fragrance brands are pretty much killing it right now, as the thirst for unique signature scents continues. She discusses Perfume 101 (what *is* the difference between cologne and eau de toilette, anyway?), how to wear fragrance like a French Girl & the one iconic scent that she doesn’t care for.
In today’s episode, we take you behind the scenes at SXSW House of Modern Beauty (trust, you’ll want to RSVP for next year!), plus we get our hands on Glossier Play and Instagram viral star Donte Colley drops by to tell us about his #topshelf and what it’s like to star in a Glossier Play campaign.
Today we’re chatting with our first ever tanning founder!! It’s Jules Von Hep, a celebrity spray tanner who has glow’d up everyone from Kate Moss to Sienna Miller to Poppy Delevingne. Jules started Isle of Paradise just last year, bottling up his decade bronzing bodies of all sizes, shades and shapes with his super-smart colour-correcting formula that promises to bring the bronze without any dullness or orange-effect.
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 🌿💚