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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
It’s TIFF time again! And that means Carlene and Jill have breaking beauty news on all the top red carpet looks at the Toronto International Film Festival, and they sit down with newest L’Oréal ambassador (and first celebrity guest ever!) Amber Heard. She’s made crew with Justice League in the upcoming blockbuster, Aquaman, as the flame-haired Mera; she’s a real-life activist; and she’s a former pageant girl. Listen in as the Texan actress dishes on her latest film, Her Smell, starring Elizabeth Moss as part of a kick-ass, all-female ensemble. We find out what secret mascara she’s wearing that boasts a clever innovation we are *dying* to try before its North American release later this year. And finally, hear what Amber has to say about the kind of scripts that make her cringe these days, and what it’s like to be inside the Women in Film movement.
In episode 35, we have a very special headliner guest: Sophia Amoruso. From Nasty Gal to Queen of Girlbosses, we catch up with her in Toronto at the Shoppers Drug Mart #BeBold beauty event. We get the scoop on what she has planned for the Girlboss Gang next, to the makeup currently on the fashion influencer’s #topshelf, why she ditched her hair extensions and what his-and-her tattoos Sophia had inked with her boyfriend. Plus, we get the backstory on which of her famously fearless Instagram posts (The Shiggy Challenge, that Ivanka Trump manifesto…) are currently going viral. But before we get to alllll that, we’re nerding out 🤓on skincare ingredients again, namely RETINOL, in partnership with our friends at Elizabeth Arden. We answer your top 5 most pressing questions about #retinol, like the do’s and dont’s to get 👵🏻➡️👶🏻 and you won’t believe how it’s helping skin cancer patients🤯.
We sit down with Jan Arnold, who completely revolutionized salon nails with her invention of Shellac!
In this episode, Jill and Carlene chat with the founder of Drunk Elephant Skincare, Tiffany Masterson. Drunk Elephant is the fastest-growing skincare line in Sephora's history. This Texan mother of four pioneered what she calls "clean-clinical" --marrying the best all-natural ingredients with the best man-made, safe synthetic ones. Find out which products are worth the spend, what it's like to be a self-taught formulator, who her famous childhood best friend (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