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Ep 209 - The #DamnGood Skin Barrier-Boosting Creams We’ll Use Forever

“Barrier Repair” is a big beauty buzzword - but what does it really mean? Today we’re bringing you a little Skin Barrier 101, along with a roundup of our #damngood skin-saving favorites.

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In today’s episode we are taking a minute to go behind some of the biggest summer beauty headlines!

Our guests today are Nick Axelrod-Welk and Annie Kreighbaum, the hosts of Eyewitness Beauty podcast – a weekly show where they talk about the biggest stories in the beauty biz each week, with a healthy dose of pop culture in the mix.

Aside from co-hosting their weekly show, Nick and Annie are also brand founders. Nick co-founded luxe body and personal care line Necessaire, after he worked as an editor at legacy media brands like WWD, ELLE before he co-founded Into The Gloss alongside Emily Weiss.

And Annie is a newly-minted brand founder of her body care line called Soft Services – She’s also worked at Into the Gloss and Glossier – first as their Editorial Director and then she served as VP of product development.

Tune in as we chat about: Which celeb line is about to pop off? Will the skincare bubble burst? And what’s the next frontier in beauty marketing?

And stay tuned to the end for a round of rapid fire round where we get the deets on their best budget beauty SPF, which designer deodorant is actually worth the splurge, which brand is the cheugiest right now in their opinion — plus the best tip they ever took away from all of the top shelves they profiled during their Into the Gloss days.

And this is a podswap so be sure to catch us over on the Eyewitness Beauty feed this week where we discuss even more product news and play a game called “Paula’s Choice”!

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Are you ready for this feel-good Glow Down?! Today we’re chatting with Sarah Nicole Landry of The Bird’s Papaya, on her incredible journey to body positivity, how she deals with online haters, and of course, what’s on the inspiring influencer’s #topshelf. The body confidence activist, speaker, writer, and 3x cover girl has earned more than 800K followers since documenting her weight loss journey that began in 2014. Dropping a whopping 112 pounds, the newly re-married Mom of three is sparking conversations across the web-o-sphere, posting body-baring pics that proudly reveal what we so often hide – stretch marks, excess skin and cellulite.

Sarah Nicole shares all of these stories and more as host of the Papaya Podcast, where every week she gets completely unfiltered – whether it’s dispelling diet culture, squashing self doubt or chatting with inspiring guests about how to turn tragedy into advocacy. Plus, it’s podswap time! Tune in now to hear us over on Sarah Nicole’s show, The Papaya Podcast, where we discuss some of our all-time favourite products, how the whole notion of beauty has been turned on its head in the past decade, and so much more.

Products mentioned in this episode: Love Powered Co. affirmation cards; Vivier Radiance Serum; Fit Glow Beauty Night Lip Serum; It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil; Haley Bogaert Hyaluronic Clear Brow Gel; EyEnvy Conditioner;

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

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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 the brand’s shows at New York Fashion Week and works with celebs like Adriana Lima and Gigi Hadid on the regular. We also have Kathleen Newman-Bremang in the house! Kathleen is the former TV producer at The Social on CTV, a contributor to Lainey Gossip and the newly minted staff writer at Refinery29 Canada.

Meghan Markle’s fresh face on her wedding day

Listen in as we go deep on the meaning behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day makeup-lite. Plus, we shine a light on September issues finally representing in this record-breaking year for women of colour (Rihanna on British Vogue, Beyonce on Vogue, Tracee Ellis Ross on ELLE Canada, Lupita N’yongo on Porter Magazine).

Record-breaking year for diversity in magazine covers

We open up on our real feelings about the Deciem drama; detail the hidden gems that ruled our top shelf this year (including a liquid lipstick that literally will stay on for days if you want it to); and answer the number one Googled beauty question of 2018 “wtf is a lash lift?” We also explore the latest social beauty movements, like how South Korean women are binning their beauty products, essentially giving the middle finger to the patriarchy and capturing it all on Instagram with the #escapethecorset hashtag.

South Korean women rebel against their routines

Happy Holidays Breaking Beauty Listeners! Our first episode of 2019 will premiere January 9th when we will be dropping some major news you are not going to want to miss!!

Special thanks to episode sponsors Giovanni Cosmetics, who’s offering Breaking Beauty listeners an exclusive buy one get one free‘ offer! To redeem the coupon, simply click this link, insert your email, and download the coupon! Bring it in to any retailer that carries Giovanni products.

Products mentioned in this episode: DRUNK ELEPHANT T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum;
Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum; Maybelline New York Superstay Matte ink Liquid Lipstick in Inspirer (pink); and Fuller (90s shade); Shiseido Essential Energy Moisturizer SPF 20

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

On today’s episode 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)

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

In honour of Canada Day, we went straight to the icon of all beauty brands, M.A.C Cosmetics! We sat down with legendary co-founder Frank Toskan, to hear every detail about how the mother of all beauty companies came to be. In fact, we chatted for so long, we couldn’t squeeze it into one episode! Stay tuned for both Part 1 and Part 2 to hear all the deets dedicated to the trailblazing brand that paved the way to so many modern, inclusive beauty lines today.  With its unforgettable, original tagline: “All Ages, All Races, All Sexes“, M.A.C was waaay ahead of its time, tapping into a culture completely foreign to the stalwart beauty brands lining store shelves when it launched in 1984.

M.A.C Limited Edition Lipstick in Proud To Be Canadian

Madonna in M.A.C Russian Red Lipstick circa Blonde Ambition tour

In Part 1 of this two-part special, Jill and Carlene recall the M.A.C beauty products that helped form their youths (hands up if you wore Twig Lipstick!). Plus, we remind you of the brand’s ultimate best-sellers like Ruby Woo Lipstick (2,900 of their made-in-Canada lipsticks are sold everyday around the world) and their epic Studio Fix Foundations (still #1 in prestige in Canada), which offered nearly 40 shades decades before Fenty Beauty came along. Then, Frank takes us way back, on coming to North America as a young immigrant, with little more than a children’s suitcase and a few small trinkets inside. Beauty history buffs will want to hear the story of “Frank & Frank” as the two founders would become known, partners in life and business until Frank Angelo’s passing in the 1990’s. And finally, the origin story on how Frank Toskan came to compose early M.A.C prototypes using nothing more than craft store supplies in his Toronto kitchen.

Stay tuned for Part 2, where we hit you with all the juicy celebrity moments that helped catapult M.A.C to household name status (a young Lady Gaga, Madonna and Linda Evangelista were all involved.) Don’t miss the rebellious acts that had department stores up in arms, like hiring crossdressing beauty consultants, and giving out condoms at beauty counters (mon dieu!) We also go deep on VIVA Glam, the unparalleled giving-back program that’s earned a whopping $480M for M.A.C’s AIDS Fund, including a sneak peek on an academic book on the topic (launching just in time for VIVA Glam’s 25th anniversary next year). So, what’s Frank Toskan up to now? We’ve got the scoop on his next indie startup, called Impact Kitchen, that tastes as good as it is for you.

Products mentioned in this episode: M.A.C Satin Lipstick in TwigM.A.C Lipliner in Spice; M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo; M.A.C Lipglass Clear; M.A.C Strobe Cream; M.A.C Proud to Be Canadian LipstickM.A.C Matte Lipstick in Russian Red; M.A.C Studio Fix Perfecting Powder

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.


Saje Co-Founder Kate Ross LeBlanc (left) with Breaking Beauty Podcast’s Jill Dunn

In honour of Earth Month, we are practically giddy to present Saje, a Canadian wellness brand that’s grown to over 70 stores across North America. Given that the ‘wellness’ category is poised to be the next trillion dollar industry, you’ll hear why this little shop of essential oil-based remedies keeps growing even in the midst of a notoriously difficult retail landscape. With over 500 products already, the brand’s loyal clientele demanded a non-toxic home cleaning line, and this week, they delivered. And you’ll learn why celebs like Hailey Baldwin have been seen toting Saje’s Pocket Pharmacy. (They’re so cool, they even have their own podcast called Well Now.

Hailey Baldwin totes Saje Pocket Pharmacy with Kendall Jenner in New York

In this episode, Co-Founder Kate Ross LeBlanc takes us way back to Saje’s roots, with a jokes story about how she first met her husband and fellow Co-Founder Jean Pierre LeBlanc during a little game of road racing (vroom, vroom). Listen in as LeBlanc shares the backstory on how Saje’s very first product—still the best-seller today—Peppermint Halo, came to be. Plus, Carlene divulges her favourite self-care product from the range that beat out so many other all-natural competitors she’s tried to date!

Finally, find out Kate’s thoughts on the “Skincare’s Backlash Against Essential Oils” debate of late, including, how Saje manages to live up to its tagline “Nothing to Hide.”

Saje Pocket Pharmacy

Products mentioned in this episode: Saje Peppermint Halo; Saje Exotic Crystal Fresh Deodorant; Saje Eater’s Digest Digestion Easing Remedy; Saje Home Cleaning Line; Leaves of Trees Home

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

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Nora McInerny, Author and Host of Terrible, Thanks for Asking Podcast

Are you one of the gazillions of podcast listeners already tuning into Terrible, Thanks For Asking? No, it’s not a beauty podcast, it’s a sad but also very funny show hosted by Nora McInerny, an author and widow who tackles the human predicament about our struggles to grapple with, and talk to others about, loss and pain—awkwardness be damned. She’s a contributing life & love writer to and she’s even done a TedxMinneapolis talk, but what you may not know is that Nora McInerny is also a skincare-savvy former beauty publicist who we befriended on a press trip like, ten years ago.

And we were due for a good catch up, you know? Listen in to our somewhat gap-y Skype call (sorry, kids! #wifiproblems) and find out how TTFA was born out of McInerny’s first-husband’s death. Plus, the super mom’s anti-self-care rituals for how to survive shitty life deals; the scoop on her upcoming second book; how to wake up looking legit like a princess; and all the Costco beauty buys worth driving out to the ‘burbs for.

Breaking Beauty Podcast on location in Bahamas

And finally, did we mention that Breaking Beauty went on location to the Bahamas with Neutrogena? We deliver the goods on our top faves of what’s coming to drugstores next month, including a zit zapping pen Jill likes to use on those undergrounders you get on your chin after a flight.

Products mentioned in this episode: Egyptian Magic; Ole Henriksen Truth Serum; Double Blessing’s Goat Milk Hand, Face and Body Lotion; Pixie Glow Tonic; CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser; Glossier Super Bounce; CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30; Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion; Viviscal Extra Strength Dietary Supplements; Glossier Perfecting Skin Tint; Glossier Priming Moisturizer;  Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Sunscreen SPF 50; Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Spot Treatment

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

This episode is brought to you by Smashbox Canada.

Fashion Magazine beauty editor Souzan Michael (left) and beauty director Lesa Hannah (right)

In this rollicking episode, we are joined by Fashion Magazine’s supes smart and hilarious beauty team, beauty director Lesa Hannah and beauty editor Souzan Michael, to recap the biggest beauty moments in 2017. Which feel-good beauty moment was the cushiest in one beauty editor’s eyes? Which WTF beauty trend should defs stay in 2017? We’ve got the hot takes! Plus, find out what’s coming down the pike in the year ahead, in a forecast by cosmetic chemist Stephen Ko.

Glossier’s winning Body Hero 2017 campaign

Products mentioned in this episode: Tom Ford Fucking Fabulous Eau de Parfum; Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash; Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation; Fenty Beauty Eclipose 2-in-1 Glitter Release Eyeliner

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.

Prototypes of what’s around the corner in 2018

Welcome to our latest episode of The Glow Down! We are so excited to chat with fellow beauty podcaster Emma Gunavardhana of The Emma Guns Show! This U.K. based former print editor started out at O.K. Magazine before venturing into the world of audio storytelling. She’s a host with heart, covering topics from red lipstick (empowering or beauty myth?) to coping with panic attacks. We love how she brings us all the feels no matter what she’s talking about! Find out what her most memorable celeb encounter was back when she was a baby beauty editor, and which red lippie won her #RedDread project. #oneredforall?

We also give you the complete #GlowDown on the latest (and greatest?) custom foundation that’s just landed in Canada: Lancôme Le Teint Particulier. How’s it living up to the hype?

Lancome custom foundation station

April Van Der Pop

And finally, what’s the buzz on cannabis beauty? Carlene first wrote about this trend in The Coveteur a few months ago and this week we chatted with Odessa Paloma Parker, a Head of Content at Tokyo Smoke,  a lifestyle brand with high end coffee, an elevated retail experience and its signature collection of smoking accessories and founder and CCO of Van der Pop, April Pride. Her hemp self-care line is just the tip of the next big beauty wave coming to a state or province near you?

Products mentioned in this episode: Lancôme Le Teint Particulier; Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation; Van der Pop Forget Balm; Astral Face & Body MoisturizerMarley Naturals Hemp Seed Hand CreamWhoopi & Maya Soak Medical Cannabis Lavender Bath Soak; LORD JONES PURE CBD PAIN & WELLNESS FORMULA BODY LOTION; Hemp Soap on a RopeBourjois Lipstick; Chanel Rouge Allure Luminous Matte Velvet Lip Colour in La Fascinante; Bobby Brown Art Stick in Harlow Red; Charlotte Tilbury Eye Shadow Palette in Golden Goddess; Charlotte Tilbury Eye Pencil in Elizabeth Violet; Nivea Soft; Tata Harper Illuminating Eye CreamFenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint Longwear Fluid Lip Color; Astral Moisturizer

Every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts and/or guests. Products you purchase through our links may earn us a commission.