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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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For our very last founder episode of the year, we’ve brought in the big guns! It’s serial entrepreneur Katherine Power, co-founder of Who What Wear, its spin-off line of street style-inspired fashion a multitude of media brands and most topping our beauty minds, Versed Skincare. Total estimated value? $100 million dollahas. (It’s safe to say we’re taking notes on how to kill it in business, folks.) MAJOR EXCLUSIVE SCOOP ALERT: Katherine tells us about her newly announced next enterprise, an exciting line of colour cosmetics, called Merit!!

Find out why TikTok beauty influencer of the year, Skincare By Hyram, is calling Versed the next CeraVe when it comes to drugstore skincare. We’ll share our personal favourites that we stock up on at Target, while Katherine fills us in on the SEO secret that drove some of the brand’s top-selling SKUs. Plus, how can they possibly make this “clean” skincare line so affordable? We get the answers to that question, too. Finally, stay tuned until the end to hear the official reveal on Merit makeup, including the celebrity who’s already had it in her hot little hands.

A first look at the Merit Beauty campaign

Psst! Follow our Instagram to see video footage from our chat, along with details on an exclusive contest we’ll be offering with both Versed and Merit. And don’t forget to drop us a comment to let us know what you think of the episode!

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Today we are chatting with YouTube sensation Camila Coelho! With nearly 9 million Instagram fans, Camila is a bright star and a hugely influential voice in beauty and style today. But things weren’t always so glossy and perfect. Camila opens up about her revelation that she’s been living with epilepsy since age nine, and why she decided to go public with her diagnosis in recent months.

Camila Coelho is now an official epilepsy ambassador!

Plus, Camila reveals all the details on her newly launched, vegan beauty brand, Elaluz, a love letter to her native Brazil. (Psst! She drops a few sneak peeks of what else is coming soon in skincare, bodycare, haircare and more!) And, we get DETAILS on the skincare hacks she inherited from her Mom, her full, nighttime skincare routine and her candid thoughts on cosmetics surgery.

Meet Camila’s new beauty brand, Elaluz

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Is “Clean Beauty” a myth? According to a growing social media movement led by the scientific community, a lot of the ingredients on all of those “free-from” lists may not be so dangerous after all. Today we’re chatting with Jen Novakovich, the cosmetic chemist and formulator behind The Eco Well. Jen started her platform to bring more science into the conversation around sustainability in personal care, with a mission to help correct some of the misinformation making headlines today.

Are parabens as awful as we’re made to believe? How much of a topical ingredient is actually absorbed into the bloodstream? What does “medical-grade” skincare really mean? And is anything “chemical-free”? Listen in as Jen answers these questions and more, offering some helpful tools to critically evaluate what you’re hearing – and buying. But first, Carlene and Jill weigh in with their thoughts on why they’re not quite done with the world of Clean Beauty yet!

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Supermodel, beauty mogul and philanthropist-at-heart, Miranda Kerr unravels the glowing backstory behind Kora Organics, founded in 2009. Listen in as Miranda recalls her days growing up around her Grandmother’s farm in her native Australia, where she discovered the skin-soothing magic of Noni fruit, the hero ingredient in the range. An early adopter in the clean beauty movement, Kora Organics is now sold in over 2,500 stores in 25 countries around the world, and you’ll find out how the brand is pulling up for change.

Kora Organics Gua Sha Stone (Photo courtesy of

With a personal empire now estimated at $80 million, Miranda reflects on her early days as a supermodel, gracing the pages of high fashion magazine covers and the Victoria’s Secret runway before becoming a bonafide #beautypreneur. Plus, the busy mum-of-three reveals all the deets on her getting ready routine, from how-to use a Gua Sha stone to game-changing celery juice to the “clean” and conventional beauty products she can’t live without.

Stay tuned until the end, as Carlene and Jill weigh in on Kora Organics’ best-selling Noni Glow Face Oil, with a scoop on what’s coming next from the brand!

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Well People Co-Founder Shirley Pinkson

It’s official, Breaking Beauty fans can’t get enough of clean beauty (hat-tip to listeners who filled out our survey for that intel!) In today’s episode, we bring you the origin story behind W3ll People — one of the O.G. all-natural makeup brands founded in Austin, Texas back in 2008. (Psst: Shailene Woodley is a fan!) We sit down with co-founder and makeup artist Shirley Pinkson, who trained under makeup master François Nars before setting out to create a green beauty dupe of “The Multiple” – and a whole wardrobe of good-for-your-skin cosmetics .

W3ll People makeup (Image courtesy of Manrepeller)

Find out how Shirley created a dream team with college pals, cosmetic dermatologist Dr Reneé Snyder and marketing guru James Walker – and the secret to maintaining a friendship through thick and thin. Then, Jill and Carlene weigh in with their honest review of W3ll People’s award-winning Expressionist Mascara, and give you the scoop on the sister wand launching next month. Plus, find out why W3ll People’s prices have been getting more accessible of late, and big news on which retailer will begin carrying the line by the end of this year.

Products mentioned in the episode: W3ll People Expressionist Mascara; W3ll People Multi Use Cream Stick; W3ll People Bio Bronzer Stick; Rahua Smoothing Hair Balm

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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.

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask

But why leave that high paying Wall Street job to begin with? In this episode, Nancy reveals the heart-breaking moment that caused her to re-evaluate everything in her life. She also shares a funny story about a surprising connection she has to Kelly Clarkson. And in the spirit of true #girltalk, we get her personal tips on blow-drying her hair in under 12 minutes, and the one product she made that pretty much broke the internet.

Briogeo fan @kats.curls

Jill and Carlene weigh in on why Briogeo’s best-selling Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask is truly a dream for dry, damaged hair. (Super influencers Hannah Bronfman and Ingrid Neilsen are fans of the brand.) Finally, Nancy explains which 6 ingredients you’ll never find in any of her formulations. And we don’t let her go without getting all the deets on why hair supplements are what she’s conquering next – coming this fall.

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Products mentioned in this episode: Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask; Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold Pressed 100% Castor Oil; Briogeo B. Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree Oil; GHD Air Dryer; Babyliss Pro Nano Titanium-Plated Ionic Straightening Iron

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