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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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Welcome to Earth Month! Today we’re finding out why “Cruelty-Free” cosmetics is the topic on everyone’s lips – and what it means, really. Helping us navigate, Carlene and Jill are joined by expert blogger Suzana Rose – aka Cruelty-Free Kitty – whose watchdog blog has earned upwards of 600K page views per month, and has been featured in ByrdieRefinery29, and BBC. Plus, Dr. Carol Treasure hits us with some scientific realness. She’s the founder and CEO of the UK-based XCellR8, an ethical testing lab devoted to 100% animal-free testing for leading cosmetic companies and ingredient suppliers.


Listen in as we cover the fundamentals of what constitutes cruelty-free beauty, and the big head-scratcher: why some beauty companies might still be animal-testing today. Plus, we unpack the latest headlines you may have seen around China’s Animal Testing Laws coming into effect May 1st, 2021. Stay tuned until the end to find out which logos you can really trust when you’re shopping (like, does a Bunny on a label suffice?) along with a few of our guests’ personal cruelty-free faves.

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Carlene Higgins (left) and Jill Dunn with Smashbox Co-Founder Davis Factor

When your great grandfather invented the term “makeup” as an Oscar-winning makeup artist during Hollywood’s golden age, you start a makeup line. That’s exactly what Davis and Dean Factor did, having grown up around the legendary cosmetics empire, Max Factor. But it wasn’t a clear path for the Hollywood playboys (heli-skiing, anyone?). Davis took to photography and Dean studied business before they formed Smashbox studios in L.A., where everyone from Angelina Jolie to Jack Nicholson have struck poses.

Just how did a happening photo studio lead to a makeup line though, best known for its famous Photo Finish Primer sold every 1.8 seconds around the world? (Hint: Madonna’s makeup artist, the late Paul Starr, may have something to do with it.) Plus, listen in to hear who’s surprisingly the best in the business to work with, and who Davis had the unfortunate luck of plowing down head-on in the studio hallway. And, we get the low down on what Davis has up his sleeve next—a business venture that strays from the world of cosmetics…

Over 20 years old, Smashbox is still a top seller in stores even as the Colour Pops, Anastasias and Urban Decays keep growing. (Fun fact! Max Factor was the first brand to sell makeup in drugstores, did ya know??) How do they keep the momentum going? We’ve got the insider insights, all on today’s Breaking Beauty.

Products mentioned in this episode: Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer; Smashbox Always on Liquid Lipstick; Smashbox Drawn In. Decked Out. Shadow + Contour + Blush Palette; Milk Makeup

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