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Ep 208 - Makeup Artist Violette Spills All of Her Beauty Secrets

Violette Serrat on the “French Girl” Cliché, everyday sophisticated makeup tricks & her exact getting un-ready skincare routine.

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Surprise! Today we’re shaking up our monthly #DamnGoods episode… with our first ever speed-round edition!! That means more product reviews than ever before.  20 products x 2 minutes each – can your long-winded hosts Jill and Carlene really do it!!? The stage is set to discuss: a redness corrector that doubles as an SPF, a multi-tasking, age-defying eye cream, a rare, glow-getting serum for oily-skinned folks, a skin-saving must-have for the beach (it’s not what you think!) plus, the one cream blush Carlene is toting everywhere and the filter-like loose powder she’s been scoring compliments on of late.

And ICYMI – we launched our first-ever merch!! Meet the limited edition Breaking Beauty Terry Scrunchies. They’re made from sustainable bamboo terry in the perfect summer pink 🎀- they’re SOOOO soft, hella absorbent for days at the pool or beach 💦 , and the best part is that there are three sizes:⁣ The Baby Terry (amazing for topknots or fine or short hair)⁣ The Just-Right (if you have medium hair this is for you) ⁣ and The Super Terry (this over-sized version is amazing if you have long or thick hair). ⁣Buy them individually or save on the trio. Can’t wait to see how you wear it – tag us on Instagram.

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Products Mentioned In This Episode:

*Note that every product recommended by Breaking Beauty Podcast is independently selected, though some products you buy through the below links may earn us a commission.*

  1. Kitsch SATIN HEATLESS Pillow Rollers, 6-piece set

  2. Limited Edition Breaking Beauty Scrunchies! They are absorbent, made from sustainable bamboo and come in 3 sizes: Baby Scrunch, The Just Right Terry Scrunch, The Super Terry Scrunch  you can buy separately or the bundled trio

  3. Briogeo Superfoods Mango + Cherry Balancing Shampoo + Conditioner Duo for Oil Control

  4. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color Correcting Treatment SPF 30, (***not available in Canada**)

  5. Neso Grande Tent UPF 50.

  6. Maybelline New York Express Brow Duo

  7. StriVectin Intensive Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles PLUS.

  8. Caudalie Vinosource-Hydra Grape Water Gel Moisturizer 

  9. Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Blush Sticks

  10. Youth To The People Superclay Purify + Clear Power Mask

  11. Algenist Algae Niacinamide Moisture Veil Serum.

  12. Carlene’s fave trio that she mentioned: Victoria Beckham by Augustinus Bader Golden Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer, Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Liquid Touch Weightless Foundation, Armani Beauty Luminous Glow Silk Powder

  13. Bite Beauty Power Move Hydrating Soft Matte Lipstick in Praline 

  14. Tatcha The Silk Protective Setting Powder

  15. M.A.C Magic Extension 5mm Fiber Mascara

  16. Lorac Holy Lash Volumizing Mascara

  17. Sol de Janeiro Rio Deo Aluminum-Free Deodorant

  18. Limited Edition Olive You Megababe Set. The kit is now sold out but the nail polish hues are here to stay!

  19. Boscia Prebiotic + Probiotic Freshening All-Over Body Deodorant

  20. Boscia Papaya and Pomegranate Enzyme Exfoliating Body Cleanser

  21. Boscia Peptide Youth-Restore Firming Body Serum

  22. Henry Rose “Windows Down” Eau de Parfum

We’re back with another episode of the #DamnGoods! Before we get into our regularly scheduled programming, Carlene and Jill fill you in on some actionable steps we’re taking to continue our commitment to the #AmplifyMelanatedVoices movement. If you’re a Black Creator interested in starting a podcast, email us at and we will share any technical know-how we’ve learned along the way, from how to produce an episode on all platforms to monetization. Secondly, as we’ve always supported brand founders, we are now making monthly donations to our local Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA), supporting entrepreneurship, higher education and economic empowerment of Black Canadians.

In today’s podcast, we’ll touch on the latest FDA findings around sun safety, along with our roundup of the best mineral sunscreen innovations that have managed to shake their “chalky” reputation of the past. Also known as physical sunscreens, SPFs that use mineral filters like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to filter out the sun’s UV rays used to resemble thick white paint when you put them on. Good news though! The 2.0 versions now come in sheer, silky textures, matte finishes and glowy serums (seriously, there’s something for everyone!)

From a formula for dry skin you’d swear is a skincare lotion to a winner for oily skin that’s already selling out at Sephora to a groundbreaking luminous serum for all skin tones, get ready to get your summer on with this epic mineral sunscreen shopping list. Plus, our favourite option for clean beauty lovers, our pick for best drugstore mineral SPF and an update from aesthetician extraordinaire Dija Ayodele of Black Skin Directory on the hyperpigmentation workbook you need if dark spots and discolouration have gotten the better of your complexion.

Products Mentioned In This Episode:
** Note that every product is independently selected by Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts, though things you buy through the below links may earn us a commission.***

Thank you to our show partners. When you support them, you support the making of Breaking Beauty Podcast!

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