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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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Wanna know what’s really* worth the spend this summer? We’re making space on our topshelf for the new summer essentials that we’ll be reaching for all season long. Just in time for quarantine-release mini gatherings everywhere, Carlene discovers a brand new self-tanning-meets-serum hybrid, while Jill gives Wishful Skin’s new radiance-inducing face mask a go. (She tests the buzzy neck-snatching mask, too! Gimmick or great? Inquiring minds want to know!)

Jill takes Fenty’s new Slip Shine Sheer Shiny Lipsticks for a spin

On the makeup front, stay tuned as Carlene discovers a multi-purpose tinted balm – designed especially for sensitive skin – that’s already selling out at Sephora. Then, you won’t want to miss her take on Charlotte Tilbury’s new Airbrush Bronzers. Magnetic lashes that will make you question whether you ever need to spend on pro lash extensions again, a dry shampoo that lets you skip out on fine fragrance and Makeup Eraser The Sponge – BRAND NEW makeup sponge designed to go in the washing machine – if these products weren’t so #DamnGood, you’d swear they were too good to be true!

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

Carlene test-drives Charlotte Tilbury’s new Airbrush Bronzer

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Left to right: Aysha Harun; Bree Ahmed; Anne T. Donahue

Welcome to my dining room! That’s right, it’s a round table talk with your hosts Carlene and Jill, along with YouTube beauty creator Aysha Harun (a.k.a Aysha Abdul); the gorgeous Bree Ahmed, who self-identifies as a plus-sized model and recently starred in an Every Woman campaign in support of CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Healthaaand podcast host of Nobody Cares (Except for Me), Anne T. Donahue, who’s written for Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Guardian and more!  Sit in on our rousing beauty chat about inclusivity (who’s winning); representation (sniffing out tokenism); and body positivity (why can’t we accept ourselves like we do others?)

Every Woman campaign produced by Jessica Lewis, in support of CAMH (The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

After we get all cerebral, we get to the bottom of what’s behind Aysha’s glow, the secret spot in Toronto where Bree sources the best makeup finds for women of colour, and learn about which key products are behind Anne’s signature, Mad Men beauty aesthetic.

Plus, don’t miss the details on Anne’s upcoming book of essays, Nobody Cares, which launches in September–that’s already been blurbbed by actress and author Gabourey Sidibe and Dolly Alderton of the High Low Podcast. And big news, we’ve done another pod swap! That’s right, Carlene and Jill will be on Nobody Cares (Except for Me) podcast later this fall, where we’ll share our damn good #bottomshelf beauty favourites that may look ugly on the outside, but make you look damn pretty anyway.

Products mentioned in this episode: Knixwear; Kylie Lip KitsCaudalie Vino Perfect Serum; Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion SPF 50; Super Goop; Beauty Blender; Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil; Fenty Killawatt Freestyle Highlighter; M.A.C Lipstick in Lady Danger; Essie Gel Couture Polish; Fenty Gloss Bomb;

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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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