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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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Pop the bubbly! We’re officially celebrating 200 episodes of Breaking Beauty Podcast. Joining us for this very special episode is our producer, Michelle Harrison, live from the Dear Media HQ. Tune as we recap and react to some of the most emotional moments in the show’s history – from the interviews that left us teary-eyed to the ones that made us LOL and the one celebrity anecdote that made us go viral. Plus, at long last, we discuss *That* interview (IYKYK). Yep, we’re going there.

To our lifelong listeners, we wanna thank you for joining us on this beauty-full ride! You’ve been helping us build Breaking Beauty together. And to celebrate this milestone, we are excited to introduce our new logo and website in the coming week, dreamed up by the pros at Metier Creative. Would love to hear your feedback – were there any personal favourite moments for you that you think we might have missed? Hit us up on Instagram, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.

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

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Why does every celebrity suddenly have their own beauty line? Today, we spill the tea with the twin brothers behind The Double Cleanse Podcast, skinthusiast James Welsh and makeup pro Robert Welsh, here to help separate the #DamnGood vanity brands from the #DamnSheBetterDon’t! Stay tuned to hear our hot takes on JLo Beauty, Lauren Conrad Skin, Keys Soulcare, Humanrace Skincare x Pharrell, Lisa Rinna Beauty and Halsey’s line, About Face. Plus, we give you a sneak peek at Dolly Parton’s debut fragrance dropping this summer, “Scent From Above,” along with our predictions on the celeb lines we think should be popping off next.

Podswap Alert!  Love this episode? The crackups keep rolling on The Double Cleanse podcast this week, where Carlene and Jill join James and Robert on their show to recap the most iconic beauty moments in history – and why they are still so impactful today. Be sure to listen and subscribe on Apple PodcastsSpotify or wherever you like to listen.

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*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.*

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KVD Beauty Good Apple Balm Foundation Review (we discuss this on The Double Cleanse Podcast). Also available on the KVD website

Happy holidays everyone! Today’s replay* episode features aesthetician-to-the-stars, Renée Rouleau. Renée’s career has spanned more than three decades, and she counts famous faces like Demi Lovato, Lili Reinhart and Lisa Renna as clients. Lucky for us, Renée is also super passionate about skin education. Her self-titled website boasts more than 1,000 articles on everything from how to know if your moisture barrier is damaged to the best way to prevent wrinkles starting in your 20s.

In this noteworthy episode, Renée walks us through the exact steps to building a rock-solid skin routine for your skin type, plus she gets down to some skincare 101 like: Does serum go on before or after moisturizer? What the heck is an essence? And how often should you use retinol? Plus, find out why this skin expert thinks our favourite face cleansing balms really have to go (say whaaat?!)

Products mentioned in this episode:

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

Renée Rouleau Pro Remedy Oil

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To celebrate our 1 million downloads (!!) milestone, we’ve got a very special episode where we answer all of your burning listener questions – everything from why we wanted to start a podcast in the first place, to our hangover cure, the one product that makes us nostalgic and our favourite episode we’ve ever done!. Thank you for all of the wonderful submissions. As always, we love hearing from you so please do reach out any time and leave us a voicemail: 1-844-227-0302, slide into our DMs on Instagram or join our private FB group. Thank you for listening – we can’t wait for a million more downloads!

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Products mentioned in this episode:

Skinceuticals C E Ferulic Serum; Nars Orgasm Blush; CND Shellac

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 today’s Glow Down, we sit down with best-selling author and certified holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, the founder of Joyous Health. In partnership with our friends at Genuine Health, we are chatting about everything beauty-from-within, from beauty foods to beauty supplements and every cucumber juice in between. Joy schools Carlene and Jill on realistic, everyday tips on how to improve our immunity, flush out toxins and treat our bodies with essential and often missed nutrients that have the happy side effect of making us glow naturally, too.

Carlene tests Almay’s new Lip Vibes lipstick in Smile

But before we get to that, we have a special Damn Goods segment dedicated to our favourite drugstore buys of the month! Don’t miss the details on Carlene’s bright new lippie-du-jour, as well as her reco for an easy-wearing palette that feels as soft on eyelids as a kitten’s paw. Plus, Jill tests three mascaras and reveals her top choice hitting mass retailers this month.

Some of you may know Genuine Health from their famous Greens + Nourishing Superfood powder, which has been around for 25 years! (Sidebar: Jill has been known to crush a glass containing this stuff in her Monday morning water to wash away the sins of the weekend, ahem.) Big news! Genuine Health recently launched a line of Clean Collagen supplements— very buzzy right now- they’re powders you can add to smoothies and protein shakes, starting at $25 US, $30 Canadian. Well, we’ve got promo codes: visit and enter the code BREAKINGBEAUTY for 15% off any Clean Collagen product until March 2019.

Maybelline Made For All Lipsticks By Color Sensational

Genuine Health Marine Clean Collagen supplement

Products mentioned in this episode: Genuine Health Clean Collagen Supplement in Marine and Bovine; Klorane Leave-in Cream with Mango Butter; L’Oréal Paris Unlimited Mascara; Cover Girl Exhibitionist Mascara; Maybelline Snapscara; Almay Lip Vibes in Smile and Be Fearless; Maybelline Made For All Lipstick By ColorSensational; Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara; Urban Decay Eye Shadow Primer Potion; Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

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 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.

In this late breaking bonus episode, we’re bringing you all the highlights from Sephoria’s first ever House of Beauty event in Los Angeles. Between the mad product reveals, customization stations and masterclasses from mega headliners, we had to drop two extra shows this week. In Part 1, we’re celebrating 20 years of Sephora in the U.S., bringing you behind-the-scenes on who we saw, what we experienced, and which products were worth the spend. In Part 2, we get up-close-and-personal with one of the event’s top speakers, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin! (Stay tuned tomorrow as she gives us her top tips for using Dyson’s new, sold-out AirWrap innovation; what hair looks the trend-setter is loving now; and the plethora of products she has up her sleeve in the months to come.)

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Mario Dedivanovic (aka @MakeupbyMario) with Toronto fan Tharshikak Arasan (@glammwitht)


Jill and Carlene in Fenty Beauty’s glitter pool


Meghan Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin on the Dior stage

But first, in Part 1 of our Sephoria report, you’ll hear all about the larger-than-life installations, from a King Kong-sized jar of La Mer we encountered in the garden area of the House of Beauty, to Fenty Beauty’s glitter pool that left mass sparkle in areas Jill couldn’t even mention on air. Plus, find out which product reveals guests were privy to before anyone else in the world, like Fenty’s new Fairy Bomb, Chrissy Teigen’s cinnamon bun-scented holiday Glow Kitchen Kit in collaboration with Becca, and Atelier Cologne’s upcoming Pacific Lime fragrance.


Becca x Chrissy Teigen’s scented holiday glow kit


10-year-old fan Paityn Hart @Paitynhart


Then, hear from Kim Kardashian’s personal makeup artist, Mario Dedivanovic (aka @MakeupbyMario), who demo’d his “set up/set down” technique using Laura Mercier’s new translucent loose powder glow. And, find out which dollar store and drug store products Meghan Markle’s makeup artist Daniel Martin has stashed in his kit at all times.

Your dainty podcast hosts inside Gucci’s bloom room

Finally, get the glow down on all of the exclusive swag—with pricing—that could be in store should Sephoria return for a second season. Custom eyeshadow quads that blend four different brands, lipstick cases that can be customized with one of your favourite selfies, and makeup sponges that match your foundation. We’re spilling the tea on what really put the euphoria in Sephoria.

Products mentioned in this episode: Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter; La Mer Crème de la Mer; Pat McGrath Labs Lust: Mini Matte Trance Trio; Becca x Chrissy Teigen Glow Kitchen Kit; Beauty Blender Bounce Liquid Whip Long Wear Foundation; Fenty Beauty Fairy Bomb; Atelier Cologne Pacific Lime Fragrance; Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream; Milk Makeup Blur Stick Mini; Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipstick; Ardell Lashes; Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder Glow

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.

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.

Meet today’s version of the scrunchie, the Invisibobble! But you probably don’t need an introduction, you probably have one in your hair right now. Or maybe your daughter is wearing one of the telephone cord-looking hair holders, or your spin instructor, or that cute girl with the loose bun across the subway aisle. Last year, four million units of Invisibobble were sold worldwide, that’s eight spiral thingys per minute.

Now meet the inventor of Invisibobble, Sophie Trelles-Tvede, who was an 18-year-old university student when she dreamed up the idea, fresh from a dorm party (been there!). The co-founder approached her friend, Felix Haffa, and with their combined savings of $4,000, launched a massive beauty brand. But just how did their ages work to their advantage? You may be surprised to hear that social media had zero to do with it. You might also enjoy hearing about the time that their ages definitely did not work in their favour during one of their early business deals (don’t worry, they got theirs).

Today, Trelles-Tvede has been featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, and she has given TedxTalks on how to trade in four years-worth of red bull-vodkas to start a small business (that quickly grew humungous.) Armed with their tagline, “That Simple”, Invisibobble is already in every girl’s ponytail, and they’re not stopping there. Find out in this episode how the beauty brand is planning to re-invent another oldie but goodie hair staple (hello, SATC fans!) this spring—and even more smart solutions, revealed!

Products mentioned in this episode: Invisibobble Power, Nano and Original; EOS Lip Balms

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

All the things you can do with an Invisibobble