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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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We’re back with a fresh AF #damngoods episode! First up, there’s news this season… We review the hotly-anticipated Rare Beauty collection by Selena Gomez, answering the question on everyone’s minds: does the foundation boasting 48 shades hold its own, or is it merely a Fenty-wannabe? Next, we weigh in on highlights from the brand new Byredo Makeup collection, a fire collab between the design-y fragrance house and badass makeup artist Isamaya Ffrench.

Testing out a full face of Rare Beauty makeup!

Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez

We also introduce you to a hurricane-proof tubing mascara, a a consciously-crafted tinted moisturizer ideal for last minute Zoom meetings, and a deeply pigmented tinted balm designed to give you that coveted, Snow White-meets-the-witch lip and cheek stain vibe. A Black-owned lipstick brand that’s partnered with Michelle Obama to get you to vote, the perf transitional cleanser that promises not to dry you out, and first impressions of the latest skincare gadget to get on your Black Friday wish list stat – consider this your sliding into fall beauty edit.

Jill is wearing M.A.C Powder Kiss Bliss Liquid Lip Colour in Crossfade

Jill’s #DamnGood picks

BREAKING BUZZ: Want even more of our spot-on product recommendations? Be sure to check out our chat with fellow #podfam, Everything is Fine podcast, hosted by Tally Abecassis and Kim France, where we’re serving some of our fave new cheapie but goodie beauty finds

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Meet the personal makeup artist to Catherine O’Hara – the woman personally responsible for Moira Rose’s obsidian eyes and rouge bouche on the hit show Schitt’s Creek – it’s Lucky Bromhead! (Fun fact: Lucky is also the key makeup artist for the upcoming series Canada’s Drag Race, debuting in 2020.) The show has officially reached cult-classic status, and now counts Michelle Obama and Mariah Carey as fans. You’ll get all the behind-the-scenes feels in this fun and touching episode, including the makeup artist’s uncanny Moira impressions (bebe!) and a little known secret behind the matriarch’s enviable vocabulary.

Catherine O’Hara’s personal and on-set makeup artist, Lucky Bromhead (centre), with Jill and Carlene

Just in time for Schitts Creek final season, we get the goods on how Lucky collaborated with the seasoned Canadian actress to bring Moira’s character to life through cosmetics. Get ready to hear the exact products in her Schitt’s Creek makeup kit, from soap star-worthy mascara to avant garde complexion musts to every.single.shade in the matriarch’s lipstick wardrobe. Plus, don’t miss Lucky’s full breakdown of how to get that coveted “Crow” look, why “age appropriate” doesn’t matter, and the LOLz and tears on that last day of shooting with Dany Levy and the entire, loveable cast.

Round of applause for Schitts Creek final season!

Catherine O’Hara loves this now-discontinued fiber eyeshadow from Maybelline, but there’s still stock on the website!

Products mentioned in this episode: M.A.C Retro Matte Lipstick in Ruby Woo; M.A.C Lipliner in StripDown; M.A.C Amplified Lipstick in Dubonnet; Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Chianti; M.A.C Liquid Last 24-Hour Waterproof Liner in Keep it Current; Marc Jacobs Highliner Liquid Gel Eyeliner; Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner; M.A.C Pro Longwear Paint Pots; Indeed Labs Nano Blur Cream; Benefit The POREfessional Face Primer; Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer; Tatcha The Silk Canvas Protective Primer; Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer; Clé de Peau Concealer, Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer; L’Oréal Double Extend Beauty Tubes Mascara; Tatcha Luminous Dewy Skin Mist; Maybelline Brow Precise Fiber Volumizer; M.A.C CremeSheen Lipstick in Fanfare; M.A.C Amplified Lipstick in Girl About Town; Marc Jacobs Kiss Pop Lipstick in Pop Arazzi; It Cosmetics Bye Bye Lines Foundation; M.A.C Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer; Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate; La Mer Creme de la Mer Moisturizer; Charlotte Tilbury Eyeshadows; Inglot Eyeshadows; Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel

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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Kissing the summer goodbye!

The summer is unofficially over and while we can’t wait to stock our topshelf for fall, we thought it would be fun to chat about the damn good products that really saw us through the summer of 2019. So welcome to our very special episode all about the warm weather staples that we loved to the very last drop. Go-to sunscreen? Check. Glossy-chic lippie in every straw bag? You know it. Pore clearing mask? All over this one. Meet the new finds that made it into heavy rotation –  and some old cult favourites that we fell in love with all over again. Consider this an End of Summer #empties party, and you’re invited.

Products mentioned in this episode:
Deciem The Ordinary Salicylic Acid 2% Masque; Mario Badescu Drying Lotion; Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Balm; La Mer Genaissance de la Mer The Eye & Expression Cream; Dermalogica Prisma Protect SPF 30 Moisturizer; Wander Beauty Lip Retreat Oil; MAC Art Library Nude Model; French Girl Lumiere Rose Doree Shimmer Oil; Escents Outdoor Body Spray,

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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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.