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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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Check out Fleur & Bee’s 100% vegan and cruelty-free line of natural skincare products at and use promo code BREAKING to get 15% off.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer lotions and face mist sunscreens provide safe, lightweight, non-greasy sun protection that’s ideal for every day. They absorb quickly, leaving skin feeling soft, clean and fresh with a shine-free finish. Visit for information on the products and for more on melanoma prevention.

*Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all products reviewed are gratis media samples submitted for editorial consideration.*

Le tears! In our last #DamnGoods segment of 2020, we’re bringing you the products so good, we just couldn’t leave them behind. We’ll reveal our pick for the best product among Makeup By Mario’s self-titled range, along with a full review on our most requested brand to review of the moment: Bobbi Brown’s new makeup line, Jones Road. Plus, how about that high-tech OPTE skincare device to instantly erase hyperpigmentation? Jill tested a half-half face at home, and lets you know if it’s worth all the Hollywood hype. Finally, Carlene gives you a sneak peek of the secret revolutionary hair product she predicts will gain big buzz in the year ahead…

Before and afters of the Hollywood-hyped Opte device to treat and disguise hyperpigmentation

Did you know that Breaking Beauty’s #DamnGoods segments are now our most listened to episodes? Get social with us and let us know what topics, personalities and products you’d like to hear more about as we plan our hot 2021 lineup! Find us on Instagram, Twitter, our private Facebook group

, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.

Find out which hair product is making Carlene’s bleached out hair silky soft!

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.*

Makeup By Mario Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Makeup By Mario Master Eye Prep & Set

Makeup By Mario Master Crystal Reflector in Citrine

Makeup By Mario EF1 Makeup Brush

Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Palette Color Coded Eye Shadow in Desert Haze

Jones Road The Mascara

Jones Road Miracle Balm

Jones Road Cool Gloss

Jones Road The Best Pencil

RMS Beauty Luminzers

Smashbox Halo Healthy Glow Tinted Moisturizer SPF 25

The Original Makeup Eraser

The Original Makeup Eraser Sponge

Opte device

Klorane Cornflower Water Cream

Furtuna Skin Acqua Serena Micellar Cleansing Essence

Furtuna Skin Porte Pour Le Vitalita Face and Eye Serum

Furtuna Skin Due Alberi Biphase Moisturizing Facial Oil

Furtuna Skin Rituale Luminoso Transformation Travel Set

Furtuna Skin Cuore Rituale Luminoso Transformation Set (Full Size)

K18 Hair

Aquis Rapid Dry Towel

*Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all products reviewed are gratis media samples submitted for editorial consideration.*


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We phone our #podfam friends to get the best tea from 2019!

Jeffree Star obliterating sales records, the goosebump-inducing Gucci campaign and the Makeup by Mario moment that legit brought a tear to our eye – Tune in to hear us dissect the biggest beauty wins and beauty fails of 2019, all with a little help from our fellow beauty pod squad. Roll call! Calling in, we’ve got Priyanka Mattoo, co-host of Foxy Browns podcast; Jackie Johnson, host of the Natch Beaut podcast; Priya Rao, host of the Glossy Beauty Podcast; and Brooke DeVard Ozaydinli of the Naked Beauty Podcast. Plus, don’t miss our roundup of favourite beauty discoveries of the year toward the end of this epic, virtual round table.

What do you think was the biggest beauty moment of 2019? Or of the decade? Get social with us and let us know! Find us on Instagram, Twitter, via our private Facebook group

 –  Or leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302. We’d love to hear from you.

The beauty campaign of the year award goes to…

Products mentioned in this episode: Gucci Rouge à Lèvres Mat Lipstick;
From Jackie J: Loli Beauty Base Pank Plum Elixir; Aether Beauty Gemstone Palettes; Quim; Mazz Hannah CBD Skin Salve;
From Priyanka Mattoo: Nutrafol; Beboe High-Potency CBD Serum
From Priya Rao: 111 Skin Space Defence Eye Lift Gel;
From Carlene: Westman Atelier Baby Cheeks Blush Stick in Petal;
From Brooke Devard: Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum; Altreno (By prescription)

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

*Disclaimer: Unless otherwise stated, all products reviewed are gratis media samples submitted for editorial consideration.*

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Infinti Pro by Conair Texture Styling Hair Dryer boasts an innovative diffuser with multi-chamber design that delivers your best, frizz-free curls and waves. To learn more about this product, go to and search for Textured Hair.

Osea Malibu is a family-run, plant-based skincare line featuring seaweed as the star ingredient. Breaking Beauty listeners can try it for themselves with a special discount! Visit for $10 off your first order of $50.

Today’s guest is Mario Dedivanovic

Whoa! Today’s guest has more Instagram followers than anyone we’ve ever featured before, with 6.5 million fans and counting. It’s Mario Dedivanovic, a.k.a Makeup By Mario. With Kim Kardashian as his muse, is it any wonder the duo has created the defining makeup look of the decade? His masterclasses sell out across the country, so get ready for your very own mini-masterclass in how to perfect your base

Mario’s MET Gala look for his muse Kim Kardashian

We get all the tips on micro concealing, sand bagging, baking—we even find out which drugstore mascara is his ride or die. And since he was in town with Philosophy for our chat, Mario schools us on the skincare products he uses to prep before he even opens his makeup kit.

A look at all the loot from a masterclass swag bag

But it doesn’t end there! Who is this magic man, *really*? Get ready to hear Mario open up about what happens when mercury in retrograde rocks his world. Also, which faces, living or dead, does he dream of painting? And finally, when will his rumoured makeup range become a reality? And how about that YouTube channel? All of this, in today’s fire episode.

Products mentioned in this episode:
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleansing Cloths; Purity Made Simple Ultra-Light Moisturizer; Purity Made Simple Hydra-Essence With Coconut Water; Purity Made Simple Cleanser; Kryolan Dermacolor Concealer; Ben Nye Banana Powder; Surratt Beauty Perfectionniste Concealer Palette; Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Concealer; Koh Gen Do Aqua Foundation; Beauty Blender; RCMA Foundation; Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Foundation; La Mer The Soft Fluid Long Wear Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20; L’Oréal Voluminous Mascara in Carbon Black; Cozzette Beauty Infinite Contour & Blush Palette; Rodial Bronzer

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.