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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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Recorded live from her New York City apartment (pre-pandemic, of course) Katie Sturino reveals just how she kickstarted a new kind of beauty empire with Megababe. The clean beauty brand for women of all shapes and sizes quickly skyrocketed to waitlist status with solution-oriented products that tackle beauty taboos – while being cute enough for your topshelf, too. From the iconic Megababe Thigh Rescue anti-chafing stick to the Bust Dust for boob sweat, we find out exactly how these “niche” products broke through, even as retailers kept saying ‘no’. (Stay tuned to the end of the episode for our personal reviews of the products!)

Katie’s #SuperSizeTheLook posts on her blog The12ishStyle have gone viral

You may recognize Katie from her #MakeMySize Instagram posts – unfiltered dressing room selfies revealing the frustration of trying on limited sizes that most of us go through. Or, perhaps you’ve seen her #SuperSizeTheLook blog posts on how to emulate the style of the world’s most boldfaced names – when you’re not a size zero. As a powerful voice in the online body inclusivity community, Katie gets candid about the reactions she’s gotten, both from industry insiders and from her 500K+ followers tired of being left out of the fashion conversation.

But first, Katie traces the origin story behind her own epic career path, rising through the ranks of fashion PR at Chanel and Dolce & Gabbana before tossing it all in to start her own business at a young age. A fateful firing, a dog named Toast, and a humble style blog – you’ll hear all the twists and turns leading up to the Megababe movement. Living for it?! You can hear more from Katie Sturino on her podcast, Boob Sweat, where she dives deep on topics like body image, anxiety, divorce and fertility. (

Products Mentioned In This Episode: Megababe Thigh Rescue Anti-Chafe Stick; Megababe Bust Dust Anti-Breast-Sweat Spray; Megababe Rosy Pits Daily Deodorant; Megababe Le Tush Clarifying Butt Mask; Megababe Squeaky Clean Hand Sanitizer; Megababe Cucumber Mint Shower Sheets


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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!!

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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

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