Breaking Beauty

with Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins

The podcast all about the bestselling beauty products and the damn good stories behind them, co-created by Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins.


Episodes

  • Ep. 52 #TheGlowDown: Celebrity Hairstylist Adir Abergel Dishes Red Carpet-to-Real-Life SecretsIt’s red carpet season, woot woot! So what better time to welcome celebrity hairstylist Adir Abergel. You’ve seen his masterful skills on Saoirse Ronan’s bedroom hair for the February Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair. He also fashioned one of his signature un-average updos for Charlize Theron at the Critics Choice Awards. The LA-based hair pro is also creative director and partner in a line of repairing, pure keratin-based hair products, called Virtue Labs.
  • Ep. 51 Hair Colour Legend Christophe Robin, founder of Christophe Robin Hair CareToday we’re talking hair colour with a French master. The colourist behind Tilda Swinton, Vanessa Paradis and Catherine Deneuve’s perfect colour and healthy shine— it’s Christophe Robin! Christophe was the long-time magic man behind all the big L’Oréal Paris hair colour ad campaigns, plus the hands responsible for 90’s supermodels’ sparkling manes.
  • Ep. 50 #TheGlowDown: Our New Fave Drugstore Buys, Beauty Supplement #RealTalk with Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy.How do you get glowing skin from the inside out? We sit down with best-selling author and certified holistic nutritionist Joy McCarthy, the founder of Joyous Health to get practical tips on how to feel better, look better (the latest beauty superfoods, beauty supplements and more!) Plus, we test-drive some new drugstore makeup and hair musts. Tune in to hear what made the cut!
  • Ep 49 - Remembering Brandon Truaxe, Founder of Deciem and The OrdinaryWe are deeply saddened by the untimely passing of Brandon Truaxe, founder of Deciem and The Ordinary. We sat down with Brandon in January of 2018 - when he was at the top of his game, making headlines and mystifying the competition- and we are re-releasing this episode as a tribute to his creative genius within the beauty industry and beyond. As evidenced in this episode, Brandon was funny, brilliant and sensitive, and he will be missed. We thank you for listening.
  • Ep. 48 Tata Harper Skincare founder Tata HarperShe’s the fresh-faced entrepreneur who’s been bottling her eponymous, all-natural skincare since 2010. Today we’re chatting with eco beauty pioneer Tata Harper. With her unmistakable green glass packaging and sophisticated, earth-friendly formulas, the Colombian skincare founder succeeded in elevating the whole green beauty game at a time when organic formulas couldn’t shake their crunchy granola rep.
  • Ep. 47 #TheGlowDown How to Make it Big in Beauty with Ukonwa Ojo and Why Are Celebrities Obsessed With This $23 Cream? There’s lots to catch up on during this first #GlowDown of 2019! Find out why @donte.colley is our fave person on instagram right now, Carlene shares a cautionary tale from her New Year’s Eve while Jill’s mission is to get hella organized this year. Plus we have two incredible guests - one who shook up an iconic makeup brand and another who’s giving us the inside scoop on the reinvention of a nearly 100-year old cult favourite skincare product that celebrities hoard.
  • Ep 46 - Anastasia Beverly Hills founder Anastasia SoareWe’re kicking off 2019 with a huge guest of honour and that is the one and only Anastasia Soare, founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills. It’s her first podcast interview ever and we couldn’t be more excited to share with you her incredible story—from how she fled communism to open the world’s first brow salon in Beverly Hills to landing on Oprah’s speed dial—and finally, launching one of the most savvy social media beauty brands on the market today (18.5 million strong - and counting - on Instagra
  • Ep 45 - Bonus ep! We Recap All of the Top Beauty Moments in 2018We 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 and Kathleen Newman-Bremang who is the newly minted staff writer at Refinery29 Canada. Listen in as we go deep on the meaning behind Meghan Markle’s wedding day makeup, our real feelings about the Deciem drama and reveal the hidden gems that ruled our top shelf.
  • Ep 44 - The Glow Down: Find Out Why Jennifer Brodeur aka JB Skin Guru is *the* go-to facialist for Michelle Obama and Oprah WinfreyIs the facialist to Michelle Obama quite possibly the most influential skin expert in the world? We sat down with Montreal-based Jennifer Brodeur — dubbed JB Skin Guru by the mighty Oprah Winfrey, another star client. You’ll hear some of Jennifer’s somewhat rebellious opinions, like why she never recommends exfoliating (say what?!). We also get choice tips on skin prep for your own holiday events. And finally, the skin pro divulges the secrets to detoxing your complexion from the inside out post-holi
  • Ep 43 - GlamGlow Skincare Co-Founder Shannon DellimoreIn this Hollywood edition of BreakingBeauty, we sat down with Shannon Dellimore, co-founder of the one-and-only GlamGlow. GlamGlow launched in 2011 with just one product: a mysterious mud that had been passed around from celebrity to celebrity in unmarked jars to clear up imperfections and create a spa-style glow that focused on instant, transformative results.
  • Ep 42 - The Glow Down - Beauty Real Talk with Influencer Lauryn Evarts Bosstick from The Skinny Confidential (Jaw Surgery, Facial Shaving, Top Shelf Musts and More)Today we’re chatting with mega influencer Lauryn Evarts Bosstick, the creator of beauty, wellness, and lifestyle blog The Skinny Confidential and co-host of TSC Him & Her Podcast. What you're going to love about Lauryn is her no-filter real talk about everything from boob jobs to face shaving (plus the jaw surgery completely changed her life). She's a skincare junkie too and we go deeeeeep on her top shelf. Want to know more about the products Lauryn mentions? We rounded them all up here.
  • Ep 41 - Cheekbone Beauty Founder Jennifer HarperCheekbone Beauty, founded by Ojibwe entrepreneur Jennifer Harper in 2016, brings indigenous women across North America together through lipstick. The Canadian-made cosmetics brand supports First Nations education through the sale of every lipstick, and in its Instagram feed you’ll see hundreds of indigenous and non-indigenous women alike wearing knock-out shades that can rival Nars, M.A.C and Kat Von D.
  • Ep 40 - Celebrity Hairstylist Jen Atkin Tells us Everything About the New Dyson AirWrap Innovation. Plus - Hair Trends of the Moment and Which Drugstore Product she Can't Part With (Part 2 of our bonus Sephoria coverage!) Coming in hot, we have celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin on the mic! It's part 2 of our Bonus #Sephoria episodes (Jen held her very own masterclass on the glitter stage). She’s the founder of Ouai haircare, a Dyson ambassador and she works with Hollywood’s elite, from the Kardashians to the Jenners to Chrissy Teigen and Bella Hadid so needless to say we were hanging off every word she said.
  • Ep 39 - Major! We take you behind-the-scenes at the first ever #Sephoria House of Beauty (Part One)In this late breaking bonus episode, we’re bringing you all the highlights from #Sephoria - Sephora's first ever House of Beauty event in Los Angeles. In Part 1, we’re bringing you behind-the-scenes from the front row of makeup masterclasses with Makeup By Mario and Daniel Martin, plus who we saw, what we experienced, and which products were worth the spend. Look for Part 2 in your feed tomorrow where we get up-close-and-personal with one of the event’s top speakers, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin!
  • Ep 38 - The Glow Down Featuring The Best Fall 2018 Beauty Launches and Decoding Color Correction with a Makeup ProIt is a Damn Goods best in beauty product bonanza episode! We tested all of the buzziest fall launches from that Dyson AirWrap that’s hitting your feed right about now to Chanel's 3-D mascara? We took it for a spin, with a live demo from Chanel’s...
  • Ep 37 - Beauty Mogul Bobbi Brown: Founder of Bobbi Brown Cosmetics and Evolution 18We get real with makeup mogul Bobbi Brown about what it was really like to build a billion dollar beauty brand, and after 25 years - walk away from her namesake company. We also hear all what this serial entrepreneur and best-selling author is up to next (hotels, building a wellness empire and more!).
  • Ep 36 - Bonus episode Toronto International Film Festival featuring Amber HeardJill and Carlene sit down with A-Lister and star of the upcoming Aquaman, Amber Heard, to hear all about her takes on pageants, red carpet beauty musts and how Hollywood is changing when it comes to women in film.
  • EP 35 - The Glow Down Featuring Girlboss Founder Sophia Amoruso Plus The Top 5 Retinol Questions, AnsweredIn today's episode, we have a very special headliner guest: Sophia Amoruso. From Nasty Gal to now Queen of the Girlbosses, we catch up with her in Toronto at the Shoppers Drug Mart #BeBold beauty event and chat about everything from the makeup currently on the fashion influencer’s #topshelf; why she ditched her hair extensions, and what his-and-her tattoos Sophia recently had inked with her boyfriend.
  • Ep 34 - CND Shellac Nails Co-Founder Jan Arnold It's not often that a true beauty invention comes along, setting a new standard. But that's exactly what happened when Jan Arnold, co-founder of CND, shook the beauty industry with the first-ever hybrid gel polish, Shellac that could last up to four weeks. Fast-forward to summer 2018 and CND—short for Creative Nail Design—has introduced Shellac Luxe, a new alternative promising faster removal. Stay tuned until the end of the episode to hear Jill and Carlene's candid review
  • Ep 33 - The Glow Down Summer Hot Topics Edition: Inclusivity, Body Positivity and Marketing Misses Pull up a chair and sit in on our lively beauty round table chat where we dissect all of beauty's hottest and most important topics like inclusivity (who's winning), representation (sniffing out tokenism), and body positivity (why can't we accept ourselves like we do others?).
  • Ep 32 - BeautyBlender Founder Rea Ann SilvaIn 2002, celeb makeup artist Rea Ann Silva completely shook the makeup world with her ingenious invention: an egg-shaped, reusable makeup sponge that you used wet - the Beauty Blender! 17 of the iconic pink sponges sells every minute. It's beloved by makeup artists like @MakeupByMario and celebs like Kylie Jenner as well as makeup novices - who all embrace the way it makes your foundation go on seamlessly. Hear all about the origin story of this entrepreneur and what she's launching next, a foundation!!
  • Ep 31 - Why Does This Face Oil (That You’ve Probably Never Heard of) Keep Selling out at Sephora?This episode is in partnership with Biossance skincare. There are a lot of squalane-based products out there, but very few are making headlines for *constantly* selling out at Sephora. If you’ve been listening to Breaking Beauty for awhile,...
  • Ep 30 - Part Two: MAC Cosmetics Co-Founder Frank Toskan We sit down for an incredible and rare interview with Frank Toskan, the one-and-only co-founder of M.A.C Cosmetics.
  • Ep 30 - Part One: MAC Cosmetics Co-Founder Frank ToskanIn 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.  It was his first...
  • Ep 29 - Bonus Episode! Glass Skin Masks, Whitehead-Dissolving Patches and the Bidet Attachment You Didn't Know You Needed, It's Allll the Highlights from FounderMade's Consumer Discovery ShowBonus Episode! Glass Skin Masks, Whitehead-Dissolving Patches and the Bidet Attachment You Didn't Know You Needed, It's Allll the Highlights from FounderMade's Consumer Discovery Show
  • Ep 28 - The Glow Down featuring legendary beauty editor Jane Larkworthy (on the cult of skincare, B.S. beauty trends and intermittent fasting) As beauty editor of W Magazine for over a decade, Jane Larkworthy's column, Jane's Addiction, was the stuff of beauty journo legends. Her smart and stylish, yet slightly self-deprecating voice made us hoard with abandon, while her...
  • Ep 27 - RMS Beauty Founder Rose-Marie SwiftRose-Marie Swift took the beauty world by the balls, screamed in its face, and caused a frenzy with one of the first "green" makeup lines back in 2009. Her iconic best-seller, Living Luminzer, was born out of her experience giving the original Victoria's Secret angels — Miranda Kerr and Gisele Bundchen — their heavenly glow.
  • Ep 26 - The Glow Down Featuring Skincare Expert Caroline HironsWithout a doubt one of our most requested guests is *the* skincare guru, Caroline Hirons. The trained aesthetician and YouTuber is as famous for her no-bullshit attitude as she is her incredible skincare knowledge. Lucky for us, we were able to catch The Hirons in town for the launch of Indeed Labs' new Hydraluron Intense Moisture Lotion, to quiz her on which drugstore products she's loving now, which acids are okay to mix before bedtime—and details on one of her latest, very worthy, Instagram take
  • Ep 25 - Botox Cosmetic Pioneer Dr. Jean CarruthersIn our interview with Dr. Jean Carruthers, one of the physicians responsible for pioneering Botox for cosmetic use, we get to the bottom of the most Googled questions about Botox like: When should I start using Botox? (If you choose, nobody needs Botox, especially if you haven't cracked a wrinkle yet!!) How much does it cost? Is it safe? 
  • Ep 24 - The Glow Down Hits The Road: Debunking Myths and Serving Truths About Daily Sun Damage In partnership with Olay. Buckle up! Welcome to Beauty Editors in Cars Getting Coffee. Ha! It’s just us, your friendly Breaking Beauty Podcast hosts, Jill and Carlene in our first ever ride along episode. We tour the streets in Carlene’s SUV with Olay scientist Dr. Frauke Neuser to chat about the myths and truths behind daily sun damage—for reals. Like how are you supposed to reapply daily moisturizer with SPF over top makeup on your lunch hour? (we FEEL you!!)
  • EP 23 - Saje Wellness Co-Founder Kate Ross LeblancIn honour of Earth Month, we are thrilled to present Saje, a Canadian wellness brand that has more than 500 products and grown to over 70 stores across North America. Given that the "wellness" category is poised to be the next trillion dollar industry, you'll hear why this little shop of essential oil-based remedies keeps growing even in the midst of a notoriously difficult retail landscape.
  • Ep 22 - The Glow Down Featuring YouTube makeup artist Krystal Clear MakeupIt’s officially spring and that means… we’re celebrating our very 1st birthday!! Hooray!! In this episode, we test-drive some new makeup - with a surprise drugstore mascara hit - and talk about their night at the Arcade. The Chanel Arcade,...
  • Ep 22 - The Glow Down Featuring YouTube makeup artist Krystal Clear MakeupIt’s officially spring and that means… we’re celebrating our very 1st birthday!! Hooray!! In this episode, we test-drive some new makeup - with a surprise drugstore mascara hit - and talk about their night at the Arcade. The Chanel Arcade,...
  • Ep 21 Biologique Recherche's Dr Philippe AlloucheIn partnership with Biologique Recherche. AHA’s, BHA’s, glycolic, salicylic—acids are back, baby! Just when it feels like everyone is talking about peels these days, we chat with the O.G. of the at-home acid peel, Dr. Philippe Allouche, whose...
  • Ep 20 - The Glow Down Featuring Nora McInernyAre 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/funny/touching show hosted by Nora McInerny, an author and widow who tackles the human predicament...
  • Ep 19 - Invisibobble Co-Founder Sophie Trelles-TvedeMeet today’s version of the scrunchie, the Invisi…
  • Ep 18 - TheGlowdown Featuring Jean Godfrey June, Beauty Director Of GoopExcuse us while we Fan Girl for a moment. When it…
  • Ep 17 - Deciem and The Ordinary Founder Brandon TruaxeIn our latest, by-popular-demand episode, we brin…
  • Ep 16 - The Glow Down Ft Fashion Magazine's Lesa Hannah & Suzie Michael; Cosmetic Chemist Stephen KoIn this episode, we welcome Fashion Magazine’s aw…
  • Ep 15 - Smashbox Cosmetics Co-Founder Davis FactorWhen your great grandfather invented the term “ma…
  • Ep 14 - The Glow Down Featuring Emma Guns, Van Der Pop And Lancome Le Teint ParticulierWelcome to our latest episode of The Glow Down! W…
  • Ep 13 - Drunk Elephant Skincare Founder Tiffany MastersonIn this episode, we chat with the founder of Drun…
  • Ep 12 - The Glow Down Featuring Full Coverage Podcast Co-Hosts Lindsey Kelk and Harriet HadfieldIn this episode of #TheGlowDown, hear all about C…
  • EP 11 - GLOSSIER FOUNDER EMILY WEISSShe's the Founder and CEO to watch, and she start…
  • Ep 10 - The Glow Down Ft. Patrick Ta, Petra Collins, Fenty Beauty & ELLE Canada's Victoria DiPlacidoIn this episode - we get the scoop on Toronto Fas…
  • Ep 09 - Nudestix Founders Taylor and Ally FrankelThey’re beauty moguls, and they’ve just barely gr…
  • Ep 08 - The Glow Down August 18 Featuring Tracey Cunningham and Joyce BonelliIn our second mid-month episode of The Glow Down …
  • Ep 07 - Rodial and Nip + Fab Founder Maria HatzistefanisMaria Hatzistefanis is such a beauty boss that sh…
  • EP 06 - The Glow Down Episode July 18 2017 featuring Hung VanngoIntroducing The Glow Down by Breaking Beauty!! By…
  • Ep 05 - Fresh Beauty Co-Founder Lev GlazmanIn episode 5, we chat with Lev Glazman, co-founde…
  • EP 04 - Caudalie Skincare Founder Mathilde ThomasIn this episode, we chat with Mathilde Thomas, co…
  • Ep 03 - The 7 Virtues Founder Barb StegemannIn this episode, we chat with Barb Stegemann, soc…
  • Ep 02 - Nannette de Gaspe Dry Masks Founder Nannette De Gaspe Beaubien.mp3Welcome to Breaking Beauty! Behind every beauty b…
  • Bonus episode! Get to Know Your Breaking Beauty Hosts Jill and CarleneIn this bonus episode, we take a minute to chat a…
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