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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with some of Australia's, and the world's, biggest beauty pioneers. We're picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.

Glow Journal Gemma Watts

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Join beauty writer Gemma Watts in conversation with some of Australia's, and the world's, biggest beauty pioneers. We're picking the brains behind the beauty products that fill your bathroom cupboards- the CEOs, founders and creative minds heading the brands that shape the beauty industry. From cult favourites to the products you reach for every day, from young entrepreneurs to companies steeped in history, these are the stories behind the most successful beauty businesses on the planet.

    Zanna Roberts Rassi | Co-Founder of Milk Makeup

    Zanna Roberts Rassi | Co-Founder of Milk Makeup

    In episode seventy one of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the co founder of Milk Makeup, Zanna Roberts Rassi.


    Zanna’s very first job was as a model, after her boyfriend at the time secretly entered her into a modelling competition. While it was never really her passion, Zanna explains that it did open her eyes to the number of roles that existed (and still exist) behind the scenes. She spent most of her time on set asking questions of those around her- so it’s no surprise that the job she eventually moved into was that of a journalist.  


    It was while having her makeup done on set that Zanna realised she wanted to be part of the story telling of beauty, so she made herself known to the Beauty Editor of the magazine for which she was modelling and secured herself an internship. 


    In time, Zanna became a Beauty Assistant and eventually Beauty Editor at Marie Claire magazine, during which time she met her now husband, Mazdack Rassi, co-founder of Milk Studios. Zanna then moved from London to New York and was soon asked to host a fashion segment on the Today Show. That segment became a launchpad for her television career, with Zanna now serving as E!’s style correspondent, a Today Show contributor and, previously, as a guest judge and mentor on Project Runway All Stars. 


    It was in around 2013 that Zanna, her husband and their soon-to-be Milk co-founders Georgie Greville and Dianna Ruth began to conceptualise what would eventually become Milk Makeup, craving easy, fun, multi-tasking makeup. They launched in 2016 with 85 products, and today Milk Makeup is available to consumers in over 130 countries. 


    In this conversation, Zanna shares why Milk are intent on creating products that have never been seen before, the story of her stint as an undercover makeup artist at Paris Fashion Week, and why her first real encounter with beauty was reminiscent of, in her words, “advanced hypothermia.” 


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    • 41 min
    BONUS | Winter Skin: The Body Edition with Dr Ryan De Cruz

    BONUS | Winter Skin: The Body Edition with Dr Ryan De Cruz

    In this special bonus Ask An Expert episode, host Gemma Watts is joined by specialist dermatologist Dr Ryan De Cruz who is here to answer the questions YOU submitted on winter skincare, specifically for the body. We’re covering why it is that our skin sensitivities are heightened with a cold snap, why your body wash is just as important as your moisturiser, how to combat persistent, stubborn patches of dry skin, and exactly which ingredients are winter skin non-negotiables (and which ingredients you can go without).


    I’m so often asked really specific questions about the skin and, given that I’m an educated consumer and by no means an expert, I insist on taking those questions to a legitimate expert- someone truly qualified to answer your questions. In the name of transparency this episode is sponsored by CeraVe, however as per all of my expert interviews, the doctor is NOT here to sell you anything and must remain completely objective when answering your questions. For this reason, you’ll hear Dr De Cruz recommend specific ingredients (rather than products) and offer more general advice, giving you the tools you need to make your own, educated purchasing decisions. 


    In this episode, Dr De Cruz answers your questions on winter skincare for the body- from why dry skin, irritations and conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis tend to flare up in the winter and how to keep your skin protected from both cold air and dry indoor heating, through to the impact your winter shower habits are having on your skin and whether or not you really need to moisturise your body every single day. 


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com


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    • 30 min
    Dr Barbara Sturm | Founder of Dr Barbara Sturm

    Dr Barbara Sturm | Founder of Dr Barbara Sturm

    In episode seventy of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of Dr Barbara Sturm Molecular Cosmetics, Dr Barbara Sturm.


    Barbara Sturm knew, from the age of four, that she would grow up to be a doctor. She’d watched her grandmother, a pharmacist, and her mother, a lab doctor, at work, and entered into the field of orthopaedics through what she describes as a love of helping people.


    Dr Sturm explains, however, that she’d always had an interest in beauty (and in beautiful things), so a move into aesthetics felt natural. It was then that she took her work in orthopaedics, specifically a treatment she helped pioneer in which the blood from a patient is re-injected into the joints to remove inflammation, and translated that science into the field of aesthetics- and so, what we now know as the Vampire Facial was born. 


    Dr Barbara Sturm’s signature clinical treatments and prescription plasma-based creams developed what can only be described as a cult following, so to ensure that her work could reach a global audience (rather than exclusively those who could visit her clinic) she began to work on her own consumer brand. 


    Dr Barbara Sturm’s line of molecular cosmetics was launched in 2014, taking the in-clinic experience and turning it into one of the most innovative, and celebrity-loved, brands of today. 


    In this conversation, Barbara shares how the now-infamous “vampire facial” actually works, why she so strongly believes that inflammation is the root cause of almost every skin ailment, and how Kobe Bryant played a role in establishing Dr Sturm’s now-signature clinical treatment. 


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    • 45 min
    BONUS | Skin Rejuvenation and Addressing Sun Damage with Dr Belinda Welsh

    BONUS | Skin Rejuvenation and Addressing Sun Damage with Dr Belinda Welsh

    In this special bonus Ask An Expert episode I’m joined by Dr Belinda Welsh. A Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and winner of the Australasian College of Dermatologists Travelling Fellowship, Dr Welsh opened her solo dermatology practice in 2002. In 2010 she was joined by friend of the podcast Dr Cara McDonald and the two founded Complete Skin Specialists. Having served as the Chair of the Victorian Faculty of Dermatologists and currently holding the position of Vice President of Australasian Society of Cosmetic Dermatologists, Dr Welsh was who I felt was the ideal doctor to answer YOUR questions on all things skin rejuvenation. 


    Away from our regular brand founder conversations, I am asked so many highly specific questions about the skin. Given that I am an educated consumer and by no means an expert, it would be extremely unethical for me to even attempt to address your skin concerns which is why I insist on taking those questions to a medical doctor. This Ask An Expert series is giving you, the Glow Journal audience, unprecedented access to medical doctors, professors and dermatologists and, while the series is sponsored by Candela Medical, doctors legally and ethically have to remain completely objective in interviews like this. For this reason, this series is giving you, the listeners, completely unbiased expert answers to your most specific skin questions- questions that I cannot answer myself. 


    In this episode, we’ve taken the questions YOU submitted on overall skin rejuvenation to Dr Welsh - from whether or not over the counter products can actually help with pigmentation and if gentle skin resurfacing is at all possible from home, through to the link between sensitive skin and redness and if clinical skin treatments really are a permanent solution to our skin woes.


    You can read this interview now at: glowjournal.com/ask-an-expert-rejuvenation-and-sun-damage


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    • 46 min
    Rowena Bird | Co-Founder of Lush

    Rowena Bird | Co-Founder of Lush

    In episode sixty nine of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the co founder of Lush, Rowena Bird.


    There are few brands, and in-store experiences, as universally recognisable as Lush. Having now spoken to Rowena and knowing just what went into Lush’s creation, it’s unsurprising that the brand is the icon that it is today.


    Rowena is surprised, however, telling me that she and her five Lush co-founders hadn’t expected that the brand would explode in the way that it has- and she certainly didn’t expect that, as of 2020, Lush would boast some 951 stores globally. 


    Rowena has always loved beauty and, after completing her studies as a beauty therapist in the early 1980s, she took a job at a beauty clinic in Dorset. It was here that she would meet all five of her future Lush co-founders, a group she tells me each had completely different skills. She also tells me that she believes this is the secret to Lush’s success- that, and the fact that all six of them really do get along. 


    Lush was launched in 1995, and despite opening stores in London, Croatia, Australia, Brazil, New Zealand and Ireland within only a few years, Rowena describes the brand’s growth as “really organic”- another part of the Lush story that she believes was integral to its success, explaining that if they’d launched with the intention of going “zero to sixty” too quickly, they’d likely have failed. She tells me that what they really wanted to create through Lush was fun, theatre, experience and an escape through beauty, and that is precisely what they have done.


    In this conversation, Rowena shares the catalyst that led to the inception of Lush (and a wild coincidence that took place on the very same date as our interview), how Lush led the sustainability charge by launching packaging-free products over 25 years ago, and why OVER staffing their stores may have been one of the best business decisions they ever made. 


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    • 52 min
    Tata Harper | Founder of Tata Harper Skincare

    Tata Harper | Founder of Tata Harper Skincare

    In episode sixty eight of the Glow Journal podcast, host Gemma Watts talks to the founder of Tata Harper Skincare, Tata Harper.


    Born in Columbia, Tata Harper grew up surrounded by beauty. Her grandmother would host a weekly spa party at home, with Tata helping her mix together facial treatments, hair masks and body scrubs for her family and guests. This would take place every weekend, for a full morning, and it’s a tradition that has helped shaped Tata’s own beauty philosophy. A philosophy she maintains to this day


    Despite that early interest in beauty and, later, in fashion, Tata studied engineering and worked as an industrial engineer before moving to the US in the year 2000. In 2005, Tata’s stepfather was diagnosed with cancer- a diagnosis that prompted Tata to begin looking at her own health and, in turn, her lifestyle. 


    Tata grew conscious of what she was putting on her skin each day and began looking for a natural alternative to the luxury brands to which she’d grown accustomed. Given that this was some 15 years ago, no such high-end alternative existed- so Tata set out to create one.


    The Tata Harper brand launched in 2010, and has been cited by many guests on this very podcast as being the first brand of its kind- the first truly luxury natural beauty brand. A pioneer, and intent on remaining one, Tata Harper is one of few brands that formulate, quality control and pack all of their products in-house (in Tata’s case, that’s on her farm in Vermont), at a time when in-house formulation and manufacturing are far from the norm. 


    In this conversation, Tata shares why it’s important to tread carefully when it comes to seeking investment, the challenges across time, money and effort that sustainable manufacturing can present, and what physically qualifies a product as high end. 


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279 Ratings

HeatherBelle1133 ,

✨ Informative, Motivating, Interesting ✨

If you love beauty, and you are interested the business side of things - this podcast is for you!

Abbey Gelmi ,

Gem by name and by nature

I adore Glow Journal for not only the beauty insights but the human stories too. Gemma is authentic, informed and quite simply the best at what she does. Easily one of my favourite podcasts ✨

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One of the most informative & educative beauty podcasts available!

This podcast is one of the most informative and educative podcasts in the beauty space. From the beauty brand guests to the ask an expert segments, Glow Journal covers just about anything you could want to know about the beauty industry. Gemma is the most incredible and well spoken host and it is a true delight to tune into this podcast every single week and the bonus eps are honestly my favourite! X

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