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Get ready with us! We’re Jill and Carlene, two longtime beauty editors who have seen it all and swatched it all, and now we’re here to tell you what’s good. Whether you’re searching for the latest insider-fave foundation, building a gimmick-free skincare routine, or interested in exploring culture through a beauty lens, tune in every Wednesday for epic guests like Makeup By Mario, Dr. Pimple Popper and Jonathan Van Ness (say what?!) Plus, don’t miss our monthly #DamnGood reviews of trending drugstore and spendy finds that are worth the $$$ – you’re glowing already!

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    • 4.9 • 307 Ratings

Get ready with us! We’re Jill and Carlene, two longtime beauty editors who have seen it all and swatched it all, and now we’re here to tell you what’s good. Whether you’re searching for the latest insider-fave foundation, building a gimmick-free skincare routine, or interested in exploring culture through a beauty lens, tune in every Wednesday for epic guests like Makeup By Mario, Dr. Pimple Popper and Jonathan Van Ness (say what?!) Plus, don’t miss our monthly #DamnGood reviews of trending drugstore and spendy finds that are worth the $$$ – you’re glowing already!

    Derm Terms Decoded: “Peau D’Orange,” “Microdosing” Accutane and “Demodex”?! Dermatologist Dr. Samantha Ellis Shares What You Need to Know Before Your Next Appointment.

    Derm Terms Decoded: “Peau D’Orange,” “Microdosing” Accutane and “Demodex”?! Dermatologist Dr. Samantha Ellis Shares What You Need to Know Before Your Next Appointment.

    In this week’s episode, we're diving into the world of “derm terms” with board-certified medical and cosmetic dermatologist, Dr. Samantha Ellis. The San Francisco Bay-area clinical instructor is also the brains behind the sleek and affordable skincare brand, Prequel, and today she’s breaking down the top skin terms to know before your next appointment!




    Join us as the “Millennial Dermatologist” decodes:


    Malar mounds vs. malar edema vs. festoons: Learn the warning signs that your filler may be building up to a danger zone (as *allegedly* spotted on one famous celebrity this year!)Melomental folds: Why the lower half of your face may want some Botox love, too.“Peau d’orange”: What happens to your chin as you age and the one instance when Botox really can be preventative, according to the dermPerioral dermatitis: Acne or rash? The expert weighs in.Demodex: What to know about face mites and how to know whether they could be living on your skin right now!“Microdosing" Accutane – Is this emerging skincare trend helpful or harmful?Rosacea: Do you have it, or is it just redness? Plus, how to navigate your way back to an active skincare routine 

    For any products or links mentioned in this episode, check out our website: https://breakingbeautypodcast.com/episode-recaps/ 




    Get social with us and let us know what you think of the episode! Find us on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.  

     

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    PROMO CODES:  When you support our sponsors, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!  




    APOSTROPHE

    Apostrophe is an online platform that connects you with an expert dermatology team to get customized acne treatment for your unique skin. Get your first visit for only $5.00 at Apostrophe.com/BEAUTY when you use our code: BEAUTY.  That’s a savings of fifteen dollars! This code is only available to our listeners. 




    Masterclass

    With Masterclass, you can learn from the best to become your best. Right now, our listeners get an additional 15% off an annual membership at masterclass.com/BEAUTY. 




    Ouai

    Frizz-free up your schedule with OUAI. Go to www.TheOuai.com and enter promo code BEAUTY15 for 15% off any product. 




    ImPress 

    Visit impressbeauty.com/breakingbeauty and use code “BREAKINGBEAUTY” at checkout for 25% off imPRESSManicure and Press-On Falsies. 




    MACY’S

    Dive into summer style inspiration at Macys. Shop at macys.com/ownyourstyle. 




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

     

    Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn 

    Theme song, used with permission: Cherry Bomb by Saya
 

    Produced by Dear Media Studio 

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 51 min
    What You Need to Know About Dyson’s New, “Nural” Hair Dryer, The Next Gen of Beauty Ambassadors, Beyoncé’s Vlog Reveal – Plus, Carlene Makes a Surprise Announcement!

    What You Need to Know About Dyson’s New, “Nural” Hair Dryer, The Next Gen of Beauty Ambassadors, Beyoncé’s Vlog Reveal – Plus, Carlene Makes a Surprise Announcement!

    This week, we’re LIVE from New York, with an up-close-and personal look at the brand new Dyson Supersonic “Nural” Hair Dryer – Is it really worth the $499 USD price tag?? Tune in as we get the 411 on the scalp-protecting blow-dryer from Dyson Global Styling Ambassador Matthew Collins. Then, is the beauty industry experiencing a slowdown? Or is good news hiding between the headlines? 




    Plus you’ll hear about:Jill’s Bravo dreams coming true, live in the Watch What Happens Live ClubhouseWhy the beauty industry is betting big on the next Gen of sports superstarsBeyoncé’s vlogging era! Our musings on who’s winning big in beauty right now, and who’s in a slumpStay tuned till the end where Carlene shares some very exciting news (Sign up here to be the first to know and follow your girl on Instagram for more updates!) 

    For any products or links mentioned in this episode, check out our website: https://breakingbeautypodcast.com/episode-recaps/ 




    Get social with us and let us know what you think of the episode! Find us on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.  

     

    Related episodes like this: The #DamnGood Indie Brands We’re Obsessed With Right Now: A NYC Facialist’s Debut, Ayurvedic Skincare FTW and Did We Just Discover The Next Charlotte Tilbury?The Power of “Midlights,” Why Demi-Colour Is Your New BFF & The Hottest 2024 Hair Colour Trends We’re About to See Everywhere With Celebrity Hair Colourist Matt RezWhat’s *Not* #DamnGood? Our Anti-Haul Episode is Here! 

     

    PROMO CODES:  When you support our sponsors, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!  




    BONCHARGE

    If you wanna try the BONCHARGE Red Light mask for yourself, they offer worldwide shipping with easy returns and exchanges, and there’s a 12 month warranty on all red-light therapy devices. Be sure to use our promo code. Go to boncharge.com and use coupon code BEAUTY to save15%.




    ImPRESS

    ImPRESS No Glue Manis and imPRESS Press-On Falsies Lashes are getting ready game-changers. Both require no glue – so there is no damage to your natural nails and lashes, no annoying dry times and no mess. Visit impressbeauty.com/breakingbeauty and use code “BREAKINGBEAUTY” at checkout for 25% off imPRESSManicure and Press-On Falsies. 




    Macy’s

    May is officially Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month and our good friends at Macy’s are highlighting AAPI-owned brands all month. Round up your purchase to the nearest dollar at checkout to support APIA scholars, in-store and online at macys.com







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

     

    Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn 

    Theme song, used with permission: Cherry Bomb by Saya
 

    Produced by Dear Media Studio 

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 52 min
    Meet Lord Gavin, The Facial Masseur Responsible For Making A-List Stars Look Snatched For The MET Gala. Plus, His Red Carpet Meditations and The Real-Life (Braveheart-Adjacent!?) Family History That You Have To Hear to Believe

    Meet Lord Gavin, The Facial Masseur Responsible For Making A-List Stars Look Snatched For The MET Gala. Plus, His Red Carpet Meditations and The Real-Life (Braveheart-Adjacent!?) Family History That You Have To Hear to Believe

    Lord Gavin McLeod-Valentine is one of the most in-demand celebrity facial masseurs, – and he’s just as intriguing as his name suggests. Dubbed “King of Red-Carpet Skin-Prep” by Elle Magazine, we’re getting all of the best tips he’ll be using to finesse famous faces for the upcoming MET Gala. (Most recently, he worked with Lily Gladstone and Emily Blunt for their Oscars’ run). But first, the Augustinus Bader ambassador shares his fascinating life story as a descendent of Mary Queen of Scots, mentee to the late Isabella Blow, and you’ll hear about the one time that Kim Kardashian gave him a royal blue bottle that would change his career forever.




    Plus, you’ll discover:The fascinating backstory behind his Scottish lineage – straight from the Braveheart movie (no joke.)Intimate details behind the skin pro’s poignant friendship with the late, great Isabella Blow, and what he learned from the British fashion legend.The difference between a traditional esthetician and a “facial masseur,” along with the exact protocol that Lord Gavin uses to get famous clients red carpet ready, from awakening fascia to guided meditation. Real talk: Why Lord Gavin isn’t a fan of slugging, jade rollers or micellar cleansers.The insider’s top reco’s for SPF, his favourite drugstore buy and the discontinued product that he misses most.Follow us on Tiktok to see an exclusive tutorial from Lord Gavin on how to give yourself a mini lifting facial – in less than five minutes. 


    Come Watch With Us! You are officially invited to our first ever YouTube Premiere to view the Lord Gavin x Breaking Beauty episode in action. Join us on Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm ET right here to watch and react with us LIVE in the comments. 

     

    For any products or links mentioned in this episode, check out our website: https://breakingbeautypodcast.com/episode-recaps/ 

     

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    PROMO CODES:  When you support our sponsors, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!  

     

    NUTRAFOL

    Take the first step to visibly thicker, healthier hair. For a limited time, Nutrafol is offering our listeners ten dollars off your first month’s subscription and free shipping when you go to Nutrafol.com and enter the promo code BREAKING.




    IMPRESS Beauty

    ImPRESS No Glue Manis and imPRESS Press-On Falsies Lashes are getting ready game-changers. Both require no glue – so there is no damage to your natural nails and lashes, no annoying dry times and no mess. Visit impressbeauty.com/breakingbeauty and use code “BREAKINGBEAUTY” at checkout for 25% off imPRESSManicure and Press-On Falsies. 







    Get social with us and let us know what you think of the episode! Find us on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.  




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

     

    Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn 

    Theme song, used with permission: Cherry Bomb by Saya
 

    Produced by Dear Media Studio 

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 57 min
    The #DamnGood, Feel-Good Guide! From an Eye-Awakening Rose Eye Mask to a Skin-Plumping, Self-Tanning Serum and A First Sniff of Charlotte Tilbury’s New Fragrances – These Are The Products Giving Us Serious Pick-Me-Up Vibes

    The #DamnGood, Feel-Good Guide! From an Eye-Awakening Rose Eye Mask to a Skin-Plumping, Self-Tanning Serum and A First Sniff of Charlotte Tilbury’s New Fragrances – These Are The Products Giving Us Serious Pick-Me-Up Vibes

    🎵Feeling good, like I should; Feeling blessed, never stressed.”🎵We’re in the mood for good vibes only, so in this week’s episode, join us as we sing the praises of the products on our top-shelf that spark nothing but joy. But first, Jill recounts her trip to the hallowed halls of the New York Public Library to attend the official launch of Kenvue brands (the parent company of Neutrogena and Aveeno) as they introduce a brand new, women's hormonal health platform called Versalie.com.




    You’ll hear about:The new, influencer-led styling gel that smells like fine French fragrance and gives hair soft hold with zero crunchA skin tone-evening, self-tanning serum so legit that it’s got Carlene skipping foundation altogether (!)Jill’s sniff-test of the latest Charlotte Tilbury perfumes designed to help manifest empowerment, love, happiness, energy, calm and… SEX Breathe deep! Meet the spa-inspired aromatic spritz that’s making Jill want to linger in the shower A never-before-seen dry shampoo that’s giving Jill back the most precious gift of all, timeThe Hammam-inspired body care line that maintains its luxurious feel, even in the fragrance-free version 

    Get social with us and let us know what you think of the episode! Find us on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.  

     

    For any products or links mentioned in this episode, check out our website: https://breakingbeautypodcast.com/episode-recaps/ 

     

    Related episodes from our back catalog: Meet Our #DamnGood Spring 2024 Beauty Finds! From Victoria Beckham’s Smash Skincare Collab to “Lash Cocaine”(?!) and Onion Water For Thicker Hair. Plus! The Hot Fire Beauty Brands Entering North America That You *Need* To Know About, StatHow-To Find a Sunscreen You Can Really Trust With Dr. Michelle Wong, AKA Lab Muffin Beauty ScienceSupermodel, Beauty Mogul and Philanthropist at Heart, Miranda Kerr, Founder of Kora Organics 

     

    PROMO CODES:  When you support our sponsors, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!  




    Boncharge

    If you wanna try the Bon Charge Red Light mask for yourself, they worldwide shipping with easy returns and exchanges, and there’s a 12 month warranty on all red-light therapy devices. Be sure to use our promo code. Go to boncharge.com and use coupon code BEAUTY to save15%.




    ImPRESS

    ImPRESS No Glue Manis and imPRESS Press-On Falsies Lashes are getting ready game-changers. Both require no glue – so there is no damage to your natural nails and lashes, no annoying dry times and no mess. Visit impressbeauty.com/breakingbeauty and use code “BREAKINGBEAUTY” at checkout for 25% off imPRESSManicure and Press-On Falsies. 




    Macy’s

    Mother’s Day is just around the corner so if you’re feeling a little lost or if somebody has asked you for gift ideas, shop at Macys.com/giftfinder.




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

     

    Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn 

    Theme song, used with permission: Cherry Bomb by Saya
 

    Produced by Dear Media Studio 




    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 48 min
    🚿 “We're In The Shower With Her.” Kitsch Founder Cassandra Morales Thurswell on Creating Your “Everything Shower” Favourites, from Solid Shampoo Bars to Heatless Rollers and Her Next Big Idea: Cute Shower Filters for Your Hair.

    🚿 “We're In The Shower With Her.” Kitsch Founder Cassandra Morales Thurswell on Creating Your “Everything Shower” Favourites, from Solid Shampoo Bars to Heatless Rollers and Her Next Big Idea: Cute Shower Filters for Your Hair.

    Whether it’s the satin pillowcase, minimalist scrunchies or the viral, XL heatless rollers, there’s a good chance that you have a Kitsch favourite in your beauty routine already. Today, Founder and CEO Cassandra Morales Thurswell traces the brand’s humble beginnings, from selling handmade hair ties door to door at the tender age of 25 to creating a solid shampoo bar that sells every 5 seconds, to Kitsch’s status as one of the Most Innovative Brands of 2024, as deemed by Fast Company.




    Tune in to learn about:How Cassandra created a multi-million dollar brand on optimism –  without an MBAWhat happens when you’re not a forward-facing founder (shy types, listen up!)What it takes to earn “Woman-Owned” CertificationWhy her new, filtered shower head is totally different from ones you’ve seen in the past (and how it can benefit your hair and skin!) What is the Kitsch Beach House and can anyone rent it??!


    For any products or links mentioned in this episode, check out our website: https://breakingbeautypodcast.com/episode-recaps/ 




    🚨 Psssst…Great news everyone!  We are hosting a live event with our friends at Nudestix to help celebrate their 10th anniversary with some surprise beauty guests! 

    Join us for lively conversation, makeup touch-ups and good eats by NutbarDate: Thursday April 25thTime:  1pm-2:30pm ESTLocation: Space on King, 300 King St. East in TorontoRSVP now, it’s free! All you have to do is click this link to reserve your spot.  And you know we’ve got you covered with some #DamnGood gift bag swag (worth $600!), stocked with some of our Nudestix Faves. 





    PROMO CODES:  When you support our sponsors, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!  

     

    OUAI

    Frizz-free up your schedule with OUAI. Go to TheOuai.com and enter promo code BEAUTY15 for 15% off any Ouai product.




    APOSTROPHE

    Apostrophe is an online platform that connects you with an expert dermatology team to get customized acne treatment for your unique skin. Get your first visit for only $5.00 at Apostrophe.com/BEAUTY when you use our code: BEAUTY.  That’s a savings of fifteen dollars! This code is only available to our listeners. To get started, just go to Apostrophe.com/BEAUTY and click “Get Started” then use our code BEAUTY at sign up and you’ll get your first visit for only five dollars! 







    ImPRESS

    ImPRESS NO GLUE Manis and imPRESS Press-On Falsies Lashes are getting ready game-changers. Both require NO GLUE-so there is no damage to your natural nails and lashes, no annoying dry times and no mess. Visit impressbeauty.com/breakingbeauty and use code “BREAKINGBEAUTY” at checkout for 25% off imPRESSManicure and Press-On Falsies. 




    MACY’S

    Macy’s has partnered with Trust for Public Land’s Community Schoolyards. Together, they are helping bring more parks to more people by transforming vacant schoolyards into green spaces to help ensure healthy, livable communities for generations to come.  

    You can donate online or in store, and learn more at macys.com/purpose.







     Related episodes like this: Legendary Hairstylist and Founder of Mane and Ouai, Jen AtkinK18 Founders Suveen Sahib & Britta CoxInvisibobble Founder Sophie Trelles-Tvede



    Get social with us and let us know what you think of the episode! Find us on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.  




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

     

    Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn 

    Theme song, used with permission: Cherry Bomb by Saya
 

    Produced by Dear Media Studio 




    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 46 min
    🛒 The #DamnGood Loyalty Shopping Guide! From Sephora to Ulta, Drugstores and More – Plus, The Products We’d Spend Our *Points* On Now

    🛒 The #DamnGood Loyalty Shopping Guide! From Sephora to Ulta, Drugstores and More – Plus, The Products We’d Spend Our *Points* On Now

    Memberships, perks and points, oh my! This week we’re dissecting the world of beauty loyalty programs to see how they stack up against each other. Listen in as we reveal which loyalty programs really make it worth your membership, along with the one place we believe serves the most covetable G-with-P (gift with purchase) and the best, lowkey source to stack bundles and deals if you’re a true skincare junkie.




    You’ll hear about:Sephora Beauty Insider Benefits vs Ulta Beauty Rewards showdown! Which one is better for beauty lovers when it comes to access, perks, birthday gifts and moreThe sleeper hit, luxury loyalty program that you need to know aboutThe one hair product that Carlene would risk her points on in order to try for the first timeThe products Jill wants to use her points for to re-up on for her beauty staplesStay tuned to the end for Jill’s hack on how to stack your beauty deals for max savings!   

    Get social with us and let us know what you think of the episode! Find us on Instagram, Tiktok, Twitter. Join our private Facebook group, or give us a call and leave us a voicemail at 1-844-227-0302.  

     

    For any products or links mentioned in this episode, check out our website: https://breakingbeautypodcast.com/episode-recaps/ 

     

    Related episodes:


    Our 2024 #DamnGood Drugstore Edit – All New Finds For Less Than $35 USD!Shopping Our Stash! Meet the #DamnGood Products We *Personally* Use Daily: Our Holy Grail SPF, A Natural AF $8 Brow Pencil + A Lip Plumper To Rival Injections?Biologique Recherche’s Dr. Philippe Allouche, from the Founding Family of P50 Lotion





    PROMO CODES:  When you support our sponsors, you support the creation of Breaking Beauty Podcast!  




    Nutrafol

    Nutrafol is the #1 dermatologist-recommended hair growth supplement, with over 1 million people seeing thicker, stronger, faster-growing hair with less shedding. Take the first step to visibly thicker, healthier hair. For a limited time, Nutrafol is offering our listeners $10 off your first month’s subscription and free shipping when you go to Nutrafol.com and enter the promo code BREAKING. 




    BON CHARGE

    Want to try the BONCHARGE Red Light Face Mask? Go to BONCHARGE.COM and use coupon code BEAUTY to save 15%.




    ImPress Beauty

    Visit impressbeauty.com/breakingbeauty and use code “BREAKINGBEAUTY” at checkout for 25% off imPRESSManicure and Press-On Falsies. 




    Macy’s

    It’s the lowest prices of the season sale at Macy’s! From April 9th to April 14th, shop Macys.com or in-store to save big.  For instance, you can save 20%-75% off home & luggage, 40%-60% off women's clothes, shoes & handbags. Or 50%-60% off men's suits, shoes, ties & more. Don’t miss out! 

      

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

     

    Hosts: Carlene Higgins and Jill Dunn 

    Theme song, used with permission: Cherry Bomb by Saya
 

    Produced by Dear Media Studio 




    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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307 Ratings

Ju Lynne K ,

Great podcast!

Damn yes let’s go to Paris!!!

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Top Notch!

This is one of my favourite beauty podcast. I have been an OG listener! (Day one baby!) Carlene and Jill’s knowledge of beauty is outstanding. I love the guests they interview as well as hearing what their favourite products are.

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Obsessed, love the info

Listened to all the episodes in about a month- it’s that damn good! Love their #damngood reviews. I’ve really upped my beauty game with all their help.

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