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West coast beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson and editor Sara Tan give their perspective on all things makeup, skincare, and wellness with a sprinkle of pop culture and celebrity. Experts in the field and friends IRL, they pull back the curtain on trends, treatments and popular products — featuring celebrity and professional guests — all to help you navigate the world of beauty.

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    • Fashion & Beauty
    • 4.7, 24 Ratings

West coast beauty reporter Kirbie Johnson and editor Sara Tan give their perspective on all things makeup, skincare, and wellness with a sprinkle of pop culture and celebrity. Experts in the field and friends IRL, they pull back the curtain on trends, treatments and popular products — featuring celebrity and professional guests — all to help you navigate the world of beauty.

    Barbie Ferreira Wants to Know: Why Would a Brand Need 35 Shades of 'Vanilla' Foundation?

    Barbie Ferreira Wants to Know: Why Would a Brand Need 35 Shades of 'Vanilla' Foundation?

    You know Barbie Ferreira, but just in case: Barbie is a model, actress and current face of Becca Cosmetics. She made headlines with her Aerie campaign in 2016 and quickly became a face of the body positivity movement. Barbie made her TV debut as Kat in Euphoria, one of the coolest shows on TV, and will appear in her feature film debut, Unpregnant on HBO Max. This fiery Sagittarius gets real about the plus-size fashion industry, her true feelings about the body positivity movement, makes great points as to what brands are really saying when they aren’t inclusive in sizing or shade ranges, and talks about the makeup process on Euphoria.
     
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    • 59 min
    Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Deals, Toni Braxton’s Vibrator Skincare “Hack,” & a Celebration of Our Favorite Beauty-Loving Leos

    Nordstrom Anniversary Beauty Deals, Toni Braxton’s Vibrator Skincare “Hack,” & a Celebration of Our Favorite Beauty-Loving Leos

    In case you missed it, it’s LEO SZN. But honestly, how could you? Not only do Leos love celebrating their birthdays (and posting about it on social), but there are also tons of beauty-loving Leos you’re already likely following. We shout out some of our faves! We’re also discussing the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale, OUAI’s new collab with Byredo, Toni Braxton’s unusual facial massage tool, Kirbie's obsession with tasteful facelifts and Cher's trip to Sephora. Plus, what's on our faces? Sara discusses a product that gives her "mochi skin" while Kirbie quits her single-use cotton swab habit with this nifty replacement.


    Tatcha The Rice Wash Soft Cream Cleanser, $35 
    LastSwab Basic + LastSwab Beauty from LastObject, $12
    Dr. Andrew Jacono
     
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    • 51 min
    If We Didn't Convince You To Use Retinol, Klur Founder Lesley Thornton Will

    If We Didn't Convince You To Use Retinol, Klur Founder Lesley Thornton Will

    Today’s guest is Lesley Thornton, an esthetician, formulator, and founder of the clean and sustainable skincare brand KLUR. But before Lesley launched her own brand, she spent years working in different roles in beauty, from selling True Colors eyeshadow pigments at the mall to working on set as a professional makeup artist. Lesley has learned a lot about how the industry works, what it takes to formulate a quality skincare product, and how to run a beauty brand. As a Black beauty business owner, she also has advice for consumers on how we can continue to support Black-owned beauty businesses for years to come. Check out our episode to hear what ingredient is most underrated (hint: it helps support the regeneration of vitamin C), why we should stop demonizing physical exfoliation and why “non-toxic” doesn’t mean “natural.”


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    • 55 min
    Lana Condor is the New Face of This Beauty Brand, Black-Owned Natural Hair Brand BREAD Launches at Sephora, Plus a No-Pigment “Foundation” That Has Us Pleasantly Surprised

    Lana Condor is the New Face of This Beauty Brand, Black-Owned Natural Hair Brand BREAD Launches at Sephora, Plus a No-Pigment “Foundation” That Has Us Pleasantly Surprised

    Get ready for some beauty news, Glamgelenos! First, we discuss Lana Condor and Jenna Ortega being picked as the newest faces of Neutrogena (Spoiler alert: We’re really into it). Selena Gomez’s Rare Beauty hasn’t even launched yet and is already pledging a $100 million mental health initiative for underserved communities. Gabrielle Union is relaunching her haircare brand Flawless (yay!), this time, on Amazon with all products under $10. MAC is creating a special edit of product offerings for Gen Z’ers on ASOS. And new Black-owned beauty brand BREAD is coming to a Sephora near you (but you can also shop it virtually, of course). 


    On this week’s #WhatsOnYourFace, Kirbie talks about why she’s surprised and delighted with BECCA’s strange, but innovative new no pigment “foundation” while Sara shares her love for Giorgio Armani’s newest foundation product, Neo Nude.


    What’s On Your Face 
    Kirbie: Becca Zero No Pigment Virtual Foundation ($36) 
    Sara: Giorgio Armani Neo Nude foundation ($40) 
     
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    • 40 min
    Is the Beauty Industry a Cult? Linguistically, Maybe. Featuring Author and Linguist Amanda Montell

    Is the Beauty Industry a Cult? Linguistically, Maybe. Featuring Author and Linguist Amanda Montell

    Amanda Montell is a writer, linguist, and author of the critically acclaimed book Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language, which has earned praise from readers and critics alike, including publications like The New York Times, Time Magazine, and Harper's Bazaar. Amanda is currently developing Wordslut for television with FX, while working on her second book, Cultish—about the language of cults from Scientology to SoulCycle—slated for publication in June 2021 (which she gave us a sneak peek on). Amanda's other writing has been featured in Marie Claire, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, Byrdie, and Who What Wear, where she formerly served as the Features & Beauty Editor. We marked this episode as explicit because of the converation, which is respectful but may be considered explicit to some.


    On this episode, Amanda dives deep into the somewhat problematic language we use in the beauty industry, advice for how we can redefine the way we talk about ourselves and our bodies, and why it's actually really progressive of us to say like so freaking much. 


    You can follow Amanda on Instagram @amanda_montell and pick up your copy of Wordslut here. 
     
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    Clarisonic Shuts Down, Rihanna is Launching Skin Care, & a Brow Product We’re Both Obsessed With

    Clarisonic Shuts Down, Rihanna is Launching Skin Care, & a Brow Product We’re Both Obsessed With

    We’ve got a bunch of beauty news to cover today, Glamgelenos! First off, the end of an era: Clarisonic is calling it quits. So sad! We share our thoughts on why the cleansing-brush brand is closing its doors. Meanwhile, Fenty Beauty is expanding its range to include skincare. That’s right, come July 31, fans of Rihanna’s glow will be able to shop Fenty Skin. Gen Z will be excited to learn that TikTok sister stars Charlie and Dixie D’Amelio are creating a new line with Morphe geared towards their younger generation. We’re also expanding on news from last week and diving into the deets about Jackie Aina, Desi Perkins, and Patrick Starrr’s launches. Plus, a brow duo we're both psyched about and a peel that's not for the timid (or for sensitive skin).


    Products Mentioned
    Clarisonic Cleansing Brush
    Fenty Skin
    One/Size Beauty Go Off Makeup Dissolving Mist
    One/Size Beauty Juiciest Makeup Remover Wipes
    Tarte Youth or Dare Multi Acid & C Serum
    Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream
    Morphe 2
    FORVR MOOD
    DEZI


    What’s On Your Face
    Kirbie: Obagi Blue Brilliance Triple Acid Peel ($145)
    Sara: MARC JACOBS BEAUTY Brow Wow Duo Brow Powder Pencil and Tinted Gel + 1 Pencil Refill ($39)
     
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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24 Ratings

24 Ratings

Ju Lynne K ,

Great!

Very informative, lots of great tips and advice! Also hilarious!

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Best New Beauty Podcasts

This is my new all time favourite podcast!! I’m obsessed with Kirbie and Sarah - I love your guys personalities and how you mesh together. So knowledgeable, excellent delivery and loving the topics you are covering! Keep up the great work ladies!

khaazer ,

Best beauty podcast out there

This is the most refreshing hour of beauty. True honest convos about mostly everything people aren’t talking about.
I now book regular monthly facials and truly see a difference.
Love you guys all the way from Canada 💖💗💖👌🏻

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