Featured as one of the Top 10 podcasts by Harpers Bazaar and a must listen by Stylist, Glamour, Good Housekeeping and Vogue Italy, Outspoken Beauty is the UK's most honest, straight talking beauty and wellbeing podcast that uses beauty as a way to start powerful conversations. It's hosted by beauty columnist and broadcaster Nicola Bonn.
As well as great product recommendations and tips expect conversations with an array of experts, specialists and inspiring humans that cover everything from the joy of lipstick, skincare and supplements to debates around ageism, diversity, self pleasure and challenging the status quo.
This is a podcast for anyone who finds joy in beauty, who wants to feel great about themselves in a way that is so much more than just skin deep and who wants the confidence to find beauty in who they are rather than what society expects of them. Prepare to be challenged, informed and inspired!
Maia Gray - It's Just Acne!
In this episode I welcome the utterly incredible campaigner and anti-bullying advocate Maia Gray.
Maia who is known as @its_just_acne to her 142K Instagram followers, was so bullied about her skin when she was at school that she hid in the loos to eat her lunch. Things got more serious when her friends turned their backs on her and she even started receiving death threats.
Since then Maia has found the confidence to show the world her acne online and helps thousands of people to know that we don't need perfect skin to be beautiful and accepted. Her photo of her skin's texture with foundation on has reached and inspired tens of thousands of people. This is a woman who is making a huge difference by finding the strength to bare her skin.
During the episode Maia talks frankly about her experience of living with acne and how she has put her school days behind her and found the strength to show her skin to the world.
This is a truly inspiring episode and I hope that it helps you whether you are struggling with confidence about your own skin/appearance or you know someone who is.
The Outspoken Beauty Awards 2023 - Makeup
It's time for the first installment of my annual Outspoken Beauty Awards.
In this episode I'm doing makeup and will be going through my top 23 makeup products of 2023. (This was my Mum's idea. If you listen closely you'll also be treated to a very special performance by her 😂)
Here are all the winners of the makeup category. They are all great brands doing really exciting things:
@lisaeldridgemakeup - Strawberry Shock Insanely Saturated Lip Colour and Elevated Glow Highlighter
@kosas - Revealer Concealer and Brow Pop Nano
@byterryofficial - Rose Lip Balm
@1999.beauty - Lip and eyeliners
@dcypher.me - Foundation and concealer
@merit - Flush Balm and The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick
@violette_fr - Bisou Balm
@sculptedbyaimee - Shape and Set Brow Duo
@lottielondon - Superfake Mascara
@ciatelondon - Brazilian Glow Bronzing Serum and I Am Woman Eyeshadow Palette
@drunkelephant - B Goldi Bright Drops
@hourglasscosmetics - Phantom Volumising Glossy Balm
@wearesannbeauty - Nourish and Tint Lip Serum
@itcosmeticsuki - CC Nude Glow
@elfcosmeticsuk - Halo Glow Liquid Filter
@narsissist - Air Matte Blush
@chanel.beauty - Waterproof Stylo Yeux
@maybelline - Super Stay Vinyl Ink Longwear Liquid Lip Colour
@victoriabeckhambeauty - Satin Kajal Liners
Genevieve Turley - My Beauty Habits
I have no doubt that you are going to absolutely love my guest this week. Genevieve Turley is JUST my type of woman...she's opinionated, funny and is also a blimmming good makeup artist.
During the episode we have a frank chat about her views on anti-ageing (they're very similar to mine), the pressure on brides to look perfect and also how we worry about our kids, what they are hearing when they are away from us and how that's affecting them.
We then get onto Gen's beauty habits and prepare yourself....she has some awesome recommendations, many of us I was buying as she was telling me about them...woops!
Gen is a great guest and is well worth following on Instagram. You can find her @genevieveturleymua.
Maxine Laceby - The Absoluter!
*This episode is in partnership with Absolute Collagen *
In this episode I interview one of the most inspiring women I've ever met. Maxine Laceby founded Absolute Collagen in her early 50's and has gone on to build a company that is not only worth millions but helps a huge range of people both through the products and the community that Maxine has built.
During the episode Maxine and I chat about the many changes that she had been going through when the idea for Absolute Collagen came to her. (There is a huge element of her taking back control of her life and going on a journey of self discovery).
Maxine talks honestly about buildiing her business with the help of her wonderful daughters, how a recent diagnosis of ADHD has affected her, why her community of "Absoluters" means everything to her and why she always goes the extra mile to ensure that her products absolutely do what she says they do.
This is a story of anything being possible at any age, of digging deep and discovering who you really are and of finding fulfullment as a woman, a mother and an entrepreneur.
What a woman! I loved every minute of this interview and hope you get loads out of it.
Minipod - The Really Thoughtful Beauty Gift Guide
In this week's minipod I'm giving you ideas for beauty gifts that are so thoughtful that they would bring a tear to the eye of the Grinch himself.
I'm talking personalised products with an extra sprinkle of magic, beauty experiences you can do together, the gift of calm, the iconic skincare product that never fails to impress and something neon, retro and initialed.
These are not just beauty gift ideas...these are Outspoken Beauty gift ideas!
Catherine Bossom - The Woman Who Makes Beauty Happen!
In this episode I chat to the incredible Catherine Bossom. Catherine has been a top beauty buyer for the likes of Harrods and Space NK and now has a business called Yellow Flamingo where she helps guide new beauty brands so that they have the best chance of making it in this very busy market.
During the episode we chat about beauty buying and what makes a really amazing product. Catherine shares her dos and don'ts when starting a brand and we also have an amazing chat about her top products (all of which sre fabulous).
I loved chatting to Catherine. She is opinionated, knowledgable and a true Queen of beauty.
Fun fun fun!
Love Nicola’s honesty and approach to beauty, brightens up my day!
Love this podcast, especially the Bryony episodes which have me crying every time 🤣 🤣 🤣 x
I’ve been listening for a long time. Mainly because Nicola is funny and likeable, and I’m interested in beauty. But over time the gross-out humour is starting to get on my nerves, and the beauty advice isn’t actually useful because she’s so positive about everything. I know podcasters need to get on with brands, but Nicola is so afraid of criticising anything that she doesn’t feel authentic. And there are too many interviews with people promoting their brand / saying the same thing. And the humour keeps getting crasser. The Bryoni episodes are annoying because they spend half the episode chatting about irrelevant topics - please at least provide the time stamp for when the beauty chat starts! Unsubscribed but will occasionally listen in, in case things improve.