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Join Ekta as she discusses skincare trends, social issues, and myths around skincare and beauty culture. Join the discussion on Instagram @skincareanarchy!

(Not legal or medical advice, all views expressed are non-legal and non-medical opinions)

Skincare Anarchy Ekta

    • Society & Culture

Join Ekta as she discusses skincare trends, social issues, and myths around skincare and beauty culture. Join the discussion on Instagram @skincareanarchy!

(Not legal or medical advice, all views expressed are non-legal and non-medical opinions)

    Veronica Alanis, Senior Design Engineer/ Senior Product Developer, DYSON

    Veronica Alanis, Senior Design Engineer/ Senior Product Developer, DYSON

    Veronica Alanis
    Senior Design Engineer, New Product Development – Hair Care
    Born and raised in Mexico, Veronica joined Dyson in Malmesbury, England in 2016 and has since travelled the world to bring Dyson’s most inventive hair care machines to market. Veronica started her career at Dyson as a design engineer followed by a stint in Shanghai where she managed research and development. From there, Veronica went on to help develop the best-selling Dyson Airwrap styler which launched in 2018 and sold out with a six-month-long waiting list. Veronica is currently based in Bristol where she works on new product development for the hair care category in the top-secret Dyson hair labs. She has a Master of Science degree in Advanced Sustainable Design from The University of Edinburgh where she graduated with distinction.

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    • 45 min
    RE: “Skincare Doesn’t Work”

    RE: “Skincare Doesn’t Work”

    Join Ekta for a short commentary on the relevance of doing first hand, biomedical research rather than forming opinions based only on clinical practice when it comes to the evaluation of the efficacy and potential of skincare products.

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    • 8 min
    Annie Kreighbaum and Rebecca Zhou, Co-Founders of Soft Services Skincare

    Annie Kreighbaum and Rebecca Zhou, Co-Founders of Soft Services Skincare

    Annie Kreighbaum and Rebecca Zhou founded Soft Services in 2019 after five years of working together to bring the beauty industry into the digital age, all the while learning and inventing ways to build a company that doesn't exploit the consumer or the planet.


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    • 30 min
    Taylor Frankel, Co-Founder of NUDESTIX

    Taylor Frankel, Co-Founder of NUDESTIX

    Taylor Frankel is one of the savvy, female founders of NUDESTIX and NUDESKIN. Embodying the easy- going ideals of the millennial generation, Taylor was the natural inspiration to her mother, Jenny Frankel, who developed the brand. Growing up surrounded by beauty, Taylor believes beauty is a lifestyle. She was always drawn to the industry and created NUDESTIX for a minimalist,natural and no-fuss look and most recently, she launched NUDESKIN to provide a simple, multi-tasking vegan powered skincare regimen for a confident, nude-faced look.
    Taylor actively serves as the Chief Brand Officer and brand spokesperson for the brand. She oversees the overall brand vision and creative for both the NUDESTIX and NUDESKIN teams and continues to inspire through her efforts to advocate for Love Is Louder, a movement by The Jed Foundation in support of Men- tal Health Awareness, The Canopy Project and WWF in support of the environment and wildlife, and Beauty Be Change in support of spotlighting under-represented artists and content creators in the beauty industry.
    With a deep understanding and aptitude for social media, Taylor drives the brand and creates loyalists wherever she goes. Taylor was featured in Nylon’s 25 Gen Z’ers Changing the World, served as a contributor for PopSugar, featured on QVC and is an ongoing host for media and consumer facing masterclasses in support of Nudestix global retailers, from Sephora, Nordstrom and Selfridges.
    “I believe in creating an authentic and simplistic beauty lifestyle, with products that are easy, effortless and empower women to feel their best by enhancing their finest features, rather than masking them! I believe in using good-for-your skin ingredients and value a clean routine; that’s why we make sure all of our products are paraben-free, gluten-free, cruelty-free with vegan options. Plus, packaging is not only chic and made for the beauty lover on-the-go, but it’s also completely reusable and recyclable”.

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    • 43 min
    Leslie Harris, Global General Manager of SkinCeuticals

    Leslie Harris, Global General Manager of SkinCeuticals

    Leslie Eden Harris serves as the Global General Manager of SkinCeuticals, a L’Oréal-owned line of professional skincare founded on antioxidant science. Today the brand is the #1 medical aesthetic skincare brand worldwide, used and sold by dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and aesthetic doctors in over 40 countries. In her capacity as General Manager, Leslie oversees the brand’s global vision, innovation, business model development, and international expansion. Prior to SkinCeuticals, Leslie held skincare marketing and innovation roles at both Kiehl’s and Garnier, also part of the L’Oréal family.
     
    Leslie holds a B.A. in Economics from Wellesley College, M.A. in Fashion History and Theory from the London College of Fashion, and M.P.S. in Cosmetics and Fragrance Marketing and Management from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT). Leslie also has a certification in aromatic plant medicine from the New York Institute of Aromatherapy. She serves on the board of ReSurge International, a global non-profit dedicated to increasing safe and timely access to reconstructive surgery. In her spare time, she is an adjunct professor at FIT where she teaches a graduate course in History of Innovations in the Development of the Beauty Industry.  She is also a regular dog foster, and volunteers as the Fospice coordinator of Chloe’s Fospice Friends, a heartwarming program that finds hospice homes for terminally-ill and super-senior shelter dogs to live out the remainder of their lives in love and dignity.

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    • 44 min
    Gillian Gorman Round, CEO of Kjaer Weis

    Gillian Gorman Round, CEO of Kjaer Weis

    A global leader, world-class marketer, and passionate communicator, Gillian Gorman Round has a rich background rooted in successful marketing for a diverse portfolio of global brands. Currently serving as Chief Executive Officer at Kjaer Weis since December 2020, Gill started her career in the beauty space at L’Oreal UK for L’Oreal Professional Products. Quickly growing with L’Oreal, in the Professional and Luxury divisions, she continued her career in beauty with Yves Saint Laurent Beaute, then part of the Gucci Group in London which led her to relocating to New York for the position of VP Marketing YSL Beaute.  This was followed by prominent roles as SVP of Marketing for Lancome at L’Oreal USA, President of The Lucky Group for Conde Nast and as CEO and Founder of The Round House, a brand advisory and consulting firm.
     
    With an innate love, drive and passion for bringing the best of beauty brands to consumers, Gill was recruited to continue her career in NY as the Global General Manager for the Revlon Incubator. Following this, she became the Global President for American Crew and CND, which she held until being approached to join the leader in luxury certified organic beauty, Kjaer Weis, as CEO. 
     
    Since taking on the role during a global pandemic, Gill has challenged the team to successfully orchestrate brand growth, while strategically and objectively challenging the status quo. Seeing a triple digit increase in sales, during a time where the category plummeted, Gill and her team at Kjaer Weis are working to redefine the beauty industry with high-performance, certified organic beauty presented in refillable and recycled packaging that are works of art.  A total commitment to performance, to certified organic and to sustainability drives Gill, Kirsten Kjaer Weis and the entire Kjaer Weis team. 


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    • 34 min

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