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Behind every bestselling beauty product, there's a damn good story. Two longtime magazine beauty editors, Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins, chat about the breakthrough beauty products lining store shelves, and how they came to be. Each month, we talk to the industry’s most genius founders, and find out how they broke into the biz, with a little beauty idea that blew up into a million-dollar success story. Find out which products beauty editors and insiders really hoard, while hearing the struggles and successes behind the world's buzziest beauty brands. Plus, check out their mid-month episodes where they give hot takes on the latest launches and reviews!

Behind every bestselling beauty product, there's a damn good story. Two longtime magazine beauty editors, Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins, chat about the breakthrough beauty products lining store shelves, and how they came to be. Each month, we talk to the industry’s most genius founders, and find out how they broke into the biz, with a little beauty idea that blew up into a million-dollar success story. Find out which products beauty editors and insiders really hoard, while hearing the struggles and successes behind the world's buzziest beauty brands. Plus, check out their mid-month episodes where they give hot takes on the latest launches and reviews!
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Behind every bestselling beauty product, there's a damn good story. Two longtime magazine beauty editors, Jill Dunn and Carlene Higgins, chat about the breakthrough beauty products lining store shelves, and how they came to be. Each month, we talk to the industry’s most genius founders, and find out how they broke into the biz, with a little beauty idea that blew up into a million-dollar success story. Find out which products beauty editors and insiders really hoard, while hearing the struggles and successes behind the world's buzziest beauty brands. Plus, check out their mid-month episodes where they give hot takes on the latest launches and reviews!

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Episodes

#AMA: Ask Us Anything Special!

10/9/2019
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For the first time ever, we are answering all of our listener questions - thank you for all of the wonderful submissions. As always, we love hearing from you so please do reach out any time and leave us a voicemail: 1-844-227-0302, slide into our DMs on Instagram or join our private FB group. Thank you for listening - we can’t wait for a million more downloads! Jill and Carlene Thanks to our sponsors - without them, our show wouldn’t be on the air! Ulta Beauty: Ulta Beauty has just...

Duration:00:37:16

Ep. 85 Best New Foundations With Red Carpet Pro Mélanie Inglessis

10/2/2019
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We mentioned in last week’s episode that there were SO MANY foundation launches this season that the whole topic requires its own dedicated episode! But we also wanted to deliver some really practical tips for how to shop for and apply foundation, so today’s Glow Down guest is red carpet makeup pro Mélanie Inglessis. With clients like Game of Thrones star Lena Headey and modern day ingenue Taylor Russell, Mélanie lends her very French approach to foundation application to produce that au...

Duration:00:45:00

Ep. 84 Fall Haul: Everything Worth Buying, Right Now!

9/25/2019
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We‘ve been busy test-driving all the buzzy products lining store shelves this fall! In this damn goods segment, we discover a new toner-meets-moisturizer hybrid that was 19 years in the making. Then, we luxuriate in an exorbitantly-priced (but oh-so-decadent!) face cleanser before highlighting the new brow tool that’s the lowkey brainchild of a huge Instagram makeup artist. Discover the latest, easiest way to use retinol, and find a steal of a stay-all-day lippie that will honestly look...

Duration:00:50:12

Ep. 83 Meet Kilian Hennessy, Founder of By Kilian Fragrances

9/18/2019
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Today we take you inside the mind of French fragrance founder Kilian Hennessy, who launched his range of luxe scents, By Kilian, in 2007. Find out why his bold gourmand blend, Love Don’t Be Shy, is Rihanna’s ride-or-die perfume (it’s sold out in every store around the world!) We also introduce you to the all-time best-seller, Good Girl Gone Bad, a white floral that comes in a Serpentine-embellished, lacquer clutch. Plus, Kilian spills all on his next creation launching this month – his...

Duration:00:45:31

Ep. 82 Clear Skin Secrets With Dr. Pimple Popper (aka Dr. Sandra Lee)

9/11/2019
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Acne positivity ftw— and yet, many still struggle with acne and self esteem. So much so that we felt it was high time to dedicate an entire episode to the topic. And who better to be our guest than Dr. Sandra Lee, aka Dr. Pimple Popper herself!? The dermatologist’s Youtube videos have gone so viral amongst ‘popaholics’, she even has her own show on TLC. Perhaps you’ve seen one of her live-extraction videos, which have earned up to 46 million views. (Is there such a thing as pimple porn?) Or...

Duration:00:45:48

Ep. 81 #TheDamnGoods “Summer Empties” Edition

9/4/2019
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The summer is unofficially over and while we can’t wait to stock our #topshelf for fall, we thought it would be fun to chat about the damn good products that really saw us through the summer of 2019. So welcome to our very special episode all about the summer staples that we loved to the very last drop. There are some new finds that made it into heavy rotation and cult favourites that we fell in love with all over again. For any products mentioned in this episode, check out our blog:...

Duration:00:37:59

Ep. 80 Alli Webb, Co-Founder of Drybar

8/28/2019
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Today we’re chatting with serial entrepreneur Alli Webb. She’s the co-founder of Drybar, one of the original chain blow dry bars, launched nearly a decade ago. In this episode, Alli re-counts the key moments that turned a quaint, #MomBoss beauty idea into a $100M success story. (Now, there are 92 locations who do 120,000 blowouts a month.) Stay tuned as your humble hosts review Drybar’s best selling dry shampoo— then, we give you the scoop on a surprise mascara collaboration, dubbed “a...

Duration:00:46:14

Ep. 79 Glossier Founder Emily Weiss (Re-Release)

8/21/2019
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We’re on a bit of a summer holiday, but by popular demand we’re bumping this previously released chat to the top of your feeds. She's the Founder and CEO to watch, and she started a revolution with Glossier, a millennial beauty brand that's commanded line-ups around the block with its era-defining pink-and-white packaging and its inclusive, raw beauty campaigns. She's Emily Weiss, the New Yorker topping Vogue and Forbes' lists alike. Find out why the other leading beauty brands are...

Duration:00:49:02

Ep. 78 #TheGlowDown: Kim Kardashian’s Mane Man Chris Appleton Reveals His Celeb Hair Secrets

8/14/2019
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Meet Chris Appleton, the hairstylist to Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and JLo and card-carrying member of the glammiest of glam squads (that gang also includes Mario Dedivanovic aka Makeup by Mario.) Chris is known for his fantastical looks that we first see on a celebrity, and then on the stylish girl on the street. Case in point: Ariana Grande’s snatched ponytail, Kim’s sexy summer bob and the neon green hair trend courtesy of one of his plethora of candy-coloured wigs. Tune in to hear...

Duration:00:34:08

Ep. 77 Meet Shirley Pinkson, Co-Founder of Clean Makeup Brand W3ll People

8/7/2019
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It’s official, Breaking Beauty fans can’t get enough of clean beauty (hat-tip to listeners who filled out our survey for that intel!) In today’s episode, we bring you the origin story behind W3ll People — one of the O.G. all-natural makeup brands founded in Austin, Texas back in 2008. (Psst: Shailene Woodley is a fan!) We sit down with co-founder and makeup artist Shirley Pinkson, who trained under makeup master François Nars before setting out to create a green beauty dupe of “The...

Duration:00:35:41

Ep 76 - The #DamnGoods: Body Hair Extravaganza!

7/31/2019
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Has anyone clocked the latest shaving ads that feature fluffy limbs, bushy pits and full-on pubic hair? With the cultural shift toward body and acne positivity, body hair acceptance is the next frontier in beauty realness. In today’s episode, Carlene and Jill discuss the merits of these latest marketing campaigns that (surprise!) are still trying to sell you a new razor. First we zoom in on Billie, the Serena Williams-backed company that’s leading the charge with its #projectbodyhair...

Duration:00:34:20

Ep. 75 #GlowDown: What It's Really Like To Be An Entrepreneur With Create & Cultivate's Jaclyn Johnson

7/24/2019
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Today we’re sitting down with the founder of Create & Cultivate, Jaclyn Johnson! Bestselling author of the book WorkParty and host of WorkParty podcast, Jaclyn (a.k.a “Your Internet Work Wife”) is all about redefining “work” for the millennial woman. An OG hustler, the Forbes 30 Under 30 alumni started Create & Cultivate in 2012. The biannual conference now attracts over 1,500 females across North America, boasting superstar self-starters like Kim Kardiashian, Daphne Oz and history-making...

Duration:00:34:07

Ep. 74 K-Beauty Skin Secrets with Glow Recipe Co-Founder Christine Chang

7/17/2019
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Glow Recipe co-founders and Shark Tank alums Christine Chang and Sarah Lee had no idea their little online store, offering a curated assortment of Korean beauty products, would explode into the multi-million dollar business it is today. Now, Glow Recipe is a Korean skincare company in its own right, selling out at Sephora on the regular. In this episode, Christine Chang tells us the inside story behind Glow Recipe’s massive success and what it’s like to go from L’Oréal marketing interns to...

Duration:00:40:59

Ep 73 - The #DamnGoods: The Only Face Sunscreens You’ll Need This Summer, Tested

7/10/2019
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“I’m so pumped to put on face sunscreen!!”, said nobody ever. But the truth is, once you find the Holy Grail that you don’t actually mind wearing under makeup all summer, it’s truly the best anti-aging cream you could ever buy – and probably the cheapest, TBH. That’s why Jill and Carlene tested over 20 of the buzziest face sunscreens on shelves right now, and at the end of this episode, they reveal their top five favourites. But first, time to phone a friend! Meet skin therapist...

Duration:00:31:03

Ep. 72 #TheGlowDown: Debunking Natural Deodorant Myths; Plus How to Find One That Really Works For You

7/3/2019
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Did you ever wonder “should I make the switch to natural deodorant?” There’s a lot to unpack with this topic so we partnered with Schmidt’s Naturals founder Jaime Schmidt to debunk the biggest myths around natural deodorant and how to find one that really works for you. She first started selling her hand-crafted deodorants, formulated without aluminum or artificial fragrances at a farmer’s market in Seattle in 2010; fast-forward nearly a decade later and she’s now rolling out to almost...

Duration:00:27:45

Ep. 71 MAC Cosmetics Co-Founder Frank Toskan (Re-Release)

6/26/2019
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By popular demand, we sat down with legendary co-founder Frank Toskan, to hear every detail about how the mother of all beauty companies, M.A.C Cosmetics, came to be. With its unforgettable, original tagline: "All Ages, All Races, All Sexes," M.A.C was waaay ahead of its time, tapping into a culture completely foreign to the stalwart beauty brands lining store shelves when it launched in 1984. Jill and Carlene recall the M.A.C beauty products that helped form their youths (hands up if you...

Duration:00:54:00

Ep. 70 The #DamnGoods: The Best Beauty Products We’re Packing For Our Summer Getaways

6/19/2019
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Our survey results are in and it’s official, you want to hear more about the products we’re loving and what’s not really worth the spend. That’s why we’ve created “The Damn Goods”, our new monthly episode dedicated to our honest reviews of what’s great—and what’s just a gimmick in our humble opinions. In our first Damn Goods episode, brought to you in part by Neutrogena, we’re sharing our lists of what we’re packing on our summer getaways. First we give a hat tip to the brand’s hyaluronic...

Duration:00:38:40

Ep. 69 #TheGlowDown The Makeup Brushes You Really Need (and How to Clean Them) With Celebrity Makeup Artist Pati Dubroff

6/12/2019
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In today’s episode, Jill comes clean with a dirty little beauty secret: she’s v. lazy when it comes to cleaning her makeup brushes! Anyone relate? We get a lesson in makeup brushes 101 with celebrity makeup artist, Pati Dubroff. (She was in town with Winners/Marshalls Canada, because serious heads up— they have prestige cosmetics at a discount, too.) She should know, having worked with Madonna in the 90s, held court as Dior’s resident makeup ambassador for many years, and these days, she...

Duration:00:37:17

Ep. 68 Legendary Hairstylist Frédéric Fekkai

6/5/2019
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Women of a certain age know the name of this hair legend: Frédéric Fekkai. Get ready to hear the backstory behind the dashing Frenchman and former model who was among the first to charge hundreds of dollars for a haircut in Manhattan. In his heyday, Frédéric was called upon by Hollywood royalty like Meryl Streep and Oprah Winfrey— at one Academy Awards show, he worked on three nominees in one night! His eponymous haircare brand was also among the original hairstylist-backed brands, and it...

Duration:00:38:14

Ep. 67 #TheGlowDown: Makeup By Mario on Flawless Skin Tips, The One Drugstore Product He Can’t Live Without & Mercury in Retrograde, okurrrrr

5/29/2019
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Makeup dreams do come true. In today’s episode, we sit down with the one and only Mario Dedivanovic, a.k.a Makeup By Mario. With Kim Kardashian as his muse, is it any wonder the duo has created the defining makeup look of the decade? His masterclasses sell out across the country, so get ready for your very own mini-masterclass in how to perfect your base just.like.a.Kardashian. We get all the tips on makeup’s biggest buzzwords right now: micro concealing, sand-bagging and baking—plus we...

Duration:00:34:32