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Beauty journalists (and friends!) Jessica Matlin and Jennifer Sullivan turn up the volume and bring you the big, juicy, world of beauty twice a week. On Tuesday episodes, they share their insider access to the beauty industry, candid stories of their beauty adventures, and the best perfumes, skincare, makeup, and hair products. On Friday episodes, they interview their favorite people in the business, including celebrities, makeup artists, perfumers, dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and more ...
 
It’s a mane event! Join Us each week to get the details of every hair love affair in Hollywood, from the hits and misses on the red carpet to your favorite celebrities’ street style ‘dos (and don’ts!) Check out more hot beauty and style news and trends plus how to shop the looks on usmagazine.com/stylish and pick up a copy of Us Weekly on stands now! Tweet Gwen at @Gwen_UsBeauty
 
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We went back through all our interviews, called up some of our favorite former guests, and compiled a list of the absolute best bargain beauty buys. We’re sharing the must-have mascaras, hair masks, sunscreens, body lotions, and more from makeup artists like Mario Dedivanovic and Daniel Martin, hair stylists Ashley Streicher, Harry Josh, and Sally …
 
Why do hair brands sell different products to men and women? How can we make the beauty world less intimidating? And why is everyone so scared of styling mousse? Hairstylist David Lopez has answers to those questions and more. Plus, he shares his technique for creating effortless waves on (almost) any hair texture, the best concealer for men and ma…
 
Dermatologist Iris Rubin, MD, realized hair products were causing her acne, so she created Seen, a line of skin-caring haircare. We discuss that and so much more: her career as a pediatric laser surgeon, whether silicone’s bad reputation is deserved, and how common household and personal care products can cause things like migraines, rashes, and mo…
 
There are lots of at-home light therapy gadgets that claim to benefit your skin, but they also raise questions: If red LED light boosts hair growth, what happens when you use it on your face? And if blue light may be problematic when it comes from screens, why are blue LED lights used to treat acne? We’re getting to the bottom of things, with help …
 
What makes aloe soothing? How does kigelia extract firm skin? Jennifer Hirsch, a botanist who trained at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, has studied ethnobotany and worked with NGOs to research botanical business diversification for communities around the world. Now, she helps beauty brands bring the power of plants to their products. In this episo…
 
Jess tells us what Fraxel is really like, and then we chat about the heat-sensitive bottles in Addison Rae’s “science-backed” perfume line; whether makeup value sets are worth their listed prices; the MAC collection from Blackpink’s Lisa; the conclusion of Jay Z’s perfume legal battle; a health warning about biotin supplements; and new scientific r…
 
Hairstylist Mara Roszak booked her first celebrity client when she was just 17 (her mom had to drive her to the job!), and she’s been working steadily ever since, with clients like Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana, Natalie Portman, and Cara Delevingne. In this interview, she shares how she got her start, anecdotes from the set, the story behind her line, Rō…
 
Find out which hair supplement is the most popular in the world, the countries where "wings" are in demand and “The Rachel” still rules, the curly-hair brand that everyone’s obsessed with, and more, as we did into a report on the hottest hair trends of the year. Plus: RFLCT, the blue-light skincare line, is officially cancelled; NFTs continue to in…
 
Pornography has everything to do with sex, but it doesn’t necessarily reflect what people find attractive, says Cindy Gallop, ad executive, brand leader, entrepreneur, and founder of social sextech platform MakeLoveNotPorn. In this conversation, she talks to Jess about the false expectations the adult-film industry has set up in terms of body image…
 
If your skin texture is uneven because of acne scars, we can help! Two dermatologists offer their tips and advice—including some things you can do at home. Plus, we’re talking about skincare designed to help with blue light damage: Do you really need it? Streamer and YouTube creator Rachell “Valkyrae” Hofstetter’s fans certainly don’t think so. And…
 
What we buy reveals a lot about who we are, says comedian-writer-director Kulap Vilaysack and journalist SuChin Pak, the hosts of the Add to Cart podcast. They talk to Jenn about double-cleansing, the environmental impact (and guilt) of consumerism, why SuChin still has makeup from her MTV days, and what Kulap uses to get skin like a “damp mochi ba…
 
We’ve got a makeup-artist-approved list of the best eyeliners that won’t smudge, smear, transfer, travel, change color, or make you look like a raccoon by lunchtime—along with tips for extra liner longevity from makeup artist Sarah Uslan. Before that, lots of beauty news to chat about: Another benzene recall (and a reminder of what benzene is and w…
 
In this special episode, brought to you ad-free by Ulta Beauty, skin therapist Vanessa Copeland explains what’s really going on during a facial, how to get all those complexion benefits at home, and which products will help you unlock your skin’s potential. We discuss LED light therapy, dermaplaning, ultrasonic skin spatulas, how facials can help a…
 
We discuss rusty social skills and how to comment (or not?) on someone’s appearance. Plus, Jenn made a DIY linen spray, we have three “Raise A Wand” suggestions for sensitive skin, and there’s lots of news to chat about: the future of fragrance at Parfums Christian Dior and Estée Lauder Companies; Tula Skincare’s beautiful PSA-style campaign; and c…
 
Harvey Karp, MD, is a rock star pediatrician and child-development expert. In this episode, Jess interviews Dr. Karp, the CEO of the smart-tech company Happiest Baby and the creator of the Snoo, a crib designed to keep babies safe and help parents and infants get more sleep. They have a frank conversation about parenting and the exhaustion that com…
 
How do you get a brighter smile if you have really sensitive teeth? We share answers from dentist Lisa Creaven and tell you which tooth-whitening products won’t leave you drooling everywhere in pain. Before that, let’s dig into the beauty news: Ellen DeGeneres’ skincare line; Goop’s supplement to “support women’s sexual desire”; By Kilian’s perfume…
 
Boutique owner Jessica Richards shares her strategy for discovering the new beauty products you won’t be able to live without. Some are “clean,” some are traditional, and many are sustainable, but they’re all must-haves, like the natural bug spray that actually works, the revolutionary hairbrush designed for post-chemo patients, and the women’s “pl…
 
Like it or not, when celebrities talk about getting cosmetic procedures, they get attention. This week, we discuss the impulse to judge (and danger of judging!) others’ aesthetic choices, and share straightforward information on two procedures that have been in the spotlight: buccal fat removal and CoolSculpting. Plus, Doja Cat’s entrée into beauty…
 
Dermatologist Mona Gohara, MD, is here to talk about sensitive skin. In this special episode, brought to you ad-free by our friends at Avène, you’ll learn how to determine if you have sensitive skin and/or skin allergies; when to see a doctor for help; how to prevent flare-ups; what products can help reduce skin sensitivity and improve your barrier…
 
You can have oily skin that’s dehydrated, but you can have dry skin that’s not dehydrated. Confused? You’re not alone! We’ll explain and help you find products that help with both issues. Before that, let’s talk about Patrick Starr’s fashion line, Chrissy Teigen’s buccal fat removal, how Facebook makes body image worse for teen girls, updates to th…
 
Model and nutritionist Maye Musk opens up about ageism in the fashion industry, the evolution of her modeling career, motherhood (and divorce), why it's never too late to prevent sun damage, embracing gray hair, and more. This podcast features a new introduction, but the interview originally aired in January, 2020. (We had planned to release a new …
 
Nothing says change of season like…new candles! We’ve got scents of granola, chestnuts, apple crisp, and cardamom; some of our listeners’ favorite wicks; and a deep, nerd-level dive into why humans are so drawn to scented candles. Before that, we discuss surgically implanted hair chains; a TerraCycle lawsuit; Met Gala and New York Fashion Week look…
 
Mona Kattan is the founder of Kayali Fragrances, and she’s on a quest to build the largest perfume collection in the world. Listen in as she shares the beautiful cultural history of perfume in the Middle East, explains why oud is so enticing (and expensive!), walks us through her private collection, and tells us how she built her brand and found th…
 
Are you showering too often? We asked two dermatologists to weigh in on the cultural trend of bathing less frequently and to share some strategies for washing without disrupting our microbiomes. Before that, lots of news to discuss: why Chanel is buying up jasmine fields in France; poet Amanda Gorman’s new role with Estée Lauder; the return of Fash…
 
New York City-based hair stylist and braider Kamilah, aka @mshairandhumor, reveals how she makes the braiding experience better, her favorite products and hair-care tips, and some thoughts on how to improve the licensing process for cosmetologists. The interview originally aired in 2019, but we've included a new intro with updates from Kamilah. We'…
 
Olive & June CEO and founder Sarah Gibson Tuttle offers invaluable advice to budding entrepreneurs, explains how to find an ethical nail salon, and shares her tricks for DIY manicures. FYI: This episode features a new introduction, but the interview previously aired in July, 2019. We'll be back next week with all new episodes! -- For links and spon…
 
Actress Lana Condor, star of Netflix’s “To All the Boys” trilogy, opens up about how she learned to prioritize her mental health and the internal work that keeps her feeling good. Plus, we talk about the power of a gratitude journal, how she manages stress (the Olly ambassador says wellness supplements have really helped), and some of her favorite …
 
Hyaluronic acid fillers (such as Juvéderm) and neuromodulators (such as Botox) have some surprising benefits—other than the usual stuff like a plumper complexion and fewer wrinkles. Jenn just got injected and she’ll tell you all about it, including the explanation her dermatologist gave for the unexpected improvements. We’re also talking about the …
 
We’re talking about good news (Beekman 1802, a beauty brand that’s making kindness part of its mission); bad news (schools with discriminatory policies that require gender-conforming haircuts); and everything in between, including Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s line, Rose Inc., Iggy Azalea’s line, Totally Plastic, new research showing attractiveness d…
 
Celebrity spray tan artist Jules Von Hep has seen hundreds of very famous people very naked, and his career has turned him into an advocate for body acceptance, mental-health awareness, and, of course, gorgeous skin! On today’s episode, the podcaster and founder of Isle of Paradise opens up about his path to self-acceptance, shares excellent advice…
 
Uoma Beauty’s self-proclaimed “weirdo in chief” is here to inspire! She shares the rebellious path she took from teenage beauty entrepreneur in Nigeria to head of her own company, and opens up about the difficulties she faced as a Black woman in the corporate world and why she’s doing things differently now that she’s in charge. Plus, Sharon offers…
 
We’re back from our break to tackle a tough question: Which over-the-counter retinoid is right for you? We explain how the skincare ingredients retinal, retinol, and retinyl palmitate work; the difference between them; and why product formulation matters (in a segment sponsored by StriVectin). Before that, Jenn & Jess share life updates and chat ab…
 
Should you get cosmetic injectables such as Botox or dermal filler? Are at-home skin-devices worth the money? Is it ever okay to pop a pimple? Skincare expert Renée Rouleau answers all those questions and more. We discuss what facials can and can’t do for your complexion, how to find an aesthetician you trust, and which products all her facialist f…
 
Tina Chen Craig shares the backstory of her skincare line, U Beauty, and explains how she went from author of the wildly popular blog Bag Snob to fashion influencer to beauty entrepreneur. Plus, Tina shares the secrets to great skin, the makeup she can't live without, and the five fashion pieces everybody should have in their wardrobes. This episod…
 
Hairstylist Jimmy Paul takes us on a journey, starting in the small steel mill town outside of Pittsburgh where he dreamed big and landing in New York City, where he made his name as one of the fashion industry’s most in-demand talents. His tale is a true New York story: He talks about his time at the The Pyramid Club, with nightlife legends like E…
 
We share our honest review of Rihanna’s new Fenty eau de parfum and dig into other happenings in the beauty world: the controversial Olympics ban of Soul Cap, a line of swim caps for thick, curly hair; Kate Somerville’s new philanthropic partnership; L’Oréal’s interesting patent application for a skin-diagnosis system; and more. Plus, a listener te…
 
Why has beauty become so important to our society? Is looks-based discrimination, or lookism, as bad as sexism or racism? Why do beauty and wellness companies use moral language (“Be your best self!”) to sell products? These are just a few of the big questions that Heather Widdows, PhD, a professor of philosophy at the University of Birmingham, ans…
 
Jenn got a semi-permanent tattoo that’s supposed to fade in about a year. She takes you into the tattoo shop to share what the process was like, and then explains the science behind Ephemeral Tattoo’s proprietary ink. Plus, Intern Val (aka Fat Mascara’s Southern Correspondent) shares new research on Gen-Z beauty habits, including a firsthand analys…
 
If a product is preservative-free, or clinically tested, or medical grade, or pH-balanced…what does that even mean? Dermatologist Ranella Hirsch, MD, cuts through the hype and explains how skincare products are marketed and sold so you can figure out what’s worth your money. -- For links, products, and sponsors mentioned in this episode: fatmascara…
 
What’s going on with sunscreen this week? We’ll explain why two brands issued recalls and bring you up to speed on the benzene controversy, then we chat about other fun beauty things: NuFace’s new serums (do you need them to make your device work better?); a petrol-scented perfume; how the Western diet causes skin inflammation (and how to reverse i…
 
Trichologist Bridgette Hill explains her holistic approach to hair health, which takes into account ingredient allergies, medications, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, hormonal issues, and so much more. If you're dealing with (or want to prevent!) hair issues like hair loss, thinning, bald patches, flakes, oiliness, dryness, or dullness, then this…
 
We take a closer look at the haircut that’s everywhere this summer and chat about its origins, what makes a haircut go viral, and whether or not it’s safe to call the wolf cut “Gen Z’s answer to the mullet.” Before that, there’s lots of beauty news to discuss: details on the new Glossier retail locations; the temporary shutdown of KKW Beauty; Trace…
 
Actress Kate Hudson talks about her strategies for overcoming fear and negativity and shares what she eats when she’s preparing for a movie, her DIY microneedling technique, her (high and low) skincare must-haves, and the makeup she uses for a dewy look that lasts all day. Plus, she introduces us to the concept of omnidegradable packaging (her nutr…
 
What is UPF clothing and how does it actually protect you from UV rays? So glad you asked! We explain the technology, tell you about some of our favorite brands, and share an easy hack for making your own sun-protective clothing at home. We also chat about #cryptocosmetics from e.l.f. Cosmetics; sunscreen-scented dog-poop bags (?!); a Lisa Frank la…
 
Professor Lauren Labrecque, PhD, researches how color influences the decisions we make and the culture around us. In this interview, she takes a closer look at the logos and packaging from some of our favorite beauty brands to explain how they influence our purchasing behavior. Plus, we learn about sensory marketing and color psychology; the shade …
 
Do your underarms need a deep cleaning? We take a closer look at armpit detox products to see A) how they work and B) if they’re necessary. Plus, in Jenn’s Science Corner, we dig into new research that found PFAs (perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances that are often referred to as “forever chemicals”) in cosmetics sold in North America and …
 
Model Cindy Crawford is refreshingly honest about her “age maintenance” and what it’s like to model at 55 during this wide-ranging interview. She shares stories from the set of MTV’s House of Style, explains why she’ll never be able to do makeup as well as Naomi Campbell, and reveals what she said to her daughter, Kaia Gerber, before they walked th…
 
Jenn is back from her trip to Germany with…a treatment that helps varicose veins! Listen in as she reports from the field (literally) on the benefits of Kneippen (undergoing hydrotherapy). Plus, Michael Edwards’ popular fragrance wheel gets an update, and there's lots of other beauty news to discuss: Sephora will upgrade its clean beauty standards;…
 
In honor of Acne Awareness Month, we asked dermatologist Dr. Chris Tomassian (who has more than a million followers on TikTok) to answer your acne questions. In this special episode, powered by The INKEY List, we discuss acne types and causes, reveal which foods can make your skin worse, teach you how to tell if your acne is hormonal, and more. Plu…
 
How do you trim long brow hairs and clean up the area *above* your eyebrows without messing things up? Jess shares what she learned from Angela Marinescu, the “queen of brows.” Before that, Jenn’s science corner is devoted to the benzene-in-sunscreen controversy. Plus, there’s lots of news to discuss: NFTs (non-fungible tokens) in the beauty world;…
 
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