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Skincare Anarchy

Skincare Anarchy

By Ekta et al.
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)
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Dr Sam Bunting, Dermatologist and founder of Dr Sam’s Skincare
Dr Sam Bunting is the founder of the DR SAM BUNTING + ASSOCIATES, 41 Harley Street clinic, and her eponymous brand, Dr Sam's. She's widely considered to be a beauty insider’s best-kept secret. She’s passionate about making expert skincare advice more accessible and helping women understand that a visit to her office is not just for troublesome skin conditions. Through her media and TV work, as a presenter on TLC’s Extreme Beauty Disasters, Dr Sam helps demystify the beauty arena with her no-nonsense approach to skin.
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Jessica Richards, Founder of SHEN Beauty
Beauty expert and entrepreneur, Jessica Richards, is the powerhouse behind Brooklyn’s premier beauty destination, SHEN Beauty. After graduating from FIT, Richards worked as a stylist for VOGUE and Moda Operandi before transitioning to her passion project - connecting consumers to products that fuel beauty. Richards saw the unique opportunity in the clean beauty space, as the store would be the first of its kind in the metropolitan area that offered a quintessentially cool, curated range of effective, niche and luxury beauty products. SHEN Beauty opened its doors in 2010 in Cobble Hill. “When I first opened the doors to SHEN Beauty, I wanted to bring beauty to Brooklyn, or rather create Brooklyn beauty from what I understood about the area and my neighbors, and what they wanted and what inspired them.” Considered a pioneer in the evolution of beauty retail, Jessica’s keen sense of curation is the secret to how she has successfully launched over 70 brands at SHEN Beauty, including ILIA, Kosås, Lanolips, Haoma, Pai Skincare, Ellis Brooklyn, Vintner's Daughter, Aurelia and May Lindstrom. Richards’ passion is connecting consumers to products that fuel beauty – both inside and out. Prior to opening SHEN Beauty, Jessica has had a seasoned career cultivating beauty and wellness brands to their fullest potential. From the early stages of her career at Lucky Magazine working hand in hand with Eva Chen as the magazine’s brand curator to then becoming the Senior Beauty Buyer starting Free People Beauty, Jessica has always had a keen eye for bringing unique wellness brands to the forefront. Thanks to her success with SHEN Beauty, Jessica continues to serve as a consultant for wellness brands across the globe. Additionally, Jessica has spoken at several national panels such as the Indie Beauty Expo, Founder Made, and CEW. Due to the buzz surrounding SHEN Beauty, Richards was hand selected by goop founder Gwenyth Paltorow to grow their wellness division. The category is booming and often mentioned as having the potential for becoming the next trillion dollar industry.
January 22, 2022
Carlos Barreto, Founder of CLEVERMAN
In addition to being the founder of a brilliant Male Beauty Brand, CLEVERMAN, Carlos is an international marketing professional with extensive product and brand-building management experience in the US, and across several geographies. In this episode, Carlos discusses the emerging topics surrounding the tailoring of Beauty Brands for Men and his insights into the pros and cons currently present in the industry. Carlie also dives into his logic behind creating Cleverman from the look to the nitty gritty of product formulation.
January 21, 2022
Elle Smith, Miss USA 2021
Elle Smith, Crowned Miss USA 2021 and represented USA in the 70th Miss Universe (2021), discusses her journey through pageantry and the changes that come with the lifestyle of training for such competitive events like the Miss USA pageant and then on the global level. Elle also shares her makeup must haves and skincare saviors!
January 17, 2022
Oliver Zak & Selom Agbitor, co-founders of Mad Rabbit- Skincare for Tatoos
Selom Agbitor Bio: As an immigrant, Selom has been striving for the American Dream and Mad Rabbit has helped that become a reality. In founding Mad Rabbit he was able to empower himself and write his own American Dream. Since moving to the United States as a young boy, he has always wanted to build a brand and community that serves as a thought-leader and change agent in the skincare industry. He is driven by the constant reminder of progression and empowerment with something seemingly simple, like a tattoo balm cooked-up in a college apartment. Mad Rabbit has allowed him to tell his story and exemplifies that anything is possible. Oliver Zak Bio Oliver has always been an entrepreneur at heart and an analytical creative with high ambitions. After getting his first tattoo he saw a gap in the tattoo aftercare space, and the lack of natural, organic skincare that specifically was designed for tattooed skin. Inspired by his father’s own entrepreneurial spirit and mother’s apothecary experience, Mad Rabbit was born initially as a single product side hustle while in college, but has turned into a full time dream. Now as the full time CEO, Oliver focuses his time on product development, sustainability, partnerships, and cultivating a community- beyond the product but a lifestyle which is so critical to the success of the brand. He is so excited to partner with his team to pioneer a new vision for tattoo skincare.
January 14, 2022
Maxwell Stock, Founder and CEO of EPICUTIS
Epicutis offers science-based skincare that treats skin health (not just “age”) with small-batch formulations and complete transparency. The brand was created by the team of scientists at Signum Biosciences, a well-respected biopharmaceutical company led by Dr. Jeffry Stock at Princeton University. The company has been developing and supplying innovative ingredients to the skincare industry for several decades, and with the launch of their own skincare brand, they are looking to change the cosmetic industry for the better.
January 13, 2022
Lori Taylor Davis, Global Lead Pro Makeup Artist for SMASHBOX Cosmetics- NEW RELEASE EXCLUSIVE
For 20+ years, makeup artist Lori Taylor Davis has been turning heads with her beachy, bronzy signature look. “It’s perfected, glowy skin,” says Taylor Davis. “A little of this. A little of that. I don’t overthink it.” This California-casual cool girl draws inspo from her beloved hometown of L.A., where hyper-creative culture collides with breathtaking natural beauty. Mix that with an early affinity for her grandmother’s vanity table—a playground of blush, lashes and wigs—and you’ll understand why the “beauty junkie” gene runs deep in Taylor Davis’s DNA. Taylor Davis serves as the Global Pro Artist Lead for the camera-ready Smashbox Cosmetics, which was also born and bred in L.A. When she’s not forecasting the latest beauty trends, Taylor Davis is sharing her timeless tips through Facebook Live, on-air at HSN and behind the scenes at the MTV Video Music Awards. Taylor Davis has worked with everyone from Sandra Bullock and Bruno Mars to Rosario Dawson and Paris Hilton. Her work and go-to glam hacks have been featured around the world in WWD, Elle, More and Brides magazines. She’s appeared on “Extra,” “Good Day LA,” and—no joke—was even asked to put lipstick on a live llama (who, thanks to Taylor Davis, finally found her perfect nude).
January 12, 2022
Alicia Grande, Founder and CEO of Grande Cosmetics
With a lifelong passion for beauty, Alicia Grande founded Grande Cosmetics in 2008 as the first “functional cosmetics” makeup brand. Alicia’s road to beauty success was navigated early on as she worked in beauty retail as a teen, and later began her own radio show, “The Health Buzz,” on which she interviewed top beauty experts and doctors about trends and innovations. Those innovations are what inspired her next big beauty adventure, the founding of Grande Cosmetics and the highly-coveted and award-winning product that started it all; GrandeLASH-MD Lash Enhancing Serum, as a solution to some of today’s top beauty challenges. Today, Alicia is the CEO at the helm of Grande Cosmetics’ thriving business that has expanded into multiple categories, including best-selling, beauty-enhancing formulas that help promote healthy, vital lashes, brows, lips and hair. Her female-founded brand employs a diverse staff of women of all ages and backgrounds to help keep Grande Cosmetics’ assortment of functional cosmetics robust, fun, and inclusive. And the industry has rewarded her for her hard work with Grande Cosmetics winning significant beauty awards from leading publications NewBeauty, Cosmopolitan and Harper’s Bazaar.
January 09, 2022
Brilliance of Beauty Exclusive Interview : Gina Lucania
Gina is an industry veteran and trailblazer with over 15 years of experience in the beauty and wellness industries. In this episode Gina offers key advice to young professionals that want to climb high in the beauty industry and discusses the glass ceilings that exist for women in the corporate world. Gina also offers her perspective on how aspiring professionals should approach their career paths in the intensely competitive world of beauty and also discusses her role at alo and the path that has led to it. Ekta and Gina also take a deep dive into the discuss current state of events around the nation wide resignations and how this should be approached from the perspective of all professionals within the beauty industry.
January 06, 2022
Lindsey Martin, Founder of Kiramoon Skincare
As a busy software executive working long nights and weekends in Austin TX, Lindsey Martin learned to truly cherish the 5 minutes she had with her skincare routine each day. When she realized that the branding and packaging of her favorite products didn't align with the magic feeling they evoked, she knew something was missing in the industry and her idea for Kiramoon was born. Kiramoon makes skincare and beauty accessories that are as cute as they are effective. We believe that skincare should be fun, and that self-love is essential. We want our customers to celebrate the 5 minutes they spend doing their skincare routine, and we think the packaging, product names, ingredients and brand ethos matter in shaping that experience. We are more than great skincare formulas: we create joy in self-care.
January 04, 2022
Dr Alexiades, MD PhD (boss level), Founder of Macrene Actives
Dr. Macrene Alexiades holds three Harvard degrees, a BA in Biology, an MD and a PhD in Genetics; 25+ year research background; and runs her own esteemed Park Avenue private practice in dermatology and laser surgery, a research clinic, and a lab focusing on anti-aging skin care, acne, skin cancer, and lasers. She is an artist and sculptor and uses injectables to achieve a natural look in her patients. M.D., Ph.D. received her three degrees from Harvard University: a B.A. from Harvard University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and awarded the Fay Prize, the highest undergraduate honor; a M.D. from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in Geneticsfrom Harvard University. She is Associate Clinical Professor at Yale University and Adjunct Professor at Sigros Hospital, University of Athens. She was a Fulbright Scholar with a research award year in Europe. At Harvard, she excelled in portrait art and sculpture, but ultimately chose medicine and science, and was profiled in The New York Times and Vogue for her artistic skills in dermatology, injections and lasers. In medical school, she was honored with the Harvard Medical School Dean’s Report and the Paul Dudley White Award. In graduate school, she received grants from the National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute and Radcliffe College. As Chief Dermatology Resident at New York University School of Medicine, she was awarded the Husik Prize. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology and American Society for Laser Medicine (ASLMS) and Surgery and a Goldman Circle Member. She has achieved the rare status of Double Board-Certification in Dermatology in the European Union as well as the U.S. She is a Castle Connolly Top Doctor, New York Magazine Top Doctor and featured in numerous Who's Who awards. She serves on numerous medical boards, conducts FDA clinical trials for Allergan and research for Lancome among many other pharmaceutical and cosmetic companies. She recently was awarded the Richard E. Fitzpatrick Award, the top laser prize for her research at ASLMS. She is Assistant Editor for the journal Dermatologic Surgery and Senior Associate Editor for the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and Editor & Reviewer for over 15 journals, including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAAD, JAMA Dermatology, Journal of Lasers in Medicine and Surgery, Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, British Journal of Dermatology and the Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology. She has served as Chair of Research for the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Guest Editor-in-Chief of the Annual Laser Issue for the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology, and has been extensively biographed in Who’s Who and recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award and Industry Leaders Award..
January 01, 2022
Science of Skin: Niacinamide explained
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December 21, 2021
Melissa Obeid, Founder of La Fervance Skincare
Use ANARCHY15 for 15% off at Www.LAFERVANCE.COM——————————————————————————————Melissa’s love affair with France was ignited whilst studying at The Paris Fashion Institute in the 90’s. She worked with the biggest names in the fashion world extending these experiences to senior fashion roles back in Australia, followed by a stellar career in high-level arts management. Melissa’s passion for clean beauty led her to initiate the development and commercialisation of a suite of Australian Made, 100% natural beauty products created under Proprietary brands sold nationwide. This was an Australian first. “Whilst obtaining a 99.9% natural formulation is a positive achievement, my mind immediately went to ‘what will it take to make it 100%’? Achieving this was a huge challenge, but it was worth every second.” – Melissa During this time Melissa recognised a void for impeccably presented, high-performance, 100% natural skincare products developed within an eco-friendly framework. “There can be no ambiguity with COSMOS certification, as they oversee every minute detail of the entire cycle of creation and production, ensuring it adheres to their standards for excellence in natural and ethical product development and packaging.” – Melissa Seeking absolute perfection, Melissa relocated to France with her husband and their children to collaborate with the global leaders in cosmetic science and active ingredients of 100% natural origin and 100% natural skin care for clean beauty. These experts were excitedly drawn to the integrity of the project and Melissa’s sheer determination to make it succeed. After three years of intense research, development and extensive testing, LA FERVANCE was born. “Perfection is our benchmark. We strive for nothing less than the best within every aspect of the LA FERVANCE brand offering. Of course, this is constantly evolving with new discoveries and innovation – hence our best must always be better.” – Melissa
December 19, 2021
Neha Oberoi, Professional Editorial Photographer and Founder of Neha Studios
Neha is a NYC based beauty and fashion photographer. Her style is inspired by femininity and allure. She enjoys creating classic imagery in a world full of fleeting trends. Her career in photography began after leaving an unfulfilling profession in the corporate world in pursuit of a creatively driven and artistic life of purpose. Her approach to image making is rooted in storytelling, connection & emotional exploration. Creative desire and passion have helped her continue to grow, learn and deliver successful projects to a diverse range of clients. EKTA’s Note : Neha is one of the few women I’ve met since I came here to the amazing United States of America, that I feel really gets it in life, in her art, etc. she’s amazingly talented and her photography reflects her dynamic, kind and honest personality. She’s a master of her craft in the finest form. It was an honor interviewing her.
December 18, 2021
Hyram Yarbro, Celebrity influencer & co-founder of Selfless by Hyram skincare
Hyram Yarbro, widely known as “Skin Care by Hyram,” is an American skincare expert and digital creator. Dubbed “The Gen-Z Whisperer” by the New York Times, Hyram quickly shot to fame in 2020 through his viral videos on TikTok – growing from 100,000 followers to 6 million in just 4 months. Best known for his videos giving brutally honest brand reviews, critiquing celebrity skincare routines, reacting to his follower’s skin transformation videos, and now his very own global skincare brand, Hyram has established himself as an authoritative figure in the beauty space. With a combined following of over 12 million, Hyram is a trusted, go-to source for his wealth of knowledge of the skincare industry. Known for his affordable product recommendations, brands quickly began to take notice of the “Hyram approved” stamp of approval and has since become one of the most sought-after players in the skincare space. Hyram’s primary goal continues to be empowering his viewers through skincare education, positivity and a sense of social responsibility. He has emerged as an advocate for sustainability and mental health, applying his knowledge of skincare and his personal story of struggles and triumphs to help uplift his followers and find more sustainable practices within the industry. In June 2021, Hyram released his own skincare line, Selfless by Hyram, with 5 SKUs. The line, powered by the Inkey List, focuses on effective ingredients while making social change with each product sold through partnerships with Rainforest Trust and Thirst Project. Selfless by Hyram is sold nationwide in the US DTC and via Sephora’s brick-and-mortar stores, as well as in over 30 countries globally. Hyram is currently based in Honolulu, Hawaii.
December 15, 2021
Happy Holidays Family and Friends
Thank you so much for your kindness, your time and every speck of energy you have gifted our way. We are so thankful to our community and we can’t wait to show you what’s coming 😈😇🥰😉
December 14, 2021
Allison Moss, Founder of type:A Skincare
Allison Moss has 22 years of prior marketing and management experience working with some of the biggest beauty companies in the business. But her passion for wanting to bring cleaner, safer beauty & personal care products to market brought her to where she is today, Founder & CEO of Type:A Brands. Since launching Type:A Brands three years ago, Allison has created award-winning, non-toxic, high-performance body care items. Allison has led the company to develop an impactful foundation and immense growth. This includes the hero product, a game-changing aluminum-free deodorant, being awarded a patent for it’s exclusive sweat-activated technology that delivers best-in-class odor and wetness protection. Type:A Brands is a certified B Corporation, carbon neutral, cruelty free, woman-owned and all products are made in the USA.The brand’s commitment to making a difference through the business has recently garnered actress, activist and clean beauty enthusiast Sophia Bush as an investor. Type:A Brands has gained a well-respected reputation in the industry winning multiple beauty awards from top publications such as Health, SELF and Women’s Health and has developed incredible retailer reach, with Type:A products being sold at CredoBeauty, Whole Foods (California), HEB, Bed Bath & Beyond, Thrive Market, and many more. With all this, Allison has stayed true to her word and mission and continues to strive to be better, do better and offer others better in the beauty industry.
December 14, 2021
Melanie Simon, Founder of ZIIP Beauty
Go to and use “ANARCHY30” for 30% off! Melanie Simon is a licensed electrical esthetician whose talent has lead countless recognizable names to seek out her specialized skincare services. Having studied innovative skin techniques and electrical treatment techniques in Paris, New York, Dubai, and Los Angeles, Melanie has taken her passion and created her coveted nano current facials, for which she has received worldwide recognition and gained the trust and loyalty of her clients. Her sole focus is a dedication to the benefits of low level electrical current applied to the skin. She has been featured in nearly every nationally distributed beauty and lifestyle outlets for her one-of-a-kind electrical facials. In 2015 with her childhood friend and Silicon Valley mechanical engineer, she co-founded ZIIP in order for customers not only get the most groundbreaking facial tool that provides professional facials on demand, but also they get a personal, virtual, Electrical Esthetician, to teach and support them through the process. Simon created the ZIIP as a way of sharing her knowledge with the world and connecting to them via technology. Once the device is purchased and the app (new app launched Oct 2021) is downloaded at no extra cost, the user has access to the most advanced at-home professional grade offerings, including 7 targeted treatments, 7 full facials and 4 long term treatment plans.
December 10, 2021
Darya Rzaca and Aneta Zuraw, Atelier Beauté Spa
Atelier Beauté co-founders Darya Rzaca and Aneta Zuraw have a combined two decades of experience in skin aesthetics providing customers with the best in results driven skincare. Would love to set you up with a treatment if you’re interested? The best friend duo and highly trained estheticians opened the luxurious, modern, wellness destination in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. They use high-quality products including Biologique Recherche and Environ and advanced technologies like Cynosure, Skin Instant Lab, and Visio Lab. Atelier Beauté is also the only location in Brooklyn offering Biologique Recherche’s My Beauty DNA for a personalized, scientific analysis of your skin. Other popular services include hydrafacials, work out facials, microneedling, plasma pen, brow and eyelash treatments, and the newest tempsure laser.
December 10, 2021
Shea Marie, Founder of The Feelist
Over the past decade, entrepreneur and creative director Shea Marie has developed a devoted following of millions, and her position as one of the world’s top influencers has landed her jobs with the largest beauty, health, wellness and fashion brands. From her own devoted social media following, to Same, her best-selling brand of luxury swim and resort wear, Shea continuously proves to be successful in all her endeavors. High profile collaborations with prestigious brands and publications have positioned Shea as a highly sought after creative and thought leader in her industry. Shea first entered the world of clean beauty after discovering her own sensitivities to many of the harmful ingredients contained in skincare and wellness products. Her position in the industry has allowed her to try nearly every product, treatment and beauty/health offering on the market. Her initial interest in plant-based skincare came about as she searched for a more holistic and natural approach to her wellness routine. But navigating the “natural” landscape was tricky, most products seemed small batch and untrustworthy, with no branding or reliable history. “They were the type of products I hid away in my medicine cabinet.” Said Marie. (Far far away from the beautiful #shelfie photos that frequent her social media accounts.) “But they were working. It really was CBD specifically that made me believe in the power of plant-based wellness and skincare.” Shea knew that if she was looking for beautiful trustworthy products in the space, others would be too and set out to build a brand whose mission is to create clean and functional products that truly make you feel like your best self.
December 07, 2021
Dr Amir Karam, Double Board certified, facial plastic, reconstructive, and otolaryngology Surgeon
Dr. Karam, double board-certified by the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology (head/neck surgery) and one of the top plastic surgeons in San Diego, is driven by the genuine desire to improve his patients’ lives through transformative procedures that are both cosmetically and functionally enhancing. He is the creator of Karam MD.Tune in to learn about the details around plastic surgery procedures and to gain insight into the integration of research and clinical medicine for the optimal treatment and Maintinence of skin health. #skincare #plasticsurgery
December 04, 2021
Leila Kashani Manshoory, Founder & CEO of alleyoop Beauty
(SKINCAREANARCHY15 for 15% off on———————Leila Kashani Manshoory is the Founder & CEO of Alleyoop, a brand whose mission is to simplify and bring joy to your world - beginning with your makeup bag. Alleyoop creates efficient, multifunctional beauty & skincare essentials that are easy to use and cut the clutter in your everyday life. Leila is obsessed with making things efficient, rebelling against products that don’t do enough. She’s brought together her marketing and product development background from companies like MGA Entertainment, Nike, Sorel, and Columbia, and from her first-hand experience of being a do-it-all, on-the-go woman who refuses to settle for what the beauty industry has set as the status quo.
December 02, 2021
Ama Kwarteng, Beauty Editor for The Coveteur
As the beauty editor at Coveteur, Ama Kwarteng is responsible for overseeing beauty and wellness content for the brand. She works with creative voices from a variety of backgrounds to bring new and diverse perspectives to the brand. Prior to Coveteur, Ama was the associate beauty editor at Cosmopolitan. She graduated from Barnard College, and in her free time, she enjoys reading fiction submissions for Story Magazine, watching Ohio State football, and reminding people to wear sunscreen.
November 30, 2021
Sahar Rohani, Co-Founder of SOSHE Beauty
Use Code ANARCHY30 at checkout for 30% off!! ———————————————————————————————SOSHE Beauty Co-Founder, Sahar Rohani, shares the incredible vision and inspired dedication behind the brand’s first launch: Refillable Mascara. Sahar goes into the ethos of the sustainability driven, technology forward line and shares immense insight into the true white space in the emerging areas of the beauty industry (clean beauty, sustainability, accessibility) without compromising product quality and integrity. Sahar has an educational background in both science and technology and with the combined efforts of her other two co-founders, SOSHE is offering consumers a new way to look at the science and necessity of being mindful about product shelf life, usage and waste. The brand takes a 360 approach as they embark on this journey of making beauty a truly innovative space that gives consumers choices rather than finite options. Sahar shares her passion for the entire beauty and wellness industry and the ignites conversation around topics related to taking a deeper dive, and more thorough approach of creating products that fit everyone’s lifestyle.
November 28, 2021
Skincare Hygiene: Best Practices
Skincare Hygiene Never place dropper DIRECTLY onto skin Why? Enterobacter, Klebsiella, Escherichia coli, and Proteus spp. are the predominant Gram-negative organisms found on the skin. Most bacteria that are listed here grow in a moist environment. Therefore, logic dictates that when you apply a dropper directly to the skin and pick up even one or two of these bacteria on the tip and then put that same dropper back into your skincare vial, the likelihood of them contaminating and multiplying in the mixture is high. Most skincare e products contain ingredients like natural sugars or glycerin and even water which are all mediums that can grow these gram negative rods. However, these are not the only bacteria found on skin. Depending on the location and environment of the skin’s micro environment, various pathogens are prominent in different areas. Some of the most common concerns that can arise due to poor skincare hygiene are: Acne Contact dermatitis Bacterial rashes Breakdown of the immune barrier leading to opportunistic infections by viruses or fungi So what should you do to practice better skincare hygiene? Use your dropper to dispense desired amount of product directly into your palm, making sure to not make contact directly with skin. Also, cleaning the dropper tip with a sterile alcohol wipe is not a bad idea (DO NOT RINSE UNDER TAP WATER). Allow the dropper to air dry (5-10 seconds) and reinsert into vial. Skin health is a very tricky area of science and with an increasing awareness of the micro biome, it is important to understand how bacteria grow and function. Also, do not share skincare with friends and others to help avoid the spread of any contact related reactions. It’s just like makeup- sharing lipsticks is looked down upon and so should sharing droppers. We all have a unique micro biome working to protect our skin and therefore it is important to utilize these common safety measures to ensure and also rule out any causes of certain skin pathologies like contact dermatitis or a rash. This also helps provide more information for your dermatologist if something goes wrong so that they know you’ve been practicing good hygiene habits and can avoid redundancies in patient history.
November 27, 2021
Pauline and Johnny Paterson, Co-Founders of Dr.PAWPAW
Dr.PAWPAW was created back in 2013 when Johnny and Pauline’s daughter was diagnosed with eczema. It was then that the need for a natural alternative to the normal steroid prescription creams turned a want into a must. The husband and wife duo decided to create a multipurpose balm that could be used on lips, skin and hair. Both Johnny and Pauline envisioned a range of products that would help families everyday, an affordable product that all the family could use - from Grandmas to new born babies. Dr.PAWPAW has a range of staple products found not only in Johnny and Pauline’s bathroom, but in millions of bathrooms globally
November 26, 2021
Jill Manoff, Editor In Chief of GLOSSY
Jill Manoff is the editor-in-chief of Glossy, which explores the transformation of the fashion, luxury, beauty and retail industries through the lens of digital and technology. She oversees the editorial content and growth strategy of the media brand, launched in May 2016. Manoff joined Glossy from Mode Media, where she was the editor of starting in July 2015. Prior to that, she was the editor of searsStyle and head copywriter in Sears’ apparel division. She spent the start of her career in St. Louis as the fashion editor of Alive magazine, the fashion director and co-founder of Saint Louis Fashion Week, and a freelance fashion stylist, working for brands including Anheuser-Busch and Caleres.
November 24, 2021
Tom Allison, Co-Founder of CeraVe
Since it was founded in 2005, CeraVe has grown a fiercely loyal following on social media and beyond, while remaining committed to its foundational principles of providing therapeutic skincare for all by offering efficacious, reasonably priced products developed with dermatologists. CeraVe has also been at the forefront of the expansion of its namesake ingredient, ceramides, into a mainstream skincare must-have in recent years.
November 21, 2021
Karen Chambers, Executive VP of Impala Inc./IMAN Cosmetics and CEW Board Member
Karen A. Chambers is a senior executive, business strategist, writer, editor and diversity and inclusion advocate. She is a contributing coauthor of the book Beauty Stories from Around the World published by the Makeup Museum and has been a career, travel, and lifestyle contributor to Black Enterprise and Black Elegance magazines. She is currently Executive Vice President of IMAN Cosmetics, a global pioneer in beauty for Women of Color and is on the Board of Governors of CEW (Cosmetics Executive Women), where she serves on the Taskforce for Advancing Women of Color. Ms. Chambers has held several executive positions in the health, beauty, and consumer goods, advising industry leaders such as Iman, Patti LaBelle and The Oprah Winfrey Show. Her industry credits include beauty awards from Allure, People, Essence and O Magazines for her contributions to multicultural product innovation. She lectures nationally at universities and conferences and serves as an international brand advisor to corporate and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Chambers earned her BA in Communication from Rutgers University's Douglass College, she holds a Certification in Fostering Inclusion & Diversity from Yale School of Management, and she is a graduate of Landmark Education. With a commitment to holistic wellbeing, she is also an ordained interfaith minister certified in Reiki, Huna Healing, and Integrative Energetic Therapy. Her greatest passion is advancing the impact of women’s leadership and multicultural education and equity.
November 19, 2021
Dr Howard Sobel, NYC TOP Dermatologist, Pioneer in Skin Health, and Founder of SOBEL SKIN RX
A pioneer in dermatology, Dr. Howard Sobel has been recognized by New York Magazine and Castle Connolly’s Guide as one of the best dermatologists and dermatologic surgeons for 21 consecutive years. He is also the Founder and Director of Sobel Skin, New York’s premier aesthetic dermatology center and medi-spa in Manhattan. Dr. Sobel’s artistic approach to cosmetic dermatology combines modern technology with over 30 years of experience in skin care. His Sobel Skin practice provides the latest advancements in dermatology, dermatologic cosmetic surgery and progressive face and body treatments all provided in the luxurious Park Avenue setting of his state-of-the-art skin center. Among the first dermatologists to perform Liposuction under local anesthesia, he is the physician who popularized “micro-liposuction” for patients looking to sculpt their physique in small areas that cannot be exercised away. Dr. Sobel is also regarded as a skilled master at enhancing and sculpting his patient’s profile with a combination of techniques to create visible, lasting results with little to no downtown. Dubbed the “Master of Botox”, his “Trifecta Face Lift” uses a combination of Botox, fillers, and laser to brighten and refine the skin, lift, tone and erase fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and dull skin. Before founding the clean-clinical Sobel Skin Rx collection, he created DDF, the first dermatologist- developed OTC skincare line sold to Proctor and Gamble in 2007. Today, the award-winning Sobel Skin Rx clean-clinical collection takes clean scientifically proven anti-aging ingredients, increases their strength to maximum levels and puts them in a revolutionary SD100 delivery system that allows for optimal penetration without irritation. Dr. Sobel is a member of several medical Societies and Organizations including the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, American Society for Laser Medicine & Surgery, American Society of Lipsuction Surgery, N.Y. State Society of Dermatology, and other groups. He has been quoted as an expert in national media including The Today Show, 48 Hours, CNN, CBS, ABC and NBC News, Allure, Elle, Vogue, Marie Claire, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, etc.
November 18, 2021
Carolyn Yachanin, Founder of Copina Co.
SKINCAREANARCHY gets users 20% off their first order. "I believe in the healing power of plants and the alignment of internal health and true beauty. I started my company Copina Co. to share nature's most potent and powerful plant botanicals with all and to further the conversation around plant-based solutions in our lives. The thing that inspired me to start Copina Co. was my own experience with years of acne and gut health issues as well as with the harsh medications that never cured them. Finally healing my body through herbal and holistic medicine taught me about the healing power of plants and how our skin health and internal health are intertwined. I sought the help of herbalists to find plant-based and vegan alternatives to typical collagen supplements after seeing how prevalent these animal-derived products were on the market and knowing that plants could provide a sustainable solution. Our products work by using plant botanicals that help support your body's own natural collagen production for lasting hair, skin, and nail benefits - all without the use of animal products. I've always believed that in order for healthy or sustainable alternatives to stick, they have to be fun, easy, and enjoyable. That's why I built my products around our community's daily routines and added our collagen-supporting botanicals to delicious lattes, creamers, and hot cocoas. Starting my business has been the most challenging, but also the most rewarding experience of my life. The fact that this is just the beginning excites and inspires me."
November 17, 2021
Krista Bennett DeMaio, Top Freelance Writer and Founder of LI Beauty Scene
Krista B. DeMaio returns for EKTA’s birthday special episode to share insights on her view of the ever evolving beauty industry and shares her new passion project, Long Island Beauty Scene where she is on a mission to highlight the indie brands and small businesses that are truly creating their own beauty movement in the LI area. Krista is a top writer and former editor in the industry and has decades worth of experience writing for top publications such as Oprah Daily, Allure, InStyle, amongst many others. Krista also offers key career advice for all new and aspiring writers in the beauty industry and discusses the transition the publication sector is undergoing from print to digital, amongst other emerging topics in this space.
November 15, 2021
Science of Skin: Retinols and Skin Health
A literature review of the true potential of retinol products and if we all need them in our skincare routine.
November 14, 2021
Sarah Uslan, Professional Makeup Artist and Founder of LULA skincare
Training under makeup artist Bobbi Brown in New York in the early 2000s, Sarah learned the importance of prioritizing skin. Her career brought her to Los Angeles as a celebrity and editorial makeup artist, and it was here her emphasis on beautiful, nourished skin continued to unfold. When Sarah couldn’t find the right products, she began blending her own creations - ones that worked great on their own or layered beautifully with makeup. From cultivating a calming ritual before a client’s big moment, to being a busy mom, she craved beautiful formulas that were easy to use. Borrowing the best of nature, her very own balms and botanical oils came together, and now we get to share LULA with you. LULA is named after Sarah’s daughter, Tallulah, as a reminder to care not just for what matters today, but what matters tomorrow.
November 12, 2021
Dr Beth and Elianna Goldstein, co-founders of Get Mr Skincare
“In 2018, my father was treated for skin cancer. Unfortunately, he was not alone. He was one of 30 million Americans who are currently skin cancer survivors. And by 2040, Melanoma, the most severe form of skin cancer, will be the number one cancer among men. That's why I partnered with my mother, a dermatologist of 30 years, to start Get Mr. She knew, like every dermatologist knows, that for these statistics to change meaningfully, men need to start applying sunscreen like they brushed their teeth, Every Damn Day®. The problem was, most sunscreens, well, you know...they were too greasy, or the ingredients would irritate their eyes. Or worst of all, they would show up white in their beard. Plus, most of the products used chemicals like oxybenzone or avobenzone, ones that the FDA no longer considered 100% GRAS (generally recognized as safe).” -Elianna Goldstein
November 11, 2021
The Dirty Truth About Clean Brands- Panel Discussion
This panel is to educate consumers, Industry leaders and anyone in the space of what is marketed as “clean beauty” - Join us as we speak to 3 leading brands in this niche of the skincare and wellness industry and how their approach to safety, consumerism, sustainability, science forward formulations, and transparency play a role in creating a cross-disciplinary understanding of the umbrella term we refer to as “CLEAN.” Panelists include representatives from the brands Terasana, OLIKA, and Pipette.
November 07, 2021
Laura Geller, Beauty Industry Icon and creator of Laura Geller Beauty
Laura Geller is an iconic figure and personality in the beauty industry and has been a top selling entrepreneur on QVC for 25 years. Her work has not only inspired women to feel beautiful on the outside but has given options to many women who didn’t know where to start when it came to makeup or enhancing their natural beauty. Laura’s vision and industry altering contributions have paved the way for so many brands to create products inspired by her original vision. Laura is not only an entrepreneur but a legendary makeup artist and guru who has inspired generations of makeup artists, professional or non. Her insights on this episode truly shine a light on the simple yet fundamental pillars of “true” beauty and how important it is to always stay true to one’s vision and goal. She is more than just an iconic beauty industry veteran but also a teacher, educator and role model for anyone who has been touched by her amazing personality or her amazing products. We hope you enjoy this exclusive interview with the one and only, Laura Geller.
November 06, 2021
Simran Kalra, Founder of HALDI
Haldi is the new e-commerce platform and store designed to de-clutter the skincare world. Taking a unique customer-centric approach, the Haldi experience begins with the products already on people’s bathroom shelves, acting as a guide to help them ditch any offenders. The brand encourages people to continue utilizing the clean products they already own and love. After completing the Haldi skin survey, they recommend and sell the best in beauty to fill the gaps within the Haldi user’s routine. Born out of founder and CEO Simran Kalra’s own personal skincare journey, Haldi uses a hybrid of tech algorithms and human knowledge to analyze their users skin types, budgets, and current skincare regimens. From this, they curate a personal store with products that are most efficacious based on each individual. Haldi is Clean-For-You, ensuring the ingredients are not just clean but will work for unique skin needs, preferences and values. Partnering with over two dozen cult-favorite brands and beauty products, Haldi is a human-forward, technology enabled experience revolutionizing beauty. For more information, please visit
November 05, 2021
Kate Talbot, Social Media Marketing Expert, Author, and former FORBES Women Contributor
Kate is a freelance content marketer, author, and entrepreneur who helps businesses scale using social media. She has contributed regularly to Forbes and Social Media Examiner on the Creator Economy. Kate’s been featured on CNN, Nasdaq, NPR, BBC, NBC News, CNBC, Huffington Post, VentureBeat and named an Instagram Marketing Expert from Foundr Magazine and Social Media Examiner. Kate also wrote a best-selling book, "Oh Snap! You Can Use Snapchat for Business" which IBM named their 'Book of the Month.' Kate’s strong understanding of the digital landscape comes from scaling startups in the digital space and running social media for Virgin America, Kiva, and top venture capital firms. Our guest is also a millennial marketing post-graduate lecturer at Ireland's Digital Marketing Institute and social media expert witness.
November 02, 2021
Kyoko Getz and Shannon Britt, Co-Founders of OLURA Skincare
A highly sought-after celebrity aesthetician, Kyoko has developed products and facial protocols for a number of luxury skincare lines before joining Olura to design our product line and create protocols for our clients. —————————————————————Recognized as an expert in beauty tools, Shannon has developed award winning skincare devices for numerous global beauty brands prior to developing the Eno™ for Olura.
November 01, 2021
Julie Chameberlain, Global General Manager of SweetSpot Labs
Julie Chamberlain is the General Manager for the feminine care line. Sweet Spot Labs. Sweet Spot Labs creates clinically-proven products that cater to this delicate area and support your overall wellness. SweetSpot Labs is rooted in fearlessness and built on innovation. From eco-friendly packaging to clean ingredients that actually work, the line is a science forward and innovative leader in making feminine care “normal” to not only practice but also talk about!
October 30, 2021
Kate Somerville, Founder of KATE SOMERVILLE Skincare and Maggie Lin, Co-Founder of Foster Nation
Kate Somerville, a trailblazing brand in the world of prestige skincare, has been healing skin and transforming lives for over two decades. With these core values in mind, the brand announces a long-term partnership with Foster Nation, an organization empowering foster youth aging out of the system to become the nation’s future leaders through career mentorship. With 1 in 5 children growing up in a home impacted by alcohol and drug addiction, brand founder Kate Somerville knows firsthand the challenges young people face when one or both parents are unable to care for the family. “Having grown up in a chaotic environment as a kid, I didn’t know what choices were available to me,” said Somerville. “Life felt out of control until I had a mentor change my life who allowed me to see that I was in control of my own destiny. I am thrilled that we are beginning this long- term partnership with Foster Nation and my hope is that we will make an important impact on the lives and futures of the inspiring youth in their program that are aging out the system. Together, we will give them a chance to defy impossible.” The skincare brand is pledging $100,000 to Foster Nation annually, which includes their 'Defy Impossible' scholarship program awarding five recipients per year the opportunity to attend esthetics school to pursue careers as licensed aestheticians. Entries are officially open and candidates interested in a career in beauty are to submit a 5-minute video on how a career in beauty will change their lives. Each winner will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship to esthetician school to cover the cost of full tuition hours and supplies. Kate Somerville and Foster Nation are partnering with Beauty Changes Lives ( to implement the scholarship program and ensure its success. Kate Somerville’s team of Skin Health Experts will also offer mentorship and training opportunities at the Kate Somerville Skincare Clinic in Los Angeles. About Kate Somerville: Maggie Lin, founder of Foster Nation, with Kate Somerville For media inquiries, please contact: Steven Chong PR Director, Kate Somerville Mary Li Paul Wilmot Communications Kate Somerville and Foster Nation officially kickoff their partnership beginning August 3rd, 2021. To celebrate the partnership, the brand will be launching an online bundle featuring the hero products ExfoliKate Cleanser & Exfoliate + Intensive Duo (SRP $88, value $128) on, with 10% of sales donated by Kate Somerville to Foster Nation. Kate Somerville Skincare lives, breathes, and embodies the intersection of clinical skincare and prestige beauty. The brand’s targeted treatments and products originate from the transformative results created for clients in the Skin Health Clinic on Melrose in Los Angeles. As a company, Kate Somerville takes pride in using high- powered, efficacious ingredients actively balanced to deliver visible results without irritation or downtime. Whether treating a VIP client in the clinic or delivering results from the comfort of home through her prestige product line, Kate truly believes that everyone deserves beautiful skin and promises to help you get there.
October 27, 2021
Ada Polla, CEO of Alchimie Forever Skincare
The eldest of the four Polla sisters (all of whom are involved in some way or another with the family business of beauty), Ada left her native home in Switzerland in 1995 to attend Harvard University, where she graduated Magna cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in art history. While her passion for art history expresses itself in her contemporary art collection, her career path went the way of business. She earned her MBA at Georgetown McDonough School of Business, where she fell in love with the DC area. During her senior year of business school, she wrote her thesis on bringing her family’s skincare line from Switzerland (Ada’s father is Geneva based dermatologist, Dr. Luigi L. Polla) to the US. In 2004, that thesis became a reality with the official launch of Alchimie Forever, clean-ical (clean formulations, clinical results), vegan, dermatologist formulated skin + body care with Swiss roots. The line has since expanded to include 17 SKUs (including fan favorite, Kantic Brightening Moisture Mask), ranging $25-$99, as well as four travel-sized items of the top-sellers, is sold nationwide amazon, Dermstore, Walgreens and more around the world and remains completely family-funded and owned.
October 24, 2021
Ivana Knezevic, Research And Development Director, NIOD
Join Ivana as she discusses the science behind NIOD’s latest release, CAIS3 and the changes that have been made to the cult favorite peptide serum.
October 22, 2021
RE: Clinical Research/ Trials and Skincare Products
“The weight of performing clinical trials cannot fall on the shoulders of brands that are not receiving millions of dollars of funding from sources such as the NIH or other research regulating agencies. There is a huge disconnect between consumer understanding of the details that go into running a true clinical trial vs what we consider to be “clinically significant “ data backing a brand’s claims. We have to come together as a community of scientists, clinicians, and entrepreneurs to create a more cohesive method of providing such information, rather than pointing fingers at brand founders”
October 21, 2021
Shira Tabib, Founder of LULAAV Skincare
“LULAAV was born in the valleys of the Fertile Crescent, a region known for its mineral-rich soil, abundant harvests, and penetrating, nutrient-dense botanics. And its women, born from this land, luminous skin, legendary for their strength and beauty. Here, women celebrated their heritage, passing on timeless beauty secrets to their daughters. Skin care recipes blending the most exquisite and potent botanicals, and time-honored beauty rituals to regenerate and glorify complexions, giving skin its optimal vitality. These very beauty secrets were passed on to LULAAV founder Shira Tabib by her Persian grandmother. Raised in New York, Shira spent summers with her grandmother in a small farming village in Israel. It was in her family’s gardens, where Shira was introduced to the skin curative properties of cold pressed botanicals that her ancestors had revered for generations – date fruit extract as the cherished elixir for promoting radiant skin; plum and apricot oils to rejuvenate skin’s vitality; papaya and watermelon seeds for their potent restorative qualities. And the roses, a foundational hero ingredient…there were always roses with their omnipresent aroma. After years of searching fruitlessly to find an organic beauty regimen that captured the rituals and efficacy of her grandmother’s timeless formulas, Shira began methodically crafting her own skin care products. The reputation of her products’ uncompromised quality, purity and nutritional potency spread quickly. In creating LULAAV, Shira sought to honor the timeless beauty wisdom of her heritage, while using only the very finest botanicals, inspired by, and sourced from the Fertile Crescent. Discover the Timeless Beauty Wisdom of LULAAV.”
October 20, 2021
Ali Perry-Hatch MPH, Founder of Earth Harbor Skincare
Meet Ali Perry-Hatch, MPH, the beach wanderer, herbalist and health scientist, who created Earth Harbor Naturals out of her treehouse kitchen. A combination of a career in humanitarian engineering, graduate research in environmental toxicology, a near-fatal accident, and finding out she was pregnant, led Ali to be more critical of what she was putting both in and on her body, as well as its effects on the environment and humanity. When Ali couldn’t find a comprehensive range of premium natural beauty products that was versatile enough for her ever-changing skin (and life) and that lived up to her strict standards of being effective, ethical, purely natural, rooted in science, sustainable, and affordably indulgent (all while inspiring joyful wonderment!), Earth Harbor Naturals was born!
October 16, 2021
Dr. Ben Van Handel, PhD - Stem Cell Biologist and Co-Founder of HERAUXSKIN
Drs. Ben Van Handel PhD and Amir Nobakht MD, MBA met in the stem cell biology labs at USC. Their orthopedic research was focused on reducing inflammaging and increasing the functionality of stem cells in our joints, thereby re-growing cartilage. This mission led them to develop HX-1, a molecule that shields stem cells from stressors that fuel the aging process. Once they realized these same technologies could apply to the skin, Heraux was born.
October 13, 2021
Lune Martens, Founder of Monday Muse
Lune Martens has had a lifelong journey to skin health, suffering with acne, rosacea and peri-oral dermatitis since childhood - which came back with a vengeance at 21 years old. Lune tried every method she could to help her extremely reactive and sensitive acne prone skin, visiting multiple doctors, dermatologists and experts and was about to go onto roaccutane but decided she wanted to try a more gentle, holistic approach. Lune saw nutritionists and allergy experts who helped her to diagnose her skin's triggers and put her onto a healthier path - which, over time, completely healed her skin. During this time, and beyond until now, Lune was never able to find a brand for 'temperamental' or sensitive skin, which was also an enjoyable and luxury experience. Most of the brands targeted to acne are aimed at teenagers, or are pharmaceutical, medical or harsh and do not give an enjoyable skincare regimen. Monday Muse has been formulated for reactive, acne/rosacea and sensitive skin in mind using only the most natural and high quality ingredients which are as true to their natural form as possible, ensuring the chance of reaction is at absolute minimum. Independently formulated in the UK with a leading chemist, without fragrance or essential oils, the formulas are light, fresh and a joy to apply to skin. What's more, the brand's award winning packaging looks beautiful on any bathroom shelf.
October 11, 2021
Allyson Welch, Founder of THYRST Skincare
Thyrst Beauty is a premier skincare brand created for women who want to enhance their overall lifestyle and self not just physical beauty. True beauty and the best version of ourselves develops through a multitude of avenues and in order to see big change, we must make a lot of small changes. One avenue is skincare… The anti-aging line was formulated with clean, non-toxic ingredients that are not only good for you but extremely effective. The simplified product platform includes MORE active ingredients within each product- saving time and money. They work together to lift, scrub, hydrate, and protect while increasing cell turnover, reducing wrinkles, increasing collagen production, brightening, and improving skin elasticity. The ingredients are all natural, plant based, vegan, non-toxic with zero phthalates, parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances, or dyes using only natural preservatives.
October 09, 2021
SA x The PR Net
Thank you so much to every single PR executive that has given us an opportunity to feature their clients and put faith in us. We are so honored and humbled for every opportunity that comes our way and we can’t wait to bring you more amazing content!
October 07, 2021
Dr. Iris Rubin, SEEN Haircare
Brand Co-Founder, Dr. Iris Rubin, M.D., is a board-certified dermatologist with laser and cosmetic fellowship training, a graduate of Harvard Medical School and former pediatric laser surgeon at Children’s National Medical Center. SEEN was born from Iris’ experience with breakouts as it related to her personal hair care use. Deciding that she (and her patients) shouldn’t have to choose between great hair and great skin, she holistically re- thought the formulation process for hair care. “As a dermatologist, I saw patients struggle with breakouts – including the anxiety and insecurity that comes with them. The worst? When nothing seems to work and we can’t get to the root of the issue. This got personal when I noticed frequent breakouts after salon visits. I did my research and traced them back to a surprising source: the hair products the salon used.” “I like to fix things – and this needed fixing. Rather than throwing prescriptions at the problem, we wanted to actually find a solution. With SEEN, we’ve created a line that’s truly good for skin while delivering great looking hair.”
October 05, 2021
Charles Rosier, Co-Founder and CEO of Augustinus Bader Skincare
Charles Rosier is the CEO and Co- Founder of Augustinus Bader. Prior to that he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs and an investor in Biotechnology. Charles Rosier chose to apply his financial background and network to become involved in investments that would contribute to research solutions for medical conditions as well as environmental and humanitarian causes. His most recent investment endeavor includes a joint business venture with Augustinus Bader, a prominent German professor who has conducted studies involving regenerative medicine and stem cell research for the past three decades. In 2007, Bader constituted a hydrogel utilizing revolutionary stem cell science that eliminates the need for skin grafts, scar revision and minimizes opportunistic infections that can create a circle of trauma for burn victims. Realizing the potential of this breakthrough, Rosier partnered with Professor Bader to form the Bader Group, a business model structured around maximizing biomedical research and biotechnological treatments across a broad spectrum of interventions and diseases.
October 01, 2021
RE: “Fixing Your Gut’s Microbiome Will Fix Your Skin”
𝗚𝘂𝘁 𝗠𝗶𝗰𝗿𝗼𝗯𝗶𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗸𝗶𝗻 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵⁣ ⁣ The microbiome is composed of much more than just bacteria. We must first realize that by improving our gut health, we are allowing our body to thrive in an optimized set of nutrients which are absorbed through our gut, thus benefitting EVERY organ, not just our skin. For now the focus should be inflammation above else because this truly is the foundation of studying the microbiome and is where we will find real answers about our gut-skin axis.⁣ ⁣ ⁣ How can we expect to understand the microbiome if we don’t even understand our immunology as it pertains to the existence of the microbes found in our body? Let’s start by understanding the intricate functions of our own body’s immunological defenses before we try to figure out what bacteria are doing to help us maintain those functions.⁣ ⁣ Listen to our episode on this topic for more information.
September 30, 2021
Paul Baek, Founder of MATTER OF FACT
𝗦𝗞𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗔𝗥𝗘 𝗔𝗡𝗔𝗥𝗖𝗛𝗬 𝗘𝗫𝗖𝗟𝗨𝗦𝗜𝗩𝗘 𝗜𝗡𝗧𝗘𝗥𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗪 ⁣ ⁣ 𝙁𝙞𝙧𝙨𝙩 𝙡𝙤𝙤𝙠 into the breakthrough new brand, MATTER OF FACT - Launching September 28th- 𝙚𝙭𝙘𝙡𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝙛𝙪𝙡𝙡 𝙡𝙚𝙣𝙜𝙩𝙝 𝙛𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙚𝙧 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙚𝙧𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬.⁣ ⁣ A true multi-hyphenate with degrees from Harvard and Wharton and a successful K-Pop career on his resume (yes, really!), MATTER OF FACT founder Paul Baek spent years studying emulsion technology until he discovered the first way to fully dissolve high concentrations of Vitamin C without compromising effectiveness. The result is a serum that outlasts and outperforms all other Vitamin C serums on the market, specifically retaining 94.25% stability after 16 months. By comparison, other water-based solutions have been shown to plummet to less than 82% ascorbic acid concentration after just eight to four months. ⁣ ⁣ #exclusivewithskincareanarchy #launchday
September 28, 2021
Ziad Halub, Founder of Supper Club Skincare
Use code ANARCHY20 at checkout on for 20% off Sabzi! Supper Club Skincare was founded by Ziad Halub, an industry expert with over 10 years of experience working with some of the world’s most prestigious skincare brands. Supper Club was founded for want of beautiful products that deliver beautiful results. At the forefront is a dedication to high quality and craftsmanship. Each product is designed to respect the raw materials. We want to transform ingredients and elevate them through nutritionally preserving extraction methods and expertly curated formulation. Supper Club produces exceptional, efficacious, multi action products from beautiful ingredients and the best materials possible.
September 26, 2021
Alyssa Hardy, Author, Former Fashion News Editor for Teen Vogue and Senior News Editor for InStyle
Alyssa Hardy is a fashion writer who’s worked in the industry for over 8 years. She was formerly the Fashion News Editor at Teen Vogue and the Senior News Editor at InStyle. She recently launched a newsletter titled, "This Stuff," which publishes twice weekly. In each edition, readers will find timely commentary on news stories and current events in fashion, along with personal essays, and musings on trends and celebrity style, featuring personal anecdotes from Alyssa’s life as a fashion insider. Alyssa is a staunch advocate for garment rights and has a deep passion for educating others about fashion’s environmental impact — tones that can be felt throughout ‘This Stuff.’ Her work has been featured in InStyle, Vogue, NYLON, Refinery29, TeenVogue, Ladygunn, M2M, and Allure. She is currently working on her debut book, a non-fiction exploration on ethics in fashion titled ‘Fashion Dystopia.’
September 24, 2021
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.
September 22, 2021
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.
September 19, 2021
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.
September 19, 2021
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”.
September 16, 2021
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.
September 14, 2021
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. 
September 12, 2021
Sarah Creal, CEO and Co-Founder of Victoria Beckham Beauty
A beauty industry vet who led innovation and formulation at a variety of top brands including Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, Estee Lauder, etc, Sarah met Victoria Beckham while formulating her capsule brand for Estee Lauder. Two working moms, Sarah and Victoria immediately connected and began ideating their own brand, Victoria Beckham Beauty. Bringing together Sarah’s robust beauty background and high standard for clean, performance beauty, along with Victoria Beckham’s luxe, high-fashion eye, Victoria Beckham Beauty was born.
September 10, 2021
Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora , Founder of HERB + FLORA
French triathlete and beauty brand founder, Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora offers an extensive resume as a former L’Oréal, Estée Lauder, and Coty executive along with launching her own beauty technology company, and her latest endeavor as founder of HERB + FLORA, a skincare line that marries her passion for sports, with her love of science and clean beauty. This skin-fitness line helps mimic the anti-aging effects of exercise on the skin with a blend of naturally derived ingredients and features autophagy-inducing topicals, clinically-proven ingestibles that promote cell health, and a silk pillowcase woven with copper threads that reveals glowing skin and hair after just a few uses.
September 07, 2021
Chris Young, Head of Sustainability and Co-Founder of Circumference Skincare
Chris Young, co-founder and head of sustainability for the up and coming line, Circumference, discusses the brand’s journey towards creating efficacious yet sustainable products that are catered to everyone. Chris has a background in fashion and has carried his experience into the design of the line’s aesthetics.
September 05, 2021
Ahsaki Báá LaFrance-Chachere , Founder and CEO of Ah-Shi Beauty
Ahsaki Baa LaFrance-Chachere, Founder/CEO of Ah-Shi Beauty, the first native American owned and operated luxury skincare and cosmetics brand in the united states. I am a proud dine (Navajo) tribal member and African American woman. The odds were against me as I faced social and economic challenges as a dark-skinned Native American. This gave me the fuel I needed to build Ah-Shi Beauty. I get to showcase that we as Native Americans/Indigenous people are diverse. We are not the pervasive image the media continue to perpetuate. In Navajo, Ah-Shi means: "This is me, This is mine." Ah-Shi Beauty - This is my Beauty! My customers set their own beauty standards. It is my responsibility that when my customers look in the mirror, they see themselves, feel empowered and continue to love the skin they are in. Ah-Shi Beauty has the opportunity to help the 500+ recognized reservations that are ignored. For the first time in history, we have a beauty brand with two locations that proudly operates both on and off a tribal reservation. I am in the position to expand and scale to exponential heights. All tribes across the country can relate to Ah-Shi Beauty. As the face of the brand, I am always pushing the narrative to show the world that we are here and our indigenous beauty will be recognized and respected. Ah-Shi Beauty is going to bring positive change to the beauty industry. We are a part of the movement that is resetting and reshaping beauty standards. The beauty industry can now include a member from the reservation at the table. I represent hope to my people. I am ready to work, learn and be the next Timeless Ionic Beauty Brand.
September 03, 2021
Rose Fernandez, CEO of ALGENIST
Rose Fernandez is the CEO of ALGENIST – Algae based skincare born from ingredient level innovation, delivering on 10 Day Results that boasts 8 patents with Alguronic Acid™ and 6 exclusive ingredients, 100% vegan, clean and safe.   Rose has more than 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in the beauty industry. Developing strong businesses across retail, digital channels and spa by focusing on brand, relationships and profitability. She is keenly passionate about assembling the right team and developing people to success. Rose has previously held senior-level management roles with established brands like Murad, Kate Somerville and Jurlique, and has been featured in various publications and podcasts as an expert on the topics of brand, strategy and leadership.   Rose has been prominently featured in both industry, business and beauty press including WWD, CEW, Beauty Independent, Glossy, Yahoo Life, GCI Magazine, Salon Today, Happi, Cosmetic Business, and more. Rose has also spoken at the highly coveted WWD Beauty Summit, a featured panelist for PWBC & Kaiser Permanente on Leading from the Center, held a Working Women Seminar for Manifest, and was part of Stila Cosmetics beauty panel featuring BOSSES in the beauty industry. Rose also contributes to business leadership discussions through podcast such as The Reboot Chronicles, The Impact Effect, Beauty Business School, and The Story of A Brand.   Rose holds a BS in Marketing from the University of Phoenix and served as a Spa & Wellness and Business Ethics instructor at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), where she is currently also on the Advisory Board. She has served as a board member for the Green Spa Network – an organization focused on providing education on sustainability – and is an active CEW member.
September 01, 2021
Michelle Roque-O’Neil, Founder of Therapie
To say that Michelle Roques-O’Neil is one of the leading lights of aromatherapy, globally today, would be an understatement. With over 40 years of experience, she is a spiritual health and wellness expert with rare intuition and a gift for healing that goes way beyond the dizzying array of disciplines she has knowledge of. Not only a trained aromatherapist but a Reiki Master, a trained reflexologist, a sound and cranio-sacral therapist who has studied Native American rituals, numerology, shamanism, Taoist Qi Gong, SRT and the alchemy of essences. Michelle offers one of the most spiritually profound and life-changing healing experiences currently available, globally, full stop. One client described a treatment with her as ‘like going on a retreat’. It all began back in the 1970s. Michelle left school and started off by cutting people’s hair with the original thought of going into hair and make-up. She trained in beauty therapy at Joan Price’s Face Place and Joan famously observed ‘have you ever thought of being a masseur, you’ve got incredible hands.’ A chance meeting with a model led her to explore the idea of aromatherapy massage and she wrote to ‘Godmother of aromatherapy’ Micheline Arcier and asked for an apprenticeship. Michelle then commenced on a transformative four-year journey with Micheline, intensively learning all she could about aromatherapy and massage and devouring books about healing and emotional modulation. Micheline Arcier (1923-2006) is credited with introducing aromatherapy into the UK. From her clinic in Knightsbridge she also trained aromatherapy luminaries Sue Beechey and Geraldine Howard, (contemporary to Michelle) who went on to found the global brand Aromatherapy Associates.
August 30, 2021
Philip Taylor, Founder and CEO of Carbon Theory
Philip Taylor is the Founder & CEO of Carbon Theory, the Anti-Breakout Brand for humans. Scaling the company from concept to what it is today, a global leader in the clean performance skincare category, Philip is a passionate brand & commercial leader with an eye for what consumers want. The iconic Carbon Theory Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Cleansing Bar, recently presented with Allure’s Best of Beauty Award 2020 was formulated in Philip’s kitchen sink in London in 2018. Carbon Theory has since achieved explosive growth and is now retailed across 4 continents both online and in over 6,000 stores globally with key retailers Boots (UK), Ulta Beauty (USA), Walgreens (USA) & Priceline (AUS). Philip is a former precision engineer with previous senior commercial roles in sales and marketing at Unibail Rodamco Westfield & Limelight Sports Group working on global campaigns with brands including Nike, Coca Cola and the NBA.
August 27, 2021
Anna Teal, CEO of Aromatherapy Associates
Anna Teal is currently the global CEO of Aromatherapy Associates and The Refinery. In addition to this, Anna is responsible for global business development within the Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Brands portfolio as well as being on the advisory board for the British Beauty Council, which was founded to represent the voices, opinions and needs of the beauty industry as well as engaging politicians and business leaders about the value of British beauty to the national economy. With over 20 years in the beauty and wellness industry, Anna has worked with some of the best beauty founders and entrepreneurs to help create and grow their businesses. As an industry leader who has grown and nurtured a range of brands in her role supporting global business development for Walgreens Boots Alliance Global Brands, Anna understands the power of connecting brands to consumers, making them modern, relevant and inspiring. At Aromatherapy Associates she has done exactly this, shining a light on the brands unparalleled authority in the field, and re-igniting conversations around just how exciting, dynamic and importance aromatherapy can be in the ever- growing wellbeing space. Anna has a real personal passion for wellbeing and believes it is something everyone has a right to.
August 25, 2021
Aggie Burnett, Industry Acclaimed Branding, Marketing and PR Expert, and Former Beauty Editor
Boscia 20% off code for listeners: WSKINCAREANARCHY Aggie Burnett is a publicist, marketing strategist, writer, editor and speaker. She is a graduate of NYU’s prestigious Journalism Program and started her career in editorial at Glamour Magazine before launching her fragrance brand, Nomaterra, from the ground up. Aggie’s work has been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, Glamour, CondeNast Traveler, InStyle, Elle, Vogue, Thrive Global, Rachael Ray, ABC, CBS, Refinery 29, Byrdie, PopSugar and more. She has worked with brands such as Mun Skin, Kahina Giving Beauty, Mented Cosmetics, Bashed, Uno Dos Trae, Six Degrees Society, Sahajan, and more. When she’s not helping brand founders take over the world, she teaches workshops, and speak on panels related to brand messaging, the art of the pitch, and guerrilla marketing.
August 22, 2021
Dr Orit Markowitz, Board Certified Dermatologist and Skin Cancer Expert, founder of OptiSkin
Dr. Orit Markowitz, New York City Board-Certified Dermatologist, skin cancer expert and Founder of OptiSkin in NYC, is revolutionizing the treatment of Basal Cell Skin Cancers. Dr. Orit Markowitz just completed a recent study published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, which shows how her signature technique, dubbed the “Markowitz Method” is the cutting edge of skin cancer treatment without the cutting. Using a customized combination of non-ablative lasers, the Markowitz Method has been proven more efficacious on non-melanoma skin cancers than invasive treatments like excision and radiation. Over the past decade, Dr. Markowitz has served as Director of Pigmented Lesions and Skin Cancer at both Mount Sinai Department of Dermatology and Brooklyn Veterans Hospital of Downstate University Medical Center, as well as Associate Professor of Dermatology at Mount Sinai and SUNY Downstate University Medical Center. Dr. Markowitz has trained and certified hundreds of imaging fellows, and she currently runs a fellowship in non-invasive imaging and early detection at SUNY Downstate Medical Center.
August 20, 2021
Martine Williamson, CMO of Revlon
Martine Williamson is the Chief Marketing Officer of Revlon.  She is responsible for global strategic planning for our brands, including brand equity and architecture, local market NPD as well as driving global marketing excellence across the organization.   Prior to Revlon, Martine was a Strategic Marketing Advisor at Topix Skincare, where she oversaw the strategy, brand visual identity, product portfolio and digital content for the relaunch of a premium skincare brand.  Prior to this, Martine was the EVP and CMO at Glansaol, a beauty start-up where she completed the acquisition of three complementary brands: Laura Geller, Julep and Clark’s Botanicals.  She also led the Laura Geller brand as the President and GM where she brought the brand to profitability while streamlining distribution and driving digital and e-commerce.   Prior to these roles, Martine spent 15 years at Revlon, working in both the Global and U.S. Marketing teams across all color cosmetics categories.   Martine is a graduate of State University of New York College at Oswego.
August 18, 2021
Ricardo and Pilar Quintero, Founders of Care. Skincare
After a successful career at Clinique, Ricardo decided it was time for a change. Together, he and Pilar extensively researched products in the market to see which ones were truly necessary for a healthy skincare routine. They partnered with a team of experts to create clean, custom formulas with new high-performance ingredients and safe, proven ones.​
August 17, 2021
Camila Pierotti , Sol de Janeiro, Founding Partner
Since launching Sol de Janeiro in the summer of 2015 with Heela Yang and Marc Capra, Camila has been focused on bringing Brazilian Beauty Secrets to life through the brand’s addictive and sensorial products. She guides the brand's product innovation strategy in the fast-expanding growing collection of luxurious products that encourage body love at its best. The inspiration for each product is rooted in Camila’s love of her home country’s positive attitude towards beauty and life. Prior to Sol de Janeiro, Camila spent 10 years in the beauty industry working in the skin care, color and gifting categories at Clinique and NARS. During that time, Camila drove global marketing strategies and innovative concepts that connected with consumers and led to the execution of many successful global product launches. These initiatives contributed to significant sales growth and also enhanced consumer engagement. Camila is a graduate of Georgetown University.
August 15, 2021
Indie Lee, Founder of Indie Lee Skincare
Countless medical professionals told Indie Lee after she was diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor in 2008 that there was very little that could be done. Doctors felt that the tumor could be environmentally derived and attributed to something as simple as what she was putting on her skin. This was her awakening. After surviving a successful surgery on Earth Day 2009 (yes, really.), she embarked upon a new journey - a clean beauty collection dedicated to inspiring and empowering others to be mindful about what they put on their skin as well as into their body. “When I was given a finite amount of time to live, the world became technicolor - I now appreciate every moment and I feel very fortunate to be creating a platform that will allow others to do the same. Education and empowerment are my driving forces and this line is the medium enabling me to pay my knowledge forward.” -Indie Today, Indie works with some of the world’s leading chemists and formulators who share her vision for the beauty and wellness industry, working to bring the cleanest, most efficacious formulas and products to market. She has spoken about her mission at events such as SXSW and PopSugar Play/Ground. She also serves on the FIDM Beauty Program’s Advisory Council. It is her sincere hope that her awakening creates change and inspires others to make healthier choices
August 11, 2021
Andrea Lisbona, founder of Touchland
Millennial entrepreneur Andrea Lisbona is setting out to disrupt the stale hand sanitizer industry with her innovative brand aimed at elevating everyday experiences, which has been in the works for more than a decade. Inspired by great innovators and the marriage of great function with great design, Andrea developed Touchland, a revolutionary brand of hand sanitizers that combine sleek, functional packaging with non-sticky, moisturizing, luxurious-feeling formulas that come in eight amazing scents. Lisbona ran a Kickstarter campaign in 2018, which resulted in the brand reaching 450% of its initial fundraising goal and more than 1,500 pre-orders for the product in just one month. In Touchland's first year of business, the brand enjoyed success largely driven by their community of social media followers (until recently, this community was grown and fostered directly by Andrea herself!). In that year, Touchland surpassed $2M+ in sales and landed retail distribution with ULTA, Urban Outfitters, Revolve, Liberty London, Sephora Mexico & many more. Touchland's innovative design and superior quality was instantly embraced by celebrities and influencers alike; the brand now counts Kris Jenner, Kesha, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Tyra Banks, Huda Kattan, KathleenLights and many more as fans!  At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, Andrea recognized the threat to the supply chain and pulled all manufacturing to North America so she could more closely manage the situation. After briefly selling out of Power Mists in mid-March, the brand amassed a waiting list of more than 34,000 orders! While most hand sanitizers remained out of stock, Touchland was able to ramp up production, clear regular FDA testing and get back on the shelves within a matter of weeks. Now, Touchland has been expanding into new retail partnerships with Target, Bloomingdales, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and many more. Additionally, the brand's KUB Hand Sanitizer Dispenser--which is the first internet-connected solution of its kind--has exploded to represent 50% of their business, with strategic partners like Equinox, Louis Vuitton, Sweetgreen, Marriott and dozens more. All the while, Touchland has been donating their hand sanitizers to hospitals and teachers to assist those working on the frontlines during the pandemic. Andrea is originally from Barcelona and relocated to the US in 2018 in order to manage the growth of Touchland from the US. She holds an MBA from ESADE and was a featured expert speaker at the European Commission. She currently lives in Miami with her husband and Chippy and Coco, their beloved schnauzers. In her spare time, she networks with other female entrepreneurs to share resources and advice. 
August 09, 2021
Cindy Barshop, Founder of V Spot Spas
Cindy Barshop is a nationally recognized, successful entrepreneur with a proven track record of over 20 years in women’s healthcare. Barshop founded the iconic Completely Bare Medi Spa in 1984 and it quickly became known as the go-to place amongst New York and Hollywood Elite for all female wellness services from waxing, laser, facials and spray tans. After selling Completely Bare, Cindy new there was more to be done in the female healthcare category and more treatments to offer women to make them feel their best; she went on to launch VSPOT in 2017 in New York and Philadelphia, bringing the same innovative approach and candor to the women’s sexual health and wellness marketplace. The former star of Bravo’s hit series Real Housewives of New York City has acquired numerous accolades including “100 Most Innovative Entrepreneurs” from Goldman Sachs and WWD’s Inner and Outer Guru. Barshop has been featured in countless publications as an authority in women’s health including Allure, Cosmopolitan, New York Times and Vogue, just to name a few.
August 08, 2021
Sahar and Sahar, co-founders of Sundree Skincare
SSD’s love of skincare grew out of her frustration with her own skin. After high school, her occasional flare ups became constant. including consistent cystic acne. Throughout college and as she entered a career in public relations and fashion. Sahar knew she had to get this under control because it wasn’t just affecting her skin, her confidence and mental strength were also being affected. Seeking the guidance of aestheticians and dermatologists alike, her education in skincare really began. After understanding that our skin can be a reflection of what’s going on internally, SSD sought out skin products with proven efficacy to enhance her skin’s texture and purity. Products that would calm The redness and inflammation, actively fight breakouts an hydrate the skin. That Experience lead to SSD to emerge her passions for skincare with mental health awareness. As an avid advocate for mental health coalition, her desire is for more people to embrace the fact that happiness is an inside job. Happy skin, Happy Within is not just a tag line - it is a mantra she lives by, but it takes work and community. The development of Sundree is a natural progression in its journey. An entrepreneur and true GLOW-getter at heart, SSD has founded multiple successful companies, most notable, laChambre Public Relations. Building branch through strategic VIP placement and media relations over the last 15 years, SSD has worked with some of the worlds most recognizable brands, including Aritzia, Kenneth Cole, Keds, New Balance, Swarovski, Elie Saab, Charlotte Olympia, and many more. Sahar also hopes to see more young, female entrepreneurs and people of color succeed. That’s why she launch INCUBATE, pro bono program that supports emerging designers and beauty entrepreneurs within the BIPOC community. SSD is also a founding member of I am a voter., a nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shifty around voting and civic engagement. SVN is a skincare junkie at heart whose obsession with all things skin started at a very early age. As a young girl, SVN watched her mom apply her skincare products gently with ease, always marking the importance of taking care of skin and having a committed routine to follow. As SVN embarked on the world of being a teenager, she was continuously reminded to wash her face nightly and to apply sunscreen regularly. This is where SVN’s love of skincare began. After graduating from the USC Marshall School of Business, Sahar attended and graduated law school. As important as her education was to her, deep down, Sahar knew she was meant to answer a higher calling - creating her own brand. She thought to herself, ‘What better field to venture into than the one I’ve been a part of since I was a girl - skincare!’ While pregnant, SVN was wary of the potentially toxic and impossible-to-pronounce ingredients in most of her skincare lineup. She also recognized that her seven-step routine was just way too complicated with the number of new responsibilities on her plate. But when she looked for a brand that was clean, simple, effective and affordable, she couldn’t find one. Realizing that skincare doesn’t need to be this complex, she began her journey to simplify skincare with the belief that less is more. Wanting only the best for herself, and women everywhere, she joined forces with SSD to bring Sundree to life.
August 04, 2021
Kayleigh Christina & Danielle Gronich, Founders of Clearstem Skincare
Holistic Nutritionist Kayleigh Christina is the co-founder of CLEARSTEM Skincare, a non-toxic skincare line that targets acne, anti-aging, and scar reversing utilizing premium ingredients. Christina’s journey into the skincare world started when she developed numerous health issues, including severe cystic acne in her mid-twenties and tried in vain to find a cure. Guided by a passion to make a positive impact, Christina studies the latest research on skin and whole-body wellness. She is the co-host of the Balancing Your Hustle podcast and published author of Healing with Apple Cider Vinegar: 115 Recipes for Health, Beauty, and Home. Danielle Gronich, known as The Acne Guru™, is the formulator and CEO of CLEARSTEM Skincare, a non-toxic skincare line that uses premium ingredients to correct acne, acne scars, DNA damage, and melasma. After her 10 year acne struggle and returning to school to earn her license, Gronich decided to open San Diego Acne Clinic in 2014. Her clinic takes a holistic approach with a 98% success rate for getting people clear and keeping them clear. Gronich is now known as the country's "Acne Guru". Today, her clinic has thousands of success stories to tell including celebrity clients.
August 03, 2021
Carmen Tal, Co-Founder of Morrocanoil
A moment of inspiration started a movement in the world of hair and body care. That moment happened when Carmen Tal discovered the transformative power of argan oil, beginning her journey to become the creative visionary behind the international, multi-category beauty brand Moroccanoil. While living in Montreal, she received a bad color process that left her hair severely damaged. “I was visiting Tel Aviv soon after this bad experience when I discovered what the Moroccanoil Treatment is today. I was at a local salon when a stylist applied an astonishing argan oil-infused treatment to my hair,” she says. The oil-infused treatment was different from any product she had ever tried before— and as a salon owner, she had tried many. “I saw the results instantly: My hair became shiny, smooth and manageable.” Carmen knew right away that this argan oil treatment was special, and she wanted to share it with other women. At the time, oil treatments were practically unheard of in the industry. “Everyone told us it was a flawed plan, that the market was too saturated with products,” she recalls. But her experience—as a hair salon owner, an executive in the fashion industry and a working mother— gave her a keen instinct for what other women would love. “With the demands of home and work life, finding products that are easy to use and make adventurous styling simple is a priority,” she says. The result was the now-famous original Moroccanoil Treatment. Her pivotal moment of inspiration revolutionized the beauty industry, creating an all-new oil-infused hair care category and an iconic brand in less than a decade. Today Moroccanoil remains the leader in oil-infused beauty, offering a complete line of hair care and styling products, as well as Moroccanoil BodyTM and Moroccanoil SunTM, in more than 65 countries and counting. Moroccanoil products are also used by top stylists for high-profile magazine shoots, fashion shows around the globe and awards shows like the Oscars and the Grammys. As Moroccanoil has grown into an international lifestyle brand, Carmen has remained a passionate, hands-on leader. Her vision forms the core of the brand’s DNA, from the unmistakable turquoise packaging to the exotic signature fragrance. “The Mediterranean is the root of my ideas,” she says. “The colors of the ocean, the clothes people wear, the fragrances in the air all inspire my vision for the brand.” With the launch of the Moroccanoil BodyTM and Moroccanoil SunTM collections, the brand now offers a complete head-to-toe lifestyle experience. “The body lineup is inspired by life’s pleasures—an exhilarating, experiential and sensorial journey through the Mediterranean—with products that not only refresh and rejuvenate the skin, but also provide well-being to the mind and senses.”
July 31, 2021
Olivia Palermo, Founder of Olivia Palermo Beauty
Olivia Palermo is a driven entrepreneur and international style authority whose curatorial approach to fashion has solidified her as an industry tastemaker. As Founder and Chief Creative Officer of the Olivia Palermo Group Inc., Olivia pairs her innate style sensibilities and proclivity towards aesthetic with the expertise and knowledge gained from her diversified experiences. Olivia has worked with some of the world’s most reputable brand across the fashion and beauty industries both behind the camera and in-front from creative consultation to ambassadorship. Most notably, Olivia is the founder of her eponymous beauty brand, Olivia Palermo Beauty, which launched in May of 2021 and seeks to offer a curated beauty wardrobe for everyone. In addition, Olivia oversees the direction for the editorial-driven e-commerce platform, The strong female influences in her life with art, interior, and fashion backgrounds, coupled with her attendance at the University of Paris, have heavily formed Olivia’s love of and appreciation for beautiful design. It is with this authenticity in her passion for aesthetic and quality that has allowed her to cultivate a global community of engaged fans and followers that look to her for advice and inspiration. Olivia is dedicated to supporting philanthropic organizations and is particularly devoted to the international non-profit Dress for Success, whose mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and development tools to help women thrive in work and life. Olivia has positioned herself as an identifiable role model who is a champion of confidence, entrepreneurship, and creativity.
July 27, 2021
Rae Morris, Top Global Makeup Artist, Founder, and Best Selling Author
Renowned as one of the most influential Makeup Artists in the world, Rae Morris is not only a number one best-selling author but also four times Australian Makeup Artist of the Year, the longest serving Makeup Director for L’Oreal Paris (2003-2013) and has been inducted into multiple Halls of Fame. Collaborating with some of the world’s leading photographers, Rae regularly works on editorial covers, and fashion and beauty features for magazines such as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and I.D. Magazine. In 2008 Rae’s first book, Makeup: The Ultimate Guide was an overwhelming worldwide success – since then she has published another 4 books culminating in the 2016 release of her 6th book, Rae Morris Makeup Masterclass. These instructional books are currently used as training manuals in top makeup schools around the world. Rae is also the designer behind the Rae Morris Magnetic Brush Range – the first magnetic makeup brush range in the world – which has been acclaimed as not only the most innovative, but one of the best makeup brush ranges in the world.
July 25, 2021
Lan Belinky, co-creator and Global General Manager of boscia skincare
With deep rooted beauty beginnings, Lan Belinky was destined to lead a global skincare brand. Born and raised until her young teens in Japan, the infamous center of skin care innovation, Lan was fascinated by the infinite beauty trends and tactics she was continually exposed to. Mesmerized by her Grandmother's meticulous 6-step beauty ritual and her Aunt's unique product application practices; the allure of the beauty world naturally beckoned. In the Spring of 1996, Lan's family moved to the United States so her Father and boscia Founder, Gen Inomata, could realize his dream of bringing Japanese influenced skincare stateside. Lan spoke solely Japanese at the time and worked diligently to learn English as a second language and acclimate into the American culture that was so brand new to her – but always, always held close her Japanese roots. Fast-forward a few years later, Gen's dream was realized and boscia was born. Lan attended The University of the Incarnate Word and graduated with a degree in Business Marketing, while spending every available moment helping to cultivate boscia. After graduating, Lan joined boscia full-time and helped lead many of the brand's major milestones including the first foray into prestige retail. Lan passionately believed in the power of boscia's fusion of botanical (BŌ) science (SHA), and that powerful skincare results could in fact be obtained from good-for-you ingredients. Lan attributes much of her contributions to boscia's growth directly to her biculturality. boscia's first collections (Tsubaki, Sake and Charcoal) were all inspired by her Japanese heritage as was BB Cream, which was the first of its kind to hit the US prestige retail market and garnered staggering success. In the Summer of 2010, Lan unearthed the Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask which catapulted to skincare fame and created the instantly gratifying peel-off mask craze. The Luminizing Black Charcoal Mask continues to reign as a boscia fan-favorite.
July 22, 2021
Dr Ellen Marmur, board certified leading Dermatologist
Few dermatologists in New York City are as highly respected as Dr. Ellen Marmur. After 8 years as Chief of Dermatologic Surgery at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Marmur is a leading dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon whose expertise includes skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, Mohs surgery, reconstructive surgery, women’s health dermatology, and cosmetic surgery. She also is a master of aesthetic procedures like neuromodulators, fillers, lasers, body sculpting, liposuction and more. Dr. Marmur’s tireless work in improving the field of dermatology for over twenty years has earned respect and admiration from her patients, peers, colleagues, and even the mainstream media. She has been quoted and featured in many media outlets, including Cosmopolitan, Vogue, Allure, Dr. Oz, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and NY1 among many others. She is known for her holistic approach to cosmetic surgery and was voted Best Botox in New York and Most Natural Filler in New York (Allure). In addition, Dr. Marmur has won the prestigious ASDS (American Society of Dermatologic Surgery Iron Surgeon session) audience award for Best Male Cosmetic Makeover.
July 21, 2021
Maria Karr, Founder of Rumore Beauty
Maria Karr is the founder of Rumore Beauty — the first Russian beauty store in the US. A former beauty industry executive, Maria spearheaded PR, communications and influencer marketing efforts for leading global beauty brands for the past 10 years. Born and raised in Russia, she’s been living in the US since 2007. In addition to her career in beauty, Maria has been teaching her signature course on PR and Communications at Baruch College, mentoring students, and running marathons in the US and abroad. Rumore Beauty is the first Russian beauty store in the US, offering natural skincare products from six Russian beauty brands – mi&ko, Botavikos, Laboratorium, True Alchemy, Innature and G.Love.
July 18, 2021
Tisha Thompson, Founder of LYS Beauty
A trained makeup artist turned beauty business maven, Tisha Thompson, is the Founder and CEO of LYSTM Beauty with more than 15 years’ industry experience in clean beauty product development, brand management, marketing, finance and operations. Unapologetic in her pursuit to diversify the marketplace, Tisha built LYSTM as a landing-place for makeup and skincare solutions that are uniquely catered to various skin types, textures and tones, while addressing common skin concerns, like hyperpigmentation, dark spots and sensitive skin. With ingredients as her tool and confidence as the goal, Tisha is on a mission to dispel the myth that clean beauty, deep shade ranges and high-performance products cannot coexist. Following a listen and respond approach to innovation, Tisha has spent years intimately studying the beauty consumer to fill gaps in the market as it relates to performance, shade offerings, undertones and marketing representation. Truly becoming one with the lab, she relays these consumer concerns for a final result that gives you the immediate payoff you want with the lasting benefits your skin needs. Because when it comes to your skin, compromising shouldn’t be an option. Innately curious and hungry for change, Tisha dedicates her time traveling the world to discover best beauty practices, emerging trends and consumer-facing concerns to create products that break down barriers and build up confidence. She is known for celebrating the non-conforming views of beauty through globally recognized campaigns. Most notably, after her frustration on the lack of representation in beauty campaigns and shade assortments, she launched the 4-in-1 Love Your SelfieTM Longwear Foundation and Concealer during her tenure at PUR. This product, which launched in 100 flattering shades, cemented her commitment to serving underrepresented communities through the vehicle of beauty. As a millennial mom of two, beauty enthusiast and undisputed go-getter, Tisha understands the industry’s need for clean products that are equal parts effective and inclusive. She dedicates her time traveling across the world to discover emerging trends, ingredients and practices and consumer-facing concerns, which are echoed throughout the company to produce a carefully curated collection of products that satisfy the needs of the global consumer. When she’s not at the baseball field with her two son’s, you can find her testing products in the lab, conceptualizing beautiful packaging or brainstorming strategies to break down the barriers in the beauty industry. Tisha earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Kennesaw State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
July 16, 2021
Bradley and Jonina Skaggs, co-founders of Skaggs Creative
Jonina is a native of Iceland and Skaggs’ Art Director. Upon completing her studies in architecture, Jonina completed a Master’s in branding and design. After working at some of San Francisco’s most notable agencies, Jonina and Bradley established Skaggs Creative, moving it to New York City two years later. Understanding the specific requirements of effective branding for a diverse range of businesses, including high-tech, hospitality, fashion, beauty, and fragrance, has been the key to her success, and to Skaggs’ numerous awards. Jonina has shaped a design sensibility and an aesthetic that is simultaneously aspirational, beautiful, and effective. On all project elements, she considers both the macro and micro — firmly believing that perspective and proportion are essential to shape and content. A European sensibility and a concise American directness work together to further her vision. Jonina is also a passionate educator, teaching marketing and communications at the University of Iceland, and branding and packaging at the College of Arts and Crafts in Northern Iceland. After completing his B .A. in architecture, Bradley worked on several urban planning and architectural projects in Germany and Luxembourg and began to embrace two design axioms: “form follows function” and “less is more.” Then in 1998, he and Jonina created SKAGGS Creative, where he serves as Creative Director. The agency’s ability to offer a wide-ranging branding knowledge and experience has earned them numerous industry awards for excellence and design innovation. By digging into the essence of a brand, Bradley works to develop verbal and visual identities as well as insightful marketing and communication strategies. Additionally, he is a professional product photographer, employing his skills to further unify and focus a brand’s identity. Working on all aspects of a brand architecture has solidified Bradley’s core belief about memorable branding.
July 15, 2021
Nova Kaplan, Celebrity Makeup Artist
Nova Kaplan is a multi-faceted makeup artist with years of experience under her belt. She has worked with talent such as Chrissy Teigen, Olivia Munn, Miranda Cosgrove, and Whitney Cummings. Her work has been featured in publications like Harper’s Bazaar and People Magazine. Nova has also recently had the joy of designing a new line of face gems for Cravings by Chrissy Teigen.
July 12, 2021
Jenna Rosenstein, Beauty Director at
Jenna Rosenstein is the Beauty Director at While attending NYU, she held internships at Women’s Wear Daily, Bloomingdale’s, Harper’s BAZAAR, and Allure, the latter of which she parlayed into her first job as the Beauty Assistant. She left Allure three years later as the Senior Beauty Editor, spent a few months at Refinery29 in the same title overseeing branded content, before finally landing back at BAZAAR to oversee all digital beauty content. When she's not testing every lipstick known to mankind, getting zapped by new lasers, or interviewing experts and celebrities, you can find Rosenstein re-watching Star Wars movies, reading books about new discoveries in science and health, and playing with her Bombay cat named Maddie.
July 09, 2021
Robin Doyle, founder of Beautyologie
In 1998, Robin Tolkan-Doyle landed a coveted position as a beauty editor for an inspirational teen magazine where she tested and wrote about every beauty product ever created. Years of freelance writing and editing for several publications and websites followed along with the creation of her own beauty accessory brand—Wrap Star—which graced the pages of national magazines and the shelves of well-known shops on Fifth Avenue and Robertson Blvd. Ultimately, the public relations and marketing world of beauty and fashion accessories is where Robin currently resides, running the boutique agency Charmed PR since 2006. Among many career highlights, Robin takes great pride in creating a cult-following for the foot care product Baby Foot; generating enough brand awareness for The Better Skin Co. to land a national Ulta Beauty account, and assisting the award-winning documentary Toxic Beauty to make waves in the media, so much so that Johnson & Johnson removed their talc-formulated products from U.S. shelves in May 2020. Beauty has always been at the forefront of Robin’s professional life, but more recently, her focus has shifted from the products she’s promoting to the intention behind them. With Beautyologie, Robin is proud to present and uplift brands with products that truly make a difference, not just on the surface of your skin, but in the world we live in.
July 07, 2021
Megan McIntyre, Digital Beauty Writer, Editor & Brand Consultant
Megan McIntyre is a beauty and wellness writer who got her start in the industry over 16 years ago when she stumbled into an editorial assistant job at WWD Beauty Biz after moving to NYC with no job prospects and $1000 in her bank account. What followed was a career in writing that took her from print to the heyday of digital, when she moved over to Daily Makeover as a senior editor, followed by a cold call to one of the co-founders of Refinery29 that led to her being hired as the head of the fledgling beauty department for the site.  After five successful years, she headed out on her own to become a freelance beauty writer, crafting reported features for publications like Byrdie, The Zoe Report, Coveteur, Glamour, Marie Claire, Gossamer, and Fashionista. She also works behind the scenes with many beauty brands as a copywriter and consultant to help them craft engaging marketing communications for consumers. Past clients have included Kiehl's, Ulta, Aveda, Pantene, Nexxus, and many more.  After 15 years living in Brooklyn, Megan decided she liked the proximity to skiing better than proximity to bagels (for shame!) and packed up her husband, 13-year-old Schnoodle Ellie, and borderline hoarder levels of face serums to head to Denver, Colorado last March. She loves the mountains and easy access to cannabis edibles, but TBH really misses decent bagels. Follow her on Instagram @megsmcintyre for her skincare nerd outs and perpetually sarcastic take on, well, everything.
July 05, 2021
Paula Floyd, Founder and CEO of Headkount
One hundred percent of the top 20 prestige beauty brands invest in a field sales team. Yet with the recent influx of indie brands, how can startups, even those that are on a hot streak and poised for greatness, afford the massive overhead associated with that oh-so-necessary team? Enter Headkount, the brainchild of Paula Floyd, a sales and education executive with over 25 years of experience at brands such as MAC, Benefit, Urban Decay, and more.  Though there’s been a current emphasis on growth in the DTC channel for most brands, Paula saw the desire from consumers to still experience a brand in person and the need to elevate the brick-and-mortar relationships that brands have with their retail partners. There are only so many resources available for up-and-coming and legacy brands alike, and it can be challenging to support both DTC growth and in-store retail opportunities. Headkount offers an alternative option that allows brands to scale their businesses in retail by removing the overhead that comes with a full in-house field sales team. Headkount does all of the heavy lifting associated with driving retail, including a field education team, account management, operations, and an experienced head of sales.  Most importantly, Headkount’s team of dedicated beauty educators creates and cements invaluable relationships with their customers and retail partners, and eliminates the need to continually scout, hire, and train new in-house staff for a position with a notoriously high turnover rate. All Headkount team members are referral-based and pass a rigorous application process to ensure that only the best of the best are on the floor representing Headkount’s clients, which currently include editorial and industry darlings Kosas, Lawless, Saint Jane Beauty, Merit, True Botanicals, and more. Headkount is a consumer-driven, cost-effective, and fast way to improve brand awareness, increase brick and mortar sales, and grow at scale, resulting in increased productivity and shipments, and significant new door growth.
July 02, 2021
Adam Schubak, Editor and Partner Manager for HEARST Magazines
Adam is a partner manager at Hearst Magazines. He has worked in media for 15+ years dabbling in TV, radio, and now the digital space. His skincare regimen includes Bearsville Soaps, Origins moisturizers, and Brickell cleansing products. In his spare time he likes to write fiction, attend live theater/concerts, and hang out with his cat.
July 01, 2021
Marie Reynolds, founder of Marie Reynolds London
With over 35 years working as a skin and wellness expert in the UK with many celebrity and beauty director clients, Marie has developed a unique approach to the skin, treating skin health holistically as a tri-effect, looking at internal and external influences on the body that can impact the skin. Her consultations involve looking at the feet, ears, and internal frequencies to determine the root cause of their issues, using holistic-science based treatments including Energy Therapy to 'read' the body. Marie’s work focuses on helping to bring balance to the body to enable overall healing and repair. Many conditions are born from energetic imbalances, dis-ease starts with energetic disturbances, and relationships between pathogenic influences may exacerbate or even cause pain and further symptoms. Marie’s method aims to seek out these imbalances and counteract them both internally and externally through her treatment. She offers in person and distance therapies as well as her own skincare and supplements line (launched in 2018). Marie has a network of high profile fans including many A List celebrities and Beauty Directors including Alex Steinherr, Newby Hands etc. Marie can be found at Fortnum & Masons, Central London, and her own clinic in Norfolk.
June 29, 2021
Margaret de Heinrich de Omorovicza, co-founder of Omorovicza Skincare
Originally from Jacksonville, Florida, Margaret served as a diplomat in Budapest, and was chief of staff to the US Ambassador to Hungary. While in Budapest she met her husband and co-founder of Omorovicza, Stephen de Heinrich. It was while Margaret took a post in Brussels, as chief of staff to the US Ambassador to the European Union, and Stephen in London, that the idea of starting their own skincare brand came to fruition. Budapest is a city rich in spas and Stephen's family happened to own the beautiful Rácz, which dates back to the 16th century. Stephen and Margaret married in 2005. The following year they launched their company from a tiny office in a beautifully decaying courtyard in Budapest. Today, Omorovicza is sold in some of the world's finest stores - Liberty, Harrods, Neiman Marcus, Lane Crawford - and has a loyal band of fans. Margaret and Stephen run the company while also raising four children and juggling various charity projects (Margaret works with the World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader programme and is a founding member of the British Fashion Council's trust promoting young designers). Margaret is also an enthusiastic art collector, fashionista and enjoys throwing a (virtual) dinner party or two.
June 23, 2021
Kym Douglas , industry Veteran and Beauty Expert for The ELLEN Show
Join Ekta for this exclusive interview with Kym as they discuss beauty from the unique perspectives that Kym brings to the forefront and shares immense knowledge and wisdom about the industry. Kym is a comedienne, television host, best-selling author, and lifestyle expert most recently known for her role on Hallmark Channel’s Emmy®-nominated show “Home & Family" where she is often called upon to co-host as well. For the past 16 years, she has been entertaining viewers with her antics on the #1 rated daytime “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” Kym was a member of the esteemed comedy troupe The Second City where she crafted her unique improv style that has made her a memorable host and entertainer. Kym has a broad and evolving fanbase that has taken followers and viewers through her roles on The Bold and The Beautiful, In Living Color, and L.A. Law. Kym and her husband, Jerry Douglas, (John Abbott, The Young and the Restless) have been married for 36 years and have one son, Hunter. After battling stage 3 breast cancer, Kym has been dedicated to helping women live more inspired and beautiful lives, while aiming to ignite change within the beauty industry with her mission to bring safer, cleaner beauty to all. With a playful heart she always manages to add just the right dose of humor as she informs, inspires, and encourages her fans and followers daily.
June 20, 2021
Anisa Telwar Kaicker, Founder of Anisa Beauty
USE CODE ANARCHY50 AT CHECKOUT FOR 50% OFF————————————Anisa Telwar Kaicker is the Founder and CEO of her namesake business, Anisa International. She started her business in 1992 and for almost 3 decades has pioneered the leadership, product development and culture of this globally branded business through the design and manufacturing of cosmetic brushes for makeup and skincare. She partners with the most esteemed brands in the beauty industry. In 2003 Anisa International vertically integrated their operations by opening their own manufacturing facility, Anisa China, in Tianjin. Fast-forward to 2020 and through substantial investment in social and environmental sustainability, Anisa has expanded her operations by opening two new state-of-the-art facilities: Anisa Tianjin and Anisa Jinghai. Committed to cleaner, safer and responsible manufacturing, these facilities employ over 500 individuals dedicated to the practice of cruelty-free and ethically made products. Now, after almost 3 decades of providing superior products to the best brands in the business, Anisa has chosen to further expand her innovation with a specialized category of cosmetic brushes focused on skincare application through ANISA Beauty. Anisa’s personal reputation is equally notable and includes long-standing philanthropic contributions that span causes for homeless families, animals and the conservation of our environment.
June 19, 2021
Celeste Lee and Lorrie King, co-founders of Caire Beauty
Lorrie and Celeste knew they were onto something ‘important’ when their friends were constantly asking for skincare recommendations because their long-time moisturizers and regimens were not ‘doing’ it. Both Lorrie and Celeste believed that aging and menopause need to become de-stigmatized and become openly acknowledged as a time of growth, wisdom, and shared community strength. They also believed that aging is a complex issue for every human but for women in particular, as women are culturally trained from childhood to associate personal identity and success with their facial and body appearance.After meeting with scientists to truly understand how and why skin aging changes after 40 and again at the onset of actual menopause, they realized there was an opportunity to really educate and empower modern women by empowering their skin with science-backed, clean formulated, hormone responsive skincare solutions. They like to say that they put the “I” in Caire to symbolize each individual woman’s unique journey.
June 16, 2021
Cora Miller, Co-Founder of Young King Hair Care
Cora Miller, founder of the brilliant line, Young King Hair Care, shares the journey of motherhood that led her to creating a truly targeted line for filling this huge white space in the industry. Cora sheds light on the need for proper hair care for children of color and the need for products to promote hair health from the beginning of a child’s life. Young King Hair Care is crafted to be 100% clean and safe but also nourishing for curly, textured hair. Cora shares great insight into her motivation behind accessible products for children of all ethnicities. “We founded Young King as parents spending countless hours Googling to find high quality products for our son Kade. Representation matters so join us in celebrating and elevating Black and Brown boys across the globe.” Cora & Stefan, Founders of Young King
June 14, 2021
Emily DiDonato (Supermodel) and Christina Uribe (Googler), cofounders of COVEY
Save 10% using code ANARCHY10 on————————Emily is a globally recognized supermodel. Over her 10+ year career, she has graced the covers of Vogue (French, Ukraine, Mexico, Arabia and Australia), Allure, Glamour, Maxim, Narcisse, WSJ, and Lui. She has served as the face of Maybelline cosmetics for eight years and was the global spokesmodel for the skincare brand, Biotherm. She is passionate about beauty, wellness, skincare and promoting body positivity. In addition to her modeling career, Emily is a skilled digital content creator who built a successful social media following across multiple platforms including Instagram (2.2MM), TikTok (365K+) and YouTube (400K+). Christina is an online media & advertising executive. In her 12 year career at Google, she’s collaborated with agencies & clients, both brand and direct response focused, to create and oversee industry-leading campaigns that span Google’s marketing platforms. She has led the strategy, execution and management of digital marketing campaigns across media & entertainment, healthcare and government industries. She’s also been featured as a keynote speaker at the Agents of Change Summit on digital for public health, YouTube creative best practices at Google’s Agency Inspire academy and executive summits at Google’s PartnerPlex.
June 11, 2021
Michael Krans, VP Head of Industry- Beauty, Fashion And Luxury at HEARST
Michael Krans, industry veteran, shares exclusive insight into the magazine side of the beauty world and discusses emerging topics such as representation for men and women in the industry and much more. Check out Michael’s full bio on our IG
June 09, 2021
Antonia Knox, Brand Manager and Spokesperson for Aurelia London
Antonia Knox started her career at Aurelia Probiotic Skincare alongside founder Claire Vero in 2013. A vital part of building the Aurelia brand, Antonia has been on Aurelia’s journey from the very beginning. Having started working in Claire's kitchen on formulas and innovation, Antonia has since headed up training employees and retailers, before being appointed Brand Expert in 2019. Antonia's passion and knowledge for Aurelia are truly invaluable, making her the go-to spokesperson for all things Aurelia, be it skincare benefits, the power of probiotics, or a deeper look into the complex science and ingredients within the range. Antonia had a passion for beauty from a very young age and was mesmerized by watching her mother get ready at her dressing table. It was makeup and color that first captivated Antonia, and even at the age of 12, she would encourage her older sisters to sit for makeovers. This passion continued after school and university, where Antonia began work at Space NK in Islington, honing her skills as a makeup artist but also discovering the fascinating and varied world of skincare. It was while working on the shop floor that Antonia realized the power that good skincare can have on an individual and the training she received with a variety of brands fueled her interest in cosmetics. Having joined Aurelia’s team in the brand’s earliest stages, Antonia’s journey has been a successful one and she has grown with the brand as Claire’s protegee and confidante. Since Claire’s decision to step back from the day-to-day, Antonia has taken up the position of brand expert and spokesperson and continues to communicate the benefits of the brand she fell in love with in 2013.
June 07, 2021
Rachel Behm, Founder and CEO of Layers Skincare
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June 04, 2021
Heidi Brown, CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Brilliance by Brown Inc
Heidi Brown is the CEO and Editor-in-Chief at Brilliance by Brown, Inc., a media company for skin health. Prior to founding Brilliance by Brown, Heidi was a seasoned C-Suite marketing executive, strategist, and communications editor in the technology sector—specifically, data storage, networking, and enterprise software solutions. Her list of accomplishments includes the release of three enterprise software products for the financial services and business services sectors, and she helped successfully position a B2B media technology company for an acquisition sale in 2017. The launch of Brilliance by Brown in late 2019 was a response to the lack of skin wellness insights and minimal marketing of skin care products to women over the age of forty. With a multicultural lens that spans the spectrum of skin tones and skin types, this single-source game changer leans into aging well, features conscious-minded skin care companies, provides skin wellness awareness programming, offers virtual access to medical experts and thought leaders, and recommendations of skin care products for skin which requires more nourishment from head to toe. A wellness enthusiast and practitioner, Heidi graduated from Columbia Business School, Columbia University with an MBA, and she earned a B.A. in English Literature from University of California, Berkeley. Heidi is an active board member of two non-profit organizations.
June 02, 2021
Emmanuelle Moeglin, Founder of Experimental Perfume Club (EPC)
Having worked her entire career in perfumery, Emmanuelle defines it as her passion and life. Her fascination with fragrances started from a young age and developed with time and education into a love for ingredients. She started her journey at the perfumery school ISIPCA in France, where she learned about the science and secrets of fragrance creation. Emmanuelle then went on to travel the world, collaborating with some of the most esteemed perfumers, working as a Fragrance Design Manager for brands such as L'Oréal and Puig in Paris, Barcelona, and New York. EPC was born out of the want of bringing education and the art of perfumery to the general public, providing perfume lovers with relevant understanding and support to allow them to create their very own fragrance, all while learning what it takes to create a perfume. Emmanuelle is a classically trained nose with 15 years of experience working in the fragrance industry. She is a perfume teacher, public speaker, and the creator of the EPC fragrance collection. She is also a member of several perfumers associations including SFP (French Society of Perfumers), BSP (British Society of Perfumers), and IFRA (International Fragrance Association).
June 01, 2021
Keya James, Founder of Tailored Beauty and YouTube Beauty Guru
As a business mogul, Keya has acquired an audience of nearly 40K Subscribers on her personal Youtube channel. This visionary started her haircare journey in the kitchen, whipping up high-quality ingredients for the basis of her incredible Everything Butter, loved by Black influencers including CurlieCrys, Amanda Finesse, and Anjie. From there, she documented her trials and errors on her YouTube channel, where she discusses anything from self-care, lavish living, and entrepreneurship advice for other Black women and small business owners. Keya’s success can be credited to her transparency, bubbly personality, and making maximum use of her platform by documenting different areas of her life. Seeing a woman of color in this space is inspiring more women to take action on their dreams, paving the way for other female entrepreneurs “Black women represent 42% of new women-owned businesses—three times their share of the female population—and 36% of all Black-owned employer businesses.” Although stunted since the pandemic, Keya perseveres. Today, the flourishing company that began in Keya’s kitchen is now available at Walmart, and her success has been featured in outlets like Cosmopolitan and Fashionista.
May 30, 2021
Ali Reed, Founder of Stratia
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May 28, 2021
Lindsay Holden and Britta Chatterjee, co-founders of Odele Beauty
Female founded, owned, and operated, Odele was created by Lindsay Holden, Britta Chatterjee, and Shannon Kearney, with the mission of uncomplicating and democratizing the beauty space. With the co-founders’ extensive experience in retail, marketing, and manufacturing, Odele brings clean, premium, and inclusive haircare products to families nationwide via one of the most trusted retailers, Target. Intending to streamline haircare, Odele provides a selection of nine products, categorized by color, with both researched-backed benefits and hair type sustainability marked on the packaging, making navigation between regimen options clear and easy. In this episode, host Ekta spoke to two of the three founders, Lindsay Holden, and Britta Chatterjee. Lindsay is a retail professional and sales savant with over 15 years of experience; the past eight years serving as a Senior Buyer for Target corporation. She’s led multiple cross-functional teams to develop merchandising strategy, product development, promotional strategy, and much more. She has also run P&Ls across both brick and mortar and online businesses. A consummate marketer, Britta has spent the last 15 years of her career across six different industries in both manufacturing and retail including Target and General Mills, working to build brands, restructure broken businesses, and find new revenue streams. For the past five years, she has focused on helping brands within the beauty space re-define their strategies through the lens of the consumer.
May 26, 2021
Monika Blunder, Professional Makeup Artist and Founder of Monika Blunder Beauty
Monika Blunder is a Los Angeles-based makeup artist. She was born and raised in a small mountain town in Austria and moved to America by herself at the age of 23 to pursue a career in the makeup industry. Her leap of faith paid off as she studied under master makeup artists including Kevin Aucoin and Paul Starr. Today, Monika has established herself as an in-demand artist, working with celebrities such as Gemma Chan, Amanda Seyfried, Jessica Alba, Kate Hudson, and Megan Fox. Her work has graced the pages of Vogue, InStyle, Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, and GQ UK, where she worked with photographers Patrick Demarchelier, Mark Abrahams, Wayne Maser, and Norman Jean Roy. Monika’s love and passion for empowering women through beauty extend to her YouTube channel, where she creates videos and tutorials for her community. She has over 200,000 subscribers and is passionate about creating content that encourages people to feel and look their best through makeup, hair, and healthy living.
May 24, 2021
Hind Sebti, Founder of whind
Growing up in beautiful Morocco, Hind’s love of beauty date back to her fascination with indulgent Hammam rituals. Starting a career that spanned over 20 years at L'Oréal and Procter and Gamble in various management roles, Hind led iconic brands such as Olay, as well as cult ones such as Redken to better connect with consumers and deliver market-leading success. Throughout her time in the beauty industry, Hind concluded that when it comes to skincare, there is no performance without consistency, and there is no consistency without joy in using the product. As she saw beauty become cold and soulless with functionality elevated at the expense of joy, she was inspired to create a warmer vision of beauty that puts sensoriality at the service of performance. This was the beginning of whind. Sebti developed whind under the Waldencast incubator in 2019 where she brought her unique perspective of spotting and investing in the most promising consumer-centric purpose-driven brands of tomorrow. With whind, she delivered a new form of a beauty brand, one that embraces the power of modern science to create extremely effective formulas that are imbued with sensorial ingredients from sun-kissed climes. whind embodies a new kind of beauty. One that is both effective and evocative. Its high-performing actives have the proven ability to transform, while its tantalizing textures and blissful scents magically transport those who walk barefoot in the sand and dance high-heeled under the stars, to lands blessed with warm golden light. Use our promo code ANARCHY10 to get 10% off your whind products at checkout!
May 22, 2021
Elyse Koenig, founder of Elyse Koenig Beauty & Wellness Consulting
Elyse Koenig is a beauty and wellness industry veteran who has worked cross-functionally on skincare, haircare, color cosmetics, men's grooming, fitness studios, and more in both the mass market and prestige verticals. Helping brands grow and succeed in a crowded marketplace is her passion, and it’s Elyse's mission to make her clients stand out above the noise. With over a decade of experience in beauty, Elyse honed her skills at top beauty agencies in New York City, including LaForce and Alison Brod, before becoming the first in-house PR Director for Too Faced Cosmetics in Los Angeles. She then developed and led the beauty and wellness division of Wetherly Group, a bicoastal fashion agency. There she was charged with signing new business for the emerging division and managing the cross-country team. Having worked at agencies big and small as well as in-house for a global cosmetics powerhouse, Elyse was ready to strike out on her own and create Elyse Koenig: Beauty & Wellness Consulting. Elyse’s favorite part about having her own business is choosing to work with smart, forward-thinking brand leaders who are ready to take their beauty businesses to the next level. Her clients and their passion for the industry continue to inspire her.
May 20, 2021
Amy Gordinier, founder and CEO of Skinfix
Skinfix is the first clean, clinically active skin care brand vetted by unbiased dermatologists. The Nova Scotia, Canada-based brand was founded in 2014 by Amy Gordinier after she discovered a powerful 19th-century heritage formula for treating eczema. Since then, Skinfix has expanded to address the most stubborn skin issues and heal, replenish and maintain the vital skin barrier. The skincare portfolio, which has won over 40 major beauty awards, currently features seven collections: Barrier+, Resurface+, Eczema+, Correct+, Redness Recovery+, Remedy+, and Inked+. A firm believer in the link between mental health and skin wellness, Gordinier feels a moral imperative to prove the effectiveness of the products by investing in clinical trials and publishing the results. Skinfix also shares the percentages of active ingredients on the packaging, so consumers know exactly what they are getting in each bottle. All of the products are cruelty-free and all of the formulas are vegan or beegan. Skinfix’s cartons are made from 100% recycled or reclaimed fiber, and almost all primary packaging components contain a high percentage of post-consumer recycled plastic. Skinfix is currently available throughout the United States and Canada exclusively at Sephora and directly through the Skinfix website. The brand further supports mental health by donating 1% of all sales to YourMomCares, an organization dedicated to providing mental wellness resources to children around the world.
May 19, 2021
Céline Talabaza, CEO of Noble Panacea
Céline is the Chief Executive Officer at Noble Panacea, which she co-designed with Sir Fraser Stoddart, the Founder and Nobel Laureate of Chemistry 2016, and Audrey Bois Nicolai, the Head of Brand Development. She comes with fifteen years of experience in brand development and strategy crafting in the Beauty industry. She made her debut globally at top multinational corporations such as L’Oréal, LVMH, and Unilever where she led these functions across international markets in Paris, Madrid, New York City, Singapore, and most recently, Zurich. Céline brings her expertise in creating a unique brand vision that is holistic and relevant to the modern high-end client. At her start with Noble Panacea, she dedicated her energy to understanding the vision of the brand’s founder in conjunction with profound consumer insights, which enabled her to define strong core values, an elevated visual identity, and a very promising innovation funnel set to revolutionize the beauty industry. During her relatively short career, Céline has worked with over 50 different nationalities and continuously promotes multicultural awareness and leadership. She always composes her team with the best experts in their domain and puts a focus on diversity as it has been proven to create an irreplaceable team dynamic that fosters invaluable creativity and innovation. Céline is passionate about education. Céline believes that leading the strategy and messaging of a global beauty player like Noble Panacea comes with a responsibility to effectively portray inclusive beauty and communicate positive aging through achievable standards while remaining highly aspirational. Responsible consumption is very much ingrained in her culture. Together with her team, she dedicated significant efforts to create a brand that uses renewable materials and sustainable design throughout the consumption process, all well before commercializing.
May 17, 2021
Liza Suloti, Partner at SHADOW
As a leading PR and marketing expert, Liza maintains extensive relationships and leverages her expertise in brand development, strategy, feature story procurement and deep relationships within the broadcast community to service SHADOWs clients. At the onset of her career, Liza immersed herself in the fashion, lifestyle and retail industries while building a name for herself at Susan Blond, Inc., under the helm of Andy Warhol protégé and music executive Susan Blond. During her time, she supported the agency’s entry into fashion and beauty, channeling her passions and ultimately shaping her future as a brand marketer for some of the industry’s biggest names. It was also there that Liza was introduced and worked for mentor and now business partner at SHADOW, Brad Zeifman. Liza has continued to shape the vision and culture of SHADOW through her leadership and day-to-day contributions as well as her role in business development.
May 16, 2021
Ron Robinson, Cosmetic Chemist, Founder and CEO of BeautyStat
BeautyStat’s cosmetics chemist founder, Ron Robinson, has been regularly quoted and featured in beauty magazines and tv beauty segments (resident beauty expert for see links Allure and Refinery29). His dedication to researching beauty ingredients and technologies is respected by beauty journalists, editors and influencers. Because after reviewing thousands of products and ingredients, Ron’s team discovered the holy grail, a technology that really works and addresses consumers biggest skincare needs.
May 13, 2021
Victoria McAbee and Jasmine Lee, co-founders of WHIMSY official
Whimsy Official is a modern beauty and wellness atelier focused on clean, plant alchemy and conscious luxury. By redefining the beauty and wellness space, we redefine consumerism which takes us one step closer to global sustainability. Founders Victoria McAbee & Jasmine Lee launched the DTC line in August 2020 with a goal of creating inclusive, clean, non-toxic, and plant-based products that are industry-leading and redefining. Started in their college town of Auburn, Alabama as a mobile matcha bar turned brick-and-mortar shop, they've quickly pivoted into the thriving e-commerce brand, offering their signature Ceremonial Grade Matcha and Glow Getter Collagen Blend, as well as their recently launched Halcyon Botanic Serum and Lip Gleam Nº1.
May 13, 2021
Laura Gerchik, US General Manager for Biologique Rechere
Biologique Recherche’s purpose is to further skin quality and health, helping enhance the self-esteem that’s so essential to people’s fundamental wellbeing. To this end all our staff, distributors, suppliers and wider stakeholders strive daily to improve societal and environmental wellbeing, now and in the future. Skin is the reflection of ourselves; it isn’t consistent, but multiple over the course of a day, of a life. “Everyone has different Skin Instants. Biologique Recherche’s Methodology treats each person’s epidermis in a personally tailored way.” ~Dr Philippe Allouche
May 11, 2021
Michelle Jacobs and Sally Mueller, Co-Founders of Womaness
Michelle and Sally, Co-Founders of the breakthrough line Womaness, discuss the importance of menopositivity and the journey that led them to creating a refined option for women’s health. Sally and Michelle discuss the vision of providing accessible products and share their key insights into the industry as a whole. Womaness is a high-performance collection of modern menopause products created by women for women that offer solutions from head to toe (and everything in between). We don’t want anything to stop us—that includes hot flashes, dry skin, and sleepless nights. Through innovative products, essential information, and unlimited inspiration, Womaness takes the “pause” out of menopause and sparks the power of Menopositivity: a radiant, dynamic outlook that embraces who we are today.
May 10, 2021
Hope Smith, Founder of MUTHA
Hope Smith, Founder of MUTHA , shares the details of creating an empowering and beautifully crafted brand for women to truly enjoy throughout the changes that come with growth, motherhood and beyond. Hope shares her vision and purpose behind creating a body care skincare line rooted in body positivity and strength and the phenomenal discovery that has led to a range of industry acclaimed products.
May 07, 2021
Molly Hart, Founder of HIGHR Collective
Molly Hart, founder of HIGHR Collective, the first carbon-neutral makeup range to launch into market, shares her vision for creating a line that is keeping sustainability at the forefront while maintaining the highest standards of beauty. Molly shares her insight into the industry and what led her to create an inclusivity driven, fashion forward line.
May 06, 2021
Elana D. Szyfer, CEO of RéVive Skincare
Elana D. Szyfer, CEO of RéVive Skincare, shares the incredible journey of the timeless brand RéVive, and the discoveries that led to the creation of their globally successful products. Elana offers insight into the business behind growing a brand in multiple international economies such as China, among others, and the process of expanding a brand that is now a trusted option in skin health by consumers worldwide.
May 05, 2021
Steffanie Attenberg, Chief Brand Officer NewBeauty / SANDOW
Steffanie Attenberg, Chief Brand Officer for NewBeauty / SANDOW shares her incredible vision for the beauty industry and NewBeauty’s incomparable approach to keeping facts and knowledge above all else in this ever expanding industry. Steffanie shares her insight into what makes a great publication and shares the details that go behind NewBeauty’s coveted beauty awards.
May 03, 2021
Melissa Sansone, Vice President of SEEN Group
Melissa Sansone is currently the Vice President of SEEN Group, a communications agency with offices in NY and London with a deep-rooted specialism in beauty, rostering clients such as Byredo, Tatcha, Westman Atelier, Shen Beauty, CND, Pai Skincare, Frank Body, Klorane, Avene and Omorovicza to name a few. As a dedicated and passionate public relations professional, Melissa’s multi-faceted expertise includes client strategy and service, influencer marketing, media relations, event execution, consumer behavior, international distribution, product development and brand partnerships. Melissa began her career in PR at Paul Wilmot Communications where she spent seven years building her networking and representing beauty brands such as MAC Cosmetics, La Prairie, Perricone MD, IMAN Cosmetics, Molton Brown and BITE Beauty. She credits her foundation, drive and unwavering resourcefulness to her roots at the agency. From there she moved on to work at Karla Otto in New York followed by a three-year stint in-house at Dr Dennis Gross Skincare, where she was Director of Global PR & Influencer handling brand and founder PR, digital marketing and social strategies . Her expertise in founder-led brands fueled her shift into brand consultancy for brands such as Playa and Artis, before being tapped for the Director of Influencer Marketing position with Coty, leading up Burberry, Tiffany & Co., Hugo Boss, Alexander McQueen and Calvin Klein fragrances. She currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband and her overflowing closet of beauty products.
May 01, 2021
Lindsay Miller, Deputy Editor at POPSUGAR
Lindsay Miller is an award-winning journalist and Deputy Editor at POPSUGAR. In her role, she helps guide storytelling, content, and strategy across the brand's social, editorial, and video platforms, in categories from pop-culture to politics. With more than a decade in journalism, Lindsay has broadcast live from the Oscars red carpet, covered the Cannes Film Festival, and interviewed the top celebrities and thought-leaders of our time. She has provided expert commentary for the Associated Press, BBC, Good Morning