Mar 26, 2021
Peloton’s Cody Rigsby: The Seinfeld of Cycling
Nick rides solo in an interview with quarantine’s favorite fitness instructor, Peloton’s Cody Rigsby. They talk Cody fan TikTok accounts, teaching in relative obscurity before he started getting 25,000 cyclists tuning into his "#FreeBritney" and "Xoxo, Cody" rides, what goes on behind the scenes of a Peloton production, and how he keeps up appearances, inside and out. Plus! Top stories and products of the week!
1 hr 7 min
Mar 12, 2021
Instagram Makeup With Katie Jane Hughes
This week, Annie talks with Instagram’s favorite makeup artist, Katie Jane Hughes. Annie and the Brooklyn-based Hughes reminisce about working together over the years, their holy grail products, plus we get the scoop on Katie’s own brand launch... And of course we have the week's biggest beauty news and a very special Product of the Week from our own Alisha Bansal (@alisha.b1).
1 hr 5 mins
Mar 5, 2021
An Eyewitness Baby, Becca Cosmetics’ Demise, The Rise & Fall & Rise of Deciem & More!
Annie and Nick are back this week, discussing the abrupt closure of Becca Cosmetics, an attempted Latin-inspired rebrand of KVD Beauty (post-Kat Von D), and Estée Lauder’s big-deal acquisition of Deciem, the parent company of TikTok famous clinical brand The Ordinary. Plus, Nick talks about being a daddy (zaddy?) and we have a Creme de la Mer dupe thanks to a reader-submitted Product of the Week!
Feb 12, 2021
Paula's Choice With Paula (Begoun), Herself
Annie and Nick talk with beauty pioneer and industry rabble-rouser Paula Begoun, the founder of the cult skincare brand Paula's Choice and the product review database Beautypedia. They discuss Begoun's decision to launch a skincare brand on the internet in 1995; her ingredient research process; and why no one should pay more than $100 dollars for anything they put on their face (injectables are another story...). Plus, Annie and Nick make Begoun play a few rounds of their favorite either-or-game, Paula's Choice.
1 hr 13 mins
Feb 5, 2021
Allure's Michelle Lee on Redefining The 'Magazine' & The Future of Beauty
Allure Editor in Chief Michelle Lee joins Annie and Nick to talk shop: too many brands, the future of beauty tech, and how she gave everyone at the Conde Nast title a new role when she started in 2015. But first, QAnon vs. Sephora, and Ulta curves the 15 Percent Pledge.
1 hr 15 min
Jan 22, 2021
Jenna Lyons Talks 'Life After Death,' Making Reality TV, and Getting Scrappy
Annie and Nick talk with fashion icon turned beauty entrepreneur (and newly minted TV star) Jenna Lyons. The former president and creative director of J. Crew (she invented an entire 2000s aesthetic) speaks candidly about disentangling her identity from the preppy retailer she spent 27 years working for, her new false-eyelash venture, and the harsh reality of building a business from the ground, up (all on a HBO docuseries). Plus, Annie and Nick dig into the inauguration glam, Kylie Jenner's confusingly low shower water pressure, and more. Plus, the first reader-submitted product of the week!
1 hr 10 mins
Jan 15, 2021
Purito-Gate, Explained; The FTC Comes For Gen-Z's Body Hair; & Otters, Bears, and Twinks...
We're baaaack, snitches! Annie and Nick keep it Top Stories-only this week, covering all the topics we missed over the holidays, from Korean skincare brand Purito's SPF scandal to COVID party-shaming (or is it accountability?) to the FTC's rejection of Billie razors' Proctor & Gamble acquisition to the results of Sephora's "Racial Bias in Retail" study. And so much more. Plus, Nick discovers he has more than a beauty-fixation in common with J*free St*r... Honestly, it's a must-listen. We're happy to be back! P.S.: Make sure to DM @eyewitnessbeauty with your Products of the Week for a chance to be featured on a future episode!
Dec 8, 2020
Holiday Gift Guide For The Toughest To Please
AKA the best holiday gift guide ever. Annie and Nick take 50+ reader-submitted questions about the hard-to-please people in their lives. Toughies such as: what to buy your father and his new family? Your snobby step-mother? Your hypebeast brother who buys everything he wants himself? Your boss who always says you remind her of herself when she was your age....LINKS BELOW!
Dec 4, 2020
Clooney-Approved Hair Vacuums, Retail Relationships, Rebrands, and More
Annie and Nick dive into the week's top stories, including Sephora's new 10-year partnership with Kohl's, JLo's skincare line, a rebrand the world didn't ask for, and more. Plus, Nick explains the intricacies of baby diaper changing and Annie reveals her go-to skin-evening concealer palette. And make sure to DM us on Instagram @eyewitnessbeauty with your gift-giving quandaries. We'll find something for everyone. Next week is our 2020 finale gift guide episode!
Nov 20, 2020
We Made A New Best Friend (it's Clark Moore)!
Annie and Nick talk with actor, writer, podcaster, and overall ray of light Clark Moore (Love Simon, My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Soul Balm podcast) about black and queer representation in movies and TV, his own path from Dartmouth College to Hollywood, and the pretty simple skin and hair routine he's honed over the years. Plus, Annie and Nick call the celebrity 'creative director' trend beauty (Emrata, Dakota Johnson, Jennifer Aniston all have new titles!), try to understand Revlon's ongoing issues, and find the absolute best eyebrow tweezers (that are actually sold at your local Joann's Fabric).
1 hr 14 mins
Nov 13, 2020
More Questions & Answers! By Popular Demand!
Annie and Nick are together (in the same room) and taking all of your wonderful and sometimes random questions, in a very special episode of Eyewitness Beauty.
Nov 9, 2020
Spirit Hacking With Amanda Chantal Bacon
Annie and Nick catch up with friend and Moon Juice founder Amanda Chantal Bacon about discovering skincare in her 30s (P50 was her gateway drug) and the future of the wellness industry. Plus, top stories and products of the week!
1 hr 20 mins
Oct 30, 2020
Nerding Out With Perfumer Frank Voelkl
Annie and Nick talk with Frank Voelkl, the nose behind some of today's most ICONIC fragrances (Santal 33, Paris Hilton's Dazzle, Glossier You) about his formula for success, what your scent preferences say about you, and the fragrance-in-skincare debate. Plus! It's a slow news week in the beauty industry but that doesn't stop Annie and Nick from breaking down the stories of the week and just generally having a chill time.
1 hr 16 mins
Oct 23, 2020
Byredo's Ben Gorham: The Michael Jordan Of Beauty
Annie and Nick talk with the one and only Ben Gorham, professional basketball player turned perfumer and founder of Byredo, the cult fragrance brand that now makes candles, handbags, leather accessories, sunglasses, and as of this month, color cosmetics. They talk about the challenge of selling smells on the internet, maintaining brand relevance, and making makeup with Isamaya Ffrench. Plus, Nick worries about BLACKPINK and Annie has a new addiction...
1 hr 8 mins
Oct 16, 2020
Diagnosing Racial Trauma With Dr. Jessica Isom
Annie and Nick talk with community psychiatrist Dr. Jessica Isom, MD, MPH about the ways in which the COVID-19 crisis and anti-Blackness are manifesting as trauma in the Black community--and the beauty industry's role. Plus, Annie and Nick discuss Ben Gorham x Ikea, cute hiking outfits, Amazon's 11-hour shoppable livestream (which we couldn't find?), and good ol' fashion Crest 3D Whitestrips.
1 hr 4 mins
Oct 9, 2020
Soft Glam For All With Makeup By Mario (Dedivanovic)
Annie and Nick talk beauty techniques and trends with Kim Kardashian West's makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic aka @makeupbymario. They chat about his personal and professional development, his wildly successful Master Class, why he always starts with the eyes, and of course, his new makeup collection, Makeup by Mario (out now at Sephora). Plus, Annie and Nick explore the...chewy science behind gummy vitamins, Selena Gomez's #StigmaFree pledge, and shout-out the only concealer brush Annie will shell out $40 for.
1 hr 4 mins
Oct 2, 2020
The Truth About Sustainable Packaging With Doris Dev's Lucas Lappe
"Consumption junction, so we're f****d, then?" Annie and Nick nerd out about beauty packaging with consumer-product engineer Lucas Lappe of Doris Dev, the NYC- and Hong Kong-based product development firm. They chat about the current landscape of sustainable options in both packaging and operations. It's way less scary, and much more interesting, than it may sound. Plus, Annie and Nick flip the script and start with their products of the week and try to make sense of $128,000 photo-op Estée Lauder is producing with NASA. Advanced Night Repair...in space!
Sep 25, 2020
Reporting on The Skin-Lightening Market With BuzzFeed's Megha Rajagopalan
Annie and Nick talk with BuzzFeed News international correspondent Megha Rajagopalan about the controversial marketing of skin-lightening products in Asia and Africa by global beauty corporations (the same ones that expressed social-media solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement). Rajagopalan's reporting has added to the mounting pressure these companies are facing from citizens and media alike to rethink (and, potentially, discontinue) the problematic yet popular "skin-lightening" or "skin-whitening" category. Plus, Annie and Nick try to unpack Alicia Keys' new Keys Soulcare concept, and discuss some good news (magic mushrooms?) and bad news (COVID-19) for those struggling with depression. And so much more....
Sep 18, 2020
Our Semi-Annual Question + Answer Episode!
Annie and Nick take listener questions, dole out some career advice (that they WISH they'd taken), and phone a few expert friends in this very special question-and-answer episode. Cannot be missed!
1 hr 12 mins
Sep 11, 2020
Dismantling The Diet Industrial Complex With Nutritionist Kelly LeVeque
This week, Nick talks with A-List nutritionist and Instagram's favorite food coach Kelly LeVeque (aka @BeWellByKelly) about the pitfalls of trendy diets, losing the Quarantine 15 (or 20...), and how to eat a pint of Ben & Jerry's without hating yourself. Kelly also shares her secret sauce for regulating hormones and making healthy food decisions every day. Plus, Annie and Nick give a TED Talk on the beauty industry's obsession with "holiday" kits, discuss Sephora's new CEO, the booming Plexiglass market, and Annie offers a f&king great tip about candle-burning.
1 hr 17 mins
Sep 4, 2020
Beauty Talk With Glowing Up's Esther Povitsky & Caroline Goldfarb
In this very special, limited-edition, exclusive episode drop, Annie and Nick talk shop with podcasting veterans/comedy stars Esther Povitsky (@esthermonster) and Caroline Goldfarb (@porkchop.biz) of the beauty podcast Glowing Up (@glowinguppod). Plus, they discuss a new FDA-approved acne treatment, The New Yorker profile of Kardashian contour lord Mario Dedivanovic, and more. And, of course, their products of the week!
1 hr 5 mins
Aug 28, 2020
Food Of The Future With Magic Spoon Co-Founder Gabi Lewis
Annie and Nick talk with cereal entrepreneur (!!!!!) Gabi Lewis, co-founder of the hit breakfast brand Magic Spoon about engineering a food for the future (a cereal that's super high protein, low-carb, no-sugar, and made from...milk?), plus his first swing in the food industry (he co-created the cricket-protein brand EXO with his college roommate Greg Sewitz). Of course, Annie and Nick also discuss the week's top stories, from the F-Factor Diet backlash to Matthew McConaughey-led meditation and, of course, a little news from the Kardashian-Jenners. AND products of the week, of course!
1 hr 8 mins
Aug 21, 2020
Our 10th Episode! Lipstick for Hypebeasts, #FreeBritney
Annie and Nick celebrate their 10th full episode with THE WEEK'S TOP STORIES ONLY! On deck: Byredo and Supreme making color makeup for hypebeasts, going Outta The Gloss, Revlon's $1 billion mistake, the best cotton underwear on Amazon, and more.
Aug 14, 2020
Live! From Megababe's Katie Sturino's Parents' Basement!
Annie and Nick talk to Instagram star and Megababe founder Katie Sturino about bootstrapping and building her brand of thigh chafe sticks, boob sweat powder, and deodorants (now sold in all Target and Ulta stores). Plus, they discuss Lauren Conrad's new project, WAP, and more.
Aug 7, 2020
Talking TikTok Fame & $1,000 Men's Wigs With Edward Zo
Annie and Nick talk with influencer extraordinaire Edward Zo (@edwardzo) about his rise to social-media fame and branching out into men's wigs and styling products (his brand MoonFiber's hair pieces will run you $1,000). Plus, they discuss a new batch of influencer beauty brands, L'Oreal employees going back to the office, and two (atypical) products of the week!
Jul 24, 2020
Testing Men's Makeup With Comedian Yassir Lester
Annie and Nick talk with actor-comedian-writer Yassir Lester (Showtime's Black Monday, Duncanville on Fox) about his skincare routine and thoughts about the new "men's makeup" brand Stryx, which is launching in 2,000 CVS stores this year. Plus, their thoughts on Zuckerberg's sunscreen face, the week's top beauty stories, and product reviews!
Jul 21, 2020
Pia Baroncini On Preparing Her Body (And Mind) For Pregnancy
Annie and Nick talk with LPA creative director and host of the podcast Everything is the Best Pia Baroncini about her latest project: preparing for pregnancy. After experiencing a miscarriage last year, Baroncini enlisted the help of a pregnancy consultant, a fertility doctor, and went clean with her beauty and household products. Enjoy this bonus episode, and make sure to check out Baroncini's pod on Apple Podcasts.
Jul 17, 2020
Makeup Artist Dick Page On COVID Challenges, Silver Linings & His Legendary Career
Annie and Nick talk with British makeup artist Dick Page about his decades-long career, from his early days working with Kate Moss and photographer Corinne Day, to creating the "heroin chic" look (the media's term, not his), to starring in a "controversial" Marc Jacobs ad, and now working on sets in a COVID-19 world. Plus, Annie and Nick discuss the week's top stories and two of the products they're obsessed with right now.
Jul 10, 2020
Beautyconned, Lab-Grown Milk, and Morpheus8
Annie and Nick take a deep-dive into the week's top stories, including allegations of abuse at Beautycon and the legendary NYC yoga studio Yoga To The People, plus they discuss Annie's analogue at-home workout and Nick's laser fixation.
Jul 7, 2020
Ketamine Therapy: A Patient's Journey
In this bonus episode, Annie and Nick talk to Alexis Page, a NYC-based beauty product developer, about her experience with I.V. ketamine therapy.
Jul 3, 2020
Ketamine: The Good, The Bad, The Future of Treating Depression?
Annie and Nick speak with Dr. Robert Meisner, MD, medical director of McLean Hospital's Ketamine Service and a clinical fellow in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, about the new frontier of depression treatment using the synthetic drug ketamine. Plus, they discuss the misuse of ketamine as a sedating agent by first responders, and the worrying mental health data that should be front page news.
Jun 26, 2020
Selling A Black-Owned Beauty Brand & Solutions For Hyperpigmentation
Annie and Nick talk with Carol's Daughter founder and Black beauty trailblazer Lisa Price about her 20-year journey from crafting hair products in her kitchen to selling her company to L'Oréal (and the associated backlash). Plus, esthetician Nai Roberts-Smith (a.k.a. @LABeautyologist on Instagram and The Golden RX on YouTube) joins to discuss hyperpigmentation treatments by skin tone. Finally, Annie shares an expensive lip gloss and Nick extols the virtues of butt scrub.
1 hr 4 mins
Jun 19, 2020
The Great Hand Sanitizer Debate & The Fox Eye Trend
Hand sanitizer: are we doing it right? Emergency room physician Dr. Darien Sutton, MD shares his advice for staying safe while adjusting to our new normal. And, with the "fox eye" trend taking over social media, GoodSkin Clinics founder Lisa Goodman, PA gives the lowdown on injectable threads some people are using to get a lifted brow look. Plus, Annie got a new hairbrush and Nick likes fake candy.
Jun 12, 2020
Preview Ep.: Sharon Chuter Talks "Pull Up Or Shut Up"
Annie and Nick talk with Uoma Beauty founder/CEO Sharon Chuter about racism in the beauty industry and her social-media initiative, #PullUpOrShutUp, which asks beauty's largest corporations (the ones that posted Black Lives Matter content on Instagram) to "pull up" and disclose the number of Black people they actually employ. Plus, Annie and Nick discuss hair removal and eye cream.