Introducing our monthly beauty contributors, Bettina and Carli, from That Beauty Podcast. We sat down to chat with this savvy duo, who are well versed in all things beauty - from hair, to skin, to make up and everything in between.
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[TLSE] Tell us a bit about yourselves and your backgrounds in the industry?
CARLI: I started my career in digital beauty purely by accident! I was looking for an internship - any internship! - in media after graduating from university. Luckily I found one over at beautyheaven in 2010 (so still the height of glossy mags and early days of digital publications), not really knowing what it was all about. And then I kind of fell in love with what I was doing. I worked up from intern to assistant to content producer, and then in 2015 I became the Editor. Not long after, I was approached to work on the launch of BEAUTYcrew, Pacific Magazine’s first digital-only publication. So I jumped ship and led that team until I became one of the many affected by COVID’s impact on the industry in May 2020.
BETTINA: I’ve worked in journalism since 2015 for titles like InStyle, Marie Claire, Home Beautiful and Now To Love. I always knew I wanted to be a journalist. As a child, I would write neighbourhood newsletters for the families in my street, sharing very important updates like who was going on a holiday and who just welcomed a new pet - and as for beauty, I’ve been around makeup and products for as long as I can remember. As a young girl I danced competitively and would spend my weekends in a puff of hairspray and glitter, and I loved it. To be a beauty editor of a fashion magazine was always the goal and I was lucky to work with enough inspiring women who believed in me and gave me the chance to live out my dream. I love that beauty creates a commonality among women, friendships have been galvanised over a great mascara recommendation, and to be in a position where I can share information that might help someone to look and feel their best is a truly great place to be.
Where did the idea of That Beauty Podcast start and what is your vision for it?
We started a beauty podcast in 2019 as part of our roles at BEAUTYcrew and InStyle Australia, and despite our initial resistance, we found we loved the medium. After we were made redundant, we weren’t too keen on saying goodbye to our beauty podcasting days, and after letting our community know we were finishing up, and hearing/reading their disappointment (and getting some insight into how much the podcast meant to them), it reinforced that we couldn’t let it go. So, we thought why not? We decided to start with a season featuring the experts we’ve had the privilege of having direct access to over the years, and the response has been phenomenal. Listeners love the fun side of beauty, but they really engage with the educational side, too. It’s become really important that we make sure we deliver both in a fun, conversational and informative way.
What do you love most about beauty products? What do you see as their power?
CARLI: What’s not to love? You’ve got your functional problem solvers, and then you’ve got the products that are just fun and mood brighteners. I also think it’s this thing that all women have in common to some extent - whether you’re a minimalist or your bathroom cabinet is bursting, most women have some kind of routine and products they love and will talk about.
BETTINA: Beauty products have a transformational power that can change your mood in minutes. There is no denying that if you feel flat and you wash your hair, you instantly feel lighter and brighter. Rocking a red lipstick can give you the same confidence kick as wearing a power suit, but with a much smaller price tag. Beauty is accessible and it’s something we can all enjoy and have fun with.
What are 5 beauty products you couldn’t live without - from hair to skin to make up?
Sunscreen - current favourite is Ultra Violette Supreme Screen.
Mascara - too many I love to name them all, but Maybelline has some of the best budget mascaras around.
Brow product - pencils are my favourite, but I’m usually a little lazy so a tinted brow gel.
Hair straightener - I have curls that need managing, so a good hair straightener is essential for smoothing (and creating waves!)
A scrunchie - I always throw my hair up - whether it’s clean or dirty, and I just love a good silk scrunchie for the cute factor, but also because it’s low-impact on the hair. Slip are the best I’ve used - I know they come with a hefty price tag, but I think it’s worth it.
Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer
A red lipstick
Fabulous concealer or great mascara: take your pick. CARLI: Great mascara!
BETTINA: A fabulous concealer. If my skin looks fresh, I feel great.
Where can people find your podcast?
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