Beauty is a Bitch Podcast: The Year In Review 2021

Wow! I was busy in 2021 with my side gig! I recorded 34 episodes of my podcast Beauty is a Bitch in one year! That was truly ambitious but there is a LOT to cover when it comes to growing younger. There are many secrets to be learned and new developments to be discussed. Here’s my Beauty is a Bitch podcast year in review for 2021.

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I thought it would be prudent to lay them all out here, in one place. So you can pick and chose which ones to listen to (if you have not already). There are a few that I found to be surprising and “must-sees” or listens, if you will. Those would include S2 E1 with guest Amada Thebe who cuts through all the BS that is being thrown at us about menopause. Another favorite was S2 E3 with Dr. Ellen Gender where she blows my mind about sunscreens. Basically we are all wearing crappy sunscreen. She will set you straight. In S2 E8 I speak to Dr. Marc Ronert creator of Hush & Hush supplements. He shares how supplements (and which ones) are just as important if not more so as the products you apply to your skin in helping you live younger longer.

In S3 E5 I speak with Dr. Melina Jampolis about those herbs in your kitchen and how adding them to your foods consistently WILL help you live longer and better. One of the most unexpected and jaw-dropping episodes I did was S3 E13 with Dr. Ben Johnson. He explained how women are being poisoned slowly. It’s a must-hear episode. Knowledge is power and you will change a lot of the way you buy products and food once you listen. I had fitness expert Kim Schlag on three times this year but my favorite one with her is where she shares tips on how NOT to gain weight during the holidays, and it’s easier than you think. These tips will work all year, by the way.

In my (biased) opinion I think all the episodes are fab and there is something critical to learn from every one. So if you have some free time, grab your headphones and go for some long walks. I’d be happy to join you.

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Beauty is a Bitch Podcasts in 2021

S2 E1: Menopocalypse: Is Menopause Kicking Your Butt?

I speak with Amada Thebe about her must-read book “Menopocalypse; How I Learned To Thrive During Menopause and How You can Too.” We cover cover topics such as hormone replacement therapy, stress and fitness…basically how to not only survive but conquer menopause.

S2 E2: The Real Skinny on Weight Loss in Menopause

Feeling like you just keep gaining weight and can’t get it off now that you’re in menopause? You are far from alone. Join me as I speak to personal trainer and nutrition coach Kim Schlag. Kim is a sought-after expert because she has helped women all over the world transform their bodies through proper nutrition and strength training. I promise her methods are easy and sustainable.

S2 E3: Why The Hell Do I Need Sunscreen Anyway?

I get it. You baked in our youth, now you’re wondering if it’s really necessary to wear sunscreen every day. Listen to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ellen Gendler about the misconceptions we have been lead to believe about sunscreens. We even discuss which brands you should be using…and ones you should be avoiding.

S2 E4: What Women Need to Know About Heart Disease

You might be surprised to learn that women are more likely to die from a heart attack then men. Our symptoms are very different and often go undetected. Join me as I speak to Dr. Felice Gersh, an award-winning OB/GYN specializing in all aspects of women’s health. Find out why our chances of heart disease increase dramatically in middle age and what we can do to prevent it, starting today!

S2 E5: Your Hormones Are Wigging Out Your Skin

You’ve been using the same skincare products for years, but now that you’re middle age, you may have noticed they don’t seem to be serving your skin as well. I talk with long-time beauty veterans and Caire Beauty co-founders Lorrie King and Celeste Lee about the reasons our skin changes and what we can do to help it age better.

S2 E6: Your Health…Down There

Yes, we are going there! Down south…the vagina. Join me as I speak to intimate health expert Cindy Barshop, founder of the VSPOT. You might remember her from the Housewives of New York City, but she is also the guru of women’s sexual health in midlife. We cover midlife atrophy, why we pee when we sneeze, a lack of sex drive and more importantly, what you can do fix these problems. There are easy solutions for getting your mojo back.

S2 E7: Making the Covid Connection

Sure. Getting a swab up your nose isn’t fun, but it’s a part of life…now. Listen to Kara Cannon, CCO for Enzo Biochem which performs the Covid-19 testing for the Tri-State area. We talk about the types of tests, Covid variants and why testing continues to be so important for women in midlife even as vaccines become more available.

S2 E8: Can Supplements Really Help You Age Later?

All of your friends are taking them, but are supplements really that important? Can they really help you age better? I speak with Dr. Marc Ronert creator of Hush & Hush supplements. We explore how supplements are just as important, if not more so, as the products you apply to your skin in helping you live younger longer.

S2 E9: Taking Control Again When You’re a Foodie

Author Teri Turner chats with me about her best-selling cookbook No Crumbs Left, shares some tips and tricks that make you a better cook and why she has taken control again and made this her “year of health.” She will truly inspire you to get in the kitchen and get cooking healthy, delicious food.

S2 E10: Fueling Midlife, The Healthy Way!

You think you are doing all the right things when it comes to the way you eat, so why do you feel sluggish and bloated? Functional Nutritionist Risa Groux discusses the biggest mistakes most women make in midlife when it comes to food. Risa will also share the 3 things you must be eating to age well and the 4 things you need to stop eating NOW!

S2 E11: Hair Color Trends For Women Over 40

Should you even follow trends when it comes to hair color in midlife? Join me as I speak with Hamid Latif, Salon Director and Color Director of Sassoon Salon NYC. We delve into finding the right color, if you should go lighter or darker when greys start to take over and even discuss if and when you should embrace your grey.

S2 E12: I Used To Sleep Like a Baby So Why Can’t I Sleep Now?

Menopausal insomnia is the worst, but you’re not alone! Sleep Medicine & Neurologist and Medical Director at Aeroflow Sleep, Dr. Robert Yapundich dishes about the importance of sleep as we age. Major hormonal, physical and psychological changes can wreak havoc on our sleep. We discuss why sleep suddenly alludes us, how much sleep we should be getting, what sleep disorders can do to our overall health and how to clean up our sleep hygiene.

S2 E13: Applying Makeup Like A Pro

As we get older the actual art of applying makeup can get a little harder. That doesn’t just mean what you apply, but keeping a steady hand AS you apply it. Join me as I chat with makeup artist Terri Bryant who founded GUIDE BEAUTY – a line of quality makeup with special applicators – when she herself was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Hers is a story of perseverance and a new career path in midlife.

S2 E14: It’s Gettin’ Hot In Here…

And you want to take off all your clothes. Seriously, hot flashes are not fun nor are they funny. Dr. Lauren Streicher, founder and Medical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Center for Menopause and Northwestern Medicine Center for Sexual Medicine, will dish all about hot flashes. We discuss why we get them, what they mean, how to stop them quickly, if they are harmful to your health long-term and why most doctors are completely clueless about menopause.

S2 E15: My Face Is Falling and It Can’t Get Up

Is it time for a facelift and do you even want to go there? Join me as I talk with plastic surgeon Dr. Amir Karam about all the advances in facial plastic surgery, his new and improved “facial rejuvenation” procedure and if it’s right for you. He also touches on all the other non-surgical measures and if they really work and are worth the money.

S3 E1: Debunking Beauty Myths With Chemist Confessions

If you don’t follow Chemist Confessions on Instagram you should. Former formulation chemists Victoria Fu and Gloria Lu also have a book, Skincare Decoded, which is a must-read. In this episode we talk about clean beauty (and if it’s really better), how to properly layer skincare products together, if the expensive products are really worth the money and their strict no-no list.

S3 E2: Good Golly Miss Molly (J)! Is CBD For You?

CBD is the Wild West so understanding it can be tricky and confusing. But it doesn’t have to be. In fact, taking the right amount of quality CBD can actually be helpful for many of the symptoms of menopause. Shaina Kerrigan, founder of Molly J small batch, CBD-infused confections talks all about the ins and outs of CBD. Topics include, the difference between CBD and THC, how to make sure what you are buying is quality, how to know what dosage to be taking and some life hacks involving CBD.

S3 E3 Beauty Myths That Make You Feel Old and Crappy

Do you feel the beauty industry is out to make you feel old and insecure now that you’re in midlife? You are far from alone. Guest Rachel Weingarten is a beauty historian, beauty expert, consultant and former celebrity makeup artist who has also written the book. “Hello Gorgeous! Beauty Products in America 40’s-60’s” and knows a thing or two about this subject. We delve into some of the beauty myths we are lead to believe, how the past year has changed our attitudes towards beauty for the long-term, how we have been negatively impacted by celebrity culture, and so much more.

S3 E4: Is Pilates The Best Kept Secret To Aging Well?

Pilates is a must for inner balance, posture, alignment, strength and mobility…all of which are key to longevity. But is it really the natural Fountain Of Youth? Join me as I talk with sought-after Pilates expert Alina Sedano, founder of The Core Collection by Prive, which provides on-demand classes. We do the deep dive into Pilates and how it really can help menopausal women, prevent osteoporosis and even improve the quality of your sleep.

S3 E5 – How Herbs and Spices Can Help Us Live Longer, Healthier Lives

Who knew the herbs in your spice cabinet could actually help you live better? You are not going to want to miss this episode when I talk to Dr. Melina Jampolis all about her book, “Spice Up, Live Long” which is a guide on how to use spices to live a longer, healthier and more vibrant life. Spices and herbs are very powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories that you probably already have in your home, but are not consuming enough. Let’s face it, we want to live longer but we also want to live healthier.

S3 E6 How I Lost Weight In Midlife With Fitness Trainer Kim Schlag

It is possible to lose weight in midlife! I can attest. I did personal trainer and nutrition coach, Kim Schlag’s “Menopause Weight Loss Course” and lost 11 pounds and 12 inches. More importantly, I have never felt better. I was surprised at what I learned…even though I thought I knew everything about weight loss. Join me as I flip the script and am interviewed by Kim about my journey and light bulb moments.

S3 E7 – How To End Your Fashion Rut with Stylist Elysha Lenkin

We ALL find ourselves in a style rut from time to time, but for some of us, it’s chronic. Personal stylist Elysha Lenkin talks about what to do when your fashion no longer suits you. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone! We discuss different kinds of fashion ruts, what to do if you find you hate all your clothes and the best way to refresh your style, look polished and feel put-together.

S3 E8 Breathe Yourself a Little Younger and a Lot Less Stressed

We all know that stress ages us, but can proper breath really turn back the clock? In this episode Certified Mindfulness Coach, Cathy Riva explains that most of us are breathing incorrectly (We breathe every day, right?). Cathy will not only teach you how to breathe properly, she will explain how these deep breaths can relieve anxiety, lower blood pressure, balance hormones, help with digestion and yes, even help you look younger. And guess what? It won’t cost you a dime.

S3 E9 Why You Shouldn’t Neglect Your Gums with Dr. Sanda Moldovan

Talking about gum health and dental wellness may not be ‘sexy,’ but you’ll learn some shocking things from holistic periodontist and wellness expert, Dr. Sanda Moldovan. She believes health issues that manifest in the mouth are key indicators for one’s overall health. We discuss what our gums can detect about our health (like high blood pressure), the signs we should be looking for, how we can prevent gum disease in midlife, and the changes we should be making since many of us are more stressed or may have ignored the dentist for over a year.

S3 E10 – All About Naturally Serious Cleanly Made Skincare With Rochelle Jacobs

Clean beauty is all the rage, but is it really better? And more importantly, does it work well for our aging skin? Rochelle Jacobs is the co-founder of Naturally Serious Skincare, a line of effective, affordable skincare products that are not only good for the environment and 100% cruelty-free, but seriously good for your skin. We discuss what makes this line so different, the cult favorites and skincare secrets for anti-aging. Rochelle also dispels some widely held beauty myths and gives recommendations for repairing skin after summer is over and we are headed into colder months.

S3 E11 – Talking Natural Menopause Relief With Catherine Balsam-Schwaber

Looking for natural solutions for menopausal symptoms? Or maybe you are on HRT and are finding you need a little more. Join me as I talk to Catherine Balsam-Schwaber, CEO of Kindra, an innovative self-care company for women in menopause. In this episode we cover how Kindra is different from other menopause solutions on the market, why it is finally time to normalize menopause, how natural solutions can help with symptoms (sleep, fatigue, brain fog, hot flashes and vaginal dryness) and how women can determine the best products for their needs.

S3 E12 – Can A Microcurrent Device Really Wipe Away The Years? With Tera Peterson of NuFACE

Can you take skincare toning treatments into your own hands with noticeable results? In this episode I chat with NuFACE Co-Founder, Tera Peterson. NuFACE is the leader in at-home Microcurrent Skincare offering a range of award-winning devices and skincare products. The FDA approved devices have garnered legions of fans who swear that microcurrent technology has helped them contour, tone and improve their deep lines and wrinkles. In this episode we examine how microcurrent works, if it’s safe, if it really helps us appear younger, how long it takes to see results and if it can replace spa treatments such as Botox, fillers, etc.

S3 E13 How Women Are Being Slowly Poisoned Unwittingly

You are NOT going to want to miss this jaw-dropping episode. What started as wanting to delve into the foods that cause skin imbalances turned into an episode exposing how women are being slowly poisoned by the foods we eat and products we use. They can lead to devastating results. Join me as I speak to Dr. Ben Johnson, creator of Osmosis Beauty, which offers disruptive skincare and holistic wellness products. If you follow him on social media, you will know Dr. Ben is on a crusade to blow the lid off of why we are getting sick and it all leads back to toxins in our food and water supplies, combined with our diets. And no, vegans are not safe either. In this episode you will learn what foods to avoid, the one source of vegan protein everyone is raving about but is really quite toxic, the foods you should be eating, and even the anti-aging topical products you need to stop using ASAP. There is so much more. You might want to grab a pen and take notes.

S3 E14 – Help! Can Sun Damage and Hyperpigmentation Be Reversed?

If you baked in the sun in your youth you might now be suffering the consequences when it comes to brown spots. Or maybe you have skin discoloration from malasma or medications you are taking. Beauty Expert & Aesthetic Practitioner, Sharon Grasso, founder and owner of Permanent Touch Cosmetics talks about the best laser and light source treatments available today for skin discoloration. We discuss why brown spots begin to pop up as we age, what can be done about it and if any topicals really work. Learn the difference between BBL (Broad Band Light), IPL (Intense Pulsed Light), Fraxel and Moxi and find out which is best for long-lasting results.

S3 E15 Top Tips For Aging Well With Dr. Vonda Wright

The price of experience is aging. But double board certified orthopedic sports surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility, Dr. Vonda Wright wants to reframe aging, especially in our youth-worshiping culture. We talk about what we can do to age better, how we can harness our own power to control 70% of our health and aging, the new pro-aging initiative she launched and her 3 top tips for aging well.

S4 E1 – Why Your Hair Is Thinning In Midlife and How To Stop It

Is hair thinning and/or loss freaking you out? You’re far from alone. Google searches on women’s hair loss in midlife are up 25%! In this episode I speak with Bill Edwards, founder and CEO of Regenix Hair Research Clinic and renowned scalp and hair care specialist who has been treating scalp disorders since 1976. We discuss why our hair thins as we age, why some women experience baldness, what we can do to prevent hair loss, if we can wash our hair too much, the medications we could be taking that are contributing to hair loss, what we should be looking for in shampoos and conditioners and some scary information about dry shampoo and not washing your hair enough.

S4 E2 – How To Survive The Holidays Without Gaining Weight

The holidays are already stressful and it’s so easy to go off the rails and then think, “Screw it! I’m already a glutton, I might as well keep going!” Well it’s time we turn that self-sabotaging mean girl voice in our head off and still enjoy the holidays without gaining (too much) weight and hating ourselves. In this episode I once again host personal trainer and nutrition coach, Kim Schlag to discuss tips and tricks for handling holiday cocktail parties, what the ideal plate should look like during a holiday meal, how to navigate a holiday buffet, how to eat desserts in moderation and what to do if you happen to gain a few pounds.

S4 E3 – The Midlife Crisis. It’s Time To Embrace Your Inner QUEEN

What you are going through mentally in midlife is completely normal. You are dealing with a lot of change and uncertainty. Yes, midlife is when we deal with experiencing a lot of losses (death of parents, empty nest, beauty, sexuality and identity issues), but it’s also a time to tap into your deepest self…where you are today. After all, change is opportunity. Join me as I speak with licensed psychotherapist and mental health expert, Joyce Marter about the dreaded midlife crisis. In this episode we discuss the common challenges women face in midlife, why it’s important to have these honest yet sometimes hard conversations, how we can hang on to our self-esteem and self-worth when there are so many devaluing messages in our youth obsessed culture, how to tap into your greatest self and bravery during this time of transformation and how to embrace your inner QUEEN! It’s time to WTF (Weaken the Fiction).

There is nothing we can do to stop the aging process, but we do have a choice in HOW we age. Exercise is key for controlling aging and reducing the effects of time on our bodies. Fitness expert Pete McCall, CSCS who is a master trainer for Core Health & Fitness discusses how functional training (mobility, strength, power and metabolic conditioning) exercises slow the aging process, what active aging is, which training activities are better for us as we age, if you should push through the aches and pains, where to start if you are not a die-hard fitness fanatic and the different current fitness trends and if/how they are appropriate for people in midlife.

I can’t wait to see what I unearth in 2022!

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Pictured at the top (from left to right) Amada Thebe, Dr. Ellen Gendler, Dr. Marc Ronert, Dr. Melina Jampolis, Lauren Dimet Waters, Dr. Ben Johnson and Kim Schlag.

You may also like to read 19 Of The Best Serums For Anti-Aging I Personally Tested and 15 Of The Best Anti-Aging Eye Creams You’ve Got To Try.

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