We call her the SKIN GURU

She is truly one of the coolest woman that I had the honor to interview. She is our first Chronicle’s interview of the year and let me tell you, it will be a fun one with The Skin Guru of Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama. She is all about empowering women and taking a better care of our skin and our soul too.

Let’s get this party started.

SD: I’m curious, Jennifer. I need to ask you this question; when you were a young girl, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A) Teacher
B) Rocket Scientist
C) Doctor
D) All of the above
E) None of the above
F) Sabine, you forgot being a ballerina, the next Martha Stewart, or the Prime Minister of Canada…

JB: I have to say none of the above… However I love F!!! I wanted to be a criminal lawyer.


SD: Growing up in the 80’s, the era of air guitar, big perms, and the super glam makeup that we saw Joan Collins, Madonna and the 80’s Supermodels rocking, were you the kind of girl that went through her mom’s and sisters’ makeup bags, trying every lipstick and eyeliner, or were you the type that could spend hours analyzing the family medicine cabinet, touching every bottle of face cream in awe?

JB: You won’t believe this, but I wasn’t. Which is why I dont wear makeup today. I never practiced the foundation, eyeliner etc. That said in grade 5 and 6, I got a perm.

It was horrible!

SD:When did you realize the importance of taking a good care of your skin?

JB: As a teenager. I was fortunate to have easy skin. I noticed all the skincare creams and potions Gillian had (my best friend’s mom).

As a teen, we were pretty addicted to Kool-Aid and Tang…

Kool Aid

SD: I sure was addicted to Tang and Kool-Aid as a kid and early teenager.

JB: Gillian always emphasized how sugar would be harmful for our skin.

It got me thinking, maybe the Apricot scrub and the Noxzema wasn’t such a good thing.

SD: You made a 180 degree turn in your career when you launched your company around 2010. What was the turning point for you, leading you to make this courageous and bold decision?

JB: We acutally launched our first business in 2003, called Flip4.

This is where everything began with Max our LED device. In 2009, the world recession hurt us terribly. We made some very difficult decisions. We failed. Then, I decided to get up and open Bella. My first skincare clinic.

I thought, I have a trade skills, lets put them to use.

SD: What did you learn about empowering other women and beng confident from the strong women in your life, like your mother, maybe sisters, friends, daughters, teachers, and high profile personalities like Oprah Winfrey and Michelle Obama?

JB: Working together, being there for each other is what counts without judgement. Everyone wants to be heard, acknowledged and loved. Even if we disagree. lifting each other up is what will change the world.


SD: Your mission in 2018 is to empower women. Can we have a sneek peak of what we may expect from the JB Skin Guru team this year?

JB: So much to come… but its all HUSH HUSH… The moment I can divulge I will let you know.

Jennifer Brodeur Skin Guru

SD: This is my off-topic question. If you could throw the ultimate girlfriend party (please, can I be invited??), which songs would be your top 5 party songs to set the roof on fire?

JB: I am so bad at music and songs because I love everything…

  • Dancing Queen ABBA
  • Superwoman ALICIA KEYS
  • Run the world BEYONCE
  • Formation BEYONCE
  • Sisters are doing it for themselves EURYTHMICS

SD: I feel like the Skin Guru is a Queen B’s fan! That would be one heck of party.

SD: This generation of bloggers, web influencers and pop cultures junkies, like myself, want to bring this world a little more happiness, laughter, awareness, and altruism into every day, If you could choose one word of encouragement (or more if you want) to keep us going, what would it be?

JB: Authenticity

SD: Since I’m talking to the Skin Guru, I will ask some skincare advice. Here my list of questions. The first one is most important for skincare for a woman in her 30’s like myself in a living in a Montreal type of climate?

JB: Always wash you face every night, even if you are not wearing makeup.

SD: How do you balance acne treatment and aging treatment? Because they are opposite treatments?


JB: Well to be honest they are not opposite.

We have to look at the skin condition and then the skin type, make a list of priorities. Each section of the skin will be examined. From there we can tailor a bespoke approach.

It’s vital to look at the intrinsic and extrinsic causes.

SD: I am taking my next appointment to be pamper from the Skin Guru’s team for sure.

It’s so good to have a Skin Guru! We all need a guru in our life…

A Skin Guru in our life.

Skin Guru

https://www.jbskinguru.com

 

 

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Every breaking waves

And your voice will be heard.

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President Obama was in town yesterday for an very anticipated Montrealer crowd.

His easy-going approach, his charismatic smile and his wit make him the man you want to have a beer with and talk about anything. From the NBA playoffs to the climate change.

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I do miss his slow jams news on Jimmy Fallon.

I won’t talk or should I say write about politics today but I wasn’t born when President Kennedy was giving one of the most inspiring speak of all time with this message don’t ask what your country can do but ask what you can do for your country.

President Obama is one of my inspiration for his intelligence, his charismatic interlocutor skills and his values. His speech yesterday was very Obamaesque.

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I won’t spill the beans about it for the ones that didn’t have the chance to see it but thank you YouTube. I think it is on YouTube.

I enjoy hearing intelligent people being the great storytellers of our time.

Dr. Jane Goodall, Michelle Obama, Justin Trudeau, Mark Zuckerberg, Sheryl Sandberg, Angelina Jolie, Jack Schlossberg, Common and Martine St-Victor are a few of my favorite interlocutors of today.

They are the game changer of tomorrow.

I am a big believer of being a pacific person and that we should have interest in every aspect of life to understand ourselves better.

https://www.obama.org

https://www.jfklibrary.org

Martine St-Victor Kanpe Profile

https://janegoodall.ca

Sheryl Sandberg Inc.com interview

Let’s make some waves!

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Femmes de rêve, femmes d’espoir heureux

 

Ah ah, vous pensiez que je vous avais oublié et que les margaritas m’avaient rattrapé… Hélas non!

You would taught I would forget you guys and the few maragaritas cocktails were catching up on me… No no

Aujourd’hui, je décide de laisser parler les photos.

Today, I will let the pictures speak by themselves.

Ce sont des femmes fortes, courageuses, drôles et passionnantes que j’admire. Je n’ai pas pu mettre tous leurs photos comme ma maman, mes grandmamys, mes tantes, mes mentors au boulot. À vous les femmes de ma vie, merci de continuez à “shaper” la femme qui évolue en moi.

They are strong, courageous, funny and passionate women that I admire. I wish I could showcase my mamma, grandmothers,aunts, mentors and friends but I will respect their privacy. You know who you are. To all the women in my life known and unknown, I would like to thank you for shaping the woman I am becoming everyday.

Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (CBK juste un mot en anglais: Ethereal

J’ai l’impression que le meilleur était à venir pour Carolyn.

Dans un autre post, je parlerais de cette femme que les médias ne connaissaient pas du tout et qu’elle était totalement l’opposé de leur description. Carolyn était une vraie amie pour son entourage. Dans une vie, on devrait tous avoir notre Carolyn.

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I got the feeling was best to come regarding Carolyn. The media put a false representation of the person she was. When you hear her friends talking about her, she was the definition of the perfect loyal friend. We all need in our lifetime a friend like Carolyn.

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Two books to read by her closest friends. You will laugh and you will cry. What remains from Carole Radziwill talk about her friendship with CBK.

But the love story between her husband and herself is magnificent. I won’t tell to much but I started to read again and it did hit me since my love is fighting the same fight as Anthony. This infamous July 1999 was a very tough summer for Carole. She lost her best friend, JFK jr and the love of her life all basically at the same time. While reading this book, you will feel the strength that kept her going.

Fairy tale interrupted from RoseMarie Torenzio is another good book to read. She was John Kennedy “Jr” assistant and one of his closest friend. Her honesty and her openness to share her story make this book really beautiful journey to read.

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I realize while reading  both books that Carolyn was very lucky to have fiercely good friends like Carole and RoseMarie. Amen to sisterhood.

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Maya Angelou

Une vie si enrichissante et des poésies si touchantes.

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She had such an amazing life that it is inspiring. Her poems are so touching and beautiful. Such a beautiful soul.

Maya Angelou website

Michelle Obama, Sophie Grégoire-Trudeau, Lauren Bastide, Dominique Anglade et Régine Chassagne

Ces femmes sont des combattantes à mes yeux. Tous ont eu des épreuves, des défis et parfois des tragédies qui ne les ont pas empêcher de continuer à affronter leurs combats.

Une a dû se faire une place dans un monde où les hommes ont souvent eu le monopole, une autre femme s’est battue contre des troubles alimentaires et n’a pas eu peur d’en parler avec les médias et le monde entier.

Et celle qui a dit à toutes les jeunes filles américaines que c’est le temps de prendre notre santé en main tout en acceptant comme nous sommes dans la joie.

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Il y a une de ces femmes qui a  quitté une carrière pour une émission très populaire et qui était une rédactrice en chef hors-pair pour un magazine très populaire pour créer un podcast tout à fait féminin. Et durant son podcast, elle demande à ses interlocutrices comment est leur relation avec leur utérus.  J’appelle ça avoir de l’audace avec un grand A.

La Poudre Postcast

Some of them cherish their mother tongue language that is Creole and to be really proud to be a Haitian and singing proudly so the whole world can hear it. In each of those women, we can find a part of ourselves. Let continue to encourage them in their charities that they are doing it with love and passion.

Kanpe foundation website

Lee Radziwill

One sentence to describe Lee Radziwill. Elegance, an adorable sense of humour and this eternal class and aura about her. We always talk about Jacqueline Kennedy but me, Lee was and it’s still the case until now, my favorite Bouvier sister.

Jane Goodall

I’m in love with Jane Goodall. I can’t never thank enough my 2nd grade teacher when she show us a documentary about her and her love for champazes. It was actually a precious gift this documentary that I will treasure for the rest of my life.

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Emmanuelle Alt, Franca Sozzani, Garance Doré

Emmanuelle Alt est la super cool éditrice en chef du Vogue France. Son côté super cool and laid back se font ressentir à travers de chaque page. Et il y a un petit grain de sel d’humour qui peut être subtile qu’on y retrouve également.

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Vogue France site web

Franca était un pilier dans le monde de la mode. Elle a complètement revitalisé Vogue Italia a une époque où être différente des autres n’était pas la bienvenue. Le Black issue restera à tout jamais un exemplaire légendaire. Elle nous manque énormément à tous.

Garance est trop cool et en regardant ses vidéos Pardon my French, vous tombez déjà sur son charme. Lire son livre et son blog, vous avez l’impression de chiller avec  une copine.

Site web de Garance Doré

Angelina Jolie

Her heart of gold, her goal to help others, her audacity to make movies about subject that we may not have found comfortable talking about it make her in my mind a gentle warrior.

Like us, she didn’t have it always easy but when she is always fighting for her children, for her cause and for her conviction. Sa beauté intérieure est contagieuse. Merci Angelina.