Monthly Archives: November 2022

S5 E8 The Truth About Dupes & Returning To The Beauty Classics With Karen Young

Who doesn’t love a good beauty dupe? Especially when the prices of skincare and makeup keep going up and up. But are they really the same? And have you noticed the old classics are back on beauty trend again? Why? Join Lauren and Karen Young, CEO of the Young Group and adjunct professor at FIT as they talk all about the trends in the beauty industry.

In this episode they examine why beauty dupes are and are not like the fast fashion of beauty, why there is such price disparity within the beauty industry, if the prestige brands have any recourse when they are “knocked off,” how the multi-national beauty brands like L’Oreal and Unilever justify this phenomenon within their own organizations, and how retailers get away with copying brands’ best-sellers and selling them as their own store brands.

Lauren and Karen then have a lively discussion on why everything that’s old is new again in the beauty world, what is the over arching trend that’s causing this behavior, how this is happening when many of these products seem to be contradicting current trends (like Vaseline vs. clean beauty) and what is really driving this trend.


S5 E7 How to Date Successfully in Midlife with Bela Gandhi

The thought of dating again…scary, right? Well some of us may find ourselves single again or have friends who are single trying to navigate the dating world in midlife and are totally confounded or intimidated. Therefore this episode is dedicated to making dating again fun and successful.

Host Lauren Dimet Waters talks with Bela Gandhi, dating/relationship expert and founder of Smart Dating Academy, about dating smarter and finding love in midlife. Bela has a very positive attitude and is as she calls it is “psychotically optimistic” when it comes to online dating, navigating apps, meeting people IRL, getting set up and more! In the 13 years she has run her dating academy, her clients have had ZERO divorces.

In this episode they discuss: how dating is different now than when you were younger; how to prepare yourself mentally to get back out into the dating world; the red flags women should be looking out for; how to fix a bad relationship picker; the right and the wrong ways to use dating apps; which dating apps are preferred; what cuffing season is (you need to know); and most importantly, having fun while finding the happiest and best love of your life.


Website:  Smart Dating Academy

Podcast: The Smart Dating Academy

Instagram: @smartdatingacademy