Podcasts: New Discoveries and Old Favourites

15 May, 2015 Podcasts: New Discoveries and Old Favourites

Lifestyle and tech posts are a rarity on Making It Up, and I try fairly hard to keep my blog focussed on beauty, makeup and skincare. However, sometimes I just want to talk about something other than lipgloss, and today you’re in for a treat. I’ve been listening to podcasts for years now, and have embarked on multiple holidays, trips and excursions armed with a playlist of ramblings downloaded onto my iPod. From film to finance, I’ve listened to my fair share of discussions, and I’ve also discovered some incredible shows in the last few days that are well worth the recommendation. Enjoy!

My first foray into podcasting came in the form of Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, a BBC Radio 5 Live weekly show that documents the opinions and natterings of renowned film critic Mark Kermode, and his long-time friend and DJ, Simon Mayo. The show is a treasure-trove of pop-culture references, long-running gags (‘hello to Jason Isaacs‘ being my personal favourite, closely followed by ‘wassup wassup wassup‘), and my favourite kind of banter: sarky, light-hearted, and totally non-misogynistic. The radio show takes place every Friday at 2pm, with the podcast being released on iTunes shortly after. Perfect weekend listening.

In the summer of 2013, I discovered the magical entity that is RuPaul Charles. The drag queen and supermodel of the world has a fantastic show on Netflix (all seasons available to stream now), but his podcast with Michelle Visage is what takes the biscuit. What’s The Tee is a hilarious and often emotional exploration of gay and drag culture, along with beauty chats, celebrity interviews, and the occasional discussion of Michelle’s stint in the CBB house. Best episode yet. Uploads are every other week and I seriously hope these continue FOREVER.

Throwing Shade with Erin Gibson and Bryan Safi is another podcast that features a fabulous duo that were obviously born to host a radio show. They just talk nonsense and I will happily listen to it all day long. Both successful TV writers and actors, this pairing cover topics ranging from the Oscars, to birth control, to Communism, a quick detour to Greek mythology, and then swiftly onto to Mariah Carey. Podcasts are uploaded every Thursday.

Desert Island Discs holds serious nostalgic value for me – I would listen to these podcasts during my gap year abroad when I missed an English accent and home comforts, and I will always love the show for it’s ingeniously simple format and eclectic range of guests. ‘Castaways’ choose eight records, a book and a luxury item during the course of the show, which all tell a story about their life experiences, or hold significant value. It’s a great way to get to know public figures, and my all-time favourites are Dawn French, Jo Malone, Michael McIntyre and Sarah Millican. Weekly episodes with Kirsty Young are available on iTunes, along with their archive series spanning decades!

My last podcast favourite is one that I discovered a matter of days ago, called She Percolates. It’s one of those homegrown, independent podcasts that definitely deserves way more recognition than it gets, and provides a platform for female entrepreneurs and creatives to talk about their products, explain their vocational and personal journeys, and offer advice on how to succeed both in life and in business. The whole premise is that the two hosts, Danielle and Jen, are having a coffee and chat, and you get to join in with them – although I wouldn’t recommend offering your opinions out loud, on the tube, during rush hour.

What do you think of my podcasts? Will you download one for your Monday commute? Or are you confused about the lack of beauty content? All thoughts are welcome!

Join me on Monday for a week of beauty nattering and enabling, including a NARS brand focus post – YAY!

Happy Weekend!


  • danielle & jen
    Posted at 22:14h, 02 February Reply

    thank you so much for including our show and sharing such kind words. We appreciate you listening each week! xo- d+j

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