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Above Group of beauties, a Facebook community made by Cut and Strategists, people chat all day about the products they love – products so good they’ll make you hit that little “auto-recharge” box at checkout. Below, we asked one of our favorite beauticians to share her own picks.
In the years since her high-end beauty retail store Purple gray, Cassandra Gray has been known for curating the best – and often the weirdest – products the beauty industry has to offer. But her curation is personal. Without Gray’s encouragement, many brands might not even exist – at least not in their current form.
Take, for example, MUTHA. Founded by model and esthetician Hope Smith, the brand’s hero product is the nutrient-rich Body Butter. Originally created in Smith’s kitchen, she shared it with friends after noticing that it helped prevent stretch marks during pregnancy. “Hope came to me, and I had the privilege of mentoring her and saying, ‘You should do this. Bottle it up,” Gray said. “She did, and now she has an entire skincare line.” Since then, it has become a favorite among celebrities and editors like Elsa Hosk and Emma Robertsand Strategist Tembe Denton-Hurst.
Gray also exclusively launched The Cream by Augustinus Bader (dubbed “The secret to rich skin”), was one of the first to embrace Melanie Simonnanocurrent and microcurrent ZIIP devices of Charlotte Tilbury and Dr. Barbara Sturm.
Bottom line: Gray’s Seal of Approval means a lot. Here, she shares more of her consistently high-value products — both in Violet Gray and her vanity. Continue reading for highlight liquid she uses like establish, NS blush she keeps in every purse, and sprays the linen she sprays on her bed every night.
“Sarah Brown join us from Vogue. She’s our CEO, and when she first started her to-do list was like, ‘Check out our full range of current products and what we’re working on. missing, maybe we’re saturated somewhere, we can replace it with something better.’ And this is the first product she introduced to me.
It was founded by Dr. Antony Nakhla, a skin cancer-reconstructive surgeon. He’s the doctor you never want to go to; he’s the guy you see if you have cancer and you have to remove and reconstruct part of your face. That’s his expertise, and through that process, he was able to study how the skin behaves as it heals, and he’s essentially replicated that process with this serum.
I’ve been using this serum for over a month now and I’ve really noticed a difference in my skin. When the Violet Gray committee tested it, some people said they saw a difference within a few days. Their skin is more vibrant and plump. ”
“There are so many different ones, but I have never loved a candle as much as this one (besides the ) Santal 26 from Le Labo, but it has a very different vibe). This sounds very glamorous, but it’s a bit dangerous and dark. When I lit it, I felt like the woman I imagined I could be. I have traveled all over the place twice in the last two years, but both times I have taken it with me to my hotel room. It’s also a great gift – why send flowers that will wilt in three days when you can send this and it will last for months? ”
“You can use it in many different ways, but I use it as a establish. It’s transparent so you can see the skin shine, that’s all that’s raging right now, but it still brightens skin and gives you this sun-kissed look. . It’s really easy to use. ”
“I’m impatient so I won’t book scented water every time I take a shower. So maybe twice a week, if I’m feeling ambitious, I apply this body butter all over my body and it moisturizes my skin for four or five showers afterwards. “
“There are a lot of categories where you really get what you pay for, mostly Skin Care. With tickSure, there are great markers out there that cost a lot less, and you certainly don’t need this. Buy it when you feel like it. I use Nectar shade. Well, sometimes I also use transparent, which has a purple tint.
I put it on my cheekbones, eyebrows, the top of my forehead, the level of my nose, my cupid bow, and my outfit. I add it all day long like lipstick because I always feel like I look a bit dry and a bit gray or something. I always want to refresh and you can do it in seconds with this. ”
“I didn’t know I needed one Nature. I thought maybe it’s just one more step that could bring joy to people who really enjoy multiple steps. But this one? Personally, I’m addicted to it. It quickly evens skin tone and moisturizes your skin. I put it on as soon as I wash my face, and it makes my skin look fresh, healthy, and open, if that makes any sense. ”
“This is another luxury product. i love u Evening bed make-up service at home, and when I spray it, I feel like I’ve made it in the world. It smells like a bed of rose petals.”
“The ZIIP device is one of my favorites. It’s a prime example of something that really didn’t exist in the world before it was created. When I used to live in New York, I was very familiar with Aida [Bicaj]. She performed micro-current facials to tighten skin and clear acne. Melanie Simon, the creators of ZIIP, wanted to bring that experience home and make it more accessible to people all over the world, not just in certain parts of the world where you could go and get a facial. There are a lot of devices in this category now, but I prefer ZIIP from a design perspective.
My only problem with it, I guess would be that it gets a bit complicated the first time you use it. You have to download an app and if you’re not tech-savvy it can be intimidating, but once you learn how to use it, there are plenty of videos out there that will help you.
The proof is in the pudding, as they say. If you use it three times a week for 15 minutes – I do it while watching TV or on a call – it really makes a difference. There are many makeup artists in LA who use ZIIP to prepare their skin care before the red carpet. Make an artist Pati Dubroff is a big fan; She likes 45 minutes to an hour of prep skin care before applying makeup. “
“I have been using this cream since we launched it at Violet Gray. People call it Best skin care of all time. And yes, it works. I love texture. I love the blue bottle. I love this whole thing. It works similar to the Eighth Day Regenerating Serum [above] where it activates your dormant stem cells but with another active ingredient – this one has Trigger Factor Complex, aka TFC-8. I didn’t know that you needed both products; you can replace them or find out which one you like best. “
“This OG brightens concealer in every professional’s beauty kit. I would really panic if it was running out; it’s an instant glow wand. I use a 2.5 Luminous Vanilla shade. ”
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