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A beauty minute with Anna Gray

5 years ago by

Morning: After I’ve had coffee and walked my dog, I wash my face with CeraVe foaming facial cleanser, swipe Mario Badescu Special Cucumber Lotion over my face with a cotton pad and then moisturize with CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion SPF 30. I just figured out how to curl my eyelashes so that’s pretty exciting – I didn’t know you had to tilt your head back…

I still use Maybelline Big Lash and if I feel like being fancy or have time, I’ll draw on a little L’Oréal liquid eyeliner in black – it makes my eyes look bigger. I’m a big proponent for drug store beauty products because when you find ones that actually work you feel like you’ve discovered an amazing, inexpensive secret.

I don’t do much with my hair. I wash it once a week with dandruff shampoo and try to sleep on it while it’s a little bit damp. Not wet though, then I look crazy. I’ll spritz Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray in it when it looks too flat. I also just learned how to curl my hair– lots of new things in the world of curl going on for me lately– but the waves never last long, even if I use hair spray. If anyone has a tip for making Asian hair hold a curl, let me know.

Day: I’m at the office all day so I keep Aesop hand balm and this Avalon Organics peppermint chap stick, that I found at Whole Foods, at my desk. I only bring make up with me if I have plans immediately after work and that usually consists of a Revlon lipstick– Hot Coral looks amazing when I’m tan– or a Nars Velvet Matte Pencil in Dragon Girl because, you know, I like dragons. Also, pretty sure the Dragon Girl color looks good on everyone ever. I paint my nails a lot because if I don’t then I will bite them. I switch between OPI in Alpine Snow and Essie in Blanc, one’s at work, one’s at home. I like the way white nail polish makes my hands look…tan.

Night: I take off my eye make up with some generic version of Neutrogena’s eye make up remover because I bought it accidentally and it still works. Then I wash with the CeraVe foaming cleanser, use the Mario Badescu toner and moisturize with the nighttime version of the CeraVe facial lotion. Once a week I’ll exfoliate with the Fresh Skin St. Ives Apricot Scrub and I really like to use Boscia masks once a week too. The white luminizing one and the black peel. I feel brand new after every use.”

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