Thanks to social media, us common folk like to think we know some of our favorite celebrities, but let’s face it, we don’t know them at all. However, thanks to a recent Zoom call with Jessica Alba to discuss her latest Honest Beauty launch, I did learn something about her that I didn’t “know” before: She loves crystals. So much so, that they inspired her new product, Gloss-C Lip Gloss ($15).
“I love crystals—they hold so much power and energy,” Alba says. “I’m not an expert by any means, but I’ve been really curious about this space. I’ve been learning a lot about how you can harness that energy, what type of meaning each crystal holds, and what they can do for your holistic health and well-being.” The glosses are infused with vitamin C, natural lip plumpers like pomegranate and jojoba oils, and super moisturizers like coconut oil and hyaluronic acid.
“They nourish your lips, provide antioxidants and locks in moisture with hyaluronic acid,” says Alba. “We created them in The Honest Company Lab so we could make products at the highest-quality standard and have full transparency over the ingredients we chose to use. Many makeup products dehydrate and age your skin over time, and there are a lot of chemicals that contribute to this, but not these. It’s a makeup product with skin-care benefits.”
The eight shades of gloss—Axinite, Bronzite, Deep Amethyst, Moonstone, Pink Agate, Poppy Topaz, Rose Opal and Star Ruby—took about a year and a half to develop. (Alba took a beauty editor poll to determine our favorite shades during our Zoom, and Star Ruby was the clear favorite.) “I was always attracted to amethyst,” says Alba, reminiscing about the moodrings and hypercolor T-shirts from her childhood. “I remember going to a cave when I was younger and getting an amethyst stone, and I still have it—I actually recently gave it to my daughter Honor.”
When asked where she keeps her crystals, Alba said she keeps some on her desk where she works. “I took a bar table and made it my desk, and it just rolls around where I want to go, and I have my crystals set up there. Work makes me feel the most anxious and the most rattled, so I sort of have a ceremony that I do before back-to-back Zoom meetings: I burn Palo Santo and I have affirmation cards, and things like that. I also sometimes need my crystals by my bed, and sometimes I put them around pictures of my kids.”
As far as her makeup routine goes, Alba keeps her everyday look pretty basic. “I use CCC Tinted Moisturizer, which helps with all that blue light exposure, whether it’s from entertainment or mostly work—it protects my skin. Then I usually use our Cream Foundation like a concealer and spot-conceal where I need it. Then mascara, a little brow, a little blush. If I’m feeling oily, I’ll use the mica Powder Blush; if not, the cream one. Then Gloss-C.”
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