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What Brooke Shields Can’t Live Without

If you’re like us, you’ve probably wondered what famous people add to their carts. Not the JAR brooch and Louis XV chair, but the hand sanitizer and the electric toothbrush. We asked actress and designer Brooke Shields, whose line Brooke Shields Timeless for QVC is available now, about the black tea, vitamin C serum, and sprouted nuts she can’t live without.

I truly can’t live without my tea. When I was in London doing Chicago in the West End, I started drinking tea, but instead of going to Fortnum & Mason to get those gorgeous loose-leaf teas, I thought, Isn’t there just something really strong and easy I could buy? And in England, they actually call PG Tips “builder’s tea” because it’s like a strong tea for construction workers. When you buy it, it doesn’t come in individual wrapping, so I’m pretty sure it’s better for the environment, and because they’re little pyramids, they steep very well. And it’s very strong, with a smooth finish. I almost don’t even drink coffee anymore. It used to be that you could only get it in England, but now you can get it online. It’s a whole new world.

So I lose my phone or drop my phone all the time. I’m notorious for it because I’ll be in a cab and texting or looking at something and then get out without realizing it. I saw this woman on the street with the coolest cross-body phone case, and I stopped her and asked, “Who makes that?” And she goes, “Oh, it’s Ban-do-leer or something.” And I said, “You mean Ban-do-lee-eh?” And she goes, “Oh, yeah, whatever.” And we laughed. I wasn’t making fun of her! So I looked it up, and there were a ton of great ones — some like Chanel, some more rock and roll — and now I’ll keep it around my neck or shoulder and never drop or lose my phone. I keep my MetroCard in it and business cards I get. It’s like a stethoscope, but I love it.

I discovered Drunk Elephant last summer when I was out on Long Island. I was first drawn to the packaging and the name, and my dermatologist and facialist always stressed vitamin C. [Editor’s note: It’s also a favorite of beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton.] My dermatologist, who has literally carved sun damage off my skin, told me about how important it was, so I started using the Firma serum, and I tell you, it brightened up and firmed up my skin almost immediately. My dermatologist actually told me to put it on before a workout because when you work out, all your pores open up and you can absorb everything. So I’ll put it on right before spin class right before I get my blood going.