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What Entrepreneur Camila Alves McConaughey Can’t Live Without

Illustration: Joe McKendry, Photo: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for WCRF

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 hairspray and the electric toothbrush. We asked entrepreneur Camila Alves McConaughey — the founder of lifestyle website Women of Today — about the jeans, scrunchies, and cocktails she can’t live without.

I have turned so many people onto these — like probably more than a hundred people at this point. I’m not exaggerating. I keep one on my wrist, so people will see it and ask about it. And when I see somebody I don’t know who has these, we look in each other’s direction and have an instant bond, like, “Okay, you get it. You know.” I got Matthew to wear them, too, because he has long hair now. My hair is really thick, but Matt’s is really fine, and these don’t damage any hair. They’re super gentle and, when you take your hair out, they don’t leave any marks. It’s like magic. They are a little bit pricey, but trust me, they’re worth it. I’ve given them as gifts tons of times, too.

I use this on my body, not my face. I have very sensitive skin. If I use the wrong product, my skin reacts quickly, so I’m very picky. I used to pay all this money to get seaweed scrubs at spas, but this is just as good as what the spas use and I can do it myself. I add water and whatever oils I feel like my skin needs at the time. It doesn’t have a nice scent because, you know, it’s seaweed, so I add things like olive oil or coconut oil to give it a better smell.

I actually never wore a sleep mask before I got this one. I didn’t like them because that little strap that goes around your hair always bugged me at night. But this one is unlike others I’ve seen. It’s really thick and it doesn’t have that elastic that goes around your ears. It’s kind of silly looking because it’s this pillow-like mask that goes down to your nose. But it covers a really large part of your face, so it really keeps the light out. And it’s silk, too, so it’s very comfortable.

I was on a job once and the makeup artist cleaned my face with just a damp, warm rag. That one rag wiped everything off and I was shocked. So I found these to use instead of makeup remover, and they really work. I put a little bit of oil on my skin, then put hot water on these rags and just start wiping my face with them. They’re also eco-friendly, too, because you can put them in the wash and reuse them. It’s a great alternative for anyone with sensitive skin. I can’t use makeup-remover wipes because my skin completely breaks out after using them, no matter what the brand is.

In Brazil, hair masks and oils and things like that are a big part of our culture because a lot of people have curly hair and they’re so good for that. The founder of this oil is an amazing hairstylist. She told me about the product and it sounded so good that I was like, “I have to have it.” It’s been one my greatest finds in the last year. It’s all natural and doesn’t have anything bad in it. I have really kinky hair and sometimes it just goes crazy — it has a life of its own and does what it wants to do if I don’t take care of it. This oil changed my hair but in a natural way. Now I get an even texture and more of a nice wave instead of puffy hair. You do have to apply it in a very specific way, though, or it won’t work. Because my hair is very thick, I use more than they recommend. I divide my wet hair into layers, then apply it layer by layer and comb it through.

Hedley & Bennett Wake Up & Fight Mask
$42 for 3
$42 for 3

I’ve been a fan of Ellen, the brand’s founder, for so long. I love all the work she does with aprons — they’re truly the best aprons out there. Then I heard that she started making masks for people at her factory. I love that she went out of her way to help find solutions for the PPE shortage; I’ll support anyone who does amazing things like that. They’re really comfortable, too. I actually just did a huge order with her. This fire department in Austin, Texas was looking to get fabric face masks to have around the station, so I ordered these masks and donated them to the department.

I didn’t grow up drinking tea, but this tea does have a Brazilian influence to it. I got into it as an adult; I can’t do coffee, so this tea is my caffeine. We have these big Yeti containers, which are fantastic, and we put three of these bags in one. We steep the tea throughout the night and then when I wake up in the morning, it’s the perfect temperature to drink.