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What Actress Gabrielle Union Can’t Live Without

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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 actress Gabrielle Union — whose summer collection, designed in collaboration with New York & Company, and book, Welcome to the Party, are out now — about the makeup remover, bronzer, and pitcher she can’t live without.

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We had to figure out how to entertain ourselves during quarantine, so we started doing sunset cocktails about two months ago. A number of adults are quarantining with us, so we really needed this pitcher. You can get maybe seven or so pours out of it? I will admit I’m super-biased: Chrissy is a very good friend of mine, and I love everything she does. No one hosts a party like Chrissy, and her brand springs from who she actually is in real life. So if you’re a hostess with the mostest, you can’t find anything better than Chrissy’s products because she actually designs for the party. I used to be the bartender for our sunset cocktails, but apparently my cocktails are a little too strong. I also lost pouring privileges because I’m too heavy of a pourer. My family was like, “Okay, ma’am, some of us want to function after sunset cocktails.”

As a woman of a certain age, my hormones can kind of dictate what is happening with my skin. Sometimes I’m successful in balancing them out, but other times I’m not. My makeup artist on L.A.’s Finest introduced these wipes to me, and I started buying them in bulk. I keep them in the car. I keep them in my purse. I use them after workouts. Even when I don’t have makeup on, I use them because they’re like a little refresher. And they smell like a spa. They have aloe and chamomile and cucumber extract, so they’re super-soothing, especially when I’m having a breakout or I’ve got a little rash or whatever. I always have something these days.

Even though Rihanna’s foundations are bomb, I don’t always love a full face of makeup. But for all the Zooms, it’s nice to have a little something. This is my go-to daily jam — it’s an everyday thing for me. It’s very easy to use when you have a baby and kids running around in a household. It blends well and lasts all day.