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What Vanessa Traina Can’t Live Without

Photo: Courtesy of Vanessa Traina

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 stylist and executive creative director of the Line Vanessa Traina, whose Rodin x Vanessa Traina collection just debuted, about the dry shampoo, gardenia candle, and arnica gel she can’t live without.

These Epsom salts are the base of any good bath. I take the time to unwind and do something for myself at the end of each day, especially now that I have two children, so I like the bath as a moment of Zen to myself. I’d like to think it does something to the skin by drawing everything out, but really it’s just the best way to get the day off of you and get ready for the next one.

I use this on my son anytime he falls or gets bumped because as soon as it happens, you rub it on and it takes away any bruise. It’s a very good trick. And with a 1-and-a-half-year-old, I can tell you that we go through a lot of it. The purple never appears if you get it in time.

I love Maldon salt, but I especially love it for a drink I have every morning. It was a hot tip from my trainer, who told me to start the day with a glass of water containing the juice of one lime, plus sea salt. It’s good for the adrenals and jump-starting your body first thing in the morning. I use Maldon for it, not for the texture (because it completely dissolves!) but because of where it comes from.

I love the floral scents at home, and I’m not one to burn a candle in every room, but this one has a rich muskiness to it that’s so true to the essence of the flower. You just burn it for a short amount of time and the aroma in the room is just perfumed. Actually even when it’s not burning the oils coming from the candle scent the air in the nicest way.

My makeup artist introduced me to Tatcha years ago as this mostly all-natural brand with ingredients sourced from Japan, and I like everything, but mostly I like these masks in the morning when I’m extra tired. It gives you that woken-up look and opens your eyes. I think it plumps up the under eyes, too, but I might be imagining it.

I have a Mary Poppins bag with styling tricks and tools for mothers, and this ticks both those boxes. If you get anything on what you’re wearing — for me, it’s always my son who is coming at me with something like raspberries on his fingers when I’m probably in a white coat — the Tide pen just gets it right out. It’s like Murphy’s law: When I don’t have it, I inevitably will get my clothes dirty, but when I do, I manage to keep myself clean. Better to have it always.

An incredible product for the girl on the go. With young kids, you always want something that’ll help you look put-together, even if you don’t have all the time to do it. This I’ll keep on me as a bit of a refresher to spray into my hair almost every day — it’s a bit of a shampoo and styling product in one because it takes the oil out of your hair and just refreshes its texture with a bit of grittiness.

Photo: © 2018 Jason Jamal Nakleh

I created the dahlia lipstick for this collaboration with Rodin because I had always been searching for my perfect red. I always had this shade and formula in my mind — I love Rodin’s lipsticks, but they’re very bold and opaque, and I wanted something with a bit of a sheer effortlessness to it, which is how we came up with this.

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