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 Victoria Tsai, founder of beauty brand Tatcha (an RVN favorite), about the mercury-safe tuna and Japanese matcha can’t live without.
When I visit Japan, I pick up tea from the oldest green tea temple in Japan. But when I’m between trips, I’ll drink the high-quality green tea from Republic of Tea. I love the starter set they offer to properly whisk and blend the matcha. We actually use green tea in all of our formulas because it contains EGCG, a powerhouse antioxidant. It’s a perfect way to start the morning.
In our research, we found that rice was essentially a perfect fuel cell of energy and a beloved superfood, and when I travel to Japan, I eat like a queen and actually come back thinner, with glowing skin and hair — I credit the Japanese diet and water! I love the Zojirushi rice cooker because it’s easy to use and actually sings to me when it’s done.
I recently started loving big earrings, but I don’t like them to be too heavy. What I love about Jennifer’s hoops and dangly earrings is how weightless they are, while still making a statement. It makes styling easy, since you can minimize your makeup and hair and still look put-together.
I travel all the time and try to snack on protein. I love tuna, but stopped eating it when I was pregnant because of how many heavy metals are in it. That’s why I love these pouches — the tuna is wild-caught, tested for mercury, and packed in its own oil with amazing seasonings. It comes in a pouch, which is perfect for travel. I pack a few of these pouches along with some crackers, and I have practically a whole meal.
I’ve been doing a cat-eye since I was 12. I found the fastest way is to use a gel or liquid eyeliner and then use a cotton swab to shape it while still wet. The key is having the right cotton swab for precision. These Muji ones are thin and tightly bound. I love all things Muji — it’s like the Container Store and Ikea got together and had a chic Japanese baby.
I sold my engagement ring to start Tatcha and never replaced it. I don’t even own a purse, but the luxuries I do allow myself are these shoes in black, grey, rose, burgundy, and purple. They’re unbelievably comfortable even if you can’t tell by looking at them. I stand and walk a lot for work, and they are like the Birkenstocks of high heels.
Essences, also known as “beauty waters,” date back centuries in Japanese beauty rituals. I was skeptical of them for years, thinking it was an extra step, until our scientist friends sent me a little bottle, and it transformed my skin like nothing I’ve ever used, so we decided to make it available in its purest form, as an essence. It plumps, retexturizes, and hydrates the skin, making all skin care penetrate more deeply and work better. If you took everything from Tatcha away from me and only left me one item, this would be it.
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