This month, we celebrate women. The women who have paved the way in the beauty industry, who have stepped outside the norm and coined a new idea, who have transformed creativity into innovation, and who have inspired us to work hard enough to leave a footprint that’s anywhere near the size of theirs.
With this in mind, we’ve asked ten brand founders and executives to share their must-have products from their own lines and reveal the can’t-live-without products from other innovative brands that they use every day. Included on their heavily stacked vanities: everything from chemical-free and vegan hair care to lash-lengthening mascaras that someone says, “is the best formula I’ve ever used.”
Read on to get in on the girl talk and discover these female owned beauty brands for International Women’s Day.
Olivia Chantecaille, founder of Chantecaille
A born-and-raised beauty guru, Olivia Chantecaille knows a thing or two about achieving flawless skin. “I can’t live without the Chantecaille Pure Rosewater,” she tells us. “The first thing I do when I wake up and the last thing I do at night is spray my face with it. It comes from the magical Rose de Mai sourced in Grasse, France. This refreshing face mist is instantly soothing and uplifting for my skin and my mood.” According to her, this rosewater was created after meeting a rose farmer, who encouraged Olivia and her mother (and co-founder!), Sylvie, to use the magical petals in their skin care. Fast forward to now, the formula contains 400 petals in each bottle, and it’s the ultimate skin hydrator for those days when your skin needs a drink.
In terms of makeup products from the brand, Olivia is currently fangirling over her Cheek Gelée and the Faux Cils Longest Lash Mascara. “A must-have to get out the door quickly is Cheek Gelée in Happy… I dab it onto my cheeks with my fingers for a healthy flush of rose-petal pink. Also, Faux Cils Longest Lash makes my lashes look longer and thicker with one stroke. It is enhanced with a peptide that nourishes the lashes and helps boost their growth. It took us 5 years of research and test it until we had all the components working together for this master formula: the brush, the wiper, and the nourishing rose oil.”
Of course, the beauty queen can’t forget to nourish her long, beautiful hair. “I like my hair products to be vegan, clean, and chemical-free, just like my skin care,” she says. “I use a lot of Virtue products. The Virtue Polish Un-Frizz Cream keeps my hair feeling and looking silky, hydrated, and healthy.” She also tells us she’s a fan of Christophe Robin’s Regenerating Mask with Prickly Pear Oil, because it instantly repairs and smooths and her with “delicious and healing ingredients.”