Welcome to Take Note – a weekly rolodex of all the best in skin, wellness, and makeup from industry insiders. Each week, we’ll profile one woman who’s privvy to beauty, covering everything from recommendations to routines. To start, we’ve tapped the brain of Vida Glow Founder Anna Lahey. A pioneer in the realm of ingestible beauty, Anna turned a trip to Japan (and a fascination with collagen) into an empire, with the Vida Glow business now spanning everything from supplements to skincare. Anna is also a mum of three under three, so you know her routine is one that’s expertly curated, quick and highly effective (one look at her glowing skin and thick, shiny hair will only convince you further). Here, Anna discusses fragrance, the best water-resistant SPF, the new Vida Glow Anti-G-Ox supplement and her holy grail hair styling product.
GRAZIA: What does your morning skincare routine look like?
Anna: In the morning, I wash my face with one pump of our Vida Glow Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser. I then apply the Active Vitamin C Serum followed by our Emollient Moisturiser. If I’m just running errands, I’ll finish up with Biodroga MD Even & Perfect DD Cream SPF 25 Daily Defense in Dark. I’ll only wear foundation and do my makeup if I have something on.
GRAZIA: And evening?
Anna: I do a double cleanse. I then apply Anti-Pigment Spot Serum by Biodroga MD to help with pigmentation that I got during pregnancy. I always like the serums to have a minute to sink in before applying a moisturiser. Three times a week I use the Antioxidant Rich Hydration Mask and leave on as an overnight moisturiser.
GRAZIA: If you were heading to a deserted island, what three products would make the cut?
Anna: Our Vida Glow Gentle Antioxidant Cleanser because I love having clean skin, SPF and my brow pencil.
GRAZIA: Favourite SPF formula?
Anna: My favourite is Aspect Envirostat SPF 50. It’s water resistant so it’s great for exercising and swimming.
GRAZIA: Best professional treatment out there?
Anna: I love a mask. My favourites are the Blue Orchid Moisture Sheet Mask by Biodroga and Biologique Feerie Visage et Cou by Biologique Recherche. I also get a monthly facial with Peta from Will and Peta Skin Clinic in Bondi.
GRAZIA: Skincare cheap thrill?
Anna: Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream SPF 50 by IT Cosmetics.
GRAZIA: And splurge?
Anna: Chanel’s Huile Douce Oil for hair and body.
GRAZIA: What’s your go-to method for treating a pimple, fast?
Anna: I’m terrible. I pop them!
GRAZIA: Who is your makeup muse?
Anna: Camila Morrone.
GRAZIA: What’s your go-to makeup look?
Anna: I like the less-is-more approach. Natural, glowy and bronze skin.
GRAZIA: Holy grail foundation?
Anna: Chanel’s Les Beiges Eau de Teint.
GRAZIA: And most used lip colour?
Anna: Chanel’s Rouge Coco Flash in Jour 90.
GRAZIA: Best ever mascara?
Anna: Benefit They’re Real Mascara.
GRAZIA: How do you shape and fill your brows?
Anna: I see Amy Jean for my brows. I just trust the way she shapes them. In between appointments I use Amy Jean’s Micro Stroke Pencil. I also like to use her Brow Velvet Duo. I don’t leave the house without doing my brows!
GRAZIA: One makeup trend you’ll never try?
Anna: Contouring. Too heavy for me.
GRAZIA: Signature fragrance?
Anna: I only ever wear Coco Mademoiselle Eau de Parfum by Chanel. It was gifted to me on my 13th birthday and I’ve never changed perfumes since.
GRAZIA: What does your vacation makeup kit look like?
Anna: SPF, foundation, bronzer, blush, Rouge Coco lipstick, mascara and golden eye shadow.
GRAZIA: Any other quirky makeup tricks you can share?
Anna: Apply a bit of blush under the eyebrow!
GRAZIA: Favourite shampoo and conditioner duo?
Anna: I’m loving Olaplex at the moment.
GRAZIA: Can’t live without styling product?
Anna: Speed of Light Blow Dry Accelerator by Aveda. It’s the only styling product I use.
GRAZIA: What’s your top tip for styling your particular hair texture?
Anna: I blowdry my hair and Ghd some waves in. Then I brush the waves out for a really natural look.
GRAZIA: Hair tool you can’t live without?
Anna: A blowdryer and a Ghd.
GRAZIA: Who cuts and colours your hair?
Anna: Diane Gorgievski from Koda Cutters in Bondi.
GRAZIA: Dream celebrity hair?
Anna: Lily Aldridge.
GRAZIA: In a sentence, what’s your approach to wellness?
Anna: It’s a non-fussy and not-strict approach. I don’t like to be too hard on myself. I have good days and sometimes I have bad days. I think it’s important to be realistic with your approach.
GRAZIA: What’s your philosophy when it comes to food?
Anna: Enjoy it!
GRAZIA: What does your typical day on a plate look like?
Anna: I have a smoothie in the morning with Vida Glow Beauty Protein. I add coconut and almond milk, oats, a banana and fresh mixed berries. For lunch, I either have a salad or sandwich. My dinner is protein and vegetables unless I feel like a delicious pasta. I do eat a bit of chocolate every day. At the moment, my favourite is the Lindt Fruit Sensation Blueberry & Acai Dark Chocolate – so good!
GRAZIA: In what ways do you love to move your body?
Anna: I love walking and when I’m not pregnant I love running. I also love yoga, Pilates and lifting weights.
GRAZIA: Coffee or tea?
Anna: Coffee. I can’t live without it.
GRAZIA: What would your final meal be?
Anna: Fresh oysters and a glass of Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne.
GRAZIA: Are there any supplements you take regularly?
Anna: I take our Hydrolysed Marine Collagen in the original flavour twice a day. It really benefits the quality of my hair, skin and nails. I also take Anti-G-Ox, our newest ingestible beauty supplement, once a day. It’s made with bioavailable vitamins, minerals and plant compounds that protect skin from modern environmental and lifestyle factors that accelerate ageing.
GRAZIA: What tricks do you put in place to ensure you get a good night’s sleep?
Anna: I’m a mother to three under three. I haven’t had a good night of sleep in years!
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