Alessandra Codinha, Eye Reporter, WWD


“In any department store, my favorite place is usually the beauty floor. I find it immensely comforting. I like Bergdorf’s a lot, I’m so happy there, oh my God—versus any other floor in that building. I’m not hugely experimental; I tend to stick with the stuff that I like. I love the way Chanel products smell, and their colors are great for me, so I’m pretty loyal to them. But if something is recommended to me enough, I’ll go check it out.

I use Cetaphil, because it’s the best. It’s simple, it’s nothing—I have really really sensitive skin, so Cetaphil is perfect. Moisturizer—I’m really into the Chanel Sublimage stuff. The Sublimage Essential Regenerating Fluid is my summer and fall one, because it hasn’t been that cold yet and it’s quite light. Then there’s this other thing that I’m obsessed with—Hydramax + Active Serum. It absorbs into your skin and it’s just like, literally giving your face water. It’s so amazing. It’s blue. It’s weird [laughs], it’s really blue. And I’ll use exfoliant if I need to. I’ve been using vbeauté; their exfoliant is really good. I don’t like it when they’re too harsh. I use Vaseline or Aquaphor as a basic chapstick. My mother swears by Aquaphor, so I grew up with that. It’s good for your hands and feet—sometimes I’ll put it on my feet and sleep with socks on. It’s a good old moisturizing treatment. There’s also this body balm that I bought at a drugstore, called Egyptian Magic, which I love. All of the ingredients are very natural, and it’s hard at first and you have to warm it up in your hands. It’s not like, a greasy body oil, you know? I had a friend who used to use baby oil, and it just gets everywhere—and you have to sit and marinate, which I don’t have time for.

As far as makeup goes, I’ll usually blend in a little Chanel Perfection Lumière foundation, and then Clé de Peau concealer, which is the best concealer in the world. YSL Touche Éclat is good if you’re halfway through fashion week and you have huge under-eye bags. I use a little bit for under-eye brightening, but because it’s quite pale, if you use it as concealer, it’ll actually draw more attention to the problem. I don’t wear bronzer, but I’ll do a little of this highlighter stuff—Soleil Tan de Chanel. I don’t really do much eye stuff. I do liquid eyeliner, pretty much every day—that’s like, my thing. It’s funny, because it doesn’t, to me, feel that strange looking. It’s not like I do cat eyes. I have thick eyelashes, and it just sort of bases it out, and it’s easier for me than a pencil eyeliner. Artliner by Lancôme is fucking amazing—it’s like a felt-tip pen, it’s so easy. Then sometimes Guerlain Terracotta Kôhl is cool too—it’s like a big kohl crayon, if you want to get all messy and smoky. It’s not something I do a lot, because it tends to end up places, you know? [Laughs] That’s another thing I love about liquid liner: it rarely moves. Oh, and mascara—I like MAC Haute & Naughty Lash. It’s weird but kind of great—you can pull the brush out two different ways to give you more or less product. I don’t normally do a strong eye because I frankly don’t know how to apply eye makeup, at all. [Laughs] Like, I can do liquid eyeliner and I can do mascara, but shadows—I just don’t really get it. I tried, someone gave me a palette, which was great, but it just doesn’t do much for me.

Lately I’ve been really into red lipstick. Tom Ford’s are beautiful. The packaging is amazing, and the colors are great—Scarlet Rouge, Crimson Noir. Pretty much when it comes to reds it’s like, the darker the better, and I think MAC Ruby Woo and Russian Red are the two best ones. Ruby Woo will not leave your mouth. It’s amazing. And it’s matte—it’s not shiny and gross. I have a really big mouth…if it's shiny I look like Amanda Lepore pretty quickly, and she looks great, but that’s not my thing. The NARS lip pencil in Cruella is another really good lip thing. You just line and then fill in, and it stays and it’s beautiful. That’s more of a winter color…the bluer, bolder tones. Ruby Woo looked better in the summer because it’s pinker.

I have dry shampoos, but I don’t like them. In my opinion, at least with my hair, it doesn’t make it look clean…it feels weird to me—like, product-y. I’d much rather just shower and get my hair wet. I switch up shampoo a lot. I use Pantene Pro-V a lot, I love it—the classic Pantene Pro-V. And the Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo once a week or so. And Aesop has a really good-smelling hair wash that I like a lot: Gentle Scalp Cleansing Shampoo. I don’t use conditioner most of the time because it weighs my hair down. With hair, I honestly do believe that you should switch it up as much as you can—at least on my hair, it has a definite effect. Like, hotel bottles I always steal. The Bristol has Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte—I have like, five hundred things in my bathroom. Bulgari does a really great smelling bath collection—I don’t know what it’s called though—but I’ve never seen it in stores, just hotels. I find with hair and body products, you can get quite sick of them if you use them too much, so hotel sizes are perfect.”

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  • The Black Tiger

    So beautiful! Love her hair!

    I have a really big mouth…if it’s shiny I look like Amanda Lepore pretty quickly, and she looks great, but that’s not my thing.

    --> I have the same problem! It's quite frustrating :(

  • Ophélie

    Elle a un visage étonnant.
    So, so beautiful. I think I have seen her on the sartorialist before?

    • Tuetre

      Yes, you have. She was featured as a style profile 2 days ago... love her!

  • cococollage

    These are really stunning, subtle pictures

  • Sashi

    What is an "eye reporter"? I expected her to be really into eye makeup LOL

  • Jackie

    i totally agree! i love discovering new hair and body products at hotels when i travel!

  • Sarah

    The bulgari bath collection is the green tea one i think. try the bulgari counter at saks, that's where my mom stocks up on the soaps and perfume--she's in constant fear they're going to discontinue it.

  • Amanda Eden

    What a natural beauty she is! Isn't that what we all strive to be or at least portray? Refreshing to see a list of obtainable, unfussy products/ regimen too!

    I concur on the Cetaphil praise for sensitive skin. Returning to the existential beauty crisis post, I quarterly experience this phenomenon, wondering what is working and what's not and erroneously decide that a new facewash is the answer to reaching skin nirvana. It's not, there's just more $$ upfront and thereafter to cover my disgruntled face's reaction! Maybe the answer is a new mask.... :)

  • Joy Of Stranger Sensibilities

    love the new modified look of the site! also great classic beauty q&a as always!

  • Bee

    What's her nationality? She's gorgeous. She looks Latina to me.

    • Alix

      Her last name appears to be Portuguese, so I'm guessing she's from Portugal or Brazil?

  • Serdane

    So nice seeing her and learning more things about her !!

  • Erin

    Love this post, as always :) I too am most at home in the beauty department at a department store! I love her ring with the chain that attaches to her wrist - do you know who makes it?

    • Beatriz

      Check the jewelry story in the latest US Vogue. One if the (it) girls is wearing similar Indian-inspired bracelets.

  • Sophiesophie

    Love her! This haircut suits her great,

    inspiiiired :D


  • La Maga

    This product is a face wash. You apply it on and the rinse off. It is not absorbed by the skin as, ex. a moisturizer. It is insanely silly how women say Cetaphil is deadly but still use lots of creams and make-up. Brainless.

    • Jo

      Hey, what's up with the offensive tone? I have never personally said that Cetaphil is "deadly", and neither does the article. Because yes, that would be silly. I simply linked to it because so many women (and men, for all I know) do not realise that the ingredients in Cetaphil do absolutely NOTHING to protect your skin. Which is one of the things that the article discusses - “It may not irritate skin very much, but it probably won’t help it much either”.

      I am simply trying to educate here people, but no, I am not a trained professional in any way. I am however an advocate of making informed decisions regarding a product that you put on your skin several times a day.

      And you know, not all women who do not use Cetaphil are silly women who instead "use lots of creams and make-up". Personally, I mostly use food-grade and organic beauty products like Dr. Alkaitis and RMS Beauty. I am not saying everyone must do that, but that is the *informed decision* that I have made for my own health and my own peace of mind. Thank you.

    • claire

      It is insanely silly that you attacked JO. The statement "It is insanely silly how women say Cetaphil is deadly but still use lots of creams and make-up" isn't really fair. You do not know if and how many women who don't use cetaphil use lots of creams and make up...tsk tsk brainless

  • Dollrepublik
  • Clean Beauty Blog

    Wow - she is so beautiful! And nice to see someone else who doesn't like dry shampoos, I don't get them either!

  • truly

    I have some Christmas dough, and I think I'll visit Neiman Marcus and get my first Cle de Peau concealer. Is it too much to ask for what is basically a free consultation?

  • O.R.

    Je suis complètement obsédée par elle!

  • Kitchen afternoon

    She looks so comfortable, the chiar and scarf in the background are seductive. Her mix of high and low products always makes for an interesting bit- like treasure hunting!

  • Anonymous

    Cetaphil is awesome. She is so pretty.

  • misslikey

    she is gorgeous

  • Bee

    Perfect timing, The Sartorialist recently interviewed her.

  • Niki

    She's so beautiful, and I definitely dig her taste in beauty products.

    Happy Holidays!
    x Niki from A Haute Mess

  • Lindsay K

    Lovely interview and mix of products. I'm a huge fan of the Bristol and Mandarin in Hong Kong because of the Hermes beauty products. So delightful.

  • Thebeautyphilosopher

    I recently purchased the perfection lumiere and it is just gorgeous. I've been using Chanel foundations ever since my make up artist used Chanel on my face for my wedding in 2007. I've tried other brands but always go back to Chanel.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
CHANEL Sublimage Essential Regenerating Fluid
vbeauté Rub-Off Gentle Facial Exfoliator
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Egyptian Magic
Yves Saint Laurent
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat
Guerlain Terracotta Loose Powder Kohl
MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara
Tom Ford
Tom Ford Lip Color in Scarlet Rouge
Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo
Aesop Gentle Scalp Cleansing Shampoo
Hermes Eau d'Orange Verte Eau de Parfum