Eva Mendes: ‘My favorite cheap beauty product is baby powder & St. Ives scrub’

Did you know that Eva Mendes has a new clothing line with New York & Company? The line is called Eva Mendes Exclusively, and these are some photos from the launch on Wednesday. I’ll admit it, back when I worked in an office (before the halcyon days of blogging in sweatpants and flip-flops), I wore a lot of New York & Company stuff. It’s affordable, some of the stuff is cute, and it’s decently made for the price. I still have several pairs of pants from NY & Co. that I wear often enough. So, Eva was in New York to promote her new clothing line, and she gave an interview to HuffPo about the line and about some of her beauty tips. I know you guys love talking about makeup, hair and beauty products, so this is the motherlode:

HuffPo: Why did you decide to do a collection with New York & Co.?
Eva: When New York & Co. came to me with this amazing opportunity, I jumped at the chance. I love that New York & Co. makes well-made and fashionable clothes, accessible to women. They’re about accessibility not exclusivity, and I found that very exciting. It also sounded like it would be blast. I’ve always had a hunch that designers were having all the fun… and it turns out, I was right!

What was the most challenging aspect of creating your own collection?
The challenging part of this process was knowing that I had women, especially my sisters, counting on me to make them look good. I take this very seriously. There isn’t a piece in my collection that I won’t wear. I can’t wait to get feedback from women about what works for them and what doesn’t. I hope I don’t disappoint them!

Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?
Advice to aspiring designers? I have no idea! Let’s see if I survive my first season and then ask me!

We have to ask you about that amazing hair of yours! It always looks so thick and healthy, what’s your secret? Do you have any DIY hair care recipes you use?
Pantene! I like to condition my hair overnight. You can use any Pantene conditioner but I prefer the Breakage to Strength. Put it all over your hair before you go to sleep and leave it in a shower cap until morning. Then rinse and voilà. Warning: although your hair will be grateful, the shower cap look isn’t the sexiest, so maybe do it on a night when he’s not around. [Ed. note: Especially when "he" is Ryan Gosling.]

What’s the bare minimum makeup look that you need to step outside of the house?
I don’t like much make up for my everyday look. I usually use Dr. Perricone No Foundation Foundation, Edward Bess bronze powder and Dr. Hauschka lip moisturizer. That’s about it unless I’m going out to an event.

Do you have a favorite cheap beauty product?
My favorite cheap beauty product is baby powder. I use it on my hair to give it a dry tousled look. It works magic. Better than any dry shampoo out there. Once you put a little bit on your roots and run it through your hair, make sure to shake it out so your hair doesn’t look white! Another great inexpensive product is St. Ives Apricot Scrub for the body. I use it as a dry scrub with a loofah, then I rinse. It works great for me.

What is the best beauty secret that you’ve learned over the years?
The best beauty secret I’ve learned over the years is that there’s no secret! Makeup artists can only do so much. If you’re not well-rested and well-nourished, it will show on your face. So drink lots of water and eat well… and ditch the cigarettes! Oh and use blotting papers instead of powder!

Do you ever see a paparazzi or red carpet photo of yourself and think “Darn that was a bad outfit?”
Of course I see photos of myself I don’t like. I can take a very odd picture! But I’ve learned to laugh at the bad ones. I’m the first one to make fun of myself. Like my look for my “Ghost Rider” premiere in NY. What was I thinking?! Or this white and black Prabal Gurung dress I wore a few years ago. I love the designer but the dress didn’t fit me well. An ill-fitting dress and my idea to have the frizzy hair resulted in a bad combo-platter.

What is one trend that you would never be caught dead wearing?
Jelly Bean shoes. I don’t think I can wear those again. Actually, I know I can’t.

[From HuffPo]

You know what I like about this? She actually name-drops labels that can be bought at CVS or a grocery store. It really does feel like Eva actually does use the inexpensive stuff like Pantene, no-name baby powder and St. Ives Apricot Scrub. And OMG I never would have even thought about using St. Ives Scrub as a dry scrub?! When I last admitted that I occasionally use St. Ives Apricot Scrub, some of you yelled at me and told me that it’s too abrasive and it’s actually bad for your skin. Now I can say “Well, Eva Mendes uses it!”

But… I do hate when some women suggest using baby powder in your hair. I could never do that. My hair get oily very quickly, and while the baby powder will soak it up, my hair is dark and I don’t want to look like I’m wearing a powdered wig. Isn’t it just easier for me to wash my hair every day? Because that’s exactly what I’m doing. And I use Pantene too (although I have a lot of shampoos going all at once.) Full disclosure: Eva is the official hair of Pantene, correct? She’s had a Pantene contract for a while.

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. amelia says:

    I have nothing constructive to say except – Woohoo for St Ives!
    Love it.

  2. Backwards says:

    I used to buy that scrub till I once read that the sharp edges of the walnut shells creates small cuts and scratches in your skin which creates a perfect entry point for bacteria and that freaked me out a bit.

  3. NYC_girl says:

    The fit of her skirt is annoying me.

  4. The Original Mia says:

    Count me in in the St. Ives’ love. A dermatologist told me limit my use to 1-2 times per week.

  5. hadleyb says:

    I still won’t use St Ives on my face, it way too harsh and I am willing to bet she still see’s a derm for other products or Rx’s for her skin.

  6. Erinn says:

    Pantene isn’t good for your hair. It’s coating your hair and building up a shell around the follicle. However, so many shampoos do this. It’s nowhere near the WORST shampoo for your hair, but there are a lot of better shampoos out there.

    It’s kind of like how people use head and shoulders for dandruff – it’s essentially just coating everything, and as soon as you stop using it, your hair tends to be worse.

  7. SP says:

    Kaiser, if your hair is too dark for baby powder, you can use cocoa powder.

  8. jean says:

    I want Eva’s turban. Hope that it is in her clothing line.

  9. Adrien says:

    St. Ives scrub is always mentioned by celebs as favorite drug store beauty product. It’s cheap and effective. Smells good too.

  10. Suckmyfarts says:

    I LOVE baby powder. It really is my go to for my greasy hair. It also helps if you’re a blonde & have some roots coming in. Good cover up.
    I also love st. Ives scrub. I have been told that you should limit any scrub or exfoliation to once or twice a week. That’s by a derm & facialist.

  11. isabelle says:

    ‘Ditch the cigarettes.’ Eva is a chain-smoker!

    I like her very much nonetheless.

  12. Alyce says:

    St. Ives scrub is too abrasive for my face, but it’s great on the rest of the body!

  13. Mo says:

    Best exfoliator hands down – Baking Soda. You can either add a little water or add it to your facial wash. It’s gentle enough to use every morning and will give your skin a great glow – AND CHEAP!

  14. nancypants says:

    I like the article and think she is pretty but you notice her hair here doesn’t look like her hair in the Pantene commercials.
    She’s not wearing the extensions and her hair hasn’t been sprayed with silicone which is how “they” get that shine.
    I can’t imagine wearing a greasy shower cap to bed! I do rinse at night and add a little leave-in conditioner but I make sure my hair is dry before bed.

    She seems pretty down-to-earth though.

  15. Ola says:

    Never liked her anyway but she has a point here – Edward Bess bronzer is just amazing. His blushes and lipsticks also rock. And his concealer is a cheaper alternative to Cle de Peau!

  16. serena says:

    Pantene is one of the worst shampoo out there. Not only it’s tested on animals but it has a lot of really really bad ingredients.

  17. Jade says:

    She is the last person who should be designing clothes, she has the worst fashion sense ever! She’s also a real nasty b***h diva to anyone she thinks is beneath her.

  18. lauren says:

    I don´t know why but I can´t stand her. And no this has nothing to do with Gosling.
    Her eye make-up looks really bad here.

  19. Nicolette says:

    Not a fan of hers either. And I used to love NY & Co, could never go in their store without buying something. But in the past year or two I walk in and walk out, there’s never anything I like anymore. Maybe I’ve just fallen in love with TJMaxx too much. THAT store is dangerous for me, can’t resist buying something when I’m in there. From clothes, to housewares, to handbags, shampoos and on and on. Love!

  20. Asdfg says:

    I love St.Ives Apricot Scrub. It’s completely transformed my skin! Seriously! It’s a life saver! I also love St.Ives Timeless Skin lotion. Using both products gives my skin a nice refreshing glow. It’s nice. :)

  21. lena80 says:

    @ Kaiser, If your hair is super oily you might be using the wrong shampoo. Try using a no to low sulfate. You should see a difference in a week or so. Also you might want to try a rinse with Apple Cider Vinegar (with the mother, I use Braggs Brand).

    • Erinn says:

      I have really oily hair with most shampoos. I use good quality products too. One thing I did try was using baking soda and vinegar in my hair for a few days straight. It cleared everything up, and the vinegar rinse made it really shiny. I found when I was using that it really made a difference. But it CAN lighten your hair.

    • jaye says:

      I LOVE that brand! Bentonite clay is also great for oily hair. There’s a website, Terresentials.com that sells a line of all natural, organic mud washes (that’s right, MUD). I’ve used it and it’s AWESOME. Pricey, but awesome.

    • Bridget says:

      Also, if she’s washing her hair every day that’ll actually strip the natural oils from the hair and cause the scalp to overproduce oils. You should really be washing your hair only once or twice a week under normal circumstances.

  22. shannon says:

    AMEN! Finally, someone who washes their hair everyday! It’s all I read about in mags now is how dry shampoo is all the rage. Nothing against it, I’m just glad there is someone else out there washing their hair everyday. Pantene made my hair look super-smooth but also tore up my scalp. I’ll never use it again.

    • Erinn says:

      I have to wash mine daily too. If I shower the night before I’ll spray some dry shampoo on the roots before leaving the house.

    • Liv says:

      I shower every day, too. I do sports every day, so it’s pretty disgusting if I would leave all the sweat in my hair!

    • Cazzee says:

      You are not alone. I have fine hair and, thanks to my ancestors, an oily complexion. If I don’t wash my hair daily, I start looking like a muskrat by 3pm.

      My stylist insists that if I start washing every other day, after a few weeks my scalp will adapt…but I haven’t been able to make it that long!

    • littlestar says:

      I have really oily skin and scalp, and I only wash my hair 2 times a week, max. I found the more I washed my hair, the oilier it would be! Now I can go 3-5 days (depending on how much I work out) without washing my hair. And it is so much healthier looking and softer because of it. I’ll wear it down for a couple of days, then I’ll put it up in a pony tail, top knot or sock bun when it’s getting a bit greasy. Believe me, washing your hair every day isn’t good for you hair! I used to wash it every day as well and I’m so glad I stopped doing that (plus it saves on styling time and heat drying your hair, which damages it even more). Lol sorry for the rant :) .

    • Bridget says:

      Seriously, washing your hair every day just makes it oilier. It adjusts after like 2 weeks, and that’s what the dry shampoo is for – in between washes. It’s not like you’re supposed to skip out on the showers.

      Though I will also note, I’m a distance runner, so I have to wash my hair more because I need to wash the sweat out, but I’ll skip thr shampoo on days I don’t run.

    • Liv says:

      Guess I’m the exception. My hair does not get oilier just because I don’t wash it. I never heat dry it though.

      But what are you doing when you worked out? I find it so disgusting to not shower then! Do you use dry shampoo?

  23. shanaynay says:

    why is her face making the same exact expression in every picture? based on a lot of interviews and statements, I think she’s a weirdo.

  24. Lindsey says:

    I love St.Ives, I think they’ve reformulated their apricot scrub because it’s a lot less abrasive than it used to be. Another good one is Freeman’s Charcoal Black Sugar Facial Polish. Good for oily skin.

  25. umyeah says:

    I saw some of the clothes for this line and they’re really chic and cute. I would totally wear it all. Love her style.

  26. Legal Annie says:

    For scrub, I use Beyond Belief ABH Exfoliating Facial Scrub. It’s the best.

  27. jaye says:

    Totally unrelated: The ads that pop up on the pictures? REALLY annoying.

  28. Claudia says:

    I didn’t know Pantene was so bad for your hair, thanks for the tip ladies!

    My hair has been in a terrible state– lots and lots of breakage, dull, no smoothness whatsoever (I have straight to slightly wavy hair), and constantly shedding way over the normal amount. Any advice?

  29. Ramona Q. says:

    St. Ives Apricot Scrub has parabens, and it’s tested on animals.

    • Relli says:

      another reason NOT to buy it. I was already told by my dermatologist to quit anyway and now even though my skin care is ridiculously expensive my skin has never been better. As she told me some people can use anything on their skin and still have great skin, but you are not one of those people.

  30. lenje says:

    This post is quite refreshing, since it generates very informational comments! I should thank all of you for the tips… seriously. :) )) (definitely going to try the recommended products)

  31. joan says:

    I bought into the hate for her, until I saw her on Letterman a while back. Not only was she was more gorgeous on TV than in still photos — sultry and exotic — but also very engaging, with a sense of humor. Really hot.

    So, now I would want to see her on a talk show. I believe she can’t act, though.

  32. Jayna says:

    My cheaper tip is I used to have expensive face-care products with a million steps. I loved them and loved my regimen, all the steps (I’m girly that way), but as I kept running out of stuff, I ended up with Oil of Olay from a run to the Walgreen’s and there I am for years now. I wash my face with a soft washcloth to slough off dead cells recommended by a dermatologist on TV (no scrubs, causes broken capillary veins on me) and use Oil of Olay face wash for sensitive skin and Oil of Olay and any type of mask twice a week (also recommended by doctor on TV) and my skin looks fanastic, I must say. I even stopped buying eyecreams. Just put the O of O under my eyes also. I think eyecreams are a gimmick I’ve decided. In my 20s the glycolic stuff from a doctor’s office really helped my oily skin and pores, but my skin has changed and don’t really need it. The dermatolgist on TV said people are overdoing all the glycolic peels, retinaes, on and on, and overdoing it is harsh on skin and losing natural skin pigmentation after a while.

  33. Jayna says:

    My next tip for my legs, especially when wearing more revealing clothes for the summer. I use a scrub a few days a week. I use Cetaphil mosturizing cream (not lotion) on my legs, and then I put on Neutrogena’s Light Sesame Oil. It makes my skin so soft.

  34. Megan says:

    Geez look at all the angry women on this board. She doesn’t seem like a bitch, and YES she is beautiful. Gosling certainly seems to think so, which I suspect is what drives most of the girls on this boards nuts! Keep hatin ladies.

    Also yea, St.Ives is the best.

  35. Christin says:

    My mother’s cousin was a model with a major NY agency in the late 1950s. She had what my mother describes as the most naturally beautiful, shiny blonde hair she has ever seen.

    The cousin did print ads for catalogs and magazines, including a then-major shampoo brand. She told my mom that they used a shampoo that she did not believe was the product (this product had a unique color / scent). So, it’s probably been smoke and mirrors for decades when it comes to product ads.

    On a side note, the model cousin’s career had a sad ending. She had been dieting for her first movie role and rouintely took penicillin to help her skin stay clear. She developed pnuemonia and died at age 21.