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TOP FLIGHT:

CASSANDRA
GREY’S
GUIDE TO
GORGEOUS

The road to gorgeous is paved with a VIOLET-CODE-approved cosmetic wardrobe. Founder Cassandra Grey recommends starting with these 10 staples.


Written ByCASSANDRA GREY
Photography BySEBASTIAN KIM

On the verge of letting yourself go? Can’t be bothered to research which products actually work? I’ve got you covered. I know my stuff, and by that I mean I get to work with a team of people who know their stuff. We spend an exorbitant amount of time discovering, vetting, and recommending only the best beauty products for our customers. We’ve spent hours, months, and sometimes even years testing products to solidify the VIOLET CODE stamp as the industry's trusted seal of approval. The road to gorgeous is paved with a VIOLET CODE-approved cosmetic wardrobe. It is expensive, but worth it.

So welcome to part one of my Guide To Gorgeous. Out of the 1,350 hero products we've approved, here are the 10 things you need—that you may not know that you need; the top-10 that’ll make you feel like you’ve got it together by Friday.


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Especially beneficial for blemish-prone complexions, this face wash combines pure raw honey, royal jelly, and papaya enzymes to cleanse and exfoliate the skin. It's the best cleanser we have found for getting that instantly dewy baby skin.

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Carson Meyer (one of VIOLET GREY's first interns) created the body scrub to end all body scrubs in her home kitchen in Malibu. The nourishing formula mimics the shimmery, bikini-ready look of body oil sans body oil. Fun Fact: Kim Kardashian, who knows her way around a nude photo shoot, calls C & The Moon the "best body scrub ever."

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There is a certain class of affluent ladies in New York City's Upper East Side that see Aida Bicaj every week for a Biologique Recherche microcurrent facial ($450 a pop). The electric-current treatment tightens, brightens, kills bacteria, accelerates cellular repair, and prevents the need for a facelift in the future. Melanie Simon, the Aida of the West Coast, spent over a decade creating a nano-current device her clients could use at home for the cost of one Biologique facial. I recommend you use your ZIIP three times a week.

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VIOLET GREY's expert committee agrees that hyaluronic acid should be a staple in your skin care routine. This particular Hyaluronic serum was created by German physician to the stars, Dr. Barbara Sturm. It is special because it is supercharged with purslane extract, an ingredient rich in antioxidants that helps to protect sensitive skin from free radicals.

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I consider this product a secret weapon. This gel strategically strengthens the skin, making it more resilient to blemishes. Powerful HAs, B5, and B3 help fight chronic breakouts and refine the skin's texture. The serum also decreases the size of your pores for a smooth, enviable complexion.

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Something unprecedented happened when we first introduced this to our committee of experts: I became their drug dealer. I received a flood of voicemails, emails, and text messages from our testers desperately asking for more. It was crazy how many new friends I made from being the sole supplier of this It creme. Bader is revolutionary, lives up to all the Hollywood-induced hype, and continues to be our best-selling product since launching in April of last year!

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Since the eighties, supermodels have trusted Christophe Robin with their ever-changing million dollar locks. So it's no surprise that every red carpet hairstylist considers this mask a must-have in their arsenal. The treatment revives damaged hair and restores radiance; it's basically an antidepressant that won’t kill your sex drive.

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If you can’t be bothered to drink enough water and or give up coffee, then for the love of god, please invest in a world class dental hygiene routine. Do it for your loved ones. To me, there is nothing less attractive than chapped lips, bad breath, or neglected gums. Enter this magic lip loofah. For optimal results, brush your teeth with the Apa toothbrush, follow up with Cocofloss, and apply the best lip balm in the world: Sisley’s Nutritive Lip Balm.

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Hanacure remains our second best-selling skin care product since we launched it a few years ago. I call this a facelift in a mask. After using it, I look significantly younger for two whole days—I’m not the only one. I recommend you sign up for replenishment as these facial kits are often sold out.

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Out of 22 vibrators tested, this is the single one that earned our seal of approval. I think about this product as an important step, if not the most important, in your skin care routine for achieving that after-sex glow. Also, it doubles as an excellent sleep aid, and nothing makes your skin look as youthful as a good night's sleep.

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Bonus: A day well written isn’t complete without a soundtrack and a signature scent. I particularly like to wear this one while traveling. To me, it says, “You want me, but you can’t have me.”