LA Girl: Lyssa Stapleton

Lyssa StapletonLyssa is a supersmart nerd Girl, like  someone put Velma’s brain into Daphne’s body. An archeologist who came of age in the punk scene, she is currently working on her Phd at UCLA. This Los Feliz girl always has perfectly done hair, glowing skin, and prefers natural, cruelty-free products.

Right now I’m using John Frieda “Frizz Ease.” Its strictly Rite Aid but its great, cause, you know, I’m a curly-top. My hair looks better since I’ve stopped cutting it myself and found a fabulous stylist (Jacquie at Sirens Salon). Well, I do occasionally cut my bangs.

(Note: I’m a big Frizz-Ease fan myself!)

As for my skin, I try to go organic/cruelty free with all of my products. I fell off the wagon with the John Frieda because I was broke and so I bought it at Rite Aid. I’m currently using a product line called DeVita. It’s their anti-aging products I’m using and I particularly like the cucumber toner. I also really like the Dermae line. I also like Dermae’s firming serum and Origins Ginzing eye cream.

I use Nature’s Gate Colloidal Oatmeal lotion for an everyday body lotion and Jason Lavender body wash in the shower. I have super dry skin so these are great for me.

I order it all from Lucky Vitamin because I have neither the time or the money for Whole Paycheck…oops “Foods”…

I’ve been using Stila’s Illuminating Liquid foundation for years. It has little sparkles in it. But my trick is apply Caudalie’s Vinoperfect Radiance Serum on top of my foundation. It blends in any patchy areas and really makes you “glow-ey” without making you look greasy.

In terms of mascara I’ve given up on the fancy-pants Sephora stuff. If you really want length and volume head over to the drug store and get Maybelline’s “Falsies.” The only draw-back is that even the waterproof formula smudges. So if you absolutely cannot deal with that, Maybelline’s Colossal works well, but won’t give you quite the length. lipstick-wise I generally stick with Mac. You just can’t go wrong there.

[Editor: Didn’t you find a miracle product so lipstick wouldn’t bleed?] Yeah. Reverse Lip Liner and its made by Du Wop. You can get it at Sephora.

I’m an archaeologist and I work in the Near East so whether I’m there or in LA its all about keeping hydrated. After all, I don’t want to look like one of the corpses I’m excavating. I drink lots and lots of water and herbal tea. Most of my moisturizers have hyalaronic acid which is very hydrating. I often lay down with a warm washcloth on my face and a cold eye mask. This does wonders for the over-night bags under my eyes.

Donna Lethal

About Donna Lethal

Donna Lethal is the author of "Milk of Amnesia" and writes for her own blog (Lethal Dose), Hair Hall of Fame, Dowager Quarterly, Find A Death, & the Valhalla Cemetery chapter in "Weird Hollywood." A native of Lowell, Mass., she's lived in Boston, NY and London before settling here. When not writing, she's hiking, soaking in a Korean salt room or in the high desert with her pit bull.
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