Tina Craig - our Monday Muse and founder of BagSnob and U Beauty - is an innovative trailblazer who leads with heart, intention, and strength. She is a force of creative intuition, with the keen ability of introducing us to many "firsts" that are quick to become favourites.
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF, TINA
Born in Taiwan, raised in Los Angeles and currently living in Dallas, I started off as a television host (an MTV Asia VJ, to be specific!) before launching a fashion and beauty blog, also known as BagSnob, in 2005. It was one of the first of its kind and through it, I founded an influencer agency and have done countless brand collaborations. But nothing compares to launching U Beauty in 2019. I wanted to develop a sustainable, streamlined skincare routine that actually works. Beauty most definitely comes from within, but feeling good about your skin translates to self-confidence and I want everyone to experience self-love, confidence and good skin.
A kind of fun fact: I had a record deal in Asia back in the ‘90s, but my dad wouldn’t let me go into the industry. Life works in mysterious ways!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE #PGMUSE MOMENT?
“Sophistication” and “disco” aren’t words that are usually synonymous with each other, but this sumptuous look out of Prabal’s Resort ‘20 collection is just that and then some. In glittering jewel tones and draped to nonchalant perfection, this dress makes me want to jump on the dance floor while feeling like a lady at the same time.
WHAT ARE YOU GRATEFUL FOR THIS HOLIDAY SEASON? WHAT GIVES YOU HOPE?
Arriving at the end of a year that's felt like an entire lifetime, I'm grateful for exactly that: the gift of time. Time at home, time for self-care and most of all, time with my son—254 spent home with him, to be exact (but who's counting?!) and trust, that much precious time with a teen is invaluable.
As for the New Year, whenever I think about traveling and seeing my family (other than my son and husband) again, I’m filled with hope. Because I know it’s not a matter of if but when.
MOST ESSENTIAL BEAUTY PRODUCT?
The U Beauty Duo is essentially all you need for great skin, no exaggeration. Our two hero products, the Resurfacing Compound and SUPER Smart Hydrator, are designed to work together, delivering active ingredients only where you need them, neutralizing free radicals and giving you a radiant glow while hydrating your skin for up to 48 hours.
These two steps replace the work of at least six. If I sound really enthusiastic, it’s because I genuinely am: These are my dream products and my skin’s never been better since developing and using them daily.