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What is your favorite AK item and why? 

It's a tie between the Python Cosmetic Case and those Neon Lizard Circle Keychains...crazy about both! 

What are your top 10 latest obsessions and what can you not live without and why?

Kale + Spinach protein shakes, in the morning

Recipe:

1 large handful kale, cleaned and ribs removed

1 large handful spinach, cleaned and ribs removed

1-2 tablespoons almond butter

1 cup frozen mango or pineapple

½ of a frozen banana

2 cups coconut water

1 heaping scoop RAW protein powder

put in a vitamix or powerful blender and blend until smooth.

Republic of Tea 

With almond milk all throughout the day.

Isabel Marant Mocs

Kirna Zabete 

In Soho...so major!

D.E. Virgin Marula Oil

True Food Kitchen

The teriyaki chicken bowl.

Jessica Seinfeld's Instagram

She's funnier than Jerry and her recipes are amazing!

Bullet-proof coffee

With coconut oil and grass-fed butter. It gives me focus.

The black leather leggings I've been living in

Infra-red Sauna

Incredible for detox, sore muscles and skin tone.

I can't live without my husband, children, family and friends...my dog, and, oh...my graphic designer, Amanda! She's the bomb. I am lucky to have such love and support.

What are your top five prized possessions?

My children and my company...that's five.  ;)

Best advice you have ever received?

To have complete faith and understand that the rejections and disappointments are just a part of the deal and it simply means something different and better is coming...it has held true so far! 

Personal mantra or quote you tote around with you?

Be kind, you never know what somebody is going through. 

Tell us about Drunk Elephant and how it came to be?

I was a partner in a small company that imported a little cleansing bar. Those few years really brought to light my passion for learning about ingredients, what worked, what didn't and what it would take to have healthy skin. I spent a lot of time talking to customers, dermatologists, beauty editors and industry insiders and I was able to identify a need. I personally had struggled to find a product that was clinically effective and still felt safe to use. Also, my skin didn't tolerate fragrance or essential oils well, and I couldn't find a line that didn't contain them. Ultimately, I realized that to get what I wanted, I would need to develop it myself, so I made a move. I designed six products with ingredients I picked out myself, found an incredible chemist...and the rest is history.

How did you come up with your company's name and what is its significance?

I discovered the oil while I was out in Los Angeles one time scouting ingredients. I loved it so much and went home and immediately googled it, to learn more about its origin. A YouTube video came up of elephants eating the marula fruit and acting drunk. So the name is rooted in this myth that says that elephants love to eat the fruit that has fallen from the Marula trees. Once eaten, fermentation occurs inside their very large tummies and the elephants become drunk!  

Tell us about day in the life for Tiffany?

I wake up, take the kids to school, walk the dog, work from 8-2 at my home, workout, shop for dinner, pick kids up from school, return home and make dinner, get kids down and work some more...that's if I'm in town, which is still fairly often thankfully.

What is your favorite business moment, where you first pinched yourself or realized your success?

On my call with Sephora when they told me they were bringing D.E. in I cried during that conversation, but didn't let them hear me...it was quite a dream come true. 

What is next for you and your company?

We are in the midst of launching the full line in Sephora, we are already online and having a hard time keeping the product in stock, which was a very good surprise. Once we launch in select stores, we will dive in to more product development for Fall 2015.  We have some exciting things coming up!

What is your philosophy when it comes to Drunk Elephant?

"If there's any doubt, it's out."  I like to use the most effective, safest, cutting-edgiest ingredients, without regard to their synthetic or natural status. We use only low-hazard, non-toxic and non-irritating.  We even take out all essential oils and natural fragrances...so the ingredients must be clean and of the highest quality, and they must work. We are clinical meets natural...pulling the best from both categories, which is something I feel people really haven't tried before.

What are your favorite items regarding your profession?

My products...I use them religiously and find if I test another brand...I break out. My skin is loyal and biased I guess. 

What projects are you currently working on?

This week I am headed to New York to shoot the educational video for Sephora and we are also putting the final touches on the D.E. display that will be in stores. We launch our new eye serum, Shaba Complex, on April 1st, so things are a little hectic right now.

What are the top five places that you love according to your profession? 

Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Paris, Africa

What is your background?

I graduated from UT and quite honestly, I just wanted to get married and have children. I moved out to Los Angeles for a while and worked on commercial and movie sets as an assistant. Ultimately, I landed back in Houston and got married. Four children later, I decided to go back to work with a small skin care company, which is where I cut my teeth and found my passion. I studied ingredients non-stop until I felt educated enough to develop a line myself.  

What are two things that people would never know about you want to share?

I'm a complete homebody. I would rather be there with my family than anyplace else in the world.

I'm pretty shy and also afraid to fly so I have to stay on top of it and force myself out of my comfort zone, socially and professionally, on a daily basis, which is how I thrive.

What is your favorite undiscovered place?

Well, by now, it's discovered, but Robertas Pizza in Brooklyn is not to be missed.

What are your beauty essentials?

Drunk Elephant, of course. Vitamin supplements, probiotics, sleep, Living Proof for my hair...great in this humidity.  Cocoa butter for my lips and coconut oil for my body!

What is your guilty pleasure?

Italian food and red wine.

Where do you go to escape?

The gym.

What can be found on your nightstand?

Hot tea, a candle, my purse, Kleenex and my tablet.

Who is Tiffany Masterson and why do we love her?

I am always on the hunt for local women who are entrepreneurs. Especially working moms, as I feel it is an amazing accomplishment. Little did I know I had one in front of me all of the time. The incredibly talented and humble Tiffany Masterson had a son in my son's class in Pre-K.

When I was diagnosed with Leiomyosarcoma I had a few people mention to me that I should try a skin care line Drunk Elephant and even saw my favorite NYC make-up artist Gucci Westman touting it on Instagram. Never did I know it was Tiffany's line until she sent me the most generous care package a few months ago to try and lift my chemo spirits. Not only do I love the product and am over the moon about it, but I am also crazy about the packaging, marketing and everything about it. 

I LOVE the fact that I don't have to worry about harsh and toxic chemicals, because she has already. My dear friends in NYC who own Kirna Zabete picked up her line as their exclusive beauty brand! I admire Tiffany as a mother and see her at all the soccer games cheering her kids on and running a major beauty brand at the same time is a major accomplishment. Give Drunk Elephant a try and I swear you will be so happy that you did. I am honored to introduce you to Tiffany and thrilled we have another Houston super women in the house.

Tiffany, a lover of cooking, often found herself in the kitchen making up new recipes on her own using unexpected ingredients which ended up carrying over into her skin care line development. The blueberry honey cleanser that she used to make in her blender is now her Pekee Bar, and her greek yogurt, lime and raspberry mask is now her TLC Glycolic Framboos Night Serum.  She currently resides in Houston where she is a wife, business owner and mother of four.

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