Xana Tang stars in Disney’s new live action adaptation Mulan, playing the namesake character’s sister Hua Xiu. The Chinese Vietnamese New Zealand actor was directed by fellow Kiwi Niki Caro in the film, which was recently released on Disney+. The Auckland-based talent, who has previously appeared in shows including The Almighty Johnsons, Filthy Rich, The Letdown and Fresh Eggs, shares a few things she loves at the moment.
I use this every day. It doesn’t matter if I’m at home or if I’m out, I always have it within reach. I call it my bullet because it’s super long and heavy when it’s full. I never use to drink much water, until a few years ago when I changed my mindset to think that water is medicinal, so I could up my daily water intake. Now I drink it like it’s my day job. I only drink hot water though, which is why this is a must. The thermos keeps it warm for 24-hours, even during winter’s peak. I’ve travelled with it to Los Angeles many times – it’s a desert out there and this thing saves me!
If it’s a multi-use product, I’m going to be a fan. I love how easy this is to apply with my fingers; a little goes a long way. I add a bit more to conceal any blemishes or areas that need special attention. My favourite part is that because it’s a 2-in-1, you don’t have to worry that the concealer won’t match the foundation, or the formulas won’t mix well. It’s my go-to for auditions or any events.
A self-taught Kiwi-Asian designer who I have adored since the days I had no events to attend but would dream about wearing her gowns. For any glamorous occasion or event, it will always be JGC for me. Her pieces make money feel like dirt and you are heaven. They are elegant, sexy, sophisticated, utterly exquisite and she always incorporates an element of structured details with flowing fabrics that enhance your natural body. Judy takes care with every design and when she says couture – she means it.
Ethically made, locally produced and designed by Natasha Ovely. SAF is a socially conscious and gender-neutral clothing brand that celebrates individuality and non-binary perspectives. I love the ethos of the designer and how her pieces are influenced by her background in Fine Art Sculpturing. There’s always a little pop of something unique in every piece.
It’s the last thing I put on my face before I start my day, even if I’m indoors. Sunscreen is a must. It’s been such a game changer for my skin. I love the glow it gives afterwards, and because it’s a physical sunscreen, you know you’re going to be protected during the day.
Such a versatile oil. And I love how no nonsense and scientific this brand is, and what they stand for. When I can’t use a sheet mask (restricts my face) at night because I need to work, I use the oil as a mask on top of a toner, and I get soft, glowing skin the next day. I also add it to my foundation for a subtle dewy finish or mix into my moisturiser for added hydration.
I wouldn’t say I’m lazy, I’m just pressed for time and don’t prioritise my appearance most days! My close girlfriend Jaina bought this for my birthday last year and I’ve been using it every day since. I love anything versatile and that is multi-functioning. The colour is so fresh, it looks like my lips but 10 times better. I use a lick of this on my lips and dab some on my cheeks, then I’m ready to take on my day.
Especially during the current climate where hand-washing is a priority, my hands need extra TLC. I’m not a fragrance wearer and the smell from the hand cream is enough for me. They’re so little as well, which makes it easy to carry in my bag. I have one in my wallet, my work bag, desk, bedside table, in my car – I have them everywhere!
This has been a classic treat for many years. When I feel like a boba/bubble tea but am unable to get to a bubble tea house, I’ll crack one of these bad boys open. If I’m lucky and my mum is around, she’ll make some pearls to go with it. Perfect for winter or summer and hits the spot just right, every time.
I thought these things were the most hideous things back in the late ‘90s, but I am a changed woman now. I wear them during the day when I need to get work done and want my hair out of my face, and when I go to bed. My hair is naturally thin so using hair ties that are too tight can cause more damage and hair fall. I love velvet scrunchies and depending on how I style myself, they can elevate my ‘fit’ to look cuter, softer or more elegant. They don’t create kinks in my hair as well, so when I pop my hair into a bun and wake up the next day I look like a gorgeous Sandra Oh rather than a Hagrid.
WATCH: Live-Action Mulan Q&A with Yoson An and Xana Tang: