My New Hair Care Regime Since I've Cut & Relaxed My Hair

I’ve been asked a few times what kind of foundation I use on my face, do I have a cleansing regime, how long does it take to apply my face…etc-etc-etc. So I decided to do a quick post answering most of your questions about my makeup, skin, and how I don’t take care of it as well as I should.


1. What foundation do I use on my face & what are my favorite products?

Generally, my face is no fuss and I really have to thank my good genes. They have done me well for all of my 42 years and allowed me to live a pimple-free life. But there are a few products I cannot live without.

I set my makeup a few times. I put my primer on, set my primer and then foundation and then set again. My go-to powder is from DermaBlend. I am literally addicted. My Nars Climax Mascara is another must. With or without my foundation. It’s moderately priced but leaves my lashes feeling like I’ve got on those really expensive lash strips from the MAC store.

After cleaning out my beauty swag bag I found a blush that rocks my world. Milani baked blush is like heaven to me and it’s a drugstore find. AND L’Oreal makes the BEST eyeliner. I love the L’Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner because of it’s no mess mechanical adjusting pen. I hate sharpening pencils. And of course, I need a good red lip to spice up any look. I am now crushing on Fenty Beauty BUT I did a post with the 5 best red lips of all time, read that here.

I’ve managed to get my routine down to about five minutes. I did a video a while back, check that out too.

2. What do I use to remove makeup and clean my face?

I probably shouldn’t tell you beauties any of this. And hopefully, after my next few sentences, you won’t judge me. I use to be a Noxema girl. For so long my mother used it and that’s what I used. I remember having a separate washcloth that was white. We’d use that along with warm water to rinse our faces. Then we’d sleep in that stinky white cream all night. I’m not the only one right?

Well I kept that routine…kinda.

Gorgeous In Grey Dove DermaSeries

To remove my makeup I use regular ole facial wipes from Walgreens. I’m currently obsessing over Neutrogena’s Pink Grapefruit  Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes. But usually, it’s whatever ones are on sale when I get to the store. I cleanse my face Dove DermaSeries Face Wash Gentle Cleansing. Then I follow up with Dove DermaSeries Face Cream SPF 15 and I do a spot treatment on my super dry areas with the Dove DermaSeries Expert Repairing Balm.

3. Do I use any anti-aging creams?

Truth is I’ve been using anti-aging creams since my twenties. What the world doesn’t tell you is that you have to start anti-aging before you actually begin to age. I mean it say it…anti, duh! But society will keep pushing the narrative of old women putting creams on in the mirrors. When in reality, as soon as you hit 25 grab you some anti-aging everything and get to work!

Gorgeous In Grey Dove DermaSeries

I love hearing from other empowering women. Chime in via the comments below and tell me something that makes your beauty unique?!

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  1. Milaxx
    July 11, 2012 / 10:15 pm

    I’m even more old school than you. I use vaseline to remove my makeup. I slather it all on, wipe it off with a tissue and then wash with either dove or the body shop tea tree face wash til clean. I then moisturize with a smaller amount of vaseline.

    I have started washing in the morning with a clarisonic since I am older (48) and feel I needed a scrub of some sort and wanted one as gentle as possible. I also color my hair. I’ve been coloring for a while, but i started coloring because I didn’t care for how my gray came in. It was patchy and unflattering to me. So now I color it read, but I’ve been toying with going for a more purple-y red.

    That’s it, not anit-ageing cremes. I just try to keep my skin clean and well hydrated.

  2. Juliette
    July 13, 2012 / 5:54 pm

    I love your blog but it was the grey hair that drew me – I think it’s beautiful. I’m “a bit” older than you (cough cough) and I wear my greys proudly even though people often “suggest” that I “do something about.” I AM – I’M WEARING IT! lol! My goal is to have a huge grey afro and prance around intimidating the children. Anyway, love your blog and the makeup post was nice. I did that Noxema thing too! You’re a beautiful woman, thanks for sharing.

  3. July 24, 2012 / 2:54 pm

    Ty, i thought you were younger than you actually are. i still have to see your almost grown son to believe you really are your age!

  4. July 26, 2012 / 3:04 pm

    Love this routine!!! I use to use the white cream also from Noxzema…lol..I felt it never worked for me though!

  5. Laura
    June 6, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Ty, I found your blog through a link in this CNN article:

    I’m 25, and don’t have greys yet, but your blog is generally just so inspiring! I love that it’s all about embracing natural beauty. I remember when I was a kid, my friend’s neighbor (an older woman, although I imagine she had worn this style for a while) had long, silver hair down to her butt. She seemed like someone out of a fairy tale! That grey silver hair just attracted me so much.

    Just really enjoying reading your advice and thoughts. I love your writing voice!

    Thank you for sharing so many tips and so much positivity!

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