So now we’re turning the tables on Layne to get tips on how she unwinds, the skin-care treatment that’s working wonders, and the snack she can’t get enough of (don’t worry, it ships nationwide). Time for Your Fave’s Faves…
My favorite way to relax
A great soak in a bath with a glass of red wine. Most recently I’ve discovered Dr. Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Matcha Green Tea Relaxing Foaming Bubble Bath. It’s so good because it’s not overpowering. It’s super nice. They even have one that has almond in it called Pure Epsom Salt Soak—Shea Butter and Almond Oil, as well as the Foaming Bath with Pure Epsom Salt and Hemp Seed Oil, and it’s so great. We all just need those relaxing moments.
The sneakers splurge I stand by
My favorite sneakers are these sparkly Louboutin sneakers that are pink with crystal studs. They are so comfortable. They’re insane. It’s like, ‘Am I going to go to Ralphs [grocery store] in these sneakers? Okay!’ I’m not afraid of sparkles. I modeled for Kate Spade, so I have sparkly Kate Spade shoes, bags, rings. Kate Spade definitely sparked my sparkle obsession, and I’m very happy about that.
The accessories brand I’m loving right now
I love big jewelry trends and moments, especially some gold hoops. But a jewelry line I just discovered is TL Retro. I can’t wait to buy more because they have really cool interesting pieces.
My skin-care savior
My face is in the worst place its been in a really long time, so I actually found this natural acne specialist here in Cincinnati, but she ships all over. It’s called the Pure Skin Beauty Bar. She’s a Black woman, and she specializes in helping people with their acne, especially Black women. I’ve only been using her products for a few weeks, and I’ve already noticed a huge difference. I eliminated everything else that I was using and have just been using her stuff. It’s made a huge difference.
The makeup staples I swear by
I’m obsessed with the Huda Beauty Re-Mastered Rose Gold eye shadow palette. Yo, that palette is everything! I love those metallics that are in there. I also love Pat McGrath’s lip glosses—all of them. They are just so moisturizing but not sticky. I’m like, ‘Thank you, Pat. Thank you.’ Another go-to gloss for me is Dior’s Addict Lip Gloss in Berry Glossy. I absolutely love the color. I’ve also been using Yara Shahidi’s glosses that she has with Bobbi Brown, and Fenty’s foundation was really a game changer for me. I hadn’t realized I wasn’t being as attentive to what my undertones are, so I’m very grateful for what Rihanna did with that. I love the Invisimatte Blotting Powder since I get so oily. The Fenty highlighter too.
The hair conditioner that’s changed my life
I’ve been using Tracee Ellis Ross’s Pattern line, and the conditioner was a game changer for me. I can just feel immediately what it’s doing for my hair. So thank you, Tracee, for taking the time to really perfect these products and promote love of our coils and curls and kinks.
My favorite high-waist jeans
My go-to leisure outfit in the summer is a pair of J. Brand high-rise jeans and a crop top. That’s all I need, and I’m ready to go. I wear them a lot because they just fit so well and have such great jeans.
The perfect snack for watching TV
These chips called Grippos, which are a big thing in Cincinnati but will ship anywhere. Their BBQ chips are so good. They also have Grippos cheese puffs with their BBQ, tangy seasoning to it. Oh, my gosh. If there’s one thing that makes me so glad I’m in Cincinnati, it’s my family and Grippos. I always say, food is the way to get KiKi Layne wherever you want her to go. As long as I’m not cooking.
My favorite action movies
I’m a huge fan of The Avengers, but Black Panther was so special to me. And Civil War. Watching that…it just went a little deeper than action films tend to go, just the struggle between these two heroes that we love.
The song that always lifts my spirits
Shalamar’s “A Night to Remember.” It’s an old-school song that has such a great groove to it, and is so fun. I’m kind of dancing even thinking about it right now. It automatically does that for me.
My recommended reading list
I’m starting Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie because it’s been on my list. And then in the past couple of months, right before everything happened recently, I read the biography of Malcom X.
My go-to app on my phone
This is going to sound so lame since I’m in a Netflix movie, but the Netflix app. I watched Avatar: The Last Airbender recently. I was so happy when I saw that was on Netflix. That’s been my most recent show obsession.
KiKi Layne’s The Old Guard is now streaming on Netflix.
Jessica Radloff is the Glamour West Coast editor and newest Grippos devotee. You can follow her on Instagram here.