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July Q&A: Hair, Fashion, Beauty

Happy hump day, ladies! I can’t lie, I’m glad it’s Wednesday; that means I’m halfway through camp. It’s so much fun, but it’s also exhausting. Two more days is about all I can handle. Haha!

I haven’t done a Q&A post in a while, so I thought I would gather some of the questions I get repeatedly and share the answers with you.

Question #1

How have you grown your bangs out, and how did you do a middle part? I get this question all the time, AND I get comments and DM’s letting me know some of you love my new look, but I also get comments and DM’s letting me know some of you DON’T like it at all, and would I please change it back.

I never know how to answer when someone asks me to change my hair for them. It’s a little awkward. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Right now, I’m enjoying it, so I’m going to keep it this way. But with everything, there’s a season, and this season will eventually pass, I’m sure!

First, my bangs were already semi-long because I was doing a deep side part. When all the hoopla came out about older people, wear side parts, and younger people wear middle parts, I started looking around, and while I did see both side and middle parts, I didn’t see as many deep side parts.

I talked to my stylist, and she felt a deep side part was a more dated look. Now it’s totally fine to wear it, and certainly, if you have a deep side part and love it, keep wearing it.

But, I know that one thing that makes us look older is not keeping up with current hairstyles. We’ve all seen someone who is still rocking the 80’s big hair and perm look.

My stylist said if I wanted more of a middle part, to start training my hair, so that’s what I did! I blow dry my bangs where I want them to go.

I have a deep side part, a side part, and then a semi-middle part in the pictures below.

I rarely do a straight middle part. I like it a little off-center.

If you’re thinking about doing a middle part, start moving your part over, and if you have bangs, train them while you’re blowing, drying your hair where you want them to go.

Question #2

Do you wear facial powder with your makeup routine? Yes, I love a setting powder! I have combination skin, so I need some light powder. The key is not to make it too matte-looking. A dewy look is a good thing.

Here are the two I have used and like; right now, I’m using the Tatcha setting powder.

  • Tatcha The Silk Powder Protective Setting Powder– This is a clean product. It’s a protective, talc-free setting powder that blurs pores, shields from pollution and blue light, and provides a translucent, soft-radiant finish.
  • Charlotte Tilbury– Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder- An ultra-fine setting powder that blurs imperfections and visibly reduces shine.

Question #3

What is your nail color? This is another question I get all the time. I have SNS nails, and the color is Funny Bunny. Funny Bunny is an OPI color, and you can wear the color without having SNS nails.

I like wearing a white color on my nails because it goes with everything. I also like a light color because it will make stubby fingers elongated.

Question #4

What skincare do you use? I love trying new products, and there is a lot of good skincare out there.

I have some areas that I am specifically targeting, and my neck is one of those areas. I see an Aesthetic Specialist (who’s also a physician assistant); she recommends SkinMedica Neck Correct Cream (morning and nighttime). I’ve been using it for several months, and it takes up to four months to start seeing a noticeable difference.

I also use Shani Darden Retinol Reform (nighttime) to help with wrinkles. I really like Sunday Riley products, and I use Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment (nighttime), Sunday Riley – C.E.O. 15% Vitamin C Brightening Serum (morning), and Sunday Riley JUNO Antioxidant & Superfood Face Oil (nighttime).

I mix the Face Oil with Revision Skincare Firming Night Treatment a couple of times a week for extra hydration. For a daytime moisturizer, I use Revision Skincare D.E.J. Face Cream.

I will spend money on good skincare that I believe works, and at this stage in life, I need them to work; I’m not playing around! I use small amounts of the products, and I make the products last for months.

Question #5

How do you whiten your teeth? Some of you may not know, but I’m a dental hygienist by profession. I practiced for 25 years until my blog became too much for me to do part-time. In 2015 I quit practicing as a hygienist, and blogging became my full-time job.

I still think that have trays made at the dental office and using a whitening treatment is the best option. I had my whitening trays made years ago, and I’m still using them.

When I go to my dentist, I pick up Colgate whitening and use it every 6 months to a year. I will whiten my teeth for 30 minutes, 3 days in a row.

The upfront cost of the trays is the biggest expense, but after you have them, the whitening is around $60, and it will last a couple of years (depending on how often you whiten your teeth).

In the long run, it’s the least expensive in my opinion. I don’t buy whitening toothpaste which is typically more expensive. I also think the least chemicals in your toothpaste, the better.

Okay, this post is getting long, so I’m going to stop here! Next month, I’ll get to more questions.

Thank you for taking the time out of your day to stop by my blog. I’m also on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

Beauty For the Heart~~ Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory! Isaiah 6:3

This verse says the angels see the whole earth is full of his (God’s) glory. They see the glory, but what do we see?

I find myself focusing more on the bad sometimes. I need to shift my focus and see His glory. It’s all around us!

Let your beauty shine from the inside out today!





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  1. First off your hair looks amazing!! Do you curl it everyday? I’m so worried about heat damage so would love to hear your regimen. How do you do it? You look fantastic!! Thx 😃

  2. Cyndi, I love how you are always so positive and strive to show how we can all keep an updated look without looking as if we are attempting to return to our age ten or more years. That being said, I enjoy the fact that you aren’t afraid of trying new things and are very encouraging for others to do so without pressure. I also love that you are respectful and gracious even when others aren’t and feel the need to impress their choices on you. Thank you for being yourself and being so transparent. You are a breath of fresh air! Have a lovely day!

    1. DITTO!!!! I love changing up my hair, and i’m truly loving the center part, and letting my bangs grow out some!!!!

  3. Thanks for talking about your teeth whitening regiment.
    How often do you whiten your teeth?
    You mentioned 30 minutes 3 days in a row.
    Once a month? Once every six months? Once a year???

  4. Love the Q&A ! I’m glad I have bangs that cover my forehead than there’s no deciding on parts! Lol.. I’m wondering if we are doing more harm by adding additional chemicals to our skin🤷‍♀️.. Enjoy the rest of camp I’m sure it’s been a true blessing to you ❤️

  5. I have followed you for years and your hair always looks beautiful! I especially like your current style because it shows more of your pretty face!

  6. My goodness, I love your hair however you choose to wear it! Thank you for all the tips. I’m 51, and whether or not I part my hair in the middle or on the side shouldn’t affect anyone. Who sets trends anyway, right? At this age, we do whatever we want! Lol Thank God we are so much more than our outsides. Blessings and thank you! 😊

  7. Thanks for your Q&A post. Your hair looks great any way you style it, Cyndi! Some people just really make me shake my head. I guess there are people who feel the need to boss others around, even when it comes to hair styles. Maybe they are bored? Lol! Blessings to you as you continue to minister to the refugees this week! 😊

  8. Hi Cyndi,

    That’s interesting about how younger people part there hair in the middle and older people on the side. I part my hair on the side but I do use both sides, it helps change it up. You have beautiful hair and whatever why makes you feel good is the way you should wear it!! I know you’ll be a blessing to the children for a couple more days, so hang in there!🙂

  9. Love your posts and your heart for Jesus. Good luck with the rest of camp! And rock that off center part, girl. 👍🏼

  10. You look beautiful however you style your hair!!!! When my daughter was in first grade she got bangs and her best friend said she didn’t look good, she told me that night it was OK because her best friend doesn’t like change. I thought that was very insightful being six years old!!! 😍

  11. HI Cyndi, Tx for these Qs and As.
    – One more re SNS nails – is the Funny Bunny OPI applied over the nail after a neutral dip is applied or does the brand of SNS actually have Funny Bunny
    – Hope this makes sense!

  12. Cyndi, you are a lovely lady with a beautiful heart and always look so stylish. Personally, I like your hair with a bit more side part. I say this because I feel that your current style is a bit bulky at the sides of your face where it is widest, your cheeks, and to me, this makes your face and nose appear wider. I noticed some time back that your face looked different and then I realized it was because of the hair part situation. Don’t get me wrong, please…your hair always looks great and you’re a lovely lady. I love your blog and look forward to it daily. Thank you for your hard work and dedication. Have a great day!

    1. If you don’t want to have trays made for teeth whitening, what is the best over the counter teeth whitener available? I love your blog BTW!

  13. So glad you answered the teeth whitening question from someone. It’s what I’ve wanted to ask knowing hygentist use to be your profession. I want to do something but so afraid of the sensitivity to the whiter. Is the Colgate you get at your dentist just special from them? Not sure what it is. As for what you use daily for beauty routine for your face I don’t know how you do all that. I get overwhelmed and wonder if putting so many things on is worse. I buy clean but you know how that is. There is still things in products we don’t really know. I am interested in the neck cream but it is spendy. I have become very self conscious of my neck and I have short hair. When you travel how do you pack all your beauty supplies?

  14. I just finished reading that the millennials are now saying middle parts are out and side parts are back!. Just kidding, but really, I don’t think we should let a group of young folks decide what’s in style and what’s not. If you like a side part, wear it.
    I like seeing my favorite YouTubers and bloggers change their hairstyles often. Curled, straight, updos. Variety is fun.