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From sound engineers and screenwriters to celebrity makeup artists and stylists, Variety’s “Ask an Insider” series asks the entertainment industry’s top pros to share their must-haves, for work…and for play. This episode, singer and songwriter Hayley Kiyoko, currently on tour for her second album “Panorama,” talks about how she maintains her energy for performances, her self-care routines, and everything she brings on tour..
Hayley Kiyoko becomes more vulnerable than ever in her second album “Panorama”. If his debut album “Expectations” is a celebration of homosexuality filled with dance floor bops, then his most recent project can be seen as an unveiling of some of the pain that was still lurking beneath the surface – the product of more than a year of therapy, reading, self-care and songwriting that has led the 31-year-old singer to feel healthier than ever before.
“Writing this ‘Panorama’ album really helped navigate me to where I am today,” Kiyoko said. Variety. “It’s like a big love letter to myself, because it just reminds me to stay present and enjoy the view at every stage of my life. Even though I have more goals, dreams and aspirations, there are so many things I can celebrate.
Although she’s learned to be kinder to herself over the past year (she cites Don Miguel Ruiz’s “The Voice of Knowledge” as a guiding force in her mental health journey), she hasn’t not necessarily slowed down. The former Disney star just kicked off a US tour in support of ‘Panorama’ earlier this month, launches new merchandise she designed in collaboration with WMX and is even flirting with the idea of expanding the fragrance line she launched last year called Tint.
But for now, she’s taking her days one performance at a time, using her few hours on the plane between tour dates as much-needed time to rest and reflect, and fueling her body with healthy foods, supplements and the occasional matcha.
Below, Kiyoko shares all the essentials that keep her sane while on tour:
“I rely on a lot of things for energy. I bring lots of Vimergy with me and I bring Mercury B12 and Vimergy Zinc – I do this every day. I also take five shots of ginger every day and I drink beetroot juice every day which really gives me a lot of energy, especially since I don’t drink coffee. So basically my energy routine is to take supplements and then have an ice cold matcha at lunchtime with almond milk.
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K18 hair mask
“I’ve literally been bleaching my hair since I was 11, but honestly my hair needed a lot of help and the K18 hair mask literally saved my hair. And so I started doing that a while back. a few years ago, then for my shampoo and conditioner, I use Davines and then I do lightweight leave-in conditioner too and I spray this in my hair. The K18 I do once a month and it’s just kind of a reset and gives my hair so much love.
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“I think a lot on the plane. And I wrote a lot of songs on airplanes, like hearing melodies. I write in my Shinola diary most of the time, it’s the best time for me to catch up and refuel – it’s diary time, baby. Many of the lyrics come from excerpts from my journals.
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Dior Lip Oil
“I use a bunch of things on my lips. I love the Dior Lip Oil in Rosewood, which is really good if you’re feeling fancy. And then I also love the Charlotte Tilbury College Lip Gloss in Rosy Glow – these are my favorites.
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‘The Voice of Knowledge’ by Don Miguel Ruiz
“I have read a book called ‘The Voice of Knowledge’ by Don Miguel Ruiz over the past year and it has been very helpful in isolating the voices in my mind and navigating between what is real and what is which are just fears, and what is loud fear of yelling at ourselves and sabotaging and holding us back Being able to separate the two – knowing who you are and knowing what just comes from insecurity or of fear – is really helpful.
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Tumi Oxford Hand Luggage
“I have this rolly Tumi that I take everywhere I go. It’s basically my handbag but on the edge of a suitcase. So I take it everywhere with me.
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“On tour at the moment I have this really cool white on white hoodie, and then on the back there’s this color mirage and it’s super comfy so I’m impressed with that. I’m also launching online a matching sweatshirt and sweatpants that people can buy in lavender that’s gonna be so fiery, and a t-shirt with my face on it. I’m leaning towards purples and oranges. I also have a t-shirt really cool t-shirt we’ll be uploading very soon from the zine which is a really cool visual way to explore ‘Panorama’ in more depth so you can see more of the ‘Panorama’ world. really cool of me swimming following this rainbow and it has that vintage feel.
My goal for merchandising is to always want something super comfy, nostalgic and heartwarming because when I wear my favorite band t-shirts I always feel like it’s a big hug.
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