Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and happy Monday! I am loving the questions you all are sending me daily. Lots of great subjects that I love researching for you or giving you my opinion. Read on about dry lips, sallow skin and lightening dark hair.

I drink a lot of water and apply lip gloss and lip treatments, however they are still very dry and at times, they peel. Help me! I am afraid my boyfriend will stop kissing me!! Julie B.

Julie, this is a common problem this time of year, with the winter drying everything out on us. I know some people have this issue year-round as well. Not fun. You want to be able to smile, or kiss your boyfriend, without feeling like your lips are going to tear. I have a couple suggestions for you. Try exfoliating your lips with a lip mask or lip exfoliator. Philosophy and Mary Kay make a good scrub for your lips and Sephora brand has a lip peel that is like a gel mask you leave on for a few minutes and then wipe off. Or try to make one yourself with a little bit of honey and sugar mixed together. Do this once a week and you will notice a difference. Make sure you are following up with a good lip balm. There are tons to try on the market; I really like Smith’s Rosebud Salve. It’s very light and makes my lips feel very soft. A good, deep moisture trick…put pure Vitamin E or Shea Butter on before bed to give your lips extra hydration overnight. Keep drinking lots of water like you do; avoid licking or touching your lips as much as possible…I think that’s a habit we all do more than we can imagine! I hope this helps…happy smooching!

I just got over the mother of all colds and my skin looks awful! What can I do to perk up my complexion after having been sick? Kim A.

Kim, glad you got over the nasty cold…stuff seems to be going around lately and I caught it too. Not fun! I know exactly what you are talking about with your skin looking as bad as you felt. It feels like your skin is dry and tight, but oily at the same time. I have a couple tips that can help get your complexion back to normal. One important step is to exfoliate your skin to get the dead skin cells off your face and make room for the skin to breathe. This can be achieved with a face scrub or by simply using a wash cloth or a facial brush when you are cleansing. There are a couple really good masks you might want to try as well. Bliss makes an awesome mask called Triple Oxygen Facial Mask. It feels really good and it’s a quick mask. Just 5 minutes and your skin perks right up. Another truly awesome product to give you a healthy glow? Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask by Fresh. But, I don’t use it as a mask. When my skin is feeling sallow and not so healthy, like after a cold, I use this mask as a night cream. Leaving it on overnight will have your skin looking amazing the next day! A quick tip: when using this mask as a night cream, don’t rub it in. Apply it like moisturizer and let it soak in. If you rub it in, it will ball up and fall off…you don’t want that to happen. This mask is pretty expensive, $85 (I know, I just about fell over, too) but it is that good. Use a little heavier moisturizer after you’ve been sick and drink plenty of water to re-hydrate your skin. Take two of these and call me in the morning!

I have dark brown hair and want to go a few shades lighter with highlights for spring. Do you think that is ok to do? Debbie B.

Debbie, this is kind of tough to answer if I don’t know what your hair looks like. A lot of things factor into this decision…how dark your hair is, what shape your hair is in, skin tone, etc. I can give you some tips on choosing a color for you. It’s pretty common for people who color their hair on a regular basis to change it up when the seasons change. Darker for Fall and Winter, lighter for Spring and Summer. If you’re wanting a change I would suggest an all over color with added highlights. For the all over color, I would choose a shade that is no more than 2 shades lighter than your natural color. You don’t want to go too light all around, it might look harsh or wash you out. For the added highlights, I would choose a color that is 2 shades lighter than the color you choose for the all over color. That will give you the extra light pieces to brighten you up for spring and add some dimension to the over all look. Consult with your hair stylist for the right shade, or if you’re picking your color up at Sally Beauty Supply to do it yourself, ask the associate working, they know their color and can give you some tips.

Once again, thanks for the questions. Keep sending them my way and don’t be shy to ask me anything on here! Have a great week!

You’ve Been Beautified!

One thought on “Q&A Monday

  1. Kim

    Thanks Brooke. I tried the Fresh mask as a night cream, and you’re right! Insta pick up! I seem to have my color back and my face feels like a baby’s bottom.
    I could actually feel my face sucking in all that moisture. Now that my skin looks better, I feel completely back to normal!

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