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Good morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend. I got some great questions this week. Read on about nail and lip colors for fall, sticky lip gloss problems, and rubbing alcohol and skin care.
Dear Brooke, I love keeping up with the new trends. What’s hot for nails and lips this fall season? Melissa F.
Dear Melissa, I love the new colors that come out in the fall. It doesn’t matter if it’s clothes, or makeup, I just get so excited knowing that change of season is around the corner. I’m noticing an interesting trend with nails for the fall. Opaque colors like gray and beige, or a mix of the two (think “greige”) are hot for nails. Dark reds and plums are also hot for nails. Lips tend to be bold in the autumn…plums and browns are always great for the fall, but this year I am seeing a lot of dark red lips making a statement. Anyone can wear red, it’s just about shopping around and finding the right shade for you. Don’t be afraid of some color, have fun!
Dear Brooke, I need some color on my lips, but I absolutely HATE the way most glosses and lipsticks feel on my lips. They always feel too sticky and heavy. What can I use to give me some color, but not have that coated feeling on my lips? Thanks! Lynn G.
Dear Lynn, Heavy feeling product is no friend of mine! I love lip gloss and lip stick, but I quickly move on from a product that either feels way too heavy, or tastes bad. But, have no fear…you do have some options. Try a lip stain. They are everywhere now, and they do just what the product title advertises….they stain your lips so you don’t feel the heaviness of product on your lips, and because they are a stain, they last a long time. You can top a stain with a little bit of gloss, or your favorite lip balm. Some lip glosses and lipsticks that have never felt heavy on me? MAC lipglass is long wearing and has never felt sticky or gooey on my lips. Also, L’Oreal Colour Riche lipstick and lip gloss is very nice. It’s high in pigment and shine, but it’s long-lasting and feels very smooth going on and it stays that way all day. Smith’s Rosebud salve is great as well. Plus, it can be used for a lot more things than just lip gloss!
Dear Brooke, I have noticed that the toner I use after I clean my face is mostly alcohol. My question for you is, if the toner is basically alcohol, is it safe to save some money and just use regular rubbing alcohol as a toner. I have been breaking out a lot and wondering if rubbing alcohol will help my breakouts? Amy L.
Dear Amy, I see the appeal to just use rubbing alcohol, but I am going to give you a firm “NO” on this question. I know that alcohol is a prominent ingredient in a lot of toners, but it’s diluted with other ingredients so it’s not hard on your skin. Using rubbing alcohol alone may clear the problem up initially, but it’s also setting your skin up for some failures down the road. Straight rubbing alcohol will strip your skin of its natural oils and lead to dryness and cracking of the skin later. Also, it will not keep breakouts from happening, it will just dry up the blemishes you have now. Stick with your toner; if that doesn’t seem to be working, see a dermatologist. But, please, don’t use rubbing alcohol on your face!
Thanks again for the great questions this week! Keep them coming. Email me your questions for Q&A Monday at firstname.lastname@example.org
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