Get Boo-tiful This Halloween

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Sorry, couldn’t resist the title! For many people, this is their favorite time of year. The crisp of leaves that have fallen from the trees, the smell of cider, the fun of carving pumpkins and baking the seeds. And, the anticipation of the perfect Halloween costume. Halloween is the perfect time of year to let your creativity flow, and it’s absolutely the best time to play with your makeup and try new trends. Glitter, red lipstick, fake nails, false eyelashes…Halloween expects no less. When creating your perfect face for your costume, you’ll want to ensure your look stays put all night. Even if your costume doesn’t!

Whether you are going all-out and getting extravagant like a Glam-pire or Cleopatra, or keeping things simple like a ghost or a pumpkin, you’ll want to make sure you start with a clean slate. Make sure your skin is clean, dry, and primed before you start applying your makeup. Use a foundation primer, and an eyeshadow primer to make sure your colors stay put. Typically, the makeup you apply for your costume is going to be much heavier than what you wear on a daily basis…for some of you, anyway. I hear it said all the time: “less is more”, “if you have a smoky eye, make sure you have a nude lip”, “if you go for a bold lip, make sure your eyes are low-key”. Ignore all of that for Halloween. More is more…more glitter, more lashes, more lipstick…it all equals more fun!

Halloween expects dark, bold colors. How else will your costume stand out? Have fun with heavy eyeliner and false eyelashes. Why the lashes, you may ask? Aren’t they an extra step I don’t really need? Nope. You will be surprised what adding lashes can do to complete your costume. They add an extra layer of drama and let you see how beautiful your eyes are with super-long lashes.

Lipstick colors in red, purple, hot pink, etc. are so much fun this time of year! Especially red. Not many of us wear dark/bright red lipstick on a daily basis, so have fun with this one. The same goes for glitter. Put some on your eyes, lips, or cheeks as a finishing touch, and don’t forget to sprinkle some in your hair. Halloween is the one time of year that looking a little bit like a disco ball is perfectly acceptable.

Afraid nail art may be considered tacky? Again, Halloween is the perfect time to try trends you might normally stay away from. You can easily incorporate some fun nail art into your costume. It doesn’t matter if you have artificial nails, or natural nails, grab a fun nail polish to complete your outfit and add some nail art, or some nail jewels for some extra effects.

You know what the great thing is about nail polish, heavier-than-normal makeup, and false eye lashes? They’re all temporary! You can take them off that night, (or the next day in most cases), and if it doesn’t look quite right at first, remove it and start again. No commitment! Except for the glitter, maybe. That stuff, fun as it is, stays with you for a while.

So, have fun with some color this Halloween and play around with trends you might never try on a normal day! Stay safe, and have a Happy Halloween. What are you going to be this year?

Email me your pictures of your Boo-tiful Halloween costume to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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October Contest Reminder!

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Thanks to everyone who has entered the October contest so far! I’ve been getting great response, so I know people are excited about the possibility of winning some lipgloss! For those of you who haven’t known what this month’s contest is all about, read on…

Most people I know love lip gloss…I know I have an unhealthy obsession with it! I found a great set of Paula Dorf lip glosses that I had to have. I figured, since I had to have them, one of my readers should have a set of them, too! Yes, you read that right…I am sharing some lip gloss love for the month of October! One lucky reader will win a set of 6, (uh-huh I said 6!) Paula Dorf Lip Glosses.

The rules of this contest are so simple, there’s no reason for you not to enter! All you have to do is become a fan of my BrookeKnowsBeauty page on Facebook, if you’re not already, and write on the wall “Enter” and your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for this awesome prize! The drawing is open for the entire month of October, so you have plenty of time to enter the contest, and tell your friends about it, so they can enter, too! Guys, don’t be shy! You can enter and give the prize away as a gift if you win!

These glosses come in 6 pretty colors that will flatter any skin tone, they moisturize your lips, and they last all day. What more could anyone want from a product?? I am so excited about this contest, and I know the winner will be thrilled. So, enter today and keep your fingers crossed! Oh, and these aren’t mini glosses I’m talking about here…these are full size beauties!

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What’s In My Makeup Bag?

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Anyone who knows me, knows I have a lot of makeup…a lot. A friend was at my house not too long ago and she was in my bathroom and she looked at all my makeup and asked me if I really use everything. I told her, “Yes, I know where everything is and it all has a purpose”. Some people collect sports cards, some people collect records, I collect lip gloss! People who ask for my advice usually end up asking me what I carry around in my makeup bag. That makes me feel like I’m the celebrity being interviewed for In Style magazine! (someday!) I guess people wonder, if I’m reviewing products and giving beauty advice, what are the things I must have in my purse on a daily basis?

Well, first I’ll tell you that I believe a good purse should be able to hold a pair of shoes and a bottle of wine, at the same time. Not to mention everything I need for beauty emergencies. (The thing is, I have more than one makeup bag…and they’re all full of products I can’t live without. I know I’ve said it in the past, and one day I’ll actually put the pictures up…I have an altar of products! Way too many to believe unless you’ve actually seen it, but it is mine and it is important to me!) I am going to grab the makeup bag that is in my purse right at this moment and tell you what I use, and can’t live without, every day.

Get Even by Benefit. This is a pressed powder compact that is a great go-to item when you need to freshen up in the middle of the day. I use shade 02, and I reach for this product at least once a day. It helps even out redness, touch up foundation that’s worn off, and absorb oil. Can’t live without it! Even when I change makeup bags, this one travels from bag to bag with me.

Lipgloss, lipgloss, lipgloss!! With how much I write about my love for lipgloss, can you truly say you’re surprised to find out that I carry many lipglosses in my makeup bag? The funny thing is, they all are about the same shade. Just now, as I did the count, I have 7 (yes, 7!) lipglosses in my makeup bag. Most of them are a shimmery nude color that I like to top my lipstick with, but a few of them are a pretty plum/pink when I change-up my makeup palette for the day. From L’Oreal, to Nars, to MAC, to Dior, to Lancome, I can’t live without any of these. (Well, I probably could, but I don’t want to!) Lipgloss is great when you need just a small amount of color, or some moisture, but it can really pull a look together when you put it on top of your lipstick. You’re never fully dressed without a gloss!

Goody Hair Bands. I keep these snag-free elastics with me all the time, and I have for years! They come in fun colors, but they also come in great neutrals that match your hair. I like the neutrals that match my hair because I can throw it back in a messy bun and you can’t see the hair band. I always make sure to carry extra with me, because I never know when a pal is going to need to pull her, or his, hair back and isn’t prepared…I am ALWAYS prepared for a beauty emergency.

Conair Bobby Pins. Bobby pins come in handy just like the hair bands do. You never know when you’re going to have that one little section of hair that just won’t cooperate. Pin that sucker down and show it who’s boss! I also keep many of these on-hand to pass out to those who might be in need. I’m just generous that way, I guess!

Beauty Blotters by Mary Kay. Yes, I’ve embraced my oily skin for keeping the wrinkles away, but it doesn’t mean I don’t want to get rid of some of it by lunchtime. These fine pieces of tissue blot away oil without taking off your makeup, freshening up your look for the rest of the day. I am just about out of these, so it’s time to get more. They are insanely affordable, and they work so well. Everyone who has any amount of oil, needs to have these in their makeup bag!

Well, that is what is in my current makeup bag…stay tuned to the contents of another makeup bag in the future. What’s in your makeup bag? 7 lipglosses?? I look forward to your response!

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Q&A Monday

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Good Morning and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Recently, I’ve had quite a few people tell me they really look forward to Q&A Monday, so I want to tell them, thank you so much for that compliment. Keep the questions coming!! Read on about introducing basic makeup to your routine, straightening irons vs. styling tools, and a product to help your nail polish stay put!

Dear Brooke, I don’t wear makeup at all…usually not even on special occasions. I am blessed with a good complexion, but I never embraced the whole makeup thing. I am wanting to start wearing some makeup, but I know if I jump right in and put it all on at once, I won’t like it and then I’ll go back to wearing no makeup again. What do you suggest to slowly starting introducing into my daily non-routine? Thanks! Sarah D.

Dear Sarah, I have to say I’m shocked that you don’t even wear makeup on special occasions. Wow! You must have a beautiful complexion! I agree if you jump right in and go for a full face of makeup, you probably won’t like it and you’ll go back to au natural again. If you haven’t worn makeup, ever, it will feel way too heavy on your skin, so you’re right to want to slowly introduce a few products and then work your way into more, if you want to, of course. Start with some mascara to bring out your eyes. You don’t need to put on 4 coats of it, one coat will do fine. Try Great Lash by Maybelline. It’s inexpensive and it’s wildly popular. The little brush will give you great control. I would also use lipgloss to accompany the mascara. If you’re a lip balm girl, try a tinted lip balm to give your lips just a little hint of color. I really like Burt’s Bees tinted lip balm. Start with those two products and see how you like them…then let me know how you like them!

Dear Brooke, simple question…I keep seeing flat irons popping up all over the place and some of them say “straightening iron” and some of them say “styling tool”. What’s the difference? Emma Q.

Dear Emma, the difference is simple. They look the same at first glance, but a straightening iron is designed to just straighten your hair, and a styling tool allows you to create curls and waves, as well as straighten the hair. The difference is in the way the sides of the tool are shaped. You’ll notice the ones that are “styling tools” have a curved side where the iron is, allowing you to twist your hair around the tool. The straightening irons don’t have that curve, so if you twist and try to make curls or waves, you will probably end up with crimped hair instead of curls.

Dear Brooke, I love doing my manicures at home, and I am loving all the fun polish colors. I get so irritated when my polish chips less than a day after I’ve done all that work. Any tips, or product suggestions on getting my polish to last at LEAST 2 days? Stacy C.

Dear Stacy, Doesn’t that chip you off? Ha ha…couldn’t resist! I feel your pain. I’ve noticed nail polish has no trouble at all staying on fake nails, but wears down quickly on natural nails. The best product I’ve come across is Chip Skip by OPI. It’s like a primer for your nail polish, and it really works to make the polish stay for days. After you’ve prepared your nails with the filing, and trimming, and buffing, you apply this before you apply a base coat or nail polish. It’s a thin liquid that dries immediately, and helps the nail polish adhere to your nail and helps your manicure last a long time. I can’t live without it! Try it, you’ll love it!

Thanks for the great questions this week. Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Get Down And Dirty…With Body Mud

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One of my first memories is of me, playing in the dirt after a rain storm and that dirt had turned into the perfect consistency for mud. Not too wet, not too dry…just right. Some kids would make mud pies, some kids would make mud balls and have dirty mud fights. Me? I would rub the mud all over my arms, legs and face wondering what the mud would make my skin feel like. While I don’t remember the end result and if it made my three-year-old skin glow, I do remember that it was lots of fun playing “spa” at such a young age. Guess I was born into it.

So, what’s the appeal of mud, and what does it do to benefit your skin? Mud has many healing properties for the skin, and it has been used for centuries. Mud is great for detoxifying your skin; stimulating blood flow and releasing toxins from the body that have been put into the body by food, chemicals, pollution, etc. Mud can also have a slimming effect as a nice side benefit from detoxifying the system. Mud can treat skin conditions such as eczema, acne, and body aches. It can also relieve stress while enjoying the whole process of being slathered in it! I’ve read before that Cleopatra used Dead Sea Black Mud in her mud baths…I’m going to go out on a limb here and say, Cleo and I would have been BFFs for sure! So, where can you find such treatments? Well, you can head to a spa, because day spas are full of yummy treatments and offer many types of mud baths, OR, you can try a couple of products you apply yourself in the privacy of your home.

Fango Active Mud by Borghese is awesome! It’s a mineral enriched mud mask that is sourced from the volcanic hills in Tuscany. It can be used on the face, neck, and body, so it’s a great multi tasking mud. Apply it to clean skin and let it sit for about 20 minutes and rinse. Your skin will feel smoother, firmer and hydrated. Fango also has avocado and almond oil in it to moisturize and soften the skin. I love this mud mask. I got it in a gift set years ago, and I pick it up whenever I can. It’s a great way to escape when you can’t really escape.

Dead Sea Mineral Mud by Ahava is another at-home treat you need to try. This is a rich, black mineral mud harvested from The Dead Sea. This mask really works deep to purify, clean and restore the skin’s natural moisture balance. Your skin will feel firm and moisturized after you use this mask. I was introduced to this years ago when I worked as an esthetician and I did body treatments. It’s one of my favorite body mud products and like Fango, it’s a great way to unwind and treat yourself…you deserve it!

If you can get your hands on Cosmetic Clay, or Dead Sea Mud, you can make your own mud mask that’s tailored to what your skin needs. Add essential oils like lavender for relaxation, sandalwood to increase circulation, and add oils to hydrate your skin like almond oil, and avocado oil. Health food stores are the best places to find these ingredients, but call first to see if they have the ingredients in stock so you don’t waste a trip. Or, buy the body mud I’ve talked about here and enjoy! You could go out into your yard and do what I did at three-years-old, but I don’t recommend it.

Have you tried body mud? If so, what brands have you tried, or did you make it yourself? Or, are you one of the lucky ones that heads to the spa and lets the professionals handle it? I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Lipgloss Contest Update

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Thanks to those of you who have submitted your entry for October contest, and a very special thank you to those of you who have shared it with your friends. I can’t wait to see who wins! You don’t want to miss out on this contest, so play along!

Most people I know love lip gloss…I know I have an unhealthy obsession with it! I found a great set of Paula Dorf lip glosses that I had to have. I figured, since I had to have them, one of my readers should have a set of them, too! Yes, you read that right…I am sharing some lip gloss love for the month of October! One lucky reader will win a set of 6, (uh-huh I said 6!) Paula Dorf Lip Glosses.

The rules of this contest are so simple, there’s no reason for you not to enter! All you have to do is become a fan of my BrookeKnowsBeauty page on Facebook, if you’re not already, and write on the wall “Enter” and your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for this awesome prize! The drawing is open for the entire month of October, so you have plenty of time to enter the contest, and tell your friends about it, so they can enter, too! Guys, don’t be shy! You can enter and give the prize away as a gift if you win!

These glosses come in 6 pretty colors that will flatter any skin tone, they moisturize your lips, and they last all day. What more could anyone want from a product?? I am so excited about this contest, and I know the winner will be thrilled. So, enter today and keep your fingers crossed! Oh, and these aren’t mini glosses I’m talking about here…these are full size beauties!

Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Spray It Like You Mean It! Hairspray Reviews

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Hairspray has come a long way since the days of Aqua Net. Remember the days of teasing our hair into submission, and then shellacking it  into place so it would stay all day long? Yeah, that was fun to brush out after a long day. Although I’ll admit I do keep a rusty trusty can of Aqua Net on hand for shellacking emergencies, my taste has definitely evolved over the years. Here are some of my favorites:

Spray & Play by Big Sexy Hair. I’m thinking Big Sexy Hair is this generation’s Aqua Net. It comes in a huge red can and it’s a great hair spray that not only holds all day, but it adds fullness, volume, shine and flexibility. Even though Sexy Hair has root lifting products, Spray & Play is great to spray at the root for a little extra volume, and of course as a finishing touch on your style.

Maximum Hair Spray by Brocato. Another great spray to keep your ‘do in place all day. Brocato is a luxury hair care line that is usually found in high-end salons. (But, I did find it at Ulta and on Amazon.com) Like Spray & Play, this spray comes in an aerosol and is a great finishing product. Keeps your style in place, but doesn’t make it look dull with its hold. I dries fast, so make sure your hair is where you want it. Definitely gives you maximum hold, but adds shine to your hair as well.

Sheer Hold Hairspray by Fekkai. Sheer Hold Hairspray is going to be more on the gentle side of hair spray. It is a good finishing product that adds shine with avocado oil. This will give you a light hold on your style, so it’s best to use when you’re wearing your hair down and you want movement, but not stiff, and no static. You’ll be able to brush through your hair easily if you use this hairspray.

Restorative Hair Treatment Spray by Ojon. This is a really unique hair spray, because it’s also a hair treatment. It’s best for dry, damaged hair. It’s infused with seven exotic oils to not only add shine to the hair, but to nourish it as well. It offers a very light hold, but it does the trick. And, it smells amazing for a hairspray! Read the labels on Ojon before you try though…if you’re allergic to nuts, don’t try it. I’m not trying to steer you away from a great product, but people who have allergies have had reactions to Ojon. I am very happy I don’t have nut allergies, because I love this line!

Ok, I’ve given you a list of great finishing products, but I know they are all expensive. Not to worry, there are good hairsprays out there that won’t break the bank.

TRESemme’ makes an outstanding line of hairsprays. They come in different holds, so there’s plenty to choose from. A good classic that will never die with me? Anything from the Instant Freeze Collection by Aussie. Love the smell, love the hold it offers, love the price.

I just discovered something writing this review…I have WAY too many cans of hairspray, and I didn’t even name all my favorites! What’s your favorite? Do you spend a lot of money on hairspray and purchase at the salon, or do you have a drugstore favorite? Looking forward to your thoughts!

Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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