Last Chance For November’s Contest!!!

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Today is the last day of November, so that means it’s your final chance to get your name in the drawing for the November Contest! Check it out and get your name in by the end of today and you’ll be entered in to win a fabulous beauty prize.  The holidays are upon us, and you’ll want to be glamorous and beautified for all the parties, right? Right! Then don’t miss this contest! I’ve gotten some great entries, but there is room for many more.

I will be announcing the winner in the next few days, so get your name in, and tell your friends all about it! Enter, enter, enter!!

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Q&A Monday

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Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. I am thankful for the questions you send me, keep them coming! Read on about concealor before foundation, oil absorbing products, and faking highlights.

Dear Brooke, I’ve heard conflicting suggestions on concealor…should I apply it over, or under, my foundation? I always thought it should go on before you put on your foundation, but I just had my makeup done, and the makeup girl put it on me after she did my foundation…now I’m confused! What’s your take on this? Janie R.

Dear Janie, I think this one is an age-old debate…kind of like a “what comes first, the chicken or the egg?” for cosmetics. Really what it comes down to is finding what works for you. There aren’t a lot of rules when it comes to makeup, just tips, and everyone has a different way of doing things. Try it both ways and see which you like better. I personally prefer to do my concealor before foundation, but I know many makeup artists that like to use it after they apply foundation because they feel that if you apply it before, you move the concealor around with the foundation and don’t get the best results. If you do it first, just make sure to not apply your foundation directly to a spot where you’ve used concealor, just tap around the edges of the concealed spot so you don’t wipe away the concealor. So, try it both ways and see what works best for you.

Dear Brooke, I have oily skin and I know it’s important to still moisturize, but I find that by mid-afternoon, my skin just feels greasy. I’ve tried a few oil blotting sheets, and I’m not too impressed. I’ve read that you have oily skin and wondered what you do, and what products you use, when your skin starts to feel like that. Jodi S.

Dear Jodi, Oily sisters unite!! I do understand how you’re feeling by mid-afternoon. It is important to embrace the oil and know you’ll age well, but there are times your skin feels greasy and heavy…like it’s not clean at all. I have tried many oil blotting sheets, and only a few live up to what they promise. Mary Kay, and Boscia have oil blotting sheets that work really well to soak up oil, but keep your makeup in place. Laura Mercier has a pressed setting powder that helps keep shine at bay, but also helps soak up oil throughout the day when you touch up your makeup. Also, Urban Decay has a product called De Slick In A Tube that can be used alone, under makeup, or over your makeup throughout the day. So, there are lots of options for us slick-skinned people. I know I threw out a  bunch of product names, but these are some great products for oily skin, that truly deliver what they promise.

Dear Brooke, Any tips on adding a little pick me up to my highlights when I desperately need them done, but don’t have an appointment for a week? I feel dull!! Anne K.

Dear Anne, I cannot tell you  how happy I am you didn’t ask me what hair color you can do on yourself at home between salon visits….Whew! Try a few different things: Try parting your hair on the other side, or if you part it down the middle, try parting it on the side. I know this isn’t adding color to your hair, but just parting it a little differently can really freshen up a look. Also, a fun tip I like to try when I want to fake some highlights: When you’re finished styling your hair, take an eyeshadow and a dry toothbrush and “brush” highlights onto your hair. Choose a shadow that has shimmer in it, and go with a copper shade for darker hair and go with a pearly/white shadow if your hair is on the lighter side. Gently mist sections of hair framing your face with water, brush the toothbrush over the shadow and brush it through your hair. It’s fast, easy to do and also fun to add a little shimmer to your finished ‘do for a holiday party.

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

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Quick Tip Friday

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Last week, I offered a quick beauty tip, and it just so happened, it was a Friday. I had a great response from all of you suggesting I do a “Quick Tip Friday” post every week. Great idea, and thank you! So, here is this week’s quick beauty tip.

If you’re running low on a sudsing product, whether it’s a body wash, face wash, or shampoo, put a little bit of water in the bottle and shake it up. This will get the product at the bottom of the bottle  moving and pumping out again. And don’t worry, adding a splash of water will only dilute the consistency, not the quality of the product! (make sure it is just a splash of water)

You’re welcome!

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Don’t Forget The Contest!!!

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November is going to be over soon, so don’t forget to enter the November Contest! The prize is perfect for the holiday season, and will have you looking glam in no time! So, check it out, enter the contest, and good luck!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! I am thankful for all of you who read my articles, ask me beauty advice, and encourage me to keep moving forward with my blog (soon to be website!) Thank you everyone, and have a beautiful start to the holiday season. Enter, Enter, Enter!!!!

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Moisturize, Moisturize, Moisturize!!!

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You know how, when you’re sleeping, there’s a repetitive sound in the room, and it sneaks into your dream, and then you wake up and realize what it really is that’s making that noise? Well, last night, I was dreaming about sand paper being used on a construction site, only to wake up and realize that sound wasn’t sand paper, it was my husband scratching at his beard in his sleep. (He’s going to kill me for that, ha ha ha!) I know he’s been uncomfortable lately with the cold weather drying his skin out, and it got me thinking about all the people who suffer with dry, itchy skin, or dry, flat hair that has static.

Cold temperatures, wind, and no humidity are all causes of dry skin come winter time. I know a lot of people who don’t use any kind of moisturizer for their face, or body, during the summer because it’s usually humid enough for them. But, once the season changes, it’s important to add that extra step, or step up your moisturizer so you don’t suffer.

Face: It’s not fun when the skin of your face feels raw, or is peeling around your nose because it lacks so much moisture. Step up the moisture for you face with a good face cream with SPF for day and an even heavier one for night. For day, I like 5-in-1 Face Cream by FAB. It’s a good lotion for all skin types and it has an SPF of 30 for protection. Yes, it’s important to have SPF in your winter skin care; you’re still exposed to the sun. A great night cream I like to use is, Olay Pro X Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. It’s great to use at night because it really moisturizes the skin and makes you feel soft and hydrated in the morning. I don’t really have wrinkles I’m trying to treat, but this one works great on all skin types and it’s a great preventative tool for when those wrinkles finally decide to show up!

Body: I really notice a big difference in my skin this time of year. Through the summer, I can usually get away with putting lotion on just my arms and legs, and being just fine. But, once winter comes around, I find my back and torso get dry and need some moisture. Two great body lotions to quench your skin are, Body Drench and Hempz lotion. I love Body Drench Original Moisturizing Lotion. It absorbs fast into my skin and keeps my skin feeling soft and hydrated, and it smells like light baby powder. Some people don’t care for powder scent in products, but if you like it, you’ll like this lotion. Hempz is another great moisturizer that feels great, absorbs fast and smells good. Hempz  recently added a pomegranate scent to their lotion, and it smells amazing! I can’t stand when lotions leave you feeling greasy all day, and these two lotions won’t do that. They will keep your skin moist and not itchy, but certainly not greasy.

Hair: Winter weather can make your hair dry and full of static…not a fun combination. There are products that can help keep the fly aways away. I love Full Thickening Cream by Living Proof. It’s pretty expensive for the amount you get, but it’s great at making your hair look fabulous, and keeping it static-free in the winter. Weightless Smooth Hydrating Balm by Jonathan is another great product that will help your hair look fabulous this time of year. It’s about the same price as the Full Thickening Cream, but it’s bigger, so you’ll get more product for your money. Also, use a heavier conditioner in the winter to give your hair the moisture that the cold weather takes away. My favorite heavier conditioners are The Conditioner by Paul Mitchell and Conditioning Balm by Biolage.

Whether you’re having issues with face, skin, or hair, the bottom line is, keep hydrated…moisturize, moisturize, moisturize!!! Also, drink pleny of water, and keep a humidifier going in your home, if you have one! What are your favorite products to use in the winter? I look forward to your response!

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

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Q&A Monday

Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I love Monday because it’s the day of the week I get to answer your beauty questions. Keep sending them my way! Read on about facial cleansing cloths, tangled hair, and fragrance gone bad.

Dear Brooke, I am getting ready to travel for the holidays, and I was thinking about grabbing some of those convenient face wipes, but I wonder if they really work? My skin tends to freak out when I change things up, so I don’t want to be suffering from breakouts. What do you think of them, and which ones should I try? Patty T.

Dear Patty, I can relate to the skin problems when you change your routine. You didn’t say how long you would be gone, but if you’re going to be gone for more than a week, I would go ahead and make the extra room for your every day skin care. If it’s just a few days, you shouldn’t have a problem with any brand of face cleansing cloths. If you’re looking for one that lathers, try the ones by Oil Of Olay. You run them under water to get them to lather up, and one side of the cloth is soft and it’s for removing makeup, and the other side is a little more rough, and that’s for cleansing your face. If you want one that’s great for on-the-go, check out Purity Cleansing Cloths by Philosophy. They don’t need water, and they really get your skin clean. Good luck, and have a safe trip!

Dear Brooke, My hair tangles so bad when it’s wet, I actually dread washing it. I have color on my hair, and it’s got some natural curl, but the second it gets wet, I can’t get a comb through it at all. Do you have a favorite deep conditioner that can help this problem? Christine L.

Dear Christine, I can imagine this is frustrating for you. When I did hair full-time, it was such a challenge to work on hair that did this, and I always thought if it frustrates me, I can’t imagine what it’s like for the person who lives with the tangles. I know this sounds crazy, but condition your hair first. Brush your hair out before you get it wet, and instead of applying shampoo right away, put some conditioner on and comb it through those tangled spots. Rinse, then shampoo gently, then condition again. I really like Biloage Conditioning Balm, and Humectress by Nexxus. Those are two thick, but not too heavy conditioners that will help detangle. Good luck, and let me know if that works.

Dear Brooke, I know fragrance smells completely different from what’s in the bottle to when you put it on  your skin. I was recently spritzed with some fragrance that didn’t do well with my chemistry, and there was nowhere in sight to wash it off. What could I have done to get the smell off of me? Ali J.

Dear Ali, It’s not very fun to be stuck wearing a perfume that clearly wasn’t meant for your skin! If you find yourself in this situation again, and there is nowhere to wash off, you can try a few things that have helped me deal with this in the past. If you have any lotion with you, apply some lotion over the spots you applied the perfume. This seems to mask some of the unpleasant fragrance. If you’re carrying a water bottle with you, try to sprinkle some water on your wrists, if that’s where the smell is, and this should dilute the fragrance some. You may have to try that a few times. And, if you have any hand sanitizer with you, apply that to the spots where you applied the fragrance and the alcohol in the sanitizer will help with the unpleasant smell. Sometimes, we learn the hard way which perfumes to stay away from!

As always, thanks for the great questions this week! Keep them coming!! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Quick Beauty Tip

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Here’s a quick beauty tip to start your weekend:

If you’ve used all the mousse, root booster, and hair spray that your hair can take and it’s still looking flat, try this tip. Flip your head over and aim the blow dryer at the roots for a few seconds on the high heat setting. The heat will open up the top layer of the hair shaft, also known as the cuticle. Then, with your head still flipped over, change the setting to cool and blast the roots for a few more seconds. The cold air will close the cuticle and keep your roots pumped up, and your hair looking extra full and beautiful!

You’re welcome!

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Products I am Thankful For

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In the spirit of giving thanks, I have been asking all of you to tell me what beauty products you are thankful for. I have been getting some great responses, and it got me thinking about which products I am most thankful for. (Let me just say, before I go on, that I know the true meaning of Thanksgiving is not about products, but I only write about beauty. I have tons of wonderful things in my life to be thankful for, and I am…now, back to those products!) Since I use too many to count, and I love them all, I will single out a few that I have been thankful for lately.

Awapuhi Shampoo by Paul Mitchell. I love this shampoo! It takes me back to my beauty school days. It’s a great every day shampoo, especially if you live in a dry climate. This time of year, my hair gets very dry and lacks moisture, and this shampoo is wonderful! It smells so good, so so so good, and it lathers like crazy. It’s color-safe, so it’s not going to make your hair color fade, it is very nourishing, and it can also be used as a body wash.

RareMinerals Skin Revival Treatment by Bare Escentuals. Most treatments that minimize fine lines, promote speedy cell turnover, keep break outs at bay, and help reduce acne scars, are used during your nightly skin care routine. This product is one you use when you’re completely done doing all that, and you’re ready for bed. It’s a luxury product with amazing results. I am thankful that I was given this product, because at $60, it’s definitely an indulgence. The good news is, Bare Escentuals is making some changes to their skin care line, so this is now available on their site at 30% off. So, get it if you can. I love it! If you’re wondering why a night-time treatment comes in different shades, it’s because some people actually like to use it as their foundation during the day. It gives very light coverage, and makes your skin feel wonderful.

Primed and Poreless by Too Faced. Years ago I decided to stop wearing bronzer and blush since it just soaked into my skin after a few hours…I wish I had known about foundation primer then! This is my favorite primer, and their eyeshadow primer has become my favorite, as well. (although nothing will EVER replace F.Y…eye! by Benefit) This primer goes on so smooth and it helps keep my mineral foundation, bronzer and blush in place all day. Too Faced markets this as a product that can be worn alone because it evens out your skin tone. I haven’t tried it alone, but maybe I will on my next day off. Love it, love it, love it! I am very thankful that I have this primer…I am also very bummed because I am almost out of it.

Those are three products I use daily that I am thankful I have. Maybe there will be a part 2, 3, 4, etc. to this!

Tell me what products you’re thankful for, and you will be entered into November’s contest!

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

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Product Review…Minerals Mate

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Mineral makeup seems to be all over the place right now. (and if you don’t know how to use it properly, it may be all over your bathroom counter.) Once upon a time, it was an insider secret, but now it seems that almost every brand of makeup has a mineral-based foundation in their line. Some people stay away from mineral makeup because it looks too good to be true. I used to wonder how a product that just looked like loose powder could give me full coverage and a flawless finish, but it delivers. And, some people stay away from it because it can be messy if you don’t know how to apply it correctly. Lately, I’ve learned that some people may be turned off by it because it’s not sanitary to use. Think about it…you tap the product, whether it’s eyeshadow, bronzer, or foundation, into the lid of the container and when you’re done using it, you tap the leftover product back into the container. Just recently, I told someone how important it is to use the spatula provided with face or eye cream, because the cream can be easily contaminated if you dip your fingers into it. Well, mineral makeup can be contaminated if you tap the unused product back into the pot. If you’ve had a breakout, or you get some of the eyeshadow in your eye, get it on the brush, and then dip your brush into the product, only to tap the leftover product back into the container…you’ve probably contaminated your product, and you don’t want to do that.

I was recently introduced to a practical palette that was specifically designed to not only keep your mineral makeup sanitary, but it also gives you more space to work with the product. As compact as those little containers are, it makes more sense to work with them in a bigger space. The lids are convenient to use, but think about all the product that gets stuck in the threads of the lid…it’s old and who knows what it’s been exposed to! Minerals Mate is great, because it has large “wells” to put your mineral products in, and allows you to move them around and work with them in a better way. It has 3 large wells for products for your face…foundation, bronzer, setting powder. The larger areas are perfect if you’re between shades and you need to mix a couple together to get your perfect shade. It has 4 small wells that are great for eyeshadow, especially if you’re using water to create liquid liner. It even has a little thumb rest that doubles as a well to wash your brush when you’re done!

The great thing about it is, it’s very easy to clean, so any time you decide to use it, you can be assured you’re working with a clean surface. You can wash it by hand, or even put it in the top rack of the dishwasher…it’s easy enough to wash by hand, though. I think it’s a pretty cool way to keep your mineral makeup clean and keep your face looking beautiful. It’s under $10, so if you’ve been thinking there has to be a better way to mix your minerals, check this out. I love it!

Have you tried Minerals Mate? What are your thoughts on mixing mineral color in the lid? I look forward to your response!

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

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Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. As always, I got some great beauty questions this week. Read on about winter-chapped lips, a dry, too tight perm and “bleeding” lipstick.

Dear Brooke, I have been on the ski slopes a lot already this season and my lips are already so dry! I’m protecting them religiously with lipgloss, but they are very dry and tight. Why is this happening when gloss helps me feel hydrated on a daily basis? Terry G.

Dear Terry, Lipgloss is usually good to give relief to dry, tight lips. But, wind, cold weather and direct sun on the slopes can zap moisture that gloss can’t replace. Try using a heavier balm when you’re skiing, instead of gloss. I’m all for looking fabulous all the time, but lipgloss is kind of pointless during a winter sport. A heavier balm is going to hydrate and protect the thin skin on your lips. Some of my favorite balms are by Pangea, Burt’s Bees, pure Shea Butter by L’Occitane, and Smith’s Rosebud Salve. Chap Stick is not a bad choice, but I think it feels too waxy on my lips. Good luck, happy skiing, and protect your pout with some balm!

Dear Brooke, I have been sick of straight hair styles and missing curly hair. So, I indulged in a perm last week, and I hate it! The curl is way too tight and it feels dry. What can I do? Am I stuck with looking like a poodle until it grows out, or is there some hope for me? Janet K.

Dear Janet, All is not lost. Any time I’ve ever gotten a perm, I’ve hated it the first few weeks when it’s very curly and dry, but after a while, I end up loving it. It’s a big process to commit to, but having a perm opens up so many different styling options. Once the curl relaxes a bit, you will probably love it. The rule of thumb, when you get a perm, is to not wash it for a few days so the curl will really set in your hair. I have the kind of hair that grabs on to curl, so I always wash it the next day. I don’t recommend that for someone whose hair takes weakly to a perm, but if it’s way too curly, you can wash it to relax it some. Since it’s been at least a week for you, use a moisturizing shampoo followed by a heavy conditioner. Comb the conditioner through your hair until your hair looks straight and leave it on for 5-10 minutes, continuously combing it straight. Let your hair air dry, and then use olive oil on your hair and either braid it, or use a shower cap and sleep with the oil on. This will really moisturize your hair and weigh the curl down some, relaxing the frizz. Do this once a week and soon enough, you will really love your perm. If you decide to get another one, ask your stylist to go up a size with the perm rod, so your curl is softer to begin with. Let me know how it turns out!

Dear Brooke, I like to use darker shades of lipstick this time of year, but I’ve noticed lately that the color is running into the fine lines around my lips. I’m sure there are many factors that attribute to the lines, but what can I do to stop my lipstick from running? Deidre R.

Dear Deidre, You are right…there are many factors that cause lipstick to “bleed” into fine lines around the mouth. Smoking, aging, lifestyle…are just a few things that can cause this problem. But, you can control the issue. First, try using a lip scrub to treat the problem. An exfoliating treatment will slough off dry skin, and help minimize the appearance of those fine lines. There are a lot of them out there, but I like Philosophy’s Kiss Me Exfoliating Lip Scrub, and Satin Lips, by Mary Kay. Before you apply your darker shade of lipstick, line your lips with a neutral colored lip liner. The lip liner will help keep the lipstick where it’s supposed to be. Also, look for a lip primer to help the color stay all day. Apply your lipstick with a brush, instead of directly from the tube…this gives you more control with the application and it allows you to use less product, and get the color you’re looking for, preventing the lipstick from bleeding into the lines.

Once again, thank you for the great questions this week. Keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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