Quick Tip Friday

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If you have wavy, or naturally curly hair, and want to enhance the curl and give yourself some volume, try this: Apply your styling product, as usual, to damp hair; then take random sections of your hair and clip them up. Don’t twist the sections, just lift them and place clips in the hair to keep the sections up. On a low setting, blow dry the roots until it’s almost dry, then take the clips out and let it finish drying naturally. Lifting the sections of the hair lifts the roots and will give you curly girls some volume!

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Luxury Lines

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We all have our products we can’t live without and we’ll spend a little extra money in order to have them. Maybe it’s face cleanser, maybe it’s your favorite shampoo, but it seems to be at least one expensive item that we budget into our monthly allowance. If we incorporate more inexpensive products into our routine, we can justify having that one item. But what happens if your one product you must have is more like, one line of products? There are every day  brands, like Lauder, MAC, Smashbox, etc. There are drugstore brands, like Cover Girl, L’Oreal, Maybelline, etc. Then there are what I call “Luxury Lines” of makeup and skin care, like Chanel, YSL, Dior, Armani, and one I want to try very soon, Burberry. When brands known for high-end fashion, start branching into makeup, skin care and fragrance, of course we’re intrigued.

For some of us, it may seem like no big deal to spend $50 on a lipstick because it’s by Chanel…really, what else are you going to be able to get from Chanel for that price? I would absolutely love to have some shoes by Yves Saint Laurent, but it’s more realistic, and justifiable, to spend $30 on a lipgloss that sports the logo. So, is it all hype and you’re just buying the brand name? Or are the lines as luxurious as the fabrics from these labels?

Well, I hate to be the one to break it to you, but the Chanel eye shadows feel as silky as Chanel fabric. YSL mascara is so amazing, when I’ve tried it, I keep applying it because it’s amazing how it makes my lashes look! The more you apply, the fuller and longer your lashes appear…seriously, I could spend about an hour with YSL mascara! Another YSL favorite of mine is Touche’ Eclat. It’s an amazing facial highlighter pen that lets you fake 8 hours of sleep in one little tube. It’s crazy expensive, but it’s like a little magic wand that makes fine lines, dark circles, and any signs of fatigue completely go away.

I make no secret of my lipgloss addiction, and Dior definitely helps me indulge in that habit! If you’re looking for something resembling a liquid lipstick, or looking for gloss with tons of shimmer and a wonderful texture, look no further than the house of Dior. When Dior first started making cosmetics, they started with lipsticks that matched their dresses. That was such a hit, they branched out into a full line of skin care and cosmetics, and of course, fragrance.

From eyeshadows that feel like silk, to lipgloss that feels like satin, these lines are definitely an indulgence and a pure luxury! The Sephora brand, that’s so affordable, may make very similar colors to Chanel, Dior and YSL, but sometimes knowing the luxury you’re sporting on your face can really make your day…just sayin’. Don’t break your bank buying everything from these lines, but if you get a chance to indulge,  you should.

Do you have a favorite luxury line? Can’t wait to hear!

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Beauty Resolutions

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With the new year right around the corner, most of us start thinking about things we resolve to change in the coming year. Whether it’s personally or professionally, we all have changes we want to make, bad habits we want to kick, and goals to achieve. An article I came across recently in a magazine was titled “Beauty Resolutions” and it talked about new products that will be coming up in the new year, and it got me thinking about my beauty resolutions. Habits I want to break, lipglosses I want to finish, etc.

Beauty Resolution #1: I will wash my hair less. I know some people may read that and think “gross”, but that doesn’t mean I won’t shower every day, it just means I will give my hair a break at least once a week from shampooing. I fell in love with dry shampoo this past year, so I will put it to use more often and keep the natural oils on my hair.

Beauty Resolution #2: I will take better care of my nails. Between doing hair, playing in makeup, and typing all the time, my nails have really suffered this past year, and in the coming year, I will treat them better and give myself a manicure once a week.

Beauty Resolution #3: I will wash my face every single day regardless of how tired I am. I will admit, this is a struggle for me at the end of the day, and if I am going to preach the importance of cleansing every night to people, then I need to make sure I’m doing it. For all of you that argue that you’re too tired at the end of the day…trust me, I get it. But, I also hate that my skin suffers when I do this, so I will wash every night.

Beauty Resolution #5: I will not touch a blemish until it is absolutely ready to be touched. Attacking blemishes prematurely can result in scarring, spreading and creating more blemishes, and it just doesn’t look pretty.

Beauty Resolution #6: I will treat my skin, and/or, my  body to a facial or a massage at least once every 3 months. To some that’s like nothing, but I rarely indulge in that, and it’s time I do.

Beauty Resolution #7: I will not buy another shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, hair spray or fragrance until I finish at least one bottle of what I already have. Lipgloss, lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish are exempt from this resolution. I can’t make that commitment.

Beauty Resolution #8: I will finally make my husband understand why I need 2 different bars of soap in the shower, why I need to use 3 different types of body lotion, and why it is crucial that I own every color of eyeshadow and lipgloss ever made. If I can make this resolution come true, I will have success!

Beauty Resolution #9: I will continue to write about all products, old and new, and I will continue to give you my advice and suggestions!

Ok, what are your beauty resolutions for the new year? Can’t wait to hear!

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Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and didn’t eat too much. I took last week off to enjoy the holiday with my family, and I am excited to jump back in this week and write about product, product, and more products!! Thanks for the questions for this week. Read on about indulging in mascara, investing in skin care, and products to soothe your feet.

Dear Brooke, I am needing a new mascara and I want a good one. Not that the drug store brands aren’t ok, but I am going to invest some money with this purchase. What is your most favorite, higher-priced mascara? Thanks! Jodie T.

Dear Jodie, I love so many mascaras out there, it’s hard to name just one. The ones you get from the drug store are good, but sometimes, you get what you pay for. If I had to choose just one…ok, two…mascaras with a higher price point I would choose Smoky Lash by Make Up For Ever and Long Lash Mascara by Laura Mercier. Both are in the mid $20.oo range, and they are well worth the price. The mascara by Laura Mercier is deceiving because it has a small brush, but it really helps you control the application and define every lash. It doesn’t flake, so it’s good if you wear contact lenses. Smoky lash is great for creating thickness and volume. Find them both at Sephora.

Dear Brooke, I got a little extra Christmas cash this year and was thinking of indulging in the Clarisonic Cleansing System. You wrote about it a while ago…do you still love it as much? Is it really worth the price? Sondra C.

Dear Sondra, Yes, Yes, Yes!!! The Clarisonic is definitely an investment (or a “skinvestment” as they like to say), but it is worth every single penny! I have nothing bad to say about using this tool to get your skin as clean as it can possibly be. Pores will look smaller, fine lines will diminish over time, and your skin will feel clean, but not stripped of its natural oils. The initial investment can seem steep, but the brush heads are affordable and only need to be replaced every 3 months or so. If you have the extra money, go for it! You will be happy you did. Let me know what you decide!

Dear Brooke, I stand on my feet all day, and they feel tired at the end of the day. Also, this weather is making my feet dry and cracked. Do you have a favorite foot cream you recommend? Tracy N.

Dear Tracy, I can relate to tired feet at the end of the day. I have tried many lotions and creams to soothe my tootsies, but I always go back to my favorites. I love the Coconut Foot Cream by Burt’s Bees and L’Occitane makes an amazing foot cream as well. Both of them have a cooling feeling to soothe tired feet, but also have a high content of vitamin E, and other amazing oils to moisturize your soles. Rub either foot cream on, put on comfortable socks, and relax and let it soak in. Also, indulge in a pedicure every now and then, you deserve it!

Thanks again 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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Merry Christmas To All…

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I want to wish all of you a wonderful Christmas! I hope you are all ready for the holiday and haven’t stressed too much. In the spirit of Christmas, I will be taking the rest of the week off to settle in with my family and enjoy the rest of the holiday. I wish you all a wonderful one and I will be back next week for a new Q&A Monday!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

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Q&A Monday

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Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and I hope everyone is ready for the holiday! I got some great questions this week, most of them about the effects of winter weather on hair, skin and nails. So, read on about how to tame those fly aways, smooth rough cuticles, and keeping oily skin moisturized.

Dear Brooke, I never have a problem with static, and flyaway hair until this time of year. It’s driving me crazy! Am I sentenced to wearing a pony tail for my hairstyle all winter? Tina G.

Dear Tina, No, you are not sentenced to a pony tail until spring! I know how you feel, but have no fear, I have some tips that can help with your problem. Try using a heavier conditioner at least once a week to make sure your hair is getting the hydration it needs. Fly-away hair just needs a little weight on it to tame it down. Lightly spray hairspray on a brush and gently brush over the top layer of your hair. The hairspray will help keep the static down. I like to use Full Thickening Cream by Living Proof. Even though my hair is on the thick side, this cream really helps keep static away and I never have one fly-away strand with this product. The solid perfume by Pacifica is a great product for static. You wouldn’t think a perfume would help, but if you put just a little on the ends of your hair, it will help nourish your ends, and keep static down. If you find yourself without any of these resources on hand, put some hand cream on your hands, rub it in, and before it absorbs, lightly run your hands over your hair. The lotion will help weigh it down. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, I have oily skin but I know it needs moisturizer. The thing is, I’ve been using heavier cream because I know my skin needs it, but by the end of the day, I feel so greasy and my skin looks so dull. You always write about your oily skin, what do you use? Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, I know how you feel! I have embrace my oily skin because it will help me age slowly, but it does get annoying. Your skin never feels clean when you have oily skin. I use lots of different products, but I have been using ProX by Olay recently, and I love the results I am getting. It’s great for all skin types and it doesn’t make my oily skin feel greasy. Another favorite of mine is Timewise by Mary Kay. It’s a great light-weight moisturizer that is good for oily skin. Make sure you are using the heavier cream at night only. Also, treat it from inside and drink up! If you’re hydrated inside, that will cut down on the oil outside. Don’t forget to mask or exfoliate at least 2 times a week to get the dead skin cells off the surface. If there is build-up of old skin cells, your skin looks dull and to have it oily on top of dull is not fun…believe me, I know. Treat yourself to an at-home facial and steam, mask and moisturize. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, I have cracked cuticles and my nails are peeling. On top of that, my hands are so dry!! My profession has my hands in water a lot, but to moisturize seems in vain when I just wash it off within minutes of putting it on. Help!!! Lindsey D.

Dear Lindsey, This question takes me back to my days of cutting hair full-time. My hands used to get so dry, they would crack and bleed from being in water all day long. I have, and always will, used Glysolid products for this problem. They’re affordable, and they really work…what more could you ask for? Glysolid does a great job with moisturizing your skin, and staying on your skin through multiple hand washes. Check it out, and let me know what you think!

Once again, thanks for the great questions this week. Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Quick Tip Friday

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Here’s a mascara technique that will really make your eyes look beautiful: When applying mascara, apply it in three sections. Brush inner lashes towards the nose, brush center lashes straight up towards your eyebrows, and brush the outer lashes out toward your temples. This will fan out the lashes, making them look fuller and making your eyes look amazing!

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Giving Is Beautiful

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This time of year is crazy for a lot of us! We’re stressed out with work, relationships, life in general. Throw the holidays in there, and that just makes the stress multiply. I won’t get into the side effects stress can have on your hair, skin and nails, but it’s not pretty! I would love it if everyone would take a few minutes to think about the beauty of giving. A lot of us have a wish list a mile long this time of year, I know I do! I would love a Clarisonic Opal, a Sultra styling tool, and every eyeshadow color MAC makes, but I also would like to make sure everyone is taken care of…not only this time of year, but all year round.

There are lots of ways to give to others. If you know someone personally who could use a little extra help, do what you can to make a difference. I love helping others, and I love the way it makes me feel to know that I’ve done something that means so much to someone, even if it’s just a small gesture. Giving is a beautiful thing, and it can make you feel beautiful inside and out to help someone else.

I’ve written before about the foundation my husband and I started in my mother’s memory. Bea’s Big Heart Foundation was started with the focus on families in need. This time of year, so many families could use a little help, and that’s what BBHF wants to do! It’s not too late to help a family! Visit Bea’s Big Heart and read about what you can do to help. If you already have a charity you prefer to donate to, then make some time to do that. Or, just do one random act of kindness a day to help someone out.

Christmas is right around the corner, and even though a lot of people are tightening up the purse strings because of the economy, there are ways to make a difference in someone’s life. So, please think about giving to others right now, you’ll be happy you did. Happiness makes you smile, smiling makes you beautiful…

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Egg Shampoo

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Last week, when I wrote Old School Beauty, I promised I would write-up the recipe for the Egg Shampoo I found in my Grandmother’s 1938 Cosmetology book.

An Egg Shampoo cleanses the scalp, but doesn’t strip the natural oils from the hair and scalp. Typically, it is/was used on dry, brittle, bleached, and over-processed hair…and where there are signs of scalp irritation. Here is the recipe:

Take 2 or 3 eggs, depending on the thickness and length of the hair. Separate the yolks from the whites. Stir the yolks until they are blended. Beat the whites to a froth. Pur the yolks of the eggs into the whites, then blend together with your hand. Wet the hair with tepid water and squeeze out the excess moisture with the hands. Apply half of the egg mixture to the hair by dipping the hand into the bowl, scoop up a handful, and massage with the hand in a cup-shaped position. Rotate with the cup-shaped hand until suction is formed. Then, rinse the head with tepid water. Repeat, using the remaining mixture. Now, remove the egg mixture with tepid or cool water so the egg does not congeal. After the hair has been thoroughly rinsed, dry and dress as desired.

I can see where this could be cleansing and nourishing at the same time. Egg whites are great for the skin, and egg yolks are very nourishing/moisturizing because of their fat content. I love home recipes for beauty, but much like the gasoline shampoo I wrote about last week, I am thinking this is another one that will stay in the book…or in 1938. I will admit, I am big on texture…things like raw eggs, oatmeal, bread pudding, etc. kind of gross me out. If a shampoo recipe has the possibility to congeal on my head…thanks, but no thanks.

Loving this old Cosmetology book, more to come! Have you heard of, or tried, an Egg Shampoo? I want to hear about it!

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Q&A Monday

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Good Morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend, and I hope you’re not all going insane with Christmas details. I got some great questions this week, as always, so read on about a home hair coloring tip, shaving cream, and shimmer and shine!

Dear Brooke, I just colored my hair myself and I made a total mess with the color. I have stains all over my hairline and my ears, and my neck. They seem very stubborn to get off, and I am self conscious about this. How can I get rid of the stains? Gayle S.

Dear Gayle, Over time, the stains will just fade with the help of your body’s natural oils, but if you want a way to get rid of them immediately, have no fear. You can do a couple of things to get rid of color stains. Head to a beauty supply store like Sally Beauty Supply and look for a product that is designed specifically to remove color stains and use that. Cuticle remover that is used in manicures, is a good alternative if you can’t find color remover. And, one very effective, but kind of gross technique…cigarette ashes. I am not kidding you. I once made a mess of someone’s hair color when I was in beauty school. There was black hair color all over her and me. She went outside to smoke a cigarette, saved the ashes, brought them back in to me and told me to use them. Just dampen a washcloth, dip it in the ashes, and start wiping. It’s like a magic eraser! I honestly think it’s the most effective trick, and it doesn’t leave a gross smell behind. In the future, use vaseline or a heavy cream around the hairline, tops of the ears, and the neck so the color won’t sink in.

Dear Brooke, What are your thoughts on all the different shaving creams out there? I tend to just grab the cheapest thing I see, but wanted your opinion on what you like the best. Natalie G.

Dear Natalie, I have tried many shaving creams, and in a bind, I have even used soap to shave with. I tend to gravitate towards shaving creams that are a thick foam. Gels that turn into foams seem to slide off the skin before I can take my razor to my leg, and I feel like I have more control on getting all the stubble if I use a foam. The closest shave I ever got was when I used Almond Shower Oil by L’Occitane. It’s a very thick oil that foams slightly, and makes your skin feel so soft and it smells really nice. It’s very expensive though, $22, so I stick with my foaming shave products…nothing gets me a closer shave than good old Colgate shaving cream!

Dear Brooke, it’s the holiday season, and I love makeup that shimmers! My question is, am I too old to indulge in the glittery fun? I am 52 years old, but have always felt 25. I want to feel/look festive, but not ridiculous. What do you think? Mary A.

Dear Mary, I love that you are so young at heart! 52 is not old, but I get what you’re saying with the glitter. Here’s what I think. I love shimmer, and I think the holidays are the perfect time to indulge in this trend. Just don’t go overboard. Leave the disco ball look to the younger crowd, and choose one feature to highlight with shimmer. I love Sparklicity by Tarina Tarantino. It is a beautiful shimmer that can be used all over. Spray a little in your hair for a subtle shine, put some on your cheeks to highlight your cheek bones…play around with it and see what look you like best. But stick to one area on your body, any more than that and it gets to be too much. You glow girl!

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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