Quick Tip Friday

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Sometimes we get in such a rush when we’re getting ready that we don’t use our skin care treatments properly. For example: when using a treatment that is designed to lighten dark spots, make sure to apply it only to the areas you are trying to lighten. If you use it all over your face, some areas may become too light, resulting in a “checkerboard” effect. It only takes a few seconds more to apply it only where it’s needed, so slow down!

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Old School Beauty

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While digging through some old books recently, I came across a book titled “Standard Textbook Of Cosmetology”. It belonged to my grandmother, who was a cosmetologist, and in whose footsteps I have followed. My grandmother was a beauty and she had a beauty shop. Some of my first memories are of playing salon with my sisters in her shop.

This Standard Textbook Of Cosmetology is old…very old. How old? Well, the copyright is 1938, so that tells you how long ago it was that she went to school to learn the art of Cosmetology. I have been devouring this book and I am highly amused at some of the tips and techniques they were teaching then. I am all for a good home remedy, but one “recipe” for a shampoo shocked the heck out of me!

This book talks about dry shampoo, it talks about hot oil shampoo, it talks about egg shampoo (seriously) but the one that really caught my eye was the gasoline shampoo. I am not kidding you. The book says that a gasoline shampoo is a good alternative to a person whose health will not permit her to have a wet shampoo. It says to slowly pour a cupful of gasoline over the hair, being sure not to rub, brush, or use a lathering motion (you think?!?!). You are supposed to lift the hair carefully in sections as you pour, so the liquid will cover all parts of the head. Squeeze out the excess moisture (fuel) from the hair then pat gently with a towel to dry. “Fanning will assist in drying. do NOT use an electric dryer.” It also goes on to caution the cosmetologist with this: “Great precaution must be taken when using inflammable liquids on the hair. The room should be well ventilated and there should be no fires burning.” Just a quick tip…any time a product, or a procedure has this disclaimer…run fast and far!

WOW! And I thought the perm machine was scary! I guess you can look at it as resourceful because clearly the gasoline will eat away any oil and bacteria that may be on the hair and the scalp. I am very thankful this practice was not something used when I went to school for cosmetology. I’ve heard of some crazy things in the name of beauty/hygiene, but this one takes the cake! With the way gas prices constantly rise, I would suggest you just stick with your normal shampoo, or use a dry shampoo if something is hindering you from being able to get in the shower. (May I suggest Batiste?) 

I think I have stumbled across quite a gem with this Standard Textbook Of Cosmetology! I’ll be sure to share more craziness as I find more. And, just in case anyone is interested, I’ll post the recipe for the egg shampoo soon. Doesn’t sound as harsh as the gasoline shampoo, but it does sound kind of gross.

Ok, anyone out there who has heard of this practice? If so, I can’t wait to hear your thoughts!

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Product Review…Olay ProX Wrinkle Protocol

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When you hear Olay mentioned, you think of Oil Of Olay, and immediately images of mom or grandma come to mind. Well, that’s what happens to me when I think of Olay. About a month ago, I started using ProX Wrinkle Protocol from Olay. First, let me start by saying, this is not your grandmother’s Olay! I’ve been noticing a change in what they’ve been offering over the last few years, and it’s not just a pink lotion with a distinct scent anymore. In fact, there was absolutely no scent at all in any of the three products. If a product smells too perfumey, or too medicinal, I eventually stop using it. Even “unscented” products still have some odor to them. I was pleasantly surprised that these products are absolutely fragrance free.

This set comes with three products; Age Repair Lotion with SPF 30 (day cream), Wrinkle Smoothing Cream (night-time) and Deep Wrinkle Treatment to be used day and night before both moisturizers. The texture is another thing that surprised me in a good way. I have oily, acne-prone skin that tends to be sensitive. I don’t like the feel of product on my skin, and this has a very light texture. Even the Deep Wrinkle Treatment was great. Most treatment products have the tendency to either sting, or feel heavy on my skin, and the Deep Wrinkle Treatment absorbed right into my skin. The day and night creams were a perfect consistency…not too light, not too heavy…that didn’t leave my skin feeling greasy at all. It just felt moisturized.
 
This was such an easy routine to use, I was really impressed with that. Pros of this product are many: no scent, great texture, easy to use, easy to find in stores (Target, Wal Mart, etc.)…no need to head to a specialty store for a high quality treatment, great for all skin types, the wrinkle treatment can be used on crow’s feet…no need to buy a product just for that area. The only Con I can think of is cost, it’s about $60.00. When you break it down, it’s truly not that expensive, but I think most people steer away from a high price point when it’s offered at Wal Mart and Target. However, now that I’ve had a chance to use it, I will definitely purchase it in the future.
 
I used all three products in the protocol, and I immediately felt that my skin was hydrated and nourished. By the end of the first week, I did see an improvement in the over-all texture of my skin. It looked brighter and felt smoother. After a month of using it, my skin looked brighter and felt very smooth. I didn’t get this product because I have all these wrinkles to get rid of. My oily skin keeps me looking young; I’m just starting to notice some fine lines, so if this product can stop that in its tracks, I will be a life-long user!

Have you tried this product from Olay? What are your thoughts? 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 you all had a great weekend. Thanks for the questions this week! Read on about matching your nail polish to your lipstick, mayo hair mask, and livening up dull hair.

Dear Brooke, I always match my lipstick to my nail polish. is that outdated? What is today’s etiquette? Also with making sure your toenails match your fingers, is that still a rule? Melissa F.

Dear Melissa, There really aren’t rules on that anymore, but people generally don’t match them up too often.
People tend to be subtle on their fingers and have fun on their toes with the crazy colors that you see now.
Some people still like to do it, but it’s kind of like it’s no longer a rule to match your shoes to your bag; you can do it, but it’s more trendy to mix it up now. If you’re doing a dark color on your nails, you can do a bright color on your toes, or even throw in a little nail art on your toes. As far as matching your lipstick to your nail polish, I think you should try something different if you’ve been doing that for a while. Polish and lipstick don’t need to match, but I personally think it’s good to have all the colors complement each other.
 
Dear Brooke, I have always been intrigued by the thought of using mayonnaise as a hair mask. Have you tried it? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Cynthia W.
  
Dear Cynthia, I can appreciate the thought of doing a homemade hair mask, but I’ll be honest with you and tell you, I don’t care for the mayo mask for my hair! Why? Well, first of all, it felt very heavy on my hair and it really weighed my hair down for a few days longer than I thought. Second, and worst of all, the smell it leaves behind is not pleasant at all! I love to eat fish, but I prefer that my hair doesn’t smell like it for over a week! I know some people love this old school hair mask, but I don’t recommend it at all! Smells bad, makes your hair feel “coated”…not worth it at all. If you’re looking for a homemade hair mask that will moisturize, use olive oil instead. Check out my article on homemade hair masks for some different ideas!
 
Dear Brooke, Please don’t lecture me! It’s been over a year since I’ve had a haircut and my hair looks dull and lifeless. I’m starting to get split ends!! I will be getting my hair cut as soon as I can, but in the meantime, do you have any tips on bringing my hair back to life? Claudia C.
  
Dear Claudia…a year?? Yikes! Ok, I know you said no lectures, but get out there and get a trim, sister!! I don’t know if you’re trying to grow your hair out, but even if you are, trims are crucial for keeping your hair in shape. Until your next cut, try these tips. On dry hair, take a little bit of conditioner and apply it where you see split ends. This will not heal split ends, it will only temporarily seal them. You can also try the solid perfume from Pacifica. It not only helps nourish the ends of your hair, it will make your hair smell pretty, too! Style your hair as usual, and when you’re finished, apply a finishing gloss to add some shine to your hair. If you color your hair at home, try something different and go a shade or two darker than you normally do. Dark hair reflects light better, so your hair will look shiny and healthy. I hope those tips help, and please get that trim!
Once again, thanks for the great questions; keep them coming!! Email your question for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com
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Quick Tip Friday

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Acne products containing Benzoyl Peroxide can have an unpleasant side effect of bleaching out sheets, towels, clothing, etc. But, it can also bleach out your hair if you apply it too close to your hairline…and your eyebrows! If you are using anything that contains Benzoyl Peroxide, make sure to stay away from the hairline. If you happen to have a breakout right by your hairline, put a little bit of the treatment product on a Q-Tip and apply it directly to the blemish, avoiding your hair. Make sure to wash your hands thoroughly when you’re done applying, but use an old towel to dry your hands…there may still be product on them, even though you washed. I learned this lesson the hard way, once upon a time, when I was using Benzoyl Peroxide and had just bought new sheets.

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December Contest Winner!

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I love announcing the monthly contest winner! I want to thank everyone who entered the November contest, I love seeing how excited everyone gets at the possibility of winning a fun beauty prize. I got lots of great entries, and, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I asked you to tell me the beauty product you are most thankful for, and it was great to see what everyone loves…it was also great to see that the beauty products I am very thankful for, most of you mentioned as your favorite. Now, on to announce the winner!

Congratulations to Kim Allee! Kim entered the contest saying that the product she is the most thankful for is L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara. Kim entered with this quote about L’Oreal: “It’s so inexpensive, glides on easily, doesn’t clump or smear, and makes my lashes look amazing. I can always find it on sale too, which is a bonus!” I agree Kim, L’Oreal rocks…I’ve been a big fan of this product line since my teen years. So, congrats to Kim! Send me your info and I’ll get your prize to you in a flash!

Now for some news…Due to the craziness of the month of December, BrookeKnowsBeauty will not be running a monthly contest. For a lot of people, December is a month of travel, shopping and chaos (not necessarily in that order), so I will resume my monthly contests in January, and I resolve to keep them awesome! That being said, I decided to choose a runner-up for this contest, meaning another congratulations is in order! So, congrats to Ellen Schaefer for being the runner-up! Ellen wrote in saying that Bare Escentuals mineral makeup is a product she is very thankful for with this quote, “my thanks for this year (and last year) goes to Bare Minerals mineral make-up. they are the best make up for my face. It covers everything but it does not look like make up. I have no “cake” on my face.” I agree with her! Ellen, you will be receiving a cool goody bag with some samples of my favorite products and some other things I think are important for beauty!

Kim, and Ellen, I will be contacting you on where to send your info. Congratulations, ladies! Thanks everyone for entering the contest! Stay tuned in the New Year for some awesome give-aways!

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