Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend. Thanks for the great questions this week. Read on about naturally plumping your lips, easing the pain of tweezing, and “bruising” perfume.

Dear Brooke, I don’t want to do any kind of injections, but I want my lips to look fuller. Any tricks, or tips on giving me some volume in my lips? Alice B.

Dear Alice, a quick way to make your lips look fuller is very simple, you just need an old toothbrush, and some vaseline. Put vaseline on your lips, and let it set for a minute or two, run the toothbrush under warm water while the vaseline is setting. Gently move the toothbrush in small circles over your lips. This will gently exfoliate the lips, making them extra soft, and it’s increasing the circulation in that area, so they will look fuller. Make sure you use a good lip balm after you’ve done this, to add moisture back into the delicate skin. You can also use a lip plumping lipgloss, like Sally Hansen’s Lip Inflation, but don’t use a lip plumping gloss in conjunction with the toothbrush trick. Lip plumpers tend to sting, so it wouldn’t be a good combo.

Dear Brooke, I hate plucking and waxing, but I know it must be done in order to have good eyebrows. How can I numb the pain when I pick up the tweezers? Sometimes it’s tempting to rock a unibrow, it hurts so much! Kirsten A.

Dear Kirsten, Even Burt on Sesame Street couldn’t rock the unibrow, so don’t! Tweezing or waxing is a necessary evil, I agree. If you’re tweezing your brows, do it right after you shower. The heat and moisture from the shower will make the hairs easier to remove. If you’re setting aside time to do this chore, take a mild pain reliever 20 minutes before you do the job. If you’re having them done professionally, take a pain reliever 20 minutes before your appointment. A good esthetician will be able to wax your brows so fast, you won’t be in too much pain. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, I have always rubbed my wrists together after applying perfume, but I was recently told by a “fragrance expert” that you shouldn’t do that, because it “bruises” the notes in the fragrance. Huh? That was the first time I have heard that! Is that true? Carol L.

Dear Carol, There are so many differing opinions out there on this subject. I think people started doing this habit for a few reasons. #1, it’s the best way to transfer the scent we sprayed on one wrist to another, because one spritz is usually enough. #2, when we have to apply it in a rubbing motion from magazine strips onto our wrists, it kind of makes sense to apply it what way when we spray. Fragrance experts (no need for quotes there, they really are experts. You’d be surprised how much knowledge there is in the perfume arena!) tell you not to rub your wrists together so you can get the full benefit of the scent in the bottle. Rubbing your wrists together can dry out any alcohol in the fragrance, and in doing that, can evaporate delicate top notes in the fragrance. The best way to get the full effect of your perfume is to spray it on pulse points, and let it dry naturally…it dries fast, so there really is no need to rub your wrists together. Try it and see if you notice a difference, then email me and let me know!

As always, thanks for the Q’s!! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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