Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Did you watch the Academy Awards? Who do you think was the most beautiful? Thanks for the great questions this week. Read on about shimmery body powder, bleeding lipstick, and short, sexy hair.

Dear Brooke, I love shimmery body powder, but I feel like it’s only ok to use it at night. I would like to use it sometimes during the day without looking like a disco ball, any tips? Thanks! Julia E.

Dear Julia, Shimmer powder can be fun, day or night. You can definitely use it during the day, you just need to tone it down a bit, and that’s very easy. The best way to do this is to add some of the shimmer powder to your body lotion and apply it to either your arms or your legs…choose one part of your body to play up during the daytime to keep it subtle. If you’re going out at night, go ahead and kick it up a notch and apply it to your legs, arms and/or chest. If you want to brighten up your complexion without being too sparkly, mix a tiny amount of shimmer powder with your face lotion and apply to your face. The shimmer in your face lotion will illuminate your complexion. But, don’t go overboard and shimmer from head to toe…just choose a few spots to sparkle.

Dear Brooke, I don’t smoke, I don’t like to think I’m old, but my lipstick tends to bleed into the lines around my mouth. I love using lipstick, but since this has started happening, I’ve just been using clear gloss or lip balm because it’s embarrassing! I miss my lipstick! Help! Michelle R.

Dear Michelle, I know how frustrating this is! I’ve had fine lines around my lips for a long time, and I don’t smoke, and I don’t think I’m old, either. I’ve figured out a couple of tricks to keep this from happening. The first thing you need to make sure you’re doing is using the proper skin care to create a smooth surface. Make sure you are gently exfoliating the area at least once a week. I like Kiss Me Lip Scrub by Philosophy. Before you apply your lipstick, use a nude lip liner to line your lips. By using a nude color, you can use it with any lipstick, and the liner can help keep the lipstick from bleeding. Also, look for a clear lip liner, which is exactly what it sounds like. It’s lip liner with no color. Apply it just like you would regular lip liner, and it creates a barrier around your lips to prevent the color from bleeding. Some brands of lip gloss or lip stick are destined to bleed no matter what precautions you take, so stay away from those brands. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, Can short hair be sexy on women? I have long hair, and I want to try something new and go short. My husband is freaking out! What is it with men and long hair? What are your thoughts on this subject? Hilary J.

Dear Hilary, I don’t exactly know what the deal is with men and long hair, but I can tell you you’re not the only woman I have heard this from. Maybe they associate long hair with femininity, maybe they like the way long hair feels when they run their fingers through it…I don’t know (Men, sound off please!). I sometimes tell my husband, if he wants to play with long hair, he can grow his hair out and play with his own hair…it never seems to work. I could go on and on about that topic (future article, perhaps?), but I’ll answer the other part of your question. Can short hair be sexy? In a word: Yes! I think there are some really beautiful/sexy short hair cuts out there and I wish more women would be brave enough to try one. Take a look at Hollywood right now. Halle Berry has a beautiful short cut; Michelle Williams is rocking a gorgeous pixie cut right now. A couple of things to remember if you take the plunge: when you do a drastic change with your hair, you might need to make a few changes with your makeup; darker eye shadow, bold lips, or play up those cheek bones…you won’t have the long hair to hide behind anymore, so play up your features. Also, just know that if you go for it, you will need to commit to getting your hair trimmed religiously, (every 6-8 weeks) to keep the new ‘do fresh. Have fun!

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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Quick Tip Friday

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When you’re doing your skin care routine, don’t waste expensive serums and moisturizers by wiping your hands on a towel. Instead, take what’s left and rub your hands together to give your hands a mini spa treatment. Over time, you’ll not only see the benefits of good skin care on your face, you’ll notice it on your hands, too!

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Beauty Freak Out

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We all learn from our mistakes…myself included. I have been in this industry for almost 20 years (Ok, how did that kind of time go by?!?!) and I’ve definitely learned by some of my mistakes. People often ask me where my knowledge comes from. Well, even though one of my first memories is of playing in the mud, rubbing it on my skin, and wondering how it would make my arms feel (I was 3-years-old), I wasn’t born with the experience I have…I learned it; sometimes the hard way. That being said, I wanted to share with you a funny story from my years as a beauty freshman.

One of my first loyal clients was a very good friend of mine, and she still is. We met in college and when I left UNC to study cosmetology, she was the first in line to have me do her hair. Jera has beautiful blonde hair, and wanted some beautiful blonde highlights to compliment her look. She lived far away from me, and her and her mom thought that I should kill two birds with one stone, and highlight Jera’s hair, and do an all-over color on her mom while I was at it. No problem, right? I sent her on a mission to go to Sally Beauty Supply and pick up the hair color they both wanted. So, platinum blonde for her, and red for her mom, were the colors of the day.

Jera lived far away…about 2 hours away, so we decided to make a night of it. I showed up with my bags packed, ready to have a fun weekend of eating, laughing, and showing her how talented I had become since I got my license. I asked her to hand me the hair color to mix, so I could get it ready while she was getting our munchies ready. I mixed the color, and pulled her hair through the cap (I hadn’t graduated to foils yet) and applied the color. We sat down to play cards (we hadn’t graduated to wine yet, we were only 20) while her color processed. Most hair color oxidizes when it hits the air, and colors like blonde tend to turn purple when the air hits them. It was my turn to “go fish” and I glanced up at her hair, wondering why the blonde wasn’t turning purple, and was instead, turning cherry red.

I tried to keep calm, but I guess the look on my face said it all. Jera looked at me looking at her hair and asked, “what’s wrong?” I very calmly put my hand of cards aside and asked her, “what color did you give me?” Slowly, she stood up and walked to the kitchen where the color was…she picked up the bottle and at the same time, we both realized that she didn’t hand me platinum blonde to mix…she handed me the red hair color. I saw the panic hit her face, and all I could do was scream, “Run!! Run to the bathroom!! Rinse, Rinse, Rinse!!!” The panic I was feeling as a stylist was incredible, and it didn’t help at all that her husband found humor in the situation and stood behind her while she was bent over the bathtub, and I was kneeling behind her trying to get the color out, making comments about the bright red shade her hair was turning. By the way…thanks, Chris!

We rinsed her hair…I refused to give her a mirror…and I thought about what I could do to staunch the panic. She really wanted highlights, but the only solution I saw at that moment was to do all-over hair color with the blonde we had originally chosen. So, between my anxiety, and her tears, we calmed down, I applied the blonde, and when everything was said and done, we had one of the prettiest blondes, with just a hint of strawberry, that I’ve ever seen.

It wasn’t an ideal situation for either one of us, but the end result turned out ok, and she got a ton of compliments on her hair. Since then, whenever someone hands me color to mix, I ALWAYS look at it and make sure it’s the correct color. Jera and I haven’t gone the strawberry blonde route again, but we’re both happy the situation turned out ok. I fixed a bad situation, and she learned that sometimes stepping outside of what you always do with your hair is not such a bad thing.

I’ve had other Beauty Freak Outs, and I’ll share those with you eventually, but this was my first major one. I just wanted to share it with you, let you know that I’m not perfect, I’ve learned by my mistakes, and make you laugh. Nearly 2o years later, Jera and I still laugh about this situation…not just laugh, we downright giggle! And, I still do her hair.

So, I’ve told you, now you tell me. What’s your biggest Beauty Freak Out?

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…do you wonder, as much as I do, why it goes by so fast? Thanks, as always, for the great questions this week. Read on about eyeshadow primer, tanning, and red carpet glam.

Dear Brooke, I love cream eyeshadow, but it creases on me by lunchtime. You’ve talked about eyeshadow primer in the past, but I still haven’t tried it. Which one do you like the best, that will work the best with a cream shadow? Thanks! Jenny K.

Dear Jenny, I have yet to meet an eyeshadow I don’t like, and I wish someone had introduced me to primer years ago. There are some great products on the market right now, to keep your shadow in place. Urban Decay makes a great primer, Mary Kay has one you can trust, but my absolute favorite eyeshadow primer is Shadow Insurance by Too Faced. I have very oily skin, even my eyelids tend to be oily, but Shadow Insurance will keep your makeup in place. With some primers, you have to work fast, because they really set your makeup, but Shadow Insurance lets you blend as much as you need to. Try it, and let me know your thoughts!

Dear Brooke, I have a question about tanning. If Vitamin D is supposed to be so good for you, why is going to a tanning bed so bad for you? Can’t I get my daily D going to a tanning salon? Vikki A.

Dear Vikki, I think this may be a question for your dermatologist, not me. But, I will give you my honest opinion about tanning beds. From what I know, tanning beds aren’t providing any Vitamin D for you, they are just exposing you to the harmful rays doctors recommend you protect yourself from; that’s probably why you tan so fast in a tanning bed. I’ve never heard of any good side effect from using a tanning bed; I’ve only heard about increases in skin cancer, wrinkles, and other things we try to avoid happening to our skin. If you’re looking for an instant glow, I would go for a Mystic Tan, or try an at-home self tanner.

Dear Brooke, I’m going to an Oscar party this coming Sunday and really want to play up the Hollywood theme. Can you suggest any make-up and hair tips that can have me looking red carpet ready in a flash? Hair up or down? Curly or straight? Thanks! Kim A.
 
Dear Kim, I love Hollywood themed parties! Going to a theme party like that is a great way to try new looks. I’m seeing both updos and long locks on the red carpet lately, so either one is going to be a good choice. If you wear your hair down, wear it in loose waves/curls. It’s pretty easy to get that look; the easiest way for me is with a large barrel curling iron or velcro rollers. If you go with an updo, make it a messy one…just twist your hair up and secure with a few pins and leave the hair around your face loose. As for makeup, play up either your eyes or your lips. If you want to try a smoky eye, make sure you have a nude lip, and if you want to rock some red lipstick, keep your eye makeup very neutral. Add a bold piece of jewelry, and you’re good to go. Have fun!

Thanks for the great questions, keep them coming! Email me your question for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Quick Tip Friday

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Don’t just use concealor that matches your skin tone. Ever wonder why they come in different colors? Use green to combat redness, pink will cancel out the blue under your eyes, and blue concealor will brighten up your complexion. Don’t be afraid of the color you see in the tube; it won’t be that color when you apply it to your skin.

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February Contest Reminder!!!

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I had someone tell me yesterday, the reason they haven’t entered my recent contest is because they’re convinced they’re not going to win. (You know who you are) Huh, really? You don’t want to simply put your  name down for a great contest just because you believe you’re not going to get the grand prize? Entering this contest, and all of my contests, is so easy so don’t let the fact that you might not win get you down. If you don’t win this month, there’s always next month, so don’t give up so easy!  (I mean, what if Julia Roberts didn’t go for Pretty Woman because she thought she might not get it? What if Carrie Underwood never auditioned for American Idol because she was convinced someone else would win? What if Oprah thought having an uber-successful talk show was just a dream? Ok…this contest is not that life-changing, but you get the drift.)

February’s contest is full of fun, in the form of some great nail polish by OPI, and CND. All you have to do is reply to this post, or write on my Facebook wall, that you want to be entered, and poof! you’re entered, and a name will be randomly drawn at the end of the month.

If you haven’t entered this month, it can only be for one of three reasons:

A. You didn’t know about it.

B. You knew about it, but don’t care.

C. You knew about it, desperately wanted to enter the contest, but you’ve been trapped under something heavy.

If it’s either A or C, enter it ASAP! Good luck!!!

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

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Sunscreen Sound Off!!

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I know it may seem strange to be writing about sunscreen during winter, but I’ve been intrigued with it lately. I recently came across an article where Victoria’s Secret Model, Gisele has called sunscreen “poison” and said she would never use it on her skin. This has a lot of people sounding off in the industry. I know I always preach to people the importance of protecting your skin with SPF, you read it in almost every magazine, doctors will tell you that you better apply it daily. But to hear Gisele say she won’t put it on her skin? Well, when you look at someone who epitomizes beauty and perfection, and you hear them say something like this, it makes you wonder…will we all look like her if we stop using it? (Ha ha. No, we won’t look like her. I am convinced that all Victoria’s Secret models are made in a factory somewhere, they are all so beautiful)

Growing up, I always thought if you had darker skin and you could get a tan easy, you didn’t need sunscreen. Then, as I started getting my education in the beauty industry, I learned how important it is to protect your skin from harmful rays that can cause wrinkles, dryness, and skin cancer…among other issues.

Kevin Trudeau, that guy who writes all those books about natural cures “they” don’t want you to know, has even said in one of his books that the sun’s rays don’t cause skin cancer, ingredients in sunscreen does. Hmmmm…I thought that was interesting.

It’s hard to have beliefs, no matter the subject, only to have people say something that starts to make you wonder. So, that is why I am asking you to read this article, and then sound off about the issue.

http://www.newbeauty.com/dailybeauty/entry.aspx?id=4034

Thoughts, comments, opinions? Can’t wait to hear what you have to say!

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. Did you watch the Grammy’s last night? What was your favorite moment? Thanks for the great questions this week. Read on about missing a step with your skin care, perfecting the nude lip, and how to moisturize insanely dry hair.

Dear Brooke, I recently purchased a serum to incorporate into my skin care routine, but I keep forgetting to use it! My question is, if I wash my face, and put on my moisturizer and then remember my serum, can I still apply it? Will it have any effect at all if I put it on over moisturizer? Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, Good for you on adding a serum to your routine. Adding a new step can be a challenge to remember. Serums are concentrated products that need clean, bare skin to get to the root of any skin issue you’re trying to fix. If you apply a moisturizer and then a serum, there’s too much of a barrier there for the serum to perform to the best of its ability. Typically, serums are pretty expensive and you want to get the most out of them. So, if you forget to apply it and have already applied your moisturizer, forget it for the night. Put a note on your mirror, put the serum somewhere that will get your attention. The only way to get the best results is to use it, and that won’t work if you keep forgetting it! Good luck, and I hope you start seeing the results you’re looking for!

Dear Brooke, I love the nude lip look I keep seeing on celebrities! My problem is, whenever I try to recreate the look for myself, my lips look pasty and pale. Any tips or suggestions on how to look just as fabulous as them? Kathy M.

Dear Kathy, a nude lip can be a tricky line between shimmery and pasty, but it’s very easy to recreate the nude lip you see on red carpet divas. The trick is in the gloss! In my opinion, searching for the perfect nude lipstick is a big pain. Here’s what I suggest: Find a lip liner that is the same shade as your lips. Line your lips, and fill in your lips with the liner. This will give them a natural tint. Top this with a lipgloss that has flecks of gold in it. It will give you a natural, nude lip with some sparkle. It’s such a versatile look that can be worn for an every day look, when you’re going casual, or paired with a smoky eye. Once you find the combo that works right for you, stock up! It won’t go out of style.

Dear Brooke, I have dry hair. Really, really dry hair. It’s thick and coarse, and it always looks and feels brittle. I’ve tried numerous deep conditioners, and leave in conditioners, but they just don’t seem to make my hair feel much softer. What can I do to get my hair in better shape? Lynn C.

Dear Lynn, Certain hair types can be tough to condition. I know the hair type you’re describing, and it is hard to find the right product and the right technique to get your hair into shape. Ojon Restorative Hair Treatment is a great product for hair like yours. It is great at getting really dry hair moisturized, and strengthening brittle hair. It’s expensive, so if you decide you want to try it, just know it costs about $55. Olive oil, and pure Shea Butter are also great products to treat your hair. Using one of the three I suggested, apply it at night, put your hair in a braid (if it’s long enough, if not, sleep on a towel or an old pillow case) and keep the treatment in overnight. When you shower in the morning, rinse the treatment out and your hair should be much softer. Try not to shampoo the next morning, but you may have to, in order to break the deep treatment down. Try to do this at least once a week, twice if your hair doesn’t respond much the first time. Let me know how that works for you!

Thanks again for the great questions, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

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Quick Tip Friday

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If the skin on your face is extremely dry, wash with a mild soap-free cream cleanser at night, followed by a rich moisturizer, and just rinse with warm water in the morning. Washing your face at night will get rid of dirt and makeup. Rinsing with warm water in the morning will help keep your skin moisturized from the cream you used the night before.

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Why Are My Nails Doing That?

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I think one of the most common beauty problems people have are with their nails. I get tons of suggestions to do articles on nail disorders, and I get a lot of Q&A Monday questions regarding nail health. So, between my experience, and some good research, I thought I would bring those problems to the table (or the blog) and give you the reasons certain conditions are happening…and a new condition I’ve discovered.

Yellow Nails: A healthy nail looks pink on the bed of the nail (that’s the part that is attached to your skin) and white on the free edge (the part that grows beyond the fingertip). Your nails can turn yellow from wearing nail polish frequently. Why? One reason could be if you wear dark colors a lot, the dark polish could be staining your nail bed. Also, wearing polish all the time, keeps your nail from “breathing” and that can cause a slight discoloration. The best way to get rid of this is to let your nails go au natural for a while, and while they’re taking a break from polish, put some fresh lemon juice on them to bleach out the yellow, and make sure you always apply a base coat in the future to keep nail polish from staining. If you’ve noticed that your nails are yellow for a long period of time, it could mean there’s a health issue, so see your doctor about that.

Splitting/Peeling Nails: When your nails aren’t protected from water,chemicals, and cold, dry air,  the layers of protein the nail is made up of start to detach from one another, causing the nails to split and peel. The best thing you can do to cure this, and then prevent it is make sure your nails are protected. Start by making sure you are moisturizing. When you apply lotion, don’t just apply it to your hands. Make sure you are paying attention to the nails and rubbing the moisture in to them. Keep your nails protected with a clear nail polish. Look for one that adds strength to your nails. Also, any time you think about it, and especially before bed, apply a cuticle cream so your nails get extra moisture overnight and have some time to heal.

Nail Ridges: If there is a dip or a bump on one or more of your nails, it usually means that your nails stopped growing for a short time, due to stress or a health issue. When the nail resumes growth, the ridge is created in the growing out process. (I just had this happen to me) Also, I’ve noticed that ridges and peeling usually occur after I’ve worn artificial nails for any length of time.

I say it all the time: the best thing to do for healthy nails is to keep them out of water, if possible, and moisturize the heck out of them!

And now, the new nail condition I’ve discovered…the Texting Nail: Ok, laugh all you want, but how many of you have noticed the outside top corners of your thumb nails are splitting, peeling and just plain growing funny? It’s all from texting, my friends. I never had a problem with my thumb nails growing. For some reason, they always seemed to be my strongest nail, but ever since I’ve started to communicate via text, my nails don’t look as nice anymore. It makes sense; when you apply pressure to a certain part of your nails on a regular basis, they’re going to start growing funny. I’m going to have to think about what steps we can all take to make sure we all stop suffering from “Texting Nail”, and I welcome any suggestions!

I hope this information helps! What nail conditions do you deal with the most? Share your thoughts!

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

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