Spring Break!

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Attention my beautiful beauties!! Taking a Spring Break…will be having fun this week doing all kinds of beauty research and enjoying the start of my favorite season. Q&A Monday, reviews, and Quick Tips will resume Monday, April 4th. (Don’t worry, the March Contest won’t be forgotten! Don’t forget to enter the contest here!)

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Quick Tip Friday

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Before you do a scalp treatment, or a deep conditioning treatment, gently brush your hair and scalp with a natural bristle brush. Brushing will help loosen any flakiness or build up on the scalp that can prevent the treatment, or conditioner from delivering results. Brushing stimulates natural oil production and keeps the pores of the scalp and the hair open, letting them breathe. 100 strokes not needed…Marcia Brady didn’t know everything.

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Ombre Hair…Do Or Don’t?

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Ombre hair, a trend in hair color that keeps showing up on movie stars and other celebs, looks like it’s here to stay. Have you noticed over the last few years, and even more lately, women in the magazines look like they have major roots? Well, they do, and they did it on purpose.

‘Ombre’ is a french word meaning shaded or shading. Ombre hair color is generally darker at the roots through the mid-shaft and then gradually gets lighter from the mid-shaft to the ends. Some believe it creates a more natural look than regular foils, or all over color. It’s certainly a money saver if you’re trying to save some cash and not get your hair done as often.

The funny thing is, even though most women are embracing this look because it’s a time and money saver, a lot of women are actually paying the same amount of money to keep the darker roots and lighter ends, by getting highlights done using a technique called Balayage. It is time-consuming, and sometimes more expensive because it can be hard to find a stylist who does it just right. It takes a lot of training to achieve this “natural” look, and you must have a steady hand and a good eye, because it’s not done with foils, the hair color is just painted onto the hair shaft.

As I look at pictures of hair like this, I ask myself if it’s a “Do” or a “Don’t”?

I think it can be a “Do” if the color of your highlights is very close to your natural shade. The contrast won’t be so severe if the tips of your hair are just a shade or two lighter than your roots. It can be a “Do” if you’re growing your color out, if you want the sun-kissed beach look for summer, and if you’re trying something new for a while. It can also be a “Do” as long as your hair is styled to complement your color.

I think it can be a “Don’t” if you have too many colors going on. If the tips of your hair are platinum blonde, and you have black roots, it’s definitely a “Don’t”. Personally, I think if you have to pay an obscene amount of money for roots that contrast, it’s a “Don’t”. If your hair looks messy, not intentionally up-do messy, just messy, it’s a “Don’t”. Messy hair, and color that looks overdue, just makes someone look unkempt and grubby.

I’m on the fence with a definite “Do” or “Don’t”. I’m leaning closer to “Don’t” simply because I haven’t seen enough people really work this look and make it look glamorous.

So, what are your thoughts? Do you have Ombre color? Is it a “Do” or a “Don’t”? Because I always look forward to your comments, feel free to sound off!

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!! Spring is officially here…yippee!! I love it when the seasons change. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Thank you for the great questions this week. Read on about exfoliating, getting volume in your hair, and doing braids for waves.

Dear Brooke, I have been breaking out a lot lately, and I finally have that under control. My problem is, now I have red blotches left behind and my skin feels flaky. I haven’t added anything special to my skin care routine, because I don’t know what to add. I use cleanser and moisturizer, and that’s it. What can I do to get my skin looking and feeling smooth? Thanks! LaToya W.

Dear LaToya, I am happy to hear that you have your breakouts under control…not a lot of people can say that! If all you’re using is a cleanser and a moisturizer, it’s time to add a mask and some exfoliation to your routine. By adding these steps, you’ll slough off that top layer of skin and help spots left behind by acne fade. You didn’t mention what skin care you are using, but I am sure whatever you use will have a scrub and a mask to work with the other products you use. Ease yourself into masking and exfoliating…I would use each product just once a week to start and get your skin used to new steps. Too much too soon could break you out again. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, when I style my hair, I tease the crown, spray tons of hairspray in that area, tease it some more and spray it some more. Within an hour it’s flat! How can I get volume and get it to stay? Alex J.

Dear Alex, All the spraying and teasing you’re doing is a lot of energy to exert…especially when it falls flat. If you’re needing some extra volume, you need to start with the right products. I’m a big fan of Big Sexy Hair. I love their Spray and Play hairspray, and their Root Pump Volumizing Mousse. Before you blow dry your hair, spray the Root Pump in the crown area of your hair and work it in with your fingers. When you style, turn your head upside down and blow dry the roots in the opposite direction they normally lay. Another trick I like to do for volume is, put some velcro rollers in the top section of your hair and aim the blow dryer on the rollers. You can still tease the area if you need to, but if you use the right products, you shouldn’t need to tease and spray as much as you have been. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, My daughter loves to have her hair braided at night after her bath so she can have curly hair in the morning. I’ve thought of doing this to give my hair a different style without a major commitment to a perm. Can an adult pull this off? Ashley B.

Dear Ashley, Sure! Braiding your hair at night is an old trick I am sure we have all tried at one time or another. It’s a great way to get a new look fast, and like you said, there’s no commitment. The key to braiding your hair as a grown up is to braid much bigger sections than you put in your daughter’s hair. The smaller the braid, the kinkier the hair will look when it dries. I would try it the first time on a day off to make sure you don’t have a hair emergency in the morning. If it’s a little too curly/kinky the next morning, don’t do an overnight braid. Try blow drying your hair until it’s about 80% dry, and then put in some thick braids. Blow dry the braids, and when your hair is dry, remove them and you’ll have some waves. If you have straight ends, take a curling iron to them and just bend the straight end, so you’ll have uniform waves.

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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The best way to maintain your brows at home, is by tweezing. However, you have to make sure you’re maintaining your tweezers! If they come with a little plastic cap, don’t throw that away…use it to store your tweezers and keep them sharp. Also, be careful not to drop them, or bang them around. It can dull them, or throw off their alignment, messing up the grip it has on the hairs.

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March Contest Reminder!

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Just a quick reminder to get your entry in for the March contest. For the month of March, I am focusing on hair and giving away some fabulous hair products. You don’t want to miss out on this!

The winner will be getting a shampoo and conditioner duo by Graham Webb. Stick Straight shampoo and conditioner are amazing at keeping frizz away and smoothing down the hair. So, curly girls will have enhanced curls, and those who straighten their hair will have an easier time styling when you use this. Both the shampoo and conditioner come in a 3.4 oz. size, great for travel!

The next fabulous prize is a bottle of So Pumped Volumizing Mist by Big Sexy Hair. I love BSH!! They make the most amazing styling products. So Pumped is used on dry hair, so you can use it when you’re finished styling your hair and you want a little extra volume, or you can use it in the middle of the day when your hair needs a little pick me up.

All three products are salon professional products, and whoever wins this contest is going to be thrilled! So, you know the drill…enter right away! New to my contests? Not to worry, just leave a comment on this post that you want to be entered, or leave a comment on my Facebook wall. The winner will be randomly chosen at the end of the month.

Pass it on, good luck, and thanks for playing!

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 and you’re enjoying the fact that Spring is in the air! Thanks for the great questions this week…read on about making clean hair look dirty, what’s the best thing to use for eye makeup removal, and what to do if you’re stuck in a rut…and like it!

Dear Brooke, I have to wash my hair every day…HAVE TO! I have tried so many times to skip a day, and I just can’t do it. But, I do like the way hair looks when it’s unwashed. Any tips on how to achieve the look of dirty hair, but still wash it every day? Thanks! Rebecca T.

Dear Rebecca, First of all let me tell you, I know how you feel. It took me a very long time to embrace skipping a shampoo here and there, and sometimes, I’m still not used to it. You should try to skip a day, but if you absolutely can’t, you can still get the look of 2nd day hair. Jonathan Silky Dirt is a great product that will give even squeaky clean hair that look. The second you apply it, you will notice a difference in texture and the way your hair behaves overall. Another trick to try is applying dry shampoo to your roots when your hair is dry. It gives you lots of volume and texture and will help you get that messy look, even when your hair is clean. I love Batiste Dry Shampoo for the days I want to skip (yes, it actually allows you to skip a shampoo), and when I want a little more texture to my hair. Good luck, and let me know what you think!

Dear Brooke, I am 12 and just starting to wear makeup. When I go to remove my eye makeup at night, I use a remover on a cotton ball, and sometimes just on tissue. The cotton ball seems to fall out of my hand a lot, and tissue falls apart and I don’t feel like I’m doing it right. Do you have something else in mind I should use? Demetra D.

Dear Demetra, Welcome to the world of makeup! Well, let me start by saying, good for you that you’re actually taking the time to remove your eye makeup at the end of the day. It can be a step most girls your age just skip. Tissue is definitely not your best choice, because it’s too thin and as you found out, just falls apart. Using a cotton ball is good, but you don’t have a lot of control over it because it’s so small, and like you said, it falls out of your hand a lot. I swear by cotton rounds for eye makeup removal. They are like a flattened out cotton ball in a circle shape. You can find them right next to cotton balls at drug stores, so they’re easy to find. They’re thin, so you won’t waste eye makeup remover, and they’re big enough to hold on to, so they don’t fall out of your hand. Give them a try, I think you’ll like them. Thanks for the question!

Dear Brooke, Someone just recently told me that if I can’t remember the last time I changed my hairstyle, it’s outdated and I need to make some changes. I haven’t changed my hairstyle in years, but I don’t want to! Are there really “rules” I have to live by? Do I have to feel bad about myself because I found a style I like? I would really appreciate your thoughts on this subject. Annie M.

Dear Annie, This is a great question! In this industry, it is important to keep up with styles and trends and not get stuck in a beauty rut. But, if you’re not in this industry and you’ve truly found a style that works for you, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. It’s your hair, and if the style is one you’re comfortable with, and it’s not boring you, then don’t make changes for other people…make them for you. If you’re feeling like maybe it’s time for a little change, but don’t want to go drastic, you can try a few options. First, consult with your stylist and get their opinion on what subtle change they think would look good on you. Maybe you’ll want to try bangs, or go for a different color to change things up a bit? There are small ways to modify the cut you have now that won’t freak you out, but will have others noticing you did something different. Have fun, and don’t be afraid to try a few new things. The best thing to remember is, it’s only hair, and it will grow out.

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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Looking for something to make you look younger, more attractive, and feel better? Try smiling! Laughing and smiling have amazing health benefits for you, and a happy person is beautiful. It won’t cost you a thing, so the next time you’re not feeling so hot, find a reason to smile. It will pick you up, and it could make someone else’s day, as well!

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Product Review…Burt’s Bees Radiance Body Lotion

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If you’re a fan of anything by Burt’s Bees, (and I am) and you’ve been paying attention to their new products lately, (and I have) you may have noticed a few different body lotions making an appearance. Burt’s Bees has always offered a milk and honey body lotion, but now we have some choices. From fragrance free, to 24 hour moisture, to slightly shimmering, it looks like there is a lotion for everyone. I just recently tried the Radiance Body Lotion, and of course, I thought it was my duty to report on it and let you know what I think of it.

Like the rest of Burt’s products, it’s made with natural ingredients and packaged in recycled packaging. The prominent ingredient in this lotion is Royal Jelly, which is a substance that has many vitamins and nutrients, which means it’s amazing for your skin. Radiance Body Lotion is also formulated with natural mica to give your body a subtle glow, making your skin look radiant.

So, how does it perform? Well, of course I notice the smell first. I love the smell of honey in products, and this one does not disappoint. It smells sweet, like honey, but not overbearing. The consistency of this is a little thinner than what you might expect from a body lotion, but it smooths over the skin nicely. It doesn’t absorb very fast, so you have some time to work it in. The mica in it that gives you the shimmer effect is very subtle, so you don’t look sparkly, and you don’t feel the pieces of the mica when you’re applying the lotion.

I’m thinking this lotion is going to be hit or miss with people. It’s a hit because of how it smells and the fact that the shimmer doesn’t look like shimmer, it really does just make your skin look like it’s glowing. It’s a miss because of the fact that it doesn’t absorb very fast, and it can start to feel sticky on your skin. Also, if you get way too much on your skin, the layers of lotion just kind of sit on top of each other and the product can build up on your skin and start turning into balls of lotion. The only reason I know that is because I had way too much on…trial and error, my friends.

I’m not giving this an amazing review, but I’m not giving it an awful one, either. I think it’s a great lotion for specific parts of your body, not all over. It is perfect for your legs, especially now during the winter months, because most of us have lost any tan we might have had, and the shimmer in this will give them a slight glow. I suggest using this lotion on parts of your body you might want to call attention to…legs, shoulders, collar bone, arms, etc. It’s more of a specialty lotion than an everyday lotion.

Have any of you tried this one yet? If so, what do you think? I look forward to your thoughts!

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

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March Contest!

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It’s March, and what does that mean? New month, new contest! Congratulations to the February contest winner, I hope you enjoy your prize!

For the month of March, I am giving away some fabulous hair care, and who doesn’t want fabulous hair care products? The winner will be getting a shampoo and conditioner duo by Graham Webb. Stick Straight shampoo and conditioner are amazing at keeping frizz away and smoothing down the hair. So, curly girls will have enhanced curls, and those who straighten their hair will have an easier time styling when you use this. Both the shampoo and conditioner come in a 3.4 oz. size, great for travel!

The next fabulous prize is a bottle of So Pumped Volumizing Mist by Big Sexy Hair. I love BSH!! They make the most amazing styling products. So Pumped is used on dry hair, so you can use it when you’re finished styling your hair and you want a little extra volume, or you can use it in the middle of the day when your hair needs a little pick me up.

All three products are salon professional products, and whoever wins this contest is going to be thrilled! So, you know the drill…enter right away! New to my contests? Not to worry, just leave a comment on this post that you want to be entered, or leave a comment on my Facebook wall. The winner will be randomly chosen at the end of the month.

Pass it on, good luck, and thanks for playing!

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

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