Product Review…Moroccan Oil

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Typically, I stay away from oils and serums to use on my hair on a daily basis. I might use one every once in a while, but certainly not every day. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my thoughts on Moroccan Oil products; the Oil Treatment in particular. Most oils and serums do what they say they will do: They add shine and help keep frizz away. They also weigh down your hair and make it feel coated, and by the end of the day, it looks dirty as well. Needless to say, I was not thrilled to start my testing phase of Moroccan Oil. I didn’t see how using an oil on my hair every day was going to do me any good.

Moroccan Oil Treatment comes in two formulas. Regular formula is for thick, frizzy, dark hair. Light formula is for fine and light-colored hair. I guess if you have really blonde hair, the regular formula may make your hair appear darker with prolonged use. Good to know. I have dark, relatively thick hair, but I decided on the light formula, simply because of my experience with hair oils and serums in the past. I didn’t want that coated feeling, so I figured I better start light with this experiment.

This product claims to soften hair, restore shine, liven up dull hair, strengthen brittle hair, nourish the scalp, and help your hair dry faster. Wow…does it do dishes, too? The directions are simple; apply to damp hair, comb through, and style as usual. So, how does it measure up? Well, it feels like any other oil, but the second you put it on your hair, it absorbs right in, and amazingly, it does make your hair dry faster. Don’t know how, but I’ll research that eventually. It made my hair feel softer, but not too soft. It definitely added shine; I got lots of compliments on that once I started using this. It seems like the oil adds a layer of protection against dirt and oil, because second day hair doesn’t feel greasy at all, it still feels soft and looks shiny. Overall opinion: Love It! It’s pretty amazing, and worth the price.

I haven’t tried anything else in the Moroccan Oil family, but I want to…especially now that I know what the hype is all about. Have you tried Moroccan Oil, or any treatment containing Argan Oil? What are your thoughts?

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Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend, and a very Happy Easter. Thank you for your questions this week. Read on about hair spray staining your hair, oily skin woes, and stubborn eye makeup!

Dear Brooke, my teenage daughter has been getting a costume together for a masquerade party. At a recent trip to a party store, she insisted on bright blue hair spray to turn her hair blue to match her costume. She has very fine, very blonde hair. I am concerned that this will stain her hair. She rolls her eyes and tells me I’m over reacting, but I think I’m onto something. What do you know about this? Lynn T.

Dear Lynn, I hate to tell your daughter this, but in this situation, mom may be right. Depending on the health of your daughter’s hair, that temporary color could last a lot longer than just a night at a party. If her hair is extremely dry, or has any kind of damage on it from heat styling, or chemical hair treatments, she could be rocking a shade of blue for a few days, maybe longer. I would suggest finding some hair extensions with the color she wants, or even finding a wig for an entirely different look. If your daughter refuses to budge (that’s between you and her), then let her use the colored hair spray, but make sure she does a deep conditioning treatment the night before for a little extra protection. The deep conditioning treatment will provide a small barrier so the hair spray won’t hold on forever. Good luck, I hope it all turns out ok.

Dear Brooke, I have oily skin, and I can’t stand it! I know you’re always saying how oily skin needs to be embraced, but this is ridiculous! I just want to soak it all up with rubbing alcohol. My question for you is, if I am truly that oily, do I really need any moisturizer? Leigh M.

Dear Leigh, I really do understand your dilemma. One day, you’ll be happy your oily skin kept the wrinkles away, but I know in the present, it can be tough to deal. Here’s what I have been taught in my years of learning about skin: If your skin is tight after you cleanse in the morning, you need some kind of moisture. If, after you cleanse, and dry your face, your skin feels normal…no tightness at all, you can probably go without it. Your skin’s natural oils will act as that moisturizer. You still need an SPF, and with oily skin, I know how hard it can be to find one you really like. Find it in a tinted moisturizer to use as your foundation; some makeup primers have SPF. Whatever you do, please don’t try to dry your skin out with rubbing alcohol. It won’t work, and will make your skin produce even more oil throughout the day. Hang in there…when you’re 50, you’ll look 40!

Dear Brooke, What is the best way for me to remove my eye makeup at the end of the day? I use a cleanser that says it’s a makeup remover, so I thought I would multitask and use that. It seems like it takes it off, but when I wake up in the morning, I look like a racoon, and it’s in my eyes and it’s annoying. Do you ever have that problem? What do you use? Susan B.

Dear Susan, Sometimes those multitasking products don’t live up to what they claim. I know of a lot of cleansers that say they remove eye makeup, but I’ve never had success with using them for that purpose. To answer your first question, yes, I have had that problem, and you’re right, it is annoying. To answer your second question, I use a dual-phase eye makeup remover. Which is a remover that looks like oil and water until you shake it up and mix it together. I find these kind of removers work the best at getting rid of all your eyeshadow, eye liner, and mascara. I know you wanted to save a step, but this is a small step to add. Use the eye makeup remover, and then use your cleanser to get any makeup left behind. No more racoon look in the morning!

Once again, thanks for the 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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Let oil blotting sheets become a multitasking beauty tool! Keep them in your purse and use them on your hair when it starts to look/feel lifeless in the middle of the day, or after a workout.  Simply blot the roots of your hair with a sheet to absorb oil from your scalp. It’s a good alternative to dry shampoo, and takes up less space in your bag.

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Product Review…Bliss Blood Orange & White Pepper Body Butter

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 I’ve been a fan of products by Bliss for a long time. At first, I was very hesitant to buy anything from this company because it can be expensive. So, once I got over the price, and started to indulge a little, I wasn’t disappointed. Their motto is “From our spa, to your skin”, and I love that! It’s definitely a goal of mine to visit a Bliss spa at least once in my lifetime.

I got a sample of Bliss body butter in the scent Blood Orange & White Pepper. My first thought was, “ok, gross. Who wants to smell like pepper?” Because it was a sample, that meant I didn’t have to pay for it, which meant if I hated it, no big deal. It is the most unusual blend of scents, but it smells so amazing. First you smell the orange scent, and then you smell the pepper. It’s not too spicy at all. When the body butter absorbs, lingering on your skin is a nice blend of fruity and spicy.

Bliss body butter comes in different scents: Lemon & Sage, Vanilla & Bergamot, Blood Orange & White Pepper, and Naked. Meaning it’s unscented. All of the body butters are made of the same formula, so no matter what scent you choose, you’ll get the same results as far as hydration. It’s a thick body butter, but not so thick it won’t absorb. I use mine all the time as a hand cream. You could use it all over as your body cream, but due to the price, I think it’s more important to ration this and use it sparingly. You’ll feel like you’re getting your money’s worth, and if you love the smell of it the way I do, you’ll want it to last forever.

I know I’ve mentioned the price more than once, but FYI…keep your eyes open when shopping at discount stores. I’m not at liberty to say where I picked up my Blood Orange & White Pepper body butter, but I can say I found it at an amazing price!

Are you a Bliss fan? Have you tried the Blood Orange & White Pepper body butter? Do you love it as much as I do? I look forward to your response!

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

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Too Good To Be True?

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I’ve always been a firm believer of the phrase, “If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.” Because of that, I don’t like to buy things that advertise phenomenal results, or claim to give you the talent of a makeup artist with just a flick of the wrist! That doesn’t mean I don’t get excited about new products, and new innovations, but there are a lot of products on the market right now that have me wondering, is it too good to be true?

True Match Roller Foundation by L’Oreal. This product had me skeptical when it hit the market just over a year ago. Really? A tiny little paint roller is supposed to glide over my skin and give me a flawless complexion? I’ve used L’Oreal foundation in the past and I didn’t really care for it, so I never tried this one. Also, at a retail price of about $15.00, I don’t want to pay that for something that seems “gadgety” and trendy. I did feel the texture of the roller, and it was a very cheap sponge that seems like it would fall apart after a few uses. I’ve been asked by a reader to review this product. I would certainly give it a try, but only if L’Oreal sent it to me as gratis. Just by what I’ve seen, and felt, I think the price on this is way too high to give it a try. (Yes, I meant to throw in that rhyme!)

The One Sweep Eye Shadow by L’Oreal. Ok, I swear I am not picking on L’Oreal, it just seems like they have the most unique ideas in the way a product is delivered. This One Sweep Shadow claims that all you have to do is take the oversized sponge applicator, sweep it across the shadows and sweep it across your lid, and voila! You have a perfect smoky eye without a mess, or the hassle of blending. Again, sounds too good to be true. I’ve used L’Oreal eye shadow in the past, and I’ve always loved it, but this seems a little silly to me. I almost broke down and bought it to review it, but when I went to look at it, it was $9.00 and the smallest eye shadow I’ve seen in a long time. I honestly don’t see it working as flawlessly as they claim it will.

These are just a few products that make me stop and wonder if they could really be that amazing. I’m sure I’ll be writing about more in the future. These things keep me up at night…

So, now I ask you…have you tried either one of these products? If so, what are your thoughts? Do they really work the way they advertise? What products do you see on the market that make you wonder if it’s too good to be true? I look forward to your response.

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Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and you are enjoying the nice spring weather. Is it just me, or has it been really, really windy?? Thanks for the great questions this week! Read on about using essential oil as perfume, my favorite lipsticks, and multitasking tweezers.

Dear Brooke, I am wanting to start using Sandalwood essential oil as a fragrance. Without causing any damage, or feeling greasy, what’s the best way to apply an essential oil? Thanks! Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, Let me start by saying, good choice on the scent! I am a big fan of Sandalwood. The first thing you want to be aware of is, never apply an essential oil to your skin without somehow diluting it first. You can put it in a carrier oil, but that’s going to be best used for a bath, or a massage. To use essential oil on a daily basis as your signature fragrance, add it to your body lotion. A few drops will go a very long way, so you won’t go through it too fast. Use a fragrance-free body lotion, and pump some into your hand, then add a few drops and mix together and you’re good to go! Another fun thing to try would be to add some to solid shea butter and you’ve got yourself a customized solid perfume. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, I’m curious to know, what are your favorite lipstick brands? Both from the drugstore and from department stores? Roberta N.

Dear Roberta, That’s kind of a tough question to answer! I would be lying if I said I never met a lipstick I didn’t like, but it’s the truth when I say, I’ve never met a lipstick I didn’t try! Off the top of my head, I am going to make the drugstore winner L’Oreal lipstick. I use it almost daily. It comes in a great range of colors, makes your lips feel nice and smooth, and it has some great staying power. Choosing a department store favorite is tough because how do I choose between all of them? The first one that comes to mind is MAC. It has a great texture, the color range is amazing, and it stays put, too. Also, MAC, is such a great brand, and their products are really affordable even though you can only find them in department stores, and their own store. That doesn’t mean I’m not crazy about other high-end, luxury brands, but this one certainly stands out with me and is a true favorite!

Dear Brooke, I was wondering if it’s safe/sanitary to use the same tweezers on my brows as I do to remove splinters and all the other things tweezers help with? I don’t really want to invest in another set, but wanted your thoughts on this. Thanks! Kelly T.

Dear Kelly, Using your tweezers as a multitasking tool isn’t a problem, just make sure you’re treating them with proper care. If you’re using them to remove a splinter, boil them for a few minutes after you use them for that. When you’re using them for tweezing, clean them with rubbing alcohol between uses. If your tweezers came with a little plastic cap, don’t throw that away, put it on the tweezers between uses. If they fall off a counter, they will keep their sharp tip if they’re protected with that cap.

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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