Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! Did you go anywhere for Spring Break? Thanks for the great questions this week! Read on about getting straight hair to hold curl, investing in makeup brushes and my thoughts on a multitasking product.

Dear Brooke, I have very straight hair and sometimes I like to curl it using a flat-iron, but it seems to fall flat a few hours after I style it. What product can I use to get my curl to stay? Is gel, or mousse, better? Jera D.

Dear Jera, Gel is going to work better on your hair than mousse for this problem. Use a firm holding gel and apply it while your hair is damp after you shampoo it. Once your hair is dry and ready to style, mist the sections of your hair with hair spray before you curl it. That will definitely help the curl form and hold for a long time. Once your hair is styled, spray it again with hair spray to set it. One very important thing to remember: don’t touch your hair a lot, or play with the curls one you have your hair styled. The natural oils from your hands will break down the product and ruin your ‘do. I hope this helps!

Dear Brooke, I’ve been told I need to start using makeup brushes instead of the little applicators that have a sponge on the end. I went to go buy some brushes, but I almost fell over looking at the prices! Is it really worth it to spend so much money on a makeup brush? I have seen some really cheap ones, will those work as well as the expensive ones? Hannah D.

Dear Hannah, I hate to sound cliché, but you truly get what you pay for when it comes to makeup brushes. You certainly don’t have to jump in and purchase an entire set of brushes to get started, that could cost a small fortune. Start with just one brush and slowly incorporate more into your collection. If you use liquid foundation, buy a foundation brush. If eye shadow is your focus, purchase a few eye shadow brushes. The really expensive brushes are worth it; the really cheap ones you see at drug stores, are poor quality and won’t last long. Sephora has their own brand of brushes that are affordable. You can also look for a brush kit, that will include the basic brushes you need to start your collection. I got one from Mary Kay years ago, and I still use it. Also, if you follow the cleaning instructions, your brush investment will last you a very long time!

Dear Brooke, I always see the 3-in-1 shampoo, body wash, bubble bath by Philosophy, and other companies seem to be making them now, too. What are your thoughts on this product? It seems like a great idea, but I just wonder if they really work. Dawn G.

Dear Dawn, the multitasking product you are talking about can be a timesaver. Philosophy makes the most amazing scented 3-in-1’s, and like you said, I have been seeing versions of this kind of product from other companies. I think this sounds like a great product, but in my opinion, it’s not a good shampoo for your hair. It is great for travel, it’s perfect for the gym, but it’s not something I would recommend you use on your hair daily. If you use it on a regular basis as a shampoo, it’s very drying to your hair.  As a bubble bath, the bubbles don’t last too long. As a body wash, I think it’s perfect. I love that you can use it as a shampoo, bubble bath, or body wash, but I personally think it performs best as a body wash.

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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