Quick Tip Friday

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Do you have a face scrub that was too harsh for your skin, but you never returned it and it’s just laying in a drawer? Use it on your feet! Seriously. The skin on your feet is thicker than the skin on your face, so it probably won’t burn when you use it in a pedicure. It may sound crazy, but it gets the product used so you won’t feel like you wasted it, and it will make your feet soft and pretty. Just in time for sandal season!

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April Contest!

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It’s that time again, New month, new contest! Thank you to everyone who entered last month’s contest, and congratulations to the winner. This month I am going to do something different. Since people love to win things, I am going to have 3 drawings this month, and give away 3 prizes…AND…you don’t even have to enter! Starting next week, I will draw a name at random, and announce the winner on Wednesdays in April.

So, how does one get their name in the pot? Easy…if you “like” my Facebook page, you can consider yourself entered. If you don’t, you can “like” that here.

What kind of prizes are up for grabs? Well, that’s a surprise! So, stay tuned, good luck, and I can’t wait to draw the first winner next week!

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When Good Products Go Bad

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I know I’ve touched on this subject in Q&A Monday, and I get asked about this topic a lot, so I thought I would refresh everyone’s memory and put out a reminder that good beauty products can go bad, and eventually we must throw them out. We’ve all been guilty of holding on to items for a lot longer than we should. I’ll admit I have done it in the past, and I tend to be a repeat offender here! Some of us get attached to a certain product, and some of us just don’t want to think about spending the money to replace the products. But, it is very important that you keep your products fresh and toss them when you’re supposed to. A product that has gone bad won’t work the way it’s supposed to, and could cause breakouts.

The product with the best shelf life is mineral foundation. If you use mineral makeup on a regular basis, you should be needing to replace it every 6 months. If you aren’t going through your mineral makeup in that time frame, replace it after a year. Any type of liquid foundation should be replaced after 6 months. If your foundation gets gooey, or feels like there is sand in it, it’s time for it to go. Concealor should also be replaced after 6 months. If it gets thick and sticky before that, throw it out. It won’t conceal correctly, and tends to look ashy and gray on the skin when it’s gone bad.

Compact powder can last up to 9 months; so can blush. I’ll be honest with you, I usually push my compact to last me for a year. It’s kept in my makeup bag and I barely use it. If your blush, or compact gets that hard shiny layer forming, you can scrape that away and get to the product under it, but usually when it gets to that point, I feel like it’s pretty old, so I say toss it.

Lipstick, and lipgloss, can be good up to a year. I’ve been guilty here and kept lipstick and gloss a lot longer than that. If you store them in a cool, dry place, they should be fine. If they feel sticky, or smell funny, obviously they are no good, so get rid of them! The bright side is buying more lipgloss…that always makes my day!

Eye products are going to be the first things that will need to be refreshed. Eye products are breeding grounds for bacteria and that can cause all kinds of issues, so replace your mascara every 3 months, and your shadows and liners every 6 months.

If any products start to smell, the texture changes, or they break you out, you need to replace them. Makeup sponges should be washed after you use them, and once the sponge starts to crumble, it needs to go. It’s no longer an effective tool when it leaves little sponge balls behind on your face. They’re not expensive, so stock up!

I think these are some good guidelines to follow…and after reading through what I’m preaching, I need to do a spring cleaning with my makeup!

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! 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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