Q&A Monday/June Contest Prize

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I’m going to do something a little different on this Q&A Monday. Since it’s Memorial Day, I wanted to keep it short so everyone can spend time being thankful to our troops for all they do for our country. So, I am going to feature one question, and then let you know what the prize is going to be for the June contest. So, read on and get ready to enter the June contest to win a great prize!

Dear Brooke, my daughter came home on the last day of school, with Sharpie all over her face. Soap and water aren’t doing the trick. Do you have any idea how long will this stay on her, and do you have any tips to get it off? Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, You have to love the courage these kids have to doodle on their faces. Or maybe it’s not courage…hmmm? Ok, she won’t look like a cartoon strip forever, I promise. The Sharpie will fade over a few days because the natural oils in her skin will break it down and it will disappear. Soap and water aren’t going to help. Rubbing alcohol, or even nail polish remover will get the stains off, but if it’s near her eyes at all, do not use either one. You can also put some oil on a cotton ball and rub that into her skin and then have her wash. That might not get rid of it completely, but it will make a big difference. Hopefully she’ll keep the Sharpie away from her face! Hope that helps!

Ok, now on to the prize for the June Contest! A while ago, I wrote a review for a tinted moisturizer called Intellishade. It matches every skin tone, and it’s got an SPF of 45. It’s amazing! And now, thanks to the generous donation from Zing USA, I have one to offer to one lucky winner in the month of June. So, stay tuned, that contest will be coming up this week!

Have a safe Memorial Day, and remember to always say Thank You to the brave ones who keep our country safe!

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Quick Tip Friday

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Use a highlighting pencil right under your eyebrows to make your arches look higher. This will also create the appearance of bigger, brighter eyes. This is great to do when you feel like you didn’t get enough sleep; it makes you look wide awake and refreshed. My favorite highlighting pencil to use under my brows? High Brow, by Benefit.

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New Beauty Trend…Ombre Nails

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I still haven’t decided if I am all for the whole hair-color-fading-from-dark-to-light thing. Now I’m reading about keeping with the Ombre trend, but on your nails. So what is it, and how is it done? Well, the concept is to give the appearance of your nail polish going from light to dark, so each individual finger is polished a different color. It’s suggested that you stay within one color range. If you choose purple as your main color, you would have a very light lavender shade on your pinky. Your ring finger would be a slighty deeper shade of purple, and so on until you have the darkest shade in the purple family on your thumb.

Ok, I get it, but I don’t like it. The whole point of the Ombre technique is to fade. Having each nail polished a totally different color just looks to me like you can’t make up your mind. It looks like you had a 5-year-old polish your nails. And I can say that, because when my daughters were that age and they wanted to give me a manicure, that’s pretty much how my nails ended up! There’s nothing fluid to having each nail a different color, even if they’re all a variation of one color.

So, if you’re loving the Ombre craze and want to get behind this trend, here’s what I would suggest: Find a nail technician who is great with an airbrush and can create an Ombre look on each individual nail. I am sure some of my nail art savvy readers can figure out a way to do it yourself on each individual nail, so if you have any tips you want to share, throw them my way and I’ll share with everyone!

Ok, what are your thoughts? Ombre nails: Do or Don’t? I look forward to your response!

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 a great start to your week. Thanks for the questions this week! Read on about dull tweezers, breaking out when it’s rainy outside, and getting yourself out of a beauty rut.

Dear Brooke, I was just told I may need to get my tweezers sharpened, and this confuses me. Why does such a small tool need sharpening? How can they get blunt when all I use them for is to tweeze stray hairs? Thanks! Colleen O.

Dear Colleen, All beauty tools need maintainance at one point in their life span. Tweezers can become blunt for many different reasons. If they’re not stored properly, they could become blunt; most tweezers come with a little plastic cap to cover the tips, and that’s important to store them with that cap so they stay sharp. If you’ve dropped them on the floor, thrown them in a drawer, or used them “just once” for anything other than tweezing hairs, that could cause them to become blunt as well. Also, normal wear and tear will dull that tip. Getting them sharpened won’t cost you much, and it will lengthen their life span. Some brands come with a free sharpening warranty…all you have to do it send them out and they’ll sharpen them for free and send them back. It’s usually advertised on the packaging, but it can take a few weeks to get them back.

Dear Brooke, I usually have my breakout under control, but I notice when it’s really humid and rainy, I tend to break out. What’s the deal? Why does this happen? I thought humidity was supposed to be good for your skin? I appreciate any thoughts you may have on this! Anne K.

Dear Anne, I suffer with this problem too! In my research, I have found that this happens because excessive humidity can make you sweat more, and of course, sweat can cause you to break out. Make sure you’re keeping up with your cleansing and exfoliating, and when the wet weather hits, use a clarifying mask every few days until it’s nice and dry out again. Also, keep blotting papers on hand to absorb excess oil that shows up with the humid weather. I really do feel your pain. Where I live, we’ve had really wet and humid weather for a few weeks now, and the Zit Fairy has danced on my chin! Whatever you do, don’t try to “outsmart” your skin and dry it out without moisturizing, or using rubbing alcohol as a toner. That will produce even more oil. Good luck, I hope those tips work next time it’s humid where you live!

Dear Brooke, I feel like I’m in a total beauty rut! I love my hairstyle, and don’t want to change it, but I’m just feeling “blah” about my look over-all. What do you suggest to people who feel this way? Feeling so plain…Jane R.

Dear Jane, I am sure you are anything but plain! You can spice up your look without making a drastic change. You said you love your hairstyle and don’t want to change that, and that’s ok. But, what about your hair color? Adding some fresh highlights that makes your hair look sun-kissed, can really freshen up your look. If you aren’t into coloring your hair any different, then make some small changes with your makeup colors. It’s very easy to get stuck in your comfort zone, but you can still stay in that zone and make some changes. If you favor a certain eye shadow color, get one that’s the same color, but darker for a more dramatic look. Same with your lip stick or gloss, you can keep it in the same color family, but just changing it up a little can change your look a lot. Consult with your stylist for subtle suggestions for your hair, and then make an appointment with a makeup artist at your favorite makeup counter and get some suggestions in that area as well. Don’t be afraid to have a little fun, and just know that if you don’t like the changes, you can always change them back.

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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If you’ve developed any kind of irritation, or rash, from a skin care product, saturate a cotton ball with milk and apply to the irritated area. Leave on for about 5 minutes, and rinse with warm water. The protein in the milk acts as an anti-inflammatory and will soothe the rash; the acids in the milk will gently exfoliate any dead skin cells, and the fat in the milk will moisturize and soothe the irritation. So many beauty fixes in your kitchen!

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Contest News

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I am sure many of you are wondering where the heck my May Contest is…when is it going to start, and what’s it going to be?? Well, I have some good news and I have some bad news. The bad news is, there will be no contest for the month of May. 😦 Why? Well, I will be honest with you and admit that this month completely got away from me. Unfortunately, I do not write full-time (yet), and this month is crazy with the end of the school year for my girls, and events at work that have sucked all my energy. I have not had time to figure out a contest.

The good news is, I have some awesome contests coming for the summer months! I guess I can plan ahead for June, July, and August, but not May!

My apologies for not getting it together this month, but someone will win something fabulous next month. In the meantime, I will still be doing Q&A, reviews, quick tips, and anything that crosses my mind that has to do with beauty. Thanks for understanding…good luck in the coming months!

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Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend. Thanks for the questions this week, read on about finding a good, light-weight sunscreen, a recipe for salt spray for your hair, and lightening up on your fragrance.

Dear Brooke, I know how important it is to protect your skin, but I hate sunscreen…absolutely hate it! It’s either sticky, or greasy, and it always makes my skin break out. Is there any product that exists that will give me sun protection without feeling like I have a gross layer of goo on my skin? Cami M.

Dear Cami, I feel your pain, I truly do! It took me years to find a daily SPF that didn’t feel just downright gross on my skin. You definitely need protection on a daily basis, but you can keep your daily moisturizer/SPF light…at least SPF 15. When you’re in the sun for any length of time, you do need to kick up the protection factor. I am in love with Bliss Best Of Skintentions daily moisturizer. It has an SPF 15, and it is not greasy, sticky, or in any way icky. I have oily skin, and I wanted to jump for joy when I found this product. When you’re playing in the sun, I like Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection in SPF 60. It’s definitely a thicker consistency than the Bliss daily moisturizer, but it’s great for long periods of time in the sun, and it doesn’t feel too heavy on your skin. You can also find many foundations that offer an SPF, so the sky is the limit, you just need to open your mind and know you’ll have a short adjustment period to a new texture. Once you get used to it, you won’t be so bothered by it.

Dear Brooke, I love that you are a fan of whipping up skin and hair care recipes from what you have in your kitchen. Any secret recipes on creating something to give my hair that “second day” texture to create some fun beach waves? Lana E.

Dear Lana, As a matter of fact, I do have a fun little recipe to give your hair the look and texture of spending a day at the beach. You’ll want a small spray bottle, so make sure you have that before you mix this up. In a small sauce pan, mix 2 cups of water with 1/4 a cup of conditioner, and about 3 tablespoons of salt. Warm this mixture up to blend all the ingredients together, but make sure it doesn’t boil! Your main purpose here is to dissolve the salt so it doesn’t clog your spray bottle. Once it’s dissolved, pour it in the spray bottle, and use it to style your hair. I find it’s best used on almost dry, to all the way dry hair. Just a note: You may have to play around with the measurements on the ingredients until you find what’s best for your hair. Also, feel free to add a small amount of sunscreen to this mixture if you’re going to be playing in the sun. This will protect your hair, and your scalp.

Dear Brooke, I have a signature fragrance that I would bathe in if I could! The only problem is, it’s kind of a heavy scent, and sometimes I can tell people think it’s overbearing. I love the way it smells on my skin, and I don’t want to have to sacrifice that indulgence. I know you’re supposed to lighten up your fragrance this time of year when it gets warmer, but I just don’t want to give it up! Any suggestion on diluting my signature scent for the summer? Christine L.

Dear Christine, You won’t have to give up your favorite fragrance entirely for the summer. Try this: Most fragrances also offer a shower gel and a body lotion as part of their product line. When it’s hotter weather, just use the shower gel and lotion, and skip the spritz. You will still be wearing your favorite perfume, you’ll just be using a less concentrated amount. If your favorite scent doesn’t come in a gel or a lotion, stick to just spritzing it behind your knees, or a little on your stomach. You will still be wearing it, but it won’t be as obvious. Always remember this: If you can smell your perfume on yourself, it’s too strong.

As always, thanks again for the great questions and 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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To add shine to your hair, rinse with cold water after you condition. This will seal the cuticle, the top layer of your hair, and set in moisture and shine. It will also help your hair color last longer!

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Product Review…Zoya Nail Lacquer

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I just tried Zoya Nail Lacquer for the first time. I have to admit, I feel kind of stupid…they’ve been around since 1986, and I just now discovered them. It’s not entirely my fault…I blame my beauty supply, since they don’t carry Zoya. So, it’s not like I’ve been under a rock, but I will admit I’ve been distracted with products like OPI, CND and Essie.

Zoya has an amazing range of colors to choose from; over 300. From nail strengthers, to your classic pinks and whites for French manicures, to the gorgeous blues and greens you’re seeing everywhere for spring, you certainly have choices. The only hard part would be choosing which color, they’re all so pretty.

I tried Zoya Nail Lacquer in the color Caitlin, from their new Intimate collection. It’s a pretty purple/grey/shiny shade. No sparkles in this color, but plenty of shine. It almost looked vinyl on my nails. The first thing I noticed about this polish was how much coverage I got in the first coat. Most polishes, sorry…lacquers, don’t show up on your nail the way they look in the bottle. I didn’t need a second coat with this one, that’s how evenly it applied. I did give my nails a second coat, simply for the reason that I never feel like my nails are finished if I only apply one coat. Old habits are hard to break, right?

Zoya is known as the longest lasting nail lacquer on the market, it’s also vegan friendly. Honestly, I didn’t feel that it lasted any longer than any other professional nail product, but it did hold up. Beautiful colors to choose from, smooth application, now one of my favorite brands! Too bad it took me this long to find it!

Are you a fan of Zoya? What’s your favorite color? I look forward to your response!

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 week, and a wonderful Mother’s Day. I’ve been getting a lot of questions about nail polish, and since it’s officially sandal season, I decided to keep with that theme for this week’s Q&A Monday. Read on about the shelf life of your polish, the best way to thin nail polish, and how to open a stubborn bottle of polish.

Dear Brooke, I have a pretty large nail polish collection, and some of the colors I’ve had a long time. I always hear how you need to throw certain cosmetics out after a certain time, but I’ve never heard anything on nail polish. What’s the shelf life of my lacquer? Jamie E.

Dear Jamie, I also have a large nail polish collection, and like you, I’ve had some of the colors for a long time. Typically, the shelf life of nail polish is a year. In my personal opinion, if you keep it stored in a cool, dry place, you can get a few years out of your polish. As long as the color hasn’t separated, and it doesn’t smell like anything other than nail polish, I say you’re safe. It’s recommended that you toss certain cosmetics after a certain amount of time, because the product can get contaminated and break out your skin, or give you an infection. In my experience, I’ve never heard of anyone who’s gotten a fungus from old nail polish. Here’s my motto to live by when you’re not sure to toss it or keep it: “When in doubt, throw it out”.

Dear Brooke, I went to use my favorite nail polish the other day, and the cap is stuck! It’s like it’s glued on there. I tried pliers, I had other people try it. It’s like I’m locked out of it! Do you have a secret to getting the cap off when this happens? If so, what is it, and what can I do to prevent it from happening again. Please don’t tell me I have to throw away my favorite color! Brittany R.

Dear Brittany, All is not lost, you will be able to use your favorite color again. There are 2 tricks I rely on to get a stuck nail polish cap off the bottle. The first one is, run the cap part of the nail polish under hot water; make sure you are holding the bottle upside down so the hot water makes its way into the cap. A lot of times, this will help soften the polish enough to loosen the cap. If that cap still won’t budge, the second trick I suggest is, turn the nail polish bottle upside down and pour some nail polish remover into the cap. Let it sit for about a minute to break down the polish. If this doesn’t work right away, repeat the process. Once you have the cap off, clean the neck of the bottle to get rid of all the polish build-up that caused the cap to get stuck in the first place…also, take a q-tip and dip it in polish remover to clean the inside of the cap around the threads, a lot of polish gets stuck there, too. Good luck, and I hope this helps!

Dear Brooke, I have some polish that is really thick, and I don’t want to throw it away. I know you can use nail polish remover to loosen it up so it spreads nicely again, but a nail tech told me that I need to use polish thinner instead. Is that true? It seems like one more product to spend money on. Judy L.

Dear Judy, I understand what you’re saying. I have also had my doubts about whether or not polish remover is that much different from polish thinner. A sales person once told me that polish remover removes color from your nails, so it’s going to “remove” the color when you add it to your nail polish. Meaning it would dilute the color, or change the color. I’ve never seen that happen, so I say use a small amount of polish remover when your polish gets a little thick, it won’t ruin your nail polish. However, if your polish is really that thick, it’s time to throw it out. Thinning it once or twice isn’t a big deal, but if you have to thin it every time, it’s time to say bye-bye to the nail polish.

Thanks 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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