Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

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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