Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and you’re staying cool in this heat. I got some great questions this week! Read on about “training” your hair, fixing an ingrown toenail, and synthetic vs. real hair extensions.

Dear Brooke, I am trying to wear my hair in a different style, but it keeps falling back into the part I am trying to get rid of. Is there a way to “train” my hair to fall differently? Carla K.

Dear Carla, I think it’s possible to get your hair to lay where you want it to, but it’s going to take some time. Your natural part is always going to be there, but if you’re looking to change that up be patient. Your first step is going to be when your hair is wet. Comb it where you want it to lay, and then let it dry that way. Try not to touch it too much, and don’t put it up a lot. When it’s dry and wants to fall back to where it naturally goes, redirect your hair and hold the style in place with bobby pins. Do this process every day; how long it takes to fully work is going to depend on the individual. Good luck!

Dear Brooke, I’ve never had any problems with ingrown toenails, but now I have been having issues. Why is this happening, and how can I prevent it? Katherine C.

Dear Katherine, First let me say, Ouch!! Ingrown toenails hurt so much! There could be many factors for getting an ingrown toenail. The most common reasons I come across for them is, wearing shoes that are too tight for a lengthy period, or cutting the toenail improperly. Too tight shoes can force the toenail to grow in the wrong direction. Have you been wearing a certain pair of shoes lately that you usually don’t? Clipping the toenail too short can cause it as well. Make sure you clip the nail straight across, and don’t clip it down too short. Also, just like your finger nails, file it from corner to center, never making a sawing motion. If it’s extreme pain, you should see your doctor. Hope this gives you some direction.

Dear Brooke, I am starting to use extensions, and I am noticing some are labeled as synthetic hair, and some are labeled as real hair. What kind of quality can I expect from either one? Rachel K.

Dear Rachel, Hair extensions are a fun way to change your look instantly. There are many advantages to both the synthetic extensions, and real hair extensions. It could take me a long time to go over the differences, but I will touch on the ones I think are most important. With real hair, you can heat style it; some synthetic hair will allow for heat styling, but you always run the risk of melting the hair. With synthetic hair, you have a permanent style…waves, curls, etc. that won’t fall out; real hair extensions don’t stand up under heat and humidity. Real hair extensions can be color treated, synthetic ones cannot. If you get good extensions, they both look natural. Typically you get what you pay for, so if you find them really cheap, chances are they’re not going to hold up long. So, the type you decide to go for depends on what you’ll be needing to do to your hair. This should give you a good starting point.

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

For all your beauty advice…

If you’ve been swimming a lot to beat the heat, make sure you’re rinsing your hair in the shower before you jump in! Getting your hair wet, prior to swimming, will prevent too much chlorine from absorbing into your hair. You can also protect your hair one step further by applying a leave-in conditioner before you swim. Reapply the conditioner to your hair throughout your day in the sun for the ultimate protection.

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Product Review…Eylure Lashes

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I don’t usually wear false lashes, I’ve purchased them  before, and they’ve sat in a drawer, forgotten. I have been wanting to kick up my look a little, and thought I would start playing around with false lashes. I got my hands on some Naturalites, by Eylure. #1 bestselling lash in the UK, and now they’re available in the U.S. of A.

I think the hardest thing about false lashes is the application. I will admit, this is one area of beauty that I typically steer away from because applying lashes is so challenging. But, once you get the hang of it, they go on pretty easy. Follow the step-by-step directions, and you will be able to do it. Make sure you use tweezers, or a lash applicator, because using your fingers feels impossible…to me. I know some people who can whip them on with their hands and they make it look so easy…I am not that person!

So, now that you’ve gotten them on, how do they feel? Well, in the past, most false lashes have felt heavy on my eyelids, or they have felt like they’re poking me in the eye, and I think that’s why I just nixed them altogether. Eylure lashes are very light, and while I could tell I was wearing a little something extra, they weren’t weighing my lids down and feeling uncomfortable.

And how do they look? SO GOOD!! Once I had the lashes in place, I really liked the look I ended up with. Lashes give your eyes so much dimension, and they really make a statement.

Now to answer the question I always get asked, and the one I used to ask myself: Do I put my eye makeup on before or after I apply the lashes? The best advice I can give is this: Prime your eyes for shadow, apply your shadow and liner, then apply your lashes. The last step should be to swipe some mascara over your permanent, and “borrowed” lashes to bind the two together for the best results!

Over the last 60 years, Eylure has remained at the forefront of creation and innovation in an exciting and ever-changing industry, producing gorgeous original lashes that have been worn by iconic beauties Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, Raquel Welsh and Joan Collins (among others) during their illustrious film careers. Eylure remains one of the only brands to genuinely innovate in the false lash category.  This drive to create and improve is perfectly showcased by their creation of ‘Naturalites Double Lashes’. Additionally, Eylure ensures the best possible customer experience with the inclusion of glue with each lash package.  All Eylure lashes are made of 100% human hair, are reusable and suitable for contact lens wearers.

Eylure is currently available at Ulta stores and online at www.ulta.com

Check them out, and let me know what you think! 

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Q&A Monday

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Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a good weekend, and a place to cool off in this heat! As always thanks for the great questions this week. Read on about sunburn on the scalp, using dry shampoo properly, and avoiding makeup meltdown!

Dear Brooke, What do I do about getting sunburned on my scalp – right where my hair parts?  Do I put sunscreen there??? Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, You can put sunscreen on your scalp, but if you feel you need to do it on a daily basis, I would recommend a mineral SPF, as opposed to your everyday SPF in lotion form. A mineral SPF is in powder form and won’t leave your scalp feeling greasy. If it’s just one day you’ll be in the sun for a lengthy time, you can use your regular SPF on your part. Also, remember the tops of your ears, and the back of your neck if you’re wearing a pony tail. Bring a hat as well, for extra protection!

Dear Brooke, I have been trying dry shampoo, but I just can’t seem to make it work for me. Maybe I’m not using it properly, but it’s just not amazing me the way it seems to amaze everyone else. It feels like it leaves a gritty feeling on my hair, and the white powder it leaves behind makes me look old. What am I doing wrong? Jill B.

Dear Jill, Welcome to the dry shampoo generation! Every line seems to have one now, and they don’t seem to be going anywhere. When I first started using dry shampoo, I was very skeptical, and I didn’t want to embrace the trend at all. Some are better than others, but once you find the one that works for you, I think you’ll hop on the bandwagon! Here are a few tips to using dry shampoo properly. Spray the product on the roots of your hair, not the hair shaft. Dry shampoo absorbs oil, so focus on the areas you want to “clean”. Let the product sit for a few minutes, and then rub it out with your fingers, or brush with a natural bristle brush to get any residue off. Brushing with a natural bristle brush seems to be the best way to get the white cast to go away. Good luck, and if it still isn’t making you happy, you don’t have to use it, but at least you can say you tried it!

Dear Brooke, Help! My makeup is absolutely melting off in this summer heat! Someone just told me to start using makeup primers. I’m not really looking to add more stuff to my routine, but could be talked into it, if it actually works. Will a makeup primer stop my makeup from melting? Madison H.

Dear Madison, To answer your question in one word: Yes. But I’ll elaborate…If you’ve never used a primer before, now is a great time to start. A primer creates a barrier between your skin and your makeup, so your makeup has something to adhere to, instead of soaking into your skin. I swear by eyeshadow primer, and won’t go a day without using it! There are tons of primers out there to choose from. I would suggest going to a Sephora near you, and getting some samples to see which one works best for you. You will notice a big difference in how long your makeup lasts, and you will wonder how you ever got by without it!

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

For all your beauty advice…

If your nails tend to be dry and brittle, make sure you are using an acetone-free nail polish remover to remove regular nail polish. Removers with acetone work really fast, but they dry out your nails.  Save the removers that contain acetone for dark nail polish colors, and nail polish that has hard to remove glitter.

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July Beauty Contest!

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It’s here…FINALLY!!! The beauty giveaway for the month of July! I get excited about all of them, but this one is very exciting. Why? Because there won’t be 1 winner this month, there won’t be 2 winners this month, there will be 3…count them, 3!! winners this month! 3 very lucky people will get an awesome prize this month! So, what’s up for grabs for the month of July? Drumroll please…

Minerals Mate Palettes! I know so many people who love mineral makeup, and they all have the same complaint…it’s messy.

These palettes are great for mixing colors, they give you a lot more room to work with than the cap of any mineral product, it keeps things sanitary, and they are easy to wash after every use. I think everyone should have one of these…and 3 of you will! Even if you don’t use mineral makeup, this is still a handy palette. I use it to mix colors of lipstick, eyeshadow, and I like to use it to mix powder masks.

The winners will get a palette, a small satin storage bag, and a larger satin bag to tote/store your makeup collection. So, all you have to do to get your name entered is to reply to this blog, or write on my Facebook wall what your favorite mineral makeup is, or if you don’t use any just let me know you want your name down for the contest. The winners will be chosen in the first week of August. So, good luck, share it with your friends, and I can’t wait to see who wins!

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Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope it was a great weekend. Thanks for the great questions this week, I look forward to them! Read on about stained nails, growing in eyebrows, and marker staining blonde hair.

Dear Brooke, I love to play around with trendy nail polish colors! Dark blue, dark green, nail art, you name it, I’m having fun with it! I have noticed lately that when I take my polish off, my nails are stained a dark yellow/light red color. To hide it, I apply more polish, but I’m thinking that’s contributing to the problem. Help! Megan R.

Dear Megan, You’ve definitely got the source of the problem right. What’s happening is, the dark nail polish colors you are using are leaving pigment behind and staining your natural nail. It’s very common if you wear dark colors frequently. Make sure you are wearing a base coat to protect your nail, and try to give your nails some breathing time between manicures. To treat those dark spots on your nail, use some lemon juice to lighten them up. Sometimes polish remover will lighten the spots as well.

Dear Brooke, I’m in the process of growing out my eyebrows. I’ve been tweezing them for many years! I’m afraid that they won’t regrow. What do you suggest to speed the process of growing them back? Also, how can I improve what they look like while they’re growing? Please help!  Valerie R.

Dear Valerie, While you’re waiting for your brows to grow back, use an eyebrow pencil to color in where your brows are growing back. If you haven’t used an eyebrow pencil before, don’t worry. Find a shade that matches your brows and using light, feathery strokes, fill in the hairless spots on your brows. Also, those products you can get at Sephora, Ulta, anywhere really, that grow lashes will also work on brows to help them come in faster. I have heard many success stories from people trying to get thicker eyebrows, and they did by using a lash-growth product. Some of them can be expensive though, so it may just be worth the wait. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, My daughter and her friend decided to color their blonde hair with marker and now there’s a large green streak in her hair. It doesn’t seem to be washing out. Is she stuck with this until it grows out? Kristine K.

Dear Kristine, Well, she’s probably not stuck with it until it grows out, but it may take a while for the color to fade. Blonde hair can stain, so it sounds like the marker stained her hair since the color is still hanging on. Have her shampoo with a clarifying shampoo and do some deep conditioning treatments to break down the pigment. It may take some patience on your part, because it’s a process that could take some time. If she is fine with the way it looks, and you can tolerate it until it goes away, then let her decide if she wants to take the time to try to get rid of it, or to rock a green streak for a while!

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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