Q&A Monday

For all your beauty advice…

Good morning, and Happy Monday! I hope everyone has had a great weekend, and you enjoy the holiday today. Thanks for the questions this week! Read on about preventing dirt from getting under your nails, the importance of doing a test strand, and the benefits of cucumbers for your eyes!

Dear Brooke, I work in an office doing a lot of paper work. I notice my nails look like they have dirt under them all the time. I don’t feel like our office is a dirty place, so I don’t understand what’s going on. I just know it’s embarrassing! Any tips on preventing this? Thanks! Holly D.

Dear Holly, what’s probably happening to your nails is just every day dirt and dust settling under your nails. I notice that happens to my nails when I’m doing a lot of filing paperwork, shuffling papers, or opening packages/boxes. The best thing to try is keeping a coat of clear nail polish on your finger nails. I think it creates a bit of a barrier for your nails, and makes them less porous so dirt, oils, and dust can’t get under there and settle in. You may still notice some, but this will show you a significant difference. Also, keep a small nail brush in your desk, so you can whisk any dirt away as soon as you see it. Hope that helps!

Dear Brooke, Is it really necessary to do a test strand on my hair before I color it? That just seems to be a waste of time, and I don’t want to look weird with one strand of my hair a different color than the rest. Addie G.

Dear Addie, The reason for the test strand is to tell if you’re allergic to a product, and to see how your hair will take to the product. I think, if you’ve been coloring your hair for a long time, you probably don’t need the test strand. However, if you’re new to hair color, or you’re trying a new brand, it’s a step you shouldn’t skip. It won’t take too long, and you won’t have to walk around with a random strand of hair a different color from the rest. Once you test your strand and see how it works, you’ll be able to do the rest of your hair. I know it seems like a hassle, but if you’re sensitive to most products, you’ll be happy you took that step if you end up having a reaction to it. Don’t let it stress you out, just pick a small section and follow the directions on the box. Have fun!

Dear Brooke, You always see on TV how they put cucumbers on your eyes at a spa. I’ve never once seen that done in real life. Do cucumbers really help the eyes? If so, how? Candace J.

Dear Candace, Hmmm…come to think of it, I’ve never seen that done in real life, either! Cucumbers can reduce the appearance of dark circles, and they do help with puffiness around the eyes. They’re very soothing, and cooling, on tired eyes. Cucumbers have a very high water content, so they’re also going to be very hydrating to the eye area. I don’t know why they always show spas on TV, or in the movies, using cucumbers but you never see it happen in real life. (Anyone who has experienced this at a spa, please give me a shout, I want to hear about it!) If you’re curious about it, give it a try at home! Just take a few slices, and place them over your eyes for 10-15 minutes. I’ve always noticed a nice difference after I use them.

Thanks again for the great questions this week, keep them coming! Email me your questions for Q&A Monday to brookeknowsbeauty@hotmail.com

You’ve Been Beautified!

One thought on “Q&A Monday

  1. Kristine

    Ji! I tried the cucumber thing at a home spa party. It felt SO nice and the only thing that keeps me from doing it more at home is my fear my kids will eat them off my face! HA HA HA! The cucumbers themselves were cool and stayed cool for awhile it was very soothing and rehreshing. Another thing I have tried is to soak some cucumbers in a little bit of water and then to take cotton pads and get them wet with the cucumber water and put them on your eyes. You still get some of the fragrance and cooling benefits, but maybe don’t feel as silly!

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