Ask Andrea: Beauty Q & A

Hey ladies!

My inbox is constantly full with questions about my hair, makeup and skincare routines. I’ve been meaning to compile a lot of the frequently-asked questions to make a blog post giving away some of my beauty secrets. Have something you’d like to add for the next one? Leave me a message on Facebook or Instagram!


Q: What shampoo/conditioner do you use?

A: Let me start by saying I’m super blessed with low maintenance hair. I’ve used high end products and clearance bin specials and had similar results most of my life. However, as I’ve gotten older and wanted to take a little extra care for my hair, I’ve started using Paul Mitchell moisturizing shampoo and conditioner, which I really like. It’s $30 for the big bottles, but you can shop them 50% off at the ULTA semi annual sale.


Q: How often do you wash your hair?

A: I have thick, course hair, so I usually only wash my hair one or two times per week. Working with slightly dirty hair is easier than clean hair, plus it keeps volume and style longer. As long as it’s not totally gross, I like to let the natural oils nourish my hair. One of these days, I’m going to write a post on hairstyles between washes!


Q: Do you have a favorite hair spray? What about dry shampoo?

A: To be honest, I don’t use hairspray all that often, but when I need it, I always gravitate toward the Big Sexy Hair spray. It holds well and doesn’t get crunchy or stiff on my hair. On the other hand, dry shampoo is my best friend! I change brands frequently, but I prefer something with coconut or chia seed ingredients. They smell great naturally and don’t get cakey or sticky.


Q: What red lipstick do you use?

A: I get this question so often – I’m totally obsessed with the NARS power matte liquid lipsticks, and my signature red is from this line. The shade is called Starwoman, a gorgeous blue-red. I admit, it’s a $25 tube of lipstick but I’m obsessed. Totally worth the investment!


Q: I’m new to makeup. Where did you learn?

A: I discovered the Youtube beauty community and have been a junkie ever since. You can find tutorials on anything you want to know, whether it’s contouring or finding you foundation shade. Even now, I love to flip on a tutorial while I’m getting ready in the morning. Also, like anything, lots of practice. I always tell people I had to pay my bad-makeup dues before I ever had a clue what I was doing. Just stick with it and keep trying new things – you’ll get the hang of it!


Q: What are your must have beauty tools?

A: I’ve been meaning to do a full post on this topic, but I have a few must haves I can mention. First of all, a beauty blender. It makes your complexion makeup look flawless and blended effortlessly. Secondly, a good curling iron. If I use heat on my hair, it’s a curling iron. I prefer one with adjustable heat! Lastly, a fluffy eyeshadow brush. You can do a whole eyeshadow look with one fluffy brush, so it’s always a must have in my makeup bag.


Q: What does your daily skincare routine look like?

A: I try new skincare products often, so what I’m using is always changing. However, I do have an established routine that works for me. In the morning and at night, I wash my face with a cleanser and moisturize my face. Every other day, I’ll also use an exfoliator to clear away dry skin. For a little extra treat, I also love using a mud mask once per week.


Q: Do you have acrylic nails? How often do you get them done?

A: No, I actually don’t have acrylics, they’re all natural. I had acrylics for two years before switching to dip powder nail color, which is where they apply powder polish to your nails. I love this method because it’s lightweight, doesn’t destroy your nail bed and lasts up to a month.


If you have a beauty question, definitely leave me a comment on this post or send me a message on social media. I’m also trying to put together a weekly beauty chat on Facebook live for you beauty junkies who love to talk makeup, skincare and hair. Have something you want me to talk about? Let me know.


Stay unique, sisters!


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