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Every Woman: Jackie Trask

Jackie Trask is a ray of sunshine personified. She starts nearly every day here at JAFRA with an infectious smile and greets everyone she passes with contagious positivity. She says it’s easy to be happy when you love what you do. “This is where I want to be. Don’t stay at a job where you don’t want to get up out of bed. Success is being where you want to be.”
 
Jackie grew up in rural community in South Carolina. She was raised in a home without running water or electricity by three generations of hardworking women. Jackie’s grandmother was tough on her, but only because she believed in her ability to be someone great. Her mother’s formal education ended in 9th grade, but she was fiercely intelligent and loved books. She passed that passion onto her daughter and as a child, Jackie quickly outgrew the 10-book limit imposed by the local Book Mobile, negotiating her way into receiving 30 books at once by the end of 5th grade. It was the stories in these books that gave Jackie the vision to go beyond the dirt roads of South Carolina and the determination to become anything she wanted.
 
When Jackie was five years old, her grandmother began to instill in her the desire to go to Harvard University. “My grandmother had a dream and I was her dream. For her, defeat was not an option.” When she was six, her mother moved her to a desegregated school where she would receive a better education but she was the only black student. Jackie was held to very high educational standards at home. A’s were fine, but why not A+’s? She was constantly encouraged to be the best.
 
Jackie was the first person in her family to graduate from high school and she went on to attend - you guessed it - Harvard University. Once she graduated, she decided she wanted to attend business school. First, because she was curious about it and second, because she feared it. She forced herself outside of her comfort zone and attended The Wharton School of Business.
 
She stayed up all night the night before classes started at Wharton, nervous about being thrust into a new environment with people more experienced than herself. She didn’t “fit in,” but that didn’t stop her. “When I take risk, I have fear. It’s important to walk through the fear. I tell myself, ‘this will be good for me’ because I believe it.”
 
Jackie graduated from the Wharton School of Business and was offered a job with every single company she interviewed with after graduation.
 
After years as a business professional, Jackie decided she wanted more. By this time, she had fallen in love and become a mother to a wonderful 9-year-old. She told a friend, “It’s about time I go international and report to a CEO”.
 
And now she does. In her more than 10 years at JAFRA, Jackie has gone from mother to grandmother. In her words, “They took a chance on the black chick with the crazy hair” and we’re forever grateful that they did. We love you, Jackie! You continue to inspire us.

 
“My best moment is my ‘now’ moment. Always enjoy the now.”
- Jackie Trask
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Beauty Scene

High-Tech Beauty

Although the best beauty endeavors may be zero-tech, we have to acknowledge that technology is relevant in beauty; from anti-aging to bad hair and all the beauty maladies in between. Here are some of the best high-tech beauty gadgets that promise to solve your biggest beauty challenges. 
 
The New Face of Beauty Masks
The mask of the future is here! Foreo’s UFO is a hand-held device that combines LED light therapy (age-defying red, brightening green, and acne-fighting blue), cryotherapy and thermotherapy (cold and hot, respectively), and T-sonic pulsations. The kicker? This less-mess process takes a total of 90 seconds!

Skin Upgrade
This little gadget is the jam. The Lancer Microcurrent Power Boost is a little gold wand (no, it's not solid Gold; it’s Germanium) and the brainchild of celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer. It helps stimulate collagen production by gently massaging skin with an electrical field that activates the underlying facial muscles, improving circulation. 
 
Quick Dry
The Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer or as I like to call it, the Holy Grail of hair drying, is groundbreaking. It dries hair unbelievably fast and has incredible temperature control. It’s also extremely lightweight, which is great for those of us with a little more to dry up top. 
 
Lighten Up on Acne 
The FDA-approved reVive Poof is a tiny hand-held on-the-go device. It uses medical-grade LED light to destroy acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and minimize pores. This quick treatment is small enough to slip into a backpack or purse and reduces swelling, purifies the skin, and stabilizes oil glands, too!
 
Brushing Up on the Cutting Edge
Keep your brushes (and your face) clean with the new StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer. Just mix the StylPro Cleansing Solution with water in the specially designed bowl, give your brushes a quick dip and watch the your brushes clean and dry in seconds. 
 
Surreal Sun Care
A manicure that can save you from sunburn? La Roche-Posay recently debuted UV Sense, adhesive nail art that tracks your UV exposure. Combined with an app, UV Sense provides sun info that tells you when to get in the shade or apply more sunscreen. It will be available on a limited basis this summer and a global launch is coming next year
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Lifestyle Scene

Motherly Moments

When I was sixteen years old, I wrote a list of things I wanted to do before I turned 30. My "30 List" included the whimsy of my sixteen-year-old self (#1: Swim with dolphins) and the aspirations of a young adult (#31: Fall in love). Of the items on the list, however, the one dearest to my heart is #67: Be a mom.

This year, eight days before my 30th birthday, I will celebrate my first Mother's Day.

On the afternoon of January 11th via emergency C-section, I gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, Addison Ruth. The first few weeks after we got home from the hospital were difficult. She was fussy, her days and nights were reversed, and as first-time parents, we were overwhelmed. The past few months have gotten progressively better, we figured out how to calm her, began to understand her better and learned to savor the sweet moments.
As a new mom, it is the small moments that give me comfort and confidence. The joy you feel when your little one rewards you with a sweet smile or squeal of delight is nearly unparalleled,  but so is the heart break you feel when you are unable to successfully calm your inconsolable baby. In bath time, we found both of these extremes.

While the warm baths were enjoyable, Addison did not appreciate the cold world that followed and she had no qualms letting us know just how she felt. In adjusting our bath routine to include the Tender Moments Collection, we have been able to make this time much more enjoyable for all of us. The Tender Moments Lavender & Chamomille Softening Baby Hair and Body Wash is tear-free (which is so important with our squirmy little girl), and the scent of the lotion relays comfort and calm.

Addison seems to love the entire Tender Moments Lavender & Chamomile Collection, and where she finds solace - so do we! Our baby bath routine has become one of my favorite evening activities and is now full of tender moments with our sweet girl.

My mom used to tell me that I would never know how much she loved me, until I had a child of my own. It wasn't until I became pregnant that I understood the depth of a mother's love, my mother's love. Being a mother is the most wonderful, terrifying, joyful, stressful, and rewarding thing I have ever done.

To all the children out there... be sure to show your Mother love and appreciation, you may not yet know just how much she loves you. To all the moms, Happy Mother's Day and I couldn’t be happier to be one of you.
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Beauty Solutions: Brushing Up

Beauty Solutions takes on your most common beauty problems and dishes out knowledge and tips on how to deal with them. Keep a look out for new Beauty Solutions articles to see which beauty question we answer next!
 
Question: How do I clean my makeup brushes?      
We know cleaning your brushes can be a time consuming and kind of annoying task, but did you know you can get a staph infection from a dirty makeup brush? Brushes that you use to apply powders to your skin can build up oil and bacteria in between the bristles. Plus, clean brushes make you less prone to breakouts. 

Keep your makeup brushes sanitary and in good condition by washing them gently with soap or baby shampoo in lukewarm water. Then, shape the bristles and lay them flat on a towel to dry. There are also machines and other gadget options for professional disinfection available online. Clean the brushes that you use daily often and always clean them before using them on someone else. 

Last but not least, if you’re looking to start fresh with new makeup brushes, our new makeup brush set is super soft and designed for easy application. Stay beautiful and keep those brushes clean!
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Wild Child Nail DIY

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always very into animal print nails. That said, you don’t want to go too crazy…which is why I love a subtle snakeskin. You can easily do this (believe me, I’m certainly not a professional nail artist!) and you can even mix up the colors depending on what you’re feeling or what you have available.

Here I chose a really subtle gold and red combo but I also love doing a snake print with green and yellow!  Here’s the easy five-step process to create your own DIY snakeskin nails: 



Step 1: Apply 1-2 coats of JAFRA Wanderlove Hot Spot Gel Nail Lacquer in Yellow Brick Road.
 
Step 2: Use a small square of tulle (or a mesh poof sponge!) and cover each nail, one at a time.
 
Step 3: Once you hold down the netting, lightly apply Wanderlove Gel Nail Lacquer in Puebla to your nails.
 
Step 4: Use the netting to dab the Puebla color, creating a snakeskin-like look.
 
Step 5: Apply a clear top coat and let dry.

That's it! Now your nails have just enough of a wild child vibe. :) 
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