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Fight the Fall Rut

Tips for staying up when the temperature goes down

As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter and darker, the weather has its way of slowing us down and yet, there’s so much more to do! To make the cool weather transition easier, take some time to organize your life and put things in place that will help you maintain your healthy glow from the summer months all year long. These small, but significant changes will help you maintain your mood.
 
Stay Healthy
Getting sick is one of the most time consuming beauty bummers ever. Make hand sanitizer a constant companion--in your desk drawer, in your bag, in your car, everywhere! Get plenty of rest as the weather changes, especially if your body is thrown off by the time change. Keep the heat down (around 66° F) in your bedroom and you’ll sleep better and stay healthier. Pile on cozy quilts and comforters for warmth.  Move your workout inside when the weather calls for it. Not only will you stay in shape, but exercise is the best way to keep your mood happy and positive throughout the season.
 
Stay Organized
Clutter can stress you out. When the weather changes, pick a day to go through your closet and make sure that the things you need for fall are clean and ready to wear When you clean house be sure to pay attention to what you do and don’t need. Get rid of anything you’re over from last fall season to make space for what you love now. Plus, you can make a list of new must-have fall items to shop for.
 
Stay Moisturized
It’s easy to put off self-care when you’re busy and it’s cold out. Besides, you’re covered up most of the time anyway, right? Wrong! Your skin and hair need even more TLC when the air gets colder and dryer. Up the moisture especially for your face and hands to keep skin from getting tight and uncomfortable. You can work out a monthly maintenance schedule for DIY spa nights and give yourself a mani, a pedi and a quick facial to stay refreshed. You’ll look your best every day, no matter how chilly it gets!

Beauty Solutions: The Dark Side

What you can do to send those dark circles packing

If you’ve got a problem, we’ve got your solution! Beauty Solutions tackles the most common beauty problems and makes your beauty routine a little easier with tips and tricks to fix them! This one is sure to make your day a little bit brighter (especially under your eyes).

Question: How do I get rid of bags/dark circles under my eyes?

All In The Family - Dark skin underneath the eyes can be a hereditary hurdle. If your parent or parents have hyperpigmentation in this area, you’re more likely to have it as well.

Zzz’s, H2O & SPF - Sleep can minimize discoloration around the eyes, as does staying hydrated. Avoid alcohol and salt, which can both dehydrate you and enhance any dark areas on your skin. Sunscreen is a must; it protects your skin and sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide help decrease skin pigmentation over time, which lightens skin overtime. 

Plump It Up - Daily moisturizers and eye creams with plumping ingredients can help if things look a little droopy, but be careful with certain ingredients when it comes to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Pink or peach toned cream correctors can keep you from looking fatigued during the day. Our CC Crème Concealer with SPF 20 is a great one; it’s the perfect pick-me-up for your lower lids. When they aren’t combined into one product, eye cream helps concealer go on smoother, so use both for the best results.

Mask It Out - A quick sheet mask specifically made for under-eye treatment is a great option for a more immediate lift. No one will ever know you’re running on 3 hours of sleep. ;)

Natural Light(ening) - Tomatoes and lemons both have lightening properties that can be harnessed for your dark circles. Just mix tomato juice and lemon juice in a 2:1 ratio and gently apply underneath your eyes for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Repeat this process morning and night for 2-3 weeks for best results. Kojic acid and licorice extract can also be used to brighten and even skin tone.
 

Beauty Inside & Out: Beauty Bars Recipe

A new kind of beauty bar

We’re taking snack time to a new level. Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles that feature recipes created with Thermomix , one of the most amazing kitchen appliances ever. These tasty treats have some of the same ingredients you’ll find in our JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual products, like Manuka Honey and Sunflower Sprout Extract. These recipes aren’t just good for your body; they’re great for your skin, hair and overall gorgeousness!
 
Beauty Bars
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
You’ll Need:
  • Oil (for greasing)
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) goji berries
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) almonds skin on
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) pitted dried cranberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana (approx. 4.5 oz.)
  • 2.5 oz. (4 tablespoons) Manuka Honey or other raw honey
  • 2.8 oz. (2/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) almond meal
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 
Directions:
For a standard food processor, pulse sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries a few times until coarsely chopped and beat eggs, banana and Manuka Honey until smooth for steps 2-4.
 
For Thermomix:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8 in x 12 in baking tin with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Place sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries in mixing bowl and chop for 3 seconds with the speed set at 7. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place eggs, banana and Manuka Honey in mixing bowl and beat for 30 seconds with the speed set at 4.
  4. Add chopped fruit and nuts, rolled oats, almond meal and ground cinnamon and mix for 15 seconds with the speed set at 3. Transfer to the prepared baking tin and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375ºF, or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into 20 bars. Allow to cool completely before separating and storing.
 
Added Bonus: The dried fruit in this recipe can be switched out for dried dates, figs, blueberries, apricots, whatever fruit you’re into! These bars store very well in the freezer and can be eaten without thawing.
 
The Beautiful Benefits:
Goji berries contain 11 of the 22 essential dietary trace minerals, so they pack quite the dietary punch. They help firm, tighten and plump the appearance of your skin. They also contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is also known for being helpful in firming, tightening and protecting your skin from environmental stressors. Sunflower seeds are a great source of protein and are enriched with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair and give it a beautiful shine. They are rich in vitamin E as well, which protects your skin from cell damage and promotes healthy skin. Sunflower seeds also contain copper, which is a must for maintaining healthy skin. Manuka honey promotes skin regeneration and soothes inflamed skin while reducing redness. It also lessens scarring and oxygenates your pores while drawing out bacteria to give you some extra help in acne-prone areas.

October Staff Picks: Ivonne’s Must Haves

See what Ivonne thinks of the new Girl Squad collection

Ivonne is a Marketing Planner here at JAFRA who also happens to be a makeup artist! She has been using the Girl Squad products for weeks now (LUCKY!) and got to work her magic with them at the Girl Squad launch party, so we asked her what she thought of the collection as a beauty insider.
 
1. What makes Girl Squad stand out from the other JAFRA makeup collections?

What I love most about this collection is the creative freedom that it brings to me as an artist. The colors are well paired for every skin tone and it gives a fun pop of color to any occasion.

2. Fill in the blank: The Girl Squad Fragrance makes me think of ______________.
A fun night with my girls doing whatever we want!

3. Let’s talk gloss. They’re made to share with your squad, but which shade could you never part with?
Guapas is definitely mine. ;)
 
4. What’s your favorite Girl Squad eye color combination so far?
Sam's. The combo of purple and teal is my fave! :)

5. Quick! Which eyeliner shade is your favorite and why?
Feather, I love teal, so when I saw this liner I knew it would become my favorite. The shade is super bright and fun!

6. If you could only take ONE item from the Girl Squad collection with you on your next Girls’ Night Out, which one would it be?
Feather Eyeliner, all the way :)
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