Lights Out, Good Lookin’

Before bed beauty tips for your body and soul

You’ve probably heard the term beauty sleep, but did you know that the time you spend catching Z’s at night can be put to good use improving your skin, hair and overall appearance? Take the tips below to the pillow and maximize your sleep cycle, so you can wake up looking refreshed.

Don’t Forget Your Face
This one may sound obvious, but after a long day, we may forget (or neglect) to properly clean our faces.  The trouble is, leaving leftover makeup and dirt on your skin at the end of a long day can have detrimental consequences to your complexion. To avoid blackheads, clogged pores and early signs of aging, wash your face every night before bed. Make a ritual of washing your face with a gentle, skin-appropriate cleanser. Once a week, replace your usual cleanser with an exfoliator and toner, spot treating any problem areas. Include your neck and décolletage when you’re exfoliating and toning. Mega moisturize with a serum to add an extra boost your thirsty face. Your skin will thank you!

Misty Moisturization
The benefits of steam on your skin cannot be overstated, but who has time for regular trips to the spa? Don’t worry if you don’t; a cool mist humidifier is the easiest way to maximize your moisture overnight. You’ll forget what you ever did without one! If a new appliance is not in the cards at the moment, spend a little extra time each night over your sink with a towel while the hot water runs. Just a few minutes of steam will help flush out toxins and hydrate your skin.

Mane Mask
Winter is the prime time for fly away frizz and dried out hair we’d all rather do without. To combat frizz and dryness, apply an overnight treatment to your tresses once a week after you’ve washed your hair. Comb it through carefully, and then pile your hair on top of your head if length permits. Then, put on a cap and hit the hay. You’ll wake up in the morning with lovely moisturized locks.

Sleep Softer
It may sound lavish (and it is), but by investing in a silk pillowcase you’ll be doing your hair and skin a real service. Sleeping on silk helps tame frizz and reduces the friction between your face and your sleeping surface, reducing dryness and irritation.

Think About It
Last but certainly not least, consider a five to ten minute meditation before you turn in. It’s some time set aside just for you and your sanity where you can release tension from the day and set new goals, big and small. You’ll rest easier and sleep more soundly with a clear head and the results will show on your face.

“Right Now” Brows

See what brow shapes are trending for 2017

2017 is upon us and it seems that the high arched, heavily penciled-in brows of last year are on their way out. So what’s taking their place? Natural, though not necessary neat, eyebrow shapes are everywhere this season from the runway to the red carpet, but if you think going au naturel is as easy as letting your brows run wild, think again. Much like the carefully casual, “thrown together” looks synonymous with Italian glamour, this seemingly simple brow style takes a certain amount of thought and a bit of work.

Cut It Out (and fill it in)
While super filled-in or even tattooed eyebrows may be waning out of the mainstream, microblading is everywhere. Artists use a tiny blade to fill in sparse brows with individual strokes. It’s similar to tattooing, but semi-permanent. It’s also a great way to get a full, natural look when your brows are over-tweezed or scarce.

All About The Brush
If you’ve got plenty of brows to go around, you have to keep them in order. As with all things beauty, a certain amount of maintenance is required. If you see a stray brow hair, don’t yank it out. Keep your natural shape by brushing your brow hairs upward, trimming where necessary to avoid looking like your grandfather!

Frame Your Face
While brows are indeed a must (unless you want an avant garde, nude brow look), ultra-heavy brows usually aren’t the right move. It’s wise to use a light touch with gels, pencils, powders, or whatever brow product you’re using. Brows are meant to frame your eyes and face, not detract from them.

Valentines’ Day Beauty Rituals

Get yourself in the mood for this romantic holiday

A Valentine’s Day date with your special someone can be an exciting time to anticipate; especially if you are both busy! This Valentine’s Day get in the mood by creating a Valentine’s Day beauty ritual to help ignite the passion in your body and mind.

Mud and Scrub
Start your ritual off in the shower with a full body mud mask, such as the JAFRA Spa Mud Mask, which combines clays, Vitamin E and antioxidants to help deeply cleanse your skin and remove any toxins. Follow it with a luxurious body scrub. Look for one that combines sugar or salt with moisturizers; your skin will be super clean and feel silky soft.

Soft, silky hair
Dry, rough or  product-heavy hair can be very unromantic. While you’re in the shower, shampoo and condition your hair as normal and apply a moisturizing hair mask, like JAFRA’s Moisture Replenish Hair Mask, to make hair soft and manageable. Follow with a nourishing hair oil to add shine and sexiness.

Feel feminine with fragrance
The right scent can change your mood and your date’s as well! After you are done in the shower, spritz your favorite romantic fragrance on your key pulse points - behind your neck, inside of your wrists, and behind your knees. You can even spray your perfume into the air and walk through the mist to smell fabulous from your head to your toes. Look for romantic fragrances that contain floral scents, like Paris et Moi from JAFRA, a feminine fragrance which blends rose with silky woods for a sophisticated and alluring scent.

Glow from within
The last step in your Valentine’s Day ritual is to create a lit-from-within glow perfect for a romantic candle light dinner! Create this look by applying a cream highlighter under your foundation. Apply to your cheekbones, forehead and the outer corners of your eyes. Use a sponge to blend foundation all over your face for a dreamy look. Go with a moisturizing lip gloss for a kissable pout; lipstick can be too intimidating. Sweep a sweet, cream blush across your cheeks and finally, curl your lashes before applying a couple of coats of mascara to finish your look.

Work It Out

Look fab at the gym without makeup

Going to the gym is great because a good workout makes you feel fit and happy. However,  exercising without makeup poses a problem for some. We all want to feel confident while we’re getting physical, but wearing makeup to the gym is not necessarily the best idea; it can clog your pores and cause breakouts. Besides, makeup running down our face  is not a great look for the treadmill. Here a few tips to look great at the gym without makeup:

Dress To Impress (Yourself!)
One way to feel good at the gym is to wear  fun, well-fitting workout clothes! Try pairing a bright workout bra or top with sleek black leggings. Capping your black leggings with black sneakers will elongate your legs and make them look slimmer. Fun patterns can keep you upbeat while you burn calories, too. Take the time to plan your workout fit, so you feel confident, fashionable and put together.

Pony Perfection
Pulling your hair back at the gym is a must, so learn which ponytail style works best for your face and body; whether it’s a high pony or a chic low bun. Be sure to secure your style with bobby pins or a decorative hair tie to finish off the look.

Pre-Workout Skin Care
Before your workout, make sure your skin is extra clean. Using a gentle makeup remover followed by a cleansing brush will refresh and revive your skin. Finish with a lightweight moisturizer to give your skin a natural glow.

Mani/Pedi Protocol
Having your nails painted in your favorite color of the moment will give polish to your already blossoming confidence. Before hitting the gym,  apply a luxurious hand cream  to protect your hands and keep them pretty. Having your toes painted will make you feel like a million bucks at your next yoga or Pilates class.

Keep It Light
If you absolutely must wear makeup, opt for one coat of waterproof mascara and a touch of lip stain or balm. If you want coverage on your face, try applying a matte primer all over to control sweat-shine and leave your face with a smooth finish.
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