Under-Eye S.O.S

Save yourself from puffy eye embarrassment!

The skin beneath our eyes, (also known as the under eye area) is one of the first features to show the signs of aging: wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles to name a few. While we can hide behind sunglasses outside, the truth is revealed once we take them off inside. Here are some tips to get younger-looking, vibrant eyes everyday:

Check your lifestyle

The first step to younger looking eyes is to make a few lifestyle changes, and the first is to limit the amount of salt in your diet (which can puff you up and dehydrate you) and increase your water intake. Alcohol can also contribute to puffiness and can interfere with much needed beauty sleep as well. Speaking of sleep, try using two pillows at night to elevate your face, which helps reduce puffy eyes because it limits fluid build-up in your lower lids.

Treat wrinkles at night

Under-eye wrinkles and crepey skin are some of the biggest contributors to looking older and tired. Treat these at night with an eye concentrate that deeply moisturizes the delicate skin under your eyes like JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Eye Concentrate Capsules.

Awaken, de-puff and smooth in the morning

Upon awaking, place cold spoons under your eyes (you can use ice cubes as well) to help revive your eyes and reduce any swelling. Follow with an eye cream that will smooth, firm and brighten not only under your eyes, but crow’s feet as well (and prep the area for makeup). One to try is JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Global Longevity Eye Crème - a multitasking anti-aging eye crème that combines their exclusive RoyalActive Peptide with proven anti-aging ingredients to give your eyes a more youthful appearance. 

Create illusions with makeup

Once your eyes are prepped for makeup, choose a creamy concealer with yellow undertones to help camouflage dark circles. Next, avoid dark colors on your eyelid, and instead opt for nude or champagne tones to open up your eyes and draw the focus upwards, away from your under eye area.

Makeup From 9 to 5 and Beyond

5 tips to go from daytime-ready to nighttime glam, quickly

So many of us multitask every day, which usually means going straight from work to an evening out on the town, especially as we get into holiday season. Here are some tips to transition from day to night makeup (hint: being organized is key!)

Plan ahead

While this might sound obvious, many of us don’t keep our night look makeup or tools with us during the day. Be sure to have on hand makeup brushes and cotton swabs (with some dipped in makeup remover). Keeping everything in a to-go case or roll up bag will make your life even easier!

Make your base long-lasting

Usually there is not too much time to transition from day to night makeup, so in the morning aim to create a solid base for your makeup. Using a foundation primer will help your face makeup last longer (and go on smoothly). Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder to set foundation for the day. The other makeup item to foresee is your eye makeup; try to choose an eyeshadow trio with a combination of light to dark colors. During the day apply the lighter shade and keep the eye shadow palette in your makeup bag so you have the same color scheme for later in the day.

When it’s transition time

Once you are ready to glitz up your makeup for the evening, start by touching up with concealer. Refresh the skin under your eyes and any blemishes that you might see on your face. If your eye makeup has smudged at all you can use one of the cotton swabs (that you conveniently dipped into makeup remover) to clean up the area.

Deepen your makeup

Start by glamming up your eye makeup. Use the darker color of your eye shadow trio and apply in the crease and outer corners of your eyes. You can follow with black eyeliner on the top and bottom lashes and another coat of mascara for a more dramatic look. Filling in your eyebrows will polish your face as well. On your lips, start by applying a moisturizing balm, and then apply a lip color that is brighter or darker than what you wore during the day. Finally, add a pop of a vibrant blush to your cheeks to finish your evening look!

Choose a sexy scent

The last step to transitioning from day to night makeup is a spritz of a sultry perfume. This last step will create an ambiance to get your ready for your fabulous evening ahead!

How To Find Your Signature Scent

Four ways to unlock your own fragrance magic

We’ve all known someone with a signature scent – that fragrance that still reminds you of her years later when you notice it in passing in the department store or on an item of clothing. But how can you find yours? Luckily, the answer is simpler than you think!
 
First, please yourself…

That means choose a scent that you like. Not just when you spray it, but hours later, when the notes have deepened and it’s settled into your skin. This may sound silly – of course I need to like a fragrance in order to wear it! – but trends have a way creeping in-between buyers and reason. Don’t let them! No matter how hot, or of-the-moment a particular perfume may be, if you don’t like it right away or after four hours later, once it has fully expressed itself – don’t buy it!
 
Next, before you shop…

Arm yourself with an understanding of what type of scent you’re actually smelling. Clean, fresh scents (like those that smell like crisp laundry) actually fall into the musky category. Fragrances described as woody can evoke anything from a creamy, nutty praline ice cream to sandalwood incense or that old standby, patchouli. Floral fragrances encompass all flowers, but not fresh, grassy scents, which fall into the green category. Meanwhile, citrus includes lemon, lime and even orange zest, reminding the wearer of a day at the spa and so-called Orientals combine spicy and sweet, often with a hint of powder.
 
With that in mind, remember…

Never try more than three scents at a time. Everyone’s nose has limits – no matter how many coffee beans you smell between fragrances! In fact, the coffee beans themselves are just one more strong scent invading your nasal passages and causing confusion as you try to process. In order to get a clean and accurate take on any fragrance, limit yourself to three scents in any one trip. Between fragrances, inhale the skin at the crook of your elbow. Your own scent will reset the ph in your nose and allow you to better interpret the next fragrance.
 
And finally, get samples!

You’ll want to wear the scent for at least four hours (potentially on more than one occasion), before you know if it’s for you. Believe it or not, something that appeals to you on the initial inhale may cause a headache a few hours later or fade with time into something you hardly recognize. Scents evolve on the wearer over the course of a few hours and not until you’ve found a scent that makes you as happy mid-afternoon as it does on a first spritz will you know you’ve found it.
 
In the meantime, however, count yourself lucky. Finding your signature scent is half the fun. Like life, it’s a journey, not a destination!

A Brief History of Fragrance

Paris and its connection to the world of perfume

The French most certainly did not invent perfume. The use of scented balms and ointments as tools of seduction began in ancient Egypt. However, once the practice made its way to Europe in the 17th century, France quickly became its epicenter. In 1656, the guild of glove and perfume makers was founded in Paris and a burgeoning industry was born. What happened next? Here are a few highlights:
 
The perfumed court

By the 18th century, the French royal court became known as “la cour parfumée,” and Louis XV himself demanded a different fragrance every day. Soon it was being applied not only to skin, but fans and furniture to enhance scents all around and eventually substituting for soap and water as a means of bathing! Clearly, the scents were stronger in those days, designed to disguise as much as to allure. But the demand was evident and the industry grew exponentially.
 
Napoleon and Josephine

The famed Emperor himself demanded two quarts of violet cologne be delivered to him each week, and he’s said to have gone through sixty bottles of jasmine extract a month! Meanwhile, his beloved Josephine was reportedly so partial to musk that some sixty years after her death, the scent still lingered in her bedroom quarters according to legend.
 
The invention of cologne

The 18th century saw a revolutionary advance in fragrance with the invention of cologne. Taking scent from simple to alchemic, this refreshing blend of rosemary, neroli, bergamont and lemon was used not just in bathwater, but was mixed with wine, eaten on a sugar lump and was used as mouthwash. Glass bottles became more popular during this time and led to…
 
The beginnings of perfume as we know it

From alchemy to chemistry, by the 19th century, jasmine, rose, orange and later, leather and florals made their way into fragrances, which were increasingly produced in the small city of Grasse because of its natural resources. Meanwhile, perfume houses like Houbigant, Lubin, Roger & Gallet and Guerlain established themselves in Paris and set up a commercial counterpoint to Grasses’s production and formed the partnership that remains in effect to this day. Indeed, France is the leading purveyor of fine perfumes worldwide, with Grasse as its production hub and Paris as its glamorous, alluring capital. A visit to the city will reveal countless perfumeries, some of which allow patrons to design their own scents and many of which have become synonymous with the sensual nature of Paris itself. 
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