Your Valentine’s Day Beauty Guide

Flirty, Fun, Fabulous

No matter what your plans are this Valentine’s Day; whether a romantic walk on the beach or a candlelit dinner for two, one thing is for sure; you will want to feel pretty and approachable.  Here are some beauty tips to be irresistible from head-to-toe.
 
Kissable lips
 
Valentine’s Day is all about… kissing! Keep your lips in pucker perfection by exfoliating first to make them super soft; a soft toothbrush gently rubbed on your lips can do the trick. Follow with a moisturizing lip crayon; the color will look shiny and effortless. The lipstick-balm combo makes it easy too for touch ups after kissing your honey!
 
Glowing complexion
 
There is nothing more beautiful than glowing, radiant skin. Start by using a gentle face scrub to lift away any dead skin cells and to reveal your fresh beauty. Next, drench your skin in moisture with a vitamin infused serum. Finally, using a slightly damp makeup sponge, buff a radiance boosting, hydrating foundation into the skin.
 
Flirty eyes
 
Create come-hither eyes by first curling your eyelashes, followed with two coats of a curl-defining mascara, focusing on the outer lashes to really open up the eyes. Next, smudge a cream liner into the outer corners of your lashes for a sexy, yet alluring look. Give your brows some love too by applying a brow defining pencil using light, feathery strokes (this will create a soft brow, not a harsh look).
 
Inviting skin
 
For soft skin all over, start in the shower with a body scrub from head to toe. Next, cleanse with a hydrating shower gel and then while your skin is still damp, apply a body oil to seal in moisture. Remember to pamper your feet too; try an intensive foot cream for soft, pretty heels and toes. Finally, spritz a fragrance body mist all over your body or a romantic floral perfume on your pulse points (inside of your wrists, behind your ears, bottom of your throat, even behind your knees!), so every inch of you smells delicious!

 

Fragrance and Your Moods

The Powerful Connection

Next time you spray your favorite perfume and you notice your mood perk up or suddenly you feel sexy; it’s not your imagination. Scent is the sense that most closely ties to emotions. Scientists tell us that the part of the brain that controls emotions- the deep limbic center- is linked to your olfactory system, the part that controls scent. This means that various fragrances can affect your mood and emotions. The result - you can use perfumes and aromas to boost your mood, energize you, relax you or even create an ambience for your life.
 
Create energy
For a boost of energy try fragrances with notes of citrus or peppermint. A great way to start your day is with a citrus body wash to energize your mind and body. For a mid-day pick-me-up at work, try gently inhaling peppermint oil; it might work better than a cup of coffee!
 
Relax and de-stress
Two fragrances have been shown to have soothing effects; lavender and jasmine. In fact, jasmine has been shown not only to relieve anxiety, but to increase energy and focus in a calm manner. Its intoxicating scent is also alluring and a perfect note for perfumes. 
 
Jump for joy
Create happiness and a sense of comfort by lighting a vanilla scented candle. To uplift your mind, try products that have eucalyptus, especially in the shower or bath. Finally, to feel warm and sensually invigorated, try products infused with ginger; such as body oil that will make your skin feel smooth and soft.
 
Invoke your feminine side
Nothing is more feminine than beautiful flowers; so it is no surprise that most perfumes in the world have floral scents. In combination with each other, floral scents are combined to create unforgettable fragrances. Try experimenting with various perfumes to find the one that makes you “feel” the best. You can also look for fragrance oils that you can layer to create your own unforgettable aroma.

 

Break Up with Bad Makeup Habits

All women have their standard makeup routines; and sometimes we take some short-cuts that can do more harm than good. Here are some makeup habits to ditch before it gets too late: 

You don’t throw away old makeup
Be honest… do you have makeup in your drawer from 10 years ago? Lipsticks that you have barely worn, but you swear you will wear “one day”? How about old eye shadows, blushes and foundation? If the answer is yes (like most of us will say!) then it is time to throw them out. Makeup has an expiration date; a general rule of thumb is mascaras 3-6 months and all other makeup approximately 2 years. The problem with old makeup is it can contain bacteria than can damage the skin or the formulas can break down. So if you haven’t worn it in the last 6 months, it is time to part ways.

You don’t wash your brushes
This is probably the worst make up habit. Not only can dirty brushes harbor bacteria that can cause acne and other skin irritations, but your makeup will not apply as well. Also, if you have had any sort of skin infection, it is important to throw away the makeup brushes and start anew. One option is to use disposable makeup sponges or easy-to-use makeup brush cleansing wipes; there really is no excuse to using a clean applicator every time. This is most important with eye infections; throw out your mascara so you don’t re-infect your eyes.

You apply makeup to dry skin
Applying makeup is like painting a fence; before you paint a fence you clean it, sand it and prime it so the paint can be applied to a smooth surface. The same concept goes with makeup; if it is applied to dry, flaky, un-primed skin; it is going to look uneven or rough. So before you apply your makeup, try not to skip the moisturize and prime step; you will be amazed at how much better your makeup looks (and lasts!).

You are in a makeup rut
If we go back to the bad habit of keeping old makeup, it might lead us to wearing the same makeup colors and trends that we did 20 years ago! If you have not changed your colors or even types of makeup in over 5 years it might be time to make the change.  Makeup technology has changed so much that the new formulas can truly help our skin look youthful and beautiful, especially foundations and concealers. New lipstick formulas hydrate our lips better than ever and eye shadow pigments are so vibrant and last all day.  So it’s time to break up with your old makeup and try something new!

 

4 Ancient Beauty Practices You Should Try—They Really Work

If all the legends hold true, Cleopatra must have ruled ancient Egypt from her bathtub. Various reports say that she enhanced her renowned beauty by bathing in milk and rose petals, red wine, or a mix of olive oil, milk and honey. Surprisingly, modern science suggests that she was onto something. Here are 4 age-old beauty rituals that are still worth performing.

Following a daily water ritual. The ancient Romans elevated their daily baths to a sophisticated regimen. The communal public baths of Rome were a combination of gym, spa and social club where people spent time socializing as they moved through a series of cold, warm, hot and cool areas often followed by a massage. The lesson for us today? Relax and de-stress during your cleansing routines. And even if we can no longer easily combine bathing and socializing, it’s important to spend regular time enjoying friends’ company—it’s good for your mental and physical health.
 
Exfoliating after a bath or massage. You may not want to use a dull metal blade to scrape your body as the ancient Romans did, but a vigorous rub-down with a textured cloth once a week keeps skin looking healthier, while stimulating circulation and encouraging fresh cell growth. The Japanese, who still follow the ancient communal-bathing tradition at hot-spring spas called onsen, use a special long, narrow nylon-polyester bath cloth for this purpose before entering the tubs to soak and relax.
 
Applying oils and unguents. Beauty aficionados haven’t used the unlovely word “unguent” for the last 500 years or so, but that doesn’t mean that fragrant oils and liquid ointments (aka unguents) aren’t still as effective as they were in Greek and Roman times for soothing and perfuming the skin and smoothing and nourishing the hair. In addition to mixing olive oil in her milk baths, Cleopatra also reputedly used almond oil—a better choice, since it is lighter and more easily absorbed. You might want to consider trying a modern favorite like argan oil.
 
Using bee products. The ancient Greeks were the first to document honey’s medicinal use to protect and heal wounds. As a beauty treatment, honey has been used for eons to moisturize and strengthen skin and hair in the bath or as a mask. Royal jelly, the food that honeybees reserve for their queen, has historically been associated with longevity and vitality. This nutrient-dense substance, which contains a complex mix of amino acids, lipids, minerals and vitamins, is now found in JAFRA Royal Jelly products. Royal jelly’s royalactin is the protein that seems to have the most positive effects on skin health.

Take our Beauty Rituals Quiz here to learn more ancient secrets!
 
 
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