No-Hassle Travel

The Smartest Beauty Packing Techniques Ever- Really!

You’re going on vacation and of course you want to take excellent care of your skin every single day, but you also want to keep your cosmetics product count to a minimum. Maybe you’re even planning to zip through the airport with only carry-on luggage. What’s a girl to do?
Check out these strategies to help simplify your next trip (while still staying gorgeous, of course):
Send a beauty care package ahead. With the ever-increasing cost of checking bags on flights and the strict rules at security, it makes sense to send at least some of your belongings ahead of you.
There are a number of companies like Baggage Quest and Luggage Forward that specialize in transporting bags to meet you at your destination, but if you’re just shipping your favorite skincare and cosmetic products, you may want to go direct with one of the major shippers like FedEx or UPS. (Be aware that perfume, nail polish and nail polish remover are on some shippers’ no-go list, so get that vacation manicure done at home!)
Arrange for a courier company to pick up your beauty care package from your home a few days ahead of your trip, and don’t forget to measure out and save the amount of product you’ll need for the days before you leave.
Make your own mini ritual kit. There are lots of well-made transparent cosmetic cases, complete with tiny bottles that satisfy the TSA carry-on rules of airport security. Choose one like the L.L. Bean Sea to Summit Travelling Light Pouch that has six small bottles: three 3 oz. and three 1.3 oz. Fill one of the bigger bottles with JAFRA Royal Jelly Cleansing Milk and another one with JAFRA Royal Jelly Solar Protection Fluid. Use one small bottle for whichever of the Royal Jelly Vitamin Infusions Serums you prefer and a second one for the Royal Jelly Global Longevity Balm. Now your JAFRA Royal Jelly beauty ritual is ready to hit the road with you.
If needed, use the remaining bottles for shampoo and conditioner. You should still have room for a sample-size toothpaste tube, sample-size deodorant and a toothbrush. You may even be able to squeeze in a mascara and lipstick.
Choose a cosmetics bag and products that do double-duty. If you opt to travel with a fancy designer cosmetics case, you can probably enlist it as an evening clutch purse, saving yourself luggage space.
Then try some beauty hacks like using brown eyeshadow as shadow, brow powder and eyeliner. (Wet a liner brush and sweep it through the eyeshadow to pick up enough color to create a defined line.) Take along a matte lipstick that you can also use as cream blush by picking up a little color on your fingers and gently rubbing it on the apples of your cheeks.
Bon voyage!


Make Braids Work For You

Simple, sophisticated Ways to Unravel this Trend

Braids are having a moment. From the runways at fashion week to every red carpet in tinsel town, the world’s chicest women have been putting on the plaits in unexpected ways this season. And it’s no wonder. Whether you’re having a bad hair day or need to add a little something special to your look, braids will do the trick. Dressed up or dressed down, they can highlight your face, disguise unruly locks or simply help you break up the monotony of your otherwise daily do. Best of all, whatever your length, texture or face shape, there’s a braid that works for you.
Parlez-Vous Français?
You don’t need to speak French to seize the simplicity of this elegant and versatile look - medium length hair and a few minutes of time will suffice. Simply start as far back from your face as you like and gather three sections of hair (one each from the left, right and middle). Then, begin braiding, sweeping up more hair from alternating sides with each round. Depending on how tight you pull, you’ll get a different effect. Looking for high impact drama? Pull hard and tight. Want a more romantic, windswept look? Knit your hair together loosely and tuck the tail under in back once you’ve secured it. Bottom line: whichever style of French braid you opt for, the result is a polished ‘do that travels. 
Knock ‘em out
Meanwhile, if the tightly-cropped French braid works for you, why not try two? Popularized by Kim Kardashian and Beyonce, then taken to the red carpet by stars like Amanda Seyfreid, Boxer Braids are an easy way to add some edge to any outfit. Simply part your hair down the center then follow the French braid directions twice, pulling as tight as you can stand. Don’t be afraid to let the braid stand up (almost like corn rows). The resulting hairstyle goes great with a smoky eye and will emphasize your face…along with your saucy attitude!
Go half way
What about a more gentle approach? Don’t braid your whole head! Take a small section from the front of your scalp, probably to one side or slightly off-center and create a small braid. Do the same on the other side. Then, fasten both back around your head for a half up-half down look that’s a little more polished than simply pulling both sides back. You can even try small French braids on the sides to pack some extra punch. The key is to leave the back long and loose. And finally…
Crowning glory
When it comes to updos, a crown of braid(s) will keep you au courant any time and any place. Want proof? See Olivia Wilde’s French braid at this year’s Oscars. It circled the crown of her head and led back to a braided bun, creating a look that suited the year’s biggest party, yet would’ve complemented any office outfit – the signature of this style’s versatility.  


Mother’s Day Shopping Just Got Easier!

5 Fab Beauty Gifts Your Mom Will Love More Than Flowers

Mom already has you—what else could she want? Sure, that’s what she always tells you, but she deserves something more on her special day, and there’s nothing better than that unexpected treat that will make her feel more beautiful.
Here are five thoughtful ways to tell mom, she matters:
Gift Her Relaxation
Spa or salon gift certificate. Pampering is in order for Mother’s Day, so where better to send mom than the spa or salon for a massage, facial or manicure? To add some substance to your gift certificate or card, slip them into a beautifully wrapped package containing one of the other gift ideas here.
Gift Her To-Die-For Skin
Beauty ritual basket. Choose a nice basket or gift box and pack it to the brim with all the products mom needs for the JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual. She will love getting everything for a complete, luxurious skincare routine, including JAFRA Royal Jelly’s Gentle Cleansing Milk, the Vitamin Infusions Extra Hydration Serum with Vitamin E, the Vitamin Infusions Pore Minimizer Serum with Vitamin A, the Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50, and the Global Longevity Balm with RoyalActive Peptide. A nice addition is the safe and effective Revitalizing Sonic Cleanser, which will make mom’s skin extra happy.
Gift Her A Zen Moment
Exotic candle or diffuser. There’s nothing more soothing than the sophisticated fragrances of candles or diffusers from luxury brands like France’s Diptypque and  L’Occitane or England’s Jo Malone and Molton Brown or from the U.S.,  Voluspa and Anthropologie. These fancy candles and diffusers may be a little pricey, but the gorgeous packaging and the rich, long-standing scents will impress mom.
Gift Her Comfort
Luxurious robe. A plush, resort-style terrycloth robe will help mom feel like every day is spa day. If you plan ahead (yes, that means now!), you can even get mom’s robe monogrammed when you order from Pottery Barn. To show how thoughtful you are, add a pair of cushy slippers or pretty spa thongs for the ultimate show of luxurious pampering.
Gift Her Beauty In A Pouch
Chic makeup bag. Give mom a gift, that as she unzips daily, she will think of you fondly: A high-quality, well-designed cosmetic case. Give fashionable moms bags from on-trend brands like Coach, Kate Spade and Rebecca Minkoff, but if she is  more conservative, then Vera Bradley is the best option. And if you splurged on mom’s other gifts and are now pinching pennies, visit Target and check out the affordably-priced fun bags from makeup artist Sonia Kashuk.

Is Good Skin Hereditary?

What Your Mother’s Skin Tells You about Your Future

There’s a bit of wisdom that’s passed from father to son that goes like this: “Before you marry a girl, look at her mother because that’s how she’s going to look in 20 years.” But is that accurate? Do we inherit how we age—and specifically how our facial skin ages—from our mothers?
To some extent, yes. Our mothers’ DNA can pass along a predisposition toward brown spots known as melasma, for example, or, worse, melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer. The rate at which skin sags as we grow older is also to some degree hereditary. The good news is that if your mother is unusually youthful looking, chances are you will be too when you reach her current age.
However, research done with identical twins that was published in 2009 in JAMA Dermatology concluded that lifestyle plays a strong role as well in how our faces age. In fact, the researchers estimated that about 40 percent of the visible signs of aging (wrinkles, creases, eye bags, brown spots, etc.) are slowed down or sped up by choices we make.
According to the research, cigarette smoking was the strongest lifestyle factor in causing premature skin aging. So if your mother smokes or smoked in the past and you don’t, chances are you will age better—or vice versa.
The other major cause of premature aging is, of course, sun exposure and the damage that the sun’s various types of ultraviolet (UV) rays do to unprotected skin. Broad-spectrum sunscreens, those that protect against both UVA and UVB rays, are a relatively recent invention, so that’s an option our parents didn’t have available to them. So if you’re conscientious about wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun and tanning salons, you may gain an advantage over your mother’s generation.
But it’s not just your own skin health that you need to consider: If you’re a mom, it’s important to teach your own kids good habits. Protecting your little ones against sunburns is particularly important, since childhood sunburns increase skin-cancer risk later in life, as well as produce premature wrinkles. Set a good example by wearing sunscreen and a hat when outdoors and make sure the kids do too.
And know that in the future, when you meet your daughter’s fiancé, he will be thinking what a very lucky man he is.
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