Brow Beaten

Tips to re-generate after over-plucking

You know how it is. One minute you grab the tweezers to yank that stray hair you noticed in the rush hour rearview, the next you’ve been in front of the magnifying mirror for an hour trying to get that arch just right. By this point, odds are good you’ve done the exact opposite, rendering your brows too thin, misshapen or even worse, just splotchy. In other words: beauty emergency! Or at least something that feels like one.  
                                                                                                           
Luckily, these days nothing is permanent, including over-plucking. From serums and gels to full on follicle transplants, there are a plethora of products on the market to restore the hair you’ve erroneously removed and return your brows to face framing fabulosity. However, unless you choose to opt for that pricey and potentially painful hair restoration surgery (probably not necessary – in most circumstances), regrowth will not happen overnight. Like most things in life, it takes time. So, what’s a girl to do in the interim?
 
Exfoliate
By sloughing off the dead skin in any area, you encourage cellular regrowth. This also applies to eyebrows. Nixing clogged pores and rejuvenating follicles certainly can’t hurt and will likely speed the process!
 
Up your biotin intake
Anything that strengthens your hair and nails – which also means Vitamins A, B6, C and E – will promote growth. Believe it or not, increasing your protein intake can even make a difference! In the meantime…
 
Toss the tweezers
No matter how strong the urge, do NOT pull stray hairs that emerge in your immediate brow region, no matter how glaring they seem to you! Got a straggler well below the brow line or between the bridge of your nose and your mid-forehead? Sure, go ahead. But then check yourself… before you re-wreck yourself! And finally…
 
Consult a professional
Any number of salons, makeup counters or even online tutorials are available to either help you reshape your brows in person or show you how to fill them in yourself. Try JAFRA’s Brow Define and Lift Duo to enhance sparse brows. It won’t hasten your regrowth, but it will create the illusion of a balanced brow in no time. And sometimes, a quick fix is all you need to regain your confidence!

 

Weather the Winter Beautifully

5 Look Good, Feel Good Pick-Me-Ups

Style is more than the makeup and the clothes we wear.  It’s also about self-confidence, the way we carry ourselves, and the smile on our face.  And at times it has an awful lot to do with how well we’re dealing with the weather. For those long days when the winter’s been frightful, lift your style and spirits with this fresh batch of hot new ideas.
 
1. Add a shot of Rose Quartz and Serenity, Pantone Color Institute’s 2016 picks for Color of the Year to your cosmetic choices. Both the gentile rose and airy blue shades have already been previewed as eye liners and shadows on runways ‘round the world. Try a rosy toned lip color for a fresh modern attitude. And did we hear you ask… French manicure in Serenity and Rosy Quartz? Yes. Of course! It’s the perfect new combo.
 
2. Cold weather doesn’t have a monopoly on black or blue jeans. Wear your white denims this winter. The warmth and weight of the tops and accessories you pair with them is what makes them work this season. Shop your closet for sweaters in dark tones to wear with black booties or shoes for bold contrast.
 
3. When anything gets you down or stressed, take just two personal minutes to get into the power pose or the Wonder Woman stance that social psychologist Ann Cuddy has made an internet sensation. Stand tall, feet apart, wrists at your sides and chin up. Don’t you feel bigger, mightier, more assertive? Research studies agree that it creates a body/mind connection that’s powerful.
 
4. Try winding down with the latest craze in zen-like experiences by coloring in the intricate patterns and scenes that make up the pages of coloring books for grown-ups. Some call it art “therapy” because the simple fill-in-the-blanks exercise, using colored pencils or pens, is creative, relaxing and ultimately allows you to forget your worries on the pages.
 
5. Smile more. Science has proof that we feel better after we smile. Watch yourself smile in a mirror to experience the good change in mood even more deeply. We look better when we smile, so send out more smiling selfies. The fish face may be the selfie look of the moment, but research says a big beautiful smile will up your attractiveness rating any day!
 

The Expert’s Guide to Perfume Application

How to Determine Your Scent’s ‘Staying’ Power

Anyone who appreciates a fine scent knows that perfume can be a work of art. But the wearer is the performer. In fact, without you, says Ana Maria Urrea of the fragrance house Firmenich, scent is little more than a pretty bottle of liquid. “Fragrance works on body heat. Your body heat activates the scent and propels it into the air.” Perfumers even have a word for how far scent projects: sillage (pronounced see-yahz).
 
How you apply your scent should be largely based on the sillage. So if you wear a fragrance that people comment on when you’re several feet away, you know the scent has a strong sillage. The JAFRA fragrance Diamonds, for example, has a stronger sillage. “These scents generally work well lightly spritzed on hair or clothes,” says Urrea. You’ll leave a scent impression (sillage means “wake” in French) without overpowering yourself or others.
 
Fragrances with a minimal sillage stay close to the skin. These fragrances are best applied on the wrists, neck and chest, where body temperature is highest. “These are the more intimate ‘nuzzle’ scents,” according to Urrea. “You have to be very close to the wearer to smell them.” If you’re on a date night, you can even apply these subtle scents to the back of the knees, the small of the back or anywhere else your partner might be pleasantly surprised by a great fragrance.  The JAFRA scent Eau d´Aromes has more minimal sillage.
 
How do you know if your scent has a strong sillage or a minimal one? Certain ingredients used in many scents – floral notes, musk and hedione, for example – are notorious for being diffusive, strong sillage scents. Oftentimes, fragrances with essential oil, citrus or herbal notes, are less diffusive. But, of course, the only real way to be sure is to try on the scent. “Perfumes are always individual,” says Urrea. Your exact body chemistry and even the weather outside can make a difference in how a scent smells on the wearer and even how diffusive it is.
 

10 Brilliant Beauty Hacks That Save You Cash

Beauty emergencies fall into two main categories: You run out of an important product when you need it most; or you discover you’ve had an appearance disaster. In the worst-case scenario, both hit at the same time. The good news? A clever, inexpensive solution may be as close as the medicine cabinet or the kitchen. The 10 best beauty hacks for common crises follow.
 
 “OMG, I’m out of….”
 
Mascara: The classic hack is a touch of petroleum jelly applied with a mascara wand or spoolie brush to make lashes shiny so they look longer and thicker. Or, if you’ve got a nearly empty or dried out mascara tube, add a few drops of contact-lens saline solution to get the last bit of color out.
 
Makeup remover: Grab the coconut oil from the kitchen. Apply it to your face to melt makeup and wipe off gently with a warm washcloth. Bonus: It will leave your skin feeling super soft.
 
Toner: Mix a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with a tablespoon of water and spray or dab onto your face. This isn’t a hack for every day because even diluted vinegar is too acidic for regular use on facial skin, but it’s okay in an emergency.
 
Cuticle cream: Use lip balm. Out of lip balm? Petroleum jelly also works in a pinch.
 
Dry shampoo: Spray the roots of your hair lightly with spray starch and brush out. Alternative: baby powder. Only apply a small amount!
 
“Uh oh, I have a problem! It’s….”
 
A self-tanning mistake: Baking soda to the rescue! If you overtanned your knees, palms, or elbows, make a paste of baking soda and water and gently rub it on the area where you need to remove tanner. Wipe off.
 
A too-prominent part: If your hair is thin, you may have too much scalp showing at your part. Smooth some brown eye shadow at your roots to fake thicker hair.
 
A pimple: White toothpaste (not the gel kind) works to shrink that one-time angry red zit. It’s okay in an emergency to dot a little bit onto a pimple, but it’s too harsh to use widely on facial skin. You can also try a warm, moist teabag to quell the inflammation.
 
Under-eye bags: Teabags save the day again! This time, chill two dampened teabags briefly in the freezer before lying down and applying them to the undereye area for 5 to 10 minutes. The astringent effect of the tannin in the tea leaves plus the cool moisture should help relieve the puffiness.
 
Hat hair: If your hair is frizzed out because you’ve been wearing a knit hat or the weather is dry, just swipe a dryer sheet over it to tame the static. Or rub a tiny amount of petroleum jelly on the surface of your palms and smooth it over your hair to settle down flyaways.

 
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