Beauty Solutions: Brushing Up

Learn how to treat your makeup brushes right

Beauty Solutions takes on your most common beauty problems and dishes out knowledge and tips on how to deal with them. Keep a look out for new Beauty Solutions articles to see which beauty question we answer next!
Question: How do I clean my makeup brushes?      
We know cleaning your brushes can be a time consuming and kind of annoying task, but did you know you can get a staph infection from a dirty makeup brush? Brushes that you use to apply powders to your skin can build up oil and bacteria in between the bristles. Plus, clean brushes make you less prone to breakouts. 

Keep your makeup brushes sanitary and in good condition by washing them gently with soap or baby shampoo in lukewarm water. Then, shape the bristles and lay them flat on a towel to dry. There are also machines and other gadget options for professional disinfection available online. Clean the brushes that you use daily often and always clean them before using them on someone else. 

Last but not least, if you’re looking to start fresh with new makeup brushes, our new makeup brush set is super soft and designed for easy application. Stay beautiful and keep those brushes clean!

High-Tech Beauty

See what's to come for the future of beauty

Although the best beauty endeavors may be zero-tech, we have to acknowledge that technology is relevant in beauty; from anti-aging to bad hair and all the beauty maladies in between. Here are some of the best high-tech beauty gadgets that promise to solve your biggest beauty challenges. 
The New Face of Beauty Masks
The mask of the future is here! Foreo’s UFO is a hand-held device that combines LED light therapy (age-defying red, brightening green, and acne-fighting blue), cryotherapy and thermotherapy (cold and hot, respectively), and T-sonic pulsations. The kicker? This less-mess process takes a total of 90 seconds!

Skin Upgrade
This little gadget is the jam. The Lancer Microcurrent Power Boost is a little gold wand (no, it's not solid Gold; it’s Germanium) and the brainchild of celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Harold Lancer. It helps stimulate collagen production by gently massaging skin with an electrical field that activates the underlying facial muscles, improving circulation. 
Quick Dry
The Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer or as I like to call it, the Holy Grail of hair drying, is groundbreaking. It dries hair unbelievably fast and has incredible temperature control. It’s also extremely lightweight, which is great for those of us with a little more to dry up top. 
Lighten Up on Acne 
The FDA-approved reVive Poof is a tiny hand-held on-the-go device. It uses medical-grade LED light to destroy acne-causing bacteria, reduce inflammation and minimize pores. This quick treatment is small enough to slip into a backpack or purse and reduces swelling, purifies the skin, and stabilizes oil glands, too!
Brushing Up on the Cutting Edge
Keep your brushes (and your face) clean with the new StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner and Dryer. Just mix the StylPro Cleansing Solution with water in the specially designed bowl, give your brushes a quick dip and watch the your brushes clean and dry in seconds. 
Surreal Sun Care
A manicure that can save you from sunburn? La Roche-Posay recently debuted UV Sense, adhesive nail art that tracks your UV exposure. Combined with an app, UV Sense provides sun info that tells you when to get in the shade or apply more sunscreen. It will be available on a limited basis this summer and a global launch is coming next year

Time Hop Pep Talk

Beauty advice you wish you had back in the day

Most of us would agree that the phrase, “hindsight is twenty-twenty” definitely applies to beauty. When we are young, we don’t have the wisdom or knowledge to foresee the beauty challenges to come. I asked women of various ages and in different stages of life what advice they would give their 15-year-old self and this is what they had to say:
#1: Sunscreen is King
Almost all of the women polled cited sunscreen as the #1 piece of advice they would advise their younger selves. Suzanne, a mother of 2 in her 40s said, “I would tell my 15-year-old self not to lay out in the sun so much and to wear sunscreen every day, especially on my face.”
Shana, an executive in her 40s advised, “Wear sunscreen and don’t go to a tanning bed unless it’s for a spray tan!” In hindsight, I also wish I’d worn sunscreen when I was a teenager. Now, I am paying the price with sunspots that could have been prevented. So remember, women of all ages and skin colors should wear sunscreen every day to protect their skin for the future.
#2 Prevention is Key
Another piece of advice Shana had for herself was, “Learn to sleep on your back and never on your side. Sleeping on your side causes wrinkles!”
Carrie, a mother of 2 teenagers in her 50s said, “Sunglasses are a must and look chic!” Wearing protective eyewear has been proven to not only protect your eyes, but also to prevent wrinkles from forming that are caused by squinting at the sun. Paige, an executive in her 40s told her younger self, “A beauty regimen is preventative, so starting young keeps you looking young.” Say it again, sister!
#3 Less is More
Another tid bit of wisdom was the idea of wearing less (or at least an appropriate amount of) makeup in your more formative years. Dessa, a 50 year-old mom of two advised, “When I was 15, it was the 80s and three things were happening to me; a big, bad perm, too much blue eyeshadow and too much pink blush! I would tell myself not to wear too much makeup, keep my hair in a more natural state and find ways to work with my natural hair.”
#4 Perm is a Dirty Word
Hello, my name is Nina, and I am a victim of the giant perms of the 80s and 90s.  Coincidentally, almost every woman polled advised their 15 year-old self NOT to get a perm. While the perm trend may have slowed down over the years, permanent and semi-permanent hair treatments, like keratin straightening treatments have grown in popularity. Many of these treatments were found to contain formaldehyde, which can be hazardous to your health, so the advice still holds true to embrace our natural hair instead of chemically altering it. Use hair products specially formulated for your hair type to bring out the best in your tresses.
#5 Eyebrows, Eyebrows, Eyebrows!
Another piece of advice echoed by almost every woman polled was not to over pluck your eyebrows. Full, thick, natural brows are the epitome of youth, and once they are over plucked or waxed, it can radically change the look of your face. I had my eyebrows waxed when I was 16, and they were never the same again. Now, my main focus daily after sunscreen is to fill in my eyebrows. If I had only known to leave them alone then, I wouldn’t have to spend so much time on them now.
#6 Don’t Rush
A very important final piece of advice from this poll of women is to enjoy being young. Dessa explains that she would tell herself, “Not to be in such a rush to grow up. Dress and wear makeup that’s more suitable for a 15-year-old.” Anneke, a mom in her 40s said, “You are the boss of your own body.” (Well put, Anneke!) I would tell my 15-year-old self to enjoy being young and to embrace it, because before you know it, 30 years will pass! Now I’m left wondering what advice my 80-year-old self will have for the moments I’m living right now…

Holiday Gaze

Bold eye looks for the holiday season

We’re all about after dark celebrations any time of the year, but during the holiday season, the night takes on a different kind of life. If you haven’t had a minute to think about your holiday look, we’ve got your back. Have fun this holiday season by taking a chance with your eye makeup. JAFRA’s Adorisse Eyeshadow Palette has black, blue, silver, plum and pink hues that are all perfect for a fearless holiday eye. Here’s some inspiration to get your started:
Fireside Eyes
Blend the black and blue shades in the Adorisse Eyeshadow Palette for a sultry dark and smokey look.
Pro Tip: Blue shades make brown eyes pop! Use it on the inside corners of your eyes for a little intrigue.
Sugar Plum Perfection
A beautiful plum eyeshadow looks especially festive with black liner, some dramatic mascara and a glossy, nude lip. Rosy hues complement any skin tone and eye color.
To make things more dramatic, try winging your liner or mixing your plum shadow with gold or copper and you have an effortlessly glamorous look.
Fabulous and a little futuristic. Let the light of the night catch the silver on your lids with the most metallic option of the Adorisse Palette. Pair it with a bold, brushed up brow for a look that is super subtle and yet totally captivating.
Scent of the Season
Don’t forget to finish your look with Adorisse Night. It has season-appropriate notes of bergamot, neroli and creamy white chocolate.  A bold eye and a beautiful scent; it doesn’t get any more festive than that!
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