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!

Quick Gifts

Gifts so easy, they practically give themselves!

Giving presents to the people we care about during the holiday season is a feel-good tradition. It’s a thoughtful way to show appreciation for our family, friends and co-workers, and strengthens the connections between us. Then there’s that warm, fuzzy feeling we get when we find just the right gift for a special someone on our list, and that’s nothing compared to how you feel when they open it! <3

The other side of this holiday coin can be stressful and expensive. Choosing just the right gift, wondering if we’ve spent too much or too little and finding the time to shop for everyone on your list can be daunting. So, to make gift giving a little simpler this season, we have exclusive Holiday Packages and Special Offers that will make last minute shopping personal, yet speedy.
For Men
Gifting the men in your life can be a challenge, but most of them could use some help staying stocked up on grooming supplies. For the men that you hold dear to your heart, choosing a men’s fragrance based on their tastes and needs makes for a meaningful gift. JAFRA Legend, Legend Hero and the latest men's fragrance, Xclusive Speed are all great gift picks.
For Moms
The mothers in your life will love these quality time gifts for baby and toddlers! The JAFRA Tender Moments Collection includes Delicate Baby Bottom Balm and Massage Cream that are perfect to add to a homemade Mom-themed gift basket. The One 2 Four Collection makes bath time a breeze with Toddler Hair Detangler and Shampoo. Anything that makes a mother’s life a little easier will be greatly appreciated for the holidays!
For The Chic and Sophisticated
For a gift that can’t miss, take her away to the City of Lights with the beautiful Paris et Moi fragrance. It comes in a special set for the holidays that includes a mini take-along bottle, a FREE Royal Jelly Luxury lipstick in a shade of your choice and a holiday ornament box. (You’ll probably want to treat yourself, too!)
For The BFF
For the woman on your list that you want to spoil with a very special gift, consider JAFRA skincare packages that include special care products for specific skin types and needs. The JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual Gift Set is a great value for the holidays. Don’t forget to tell her about the Stay Royal Auto-Delivery Program after she falls in love with Royal Jelly. ;)
For All
‘Tis the season when almost everyone from your BFF to your coworkers could use a little pampering to soothe their dry winter hands. Hand care makes for an easy and useful gift for almost anyone! JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Hand Complex, Day Care for Hands with Broad Spectrum SPF 15 and Intellishield and Precious Protein Hand Cream are all great options. Add a gift certificate for a manicure to your best friend’s package, a pair of garden gloves for your mom to make it even more personal.

Happy Holidays to you and yours and happy gifting!

Beauty Solutions: The Dark Side

What you can do to send those dark circles packing

If you’ve got a problem, we’ve got your solution! Beauty Solutions tackles the most common beauty problems and makes your beauty routine a little easier with tips and tricks to fix them! This one is sure to make your day a little bit brighter (especially under your eyes).

Question: How do I get rid of bags/dark circles under my eyes?

All In The Family - Dark skin underneath the eyes can be a hereditary hurdle. If your parent or parents have hyperpigmentation in this area, you’re more likely to have it as well.

Zzz’s, H2O & SPF - Sleep can minimize discoloration around the eyes, as does staying hydrated. Avoid alcohol and salt, which can both dehydrate you and enhance any dark areas on your skin. Sunscreen is a must; it protects your skin and sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide help decrease skin pigmentation over time, which lightens skin overtime. 

Plump It Up - Daily moisturizers and eye creams with plumping ingredients can help if things look a little droopy, but be careful with certain ingredients when it comes to the sensitive skin around your eyes. Pink or peach toned cream correctors can keep you from looking fatigued during the day. Our CC Crème Concealer with SPF 20 is a great one; it’s the perfect pick-me-up for your lower lids. When they aren’t combined into one product, eye cream helps concealer go on smoother, so use both for the best results.

Mask It Out - A quick sheet mask specifically made for under-eye treatment is a great option for a more immediate lift. No one will ever know you’re running on 3 hours of sleep. ;)

Natural Light(ening) - Tomatoes and lemons both have lightening properties that can be harnessed for your dark circles. Just mix tomato juice and lemon juice in a 2:1 ratio and gently apply underneath your eyes for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Repeat this process morning and night for 2-3 weeks for best results. Kojic acid and licorice extract can also be used to brighten and even skin tone.
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