Bouncing Back

Getting back to normal after a rough patch

Whether you’ve had a bad day, a bad week, or a run of struggles, there are lots of methods to explore for picking yourself back up and rebooting to have a better day. Self-care is having a much needed moment and people everywhere are paying extra attention to their overall wellbeing. Putting yourself first rather than last allows you to be your best for your family, friends and career. Here are some things you can do to lift yourself up when you feel down.
 
Mindset Shift
Chaos and calamity can plague you long after the initial drama is over. To lighten your mood and keep residual negative thoughts from getting out of hand, focus on personal growth and life lessons instead. You can find peace through nurturing practices like meditation, prayer, talk therapy, writing or even reaching out to trusted friends or family to listen. Try to steer clear of negative people, news, or conversations to avoid additional stress while you are still vulnerable from the experience.
 
Guilty Pleasures
Simple indulgences can promote absolute bliss. Whatever makes you swoon with happiness, be it shoe shopping, a long hot bath with a glass of champagne (while the kids play outside), or splurging at a trendy spa, do it! A little “you time” can help create the harmony you need in your life at the moment.
 
Get Creative
Artistic endeavors, like working in a garden, knitting, dancing, playing an instrument or painting, can be great outlets for relieving stress and have the power to put you in a happy place. The key is to throw yourself into whatever you love to do and get lost in it; even if it’s just for an afternoon. The things that seem to make time fly can leave you with a wonderful sense of productivity and creativity.

Best Face Forward

Tips for looking and feeling genuinely friendly

There’s nothing like a warm natural smile and good eye contact to add to your in-person magnetism when connecting with others. Beyond good skincare and makeup, pleasant facial expressions have a positive effect on your interactions in social situations at work and at home.

It’s much easier to approach or converse with a friendly face than someone who seems stressed, uninterested or grumpy. Many people have a naturally happy face, while some of us are often criticized for, “looking tired”. Being aware of the face you’re wearing can have a big effect on your self-image. The key to making any changes in how you face the world is your mindset.
 
Find Your Smile
Researchers have counted more than 50 different types of smiles. The most genuine one involves smiling with your eyes and your mouth, also known as “smizing”. It’s a smile that originates from your happy place. To find your smize, look into a mirror and think about things that bring you joy and make you smile in response. When your eyes automatically light up and crinkle at the corners, you’ve found your natural smile. Use those same blissful thoughts to put a real smile on your face whenever you need one. Try smiling with your eyes in social or work situations where you want to be sure you look approachable.

Eye Contact
How, when and where we make eye contact is another key to making successful connections. It tells others that we see them and are listening to them. Eye contact makes us appear more confident and truthful, especially in a relaxed manner. Remember to make contact with your eyes as you speak and listen.

Clear Your Face
If you’re leaving a stressful situation to enter a room, the office, or meet a friend for lunch, shake the day off of your face first. Think positive thoughts about what you are about to experience as you wiggle your forehead, nose, mouth to relax tense facial muscles. The exercise may even make you laugh. What’s important here is to work up a pleasant expression.
 

The Magic of Multimasking

What masks to use where and why

We all love a good facial mask. They’re a great way to wind down and relax with a quick fifteen minutes of “you” time. This year, masks have evolved in many ways, including fun sheet masks with awesome built-in selfie opportunities and multimasking, the practice of applying multiple masks at the same time to different parts of your face in order to maximize your skin care payoff. It’s common practice to layer your products for the best results when it comes to makeup, so why not make the most of it and multimask? Here are some tips for what mask to put where, depending on your deepest mask desires:
 
Problem: Dry Skin
Solution: Moisturizing Mask
How it Helps: An oil based mask will help when your skin is dry. If your forehead or the apples of your cheeks could use some extra attention, a thick cream mask will hydrate your skin without clogging your pores. To maintain even more moisture, wipe the excess mask off with a towel instead of rinsing.
 
Problem: Dark Under-Eye Circles
Solution: Under-Eye Sheet Mask
How it Helps: A sheet mask will help minimize dark circles and puffiness under your eyes. Put your under-eye sheets in the fridge to really intensify the cooling effect.
 
Problem: Irritated Skin
Solution: Soothing/Calming Mask
How it Helps: Apply a soothing or calming mask to any areas that have been red or irritated. Look for a mask with ingredients like oatmeal and aloe that will bring your skin relief.

Problem: Anti-Aging
Solution: Brightening
How it Helps: If you’re looking for a mask that will give your skin a youth-boost, start with a mask that has exfoliating acids and brightening vitamins. Algae is a key ingredient in some brightening masks as well. Your cheeks and your chin are two good places to focus when it comes to anti-aging. For firmer skin, try a mask with a clay based formula.
 
Problem: Breakouts
Solution: Detoxifying
How it Helps: Apply a thick layer of charcoal mask to your breakout problem areas. Charcoal masks clear pores of dirt and impurities, so your next pimple never makes it to the surface. Clay masks can also be beneficial for breakouts, like the JAFRA Mud Mask. It has vitamin E and antioxidants that remove excess oils and dead skin cells. The JAFRA Clear Complexion Clarifying Mask is another great option.

Beauty Solutions: Lip Know-How

Do you long for a plumper pout? Try these needle-free alternatives

It’s time for another Beauty Solution! This is the part of the blog where we tackle the common beauty problems that many of us and tell you how to fix them, so your beauty routine gets a little easier with every article.

Question: How can I get fuller lips?
A nice full pout has always been a coveted look for some, but injections aren’t the only way!

Lip plumping glosses and serums that stimulate blood circulation in the lips can work wonders, but be careful; some of them are pretty intense. Test it first in a small area and wait a few minutes to make sure it doesn’t irritate your skin or cause you any discomfort.

There are also lip-lining techniques that can give you the appearance of a more prominent pucker. Try lining just outside of your natural lip line with our Lip Definer Lip Liner and then fill in with a matching lip color to turn things up a bit, no needles needed.
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