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Little Beauty Habits That Make A Big Difference

Adopting these simple beauty habits won’t cost you much and will save you big on time and aggravation. To make your daily beauty regimen less of a pain and more of a pleasurable experience, check these easy practices off your to-do list.
Replace products before you run out. Nothing ruins a day faster when you’ve discovered that you’ve used the last of your favorite cleansing milk or mascara the day before. Always have an extra container of favorite products on hand.
Begin the day with a clean, well-prepped face. When you start your morning free of residual makeup and a moisturized face, it pays off with faster, easier makeup application, which explains why beauty editors nag you to make sure you cleanse thoroughly and moisturize at night.
Have fresh disposables (cotton balls, swabs) at hand. Choose a beautiful crystal container or a cute small basket to store your daily beauty necessities so they’re instantly accessible. No digging under the sink or the back of drawers!
Buy high-quality, reusable containers. Bottles, tubes and palettes that don’t cooperate by letting you get to the product you want are beyond annoying: Buy your own replacements and transfer the stuff you use regularly into them.
Keep tools and brushes clean. In a pinch, that can mean just wiping them down with rubbing alcohol on a tissue after use, but when you can, give them a bath in gentle detergent and then air dry. Fresh brushes help makeup go on more smoothly and evenly.

Have a neat, functional storage system. In addition to keeping your daily disposables easily accessible, figure out a way to organize the products you use regularly to minimize rooting around. Use drawer dividers, for example, to corral small items and put the ones you use daily upfront.
Dispose of unloved and past-their-prime products. This is another aspect of being organized and minimizing clutter: Don’t save products that have started to separate, turn rancid or clump. And if you don’t like something and know you won’t use it, overcome the guilt and either give it away or throw it out!
Enhance your space with fragrance. Put a few drops of a relaxing essential oil like lavender on the headband you use while washing. Add a scented candle or flowers to your countertop.
Adjust your lighting. Okay, this one can get pricey if you go all out and upgrade your makeup space with expensive salon-style fixtures. But you don’t have to call an electrician to change to a warmer fluorescent bulb or change the wattage to create a softer, more pleasant beauty workspace.
Create a beauty ritual that works for you, morning and evening. The less you need to ponder each time you cleanse and treat your skin, the better. Experiment until you know what products you want to apply in what order. Fewer decisions, less stress.
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Lifestyle Scene

Detox Your Relationships

Whether it’s a partner, friend, coworker, parent or even a fellow member of the PTA, just about everybody has experienced a relationship they just can’t seem to navigate properly. The relationship might even feel, well, downright toxic. Go searching for advice on toxic relationships and you’ll find plenty, most of it involving ridding toxic people from your life, though.

But what if ridding toxic people from your life isn't so simple? Like, for example, what if the toxic vibes are coming from your boss, your spouse or your relatives? Those people are not so easy to ditch. Los Angeles psychotherapists Barry Michels and Phil Stutz, authors of  The Tools, say you don’t necessarily have to get rid of the person. But you do have to do a little work on yourself. The New York Times best-selling authors have come up with this three step anti-poison approach:  
Stop the judgements now
Think your boss is a total idiot despite a fancy degree? Hate how your partner chews? Each and every time you allow yourself these (usually silent) judgments, you’re poisoning the relationship. If you have a negative judgement on a person, the psychotherapists say it’s like you’re telegraphing negativity. So keep this in mind: everybody knows you’re thinking bad things about them, even if you plaster a smile on your face. You have to stop the judgements by literally mentally tagging them as poison as they come up. Then – and this is crucial—intentionally create positive appraisals of the person. It will take effort, but focus as much energy as you can muster on the positive appraisals.
Michels and Stutz says that a relationship winner is the person who gives –not gets—the most validation. This might sound cheesy, but it works. Tell your boss how much you like how he runs the weekly staff meeting, tell your partner how grateful you are that he helps around the house, tell your kid how wonderful it is that she practices piano without being asked or whatever you can find to use as a validation. It’s hard to spew poison when you’re being validated. Simple as that.
Get a life
That is, make sure you engage in plenty of fulfilling activities beyond the relationship at hand. No relationship will meet all of your needs. By intentionally cultivating a full life you take the pressure off of your key relationships. Pressure is sure-fire poison, warn Michels and Stutz.
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Tips and Tutorials

How to Master The Dewy Look Without Looking Oily

Fresh faced and dewy is a makeup look that highlights your best features and gives your complexion that youthful glow. A little know-how is required to avoid a shiny, greasy finish as the application is about layering hydrating skincare products, creamy-based radiance foundation, and highlighter.
Step One
The first step is to begin with skincare products that provide the proper hydration for your skin type needs. Warning: If your face is extremely oily or prone to breakouts, the dewy look might not work well on you.
To get a head start on morning hydration, use a hydrating mask or brightening cream at bedtime like JAFRA Brightening Dynamics Night Moisture to reveal a smoother, brighter, more luminous complexion when you wake up.
In the AM, use a non-drying cleanser, and follow with a hydrating toner or serum, which may be all the moisture you need. Should your skin continue to feel and appear dry, add more moisturizer.  Remember to not overdo the application, and dab more on where necessary, allowing it to soak in, and then tissue off any excess.
Step Two
If your skin is clear, bright and plumped, touch up your complexion with concealer only, or dab liquid or crème foundation where necessary and blend well. If you prefer all-over coverage, choose a foundation with radiance properties – no mattes for this look.
Next, try an all-in-one product like JAFRA’s CC Crème Complexion Corrector, which primes, moisturizes, brightens and minimizes imperfections. Continue with a highlighter that catches light and illuminates your face, dabbing sparingly on your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, across your brow bone, above your cupids bow and on your chin –only. Make sure to blend to soften hard edges; the effect will be a soft sheen.
With a dewy complexion, don’t overdo shine on your eyes and lips. Use a creamy formula lip color - anything that’s too shimmery or shiny will throw off the look. The same goes for eye shadow. Use a flat shadow if that’s what you have, then dab on a touch of highlighter over the color for sheen.
Step Three
To keep that dewy glow on your face, refresh your makeup with a hydrating facial mist throughout the day.
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Fashion Scene

How To Get Beachy Waves

Loose, sexy and slightly messy, beachy waves never go out of style, and the good news is that even if you’re hundreds of miles from the ocean, they’re not as impossible to create as you may think! How you achieve this eternally chic, surfer girl style just depends on the texture of your hair.
Fine Hair
If your hair tends to fall flat or has flyaways, this sun-kissed style is going to require some product.  Start with texturizing mousse on damp hair. From there, blow dry – without focus on smoothing, except in particularly frizzy areas (back of the neck comes to mind for certain hair types. No need to worry about being even or measured in any way – after all, you’re trying to create a purposefully unfinished look. When you’re dry, use a hot iron or curling wand to add waves – making sure to stop an inch above the ends. Shake loose as you see fit, then finish off with spray.
Curly Hair
It may seem counterintuitive – beachy waves for curly hair, however, by softening your corona into a more relaxed wave, you, too, can rock this seaside style. Wash and condition your hair as normal. Then, rather than rubbing dry, squeeze all the excess water from your locks. Run a wide toothed comb through, then, apply your choice of hair oil or serum. Comb again, divflide your hair into two sections and braid each one. Secure the braids with elastics, then, pin on the top of your head to prevent frizzing while you sleep – and allowing your hair to dry into waves rather than your usual corkscrews. When you wake up, take the braids down, shake your hair out and spray with a texturizing salt-water spray. Once it dries all the way, use a smoothing product (cream, wax or gel) to prevent flyaways, or go with them depending on your desired look!
Straight Hair
Start out with clean, wet hair. Blow dry – without focus on smoothing, then divide your hair into two sections and braid each one. Leave at least an inch at the bottom your braids before fastening with an elastic band. Then flat iron the braids. You heard that right. Flat iron your braids, being sure to press down fully, with pressure and multiple times on each one. Undo the braids and apply spray – for texture and hold. If your hair is stick straight, you may need to take an additional step or two as well: either add product before you braid (then flat iron) or add product, dry most of the way, use a curling iron to create uneven curls (see fine hair) then, braid and flat iron.
Wavy Hair
Finally, if you’re not frizzy, fine, totally curly or pin straight, your hair can be classified as wavy… and lucky you, it’s easy for you to rock a coastal coif! Starting with freshly washed hair, take small sections and twist them. Twirl the twisted sections around your finger as you blow dry. Then, secure the twists into loose curls on your head. Once your whole head is done (and almost all the way try), take it out, shake it out and give it a spritz. Voila! You’re good to go.
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September Staff Picks

As we kick off fall, our thoughts are all about skin care. JAFRA is known for innovative skin care regimens and luxurious daily body care, but we were curious about how our employees treat their own skin. 

This month, we asked Ashley Steele, a Graphic Designer for JAFRA USA, what products she regularly turns to for skin maintenance. From anti-aging remedies to go-to blemish concealers, she shares how she keeps her skin flawless.

The JAFRA skin care product you never travel without?
Royal Jelly Body Complex! It conditions and strengthens my skin so it always feels smooth and hydrated.
The most important part of your skin care routine?
Staying moisturized. I also use the JAFRA Spa Mud Mask every week to tighten my skin and minimize pores.
Your fave foundation or concealer for covering blemishes?
The CC Créme Concealer SPF 20. I also like having a matte finish to prevent shine, so I use the Mattifying Primer.
How you get your daily dose of SPF?
The Royal Jelly Solar Protection Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 50 is part of my moisturizing regimen; I use it on my face, neck and décolletage. It’s a must for everyday damage control, especially when I’m spending lunch breaks in the park and it’s 100 degrees!
How you combat early/existing signs of aging?
Prevention is key. I try not to stay out in the sun for very long, and I keep JAFRA Sun Spray Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 in my car (especially since I have a convertible). I always keep my skin moisturized, usually with Royal Jelly Global Longevity Balm, and I never sleep in makeup!
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