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Most people would agree that friendships are vital to our happiness. Friends not only keep us company, but they can provide support and love outside of our families, especially best friends. But what makes a best friend? While we seek out positive friendships, it is also important to be a good friend. Here are some tips on being the best BFF that you can be. You might just find it comes back to you. <3
 
Keep In Touch
While it might seem obvious, staying in touch with our friends is vital to maintaining the relationship. Significant others, children and work commitments can easily get in the way of reaching out to our besties, causing a rift in the friendship. Schedule regular time to talk and if your friend is nearby, definitely make time to see them in person, even if it’s for a quick coffee or a walk. Carving out time for your friend shows them that you truly value them.
 
Be a Superhero
When your BFF asks you for help, that is the time to go above and beyond what is asked of you. Try to be as supportive and caring as possible; whether you are listening to their problems or giving them a ride to the doctor. Your actions will prove to how much you care.
 
Be Happy for Them
If your friend gets a promotion at work, falls in love, or has another life successes, be genuinely for happy them. It’s easy to become envious of a friend’s triumphs and try to diminish them in some way. Being proud, excited and supportive of your pal’s achievements are the hallmark of a true BFF.
 
Be Thoughtful
Nice gestures can show your friend that you are thinking of them. It doesn’t have to be expensive gifts; even a simple text to wish them good luck on a job interview or bringing them a coffee just the way they like it is enough for them to feel the love.
 
Be Yourself
One final tip for being a great friend is to be yourself. Holding back your true self can be detrimental to the relationship. Trying to change your viewpoints, opinions or actions to match those of your friend keeps them from learning (and loving) who you truly are. On the other hand, you should also allow your friend to be who they are and refrain from trying to change them as well. Being honest and respectful will allow both of you to become the best friends you can be!
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Fall 2017 Hair Trends

Fall is the perfect time to ditch your old hair style and go for something fresh and exciting! Even if you’re not heading back to school anymore, you can still get a back-to-school hair reboot. Check out the cut, color and style inspiration below to keep your locks on trend for next season.
 
Cuts
A blunt bob with bangs promises to be THE cut of 2017.  It’s so popular on Pinterest and Instagram right now that even the most adventurous among us might consider a reinterpretation of this classic. Leave it a little shaggy for a tousled look. A mid-length waves with warm brown highlights are another fall staple coming back into the fold and curly girls everywhere are embracing their natural textures with fun cuts and braids.
 
Colors
When it comes to color, there is a soft subtle shade of pink springing up on a lot of celebrity heads right now. There is also a slew of more sophisticated and sultry color combos for fall, like sherbet shades of peach, grombre (grey ombre) and rose-gold blonde. Oh, and the good news for those us who can’t get to the colorist very often is that roots are still having a moment. Think like 3 to 5 inches of natural color.
 
Styles
This fall’s hairstyle trends offer a few throwbacks from the past, including long, straight, center-parted Cher hair and romantic braids. Braids in general are everywhere right now,  from intricate micro braids to tossing a few random plaits in with beachy waves. A pretty little detail from the Fashion Week runways are black ribbons, big and small, tied onto the tops of ponytails, chignons and braids. Double or juxtaposed texture looks are also having a moment, referring to a chic slicked back look on top and textured or teased look at the bottom. 
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Fight the Fall Rut

As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter and darker, the weather has its way of slowing us down and yet, there’s so much more to do! To make the cool weather transition easier, take some time to organize your life and put things in place that will help you maintain your healthy glow from the summer months all year long. These small, but significant changes will help you maintain your mood.
 
Stay Healthy
Getting sick is one of the most time consuming beauty bummers ever. Make hand sanitizer a constant companion--in your desk drawer, in your bag, in your car, everywhere! Get plenty of rest as the weather changes, especially if your body is thrown off by the time change. Keep the heat down (around 66° F) in your bedroom and you’ll sleep better and stay healthier. Pile on cozy quilts and comforters for warmth.  Move your workout inside when the weather calls for it. Not only will you stay in shape, but exercise is the best way to keep your mood happy and positive throughout the season.
 
Stay Organized
Clutter can stress you out. When the weather changes, pick a day to go through your closet and make sure that the things you need for fall are clean and ready to wear When you clean house be sure to pay attention to what you do and don’t need. Get rid of anything you’re over from last fall season to make space for what you love now. Plus, you can make a list of new must-have fall items to shop for.
 
Stay Moisturized
It’s easy to put off self-care when you’re busy and it’s cold out. Besides, you’re covered up most of the time anyway, right? Wrong! Your skin and hair need even more TLC when the air gets colder and dryer. Up the moisture especially for your face and hands to keep skin from getting tight and uncomfortable. You can work out a monthly maintenance schedule for DIY spa nights and give yourself a mani, a pedi and a quick facial to stay refreshed. You’ll look your best every day, no matter how chilly it gets!
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Beauty Inside & Out: Beauty Bars Recipe

We’re taking snack time to a new level. Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles that feature recipes created with Thermomix , one of the most amazing kitchen appliances ever. These tasty treats have some of the same ingredients you’ll find in our JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual products, like Manuka Honey and Sunflower Sprout Extract. These recipes aren’t just good for your body; they’re great for your skin, hair and overall gorgeousness!
 
Beauty Bars
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
You’ll Need:
  • Oil (for greasing)
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) goji berries
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) almonds skin on
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) pitted dried cranberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana (approx. 4.5 oz.)
  • 2.5 oz. (4 tablespoons) Manuka Honey or other raw honey
  • 2.8 oz. (2/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) almond meal
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 
Directions:
For a standard food processor, pulse sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries a few times until coarsely chopped and beat eggs, banana and Manuka Honey until smooth for steps 2-4.
 
For Thermomix:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8 in x 12 in baking tin with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Place sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries in mixing bowl and chop for 3 seconds with the speed set at 7. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place eggs, banana and Manuka Honey in mixing bowl and beat for 30 seconds with the speed set at 4.
  4. Add chopped fruit and nuts, rolled oats, almond meal and ground cinnamon and mix for 15 seconds with the speed set at 3. Transfer to the prepared baking tin and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375ºF, or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into 20 bars. Allow to cool completely before separating and storing.
 
Added Bonus: The dried fruit in this recipe can be switched out for dried dates, figs, blueberries, apricots, whatever fruit you’re into! These bars store very well in the freezer and can be eaten without thawing.
 
The Beautiful Benefits:
Goji berries contain 11 of the 22 essential dietary trace minerals, so they pack quite the dietary punch. They help firm, tighten and plump the appearance of your skin. They also contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is also known for being helpful in firming, tightening and protecting your skin from environmental stressors. Sunflower seeds are a great source of protein and are enriched with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair and give it a beautiful shine. They are rich in vitamin E as well, which protects your skin from cell damage and promotes healthy skin. Sunflower seeds also contain copper, which is a must for maintaining healthy skin. Manuka honey promotes skin regeneration and soothes inflamed skin while reducing redness. It also lessens scarring and oxygenates your pores while drawing out bacteria to give you some extra help in acne-prone areas.
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Beauty Solutions: The Dark Side

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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