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September Staff Picks

We asked Brand Manager, Connie Chun which products she’s currently falling for. Keep reading to see what she gushed about!

1. Fill in the Blank: I feel about ____________ how some people feel about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I can’t wait to get back into them!
For starters, I love Pumpkin Spice Lattes all year long! But Double winged eyeliner with black and a bold color on top! I love color.
2. What’s your favorite product for cool weather months?  
I add Royal Jelly Vitamin Infusions Extra Hydration Serum Vitamin E to my morning routine to give the extra burst of moisture throughout the day and use Royal Jelly Global Longevity Crème at night to wake up to extra-nourished skin.

3. What’s your go-to product for a dramatic night look?  
JAFRA Inkwell Eyeliner in Onyx for a daring eyeliner paired with JAFRA Liquid Matte Lipstick in Long Kiss for a bright pop of color.
4. Which product do you use to keep your locks looking great while you transition from summer to fall? (For example, something to keep flyaways at bay, or great for fun fall braids.)  
Instead of regular conditioner, I switch to JAFRA Moisture Replenish Hair Mask for an amped up conditioning treatment.
5. Which fragrance makes you feel fun and fall-ready?   
JAFRA Eau d’ Arômes Ozone is perfect for year-round fun.

6. If you were a Liquid Matte Lipstick shade, which one would you be and why? 
Kiss ‘n Tell – a counter balance since I NEVER kiss ‘n tell. ;)
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The Fab Five: September Skincare Sensations

September is Skin Care Awareness Month, so we decided to pick a Fab Five that focuses on keeping your skin smooth, bright and hydrated. Keep reading to see five products that will have you glowing into next year!

Reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles with the age-fighting Time Dynamics Intensive Line Corrector. This skin hydrator lets you specifically target your areas of concern for aging. A plant-derived biotechnological wonder, it’s perfect to take on crow’s feet, laugh lines, forehead wrinkles and other facial lines, making your skin look smooth while promoting cell renewal.

Done with dark spots? Even things out with the Brightening Dynamics Brightening Pen. This unique, targeted treatment makes dark spots fade while antioxidant botanicals promote a localized skin-lightening effect on pigmented areas. Get even this season!

You want results? You got ‘em! The Elasticity Recovery Hydrogel + Firmiplex Complex is a specialized hydrogel that improves your skin tone dramatically while visibly firming your skin. The formula’s anti-aging technology immediately improves your skin’s elasticity to fight sagging skin with lasting results.

Royal Jelly Global Longevity Crème is the perfect skin prep for the cool, dry months of fall. Manuka Honey delivers intense hydration, while other key ingredients lock in moisture. Give your skin an extra dose of moisture with this nutrient-rich skin saver made to give your skin the most moisture possible.
Improve your pores while you sleep!

Matte Dynamics Clear Pore Clarifier is a dual-action nighttime formula that gets deep into pores to diminish existing acne blemishes and prevent new ones from forming. It also minimizes the appearance of your pores without drying you out. 
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Bouncing Back

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.
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Life Hacks to Cut Your Morning Makeup Time in Half

Busy women everywhere are always looking for ways to save time, especially in the morning. Between getting the household out of bed, fed and dressed and perhaps hitting the snooze button one too many times, little time is left to get ready yourself. That can often lead to your hair and makeup routine getting pushed to the wayside. Here are some beauty hacks to help cut your morning makeup time in half, while still feeling beautiful and confident.
Organize Your Beauty
While this might sound straightforward, how many times have you spent precious minutes searching around for the makeup that you want? Your tinted moisturizer may be in your gym bag, the lipstick you want might be in your briefcase, and so on. Every night before you go to bed, place your makeup and tools on your vanity or bathroom counter in a makeup organizer, so they will be ready to use in the morning. Be sure to sharpen lip and eye pencils and clean makeup brushes so they are ready to use. Then, instead of taking that set of makeup with you, have a second set in a cosmetics bag ready for your purse.
Go for Double-Duty Products
One easy way to save time on your beauty routine is to use less products. It takes time to apply moisturizer, sunscreen, primer and foundation, so why not choose one product that does it all? JAFRA’s Royal Jelly Radiance Foundation Broad Spectrum SPF 20 gives you moisture and sun protection while softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles. On more casual days, use a CC Cream, like JAFRA Beauty’s CC Crème Concealer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 to prime, moisturize and brighten your skin. Next, a cream blush with added vitamins and moisturizers, like JAFRA’s Long Wear Crème Blush in Cashmere Peony, can be used on your cheeks and lips. This trick works both ways; if you have a favorite lipstick color, you can dab a little on your cheeks and blend well for some quick color.
Makeup Map Out
Save time by prioritizing your beauty needs. If having an even skin tone and polished brows are important to you, start with those first. Try timing how long it takes you to apply different makeup on a morning when you have more time, so you know what to do if you have 5 minutes or 2 minutes. You may not have time to apply full eye makeup on a busy morning, but you might have time to apply black liner to your top lashes and smudge it with a cotton swab for a smoky look. 

A Mani Goes a Long Way
Polished nails can make you feel really put together, even if you had to skip a few steps to get to work on time. If you don’t have time to paint your nails or the polish has chipped, remove your polish and apply a clear coat like JAFRA Spa's Strengthening Base + Top Coat to add shine while you treat your nails. 
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Every Woman

Every Woman is a series of articles where we take a moment to appreciate the strong, multifaceted women that embody what JAFRA is all about; some of them are employees, some of them are just amazing women we admire. We asked influencer, music and makeup artist, Monique Benabou what it took for her to become the inspirational woman she is today and here’s what she had to say:
1. Who or what has been the biggest positive influence in your life? 
I am so very fortunate to have the example of my amazing parents who immigrated to the United States 45 years ago. They brought their desire for a great life and tireless entrepreneurial work ethic with them. They exemplified the importance of dreaming; backing up their vision with hard work, integrity and desire to raise people up with them. Even through the hard times, they showed gratitude for what was there, making the most of everything and remaining hopeful. I learned so much watching my parents and I owe my optimistic, all inclusive mindset to them! 

2. What is the biggest challenge you’ve had to overcome (in your lifetime, or just in the last year) as an entrepreneur?
The biggest hurdle I've overcome in the last year of my life has been handling professional success while maintaining a family balance. I had a lot of fear; of my relationship failing and of never having enough time to prioritize myself, my health and my professional career. I received some great personal development coaching that allowed me to have success as an entrepreneurial woman as well as a balanced and healthy home life.
I was able to breakthrough this fear by changing how I thought about my success.
I adopted the mantra, "Consistency is key!" Instead of focusing on accomplishing all of my goals at once - the well taken care of relationship and family, the professional success, the personal health and the financial freedom and security – I focused on, “filling each tank” a little every day. I also created "Office Hours," "Family Time" and "Me Time". Categorizing time like this helped me become more efficient, clear-minded and happy!
3. In your opinion, what’s the best thing about makeup? 
The best thing about makeup and being an influencer in this industry is the constant reminder to myself and others to PLAY! Makeup is fun; it allows us to connect with each other through that play and makes people feel beautiful. Makeup also invites one to create time to give back to yourself and fall in love with your face over and over again. I love my makeup journey and I love the community of men and woman here at JAFRA. It's one of the most fun and energizing parts of my life! 

4. What’s your advice for female entrepreneurs who question whether or not they have what it takes to follow their dreams? 
My advice to the female entrepreneurial community is to DREAM BIG, prioritize yourself as much as you prioritize others and lock into your WHY. When you’re clear on why you are doing what you're doing, you have the vision, energy and wherewithal to make it through those tough days, weeks, months and sometimes even seasons. Lastly, but most importantly, commit to developing yourself. The success and growth of your business is a direct reflection of how much you grow and develop yourself. I whole-heartedly attribute my success to this. 

5. How do you think JAFRA has impacted your life? How have you witnessed JAFRA effect the lives of others?
JAFRA has enriched my life by introducing a community of caring, inspirational people into my life! From corporate, to our super stars in the field working their business, there is no lack of love, passion and desire to raise each other up. This is HUGE for me and has given me a healthy and fun work environment with purpose and fulfillment. I get to support incredible men and women who are out there making their dreams come true, putting their kids through college and experiencing life in a way they never thought possible. I have witnessed this company change and grow people into their best selves, myself included! The team I work with at the Jafra corporate office has helped me grow into the influencer I am today, and the best thing about it is, I've been able to return the favor.
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