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The Buzz About Balms

Move over lotion, there’s a new moisturizer in town…

Lip balm? Of course. Hair balm? Sure, but skin balms? It may not be the first balm that comes to mind, but skin care balms are taking the beauty mainstream by storm, and with good reason. Skin balms, body balms, or beauty salves as they were called way back when, were mostly used for cuts and scrapes years ago, but in more recent years they’ve found their rightful place in beauty regimens around the world.

Skin balms are great at keeping your outermost layer of skin moisturized. If your lotion isn’t cutting it when it comes to moisture, especially in the winter months, you’d probably be better off using a balm. They’re ideal for severe dryness and for special areas of the skin that can be especially tough, like your heels and elbows.

A true balm is made with waxes, oils and butters, but zero water. For this reason, they tend to be thicker than lotions. Balms evaporate far more slowly than thinner moisturizers, so your skin has more time to soak in the benefits. Their ability to hold in moisture creates a powerful protective barrier for your skin. The lack of H2O also allows for more beneficial ingredients to be put into one product, making balms natural multitaskers.

A more recent trend in the balm realm is cleansing balms. Not only do they offer long lasting relief for your skin, they’re easy to travel with; another reason to consider trying a cleansing balm. Get through security quick without sacrificing your skin! If a cleansing balm seems like a stretch for you, start off with our Royal Jelly Extra Soothing Balm. It uses the Royal Jelly complex, rich in more than 20 amino acids, Manuka honey, as well as Shea, Cacao and Kokum seed butters to instantly rehydrate your skin and restore softness and comfort.

So the next time you have to replenish your daily body moisturizer, give a balm a shot and see what your skin has been missing! 

Summer Fun For All or One

Top summer activities to do with solo or with friends

For most people, summertime means fun with family and friends, or even some much deserved downtime. The days are longer, the weather is warm and it seems that there is always something happening! So whether you are joining friends or alone, here is a list of top activities to explore this summer:


With Friends:
  • Relive your childhood by planning a trip with friends to an amusement park. If you live near a coast line, head to a pier side park. Bonus points if you ride a roller coaster!
  • Nothing tastes better than fresh fruit in the summer. Go with friends and family to pick berries at a farm!
  • Attend an outdoor concert. Your local newspaper should have listings of bands and dates. Pack a picnic and a bottle of Rosé and invite all of your friends!
  • Dining outside is a warm weather must! Invite friends over for a good old fashioned BBQ and assign everyone to bring a BBQ staple; corn, watermelon, hamburgers and of course hot dogs!
  • Plan a camping trip; even if it is in your backyard. It will be fun pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars. Be sure to have enough ingredients for smores!
  • Learn something new. Summer is a great time to try a new sport or activity. Stand up paddle boarding, beach tennis or golf are all fun things to try.

On Your Own:
  • Go for a long bike ride and feel like a kid again with the wind blowing in your hair.
  • Visit a museum that you have been wanting to explore; sometimes it is better on your own so you can go at your pace.
  • Read a trashy novel shame-free.  
  • Make a summer playlist. Listening to music makes everything so festive! Create a playlist that puts you in the mood to have some summer fun!
  • Visit a farmer’s market; Snag some of the fresh veggies and fruits that are in season. Find recipes that fit your purchases and delight in the taste of farm-to-table food!
  • Go for a hike. Hiking is a great activity for exercise and to clear your mind. Take some time to soak up nature and don’t forget to stop and smell the flowers!
  • Volunteer. Finding a cause that is dear to you to donate your time to will become the most rewarding part of your summer. 

Color Looks: Summer Shimmer

Get down to earth in this subtly sexy new look

Summer Shimmer is an earthy, sensual look with rich metallic browns and a strongly lined eye to captivate anyone lucky enough to cross your path. Here’s how it’s done:
 
1. Start with the High Shine Powder Eyeshadow Single in Bronze Luster, sweeping the center shimmery shade across your lids and stopping just below your brow line.
 
2. Secure your look and perfect those arches with a little Brow Pomade. Go with Dark Brown, unless it clashes with your skin tone.
 
3. Bring your gaze to life by applying Cream Eyeliner in Brown along your top and bottom lids.
 
Tip: To avoid smudging your eyeshadow with your liner or mascara, hold a small piece of plain white paper or card directly behind your lashes, but not touching the eyelid. Avoid tissue paper or anything that can tear or clog. Next, press your lashes firmly against the paper and apply your liner or mascara. Repeat with lower lashes.
 
4. Finish things off with Full Coverage Lipstick in Brownie. You can transition this look from day to night by switching to a deeper lip color.
 
Tip: Take the glimmer all the way to your fingertips with our Strengthening Nail Lacquer in Bronze Muse.

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.
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