THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATULATIONS, LISA KEENEY!
Here it is, the giveaway I promised when Fishing and Wishing reached 50 followers:
the winner will get to pick $50 of their choice of JAFRA products!
A little bit about JAFRA, since I know most of you probably won't have heard of it before:
JAFRA was founded over 50 years ago by Jan and Frank (Ja-Fra) Day, in California. JAFRA is a "party plan company with a multilevel compensation plan" (similar to many direct marketing companies where you have a party in peoples' homes, for instance). JAFRA sells high-quality skin care products and empowers women to earn financial independence on their own terms.
Their premiére product is Royal Jelly Milk Balm Moisture Lotion, for the face. Royal Jelly's rejuvenation properties are legendary. Offered in Jafra's Royal Jelly line are the milk balm, milk bath, body complex, vitamins, lift concentrate, and nutritional drink. If you visit the Royal Jelly page, you will see that these products come with a price. However, I can tell you from personal experience that they are absolutely worth every penny and, with the exception of the vitamins and drink, will last for months.
Personally, I, Melanie, have been involved with JAFRA since the Spring of 1999. I was working as a legal secretary in an estate-planning law firm, and my office manager was also a JAFRA Manager. She tried for months to get me interested in the products, but I was a loyal Mary Kay customer at the time. My then-best friend and her mother were MK consultants, and I liked their products. A lot. They had tried repeatedly to get me to sign on with them, but since I'm not really a "sales" kind of girl, I kept saying no.
And then I finally broke down and let my office manager schedule a one-on-one consultation with me to try JAFRA. Oh, my goodness, what an impression it made on me! My skin never felt more amazing; I could not stop rubbing my face after putting on the Royal Jelly Milk Balm (RJMB) and my elbows after trying the RJ Body Complex.
I tried a little of everything that day, and there was not one single thing that I didn't absolutely love. I went home with a catalog that night, to decide what I wanted to order. Imagine my manager's surprise when I showed up the next morning wanting to sign up as a Consultant for JAFRA! I did so that same day, so convinced was I of the value, quality, and effectiveness of these products, and I still use them more than 11 years later.
I love JAFRA and think that truly, it is the best skin out there for me - and maybe for you! One lucky winner will get to try JAFRA by selecting $50 of his or her choice of products.
Let's visit a few more of your options:
You have four choices in the JAFRA Dynamics Intelligent Skin Care line: Hydration for dryer skin, Balance for combo or "normal" skin, Control for oilier skin, and Calming for sensitive skin. There are further options for mature skin, some of which I am starting to add to my skin care regime. I didn't use them when I was starting out, at 22, but now that I am 33, I feel like it's time! I use Balance Dynamics, pictured above, and I love it. But then, I love almost everything JAFRA. There are many more skin care products available, many of which I use (eye treatment is a must, ladies!), so be sure and check them all out.
JAFRA offers a full range of nail care products. I have many of them and have used them since the beginning of my time with them. They are wonderful. (Full disclosure, though: I have tried L'Oréal nail polish recently and may like it just a tad bit more. It dries super-fast! But I don't paint my nails often anymore, and it's entirely possible that JAFRA has changed its formulation since the last time I had to buy more nail stuff from them. Which isn't to say they aren't great; they are, and I think you would be happy with them.)
In addition to skin care and nail color, JAFRA offers a full range of top-of-the-line, state-of-the-art cosmetics. You can ask my husband: I own practically all of it. I don't have a make-up bag; I have a make-up suitcase. Or three. Seriously, I love it. If you are a cosmetics queen, you will find something you love at Jafra.
JAFRA has many other product lines, including sun care (we use it), spa products (we use it), teen items, fragrances (we have some), and more. Make sure you look at everything when deciding how you'll spend your $50!
Perhaps the most well-known of JAFRA's many products, aside from its Royal Jelly line, are the other Royal lines. They now have Royal Almond (which has a huge fan base; I use it every day myself), Royal Ginger (love it!) and Royal Rose (not a fan of floral scents, so I don't use it). These products are delicious and will make you feel truly pampered.
When my children were babies, I was a big fan of the Tender Moments line. I mean, of course I still am, but they are much bigger now! I was a big believer in the benefits of baby massage, and after each bath with Tender Moments Baby Hair and Body Wash, I would give them a long, loving massage with Tender Moments Baby Massage Cream. It facilitated a real connection, a strong bond, between mother and child; I loved every moment of it, and I know they did, too. Plus, it smells great!
(There are products for toddlers and older children, and I've bought and liked them, but I don't use them too often out of sheer laziness!)
The men are not excluded! JAFRA offers advanced formulas for Men's Dynamic Skin Care as wella s for women. I introduced my husband to the men's products at the very beginning of our relationship, almost 10 years ago, and he still uses them faithfully. There was a bit of hand-holding at first - I remember having to leave post-it notes on the bathroom mirror about the order of application! - but he's good on his own now. Hee!
From Rob (the hubs): "It's got a pleasant scent that's not overpowering. It gets me clean. What else do you want me to say?" I love that guy.
As I mentioned before, I'm technically a JAFRA Consultant, but I don't actively sell it. I am what they call a "wholesale buyer," meaning I'm just in it for the discount. I'll share that with you! If you're interested in trying Jafra for yourself, email me with what you'd like to order and mention this blog post. I will take 25% of your entire order (tax and shipping not included, or I'd go broke on this deal!). Want to re-order? Fine. Take off another 25%. It's all the same to me. I'm not in it to make money; I just want to share the excellence that is JAFRA.
To win your choice of $50 in products from Jafra, visit the website and then come back here and comment with what you would choose if you won. You can pick one $50 item or five $10 items; it's up to you. (If you want to pick MORE than $50 worth, then I will just take off $50 and discount the difference 25%.) This is required and must be done before any additional entries will count.
You can do any or all of the following for extra entries into this contest.
1. Blog about this post, linking back to both this post and JAFRA in your post.
2. Follow Fishing and Wishing on Twitter and tweet about this contest. Make sure to include "@FishingNWishing" in your tweet!
3. Follow this blog on Google Friend Connect (on the right sidebar). If you already follow, just leave me a separate comment saying so.
4. Friend Fishing and Wishing on Facebook. If we're already friends, just leave me a separate comment saying so.
5. Grab my NEW button (right sidebar) and post it on your blog.
This contest will end at 11:59 PM EST on July 14, 2010, when I will choose a winner at random. Please make sure I have some way to contact you, since a lot of you don't have your email address in your profile. Twitter/Etsy/Ravelry IDs are fine, as long as they work! The winner must respond within 36 hours of being notified by me.
Open to international winners! Woo-hoo!
JAFRA Cosmetics International is not sponsoring this post; I am. All opinions are my own. I have used these products for more than a decade and love them just as much now as I always have. I am proud to call myself a JAFRA representative. JAFRA has not compensated me in any way for this post.