Thursday, 24 July 2014

The Summer Edit: beauty accessories



During summer I tend to have minimal makeup, and that means I actually do the things that I should really be doing all year round, to give my skin a helping hand. All these beauty accessories are not exactly summer specific, however in this household they only seem to see the light of day in the summer

If you have ever experienced a good facial, you realise that half of the reason for glowing and fresh looking skin is the facial massage incorporated in the procedure. Not only is it remarkably relaxing, it creates a rush of new blood, that helps to rejuvenate your skin. I am absolutely terrible at massaging my own face. I know all the techniques, yet the experience of self-massage leaves me frustrated and not at all relaxed. Jade roller to the rescue. Even if you are not a big believer in the healing capabilities of semi precious stones, like rose quarts and jade, you can not deny the benefits of a massage. The roller makes the whole process pleasant, and the initial coolness of the stone is always welcome in the summer (you can also keep it in the fridge if you like). This little gadget makes a huge difference when it comes to keeping your skin supple and toned. I noticed that there is a Rose quarts version available, and if I was getting one now, I think that would be the one I chose.

We all know that cucumber slices are great for depuffing your eyes, but I have never been keen on the idea. Instead I opted for this reusable eye mask. It has some sort of liquid encased in silicone. You can use it in two ways: popping it in the fridge and then on your eyes for the cooling effect,or immersing it in hot water and on your eyes a warm compress. I think the one I have is from Body shop, but there are a few around that you could choose from.

Every time I look at an eyelash curler I still think it is an instrument of torture. I blame Lilly from Genuine Glow for the fact that I even own one. I was debating what brand to go for but settled on Shiseido in the end. It is really easy to use and suits the shape of my eyes. Since I am not wearing mascara in the day in this heat, this little gismo gets used a lot.

I know the benefits of regular body brushing, but knowing and doing are not the same thing. In the warmer months however, I love it. It is very invigorating, and as I don't feel the need to have a few layers and a blanket on me at all times, I am more than happy to take my time doing it. I have tried a few body brushes over the years, and I really like this one from green people. It is quiet soft in comparison to some, so it doesn't create problems with my super touchy skin, and the handle is good length, plus the brush is not heavy. Everything about it is just right.

The last thing on the list is a wooden foot roller. I have had it for so many years that I have no idea were it came from. It is unbelievably helpful in releasing tension after a long day of walking around. You can even adapt it to a very light, soothing massage.

6 comments:

  1. Cool stuff, I actually have a similar post in my drafts folder too! Anyhow, Liz was the one who inspired my jade roller purchase, and I was very hardworking in the beginning and now it's sort of taken a back seat... Need to remind myself to use it more often! xo

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    1. ha ha great minds and all that ;) yeah with the jade roller I have had mine for about 6 years but it really did not get nearly as much use as it deserves xx

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  2. I need to get a body brush...every time I am tempted and then I don't bother as I probably won't use it but the benefits seem to be great! The jade roller sounds great too!

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    1. well the green people one is pretty budget friendly, and if you do end up using it you will save on body scrubs ;) xx

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  3. Love dry body brushing and that Jade roller has been on my wishlist for like forever! :) x

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    1. Both of those are so good, it is just remembering to use them is a problem at times ;) xx

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