My mother has been tooting the benefits of facial massage for forever and I thought it was totes an Asian thing – you know pressure points, acupuncture, etc.- until I saw this post from Lisa Eldridge where she demonstrates her twenty minute facial massage routine. My mom is all about using her hands, but when I saw that the Sarah Chapman tool was sold out on net-a-porter – I knew I wanted to get my hands on it. I ended up getting mine at a SpaceNK. After you purchase one, you should definitely watch her how to guide so you know how to use it, because it’s not super intuitive. My mom is all about the benefits of massaging her neck – she swears that her neck is now thinner because of daily massage. I have had my Sarah Chapman tool for about a week now and I’ve been using it everyday. It really just feels great and is easy to use. I often get soreness in my neck and this really helps work out some kinks if I go a little further back. It also really helps with the soreness in my jaw which I didn’t even know I had. As a side note, even my boyfriend loved it and he’s totally not into any beauty products/tools/etc. I don’t think it does much for your forehead, although you can use the other end of the stick to tap your forehead. Also, the eye area is delicate so i think you are supposed to use your fourth finger for that area – at least that is what the SpaceNK rep told me. If you want to just use your fingers for free here is another facial massage tutorial from Into the Gloss. Happy massaging!
Well folks, another year has gone by! For the year-end survey of favorite beauty products, I decided to force myself to pick my 13 favorite products of 2013. The question I posed to myself to get the edit was this: if I didn’t use these products this year, would I miss them? And for all 13 products below, the answer was a resounding YES.
Cosmetics & Tools
1. Laura Mercier Mineral Powder SPF 15 in Natural Beige, $38 – I’ve had this for a couple of years now, and for whatever reason, I pulled this out one day earlier this year and have been unable to choose another powder to use. It imparts a healthy glow and is just BEAUTIFUL. More importantly, it’s easy and fast – I slap this on over a tinted moisturizer or BB/CC Cream with a brush I mention below and I’m good to go.
2. Le Metier de Beaute Peau Vierge Correcteur Concealer in Shade 1, $95 – Another product I’ve had for a couple of years and finally discovered its full potential – it just DELIVERS. Under eye concealer? Check. Covers redness and discoloration on my face? YES. It’s emollient yet still stays put on my combo/oily skin. I like this much better than the cult-fave Cle de Peau Concealer (mine is in the color Beige), but I guess at $20 MORE than the Cle de Peau, it should be better.
3. CHANEL Les Beiges Healthy Glow Sheer Colour SPF 15 in 40, $57.50 – Who doesn’t want some of that bonne mine glow that French women have perfected? Love this for a subtle bronzing effect. Applied with brush mentioned below.
4. Burberry Eyeshadow in Almond, $29 – The most perfect blending color EVER. Get this – it will make any of your eye looks better.
6. Giorgio Armani Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in #2 brown, $28 – SO glad I tried this – it’s creamy yet stays put once you set it with an eyeshadow. The brown is perfect for everyday AND dramatic looks.
7. Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick in 100 Androgino, $34 – I think this lipstick has replaced my previous favorite nude, Tom Ford Lip Color in Blush Nude. Formula is creamy and comfortable, and unlike Tom Ford Blush Nude, I don’t have to top it off with a gloss – it imparts a shine on its own.
8. Bobbi Brown Bronzer Brush, $52 – I just want it to be clearly documented that I know spending $52 on a brush is ridiculous. That said, this brush is definitely worth getting – just wait for a Sephora VIB sale or on the Bobbi Brown website when there’s a discount code going around. It is PERFECT for easy application of face powders as well as bronzers – I use it with items #1 and 3. I use this brush almost everyday.
9. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15, $22.50 – I picked up my 4th tube to take on my expedition to Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania earlier this year. I like that it is moisturizing, the tube has a nice weight to it, and it has SPF. I like the clear one better than the tinted ones I’ve tried. Can’t be without it ever.
10. Clinique Super Rescue Antioxidant Night Moisturizer in Dry Combination, $45 – I talked about this in my 3 items to add to your skincare routine post. Best night-time moisturizer for my combo skin ever. I like the Dry Combination version even better than the Oily one, despite having very oily skin. Won’t ever be without this either.
12. Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo, $6-$8 – I get asked quite frequently how I keep my hair so healthy since it’s pretty long (it was down to my waist before I chopped 6 inches off). It’s probably because I don’t color treat it or use heat on it very often. I can ALSO tell you it is NOT due to the shampoo I use. I’ve used very expensive shampoos (e.g., Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Shampoo, $57 and Shu Uemura Muroto Volume Pure Lightness Shampoo, $47), and my hair looks exactly the same as if I had used inexpensive shampoos. So now I just use whatever inexpensive shampoo I like, as long as it is more natural (no sulfates or parabens) and has peppermint in it. This Giovanni one is my fave, and I also like the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle Shampoo. My husband also likes to use these shampoos, so it’s a win-win.
13. Wet Brush, $8.99 – My hair is prone to getting massive tangles, and this brush is AMAZING at getting the tangles out without tugging on my hair. I like it even better than the Tangle Teezer (I have 2) for getting knots out.
What were your favorite beauty products of 2013??