Beauty Devices and Tools to Try in 2018

We are living in a wonderful era when latest technologies in beauty and wellness can be used at home by a regular consumer. If 5 years ago, you only had a choice to go for a in-office treatments, now you can do most of the things at home: from laser hair removal to peelings, micro needling, skin toning and etc.

Although, I feel a little bit uncomfortable using some of the at-home devices myself (knowing myself for burning my skin with a simple wax) there are some devices and tool that I’d like to try this year.

So, today I’ll be sharing with you my wishlist on beauty devices and tools that I’m not scared to try on my own.

1. AMIKA Polished Perfection Straightening Brush

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$120 (Buy Now)

Thermal straightening brushes have become very popular last year, and this particular one has been featured in Allure magazine. This device combines the straightener and the brush to create smooth hair with just one stroke.

Amika brush incorporates special technology called Double Negative Ion Technology that maximize the negative ions to create shiny, frizz-free result. Ceramic bristles make each hair heat up fast and evenly to reduce the damage to the hair from the heat.

I’ve just got this one yesterday as a pre-birthday gift. I haven’t tried it yet, but can’t wait to try it on my hair. Would like to see the unboxing video? Let me know in the comments down below!

2. Le Mini Macaron Gel Manicure Kit

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$35.00 (Buy Now)

After moving to US and seeing prices on nail services, I started to think of getting my own gel manicure kit. Shellac has become a thing recently, and honestly, this is the only way for me to keep my nails on point. This small device is equipped with LED light and USB and looks very travel friendly to me. And it is so cute! It comes in a kit with gel nail polish, a cuticle stick, mini nail file and 10 remover pads for easy removal which makes is quite affordable. It takes only 30 sec to dry each nail and the device is reversible so that you can use it on your toes too!

3. Foreo UFO Face Mask Device

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UFO $279; UFO mini $179 (preorder at Kickstarter)

Social Media got on fire about this device and people (including me) can’t wait till it’s released. Foreo, the brand known for its cute silicon cleaning brushes is launching a device that is believed to cut the time of facial masks from 20 minutes to only 90 seconds! Foreo’s UFO will come in two sizes. The full size device will feature both cooling and heating technologies, while the mini size will only have the heating option.

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Both of the versions will feature the T-sonic Pulsation that will massage your face while improving the absorption of the mask ingredients and RGB LED Light Therapy known for stimulating collagen and refining complexion.

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You can preorder it from the Kickstarter for half price. There are also good value kits available for order.

4. Jade Roller

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$24.45 (Buy Now)

Not all good tools use latest breakthrough technologies and for some you don’t have to pay a fortune. As an example, think of this jade roller, another recently hyped tool, that has been integral part of beauty regime in China for centuries.

Why it is so good? This small unsophisticated massaging tool will boost blood circulation, reduce under-eye swelling, wrinkles, dark circles and aids in absorption of products into your skin. It is also known to eliminate toxins and improving skin appearance by tightening and minimizing pores.

 

5. NUFACE® NuBODY Skin Toning Device

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$399 (Buy Now)

It’s hard to admit, but cellulites is something most of the women have from the age of 18. Although there are no permanent cure from it, the skin can be improved by some massages and in-office treatments. Now, these procedures are available at home.

NuFace is also known for its Face Toning Device, and now they’ve released a similar microcurrent toning device for body that will help to visibly tighten and firm your skin. This body toning device has shown really good results during the clinic study. And if not for the price… Anyways, I’m still going to keep it in my wishlist.

6. Philips Skincare Assessment Kit

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$29.99 (Buy Now)

I wasn’t planning to include this device in my post. First of all, I didn’t know about its existence ( also secretly wishing for such device for years).

Philips Skincare Assessment device is linked to an app on your phone that will collect the data and analyze your skin hydration level. This analysis will take your skin care routine to the next level. I’ve ordered this device right away today – it’s only $29.99 for the kit. I’m planning to make a separate review on this, so stay tuned!

For sure, there are much many devices, but these 6 seem the most easy, safe and user-friendly for me.

What device you would like to try from this list? Let me know in the comments down below!


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5 Beauty Tips To Steal From The Golden Globes 2018

Hello, my beauties!

While everyone is talking about all stars following #WhyWeWearBlack theme (and indeed wearing all black outfits) at the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards to support the #TimesUp movement, we cannot get distracted from their flawless beauty looks this year.
In today’s post, I’d like to share with you top 5 makeup tips from these looks everyone should add to their makeup routine this year.

  1. Do not overload your face with highlighters. Pay attention to your skin and foundation instead

    Interestingly, but despite tons of astral high shine highlighters that we see on Instagram, the majority of stars were not wearing highlighters at all. At some, there is only a subtle glow, but still, not as much as we are used to see. Instead, the focus is on their flawless foundation and skin. We can see Zoe Kravitz’s cute freckles as she rocked the red carpet with her beautiful bare healthy skin.

  2. Embrace your perfect nude lips

    Regardless, of how their eyes were done, most of the stars arrived to red carpet with nude lips. There is a trick how to find your perfect nude color, you can find it here in our blog.

  3. Open up your gaze by swiping beige pencil on your lower waterline

    According to Pat McGrath, influential Makeup Artist, it also works as a concealer for your eyeballs as it reduces the redness in your eyes*. It is not as harsh as white color and will it works perfectly on everyone even with a minimum color on your face! Just as seen on Saoirse Ronan.

  4. Do not forget to wear blush

    In the times of harsh contouring and bronzing blush is sometimes neglected. However, as we see on the pictures, it freshens up the look by making it more healthy and youthful. Just make sure it matches your lipstick: if you plan to wear cooler shades for lipstick, wear same pallet on your cheeks.

  5. Make a Statement

    While most of the guests kept their eye makeup to minimum, some stars such as Zuri Hall opted for adding a pop of color to her eyes. I love her blue sparkling eyeshadows!

    Be bold, ladies. Make a statement and stand out.

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    I believe these tips will transform your makeup and take it to another level.

    What is your favorite beauty look from the Golden Globe Awards this year?

    Let me know in the comments down below!

    Reference: 
    *Allure Magazine,The Eye Guide 2018, p.30



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5 Beauty Products That Didn’t Work For Me And What I Use Instead

Today’s post is inspired by Mariia Cano‘s post where she shared her experience about some of the products that appeared to be not what was expected.

I’m going to start with the same intention sharing my list of not-impressed-me-at-all products as well as sharing what really works instead. So keep on reading!

1. IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream with SPF 50+

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Although this CC cream is one of the Top Selling Products in Sephora this year according to Allure Magazine, I didn’t like it. Yes, it has SPF 50+ and yes it doesn’t dry out my skin, but the color selection is terrible, at least the Light shade that is closer to my complexion made me look grayish. On the days, when your face doesn’t really look healthy you turn to good foundation to add some color to your face, and this CC cream made me look even worse.

Instead, I’m using Diorskin Nude BB Creme from Dior (Shade 002) + NARS Smooth & Protect Primer SPF 50. This BB cream enhances my natural color and the primer protects my skin from sun exposure and makes the BB cream last longer.

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2. Kocostar Split Ends Therapy

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This is perhaps the most terrible thing I ever tried on my hair. And believe me, I tried a lot.

Apart from convenience of the package and quite easy application, this leave-in treatment  made my hair look extremely greasy and gross and I didn’t even notice if  it made my dry ends any softer.

Instead, I’m going to share with you my favorite hair mask from ESSENTIAL.

[The Face Shop] Essential Damage Care Dual Deep Treatment is also packed with all the ingredients mentioned in Split Ends Therapy but it actually works leaving my hair so silky. I use it instead of conditioner/ or after conditioner, leaving it for 3-5 minutes and then washing it off.

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Alternatively, there is another DIY mask that stimulates growth and make your hair silky. I learnt it from my cousin. Here is the family recipe:

  • 2 yolks
  • 2 table spoons castor oil
  •  1 tea spoon honey

Mix all the ingredients and apply the mixture to the roots. Add coconut butter on the length of your hair. Put a plastic cap on and wrap it with a towel. You would need to keep it for 2 hours, but the final result is really worth it.
One more hack: use egg’s whites as a face mask to minimize pores: just whip the egg white and apply it to your face for 15-20 minutes.

3. SwissCo Soft Touch Oval Brush Polypin

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I got this Shower Brush from Marshall’s for $4 and honestly, it doesn’t work at all! It gets stuck somewhere in the middle of the length and I hear tearing sounds (my hair screaming) as i’m trying to brush through my wet hair. Interestingly, that I neither liked using it on my dry hair. I remember my hair artist using Wet brush on my hair at the salon and it was gliding through so easily, definitely not like the one that I bought from SwissCo. So please please please, don’t even think of buying dupes, it isn’t really worth your time and your damaged hair.

Instead, get the Original Wet Brush. They come in different colors and designs so that you have a variety of handles to choose and the quality won’t be compromised.

4. PÜR  – HydraGel Lift

Dark under eye circles is one of my biggest skin issues so I’m open to experiments searching for products to improve the skin in that area and to cover it with make up. If you are just like me, you have probably noticed that when you apply makeup in that area it starts to crease really fast. So I decided to get an under eye primer to smooth the natural lines under my eye and prevent the concealer from creasing.

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I tried the HydraGel Lift under eye primer after reading some good reviews online. Honestly, it neither smoothes my lines, nor hydrates the skin to prepare it for concealer. All I was feeling is some cooling effect which was even bothering me a little bit during cold season.

Instead,  the artists that was doing my makeover before the Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Class, recommended using a small amount of Make Up Forever Smoothing Primer after applying a tiny amount of moisturizer. When it comes to under eye are, you want to use only a fraction of products to avoid product build up in your lines and crease.

I got a sample at Sephora and little goes a long way! Will definitely get myself a full size next year.

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5. JUICE BEAUTY – SPF 30 Sport Sunscreen

Despite the natural formula with organic ingredients, I didn’t like the smell and the thickness of the formula that doesn’t really moisturize the skin, but make it very sticky. My husband didn’t like the smell either saying “it’s disgusting” every time I was applying it.

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Instead, I really liked the Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion. The best part of it is that it provides broad spectrum protection SPF 50+ and can be used on face and body.

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Luckily, here in US, stores like Sephora and Ulta have a customer-friendly return policy which actually keeps me less disappointed when the products does not work for me and doesn’t stop me from experimenting with new products.

What product was your biggest disappointment this year? Let me know in the comments down below!


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Best Soothing Lotion for Sensitive Skin

After the poll in my instagram account, I decided to make series about my skin care routine.

Today’s post is dedicated to the Mega-Mushroom Skin Relief Soothing Treatment Lotion by Dr. Andrew Weil for Origins.  I was surprised by the effect of this lotion, so I decided to make a separate post about this magical product.

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I have a sensitive skin, especially on my forehead after I get my brows shaped. I cannot get my eyebrows threaded or waxed because I get such a bad irritation that turns into acne and it heals up only by the time I need to groom my eyebrows again. The skin also gets irritated after tweezing, but I found a solution by  applying anti-acne product that calms my skin and prevents from acne.

For years, I have been using Clinique Anti-Blemish ( known as in the EU or Acne Solutions in the USA) Clarifying Lotion for the whole face (as a teenager) and later on only on my forehead after tweezing. I found this product really good because of its active ingredient –  Salicylic Acid. I remember I even panicked if I could forget to take it with me for my brow appointment.

Couple of months ago I’ve been at my regular browbar appointment and suddenly I realized that I didn’t take my Clinique lotion with me and they didn’t carry it in that particular store. I asked for a skin soothing lotion and I was introduced to this green bottle.

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I applied it on my forehead right after the tweezing and on the next day I was amazed by the effect that my skin wasn’t irritated, red or covered with small pimples. At the same time, the skin wasn’t over-dried as it usually happened with Clinique.

On my next visit to the store I’ve check the ingredient list – 2/3 of it are the natural extracts and essential oils with the main ingredient  –  reishi mushroom extract.

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This so-called “Mushroom of Immortality” is grown in China and is widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. This mushroom is known for promoting longevity, as well as for its healing and soothing properties, which are especially good for calming the sensitive skin.

The lotion has a very nice fragrance, which reminds me of the aromatherapy at Spa’s.  I bought it right away and now it’s a part of my day and night time skin care routine. Indeed, it calms the skin, reduce the redness and is quite moisturizing. Bye-bye dry irritated skin!

Have you ever tried this product? Let me know in the comments below!


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