Facial massage with Anastasia Achilleos & Westman Atelier

I was inclined to title this post ‘lessons from the elders’ and hope it will become more apparent why, as you read on. Recently my darling friend Anastasia Achilleos, read more

Face massage and a new gadget from facialist Sarah Chapman

SCM_edited-1Face massage has always been popular in Russia, as not so long ago women didn’t have access to professional make up and many beauty recipes were home made. Things have changed a lot since than and even though I currently reside in London and have tried many good facials, including ones by Vaishaly (I can’t wait for her to add masks to her skincare line as it made my skin feel as plump as the baby’s bottom during one of her facials), Anastasia Achilleos and Michelle Roques-O’Neil (who uses Chinese tools and jade rolls and makes my face unlined and plumped) one constant is that you are told how important it is to massage your face when you are cleansing or when you are putting your face or eye creams or serums on-it detoxes your skin, let’s oxygen penetrate deeper, improves the muscle tone and makes the products work more efficiently.

I have used Giorgio Armani’s obsidian stone massager from time to time for a while now but was recently quite intrigued by a new gadget from a well-known London facialist Sarah Chapman, called Skinesis Facialift.

It’s a roller that has 8 heads and 48 massaging modules at one end and a tapping pad at the other. You can either use it with your cleanser to help the lymphatic drainage  and to de- congest your skin or with your usual skincare to plump and rejuvenate the skin. I would recommend to start using it in the evening, as your face might need to get used to the strong sensation and then go on using it twice, in the morning when you cleanse and in the evening, after putting the serum or cream on. It can be used both on the face and on the neck (instructions are on the back of the box and I was told by the sales assistant that she uses it on her thighs too .) which I haven’t attemted yet, so can’t offer an opinion.

SC Skinesis facialift costs £24 at SpaceNK

September beauty buys and testers

Beauty9August has been a lazy month on my beauty front as I enjoyed the sunshine (using SPF 30 on my body and SPF 15 on my face), the sea, the food and putting minimal make-up or none at all during the day-I called it my own little beauty detox .) and I didn’t buy one single beauty product during my august break!

I did ‘trial’ my new cleanser during vacation time though. It is by Ole Henriksen, to whose brand I was introduced a few years ago by Anastasia Achilleos. It is called ‘On the go cleanser’and it is suitable for the normal/combination skin and is cheerfully orange in colour (it does contain vitamin C, that helps with brightening up of the skin, plus seaweed, grapeseed and yucca). This cleanser doesn’t dry the skin when I use it in the morning, unlike some of the cleansers, even the gentle ones. It is recommended that you really work the leather into the skin in the upward motion in order to get read of the dirt and excess oil, making sure that your face is ready for all the nutrients that you will add with a serum or cream.

The holiday ended and so did my non-buying beauty products sabbatical. Below are a few things that I have bought or been testing this month:

Body Shop: it came up with a new line of vitamin C products for your face-I wonder if that’s the brand’s way of telling us that we can all work on brightening up of our skin tones? I have tried the Microdermabrasion Vitamin C but found the formulation too rough for my skin and when I returned it back to the shop the sales assistant did say to me that the particles are quite rough and not suitable for some women-couldn’t they tell me this when I was asking for their views in the first place? I do like their Vitamin C Eye reviver duo, which has a nice applicator on one side with the cream that brightens and moisturises the under-eye area and the roller ball on another, that you use on your upper eye lid-giving you a cooling pleasant sensation.   

Becca: I love this Australian brand for their formulations-they do make one of the best foundations as far as I am concerned-and their products in general. I have bought the Beach Tint for Cheeks and Lips in one of the a/w 2010 colours, which is very subtle and smells delicious-don’t eat it though!

Nars: My latest discovery is called Pure Sheer SPF Lip treatment (in a shade called Paloma, which looks orangy coral-missing the summer already, am I ?). It gives a nice colour and feels quite moisturizing.

RMK: it’s a really wonderful Japanese brand, that has great products and lots of colours. I was introduced to this brand, which is stocked up in Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, by one of the best make-up artists who have ever done my make-up,

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