Hope everyone had a nice Easter break (whether you celebrate or not), and after a few Internet issues, I’m back in the blogging groove 🙂 I’ve been blogging a lot about makeup and skincare, but I haven’t really talked about beauty accessories that I’ve been using lately.
I got this a while ago (review here
) but I struggle to make a daily habit of it. I keep forgetting. However I always use it whenever my face feels congested or if I feel some tensions, and it really helps. The cooling effect of the stone is relieving and it also works great against puffy eyes. However, since I’m not using it on a daily basis, I’m afraid I can’t confirm that it reduces spots caused by toxin build-up.
If you are interested, they also recently released another roller, but instead of jade, it’s rose quartz.
This is not the original Beautyblender but I remember the gorgeous Lilly from Genuine Glow
recommending this Real Technique Miracle Complexion sponge in her Kjaer Weis fondation review, for those who don’t want to invest in a Beautyblender. Since I never tried this type of accessories before, I opted for this one and I’m very pleased with it.
I have a liquid foundation from Lavera that I stopped using because it always looked cakey on me, however with the help of this sponge, the finish looks much better. It also works great with my RMS un cover-up. The precision tip covers the blemishes, while the flat edges manage you to work on the contours around the eyes and nose.
This is one from the company not.a sponge
Nothing bad to say about this pillow-soft sponge. Sometimes the most simple things happen to be the best. It leaves the skin squeaky clean, because it also provides a gentle exfoliation. It has become a staple in my nighttime routine.
The reason I also particularly like this one is for its durability. I have noticed that it’s lasting me a bit longer than the one I had from the Konjac Sponge Company. This one did not tear apart after a few uses.
Dry brushing massage is relatively new to me. I’ve heard about its health/beauty benefits but never gotten round to it before. This one is initially meant for the face, but it’s big enough to work as a body brush as well. Supposed to be great for circulation, immunity and stimulating the nervous system (it increases blood & lymphatic flow) some say that – in the long term – it could reduce cellulite. This has yet to be proved though ;).
What I can say for now is that it feels very invigorating, when you do it in the morning before shower. My skin also feels softer after dry skin brushing. There are different techniques, but I do long and upward strokes, starting at my feet and I work my way up.
Now I just have to try to make a habit of it.
What are your beauty accessories?
*item kindly sent to me, all opinions my own.
I love not.a.sponge* Konjac sponges. They're so nice! I've got both Jade and Rose Quartz roller and I try to use it every other night. When used in combination with the Pai Rosehip Oil it makes instantly reduces the appearance of my hyperpigmentation – so odd, but true!
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Wow, thank you for the tip! I actually have an unopened bottle of Pai Rosehip Oil. I'll definitely try this. The not.a.sponge* sponges are really nice indeed, they restored my faith in Konjac sponges 🙂 xx
I also just started dry brushing Liz! Haha! And mine looks quite similar to yours 🙂 it's definitely invigorating first thing in the morning and I too feel my skin is softer. My oil sinks in better as well so that's a plus. Great post! I'm working on one as well at the moment so watch this space. Xx
Thank you Nic! Hehe great minds think alike 🙂 I'll have definitely check out your post lovely! Xx
Nice post Liz!
Loving all these accessories….but I do not always have time to use all the them :-((. Really curious about dry brushing though! x
Thank you Audrey! I agree, quite hard to use them all on a daily basis. The good thing remains that there's no expiry date for accessories, so you can always pick them up again anytime :). I'll do a follow-up post on dry brushing, as soon as I notice some results. xx
You've motivated me to take out my jade roller–when I first got it, I was doing it every night but I've been neglecting it. Also love konjac sponges–so simple but so fun and helpful.
Awesome Jade, maybe we can motivate each other to use it regularly 😀 Exactly, Konjac sponges are great because they are hassle-free. xx
I have the real techniques sponge and love it! It really is so amazing for applying foundation. I'd really love to also try the facial roller – always intrigues me I see it x
I never thought about using a makeup sponge before, but it's absolutely brilliant. And I'm so glad there's no need to splurge on a beautyblender, this one works perfectly fine. I hope you get to try the facial roller 🙂 It's a lovely accessory for pampering sessions. xx
Dry brushing is the best!<3 I hope you make a habit of it 🙂 xx
I will do my best.:) After seeing the benefits, I think it's worth sticking to it! xx
I really need to get into dry brushing. I have heard that its amazing for the skin and body. You've picked out some great beauty accessories!
Thank you Julie! Yes, dry brushing is definitely worth a try, skin feels smoother and it's great for blood flow. Let me know if you try it 🙂 xx
Awesome post Liz, so weird I was actually thinking of picking up the jade roller and a beauty blender dupe this past week! Been on the fence about the jade roller for a long time now, does it hurt when you roll it on your face? Also, is it to be used after you apply a facial serum/oil? I've also been doing dry brushing for months now, but I don't see any difference at all, bah.
Thank you lovely! Great minds think alike 😀 The facial roller is painless, the cold sensation left by the stone pressure can be disconcerting at first, but it's instantly soothing. I usually use it on a freshly cleansed face, so before oil/serum. WengYee in the first comment, said that she uses it in combination with Pai's Rosehip oil. But I really love the jade roller, because it works great for headaches and sinus congestion. I try not to get my hopes up with dry brushing, I guess we'll see along the way 😀 xx
The idea of a jade roller has always intrigued me, so decadent 🙂 I have a brush for dry brushing and when I remember to use it it's great! It's just the remembering to use it that's the hard part haha.
Decadent is the exact term 🙂 But it comes in quite handy, and I never thought it would work against sinusitis. Remembering using all of these accessories on a daily basis is really tough, the good thing is that there's no expiry date, which is a relief haha. xx
I am the same with my jade roller, completely forget to use it. I think I will keep it in my bedside cabinet from now on, would be good to test out the claims for once 😉 xx
Glad to see I'm not alone 😉 Keeping it in your bedside is actually a really good idea, and you're right I would love to see once and for all if it evens out the skin tone as it claims to say. xx
I love the sound of the jade roller, I have a *little* interest in crystal healing and wonder how it would translate to helping your skin and being used in this way. And thanks for the tip on the beauty blender dupe! x
My pleasure! I'm intrigued by crystal healing, I've started doing some researches and I might give it a try 🙂 xx
Your blog is so nice and informative thanks for share. accessories, makeup
Thay brush is exactly like the one i have from italian brand cose della natura :-))
Roller ball is defo in my wishlist..sounds pretty funny :-))