Dermaplaning

D and I have another skin trend for you to try! We have been dermaplaning ever since we discovered these little face shavers at Daiso. It’s definitely becoming the ‘it thing’ to do when you get a facial. Dermaplaning essentially is a way to exfoliate your skin. As much as we love using the Ole Henriksen, Transforming Walnut Scrub, this will help to remove days of dead skin. It will brighten your complexion and get rid of all that peach fuzz.

  1. You’ll need: facial razor, oil (baby oil works best for us) and a cotton pad. You can get the facial razors from Amazon and Sephora (link below). We got ours at Daiso, one of our favourite places (its hard to get A to leave, she loves little trinkets). The purpose of the oil is to create a film of protection between your skin and the razor, just like shaving cream. Oil works much better because it helps pulls the oil from your pores as well. But if you don’t have an oil based substance you could use shaving cream.
  2. Make sure you wash your razor first, you don’t want bacteria to spread! Angle your razor and slowly move up , against the grain of your hair and toward your forehead. Try to hit a 45 degree angle otherwise you might end up looking like Edward Scissorhands.
  3. After every swipe of your razor remove the dead skin cells and hair onto your cotton pad. Take a look at all the garbage that’s been sitting on top of your beautiful skin.
  4. Once your done, you might notice some redness and a bit of burning, its totally okay. It’s an opportunity for your skin to produce healthy new cells. Use your favourite cleanser to get rid of the oil and moisturizer with any special cream/oil you have, the product works better when your skin is a bit damaged . Don’t use any other exfoliate, your skin is sensitive right now, remember to be gentle with it.
Good skin after dermaplaning

This DIY is easy to do at home and costs less than $10. Of course if you don’t feel comfortable doing it at home, many new facials include this service.

Enjoy the glow and tell us all about it.

Facial Razors (Amazon Prime)
Facial Razors (Sephora)


Gua-sha and Jade Rollers

   

We are self proclaimed skin care fanatics. Why shouldn’t we be when your skin is the largest organ in your body. We all know that signs of aging, stress, poor dietary choices and environmental factors manifest through our skin. That’s why we have an arsenal of skin care tools to ensure we help support our ever changing skin requirements.

Jade Rolling

For about 2 years we have routinely been rolling our skin with a jade roller. The premise is that the stone moves the accumulated fluid in your face. At times our faces get edematous from a variety of different reasons (too much salt usually for us). The repetitive rolling and cool temperature of the stone helps to decrease the puffiness which provides you with a new fresh face. Make sure you cleanse prior to rolling and apply your favourite oil/cream before so you can get a deeper absorption of nutrients (we use Ole Henriksen’s Pure Youth Oil). Roll the stone in 3 directions: diagonally, vertically and horizontally. The changing of directions will maximize the effectiveness. Remember to start from the centre of your face and move away. Also, apply the amount of pressure that feels comfortable. If you need a visual tutorial, take a look at D’s instagram (gilld_).

Gua Sha

A,  has been experimenting with another skin care tool called Gua Sha also referred to as Jade Scraping. In history, scraping has been used as a tool for lymphatic drainage. When the technique is applied to your face it can be used to treat headaches, brighten skin and sculpt facial features. Just like the roller above, wash and clean your face. Generally, for a Gua Sha session you want to apply a bit more of your serum because you want your tool to move smoothly across your skin. Next, angle the stone flush to your face, start from the centre of your face and move outward. Generally, the tool is shaped to sculpt the face. What’s most important is your apply a reasonable amount of pressure, just enough to allow circulation to your skin (a pink or reddish tint to your skin, like blushing). If you apply too much pressure you could possible bruise your face. Check out A’s Instagram for a short video (anoopg_).

Below are some links for the Gua Sha and Jade Roller: 

Sephora Jade Roller

Amazon Jade Roller

Amazon Gua Sha

Let us know if you like the results!

Online Shopping

Fashion is an individual journey through textiles and self expression. However, this is sometimes difficult when the only stores in your vicinity are large, fast fashion retailers. You don’t want to look like everyone else, duh, but you also don’t have an atelier internship under your belt so you can’t sew your own outfits. There is a solution to your drab problems… ONLINE SHOPPING. But wait, there are so many stores on the inter webs, plus you can’t actually touch the fabrics and try anything on. So, its a bit of a catch 22. We have tried online shopping and have come out victorious on some occasions and failed miserably in others. Here are our tips:

1. MEASURE YOURSELF, PLEASE. If you can’t physically try it on you need to know the standard measurements the company uses to make their garments. Once you know your size it makes life much less disappointing. Many online stores are international so make sure you peep the size guide for international conversions. Also, if you measure yourself and you were expecting size x but got size y instead don’t be disheartened, numbers don’t mean anything! You should feel great in the garment period, companies tend to do their own thing when it comes to sizing so don’t sweat it.     * image taken from boohoo.com

2. READ THE FUCKING DESCRIPTION.

A. Seriously, get to know your fabrics. If the picture shows a silk dress but its made of a cheap polyester it might not look good in person. If you don’t know what fabrics like chenille feels/looks like go to your local fabric store and give it a good rub. Keep in mind that the colour projected on any website will be different in real life, hello photoshop! 

      B. Look at the dimensions of the garment (more important for length of dresses and shirts). You could end up with a dress that barely covers your crotch like I did (unfortunate, I know). See the size worn by the model, even though they may not be the same size as you, you can see how it fits on a real person. Plus this gives a good indication if the garment runs big or small. Fortunately, more brands are expanding their lines to be more inclusive to size, so be sure to check if the garment comes in petite/tall/curve etc… 

3. LOOK AT THE REVIEWS. You can get collateral information from so many sources! Lots of bloggers do seasonal hauls via YouTube where they usually try on several trendy pieces and judge the quality, colour, fit etc… Many sites also have a review option for each item, so be sure to look for any! If you wanted to try a new site but are unsure of its validity (ahem Zaful) be sure to look at blog posts before buying anything. We love saving money on fashion, however cheap websites tend to waste your money versus saving anything. 

4. WAIT FOR PROMO CODES AND SALES. You work hard for your money, don’t waste it on full prices items if you don’t have to. The worst feeling is buying something on Monday and finding out it was on sale 2 days later. You can use codes to get free shipping too! 

5. BE CAUTIOUS. When buying from a new store for the first time its not a terrible idea to buy one thing first and see the quality before your decide to spend $$$. Also, read the shipping information very clearly, lots of websites don’t cover duties so be prepared to pay when your delivery comes (you can always self declare your package too!). 

We’ve shopped at the following stores: ASOS, Boohoo, Missguided, Storets and PrettyLittleThing

Tell us your experience with online shopping (horror stories and successful finds!)