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Beauty Unplugged

5 Oct

Last week in honor of our Spa Electronica high tech spa chat we shared all kinds of cool gizmos to get your skin glowing in our Electric Beauty article. This week we recommend what you can do without to help save the planet while you primp.

Gorgeous Foot Soaker! from Moroccan Home

Don’t: Electric Foot Baths

Why: Save money on electricity, they are loud (and how relaxing is that?) and really don’t mimic a foot massage – just vibrate you numb.

Instead: Use a metal or glass bowl large enough for your feet. Float flower petals on top of hot water and add salts or aromatherapy oils. Chill. Check out this beautiful bowl from Moroccan Home

Don’t: Leave the Water Running

Why: When you wash your face, your hair or brush your teeth leaving the water on wastes a huge amount of a precious resource.

Instead: Turn the faucet off while you lather up or massage your skin.

Don’t: Waste Beauty Products

Why: In addition to cluttering your vanity & wasting your money, ineffective products mean you’ll only end up throwing them away.

Instead: Sample products at home first with travel sizes or obtaining samples from the store. You can also use companies like Birchbox to buy small sizes. Read reviews of sites like Makeup Alley too. OR

Recycle: Your friends may like items you don’t or give to your daughter or niece for dress up fun.

Don’t: Automate when you can Invigorate

Why: Blindly buying every automatic beauty gadget ends up causing closet overload. Ask yourself Why? before you buy. I nearly recently bought an automatic

Do you really need a lotion roller?

lotion roller. Aside from being plastic, I thought am I really so lazy I can’t rub lotion on myself?

Instead: Do things by hand! It feels good and exerts energy – almost a mini workout!

I hope this has inspired you to make your beauty routine a bit more green!  Share and learn more great ideas at our Eco Spa Tweetchat on Twitter Wednesday, October 6 at 11 AM PST.

Live, Love & Lounge, Candy


Electric Beauty – Spa Appliances

29 Sep

Jane Jetson had great skin – either it was the stressless pushbutton housekeeping OR I’m betting she had instant skincare too. And so do we! Thanks to research and technological advances, many spas are increasingly incorporating machines that do everything from killing cellulite to fading freckles.

But what about the home version? Are they really just toys or jump up for joys? A few of these Makeover Machines:

Clarisonic – Before the Clari as I call it, came along, the only thing ultrasonically cleaned in my home was my jewelry. Now AM/PM use of the ultrasonic skin smoother shakes my pores clean, my creams are absorbed quicker and my skin glows just like my gems.

No!No! Home Hair Removal – Despite the disconcerting smell of burning hair (you get used to it), this little miracle worker hurts less than epilation and keeps me fuzz free for weeks. And what grows back is getting sparser. This tips are pricey, but you can

buy in bulk.

Heated Eyelash Curlers – I’ve seen versions of these from Sephora to drugstores and they scare me. Reviewers have said the heat can break fragile lashes and the curl is meh. I’d steer clear.

Artemis Woman Heel SmootherPedicure pleasure! This sander (with nail filing attachments as well) smoothes my feet better than a pedicure. If Home Depot sold beauty tools – this would be a top item.

Evis MD Platinum Anti-Aging Red Light Therapy – Firmer skin and fainter freckles? Yes I get these benefits as do others with this handy dandy red light. It does add about 10 mins to your beauty routine. But worth it if you can’t afford or get to the spa for light therapy.

Temptu Spray On Foundation. This little tool claims to be the air brush for DIY makeup artists. The jury’s still out on this one as I haven’t tried it yet, but I hear it’s excellent.

Temptu Foundation airbrush

Evis Light Therapy

Have you had any experience with these? Other gear you’ve tried? Give us your impressions below.

Live, love and lounge, Candy