Bed of Nails
The popularity of Instagram and its quick-post partner, Instagram Stories, has meant we’re sharing our experiences and taking selfies at every occasion. Thanks to our favourite image-sharing app, we’re getting an inside look at other people’s beauty treatments and rituals—be it at home or in salon. Beauty bloggers and celebs alike are all sharing their favourite gadgets, massagers and masks on social media, and we got curious about the trends that keep popping up on our feeds time and time again. The hashtag #beautytips has 2.3 million Instagram posts alone, with #beautytricks boasting a further 33,000 posts. To investigate, we just had to try the most intriguing recurring items out for ourselves.
Nurse Jamie, aka Jamie Sherrill, is the celeb facialist to Emily Ratajkowski, Busy Phillips, Khloé Kardashian, Lea Michelle and Ashley Graham (to name a few). So when we saw the aforementioned posting pictures of her beauty stamp tool, we were intrigued.
This clever micro-exfoliation stamp gently pricks the uppermost layers of skin to stimulate collagen production whilst creating microscopic channels to permit better absorption of your skincare products. Yes, you might have heard of a dermaroller, but this unique tool utilises a gentle “press and lift” action that further stimulates collagen and elastin production, leading to more supple, youthful skin.
We love that this tool doesn’t break the bank. If it’s good enough for the celebs, it’s good enough for us. We got to work “stamping” our face two to three times over, as per instructed, rotating the direction of the stamp each time—avoiding the under-eye area and lip line. “The idea that the harder you push the better the results is false. Some pressure is good, but more is not necessarily better,” Sherrill explains.
Sherrill explains that this tool is one for the clear-skinned among us, saying, "Areas with acne, inflammation or bruising need calming not active engagement or mechanical cellular turnover. If the skin is blemished or broken, you also risk transferring the acne bacteria to other areas of your face.” Aside from this, the scar healing and skin rejuvenation benefits are undeniable. We feel an Instagram post coming on…
If you’ve seen beauty influencers preening their legs with a small cupped massager, you’ve probably spotted the Legology Circu-Lite Squeeze Therapy device. Legology is here for all our miniskirt needs, as this clever cup enhances lymph and blood flow to the legs to help smooth out uneven areas of fat, minimise cellulite, and enhance skin’s tone and texture. The brand is the brainchild of award-winning beauty journalist Kate Shapland, and it’s being hailed as the secret to smoother, firmer legs.
To use, we applied a light layer of the (beautifully scented grapefruit, Tunisian rosemary and green mandarin) Cellu-Lite Salon Secret Oil over our leg. To use the cup, you squeeze it slightly, releasing it as you rest the cup on your skin. This creates a suction which, when dragged upwards over the skin, helps move congestion and detoxify. To fully test the results, we used the cup and oil on only one leg. After a week, we saw bumps minimised, and our skin felt (and looked) glowing. This process is surely worthy of a Boomerang, right?
We used this golden oil (loaded with detoxifying and stimulating oils, along with the Legology cup) to help flush trapped fluid from areas with cellulite. It promises to make swollen, fatigued legs feel lighter. We can confirm that the aromatherapy scent was divine—something you can’t appreciate via Instagram. Whilst we’re in no way ashamed of our cellulite, we also wouldn’t mind if it wasn’t there, and from the results, this seems as if it’s helping.
Victoria Beckham has called Sarah Chapman the best facialist in London (the former Spice Girl had a facial with Chapman before attending Harry and Meghan’s wedding this year). Now you can mimic the movements used in Sarah’s signature Skinesis facial and rock that post-facial glow all day long thanks to her coveted Facialift tool. With legions of celebrity fans and countless beauty awards, this lady knows good skincare.
We’ve seen images of this unusual wishbone-shaped massager on the bedside table of our favourite beauty bloggers. The Facialift features eight rotating heads and 48 massaging nodules that hug the contours of the face and neck. The tool releases tension in the jaw, aids lymphatic drainage and sculpts the face. The device mimics the pinching and knuckling techniques used in Chapman’s signature facials. We’ve recently discovered the benefits of a jade roller, but there’s something about the shape of this tool that feels particularly “lifting.”
This year, the beauty crowd became obsessed with multi-masking (using different types of mask on different areas of your face), and now it seems the rise in the Kim Kardashian West–fuelled #belfie trend (that’s a bum selfie, to you and me) has created a demand for a butt mask. Bawdy has created a range of luxe sheet masks for what they say is your “best asset.” They’ve been filling up our feeds left right and centre, and we wanted in.
We must admit we’ve concentrated so hard on nailing our skincare that our bodies have been somewhat neglected—so this mask feels rather indulgent. Whilst we never thought we’d use a mask solely dedicated to our derrière, why keep the moisturising, toning benefits of a mask just to our faces? Ingredient-wise, the sodium hyaluronate used hydrates the skin and prevents sagging, whilst plant-based collagen combats loss of elasticity.
We definitely felt the soft-skin benefits (thanks to the mask’s chamomile and aloe leaf). We applied the mask for the instructed 15 minutes, and then rubbed the rest into our legs and chest as suggested. Whether you share a pic of your new masking ritual on Instagram is up to you.
This one’s considered the gold standard of bum masks—you might have seen this product accompanied by a caption of peach emojis on the ’gram. The Plumping & Lifting Techstile Infuser by Nanette de Gaspé uses a soft dry-printed fabric that shapes the contours of the buttocks. Unlike other masks, you keep this on for a longer 60 minutes and use the set over the course of four weeks to reap the benefits. This tester’s tush looked firmer, felt softer, and (although not a patch on Kim Kardashian West’s) looked perter and sculpted. Now for a belfie…
If you’ve seen a spiky-looking pillow and mat pop up on your feed, it might be due to the rise in the acupressure trend. J.Lo and Elle MacPherson are reportedly fans, but when Britney Spears posted a selfie using the Bed of Nails acupressure mat, we knew we had to try it out.
Accupressure has been used by Indian mystics for centuries, but now it’s been reinvented with a Scandi twist. Bed of Nails has created a sleek, portable mat and pillow to give you the range of acupressure benefits whenever you need. The practise has long been hailed as helping to tackle insomnia, ease stress, and alleviate arthritic aches or chronic pain.
You simply lay the Bed of Nails mat on the floor and slowly lower yourself onto it. (It’s suggested that you wear a light T-shirt or lay a sheet over the mat until your body gets used to the sensation.) Initially you can lie on the Bed of Nails for 15 minutes, building up to 30 minutes daily.
We likened the feeling of laying on the mat to that lovely post-yoga or post-meditation calm. The great thing was that effect began almost as soon as we used the mat. Bed of Nails say not to worry if your skin feels warm and tingly, which it did (it’s perfectly safe to fall asleep on the mat). This has fast become our new evening ritual.
Bed Of Nails
If you haven’t already come across videos of derma-planing facials on Instagram, we’d be surprised. The skincare trend du jour is ideal for removing dead skin cells, brightening up your complexion and reducing scarring. Byrdie’s editorial director has already raved about the positive impact it had on her skin, so we thought it was about time we tested it out ourselves.
Whilst it might seem tempting to take your razor to your face, we’d always recommend a dedicated tool. First, dampen the skin with water. Then pull the skin taut and glide the tool over your face in both directions. We admit we were dubious about this technique, but we were wowed by how soft the skin felt. Use weekly for best results; expect slight redness and sensitivity immediately after use.
How many snaps have you seen of clear-skinned beauties with banana peel under their eyes? We’ve personally lost count. The cheapest of our Instagram beauty hacks, all you need is a ripe banana and a pair of scissors. The premise is that your skin will absorb the vitamins and antioxidants the peel contains.
Banana peel is also said to have moisturising effects that’ll hydrate the skin. To apply, rub the peel under the eyes and around the face until the inside of the peel turns brown. Sorry, Instagram, but after this experiment, all we were left with was sticky skin and uneaten bananas. Whilst we can’t confirm or deny if our skin absorbed the nutrients, we didn’t notice a change in the appearance.
We still can’t get enough of Korean skincare. Case in point: these pore-unclogging “finger balls” from COSRX. Made from 100% natural silk, these nifty little mitts dissolve dirt, oil and impurities that cause congestion without stripping away moisture. We’ve seen these pop up in plenty of those mesmerising nighttime skincare routine videos you find on Instagram’s Explore page.
These silk balls (which come in packs of 12) help to remove blackheads by gently exfoliating the skin. To use, soak the ball in lukewarm water for two minutes, place the softened ball on your finger, and massage blackhead-prone areas of face. Each ball can be used twice, so wash it with warm water and dry after use. These felt like a super-targeted hot-cloth cleanser in the skin—more work, yes—but our pores thanked us for it.
The Bed of Nails pillow can help alleviate headaches, combat fatigue and restore skin's luminosity (the spikes help the body rid itself of toxins and increase blood flow, which gives you a healthy, lit-from-within glow). No wonder Instagram’s so taken with the trend.