Wrinkles, lines, sagging skin, dull complexion, enlarged pores, dark shadows, all reminders that none of us are getting any younger. Time ticks on and with every passing year we show more and more of these unwelcome signs of aging. Seeing as time machines haven’t yet been invented, there’s nothing we can do about getting older, however we can at least make efforts to slow down the appearance of aging through diet, fitness, and our skincare routine.

Today I’m going to talk you through a simple 6 minute skincare routine using 3 incredible devices from FOREO Sweden: LUNA3, UFO2, and BEAR, that will visibly turn back the hands of time and give you those ultimate skin goals.

Cleanse, Tone, And Moisturise

In an ideal world, it would be amazing to be able to visit the local beauty salon every week for professional level skincare. But let’s face it, none of us have the time nor the money to be able to commit to that level of beauty standard. And so the vast majority of us are looking for easy to use products, that we can use at home, and that give great results.

When it comes to good skin, you can’t go wrong with the classic 3 step skincare regime of cleanse, tone, and moisturise. However, as our skin composition changes as we get older and consequently so too do our skincare requirements, you can end up with drawers full of products and still be none the wiser as to which ones are right for your skin.

In a moment I am going to talk you through a 6 minute skincare routine that follows the traditional 3 step principle of cleanse, tone, and moisturise, with the added benefit of modern technology to give you the professional level results you’ve been lusting after.

This is no longer a skincare routine; this is a self-care ritual. Something you do, not just for how it makes you look, but because it makes you feel great too. So, let’s take a look at what this 6 minute skincare routine is all about:

1 Minute Ultimate Facial Cleansing With LUNA3

All good skincare routines start with cleansing and so let’s kick this off with a 1 minute LUNA3 facial cleanse. Now, you might well be thinking how on earth can you achieve a decent deep cleanse in just 1 minute? Well, you see, this lightweight silicone device is not all it seems. Because at the switch of a button and the download of an app, the LUNA3 becomes your ultimate facial cleansing tool. Powered by T-Sonic technology (the T stands for transdermal by the way) with 8,000 pulsations per minute the LUNA3 uses silicone bristles to go deep into the pores to remove all that nasty dirt and dead skin cells. In fact, it gets rid of a whopping 99.5% of impurities, which I think you’ll agree is pretty epic!

Once you’ve paired the device with the app on your phone (super simple, just turn Bluetooth on and follow the instructions) the procedure is as follows:

  1. Remove any make up.
  2. Apply cleanser to your skin.
  3. Press ‘Start Cleansing’ on the app.
  4. Glide the device over your face following the easy to understand guide on the app (The 1 minute is broken down into four 15 second sections, which focus on four areas of the face: T-zone (forehead and nose), right cheek, chin, left cheek.)
  5. Pat face dry and rinse the device clean.

But what’s even more impressive, is that the LUNA3 doesn’t just cleanse. If you flip it over, you’ll notice some ridges, these enable the device to be used as a facial massaging tool too. Yes, this 2-in-1 device not only cleanses, but it also helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines and frown lines, reduces puffiness, and tightens and firms skin, which makes for younger, healthier looking skin. The app has a choice of 4 downloadable modes which range from 2 – 4 minutes in length and cover areas such as the neck, jawline, eye and brow area, and around the mouth – basically all those areas where lines start to form. You can also choose from 16 intensity settings depending on your preference.

I have tried out the massage programs and really rate them, but not going to lie, my daily skincare routine needs to be quick because I’m a working mum and time is short. So, for now I have been focusing on the 1 minute cleanse and leaving the extra massages for the weekend when I have slightly more time. By leaving your skin cleaner and tighter, your face is now the perfect blank canvas for you to move onto the next part of the regime.

3 Minute Anti-Aging Facelift With BEAR

With our freshly cleansed skin we now need to work on a bit of anti-aging magic in the next stage of our 6 minute skincare routine and this is where BEAR comes in. You see BEAR is like getting a non-surgical facelift from your very own bathroom. Using microcurrent technology combined with the T-Sonic pulsations that FOREO are so well known for, in just 3 minutes BEAR can give your visage a full facial workout.

The microcurrents work by penetrating through the surface of the skin to work the muscles below. You also have the choice of whether to use the T-Sonic function in addition to this as an extra massage function that helps on a more surface level. I personally prefer to always use the two in tandem, because firstly I could do with all the help I can get in the skin department, and secondly I think the two work well together for more noticeable results.

Like LUNA3, BEAR can be used with the FOREO app and I would advise you do this, certainly until you’ve got to grips with how and where to use it on your face. If you then decide after a few sessions that you no longer need guidance then that’s totally fine as the device works without the app too.

This second stage of our skincare routine works like this:

  • Apply plenty of water based serum to your face – This not only acts as a conductor for the microcurrents to better penetrate the surface of your skin, but it also helps the device glide over the contours of the face a lot easier and this makes for a much more enjoyable facial.
  • Choose your intensity – There are 5 different intensity levels you can select on the app. I would advise starting low and building up. Think of it in terms of how you would approach a new workout; this is a facial workout for your face.
  • Select your program – Choose from 3 different guided programs that focus on different areas of the face and for specific problem areas.
  • Press start – And away you go. Follow the visual instructions on screen, moving BEAR across your face in the movements indicated.
  • Clean up – Pat any excess serum into your face, give the device a clean, and switch off.

Did you know we have 43 muscles in our face and 26 in our neck? And each of these muscles are supported by a framework of ligaments and connective tissue, and the thing that kind of helps all this lot stick together is collagen. Ah yes, collagen, you’ve all heard of it right? The skin superhero that gives us our youthful, toned, glowy, appearance, ahhhh how we love collagen. So, the good news is, us humans naturally produce collagen, we’re pretty epic like that. The bad news is that as we age, we start to produce less of it. Collagen production starts to decrease at a rate of 1% a year from about the age of 25, increasing to 5% during the perimenopausal years. When we reach the menopause, well that’s when it really goes to pot, as collagen production levels drop to 30% a year, which would totally explain the wrinkles, saggy skin, and crow’s feet!

BEAR is here to help stimulate collagen production with its facial fitness routine. You’ve probably heard of the phrase ‘use it or lose it’, yeah? Well, this is a prime example of that, the more we work our muscles, in this case the ones in our face, the more we stimulate collagen production. With regular daily use of a microcurrent device like BEAR we can achieve firmer, tighter skin as well as encourage cell renewal, which all leads to a more healthy looking complexion. Sounds, amazing right?

2 Minute Natural Facial Spa With UFO2

OK so, we’ve given our face a really good clean and followed it up with a deep massage, now it’s time to put some nourishment back into the skin to keep it hydrated and give it that healthy glow we all want. In the final 2 minutes of our 6 minute skincare routine we’re going to give ourselves a natural face spa with the help of the UFO2 device. Now, I’ve got to say I think this one is my fave, because this is proper self-indulgent luxe skincare.

The premise seems relatively straightforward: a beauty tech device that uses serum soaked sheet masks to give you the ultimate facial. But oh my days the UFO2 is so much more than that. Again using the FOREO patented technology of T-Sonic pulsations, combined with LED light therapy and hyper-infusion technology this is a clever little gadget.

Let me break it down for you…

  • T-Sonic Pulsations – Gently massage the face, stimulate blood circulation, and better aids absorption of products.
  • LED Light Therapy – I’ll talk about this a bit more in a moment, but basically different coloured LED light waves penetrate the skin all to good effect.
  • Hyper-Infusion Technology – This allows all those skin friendly nutrients from the masks to absorb into the deepest layers of the skin – the place where all the beauty magic happens!

The process of using UFO2 is again very simple, and the FOREO app is there once again to help guide you through it. The procedure is as follows:

  1. Select the sheet mask you want to use – Each one targets a specific skin problem, in this instance I’ve gone for ‘Make My Day’ which combines Hyaluronic Acid and Red Algae to hydrate the skin and protect it against environmental pollution.
  2. Attach the sheet mask to the device – Remove the small circular sheet mask from its packet, unclip the outer ring from the device, insert the mask, and clip the ring back on.
  3. Select the correct program on the app – Each mask has its own custom program, just find your mask on the app and click to select.
  4. Enjoy your facial – The app will visually guide you through your facial. The movements involve gliding the device over specific areas of your face. You will notice that at times the device emits heat (Thermotherapy to open pores which enables access to the deeper layers of the skin) and then cools down towards the end of the cycle (Cryotherapy to close the pores, thus reducing inflammation ad puffiness, and resulting in firmer, lifted skin). The LED lights will also change throughout the cycle, in the instance of the ‘Make My Day’ program the lights change from red to green.
  5. Finish up – Pat in any of the remaining serum you have on your skin. Remove the mask from the device and throw away. Wipe the device clean.

So, let’s talk about this whole LED light therapy business then. UFO2 has 8 LED light settings and as I’ve mentioned, each mask has its own custom setting on the device which uses specific LED lights during its cycle. Each colour LED light brings its own benefits. To give you an example of this, the ‘Make My Day’ mask program uses a restorative red light to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin and to lift and firm, and a colour correcting green light to even out skin tone, brighten complexion, and soften age spots and dark circles.

As I said, this is my favourite FOREO device, because it produces salon standard results in a mere fraction of the time. If you think about it, most salon facials are going to take a minimum of 30 minutes, right? And whilst sure it’s lovely taking the time out to treat yourself to a bit of pampering, let’s be honest most of us don’t have that time very often. UFO2 allows you to enjoy this pamper session every day, taking just 2 minutes out of your day, but achieving effectively the same outcome as a professional facial – if not better, because you’re able to look after your skin consistently. It is quite frankly mind blowing that you can do this yourself at home – a complete skincare game changer!

6 Minutes To Ultimate Skin Goals

It is a myth that a good skincare routine needs to take a long time. Yes, you have to commit to doing it daily, but as you can see from the 3 steps described above, a daily 6 minute skincare routine is all it takes for rejuvenated, tighter, younger looking skin. And we can all find a spare 6 minutes in our day, right?

The hormonal shift of perimenopause has played havoc with my skin. My pores have enlarged, I suffer outbreaks of adult acne, patches of dry skin, areas of increased oiliness, dark pigmentation, and don’t even get me started on the fine lines and sagging. I am feeling well and truly middle aged. I’m very much still a work in progress (aren’t we all!), but after 3 weeks of implementing my new 6 minute skincare routine I have started to notice some changes. My pores look smaller, which is making the overall appearance of my skin look smoother and tighter, plus where they’re getting a really good clean out each day I am far less susceptible to spot outbreaks. But more than anything I am loving how these devices make my skin feel, because that to me is by far the most important factor here. My skin feels clean and refreshed and just generally healthier and that in turn makes me feel amazing too.

*Article written in collaboration with FOREO Sweden. All views and words are my own.

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A last minute Halloween makeup look!

Halloween is this weekend and we’ve got a gorgeous, last minute look from our Global Educator, Natalie using all jane iredale makeup. Add a pair for cheetah ears to complete your look!

cheetah halloween makeup

  1. Apply Smooth Affair for Oily Skin to your entire face.
  2. Apply Glow time BB Cream in your shade all over your face.
  3. Apply the bronze shade in Moonglow Bronzer to your hairline, under your cheekbones and from the inner corner of the brow following your noses natural edges using the Eye Shader Brush.
  4. For highlighting press Gold 24-Karat Gold Dust on the bridge of your nose up to the center of your forehead.
  5. Apply the bronze shade in Moonglow Bronzer on your entire eyelid from lash line to brow.
  6. Using the White Eye Pencil, smile, then start coloring from the outside of your lip line to your smile lines and down to your chin.
  7. To create dimension, frame the edge of the all-white area with the bronze shade in Moonglow Bronzer using the Smudge Brush.
  8. Color the tip of your nose black with the Basic Black Eye Pencil.
  9. From the center of your nose to your cupids bows draw a straight line using the Basic Black Eye Pencil.
  10. Line your lips with the Basic Black Eye Pencil.
  11. Fill in the center of your lips with Berry Lip Liner.
  12. Fill in your brows as you normally would.
  13. cheetah halloween makeupUsing the Basic Black Eye Pencil, line your bottom lash line and smudge with Ebony Pure Pressed Eye Shadow.
  14. Line your upper lash line with Black Liquid Liner creating a long, winged line on both the inner and outer corner of your eyes.
  15. To create the leopard spots press Gold 24-Karat Gold Dust where you want the spot using the Smudge Brush.
  16. Trace the edges of the spot with Black Liquid Liner creating any shape you like.
  17. Add PureLash Extender and Conditioner, followed by Jet Black PureLash Lengthening Mascara.

Share your jane iredale makeup Halloween look with us on Instagram @janeiredale #BeautyWithBrilliance!

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Valentine’s Day celebrations might look a little different this year; your OOTD now includes your facemask, and your cute handbag has to make room for a bottle of sanitizer and disinfectant wipes, but that doesn’t take away from the fact that you can still step out looking and feeling absolutely fabulous! 

Whether your Valentine’s Day date is made up of a picnic in the park, a socially-distanced hangout in a parking lot, a drive-in movie or even a virtual Zoom date, we’ve got you covered with three hairstyles that will work for any situation. They’re quick, simple, and are a great way to help you elevate your Valentines experience this year. 

Here are three easy hairstyles that you can wear this Valentine’s day:  

Date Night Hairstyles

1. Baby face framing braids 

2020 gave us a ton of trendy hairstyles to play around with and baby braids were definitely one of our favorites. This hairstyle works with all hair types and can be accessorized to create more drama in your look.

Date Night Hairstyles

Step 1

Section your hair down the middle to create a center part. 

Step 2

Section 1” pieces of hair on both sides at the front of your center part. 

Step 3

Begin braiding each side and secure with a thin elastic band.

Date Night Hairstyles

And voila! You’ve got yourself a simple, easy to wear Valentine’s Day hairstyle that you can pair with a dressy top and well-fitted jeans as well as a simple dress. 

Luxy Hair Style Tip:

Baby braids are a great way to frame your face without any heat-styling, and makes any outfit you wear look more fresh and preppy. If that is the vibe for you this V-Day, be sure to make baby braids your go-to look!

2. Bouncy Ponytail

Nothing says cute quite like a bouncy ponytail. If you’re planning to keep your look modern and playful, this hairstyle might be the one for you. A voluminous ponytail that brings full attention to your face. If you’re planning on wearing bold earrings or a statement necklace, you can rest assured that your hairstyle will only help enhance your look for the night. The secret? A ponytail extension to add mega volume. 

Date Night Hairstyles

Step 1:

Grab all your hair together and gather it together at the height you want to wear your ponytail at. 

Step 2: 

Comb out any bumps or flyaways to ensure a sleek look. 

Step 3:

Secure the ponytail with a thick elastic band, one like the Gravity Defying Hair Tie to make sure you get that extra pony pop.

Date Night Hairstyles

Step 4:

To catch that extra volume, put on a ponytail extension by setting the claw back in place and wrapping the velcro around the base of the ponytail securely. 

Step 5:

Once secured, take 2” sections of your hair and loosely curl the ends of each one to create more dimension in your ponytail. 

Date Night Hairstyles

Luxy Hair Style Tip:

You can also pull out a few additional baby hairs and face-framing pieces and curl them if you want a more laid-back look.


3. Voluminous curls with a side of accessories

Can we talk about how wearing curls to date night will never and we mean, never go out of style? This romantic date night hairstyle is the perfect accompaniment for a sexy LBD or even a floor-length gown, if you’re going all-out this Valentine’s Day. All you need to create this look is a good curler, some hairspray to set it in place and a few of our favorite accessories to give this classic hairstyle a trendy appeal. 

Date Night Hairstyles

Step 1:

Brush your hair out to ensure there are no knots or tangles and apply your heat protectant. 

Step 2:

Start by creating a part to your liking—Istiana created a center part for a more modern look.

Step 3:

Starting at the front, take 11/2” to 2” sections of your hair, and begin curling away from your face. 

Date Night Hairstyles

Step 4:

Instead of the root, begin curling at the midsection of your hair, wrapping it around the curler all the way to the tip.

Step 5:

Add your favorite pearl hair clips or gold hair clips, and stack them on one side to create a sleek appearance. 

You can mix and match and pick your favorite accessories for the night—Istiana is wearing a combination of the Pretty In Pearl Hair Clip Set and Tortoise Shell hair clips for her final date night look. 

Date Night Hairstyles

Luxy Hair Style Tip:

To get curls like Istiana, use the Luxy Hair Signature Curler and remember to hold the barrel parallel to the floor.


So there you have it! Three, simple, DIY Valentine’s Day hairstyles ideas that you and your SO will love. Remember, with the help of accessories you can elevate the drama or classy factor in each of these looks. Whether you’re opting for a warm and cozy, in your pjs date night or if you’re dressing it up for your at-home candle-lit dinner date, accessories can help cement your Valentine’s Day date night hairstyle in seconds.  

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We have gotten a lot of requests from minimalist makeup lovers on what clean products to use, and today I’m so excited to share this routine with you! You only need five products, and if you wanted to buy everything I used here, it’s under $100.

Exa Beauty High Fidelity Foundation — First up, I’m using this amazing *new* foundation! I absolutely LOVE it. it’s a medium coverage buildable foundation available in 43 shades (for reference, I’m using shade Joshua 520). It’s got a dewy-satin finish. As you can see from this photo, it does a pretty good job covering redness and uneven skin, but it’s less opaque once it’s blended out. I use about two pumps and a blender to smooth everything out. Once I’ve done my whole face, I take the blender and what foundation is left on it for my eyelids— it doubles as a primer for your shadow later! I recommend these beauty blenders from Black-owned biz Beauty Bakerie if you’re looking for some!

HAN Bronzer — After my foundation has dried, I use this bronzer from HAN. It comes in three shades and uses cocoa powder, so it smells lovely and it’s only $16. I have the Malibu shade that is matte that I prefer for contouring, but here, I am using Ibiza which has a subtle shimmer and is the lightest shade. To apply, I grab a fluffy brush, pick up some product and tap the excess off the brush. With a very light touch starting at my temples, bring it down over my cheekbone. Once most of the product is off the brush, I start using small circular motions (again with a very light hand) to blend it.

OK, buckle up, because we are about to MULTI-TASK with our bronzer!! You’re using one product for two applications here— your bronzer and your eyeshadow. Pick up some product on a fluffy shadow brush and again, tap off the excess. Use your brush to fill in your crease and blend really well! I have hooded lids, so I take this up past my crease so you can see it when my eyes are open, as pictured above. I find this bronzer to be super flattering as an eyeshadow with a minimal makeup look since it has just a hint of shimmer and is nice and neutral.

Pink House Organics Glow Stick — I love these glow sticks because they double as a dewy glow and a blush. I just take my finger and swirl it around the product for a sec, then use my fingers to blend it out from the apples of my cheeks up my cheekbone. So easy, but if definitely gives your face some dimension.

Honest Beauty Extreme Length Mascara — I LOVE this mascara because it has a primer on one side and mascara on the other. Also, it’s pretty easy to find in the US since it’s also at Target! You just apply the white side first, then the regular mascara. Gives you a little extra lift!

Tower 28 Milky Lip Jelly — Last but not least, add a lip! These glosses are a great dupe for Oui Fresh glosses (rip). They don’t have the same vanilla flavor but they are very similar in texture and a few colors.

I hope this is helpful for those of you that want a little something for the day but don’t want to take more than 5 minutes! These products are tried and true, but if you have any questions, please leave them below!

xo Keely

Credits//Author: Keely Rust. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
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