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The Best Skin Care Tools and Their Magic Uses

The Best Skin-Care Tools and Their Magic Uses

A rejuvenated face has always been the goal and technology is finding its way there with the skin care tools that keep turning up by the clock. The skincare industry has been revolutionised and technology seems to be on a full spree. In the place of skin serums, creams, and others, we now have several tools doing their work or making them more effective. You might be lost in some of the mechanisms of the tools such as microcurrents, microneedling, light therapy etc. or scared of trying out the tools for the fear of the unknown.

It would also be a grave assumption to think skin care tools are only the new technologies that have been mentioned. Old civilization had their skin care tools which are still relevant to date including Gua Sha, Jade rollers, Kansa metal and so on. All of this might seem like a lot in addition to the numerous serums, creams and the likes. However, in this article, you will be seeing different types of skin care tools and why you should try them out.

Light Therapy Skin Care Tools

Skin Care Tool Light Therapy

Light Therapy Tool or LED Devices as the latter suggests works with aid of Light-emitting diodes. These diodes emit specific colours at particular wavelengths which penetrate varying depths, giving unique benefits. This emitted light sets off a reaction(s) in the skin cells, each colour with a specific reaction. The most common LED device is a mask that covers the whole of your face. The LDE full-face mask can be used at home like most of the tools that will be mentioned in this article.

The blue colour destroys acne-causing bacteria while the red light increases blood circulation, reduces inflammation, and causes collagen to be produced. Other benefits include wrinkle reduction, skin healing and skin plumping. LEDs emit other colours like white and pink.

The LED full-face mask has a blue and red light. It can be used for blemish reduction, give a smoother texture, smoothening wrinkles, etc.

Uses of LED devices:

  1. Destroys acne-causing bacteria
  2. Increases blood circulation
  3. Production of collagen makes skin look plump
  4. Blemish reduction
  5. Smoothen skin
  6. Clearing wrinkles

Massage Skin Care Tools


When we talk of tools borne from the old traditions or technology, we have some facial massaging tools including the gua sha and Jade rollers of china, and Kansa massager and Kansa metal from Ayurveda medicine of India. Other massaging tools include facial rollers, massaging wands.

Gua Sha Metal Gua Sha is an ancient Chinese massage therapy tool that has been used for centuries to help relieve tension in the muscles of the face and body, boost blood circulation and the draining of the lymphatic system thereby reducing puffiness and inflammation. It helps to calm the nervous system, increases the flow of oxygen and vital nutrients to the skin.
The Gua sha massage tool helps those prone to migraines and headaches to address stagnant energy or ‘chi’ in the body. Before using a Gua Sha, make sure your face is clean or well moisturised with oil or serum. Then, daily, for five minutes, place the Gua Sha as flat to your face as possible. With medium pressure, move it upwards into and downwards out of the contours of your face and neck.

Uses of Gua Sha:

  1. rejuvenates the skin
  2. help boost lymphatic drainage to reduce puffiness and inflammation
  3. reduce facial tension
  4. sculpting facial muscles
  5. softening fine lines + wrinkles
  6. brightening skin tone

Facial Rollers The face roller is a recipe for a healthy-looking glow. Vital for skin’s circulation, elasticity and tone. Most face rollers have cooling metal bodies, allowing the rollers to mimic the action of an expert’s knuckles. And the Knuckle-action helps to amplify skin’s brightness by bringing oxygen to cells, while the rolling behaves works out your muscles.
Massaging your favourite facial serum into the skin with the roller promotes better absorption for a natural glow. You can use the rollers by gliding upwards from your neck but avoid your throat. Move on gently to the back of your ears—subsequently. Roll from your cheeks towards your temple, from the sides of your nose away from your eyebrows and towards your hairline.

Uses of Facial Rollers:

  1. enhance the absorption of topical skincare.
  2. brings oxygen to cells which helps to amplify skin’s brightness
  3. sculpting your cheekbones
  4. lifting the jawline and brows
  5. strengthen underlying tissue
  6. stimulate drainage to counteract puffiness
  7. minimise breakouts

Facial Massage Wands The most common massaging wands are the Kansa massager and Kansa of Ayurveda in India. The wands are believed to work by balancing your doshas, chakras and skin’s pH level. (If you are confused, Yoga is a close relative to Ayurveda). In use, the wands are moved in small circular motions over your temple, along your brows, down your jawlines.

Uses of Facial Massage Wands:

  1. Release tension
  2. Aid in lymphatic drainage0
  3. De-puff, firm and soothe skin
  4. Product penetration and deep cleansing.

Microcurrent Devices


Devices here work by emitting a gentle electronic current (electro-current). Electro-current may sound new but they have been around since the 1800s. Since the devices work with current, unlike a Kansa and the likes, you should read the manual before using it. Also, microcurrent devices vary—some combine electro-current and light therapy, some requires special conductive gels. Nevertheless, they are all quite straightforward to use.

Uses of Micro-current Devices:

  1. tones up the skin by energizing cells and stimulating collagen
  2. Treatment of damaged tissues and muscles
  3. Smoothen skin

Microneedling Tools


Microneedling tools work by following a process they are named after—Microneedling. The process smoothens the skins, allow absorption of topical treatments (and others) by poking tiny holes in the top layer of your skin. This is done with the aid of series of tiny needles. When buying microneedling tools to be used at home, make sure you go for the ones with needles that are no longer than 0.25cm. The idea is for you not to feel them. Also, these devices give a nice after effect which might make you want to use them often, However, this is not good and it is advised you limit it to thrice a week, and only apply gentle chemicals after use.

Uses of Microneedling Tools:

  1. Produces collagen and elastin that aids skin plumping
  2. Skin Smoothening
  3. Even-tone
  4. Aids absorption of Skin Care products

Dermaplaning Devices


Dermaplaning is a method of exfoliation where you use a sharp object, usually scalpel-like, to scrape off the dead cells and other fuzz on your skin. People use this when they want to use a skincare product and want dead cells to prevent the active ingredient from being absorbed effectively. If you are a person with certain allergies that makes exfoliation products unsuitable for you, you can also use dermaplaning devices. Scraping your skin can be dangerous but dermaplaning on the market makes the process safer and easier. Most dermaplaning devices vary so, follow the details in the manual carefully. However, regardless of the device use, apply sunscreen when you are done. This is because you have scraped off old cells that have been taking the harsh sun rays and your live cells are now exposed.

Uses of Dermaplaning Devices:

  1. Exfoliate skin
  2. Remove tiny hairs

Microdermabrasion Devices


Still on exfoliation, we have Microdermabrasion devices. But instead of scraping, they suck away old, dead cells from the surface of your skin to show your healthy live cells. The suction is done via a vacuum system. If your skin is sensitive, instead of dermaplaning, dermabrasion devices are a better fit for you. However, they don’t go as deep as dermaplaning devices.

Uses of Microdermabrasion Devices:

  1. Exfoliate skin
  2. Smoothen skin
  3. Soften skin

Hair Removal Devices


These devices help in shaving and waxing but without all the pain and irritation that comes with the use of shaving sticks and some hair removal gels or creams. Regardless of your skin, these devices work just fine. Some of them remove your hair with fast-pulses using both intense pulsed light (IPL) and radiofrequency (RF) technology.

Uses of Hair Removal Devices:

  1. Remove hair
  2. Wax skin

Cleansing Devices


Although most of the devices already mentioned above also clean, there are devices made specifically for daily skin cleaning and nothing else. There are two popular ones in this category. One of them looks like a big egg with a rubber body and bristles at the top. These bristles have been made at varying lengths and thicknesses. The cleaning device also has a button used to adjust how the depth of the bristles drives into the skin while cleaning. The device should be dampened with water before use then scrubbed in the skin. You have to adjust the length of the bristles to reach seemingly hidden areas. The bristles are very hygienic so you don’t have to worry about that. The second of the popular cleaning devices use micro-steam technology. With this, your face is detoxified and hydrated. The device has a small bow-like part that holds firm to your face which prevents the steam from escaping while cleaning your face.

Uses of Cleaning Devices:

  1. Soothe and soften the skin
  2. Clears pores and detoxifies skin
  3. Removes dead skin cells, make-up, and oil
  4. Hydrates skin.

Skin care tools now at your Fingertips

With the advent of new skin care tools and information of the old made easily accessible, home skincare treatment is now literally at your fingertips. However, this doesn’t rule out the place of skincare experts whose experience and knowledge are not only useful but quite frankly, undeniable.

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IMATS London

IMATS London

IMATS London, the annual International Make‐Up Artists Trade Show, is almost upon us and this year’s event is to be the biggest and best yet.

IMATS has been held in London since 2002 and has grown into the make-up industry’s premier trade show, with six events staged around the world every year in London, New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Atlanta, and Vancouver.

First established in 1997 by the Emmy Award-winning make-up artist and publisher of Make-Up Artist magazine Michael Key, IMATS provides the opportunity for make-up artists, exhibitors, and enthusiasts to learn and connect.

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Nanshy at IMATS London

Nanshy is proud to confirm that we will be one of the top exhibitors at IMATS London, and you will be able to find us at booth 320. We are a British-born and based makeup accessory brand, specialising in makeup brushes, sponges, and cosmetics bags. Our products are ethically produced, 100% animal cruelty-free and Vegan. At our IMATS London booth, you will be able to sample our product range, see new products for the first time and benefit from unique event-only discounts.

Debut Products, Demonstrations & Masterclasses

Whether you are professional, a student or just love the world of makeup artistry, IMATS gives you the opportunity to sample a diverse mix of products, experience demonstrations and education from industry leaders. Oscar, BAFTA, and Saturn award-winning professionals can be found delivering masterclasses, such as how to perfect age-makeup applications, red-carpet glamour and body painting, while new products are often showcased and sold for the first time.

Battle of the Brushes

IMATS also plays host to the Battle of the Brushes – a competition for existing and recently graduated international makeup students to show off their skills in a race to create and complete the finest looks.

For the winners of the first, second and third place in each category, there are hundreds of pounds in cash and prizes to be won, as well as the chance to gain invaluable exposure and experience.

Makeup Artistry Schools and Study

For those who are contemplating and aspiring to make it in the world of makeup artistry, the best, most recognised makeup schools will also be at IMATS helping you to explore and ultimately decide which college is the best fit for your interests, personality, and talents.

Ticket Prices

Tickets for IMATS London can be bought in advance, so be sure to follow the ticket sale schedule.

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General-admission hours are open to the public, but age restrictions apply – visitors must be 16 years or older to gain entry.

How to get to IMATS London

IMATS London will be staged at the Olympia National exhibition centre in Hammersmith, W14 8UX, and there are a number of ways to travel. On-site parking is available at the venue, but travelling by public transport, in particular, the London Overground or Tube network, is the more convenient and hassle-free option.

Travel by London Overground – Get off at Kensington (Olympia).

Travel by tube – For the Central Line you can change at Shepherd’s Bush for the Overground. For the Circle Line, you can get off at Hammersmith and then take a 5-minute bus ride or 15-minute walk to the venue, or High Street Kensington for a 4-minute bus ride or a 12-minute walk. For the District Line, you can change at West Brompton for the Overground, get off at West Kensington and take an 8-minute walk, or get off at High Street Kensington for a longer walk. For the Piccadilly Line, you can get off at Hammersmith for a 9-minute walk. For the Hammersmith & City Line you can get off at Hammersmith and take a 5-minute bus ride or for a 15-minute walk.

We hope to see you at the show.

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What beauty trends can we expect in Spring 2016?

Every design house has its own take on where fashion and beauty looks are headed.

But there is one standout prediction and that is the use of striking red lipstick which was seen at all the major shows and is favoured by DKNY, Celine, Nina Ricci, Oscar De La Renta, Topshop Unique, Giles, Acne, Victoria Beckham and Dolce & Gabbana.

Spring Beauty Trends
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Candy Apple and Snow White Apple Red are the recommended colours by Harpers Bazaar. Mind you, at New York fashion week both Oscar de La Renta and Victoria Beckham sent out their models with half and half – half with striking red lips and half with nude tones. So you can take your pick according to your mood as there is a choice on the horizon.

Red needs to be applied with complete precision, there is nothing forgiving about this colour. As with all the looks of the season, they can all be achieved to a professional level with Nanshy lip brushes.
Other looks that are prominent runners for Spring 2016 are:

  • Emanuel Ungaro has shown us that faux freckles is a look to think about.
  • Louis Vuitton favours an exaggerated lash look.
  • Chloe favours applying black liner around the eye with a natural hair texture.
  • Balmain favours makeup that is pared-back but featuring strong brows and contouring.
  • The Dolce&Gabbana look leans towards luminous skin, soft feline eyes and plump lips – that are in striking red!
  • Prada has really gone out by delivering Gold lips for the Spring 2016 season. One to watch.
  • Moschino played with feline flicks of liquid liner and soft brown lips.
  • Isabel Marant gave us a bare-faced with radiant complexion that is pro cleansed before applying oils for a balmy glow.

Finally, the eye colour used by almost everyone was blue – a colour to keep in mind for 2016.

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Nanshy at the Clothes Show 2015 in NEC

Nanshy at The Clothes Show 2015

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Nanshy at The Clothes Show 2015

There has always been a strong link between fashion and beauty, and as trends in clothing change, so to do the beauty products and makeup colours designed to complement your style. In recognition of the strong relationship between these two, world class event The Clothes Show has expanded its reach to include a greater range of suppliers and products for your pleasure.

Clothes Show 2015 Dates:

Due to take place on the 4th to 8th December 2015, Nanshy is super excited to announce that we’ll be right in the middle of the action, on our stand at HA12 next to Rimmel and NYX. We can’t wait to get to The Clothes Show and meet our fabulous fans, so do come along and say ‘hello’, whichever day you’re planning to come.

What is The Clothes Show?

If you love fashion, you’ll almost certainly have heard of The Clothes Show. Held annually at the NEC in Birmingham, this is the UK’s leading event for everything about clothes, fashion and style. Presented by celebrities and featuring live performances form some of the UK’s most exciting musical talent, it’s one event that has a firm spot in the diary of every fashionista in the country.

Launched in 1989 on the back of the popular TV show of the same name, the event attracts over 150,000 visitors every single year. Established model agencies often use the show as a hunting ground for new talent, and famous faces such as Cat Deeley and Holly Willoughby have been plucked from the crowd in the past.

This year, The Clothes Show has secured sponsorship from tech giant Alcatel OneTouch, and is promising to be bigger and better than ever. Leading the line-up for 2015 are four gorgeous British models, Erika Pattison, Sarah-Ann Macklin, Hannah Dodd and Rhiannon Laslett, collectively known as the ‘Brit Pack’, and who were all scouted at the show over the last decade by Select Model Management.

What happened to the ‘live’?

In line with the significant improvements, investments and changes to the old ‘Clothes Show Live’ format, the event has rebranded itself as ‘The Clothes Show’ for the event in December 2015. The overhaul is not just in the name either, and avid fashion fans can expect an altogether better event this year.

The layout has been improved to give a better flow throughout the event, and there are new and innovative features built in which will enhance your catwalk, shopping and seminar experience. In light of the strong links between fashion and beauty, you can now find more of your favourite brands here at the event for 2015.

Over 500 high street, boutique and designer brands will be housed in newly curated sections, helping you find your favourites and discover new products more easily.

What’s going on at the event?

It’s not just clothes that keep people coming back to the Clothes Show year after year. There’s so much to see and do, if you love fashion and style, you’ll be spoilt for choice at this year’s show. Here’re just a few of the things you can find going on:

  • Plenty of celebrity juice

The Clothes Show has always been peppered with juicy celebrity appearances, and this year is no different. You’ll find a delectable selection of style gurus every day, from Antonia O’Brien and Caryn Franklin to Binky, Joey Essex, Hilary Alexander and more. Musical delights include Charli XCX, Urban Voices Collective, Ella Eyre and many others.

Click to Tweet: Meet Joey Essex, Charli XCX, Ella Eyre, Binky and more celebrities at The ClothesShow

  • Model agencies and opportunities to get scouted

Don’t underestimate the potential to get scouted at The Clothes Show. Many others have already been spotted this way, and have built healthy careers on the back of being in the right place at the right time. Select Model Management are this year’s only official model scout agency, and you can visit their stand at the show for advice on getting into modelling as a career.

Click to Tweet: [email protected] will be scouting during The #ClothesShow via @NanshyOfficial

  • Brilliant brands, stunning shops

Whoever you love, you can be sure they’ll be here at The Clothes Show 2015. From boutique brands like Mink Pink, Wolf & Whistle and CiCi to designer bargains from the likes of Pauls Boutique, Fusey, Ego and more, you can truly shop ‘til you drop at this year’s event. Look out for on the day deals, competitions and more

the clothes show 2015 guide

In addition to the veritable plethora of clothing brands at the show, this year you’ll be amazed by the range of hair and beauty brands which are featured. As well as your favourite brush maker Nanshy, you’ll also find Models Own, Elemis, Rimmel, NYX, Barry M and much more in their own curated area for your shopping pleasure. See the full list of exhibitors here.

  • Seriously good seminars

If fashion is more than just a passion for you, don’t miss the enlightening seminars taking place over the course of the show this year. The Fashion Career Seminars will be led by Caryn Franklin MBE, where students can learn about the career journeys of a range of fashion pros. From journalists to photographers, designers to models, this is the place to get the inside track on your fashion future.

  • The dazzling catwalk show

This year’s image catwalk will bring you the latest trends, high street collections and catwalk shows from graduates and up and coming designers. Presented by Antonia O’Brien, Jamie Laing and Joey Essex, all tickets come with a ringside seat (check the seating plan here) for the incredible catwalk show, so don’t miss out on this highlight of the event.

As you can see, the event promises to be a feature packed feast of fashion fabulousness, and one not to miss if you’re serious about looking great. Get the full lowdown on everything happening over the five days of the event right here.

The Clothes Show 2015 Giveaway – 2 tickets for Sunday 6th of December and 12 Makeup Brushes

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Insider tips from Nanshy

We want you to get the best out of your day at The Clothes Show, so here are some insider tips to help you get the very best from this year’s event.

  • Buy your ticket soon to avoid missing out. Use code “TX342” for 3 for 2 ticket offer. The latest code also available at the HotUkDeals website.
  • If you’re a Tesco customer, you can get a ticket to The Clothes Show with just £10 worth of Clubcard vouchers.
  • If you can afford it, get a Platinum ticket… the goody bag alone is worth the price difference!
  • If you can’t attend, tune into The Clothes Show TV Channel on YouTube to see the highlights for yourself
  • Check out the competitions being run by the NEC beauty show exhibitors here, to be in with a chance of winning amazing beauty products
  • If you’re not sure about going, check out the review by Lydia Rose Smyth here to see just what others thought about the event
  • Get organised before you go; know where the parking is and plan your day at The Clothes Show so that you can make the most of your time
  • Wear something comfortable on your feet. High heels won’t do you any favours when you’re going to be walking all day long, so opt for trendy flats or pumps to give your feet a break
  • Take lots of water, and keep hydrated to keep your skin looking amazing
  • Don’t be shy about applying for a press pass… if you’re a blogger, influencer or work in the beauty industry, you might just be able to get one

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We’re literally chomping at the bit to get our teeth into The Clothes Show 2015, and hope we’ll see you there as well. We’ll have our brand ambassador and makeup guru, Barrie Griffith, on the stand on Saturday and Sunday, and he’ll be joined by the gorgeous beauty expert Nikki Taylor to answer all your burning questions.

Find us on our stand at HA12 throughout the event, with exclusive offers on our world class super-soft brushes for our fans on the day. See you at The Clothes Show!

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Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015 with Nanshy!

Nanshy Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015

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Nanshy Behind the scenes at IMATS London 2015

Team Nanshy had a very busy and hugely enjoyable time at the International Make-up Artist Trade Show this past weekend. This was our first time exhibiting at the show and it could not have been more exciting!

Our own celebrity make-up artist and Nanshy ambassador Barrie Griffith together with beauty brand expert Nikki Taylor were delighted to speak to so many of you make-up addicts, fans, professional make-up artists and students.

Barrie and Nikki showed off our range of cruelty-free must-haves including brushes, brush holders, brush belts and our 4-in-1 blending sponge.

With so much make-up product and incredible make-up artistry everywhere we looked it was hard for all us all not to get distracted. Nikki even had a close call with a monster or two!

One of Barrie’s personal highlights was speaking to award-winning make-up artist Lan Nguyen- Grealis about her new book and her love of Nanshy brushes.

We were all delighted when Emmy-award winning make-up artist and the founder of IMATS Michael Key stopped by our booth for a chat!

The real highlight of the show was meeting so many of you Nanshy fans and hearing you tell us what you love about our range.

Thanks to every single one of you who visited us and thanks to all our team at Nanshy who made it happen.

Watch our video to see more!