My Favorite Beauty Tools
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If you’re applying your foundation with anything but the beautyblender sponge, you’re doing it wrong. The point of foundation is to fool the eye of the beholder into thinking you were blessed with a flawless complexion. But if you’re applying it incorrectly, or with inferior tools, you just look like you’re wearing a makeup mask. The difference between foundation that looks like foundation and foundation that looks like skin is beauty blender. Since I was introduced to beautyblender in 2007, we have been in a monogamous relationship. It is the only tool I use to apply my foundation. beautyblender’s elliptical shape allows you to access hard-to-reach areas with ease. Its suede-like texture repels product, so your foundation actually ends up on your face – rather than absorbed by the sponge. And its unique curves fit the contours of your face, leaving your makeup dazzling and undetectable. I even use it to apply my concealer and cream blushes. beautyblender can also be used with moisturizers, eye treatment serums and lotions, makeup primers and makeup removers to be a truly hygienic, gentle way to ensure optimal use of the most advanced skin care products.
From the creators of the Sonicare toothbrush comes the Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleaning System, featuring a handy to-go sized version of the original, groundbreaking skin care Clarisonic Brush. The sonic frequency moves Clarisonic’s soft, gentle brush back and forth at more than 300 times per second, thoroughly clearing pores and skin surface. The Clarisonic Mia removes makeup six times better than traditional methods, clears pores and reduces the appearance of pore size, cleanses so thoroughly that skincare products absorb better, creates noticeably healthier looking skin. The Clarisonic Mia Skin Cleansing System includes: Clarisonic Mia One Speed Brush, international charger for worldwide use, sensitive brush head, 1 oz Gentle Hydro Cleanser. It also comes with a cute travel bag. And it’s available in a plethora of prints and pretty colors.
There is a common misconception that a set of quality makeup brushes will set you back a pretty penny. I’ve tried (and own) more brushes than I know what to do with – and my favorites, hands down, are from EcoTools. These brushes feature bamboo handles (bamboo has a low impact on the earth’s resources), synthetic bristles and metallic ferrule made from recycled aluminum cans. The standouts of the collection are the larger brushes. EcoTools high-quality brushes feature super soft bristles that apply makeup like a dream…and the price is a dream come true!
I love my ghd Gold Professional 1″ styler. The flat iron has contoured plates that create straight and curved styles. The plates heat up quickly (I’m talking less than 1 minute), the device beeps when it reaches your desired temperature, and turns off after 30 minutes of inactivity – so you never have to worry that you’ve left it on and your house may be on fire. The styler comes with a plate-guard that protects the hot plates when the styler is switched off, allowing you to safely pack them away without damaging your belongings.
If I can help it, I don’t shave with anything other than my beloved Schick Intuition Razor. It’s my favorite razor to use at home or on the go. It’s perfect for traveling thanks to its “Skin Moisturizing Solid,” which lathers and hydrates while you shave. Since you don’t need to take along a separate can of shave gel, this baby takes up minimal real estate in your toiletries bag. And here’s the best part: it delivers the closest shave I’ve ever experienced with a razor – stubbly stems, begone!