My New Favorite Beauty Tools

Posted 10/18/11 at 05:14AM by Rebekah George

If we were neighbors and you came over to borrow, say, a power drill or a screwdriver, you'd be out of luck. However, if you were ever in need of a heated eyelash curler or face steamer, mine would be your go-to doorbell.

While it's true that the only tools I have are beauty-related, in my defense they're essential for me to look my best. I mean, there's only so much a girl can do with her fingers. And, truth be told, I happen to like sussing out fun, new gadgets and beauty gear. Which is why I have a few more stashed under my sink than the average girl.

Here are the ones I've tested recently and subsequently added to my arsenal. You may want to make room for them in your tool chest, too.

For cleansing the face: Olay Professional Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System, $29.99. Forget the facecloth: This at-home revolving cleansing tool gets your skin so clean that it's better able to absorb whichever anti-aging product you're going to apply. It works with your favorite cleanser and, if you're like me and tend to get lazy at night, it'll be your savior because it does all the work for you.

For makeup application: Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge, $10. This wonderful little blue sponge helps blend foundation into every nook and cranny on your face for a flawless finish. I use this sponge for more that just my foundation -- it's great for blending in blush and even eyeshadow. Plus, because it's washable and can be used again and again, it'll save you some money.

For foundation: Shiseido Perfect Foundation Brush, $30. This foundation brush proves that the right tools can make all the difference in how your makeup looks. Because it has shorter bristles, you can create a "stipple" or dabbed effect with your foundation for heavier coverage. That's ideal if you want to cover up acne scars or brown spots without using concealer.

For curling hair: Top Styler Ceramic Heated Shells, $99. You may have seen these on late-night infomercials (that's what tempted me to give 'em a whirl). It's a heat-set technology system with ceramic clips, called C-shells, which allow curls to cool naturally in place so they stay longer. When heated, the C-shells reach the ideal temperature to reshape and "set" the hair in place. Even better? Because the shells are lined with ceramic and require less heat than many other tools, they won't damage your hair.

There you have 'em -- the four new tools that really wowed me. Do you have any you want to tell me about? Oh, and speaking of tools, if you've ever wondered how to employ yours in the case of a beauty emergency, click here to find out.
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1-6 of 8 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 12/30/12 at 06:26am

    Olay brush is nice

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  • Posted by beautybody on 03/25/12 at 10:32pm

    The blending sponge sounds good especially because you can wash and reuse it.

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/15/12 at 12:11pm

    Makeup brushes are the key to getting the perfect makeup application. The Top Styler Heated Shells were difficult for me to use. I definitely think there are many other options that work better and achieve the same look.

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  • Posted by kiley_marie on 11/22/11 at 08:59am

    haha the pic scared me a bit. but thanks!

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  • Posted by ladyboarder9669 on 11/01/11 at 09:15am

    I'm also a huge fan of Olay and have been for years! They are amazing products at a fraction of the price.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 10/30/11 at 09:26pm

    I love good makeup brushes. My Physicians Formula eyeliner brush and Too Faced retractable kabuki are two of my favorites.

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