5 beauty tools that actually work
Updated: Jul 9
Do you ever feel bombarded with ads for all these random hair, makeup, skincare tools, and products?
There are so many gimmicky products out there, so how do you know what works and what doesn't?
In the first part of a longer series, I'll share 5 beauty tools that you must try right now because they will make your life and beauty routine easier.
I've personally tried and tested all of them, and they make my life easier. Some of them are even lots of fun to use!
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If you like to read magazine blogs, you've probably seen Vogue's list of the best skincare and beauty tools but most of those products are expensive and you probably don't actually need all of them. A jade roller feels just as nice as the NuFACE Mini Petite Facial Toning Device.
My goal is to share some affordable gadgets that are effective and make your life simpler.
Best tools for a flawless beauty routine
I'm sure that you're familiar with most of these tools, but they really help you streamline your beauty routine. None of these products are expensive, and since they're affordable, you can add them to your collection.
1. Hot Air Brush: REVLON One-Step Hair Dryer And Volumizer Hot Air Brush
I have very thin, fine hair, and there's honestly not much of it. But, with a hot air brush like the Revlon One-Step, I've been able to style it really easily. Think of it as a combination between a hairdryer and a round hairbrush.
The hot air helps you create a gorgeous blowout, waves, or even straighten the hair, depending on what you want.
When you use this volumizing brush, it leaves hair silky smooth and diminishes frizziness. It also helps if you let the hair air-dry for about 5 minutes before you start using the brush.
What I love about it, though, is that you can use it on dry hair too! So, when you need to head out, and your hair looks flat or lifeless, you can create an at-home blowout in a couple of minutes.
2. Jade Roller & Gua Sha Stone: Natural Jade Roller and Gua Sha Set
I was quite skeptical about jade rollers and gua sha stones when I first heard of them many years ago. I thought that they do nothing for your skin. But, after using them for over two years now, I can tell you that using them for a facial massage feels amazing.
Contrary to popular belief, the jade roller and gua sha stone are for releasing tension in the face, not really for massage.
The jade stone has a cooling effect on the skin and helps to de-puff your skin. It works well on your cheeks and under the eyes. Since the roller has two sides, you get a smaller stone on one end for the undereye area and a wider stone for the rest of the face, neck, and decolletage.
The key to using these two tools correctly is to apply light pressure. It helps increase circulation and improves blood flow. But, the main reason I use them is for the relaxing effect. The added bonus of less puffy skin is great too.
3. Dermaplaning Facial Exfoliator: Finishing Touch Flawless Dermaplane Glo Lighted Facial Exfoliator
Do you have peach fuzz or annoying facial hair you want to get rid of? There's no need to spend hundreds of dollars on expensive procedures or treatments. A simple dermaplaning tool is the best way to remove it.
It's painless and easy to use. The small tool runs on AAA batteries, and it has a built-in LED light that helps you see all the fine hairs. Think of it like shaving your face without a razor. Oh, and don't worry, the hair doesn't grow back thicker and darker; that's actually a myth.
Once you dermaplane and remove hair and dead skin, skincare and makeup go on smoother.
You can also use the tool as an eyebrow razor to shape the eyebrows.
The small razor head is replaceable.
When using, glide across the skin gently.
4. Ice Roller: ESARORA Ice Roller for Face & Eye
When you wake up early and look tired, the best and most helpful tool is an ice roller. It removes the puffiness, redness, and irritation on the skin and helps the face relax. It can also shrink pores and improve circulation in time.
I like to use it as a quick fix for a tired-looking face. Store the ice roller in the freezer overnight, so it's ready to use in the morning. It's such a cheap little tool, but it makes a big difference, especially during the hot summer days when you need something cooling that actually works instantly.
Some people claim that it is a helpful tool against migraines and headaches, depending on the type of migraine. But, you can also use it on the back of the neck to soothe achy muscles and on other parts of the body. So, this is more than a simple beauty tool.
5. Makeup Brush Cleaning Mat: Novovo Silicone Makeup Brush Cleaner Mats (2 pack)
If you use makeup, you know that cleaning your brushes regularly is the only way to keep things sanitary and avoid infections. But if you hate cleaning brushes like I do, you can take advantage of cheap silicone brush cleaner mats. These mats have about 7 different screw thread designs for different-sized brushes.
All you have to do is add a special brush cleaning soap or regular hand soap and then swipe the brush on the mat in a circular motion. Then cleanse with water, and you're done in no time. The mat doesn't ruin the brush or cause it to lose hair.
I currently have about 3 of these silicone mats, and they are great. One of them even sticks to the bottom of the sink, so it stays put when I wipe the brush on it. Trust me; these will save you time.
I hope you found these recommendations helpful and keep an eye out I will be sharing more soon in part 2.