Ιn the last few years I went from being someone with an aversion to beauty tools – you know, brushes and gadgets in general – to someone who absolutely embraces them.
I’ve rounded up my favourite beauty tools for you today – from the tiniest tweezers to large-ish devices. Let me know if you have a must-have beauty tool that the rest of us need to know about.
1. Tweezerman Tweezerettes
You haven’t lived until you’ve plucked out a stray eyebrow with one of these bad boys. I own a whopping four of them (once I got hooked I bought three via ebay) and I’ve never looked back.
I can’t explain to you how these tweezers work so well, but they manage to grip the finest of hairs, and they let you pull out the offending sprouts without breaking them off. So simple, right?
I know they’re sold at Dischem, and I’m not 100% sure of the price but I think it’s around the R200 – R250 mark.
2. Stainless steel nail scissors
You know the ones, those tiny curved little scissors. I don’t use them for nail-clipping though, I use them to trim my eyebrows (they get very unruly if I don’t keep them under control).
I don’t have a preferred brand, but they need to be matte stainless steel – these are somehow sturdier and sharper than their shiny counterparts.
You should be able to find them at pharmacies, I think I nicked my current one from a men’s grooming kit #sorrynotsorry
3. Sigma F80 brush
I can’t use traditional foundation brushes (those flat ones with the rounded ends) for applying my makeup – it’s just been streak upon streak whenever I’ve tried.
The Sigma F80 is on a whole other level – it’s a very dense flat-top brush that allows you to buff away at your foundation, blending it perfectly with your skin. I’m only mentioning one brush under beauty tools as I’m working on a separate post with my five favourite makeup brushes, so stay tuned for that.
Available locally from Turquoise Studio for R415.
I bought my ghd a good four years ago, and I’ve never looked back. Before that I had a R200 cheapie from Salton (I think) that did an ok job, but once I started using a ghd it was difficult to even imagine how I managed without it.
I’m not great at curling my hair with a ghd, so I mostly use it for straightening. It’s amazing how few strokes are needed with a proper heat styling tool – I go over each area only once, as opposed to the multiple strokes required with my cheapie.
Four years is also the longest any electrical appliance has ever lasted me, aside from a hair dryer and washing machine that have both passed the 10 year mark.
Available from salons at around R2000 each – don’t even bother buying a knockoff, they don’t last (my friend went through two in a year). You can also buy them online from reputable sites like Retail Box – they currently have a regular one on promo here, as well as a gorgeous rose gold one on promo here.
I never expected to be a fan of the Clarisonic – I assumed it would be too harsh for my skin, and that it would cause breakouts.
Turns out I couldn’t be more wrong. The Clarisonic is surprisingly gentle, and it has gotten rid of all of my congestion (you know, those annoying bumps under the surface of your skin). I also hardly ever get spots, but I can’t give the Clarisonic credit for that as I didn’t have a big problem anyway.
My skin feels cleaner than ever, and a huge benefit is that it can be used with oil- and balm cleansers (they’re my favourites and they’re best for my skin). When a reader asked me a couple of days ago whether I would replace mine out of pocket (the one I have was given to me to review), I realised that the answer is a definite yes.
From R2500, available at selected Stuttafords stores. I wrote about the Clarisonic in detail here.