As you might have realized already that I’m quite the skincare and makeup junkie. I love trying out the latest and greatest in beauty, whether it’s a new lipstick formula or the latest skincare serum. But what I haven’t blogged about are the beauty tools I use behind the scenes. They are the true unsung heroes that that I use day-in and day-out in my beauty routine, that really never get the credit they deserve. These 6 beauty tools make my makeup application effortless, cut down my time in front of the mirror and even help my skincare perform better. So to properly salute them, today I thought I would share the top beauty tools I absolutely can’t live without.
1. T3 Cura Luxe Hair Dryer
I honestly don’t know why I didn’t invest in a T3 hair dryer sooner. I had read the countless reviews, one of my best friends even owned a T3 and raved about it, yet I continued to use my $29.99 blow dryer from the drugstore that took 30+ minutes to dry my hair, fried my ends, and left me sweating in the heat after every blow dry.
The T3 Micro Cura Luxe hair dryer is a complete life changer for me, now it only takes me about 5 minutes to dry my hair (mind you I do have shorter hair now). And since I’m a daily hair washer, the Cure Luxe literally gives me back hours of life every week! I’ll be honest, it has a hefty price that deterred me from getting it sooner, but it’s worth every penny, both in the time you save drying your hair and for the hair products you’ll to buy to keep it looking half as good.
It’s has multiple heat and speed settings, drys my hair like a dream. Even at the low speed setting it has better air flow than my old hair dryer, and when it’s on high, it literally blows me away! I also have to mention I’m impress with how quiet it is considering how much power it has. Plus, my hair looks shinier, softer, and healthier (thanks to the built-in ion generator) even though I blow dry it more than ever now!
2. T3 Convertible Collection Curler
T3 Convertible Collection Curler is my other hair tool that I also use on a daily basis. It comes in as a very close second to the dryer which would only win by a hair (pun intended). I’ve had this for over a year now and it’s hands down the best curler I’ve ever owned, and believe me I’ve gone through a LOT of them. It has interchangeable barrels (7 total), so you can create any type of curl you can dream of. And of course have all the attachments for it (cuz you know that’s the kind of beauty junkie I am), but I typically use the barrels that come in the Whirl collection to create spiral curls and waves.
Like the Cura Luxe Dryer, it’s a total time saver. It heats up in just seconds and and on most days I can curl my entire head in under 10 minutes. And to the tourmaline and ceramic barrel, it produces curls that are incredibly long lasting as well as smooth and shiny. I can literally skip the hair spray and still have my curls last for 2-3 days.
Using a dermroller was probably the best thing that happened to my skincare routine. Dermarolling is a form of microneedling and involves using a mini wheel covered with hundreds of tiny needles to gently prick the face. I know it doesn’t sound like fun, but trust me work miracles for clearing acne scars, fading fine lines, and evening out skin tone and texture.
How it works is these tiny needles create micro-injuries on the skin, which in turn sends collagen and elastin production into overdrive to compensate as it heals—leaving your complexion tighter and plumper than it was beforehand. Plus it also lets your skincare penetrate deeper from all little pin pricks. I use my dermroller in combination with one of my serums typically a vitamin c, hylauronic acid, or anti-anti aging serum. I start off my applying serum to my face like normal to moisten my skin, then gently roll my dermaroller over my skin vertically, horizontally, and diagonally, over your cheeks, forehead, chin, lips, and neck, and finish off with another layer of serum.
I typically use a 0.25mm to a 0.5mm needle size, and definitely recommend using a starting with a smaller needle size if you’re new to it. If you’re looking to refine pores you’ll need smaller thinner needles, and if you’re looking for it to help with scarring you’ll probably need to go up to a 0.5. There are also 1mm+ size needles, but I think it’s best you leave those to the pros at your dermatologist’s office.
4. Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
I’m a firm believe that brows speak louder that words, and I’m not kidding. The Tweezerman Slant Tweezers are a staple in any beauty toolkit and keeping brows looking well-groomed is what they do best. They’re ultra precise and yank out even the finest baby hair without a pinch or slip. And I find the slant in them so helpful me to shaping my arches just perfectly. I’ve had my first pair of Tweezermans for years, and they’re still going strong! But they have such cute designs I always find myself picking up a new pair every year or so, plus it’s always good to have a few backups.
5. Snow Teeth Whitening
6. Artis Make Up Brushes
Having good brushes are key to having flawless makeup application. And since your makeup only looks as good as the how well apply it, finding the right brushes to create getting a streak-free, blended finish has been a lifelong quest for me. I admit I was skeptical about how these the Artis brushes would work, but the curved ergonomic handle actually makes it much easier to apply your makeup to your face. The bristles are plush, but firm and pick up powders and creams beautifully and distribute them evenly across the skin without eating up a ton product. Not only are their powder brushes amazing, but their eye brushes are too. They carve out a crease like no other and allow you to blend with ease and accuracy around the delicate eye area.