June 07, 2013

Miscellaneous Beauty Tools

Beauty Tools and Accessories including Cellulose Face Sponges, No7 Lift & Curl Eyelash Curlers, Superdry Nail Buffer Cube, The Body Shop Face Massager and Nars Pencil Sharpener

Over the years I’ve came across many weird and wonderful make-up tools.  Sometimes you can find amazing hidden gems and others like blackhead removers in the hands of an overenthusiastic acne-prone teen (myself) might do more harm than good.  I've compiled this post with 5 products you'd probably never take a second look at, but have amazing results.  As an added bonus, they're all under £10!

I’ve recently revamped my cleansing routine and with that, comes new face cleansing methods.  My friend who works in beauty therapy gave me a skincare set for my birthday and included were these round Cellulose Face Sponges.  You might have seen them before and they’re typically used to remove face masks, but I’ve found them amazing to use for cleansers.  I found the muslin cloth method a little too harsh so these sponges give a much lighter exfoliation and it takes me no time at all to remove all my make-up.  I bought a pack of 12, which arrived as a pack of 20 from Amazon at £6.99 so they're really inexpensive.  After I've used them a couple of times I open a new pack and I pop the used ones in the washing machine and they look as good as new and ready to be used again.

Whenever I'm in Boots, I usually end up with a No7 voucher I never use. Instead of putting it in my purse and forgetting about it a few months later, I decided to pick up the No7 Lift & Curl Eyelash Curlers to see what all the fuss is about.  I'm usually applying mascara as I run out the door but when I have the time, I like to reach for these if I’m going on a night out or for a special occasion.  The curlers come in a box with additional pads and I found the curlers to be really gentle and easy to use.  I find they really help open up your eyes and I'll admit, I love it when you can feel the lashes when you look up!  With the £5 No7 voucher you can usually get these for about £2.

I don’t usually buy into gimmicky products but I was really curious about the Body Shop Face Massager.  I’ve been hearing a lot about these sorts of tools, from ones that pierce your skin (ouch!) to jade stone rollers at £20 and upwards.  After seeing really great reviews I picked this roller up.  It’s made of a rubbery/silicone material and you basically roll it up and down your face after you've cleansed, toned and moisturised to help your moisturiser sink in better.  I found it really gentle to use and it kind of gives your skin a red flush for a couple of minutes.  Since it doesn’t actually penetrate your skin I find that it’s a much safer tool for everyday use, I’d personally leave all that other stuff to a professional to avoid any damage to the skin. Compared to the other face massage tools, it’s only £6 so you don't have much to lose.

I’ve been through hundreds of pencil sharpeners.  I've never seen the need to buy expensive ones but when they constantly break and start ruining your eyeliners, it does get a little annoying.  I didn't set out to purchase the Nars Pencil Sharpener initially, but when I was purchasing the foundation pump for my Nars Sheer Glow foundation and I was paying ridiculous postage for it, I felt that another addition to my shopping basket would make it more acceptable.  This sharpener has been so great and I haven't had any problems with it at all.  It has 2 sharpeners, one for smaller and one for larger eyeliners and the packaging is really sturdy.  I also really like that it has a blade cleaner and a removable cover to catch all the shavings.  Online it says it comes with an adapter to fit different sized pencils, mine doesn’t seem to have it so maybe it’s a new feature which basically means you don’t need multiple sizes of sharpeners.  It’s around £4-5 which is actually pretty reasonable for Nars and should last you far longer than the cheaper ones.

Admittedly, I wasn’t too impressed with the Superdry make-up range.  They had a decent eyeliner but the Superdry Buff and Shine Nail Block* was the real winner for me.  We’ve all seen these nail file blocks before so I wasn’t too excited to use it at first.  In a moment of curiosity, I picked it up after removing my nail polish and the results were amazing.  The side that makes the most difference is 4. Shine Nail which gives you the shiniest, smoothest nails you’ve ever had.  The whole process makes your nails look so healthy and nail polish applies much easier.  I was surprised to find the shine effect also lasts even after you remove nail polish so I’d really urge you to pick this up.  It’s also only £3!

*PR Sample

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