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Beauty tools don’t necessarily come in gorgeous packaging or warrant prominent display in your bathroom. But these not-so-glamorous gadgets can be the beauty workhorses that you depend on daily. They can help you apply or remove makeup; scrub and buff your skin; and shape, style, or remove hair. Here are some beauty tools that you may not be able to live without once you try them.
First popular in Japan, Andalou Naturals Konjac Body Sponge exfoliates and softens skin with the help of konjac root powder. Also infused with antioxidant-rich green tea, this loofah-style sponge, which plumps up when wet, removes dry, dull skin cells, and cleanses and refines pores for a fresh glow.
Try an all-natural alternative to hot waxing with SheaMoisture Shave for Women Honey & Black Seed No Heat Sugar Wax. Applied at body temperature, it does not burn skin as it removes unwanted hair. Honey naturally soothes inflammation and fights bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella. Antibacterial and anti-inflammatory black seed oil rejuvenates and balances skin. Raw brown sugar helps open pores and remove dead skin cells, dirt, and oil. Included are wooden application sticks and disposable strips.
Make bad hair days obsolete with the Bass Green Brush. Detangle, style, and blow-dry your hair with this 100 percent natural and vegan brush. It has an optimized handle made of sustainable bamboo, as well as bamboo pins (rather than bristles) that are easy to use with wet or dry hair. And because the pins are bamboo, they won’t melt when blow-drying.
Trim, comb, pluck, and cut with the Earth Therapeutics Eyebrow Grooming Set. The eyebrow shaver expertly trims the small, fine hairs of the brow. It’s equipped with a safety cover and lightweight, nonslip grip for easy control. Stainless steel tweezers come with a hand-filed tip crafted for flawless hair removal. Eyebrow scissors function as a brow trimmer and cutting shears. With the comb in place, the brow hairs can be combed upward and trimmed with an opposing scissor edge. Slide off and detach the comb, and the exposed blade and scissor edge act as a precision cutting tool. On one side of the lash and brow groomer are thick bristles that shape the brows. On the flip side, the fine-tooth comb evenly separates lashes, removing any clumps of mascara. The four tools are packed in a reusable case.
Wash your face without soap or cleansers with Jane Iredale Magic Mitt. Water activates microfibers to break the oil bonds in makeup, leaving your face clean and pH-balanced, and its acid mantle protected. Once the soft cloth is rinsed and dried, it’s sanitized and ready for the next use.