Every so often I like to share some of my go-to beauty tools and home products that I use regularly. I love and use them because they work and perform better than similar products. So here we go!
Self-Care and Beauty Tools
Color Wow Root Cover-up
This is such an easy way to cover hair color outgrowth and bridge the time til a new color appointment. It’s a powder product with an applicator brush. Once applied, it lasts until you wash it out, although I find a little touch-up sometimes perks it up. I use the color dark brown and find that using a color a little darker than my hair color helps with covering the gray outgrowth.
You can see the coverage in my demo photos below.
Shiseido Eyelash Curler
I’ve used this curler for years and love the perfect curl it gives my lashes. I graduated to this after years of using the Maybelline brand curler, and the Shiseido is really a step up for a very affordable price. The rubber insert pad lasts a long time and is very easy to replace when the old one has a cut in the rubber from use. My eyelashes are naturally very straight and they almost point down. Curling them with this eyelash curler really opens my eyes and makes them appear brighter.
Artis Makeup Brushes
When I was first introduced to Artis makeup brushes, I was skeptical. I couldn’t imagine applying my eye and face makeup with a brush shaped so different from traditional makeup brushes. I gave a few of the brushes a try – and I was a convert!
Why? From their website: “Each fibre bundle is packed with 3-10 times more fibers than their closest makeup brush counterpart. The tip of each CosmeFibre® tapers down to 3 microns (which you can’t see with the naked eye) so you get the softest application and superior results.”
The brushes are so so soft and truly deliver a beautiful result. I especially love the large oval brush (shown in the front in the photo) for giving my foundation a flawless finish.
Tinkle Face Razor
This next product is a lead in to a few facial hair removal tools. Com’on! I know I’m not the only female who’s little bit focused on facial hair removal.
This simple little razor for shaving facial hair (okay, we can call it dermaplaning if it sounds better) is quick to use and super budget friendly. I’ve found it so helpful to take care of soft hair that is really hard to take off with other methods.
And I’m here to tell you that if you shave that hard-to-get facial hair it will not grow back stubbly or darker or heavier.
Tweezerman Smooth Finish Facial Hair Remover
This looks like some kind of torture device or a toy, but it works really well for catching smaller, soft facial hairs. I included a close-up photo of the face tweezer so I could describe how to use it. Lay the face tweezer against the face and hold the two cylindrical handles between the index finger and thumb of both hands and turn them. The curved spring between the handles catches the little hairs and pulls them out. It stings a little but not so much that I don’t want to use it.
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer
There’s nothing extraordinary about a regular eyebrow tweezer, but the Tweezerman is the most precise I’ve used. A plus is that Tweezerman will sharpen the edges at no cost if you send your Tweezerman to them. A sharp edge is key to precision.
There are lots of colors available – I like this rose gold tweezer!
Philips Precision Trimmer
Okay, I promise, this is the last hair removal tool.
I don’t love sharing this info, and I only do it now because I’m pretty sure others may want help with this issue. I suppose you can use this tool on any part of your face, but I use it to make sure I don’t have any strays poking out of my nose. It doesn’t cut and is quick and easy to use.
Spatty Makeup Spatula
Switching gears now away from hair removal, this little makeup spatula is a MUST-HAVE tool. I have two sizes – the Spatty and the Spatty Mini. They are so inexpensive and very helpful when your skin care or makeup products are almost used up but there’s still just a little at the bottom. It’s a way to stretch your dollars – I’ve actually been able, with some products, to get another week’s worth of product from the bottom of a bottle!
(There’s also a larger size – the Spatty Daddy – that’s great to use in the kitchen with food products. I have that size also and was so happy to use it when I was out of Dijon and was able to get just enough out of the bottom of jar.)
Helpful Home Products
Ikea Skubb Shoe Boxes
There are a million storage solutions for shoes, but here’s one that’s working well for me. I use these boxes on my closet shelf to store my out of season shoes. They come in packs of four and in white or gray. I like the white boxes because it’s very easy to see what shoes are inside without having to open the flap door.
What I like about them: They can hold one pair of boots, up to two pairs of shoes or four pairs of sandals (depending on shoe size and style). I love that I can see through the mesh front and I also love (I’m saying love twice on purpose) the Velcro closure. I stack them three high and they manage not to topple over – I think three high is the limit.
Ubeesize Phone Tripod
We are all using our smart phones for photographing and filming videos – especially if you’re posting on social media. This little tripod is perfect for using on a tabletop and it extends all the way to 51″ tall! Plus is comes with a bluetooth remote so you can take photos or film videos without having to press the button on the phone. And it’s very lightweight. It’s been so helpful to me as I’ve learned more about Instagram reels and filmed for stories and even created “how-to” videos for Beautycounter products or makeup tutorials.
Travel/Portable Clothing Steamer
I’ve had a clothing steamer for years. Until recently, I had a standing steamer to use at home and a smaller travel size steamer for travel. Then my full-size steamer broke and I decided that my small steamer works just fine for home use as well as travel. The small one holds enough water to steam a top or skirt or dress. I rarely iron anything anymore.
The steamer in the photo is no longer available but I’ve linked a very similar one with over 76,000 good reviews.
Soil Moisture Meter
I don’t have a knack for keeping indoor plants healthy. I realized that my biggest problem was that I didn’t know how wet or dry the soil was in the pots and that was leading to over-watering. This simple tool has been a lifesaver – for both me and my plants! Now I know exactly when I should water and when I need to wait, and my plants are much healthier and happier (I know they are!).
Candle Wick Trimmer
If you’re a fan of candles, you’ve experienced what happens to the tip of the wick after it’s been burning for a while. You end up with a nub that needs to come off before burning the candle again. That stub at the tip of the wick is hard to cut off with a pair of scissors. If you’ve tried, you know how that nubby tip invariably ends up falling onto the wax, at which point it’s pretty hard to get it out. But the job of trimming the wick gets a whole different result when accomplished with a wick trimmer.
The wick trimmer has a little shelf that catches the nubby tip, allowing you to easily remove it without the wick pieces falling into the wax.
I hope you’ve discovered a tool or product that may solve a challenge you’ve had either in the beauty tool department or at home.
As you know, I want to always be transparent. Most of the links in this post are affiliate links, which means if a purchase is made using my link, I’ll earn a tiny commission on the purchase of the product. Your price is exactly the same whether you buy something through my link or navigate directly to the retailer’s site. I always appreciate people using my links if they plan to make a purchase of a product I’ve share. This is one way bloggers generate income. Thank you!
Let me know if you would like more info about any of these products or if you have a challenge and want to know if I’ve discovered a product that will help.