No matter how much I love beauty, it’s safe to say that nobody needs 13 different moisturisers or 27 different nude lipglosses. Often it’s overwhelming to find a collection of bath bombs in your bathroom that would put your local Lush to shame, but cutting through the clutter and finding those little gems that make all the difference can remind us all how innovative and fun the beauty world really is. Sometimes it’s the bits and bobs we accumulate unexpectedly are the things that can revolutionise our regimes – and for me, these seven beauty accessories are the things I never knew I needed, but I’m so glad I discovered them.
EX1 Cosmetics Beauty Egg (Sponge Applicator Case)* £13.00
How many times have you wrecked a makeup bag after just chucking your blending sponge back in? I’m forever regretting the decision to mix my used applicators in with the rest of my makeup when I’m traveling, as they coat the inside of the bag with an orange messy tinge that’s impossible to get off. This puts an end to that though, offering an innovative case so you never have to wreck your favourite makeup bag again! Big enough to enclose any style or size of sponge, for the price you also get an EX1 applicator sponge as a bonus. An incredibly simple concept, but one that feels like a revolution!
Primark Adhesive Mirrors (£1.00)
Such a simple yet effective idea, these stick-on mirrors can be applied to any existing makeup product – or better, the inside of your bag or purse – so you never have to be without a place to touch-up your lipstick again. I love the fact there are tiny sized ones that are perfect for adding to keyrings or your phone case, transforming any surface into a potential reflective surface. I’m not sure how long the adhesive will last (you can’t expect it all for a quid) but I’m well up for gluing these as and when I need to. I’ve gone back to get more, because they’re that handy!
Miller Harris Scherzo Fragrance Tattoo Pen* (£28.00)
The world of perfumery has hardly innovated in decades, unlike the majority of the beauty industry, focusing energy on new compositions and combinations rather than formats or application. Miller Harris is a brand that likes to do things a little differently though, and this tattoo pen is an example of just that; the ink is enriched with a potent scent that allows you to add a little fragrance while being creative. Not unlike an eyeliner pen, you can draw cute designs on your pulse points (I’m a fan of a heart or star) and the perfume lingers for hours; just draw over it or add a new design to refresh the scent. In terms of the fragrance itself, Scherzo contains floral notes of dark rose, peony, white pittosporum and narcissus, alongside a base of woody oudh and vanilla – beautifully elegant and universal in appeal. I’m sure this concept will start to roll out to more brands in the future (Impulse I’m looking at you!) and honestly, I can’t wait.
StylFile Nail File (£4.99)
When is a nail file so much more than just a nail file? When it’s the result of a huge amount of development research and backed by Sir Alan Sugar. StyleFile is the brainchild of The Apprentice’s 2011 winner and has been on my radar since it launched shortly after; in my opinion these are the best nail files you can get, designed to follow the curve of your nail and make buffing away breaks or creating a more even look an absolute doddle. The file quality is far superior to the majority of others on the high street, while the shape helps to create a great result even with your non-dominant hand. There’s even a mini version to add to your keys, so you’ll never be left picking or biting at a chipped nail again!
ARK Skincare Jade Tool* (£20.00)
Inspired by the way my face felt after a great facial treatment, I started to become interested in facial massage a few years ago as a way of keeping those lines at bay and helping to relieve puffy eyes after a bad nights sleep. The difference only five minutes in front of the mirror makes is incredible, and it’s so easy to do yourself at home if you know how. ARK Skincare’s new jade tool takes manual massage one step further, utilising the medical traditions of China with the cooling and uplifting qualities of jade; the sweeping action of the tool against the skin helps to stimulate blood circulation, encourage lymphatic drainage, relieve tension, define the jaw, reduce fine lines, lift and de-puff the skin. I’ve tried similar tools in the past, as well as the roller tools you see all over Instagram, but this is much more compact and easier to move around your face; I’m a big fan. (Watch an easy tutorial here.)
Dots For Spots* (£5.99)
Boy do I wish these existed when I was a teenager; back then you’d coat your spots in witch-hazel and then suffer with the dry consequences for weeks after, because there wasn’t really an alternative. These amazing little translucent patches help to create the optimum conditions for a spot to heal, while hydrocolloid technology essentially absorbs all the bad stuff that causes the inflammation in the first place; when used overnight, the patch turns opaque white and is ready to be removed – with only a much reduced blemish left behind. The transparent nature means you can also wear these during the day with a little concealer over the top, making them a great solution for when a pimple pops up unexpectedly. Although they don’t get rid of aggressive spots completely, they do significantly help to reduce the angry redness and inflammation that make them hard to conceal.
Real Techniques Brush Cleaning Palette* (£12.99)
Cleaning makeup tools has got to be one of the most laborious tasks, up there with descaling the bathroom and cleaning out the bins. Anything that makes that process easier, faster and more effective is something I can totally get on board with – and this is a handy little gadget that ensures your brushes will be thouroughly cleansed in no time at all. The rubber palette slips over your hand and contains three different sized nodules that suit different size brushes, ensuring a really deep clean; mixing your brush with a little water and brush cleanser, you simply circulate the brush on the palette to remove product build up until the water washes away clean. It’s far speedier and more effective than doing it in the palm of your hand, while reducing the dirt and grime that often lingers around the sink after a good clean – a perfect gift for any beauty enthusiast! (Read about another great makeup brush cleaning solution here: StylPro Makeup Brush Cleaner.)
Next time you’re debating whether to buy yet another Naked eyeshadow palette, maybe try something a tad more practical and infinitely handier instead?
Do you have any fave beauty accessories that really enhance your daily regime?
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