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    26 Beauty Gadgets And Tools That'll Improve Your Beauty Routine

    Sometimes, your hands just don't do the trick.

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    1. A tapered ceramic Remington Pro curling wand gives you the lovely curls you've always wanted (and reviewers say it's holy grail status)! If you, like me, were never able to figure out the curl clamp ones, no worries — turns out there is hope for us after all!

    Promising review: "I’m one of those people who just sucks at curling my hair. I've tried numerous times to curl my hair with a curling iron, but I can never get it right. I love this wand! I literally feel like a pro curling my hair and it took less than 10 minutes! It used to take forever with those darn curling irons. Never again! Seriously though, this is a must-have for all." —MissEm

    Get it from Amazon for $21.45+ (available in two sizes).

    Read my colleague's Remington curling wand deep dive for more deets!

    2. A painless mint-flavored AsaVea teeth-whitening pen grants you that bright, white, movie-star smile you've always wanted. Plus, this is great for sensitive teeth and gums. Prepare for blinding your followers!

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "What in the sorcery is in this product! Listen, I’m the queen of teeth whitening products because I have the worst sensitivity, so I’ve tried many and hated many. This is the first time I’ve tried a pen because I couldn’t picture how the whitening paste would work if there was nothing to cover it and preventing it from washing away once I closed my mouth and started salivating...but this thing is magic! I paint it on, close my mouth, and when I look in the mirror five minutes later they are whiter! Seriously impressed here." —MSan

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    3. A Braun epilator removes both thick and fine hair at the root so you can show off skin and go for several weeks without reaching for a razor. It has massage rollers and two speed settings for customizable comfort!

    Promising review: "It hurts but it works :) I haven't shaved my legs in months and used to have to every three to four days. I've seen the best results on my armpits; I used to shave them every other day but since I epilated two weeks ago, I've seen no hair growth and no hair shadow. Way more convenient than waxing, too, because you can target individual shorter hairs as they grow in rather than waiting for everything to grow back a certain length. Also IDK if this is true, but my grandma told me that after she used an epilator for five-ish years she pretty much stopped growing hair. It also hurts less every time you do it, so don't get discouraged by the very painful first session." —k3upikachu

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    4. An EmaxDesign 12-piece makeup brush set covers literally all your makeup needs without breaking the bank — foundation, blush, eyeshadow, highlighter, you name it! With its comfy bamboo handles and the included makeup bag for easy carrying, this kit will have you ~set~ for months.

    the brush set

    Tip: Wash the brushes before first use!

    The set contains: Foundation Brush, Big Eyeshadow Brush, Highlight Brush, Eye Smudge Brush, Concealer Brush, Eyebrow Brush, Small Eyeshadow Brush, Blusher Brush, Eyelash Brush, Multifunction Foundation Brush, Multifunction Blush Brush, Mini Kabuki Brush, a portable bag, and an instruction manual.

    Promising review: "These brushes definitely exceeded my expectations! I've purchased single brushes from name brands for the same price (or even more) as the price of this 12-piece set and I have to say the quality of these brushes is better than some of those name brands! There's not a single thing that I could complain about. The brushes were packaged nicely and luckily for me they didn't have any strong chemical smell. I did still wash them of course, and didn't have any bristles fall out or anything. The bristles are perfectly soft but still a bit firm. Overall they feel really well made and I haven't had any shedding whatsoever. I would absolutely recommend this set and I honestly might buy another just because LOL. The price is amazing and the quality is so impressive!"auuu

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available with makeup blending sponge included).

    5. A fancy Alure Three Barrel Curling Iron Wand lets you flaunt enviable beachy waves this summer (and all year long really) without any salon expertise. You'll be the talk of the town (or rather, your hair will be).,,

    Promising review: I love this thing. Think '90s crimper, but actually natural looking. The first time I used it I kept getting 'dents' in my hair, but I soon realized it was because of the angle I was holding it at. When I adjusted how I was holding it, it fixed that and I was loving this thing. I started off by going through my whole hair and only holding each strand about 2 to 3 seconds. That created a really light beachy wave look. Then I went through and held each strand in the curler for about 5 to 10 seconds, and this created a more defined wave look. After that I kept playing with it, and I realized that if you hold it at an angle you can create really fun unique waves, and even by twisting your hair it can create different almost designed like waves. I would not call this a curler but more like a wave maker, if that's even a thing. But I am so happy I have this." —Mikayla Hicks

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    6. This cute Etude House headband keeps back your hair and bangs while you cleanse, do your skincare routine, or apply makeup. That way, your hair and bangs don't keep getting in the way, don't get wet and messed up, and don't catch product. If you see influencers using this all the time, now you can join them.


    Promising review: "I usually just pull my hair back when I do anything skincare-related, but this makes skincare more fun. The thing I love most about it is how soft it is. It's not just cute and affordable; it's also super soft. After showers, I wear this to bed, and in the morning I wake up with tamed hair. Otherwise after I brush my hair and go to bed, I wake up with my hair all over the place. The white gives it a fresh look. It will fit on anyone's head, because of the rubber band. To be honest, I keep mine close to my bed at all times. It's just so comfortable to walk around my house with it on even when I'm not doing my skincare. It just keeps my hair out of my face for every task I am doing."dragonflymemento

    Get it from Amazon for $5.80.

    7. A Sdara derma roller transforms your skin so you wake up a new person. This micro-needling treatment is painless and weekly use helps diminish wrinkles, large pores, and dark circles, smoothing to reveal vibrant skin. With professional sessions costing hundreds of dollars, this alternative is both effective and affordable. And when you sit there, using it on your skin, you'll def feel super fancy!

    reviewer's skin red and bumpy in before picture, then smoother, calmer, and with diminished pimples in second picture after using product

    Add a hydrating serum to serve as a primer over your skin as you derma roll. The derma-rolling will allow the serum to sink into your skin even deeper, allowing you to reap its benefits. Make sure you learn how to derma-roll properly before going at it!

    Promising review: "My derma roller arrived very quickly and was packaged to perfection. I've only used it less than a week and can already see a difference in my skin. I primarily purchased this to help my hyperpigmentation serums sink into my skin deeper, which it's totally doing! My dark spots have already started to lighten with only three uses (I use the roller every other day). I was worried about the pain this would cause, but it's really not that bad — kind of just feels like a sunburn for a couple of minutes afterwards, but my serums help to soothe it quickly. If you're on the fence about purchasing this...just do it! You won't regret it." —lmarvin

    Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

    8. A Maxsoft hair scalp massager pampers you with a salon-worthy hair massage and really gets your blood circulating; plus, it removes the oily buildup that clogs your follicles and your shampoos and serums will get in that much deeper.

    reviewer holds same green scalp massager in hand

    Promising review: "I am obsessed with this! I thought it was a big gimmick but it is amazing! My scalp feels so much cleaner and my hair feels less heavy on the roots. Especially someone like myself who uses hair dye and colored shampoos and conditioners, this scrubber is perfect for getting rid of buildup. Even when I use dry shampoo and wash my hair I normally don't feel like I get it all out, but this thing gets it all!" —Brittany Smith

    Get it from Amazon from $7.98+ (available in three colors).

    9. Schick dermaplaning razors take care of peach fuzz, upper lip hair, chin hair, and any other stray hairs that annoy you. Reviewers say shaving peach fuzz also helps makeup apply more evenly so those summer makeup looks will be👌👌👌.,

    Promising review: "This is the best face razor I have ever used. It took my hair off so easily. Extremely good quality. I am a licensed cosmetologist and do makeup on clients, and I feel like it makes my skin look flawless after I put my foundation on. I love these and will continue to purchase. Price is also good for the quality of the product." —Megan Markvicka

    "I am a licensed esthetician who performs dermaplanning services weekly on clients using medical grade blades. I got these for myself at home since I’ve always been a fan of Tinkle razors and hate peach fuzz. The amount of dead skin that is removed with these along with the peach fuzz is up there with my medical grade dermaplanning blades. Just be careful because they are sharp. Great for a quick touchup but definitely doesn’t replace a professional treatment." —Carli

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.99.

    10. A roll up organizer bag, well, organizes your huge array of makeup brushes! Plus, look at that print! It's just so pretty to look at. No more stuffing your brushes haphazardly into any old bag. It's time to give them a case that'll make you feel like a makeup artist in your own right.

    Phredsons / Etsy

    Phredsons is a Pennsylvania-based small biz that makes custom decor like curtains, pillows, blankets, and more.

    Get it from Phredsons on Etsy for $27.

    11. A lovely crystal gua sha is said to help with lymphatic drainage, puffiness, and blood circulation in your face. It also comes in 12 different types of gemstone! Pretty cool!

    all the different crystal gua shas
    HotBeadsFancy / Etsy

    HotBeadsFancy is a China-based small biz that sells crystals, beads, shells, and more as well as products made out of them, like facial massage tools.

    Get it from HotBeadsFancy on Etsy for $3.92+ (available in 12 gemstones).

    12. Or this jade roller and gua sha tool set – they're also said to help reduce puffiness, tighten skin, and improve blood circulation. You can relax and treat yourself right at home rather than spending tons at the spa. Plus, the tools are just so Instagrammable.

    the green jade roller and gua sha tool

    Promising review: "It’s well made and has a decent weight to it and isn’t creaky at all. It has really cut down on the amount of product I use since it isn’t absorbed by my fingers. I’ve noticed my face is way less puffy in the morning when I use it and on evenings I like keeping it in the fridge and it’s so refreshing. It’s a good way to start my day and also to unwind at the end. I use it with serums, sheet masks and oils; this roller works well with all my skincare. I’m a bit of a jaw clencher and this really helps to relax my facial muscles. I’ve been recommending this to all my friends." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.98 (also available in pink).

    13. A steel foot-filing rasp won't stop until your years of callus buildup are gone. And it'll do the job in MINUTES! No need to invest in expensive creams or cheap foot files that don't last.

    A collage of six images: the top cracked heels before treatment, the middle mid-treatment, the bottom after lotioning, not cracked  at all

    Promising review: "I have BAD feet. Like genetically bad. I have tried EVERYTHING. I’ve spent an excessive amount of money on foot masks, foot scrubs, pedicures, pumice stones, foot files, etc. Nothing worked. This fixed my feet in five minutes. I was actually in shock. I haven’t had 'soft' feet in years. I literally feel like I have new feet. Best $10 I ever spent." —Hdb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    14. A body brush gently massages and exfoliates, helping soften skin and improve blood circulation. It has rounded nodules and can be used in both wet and dry brushing. Reviewers also say it helps for cellulite, dry skin, and stretch marks!

    the brush

    Promising review: "Great exfoliator. I had itchy skin and realized it was from dry skin that needed to be exfoliated. This did the trick! My skin feels so smooth and I'm not having to resist scratching in public like some dirty bird any more lol. Love this product. And it's lasting. Others have said it is flimsy or that bristles come out easily, that has NOT been my experience at all. I am not gentle with mine at all and all my my brush is still intact and as strong as ever. I'm happy with my purchase." —lateisha

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A Revlon dual hair dryer and brush dries your hair, imparts volume and shine, and makes it look like you totally went and got a professional blowout.,

    Unlike other hairdryers, this one can be held closer to the roots and scalp for a higher volume and lift, and helps you curl hair at the end while it dries. It comes with three heat settings and is designed to work on all hair textures — reviewers with 2a through 4c hair mentioned it working for them, and especially noted that it helps cut down on drying time!

    Promising review: "OK. I never write Amazon reviews which isn't cool since I rely on them so much ... but I just had to write one for this!!! So my BFF has been trying to talk me into this for dryer for a while. I have REALLY thick, wavy, frizzy hair that never dries pretty naturally. I either get blow outs or spend about 20 minutes blow-drying my hair and THEN flat iron it. So I finally caved and tried this dryer for the first time last week. I started out with pretty wet hair and product in it. About 90% of the way into the dry, I thought it was OK...but then everything came together. My hair was straight, smooth, and styled in about 10 minutes tops. I couldn't believe it. I immediately called my friend who told me to try it with my hair almost air dried. WHAT? So I did it the next time and again...WOW! This time I dried my hair in about three minutes...not as straight and smooth as the first time but pretty darn close. This dryer is a GAME-CHANGER. I can't believe the amount of money I'm going to save on blow outs!!! My BFF said it's also great for bedhead and quick touchups too. Can't wait. TRY won't be disappointed!!!" —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $41.47+ (available in four colors).

    16. A Bishe mini skincare fridge simplifies storage and holds your skincare essentials in one place. No more walking back and forth from the bathroom to the bedroom just to grab serums or lotions. Plus, this will look so cute and aesthetic on your dresser!


    Bishe is a Latinx woman-owned small biz based out of Denver, Colorado and owned by Pamela Garza. Her goals to make a chic and portable fridge have certainly been achieved.

    Check out what my BuzzFeed colleague has to say about it below:

    "I have ALWAYS wanted a skincare fridge for the longest time and truly could never pull the trigger on one because they were either TOO clunky, didn't fit my room decor, and were too noisy. Well folks, if you've also been wanting one for your plethora of skincare needs, then this IS THE FRIDGE FOR YOU. I can't say enough good things about this fridge. It's absolutely silent, holds everything I use on a regular basis, and also has additional storage pieces you can maneuver for compartmentalizing everything. I love this soooo much and it's also easily movable with the chic top handle." —Allison Faccenda

    Get it from Bishe for $149 (available in two colors).

    17. A Holika Holika makeup sponge shaped like an egg bun with a face is much more fun to use one than those basic faceless ones. Give your tools some character!


    This makeup sponge enlarges by 1.5 times when wet (like all good sponges should); it is recommended to apply your makeup with a damp sponge for a seamless finish (squeeze out excess water).

    Promising review: "I personally have never owned a blender before that was any sort of name brand, so I felt this one was very special. The first thing I noticed was that it has an ultra-smooth texture and is barely porous at all. It feels almost felted to the touch, like suede. On the skin, the puff feels very cooling and gentle, which leads me to believe this might be a wonderful option for you if you are a person with sensitive facial skin like myself. Blends concealer into the skin perfectly. I have no critiques; this product is adorable and gets the job done flawlessly!" —Clementine M.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    18. OR this five-piece purple beauty sponge set that comes with its own storage box! You'll have everything you need for buffing, blending, tapping, and all foundation and blush needs.

    the sponge set in its case
    LunaJadeBoutique / Etsy

    LunaJadeBoutique is a small biz with a big selection of earrings, necklaces, handbags, and more in tons of styles.

    Get it from LunaJadeBoutique on Etsy for $14.49.

    19. Tifara flexible foam rods lets you wake up to those same voluminous curls you get when you curl with heat. Pop these in overnight, have some fun with how funky you look, and bam!

    Promising review: "I absolutely love these!!! I was skeptical at first and now they are part of my every night routine. I love having carefree curls that last as long as I do without having to put heat on my hair that's already dry from bleaching. I would recommend these for any and everyone who is tired of the heat and the smell of a traditional curling iron or wand. I will never go back!" —ZombieCakez

    Get a pack of 42 rods from Amazon for $12.99.

    Read our complete write up on these no-heat hair rods.

    20. Still prefer a curling iron? The KISS Instawave Automatic Ceramic Curling Iron is great for the styling-challenged. If a regular curling iron never works for you, this will give you to give you such dreamy curls, you won't look back.,

    Simply place a sectioned off part of your hair behind the thickest prong, and it'll automatically wrap around the iron, and rest of the hard work is done for you!

    Promising review: "I love this curler beyond words. I am Asian with super straight hair that can never keep curls. Seriously, after curling my hair with a curling iron AND using hair spray, my hair is basically straight again in two hours. This is the ONLY curling iron that I've used that actually works and is super easy to use. I actually tried using it without spraying my hair and the curls stayed intact until the next day." —NYCdogmomma

    Get it from Amazon for $36.10.

    21. Etude House's soft silicone brush really gets into your pores and deeply cleanses, massages, and exfoliates without irritating. It foams up nicely and the cute funny jellyfish shape will make your routine even more fun!


    After each use, just separate the brush and the sponge from inside and dry.

    Promising review: "I was looking for a soft scrubbie for my face and when I saw this cute little guy, I knew it'd be perfect — and it is! The top is scrubby but not too abrasive, so I can scrub pretty hard without it scratching the bejeezus out of my face. There is a sponge inside that fills up with whatever soap I'm using so I don't have to worry about running dry. I use a stick cleanser, rub it on my face, scrub away with this thing, and rinse it out under the water. The inside sponge is removable so if you don't like it for some reason, you can just take it out. I bought this thing months ago and it is still in perfect condition with daily use and its adorable little face is still intact. I mean, just look at it. How could anyone not want it in their life immediately?" —TF

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    22. A Lovoir winged eyeliner stamp treats you to perfect wings every time. No more spending an hour doing and redoing your cat-eyes. No more, dang it! Your time is precious! Get those wings, get those compliments, and go about your day.


    Promising review: "Best eyeliner ever. Stuff lasts forever. Even if you don't want to wing every time, the other side of pen stays on all day. I used to have to buy a new liner every other month and now I can go...the first one I bought still works, it's just starting to dry out a little. I bought it several months ago." —Tina

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    23. An InStyler straightening iron uses woven ceramic-covered plates, digital heat regulation, and beveled edges to straighten and curl without scorching damage, frizz, or creases. The ceramic plates serve as a heat protectant, defending against 92% of damage so you can iron your hair without worrying about adverse effects you'd get from other irons!

    Nusrat Sultana / BuzzFeed

    Plus, this has a removable comb attachment you can clip on so it combs your hair as you glide the iron down your hair for additional smoothing! TBH, I don't use the comb when straightening since my hair is thin. I find that ironing without it allows my hair to hold a bit more volume and allows me to curl my ends easier. As you can see above, I like curling the ends of my bangs with the iron rather than having it pin-straight!

    However, the comb is a perf addition for people with thicker hair, as it does help make your hair more polished when straightening. I also love that I don't feel like my hair is being majorly damaged by using this due to its woven ceramic plates (I straighten several times a week so hair protection is important). That lets me do my hair with peace of mind. It's a great daily staple for my everyday styling!

    Get it from InStyler for $115.

    24. A set of silicone face mask brushes help you apply face masks and skincare products that you'd normally have to dip your fingers into. No more bacteria-ridden fingers? Your skin will thank you.,

    Promising review: "I love these silicone brushes; they helped me keep bacteria definitely to a minimum on my face, which is the goal when you don't want acne. It also makes the products that I use last way longer, because I can get everything out of the jar and I can spread the products on my face so much more evenly." —Marisol Porrata-oviedo

    Get the face brushes from Amazon for $3.98.

    25. A Crave Naturals Glide Thru Detangling Brush has over 20,000 5-star reviews on Amazon because yeah, it's that good. People swear by it for detangling fast without damaging hair. With this, you won't have to invest in three different combs, hoping one of 'em does the trick!,

    This brush is designed to work on all hair types, but reviewers with 2C through 4C hair say it has worked well for them. It also works on wet *and* dry hair, so you don't have to time out your brushing.

    Promising review: "My daughter has a lot of hair that tangles very easily. Her knots get so bad that they needed to be cut from her head at times and even after cut those knots would not come undone despite pulling with all of our might. To me that was evidence that her hair is just impossible. Then we came across this brush. We saw a commercial for a different brand but when I logged onto Amazon I saw that this brush had far better reviews and has been around for quite some time. I ordered it and was not sure what to expect as many other detangling brushes simply failed even after adding large amounts of leave in conditioner and detangling spray to her hair. Lo and behold, this brush does as it promises. IT WORKS! My daughter went from dreading getting her hair brushed to doing it herself. She is 5 and says, this brush is relaxing. I highly recommend this product. It will save you time, money and sanity. It should say NO MORE TEARS FOR PARENT AND CHILD." —Nicole W.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.88 (available in six colors).

    26. And a shower brush (this is Tracee Ellis Ross' haircare line!!) combs conditioner through your strands in the shower because your fingers ain't it. This especially helps curly- and coily-haired folks style, detangle, and gently work in the good stuff through wet hair!

    the brush

    Learn more on why it's great here!

    Promising review: "All-day-juicy curls; no frizz. Wow, wow, wow! The brush is wonderful. I followed the recommendation: wet, sectioned, conditioned hair, brush from tip to root. I felt like my scalp got a massage. I used the styling cream to complete my look. I absolutely recommend the shower brush." —Dives

    Get it from Pattern for $17.

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