My Favorite Beauty Tools

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Last month, I wrote about the cleansers, lotions, and makeup products that I use on a regular basis. After writing that post, it also made me realize that I pledge an equal amount of loyalty to many of the tools I keep in my arsenal. Here are the items that help tame my frizzy hair, make my at-home manicures look professional, and keep my skin in check. 

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Hair

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1. Ibiza Hair Round Brush

I'm not a pro when it comes to blowouts, but this extra dense, boar bristle brush helps a lot. It grabs hold of my thick and wavy hair, so I get the smoothest strands possible. 

2. Hot Tools 1.5 Hot Inch Curler

Whether I’m aiming for beachy waves or want to give lifeless hair a little volume, I rely on this 1.5 inch curler. I like the width of this barrel because it helps create big, soft curls.

3. CHI Straightening Iron

I usually wash my hair only once or twice a week, so this helps smooth out any bed head. The ceramic is supposed to be less damaging, so bonus points for that.

4. Emi Jay Hair Ties

Snag-free, super-stretchy ties (that won't dent a ponytail) that come in a variety of colors, though I prefer the neutral ones.

5. Elchim Blow Dryer

I have a ton of hair, so it usually takes a few of hours for it to air dry and up to 30 minutes to blow dry. I like this one because it’s powerful and lightweight, so my arms don’t feel like they’re going to fall off in the process. 

Nails

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1. Sephora 4-Way Buffer

I love this nail buffer for when I go polish free or for creating a smooth surface before adding color. Nail polish and acetone can dry out my nails, so a quick buff gets them shiny and healthy looking.

2. Diamond Cosmetics File

Whether you like a square nail, oval, or something in between, a file can help achieve a professional look so that the shape isn't too severe. I like these because they come in bright, vintage-inspired prints.

3. Cuticle Pusher

The key to a great at-home manicure is to invest in some of the same tools that your favorite salon uses. Whether or not you trim your cuticles or simply push them back, this tool helps clean up the nail bed before you apply polish.

Skin/makeup

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1. Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler

This is the only eyelash curler I've used that manages to curl every lash. I like that the rubber pad is a little softer, which prevents those weird lash kinks.

2. Beauty Blender Blending Sponge

The pointed tip is perfect to dip into concealer and dab onto a blemish, while the wide egg-shaped bottom feathers foundation onto my skin. 

3. Ardell Individual Eyelashes

I’ve gotten so many compliments on my eyelashes when I just use 2 or 3 individual lashes on the outer corners of my eyes. It’s dramatic enough that I don’t even need mascara. I like this particular brand because the staggered length of the “hairs” blend naturally into my eyelashes.

4. Tweezerman Tweezers

These tweezers are expensive, but they have a cult following for a reason. They’re super sharp and can grab hold of even the finest little hairs. Plus, if you save the packaging, you can send it to their headquarters and get them sharpened for free, forever. 

5. Clarisonic Scrubber

I’m always surprised when I see the brush after I use this deep clean scrubber. Even when I think my face is clean, it always manages to pick up leftover grime and makeup that my normal cleanser just couldn’t get. 

6. Magnifying Mirrors 

When I need to really get a precise cat eye, these magnifying mirrors are essential. They're light enough to hold up while applying makeup, but I prefer to rest them on the counter and sit, providing a little more stability.