5 Ways to Upgrade Your Beauty Tools

Monday, March 28, 2011

--By Pearl C.

Let me upgrade you...

Oh my goodness! Seeing the archived post on Girl Talk beauty tools reminded me how fast the beauty world really turns. Now I am past my old recommendations and have so many new ones for you! Time for an upgrade -- who wants last year's stuff anyway?

I tragically lost my whole day make up bag months ago -- I felt like my arm was missing -- including my beloved Shu Uemura eyelash curler. Believe it or not, the Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler is an awesome replacement, cheaper, and is much more accessible since Shu isn't sold in the states anymore. No waiting for that lovely int'l shipping. The Sephora curler even has padding where your fingers do the curling -- definitely an upgrade.

Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler

→ Buy the Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler, $16.00, at sephora.com.

The Hai Stick straightening iron -- sure, yeah, not a bad straightener. But the beauuutiful GHD straightener is THE flat iron to have! It heats up in seconds, it flattens SO fast, and it doesn't fry your hair at high settings. It's pricey but worth every penny -- you will save time on going over your hair a ton to get it straight. If you travel a lot, like myself, I suggest picking up a heat protection bag so you can even stuff in the suitcase while still hot -- genius!

GHD Gold Professional 1-inch Styler

→ Buy the GHD Gold Professional 1-inch Styler, $225.00, at sephora.com; shipping is free.

Oh, and I also did a ton of research on heating sprays. I love Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray. It's usually under 5 bucks, found at your drug store and smells so yum.

Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray

→ Buy the Tresemme Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Protective Spray, $4.49, at walgreens.com.

I so agree with Tina's post on makeup brushes being so very essential to flawless application. I have been particularly partial to Sephora's brushes lately. The Sephora Collection Professional Platinum Powder Brush is a pricey buy at $38, but so sooo soft on your face and really good for mineral powders. Yep, I just ate it and bought a brand new one when I lost this brush in the great missing makeup bag debacle!

Sephora Collection Professionnel Platinum Powder Brush #50

→ Buy the Sephora Collection Professionnel Platinum Powder Brush, $38.00, at sephora.com.

Also, Sephora's line of colorful I.T. Brushes are so, so cool. They come in great colors (and have a purpose: blue for eyes, pink for face, purple for blending/smudging). They also come with a cap to keep the bristles intact -- love that. I use the concealer brush every day for the war I wage on my under eye area every AM.

Sephora Collection I.T. Concealer Brush

→ Buy the Sephora Collection I.T. Concealer Brush, $28.00, at sephora.com.


Pearl C.
Pearl C. is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. After nine years in SoCal, Pearl returned to her east coast roots, taking up residence in NYC. Formerly with Interscope Records, Pearl now does Marketing & Artist Relations for super hot music video site Vevo. Although a smart girl all-around, Pearl's true gift is for finding the best party in town.