My Top 5 Favorite Beauty Tools

Beauty Tools

Tools of the trade, baby. All of us beauty lovin’ guys and gals have them. I actually have A LOT but have managed to list just 5. These are the tools that I simply can’t live without. 

Dem tweezahs!  

Yooooo, where would I be without tweezers? I would be a hot mess. I’d be a confident hot mess, but a hot mess nonetheless. Tweezers are everything for a girl like me who naturally grows bushy brows and a beard. Okay, it’s not a full blown beard but if I didn’t tweeze it, I could probably beat a 13-year old boy in a ‘stache race. It’s sad. And I hate it. But tweezers make my life fuller, richer and I feel so much more confident owning several of ’em. 

Liquid Pump Dispenser 

Okay, it’s not that big of a deal. Just kidding, it is. I looooove these pump dispensers. I still use that fantastic (but over priced) nail polish remover that is Zoya Remove + and that was when I was first introduced to that kind of bottle. Now I’ve got a dozen of them all over the house. It’s not a “tool” per se but I find them so incredibly useful for toner, alcohol and even vinegar for spot cleaning in the kitchen. Technically, vinegar could be considered a tool, too but I’ll save that for another day. 

simplehuman mirror 

It’s funny what happens when you look at your face through a well lit mirror. I don’t care how beautiful you think you are (and you ARE beautiful, babe), you may gasp in horror. You SEE things when you look at yourself through one of those mirrors. Pores look like boulders and you’re never really prepared for this kind of thing. Even still, I love my simplehuman Mirror. It is absolutely wonderful. I’ve stared at my mug for hours just plucking and analyzing and really it’s one of the best beauty tools out there. 

Acrylic containers

I rock the minimalist look when it comes to storage. While I love bright and bold colors, I tend to let the cosmetics do the talking and store them in clear acrylic containers. Oh, how I love these. Stores like The Container Store carry them in soooo many different sizes and I love that they can make your space look clean and sophisticated. I love this set, too! 

Clarisonic  Mia

Obviously, right? I’ve been bragging about this thing for almost 5 years now. And here’s why. But also, here’s another reason. I have GOT to get my hands on that baby.

What beauty tools rock your world? 

 

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Okay, I’m kidding. For the record, I never really want to smell like a goat. No offense to goat lovers out there. But I’ll tell you what…fragrances make my head hurt. And not even a little. I’m talkin’, straight up passed out in bed don’t even know my name-type hurt.

I’ve suffered from migraines. Listen here. If I had to pick between giving birth and having a migraine, I’d pick giving birth. Call me crazy but you may know what I’m talking about if you’ve ever had a migraine. 

Years ago I swore off of fragrances completely. Everything from my body products to my laundry detergent and dish liquid went fragrance-free. And the migraines disappeared. I can’t say that’s the reason WHY they disappeared but I’m running with it and will continue to live as fragrance-free as possible.

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You are never too young to start implementing anti-aging practices, girlfriend. Yes, I turned 30 this year and have no problem aging gracefully. But I am also okay with getting into products that will work nicely with my skin for when I hit those 40’s, 50’s and 60’s with style.

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Because, I’m ready, baby. Aging is a sign of life and living and I am ready to hit each decade with fierceness, babe! 

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Sooo, it’s back. My eczema, that is. I should really blame myself because while I usually avoid dairy products, I lose my mind when I’m pregnant. For some reason, my hormones are actually kind to me and I can tolerate dairy better while pregnant. So your girl has been going crazy. Aaaand my skin has a problem with it. I’ve become twinsies with the Belle and we are both dealing with cracking skin, inflamed skin and rashes. Lovely, right?

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It’s a good time to be exploring these Aveeno® products because this Daily Moisturizing Body Wash has been helping ease my skin a bit. And that’s probably because this baby has Colloidal Oatmeal in it.

Yes babes, oatmeal doesn’t make for just a yummy breakfast meal, it can also be an incredibly healing and soothing ingredient for us sensitive skincare folx. You can absolutely tell the difference when you’re using it. Because eczema has the tendency to dry the skin out, this Body Wash does a beautiful job at locking in that moisture – even after a hot shower! Yes, impressive, it is.

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Healthy Skin Over Makeup Everyday

This is a sponsored post brought to you by Cetaphil – a well known brand that I’m sure many of you skincare lovers have been gushing over for years. And years. I first learned about Cetaphil when I was a teenager. It has been FOREVER since I’ve tried anything from them but I’m in shock that their products are still rockin’. As much as they were when I was playing with them.

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And who knew they had such a wide range of products? I didn’t! From washes and cleansers to lotions and towelettes, there’s something for everyone. Cetaphil has always been known as a brand that caters to those of us with sensitive skin. This was me and this is STILL me. But, if you’re one of those people who have fabulous skin (grrr…LOL, just kidding) Cetaphil is for you, too. I love when brands cater to those of us with ALL skin types. These products will work for a 13-year old and for mature skin. Everyone wins.

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Okay look – I’m not always positively radiant. I try to be. I genuinely make an effort to embody that I woke up like dis spirit, but giiiiirl…some days it’s just so gosh darn rough. And it’s reasons like this why I can appreciate products like Aveeno® Positively Radiant® Daily Moisturizer

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All moisturizers are not treated equally. Some are really just watery lotion with very little moisturizing properties and efficacy. Some of those brands try to trick us. It’s not right, I say! While this Positively Radiant Daily Moisturizer SPF 15 won’t transform your 60-year old skin into 23-year old skin (sorry love, and wouldn’t that be strange anyway?), what it will do is provide your skin with oil-free love and sun protection. This, you know, is important. Even more so for guys and gals like me who live in areas where the sun doesn’t stop shinning. Ever.

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