Today's Tried and Tested Beauty Tools is all about testing out those key tools for your beauty or haircare regime. From some of the best makeup brushes ever to a ceramic straightening brush I've tested them all out and here is how I got on and what my honest thoughts are.
First up are my favourite makeup brushes. If you haven't heard of Spectrum brushes then where the hell have you been? This brand of brushes has shot to super stardom with most of their sets selling out sooo fast including the Marbellous set which is on every beauty addicts wishlist. This is the 10 Piece Essentials set and like all Spectrum's brushes are vegan registered and cruelty free. These brushes are soft, have great movement and my particular faves are the Flat Topped Buffer brush and the Small Angled brush. The synthetic hair brush has great flawless application and I now use these brushes every day over my previous ones.
This Arconic Curved Paddle brush is a bit of a nifty brush to be honest. It might not look like much but the curved shape makes it really handy for blow drying. I have a whole heap of hair and the size and shape does speed up my blow dry and helps me smooth out my hair compared to my other brushes. The curved paddle is designed to let you dry larger sections of hair and therefore speeds up the process for you. Designed for use in salons as well as at home this product is another one that's gone straight into my everyday toolkit.
This Irresistible Me Ceramic Straightening brush is designed to help smooth out your hair with less heat damage than straighteners but also give that look of a salon blow dry which I am never able to achieve myself at home. The brush has ceramic and tourmaline prongs which heat evenly and emit ions which claim to moisturize the hair.
I was really keen to try this brush out and have seen similar brush types on the market. I have very very curly hair naturally and although straighteners do flatten out my hair they don't do very well at brushing/smoothing out the frizz. This brush did much better. I started out by sectioning off my quickly blow dried hair (as you can see its very frizzy underneath) and turning on the brush. The brush has easy to use digital temperature controls and you can choose from a range of heats depending upon hair type.
I worked on smaller sections and ran my hair through the brush slowly. I found my front hair (which always straightens easier) took just one pass with the brush but the back took several. I found the brush left my hair soft and shiny although it didn't flatten the end of my hair cuticles like straighteners do. It did however leave me with much more volume to my hair like a salon blow dry would.
The brush was pretty speedy and easy to use and I did like how it helped brush the frizz out. I would most likely use it after a quick rough dry and then sleep on my hair and run the straighteners over it next day.
The Jade hair straightening brush is an US product but is dual voltage so easily used in the UK with a plug adapter.
Classic Tangle Teezer
There's a reason this beauty tool is a tried and tested classic. The Tangle Teezer is so useful I wouldn't be without mine now. I have one in the shower for detangling my hair and brushing in conditioner and one with all my brushes for brushing my wet hair before I blow dry it.
It detangles so well thanks to its tiered teeth and there are so many designs to choose from, plus a whole range of other Tangle Teezer tools too (say that ten times fast!)
The first of my cleansing brushes this Formula at M&S cleansing brush is a nifty little no fills gadget. priced at a very affordable £22,50 the set includes the cleansing unit, a brush head, a silicone cleansing head and batteries.
This is the first beauty gadget of this kind I've tried. Simple to use with two speed options, I used this with my own cleanser and started with the silicone adapter first and then the brush to polish the skin. My skin was left soft and feeling really really clean. I really liked it.
I'm definitely going to keep using this one.
The second of my Cleansing brushes this Crystal Clear Sonic cleanser has a few more bells and whistles. It has an easy to clean silicone bristle head and uses negative ions and ultra-sonic action to pull toxins and pollutants away from the skins surface. It has with 3 speed settings and it it can be used for body exfoliation, cleaning and on sensitive skin.
Included in the set is Crystal Clear Soothing Cleansing Gel and Crystal Clear Crystal Polish which are the products to use for your microderm abrasion effect cleansing. The polish has tiny exfoliating crystals in it and gives a light exfoliating clean. Finish off with the Crystal Clear Skin Repair.
I really liked this brush, it was easy to clean and I liked the bag it all came in to keep it all together. I do think three steps is just a few too many for me and I do opt for using the simple to use Formula one on the whole. but I liked the massaging feel of this cleansing brush and it did feel a much more expensive product than the basic Formula brush.
Hope you've enjoyed my Tried and Tested Beauty Tools post. Next up in the Tried and Tested Series is Makeup. This post will be packed full of some of the best and worst cosmetics I've tried in the last few months so keep an eye out on the blog.
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