Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Beauty Tools of the Trade.

I wrote an entry back in 2012 about some of my favorite beauty tools and I'm happy to see that they're all still things I use regularly. Still, I felt like an update was in order because I firmly believe that tools (of all kinds) are important and should be best quality you can afford. Bad tools are the worst. (I think we've all tried to dry our hair with that shitty gym/hotel hair dryer that attaches to the wall, right? Those should be smashed.) Anyway, here's what I use and recommend:

BaBylissPro Nano Titanium Flat Iron
I reviewed this after I bought it and I'm happy to say it's still the best flat iron I've ever owned. I love the titanium plates - so smooth like butter! I like that the lowest heat setting is 200° because that'll generally hot enough for my hair but it goes up to 450°! Eep. It's hard to find my exact model except on Ulta, but I suspect it's because this ultra-thin version is the newest shiny thing.

Solano SuperSolano Hair Dryer
I've reviewed this already but it remains one of the best beauty tool upgrades I've ever made. It's just solid and powerful and dries my hair fast will minimal frizz or fuss. It's available on Amazon but the best price I can find right now is at Overstock (plus code 247885 should get you an extra 12% off and go through eBates for 2.0% cash back.) Also, the ultra-light version is under $100 on Amazon!

Ooh, I'm so happy this is still available! I bought this brush probably ten years ago and I still use it every day for blow-drying my hair. Every now and then I'll try a different round brush and get mad that it's not my weird oval brush with two different kinds of bristles. I don't even understand why it's superior, it just works great and my hair never, ever gets tangled up in it.  If you're looking for a round brush, get this one. It's good times. 

I got the travel version of this brush in a subscription box and I love it. It’s so nice to be able to brush out wet hair without that horrible stretchy breakage! My brush is a little worse for wear and the bristles have started pushing into the brush pad, which is annoying, but it’s something I use daily so I'll be buying another soon.  

My makeup brushes are a motley bunch and it's probably time for a new set, but I've had pretty good luck with Sonia Kashuk sets and love my RealTechniques foundation brush. I've also re-discovered my Beauty Blender, though I wonder if the must less expensive RealTechniques version is just as good? Anyone tried it? And brush recommendations? 


  1. I should stop being lazy and buy a Wet Brush already. My daughter has thick waist length hair and it is a nightmare to brush. I have no recs for brushes. I got a cheap set on Amazon for my daughter to learn with because I knew she wouldn't take very good care of them. I have been showing her how to wash them properly and just got her a 2 pack of blenders at Wal Mart, I don't recall the brand. One has bamboo and charcoal in it. We had a Remington Wet to Straight 2 inch flat iron for almost a decade that worked just fine. She left it in the condo on FL on our vacation so she was gifted 2 unused flat irons form family. a 1/2 inch and a 2 inch. Don't recall the brands but they work fine. Lowest heat setting is more than enough. My blow dryer is a dinosaur so I have nothing to contribute there! :)

  2. Update: at 8 PM last night I ran to Target for a Wet Brush. My daughter hadn't brushed her hair, well, it hadn't been done since Sunday evening after it was washed when I brushed it. The Wet Brush had it snarl free and lovely in under 10 minutes. It was GLORIOUS!!!

    We are looking a new makeup brushes from Target soon. I heart Target

    1. Update to the update - she lost the Damn Wet Brush already....expletive kid....

  3. Quickly, an entire Sonia brush set at target online. $14. Go! Go!


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