The Beauty Tools You Always Need In Your Bag

You might find that carrying beauty staples like powder and lipstick are essential to maintaining your makeup look on the go, but including tools in your bag is just as important, if not more so! Even if it’s one of those days where you cannot be bothered with makeup, there are certain tools that come in handy when you least expect it. We found the five best tools from Tweezerman that will barely take up any space in your purse—and will save the day in unanticipated situations.

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We know what you’re thinking—why not use a kabuki brush instead for powdering? While a bigger brush is good for dusting a light layer of translucent powder over freshly applied foundation, it’s not the best option when you need a quick touch-up. Tweezerman’s Blender Brush ($12.99) is the perfect size to get rid of any shine, blend blotchy eyeshadow, and dust away mascara flakes that may have fallen on your cheek during the day. Plus, if anything lands on your keyboard at work, you can easily dust it off with this brush. (Just make sure to wash it after!)

Point-Tip Tweezers

Considered the sharpest of all tweezers, these bad boys can grab even the tiniest of eyebrow hairs. Our favorite is the stainless steel Tweezerman Point Tweezer ($18.99) because they’re rust resistant and have the most precise points. Aside from plucking your hairs, these tweezers can be used for so many different things in everyday life. To name a few, you can remove splinters, clean debris underneath nails, and untangle delicate necklaces. As with a brush, we recommend cleaning it before every use.

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They’re great for trimming your brow hairs, but they’re pretty versatile all around since they’re scissors. Tweezerman Brow Shaping Scissors & Brush ($16.59) are small enough to carry in your bag, but have large enough blades to cut packages, stray threads from clothing, and hangnails. The tweezers also come with a spoolie brush, which works well for removing any stubborn mascara smudges on your eyelids, exfoliating your lips, and calming down any of your fly-away hairs.

Magnification Mirror

Measuring at 3.4” by 0.4”, the Tweezerman Tweezermate 12X Magnification Mirror ($11.99) is as compact and practical as a portable mirror can be. With its optically correct 12X magnification feature, this sleek mirror works well for any precision tasks you need done while traveling. We’re talking tweezing to makeup application to contact lens insertion. It’s clear from edge to edge so you’ll be able to see everything up close and personal—you can practically examine every pore with this tool if you want!

Nail File

Last but not least, every woman needs a sturdy nail file in her bag. You never know when the edge of your nail will start to snag on everything, or—even more painful than a breakup—your nail breaks. Tweezerman Neon Hot Nail Filemates ($3.99) includes three colorful files in a travel-friendly size so you will always be prepared if tragedy strikes. You could also use it to rub away super glue on your skin and over pills on a sweater to get rid of fuzz. And as an added bonus, you can sharpen your tweezers with it by pulling it across the nail file a few times in the same direction.

The Best Beauty Products Celebrities Love Under $30

While A-list celebrities tend to gravitate toward high-end makeup brands, there are actually a lot of stars out there who are hooked on inexpensive products. But don’t let the price fool you—they’re as high quality as it gets. From foundation to lipstick, we’ve found some of the most affordable makeup products in the market right now that come with a stamp of approval right from your favorite Hollywood actresses.

 Primer:

Celebrity makeup always begins with a flawless base; namely, Dr. Brandt Pores No More Luminizer Primer ($30.99). Vanessa Hudgens wore this primer to the MTV Video Music Awards back in August, showcasing seemingly perfect skin. No surprise though, as this two-in-one product gives you a glowing complexion while blurring out all of your pores like a selfie filter.

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Foundation:

It’s hard to believe that Jennifer Aniston is almost 50 years old with skin that amazing, but one of her secret weapons is Youngblood Liquid Foundation ($26.99). “I like how lightweight it is and it blends well,” she told The Cut, adding that she could also build up more coverage if needed. Infused with ocean minerals, green tea extract, and more, this fragrance-free product does as much good to your skin from within as it does on the outside.

Concealer:

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For touching up any spots, Gal Gadot’s makeup artist revealed to HELLO! that she loves using bareMinerals bareSkin Complete Coverage Serum Concealer ($16.99) on her. In fact, she said it’s “one of her favorite products of all time.” If it’s good enough for Wonder Woman, it’s good enough for us mortals! The silky smooth formula is guaranteed to cover up both your under eye circles and discolorations while not being heavy on the skin.

Powder:

You may know Jennifer Lopez for that signature “J. Lo Glow,” but even she turns to powder to set her makeup. Used by her and Kirsten Dunst, Glo Minerals Pressed Base ($26.99) gives the skin an all-over even finish. You can use it either as a skin-colored setting powder or as a replacement for foundation if you’re not a fan of liquid formulas.

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Eyeliner:

Emma Watson is all about eco-friendly and ethical beauty products, which is why she turns to Jane Iredale Liquid Eye Liner ($15.99) in Brown. She told The Gloss that it took her six months to find a good, natural eyeliner, but that this one’s it—and we agree. The latex-free eyeliner is gentle and nourishing on the skin thanks to essential oils like rosemary leaf and radish root extracts.

Lipstick:

To finish off any makeup look, a nude lip color is essential. Youngblood Lipstick ($12.99) is a great option as it’s a super pigmented lipstick formulated with natural oils and minerals. In fact, celebrity makeup artist Monika Blunder told Glamour she applied the lipstick in Brown Sugar on Jessica Alba for a gala to accentuate the natural fullness of her lips. It also comes in 24 other colors so you can pick the perfect shade for your skin.

New Year, New You: 5 Beauty Resolutions to Keep

We know: It’s easy to make a New Year’s resolution. The hard part is actually keeping it. How many times have you sworn you’ll go to bed earlier, lose five pounds, stop buying a latte every morning, and work out regularly? We’ve definitely all been there. In the interest of punching up 2018 and making it the absolute best year ever (positive thoughts breed positive results!), we’re ready to kick things into high gear with our five top beauty resolutions for the year—that you can actually keep. Here we go.

 

Less Heat Styling

This one doesn’t sound all that exciting, we know. Where would be without our flat irons and blowdryers? The problem is that all of those heat-blasting tools do a number on your hair over time. So while it’s completely fine to use them occasionally, you’ll do your hair a huge favor by cutting usage just a bit and adding TIGI S Factor Body Booster Plumping Spray ($13.29) to your routine. It works by amplifying lackluster locks at the roots, so you can enjoy a fresh, just-washed look even if you really shampooed yesterday. No heat styling tools needed!

Basic Neck Care

It’s one of the most overlooked areas of the body, but it’s also one of the most telling. The neck is often a dead giveaway of aging skin, primarily because the skin is so thin. Fine lines and wrinkles seem to develop almost overnight, and skin seems to loosen and lose its luster. Make it a point to add a smoothing product to your routine, such as Dr. Brandt Do Not Age Moisturizing Neck Cream ($36.89). Enriched with sugar cane-derived glycolic acid, this natural alpha hydroxyl cream drenches skin with moisture while improving the appearance of aging skin.

Break the Habit

It’s one thing to have a favorite lip color, but it’s quite another to marry it because you’re too afraid to branch out and experiment with your look. If you fantasize about shaking up your makeup routine every now and then, invest in a tube or two of boldly colored lipsticks that dare to take you in an entirely different direction. We love Youngblood Intimatte Mineral Matte Lipstick ($14.99) for this reason—it delivers the kind of no-fuss, check-me-out color that you can’t help but admire on someone else. The only difference is that this year, you’re the one rocking this fearless hue.

Enjoy Me Time

If there’s one resolution you should absolutely keep in 2018, it’s to take better care of your emotional health. Whether that means giving yourself the occasional mental health day to unwind or immersing yourself in a tub full of Mama Mio Liquid Yoga Restorative Bath Soak ($32.99), you’ll feel the difference in both the short- and long-term when you allow yourself to relax in the comfort of soothing oils and healing salts. It’s that combination that’s both rejuvenating and uplifting, and it’s ideal even if you just want to reduce your stress or shake off the day’s difficulties. Bonus: Your skin feels amazing when you’re done.

Practice Foot Care

All too often, we neglect our feet simply because they’re encased in socks and shoes. But what if you gave them the same attention you did, say, your face or your hands? You’d be walking on sunshine! Start now and your feet will look pretty much perfect in weeks—and certainly in time for your springtime pedicure. If excessive dryness is a concern, as it is for many during winter, try Baby Foot Deep Exfoliation for Feet Peel ($18.99). In just about seven days, you’ll enjoy softer, truly baby soft feet—without a hint of that old dryness in sight. It’s worth it even if it’s a little out of your comfort zone.

New Year, New You! We’re celebrating 2018 with a fabulous sale on your favorite brands and products. Save big on some of the year’s hottest beauty loot, and prepare to make all of your resolutions a reality. 

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Skincare 101: Everything You Need to Know

 Choosing the right skincare products can be a tricky thing. Once you’ve settled on a regimen, you have to make sure you’re using your products in the right order, applying them at the right time of day, and treating your concerns effectively. It can be mind boggling simply navigating the skincare aisle at the drugstore! That’s why we’ve broken down the fine art of caring for your skin. Here’s everything you need to know.

 

Q: In what order should I use my skincare products?

It’s no good having a great collection of products if you aren’t applying them in the proper order. The first step is to remove all traces of dirt and debris with an effective cleanser formulated for your skin type. The goal is simply to start with a clean canvas. Make a commitment to exfoliate dry skin two to three times a week with a gentle scrub. Focus on those areas where clogged pores are most prominent, like your cheeks and nose.

Follow with a serum that’s packed with ingredients that target your skin’s unique needs. Formulas enriched with retinol’s and hyaluronic acids are designed to target aging, while nourishing oils lock in moisture for dry skin. Remember to pat your serum on—don’t rub. Next, pat eye cream on gently, taking care not to rub or tug the delicate skin in this area. Work your way from the outer corners of your eyes and down along the orbital bone. Then apply moisturizer. Your final step is sunscreen, which is essential if you’re headed outdoors.

 

Q: Can I use a face oil if I have oily skin? 

It may sound counterintuitive, but face oils are remarkably effective even on oily skin. They key is not to go overboard in your usage, and to stick with nourishing ingredients that help balance your skin. We like Peter Thomas Roth Oilless Oil 100% Purified Squalene ($23.99) for its gentle, non-comedogenic formula. If you find that most oils feel too heavy, look for a product specifically formulated as lightweight. You might also want to add just a drop to your nighttime moisturizer instead of slicking it onto your skin full throttle. Nighttime is definitely an important qualifier, too: your skin is less oily at night, so it’s best to apply your face oil right before you hit the sack.

 

Q: What’s the difference between a hydrator and a moisturizer?

Thought the terms are often used interchangeably, hydration and moisturization are two different concepts. Hydrators are designed to increase your skin’s water content, while moisturizers lock in moisture to prevent that water content from being lost. This is why it’s advisable to apply moisturizer to slightly damp skin—it’s the water that keeps skin hydrated, while the moisturizer seals that hydration and keeps skin soft and supple. For extra dry skin, we love Skinmedia HA5 Rejuvenating Hydrator ($329.89) to really ramp up your skin’s ability to combat fine lines while maintaining a smoother, healthier complexion.

 

Q: How long should I wait before applying sunscreen?

 

You’ve slathered sunscreen all over your face and body about 20 minutes before heading outside. You’re good to go—for now, at least. Pay attention to your sunscreen’s SPF rating. That number indicates how much time you can safely spend in the sun before your skin starts to show signs of damage (like pinkness or redness). As a general rule of thumb, it’s a good idea to reapply sunscreen after two hours. If you’re using a water-resistant formula, note that their efficacy times may differ. So if you’re swimming or surfing, be sure to reapply as often as the packaging instructs. One of our favorite head-to-toe formulas is Avene Mineral Light Hydrating Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50+ for Face and Body ($24.99).

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