We all love a good cheap dupe (not talking about fakes and rip offs, hate those). But sometimes there just isn’t one and you really have to splurge on the real deal. So today I’m going to talk about three slightly more pricey beauty tools from my collection that are absolutely worth the hype and every cent spent.
Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers are definitely the most hyped up curlers on the market. I bought them while I was in London almost two years ago and they really are the best ones I’ve tried so far. They give the most long lasting but natural looking (no 90 degree edges) curl. Naturally, everyone’s eyes are a bit different and the shape of the curlers might not suit yours that well so I would recommend trying them in store first.
To tell you the truth, I finally picked up the Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezers just because they were mint. I took it as a sign that it was really about time to try them out. And I’m so glad I did. The tips are very sharp and thin so they are extremely precise and they really catch every last hair, long or short. I’ve been using them for about 6 months and they haven’t dulled a bit. Just be careful not to pinch your skin because yeah, it hurts as hell. Plus they come with a plastic tube for storing so they’re great also for traveling.
If I had to choose one product that changed my beauty life this year it would definitely be the original Beauty Blender. I’ve tried many fakes and cheap “dupes” during my MUA training and I can honestly say they are crap (very hard, don’t expand properly, tearing like crazy and the finish is patchy). The only other sponge I enjoyed using is my Real Techniques Miracle Sponge. And it sure is nice but I just love the texture and material of the BB much much more.
After I let it expand in the running water and squeeze it properly (in the towel) I’m left with a 2-3 times bigger sponge that is heavenly soft and cooling. And despite the general opinion it really doesn’t suck up any more product then a brush if you let it truly expand in the water! I’ve been using it daily to blend my under eye corrector and concealer and it leaves the most natural finish possible. Sometimes if I have the time and I’m doing kind of a nomakeup makeup look I also use it for my foundation and the edges on blush and contour. But overall, I really can’t imagine a daily routine without it anymore.
Warning: If you don’t want your sponge to loose it’s gorgeous pink colour, don’t wash it in hot water or it will end up looking like mine. (L-R: brand new & used for months)
Are there any pricey beauty tools you swear by? Are they dupable in your opinion?