A dame like me can thump keys about products and looks til the emus come home, (this is even more rare than cows because emus very rarely return home) but sometimes she needs to remind her delightful and extremely good looking readers about the tools of consequence in beauty and grooming.
Like these three, which I use with great frequency and enthusiasm:
1. The Clio bikini trimmer, $8. (Buy from Target.)
The best $8 a girl can spend, this pen-sized trimmer is just WONDERFUL. I have a strange panicky attachment to it now, because it has been such a blessing for someone who, weirdly, doesn’t enjoy hot wax being poured and then ripped off her ladygarden very much, and who travels a lot and forgets to make wax appointments before said travel. I use it to ‘clean up’ that area nicely and quickly, (there is no pain and no itchy ‘shaving’ grow back) and also to get rid of the interesting hairs that like to sprout on the tops of my toes.
They will tell you that you can also use it on your eyebrows (SHRIEK!) and face (GASP!) but as my caps lock and exclamation points suggest, I don’t really recommend that. What I DO recommend, is cracking it out for a tidy up (and even a bit of shape if you’re confident) on your bikini area. I even think if you have a bit of laser hair removal on the top and sides, you could use this for tidy-ups and skip waxing forevermore. Imagine that.
2. The Clarisonic Mia, $149
Back in 2010, I was chatting to the extremely clever owner and founder of Mecca Cosmetica, Mecca Maxima, and Kit, Jo Horgan. She asked me had I tried the Clarisonic? I said no, it seems excessive for my skin, (which is pretty well-behaved, and also it looked a bit too… intense) and she said, no, this is a fabulous, fabulous device, and your skin will benefit tremendously. I thought to myself, ‘PFFT!! What does Jo know about beauty,’ and promptly ignored her. Fast forward a year and a half, and I get it. Who would’ve thought Jo would know!!!
The Clarisonic, for those who are curious or excited or bored, is a handheld, waterproof electronic skin cleanser that uses a small, very soft vibrating ‘cleansing brush head’ to thoroughly clean your (even very sensitive – be sure to use the sensitive brush head) skin without any irritation. (‘Cleanses 6x better than with your hands alone in just 60 seconds!’ they say.) The result is skin that is more smooth and soft, pores that seem to be less visible, better efficacy from your skincare, because your skin is so clean and thus able to be penetrated better by all those serums and creams, and makeup that sits better because A) all those dead skin cells and impurities have gone and B) your foundation can sit properly and evenly.
I use the Clarisonic Mia, which might be the baby sister of the Clarisonic Classic, ($229) but like a certain Mia we all know and love, is lacking in neither power nor effectiveness. (Here is a useful chart for comparison of all the different models.) It’s the same size brush head as the Classic, you just don’t get the body brush head or the three varying speeds. (Which you’d probably rarely utilise anyway.) I like the smaller size and simplicity of Mia; it’s wonderful for a girl who lives between two states and who has a bathroom with very sought-after real estate. Also, it’s one-button, one-speed, one-minute cleanse is about as much technology as I want or can be bothered with in the bathroom.
But do you need it? It depends. If, like me, you love wearing sunscreen and primers and makeup and often feel you’re not removing it entirely, you will definitely enjoy the authentically clean feeling that follows a Clarisonic cleanse. No facial oil, second cleanse or makeup remover required. (I only use at night. Most people use twice a day. Some only use twice a week. It’s very much a what-suits-you-and-your-skin, best.) My skin feels smoother and softer afterwards, and I feel less need for my regular 2-3 times a week exfoliation/enzyme peel on a Sunday evening. And, from what I’ve heard, if you have troublesome skin, it does wonderful things for clarity and de-congestion, because it gets those bloody impurities out like nobody’s bizzo. (There is a deep cleansing brush head you can buy specifically for very clogged pores.)