Take a quick peek into your beauty cupboard (go on, it’s okay I’ll wait).
Is there beauty tool or product gathering dust because you don’t know or can’t remember how to use it? You’re not alone.
From ‘cleansing systems‘ to terrifying hair tools, we’re taking a refresher on the tricky beauty tools and products invading your shelves and browser history.
1. Curl Secret. Please explain.
Hair goes in, curl comes out.
That’s the premise of the genius, yet slightly terrifying new hair styling tool, Curl Secret, from VS Sassoon.
If you haven’t heard about Curl Secret, it basically sucks your dead-straight hair in and spits it out wavy/curly.
I know, it sounds scary, it looks scary (take a look at the video below) but it WORKS.
We tried it out in the Mamamia office, see how that went down here: Curl Secret: The terrifying new hair tool everyone’s talking about.
2. What is a Clarisonic? And do I need one?
The Clarisonic is 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.
But do you need it? It depends. If you wear sunscreen, primer, and foundation on a daily basis primers and feel you’re not removing it entirely, you will definitely enjoy the authentically clean feeling that follows a Clarisonic cleanse.
It’s great for acne prone and problematic skin, I don’t know a Clarisonic user who has been underwhelmed by it.
Need more info? Read: The holy grail of skincare, have you tried it yet?
3. BBs, CCs, what the what, WHAT?
If I had a penny for every time I was asked about BB Creams I would have a very extensive but completely worthless penny collection.
BB Creams = Beauty Balm
Think of BB Cream as a tinted moisturiser on steroids. Generally tinted moisturisers are only suitable on near perfect skin – i.e. no one (unless you’re genetically blessed) whereas a BB cream will have you chucking out the majority of the products in your beauty cupboard.
The premise around a BB cream is a multi-tasking one; coming in 5 in 1 and even 9 in 1 formulations they’ll do the job (depending on your beauty routine) of three, four or even seven products (sunscreen, primer, concealer, moisturiser, illuminator, foundation, powder) and also address anti-ageing concerns with brightening and active ingredients.
The Body Shop product manager Val Zuban, says the reason for BB creams popularity is because women want one product that can do it all (you’re damn straight there Val!).
“Consumers are looking for multitasking products to simplify their beauty routine,” Zuban says.
“BB creams which are more sheer tend to be popular with two main markets – time-poor mums who want an easy to use multi-tasking product, and teenage girls who want to even out their complexion but who are not ready to commit to foundation.”