17 Smart Little Beauty Helpers
Surely the world’s most glamorous tooth-whitening product, Hard Candy Megawatt Smile has a brush-on tooth whitener on one side that you can use after every meal. On the other side is a lipstick infused with a brightening blue-pearl shimmer. (The color is subtle, so don’t be afraid that you'll look like a zombie.) In eight shades.
To buy: $6, walmart.com.
Raise the Bar
Step aside, boring and slimy block of soap. Lush FUN Logs come in kid-friendly squishy rolls (picture slice-and-bake cookie dough) that you can pinch off in little pieces and use as shampoo, soap, or bubble bath. Stick a piece in a plastic bag for hassle-free travel. In five scented colors.
To buy: $7 each, lushusa.com.
Everything Is Illuminated
The Revlon Spotlight Tweezer With LED Technology will be a welcome sight for at-home brow pluckers. It lights up when you press the button, so you can pull every last errant hair for a cleaner, neater look.
To buy: $11 at drugstores.
Good to the Last...
You know that remaining bit of lotion or foundation trapped at the bottom of the bottle? It’s finally within reach, thanks to the why-didn’t-we-think-of-that? Every Drop Beauty Spatula, which is even long enough for shampoo and conditioner containers.
To buy: $5, walgreens.com.
Bacteria-collecting loofah, begone! The Sabon Loofah Soap is a glycerin-based bar embedded with a natural sea sponge. The surrounding soap not only protects the loofah from germs but also provides some slip, so you get a gentle exfoliation. Available in lavender (shown), lemon, and amber.
To buy: $7, sabonnyc.com.
Spread Yourself Thin
Befuddled by those makeup wedges that the pros love? The Ecotools Foam Applicator is handy to handle. Use the pointy tip to dab on liquid foundation and the rounded sides to blend it. The tip makes it extra easy to get into the contours of your face. Bonus: The foam head can be gently cleaned under water when used daily, for up to two months.
To buy: $6, ecotools.com.
Your secret is safe. With the powerful depilatory thioglycolate, buffered by smoothing vitamin E and soothing botanical extracts, Bliss ‘Fuzz’ Off Facial Hair Removal Cream painlessly eliminates coarse hairs on the upper lip in three minutes. The dual-textured tip allows for precise application.
To buy: $24, blissworld.com.
A Good Reflection of You
Natural light is key to flawless makeup application. But what if your bathroom is a windowless bunker? To the rescue: the rechargeable Simplehuman Sensor Mirror, which is ringed with an LED light that mimics natural sunlight. It also features a mirror that magnifies your entire face by five times (if you dare).
To buy: $200, simplehuman.com.
Turn on Your Brights
A reason to smile: The Pearl Gentle White Ionic Teeth Whitening System can make even sensitive teeth up to seven shades lighter after a five-day treatment. Line the mouthpiece with the peroxide-based ionic gel, then turn on the device and let the gentle microcurrents work their magic. Use it twice a day for five minutes at a time.
To buy: $195 for the device and 20 tubes of gel, ionicpearl.com.
Remember that medicinal spritz you kept in your pocket in junior high? This is not it. Hello Breath Spray is a next-gen alternative: It has 99 percent natural ingredients (no dyes or alcohol) and comes in fun flavors, like Sweet Cinnamint (shown) and Mojito Mint.
To buy: $4, walgreens.com.
Flip for It
Subtle and sculptural, the Diptyque Figuier Hourglass Diffuser scents a room for up to one hour. To reactivate it, turn the stickless wonder over. When flipped four times a day, it will last for about four months. Available in three scents.
To buy: $145, plus $50 for each refill: diptyqueparis.com.
Ideal for anti-hand-sanitizer types in need of a portable cleanser, You Smell Paper Soap sheets quickly emulsify in water. Consider giving a few packs as a hostess gift (for a good-humored friend). Available in two scents.
To buy: $3 for a pack of 25, drugstore.com.
Get a Grip
Leaving those tiny applicators that come with eye-makeup compacts in the dust, the Make Up For Ever Brush No. 222 is ideal for laying down both loose-and pressed-powder pigments, as well as blending pencil liner. The long handle offers superior control, and the sponge tip collects excess color so it doesn’t spatter onto cheeks.
To buy: $13, sephora.com.
Just when you thought this cooling, soothing classic couldn’t get any better, poof! It turns into a spritz. Gold Bond No Mess Powder Spray delivers the formula just where you want it (chafed thighs or underarms, for example) with a targeted stream that’s much neater than traditional powder.
To buy: $8 at drugstores.
The latest Asian import: Boscia’s Konjac Sponge, an updated supersize buffing puff, is made from the konjac root, which has been used in Japan for the past 1,500 years to detoxify and cleanse skin naturally. The antibacterial, biodegradable sponge plumps up when it hits water and cleanser. Rub it gently over your face and body to wash and exfoliate skin.
To buy: $18, sephora.com.
Here’s the Twist
Just can’t seem to nail the wrap-and-roll technique that an ordinary curling iron requires? The Infiniti Pro by Conair Curl Secret is an automated curler that makes Taylor Swift–worthy waves a breeze. To use, clamp a small section of hair in the round portion of the tool. Squeeze the handle and the tool rolls the hair up into the chamber. After you hear a series of beeps, release, and the curl is set. Repeat as needed.
To buy: $100 at drugstores.
Lay It on Thick
Keep arch enemies away: Benefit Gimme Brow features a formula packed with tiny fibers that adhere invisibly to brows, making them look naturally thicker and more groomed. What’s more, the lilliputian brush, sized to reflect the width of most brows, allows for precise product placement. In two shades.
To buy: $22, benefitcosmetics.com.