Most beauty articles tend to focus on the glitzy, colourful part of the beauty ritual—the gilded lipstick tubes, the colourful shadow palettes, the flashy nail polishes—but today I’m shining a little light on the most under-appreciated members of the cosmetic workforce. I’m not talking brushes and tweezers either. I’m talking about things like the swabs you use to fix a heavy-handed eye shadow job and the cotton balls you use for, well, everything. While it’s easy to head to the drugstore and pick up the cheapest versions you can find, these beauty essentials do have the potential to be just luxurious as any cosmetic, though they typically cost much less. Don’t believe me? Check out the products below.
Shiseido Facial Cotton, $9, available at Sephora: File this under “tried and tested,” since these babies have been taking up space in my bathroom for over a year now. The 100 per cent natural cotton pads are softer than many of my sweaters, which makes them perfect for taking off makeup. Also, I find that they don’t fall apart mid-use, as traditional cotton balls tend to do, so just one is enough for your entire face, waterproof mascara included.
Almay Oil-Free Eye Makeup Eraser Sticks, $6, available at Well.ca: These work sort of like glow sticks. You snap one end off and removal solution flows into the other tip. From there, it’s pretty intuitive. But if you’re not hesitant to break a ten for only a fistful eraser sticks, you can buy a box of 400 Q-tips for $3 bucks and dip them in eye makeup remover instead. Works like a charm.
Urban Decay Grind House, $12, available at Sephora: This reminds me of the days of my youth, when I would spend August afternoons wandering the aisles at Wal-Mart in search of the perfect, most eye-catching school supplies. Why buy a plain sharpener when you can one that looks this awesome?
Paul & Joe Beauté Emery Board 2010, $6, available at eBeauty.com: Just imagine the looks you’d attract while aloofly filing your nails with one of these – the perfect blend of style, beauty and function.
By: Allyssia Alleyne, Toronto
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