Sunday 29 November 2020

Christmas Gift Guide: Gadgets & Tools For Girls

It's not hard to find women who loves beauty products, whether it's skincare, makeup, or the whole shebang! But if there is a beauty product that really gets a beauty girl going, it's a gadget or tool. 2020 has brought many bad things, but it has also delivered some of the best beauty gadgets in a long time. Below are some of the best and they make for perfect Christmas presents...

First up is a gift for the girls who like to pamper, protect, and perfect. It is the Okioki Eye Mask - a hyaluronic acid infused fabric eye mask that hydrates, rejuvenates, and plumps as you sit back and relax. This innovative mask uses Proneem® technology to allow a gradual, constant release of the natural active ingredients into the skin. In this instance, the ingredient is YOUTH™ hyaluronic acid.
When applied topically, hyaluronic acid improves elasticity, decreases wrinkles, and helps to repair the effects of environmental damage. To use the Okioki Eye Mask (£40, you simply pop it on, then relax or take a nap, safe in the knowledge that this mask is working its magic on your eye area. When you remove the mask, eyes are left looking and feeling refreshed and revitalised. If that isn't enough, the mask is washable and long-lasting, and provides the equivalent of 120 disposable face masks!!

For the makeup queens, I recommend the IT Cosmetics Celebrate Your Heavenly Luxe Brush Set (£42 Featuring four must-have brush essentials, this set helps to perfect a wide range of looks, from a flawless foundation finish, to a gorgeous and precise highlight. The brushes feature IT Cosmetics' award-winning Heavenly Luxe Brush hair, as well as a soft-touch, ergonomic handle for effortlessly controlled application. The set includes the Effortless Blush Brush, Effortless Powder Brush, Effortless Precision Brush, and Effortless Shadow/Smudger Brush. All packaged in a cute metallic brush case.
Before I move on to the more expensive gadgets, I wanted to share a very affordable beauty tool that makes for a fab stocking filler or simply small gift if your budget is low this year. It is the Velvotan Self Tanning Mitt. This velvet-soft mitt works with any type of tan and formula to give a flawless, evenly distributed application. The clever lotion-resistant barrier prevents hands from staining and it can be popped in the machine machine for endless applications! The Velvotan Self Tanning Mitt (£3 also comes in a range of très cute designs - from a pink leopard print to a Louis Vuitton inspired design.

My next recommendation is a flat iron - AKA an essential item for many women. One of the best in the beauty game is the Cloud Nine Wide Iron, which is designed for use on bigger, thicker, and/or longer hair. This year Cloud Nine has launched a limited edition version in gold and white... and it is gorgeous. The new Gift of Gold Wide Iron (£169 gets hot in 20 seconds, reaches temperatures ranging from 100-200°C, and utilises Kinder Styling Technology for healthier, stronger, shinier hair with every use. The Wide Iron features Mineral-Infused Ceramic Plates to seal the hair’s cuticle and lock-in moisture for shinier hair. These floating plates cushion the impact, reducing drag and friction on the hair to minimise split ends and breakage.
Now if the gal your gifting can't live without flat irons, but really struggles from heat damage due to overuse I recommend an innovative alternative... the L’Oréal SteamPod 3.0. The L’Oréal SteamPod 3.0 is a professional styling tool that uses steam technology to straighten and curl the hair. With Steampod, the combination of heat and steam gently and durably style the hair without drying it, so that when you go outside in humid weather, your hair won’t take on any more water so it'll keep its straightened style for longer. By using steam, the Steampod creates 78% less damage than standard straighteners, it styles 2x faster than standard straighteners, and reduces colour fading and creates a more smooth and shiny result. Oh and it can be used on all hair types. Impressive, right?! The Steampod 3.0 features an integrated water tank, 360° rotative cord for hassle-free waves, and a built-in comb. And, for the holiday season, L’Oréal Professionnel has launched the Steampod 3.0 X KARL LAGERFELD (£260 which captures Lagerfeld's style and avant-garde spirit.

Another hair hero that makes for the perfect gift is the GHD Helios - a powerful hair dryer that delivers an iconic blow out from the comfort of your own home. I mean, this couldn't be more important during a lockdown, am I right?! Helios features innovative Aeroprecis technology to deliver 30% more shine than a standard hair dryer. It also combines advanced internal dynamics and a contoured precision nozzle to focus the powerful airflow for smooth, shiny, salon-quality results.

The power of the brushless DC motor and the concentrated airflow created by the precision nozzle empower you with total control over your style, so you can quickly and easily sculpt the blow dry look of your dreams. It is uber lightweight and ergonomically balanced, to make using it pain and problem free. With advanced ionic technology, you can control frizz and flyaways for a season of flawless hair. This year, GHD has launched a limited edition Helios (£169 which features a stylish white frosted coat with gold dust accents. It comes with a precision contoured nozzle and a luxe midnight blue dust bag.

Now if your girl is all about the curl, I recommend the Bellissima Diffon all-in-one, hot air diffuser - a small device that enhances natural waves, curls, and coils, as well as textured and afro hair. It combines drying and diffusing in one ergonomically designed tool that weighs just 508g. It dries hair gently thanks to its 700W power (the average hair dryer has 2200W), respecting the natural shape of curls without making them frizzy. The Diffon Hot Air Diffuser (£39.99 features Curl Booster System Technology, which cleverly combines the action of the perforated grid with its 12 long fingers for a gentle and even air distribution. Guaranteeing the correct combination of air flow and temperature, the Dry Care System enhances elasticity whilst retaining the hair's natural moisture.

For the girls that love a salon blow out, I recommend the Hot Tools Black Gold Volumiser Set. The Black Gold Volumiser Set (£129 contains Hot Tool's much-loved 2-in-1 hot air styler, alongside two different sized oval brush attachments. The 2-in-1 hot air styler is a revolutionary tool that combines the power of a hair dryer with the versatility of a styler in order to deliver salon results in a fraction of the time it takes for a traditional blow dry. Designed for any length and hair type, this tool can create perfect waves, gravity-defying volume, bouncy curls, and serious shine. The styler features a friction free titanium surface to provide even heat distribution and promote shine. It also utilises advanced Ionic Technology to reduce heat damage and frizz, and leave hair smooth and shiny. The brush attachments feature Smoothflow charcoal activated bristles to help to speed up the styling process, reduce oiliness in unwashed hair, reduce dullness, and improve hair texture. The bristles also boast a micro-shineTM finish to minimise friction and help further reduce damage to the hair, as well as activated charcoal to help reduce the oiliness present in unwashed hair and improve hair texture.

If the girl you're gifting is skincare-obsessed, Nurse Jamie's Beauty Stamp will make for the perfect gift. The Beauty Stamp (£39 is a micro-exfoliation tool cleverly crafted by clinical skin care expert Jamie Sherrill (AKA Nurse Jamie), utilising a gentle ‘press and lift’ action that stimulates collagen and elastin production for more supple, youthful skin. The unique micro-dermal impression tool is covered in tiny needles (0.2mm) that gently prick the uppermost layers of skin. It stimulates collagen production whilst creating microscopic channels to permit better absorption of skincare products. It does this all without causing a hint of pain, hurrah! By gently pricking the skin with micro-needles, microscopic channels are created to allow potent skincare treatments to reach the skin’s lower levels which, in turn, maximises their regenerative, age-defying benefits.
For the anti-ageing enthusiasts, I recommend gifting the Sensilift Mini from Sensica. Sensilift MINI is a non-invasive, medical-grade facial therapy device that slows down the signs of aging and helps your eyes and lips look and feel rested instantly. After just one five minute treatment, the Sensilift MINI (£179 reveals a more radiant and toned complexion. It doesn't just treat the surface of the skin either. The Sensilift MINI actually gets to work on the deeper layers of the skin using its patented InTrense RF technology to promote collagen synthesis and deep tissue lifting. Light and compact, the Sensilift Mini features an ergonomic design for ease of use on the face, neck, décolletage, and hands. It also packs enough powerful to tighten and firm skin overtime if used daily.
Another great anti-ageing gadget, and my final gift recommendation, is the Magnitone LiftOff. It is an amazing Microcurrent tool which lifts and tones skin in just five minutes. This hyper-speed, all-natural facial workout, works with and enhances they body's own natural bio-rhythm to help stimulate and rejuvenate cells, helping to tone and naturally lift skin and facial muscles. Each glide of the device takes just five seconds. So in under five minutes you can bless your entire face with a toning, lifting workout. LiftOff (£90 works by using microcurrents (miniscule pulses of undetectable electricity) which penetrate through skin and work at a cellular level, to enhance blood circulation in and around skin cells and facial muscles. The end result is skin that is firm, supple, and naturally lifted!

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