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10 Gimmicky Beauty Products That Actually Work

A blanket with arm holes, a pillow that stays cool no matter how long you’ve been sleeping, jeans that you can wear as pajamas: There are so many products out there that claim to make your life easier in the most unique ways, and let’s be honest with ourselves — sometimes we give a second thought about calling the 1-800 number provided on the infomercial. The beauty department is just as guilty when it comes to gimmicky products. See which beauty gizmos are actually worth trying.

1. Hair-Drying Gloves

Think of DevaCurl’s hair-drying gloves ($23, amazon.com) like a towel that was meant to be worn around your hands. These gloves are ideal for curly-haired women that like to “scrunch” their locks because the glove makes it easy to properly grip onto curls and style them while drying.

2. Mood-Boosting Blush

The Happy Booster Glow & Mood Boosting Blush from Physician’s Formula ($11, bedbathandbeyond.com) provides a combination of blushes and highlighting contours all in one compact. The company claims that the product is infused with their Happy Boost Blend, which is based off natural plant extracts that promote a feeling of happiness by mimicking the effect of endorphins and shielding skin from stress. All in all, if not for the mood-changing capability, use it for the adorable heart patterns, right?

3. Fiber-Filled Mascaras

If you’re looking for a mascara that will add length and volume but have tried and failed with what seems like every mascara in the book, it’s time to try a fiber mascara. Nylon fibers cling to your eyelashes, acting as extensions to your existing eyelashes and making your lashes lusher than ever. Try Lorac’s Pro Plus Fiber Mascara ($22, amazon.com) for noticeably longer lashes.

4. Color-Matching Foundation

Imagine being able to use one foundation all year long, no matter how your skin changes with the seasons. Josie Maran claims its Argan Matchmaker Serum Foundation ($42, sephora.com) is the only one you’ll need all year due to its skin-matching potential. The foundation goes on white and eventually shifts to your natural skin tone while nourishing the skin with its serum-like qualities.

5. Push-Up Liner

Benefit’s They’re Real! Push-Up Eyeliner ($24, amazon.com) is a “lash-hugging” gel eyeliner that makes eyes look bigger, hence the “push-up” in the product name. With an easy, angled application, this liner is the last stop on your search for that perfect “doe-eyed” look.

6. Makeup Brush Cleaning Glove

Despite how goofy it may look, Sigma’s Brush-Cleaning Glove ($39, belk.com) has proven to be super useful in cleaning makeup brushes. The eight raised silicone textures make this glove ideal for ensuring the deepest clean possible in both eye and face makeup brushes.

7. Bottom Lash Mascara

A large mascara brush is ideal for your top lashes in getting a voluminous look. But what about those pesky bottom lashes? A large brush and tiny lashes don’t go hand-in-hand, so that’s where a bottom-lash-specific mascara comes in. Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara ($12, birchbox.com) helps give bottom lashes some smudge-free definition.

8. Cream-to-Powder Foundation

Natural and lightweight, a cream-to-powder foundation is ideal for those looking for coverage while keeping it lightweight. The Crème to Powder Foundation from Vincent Longo ($57, amazon.com) is made with seaweed extract, which is super hydrating and gives this foundation a cool feel.

9. Wet Hair Brush

Traditional brushes aren’t meant for your hair straight out of the shower. Hard bristles can be damaging to wet hair and cause breakage when trying to brush out stubborn knots. The Wet Brush ($12, overstock.com) has soft bristles for pain-free detangling and comes in a variety of colors, too!

10. Personalized Lip Balm

The Tendertalk Lip Balm from MAC ($20, belk.com) not only nourishes lips but also creates a personalized tint by interacting with your body chemistry. That being said, your personality determines what color this luminous balm turns on your lips!




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