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Tool Time

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I’m completely envious of men and their getting ready for the day regimen. For the most part they shower, shave, get dressed and they’re on their way. My regimen looks a little different and changes on a day-to-day basis depending on what my day looks like. I can shower, throw my hair up, get dressed and leave like the best of them but I certainly don’t, in my opinion, appear polished. What’s a girl to do?

Personally, I like being girly. I like having my hair look just so and accentuating my eyes with the latest shadow and liner craze. Taking pride in your appearance is important and its definition can vary drastically from woman to woman and quite frankly my own definition changes daily. What doesn’t change is the desire to feel good about you and feel beautiful. Whatever products, tools, sand-blasters or weed-whackers you need to get there, I say go for it.

The tools I love the most (my absolute go to’s) I use because they’re easy and effortless. Some of them I use every day and others once in awhile depending on my mood and what I’m trying to achieve. Check out some of my go to items below and let me know what you can’t live without.

1. Shu Uemura Eyelash CurlerCurling your lashes with an eyelash curler prior to applying mascara makes a huge difference. Tip: Use your hair dryer to heat up your eyelash curler for a few seconds prior to use but make sure it’s not too hot before putting it near your eyes. Like curling your hair, if the lash curler is warm it’ll help promote curl. (Available at Holt Renfrew)

2. Clarisonic Facial Sonic Cleansing: This tool takes cleansing and exfoliating your face to another level. It’s gentle enough to use daily but I find once or twice a week is enough for me. It cleans 6 times better than hands alone and if I see a blemish coming it doesn’t stand a chance. (Available at Sephora)

3. Beauty Blender sponge: Perfect for creating a flawless finish. Use wet (it can double in size!) or dry depending on the product you’re using. (Available at Sephora)

4. Wide Tooth Comb: For the most part women keep their hair long or longish. One should never brush wet hair unless you want unnecessary breakage. A wide-tooth comb helps to minimize this damage. And if you have naturally curly hair, a comb is a must as you should never brush curls.

5. Cotton Swabs: Not only useful for cleaning ears, I use cotton swabs all the time for ridding nail beds of pesky unwanted leftover nail polish or tidying up runaway eye makeup. A dab of nail polish remover or makeup remover and you’re all set.

6. Moroccan Oil Body Soufflé: Try to refrain from wanting to eat this product— that’s how good it smells. I know this isn’t technically a tool, but it’s a tool for your skin, no? It absorbs easily into skin leaving it perfectly moisturized with an added bonus of smelling intoxicating all day long. (Available at moroccanoil.com)

7. MAC Cosmetics 217 Blending Brush: Whether you’re wanting to create dramatic eye makeup or you’re just adding dimension in the crease, this brush has never failed me and it’s a staple in my brush collection. (Available at MAC Cosmetics stores and MAC counters at The Bay)

8. Quo Lip Brush: My favourite look this fall is a bold matte lip. Applying matte lip colour is next to impossible without a lip brush. I’ve been using Quo’s lip brush for years and love it. Better yet, it’s affordable! (Available at Shoppers Drug Mart)

9. Make Up For Ever Double-ended Shader & Smudger Brush #204: A double-ended shader and smudger brush that I’m in love with. Use the brush side to apply the product and the sponge side to smudge. It makes eye makeup a breeze and is incredibly quick and easy to use. Currently, my favourite use of the tool is to apply a dark shadow (or cream shadow) with the brush side close to my lash line (top or bottom) and the sponge side then smudges it perfectly. Makes a smokey eye a cinch! (Available at Sephora)

10. Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush: The perfect all over face brush. You can use this brush for powders, bronzers, blush, you name it. Plus, its cover makes it great for on the go touch ups throughout the day (no one wants a powdery mess in their handbag). (Available at Sephora)

11. T3 Singlepass Whirl WandI love my curling iron but curling wands are revolutionizing the way women curl their hair. A lot of my friends find curling irons difficult to use but curling wands make it so much easier for them. I still use my iron because I can maneuver it like a boss, but lately the wand has been my hair-curling mistress. Just make sure it’s ceramic, titanium or tourmaline metal in order to promote curl and I highly recommend wearing the supplied safety glove while you and the iron become better acquainted. It can get crazy hot! (Available at Sephora)

12. Tweezerman tweezers: This tool is a no brainer. Whether you thread, wax or only pluck your brows you need quality tweezers. I’m constantly plucking at stray hairs to decrease my number of yearly eyebrow waxing appointments. Tweezerman makes plucking extra fun by boldly decorating the once boring stainless steel tool. (Available at multiple locations like Shoppers Drug MartSephora and Sally’s Beauty Supply)

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