14 Random But Useful Beauty Products to Upgrade Your Routine
Whether you’re into skincare, makeup or hair care, there’s more than likely a random beauty item out there that could be a total game-changer, just waiting to be discovered. To bring those items to the surface and maybe, just maybe change your life (okay, at least your beauty routine), we scoured the Internet and asked a few PureWow staffers for their most random favorites. Here are 14 you’re going to be so glad you now know exist.
1. M-61 Powerspot Clear Spot Acne Treatment
If you’re in the market for a good acne treatment, editor Abby Hepworth has you covered. “This stuff is seriously magical. It helps my pimples and zits clear up and heal so much faster than they would on their own,” said Abby H., fashion editor. The salicylic acid, glycolic acid and witch hazel combo target blemishes while soothing the skin (so say goodbye to irritation and redness).
2. Vegamour Gro Revitalizing Scalp Massager
We can’t rave enough about this scalp massager. It’s become a go-to for PureWow readers simply for how it gives you salon feels right in the shower. The soft bristles work to massage your shampoo all over the scalp especially in those hard-to-reach areas. But while you’re giving yourself a much-needed massage, it actually stimulates the scalp and promotes hair growth. So win-win all around!
Hepworth had another favorite she’s calling a “souped-up jade roller meets light therapy.” The SolaWave Wand is a skincare tool to give yourself a luxe spa treatment without leaving your house. “It's just really soothing to use and I love that you don't need to use a conducting gel like I do with my NuFace,” said Hepworth. The tool has four functions—microcurrents, red light therapy, warming and vibrations—to clear up acne and dark spots, tone and tighten and overall improve the appearance of your skin.
4. Electric Makeup Brush Cleaner
Raise your hand if you have a hoard of dirty makeup brushes on your vanity, but no time to hand wash them one by one. Heads up about this electric machine, which cleans your brushes in under thirty seconds (with some cleaning liquid and water). With over 3,000 5-star reviews, you don’t have to take our word for it. Here’s what one reviewer had to say: “This is life changing! Absolutely amazing. My brushes are so clean, fluffy and smell amazing!”
5. 3-in-1 Nano Ionic Facial Steamer
For the director of audience development Mary D’Alessio, this facial steamer made all the difference in her skincare routine this month. “I've been using it after showering, then washing my face and starting with my lineup of serums and moisturizers. [It] feels so clean and my skin feels way softer (because it's been so dry from the winter).” The Nano facial steamer gives you the option of using hot or cool mist to open/shrink pores, reduce breakouts and remove any lasting product on your face.
6. RevitaLash Advanced Eyelash Conditioner
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your lashes (and faux ones just don’t cut it), look no further than this serum. The key ingredients (antioxidants, biotin and amino acids) minimize breakage, improve flexibility and increase moisture to your lashes. Just a daily swipe can promote healthy and full lashes. Don’t believe us? Maybe you’ll trust Meghan Markle, who revealed it’s one of her go-to beauty products.
7. TAO Clean Facial Brush
Editorial assistant Stephanie Meraz recommends the TAO clean facial brush if you want to avoid any mascne or acne breakouts. “It was a Christmas gift and has cleared my acne and breakouts that started to show up at the beginning of the pandemic,” said Meraz. “It feels like it cleans my skin well without stripping it of the moisture, and there is a second button with a faster speed (that I use once a week to exfoliate).” There’s also a rechargeable base that dries and sanitizes the facial brush to get you ready for your next wash.
8. S&T INC. Beauty Spatulas
Makeup can be pretty pricey, so you want to use every last drop. But actually doing that can be tough. Unless you have these beauty spatulas, which make scraping out the remainders of any foundation, lotion or shampoo a breeze. The silicone base makes it easy to get to those corners and crevices so you don’t have to waste any ounce of your product. One reviewer attests that it’s a tool everyone should go get right away: “Don't know how I've lived without this for so long. [It] makes fast work of getting to all that lotion the tube pump can't reach. For me, that's about two months of product. That's a lot of savings!”
9. Magic Swab
If you’re looking to be more sustainable with your beauty products, swap out your cotton pads and makeup brushes for a double-side silicone wand instead. “I just got my hands on this silicone swab that's intended to be used to apply makeup...but I use it to clean up any lingering mascara, eyeliner or the concealer that tends to settle in the creases around my eyes,” said Dena Silver, fashion director. “It's basically a reusable Q-tip that I can wash off after every use. So yeah, it's eco-friendly too!” Plus, it comes in a case, so you can do any touchups on-the-go.
10. PMD Personal Microderm Classic
It’s time to give your face some TLC and a Microderm treatment (right at home we might add) is just the thing you need. The vacuum-like beauty tool exfoliates the skin, increases circulation and leaves a fresh finish. Using this weekly can reduce dark spots, blemishes and fine lines while overall improving your skin’s appearance. “I used to get this done at the salon every month and it was costing me $120 per treatment!!!! Invest in this and it will pay for itself tenfold. Great results!!! It has already visibly reduced my acne scarring,” said one happy reviewer.
11. Simply Elegant Satin Dream Shower Cap
FYI, regular ole shower caps just don’t cut it for curly gals or protective styles. However, associate editor Stephanie Sengwe has a solution to your hair woes. Enter Simply Elegant’s satin shower cap in x-large. “It's super convenient because I can wear it when I have my jumbo braids or when I take them down. Plus, it’s satin-lined so less frizz!” said Sengwe. The shower cap keeps everything in place while protecting natural hair from hair loss, breakage or water seeping through.
12. Framer Black Hair Clips
When I decided to temporarily color my hair, I relied on these hair clips to section my curls. I have a lot of hair and the clips really kept everything in place. I was able to focus on each section and not have to worry about any slips. Plus, there were no tangles or fear of ripping out these clips which is a major bonus. When you have thick and curly hair like me, the last thing I want is a hair accessory to cause damage.
13. Winged Eyeliner Stamp
With over 14,000+ 5-star reviewers, this beauty product wants to cut your attempt at perfecting the wing liner by half. Whether you’re a beginner or a makeup pro, this eyeliner stamp can give the ultimate cat eye every single time. The tool has two ends to stamp on the wing and using the other side (the fine tip) to complete the look. “I am obsessed with this eyeliner! I just bought it again after a year and a half BECAUSE THAT’S HOW LONG IT LASTS! Also, the wings themselves look great and I get complimented on how neat they are all the time! It lasts all day and doesn’t smudge,” said one reviewer.
14. Lormay Silicone Face Mask Brush
We’re always ready for the results of a face mask, but applying it? Well, that’s a whole other story. Luckily, brand strategy manager Kelsey Bonacker has a random product solution for that: “[I’m] so obsessed with these rubber spatulas I got for my skincare/masks. [It’s] great for germaphobes who don’t want to stick their fingers in their product and it applies so evenly!” The silicone brush is not only an eco-friendly find, but it’s easy to clean and apply just about any type of mask (aka charcoal, mud or cream).