Thursday, July 20, 2017

Strange-looking beauty gadgets that actually work


If you are minimally into beauty, chances are you will have encountered some strange-looking beauty gadgets while pursuing your passion. And hey, I wouldn't blame you if you thought that you wouldn't use them in a million years. I was like that before I started my reporting career!

However, and strange-looking as they may seem, some of these beauty gadgets actually work and deliver excellent results. These are a few of my favorites, including some #beautygadgettrends that I spotted at Cosmoprof in Las Vegas:

Sphynx, the Round Razor



Cosmoprof is one of the largest professional events in the beauty industry. After three days walking their floors, I must have met with a minimum of 200+ exhibitors, judging by the sheer number of business cards that I brought with me. However, and even in the frenzy of meeting a gazillion brands from all over the world, a strange-looking beauty gadget really stuck: A round razor system called Sphynx.

Sphynx is actually a round portable razor system that hides four chambers inside: One with a TSA-approved water receptacle, a moisturizing razing soap bar, and two with one-blade razors for quick touch-ups in case of a beauty emergency. 


Skeptical as I was at first about this round razor invention, I've found myself carrying it around in my purse and actually giving it a good use. Do you know that terrible moment when you realize you have shaved your legs to perfection except for a very noticeable spot at the ankle? Just rush to the ladies' and get your Sphynx out. Let's say it does take care of the problem very efficiently. Plus, the moisturizing soap bar doesn't need to be washed out, so you can get done with your business in less than five minutes and nobody will be the wiser.

However, I've saved the best for last: The price. Sphynx retails for $14.99 and the refill packs sell for a mere $6.99. For all the deets and information about the ever-increasing retailers list, visit www.shopsphynx.com.

Lure Glam, the Silicone Cupping System


As far as strange-looking beauty gadgets go, the Lure Glam Face and Eye Cups aren't the most terrifying of them all. They just look a bit odd, as they are... well, pink silicone cups.

However, don't be fooled by their innocent appearance. They are part of traditional beauty rituals in many countries, such as Russia and China, for a reason: Cupping, if done correctly, promotes blood flow, which at the same time stimulates your own collagen production. So cups can help mitigate the signs of fine lines and wrinkles, reduce puffiness, improve facial contours, or help in your eternal fight against your cellulite (I saw results in a little as a couple of weeks in all the areas mentioned above!)

Cups can be a bit tricky to use if you have never used them before. My advice is to start with a body system and experiment in your legs, and once you've mastered the technique, you can move on to the facial contour. 

To use a beauty suction cup correctly, it is important to wet your skin with oil or lotion first. Squeeze the cup on both sides and place it in the desired area, and release to create a suction. Once the cup is in place (it will literally not fall over if you stop holding it), move it gently around. To start, don't squeeze too hard until you're used to the intensity of the vacuum.

Lure carries several cupping systems retailing from as little as $29.95 at www.lurehomespa.com.

Sweet Cheeks Cellulite Massage Mat: Sit Your Cellulite Away 

Do you suffer from cellulite and fluid retention? Welcome to the wonderful world of womanhood! Cellulite is one of the most common beauty ailments that affects women from all shapes and sizes, and it can literally become a pain in the a** (no pun intended.)

Sweet Cheeks is a really strange-looking beauty gadget that surprisingly excels at taking care of this problem. Designed as a cellulite massage mat, each Sweet Cheeks kit comes with two mats with different raised areas. The ultimate aim of the invention is to boost blood flow and visibly reduce the appearance of cellulite.

At this point, you're entitled to call me crazy, but I've tested them for several weeks and I have seem some noticeable results. Plus, Sweet Cheeks has an unexpected perk for me: As I struggle with lower back chronic pain, sitting on the mats has somehow made my aches more manageable. Combined with my personal exercises, I have found that a 30-minute session with Sweet Cheeks helps boost the results of my treatment plan. Although they surely weren't designed for that, it is true that they hit some of my trigger points, somehow helping eliminate the painful knots that make my life miserable.

Image via www.sweetcheeksproducts.com

Plus, they have really made my cellulite look less visible and I haven't had to change my summer beauty routine. I just sit on them, like now that I'm writing this article. Mind you, they won't do the hard work for you, but in my case they help with water retention, which is a nice bonus!

Sweet Cheeks retails for $99 at www.sweetcheeksproducts.com 


Disclosure level 0: The author received NO compensation to write this post. The author received a sample of some products to test with no strings attached. This didn't influence the decision to feature the event, nor the personal opinions expressed here about the brands.  Links are provided for information only.

1 comment:

  1. Funny how the strangest looking things sometimes work... Do the mats really help with stubborn cellulite?

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