Happy Friday loves! I’m finally back with Part 2 of my Beauty Devices Reviewed. I tried to get this out sooner but I’ve had a very hyper squirrel outside my window distracting me. I know that sounds made up, but it’s totally true! Ok, if you don’t follow my blog and you stumbled upon this page let me say that I LOVE collecting beauty gadgets, it’s fun to play at-home spa, and when you find beauty devices that actually work for you the results are incredible!
If you haven’t read Beauty Devices Part 1 be sure and give that a read, I talk about my favorite light therapy devices. In this blog post were talking about even more beauty toys and an honest review of what I’ve loved and hated… a few items even got returned to the store. So, let’s get started drumroll please……
I love Nuface, at one point I wasn’t sure if it was working so I returned it, only to buy it again a few weeks later! The thing with these at-home devices is you might think they’re not working but when you suddenly stop you realize they were working. Nuface is a micro current device that lifts and sculpts the face. I especially love it for the areas along my mouth and jaw. The Nuface Trinity is the most expensive with a removable head that allows you to buy attachments for other areas such as around the eyes and there is also a red light attachment. Then there is the mini version which is a little smaller, and little cheaper, but it won’t work with the attachments. I have so many toys already that I don’t need the trinity version and I’m happy with the mini… which is what I’m holding in the photo.
One thing that has always been a downer with using Nuface is you need the prime gel, it’s a hassle, it gets expensive, and you need to wash it off. The newer gel primer is a hydrating leave-on gel which is much better, it does get expensive though. Another trick is using aloe gel, but that dries very quickly. My favorite secret is to use Spectra 360 Electrode Gel as a conductor. You’ll need to wash it off too, it’s basically sonogram gel but it’s cheap and it works! I don’t use this device on my forehead because I’m lazy and I never saw forehead results so I just focus on my jaw and cheeks, and I definitely see results in those areas. I don’t use this device on my neck either, I’m just paranoid about it bothering my thyroid. I definitely recommend either the Nuface Trinity or Nuface Mini!
An effective at home beauty laser sounded almost too good to be true… and for me it was. This laser hurt, it’s bearable but it hurts enough to dread doing it. I used it for a few weeks and it dried out my undereye skin out to the point it looked crusty and gross. I tried to push through it waiting for glorious new skin to appear but I couldn’t get past the ugly phase of it. It got to the point that I was looking older and I couldn’t ever wear concealer under my eyes. I ended up returning it and it took about two weeks for the skin around my eyes to look normal again. I just didn’t have a good experience so I do NOT recommend this device.
I’ve gone through 3 Clarisonic devices in the past 8 years. Maybe I have bad luck or something I’m not sure, but it seems like they aren’t made to last. I have a love hate relationship with this device. I hate charging it, I hate keeping the brush head clean and dry, and I hate having to remember how to replace the brush heads. Having said that, it’s excellent at cleansing the skin, I’ve always used the sensitive brush head and it feels really nice. I can’t use it in the morning because it makes my skin look too shiny, almost like a polished stone, but it works well for me at night. It’s an amazing device for cleansing and exfoliationing the skin, it’s just a high maintenance device. If you’re in the market for a facial cleaning brush I do overall recommend the Clarisonic, but the PMD is also a good choice.
My sister got the Luna Play Plus in one of her subscription boxes, she said she didn’t really care for it and gave it to me to try. This vibrating facial brush is for cleansing and gentle exfoliation of the skin. Honestly it reminds me of an awkward less effective version of the PMD Clean. The silicone bristles are a little longer so it’s a little softer feeling on my face, but I find the shape of the device awkward feeling in my hand. I also found it difficult to adjust the speed and turning it on and off in general. I’ll give this to my girls to try out but overall I do NOT think I would recommend this device.
Last year I did a full review of the PMD Clean so I won’t go into much detail again but I do like this device. I find the handle comfortable to hold, and love the fact that it stands up on it’s own. It takes batteries, but they last a very long time. I love how it has two versatile heads to use, the cleaning scrub side has 3 vibration speeds and the other smooth side is for massaging in skincare products for better absorbtion with 3 pulsing vibration settings. You won’t get that luxury brush feeling of the Clarisonic, but I love how you don’t need to buy replacement heads. The brush head dries quickly, eliminating bacteria. It’s a fun beauty gadget to have and it’s really gentle to the skin. It doesn’t do a whole lot when it comes to anti-aging, but it does a good job cleaning the skin. If your budget allows and you need a cleaning device I do recommend this product.
I love this anti cellulite toy but geez it is a workout using it! There is a lot of information online how to use Ashley Black’s Cellulite devices, but basically with oil or lotion on the area you’re working on you grab both handles and massage the skin. There are different techiniques and directions you can use to massage the skin and ways to use it on different body parts. It definitely works, but it takes dedication to consistently use it. While I’m using it my skin gets really red and itchy and it kind of hurts. Sometimes I bruise, if you do bruise it’s important to let them heal before using it again… or you can work around the bruises I guess. I also use this in the shower sometimes with body wash, I find that easier. My only complaint it this device is big and awkward to deal with. It will probably freak your husband out the first time he sees this in the bathroom. I recommend this product for sure but I kind of like the mini version better below.
The face version is much smaller and designed for smaller areas of the body like the face and arms. I like this one because it is much smaller to hold, store, and travel with. I can still use it on larger areas of my body it just takes a little longer. I’ve actually never used this on my face but I really like using it on other areas of my body. I like to use this while in the shower or right after taking a bath. I definitely recommend this product. If you’re wondering, I’ve never used the device with the pointy edges, it looks kinda scary though…. let me know how that works out!
I know a lot of women love at-home microdermabrasion devices but I’m not one of them. The PMD Microderm has different discs that range in texture from course to sensitive. This actually has great reviews but using this really scared me. It reminds me of the spinning nail grinder the ladies use at the nail salon, it’s not a sensation I care for and I think it’s really easy to overdo it and injure your face. I prefer using other methods to exfoliate my face, like the The Method Polish by Lancer, it’s expensive but the texture is amazing and a tube will last me more than a year. I do NOT recommend this product and I returned it.
Years ago I once saw a DermaWand infomercial and it hooked me in. This radio frequency device is pretty impressive, not only does it help firm and tighten the skin, it helps to smooth out wrinkles too. It makes a funny little buzzing noise and zaps your skin a little but I wouldn’t consider it painful. I dropped it once and the bulb broke and I was able to send it off to be repaired. Just a word of caution always leave the protective cap over the bulb, it’s pretty fragile. Treatments only take a few minutes and you can use the serum included or your own, I use my own. I definitely recommend the DermaWand and I just noticed there is a newer stronger version I had no idea about… it costs $60 more than the regular version. Let’s see how long I can hold out before I’m tempted to order the stronger version!
I love this pillow, but not necessarily for eliminating face wrinkles. Maybe it’s just me but I have a special talent when it comes to sleeping with my face smashed into the pillow. Ever wake up with one of those creases on your cheek from a night of side sleeping? It’s the worst, this pillow helps but doesn’t completely eliminate my cheek smashing up towards my eye. I’m trying to train myself to sleep on my back, but it’s so hard! Having said that, I suffer from neck pain and I find this pillow incredibly comfortable on my head and neck. I sleep with it on top of my regular pillow, and place it in the curve of my neck. I’ve slept with it for years and I take it with me on every trip we take. It has a satin cover and I throw it in the washer and dryer once a week. I recommend this pillow for neck comfort while sleeping, not necessarily for wrinkle reduction.
Okay so that’s it for my beauty devices reviews! Expect more to come in the future because I just can’t resist these fun little toys! I’m experimenting with at-home gel polish, so when I see how durable it is and my thoughts on it I’ll be sure to update. I’ll be back next week to celebrate birthday week. We’ll be having a week of filled with pink, fun, deliciousness! Have a great weekend!