January 21, 2016
The extremely innovative beauty industry comes up with new ideas at breakneck speed, and now and then, we get products that are a bit more unusual. From a humble cloth that promises to get all your waterproof makeup off with just water, to dumbbells for your face – here are some beauty innovations that are a bit more out of the ordinary to try.
It might look like any old washcloth, but this product promises a lot: to remove all your makeup – waterproof mascara included – with only water. We spoke to co-founder Tanya Anderson at the recent Sephora Press Day, and she told us that the idea for this product was birthed after her daughter accidentally discovered the power of polyester to remove makeup, so the Makeup Eraser is made of 100 per cent polyester blend that’s weaved in a specific way that allows it to pick up makeup.
You use it by first dampening the cloth, and then moving the side with the shorter fibres in circular motions all over the face. Then, flip it over to the side with the longer fibres, which is the exfoliating end that helps get deeper into the pores. Anderson told us the Makeup Eraser can be washed every three to four days, so you just use a different section each time (though we’re not sure hygiene freaks will be entirely on board with that). We gave this a try, and as much as our foundation, blush and lipstick quickly transferred onto the polyester, it didn’t really do much for our waterproof mascara – maybe that requires more strength to go into the rubbing. Still, it’s a really interesting concept, and really is a hassle-free way of removing relatively lighter makeup. For the sake of your skin, just remember to wash it every few days, please.
$30, available at Sephora. makeuperaser.com
Sigma Beauty Spa Express Brush Cleansing Glove
This will change the way you wash your makeup brushes entirely. At first look, we had no idea how this could be a brush cleansing tool – but after reading the instructions, it really is pretty nifty. Basically, you wear it as a glove, then wet your dirty brushes and add a bit of brush cleansing solution and water to the glove. After that, swirl the brushes on the “Wash” texture, then sweep them on the “Rinse” texture under running water to remove any residual soap. To really clean them to the maximum, swirl them on the “Refine” texture. You might be surprised how much makeup residue comes off your brushes throughout this entire process.
This particular version of the Sigma cleansing glove is marketed as a travel-friendly compact version, but we did feel it was still a bit bulky to pack along in your travel makeup pouch. But we’d still keep it on our bathroom shelves, to keep our brushes in tip-top hygiene.
We’ve introduced this oil blotter variation to the iconic BeautyBlender previously – it really is a game-changer in face blotting. It’s made of the same cushiony material as the BeautyBlender – just more two-dimensional, as it’s a flat teardrop shape. The main difference is you use this one dry, and the materials absorbs all the excess oils on your skin without messing up your makeup. And you don’t have to deal with blotting sheets with nasty oil stains after.
What we also like is it comes in a nice teardrop-shaped mirrored compact, so you can slip it easily into any bag and look where you’re blotting. There are two Blotterazzis inside each compact, separated by a clear sheet – so you’ll always have a spare while one’s being washed. Just wash it like how you would a regular BeautyBlender, and this promises to last 60 days as long as you clean it properly.
$37, available at Sephora. beautyblender.com
MTG Facial Fitness PAO
Those smile lines you might see slowly forming at the sides of your mouth? They can be kept at bay with exercise. No, really. MTG’s Facial Fitness PAO device promises to fight gravity by training your facial muscles, and comes in the form of a long and thin weighted bar. It’s pretty much like dumbbells for your face, as you’re supposed to bite the mouthpiece in the centre and bob your head up and down – this causes the weighted ends to swing up and down, generating a resonance movement that exercises your facial muscles. And just like dumbbells, you can even switch the weights over three levels, ranging from 18g to 28g for a progressive face workout plan.
You’ll definitely look ridiculous doing this, so keep this workout to the privacy of your home. But hey, anything to beat those smile lines, right? You’re supposed to use this twice a day, for 30 seconds each time – so it’s still possible to sneak in a quick workout in your office cubicle (just try not to let your colleagues spot you). Trust the Japanese to come up with such a quirky tool like this – they really do come up with everything.
$200, available at AIBI outlets and on mtg-sg.com.
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