NYLON’s Holiday Beauty Gift Guide 2021: Beauty Gadgets & Tools

Getting good skin by way of good skincare is one thing — what if we told you that you might get even better results with specialised tools that amplify the work of your skincare? These days, beauty gadgets do it all, whether they’re equipped with LED lights, cryo-technology, or sonic pulsations. Even a nice jade gua sha can do a lot for lifted, plump skin.

It’s not just skincare too — we also made sure to include a whole range of hair, spa, and makeup tools that cater to every need. Perhaps you know someone who’s desperate to create an at-home salon experience with a next-level hair styler, even an IPL device, or would like to bless a budding makeup fiend with  a good set of makeup brushes so they’re on their way to flawless makeup. These are the beauty world’s latest tools and tricks that, really, just want to make people’s lives easier.

L – R — FOREO UFO™ 2 Set, $428 | Dyson Supersonic™ Hair Dryer in Prussian Blue/Rich Copper, $599 | Nudeskin X Beauty Magnet 4-In-1 Rosegold Professional Skin Tool Set, $83 | ést.lab X Drea Eye-Luminating Holiday Kit, $278.  

FOREO’s flagship masking device is a must for any skincare junkie — not only does it do its job in less than two minutes, the device also offers 8 light-therapy colours as well as cryo- and thermo- functions for the most indulgent pampering — all in a value-for-money set that comes with 5 boxes of Farm To Face Power-Activated Masks so they can get started immediately.

Other skincare tools include Nudeskin’s tie-up with Beauty Magnet, where a smart rose gold design snaps four tools — a rose quartz face roller, de-puffing eye roller, comedone extractor, and precision tweezer — together at the base to keep them neat and portable. ést.lab’s holiday kit, on the hand, includes their OptimaLift A+ Intelligent Eye Revitaliser, an eye essence and a contour mask, together with an ést.lab x Drea Furoshiki Cloth Wrap designed by local blogger Andrea Chong.

For the Dyson Supersonic, it needs little introduction since the high-tech hairdryer is probably on every girl’s wishlist; the Prussian Blue/Rich Copper holiday exclusive is just the latest limited-edition colourway, in case your loved one isn’t that into its original fuschia colour.

L – R — ghd  platinum+ Limited Edition Styler Gift Set, $425 | Braun Silk-Expert Pro 5 IPL Hair Remover PL5124, $699 | Dr. Dennis Gross Limited Edition DRx SpectraLite FaceWare Pro, $709 | Skin Inc Bling It On, $298.

From bombshell curls to gloriously straight hairstyles, the ghd platinum+ SMART styler is a formidable tool equipped with ultra-zone technology, which predicts the needs of your hair so you’ll get flawless results every time; the limited-edition set presents the device in a luxe pewter tone and emerald velvet touch vanity case that’d please you every time you look at it.

A full beauty experience also means smooth skin all over, which comes easier with Braun’s Silk-Expert Pro 5, their latest at-home permanent hair reduction IPL device, that’s clinically-tested and FDA-cleared so we get to enjoy a safe, quick and painless process without heading to the salon. For one, a unique SensoAdapt™ skin tone sensor makes this the only IPL technology capable of “expertly reading one’s skin tone to continuously and automatically adapt the light intensity during the treatment”.

Then, there are the at-home facial devices that put Christmas lights to shame. Dr. Dennis Gross introduces an LED skincare mask that combines 100 lights in red mode and 62 in blue mode, which work together to smooth wrinkles, diminish pigmentation, and clear acne, designed to be hands-free so it sits flush on your face. Skin Inc’s Bling It On set targets the undereye area with a collagen serum and their Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light™ Glasses, which revive tired eyes while reducing and minimising dark circles, eye bags, and wrinkles.

L – R — OSIM uScalp Handheld Massager, $179 | Dear Dahlia Marble Multi Blender & Stand Set, $33 | Tangle Teezer Compact Styler, $35 | Mount Lai The Jade Trio Balancing Facial Set, $140.

Part of OSIM’s beauty series, the uScalp 2 is a waterproof scalp massager that offers a Flexi-Grip massage motion that massages and cleanses the scalp. Whoever you give this too can even bring this into their shower so they enjoy a de-stressing massage that replicates the ones we love at hair salons. Once they’re done with a thorough cleanse, there’s the ever-reliable Tangle Teezer hairbrush that helps to detangle hair with its soft teeth, so they’ll never worry about breaking any precious hair strands along the way.

While we’re imagining a night routine here, consider Mount Lai’s generous trio of skincare tools too. Meant to pair with a serum or facial oil so they can be better absorbed, the jade tools include a gua sha that lifts and contours the face, as well as two never-been-released products of a dual-ended face roller to energise and de-puff the skin and a spherical mini jade roller that provides a more targeted massage. Makeup lovers will also love Dear Dahlia’s multi-blender sponge, as this marble-toned beauty comes with a special rose gold stand.

L – R — Zoeva Together We Celebrate Brush Set, $159 | Beautyblender Sweet Treats Set, $78 | Sephora Collection Holiday Vibes Face & Eye Mini Brush Set, $30 | ZenyumFresh™ New Smile Ritual, $157.

A vault of makeup brushes? Don’t mind if we add this to our cart — as a gift to ourselves. We’re on to makeup tools, and this set of 12 vegan brushes is exactly what any discerning makeup artist-to-be needs in their kit, of face, eyes, and brow brushes in a limited-edition design of rose gold ferrules and berry red brush handles. If you’re more inclined towards a budget-friendly set, or travel-sized designs that can be efficiently stowed away, Sephora Collection‘s trio of a powder brush, foundation brush and eyeshadow brush makes a great gift too since it does come with its own handy pouch.

Then, a most flawless complexion is easier to come by with this limited-edition 5-piece set, that includes two Beautyblenders, one in a special tiramisu hue, and the other, the original pink. A vegan cleanser, silicone scrub mat, and stand completes the set, that’s housed in just about the cutest ice-cream pint design.

Lastly, we certainly don’t want to forget about our pearly whites. Keep your teeth clean and in check with an entire ‘Smile Ritual’ by ZenyumFresh™, which includes the ZenyumSonic Toothbrush, day and night toothpastes each formulated with a specific purpose depending on the time of the day, dental floss, and their Breath Shield Mouthwash so your breath will always smell minty-fresh, even after a full day of face mask-wearing.