I learned from my dad that a toolkit is essential. Ironically, he calls me high maintenance in the (as he calls it) "personal care"department, despite the fact that my toolkit only takes up a few drawers, while his is a whole closet--and he's not even a handyman by profession. Although his may consist of nuts and bolts and mine is stocked to the brim with tubes and tubs, they do have something in common: they're both practical, and make life a little bit easier. Side note, for the purpose of the length of this post, I'll be excluding brushes, but I recently noted my favorites in my "Makeup Brush Stash."
So, back to the "personal care" arena. Although there is something that my dad and I both savor: cotton buds. Although he may only use them to clean out his ears (gross, but necessary), they're certainly fantastic for smudge clean ups and toning down eye makeup. Its sister, the cotton pad, comes in handy for toner and makeup removal situations, as well as turning the notch down on overzealous blush situations. Next to my row of cotton rounds are the small spatulas. Unfortunately, I'm not a makeup mixologist, but I use them to dig out amounts of creams and potions from pots (i.e. the bacteria breeding ground). And, P.S., they're a great thing to "buy" from beauty shops, because they're free; what a perfect "shopping while not spending money" fix. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the tools than certainly cost a stacks but they're truly worth it. And, no--this is not a sales pitch; they really do last a long time. Example? The Tweezerman Mini Slant Tweezers. I bought this pair five years ago and they're still as sharp as ever and do a perfect job at sorting my unibrow situation...if I have the patience to pluck every hair. The Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers were my mom's until
they were mine I took them from her. Nevertheless, daily use hasn't stopped them from turning my lashes into doe-eyed beauties.
Continuing with the "rather expensive" theme, the Tweezerman Pushy Cuticle Pusher and Nail Cleaner* does wonders for pushing back my ecstatically growing cuticles. I never knew that a cuticle pusher backer could be so satisfying, but the scored handle, weight, and masterful shape are just among the pros. Cuticle scissors are also a staple, mostly because they save me from painful, bloody situations.(Don't pull your hangnails off with your fingers.) And the cost-efficient price means I can stow some everywhere I go so there will be no more bloody fingers. Like these cuticle trimmers, one tool that saved my scalp was the Tangle Teezer. I didn't think it was worth its continually occurring hype, until I decided to use the Dr. Bronner's Magic Soap in my hair, and it became a miracle. I no longer use that knot-inducing shampoo, but the gliding magic is still evident. My longest standing love are bobby pins. Curvy grips, hair pins, whatever you call them--my demand for having my hair out of my face completes the fact that these are fundamental.
While my tool box may not be as industrial as my dad's, it's certainly more fitting for my needs. Although, I do need to rewire my outlet.