It’s hard to imagine life before Safari, Instagram, and Netflix: technology seems to be moving ever forward at a faster and faster pace. But even better than sharing your #tbt’s and arguably even more than binge watching OITNB — that’s the acronym for “Orange is the New Black” for those (presumably very few) of you who aren’t obsessed with this ‘flix gem — the best thing technology has given us is the ability to beautify in a fantastically futuristic way. Here, our favourite beauty-tech gadgets that are so good, you’ll wonder how anyone born before the millennium ever lived without them.
Ever wish you could diminish your cellulite while hanging out on your couch, watching TV? Thanks to a team of Harvard grad geniuses and fitness experts, now you can. Toning your tush in just 20 minutes a day, the HoneyBelle Body Buffer “applies powerful mechanical forces to targeted areas, providing a vigorous, penetrating, deep-tissue massage and exfoliation experience.”
“This Bodybuffing massage action increases blood flow and lymphatic drainage in treated areas – enhancing the body’s natural detoxification processes and shrinking swollen fatty tissues, which results in smoother-looking skin.” The treatment feels like pleasant vibrations, and you know it’s working when skin feels hot and a tiny bit itchy — that’s your fat cells shrinking! The proof of results are best shown when prancing around in your bikini, dimple-free.
Clarisonic Smart Profile, $299
Although not the newest toy, the Clarisonic face brush has reached cult status and consistently and continually changes the way people wash their faces. The Smart Profile, the most recently introduced model, offers four speeds that automatically adjust to suit your skin, and features an indicator when it’s time to recharge the device and change the brush head. As if we didn’t love our Clarisonic enough already!
KISS InstaWave, $70
Victoria’s Secret Angels’ iconic bombshell waves no longer require a trip to the salon or hours spent primping: the InstaWave gives you mega supermodel hair with the push of a button. By simply placing a section of hair in the InstaWave, the device automatically creates beautiful, tumbling waves by curling hair either to the left or right for a natural-looking effect. Super quick and a piece of cake to use, the device also delivers shine while reducing damage thanks to its infrared heat and negative ions. Is that you, Gisele?
We can’t be the only girlies who cringe during a pedicure when the razor gets busted out — there has to be a better way! No need to give up bi-weekly pampering or smooth soles thanks to Dr. Scholl’s Express Pedi Foot Smoother. Super easy to use and conveniently sized, The Express Pedi is an electronic foot-smoothing tool that removes dry and calloused skin with its micro-grain roller.
Leanne Colley, award-winning top celebrity manicurist and the founder of Tips Nail Bar, shares her, well, tips for using the device: “For deep cracks in your heels, use your Express Pedi. For a few minutes each day. Once most of the dryness is gone, use it 2-3 times per week to maintain smooth skin. Applying little pressure when using your Express Pedi will make for the softest skin and increase battery life.”
Daily shaving is really the pits — literally. When tank top season rolls around, go sleeveless and carefree thanks to the genius little device that is the Tria Hair Removal Laser Precision. Specifically designed to comfortably treat smaller and more sensitive areas like the underarms and bikini line, the slim, lightweight laser achieves permanent results in an impressive three short months. The smart device only turns on when skin tone and hair colour are detected as safe to use, and signals you with a ‘beep’ every time a zap is delivered to ensure you keep moving the device for proper treatment. Each area only needs 5-6 short minutes, and you can choose between three levels of strength for optimal results.
Beauty Blender Sponge, $19.95
Though not the most high-tech gadget on this list, hear us out: this little wonder egg has so many freaking uses, it made the cut. Apart from creating a flawless complexion (did you know it features a unique “cell structure” that when wet, mimics the size of your pores for a seamless result?), this makeup artist must-have has achieved cult status for very good reason.
Use to stipple on cream blush, highlighter, powders and foundations for an immaculate application, and take it even further by creating an enhanced smoky eye by stippling product with the inner edge of the sponge. The Beauty Blender Sponge can also be used as a nail art tool, lipstick blender, to highlight décolletages and collar bones… the list goes on forever! Upon using, you’ll immediately want to run out and stock up on six more for its incredible multi-use and always perfect results.