The world before Amazon.com literally does not make sense to me. How did we feel joy before the ability to click a button and have three books, a jar of MCT oil, a digital camera, and a selfie stick show up on our front step 48 hours later? (Speaking of, take a revealing glimpse inside Byrdie editors' actual Amazon carts.)
As beauty lovers, one of our favorite things to shop for online is intriguing beauty gadgets. If you've ever found yourself on that side of Amazon, you know there are dozens, ranging from the practical to the wacky (a "nose lifter and shaper," anyone?).
We're all for descending into an Amazon black hole, but if you're interested in the more utilitarian side of the site's beauty devices, look to this list. We've rounded up 15 tried-and-true beauty gadgets, from beauty spatulas to ice rollers, which might sound a little exotic at first, but that editors and Amazon reviewers promise are actually extremely useful.
Ready to experience the glory of Amazon's beauty gadget selection? Keep scrolling for our top product picks!
Whether you compulsively clean your makeup brushes or are trying to be better about that, this adorable mini washboard deserves a place in your medicine cabinet. The product sits on two of your fingers, like a puppet. Pop it on, then apply some gentle cleanser ($13) or brush cleaner ($16) to your brushes, and get scrubbing. The washboard polishes the bristles better than your fingers can; plus it leaves your hands wrinkle-free when you're finished. (Just bear in mind that the scrubber is teensy, so it works best with eye makeup and smaller face brushes.)
An ice roller, you ask? Associate editor Victoria swears by this energizing little device, which works to de-puff and revitalize sleepy skin. "Facialist Kerry Benjamin used this on me, and I was like I want this," Victoria told me. And there it was, available on Amazon. Victoria keeps in the freezer and runs it across her face in the mornings to refresh her skin and minimize under-eye bags.
There are few skincare procedures more satisfying than getting your clogged blackheads extracted (it hurts so good, amirite?). Thanks to this best-selling Amazon kit, you can play mad scientist at home, using its stainless steel tools to remove blackheads, blemishes, and ingrown hairs. But be forewarned: Going into your DIY extractions blind can lead to infection, so make sure to read the included instructions carefully. We also recommend perusing this guide to safely popping your pimples at home!
ICYMI, shaving your face is not only an acceptable beauty habit, but it's encouraged. Estheticians and makeup artists agree that it nixes peach fuzz, allowing for seamless foundation application. Plus, it removes dead surface cells, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts. We all have hair around our chin, above our top lip, and between our eyebrows, but with these handy little razors, we can safely remove it if we want to.
Heating your lashes as you curl them is a foolproof beauty hack for getting stick-straight lashes to hold a curl all day. Admittedly, wielding a hot comb near your eyeball sounds ill-advised, but we personally put this Japonesque curler to the test and can promise it's both safe and super effective for giving you curled, separated lashes.
If you're on the dry-brushing train, you could peruse Amazon's dry-brush selection for literally hours. But to save some time, look to this pick, with which Amazon reviewers are particularly smitten. What's nice is that product features rounded nodules that massage the skin as you brush. Reviewers say it works for everything from deep exfoliation to treatment of cellulite and stretch marks.
If you're a believer in DIY hair removal, this editor-approved epilator is your jam. "I'm all for the whole 'pain is beauty' thing, as long as I'm doing it to myself," Victoria told me. "I hate getting waxed, so I use this epilator instead. It's old school, but it works." Plus, you can nab it on Amazon for just $25. (PS: If you're new to epilators, check out her review of four different hair-removal devices.)
You know when you get down to the last few drops of a pricy serum or foundation but because of the shape of the bottle or dispenser, you can't physically access them? Ergh, there's nothing worse than a solid $4 of product wasted because you couldn't scrape it out. In these situations, turn to this convenient beauty spatula, which helps you scoop out those last precious ounces. The spatula's tip is small and rubbery in texture, so it fits in most containers and effectively grabs the leftover product. Oh, Amazon, at it again with the smart beauty tools.
You probably have a parent or overly hygienic roommate who owns one of these fancy flossing contraptions. Next time you've had one too many glasses of wine and decide to go on an Amazon binge, do your teeth a favor and add this to your cart. Using a Waterpik leaves your teeth feeling so much cleaner than manual flossing, and you'll never want to go back. Plus, the price of this thing on Amazon is significantly lower than it is anywhere else.
I think we can all agree that cleaning out a hairbrush, even our own, is just plain gross. Luckily, the clever folks at Philip B understand the struggle and have invented this (somewhat wacky-looking) hairbrush cleaner to help us out. The rake-like shape aims to comb through the bristles, helping to clear out hair, product buildup, and debris. (Amazon reviewers agree that the tool doesn't clear out every last strand of hair, so try soaking your brush in this DIY mixture afterward for best results.)
Almost 1500 Amazon reviewers are into this minimalistic organizer, which is easy to put together, rotates 360 degrees, and holds a truly shocking amount of product (30 makeup brushes, plus 20 bottles of skincare or makeup, to be exact).
Amazon users say all it takes to cure dandruff, psoriasis, poor hair growth, and other scalp issues is this unwittingly miracle-working $5 brush. "I cannot believe I'd never heard of these things before blindly stumbling upon them!" one reviewer wrote. "I have had dandruff since my teens, and used all sorts of shampoos, finally settling on T-Gel generic shampoo from Target. And while it cut down the amount of flakes and itching, it never really went away. After just one use with this brush, my itching became almost nonexistent, and I had no dandruff coming off."
The benefits of facial massage are manifold: It improves circulation, boosts the effectiveness of your skincare products, and literally contours the face muscles to look tighter, firmer, and more lifted. You can do it with your hands or you can shell out a mere 10 bucks and use this fancy gadget, which kind of looks like a sex toy but is definitely probably for your face (we think).
Rough, calloused feet are a bummer, but after $35 and 48 hours (for shipping, that is), this handy kit will help you out. The rolling file effectively buffs away hard skin, leaving your feet decent for public visibility. The ideal addition to your at-home pedicure ritual.
This flashy facial massage roller is a total knockoff of Nurse Jamie's Uplift Tool ($69), but Amazon users still seem to like it. "This radiance roller is incredible!" one of them writes in her review. "I have to say that I was skeptical at first. Everyone raves about the Nurse Jamie roller and I was dying to try it. … But I thought the roller was too strange and possibly gimmicky, so I thought maybe I'd try a cheaper one just to see what all the buzz was about. Let me tell ya, I love it! I was rolling it all over my face and neck for a while watching TV for probably an hour, and then my husband cracked a joke and I started laughing, but I realized my face wouldn't move! This thing is better than Botox I swear! I absolutely couldn't believe it! No need to spend any more money, as this one is perfect."
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This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.