to pamper / {essentials} eyelash curler and conditioner

Many years ago, I quit the highly acclaimed Shu Uemura eyelash curler for the Shiseido eyelash curler. The Shu was simply not giving me the curl I needed and since they don’t sell replacement pads (because they say the metal warps over time), it was becoming costly at $20/curler with only one replacement pad. The Shiseido curler is $19 with one replacement pad. Replacement pads are $6/each. The Shiseido curler curled my lashes much better. I think I compared the two curlers side by side once and the curvature was slightly different. Shiseido also had a looser grip.

The Shiseido curler can be found at Sephora, Macy’s, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Net-A-Porter. I recommend purchasing online from Nordstrom since shipping is free and great return policy. The Shu Uemura curler has become more difficult to find since Shu Uemura is only available online in the US now.

There are a few eyelash curlers on the market. Everyone’s eye shape is different. You should find the right one for your eyes. Don’t settle!

Note: In Asia, Shiseido eyelash curlers are sold in drugstores as well as department stores. I’m not sure what the difference is. My experience is based solely on the American eyelash curler (which is gunmetal colored).

Now on to my shameful secret. I curl my eyelashes before I apply mascara and after I apply mascara. The latter is supposed to be a big no-no like brushing your hair while wet, but I can’t help it. I love the results. I lost a few lashes because of this and am diligently growing them back.

I’ve been using the Talika Lipocils on and off for many years. It works great as a lash conditioner. It is not dangerous like Latisse or other lash growing products with side effects. Lipocils is simply reinforcing the existing lashes so they break less easily. The applicator is a mascara wand with a sponge tip for the Expert and a mascara wand for the Eyelash. I used to use the latter but switched to the Expert when I found a great sale but it is more expensive. The sponge tip is helpful for more precise application (e.g. lashline or brows). I apply Lipocils to my eyelashes and lashline as a part of my bedtime routine. The tubes last pretty long. Whether you regularly use falsies or want stronger lashes, I highly recommend this product. My lashes looked much lusher and impactful to curl. You will see a difference.

Find Talika at, SkincareRX, Nordstrom, and Bliss Spa. New Yorkers, they sell this at the fancier Duane Reades. Once again, I recommend purchasing from Nordstrom, but if you have other items to purchase from Bliss Spa, they currently have an awesome gift with purchase through September 9.

to pamper / {essentials} the tweezer

Once you go Swiss, you never turn back.

My first few pairs of slant tweezers were made by Tweezerman. They worked really well and were made in Switzerland. Then, the quality went down, the level of precision decreased (which, in my opinion, is the most important quality in a pair of tweezers), and it was apparent that they were no longer made in Switzerland.

I moved on to Rubis and I haven’t turned back since! I started with their red Colani tweezers, which come with a cover. I find myself replacing my tweezers every three years (per inspection of purchase history), whether it’s because I misplace or drop them. In recent years, I’ve been loyal to the Rubis 135 slant tweezers. The handle reminds me of a wedge of cheese. I actually really liked the Colani tweezers, but I don’t understand why they are now $34.95 when they were $19.95 in 2006.

If you wonder how much difference a pair of tweezers can make, see the following image which compares the sharpness of the Rubis 135 slant tweezers to the Tweezerman slant tweezers. With cheaper tweezers, I’m often grabbing for a follicle multiple times before succeeding. With Rubis, the follicle comes out in one try. Better performing tweezers cause less stress to your delicate skin. I still keep the Tweezermans around for household activites – there are certain “rough” tasks you should not use Rubis for.

I’ve found the best price for the Rubis 135 slant tweezers on Amazon coupled with free shipping from Amazon Prime for $31.50. I’m a huge fan of Amazon and its free shipping through Prime (join now for a 30 day trial). Sephora tweezers are also manufactured by Rubis, but they are pricier at $40.

I highly recommend purchasing tweezers with American Express. I recently replaced mine because I dropped them on ceramic tiles and both ends were dented, i.e. irreparable. I had them for about 2 months because I accidentally dropped them, again! With American Express Purchase Protection, which comes with most cards, they cover damages incurred within 90 days of purchase. Phew!