5 beauty gadgets you need now

This month on CTV Tech Talk we looked at Beauty Gadgets.

tech-talk-octoberDyson Supersonic hair dryer

img_6012The hype around this beauty gadget has been phenomenal.  Dyson, best known for its bagless, superstrong vacuums and bladeless fans, has taken its years of technology and knowledge and made it fit in the palm of your hand.

The Dyson supersonic hair dryer is definitely the priciest of hair dryers ($499CAD), but I can attest that it dries hair significantly faster than a traditional drug store dryer.

Click here to read the full review and watch video of the testing I did on the Dyson Supersonic dryer.

Clarisonic Smart Profile and Mia Fit ultrasonic brushes

Clarisonic makes face and body brushes that use ultrasonic waves to lift dirt and impurities from the skin, supposedly resulting in a much deeper clean, and healthier skin. While some cleansing brushes use a spinning head to scrub the skin, Clarisoninc’s devices use what they say is patented technology.img_5702

“Unlike spinning devices, our patented sonic technology works with skin’s natural elasticity, oscillating at a sonic frequency that produces over 300 movements per second. The resulting flexing action created between the outer and inner brushes work to loosen dirt and oil, removing deep-seated impurities from pores and priming skin to better absorb topical treatments.”

The brushes have replaceable brush heads, and the key difference between the Mia Fit and the Smart Profile are that the Fit is smaller, more compact and portable, and made only for the face, while the Smart Profile has face or body applications, and had a handle.

Read the full review and see video of the testing for the Clarisonic Smart Profile.

Foreo Luna ultrasonic face brush and Issa ultrasonic toothbrush

The Foreo Luna is a skin cleansing device, designed to use ultrasonic waves to help clean your skin more thoroughly.img_9973

There are different styles of Luna from very smooth to a more obvious silicone bristle. I tested two models — a white one with no visible bristles on it (it’s simply a smooth silicone device, that looks somewhat like a bar of soap, with fine ridges on it), and a pink one with subtle silicone nubs.

Foreo says the Luna with its “unique combination of  T-sonic pulsations  with silicone touch points will gently exfoliate dead skin cells and unclog pores of make up residue as well as 99.5% of dirt and oil, enhancing the absorption of your other skin care products”.

It also makes claims that using this device will reduce the signs of aging, by offering “lower frequency pulsations that when applied to wrinkle prone areas reduces the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles”, and makes skin look firmer.

The Issa toothbrush

Foreo says “the combination of sonic pulse technology with a unique silicone design cleans and whitens teeth like never before”.  The company says its toothbrush brushes teeth effectively, but gently. I can definitely attest to that. Using this toothbrush is a very unique experience.

All my life, I have been used to using plastic bristled toothbrush is, and more recently plastic bristled toothbrush is with electric or battery powered technology. The feeling of this brush is completely different. It feels very gentle and more like you are merely rubbing a finger around your mouth. There is absolutely no sensation of bristles or brushing or, scratching, if you will.  The sensation of this brush is really just soft and edgeless. While that’s a significant difference and a nice touch, I didn’t really feel like it was getting into the nooks and crannies of my teeth and cleaning them. I did feel like the brush was definitely polishing the flatter surfaces of my teeth, but in terms of a feeling of overall clean in my mouth, I didn’t have that with this brush.  It’s worth pointing out that the is a hybrid brush has slightly different bristles.

Click to read the full reviews of both the Issa and the Luna.

Tria hair removal laserimg_6128

If you’ve ever had professional laser hair removal, you know it can be painful and take many visits to the clinic to get the results you want.  With the Tria hair removal laser, you can take care of business right at home.

The laser takes a bit more time to get similar to pro-clinic results, but at the same time it’s a lot less expensive.  The Tria hurts a lot less too. You need to be more diligent in using the Tria to make sure you’re getting every follicle but over time it can be very effective. It’s also great for people who are a bit shy about stripping down in a stranger’s office.

The Tria laser sells for $515CAD on Sephora’s website.

Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter or Instagram @ErinLYYC. Like my Facebook page too for quick tech and gadget updates between Tech talk TV segments!

Get a preview of all the gadgets coming to the blog and my YouTube channel here

Related posts: