As the editor in chief of ishonest, I test approximately 1.7 kajillion beauty products per year. So, when there’s a new fragrance, a vitamin C serum, highlighter palette, or a bottle of dry shampoo that makes its way onto my vanity, it means something.
Welcome to Michelle's Most Wanted, a monthly column dedicated to everything I'm obsessed with at the moment. Depending on the day, this could be a vintage travel photograph, a standout runway look, an evocative scent, or even just a mood. I'm forever on the hunt for new favorites — as my poor husband knows from the overflowing storage bins in our home — so keep an eye on this space for the latest hodgepodge of miscellaneous beauty discoveries that end up as empties along my bathroom counter.
This month, we're tackling the beauty tools that I've been using religiously while going to the spa or salon isn't a feasible option for me. Many of them cost a pretty penny, but the benefits they provide (i.e. lymphatic drainage and LED chromotherapy) are game-changing and well worth it. Want facial-like results? Try using an ergonomic device to push nanocurrents into your skin for a revitalizing treatment that'll help lift and tone your face. Miss getting blowouts? Run a temperature-regulating hot brush through your hair for celeb- worthy volume. You'll feel as if you're in the hands of a professional — but surprise, it's just you.
Be sure to check back each month for our editor in chief's next batch of favorites, or look back through the Michelle's Most Wanted archives to get more ishonest-approved product recommendations right now.
Skin Inc Supplement Bar Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light++
This Skin Inc Supplement Bar Optimizer Voyage Tri-light++ device has five LED colors that provide low-frequency stimulation and a variety of skin-care benefits. According to Daniel Belkin, a board-certified dermatologist at the Laser & Skin Surgery Center of New York, blue light can alter the microbiome of the skin to improve acne, while red light promotes collagen production, and yellow light reduces redness. After applying a water-based serum or mask, massage the device gently onto the skin in circular motions for up to 10 minutes in the a.m. and p.m.
A 2018 ishonest Best of Beauty Award winner, this mouse-ish Ziip Gx gizmo pushes microcurrents and nanocurrents into the skin to lift, tone, and signal to your cells to heal. Apply the Golden Conductive Gel beforehand, which enables the safe and effective transfer of electrical current, and then gently glide the device across your face for an energizing facial. No, really, it comes pre- programmed with the "Energize" setting — but you can connect to the supporting Ziip app for different modes, including an intensive 12-minute routine.
GHD Rise Hot Brush
The high-tech, newly launched GHD Rise Hot Brush easily adds major volume at the roots for Gigi Hadid-like body all over. It's constructed with a 1.25-inch barrel, smooth nylon bristles, and maintains an optimal 365-degrees Fahrenheit by monitoring the barrel's temperature a whopping 250 times per second.
Joanna Vargas Magic Glow Wand
When paired with a barrier product (i.e. a face mask, sheet mask, or serum), the four settings (hot and cool, each alone or with massage) on Joanna Vargas' handheld Magic Glow Wand mimic one of Vargas’s famous facials, performing lymphatic drainage, depuffing, and firming skin.
Esker Body Plane
Inspired by ancient bathhouse tools, this gua sha-like Esker Body Plane is made from teak and colloidal silver. Apply an Esker body oil right after you finish taking a shower or bath, and while your skin is damp and softened, glide the tool with long, upwards strokes to gently scrape away dead cells and dirt. It sounds gross but is oddly satisfying.
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