Game-Changing Beauty Tools


There’s been a couple of ‘ah-ha’ moments in my life that have stuck out to me. One was when I was around 15 and I realised that trying to dress the same as my shorter, petite older sister probably wasn’t the most flattering choice for me. With beauty tools I’ve had ‘ah-ha’ moments after coming across a little gem that’s really changed the way I apply my makeup. Okay, so maybe they were more like “Oh, so that’s what I should’ve been doing” moments…but still, you get the drift!

Here are the game-changers in question:

Beauty Blender (Original): Unlike when I used to use brushes to apply my foundation the beauty blender never leaves me with any streaky foundation lines, it just blends everything together in a really natural way. You use this sponge damp but it actually doesn’t absorb any of your foundation either, it just adds a little extra moisture to the skin which keeps things looking natural and is much appreciated by me (especially in the dead of winter). It’s basically a magic little pink sponge. Please Beauty Blender Gods, never stop making this. 


Sigma E40 Blending Brush: This is like the Tim Gunn of makeup brushes because no matter what combo of shadows I put on my eyes, blending out with this brush just makes it work. I use this as the final step when I’m doing my eyeshadow to soften any harsh lines and blend everything together. I can’t tell you how many times this brush has saved me from racoon-eye moments when I’ve gotten a little over-excited with a super pigmented shadow…


Shiseido Eyelash Curler: These have really upped my lash game. They fit the width of my lashes perfectly and there’s never any uncomfortable ‘pinching’ feeling when you use them. Obviously pairing this curler with a good mascara gives the best results, but I used to have stick straight lashes and after using this consistently for a few years my lashes now just naturally have a bit of a curl to them- that’s a pretty big deal to me.
MAC 242 Brush: This is technically classed as an eyeshadow brush and honestly it was only after I did a little experimenting that I realised it’s actually perfect for concealer. The bristles are dense enough to hold creamy products but firm enough to lightly spread your concealer wherever you need it, without things getting cakey. The size of the brush head isn’t too bulky or too small which means this is especially perfect for covering up any spots or post-acne marks as well.

Sigma F35 Tapered Brush: Let’s be honest I actually own three of these (not kidding) because this is my holy grail brush when it comes to highlighting. The bristles are very soft and the brush itself is tapered in a way that perfectly suits the cheekbone area, right where you want your highlight to be. It’s also dense but not too dense, so you don’t end up accidentally packing on too much product. If you’re looking for a brush to highlight with, this is it.

Do you have any game-changing beauty tools?


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153 responses to “Game-Changing Beauty Tools”

  1. Great post Hun, I love the Sigma E40 I don't know what I did without it haha. The beauty blender is another fave of mine but I also love the RT blending sponge. A good eye lash curler is a must as well it really makes a bit difference.

    Nicole xx |

    • Looks like we have a few of the same favourites, though I've never tried that RT blending sponge. I'd love to know how it compares up against the beauty blender!

  2. Mercy F says:

    This is a very informative beauty post. I've heard rave reviews about Shiseido curler and beauty blender but didn't pay attention. Then I see this post, I think it's time to go to Sephora and look for them. Thank you!

    • I'm really happy you enjoyed this post Mercy. I felt the same way about the beauty blender, but it's actually one of those products that's highly talked about and worth it!

  3. nueyork says:

    The Sigma E40 is such a throwback! I own this and still use it almost everyday.

  4. Ariana says:

    I can not live without my beauty blender! I really need to pick up the Mac 242 especially now that you've mentioned it can be perfect to apply concealer too!

  5. I just bought my first Sigma brush and I am obsessed. I will 100% be purchasing more brushes!!

    Mel |

  6. How flippin' incredible is the E40?! Pretty much the most life-changing eye brush of all! The Shiseido curlers sound really great – I've been using Keyvn Aucoin ones are a while now and have really liked their fit on my eye shape! And of course, the BeautyBlender is incredible, every time I use it I'm like wow ok my foundation looks ten times better? hahah

    Ash / The Beauty Collection

  7. Unfortunately I don't have any game changer tools to share (that's why I follow you! haha) but omg, I've been wanting to try that egg beauty blender and see it at the checkout counter every time I stop by Sephora. Always wondered how it was!

  8. I've never used these brushes, but they're definitely good to keep in mind next time I need new brushes! I love the Shiseido curler though. So good!


  9. Amelia Grace says:

    I have been looking at buying a beauty blender for sooo long! May just have to jump on the train and do it!!! Lovely blog post, really enjoyed it.

    Amelia |

  10. Fa nny says:

    I've yet to try the original Beauty Blender and I honestly keep wondering if I need it yet, from what you said, it seems to truly worth the try!

  11. Anika H says:

    I really need to get back into beauty blenders, they seem like life-savers!

    Anika |

  12. Great post!
    Mademoiselle Coconath

  13. Loving these products!!! I haven't tried the actual beauty blender yet but there's good alternatives out there! Got to love your brush collection too – all so lovely!!!

    Hope you're well hun!! 🙂

    Layla xx

  14. Natalie Y says:

    I need to upgrade my eyelash curler and I have heard nothing but good things of the Shishedo one. I wasn't a fan of the Real Techniques' beauty blender and decided to give the original Beauty Blender a go and love it! 🙂
    Yours Truly, NY

    • That's really interesting. I've heard a couple of people say the RT sponge is comparable to the beauty blender but I'm perfectly happy with the original so I think I'll stick to using that 🙂

  15. I have never tried Beauty Blender because I can't see myself paying that much for a sponge but I am starting to feel a little left out. I plan to pick up the RT one just to see if I like using sponge and if I do then I will invest in BB. I am currently using Shu Uemura eyelash curler, I like it but I am curious about the Shiseido one as many seems to love it.

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

    • Funny because I'm curious about the Shu Uemura lash curler! I used to feel the exact same way about the beauty blender as well, I just couldn't see how a little pink sponge could really be worth that amount of money. I have to say though I am a complete convert, now I truly can't imagine doing my foundation without it.

  16. I used Beauty Blender at my friend's place and was totally smitten by the way it blended my foundation. I am in pursuit of one and will surely buy soon. I have always heard a lot about Sigma brushes and would love to get some. As for the eyelash curler, I have used one in my whole life and the thought of it terrifies me a lot, hehehe! But my mum says there is nothing to fear. I will buy that too someday. Thanks for this wonderful post. 🙂

    Chaste & Beautiful

  17. I just use a basic foundation pad and this beauty blender looks like something that would work so much better! Thanks for sharing =o)

    • I used to just use these really inexpensive little makeup sponges to apply my foundation as well but the beauty blender is about a million times better! Okay, so maybe that's a slight exaggeration 😉

  18. Adaleta says:

    You've definitely mentioned a few of the best goodies on the market, that's for sure! My favorite is the beauty blender xx

  19. I love beauty blender sponge they are just so awesome to create a perfect make up look.

  20. Love this post hun, the beauty blender literally changed the way I do my makeup, it looks so so much better and I'm not sure what I did before it!


  21. Carissa Inez says:

    Perhaps the MAC 217 Brush but definitely i should try the E40!!!

  22. veebz boo says:

    Thank you for introducing me to all of these amazing sounding brushes – I haven't tried one lol! I really want to get myself some Sigma brushes though, as all I hear is positive reviews. But one thing I have tried and love is my beauty blender. I agree, it leaves your make-up streak-free and also as natural or as full coverage as you want.:) – My Full Coverage Foundation Routine

  23. Victoria Ann says:

    Love this post! I love my beauty blender so much!

    Victoria Ann xx

  24. Great post! I really need to invest in more brushes so I'll definitely consider these. I've heard lots about the MAC 242 x

  25. That sigma F35 brush looks like something I'd straight up love, i'm still yet to find my holy grail highlighting brush.

  26. I love, love, love beauty blenders! I have like three of them. 🙂

  27. I think it's time to invest in a sigma brush or two, I've wanted to for ages
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  28. Charlotte says:

    You have three of those f35s, want to share?!
    Charlotte //

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  30. The beauty blender and eye lash curler are without a doubt my really must-have! The beauty blender is truly one of a kind, those dupes cannot compare! It makes everything look flawless. I also LOVE the real techniques Blush brush, I have one for blush and one for bronzer!

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  31. Bash Harry says:

    A beauty blender is such a game changer! I LOVE it so much to blend in my foundation seamlessly. Also, I actually have Sigma E40! Two of them, hahaha! It does wonders to your eye game, blending so beautifully! I love it <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  32. the beauty blender changed my life. i was so unsure about a 20€ sponge but there is nothing better. i can not go a day without it.

  33. That's an interesting theme about beauty tools, thank you for post!

  34. Shiseido Eyelash Curler is wishlist for next month :). have heard so many good reviews on it too.

    – Lily Widjaja
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  35. Jenny says:

    I wouldn't be without my eyelash curlers and use them every day 🙂 I haven't got around to trying the beauty sponges properly but not sure if I enjoyed using them and normally stick to buffer or stippling brushes for my foundation x

    Jenny | Krystel Couture + House of Fraser Giveaway

    • If you ever feel like it I'd say give the beauty blender a go, I know there are a lot of beauty sponges out there but I say if you're going to start out with one- start with the best!

  36. Clare says:

    I love the beauty blender too! That and my Mac 217 brush!

  37. I suppose the E40 is almost like the MAC 224 right? If that's the case, I also love to give the final touch to my makeup with my 224, all that fluffiness really finishes the look! I haven't tried the original Beauty Blender but I'm quite pleased with my Real Techniques sponge, I really want to try the black BB it looks so chic 😉

    | |

    • You're spot on, the e40 is basically Sigma's version of the 224 from Mac 🙂

      I think I want to try the black beauty blender as well, though I feel like it'll be a lot harder to clean…

  38. Grace says:

    I really need to try a Beauty Blender! I've tried similar sponges but I just haven't got on with them, but I think it's worth trying the real thing! My ultimate game-changing beauty tools have to be the Real Techniques brushes, they are such great quality and reasonably priced too.

    Grace | eat, write + explore x

    • Go for the real thing! Then if you don't like the beauty blender you'll know you really don't like sponges to apply your makeup.

      I'd love to try a few more brushes from RT myself, their bold metals collection is gorgeous!

  39. I really need to get these tools honestly, especially the beauty blender! I'm a bit scared to use the eyelash curler though, afraid I might not have any eyelashes at all after using it! LOL :)<3

    • They can be a bit intimidating, especially at first. Maybe try them out and just don't clamp down too hard with the curlers, that way it hopefully won't be as scary!

  40. Phoebe says:

    I like the new way you presented your photo, it was really helpful to me to clearly see which brush was which without having to google it 🙂
    I think I may need to add some of those brushes to my shopping list, especially the tapered brush as one day I may finally add some highlighter to my cheeks! ( I have the beauty blender & the eyelash curler – both are great )

  41. I put off getting the BeautyBlender for so long, but now I have it I absolutely love it! It really does give such a flawless finish, my only gripe is that I keep forgetting to dampen it before using it! I also really want to try those eyelash curlers now, they sound fab 🙂
    Brigitte x |

  42. Beckie says:

    The beauty blender for me is an absolute game changer! It makes my foundation set and last for so much longer!

  43. I have become obsessed with using eyelash curlers this year, they really do work wonders and making lashes look longer. I also love the beauty blender and I have the mini beauty blenders which are perfect for concealing. 😀


  44. Beauty blender, yes! I almost never use foundation brushes ever since I got my first beauty blender years ago.

    Thirteen Thoughts

  45. Gabrielle says:

    Beauty blenders certainly seemed to have upped everyone's beauty game! I really want to start using one, but I'm worried about aggravating my skin by possibly spreading bacteria – sitting on the fence at the moment (aka. being a total chicken haha)! Have you had any problems at all on that front? Brilliant selection of makeup brushes, by the way 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice | Twitter | Instagram x

    • My skin is pretty break-out prone but I haven't had any issues! I wash mine after every use and then once a week I give it a really good cleaning, I think that routine keeps it nice and clean 🙂

      Plus when you think about it, foundation brushes get just as dirty!

  46. Georgia Rose says:

    Beauty blenders deffo upped my beauty game!! & I couldnt imagine not having my eyelash curlers! Great post!

    Georgia Rose X

  47. Kristine B. says:

    Wonderful blog! I love and i follow your blog, please follow me too

  48. Oh how funny I'm just writing a post like this. I couldn't live without my beauty blender either 😀

    Sarah | More Than Adored

  49. CARLY says:

    I literally have NO eyelashes curlers and I need some in my life! These look like they sit the bill so I will have to check them out.

    Carly @

  50. I've been needing a new eyelash curler! The Shiseido one sounds amazing x


  51. Vanesa says:

    I have to agree with the Beauty Blender–game-changer indeed. I've yet to pick up a MAC 242… I just could never understand how a flat synthetic brush could be any good–but now I'm encouraged to check it out!

    Vanesa | The Beauty Anecdote

    • I was the same, in fact when I first bought the 242 I wanted to return it right away! The MAC shop assistant convinced me I should try it out and now I'm so glad I did.

  52. Adele Miner says:

    Definitely agree, I couldn't live without my eyelash curlers! I think your blog is lovely too, let me know if you would like to follow each other! x

  53. Tiffany Legg says:

    Beauty Blender is the best tool I ever bought. I've tried cheaper ones, but they just dont compare.

    Tiffany Tales – A British Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

  54. Awesome post. I love my beauty blender but I need to try other beauty tools that are on this list. 🙂

  55. louise says:

    I have a Beauty Blender but I can never really get the hang of it. When I try and use it damp to apply my foundation I feel like it is just taking it off my face rather than applying it! x
    Louise |

    • What I do is I run it under water to dampen it and then I sort of squeeze it onto a dry towel to take off the excess water, that way it doesn't mess up my foundation at all or interfere. Maybe give that a try?

  56. Alyspace says:

    Why have I still not tried a real beauty blender???! I feel so out of the loop, I need to invest. Great post!

    Alexandra /

  57. Fionna says:

    i actually use a beautyblender dupe that i got from h&m beauty. it does the job but i really want to try the real deal. i wanna know and feel the hype! might try it out very soon x

  58. My beauty blender is definitely my favorite tool!!

    Kierra | Lavishingg

  59. Seyra Rico says:

    Woah on that tapered brush!

    – Seyra x

  60. Katie says:

    I've still not tried a beauty blender but I really need to! I feel so behind!
    Katie | Words By Katie

  61. kerstinix says:

    I don't really like the beauty blender but maybe I'm just too dumb to use it, who knows 😀 The lash curler is a game changer for sure though! I use it everyday and my face looks absolutely transformed after only this quick step!

    Love, Kerstin

  62. Ana Matres says:

    Great post! I definitely need to get my hands on the Sigma E40 blending brush! I love my RT powder brush to apply bronzer, it gives such a natural bronze to the skin!

    Many kisses,

  63. DiagonSally says:

    Yes to an eyelash curler, I don't even remember what I did before I discovered those. I can't live without mine now! I really want to give the Sigma blending brush a try, I only have 3 and a half make up brushes LOL – I need to pick up my game!

    Sally – DiagonSally

  64. My beauty blender, hands down. And lately I am loving the RT buffing brush, to buff anything in, bei it powder, contour or highlight.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

  65. I really need to get a beauty blender, I'm really sick of the streaky lines due to brush. Great post!
    Nazlıgül | on my own way

  66. Alice Red says:

    One of these days I'm just going to have to try out the beauty blender, it sounds amazing! And the eyelash curlers are just my cup of tea, too. Both of them are going on the shopping list!

  67. Leanne Page says:

    I just ordered the Beauty Blender the other day, I'm so excited to get it! For me it has to be the Real Techniques buffing brush, I've found nothing that applies my base as well as this does! xx

    LPage Beauty

  68. I just recently got beauty blender and have to say it is a game changer! Lovely post! xx

  69. I am obsessed with Sigma!

    Dakota D.

  70. Jessi Malay says:

    Gotta have that beauty blender!

    XO, Jessi

  71. I love the Sigma F35 – it's just my perfect highlighter brush! I own a couple too haha xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

  72. Jenny D. says:

    Sigma e40 and the beauty blender are two of my must haves too!!

  73. Beauty Blender is the best makeup sponge I've ever used! None of them is a dupe for it. Sigma F35 is my go to brush, I'm setting my under eye and eyeshadow primer, highlighting my cheekbone with that magical brush and Sigma F40 is my favorite brush, too. xx
    Elif |

  74. Caring for the skin around the eyes is a delicate process. Because it is thinner, it not only tends to be the first place to show signs of aging, but also is more sensitive than the rest of the skin.

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