Beauty Gadgets

Changing the face of skincare and makeup application

We rely on technology to keep businesses running, provide entertainment via games and Internet, as well as compensate for the limitations of the human

brain. It was just a matter of time before technology also could help make us look more beautiful.

Here are some new tools designed to bring your vanity table one step closer to a professional salon or esthetician’s office.


Similar to the sonic toothbrush, the Clarisonic Cleansing System boosts the power of the brush with a patented sonic frequency to clean, soften and smooth your skin.

Used for just one minute as part of your skincare regimen, the Clarisonic micro-massage action has been shown to remove six times as much makeup as manual cleansing.

The brush exfoliates to reduce dry skin patches so that your skin is able to absorb skincare serums better, enhancing the efficacy of any other products you’re using. The Clarisonic works so well, it’s been adopted by many salons and spas as part of facial treatments.

It’s available in a full-size edition that comes with a body-buffing brush for rough patches on elbows and heels, and a compact size that’s made for easy packing for women on the go.

Look for Clarisonic at Sephora and Nordstrom.

Tanda Professional skincare system

Light therapy has been successfully used in spas and clinics all over the world for more than 35 years, and it has rapidly become an acne and skin rejuvenation treatment of choice by skincare professionals.

Tanda is now bringing the power of light into the home for those who want privacy in addressing mild to moderate acne and skin rejuvenation needs.

The Tanda Professional Skincare System is powered by LiteCare Technology, utilizing LED (light-emitting diodes), microprocessor control and proprietary optics to deliver clinical levels of light in a safe and effective way. It does not use UV light, and it is not a laser.

Interchangeable treatment heads allow for specific skin treatment options. Tanda Regenerate uses red LED light that has been shown to rejuvenate skin, diminishing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by increasing collagen production. Tanda Clear uses blue LED light, which has been proven to kill P. acnes bacteria, helping to heal existing blemishes and preventing further outbreaks.

The complete system includes botanically based topicals designed to be free of light-reflecting properties that can interfere with the treatments.

Note that Tanda is not recommended for severe nodular acne and cystic acne. It is recommended that users check with a physician about his or her condition before using the product, which can be found at Sephora.


Airbrush makeup seems like a process best left to makeup professionals, but Temptu, a leader in high-performance makeup products for film, television and fashion, recently launched its consumer-friendly line at Sephora, including the Temptu AIRbrush Makeup System and AIR pod makeup for home use.

The system was created for the rise of the “prosumer,” women who want the high-performance tools used by professionals. The desire coincides with digital camera and HDTV advances that mean one’s image can be captured anytime one sets foot outdoors, making perfection at all times imperative.

The self-application system was devised for ease of use, with disposable pods containing measured amounts of foundation, blush and highlight formulas that result in a smooth, flawless complexion.

The formulas are made of cosmetic-grade silicone for long-wearing and flawless coverage, and feature ingredients such as olive oil, vitamin C and marine derivatives for all-day moisturizing and skin nourishment.

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