A blackhead suction device, under eye masks and lip crayons that don’t dry out

I promised I would mention the other stuff I bought. I got the eyelash curler and really like it. It’s ergonomic and feels great in my hand, it curls well and I like that it has so many replacement pads. It will last years if I don’t lose them. I also got the wowsun sunglasses. They are great quality and I’ll wear them all summer but I feel like they’re a little small for my face. It’s hard to pick out sunglasses without trying them on first. Also I got the Beauty Blender dupes! I have never owned those type of sponges before and they’re better than a kabuki brush at blending. I don’t know what took me so long. I still want the Maybelline Matte Ink lipstick and the bag resealers, since I ate all the Fritos yesterday. Here are some other products that Hecate and I are considering.

A blackhead removal vacuum that will suck the gunk out of your face
From CB: This USB rechargeable blackhead removal vacuum by Alin & Alan is under $25. It comes in three colors and each has 4 different heads with four intensity levels, although you may want to just use the lowest one. This has 4 stars, over 2,000 ratings and a B on Fakespot. Reviewers show photos of all the stuff it got out of their face and say that it really works, however you need to move it and not leave it in on place for too long or you’ll give yourself a face hickey. People say “I was really shocked this actually worked… you could see the garbage coming out of the skin as it sucked!,” “afterwards my skin felt soft where I used the device and so refreshed like I just got out of the spa,” and “the gunk and things it took out of my face were disgusting but I could tell afterwards that my pores were cleaned out, my face looked smoother and brighter.” You’re supposed to steam your face first and one woman writes “when you apply it to your skin you drag it down and it is like shoveling snow. You will see the crap go right in the tube.”

A blackhead removing kit with a mask, blackhead strips, and pore-closing serum
From CB: I spent about half an hour looking through blackhead removal strips. There are some which are cheaper than Biore, but they have stacked reviews and they pay people to remove bad reviews, so I couldn’t recommend any of those. This is a three part blackhead removing system with a mask, blackhead strips you apply on top of it and a serum with tea tree oil to help close pores. This has 102 reviews, 4.6 stars and a B on Fakespot. Reviews say it really works to remove blackheads and shrink pores and that “It causes no irritation, doesn’t hurt and I am so impressed by the results.”

A set of 12 food storage containers will make your pantry look so organized
From CB: This is a set of 12 airtight clear containers with lids and labels for under $25. You can easily organize your pantry and dry goods with these. They’re stackable and leakproof and hold about 1.5 quart worth of product in each. These have over 1,200 ratings, 4.6 stars and a C on Fakespot, with an adjusted rating that’s well over 4 stars. Some people say they’re smaller than they thought so you may want to check the user photos first. They’re 6.5 inches high which is a little taller than a coke can. Reviewers write that “They’re easy to use and the seals are good,” call them “the perfect addition to my pantry” and say “ I will definitely be replacing all of the containers in my pantry with these! They are super easy to clean and very easy to organize.”

Hydrating undereye masks to reduce puffiness and deeply moisturize
From CB: These gold collagen undereye masks by Ellynzea Beauty have 4.2 stars, 244 ratings and a B on Fakespot. You get 24 for $14.99, which makes them .62 per pair. People say they work to reduce undereye bags and that they “take the puffiness away, make me look less tired.” “After the first week the puffiness and discoloration were visibly reduced” and that they “Left my under eyes feeling soft, hydrated and smooth,” “I can see improvement for sure.”

An accurate body weight scale if that’s something you’re looking for
From CB: I know it’s controversial to admit you weigh yourself, but I do it daily. I got really excited a couple of weeks ago because it looked like my workouts were paying off and I’d finally lost the pandemic weight. My son’s scale said I was seven pounds heavier than that, which was obviously wrong. I bought this Etekcity scale from Amazon and figured out *sad clown noise* that my scale was the one that was wrong. It’s a good scale and I like how easy it was to use out of the box, I just wish it said something else. This scale has 34,000(!) ratings, 4.3 stars and an A on Fakespot. It comes with a tape measure too. I like that you just step on it to activate it and you don’t have to smack it hard like so many other scales I’ve owned. It’s a scale, I’m not jazzed about it, but it works.

Cruelty free eye primer to keep your eye shadow game sharp
From Hecate: I am so lazy about putting makeup on, I can probably count the amount of time I wear it per year on one hand. (I actually like how makeup looks on me, which is why I call myself lazy.) This year I was going to make more of an effort so I started watching some YouTube tutorials, specifically for women over 50 and that’s where I learned about eye shadow primer. Not only does it preserve the look of your shadow for the full day, it does wonders to smooth the creases that happen with age. I have small eyes to begin with and the creases just make them look smaller. I bought my first primer at Sephora, but it was ridiculously expensive. When I run out, I intend to pick up this Thank Me Later eye primer that costs less than $15. It has 4.4 stars, over 7,500 ratings and an A from Fakespot. Reviewers say it goes on really well, “I put it on and it was creamy, yet not oily – just velvety and dried almost instantly as it was smoothed out,” and that it lasts as long as you want it to regardless of circumstances, “It literally kept my makeup looking like I just put it on allllll day no matter how bad I sweat in the heat!!!”

A $5-$7 lip crayon that goes on like chapstick
From Hecate: Considering this is from Burt’s Bees, it makes sense that it feels like lip balm going on. Personally, I prefer applying a lip crayon to lipstick. If I want to jazz it up a bit for nighttime, I just put a little gloss over it. But Nars and Mac can be an expensive lip crayon habit. That’s why I was so tickled to find these Burt’s ones from $5-$7 a piece. They comes in six colors and have 4.5 stars, 1,488 ratings and an A on Fakespot. Unlike some lip crayons, reviewers say these don’t dry out with wear, “they aren’t too drying, they do last a long time” and the color stays on, “Smooth to apply, survived a full can of Pepsi Max (does leave a mark on the can but still plenty on my lips without needing to reapply.)” The Napa Vineyard color (above) seems to be the most popular but I’m eager to try the Redwood Forest one.

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  1. CROWHOOD says:

    I dont Have that exact vacuum but I have a similar price point one and it is horrifying and amazing.

    Nobody should own one, I’ll never get rid of mine.

  2. Leigh says:

    I’ve read those blackhead suckers cause broken capillaries so I have never given them a try.

    • hexicon says:

      That’s what they did to me. I had broken capillaries plus on my cheeks (my most breakout-prone area) the suction ruptured the pore walls and caused cysts and marks that lasted for months. I know everyone is different, but I strongly discourage their use if your skin is at all sensitive or cyst-prone. I have tried lots of things over the years and learned that a good BHA exfoliant and a retinoid are the only things I can do for my problem skin. This may be one of those “life is unfair” moments where if you have good skin this tool makes it better but if you have problem skin it makes it worse.

  3. Anners says:

    I just looked up those storage containers on amazon.ca and they’re $75 freaking dollars!!!! Oh Canada, why are you so much more expensive? Sigh.

  4. AnnaKist says:

    Booooo! I really want those pantry containers, but they don’t ship to Australia!
    I used to always use lip crayons in the old days. We had a local company that made them, and because um rubbish at applying a beat line, they were perfect for me. As I remember, one of the big companies bought the little local company, and they stopped making the crayons. I’m sure they’re even better now. We have Burt’s Bees here, so I’ll search for them.

    Thanks for post!

  5. Allergy says:

    Paula’s Choice BHA serum that you recommended a while ago is amazing, by the way. Thank you!

    • Celebitchy says:

      OOh now I want it!! Stop.

    • DiegoInSF says:

      It’s the gold standard of BHAs, it’s also amazing to prevent ingrown hairs after shaving! On Paula’s choice website, there’s always a sale going on too!

    • hexicon says:

      Yes! I commented above on how the suction tool hurt my problem skin and PC BHA is the only thing I can use on my skin. So many folks with acne think it needs tough action when in my experience you have to treat it gently.

  6. M Narang says:

    I love these posts. Thank you!

  7. Also Ali says:

    On the rare occasion I wear make-up, I use an all over make-up primer. It really helps reduce the settling of foundation into fine lines and wrinkles.

  8. ClaireB says:

    My family really needs a reliable thermometer to use for when I’m freaking out about coronavirus. My “hand on the forehead and then feel the hands and feet” method is not the most exact! I keep thinking about it and then forgetting to look for one. We’ve had the battery operated cheap ones that you get in baby kits and the drugstore, and they just don’t seem reliable. If you could find one of those, that would be useful for us!

    • Celebitchy says:

      We had a touch-free thermometer written up for this post, but unfortunately it wasn’t shipping until September. We’ll find another one for Tuesday that’s a great suggestion.

    • IMUCU says:

      Most of the touch-free infrared ones everyone is using are not accurate, unless you want to buy an expensive one for a couple hundred bucks. We use the ear thermometers in the pediatric office I work in, and I bought one for myself, they are fairly accurate at about $30-40. We also have the infrared ones in my office, which we use to quickly go through the office and do staff. The difference between the two types of thermometers is usually about 1 to 2 degrees. That can be a lot if we are trying to catch a fever. So if someone is higher (99s) on the infrared (which ALWAYS registers lower temps, e.g. I will be 97.7F on the infrared thermometer, but 99.6F with the ear thermometer and I usually am in the 99s with all other types of thermometers), I do the ear thermometer to see if the person has a fever. Everytime someone uses an infrared thermometer on me when I’m out, like at an appointment, they seem to measure my temperature significantly lower than it is normally (and I’ve done measurements on myself throughout the day, so I know about what I should be). So, please just be aware when using the infrared thermometers that you get what you pay for with those.

  9. Busyann says:

    I was never a big purchaser from Amazon, but these posts really help me make some great purchases. I picked up the woosea dress you all featured a few weeks ago and loooooove it. And I just placed an order for the blackhead remover. Im not sure if it was ever recommended but you may want to link to the key ring holders by CoolCos. Amazon sometimes offers a coupon and it’s a great buy for under $15.

  10. Miasys says:

    Love these posts, please keep them coming!
    Would also like to see things other readers have personally used and would recommend.

  11. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    On those containers…I personally can’t stand the four flap closure system. Aligning isn’t a piece of cake on best days.

    And Burt’s Bees lip crayons are super…love them.

  12. Meghan says:

    I have been working hard for 3 weeks to drink tons of water (instead of Cokes), track my calories and do some exercising. It won’t set the world on fire but I’m hoping to lose about 2 pounds a week. I need a scale but I’m scared the scale will tell me I haven’t lost any weight and I will get discouraged and stop exercising.

  13. ab says:

    I ordered the Maybelline Matte Lip Ink from the last post, even though I rarely wear lip color! More of a chapstick lady but I was swayed by the Amazon reviews and some YouTube videos I watched showing the colors on dark skin. My color is Mover and I haven’t applied it to my lips yet but the swatch on my arm is gorgeous! More mauve or dark rose colored than the brownish I was expecting, but it is smooth, smells lovely, and the swatch hasn’t budged since I applied it last night.

  14. ashley says:

    I have a few of those Burt’s bees lipsticks and LOVE them.

    I’m very interested in that pore vacuum. I’ve had a blackhead on my nose for a week that is in such an awkward, unpopable location. This might be exactly what I need!

  15. DS9 says:

    That eyeshadow primer is the entire truth. I’ve been using it faithfully for three years. I won’t but anything else

  16. Minorbird says:

    I love when you post products, even though I complain that I don’t need to spend anymore money…I always see something I need.

    I need that skin machine and the price is just right. I also will be checking out the lip crayons, something quick w/just a lil color. I will also be purchasing the under eye thingys for puffiness.

    Keep these coming and I love the price points, nothing is too expensive.

    Thank you!