Hands up if you’d rather spend an extra 10 minutes in bed every morning instead of fussing with your hair or makeup. We thought so too. And if you’re always hitting the snooze button, the last thing you’d want is to walk into the office looking like you did hit the snooze button multiple times. To save precious time while getting ready in the morning, here are the top power tools to get you prepped from head to toe in no time at all.
#1 vDeep Cleanse While You Wash Your Face
While we sleep, our skin regenerates itself as cellular turnover is accelerated. This means that dead skin cells accumulate on the skin surface, which is why it is so important to cleanse your skin every morning as well. In addition, nothing helps ensure seamless makeup application as well as smooth skin, so instead of using a face scrub to exfoliate your skin, try FOREO Luna 2 For Normal Skin, $319. Save yourself some time by using this deep-cleansing device instead of the usual cleansing with a regular foam followed by an exfoliating step. Using sonic technology, this handy device emits up to 8,000 sonic pulsations to gently dislodge dirt and grime. It also has a flexible tip to ensure that even areas like around the nose can be reached. You can also use the anti-ageing surface to stimulate collagen and elastin production while boosting absorption of skincare products.
#2 Dry Your Hair While You Get Ready
Instead of wrapping your dripping wet hair with a bath towel, hasten the drying process by opting for the Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Turban, $46. Made of aquitex material that contains tiny fibres even finer than silk, it wicks moisture away from hair quicker than regular cotton towels. Furthermore, it helps protect fine and brittle hair as it’s no longer subjected to vigorous rubbing and friction since you can now eliminate towel-drying your locks. It also has a unique design to ensure a snug fit and maximum comfort.
#3 Invest In A Good Hairdryer
If you’ve always wondered why your salon blowout lasts longer than your DIY version, chances are, it’s because of the hairdryer that your stylist uses. Blow-drying skills aside, professional grade hair dryers are usually made with powerful motors. This means that the amount of air that it expels is much more than regular hair dryers, which significantly reduces styling time and in turns, minimises any thermal damage your hair is exposed to. Case in point: Dyson Supersonic, $599, which is developed with the Dyson V9 engine that sits in the handle instead of the head, and measures air temperature 20 times every second so hair doesn’t experience overheating. Perfectly balanced like a well-made sword, the Dyson Supersonic dries hair in a flash, and isn’t straining on the wrist.
#4 Shorten Your Blow Dry
For a truly salon-like blow-out, arm yourself with a high-performance brush that’s worthy of professional hairstylists. Enter Oribe Large Boar Bristle Round Brush, about $208, at Net-A-Porter, a luxury hair brush that is easy to manoeuvre and made of densely-packed boar bristles for a bouncy and frizz-free blowout. Not only does it redistribute natural oils on the scalp for healthy and shiny locks, it also detangles without causing hair to snap. The best part: the tiny pin at the end of the handle which makes sectioning hair for blow-dry effortless.
#5 Create The Perfect Base In A Flash
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past several years, you wouldn’t be a stranger to the BeautyBlender, $32. Available in a wide array of colours, this limited edition blue shade is the latest to join the family. Often imitated, this egg-shaped sponge makes makeup application a breeze, even for novices, and can be used for liquid, cream and powder products. All you have to do is mist it with water so it’s slightly damp before using it to blend liquid foundation, concealer, highlighter and contour creams in a stamping motion for a seamless finish. Thanks to its unique shape, it can easily be used to reach around the eyes and around the nose.
Text: Joyce Cheo / Additional reporting: Arissa Ha