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StyleBlueprint is full of beauty lovers, and we love nothing more than trying and testing the latest tools and products. When we learned about these seven beauty gadgets, which are new(ish) to the market, we knew we needed to try them out for ourselves. We smoothed our skin, massaged our bodies, got rid of zits and fine lines, and curled our hair. Megan Casey, resident tester, headed up the charge of trying each product and enlisted the help of a few willing coworkers. Today, we are here to give you honest feedback, offer a rating (out of five stars) and hopefully help you decide what your next beauty purchase will be.

CrystalSmooth Starter Kit

Rating: 3.5 stars
Tester: Megan Casey
Cost: $89
Review: “It’s nice that you can control the pressure … I can see how it’s great for dry skin.”

Microdermabrasion is a buzz word these days. The gist is that it’s like sanding your skin. The CrystalSmooth micoderm device is non-motorized and mineral-infused, which makes it different from its competitors. The wand comes with three heads — one sensitive, one mild and one moderate — so you can customize the treatment to your skin type. Folks have been raving about this device thanks to its easy-to-use nature and quick results. In all honesty, the wand resembles a foot file — in build and texture. Megan used the sensitive head one time every other week for six weeks, and the biggest benefit she saw was the removal of dead skin cells. She advises you to use this thoughtfully, not after dermaplaning with a Tinkle (speaking from personal experience). All in all, it is a good exfoliator.

Crystal Smooth Starter Kit, $89, at Crystal Smooth | Image: Crystal Smooth

Nurse Jamie NuVibe RX Amethyst Massaging Beauty Tool

Rating: 4 stars
Tester: Alex Hendrickson
Cost: $95

Review: “Using the tool and face oil together is a win-win.” 

The jade roller has gotten more than enough attention, so we were ready to test out a different massaging beauty tool. This one, made of amethyst, features soothing sonic vibration technology that makes it unique. For those more familiar with a jade roller, you use this in the same way. We paired the tool with Nurse Jamie’s Desert Rose Anti-Aging Oil, which gets five stars from us. We have no complaints when it comes to this tool. In fact, we’d give it five stars if the price tag wasn’t so high. The hand-held tool is easy to use and easy to take on the go. Plus, the vibrations are a welcomed addition.

Nurse Jamie Amethyst Massaging Beauty Tool, $95, at Nurse Jamie | Image: Nurse Jamie

Related: We’re Obsessed with The Jade Facial Roller — Here’s Why

Nurse Jamie Uplift

Rating: 4.5 stars
Tester: Megan Casey
Cost: $69

Review: “It’s like doing a really good facial before you go out.”

Twenty-four massage stones make up this roller. What exactly do those 24 stones do? They energize, enhance, revive and uplift your skin — or so they say. Megan attracted us to this tool when she exclaimed that it “wakes up your face.” The roller gives your face a nice plump (not swollen) look, and it is almost like getting a good facial before hitting the town. The $69 price tag is a turn off for us (and the reason it lost half a star), but if you compare it to the price of regular facials, you’ve got yourself a deal. Plus, it is a great size for storage and travel.

Nurse Jamie Uplift Massaging Beauty Roller, $69, at Nurse Jamie | Image: Nurse Jamie

LeBody Body Massager

Rating: 3.5 stars
Tester: Megan Casey
Cost $499
Review: “This is something I will use on my thighs before bathing suit season.”

This device is designed to tighten and contour with the help of an electric current that strengthens muscles and increases energy consumption through muscle stimulation. The selling point is the elimination of body waste, which is the main cause of cellulite. You are advised to use the massager for up to 10 minutes at a time. While we aren’t quite sure of the quality of the results, it is safe to say the device gives a great massage — especially for athletes. Megan recommends this for folks with one area they want to target. If you are comparing it to similar devices, it stands out for a few reasons (it is easy to use, safe, painless), but the price tag is a bit high for us to give it more than 3.5 stars.

LeBody Body Massager, $499, at LeBody | Image: LeBody

Dr. Gross DRx SpectraLite EyeCare Pro

Rating: 5 stars
Tester: Megan Casey
Cost: $159
Review: “You look like a superhero in this, and
I have already seen results.”

This light therapy eye device is a targeted eye treatment designed to build collagen and reduce fine lines and wrinkles in the eye area. It is said that changes can be seen as early as two weeks, but the 10-week mark is when noticeable changes arrive. Megan has used the device five times a week for six weeks and has noted a difference, especially in the lines between her eyes. Plus, she feels like a superhero when she dons the eyecare mask. This is the only tool that received a full five stars and glowing review.

Dr. Gross SpectraLite EyeCare Pro, $159, at Dr. Dennis Gross. Image: Dr. Dennis Gross

Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light LED Device

Rating: 4 stars
Tester: Megan Casey
Cost: $295
Review: “The blue light made my pimple go away!” 

The second LED-device on the list, this one features three lights, plus the ability to combine lights for added benefits. Red light is said to reduce the appearance of fine lines; blue light soothes and calms skin; yellow light offers a brighter complexion; orange light tackles pigmentation, dullness, fine lines and wrinkles; and purple light is ideal for sensitive skin. Megan saw results (and the disappearance of a blemish) from the blue light and liked the multiple light options, but she recommends looking for something with a lower price tag.

Skin Inc Optimizer Voyage Tri-Light, $295, at Skin Inc. | Image: Skin Inc 

CHI AIR Spin N Curl

Rating: 2 stars
Tester: Lauren Uebele
Cost: $139
Review: “The CHI AIR Spin N Curl was very easy to operate, but it took me longer than usual to curl my hair.”

Chi is a longtime favorite among those who crave straight, smooth hair. While we have tried and loved other Chi products, we weren’t quite as keen on this tool. At SB, we prefer loose/beachy waves, which are hard to achieve with the spin and curl, which creates a tight spiral curl (see below). It also takes longer to use, which knocked off another star. Lauren uses a Chi Straightener to curl her hair and will be sticking to that process for the foreseeable future.

CHI AIR Spin N Curl, $139, at Chi

CHI AIR Spin N Curl

To use, you insert a piece of your hair into the top open chamber. It’s a little scary at first, but it doesn’t hurt at all and didn’t pull our hair even once.

If you try these tools, let us know what you think! And stay tuned because we are currently in the process of trying skincare and hair products and will be back soon with a full report! 


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