Beauty & Beyond: The Beauty Tools Edition

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I'??ve wished and wished that my daughter would let me comb and detangle her hair without a screaming fit. If there ever was a genie, I would trade in the other two wishes just to have that one granted.

Then someone told me there actually is a genie'??the Knot Genie Detangling Brush. Wish granted.

I must confess, I lied to my child when I came at her tangled mess with the Knot Genie. I changed its name to the Knot Bug. To me, it looks like a big ladybug (albeit a silver one). I thought this might be an easy selling point to my daughter whose nickname is The Bug (and whose expression suggested a lack of trust in me when it comes to detangling). It worked. She let me brush her hair. And brush it I did. Without screams.

It'??s the craziest thing. For some reason, they tell me it'??s the unique bristle, even the most knotted up hair practically slips through the configuration gently and painlessly. And it'??s so lightweight, you really don'??t feel like you'??re pulling at all.

With cute colors like Fairy Pink, Puff of Purple, Blue Cloud and Tinseltown Silver, it'??s as pretty itself as she'??ll be when you'??re done with brushing. Now if only I could get one in red with black spots.

The Knot Genie is available for $19.99 at knotgenie.com or on Buy on Amazon.

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I wash my hands. I wash my dishes (OK, my husband does). I wash my clothes. I wash my child. Why, oh why can'??t I seem to wash my makeup brushes. I really have every intention of doing so. I used these wipes once and they ended up just making the brushes smell badly. Then I tried a liquid that you spray on'?¦it clumped up the bristles and they were never as soft as they were before. So I stopped altogether.

Apparently, I'??m not alone. A recent survey found that 45 percent of women don'??t wash their makeup brushes either. And since they harbor blemish-causing bacteria, oils and residue if not properly cleaned, this is kind of gross.

Which makes Klix Makeup Brushes such a great idea. This line of makeup brushes (powder, blush and foundation) has replaceable, recyclable brush heads. Now you don't have to spend time cleaning, rinsing, drying and reshaping your makeup brushes, only to find they never quite work the same again.

The brushes are made of white soft synthetic bristles, so you can see when they'??re dirty and need to be changed. You just click off the dirty brush and click on the replacement.

With the replacement heads running around $11 for two, it could get a bit pricey if you really put your brushes through a tough makeup regimen daily. But for the occasional makeup wearer like me, I think this idea clicks.

The collection is available at klixbrushes.com for $59.95; individual brushes are between $9.95-$11.95. Each comes with an extra replacement head.

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It's so secret that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. My mom's a survivor (yay, mom!), and chances are you know someone who's been touched by this horrible disease. So in honor of those fighting, pluck your brows.

Tweezerman proudly introduces the new 2011 Precision in Pink Limited Edition Pink Ribbon version of the award-winning, stainless steel Slant Tweezer. It's chic in white enamel color finish and adorned with the iconic Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon logo in glorious pink crystals (think Swarovski).

When I was introduced to Tweezerman a bunch of years ago, he became my new styling man...I mean tool. Being the I rivaled Brooke Shields circa 1981 in eyebrows, this guy helps me out. The slant'??s perfectly aligned, hand-filed tips grab every hair with exact precision. And this things gets splinters out like nobody's business.

And there's a different kind of beauty at work here. A portion of the sales goes to organizations devoted to cancer care and finding a cure.

Tweezerman's Precision in Pink Slant Tweezer is available for $20 at Tweezerman.com and Sephora stores.

Cheryl Fenton is a Boston-based freelance writer, who writes beauty, fashion and fitness for Boston Common, Stuff and Glamour magazines, as well as her own EasyPeasyBlog.com.

Momtrends was not paid for this post. We did receive samples for review purposes.

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