Just about now, the crickets start to make their noctural chirps at my country home, “Dunhamnia.” You can hear hoardes of noisy crickets calling to each other until the sun is about to rise (talk about “Mexican Lucky”)! But one night as the air begins to chill, the noise is a bit less, and then quieter still, until one night I’ll hear just one lone cricket calling, calling…and no one answers. Then I know Fall is really here.
What The Cricket Company have in common with crickets? Nothing much really, other than the name “Cricket.” However, The Cricket Company has it’s own unique way of communicating — professional hair stylists and consumers know that beauty hardware has to work hard — good beauty tools are a must-have. The Cricket Company sells everything from brushes to blow dryers (including Centrix Q-Zone Quiet Dryer) to hair products, to “Beauty Hardware” for makeup, skin and nails.
Last Spring, The Cricket Company launched a new Beauty Hardware by Cricket line of professional beauty hardware (tools for makeup, nails , and face) that offer anyone an effective way to handle various tasks from plucking eyebrows and maintaining nails, to managing makeup applications, flawlessly.
The entire collection which you can see on the Cricket Company Web Site consists of nail nippers, makeup brushes, tweezers, a cuticle pusher, eyelash curler, and classic skin tool extractor. The Advice Sisters tried a few of these.
Everyone needs a good, almost all-purpose, slant tweezer. This Cricket Stainless Steel Pro Point Tweezer is not inexpensive at $29.95 but it is one you’ll reach for again and again to do so many different things. Cheap tweezers often do not have tips that come together perfectly as this one does. Perfectly aligned tips means you’ll grab just what you’re looking for, even if it’s one of those hard to grab, tiny hairs on your eyebrows. This one is constructed from imported German non-rusting stainless steel. Not just for eyebrows, you will use it for removing facial hair and bikini line maintenance. You can also use the tip of the tweezers to (carefully-the tips are sharp and you don’t want to damage skin) help deal with the removal of ingrown hairs, splinters and blackheads.
Upgrade your eyelash curler to the Cricket Company Classic eyelash curler ($9.99). This affordable eyelash curler keeps an extra refill pad at the ready right on the handle. How great is this?! This eyelash curler works like any other classic curler, with a silicone pad that helps you put the right amount of pressure on your lashes without macerating them. You get an extra silicone refill pad too.
Good Makeup brushes are such a must-have. Any one of the three brushes: Foundation, Bronzer or Blush ($13.95 each), could be used for other products and application (in a pinch), but each is shaped for a specific purpose. All of these brushes have synthetic bristles that are beautifully shaped and soft enough to pick up powder or creams. The handles are full sized, smooth, but slightly rubberized for a good grip. I really liked the blush brush, and the flat-top bristles on the foundation brush made using even normally streak-y foundation, much easier. I’d prefer a larger head of bristles for a bronzer brush (to diffuse color more) without an angled head, but the angle on this brush makes contouring easier (these are pro-style, after all, so practice with them for a while to get the look you like). If you don’t like natural hair brushes or you don’t have much a a beauty budget for makeup brushes, you’ll find these to be excellent, and a bargain, too. Cleaning Tip: The Cricket Company suggests that you clean these with makeup remover or a face wipe and then reshape the bristles and laying the brushes on a flat clean cloth to air dry.