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15 Strange Beauty Inventions That Are Actually Real

Is there a weird beauty version of Shark Tank that I don’t know about? Don’t get me wrong, I love trying new beauty products. Sometimes I think the stranger they are, the better because I get much more excited if they actually work. Sadly for every good invention, there are at least 20 bad ones. I have burnt layers of skin off my face on more than one occasion and I have used so-called hair removers that would do a better job of growing cucumbers than removing leg stubble. Despite these poor experiences, I still look forward to the next batch of odd-sounding beauty products and hope one of them will actually do its job properly.

Here are 15 ridiculous beauty inventions that you can actually buy:

1. WaxVac Ear Cleaner

WaxVac Ear Cleaner

If you saw that one episode of Girls where Lena Dunham injures herself with a Q-tip, you will get the dangers of putting sticks in your ears to clean them. I understand the need for a safe product to clean your ears, but I want one where I don’t have to empty my ear gunk out of it. Ewww.

2. Mascara Shield

Mascara Shield

I thought it was a bit odd to use a plastic spoon to prevent smudges when applying mascara to your bottom lashes–what is wrong with a tissue?–but apparently there is an invention designed specifically for this. Who knew?

3. Hair Cutting Umbrella

Haircut Umbrella

Perhaps because I am not a hairdresser, I don’t fully understand the need for this product. As a customer, all I can think about is how I wouldn’t want to wear an inflatable wrap around my neck when I was getting my hair trimmed.

4. Rio 60 Second Neck Toner

Rio 60 Second NeckToner

I am already dubious about neck creams. When skin starts to lose elasticity, no amount of lotion is going to shrink it back to its original taunt shape, even if the cream is made from the tears of unicorns and the hair of a direwolf. I’m equally unconvinced that this device can stimulate your neck muscles enough in 60 seconds to provide drastically firmer results. Maybe after a couple of hours, multiple times a day, but not 60 seconds.

5. Long-Handled Nail Scissors

Long Handle Nail Scissors

Cutting your toenails is fine work, akin to plucking your eyebrows or decorating a cupcake. Using a pair of long-handled scissors to trim nails seems like an easy way to lose a pinky toe. Ouch.

6. Air Curler

Air Curler

As someone who likes lazy girl beauty tips, I would love something that would style my hair as I blowdry it. I don’t know if a “spinning vortex” that looks like an empty plastic container with a hole it in would produce lasting results. Maybe it is the fact that this is only an attachment and doesn’t come with a blowdryer is what is leaving me unconvinced.

7. Fullips Lip Enhancer

Fullips Lip Enhancer

If you want an Angelina Jolie pout without using fillers, this little do-dad promises to plump your lips. I could try to describe how it works, but there is no way to use the phrases “wet lips,” “suck short puffs” and “tighter suction” without it sounding completely sexual.

8. CPAP Chin Strap

CPAP Chin Strap

I thought I understood this one. It’s meant to be a chin and jowl firming device right? Apparently not. It’s supposed to make you sleep better by forcing your mouth closed. If that wasn’t terrifying enough, may I point out this mannequin/person hybrid is posing with what seems to be a real hand. Creepy.

9. Robocut

RoboCut

I love a good pun name and I don’t like going to the hairdresser every six weeks to get a trim, so I should love this hair cutting vacuum attachment. That description may not make any sense but that’s what it is. Put the attachment on your hoover, and trim hair up to 6 inches in length. If you’re feeling creative, you can even layer your hair.

10. Intima Breast Pillow

Intima Breast Pillow

Don’t let this picture fool you. This isn’t the back of a sports bra. This is actually a breast pillow (proper name) which separates your boobs while you sleep to help prevent chest wrinkles. I suggest we leave this contraption to the pregnant or nursing moms with severe breast tenderness issues.

11. The Wet Brush

Wet Brush

If I can’t be bothered to use a comb on wet hair, I’m probably not going to make the effort and purchase a special product either–despite the fact that I really like this color combination.

12. Eyebrow Comb & Razor Set 

Eyebrow Razor

Using a razor in your eye area may not be the best idea. Plus why would you want to get stubbly eyebrows from shaving when you can remove the entire hair follicle with plucking or waxing? Those are very good points to consider.

13. Hygiene Refresher

Hygeine Refresher

I don’t know if this can be properly classified as a beauty invention, but it is supposed to improve your appearance, so go with it. This is brilliantly described as a “hand bidet” and “washmate” and it is only 15 inches, so you can pop it in your purse and refresh yourself at any time.

14. Facial Hair Remover Stick 

Qzoxx Facial Hair Remover Stick Epilator Threading Beauty Tool

This is so much more than an orange cotton swab. The silver part is actually a spring that is meant to remove stray facial hairs with the twist of your wrist. Yeah, so there’s no relation between this and a Q-tip other than in appearance.

15. Eyebrow Template

Eyebrow Template

If you don’t need to look in a mirror while applying your brow pencil and don’t mind wearing something that looks like a penis with wings, here is your new beauty product.

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  • Samantha Escobar

    NO ME GUSTA.

  • Michelle

    so on #10… wouldn’t that encourage them to grow towards your armpits?? they already disappear when i lay on my back as it is. they don’t need help!

  • L

    The CPAP is an aid device for people with sleep apnea. To my knowledge it hasn’t had any beauty claims made about it

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  • Lily Savage

    #15 totally looks like a “penis with wings!” Couldn’t have said it better myself.

  • Cat

    The Wet Brush forever! It can be used on dry hair too and is the best detangling brush out there for those of us with unruly curls. I seriously cannot believe it’s on the same list as a penis with wings.

  • Ally

    #12 is awesome! That lil razor is pretty dull and works great for the white-blonde hairs around your brows. Personally I haven’t had much luck getting those suckers out with tweezers as they’re too fine.

    • aenke

      could probably use the springy thing there as well, yeah? im thinking about getting one or both of those

  • Mouche Bonneau

    Chest wrinkles…

    THIS IS A THING PEOPLE WORRY ABOUT?!? Seriously?!? The world is fucked.

  • Jessica Caro

    The Wet Brush is seriously the best brush ever!!!! I have really thick hair & it’s the only brush that gets my tangles out without making me cry.

  • http://fairfatfiftyfrak.blogspot.co.uk/ Linda Lyon

    I’ve got one of those spring things and never use it, it hurts so much lol