It all began in 2008 when Estée Lauder introduced its vibrating TurboLash All Effects Motion Mascara ($32, EsteeLauder.com).The wiggly wand vibrates (don't go there) 125 cycles per second and promises "expert separation" and "rapid and precise formula application." And it delivers. This is the most exceptional mascara on the market. The formula lengthens and thickens lashes exceptionally well, doesn't smudge or flake and most importantly (especially for contact-lense wearers like myself) removes easily.
For a limited time, Estée Lauder is offering TurboLash With Gold Effects ($32) as part of its Ultimate Red Holiday color collection. This sparkly number adds drama to lashes with tiny flecks of gold. Brush it on over mascara, or wear it alone.
Lancome Paris also offers a vibrating mascara with Oscillation ($34, Lancom.com). Expanding on that theme, Lancome has introduced the first micro-vibrating mineral foundation with its Oscillation PowerFoundation ($48). This is a good-for-your-skin mineral foundation that promises a "pixel precise complexion." Just press the button and the applicator pulses 7,000 micro-vibrations a second to blend the minerals into a flawless finish that promises to last 14 hours. The SPF 21 foundation comes in 12 shades and is free of talc, oil and fragrances. It'll will really turn you on.
Savings tip: If you don't want to splurge for the TurboLash (but you absolutely should!), or Oscillation, try Maybeline New York Pulse Perfection vibrating mascara. It retails for $15 at drugstores.
How about battery-powered skin patches to fight wrinkles? Believe it or not, there are products out there that promise smoother skin by using tiny low-volt batteries to push peptides deep into your dermis.
MD Skincare Instant Beautification Lip Area Firming Patch and Instant Eye Area Firming Patch promise smoother skin in about 20 minutes to plump up fine lines around the lips and eyes.
But driving down the road to less-wrinkled skin's going to cost you about as much as a car battery. The eye patches are $72 for six, and the Lip Patches are $48 for four, at MDSkincare.com.
These "beauty band-aids" use "intradermal technology" that allows for "enhanced penetration" (oh, my!) of the active ingredients. For added benefits, apply the Hydra-Pure Firming Eye Cream ($90) to the eye patch, or Serious Lip Treatment ($58) to the lip patch and then place the patch onto the eye or lip area for 20 minutes to enjoy what the product promises as "a firmer, more youthful looking eye- or lip-area. Tingling may occur." Indeed.
Follow Doreen Christensen on Twitter: Search PrettyGoodIdea.