As much as we live for a
drugstore beauty steal, there's nothing more luxe than treating ourselves to a brand-new curling iron or a 24-karat gold facial sculpting bar that's begging to be Instagrammed. With gifting season fast approaching, we've rounded up 12 devices that are actually worth the splurge. These high-tech skin and hair tools aren't just pretty; they're what our favorite beauty pros actually use in fancy spa facials and backstage at fashion week. We suggest dropping gift hints now... At Refinery29, we’re here to help you navigate this overwhelming world of stuff. All of our market picks are independently selected and curated by the editorial team. If you buy something we link to on our site, Refinery29 may earn commission.
Halfway between a curling iron and an
, T3's signature white-and-rose gold tools don't just look cute on your vanity. They're also a favorite among pro hairstylists thanks to their speedy styling and even distribution of heat. You can be sure it's an investment that'll last you a long time.
SinglePass Curl 1.25 Inch Professional Curling Iron, $, available at
Amazon More LED masks
have skyrocketed in popularity due to their lofty claims and the fact that they also make for a fun selfie opp. However, Dr. Dennis Gross' high-tech mask has won a legion of fans due to the fact that it helps boost your skin's natural glow, keep acne at bay, and brighten your overall tone over time.
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SpectraLite™ FaceWare Pro, $, available at
DermStore More — PAID — Colgate ® Optic White Advanced LED Whitening Kit
This is the most convenient way to score a whiter smile: just get the rechargeable blue-light-activated whitening device and a 10-day supply of whitening serum in the mail, apply the treatment, and relax. And don't forget to use REFINERY50for $50 off through December 31.
Colgate ® Optic White Advanced LED Whitening, $, available at
Foreo's silicone cleansing brush has earned cult status several times over, but as we enter the holiday season, we're all about the tiny but mighty Luna Play Plus; it takes up very little precious real estate in your
travel makeup bag
, yet delivers the same sonic pulses and deep-cleansing action you know and love.
LUNA play plus, $, available at
Certain fancy facials will round out a treatment with some red or blue (or both) LED light therapy, which helps kill bacteria and boost collagen, among other skin benefits. Get similar results at-home with a handheld device like the LightStim, which helps reduce acne-related inflammation on your face and body. Just make sure you always use the included goggles for eye protection.
LightStim for Acne, $, available at
Quite possibly the fanciest hair dryer in existence, Dyson's souped-up device creates a small-scale wind tunnel of air to smooth and blowout strands while using minimal heat. You'll find it at almost every hairstylist's station backstage at New York Fashion Week.
Supersonic Hair Dryer, $, available at
Yes, these are still around — and they've only gotten better since your teen years. Clarisonic's Mia Prima cleanses, exfoliates, and even smooths on your foundation (with a separate brush head).
Mia Prima 1-Speed Sonic Facial Cleansing Brush, $, available at
The soft, rounded bristles on Clarisonic's acne cleansing brush heads were made for sensitive, breakout-prone types, and are perfect for anyone who wants to rid pores of dirt and oil without irritation.
Acne Facial Cleansing Brush Head Replacement, $, available at
The PMD is basically what you would get if the Foreo were attached to a magic wand. In addition to treating your face to a facial massage, the Clean gently flushes out dirt and oil, leaving skin feeling baby-soft.
Clean, $, available at
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Yes, $500 is a lot to spend on a tiny device that looks like a U.F.O. However, take it from someone who's experienced a facial from founder Melanie Simon herself: The ZIIP uses nano-current to address everything from hyperpigmentation to fine lines to acne, allowing you to get the benefits of a high-tech facial from the comfort of your bathroom.
Device & Golden Gel Kit, $, available at
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We know what you're thinking: How does this tiny T-bar face massager cost $200? Well, for starters, it's plated in 24-karat gold and is hand-made in Japan. However, it's the micro vibrations that make this the ultimate luxe beauty tool; the targeted motions help stimulate blood flow and lymphatic drainage, in addition to relaxing and sculpting facial muscles, mimicking the results of an in-depth facial massage.
Gold Sculpting Bar, $, available at
If you're comfortable with dermaplaning (and have double-checked with your dermatologist for good measure), then you might want to invest in a vibrating exfoliating device like the Dermaflash, which helps remove dead skin cells for brighter skin that more readily absorbs your skin-care products.
Luxe Facial Exfoliating Device, $, available at
As much as we wish we could wake up to the comforting hands of an esthetician massaging and depuffing under face each morning — we can't. This MDNA eye-roller is the next best thing. Each sphere is lined with soft microgrooves that gently stimulate blood flow along the eye, brow bone, and temples. A few rolls will instantly ease up any tension trapped in your face throughout the day, and completely hide the fact that you were up until 3 a.m. watching Netflix.
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The Beauty Roller For Eyes, $, available at
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