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Skip The Salon! The At-Home Beauty Buys Every Mum Needs

Save precious time every morning, swap salon treatments for at-home kits, fake a great night’s sleep and look uber groomed without the effort, with these investment, got-to-have beauty buys.
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The cheat’s salon blow-dry Babyliss New Big Hair 50mm (£45,

The most genius thing about this hair tool is you can use it on damp hair, so you don’t have to blow-dry, then style in two time-consuming steps. Once hair is two-thirds dry, run the hot, spinning brush down the lengths to create a smooth, bouncy style. Babyliss New Big Hair 50mm (£45,
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The at-home pedicure

Toddling off to the salon for a leisurely pedicure once a month may be out of the question, which is why we love this pro-style rotating rough skin remover. In just a few seconds, you’ll be barefoot-ready for a summer of flip-flops. Emjoi Micro Pedi Rapid Hard Skin Remover (£39.99,
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The at-home facial brush

Yes, this is an investment buy, but believe us, your skin will think it’s had a facial every day. Like an electric toothbrush for your face, it cleanses six times better than hands alone, lifting away dirt and make-up with ease, leaving even exhausted skin looking bright and healthy. Clarisonic Sonic Skin Cleansing System (from £99 for Clarisonic Mia,
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The time-saving hair towel

Some mornings, dry shampoo just doesn’t cut it, but this clever hair towel makes speedy work of the wash-dry process. Wrap around wet hair for 10 minutes (while you apply your make-up or get the kids dressed) and hair will be almost dry without having to manically ruffle with a towel (which also causes frizz and breakage, don’t you know). Aquis Lisse Hair Turban (£13.95,
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The ultimate tweezers

Never underestimate the power of the brow, and these make grooming eyebrows a breeze. Super-precise, they grab hairs painlessly and easily, saving the time and money of a salon job. Plus, Tweezerman will sharpen them for free, any time. Tweezerman Slant Tweezers (£16.95,
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The anti-fatigue eye opener

Every mama who has a sleep-stealing little one needs these lash curlers. Squeeze and hold lashes (or squeeze and pulse if you prefer) for at least five seconds and you’ll have perfectly curled, lifted lashes, wide-awake eyes and less need for mascara.Shu Uemura Eyelash Curlers (£20,
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The speed dryer

Definitely not the cheapest hairdryer out there, but when you consider this super-light dryer cuts drying time by up to 75% (it emits negative ions to speed up the process) while calming static, reducing frizz, improving condition and boosting shine, it’s definitely one for your birthday/Christmas list. T3 Featherweight Luxe 2i (£195, including brush,
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The pre-loaded cotton buds

When you have a make-up mishap emergency, these ready-to-go cotton buds have everything you need. Snap the end to release the make-up remover onto the bud, swipe away mistakes and go. Swab Plus Eye Makeup Remover & Corrector (£3.99 for 24 buds,
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The speed straighteners

If you’re a slave to your straighteners, these next-generation irons zip through the coarsest, most wayward of hair textures in record time. They smooth larger sections of hair in one stroke, are light to hold and create glass-like shine. Ghd Eclipse (£145,
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The fuss-free family detangler

If your glossy pregnancy hair has turned into a tangled mass of knots after birth, or your kids hate brush time, make a beeline for a Tangle Teezer. The plastic bristles slip through the meanest of knots without damaging hair and kids love it because a) it doesn’t hurt and b) there are cute designs (even Harper Beckham is said to be a fan). Tangle Teezer (£10.99,
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