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Cotton wool balls and their amazing uses for personal care, beauty and so much more

Fluffy little cotton wool balls might not look too exciting or multifunctional. But their cloud-like appearance hides a multitude of uses.

The many amazing uses of cotton wool balls

Cotton wool balls, like their unsung friends the ear buds, are so versatile. Some people prefer cotton pads but it’s worth having some cotton wool balls around too.

The balls have a loose, open texture. So they are great at holding liquids. Toners, cleansers, nail varnish remover – all liquids work great with cotton balls.

For the same reason they are also great at cleaning up messes.

There’s lots of first aid uses for cotton wool balls too. Wipe away blood or put pressure on a little cut. Dab on antiseptic or clean up a messy area. It’s definitely having a few cotton balls tucked away with your plasters.

They are so soft they are lovely to use for babies as well. Clean between little fingers and toes or hygienically apply cream. Throw a few cotton balls in the nappy changing bag and you won’t regret it.

It’s much easier to pull a ball apart if you only need a smaller amount of cotton wool. Or you can pack a few in together for a bigger ball.

They also work great all around the house. For gentle cleaning or getting into tough to reach areas. Applying spot treatment or buffing up a polish. Rubbed in a petroleum jelly they even work great on the barbecue as cheap fire starters.

Whatever you use them for, PimplePopper has a great value large 100 pack of cotton wool balls.

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The worst thing about tweezers

Using tweezers

Tweezers get overlooked a lot. They are not the most glamorous of personal care instruments. In fact, they only really catch our attention when they aren’t working like they are supposed to.

Which brings us to the worst thing about them…

Blunt and misaligned tweezers

It’s not quite Halloween yet but this is truly a nightmare. We have all been there. Grasping and grasping at a hair that eludes our grip. You’re sure you have it but as you pull away you realise you’ve failed yet again. We finally latch on and pull but it slips away.

We’re getting hot and bothered. The skin around the hair is getting hot and bothered from being poked and pulled constantly. It’s taking forever.

The moral of this story is that your tweezers are actually very important. A good quality pair that are well looked after can make all the difference.

The tapered edge needs to meet firmly. The arms can get bent out of alignment easily. In cheaper, low quality tweezers, they may never have been aligned properly in the first place. This creates gaps where the tweezers can’t be fully pressed together and hairs can slip through.

The same thing can happen with blunt blades. The tips need a nice sharp line. Any dents or dullness allows hairs to escape.

So get rid of your old, battered pair and get a good quality new pair from PimplePopper.

To keep your tweezers in tip top condition gives them a clean and wipe them dry every so often. Protect the blades and try not to knock or drop them. Keep hold of that bit of plastic that comes with them and holds the blades together.

Tweezers can be the unsung heroes of your personal care products.

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Why do you need a blackhead extractor?

Nearly everyone has suffered from a blackhead at some point and they can be a regular battle for many. What’s the best weapon against blackheads? A professional, hygienic blackhead extractor: the pimple popper.

Why you need a blackhead extractor

You might think you have been getting along fine without a blackhead extractor. You might be using your fingers to squeeze your spots, maybe with a tissue to help. But once you see how well a real blackhead extractor works you won’t go back.

So you’ve been squeezing your blackheads with your fingers. That means you probably think the redness, swelling and irritation is just par for the course. And sometimes the blackheads get infected, get bigger, or turn into whiteheads. That’s just normal, right?

No. It’s not normal – at least, it doesn’t have to be. You can remove blackheads without swelling and redness. You just need a proper blackhead extractor.

How to use a pimple popper

The pimple popper is a simple tool for blackhead extraction. It has two loops at either end of different sizes, for different sized spots. Blackheads often only need the smaller loop. Place the loop over the spot and press for easy squeezing.

It’s not just easier either. It’s much more hygienic than using your fingers. Our fingers carry dirt and bacteria even when they look clean. If you squeeze spots with your fingers they can transfer that dirt and bacteria into the empty pore. This is why squeezed blackheads can get infected, blocked again, or turn into whiteheads.

Because the loop is much smaller than your fingers the pressure is more accurate. This means less force is needed and over a smaller area. So there is less redness, swelling and irritation. Those side effects aren’t caused by the spot but by squeezing with large, stubby, imprecise fingers.

So those are the many advantages of a blackhead extractor.

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Fingernail clippers and other personal care essentials

How complicated can fingernail clippers be, you ask yourself. So you buy any old cheap clippers. But then when it comes time to actually trim your nails you discover the problem. Blunt blades make a mess of clipping your nails. Flimsy construction of the clippers mean they slip and slide, bend and break.

Just because these are personal care basics doesn’t mean you should scrimp on them. The items you use every day should be of good quality and reliable.

PimplePopper’s range of fingernail clippers and personal care essentials are great quality and even better value

So get fingernail clippers with strong jaws and sharp blades made from durable stainless steel.

Tweezers are another important essential that can leave you frustrated with poor quality. Blunt, misaligned tips are a common problem. Our tweezers are sharp, accurate and strong with tapered tips.

How often do you misplace your nail file, or wish you had one to hand? Our metal nail files come in a handy pack of three so you can have one at home, one at work and one in your gym bag. No need to suffer a torn, jagged nail all day.

Combs are exactly the same, which is why our black combs come in a fantastic value pack of five.

Do you prefer cotton wool pads or cotton wool balls? Either way, get a pack of 100 and stay stocked up. And don’t forget cotton buds either – with eco friendly paper sticks. And check out our unusual tips for using ear buds.

Not forgetting, of course, the pimple popper itself. A simple, safe and hygienic way to pop spots of all kinds.

From fingernail clippers to cotton wool balls, get all your personal care essentials from Pimple Popper for great quality and even better value.

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The black head tool trusted by experts

If you want to banish your black heads you need a black head tool that is safe and hygienic.

A comedone extractor, or pimple popper, is the black head tool you need. And it’s one that is used by beauticians and dermatologists.

What are some of the problems with other black head tools?

Let’s be honest, most people’s version of a black head tool is their fingers. Pretty convenient, but that’s about the only positive. Even if you use a tissue, fingers are a terrible black head tool.

Why? Several reasons. Our fingers are very useful tools and we can do a lot with them. But they are not designed as black head tools. Pimple poppers are, they are designed solely for squeezing black heads. Fingers are too large for the job and too stubby. That means they squeeze and press at a lot of skin that is nothing to do with the black head. Which leads to redness and swelling – painful and unsightly.

Plus, our fingers are dirty. Even when we wash them. When we squeeze a spot using our fingers there’s a good chance dirt and bacteria will be transferred. A popped white head or squeezed black head leaves what is basically an open wound. Our fingers put dirt and and bacteria right into that wound. Which can cause swelling, infection, and a whole new spot to form.

What’s the best black head tool?

Which brings us to the pimple popper. Our pimple popper is the best black head tool to safely and hygienically squeeze your black heads. It is small, accurate, and easy to keep clean. There’s less redness, swelling and irritation.

So for a real black head tool try a PimplePopper comedone extractor!

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Wax strips and a proper pamper

Waxing might not be the most fun of tasks but it doesn’t have to be a chore. With your wax strips in hand try a few of Pimple Popper’s other great personal care products to give yourself a proper pamper.

Start with a hemp glove and give your legs a nice scrub down in the shower or bath. This mitt makes it easy to control the pressure so you can be as gentle or as vigorous as you like.

Softening the skin and getting rid of dead or dried bits will make your waxing that much easier. Having an exfoliating scrub also helps in releasing ingrown hairs.

While you are there, give the hard, rough skin on your feet a rub with a pumice stone. Dried, cracked heels or bunions and other hard spots can be a real pain. They rub in your shoes and keep you from wearing sandals.

So after soaking your feet for a while – fifteen minutes or so ideally – crack out the pumice stone. Work gently in a circular motion. Go for many, gentle strokes rather than a few rough ones.

Or, if you prefer, use a foot file after the bath to smooth your skin.

Feeling nice and refreshed you can get down to the business of waxing. Our wax strips are great quality paper waxing strips. And they are great value too – in a pack of 100 so you don’t have to worry about running out.

At PimplePopper you can get all the products you need to turn a routine waxing session into a little pamper party.

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Using ear buds safely – with a few unusual tips

Ear buds are a fantastically useful tool – but most people are using them wrong and risking all sorts of damage.

They were never intended to be stuck down into the inner ear and the packaging always warns against it – but so many of us do exactly that. It can actually make ear wax problems worse, by impacting it and causing more of a blockage. And in extreme cases it can even perforate the eardrum.

If you do have a problem with ear wax see your GP or a professional who can use safe methods, such as washing with a special solution.

Here are a few excellent – and safe – uses for your ear buds

  • Using ear buds to clean the outer ear is fine! Just don’t go into the inner ear and sweep outwards away from the inner ear.
  • Ear buds are a fantastic tool for applying or removing makeup. Smaller, more maneuverable and more accurate than larger cotton wool pads or balls.
  • For baby they can be used in small areas such as between fingers and toes, behind ears and so on.
  • In first aid an ear bud can be used to gently clean small cuts or grazes and apply washes or ointment.
  • On your pets an ear bud can help clean all those tricky to reach places and apply creams.
  • Even in DIY – ear buds are small enough to get into difficult cracks to clean, dab oil, dipped in stain remover, and all sorts of clever uses.

Ear buds are so flexible and multi functional that it’s always worth having some on hand. Just don’t stick them right in your ear!

Our soft cotton ear buds have environmentally friendly paper sticks. And they come in a fantastic value pack of 2000. So you don’t need to worry about stocking up and always have some around.

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Synthetic shaving brush secrets for the best shave

Shaving Brush

A synthetic shaving brush is an essential bit of kit for getting a really good shave. Using a shaving brush adds an important extra step to shaving that will make all the difference.

And because our synthetic shaving brush is 100% vegan and cruelty free you can get a great shave in good conscience.

Using a synthetic shaving brush

The key to the best shave is in the preparation. Which is where your shaving brush comes in. Using a good quality shaving soap or foam, use your brush to work up a really good lather. The brush doesn’t just help you get a good lather. It prepares the skin by softening and loosening up the hair and follicles. This makes them easier for the razor to cut. There will be less irritation and a closer shave.

The brush also gently exfoliates the skin for that really healthy look. The massaging effect stimulates blood flow to the skin leaving you feeling fresh. It will prevent ingrown hairs too.

This is the secret to the best shave, and you can do it yourself at home with our great value synthetic shaving brush.

The shaving brush looks like a classic shaving accessory with its black handle and attractive design. Traditional shaving brushes are expensive and made with culled badger or boar hair. But the synthetic shaving brush gives the same great shave without the animal products. It’s also much less expensive.

There’s no need to rush through shaving in your morning routine. Use a synthetic shaving brush and treat yourself to the best shave.

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Hair combs to the rescue

Hair combs are the unsung heroes of grooming and personal care. Such a simple little thing but we would be lost without them.

A hero is always there in an emergency. Wherever you need hair combs, make sure they are there too.

Perhaps your hair needs a quick run through when you have been out in the wind or rain. After a workout at the gym. One last quick tidy up before you leave the house, or before you get into work.

Combs are not exactly the sort of thing you want to loan out either. When anyone asks to borrow one you don’t want to be mean and refuse. But you aren’t going to want to use it again after.

That’s what’s so smart about getting a great value pack of five hair combs from PimplePopper. One stays at home, one goes in the glove box in the car, one in the bag. One at the office and one in a gym bag and you have all your bases covered.

Our black men’s hair combs come in a handy pack of five in a classic style. So if yours are always going missing, getting borrowed, or there’s never one around when you need it, you are sorted.

No more searching through all your bags or cursing wondering where you put your single, solitary comb. Get prepared, get stocked up, get all the hair combs you need with PimplePopper.

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A pumice stone for soft summer feet

The summer this year has been a bit “variable” to say the least but there’s still some life in it yet. So there might still be the chance to crack out your sandals or make it to the beach. That means keeping your feet in top summer condition – with the reliable pumice stone.

A pumice stone is a easy, low-tech way to keep your feet nice and smooth. Rub away the dry, dead skin that causes calluses and cracked heels.

And even if the summer doesn’t rally again, it’s still nice to have fresh feet.

Have a pamper and a pedicure with a pumice stone

A pumice stone is great for sloughing of all that dead skin but you can do a little preparation to help. Soak your feet for a while, five minutes is fine but up to fifteen minutes would be better. This could be in the bath or just the feet in a bowl. For extra softness you can add an oil, or a touch of a nice relaxing bubble bath.

Rather than furiously attacking the problem area go for a slow and steady approach. Wet the pumice stone and then rub in a circular motion, lightly, for a few minutes. It should not hurt, so stop if it gets painful. If you have a tough buildup it might take a few sessions to sort out. Have patience and you will have lovely soft feet in no time.

Once you have finished your scrubbing, rinse off the pumice and leave it to dry. Then treat your feet to some nice moisturising cream.

PimplePopper’s pumice stone comes with a rope for easy hanging and storing. Pair with our foot file or hemp glove for a squeaky clean session for your feet.

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