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HGB :: Japonesque pocket curler

Next to a paper cut, there’s no pain more aggravating than pinching your eyelids when you curl your lashes.

I say “aggravating” because it’s the kind of pain that you simply can’t complain about without sounding like the biggest wuss on the planet and yet we all know, my friends, that that ish hurts, especially when you’ve aligned all of them perfectly on the lip of your curler and you think that this time – this time! – you’ll get it all on one pass so you get ready to squeeze down with all the force of your thumb and forefinger but you overcompensated and…well…

Insert profanity of choice here.

I’d pretty much given up on curling my lashes after numerous such instances when I happened to stumble on the Japonesque Go Curl Pocket Curler on Amazon.


And because I’m a sucker for pink and for anything that remotely hints of Japan, I decided to read the reviews.  Now, I don’t know about you, but I always go for the one-star reviews first to see if the product is even worth my time.  This curler got 8 one-star reviews out of 75 – not bad – and after perusing them, I realized the critiques covered issues that I wasn’t too concerned about (no heat, broke easily, didn’t get the curl in one pass).

And, heck!  It was only $11 and I have Prime, so into my cart it went.

It’s now been over a year and a half and the Go Curl has officially made it onto the HGB roster.

I love the fact that it’s light, both in color and weight.  As another reviewer said, the light color allows me to see my dark lashes better.  And the light weight makes it oh so maneuverable in my clumsy hands.

Speaking of maneuverability, let’s digress, hearken back to the traditional curler, and discuss my personal limitations with it.  For me, this curler is a two-step coordination process: 1. position the curved part on my face so it covers the majority of my lashes but doesn’t jab at my cheekbones, then 2. figure out a way to hook my fingers in the scissor-like handles so I don’t slip or cramp up when I commit to the curl.

Yeah.  Not gonna happen.  Can you see why I was in pain most of the time?

With the Go Curl, however, my coordination-challenged self can simply slide that sucker right up to my lash line and squeeze.  Why?  Because the “trigger” works less like scissors and more like chopsticks: the mechanism allows me to mimic my thumb and forefinger’s pressing motion, making it a breeze to do the deed.  (Thumb in front and forefinger on that back lever.  See?)


Now I must do a full disclosure here and mention that I did have to replace my first one about six months in, but that’s only because I was squeezing too hard with overenthusiastic glee.  The top prong is very thin, especially on the edges, and prone to chipping if you’re not gentle.  With this second one, I’m a lot less vigorous and I foresee the Go Curl lasting me at least through the rest of this year if not longer.

I know this may not sit well with the reduce/reuse/recycle folks, but I swear this is not another planned obsolescence item.  In fact, if handled with care, it really is a lifesaver in the morning when it’s your turn to drive in carpool and so have lost an extra thirty minutes of sleep and are bleary-eyed and not yet awake when you start messing with objects so close to your eyes but still manage to get a decent, painless curl on both sets of lashes.

The Japonesque Go Curl Pocket Curler has definitely earned a spot in my makeup bag and I will gladly replace it for as long as I break it and they make it.

Just please always have the pink option.

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