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37 Surprisingly Easy Beauty Products That Reviewers See Work Almost Immediately

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37 Surprisingly Easy Beauty Products That Reviewers See Work Almost Immediately

We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.


A set of Avarelle rounded or extra-large patches that reviewers say blend seamlessly with their skin, meaning you can even slap one on when going to the office, and let it work its pimple-draining magic. Whether it’s during the day or overnight, people say their pimples are brought to a head faster than you can say pop.,

Promising review: “I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now). I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Everyone should have these on-hand for a stubborn zit when you really need them.” —Caitlyn

Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.50 and a box of 8 extra-large patches for $8.50, both from Amazon.

To learn more, check out “These Satisfying Acne Patches Deserve A National Holiday, Change My Mind“.


Or! A set of Dr. Jart micro tip patches, because these’ll tackle deeper, cystic acne thanks to their self-dissolving micro tips that work like your derm’s usual methods. A combo of hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, and peptides melt into the zit within ~two hours~ to soothe inflammation that usually takes MUCH longer to heal.,

Promising review: “WOW! I’ve had a tough spot of big cystic pimples that wouldn’t dry out or get any smaller no matter what I did. I wore one of these overnight. The next day one of the pimples was completely white and gone in a few hours and the other was significantly smaller and is now almost gone. I’ve used many spot treatments before, but I LOVED this one. Definitely buying more! And I loved the microneedles it has, really think that’s what made such a difference!” —cassiefernandez

Get a pack of six from Sephora for $18.


A B Uniq purple hair mask to brighten your blonde hair to fully platinum in just five minutes (!!!), aka you’ll space out the amount of time in-between your trips to the $$$ salon. AND it multitasks as a deep conditioner to add extra shine and help undo damage from bleaching.

The violet formula neutralizes yellow tones left from pigment residue after bleaching or lightening, and brightens your hair without drying it out (in fact it doubles as a deep conditioner) — all in just five minutes.

Promising review: “Let’s be honest, for an at-home hair product that takes five mins in the shower, this mask kicks ass! I’m so mad I didn’t take before-and-after pictures. But I went from a yellowy bleach blonde to a cool icy blonde in just four minutes! Badass! Next week I’m going to leave it in just a little longer to get a couple of those stubborn brassy blonde highlights out, but seriously for an at-home $25 hair treatment, you can’t beat it!” —Shelly K.

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

See how a v similar purple shampoo works in “If You Color Your Hair Blonde, You Need This Purple Shampoo“.


A Cosrx snail essence sun cream with SPF 50 for actually finding motivation to wear protection (important!!), especially if you have oily skin. Its weightless formula of snail mucin, hyaluronic acid, and other hydrating ingredients controls excess oil, nourishes unbalanced complexions, and leaves a refreshed ~glow~. Reviewers with irritated skin say this leaves them oil-free and refreshed!


Promising review: “I am a skincare freak, and I admit it. I also hate layering SPF over great moisturizers. I also have rosacea, so less is more on my cheeks that are super reactive. I’ve found snail mucin to have helped calm my cheeks, so I tried this as a replacement. It’s amazing. My skin looks great and it’s protected. Buy! You’re going to love it!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.98.


A widely-loved HerStyler hair repair serum so you can take matters into your own hands when it comes to treating fried, damaged tresses. Infused with vitamin E, aloe vera, and argan oil, this bb works overtime to restore shine, flatten frizz, and overall bring that tired mane back to LIFE. And all it takes a few swipes of your fingers.

Promising review: “I really love this product. I tried this as a sample a while ago and fell in love with it. When I received it the mail I used it right away and could a big difference with my hair. First, it smells really good and second, my hair feels softer. It’s like I have new hair, especially if you have dry-ends. This serum transforms your dead-ends and makes them look shiny and softer. But I also spread it around my hair to give it a more shiny look. I’m really happy with this product!” —Lea Carranza

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

To learn more, check out “Thousands Of People Say This Serum *Actually* Has Helped Their Dry And Frizzy Hair“.


A Coty Airspun face powder that can be used as both foundation *and* setting powder — and to streamline everything down to a one-minute process. Basically acne, fine lines, and shine will be tackled all at once without having to conquer 100 beauty products (and reviewers say it keeps them matte all darn day).


Promising review: “I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using a more expensive powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared oily by the end of the work day. By 5 p.m. I have been wearing my makeup for about 10 hours. I also live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the other powder and is 13% of the cost. I can’t believe it. I’m never going back.” —AlexisJulian

Get it from Amazon for $5.67+ (available in six shades and two sizes).

To learn more, check out “This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless“.


A Benton aloe toner with an easy-to-pump, because this’ll only require you to blend with your fingers (no cotton pads required) before moisturizing. Aloe, salicylic acid, and snail mucin work together to drastically moisturize and soothe your complexion — people with redness especially love this, and say they see results of calmer skin ~overnight~!

Promising review: “This is the toner that convinced me that toners are worthwhile. My skin is very fair and tends toward splotchy redness, especially after cleansing. I apply this toner after double cleansing and I can watch as the redness recedes and my skin becomes smooth and even. It’s the one part of my routine that I never skip.” —Amy K.

Get it from Soko Glam for $19.

See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A Vogue Effects eyeliner stamp for delivering a result we once thought was impossible: a perfect cat-eye every single morning. No steady hand or skills necessary: this’ll stamp sharp wings on in under 60 seconds.

This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. It’s even available in three sizes so you can choose the thickness of your wings!

Promising review: “Let me start by saying this isn’t my first cat-eye rodeo. I’ve tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out….but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line.” —LadyMeow

Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

To learn more, check out “Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye“. And! Check out what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.


An Elizavecca hair treatment so you can pack on collagen-infused ingredients to undo heat and bleaching damage, and bring back the shine you DESERVE. Five minutes of wearing this mask, and your mane will be ready for its shampoo commercial debut. Commence slow-mo hair toss.

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It’s packed with protein, Ceramide 3, and collagen so it can work quickly to get your hair shiny and soft.

Promising review: “My hair used to be really shiny. Then I had purple hair for a year, followed by blue for six months. My stylist had to bleach the beejeebers out of my hair to remove all of the funky colors. Ever since, my hair has been dry, crispy, and definitely not shiny. This stuff really makes a difference! I used it maybe 10-14 days ago, and I just redid it tonight. After shampooing, I towel-dried my hair and then put a big blob throughout my long-ish hair and clipped it up. I left it on for quite a while, just puttering around and getting chores done. Then I rinsed it and my hair feels soft and looks much shinier. I will keep using this as long as I need to (it will take a few years to grow out all the damage while maintaining length). I’m really glad that I read that article and bought the product” —SHANNON FRASER

Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

Check out a BuzzFeed editor’s full review in “7 Game-Changing Beauty Products We’re Currently Obsessing Over“.


A NYX makeup-setting spray that’ll ensure a lightweight, matte finish that lasts ALL DAY after a few quick spritzes. Foundation? Locked in. Eyeshadow? There to stay longer than you even did your makeup.

Promising review: “I have a lot of acne and oily skin and I must say this setting spray is really the cherry on top! When I put this on after I finish applying makeup, I NEVER get oily! I have worn this through two shifts (I have two jobs), rode two buses to get home, and walked home, and I still looked flawless! This is a must-have.” —Sasha

Get it from Amazon for $3.79.


A Chapstick conditioning lip scrub, because this’ll make your pucker as even as possible, therefore wishing flaky lipstick adieu. Not to mention its formula of maracuja and coconut oil, shea butter, and vitamin E will leave chapped lips feeling totally refreshed after just a couple of minutes.

Promising review: “I love the sugar scrub on the lips. I put it on every night. It makes your lips super smooth. I wish I would have known about this product years ago.” —jennifer wiseman

Get it from Amazon for $4.20+ (available in five formulas).


A Radha rosehip oil for a routine that requires merely a few drops to tackle redness, scarring, pimples, and everything in-between. Reviewers use this before bed and wake up to ✨glowing✨, healing skin! Nothing will get in your way of clear skin again…not on this bb’s watch.

Promising review: “This stuff is amazing. My skin has virtually no breakouts, appears smoother, and feels smoother now that I use this. I’m 32 and still get cystic acne, been on Accutane twice, and nothing worked. I’m so happy BuzzFeed had an article about it, I’m sold! Yes, its pretty oily, but it soaks in. I use it in the a.m. as my moisturizer and at p.m. before bed. It has a yellow tint, but fades after soaking in. I highly recommend it.” —Emily Jacob

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

To learn more, check out “This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems“.


A Tarte teeth-whitening pen so you can use it throughout the day to help give your grin a boost — plus its soft-bristle brush works well on uneven teeth, thanks to its 360° application. People say their teeth look a shade or two whiter after the first couple of uses!


AND it’s bleach-free, which is great for avoiding sensitivity!

Promising review: “Other whitening treatments have been way too harsh on my teeth, and I chose this one because I wanted a vegan one that didn’t use strips. I’ve only used it a few times and I can tell that my teeth are whiter. The formula doesn’t have a weird taste, and it’s not annoying to leave on. It’s easy enough to apply that I use it frequently. I will repurchase when I run out!” —Sara H

Get it from Tarte for $22, or a similar pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.

See why this won best lowest-priced teeth whitener on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A Mizon eye cream with a whopping combo of collagen, raspberry extract, argan oil, shea butter, hyaluronic acid, and MORE to fade fine lines and deeply nourish your under-eyes. This just may become the most soothing (and quickest!) part of your routine — with results that DELIVER.

Promising review: “Holy smokes. I couldn’t believe my eyes when I looked at my under-eye bags/dark circles after applying this. I went around showing everyone in my family. I cannot rave enough about how wonderful this product is. It goes on smooth, feels very cool under the eye, and it isn’t heavy at all. It evaporates really well on the skin and doesn’t leave any greasy or sticky residue. This outdoes even some of the $50-$80 eye creams I have tried before. This is now my everyday eye cream. I’m done trying out new products.” —Jolie Colin

Get it from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in two sizes).


A bottle of Teddie Organics rose water toner spray that’ll treat your acne on-the-go and drastically reduce redness and oily T-zones as soon as you use it. You just have to spritz. Not to mention it has a heavenly 🌹rose scent 🌹.

It’ll also restore your skin’s pH balance and fade redness. It’s everything you want your toner to do, except now you can use it WHEREVER. Plus it’s organic and suitable for sensitive skin!

Promising review: “I have very acne-prone and sensitive skin that is pale with pink and red undertones. I break out very easily, and my skin is irritated even by the ‘sensitive skin’ brands and formulas. I have used EVERYTHING under the sun to aid in redness and sensitivity, and nothing has worked to calm flare-ups like this. I wake up and my skin is glowing and peachy pale, as opposed to red and blotchy. This rose water has not only improved my skin’s redness and overall tone, but it has virtually eliminated any signs on acne. I use before I put on my redness moisturizer and before bed as a refresher. I also find myself spritzing at various times of the day, because the fragrance is so pleasant.” —Kathy Pancake

Get it from Amazon for $10.

See what won best toners on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A Revlon one-step hair dryer and styler, because this’ll bring pro-like blowouts right to your ~fingertips~ by creating sleek, frizz-free ‘dos in half the time. How? Flexible tangle-free bristles smooth and style your hair as you brush, while negative ions condition and reduce static as you dry. The result: an easy-peasy glossy mane.


It has two heat and speed setting, plus a cool option!

Promising review: “I have very thick, long and wavy hair and this hair dryer/straightener is the best ever at making it look like I just stepped out of a salon! I have a ton of different hair styling tools, mostly because I had not found one that really does what I need well — until I bought this one! It dries and straightens my hair in just 10-15 minutes and instead of a flat dry look I get from a hair straightener, it looks silky! People at work keep asking where I get my hair done. It is fabulous at helping get the hair in the back of my head. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this dryer!” —TJ

Get it from Amazon for $36.99.


A CoverGirl matte concealer for avoiding ruining your entire morning in the name of covering a pimple, and surprise yourself with how quickly this’ll get the job done. Its stick design is easy to use and blend, plus reviewers say it takes *very* little to achieve full coverage without additional foundation. No fuss. No mess.

AND it’s available in 30 shades, so it’s easier to find one that actually looks natural.

Promising review: “For all of you lovely makeup lovers (like myself), this stuff is amazing! I honestly thought I was going to get ehh ok results especially because I usually conceal with a peach/orange color correcting concealer for my under eyes and acne scars, because they’re quite a bit darker than the rest of my face. I also normally set with a powder before applying my foundation over the top but I wanted to see if this was good enough on its own and it is. I didn’t set it or my foundation and after shopping for hours in the Texas heat, there weren’t any creases or patchy blotches. I love it.” —Kimber Rosee

Get it from Amazon for $7.54 (available in 30 shades).


A popular eyelash curler so you can pump up your lashes’ volume and prevent clumping — all before you even put on mascara. Reviewers with short lashes swear by these, because they effectively lengthen without tugging or pulling!


It’s recommended to hold down the eyelash curler for three to five seconds, then pulse halfway down the lashes three times — one second per pulse.

Promising review: “I have had many eyelash curlers over the years, at varying prices, but this is the best one ever! My last lash curler was twice the price and this is 1000 times better. The product is very well made and I love the rose gold. It will be my only one for the rest of my life.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors).


A Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo that’ll go straight to the source of damage — your scalp. It hits the reset button for dull, damaged hair — just a weekly rinse with this will remove dulling residues (hello, styling products) and bring your mane back to its previous ✨shiny✨ state.

Promising review: “This is a great product! It removed months/years of product build-up in my hair that I didn’t even know I had. After just one wash, my hair felt lighter, finer, more voluminous, and I needed fewer styling products to achieve the same results. I have long, dark, fine hair and I use this about once every two weeks, or once every four to five washes.” —Kat

Get it from Amazon for $4.74.


A tin of Cerépil blue wax beads because not only is this the brand that most higher-end salons use, but it’s easy as all heck to use at home for literally half the cost. People swear it’s practically painless, leaves zero bumps or redness, and gives them the same results as a professional session. Feel free to tip yourself.

Most reviewers use the Gigi Wax Warmer ($25.45 on Amazon) to heat up the beads! You’ll also need applicator sticks ($7.99 on Amazon for a pack of 100).

“My frequent trips to European Wax Center was costing a lot of money, so I decided to get serious about self-waxing. I purchased a soft wax that you use with the strips, and then this. I really had a hard time getting my armpits done with the strips. They peeled off my skin, and required multiple passes. It hurt so much, and I was sure I’d never be able to do it. Last weekend, I decided to try the hard wax, and it was so easy that I just started waxing other parts of my body like my legs, upper lips, bikini area, and stomach strip. I did multiple passes, and it handled it all perfectly. I’ll reserve this wax for my face, and underarms since I got no discomfort, and so far no ingrown hair using this wax. I will definitely be repurchasing.” —JinxPhoenix

Get it from Amazon for $22.55.

To learn more, check out “Thousands Of People Swear By Cirépil Wax For Painless Waxing And Saving Money“.


A set of Nip + Fab glycolic cleansing pads for resurfacing new skin in no time at all, thanks to their formula of exfoliating 2.8% glycolic acid, hyaluronic acid, witch hazel, and a light moisturizer. Even if you’re mid-breakout, reviewers say these are gentle enough to tackle active pimples.

FYI, the witch hazel is there to soothe and tone your skin (to balance out the other exfoliating properties). And if you’re a skincare obsessive like me, I don’t have to tell you how great a deal $10 is for glycolic acid. Bless.

Promising review: “I am new to the world of AHAs and glycolic acid, so I’m not sure how this product measures up to others similar to it. But I’ll never go back to NOT exfoliating. I’ve noticed my stubborn acne scars fading drastically after only a week of using these nightly. My recurring acne in those areas seem to be dying down, and my overall skin tone seems to be brightening. I am really impressed so far!” —Mitzy McMillion

Get a pack of 60 from Amazon for $9.97.


An Ohii eye-brightening pen so you can perk up dark, tired under-eyes on your way to the job that forced you to wake up at the crack of dawn. Its glimmering, highlighting shades deliver a cooling sensation *and* illuminate dark under-eyes — may this bring you a moment of peace before your day begins.

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Promising review: “Ohhh my god, this is my new favorite product. This makes my under-eyes GLOW. It has a nice shimmer that isn’t too much. Its hard to describe everything this does for my eyes, but I honestly think it’s just magic. It makes me look so refreshed even if I hardly slept the night before. I got the peach color and will probably always stick with that.” —MissAshes

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18 (available in two shades).


A Revlon nail buffer that’ll help you maintain shiny, strong nails without the need for professional manis and can EASILY be used from truly wherever. It shapes and shines even brittle nails so they always look *well-groomed*.

Promising review: “I was not expecting much, because I’m used to nail buffers that take forever to use because they do not smooth over the nail sufficiently so there are obvious bumps. However, this buffer already polished my nail with the first side as well as my other sets did at finish. Then the second side (white side) polished my nails in seconds. The shine lasts and lasts! Touch-up is easy and I have never been more satisfied with a nail buffer in my life!” —Alexandra

Get it from Amazon for $4.26.


A set of PleasingCare green tea oil-absorbing tissues, because these’ll take blotting sheets one step further by absorbing excess oil, controlling shine, AND soothing irritated complexions with green tea. Under $15 and takes two seconds to use? I call witchcraft.

They’re even all-natural! They’re made from 100% natural linen fibers with organic bamboo charcoal to keep you nice and fresh all day.

Promising review: “I love these oil blotting tissues! I never had any issues with oily skin until recently. I had tried other products that didn’t seem to work well. These tissues are amazing and are small to keep right in your purse for on the go. I only need to use them once a day usually and they produce immediate results. You can see the oil absorption on the tissue and your skin has a nice matte look to it with no more shine! Highly recommend this product.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of 200 for $11.95+ (available in three formulas).


A super-absorbent, lightweight microfiber towel so you can leave the house with frizz-free tresses, even if you’re short on time. It cuts drying time *in half* and is much more gentle than the traditional cotton towel, so you and your hair are both happy and in one piece every single morning.

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Promising review: “I bought my first Aquis microfiber towels decades ago for a trip to the Galapagos. I actually still have my two original towels but have since added to the collection. They remain as good today as they were back then, and I don’t wrap my wet hair up in anything but! My hair is less tangled and dries faster when I wrap it in my Aquis towel straight from the shower. The added bonus is that while it is wrapped, I can easily do makeup without stray hairs ending up in the mascara brush. Love my Aquis towels!” —Loves to Travel

Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in eight colors).

Check out a BuzzFeed editor’s full review in “This Miracle Hair Towel Actually Cuts My Hair Drying Time In Half“.


A set of Schick dermaplaning tools that’ll remove peach fuzz and shape brows painlessly (and without paying for a wax). They’re gentle, precise, and won’t leave irritation marks like most threading or razors. Aka your face will be as smooth as a baby’s bottom and all you did was flick your wrist.


Promising review: “I regularly used the Tinkle facial razors which I thought worked well, but I just used one of these razors for the first time yesterday and OMG the amount of peach fuzz and to my surprise dead skin that came off was shocking and oh-so-satisfying. I will definitely be stocking up.” —I & S. Stark

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $4.74.


A Stila correcting serum, because this’ll address all your concerns with one easy-to-use product. This bb will neutralize redness, conceal blemishes, energize skin tones, and brighten complexions — all before you even use foundation. What do we want? RESULTS. How do we want it? Quickly.

Promising review: “I am so in love with this product! It really corrects and evens out my skin tone…like a magic primer. It’s the first step and everything that follows is completely easy. You don’t have to worry about blending your makeup, because this already does that for you. It’s a bit pricey, just like other Stila products, but truly, a little goes a long way. You will only need half a pump per use.” —sarah paulson

Get it from Amazon for $36 (available in three formulas).


A bottle of Tend Skin’s shaving solution for nixing ingrown hairs and razor bumps ~in the bud~. When applied before waxing or shaving, it drastically reduces redness, irritation, and bumps — even in the bikini area!

Reviewers say you can also use this after shaving!

Promising review: “This stuff is AMAZING. You would never believe it, but it works wonders. One of the worst parts of summer for me is razor burn and chafing/irritation, particularly at the beach when the hair follicles on my legs dry up from the saltwater. This stuff prevents ALL of that. No bumps, no pain, nothing. The best part? It doesn’t matter when you put it on. Before you shave, after you shave, even when you’re not shaving, going to the beach, getting back from the beach, etc. It just always works.” —Claire

Get it from Amazon for $13.29+ (available in two sizes).

To learn more, check out “This Magical Product Will End Ingrown Hairs And Razor Bumps For Good“.


A tube of Glossier’s Boy Brow so your lil’ caterpillars can look perfectly groomed and full in just one, two, swipe. Reviewers swear this is one of the easiest tools to use when it comes to achieving natural-looking, full brows!

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Promising review: “I had heard about this and finally decided to give it a try after going through many other prestige brands. This product does not disappoint at all. It goes on smoothly and is just the right amount of color. Also, it makes my brows stay in place all day, not just for the first hour after application. This will be a forever purchase.” —Jessica

Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four shades).

Check out why a BuzzFeed editor loves this in “Just 9 Glossier Products We Really Love“.


A L’Oréal protein recharge treatment that’ll bring fried, over-processed manes back to life (all from the shower!). Its blend of almond extracts and protein elixirs both strengthens your hair and protects it from further heat damage — it can even withstand bleaching!

ANDDD it mends split ends and restores shine. I am IMPRESSED.

Promising review: “I noticed a difference in my hair as soon as I used it. My hair is just past my shoulders by three inches. It’s wavy, but extremely dry and has been shedding a lot lately. So I was desperate to try something new before losing it all. It’s so thin now that it’s a real concern. Right after the first use, I’ve noticed that it is shiny, soft, and much easier to mange. And it’s tangle free and has body without being weighed down. It’s nice and fluffy. I LOVE THIS STUFF.” —Aragonme

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.


A splurge-worthy Amika hair waver with three connected barrels to create usually-difficult, “effortless” beach waves with one simple tool. All you need to do is slowly move it down your hair in the same way you straighten — this’ll do all the curling for you.

Its molding leaves zero creases, while its ionic technology leaves your hair totally smooth! AND it works on all hair types, including thick.

Promising review: “I’m clueless about hair styling — I’m an air-dry and go kinda gal, but this was stupidly easy to use, and created bouncy, buoyant waves that served my fine hair beautifully. I first tested it on freshly washed hair, and it gave me texture and bounce when my hair had been feeling lifeless. First use, I am in LOVE!” —lasilver

Get it from Sephora for $120.


A Maybelline under-eye concealer, because its super simple sponge applicator tip and goji berry extracts will treat dark circles and puffy under-eyes in the easiest and neatest way possible. You may have binged Mindhunter all night, but after a couple of dabs the world will never know.

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Promising review: “This is the best under-eye concealer ever. I am 67-years-old and have tried them all. It blends nicely with my foundation and has never caked. The sponge applicator is soft and makes application quick and easy. I will continue to use this product and hope, like many products I’ve used over the years, that it doesn’t get discontinued.” —Morty

Get it from Amazon for $7.94+ (available in 12 shades).

Check out a BuzzFeed editor’s full review on why she loves this concealer in “Just 8 Maybelline Products We Really Love“.


A CeraVe moisturizing cream for flaking on super dry and red skin with literally just this product. It’s so thick yet effective that it’s earned the National Eczema Seal of Acceptance, which you’ll definitely understand when your complexion finally feels hydrated for 24 hours.

Promising review: “I developed a dry, patchy area on the side of my mouth, but figured it was dry skin due to winter. After a week it spread to my chin and other side of my mouth. I thought it would go away on its own but then three weeks passed. I tried moisturizers and coconut oil but nothing worked! I was frustrated and embarrassed by this patchy, scaley skin on my face! As a last ditch effort I tried Cerave and it worked! It was much better after two days! Its now a month later and its still gone!” —Kathleen

Get it from Amazon for $14.31.


A Hair Dance powder dry shampoo so you can manage just washed–looking hair whenever you don’t have time to shower in the morning (aka five out of five work days). It uses rice starch to absorb excess oil without leaving white residue, while seamlessly blending into every hair color. All you need to do is use your fingers.

Promising review: “After using this, my hair has great volume and it doesn’t look greasy at all. I have very fine, blonde hair. My hair gets greasy so fast, I’m amazed at how well this works and very impressed. The bottle is tiny, but you will be surprised how little you need to use. It will last you several months. It has a very light lavender smell and is not overpowering at all. If you want a more natural approach, definitely give this a try!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

See what won best dry shampoos on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A Shea Moisture black soap bar that’ll clear up eczema and psoriasis breakouts before you have time to scratch. Its blend of aloe, tea tree oil, and soothing oats not only calms irritated skin (hello, deep moisture), but also effectively treats acne! Is there anything this can’t do? NO.


It *also* has lemon balm and gotu kola to conquer acne-causing, irritating bacteria. Basically this has all the clarifying properties of their cult-favorite African black soap ($5.99), but with the added benefits of helping to treat eczema and psoriasis!

Promising review: “It took four doctors to tell me that I had psoriasis, and I had it bad — all over my back, legs, arms, chest, and hands. I started using this immediately and I am mostly cleared up. The doctor wanted to put me on Humira, which has all kinds of side effects. Plus, this soap makes your skin smooth and smells good. Even my doctor is impressed.” —George

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $11.99.


A pack of Bioré pore strips to draw blackheads, dirt, and oil out of clogged pores from your nose and forehead like a flipping magnet. Deep clean does not even BEGIN to define these. Did I mention they work in 10 minutes?

Promising review: “This product has been a favorite blackhead removal of mine for years and years. I only use this about once every couple of weeks and every time I am amazed at how much oil and dead skin buildup these strips remove. The application process is simple and easy, I tend to apply this right after a shower (because the steam helps the product work better/open up pores).This product has never dried out my skin, broken my skin, or failed to remove blackheads and I recommend this everyone.” —Jennifer N

Get a pack of 14 from Amazon for $7.52.

To learn more, check out “These Amazingly Satisfying Pore Strips Are A Cult Favorite For A Reason“.


A cuticle and oil nail pen, because this’ll drastically repair brittle, damaged nails and cuticles — and can totally be used one-the-go. People actually also use this to stop biting their nails, meaning you can put an end to the habit yourself in your free time.

Its nourishing formula combines jojoba wax ester (a v hydrating ingredient), vitamins A and E, and grape seed and tea tree oil.

Promising review: “I NEVER leave reviews for anything I buy, good or bad, because I buy so much stuff from Amazon, but THIS deserves a review. My nails were brittle, flaky, and peeled very easily. I applied this multiple times a day, and saw mega improvement in my nails. They weren’t completely fixed so I bought another, because as I said, my nails were improving. I’m a little more than halfway done with the second one and my nail are so strong! So so strong. I totally recommend it. It’s worth the $8.” —Don

Get it from Amazon for $7.45 (available in three scents).

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35 Of The Best Gifts For Beauty Lovers In 2019

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35 Of The Best Gifts For Beauty Lovers In 2019

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A set of Juno & Co. velvet makeup brushes, because these’ll make their beauty routine feel extra luxurious every morning. Not only are they *super* soft, but they blend and contour better than most traditional sponges — meaning, your friends suddenly owe you for their new “skills”.

They can be used wet or dry, and have three sides for different effects: its pointy top is great for contouring eyes and lips, the slanted edge for blending setting powders and covering your under-eyes, and the flat bottom for applying makeup to the larger areas of your face, like your forehead, cheeks, and chin.

Promising review: “Woah! This sponge is revolutionary. I’m a sponge snob and will never go back to any other sponge. Let’s just say, with my old brand, it would take a full pump of foundation to cover my car wrecked face. With this sponge, I tried my full pump and ended up being covered in more layers of foundation than I could count. Learned my lesson and only have to use 1/4 of a pump with this sponge, because it doesn’t soak your foundation up like other brands.” —Lexi

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).


A glittery Avon lipstick to give them the greatest beauty gift of all: a timeless, bold lip. Its creamy matte finish is super easy to apply (hello, rookies) *and* comes in a chic decorative box so you don’t even have to wrap it. Bless.



A trio of mini I Dew Care face masks so they can have PLENTY of self-care Sundays all on your (cheap!) dime. Each mask offers its own benefits: “Sugar Kitten” hydrates with hyaluronic acid, “Disco Kitten” brightens dull complexions, and “Space Kitten” gently exfoliates. All that + insta-worthy formulas = lots of gratitude.


Promising review (for “Disco Kitten”): “This is the best face mask I have ever bought; your skin truly transforms! The first time I tried it, I wasn’t expecting much, but was completely surprised by the results. I immediately bought another jar.” —Labvamp

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $19.


A powder mani starter kit, because this’ll be the gift that just keeps on giving for nail enthusiasts. PLUS, it’ll help them save moolah if they regularly splurge on manis, last three to six weeks every time they use it, and look professional. They can’t ask for much more.,

This kit comes with three powder jars (one is your base and finish, the other two light pink and white) and four polishes, which are numbered to tell you the order you’ll need to use ’em.

Promising review: “Get this. It’s sooo, sooo worth it. It comes with more than enough product to last for the foreseeable future and getting additional colors is about the same as getting a new bottle of nail polish. I personally don’t do French tip, but I has been using the base and pink color to strengthen and build my naturally peel-y and soft nails. It’s sooooo much cheaper than salon visits and beyond easy to do at home if you have even a basic understanding of nail polish.” —Michelle Gadbury

Get it from Amazon for $39.97.

You can also pick other colored starter kits or colored dip powders!


A wildly-popular Make Up Forever foundation in a whopping 50 shades that’ll put any beauty lover over the moon now that they can enjoy high-end foundation without having to splurge. Not to mention, this’ll make sure they can finally use makeup that properly matches their complexion and will last ~24 hours~ — if we all still used MySpace top friends, this would make you number one.


A Mario Badescu mist set with three best-selling facial sprays: cucumber and green tea (to hydrate and tone), rosewater and herbs (to energize your complexion midday), and chamomile and lavender (to calm in the evening). Aka this’ll be a skincare lover’s dream come true: 24/7 pampering.,

All are infused with collagen to give your skin an easy pick-me-up! Let’s take a closer look:

* Aloe, cucumber, and green tea: to wake up dull tired, skin, hydrate, tone, and reduce redness in irritated complexions. Also popular for treating breakouts throughout the day.

* Aloe, chamomile and lavender: to comfort irritated, dry skin, hydrate, overall de-stress both you and your complexion.

* Aloe herbs and rosewater: to hydrate, and treat dry, uncomfortable skin throughout the day. Also great for refreshing makeup.

Promising review: “Love, love, love each of these sprays! I actually purchased this set as a gift after using them for myself. They’re so versatile, use before or after makeup, throughout the day, before bed, or whenever you need a pick-me-up!” —Sarah

Get it from Amazon for $21.


A set of face mask brushes for upgrading their beauty routine with tools that’ll feel like h-e-a-v-e-n on their skin *and* prevent them from wasting product, therefore cash. You are just such a good friend.

Plus, their silicone bristles are easier to clean than traditional brushes and distribute product more evenly!

Promising review: “I love these silicone brushes; they helped me keep bacteria definitely to a minimum on my face, which is the goal when you don’t want acne. It also makes the products that I use last way longer, because I can get everything out of the jar and I can spread the products on my face so much more evenly.” —Marisol Porrata-oviedo

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $3.98.


A Fenty Beauty mini gloss set so they can collect fan favorite lippies without having to splurge on full-sized, individual bottles. Each shade is irresistibly shimmery, rich with conditioning shea butter, and needs only one swipe for a bold effect. Get ready for one glossy smooch.


They’ll get four shades: Fu$$y (dusty pink) Pretty Please (fuschia), Hot Chocolit (rich brown), Confetti (iridescent opal), and Cheeky (bright red-orange).

Promising review: “Love it! They are way bigger than I expected for minis. Totally worth the money! They are so soft and smell good too, and the glitter is beautiful.” —MeowMeow12312

Get a pack of five from Sephora for $42.


A Vivienne Sabó mascara, because this’ll convert your favorite brand snob into a believer in lower-priced mascaras. It’s a one-stop journey to thick, fanned lashes in just a bat of the eye — aka all the results they expect from high-end labels, just without the scary holiday spending.

Promising review: “I have religiously used Diorshow Black mascara for the past decade. I decided that I no longer wanted to spend $30 on mascara, so I decided to venture out a find a more affordable brand. After reading the reviews on Amazon, I decided to purchase this product. The brush is small, which makes it easy to work both the top and bottom lashes. The product itself it thick enough to make a noticeable difference on my lashes, but not too thick that it looks clumpy. I have had no issues with the product running either, and I tend to rub my eyes frequently.” —Denay

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

See what won best waterproof mascara on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A pack of silk scrunchies that’ll quickly become any hot sleeper’s go-to. They protect hair from breakage and damage (so long, frizz) while keeping pesky strands out of the way so they’re free to toss and turn to their heart’s content.

Urban Outfitters

Promising review: “Having these silk hair ties has decreased the frizz I get in my hair and causes less tangles!” —ylume

Get a pack of 10 from Urban Outfitters for $12 (originally $18; available in three color combinations).


And! A silk pillowcase so they can feel like they’re literally sleeping in the lap of luxury every night, all while decreasing frizz and hair breakage. When you see their glossier mane, feel free to give yourself a pat on the back.


Promising review: “I have seen a noticeable difference in my hair in the mornings while using these, and overall they are so smooth and comfortable to sleep on. I’ve washed them several times and haven’t seen a difference in the quality. I would buy again.” —Kate

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.99 (available in sizes standard–king and 15 colors).


A FOREO LUNA Mini 2, aka 60 seconds of the most luxurious cleansing routine they’ll ever *face* without a pricey trip to the spa. In fact, this silicone cleanser will make you their number one in ~under a minute.~

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It gently vibrates (you can pick from eight speeds) to simultaneously deep clean and exfoliate so even those of us who wear a full face of makeup are squeaky clean after just a minute. And! It’s made up of nonporous, bendable silicone touchpoints to deter bacteria buildup and thoroughly exfoliate without irritating your skin.

Promising review: “I got this as a Christmas gift. I’m in my late thirties and still struggling with cystic (hormonal) acne. I needed three to four products to hide the suckers. After a couple days of using the mini, my skin looked better. A few months later and my skin looks and feels amazing. It’s soft and smooth. I still get breakouts, but they’re smaller and heal within a day or two. I’ve got a whole cabinet full of skin products and makeup that I just don’t need anymore. Yes, I agree that it’s pricy, but think of how much you’ll save on other skincare products that you won’t need anymore!” —M Gannon

Get it from Foreo for $139 (available in six shades).

To learn more about why a BuzzFeed editor swears by this, check out “This 60-Second Face Cleansing Device Is A Game-Changer For Your Skin Care Routine“.


A Lily England rose gold detangling hair brush with an ergonomic handle and extra-gentle flexible bristles, because they’ll be thanking you every morning when brushing out knots is suddenly a painless process.


Its handle is designed to make sure your wrist never gets tired and its ~274~ flexible bristles are strictly gentle when brushing through knots. Aka they create less friction than ordinary hairbrushes to reduce hair loss and breakage. AMAZING.

Promising review: “Listen I don’t know who Lily England is, but that woman is a godsend! Being in the military also makes me plaster my hair to my head so trying to brush out my hair at the end of the day with all the product turns into another war in itself. For as long as I can remember, I have always used a normal brush. Oh my lawd, am I so thankful for this brush. The first time I used it, I decided to try after work. This thing literally told my hair that everything was going to be okay. I also used to make a rug on my floor with my hair, and I also could have made a scarf with the hair that was left on my regular brush after three days. Not this bad boy!!! Just buy it — it’s shiny and nice to your hair, head, and floor.” —Ashley

Get it from Amazon for $11.47+ (available in three colors).


A mini beauty fridge that’ll (according to reviewers) help organic or all-natural skincare last longer, and make applying their favorite products feel so. darn. refreshing. thanks to a now cooling touch (particularly great for eye cream and masks!). And what beauty lover doesn’t want to hop on this trend?!

Promising review: “Beauty supply storage: It’s compact and very lightweight. I’m in love, I have products I know would last longer and work better on my skin if stored in a cool place and this is conveniently in my bathroom vs the need to travel to the kitchen morning and night. It’s so quiet you literally have to be directly in front of it to hear the softest whisper of a fan blow, practically silent. And it cooled in three hours just like it said, and it’s as cold as my full-size fridge.” —Walet Palmer

Get it from Amazon for $44.99 (available in seven colors).


A Tarte blush and highlighter collection featuring three sets of shimmering shade combinations (nine in total!) so they never run out of ✨looks✨, whether they want to go neutral, bold, glimmering, or something in-between.


Promising review: “I LOVE this set!!! They’re such amazing quality. It has different shades for days where I want lighter highlight or warmer blush. They are all so pigmented and easy to blend. I love all the different undertones they include.” —Jaedyn C

Get a pack of three from Tarte for $35 ($171 value).


A set of gold collagen eye masks, because this’ll make treating dark circles and puffy under-eyes feel more rewarding than if they actually got eight hours of sleep. Will they think you spent big bucks? Consider these fool’s gold.


Promising review: “I love that my puffiness goes away and that my under-eyes look brighter, healthier, and more awake! These would be great prior to an event, or just if you want to relax and enjoy a special spa night! I recommend putting in the fridge to chill before applying for even a more special experience. These would also make a great gift!” —Stephen Pittman

Get a pack of 15 from Amazon for $14.97.


A Haus Laboratories lipgloss that’ll make Gaga fans (or any human, really) forever grateful when they get to pucker up in STYLE every darn day. Each shade boasts mirror-like shine, glides effortlessly on, and makes lips look smooth and full 💋.

Promising review: “I typically hate lipgloss, but this lip gloss is not sticky at all and is actually so smooth! The color pops nicely and it makes your lips appear fuller and smoother. It also lasts ever eating and drinking. I’m usually a huge matte lipstick person, but I fell in love with this gloss.” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $18 (available in six shades).

Haus Labratories’ eyeshadow sticks were one of Oprah’s favorite things (v important)! Check out that and more in “24 Of Oprah’s Favorite Things You Can Probably Afford Even If You Aren’t A Billionaire“.


A set of Dr. Althea sheet masks made of ~real silk~ with witch hazel and green tea extract to end your friend’s days on a luxurious note — all while these give them a smoother, more even complexion. Mission to find a fancy gift under $20 COMPLETE.

Soko Glam

These are particularly great for people with sensitive skin! Their ingredients soothe acne-prone skin, while encouraging skin renewal for a fresh, clearer complexion.

Promising review: “I’m falling in love with this silk mask! Unlike other sheet masks, this is super soft and it has high-adherence which gives me a great, soothing effect after using. I love to have a pampering time with this silk mask!” —Min

Get a pack of five from Soko Glam for $17.


A rose gold eyelash curler for giving them a fancy-feeling treat that won’t make your savings *lash out*. Not only is this already wildly popular for making even the shortest of lashes full and dramatic, but it’ll make all other stocking stuffers pale in comparison. Not that we’re competitive….


Promising review: “I got this for my mom as a Christmas gift and she loved it! It completely transformed her eyelashes! They went from short, stick-out eyelashes to beautiful, fuller, super curly ones! I highly recommend this eyelash curler!” —Melody Varani

Get it from Amazon for $5.56+ (available in three shades).


A super-absorbent, lightweight microfiber towel so you can help them to always leave the house with frizz-free tresses, even if they’re constantly running late. It cuts drying time *in half* and is much gentler than traditional cotton towels, aka you’ll give them a way to protect their hair from breaking and to keep hitting that snooze button.


Promising review: “Just tried my towel for the first time and I am amazed. I have thick hair; normally my hair takes at least 20-25 minutes to blow dry. When I used this towel just now, the towel was soaked when I took it off my head, and it took me only seven minutes to blow dry my hair. Seven minutes!! I don’t think I have ever dried my hair completely in anything less than 15 minutes easily. I am amazed and very impressed!” —Joanne

Get it from Amazon for $16.97 (available in three colors).

Check out a BuzzFeed editor’s full review for a v similar towel in “This Miracle Hair Towel Actually Cuts My Hair Drying Time In Half“.


A rose gold straightening brush, because this’ll make their morning routine easy AND incredibly posh. It works on every hair type (including thick and curly) and leaves manes sleek and frizz-free in a fraction of the usual time.


It using ~tourmaline technology~ (aka negative ions + infrared heat) to leave hair silky and straight with just a few swipes to prevent damage.

Promising review: “It’s so much faster than a flat iron and I don’t feel like I am burning the ends of my hair, like with the straightener. Due to ease of use, I will probably start consistently doing my hair. It really is just brushing your hair. Everyone should have one!” —Lora

Get it from FoxyBae for $149.95.


A Marvis toothpaste set that’ll upgrade their oral heath game with mint and cinnamon flavors *and* brighten their smiles — which they’ll always do when thinking of you, now.


They’ll get three travel-sized toothpastes: cinnamon, mint, and whitening.

Promising review: “I was skeptical of buying toothpaste that is this expensive. After all, it’s just toothpaste, right? This is the best toothpaste I have ever tried and I will be ordering full-size tubes of strong mint and cinnamon.” —P M

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $15.


A bottle of Glossier’s Futuredew to keep their beauty arsenal up to date with the biggest trends and leave their skin ✨glowing✨ thanks to nourishing oils (hello, grape seed, evening primrose, and jojoba) and brightening plant-based extracts. They now owe every perfect selfie to you.


Promising review: “I was so afraid of this product, because I have oily skin. I didn’t want to look over glossy, but THIS seriously does something miraculous for me. First of all, it’s the perfect barrier for harsh Chicago weather and keeps me looking so supple. I have to really resist from putting seven layers on my face. Miracle.” —Julyssa R.

Get it from Glossier for $24.


A La Chatelaine shea butter hand cream set for making them say “ooh la la” when imagining the price tag after they try these rich, scented formulas of organic shea butter, vitamin E and argan oil. We’ll keep this secret between us.

They’ll get a gorgeous tin box with three hand creams: cherry almond, wild fig, and winter flower.

Promising review: “These are lovely scented hand creams in a sweet reusable tin! The creams have three delightful fragrances that are wonderful moisturizers and a little goes a long way! I have plenty of ideas for putting the pretty tin to use after I have used up the creams! It’s the perfect gift idea and a great purchase in every regard!” —Cindee S.

Get it from Amazon for $24.


A Facetory sheet mask subscription box with four monthly K-beauty masks so you can turn their living room into their very own spa, and give their skin the benefits of skincare that’s usually reserved for high-end brands. NOT ANYMORE.


Each kit comes with an insert with tips and explanations of the benefits of each mask! All the luxury of masking, zero of the “what is on my face” mystery.

Promising review: “It’s fun to try out new masks that are well-reviewed by experts (I’m definitely no expert), and I love the subscription model! This weekly face mask tradition has helped banish the Sunday scaries this fall/winter.” —Emily Berglund

Get a curated box from Amazon for $8.90+ ($4.96+ for the first box; includes four entry-level masks and is available in three themed subscriptions).

See what won best beauty subscription boxes on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A Chi hair curler, because anyone who likes their hair with effortless waves will appreciate the simplicity of this — rookies and pros alike. It spins and curls locks *for* them so all they need to do is push a button before showing off their perfect ‘do.

The hair is spun into its “curl chamber”, which is heated and timed to release perfect waves. Plus, they can adjust temperature settings for each hair texture so for a ~customized~ styling experience without heat damage (though its plates are ceramic, so their hair will already be shinier and damage-free).

Get it from Sally Beauty for $99.99.


An Aesthetica brow contour kit that’ll stand up to even the most serious brow connoisseur’s expectations. It has everything they’ll need to take their arch game to the next level: six blendable powders, highlighting powder, full length tweezers, *five* eyebrow stencils, and more. High maintenance, meet your match.


It also has a cream concealer and highlighter, setting wax/pomade, and a double-ended brush with a spoolie.

Promising review: “I’ve had many brow kits over the years (I’m kinda obsessed with them) and this one is by far the best — definitely worth the money. My cousin always asks me how I do my eyebrows so I sent her one for the holidays. She was so grateful that she sends me a selfie almost every day raving about it!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $29.


A double-sided Revlon liquid eyeshadow so they can wave their ~wands~ and deliver whatever they’re in the mood for: a swipe of fun sparkle or a pigmented cream shadow. Will they consider this more important than clothes on NYE? Of course.,

Promising review: “I ordered this after seeing one of my favorite Youtubers using it in a tutorial and seeing how pretty it looked on her. I have to say, I’m so happy I ordered it. I’ve never been a fan of cream shadows because they can be tough to work with and are often a creasy mess, but this one is not that way. It is easy to apply and the cream shadow dries down completely and doesn’t crease or feel heavy on the lid. Also, I’ve never had any fall out from the glitter throughout the day. Once it dries down, the glitter stays in place. I’m very happy with my purchase and plan to order several more in different shades.” —K Nichole

Get it from Amazon for $6.47+ (available in 10 shades).


A set of Dr Dennis Gross peels to give them a daily dose of luxury beauty. Each pad is packed with alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids that’ll deliver all the benefits of pro-level peels (brighter, clearer skin) right in their own bathroom.

Each daily pack comes with two pads: one to exfoliate and the other to smooth your complexion.

Promising review: “These peels really work. I used to get little bumpy clogged pores that I was always trying to extract on my own — leading to facial red spots that probably looked worse than the original bumps had. No more clogged pores, and no flakiness, either. My face feels every day what it used to feel like only after a professional glycolic facial. I will continue to use this product every day!” —Familygirl

Get a pack of 30 from SkinStore for $88.


A widely-loved HerStyler hair repair serum for helping them take matters into their own hands when it comes to treating fried, damaged tresses. Infused with vitamin E, aloe vera, and argan oil, this bb works overtime to restore shine, flatten frizz, and overall bring that tired mane back to LIFE. And all it takes a few swipes of their fingers.

Promising review: “I really love this product. I tried this as a sample a while ago and fell in love with it. When I received it the mail I used it right away and could a big difference with my hair. First, it smells really good and second, my hair feels softer. It’s like I have new hair, especially if you have dry-ends. This serum transforms your dead-ends and makes them look shiny and softer. But I also spread it around my hair to give it a more shiny look. I’m really happy with this product!” —Lea Carranza

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

To learn more, check out “Thousands Of People Say This Serum *Actually* Has Helped Their Dry And Frizzy Hair“.


A Lorac ~diamond~ palette that’ll (almost literally) put a sparkle in their eye with 20 mesmerizing shades in velvety matte and metallic shimmer. Each one is buttery smooth, amazingly pigmented, and super nourishing (ty, chamomile and cornflower extracts).

Promising review: “Absolutely stunning palette!! All of the colors are gorgeous. I could see this used for every day makeup, work, and definitely weddings.” —Jo

Get it from Ulta for $39.


A set of double-sided wing stamp eyeliners (one for each eye!) so you can help your loved ones crack the most coveted code: how to make a perfect cat-eye without any actual skills.,

This miracle worker has two sides: one is a triangle-shaped tip to create the perfect winged tip, while the other effortlessly glides to complete the look. It’s even available in three sizes so you can choose the thickness of your wings!

Promising review: “Let me start by saying this isn’t my first cat-eye rodeo. I’ve tried the taping method, normal liquid liner, plastic winged stamping devices, stencils, all of it! So when I saw this I thought, meh, why not give it a shot. Well, this gem arrived and I immediately had to try it out, all while laughing at how terrible this would probably turn out….but to my surprise it was perfect. I HAVE NEVER IN MY LIFE BEEN ABLE TO DO A CAT-EYE IN UNDER 10 MINUTES, LET ALONE THE TWO MINUTES THIS TOOK TO DO! There were no sloppy streaks that I had to touch up or anything you would expect. Just a clean, crisp line.” —LadyMeow

Get a pack of two (one for each eye) from Amazon for $12.99 (available in three sizes).

To learn more, check out “Hundreds Of People Swear By This Eyeliner Stamp For The Perfect Cat Eye“. And! Check out what won best liquid eyeliners on BuzzFeed Reviews.


A Summer Fridays mask set, because this powerful trio will leave their skin looking better than if you treated them to the fanciest spa in town. Each formula targets a different goal: vitamin C to even and smooth complexions, sodium hyaluronate to deeply moisturize, and vitamin E to clear the skin from irritants.

They’ll get three travel-sized Summer Fridays masks: their R&R mask (to exfoliate and brighten), Jet Lag mask (to richly hydrate), and Overtime Mask (to clear breakouts).

Promising review: “A well-priced kit! Everything in this kit is a great value you get to try all Summer Friday’s amazing products! Love the packaging. Each individual product works wonders on my skin!” —NatTalks

Get it from Sephora for $64 ($90 value).


A vegan bath bomb gift set that’ll leave them feeling soothed and refreshed, no matter how long their day. Each bath bomb is scented with aromatherapy oils, like lavender, grapefruit, and honey. Try to resist keeping these for yourself.


They’ll get a pack of six with different scents: grapefruit and sage, honey and almond, beach and bamboo, lavender and sandalwood, and coconut milk and mango.

Promising review: I purchased this bath bomb set as a gift. I was highly impressed with the packaging. As an Etsy shop owner, I pay particular attention to details such as these. The bath bombs were individually wrapped with cute little labels. The recipient mentioned that she enjoyed the unique scents, too! I would purchase this set again in the future.” —Amanda K

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.


A bottle of Yves Saint Laurent’s Libre perfume, because this’ll be the perfect splurge-worthy gift for your extra special someone. Its warm floral fragrance with hints of lavender, orange blossom, and musk accord is subtle yet ~sophisticated~, meaning they just found their new signature scent.

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Promising review: “I was at a wedding and someone smelled AMAZING! I asked what she was wearing and she showed me this perfume. I instantly bought it and every time I wear it, I have strangers telling me I smell great. It lasts and it’s a great combination of fresh and seductive.” —Renie77

Get it from Nordstrom for $78+ (available in three sizes).

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29 Futuristic Beauty Products You Can Get *Now*

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29 Futuristic Beauty Products You Can Get *Now*

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A set of Mighty Patches to suck up the gunk in your breakouts, leaving your skin clearer and cleaner. Popping zits is so 2000-and-late.

Promising review: “I do not claim to understand the science behind this tiny miracles, but they have changed my life. I spent my workday looking forward to going home and putting one of these bad boys on my newly erupted Mt. Zit and the overnight results were Shocking. Not only is it grossly satisfying, but it saved me several days of walking around with a bloody crater in my face because my previous method of dealing with unsightly blemishes was to pick, pick, pick.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 36-pack on Amazon for $12.50.


A Paula’s Choice Antioxidant Pore Purifier from their Defense line, which is formulated to shield your skin against airborne pollutants — sadly a growing and lasting reality! 🙃

This serum rules! Living in New York with a million cars, zero trees, and awful air quality, my skin feels like trash basically always, but this beautiful goop helps my face get nice and squeaky clean at the end of a long day.

Promising review: “My skin has large pores and is prone to breakouts. This is the only product that visibly diminished my pores and keeps my skin breakout-free without drying or clogging it. I use it twice a day with a moisturizer and the results are amazing. Looks like after 20 years of searching, I finally found the right solution.” —Milasha

Get it from Paula’s Choice for $8.80+ (originally $11+, available in two sizes) or Amazon for $11+ (available in two sizes).


A makeup eraser that bestows upon you the power to remove all of your makeup — even! waterproof! mascara! — with only *water*. Ummm NASA plz step your game up, this is the greatest technology ever created.

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This makeup eraser is two-sided, each optimized for washing and exfoliating. It’s also machine-washable, like all good things in the world. Read more about why a BuzzFeeder is obsessed with this in our full review.

Promising review: “I purchased this based on some positive reviews and they can’t even touch how amazing this product is. When I purchased this product I did so, because I was tired of using mascara removers, washing my face, and still having mascara or makeup on a makeup pad while swiping toner on my face. Well, that problem is now gone. This product seriously does what it says — it erases makeup! I could not believe the way it removed my makeup the first time I used it! You use it for a week, toss it in the wash, and use it again. I was wondering how it would clean up in the laundry, and it looked brand new — no mascara was left after it went through the wash. I will be purchasing a second one, and hoping that they continue to make this product as it is with no changes. It is amazing, and if you’re considering purchasing it, do it! No more chemicals to remove that makeup!” —StaceyB

Get it from Amazon for $20.

And read more about why this was one of our favorite makeup removers on BuzzFeed Reviews and chock out “This $20 Makeup Eraser Is Actually Magic And Here’s Why” for even MORE info!


A Milk Makeup mini holographic stick for making you look super cute while totally helping you blend in with the surely impending cyborgs until they become full-on replicants.


Promising review: “I just bought this two days ago and I haven’t stopped either putting it on or swatching it! I have very pale skin and I love how it almost has a purple undertone to it. It is easily buildable, but you can also blend it with the right brush. I love this product because it gives my overall makeup look something extra that regular powder highlighters don’t do. This will definitely become a highly-used product of mine and I can’t wait to use it even more!” —LilyDokhanchi

Get it from Sephora for $15 (available in three shades).


A winged eyeliner stamp, because the absolute toil of hand-drawing perfect wings could and should be a thing of the past.


The set comes with a double-ended pen for each eye — one side with the wing stamp, and the other with a traditional liquid eyeliner tip.

Promising review: “I’m terrible at doing anything fancy with my eyeliner. And by fancy, I mean anything that isn’t a straight line. My boyfriend and I are going to a metal concert tomorrow, and I really wanted to go all out with makeup. This is the best! My eyeliner was done in less than two minutes, and it looked perfect.” —Caitlin Russell

Get it from Amazon for $13.97 (available in three sizes).


A brush cleaning sponge so you can change eyeshadow colors with just a swipe. Remember when you had to wash brushes and wait for them to dry? I don’t, it was literally so long ago.

Promising review: “Let’s face it, cleaning your makeup brushes is a chore! This handy tool is phenomenal for those who like to use multiple colors in one look or someone who uses the same brush for everything. You can use this dry and simply run your brushes across the dry sponge which knocks the excess color off your brush and allows you to use it again and again before you really have to wash it. After several uses you can lift the dry sponge out of the container and actually see the little flakes of powders in the bottom of the tin. I also wash this when I wash my brushes, just use the same brush cleaner and warm water to clean this and it’s like new and ready to use again once it dries.” —That Girl Tara

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


A Foreo Luna Mini 2, a vibrating face scrubber that is basically a robot butler for facial cleansing. During its 60 second program for removing makeup, oil, and dirt, it buzzes and lights up, telling you to move to a different portion of your face. Thanks, robot butler!

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The Luna is made of waterproof silicone, making it an enemy of bacteria and germs, and its vibrations allow it to cleanse beyond just the ~surface~ of your skin.

Promising review: “I have very dry skin and when I exfoliate too vigorously my skin gets dry patches. I’ve been using this regularly for the past four months and I can honestly say, my skin has never looked better. I use both sides for a total of two minutes with a mild cleanser. I’ve only charged this device once and I’ll moderate the intensity as needed. Overall, I love this device and am so happy that I bought it.” —Charles and Jenn

Get it from Amazon for $118.15 (available in eight colors).

Learn more about the Luna 2 in “This 60-Second Face Cleansing Device Is A Game-Changer For Your Skin Care Routine.”


A magnifying, light-up compact for both checking your makeup on-the-go and reminiscently gazing out your spaceship window back at planet Earth…everything you ever loved…now so small…,

The mirror features an LED light and both 1X and 7X magnifications.

Promising review: “Love this mirror! I bought this for makeup when I travel. It’s the perfect size and the light is a big plus. It’s easy to handle, not to big, and not to small, it’s perfect! It came with batteries and instructions that were easy to read.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.


A Kaja cheeky stamp so you can boldly rock a futuristic heart cheek ~or~ smooth it out into traditional blush until the world can handle your ❤️ fashion cheeks ❤️.

The blush is formulated without parabens, sulfates, or phthalates. Score!

Promising review: “These are SO MUCH FUN. The applicator is the cutest thing I have ever seen and so fun to use! You can leave cute little hearts stamped on your face, or you can use your fingers to gently blend them out into the most beautiful, rosy cheek color. And a little goes a long way!” —Sarahbane

Get it from Sephora for $24 (available in seven shades).


A facial steamer, because hovering your face over a pot of boiling water has no place in The Future. The steam helps to unclog pores so you can better utilize the extractor kit that comes with the steamer as well. Dr. Who? Dr. You.


Promising review: “I use this face steamer twice a week for 15 minutes and my pores looks the best they ever have. They’re smaller and I haven’t had any acne. So much more comfortable than steaming over a pot on the stove! Well worth the investment!” —Stfortn – male born in 1988

Get it from Amazon for $36.95.


An opalescent primer so your skin can have the opalescent glow that will be all the rage once robot beauty YouTube culture takes off.

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I use it every time I wear liquid foundation, and it just makes me GLOW. I think it really helps foundation look (and feel) like actual skin. It’s a unique product that’s 100% worth the investment, imo.

Promising review: “OH MY GOD! This product is AMAZING! The first time I used it, I didn’t even put any makeup because my skin was glowing. The second time, I put on some makeup and after a whole day wearing all the products in my skin, when I washed my face at night, it was sooo good to the touch. It was unbelievable.” —NainOliveira

Get it from Sephora for $32.


A rose quartz roller and gua sha whose dependability solidly lands it a place in your beauty routine for all time. Rocks will always rock your world (especially when they’re said to help with puffiness, circulation, skin tone, and dark circles)!


Try putting these products in the fridge before use for maximum world-rocking.

Promising review: “I LOVE this product. I keep it in the fridge for cooling and then use it to soothe my skin after applying serum to my face. The serum seems to soak in better. It reduced puffiness under eyes, helps with sinus issues, and made my skin glow! This will be part of my daily routine.” —h48371d

Get them from Amazon for $14.96+ (available in two colors).


A Tangle Teezer rose gold detangling brush so you can painlessly unsnarl tangles. It also looks exactly how I predict all of our phones will look by 2021.

The brush has a cover to protect it while traveling!

Promising review: “I love that this Tangle Teezer comes with a cover, which slides on easily and protects the bristles. Whether you travel or not, sometimes the bristles on a comb or brush become broken or twisted. Having this easy to use cover helps protect the bristles. I just discovered Tangle Teasers, and I have now purchased one for every member of my family. It is a great product and a welcome addition to my home.” —daviscg

Get it from Amazon for $16.


An Ohii wake-up pen, because Lana wrote the lyric, “heaven is a place on earth with you” after a psychic vision of a future where a single cosmetic pen could banish under eye circles.

Urban Outfitters

Both shades add an iridescence to your under eyes, lightening those dark circles. Go for the pearl shade for pure brightness and the peach shade to add some warmth. The wake-up pen is also vegan! Rejoice!

Promising review: “I’d never heard of this brand so I was a little hesitant at first, but I really wanted to try the peach wake up pen so I purchased it. Absolutely no regrets — so easy to use and it really brightened the dullness under my eyes. The wake up pen is a MUST part of my morning routine now.” —ww12

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $18 (available in two illuminating shades).


A facial cleansing brush kit to scrub-a-dub-dub your whole body thoroughly with its full series of heads and attachments. If Dorothy got that Emerald City makeover today, they’d just give her one of these.

The kit comes with two small brushes perfect for facial cleansing, a sponge head designed for makeup removal, a large brush for body-cleansing, and a pumice head for removing stubborn calluses. The brush is also waterproof so you can use it in the shower!

Promising review: “I’ve been wanting one of these for so long! I absolutely love that it can be used in the shower all over the body. The pumice stone attachment is great for heels. It has two different speed settings depending on what you’re using it for. Some of the brushes are so incredibly soft! I love the stand it comes with and that it has a small hole at the bottom so water drips out rather than settling and getting moldy. Overall, this is a really good quality product for a fraction of the price of others. Highly recommend! One tip: if you’ve never used one of these before, go light on your face.” —Wendi W.

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.


A Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask that is perfect for intensely hydrating your thirsty skin here and now ~or~ in the coming time when global warming has destroyed Earth and we all literally live on the moon. It’s dry up there!


The mask uses almond oil, plant-based squalane, hyaluronic acid licorice root, lemon extract, honey, and aloe to hydrate and soothe. Ahhhh, fresh.

Promising review: “I love the galaxy pack mask so I had to give this one a go too. And I’m so glad I did! It is so cooling on and my skin literally loves this. It drinks it up right away, meaning there’s never much left for me to remove! I have quite oily/combination skin and I don’t feel like it makes my skin any more oily, just gives it a top off of some much-needed hydration.” —Rachel

Get it from Glossier for $22.


A water-activated powder shampoo — who could have predicted that timeless wonder liquid shampoo could ever be disrupted in favor of a more travel-friendly and str8 up fun option? Not me.

I can get down with this shampoo! It *instantly* gets sudsy and foams up super well. Totally feels like “regular” shampoo once wet, is easy to travel with since it’s not a liquid, and hey — it’s fun!

Promising review: “Smells great and leaves my hair feeling silky and smooth even if I don’t pair a conditioner with it. Side note: it’s also just cool and easy to travel with.” —Kelly

Get it from Owa Haircare for $29.


A rose gold eyelash curler so you can update your tarnished 10-year-old curler with a sleek, modern one and still curl those lashes quickly and effectively.

Promising review: “This is the best eyelash curler I’ve ever owned! My eyelashes are straight with no curl to them at all and difficult to curl. With this eyelash curler I can’t wait to curl them every day! It’s so easy and no kinks, just a beautiful, upswept curl (and they stay curled all day!). I can’t recommend this product enough.” —jenetb

Get it from Amazon for $8.49 (available in three colors).


A Hairgurt creamy hair mask, because who hasn’t looked at their yogurt and thought, “This is the final frontier of hair follicle hydration.” It even comes in three flavors…ahem…~formulas~ to address every kind of hair issue!

Free People

I love this hair mask a shocking amount. One tub has lasted me 5evr and it delivers top-tier hydration and shine. The three Hairgurt formulas are curl perfecting, smoothing, and intense repair. All three contain yogurt proteins intended to nourish dry hair. They are also all sulfite-, paraben-, and cruelty-free!

Promising review: “This stuff makes my hair feel so amazing. I leave this on after shampooing for about 10 minutes. I rinse off and condition my hair right after. I don’t have to put on additional styling cream after because my hair is detangled and soft when it dries. It makes styling my hair so much easier. Also, you get like five to six uses out of it!” —ginaisanig

Get it from Free People for $10 (available in three formulas) or Amazon for $12+ (available in three formulas).


A John Frida hot air brush to stay on trend as double-acting inventions take the stage: a car that’s also a bed, a taco that’s also pizza, a hair dryer that’s also a hairbrush!,

Promising review: “OMG this is the BEST HAIR TOOL for haircut with layers!! When I tried to style it at home with a regular blow dryer and round brush I couldn’t do it like the my hairstylist — it came out flat and straight. Then I came across this AMAZING brush. I am SOOOOO GLAD I tried it. This product is truly everything!!! It is LIGHTWEIGHT, which makes it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect (first i thought it wasn’t hot enough, but it’s perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), the bristles are soft, hair slides through, does not pull on hair, no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (NO NEED TO USE HOT ROLLERS). This hot air brush is so great that I had to purchase one for mom as soon as I was done using it. Cannot say enough good things!” —FashionChic

Get it from Amazon for $34+ (available in two sizes).

Learn more about this time- and money-saving tool in “Your Hair Struggles Are Over Thanks To This Magical Hot Air Brush.”,

Promising review: “A ‘flattering shade of pink’ was an ever elusive thing for me until I found Lipstick Queen! I am a red-head with tricky coloring, and pinks always look too garish on me — so naturally, when I learned about this, I HAD to give it a go. I am in LOVE! It’s super hydrating, lightweight, and is a very flattering shade that is uniquely mine. I’m thrilled!” —Stepper the Mighty

Get it from Amazon for $15.


A set of TWELVE bath bombs. Better stock up! I’m pretty sure bath bombs are going to be the first universal currency. Not to mention the swirly colors will make you feel like you’re ~floating through the galaxy~.


Promising review: “These bath bombs come in a cute box and are shrink-wrapped and then wrapped in paper. They really made a creative choice in all of the different scents like strawberry, lavender, frankincense, vanilla, eucalyptus, ocean, chamomile, mint, jasmine, rose. They fizzed very nicely in my tub and had little dried rose petals. It was all very pretty and I’m glad I got it for some relaxation time. Would buy again once I use all of them.” —Thomas Capone

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $12.50.


A magnetic face mask that defies gravity, both lifting surface impurities up up and away from your gorgeous face and replenishing it with carrot seed oil, sunflower seed oil, vitamin C, vitamin E, and argan oil. Step one: magnetic, flying face masks. Step two: magnetic, flying cars.

The mask comes with the magnetic remover and is phtalate-, paraben-, and sulfate-free.

Promising review: “Saw people on YouTube trying this mask so I had to get it. I love it, it’s so fun to take off, and it smells amazing.” —Taylor1221

Get it from Target for $24.


An E.l.f. makeup eraser pen, because apparently enough people were using The Secret to manifest an easy solution to smudged eye makeup woes…and it worked?!


The pen can even remove waterproof makeup and is made with vitamin E, cucumber, and chamomile for some extra moisturizing while you’re at it.

Promising review: “The tip is pointed so it’s very precise. They are great for getting the mascara off of your skin underneath your bottom lashes or getting mascara or eyeliner off of your eyelids after you’ve applied eye shadow and gotten some on it. This is a must-have for anyone who wears makeup!” —Alexis

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.99.


A pack of precision cotton swabs. Yes — if you can believe it — we found a way to improve upon the humble cotton swab and make it an essential for any makeup bag.

Promising review: “I LOVE the double-tipped applicator. The pointy end is so helpful when doing make-up, and even for cleaning out small crevices. Be it your ears or your laptop keys! I have trouble finding double-tip applicators in stores. These were a good price for the amount you get, and the quality is not lacking. Great buy!” —Amanda

Get a 400-pack from Amazon for $7.49.


A bottle of Garnier micellar cleansing water, everyone’s favorite all-in-one makeup remover and cleanser. Thank you, makeup technology, for finding a way to improve on good ‘ol H2O.

The micellar water works for all skin types and is paraben-free, fragrance-free, sulfate-free and silicone-free. Truly, what’s not to love?

Promising review: “I wish I would have found this product years ago. I have always struggled with removing my eye makeup completely. I have been blown away by this product. I just shake it up, and put a little bit on a cotton round. A gentle wipe on my eyes is all it needs to completely remove my makeup — no more morning raccoon eyes. I take another cotton round and gently rub the rest of my face with it to remove makeup before using my face-cleansing brush. The product does not irritate my eyes or face at all. It does not feel greasy or leave a film. I feel so clean after use and it is very gentle. My skin has also been much clearer since I started using this — now my face-cleansing brush is able to clean my skin and not work so hard at my makeup!” —hollyb28

Get it from Amazon for $6.82.

This won best makeup remover in the lowest price category on BuzzFeed Reviews!


A tube of Stila liquid eyeshadow that is the solution to the fallout we’ve been suffering from using normal eyeshadow for eternity. It also comes in a variety of metallics for perfectly matching the metallic jumpsuits old sci-fi movies predict we’ll all be wearing sooner than later!,

Promising review: “I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS STUFF. I bought kitten karma and then i went back and bought diamond dust and golden goddess. GREAT glitter payout with little to no fallout if you do it correctly (apply it after the rest of your eyeshadow), and you don’t have to worry about the mess of glitter glue and messy loose glitter. I have accidentally slept in this overnight, twice, and was able to rock the glitter eyeshadow to work the next day with no touchups. And I didn’t even use an eyeshadow primer either time, although I did use a setting spray. Give this a go if you are looking for sparkly eyeshadow.” —Stephanie

Get it from Amazon for $24 ( available in 22 shades).


A bottle of Urban Decay’s all nighter setting spray for literally taking your look into the future. Seriously…your makeup isn’t budging for a while!

The setting spray contains no parabens, sulfates, or phthalates.

Promising review: “I couldn’t say a single bad thing about this. It’s insane. This makes my makeup stay perfect all day and all night. I could run a marathon and still look perfect (not that I’m going to try).” —Chloedolledup

Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in three sizes).


A Birth of Venus jelly face mask from Lush whose fun jelly formula looks like something straight out of Twilight Zone. But, alas, it’s not a fictional futuristic food — just a combo of sea water, lavender oil, and a fresh rose infusion that calms redness and reinvigorates the skin.,

I stinkin’ love this mask. Sometimes with a mask you’re like “welp that was fun” but don’t really notice a huge difference in your skin, but this one genuinely makes my complexion clearer, brighter, and just feel amazing. All Lush products are cruelty-free.

Promising review: “For the first time my skin was not irritated after using a face mask! I have sensitive skin and acne, and this helped heal my face from all the redness and irritation.” —Meli

Get it from Lush for $13.95.

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31 Beauty Products With Small Price Tags And Major Results

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31 Beauty Products With Small Price Tags And Major Results

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Promising review: “This is a great highlighter for its price! I’ve used Becca’s Champagne Pop ($38) in the past, and NO ONE can tell the difference between the two. Its gives a natural looking glow- without the appearance of excess. I use it with both a fan and regular brush. Perfect for both night and day (you’ll need to vary the application depending on when you plan to use it, however). Arrived in perfect condition as well.” —Ajap Boparai

Get it from Amazon for $7.49 (available in four colors).


Acure Brilliantly Brightening Facial Scrub says “buh-bye” to dirt and oil, with sea kelp and French green clay to soften and detox your skin without removing all the moisture.

Promising review: “Yay! This stuff is a lifesaver. Recently my doctor put me on steroids to clear up my allergies. I immediately started breaking out like i was 15 again (it was one of the side effects. I should’ve read the pamphlet they give) and being 25, that doesn’t really happen anymore. I didn’t have a good exfoliator and this one had such good reviews that i decided to try it out. It really works! In eight days my skin was almost back to normal and it felt clean as can be! My dark acne spots were significantly lighter and all the little bumps I had were gone. Will be buying this from here on out. :)” —janelle

Get it from Amazon for $7.60 (also available in a charcoal scrub and a rejuvenating scrub).


Touch In Sol No Pore-Blem Primer smoothes out the canvas of your skin pre-foundation, diminishing the look of pores and uneven skin — all while protecting and adding moisture, thanks to collagen and green tea extract!


Promising review: “I wanted to give this product 10 stars.. But was only limited to 5. This stuff is AMAZING!!!! I’m almost 30, and my face has become super oily… Like I can fry chicken on it by the end of the day. So for months I’ve neglected wearing any kind of foundation or makeup in general. After reading reviews I figured I would give this a try. The glow it gives you is AWESOME!!! it makes my skin so soft…. I’m probably going to wear just this and no foundation 50% of the time. I went for it and did my whole face and ladies.. You know that could mean several steps of products…After the Ttexas heat…And the sun..And amounts of sweat. My face was PERFECT……STILL! No oil… No smears… No pores… This is literally sent from heaven!!!! My ONLY dislike is the fact that you cant purchase this in five-gallon buckets!” —Jessica

Get it from Amazon for $13.90.


Avarelle Acne Cover Patches are formulated with tea tree oil and calendula oil (to heal and shrink zits faster). AND they come in two sizes — classic circular patches & large, square patches so you can easily treat and shrink clusters of pimples all at once.

A lot of reviewers who have also tried Cosrx and Nexcare patches prefer these!

Get the box of 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.50. OR try their large, rectangular size to tackle multiple pimples at once. Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $8.50.

Promising review: “I’ve tried so many brands of pimple spots, and these are hands-down the best on the market. I’m a performer at Walt Disney World, and a clear complexion is required. Last night, I put these on a few acne problems (a small cyst, a Whitehead, and a pimple I shouldn’t have picked and has been a bump for about three weeks now.) I just woke up and am writing this review in disbelief. THEY’RE FLAT! Gone! All of them! I could cry I’m so happy. The packaging is also ideal, because it allows you to conveniently and easily peel the stickers off without stretching them out or folding them back on themselves. Do yourself and your complexion a huge favor! Have these on hand for a stubborn zit when you really need help. Make sure you apply them to completely clean and dry skin.” —Caitlyn


Ultra Sexy Lip Scrub exfoliates your lips with coconut and sugar, but immediately provides lasting hydration and moisture, thanks to avocado, jojoba, and sweet almond oils. Pucker up!

And it’s vegan and cruelty-free.

Promising review: “Story time: My lips were flaking more than the snow outside. They were dryer than the desert. I followed the directions and it wasn’t cutting into my skin like a thousand knives of fire as it sloughs away the disgustingly gross layer of cells. It also moisturizes like a warm hug. After rinsing away those hug crystals, my lips are given that new life and soft enough to not hurt others’ feelings when I yell about the 2016 Chicago Cubs being the greatest baseball team. Moral of the story: add this to your cart. No regrets will happen.” —Awesomeness

Get it from Amazon for $8.90.,

We’re talking five matte, nine shimmer, and four duo-chrome shades, all super pigmented and with minimal fall-out.

Promising review: “I AM BLOWN AWAY BY THE QUALITY. There’s almost zero fallout, extremely pigmented colors, blends creamy like butter, and the colors are beautiful. This rivals any of my Too Faced palettes — in fact far less fallout. These are the same quality if not better than my Urban Decay. Seriously not kidding. AND rivals my Kat Von D palettes. I rarely review anything, but this deserved a review.” —Chandra

Get it from Amazon for $11.57 (available in two color sets).


Skinfood Black Sugar Wash Off Mask scrubs away blackheads and residue when you rub it in, while leaving lasting hydration, minerals, and nutrients with its rich black sugar formula — because your skin deserves a little dessert, too.

Promising review: “This product is hands down a complete winner. In the shower, I apply heavily to my wet face and neck areas and leave it on while washing/conditioning hair, then rub gently again as by then the texture is smooth after the sugary grains have melted. Rinse off for super happy skin. This hydrates, nourishes, exfoliates so well with zero irritation. It’s so gentle and effective. I use a bit on my hands, too.” —GED

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


Maybelline Temptation Brow Definer is what you’ve been looking for so you can finally stop ~brow-sing~ for better products. Fill in with the teardrop-shape pencil (for precise but natural “hairs”) and blend out with the fluffy spoolie for a gorge finish., Amazon

Promising review: “I have little to no eyebrows. Penciling them in with something like Brow Wiz ($21) with the tiny tip is pointless and takes forever and I run out in a month or less. This makes it easy and my brows look BOMB!!! I will buy this over and over and over” —Duchess

Get it from Amazon for $4.49 (available in four colors).


Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water has your back when it comes to effortlessly cleaning your face. It *gently* removes makeup, dirt, grime, and residue from the day, leaving your skin cleansed, but not stripped. And you don’t have to rinse!


Promising review: “After one use of this product, I was thinking ‘Where has this been all of my life?’ I am using it to remove waterproof eye makeup and it is WAY better than any eye makeup remover I have ever used before. It is not oily so it doesn’t feel greasy or blur my vision after I use it, yet it cleans magnificently without rubbing. This is going to become a staple in my bathroom!” —Rabid Reader

Psst! This won best inexpensive makeup remover on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Get it from Amazon for $6.78 (available in three varieties: regular, waterproof, and oily).,

Promising review: “This is possibly the best foundation I have tried in years. My skin is oily and breakout prone. This foundation blended in easily and kept my skin smooth and matte for an entire eight hour shift at work. My job is sometimes physical and involves heavy lifting, so my other foundations turned into an oil slick after four-five hours. This foundation also offers good coverage for acne scars, but does not look cakey. I would recommend this product and will repurchase it.” —Clare C.

Get it from Amazon for $4.19+ (available in 40 shades).


Cocokind Turmeric Spot Treatment calms inflammation and redness, kills acne-causing bacteria, and evens out skin tone, all with only F I V E ingredients. Skin care that’s as easy to apply as a tube of Chapstick? Sign me up.

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You’ve head about turmeric masks, but this is honestly so much easier. Just leave it on the areas you choose for 20 minutes before rinsing it off.

Promising review: “This treatment works like a charm! I have struggled with pigmentation and breakouts trying product after product. I’ve noticed evening of my skin tone and texture for the first time since I started using this regularly! Minimizes bumps and breakouts almost instantly! I’ve recommended this to all my friends who love it just as much!” —fpSaraNJ

Get it from Free People for $8.99.


CeraVe Moisturizing Cream keeps your skin from ~flaking~ on you, helping restore your skin’s barrier to lock in moisture *without* ever turning greasy or oily.

Promising review: “I have oily but flaky skin in winter. It’s really annoying, no matter how much I exfoliate or moisturize, my cheeks get flaky. I can’t even wear foundation or powder because it will make the flaky texture more obvious… Anyway, out of pure desperation and tired of spending money on scrubs and moisturizers, I purchased it and started using this a few days ago. It has kept me flake free! It doesn’t leave a greasy film, it sinks right into my skin. I even wore it with makeup today and my skin was smooth and flake free. My makeup stayed nice all day. I wish I had tried that sooner, I have the same problem every winter! I apply it from head to toe. It’s awesome and you get so much product for the money.” —MLK77

Get it from Amazon for $14.32.


NYX Epic Ink Liner delivers the perfect wing every single time — without letting your money 💸 fly 💸 away like other brands.

Promising review: “For real, this stuff DOES NOT BUDGE without makeup remover (I use cocoa butter to get mine off). I fell asleep with my makeup on the other night, and my husband said in the morning ‘Your hair is a mess, but your eyeliner is FLEEKY!’ He knew it would get a laugh out of me. Little did he know that statement totally solidified the fact that i would have a new staple in my make up bag. The brush took a few tries for me to get used to, but it will give you a wing that could out-preform a bald eagle (and it’s EFFORTLESS, Y’ALL). Now, I’ve been swimming with this liner on in pools and oceans and can attest to the fact that it’s truly long-wear and waterproof. Praise the Lord for no more raccoon eyes after the first splash.” —TayBranche

Btw, this won best inexpensive liquid eyeliner on BuzzFeed Reviews!

Get it from Amazon for $6.29.


Or if you’re not greeeaaat at drawing wings, Vogue Effects Eyeliner Stamp has two sides: a triangular stamp on one end and a felt-tip eyeliner on the other to create the perfect winged liner look in no time flat, i.e., you’ll never be late again!, Amazon

It’s also water- and smudge-resistant, which 🙌.

Promising review: “I loved the product. I usually take 15 mins to do my eyeliner perfectly for my dance recitals which include cleaning and re-doing multiple times. But with this eyeliner, I took only five mins to do it in a single go. It lasted really long even in burning hot weather. It looked so beautiful even from a long distance. I loved the product. It’s a must-have for all those who love eye makeup.” —rasu

Get a two-pack from Amazon (one for your left eye, one for your right) for $13.97 (available in three sizes).


Nip + Fab Daily Cleansing Pads contain 2.8% glycolic acid for gentle chemical exfoliation, revealing brighter and clearer skin every day — plus hyaluronic acid for moisture and witch hazel to tone and soothe.

These are designed to resurface and retexture your skin, revealing an exfoliated and brightened complexion beneath!

Promising review: “I’m really impressed with these pads. I’ve suffered from adult cystic acne for about a decade now, and have tried countless products over the years. Adding these things into my skincare routine has made my skin look bright and clear like porcelain. I still get the occasional blemish, but they’re always very small and go away in a day or two. I highly recommend them.” —Caroline Powell

Get a container of 60 pads from Amazon for $12.95.


Cologram Tok Milk Shadows bring a subtle sparkle to your lids with a super easy to apply formula — and at a fraction of the price of Glossier’s Lidstar.


Promising review: “This eyeshadow is so amazing! The color comes up beautifully whether you add a small or large amount! I totally recommend buying this eyeshadow it’s so unique and cute and it’s worth it. In addition it came sooner than expected and It looks very poppy and trendy!” —Lauren

Get them from Amazon for $11 each (available in gold and pink).


Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser completely conceals dark circle, fine lines, and puffiness under the eyes while treating them with goji berry and haloxyl. You’ve heard so many people love this — don’t you think it’s worthy a try?

Promising review: “Due to very pale and sallow skin along with chronic allergies, I have had dark circles since I was a little girl. Since then I’ve tried everything for my dark circles, mostly consisting of spendy makeup counter items. Who would have thought the drugstore would be where I would find the cure to my dark circles?! Love love love this product: the applicator, the color, the coverage, the staying power and of course the price. I use it all over my eye since the discoloration is all over. It’s a great primer for eyeshadow. People complain about the stickiness — just be sure to set the product with powder once you have it the way you want it and you’ll be good to go.” —DanceLady

A BuzzFeed writer swears by this concealer herself — check out her review (plus seven other Maybelline products we really love) here!

Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in 18 colors).


Teenitor False Eyelashes (two kinds, with 10 pairs each) give you that natural-but-dramatic look that’ll set hearts aflutter (especially when you bat your eyelashes at yourself!).

It comes with a tweezer-like applicator to make adhering them to your lash line incredibly easy, too.

Promising review: “I’m never one to really wear eyelashes because some lashes irritate my eyes and are often to heavy on my lids but I love these eyelashes! This is my second time buying this product! They’re very light and not too heavy on the eyelids and give out a nice finish.” —Amazon Customer

Get the set of 20 pairs from Amazon for $9.99.


Nature Republic Soothing Aloe Vera Gel is the multi-use product you didn’t know you needed until now — it’s mild enough to use on your face, but also soothes and reduces irritation wherever you need it (I love putting it on my legs after shaving!).

Sensitive acne-prone skin? This gel will keep your face moisturized while soothing inflammation and breakouts. Easily sunburned? Keep a jar in the fridge for immediate relief. Prone to razor burn and ingrown hairs? Use it immediately after shaving to prevent irritation AND moisturize your skin. I have very sensitive skin, and I can even *dry shave* my legs with this miracle product!

Promising review: “Really great product that has done wonders for my skin! I cannot believed how much it has improved the moisture of my skin. I also breakout really easy and most facial products will irritate my skin horribly but this product has never done that! My mom is the same way and it has not caused any reactions for her either. If you have very sensitive skin, I recommend giving this a try!” —Ren

Get it from Amazon for $6.79.


Yoseng Makeup Brushes have densely packed, ultra fine hairs with a domed top to give your foundation (and the rest of your face) a flawless, airbrushed finish.

Promising review: “I LOVE these makeup brushes and the price can’t be beat! They are so soft and full and wash up very well. I’ve not had any shedding, like I’ve experienced with other make-up brushes and the variety of sizes is really nice. This is a perfect ‘dupe” for the outrageously expensive Artis brushes ($360) at a fraction of the price. I got the black set and am very happy with how well they are holding up and my makeup looks so smooth. The brushes feel so soft on the skin and I’ve had no problems with the handles bending, as other reviewers have said. I think if you use normal pressure, you shouldn’t have any issues.” —Ellen S.

Get them from Amazon for $11.98 (available in four colors).


Elizavecca Witch Piggy Pore Control Serum contains 97% hyaluronic acid (which can carry up to 1,000 TIMES its weight in water), adding a serious boost of hydration and lasting moisture to your skin — and it can help reduce the appearance of pores.

This is the same brand that makes the MIlky Piggy Carbonated Bubble Clay Mask so many people swear by (and it looks darn cool).

Promising review: “I bought this initially because I thought the little pig was cute. This is the best beauty product I have bought in a long time. It has made my irritated, flaky skin so soft and smooth. It feels a little sticky when first applied, but give it a couple of minutes and you won’t feel any residue. I have super oily skin in the summer, and this does not make it feel oilier. I am a customer for life.” —Nashvegas Girl

Get it from Amazon for $6.90.


Aztec Secret Healing Clay Mask ~pulsates~ as it works its magic, banishing the toughest acne and deep cleaning your pores with calcium bentonite clay.

For best results, mix with apple cider vinegar.

Promising review: “I am a bit obsessive about skincare. And I’m not afraid to spend good money for products that do what they claim to do — which is super hard to find. This product is indeed all it’s hyped up to be. And you can’t beat the price. I’m at that super fun stage of life where I still get some hormonal breakouts, but I’m also starting to lose elasticity, I have hyperpigmentation and all of that. This is hands down the most effective product I have ever used. I wish I had known about this stuff when I was struggling with cystic acne when I was younger. It immediately improves active breakouts, tightens the skins, exfoliates and gives you a really nice youthful glow. I mix it with ACV and use it about 2/week. I have also started using it on my hair with excellent results. Cannot recommend this product enough.” —Kay Dee

Check out more incredible before and after photos here!

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.


L’Oréal Voluminous Lash Paradise Mascara builds up for dramatic, full, and fluttery lashes and NEVER leaves smudges under your eyes.


Promising review: “I’ve tried just about all drugstore brand mascaras. I’ve even tried a few expensive ones from department stores. This L’Oréal mascara is hands down the best one I’ve EVER owned and I will never try another so long as they keep making this one! No clumps, makes them full with one application, and doesn’t flake even in the 90° heat today after I sweated my butt off running around after my niece and nephew. I love love LOVE this stuff!! Love at first sight I tell ya! All the five-star reviews are true! Buy this and you won’t regret it even a little bit!” —Oksana Peysakh

This is my favorite drugstore mascara! Check out my review (#2 in the post).

Get it from Amazon for $7.93


Or! 4D Silk Fiber Lash Mascara is a great bet if you’ve ever been tempted to get those pricey eyelash extensions. People swear by this for loooooong lashes, *zero smudging* (even when reviewers accidentally slept in it) and no! more! clumps!

Promising review: “The packaging on this mascara makes it look like a high end product! The coloration is beautiful — it is a very deep black color. It makes your lashes look SUPER long. The mascara is thick so it is definitely good to use a curler before hand to add some volume in addition to curling. It is long lasting and once it dries doesn’t leave any residue. I accidentally fell asleep in it and in other mascara my eyes would look like a raccoon, but this was still practically the same the next morning. I definitely like it and will continue to use it.” —Rachel Wellauer

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel absorbs quickly into your skin, moisturizing skin with hyaluronic acid (it holds up to 1,000 times its weight in water!).

Promising review: “This is the moisturizer I have been waiting for my whole life. I have tried moisturizers from what feels like every brand – from the drugstore to the high-end expensive stuff at Sephora. This stuff feels incredible on my skin – it feels like a relief to put it on. It’s not even remotely greasy, absorbs almost instantly, and has the lightest, cleanest fragrance. Other, heavier moisturizers left me with tiny clusters of new blemishes every morning (so frustrating), but this hasn’t clogged my pores at all, and my skin feels soft & plump. I also use this moisturizer to cut my CC cream/foundation to make it lighter (in body, not in pigment). LOVE!” —meems

Check out a truly ~glowing~ review in I Found The Best Face Moisturizer Out There, And It’s Only $15.

Get it from Amazon for $14.42.


NYX Setting Spray finally spells the end for having to re-do your full face of makeup (or waste money on those blotting sheets). Your face will stay perfect and shine-free all day and all of the night.,

Promising review: “I’ve been using this for a while, but finally needed to write a review. This morning, I put on my makeup and some generous sprays of this setting spray. Then, I went into the 100+ degree heat and demonstrated a short workout at an outdoor event. Despite drinking as much water as I could handle, I overheated quickly and EMS had to come to my rescue. Between my boyfriend and EMS, there was a small crowd around me: literally pouring ice water on me; mopping my face and neck with cold towels; pressing ice packs on me. This continued for a while and I was sure that my makeup was gone, but this spray kept my face mostly intact! If this spray can keep my makeup on through an encounter with EMS and being essentially submerged in ice water, it can keep yours on through your (hopefully less eventful) day!” —Bugaboo

Get it from Amazon for $5.10 (also available in a dewy finish).


Yes To Two-in-One Scrub and Cleanser Stick combines your cleansing and exfoliating steps into one (dare I say fun?) product. And it comes in two amazing varieties: energizing coconut and coffee (moisturizing and tightening skin) and charcoal (removing impurities and excess oil).

Just scrub it all over your face to remove dead skin cells and get to work — then rinse! This is also a PEEERRRFECT cleanser for traveling (no worrying about liquids to spill!)

Promising review: “Amazing!!! I have been using this product twice a day for the last two weeks. My blackheads on my nose are completely gone! It also has shortened and prevented several pimples that have tried to pop up. My face has never felt softer and is super moisturized. I’m purchasing another one for my husband.” —LJA

Get it from Amazon for $8.32 (also available in a charcoal version).

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Promising review: “Love these liquid lipsticks! I have them in three shades ranging from nude to bold, and they all apply flawlessly. The applicator has a sharper point so it’s easy to put the lipstick on and you don’t need a lip liner. This is a very long-wearing lipstick and has lasted me through salads, pizza, drinking, etc. The formula is non-drying and kind of moisturizing so I don’t get the cracked lip effect. My go to liquid lipsticks are normally ABH, Kylie Cosmetics, and Stila, but I find myself reaching for the Maybelline one more often now. I hope they come out with a wider range in shades!” —colleenonyx

Get it from Amazon for $6.69 (available in 26 colors).

This is another Maybelline product we really love!


Elizavecca’s Milky Piggy Bubble Mask has over 3,500 five-star reviews that speak to its satisfying foaming action *AND* how soft and clear it makes your skin.

Basically you’ll want to post a picture of it while it foams up on your Insta story, and then take a 🔥 selfie of how soft and glowy your skin looks!

Promising review: “I have very few skin care items I buy more than once. Just not usually THAT impressed. That being said, I LOVE this mask. It bubbles up upon application and the tiny bubbles bursting itch and tickle like crazy but stick out the 10 minutes. The first time I used it after washing it off you could literally see the junk and oil sitting on top of my skin as it had been pushed to the surface. The next morning my skin glowed. I have used it a few times since, not much gunk to push to the top now but can see the pores are empty. Def will be buying more, especially for Christmas presents.” —Alice D.

Check out more ~effervescent~ photos in our closer look at this mask!

Get it from Amazon for $7.99.


Coty’s cult-fave Airspun Setting Powder creates a flawless finish to your foundation that won’t turn shiny, crease, or fade all day.

Promising review: “I absolutely love this powder. I’ve used more expensive ones in the past, but this one takes the cake. It keeps my makeup on all day, even with my oily skin. I personally don’t use the ‘baking’ method, but even so it keeps my face in place all day, even when I get hot and sweaty. I recommend it to all of my friends!” —Brittany

Need more proof? Check out This $6 Face Powder Will Actually Make Your Makeup Look Flawless.

Get it from Amazon for $5.69+ (available in six shades)


Radha Rosehip Oil has over 4,800+ reviewers who say it not hydrates their skin, but also reduce redness and breakouts, thanks to the rich blend of fatty acids and antioxidants.

Promising review: “I am super busy and not one to ever write reviews, but based on my results with this product I had to take the time. I am so impressed with the softness and glow the next morning. In addition I get adult acne and the healing process as well as reduction of previous scaring has been amazing. Today someone commented, ‘You look great…what are you doing???’ For a product under $20 you can’t go wrong, worth every penny.” —Max Jenkinson

Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

Learn more in This Facial Oil Will Solve All Your Skin’s Problems.

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