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    23 Beauty Products With Before And After Photos That Simply Can't Be Ignored

    You may not be able to change that guy you're dating, but you can fix your skin and hair right up with these products.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A box of fine line-reducing face masks that'll tighten your pores and lift your skin. Be prepared to be a little freaked out at first when you see yourself in the mirror and realize you look like an extra from The Walking Dead with this mask on. But it'll all be worth it once everyone at work notices how great your skin looks.

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    Promising review: "Smells great! This face mask does exactly what it says. My skin is nice and lifted, hydrated, noticeable reduction in fine lines, improved texture, reduced my pore size, and eliminated some newly developed rough patches forming around the hairline. Couldn't be more satisfied with this product! I have pretty good skin for 37, but this mask has really helped take my skin to the next level" —Samantha

    Get a box of eight masks from Amazon for $30.92.

    2. A BHA liquid exfoliant to gently rid the skin of blackheads and other impurities without the harshness most other exfoliators provide. Whoever said beauty is pain definitely didn't know about this thing.

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    Promising review: "I have acne-prone skin that is combo-to-oily with large pores, and this stuff has truly been a lifesaver! Like this is literally witchcraft in a bottle and my new holy grail! Ditch your harsh scrubs and give this a go.. your skin will thank you." —Philena

    Get it from Amazon for $10 (available in two sizes).

    3. An extreme lash mascara that'll make you look super attentive (and glamorous) during those back-to-back virtual meetings — even if you're actually bored out of your mind.

    buzzfeed writer's face with one set of eyelashes with no product on and the other wearing the mascara looking longer and darker
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    Promising review: "I don't think I ever knew the true meaning of wide awake eyes until I armed myself with this mascara from Stila. Let's just start with the look and feel of it: it comes in a weighty gold tube — so you already know you're about to experience something special — and the applicator is curved in the center with just the right amount of product on it. Clearly from my experience, you can tell the obvious difference between the with and without — and, tbh, the 'without' has been my general M.O. during these recent times. But that has all changed thanks to this lash extension in a tube! Not only do my eyelashes appear thicker, but the length is just truly phenomenal. I feel like a brand-new, less-tired looking woman any time I apply a lick of this!

    The product doesn't clump my lashes together, either, and there's no flaky leftovers come the end of the day. Just a really great formula that coats each lash. So if you're anything like me and want to do the complete bare minimum with makeup, you're going to want to have this in your beauty arsenal. It is the true definition of low effort, high *high* impact." —Jasmin Sandal

    Get it from Amazon for $23.

    4. Or a L'Oreal Voluminous Primer Mascara for a more affordable option. Judging by the reviews, you can't go wrong with either one!

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    Promising review: "Over the years I've noticed my lashes falling out and they're not as voluminous and long as they once were (*cries*). This mascara primer has changed all of that. I use it in tandem with the Thrive Causemetics mascara for a dynamic duo that hasn't failed me yet. The primer base adds a noticeable amount of fibers to thicken my thin lashes, which gives me a full lash look."—Ali Faccenda

    Get it from Amazon for $6.74.

    5. Or! (Last one, I promise.) A Grande Cosmetics' Lash Serum to promote lash growth so you can eventually go mascara-free altogether and still look pretty as ever!

    A before/after of a reviewer's lashes, looking much fuller and longer after
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    Promising review: "I really wish I would have taken 'before' pics. My hairdresser told me about this stuff and said 'it works so good I had to stop using it every night.' I thought to myself 'Oh yeah, lashes too long, no such thing' but I on my second tube and I'm going to start using every other night. My lashes are so long, and it's like I have a double row of lashes. My bottom lashes are thicker too. I rarely write reviews but wanted to share because it really really works." —Asc

    Get a three-month supply from Amazon for $65.

    6. A tub of rejuvenating eye cream that'll firm up those bags under your eyes that you got from reading BuzzFeed shopping posts all night when you should have been getting your beauty sleep. That wasn't a wise choice, but who are we to judge?

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    Promising review: "Exactly as advertised. Great price, super creamy, and moisturizing. Will definitely purchase again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    7. A bottle of sulfate-free Biotin shampoo infused with tea tree, jojoba, and argan oils to help treat hair loss. This is a potential option for folks whose hair is thinning a bit sooner than expected, or people simply looking to go a few extra rounds with Father Time.

    A reviewer photo showing hair that's regrown after looking very thin
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    Promising review: "I love this shampoo! I had gastric sleeve surgery and my hair was very, very thin. I started taking biotin and switched to biotin shampoo as recommended by my doctor. It doesn’t make your hair grow by washing it but it makes your hair and roots stronger. And it worked. After using the whole bottle, my hair was stronger. I had a lot of new growth that was sticking around (the previous new growth fell out early on) and my hair was getting thicker. Eight months later, my hair is back to normal. It's longer and thicker than ever. I still use it twice a week and love it! I’m not crazy about the way it smells but others love it when they smell my hair." —Diane J. Huff

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    8. Or an anti-dandruff shampoo to save you from having to shell out a co-pay at a dermatologist's office. Whether you have a relatively mild case of dandruff or your scalp and shoulders resemble the Swiss Alps during ski season, this thing will become a staple of your shower routine.

    A reviewer with large dandruff clumps that have disappeared after using the shampoo
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    Promising review: "MIRACLE PRODUCT! If you have a flaky scalp from dandruff, BUY THIS. I was about to go to the dermatologist if this stuff didn’t work. Thank goodness I saved myself hundreds of dollars by giving this product a shot. I used it four or five times (over a month) and it cleared my scalp almost completely. One more use and my scalp will be 120% healed! This stuff blew my mind. Totally worth it." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $14.85+ (available in two sizes).

    9. A cruelty-free vitamin C serum that'll brighten and soften your skin while drastically reducing hyperpigmentation. The 44,000+ people who gave this serum a 5-star review love it so much there should be a fan club for it.

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    Promising review: "I never thought that I would find a serum that didn't just irritate my skin. I've spent WAY more money on fancy serums just to have them purge my skin and leave me red and angry-skinned. This stuff is amazing. It isn't sticky or heavy. I used it every day, and it's still lasting me forever. I'm in love. I'd give it 10 stars if I could." —Makayla Fryman

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    10. Glossier Ultralip, which will add a hydrating shine to your lips along with a very subtle pop of color — one of our very own writers loves this stuff!

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    Promising review: "This is an amazing lip product for summer. It's hydrating and not sticky (which is in my opinion, the worst thing about glosses). I love applying a light coat and then blending it in with my finger so it isn't too shiny but it looks great without blending too. I find that in the summertime, regular lipsticks and liquid lippies can be way too drying so this balm is the perfect hybrid between lipstick and gloss. It has a gorgeous sheen that looks natural and healthy. You can even apply it on the high points of your cheeks for some glow and a pop of color (no need for blush!)."—Ali Faccenda, BuzzFeed Staff

    Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in nine shades).

    11. A Briogeo Strengthening Treatment Oil capable of de-frizzing virtually all hair textures — which is partially a result of the brand being Black woman-owned and primarily reliant on natural ingredients.

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    Promising review: "I've tried a lot of conditioning oils for my hair and have been happy with Moroccan oil but I've never found anything that smells this terrific and leaves your hair so soft. Only use a small amount or your hair will look greasy. Use the right amount to look BAM!" —Ayzahra

    Get it from Briogeo for $30.

    12. A deeply nourishing hair mask with aloe vera and castor oil that'll add softness without weighing down your natural texture. This is also a game-changer for people who generally have trouble managing frizzy hair.

    Jar of Girl + Hair Curl Cloud with model showing before-and-after results
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    Promising review: "I'm a natural hair girl! I often struggle with finding a product that helps me manage and keep my hair safe for the next styling. Although I wear protective styles, the in-between time really counts, so this mask is a lifesaver. I love to see the hydration of my natural curls and I feel this product gives them the love they truly deserve! This product has helped me redefine my hair experience. Love it!" —Ashley Jennings

    Girl + Hair is a Black-owned, woman-owned small business.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    13. A CeraVe moisturizing cream for folks with sensitive skin and even more sensitive budgets. Both reviewers on Amazon and contributors here at BuzzFeed love how gentle this moisturizer feels compared to more expensive products. It's also a great place to start if you're new to skincare and want to experiment with a super accessible brand, especially if you struggle with particularly dry skin.

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    Promising review: "This is a favorite for my sensitive skin. This is literally the only moisturizer out of all the ones I've tried — and I've tried a lot — that doesn't leave my skin burning or tingling after applying. Oh, and also, it has seriously cleared my skin, win/win. For real, I've been dealing with super dry skin since the weather started getting colder in the fall. I've always had sensitive skin, but this year, my skin was feeling EXTRA sensitive, and even simple things like applying makeup was burning my skin. This stuff has helped tremendously. It moisturizes my skin gently, doesn't burn like so many other expensive/name-brand moisturizers I've tried, and has also helped clear-up my breakouts, which was a very unexpected, but highly welcomed surprise! This stuff is free of fragrance and oil, is hypoallergenic, noncomedogenic, and nonirritating."—Taylor Steele

    Promising review: "If you are doubting this product, stop what you are doing and buy it right now. It WILL change your life. I had SEVERE eczema on my face and it was incredibly painful: I had red, inflamed, itchy, flaky, and disgusting skin. I tried everything, from organic to high-priced products, and nothing worked until I picked up a $2 sample of this at Walgreens after reading the reviews online. Well, it is a miracle product. My face feels amazing. I use it twice daily, and my eczema is gone. It has also diminished my acne breakouts by 98%. I also want to add that I didn't get anything for free or was asked to do this review, I just honestly needed to share my experience." —Susana Rodriguez

    Get it from Amazon for $16.08.

    14. A variety pack of 40 acne patches made with tea tree and calendula oil that'll basically redefine the way you think of "beauty sleep." Place this on before bed to draw all that pus and oil out of your pimples, and inflammation will go down by morning.

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    They also blend into the skin so they can be worn throughout the day and not just at night!

    Promising review: "I’ve been experimenting with these for the last month and a half, and I am in love. They are really thin and blend into my highly freckled face incredibly well...I have gone out in public twice with them on, because when I did my last second mirror check before I got out of the car, I didn’t notice I had them on! While they absolutely help clean out the skin underneath, the biggest thing it does for me is stops me from touching my face. When I'm stressed out, I will absentmindedly touch/run my hands along my face and jaw constantly. Now, when I notice I’m doing that, I run into the bathroom and put these on any spots I have. Since they are thin and stick really well, I am able to leave them alone and stop touching my face." —MelsBells

    Get a box of 40 round patches for $8.49.

    15. A leave-in conditioning spray with coconut and argan oil that'll transform that matted, tangled bird's nest on the top of your head into something straight out of a Disney princess movie.

    Model showing before-and-after results of using Briogeo Farewell Frizz Rosarco
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    Promising review: "I got this in my Ipsy glam bag a few years ago and was mad when I ran out. I randomly saw this the other day and remembered how much I had loved it previously. This product is amazing!! My hair feels like pure silk! It’s sooo soft and smooth after using this. I’ve used so many other products, expensive ones, and nothing works as well as this! I highly recommend this!" —Melissa C

    Get it from Amazon for $24.

    16. A natural dry shampoo powder if you don't have time for a full wash but would like to LOOK like you had time for a full wash. Think of it as a small bottle of innocent deception.

    A reviewer's bangs looking oily at first but then fluffy and oil-free after using the dry shampoo
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    Promising review: "It makes my bangs and roots look fresh again. And I love that this is a powder and not a stinky aerosol spray. That also means that this lasts MUCH longer. I use it every other day when I don't wash my hair since I have very oily roots. I've been using it for almost a month and barely any is missing out of the bottle. A little goes a long way." —Rachel G.

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes).

    17. A jar of O'Keeffe's Working Hands Lotion for anyone whose newfound commitment to the gym has also come with an unexpected commitment to calluses and cracked skin. This is also a lifesaver for people who've been washing their hands more than ever since the pandemic started (no judgment — props on the improvement!) and are experiencing more dryness than usual.

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    They also make a version for your feet!

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I have dealt with eczema all my life. I've used steroid creams/ointments, lotions, wash, you name it. And then I tried this miracle product! In four days, my hands looks better then it ever has! I can bend my finger without pain! I'm sooo happy with the results. And I have only been using it for four days!" —Kelly

    Get the hand cream from Amazon for $6.61, and the foot cream for $4.

    18. A downright magical foot peel that'll shed all the dead skin that's been keeping you out of flip flops for years.

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    Promising review: "I can't believe I'm posting a picture of my foot to Amazon, but there's a first time for everything I guess. Being a New Yorker, I'm used to walking A LOT, and as a result, my feet were dry, calloused, and just plain disgusting. I wouldn't even touch my feet and was embarrassed to wear sandals. I didn't want to pay for a pedicure, so I tried this, and I'm so glad I did. I couldn't believe all the skin that peeled off my feet. I felt like a shedding snake. As crazy as it sounds, my new beautiful feet have given me a boost of self-confidence. I can't wait to wear sandals again."—AmazonCustomer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    19. A bottle of Tend Skin Solution to treat those nasty, irritating, and sometime pretty painful ingrown hairs and razor bumps.

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    Promising review: "I have sensitive skin and this has helped tremendously! I’m a woman who unfortunately started shaving my chin 20 years ago to get rid of peach fuzz. I’ve had stubble ever since and have to shave everyday. I get rashes on my chin due to shaving. My skin is now less sensitive and my rash is almost gone!" —Angela

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    20. A conditioning castor oil packed with vitamins and fatty acids that'll heal and strengthen your hair over time. It can also help soothe your scalp if it's extra dry. Reviewers say you'll start seeing improvements within a few weeks!

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    Promising review: "I am so happy I bought this product! I took steroid pain injections (from age 21–23) and the doctor failed to tell me it may cause you to lose hair. That's exactly what happened to me, I started to lose my hair and its thickness. I tried everything from Biotin, B-12, repairing shampoo and conditioners, hair masks, medicated shampoos and nothing was filling in my scalp or giving my hair the thickness like it used to. I decided to try this and it works! My scalp is filling back in and my hair is getting thick! It's a wonderful miracle! I started crying when I saw the results I was so happy! The oil is thick but it does not mean you cannot apply it you just need to really work it in. I usually leave it in overnight because it's easier to get out that way. You can also use other oils if it is too thick for you. It does have a slight smell but I think because it's all organic, but it is not overpowering or that noticeable. I am going to buy this product again and recommend it to other people!" —Angel of Light

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    21. A bitter but harmless clear polish that's so unpleasant you'll chew on a jean jacket before wanting to bite your nails again.

    a before and after photo set displaying a reviewer's nail growth after using the clear polish
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    Promising review: "I have been a nail biter for at least 15 years and have tried yet again to break the habit. This polish tastes horrible and definitely stops me from biting. When you use it I would suggest keeping a drink near by for the first couple times you try to bite your nails. Also be careful when eating finger foods because you can accidentally get a little taste. I would buy again, and recommend to anyone trying to stop biting their nails or for thumb-suckers. The polish is a clear coat but does give your nails a shine." —Megan Range

    Get it from Amazon $9.97.

    22. And a bottle of CND Essentials nail and cuticle Solaroil so that broken and peeling nails will forever be a thing of the past.

    a before and after photo set displaying a reviewer's nail growth after using the solaroil
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    Each day, work the oil into your nails and cuticles and they will begin to grow and strengthen so you don't have to worry about weak nails anymore!

    Promising review: "I had peeling, weak nails for years. Tried everything. I bought this in February. This size bottle lasted a bit more than a month religiously applying it two to three times a day. I was really seeing great improvement so I bought another bottle in late March. By May, all the peeling had grown out and my nails were getting stronger every day. I then bought the big 4-oz refill bottle because I never want to run out of it again! Cannot recommend this stuff enough!" —Diana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.50.

    23. A Glossier Exfoliating Skin Perfector to gently remove dead skin cells and gradually reveal that picture-perfect complexion you always knew was there to begin with.

    A person's cheek with some brownish-red post acne marks and then four weeks later, the marks look lighter
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    Promising review: "After adding this to my very easy, lazy regimen, I do not wear make up anymore. I've been using this product for a month and I repeat: I DO NOT WEAR MAKEUP ANYMORE. I used to have to put on some sort of concealer or tinted moisturizer before leaving the house and now I do not. It has taken care of my breakouts, some acne scarring and also some black head/ large pore things. Very grateful for this product. I will continue to use and purchase." —shannon

    Get it from Glossier for $24.

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