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    24 Beauty Products That'll Actually Make A Huge Difference

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    1. Dr. Dennis Gross C+ Collagen Brighten & Firm Vitamin C Serum helps fade out unwanted dark spots for a clearer and brighter complexion. / Via Brittaney Trent / BuzzFeed

    This is my favorite product of all time (no, but seriously). I've been using it for over a year now and have noticed a significant difference within the first few months. I no longer have dark circles under my eyes and my skin tone is finally even. My skin naturally glows and I get so many compliments on it. I honestly don't have to wear foundation anymore and I know it's the result of this serum! My only suggestion would be to make sure to put it all over your face, even above your eyelids (be careful not to get it into your eyes), and on your neck for an even appearance.

    And it's cruelty-free and vegan! Still not convinced? Check out my review on Instagram.

    Promising review: "This serum changed my life! I've been struggling with terrible melasma for years and literally nothing had worked until I found this serum. Within one week, I noticed my dark spots had lightened and my overall complexion looked brighter and more awake. For the first time, I feel comfortable wearing no makeup in front of my new boyfriend, because I am no longer plagued with blotchy, uneven skin." —beautyjnkie

    Get it from Sephora for $78.

    2. DPHUE Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse cleanses and refreshes your scalp without stripping your hair of its natural oils.

    This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free!

    Promising review: "I have very fine but curly hair and have been no-pooing for several months. I was so excited to try this wash because conditioner alone was too heavy and I didn't feel like my hair and scalp were getting the cleansing I needed. This product worked so well for me. My hair felt so soft and clean without feeling dry. The ACV rids my scalp of dirt/oil/product while the added aloe and other moisturizers leave it feeling soft and bouncy." —finencurly

    Get it from Sephora for $35.

    3. TRESemme Fresh + Clean Dry Shampoo rejuvenates your hair when you don't have time to wash it.

    This product is paraben-free.

    Promising review: "Excellent product! I can’t believe that finally there is a product that leaves no residue and it smells great! I have oily hair and after spraying this product, my hair looks and feels as if I've just washed it with an amazing blow dry!!!! It’s been two days now and still no sign of oil and my hair looks and feels amazing." —Ava

    Get it from Target for $4.89.

    4. First Aid Beauty's Ultra Repair® Cream Intense Hydration is formulated to eliminate parched skin while boosting it with antioxidants.

    This moisturizer has been a lifesaver for me. I've constantly battled with seborrheic dermatitis, especially around my nose, and this cream has completely changed that. I prefer to use it at night so while I'm sleeping, the antioxidants penetrate my skin to hydrate and fight off pollution.

    And it's cruelty-free and formulated without parabens!

    Promising review: "I had a small area of eczema on my face and had literately tried everything. So embarrassing because I felt like you could always notice the dry area and my makeup would scale over it!! I have no time to see a dermatologist but a week of using this every day made it go away! It's amazing. I apply it before I put on my makeup, it dries quickly and doesn't leave your face oily. I absolutely love it and recommend it to anyone. Most definitely the best product out and it's so cheap!!" —Ginnnaa

    Get it from Sephora for $30.

    5. TGIN Honey Miracle Curl Hair Mask uses raw honey to help deep condition, hydrate, and detangle your coils.

    This hair mask is aluminum-free, cruelty-free, and formulated without dyes, parabens, or sulfates!

    Promising review: "I have very thick, 4c hair. Detangling after washing was a nightmare. But this deep conditioner has made detangling one of the easiest parts of wash day for me. I apply the deep conditioner and then detangle my hair while the hair mask is still in it. Then I rinse it out. Boy when I tell you my hair feels so soft and moisturiiiized! This mask is like finding the holy grail." —Morg

    Get it from Target for $11.99.

    6. Tarte's Maneater Voluptuous Mascara has a triple-black formula to create dramatic fullness and give a lash extension–like effect.

    This mascara is gluten- and paraben-free!

    Promising review: "The holy grail of mascara! This is one of my ALL time favorite products! It has a really nice 'natural' looking finish that makes my eyes pop. It doesn't flake or dry out my lashes like with some other products that are out there. My eyes can be really sensitive, especially when wearing an eye/lash product for an extended period of time; but I have to say that I have had ZERO problems with it." —DanielleT

    Get it from Tarte for $23.

    7. Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate works overnight to help improve elasticity and repair skin from harsh environmental factors.

    This is paraben-free!

    Promising review: "I’ve never in my life seen a skin care product have such dramatic results in such a small period of time. After two uses, I could already see a huge difference in my skin. IT’S LIKE A FILTER FOR YOUR FACE. I look in the mirror (and even if I didn’t get any sleep) my skin is glowing, fresh, and even. It’s super moisturized and soft. And I used to ALWAYS break out when it was my time of the month. This product has somehow managed to keep it all under control. I swear it looks like I have some sort of foundation/BB cream on when I don’t. I never spend a whole lot of money on skincare, so this was a rare splurge for me, but this serum is everything I’ve ever needed and I will definitely be buying more!" —Anonymous

    Get it from Sephora for $47 or Kiehl's for $47.

    8. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser contains hyaluronic acid, which helps retain your skin's moisture while hydrating and gently removing dirt. / Via

    When I say this has been my go-to cleanser for the last 10 years — I'm not kidding! I love this face wash because it eliminates acne, protects your skin's natural barrier, and unclogs your pores without drying out your skin. Plus, it's cheap and you can get it from your nearest drugstore! Sounds like a win-win right?

    Still unsure? Check out my review on Instagram.

    Promising review: "I have tried many different facial cleansers and this is hands down the best. You don't need to spend a ton of money for some fancy cleanser. I use a couple pumps of this on my dry face, rub around for a couple minutes, and rinse off with a washcloth. It removes everything including eye makeup, so you don't need a separate remover for that either. Gets my skin clean and never irritates. I will never use anything else." —K.N.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $28.46.

    9. Liberty Grooming Beard Balm conditions with essential oils to soften your beard while maintaining its stylish shape.

    Promising review: "This beard balm performs exactly as advertised. I have a relatively scraggly beard but this is the only balm that truly can maintain the business. This has just enough hold to keep my beard shape for almost the entire day, with a little light combing here and there throughout the day. A little goes a long way here too. Some beard care lines focus mainly on fragrance, which I find draws from the quality of the balm. But Liberty has nailed the balance perfectly for me." —Nairb

    Get it from Amazon for $9.49.

    10. Neutrogena's Age Shield Sunscreen has SPF 110 to maintain your skin's appearance after time in the sun while helping fight against fine lines and wrinkles.

    Promising review: "I bought this one month ago on a long car ride home because I was getting a sunburn in my car! Little did I know how this purchase would impact my beauty routine from that point on. I have worn it every day since! It has DRASTICALLY improved the appearance and feel of my skin on my face, chest, and arms! The tone and overall complexion of my face has improved to the point that I am no longer wearing foundation! Neutrogena, you have made a customer for life! Thank you for the single greatest sunscreen I’ve ever tried." —Anonymous

    Get it from Walmart for $6.99.

    11. LASHFOOD's Phyto-Medic Eyelash Enhancer is formulated with a blend of organic herb extracts to help grow your natural lashes stronger, thicker, and longer.

    Instagram: @lashfood

    This product is cruelty-free, vegan, gluten-free and created without synthetic chemicals or formaldehyde.

    Promising review: "I have been using this consistently for a year now (on my second tube) and my lashes have grown substantially. They are now super long and have gotten thicker!" —graciella93

    Get it from Sephora for $78.

    12. Head and Shoulders Smooth & Silky Dandruff Shampoo nourishes your hair with intense moisture while getting rid of frizz and dandruff.

    Promising review: "I can't believe I have actually found the PERFECT shampoo for my hair! I suffer from extremely dry, damaged, and frizzy hair. My hair went through a number of bleachings and colourings. My hair got so dry, that I developed an itchy scalp that of course, left flakes. After only using this for about a week, my hair is sooo much healthier, my scalp actually feels like a scalp, and my flakes are gone, as well as the itching. My frizz is also pretty much tamed. They are not joking when they say hair and scalp health GURANTEED. Oh and did I mention it also smells fantastic?" —Anonymous

    Get it from Walmart for $5.38 or Jet for $7.82.

    13. Rosebud Salve is a versatile lip balm that not only soothes chapped lips, but can also be used on other parts of your body to relieve dryness.

    This lip balm is sulfate- and paraben-free!

    Promising review: "How can you beat a product that stops a bullet and leaps buildings in a single bound? I love that I can deliberately load extra on my finger when applying to my lips so that I can use the excess on my cuticles and hands! A little too much? Perfect! On to the dry elbows... The rose scent was personally a bit strong for my taste, but I've learned to love it over the years." —jezziebezzie

    Get it from Sephora for $6.

    14. L'Oreal Paris Advanced Hairstyle BLOW DRY IT Quick Dry Primer Spray cuts down blow-dry time and has a heat protectant to stop damage.

    Promising review: "I have tried almost everything that everyone else says 'works' to control my frizzy, bushy, course, wavy, and dry hair. From Garnier Fructis to Paul Mitchell to Aquage to Redken to some Sally Beauty Supply products. I've been only semi-satisfied but now I can NOT tell you how amazed I was!! This is totally my best friend. I love that it's a spray and not a cream so it doesn't weigh down my hair. My hair looked like I had just flat ironed it instead of just blow-dried it and was softer, shinier, and less greasy than how other products leave it. I was surprised because it was so cheap." —Kelly

    Get it from Walmart for $3.97 or Jet for $3.97.

    15. Biore's Deep Cleansing Pore Strips work like a magnet to help remove blackheads and unclog pores.

    Promising review: "I have used Biore pore strips for like 10 years. Over the years, I've tried other stuff: masks, other brand pore strips, esthetician tool, etc. Nothing, for me, has ever worked as reliably, noticeably, and easily for stopping pimples. Seriously, I use one each on my nose, forehead, and chin every few days. I've not had any problems that I see other chicks saying they've had. I have no problem getting my skin wet enough to put them on. Using them in the steamy bathroom after a shower may help." —AnonieMoose

    Get a box of 24 strips from Walmart for $14.47.

    16. The Glossier Boy Brow fills in and grooms your natural brows for a fuller effect.

    This product is gluten-, paraben-, fragrance-, and alcohol-free!

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's review.

    Promising review: "This stuff is perfect. I was using a brow pen for years, trying to fill in my brows where they faded out at the ends, but the way I'd fill them in wasn't consistent because drawing is too hard! Now, I love that Boy Brow fills them in where the hairs already are naturally and there's no creating a shape that isn't already there on your face! Thank you for this lovely little miracle brow worker!" —skin_organ

    Get it from Glossier for $16.

    17. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask is formulated to recharge and provide moisture to stressed, parched skin.

    This mask is formulated without parabens and is cruetly-free!

    Promising review: "If you're into K-beauty, need a break from facials or face masks, or you just don't drink water, this is the best thing to put on your face, hands down!! Whenever I run out of eye cream, I use this as a back-up because it's so hydrating. I have super dry skin and eczema so I definitely recommend this to all the people who understand that struggle." —kayvalen

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    18. John Frieda Hot Air Brush dries and styles your hair simultaneously, while also controlling frizz and creating volume.

    Promising review: "This product is a game changer. I have thin but very curly/kinky hair that has become very damaged due to years and years of flat ironing. With this product, I can style my hair in less time and WITHOUT a flat iron. It gives me beautiful, soft curls that I've gotten tons of compliments on. I do wish the air stream was slightly stronger, but it's still an absolutely excellent product." —S.G

    Get it from Amazon for $34.99.

    19. TheraTree Tea Tree Scrub with activated charcoal works to help soothe and exfoliate your body while detoxifying your skin.

    Promising review: "Thera Tea Tree Scrub has been a lifesaver to reduce blocked pores and oily skin problems. Horrible, humid summers with a desk job and leather car seats do a number on my back. I was getting frankly embarrassed, and then the magic black scrub came into my life. It's been night and day in controlling my oily complexion. Coming out of the bottle, the scrub looks like saturated volcanic sand. Don't be deceived, the texture is quite even and smooth. Absolutely no oily residue is left behind, nor a gritty feeling once the product is rinsed off. The scent is also so very green and woodsy." —Isolde

    Get it from Amazon for $14.70.

    20. Cover Fx Illuminating Setting Spray weightlessly sets your makeup and prevents melting with a subtle glow!

    This setting spray is cruelty-free, vegan and formulated without parabens, sulfates, fragrances, or gluten!

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical the first time I tried this spray. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about having shimmer on my face but that's not what this is, it's the most subtle glow ever! Almost like a soft focus filter of perfectly placed light. Sounds cheesy but it's true! Just a cloud of mist that sets me without looking like I took a shower in it! Bravo, Cover FX. You made a believer out of me." —makeupmama76

    Get it from Sephora for $31.

    21. Peter Thomas Roth's Cucumber De-Tox Hydra-Gel Eye Patches reduces puffiness and awakens those tired eyes!

    Promising review: "I have been dealing with some serious puffiness lately and I was looking for something to not only calm my under-eye area, but also brighten it. I think this product does both. I noticed immediate improvements after leaving under my eye for 15 minutes. I also really like the cooling and tightening effect I feel while using this! I highly recommend" —TiphanieH

    Get it from Sephora $48.00.

    22. L'Occitane Cleansing & Softening Almond Shower Oil is naturally formulated with omega 6 fatty acids to transform and cleanse the skin.

    Promising review: "I've used this product for about five years now. It has everything you'd want for a luxurious shower experience. The smell is addicting, it softens skin. and can be used as a shaving lubricant. My legs are soft and moisturized and the bottle lasts for months. I love L'Occitane products but this is a top five for me!" —gideonr

    Get it from Sephora for $25.

    23. Caudalie Grape Water Harvest moisturizes your skin with every spritz and keeps you feeling refreshed throughout the day.

    Promising review: "I've been using this every summer for the past 3-4 years and it's my holy grail summer survival product. I've just stocked up on a full and travel size. I keep both in the fridge and pop the travel size into my bag when I go out. Yesterday I was gardening in the searing heat and when it became too hot, I'd spray my face (and the husband's!) with this to cool down and hydrate my skin. The full and travel size last me the entire summer and is very good value. I highly recommended." —bronzevernis

    Get it from Nordstrom for $18.

    24. And the Braun Series 7 Men's Electric Foil Shaver uses four synchronized shaving elements to help eliminate irritation for a closer, smoother, and gentler shave.

    Promising review: "So far this kit is everything I hoped it would be. Being on blood thinners, I developed something akin to razor burn in one specific spot on my upper lip. The skin got so sensitive and thin that I nearly bled from the irritation no matter what kind of disposable razor I used. Razorless shave cream was even worse because it left chemical burns in that spot and a couple of others. I use the Braun with shave gel, and it gives a nice smooth shave with no irritation. The irritation factor was the main reason I got it and it seems to be doing very well for me in that area. And cleanup is a breeze with the charging/cleaning station." —Jugband

    Get it from Walmart for $180.99 (originally $269.97).

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