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    40 Beauty Products Our Readers Absolutely Love — And For Good Reason

    Give your beauty routine a nice upgrade with these products our readers have bought and loved.

    1. Essence Lash Princess Mascara that will make your lashes look so long, thick, and full, people will start asking you if you got eyelash extensions. 

    buzzfeed editor's eyes before and after using the mascara with the done lashes looking darker and longer
    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed Editor Kayla Boyd tried this out and raves: "As someone who isn't a big fan of false lashes (the glue irritates my eyes and I'm terrible at applying them) this budget-friendly holy grail does the trick for both lengthening and volumizing my lashes. After you've given it a minute to dry, it lasts all day long and doesn't smudge or fade. It seriously gives the effect of false lashes without the discomfort."

    Promising review: "After using Lights, Camera, Lashes by Tarte for the past year, I got tired of breaking the bank over mascara. My sister suggested Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect and I IMMEDIATELY fell in love. It provides dramatic length and great volume. I can honestly say I can’t stop looking at my eyelashes in the mirror every single day because of how awesome they look. Also, it is very long-wearing. I go from an eight-hour workday right to the gym and sweat like wild...and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $3.49.

    For more info and review pics, check out Kayla's full Essence Lash Princess Mascara review! You can also check out her review of the mascara on TikTok!

    2. An eye cream formulated to reduce those stubborn dark circles and puffy bags under your eyes that tend to pop up in the morning. 

    Reviewer before and after showing the cream tightened and brightened their under-eye area
    Different reviewer's progression photo showing their eye bags disappearing over time

    Promising review: "I have been using this daily for about eight months now. I am 60 years old. It reduced the puffiness and bags under my eyes. I had dark circles. It has brightened up my eye area. I am very surprised as I have paid much more for eye creams that have done so much less. I recently had precancerous cells removed at the bridge of my nose. After healing, I was left with a dark scar. The dermatologist told me that it would heal over time. Since I began to apply this eye cream, the mark has almost disappeared entirely. I shop constantly from Amazon. This is the first time that I have taken the time to write a review. That's how impressed I am with this product. If you decide to purchase this, you won't be sorry." —Lynda M.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

    3. An acne patch to extract all the gunk that sits right under the skin whenever you have a whitehead. Just place one of these on your breakout, leave it on overnight, and you'll wake up to visibly smaller, less red zits.

    Reviewer's square acne patch that is filled with pimple discharge
    Reviewer's cheeks with dark red acne scars and breakouts
    Same reviewer's cheeks, which are now a more even skin tone and free of almost all breakouts

    Promising review: "These are the best. Pop on one of these and your zit heals in half the time. The package has several different sizes so you can use really small ones for average pimples or on small places like the tip of your nose. It also comes with big ones for those zits that look like a light in the middle of your forehead. They’re practically invisible so you can wear them during the day." —Terry L. Burgess

    Get 40 round patches from Amazon for $8.49 (also available in XL square patches).

    Read our full in-depth review of Avarelle's acne patches that gets into the nitty-gritty — why they work, how to use them, and why 30,000+ people can't stop raving about them.

    4. A L'Oréal *eight-second* lamellar water rinse-out treatment because you don't need to drop half your paycheck at the salon to get a treatment that will make your hair look shiny, moisturized, and strong.

    Reviewer with frizzy long hair
    Reviewer with shiny long, straight hair

    And it's silicone free!

    Promising review: "I don’t usually do reviews on products, but for this one I absolutely have to. I have 3c-type hair and struggle with a lot of breakage and moisture. When my mom mentioned this product to me I didn’t take her seriously because of the simple fact that we have two completely different hair textures. I never would have thought this brand would work on my hair. I have always used ethnic hair products and stayed away from brands such as this one because of the alcohol consumption. I have never in my 22 years felt my hair like this. I feel like I have a completely different head of hair. This product is so amazing and I will FOREVER be using this product in my hair regimen. Thank you so much!! ♥️" —Theressa Hailey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    5. A Schick Silk Touch-Up Tool that removes any peach fuzz on your skin so your foundation looks smoother. You can also use this for quick hair removal in between waxing appointments.

    6. A coconut shea curl defining creme so you can finally have the bouncy, soft, perfectly shaped curls of your dreams. You can apply this to dry or damp hair, making it a "low-maintenance, fantastic results" kind of product (aka our favorite!).

    A model holding the jar of product

    7. The highly effective Bio-Oil that works wonders to help fade scars (both old and new ones) and moisturize your skin without clogging your pores. It's especially beneficial to anyone who lives in dry climates and needs a hydrating boost for their skin.

    Psst! Bio-Oil contains retinol, which accelerates skin turnover but can make you more sensitive to the sun — so don't forget your sunscreen!

    Promising review: "Bio-Oil is the BEST skin product on the market. I use it as a twice a day — morning and before I go to bed. Small lines have disappeared. My skin is very smooth and seems to glow. A doctor recommended this to one of my friends who told me about it. I have bought several bottles as gifts. Be patient. It will take a few months for you to notice the changes. I am 71 years old." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.92+ (available in three sizes).

    8. Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Protein Treatment if you're feeling like your processed, damaged hair has seen better days. This will breathe new life into your locks by making it feel fuller, healthier, and silkier thanks to the ceramides and collagen in the formula.

    9. A tube of Glossier Balm Dotcom to keep your lips hydrated with just a hint of color. Perfect for the days you're wearing just a *touch* of makeup.

    A model holding a tube of the balm

    10. A foot file because pedicures can be expensive and time-consuming, and this will get your rough heels sandal-ready in no time.

    reviewer showing  a cracked foot and then their heel with smooth skin

    11. Or a Baby Foot peel exfoliator mask if you want to fully embrace the grossness of all of your dead skin peeling off of your feet at once. The payoff? The softest feet you've ever had.

    12. A peeling solution from The Ordinary formulated with glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid, which work together to keep blemishes at bay and improve the look and feel of your skin — all at a price that just can't be beat.

    The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution

    13. HerStyler Hair Repair Serum if you find that frizz starts to take over your hair within minutes of you leaving the house. Thanks to a formula of vitamin E, aloe vera, and argan oil, this serum will keep your hair under control and looking as silky as those models in hair commercials! Go ahead — do a hair flip. Your transformed locks deserve to be showed off.

    before and after of a reviewer who has used the hair repair serum

    14. A hairbrush cleaning tool designed to get every last bit of dust and hair out of your bristles. No one wants to run all that gunk over their hair when brushing it!!

    15. Nyx Control Freak Eyebrow Gel is especially great if your eyebrows tend to get rather unruly during the day. Just brush this on the morning, and you'll have full, groomed brows that stay looking great until you're ready to wash your face at night.

    16. HSI Professional Argan Oil Thermal Protector that's actually a 2-in-1 miracle product — it'll keep your hair protected whenever you're styling it with heat, and it's also a great leave-in conditioner. Essentially, you're going to want to keep this on hand whenever you do your hair!

    17. Pretty Fab Nails nail wraps so you don't have to go to the salon to get professional-looking designs on your nails! Instead, just peel the backing off these wraps, stick them on, and your nails just turned into a piece of art.

    model with teal and white watercolor nail wraps on

    18. A purple shampoo to remove any unwanted yellow tones in your blonde hair. This is a necessity if you spend major $$ at the salon to dye your hair and you want it to keep looking as great as it did on day one.

    Promising review: "This stuff is a godsend! I used to have red hair and decided to get a blonde balayage. It took two visits to get my hair lightened to where it looked blonde and not gold, but it still had lots of gold in it. Now my hair is finally blonde and not gold! I’m so happy! Plus this stuff smells amazing and makes my hair so soft and shiny and voluminous with lots of body!" —KatEd

    Get it from Amazon for $11.42 (available in three sizes).

    And check out our full write-up on this Fanola No Yellow Shampoo to learn more.

    19. An eye primer because you don't want to spend precious time perfecting your eyeshadow just for it to be faded and creased by lunchtime.

    reviewer at 8:30 a.m. showing off their eye makeup
    the same reviewer at 6:30 p.m. showing their eye makeup still looks the s

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high end to low...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. Using this primer, shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands if I was lucky. I got this as a sample in my Ipsy bag, and I had to buy the full-size product straight away! I couldn't be happier with my purchase. Thank you, Elizabeth Mott, for finally making a primer that lasts! I love this stuff!" —Melissa Mae

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    20. Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer that's a cult favorite for a reason: It gives great coverage, lasts for 16 (!!) hours, and never looks or feels cakey on your skin. Sounds like a winner to me!

    21. A bottle of 100% pure, hexane-free castor oil to aid with the growth and repair of damaged hair. The rich vitamins and fatty acids do wonders to make your hair look and feel fuller. It can also be used for skin, eyelashes, and nails.

    reviewer's before and after from using the castor oil

    22. A thick clear lip gloss so you can get that shiny look on your lips but none of that goopy, sticky texture other glosses have.

    Reviewer with glossy lips holding up the lip gloss

    23. A set of silicone brushes because anyone who's ever applied a face mask with their fingers knows how messy and ineffective it can be! This will give you a nice, even application of your fave mask and will leave your fingers free of all that goop!

    24. A cult-favorite Aztec Secret healing mask that will trick you into thinking you just got a facial from the spa as it gets deep into your pores and leaves you feeling refreshed. Many reviewers have noticed clearer skin and fewer breakouts after using this mask regularly.

    A before-and-after of a person with a lot of acne scars on their face compared to a much clearer complexion with only 3-4 scars still visible
    The face mask jar

    There is a bit of mixing involved — you'll need to add some apple cider vinegar for it to do its best work. This product is cruelty free and formulated without additives or fragrances.

    Promising review: "I first want to share that I typically don’t share reviews but this product has truly helped clear my skin. My adult acne has been out of control for some time now. I’ve tried everything including hormone therapy, which didn’t help. I’ve ended up with a scarred face from so much picking at my acne. I’m sooo amazed by this mask. Yes it dries your face but a good moisturizer does the trick. So thankful for this product. I do masks all the time. Most recent was a black sea mask. It cleaned up my blackheads, but my acne remained. This seems to be doing the trick! Try it out! You won’t regret it." —Danielle Torres

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in two sizes).

    Check out more details about this popular clay mask.