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    32 Beauty Products You'll Wish Existed When You Were In Middle School

    Think of all the painful breakouts, shaved eyebrows, and dull, damaged hair we could've avoided.

    1. A volcanic stone face roller to soak up excess face oil between classes, even if you have makeup on! Unlike blotting papers, this roller is able to be washed and reused, reducing waste and saving you $$$.

    Revlon oil-absorbing volcanic face roller
    Reviewer using Revlon oil-absorbing volcanic face roller

    Promising review: "I am so extremely oily. Have been dealing with my oily skin since I was in high school and still dealing with my oily skin in my mid-thirties. The roller worked better than I could have expected and exceeded my expectations. This is life-changing for me!" —Wow

    Get it from Amazon for $9.98.

    2. A pack of 40 acne patches for stopping that yearbook photo-ruining zit dead in its tracks with gunk-absorbing powers that speed up the pimple-healing process and help prevent you from picking or popping.

    a hand holding a large square acne patch
    a hand holding two small, individual pimple patches

    Promising review: "I ordered these on a whim after a long day of isolation and internet browsing and because I have a terrible habit of picking at spots on my face and making them into something much much worse. These magical spots are life-changing!!! Put them on before bed (or before work) on clean skin and FORGET about them. You don't notice they're there — unless you go to pick at something and then YOU STOP!! Leave them in place for at least six hours and then peel them off. They come off easily (but not so easy that they come off while sleeping) and the amount of 'bleck' they suck out is amazing!!! So a spot that was going to erupt into Mount Vesuvius ends up being NOTHING!!!! I've purchased six packages and will keep buying them. An amazing value!" —Jennifer Nothdurft

    Get a 40-pack from Amazon for $8.49 or an eight-pack of the large patches for $8.49.

    3. A gluten- and cruelty-free lengthening mascara if past you wasted too much allowance money on tubes of mascara that didn't live up to the hype. This one is different — or at least according to the 180,000+ 5-star ratings.

    before and after showing the mascara made their light lashes visible and lengthened
    Reviewer showing off their fluffy, full-looking lashes

    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 work day right to the gym and sweat a lot..and this stuff doesn’t budge! I love it!!" —Carrie E Miller

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. A pack of multipurpose dermaplaning razors because then maybe you wouldn't have shaved off half your eyebrow right before the first day of school. These teeny tiny blades safely remove peach fuzz, exfoliate skin, and include a precision cover for worry-free eyebrow maintenance.

    a reviewer photo of the razor with shaved peach fuzz attached
    a gif of a reviewer using the razor on their face

    Promising review: "Took me a little while to figure out the right angle to use this effectively but once I did it worked like a charm. I’ve used it for shaping eyebrows and managing the little bit of blonde peach fuzz I have on my upper lip. I haven’t tried it anywhere else but no bad reactions or pain, and relatively easy to maneuver with a bit of practice." —Kelly G.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.99

    5. A black eyeliner stamp that would've made the cat-eye look you tried to do for the school dance A LOT easier. `

    a reviewer photo of a hand holding the dual ended eyeliner tool
    A reviewer selfie showing a winged eye makeup looking having used the stamp

    The set comes with two double-ended pens. Each pen has one side with the wing stamp, and the other with a traditional liquid eyeliner tip.

    Promising review: "Actual holy grail! This eyeliner has changed my life. I know that sounds suuuper dramatic (and it is), but it’s true! I have been doing cat eyeliner for the past six years and I’m somehow STILL horrible at it. I also recently had a baby, so my daily 10–20 minutes of attempting a passable cat-eye was chucked out the window and replaced with a sad, under-five-minute routine. I ordered this on a whim thinking it might help and after the first application, I knew I had found my answer! This stuff is SO easy to apply and actually looks really good. Now I get to feel a little more like myself even if all I’m doing that day is changing diapers." —Katelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $14.97 (available in three sizes).

    6. This mega-popular CeraVe foaming cleanser so you can keep your skin clean and clear with one simple product that won't leaving your face feeling stripped and dry afterward. It also doubles as a body wash if you're struggling with bacne, chestne, or buttne. 

    a reviewer photo of the pump bottle of the cleanser
    a split reviewer image of their face before and after using the cleanser

    Promising review: "I’m 30 years old and have fought bad acne my entire life so I’ve tried many different cleansers from the super gentle ones like Cetaphil to prescription ones with harsh chemicals. This is a good middle of the road cleanser. I really feel like it does a good job getting my face clean and removing dirt and makeup (unlike Cetaphil) without drying out my face completely (like the harsh chemical ones). I typically have pretty oily skin and this does a good job of removing the oil without over drying my skin." —CBAKERD3

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    7. An oil-free moisturizer with SPF 30 to keep your face feeling soft and supple and kickstarting that oh-so vital sun protection habit sooner rather than later.

    Promising review: "FINALLY, a sunscreen that leaves no white/purple cast!! I am an African American girl with very dark skin, and this stuff blended in flawlessly. At first it'll seem like it won't blend in but if you give it a minute, it completely disappears without any streaking. I have DRY, SENSITIVE skin as well and this sunscreen got the job done, absolutely no irritation and moisturized my face very well! I'm definitely gonna buy more once I'm done with mine :)" —Briana

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    8. Or, this invisible Supergoop sunscreen with SPF 40 for top-notch sun protection that's scentless, weightless, and goes on clear meaning you won't have to deal with any pesky white cast. 

    a model squeezing the clear sunscreen onto their hand
    a model applying the sunscreen on their cheek

    Promising review: "Best sunscreen ever! Been using this sunscreen for years and I highly recommend this for my fellow Black and brown girls who have had to deal with white cast from sunscreens in the past. This formula is completely invisible!' —Steph217

    Get it from Sephora for $34

    9. A silicone-free L'Oreal moisturizing treatment if you want visibly healthier-looking hair fast — like, eight seconds fast. This rinse-out formula works on any hair texture or length, delivering the proteins and amino acids necessary for a shiny, flippable mane, even if you spent all of sixth grade frying it with a flat iron.

    A reviewer with defined coily hair
    Reviewer with shiny long, straight hair

    Shine in a silicone-free product?! Dreams really do come true.

    Promising review: "This stuff is life-changing. I’ve had extremely tangly hair since my baby was born and this made it so silky. It feels like heaven afterwards and the smell is great too!" —Alyssa

    Get it from Amazon for $8.97.

    10. This anti-dandruff shampoo that'll help reduce scalp flaking and itching thanks to a little clinically proven ingredient called ketoconazole, which kills the fungus that causes dandruff. Now you and your favorite black turtleneck can reunite without fear!

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. I was one step away from going to the dermatologist. I had severe dandruff that was so bad, I could shake my head and it would come off. With just a few uses per week, I got rid of all my flakes. My scalp also stopped burning from dryness. My hair has never been healthier." —Moo Moo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.22

    11. A tube of Differin acne treatment gel so you can jumpstart your skincare routine with one of the strongest spot treatments available without a prescription. Reviewers warn some patience is required (but it's worth it), so give this retinoid cream a chance to work its pore-penetrating, inflammation-reducing magic. 

    This is *very* strong and reviewers say that while it works, it might make your skin sensitive and dry while it adjusts (much like Accutane). They recommend that you always moisturize after using this, and to use it at night while you're out of the sun.

    Promising review: "It definitely works. I was on a prescription retinoid and benzoyl peroxide combo cream (it’s double the price) + spironolactone pill for my hormonal acne before and it worked. I had to stop both for a while for personal reasons, after several months my hormones started acting up again. I had a really bad breakout, so I asked my doctor if I can at least get back on the cream, my doctor advised me to try this instead. Any active pimples heal very fast, scarring and texture is also improving. And I don’t even have to bother with prescriptions anymore." —LC

    Get it from Amazon for $12.26

    12. A bottle of nail and cuticle care oil you apply like a clear coat of polish to give your nails all the cuticle-softening, nail-strengthening nourishment they need to recover from your test-time nail-biting habit. 

    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 with me 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-ounce 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+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A tube of Glossier Boy Brow for instantly filling and fluffing brows with just a couple of swipes, and erasing any trace that you absolutely over plucked your eyebrows the moment you discovered tweezers as a tween. 

    AnaMaria's before and after photo showing darker, fuller-looking brows after using Boy Brow
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    BuzzFeed editor AnaMaria Glavan (pictured above) swears by this stuff: 

    "This magic bottle is proof that not all heroes wear capes. The creamy formula, which comes in blond, black, clear, and brown (which is what I used!), goes on smoothly and doesn’t require a lot of product to do the job. I used the wand to brush baby hairs in the beginning/middle of my brow upwards, and then brushed the longer, toddler-like hairs at the end of my eyebrows, sideways. And one coat was more than enough! Boy Brow does what exactly what the Glossier brand claims to do; it gives me a filled-in eyebrow that doesn’t look filled in. The finish looks natural, which is exactly what I wanted — my facial caterpillars have never looked better.

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

    14. A hydrating lifter gloss if you've long dreamed of a high-shine lip treatment that your hair won't stick to when you try to flip your ponytail and ~smize~ at your crush. 

    a photo of a reviewer's lips before using the lip gloss
    a reviewer photo of their lips after using the lipgloss

    Promising review: "I think I love this shade better than the others I have purchased, plus the benefits of the emollients and plumping power it has made this brand of lip gloss my favorite. It feels wonderful on my lips and I can tell a difference after using it for two days. I would definitely recommend this brand of lip gloss to a friend. I will be purchasing more when needed." —Izzybell

    Get it from Amazon for $6.98 (available in 15 colors). 

    15. A bottle of Tend Skin Solution because you thought ingrown hairs and razor bumps were just another part of this whole shaving thing. This little blue bottle is here to show that you thought wrong.

    a reviewer photo of their skin with lots of irritated hair follicles and ingrown hairs
    An after photo of the same reviewer with a lot less irritation

    Promising review: "I was very surprised by how well this product works. I’ve been using it once a day every day for the past month and it really has made a difference. Exfoliating wasn’t enough for my skin and I don’t like to sit there pulling out my ingrown hairs. It smells like alcohol but I was very surprised by how it leaves my skin. It does not dry it out but leaves it moisturized instead, and my ingrowns have been reducing." —Krystle

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

    16. A hair finishing stick for making your 7 a.m. messy bun look a little less messy by smoothing flyaway hairs up and away in seconds.

    The back view of a reviewer with their hair pulled into a ponytail with baby hairs falling down their neck
    The back view of the same reviewer with their hair pulled into a ponytail with new baby hairs dangling down

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of products like this, but I figured it was cheap enough to try. I'm SO glad I did! I always have what I call 'fluh fluhs' coming out of the part on my head and no matter how many times I wet them down they stick straight up again. This product sticks them down and they stay down! The only caution I would give is that there's a little learning curve of how hard to press the wand to your hair. I find that I need a very light touch or I get too much of the product in my hair, which then looks a little greasy. If you wipe the brush as you pull it out you should be OK — just like mascara! Great buy!" —tinyntuff

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    17. Or an edge control gel that'll help smooth edges and baby hairs without any greasiness or flaky residue. Just sleek styles for days.

    reviewer's before photo of her natural edges and baby hairs
    after photo of the hair slicked back and laying down

    BUT we want to add that no one should feel pressure to lay their edges, unless they way want to! Check out, "Just A Friendly PSA That You Don't HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don't Wanna."

    Promising review: "Hands down! The best edge control I have ever used and I have used a lot of them. Stayed all day! No flakes and non greasy! And this one is not even the strongest in the line. Love this product!" —Seabea2013

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99+ (available in four sizes).

    18. A lightweight skin tint so you can straddle the line between bare skin and makeup with an ultra-thin formula that feels weightless and provides natural looking coverage. 

    a hand holding a bottle of the skin tint
    a model applying the skin tint on their cheek

    Promising review: "I had terrible cystic acne in my early teen years but hate the feeling of heavy foundation or concealer to cover my scars but this…it makes my scarring look way less intense but i don't feel it and you cant see it, its like magic. my best makeup buy literally ever i could not recommend it more." —emily 

    Get it from Glossier for $26 (available in 12 shades). 

    19. The renowned Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay to deep-clean pores and combat the ghosts of breakouts past and present without stripping your skin of its much-needed, natural moisture.

    A reviewer selfie of two people wearing the face mask
    A split reviewer image showing a face with red bumps and acne scars on the left, and the same face with fewer bumps and scars on the right

    This cruelty-free mask is made from 100% bentonite clay, that can also be used for body wraps, clay baths, foot soaks, hair masks, and more. One reviewer has found success washing her 4c hair with it!

    BuzzFeed writer Jasmin Suknanan has seen great results with this mask. In her own words:

    "I've actually been using this mask for the last five months or so, and it's helped so much that I can definitely see a difference even when I'm NOT using this mask at least twice a week. My face feels squeaky clean after I use this mask; angry, cystic breakouts are less inflamed the next day; and some of my post-acne marks have also faded. Though you can mix the mask with water, I, like many other customers, mix it with apple cider vinegar instead for best results."

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

    20. Some adhesive tortoiseshell nail wraps for getting a bold salon-quality manicure at home without shelling out the big bucks. If applied correctly, they should last for around a week (or more!) and all you have to do is peel, stick, file, and finish with a topcoat. 

    a model wearing the nail wraps
    Pretty Fab Nails / Etsy

    Pretty Fab Nails is a Florida-based Etsy shop creating bright and bold nail wraps to upgrade your at-home manicure game. 

    Promising review: "These are fantastic!! So cute and stylish. I’m a disaster who can’t keep nail polish on. It’s impossible. These are wonderful!!!!! I’ve had them on for two weeks and counting. The picture was taken today. This is after doing dishes every day, camping, cleaning, etc. I will be ordering again! I used Seche Vite as a topcoat." —Serena Carter 

    Get a 16-pack from Pretty Fab Nails on Etsy for $5.99

    21. Or a clear gel-effect top coat to give your at-home manicure a professional finish — both in staying power and shine!

    a white bottle of the Essie top coat