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    Just 29 Elite Beauty Finds That'll Earn Their Keep In Your Collection

    Nobody has space for more barely touched bottles filled with empty promises.

    1. A tub of rejuvenating eye cream to tighten, brighten, and lift those tired eyes and make it look like you actually got enough sleep and didn't stay up late rewatching The Office...again.

    Promising review: "I never ever write reviews. I have tried every eye cream out there. Not one does what is says. This was immediate! I saw softening of my wrinkles and crow's feet. It’s amazing. I will be buying this again and again." —melisa delaney

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in three sizes).

    2. An easy-to-use collagen-coating hair mask so it looks like your hair hasn't undergone years of abuse at the hands of bleach and blow-dryers.

    BuzzFeed editor's before and after photos showing that the cream made their hair less frizzy and more smooth
    Bek O'Connell / BuzzFeed

    Read our Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment review to learn more about why my colleague calls it "the miracle product I've been searching for."

    Promising review: "I have 4c hair and was looking for a protein treatment for my thin and fragile hair. I had recently used a product in my hair that had so much alcohol in it; that wreaked havoc on my hair, leaving it pretty damaged. I was very skeptical about this product because I have never seen anyone with my hair type use it. Boy was I wrong to doubt this product, it left my hair looking and feeling beautiful. I highly recommend it to anyone natural or with curly hair." —Therese-Claire

    Get it from Amazon for $7.29.

    3. A paraben-free self-tanner for getting that sun-kissed glow even if there is approximately zero time in your schedule for sun-bathing — you can expect results in just one hour! The mouse texture is applies evenly and doesn't have that *distinct* smell you've likely experienced with other sunless tanners. 

    Promising review: “If you use St. Tropez tan products or any fake tanner, do yourself a favor and try this. This stuff is AWESOME. Dries quick, lasts longer, does NOT make your skin stinky, applies evenly, and you get a fair amount of product!! Other tanners I’ve used become VERY noticeable when they start fading. Gross hand lines, patchy white spots, etc., but not this stuff. The best one-hour tan I have ever used!” —Amazon Customer 

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

    4. A cruelty-free eyeshadow primer because with all the hard work you spent on that smoky eye, you should be able to enjoy it all day without smudging or creasing.

    a reviewer's closed eye with eyeshadow on labeled
    the same reviewer with the eyeshadow still on labeled

    Promising review: "This is the best eyeshadow primer I have ever purchased! I was on the fence as other primers have left my eyes feeling sticky or heavy, and after long periods of time I still tend to get creases. Not with this primer. A little goes a long way with this primer. It lasts all day, and I have even gone to work a few times still wearing 'last night's makeup' because it holds so well. I am amazed with the quality for the price — and even though the tube is small it has lasted me a little over a year since I only have to use such small amounts." —nasty-otter

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    5. A coconut-scented nail strengthening cream if you hate deciding between eye-popping manicure prices or sporting short, brittle nails that are constantly chipping. Fortunately, there's a third option! This non-greasy formula is packed with calcium, moisturizing oils, and vitamins to strengthen nails and condition cuticles. 

    Promising review: "So my grandmother told me about this product when I was young, about 20 years ago or so. I use it all the time! THIS STUFF WORKS! It works really well too. My nails grow really long in a few weeks and I get to decide when to cut them off. Women ask me about them all the time, 'How do you get such white nail tips?' Well, it's because of this." —Halie Brake

    Get it from Amazon for $7.94.

    6. A lightweight sun milk that delivers a silky smooth layer of SPF 50+ protection without the long dry times, white cast, and greasy texture. It's *the* ideal option for everyday wear under makeup. Yes, even a full face of foundation!!

    In the photos above, you can see a reviewer before applying the sun milk, after application, and how the product looks under makeup.

    Promising review: "Can I give it 10 stars? This sunblock is amazing! I put this on right before my makeup and don’t have to reapply even when I’m outside all day. I personally like the matte version but have tried the others and they all provide the same great protection." —T Suzuki

    Get it from Amazon for $20.25.

    7. A non-aerosol dry shampoo powder packed in a travel-friendly compact to prolong wash day and revive greasy locks so you can basically roll right out of bed and into the office and STILL have coworkers complimenting your fabulous hair. 

    a reviewer's greasy hair before using the dry shampoo
    the reviewer's hair after using the product

    Promising review: "I am so glad I gave this product a try, as it works amazingly well on my fine, oily hair. I have used just about every dry shampoo product on the market, and this is by far the best one yet. My hair looks beautiful, and I can now go nearly a week without washing (while still having absolutely gorgeous hair)! I used to have to wash my hair every other day when I was using my former favorite dry shampoo (and it made my scalp itch on day two). This product is definitely worth a try, it may soon be your favorite!" —Melanie Havert

    Get it from Amazon for $16

    8. A hydrating snail mucin repairing essence for soothing *all* skin types (reviewers love how gentle it is) with the potential to help heal acne scars, fade dark spots, and smooth fine lines...all for under $20!! 

    Reviewer before and after picture with redness healed from their face
    The bottle of serum

    Promising review: "My skin dries out severely during the winter all the time, and I have to constantly use Vaseline to keep it moisturized (normal cream doesn't work on me). Imagine my surprise when my SO tried to put snail goo on me, eww!! I resisted for weeks refusing to use this product as she constantly vouched for its abilities. After a month I finally gave in, and boy it is amazing! My hands feel more moisturized than ever for longer and it doesn't leave a disgusting greasy feel as Vaseline. Take it from a once nonbeliever, you have to try this. Even if it doesn't work for you, you paid a fraction of what you would've paid for any other name-brand moisturizers." —Kyoko Ozaki

    Get it from Amazon for $20.77

    9. An anti-bacterial butt acne-clearing lotion made with tea tree oil because swimsuit season is upon us and your booty deserves the same blemish-busting TLC as your face. Sun's out, bum's out, amiright?

    a reviewer photo of their skin with many blemishes
    a photo of the same reviewer with their skin now clean

    Apply this gentle treatment 3–4 times a day, or 4–6 times if the situation is more serious. 

    Promising review: "This product really is effective! Immediately, I noticed softer and smoother skin. After multiple uses the bumps and redness started to improve as well! It has a great smell, is easy to apply like lotion, and doesn’t leave any sticky or unsatisfying residue. I will most definitely continue to use the product!" —Lauren Erickson

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99

    10. A gluten- and cruelty-free lengthening mascara if you're tired of getting excited about mascaras that never live up to their promises. This one is different — or at least according to the 231,000+ 5-star ratings.

    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 (pictured above) can attest to this mascara's yop-tier status: 

     "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." 

    For more info and review pics, check out Kayla's full Essence Lash Princess Mascara review

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    11. A hydrating lip-plumping gloss that'll have you doing a double take in the mirror. Are those my lips or Angelina Jolie's signature pout?! The set is complete with a minty sleeping mask, so you can give your lips the VIP treatment day and night. 

    reviewer's lips before and after using lip plumper
    reviewer holding lip plumpers

    You'll get one lip plumper and one minty sleeping mask for your lips.

    Promising review: "I loved this stuff, it was magic. The evening moisturizer was fabulous. It is the first plumper that actually works for me. Will be buying more for gifts!!!!!" —Alexandra

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A cruelty-free coffee face scrub blended with shea butter and antibacterial ingredients like tea tree and rosemary oil, so you can ward off acne and buff away bumps without that dry, tight feeling afterward.  It's made from up-cycled coffee grounds sourced from London cafes, so you can pat yourself on the back for doing something good for your skin and the planet! 

    a model holding a jar of the scrub
    Goodful

    Promising review: "This coffee scrub is by far one of the best I've ever had. You can just tell by the way is feels on your face that it's entirely natural and good for your skin (and your soul!) I love the fact that I can get rid of unwanted blackheads without feeling like I'm sucking all the moisture out of my skin. And it's made up of repurposed coffee grounds which is such a great way of being more sustainable in your everyday life!" —Michelle V. 

    Get it from our Goodful shop for $22