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42 Beauty Products Our Readers Couldn't Get Enough Of In 2021

Including Glossier's Balm Dotcom, flexible curling rods, and more beauty goods that readers like you adored this year. 💄

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. Glossier's Balm Dotcom adds a lil' extra moisture to parched lips and doubles up as a skin moisturizer. Apply this smooth formula and say goodbye to drying, peeling, and cracking.

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Promising review: "Amazingly moisturizing! Although I have generally oily skin, some areas can get extremely dry. I use this on my lips, elbows, cuticles, and anywhere that just needs a little extra moisturizing." —Glossier Customer

Get it from Glossier for $12 (available in nine scents).

2. This Lovoir Winged Eyeliner Stamp creates a cat-eye look in minutes. You can use this little tool to steadily apply eyeliner at the corners of your eyes. And it stays in place all day long (no touch-ups required).

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Promising Review: "I just want to make my morning routine as easy as possible. I love winged liner, but I don’t have the steady hand for it without mistakes. This makes the perfect and consistent wing every time. Love it! I ordered the 10 mm, and now I'll have to try the 12 mm!" —Julie B

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

3. This French Hair Claw holds your hair up *and* adds a subtle pop of color to your OOTD. You can wear this beauty with your hair half up or all the way up for an effortless look.

model wears colorful speckled claw clip in half-up hair style
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Fenna And Fei is a small business based in Boise, Idaho, specializing in eco-friendly acetate jewelry. You'll find colorful small hoops, hair clips, and more goods to gift to yourself and someone else!

Promising review: "Absolutely gorgeous! I’m obsessed with this hair clip; it works really well and keeps my hair up, plus it’s so pretty! Definitely will buy more in the future. :)" —Etsy Customer

Get it from Fenna And Fei on Etsy for $11.90.

4. Winky Lux Flower Balm forms a cool pink shade just for *you*, thanks to its moisturizing formula that goes on clear and works with the natural pH level of your lips 😲. Wear it alone or use it as a base layer before applying lipstick.

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BuzzFeed editor Heather Braga owns this cool balm and said: "My sister and I have this fun lil' lip balm, and we love it! The flower inside is as pretty as the shade of pink it creates. I like minimal makeup, so this product has been a slam dunk for me. My lips are *always* chapped (also I tend to chew on them, so that's on me) and this has been a solid solution to keeping them hydrated and looking cute."

Promising review: "This is the best for moisturizing your lips and it gives you a little hint of color. It has the prettiest flower 🌹 inside the lipstick itself. I really appreciate the look. It’s not overwhelming in terms of tint and it really doesn’t have an overpowering scent. I will definitely buy again." —MC Joseph

Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in three flower colors).

5. Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara takes your lashes to new heights with its clean and flake-free formula. Arginine (keratin) and organic shea butter condition, nourish, and lengthen lashes, so you can turn up the drama without applying falsies.

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Promising review: "Y’all I’m telling you this mascara has done WONDERS to my eyelashes. I am constantly being asked if my lashes are real or fake and it’s due to the unique design of the brush! It gives you fullness but also helps smooth with the lash comb! I 20/10 recommend!" —Ilia Customer

Get it from Ilia for $13+ (available in two sizes).

6. Crest 3D Whitestrips give your pearly whites a glow-up for a fraction of the price. These strips help remove coffee and wine stains that've turned your teeth yellow over the years and you only need to wear them for 30 minutes a day. Plus, they've earned over 49,000 positive reviews and have a 4.6-star rating on Amazon!

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This kit comes with 20 Crest 3D White Professional Effects treatments and two Crest 3D White 1 Hour Express Whitestrips (these strips can be used for an hour once per day to help whiten teeth)!

Promising review: "First review I’ve ever written, these are freaking amazing. Removed years of coffee and tea stains. Totally worth the price." —Rebecca Crippen

Get 22 treatments from Amazon for $45.38.

7. This Orly Nail Polish channels major winter vibes with its rich green shade that'll make you want to curl up near a fireplace and watch snow fall onto pine trees. Even if you're not in a cozy spot IRL, this shade will still be fun for manicures all season long.

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Orly Beauty

This polish is cruelty-free, vegan, and contains argan oil, pro vitamin B5, and vitamin C to help fortify your nails!

Promising review: "I’m partial to green polish and this one is a beautiful deep/dark green. Great for fall and winter, although I wear dark polish any time of year. Like most Orly polishes, the application is smooth and easy." —Orly Customer

Get it from Orly Beauty for $9.99.

8. This Revlon dual hair dryer and brush dries *and* styles your do at the same time. Its three heat settings will get to work on wet hair, while its rounded edges and an oval brush design increase volume and curl your ends.

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It also has a ceramic-coated barrel that acts as a shield against heat damage.

Promising review: "This little product is a great time saver that delivers beautiful results. So much easier than turning a dryer on and off and wrangling a brush, switching back and forth with the other hand. It took less than five minutes to dry completely wet, previously sectioned long silver hair to a gorgeous finish. The additional ion shine was very noticeable. Sectioning ahead is key. You will need a comb and some clips for this." —Starwoman33

Get it from Amazon for $34.88+ (available in seven styles).

9. The Ordinary AHA 30% + BHA 2% Exfoliating Peeling Solution combats blemishes and rough texture simultaneously. It helps lift gunk from pores and exfoliates the skin's outer layers, so you can achieve a clearer and smoother complexion.

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Here's how to use it: Apply after you cleanse and dry off your face, keep it on for 10 minutes, and rinse it off with lukewarm water. It's recommended that you use it at nighttime up to two times a week. 

Promising review: "This mask will change your skin in two uses. It's strong, but not strong enough that you feel a burning or tingling when it's on. It takes off any dry skin immediately, and really gives you a smooth, glowing look. I highly highly recommend this mask, its the best peel I have tried." —Sephora Customer

Get it from Sephora for $7.20.

10. Eden BodyWorks Coconut Shea Curl Defining Creme hydrates curls without leaving them crunchy, greasy, or flaky. Coconut oil and shea butter help define curls and moisturize the hair shaft so you don't have to deal with frizz or dryness while styling your hair.

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This crème is recommended for wash-'n'-gos and medium to thick curl textures. Here's how to use it: Apply to clean damp or wet curls, work it through strands until you achieve the curls you want, and air-dry or use a diffuser to dry them.

Eden BodyWorks is a Black woman–owned business that specializes in natural hair products for 2a to 4c hair. From deep conditioners to nourishing masks, you'll find lots of haircare essentials for your routine.

Promising review: "I refuse to start my wash day if I don't have this product. Absolutely ESSENTIAL to my 'LCO' method. In the process of moving I had to keep my mini twists in for three weeks rather than my usual two, and my hair was still soft and moisturized when I took them down. Please don't change the formulas to any of your products, Eden. 🥺 They're so incredible the way they are." —Eden BodyWorks Customer

Get it from Eden BodyWorks for $9.25 or Target for $8.49

11. Pretty Fab Nails nail polish wraps make DIY manis a breeze (no messy painting required). Just peel, stick onto clean nails, gently file them, apply a nail wrap topcoat, and you'll have salon-quality nails in minutes.

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Pretty Fab Nails is a Latina-owned small business based in Florida. You'll find gorgeous nail polish wraps and nail art stickers to take your DIY manicures to the next level. 

Promising review: "Holy moly, I didn’t expect much from these nail wraps but these blew me away. I’ve used nail wraps before, they usually last a few days max. These lasted an entire month, and I probably would have gotten another week or two out of them still! I only took them off to let my nails breathe before putting another set on! I just bought more because I’m so impressed. TRY THESE!" —Etsy Customer

Get a 16-pack from Pretty Fab Nails on Etsy for $5.59

12. Biossance Squalane Oil moisturizes dry spots and can be used on your face, body, and hair. It's basically like a drink for thirsty skin because provides major hydration and easily rubs on without leaving a greasy residue.

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FYI — this formula's squalane oil is sustainably derived from sugarcane and it can be used in three ways (as noted below): 

Before applying to the face, rub a bit between your hands to warm it up and gently pat around your chin, cheeks, forehead, and neck. 

If applying to the body, rub a few pumps onto the arms and legs immediately after taking a shower. 

And, if you'd like to use it on your hair, rub a couple of drops between your hands and work through dry or wet hair to minimize frizz and split ends. 

Promising review: "I’ve tried all the Biossance cleansers and this is my favorite. I have combination skin on the dry side, but my skin starts to get blemishes if I use a dry-skin skincare routine for three or more days in a row. This is the perfect cleanser that keeps my sensitive skin calm and moisturized while keeping blemishes away." —Biossance Customer

Get it from Biossance for $32

13. Urban Decay Naked Honey Eyeshadow Palette offers a bunch of golden neutral shades, so you can add a subtle shimmer to your lids or heat things up with a smokey-eye effect.

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This palette is cruelty-free, paraben free, and comes with 12 different shades: Amber, BHIC, Honey, Drip, Flyby, Hive, Keeper, Swarm, Golden, Sting, Sweet, and Queen.

Promising review: "I love this palette it is one of my favorites. The colors are pigmented and the fallout is minimal. The brush that comes with it works really well. If you need something neutral but still with some sparkle this is the perfect palette for you!" —KaylaPB28

Get it from Sephora for $49.

14. Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color-Correcting Treatment neutralizes red spots on your face and shields skin from the sun with SPF 30. You'll finally have a more even-looking skin tone (and say buh-bye to sunburns). Oh, and it's formulated for combination, dry, oily, and normal skin types!

Before and after of model showing the treatment neutralized basically all the redness on their face
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After cleansing and moisturizing, warm a dime-size drop between your hands and gently blend it into your face. You'll see the cream shift from a green color to a beige color as you rub it in, resulting in less redness and a more even skin tone.

Promising review: "This works so well to correct redness. I also love that it has an SPF! I will be purchasing the larger jar next time." —Sephora Customer

BuzzFeed editor Elizabeth Lilly also swears by this color-correcting skincare treatment. Check out her Dr. Jart+ Cicapair Tiger Grass Color-Correcting Treatment review for more details (it's #1).

Get it from Sephora for $52.

15. Wet n Wild "Mega Last Breakup-Proof" retractable liquid eyeliner stays on your eyelids for hours without flaking or smudging. It's cruelty-free and comes with an ultra-fine brush tip to help you easily draw lines and winged tips.

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Promising review: "I love this! The tip has a pretty fine point to it allowing for thick or thin line control and it is SO smudge-proof! I work with animals and end up getting water sprayed in my face often and it doesn’t move! If I take a nap with it on? Still solid when I wake up. Rub my eyes way more than I should? No raccoon eyes! But when I want it gone it comes right off when washing my face or using a remover wipe! I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good budge-proof eyeliner that won’t take 50 years and a bottle of oil to get off." —Logan

Get it from Amazon for $4.98 (available in three colors).

16. Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil is like a fairy godmother for your hair: it helps repair damaged strands, boosts shine, *and* acts as a heat protectant up to 450 degrees if you're styling with hot tools. Apply a metered drop to your hair from top to bottom before styling and you'll be good to go. ✨

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Reviewers can't get enough of this hair oil and gave it a 4.7-star rating

Promising review: "This bonding oil is an absolute hair saver! I am 10 months postpartum, and since having my son, I’ve had nothing but issues with my hair. I always had long, silky, beautiful, maintenance-free hair that I never had to worry about and then it became dry, brittle, and frizzy. I’ve been using this oil for a week and my hair has never been this silky and smooth and shiny. The container may be small, but you don’t have to use hardly any oil when putting it in your hair, and it’s well worth the money. It also smells fantastic!" —Deanna D. 

Get it from Amazon for $28.

17. Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil gets to work on your skin in the p.m. by increasing plumpness and minimizing the appearance of pores and redness with its retinoid oil formula. If you're new to retinol or have skin that's on the sensitive side, you may want to give this skincare treatment a try.

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Use this oil during your nighttime skincare routine to give your complexion a little boost: Apply a small amount to your face after its cleaned and dried and, while you're rubbing it into your skin, it'll change from a clear color to a blue color. Note: This is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Promising review: "I read an article about Sunday Riley and was curious if it would work for my skin. I absolutely love it. After washing and drying my face at night I apply a small drop on the palm of my hand and place it on my face. It is not heavy on the skin and the scent is nice. I have noticed a difference in the smoothness of my skin and it no longer looks dry and dehydrated, especially around my eyes. Do not hesitate and just treat yourself." —Nitsa

Get it from Amazon for $55

18. This Wet Brush gently detangles knots, so you don't have to say "ouch!" every time you brush through wet or dry hair. Soft bristles work through tangled strands and give your scalp a soothing massage. You'll be glad you didn't have to use an annoying comb to get the job done.

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Promising review: "This Wet Brush is great for getting the tangles out. I have long hair that likes to get tangled up after shampooing. With some conditioner and the Wet Brush, I'm able to get the tangles out without tugging or ripping hairs. So simple, so small, so easy to use, and so cheap...worth it!" —Snwseoul

Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.99

19. Weleda Skin Food nourishes dry skin with chamomile, pansy, and rosemary. It can be used as a makeup primer *or* an extra step in your routine if you're in need of a moisture boost, especially if cold weather is taking a toll on your complexion.

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Promising review: "Psoriasis, rosacea, sensitive skin, dry skin...you name it and I have it on my face. I am always looking for good moisturizing options that can hide flaky patches without making me look like an oil slick. This stuff is probably in my top two facial products. I took other reviewers' advice and apply a pea-size amount before bed and wake up to soft, supple skin with no hint of greasiness. If I want to reapply before I head to work, I generally mix half a pea-sized amount with a lighter Cerave facial moisturizer and apply all over my face/neck to avoid the oil slick effect as this stuff is THICK. A tip for those saying it’s too thick to spread without pulling at delicate skin — rub the cream between your fingers/palms and then pat it all over instead of rubbing it in. I don’t wear makeup because my skin’s too sensitive so I can’t comment on how this works under makeup, but that does speak to how awesome it is for even the most sensitive skin. The scent is a bit ‘earthy’ in an herbal kind of way but I like it and it fades within about 20 minutes anyway." —Mistelle

Get it from Amazon for $14.25.

20. Glossier Stretch Concealer conceals blemishes, dark circles, and redness and provides subtle coverage without feeling too heavy on the skin. It's buildable and you'll notice your complexion looking a little brighter and dewier after application.

before and after of BuzzFeed staffer wearing concealer on left and not wearing concealer on right
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BuzzFeed editor AnaMaria Glavan swears by this concealer and said: "I usually stick to tinted moisturizer on the daily, which can be an issue because I get pretty terrible dark circles — I find that only thick, heavy concealer does the job when it comes to making me look as if I actually slept last night. The downside of that is, for quick errands or days when I plan on wearing no makeup at all, concealer is so darn obvious...which is where Stretch Concealer steps in! The formula is lightweight (the case with most Glossier products) but truly blurs dark circles and redness (my nose is always an issue) with just a few taps and instantly delivers a brightening effect. See above for before and after!" 

Get it from Glossier for $18 (available in 12 shades).

21. OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener fortifies brittle nails with calcium and hydrolyzed wheat protein, so you can rock a nude mani sans chipping, flaking, and peeling. It also doubles up as an alternative for a base coat if your nails need some TLC before you paint them.

top left to bottom right: time progression of reviewer's brittle, chipped nails to same reviewer's nails looking stronger and less chipped at a later date
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Promising review: "Took my acrylics off over a month ago and my nails were super brittle and weak. This is magic for my nails! I can’t believe how long they’re getting and how pretty they look now! Still a work in progress, but my nails are so much healthier and a bit stronger as well." —Betsy Manning

Get it from Amazon for $15.79

22. Jack Black's Intense Therapy Lip Balms soften your lips and protect them from the elements (sun damage and windburn can be bad for your kissers). With SPF 25 and antioxidants, you'll finally have smooth lips again without spending a lot.

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Promising review: "This is genuinely the best lip balm I’ve ever tried. I’ve had severely dry, cracked lips since I was a teenager, and basically everything I’ve tried in the past has failed me on one level or another. I’ve been using these Jack Black balms for the past six months or so, and my lips have looked soooo much better. I used to have cracks, and layers of skin would constantly peel away. I used to have light scarring and discoloration due to years of dryness and peeling, but not anymore! This even kept my lips protected during a very cold winter in the Midwest. I have six of these floating around my house/purse/work backpack. I don’t ever see myself using another lip product." —Cara

Get it from Amazon for $8+ (available in six flavors).

23. SGX NYC Curl Power Nourishing Curl Cream defines curls and gives them a hydration boost, thanks to a coconut oil and shea butter formula. You can use this on damp or dry curls, and it'll leave them with a soft, moisturized, and bouncy finish.

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This curl cream is paraben, sulfate, and silicone free.

Promising review: "I’ve tried so many hair products for curly hair and this one is definitely a keeper. It defines my curls without weighing them down and keeps my hair soft and frizz-free throughout the day. The fragrance isn’t too strong either." —Target Customer

Get it from Target for $6.99.

24. Thayers Alcohol-Free Witch Hazel Facial Toner helps clarify your complexion and balances the pH level of your skin. If you're looking to minimize the appearance of pores, achieve a smoother skin texture, and sustain moisture, this nourishing formula can help!

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My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this skincare product and said: "After two weeks of regularly using this toner in my evening routine, I barely need concealer to cover the Crayola redness under my nostrils. This stuff attacks your pimples with the same vendetta that Buffy used to destroy vampires: It works that well." Read more deets in her full Thayers Witch Hazel Facial Toner review.

Get it from Amazon for $10.95 (available in five scents).

25. Foreo's Luna Mini 2 elevates your daily skincare routine with a deep clean that'll leave your face glowing and clear in minutes. No more makeup residue, dirt, or extra oil after using this tiny gadget, which uses gentle pulsations and movements to get the job done.

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BuzzFeed editor Maitland Quitmeyer tried this skincare gadget and loved how it made her skin clearer and smoother. She said: "It removes up to 99.5% of dirt and oil — and leaves your face free of ANY makeup residue. I wear a full face every day, and I am consistently amazed by the results of this tool." See more of her Foreo Luna Mini 2 review here.

Promising review: "I looked at several different places for reviews on this product and all were good so I went with this rather than some of the other options on the market. I have been using it twice a day for about a week now and really like it so far. I have fairly sensitive skin and this does not irritate at all. My face feels very soft after use and it is easy to use. I charged it when I first received it and I have not had to charge it yet. Would definitely recommend." —Christa

Get it from Amazon for $77.35 (available in five colors).

26. Living Proof PhD Dry Shampoo extends your hair style and removes excess oil, odor, and sweat from strands. Your hair will look (and feel) so good again, especially in between washes. Day two (or three) hair is going strong!

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Promising review: "This is the best dry shampoo I've found. I have super-fine hair that tends to flatten out and look greasy if I don't wash every day. This helps me stretch it to a second day easily and sometimes a third. It doesn't leave any residue, and I feel like it effectively makes my hair at least look cleaner. It fluffs it up a bit without having that really noticeable heavy feeling or excessive fluffiness that some dry shampoos leave." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $39.

27. This La Roche-Posay cleanser washes your skin without stripping away moisture. A hydrating powerhouse of ceramide-3, glycerin, niacinamide, and prebiotic thermal water take off makeup and soothe dry areas. Plus, it's formulated for normal to dry-sensitive skin types, so it'll be very gentle on your face.

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Promising review: "I'm in my 30s, and I still have tricky skin, if I use anything too harsh, I dry out; anything too creamy, I break out. I feel like I'm in a constant back and forth between the two, to basically undo what the last cleanser did. I saw this product listed in a BuzzFeed article, and gave it a shot. It's amazing. It doesn't dry out my skin like Cetaphil, and doesn't make me break out like some anti-aging cleaners do. I had never even heard of this brand before, but now I'm a fan." —Julia R.

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

28. Moroccanoil Curl-Defining Cream enhances your curls, increases softness, and helps keep frizz at bay. Add this multitasker to your routine if you're tired of using multiple products to improve the shape and texture of your curls.

on left, model with undefined curls. on right, model with more shaped curls after using the curl cream above
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Squirt one to two pumps in your hand, work through your hair, and let it air-dry or use a diffuser. 

Promising review: "This was salon owner recommended to me in 2015, and I've used little else since. It's the only product that works for my fairly thick, wavy-curly hair. I let my hair air-dry about 75%, then work one pump of this through my hair with scrunching motions (if you put it on right after towel-drying when it's wetter, then your hair will end up a bit curlier). This leaves my hair with nice, loose, natural curls that stay looking good sometimes even into a second day. Also really cuts down on frizz and leaves very little 'crunch,' just enough to keep a nice natural shape. I repeat, this product is the only thing that works for me and it works amazing." —Mandy

Get it from Amazon for $14+ (available in three sizes).

29. This Tweezerman Eyelash Comb keeps lashes apart and clump-free after you apply mascara. If your lashes are looking like a stuck-together mess, this little tool will easily separate them and provide a subtle lifting effect.

model with hazel eyes uses Tweezerman eyelash comb to comb eyelashes
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FYI, this tool does have sharp ends, so be careful while you're combing through lashes! 

Promising review: "Loving my new lash separator. I have stick straight lashes and when I curl them and apply mascara they like clumping together, this comb is great to make sure they are separated and fluffy. I want to get a second one to keep with me on the road." —Andy S

Get it from Amazon for $10.98

30. Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner lives up to its promises, because it won't budge or smudge for hours on end. Oh, and you'll actually be able to draw wings without a problem, thanks to its precise tip.

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BuzzFeed editor Rebecca O'Connell owns this eyeliner and loves how easy it is to use. Here is her rave review: "Stila's Stay All Day eyeliner lasts forever without smudging, glides on effortlessly, is super pigmented, and has a sharp tip so you can draw wings with ease. Oh, and it comes in 12 COLORS!" Read more details in her full Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner review.

Get it from Amazon for $22 (available in three styles and eight colors).

31. These flexible curling rods help you create beautiful curls without using hot styling tools. Leave these rods overnight and take them out in the morning for ah-mazing "I just went to the salon" hair.

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Promising review: "I have thick 4c hair and I love this set. My hair came out so curly. It really reminded me of the movie star curls because it has been such a long time since I have seen my hair curl without having to use heat to it. I will either use a curling cream or a curling gel and leave the rods in overnight and then I get my curls in the morning." —Marisa Fields-Williams

Get a 42-pack from Amazon for $13.99.

32. These large Mighty Patches diminish the cluster of zits on your jawline, back, and neck. These hydrocolloid strips absorb pus and can minimize the appearance of breakouts within SIX HOURS. They'll also stay on your skin and not come off, thanks to durable tapered edges.

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Each strip is 2 inches long, so they can cover and draw pus from multiple zits at a time!

Promising review: "Amazing. Started to break out badly/painfully on my shoulders. Deep zits that covered a lot of surface. Used these overnight to calm my skin down and was floored at how much they pulled out. The large one didn’t even seem that big from the surface. Patches provided so much relief." —CW

Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $17.99.

33. The Mini Makeup Eraser wipes away lipstick, foundation, and mascara with JUST WATER (I repeat, JUST WATER!) — exactly like the full-size version. You'll be happy you didn't have to use a bunch of cotton pads, micellar water, or foamy cleansers to take a day's worth of makeup off.

BuzzFeeder Jennifer Tonti wipes off red lipstick with a pink Makeup Eraser cloth
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When you get the Makeup Eraser, pop it in the laundry before using it for the first time. If you'd like to take makeup off, wet it with a splash of warm water and then use gentle circular motions to remove makeup from your eyes, lips, and cheeks. Oh, and there are two sides: a short one that'll wipe away cosmetics and a longer one for exfoliating your face. The mini size is 2 inches x 2 inches, while the full-size is 6 inches x 3 inches.

BuzzFeeder Jennifer Tonti loves the full-size version of the Makeup Eraser and said: "It's not just any face towel! The cloth itself is super-soft — like, softer-than-your-softest-blanket soft. Each side has a different length of fiber: the short side removes your makeup LIKE MAGIC and the 'long nap' side gently exfoliates your skin." Read more details in her full Makeup Eraser review

Get the mini size from Amazon for $12

34. Camryn's BFF Gentle Edges Brush smooths and lays your edges and has two multitasking sides: a smaller comb and bristles that'll give your scalp a gentle massage.

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Note: No one should feel pressure to lay their edges down, unless they 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: "Pleasantly surprised at how well this worked! Was a little skeptical because it was so cheap but it works great. I keep a little bit of my sides trimmed really short and didn't really have a way of smoothing them out. I've used the comb side to help get a perfect line for a trim and the brush side makes it look so smooth and perfect. It even works on my tiny baby hairs that are always unruly. For reference I have mixed hair that is very fine but gets fuzzy and some days it curls and others is stick straight. The bristles are a little rough but as long as you are careful it doesn't hurt. Maybe would be rough for a child unless they are used to getting hair done a lot. But I have really sensitive skin and it doesn't bother me. Worth the price to try it out!" —Cort

Get it from Amazon for $1.52.

35. Etude House's Zero Sebum Drying Powder targets pesky oily zones with its mineral oil-based formula, so you can achieve a clearer complexion without unwanted shininess.

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Promising review: "Totally buy this ASAP because nobody likes it when their makeup is shiny and clumpy. This powder does an amazing job at keeping your skin fresh throughout the whole day. I just put it on in the morning and by the time I get home from work my face still looks as fresh as it did in the morning. No more shiny T-zone for me! It also makes makeup feel light, if that makes sense. And it smells good! Win, win, win." —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.50.

36. Sweet Chef Turmeric + Vitamin C Booster Eye Cream helps diminish dull, puffy eyes with a vegan vitamin C and turmeric formula. Your under-eye skin will look a little brighter and feel smoother after applying this skincare treatment.

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Promising review: "Love this eye cream! I’ve tried quite a few eye creams from high-end to drugstore, and this is the ONLY cream that has shown results. I actually skip concealer with confidence and that’s something I wouldn’t normally leave the house without. This is my official eye cream so please don’t change it or stop making it! It brightens and tightens and just leaves a wonderful glow!" —Target Customer 

Get it from Target for $17.99

37. This collagen-coating hair treatment coats dry and damaged strands that have undergone lots of coloring and blow-drying/curling/straightening sessions. Shampoo your hair, squirt a small amount into your hands and work through sections, and rinse it out after 5 to 20 minutes to make your do softer and shiner.

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Promising review: "My hair used to be really soft, and then I discovered hot tools and hair dye. While my hair looks good I really missed the soft texture. This works so well. There are no instructions on the box but I washed my hair with my usual shampoo, towel-dried it, worked about two quarter-size dollops through my hair, let it sit for 20 minutes, and then rinsed out. I went to bed with wet hair which usually results in my hair being kind of tangled and rough looking but I woke up and my hair was as soft and silky as it was before I started coloring it. I'm totally in love with this product, I have long, fine hair but this doesn't leave it greasy or weigh it down. I'll definitely buy again." —Ellie

Get it from Amazon for $8.24.

BuzzFeed editor Bek O'Connell has this hair treatment and adores it! Read more details in her full Elizavecca CER-100 Collagen Coating Hair Protein Treatment review (it's #1).

38. This Billie razor starter kit gives you the best shave because you'll always have a reliable razor (and cartridges). It comes with a razor, a magnetic holder, and two blades for $10. Instead of using disposable, hard-to-use plastic razors, you can opt for this more sustainable (and seamless) alternative instead.

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Another perk? You won't have to worry about running out of refill cartridges, because you can get 'em sent to you based on your shaving schedule. (Learn more about a Billie subscription here).

BuzzFeed editor Emma McAnaw adores Billie razors and said: "I have VERY sensitive skin. As in, I so much as LOOK at a dull blade and suddenly I'm on a one-way trip to little red bumps. Until Billie, I had kind of just accepted that my bikini line was never going to be ~perfectly smooth~ no matter what. And yet! When I started shaving with these razors, I immediately noticed how comfortable the whole experience was. I'll be honest and say I rarely use shaving cream (very responsible for someone with sensitive skin!) and it doesn't even MATTER. The blades never nick me and I've actually seen fewer and fewer bumps, even in my ~most sensitive~ areas. I credit its charcoal shave soap that encases the five (!!!) blades so if you 'forget' cream, you'll still get super-smooth results. I'm pretty confident in saying if a total klutz like me has yet to do damage with these bbs, then everyone can benefit from these." Check out her full review, along with those of seven (!!!) other BuzzFeed editors here.

Get it from Billie for $10 (available in six razor colors).

39. This box of hydrating face masks helps tighten your pores, clear minor breakouts, *and* combat dryness. Don't be alarmed if you start to look like a zombie when you put it on; it's just the mask getting to work on your skin! Once you take it off, your face will feel brighter and more moisturized.

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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 $28.90.

40. Glossier Monochromes eyeshadow palette heightens your eye makeup look with three gorgeous finishes (matte, satin, and metallic). Apply each solo *or* create a cool monochromatic effect with all of them if you'd like to switch things up.

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This palette is cruelty-free, vegan, and refillable! (You can stock up on more refills here.)

Promising review: "BEST eyeshadow palette I've tried in a long time! Packaging aside, these eyeshadows are AMAZING. I was so excited when I heard these were being released, I went ahead and bought five shades right away (Mist, Almond, Teak, Heather, and Clay). They all swatched beautifully on my arms and translated the same way to my lids. These shadows are buildable and so easy to use, especially when going from a day to night look. Using shades from different palettes can be combined for something new, or you can stick with one palette for the chic monochrome look. Keep in mind, Glossier is known for their no-makeup-makeup look, so the matte shadows aren't going to be extremely pigmented right away, but they are definitely buildable with little to no fallout. The shimmer shades, on the other hand, are super eye-catching with just one application. Will be buying the rest to complete my collection, and I hope Glossier adds to this in the future." —Ashley

Get just the palette for $22 (available in 10 shades) or the palette and brush for $35, both from Glossier.

41. Burlybands hold up very thick hair without pulling and discomfort. 'Tis time to part with cheap hair ties that break, fall apart, or snap instantly and rock a ponytail or bun with these durable hair accessories.

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Promising review: "I have been buying these for years, I have a lot (probably two to three times more hair than anyone I know) of medium hair that I keep straight, it’s very silky but very heavy. Most hair ties don’t hold my hair tight and stretch out (and break) and other hair ties slip within minutes of using. Not these: They last and hold my hair perfectly! I’m able to workout and not constantly re-pull my hair up for 45 mins of kickboxing. The black seems to be the tightest hold compared to the gray color." —Jackson

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.29 (available in nine different packs).

42. And this Etude House soft silicone brush deeply cleanses your face without feeling too harsh on skin. Its bristles help remove excess sebum and stubborn makeup and the other silicone side gives your cheeks, chin, and forehead a gentle massage.

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Here's how to use it: Wet the brush with a little water, squeeze your cleansing foam inside the sponge hole area, massage the brush in your hand to form suds, and gently place the bristle side of the brush onto your face and start rubbing in a circular motion to clean your cheeks, chin, and forehead. After you're done, take apart the sponge and the brush and let them dry.

Promising review: "I was looking for a soft scrubbie for my face and when I saw this cute little guy, I knew it'd be perfect — and it is! The top is scrubby but not too abrasive, so I can scrub pretty hard without it scratching the bejeezus out of my face. There is a sponge inside that fills up with whatever soap I'm using so I don't have to worry about running dry. I use a stick cleanser, rub it on my face, scrub away with this thing, and rinse it out under the water. The inside sponge is removable so if you don't like it for some reason, you can just take it out. I bought this thing months ago and it is still in perfect condition with daily use and its adorable little face is still intact. I mean, just look at it. How could anyone not want it in their life immediately?" —TF

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

You, after stocking up on some cool beauty goods:

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