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    21 Things From Sephora You'll Probably Wish You'd Bought Years Ago

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    1. A DevaCurl microfiber hair towel that limits breakage and reduces frizz. After just one use, you will never be able to dry your hair without it.

    The grey microfiber towel

    I've been using a microfiber towel to dry my curls for the past five years, and let me just say, the anti-frizz accolades are the real deal.

    Promising review: "My hair is wavy but not curly, before I used this product it was extremely frizzy. After I used this towel a couple times, my hair has never been smoother. No shampoo or conditioner can come close to the effect of this hair towel. It is amazing and my hair is unbelievably smooth now. Awesome product that does exactly what it is supposed to." —Meghanb4

    Price: $20

    2. An ultra-fine, retractable brow pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills to create hair-like strokes that never smudge. It's not waterproof, but I have filled in my brows with this pencil before jumping in the pool, only to come out with them still looking perfect.


    If you have bleached hair but are not a natural blonde, I highly recommend the color "taupe" for a natural finish.

    Promising review: "I do my brows everyday, it's part of my most basic routine with concealer and foundation, and I use this pencil only! It is pricey, but I've tried cheaper ones and they don't compare. This one will last, is easy to apply and doesn't smudge. Great product, totally worth it!" —Sephora Shopper

    Price: $23 (available in 12 shades)

    3. A tube of Hourglass mascara that delivers length, volume, and lift. The best part? It NEVER smudges. Yup. You can officially say goodbye to the days of looking like a raccoon.

    The tube of mascara opened to show wand texture

    I discovered this mascara after eavesdropping on a few Sephora employees who were talking about their favorite products — and thank God I did. Before I met Hourglass, I had given up on finding a mascara that didn't leave me with dark smudges beneath my eyes.

    Promising review: "It STAYS put, people! It STAYS! Mascaras roam all over for me. I look like a raccoon all the time. Drives me nuts! Not this one!! Woohoo! And it looked amazing!" —Kyliee

    Price: $29

    4. A pair of high quality Tweezerman tweezers so you can properly pluck that stubborn strand of hair on the first try. Reviewers love that its bright color allows them to easily find it at the bottom of their makeup bag.


    Promising review: "I put off buying Tweezerman for so long because I couldn’t imagine they were THAT much better than my regular tweezers... oh, boy, they definitely are! These are the bomb dot com and I might buy more honestly just to have a couple extra pairs. I will never go back to another set of tweezers, I’m a convert." —Kaile

    Price: $14

    5. An invisible dry shampoo from IGK that refreshes your hair without leaving behind any residue. This is quite literally the Casper the Friendly Ghost of third day hair.


    No matter how many dry shampoos I try, I always come back to this one. It truly is invisible — after applying it, I can run my fingers through my hair as if it is fresh from the shower.

    Promising review: "Best dry shampoo on the market. I’ve tried dozens of brands and this one by far and away the best. While others leave a residue or a chalky look, and some have a weird odor, this one is clean, doesn’t smell and leaves your hair looking soft and newly styled. I now have a love for 'three-day hair' as it looks even better than when my hair is first washed." —Kiwi1

    Price: $27

    6. A rosy lip and cheek stain made by Benefit Cosmetics, so you can achieve that natural, glowy look in just one step. The bottle may look small, but a little bit goes a long way.


    I've been using it everyday for over a year and have yet to run out!

    Promising review: "I am not much of a reviewer, but I decided to write about this because it is probably my favorite make-up item. I have been using this for nearly 15 years, have searched for alternatives, and have never found anything close.

    1) It is long-lasting. I have a more golden-yellow skin tone, and blush helps. If there was any other blush I could find that lasted *the entire day* (or evening), please tell me what that is.

    2) This is a universally lovely color. That being said, I actually add a tiny bit of water directly to the bottle every time I buy a new one so the stain is more subtle. It is very easy to blend and build color when you water it down a tiny bit.

    3) Easy to use. Pat it on with your fingers. It works as well on a clean face as it does over a nice face lotion or tinted sunscreen. I don't use foundation, but it would likely blend nicely with foundation as well. That's hard to beat.

    4) I have used this from my late twenties to my mid-forties. It was my favorite then, and is my favorite now. That's impressive." —Sephora Shopper

    Price: $30

    7. A lightweight heat protectant spray from Living Proof that can be used on both dry and wet hair — a must-have for anyone who styles their locks with heat tools on the days between washes.

    The bottle of heat protectant spray

    I also love using it after I finish curling my hair to create a smooth, shiny finish.

    Promising review: "AMAZING!!! was looking for a heat protectant since I blow dry my hair pretty much every day, this one is the best I’ve ever come across. my hair is sooo silky after using it and it cuts my blow dry time in half. I apply it to my damp hair then blow dry and it’s like I got my hair done at a salon." —Bsincebaugh

    Price: $28

    8. An Origins eye cream formulated with ginseng and coffee so you can look alive even when you were up all night reading "one bed trope" fanfiction. This awesome formula aims to reduce dark circles, under-eye bags, and puffiness.


    I recently made the switch to this eye cream — it was seriously love at first dab.

    Promising review: "Best eye cream! I've actually strayed away from this eye cream in search of something not so pricey, well after three different brands that were more affordable, I'm back! I have never had an eye cream that works as well as this one. it de-puffs, add instant brightness for my dark circles and I can tell it helps with the little fine lines around my eyes. I will never stray again this eye cream is here to stay in my skin care routine!" —Abann

    Price: $33

    9. A brush cleaner from beautyblender that isn't a hassle to use—because, frankly, none of us are washing our makeup tools enough. Simply wet your brush, rub it over the soap, give it a squeeze, and you're good to go.

    A brush being cleaned on the soapy pad

    Promising review: "Don’t underestimate how well this works!! It’s so easy and lasts quite a while. I use it every time I use my beauty blender and it keeps the sponge in the best condition!! I wash my brushes with it as well and it takes makeup off so easily, I love it." —TrisV

    Price: $16 (available in three colors and two sizes)

    10. A NARS pencil sharpener so you can get a lot more use out of your eyeliners and brow pens. Countless reviewers pointed out that this tool is so simple, yet so life-changing.

    The pencil sharpener

    For too many years did I just accept the fact that my eyeliner would be dull after its first use.

    Promising review: "This sharpener should be a staple in every girl's makeup collection. The blades are sharp enough to sharpen various different brands of liners quickly, not just NARS. It also has a closure for the excess shavings so that no mess occurs. Honestly, I used to use random sharpeners before I got this, like from art kits or school... (never knew I needed a dedicated one) but they took forever, made a mess, and just made pencil liners a hassle- never again. This tool is 10/10, life-changing." —Deathcupcakex

    Price: $6

    11. A Coola SPF that doesn't feel like sunscreen so you can protect your skin without feeling as if you are a little kid on a family beach vacation. Reviewers love that it's hydrating, fast-absorbing, and leaves their skin looking radiant.

    The pink bottle of sunscreen drops

    This sunscreen protects against the sun, pollution, and digital overexposure.

    Promising review: "You might wonder why you should get this when there are less expensive sunscreens out there. It protects against blue light, which is becoming a must if you spend hours looking at your laptop or phone screens. It is a clean product, so no nasty chemicals. It is very watery and spreads easily, so you don't need very much to cover your face and neck. It has a hygienic dropper so your fingers aren't in the formula. It is light and nongreasy: put it on and let it set for a couple minutes, and then apply your makeup." —MountainFun

    Price: $46

    12. Isle of Paradise tanning drops for people who don't like applying tanning cream. Just add a few drops to your favorite moisturizer before bed and you will wake up with the perfect, glowy color that is never orange.


    A personal favorite of mine, this fake tanner is one of the few on the market that never stains my clothes or sheets!

    Promising review: "Bought this product after seeing it soo many times on TikTok and I was NOT disappointed. I’m fair skin toned and I used about three to four drops mixed with moisturizer on my face/neck area. It mixed in well and dried quickly. There was a slight smell of 'fake tanner' while it was drying but it went away. Only took a few hours to start seeing the results and when I woke up I was so happy!!!! Perfect even tan, not orange at all, and it lasted about three to four days! Definitely will buy this product again. Made it feel like summer in January!" —Jennyxo

    Price: $29 (available in three shades)

    13. A peeling solution from The Ordinary that lives up to the hype you've been seeing all over social media. It contains glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to fight blemishes and improve skin texture.

    The Ordinary AHA + BHA Peeling Solution

    This exfoliating solution looks similar to the "vampire facial" that Kim Kardashian has been known to love. Thankfully, this one costs less than $10 and doesn't contain human blood. Phew.

    Promising review: "MY HOLY GRAIL! Absolutely nothing helped my acne before I used this product! I have pretty bad acne that leaves big dark spots on my face and nothing has helped cleared them until I started using this product! It’s cheap, lasts a very long time and it works! I see an immediate difference In my skin when I use this product once a week, leaving the product on for 10 minutes and following up with a heavy moisturizer. I owe this product everything :)" —Ang2005

    Price: $7.20

    14. An Olaplex hair treatment to strengthen your locks from within. If, like me, you desperately bought a box of hair dye while salon's were closed, then this product is a need, not a want.


    Promising review: "If you’re wondering if it works on really over processed, dry, damaged hair, the answer is yes, it really works. I wanted my bright red hair soft pink. The color remover seemed to work, but afterwards bleach didn’t lift my hair. A month later, I had my stylist try it again. It still wouldn’t lift. A month later we used the decolorizing treatment, plus an ammonia based product and then bleach. My hair was light enough to color pink, but it was dry, dry, dry. My normally thick hair was thin and fly alway. Deep conditioning wasn’t helpful so I decided to try Olaplex. I’m glad I did! Two treatments later and it’s a lot softer and I didn’t have to spray it with styling products to keep it in place. I just ordered the 0 and the 4 and 5 to go with it." —Nicweb1

    Price: $28

    15. A delicious smelling Sol de Janeiro body wash that cleanses, nourishes, and moisturizes your skin. It even works double duty as a super conditioning shaving cream!


    Promising review: "I can never go back to using another shower gel after using this. There is nothing like it. I have dry skin and this helps me so much. The amazing scent is just an added bonus." —KaylieHelf

    Price: $10

    16. A blemish-clearing Origins charcoal mask that removes excess oil and dissolves impurities. Could you ask for anything more?


    Unlike other charcoal masks, this one leaves my skin feeling clean, but not dried out.

    Promising review: "Game-changer. I used this right in the shower after cleansing my face with my usual face wash. Wow! I applied a generous layer and let it dry for about 10-15 minutes before washing it off. My face felt so soft and smooth right after and my skin was glowing. I also noticed my redness was way down. I definitely saw immediate effects! I will purchase a full sized product in the future and add it to my skincare routine." —Sshindig

    Price: $27

    17. A fog-like, watermelon mist from Glow Recipe to refresh your skin, enhance your cosmetics, and protect against free radicals. Its unique formula contains a hydrating mix of hibiscus flower, hyaluronic acid, and apple cider vinegar.


    Can they please make a perfume with this scent? The literal thought of it makes my mouth water.

    Promising review: "I got this because I love face mists, they just make you feel good whether they do anything or not, BUT Then I tried this one. It is amazing, it moisturizes and smells so good. I use it at night before bed, after putting on my makeup, or even just on no makeup days (so pretty much all the time). It just adds that extra glow to your skin and makes you look so healthy. I love it on top of my makeup, it really sets it and makes it look like skin. Please make a bigger bottle!!!!!" —Sephora Shopper

    Price: $28

    18. An award-winning Lancôme makeup remover because you seriously need to stop tugging on your eyes to take off your mascara. Reviewers love that this formula is safe for sensitive skin and contact-lens wearers.

    A bottle of the makeup remover

    Promising review: "The best eye makeup remover. I have been using this product for YEARS. Takes off eye makeup quickly and doesn't feel greasy (make sure to shake it gently before using). I wear waterproof mascara and it is the best product I have found. Lancôme PLEASE don't change formula! This is a tried-and-true classic!" —Modernartgirl

    Price: $30 (available in three sizes)

    19. Ouai clarifying shampoo that is basically a "detox" for your hair. Using a combination of apple cider vinegar and keratin, this shampoo removes product buildup without stripping your strands of its natural oils.

    The detox shampoo bottle

    More than one Sephora reviewer said that this shampoo allowed them to go more days in between hair washes — a major win for us no-poo/low-poo fans.

    Promising review: "I hesitated before buying this shampoo because of the price point. But I caved because I really wanted to try it. I've used it 4 times now (I wash my hair every few days) and it has surpassed my expectations. After reading the other reviews, I was worried it would make my fine hair (2A) shed more than it already does. But the in-shower and post-shower shedding has actually reduced since I started using this. I can also go longer without washing...up to about 4 days. Also, I'm amazed at how much my frizz has reduced. I air dry my hair and previously it didn't always feel soft after it dried, but this shampoo makes my hair softer and it feels silky. And the scent is amazing. Overall, my hair feels super clean, soft, and generally healthier." —Emjay33

    Price: $30 (available in two sizes)

    20. A matte, lightweight primer from REN Clean Skincare that minimizes pores, controls shine, and keeps makeup on lock. Reviewer after reviewer called it a "must-have for oily skin."

    The bottle of primer

    Promising review: "This product is a miracle! I’ve tried so many primers that claim to mattify and keep you matte but I always end up an oily mess by noon. This primer truly keeps me matte and I don’t have to blot throughout the day. I usually pair this with the Laura Mercier setting powder to keep my makeup matte all day. I truly would recommend this primer if you’re an oily mess like me." —Brianashawn

    Price: $49

    21. And an exfoliating Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare body peel because the skin on your face isn't the only place that you should be giving attention to. This polishing treatment uses glycolic acid, lactic acid, and salicylic acid to reduce blemishes and brighten skin.


    I received a sample of these last time I was at Sephora and, WOW, my legs felt soft after using them.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised with the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Peel. I have sensitive skin and was worried I would have a reaction but after using the treatment on my legs and upper arms my skin is soft and smooth. I had bumps on the backs of my legs and this peel worked them away. There is more than enough product in each towelette to cover your entire body if desired. After only a couple hours my skin was already smoother!" —Zumbasarita

    Price: $58

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