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    36 Beauty Products That May Make You Think, "Where Have You Been All My Life?"

    Skincare, makeup, and hair products with reviews and photos that speak for themselves. Trust me.

    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. Hypoallergenic and lint-free cotton rounds for makeup removal that doesn't leave behind any lint-y residue. Use these to apply toners, remove nail polish, and the like.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This is one of many cotton pads I tried in my search of one with no lint! I can’t stand the pads that leave behind lint on your face, which then proceeds to get into your face serum/moisturizers. This is an excellent value and they are perfect for my needs and actually don’t leave behind lint like every other cotton pad claiming no lint. Great find!" —Kp

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.99.

    2. A cult-favorite mascara that'll add volume and length to your lashes with a few flicks of the wrist, so those minimal makeup days are even easier.

    amazon.com, instagram.com

    Promising review: I absolutely LOVE this mascara. I have very sensitive eyes and am highly devoted to my trusted brands. When a friend suggested this mascara I was curious, as she loved it. For the price point and how good it looked on her eyes, I thought 'why not.' Holy moley. I'm in love. It makes my lashes longer, — looks like I'm natural but better — and has a thinner formula so it looks like I have a billion gorgeous lashes, and looks the same all day long. I cannot recommend this enough. It doesn't rub during the day and give me that black eye look. It's wonderful. Must buy. —Katherine Ochsman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    3. A pair of tweezers with suuuuuper pointy tips able to do it all: Remove blackheads, ingrown hairs, splinters, teeny hairs, ticks, and whatever else your skin could possibly throw at you.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have all three tweezers and they by far are THE BEST TWEEZERS I HAVE EVER PURCHASED. From removing hair and blackheads, these tweezers definitely do the job. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone being that they have excellent grip on them as well. I have also found them very helpful in removing splinters and ticks as well. You will not go wrong making this purchase of well put together tweezers." —Larissa Wright

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    4. A therapeutic shave gel that proves a little can go a loooooong way. The super creamy formula is fragrance-free, and made with oat and vitamin E to prevent razor bumps and calm sensitive skin.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "The absolute best shaving gel! I have gentle skin, so it was tough finding a product that would work for me. After using this once, this is the only product i use now. It keeps your skin moisturized and leaves no razor burns or rashes. I have used this a thousand times now and it never ever fails." —Moonkyu Hahn

    Get it from Amazon for $2.37.

    5. A miracle-working eyeshadow primer to ensure your perfectly blended smokey eye stays in its dang place from sunrise to sunset. Now you can can kiss smudging, flaking, and creasing GOODBYE.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "So let me start by saying I have used nearly every eyeshadow primer available. From high-end to low — Mac, Lorac, Urban Decay...they don't hold a candle to Thank Me Later. I have very oily skin. I use this primer and my shadow lasts a full eight hours or more. I could get maybe five or six out of the other brands, if I'm 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.

    6. A stunning, hydrating blush that'll leave behind the perfect amount of shimmer and color so your skin looks and feels radiant.

    instagram.com, instagram.com

    If you've been on the hunt for an affordable vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand, pleeease let me introduce you to Seraphine Botanicals. I've been using their radiance and frosting blushes and all I have to say is, wow. Ok wait, I do need to quickly add that this compact blush creates the most gorgeous, natural-looking flush with the softest hint of sparkle. It's a like an all-in-one blush and highlighter, and it belongs in your makeup bag.

    Get it from Seraphine Botanicals for $14+ (see all their shades here).

    7. An ultra creamy, fragrance-free moisturizer here to soothe and tackle redness, and irritated, dry, cracked skin. Yes, this is basically the holy grail of moisturizers.

    amazon.com

    Psst, many reviewers said this helped relieve their eczema symptoms!

    Promising review: "I have struggled with very persistent eczema for years and this product has been a godsend. Prior to finding this brand, I had been devoted to the Cerave lotion lines but they were not really helping to heal my skin. Come to find out, I am highly allergic to several of the ingredients commonly found in Cerave and many other lotions and cheap skincare products. Vanicream is so great because it has less ingredients, and more sensitive ingredients than any other lotion brand I have come across. I have never had any irritation from this lotion and it has gone miles towards healing my rashes and open wounds. I have used this religiously for about two years now and I am never going back." —Lauren B.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.17.

    8. A peppermint coffee body scrub great for a post-workout exfoliation so you don't have to ~sweat~ over unwanted breakouts. It's packed with natural and anti-bacterial ingredients to give your skin a ridiculously fresh feeling.

    Frank Body

    Promising review: "I adore this scrub, it feels so fresh and clean after I’ve been to the gym, and it makes my skin softer than ever. I’ve been using other scrubs for years and this one is my favorite by far!" —Miss w.

    Get it from Frank Body for $18.95.

    9. A hot air brush that'll make it look like you just walked straight into a salon and dropped some serious money on a blowout. Here's to having (inexpensive) gorgeous soft waves and volume for days.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "THIS PRODUCT IS TRULY EVERYTHING!!! It is light-weight making it very easy to hold, the heat temperature on high is perfect — it's perfect to style hair without causing heat damage), the bristles are soft so hair slides through and there's no breakage at all. The feature that I LOVE is that it has a cool setting to let curls cool down before releasing them (no need to use hot rollers). CANNOT SAY ENOUGH GOOD THINGS ABOUT THIS HAIR TOOL. How I use it: I use the high setting on the roots all the way down to the ends, I rolled up the ends and leave it there for about 20 seconds (high setting) and then I put the cool setting on for about 10 seconds, then I start unrolling the brush and gently remove it to reveal bouncy & natural looking curls. SIMPLY AMAZING!!!" —FashionChic

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review on this hot air brush!

    10. A silicone face mask "brush" to make application incredibly ~smooth~ (just like your radiant skin) and mess-free. It's actually just one soft, flexible piece of silicone — meaning you'll waste significantly less of your mask.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I'm an esthetician and have never used a brush like this but decided to try it out. I was a bit skeptical about how it would feel since it is one piece (silicone) instead of bristles. My mask went on perfect and smooth and I didn't have to waste any of the mask either. PLUS! You won't have to worry about a bunch of mask getting stuck in your bristles, definitely purchasing more for my new job!" —Tamar Yacoubian

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $3.98.

    11. A Glossier brow pomade so you can groom, fill in, and thicken your brows with just one product. And it's made with a creamy wax formula that will provide extra hydration, so LITERALLY WHAT CAN THIS PRODUCT *NOT* DO?

    Glossier

    Promising review: "I didn't know I could love my brows this much. With two swipes, Boy Brow makes magic. It puffs them up and fills them out in the best way. The brown shade matched perfectly. This will be my forever product, and my top Glossier recommendation." —madeline

    Get it from Glossier for $16 (available in four colors).

    12. A vitamin C serum made with salicylic and hyaluronic acid to not only help with sun damage, but prevent pesky breakouts and restore hydration.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product is just perfect for my skin type! I’m using it every night and it’s helping me a lot with my post inflammatory hyperpigmentation problems caused by my last acne outbreak. I have been using this product for 1.5 months and the results are visible. My skin looks more hydrated and the dark spots have cleared. (I’m also using benzoyl peroxide based acne treatment to control my acne while I’m using this product)." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    13. A lash booster for making lashes look, spoiler, boosted. The primer glides on to create a thicker base so when you apply mascara, your lashes appear fuller and longer.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing!! Whenever I use it I always get asked if I have lash extensions on! My lashes are naturally short so that says a lot about this product. It's easy to use and isn't clumpy or messy. I have no idea how it works, I just know it does! I will be keeping this on hand at all times! Buy it, you won't be disappointed!" —Nicky

    Get it from Amazon for $6.68.

    14. A hydrating sleeping mask made just for your lips, because I know they could use some backup as they face the wrath of this harsh winter and its unforgiving, frigid winds.

    instagram.com

    All you have to do is apply a bit of this before you hit the sheets, and the moisturizing ingredients will do the rest of the work as you sleep.

    Promising review: "I love this lip mask! I have always struggled to find a lip product that would keep my severely dry lips at bay and this is the product! I have been using this for the past few weeks and I have never had such plush smooth lips. I wear it at night and sometimes during the day depending on what I am doing. If you struggle with dry lips, I highly recommend you give this a try." —Holly2176

    Get it from Sephora for $20 (available in two scents).

    15. A no-yellow shampoo to tone down unwanted yellow hues in blonde hair so your mane keeps the vibrant, natural color from your last salon visit — you know, which means less pricey trips to the hairdresser for touchups!

    amazon.com

    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. The pictures are my results after just two washes! 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 $13.90.

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this shampoo.

    16. A NYX jumbo eye pencil with soft tips that'll blend on your lids like butter and throw worries of precision out the window.

    instagram.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I am lazy and hate doing my makeup, especially after a morning workout on a weekday. I wanted something I could throw in my bag and smear around my eyes in a couple of seconds, and to just add a little color without the fussiness. This fits the bill perfectly. It gives my eyes a little definition, but isn't super noticeable. The slight shimmer also makes me look awake on days where I'm dragging. It is not intensely shiny, though, which is important to me — I'm not a disco ball! It just reflects light and looks luminescent, not glittery. Because this is so easy to use, non-irritating, and is the exact color I was looking for, I expect that I will keep ordering it as long as it's available." —Rachel

    Get it from Amazon for $3.51+ (available in 21 shades).

    17. A double-sided eyeliner stamp that — are you ready for this — creates the perfect wing in mere minutes. Oof, these are not even close to being even, is a sentence you will never hear yourself say again.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    One side is the actual stamp, while the other end is a fine-point pen perfect for touchups.

    Promising review: "I am a lazy girl but I like to look nice, and figured I should be trying to make it look like I’m putting more effort into my appearance without actually putting in more effort. I have NEVER been able to do a wing. I barely can do normal eyeliner. I did this in less than two minutes on my first try it is so easy and it looked fantastic. And it’s not just the stamp, the eyeliner pen is great too (no longer going to use the old kind). Honestly it looked fantastic. And it STAYS on — I actually had to really wash to get it off. I was very impressed." —Annie

    Get it from Amazon for $13.97.

    18. A splurge-worthy foundation (available in 42 shades!) designed to give you 24-hour coverage — yes, an ENTIRE day — so you can survive humidity, heat, and nonstop activity no problem.

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is so amazing. Let me tell you. I think I've found my life foundation. This is the longest wear makeup I've ever owned with the best coverage. I have been through many many products, some of them I actually like pretty well but I believe this is the crown jewel of them all. I work twelve-hour shifts in a hot trailer lifting pretty heavy stuff and when I get home I still look like a fabulous goddess. I gave a bottle of this to my best friend and she also adores it. We love you Estée Lauder. Thank you so much." —PlattKatt

    Get it from Sephora for $43 (available in 42 shades).

    19. A pack of shadow shields because who has the time or energy to deal with eyeshadow fallout? Answer: Nobody. These can *also* act as a stencil for creating sharp wings, and we stan a multipurpose product, yes we do.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "I LOVE these! I've shared them with my friends and everyone has come to me with positive feedback. They are perfect for either protecting your cheeks/face from eyeshadow fallout and offer a great 'stencil' if you are looking to create a sharp cat eye with eyeliner or eye shadow. I was also surprised at how many pieces you get for the price. All in all, I am very happy with this purchase." —HMS Hoglund

    Get a 30-pack from Amazon for $6.64.

    20. A popular detangling brush to rid your mane of nasty tangles without causing tons of breakage. Just imagine a world where you don't have to force a brush down your hair while you listen to the harsh knots ripping apart. *cringes*

    instagram.com

    It works on all hair types and can be used whether it's wet or already dry.

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but after using this brush I had to. I’m convinced this thing is witchcraft. I have very curly hair that I comb with a wide toothed comb in the shower using loads of conditioner. Takes forever. I was very skeptical of this little brush, but holy cow. When they say it detangles, it DOES! When they say it doesn’t pull, IT DOESN’T. I was shocked. In just a few strokes my hair was done. It was amazing. Everyone should own one of these things." —Tim

    Get it from Amazon for $17.50 (also available in other colors).

    21. A pimple patch for when you feel a zit comin' on. Just apply over the bump and the patch will draw out sebum and reduce irritation like some type of skin sorcery. Take a peep for yourself (sorry):

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m sorry if the picture is too graphic but I wanted to show how well this product works. It pulled out my whitehead in one piece and didn’t leave me with red/irritated area. It doesn’t blend well on the skin to go out in public with as other brands but this brand was definitely the most effective!" —Jessenia

    Get a 36-pack from Amazon for $12.51+ (available in two sizes).

    22. Teeny lil' spatulas to get that veeeeeeery last drop of foundation out so when you run out last minute, you're still ~covered~.

    amazon.com

    You can also use these for condiments and other beauty products! There are no limits for this glorious product.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    *And! Get a 10-pack of tiny jars ($6.99) for any leftover makeup you scraped out of the original bottle.

    23. A peel-off barrier nail polish so you can erase all your mani missteps and end up with a salon-quality polish job.

    amazon.com

    Before painting your nails, you just swipe this around the edges and cuticles and let it dry. Then, if you make a mistake, you can just peel it off and pretend it never happened! I won't tell.

    Promising review: "This product is great. I wish I'd known about it sooner. It would've saved me so much money on manicures. I'm horrible at painting nails and always get polish everywhere, which is why I've always paid for manicures. I bought this and it works awesome. If I get anything anywhere besides the nail, I can just peel it off. It's a little liquidy, so you have to experiment with how much you need, but once you get the hang of it, it's great." —Brittany N.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    24. An $8 eye cream a BuzzFeed reader swears by because her mom used it her entire life, and now she does too <3. It'll moisturize and help smooth out fine lines and wrinkles to give you glowing, radiant skin.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "Colonial Dámes Vitamin E cream. My mom has been using it FOREVER and her skin looks amazing, even at 60. I swear this is her secret. It’s this luxurious, thick cream that is great for applying just before bed, and I’ve started using it regularly myself. I’ve never heard of it from anyone else other than her, and she’s ecstatic that she can now buy it on Amazon!" —mirandaheaney

    See more things our readers recommend in: "22 Incredible Products People Love And Swear By Because Their Parents Used Them".

    Get it from Amazon for $8.25.

    25. A curling wand that'll give you blowout-status waves at a fraction of the price...and in your own home. This is what a win-win all around looks like!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This just might be my favorite of the six curling wands I own. What I love about this one is that it makes natural-like curls. Natural curly hair isn't perfect and uniform and this gives that spiral natural yet beachy curly girl look. It heats up fast and is easy to wind your hair around. I hold my medium textured long hair on the wand for a total count of seven seconds and release. Hold the blue handle in the up position and just wrap your one to two inch section of hair around it." —Karli E.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.48 (available in wand styles).

    26. Or if you want to give your hair a break from the heat, a set of foam rods for effortless, beachy waves that require little work on your part. Really, you could put these things in and then head straight back to the couch.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: I’m a stay-at-home mom to two boys under 5. I love curly hair but having time to heat-style my hair in the morning is not realistic. The house will burn down and curly hair is just not worth that. When they arrived, I was too excited to not try them out immediately. So, I rolled my completely dry hair, misted it with water and set a timer for two hours. I sprayed my hair with hairspray and removed them – expecting mayyyybe a light wave. Needless to say I was floored. I cannot wait to see how my hair turns out with a little more prep and a little more time!" —motherfrost

    Learn more about these wondrous foam rods in, "Give Your Hair A Break From The Heat And Try These Amazing Curling Rods".

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    27. A best-selling primer to blur pores, lock in makeup, and even out skin so your foundation goes on flawlessly (and stays there). Its lightweight, oil-free formula is packed with antioxidants so it will ALSO protect from pollutants — and what more could you ask for from a tiny tube of magic?!

    instagram.com

    Promising review: "I've worn this for yeeeeeeeears. I can't live without it. I tried another primer, once, recommended by some actress's makeup artist, and I didn't like it nearly as much. This makes your skin feel like velvet, and if you're like me with a natural redness to your skin, this totally cancels that out. This is a staple in my makeup collection." —jetset101

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    28. A miracle acne treatment lotion with quick-drying ingredients for shrinking ugly whiteheads virtually overnight. Feel a pimple comin' on? Grab this, stat!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Literally my favorite product. I know so many people who pay triple the price for 'higher quality' brands that have this exact same drying lotion. My roommate has a brand from Sephora and I compared it to this brand and I found that they both did the exact same thing and were basically the same. It does dry out skin so I wouldn't recommend using every single night, but it is great to use during flare-ups and also before acne breaks the surface. I see significant results every morning when I wake up." —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $8.54.

    29. Synthetic clip-on hair extensions so you can drastically change up your hair without any commitment. Or (!) — to give you the extra tresses to create some trendy braids and other hairstyles.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    BTW, these have 2,600+ five-star reviews!! They're synthetic, but you can still wash and style them!

    Promising review: "Okay, so I am very picky about hair extensions. I've spent hundreds of dollars on numerous sets, and have never been completely satisfied. Until now! These are BY FAR my favorite (and for such an amazing price)! If you're worried that this deal is too good to be true (because I was) then stop worrying and buy these extensions! Also, I have very short hair and they still look great! They're very full and luscious. And you can straighten them. I'm very happy." —Makenzie Long

    Get a pack of five from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in 24 shades).

    For more info, check out "These Cheap AF Hair Extensions Make You Look Like You Grew Your Hair Out Overnight".

    30. A Lippie Stix from ColourPop because full matte coverage, rich pigments, and hydration should ALWAYS go hand-in-hand. Tl;dr: This wont dry our your lips (like some matte lipsticks tend to do).

    ColourPop

    Promising review: "I have never gotten so many compliments on a lip color before. It's a perfect brick-ish red that compliments everything. The Lippie formula, as per usual, is great as well. Lasts all day even after meals." —Georgianna P.

    Get it from ColourPop starting at $7.

    31. A wildly popular rosehip facial oil for combatting dry and flaky skin, redness, and breakouts. Seriously, your skin issues don't stand a chance when ~faced~ with this.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Overall I'm super pleased with this product. The oil isn't greasy whatsoever. It says two to three drops will do the job, but I use way more (maybe 10?). Every morning I wake up and my skin feels INCREDIBLY soft and smooth. I've struggled with intense acne for a good year or so now. I've easily invested a good couple hundred dollars from high-end to questionable companies. I love, love, love that this is animal-friendly and so natural. Its quality for its price? AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    Read our complete write-up of this miracle facial oil.

    32. A two-sided eyebrow pencil and brush with a half millimeter tip (yeah — that's TINY!) that'll create precise lines that actually blend in with your brows.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "This is my favorite brow pencil I have ever used. I was actually going to fork up the cash to get the Anastasia Brow Wiz, but I heard that this was comparable, so I decided to give it a try and I love it! Even though my eyebrows are dark blonde, I got it in the brunette shade and I think it matches pretty close. It glides on smoothly and lasts all day. Will definitely be purchasing this from now on." —amykaylo

    Get it from Amazon for $6.69+ (available in five shades).

    33. A makeup-setting spray so your entire ~lewk~ looks picture perfect — even after you've worked all day, ran some errands, went to happy hour, and then hit up the gym.

    instagram.com, Sephora

    Promising review: "I spray this over my makeup at 7 a.m., and when I'm leaving work at 5 p.m., my makeup is the exact same as it was 10 hours prior. I started with the smaller bottle just to try it out, but since I'm so pleased with the results, I'm definitely going to be getting the bigger bottle!" —amycayxo

    Get it from Sephora for $15+ (available in two sizes).

    34. A ridiculously cheap and equally amazing setting powder for ridding excess shine and oil to leave skin looking flawless. And if you're wondering about possible flashback, there isn't any — just see for yourself:

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    I've seen this all over Amazon and Instagram, and decided to check it out for myself to see if it really was a great dupe for more expensive setting powders. I can confirm — this stuff is great.

    Promising review: "I am totally blown away by this product! I have been consistently using Laura Mercier's Translucent Loose Setting Powder for about six months, and was dissatisfied with the fact that my skin appeared greasy/oily by the end of the work day. I live in a warm climate and have oily skin. By the end of my work day using this powder, my face is still very matte! I am THRILLED! This way outperforms the Laura Mercier powder and is a fraction of the cost. Can't believe it. Never going back." —AlexisJulian

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99 (available in five shades).

    35. A powerful steamer so you can bring the fancy spa straight to your home. Now you can lure those pesky blackheads out without having to pay for an expensive facial.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    It lasts for 12 minutes at a time and even features a UV light to sterilize the steam! It also comes with a blackhead extraction kit, but just be careful and watch some tutorials before you go to town on your skin.

    Promising review: "This is almost a life-changer. I always steam my face in the shower so I can pop my pimples (I know, it sounds so gross but seriously). However, this steamer is AMAZING. I highly recommend it if you are suffering from acne and want to give yourself your own DIY facial. Overall, fabulous purchase." —Anna

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99+ (available in two colors).

    36. And lastly, a Maybelline concealer featuring a sponge-tip applicator to cover up dark spots with total ease. Really, the sponge does most of the work for you — you just have to dab, dab, dab, and you're done.

    instagram.com

    I am a die-hard fan of this product, and believe it deserves a place in everyone's makeup bag. You can read my full review of it here.

    Promising review: “This product is fantastic. I really like the applicator because it makes the process so quick and clean. I only need to twist it three or four clicks to get enough product on the sponge tip, then I dot it on my dark circles and blend it in with a finger. It takes about 20 seconds to use this, and a little goes a long way.” —Kristin

    Get it from Amazon for $6.75+ (available in 19 shades).

    HERE, just take all my money!

    Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

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