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    41 Beauty Products That'll Probably Make You Think, “Wow, Wish I'd Thought Of That"

    To whoever invented these, you deserve to have your name up in the Hall of Fame.

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    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. A hot air brush so you can get the blown-out look without having to spend an extra hour blow-drying and straightening. This efficient tool does both so you can use that extra half hour for something more useful!

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    It combines the smoothing effect of a round brush with the drying and sleekifying power of a traditional blowdryer. It has TWO heat settings (plus a cool setting to set your style) AND ***ionic power*** to reduce frizz and add massive shine. Plus, ceramic coating to reduce heat damage to your hair.

    Check out our full review of the John Frieda hot air brush!

    Get it from Amazon for $35+ (available in two barrel sizes).

    2. A Function of Beauty custom shampoo and conditioner that'll be personalized to your hair type, hair goals, preferred fragrance, and even the color of your bottle! Your hair care routine is about to get so much more enjoyable!

    the shampoo and conditioner in green and white
    Function of Beauty

    No worries, people — this is vegan, cruelty-, and gluten-free.

    Promising review: "I am loving this shampoo and conditioner. It smells amazing and my curls have never looked better. My hair was extremely damaged and dry, but now it’s on the path to recovery." —Function of Beauty Customer

    Get the set from Function of Beauty for $39.99+ (prices vary depending on your selections).

    3. A Laniege Cica Sleeping Mask perfect for irritated skin because it soothes redness and strengthens the skin barrier. It uses forest yeast extract to ensure hydration and nourishment so you become a literal sleeping beauty!

    the jar
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    Promising review: "I got the mask for my boyfriend since he's been stressed with work and got red blotches on his face. He used it one night and it cleared up most of it. He then used it for two more nights, and it was gone. Amazing results!" —Allyg18

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    4. An innovative Habit sunscreen mist to protect your skin. Since it's a hassle to slather on sunscreen every two hours, keep this in your bag or on your desk and spritz away whenever you need. The fine mist doesn't mess up makeup and smells like a dream with its natural botanicals! Why didn't this exist before?

    model spraying the mist on her face

    This spray has SPF 41 and features only 16 clean ingredients! To use it properly, close your eyes and mouth, pull back hair, hold the bottle about 10 inches from your face, and spray evenly over your face and neck (mist about seven times). Keep your eyes closed for three seconds while the mist settles. You don't need to rub it in!

    I've been using this every day and I love it! It's so convenient to just spray it on over your makeup or once you're ready instead of adding another layer of lotion to your face. It's non-greasy so it doesn't get you oily; it only gives your skin a pretty, dewy look. Plus, touchups are super easy since all I have to do is spray again and there's no worry of disturbing makeup. It's small enough that you can just throw it in your bag. And when I say it smells like a dream, I'm not kidding!

    Habit is a small woman-owned business founded by Tai Adaya, who is half Mexican and half Indian/Pakistani. The brand is dedicated to standing against the stigma of aging in the beauty industry and focusing on keeping skin healthy instead.

    Get it from Habit for $30.

    5. An ergonomic EcoTools makeup blender because it's made with antimicrobial silver, which actually keeps your sponge cleaner for longer. How cool is that???

    the sponge
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    You still need to wash your sponge regularly though! And as with their other sponges, this bb is made out of their EcoFoam Technology which has 70% plant based materials. They're also cruelty-free, PETA-certified, and vegan!

    Promising review: "I have used MANY beauty sponges in the past and I never really liked them. I always felt they absorbed more product than they distributed, but this one seamlessly blended my makeup into my skin. I love the flat side to blend and set my makeup, both liquid and powder." —Lita627

    Get it from Target for $5.99 (also available in a bigger body version for $7.99).

    And be sure to wash your sponges regularly with a makeup brush cleanser!

    6. A Holy Snails First Snow Essence for keeping your skin barrier healthy with its ceramide complex. Its featherlight like snowflakes so it won't weigh down your skin. Two dozen hanbang (traditional Korean herbs and medicine like ginger and horse chestnut) soothe and hydrate, leaving a silky finish to your complexion.

    the bottle
    Holy Snails

    Holy Snails is a small indie K-beauty biz that's POC-owned, woman-owned, and cruelty-free. They actually started as K-beauty blog in 2014! They make their products weekly in microbatches with functional packaging to ensure freshness and ability to reuse or recycle, reducing waste. We stan!

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! There's no burning, no itching, no tingling. It's fungal acne-safe and leaves a hydrated feeling to my skin. My skin is finally happy! I ordered the trial size, so please hurry! I'm in love!" —Angela

    Get it from Holy Snails for $10 (available in two sizes).

    7. A Glossier Skywash matte eyeshadow great for everyday looks when you just don't have time to do a whole 30-minute eye look. The buildable liquid-to-powder formula and pretty Southwest-inspired shades give your eyes soft, silky color and dimension.


    This is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "My friend, who is very much aware of my Glossier obsession, bought this for me as an early birthday present. I was skeptical at first, because I'm not a huge eyeshadow fan. The fact that this comes out as a liquid is intriguing. It was soft and pigmented, and looked amazing!!! Slap on some of the Glossier Pro Tip, and you've got an entire look. :)" —Colleen

    Get them from Glossier for $18 each (available in seven shades).

    8. A pack of Mighty Patch Original and Invisible+ Pimple Patches to slap onto those pesky zits. They're both effective and fast-working and no one will be able to tell you have one on (unless they hold a magnifying glass to your face 🧐)., Amazon

    Promising review (for Original): "Now that I have to deal with 'adult acne,' it's sent me scurrying in every direction, from drugstore to dermatologist, to try and clear it. Unlike my teenage years, the problems I deal with now are not straightforward zits. My pores get clogged, but they're stubborn buggers and don't like to be extracted. The Mighty Patch has been great because it actually succeeds in bringing all that grossness to the surface. From there, it's easy just to extract and blast off. I'm also guilty of that cardinal sin in zit care — constantly poking at the blemish and this keeps me from myself. I've already gone through one sheet!" —Karen Lee

    Get a 36-pack of their Original patches from Amazon for $12.50 and a pack of 39 Invisible+ patches from Amazon for $17.99.

    9. A Colourpop shimmering dry oil to not only moisturize skin and keep it silky to the touch but also make you glow and glitter like the absolute goddess you are. It's lightweight, highlights wherever you want, and will make you feel like a star. Take moisturizing to the next level!


    Make sure to shake, shake, shake, before you apply!

    Promising review: "Really loving the shimmering dry oils! I have average type skin, which gets dry during the winter months, and this oil has helped greatly at keeping my skin silky smooth. The glitter isn't too much because I love my skin being sparkly. It does seem to last quite a while, even after wearing long sleeves and sleeping. The scent is very nice as well, a cocoa butter, at the beach smell. With the shimmering dry oils, if you're wanting more sparkle, you can apply multiple times without feeling greasy. The oil soaks into the skin very nicely, leaving behind a dazzling look. I usually apply my oils right after a shower, and Sol oils are definitely my favorite of all that I have tried. I will be purchasing more to use in the future." —Charlotte

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

    10. A toning mist and serum for thirsty skin. It's made with 78% organic fruit water (sourced from green plum or yuja) and oils like macadamia for long-lasting moisture. The ingredients are harvested in Korea during peak season for freshness!

    the mist bottle in size small and large

    This has no parabens, artificial fragrance, additives, or harmful chemicals.

    Both Sioris and Ohlolly are small businesses so it's a win-win here! Sioris is a clean and sustainable brand with vegan-certified formulas that have organically farmed, in-season ingredients. Their mission is to make skincare simple and effective.

    Ohlolly is POC- and woman-owned small business based in California. It's founded by two sisters who are on a mission to curate the finest in Korean skincare and bring authentic K-beauty to the masses. They particularly seek out natural, plant-based products with unique ingredients that are hard to find anywhere else.

    Get it from Ohlolly for $8+ (available in two sizes). You can also get the large size from Amazon for $21.99.

    11. A drawstring makeup bag so you're no longer overwhelmed by your mountain of makeup, wondering how to store them or travel with them. The drawstring design is for quick access, which means no more digging endlessly!

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    Did I mention it only weighs a few ounces on its own, it's washable, and there's a lil' zipper pocket on the inside for any other necessities? Looove it.

    Promising review: "I travel weekly for work and I used to use the tray from the coffee center or ice bucket for my makeup because it was too difficult to find and use my makeup straight from the bag. This is just perfect! I just open the bag and everything is organized; when I'm ready to leave, I do a quick zip of the cord and it's all packed up." —Shan Day

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99.

    12. A Shiseido sunscreen that'll become one of your holy grails because not only does it boast SPF 50+ but it's also *free of oxybenzone and octinoxate* (the ingredients Hawaii banned!). The ocean-friendly sunscreen is also invisible due to its SynchoShield tech — a lightweight, protective veil that's strengthened by heat, water, and sweat. This one literally goes up and beyond!


    The SynchoShield is comprised of WetForce and HeatForce tech. Shiseido explains WetForce as: "Negative ions in the formula combine with positive ions in perspiration and water to create an additional layer of invisible sun protection. As you continue to sweat and get wet, the product becomes more effective." Now, for HeatForce: "A heat-sensing essence in the lotion becomes activated by external heat, forming a stronger barrier."

    Promising review: "OK, I am LOVING this sunscreen. I'm super picky when it comes to sunscreens, but this one is light and not oily, and for me that's huge — I hate the feeling of oily sunscreen on my skin. It rubs in beautifully and smells so good, aka it doesn''t have that typical sunscreen smell! Would definitely recommend" —meganm30

    Get it from Shiseido for $25+ (available in two sizes).

    If you prefer physical (and non-greasy) sunscreens, check out Shiseido Ultimate Sun Protector Cream SPF 50+.

    13. These biodegradable Busy Beauty Showerless Body Wipes for days when you have no time to shower after a gym session, you're running late in the morning, or you have a medical condition that makes daily showering difficult. Swipe, wipe, and move!

    model using a wipe on her underarm
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    The tea tree cleanses and prevents breakouts and lavender oil soothes.

    Promising review: "I suffer from an arthritic spine and cannot take a bath anymore, so I have to shower. Sometimes getting in and out the bath to shower every day is painful and sometimes impossible. These are a great alternative on those days when I just can't immerse my entire body under the shower. They are really a lifesaver. And they have the added bonus of a lovely light scent and making you feel clean all over after using." —Valerie Thomson

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $11.95.

    14. A hair finishing stick that looks like mascara but for your hair. It'll neaten and smooth those annoying flyaways and baby hairs right up so you won't have to deal with them sticking up, out, or doing their own wild thing.

    This is safe for color-treated hair and uses natural plant ingredients. It's also small so you can carry it with you on the go.

    Promising review: "This product is amazing. Buy it right now. If you have flyaways, stop what you are doing and order this. I struggle with fine hairs sticking straight up no matter where I part my hair. This little miracle product makes them lay down and stay down. A tiny bit goes a long way; using too much has the hardening effect similar to using too much hairspray. It’s a small mascara-sized tube and wand. Easy to keep in your bag, but honestly my morning application lasts all day. I love this." —Patrick

    Get it from Amazon for $7.98.

    15. An invigorating Ole Henriksen scrub that'll purify and unclog the gunk from your pores, and wash away dead skin cells with a dual warm/cool action, a blend of AHAs, volcanic sand and neem seed oil. It's inspired by the traditional Scandinavian sauna cycle!

    the bottle
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    Promising review: "The warming sensation this gives your skin really does make it feel like your face is experiencing a luxurious sauna. I can't get enough of this! Exfoliates my skin, gives my face a fresh glow, and doesn't dry me out! I have very dry skin, so I find that I have to exfoliate often to relieve my skin of dry patches, and this product is perfect!" —skh11

    Get it from Sephora for $28.

    16. A lavender calming bar because it uses real lavender petals that you can see around the soap to gently exfoliate while anti-bacterial properties temper inflammation and irritation. You get a soothing cleansing experience and softer skin!

    a pile of the lavender bars, showing the petals
    Bomb'd Aesthetics

    Bomb'd Aesthetics is a Black-owned and family-owned business focusing on holistic care for sensitive skin using natural ingredients.

    Promising review: "OK so, I have always been wary of using natural soaps because the ones I've tried in the past have really dried out my skin but oh my gosh these bars are AMAZING! It doesn't dry out my skin and leaves it feeling so soft. Not to mention, the scent is gorgeous. I will never go back to traditional body washes or big name brands again — these bars are too good!" —Sophia

    Get it from Bomb'd Aesthetics for $9.

    17. A Bread Beauty Supply creamy deep conditioner great for people with 3a–4c hair! Its super-fruit oil formula will soften and moisturize your curls so you get that lovely bounce to your hair.

    Kayla Boyd / BuzzFeed

    Bread Beauty Supply is a Black woman-owned business that was founded by Maeva Heim in 2020.

    Promising review: "LOVE this product! My hair is very dry and frizzy but this product made my hair so much more manageable and soft. I will definitely be getting more once I’m out!" —Nivedhitha

    Get it from Bread Beauty Supply and Sephora for $28.

    Check out my colleague's hair mask review (#4) for more deets!

    18. A Laura Mercier primer because not only do they help out as skincare (addressing dryness, pores and more) but you can also choose them based on what skin finish you want, from hydrating to illuminating. Just lovely!

    all of the primers and their swatches
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    Promising review: "YES!! I tend to buy a million and one primers and end up not using any of them after the second day, but this product worked wonders for my combination skin! There is no particular scent to this product, but I can't say that it is completely scentless either — it has a fresh, clean scent to it. This primer allows your foundation to stick perfectly, allowing you to achieve great coverage. This is well worth it for me — I ended up getting four other Pure Canvas primers from thecollection!" —Annli12

    Get it from Sephora for $39 each (available in Blurring, Illuminating, Hydrating, and Protecting SPF 30).

    19. A gentle AHA exfoliating mask you can custom blend at home to your liking — just add water (use more to create a mask and less to use as a clay cleanser). Even more unusual is it uses flower acids, green apple, and malic acid to brighten dark spots and uncover the luminous skin underneath. Be your own cosmetologist!


    A masking brush is included.

    Pholk is a Black woman-owned small business focused on beauty infused with the African Diaspora's healing and herbalist traditions.

    Promising review: Just got this product and I absolutely love it! I love how you can totally customize it just based on how much water you use. It smells divine, and my skin looked and felt amazing after rinsing it off. Finally, the packaging is beautiful, and amps up the spa vibe in my bathroom." —Meagan

    Get it from Pholk for $15.

    20. An Urban Decay setting spray — def a must-have for those who live in cities where you're exposed to pollution 24/7 (that can't be great for your skin, I daresay). It works as a setting spray while also guarding against free radicals and environmental damage so you can go about your day without worrying about your makeup melting off.

    the bottles
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    UD setting sprays are also the only ones on the market to have patented, time-release Temperature Control Technology that lowers the temperature of your makeup over time to help it last longer. No more midday makeup melt off.

    Promising review: "I don’t know what I did with my life before this spray. I work in the heart of Manhattan and constantly take public transportation, but with this setting spray my makeup stays on all day and shows no evidence of dust, dirt, or heat from the subways. If you’re looking to keep your day-to-night look on a workday, then this is the spray for you. I’ve also jumped into the pool using this spray on my makeup and have had no problem with my makeup coming off." —SimplySamiaTV

    Get it from Sephora for $34.

    21. A Nivea in-shower body lotion because sometimes your busy schedule calls for multitaskers. This absorbs quickly into wet skin and nourishes with a nongreasy feel so you're one and done. No need to worry about moisturizing after!

    the bottle
    @niveausa / Via

    Promising review: "Good for lazy people like me. I have super dry skin, and while one would think it would make me a religious daily moisturizer person, it has not. No one likes standing on their bath mat sticky, naked, and cold, waiting for a traditional moisturizer to dry. This adds a step to your shower routine, but it's way faster than the old way of applying post-shower. I highly recommend if you just can’t seem to commit to keeping your skin hydrated. Say goodbye forever to ashy skin!" —Coco

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    22. A pack of Shadow Shields because we're all victims of fallout and grains of eyeshadow and glitter getting in all the places except your lids. These prevent that and help you angle perfectly sharp cat eyes! *adds to cart.*

    a chart of model using the shield as she puts on eyeshadow, taking it off, and revealing no fallout

    Promising review: "So glad I found these! I've always had trouble with fallout under my eyes, even with good brushes and high-quality makeup. Some palettes have colors with fallout, some don't, but now I don't have to worry about that at all. I can do my foundation first and THEN my eye makeup — I hated having to wipe away shadow from my cheeks and apply more concealer. I'll be buying more boxes of these." —Tasha

    Get a box of 30 from Amazon for $9.99.

    23. A Sephora Universal Lip Liner for a true one-fits-all product. It goes on clear so you don't have to worry about matching your liner with your lipstick but you still get all the benefits of a good liner (read: no bleeding!).

    the liner

    Promising review: "Does what it claims to — prevents my lipstick from feathering. I usually have the problem with my bold, bright reds but this lip liner helps me avoid a mess." —SlySionnach

    Get it from Sephora for $10.

    24. A jar of Lime Crime hair dye to make true all your beautiful wild-haired unicorn dreams! Even you dark-haired beauties can use this semi-perm dye — you get pretty colored hair at a fraction of the cost. Some reviewers have used this for years and have never turned back!

    Lime Crime,,

    Plus, they're cruelty-free and vegan (as the unicorns would want!).

    Promising review: "I’m so in love with my unicorn hair! I went from a dull silver/rose to a gorgeous vibrant magenta! Never going back to the other semi permanent brands I've used in the past. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair is my new bestie! I bought the Chocolate Covered Cherry and left it on for two hours but it washed out beautifully and my hair was silky smooth! It smells amazing too which makes coloring much more pleasant. So far I've only washed it once in warm water since coloring and the color is still just as vibrant!" —Mysti Moon

    Get it from Amazon for $16 (available in 17 shades).

    25. Or, if you're looking for an even more temporary option, Kristin Ess temporary hair tint that you can spray in shower or on lightly towel-dried hair for more intense color) and baam — pretty, noncommittal tint that won't break your wallet.

    @kristin_ess / Via, @kristin_ess / Via

    A lot of reviewers do point out application's a bit messy, so even if you're applying the tint to towel-dried hair, do it in the shower!

    Promising review: "Gave a blush/rose gold color to my blond balayage that I absolutely love. And it really did wash away after only a couple shampoos. I’d normally never touch temporary color products like this, but I knew I could trust this line to not harm my color." —Melissa

    Get it from Target for $12.

    26. A buildable Clarins lip stain for a lovely wash of color on your lips that's both hydrating, unmoving, and protective of your skin barrier against pollution. You can layer it, do an ombré lip, or wear it as a full-color lip!

    @clarinsusa / Via, @clarinsusa / Via

    Promising review: "I always think my lips look too thin, and no matter what lipstick I apply, it disappears quickly. This lip stain makes my lips look fuller and the color stays on for a long time (even when I work out and sweat). It looks great with the lip oil on top or alone. I've ordered another color. Love, love it." —Tucson

    Get them from Clarins for $28 each (available in seven shades).

    If you prefer even more nourishment, try their Instant Light Lip Comfort Oils.

    27. A Klairs Vitamin E Sleeping Mask because it's lightweight but packs a heavy punch of antioxidants that'll help slow down cell aging, brighten, balance, and aid in skin regeneration. The cream is known as "shape memory cream," so it'll cling to skin and absorb easily. And it's light enough to be used as a daytime moisturizer for dry skin. Multi-tasking for the win!

    the cream and a swatch on hand

    This mask also helps protect skin from sun sensitivity after you apply any vitamin C products because vitamin E stabilizes C.

    Promising review: "Received a sample of this and liked it so much, I bought the full-size. I have combination skin, and found that it provides just the right amount of moisture, plus feels so refreshing. I apply it in the morning after a vitamin C serum and use it as a regular moisturizer. I love it! The only way it could be improved is if it had sunscreen in it, but other than that, it is a great product! And the texture is unique and fun. Definitely recommend!" —Laura

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99.

    28. A Glow Recipe lip balm because it works overtime as a three-in-one scrub-balm fusion that'll leave you with lips so lovely your crush won't be able to resist them. Sorry, was that a little ~melon~-dramatic? It hydrates with watermelon, exfoliates with coconut flower sugar, moisturizes with coconut oil and flower-derived AHA, and tints in a flattering, universal shade of pink. So lovely!


    You can use this several ways: alone to boost the natural color of your lips, over your fave lipstick or gloss to enhance the color, as an everyday treatment to rid lips of flakes, as a daily lip balm for an immediate smoothing effect and kissable lip color (apply several times to build up color), or as an early prep and primer before your lipstick to keep your lips smooth and your color fresh.

    This is vegan and cruelty-free.

    Promising review: "I cannot rave about this product enough! Some people have been writing reviews about how it didn’t last them long...I have no idea how! I’ve had mine for two months now! I started using it when I had pretty chapped lips so I was using it a few times a day. Honestly you DO NOT need a lot of product. It rubs in very well! So my routine is lathering it on before bed (again, you don’t need a lot). When I wake up, man they’re soft! And I put it on in the morning too! But throughout the day, I’ve never needed to reapply it. Sometimes I do because I like the hint of color it has! So pretty! AND THE SMELL! So amazing! —sierramae97

    Get it from Sephora for $22.

    29. An Orly gel base coat for creating a barrier between your nail and the gel polish that lessens any damage to your nails and makes removal takes mere seconds. A win-win.

    @orlynails / Via, @orlynails / Via

    Promising review: "This is the best stuff!!! I use it at my salon and it is quick, and after it soaks and you remove the foils, it literally pops off the nail. You can blow on it! That's how easily it comes off. And the biggest bonus, NO DAMAGE TO THE NAIL!" —Serena

    Get it from Amazon for $10.90.

    30. An IGK hair shield that'll literally ~shield~ your hair from suffering the consequences of chlorine, UV rays, wind, sweat, and humidity. Healthy hair first!

    the tube

    Apply it with a wide tooth comb to wet or dry hair before styling Your mane is totally protected.

    It's vegan, cruelty-free, and formulated without gluten, petrolatum, and mineral oil.

    Promising review: "I happened upon this and have never been happier. I have very frizzy hair and the slightest humidity makes me look like I’ve been electrocuted. I used this and got caught in a thunderstorm, but my hair still looked smooth. If you ever stop making this I will literally go into mourning." —Courtney

    Get it from IGK Hair for $29.

    31. A instant smudge corrector to fix the little mistakes that happen if you forget your nails aren't dry yet and end up doing something. It also works as a touchup to refresh already-done nails so you don't have to sit down and paint them all over again!

    @londontownusa / Via, Amazon

    Promising review: "This refreshes my worn-out manicure very well. I apply this as a top coat over my old manicure. It re-spreads and smoothes the polish out, and leaves it fresh and shiny. It's a bit pricey, but it does save me a lot of time and trouble not having to re-polish my nails." —SoniaSophia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    32. An earthy BH Cosmetics eyeshadow palette perfect for topping off your everyday look with its muted tones. There's everything from rich matte to shimmer finishes to bring your look down to natural or up to super glam.

    BH Cosmetics

    Promising review: "The colors are amazing and they last forever! They are extremely pigmented and I love the matte and glitter combos!" —Danielle

    Get it from BH Cosmetics for $18.

    33. An eyeliner stamp for perfect wings every time. No more spending an hour doing and redoing your cat-eyes. No more, dang it! Your time is precious! Get those wings, get those compliments, and go about your day., Amazon

    Promising review: "Bought this on a whim, and was honestly expecting it to be awful. I don’t have a problem doing my own winged liner by hand, so it’s not like I really need the stamps for it. BUT I actually really love these! The wings look good, and I can customize them a bit with the liner side of the pen. The liner side tapers enough to make super fine lines or thicker ones. It stays on all day with no problem. I can tilt the wings to make them more or less makes doing my eyeliner super quick and easy!" —Amelia C. Taylor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.97 (available in two sizes).

    34. A whitening pre-rinse that safely (and painlessly) whitens teeth before you brush! It's gentle, works on dental restorations, and is a good alternative to bleaching.

    the bottles
    @supersmileofficial / Via

    Promising review: "I recently had a complete smile makeover that involved a gum lift, professional teeth whitening, and 12 composite veneers. To maintain my beautiful, new smile, my cosmetic dentist recommended Supersmile. So I bought the entire system (this rinse, toothpaste, and accelerator) and have been using it twice daily for several months now. My smile today looks just as good on the day I first got my veneers, despite being a daily tea drinker. I got composite veneers instead of porcelain, as they were more conservative (no need for removal of healthy tooth structure), but a concern was that they would stain (composite tends to stain more easily than porcelain, or so they say). Not with this Supersmile system! All three products are a must in my opinion if you want to maintain a healthy, white smile. It's a little on the pricey side but if you can afford it, it's worth the investment." —Katherine Nora

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    35. A Benefit Cosmetics eyebrow pencil with a super fine tip that's perfect for helping you naturally shape your brows and mimic your natural brow hair. It also doesn't run so you don't need to worry about streaks or fading.

    a chart of all the different colors
    Benefit Cosmetics

    Promising review: "The shape of the pencil is perfect for shaping and making thin strokes to mimic real hair growth and this is the only brow pencil I've ever used that actually stays on and doesn't run off soon after applying." —Lc143sj

    Get them from Sephora for $24 each (available in 12 shades and also in mini sizes).

    36. A Blithe splash mask — another all-in-one to save time in the shower: simply pour a capful into your hands, splash and pat for 15 seconds and yes, you're done! You've just exfoliated your face.

    @myblithe / Via, @blithecosmetic / Via

    Promising review (for Soothing Green Tea): "This is the first 'splash mask' I've ever tried. This product is refreshing and gives my skin a nice glow. I tend to use it right after I take hot showers so my open pores can absorb the product even better. I use this splash mask every other day when my skin needs more of a pick me up. If you have really sensitive skin, I would make sure to dilute it with water." —Sweet Ichigo

    Get them from Amazon for $16+ (available in three styles and two sizes).

    37. These microfiber machine-washable makeup remover cloths so you can be environmentally friendly (no more using a million cotton pads) and gently wipe your makeup clean using water or your fave face wash.

    before and after of reviewer with heavy eye makeup that is then taken off with the cloth

    Some reviewers say that it doesn't work on waterproof makeup, and despite the below reviewer, it's probably best to use a specific makeup remover for that delicate area, instead of rubbing away. :O

    Promising review: "I was skeptical of these, but now I'm pretty sure they're what Mulan's outfit was made of when she wiped her makeup off on her sleeve in the movie. Even when totally dry, they're pretty impressive about taking all of my makeup (including waterproof eyeliner and mascara) in a couple swipes. I like to use a little micellar water to make my skin feel a little cleaner. It's nice not to burn through so many cotton pads." —RachelM

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $4.29 (also available in a five-pack).

    38. An Olive & June polish bottle handle for a more ergonomic hold and sharper control over your nail-painting. It pops on any regular nail polish bottle so your hand is steadier and your polish is more even. Don't we all need this 😵?


    Promising review: "The Poppy helps control how you paint your nails. You will be able to make less mistakes, while applying even coats of polish. While made for its namesake brand of polish, I also found that the Poppy works on CND Vinylux, Smith & Cult, Chanel, and Tom Ford nail polishes since the caps come off. It's also an ergonomic solution that helps you get a better grip of the cap/brush." —Eeescal14

    Get it from Target for $16 (with nail polish).

    39. An Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel because it's lightweight and gentler on damaged hair than cotton towels. Throw up wet hair in this and your hair will be smooth and dry in no time. Plus, no frizz!

    BuzzFeed editor with her hair wrapped up in the towel on left, the wrapped towel stock photo on right
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    Read our full review of the Aquis Microfiber Hair Towel here!

    Promising review: "This towel is amazing! I have thick, long hair that takes forever to blow-dry. This towel removes so much moisture from my hair in such a short amount of time! Within about five minutes of wrapping my hair up, I can remove the towel, use a spray-in conditioner, and be on my way without having to worry about my hair leaving wet spots on my shirt! I love this so much I've been reluctant to bring it with me anyone for fear of losing it. Seriously, I love this!" —Stephanie M Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99 (available in seven colors).

    40. A cleansing butter from The Body Shop to gently and lovingly melt away the dirt and makeup on your face while not stripping it dry like a regular foam cleanser. No more aggressive scrubbin' and rubbin'.

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    It's also cruelty-free and 100% vegan!

    Promising review: "I'm really happy with my purchase. Usually I use coconut oil as an inexpensive and natural makeup remover and this product does the same trick, but it's a lot less messy and a little goes a long way! I highly recommend if you are looking for a quick and easy makeup remover that won't strip away the natural oils in our face or make it too greasy!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.

    41. A Stedi Pedi that'll keep your foot steady and tilted for that perf pedicure! Plus, with its bendable light, you'll be able to see whether you've missed any spots.

    model demonstrating use of the stand

    Promising review: "It’s awesome. It has a light so you can really see your nails, has space for your nail polish and application tools and felt real steady underneath my foot." —Jocelyn

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95.

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