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    29 Wonderfully Effective Beauty Products That'll Give You Real Results

    Tried, tested, and actually effective!

    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. This unscented facial spray that'll rescue your skin from redness, breakouts, and irritation. Reviewers say it's the best product they've tried for persistent acne and say that it has sped up their skin's healing process, too.

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    Get it from Sephora Canada for $16+ (available in two sizes). Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    2. This acne-fighting facial oil that'll calm, soothe, hydrate, and help prevent scarring. The star of the show is the black cumin seed oil — it's naturally anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, so it'll chill out even the feistiest zit.

    A bottle of the facial oil on a bathroom vanity
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    For best results, use it before your moisturizer and wait for it to dry down before applying the next step in your routine.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $34+ (available in two sizes).

    3. A bottle of balancing Ole Henriksen toner that'll help sop up any excess oil from your skin and stop breakouts before they happen. It's made of a trio of acids that'll unclog pores, without leaving your skin dry and flaky.

    A person holding the toner in front of a brick wall
    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "It does exactly what it claims to do: control oil. Even around my time of the month (which is when it tends to be at its worst), my skin stays pretty balanced. Other pluses? It doesn't have that alcohol-y smell like a lot of toners do and feels a little more moisturizing. My skin also doesn't have that uncomfortable tight feeling after I use it either, which is great."— Alice Prendergast

    Get it on Sephora Canada for $38.

    4. A tube of Caudalie hand cream that'll moisturize and soften even the driest hands. It's especially handy for restoring skin that's totally sapped from frequent hand washing!

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    "I've been washing my hands a lot recently (AS WE ALL SHOULD BE) and it was starting to take a toll on my skin. My hands were so dry and the skin felt really tight immediately after washing. So I started using some Caudalie hand cream, and it's become the second step in my hand-washing routine. The texture is light and it absorbs really quickly, without leaving behind a sticky or greasy feeling. And it has a warm citrus scent that I find very subtle and soothing. My hands look and feel moisturized and soft, and I'll definitely be restocking once I finish the tube." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $22.

    5. These oversized gold eye masks that'll de-puff your tired eyes and give your entire eye area some major TLC. They're packed with hydrating hyaluronic acid and peptides that'll help give sleepy peepers a visible boost (no matter how late you stayed up binge-watching Netflix).

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    Sure, it took me an extra few seconds to put on each patch (so gooey!) but the results were 100% worth the effort. They managed to de-puff my sleepy eyes, brighten up my dark circles, and leave my skin looking glowy as heck, even after a late night of assembling Ikea furniture.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the SDARA 24k gold eye masks (they're #10 on the list).

    Get six pairs on Amazon Canada for $17.96.

    6. This caffeinated butt mask that'll combat uneven skin like a BOSS. With ingredients like aloe, orange peel, and goji berry, these sheets only need ten minutes to detoxify and regenerate your cheeks.

    A photo of someone's bum wearing the sheet masks on each cheek
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    ~Slap~ it on and marvel at your bootyful behind.

    Get it at Skinstore for $12.87 (available in four formulas). Use code SS20 to get 20% off.

    7. A warming hand mask that'll give your hands a proper spa treatment. The space blanket-inspired gloves are lined with a coconut-infused serum that will absorb right into your skin and leave your grabbers looking rejuvenated.

    A person wearing a large glove on their hand
    Kaysey Davis/BuzzFeed

    "My hands have been really dry lately, so I decided to treat myself to a hand mask. The gloves feel a little cold at first, but the sticker tabs at the wrists help seal the ends. And once they’re sealed, the heat from your hands make the mask super warm and help the serum sink deeper into your skin. I left them on for about 15 minutes and my hands were so soft afterwards." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it from SkinStore for $14.30. Use code SS20 to get 20% off your order.

    8. A post-workout dry shampoo mist that's specifically designed to help revive your damp, sweaty locks. This quick-drying formula will suck up oil and eliminate unpleasant odours, so you can go from downward dog to running errands in seconds.

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    Unlike other dry shampoos, it won't glop up when sprayed on wet hair. Plus, it's great on all hair types!

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $18+ (available in two sizes).

    9. This whipped micro-exfoliating shampoo that'll help get your scalp and hair cleaner than you ever thought possible. Scalp breakouts, flaky skin, and itchiness will be gone for good, and it's gentle enough for every day use, too.

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    Thanks to plant-based exfoliants, like wood pulp and binchotan charcoal, your hair will feel soft and silky after using and you won't have to stress about chemicals or synthetic ingredients. Plus, there's even a hefty dose of coconut oil and tea tree oil in there to help purify and condition your locks.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $54. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    10. This retinol eye balm that's specifically designed to smooth and hydrate your skin while you're snoozing. It has a neat lipstick applicator that'll help you get the product right where you need it (and keep your hands clean in the process).

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    Reviewers say they've noticed a smoother undereye area in under a week and love that it doesn't pull or tug when you apply.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $37. Use code FREESHIPCA to get free shipping on your order.

    11. These absorbent hydrocolloid pore strips that'll gently coax dirt and impurities out of your pores and help shrink their appearance. Thanks to the addition of vitamin A, they also help ward off new breakouts!

    A person applying one of the pore strips to their nose
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    They take a little longer to work than regular strips (about 4 hours), but with these results, it's frickin' worth it. Each set also comes with four blackhead strips, so you can treat your nose to some decongesting action, too.

    Get a set of eight strips from Sephora Canada for $25.

    12. A nail strengthener that'll infuse weak, brittle nails with calcium and protein and help them grow long and strong. We put a lot of strain on our nails, so give yourself a hand in undoing some damage.

    A person holding a bottle of the nail strengthener between their fingers
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    You'll be able to nail that manicure you've been dreaming about in no time.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $22.40+ (available in four formulas).

    13. This Mario Badescu silver powder that's basically like a plunger for clogged pores. The powdered sugar-like formula is actually a powerful combo of kaolin clay, zinc oxide, and calcium carbonate that'll help immediately shrink the appearance of your pores, suck out the gunky build-up, AND mattify your complexion.

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    Because I have reactive skin, I read a TON about this powder before I tested it. Knowing it's made of naturally-derived ingredients is a big bonus! There's a slight tingly sensation as the product dries on the skin, but I didn't notice any irritation or reaction at all. My skin felt velvety soft, and my pores looked almost invisible, not to mention clean as a whistle. Application might be a tiny bit messy (I looked like I was covered in icing sugar about three minutes in), but it's 100% worth it.

    Check out BuzzFeed's full review of the Mario Badescu Silver Powder (it's #3).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $15.70.

    14. A bottle of Verb Ghost Oil that'll strengthen your locks and leave them frizz free, without weighing them down. It's infused with bamboo extract, moringa seed oil, and argan oil and will deliver some seriously hydrating results with just a few pumps.

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    "When I bleached my hair, it was completely busted. It broke every time I brushed it and basically looked like one of those tumbleweeds you see in an old western movie every time I blowdried it — until I found this. It's thicker than most oils (a bit lighter than the consistency of gel) and combs through hair like a dream. It packs in moisture like nobody's business and also smells freaking amazing." —Alice Prendergast

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $20.

    15. These pimple patches with over 8,000 five-star reviews that will help bust any impending blemishes by drawing out sebum and dirt. Bonus: They help heal and prevent future blemishes, too — your future self will thank you.

    A hand holding up the package of pimple patches with a shocked emoji saying "Amazing"
    Sarah Han / Via BuzzFeed

    You can read a full review of these magical little babies here.

    Get a pack of 24 patches on Amazon Canada for $17.40.

    16. A SNOW teeth whitening kit that'll help you brighten your chompers, without ever stepping foot in a dentist's office. It doesn't use any harmful chemicals and is incredibly gentle on sensitive teeth, too!

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    "I have really sensitive teeth, so I’ve always been a little hesitant about trying an at-home teeth whitening kit. But I really wanted to add some sparkle to my smile, so I decided to try SNOW teeth whitening, since I’d seen tons of positive reviews online (plus, they don’t use any harmful chemicals). The kit is really compact and simple to use. My sensitive teeth and I appreciate that it included a sensitivity serum to put on top of the whitening serum. Plus you can plug the device into almost anything to turn it on, whether it’s your phone or laptop! I’m impressed with the results so far, and I like the fact that I can use it whenever it’s convenient for my schedule." —Liza Hicks

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $219.

    17. A body wash that can also double as a shaving cream, so you can perform your ablutions in half the time. Plus, it's made with hydrating oils like coconut, rose, and argan that'll add moisture to your skin, instead of stripping it away.

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    "I've low-key been using my body wash as shaving cream for years, so I was really happy to find a product that is meant to be used as both. It just makes sense! Dove body wash is one of my go-tos, and this mousse is just as creamy and moisturizing as the regular body wash. Instead of spreading a palm's worth of body wash over my legs before I shave, I can just shake and dispense this lightweight foam straight onto my body. It's not as thick, so my razor can glide over my skin, leaving it soft, smooth, and hydrated. I've tried both coconut and rose and loved both scents." —Kaysey Davis

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $11.99 (available in three scents).

    18. This waterproof scalp massager that'll feel like having a personal masseuse in the shower. The rubber tips gently vibrate to build rich shampoo lather, exfoliate the scalp, and help stimulate hair growth.

    A person using the vibrating head massager under the shower
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    I'd get some extra AA batteries here, so that you never run out of juice.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.49+ (available in four colours).

    19. This daily moisturizer that'll tackle common skin issues, like uneven texture, blotchiness, discolouration, and dullness. It's packed with light diffusers and soybean extract that'll help give skin a luminous boost. That's me, sans makeup, after using this magical lil' product for about a week and a half!

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    And it has built-in SPF, which is great for those of us who are forgetful about our sun protection.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.97.

    20. A Tower 28 lip jelly that'll hydrate your pucker and leave it looking plump and juicy. The oil-based formula is delightfully slick and won't feel tacky or gummy like other glosses do.

    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    "Until recently, I was not a gloss gal. In fact, I was not a lip product gal at all (besides balm). But let me tell you, things have changed! I am obsessed with these lip jellies. They keep my cracked, chapped lips soothed and the colours are great. I am not lying when I say I am going to purchase every single one because they are so dang pretty." —Alice Prendergast

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $18 (available in nine shades).

    21. A pair of plush hair scrunchies that'll suck all the water out of your strands and help you cut down on drying time. Reviewers say they work great even on thick hair and leave their strands feeling soft and looking beach babe-worthy (sans hot tools).

    The rear view of a person's ponytail that's held in place by a giant towel scrunchie
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    Get a two-pack on Amazon Canada for $16.

    22. An mattifying facial roller that'll suck up all the oils on your skin's surface and give your complexion a velvety matte finish. The secret is the volcanic stone that reviewers say is a great environmentally-friendly alternative to classic blotting sheets.

    A person rolls the facial roller over their face, leaving it looking smooth and oil-free
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    Don't fret if it starts to gets gunky — simply twist the top to release the stone then give it a scrub with soap and warm water.

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $17.99.

    23. This Living Proof dry shampoo that'll suck the oil and dirt right off your hair when you just don't have the time (or energy) for a shower. The clean, refreshing scent will mask any second-day smells, and it makes a fantastic texturizer for short hair, too.

    A person holds a bottle of the dry shampoo against a leafy backdrop
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    It doesn't leave behind a white cast like other dry shampoos do — a blessing for brunettes like me! I love keeping a travel-sized bottle of this in my bag to refresh my hair after a long day, or to ~zhuzh~ up hat hair in the wintertime.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $18+ (available in three sizes).

    24. This rose petal-infused toner that'll help shrink the appearance of your pores, while delivering some pretty legit hydration to dry, dull skin. It has angelica leaf extract and hyaluronic acid, so moisture stays locked in all day long.

    A person holds a half-empty bottle of the toner against their face
    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    I use this baby every day (okay, twice a day), and I've noticed that it also helps quell any red, angry breakouts and active pimples— compliments of the hefty dose of soothing rosewater!

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $33+ (available in two sizes).

    25. This Aztec healing clay mask that'll deeply cleanse and dissolve gunky build-up on your skin. This powdered product is designed to be mixed with apple cider vinegar or water (if you have sensitive skin) and can even be used as an intensive detox bath or as a treatment mask for textured hair.

    A portrait of a person in a bathrobe with the face mask on their skin with the caption "My face is 100% frozen"
    Alice Prendergast / Via BuzzFeed

    It's marketed as "the world's most powerful at-home facial," so be prepared for some ~intensity~. In fact, it's so potent that you shouldn't leave it on for more than ten minutes. Check out what one BuzzFeed writer thought here (it's #15!).

    Get it on Amazon Canada for $19.99.

    26. These microdart patches that'll deliver zit-fighting power right to the source of the problem. Unlike other patches, you can pop one of these on the second you suspect you've got a big ol' carbuncle coming on (and not just when they appear through your skin).

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    Each set also comes with cleaning swabs that'll kill any bacteria, so your skin can focus on healing itself.

    Get an eight-pack on Amazon Canada for $69.50.

    27. This dual-ended stainless steel roller that'll stay frosty way longer than its jade cousin and will help your fave skincare absorb a lot faster. The medical-grade steel won't absorb oils or germs, so you can ~chill~ out in peace and not worry about surprise breakouts.

    A trio of stainless steel rollers arranged around some crushed ice
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    Even though it's designed to be used cold, make sure you leave it out for a few minutes before you use it, so you can avoid any cold shocks.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $100.

    28. This creamy exfoliant that'll scrub away buildup like a boss, and leave your skin feeling silky-smooth and clean as a whistle. Instead of microplastics, it uses rice grains and cherry powder (plus, some skin-loving acids) to help slough away whatever gunk is living in your pores.

    Victoria Kuglin/BuzzFeed

    "I don't say this often, but this product is a total game-changer. Not only does it smell divine (who doesn't love roses??), it's also incredibly gentle, so my skin never feels dry, tight, or itchy afterwards. I use it about three times a week to help in the fight against maskne, and I've noticed a dramatic improvement — I'm talking fewer breakouts, faster healing time, and less visible pores. I've even used it on my hands to help get rid of dry skin. Plus, it comes in a big tube, so you get more bang for your buck!" —Victoria Kuglin

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $32.

    29. And finally, this shimmer-free highlighting balm that'll make you glow like the star you are. It's super easy to apply (dab-dab-dab!) and won't lift your makeup or leave it looking greasy and splotchy.

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    It's infused with green tea and aloe vera, making it super gentle and great for all skin types. It'll also help smooth your complexion and leave it looking glassy and luminous, even on the days you go makeup free.

    Get it from Sephora Canada for $24.

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