I admit I do spend a lot of my free time fussing with new beauty products because I'm a bit of a girly, girl and I love to treat myself and enjoy the process of glamming up. What I do find hard though, as there are so many dang products out there these days, is just the discovery of new products and shortlisting the ones that actually work. Otherwise, you can find yourself endlessly browsing which is never that productive. There are so many products with amazing packaging that look fab but in reality, might not produce the results you want. Luckily for you, I have trialed a lot of products over the years and because I write in my day job, I thought I would slap together really quickly a list of the items I love. So I've got you covered.
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This Sun Bum 50 SPF Sunscreen is Vegan and Reef Friendly
I go through buckets of sunscreen trying to keep myself burn-free. This Sun Bum face sunscreen is the best I've found for both sensitive skin and effectiveness. It soaks in pretty quickly and doesn't leave a white cast, so it doesn't have that greasy feeling that I dislike.
These Anti-Perspirant Balls are Pocket Sized and Provide Freshness On-the-Govia Amazon
When one dose of antiperspirant in the morning just won't cut it, these Deodorant Freshies are the solution! Tuck one in your purse or pocket to reapply all day long for comfort and a burst of subtle, clean fragrance.
This Ouai Leave-In Conditioner Protects, Primes, Smooths Flyaways and Detangles
I like — no, love — all-in-one products and this conditioner spray from Ouai is a true workhorse. Not only does it deep condition, but it also preps hair for heat styling, detangles, adds shine, and tames flyaways. Just lightly mist this product on damp or dry hair and style as usual. Celebrity stylist Jen Atkin who has clients like Katy Perry and Jennifer Lopez developed this line to deliver luxury products at an affordable price point. It also smells like a slice of heaven.
Legs Softer Than a Baby's Butt After Using this EOS Shea Butter Shave Creamvia Amazon
I'm the queen of shaving without shaving cream or body wash. Hello, razor burn! I'm currently in the process of trying to moisturize my skin as much as possible. And that starts in the shower. After years of dry shaving, I caved and got this shaving cream because of the high reviews. With shea butter and coconut oil, I've noticed that my legs are softer than ever, even before applying lotion after the shower. I have converted to a full believer in shaving cream.
This Willow Balm is Natural Pain Relief and Also Targets Inflammation
Willow Balm is formulated to address arthritis, joint pain, and muscle aches. Smooth on the lightly scented cream to reduce pain and inflammation thanks to natural ingredients like white willow bark and helichrysum. I always keep a tube of this in my medicine cabinet and gym bag.
This CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is a Non-Foaming Gentle Cream Cleanservia Amazon
CeraVe has taken the skincare world by storm thanks to its simple ingredients, wide variety of products, and affordability. This hydrating facial cleanser is one of their bestsellers and is ideal for anyone suffering from dry skin. Remove makeup, dirt, and excess oil without stripping your skin of its moisture. It's quickly become a staple in my house!
This Shea Butter Hand Lotion Set is Luxury Minus the Greasy Residuevia Amazon
Few things are as gross as putting on lotion, only for it to leave your skin feeling greasy. Not only will these lotions hydrate dry skin without making them feel slick, but each set comes with six fragrances: cherry blossom, coconut, ocean, shea butter, pink sugar, and vanilla.
This Fur Oil Gently Banishes Bumps from Ingrown Hairs from Top to Tail
Fur oil sounds like something you'd use on man's best friend, but this product is for man ... and woman. Fur oil is an ingrown concentrate; that's right, it's formulated to tackle ingrown hairs, banishing bumps and redness along the way. This product works anywhere you're prone to redness or irritation, from face to legs and anywhere in between. The included finger mitt helps you target problem areas.
Stimulate New Eyelash and Brow Growth with this Majestic Pure Castor Oil
Who wouldn't want stronger, healthier natural eyelashes and eyebrows? That's what this eyelash and eyebrow serum from Majestic Pure Cosmeceuticals is all about. Castor oil has been used for hundreds of years to help with thinning hair. This serum uses 100 percent pure castor oil and works for not only lashes but also thinning brows.
These Bamboo Makeup Brushes Contains All You Need for a Flawless Finishvia Amazon
Can we level about something? Makeup brushes are a racket. There, I said it. They're also crazy expensive. The fact is, most brushes are pretty similar and vary only in color and the brand name on the side. You won't have to sacrifice on quality with these, even though they have a much more appealing price tag. This set includes 12 brushes plus a makeup sponge and has 15,000 glowing reviews.
This Charcoal Black Mask will Unclog Pores and Treat Acne
Charcoal is a miracle ingredient for your skin as it will effectively treat oiliness, blemishes, acne, clogged pores and blackheads. It works by gently detoxifying and leaves my skin looking brighter by clearing blackheads and leaving any pores significantly less clogged. Every time I use it, my skin feels more nourished, moisturized and more youthful looking.
This Snail Cream Targets Anti-Aging and Minimises Oversized Pores
Want a do-it-all face cream for one incredible price? Try this Black snail all in one cream for moisturizing, firming, anti-aging, and brightening effects. The gel-cream texture glides on like butter, and it has no scent, so it's perfect for those of us with sensitive skin.
This Eye Cream Infused with Hyaluronic Acid Treats Fine Lines and Dark Circlesvia Amazon
It's hard to find a good eye cream that won't break the bank. Until now! This one from e.l.f. has the same ingredients as the expensive ones - hyaluronic acid and peptides for maximum moisture - except it doesn't have the ridiculous price tag and comes in at under $10. Exceptional value for money.
These Gold Undereye Masks Reduce Puffiness, Dark Circles and Treat Wrinklesvia Amazon
These gold collagen undereye masks are one of those wishlist additions that have me asking, "Should I? Shouldn't I?" But, after talking to some friends who swear by them, they're a solid should. This 30-pack has the ability to expel harmful toxins and significantly hydrate your skin, increasing blood circulation and improving cellular metabolism while reducing wrinkles, dark circles, and puffiness around your eyes. Who can say no to that?
This Dark Spot Solution Serum is Best for Acne Prone Skin and Fades Scarring
This serum actively targets blemish prone skin. This lightweight serum helps lighten scarring caused by acne over extended period of use. With ingredients like niacinimide and plankton extract which helps reduce the appearance of pigmentation and minimize the appearance of spots caused by blemishes.
This Kombucha Exfoliating Toner Powers the Way to a Clearer Complexionvia Amazon
Kombucha is all the rage right now, and it's not hard to see why. Fans of the drink claim it aids digestion, rids your body of toxins, and boosts energy. If all of that is true, it kind of makes you wonder why it took so long for someone to put it in a toner to use on your skin. This Youth To The People power toner does just that, combining kombucha and lactic and glycolic acids for a truly powerful addition to a skin regimen.
These Day and Night Serums Take Care of Firming, Hydrating and Brighteningvia Amazon
Over the past couple of years, there have been a few brands that have proven you don't have to give folks sticker shock to deliver serums and beauty products that just flat-out work. TruSkin Naturals is one of those companies with this day and night serum bundle you can scoop up for less than $35. The day version has vitamins C and E and hyaluronic acid for brightness and firming, while the night version boasts retinol, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin E for boosting hydration and skin texture.
These Power Sheet Masks are Loaded With Snail Mucin to Deliver Hydrationvia Amazon
Snail mucin can help ease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and hydrate skin — and these masks are absolutely loaded with it. Not only does each sheet contain seven times higher snail concentration than competing masks, but they're also hypoallergenic. And don't worry about the snails — zero were harmed during the harvesting process.
This Naked Basics Eye Pallet Suits Every Skin Tone and Eye Colorvia Amazon
Nobody needs an eyeshadow palette with 25+ shades, do they? Whether you're an eyeshadow hoarder or a minimalist, you'll be drawn to this chic set of neutrals from the eyeshadow palette gods known as Urban Decay. The Naked palettes in all their various forms have taken makeup lovers by storm for years; this set gives you just the basics in a highly portable package.
Cover, Hydrate and Protect In One with Cera Ve Hydrating Sunscreen
You know it and I know it: We're supposed to be slathering on sunscreen every morning. Bonus points for BB creams or foundations that have sunscreen built-in. But, if they don't, who has time to add one more layer of stuff to their face in a rushed morning routine? This tinted sunscreen from the skin-loving brand Cerave does double — or even triple — duty, offering a layer of sun protection, a sheer tint, and ceramides to lock in skin's moisture.
This Vitamin C Serum Helps Fade Dark Spots and Gives You That Glowvia Amazon
As far as bottles of vitamin C go, this one is my absolute favorite. Why? First of all, vitamin C can help fade dark spots that pop up on your face — but only if it's potent enough. Not only did this stuff fix two, TWO spots on my face, but the hyaluronic acid also works to lock in moisture to help keep your skin from drying out.
This Keratin Hair Mask to Repair Color Treated Hairvia Amazon
I color my hair every few weeks to cover grey regrowth… and unfortunately, that also means my hair requires intensive care. My go-to product is this Keratin hair mask deep conditioner, which contains oils for damaged color-treated hair. My locks are always silky and shiny instantly after using this product.
This Biossance Squalane & Peptide Eye Gel Banishes Dark Circles
The dark circles underneath my eyes are genetic; my entire family has them. And since I'm not willing to get fillers, I'd kind of resigned myself to living with them — until I tried this gel. And boy, does it really work. Not only does it help get rid of puffiness, but it's also made a significant difference in my dark circles after just one month of using it. Seriously, if there's only one thing you buy from this list, make it this.
This Beauty Blender is Great Quality but Won't Break the Bankvia Amazon
There's nothing particularly earth-shattering about this beauty sponge blender unless, of course, you're tired of paying $20 for its name-brand competitor, which looks and performs identically. I particularly enjoy the black color of this one, which will keep it from looking dirty while serving as a one-stop applicator tool for powder, cream, and liquid makeup. The best part? It'll only set you back four bucks and some change.
This Han Multi-Stick Comes in a Shade that Suits All Skin Tones
No lie, I bought one of these (Bourdeaux glow if you're nosy) and promptly decided I need them all. HAN Skin Care Cosmetics has created an essential makeup bag item here with its all-natural multi-stick. This stick is small enough to fit in your pocket and can deliver a gorgeous swipe of color for eyes, lips, and cheeks. Excuse me while I go add cherry cosmos and toasted nutmeg to my cart.
This Booty Scrub Treats Cellulite, Acne AND Your Stretch Marksvia Amazon
Who doesn't want a firm, cellulite-free booty?! I know I do. And while I know working out is the best way to achieve it, I'm all for shortcuts. This booty scrub helps reduce the appearance of cellulite, fights stretch marks, moisturizes dry skin, and helps get rid of acne.
This Exfoliating Face Mask Uses Turmeric & Vitamin C to Refine Your Poresvia Amazon
Given that it's chock full of turmeric and vitamin C, I guess it's no surprise that this face scrub is bright orange. It's also got pumpkin, ginger, glycolic acid, and aloe vera in it. I love that it's made with natural ingredients, and I love how fresh and clean it makes my face feel! Treat yo' self.
This Flat Top Kabuki Brush Delivers Flawless Foundation Every Time
The latest brush I'm lusting over is this flat-top kabuki with a hexagon-shaped handle. The shape makes it super easy to hold, and the bristles on the brush itself are both firm and soft, keeping your makeup on your face and not getting sucked down into the brush itself. For just $10, with 15,000 reviews, it's going to deliver the most flawless look you've ever created.
This Benzoyl Peroxide Acne Bar Will Keep Your Face and Body Acne at Bay
Yes, there are a billion acne cleaning products on the market today, so what's wrong with billion and one? This benzoyl peroxide acne cleanser comes in bar form, which I sometimes prefer since you can better control usage and foaming ability. There's none of the bad stuff either, like fragrances or dyes, that could irritate your already sensitive skin.
This Bliss Jelly Glow Face Peel Exfoliates Gently Using Fruit Enzymes
I have really sensitive skin that gets a rash if you so much as look at it wrong. But I do like to exfoliate a couple times a week to deep cleanse my skin. I use this non-abrasive Bliss jelly glow peel that has fruit enzymes to gently remove dead skin and unclog pores. It also contains niacinamide, which is key for sealing in moisture so you won't get dried out like with harsher exfoliators.
This Blithe Pressed Serum Set is Ah-Mazing for Dry Skinvia Amazon
When I say that this pressed serum changed my life, I'm being totally serious — it's that big of a game-changer. Think of it as a small bottle of lotion that goes a really, really long way. I only need a small dot to hydrate my entire face, and it even helps fade dark spots as it moisturizes. I particularly love the Gold Apricot, since it's made with 31% apricot fruit extract, it's absolutely rich in skin-brightening antioxidants.
Not Sure Which Retinol? This Hyaluronic Acid Cream is a Great Startvia Amazon
If you're feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to retinol to buy, you can't go wrong with this cream. Retinol and collagen work to help tighten skin while reducing the signs of ageing — and the advanced wrinkle formula can even help soothe the appearance of fine lines. Use it during the day to help lock in hydration, or put it on at night to keep your skin soft all night long.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond with Rihanna's Refining Toning Serumvia Amazon
I've heard such good things about the Fenty Beauty line as a whole and this fat water pore-refining toner serum in particular that it quickly moved to the top of my Amazon wishlist. This multipurpose combo targets pores, minimizes dark spots, brightens, smooths skin, and fights shine without being drying or stripping the skin of essential moisture. Just one question: Will it make me look like Rihanna?
This Toner That Helps Brighten Skin Using Nine Powerful Seeds
I use this toner every morning and evening after I've cleansed my face. It's slightly thicker than water, making it easy to pat onto my skin with my fingers — and I genuinely have noticed that my complexion looks brighter than usual. That's likely due to the nine different essential seeds in the formula: green tea, baobab, chia, tea tree, lotus, and more. Also, a little goes a long way — I don't see this bottle running out for at least six months.
This Facial Mask Variety Pack so You Don't Have to Settle on Just One Mask
Enjoy some self-care with this Facial Mask Variety Pack, which includes four 6-ounce face mask formulas: Cucumber Peel-Off Gel Mask, Dead Sea Minerals Clay Mask, Charcoal, and Black Sugar Gel Mask + Scrub, and Avocado and Oatmeal Clay Mask. Here's one 5-star review: "Overall I absolutely loved them and it was nice to test to see which ones I wanted to buy individually later on."
Save Your Penny's and Still Get Maximum Coverage with CeraVe Sunscreenvia Amazon
Not all sunscreens are the same. This one is made with hyaluronic acid to help keep your face from drying out. This little tube provides SPF-30 protection against the sun and the non-comedogenic formula won't leave your pores clogged. It's in the perfect size so I can take my CeraVe out with me in my bag.
This Brightening Kit Has Everything You Need
I totally recommend this starter kit from I Dew Care. It comes with three products: a vitamin C serum, hydrating vitamin C gel, as well as a vitamin C lip mask. The vitamin C in each is great for helping to brighten your complexion, and the bottles are small enough to take with you when traveling.