You’ve heard about “Beauty and the Beast,” but what about “Beast and the Least?” Because that’s what this list is all about: Beauty items that will help streamline your skincare routine — giving you the best possible results with the least amount of effort. We could all use a little more time in the day, couldn’t we? Now, I’m not lobbying to make an already sometimes-long 24-hour day be expanded to, say, 28 hours or even 32. What I’m saying is, when you find products that minimize your routine, you gain much-needed time to do something else.
Think about an all-in-one unisex cleanser like the African black soap at No. 2, the wipes at No. 12 that will take off the day, and — my personal favorite — this killer hair tool at No. 27. (Seriously, it will eliminate entire steps in your getting-out-the-door routine.) Whatever aspect of your beauty routine you’re trying to simplify, there’s a product on this list that will help make it happen. Do the least by doing the most with these Amazon beauty buys.
Brains And Beauty
Brainsssssss. We all know that’s what zombies are after; who knew they also love soft, wrinkle-free, hydrated skin? This zombie pack is a wash-off face mask that tackles a variety of issues such as fine lines and wrinkles, breakouts, enlarged pores, thirsty skin, and dull skin texture. Get that “fresh-out-of-the-spa” glow and stop running around looking like “The Walking Dead.”
A Unisex All-In-One Cleanser
I’m the first to be skeptical about all-in-one products. If they’re doing so many things, are they doing any of them well? This authentic African black soap is made for anyone who is looking for a natural and effective cleanser. Packaged in a generous 16-oz. bottle, you can use this as a body wash, shampoo, shaving soap, or facial cleanser, freeing your shower from a plethora of products and you from product overload.
I suffer from “lose-it-itis,” a condition that afflicts all of my nail equipment, especially nail files. As a result, I have them scattered all over the house. This all-in-one nail buffer from Revlon cuts down on the number of nail products I need. You can shape, file smooth, and shine with one implement by simply turning it to a different side. Each side is clearly marked with its function, too.
Beauty Balm Bomb
Since the world changed in 2020, I found myself wearing makeup-less and less. (Why do I need makeup to go on a toilet paper run anyway? Exactly, I don’t.) I do occasionally like putting something on my face just to smooth the texture and reduce redness. This Super BB Cream from Physicians Formula primes, conceals, brightens, even skin tone, and blurs imperfections.
Go Nuts For This Lip Scrub
Our lips often get overlooked until they’re parched and we’re looking for relief. Be proactive with your pout with this vegan coconut lip scrub. It is designed to gently exfoliate and polish your lips with ingredients like sugar, sweet almond oil, coconut, jojoba oil, and avocado oil. I love that this little jar is small enough to take on the go and that it’s all-natural and cruelty-free.
Hey, Amber, I found your roll-on perfume! Just kidding, but the name of this fragrance for men and women is called Amber with an exquisite fresh fragrance with floral base notes. This person’s review says more than I ever could: “If you want people to chase you down in Publix like a shoplifter … I was like ‘I’M NOT STEALING ANYTHING!’ … She trotted up to me and said, ‘What are you wearing?'” That’s a resounding endorsement if I’ve ever heard one.
If you’ve ever taken off nail polish, you know the laborious, messy undertaking it can be. These acrylic nail art soak-off clips simplify the removal process, whether you’re into gel, polish, or dip powder. Simply add a bit of polish remover to a cotton pad and clip the entire thing over your nailbed. It may still take a bit of time for every speck to be removed, but it’s far less messy, you can move around and they keep you from having to soak in acetone for prolonged periods of time.
Do you even prep, bro? If you’re using gel, polish or acrylics, you need this protein bond from Young Nails. It works in a number of ways including prepping and priming your nail to create a base that’s ready to go and dehydrating your nail bed to remove oils that can cause chipping and lifting. Just swipe it on like nail polish and continue with your mani, knowing you’re starting with the best foundation.
Set It And Forget It
If you spent the time to do your makeup, you hope two things happen: 1. Someone takes a photo to commemorate the occasion and 2. It stays put regardless of what you’re doing. This dewy finish makeup setting sprays from NYX locks in your look to reduce shine and leave a fresh, just-applied look all day. If “dewy” isn’t your look, there are “matte” and “radiant” options as well.
Fragrance Mist For Hair And Body
I know I can’t be alone in this: Have you ever used a hair product that smelled so good you wished you could use it as a body fragrance? This hair and body fragrance mist from Moroccanoil is an exotic blend of spicy amber and sweet floral notes that you can use throughout the day as a hair and skin refresher. It contains argan oil and Vitamin E that nourishes and hydrates.
Don’t Be So Callus
I’ve developed a serious addiction to those foot masks that cause dead skin to peel off in sheets. (Yeah, it’s pretty gross.) The only problem is, they peel for up to two weeks for me, which can be kind of awkward and disgusting over time. This extra-strength callus remover gel delivers similar results in a more time-sensitive manner. Soak your feet, apply the gel and let it sit, and then scrub and rinse off.
Take Off The Day
What if you could really wipe the day away? The sweat, oil, leftover makeup, dirt, and grime that starts accumulating as soon as your feet hit the floor? These Neutrogena makeup remover cleansing towelettes have a cult following for a reason: They work. Alcohol-free and gentle on skin, you can even remove stubborn eye makeup with no need to rinse after, unless you just want to.
Fill In The Cracks
If you’re suffering from a severe case of dry, cracked heels, you need heavy-duty relief. This cracked heel repair balm from Dr. Scholl’s is an intensely hydrating proprietary blend that softens, hydrates, and moisturizes dry, cracked heels, leaving a rich, moisturizing layer of protection. This product contains alpha-hydroxy acids, essential oils, natural extracts, and urea to deliver serious hydration.
A Close Shave
Mail-order razor companies have taken the hairy world by storm, delivering high-quality razors, blades, and creams right to your front door with very little effort on your part. This kit from Harry’s includes a razor, three blade refills, a travel blade cover, and shave gel for less than $15. You won’t find deals that good at your local stores and with this, you won’t ever have to get out and look again.
Pick Up These Sticks
Full disclosure: I first bought a product comparable to this at Walmart, but then true to what often happens in stores, you find a great product once and then can never find it again. These makeup eraser sticks from Almay are a breeze to buy on Amazon and contain the company’s bestselling oil-free eye makeup remover formula made with a botanical blend of aloe, cucumber, and green tea. These are easy to stash in a purse or makeup bag, too.
I fully acknowledge that adding another razor to your arsenal seems like more work than less. But, this Tinkle eyebrow razor, shaver, trimmer, and touch-up tool will eliminate your need for tweezers, dermaplaning tools, and more. Equipped with a stainless steel blade, this razor removes fine hairs on the eyebrow, neck, and face as well as unnecessary hairs elsewhere.
Wax On, Wax Off
Stop paying for expensive waxing sesh at your local salon. This wax warmer kit has everything you need to get precise hair-free results in the privacy of your own home. You’ll get the wax warmer, four different types of wax beans, and a set of applicator sticks. Melt the wax beans in the warmer, apply to your desired body part, let it cool, and then rip your way to smoother skin.
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow
If at-home waxing sounds stressful, you might prefer this hair removal spray foam. (Think “mousse-style Nair” with aloe vera and vitamin E.) Apply to your skin (it works for all skin types), give it time to soften the hair roots, and then wipe it away — along with the unwanted body hair. One reviewer had this to say: “It took all the hair AND left my skin feeling as smooth as butter!”
When Life Gives You Lemons
I’ve been on a real lemon kick lately: Lemon decor, lemon-flavored food, even lemon skincare products like this all-in-one rescue butter. (Seriously, is anything named “butter” not awesome?) This lotion can be used on your face, hands, and body and contains all kinds of good stuff like shea butter and almond and coconut oils. It comes in a 96 percent natural formulation.
Have you ever heard of shampoo scrub? I hadn’t until I stumbled across this Biolage all-in-one shampoo scrub made with oatmeal to gently exfoliate, detoxify and cleanse your scalp, hair and body. This is made for all hair types and could seriously eliminate overpacking toiletries when you find yourself traveling. With just one tube, available in travel- and full-sized tubes, you’re good to go.
A Cream Cleanser With Seven Benefits
Are you noticing a pattern so far? Here, we’ve got a seven-in-one cream cleanser that bears the Olay name, a longstanding giant in the beauty space. Count on it to clean, refresh, brighten, purify, soften, minimize the look of pores, and visibly smooth your skin all in one convenient tube. Your skin will feel healthy, hydrated, and revived without stripping it of vital nutrients.
Sometimes, like in the harsh winter months, your hands just need a little extra TLC. These intensive repairing gloves from Epielle contain coconut oil, milk extract and hyaluronic acid to heal and repair dry and dough skin and deliver deep moisture. You’re not going to be able to cook lunch while wearing these, but you will be able to use these gloves while lounging on your couch.
Go To Bed With This Sleeping Pack
Did you know that sap from the birch tree is filled with essential nutrients that can naturally moisturize the skin? Well, believe it, because this birch juice hydro sleeping pack includes ingredients from the “noble tree of the forest” that you can wear overnight to penetrate the skin and revitalize your cells. Birch sap has 11 kinds of amino acids and sugars for natural moisturization, inflammation reduction and protection of weak, sensitized skin.
Leggo my Egg Mellow
Egg Mellow Cream sounds like something delicious that Martha Stewart would whip up in her kitchen. But, you don’t want to eat this; instead, use this all-in-one firming/anti-aging moisturizer as a serum, primer, neck cream, eye cream and sleeping mask to solve an abundance of your skin woes. One reviewer said it’s the only face lotion she’ll use while another said it’s her new favorite beauty product.
Popeye’s Second Favorite Oil
I know, I know, Bio-Oil isn’t exactly an earth-shattering find. If you know anything about this skincare oil, you know it works on a variety of skin concerns including improving the appearance of scars and stretch marks, smoothing uneven skin tone, boosting anti-aging properties and moisturizing your skin right down to the cuticles around your nails. Try it in various sizes or in a bundle with Bio-Oil’s dry skin gel.
One Step To Great Hair
This Revlon one-step dryer and volumizer has been my holy grail hair find for the past few years. Because I’m not coordinated enough to use a round brush and a dryer simultaneously, I grabbed this all-in-one tool that dries and smoothes in one pass. Designed with nylon pin and tufted bristles for detangling, improved volume, and control, this gadget will give you a salon-worthy blowout at home.
Food For Your Face
You feed yourself high-quality foods (I hope) so why not “feed” your skin the same? Face Food from NutraNuva works as a cleanser, exfoliator and toner in one step, with one or two pumps applied to your face. It is loaded with whole foods like aloe vera, rosemary, pomegranate, cinnamon, persimmon, peppermint, apple and more, which is complemented by vitamin C and B5.
In The Shadows
I love a good creme-to-powder eye product. These waterproof eyeshadow sticks from Julep come in an array of gorgeous colors that glide on easily and don’t crease. Its hydrating formula is packed with vitamins C and E to deliver moisturization while treating environmental damage to improve skin tone and texture. Take a look at champagne shimmer, evergreen and orchid for fall inspiration.
Multiple Styles, One Curler
Hear me out: An automatic curling tool that’s cordless and can achieve multiple types of curls in one device. Seem improbable? Let me introduce you to the automatic curling iron from Danceheart. It has six temperature settings, an LCD display and a cordless design that you can charge on the go. Best of all, you can achieve sleek loose curls or tighter, defined curls in one device.
Three Steps To Sculpt
I only started contouring about a year ago. I know, I know, there’s really no excuse for it. This face sculpting contour palette from NYX offers a three-step system to achieving the perfectly sculpted face. Available in shades from fair to deep, each compact contains three colors that were styled to match for contouring, highlighting and illuminating. NYX products have excellent prices as well; this one is just $7.
A Dry Shampoo Bestsellers List
Dry shampoo, oh, how I love you. There are loads of options out there and I know that, but this three-pack of Not Your Mother’s dry shampoos includes all their bestsellers, which works for curly, coarse, straight, fine, and everything in-between hair. This will streamline your day because you won’t have to go through the wash-and-dry cycle so much — just spray and go for lift and volume and perfect second-day hair.
Eight Seconds To Sleeker Hair
Do you have eight seconds to get silkier, shinier hair? Of course, you do. This eight-second Wonder Water from L’Oreal Paris Elvive does just what it says: Works in eight seconds after washing your hair to deliver smoother, healthier-looking hair. When you use it, you’ll notice a slight warming sensation, which is perfectly normal. Use it two to three times per week for optimal results.
You Know, Juno
One of the things that drive me crazy about beauty products is the neverending list of ingredients with names I can hardly pronounce. This cleansing balm from JUNO & Co. eliminates that by using only 10 ingredients that brightens, hydrates, nourishes, and refine texture and hyperpigmentation. The key ingredient is Japanese barley magic+, which nourishes and brightens.
The Hair Of Many Colors
I love experimenting with my hair color. As I’m typing this, my hair is purple but it has been blonde, red, brown, pink and a number of other shades over the past few years. Some of those are thanks to Keracolor Clenditioner, which works as a shampoo, conditioner and color depositor with options ranging from platinum to blue to hot pink. Wash it in like regular shampoo and it’ll fade subtly over subsequent washes.
Stamp And Stencil, Don’t Pencil
There are a plethora of products out there these days to enhance the appearance of your brows: Pencils, creams, wax, even micro-blading, and powder brows. There’s also this eyebrow stamp and stencil kit, which includes a stamper, 24 stencils and whatever powder color you select at the time of purchase. Put down the Sharpie, O.K.? This is a more natural option that is both waterproof and smudge-proof.
You wouldn’t think that a spray bottle would be a complicated purchase … until you buy one. Many of them are inconsistent in spraying and uncomfortable to hold. This ultra-fine-mist continuous water mister bottle earns five stars from reviewers for things like its steady, consistent stream, even spraying, and thoughtful design. You can do better than the $1 version from the dollar store, O.K.?