In the bucket list of life, there are certain things everyone should check off. Drinking wine—whether a 2005 Chateau Lafite Rothschild or Two-Buck Chuck from Trader Joe’s—while watching the sunset, picnicking in a bucolic locale, striking up a conversation with a total stranger… all things that will ultimately enrich your life (well, the last one only if you approach it correctly). Beyond experiences and leaps of faith, there are certain things that will better your life as well—beauty things, to be exact. We know by now that money can't buy happiness, but who can deny the thrill that a shiny new beauty product brings, even more so when it happens to deliver on what it promises? Especially when there are only a very few that actually do so.
Ahead, you'll find 13 beauty products that deliver and then some. Whether it's an essence that magically balances oily skin and hydrates dry skin or a drugstore lipstick that rivals its most luxurious counterparts, the beauty world is full of gems that will change your life for the better—and we can attest to their transformative abilities. Try all of these, then check them off your bucket list. You're welcome!
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There are okay face masks, and then there are face masks that change your skin after just one use—and this one from Charlotte Tilbury is one of the latter. Our editors love the soft Spanish clay, which never dries to a dry, cracked finish, but stays soft and renders your pores obsolete. Meanwhile, ingredients like sweet almond and rosehip oil, a Bionymph Peptide Complex, and frangipani flower extract even out skin tone and leave your complexion silky-soft to the touch.
This hot pink sponge is in almost every top makeup artist’s kit, so you know it’s worth trying. There are many imitators, but the original soft, teardrop-shaped one will forever have our hearts. Just apply water and allow it to expand, squeeze out any excess water, then use it to dab and roll your foundation across your face. The final effect? Your skin, but better.
What, pray tell, is this scary looking device? Well, first of all, it's covered in tiny needles—but don’t let that deter you. Nay, this unassuming and slightly scary skincare tool—known as a dermroller or micro-roller—might just be the secret to banishing your under-eye bags (it did for our editor), as well as getting rid of skin irritations and boosting collagen. Click here for some micro-rolling 101.
There’s a reason this pricey product has reached cult status. One of the first of its kind to reach the U.S., this potent essence is made with 90% of the brand’s proprietary Pitera—a blend of fermented ingredients that works to restore your skin to its best self. One editor with oily skin found that it regulated oil production and brightened dark spots over time; another with dryer skin felt her skin was more hydrated after a few weeks of use. Basically, it’s a one-size-fits-all product that will restore your skin’s radiance—just pour a few drops into your palm, then pat it in for a glowing complexion.
Beauty editors and the general public agree: These $6 lippies are as good as their pricey counterparts. One swipe delivers pure, matte pigment that doesn't budge or flake while remaining relatively non-drying. Pick one up in every shade, from bright red-orange to a vampy blood red—or even purple or gray, if you’re feeling daring.
Anyone working in beauty will tell you this is the eyelash curler to end all eyelash curlers. The silicone pad is just the right amount of bouncy, while the lash curler is curved to magically fit all eye shapes. Try it to believe it—your lashes will thank you.
In a sea of lip plumpers, this Niod concentrate truly stands out. Unlike other lip plumpers, that temporarily add volume to lips, when applied twice a day, this editor-favorite serum uses peptides and bio-technology to increase collagen production overtime, essentially enhancing your pout long-term.
Yes, this product is pricey, but according to our editors, it’s well worth the splurge. Why? Supposedly, one silky sweep rids your skin of dull surface cells, helps reduce redness, and gives your skin a brighter, dare we say blurred, visage. Plus, it’s a multi-use product—blend a little with your SPF on a good skin day or mix it in with your favorite foundation to sheer it out. Lastly, try applying a thick layer as the last step in your p.m. skincare ritual—then wake up with soft, glowing skin.
Who says expensive is always better? We've tried the gamut of dry shampoos, from all-natural powders to ones with luxurious scents, and still think the $6 one from Batiste reigns above all. The smell is strong, but not unpleasant, and more importantly, it soaks up oil while magically adding volume like a breeze. Just make sure to fully massage into your scalp to avoid any white residue.
If there were ever a luxurious cleanser, it would be this cleansing balm from Eve Lom. Made with chamomile, eucalyptus oil, and shea butter, this editor beloved cleanser exfoliates, tones, and hydrates the skin, reducing our nighttime skincare routine to just a few steps.
A $300 hair dryer? Hear us out. If you’re someone who blow-dries her hair after every shower, this mint-green, compact little number created by celebrity hairstylist Harry Josh might just change your life: Our editor swears it cuts her blow-dry time in half, and leaves her strands ridiculously soft and silky.
There are some makeup products that after one use fall by the weigh side, that is not the case with this brightening concealer from Amazing Cosmetics. While this tube may look tiny, one itty bitty squeeze of product is all you need to lighten up the under eye area and cover unruly pigmentation associated with dark circles.
Other face oils come and go, but this one is forever—at least, our editors think so. We think you will too after you use it. Made up of 22 natural botanicals—from grapeseed oil to evening primrose oil—the indulgent formula actively works to heal and defend your skin from life’s aggressors (i.e. aging, pollution, the hot Cheeto marathon you had last night). It’s a little-known gem in the natural beauty realm, and we whole-heartedly recommend.
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Originally published on June 3, 2016.