If there’s one thing that we love, it’s talking about our favorite beauty finds and researching what the top beauty editors have to say about up and coming products. There’s something so exciting about opening up a new eyeshadow palette or trying out a new night cream and then not being able to live without it! To help you find your new favorite beauty items, we’ve compiled a list of the 20 best beauty products that are going to help you step up your looks and become staples in your everyday beauty routine. From luxurious hand creams to drugstore mascara, this beauty product bible has something for every skin type, every budget, and every occasion.
1. AYAM Dead Sea Minerals + Vitamin C Serum Makeup Remover Wipes
forget about that oily makeup remover you insist on using even though it doesn’t remove your mascara completely! Once you try the AYAM makeup remover wipes, you’ll never go back. Not only are they the best way to remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup, but they’re infused with Dead Sea Minerals and Vitamin C which help brighten your skin and improve the appearance of dark spots and discolorations. They also leave your skin feeling radiant, bright and luminous. No matter what skin type you have, you’ll love them.
2. It Cosmetics CC+ Cream
This is the perfect product for those that prioritize taking good care of their skin but want to have some nice coverage for everyday use in order to cover up any imperfections without looking cakey. It’s like a daily moisture lotion with a tint, making it a hydrating, high coverage foundation that has enough sunscreen spf to protect your skin. It also has hyaluronic acid and other great ingredients like collagen that help with anti-aging. It leaves skin with an even, smooth and glowing texture, making it way better than any common tinted cream with spf.
3. AYAM Dead Sea Minerals + Aloe Vera Body Lotion
This one we have to recommend with a warning, because you’ll surely become obsessed with the way that your skin feels after using this body lotion, especially if you tend to have skin that’s on the more dry and sensitive side. The combination of Aloe Vera and Dead Sea Minerals deeply moisturizes your skin while soothing it and protecting your skin from further damage in your everyday life. For those more sensitive skins, using products like this that have Aloe Vera has been proven to soothe skin and prevent irritation.
4. Shiseido Benefiance Wrinkle Smoothing Eye Cream
Starting off strong with perhaps the most commonly overlooked skincare product ever, we have eye cream! It should be a staple in every skincare routine, and this Shiseido eye cream is the key to having smooth under-eyes and staying wrinkle free. Even if you are younger and not concerned with anti-aging just yet, keep in mind that the sooner you start, the better! It leaves skin looking radiant while de-puffing your undereyes and helping with dark circles as well. The best part? Results show up FAST with this eye cream!
5. Mario Badescu Drying Lotion
While this skincare product might be very well known across the beauty and skincare community, we absolutely had to feature it in this list because we swear by it! It’s a spot treatment made with salicylic acid to dry out your pimples and calamine to keep your skin from getting irritated. We recommend using it for when you break out during that time of the month or when you get the occasional pimple, and wouldn’t necessarily brand it as an acne treatment, so if your condition is more serious then try seeing a specialist!
6. Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer Brush
You know when you’re blow drying your hair and have the blow dryer in one hand and the hair brush in the other, it’s taking forever and you just wish there was a better, faster solution? This is the answer to your prayers. It smoothes your hair while adding volume and dries it super fast! Use it after washing your hair with shampoo and conditioner or leavein conditioner to get the ultimate salon blowout at home. Try refreshing your hair during the week using dry shampoos, because the volume and bounce can last for days!
7. Elizabeth Arden Hyaluronic Acid Ceramide Capsules Hydra-Plumping Serum
Don’t let the long name intimidate you, because the benefits are super straightforward: visibly plumper, firmer and hydrated skin. The packaging is unique, the serum comes in individual capsules that are a fun way to apply your serum without wasting any product or guessing about how much product you should be using. Like most hyaluronic acid serums, it leaves your skin with a natural glow, but this one’s different from other serums because it’s packed with ceramides that help improve your skin’s natural barrier to better retain moisture and improve the protection.
8. Maybelline New York Great Lash Waterproof Mascara
This one is a classic. It’s stood the test of time and has been a staple beauty product for women across the decades. This makes it a tried and true mascara that takes your lashes to the next level. If you want the false lash look without the actual falsies, this mascara is your best bet. We prefer the waterproof formula because it’s guaranteed not to budge--even during girls night in when you’re binge watching sad romantic movies! It won’t leave your lashes looking clumpy, instead it lengthens them while adding significant volume.
9. Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
You simply can’t make a list of the best beauty products without including an award winning beauty product like this one, the All Nighter Setting Spray. Urban Decay hit it out of the park with this one, because it ensures that your makeup will last all night, whether you’re going out on the town with your friends or dancing at your best friend's wedding. Unlike other setting sprays, it doesn’t leave your skin looking shiny by altering the finish of your foundation or changing the vibrancy of your eyeshadow. Another plus? It’s also vegan!
10. Benefit Cosmetics Brow Microfilling Eyebrow Pen
If you’ve been intrigued by the microblading trend that’s been rapidly growing recently but are too scared to actually get it done then this might be your next favorite brow product! This eyebrow pen is a unique brow product, the tip is specially designed to create realistic, hair-like strokes to fill in your brows and leave them fuller and more defined. It’s way easier to use than other brow products and has such a nice, natural finish that is waterproof and won’t disappear during the day. The microbladed effect without the permanent commitment!
11. Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Coconut Perfect Tan
Get ready to bronze it up and say goodbye to looking pale with this bronzer! This one is great because it will last you for a long time, since the compact is actually huuuuge, and that’s a good thing because once you try it, you won’t be able to stop using it. It’s super flattering and blends seamlessly into your foundation and even onto your bare face, if you’re feeling a natural look, too! The best thing about it is that it’s matte, so it won’t leave you looking shiny and works perfectly for contouring.
12. Honest Beauty Tinted Lip Balm
What we love most about this product is the concept behind it, coming from a clean, vegan brand that also strives to be accessible to all. When Honest Beauty came out with their line of tinted lip balms, it was an instant hit because of the variety of shades that the balms came in as well as their smooth texture. When trying out a more natural makeup look, products like lip tints and lip balms are a must, so this tinted lip balm is the perfect staple for simple beauty looks.
13. La Mer The Hand Treatment Hand Cream
With the current pandemic, everyone’s been using hand sanitizer like crazy (hopefully!). Many of us are quickly seeing the side effects of using so much hand sanitizer and disinfectant spray: extremely dry hands. If this sounds like you, don’t panic! This La Mer hand cream moisture lotion will leave you with hands as soft as silk. It’s a very luxurious, rich cream that might be on the pricier side, but it’s worth every penny. After all, with the year we’ve had, you deserve to treat yourself by splurging on some lush skincare!
14. Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector
If you’ve been looking for a way to get some coverage that evens out your skin tone but absolutely hate using liquid foundations, we’ve got a solution for you! Especially if you’ve ever said “I need something that leaves my skin radiant and glowing without looking cakey!”, because it’s a tinted daily moisturizer infused with natural oils that deeply hydrate your skin, leaving you with a dewy, fresh no-makeup makeup look. The SPF 30 sun protection is an added benefit that will help it become a staple in your daily makeup routine.
15. St Tropez Self Tan Purity Bronzing Mousse
Whether you need to give your skin tone some extra warmth during the colder months or you’re on the paler side and simply cannot go in the sun without turning red, using a self tanner is the perfect option. This bronzing mousse is so easy to use that you’ll understand what all the hype is about. Unlike other self tan products, you don’t have to watch the clock and rinse it off. You won’t remember a time when your skin looked more bronzed and radiant than after using this St Tropez mousse.
16. Dr Barbara Sturm Pre Makeup Tools Set
We had to include some skincare by Dr Sturm, who is a renowned esthetician that has transformed the skin of some of our favorite celebs and came out with a line of professional skincare products made with her years research and experience. The best way to try out her line of products is to go with a set like this one which lets you test out more than one product at a time. The pre-makeup tools set contains a serum, a primer and some glow drops that will indulge your skin and help you feel like you just went for an expensive facial!
17. Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette
Sometimes, you don’t need a huge, 30 color eyeshadow palette to create stunning looks. Who’s got the space anyway?! This YSL Beauty palette is small enough to fit in your everyday makeup bag and take it with you on the go, especially when travelling! It has 5 different eye shadows that are a mix of shimmer, matte and satin shades that you can combine to create a different beauty look every time. The color payoff is unbelievable and the texture of the shadows are more reasons why you should definitely consider splurging on this palette.
18. TooFaced Lip Injection Lip Gloss
There’s no shame in wanting a more plump pout, but so many women are terrified of getting their lips done permanently and there are times when overlining your lips doesn’t look as good as it does on Instagram. If this sounds like you, you should definitely consider trying this TooFaced lip gloss! It comes in a large variety of high pigmented shades, and there’s a clear version too, which is perfect to use with any of your other lipsticks and still enjoy the plumping effect. The end result is also very long lasting!
19. L’Oreal Paris Revitalift Anti Wrinkle + Firming Night Cream
After a long day at work, getting home, winding down, and settling into your nighttime routine seems like the perfect thing. However, your nighttime skincare routine might be missing the next best thing: this Revitalift night cream. Using makeup removers can leave your skin dry, so it’s very important to use good night creams that can replenish the missing moisture overnight. Better than a retinol serum, this moisturizer has Pro-Retinol A and Stimuplex which reduce the appearance of wrinkles and firm your skin while deeply moisturizing it.
20. L’Occitane Shea Butter Ultra Soft Cream
If you’re in need of an indulgent, relaxing, spa-like experience at home, (and let’s be honest: we all do after such a tough and stressful year) then this beauty find is what you need. The formula and texture is so luxurious that it melts deliciously into your skin without leaving it greasy or oily. It comes in three scents: Vanilla Bouquet, Zesty Lime, and Rose Heart which are a little strong but add onto the spa experience, after all, what is relaxation without some aromatherapy?!
And those are our favorite 20 beauty products! We did a lot of research, from grilling our girlfriends on their fave products to reading up on which are the ones that each senior beauty director from every big magazine swears by. These are the 20 rare beauty finds made the cut, and now make up our very own beauty product bible, and you can always revisit this article whenever you’re in the market for a new beauty staple. Just don’t blame us if you end up addicted to any of these!