42 Beauty Products That’ll Make You Say, “Wow, Wish I'd Thought Of That!"
"Didn't know there was a product that could do THAT." *mimics Lady Gaga's Grammys ending pose*
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1. Mighty Patch Invisible+ Pimple Patches banish your pimple anxieties with a special hydrocolloid material that draws out all of the gross (but oddly satisfying) pus and other impurities inside whitehead-showing pimples, thus speeding up the healing process — and they're thin enough to wear during the daytime with barely any visibility!
2. John Freida Hot Air Brush releases — you guessed it — hot air to lift, brush out, and dry your hair all at the same darn time, which means you're doing three jobs at once without sacrificing efficiency. Time to throw your flat iron out the window!
3. Ole Henriksen Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub draws from the traditional Scandinavian sauna cycle for inspiration: it uses dual warm/cool action to lift and loosen dead skin cells with a powerful blend of glycolic and lactic acids, while volcanic sand and neem seed oil absorbs excess oil and unclogs pores, making them appear smaller.
4. Orly Gel FX Easy-Off Base Coat lessens the damage of gel manicures because it basically creates a barrier between your nail and potent gel colors, so removal is a total breeze that doesn't require soaking your nails in acetone for approximately a million years.
5. E.L.F. Makeup Remover Pen makes mistakes disappear with a few flicks of the wrist (and with great precision) so gone are the days you have to sacrifice and restart a completely made-up eye for one little misshapen eyeliner or mascara smudge sitch!
6. Smashbox Insta-Matte Lipstick Transformer's clear formula transforms your fave cream/glossy lipsticks into velvety matte dreamboats, so they actually stay put throughout a major chow-down.
7. EcoTools Fresh Perfecting Blender is made with antimicrobial silver to keep your sponge cleaner and fresher for longer — and its design is both ergonomic to the touch and useful with both rounded and flat edges.
8. Shadow Shields plop right underneath your eyes to prevent messy fallout situations — so go wild with the sparkles and glitter! — and help draw out perfectly sharp cat eyes (better than tape too, IMO)!
9. Blithe Soothing & Healing Green Tea Splash Mask is the ultimate lazy-but-ingenious skin care hack: all it takes is splashing and patting for 15 seconds right in the shower for gentle toning, exfoliation, and hydration.
10. Lay N' Go Cosmetic Bags solve the extremely perplexing dilemma of "why does my makeup collection always look like an avalanche?" in an easy lay-out-and-drawstring-up fashion.
11. L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Blow Dry It Quick Dry Primer Spray makes the arduous task of drying and styling your hair — all while ensuring it's protected from intense heat — a total snap with its lightweight formula that transforms your hair from a wet mop to a lustrous, frizz-free mane in mere minutes.
12. IGK Preparty Hair Strobing Glitter blesses you with the shimmery unicorn hair of your dreams — it's a snap to apply on top of braids or brush through your hair for an all-over glisten, and then you've got iridescent magic that'll truly make everyone's jaw drop and say, "WOW."
13. Belif Aqua Bomb has a ridiculously satisfying ~water burst~ formula, which means its gel texture disperses into water droplets you can feel as it's being rubbed into your skin — and alongside a blend of apothecary herbs, it calms down normal, oily, and combination skin types and smooths everything over without leaving any residue or unnecessarily heavy texture behind.
14. Londontown Kur Instant Smudge Fix Nail Coat smoothes out little mistakes if you're one of those impatient people who can't wait for their nails to fully dry before using your hands (meeee!) — and it's also a great touchup/refresh for already done nails from before!
15. Busy Beauty Showerless Body Wipes got you covered in a pinch when you don't have enough time in between an intense gym session and a last-minute event — formulated with tea tree to cleanse and prevent breakouts and lavender oil to soothe skin, you'll be feelin' fresh in a matter of seconds!
16. Lime Crime Unicorn Hair lets all hair colors (yes, even dark-stranded babes) in on the semi-permanent dye fun with a magical concoction that packs A TON of color into your strands with beautiful, natural fade-out. Plus, they're cruelty-free and vegan (as the unicorns would want!).
18. Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion absorbs instantly into wet skin and leaves skin feeling buttery soft, so you can jump out of the shower and straight into bed — because no one likes feeling sticky and waiting for moisturizer to absorb after drying off.
19. Glossier Invisible Shield basically applies like a moisturizer: it has a clear (read: ZERO white cast) watergel formula with SPF 35 and ~active microcapsules~ that instantly absorb into your skin, never turn into a grease fest, and neutralize harmful free radicals and pollutants. Win, win, and win.
20. Sephora Collection Beauty Amplifier Universal Lip Liner goes on totally clear, so you don't have to worry about silly things like matching your liner up with your lipstick shade, while *also* ensuring that your lip color doesn't bleed — a win-win, my friends!
21. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal 2-in-1 Face Scrub and Facial Cleanser Stick pulls double its weight in a lazy person–approved stick formula that contains charcoal, tomato, avocado, and coconut oil extracts to deep cleanse and remove makeup, exfoliate dead skin cells, treat breakouts, and *still* leave skin moisturized and happy.
22. Cover FX Custom Cover Drops know the struggle of being in between foundation shades (winter = hibernation pale) or wanting light coverage that's just between tinted moisturizer and foundation — just drop, drop, drop until you achieve your desired outcome/intensity!
23. Microfiber S&T Always Off Makeup Remover Cloths gently wipe away all of your face and eye paint with just water (or your fave cleanser), so you can rest easy and follow up with the rest of your skin care routine for one extremely pampered face — and they're machine washable!
24. Sigma Beauty SigMagic Scrub combines your beloved solid cleanser (formulated with virgin coconut oil) with textured silicone bristles and mini suction cups on the bottom so you can swirl, rinse, and apply makeup knowing your brushes aren't gross and won't cause breakouts!
25. Winky Lux 24kt Glimmer Balm reacts with your lips' natural pH levels to bless your pout with the perfect coconut-scented shade of pink, along with a hint of gold. It's your lips with a little added oomph!
26. Peter Thomas Roth Green Releaf Calming Face Oil contains this season's buzziest ingredient, CBD oil, and accounts for a whopping 21% of the formula — so if you're looking for a super calming, non-greasy skin care topper to reduce redness and swelling, THIS IS IT.
27. Sphynx Portable Razors combine three functions in one portable, twistable wheel: a refillable spray bottle to wet the relevant area, a moisturizing pre-shave bar to lather up with, and two razor blades to do the deed.
28. IGK Blocked Water-Resistant Hair Shield protects color-treated hair from the perils of chlorine, as well as UV rays, wind, and sweat — call it an invisible swim cap for your head!
29. Klairs Freshly Juiced Vitamin E Mask has a pudding-like texture coined as "shape memory cream" that instantly seeps into and clings onto your skin so you have a super smooth barrier between your skin and ~all the elements~ — it also brightens, promotes collagen production, and absorbs UV rays so your Vitamin C products work even better in conjunction!
30. It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Brow Pencil works for every brow shade — its base color starts off as taupe, but you simply apply softer strokes for lighter shades or add pressure for darker tones. Hello, natural-looking brows that don't need any retouching!
31. Aquis Lisse Luxe Hair Towel cuts way down on your hair handling and drying process, whether you air dry *or* blow dry — its special microfiber material wicks water away faster than a cotton towel (without needing your hands/arms!) and is much more gentle on your strands, so you don't end up with very unnecessary frizz and/or breakage.
32. Supersmile Whitening Pre-Rinse lets you keep a healthy white smile while skipping out on harmful bleaches and abrasives — it safely and painlessly whitens and remineralizes teeth and dental restorations (bonding, caps, veneers, and dentures), all before you brush your teeth and seal all that goodness in!
33. Shiseido Daiya Fude Face Duo seems like an ordinary dense, fluffy brush, but it has a gel tip at the other end that mimics the effect of a fingertip *but* it's more hygienic, easy to wipe clean, and doesn't absorb as much product as a sponge would — it's perfect for concealer and foundation!
34. Drybar Double Standard Cleansing + Conditioning Foam is a godsend for people who are always on the go. It's a space- and time-saving bottle of practically weightless gel-foam that simultaneously cleans and conditions so you can wash in a flash and be on your merry way!
35. Clarins Water Lip Stains are so insanely buildable that you can achieve anywhere from a super sheer wash to a darling opaque finish with a few flicks of your wrist — and it's also intensely hydrating (thanks, organic raspberry water and aloe vera extract!), protects your skin barrier against pollution, and lasts all day. Eat, workout, and smooch away!
36. Docolor Eyelash Comb fixes all of your clumpy and stuck-together mascara woes with a few gentle swipes/wiggles — hello, easy, breezy, and beautifully separated lashes!
37. LA Pure Original Eyeliner Stamp gives you a loving, helping hand when it comes to drawing out the perfect cat eye — it guarantees you get matching wings, which you can always customize and thicken with the pen for ~more drama~.
38. Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Protection is a must-have for city dwellers who are exposed to pollution basically 24/7 (oh, what joy!). It contains a blend of powerful minerals like zinc, magnesium, and copper that guard your precious skin against free radicals and environmental hazards, while also setting your makeup for all-day flawlessness.
39. The Clarisonic Mia Smart supercharges your cleansing routine by adding spinning bristles that penetrate deeper into your skin and clogged pores to really resurface and smooth out the texture of your skin and prevent future breakouts from disrupting your face possibly ever again.
40. For those who want to stay covered at the gym, Sweat Cosmetics Mineral Foundation is sweat- and water-resistant for up to 80 minutes! The gentle, non-comedogenic formula contains Vitamin E and zinc oxide applied via antibacterial brush bristles.
41. The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter satisfyingly melts away makeup and dirt much better than a normal foam cleanser alone can do without you having to viciously scrub at it (looking at you, waterproof mascara) — which also makes it perfect for a relaxing facial massage.
42. Stedi Pedi is a nifty pedicure stand that keeps your foot steady, tilted for easy reach, and illuminated (via the bendable light) so every stroke of polish is nothing short of perfection.
Yesterday you were a beauty newbie and now you're basically a genius:
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