At the Everygirl office, we’re constantly talking about a lot of things — who got kicked off The Bachelor this week, Meghan Markle’s latest #OOTD, and, most importantly, the latest beauty products that are changing. our. lives. Oh my god, you guys have to try this foundation! and That new moisturizer has totally transformed my skin… are common phrases heard ’round the water cooler.
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Since we’ve basically tried out as many beauty products as a group of people possibly can, here are the products we’ve tried that have not only earned permanent spots in our beauty routines, but are also so good, we can’t live without them. Sign up to be a Beauty Insider and shop our Holy Grail beauty products, below:
Lip Sleeping Mask
If I was stranded on a desert island and could only have one product, it would be this. I had the driest lips that no product even came close to curing, until I tried this. It. is. a. miracle. It cured my dry, winter lips literally overnight, and when I use this my lips look extra plump in the morning. I will be loyal to this until the day I die.
Banana Bright Eye Crème
I bought this after a dermatologist to the stars recommended it on a Fat Mascara podcast (my favorite!), and it is no joke. It makes your dark circles literally vanish, and gives you instant results.
Radiant Creamy Concealer
An oldie but a goodie, this concealer is my holy grail. If super thick concealer isn’t your jam (@ me), this gives you all the coverage with none of the cake. It covers anything you want to hide — from dark circles to surprise pimples — and is literally undetectable.
Backlight Priming Filter
You know the pretty filter on Instagram stories that makes you look like a glowing goddess? This is it in real life. It makes you look like you’re glowing from within in a non-sparkly way, and transforms even the most tired of complexions. It’s even perfect for no-makeup days!
I am Drunk Elephant's #1 fan. Seriously, if you know nothing about skincare and you walked blindly over to their section at Sephora and picked the first thing your hands touched a la Birdbox, I can basically promise you'll love it. Before this collection of minis, I was forced to sacrifice some of my favorite products for TSA-friendly alternatives, but by the time I returned home my skin would always be PISSED OFF. I am so happy I finally broke down and bought the Littles collection so that I always have my favorite products on hand. If you've never tried Drunk Elephant and don't want to pick your first product Birdbox style, I would recommend getting this set to test it out and find your own favorites.
Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder
I received this compact on my wedding day from my maid of honor, and ever since I have wondered how I lived without this setting powder. It keeps my makeup in place while still looking natural. It never creases or settles in your face folds. Think of it as a 24/7 Instagram beauty filter.
Perfect Cleansing Oil
If you make one beauty resolution for 2019, please please please (I'm making the praying hand emoji sign to you RN) decide this is the year you're going to start double cleansing. Odds are you already have a gel cleanser, so you just need to invest in a good oil cleanser and read this article.
If you love the way your hair holds a wave or body on second or third hair day (but don't love having dirty locks), then you will love this holy grail pick. I love to spray it on my curls when they look a little too perfect... and on days when it doesn't even need it (because the smell is that heavenly).
Charlotte's Magic Cream
I love this super-powered moisturizer as much as I love the act of putting it on. The container is so beautiful and the formula is so rich, I truly feel like my own version of Blair Waldorf or Princess Kate when I decide the day is special enough to put it on. Magic Cream sits beautifully under makeup and moisturizes while helping diminish fine lines and wrinkles, so it truly lives up to its name.
Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment
Okay so I know this is an investment but TRUST ME it's the best investment you can make in your face, full stop. Since I started using this (basically solid gold) miracle liquid, I have received more compliments on my skin than the entire rest of my life combined. I would die for this. I would literally throw my body on top of it to protect it. Bonus: it lasts a good long while and the jar is seriously freakin' beautiful.
Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint
I remember Lisa Eldridge (my queen) saying once that a lot of people have better skin than they think they do, but they cover up ALL the skin with foundation, instead of just the areas that need a little TLC. This totally changed the way I do my makeup, and now I use this skin tint to even everything out and add some ~glow~, and then go back in with a concealer if I need extra help or have a blemish that has a personal vendetta against me. This is the best tinted moisturizer I have ever used — it's light and bouncy and leaves you looking like the sun just happened to beam directly from heaven and onto your face.
I am the most extra person I know about my hair — I have tried approximately eleventy billion products and have spent (upsettingly) more than two hours loitering in an aisle trying to decide between two volumizing shampoos. As a Hair PersonTM, I am never without AT LEAST two bottles of this mask and sometimes (okay all the time) have small internal panic attacks if I forget to pack it when I'm traveling. I have gifted it to no less than four people. I would fling myself into a cake frosted entirely with it. Is my point coming across?
Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
I am convinced that a witch was involved in the making of this dry shampoo because it actually cleans your hair??? It's truly shocking, especially after years of dry "shampoos" that are actually just a weird white residue that will age you 10 years and make your hair somehow greasy and volumized which is the worst combination possible. Instead, this is actually a shampoo that doesn't need water and it's a freakin' miracle.
T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial
The reason this exfoliating mask is a cult fave is because IT WORKS. I religiously use this AHA/BHA mask every Sunday, rinse, apply marula oil, and wake up the next day with soft, gorgeous skin. It clears up breakouts, exfoliates so my skin is brighter, and helps with uneven texture.
Polished Perfection Straightening Brush
I’m a sucker for any haircare shortcut — so I splurged on this with Sephora gift cards. I have very curly hair, and this brush majorly cuts down my straightening time. I blow dry my hair, separate into two sections, and quickly run the brush through to get rid of frizz and any leftover curl.
Moisture Surge Hydrating Supercharged Concentrate
This winter is killing my skin — so I’ve revamped my usual routine of serums, oils, and creams to include a hydrating gel. This one is free of fragrance, parabens, and phthalates.
Gimme Brow+ Volumizing Eyebrow Gel
One of the best compliments I’ve ever received was when my eyebrow gal asked if she could take a photo after she finished my routine brow wax and tint… Ever since then, I’ve been determined to keep up with my filled-in brows. I’ve tried lots of brow gels, and this one is my fave. It’s volumizing, doesn’t get sticky when it dries, and comes in a million different shades.
C-Firma Day Serum
This is the non-negotiable in my skincare routine. Need proof? I’ve repurchased this product four times according to my Sephora order history. C-Firma is packed with nutrients, fruit enzymes, and other goodies to fight pollution, wrinkles, and other skin damage. I apply it every morning before my moisturizer and sunscreen and it has majorly lightened my melasma and keeps my skin bright.
Violet-C Brightening Serum 20% Vitamin C + 10% AHA
Meet my ride-or-die serum: a skincare product so good, I can no longer leave my house without putting it on — it makes that much of a difference, immediately. With 20% Vitamin C (most products are much lower), added antioxidants, and 10% AHAs, this serum will brighten your face and even your skin tone more than any other product has before. As the biggest game-changer in my skincare routine, it's worth every penny.
Jet Lag Mask
Full disclosure, I was drawn to this pretty little mask for the Insta-worthy packaging and the fact that it has a cult-following to boot (I mean, if you have an Instagram account, you've likely seen this mask). But I was shocked at how good the immediate results really were. It was so hydrating and moisturizing that my skin literally looked a world of a difference after I put it on. Plus, it feels so refreshing instead of heavy. Sure, it's a mask, but my real secret is that I put it on under makeup — my skin has NEVER looked better.
I've been a die-hard SLIP fan forever (their silk pillowcases are my savior), so of course, I had to try out their scrunchies. Take it from someone who has more bad hair days than good, these scrunchies MAKE A BIG DIFFERENCE. I've actually thrown away all of my other hair ties, because these magical little scrunchies don't crease, break, or pull hair, leaving me with many more good hair days. Plus, the small style is discreet enough to wear in public without looking like a scrunchie from the 80's (I even wear mine to the office!). Your damaged hair will thank you.
Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask
If you couldn't tell already, I'm on a constant quest for glow-y skin. Of all the many products that promise a more radiant complexion, this one actually delivers insane results. AHAs work to smooth skin tone and slough off dead skin cells while you sleep, and the texture is breathable, light, and airy (not to mention smells delicious!). I truly wake up looking like I just got a facial. Who knew watermelon was the real superfood?
Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Hydra-Gel Eye Patches
I have chronic, genetic, awful under-eye dark circles. If I'm a little tired, dehydrated (aka hungover), or even just living my normal life, it shows under my eyes. No eye creams or face masks have ever made even a dent of a difference, until these beautiful little eye patches came onto the scene. Loaded with ingredients like collagen and marshmallow root extract, these eye patches are my travel must-have (yes, I really do wear them on the plane), and the only fix I've ever found to hangover puffiness or tired eyes.
This post was in partnership with Sephora, but all of the opinions within are those of The Everygirl editorial board.