Of course we’ve all heard of and probably already purchased and experimented with all the hyped up products on the market like the incredible Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit, the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and the bareMinerals Original Powder Foundation. They’re crowd favorites. We see them all over the channels of our favorite YouTubers and on the Instagram accounts of makeup artists worldwide.
Obviously, these products are in our faces for a reason. We know they’re great. But in many cases, brands create products that may be hiding on their gondolas that are just plain incredible and may become your newest obsession after you give them a chance. Sometimes you never really get to try them out because you’re so busy keeping up with the products that are trending on social media. It’s time to open up your vanity to some hidden gems that may be lurking in your local Sephora right under your nose.
If you’re looking for a quick and simple shadow color to swipe on and be on your way, this is the one.The creamy, longwearing shadow (that I’m constantly using as a primer!) has all the benefits of a BB cream that you would use your your face including the sun protection (which is almost unheard of in an eye shadow). Coming in five fabulous shades, this BB eye shadow will target fine lines around the eye area and there will be no settling or creasing in sight. Twelve hours later, you’ll feel like you just applied it!
After you use this lip plumping primer you’ll never be able to put on lipstick without it. Stila’s Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer turns from a primer to a water that will leave your dry, cracky lips conditioned and volumized. If you’re used to using lip plumpers, you know that snake bite feeling that you get in your lips but with this water plumping primer that feeling will be a thing of the past. Get ready for even colored, pumped and hydrated lips with just the swipe of a lip brush.
While, yes, Anastasia has been deemed Queen of Brows, we definitely think she deserves a title for the work she did creating one of the best gel liners around. This seriously pigmented (no, you guys, it’s literally as black as black liner gets) crease-and-smudge-proof liner will give you the flexibility to create a subtle line on your waterline, a seriously dramatic graphic liner look or anything in between!
Whether you’re super fair skinned or more of a bronzed gal, you’ll love the glow that this instant body perfector gives you. It’s not so much a selftanner (though if you’re looking for one, Tarte’s Brazilliance Skin Rejuvenating Maracuja Face and Body Self Tanner is the bomb dot com) but more of that little boost of color when you’re going to the beach or to an event where you need some color on your body if you haven’t had time to bake in the sun. And there’s a bonus! This body perfector also is infused with skinnourishing maracuja that will hydrate and soften your skin so your skin will be on fleek (okay, punch me if I ever say that again) even when you’re in the water and such.
Have more oily, acne prone skin? All hail this Karuna Clarifying+ Face Mask. This is truly a miracle mask that will zap zits gently, of course, to get your skin back to its healthy self. Plop this serum-infused cloth sheet mask onto your face and lay back. You’ll enjoy the Shiso Leaf (which helps to minimize breakouts), ginger (which is a natural antiseptic and will help to control bacteria) and honey (to soothe your skin and give you that oilfree hydration you’re dying for). Even if oily/problem skin isn’t something you’re dealing with, Karuna makes a face mask for literally every other skin issue like dryness, dullness, aging, exfoliating and more. I’m obsessing over these because you can buy them in single packets so one week when you’re having one skin issue you can use one mask and the next, you can choose another one.
Unless you’ve been on a social media hiatus this past month, you’ve probably seen your favorite YouTubers and beauty bloggers raving about “strobing”. While the new beauty trend may or may not just be a glorified version of highlighting, we’re totally experimenting with the trend. If you’re looking to strobe or just give yourself a little dewy glow, Benefit’s Girl Meets Pearl Liquid Pearl for Face will knock your socks off. The soft, goldenpink luminizer has sheer, lightreflecting pigments in it with a fresh, raspberry scent that goes on smoothly to give your complexion that angelic glow that you’re seeing all over the web. It even looks incredible layered with Benefit’s Rockateur Box o’ Powder Blush layered on top around the cheek area for a pop of color.
No matter what type of finish you’re trying to achieve with your makeup, the COVERFX Setting Powders will lock your makeup into place and keep it there all day long. Whether you’re looking for a more matte finish or something a little more dewy, these powders can be packed on or dusted over to make your makeup stay put and give it the desired finish. I can’t tell you how many setting powders I’ve tried with my grease pit T-zone and this COVERFX powder is one of the only ones that holds true to it’s description.
How many times have you tried on a lip color and it just doesn’t cover the actual color of your lips? Since that’s happened to me one (or twenty) too many times, I was absolutely jumping for joy when I came across these Buxom Lip Foundations. Coming in seven different colors (even a transparent shade to just get the lips prepped for color), these lip foundations are full coverage, creamy, longlasting and, most importantly, versatile. Because of the applicator’s shape, you can use this to line your lips, as a base for another lip color or as the actual lip color. Talk about getting your money’s worth!
Never have I ever tried a mask that did more and made me fall as much in love as I am with this Peter Thomas Roth Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. For someone who’s been around the block trying literally every mask under the sun, this mask truly does it all. In fact, it’s almost not even a mask but more of a peel.
This three-in-one resurfacer uses pumpkin enzymes to exfoliate, alpha hydroxy acid to peel and aluminum oxide to polish leaving with you skin that is softer than your little baby cousin’s behind (guys, this mask truly made me realize what it means to have “baby soft” skin). It’s weird because when you first apply it (you only keep it on for 37 minutes), it kinda burns your face and you’re staring at yourself in the mirror with the thought of “Oh shit, is my face on fire!? Is this supposed to be happening?! Am I going to burst into flames after this?!” The answer is no. I only suggest this for someone whose skin isn’t super sensitive. I always love to follow it up with some of the Glamglow THIRSTYMUD Hydrating Treatment to soothe my precious face. Boy, what a combo [insert heart eye Emoji here].
One of the biggest misconceptions in beauty is suncare. Many people only think they need it in the summer or when they’re headed to the beach, but the reality of it is that you actually need sun protection anytime you walk outside. Whether it’s a super sunny day, cloudy or even rainy, sun protection is a must to keep your skin protected since the sun is one of the biggest reasons that skin ages. If you consider sunscreen just another tedious step in your makeup routine, this spray will leave you with no excuses. Just finish up your makeup how you want it to stay all day, spray this baby all over your face and you’re out the door. This sunscreen setting spray does everything from protect with SPF 50 PA+++ and even controls oil if you’re more of an oily gal (especially in the summer!). It’s pretty much a no brainer.
For any girl who want to nail the 5minute face, you’ll definitely want to consider this product for your beauty regimen. Just buff on a quick BB cream, swipe on some mascara, get a little of this BECCA Beach Tint Shimmer Soufflé on your cheeks and be on your way. These creamy cheek colors easily add a pop of pigment to your cheeks to make you look (and feel) more alive. They’re also great to use as more of a highlight on darker skintones because of their beautiful luminosity.
This Esteé Lauder BB Cream is not your typical BB Cream. The longlasting (eight hour to be exact), lightweight pigmented cream can be buffed into the skin to instantly brighten, perfect and even your skintone. Especially with strobing being all the rage in the beauty world, you’ll love the all day glow that this BB Cream provides for your complexion. You’ll also get some great sun protection since it features SPF 30 and it’s great even for those gals with oily skin types since it’s oilfree. Best of all, you’ll get some actual skincare benefits from this BB Cream since it is infused with vitamin E and C to give you that #flawless, healthy glow!