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Real Women Approved: 28 Life-Changing Beauty Products You Need To Try

Mar 21, 2018

Wooo we are BACK with another reader favorites post! I know I saw this every time, but these are really some of my most favorite posts to write.

If you’re new to the blog, I often pop over to Instagram stories and ask you guys to DM me your recommendations on, you know, things that we all love and want to learn more about!

In previous posts, we’ve swapped our favorite books, podcasts, and no-fuss appetizers–to name a few!

Today though, we’re diving into another popular topic–beauty products! I wanted to hear from you guys–what is the ONE beauty product that you could never live without? I was excited to see some of my favorites on this list too (many of which you told me you tried off of my recommendation! Hooray! I love when that happens!)

Below are 28 reader favorites that top the list.

Life Changing Beauty Products, Chosen by Readers:

1. Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peel Pads:

“Seriously the best thing I Have ever used! helps with acne, scarring, aging, literally everything! They have ultra gentle, normal and then figure out if you should go up or down. Plus, at Sephora, you get 5 extra pads in a box!” – Kourtney

2. Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen:

“I found out about it via your post, and I’m obsessed! It’s legit the best primer ever and it’s awesome sunscreen without feeling like sunscreen! I also think using it has helped my breakouts, fewer and they are so much smaller now! It’s the best thing ever! I’ve tried literally hundreds of sunscreens and this is the only one that really provides protection while feeling like nothing is on! It’s the best!!”–Anne

Jess’ note: Reading things like this IS MY FAVORITE THING IN THE WHOLE WORLD! I love when you guys find life-changing products through me!! Hooraayyyy! And yes, this sunscreen REALLY is that good.

3. Organic coconut oil

“It’s so good for moisutirzing the skin, taming frizzy hair and removing make-up!” says Shrutsvi.

4. Sunday Riley “Good Genes” Serum:

“It’s so amazing for my combination skin! Clears up old acne scars and fills in fine lines!” says Amanda.

5. Vitner’s Daugther Serum:

“The most amazing product I have ever used. one bottle lasts forever, 100% natural, with the best results I’ve ever gotten from a product! (Smells amazing too!)” –Lee

6. M61 Power Glow Peel Pads:

“I use these daily, but worked up to it after starting at twice weekly They keep skin fresh, exfoliated, and done wonders for my dark spots! They have also made my serums more effective thanks to the exfoliant properties! This brand, M-61 at Blue Mercury is a hidden gem!”–Andrea

Jess note: I use these too and can attest that the M-61 brand is wonderful! 

7. Simple Micellar Water:

“Best beauty product ever! There is a trick to use it: you wet a cotton pad and lay it on your eye. Then, voila! ALl your mascara transfers to the cotton pad!” –Abi

8. Moroccan Oil:

“This must be the REAL brand “Moroccan Oil.” It’s life-changing for frizz. I have naturally oily hair so I was skeptical that it would be too much, but putting two pumps (I have super long hair–1 pump is good for shorter hair) in wet hair just from ears down is perfect. Seriously, completely changed the look and feel of my hair!”–Becca

Jess note: I agree with Becca! I absolutely LOVE Moroccan oil and have used it for years and years! 

9. Dior Lip Glow:

“Best lip product for everyday. It’s subtle, but gives you color!” –Justine

10. Kora Organics Non Glow Face Oil:

“Seriously has changed my skin, it absorbs so nicely and it’s perfect before makeup! I also use it at night and when I wake up my skin looks so much better. It has evened out my skin tone, gives me a nice healthy moisturized glow and I feel like it has improved the texture of my skin and acne scars. Love love love!” – Julissa

11. Dickinson’s Witch Hazel:

“Keeps my face super clean and I never get any acne when I use it!”–Janice

12. Clé De Peau concealer:

“Amazing coverage, blending and staying power. It’s great for under eye and will cover ANY imperfection!”–Sarah

Jess’ note: Funny enough, I had never heard of this before Sarah recommended it, but I just had a big shoot yesterday (more on Insta stories!) and my makeup artist, Karen, used this on me and highly recommended it! Crazy timing! I think it’s meant to be! 

13. Biossance Squalance + Vitamin C Rose Oil: 

“It smells amazing, super clean ingredients, and is the perfect moisturizer. I’ve been using it daily for over a year and am still obsessed!” –Courtney

14. Oribe Texture Spray: 

It smells amazing, helps to keep texture throughout my hair without making it sticky or greasy!”

Jess note: You guys know how much I love my Oribe spray! You can see how I use it in this video hair tutorial! 

15. Mario Badescu Facial Sprays:

This was hands-down the most popular product suggested! SO many people recommended both the Rose Facial Spray and the Cucumber and Green Tea facial spray, saying they are they are hydrating, soothing, and great in the morning to wake you up, as a boost of added moisture before bed, and the perfect pick-me-up mid-day. Spritz it over your makeup for a dewy finish, or for more of a dewy glow, wet your sponge or beauty blender with it before applying foundation.

16. Aquaphor Healing Ointment:

“I absolutely can’t live without it! I have dermatitis around my eyes and very sensitive, dry skin and this does the trick every time. Hydrating without clogging porse. I use it on my face, chappeed lips, hands, everything. It even works as brow gel in a pinch!” –Emily

17. It Cosmentics Bye Bye Redness:

“All your redness, gone! I wore it as my foundation yesterday and was complimented by a makeup artist in a beauty store! I was so flattered!” –Katie

18. Burt’s Bee’s Facial Oil:

“I am OBSESSED. I would be lost without it. Even as someone with oily skin, I get a nice healthy glowy look!” –Taylor

19. Fresh Soy Cleanser:

“It seriously changed my skin and I will never use another face wash!” –Shay

20. Laneige Water Sleeping Mask:

“This is an incredible moisturizer! Put it on at night (last step after whatever products you use!) It makes my face feel perfectly plumped and hydrated, no stickiness!” – C

21. Kristin Ess Reconstructive Moisture Hair Mask:

“I’ve been using it weekly for three months now and my hair has gotten so much healthier!”–Laura

Jess’ note: A ton of you reached out about this product in particular, and the whole Kristin Ess line available at Target! I need to check it out ASAP!! 

22. First Aid Beauty Oil-Free Mattifying Gel:

“It’s one of the only moisturizers I can use that doesn’t cause breakouts or make my skin feel greasy. It gives my skin a fresh and dewy look without feeling heavy.”–Taylor

23. Ponds Cold Cream:

I use the green top jar to take off my makeup and the blue on my face every night and it’s the only thing I use. (I seriously don’t use face makeup at all) and it works wonders. I’ve ahd such smooth, moisturized, glowing skin, and it makes my skin soft as a baby’s. It’s the only thing the women in my family use and they all have perfect skin AND it’s only $8 a jar! I’ve gotten my friends who have bad skin to switch over and they LOVE it!

24. Colour Fanatic Multi-Tasking Spray by Pureology:

“It’s changed my life! Works as a heat protectant, color protector, conditioner, free from sulfates, parabens, and vegan. It’s magic in a bottle. I use it everyday and always make sure I have a back-up! I used to cry brushing out my hair, and this stuff changed everything–it’s amazing.” – Britt

25. Belif Aquabomb:

“Most hydrating skincare on the planet! Makes my face so clear, radiant, and plump as well!”–Allie

26. Kiehls Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate:

“Like 10 glasses of water for your face! Plus, it’s a great makeup primer!” – Katie

27. Wander Beauty Matte & Illuminating Concealer:

The coverage is great (especially for under-eyes), it blends really well and also has a highlighter. The only drawback is that it sells out quickly, so if that happens, sign up to be notified when it comes back in stock!” –Heather

28. Drunk Elephant LaLa Retro Whipped Cream:

“I love everything from Drunk Elephant but this cream is SO nourishing. It goes on like butter! It also brightens and firms. The best part about the brand is that its packaged in a way that doesn’t allow the ingredients (such as antioxidants and Vitamin C) to be ruined because the bottle is air-tight. (Unfortunately this happens with a lot of brands that don’t package their product properly!)”–Kasey

Do you have a favorite product to add to the list? Comment below and share with us! 

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