Each year, beauty companies churn out a bazillion new products. Some fly off of the shelves; some flop. But these five gems cut through the clutter, saved us time, and made our lives easier, making them the most purchased beauty products (via Amazon) on our site. Get them while they’re (still) hot.
Finishing Touch Flawless Women’s Painless Hair Remover
Embarrassing peach fuzz got you down? Instead of running to get waxed (the pain; the pimples that follow!), try this handy tool that buzzes it away. On dry skin, use the battery-powered gadget in circular motions over cheeks, upper lip, and chin. Once you’re finished, screw open the cap and clean out the hair using a cotton swab (trust us—this might be the most satisfying thing ever). The best part: You don’t have to wait for regrowth—use it as needed (even daily) for smooth skin your foundation will glide over. You’re welcome.
To buy: $19, amazon.com.
Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer
If you wish you had a third arm when blow-drying your hair, wish no more. This two-in-one tool combines the powers of a hair dryer and a round brush, saving you a step. Separate hair into sections, then run the tool through strands from roots to ends to dry, smooth, and curl. Your blow-dry time will be cut, your arms will thank you, and you’ll get out the door looking polished.
To buy: $50; amazon.com.
Komocare Cleaning MakeUp Washing Brush Silica Glove Scrubber Board Cosmetics Cleaning Tools
When you’re tight on time, cleaning your makeup brushes probably doesn’t make your to do list. But this handy little silicone scrubber makes the job feel like way less of a chore. Wet your brush, add a drop of baby shampoo to its head, then run the bristles over the board to remove dirt, oil, and makeup, then rinse and let dry.
To buy: $2; amazon.com.
Philosophy Help Me Retinol Night Treatment
Derms agree, retinol is the gold standard anti-aging ingredient. Its one downfall: It can be irritating. That’s what makes this formula so great. The retinol is encapsulated, which keeps it stable (so it actually works when it hits your skin) and it’s released gradually, resulting in less irritation (redness, dryness, etc.). Massage a pea-size drop into clean, dry skin before bed. Tip: Start using it once a week then increase applications as your skin builds tolerance. In time, you’ll wake up to fewer fine lines and brown spots.
To buy: $35; amazon.com.
Crystal Nail File
Nail files are a dime a dozen, but this glass version will quickly make you wonder how you ever did your own nails without it. For one, it lasts forever. While typical emery boards dull, this glass nail file won't. The extremely fine grit shapes nails precisely without feeling abrasive. This one even comes with a protective (chic mint green) case so you don’t have to worry about losing it.
To buy: $9; amazon.com.