12 Invaluable Beauty Products We Found We Can't Live Without (PHOTOS)

Maressa Brown | Aug 30, 2013 Beauty & Style

beauty productsWhen we see a new commercial boasting the wowing effects of the "ultimate" mascara, lipstick, anti-aging cream, hair styling tool, or whatever practically every five minutes, it's easy to get jaded about what beauty products you really need and those you don't. But once in a while, you stumble upon that actually OMG-worthy product that, in short, changes your life! No, really! And then you want to tell everyone about it, of course, because you just discovered a majorly game-changing beauty product.

Here, 12 must-have beauty products women tried on a whim only to find that it rocked their worlds ...

  • Boscia Luminizing Black Mask


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    The Stir editor Sasha Brown-Worsham raves, "From the first day I used Boscia Luminizing Black Mask ($34), people asked me why my skin was so awesome. Someone mistook me for my daughter's sister. She's 6. I am serious." We're sold!

  • Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil


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    "Trader Joe's Organic Virgin Coconut Oil ($21.75 for a 2-pack on Amazon) is the best eye makeup remover and skin moisturizer I've ever used. I use it for evvverything ... has hundreds of uses and benefits, from softening wrinkles to preventing Alzheimers', and it's 100 percent natural!" -Brianna B.

  • Kerastase Bain Oleo Curl Shampoo


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    Mamas Latina's managing editor Mariela Rosario says Kerastase Bain Oleo-Curl Shampoo ($26.80 on Amazon) is worth the splurge because it literally changed her hair!

  • Sigma Beauty Brushes


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    "I can't live without good makeup brushes! Sigma are my fave!" -Danielle H.

  • Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Pretty Boy


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    "Obsessive Compulsive Lip Tar in Pretty Boy ($18) is an amazing hot pink that I never thought I could pull off but totally love. And it stays put all day because that stuff is like paint (in a good way). It glams up anyone!" -Kelly K.


  • Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer


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    "I never bothered with primer for years and years, and of course, eyeshadow rubbed off in just a few hours. Lorac Behind the Scenes Eye Primer ($21) keeps it looking fresh all day," raves Stir senior staff writer Jeanne Sager.

  • Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub


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    "Yes to Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub ($9.99) is perfect for a deep clean without making my skin feel dry and tight afterward!" -Emmie B.

  • Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer


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    I've tried all different concealers for spot coverage and under eye shadows/darkness and never been all that impressed ... until I met Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer ($28 for "to go" size, $42 for regular size)! There's a reason celeb makeup artists swear by it. It's coverage really is unparalleled. Plus, it's free of parabens and other nasty chemicals.

  • Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo


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    "Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo ($6) is the best stuff ever. Cheap and great for busy mornings when you just don't have time/energy to shower." -Megan Y.
  • Raw Shea Butter


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    "Raw shea butter ($10) is so cheap and a great moisturizer for nighttime use. It illuminates and makes thirsty skin happy!" -Suzanne S.

  • CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer


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    "From Lancôme, Bobbi Brown, Laura Mercier and even splurged on YSL, I have tried ALL primers! Then, in the drugstore one day, I spotted CoverGirl & Olay Simply Ageless Serum Primer ($15). OMG. It's perfect!! Makeup base and powder stay on all day without flaking and creasing. It is fab!!!" -Paulyn H.

  • Lush Henna Hair Dye


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    "I have a thing for Lush Henna Hair Dyes ($26). Along with color it does wonders for the shine and overall health ... and lasts forever!" -Lauren H.

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