10 Can't-Live-Without Beauty Products, According to Readers


I love reading product reviews, and I spend an embarrassing amount of time watching beauty videos on YouTube (FYI: Kathleen is a goddess). I have a long list of  beauty favorites I’ve discovered over the years, from skincare to makeup and everything in between. You can almost always find this priming moisturizerthis foundationthis cream blush and this liquid lipstick in my bag.

BUT, if I had to pick a one and done, can’t-live-without product at the moment, it would be this facial moisturizer — especially in the summer. It’s not fancy by any means, but it gives my face a subtle, tanned glow and helps even out skin tone, so I can skip the foundation and still look fresh. It’s affordable and travel-friendly, too!


I started thinking of beauty products and how certain products continually blow the socks off of beauty lovers everywhere. So, I wanted to hear from you guys. Because let’s be real — I’m always on the hunt. I posted the following question on Instagram stories, and the responses did not disappoint.

“If you were traveling somewhere and could only pack ONE beauty product, what would you bring?”

Here are the top beauty products that made the cut!

Clinique Moisture Surge

What is is: An intense moisturizer

Product claims: Clinique touts its “auto-replenishing technology” and claims this product, with the help of activated aloe water, helps skin rehydrate itself. It also contains hyaluronic acid, and the product is proven to moisturize skin for up to 72 hours, even after you wash your face.

Rave review: “Best moisturizer in the woooorld. It works so well without being oily. My skin soaks it up and feels so good. It’s spa-like without being a pharmaceutical grade price.” – Kate

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

What is is: Tinted moisturizer

Product claims: Works well for all skin types and has SPF 20, so it protects the skin from both UVA & UVB rays. It’s sheer, lightweight, moisturizing and adds a hint of color to the skin, so you can skip the foundation.

Rave review: “Coverage, moisture AND SPF!” – Alexis

Urban Decay One and Done

What is is: Tinted moisturizer and skin treatment

Product claims: Claims to blur imperfections and even out skin tone with the help of light diffusing spheres and Gatuline® Radiance (derived from the wu zhu yu plant), which helps improve the look of radiance, tone and texture over time. The formula is oil free, and contains nourishing ingredients, like peptides, vitamins and moisturizers. SPF 20 helps to protect skin against UVA and UVB rays.

Rave review: “It’s the perfect base. I can wear it alone or mix in glow drops or mix in a more full coverage foundation with it. I can customize it for whatever makeup look I’m going for.” – Preeti

NYX “Worth the Hype” Mascara

What is is: Mascara

Product claims: The buildable formula makes lashes appear fuller and longer. It also features a brush that tapers at the tip, making it ideal to reach even the shortest lashes at the inner corners of your eyes.

Rave review: “It makes my eyelashes look super long without looking clumpy or like I’m trying too hard.” – Victoria

NARS Multiple Orgasm

What is is: Cream blush and highlighter

Product claims: The creamy formula is easy to use and blends effortlessly into the skin. The bit of shimmer in the formula helps give the skin an peachy glow, and it can be applied to the eyes, lips, cheeks or body. It also contains powerful antioxidants Vitamin E and Acai Oil.

Rave review: “It’s the perfect shade of peachy pink for my lips, cheeks and even eyes! Must have!” – Hailey

Coco Kind Chia Seed Oil

What is is: Moisturizing facial oil

Product claims: This organic, virgin chia seed oil contains a significant source of omega-3 fatty acids. It protects and nourishes dry skin, and delivers a powerful punch of antioxidants and phytonutrients.

Rave review: “I have the most sensitive combination skin and it is the only thing that doesn’t irritate or make me break out. Plus it’s great on face, body, hair, literally everywhere. Obsessed.” – Natalie

Benefit “Precisely, My Brow” Pencil

What is is: Brow pencil

Product claims: This ultra-fine brow shaping and defining pencil claims to draw incredibly natural hair-like strokes that last up to 12 hours.

Rave review: “I love how much control you have with the fine tip. It allows me to fill in my brows quickly to get the exact shape I want.” – Karen

It Cosmetics CC Cream

What is is: Tinted moisturizer

Product claims: Delivers color correction and sun protection (SPF 50+) in one convenient tube. The oil-free, lightweight formula is proven to fade imperfections, even out skin tone and prevent future discoloration.

Rave review: “I love that it has SPF built right in!” – Katharine

Neutrogena Hydroboost Hydrating Serum

What is is: Hydrating serum

Product claims: This formula contains hyaluronic acid, which can absorb up to 1000 times its weight in water. The unique serum formula helps you achieve a fully hydrated skin.

Rave review: “It does wonders! Definitely something I’d bring wherever I go.” – Brittnee

Sunday Riley’s UFO

What is is: Clarifying facial oil

Product claims: Formulated with clarifying plant oils like tea tree and black cumin seed oil, this facial serum also works to combat fine lines and wrinkles, revealing a more even and smooth complexion.

Rave review: “It’s seriously transformed my skin! It’s finally looking better!” – Meredith

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