The Five Best Beauty and Skincare Products You Can Find on Amazon

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While we always encourage shopping small and shopping local during the holiday season, Amazon comes in handy for those last-minute staples. It’s always worth doing your research when buying beauty products on the site: when ordering something from a third-party seller, getting knock-off leggings isn’t as serious as receiving bootleg makeup or skincare and ending up with a dud product—or worse, toxic ingredients. Luckily, there are easy steps you can take to make sure you’re getting the real deal—like reading reviews, checking that the products are actually authorized to be sold by Amazon, and making sure the order is fulfilled by Amazon with the Prime seal of approval. From bulk bath salts to K-beauty cult classics, here are five vetted, well-reviewed, and effective finds to add to your beauty routine.

CosRX Advanced Snail Essence, $15,

CosRX, a K-Beauty brand that rocketed to stateside prominence after being included in Rio Vierra-Newton’s infamous skincare Google doc in 2017, remains a great choice in 2020. Honestly, all of their products are fantastic, but you can’t go wrong with their classic (and cruelty-free) snail essence, perfect for irritated winter skin.

Haus Laboratories Four Way Palette Shadow, $34,

Any post about beauty on Amazon would be remiss without a nod to Lady Gaga’s Amazon-exclusive makeup line, Haus Laboratories. This pretty eyeshadow palette is perfect for a shimmery holiday look, even if the only parties you’ll be going to are via Zoom.

Dr. Teal’s Lavender Soaking Solution and Foaming Bath, $16,

I’m a serious bath person, and as much as I love bougie bath products, Amazon is a great place to stock up on bulk staples. While there are plenty of chic brands to shop from, like Pursoma, it’s Dr. Teal’s lavender salts that I’m hoarding multiple bags of, especially as temperatures start to drop.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream Daily Moisturizer, $16,

Perhaps the least stylish of the products on this list, but it’s safe to say between TikTok and Gen Z, CeraVe is having a moment. All of their products are solid skincare basics—with five-stars and almost 29,000 reviews, this moisturizing cream with ceramides and hyaluronic acid is a skin savior year-round.

T3 Twirl Trio Interchangeable Curling Iron, $227,

I was introduced to this curling wand by my hairdresser at Kinloch Salon, who used one to show me how to get the perfect messy wave. She also mentioned that the T3 is constantly on sale—as of when this article was written, you can snag this set for $227 (down from $325). Even better, it comes with three interchangeable heads for a variety of looks.