I like to think I'm pretty well-versed when it comes to curating an all-star lineup of beauty products. I mean, I love trying new things. It's part of my job description, sure, but it's just as much a hobby of mine, too. There are times when a product (or four) reigns supreme and gets a permanent place on my vanity, like this $18 brightening eye gel from Versed. Which got me thinking: What products do my co-workers have in regular rotation? I convinced a handful of them to share their can't-live-without picks with me, and now I'm paying it forward and spilling the juice with you. Keep scrolling for the 18 holy-grail beauty products we'll never stop using.
If there's one product I should thank for how much my skin has improved this year, it's this. It has truly changed the overall tone and texture of my skin. It's basically all the essentials you need, bundled into one. It's formulated with tons of antioxidants, vitamins C and E, and retinol and does everything from minimizing the appearance of pores to brightening dark spots.
I seriously live for this stuff. You can use it in the morning and night, but I like to mix a few drops in with my nightly serums so I wake up with a brighter, plumper complexion. I always wake up looking extra fresh, so I really can't complain.
My hairstylist suggested I buy this product for years before I actually did, and I definitely deserve every single one of her "I told you so" comments. My hair has never been stronger or healthier since using this bonding treatment weekly. I could never turn back.
True story: I haven't used makeup wipes since discovering this cleansing balm from Versed. I use it as a face wash to melt off all of my makeup (yes, even mascara!). The creamy consistency feels so good and hydrating on my skin, and you really can't beat the price.
This gentle formula is great if you have sensitive skin or are just new to using retinol, like me. (I was very late to the retinol party.) I use it every night on clean skin, followed by my eye cream and whatever deliciously rich moisturizer I happen to be into.
It's not a shocker that we should all be wearing SPF every day, rain, hail, or shine, and it's even more important if you're using a product with retinol. I personally loathe suncreens that leave my face looking three shades lighter than my skin tone, and if you feel the same, then you're going to love this guy. Not oily, not matte, just nice and natural sun protection.
I'm a long-time fan of rosehip oil, and once upon a time, Kora had a really good one. I was heartbroken when it discontinued until I discovered it had just got an upgrade. This face oil is essentially rosehip with some bonus ingredients, namely noni fruit extract, which is super high in vitamins A and C. Plus, Kora founder, Miranda Kerr, says this is her number one favorite product, which is good enough for me.
I originally gifted this to my mom, but in true daughter fashion, I stole a bit from her and became obsessed with it myself. (I can't help that I have a thing for beauty products!) It provides super-lasting hydration, which is beyond necessary for colder months when my lips are extra cracked and dry.
I will shout my love for this Summer Fridays product from the rooftop till the day I die. The formula is that not-too-heavy texture that you can either use as a light moisturizer during the day or layer on as a thick mask for the night. It's been worth every penny so far.
I don't think I can count on my hands how many times I've talked about EltaMD's sunscreen, and every single time I do, I start off with the key information people need to know right off the bat: It's the beloved sunscreen by dermatologists everywhere. This sunscreen is not only so gentle on your skin and so protective, it actually works to clear pores, which is the opposite of what most sunscreens do. I love that the UV Clear product has vitamin E, lactic acid, and niacinamide to help boost your skin's shiny glow.
What's the first thing you reach for after a bad night of sleep? Coffee, right? Maybe you consider slicing a cold cucumber to place on your puffy eyes like women in '90s sitcoms. Well, this eye mask has caffeine and cucumber juice, plus much more, like superheroes vitamin E and provitamin B5. Keep this tube in the refrigerator so you have a modern, made-for-your-skin pick-me-up any day of the week. I don't know about you, but the older I get, a full night's sleep is never a guarantee.
A couple years ago, I had to substantially strip back my skincare routine to get control of some flareups. The gentle products I turned to kept redness at bay, but I wasn't singing from the rooftops about my skin. It just looked like skin, and I wanted a dewy glow, baby. So I knew I could trust Versed when I started looking for a moisturizer that would take things to the next level. This gel moisturizer has been even better for my skin because creams can be pretty heavy. Ask me if I'm singing now!
I can't say enough how genius and effective this product is. This mist is incredibly easy to use for blemishes on your back that are impossible to reach. (Tip: You can also spray it under your mask for any mask-ne.)
I'd heard so much about this product before finally getting it for myself, but there is a reason there is so much hype around it. Not only have I noticed a difference in my skin (it looks smoother, brighter, and more even) since I first started using it, but I also noticed a difference immediately. I have rosacea, and this product does not irritate my skin too much or cause a lot of redness.
I love a product that works when I'm sleeping! This mask is a combination of lactic and glycolic acids and vitamins A and E, all of which help smooth and brighten skin. Honestly, is there anything better than waking up to a refreshed complexion?