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2023 is two-thirds of the way done, and it seems like time is slipping away quickly. The makeup and beauty world though is always changing. This year, as for the last couple of years, makeup and beauty have taken on a more natural look. Emphasis on your natural beauty and enhancing your features is the big trend. So, we decided to put together our picks of the best beauty products we swear by in 2023.

When it comes to choosing a product, it is important to do your research on the company. From the products used to their ethics, these are just some factors to take into consideration. Not everyone’s skin is the same, either. What works for me may not work for you, so knowing what your skin needs is essential. Mostly everyone isn’t hydrating or protecting their skin enough, so there are products listed below that will dramatically improve those areas.

As for makeup, if a brand is vegan, cruelty-free, and allergy-tested, we can focus on finding the best shades and highest-quality products. Taking all of that makeup off can be a chore, but with the right face cleanser, it doesn’t have to be all that bad. We like to make the process of a skincare routine as simple and quick as possible so we can get back to what we’d all rather be doing — relaxing. It is my recommendation as a makeup and skincare lover and licensed cosmetologist of over a decade that these products are the best out there — and they’re all available online!

See which 16 beauty products are the best of 2023 below.

  • e.l.f. x Loserfruit Berry Hot Drop Makeup Set

    For all the Strawberry Girls out there, this collaboration with e.l.f. and Loserfruit is an absolute must! The 3-piece set comes with the cutest strawberry plush makeup sponge, a strawberry lip mask, and a face and eyeshadow palette.

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  • L'Oreal Paris Telescopic Original Mascara

    Grab every single one of your lashes with this amazing mascara that gives you intense length and separation. L’Oreal’s wand has two sides: the flat side for length enhancement, and the comb side to give a clump-free result. Their mascara is suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers, too.

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  • Glamnetic Press-On Nails

    Say goodbye to spending hundreds at the nail salon! And stop wasting your time trying to paint your nails at home. With Glamnetic’s press-on nails, their high-quality material lasts up to 2 weeks. Target has plenty of different Glamnetic designs to choose from, but we love a classic white french tip and a natural finish — perfect for all occasions.

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  • tarte Maracuja Juicy Lip Plump

    Get that plumpy lip look without any of the fillers. With tarte’s all-in-one lip balm, gloss, color, and hydrating treatment, you are sure to get some double-takes. Plus, you get all of the shine with none of the stick.

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  • Too Faced That's My Jam Mini Eye Shadow Palette

    Don’t be jelly, Too Faced jam-themed mini eyeshadow palette features sexy cool shades inspired by fresh picked berries. With shades of peach, lavender, orange, pink, and brown, there is a color combination for any outfit, any time of year. We love this palette because it is so versatile, and can work wonderfully on all skin tones.

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  • FIRST AID BEAUTY Pure Skin Face Cleanser

    This is a fragrance-free, gentle cleanser that is safe for sensitive skin and effectively removes makeup and impurities, leaving skin soft. First Aid Beauty’s formula is non-stripping and pH-balanced, so your skin won’t be tight or dry after using.

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  • JAPONESQUE Dermaplaner Facial Razors

    You don’t need to spend hundreds on dermaplaning. The salon service can be done from the comfort of your own home with a brand that is trusted. These stainless steel blades are a must for your skincare routine. The benefits of dermaplaning allows for your products to absorb better into your skin through its exfoliation and facial hair removal. No, this doesn’t mean you will grow hair, instead, you will be left with softer skin that is perfect for makeup application as well.

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  • La Roche Posay Face Moisturizer with Sunscreen

    This oil-free moisturizer is lightweight and has SPF 30, leaving you hydrated all day long. Apply to your neck, face, and ears to restore your skin’s health and protect against UV rays. Lock in all your serums in the morning with a moisturizer that doesn’t weigh you down.

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  • The Ordinary Hyaluronic Acid

    The Ordinary is a super-affordable skincare brand. If you know what your skin needs, you should stock up on all of the products they have to offer. Their Hyaluronic is a necessity for everybody, as it replenishes your skin’s lost moisture and maintains healthy-looking skin. The Ordinary’s formula features three forms of Hyaluronic Acid with varying molecular weights in order to offer multi-depth hydration and visible plumping without drawing water out of the skin solely to improve temporary surface hydration.

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  • Shiseido Clear Sunscreen Stick SPF 50+

    This sunscreen isn’t award-winning for no reason. First, it is clear, second, it comes in a convenient stick form. As if you needed more reasons, it can be reapplied, over or under makeup. There is no residue with Shiseido’s sunscreen stick, and its protective veil becomes stronger when it senses water and heat.

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  • Murad Deep Relief Acne Blemish Treatment

    This is a medicated salicylic acid serum that clears and heals acne, while simultaneously reducing redness and hydrating to soothe. For those who deal with cystic acne, breakouts, and acne-prone skin, this is a godsend in treating those pesky pimples.

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  • Hero Cosmetics Mighty Patch Invisible 36 Count

    Pimple patches have become another go-to when it comes to treating acne. You can leave these medical-grade hydrocolloid patches that gently absorb the gunk from your whitehead and protects your skin while it heals. The best part is, they are virtually undetectable, so you can treat your acne while you go about your day.

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  • Pixi DetoxifEYE Hydrating and Depuffing Eye Patches

    No sane person gets enough sleep, so everyone can benefit from some under-eye rejuvenation. The eye patches come in a hydrogel format and sticks to skin easily to deliver essential nutrients to the delicate eye area. Your eyes will be de-puffed, hydrated, and reduce dark under-eye circles.

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  • Dr Teal's Melatonin Sleep Lavender Chamomile Foaming Bubble Bath

    Truly unwind from the day with a bath that is transformed into a luxurious, relaxing spa with this Melatonin and essential oil blend. Melatonin helps promote a better nights sleep while lavender and chamomile essential oils help relieve stress. With pure epsom salt too, your muscles with feel much more relaxed as well.

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  • Drybar Detox Thickening Shampoo for Thickening Hair

    We’ve all got those days where we can’t be bothered to wash our hair. With Drybar’s micro-fine rice powders in this dry shampoo spray, all those oils and odors are refreshed and mattified. For those with thin hair or looking for more volume, Drybar’s formula instantly thickens and lifts hair at the root while plumping hair strands for thicker, fuller-looking hair.

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  • SheaMoisture Smoothie Curl Enhancing Cream

    For all the curl queens out there, SheaMoisture is the brand for you. They specialize in hydrating curly hair, all while defining those beautiful, bouncy curls. This cream product is specific for thick, curly hair and reduces frizz, all while leaving hair feeling soft and silky.

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