45 Life-Changing Beauty Products to Try Before You Die

In the bucket list of life, there are certain things everyone should check off. Drinking wine—whether a 2005 Chateau Lafite Rothschild or Two-Buck Chuck from Tesco—while watching the sunset, picnicking in a bucolic locale, striking up a conversation with a total stranger… all things that will ultimately enrich your life (well, the last one only if you approach it correctly). Beyond experiences and leaps of faith, there are certain things that will better your life as well—beauty things, to be exact. We know by now that money can't buy happiness, but who can deny the thrill that a shiny new beauty product brings, even more so when it happens to deliver on what it promises? (Especially when only a few that actually do so.)

Ahead you'll find 45 beauty products that make us here at Byrdie HQ very, very happy. Whether it's an essence that magically balances oily skin and hydrates dry skin or a drugstore lipstick that rivals its most luxurious counterparts, the beauty world is full of gems that will bring you joy—and give you glowier skin and better hair in the process. We're not saying you need to buy all these products—we swear we're not trying to bankrupt you—but instead, consider this a fun life bucket list to consult in the times when you do find yourself staring at a sea of beauty products trying to decide where to spend your hard-earned cash (aka every SpaceNK run… every weekend).

Keep scrolling for the 45 life-changing beauty products team Byrdie swears by.

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