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5 beauty products you may not know about but should be using

With the multitude of beauty products out there, it’s hard to find game-changing beauty products that deliver, are safe to use and aren’t over the top expensive. I’ve personally tested these five products and can testify to their holy grail status. If you’re looking to restore or regrow your hair, transform fine lines or brighten your face, or redefine the way you do your nails at home, then read on and give these miracle workers a try. 

1. For natural hair growth

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Wanting to grow out those lashes after wearing lash extensions, or fill in those pesky brow gaps? Try a natural alternative like 100% Organic Castor Oil for filling in lashes, brows and even adding fullness to your head of hair. Having experienced some recent hair loss, I began researching more natural alternatives for hair growth and ran into this well-reviewed organic brand by Cammile. Use castor oil on your brows, lashes and massage droplets into your scalp (especially around the hair line) before showering. Within a short amount of time, you’ll start to experience new hair growth. Cammile’s castor oil is organic and is packaged in a glass bottle with dropper. Application is best used with a mascara brush or Q-tip. Castor oil is also ideal for giving hair luster and taming scalp issues. (Amazon, $15)

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2. For restoring hair

restorative cleansing conditioner
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I recently came across Kevin Murphy’s RE.STORE, a repairing cleansing treatment that I immediately fell in love with. After having my second child, my hair’s texture changed and I began to wake up with loads of knots in my hair. Compounded with the dry, cold air of winter, my hair needed some serious TLC. RE.STORE is a truly original cleansing and conditioning treatment, combining superfood proteins to naturally bind moisture to reconstruct damaged hair and gently cleanse it in one step. Designed for use one to two times per week, RE.STORE is the perfect substitute for shampoo and conditioner! You’ll find it addicting the first time you apply it to your scalp. This spa-like product is nourishing, restorative and sulphate-paraben free. Not to mention the smell is intoxicating. (Kevin Murphy, $30)

3. For minimizing fine lines

glycolic acid toner
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Following the general advice of a well-respect beauty vlogger, I searched Amazon for a toner that offers nighttime repair for fine lines around the eyes. Enter Derma E’s Anti-Wrinkle Vitamin A Glycolic Toner with Papaya to refine the look of pores and fine lines. This pH balanced, alcohol-free toner helps remove impurities, rebalance skin and soften the look of wrinkles in a non-irritating way. With skin-renewing vitamin A, glycolic acid and papaya, plus invigorating sea kelp, this transformative toner leaves the skin smooth, refreshed and healthy looking. Vitamin A helps with wrinkles and complexion correction and the papaya (aside from smelling great) helps with brightening and clarifying your skin. Add it to your nighttime ritual and be amazed. (Amazon, $11)

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4. For soothing and brightening skin

k beauty mask
Image: FaceStory

Face Story offers affordable and delicious fruit face masks made 100 percent in Korea. With all the expensive face masks out there, it’s hard to find affordable, life-changing masks that transform and soothe the face at home, in a disposable and easy to use fashion. The masks come in avocado, pomegranate, cucumber, lemon, honey, green tea, aloe, blueberry and more (there’s even a collagen mask). I sampled the fresh fruit avocado mask and it was beyond moisturizing and relaxing. The avocado mask improves brightening and leaves the skin feeling refreshed and nourished for winter. At just a couple of dollars each, I suggest giving a few of these game-changing masks a try. (Face Story, $2)

5. For pretty, clean, dry nails

vegan nail polish
Image: Smith + Cult

If you’re obsessed with vegan nail polish, then wrap your hands immediately around Smith + Cult. You may have heard of or seen the fashion-fused lacquers by now, but were wondering what all the hype was about. Yes the packaging is glammed-out gorgeous, but that’s just the beginning. Each lacquer is truly clean beauty perfection — delivering safe, flawlessly smooth color and radiant shine. Completely Five-Free, each custom color is formulated without dibutyl, phthalate, toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and camphor. I tried the line for the first time this Valentine’s Day and instantly fell in love. Not to mention the line’s 5-free base and topcoat are high performing wonders — guaranteed to become a regular part of your everyday beauty routine. Oh and the colors dry ultra fast, too — ideal for busy hands! The price is a little on the high end when it comes to polish, but you get what you pay for here. (, $18)

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