10 "Boring" Beauty Products Byrdie Editors Can't Live Without
We're not going to act like we don't get to test and obsess over new, innovative, and super-glamorous beauty products on a daily basis—we do, and we still pinch ourselves regularly because of it. That being said, as much as we may drool over a glittering face mask, a patent lip colour, or a scientifically advanced face serum, it doesn't necessarily mean all the above will make it into our cosy daily routines. In fact, far from it. (FYI: This job also makes you the pickiest consumer.) Yes, we love to experiment, play, and keep those ultra-special products in our arsenal for special occasions and indulgences, but some of our most beloved beauty products are actually the antithesis of glamorous, and some would even call them "boring."
Yet, these budget-friendly staples are the bread and butter of our routines, and without them, we'd feel pretty lost. (True story: I may or may not have cried when I thought I lost my beloved wide-tooth comb after a vacation.) Curious to know which "boring" beauty products get us through the day (and night) unscathed and deserve way more credit than we typically give them? Keep reading for 10 of the most basic beauty products we swear we'll use until death do us part.
"My lips are perpetually chapped, and I need a hardworking lip balm to keep them in check. Though EOS is best known for its popular egg-shaped balms, it's this classic stick formulation that has me hooked. I find that a lot of other lip balms remedy dryness in the moment but don't last long enough to keep chapped lips at bay. This all-natural balm boasts a blend of shea butter and jojoba oil that actually softens dry lips and offers deeper hydration that lasts for hours. It's the first thing I apply after washing my face in the morning and the last thing I apply before heading to bed." — Dacy Knight, weekend editor
"Growing up, my severe eczema-prone skin needed a saviour. Aside from my prescription cream, my doctor recommended that I try Aquaphor to soothe my dry, inflamed skin. The moment I massaged this thick, hydrating ointment on to my skin, I was hooked. It instantly calms my irritated problem spots and erases any signs of dryness. What I love about it the most is that it acts as a protective barrier for the skin's natural moisture. It's not fancy and doesn't cost a million bucks, but it most definitely gets the job done. So you know it's real: I have a full-size version in my bag, a travel-size version in my purse, and a lip treatment too." — Maya Allen, assistant editor
"After the hundredth model told me she loves Bioderma, I figured it was time I gave it a try. I had tried other micellar waters—what could make this one so special? A lot. First of all, I really don't understand how this magical water is able to remove all my eye makeup in one swipe. Even on nights when I've come home after one too many tequila sodas, I can trust that a quick swipe of Bioderma will help me wake up with bright, clear eyes instead of crusted-over mascara (ew). I've also swapped my cleanser with it in the morning—I love how hydrating it feels and I've found that soaking a cotton pad in it and wiping it across my face leaves my skin feeling clean without washing. It's really such an easy-to-use product and is completely deserving of its cult status. Thanks, models!" — Faith
"I have had this one bottomless tube of CeraVe healing ointment by my bed for like two years, and even though I use it every day for all sorts of things, I don't think it will ever run out. And thank goodness for that. Dry lips, eczema, flaky skin, messed-up cuticles, cuts, tattoos… this stuff works on all of it." — Amanda Montell, features editor
"I am ridiculously prone to chapped lips, and while I've tried many fancy masks and treatments, in the end, I always end up reaching for my tube of Burt's Bees. It's cheap and it gets the job done, so it's a keeper." — Victoria Hoff, wellness editor
"I have been a self-professed self-tanning addict for years now and pretty much pride myself on having vetted virtually every brand, tube, mousse, lotion, and spray known to humankind. And this, my friends, is the Tesla of all tanning mitts. Not only is application far smoother (like butter) than any other product I've tried, but the mitt itself is so unbelievably soft that you almost forget you're doing something as mundane as covering yourself in bronze mousse. Somehow, this machine-washable mitt with a protective membrane (no stained hands!) makes the process feel luxurious." — Erin Jahns, assistant editor
"I've been using this lotion since my freshman year of college and have yet to find something I like more. It's super moisturising without leaving behind a greasy residue. Even living in L.A., my skin gets super dry in the winter, and this is one of the few body moisturisers I've tried that gives me lasting results. I lather up right after showering, and it keeps my skin hydrated all day. I also love its subtle cocoa butter scent and never tire of it." — Dacy
"Normally I would have trouble quantifying more than five or 10 dollars on facial cleansing cloths. However, considering they're my go-to for removing makeup and ensuring I have a clean, fresh canvas pre-nighttime cleanse, I've found myself more than able. And no matter how many different brands and formulas I try, I always find myself coming back to these magical ones by Ole Henriksen. (I've had a love affair with them since college.) In addition to smelling nice, they never irritate, dehydrate, or break out my acne-prone sensitive skin, and they effortlessly take off my face and eye makeup with minimal rubbing or tugging. Plus, I'm convinced they've actually improved my skin, and I notice a difference when I've gone through spells of not using them—I blame it on the multivitamin blend of B5, C, and E plus noncomedogenic oils from moringa and borage seed." — Erin
"I've had issues for years with my hair remaining super prone to breakage—no matter what I did. The only thing that's ever truly made a difference is my Tangle Teezer. It's budget-friendly and less romantic-looking than my Mason Pearson, but on wet, curly hair, it's a godsend. I use it right out of the shower because it's so gentle and eliminates tangles without ripping any of your hair out. It's a hero product for sure." — Hallie Gould, senior editor
"I probably talk about this lip balm every day to everyone who will listen (and for the record, those who heed my recommendation always thank me later). I'll put it this way. My lips don't like lip balm, and if it weren't for this one, which I discovered years ago, I probably would forgo the step completely. Why? Because every single lip balm I try seems to do the exact opposite of what it should. Minutes and hours post-application, my lips feel hot, tight, and flaky—parched. However, not so with this one. I keep one in every bag, in my bathroom, and by my bed, and it's truly the only thing that keeps my pout healthy and happy. And while I realise the strawberry flavour might not be for everyone (the '90s Lipsmackers hoarder in me loves it), this specific formula is the only tin from the brand that seems to work its magic. In fact, I actually don't love the brand's signature rosebud iteration, which many people find interesting." — Erin