13 Best Beauty Products Our Hip2Save Team Can’t Live Without

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We’re sharing our list of the best beauty products for 2023, including MAC, Kiehl’s, Nivea, and more!

Woman holding Olay Super Serum one of the best beauty products of 2023

We’re ready for our close-up!

It’s always exciting to learn another woman’s secret to looking so flawless. To find the perfect products for your hair, skin, nails, and face, this huge roundup of our team’s absolute favorites should help! If you want to know the top trending beauty products of 2023, look no further than this list!

1. I love to detox my skin with an Aztec Healing Clay mask & moisturize with virgin coconut oil.

woman holding Indian healing clay canister beauty product with green mask on face

Deep pore cleansing for the world’s greatest facial all at an incredible price?! Yes, please! Aztec Healing Clay is 100% natural & undeniably effective! Plus, it’s full of magnesium, calcium, and iron which helps release toxins and eliminate excess oil if that’s something you struggle with.

Along with myself, there are thousands of people (including my Hip team member Emily) that absolutely love doing an occasional Indian Healing Clay mask to keep our skin in check! Mix with some apple cider vinegar and you’ve got a match made in heaven!

You can read our full review of this Aztec Indian Healing Clay.

I also love using virgin coconut oil to moisturize, plus it’s a super affordable & unexpected option!

hand holding a jar of coconut oil

Calling all minimalists! It doesn’t get much more down to basics than some good old coconut oil. I was tired of using such expensive products and started to develop some dry skin & redness around my nose that I just couldn’t seem to kick.

Since coconut oil is packed full of medium-chain fatty acids that contain antimicrobial properties (i.e. great for the skin!), I figured it was worth trying! Plus, I always have some on hand and it can double as a cooking substitute so it’s a win, win.

hand holding a small clear tupperware of coconut oil

I always fill a small condiment-sized container and keep it in my medicine cabinet so it’s handy each time I’m getting out of the shower. After a month of routine use, my dryness & nose redness had resolved and I feel so good about what I’m putting on my face now!

I could not be happier with what coconut oil has done for my skin and sometimes I even use it as a moisturizer for my arms and legs! It’s so versatile & inexpensive! #naturalforthewin!

Hip Tip: Did you see that I also used coconut oil to do a hot oil hair treatment and it gave me amazing results!

2. Chelsey & Emily love their results of the gentle, yet effective, Lumineux Whitening Strips.

Woman pointing to the results of her Lumineux Teeth Whitening Strips, one of the top best beauty products of 2023.

Looking for a gentle teeth whitening treatment that works? Both Chelsey and Emily consider Lumineux White Strips a must-have beauty product! These powerful strips won’t damage your enamel or leave you with that uncomfortable sensitivity that has become synonymous with whitening treatments.

Chelsey previously used another brand, but now she’s sold on Lumineux. She says they work faster and there’s more product on the strip for an all-over white, specifically in the grooves of the teeth. Plus, she loves their mission to support a “healthier oral biome” with all their products and that they help keep the good germs!

Woman pointing to the results of her Lumineux Whitening Strips, one of the top best beauty products of 2023.

Meanwhile, Emily is astounded at how effective these whitening strips are without making her teeth hurt:

“I’ve tried many whitening products, but what makes Lumineux stand out is the gentle effectiveness. You get whiter teeth that look natural and without any of the harmful enamel damage that comes with other whitening products. I didn’t realize how drastic that damage could be until I used another popular brand of white strips but found I had a hard time drinking ice cold drinks afterwards…and not just immediately after, the sensitivity lasted for months!

I’ve done 8 treatments with Lumineux strips, some even doubled up on the same day, and I’m still blown away that not only are my teeth whiter, but they feel healthy too. No sensitivity in the slightest, which I’m thankful for, because if I couldn’t have iced coffee all summer while maintaining a white (and non-sensitive) smile, I would cry lol!”

3. Angela’s beauty tool works 7 times better than her fingers (& she can’t stop using it).

various beauty products sitting on countertop

If you love taking the best care of your skin possible, this dermatologist-approved tool is a great way to apply any product to your face! It’s proven to make products work seven times better – as opposed to application with your fingertips. Plus, it works for all skin types, so you can’t go wrong!

Here’s what Angela loves about her handy beauty tool:

“A friend recommended this tool to me, and I can’t stop touching my face because it’s so soft when I use it. It can be used with any creams, lotions, or serums you currently use in your skincare routine, and it works so great!”

4. Emily’s favorite beauty product is her go-to foundation for acne-prone skin & includes SPF too! 

cc cream foundation

Full-coverage foundation AND included SPF without adding on separate sunscreen? Sign us up! This product is a #1 best-selling color-correcting cream, so we can see why this is Emily’s favorite beauty product!

The consistency is lightweight in texture and can be buildable so whether you want a light or a fuller coverage look, this can work for both. If you’re looking for one of the best beauty products of 2023, this is it!

Here’s what Emily said about her favorite foundation: 

IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream with SPF 50 has been my go-to for a foundation and as a concealer for the last three years. A small amount goes a long way! I use less than one pump and it completely evens out my skin tone and covers any redness or blotches. I lightly brush on a powder after applying because I have oily skin and then use the CC cream as a concealer to cover any blemishes. It lasts all day and washes off easily! Bonus that it has SPF 50.”

5. Cass has been using COSRX snail mucin since 2017 and she has no plans to stop. 

hand holding a bottle of Snail Mucin Essence by COSRX

COSRX snail mucin products are the holy grail according to Hip2Save’s Cass. She isn’t the only one with that opinion either! Jenna and Chelsey also agree that these Korean skincare products deserve a spot in your beauty lineup! Chelsey loves that it doesn’t clog her pores or feel heavy, even when layering on multiple products.

Snail mucin may be just what you need if you’re looking to repair your skin, clear your acne, and keep the wrinkles at bay. Our team swears it’s as good as magic! No wonder it’s been mentioned in every top beauty magazine – from Vogue to Elle. These products are definitely among the best top beauty products of 2023!

Here’s what Cass had to say about the COSRX Snail Mucin Power Essence, the first product she scooped up:

“This, of course, is the OG. The one that started it all. You have to get over the texture of it, and give it time to do it’s job but with regular use, it can help to repair, stimulate collagen, get rid of acne and acne scarring, keep wrinkles away… all kinds of good stuff! It’s basically magic.

And it works with whatever other skincare you’re using so you can just add it to your routine. I pair with VIT C, retinoids, peptides, etc. with no issues. And I love using it just after exfoliating with glycolic or lactic acid. It’s also less comedogenic than other brands thanks to their finer filtration process, so it’s great for people who deal with acne or clogged pores.

If you’re just starting out, or turned off by the idea of snail mucin, I recommend you start with their other essence, called the COSRX Advanced Snail Radiance Dual Essence.

Sidenote: Ever wondered why the IT Cosmetics CC cream Emily mentioned above is loved by SO many women? Snail Secretion Filtrate. Seriously. It’s full of snail mucin which is why your face always looks so good after application.”

COSRX All in one snail cream in a 200mg tube

Jenna attests that this is the best moisturizer EVER! It’s also the last step of Cass’s skincare routine. She loves that it is hydrating without feeling heavy and she has no problems applying foundation or sunscreen right over it. If you love the dewy, glass-skin look, this is the product for you!

Plus, check out these other great COSRX products:

6. Cass also has love for everything from The Ordinary line.

row of clear and brown amber dropper bottle beauty products with the ordinary labels on front

When The Ordinary hit the market, beauty lovers everywhere were going wild due to the minimal ingredients, safe options for skincare, and all at a totally affordable price – it’s no wonder it’s Cass’s favorite product line when you follow a ten-step skincare routine!

There’s more you need to know about The Ordinary like how they’re able to offer such incredible prices, what Cass uses, and much more, so make sure to read her full review!

The Ordinary Natural Moisturizing

Here’s what Cass loves about her The Ordinary products:

“I have tried all of their products and absolutely love this affordable line, however, my heart really belongs to all their skincare products! I follow a daily 10-step routine (extreme, I know) and I just love everything I’ve used.

I’ve even tried multiple versions of Vitamin C and Retinols/Retinoids from this brand, and I experienced no irritation at all which is such a big deal. I cannot say enough about these products and the prices are even better!”

7. Lina’s got a few favorite beauty products from Revlon & MAC that have been her go-to for years.

woman with short black hair wearing an olive green colored tunic top

Lina has been using this eyeliner for years, but what you may not know is that even Joanna Gaines uses this tried and true liner! I’m already sold! 😍 By the way, we have a whole post reviewing some of Joanna Gaines fave makeup products here.

Here are some of Lina’s other favorite beauty products:

three MAC eyeshadows and pink lipstick on granite counter

MAC makeup almost always ends up on a list of the best beauty products around and we think that still rings true for 2023. One of the greatest perks of shopping with MAC Cosmetics is not just the free shipping, but their Back-to-MAC program which can score you some pretty sweet freebies.

How does it work? All you do is shop at MAC online (their stores will be open again soon!), return empty, qualifying products, and once you reach six total returns, you can receive free lipstick! That’s an almost $20 value, just by returning trash! 😱

Here’s why Lina says about her favorite makeup: 

“I’ve been using Revlon ColorStay liner for about 10 years and it’s the only thing I use! It stays on until you take it off and looks great all day long! I also love my tried and true MAC products – I’m a huge fan of their eyeshadows and lipstick. They also stay on all day and have amazing pigment!”

8. Emily is adding Olay Super Serum to her list of beauty favorites.

hand holding the dropper of an Olay Super Serum bottle which is one of the best beauty products of 2023

This highly-rated serum doesn’t just look pretty, it provides some dreamy results! It offers 5 major benefits that include firmer skin, improved skin texture, more even-looking skin tone, visibly smoother lines, and serious hydration.

It’s one of the best trending beauty products of 2023 and it’s easy to see why! Tons of customers have left glowing reviews to reflect their newly glowing skin. Hip2Save’s Emily is one of them. She is so impressed by the long-lasting hydration, and thanks to Olay Super Serum, her skin is softer than ever!

Olay Super Serum results showing why it is one of the top best beauty products of 2023.

Olay Super Serum is making Emily’s skin feel soft and hydrated:

“I’ve replaced all my skincare products for 2 weeks with just this serum and it’s working wonders! My skin feels so soft — not just like smooth how you skin can feel after any facial product, my skin itself has almost a velvety feel, even hours after applying. It’s mega-hydrating, and I haven’t even used a regular moisturizer, just some SPF when heading out into the sun.

It’s helped even out my skin tone a bit, and the morning just-woke-up-and-look-in-the-mirror situations are way less dreadful haha! I don’t have that immediate ‘I need to slap on some foundation STAT’ feeling anymore too, so that’s a big win!”

9. Amber loves her women’s gummies to help with thin hair & her face primer to achieve the perfect makeup application.

jar of women's multivitamins and face primer in small tube

Beauty starts from the inside out, and that’s something we might not often think about for our daily routine! A good multi-vitamin is a great start to better health, but Amber didn’t stop there – she also loves these vitamins to help build stronger hair and nails.

While Amber loves taking care of herself from the inside first, she also can’t get enough of this face primer which helps smooth her skin and prep it for the perfect makeup application.

Here’s what Amber said about her favorite products:

Olly Multi-Vitamin Gummies

“I like to grab a multivitamin with biotin to give my hair and skin a boost. My hair is very fine and biotin really helps it grow a bit fuller. I tend to switch it up every so often as some contain more or less biotin. These gummies aren’t just good for you, but they taste great, too!”

The POREfessional Face Primer

“I love this face primer because it fills in the look of pores and smooths my skin which makes my makeup look so much better! I use it every time I put on makeup and absolutely love it!” 

10. Skincare lover Emily can’t live without her foaming cleanser!

aveeno foaming face wash in shower

When you find a great face wash, you just stick with it! This has been Emily’s go-to for perfect skin and easily removing her waterproof makeup.

Here’s what Emily had to say about her favorite face wash:

Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming face wash is the best cleanser I’ve ever used and have been using it for over 6 or 7 years now. Without it, my skin will develop tiny bumps and an uneven tone. It also removes all my waterproof makeup without having to scrub it! I’ve switched it out to other face washes in a pinch but I ALWAYS go back to this one.”

Emily also shared bonus products for saving money on doing her own gel nails:

gellen gel polish and suv uv led lamp

Ever wish you knew how to do salon nails right at home? Emily says she saves tons of money by doing her own gel nails at home with an LED lamp and Gellen polishes, both from Amazon! People will be constantly asking who did your perfect nails!

Hip Tip: Check out this other way to do a manicure at home in just one simple step!

11. Erica loves this hairspray which gives her hair so much more volume.

paul mitchell hairspray sitting on countertop

Hair that could use a little extra volume will love this effortless texture hairspray! This salon-quality spray naturally enhances any head of hair.

Here’s what Erica has to say about her texture spray:

“Holy texture spray that actually works! I love this spray so much! And since I don’t get totally ‘out the door ready’ often, one bottle lasts me forever. It’s worth the beauty splurge to have some awesome hair when I need it.”

12. Paige keeps her skin ultra-clear with her favorites Kiehl’s Facial Cleanser.

kiehls ultra facial cleanser

Kiehl’s is probably the most underrated beauty product line ever! That said, I may be biased since it’s also my go-to line for face wash! This classic face wash is perfect for all skin types, so you really can’t go wrong!

Here’s what Paige has to say about her favorite product:

“I have tried a million different facial cleansers, but I always come back to Kiehl’s! It is awesome!”

13. Jessica has used this NIVEA face cream for over 15 years.

woman holding blue jar of NIVEA creme

NIVEA has a reputation for being one of the best beauty products on the market. This rich, moisturizing creme is great for all skin types! Another bonus is that it can be multi-purpose and used all over your body, making this a total budget-friendly and versatile beauty product to have on hand!

Here’s what Jessica has to say about her face creme:

“I’ve used this for over half my life, and I cannot go a day without it! I put it on my face right after I get out of the shower, and it instantly makes my skin feel smooth and hydrated.

I’ve tried other face creams (they are either too thin and watery, or they burn my sensitive skin). Nivea is absolutely perfect! One of these jars lasts a really long time, too. Plus, it’s not expensive which is always a bonus!”

*Note that no one on our team is a beauty expert or dermatologist. It’s recommended to consult with your doctor first before using new skincare products. 

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About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. Katibell

    Just fyi that CC cream is comedogenic, meaning it clogs pores and contains oil that causes acne. I broke out terribly and found out

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      SO sorry to hear that caused you to break out, Katibell. 😔 Thanks so much for sharing your experience. ❤️

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