A busy schedule is something that takes some getting used to. Throughout college, as well as now, in my professional life, I was able to adapt to an on-the-go lifestyle with the help of a few necessities.

Finding the right products and the ones that worked perfectly for me and my life was a process that definitely took some trial and error.

To make it easier on other women, I decided to share my must-haves for a busy life here on Haute Mess! I truly believe that the secret to a happy life is a busy life.

Erin Condren LifePlanner: Staying organized is *so* important–and so much more so when you are always on the go! My LifePlanner helps me keep track of literally everything.

I looove that it has an overview of each month, as well as weekly spreads with room for more details. This setup is essential for me; I won’t ever buy a planner that is not in this format. LifePlanner also comes equipped with tons of useful stickers that help me on top of everything.

The best part? These guys are completely customizable. You will feel like you’re treating yourself when you order your personalized LifePlanner (but you won’t feel guilty because it’s something important that you will use day after day)!

Unlike planners from office supply stores or chains like Target, Erin Condren’s are top-quality, so they will actually last the entire year without getting worn and torn. The thick paper, durable covers and strong spirals are ah-mazing. Prices vary, Erin Condren

Pop & Suki Leather Notebook: When I say that I would be nowhere without my Leather Notebook, I mean it. I cannot do anything work-related without it. From brainstorm and creating lists to writing first drafts, I put it all in my P&S Leather Notebook.

I am really old-fashioned in that I just *have* to have everything written down. It helps me think more clearly and stay more organized in general. Plus, being able to physically cross something off my list is so satisfying and makes the task so much more rewarding. $40, Pop & Suki

Jao Refresher: Fellow Glossier Rep Amy Serrano introduced me to this product a couple months ago, and now I am a changed woman!

I used to be completely against hand sanitizers; not only are they extremely drying on the skin, they kill *all* germs–even the good ones.

But, when I began taking the train to and from work every day (while spending 8 hours in Manhattan in between), I quickly realized that I’d need to swallow my pride and pick one up.

Jao is a lot chicer than Purell, so I don’t mind keeping a larger one at my desk and a smaller one in my bag. Prices vary, Jao

Glossier Balm Dotcom: If you don’t have a bedside Balm, a vanity Balm, a car Balm and a purse Balm, what are you even doing? I’ve talked about this cult-favorite universal skin salve ad nauseam on here, so I am doing my best not to go to in-depth on here.

But, Balm Dotcom is hands-down the best lip balm I have ever used–and I’ve tried pretty much anything. Now, I don’t want to try anything else!

A little goes such a long way with this product, so one tube lasts forever. Plus, it is extremely long-wearing (even through intense workouts), which is a must for me and for anyone else who is super busy on the reg.

It comes in five yummy flavors, plus Original, which is unflavored. The Cherry and Rose flavors have a red and pink tint, respectively, while the Birthday flavor is un-tinted with a subtle holographic shimmer. I love them all. Currently in my bag? Coconut and Mint. $12, Glossier

Micellar wipes: Whether you are taking your makeup off, or you just need to refresh your face on-the-go, micellar wipes are a must!

I use Bioderma’s because that’s a brand I know I can trust. Sensible H2O Wipes are extremely saturated (so just one works wonders); they are spa-quality at an affordable price. $9.90, Beautylish

Facial spray: Soothe tired, irritated and dry skin easily and quickly with a facial spray! There are so many great options on the market.

You guys already know how much I love Mario Badescu’s Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber & Green Tea, as well as Lush’s Tea Tree Water toner. Because they both are available in multiple sizes, there is definitely one that will fit in your purse. Currently, I am keeping the smaller Tea Tree Water in mine because I know it has the power to fight all that NYC pollution and bacteria. $11-$23, Lush

Teeth whitening pen: This product is a godsend, so thank-you, Tarte! Not only is it vegan, it’s bleach-free, so it is gentle on teeth and actually protects the enamel.

Pearly Girl perfect for keeping in your bag post-lunch or post-gym (or post-wine). Don’t be that person brushing your teeth in a public bathroom. $22, Sephora

Glossier You Solid Perfume: We’re not in middle school anymore, so I forbid you all from keeping actual perfume bottles in your bag. Time to invest in a solid perfume like an adult.

Because I’m a Glossier Rep, I am way partial to You Solid; it smells exactly like the original You (only a bit stronger because it’s more concentrated), but it is much more travel-friendly. I love how the waxy formula melts into skin, leaving the clean, warm and sparkling scent behind all day long! $22, Glossier

Portable charger: Don’t get caught waiting for the train, the bus or an Uber without your phone! People hate on smartphones, but in my opinion they are necessary for safety and for life in general in 2018–especially if you rely on public transportation like I do.

I am all for leaving your phone in the hotel when you are on vacay or in your bag when you are out with friends, but during the work day, there is no question that it is an essential. So, invest in a portable charger if you are out of the house all day, every day!

This one from Free People easily slips into my smallest bags. (It’s also gorgeous.) $24, Free People

Sensible shoes: Don’t get me wrong–I love getting dressed up and wearing heels to work as much as the next 20-something. But oftentimes, I trade my heels for a sleek pair of sneakers or my Gucci loafers.

I’ve never been a ballet flats type of gal; I don’t like how they look at all, plus they’re not supportive and they do very little to shield your feet from the elements. That’s why I picked up a timeless pair of black Horsebit loafers from Gucci.

The style I chose can be worn as standard loafers, but the backs can also be folded down so that they become slippers. I love how versatile they are, and I know I will gave them forever.

Umbrella, sunglasses and other practical accessories: For me, accessorizing has always been about practicality, not fashion. But that doesn’t mean you can’t look good while being practical.

To avoid a major wardrobe malfunction (like being soaked to the core during an unsuspected rain shower on the way to work), I always keep an umbrella in my tote–particularly, my Little Brown Umbrella from Bloomingdale’s.

Other notable items? Sunglasses, of course, as well as a water bottle by S’well.

Moon Juice Power Dust: I picked this up during a recent sale at Free People on somewhat of a whim.

Moon Juice Beauty Dust and Sex Dust have been all over social media lately, so I’ve definitely been wanting to give the brand a try. Because I’ve never been a coffee drinker, I decided to go with Power Dust.

Basically, you empty a pouch (or two!) into water, tea or even pancake batter to reap the benefits. Power Dust has an interesting (but not unpleasant) taste. $35, Moon Juice

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Tea Tree Water Toner (Lush), Stretch Concealer (Glossier), Body Hero Daily Perfecting Cream (Glossier), Cloud Paints in Haze & Beam (Glossier), BB Cream (Bali Body), Balm Dotcom in Birthday (Glossier)

My skin is sensitive all year long, but more so during the winter months. When the weather is consistently cold, my skin tends to dry out and become flaky. I also get a lot more redness than usual, especially around my nose.

Because of all this, treating my skin right is more necessary than usual; I can’t ease up on my routine the way I sometimes do during the summertime.

Obviously, great skin starts from within (i.e., eating healthy, drinking tons of water, avoiding alcohol whenever possible, etc.), but skincare is a close second.

I start with a gentle cleanser like Glossier‘s Milky Jelly when my skin is in need of some extra TLC, then I’ll go in with a soothing face mist. I am obsessed Mario Badescu’s Facial Mist with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea. All three of the main ingredients are incredibly calming, and the mist itself gives my skin a little more moisture.

Not only does Milky Jelly Cleanser get the job done gently with a cleaning agent commonly used in contact solution (making it safe for the eye area), it smells amazing because 1/4 of the formula was replaced with soothing rosewater.

Next is a natural toner. I am obsessed with Lush’s Tea Tree Water Toner; pretty much everything from Lush is great for sensitive skin. Tea Tree is great for treating acne and redness, while the watery formula feels amazing on dry or irritated skin.

I am a serum junkie! There is a serum out there for any skincare dilemma or skin type. For dry, tight winter skin, a formula with hyaluronic acid is a must! Glossier‘s Super Bounce is a trustworthy option because it never causes me any irritation. In addition to hyaluronic acid, it also has skin-suppling Vitamin B5.

Moisturizing is essential–especially for dry, irritated skin. When a buildable, everyday moisturizer won’t do the job, I go for Glossier‘s Priming Moisturizer Rich.

If I’m in need of extra comforting moisture, I’ll do a 15- or 20-minute sheet mask before moisturizer. My sensitive skin responds best to formulas with green tea, hyaluronic acid, collagen or snail mucin. The best part is that great quality sheet masks are super affordable, so I always keep a few on-hand.

Even during the cold winter months, I don’t skip sunscreen. Low temperatures can be deceiving, but UV rays are strong this time of year. Glossier‘s Invisible Shield is alcohol-free, so it doesn’t irritate the skin at all. And in addition to being, well, invisible, it feels completely weightless.

When my skin is *super* irritated, I ditch makeup all together; I don’t want any more products than necessary. But when my skin *can* handle makeup, I’ll go in with a few trustworthy and gentle products.

Bali Body’s BB Cream is loaded with nourishing ingredients like hyaluronic acid, marine collagen and green tea (plus, it’s got SPF 15).

For extra coverage, like around my nose where it tends to get red and irritated the most, there’s Glossier‘s Stretch Concealer, which, unlike a lot of other concealers on the market, never gets dry or flaky. The buildable formula stays dewy. And it *actually* stretches over blemishes (hence the name).

To brighten up my face in a couple easy steps, I combine Glossier Cloud Paint and Haloscope. (My favorite combos are Cloud Paint Beam and Haloscope Topaz, as well as Cloud Paint Haze and Haloscope Moonstone).

I’ll dab a little bit of Cloud Paint on the apples of the cheeks, then tap with the ring finger to blend. After that I’ll apply Haloscope to the orbital bone around they eye, the brow bone, the tip of the nose and the cupid’s bow, then tap around the edges to blend.

Tinted lip balm is the best for sensitive skin that’s in need of a fuss-free beauty routine. Glossier‘s Balm Dotcom in Cherry and Birthday are two of my must-haves, in addition to Givenchy’s Hydra Sparkling Lip & Cheek Balm.

When it comes to the body, I am super picky about moisturizers (maybe even more picky than I am with my face). I can’t stand that sticky, greasy feeling or perfume-y fragrances. c. booth’s 4-in-1 Body Lotion is a great choice because a) it’s extremely affordable, b) the ingredients are great and c) it never, ever leaves my skin feeling gross, no matter how much I use.

I also love the huge bottles they come in because that means I don’t have to restock so often. The 4-in-1 formula exfoliates, hydrates, nourishes and firms.

If my skin is feeling extra dry, add some unrefined coconut oil to my body lotion. Just scoop the waxy coconut oil from the jar, warm between your hands to liquify it, then rub onto your skin the same way you would lotion.

Glossier‘s Body Hero Duo is another fabulous choice. The Daily Perfecting Cream has a light, baby-like scent that leaves your entire bod with a Glossier-worthy glow (without any stickiness or greasiness); it absorbs super quickly into the skin and lasts all day.

Daily Oil Wash has a to-die-for orange-neroli scent that I can’t get enough of. It’s light, frothing formula is such a nice alternative to lathering up in the shower; plus, it’s oil-based so it never leaves skin feeling stripped.

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From left to right: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, Gisou Texture Comb, Glossier Solution, Kristin Ess Signature Conditioner & Shampoo, Bali Body Tanning/Body Oil

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipsticks, from top to bottom: Freckle Fiesta, Shawty, PMS

Hi! I am making it a priority to do monthly favorites more regularly in 2018, and we’re off to a good start with a handful of things I’ve really been loving all of January.

Let me know in the comments below what you loved in January! I want to learn all about your favorite fashion, beauty and lifestyle things.

Glossier Solution: All I can say about Glossier’s newest launch is wow–especially after seeing the before and after shots on the brand’s website and other digital platforms. This was the product I didn’t know my skincare routine needed.

After trying several different products to combat the persistent problem area on the rightmost section of my forehead/temple, nothing seemed to provide thorough, lasting results–until Solution.

But after one week of use, I noticed a *huuuge* improvement on both the texture of current breakouts and the dark spots left behind by past breakouts. In my opinion, Solution is truly one-of-a-kind because the strong, super effective formula is safe and gentle enough to use every day; its balanced with moisturizing glycerin, as well as soothing aloe and niacinamide.

I love that this product also prevents future breakouts while shrinking pores. Details to come on Haute Mess as soon as I reach the 4-week mark of using this product! But for now, check out my first impressions here.

Kristin Ess Shampoo & Conditioner: Getting my hair back to health is somewhat of a New Year’s resolution for me, so I’ve been on the hunt for the best affordable shampoo/conditioner duo. I decided to try Kristin Ess’ after I saw a handful of my fellow Glossier Reps raving about it. (I also double checked with my hair stylist–hey, Crista!–to make sure she approved. She does.)

I am so happy I didn’t dole out the cash for Kiehl’s, because I was really close to picking up their amino acid shampoo/conditioner duo at Sephora. Although Kiehl’s isn’t terribly overpriced, Kristin Ess is so much more reasonable for something that is, quite literally, going to get washed down the drain.

The first thing I noticed was that it smells really freaking good, like Byredo’s Mojave Ghost. And the second thing I noticed was how soft, shiny and weightless my hair felt once it dried. Kristin Ess’ shampoo and conditioner gave me blowout-worthy hair without any of the hassle (and only a fraction of the cost).

A few days later I noticed that, despite quite a few dry shampoo applications, my hair was still smooth, silky and manageable. I definitely recommend this duo for all hair types, and I am now super eager to try the brand’s Thickening Spray.

Gisou Texture Comb: I love everything I ordered from Gisou in December, but if I had to choose one standout product, it would be the Texture Comb. It may seem superfluous, but this tool has really changed my haircare routine.

Especially when compared to the Wet Brush I was using for five years prior, Texture Comb has done wonders for my tresses. It doesn’t pull at the hair, causing fallout and breakage the way the Wet Brush did. I instantly noticed so much less hair loss after using Gisou’s comb; so much so that I threw my brush into the trash. What can I say? I’m a changed woman.

It’s definitely expensive though, so I am really happy this was a one-time purchase that I won’t have to re-order (unlike Gisou’s hair oil and heat spray).

Oh, and I am so excited for the brand’s hair mask to launch soon! Gisou has been teasing it on Instagram like crazy, and my mane could really use a little more nourishment and deep moisture.

Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick: These lippies were somewhat of an impulse buy for me, but they instantly made their way to my army of go-to makeup products. I picked up the shades Freckle Fiesta, Shawty and PMS the day after they launched, and I am obsessed with them all.

They’re so comfortable, easy to apply, and the color payoff is strong, even and weightless. The formula, which is smooth and gel-like, is easily one of the best I’ve ever tried in a lipstick. Rihanna really hit the nail on the head with these guys.

Byredo scents: I am definitely a candle junkie! And lately, I cannot get enough of Byredo’s inviting, warm and slightly sultry Bohemia. With top notes of Opopanax and rum, germanium, labdanum and rosemary at the heart, and a moss, sandalwood and vanilla base, Bohemia is the perfect home scent for me.

Now, I’m super eager to try Byredo’s newest home fragrance Woods, as well as Peyote Poem and Safran.

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Left to right: Glossier Body Hero Daily Oil Wash, ColourPop All I See Is Magic Pressed Powder Shadow Palette, Bali Body Shimmering Body Oil, Glossier Lip Gloss

Whether you’re on a budget or are unsure about investing in an expensive skincare or makeup item, there’s a number of affordable products on the market that feel so high-end. The beauty industry has made a ton of innovations over the past couple years, and luckily for us, that means better quality products at a more affordable price.

I’ve narrowed it down to 12 of my favorites, but I hope to have a second part on the blog within the next few months. Be sure to leave your favorite affordable beauty must-haves in the comments down below–I cannot wait to check them all out!

Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser: Made with the same cleaning agent found in contact solution, this cleanser is super gentle and safe to use on the eye area. Glossier also replaced 1/4 of the water in this formula with soothing, aromatic rosewater that smells almost identical the brand’s Manhattan showroom.

Milky Jelly Cleanser works on wet skin to–duh!–cleanse, but it also works on dry skin to melt away makeup and grime. And it’s great for every single skin type, including sensitive. $18, glossier.com

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich: This is the product that inspired me to put together this list in the first place. You already know and love Glossier’s original Priming Moisturizer, but have you met Rich? Think of it as PM’s more luxe sister.

It contains a red algae complex, Ceramides 3 and 6, five key fatty acids and murumuru butter to deeply nourish and moisturize the skin, as well as an anti-redness complex and an oxygenating agent improve tone and texture so skin is prepped for makeup (or not).

I looove how luxurious, yet weightless, Rich feels on the skin; it’s truly feels like a daily indulgence. The murumuru butter feels super dense, while the other ingredients fortify skin’s moisture barrier, locking moisture in. $35, glossier.com

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Wipes: I’ve used a ton of makeup remover wipes throughout the years, and these are by far my favorite. Neutrogena’s seem to be the most commonly used, but they have always left a weird, greasy film on my skin that I don’t like.

There are some high-end makeup wipes–such as Koh Gen Do’s–that are great, but who wants to spend that much on something that’s getting thrown in the trash in a matter of seconds? Not me.

Simple’s Micellar Makeup Remover Wipes are a trustworthy and affordable option, but when using these I almost always need two to remove a full face of makeup, so I end up going through a pack of them really quickly.

That’s why I am so happy I discovered Bioderma’s last year. They have the gentle and effective micellar formula that I love, but they’re super saturated, so just one does the job. $9.90, beautylish.com

Mario Badescu Facial Sprays: Refresh your face throughout the day and soothe your skin after cleansing with one of these cult-favorite, super affordable sprays.

My personal fav is the one with aloe, cucumber and green tea–I’ve noticed a huge improvement in my skin’s tone and texture after a month of using it daily. Now, I always keep backup so I’m never without its comforting hydration.

There’s also an aloe, herbs and rosewater formula, as well as an aloe, chamomile and lavender option. $5-$12, ulta.com

Frank Body Lip Scrub: Everyone needs a lip scrub in their medicine cabinet, but sadly this product often goes forgotten.

For me, a lip scrub is essential both for removing stubborn lip colors, as well as prepping the lips for lipstick or gloss. There are some great DIY lip scrubs on Pinterest, and Lush also has a few affordable, natural lip scrubs, but lately I’ve been loving this one from Aussie skincare label Frank Body.

It’s loaded with coffee and raw sugar to gently and evenly exfoliate, as well as coffee seed oil to naturally plump lips. Cold-pressed macadamia oil and ethically sourced beeswax soften and soothe your pout. $12.95, ulta.com

Glossier Lip Gloss: Remember MAC’s pricey Lip Glass from middle school? Glossier’s got a less costly formula that won’t make your lips peel like crazy the way MAC’s did.

This kirakira-worthy clear lip gloss is formulated with a mixture of emollients so it’s long-lasting, conditioning polymers so it’s never goopy or sticky, as well as Vitamin E so lips are moisturized and look cushiony soft. $14, glossier.com

L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise: Drugstore mascara is the way to go; I just haven’t found any high-end mascaras to be worth their price points. My favorite by far is L’Oreal’s Voluminous Lash Paradise. I never bought the same mascara more than once until the Paris-based beauty giant debuted this formula last year. Available at drugstores

ColourPop Pressed Powder Eyeshadow: Keep just one or two on hand, create your own palette or choose from any of the gorgeous palettes ColourPop has to offer. I really cannot get enough of these pressed powder shadows because they’re so pigmented, silky and blend-able–and they last all day on the lids. Prices vary, colourpop.com

ColourPop Lippie Pencil: ColourPop is known for its liquid lipsticks; at least, that’s how the company rose to massive fame. But, I prefer their lesser known (and super under-appreciated) Lippie Pencils.

Every makeup lover needs a few lip liners, but who wants to spend $15+ on something thinner than the No. 2 pencils we used in grade school? ColourPop’s liners are creamy, long-lasting and available in a ton of shades. Oh, and did I mention they cost $5 each? $5, colourpop.com

NYX Butter Gloss/Intense Butter Gloss: Ultra-pigmented, ultra-shiny gloss without any of the glitter? Yes, please.

NYX Butter Glosses and Intense Butter Glosses plump up the lips, look sophisticated and smell like dessert. With a combined 58 shades between the two formulas on Ulta’s website, there’s something for everyone when it comes to NYX’s buttery-soft and affordable Butter Glosses. $4.99-$6.49, ulta.com

Bali Body Shimmering Body Oil: I’m just as guilty of lusting over that bronze body oil from NARS on Sephora’s shelves as the next girl. Thankfully, Bali Body has our backs (quite literally) with an bronze body oil that’s half the cost!

BB’s natural skincare and tanning range is a long-time favorite of mine; I’ve been using their tanning oils for years, and their BB Cream for nearly as long. So, when they launched Shimmering Body Oil just before the holidays, I scooped it up as soon as it was available and instantly fell in love.

Not only does this formula smell even better than their original tanning oil, it’s loaded with gold and bronze shimmer particles. Shimmering Body Oil is formulated with coconut, jojoba and grape seed for a nourishing, moisturized glow that absorbs quickly into the skin. It gives the skin an instant streak-free bronzing day or night. $29.95, us.balibodyco.com

Glossier Body Hero Duo: So, this is technically two products, but who’s counting? If you want to treat yourself to an at-home spa day but bath’s aren’t your thing, or you want to make every shower–even the shortest, most rushed ones–feel like a mini pamper sesh, Body Hero Daily Oil Wash and Daily Perfecting Cream are the products for you. Learn more here. $35, glossier.com

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Left to right: Cup ‘o Coffee, Mega Greens Galaxy Pack, Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask, Moisturizing Moon Mask, GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment, Indian Healing Clay

Anyone who knows me (or has been following Haute Mess for a while) knows that I am a total mask junkie; I can’t go a week without masking. It’s just who I am. And because my readers requested I do more skincare posts in 2018, I decided to round up my favorite masks and tell you guys a little about them.

When it comes to finding a good mask, I look at the ingredients first; it is *so* important to be educated on everything you’re putting in your pores. Just like with food, ingredients are the first thing to look at when shopping for skincare.

It can get a little confusing, or at best, overwhelming, because most masks these days are multi-taskers jam-packed with ingredients that offer an array of benefits for our bodies’ largest organ: the skin.

From detoxifying clay masks to creamy hydrating masks and everything in between, I’ve tried so many different masks (including nearly the entire range from Lush)–and I definitely know which are my favs at this point. (Although I am by no means closed off the recommendations, so send me yours.)

In addition to the masks I listed here, I’m also a huge fan of hydrating sheet masks. Because they’re so affordable, I’ve tried countless different ones. And while I can’t even begin to narrow down my favs (or even remember which I’ve tried), I know that I love those formulated with red wine, collagen, hyaluronic acid and snail mucin.

Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack: Hands-down my favorite mask of all time, I really can’t get enough of this guy. It’s my go-to because I know I can trust it; it never breaks me out and it does its job time after time. Creamy kaolin clay detoxes, while bitter orange peel gently exfoliates.

As Glossier’s site states, Mega Greens, which is packed with powerful leafy green phytonutrients and superfruit antioxidants, is like a juice cleanse for your face. The ingredients work to cleanse the skin the same way juice cleanses you internally. And all that goodness protects the skin against pollution and other damage, too. $22, Glossier

Lush Brazened Honey: This mask from Lush is really similar to Glossier’s Mega Greens. The only differences are that you can pick it up IRL at your nearest shopping mall, and there’s much less of it per container.

It contains detoxifying kaolin clay and ground almonds, a gentle exfoliant, as well as honey (duh!), a superfood full of essential nutrients and antioxidants, that nourishes and fortifies the skin naturally.

Much like Glossier’s, Brazened Honey has never caused my skin any irritation, and it *always* does what it claims it will do: deliver smoother, brighter, more even skin that looks and feels clean and–most importantly–healthy. $9.95, Lush

Lush Cup ‘o Coffee: Another must-try from Lush, this face and body mask acts as a physical exfoliant while the kaolin clay gently detoxifies. Full disclaimer, though: I’ve never actually used this one on my face. But, I almost always have it in my medicine cabinet because I love using it from the neck down.

Caffeine wakes up the skin, leaving cellulite-prone areas looking perky. And of course, the ground coffee itself sloughs away dead cells so skin is soft, smooth and far from ashy. I love applying it before I shower, waiting 5-10 minutes, then hopping in to scrub myself clean. It’s an essential every season (and a must-have before any at-home tanning products) that leaves my bathroom smelling ah-mazing. $11.95-$22.95, Lush

Ulta Pollution Defense Pomegranate Peel-off Mask: I tried this one on a whim one time while shopping at Ulta and ended up falling in love. Although it’s not at all what I expected, it’s a really great, quick-and-easy affordable pick-me-up.

I was instantly drawn to this mask because it contains witch hazel, which is probably one of my favorite skincare remedies ever. It’s a natural astringent that removes excess oil, unclogging pores and purifying the skin.

Vitamins A and C, antioxidants found naturally in pomegranates, fight free radicals, which lead to signs of aging. It also contains soothing Vitamin E. The first time I used this mask, I noticed results as soon as I peeled it off.

This mask’s texture is really strange (and slightly difficult to work with), but the benefits (and price!) make it worth it. The slightly water-like formula drips like crazy before the mask is dry and ready to peel off, so I always make sure to throw on an old t-shirt or towel before I put it on. $3, Ulta

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay: Okay, so I’m sure most of you guys have seen this deep pore cleansing mask all over the beauty blogosphere. But, I couldn’t leave it out of this post because I always have it on hand.

For those of you who don’t know much about this mask, it comes as a powder and you mix it with apple cider vinegar (available at grocers, health food stores and Amazon), smear it on your problem areas, then let it dry. I definitely don’t recommend using this mask on your entire face–at least not at once–because it is so harsh.

Nevertheless, this mask is a long-time favorite; I love how you can actually feel it working as it hardens–it definitely lives up to its “feel your face pulsate” slogan. I use it on my t-zone to tighten and detox my pores, and to dry up any problem breakouts or excess oil. But I’ll warn you: it gets *super* uncomfortable if you leave it on too long, and the smell of vinegar is strong. Prices vary, Amazon

Glossier Moisturizing Moon Mask: Moisturizing Moon took me a couple tries to get the hang of, but once I did, it quickly became a staple in my routine.

I’ll let you guys in on a little secret: I don’t use this guy as a mask, at least, not as a wash-off mask as it’s intended. Instead of smearing it on thick and rinsing it off after 20 minutes, I work a thin layer into my skin before bed, and by the time I wake-up, it’s fully absorbed–no need to rinse.

After continued use, I noticed visibly plumper, softer, brighter skin, as well as less dehydration overnight. It’s never caused my skin any sort of irritation whatsoever. In fact, it leaves my complexion with a Glossier-worthy shine in all the right places. $22, Glossier

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask: So this is one of those social-media-made-me-do-it purchases. I had my eyes on this guy for a while before Sephora’s VIB sale, but held out for a few weeks to get the 20-percent off.

I hadn’t heard of the brand until a handful of my fellow Glossier Reps started trying this mask out. But, I’m a total sucker for Korean skincare, so I was instantly intrigued by Glow Recipe’s one-of-a-kind mask.

The color, scent and texture are unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a mask before. Not only is it a gorgeous Glossier pink, it smells like a juicy, perfectly ripe watermelon. It has a weightless jelly–almost goopy–texture that sinks into the skin to brighten overnight. $22-$45, Sephora

GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment: Because GLAMGLOW’s is the first anti-aging treatment I’ve ever tried, I was a little worried about how my skin would react. Thankfully, it hasn’t caused any type of reaction.

This easy-to-use peel-off mask delivers instant brightening and line-reducing results. Plus, the metallic silver sheen totally Insta-worthy. It has definitely made me eager to try more from GLAMGLOW. $24-$69, Sephora

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