8 Best Beauty Inventions You Never Knew You Needed

It's often the weirdest beauty treatments you hear about turn out to be the best ones, right? I pride myself on taking chances with the coolest, most innovative products out there, because seriously, who wants to hear about another blah eye cream? The following products fit into the category of unexpected, yet almost too good to be true. From a Lector-esque light mask to skin-shedding foot treatments, here are the best beauty products you just jump on, right now.

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by Julia Teen

The Original UV Nail Glove

The jury is still really seriously out on whether UV light-cured gel manicures can be cancerous, so pop these UV ray inhibiting gloves on next time you hit the salon for your gel fix.

OC Nails UV Shield Glove, $12.95, Amazon

Hot Sugar Scrub

Winter is coming! If you inevitably let the dead skin pull up around your unshaven legs (no judgement), this is the best scrub you’ll actually want to use. It’s a sugar scrub that heats up on touch. You’ll be addicted, trust.

Tree Hut Shea Sugar Body Scrub, $11.97, Amazon

Brush On Fiber Eyelash Extensions

If you’ve got no time (or coin) for lash extensions, this is the next best thing. Get instant (mega) volume and length on your lashes every day by first loading up on Cherry Bloom’s gel mascara, and then applying a coat of natural fiber extensions over the top. Finish off with another coat of mascara to seal the fibers in place. I like to do multiple layers of the fibers for seriously amped up, ridiculous lashes.

Cherry Bloom Fiber Eyelash Extensions, $36.05, Amazon

Makeup Cleansing Balm

I have a love/hate relationship with most makeup removers. Packaged wipes are the easiest solution for a drunken stumble-into-bed, but are way too rough on your skin and often leave it irritated. I’ve switched to this dissolving balm that literally melts away every scrap of makeup and primes your skin for cleansing.

Banila Cleansing Balm, $15.65, Amazon

Liquid Liner for Lash Growth

This is some multi-tasking magic. Liquid liner meets lash growth serum. So why haven’t we been doing this the whole time?

Measurable Difference Lash Amplifying Liquid Liner, $9.99, Amazon

Light Therapy Face Mask

Looks and feels a little weird, works like a treat. Wear this light therapy device for 15 minutes per day to stimulate your skin’s cell regeneration, bump up collagen and elastin production, and even out your skin tone.

Light Therapy Skin Rejuvenation Facial Mask, $149.99, Amazon

Baby Foot Sock

Do you know what smooth, callus-free feet look like? If you haven’t tried a Baby Foot Sock yet, you don’t. This treatment uses alpha hydroxy acids to break down the dead skin cells and reveal soft, excited-to-be-shown-in-public-feet. Be warned, though — it gets messy. After wearing the fruit extract formula-containing socks for an hour, you’ll start seeing peeling around the three- to seven- day mark, which can take two weeks. Perfect to do during winter, when you can hide your feet away because you’ll be finding peeled skin everywhere.

Baby Foot Exfoliating Peel, $18.63, Amazon

Self-Sharpening Eyeliner

One of the biggest problems with crayon eyeliners is that after the first use, they’re always blunt. In a twist of awesomeness, Styli-Style’s Self-Sharpening Eyeliner means that I never have this problem again, thanks to the nifty sharpener hidden in the lid that does its thing after each application. #Win.

Styli-Style Self-Sharpening Eyeliner, $5, Amazon