14 Game-Changing Beauty Buys Pros Are Thankful For

Thanksgiving is about sneaking mouthfuls of whipped cream straight from the can, trying to pace your wine intake to little avail, and that family game that involves going around the table and saying one thing you're grateful for. You might be tempted to make a joke during your turn — the drooling emoji! the unfollow button on Facebook! — or even give thanks for your latest Sephora find, but now is not the time. Moms like sincerity during the holidays.

We, on the other hand, recognize the importance of finding a rare beauty gem. (And we've seen the transformative power of beauty ourselves.) That's why we asked hairstylists, manicurists, makeup artists, and R29 editors to share the No. 1 innovation they credit with changing the game for them this year. Ahead, 14 thank-you notes from the pros to their favorite products.
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"I really like the Harry Josh 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron because it is a real 2-in-1. It does what a normal curling iron does, and turns into a wand." — Garren, celebrity hairstylist and R+Co cofounder

Harry Josh Pro Tools 2-in-1 Ceramic Marcel Curling Iron 1", $150, available at Dermstore.
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"There has been so much improvement and exciting innovations in the makeup world over the past five years or so. The Korean technology is so advanced, and having a bit of that insight here is tremendous. I love the gadgets — microcurrent and LED-light masks can really change the quality of your skin and also significantly tighten it. These are incredible tools to incorporate into your routine." — Gucci Westman, celebrity makeup artist

Neutrogena Light Therapy Acne Mask, $39.99, available at Ulta Beauty.
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"I wasn't sure if I was going to recommend this tool because it looks a little like, well, I'll let you decide what it looks like… ​But this game-changing [nail shaper] is quick, efficient, and excellent for at-home use. I use all the different attachments, so it's totally worth the price for professional results." — Jenna Hipp, celebrity manicurist

Talika Nail Shaper, $75, available at The Spa-lon.
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"I'm truly grateful for all the innovations in high-coverage concealer that actually look like skin — not thick, tacky pastes that require a cosmetology degree to blend correctly. (Shoutout to NARS' new Soft Matte Radiant Concealer. You my boo.) Now, even during the worst stress breakouts of my life, people compliment my complexion. It's one less thing to worry about — and huge for my self-esteem." — Cat Quinn, Refinery29 beauty director

NARS Soft Matte Radiant Concealer, $30, available at NARS in January 2017.
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"Hands down, the Dyson blowdryer. It has changed the game for me because it’s so powerful and it cuts drying time in half. It’s also three times lighter and six times smaller than the average blowdryer, and let’s face it, it’s just super-chic!" — Jen Atkin, celebrity hairstylist and creator of Ouai Haircare

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, $399, available at Sephora.
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"I have coarse, black, ridiculously fast-growing hair that never lets me go a day between shaves, and because I shave everything below the brows, you can imagine what a time commitment it is. I also hate taking my clothes off in front of strangers, which makes Brazilian waxes and salon laser removal appointments a no-go. That's why at-home hair removal devices are my saviors. I've tried a ton, but this one is my favorite, and after just a couple months of using it on the highest setting, I'm seeing areas of absolutely no regrowth (and my arms are completely bare). Life is good." — Alix Tunell, Refinery29 senior beauty editor

LumaRx Full Body IPL Skin Beauty System Hair Removal Device, $449, available at LumaRx.
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"I’m grateful for Invisalign. I went through the whole brace-face thing in high school (and [have] religiously [worn] my retainer every night since) and still, my teeth shifted. After a few years, my overbite got so bad, it drove me crazy. But there was no way in hell I was putting metal brackets in my mouth again. So, when I got the chance to try out Invisalign, I jumped. Even though I had to wear it 24 hours a day (meaning I had to take it out every time I wanted to drink or eat), the fact that I was fixing something that bothered me, and no one could even tell was life-changing." — Kelsey Castañon, Refinery29 beauty news editor
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"​I​ think ceramic hair tools ​took hairdressing to the next level — they allow us to apply more heat to the hair with less damage to the cuticle. This results in less breakage and healthier looking hair. Thankfully, the technology is available in both straightening irons and curling irons. In my opinion, it's the best way to ​heat style." — Orlando Pita, celebrity hairstylist and creator of Orlando Pita Play

T3 SinglePass Luxe Professional Straightening and Styling Iron, $180, available at Sephora.
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"I'm thankful for the mass amounts of air-drying products out there, like Hairstory's hair balm. They give women the ability to truly embrace the hair textures that nature gave them in ways that are still flattering. I used to really be down on my texture until I discovered Hair Balm. It cuts down the frizz in my strands, and defines my curls into gorgeous coils instead of a mass of fuzz. Now I wear my hair texture proudly, and I know so many other women who do, too. And to me, that's a beautiful thing." — Maria Del Russo, Refinery29 beauty editor

Hairstory Hair Balm, $36, available at Hairstory.
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"I'm thankful for Dr. Gross' Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask. In addition to being ridiculously fun to apply — that jiggly goo is so satisfying to peel off — it also has totally revolutionized my skin. I've got less redness and a super-hydrated complexion. Two times a week with this bouncy mask and my skin looks dewy, even-toned, and feels softer than a kitten in a silk bathrobe." — Megan McIntyre, Refinery29 beauty features director

Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydrating Modeling Mask, $46, available at Dr. Dennis Gross.
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Photo: Via @lacedhairextensions/Instagram.
"Extensions have evolved so much, and I use them all the time to create different styles. From keratin individual bonds to medical grade tape-ins to a wide range of clip-in pieces, there are so many options to add length and volume. I love Laced Hair Extensions." — Sarah Potempa, celebrity hairstylist and creator of the Beachwaver

Laced Hair Clip-Ins, prices vary, available at Laced Hair Extensions.
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"I'm freaking stoked that non-drying matte liquid lipsticks exist. In the past, I used to avoid liquid lipsticks because they sucked the life out of my lips, but now, beauty brands have really stepped up their formulas. My favorite at the moment? Huda Beauty's Liquid Lipsticks." — Mi-Anne Chan, Refinery29 beauty writer

Huda Beauty Liquid Matte Lipstick, $20, available at Sephora.
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"I can't imagine a life where I had to do my hair every single day — there's so much to see and do outside of the bathroom, guys! — so I have embraced sprays that make my hair big and full, but also give it a cool texture and prevent oil and residue from building up. I have been a longtime fan of Sachajuan's Dry Shampoo Volume Powder but, thanks to our beauty director Cat Quinn's rave review, I recently fell for the Ouai Texture Spray. I'm obsessed with both now!" — Lexy Lesback, Refinery29 West Coast beauty editor

Ouai Texturizing Hair Spray, $26, available at Sephora.

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"I'm thankful for lash conditioners. My lashes are long, which is great, but sometimes they can be unruly. This helps soften them and creates the perfect base for mascara." — Sam Sasso, Refinery29 editorial assistant

Talika Lipocils Legendary Eyelash Conditioning Gel, $44, available at Dermstore.
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