Styling products generally come down to personal preference. For example, I've found gel to be the single best styling product that I can use on days that I cleanse my hair, but I prefer to use mousse to refresh 2nd day hair. This link explains a little bit more:
TON of useful information for new curlies!! =)

There was also a recent thread in General Hair along the same lines as your question:
Gels, Jellies, curl creams, serums..whats the deal?

Hopefully these links will give you a good starting point. You might also want to check the normal porosity forum for additional ideas.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: CJ Daily Fix, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: SS Caitlin's Conditioner, CJ Beauticurls Strengthening
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel