In terms of beauty sales, Dermstore’s annual anniversary sale is up there with Black Friday for rare deals. In honor of the site’s birthday, a huge selection of brands are up to 25 percent off with the code BIRTHDAY, from skin care and makeup to hair care until August 19. Incidentally, many of our best sellers make up the sale items, and here’s a selection of some of our most raved-about beauty buys.
For Ashley Weatherford — the Cut’s former senior beauty editor — a secret weapon for smoother, dewier skin is this glycolic acid exfoliant, which has become a staple in her morning routine. “The humectant property of glycolic acid draws in moisture and makes my skin look constantly dewy; my face overall appears impossibly smooth.”
Arguably the first and best French micellar water of all time, one that we’ve covered numerous times here before.
Senior editor Simone Kitchens owns seven of these puppies; she calls them a “hero product” for curly hair. “Post–shampoo and conditioner, the forgiving plastic bristles detangle my insanely knot-prone curls with ease — no yanks, no tears.”
For those who are hard core about peeling: these Dr. Dennis Gross packettes include a range of exfoliants to do the job, from glycolic acid and salicylic acid to lactic acid. For what it’s worth, our beauty writer loves to use them when she travels, for a streamlined skin-care routine.
Apparently, this cranberry lipstick was worn by Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy herself, but we were sold just by writer Alice Gregory’s description of its “freakishly flattering” color.
We heard about this brush-on root cover-up first from the Cut’s Stella Bugbee, but Rio’s mom swears by it, too. Says Rio, “My mom’s experience with the Color Wow, on the other hand, was major. Within seconds, her bright-gray roots were completely and totally concealed, with no evidence that they ever existed.”
Frequently recommended tweezers for plucking fine hairs because of the precision tip: Rachael Brown, owner and operator of Proper Puss, notes that “they’re durable, extra sharp, [and] give the best grip on the hair to pull out unwanted strays for the perfectly sculpted brow.”
A Rio must-have for de-puffing the under-eye area. “The patches have a cooling effect — meaning that they feel chilled without even having to put them in the fridge. These are amazing for mornings after drinking, flights, or days when you need a little boost of energy.”
The unanimous choice when we polled dermatologists on the best lotion option for dry skin.
One of our most stood-behind beauty items on the Strategist, a wrinkle-reducing silk pillow case that has developed a loyal following among beauty experts.
Another Rio favorite that landed on her updated Google Doc for skin care. She says it’s “a great choice for those who want some nice hydration, but aren’t as intensely parched as I am.”
The very light Harry Josh hair dryer that ranks high on our “best of” list —and also rarely goes on sale.
Emma Watson’s favorite pubic oil, that’s supposedly great for ingrown hairs.
According to bioanalyst Eileen Ceconi, this best-selling Sachuajuan shampoo is a life-changer for dry hair. “I stan Sachajuan so hard … it healed my dry, itchy, painful scalp. Their scalp shampoo sells out occasionally, but when it’s back in stock, I order it in bulk. It smells nice, the bottle is cute, and it doesn’t leave my hair feeling like straw.”
A nifty brush-on sunscreen that Rio loves; it’s spillproof so it’s very handy to stock in your purse or carry-on.
The original was dubbed “the best cleanser in the world,” and this updated version continually racks up five-star reviews.
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