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, from skin care and makeup to hair care, until August 25 when you use the code CELEBRATE at checkout. 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. (You can also check out our beauty writer Rio Viera-Newton’s five must-have picks here.)
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.”
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.
Arguably the first and best French micellar water of all time, one that we’ve covered numerous times here before.
This dermatologist-recommended face moisturizer contains oatmeal and shea butter, which simultaneously calms inflammation and protects the skin’s natural barrier. And during brutal winter weather, Rio uses this moisturizer on her eczema-prone skin.
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.”
Rio has called this Cosrx snail mucin “a truly skin-changing product, with seriously devoted followers,” because of how it hydrates and retexturizes skin.
Our former colleague Margaret Rhodes (and her hairdresser) both recommend this ultra-hydrating cream for anyone with long, color-treated, dry locks: “It’s a great everyday moisturizing treatment that sinks in really nicely, smooths out puffy hair, and never feels sticky or heavy.”
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 Sachajuan 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.
Don’t be fooled by the kelly-green lipstick bullet. This Frog Prince lipstick goes on in what senior editor Simone Kitchens dubbed a “perfect shade of pink,” because of its color-adjusting properties. Kitchens and stylist Jenna Perry both note that the lipstick stays on without fading, which is why Perry calls it her “all-day bae.”
The original was dubbed “the best cleanser in the world,” and this updated version continually racks up five-star reviews.
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