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.”
Stephanie Danler’s miracle, do-it-all moisturizer — “I’ve used it to heal scrapes and burns while camping; to calm frizzy hair; and to spot-treat cuticles, elbows, and heels” — is frequently spotted in makeup artists’ kits.
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.”
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.
The cult-favorite Japanese foot peel that removes dead skin from your feet, one that writer Molly Young deemed “more than a podiatric miracle. It’s a product that will make you believe in beauty products again.”
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.”
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.”