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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.
Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
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.”
Bioderma Sensibio H20
Arguably the first and best French micellar water of all time, one that we’ve covered numerous times here before.
Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Alpha Beta Extra Strength Peel Packettes (30 Count)
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.
Face Stockholm Veil Lipstick
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.
Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentre
Color Wow Root Coverup
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.”
Tweezerman Slant Tweezers
Skyn Iceland Hydro Cool Firming Gels (8 Count)
CeraVe Daily Moisturizing Lotion
The unanimous choice when we polled dermatologists on the best lotion option for dry skin.
Sunday Riley Good Genes All in One Lactic Acid
Slip Silk Queen Pillowcase
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.
Tula Hydrating Day and Night Cream
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.”
Harry Josh Pro Tools Ultra Light Hair Dryer
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.
Sachajuan Scalp Shampoo
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.”
Colorescience Sunforgettable Total Protection Brush-On Shield
A nifty brush-on sunscreen that Rio loves; it’s spillproof so it’s very handy to stock in your purse or carry-on.
Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser
The original was dubbed “the best cleanser in the world,” and this updated version continually racks up five-star reviews.
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