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Makeup can get so expensive, and the worst part for a deal-hunter like me is that those high prices are usually well worth it. But when there's a good sale on these boutique-ish beauty supplies, man do the makeup lovers lose their minds!
Right now, Dermstore is running its annual Anniversary Sale. You can get up to 25% off on participating brands (and there are more than 400) when you use the code "BIRTHDAY." It goes until August 19, but trust me when I say that the best stuff will sell out faster than you think—a lot faster.
There are so many items on sale that it can feel pretty overwhelming to find those hidden gems, so I asked our beauty expert, Jessica Teich, to check out the sale and help me pick out some top-notch choices to get you started. She hand-picked 25 incredible items from brands that had our makeup-loving coworkers reaching for their wallets.
1. The only blending sponge you'll need
All makeup sponges are made the same, so why not get the disposable ones from CVS? Well, it turns out that springing for the nicer blender is actually worth it, according to one of our beauty experts. It lasts longer, does a better job at providing even coverage, and has contours made to be used on every inch of your face.
2. The best hair dryer on the planet (basically)
This is the best hair dryer we've ever tested, and this sale puts it at a new low price. Until now, the best deal we'd seen for this hair dryer was around $200. We love that it dried hair quickly, is comfortable and light enough to hold up, and gave us the shiniest results of all the dryers we tried out. Plus, it's adorable.
3. A cult-favorite lip balm to stock up before winter
Jess personally swears by this balm, which she says give her instant relief when her lips get chapped, dry, or otherwise less than ideal. It's not a flashy product, for sure, but at $5 a pop, there's no reason not to get some to keep in your bag before the weather gets cold and threatens your kisser. (Note that you must buy a minimum of 2, but why not stock up?)
4. An amazing way to tame your curls
"After years of dealing with curl gel that made my hair crunchy, I finally found my perfect curl definer," Courtney, my curly-haired coworker, exclaimed (literally). "A few pumps of this and it leaves my hair soft, curls controlled, and myself smelling subtly like coconuts."
5. A skin cream that's as strong as it is gentle
This is one of the top-rated skin creams on the market. It's strong enough to ease the symptoms of eczema, but gentle enough that it works for all skin types. If your skin's been feeling dry, a little of this will rehydrate you in no time.
6. A mask that's almost too fun to peel off
If you're like me and love to peel things off of things (screen protectors, stickers, face masks, etc.) you will love this one. It actually almost starts to pill like a poorly cared-for sweater, which makes it all the more enjoyable for anyone who craves that odd satisfaction and wants to savor the peelies.
7. The anti-aging treatment everyone's been talking about
Lactic acid treatments are fire right now, and for good reason. Sunday Riley claims this all-in-one anti-aging treatment can smooth and clear up skin as well as reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It might be expensive, but this discount could be a good reason to indulge.
8. A refreshing treatment to nourish your scalp
Do you sometimes, or often, deal with a dry, itchy scalp? Especially with colder months on the horizon, it's good to nourish the skin under your hair. This conditioner's peppermint cools and refreshes your skin, while the charcoal detoxifies your scalp, follicles, and hair, and biotin adds strength.
9. A cult-favorite peel-off mask for oily skin
OK, we clearly love masks a little too much around here, but there are so many available in this sale and this peel-off one is especially enticing if you've got oily skin. It's a cult-favorite mask, but it's not for those of us with delicate skin. Jess also warned me that you should tread carefully and avoid getting it on your hairline, as it'll basically act like wax and leave you a few hairs lighter.
10. Serious hydration in an elegant can
After a long, hot day in the sun, your face can feel tired, hot, and maybe a bit dried out. Spray on some of this to get a serious hydration boost. Jess says, "it's like eight glasses of water for your face."
11. Awesome eyeliner from a cult-favorite brand
Good eyeliner is more valuable than gold. This liner from beloved brand Tarte Cosmetics is a great choice, and the kitten head on the cap makes it even more appealing to keep in your purse.
12. A top-selling lash conditioner
This is one of the most popular products on Dermstore. Your eye lashes are often ignored when it comes to your skin and hair routines, but with all the mascara coming and going, they could use a little love. RevitaLash is designed to condition and strengthen your lashes. It might seem expensive, but it should last you three months.
13. A peel-off mask for acne-prone, discolored, or aging skin
Perhaps the best part of this mask is that it comes in individual packets, so you can keep a few in your bag and use them after the gym or in the airport for a quick refresh. They help with blackheads, pores, dark spots, and breakouts. And with this sale, each packet in this 60-piece set will only cost you $2. That's a lot cheaper than those individual masks you buy at the store.
14. A minty liquid lipstick for fresh, fun lips
Want a new lipstick? This matte liquid lipstick a fun choice. There are 26 colors to choose from, and Jess says it actually tastes minty, which is way better than the typical lipstick taste.
15. A mask you take off with an actual magnet
Peeling off a face mask is fun, but doing it without ever touching your face? Sign me up. There are tiny magnetic particles in the formula, so you just hold a magnet close to your face to lift it up. And with it come dirt, dust, and pollen that have settled on your face throughout the day. And don't worry. It comes with a magnet too.
16. One of the best brush cleaning mats
Cleaning makeup brushes is a pain, and most of us avoid it. But that traps bacteria and gunk in them and is not only gross but also affects how well your brushes work. We talked to a makeup artist who swears by this brush cleaning mat. It's got so many different textures that it's perfect for every brush you own.
17. A hand cream made with water from the Dead Sea
This hand cream has Dead Sea water, as well as witch hazel, so your hands will feel much smoother after just a few uses. It's great for people who work with their hands or anyone who lives where winters get harsh.
18. A gentle makeup-removing cleanser
This K-beauty-inspired cleanser is perfect for gently removing makeup at the end of a long night. It has sea kelp that leaves your skin feeling soft and nourished instead of stripped bare or oily like other makeup removing cleansers.
19. The best tweezers of all time
If you've never used Tweezerman tweezers, you probably think all tweezers slip and make it hard to actually grab onto the tiny hairs you want gone. Tweezerman tweezers are made fo stainless steel, and their hand-sharpened to ensure a perfect grabbing surface. And as far as I know, they sharpen then for free. All you have to do is cover the cost of postage.
20. Another amazing mask—this one tackles bacteria
Mud masks can leave you feeling extra radiant, and this one from GlamGlow has anti-bacterial properties, making it perfect after an especially long, hard day to refresh yourself.
21. Some of the best lotion for eczema (and all skin types)
This lotion is great for all skin types, but people with eczema especially adore its ability to rehydrate dry skin. You can get this stuff practically everywhere, but it's generally not on sale, so add one to your cart. Can't hurt!
22. Boutique sunscreen for a drug store price
Sun Bum is one of those aspirational brands for people who love fun in the sun and also care about their skin health. With this sale price, it's the perfect time to stock up, and here's a refresher on applying correctly. Are you doing it the right way?
23. A bunch of refreshing face wipe pads
Need a facial pick-me-up? These pads are perfect. With lemon peel, licorice root, cucumber, and Indian gooseberry, you'll feel radiant after using one of them.
24. Lip therapy before winter can get its claws on you
If your lips are chapped so often you forget what it's like to have smooth, supple lips, you might want to give this a try. It's got shea butter and colloidal oatmeal extract for added softness.
25. Try 3 popular First Aid Beauty products in one
If you haven't tried First Aid Beauty's facial cleanser, repair cream, or radiance pads, start with this sampler kit. You get smaller amounts of each one all for under $25.
Prices are accurate at the time this article was published, but may change over time.