We're obviously all fans of beauty and skincare in the office (which happens to make it a very convenient place to work for any/all beauty advice). When we learned DermStore, which carries a ton of brands, is having a 20% off sale with promo code REFRESH this week, we each loaded our carts—then immediately began comparing notes. We had so much fun sharing our own carts in the office, we thought you'd enjoy seeing them too! They carry everything from Mason Pearson brushes to French beauty products and many of our favorite brands. If you're looking for an opportunity to stock-up, or try a new product, now's the perfect opportunity. Here's what we're each planning on purchasing:
Peter Thomas Roth Eye Patches (was $52 now $41): I first tried these on the plane to Jackson Hole with friends, and they were so cooling and luxe-feeling, I assumed that they were exorbitantly expensive. I love that they all come in a tub so they're easy to peel out without having to fuss with extra packaging. The best part was that as soon as we touched down in Wyoming, my eyes looked so fresh and vibrant, you'd have never known I'd just stepped off a flight.
Kevyn Aucoin 'The Volume' Mascara (was $28 now $22): This was one of the mascaras I used on and off for years, and knowing that it's on sale finally gave me the incentive to bite the bullet. It separates and lengthens each individual lash (seriously, it never clumps), darkens them intensely without looking over-the-top, and perhaps most importantly, it washes off so easily without any scrubbing or makeup remover.
Aquis Hair Turban (was $30 now $24): Whether or not you have a ton of hair like me (it feels like a curse most of the time since it's so difficult to style), these towels seriously cut down on drying time and stay securely in place on top of your head.
CosRx Patches (was $6 now $4): It took me years to find a solution for blemishes that didn't dry out my skin or make me break out in a full blown rash. I've written about these patches before, and they really are that good. The fact that they're on sale means I won't have to be quite as strategic in how often I use them for fear I'll run out too soon.
Sanitas Brightening Solution (was $29 now $23): I recently purchased this toner at the recommendation of my facialist, who exclusively uses Salinas products after doing the legwork to find the best of the best (her advice single handedly cleared my skin, so I pretty much do anything she tells me to now). I've been using it in conjunction with this Retinol cream, and the combination has completely eradicated my once-frequent breakouts. It lasts a while—I only use a few drops each night, applied on a reusable cotton pad—but I'm picking up another in anticipation of when my runs dry!
Phytomer Perfect Visage Gentle Cleansing Milk (was $37 now $30): Ever since transitioning my entire routine to be mostly natural, I've been looking for a cleanser I truly love. As much as I enjoy Tata Harper's products, which I've been using for the past year, I'm curious to try a new cleanser out, to use after oil-cleansing.
Juice Beauty Illuminating Primer (was $36 now $28): I love this stuff. I often wear it on its own as a pretty base that gives the illusion my skin is crazy-healthy and glowing (even when it's not). When I need a bit more coverage, I'll mix it with a few drops of Juice's foundation for an actually flawless look.
Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Sleeping Facial (was $48 now $38): The most dramatic change I've made in my skincare lately has been consistently using a high-quality moisturizer (especially since the toner-retinol combination is crazy-drying). Cult-favorite creams can run as high as $200—which made this highly rated cream all the more enticing. I'm excited to try it!
Hot Tools 1.5 Inch Curling Iron (was $49 now $39): If you read about the 10 things that changed my life most dramatically, you'll know that this 1.5" curling iron made the cut. It's relatively inexpensive and creates perfect natural-looking waves. I've added it to my cart to gift to a friend!
Tweezerman Slant Tweezer (was $23 now $18): I've only owned two tweezers in my entire life—this slant tweezer and the point tweezer—both of which are still in my makeup bag. They're so good that I haven't needed to upgrade... but perhaps it's time to refresh my 13-year-old pair.
AmLactin Daily Moisturizing Body Lotion 12% (was $26 now $21): I suffer from red, bumpy chicken skin on my arms, which is medically referred to as keratosis pilaris. Though I know it's not curable, I've tried nearly everything to calm the redness and moisturize my skin. AmLactin was the first and only over-the-counter lotion I tried that has helped relieve some of the irritation so I keep it stockpiled in my bathroom cabinet.
Grown Alchemist Intensive Hand Cream (was $27 now $21): For me, this hand cream is the one that got away. I tested it at a boutique in London a bit over a year ago, left without purchasing it (based on the price), and regretted it the entire day as the intoxicating smell of roses haunted me. Now I can snag it at a discount and plan on having soft hands all year long.
Tartelette Flirt Eyeshadow Palette (was $19 now $15): Since I love highlighting my eyes, I consistently reach for different eyeshadow palettes with deep brown, golden hues. For me, it's the best way to experiment with different looks, while remaining true to my typical, pulled-back beauty routine. I could easily see myself layering 'passion,' 'touch,' and 'snuggle' for a look à la Emily Ratajkowski.
Kevyn Aucoin Molten Lip Color Molten Gems (was $30 now $24): I have a similar metallic gloss from Pat McGrath, and I love how it makes my lips appear full while still making a statement similar to lipstick. I definitely want to try 'fire amber' and 'poppy topaz' for a night out.
Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair! Deep Conditioning Mask (was $36 now $30): One of my beauty goals this year is to actually invest in my hair care rather than grabbing the cheapest shampoo in CVS. Once I tried a sample of this mask, I was hooked. My hair feels softer and stronger even after a few uses, so I decided to splurge on the full size!
Avène Hydrance Intense Rehydrating Serum (was $38 now $30): Since moving to L.A., I've noticed that my "normal" skin has become dry and brittle. This serum is great at moisturizing my face and creating a dewy glow, without ever breaking me out. After toning my face, I apply hyaluronic acid, moisturizer, vitamin c serum, and end with this rehydrating serum. I swear it's cured my L.A. skin.
Paulas Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Gel Exfoliant (was $29 now $23) and 8% AHA Gel Exfoliant (was $29 now $23): I have been using chemical exfoliants for a long, long, long time (this post alone is going to age me as I am recommending things I have used for decades, plural) so I am definitely going to stock up on my two favorites during this sale. Over the years, I have found that I like to rotate exfoliants based on my skin’s condition: AHA/glycolic acid when my skin is dull or dry, and BHA/salicylic acid when my skin is clogged or I have a breakout. Both of these are staples I have kept in my routine for years, and I highly recommend them.
Obagi Professional-C Serum 20% (was $127 now $107): My first instinct with this post was to hit up the Professional Strength and Medical Grade product collection, that is where I am now with my skincare routine and I just accept it. This serum is another I have used for years (years!), as it helps fade discoloration and promotes an even tone. Yes, it smells odd, like hot dogs—but I like hot dogs! So I continue to use it and my skin thanks me.
Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara (was $23 now $19): Immediately upon seeing the packaging for this mascara, I had high expectations—and even with the bar set high, I was astonished. The formula managed to lengthen, curl, define, and add volume to my lashes all without a single clump (one of my biggest pet peeves).
RevitaLash Eyebrow Conditioner (was $110 now $88) and Tinted Brow Gel (was $32 now $26): Every night I use RevitaLash eyebrow conditioner on the inner corners and arches of my brows and have noticed a significant difference in their fullness. I fill in the few remaining patchy areas with this pencil and use this brow gel to brush up and maintain shape. I'll be using this sale as an opportunity to stock up on both!
Derma e Purifying Gel Cleanser (was $16 now $13): I tried this cleanser when I was traveling and forgot my usual face wash at home. It provides a thorough cleansing without stripping my face of its natural oils. I use a small amount with my Clarisonic brush and it provides a nightly exfoliation routine that results in dewy, glowing skin in the morning.
Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Highlighter (was $29 now $20): This highlighter is a game-changer. It instantly brightens an otherwise makeup-free face and a little goes a long way. Once you try it, you’ll never go back. As a bonus, it has a subtle vanilla smell which happens to be one of my favorite scents.
Paula's Choice CALM 1% BHA Lotion Exfoliant (was $29.50 now $23.60): I am so excited to finally buy this exfoliant!!! Anne (who I trust 100% when it comes to things I put on my face) told me to buy it, so in the cart it goes. I don't exfoliate regularly because my ridiculously sensitive skin has always scared me away from most products, but this one is gentle and even has "calm" in its name (it's the less intense version of one of her picks above.) Sold!
Alterna CAVIAR Anti-Aging Restructuring Bond Repair Masque (was $45 now $36): My wedding won't be until 2020, but I'm already aboard the get-awesome-wedding-hair train. My hair is fine and very prone to breakage (as my stylist gently informed me last week before chopping off three inches), so I've committed to doing a hair mask once a week until we tie the knot. I've heard nothing about this Alterna mask (masque?), but it supposedly reduces breakage by 99%, so I'm game to give it a shot while binge watching Game of Thrones (will report back if it's a miracle product).
Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 (was $40, now $32): With sensitive/acne prone skin, I have a very hard time finding face sunscreens that don't make me break out, but zinc oxide is my very best friend (I have to rub it in for like an hour to make the whiteness that comes with it disappear, but it's worth it!). This mattifying lotion dulls my shine (in a good way) and goes well under makeup when I'm not planning to be outside in full sunshine.
Note: This is in no way sponsored—we're just genuinely that excited about the sale! What are you adding to your carts?