Dermstore Haul

IMG_1393I’m a SUCKER for a sale because I will never buy anything full-price. Last year when I was just dipping my toes into the water of skincare, I learned about Dermstore, an online retailer with an amazing selection of brands. Each year they have an anniversary sale with 20-25% off the entire site. You absolutely cannot miss out. Last year I sprung for a Harry Josh hairbrush but this year, I went a little bigger. My selection was a variety of new products as well as some repurchases.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil – One of my tried and true cleansers. It smells a little like olive oil and is so smooth on the skin. I always apply it to dry skin and then wash it off with a warm wash cloth. It’s the first oil cleanser that has worked for my acne prone skin. It leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped of moisture – it’s great when you just want to balance and simplify your routine.

Joanna Vargas Vitamin C Face Wash – I bought this purely because I knew Audrey Gelman uses this product. I don’t love the smell of it, but I have noticed that I keep reaching for it in the morning over my milky jelly cleanser. It lathers up really nicely and leaves my skin super bright and smooth. I’m interested to see if I’ll feel inclined to repurchase once I finish the bottle.

Bioderma Sensibio H2O – This is my ride-or-die make-up remover. It takes everything off without stinging or leaving a residue. It’s just simply a really awesome product that I wanted to repurchase since I was running low and it happened to be on sale.

RMS Beauty Un Cover-up in 22 – Me, before I tried this product: Concealer is pointless,

Me, after using this product: I FINALLY UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE USE CONCEALER!

This product is truly so awesome and doesn’t budge all day. The shade 22 matches my skin so nice (light-to-medium with yellow undertones). It’s buttery when you warm it up with your finger and applies really nicely. It’s medium coverage but doesn’t cake up or feel heavy. The best part is, it’s a clean, natural product so you don’t have to worry about it’s effect on your skin. When I put over my blemishes it doesn’t make them flair up.

Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial – I have been wanting to try this mask since it was released but let’s be real – it’s an $80 mask and I’m a college student! I felt very pleased with myself snagging it on sale because it’s a real good mask. My go-to chemical peel before this was Caudalie’s Glycol Peel, but Babyfacial now takes the cake. The first five minutes of having it on your faces really stings but after it goes away and you wash off the mask, you have bright, but not red, baby soft skin. I’ve been doing this twice a week since I got the mask and I’m so happy with it. At-home chemical peels can feel really weird but since the product is from the clean, natural brand Drunk Elephant I feel really good using it.

*Bonus* Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – This sample size came with Babyfacial which I was super pumped about because I’ve heard great things about the product. It’s super smooth oil that doesn’t drag when rubbing on the skin. However, I’ve felt like it doesn’t absorb super well into my skin and leaves me a little greasy. I’m going to save this for the colder months and see how my skin responds to it then when it’s more vulnerable to dryness in the cold.

GlamGlow SUPERMUD Clearing Treatment – This was one of the first really nice masks I’ve tried. I knew I loved it, but being young and only having so much money to spend it never felt like a responsible purchase. However, now that it was on sale and my skin has needed some major detoxing since I’m a year-round city resident officially, I purchased a full-size, and I’m really pleased. After one use, the pores on my nose did look visibly smaller and the blemishes lingering on my skin were nowhere to be seen.

I really love Dermstore as a retailer since their products are up to a really high standard. I highly recommend them for an online skincare retailer.

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Tried and Approved

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Left to Right: Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser, Herbivore Lapis Oil, Avene Clenance Expert Moisturizer, BareMineral Complexion Rescue, Supergoop Defense Setting Mist

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser ~ Every time I’m in a Sephora, I stand by the Tata Harper section longing to try the products but they’re so expensive. After taking a Follain online quiz and hearing Ingrid Nielsen’s review of this product, I sampled this cleanser and then went back as soon as it was finished to buy the smaller size. Now I’m almost out of that and will be going back to get the full size. It is so good! Great night time cleanser to exfoliate the day off of your skin. It’s a gentle exfoliant and can be used everyday. If you have oily but sensitive skin, I highly recommend it.

Herbivore Lapis Oil ~ I have wanted to try this product forever! However, it’s expensive so I couldn’t justify paying the full price if I didn’t know if it would work. So when I opened my first Birchbox, I screamed when I saw a really great sized sample of this product. After one use at night and waking up with beautiful skin, I went to Sephora that day to get the full-size. It’s a face oil for acne-prone skin, and you only need 5 drops to cover face and neck. I wake up feeling so moisturized but not oily which is refreshing. Sometimes I’ll put this over Glossier Priming Moisturizer Rich for extra hydration, and it has never broken me out.

Avene Cleanance Expert ~ This is a product I got a sample of from Birchbox and didn’t know what to expect but after falling out of love with my moisturizer, I wanted to try it out. It is exactly what I need. The tiny sample lasted me a week because you just need a pea sized amount for your face. The formula is so light and smells fresh. It leave me with a matte finish but is an incredible primer for makeup products. I bought the full-size on Amazon, and I’m thrilled with the product.

BareMinerals Complexion Rescue ~ Last summer (or maybe the summer before), my best friend tried to get me to use a Bare Minerals foundation and I did the whole Sephora skin ID, and let’s just say it ended horribly. The makeup was WAY too yellow for my skin and the product pilled and I invested too much money when I threw it out a month later. So I sort of had a bad experience with the product but then I saw a review of this product from my favorite YouTuber, and I was intrigued. So when I was in a Sephora, I just started playing with the samples. It is essentially a tinted moisturizer with the texture of mouse. It’s incredible and the best part is can be applied with your fingers which I love because I hate using brushes. I’m the shade 4.5, and I got that by going to the store and trying it out on my own skin rather than help from a sales associate after my last experience. I’ve been using it for over a month, and I like it but sometimes it’s too full coverage for me since I don’t love a lot of makeup on my skin.

Supergoop Defense Mist ~ I love this product! It smells so light and refreshing. It doesn’t feel heavy on my skin and leaves a nice finish. I don’t wear waterproof mascara so I have to put it on after because I learned the hard way it’ll get my mascara everywhere. It’s really easy to reapply throughout the day. Probably my favorite face sunscreen I’ve had.

Not pictured: Aesop Parsley Seed Cleanser and Aesop B and Tea Toner ~ I’m so disappointed about these products because I had to return both of them. My skin responded so poorly to both products. I was using them together but then began using them separately and the symptoms (stinging, redness, rash on my forehead) just didn’t go away. I was so disappointed because when the associate tried the products on me in the store I loved how they felt. Unfortunately it just didn’t work for me. My friend came over and used it one night, and she had no problems using it.