I Own Hundreds of Beauty Items—I'm Still Buying These 16 While They're On Sale

If you took a tour of my quaint little Santa Monica apartment, the last thing you'd think is, "wow, this girl clearly needs more beauty products." A huge part of my job as senior beauty editor is testing and trying everything and anything I can get my hands on, so if Sephora, Nordstrom, Violet Grey, and Dermstore had a baby, it would likely strike a very strong resemblance to my living quarters. 


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However, just because I have tons of products lying around doesn't necessarily mean they've met my high standards or can compete with my ride-or-die arsenal of fail-safe beauty staples. There are some hair, skin, makeup, and body care gems that I'm so obsessed with (and can't imagine life without), that I'd quite literally take a bullet for them. Not surprisingly, these are also the products that I run out of the fastest and am constantly needing to re-stock. 

Even though I'm more than happy to pay full price for said formulas (they're worth every penny), I try—whenever possible—to re-purchase when they're included in sales at my favorite retailers. So many of my favorites are available at Dermstore, so the retailer's highly-anticipated Anniversary Sale (on now through August 17) is the opportune time for me to go full-throttle and stockpile my cart with all of my most essential products for a fraction of their normal price. (Think savings of up to 25% off and/or triple reward points when using the code CHEERS at checkout.)

Without further ado, keep scrolling to shop 16 all-star beauty products I use to the last drop and will personally be shopping during Dermstore's Anniversary Sale. Buy them all—100% satisfaction guaranteed!

The Skincare Musts


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My Favorite Moisturizer of all time:

The Best Serum for Radiant AF Skin:

Instant Gratification Against Puff + Circles:

The One SPF That Doesn't Break Me Out:

The Haircare Musts


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The Most Ingenious Scalp Savior I've Ever Tried:

The Do-it-All Leave-In I'll Use for the Rest of My Life:

The Only Pillowcase I'll Sleep On:

The Reason I Still Have Hair:

The Makeup Musts


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My Secret for Flawless Foundation Application:

My Secret Weapon for a Fool-Proof Cat-Eye:

The Foundation That's Beloved at Award Shows and Movie Sets:

The Glitter Eye Shadow I've Been Wearing for 5 Years:

The Bodycare Musts


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The Only Natural Deodorant That's Ever Worked for Me:

Bottled Insurance Against Ingrown Hairs:

The Best-Smelling Lotion that Transforms My Skin Instantly:

The Body-Toning Device I Scoffed at Until I Tried It:

Up next, I Wanted Smoother Skin in 2022—The 26 Products that (Already) Freaking Did It

Beauty Director

Erin has been writing a mix of beauty and wellness content for Who What Wear for over four years. Prior to that, she spent two and half years writing for Byrdie. She now calls Santa Monica home but grew up in Minnetonka, Minnesota, and studied writing, rhetoric, and communication at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She studied abroad in Galway, Ireland, and spent a summer in L.A. interning with the Byrdie and Who What Wear family. After graduating from UW, she spent one year in San Francisco, where she worked as a writer for Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen before moving down to L.A. to begin her career as a beauty editor. She considers her day-to-day beauty aesthetic very low-maintenance and relies on staples like clear brow serum (from Kimiko!), Lawless's Lip Plumping Mask in Cherry Vanilla, and an eyelash curler. For special occasions or days when she's taking more meetings or has an event, she'll wear anything and everything from Charlotte Tilbury (the foundations are game-changing), some shimmer on her lids (Stila and Róen do it best), and a few coats of the best mascara-type product on earth, Surratt's Noir Lash Tint.