The best tinted sunscreens that protect your skin and double as makeup

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Pattern of best tinted sunscreens, including Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer and Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum
  • Tinted sunscreens are a multipurpose product that provides SPF protection and light skin coverage.
  • Although some mineral sunscreens can cause a white cast, tinted versions blend naturally.
  • We asked experts to weigh in on their favorite tinted sunscreen products below.

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If you’re a less-is-more kind of consumer, you’re likely already aware of the beauty of a good tinted sunscreen. Where some two-in-one products seem gimmicky, the best tinted sunscreen formulas provide both excellent daily sun protection, as well as a light coverage. The latter is intended to complement your skin tone, acting as a perfect base prior to makeup application or a smooth, natural fresh-faced look. Of course, with dual expectations, not every tinted sunscreen on the market delivers as promised, but the experts confirm which do in our FAQ section below.

These are the best tinted sunscreens in 2021:

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – Tinted

Elta MD UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 - Tinted

Because of the possibility of leaving a whitecast appearance on the face, Dr. Obioha generally recommends tinted SPF for those with more melanin in their skin. “Tinted sunscreens are a great option, especially in the summer. If you’re looking for some coverage but don’t want to apply a full face of foundation, a tinted sunscreen is perfect for you,” says the L.A.-based dermatologist.

Dr. Obioha recommends Elta MD UV Clear. Though only available in one tinted shade, the SPF 46 product gets the stamp of approval because of its ability to easily blend into the skin. The formula also includes iron oxides which help prevent hyperpigmentation. Plus, Dr. Obioha says this EltaMD product has buildable coverage. “Since the product is tinted, you will not experience a white hue as you would with other sunscreen products,” she says, adding that ultimately, if the product does not suit your skin, she still recommends the label’s clear-tinted option.

UV Clear Broad-Spectrum SPF 46 – Tinted (small)
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30

“In terms of an everyday moisturizer that has a little more coverage, I like the Nars Pure Coverage Radiant Tinted Moisturizer,” says Santa Barbara-based dermatologist Dr. Chan. “It’s really nicely formulated with mineral as well as chemical filters. And it just has nice coverage.”

The Nars product has SPF 30 protection and a natural-appearing “skin finish,” Dr. Chan shares. Best of all is the product’s color range, with an amazing 16 shade options. Because of its inclusive offering, Dr. Chan says this product is for most people, herself included.

Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer SPF 30 (small)
Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30

For Branca, a favorite product is the Unsun Mineral Tinted Sunscreen. This formula offers broad spectrum — meaning against UVA and UVB — protection with SPF 30. “I find this better for skin that veers towards dry, as it has a bit of a heavier consistency,” she says. Ingredients also include shea butter, vitamin E, and coconut oil.

Unsun’s tinted sunscreen comes in two skin tone options: light/medium and medium/dark. Once you determine which is best suited for you, Branca suggests applying it some time before blending with other products or leaving the house. “This needs some time to set for a less ashy finish for deep complexions.”

Mineral Tinted Sunscreen SPF 30 (small)
Surf Mud Natural Zinc: Tinted Covering Cream

Surf Mud Natural Zinc: Tinted Covering Cream

This product was developed by and for surfers, and is formulated to be a waterproof and reef-safe — specifically made without oxybenzone and octinoxate, two products recently banned in Hawaii for their danger to marine life.

As a professional surfer, Anna Ehrgott is no stranger to intense and continuous sun exposure. “I generally spend at least two hours in the sun every day,” she tells INSIDER, “both my work and my free time are spent in direct sunlight.” Surf Mud is the product she uses for a tinted level of protection. 

Ehrgott jokes that she likes the product so much she uses it as a makeup foundation. “I’m a bit pale in winter but my skin does tan easily in the sun,” she says. “I do think it’s a flattering shade that blends well with slightly tan to more caramel skin colors.”

Natural Zinc: Tinted Covering Cream (small)
ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless

Bottle of ISDIN Eryfotona Ageless

Another favorite product for deeper skin tones is the Isdin Eryfotona Ageless, says Dr. Obioha. Like the EltaMD, Isdin’s formula only offers one shade of tint, but it’s easily blendable, even if the initial product looks lighter than your skin. (The doctor demonstrates this on her Instagram account, as well). 

Isdin’s formula has SPF 50 protection against UVA and UVB rays, as well an other ingredients that can help improve overall skin health, including photolyase enzymes to support repair of sun damage and a peptide complex for collagen and skin elasticity.

Eryfotona Ageless (small)
Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20

With seven skin tint options, the Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer tops the list for Florida-based makeup artist Lennie Billy. As she and her clients spend significant time outdoors, she says sun protection is essential to her makeup kit, including this SPF 20 product. 

“I love the Tarte formula because it’s super natural, fresh, dewy and is a beautiful product for those ‘no makeup’ makeup moments or even male grooming.” That said, as the SPF is on the lower end of the spectrum, Billy says she tends to use this product “for moments I or my client/model won’t be under the sun for long.” Therefore, those with much less daily sun exposure might be more drawn to an option such as this one.

Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen (small, Preferred: Tarte)
NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection

Bottle of NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection

NeoStrata Sheer Physical Protection is a mineral sunscreen with SPF 50 that comes highly recommended by Branca. “I like the texture that is light, very fluid, and applies very easily,” she says. The formula also includes Polyhydroxy Acid or PHA, which have both exfoliating and hydrating properties. “The color though is probably more suited to lighter complexions,” notes Branca of NeoStrata’s singular skin tone sunscreen option.

Sheer Physical Protection (small)
Frequently Asked Questions

How do tinted sunscreens work?

Sunscreen options include those with chemical/organic or physical/mineral filters — and occasionally, both. Where each provides protection from harmful UV rays, chemical filters tend to have a more sheer, unnoticeable finish on the skin, whereas mineral options that contain zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide may not.

“Mineral sunscreens provide the best UV protection and are the gold standard of sunscreen,” says Dr. Onyeka Obioha, MD a board-certified dermatologist and Glory Skincare Dermatologist Advisor tells INSIDER. “Unfortunately, mineral sunscreens often don’t blend in well.” 

Dr. Obioha says she recommends tinted mineral sunscreens instead. “It will blend in better and not leave a gray hue to your skin, as many sunscreens do. Better yet, tinted sunscreens with iron oxides also protect against visible light which has been shown to contribute to hyperpigmentation, especially in darker skin.”

As cosmetic formulator Annalisa Branca explains, tinted sunscreens work by combining UVB/UVA filters and mixtures of oxides that create different shades to suit different skin tones. “The downside of these products,” says the Netherlands-based formulator, “especially when they are quite pigmented, is that people don’t apply nearly enough to avoid looking cakey.” 

She personally prefers tinted products with just a hint of color as this might encourage more product — or rather, the appropriate amount of product — to be used. “A tinted sunscreen is sufficient only if it is used at the recommended 1/2 teaspoon for face and neck,” Branca confirms.

When should you wear tinted sunscreens?

“Tinted moisturizers are the best for everyday use,” says Dr. Aegean H. Chan, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist. She reiterates the common dermatological advice that SPF protection should be used every day, and not reserved for designated outings where you’ll be in direct rays, such as at the beach. “If you’re going to be outside for a sustained amount of time, you should be using a proper sunscreen and make sure you’re putting on enough.”

For daily use — “You’re going from your house to your car, your office to your car, running a few errands,” she suggests — tinted SPF serves as protection and, for those who want it, a smooth finish that can help even skin tone. Spending hours in direct UV rays and still want a tinted product appearance? “You can mix with a proper sunscreen but it can be tough if you’re using a tinted product. The more product you use, the harder it is to blend in.”

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I tested 30 mascaras – here are the ones that lasted all day without clumping and smudging

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  • It’s hard to name one brand of mascara the best because everyone’s needs are different.
  • In order to see how they performed, I tested 30 of the most loved mascaras out there.
  • See how they lasted, whether they smudged, and what I thought of them, below

Mascaras make a big difference to your face. When running low on time, a quick swipe not only opens the eyes up by enhancing your lash line, but can transform a tired face to a fresh one within seconds.

With every mascara, there comes concerns such as fall out, flakiness, clumping, smudging on the eyelids, inner or outer corners, and many more. Whether you are looking for natural lashes or glam ones, there exists no perfect mascara until you know exactly what you are searching for and you can find that out below.

These are the best 28 mascaras in 2021:

Smashbox Superfan Fanned-out Mascara

Bottle of Smashbox Superfan Fanned-out Mascara

Super Fan Lash Lengthening Mascara (small)

If you want soft natural lashes and something that can tight-line your lashline perfectly without smudging, Smashbox’s Superfan mascara is the one for you. The great thing about this product is that the brush is super flexible and even bends as you move along the contours of your eyes, fanning out and separating each lash without clumping.

Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes

Bottle of Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push-Up Lashes

Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes Mascara (small)

Formulated for a 24 hours lift effect, Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk mascara is great for someone who wants the effect of fake lashes and an extra glam look. However, the formula is super thick, hence requires extra time and effort to make sure it doesn’t get messy. Once applied properly, you can expect full fluffy lashes for hours.

Covergirl Exhibitionist Mascara

Bottle of CoverGirl Exhibitionist Mascara

Exhibitionist Mascara (small)

This mascara comes in four different shades: black, very black, brown, and true blue, the latter being the best shade and is worth all the risk. Not only does it infuse your lashes with a burst of color, but the blue shade of Covergirl’s Exhibitionist Mascara totally replaces the need to wear eye shadow or eyeliner. The disadvantage? The product doesn’t work well without the Exhibitionist Mascara Primer and definitely doesn’t give the same intense effect if the lashes aren’t primed.

Benefit They’re Real Mascara

Bottle of Benefit They're Real Lengthening Mascara

They’re Real! Lengthening Mascara (small)

Non-waterproof mascaras are great for people who have thin or sensitive lashes and struggle a lot to get the product off at the end of the day. Benefit’s mascara comes in both black and brown shades and it curls the lashes perfectly. However if you plan to cry or step out in the rain, expect panda eyes.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara

Bottle of Anastasia Beverly Hills Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara

Lash Brag Volumizing Mascara (small)

This water-resistant mascara strikes a good balance between natural and glam by fanning out the lashes. However the thick brush makes it difficult to reach the inner corners of the eyes without smudging on eyelids. If you like to tight-line your lash-line by applying mascara from root to tips, it will require extra care and time for a non-messy application.

Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Bottle of Maybelline Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara

Lash Sensational Sky High Mascara (small)

Most Maybelline mascaras come in both waterproof and non-waterproof formulas. This product is great for someone with straight lashes that keep falling down, although the waterproof mascara is better at holding the curled lashes up for a long time. The non-waterproof mascara is better if you don’t want to lose 3 to 4 lashes each time you try to remove it with different types of cleansers.

Elf Lash It Loud Mascara

Bottle of Elf Lash It Loud Mascara

Lash It Loud Mascara (small)

Excellent for the price, Elf’s mascara feels no different to many of the high-end brands out there. It comes with a silicone brush rather than natural bristles and you can go from a very subtle to dramatic look in seconds. Although it’s not extremely voluminous, but is buildable.

Huda Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara

Bottle of Huda Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara

Legit Lashes Double-Ended Mascara (small)

Founder Huda Kattan has often been called the “Queen of false lashes,” and her mascara offers nothing less than the effect of fake eyelashes. With two wands on each end – one for curling and one for volume –you can use both wands for insanely dramatic lashes or just one for a natural look. It does clump a lot and result in fallout after a few hours when both wands are used.

YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis

Bottle of YSL Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis

Mascara Volume Effet Faux Clis (small)

Enriched with Argan oil and B5 pro-vitamin, the YSL mascara feels extremely luxurious. One coat does the job, unlike other products which require two coats at least. Hence, if saving time is your top priority, this one is for you if you are always on the run and have very little time to do your makeup. 

Urban Decay Lash Freak Volumizing Mascara

Bottle of Urban Decay Lash Freak Volumizing Mascara

Lash Freak Volumizing & Lengthening Mascara (small)

Bristles on the rounded tip of the brush is definitely what makes all the difference when it comes to Urban Decay’s Lash Freak mascara by making it extremely easy to reach inner corners as well as lower lashes without smudging. Urban Decay says their mascara creates a “look of up to 23.6 times more volume and up to 40% more length for bold lashes,” and that is a very accurate description.

L’Oréal Air Volume Mega Mascara

Bottle of L'Oréal Air Volume Mega Mascara

Air Volume Mega Mascara (small)

Similar to Maybelline, most of the L’Oréal mascaras come as both waterproof and washable formulas, hence you can choose which product works best for you. The washable mascara is smudge proof and gives inflated lashes, but the heavy formula creates clumps, also making it not an ideal choice if you plan to go running or exercising.

Catrice Glam & Doll Mascara

Bottle of Catrice Glam & Doll Mascara

Glam & Doll Mascara (small)

This waterproof mascara doesn’t give much volume but is ideal for someone looking for everyday natural lashes instead. The best part about it is that it comes off with just one swipe of micellar water, which is unheard of when it comes to waterproof formulas. It’s ophthalmologically tested and cruelty-free.

Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara

Bottle of Laura Mercier Caviar Volume Panoramic Mascara

Caviar Volumizing Mascara (small)

The mascara itself is very jet-black and the applicator is crafted with hollow fibres in a helix shape to allow a thickening coat on each lash. For hooded eyes, or eyes on the smaller side, the brush might be way too big and it could be difficult to apply evenly.

MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

Bottle of MAC In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara

In Extreme Dimension 3D Black Lash Mascara (small)

It is a 24 hour wear carbon black formula and yet it’s not waterproof –though there is a water proof version as well – which makes this Mac mascara very interesting. The applicator is quite thin but has many bristles which works out perfectly for the lash line. It has good staying power and doesn’t crumble throughout the day.

Delilah Cosmetics Definitive Volumizing and Defining Mascara

Bottle of Delilah Cosmetics Definitive Volumizing and Defining Mascara

Definitive Volumizing and Defining Mascara (small)

Paraben free mascaras are very healthy for eyelashes, hence Delilah Cosmetics’ Volumising mascara earns extra brownie points for having that. It lasts all day without flaking and is perfect for an everyday look, but definitely requires at least two coats for a voluminous effect.

Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara

Bottle of Milk Makeup Kush High Volume Mascara

Kush High Volume Mascara (small)

This product makes for great daytime wear to achieve lightly fluffy fuller lashes, but if you’re looking for a lengthening effect, it might not be the best choice. The formula is very gentle, hence if you have sensitive or dry eyes, this one’s for you – the lashes feel soft all day, instead of a hardening effect.

Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara

Bottle of Westman Atelier Eye Love You Mascara

Eye Love You Mascara (small)

Because this product has a gentle preservative booster (made from coconut oil) providing antimicrobial protection, it feels like cream when you apply it. The mascara lasts all day, even after exercising. It feels clean and does not irritate sensitive eyes, especially if you wear contact lenses.

Tom Ford Extreme Mascara

Bottle of Tom Ford Extreme Mascara

Extreme Mascara (small)

Unlike the Milk Makeup mascara, this product is great for lengthening, but isn’t ideal for volumising. The packaging is beautiful and feels expensive. The formula comes with lash filling powders, making the product a bit clumpy, but nothing a lash separator can’t handle.

Chanel Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Bottle of Chanel Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara

Le Volume Stretch de Chanel Mascara (small)


Roen Cake Mascara

Bottle of Roen Beauty's Cake Mascara

Cake Mascara (small)

Most mascaras give volume by clumping together sections, making the lashes look all spider-y but that’s not the case with this one. Although it doesn’t give you the massive fake eyelash look, it definitely fans out individual lashes. Therefore, if you are not looking for a super dense formula, this lightweight mascara won’t disappoint.

Marc Jacobs at Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara

Bottle of Marc Jacobs at Lash'd Lengthening and Curling Mascara

At Lash’d Lengthening and Curling Mascara (small)

The vegan formula features lash conditioners like Biotin Peptide and Provitamin B5 and this mascara is all about volume. The brush is long and slim making it flexible to reach every individual lash. It’s very easy to top up after a few hours – the formula stays on and you can add extra layers whenever you want without the finished look getting all clumpy.

Stila Stay All Day Mascara

Bottle of Stila Stay All Day Mascara

Stay All Day Mascara (small)

This product is for people with oily eyelids rather than dry and flaky ones. It’s not water proof and removing it is easy, with no residue whatsoever. The brush is a bit unflattering as one half of the wand is a regular brush, but the other half is a fine tooth wedge, which makes it difficult to control.

Dior Beauty Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Bottle of Dior Beauty Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Mascara (small)

Available in 4 shades: black, blue, brown and silver glitter, Diorshow mascara comes with a curved brush that helps open the eyes up to give a feathery look. One coat seems to give good enough coverage, however the thick formula means layering it up after several hours might result in fall-out around the under eye area.

Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Bottle of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara

Better Than Sex Volumizing Mascara (small)

Not sure if it really is better than sex, but this mascara is your holy grail if you have poker straight lashes that aren’t particularly long. It comes with a fat brush, so the product works better if you use the tip of the wand to run along the lower lash and inner as well as outer corners.

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Bottle of Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara

Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara (small)

Providing four lash benefits – lengthening, curling, volumising and conditioning, this product with its beautifully padded purple packaging that stands out in one’s makeup bag, lives up to its description. However, it starts flaking after a few hours and the formula could get a bit clumpy after the first few weeks.

Givenchy Volume Disturbia Mascara

Bottle of Givenchy Disturbia Mascara

Volume Disturbia Mascara (small)

Made to give an excessive, almost disturbing curve effect to the lashes, the Givenchy formula doesn’t leave your lashes looking natural and might be a bit too much for people who are not looking for an intense dramatic look. One application and you get long, lifted, voluminous lashes without clumps. It is equally difficult to get it off and may require triple cleansing or more.

Other mascaras we considered

The 26 mascaras above were my favorite, but I also tested two others. Here’s why they didn’t make the cut:

  • Lancôme Grandoise Extreme Mascara: Lancome’s Grandiose mascara comes with an angled wand that’s supposed to fit into the shape of the eyes to reach every corner to curl and lift. The angled wand also pokes, smudges and clumps in different areas. You get the intense volume since it separates and builds up your lashes, but it’s not the product for you if you want a quick swipe before a Zoom meeting.
  • Kiko Milano Volumeyes Plus Active Mascara: This product is good for lower lashes but the brush is too awkward for upper lashes – thin at the tip and thick around the handle. There is too much flakiness and fall out within a few minutes and it doesn’t really curl my lashes, but only adds a bit of volume by clumping together the sections of lashes.
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The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale deals you can shop early as a cardholder, including discounts on Nike, La Mer, and more

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Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale runs from July 28 to August 8, but cardholders can shop from July 12.
  • Below, we’ve rounded up the best deals on men’s style, women’s style, and beauty and grooming.
  • Preview the sale and add your favorites to your wishlist for July 28 or shop early as a cardmember.

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If you’re a fan of big savings, you’ll need to know all about the upcoming Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. As the company’s annual sitewide savings event, you’ll find some of the biggest discounts and deals of the entire year – and that includes Black Friday.

This year, the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale officially kicks off on July 28 and will run until August 8. And on August 9, you can expect prices to go back up.

If you’re a Nordstrom Cardmember, you can access the sale early beginning this week. Today, July 12, cardholders with Icon status can shop the sale. On July 14, cardholders with Ambassador status can begin to shop, and on July 16, cardholders with Influencer status (entry-level members) can begin to shop.

The 12-day savings event will include thousands of deals from all categories on the site. Although the sale runs for a while, the best deals won’t last until the end. To help you save time and get straight to the good stuff, we’ve rounded up all of the best deals we know about right now.

Though you can’t purchase them just yet (unless you’re a cardholder), adding these items to your wishlist will make checking out incredibly easy when the sale begins. And these aren’t even all of the deals we expect to see. Nordstrom has teased steep price cuts on rarely-discounted brands like Dyson, Theragun, and more.

The best women’s style deals

Faux Leather Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Feathers Bra (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Mini Alidia Ring (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Faux Leather Bomber Jacket (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Assorted 3-Pack of Ankle Socks (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Sportswear Fleece Crewneck Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)51mm Square Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Poppy Sneaker (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Caught in the Midi High Waist Leggings (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Daphne Over the Knee Boot (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best men’s style deals

Short Sleeve Sweatshirt (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Junction Jacket (medium)Hooded Sweatshirt (medium)Essential Nylon Running Jacket (medium)Slim Fit Short Sleeve Button-Up Performance Shirt (medium)Men’s Shop Trim Fit Non-Iron Dress Shirt (medium)Scuff Slipper (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Ultra Boost (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Chuck 70 Ox Low (medium)Pop Quiz Backback (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)50mm Wayfarer Sunglasses (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

The best beauty deals

Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Jumbo Hinoki Hand Soap (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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Nordstrom cardholders can now shop the Anniversary Sale – these are the best beauty deals you can score right now

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The 2021 Nordstrom Anniversary sale doesn’t officially kick off until July 28, but cardholders can start shopping today. If your a Nordy Club member at the Icon level, you can officially start adding things to your cart. Ambassador-level cardholders can access the sale on Wednesday, July 14, and Influencer-level cardholders will have access on Friday, July 16.

And while everyone else will have to wait until the 28, the previews have already proven it will be worth it. Brands like La Mer, Oribé, and Nécessaire are seeing steep discounts on their top-selling products. You can snag a jumbo bottle of Le Labo’s Hinoki Hand Soap for just $40, and save almost $50 on Tata Harper’s Resurfacing Mix & Mask Set.

And while they haven’t officially announced specific deals yet, Nordstrom has teased big discounts on brands that rarely go on sale – like Dyson. If you’ve been coveting the oft-out-of-stock Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which our experts have named one of the best hair dryers you can own, now may be your chance to snag it.

If you’re already itching to shop, we’ve got you covered. The site is allowing you to make your wishlist now, ahead of the sale, so that when it comes time to shop you just have to click “add to cart.” And below, we’re rounding up the beauty buys our editors and reporters will be adding to their carts. Happy shopping!

The best Nordstrom Anniversary Sale 2021 beauty deals:

Trinity Facial Toning Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Travel Size The Moisturizing Soft Cream Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Lash Enhancing Serum Duo (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Full Size The Body Wash & Body Lotion Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Bond Management Kit (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Clean Facial Cleansing Device (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Magic Duo Full Size Gold Lush Dry Shampoo & Dry Texturizing Spray Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Fit Compact Hair Dryer (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Pro Facial Steamer Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Jumbo Hinoki Hand Soap (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)Resurfacing Mask Mix & Mask Set (medium, Preferred: Nordstrom)

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7 of the best body moisturizers available on Amazon

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The best body moisturizers on Amazon

  • A great body moisturizer is a must-have in your medicine cabinet.
  • It should soothe, nourish, and protect your skin without leaving behind a greasy film.
  • We rounded up 7 great body moisturizers you can buy on Amazon for smoother skin ASAP.

Focusing on a great facial skincare routine is all the rage, but don’t neglect the rest of your body. Keeping the rest of your body moisturized is just as important. Dry skin is uncomfortable, it feels tight and itchy. Luckily, there’s an easy solution. Keep a great body lotion on your bathroom counter as a reminder to apply right after you shower, bathe, or before you go to bed.

From keeping skin soft and smooth to reducing redness and relieving itchiness, there’s a moisturizer out there for every need. To save you some time finding the best options out there, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites on Amazon. Keep reading to see our picks.

Tree To Tub Moisturizing Body Lotion

Moisturizing Body Lotion for Dry Skin by Tree To Tub

Tree To Tub Moisturizing Body Lotion, $18

Soothing colloidal oatmeal, cocoa butter, and aloe vera work to repair, protect, and moisturize sensitive and damaged skin. The formula is sls-, sulfate-, paraben-, and cruelty-free. It’s even dermatologist-recommended too.

Puriya Daily Moisturizing Cream

Puriya Daily Moisturizing Cream for Dry

Puriya Daily Moisturizing Cream, $31

Give dry, itchy, cracked skin some extra love with this intensive moisturizer. Formulated with a plethora of nourishing ingredients like jojoba oil, aloe vera, and honey, this lotion does more than just hydrate dryness — it combats redness, rashes, and rough patches too.

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream

CETAPHIL Moisturizing Cream

Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream, $13

Sometimes simple is best. Cetaphil is revered for its simple, dermatologist-recommended formulas. This lotion has a rich texture that immediately makes skin feel soft to the touch. It’s non-comedogenic and fragrance-free, so it’s perfect for all skin types even those that are very sensitive.

Love Beauty And Planet Body Lotion

Love Beauty & Planet Body Lotion Delicious Glow

Love Beauty And Planet Body Lotion, $7

Fatty acid- and vitamin-rich shea butter is the magic moisturizing ingredient in this luxe lotion. The ethically-sourced sandalwood oil helps nourish skin and even tone, while also providing a subtly woody, earthy scent.

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Body Lotion

Aveeno Stress Relief Moisturizing Lotion, $10

After a long, stressful day there’s no better way to unwind than indulging in some skincare. Lather on this stress relief moisturizing lotion to calm your body and mind. Packed with skin-soothing ingredients like oatmeal and calming scents of lavender and ylang-ylang, this lotion will keep skin smooth while also providing a relaxing fragrance.

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Oil Miracle Lotion

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Miracle Oil Ultra Moisture Body Lotion with Vanilla Bean

OGX Extra Creamy + Coconut Oil Miracle Lotion, $7

Over 30,000 5-star reviews don’t lie. This ultra-hydrating blend leaves skin feeling soft and supple, while the tropical fragrances of coconut oil and vanilla bean entice your senses.

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion

Palmer's Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion

Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Formula Body Lotion, $10

Give your skin long-lasting, deep hydration with this cocoa butter lotion. The formula, which also features antioxidant-rich vitamin e, will leave skin soft and silky for up to 24 hours.

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9 of the best-selling beauty tools and accessories on Amazon

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Pur Botanicals Ice Roller

  • Amazon is a treasure trove when it comes to finding new products, but it can also be very overwhelming.
  • If you’re looking for a specific beauty tool to try to amp up your routine or make your life easier, Amazon has a huge selection.
  • We rounded up 9 best-selling beauty tools you can buy on Amazon now.

The beauty industry is flush with tools and gadgets promising everything from smoothing skin to lifting eyebrows. While there are plenty of gems out there, there is a lot of noise too.

Sounds kind of like your favorite online store, huh? Yep, we’re talking about Amazon. In any given category you’ll find thousands of pages worth of products, ranging from eh to amazing.

Try looking up beauty tools on Amazon and you are sure to be shocked. There are so many products to sift through, many of which seem more like a funny experiment than a practical purchase. But with Prime two-day shipping, shopping on Amazon is tempting as ever.

The fix? This list. We’ve done the dirty work, so you don’t have to spend hours scouring the site for the best new tools to try. We’ve handpicked some of the best-selling, top-rated beauty tools and gadgets on Amazon that really work. Ready to amp up your beauty routine? Keep reading to find our picks.

To accentuate eyes

Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler

Brilliant Beauty Eyelash Curler, $9

This ergonomically-designed eyelash curler makes it easy to get those hard-to-reach lashes without tugging, pulling, or breaking. This product comes with a satin bag to keep the curler safe, plus refill pads for when the current silicone one gets too dirty or falls out. 

To depuff dull skin

Pur Botanicals Ice Roller

Pur Botanicals Ice Roller, $15

Whether you wake up with a headache or puffiness, or both, this ice roller will do wonders. The icy chill feels amazing and gives skin a fresh-faced glow, plus the acupressure helps relieve any pain you may feel. 

To get a deep clean

Pixnor Facial Cleaning Brush

Pixnor Facial Cleansing Brush, $23

If you have a minimal beauty routine and always wash your face, good on you. If you are looking to up the ante and curate your cleansing routine to your specific needs, check out this cleansing brush. It comes with 7 different brush heads that help remove makeup, cleanse deeply, massage, and more.

To sculpt and soothe skin

Roselyn Boutique Jade Roller & Gua Sha Set

Roselyn Boutique Jade Roller & Gua Sha Set, $15

This set contains a jade roller and gua sha for the ultimate sculpting, soothing morning ritual. The gentle pressure helps promote circulation, the massage lifts and tones skin, and the cool jade feels lovely on puffy skin.

To open and unclog pores

Pure Daily Care 3-in-1 NanoSteamer

Pure Daily Care 3-in-1 NanoSteamer, $34

Clogged pores are no match for this set. The NanoSteamer opens pores, while the tools help remove impurities. 

To remove facial hair

Finishing Touch Flawless Hair Remover

Finishing Touch Flawless Hair Remover, $16

Keep your face fuzz-free painlessly and instantly with this easy-to-use hair remover. 

To blow dry hair

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer, $42

We’d be remiss to make a list about the best beauty tools without mentioning the Revlon One-Step. It’s a hybrid round brush-blow dryer that works wonders for getting a salon-style blowout in a pinch, and on a budget. It’s no wonder it has grown a cult-like following over the years.

To exfoliate scalp

Heeta Scalp Massager

Heeta Scalp Massager, $8

Shampooing will never be the same after you try this scalp massager. The silicone bristles give your hair and scalp a really deep clean, exfoliating and relieving pressure while you wash. 

To flawlessly apply makeup

Beakey Makeup Sponge Set,

Beakey Makeup Sponge Set, 5-pack, $10

Use these makeup sponges to get a flawless finish with every makeup look. You can use the sponges wet or dry, with liquid or powder products too. 

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Function of Beauty makes it easy for anyone to customize their shampoo and conditioner – here’s how it worked on 4 different hair types and textures

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Strategic partnerships manager Elisabeth Chambry tried the Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner system with a leave-in treatment.
Strategic partnerships manager Elisabeth Chambry tried the Function of Beauty shampoo and conditioner system with a leave-in treatment.

  • Even with a sea of options, it’s hard to find haircare that feels like it’s really made for you.
  • Function of Beauty is changing that with custom haircare that’s based on your quiz results.
  • We tried it and loved the personalization process, but our thoughts about the formulas were mixed.

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Human beings are unique. We wear outfits that show off our personal style. We create playlists so we can listen to the music we love whenever we want. We have myriad interests and passions which we proudly display on our social media profiles. For the most part, the world that we live in makes it easy for us to personalize everything in our lives – from monogrammed phone cases to data-driven subscription boxes.

So, why doesn’t our haircare get the same treatment?

Function of Beauty was founded in 2015 with the intention of helping people embrace their one-of-a-kind hair- and shaking up the shampoo aisle with some much-needed personalization. After all, we search for customization in so many other aspects of our lives, why should we settle for two-in-one shampoo and conditioner?

Zahir Dossa may not seem like your typical beauty brand founder. But, the MIT alum (with four degrees from his alma mater) saw a need for customization in the space. While receiving his PhD, Dossa started working on a beauty cooperative. When he asked a group of people for feedback on the same product, he was surprised at the wide range of answers he received. It was that experience that planted the seed that would soon become Function of Beauty, a haircare brand that lets people customize their routine with totally personalized shampoos and conditioners.

What we thought after trying Function of Beauty

Elisabeth shows the before and after using Function of Beauty on her curly hair.
Elisabeth shows the before and after using Function of Beauty on her curly hair.

Function of Beauty has received tens of thousands of five-star reviews, but we wanted to see how it actually worked on our own hair. So, four of my colleagues swapped out their regular shampoos and conditioners for customized Function of Beauty regimens. They all filled out the hair quiz and received an eight-ounce shampoo and conditioner just for them. Find their reviews, below.

Elisabeth's Function of Beauty haircare lineup includes: purple shampoo, purple conditioner, and leave-in treatment.
Elisabeth’s Function of Beauty haircare lineup includes: purple shampoo, purple conditioner, and leave-in treatment.

Elisabeth Chambry, strategic partnerships manager:

Hair type: light brown, curly, fine, dry scalp, long

Products: shampoo in purple, peach scent; conditioner in purple, peach scent; leave-in treatment

Elisabeth’s experience: As a curly-haired girl, I was skeptical of the Function of Beauty haircare products but pleasantly surprised by the results. It might not be noticeable to the untrained eye, but my curls look more defined, less frizzy, and more moisturized.

I’m always searching for the perfect leave-in and curl cream combination for styling my hair. For the last two months, I’ve exclusively used my Function of Beauty leave-in treatment. It does a great job conditioning my curls and fighting frizz without weighing down my hair. The shampoo was sudsy even though it was silicone-free. I had to use much more conditioner, so the bottle is about 50% less full than my shampoo. This is common for me as a curly-haired girl who needs a lot of conditioners, so I wouldn’t necessarily note it as a drawback. I have used other conditioner formulas that penetrated my hair better, making it softer and detangled, but I thought this formula did a fine job. The bottles are a joy to have in the shower, but the pumps also lock easily for travel.

As for my scalp, I didn’t notice any difference in ridding flakes and dryness. I’ve had trouble finding a haircare product that competes with my simple apple cider vinegar rinses. I’ll likely continue my treasure hunt to find something that absolutely blows me away, but I’ll keep Function of Beauty in my back pocket for a reliable and fun-to-have haircare system. Finding products that work for my hair is pretty difficult, but I enjoy the chase.

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Connie Chen shows the before and after using Function of Beauty on her color-treated hair.
Connie Chen shows the before and after using Function of Beauty on her color-treated hair.

Connie Chen, senior reporter:

Hair type: dark brown (color-treated), medium coarseness, straight, medium-length

Products: shampoo in purple, pear scent; conditioner in blue, pear scent; hair mask

Connie’s experience: With most haircare, it often feels like I have to compromise somewhere, whether it’s an ingredient I don’t want in the formulation or being pigeonholed into certain fragrances. I love that Function of Beauty gives me way more control. I have dyed hair, so I was able to choose a purple shampoo to reduce brassiness. At the same time, I could choose to have my products address my specific hair goals, which include strengthening and conditioning with a nice smelling formula. Over the last six weeks, I’ve used the shampoo and conditioner every other day. I apply the hair mask once a week and my hair looks and feels much healthier. A plus is that all the fragrances smell amazing – I’ve tried the pear, peach, and mango over the years and they’re some of the most memorable haircare scents I’ve used.

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Alyssa's Function of Beauty custom haircare lineup includes: turquoise shampoo and purple conditioner.
Alyssa’s Function of Beauty custom haircare lineup includes: turquoise shampoo and purple conditioner.

Alyssa Powell, graphic designer:

Hair type: black, tightly coiled, short

Products: shampoo in turquoise, lavender scent; conditioner in purple, lavender scent; both silicone-free

Alyssa’s experience: As much as I love my tightly coiled, well-put-together hair, maintaining moisture, retaining length, and finding the right products have always been a struggle for me. So I chose the following hair goals when customizing: curl definition, hydrate, and strengthen. I also chose to get the silicone-free formula for both, in the True L(o)vender scent because it was 100% natural.

The packaging of these products was beautiful. I loved my name printed on the bottles and on the direction booklet. When I tried Function of Beauty last year, I was not impressed. However, I decided to give it another try because I finally found a wash routine that had been working for me. I also wanted to use the products properly this time.

I followed my normal routine: shampooing once a week, using conditioner every other day, then following up with a leave-in gel from another brand. I let the conditioner sit for the directed 5-10 minutes. I liked the way my hair felt after using the shampoo and conditioner. It was clean, moisturized, and the products smelled amazing.

After one month of using the products, I think Function of Beauty has earned a spot on my bathroom shelf. Having a consistent routine and following the directions made all the difference.

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Mara's custom Function of Beauty lineup includes: a purple shampoo, white conditioner, hair serum, and body lotion.
Mara’s custom Function of Beauty lineup includes: a purple shampoo, white conditioner, hair serum, and body lotion.

Mara Leighton, senior commerce reporter:

Hair type: brunette (color-treated), thick, wavy, long

Products: shampoo in purple, eucalyptus scent; conditioner in white, eucalyptus scent; body lotion in eucalyptus scent; hair serum in pear scent; body wash in white, eucalyptus scent; body lotion in white, eucalyptus scent

Mara’s experience: My hair can be as dry and frizzy as grass in a drought, so I tend to favor hydrating products – and I was surprised by how much I loved Function of Beauty’s formulas.

First, I was able to customize my shampoo and conditioner to include the stuff I know I need but hate looking for in ingredient lists, such as ingredients to combat brassiness in color-treated hair and nutritious oils to smooth and hydrate. Personally, I don’t care about the option to pick the color. But most importantly is that my hair consistently dried to look better hydrated and less frizzy, but still clean and voluminous.

If I could only buy one thing again, though, it would be the Hair Serum. It makes my hair look so uncharacteristically hydrated, shiny, and more defined (the qualities I find most difficult to replicate) without edging on greasy. It’s also more manageable after I’ve applied the Hair Serum. I’ve definitely used too much before, but in my experience, that’s difficult to do; my hair drinks this formula up. And the pear scent smells really nice.

The lotion and body wash are nice but don’t reinvent the wheel (and they don’t need to). My one nitpick is that I wish I’d gone for light strength on the fragrances. I chose the fresh, clean eucalyptus (which smells a lot like mint) for most of the products, and it’s just slightly heavy for my liking.

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How to create your personalized shampoo and conditioner

Creating your own Function of Beauty haircare is simple. You’ll follow these steps to get a customized formula:

  • Fill out a quiz about your hair type and hair structure (curly, straight, thick, fine, etc.)
  • Choose five hair goals (Do you want to banish brassiness? Reduce oil? Add shine or volume?)
  • Pick out a fragrance (some of the scent options include eucalyptus, lavender, and peach)
  • Choose from nine color tints (all 100% vegan and sulfate-free; you can also choose to leave it dye-free)

The hair quiz tells the FOB team everything they need to know about your hair, and the brand’s algorithms will get to work to find you the perfect formula. Your products will also come to your door in cute personalized bottles.


There are a few ways to buy Function of Beauty products. You can choose to get a delivery just one time, every six months, every three months, or once a month. In terms of size, you can choose from an eight- or 16-ounce bottle of either shampoo or conditioner. The pricing ranges from $29 for a single eight-ounce shampoo bottle to $49 for a 16-ounce shampoo and conditioner set. These are definitely pricier than your drugstore haircare brands, but the price tag reflects the custom approach as well as the high-quality ingredients used.

If you love the idea of custom haircare but need something less pricey, Function of Beauty also has a more affordable product line at Target. It works by having you first pick out a base formula, and then mix in booster packets that address your specific hair needs. The base formulas are $10 each and the booster packets are $2.99 each. You can learn more here.

The bottom line

Function of Beauty’s custom shampoo and conditioner is fun to create and the colorful bottles look great on a bathroom shelf. Most of us were won over, but whether or not it works for you will really come down to your personal preferences. What we can all agree on is that we appreciate the clean scents, the thoughtful details, and the easy-to-use ordering process.

Create your own personalized haircare routine at Function of Beauty.

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CauseBox is changing its name to Alltrue, but it still offers the same eco-conscious products we love

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  • Alltrue, which was previously Causebox, is a subscription box service that’s delivered seasonally.
  • Each box has products from socially conscious brands, including homeware, jewelry, and more.
  • Alltrue offers both annual memberships for $49.95 or a quarterly subscription for $54.95.


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Subscription services like BirchBox and Stitch Fix have gained a lot of attention over the last few years, spurring more and more brands to take the subscription route in order to provide unique experiences for their customers.

Alltrue is one such company capitalizing on the trend of sending clothing, beauty products, and home decor via subscription – but what sets it apart is that all the products inside its boxes are sourced from socially, economically, and environmentally conscious brands. The product team at Alltrue, which until a recent rebrand was called Causebox, works with the founders of companies doing social good and asks them about why they give back, who they are directly impacting, and where their products are made. An open line of communication between Alltrue and its partners ensures that the companies are following through with their missions and goals.

Co-founders Matt Richardson and Brett McCollum made giving back their ultimate vision for the company – and to complete that vision, Alltrue volunteers with and donates to different charities to help them with their growth and impact. Past charities have included Speak Your Silence, which helps those affected by sexual abuse and assault to move forward. Others, like Trees for the Future, work to end hunger and poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa through agricultural practices.

How does Alltrue work and what does it cost?

The bright, charming packages are created and sent on a seasonal schedule – spring, summer, fall, and winter. Like most subscription services, the boxes come in a convenient package and arrive at your door on a scheduled basis. I received a spring box and had a really lovely experience with it – from the moment I got my box to the time I spent actually using the products inside.

Alltrue offers customers two subscription options: the quarterly subscription ($54.95 per box), and the annual subscription ($49.95 per box, a total of $199.8 per year). After choosing your preferred method, you’ll create an account online and begin your customization process.

Each seasonal box offers six to eight new products – each one from a socially conscious brand, and some even created exclusively for Alltrue customers. If you sign up for the annual subscription service, you can customize your product options based on pattern, color, or product type. The best part about the box is that it includes a little notebook in each package so you can read a story behind every product included.

Your Alltrue will ship within the first couple weeks of the seasonal months and it typically takes two to eight days to arrive. If you chose the custom Alltrue, you’ll be able to tailor your delivery preferences.


What’s inside an Alltrue box?

The actual box is cute and colorful, but the reason Alltrue is so special is because of the items housed inside. Each box comes with six to eight products that are all cruelty-free, sustainably sourced, and intended to serve, support, and empower disadvantaged communities. They all include some combination of jewelry, skincare/beauty products, accessories, home decor, wellness products, and even artwork.

My box contained items from every one of these categories – my favorite items were the Megan Portfolio Clutch from Glass Ladder Co. (valued at $120), and the Cosmedix Glow Bamboo Brightening Mask (valued at $54). I was also able to choose certain items like the Cleobella Silky Scarf and the Marina de Buchi Luxe Charm Bracelet, along with a few others (a perk of signing up for the annual membership).

Is Alltrue worth the cost?

The $50 price tag per Alltrue isn’t a hefty cost when you consider the value of the contents inside. Each box has an estimated value of over $200 – according to the website, my products added up to $341.90.

There are definitely a couple of items that I won’t use all too often, so in my opinion, the value of the box isn’t as high as estimated. But, the option to personalize my box made me enjoy the products inside even more.

The bottom line

The convenience, overall cost, and quality of the products make the Alltrue a good investment, particularly if you’re signing up as a way to treat yourself. I feel better about using the office items, accessories, home products, and skincare simply because they are all eco-friendly and sustainably sourced.

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27 of the best skincare products available on Amazon, according to thousands of rave reviews

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  • There are plenty of standout products hiding in plain sight on Amazon.
  • Below, I’ve compiled a list of 27 skincare products with near-perfect reviews.
  • You’ll also find the overall Amazon rating and what they’re built to do for your skin.

Have you ever reached the end of Amazon page results?

To me, it sounds more like a riddle of what would happen if you were to reach the ends of the earth or beat an unbeatable video game. Does the internet break? Does time cease and then, rapidly, ominously, move backward?

Guessing by Amazon’s sheer selection size, we aren’t going to find out any time soon so put that existential dread to bed. The online behemoth’s plethora of options makes it both the most convenient place to buy things you already love, and one of the tougher places to apply its frequent discounts to new worthwhile buys – like skincare, which can be more expensive than it warrants thanks to beauty industry markups.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of 27 solid skincare products flying under the radar on Amazon that you may want to check out the next time you need a vitamin C serum and don’t want to drop $100 or more. The following cult favorites have hundreds – if not thousands – of five-star reviews you can vet yourself before buying, too.

27 under-the-radar skincare products with near-perfect Amazon reviews:

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser

CeraVe Salicylic Acid Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 1,150+

This exfoliating face wash uses the acne-clearing agent salicylic acid, which keeps blackheads and pimples at bay. The BHA gently scrubs away dead skin cells, and it uses a less harsh and more budget-friendly formula than many other face scrubs.

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

Mederma Advanced Scar Gel

Advanced Scar Gel (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 1,300+

Whether you struggle with new or old acne scars, Amazon shoppers love using this gel to treat scarring. One swipe per day of the clinically approved cream can start improving the appearance, color, and texture of scars.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick

Ultra Sheer Face & Body Stick (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 1,150+

Amazon users say that even those who hate using sunscreen will like this one. They also say the stick formula glides on smoothly and works well, but you’ll just want to be careful not to miss any spots. Since there’s no fragrance, it’s a friendlier option for sensitive skin.

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap

Dr. Squatch Pine Tar Soap (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 3,800+

If you have super dry skin, this natural soap made with shea butter, oatmeal, and sand exfoliates without stripping moisture. Many reviewers said they used this soap up quickly, so make sure to store it away from the water if you want to prolong its use.

Mighty Patch Hydrocolloid Stickers

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Mighty Patch Original (36-count) (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Five-star reviews: 3,100+

The skincare community has adopted this new spot treatment for its gentle approach to targeting acne — no popping necessary. Our team loves it too. Just clean the area you want to apply it to, stick a patch on, and wait overnight. 

Schick Hydro Silk Facial Razor

Schick Hydro Silk Facial Razor

Silk Touch-Up Multipurpose Exfoliating Dermaplaning Tool (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 5,300+

Easily shave off peach fuzz, remove dead skin, or clean up your eyebrows with this multi-purpose facial tool. The blades have tiny guards so it makes face shaving less intimidating and safer to use. 

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Aquaphor Healing Ointment

Healing Ointment (small)

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Five-star reviews: 4,325+

Comparable to Vaseline, this thick ointment cream is used to relieve dry, cracked skin. People often use it to treat severe eczema and psoriasis. But even for more tame skin, a little bit goes a long way and is useful to have if you live in an area with cold weather or frequently use hand sanitizer. 

Silicone Face Cleanser Brush

Silicone Face Cleanser Brush

Silicone Facial Cleansing Brush (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 2,300+

These handheld brushes are a gentler alternative to washcloths and a more effective technique than your hands. For people with sensitive skin who cannot use harsh scrubs, this turns your everyday facial cleanser into a light exfoliant. 

Thayers Facial Toner

Thayers Facial Toner

Witch Hazel Alcohol Free Toner (small, Preferred: Amazon)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 4,300+

Thayers’ witch hazel toner is a cult favorite of the online beauty community, and it’s consistently one of Amazon’s most popular skincare products under $25. Rose water, aloe vera, and a proprietary witch hazel extract work gently and efficiently to cleanse and hydrate skin, tighten pores, and control oil production.

Thayers supposedly creates the only witch hazel products made of non-distilled extract from the witch hazel shrub, meaning they should maintain the highest levels of therapeutic tannins (mild antioxidants that nourish the skin).

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay

Indian Healing Clay Mask (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 1,700+

This underground beauty community Holy Grail has shown up everywhere from the Sephora beauty blog to Youtube vlogs. I wrote my own love letter to it after receiving a glowing recommendation from a colleague.

It’s been called the ‘world’s most powerful mask’ and with good reason: the 100% natural calcium bentonite clay draws out all the impurities deep in your skin, and, especially if mixed with apple cider vinegar, effectively exfoliates the surface of the skin for a smoother, more even texture.

Esarora Ice Roller

Esarora Ice Roller

Ice Roller for Face & Eye (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,550+

The Esarora Ice Roller is designed to shrink pores and puffiness and act as minor pain relief for migraines, sunburns, and sinus discomfort.

Dermal 16-Pack Sheet Mask Set

Dermal 16 Pack Sheet Mask Set

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Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 3,500+ 

This combo pack is designed to cover pretty much every common skin concern, with each sheet mask using a different specialized ingredient — from snail extract to hyaluronate to cucumber. 

Mario Badescu Drying Lotion

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Drying Lotion (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5

Five-star reviews: 2,700+

The powerful drying lotion has been described as “magic” for zapping whiteheads overnight. Dab a bit on your whitehead and it should be gone in the morning. A little goes a long way and the bottle can last you half a year.

Insta Natural Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser

Insta Natural Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser

Vitamin C Gel Facial Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5

Five-star reviews: 3,800+

Insta Natural’s gel facial cleanser combines vitamin C, organic aloe, and green tea extract for a gentle face wash that works to remove dull cells, fade sun spots and discoloration, and leave skin feeling hydrated and clean. 

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask

New York Biology Dead Sea Mud Mask

Dead Sea Mud Mask (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,500+

New York Biology’s Dead Sea Mask is designed for all skin types. It’s infused with minerals, aloe-vera, chamomile extract, vitamin A, sunflower seed oil, and jojoba oil, and claims to leave you with a clean, refreshed feeling.

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water

SkinActive Micellar Cleansing Water (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,375+

Micellar waters are beloved for their ability to refresh and cleanse skin while respecting its natural moisture barrier, and they’re often used as the first step in a dual-cleansing routine. Garnier’s version has racked up thousands of glowing reviews for its gentle, effective cleansing. 

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer

LilyAna Naturals Retinol Cream Moisturizer

Retinol Cream Moisturizer (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 6,800+

LilyAna Naturals’ Retinol Cream Moisturizer works to fade sun damage, dark spots, and acne scars, and to reduce fine lines. It also contains a hydrating combination of hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, green tea, shea butter, and jojoba oil to balance the dryness of retinol with prescription-strength effectiveness. 

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

EltaMD UV Clear Facial Sunscreen

UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 3,400+

EltaMD UV is an oil-free facial sunscreen that has zinc oxide with broad-spectrum coverage to protect against UVA and UVB rays. It’s lightweight, silky, and good for sensitive- and acne-prone skin as well as those dealing with rosacea and discoloration.

Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo

Mario Badescu Rosewater and Green Tea Facial Spray Duo

Facial Spray Herbs/Rosewater and Cucumber/Green Tea, 8 Fl Oz (Pack of 2) (small)

Overall rating: 4.5/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 1,350+

Mario Badescu’s bestselling duo includes two of its cult-favorite facial sprays: Rosewater and Green Tea. Both combine gentle and non-irritating aloe and herbal extracts to serve as a “pick-me-up” for dry, tired skin — either on their own or to set makeup.  

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash

CeraVe Hydrating Face Wash

Hydrating Facial Cleanser (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5

Five-star reviews: 2,500+

CeraVe’s bestselling cleanser is formulated with essential ceramides and hyaluronic acid that cleanses, hydrates, and helps build up the skin’s own protective barrier. It’s fragrance-free, non-comedogenic, and non-drying to aid the skin’s natural moisture levels.

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum

LilyAna Naturals Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C Serum with Hyaluronic Acid (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 3,200+ 

This fast-absorbing vitamin C Serum works to brighten and even skin tone as well as boost its collagen production. Vitamins E and C fade hyperpigmentation, fade scars, and reduce fine lines, and it should be gentle enough for all-over use. LilyAna Naturals also has a 100% money-back guarantee, in case it’s not a fit for you.

CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Best budget beauty picks_CeraVe Moisturizing Cream

Moisturizing Cream (small)

Overall rating: 4.8/5

Five-star reviews: 4,450+

CeraVe is a trusted drugstore brand with a dedicated band of followers. This face and body cream for normal-to-dry skin moisturizes, restores, and maintains a protective skin barrier to keep skin looking and feeling rejuvenated.

Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Paula's Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant

Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant (small)

Overall rating: 4.6/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,100+

Paula’s Choice is best-known for its gentle, transparent skincare products, and this Skin Perfecting 2% BHA is a good example. It has 2% Beta Hydroxy Acid to unclog and minimize enlarged pores, exfoliate dead skin, and reduce fine lines. The exfoliation should also brighten and even out skin tone. 

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream

Face Moisturizers for every skin type_Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Cream for Extra Dry Skin (Neutrogena)

Hydro Boost Gel Cream (small)

Overall rating: 4.7/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 2,650+

Neutrogena’s 1.7-ounce, non-comedogenic gel face cream is a godsend for ultra-dry skin. It’s packed with hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally found in the skin, that can absorb up to 1,000 times its weight in water. 

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

TruSkin Vitamin C Serum

Naturals Vitamin C Serum (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5

Five-star reviews: 9,900+

Some vitamin C serums go for $160 and up, but this one has garnered a loyal following for much less (you should also check out Maelove’s $28 Glow Maker). It lightens dark spots, reduces fine lines, and improves clarity with a blend of nutrients designed to aid collagen production. You’ll find ingredients like vitamin C, botanical hyaluronic acid, vitamin E, and aloe vera, witch hazel, and organic jojoba oil to nourish skin.

Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator

Microdermabrasion Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator

Facial Scrub & Face Exfoliator (small)

Overall rating: 4.4/5

Five-star reviews: 1,600+

Exfoliate dead and dull skin cells and moisturize your skin’s base with this microdermabrasion facial scrub. It’s designed to buff away dirt, grime, and tired skin cells to reveal brighter, healthier skin underneath. Afterward, the skin should appear more even and feel softer and smoother to the touch. Aloe vera and manuka honey help replace moisture. 

LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer

LilyAna Naturals Eye Cream Moisturizer

Eye Cream Moisturizer (small)

Overall rating: 4.3/5 stars

Five-star reviews: 5,600+ 

Vitamin C, vitamin E, rosehip seed oil, and organic hibiscus flower extract work to brighten, firm, and tighten the delicate skin around your eyes. 

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The 13 best hair dryers for every hair type, according to stylists

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  • Your hair dryer can be the difference between a good hair day and a not-so-good hair day.
  • The best blow dryer for your hair type is less about the dryer and more about the accessories.
  • We spoke with many experts to gather the 13 hair dryers they’d recommend to anyone.

When it comes to hair care accessories that can be surprisingly expensive, blow dryers are pretty high on the list. It’s easy to assume that the most expensive tool will always be the best, or work the quickest, but as the experts will tell you, this isn’t always the case. And when it comes to different blow dryers for different hair types, most experts will tell you it’s actually not the blow dryer itself you should be considering – it’s the accessories.

If you’re not quite sure yet whether to prioritize speed, comfort, or luxury when choosing your new blow dryer, though, here are the five best, expert-approved picks to help you make your decision, no matter what budget you’re working with.

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The best hair dryers for curly, coily hair

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer_Ulta

Yes, the Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer, which is almost silent when it turns on, is as good as everyone says. The attachments are just as important as the dryer itself, though. Matrix brand ambassador Rachel Bodt explains that the attachments help with how tight you want the air concentration. “The smaller the nozzle, the more direct or tighter the airflow,” she says. Ulta senior vice president of store and services operations, Matrix artistic director, and celebrity stylist Nick Stenson says the diffuser attachment is the best for drying curls without causing any frizz.

Praises for the Supersonic keep coming, as advanced stylist Adriana Papaleo also says the diffuser is ideal for use on curly and wavy hair types. “Spreading the air over a flatter, larger surface area allows you to dry the hair quickly without disturbing the curls.” Mane Addicts celebrity hair stylist Kathleen Riley says her favorite attachment is the diffuser because it helps define curls and add volume. “The hair dryer also comes with a smoothing nozzle and styling concentrator, which are both great for more refined looks,” she says. 

Hairdresser and curl expert April Kayganich says the Supersonic‘s technology dries hair faster than any other hair dryer she has used. In fact, she rarely uses the highest heat setting. Kayganich makes sure to point out that if you invest in a quality hair dryer that you love, remember to actually take care of it. “The external filter should be cleaned once a week, and also, once a month, you should soak the filter in warm, soapy water,” she says. 

Supersonic Hair Dryer (small, Preferred: Ulta)
Trademark Beauty Easy Blo

Trademark Beauty Easy Blo: One-Step Dryer and Volumizer

Though suitable for all hair types, Leigh Hardges, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago, loves using the Easy Blo for curly and coily hair. Blowing out these hair types is necessary before getting into the straightening process, which can be a time-consuming task. “I’ve been working with the Trademark Beauty Easy Blo, which has made this step easier, since the blow dryer and brush are combined,” Hardges says. 

She also appreciates the two different bristle types in the brush head, as they provide even tension while heat stretching hair. This is a bonus for folks with curly or coily hair. When using this dryer, you want to start at the nape of your neck and work your way up, according to Hardges. She recommends beginning on the high heat setting and then switching to the cool setting during the final pass through the ends. “This will give the hair a high shine because the cool air helps to smooth the cuticle,” she says.

Easy Blo (small)
One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

One Styling Beauty Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer

If you’re searching for a super light hair dryer that won’t leave your hands aching, the Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer is a worthy pick. It weighs in at less than one pound, making it one of the lightest options in this guide. “The ergonomics of the dryer have saved my hands over the years. It’s lightweight, yet very powerful. I also like this tool because it isn’t too loud,” says Shelly Aguirre, a hairstylist at Maxine Salon in Chicago. 

“The air flow is concentrated to assist in laying the cuticle down to increase shine, so be sure not to remove the concentrator nozzle,” Aguirre says. The concentrator nozzle gives you shine, but you shouldn’t forget about the volumizing finger diffuser attachment. It’s great for achieving a tousled look or natural-looking waves. 

Epic Lite Pro Hair Dryer (small)
BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

BaBylissPRO Rapido Dryer

If you prioritize weight when looking for a hair dryer, this one from BaBylissPRO is one of the few in this guide that weigh less than one pound. However, the Rapido Dryer still performs with power. The hair dryer is made in Italy and has a Ferrari-designed, high performance engine that stays quiet when in use. 

The Rapido Dryer is great for all hair types and textures, but the attachments are important for more specific needs. “The concentrator nozzle is an all around great tool for precise air flow and smoothing out the hair entirely,” says Matrix brand ambassador Sharon Spellman. BaBylissPRO also offers other dryer attachments, not included in this set, that can help you achieve different looks. In particular, the Rapido Dryer Diffuser gently lifts and separates your strands to give you frizz-free curls. 

Rapido Dryer (small)
The best hair dryers for thick, coarse hair

BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer

BaByliss PRO Titanium Hair Dryer_BaByliss

The Dyson Supersonic might seem amazing in theory, but it isn’t necessarily a realistic purchase for people who are shopping on a budget. For an alternative, founder of Salon deZEN Maria Elizabeth suggests the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer, especially for those who are trying to achieve a sleeker or smoother blowout. 

“With 2000-watt performance, ergonomic handling, several heat and speed settings, and a cool shot button to help seal up cuticles, the BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Hair Dryer delivers less frizz and cuts down dry time,” Elizabeth says. “It is a great option for all hair types, but is specifically great for coarse and thick hair, as it assists in creating sleek styles.”

Nano Titanium Hair Dryer (small)
Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer

The Elchim 2001 Classic Dryer has its name for a reason — it’s a classic that can do no wrong. Made in Milan, it’s best for thick, coarse hair, and reduces drying time. Hairstylist and male groomer Matilde Campos has used this blow dryer for several years and still loves using it. 

“If you have thick, curly hair and need to make it straight, shiny, and frizz-free, this will make it happen,” she says. “It has a cooling option that cools in seconds, and it can be placed back to its hot feature without skipping a beat.” You should know, however, that this hair dryer tends to get hot, so you’ll want to move quickly while doing your hair, Campos suggests. 

2001 Classic Dryer (small)
The best hair dryers for frizzy hair

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

InStyler Mini Travel Dryer

For those who need a super simple, travel-sized hair dryer, look no further than the InStyler Mini. InStyler makes traveling easy, as the dryer measures in at 7.75 x 2.6 x 6.5 inches and only has high and low heat settings. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less effective. 

“This mini blow-dryer is a diamond in the rough. It carries the same power as a normal sized blow dryer,” Campos says. “It’s compact and perfect for travel.” Plus, the concentrator nozzle keeps airflow focused in one direction and smooths the hair, adds shine, and gives you a frizz-free finish. 

Mini Travel Dryer (small)
T3 Cura

T3 Cura

The Cura not only weighs just one pound, but also sports an ergonomic handle. Both of these elements mean your wrist won’t be aching while using this light blow dryer.

Most importantly, the dryer and its two attachments help to eliminate frizz thanks to T3 Digital IonAir Technology. The drying concentrator nozzle is perfect for rough drying, while the styling concentrator nozzle is good for styling one section at a time. Campos recommends moving your hair around from one side to the other when drying your hair, instead of turning your head upside down. “It will decrease the amount of flyaways,” she says.

Cura (small)
The best hair dryers for all hair types

Dyson Airwrap

Dyson Airwrap_Sephora

By now, most of us have seen brushes, styling tools, and blow dryers combined into one. But do they actually work? According to hairstylist Bianca Hillier, the Dyson Airwrap does, especially for those with fine to medium hair who are trying to add volume. 

“You can adjust the heat settings and also adjust the tool to be used when creating a variety of styles,” Hillier says. “It’s lightweight, which makes it easy for traveling and daily use.” She also notes that you get the best results when using it on damp, rather than wet, hair.

“The Dyson Airwrap is the complete package,” Campos says. For a pro tip, “Use the cool shot at the end. This will hold your style for much longer.” She also appreciates the various attachment options. The barrels create curls and waves, while the brushes control the hair and add volume.

Airwrap Complete Styler (small)
Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000

Harry Josh Pro Tools Pro Dryer 2000_Dermstore

The Pro Dryer 2000 gives you luxury results with a reasonable price tag. As celebrity hairstylist Clariss Rubenstein says, there isn’t a blow dry this tool can’t handle. When buying a hair dryer, Rubenstein looks for strong heat and power for getting a quick and efficient blowout. The Pro Dryer 2000 has all that and more. 

As Harry Josh himself explains, the best tip for getting a professional-looking blowout with this tool, or any tool, is to know your hair well and use a quality dryer. “Utilize a nozzle to direct air at a smaller space, then start at the roots and work your way to the ends, in the direction of the hair cuticle, which will add shine.” He also notes that heat settings, diffusers, and different types of brushes should all be considered when adjusting the experience for your specific hair type.

Pro Dryer 2000 (small, Preferred: Dermstore)
ghd Helios Hair Dryer

ghd Helios Hair Dryer

Serving up airflow that travels at 75 miles per hour, the Helios is light and quiet, yet powerful. “This blow dryer will cut your drying time in half. It’s durable and magically smooths your hair for the perfect finish,” Campos says. She also loves the chic look of the white and rose gold model.  

“The contour nozzle works wonders. Use it while styling to concentrate on smoothness and shine,” Campos says. She also shares that you should remember to use the cooling feature to add some extra shine. 

Helios Hair Dryer (small)
Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

Bioprogramming Club Repronizer 4D Plus

One common cause of damaged hair is overusing heating tools. This is where the Repronizer 4D Plus comes in handy. “Not only will it not cause damage, it will improve the condition of your hair and scalp,” says master colorist and senior educator Hitomi Ikeda

While this hair dryer works for all hair types, Ikeda says it’s especially effective for anyone with super damaged hair and who might be hesitant about using heat on their hair. She suggests switching between applying hot and cold air. This brings out the natural shine in each and every strand. As a pro tip, “It’s even more effective if you keep applying cold air to your scalp every day other than when you dry your hair.”

Repronizer 4D Plus (small)
Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i

Sedu Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i_Sedu

When it comes to a light-as-air blow dryer that’s also travel-friendly, Hillier recommends the Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i. “This blow dryer gets hot enough on even the low setting to smooth out any textured hair, whether it’s coarse or fine,” Hillier says. “There is a sneaky cool blow button that helps completely set the styled look and finish the job.”

“Regardless of hair type, you must always use a heat protectant,” Hillier says. This applies to each and every blow dryer and heat tool, regardless of how safe it may be for hair.

Revolution Hair Dryer 4000i (small)

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