4 Beauty and Skincare Products So Good, They Even Took Us by Surprise

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Here at Shop With Us, we spend most of the day hunting for the best deals, new arrivals, unique items and must-haves for our readers, but we also do plenty of shopping for ourselves, too! The same way we would never keep news of a really great sale or a versatile piece of clothing getting us through the season a secret, we aren’t shy about sharing the products we use ourselves, especially when it comes to beauty and skincare!

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From a cure-all cream to a pH lipstick, here are the best products Shop With Us editors and writers discovered on a whim and now love, all available at Dermstore!


Suzy Forman, Writer: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Collection Lipstick



“I’m no scientist, but as soon as I saw this color-changing lipstick, I just had to buy it so I could experiment. Look at it! It’s green! Until it hits your lips, that is, and turns into the perfect shade of pink. It claims to adapt specifically to each individual person’s pH balance so we can all achieve the most flattering rosy color possible. That’s the fun part, but it might not even be my favorite part. What I love about this lipstick is that it’s so incredibly moisturizing! It glides on so smoothly and is made with vitamin E, essential oils and shea butter for maximum kissability and soothing hydration. Throw away that do-nothing lip balm and carry this around as an essential instead so we can achieve that ‘our lips but better’ shade and feel!”

See it: Grab the Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Collection Lipstick starting at just $21 at Dermstore! See more Lipstick Queen products at Dermstore!


Brittany Romano, Writer: Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster 


“Anyone knows me will agree that I’m not always a ray of sunshine. I know, shocker! So when a product went ahead and willingly offered to take care of all the bright and sunny for me, I was obviously more than all in.  Truthfully, I wasn’t sure at first what this product even was when I purchased it. It contains a highly concentrated form of vitamin C and ingredients that claim to brighten dull complexions and improve the appearance of uneven skin tones. As someone who suffers from darker spots on my face and neck, this was the hook that caught me! I just mix it into my foundation each and every morning and if my skin feels dry at night, I’ll apply before sleep. Overall, my skin has started to appear firmer, more even and a bit brighter — which is great since I’m not certain when my personality will begin brightening up.”

See it: Grab Paula’s Choice C15 Super Booster starting at $49 at Dermstore! See more Paula’s Choice products at Dermstore!


Bella Zaydenberg, Manager: Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel



“I’ve always been curious about these after seeing them in the bathrooms of dozens of friends and Instagram mavens, so when I bit the bullet and bought them myself, I had really high hopes! Spoiler: They delivered. Each packet has two separately packaged pads; the first is a gentle but mighty exfoliation that feels tingly on your skin, and the second is a skin-nourishing one that feels like a cool drink on a hot summer day. I use these at night before the rest of my skincare routine, and I swear that when I wake up in the morning, it looks like I’ve been outside getting my glow on the day before — when in reality, all I’ve been doing is hanging out in my apartment all day.”

See it: Grab the Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel starting at $88 at Dermstore! See more products from Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare at Dermstore!


Nadine DeNinno, Editor: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream


“I have extremely oily skin, so you’re probably wondering how I stumbled upon this product, which is billed for people with dry skin, right? Turns out, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream seriously is for everyone, no matter their skin type or concern! (Hundreds of reviewers agree with me, too!) Even for someone like me with some seriously overactive sebum, this cream gave me the shot of hydration my skin needs every so often. It’s not as heavy duty as it sounds, though. This cream absorbs quickly and doesn’t feel sticky or greasy whatsoever, even on oily skin. It’s a bit much for my face personally, so I use as a body lotion, which is what it’s actually intended for! Almost instantly, my skin appears so moisturized and smooth. Since this tub is so huge, too, it lasts me all winter and summer, the two seasons I need extra moisturizer the most! Pro tip: The natural ingredients in it, like eucalyptus oil which is known to speed up skin recovery, makes this cream absolutely perfect to treat sunburns!”

See It: Grab the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream for $32 at Dermstore! See more products from First Aid Beauty at Dermstore!

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