Urban Outfitters is generally our one-stop shop for trendy statement pieces, graphic tees, and cozy outerwear options, but if you’re a die-hard beauty buff like myself, then you also know that the retailer is home to an under-the-radar beauty scene that is, believe it or not, completely next level.
With a mix of both mainstream and niche brands offered, it’s a great spot to find new, unexpected and quirky beauty goodies that you wouldn’t normally spot in your local Ulta or Sephora. If you’ve yet to experience the UO beauty world, though, now is the time, as it just kicked off a bomb-ass beauty sale — lasting through October 16 — with everything a cool 20 percent off in stores and online. (Cue me doing a happy dance at my desk.)
This means discounts on products from cult-favorites like Mario Badescu, Milk Makeup, and more. But might I suggest using this opportunity to delve into its lesser-known stash of beauty garb? Because let me tell you: There are some seriously cool brands that even I haven’t heard of before.
Excitement aside, I’m the first one to admit that sometimes sales can prove super overwhelming, which is why I went ahead and rounded up the best of the best (because streamlining is everything, people.) Check them out, below — and grab your wallet while you’re at it.
If you haven’t heard, Mario Badescu’s pink-tinted blemish treatment has a cult following, and the reason is simple: It works. It doesn’t irritate or dry out even the most sensitive of skin types (that’s me) and if you pop it on before bed, your pimple will be significantly reduced by morning. Need I say more?
Pixi is notoriously known for its trusty Glow Tonic, but let me assure you right now that this sweet-smelling peel exfoliator gives it a run for its money. Infused with natural fruit enzymes and lactic acid, the cooling gel gently sweeps away dead skin and leaves the complexion noticeably brighter and smooth to the touch. Bonus points because it does so without any redness or irritation.
If you’re one of those people who can’t be bothered to hang around and wait while a face mask dries, this quick-and-simple hydrating booster will most definitely be up your alley. An impressive blend of oils and berries leaves the skin soft, plump, and radiant — all in five minutes flat.
Hailing from the cutesy K-Beauty brand, I Dew Care, these personalized (not to mention adorably-packaged) masks are tailored to different skin issues such as dullness, sensitivity, and blemishes. This one, in particular, contains tea tree oil to smooth away dead skin and prevent an overflow of sebum.
Chances are you’ve come across this dazzling highlight kit at one time or another, especially considering how many reviews there are spanning the Interweb. With six different, ultra-pigmented and easy-to-blend shades — including out-of-the-box hues like blue and purple — it simply takes the glow game to a whole new level.
With the holidays just around the corner, a foolproof way to make sure you have your festive beauty beat on lock is to snatch up a few of these sparkly numbers, which I’ll personally be wearing all party season long. Not only are they beyond-easy to use (thank god for doe-foot applicators!) but they come in the most stunning shades like rose gold, gilded orange, bronze, and champagne.
Aside from the fact that these moisturizing balms come in the cutest pill-like packaging and even contain real flowers, they’re also especially rad because they stain your lips, reacting to the unique chemistry of your body. Plus, they smell like coconut, so I’m sold.
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