The Epic Beauty Event at CVS® only comes around biannually, and when it does, you better believe we're making a shopping list and checking it twice. This time around, not only are there the usual skin-care, hair-care, makeup, and wellness products available for you to save on, but there are also some majorly buzzy brands on deck that haven't been available before, like Flamingo, Kristin Ess, and Peach & Lily. Plus, with epic deals come epic savings, so when you buy more, you earn more.
Know for sure you want to stock up on some goodies, but don't know where to start? Well, to celebrate the four-week event, we created an epic beauty challenge to highlight the best products you can snag, but also to encourage you to push your beauty boundaries and prioritize self-care. Whether that's experimenting with new skin-care ingredients or transforming your everyday shower into a spa-like experience, these prompts are designed to help you discover what to buy and how those products can help you on your beauty journey.
Aug. 29 to Sept. 4
If you've been feeling like your stress has been showing up on your face, a gentle, massaging cleanse with soothing ingredients can give you and your skin the refresh you need. The Clean & Clear Aloe Vera Gentle Acne Facial Cleanser is formulated with aloe vera to help cleanse sensitive, stressed-out, acne-prone skin. Take the time to work the cleanser onto your face using small, circular motions (up and out!) for a mini massage to help relax your muscles and boost circulation.
We're not saying your personal grooming routine needs an upgrade, but we're not not saying that either, especially when you could be raising the bar with these products. The Flamingo 5-Blade Razor and Foaming Shave Gel work together to help you achieve a smooth, comfortable, and actually conditioning shave, not to mention they look cute in your shower. And when it comes to oral care, the Arc Precision Applicator Teeth Whitening Pen can help you easily erase surface stains for a brighter smile.
Fuller lips has been a beauty trend for awhile now, and if you're looking to get the enhanced look in an instant, a plumping lip gloss, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro Gloss Plump Lip Gloss, is where it's at. Come for the unique applicator that allows you to contour and sculpt your lips, stay for the hyaluronic acid formula that keeps lips smooth and nourished.
Sept. 5 to Sept. 11
Take your daily shower to a new, spa-worthy level with products that enhance that sensory experience and that you actually look forward to using — not just ones that get the job done. Not only does the fan-favorite Kristin Ess Hair The One Signature Shampoo smell luxurious (like sandalwood and violet, to be exact), but it also gently clarifies your hair while leaving your strands hydrated and shiny. Meanwhile, the Neutrogena Rainbath Shower and Bath Gel can be used as a moisturizing body wash or added to your bath water. Either way, the intoxicating blend of spicy herbal scents and conditioning formula will leave your skin feeling soft and your body refreshed.
Vitamin C is often associated with oranges, but when it comes to skin care, there's another fruit that should be on your radar: pineapple. The Garnier Green Labs Pinea-C Brightening Serum Cream SPF 30 is infused with pineapple extract that helps brighten your skin for an even, glowing complexion.
Whether you want to highlight the features visible above your mask or just put in a little effort for your Zoom meetings, play up your eyes with a coat of mascara and a flick of a brow pen. The CoverGirl Lash Blast Clean Waterproof Mascara keeps your lashes soft, healthy, and mile-long, and the CoverGirl Easy Breezy Brow All-Day Brow Ink Pen helps create full brows with a microbladed effect. Together, your perfectly framed eyes will draw all the attention.
Sept. 12 to Sept. 18
There is just something about a fresh blowout that can make you feel like your best self, and these days, re-creating a professional treatment at home isn't hard. The secret lies in the TikTok-made-me-buy-it InfinitiPro by Conair The Knot Dr. All-in-One Smoothing Dryer Brush. With the tool, you can detangle, dry, and style all at once for smooth, shiny, I-just-got-back-from-the-salon hair.
If pesky blemishes and stubborn dark spots are your metaphorical problem children, there are two hero ingredients your routine needs: salicylic acid and niacinamide. First, help prevent any developing blemish from becoming a full-blown breakout by flooding it with salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and hyaluronic acid using these fast-acting Peach & Lily Peach Slices Deep Blemish Microdarts. Then, follow up with a niacinamide-infused serum, like the Urban Skin Rx Even Tone Super Glow Serum, or the Melé Pro-Retinol Dark Spot Control Serum With Niacinamide & Vitamin E, specifically formulated for darker skin tones. The niacinamide in each of these formulas will help reduce inflammation and hyperpigmentation for glow-y, even skin.
Now that you've tackled dark spots, it's time to show off that radiant skin. The Maybelline Fit Me Tinted Moisturizer offers a lightweight, natural finish that blurs pores and enhances your skin rather than hiding it. Plus, the water-based formula contains aloe to give you all-day hydration.
Sept. 19 to Sept. 25
Whether you're looking to refresh your hair in between washes or prolong the life of your blowout upfront, leave-in conditioner and dry shampoo are the two products you need for boosting bounce and body. One of our favorite tricks for helping hair stay fresh throughout no-wash days is to actually apply all your products (yes, including dry shampoo) on day one of clean hair rather than after it's already dirty. On freshly shampooed, towel-dried hair, apply the Sun Bum 3-in-1 Leave In to detangle, reduce frizz, and enhance body. Then, once your hair is fully dried, massage in the Batiste Original Dry Shampoo at the roots to help prevent oil buildup and add volume and texture.
Tackle two trends at once with a stroke of bold eyeliner — especially when it's as easy as using the Revlon So Fierce! Chrome Ink Liquid Eyeliner. The of-the-moment lavender hue is punchy and playful, and thanks to the flexible tip and intense pigment, you can easily achieve a graphic liner design with just one stroke.
Good skin starts with the skin barrier — a resilient one helps protect against moisture loss and keeps toxins out of your system while a depleted one can leave you dry, itchy, and inflamed. Seek out moisturizers that help repair and restore your skin barrier for stronger, healthier skin. For your face, the GoodSkin MD Night Cream will help improve resiliency overnight so you wake up to bouncier, smoother skin. And for your body, the Eczema Honey Oatmeal Body Lotion contains soothing colloidal oatmeal, an ingredient known to improve the skin barrier.