Families have Costco; foodies have Dean & DeLuca. I, however, have Bed Bath & Beyond.
That's right -- I am as obsessed with this mega chain as Broad City's Abbi, who has a special friendship dance with the employees. I may not have a dance, but I do stop by every weekend -- not to look at the humidifiers and shoe organizers, but to check out the World Market food choices, pick up tissue rolls and paper towels, and, last but best, browse the beauty section.
Anyone who thinks that the store is only for suction cups and pillow inserts is legit missing out. While the retailer does stock everything you need for your bed and bath, the "beyond" is where things get interesting. It's akin to your corner drugstore, but five times bigger (fine, maybe twice as large, depending on your location).
Don't believe us? Click ahead to see all the surprising beauty products, all available at Bed Bath & Beyond. Sooner or later, you'll have a friendship dance, too (or, at least, get a new stash of prime beauty loot).
Feast your eyes on the first-ever sonic makeup brush, which buffs on liquid and powder foundations with ease. (You saw it here first.) Even better? Each removable brush head -- the brush comes with one, but you can buy an extra two if you're fancy -- features antimicrobial bristles, so you can swipe, swirl, and blend worry-free.
Michael Todd Beauty SonicBLEND Makeup Brush, $99, available starting July 18 at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Lip gloss is back, and this under-$6 Cover Girl shimmery version looks way more high-end once you've applied it.
Cover Girl Colorlicious Lip Lava, $5.52, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
These classic grab-and-go wipes are drenched with grape water extract for a no-rinse cleanse perfect for traveling (or lazily going to bed without washing your face).
Garnier 25-Count Clean + Refreshing Remover Cleansing Towelettes Normal Skin, $4.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
If you're ready to get on the anti-aging train, this test kit might be your dream set. Both the night cream and eye cream are infused with a highly absorbent dose of derm-favorite ingredient retinol. And because it's a gentle blend, it's great for newbies.
RoC Retinol Correxion 2-Count Deep Wrinkle Repair Variety Pack, $28.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
It's Sunday night. You've got a nasty patch of blackheads and an urge to relive your middle school slumber party days. Look no further than your local triple-B.
Biore 6-Count Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips, $6.59, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Serum might as well be synonymous with spendy. Not so for this silky version packed with moisturizers and antioxidants, which clocks in at well under $20.
Aveeno Absolutely Ageless 1 oz. Intensive Renewal Serum, $16.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Okay, so this cutesy bottle is made for kiddos. But one lather with the gentle formula, and you and your soft, springy curls will know why it's on our list.
SoCozy Boing Curl Shampoo in Sweet-creme, $12.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
This luxe lavender-scented body oil is a fast track to major relaxation; skin-friendly ingredients like rosehip and grapeseed leave you supple-feeling from head to toe.
basq NYC Resilient Body Oil in Lavender, $35.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
We've got a special place in our makeup bag for products that do two things well. This two-in-one fills out brows and doubles as a smudgy, smoky liner.
Cover Girl Bombshell Powder Brow and Liner in Black, $8.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
A flatiron that heats up in 30 seconds, nixes frizz without causing damage, and costs less than a Friday night out? Oh, sure. We thought you'd never ask.
Remington TStudio PROtect Flat Iron, $79.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Bed Bath & Beyond carries a ton of Neutrogena, but this classic alcohol-free toner is one of our faves. It feels refreshingly bracing on oily or acne-prone skin.
Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner, $6.29, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Everyone's favorite adorable lip balm brand also has an equally purse-friendly hand lotion.
Eos Hand Lotion in Cucumber, $2.49, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Know what's cool about this unassuming purple bottle of love? It can be used on body or hair for a quick blast of lightweight moisture.
Shea Moisture Lavender and Wild Orchid Healing Hydrating and Calming Dry Oil Mist, $7.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Now this one's cool -- and not available everywhere. Fill with water, steam out your face for six minutes, and walk away feeling pampered and hydrated.
Panasonic Beauty Nano Facial Steamer, $129.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
With lemon peel, apple, blueberries, and coconut, these facial towelettes are meant to remove makeup, cleanse, and moisturize, all in one go.
Yes To Blueberries 25-Count Cleansing Facial Wipes, $5.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Many people with flawless skin swear by facial brushes (although others are skeptical about them). This three-speed version gently whirs away dirt, makeup, and oily patches. Bonus: It comes with a separate, larger brush for your body. Also? It's less than 50 bucks.
Conair Sonic 3-Speed Facial Brush, $49.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
SheaMoisture's African Black Soap products have long been favorites for helping acne-prone skin. The same zit-zapping benefits in a cooling mask? Sold.
SheaMoisture African Black Soap Problem Skin Facial Mask, $11.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
The perfect eyeshadow palette for a smoky eye, with built-in, stay-put primer.
Neutrogena Nourishing Long Wear Eye Shadow + Built-In Primer in Smoky Steel, $8.59, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
A super-intense, super-sultry black mascara that lends anime-level volume to top and bottom lashes.
L'Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Black Angel Mascara in Extra Black, $6.89, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
The makers of the cult-classic lip balm are back with lip crayons loaded with shea butter, kendi oil, and jojoba oil -- meaning your perfectly pink lips will never flake.
Burt's Bees Lip Crayon, $7.19, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
A weightless makeup primer that still manages to give skin a just-photoshopped finish, thanks to proprietary ultra-blurring spheres.
Maybelline Face Studio Master Prime in Blur + Smooth, $7.79, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
We're big fans of Nyx -- and not just because of its long-lasting, super-creamy lipstick (which, no surprise, Bed Bath & Beyond also stocks). These soothing green-tea blotting papers leave acne-prone complexions fresh, matte, and clear thanks to an infusion of blemish-busting salicylic acid.
Nyx 100-Count Blotting Papers in Green Tea, $5.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Salt scrubs aren't new. Ones that leave skin hydrated, not parched? Now we're talking. This version exfoliates and moisturizes, thanks to a blend of minerals from the Dead Sea, natural oils, and anti-aging Dunaliella seaweed. Even better? No need for cleanup: The scrub shape-shifts into lotion.
Ahava Softening Butter Salt Scrub, $16.98, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
The Beachwaver is your classic curling iron, but better, thanks to automatic rotation in both directions and pre-programmed options for three types of curls with its 1-inch barrel. Maybe save your 20% coupon for this?
Beachwaver S1 Ceramic Curling Iron, $129.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
With apricot-kernel oil, coconut oil, aloe, chamomile, and calendula, this two-in-one formula will be your scalp's new BFF.
Honest Shampoo + Body Wash Deeply Nourishing in Apricot Kiss, $9.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Summer is coming, and so are all the weird salt-, sea-, sun-, and sweat-related scalp issues it brings. Both the shampoo and conditioner formulas utilize seaweed extract.
Aveeno Pure Renewal Shampoo, $5.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
A blend of argan and moringa oils makes this conditioner a no-brainer for dry, scraggly strands.
Chi Argan Oil Conditioner, $15.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
If you're more of a clip-free curling gal, this version from Eva NYC boasts temperatures up to 410 degrees and delivers shiny, long-lasting curls.
Eva NYC Tourmaline Clip-Free Curlers, $44.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
Deep-conditioning has never been easier. Just wash your hair as usual, slather on some conditioner, and let it sit for three minutes before rinsing. Voilà! Quenched and supple strands, no marathon soaking session needed.
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle in Moist, $3.29, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
If you're like Mindy Kaling -- meaning you're smart, hilarious, and believe in blue light zapping away your zits -- then this handy but powerful device is just the ticket.
Tanda Zap Acne Spot Treatment Device, $49.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
If your lips are cracked and dry, you will appreciate this go-to duo. One stick smooths and hydrates with vitamin E and shea butter; the other exfoliates and polishes with jojoba beads.
Ultimate Lip Therapy Ultimate Lip Therapy Duo, $35.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
This oil-free makeup remover comes packed with vitamin B5 to restore your skin, successfully whisking away waterproof mascara sans rubbing or scrubbing.
Simple Eye Make-Up Remover, $6.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
This wet-skin lotion is one of those things you really won't believe until you try. So take the leap: After soaping up and rinsing, the gel-like lotion absorbs directly into skin. Rinse, pat dry, and go on your merry, now-a-believer way.
Nivea In-Shower Nourishing Body Lotion for Very Dry Skin, $5.99, available at Bed Bath & Beyond.
By Jessica Chou.