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For a few years, I worked as a print magazine editor in Atlanta for a handful of luxury publications. The hours were grueling, but the swag was, in a word, terrific. During the opening of the city’s new Bluemercury store a few years back, I was gifted this M-61 Hydraboost Cream, which touts itself as a “peptide-packed vitamin B5 hydrating and nourishing moisturizer.”
I wasn’t familiar with the brand, so I didn’t think much of it — I chucked it into my bathroom’s beauty drawer with my myriad other samples. A few months later I threw it in an overnight bag and, later that evening, slathered it on my face and neck, pleasantly surprised at how thick the cream was without being heavy or sticky (it makes skin look shiny at first, but absorbs quickly while you snooze).
The next morning, I realized my sensitive, combination skin was next-level soft, plump, and noticeably fresher. I looked, dare I say, dewy? Naturally, I went online to Google exactly what this miracle cream was all about. I first noticed the price tag — the most I’d ever spent on a skincare product was probably around $40, and this is more than twice that amount.
After I’d used up my sample, I couldn’t bring myself to spend the money to re-up, so I swapped in a popular but much more cost-efficient First Aid Beauty nighttime moisturizer in its place. But after getting an intense facial that left my skin so dry it was almost scaly, I bit the bullet and ordered a new jar. Now, I alternate between the two to keep my glow without draining my bank account. Still, I’d argue it’s worth every penny.