Today is the day… the most wonderful time of the year, my favorite time to shop, and most importantly… the best best best time to stock up on all of your beauty favorites… the Sephora Sale.
Today I am sharing what I am buying, a BIG master list of all my Sephora favorites, and more! In my experience, the good stuff seems to sell out quickly (cough, cough, Dr. Bader) and isn’t always replenished by the end of the sale so I recommend shopping today if you are able to. I feel very fortunate to have Rouge status and always make a point to shop early, on the first day.
SEPHORA SPRING SAVINGS EVENT 2023!
The sale will run from 4/14 through 4/24. If you have Rouge status, you can shop today, saving 20%. Use code SAVENOW. VIBs and Insiders get to shop 4/18 (VIBs save 15%, Insiders save 10%).
My Shopping List for Today:
More of the Clarins Depuffing Mask. This always sells out. To say that it works is an understatement. It is truly one of the best products I’ve ever tried, nothing is better for getting rid of a puffy face! Also on the masks front: another jar of the Tata mask… I’m getting dangerously low!
My favorite Maison Louis Marie Candles (I always order 3 or 4 during this sale, they smell incredible (pretty much just like Le Labo’s Santal 26, but at a fraction of the price). Besides shopping for myself I like to pre-wrap a couple of of these to have on hand as gifts.
Necessaire Deodorant (Eucalyptus). My favorite and so effective.
Another jar of the Brazilian Bum Bum Cream. My boyfriend is obsessed with the fragrance of this one. When I wear it (and the body spray!), people will actually stop me to ask what perfume I am wearing.
More of THE scrub. This scrub is nuts! It really works — a combination of physical and chemical exfoliants. While it’s gentle, the crazy thing is that you can actually feel dead skin pilling and rubbing off. Kind of like Elmer’s Glue. I am just about done with my tube so planning to buy two which will get me through until the holiday event.
PS – If you shop the sale, tag me in your stories! I want to see what you get!
Depuffing MaskThis is just the best. Nothing is better after too much sodium or alcohol. It really REALLY works and I am grateful for it!Shop
Coconut Milk BathOne of my absolute favs. Leaves skin like silk! Makes a great gift too.Shop
The Rich CreamMy holy grailYou know this is my holy grail, desert island beauty product. Nothing is better!!!Shop
Bader Soothing CreamRich and hydrating, and I love that it has a more matte finish.Shop
Best CandleI love this candle so much. It is just heavenly, and not a terrible price to begin with. I buy four of them every Sephora sale.Shop
Bum Bum CreamPronounced “boom boom,” the scent is actual heaven. Salted caramel and pistachio. There’s nothing else like it!Shop
A few new additions to my favorites list…
I have been testing a lot of new things. The below list is both favs from this past year plus a whole bunch of new stuff I bought to test!
The Paula’s Choice brightening eye cream. This is my morning eye cream – it really brightens up the undereye area and plays well with concealer.
This setting spray is truly a game changer, especially in Charleston’s humidity. Makeup stays put, even when you are super sweaty (dewy!).
These blur drops are incredible. They sop up shine but also leave your face looking slightly… airbrushed? I am blown away by how much I like them. I use them anytime I have a shoot or an event.
This is one of the best hyaluronic acid serums I’ve tried and it’s only $35.
I forgot how much I love Clarins’ Double-Serum. This is one of those products that instantly makes a difference in my skin.. it’s immediately smoother, glowier, with fewer fine lines and bumpy spots.
Crazy Face ScrubIt’s bonkers.You can actually feel the dead skin pilling off of your skin and rubbing off. It’s amazing. One of my favorite new products from this year.Shop
Brightening Eye CreamBest brightenerI still love the Strivectin eye cream at night but for day, this realllllly brightens up the undereye area. I’m so impressed by it!Shop
Setting SpraymagicNothing keeps your makeup on better than Urban Decay’s setting spray. It is truly a magical product!Shop
Liquid Lipstickin “C-Suite”This liquid lipstick is LEGIT. Stays on all day, no dryness… it is wonderful. And C-Suite is the perfect rosy nude. I love this.Shop
HA Serumgreat priceHyaluronic Acid is a mainstay in my routine and this is one of the better serums I’ve tried, for just $35!Shop
Fav Peel PadsI worked with Dr. Dennis Gross earlier this Spring and forgot how much I love the peel pads. They are amazing.Shop
Blur Dropsshoot day favoriteThese are like… liquid photoshop!? Great at absorbing shine but they also act like an instagram filter. Love.Shop
Brush Setamazing valueIf you need new brushes, GET THIS SET! It has everything you need.. for $49, before the extra 30% off!Shop
Double Serumold favI just got a new bottle of this and forgot how much I love it. It’s one of those products that gives instant results: glow, texture, etc!Shop
A New fav Makeup Brand
Do not sleep on Haus Labs! It is Lady Gaga’s makeup brand, and while I was skeptical, I tried a few things and am really, really impressed with everything I tried so far. Below are a few favs. The foundation is especially excellent!
Pigment in Beige MatteWhile not the intended use, I’ve been using this as concealer and love the results.Shop
Liquid Lipstickit’s shiny!Oh I love this (in rose shine). It’s a long lasting liquid lipstick… with shine! Rose shine is the perfect everyday pink.Shop
Matte Lip CrayonA hydrating but matte lip crayon, I love this! My favorite shades are rose matte and mauve matte.Shop
Lip OilThis is like a hug for your lips, plus it’s super shiny without any stickiness. More skincare than makeup!Shop
Foundationone of the bestOne of the best foundations I’ve tried. It stays on all day with medium coverage, but feels like nothing.Shop
Pigment in Rose MatteI love this so much. Just a tiny dot of it is the perfect cream blush!Shop
For long lashes!
I always get a lot of eyelash questions in my DMs. I used Grande Lash every day for a year (starting last August) and it made a huuuuge difference in my lashes. You can read my full review of the product with before/after photos, but they got so much longer! Recently (really just out of curiosity), I switched to the Augustinus Bader lash and brow serum. I’m happy to report that I have seen no difference or lash fallout upon making the switch. I will do a longer review of this product eventually but wanted to share that here while the sale is going on!
For mascara, I would say that I’m torn between the Hourglass and the Giorgio Armani one. Both are great. The Hourglass is a tubing mascara and does not budge, but the Armani gives you really fluffy, feathery lashes which I also love!
Pampering At Home!
This facial steamer is everything when it comes to creating an at home “spa experience.” It also ALWAYS sells out during this sale. I bought it for myself at the beginning of quarantine and it’s been such a treat. I like to wash my face and then use this before a deep cleansing mask to really let the treatment penetrate. This would be a GREAT gift.
The Wander Beauty gold eye gel masks are my favorite when I’m getting ready. (Also, a great gift!)
Clarins Depuffing Mask. I touched on this above but holy cow, this is amazing. I had seen a lot of other influencers rave and rave about it and they were not kidding. This really, really works. If you laid into the sodium the night before, if you have a big event, or if you are just feeling like your face is looking puffy, this mask will really help – especially around the jawline and under the eyes. I have been doing it before my photo shoots and notice a big difference.
If I could only pick one favorite face mask it would be this one from Tata Harper. It’s truly the best and leaves your skin SO glowy.
For a nice take on a micro-current facial at home (my personal favorite when getting a facial), the NuFace is KING! You need to do it every day to see a difference but for a lifted look, nothing is better. I also always stock up on the priming gel during this sale. This year I am trying out this one!
Resurfacing MaskThere are so many great resurfacing masks out there but this is my personal favorite – it just works so well.. smoothing, tightening, and brightening!Shop
Facial SteamerThis is the best. It feels amazing and does such a good job opening up your pores for a deep cleanse.Shop
Gold Eye MasksThese are so great before a big event or on an airplane. And they’re pretty, too! They’re one of my favorite gifts to give.Shop
For retinol, I have been really into the Peter Thomas Roth retinoid. It’s amazing for fighting off dullness and fine lines.
Strivectin is one of those brands that just really, really works. Science-based formulas with products designed for specific concerns. I have some deep lines in my neck and have been using their neck roller – I like the way that it firms and lifts the skin… though it’s temporary, it’s noticeable! I love the neck cream too – it has immediate tightening benefits. And you know my number one Strivectin FAV: the eye cream… I’ve talked about it a lot here but it’s one of the best I have tried! I use this every night.
My holy grail Tata Harper mask. It’s a powerful exfoliant and gets the skin super smooth but also leaves it noticeably brighter, glowy, and firm!
I always forget about this line reducing concentrate from Kiehl’s but it’s one of my FAVORITE products. It really makes a difference in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on your forehead. Also from Kiehl’s: this hyaluronic acid serum. It’s incredible (I like it better than the much pricier Dr. Sturm one) and just $35!
This face cream from Sobel Skin is what I always recommend to someone who wants a Bader-ish cream without the Bader-ish price. WOW. It’s so good. If you have very dry skin and need a really rich moisturizer, it’s excellent. I love that it also lifts and firms the skin. It’s a new favorite. I also really love their 30% glycolic peel. You will wake up with brighter, tighter looking skin the next day. It’s comparable with a dermatologist peel.
Speaking of peels, these are my favorite peel pads. I try to use these every night, they leave skin so smooth and glowy.
Best Eye CreamThis is my night time eye cream (I use Paula’s Choice in the morning). Really effective for fine lines, puffiness, etc.Shop
Fav RetinoidThis is strong but suuuuuper effective. It’s amazing for dullness (short term) and fighting off fine lines (long term). I use 2x a week.Shop
Bader AlternativeI obviously LOVE Augustinus Bader but it’s expensive. This is the next best thing. The same rich creamy texture + lifted look. This is really good.Shop
30% Glycolic PeelBananas!This is SO effective. Like you wake up looking brand new. I can’t get over how well it works in just one night. It’s definitely quite active and makes skin tingle a lot.Shop
Neck RollerA newer favThis is a newer fav from Strivectin, I love it so much. I like to use it in bed or while watching TV to (hopefully) roll my neck lines away!Shop
Line Reducing ConcentrateThis really makes a difference in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on your forehead.Shop
Two favorite brands!
You know I love Biossance!
I will warn you that the Biossance sale is coming in November and the sale is 25% off (higher savings!) but wanted to share my picks anyway. I feel like I beat you over the head with this brand but I can’t help it, their products are amazing. In fact, I absolutely love their lactic acid. It’s become a holy grail for me as it makes SUCH a difference in your skin in just a night. Also, this Vitamin C Serum – leaves skin so bright and GLOWY and has really helped to even out my skin tone. Lastly, their newish plumping + hydrating serum and their toner (my favorite toner). Everything this brand makes is amazing (well in full honesty I don’t love the eye gel but the eye cream is great – thick and hydrating!). Oh and the body cream SO GOOD and only $28… before the sale!
Farmacy is my other fav for clean beauty favorite.
Their cleansing balm is one of my absolute favorite cleansers. I’ve tried so many cleansers (many of them being so much more expensive!!) but always come back to this – it takes off all my makeup while leaving the skin so soft. I am also a big fan of this ultra gentle (honey scented) gel cleanser.
Lactic AcidHoly grail!This is one of my desert island beauty products. The best. Gets skin smoother and glowy in just a night. I try to use this 3-4x a week.Shop
Cleansing BalmThis is one of my favorites. It takes off all your makeup without stripping the skin. It’s a fantastic cleanser. It also rinses clean, no oily residue.Shop
Favorite TonerThis is my favorite toner. I like that it has acids to exfoliate but isn’t at all stripping, thanks to the squalane. The last step in my cleansing routine!Shop
Eye CreamOne of my favorite eye creams. The best part about this one (besides it being clean) is the noticeable lifting effect.Shop
Plumping SerumThis is a great shot of hydration but also… instant plumping! I love the noticeable (albeit temporary) plumping / tightening effect.Shop
Gentle MoisturizerWhenever my skin is acting up, I cut out actives for a few days and just use this. It’s super thick and hydrating, and extremely gentle.Shop
My absolute favorite blush – in Petal!
Saie Beauty makes so many of my absolute favorites. The Glowy Super Gel is one of my absolute favorite products – I like to apply it all over my face for that no makeup makeup GLOW. I am also VERY into their cream bronzer; my favorite bronzer – I recommend grabbing the brush too, it makes a difference.
Glowscreen! Is it makeup? Is it skincare? It’s kind of both but I love it so much and wear it nearly every day.
Ilia is definitely another big favorite brand. A few standouts are this eye palette (in warm) – I apply with a wet brush and the finish is perfection), their mascara, these sticks (in “in the mood”), this highlighter (in starstruck), and their eyeliner (best gel eyeliner!)
The BeautyBlender. I’d be lost without mine. I use it for everything from blending my foundation and highlighter to fixing eye makeup mistakes.
The KOSAS lipstick in Rosewater. This is one of my absolute favorite everyday products. It is the color of my lips but just a little better. Also on the lipstick front is this liquid lipstick from Fenty Beauty. I love love love “C-Suite,” the perfect rosy nude.
And to keep it all on, this setting spray. I am obsessed.
I have recently switched my hair products to Virtue and really like them! My favs are this smoothing shampoo and conditioner, and this mask. I love that the mask is super lightweight but still tames frizz.
I do just love Briogeo’s products. The scalp scrub is heavenly. I have talked about it at length but it’s just the best. Smells so good (like a Thin Mint Girl Scout cookie!), feels so good, and gets your scalp ultra clean. I love the newer anti-dandruff shampoo. The shampoo and conditioner are from the Don’t Despair Repair line are two favs… they leave my hair soft and silky and frizz free. And this treatment mask is fantastic when my hair is feeling dry and needs a little extra hydrating love.
The Dyson Airwrap, of course! This is the absolute best ever. It’s made blowing out my hair so much easier. I have tutorials in my reels for both longer and shorter hair. A true game changer. I like it so much that I gave my blow dryer to my cousin.
Anti-Dandruff ShampooFor a dry scalp, nothing is better. This gets rid of flakes, smells great, and doesn’t dry out your hair the way some dandruff shampoos can.Shop
Dyson AirwrapThe very best. I got rid of my blow dryer and this is all I use now. It’s expensive and there’s a learning curve but if you have thick coarse hair, it’s great!Shop
Scalp ScrubThis is the best. It gets your scalp super clean, it smells like a Thin Mint Cookie, it feels great… it’s just a wonderful product.Shop
I am not monogamous with my body creams but my absolute favorite body lotion (if forced to pick) is this one from Sol de Janeiro. It smells like salted caramel, and it does a great job firming and toning the skin.
Also on the body creams front, this one from Biossance is very very good, especially if you are looking for something firming. (What can I say, I have a lot of body creams!)
I need to talk more about Necessaire’s newest deodorant because I love it so much. I like it a lot more than their other deodorant (which was creamier, but messier). This glides right on, feels like nothing (makes no mess – it’s totally clear) and WORKS… all day. It’s currently my favorite deodorant. Acid deodorants are no joke (I will say this is fine for sensitive skin, despite being an acid – besides the acids it has ingredients that soothe and moisturize).
Eucalyptus Body WashOne of my all time favs. Smells SO good, like the spa!Shop
Acid DeodorantThe BEST!This is my favorite deodorant. I love the Eucalyptus scent and it is really, really effective without being irritating.Shop
Body LotionMy skin just loves this. It sinks right in, it’s extremely hydrating, and it smells like nothing which is nice if you are wearing fragrance.Shop
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