The Sephora Holiday Bonus Event is here, and if you have status with Sephora, NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOP!!!
I’ve already rounded up my favorite beauty gifts (they’re all under $50) in this post. But here’s my list of evergreen beauty favorites from Sephora (this post originally appeared in August but I’ve gone in and updated it with new favorites and freshened up the list, especially around two big reader requests I’ve been getting: dark circles and dry winter skin! Also had to flag: my favorite body serum is back in stock at Sephora! During the past two sales, it was sold out. GO GET IT!
Here’s the scoop:
- Now through November 11th, Sephora VIB + Rouge members can shop and receive a special discount! Use code HOLIDAYSAVE.
- Sephora Beauty Insiders will receive 10% off, VIB’s receive 15% off and Rouge members receive 20% off!
Sephora VIB Sale Picks
What I bought.
We’ll start here because that’s always what I want to know when I read these posts: what did you actually buy!? Keep in mind I’m very fortunate in that I am sent a lot of stuff. So I don’t need much. But I ordered (per usual) 3 of my favorite candles, a fresh Ilia mascara (it’s so good and the best clean mascara I’ve ever tried), my favorite purple shampoo, a restock of this amazing body serum, and a bunch of gifts (can’t share what bc my friends + fam read here on the reg!). And just for fun, I ordered this lipstick (been hearing great things) in “Dragon Mami.” I was going to really splurge and buy this LED mask that I tried out in LA but it’s sold out. I’m so intrigued!!!!
Dark Circles be Gone!
I did a Q&A last night on Instagram and everyone was asking about dark circles. There is not any miracle product to actually get rid of them BUT to cover them up, I have a really good combination. I live for Ole Henriksen’s Banana Bright Eye Cream. It’s a high tech eye cream (really hydrating and also very brightening) for a very reasonable price (only $38!). What I love about it is that a) it has light-reflecting particles to minimize the appearance of dark circles and b) it’s specifically formulated to work with concealer. This is important as a lot of eye creams don’t pair well with concealer. For concealer, I love Ilia’s True Skin Serum – my color is Chicory. This concealer is one of the best concealers I’ve ever tried and it’s clean.
Winter Skin and ALLL the hydration.
I LOVE this Tatcha moisturizer. It’s SO hydrating for dryer skin types and it leaves your skin all bright and dewy. I like using this after retinol.
Hyaluronic acid is also a power ingredient for dry, dehydrated skin. I wrote about (and love) this hyaluronic serum in this post but it’s very expensive. A great less expensive option is this one from Dr. Dennis Gross. The key to locking in the benefits of an HA serum are to layer a thick moisturizer on over it. The Tatcha cream would be perfect for that.
I also really love Tatcha’s eye cream which is a Sephora exclusive. This one is great for fine lines in particular. I’ve noticed a big difference since starting to use it. I generally use the Ole during the day and the Tatcha at night.
General Skincare Picks…
Tata Harper Everything! Duh. I am absolutely obsessed with this brand. If I had to pick just two items it would be the resurfacing mask (holy grail FAVORITE MASK EVER) and the cleansing oil (the best, most luxurious oil cleanser ever but it’s $$$ so get it during the sale!)
For a clean/natural take on retinol, I’m absolutely loving Herbivore’s Bakuchiol serum. It isn’t quite as good as the Sunday Riley retinol but I do like it a LOT. I did a more comprehensive post about it here.
Summer Fridays is another fav brand. The Jet Lag mask is probably my all-time favorites (full review here; it’s the perfect fix whenever my skin is really dry + dehydrated and I LOVE it on the plane).
Charlotte Tilbury always. If I could only have one cosmetic brand to shop for the rest of my life it would be CT. I love this highlighting primer and this magical face filter. And Pillowtalk lipstick is the only lipstick I own multiple tubes of (one at home, one in the gym bag, one in my purse) because it is the prettiest natural pink lipstick ever.
Ilia has become another big favorite brand. I am going to do a post and video about them because their products are SO GOOD. Honestly, I could switch my whole cosmetic routine to their products BUT a few standouts are this eyeshadow palette (in warm – I apply with a wet brush and the finish is perfection), their mascara, their eyeliner (the BEST LINER) and their concealer.
My favorite bronzer ever. I’ve been using this since 2006 – it was one of the first luxury beauty products I ever bought!
Speaking of bronzing, the Drunk Elephant bronzing drops are fantastic. I like doing a drop or two mixed in with my Dr. Bader (and then skipping makeup).
This setting powder (and the brush!) I will be honest, I may like the brush even more than the powder but it’s such a pretty powder. It’s very very similar to the Chantecaille powder I always talk about but a better price. (I may actually like this more – still deciding).
The BeautyBlender. I’d be lost without mine. I use it for everything from blending my foundation and highlighter to fixing eye makeup mistakes.
Three more recent cosmetic favorites are this lip stain (orange fizz; the red-orange shade is phenomenal), this highlighter (the color payoff is incredible – it GLEAMS), and these eye shadows from tarte (so pretty on blue eyes). All are clean, too, I may add.
You should also watch this video (Makeup for Idiots, ha!) …everything featured is available at Sephora!
This body serum is LIFE and it is always sold out so GET IT before it sells out. It’s another holy grail product. I use it all the time – if you watch my beauty empties series, you know that I go through tubes and tubes of it. But it leaves your skin so soft… it gently exfoliates while also moisturizing. I use it every single day. If my skin is extra dry I put body oil on over it.
This is my favorite candle in the world. I have talked about it here over and over again. It smells a lot like Le Labo Santal 26 (a sexy fireplace) but it’s a lot less expensive. ($34) I also always buy a few sets of these eye patches. I love them for me but they also make fun last-minute gift for a girlfriend.
These sunless tanning drops (I use “medium”) are pure magic. Mix in a couple drops with any moisturizer for a major glow that lasts several days.
On the Hair Care Front…
This is my favorite blonde shampoo… and I’ve tried so many!
Becca has me on the Olaplex train. I’ve been doing it once a week and my hair is SO MUCH SOFTER. I was pleasantly surprised to see that it also meets Sephora’s clean standards. I thought for sure that this was going to be a “dirty but worth it” product.
PS – This post talks all about my skincare routine and how I alternate Dr. Bader with retinol and Vitamin C. I know it can get a little confusing!