Sephora VIB Sale Picks.

Sephora VIB Sale Picks

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!)

Sunday Riley makes one of my absolute favorite retinol serums. I’ve tried and tested quite a few retinols and this is among the very best.

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).

This sleeping mask (full review here). It’s a wonder product – leaves skin all plumped up and glowy and smells like a watermelon jolly rancher!

Makeup Picks…

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.

And Wander Beauty. My two holy grails from Wander are the foundation and the mascara. And of course the gold eye masks!

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!

Everything Else/Random…

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.

PSThis 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!

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  1. Nicole M. says 4.28.19

    I ordered the REN body serum last week based on your rec. I can’t wait for it to arrive!

    • grace at the stripe says 4.28.19

      YAY it is the best!!!!

      • Helen says 8.21.19

        This post finally sold me on the REN body serum. How could I possibly not buy it when you say it’s life and in all caps, no less ; )

  2. Holly says 4.28.19

    Love these recommendations. I ended up going with the Drunk Elephant Protini moisturizer over the Tatca Dewy since we are going into the warmer months.

  3. I’m so interested in trying out Tata Harper’s products now! I wish I could get them more easily in Hong Kong. So tempted! ❤️✨

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  4. Stephanie S. says 4.29.19

    Have you ever tried The Ordinary products? Thoughts?

    • grace at the stripe says 4.29.19

      I have only tried a few! The products I have tried weren’t very blog-worthy – I know other people love them!

  5. Stephanie S. says 4.29.19

    Also already added the body serum to my cart for checkout on Thursday!

  6. dana mannarino says 4.29.19

    DAMNIT GRACE lol
    The LAST thing I need is to buy more products…but I WANT. I’ve been eyeing the Tata Harper cleaning oil!

    Dana | The Champagne Edit

  7. Laura says 4.29.19

    Great picks Grace!

    I’ve had Sunday Riley recommended to me so often – but I’ve not actually tried any of their products yet. Sounds like now is the perfect opportunity! I really want to try Pillowtalk by CT too – it’s such a gorgeous shade. 🙂

    Thanks for the product suggestions,

    – Laura | https://makeupscholar.com

  8. Kara says 4.29.19

    I’ve been avoiding a lot of Sephora sale shopping recs because I already have a laundry list of products I want to buy and need to stick to a budget; however, the Ren Body Serum sounds awesome. *adds to cart*

    Kara | Politics of Pretty

  9. Lisa Autumn says 4.30.19

    Oh I need to do an order asap!

    x Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  10. Ellie says 4.30.19

    This post came just in time! I have been waiting for the sale to make a few skincare routine updates and came straight to you for ideas. I would love for you to weigh in with a moisturizer rec (if you don’t mind).

    I’m 30, fair skinned, not sensitive, and normal skin. In the morning have been using Ole Hendriksen’s Vitamin C serum, but I am thinking I’d like to try the Kiehl’s one you’ve posted about. At night I have been using the Ole Hendriksen AHA serum but I am going to go back to using a retinol. Any thoughts? Thank you so much in advance!!

    • grace at the stripe says 4.30.19

      Well my holy grail is Dr. Bader which is not at Sephora but if you search my blog I have lots of recs. Otherwise, I love the Tatcha!

      The Kiehls serum is amazing – I haven’t tried the Ole so can’t compare the two though. I love Retinol but love the Sunday Riley one – I use that 2-3x a week. But all that info is linked in the post I referenced!

      • Ellie says 5.1.19

        Thanks so much Grace!! I appreciate you taking the time to weigh in :). I’ve heard so many good things about Dr Bader from you and Helena but I’m not in a spot currently to splurge quite that much. I’m leaning toward the Tatcha after seeing lots of great recs including here! 🙂

  11. Ellie says 4.30.19

    To follow up my other comment, please feel free to skip if I’m overstepping!!

  12. sarah kahn says 5.5.19

    hi grace! thank you for all the great recs. I had bought the Ren body serum from another post you did a while back. I don’t love the orange scent and was wondering if you had any alternative suggestions that were fragrance free or at at least not a citrus scent. If not, no worries

    • I can’t think of anything quite like it!! Sorry. 🙁 will keep thinking and let you know if I do.

  13. Allison Martin says 8.21.19

    For anyone super sad about the Ren Body Serum, it’s also 20% off at Dermstore! And still in stock!

  14. Steph says 8.21.19

    Which Olaplex product is the one you and Becca use? The link isn’t working for me for some reason and I’d love to try the product! Thanks- love the blog and podcast, Grace!

  15. Elizabeth says 8.21.19

    Placed a big order this morning – I couldn’t help it! So many awesome products to try. I ordered an Ilia eyeliner which I’m super pumped about, since I love their mascara so much! And I got the Tatcha eye cream you recommended. I’ve been looking for a new nighttime one and love that it meets Sephora’s clean standards.

    Thank you for always providing great recs! 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 8.21.19

      oh yay!!!! Hope you love everything as much as I do. The Ilia liner was a real game changer for me!

  16. Just ordered the Herbivore serum. Loving all these recs. I’m so excited for your review of Beauty Counter’s new products. Can’t wait for that one! xo Kristy

  17. Jamie says 8.22.19

    I’ve been waiting for your recommendations! Thanks so much! I got the Sunday Riley retinoid serum (forehead wrinkles are coming in hot), the Drunk Elephant bronzing drops, and the Tatcha eye cream. Forgot to use the discount code when I placed the order (I was too excited I guess) but I called and they gave me an account credit. I am also going to have to place an order for the bathroom shelves you linked to awhile back to hold all of my new goodies 🙂

  18. Trecia says 8.22.19

    Love your beauty picks! I tend to be very oily but I would consider myself to more combination. What are some products you recommend? I am Caribbean with dark chesnut complexion.

    Thanks!

    • grace at the stripe says 8.22.19

      I’m sorry, I have no idea! I’m not a dermatologist and can really only write what I love as I don’t test products for other types.

  19. Maggie says 11.8.19

    I want to follow your advice and Cindy’s to exfoliate. Any recommendations from the sale? Btw I bought the Sephora vitamin C serum on your recommendation and it’s great and so affordable! Also enjoying my beauty pie membership I discovered from you, feeling like I got a high end skin regime without going broke! Thank you Grace!

  20. Michelle says 11.8.19

    That body serum looks amazing! I had no idea something like that existed, and I think I need it for my acne scarred shoulders.

  21. Kaitlyn says 11.8.19

    This post is going to save me sooo much time browsing!
    P.S. – I’m so in love with the pink bathroom – that wallpaper is divine!

  22. Christina says 11.9.19

    Ok so based on your recommendation to try the ole henriksen eye cream, I went with their brightening set, which includes a serum and gel— all for $38. Can’t wait to try it!