BIG NEWS FOR MY BEAUTY FRIENDS: The Sephora VIB sale is in effect meaning that you can save up to 20% off sitewide (HUGE for beauty), depending on your status. I made Rouge status this past Spring which has been very exciting for me!
Here’s the scoop:
- From 8/20 to 8/27, Sephora VIB + Rouge members can shop and receive a special discount! Use code SUMMERSAVE.
- VIB’s receive 15% off and Rouge members receive 20% off!
I am updating my post from this past Spring with the best of the best (my favs remain the same but I’ve tried a bunch of new stuff that I wanted to add to the list! Things that are new vs. this Spring’s list are noted with an asterisk.
Sephora VIB Sale 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 is another brand where I just literally love every single product. Again though, if I were to pick two favorite products it would be Good Genes (currently out of rotation only bc I’m balancing a lot with Dr. Bader and Vitamin C and Retinol but I really love it) and my most favorite favorite retinol serum ever. I’ve tried and tested quite a few retinols and this is my fav.
*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.
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.
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).
Ole Henrickson Eye Cream. So I don’t always use a separate eye cream, especially when I use Dr. Bader, but on retinol/vitamin C nights (I don’t put those anywhere near my eyes) I will and I LOVE this one. It’s a high tech eye cream (really hydrating and also very brightening) for a very reasonable price (only $38!).
*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.
*This tinted CC cream from Coola. It’s particularly magical because it’s matteifying, which we all need this time of year.
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 sold out this past Spring 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 on 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 a 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 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!