Sephora’s Holiday Savings Event!

Sephoras Holiday Savings Event

Gahhhhh, we are winding down the weekend with the best news ever: Sephora’s Holiday Savings event starts TODAY, and if you have Rouge status with Sephora, NOW IS THE TIME TO SHOP, with four days of shopping before anyone else!

Sephora’s Holiday Savings Event!

THE SALE EVENT WILL RUN FROM 10/30 THROUGH 11/9.

SAVE THESE DATES!

  • If you have Rouge status, you can shop TODAY, through 11/9. taking 20% off… four days ahead of all other customers!
  • If you have VIB status, you can shop beginning 11/3. taking 15% off + free shipping with $35 purchase.
  • Insiders can shop beginning 11/5, taking 10% off + free shipping with $50 purchase.

Use code HOLIDAYFUN

Here’s my list of evergreen beauty favorites from Sephora – the products I love and use every day.

I am proud to have Rouge status and am so excited to take advantage of the 20% off. You are probably well aware of this but beauty rarely goes on sale and Sephora only runs this sale 2x a year, so now is the time to stock up on all your favorites. Things do tend to sell out so shop early if you can!

PS – If you shop the sale, tag me in your stories! I want to see what you get!

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WHAT I’M BUYING

The Tata Harper resurfacing mask. I am newly out and this is my favorite face mask. It brightens and tightens and just makes you GLOW, all why smoothing and refining the texture of the skin.

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 bought four. I also always like to buy a few sets of these eye patches from Wander Beauty. This year they have a big set of 18 of the the eye patches which is amazing. For both of these items: I keep a few for me but they also make fun last-minute gift for a girlfriend. Buy a couple of each and keep them wrapped for last minute gifts that will always

More Necessaire body lotion and Eucalyptus body wash. Holy grails.

Another (my third now?) bottle of Biossance’s lactic acid treatment. This is my favorite acid potion – leaves skin so smooth the next day, I do it 2-3x a week.

Lord Jones’ amazing lavender bath salts. They smell heavenly and work wonders on sore achey muscles. I also love giving this as a gift.

NuFace priming gel (the big size!) I go through a lot of this and always use the sale to buy the big bottle.

A new BeautyBlender. It’s time. As Sephora does their sale twice a year I use the sale to remind me that it’s time to get a new one.

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Great Gifts

As mentioned above, the Maison Louis Marie Candle, Wander Beauty Gold Eye Patches, and Lord Jones Bath Salts are among my favorite gifts to give.

Kiehl’s Brighten Up & Glow Gift Set – this would be the perfect gift for someone in your life who wants to get more into skincare but isn’t sure where to start. All through my twenties, Kiehl’s was my holy grail – I would buy this for my 27 year old self.

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Self Care Favs to Pamper 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.

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. This one from OleHenriksen is a close second favorite!

This peel from goop is one of my holy-grails. I have tried quite a few and find it to be the most effective at home peel I’ve tried; it leaves you SO glowy and radiant the next day!

Dry brushing is one of the best things you can do for your skin and circulation (for a nice how-to, refer to this post!) Ths brush is amazing!

For a nice take on a microcurrent 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 we have a lot more time on our hands, right!?) but for a lifted look, nothing is better. (I also have the ELE attachment which is amazing for the lip and eye areas). I also always stock up on the priming gel during this sale.

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Dark Circles + Undereyes

This is always a hot topic! I want to say that there’s no product on the market that will actually get rid of dark circles BUT you can minimize their appearance!

I love using the Supergoop Brightening Eye Cream with the KOSAS concealer or tarte Shape Tape. In fact, I have been really impressed by both of these concealers; the coverage is great. Shape Tape is a bit more full coverage than KOSAS; but KOSAS is a little bit more hydrating. The key for both is to use an eye cream to keep the area really hydrated so that you the concealer doesn’t get cakey and dry.

Other Skincare favs

Tata Harper Everything! Always. I am absolutely obsessed with this brand. If I had to pick just one item to buy from her it would be the resurfacing mask (holy grail FAVORITE MASK EVER).

I always forget about this “line-reducing” concentrate from Kiehl’s but it’s one of my FAV products. It really makes a difference in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially on your forehead.

This face cream!

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 visibly firms the skin. It’s a new favorite. I’m going to write a longer post just about this cream, but wanted to share it here because of the sale.

Biossance has become a new favorite brand this year; I absolutely love their lactic acid treatment. It’s become a holy grail for me as it makes SUCH a difference in your skin in just a night. I also really love their phytoretinol (the best Bakuchiol/retinol alternative I have tried)

Farmacy is my other fav. Their Green Clean cleansing balm is a holy grail fav. My all time favorite cleanser. 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 their Deep Sweep toner and this ultra gentle (honey scented) gel cleanser.

One of my all time favorite retinols is the Shani Darden. I do retinol 2-3x a week and lactic acid 2-3x a week. Always separate, never together… but having both products in my skincare repertoire has been a godsend and made a big difference!

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).

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Makeup Favs

I got really into tarte’s shape tape concealer this year. It’s more for big shoots or days where you need a lot of coverage (I love the Kosas concealer otherwise), but it works and covers everything. It can be a bit drying so just make sure you use a good eye cream underneath.

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 has become another big favorite brand. A few standouts are this eyeshadow palette (in warm – I apply with a wet brush and the finish is perfection), their mascara, and their eyeliner (the BEST LINER).

And Wander Beauty. My two holy grails from Wander are the foundation and the mascara. I like their eyeshadows a lot, too – really pigmented and pretty. And of course the gold eye masks… get the big pack!

I know I am talking about a lot of mascaras but I love the tarte Sea Curl Mascara – it does not budge or flake and leaves the lashes with a bit of a curl.

My favorite bronzer ever. I’ve been using this since 2006 – it was one of the first luxury beauty products I ever bought! It lasts forever and ever.

The BeautyBlender. I’d be lost without mine. I use it for everything from blending my foundation and highlighter to fixing eye makeup mistakes. I really like this color changing one.

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. I have a few of these around the apartment/in handbags as I can’t be without it!

Body Products

Necessaire everything. I know I sound like a broken record talking about this brand but the products are just… the best. Sleek, minimal packaging… skincare grade ingredients (the body lotion has niacinamide in it which I love!), truly effective and also the fragrances are so nice. The eucalyptus is my personal fav but you can’t go wrong.

HAIRCARE!

This is my favorite blonde shampoo… and I’ve tried so many!

I am a big, big Olaplex person. I’ve been doing the No. 3 mask 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 also like using No.0 beforehand. You don’t need it, but it makes a big difference!

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Thank you to Sephora for sponsoring this post. Photography by Allie Provost.

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  1. Hoping this promotion is available in Hong Kong too! Though I bought a large bunch of stuff from Sephora not long ago… ❤️✨

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  2. Marie-Pascale says 10.30.20

    Such a comprehensive post! Thank you!! Do you prefer the Biossance phyto-retinol over the Herbivore Bakuchiol?

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      YES – I think they probably deliver very similar results (it’s so hard to say) but I like the formula of the Biossance much much more. The Herbivore almost gets a little bit sticky, whereas the Biossance really sinks in and leaves skin more velvety and soft.

  3. Kim says 10.30.20

    I really appreciate the genuineness that your blog personifies Grace! Will be taking advantage when my lowly Insider days come around…also – this is random, but really felt the need to share. I came across Heidi Schreck’s “What the Constitution Means to Me” play last night on Prime, and need to spread the word, if you don’t already know. If you have some time this weekend, it is especially poignant with what’s coming on 11-3. Have a lovely weekend, thank you for all of your hard work, you are such a great part of the internet!

  4. ms148406 says 10.30.20

    If we use one of your swipe up links to get to Sephora’s website and don’t purchase that item (but still purchase other things), will you still get credit? Not sure we have the same items on our shopping list, but would love for you to get commission!

  5. Sandra says 10.30.20

    Grace, thanks so much for your recommendations! I am $85 away from Rouge. Does anyone know if I need to spend those last $85 to then have the discount available? I may need to wait until the 3rd and get the 15% discount and then if I make another purchase the 20% discount will be available?

  6. Laura says 10.30.20

    Does the jumbo of the wander beauty eye masks have 18 sets (so 36 patches) or 9 sets (18 patches)? It’s not really clear on the Sephora sited. Thanks for the roundup Grace!

    Also, have you tried the Dr Dennis Gross peel pads? Thoughts?

  7. Samantha E says 10.30.20

    Great roundup! Are you still a fan of the Ren AHA body serum? I was thinking of adding that to my holiday sale purchases but wondered if it was still holding up as a favorite over time.

    Thanks!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      I am! I didn’t include it here as I’ve been using the Necessaire more but it’s a great product.

  8. Kim says 10.30.20

    Do you have a natural deodorant you like?

  9. Kaitlyn says 10.30.20

    If we click your links and it opens up in the app – do you still get any type of credit for it?

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      Hi! I need to check with Sephora but I actually don’t think so. Best to purchase via web vs the app. Thank you for checking.

  10. Kassie says 10.30.20

    Planning to splurge a little bit because I don’t think I’ll be making Rouge status again for a while. Thanks for the recs!!

  11. Jessica Camerata says 10.30.20

    I have a necessaire bodywash, but it’s not the eucalyptus. I may need to splurge on that. SUCH a fan of that scent!

    xo Jessica
    an indigo day

  12. Jordan says 10.30.20

    What vitamin c serum is your favorite right now?

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      I don’t really have one! The Goop one is very nice. Vitamin C isn’t a big part of my skincare routine.

  13. Elizabeth says 10.30.20

    Hi Grace! Hope you’re doing well. Thanks for taking the time to answer some pressing, Sephora-sale questions ;). I’m considering investing in a NuFace for the first time. (I’m 39 and could use a lift – not ready for botox, but need a little “something”). Do you feel like the results with the NuFace are more than just temporary? I know consistency is key, but if I use it consistently am I building long(er) term results, or will the effects fade if I stopped using it for a few days/a week no matter how consistently I’ve used it? Hope that makes sense! And while I’m here, I just want to add that I am a giant fan of yours. I really appreciate how hard you work, and your credibility is unrivaled. There is no one in this space I trust more – for whatever that’s worth!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      Hahahha I am all for the pressing questions. I’m going to shoot you straight, I don’t think the results last if you stop using it. Kind of a bummer but the truth. That being said, if you DO stick with it consistently (4-5 days a week) the results just keep getting better and better. But once you stop I definitely notice that after a week or so that lifted look goes away.

      Also, thank you so much for the kind words, I truly appreciqte it!!!!

  14. Rebecca says 10.30.20

    I noticed this morning my KOSA Rosewater was about done. It’s the perfect color for me. Ordered a couple and the newly recommended moisturizer. Thanks for taking the time to do this.

  15. Steph says 10.30.20

    Where is your robe from? It is adorable!

  16. CD says 10.30.20

    Yay! My favorite time of year!

    I actually placed a large order late last night when the sale started. I spent too much perhaps? But needs must. (And I tell myself I really only shop this big during their biannual sale so it’s good for a long time and some were gifts so…).. I got:

    MLM bois de balincourt candles
    MLM bois de balincourt deodorant (it’s amazing!)
    Ren AHA body Serum
    Ren Anti-fatigue body wash (it feels and smells like high-end spa quality)
    Biossance Rose Squalane oil (I got the gift set that came with a repair cream and was the same price as the oil by itself)
    Laneiege water sleeping mask 
    Ilia eye liner
    Ilia multi-use stick for cheeks
    Charlotte Tilbury lipstick in The Queen for zoom calls
    Caudalie Lift & Firm Vinosculpt cream (it works!)
    Kerastase Ciment Thermique (I’ve tried so many hair repair products and this is the only one that makes a noticeable difference)
    Jo Malone body cream in orange blossom and wood sage & sea salt (it’s soooo hydrating. but I wish it were clean)
    NuFace NuBody (I love the face one so excited to try this!)
    I also stocked up on my Fresh soy face cleanser (the only face wash that has kept my skin soft during these dry months – I usually prefer IndieLee. but my skin is a bit too dry for that one now)

    But this post reminded me I still need to grab some of the NuFace serum! Thank you!

    And to anyone asking about their Tier – I made Rouge last year during the sale after a purchase, so was able to take advantage of the 20% rouge discount for the rest of the sale. So if you are close to the next tier, I would recommend making. small purchase to get you across that threshold. Then placing another order with your new discount after that. I think it showed up immediate, or maybe the next day.

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      WOW what a list!!!! Enjoy all of your purchases. I thought about the Jo Malone orange blossom products but ended up skipping… may go back for them!

      • CD says 10.30.20

        do it! It seems fresh and heavenly without being too sweet. And I have found it to be so hydrating for my dry skin!

  17. Tracy says 10.30.20

    Hi there! Thanks for all this – so comprehensive and helpful! The Tarte Shape Tape concealer is either out of stock or not being carried by Sephora right now…is there any chance you’ve use Tarte’s Creaseless Undereye concealer? The Kosas concealer is too moist for my eyes – it ends up giving me raccoon eyes – otherwise I would be buying another one!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      I saw that! So strange! Unfortunately I have not tried that one, I’m sorry! I did like the SEA concealer but it’s more like the Kosas – may be too hydrating!

      • Tracy says 10.30.20

        Gosh, not your fault – I appreciate the response! I’ll probably look at Nars since everyone seems to love that one, and compare the reviews to the Tarte Creaseless Undereye concealer.

        • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

          I think the NARS one is probably the closest to Shape Tape now that I think about it!!!! Keep me posted on how you like the creaseless. I was tempted to order to try it but I literally have 2 tarte concealers and kosas in my makeup bag and adding a 4th just feels silly!

  18. Theresa says 10.30.20

    Hi grace! So excited for this sale, wondering your thoughts on the blonde shampoo- I am a brunette with balayage, my base color looks a bit darker than yours I think, but the balayage lightens sections of my hair. Would the shampoo you recommend be helpful for maintaining the color or do you like it because you’re naturally more blonde overall? Thanks for any advice, always love your beauty posts!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.30.20

      Yeah!!!! I love it bc it keeps my hair from getting brassy. Even going back mostly to my natural color with just a few highlights (fellow balayage girl!) it keeps those highlights a nice cool blonde vs. warm. I only use it once a week but it makes a big difference.

  19. Rachel says 10.30.20

    How do you/would you recommend incorporating the kiehls line reducing concentrate into your routine? I currently alternate a retinol and an acid through the week and have jumped on the Bader train on the no serum nights! Just curious!

    • grace at the stripe says 10.31.20

      Hi Rachel! I swap it for acids or retinol on one of those “actives” nights. I just kind of gauge what my skin needs / how it’s feeling!!!!

  20. Molly says 10.30.20

    I love your picks Grace! And may I say the photo is inspiring me to do a DIY matching pedi/mani and cozy robe!

  21. Kendall says 10.31.20

    Hi Grace, I’d love to support you and your blog but don’t necessarily want/need anything you linked specifically. If I click a link but then purchase other things, do you still get commission?

  22. Lisa Autumn says 10.31.20

    Oh I love the little Kiehls Set!

    Lisa | lisaautumn.com

  23. Lanie says 10.31.20

    Does Sephora typically have Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales as well? Trying to determine if I need to get everything on my list now or if I can split it up…

    • grace at the stripe says 10.31.20

      They do not! They might have a few little sales and deals (like sets and exclusives but they only do this sale 2x a year… now, and Spring!

  24. Nina says 11.1.20

    Tarte shape tape is an Ulta exclusive and is not available at Sephora !

    • grace at the stripe says 11.2.20

      Oh! Great to know, thanks!

      • Nina says 11.2.20

        Yea, its a bummer if you shop primarily at Sephora to collect points like me!

        I’m definitely going to try the Eucalyptus body wash this time! Have you ever tried the Biossance Squalene + Omega repair cream? I’m thinking about buying it but its hard when I can’t try a sample.

        • grace at the stripe says 11.2.20

          I have not, but in all honesty everything I’ve ever tried from Biossance is amazing!

  25. Meghan says 11.1.20

    Hi Grace!! Thanks for all your help and recs – I’d say 80% of my routine is care of you!! Quick question — what is the difference between lactic acid and AHA resurfacing serums? If I use the honeymoon glow serum a few times a week is there a benefit to trying the biossance lactid acid serum?

    • grace at the stripe says 11.2.20

      They are pretty similar, I’d say either one is great! I personally switched to the Biossance from Honeymoon glow as I find that it’s gentler, with more immediate (smoothing results). But if you read my more recent skincare routine post, either qualify as an acid, which I do 2-3x a week.

  26. Allie says 11.2.20

    Thank you! I first got the Maison Louis Marie candle last year because of your roundup and have been obsessed ever since. I’ve been rationing the last one I have to make it until my new ones arrive!

    • grace at the stripe says 11.2.20

      I do the same thing! I buy a few every sale and ration them out til the next one!

  27. Maeve says 11.3.20

    Hi Grace, just shopping the sale and trying to decide between Supergoop Glowscreen and Ilia’s tinted serum (spf 40). I read your giant guide to highlighters etc… but didn’t see a comparison between these two products specifically… any advice? I’m looking for sheer coverage and glow (for reference, SAIE’s highlighter is a fave thanks to you). Thanks so much!!!

    • grace at the stripe says 11.3.20

      Hey Maeve,

      Thanks for the note!

      That’s because they are totally different products! Ilia is more in the class of foundations/tinted moisturizers… it’s tinted and comes in shades whereas Glow Screen is an illuminator. It’s not going to cover anything up, but it will make you glow! Based on your goals I would say go with Glow Screen, and maybe a little concealer to cover up imperfections!

  28. Lauren says 11.5.20

    Yay for insider access! If you had to choose between nuface or facial steamer-which would you splurge on? Do I have to have the gel for nuface?

    • grace at the stripe says 11.6.20

      They are so different. The steamer is amazing for opening up pores and getting skin really clean (it also just feels SO good). The NuFace is amazing for anti-aging, especially lifting the skin. So it depends what you need. And yes, you need the primer!

  29. kyra weiss says 11.9.20

    Hi! Do you need to use the biossance. resurfacing night serum if you use P5O? I also use the dr. Dennis gross alpha daily peels (I switch on and off) and retinol about 2x a week. I’m not sure which products are redundant, but was thinking of trying the biossance.

    Thank you!

  30. Alicia says 11.9.20

    I just ordered…a lot from this post. LOL! Can’t wait to try the Tata Harper Mask, Supergoop eye cream, and the Wander eye masks (side note: an eye cream with SPF makes sooo much sense!)

  31. Emily+Dear says 11.10.20

    Hi Grace! I’ve never heard of the Shani Darden retinol – can you share thoughts on that one vs. Biossance Phyto-Retinol Serum? Definitely ready to invest in a retinol so want to do my homework 🙂

    • grace at the stripe says 11.10.20

      Hi Emily,
      If you check out the Sephora highlight on my Instagram I have a little review of the Shani Darden. Big fan, though it’s not clean (the Biossance is a plant-based retinol alternative), so it just depends on what you are looking for.