Sephora is the only retailer I prefer to shop in person. I love their in-store experience.
Give me a few hours, and I can get lost, walking up and down the aisles. And don’t get me started on the pure joy that is their checkout line that snakes around, wrapping you in sample sizes of everything you never knew you needed.
When I leave, with my glossy black bag filled with goodies, I’m convinced for a brief moment that when I use these new products, I will emerge as a better, more beautiful version of myself. Lol.
But 2020 is the worst, so even Sephora is different. Space is limited, areas blocked off, and you can’t use the testers. So online shopping is our only option.
And since we’re all emotionally hungover from the past week (and year), it might be time to revamp our beauty/skincare/self-care routine.
Right now is the Sephora Holiday Sale, marketed specifically for their “Insiders.”
What does that mean?
Nothing special, you just have to sign up for their rewards program. If you’re not a Sephora Insider, sign up on their site before you start shopping. It’s easy, it’s free and they don’t bug you about anything.
This sale is different in that the discounts vary based off your Insider level, and your Insider level is determined by your annual spend.
If you’re just getting started you’re called an Insider and get 10% off, if you’re VIP you get 15% off, and if you’re what they call Rouge you get 20% off. The more you spend annually, the greater the discount you’ll receive.
Regardless of which level you are, use the code HOLIDAYFUN at check out.
For today’s post, I literally stood in my bathroom and looked up all of my favorite products to see if you can grab them on sale. Most of these you’ve heard me talk about countless times, others I started using a few months ago and am happy to recommend.
Please note, unlike all of my other posts, I am not including the price of these because the sale price will vary based on your discount and part of our regulation as bloggers is that if I post the price, it has to be as accurate as possible.
Also, I hope this goes without saying, while I do spend on better beauty products, I don’t buy all of these at once. Some products I have to replenish every month, most require only once or twice a year.
Below, I broke this down into Skincare, and then Makeup, Fragrance and Tools.
If you’ve been following for any amount of time, you know I spend a lot of time focusing on keeping my skin healthy. I’m 40 years old, with sensitive skin, and dealt with terrible cystic acne – as an adult – for many years.
Skin issues profoundly impacted my self-confidence. It wasn’t until I got my skin issues under control that I felt confident enough to put my face on the blog, so I am more than happy to spend here and save in other areas.
Now, my skin has never looked better. (Another reason why I’m so loyal to these products.)
Sephora’s Spring Savings: Skincare
I’ve recently become a big fan of the double cleanse, which means you wash your face twice, first with an oil-based cleanser, and then follow up with a gentle gel-based one. For this, I use:
Tatcha Oil Cleanser – By far, my favorite gentle cleanser. It quickly removes makeup and cleanses skin without stripping it of moisture. For sensitive skin, it’s a dream. I’ve been using this for years.
Drunk Elephant Jelly Cleanser – I’ve been using this for six months, and it’s fantastic. You get a deep clean, again, without stripping your skin.
Drunk Elephant Waterfacial Mask – I discovered this “Waterfacial Mask” while researching night creams. It’s not a mask at all. Instead, it’s a thick (but not too thick) ultra-hydrating cream you put on right before bed. It’s not sticky, and it doesn’t clog pores. It just leaves my skin looking and feeling soft and smooth.
Drunk Elephant Night Serum – When I ordered the above cream, it came with a sample size of this “Night Serum.” Not one to ever let a product go untested, I followed the directions and applied it to my skin before bed, layered right under the “mask.” It has helped even out my skin tone and softens some acne scarring. My skin looked noticeably brighter the very first morning after I used it.
Drunk Elephant Sunscreen – Using sunscreen on your face separate from your moisturizer is more effective. I use this simple SPF 30 every day, no matter what. It’s effective and fast-absorbing.
Dr. Barbara Sturm Eye Cream – The upfront price of this is steep, BUT it lasts almost a year, which is just about when it would expire. This is another long time favorite of mine. After consistent use, the lines around my eyes are minimal, and what is there has softened.
Goop Morning Skin Super Powder – I put two of these packets in my water every single morning. It’s filled with vitamin C and E, CoQ10, and many other ingredients that are good for your skin and general health. I actually buy them from the Goop website and have them on auto-delivery. I know, I feel you rolling your eyes; it’s okay, I know.
Beautyblender -Beautyblenders are expensive (usually $20 for a little sponge), so if you use them regularly, pick them up here.
Caudalie Detox Mask – This is the one mask I go back to time and time again. It’s affordable, gentle, and effective. I use it a few times a week because it only takes 5 minutes to do, so you feel like you indulged, but you didn’t waste any time.
Makeup, Fragrance and Brushes
One of the many benefits of focusing on skin health is you don’t require much in terms of make up. You’ll never see me “baking” or conturing to an inch of my life. I like to see my skin come through, freckles and all.
You have seen all of these on here before. These are my everyday, go-to, 5 minute face essentials.
Sephora’s Holiday Sale: Makeup, Fragrance and Tools
Bobbi Brown Foundation Stick – I use this foundation stick every day. What’s great about it is that it isn’t heavy or cakey. You can build for the kind of coverage you want (use a BeautyBlender for easy application). The best thing about Bobbi Brown is the array of skin tones. You can be pale as a ghost (like me) or have deep and dark skin. It’s truly inclusive.
Sephora Collection Brush Set – They call this the “uncomplicated brush set.” How perfect is that? It’s under $50 and has everything you need to get the most out of your application.
Benefit Hoola Matte Bronzer – I have been using this bronzer since I was in my twenties. For my skin tone, it looks natural. If you want a healthy glow, you seriously don’t need any other product. And it lasts forever.
RMS Beauty Signature Set – I have two of these compacts, one lives in my bag, and one lives in my bathroom. It has everything you need for a quick, natural face and is ideal for touch-ups on the go.
Jo Malone Peony and Suede Blush – This has been my signature scent for several years. It’s just lovely, and I am forever complimented on it.
Benefit ka-Brow – Brows are EVERYTHING. They shape your face and make you look youthful, happy, and healthy. As I’ve aged, my eyebrows have disappeared. This product helps you quickly define them in a very natural way. I use it every single day.
Wander Beauty Mascara – Get super natural-looking, long lashes that don’t smudge or look ridiculous.
Bobbi Brown Face Primer Moisturizer – I don’t use a primer every day, especially right now, but when you need your makeup to go on and stay in place, a layer of primer first will help.
Kosas Lipstick – I adore this non-toxic, high pigment lipstick from Kosas. “Electra” is my go-to red, and “Rosewater” is a feminine pink-based neutral I like for every day.
Other posts you may like: I broke down my nighttime skincare routine a while ago; you’ll see many of these products featured. However, the point was to discuss the best order to apply your products – so use whatever works best for you.
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