Over the weekend, I had lots of requests come in asking for me to share my picks from the Sephora sale. For those who don’t know, they just launched their Spring Savings Event – they only do this type of sale twice a year so it’s a great time to pick up those items you use regularly for less.
Here’s all the details: Rogue members get 20% off thru 5/1, VIB members get 15% off thru 4/29 and Insiders get 10% off 4/23-4/27. Just use code SPRINGSAVE at checkout to redeem (if you’re not already an Insider, you can sign up for free here & take advantage of these savings). They’re also offering free shipping on all orders thru 5/1 with code FREESHIP!
There are so many products on their site that it can feel a little overwhelming, especially if you’re wanting to try something new. I always recommend reading through the reviews before purchasing – and even if you buy something that you test out & don’t love, they have a generous return policy even for used products. I’m sharing my tried-and-true favorites with you below – these are all things I use on a regular basis and love so I feel confident recommending them. I’ll be repurchasing lots of these as back-ups for when I run out of what I’m using now.
Farmacy Brightening Eye Cream
I’m quickly becoming a big fan of this brand – I have yet to try a product of theirs that I don’t absolutely love, so you’ll see quite a few of them here! This was my most recent purchase from them & I’ve been using it since mid-February (first mentioned here). I love that this is a heavier eye cream so it’s really hydrating, which helps with that crepey-looking texture around the eyes (note: I wait a good 10 minutes after applying before putting on my makeup). And I do think that I’ve seen a slight improvement in my dark circles – a lot of my issue is hereditary, so I’ll never be rid of them completely, but this has definitely helped!
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer
I’ve been using Tarte Shape Tape as my go-to undereye concealer for over a year, but I just started having issues recently with it creasing on me (I blame it on my aging skin). So, when I received a sample of this with my last Sephora order, I gave it a try and now I’ll never go back. Concealers are so tricky because everyone’s skin tone and texture is different, but I really like the texture and staying power of this one. I recommend getting the mini size to start – a little goes a long way with this product, so even the smaller version will last you a while (I use the shade Vanilla).
Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask
This is the most expensive item in my collage, but it’s worth including because the results are that good. This is the best mask I’ve ever tried for minimizing pores & softening skin. The smell isn’t my favorite, but I think that’s due to the fact that it’s 100% natural, which I really appreciate. I’ve only been using it once a week to make it last longer – but, if it wasn’t so pricey, I would definitely use it more often! Another option would be to purchase this skincare set, which comes with a cleanser & a smaller jar of this mask (about $20 cheaper than the full-size jar on its own).
Kiehl’s Overnight Lip Repair Treatment
This has truly saved my lips this winter – anytime my jar gets low, I immediately order more. It has a thick & creamy consistency with the most heavenly smell. I apply it every night before bed and wake up with soft smooth lips each morning.
Nails Inc. Polish Duo
This base coat + polish combo is a great buy – sometimes I just wear the base coat on its own for an American manicure look. One of my biggest pet peeves with a lot of red nail polishes is that they aren’t opaque enough, but this one gives such good coverage that you can get away with just applying one coat. This formula has great staying power & dries quickly (note: this shade is more of a warmer brick red vs. a bright cherry red).
Olly Lustrous Hair Gummies
Anytime I can take my supplements in gummy form, I’m all for it because I hate swallowing pills. I haven’t been taking these long enough to report my results yet, but I love the flavor of them + they get amazing reviews. We are big fans of this brand in our house – we all take their multivitamins and my daughter swears that these stress gummies help with her anxiety levels throughout the day. I plan to keep taking these & report back in a few more months – fingers crossed!
Urban Decay Setting Spray
I blame my daughter for getting me hooked on this because I never even thought to use a setting spray before. Someone brought this in for the cast of her musical to use on their stage makeup & I was blown away by how well it worked – her makeup was still flawless after multiple performances, costume changes & sweating under the stage lights. I only used it for photo shoots or date nights in the winter, but will be using daily once summer rolls around – highly recommend trying out the mini size if you live somewhere that is hot and/or humid.
Farmacy AHA Resurfacing Night Serum
If you have aging skin (in your 30’s or older), this serum is amazing for treating dark spots, evening out skin tone and getting rid of dullness. There is a little tingling when you first apply it, but it’s nothing too severe – it also has a nice scent to it that I love. Nothing beats the glow I wake up with in the morning when I use this the night before!
Farmacy Hydrating Sheet Mask
I’ve tried a lot of sheet masks over the years and this one remains my favorite. The first time I used it, I couldn’t get over how glowy & soft my skin was. The ingredients are clean, it fits well (doesn’t slide off your face like some masks) & is the perfect extra moisturizing step for skin that’s become dry through the winter.
It Cosmetics Primer
When I first put this on, the formula felt so light, I thought I was going to hate it – but I was amazed by how much better my makeup wore throughout the day than the primer I was previously using. That being said, if you have dry skin, I would recommend this Smashbox primer instead because it’s more hydrating.
Tan Luxe The Face Drops
These were a quarantine purchase for me just a few weeks ago and, so far, I’m loving the results. I had to experiment a little with the amount – I started with 3 drops and it was a little darker than I wanted so I’m now using 2 drops per application, which gives me a natural looking tan. I use the Light/Medium shade & just mix it in with my evening moisturizer). Note: be sure to wash your hands immediately after applying!
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector
This is basically an at-home mask treatment – you put it on damp hair, leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing out & then shampoo & condition as usual. My stylist recommended using the Olaplex shampoo & conditioner once a week to help repair my strands and this treatment takes it even one step further. My hair has never looked shinier or healthier – will definitely be repurchasing!
Hourglass Translucent Setting Powder
This is my favorite powder for setting my makeup – it has a silky finish & doesn’t settle into fine lines. This does give a more matte finish to the skin, so I use it sparingly. This also comes in a mini size if you want to try it out before buying the full size version.
Becca Hydra-Mist Setting Powder
I wanted to include this powder in my round-up too because it’s cheaper than the Hourglass powder and it might be better for those looking for something with lighter coverage and/or a more dewy finish. I took the mini size of this powder with me on my India trip & loved applying it because it has a cooling effect on the skin that feels amazing when it’s hot outside.
Living Proof Dry Shampoo
I buy this stuff in bulk and have been using it even more now that we’re in quarantine. I buy a mix of the full-size bottles and the mini size (great for travel) – if you’ve never tried this or if you’re looking for a good dry shampoo, I can’t say enough good things about this!
Charlotte Tilbury Blush
My favorite blush was discontinued this year so I began the search for a replacement & this one has become my new favorite. I know it’s expensive for blush, but I don’t use a lot of it so I know it will last me for a while + I haven’t found anything else that blends or stays put as well as this does. I use the Pillow Talk Intense shade (a mauvey rose hue) but I’m thinking about ordering in Ecstasy (a peachy pink) for the summer months.
Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter
This is one of my top 5 holy grail beauty products – it works like magic to blur imperfections and give you a luminous glow without the need for makeup. I apply this after my primer & before my CC cream to create a lit-from-within effect (I use the Light shade). But, on days when I’m not wearing foundation, I’ll put my sunscreen on with this on top & it’s the perfect amount of light coverage. You can also use it over your foundation just on cheekbones & down the bridge of your nose as a highlighter.
It Cosmetics CC+ Cream
This is the best full-coverage foundation, in my opinion. It blends well, doesn’t look heavy & has a natural-looking finish. I have recommended this to so many of you since I started using it and you’ve all told me how much you love it! They’ve come out with so many different versions (see them all here), but I still prefer the original formula. I use the Light shade in the winter/spring and switch to Light Medium in the summer/fall. It has SPF50 built-in, along with hyaluronic acid, peptides & collagen for anti-aging benefits.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Hands down, the best brow pencil on the market. Anytime this goes on sale, I order extra because I’m so scared of running out! I was using Soft Brown before, but once I started adding more highlights to my hair, I switched & now use Taupe, which looks softer & more natural with my lighter strands.
Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides
I’ve been using this powdered collagen for years and swear by it for a healthy gut – I also attribute it to making my nails so strong. I stir one scoop into my coffee each morning – it’s flavorless & dissolves completely so you don’t even know you’re drinking it (you can also add it to smoothies, oatmeal, etc.). I usually buy the largest size tub, but the individual serving packets are great for travel or on the go.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer
I bought the mini size of this bronzer to try out and I’ve been amazed by how long it’s lasted me. I use the Radiant Finish and it gives my skin the perfect sunkissed glow. So many bronzers I’ve tried look too orange or ruddy, but this one has a realistic warmth that’s really flattering.
Supergoop Glowscreen Sunscreen
I mentioned this last month after I used it for the first time & I can’t recommend it enough! It provides you with SPF40 & has the most lightweight feel of any sunscreen I’ve used. Plus, it has a slight tint to it & it gives you the prettiest glow – perfect for no makeup days!
Alterna Caviar Anti-Aging Volumizing Mousse
I still try other volumizing products from time to time, but I always seem to come back to this mousse. It actually makes my hair look thicker and doesn’t have a sticky residue + I love how lightweight it feels.