LADIES! We are talking ALL ABOUT BEAUTY today, and I am super excited to share my BEST OF SEPHORA picks.
I did my first ever Sephora Haul last May, and I’ve been hooked on shopping Sephora ever since, ESPECIALLY during their Bonus Events. I also covered their Summer Bonus Event in August, and then I did another post in September.
I reviewed lots of products during those 3 posts, and I gave honest reviews of everything I tried. I genuinely loved many of the products, but over the last year, I’ve had definite favorites emerge. They are products that I use EVERY SINGLE DAY and am now incredibly loyal to. So, the majority of today’s post is dedicated to these personal tried and true favorites of mine. I will also be sharing 1 new to me product AND letting y’all know what I got for myself during this event.
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WHAT I GRABBED YESTERDAY
I thought I would start out telling y’all what I grabbed for myself yesterday. I’m VIB, so I got to shop for 15% OFF! I restocked some of my favorites that I was running low on, but I also added new things to my cart as the result of being #INFLUENCED.
* I’m so pumped to try this lip gloss stick (I grabbed the “One Mauve Time” described as a soft berry-mauve ). It’s been described as glossy (but not sticky) with a great universal color and staying power! #influenced
* I can’t remember if I’ve ever talked about this before, but I’m OBSESSED with this Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask. I honestly cannot go to bed without sweeping this mask over my lips. I use it EVERY. SINGLE. NIGHT. I use it during the day too, but I’m telling you, I HAVE TO USE IT AT NIGHT. I love the vanilla.
* Because I love the above lip mask so much, I new I had to get this lip glowy balm (from the same maker) the second I saw it. I got the grapefruit and will throw it in my purse for use during the day.
* This make up brush cleaner spray has excellent reviews. It’s quick drying and is being called dry shampoo for your makeup brushes. At only $15, I felt like I had nothing to lose.
* When I went to the Drybar to get a blow out before the Manda Strong gala, they put this finishing cream on my hair after they styled it. And I fell in love. It makes my hair sooo incredibly soft and gives it a boost of shine as well.
* I grabbed the Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream even though I still have half a jar left because I couldn’t resist 15% OFF.
NEW TO ME PRODUCT
The one new to me product I’m talking about today is the SuperGoop Glow Screen. I picked it up at Nordstrom about a month ago (and have been using it ever since), but I’ve waited to talk about it until now so y’all could grab it at the sale price! I’ve loved Supergoop products for years and highly recommend them (click HERE for all Supergoop products) , so I was super excited to see this new offering.
It’s a makeup primer with SPF40! And the best part is that it has a pearlescent finish which gives you an immediate glow. On a no makeup day (I’ve had A LOT of those lately), I sometimes wear only this. I feel like I get a tiny bit of coverage, and I of course love the SPF.
MY TRIED AND TRUE FAVORITES
Let’s start out by talking about the Drunk Elephant Sunshine Drops. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT AND HAVE USED IT EVERY DAY I’VE WORN MAKEUP SINCE I FIRST DISCOVERED IT. I combine them with my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream…and I’m telling you….MAGIC happens.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream – This is one of the new products I added into my routine after reading about it on several blogs and in several “BEST OF” beauty articles, and now I’ve been using it for close to a year now. Lots of users compared it to the much more expensive La Mer line, but said they preferred this product! That was it, I was convinced I needed to try it. Officially, it’s a cream that floods skin with moisture for a glowing complexion in a flash. A little goes a long way with this cream, and it’s not greasy, but it is incredibly hydrating. There is a very light rose scent to this cream, and I don’t normally care for rose, but it doesn’t bother me at all.
I’m now devoted to it. It has a cult following and a large group of women that absolutely swear by it. I’m now a part of that group.
Drunk Elephant Sunshine Drops – This product is awesome. AWESOME. You can wear it by itself, or you can mix it in with a moisturizer or serum. I obviously mix it with the magic cream. It gives you a really pretty glow with a bit of coverage immediately! It’s very sheer, and I love the amount of color and coverage it gives. I used to think I would only use this on occasion, but it has replaced foundation for me, and I now just use this. These drops also have a lot of amazing ingredients in it that are great for your skin. It’s made of vitamins, antioxidants, platinum peptides, and barrier-supportive fatty acids that defend skin from environmental free radicals. YES, PLEASE!
Below you can see how I just add a pump to the magic cream and then blend it together before applying it all over my face and neck. I’m telling you, it just gives your face a wonderfully healthy looking GLOW.
Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops – This is one of those blogger products that I’d been hearing about for well over a year. I’d been dying to try it and had tried to purchase it several times, but it was always sold out.
Well, it finally got restocked and I jumped on it last summer.
The verdict? Did it live up to all of the blogger hype?
The answer is HECK YES. This product has blown me away.
Here’s what you do. You mix drops of it into your favorite moisturizer (again, I use this Charlotte Tilbury one). The more drops, the deeper the tan. You rub it all over your face, being careful not to miss any spots. And within a couple of hours, a “tan” develops. It’s magical really. (Make sure you wash your hands very well afterwards.)
I appreciate that you can control the deepness of your tan with the number of drops you use. They call it “controlling your glow”, and I’m here for it.
I grabbed the medium formula, and I’ve been using 3 healthy sized drops with moisturizer. I feel like it gives me an even bronze glow that’s not streaky or orange. Now that we’re getting closer to summer, I’m going to up the number of drops to achieve a deeper glow, but I’m going to do it gradually.
I think it’s best to apply it at night so it can develop while sleeping. When using 3 drops, the color fades in about 3 days, so I think I will probably use this product about twice a week right now. When I up the number of drops, the “tan” might stick around longer and I might go longer between uses.
I would like to direct your attention to my arm in the picture below. Do you see the horizontal stripe below my wrist and the vertical stripe down my forearm? That’s my sun-kissed glow’, y’all! I tested the product on my arm before using it on my face, and I think it shows the results quite nicely!
If you are still on the fence, I highly recommend hopping over to the site to read some of the other reviews. Because MY GOODNESS, people are obsessed with this product.
NARS blush – I like a bright pink blush (my shade is called “Amour”), and this one does the trick. I love the rosy hue! For those of you that don’t love a pink, the Nars “orgasm” shade is supposed to be a universally flattering color.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Powder – Believe the name. This powder is magic. Officially, it’s “a loose setting powder that blurs imperfections, veils shadows, and visibly boosts radiance.” I swipe it on, and I love the look. It really does seem to just even everything out and give a beautiful matte finish, without settling in lines! Some reviewers complain of a smell, but I haven’t noticed anything! I’m Color 1, which is fair.
Fenty highlighter duo – This highlighter duo has 2,688 5 STAR reviews. It’s a cream powder hybrid that “melts into skin”. I like it a lot, but I don’t think I know how to use it to its maximum potential. I need to go back in to Sephora for a little tutorial, but right now I just put it along the top edge of my blush line and down the bridge of my nose. It definitely gives a radiant boost to my face.
One review made me realize the fact that I probably need pointers on how to use it….she said “Trophy Wife” makes my face look like God himself descended from heaven, grazed his almighty fingers across the highlights of my face, and said “let there be light.” I mean, that’s a rousing endorsement!
This Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a product that I now swear by. I keep it on my nightstand and use it every single night. Like, I can’t go to sleep if I don’t have it on, and I travel with it too.
I don’t suffer from dry and flaky lips, which is what this product really targets, but I do love going to bed at night with super moisturized lips and my goodness does this product deliver. It has a great little silicon applicator that it comes with so you don’t have to stick your finger into the product, and the product totally glides on your lips. For me, it just gives me extra silky and smooth lips. If you suffer from dry and flaky lips, this is going to be a game changer for you. If you apply a thick layer at night, when you wake up the next morning, the flakes are going to be sitting on top of the skin. They then recommend taking a damp wash cloth to wipe the flakes away.
I got the vanilla because I didn’t want any color on my lips to transfer to my pillow while sleeping, and applying this is now definitely part of my nighttime routine. It has over 5,000 5 star reviews, and I have several friends that swear by it as well.
(Please take a minute to look in the background to see the sweet fuzzy baby head up top and my super skinny and toned arms peeking out in that picture on the right. #thattonedarmdeservesrespect)
The eyeliner and the lash primer are products I’ve used for years and absolutely swear by.
Stila Eyeliner – This liquid eyeliner is one of my tried and true products that I cannot live without. It is by far my favorite eyeliner product I’ve ever used, and I can’t imagine ever switching. I use the grey (called “alloy”) because the black is too stark for me. It glides on SO easily, and it stays on with no smudging during the day. Now, don’t let the “liquid” title scare you. It is like a very fine tip marker that you just easily glide on for a very clean line, and you can decide if you want a thin or a thick line. It doesn’t skip, it doesn’t smudge (it really does stay all day), and it’s so easy. I can apply it in 1 stroke using only one hand! No need to pull the eye taught or anything!
Diorshow Eyelash Triple Volume Lash Primer – I SWEAR BY THIS PRODUCT and have for years. I sweep it on my lashes right before I put on my mascara. It both lengthens and plumps my lashes with white fibers, but they don’t fall off into my eyes. It’s pretty magical. It goes on white, so you do have to wear mascara over it, but the white doesn’t show through after the mascara goes on. I do one eye with the lash extender and then the mascara before moving to the other eye. I’ve found that my results are best when the mascara goes on before this product dries.
I’ve been wearing Jo Malone scents for at least 3 or so years now. They are all light scents that I can wear all day long without being bothered (lots of perfumes bother me after a couple of hours). I enjoy wearing them on their own, and I enjoy mixing them as well. Right now, my two favorites are the Peony and Blush Suede and the Lime, Basil, and Mandarin. I love the smaller bottles because they are awesome to travel with too.
Moroccanoil– I’d been hearing about this product for years from friends, and I finally tried it. And now that I have, I feel so stupid for waiting so long. BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING. It’s used for conditioning, styling, and finishing. It claims to detangle, speed up drying time, and boost shine. It does not contain Parabens, Sulfates, or Phthalates.
The main benefits I’ve noticed is that it tames flyaways and BOOSTS THE SHINE LIKE CRAZY. My hair is silkier, softer, and more manageable. It’s seriously SO SOFT and SO SHINY.
I do wish it came with a pump dispenser, but I just turn it over with my middle finger placed on top to make sure I don’t pour too much out at a time. I rub it on my palms or on my fingertips, and then I apply the oil all throughout my hair. It’s not greasy, but it’s incredibly moisturizing. It doesn’t weigh my hair down, and it smells amazing.
My hair has never looked or felt better.
Kevin Aucoin Eyelash Curler – I’d never used an eyelash curler in my makeup routine until I picked this one up last year. I threw this one in my cart on a whim based on reviews I read, and I love it. There was a bit of a learning curve for me since I’ve never used one before, but I’m getting the hang of it. I start at the base of my lashes and pulse up for a nice curved curl. The first several times I used it I didn’t pulse (and I squeezed too hard), and I had bent lashes instead of curled lashes. Not a good look.
If you are used to using an eyelash curler, you should be able to use this one without any trouble. No pinching and incredible reviews!
Huda Beauty New Nude Eye Shadow Palette – This “all-in-one eye shadow palette consists of 18 highly-pigmented shades, ranging from flattering mattes to shimmer-drenched hues, and has everything you need to transform your lids.”
This Huda Beauty Palette is gorgeous, and I’m having fun with it, but I don’t know enough about applying eye makeup to really use it to its full potential. I have played around with it some, and I find that I like to apply one of the matte colors all over the lid, and then I wet a flat brush to press in the glitter shadows. If you do know a thing or two about applying eye shadow, I’m thinking you will be OBSESSED. I mean, it does have over 1,000 5 star reviews.
Look how pretty the colors are. I wish that a brush was included, but that’s the only complaint I have.
There are 18 eye shadows in all that include matte shadows, glitter shadows, and pearlized shadows.
Sol De Janeiro Bum Bum Cream – Okay, this product has been all over blogger’s feeds for a good long while. People scream and shout about it. People say it smells like a little piece of Heaven. People says they will never go without it. But even with all of the hype, I’m going to be honest, I had no idea what it was for. WELL. It’s what it sounds like. It’s cream. For your bum bum. But not just your bum bum. For your whole body really. It’s thick and rich, and it’s supposed to combat dryness, dullness, and uneven texture. And it’s formulated to promote firmness and elasticity. In a nutshell, after reading tons of online reviews (and seeing some before and after pictures), users are reporting that it combats cellulite! WHOAH.
I like that it’s not oily or greasy, and it really just absorbs into the skin. It has a very subtle shimmer to it, but don’t let that scare you! It’s VERY subtle.
If you have issues with cellulite, the reviews on the site will convince you that you HAVE to try this cream. Other reviewers say it’s worked wonders on their dry and cracked heels and hands, so I’m going to start putting it on my heels for sure.
If you want to pamper your skin and perhaps have smoother and less dimply legs, try it!
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution Lipstick – When I did my 5 Minute Face post back in the Spring, I wanted to give 3 varying shade choices for lipsticks (a berry, a red, and a nude). I went with “Pillow Talk” for my nude, and I’ve been very happy with it.
I’d never owned a Charlotte Tilbury lipstick before, and I found that I really liked the brand. It stays on well (YAY!), and it wasn’t drying to my lips (YAY!). I grabbed the “berry pink” and love it so much. I especially love it paired with the gloss below.
Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Glass Bomb Lip Lumizer – I’m a lip gloss lover, but I’m SUPER picky. It can’t be sticky, it can’t have a weird smell, it needs to have staying power for a gloss, and it needs to be VERY SHINY. After seeing the number of 5 star reviews and reading the words “explosive shine”, I grabbed this one. It goes on very smoothly, the applicator is a good size and shape, it’s hydrating, and it truly offers explosive shine.
This very well could be my favorite lip gloss ever. I got the shimmering rose nude, but I’m definitely going to grab the shimmering pink as well. One more thing I love about it? The scent! It smells like peaches and vanilla. It’s not overwhelming at all though, it’s just delightful.
In closing, I wanted to give y’all a reminder that if you aren’t in the program already, you can sign up to be a Sephora Beauty Insider for free! The program is awesome and I highly recommend it. As an insider, you will receive birthday gifts, product samples, and access to the special events where you get discounts. After you are in the program, you will start collecting points based upon your purchases, and your points will determine your level (which determines when you can shop during these events).
So now I want to know…
Do you have some Sephora favorites that you think I need to try? Influence me in the comments! I’ll choose 3 new products to try based upon your comments (it’s YOUR turn to tell ME to and convince me why I need to try YOUR favorite product), and I’ll send 3 of you one of my Sephora favorites!