LADIES! Today is all about the Sephora Sale, and I’m excited to share my BEST OF SEPHORA picks so y’all will know just what you need to throw in your cart!
If you’re a VIB Member (like me!), YOU CAN SHOP TODAY for 15% OFF! And if you are an INSIDER, you can start shopping today at 10% OFF! And you’ll get FREE SHIPPING ON ALL ORDERS.
I did my first ever Sephora Haul in May of 2019, and I’ve been hooked on shopping Sephora ever since, ESPECIALLY during their Bonus Events. I always grab my favorite products that I need to restock at home, and the sale prices also give me a reason to order products I’ve been interested in and wanting to try!
The majority of today’s post is dedicated to personal tried and true favorites of mine.
Click HERE to see what level you are at Sephora so you know when you can shop. Rouge members get 20% OFF right now, VIB members get 15% OFF now and all Insiders get 10% OFF right now. If you haven’t signed up for Sephora’s Beauty Insider program yet, just make sure you sign up now to unlock 10% off so you can start shopping today. It’s so easy!
Here are some FUN SALE PICKS. Lots of these are some of my tried and true favorites, so you’ll be hearing about the later in the post.
1) Burberry HER perfume / 2) Laneige lip mask / 3) CT flawless setting spray / 4) CT Magic Cream / 5) Origins spot treatment / 6) Fenty gloss bomb / 7) PTR mini mask set / 8) PTR eye patches / 9) Bobbi Brown eysehadow stick (dusty mauve) / 10) Drunk Elephant Sunshine Drops / 11) Bum Bum gift set that smells heavenly / 12) Ambient Light Palette / 13) Supergoop Glow Screen / 14) Unseen Sunscreen
IN MY CART RIGHT NOW
In addition to some favorite empties that I need to refill, these are the NEW ITEMS in my car right now!
I’m grabbing two products to work on my pores, a beautiful bronzer, and a hair and body mist that’s going to be perfect for summer!
SOME TRIED AND TRUE FAVORITES
The Unseen Sunscreen IS AMAZING. I used it for the very first time 2 summers ago, and I became an immediate fan. It’s weightless, invisible, scent free, and gives incredible coverage and protection for your face. My skin absorbs it very quickly (like IMMEDIATELY!) and there is NO TRACE of it. It’s not oily or greasy, it gives a matte finish, and it doesn’t leave any white residue behind either. I think it goes on like a primer! It’s velvety in texture and it totally just glides on your skin, both under and even over your makeup. Also, from reading reviews it seems it’s awesome for people with super sensitive skin. I’m telling you, the product is absolutely incredible.
I used to only use Supergoop! Glow Screen as my “foundation” when I knew I was going to be in the sun for a prolonged period of time.
I’ve come to love the product so much that I’m now wearing it every single day that I apply make-up in the spring and summer. I love the color, the glow, and the level of coverage it gives! And please don’t let the “GLOW” in the name scare you. It’s very subtle and just really pretty! And the SPF is just a huge bonus. Sometimes I wear it on it’s own, and sometimes I combine it with 1 or 2 other products depending on the coverage and color I’m wanting that day.
I seriously cannot recommend these products enough. I want all of you to try them because they are truly amazing.
Some of my very favorite products that I absolutely swear by are the lip products below. Like I’m telling you right now, I can’t live without them. The Brazillian Kiss Lip Butter was sold out forever, BUT NOW IT’S BACK!
The Brazillian Kiss Lip Butter is only $18, and I think it’s an awesome product. First of all, it smells heavenly. It goes on very smoothly and isn’t sticky at all, but the best part about it is definitely the smell.
If you need something super hydrating that will repair cracked and dry lips, go with the Lip Sleeping Mask.
This Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask is a product that I absolutely swear by. I keep it on my nightstand and use it every single night. I can’t go to sleep if I don’t have it on, and I travel with it too. (Chris and Carter have even started using it. They both get wind burn on their lips pretty frequently, and this is the only product that seems to help!)
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. 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.
These next products are items I’ve been using for at least 3 years now and HIGHLY recommend. I often get questions about how these face products differ, so I’m going to talk about each product in detail.
- The Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops is a self tanner that “tans” your skin. I put it on at night, the color develops while I’m sleeping, and I wake up with a nice glow. I mix the tanning drops with the Magic Cream, which is my favorite moisturizer.
- I also mix the Magic Cream with the Bronzing Drops. The Bronzing Drops are NOT a self tanner. Think of the Bronzing Drops as a very sheer tinted moisturizer. They provide really light coverage, but with a bronzy color. I LOVE THEM SO MUCH, but they are more of a makeup (NOT a self tanning product).
- The SuperGoop Glow Screen is a tinted moisturizer with SPF.
Y’all know from my previous make-up posts that I often mix the bronzing drops and glow screen with my foundation as well.
The Isle of Paradise Self Tanning Drops were one of the blogger products that I’d heard about for well over a year before I decided to try them for myself. They totally lived up to all of the blogger hype. This product totally blows me away. I used to use the Self Tanning Drops every 3-4 days. (I’ve actually stopped using the tanning drops because now that I’m getting IPL and my sunspots are disappearing, I feel like the tanner would cling to the spots and I’m scared. I’m sad I’m not using them anymore, BECAUSE I LOVED THEM. I still want y’all to know about them though. If you aren’t cursed with sunspots, this product is awesome.)
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 using 3 healthy sized drops mixed in with my moisturizer. I feel like it gives me an even bronze glow that’s not streaky or orange.
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 typically used this product about twice a week. 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 the sun-kissed glow it gives!
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. (You might have seen last week that I’ve also recently tried the Tan Luxe Body Drops and thought they were great, especially for those that apply lotion every day and can just incorporate the drops into their lotion routine every once in a while.)
Okay, now let’s talk about Drunk Elephant Sunshine Drops. I LOVE THIS PRODUCT. The packaging was recently updated to more of a rectangular bottle, but it’s the same product. I combine these drops with my Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream…and I’m telling you….MAGIC happens.
Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream – I added this moisturizer 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 about 3 years 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. I mix it with the magic cream and just use one full squirt of the sunshine drops. It gives a really pretty glow with a bit of coverage immediately! Again, this is NOT a self tanner. It’s a tinted moisturizer. It’s very sheer, and I love the amount of color it gives. It’s a pretty deep bronze! These drops also have a lot of amazing ingredients in them that are great for your skin. They are 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.
GREAT TIPS: For light makeup days, I combine the Magic Cream with the Bronzing Drops. If I want a little more coverage, I combine the Bronzing Drops with the Supergoop Glow Screen. And if I want even more coverage, I combine it with whatever foundation I’m currently using.
OTHER FAVORITE PRODUCTS
Check out these Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Dew Drops! This product is for all skin types, and it combats dryness and dullness. It makes my skin feel great, look great, and it smells freaking amazing. My favorite way to use this product is just to apply it to a clean and dry face on the days I’m at home and not wearing makeup. I’ve also applied it to the high points of my face as sort of a natural highlighter, and it can also be used under makeup as a primer.
I picked up the Banana Bright Eye Cream on a trip to Sephora last year. Shay loves it and totally convinced me I needed to try it. #influenced It targets dryness, fine lines and wrinkles, and darkness. It’s enriched with Vitamin C (soooo good for your skin!) and will revive and brighten your eye area! I love the way it looks because it really does seem to brighten the area immediately. (I’ve actually replaced this product with the new Colleen Rothschild Illuminating Tinted Eye Cream. Use STMT20 foo 20% OFF.)
The Charlotte Tilbury Flawless Setting Spray is an incredible product and has FANTASTIC reviews. It’s alcohol free, oil free, and it hydrates while setting your makeup. The reviews convinced me because people say that they’ve tried dozens of makeup setters, and this is the only one that they’ve ever purchased again! I’m bad at remembering to use it every time I apply makeup, but when I do use it, I absolutely notice a huge different in staying power.
I’ve been using the Tula Eye Brightener for a couple of years now and really enjoy it. I’ve talked about it before, but I wanted to include it in today’s post since I’m talking about other Tula products as well. It’s a product that I’ve re-ordered a couple of times now.
It glides on very easily and has a wonderful cooling effect on my eyes. I don’t really deal with dark circles (which many say it helps tremendously), but I use it every morning and I do feel like it brightens my eyes and wakes up my face. It gives a really nice sheen and just a healthy little glow. I sweep it on under my eyes, on my brow bone, and even sometimes on my cheekbones.
HOW TO: After you moisturize, apply around the entire eye and on the orbital bone for a brighter appearance. You can even use it as a highlighter on your cheekbones, cupid’s bow, nose or anywhere else you want a glow effect. Due to the unique balm texture of this product, you can reapply throughout the day to energize and brighten the eye area.
So here’s the deal…y’all might remember that last fall I had a makeover with Charlotte Tilbury products, and since that makeover, those are the products I’ve been using. If you want to read about those products and see my makeover, click HERE! Again, the day got away from me so I wasn’t able to link any CT products to the Sephora site for today, but if you want to go to my Charlotte Tilbury makeup post and then search for those products on Sephora, you of course can! Just click HERE and put the product name you are looking for in the search bar. Click HERE to see all of the Charlotte Tilbury products offered by Sephora.
This next product was my favorite beauty find of 2020, and I still wear it!
We’re talking about the IT Cosmetics CC+ Cream. (I do switch up my foundations pretty frequently, but this is a great one.)
IT’S TOTALLY LEGIT. And because I didn’t know for a lonnnnnnnnnng time (and maybe you don’t either), CC stands for “Color Correcting.” It makes so much sense. Ha!
IT Cosmetics has the #1 CC Cream in America with over 20,000 5 STAR REVIEWS! It will provide you with:
- Lightweight, hydrating texture that won’t crease or crack
- Hydrating anti-aging serum that improves the look of your skin
- Physical sunscreen with up to SPF 50+—perfect for even sensitive skin
So in the spring and summer, I use the products I talked about at the beginning of the post for my face (because I want a light coverage and bronzy color).
But during the fall and winter, I will now be wearing the CC+ Cream. I’ll also be wearing it for date nights, girl’s nights out, and any “special” occasions. But maybe you want full coverage ALL YEAR LONG. If you do, you need to try it.
Here’s what the brand has to say: Infused with hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins, this skin-loving full-coverage foundation reduces the appearance of acne scarring, wrinkles, redness on skin, dark circles under eyes and large pores—all while giving you a luminous, supple, flawless-looking complexion. It’s truly your one step for instant complexion perfection!
Well, all righty then!!! Doesn’t it sound amazing?!?
I mean, look how happy it makes me.
If you hop over to the It Costmetics site and scroll down, you will be directed to a chart that helps you know if your undertone is Cool, Neutral, or Warm…which will in turn help you choose a color. And if you scroll down right under that chart, you will also see a Before and After picture where the CC Cream is showing off. The After pics are awesome.
The eyeliner and the lash primer are products I’ve used for years and absolutely swear by.
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 love the Maracuja Juicy Lip in Strawberry from tarte. The color is so soft and pretty, the formula is very hydrating, AND it smells like coconut! My entire face is done with tarte products in this picture, and you can head to my instagram story highlights and click on the one that says “tarte” for direct swipe ups to all products used in this picture.
Click HERE for all tarte products at Sephora.
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.
I have a couple of different full size glosses and I also got a small sampler pack during Christmas. I love every single color I’ve tried. 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.
T3 1.25 INCH CERAMIC CURLING IRON
Y’all know I’m a hot rollers girl. Always have been, and probably always will be.
HOWEVER, I’ve been wanting to mix it up. So after hearing tons of rave reviews over the last several years, I finally grabbed this T3 curling iron last fall, and I haven’t looked back!
I do think there’s a bit of a learning curve when first using it, but I’ve since figured it out AND LOVE IT.
It gives loose and tousled curls, which I love.
The hinge on this curling iron is tight, but I’ve figured out a way to lessen the pressure when pulling my hair through it. This results in the tousled curls that I prefer.
- I always turn the curling iron away from my face, and I’ve found the 2nd heat setting is plenty hot for my hair. I think the highest heat would be too damaging.
- Sometimes I like to curl small sections (like you see below), but I also do larger sections every so often. When the curls are varying sizes, it just seems more natural to me and gives a more relaxed look.
I think this type of curl really makes my new highlights stand out, and I’m really enjoying the change.
Breakouts aren’t something I thought I would still be dealing with at my age, but here we are. Now, they aren’t frequent, but they do still happen. For the past couple of years, I’ve been spot treating any little bumps that popped up with the Colleen Rothschild clay mask, and it worked pretty well, but now I feel like I have a secret weapon.
This tiny little bottle is packed full of salicylic acid that powerfully spot treats blemishes. My spots disappear faster, as does the redness that always goes along with them. And I’ve found that it dries the spot out, without over-drying my skin or causing me to peel. The second I even start to think that a blemish is about to pop up, I cover it up with just a dab of this gel. A teeny tiny little bit goes a long way. #alittledabwilldoya The bottle is TINY, but I’ve had it for over a year.
If like me you are still struggling with occasional blemishes, I highly recommend giving this product a try!
Last year I also started using AND LOVING the Maria Badescu drying lotion. I use it for drying up new blemishes as well. And I use it on Carter too!
The Peter Thomas Roth Hydra Gel Eye Patches have gained some serious popularity over the last couple of years.
I was first introduced to them in April of 2018, and I’ve been using them ever since.
You use the enclosed spatula to gently lift and separate a patch from the others, and then you apply the patches under your eye to clean and dry skin.
If you apply with the pointy side up, you will target under eye puffiness and wrinkles. If you apply with the pointy side down, you can target your crow’s feet. They feel nice and cool on your skin when you put them on (I’ve heard some even keep them in the fridge), and I leave them on for 10-15 minutes. The caffeine that’s in them helps de-puff the eye area, and the 24K gold will leave your skin appearing firmer, lifted, and brighter! #YESPLEASE
They are expensive, but I really do notice a marked difference after using them. I don’t use them every day, only when I look extra tired or have extra puffy eyes.
Moroccanoil– Y’all know I love the Colleen Rothschild Smooth and Shine Serum, but this product is awesome too. 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 fly-aways 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.
These masks are placed strategically at the check-out counter at Sephora. #wellplayedsephora
They are brightly colored, look like a lot of fun, and the packages tell you what the masks target. For example, the pink mask is “ultra moisturizing and brightening”. The yellow mask is “pore perfecting and smoothing”.
I grab one or two masks like this every single time I place an order or go to Sephora.
Click HERE for a large selection of single use masks to choose from!
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. And after reading tons of online reviews (and seeing some before and after pictures), some users are even reporting that it combats cellulite! WHOAH. 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.
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. I’ll be honest, I’m not great about consistently applying body butter or lotions to my body, so I don’t notice any big time results….but it feels and smells amazing, and it’s super hydrating.
I’ve been talking about this Burberry Her perfume for about a year now. My friend Ralonda introduced me to it, and I love it just as much now as I did when I first started wearing it. It’s light, it’s lovely, and I get compliments on it ALL. THE. TIME.
And just because we’ve now talked about soooooooooooooooo many beauty products today, I thought it might not be a bad idea to highlight one of my favorite beauty organizers again!
I’ve been SO HAPPY with the purchase of this 360 degree beauty organizer. You can adjust the shelf height for your personal needs, it spins all the way around, the products are super accessible, and it holds ALL THE THINGS! I highly recommend this baby.
I’ve also been totally pleased with this organizer. I bought them both so I could have pretty pictures for a previous beauty post, and now I can’t imagine my life without them.
Whew! That’s all for today, y’all!
Tons of beauty products that I LOVE, ADORE, and HIGHLY RECOMMEND.
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! 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). As soon as you sign up, you’ll be classified as an Insider.
So now I want to know…
Do you have some Sephora favorites that you think I need to try? Influence me in the comments!