If you spend way too much money at Sephora and you’re a ‘Rouge’ Beauty Insider member, their 15% off sale started yesterday which is exciting because it includes everything. If you aren’t Rouge status but are still a Beauty Insider, the sale starts April 20th and you will get 10% off. If not, you can still sign up and take advantage of this sale on the 20th! Sephora only does sales like this about twice a year so I usually stock up on all of my favorite products. BTW, it only goes through April 23rd! Here are my must–have products from Sephora.
Clinique Take The Day Off Balm – I’ve been using this religiously for about a year and I’m mad that I hadn’t discovered it sooner. Makeup wipes are great to use here and there, but I mostly take my makeup off with this balm at night. Even with a full face of makeup, you rub it into your skin as it instantly warms up and melts everything off. Then rinse with warm water and pat dry. I still follow with my face wash because I like my face to feel extra clean before bed. I’ve tried tons of cleansing oils but literally nothing takes makeup off like this stuff. It leaves my face super soft and not one bit dry or oily; it’s amazing for sensitive skin.
Clinique Clarifying Toner – This is my favorite toner for dry skin. It exfoliates and leaves your face super clean without drying it out. Toners are meant to use after cleansing and before serum and moisturizer.
OleHenriksen Power Peel Facial – This box comes with 6 treatments of at-home facials. It’s a 3-step process that will literally transform your skin. I use it about once a month.
OleHenriksen Three Little Wonders – I religiously use their Vitamin C Truth Serum, which is included in this set, but I’ll definitely be ordering this trio during the sale. I’ve heard amazing things about it and I’m obsessed with all OleHenriksen products.
IT Cosmetics Moisturizer – I love my Charlotte Tilbury moisturizer, but this one is a really good alternative and much cheaper. It’s super hydrating!
IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Redness Cream – If you have any issues with redness, this cream is amazing. I use it as a spot treatment and it completely neutralizes any discoloration.
Alpha Beta Glow Pad for Face – I think these face self-tanning wipes are underrated. I’ve been using them forever and they give your face the perfect glow, plus they’re anti-aging. I wash my face at night, apply eye cream and moisturizer, then apply the self-tanning wipe across my face and neck (wash your hands afterwards). I let it dry, sleep with it on, then wake up in the morning and wash my face like normal. I personally like to sleep with it on but sometimes I wear it under makeup and let the tan develop throughout the day. I really don’t break out often, but when I do I’ve noticed that these wipes clear up my face over night. I notice a huge improvement in my skin after using these, and the tan lasts around 3 days.
Olaplex Hair Treatment – Olaplex is a MUST especially for over-processed blondes! It repairs damage and strengthens hair. I do Olaplex treatments on my hair about once a month; I have a ton of hair and get about 3-4 uses out of this bottle. First I get my hair wet or at least damp, apply the Olaplex, brush it through and tie it up in a topknot for at least 30 min to an hour. You can even leave it on overnight and it won’t cause any damage to your hair. It’s a game changer.
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate – I love Kiehl’s and this is one of their best products. It’s a simple concentrated nighttime oil for your face that smells amazing.
Lip Sleeping Mask – I LOVE this lip balm! I use it day and night and it smells like berries.
Veil Mineral Primer – This is the best primer I’ve used. It goes on so smooth and makes your face feel like silk. I think moisturizing and priming is the key to getting flawless foundation.
NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation – This has been my favorite foundation for quite awhile. It’s full coverage but still feels very light and is even kind of watery in the bottle. It’s hard to describe, but it just goes on sooo evenly and smooth making your skin look velvety. When I’m tan I wear the color Vallauris, and when I’m more pale I wear Santa Fe. I’ve tried so many foundations but NARS is the only brand I would recommend to everyone, which leads me to my next recommendation.
NARS Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation – I recently discovered that NARS actually does make other foundations, so I picked up this one in the color Vallauris. Even though these two foundations are super similar, I actually ended up liking this one a little better which I didn’t think was possible. It’s still full coverage, but I feel like it stays in place better. It does the job of looking natural yet covering everything and lasting all day. LOVE.
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Foundation – This is another really, really good full-coverage foundation. It really does stay in place and does not move once it’s applied. Sometimes I think it feels a little bit heavy, but I wear it when I need my makeup to last all day or night. Another con is that there are sooo many colors it’s hard to choose. I have colors 3C1 and 2N1. Depends on the day, lol.
Laura Mercier Setting Powder – This is probably the best translucent setting powder ever made. The only issue I have is that sometimes it makes my eyes water so bad! I still use it here and there because it really does the best job, and I think I’m the only one who’s had an issue with it.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer – This is one I can’t live without. It’s the perfect eyebrow pencil and makes filling them super quick and easy.
Tinted Brow Gel – A tinted, volumizing eyebrow gel to keep everything in place. I have the medium color!
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Soft Glam’ Eyeshadow Palette – I just bought this and love it! Anastasia is one of my favorite brands; I haven’t tried anything I didn’t like. I love neutral, brown colors so this is perfect.
Anastasia Beverly Hills ‘Modern Renaissance’ Eyeshadow Palette – Another favorite eyeshadow palette. It has more pink and red tones so I usually use this one when I’m going out for the night. I have green eyes so the colors really make them pop.
Tarte Face & Eye Palette – My boo Colleen got this for me and it’s perfect for everyday makeup. I love the neutral colors and the fact that it includes a bronzer and highlighter.
Too Faced Sweet Peach Eye Shadow Palette – Yes, I do have an eyeshadow obsession so I couldn’t just add one to this list. This peach palette is another great everyday option, and it smells like peaches. 🙂
Pre-Mascara Lash Maximizer – I’m always asked if my eyelashes are real when I ‘m wearing just mascara. This stuff has always been my secret! Not only is it a primer that intensifies your mascara, it also contains a serum that conditions your lashes and makes them thicker too. Once I’m finished with eyeshadow I put on one coat of this white lash primer, let it dry for a minute, then layer mascara over top. It’s crazy what a difference it makes!
All-Time FAVE Mascara – I used to use Dior mascara as well which is great, but I switched to this one and have been loving it! I like to layer my mascara which works better when the formula is a *tad* bit on the drier side. It make your lashes look super thick and dense rather than seeing each individual lash. The actual wand itself applies mascara really well, too. The lash maximizer + this mascara look and feel much better than the lash extensions I had – which I will never get again!
Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – I typically never wear eyeliner because it looks heavy and makes my eyes water like crazy, but this has been an exception lately. I am terrible at winged liner but this is the first product that has been super easy for me to use. Even though it’s waterproof, it comes off easily with my makeup remover.
NARS Bronzer – This is a makeup staple. The color ‘Laguna’ is pretty universal and only has a slight shimmer.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer – If you want more of a glowy bronzed look, this powder is AMAZING. I have the color ‘Diffused Bronze Light’ but all four colors are stunning. I apply this in the same areas that I would contour. A little goes a long way!
BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfecter Highlighter – This highlighter is another staple. My favorite colors are ‘Champagne Pop’ and ‘Opal’.
Best Matte Liquid Lip – This is the best matte finish liquid lipstick that isn’t too drying. I have the color ‘Caramello’ which is a perfect nude for my skin tone, I’m usually wearing it in my Instagram stories and get tons of questions about it! I also have colors Baci (a deeper purply nude), Carina (a vibrant orange), and Fiery (a true red).
Ultimate Nude Lipgloss – This opaque gloss in the color ‘Undressed’ looks bomb layered over any nude/pink lipstick, or even by itself.
Black Opium Perfume – This is one of my signature perfumes that I buy over and over again. It’s a bit stronger with a sweet, musky scent.
Gucci Perfume – My favorite perfume at the moment. It smells sweet but still very fresh, and not too flowery either.