Merry early Christmas! Love, Sephora.
The angel on my shoulder tells me Sephora offers this coupon so close to the holidays to help your wallet during all the gift giving, but the devil on the other side says it’s all about treating yo-self. Whichever shoulder of mine you’re sitting on, the VIB sale helps you make the most of either! This is a great opportunity to snag the items you’ve been eyeballing with a heftier price tag, or restock on some of your favorites. You can’t go wrong either way, so I’m sharing a few of the items I’m planning to get and some of my general Sephora favorites.
I cannot wait to get my paws on the Kat Von D Metal Matte Palette. I swatched it the other day and I’m still amazed I didn’t faint. KVD’s pigmentation never disappoints and the range of colors is divine. I need another eyeshadow palette like I need a hole in my head, but that’s not going to stop me.
There’s always a holiday palette/set that grabs my attention, and it’s the Tarte Pretty Paintbox Collector’s Makeup Case this year. The quality on these from year-to-year is pretty hit or miss, and I’m feeling a hit here, especially compared to the version they produced exclusively for Ulta. The color range and pigmentation are spot-on, their blushes are some of my all-time favorites and I can’t turn down a little bonus nude liquid lip, mascara and liner. All three of those are outstanding products in their own right. Let’s not forget that this carries a $418 value for just $59.
What’s a Sephora picks list without something from Becca? The Becca Blushed with Light Palette is sure to sell out quickly, as all their limited edition products tend to do. Not much needs to be said here other than it has an excellent color range, excellent quality and just enough shimmer to give you a holiday glow without looking like you got into a fight with all the glitter Christmas decor at Target. (Though this will probably happen anyway.)
If you read my New Year’s Resolution post from last December, you’ll remember I made a promise to take better care of my skin. In the process of attempting this, I discovered Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Coconut Perfecting Face Primer. While still technically a makeup item instead of skincare, it helps prime and hydrate prior to application. It doesn’t feel heavy and contains no parabens or sulfates. In terms of actual skincare, I’ve been meaning to pick up the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Cleanser Daily Foaming Wash. It serves all skin types and I really need to break the habit of only washing to remove makeup. These pores need some deep cleansing! I’m also dipping into the realm of oils and serums, and a recent email from Sephora sparked my attention in the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Hydrating Serum. I have a feeling it’ll be a savior when we all crank up the thermostats in a few weeks and our skin is collectively crying out for moisture.
Here’s the area where I tend to skimp the most – foundation. I’ve decided because it’s not a fun, pretty, sparkly purchase, I don’t get excited to spend the money on the basics, but once you find a good one, you’ll spare no expense. The Smashbox Studio Skin 15 Hour Wear Foundation (I’ve heard) works wonders on all skin types. I’m a combination skin type, more specifically, dry as the Sahara and then suddenly oily all around my nose. It’s hard to keep my foundation from A. sticking to dry patches and B. not breaking up all at the same time. I’ve only tried a sample and enjoyed it, so I’m looking forward to trying it full-time.
Speaking of dry, that moisture-sucking cold air and indoor heat also mean the natural lustre of skin is going to dull. Throw in a dash of the Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Sunlight and you’ll be cured. You’ll get the softest glow to help you mimic the dewy glow from summer without looking greasy or oily. I also love keeping the face matte and tapping a little of this all along the high points of my face to catch the light. If powder highlighting products are up your alley, I strongly suggest the Makeup Forever Pro Light Fusion Highlighter. Fair warning: it’s pigmented as all hell. A little swipe is more than enough for a glowing golden highlight.
Last but certainly not least, we have to talk lips. The Sephora Rouge Gel Lip Liner in 01 The Nudest was a midsummer discovery of mine and I’ve almost used two entire pencils since then. It’s far and away the least expensive item we’re discussing today, but it’s a quality product. It glides on seamlessly and the color works perfectly for the color of my lips and my skin tone. If you’re darker, the 02 shade may be more suitable, but they’re both pretty universal. A good neutral lip liner eliminates the need for a liner shade to match every lipstick you have. In the spirit of the holiday season, I have to mention one of my top picks for a red liquid lip – Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in American Doll. You can’t go wrong with a classic red in a proven formula, and ABH delivers on both fronts.
What’s on your Sephora lust list this season? Do me a favor and let me know what you’re pining for. We all know I need more products to check out, so be my enabler, please.