The Sephora VIB spring sale is here! It’s the best time of the year. Well, second-best (we get 20% off during the holiday sale). I figure that since I’m in my late-20’s, I should try to, like, be an adult and save money and stuff. So, I decided that aside from a moisturizer I purchased as a gift, I would be buying nothing else from the sale. Nada. Zilch. NOTHING. I did, however, make a video of suggestions for you including some of my all-time favorite products, and some newer loves of mine as well.
The truth is, I have more makeup than a lot of people. It would take me a long-ass time to go through everything I have in my collection. Working a full-time job and auditioning/freelancing at night isn’t easy. I get by, but I certainly don’t have a ton of expendable income. I know many of you can relate. So, for the next two months I’m going to do my best to stay on a no-buy. If I run out of a holy grail item, I’ll repurchase it. Depending on my income, I may set aside any extra I make to treat myself, but for the most part – no. BUY.
Instead of sharing a haul with you, I’m going to share products I am lusting over and that are #goals. This is probably a little masochistic of me, but I’ve kind of always been a bit of a masochist.
I never paid too much attention to my skincare routine until very recently. It makes me cringe to think of all the nights in college I fell asleep drunk next to an empty pizza box and with a full face of makeup on. Or washing my face with a bar of soap that made my skin feel dry and tight – and moisturizer? Nah.
I’ve started to notice fine lines, texture and unevenness more and more as I get older, and am kicking myself for not starting a regular skincare regimen earlier. But no time like the present, right?
I’m itching to try this product. The main ingredient is lactic acid, which is one of the most popular and sought after AHAs found in skincare products. Lactic acid helps exfoliate pesky dead skin (which helps unclog pores), while evening out skin tone and reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The product is made without parabens, sulfates and phthalates, and is cruelty-free as well.
I don’t have any facial oils and feel like I’m missing out. This facial oil from Drunk Elephant is rich in antioxidants an helps hydrate and heal skin, without leaving that greasy feeling. While it is advertised as a facial oil, it’s safe to use on the hands, neck, or anywhere else that needs a little extra love. The product is completely vegan and fragrance-free. And I’m a sucker for the damn packaging.
I’m guilty of neglecting my hair in addition to my skin. I have naturally thick, coarse, wavy hair, and I heat style it often, without using any type of heat protectant product. I know, I know. I’ve heard great things about this particular cream, and am hoping to try it out soon. The cream is silicone-free, and protects hair against heat up to 425 degrees, while toning down frizz and adding shine. Sounds pretty sweet to me.
IGK Beach Club Texture Spray ($29.00)
I recently chopped about four inches off my hair and am now rocking what people call a “lob”. I asked my lovely hairdresser to get rid of all the dead hair and give me some texture. I love the beachy, texturized, piecey look and am looking for a product to give me just that. I also love going days without washing my hair, and want a product to help give day-old (or four days-old) hair some extra oomph and fullness. The Sephora website also states that it has a “Miami scent”- guava, coconut water, vanilla, midnight violet and pink lotus. I thought that meant it would smell like tequila and regret.
$46.00 for 0.25 oz of product is absurd. It just is. That’s 23 tacos. TWENTY-THREE. That being said, I want to try this foundation so badly. I’ve watched plenty of reviews and tutorials using it and I think it looks absolutely gorgeous on the skin. Full-coverage, effortless, not cakey. Though it contains less product than other foundation sticks, the coverage is supposedly higher, meaning full coverage can be achieved using less product.
I’m a sucker for coconut anything. Coconut water, coconut milk, coconut jelly in my bubble tea. I love the Too Faced Hangover Primer for its hydration, yes, but damn it smells good too. I don’t have too many liquid/gel highlighters, and would love to add another to my repertoire. This highlighter can be applied directly to the skin or added to foundation for a subtle all-over glow. Because the highlighter is infused with coconut, it contains nourishing and hydrating properties. Basically, I need it.
I love the original setting powder from Laura Mercier. It’s my go-to powder when my skin is on the oilier side (when I’m drier I love the RCMA No-Color Powder). Like I mentioned earlier, I work full-time at night, and audition and freelance during the day. I also somehow find time to eat, write blog posts, film/edit videos, spend time with friends and my boyfriend, and do laundry. Okay, not the last one. What I’m trying to say is that I’m exhausted a lot of the time. I’ve noticed my dark under-eye circles have become more prominent, and I could certainly use all the help I can get. This powder is formulated with light-reflecting pigments to help brighten and increase radiance. If this powder is like the original Laura Mercier powder with the ability to help me look like I slept more than five hours a night, count me in.
Benefit Cheek Parade ($58.00)
Benefit’s latest cheek palette looks amazing. And, unlike many of the other products I’ve chosen, is a pretty damn good value. The palette includes five full-sized blushes and bronzers: the infamous Hoola bronzer, the new Galifornia blush, the new Hoola Lite bronzer, and Rockateur and Dandelion blushes. When you add it up, the palette is a $145.00 value. I haven’t tried many Benefit products, surprisingly, and am dying to try their cheek products in particular.
Kat Von D Everlasting Lip Liner ($18.00)
I love Kat Von D products. She makes my favorite contour palette and her liquid lipsticks are some of my personal favorites. I love that she is a true artist and unafraid of bold, out-there, edgy colors. She recently came out with lip liners in 30 shades to match her lipsticks. The formula is supposed to be water-resistant, long-lasting (dare I say, everlasting), weightless and highly pigmented.
The sale is coming to an end soon, so get these products in your cart ASAP.
For VIB Rouge and VIB members, the sale ends tomorrow, Monday, April 24th. Members receive 15% off online and in-store. The online codes are ROUGESPRING and VIBSPRING, respectively.
For Beauty Insiders, today is your last day! Beauty Insiders will receive 10% off online and in-store, and the online code is BISPRING.
What products did you pick up, or are planning to pick up during the sale?