Unexpected blog hiatus there… but I’m back, maybe? And just in time for one of Sephora’s few special sales – VIB’s can use code CHICWEEK for 15% off their orders (+ 4% cash back through ebates!) I like to take advantage of these sales to stock up on frequently purchased purchased items/ones I know I’ll purchase again as well as treat myself to a few new products I’ve been wanting to try. Here are a few suggestions in case you need some enabling :)
5 things to stock up on…
Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes - Hands down my favorite waterproof, smudge-proof pencil liner. It’s literally the only eye liner that I’ve found to last all day/night long even in DC summer humidity, TRUST. I wear it pretty much daily in Mat Black (OL) or Black Purple (6L) and also use Champagne (23L) for my lower waterline.
YSL ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain – Described as “a revolutionary new lip product that combines the texture and shine of a gloss with the long-wear of a stain” – and that’s exactly what it is! (this review from Fleur shows the incredible lasting power and you can find great swatches from RAEviewer here + here). My favorites are Brun Cashmire (3), Corail Aquatique (7) and Beige Aquarelle (19).
Clarasonic Replacement Brush Heads (assuming you already have a Clarasonic, because you should.) – these are kind of a no brainer. You’re going to need to replace the heads eventually, so you might as well get them on sale! I use the sensitive heads normally, but I’m kind of curious to try the deep pore cleansing heads since I don’t use it every day…
Josie Maran Argan Oil Hair Serum + Argan Hair Mist – I love argan oil products and am a bit partial to MoroccanOil but the ease of buying a bulk of my beauty products from Sephora (and on sale in this case) makes these a winning combination. I use serum primarily on the ends of my hair when its still damp and hair mist when I’m not heat styling for smoother, shinier natural waves.
Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment SPF 15 – Everyone seems to love this lip balm and while I’ve only purchased the clear version I’m looking forward to trying Sugar Coral and Sugar Honey tinted versions. It’s so moisturizing (but not sticky) and I love the fresh citrus scent!
and 5 things to try…
Edward Bess Quad Royale – I’ve loved everything I’ve purchased from beauty prodigy Edward Bess (including foundation, blush, lip gloss) and can’t wait to try his highlighing quads. After seeing swatches/reviews on The Beauty Lookbook for all 3 options (South of France, Monte Carlo, Summer in Capri), I had a hard time choosing just 1! I ended up purchasing Monte Carlo (golden coral shimmer) because it was unlike anything I already own – I have a feeling I’m going to love it.
Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer – A relatively new tinted moisturizer that has gotten rave reviews and “promises” to hydrate, condition, and help encourage natural cell renewal while improving skin’s overall condition in 4 weeks. It also has SPF 30 and with temps warming up I’m curious to see if this product lives up to its hype… Side note: I never really used tinted moisturizers (hated Laura Mercier’s) until the BB Cream craze started in the US and I started researching tinted moisturizing products that offer skincare benefits as well. The reviews for Le Metier de Beaute’s Peau Vierge Anti-Aging Complex Tinted Treatment were overwhelmingly positive so I tried it – and (somewhat unfortunately) I am obsessed with it. I do think it’s worth the steep price tag ($125 for 1oz) and may even be my holy grail tinted moisturizer… that said, I’d love to find a cheaper one!
DDF Sulphur Therapeautic Mask – This mask is described as “a clarifying treatment armed with the antiseptic properties of eucalyptus, the anti-inflammatory properties of aloe, and the absorbent power of purified clays.” I sort of have face mask ADD and am always on the lookout for a new once a week, pore deep clean treatment – this mask gets great reviews and supposedly works well as an overnight spot treatment too – bonus! I’ve been using DDF Glycolic 10% Toning Complex and DDF Retinol Energizing Moisturizer and loving them both so why not try another DDF product and hope its a winner.
DiorShow Heat Curl Heating Lash Curler – It takes at least 3 goes with my lash curler to get my lashes to hold a curl (curl + lengthening mascara + curl + volumizing mascara + curl) but a friend of mine with the same issue swears by using a heated curler. I love the look of long, curved lashes and though the idea of a heated curler is a bit terrifying, I’m willing to give it a try…
Urban Decay Eye Shadow Sets: Naked and/or Naked2 – If you haven’t pulled the trigger on one (or both) of these, now’s the time! They are the best collections of neutrals and work beautifully over the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potions. Though I love my Chanel eyeshadow quads, I find I reach for these especially on days when I’m feeling particularly lazy about my eye makeup.
Have you purchased anything exciting from Sephora lately?