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My Top Picks for the Sephora VIB Sale 2018

It’s that time of year again: it’s the Sephora VIB Sale! I’m very excited to be getting a discount since it’s so rare to find anything at Sephora at a lower price. While I’m only a beauty insider (I’d been spending most of my time in Ulta lately) I’m excited to take advantage of the 10% off deals. I can’t wait til I hit VIB Rouge so I can experience all of the perks, including the 20% savings in next year’s sale.

I have lots of choices that I’m trying hard to narrow down, because honestly, I don’t want to overdraft my account just because I got trigger happy in Sephora with my debit card! Here’s the list of all of the items I’ve got my eye on for the Sephora VIB Sale!

Makeup

NARS Sheer Glow

For a while, I was leery of trying this foundation due to the word “glow” in the name. Although I LOVE a glow, my experience with lots of foundations that promise a glow or dewy finish haven’t worked out. The outcome had been disastrous on my oily skin. Granted, these were drugstore foundations, so the formulations process and ingredients may be of a different quality. While I plan to educate myself on that theory a little later, I can say that this foundation is absolutely beautiful!

The shade range is spot on. That’s one pf many things that I’ve always appreciated about NARS; they knock it out of the park when it comes to complexion products and inclusiveness. The NARS sheer glow foundation has become one of my favorite foundations, and it wears wonderfully on my oily skin. If I prime with the Rimmel Stay Matte (my favorite drugstore primer ever) and set it with my Maybelline Fit Me pressed powder, I can go about the day for HOURS without having to touch up. My shade is New Guinea, but I can get away with using Macao too.

BareMinerals Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream

This goes down as one of my favorite complexion products of all time. I haven’t found any kind of dupes for this tinted moisturizer that have worked for my skin. Although I do get a bit oily with this, it’s nothing overwhelming, or that a little touch up can’t fix. The bareminerals tinted hydrating gel cream leaves a wonderfully smooth finish on my skin, and gives it a healthy glow. I mean, like a, “I drink about 3 gallons of water a day” glow! This may be a definite pick-up during this Sephora beauty insider event. I’m in love with this stuff and will probably be gutted if they ever discontinued it. I believe this is suitable for all skin types, but if you’re more on the drier side this will definitely benefit you. My shade is Sienna 10.

Sephora Collection Lipstories Lipsticks

So I was browsing the Sephora website one day and saw they had lipsticks for the low-low: just $8 each! I’m a sucker for a good deal, especially in a store like Sephora. I decided to order just one in case I didn’t like it. I got a beautiful blue red lipstick in the shade “22 a little magic”. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting to be as blown away by it as I was when I tried it on. Not only is the color absolutely PEEEEERFECT, but it went on so smooth. And to my pleasant surprise, the formula was so creamy, something I didn’t expect for a matte lipstick. Lots of matte lipsticks tend to be pretty dry, like my MAC Ruby Woo. Honestly, I’m not sure if I can officially call this a dupe, because I am still biased towards my Ruby, but they’re pretty darn close (and can we mention it’s half the price??)

I have gotten so many compliments on this lipstick, especially the color. It’s become one of my go-to red lipsticks. Since I was so impressed with this lipstick, I’m planning to add more shades to my collection. It’s surprising that I haven’t heard of many people talking about these. They’re affordable, there’s so many beautiful shades, and it is phenomenal for the price!

Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara

A while back I’d received a full size of this directly from Lancome complimentary for my honest review. I can honestly say that this mascara is worth the hype, and its price. First of all, it’s probably been about six months now, and the mascara has yet to dry up (!!!!!). Second, this does something to my lashes that most drugstore options couldn’t possibly imitate. I used to be hugely against expensive mascaras, and eye products in general. I used to think it was unnecessary to spend so much money on something as simple as a mascara.

“They’re all the same! What difference could there possibly be?”

Well, Lancome was among the first to prove me wrong. I’m not sure what they’ve put in this little tube of magic, but I’m definitely happy it’s in there because this is my everyday mascara. I will say that I have ONE little drawback/complaint: I hate how there’s so much product that clumps onto the brush. A little goes a long way with this, so you really don’t need much product, especially when you first start the application process.

Yes, it is a process.

Plus, my lashes are curly, so… that’s already a hurdle I’ve got to get over. I don’t need them clumping together with a pound of mascara from root to tip. Other than that, this gives my lashes the most elongated, defined, and fluttery finish that I live for.

 

Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade

After trying a few drugstore brow gels and pomades, I finally bit the bullet and went for the ABH option. Let me tell you, I was so impressed, and so angry at the same time. I was blown away at how non-overhyped this brow pomade was. It ticked off all the boxes for me:

  • long-wearing
  • doesn’t rub off or smudge with any finger swipe or brow sweat
  • perfect color match
  • a dream to apply
  • no weird magic marker looking finish no matter how little I apply
  • doesn’t dry out after a few weeks and I’m subjected to poor alcohol in it as a frantic last resort to save it.

What I was angry about, was how long I could’ve had the perfect brow pomade but didn’t because I wanted to be cheap! I was also kinda mad that I had to make such an investment to find something decent too.

So yeah, the ABH brow pomade is here to stay in my makeup collection. Can I also throw in the fact that the packaging is just so luxe? That may or may not have had any affect on my purchasing decision…

Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb

Over 5,000 5-star reviews, 180K loves, it’s a universally flattering, non-sticky lip gloss, and it’s by Rihanna. Enough said.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation 

When this foundation came out, everyone with oily skin was raving about how awesome it wore on them. Not to mention the inclusiveness of their shade ranges were enough to rave about. It included everybody, all the way down to the deepest brown skin. So many influencers I followed on Instagram, Pinterest (follow me here btw) and YouTube were using this foundation, and it looked amazing on them. Lots of people said they loved using it as a contour stick too. It’s very difficult as a dark skin girl to find an affordable contour stick that actually works and doesn’t closely match my natural skin tone. The fact that ABH made so many deep shades gave me the options I need. I’d been curious to try this for a long time, but for some reason I kept putting it off. Might be the time to give it a go during this VIB sale!

Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in “Dolce Vita”

This has become one of my favorite nude lips of all time, especially for dark skin women. (If you’d love more brown girl friendly nudes at a FAR more affordable price, this post is for you!) It’s a gorgeous dusty rose nude shade that is gorgeous on my dark brown skin tone. This is one of those nude lips that are flattering on pretty much everyone. The pencil design makes it foolproof, and helps me line and fill in the contours of my lips perfectly. It lasts pretty much all day, except if you enjoy greasy foods. Y’all, I’m obsessed with this lipstick from Nars, honestly. Price is a bit steep, but you know what? until I find a dupe, I’m making it work!

 

Skincare

Korres Greek Yoghurt Foaming Cream Cleanser

I got a sample of this in a previous Sephora purchase. I was very surprised I’d fallen in love with this instantly. This is honestly THE most hydrating and soothing facial cleanser that I have ever tried. I was so sad when I ran out of the sample. I was grappling with the idea of spending over $20 for a simple facial cleanser. The only time I ever spent that much was when I purchased that Lancome cleanser duo special on QVC (I also got it on easy pay too so… there’s that…)

While I really liked the Lancome cleanser, it honestly doesn’t hold a candle to this one. Often times when you have oily/acne prone skin you tend to gravitate towards oil balancing or acne- fighting cleansers. The downside is that those typically have lots of astringents, alcohols, and other drying ingredients in them, which can create more harm than good. They leave the skin feeling dry, stripped, and thirsty for moisture. This cleanser from Korres makes my skin feel soft, smooth, hydrated, and refreshed even after patting my face dry with a towel. No other product I’ve tried made my skin feel the way it did after cleansing with this. I am a new fan, and this may be permanently added to my skincare routine. The great thing is that a little goes a long way, so I’ll certainly get my money’s worth.

 

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Moisturizer

This is one of the best moisturizers for oily skin out there. It’s lightweight, cooling, and refreshing, providing just the right amount of hydration my skin needs. My skin also feels slightly plumped up after applying this, more than likely due to the water molecules in this product. This moisturizer has a very good balancing effect for my skin. I don’t get as oily during the day, and when I apply it before bed I wake up with fresh feeling, plump, and balanced skin. My problem area is my nose. I’m convinced there’s some sort of oil factory in the pores of my nose. Using this moisturizer, my nose’s sebum production is slashed by almost half the usual.

And bruhhh, let me tell you that using this moisturizer right after the Greek Yoghurt cleanser I just mentioned, is an orgasmic feeling. I’m drooling just reminiscing about it.

If you have oily skin and have been afraid of using moisturizers, fret no more, for this is your saving grace.

Tarte Knockout Tingling Treatment

I’m a big fan of Stephanie Nicole on YouTube, and I saw a few videos of her raving about this product. I’ve recently become obsessed with lactic acid because of how it has been totally transforming my skin’s texture. I bought the Ordinary’s 5% lactic acid formula and have been floored by the results its given me in just a few weeks. I’d never ever seen results so quickly in my life! And trust me, I’ve tried LOTS of things, with little to no success. I’ll be doing more research all about lactic acid and will share a full breakdown of its benefits on the blog soon.

Anyway, due to The Ordinary’s recent controversy in the press, I’ve been reconsidering my loyalty to the company. I’m so disappointed because they have SO MANY great products to choose from at unbeatable prices. Plus, the quality competes with more expensive options very well. However, I like to put my morals first, and I don’t want to give my business to problematic brands, or where others are treated horribly in such an open way.

That being said, this treatment from Tarte just might be my saving grace. It has both lactic acid and salicylic acid, so that’s a double whammy against my acne, enlarged pores and skin texture issues. It’s a 5 ounce supply, compared to the Ordinary’s version that’s only 1 ounce. So this product will definitely last me a long time. I’m going to try a sample first just to make sure I don’t have any reactions, but I’m very confident that this will be a winner for me as I’ve used both lactic acid and salicylic acids and my skin loves them.

Laniege Lip Sleeping Mask

As you could probably pick up from this post all about my favorite lip balms, I’m a fanatic when it comes to keeping my lips soft and smooth. It’s gotten to a point where I use lip balms and hydrating treatments so frequently that I don’t even need lip scrubs anymore. My lips haven’t been chapped in a few months, which is groundbreaking for me. My lips used to get chapped all the time, no matter how much Chapstick or Carmex I slathered on. Finding the right treatments has tremendously helped my lips, and this lip sleeping mask is a big one on that list of treatments.
Speaking of, you can find that list right here.
Although it’s pretty up there for a lip balm, I love it and it’s honestly so much more than a simple balm. A little goes a very long way, it smells like berries and bubblegum, and it feels so moisturizing. Sometimes I add a coat of castor oil on top because I’m extra and am obsessed with having baby soft lips, but it’s totally not necessary.
I can’t wait til the 30th when the Beauty Insider portion of this Sephora VIB sale starts!

Q&A Time!

Let’s start a convo in the comments by answering a few questions:
  1. What do you have on your Sephora VIB sale shopping list?
  2. Find any of your personal favorites in this list?
  3. Based off of just the 20% off savings, do you think VIB Rouge status is worth it?

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