The twice annual Sephora sale is happening now – Rouge members get 20% off of their entire purchase starting today and VIBs get 15% off starting 4/21. I’m going to share my favorite products + items I plan to purchase – I always like to stock up when items I use regularly are on sale (especially skincare since it’s pricey!)
Dyson Airwrap REVIEW
Before I get into my picks and recommendations, I’m going to say that if you’re using this sale as a chance to splurge and you are in need of a new hairdryer, I would absolutely 100% recommend the Dyson Airwrap system. The Dyson Supersonic hair dryer technology is in a category of its own. I’ve truly never experienced anything like it. My hair stylist Brigitte always used the full sized Dyson Supersonic hair dryer on my hair after my color/cut and I always noticed how smooth it was afterwards. It’s the Dyson – I swear it gives your hair a smoother finish than any other hair dryer brand I’ve ever tried, even the pricier ones.
While I bought the air wrap initially for the curling tool, I came to realize that the real power is in the system as a whole. The styling options are endless – it comes with a mini hair dryer attachment, curling attachments, flat brushes and a round brush – I’ve used all of them so far. You can literally create any look with this system and it dries hair quickly with less heat and less damage (I’ve tried other styling brushes and the one I had got way too hot and I’ve heard from many they experienced damage with longterm use). I even use the Dyson on Harper’s hair sometimes after washing and it makes her hair so smooth the next morning. The Dyson Air Wrap is a huge investment, so I’d only buy it during a sale. I will say, the curling tool /wand takes a lot of practice to master – I’ve used it about four times and still don’t have the technique down. But there are a ton of great tutorials on YouTube and I do plan to keep trying to figure out the method that works best for me! However, I still use and love my T3 whirl curling wand.
WHAT I’M BUYING DURING THE SEPHORA SALE
SKII Essence: I know it just looks like water, but I swear this makes my skin smoother, brighter and pore smaller. I also love the Tatcha Essence, but I think the SKII is better, so I’m willing to splurge on it. I use this in addition to my Biologiqe Rescherche PIGM 400 toner every morning.
Biossance Squlane + 10% Lactic Acid Resurfacing Night Serum: I use Drunk Elephant Framboos every night and adore it, but recently heard a ton of great reviews about this Biossance serum. My skin does very well with acids, so I’m going to give this a try. Some of the reviews include seeing immediate results in skin texture (in 1-2 days) which is really exciting. I’ll report back how I like it.
Dr. Dennis Gross Hyaluronic Marine Hydration Booster: I haven’t 100% decided on this one, but I’m intrigued by the reviews and want to add HA to my routine.
Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Gel: I like to use an acne product preventatively on my jaw and chin area. Though I no longer (knock on wood) struggle with hormonal cystic acne, I do find myself getting an occasional under-the-skin breakout and like to use something on that area in addition to my acids to keep things clear. Kathleen Jennings recommended this one.
Anastasia DipBrow Gel Mini: I’m going to order the mini size of this to try it since I don’t like their actual dipbrow pomade. I LOVE Anastasia’s brow powder and use it everyday, but I like to use a product like this one on the inner part of my brows – I think it helps make the hair strokes in that area look more natural versus doing a full powder fill. I also use and really like the Too Faced brow gel.
Becca Anti-Fatigue Under Eye Primer: I’ve been using this for about a year now – I get the hype. I swear this makes your under eye concealer look better on and prevents creasing. It is magical. I truly notice the difference if I skip this in my makeup routine. I’m about halfway through my current product, so I’m going to purchase another during the sale.
GrandeLASH™ – MD Lash Enhancing Serum: I’d love to find a lash growth serum as good as NeuLash, RevitaLash and LashBoost for half the price. This one is $65 and I’m eager to see if it works as well as the ones I’ve used before. I’m running low on RevitaLash and want to keep my lashes long.
PRODUCTS I’VE TRIED MORE RECENTLY & RECOMMEND
Tatcha Kissu Lip Mask: A must-have. I use it nightly. Best lip product I’ve tried. It has a jelly like texture and makes lips look like glass. It changed my lips in a wee and I haven’t had dry, chapped lips since! I keep it on my nightstand.
Dr. Jart Acne Patches: These patches are LOVELY! I had an under-the-skin pimple forming last month and caught it in the early stages – I wore one patch for two nights in a row and the pimple never came to fruition. These patches have a “micro dart” technology that targets the pimple and helps destroy it. I’m here for it!
NARS Creamy Concealer: I tried this concealer instead of my Tarte Shape Tape and really like it! The applicator is smaller so you don’t get as much product as the Shape Tape out – which is a good thing because one of Shape Tape’s biggest faults is how messy the packaging gets with daily use.
Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 primer and setting spray: I didn’t expect to love this as much as I do. It’s another KJB recommendation – I use it after all of my skincare but before my foundation. I mist it on and then brush my teeth so it can dry. This spray makes your makeup look so good and just preps skin. It’s hard to explain – I normally don’t like primers under makeup but this is a liquid spray so it doesn’t feel like anything on your skin. You can also use it midday to add a little glow. It contains coconut water and is very hydrating. This is definitely a “nice to have” product – but I reach for it more and more.
IGK Good Behavior Spirulina Protein Smoothing Spray: My hair stylist Brigitte recommended this to me to help with some areas of my hair that have a coarser/wiry texture. It helps make hair smoother and works well when applied to dry hair prior to using hot tools.
Kerastase Resistance blow dry primer for damaged hair: I use this in wet hair either before I go to sleep (air dry) or before blow drying. It’s protects hair and gives it a smooth finish. I basically have never not loved a Kerastase product and this one is no exception.
Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte water facial mask: When my skin feels dry or dull, I add this into my night time skincare routine. It’s lightweight, doesn’t clog pores and plumps skin.
WHAT I USE, LOVE AND REPURCHASE CONSISTENTLY:
Charlotte Tilbury airbrush flawless finish setting powder: I used to only use loose powders but have seen the light – less product waste, a lighter finish, no risk of some areas looking over-powderd or chalky. This formula sets foundation and gives a flawless airbrushed look – I couldn’t love it more!
Drunk Elephant TLC Sakuri Baby Facial Refining mask: My favorite acid mask- makes skim baby smooth and so bright. Also reduces pore size. I also love the Tata Harper resurfacing mask.
Peter Thomas Roth rose stem cell mask: This mask is so amazing. I use it as the last step in my night time skincare routine a few nights a week and you wake up with glowing, plump skin. One tub of this lasts forever. It’s a must-have.
NARS Laguna bronzer: I’ve been using this for over a decade and it’s a staple – it’s a large size, so one bronzer usually lasts me up to six months.
Charlotte Tilbury color chameleon eye pencils: Hands down, the best product I’ve ever used to line my lower lash line. My favorite color is Dark Peal. The best part about these is that they’re designed to enhance your natural eye color – they define eyes while also making them pop.
Living Proof Dry Shampoo: Holy grail status – the dry shampoo that actually cleans your hair. I’ve got two bottles of this at home ready to go when my current bottle is finished – I’ve always got one or two backups of this.
Cinema Secrets brush cleaner: The best brush cleaner ever for quick cleanups – dries within minutes. I use this between deep cleans.
Charlotte Tilbury pillow talk lip liner: My holy grail lip pencil – my lips are getting paler as I’m getting older and lining them with this perks them up and defines them before I apply gloss.
St. Tropez self-tanning mousse: My all-tome favorite self-tanner. Gives perfect, even, natural color.
Urban Decay Stay Naked foundation: this foundation is very very lightweight but has great coverage (medium. buildable). I wear this a lot. day to day because it’s so lightweight and easy to apply. Melts into skin.
HERE ARE ALL OF MY PICKS, BROKEN DOWN BY CATEGORY: