Today I’m sharing my very favorite products from Sephora because–IN CASE YOU HAVEN’T HEARD–their Beauty Insider sale is happening this week. (Deets here if you hadn’t).
The sale only happens twice a year, so it’s a great time to stock up. Personally, I’ve had my cart waiting in the wings for over a month, so you could say I’m pretty excited.
I hesitate to say that I couldn’t live without anything on this list, but honestly it would be a trial.
Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm: I didn’t want to like this cleansing balm because it’s expensive, but I kept seeing people I trust post about it. I gave it a try a few months ago when I ran out of my other one, and I fell in love. First of all, it smells AMAZING. Second, the consistency is so smooth and rich. I use it at night to wash my face and take off my sometimes-stubborn Thrive mascara (deserves its own blog post on another day). This balm takes everything off without tugging at my eyelashes, and my skin feels SO clean after. I also use it in the morning and give myself a little 2 minute facial massage. It’s heavenly, and I’ll never go back.
Farmacy Honeymoon Glow Serum: This is a very gentle resurfacing serum that helps turnover, hydrate, and nourish skin overnight. I like to use this two or three times per week, after cleansing and before my moisturizer/oils. It tingles a little going on, but I have very sensitive skin and this serum doesn’t bother me at all.
Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi Drops: This is a desert island product for me, and what I mean is that I wouldn’t be caught dead on a desert island without a fake tan to complete the vibe. I add a pump or two of this to my daytime moisturizer. It adds a very subtle but very necessary glow and protects my skin from environmental stressors. Sunshine in a bottle, if you will.
Supergoop Glowscreen: We don’t need another speech about how important SPF is. But ok, maybe a tiny one: you should be using an SPF all in its own step because the amount that you’d get in, say, a tinted moisturizer, won’t give you enough coverage! Sun exposure speeds up the aging process and can lead to cancer, so this is really a no-brainer. Ok, that’s all. I live for Supergoop’s Glowscreen because it has a tiny bit of a shimmer (like, tiny!!!!) and tint to it. Between this and the above Drunk Elephant drops, I can usually get away without makeup.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Peel: I don’t think I’ve posted about these before, but they are very important. These two-step peel pads help exfoliate on a chemical level and help skin build collagen. I always notice a difference in my skin’s tone, texture, and even pore size when I use these. They are definitely pricey, but I don’t spend money on facials (yet, Tyler, YET). I consider these my at-home facials. They do have retinol in them, so I avoid them during pregnancy and use them very sparingly while breastfeeding (talk to your doctor always!!!). I’m also very tempted to try the body peels, too.
Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask: If you’ve been around here for more than two minutes, you’re probably tired of hearing about this product. But it’s SO good. I use it at night before bed, religiously, and throughout the day sometimes too. Since I started using it, my lips are almost always soft and never chapped. Seriously. The jar lasts forever and ever.
Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter: I have the driest skin on the planet, so I have been on a lifelong bender trying to find the best body lotion. I’ve tried it all: Cereve, Weleda, Nivea, Aveeno, Puracy, just to name a few. No matter what I do, I always come back to Josie Maran’s Whipped Argan Oil Body Butter. It’s expensive, so I do try to avoid it. But like a bad boyfriend, it keeps pulling me back in. There’s something about it–it’s so rich and moisturizing (but somehow not greasy), and the vanilla apricot scent smells like paradise, ok?
Bobbi Brown Eye Shadow Sticks: My mom turned me onto these a few months ago, and it’s been a huge upgrade from the Naked 2 palette I’d been rocking since 2014. These couldn’t be easier to use, and I love how creamy the consistency is. My eyeshadow never looks dried out or powdery. And the best part is it lasts all day.
Sephora Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner: This is random, I know, but I learned about this eyeliner from TIBAL (an essential IG follow) and now swear by it. I use it on my upper waterline before I apply mascara. Couldn’t be easier to use and is smudge-free.
Living Proof Dry Shampoo: I only wash my hair once or twice a week, so my dry shampoo game needs to be strong. You know how a lot of dry shampoos make your hair somehow feel dirtier? Not the case here. This dry shampoo absorbs oil, refreshes my hair, and doesn’t leave any weird powdery residue in its wake.