It’s that glorious time of year again when Sephora offers a discount on everything they sell! In the Spring the discount is 10-15% depending on your reward card status – 10% for BI and 15% for VIB & Rouge members. Granted it’s not a huge discount, but every little bit helps, right? 🙂 The sale has just begun and runs through April 13th. Since high end cruelty free beauty seems to be right up my alley, I thought I would share with you my recommendations during the sale. I will also link prior posts like this at the end as all my previous recommendations are still at the top of my list…and some have shown up again on this list! But we’ve got a lot to get through.
On to my top picks! 😉
Starting with skincare, some of my all-time can’t-live-without skincare products are available at Sephora. The first and probably the one that I notice the biggest difference almost immediately after using is the Sunday Riley Luna Sleeping Night Oil. Amazing stuff, but I reviewed it here if you’d like to read more (P.S. – It’s about a year later and I am just now getting low on this oil!). A recent addition to my nighttime routine that has made a tremendous difference in the clarity of my skin and nearly eliminated all the little clogged bumps on my face is the Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos Glycolic Night Serum. For thoroughly removing makeup, I recommend the Farmacy Clear Bloom Makeup Glideaway Cleansing Oil, reviewed here. A fantastic mask for brightening and clarifying (without causing breakouts) without drying the skin is the Herbivore Blue Tansy AHA + BHA Resurfacing Clarity Mask. And finally, for a perfect pout, I have a new favorite lip scrub that provides gentle yet effective exfoliation with little wax beads (not the nasty plastic kind that have been banned) and it is the Bite Beauty Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub. I reviewed it a long time ago and think my feelings may be slightly different now, but it’s here if you wanna check it out. After exfoliating my lips at night, I never fall asleep without the Kari Gran Tinted Lip Whip (you can get it without the tint as well). I have reviewed it along with my former now banned lip scrub here. If that isn’t enough to make your wallet cry, let’s move along to some makeup! 🙂
When it comes to making up my face, I usually need to start with something that will help decrease shine because foundations almost always make me oilier. To combat the greasies, I have found the Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Makeup Setting Spray seems to work best. I spritz it on before makeup and no oil slick! For cancelling those dark under eye circles, I haven’t found much better than the Urban Decay Naked Skin Color Correcting Fluid in the shade “Peach.” There are five shade options for various skin tone issues if dark circles aren’t your problem. Keeping with the camouflaging, the concealer I use pretty much every day for both face and under eyes is the Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. Like the Corrector, it has great concealing powers and wears like iron! If you missed my rave review of the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Blush Palette (see it here), then you may not guess that I definitely recommend picking this up…assuming you have a lighter skin tone. :/ The blush quality is phenomenal, the colors are beautiful and you get blush, bronzer and highlighter all in one beautifully packaged palette! Sticking with blush, if for the cuteness factor alone, you must grab a Too Faced Love Flush Blush! Again, beautiful quality that’s pigmented, blends well, wears well and is probably the cutest thing ever! My most reached for shade these days is the everyday neutral called “Baby Love.” If you’ve been paying attention to my Favorites posts for a while, you probably can guess that my next recommendation is the Kevyn Aucoin The Celestial Powder. I have the golden shade “Candlelight,” but there is a pinker option as well. Whew! Moving along….
Eyes & Lips:
For quick and easy brows that still look natural, I highly recommend the Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil. This is probably the original thicker triangular brow pencil and I still consider it best (for one you get a lot more product than with other brands!). There is now a pretty good shade range and the pencil itself is easy to apply, has a fantastic spoolie, stays put, and looks natural. Definitely a great option if you prefer a pencil for the brows. If you like to line your waterline, but have trouble with it staying put, check out the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencils. They’re a good consistency that really does not budge. There are 5 shades to choose from, but I almost always stick with “Legend” – the blackest black shade. For eye shadow palettes, my favorite of all-time (so far) is probably still the original Urban Decay Naked Palette. That said, I find the one single palette I probably reach for the most is the original Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette! It is as it says – basic! I love the slightly shimmery pale bone shade, the black is so intense and the other shades are great blending shades. It’s not a palette I ever use by itself, but it definitely is my most used and highly recommended. Other notable palettes are pretty much any of the Too Faced Eye Shadow Palettes. The Chocolate Bar Palettes are fantastic in formula with great shade ranges, but I just purchased the new Sweet Peach Palette and though I’ve only used it once, I have a hunch that it will be my all-time favorite! If it’s in stock and you’re a warm bronze or a peach lover, you should grab it before it disappears again! The shades are just stunning! If you prefer to add single shadows to the line up, I have two rather similar recommendations in terms of formula – the Kat von D Metal Crush Shadows and the Ardency Inn Modster Manuka Honey Enriched Pigments. They are both super pigmented pressed pigment shadows that are best applied with your finger for intense impact. The shade ranges are very different, but the formulas are both nearly identical with the same $21 price tag. However, before grabbing “Synergy” from Kat von D, I recommend you check out the NYX Prismatic Eye Shadow in “Bedroom Eyes.” I swear they’re the same shadow! I haven’t found exact dupes for the other shades I have though so I’d recommend the rest of the shades. 🙂 For lips, I really only have one suggestion and it may seem an odd one. I would recommend the Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Lipsticks (reviewed here)! Why is that odd? Because I’ve duped every shade (you can see that post here). There’s just something about the Urban Decay formula though that I really enjoy and would pay a bit more for – they’re not like the traditional Revolution formulas either. I guess that reminds me of a second recommendation which are the Urban Decay Sheer Revolution Lipsticks. These are just fantastic and comfortable wearable lip colors in neutral to slightly subdued bold shades. I’ve reviewed them here and swatched them here and here. As for a brand of lip colors I would recommend, but don’t have a favorite at the moment is Bite Beauty. It would be a great time to try their new Amuse Bouche Lipstick formula, which I am still on the fence about. I need a different shade I think. The High Pigment Pencils and the Matte Crème Lip Crayons deserve a mention as well, but I feel like I’m constantly searching for a shade I like as much as the formula. Nonetheless, the products are great and I do recommend the brand, just having trouble finding a shade of anything that I’m completely in love with. Almost done….
Hair & Fragrance:
As I have mentioned before, I’m not a huge fragrance person. However, there is a new brand to Sephora that has completely changed my mind and that is Pinrose! I have two scents that I am 100% in love with – Tambourine Dreamer which is a floral that even I as a floral hating consumer can love, and Secret Genius which is a beautifully complex and sophisticated warm vanilla. If you want to try out all the scents sold at Sephora (as I’ve been doing!) they have a great set called Parfum a Go-Go that includes two of their fragrance “petals” in an iridescent little zippered pouch. The “petals” are doused in each scent and easily applied handy wipe-style. Though not every scent is one I feel a need to buy, they are all beautiful, none have given me a headache, and they really do have fantastic lasting power. If you’d like to learn more about them, I have a post here. Surprise, surprise! These are my favorite products so I’m likely to have reviewed them at some point, right? 🙂 Moving on to hair. If you’re in need of a fantastic curling wand…or even if you’re not…I highly recommend getting any of the T3 Curling Wands! They are spectacular and create curls that actually last! I love that you can change the size of the barrels and between clip and non-clip as well. They’re pricey, but worth the cash. This next one really only applies to blondes because it’s a purple shampoo for eliminating brassiness. It’s the DryBar Blonde Ale Brightening Shampoo and though it’s more than I’d like to spend, I feel it works better than any other shampoo I’ve used for cancelling the unwanted warmth in my blonde. For more, there’s a post here. And finally for any and everyone with hair, I definitely recommend getting yourself a Tangle Teezer. I reviewed these ages ago (find it here) and I still can’t do without it! It just glides through my hair like butter, eliminating knots with ease. Perfect for wet hair, but equally good on dry hair.
Annnnd scene! Yes, you’ve made it through this epic journey down the virtual Sephora aisles with me as I recommended about half of the cruelty free items available in the store. Ok. Not exactly, but it’s a lot! 🙂 I hope it’s not so much that it isn’t at least somewhat helpful. Let me know if you have anything to recommend as I’d love to hear about it! Clearly I don’t shop at Sephora enough yet! 😉 We can all use a bit more encouragement for retail therapy, right? Like I said, I hope this was a helpful run through of some of my favorite cruelty free Sephora products. Since the sale is already going, get shopping! 😉 Thanks for stopping by and let us know what you decide to pick up. Nosey minds want to know. 😉
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