20% Off Sephora’s Holiday Event: Shopping Guide

 WARNING: Sephora.com Keeps Crashing

Today through November 10th, Sephora VIB and VIB Rouge Members get 20% off in-store and online with code GIFTROUGE or GIFTVIB.  If you don’t have VIB status, a VIB friend can let you use her 20% friend in-store pass.  If you can’t make it to Sephora in-person, ask a friend to use her online account, which includes free shipping.

Take this opportunity to load up on staples you know you will purchase in the next 6 months (foundation, eyeliner, powder), the pricier items you’ve been eyeing that never go on-sale anywhere else (Clarisonic, fragrance, hair styling tools) and limited edition holiday gift sets.

Shop top beauty gifts for her under $25.

Last night my mom and I attended the pre-sale party, where we dined on cupcakes, loaded up on free samples and purchased a lot of make up.

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My Purchases
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case / Studio Case
MAKE UP FOR EVER 242 Large Blender Brush / 242 Large Blender Brush
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel
Bite Beauty Luminous Crème Lipstick / Luminous Crème Lipstick Vouvray
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Sephora All A Glow Face Palette (concealer, blush and highlighter set for contouring)
Smashbox Halo Hydrating Perfecting Powder
Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation 20 SPF
Sephora PRO Flawless Powder Brush #40
Sephora Perfecting Concealer Brush #20
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 / Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
Hourglass Ambient Blush Palette
Narsissist Cheek Kit
Laura Mercier Baby Lips
Laura Mercier Natural Lips Lip Pencil
Fresh Sugar Lip Legends / Sugar Lip Legends
Sephora Favorites Draw The Line / Draw The Line
Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler / Cologne Sampler

Stand Outs
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45 / Classic Multitasker Powder Brush #45
My favorite NEW find!  With its 5 star rating and 7,000+ loves on Sephora.com, it looks like I’m not alone.  My mom even purchased one!  It’s super soft bristles flawlessly apply, buff and blur your liquid, cream or powder foundation.  I own the Urban Decay Optical Blurring Brush and think this Sephora brush is superior in every way!  Click “Shop Now” below for the direct link.



Givenchy Photo’Perfexion Fluid Foundation 20 SPF
I’m usually loyal to Make Up For Ever and Urban Decay Naked; however, I think this is my new go-to foundation.

It’s a creamy foundation with SPF protection that works like a concealer to correct imperfections, smooth the skin’s texture, and even out the complexion.  With the expertise and speed of a digital retoucher, Photo’Perfexion conceals dark shadows and sallow complexions.  It goes on smooth and velvety and delivers a flawless finish minus the heavy, cakey feeling.  I used it in-store with the SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Multitasker Powder Brush.


Buyer’s Remorse
MAKE UP FOR EVER Studio Case / Studio Case
Sephora All A Glow Face Palette (concealer, blush and highlighter set for contouring)
*Both of these products were lackluster and the same looks can be attained with products you probably already own.

WARNING: Sephora.com Keeps Crashing

I was on Sephora.com last night starting at 8 PM – this morning around 11 AM, trying to score the 1 thing I had my eye on that isn’t available in stores:  simplehuman Sensor Mirror – Sensor-Activated Lighted Makeup Mirror.  Unfortunately, Sephora.com has been down due to the high volume of traffic and I missed out!  I’m always running late and it’s usually dark by time I get my face together… so I was looking forward to this cordless mirror that promises to illuminate your face with natural light and “adapts to your behavior … It becomes more sensitive during use, so it won’t turn off unexpectedly.”  I even called Sephora, pled my case and begged them to look around for one of these babies… they laughed at me.  It’s available on Amazon for less than the $200 retail, so I may try to sneak that one past Josh and write a review.


Holiday Shopping List
Sephora has a ton of inexpensive, high-quality gift sets.  If someone has a signature look – black eyeliner, red lips, celebrity-inspired contouring- purchase a gift set you know they will use while encouraging them to step out of their comfort zone.  For example, my MIL always wears black eyeliner and red lips.  Finding the perfect red lip is quite the feat, so I purchased her Sephora Favorites Draw The Line Gift Set, so she can experiment with several different types of black eyeliner. Fragrances never go on sale, so I stocked up on Sephora Favorites Cologne Samplers for the men in my life.

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The Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler features 12 samples in a faux-leather toiletry case and a voucher for 1 full size bottle of cologne.  There is also a perfume version for ladies.

Happy Shopping!

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