I’m a big fan of make-up and skincare (and frequent Sephora more than I should as you can probably tell from all my beauty posts), so when Sephora holds a sale I tend to jump on it and stock up on my current favorites as well as try anything new I’ve been eyeing. The sale is going on this week, for 8 days total so I’ve rounded up everything I swear by - split into three categories (make-up, skincare, and everything else miscellaneous like haircare, wellness and fragrance).

Summer Bonus dates are as follows with code SUMMERSAVE:

Rouge gets 20% off August 19-27

VIB gets 20% off August 20-27

click through the lookbooks below to shop

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Clockwise from top:

  1. Laura Mercier Flawless Lumière Radiance-Perfecting Foundation: The color I wear this in is 2W1.5 Bisque - light with warm undertones. I recently switched to this foundation because it has full coverage but feels light and nice on your face throughout the day.

  2. Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Liquid Eyeliner: This is the perfect eyeliner for a cat-eye. Love how it’s liquid and doesn’t dry out either!

  3. Too-Faced Damn Girl! 24-Hour Mascara: The mascara on this wand is huge, and gives off the effect of wearing falsies. I recently switched to this after wearing the Diorshow mascara religiously.

  4. Too-Faced Sun Bunny Natural Bronzer: The perfect bronzer for natural, tanned look. It’s not too shimmery either like most bronzers are.

  5. Too-Faced Plump Lips That Last: I actually haven’t tried this one yet, but it’s on my list! I’ve heard rave reviews about it plumping your lips - a good alternative for people like me who want the look of fuller lips but don’t want to touch lip fillers.

  6. Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer: This has been my go-to concealer forever. Most days I wear nothing but this when I’m running out the door. The color I wear is 3N - medium with neutral undertone.

  7. NARS NARSissist Wanted Eyeshadow Palette: I don’t own this either but have sampled the colors at the store and want to try it! I love the pretty pinks and peaches in it.

  8. Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15: This is the best crossover between a lip color and a chapstick. I love the color Spice - spiced rose nude tint, which has a satin finish.

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  1. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer- Blemish-less: I get really oily skin, so I love applying this all over my face before make-up to keep my skin from looking gross throughout the day.

  2. GLAMGLOW SUPERTONER ™ Exfoliating Acid Solution Toner: I still get adult acne sometimes (eye-roll), so I love this toner for keeping blemishes at bay.

  3. Summer Fridays R + R Mask: This mask smells amazing and leaves my skin feeling fresh. I love how after I wash it off, there’s oils left over to massage into my face. A splurge but worth it.

  4. The Ordinary Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%: This stuff is amazing for blemishes and pores and literally SO INEXPENSIVE! You actually can’t use the discount on The Ordinary products because they’re already priced so low, but this is such a good product I had to include it.

  5. GLAMGLOW GRAVITYMUD™ Firming Treatment Mask: First off, this mask is really fun to paint on and peel off. But more importantly, leaves my skin feeling really firm and tight.

  6. Kopari Coconut Rose Toner: This stuff smells absolutely amazing. I use it first thing in the morning, before bed, and as a make-up primer. Seriously so good, just spritz it everywhere, all the time.

  7. Kopari Coconut Lip Glossy: Another Kopari product that smells AH-MAZING. I’m obsessed. And leaves. your lips feeling nice and hydrated. That's all.

  8. Murad Outsmart Acne Clarifying Treatment: I put this gel serum on blemishes after washing and moisturizing my face, before bed. When I wake up, the pimples are usually coming to the surface if they weren’t before or gone. It’s so good!

  9. Drunk Elephant C-Tango™ Multivitamin Eye Cream: My current favorite eye cream. I haven’t seen a huge difference in the brightening under my eyes (Sephora’s website claims this works as a brightening cream) BUT I’ve noticed my under-eyes have definitely become more firm after consistent use.

  10. Herbivore Emerald CBD + Adaptogens Deep Moisture Glow Oil: I love this as a moisturizer a couple of nights a week to help with redness and unevenness I get sometimes.

  11. Drunk Elephant B-Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Serum: This is my favorite skincare product on this list! I actually carry this in my purse everywhere I go. It can be used mixed with other oils too, or used on its own. It’s improved my skin so much since I started using it back in March.

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  1. Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides: I’ve been taking this since 2017 and I stand by this product. I put a scoop of this in my smoothie after working out (collagen helps muscle recovery after you work out and tear your muscles), and in my coffee (collagen is good for your hair and skin)! It’s also flavorless, so it’s easy to consume.

  2. Ouai Wave Spray: I use this in place of hair spray or texture spray, and it works so well without feeling stiff.

  3. MAISON MARGIELA ‘REPLICA’ Beach Walk: This fragrance is so good. I don’t like scents that are overly sweet or fragrant. This one smells nice without being overwhelming. And it’s super luxurious too!

  4. Sol de Janeiro Brazilian Bum Bum Cream: I use this firming lotion all over my butt and thighs. It feels nice and smells even better. I just began using it so I’m curious to see what results I get over time.

  5. Slip Sleep Mist: I have the hardest time falling asleep, so spraying this on my pillow helps to get me to relax and is almost like a reminder for me to get ready for bedtime so I’m not tempted to put off my bedtime routine.

  6. IGK First Class Charcoal Detox Dry Shampoo: Holy grail of all dry shampoos, this one is a staple for me as I tend to wash my hair every 2 or 3 days to not dry it out.

  7. Moon Juice SuperYou® Daily Stress Management: I’ve had a hell of a year, and with that comes an immense amount of stress. I’ll take anything I can to downplay that stress! These capsules are a daily supplement which include Ashwagandha to help your body with stress, Rhodiola to reduce fatigue, and Shatavari which supports healthy hormonal balance.

Let me know which items you guys are going to buy from the sale!

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My favorite time of year is here! When Sephora rolls out all their holiday beauty goodies (and I try not to spend all of my money). Luckily this weekend and next weekend you can a discount if you’re signed up for their beauty insider program:


  • Friday, Nov. 9 through Monday, Nov. 12 for those holding VIB status with code "VIBBONUS" (20% off)

  • Friday, Nov. 16 through Monday, Nov. 19 for those holding Beauty Insider (BI) status with code "BIBONUS" (15% off) Btw, this is their base-level membership if you’re not a Sephora addict like I am. Recommend signing up if you’re not a member to use the sale code!

I’ve picked out all my favorite products below - from fun eyeshadow and face palettes you can gift for the upcoming holidays to products I buy in bulk because they’re staples I use all the time. Just hover over each item and click for a direct shopping link!

Products Top Left to Right (Clockwise):

Too-Faced Gingerbread Spice Eyeshadow Palette: I don’t own this palette but I have a ton of others by Too-Faced and am always happy with the quality and how long the color stays. Plus this one smells like gingerbread so it would make a perfect holiday gift (even to yourself).

Moroccanoil Body Soufflé: I’ve probably gone through three jars of this stuff by now — this is my far my favorite all over body lotion. Not only does it actually make my super dry skin feel silky but it smells SO good.

Beautyblender: It just makes your foundation go on and look a million times better, this one’s a staple I stock up on during the sale

Too-Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte Foundation: Speaking of foundation, this one I’ve been using for almost a year now and it’s definitely become a favorite. It doesn’t look ‘oily’ or ‘greasy’ on your skin which is nice. I wear color ‘Warm Beige’

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Volume 4: This is my favorite face palette ever for a bronzer, blush and highlighter all in one! Better yet — it lasts you all year and is compact for travel. I got the Volume 3 last year and shattered it by dropping it on a hotel floor in Santa Barbara back in April (insert crying emoji). These palettes only come out during the holidays so I am SO happy to finally be able to replace mine! (Just be careful with it, LOL)

Milk Make-Up Cooling Water: A caffeinated gel-stick that’s perfect for combating puffiness. I keep mine in my purse at all times (especially if I’m traveling on a plane!)

LAURA MERCIER Flawless Fusion Ultra Longwear Concealer: This is my go-to concealer as of late, I use it so much I’ll probably get this one in bulk too! I wear color: 3C

OUAI Wave Spray: Another one of my holy grail items, I use this in place of hairspray after I curl my hair to get that loose curl/beachy wave look you see in all my pictures.

Dior Diorshow Mascara: I’ve literally been using this mascara since I was a sophomore in high school. I’ve tried so many mascaras but this one never fails (also this is the ONLY item I had on my Sephora Insider sale guide from last year’s blog post so you know it’s legit!)

Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo: I love Drybar products, and definitely love their dry shampoo to use in-between washes. Just remember to hold the bottle away from your head about the same distance as the length of the bottle to avoid white powdery blotches!

KEVYN AUCOIN Molten Liquid Lipstick: I just recently discovered this brand but it has been my favorite matte lip product I’ve used so far! Color glides on smooth, stays put and the shape of the applicator makes it 10 times easier to apply than other lipsticks I’ve used. I wear color: Matte - Janet daily

LAURA MERCIER Secret Blurring Powder: I apply this over my concealer with an eyeshadow brush to make my concealer stay put without creasing. You can also use over your lids as well!

SHISEIDO Benefiance Eye Bundle: Shiseido is one of my favorite skincare brands and this bundle is too good of a deal to pass up as it comes with a full size under eye cream plus three under-eye treatment sheets.

SMASHBOX Holidaze: Always On Liquid Lip Mini Set: Smashbox always makes such great products - this one would be fun to give away as a holiday gift as an entire set or break it up and give the individual colors away to your girlfriends, coworkers, etc.

Happy shopping! Let me know what you guys are planning to get or any favorites I need to try in the comments!

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It's the most wonderful time of the year - the annual Sephora Beauty Insider/VIB sale! If you go to Sephora and sign up for their Beauty Insider program (details here), you can get a 15-20% off code for your purchase in-store and online November 10-15, depending on your status of how much you spend at the store. And if you're anything like me and beauty obsessed - this sale is the best time to stock up on all your make-up must haves that you use year round, not to mention the perfect time to score a deal on holiday gifts for any fellow beauty lovers on your list.

Scroll down to see my picks! I've included every day essentials I know I'm going to buy anyways (so might as well buy them now when you get your discount code), great holiday gift ideas, and splurge-worthy items that the discount code is going to give you major savings on. 


1. Bobbi Brown Bronzer: This is a great everyday bronzer to give you that sun-kissed glow. For my olive complexion, I like to use the Natural - Medium Soft Tan color.

2. Diorshow Mascara: I've been using this mascara for years and am obsessed with it. It really does give you that full, dramatic look and it doesn't clump or anything which is nice for protecting your lashes!

3. It Cosmetics Bye Bye Undereye Concealer: This concealer is heaven-sent for me. I get really bad dark circles under my eyes like ALL the time. I try eye masks, cucumbers, you name it - but my darker skin tone just tends to give me darker under eyes and this stuff is one of the only concealers that will get rid of that. And all you need is a tiny amount. Definitely a good item to stock up on! I use color: Medium

4. Too Faced Boss Lady Beauty Agenda: This would make a wonderful gift set to give to your best friend, sister (or even yourself)! The Too Faced Holiday collections are always a winner for me. The quality of the eyeshadow is nice where it will stay on throughout the day when worn with primer, and the colors are gorgeous! Plus this gift set comes with a bonus Melted Matte Lipstick and Better Than Sex Mascara which I've sure you've heard me rave about before on my Instagram stories. This one's a no brainer for me to order!

5. Fresh Rose Face Mask: As I've gotten into the second half of my twenties, I've become more interested in skin care and this face mask is one product that I've started to love using these last couple of months. It's a great moisturizing gel mask to help shrink poles, reduce redness and eliminate dryness. Plus it smells like roses!

6. Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick: You guys, I'm so obsessed with these lipsticks that I've started to collect them in every color. But really - they have great color payoff, really stay put throughout eating and drinking and don't make your lips look dry and cracked after a while like other matte lipsticks. This is a good essential to stock up on if you wear lipstick daily like me. My favorite color at the moment is Carmello - a good everyday nude.

7. Ouai Hair Oil: I naturally have pretty wavy hair that can frizz easily. This is a great everyday hair oil to use on damp hair before styling to eliminate frizz and moisturize your hair! Another good essential to stock up on.

8. Dyson Supersonic Hair Dyer: Ok, this is probably the number one splurge-worthy item on my list that would be great to use your coupon code for! I used this hairdryer at my friend's house before and it did not disappoint. Usually when I blow-dry my hair, it gets so poufy and dry that I have to straighten it afterwards. This hair dryer makes your hair so sleek, smooth and shiny I was in disbelief I didn't need to follow up with a straightening iron! Definitely good to use with the Ouai hair oil mentioned above. 

9. Anastasia Brow Definer Pencil: I've mentioned this brow pencil before on my blog - and for good reason. It's like a fool proof way to ensure you've got great brows because of the angled pencil and brow brush included on the other end. I'm stocking up on this item that I'm indefinitely going to buy throughout the year. I use color: Chocolate.

10. Shiseido Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate: This is a splurge-worthy skin-care item that is good to buy with your coupon code. I call this stuff my facial in a bottle. I use it every morning and every night before bed to eliminate dryness, dullness and prevent aging. Like I said, in the second half of my twenties skincare has been a bigger and bigger concern for me so I'm so happy to have found this great anti-aging product!

11. Smashbox Camera Ready BB Cream: I like to use this BB Cream in place of foundation most days when I don't want to have a heavy or full face of make-up but want to be presentable to the outside world. (I once came to the office with a completely bare face and had three separate people come up and ask me what was wrong and if I was sick LOL.) This stuff is a great product to not only avoid comments like that but get some coverage and it also protects your skin as it has SPF 35 in it! Again good for people like me that are worried about aging and wrinkles. I use color: Light/Neutral.

12. Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Vol. 3: This is a great all in one palette for blush, highlighter and bronzer. It has a bit of a higher price tag but you get so many products all in one palette and mine has lasted me for over a year now! It's also travel-friendly and would make a great Holiday gift for that beauty lover on your list.

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Biscotti, Dolce and Rubino (told you I'm obsessed and collect them)

The Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Biscotti, Dolce and Rubino (told you I'm obsessed and collect them)

Happy shopping ladies! Let me know your Sephora must-haves below and any products you recommend or have bought from the sale yourself!