Oof, it’s been awhile since I’ve last posted on here, hasn’t it? Without going into a long ramble, I’ll just say that it’s been really difficult to prioritize writing for my blog with work and life getting busy, and that my motivation to sit down at my laptop in the evenings and write after a full day of staring at my laptop and well..writing for work, is low. I still have plenty of ideas and reviews I want to go more in-depth than an Instagram caption allows, but I just have to wait for a time when I have more free time and motivation.
But…I did want to share some new products on my radar in time for the upcoming Sephora sale. I already created a pretty comprehensive guide for the fall sale, which you can view here. All of these products are still recommendations, but since then I’ve tried some new products that I’ve been really impressed with.
I’ll also share a little bit of what I’m planning to purchase for myself!
Before I get started with my recommendations, I wanted to echo my earlier sentiments to shop responsibly. Many brands have better discounts on their own websites throughout the year, especially if you’re at the VIB or Insider level, which only give you a 10%-15% discount for this sale. Beauty products are a “nice to have” and no one really needs any beauty product (except for SPF, which can be found at the drugstore anyway). Please prioritize your own financial needs like rent, bills, foods, healthcare, etc. If you do plan on shopping, planning your purchases in advance can help prevent impulse buying products.
With that said, let’s get into it.
As with previous sales, there is a tiered discount and sale start date depending on your status:
ROUGE – Friday, April 9th-April 19th, 20% off
VIB – Tuesday, April 13th-April 19th, 15% off
INSIDER – Thursday, April 15th – April 19th, 10% off
As with last time, these links are affiliate links and products with * indicate that it was a press sample or gifted by the brand. I appreciate your support if you purchase through these links!
To read my last sale guide, which contains most of my favorite products at Sephora, click here! This post mainly features new products at Sephora, or products I’ve tried since the last sale.
Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage Correct And Brighten Concealer Duo Stick* ($32 for .06oz/2g) – I am generally not very excited by concealers since I mostly use them for under eye my eyes, but this one really impressed me. There is one side for correcting the face and another for brightening the undereye area. With stick concealers, my general concern is that they’re too dry and unblendable, but this one is pigmented and creamy. It barely takes a few taps of my fingers to blend this out, and then it doesn’t settle into my fine lines at all. It’s really impressive how well it sets and then stays. It’s become one of my most used concealers! I can use shade 2N or 3W.
First is the Danessa Myricks Vision Flush Cheek, Eye, and Lip Color ($20 for .21 oz/6ml). These are so easy to apply and blend out – they practically blend themselves! My favorite shades are Ballet Slipper, a neutral rose, and Tiara, which acts like a highlighter on me.
Lys Beauty Higher Standard Clean Cream Blush ($16 for .23oz/6.5g) – This new Black-owned clean brand has been so hard to get! Products are constantly out of stock, though I’m hoping these blushes will come back for the sale. I love the texture of these so much – they have a satin matte finish, blend well with fingers or brushes, and last well on me. I get about 6 hours of wear if I don’t wear a powder blush on top, which is pretty good for my oily skin. Plus, I love that these come in a big compact so it’s easy to get a brush in there.
Highlighter: Danessa Myricks Dew Wet Hydrating and Highlighting Balm ($22 for .5 oz/15g) – If you just want a really dewy look without shimmer, these balms are the way to glow. There is one completely clear balm that basically acts like a face gloss for the high points of your face. There are also 2 shades that have just a bit of shimmer for added glow. I absolutely love these when I want a more natural and minimal look but still want glow.
Eyeshadow: Danessa Myricks Color Fix Eye, Cheek, and Lip Pigment ($18 for .34oz/10ml) – I have fallen in love with these pigments! They come in matte, metallic, and glittery foil finishes, and despite coming in a very intimidating tube, they are extremely easy to use and blend out. I apply just a little dot on my fingers and blend onto my eyelids. They last all day without a primer, which is incredible. My favorite shades are Celebration, a lightly shimmery tan (great for an everyday one-shadow look); Romance, a shimmery pale pink; and Alien, a super foiled rose gold shade. One thing to watch out for is they dry out quicker than other cream shadows. I’ve had some tubes for about 6 months and I can tell they’re getting drier. I would pick one or two shades you know you’ll use rather than buying a lot at once.
Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm ($28 for .09 oz/2.8g): I knew I would love these and I wasn’t disappointed. These are exactly what they seem – a soft matte balm that is still hydrating. These are great for a slightly blotten tint – plus I love the warm neutral shades that these come in. I have the shade Whip Lash, which is a rusty deep neutral shade.
Inn Beauty Glaze Lip Oil ($15 for .02oz/6ml) – These are brand new at Sephora, and I absolutely adore these lip oils. They have a thick cushiony formula that really lasts on the lips, and I think they’re even more hydrating than the Clarins Lip Oils, which are kind of the OG lip oils to me. There are only 2 shades available at Sephora right now, and both of them are winners. Glaze #1 is a juicy sheer red tint that’s apple scented, and Frose is a sheer pink shimmer that’s pink lemonade scented. You can see me applying these lip oils in this Instagram post.
Toner: Farmacy Deep Sweep 2% BHA Pore Cleaning Toner with Moringa + Papaya ($28 for 4oz/120ml) – I bought this during the fall sale and I’ve been really enjoying it. It’s a classic toner rather than a serum texture like the Glow Recipe one and I really like both for different reasons. The Farmacy one is definitely more potent, with 2% Salycilic, which will be great as my skin starts naturally getting more clogged from more sweating over the summer. However, the Glow Recipe one is still very effective – it’s just also very hydrating and plumping at the same time.
Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum* ($42 for 1oz/30ml) – This serum has been so great for my skin. It’s a very lightweight serum that has ceramides to soothe and calm skin – and I’ve really felt this working on my skin when it feels irritated. This is also particularly great for combination or oily skin because it feels so light.
Youth to the People 15% Vitamin C and Clean Caffeine Serum* ($68 for 1oz/30ml) – This is my current Vitamin C serum of choice, and I love that it has caffeine in it to help depuff my face. Puffiness is my biggest skin concern so anything with caffeine is a regular in my routine.I don’t think it’s the most potent vitamin C I’ve ever used (that honor goes to Skinceuticals) – though I’ve only used it for a couple of weeks! – I also really enjoy the cooling serum texture of this that really refreshes my skin.
Josie Maran Argan Bright Skin Vitamin C Serum* ($65 for .85 oz/25ml) – This is a GREAT vitamin C serum if you have dry skin. Over the winter, this was the only Vitamin C serum that I used. It has an oil serum texture so it really hydrates the skin while giving a really radiant glow. I noticed the longer term radiance-boosting effects of this serum as well. Now that is’ getting warmer, it’s starting to feel heavier on my skin, but I love the glowy effect so much that I sometimes will opt for this instead of the YTTP serum.
Eye Cream: Youth to the People Dream Eye Cream* ($48 for .5 oz/15ml) – This eye cream feels like butter under my eyes, and I love the way it blends and sinks into my skin. I used this over the winter and it did a great job of moisturizing my undereye area. I really like that even though it has a heavier butter texture, it never actually feels heavy under my eyes.
Youth to the People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream* ($58 for 2oz/60ml) – This is a great moisturizer if you want something soothing and moisturizing, but not super heavy – so it’s another great night cream for combination/oily skin – though it really seems to work for all skin types. I really love the Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream, but I tend to only use that over the winter or when my skin feels dry, while the YTTP version could be used all year round.
SPF: Fenty Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer SPF 30* ($35 for 1.7oz/50 ml or $30 for the refill): This is great if you have dry skin, or you love a really glowy finish. I loved this for the winter when my skin is kind of dry. It just glides onto my skin and blends so well while being really hydrating. It will be way too dewy for me in the warmer months, but the good thing is that this comes in refills that I can repurchase for the winter.
Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal and Tea Cooling Hydration Mask* ($32 for 6oz/177ml) – I’m a huge fan of the Scalp Revival line already, and this newest addition is no exception. This leaves my scalp incredibly refreshed and moisturized, and it has a really wonderful cooling sensation that lasts as my hair dries.
Oribe Matte Waves Texture Hair Lotion ($42 for 3.4 oz/100ml) – I’m thrilled that Oribe is now available at Sephora because I’ve used their products for years. Their Dry Texturizing Spray is a cult classic, but this cream is actually my favorite product these days (the dry texturizing spray was a favorite when I had long hair!). The cream gives my hair just the slightest bit of texture without feeling crunchy or heavy and it lightly moisturizes my hair too. It’s expensive, but I only need a few pumps for my hair so each bottle lasts a pretty long time.
Christophe Robin Instant Volume Hair Mist with Rosewater ($39 for 5oz/148ml) – I honestly didn’t have high expectations for this, but it really made my hair have some extra body. I don’t really blow-dry or style my hair so anything that gives me extra volume that doesn’t need to be heat activated is a plus. I loved how easy this was to just spray into my wet hair, and then it air-dried with a little extra body. I’m definitely a fan of this.
Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Exfoliating Body Treatment Peel* ($58 for 8 peels) – DDG products are pricey but these peels have worked wonders on my skin, especially on my arms where I have KP, and for preventing ingrown hairs on my legs. These peels are potent so I only use them once per week at most, or when I feel like I want my skin to really glow.
Chanel Coco Eau de Parfum ($108 for 1.7 oz/50ml) – If I had only one perfume, this would be it. This was a Christmas gift from my partner and this just feels so me. I love everything about this perfume from start to finish. It feels like a fall/wiinter scent though I wouldn’t hesitate to wear this during spring/summer either. It opens with notes of Mandarin and Jasmine with hints of clove, then starts to settle into a Ylang Ylang and Orange Blossom, then settles into a leathery, sandalwood scent. All of these notes are notes that I gravitate towards, and the fact that they’re all in one scent makes it for me.
Tom Ford Noir de Noir ($65 for .33 oz/10ml) – This is a super sexy nighttime version of Chanel Coco to me. This has vanilla and saffron and then settles into a deep patchouli-sandalwood that is really beautiful. This is not an everyday scent for my by any means, but I love how deep it is. This is the kind of scent I would wear out to a moody cocktail bar (whenever we’re allowed to do that again…)
For this sale, I’m planning on picking up a few new products that I want to try, and I’m still considering some additional products.
Dior Rouge Blush in Charnelle ($44 for .23oz/6.7g) – This blush looks like a gorgeous shimmery warm peachy tan shade and it has been out of stock for months. It looks like it’s been in stock for awhile now so I’m hoping finally snag it during the sale. I have a couple shades in this blush formula and really love how pigmented and smooth they are.
Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint ($29.50 for 1.02 oz/32ml). I haven’t been interested in Fenty’s foundations in the past because they were medium-full coverage, but a light coverage base is really speaking my language. This has been hit or miss for a lot of people, but it seems like it seems best suited for combination-oily skin because it can tend to pick up on dry spots. Since that is my skin type, I’m definitely curious to try this. I’m planning on picking up shade 7, a “light medium with warm neutral tones,” though I might need to check this out in store to be sure.
Nars Soft Matte Tinted Lip Balm ($28 for .09 oz/2.8g) – I want to pick up another shade of this because I love the formula so much. I’m thinking of getting either Brief Encounter, which looks like a warm toned MLBB, or Touch Me, which is like a rusty warm tan shade.
Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Balm Set ($30 for 2 full sizes and 3 samples) – I always love the Sephora favorites sets, and this lip balm set looks like a great deal. It includes a full size Pat McGrath Lip Fetish Lip Balm in Nude Venus, which I’ve always wanted to pick up and retails for $36 on its own. Since I can get this set for $30 plus a discount, this is a great way to finally try this shade.
That’s all that I have on my list for now, though a couple other items might creep in there as I continue browsing. If you’re shopping the sale, I’d love to know what you have your eye on!
As always, thanks for reading.