The Sephora sale is back on this week, and I’ve put together recommendations for new products and products I’ve tried in the last year for you.
The sale dates are as follow:
VIB ROUGE – 20%: 10/28-11/7
VIB – 15%: 11/1-11/7
INSIDER – 10%: 11/3-11/7
I’ve mentioned this many times, but I’ll say it again – while this sale is a great time to stock up on brands that don’t often have discounts, but many of the brands at Sephora do their own sales throughout the year, and some of them have sales that offer more than 20% discounts. For many of these brands, the Sephora sale is no longer the ultimate sale unless you’re at Rouge status. Brands like Armani Beauty, Bobbi Brown, Urban Decay, YSL, and even Fenty have their own sales throughout the year that are anywhere from 20-30% off. And luxury brands like Gucci are sometimes on sale at Saks for 15% off.
I’ve made recommendations posts for the spring and fall sales in previous years, and you can read them here:
- This year’s spring sale
- last year’s (2021) VIB sale – part 1 and part 2
- past spring’s sale (2021)
- 2020 fall sale
I consider these products my ultimate picks from Sephora. Some products from previous posts might be no longer available (i.e. Roen has left Sephora), or if they were limited edition products from previous years.
A not about consumption before I dive into my recommendations that I’m repeating from previous years:
Please do not feel pressured to buy something just because there is a sale. There will always be more sales in the future, and even though I seemingly live and breathe beauty products, they are ultimately unnecessary items in the tier of the financial responsibilities. If this isn’t a good time for you to spend money, skip this post.
I’ve also included a table of contents so you can skip straight to the part you’re most interested in:
MY TOP RECOMMENDATIONS
WHAT’S ON MY LIST
If you’re looking for my thoughts on something you don’t see here, I’ve probably talked about it in a previous post already.
A * denotes a product that was sent to me in PR. As always, my thoughts and opinions are my own and if they’re in my recommendations, it means that I like the product and would buy it with my own money. The links in this post are affiliate links, which means if you purchase one of these products through the link, I will receive a small commission.
I’ve emptied and finished many of the products I mention here – signs of how much I enjoyed each product!
First Cleanse: Glow Recipe Papaya Sorbet Smoothing Enzyme Cleansing Balm*
$32 for 3.4oz/100 ml
I was surprised by how much I loved this cleansing balm. It emulsifies quickly and rinses off completely without leaving a residue, and takes off all my makeup, including waterproof mascara. This is probably my favorite cleansing balm at Sephora, though if you prefer a cleansing oil, I love the Innisfree Hydrating Cleansing Oil with Green Tea ($22)
Face Cleanser: The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Cleanser*
$$9.99 for 5oz/150 ml
If you’re looking for a basic cleanser that won’t strip your skin, doesn’t contain any harsh active ingredients, and will just gently cleanse your face, this cleanser is great. It helps that it has a very budget friendly price at $10 (or under, with a discount).
SPF: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Niacinamide Sunscreen SPF 50*
$34 for 1.7oz/50ml
I used this sunscreen everyday for the entire summer and I am so impressed with how dewy it is without being greasy or contributing to my oiliness. It has a lotion texture that is very easy to spread and blend out. I find that this works best with a water-gel type of moisturizer, which makes it ideal for the summer for me.
SPF: Shiseido Urban Environment Oil Free Sunscreen SPF 42
$48 for 1.6oz/50ml
If you are more oily and want a milky formula that absorbs quickly, this spf is fantastic. This keeps me more matte and it blends in effortlessly.
Toner: Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant
$34 for 4oz/120 ml
This is my go to BHA toner. I’ve used this for years and it helps keep my pores clear, and helps speed up the process of getting rid of any pimples that pop up. While I have recommended and love the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Toner for a more moisturizing and plumping option, the Paula’s Choice one is a staple that is excellent for being a strong salicylic acid toner.
Soothing serum: Glow Recipe Avocado Ceramide Redness Relief Serum*
$44 for 30 ml/1oz
This is such a fantastic serum for any type of dryness, sensitivity, or irritation for me. I like to apply this right after applying a chemical exfoliator, and I also love using this after a long day outside, whether it’s a day out in the sun, or in cold and dry weather. It feels heavenly to put on thanks to it’s milky texture.
Vitamin C Serum: Paula’s Choice C15 Vitamin C Superbooster Serum*
$55 for .67oz/20ml
It’s taken me years to try this vitamin C serum, and I am now a convert. It has just the right balance of a light watery texture, doesn’t have any strong scent, and doesn’t react with any other skincare I put on top. It is a really strong serum, though it doesn’t irritate my skin. I’m still on my first bottle, so I don’t really have thoughts on how much this product alone has improved my complexion, but I will definitely buy this again.
Face Mist: Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Ultra Fine Mist*
$29 for 2.5oz/75 ml
For an ultra-fine and juicy mist, this one from Glow Recipe is fantastic. It has a fine mist, and the formula itself is really moisturizing and dewy. I like to use this during the cooler months to restore some hydration back into my face.
Lip Balm: Cay Skin Isle Lip Balm
$14 for .35oz/10ml
I’ve been a loyal fan of the Jack Black lip balms for years, and while those are still a staple for me, the Cay Skin Lip Balm SPF 30 is a new contender that has become a quick favorite. It has the same level of moisturization and is just as comfortable to wear on the lips as the Jack Black ones. I’d probably use both brands interchangeably.
Lip Balm: Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm
$40 for one full size and 3 months
Last year I told myself I didn’t need more lip balms, and then I tried these balms and I was HOOKED. It’s one of the most truly hydrating and moisturizing , and protective on my lips. I usually use different lip balms for the day time and night time because I need something heavier over night, but want something that isn’t too sticky or thick for the day time, and this balm works beautifully for any time of day. The tinted versions are great for an every day lip tint, either on their own or over a lip liner. I love both Beige Vanille and Brown Sugar, which I swatched in this Instagram post. Beige Vanille is great for an everyday nude look, and Brown Sugar is one of my favorites as the brown shade gives me enough color to spruce up any look without being too intense. They also have a set of a full size clear balm and 3 mini tinted balms. It is sold out at the moment, but I’d recommend picking this up if it comes back as it’s a great way to try out the different shades.
Primer: Smashbox Photo Finish Control Mattifying Primer*
$42 for 1oz/30ml
Smashbox launched new primers within their Photo Finish range, and this mattifying primer is delightful. It glides on smoothly like their photo finish primer, though it is nowhere near as slippy as the original. It also dries down to a soft matte finish without being dry or too matte. All of my favorite bases (which I’ve rounded up here) apply well over this, and it does let a little of my natural shine come through but my skin doesn’t get oily with this one.
Foundation: Merit The Minimalist Perfecting Complexion Stick
$38 for .23oz/6.5g
I don’t own a full size of this yet, but I loved it just after trying a sample a few times. It glides on effortlessly, and also blends out beautifully. I was impressed with how little goes such a long way, and doesn’t have a dry matte finish. It has a very natural finish that isn’t too dewy or too matte, and I find that I also don’t have to set this with powder if I’m feeling lazy.I have almost a perfect shade match with Bisque, which I apply in this reel. I’m definitely looking to buy this as soon as I’ve finished up a couple of bases in my collection.
Skin Tint: Caliray Freedreaming Skin Blurring Tint*
$39 for 1oz/30 ml
I just recently tried this tint and really love how lightweight it feels. It has a very liquidy texture that blends really quickly and does blur my skin just a little bit. It has light coverage, so I love using this on more minimal makeup days. It has a dewy finish, but it isn’t so luminous that my combination skin immediately gets greasy with it. Still, this is more of a winter skin tint for me because of its dewy finish. I also applied it in this reel.
Face Palette: Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette – Tiger
$85 for .24oz/8.4g
For awhile, Hourglass didn’t make any palettes that really caught my eye, and this year they’ve launched 3 palettes for their holiday collection that are suitable for a wider range of skintones. The Tiger version is the deepest one, but it caught my eye because of the orange and warm toned blushes. As always, the texture of the Hourglass palettes is beautiful and leaves my skin looking flawless but like it’s glowing from within. You can see this palette in action in this reel, where I apply a few of the shades to my face. The packaging of this year’s palettes also comes in a gorgeous metal tin instead of their usual plastic. I’m already eyeing the Elephant version of the palettes, which has more pink tones.
Blush: Patrick Ta Double Take Creme and Powder Blush
$34 for .37oz/10.5g
I finally tried out these Patrick Ta creme and powder blushes last month and I love the effect that they have. These are unique in that Patrick Ta recommends using the powder side first, and then adding the cream side on top. This reversed order of application actually works really well to give a “glowing from within” effect. I do notice that with my combo/oily skin this formula is a little less long lasting than other cream blushes (like the Fenty cream blushes I talk about next), but the effect really is gorgeous.
Cream Blush: Fenty Beauty Double Cheek’d Up Freestyle Cream Blush Duo*
$34 for .24oz/7g
I’m already a huge fan of Fenty’s cream blush formula, and this year’s holiday duo is stunning! The shades of pink pair so well with the berry toned lip products, and they add a gorgeous winter flush. I find both shades to look fairly similar once on my cheeks, but they are both beautiful. I apply both shades in this recent reel.
Cream Blush: Lys Beauty Deluxe Higher Standard Satin Matte Cream Blush Trio
$20 for 3 mini blushes, .14oz/4g each
Lys Beauty blushes are criminally underrated. They are creamy and blendable and long-lasting, and they are reasonably priced, especially for a brand at Sephora. I have one shade that I swatched here when they first launched, and this trio is a great way to try more of the shades.
Cream Blush: Merit Flush Balm
$28 for .31 oz/9g
This blush formula is great if you like a dewy natural flush. These are pretty much fool-proof, from the easy chubby stick to the sheer dewy formula. The glow from these is really refreshing, though that makes these a little less long lasting than other blush formulas I have. Still, I think the effect is really pretty, and I am very tempted by this mini trio set that also has a very ‘me’ brick red shade.
Powder Blush: Pat McGrath Skin Fetish: Divine Powder Blush
($39 for .34 oz/9.7g)
For a truly divine blush formula with gorgeous shades, a luminizing (but natural) satin finish, and ultra long lasting power, it doesn’t get better than these blushes. I love the shade range, which as very nude and light pink shades to bright and vibrant shades, and the formula is really outstanding. The powders are pigmented but blend out easily, and it lasts all day without fading on my combo/oily skin. My favorite shades are Nude Venus and Fleurtatious. Also note that these blushes have so much product! They are almost twice the amount of product as other blushes, so while they seem pricey, you are getting a lot of product for your money.
Powder Blush: Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate Blush Duo
$95 for .22oz/6.5g
Before you think I’m insane for recommending a blush that’s nearly $100…hear me out if you enjoy trying luxury makeup. The formula of these feels so exquisite, with a satin finish and a finish that lasts all day. There are also 2 shades so you’re basically getting 2 blushes…look, I’m not going to tell you to run out and ge these, but I’m saying if you have a gift card or want to treat yourself with something, these are absolutely lovely. I apply the shade Sun Drunk in this reel.
Highlighter: Fenty Beauty Mini Baby Watts Fluid Freestyle Highlighter Duo*
Another holiday release is this little duo of their liquid highlighters, which I love using on their own for a glowy, but not over the top glow. The liquid formula is easy to use and can be built up for a more intense look, and I also like to mix them in with foundations to add luminosity to them. I actually prefer the mini sizes because the regular size tubes will last forever.
Highlighter: Merit Day Glow Highlighting Balm
$30 for .7oz/5g
This is one of the best highlighters of the year because of how natural it looks on my face, and the hybrid translucent dew and light shimmer formula. This is a great one to use if you want to try the glossy highlighter trend, but you have oily skin. This can be tapped onto the skin very lightly for a natural glow, or built up for an ultra dewy look. If you’re going to try any highlighter this year, this one is it! I also apply it in this reel.
Eyeliner: Clinique Quickliner for Eyes in Intense Clove
$22 for .012 oz/.28g
I got this eyeliner at the beginning of the year after going on a hunt for the perfect cool brown/grey shade, and this one fits the bill perfectly. It really is somewhere right in the middle of brown and gray, and it has a very fine shimmer to it. This unique alternative to black eyeliner gives me just the amount of definition that I want without looking harsh. This does start to smudge slightly near the end of the work day on my oily eyelids, but the shade kind of smudges into a beautiful lived in look that I actually like.
Eyeliner: Fenty Beauty Wish You Wood Eyeliner*
$23 for .032oz/.9g
If you’re looking for a pencil liner that lasts and doesn’t smudge, and are also looking for a unique alternative to black, this traditional pencil eyeliner in the shade ‘In Big Truffle’ is gorgeous. It’s a burgundy-brown shade that I don’t have a dupe of in any other brand. It doesn’t glide on as easily as a gel liner, but it still applies smoothly. Because it’s just slightly drier, it doesn’t smudge or fade on me at all. I still like to wear this in a slightly smoked out look.
Lip Liner: Pat McGrath Permagel Ultra Lip Pencil
$29 for .042 oz/1.2g
When I first tried these lip liners when they launched, I wasn’t overly impressed by them, but the more I use them, the more I love them. They glide on absolutely effortlessly and then set and last forever. When I first used these I found they were almost too pigmented, but these days I always blend out my lip liner with my fingers for a softer look, and I appreciate how long-lasting these are. I wear a few of these shades interchangeably, though my favorites are Structure and Contour.
Lipstick: Fenty Berry Shades in Crowd Surf’r (pomegranate berry), Loud Speak’r (pink berry), Rowdy Roadie (Deep wine berry) and the limited edition Lipstick case*
$20 each for the refills only, $12 for the case
If you’re looking for a berry fall or holiday lipstick, the new shades from Fenty are absolutely stunning. These lipsticks are opaque and full coverage with a long wearing semi-matte finish. To me these are less everyday lipsticks and lipsticks I’d wear for nights out or special occasions. I don’t think you could go wrong with any of the new shades for a berry toned fall or holiday look. I apply all 3 shades in the reel below, and I love how each one looks on me.
If you want to try out some more classic shades, this Mini Lil Icons Semi-Matte Lipstick Duo* is only $20 and has a muted warm pink and a cool red shade – both classic shades that go from day to night.
Lipstick set: Gucci Velvet Matte Lipstick Set or Gucci Trio Lipstick Set (with 1 Glow and Care Shine Lipstick, 1 Sheer Lipstick, and 1 Velvet Matte Lipstick)
Both sets are $97
My love for the Gucci lipsticks is well documented, and both of these sets are a great way to try some of my favorite shades at a nice discount, considering that each lipstick is usually $45. If you’re a matte lipstick person, the Velvet Matte Lipstick trio has some of their most classic shades. If you want some more variety, the trio lipstick set has a little bit of everything, from their balmy Glow and Care formula, to their super comfortable sheer formula, plus a matte one.
Liquid LIpstick: Gucci Transfer-proof Matte Liquid Lipstick
$45 for .21oz/6.5ml
If liquid lipsticks are more your thing, these liquid lipsticks are equal parts luxe and ultra lightweight. They feel like nothing on my lips, and can be applied lightly for a blurred look, or more heavily for more coverage. On a transfer-proof scale of 1-5, I’d say these are a 3. They will last through some drinks and will still linger through a meal, but they are not the most transfer-proof lipsticks I’ve ever tried. But that also means these are less drying – in fact, I barely notice them on my lips at all.
Liquid Lipstick: Kaja Beauty Love Swipe Lightweight Cushiony Mousse*
$22 for .22oz/6.5g
If you prefer a velvety mousse formula, these cute little mousse liquid lipsticks are fantastic. They give that really nice blurred powder matte look that also feels weightless on my lips. They can be applied lightly for an ombre look, or heavily for a full coverage look. I find these aren’t more drying than a regular liquid lipstick – which is to say, I apply balm under all my liquid lipsticks so they feel comfortable through the whole wear time. I apply the shade Sweet Softie in this reel.
Lipstick: Merit Signature Lips Lipstick
$26 for .1oz/3g
I bought one of these lipsticks during the spring sale, and I’ve become completely hooked on these lipsticks. They are among the top lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried, and I talk about them in my recent review of Merit. You really can’t go wrong with any of the shades! My top recommendations are Slip, a warm neutral nude, and Tiger, a brick brown.
Lipstick: Rare Beauty Kind Words Matte Lipstick
$20 for .12oz/3.5g
The Rare Beauty lipsticks are such a nice comfortable matte formula, and I love all the shades in the collection. I only own Wise, which I love as a chestnut brown shade, and I’m thinking of getting some more shades. I love how smoothly these glide on and they are fairly long lasting. I find that the price point is pretty nice for a Sephora brand. If you want to try the lip liner too, the Mini Kind Words Matte Lip Duo for $20 gets you a mini lip liner and lipstick in the shade Humble, which is a great everyday mauve shade. I apply Wise in this reel, and the lip liner and lipstick from the Matte Lip Duo in this reel.
Tinted Lip Balm: Nars Afterglow Lip Balm
$28 for .1oz/3g
I’ve really fallen in love with this formula this year, but it’s really the shade Wicked Ways that has me completely head over heels. It’s the Black Honey-type product I’ve always wanted. It’s a sheer deep purple shade, and the formula really does feel like a balm whereas the Clinique Almost Lipstick formula was drying. I also like the classic Orgasm shade for a light brightening effect.
Lip Gloss: Fenty Gloss Bomb Ice*
$24 for .3oz/9ml
Obviously I’m a huge fan of the original Fenty Gloss Bomb formula, but this new Ice formula is a lightly cooling clear gloss with just the slightest blue tint (that doesn’t show up on the lips). Clear glosses are not exciting to me, and minty glosses are usually too strong for my liking, but this one is lightly minty with a sweet mint scent. I actually like to use this as a lip treatment while I’m working at my desk as it gives me a brief moment of refreshment while giving me some shine.
Lip Gloss: Kaja Gloss Shot Hydrating Lip Gloss
$19 for .14oz/4.2 ml
These glosses are really nice for a sheer hint of color and have a nice balance of feeling light on the lips while lasting for awhile. Compared to the gel-like formula of the Tower 28 glosses, these are a little thicker, but I find that they also last longer on the lips. There are only 4 shades, but I really like the milky shade selection.
Lip Gloss Set: Tower 28 Dreamy Gleamy Holiday Lip Gloss Duo Set
$22 for 2 full sizes .13oz/3.9g each
Speaking of Tower 28, this year’s holiday set includes Dream, shimmery pinky champagne gloss and Coconut, one of their permanent glosses in a neutral pink shade. You can’t go wrong with this formula, even if you’re a gloss hater.
Lip Oil: Dior Lip Glow Oil
$38 for .2oz/6ml
I finally gave into the hype of these lip oils, and it’s hard to resist picking up another shade. For $38 do I think these are the absolute best lip oils on the market? No, but they are very good lip oils that feel nourishing without being sticky or tacky. The shades are very sheer but give you just the tiniest hint of a tint that I love pair with lip liner.
Body Butter: Josie Maran Smooth Like Butter Kit
$30 for 4 mini 2oz/60ml each
The Josie Maran body butters are some of my favorite body moisturizers, and these minis are so great for traveling or trying out a few scents, plus a mini of the pro-retinol formula which makes my skin extra soft.
Body Wash: Necessaire The Body Wash – value size
$40 for 16.9oz/500 ml
I love all the Necessaire body products I’ve tried, and I’m so glad that they are starting to do refillable products. Sephora sells 2 versions – an unscented and the eucalyptus scent, both of which are wonderful. The refill will fill the bottle twice, and I like that the refill is made out of a recyclable aluminum.
Brush cleanser: Sephora Collection Solid Brush and Sponge Cleanser
This solid cleanser has become my go-to product for cleaning my beauty sponges, and I like it even better than the Beautyblender cleanser. It has a softer consistency and cleans my sponges better and quicker, and it is also much less expensive. I only like to use this for my sponges as I find a liquid cleanser easier to clean my brushes, but this is my go to product to keep my sponges squeaky clean.
Gua Sha: Mount Lai Gua Sha*
I have found that using a gua sha to massage my face has been so helpful for relieving tension in my face that comes from my TMJ and stress. I regularly wake up with a swollen jaw from clenching my jaw at night (and yes I wear a nightguard), and it always gives me a tension headache. Massaging my face with this tool for just a few minutes really helps relieve some of that tension and make my face look less swollen. I’m recommending Mount Lai because it is owned by a Chinese-American founder, Stephanie Lai, and since gua sha comes from traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), I want to support a brand that doesn’t culturally appropriate traditional practices.
Commodity Exploration Set or Discovery Set
$42 for the full collection of 18 2ml samples or $26 for 6 2ml samples
Commodity is back and I am so excited about it! I loved their original line of fragrances, and their new launch builds on the original launches. There are 6 scents in the whole line with 3 different intensities of each scent, which I love: Personal, Expressive, and Bold for different intensities. The Exploration set allows you to try the entire collection, while the Discovery set offers a mix of the scents and intensities for you to get a taste of their offerings.
This is one of my top perfumes of the year. It’s a smoky floral scent that is described as “cosmic and cool,” and I couldn’t describe it better myself. It has a slight juiciness from the peach, a bit of bitterness from mandarin peel, and is grounded by oakmoss. It’s sounds like a random mix of notes, but I can’t get enough of this one.
Otherland Black Velvet Jasmine Candle
Speaking of candles, this Otherland candle is another one of my all-time favorites. It is a little more delicate with notes of night-blooming jasmine (a more delicate and greener scent than regular jasmine, imo). It also has alpine violet and iris woods. It smells delicate and softly smoky at the same time. When I burn this, I feel like I need to be drinking a fizzy gin cocktail at a New Year’s Eve party, which is always a great vibe to evoke.
Dedcool Milk Eau de Parfum
$90 for 1.7oz/50ml or $30 for .5oz/15ml
This is one of my most worn fragrances, and I’m so glad they’re at Sephora now. This fragrance smells like a warm hug in your coziest sweatshirt. It’s sweet and milky with notes of Amber and White Musk, but the Bergamot note brightens up the scent to keep it from being cloying. I reach for this when I want to feel like I’m being comforted and enveloped in a cozy scent.
Christophe Robin Detangling Gelee Conditioner*
$39 for 6.7oz/200ml
I don’t have too many hair recommendations beyond what I’ve previously recommended, since I’ve stuck to these favorites. But this conditioner earned rave reviews from my boyfriend, who loved its light texture with hydration. He has thick hair so he likes that this doesn’t weigh his hair down, and he reported that it kept his hair soft after his swimming workouts.
MY TOP RECOMMENDATIONS
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the products I’ve recommended, here are 8 products I’d recommend out of everything I mention in this post:
- Paula’s Choice Skin Perfecting 2% BHA Liquid Exfoliant ($34 for 4oz/120 ml)
- Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit Unlocked Palette – Elephant ($85 for .24oz/8.4g)
- .Fenty Beauty Double Cheek’d Up Freestyle Cream Blush Duo* ($34 for .24oz/7g)
- Fenty Berry Lipsticks in Crowd Surf’r (pomegranate berry), Loud Speak’r (pink berry), Rowdy Roadie (Deep wine berry) and the limited edition Lipstick case* ($20 each for the refills only, $12 for the case)
- Gucci Velvet Matte Lipstick Set or Gucci Trio Lipstick Set (Both sets are $97)
- Merit Signature Lips Lipstick ($26 for .1oz/3g)
- Boy Smells Neopeche Candle ($44)
- Dedcool Milk Eau de Parfum $90 for 1.7oz/50ml or $30 for .5oz/15ml
And out of all of my recommendations posts I’ve made through the past sales, here are 10 additional products that make the top of my list:
- Living Proof PHD Advanced Clean Dry Shampoo ($30 for 5.5oz/184ml) – the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used
- Tom Ford Eye Color Creme Quad ($89) – specifically in Smokey Quartz
- Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm* ($23)
- Dior Backstage Rosy Glow Blush Coral or Pink ($37 for .16oz/4.5g) – worth the hype for the subtle glow they gave
- Charlotte Tilbury Hollywood Flawless Filter ($44 for 1oz) – my favorite highlighter that doesn’t have visible shimmer
- Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel Pads ($88 for 30 pads or $17 for 5)
- Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Tea Tree Scalp Treatment Serum ($32 for 1oz) – I fly through these! It really keeps my scalp from getting itchy
- Armani Lip Power Long Lasting Satin Lipstick* ($38 for .1oz/3g) – one of the best satin lipstick formulas I’ve ever tried
- Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille ($70 for the travel .3oz/10ml mini)
- Juliette Has a Gun Not a Perfume ($100 for 1.7oz/50ml)
WHAT’S ON MY LIST
I always create a list of products I want to check out in person, or that I am considering buying. Here’s some highlights of what’s on the list this year:
- Boy Smells Discovery Set ($25 for 5 1.5oz samples) – I tried their original discovery set and wasn’t in love with any of the scents, but since their fragrance launch, they’ve added some new scents that are in this set that I am very intrigued by. I’m most interested in Woodphoria, Hinoki Phantome, and Marble Fruit.
- Cologne Sampler ($72 for 12 samples, redeems for a full size) – I always love Sephora’s fragrance samplers, and this year this sampler includes Tom Ford Ombre Leather again, which is a scent I love on my boyfriend. For $72 (or $58 with the sale), I can redeem for a 50ml bottle of Ombre Leather, which retails for $150. It’s a fantastic value for a scent I know I love.
- Dedcool Dedtergent 01 Taunt ($35 for 32oz/up to 60 washes) – fancy detergent? I’m truly at an exciting stage in my life. However, I love the scent of Taunt and I would love to use this on my sheets as a treat.
- Charlotte Tilbury Eyes to Mesmerize Eyeshadow in Exagger-eyes ($34) – I love the formula of the CT cream eyeshadows, and she launched a couple new shades this year. The shade Exagger-eyes looks like the type of neutral bronze I love to wear. I have a ton of cream eyeshadows but I don’t know if I can resist this one.
- Givenchy Mini Le Rouge Couture Lipstick ($50) – Every time I’m in store I play with the Givenchy lipsticks, and have only owned a couple of limited edition shades. The shades in this mini set are all shades I gravitate to, and you all know I can’t resist minis.
- Gucci Luminous Matte Blush ($49) – These have caught my(and a lot of other peoples’) eye because of the beautiful pink packaging, and I am extremely tempted to get one. Online, I haven’t seen a shade really jump out at me, so I’m hoping to try on a few shades in store to see if there’s a shade that I’d reach for.
I hope this post was helpful! Tell me what you are planning to check out or pick up during this sale!
2 thoughts on “Sephora Fall 2022 Sale Recommendations”
I enjoy your recommendations, especially the Lifter gloss swatch post. But it’s weird to see an Asian recommending Fenty products when Rihanna has been racist against Asians repeatedly in the past.
Thanks for your comment. I support the brand still because when customers have pointed out product names or instances of racism against Asians, they have taken responsibility and pulled the products and apologized. Of course, it is your personal decision if you don’t support the brand, but I don’t have a problem with them.
In a time when much of media and mainstream narrative tries to sow divisions between the Black and Asian communities, I think it’s important to look at the broader context of the situation. Many white-owned brands have not apologized or pulled products when called out about their non-inclusive and outright offensive shade ranges and offerings, and many of these brands have not had the same level of criticism and scrutiny as Fenty, which is Black-owned.
In addition, at the end of the day, the brand is also still inclusive when many other brands are not. While your reasoning to not support the brand are valid, these are my reasons why I stand behind the brand. I hope this clarifies my recommendations.