My Sephora VIB Rouge Sale Picks

Ciate London Bamboo Bronzer // Beautyblender // Smashbox Always On Matte Liquid Lipstick // Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation // Marc Jacobs Beauty Velvet Noir Volume Mascara // Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo // Laura Mercier Loose Translucent Loose Setting Powder // Diorshow Pump’N’Volumte Mascara // Natasha Denona Magic Primer Anti-Shine Flawless Face Base // Kat Von D Tattoo Liner // Jo Malone London Peony & Blush Suede Cologne // Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm //

This weekend kicked off the best sale of the year at Sephora, the Beauty Insider Event. If you are a VIB Rouge or VIB you get 20% off in stores, or online with code “20FORROUGE” or “20FORVIB”, and if you are an Insider you get 15% off with code “INSIDER15”. Sephora only has this sale twice a year, and this is the ONLY time of year they offer 20% off. This is the time to stock up on your necessities and start early on your Christmas shopping for the women in your life.  The sale is going on now until this Wednesday, 11/15.

My picks are actually mostly products I’ve used before and are my tried and true. I did throw in a few products that I’ve never tried and would like to try, as well. Below I’ve further broken down why I think some of these products are so great.


Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation:

Make Up For Ever just knows how to do foundation.  I used to use their Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation all the time, until I became obsessed with foundation in the form of a stick. Their Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick Foundation is one that I continue to reach for every morning when I get ready for work. Not only is the stick easier to apply, but the formula is easily spreadable and the coverage is full but not TOO thick.

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo
The amount of dry shampoos I’ve dried in my day is borderline concerning. My thin, fine hair gets greasy after 24 hours, but I’m trying to train it to not be this way, so I try to wash it every other day. On those off days, I instead douse my hair in dry shampoo. The Living Proof dry shampoo has been my holy grail dry shampoo for a couple of years now (although I think I may have recently found one that comes close…more on that in a later post). This dry shampoo makes not only makes my hair look clean, it gives it more volume than it normally ever has. It also doesn’t leave the white residue that lots of dry shampoos leave.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder:
Beauty gurus aplenty consider this Laura Mercier loose setting powder a holy grail product, and I have to agree. It looks like it might leave color on your face, but it goes on completely translucent, as its name indicates. The powder has all kinds of uses, but I use it for two main purposes: to set my under eye concealer to keep it from creasing, and I put it all over my face if I am wearing a more hydrating foundation that might make me oily looking later on. The powder truly has a purpose for all skin types and though the price tag is steep, it will literally last you forever. I bought mine almost a year ago and I still have a ton of product left. It’s a one-time purchase that is well worth the money.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner:
This eyeliner is no joke. It really lives up to it’s name of being a “tatoo liner.” Whenever I sleep in my makeup (which is more often than I’d like to admit) with this eyeliner on, it’s still on and going strong when I wake up the next morning. This is the most pigmented eye liner I’ve ever used. The other thing I like about it is that it’s a pen-like applicator, which makes it much less intimidating and easier to control. This product has also won the Allure “Best of Beauty” award several years in a row, so you know it’s good.

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm:
I bought this product a couple of months ago in an attempt to up my skincare as my wedding was approaching. I hate to admit it, but I do almost nothing to take care of my skin. I almost never wash my face unless it’s in the shower. I was blessed with good skin, so I’ve never seen a need to do anything to take care of it (I know, I’m terrible, and I’ll regret it when I’m older). That being said, when I tried this cleansing balm, I enjoyed using it so much. For those of you, like me, that hate to wash your face, this product is so easy to use. You just take a few fingers full of it, rub it around on your face for like 20 seconds, and then rinse it off with hot water. It takes off even the toughest makeup, which is what I was most impressed with. Part of the reason I hate washing my face is because I can never seem to get all of my mascara off. But after rubbing my eyelashes with this product and rinsing it off with water, all my mascara came off. Color me impressed, and encouraged to continue washing my face.

Must-Have Mascaras

mascaras 1. Buxom Sculpted Lash Mascara, $19 2. L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara, $8.49 3. Maybelline Volum’ Express The Falsies Mascara, $5.99 4. Benefit They’re Real! Mascara, $23 5. Dior Diorshow Mascara, $25

If I was stranded on an island and could only bring one beauty product with me, it would, without hesitation, be mascara. Simply applying a coat of mascara on your lashes is all you need when running late or feeling under the weather. And, to set the record straight, while some say that applying mascara to the bottom lashes is a huge faux pas, I am huge advocate of a quick one or two swipes on the bottom lashes. Don’t be afraid to do the same :)

In my beauty product hoarding experience, these five mascaras are at the top of my list. While three of them are at a higher price point than some of you might want to pay for a tube of mascara, my current favorite of my favorites is the more affordable L’Oreal Telescopic Mascara. This mascara is by far the best lengthening mascara I have ever used. I just love how long it makes my lashes look. Furthermore, the small wand makes it very easy to apply.

What is your favorite mascara?

Fall Beauty Must Haves

fall-beauty-must-haves 1. Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Pur Couture Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain, $34 2. Laura Mercier Face Illuminator, $42 3. Claudio Riaz Instant Face Set, $86 4. Lipstick Queen Lip Liner Red, $18 5. NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Fairy’s Kiss, $45 6. Make Skin Illuminating Primer, $34 7. Bobbi Brown Nail Polish in Black Pearl, $18 8. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Moderncraft Lip Tar Collection in Black Metal Dahlia, $18 9. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Cream Shadow Stick in 24 Karat, $28 10. Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner in Dark Chocolate Ink, $23 11. Smashbox Photo Matte Anti-Shine Primer, $25

Happy Fall, y’all!
From vampy, berry lips, to dramatic cat eyes, to matte skin, to metallic nail hues, to subtle smokey eyes, these beauty products are just some of the many I would love to add to my makeup bag to keep up with this fall’s beauty trends.
At the top of my list is the Claudio Riaz Instant Face Set. While the price is steep, I feel like it is a product worth investing in. I don’t know about any of you, but, it seems like I only have 50% of the makeup on my face at the end of the day that I had at the beginning of the day. Perhaps this product is the answer to that problem.

What beauty products are you looking to add to your makeup bag this fall?