Thursday, November 1, 2018

Sephora Holiday Bonus Beauty Insider Sale Top Picks

I'm at the point now where I still buy a ton from Sephora, but try to limit my shopping only during sale times. I mean, if you can get your favorites for 20% off, why not?! I came back from my weekend away at a friend's wedding to discover that there was a sale going on (currently only for Rouge level), and I placed an order right away! 

The remaining sale dates are: 
  • 11/2 – 11/5: Rouge Bonus Weekend
  • 11/9 – 11/12: VIB Member Access 
  • 11/16 – 11/19: Beauty Insider Member Access
If you aren't currently a member at Sephora, just sign up here and you'll get access during the Beauty Insider dates. 

I really can't believe this is a holiday sale already, but when you look at the sale dates I guess it makes sense! I think the point is to order some of the new holiday sets that came out, but I scoured through all of the pages of holiday sets and only saw one worth purchasing - the Urban Decay Setting Spray Duo which basically gets you two for the price of one. Besides that, I just reordered some of my favorites! Here are my top picks from the sale: 


Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara - this has been my favorite for years now - it's great for lengthening and thickening! They still have this adorable glitter anniversary packaging in stock, how cute!

Urban Decay Lash Subversion - a lash primer that helps you get even more length and volume from your mascara. I use this under my mascara every day and love that it gives more staying power and prevents flaking.

Laura Mercier Longwear Concealer - the last time I went in for a makeover at Sephora they used this on me, and I love it! It doesn't crease and gives me really heavy coverage without looking like it's really heavy coverage, if that's even possible ;) I use color 1N. 

Urban Decay All Nighter Spray - I originally purchased this three years ago but only used it sporadically since I didn't typically wear foundation. But now that I'm wearing foundation on the daily, I've been using this every day to make sure my makeup stays in place all day - it definitely works! The makeup artist at the wedding this weekend even used it on all of us. If you'll be using this frequently, there's a holiday two pack that'll get you two sprays for the price of one, which is what I ended up purchasing! 

Becca Under Eye Brightening Corrector - I've been using this for about six months now and love the additional bit of brightness it adds to my under eye. I have a feeling once the baby comes and I'm pressed for time, I'll just be using this on its own as a quick fix. 

Laura Mercier Secret Brightening Powder - another undereye product - it's a powder that adds additional brightness also. I bake this under my eyes to ensure my concealer stays put all day. 

Bare Minerals Original Foundation - I started using this on the daily after pregnancy hormones started making me breakout like a teenager! It somehow almost covers all of the redness on its own without the help of concealer. I also love that it's a powder foundation, which helps me feel like I'm not wearing foundation at all. I would just recommend not going too heavy when applying or it can start to look cake-y. This definitely made its way into my shopping cart for a repurchase - I use the shade Fairly Medium. 


T3 Whirl Trio - I bought this during a previous sale and it has totally changed my hair curling game. I definitely notice that my hair curls faster and that the curls last longer. I've even woken up the next day with my curls still intact! I love the interchangeable barrels too, I use the big barrel for when I want more casual waves or when my hair is longer, and the smaller barrel for more defined curls. The interchangeable barrels also means this is great for traveling since you can take it apart. It's definitely a splurge, but the sale price helps! 

T3 Hair Dryer - over the summer my old hair dryer started sparking at me (a hair fire is definitely not how I want to start the day!) so I ended up buying this during the last Sephora sale. I have to admit, I partially bought it because it matched the trio and the travel hair dryer I already own, but I'm so glad I did! It dries my hair amazingly fast, and I love that the buttons are on the back so I don't accidentally hit them while I'm drying my hair. The dryer also has a cool button that actually blows out cool air, which if you've tried a lot of driers you know is not always the case! 

Living Proof Full Dry Volume Blast - I use this every time I curl my hair and love it - it's definitely a game changer! My curls used to start out full of volume but fall by the end of the day. With this spray, they stay big and full all day long! I occasionally use this on straight hair too, but don't notice it makes as big a difference then. 


Nest Pumpkin Spice Candle - the perfect fall scent! I ordered one during the last sale and it's nearly gone, so I added another to my order to get me through Thanksgiving. 

Nest Birchwood Pine Candle - and this is my favorite holiday scent - just like a fresh Christmas tree! I order the giant size during this sale every year and it usually lasts me through the month of December. 


L'Occitane Hand Creme Mini - I always have one of these in my purse, I'm literally addicted to hand lotion and love this size because it fits in even my smallest handbags. These hand cremes feel so luxurious and keep my hands soft and hydrated. The cherry blossom scent is my favorite! 

OLEHENRIKSEN Power Peel Transforming Facial System - I've been noticing as I get older that the pores on my face are getting bigger, and this mask makes the immediately look better, and the effect lasts for days! I also love the pods and three step system - it's weirdly fun to put on. I just ran out trying to prep my skin for this wedding, so this definitely made it into my cart!

Herbivore Coco Rose Body Scrub - I use this in the shower on the weekends and it feels so luxurious and makes my skin feel amazing. I usually just put it on my arms and legs, but now I've been using it on my belly also for a little extra moisture as it grows to try to prevent stretch marks. 

Origins Out of Trouble Mask - I initially bought this years ago and actually just managed to finish my first bottle! I use this just on my chin which is my trouble spot (and makes for a really good look - nothing like a Santa goatee!) and helps prevent and heal acne. 

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