Sephora is having their 20% off sale for members of their VIB loyalty program from November 8 to November 12, 2012. During this period, those who qualify as a VIB (annual spend greater than $350 on purchases linked to your loyalty account) can get 20% off any purchase. Needless to say, this is pretty exciting for beauty lovers. We usually go crazy during this time trying out new products, but we wanted to put out a brief recommendation list for those of you who might be looking for some inspiration.
Below are what we believe to be foundational beauty buys from Sephora:
- Concealer: Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage – GREAT concealer for blemishes and discoloration. Mini review here.
- Undereye concealer/brightener: Clinique Airbrush Concealer in Neutral Fair - perfect for light-medium skin tones for covering up mild under eye circles and brightening
- Brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz – So easy to use and portable. Mini review here.
- Face setting spray: Urban Decay De-Slick or All Nighter Setting Spray
- What we want to try: Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer
- Urban Decay Naked 2 eyeshadow palette. Must have (see here).
- Stila In The Light Palette (more wearable than Urban Decay Naked 1 and comes with an amazing nearly smudge-proof eyeliner) or Urban Decay Naked 1 (because everyone needs to have it)
- Benefit Stay Don’t Stray primer – Really effective skin-tinted eyeshadow AND under eye concealer primer
- Blush: NARS blush - notably the colors Deep Throat, Douceur, Madly, or Luster
- Bronzer: Edward Bess Ultra Luminous Bronzer in 01 Daydream – beautiful bronzer for light to light/medium skin tones; gives a natural glow and is super forgiving to use
- Highlight: Dior Diorskin Shimmer Star in Amber Diamond - if you’re going to highlight your face, you might as well have one of the best
- What we want to try: BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector in Moonstone
- Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment in Rose – moisturizing, no parabens, gives a lovely rose tint
- What we want to try: YSL Sheer Candy
- Facial treatment: Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum – antioxidant-rich oil that leaves skin glowy. Mini review here.
- Face and body moisturizer: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream – scent-free, paraben-free, very effective moisturizer
- What we want to try: SK-II Facial Treatment Clear Lotion – alcohol-free toner for those with congested skin; contains Pitera, SK-II’s famous anti-aging ingredient
- Facial cleaning: Clarisonic Mia + brush heads
- Makeup application: beautyblender – your foundation will look flawless on your face!
- What we want to try: Sultra The Bombshell 1 inch curling wand
Fab Sephora VIB recommendation videos by two of our favorite Youtube beauty gurus:
What do you recommend? What’s on your wish list??
Charmaine is our guest blogger this week. She currently lives in DC, but is from sunny LA. She is our go to accessories guru and can style us with any budget. She loves food, works in politics and teaches Cardio Barre at nights! We recently visited her and noticed how many cellulite buster products she had in her medicine cabinet so we asked her to guest blog:
I am getting older. My skin elasticity just isn’t what it use to be. Sure, those who know me might say, you’re being overly critical and plus I have the Asian genes on my side, but when you have thin skin (and I don’t mean emotionally), every little thing shows. What does that mean? Well, first off, because I have lost so much weight from college, I have stretch marks. Going into college at 90 lbs and then coming out at 120 after college does not do anything for your body. Now although I do not have cellulite in the back of my legs (scarily enough, I verified with a plastic surgeon), I do have what he calls lines in my skin. Because of my thin skin, every little mark shows up, from sitting too much on a chair, to laying down, etc. This is caused by lack of collagen and elasticity in my skin. Oh and did I mention I have excess skin on my stomach from my weight lost that for some reason will not tighten up? As it should for someone in my age who losses weight at a good pace? Yeah, it slowly is getting better, but not fast enough.
So I started with the least extreme way to fix all my problem areas: Creams and Gels. For Stretch Marks I used StriVectin-SD, something my plastic surgeon’s wife swore by after her pregnancy. Always check with your doctor, but I am pretty sure you can’t use this while pregnant or breast feeding. It is amazing, my stretch marks are virtually undetectable now. It took me about 10 weeks, but it worked. For, my tummy, I used two products, Clarins High Definition Body Lift. This is amazing and I use it on the back of my legs. It is for cellulite, but it tightens my skin too. Bonus: the instructions come with different massaging techniques to break away the cellulite. Many women have sworn by this product and I am one of them! What didn’t work was the Bliss Lovehandler gel. It feels tingly when you put it on, but I didn’t really see results. Maybe it’ll work for someone else? As for the back of my legs, my doctor prescribed Tretinoin Cream. This basically makes your skin regenerate at a faster rate so that it builds elasticity and collagen. Not for the faint of heart. It gets really itchy and your skin gets red, but the results are amazing. My skin looks smoother and more even now. So ladies, good luck with these products!
What do you do to combat cellulite or stretch marks??