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Sephora VIB Sale Spring 2018

It’s almost Sephora VIB Sale time! Sephora holds two big VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) sales a year- a fall VIB sale in November where you can get up to 20% off your entire purchase and a Spring VIB sale in April where you can get up to 15% off your entire purchase. The sale happens both online and in store. There is no minimum purchase and anyone can access the sale- you just have to sign up for a Sephora Beauty Insider account which is free! You can login to your Sephora account to figure out what level you are or sign up for a Beauty Insider account if you haven’t already.

VIB Rouge – Sale started 4/13/18 and is 15% off of your entire purchase with code

VIB – Sale is 4/20/18- and is 15% off your entire purchase with code

Beauty Insider (aka anyone!) – Sale is 4/20/18- and is 10% off your entire purchase.

This sale is a great time to restock anything you’re running low on or purchase a splurge item you’ve always had your eye on and been curious to try.

New Sephora Products I’ve Been Loving

The Ordinary Buffet Peptide Serum ($18) Edit: No longer available at Sephora.

First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum 0.25% Pure Concentrate ($58) – If you want to add 1 skin care product (that’s not an SPF or cleanser) to your routine you HAVE to add retinol! It helps with acne, fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin texture, uneven skin tone, loss of elasticity etc. Retin-A is available as a prescription and my dermatologist has been trying to get me on it for forever. The problem is that prescription strength Retin-A can make you peel… for WEEKS. It is an extremely annoying process you have to endure in order to see the benefits (which will take months to truly see) and your makeup looks like absolute garbage during the transition time. When I read about the First Aid Beauty FAB Skin Lab Retinol Serum and about how it is formulated to be extra gentle for sensitive skin I HAD to try it. I’ve eased in per their recommendations using it every other night and topping with a great moisturizer (the Belif Moisture

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow ($18) – This shimmering rose nude color was designed to be universal and it is gorgeous! The formula is amazing too! So many people I know have been loving this gloss.

Sephora Matte Perfection Powder Foundation ($20) – The absolute best powder foundation I have used in a LONG TIME! Makes you look airbrushed!

HUDA Beauty Lip Contour Set in Trendsetter ($25) – This contains a lip liner and 2 liquid lipsticks. A pro makeup artist used this on me and she told me she uses it on everyone because it’s SUPER flattering.

Go-To Products I Re-Purchase

Belif The True Cream Moisture Bomb ($62) – My go to night (and day if I’m traveling and my skin is parched) cream. EXCELLENT moisturizer that sinks into the skin.

Elizabeth & James Nirvana White Dry Shampoo ($28) – My “special occasion” dry shampoo lol. I use Batiste dry shampoo daily, but when I want my hair to smell amazing I use some of this. Warning: it does have a white cast so I do not recommend this for darker hair!!

Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($64) – I first splurged on this during a VIB spring sale a few years ago and the hype is REAL! After you apply this don’t be quick to judge.. for some reason it takes a few minutes to “settle” and then your skin will be looking amazing.

IT Cosmetics CC Cream ($15) – My go-to daytime foundation! CC Cream has skin care ingredients AND SPF 50 and great coverage!

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask ($20) – This heavy duty lip balm goes on my lips every single night before I go to bed. Must have!

New Items I Want to Try

HUDA Beauty Faux Filter Foundation ($40) – I’ve tried a sample of this foundation and found the coverage and the finish to be so amazing! The problem is that a lot of times the shades I want are out of stock when I go to purchase. A must try if you like full coverage.

New Items I’ve Tried That I’m Not Crazy About

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Pro Filt’r Soft Matte Longwear Foundation ($34) – I’m super oily, but this clings so much to any dry patches you have!

Urban Decay All Nighter Liquid Foundation ($40) – I find this foundation is so hard to blend!

Check out my Sephora VIB Sale Archive here!

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What will you be buying at the Sephora VIB Sale?

Black Friday 2017

Ok we all know that the shopping culture around the holidays is ever-expanding, so it should come as no surprise that there are already pre- Black Friday events happening now!

PS Be sure to join Ebates for free– you’ll get $10 just for joining then a cash back percentage just by shopping. I’ve made over $600 cash back since joining it’s so easy and there’s no strings!

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Sephora Fall 2017 VIB Sale – Shopping Tips + 7 Must Try Products

Sephora’s biggest sale of the year is almost here! Sephora’s annual VIB (Very Important Beauty Insider) Fall sale has began 11/3/17 for VIB Rouge Members ($1000 spent per calendar year) using the code 20FORROUGE for 20% off your purchase.

For VIB members ($350 spent per calendar year) beginning on 11/10/17-11/15/17 you can use the code 20FORVIB for 20% off your entire order as well.

The sale is open for Beauty Insiders (no minimum, free to sign up) and will be 15% off between 11/10/17-11/15/17 using the code INSIDER15. There’s no minimum purchase and all brands are included which is why this sale is such a big deal!! This sale is also available on the same dates in store as well.

PS Don’t forget to use Ebates to save another 2.5% off!

Sephora VIB Sale Shopping Tips

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ColourPop is Coming to Sephora Red and Pink Lippie Swatches and Reviews

ColourPop is coming to Sephora stores in the US in November 2017 (yay!) The brand has such an incredible range of products with fun colors and great formulas at a super affordable price point (products start at $5!). I figured now was a great time to share some of my ColourPop purchases and swatches to help when you need to add one more thing to your Sephora cart to get free shipping 😉 Continue reading ColourPop is Coming to Sephora Red and Pink Lippie Swatches and Reviews

Sephora VIB Sale What to Buy and What to Skip 2015

It’s almost here! Sephora’s biggest sale of the year (20% off all purchases) is the Sephora VIB sale and this year’s taking place Friday November 13-16, 2015 both online and in stores. Be sure to check out last year’s Sephora VIB Sale 2014 post with lot’s of reviews and recommendations of products that are still available. As a refresher in order to be VIB you must spend $500 in a calendar year. The good news is that if you spend more than that then it rolls over towards the next year. To find out your status you can log on to Sephora.com and click “(Your name)’s Account” in the top right corner. If it says “VIB Beauty Insider” you’re in! You can use VIB20 online during the sale and get 20% off your entire purchase. If you don’t have VIB you can ask one of your beauty obsessed friends to add a few things to their basket for you. If you don’t have VIB or even a Sephora account you’re not getting the discount, BUT they always offer the BEST gifts with purchase. This year you can pick 1 of 4, it includes 8 samples and a free clutch, and you only have to make a $25 purchase which is like half of 1 thing at Sephora. You can use the code “partypicks” to get in on that fine deal.

Let’s start off with updated reviews of last year’s purchases because liking a product an entire year later is a real testament to whether a product is truly worthy or not.

Sephora VIB Purchases 2014

 

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Reviews of My Sephora VIB 2014 Purchases

So now that I’ve had a chance to use my purchases from the 2014 Sephora VIB sale I wanted to give a quick review on them and let you know what I think. I especially wanted to get this up because Sephora sent out another perk for VIB members which is $20 off your purchase of $50 or more and the holidays are coming up so I’m sure you want to know what gifts are worth it.

Sephora VIB Purchases 2014

 

1. Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Foundation Primer ($39) – So far I’m happy with this little guy. The product is a little thick so you have to warm it up on your finger tips before you apply it. You then want to kind of push and roll your fingers into your skin to best cover your pores. When I’ve applied it and look in the mirror there’s no huge “WOW where have my pores gone!?” reaction, but it feels silicon-ey and smooth and blurs your face a tiny bit. The main thing I like about it is that I think it controls my oily skin without making my face too dry which is a delicate balance. My foundation maybe looks slightly better on top of this vs. without it, but it’s not anything that a slower more intentional application of the foundation couldn’t replicate or beat. It maybe keeps my makeup on a tiny bit longer as well, but again no huge day and night transformation. It’s supposed to last for up to eight hours, but I usually have my makeup on for about 12-14 hours per day. Overall I’d recommend this if you’re oily, if you’ve liked Smashbox primers in the past, and if you aren’t counting on it to change your life. It would also be good if you’re sweating or somewhere that’s humid because it’s supposed to be resistant to those things.

2. Sephora Cream Lip Stain in 07 Dark Berry ($13) – I got this because I want to be Samantha aka ssssamanthaa on Instagram from Batalash (see video below), but instead I look like I’m failing miserably at trying to look like Lorde. I’ve only worn this around the house to try it because it is BOLD as hale. It smells really nice like the Stila Stay All Day Lip Colors a nice cake scent. It stayed pretty well and I don’t remember my lips feeling too dry and crispy. I hope I’m brave enough to wear it out into the world one day, but we’ll see. The color is really cool and I’d recommend it if you want to try something new and fun I just don’t know if I’m cool enough to rock it yet.

3. L’Occitane Voyage En Provence Set ($39) – Ugh I haven’t used all of the products in this set so far, but so far I’m super disappointed. I had very high expectations for this especially for the famous She Butter Ultra Rich Body Lotion and it was nothing special. The scent was whatever and it’s not super thick or long lasting or curative to very dry skin or anything like I was expecting. I would not recommend this and I’m wary of buying more products from L’Occitane now even though so many people are obsessed! I’d recommend this to no one because I hate it and I’m pissed. The more I think about it and write about it the more I think wow why am I not returning this to Sephora I don’t need products to travel with so desperately that I need to keep this $39 set!

4. Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Ultra Definition Liquid Makeup in color 2.0 ($39) – I knew this guy was not going to be the perfect fit because it’s a luminous light weight virtually invisible foundation and deep down I’m a full coverage kind of girl. It’s very thin and fluid-like and reminds me of the bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation in that it’s luminous and nice for a day that you want to look natural and take a break from full cake face mode. This would probably work better for me at night because when I wear these luminous foundations during the day I get oily and then they’re a mess, but the problem is that I want full coverage when I go out at night. This does have build able coverage though which is good. I need to experiment with it a bit more to figure out how it can work best for me. I wish it had sunscreen in it. I’d recommend this to someone that wants to look younger (a more sheer, luminous foundation will make you look younger than a matte full coverage one), someone that already has pretty good skin and doesn’t need a ton of coverage, and someone with dry, normal, or combo skin.

5. Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush ($25) – This is a vegan brush that was developed to work with the Naked Skin foundation and overall I like it a lot. It blends out the makeup quickly and evenly. I have used it with both the super thin Naked Skin foundation and the super thick BECCA foundation. I’m back to using my tried and true Beauty Blender, but when I mix it up I love using this guy. I’d recommend it to someone looking for a good foundation brush to use with liquid foundation. I think the price point on this is great and very reasonable for the quality.

6. BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme in Buff ($44) – YASSSSSSS hunny. I am absolutely loving this foundation and I’m using it everyday and at night for going out as well. It is super full coverage and gives you a very flawless finish. I normally use a generous amount of foundation so when I accidentally put two whole pumps on my beauty blender and then went to blend it out and I was wearing a serious mask (which was fine for that day, but meant I don’t need to use as much in the future  because it’s so pigmented). This foundation is easy to blend but the only thing you have to look out for is once it dries (relatively quickly in 1-3 minutes) it is DRY and SET so don’t try to blend it out again because you will just mess it up. This foundation lasts me all day and/or night long and keeps me relatively matte without drying me out too much. Once it’s on it doesn’t feel super heavy or cakey which is nice for how full coverage and pigmented it is. I spent at least an hour trying to figure out online which color to get in this and while I like to think I picked the best match I do definitely have to blend it very well down my neck and blend very very well if I’m wearing my hair up. This foundation color is also super yellow which I like because I think it balances out my redness, but I know not everyone likes super yellow foundation. I would recommend this to anyone that is looking for a full coverage foundation with great coverage and staying power who has normal to oily skin. This is my favorite thing I bought. This price tag is a little high, but I’m hoping that since it’s so pigmented that I will use less and it will last me longer (fingers crossed!) Here’s a pic of me wearing it:

Me wearing BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme
Pic I posted on Insty of me wearing BECCA Ultimate Coverage Complexion Creme www.blushinginhollywood.com

 

&& let’s keep it real here’s the unedited photo: Continue reading Reviews of My Sephora VIB 2014 Purchases

What I Bought at the Sephora VIB Sale

In case you were wondering, here’s what I bought at the Sephora VIB sale for Winter 2014 (it was 20% off!). Can’t wait for my purchases to arrive! Check out my previous post on what to buy and what to skip at the Sephora VIB 2014 SaleContinue reading What I Bought at the Sephora VIB Sale

Sephora VIB Sale What to Buy and What to Skip

**UPDATE 11/10/17: Looking for the Fall 2017 Sephora VIB Sale discount codes? Check out my Sephora Fall 2017 VIB Sale – Shopping Tips + 7 Must Try Products post!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… the time where Sephora sends those of us who have spent way too much (aka Sephora VIB) at their stores a 20% off all purchases coupon. I spend hours researching, reading reviews, watching YouTube videos, adding products to my “loves” list then to my shopping cart then take them out again. I deliberate over what I “really need” and then finally make some decisions and spend a bunch of money. Let’s back-up if you’re not familiar with Sephora VIB program.

Sephora VIB Rewards Levels:

1. Beauty Insider – Free to join, no minimum purchase, you get a free gift during your birthday month, and a few other perks. You do not get the 20% off coupon in the mail every November, but you can use a friend’s coupon in store or they actually have AMAZING gift with $25 purchase options. Honestly I’m pissed that these aren’t available to VIBs because I really want all of them. You can sign up to be a Beauty Insider and shop immediately. Even though you won’t get the 20% off these gifts alone are worth a purchase. (Edit: These gifts were available at the Sephora VIB Sale in Fall 2014)

 

Sephora free gift with $25 purchase for Beauty Insiders
Sephora free gift with $25 purchase for Beauty Insiders

Kat Von D liquid lipstick, Pharrell’s new fragrance, UD eyeliner, MJ lip lacquer, like are you kidding me??

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How to Fill in Your Brows

After I went to the NYX Face Awards recently I knew I wanted to attend more beauty events ASAP so I hit the internet and found a few. If you’re interested in them you can find them on websites for departments stores such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus, Sephora, and MAC. The events are typically free and sometimes there’s champagne or gifts which is always fun. This past Saturday I went to Sephora for their Perfect Brows Event. The event was nationwide and Sephora had product specialists/makeup artists from the famous Anastasia Beverly Hills in store to show people how to fill in their brows. I was happy when I saw this because I already use Anastasia products to fill in my brows (I use the Brow Wiz daily and recently got the Dipbrow Pomade) and I needed a little help as to how to use the pomade. Now when I posted this photo on Instagram and Facebook what you might not have noticed was that my brows were each done a different way:

 

Here's me with a very full face of makeup before brows (on the left) and after brows on the right.
Here’s me with a very full face of makeup before brows (on the left) and after brows on the right. This tutorial will show you how to fill in your brows.

 

The first thing I was concerned about when I walked in Sephora was if my brows were the correct shape. My brows are sisters not twins and I’m always unsure where to make them stop in the middle. She showed me how to find this info out. What you do is hold a makeup brush straight up and down on the side of your nose and that is where you want to stop:

 

Pretend these black arrows are me holding a makeup brush up along side of my nose and this is where your eyebrow should stop in the middle.
Pretend these black arrows are me holding a makeup brush up along side of my nose and this is where your eyebrow should stop in the middle.

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