It’s getting to be that time again when Ulta releases their 21 days of Beauty and Sephora responds with their VIB sale. Two times a year Sephora has a sale that’s usually 15% off in April and 20% off in November. I’ve linked the post I did to my 2017 November VIB haul and also linked my last years recommendations.
Now, before you take out a mortgage or start rationing your food take a look through my recommendations to help prioritize and organize the wish list. If you want me to post whats in my basket for what I plan to purchase, let me know in the comments and i’ll be happy to follow up.
While I dont have something for every category, I focused on the higher of the high end makeup or things that I just cant live without to feature here (vs. talking about all my Sephora favorites, because we’d be here until the November sale strikes again). I’ll be super short with my reviews but happy to answer any questions you may have! Happy shopping beauties.
Tom Ford Illuminating Primer ($87 CAD) this is best if you have normal skin and prefer to wear anything from light to full coverage foundation. After applied this primer applies a smooth and bright filter to the face that I often wear to the gym or no makeup days. It blurs the lines and pores in my skin
YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($57 CAD) for my dehydrated skin girls out there who have dry skin and struggle with dullness or flakiness, this could be your answer. While I dont really understand what the gold flex actually do beside justify the price tag, the actual formula is amazing. It feels like a gel- silicone hybrid it smooths over the skin prepping my base for a bright and hydrated foundation application that never looks dull.
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation ($70 CAD) did Giorgio Armani increase the price of this foundation? I recall there always being a 6 in front of the price tag, but it’s all the more reason to snag it on a sale. I recommend this foundation because it’s hydrating yet extremly buildable. You can take this foundation from a sheer tinted moisturizer like application to a more opaque medium-full coverage.
Yves Saint Laurent Le Teint Encre De Peau ($65 CAD) this is my all time favorite foundation that I always come back to irrespective of time of year (when my skin is dry or oily) and coverage preference (as this gives me the perfect medium for any occasion). The formula has a thin, watery texture that buffs in beautifully, lasts all day and wears like second skin
Givenchy Teint Couture Balm Blurring Foundation ($58 CAD) since many people (myself included) are heading into the summer months the demand for lighter foundations will start to come up. The Givenchy balm feels super light weight on the skin but still maintains a good amount of coverage on the skin and lasts all day. Across the limited colour range, if you can find one that works for you, I imagine you’d enjoy this.
Guerlain Multi-Perfecting Concealer ($44 CAD) now, i’ll be the first one to tell you that I reach for my $6 ColourPop concealers just as much as I do my Guerlain one, but that doesnt take away from how much I love this concealer. It’s medium coverage, hydrating, seamless on the skin and lasts all day. This is my favorite high end concealer by far
Givenchy Prisme Libre Loose Powders ($66 – $68 CAD) These are my favorite loose powders, period. High, mid or low end I’ll always come back to these. The powder is contained in four small chambers with different colours that you can try and tap out separately or swirl together for an all over face colour. I bake my under eyes with the lighter shades and can even bronze using some of the deeper tones in Taffetas Beige but also have Mouseline Pastels to reverse contour. These powders do not leave my face feeling dry, looking cakey and prolong the wear of my makeup.
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders ($55 CAD) unlike the Guerlain Meterories (review linked here), this finishing powder actually does something to the finish of my skin. With the shades that err more radiant than shimmery (i.e. mood light, dim light or even iridescent light) leave a real life filter on the skin that makes me look like i’m 10x better at my makeup than I actually am
Anastasia Amrezy Highlighter ($36 CAD) if still available by the time of the sale, I’d recommend snagging it up because although you probably already have too many highlighters in your collection, the formula and colour of this one sets it apart. Although in the pan and when swatched this looks incredibly gold, once applied onto the skin it lightens to a more champagne shade that lets your natural skin tone shine through. The formula is such that the more you buff it into the skin, the more radiant (but never shimmery) it looks, not emphasizing texture
Lancome Dual Finish Mulit-Tasking Illuminating Highlighter ($53 CAD) If the Anastasia one is sold out or even if you enjoy a colour better with the Lancome range, i’d recommend snagging a dual finish highlighter. The practically perfect reviews on Sephora dont lie – this is the creamiest highlighter I own (it almost feels like a gel powder hybrid) that when buffed into the skin deposits an ethereal glow that looks fresh and glowy on the skin.
Marc Jacobs Dew Drops Coconut Gel Highlighter ($55 CAD) The consistency of this highlighter has a light weight, almost thin consistency that actually feels like a gel. The product comes in a pump, which is great to control the amount you dispense since you only need a very tiny amount for one application. The colour is a warm, light champagne shade that looks absolutely stunning in both artificial and natural sunlight. This contains no glittery chunks in it; the shimmer is very fine and catches the light for a perfect highlighted/lifted look.
Ambient Lighting Blush- Mood Exposure ($45 CAD) – When it came to blush, there was really only one option that came to mind. Indulging in the Hourglass ambient lighting blushers on sale will give you an amazing blush that looks natural, glowy and offers beautiful shades, at a $6 (ish) discount. Not groundbreaking, but if there was any time to try this out, it would be during the VIB sale.
Viseart eyeshadows ($60 – $100 CAD) If you’ve been following my blog you’ll know I am a huge fan of Viseart eyeshadows. The mattes are unparalleled in not only the fabulous colour selection but the pigment, blendability and overall quality of the shadows. I think blendability is the most important thing for a flawless eyeshadow look that can make the difference between a harsh and soft look. For that reason, I think it’s worth the spluge. However, the more shimmery shades is a matter of preference. While I quite enjoy them because they’re subtle yet reflective and maintain the base colour, there are many who will feel they fall short of the drama. You shouldnt have to spray your brush with water or MAC Fix+ to amp up these shadows for the price so if thats what you’re into then this might not be worth the price.
Tarte Tartelette in Bloom Clay Eyeshadow Palette ($60 CAD) to me, this is really the new ‘Naked’ palette from Urban Decay. While the Naked palettes may have started the neutral makeup trend, I think the Tartelette in Bloom palette quickly replaced it and I havent looked back since. I am obsessed with every single colour in this palette, the blendability is great and the quality of the shadows are perfect: the shimmers and mattes maintain their colour and dont blend away like I often find the shades in the Naked palette do. Oh, and it smells like chocolate haha
Urban Decay x Kristen Leanne Daydream Eyeshadow Palette ($35 CAD)– while not a bank breaker like some of the other options in my post are, it’s still a significant amount of money to spend on 5 eyeshadows. However, ever since I bought this, I havent been able to put it down. I can tell it was made by a YouTuber, where a lot of us learned how to apply makeup from, so the techniques match the colour options in the palette. For example, laying down a base crease shade with a slightly deeper crease shade, smoking out an outter V, applying a matte cream base shade to make other colours pop and even having alternatives for neturals can all be found in this one palette.
Sephora lashes are definitely luxe starting from the price all the way down to the quality of the each lash. If you have a birthday, special occasion or just want to treat yourself, these lashes are an amazing indulgence. The collection was carefully curated, without overwhelming you with too many options, but still delivering natural to dramatic styles. I get less wear out of these than I do with my other, even more inexpensive lashes like Ardell, because of how delicate these are. I’d say after the 8 wear mark, it starts falling apart.