Hey guys! So today I am sharing a comprehensive list of recommendations for the Sephora VIB Sale. For those who don’t know, twice a year Sephora does a sale where you get anywhere from 10-to-20% off your purchase. This is huge because Sephora doesn’t often do sales. The dates of the sale and the percentage depends on what level of their BeautyInsider program you are (see photo below). I was debating doing this post but then ALL my friends were asking what I was getting and what I recommend. So if you are interested in what I’m ordering head over to my Instagram stories because I’ll show my cart there. I will also do a haul once I get my order. Here I will be doing an in-depth recommendation list. I’m going to go through each product category for makeup and skincare. Unfortunately, I don’t have the money (or have received in PR) to have tested every product under the sun, so I will be listing some products that I haven’t tried but I have heard positive reviews for. I will mark if I’ve tried a product or not. Okay, let’s get into it.
First is a cult-classic, the Smashbox Photo Finish Smooth & Blur Primer. This is the primer to use if you have oily skin or if you just want to have a smooth and even canvas for your makeup. This is a primer I will always have in my collection. One that is my wish list is the Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum. I have loved every Laneige product that I have tried and I have heard amazing things about this primer. This serum is supposed to hydrate the skin and keep oils at bay while giving a visible glow to the skin AND helping makeup last longer. That sounds pretty perfect to me.
There are so many good foundations on the market and it’s all about personal preference when it comes to foundation. Either of the Fenty foundations, the Matte and the Hydrating are both amazing. Both foundations are full coverage and long-lasting on the skin. A foundation that I have on my wish list is the NARS Soft Matte Complete Foundation. I’ve heard Kathleen Lights and Samantha Ravndahl rave about this foundation and they both have dry skin. They say that while it’s matte the foundation is quite natural and looks good on the skin. Sounds amazing to me. Now I’ve had a few people ask me for a lighter coverage foundation/tinted moisturizer. I haven’t tried either of these so sorry if it doesn’t work out. But if you want something with lighter coverage check out the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer.
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. That’s it. That’s what I recommend. It’s my favourite concealer. Now if you aren’t satisfied with my one recommendation, then you can also check out the Hourglass Vanish Airbrush Concealer and the Kosas Revealer Concealer. I’ve heard good things about both of those concealers as well.
I could be here forever if I were to list all the blushes, bronzer and highlights that I’ve heard good things about. There are just so many good ones on the market. So instead I’m going to give you some tips for picking out a good one. First, decide what formula you want. There is a difference between using a powder vs a cream/liquid. Picking a formula will help narrow down the options. Next, decide what shade you want. Not every brand has every shade. If you want a specific blush or highlight shade then that will limit what brands you pick from. Bronzers some brands will lean more warm-toned or cool-toned. A good list of brands for blush is NARS, Rare Beauty, Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury, Tarte, Fenty and Nudestix. For bronzers I recommend: Benefit, Charlotte Tilbury, Marc Jacobs, Fenty and Milk Makeup. For highlight: Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury, Becca. As you can see there are a couple of brands who just do face products well across the board like Hourglass, Charlotte Tilbury and Fenty.
One of my favourite setting powder is the Hourglass Veil Translucent Setting Powder. It gives a very soft and natural look to the skin. Not cakey and matte unlike a lot of setting powders. The one I would like to try is the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Finish Setting Powder. Similarly to the Hourglass one, the Charlotte Tilbury setting powder is supposed to blur and reduce shin. It’s not a heavy-duty powder.
My two all-time favourites are MAC Prep + Prime Fix+ and Urban Decay All Nighter. If you guys follow my blog you know my love of these setting sprays. Two setting sprays that I would like to try are the Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray and the Hourglass Veil Setting Spray. The Charlotte Tilbury setting spray is supposed to be amazing at locking in makeup. The Hourglass one is supposed to be great at hydrating and blurring the skin.
You can’t go wrong with a brow pencil from Anastasia Beverly Hills or Benefit. Both the Brow Wiz and Precisely My Brow are fan favourites for a reason. I’ve noticed that a few brands are coming out with their version of the Glossier Boy Brow. Benefit, ABH and Urban Decay all have their version that I would be interested in trying in the future.
There are so many good eyeshadow palettes on the market it’s hard to recommend just a few. Some of my favourites include the ABH Soft Glam palette, the Natasha Denona Bronze Eyeshadow palette and the Huda Beauty Nude Obsessions palettes. One palette I would love to test in the future is the Pat McGrath Mothership palettes. They are just so beautiful, but they are also hella expensive.
Eyeliner is usually not a product I get excited over. I generally don’t go “oh that eyeliner looks so good I want to get it”. So I don’t have any on my wish list. I do have two recommendations. The first is the Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon. The second is the Make Up For Ever Artist Colour Pencil. I find the Marc Jacobs eyeliner to be creamier than the MUFE one. This means that the Marc Jacobs eyeliner is more pigmented and impactful, but it’s not as long-lasting. Both have an impressive shade collection so you can probably find the shade you’re looking for between these two eyeliners.
I love mascara. It’s one of my favourite products to test out because I’m pretty picky. I have quite a few recommendations. First, any of the Tarte mascaras are good, but my favourite is the Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara. I know not everyone is a fan of the plastic wand, but I never accidentally get mascara on my lid while using this mascara. I think it gives the perfect balance between volume and length. The next is the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara. I like the formula but I don’t like the wand. I always get mascara on my lids. The formula gives me defined lashes and intense volume. And then one in the middle brush-wise is the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara. This gives me long, fluttery lashes. I didn’t like it at first but once it dried out a bit I like it now.
Okay, there are SO many lip products out there so it’s hard for me to have tried everything. I’m going to give a few options for each category. I haven’t tried all of these but I’ve good heard reviews for sure. So for lipliners, I would recommend Charlotte Tilbury or Pat McGarth. For lip gloss, Fenty and Bite Beauty. I also really want to try Tower28. For liquid lipstick, 100% the NARS Powermatte Lip Pigments are my fav. And finally for lipstick the MAC and Charlotte Tilbury.
Skincare is hard to give recommendations because everyone has different skin types. I also haven’t tried every single product under the sun because I obviously only use products for my skin type. So please keep that in mind with my recommendations!
I’ve tried two cleansers by OleHenriksen and I have loved both (I love the brand in general). Another one I love is the Fresh Soy Makeup Removing Face Wash. Two I have heard good things about are the Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser and the Tatcha The Rice Wash Skin-Softening Cleanser.
One of my all-time favourites is the Laneige Water Bank Hydro Gel. A similar one is the belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb. If you want something a little thicker I’ve heard good things about the Fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Moisturizer.
If you want a chemical one, I recommend the Glow Recipe Watermelon + AHA Glow Sleeping Mask. I have this mask and it makes my skin feel smooth. Two other ones I’ve heard good things about are the Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator and the Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Pore Exfoliating Treatment.
My current toner is the OleHenriksen Balancing Force Oil Control Toner. It’s great if you have oily skin. A toner for drier skin is the Fresh Rose & Hyaluronic Acid Deep Hydration Toner (also the bottle is so pretty). And if you want a gentle toner I would recommend the Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow PHA +BHA Pore-Tight Toner.
A great cleansing balm is the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm. I’m currently using the limited-edition Cherry version and it’s what I use to remove a full face of makeup. Two makeup removers I would love to try in the future is the Dermalogica Precleanse Cleansing Oil and the Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil.
My current favourite face serum is pretty pricey ($95 CAD oof) but I love the Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil. If that’s a little out of your budget, I’ve heard good things about the OleHenriksen Truth Serum. I’ve also heard great things about The Ordinary, but I can’t figure out their brand and what products would be good for me.
My favourite category! Three of my favourites are the Farmacy Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask, Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask to Rescue Problem Skin and the Caudalie Instant Detox Mask. Two that I have heard great things about and would love to try are the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask and the OleHenriksen Cold Plunge Pore Mask.
Woo and that’s it! I decided not to do any haircare since I don’t really have any recommendations – I buy most of my haircare from the drugstore. I hope you guys enjoyed this post and it gave you some inspo for your shopping cart. Please let me know in the comments what you are getting from the sale this year!