• Ashley Victoria

BEAUTY BLOGGERS TOP PICKS: SEPHORA HOLIDAY SAVINGS EVENT 2020

Updated: Nov 5


If you've been following along for a while now, you know I love me some beauty - skincare and makeup alike. I am a proud Sephora ROUGE member, and you bet your cute booty I am shopping the sale.

VIB ROUGE

Beauties that spend $1K+ annually, have early sale access from Friday, October 30th - Monday, November 9th. They also get to enjoy 20% off! CODE: HOLIDAYFUN

VIB

Beauties that spend $350+ annually, have sale access from Tuesday, November 3rd - Monday, November 9th. VIB will receive 15% off their purchase(s). CODE: HOLIDAYFUN


INSIDER

Beauties that have the basic Insider account with Sephora will have sale access from Thursday, November 5th - Monday, November 9th. Insider's will receive 10% off their purchase(s). CODE: HOLIDAYFUN

SEPHORA sales are the best time to stock up on tried and true staples, as well as products that you have wanted to try, but hesitant to splurge on. Below are some of my favorites that I highly recommend.

SEPHORA HOLIDAY SAVINGS EVENT PICKS

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE ALPHA BETA® UNIVERSAL DAILY PEEL - $88


This is theee most amazing peel! I love to use this prior to a big event or when my skin is acting up. I apply this on a clean, cleansed face. Make sure you have let your skin thoroughly dry prior to application. When you are ready to do your makeup, apply Step 1 Exfoliate + Smooth and wipe it all over your face. Wait about a minute to let it activate, and then apply Step 2 Anti-Aging Neutralizer. Once I finish, I start my makeup application process. Note I only do it prior to makeup application for special events.* This peel helps to prep and calm my skin, giving me an amazingly clean, toned and dewy canvas to work with! This patented two-step anti-aging AHA/BHA peel pad is pre-dosed with five acids to visibly reduce dullness and uneven texture, pores, and dark spots. You will see an overall reduction in visible signs of aging and pore blockages, all while it supports natural collagen and cell renewal. Does it get any better?!

PRO TIP: I have built up a tolerance, giving me the ability to do these twice in one week. You have to start off only once a week. Also, if you are experiencing a breakout and you have popped said pimples or they have come to a head naturally, do NOT use this peel - as it can further exacerbate the pimple to help heal it, but it will get worse, before it gets better. If you have under the skin pimples that have not come to a head or black/white heads you can most certainly use the peel, and you will see a reduction the next morning!

I recommend using these peels twice a month and then slowly building up your tolerance over time to once a week and then twice a week.*




CAUDALIE BEAUTY ELIXER - $18-49


Ya'll - THIS PRODUCT! Shoot, I am in love with it. It is truly is a holy grail for me, I use it daily, throughout the day. I use it as a toner on my bare face prior to applying any other beauty products or makeup, I use it as a setting spray once I finish my makeup, and I use it as a refresher mist throughout the day - keeping my skin dewy and fresh. Be sure to grab this clean beauty, cult-favorite toning mist to tighten your pores, set your makeup, and provide an instant shot of radiance to your skin.


Clean beauty is SO important to me - this product is vegan, non-toxic, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, and free of all synthetic chemicals, artificial fragrances, fillers, gluten, and GMOs.




WANDER BEAUTY HIGH LINE LIQUID EYELINER - $22


After I am done with the shadow, I then apply my liner. I adore this intensely black liquid eyeliner featuring a precise felt tip for definition that lasts all day. The tug-free liner glides smoothly across lids and the tapered felt tip allows for easy control and crisp lines. The quick-drying formula is water-resistant, long-lasting and smudge-free. I love how easy this liner is to apply and how richly pigmented it is.

I apply this to my top lash line to give it an ever so slight flare at the end. I did not do a thick line or a cat eye - as that's a little too retro for my taste. I simply delicately swooped upward, elongating my lash line, giving it a lifting effect. I also skipped doing my lower lash line for the wedding, as I wanted a more natural look. However, this liner is a joy to apply on both top and bottom lashes.*


PRO TIP: Be sure to shake to saturate the felt tip with the formula.





DIOR ADDICT STELLAR SHINE LIPSTICK - $38


I then layered this DIOR lipstick for shine and dimension, as this next-generation lipstick delivers unparalleled shine. It is sheer, vibrant and luminous, ready-to-wear lipstick, infused with aloe vera, oils and waxes to provide 24-hour hydration to lips. At the heart of the formula are five ultra-sensorial oils selected for their exceptional glide, shine, nourishment, comfort and softness. I wear shade 535 CD CREAM - a shimmery pink taupe. I love this hue layered on top of Innisfree's Sugar Beige for soft, nude, hydrated lips with the perfect pop of delicate shine and shimmer.

PRO TIP: Get a dress with pockets. I was able to keep both lipsticks in my pocket throughout the photos, ceremony and reception to retouch as needed.*




NARS BLUSH - $30


We can't forget blush! Definitely need that elegant touch of rosy bridal cheeks. My all-time favorite blush is NARS Orgasm. If you haven't tried it, do so ASAP and level-up. This award-winning, pressed powder blush delivers healthy-looking color to flatter any skin tone. Silky, superfine micronized powder pigments in matte and shimmering shades ensure a seamless application. These soft, buildable shades deliver a wide range of effects, from ulta-sheer to powerful pops of color. Each iconic shade features a subtle pink undertone for a natural-looking blush. I use shade ORGASM - a peachy pink with shimmer.*




MAKE UP FOR EVER AQUA SMOKY EXTRAVAGANT WATERPROOF MASCARA - $24


I had been searching for a water-proof mascara for my bottom lashes, so that it wouldn't rub off on my under-eye concealer. After a lot of research, comparison and review reading, I landed on this ultimate mascara. I really enjoy the fact that this water-resistant formula uses an innovative, non-sticky wax complex to resist clumping during wear. This formula adds volume, length, curl, and precision to lashes. This lash-defining product lays on color using an exclusive micro-defining complex that envelops the surface of lashes with ultrablack pigments for far-away impact. The two-in-one, cone-shaped, synthetic fiber brush has a precision tip that separates lashes, and a rounded base to create extravagant volume and defined precision from any distance.



ALPYN BEAUTY PLANTGENIUS® MELT MOISTURIZER WITH BAKUCHIOL


I used to not wear face cream - yeppp, really! I was an aloe vera and serum kinda gal before Alpyn Beauty sent me this wonder of a moisturizer. I apply this on my face after I spray my skin with the beauty elixir, and prior to foundation.* I swear, since using this product my skin is healthier, clearer and more youthful looking. BONUS: my makeup goes on SO much smoother. PlantGenius® Melt Moisturizer with Bakuchiol is a whipped, anti-aging moisturizer with antioxidants, ceramides, and bakuchiol to fight wrinkles and tighten pores for beautifully hydrated, brighter skin.




Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Foundation - $43


I recently switched to this foundation in the last three months when I was researching long-wear foundations for my wedding - and my goodness, am I happy I found this gem! This foundation won the ALLURE Best of Beauty 2018 Award, and for good reason. Wear confidence, this 24-hour liquid foundation with a fresh, flawless, natural, matte finish unifies uneven skin tone and covers imperfections. The coverage is truly buildable, and even though it is categorized as matte, it doesn't dry out my skin like other matte foundations. It keeps the oil at bay, all while keeping my face looking hydrated. I hate when foundations look 'cakey' and dry, exaggerating every little line. It feels lightweight and beyond comfortable, you won’t believe it’s super long-wear, heat-resistant and waterproof! BONUS: it is 24-hour color true.* This no touch-up needed foundation is also fragrance free and is available in over 55 shades - including cool, neutral, and warm undertones - to suit all skin tones. I wear shade BUFF 2N2, a light medium with neutral, and subtle golden undertones



BEAUTYBLENDER® NUDE - $20

I blend my makeup with my trusty beautyblender®. I prefer the nude one - don't ask me why, I just do. Maybe it's because it aligns with my aesthetic? Ha! I personally use the bottom of the blender with the larger surface area to dab on and blend my foundation, and then use the tip to dab and blend under-eye concealer - I don't like to mix them. When using my beautyblender®, I find that my application is smoother and more flawless than when I use my hands or other tools.

Make sure to fully submerge, soak and squeeze out your blender prior to use, each time. NEVER use a dry blender to apply your foundation and concealer.*




SATURDAY SKIN WIDE AWAKE BRIGHTENING EYECREAM WITH AVOCADO - $46

Saturday Skin sent me this, along with other products in their line a while back. I have since repurchased - it is just that good. It is hydrating, without feeling greasy on the skin, acts as a primer for my concealers and reduces dark circles and puffiness. The lightweight, clean beauty cream is formulated with antioxidants, avocado protein, and a peptide complex to visibly illuminate and maximize hydration.

PRO TIP: All you need is a little dot - trust me, a little goes a long way.





FIRST AID BEAUTY HELLO FAB BENDY AVOCADO CONCEALER - $22


After my eye cream, I apply my first under-eye concealer with the pointy side of my beautyblender®. I love this hydrating concealer, as it helps to color correct and acts as a fabulous primer for my heavy duty concealer. This natural, clean concealer is a flexible, second-skin, providing buildable, weightless coverage with superfood avocado to help hydrate and nourish the skin. It is also formulated with Caffeine, to help diminish the appearance of under-eye puffiness and dark circles, as well as Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, a mushroom and natural humectant that boosts skin’s moisture content and helps it appear more plump and smooth for an overall youthful appearance.* I wear shade 2 Fair, which flatters ivory to fairly light skin tones. Note I only use this concealer under my eyes.* PRO TIP: Your concealer should be at least 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation.




BENEFIT COSMETICS HOOLA MATTE BRONZER - $17-44

I this use ALLURE Best of Beauty 2020 winning bronzer on the apples of my cheeks, and a light dusting on my upper forehead, as well as my jawline and neck. I also use this bronzer in the creases of my eyelids, to add dimension prior to eye shadow and tie in the colors of the face.* Hoola Matte Bronzer is now available in four shades to flatter all complexions, perfect for getting a natural-looking tan all year long. These finely-milled bronzers blend smoothly and seamlessly. I wear shade Hoola - Natural Bronze, which flatters light to medium skin tones.


PRO TIP: Don't use the little brush it comes with, unless you have to. It does not apply as well as a larger, round powder brush will. The brush it comes with is good if you are looking for a heavier, contoured look.


NARS SHEER LIPSTICK, DOLCE VITA - $28.00


This sheer, dusty rose lippy is my everyday go-to. It adds just the right pop of pigment and sheen, in a universally flattering shade. Vitamin E gives this creamy formula a balmy texture.

PRO TIP: I apply as a base in conjunction with other glosses and sticks (as it is so hydrating), or wear solo at the office, gym and running errands


THE ORDINARY GRANACTIVE RETINOID 2% EMULSION - $9.80


Years ago I was on Retin-A for hormonal acne and closed comedones - while it helped, it made my skin sensitive to sun exposure - plus, my skin was not bad enough to justify continued usage. Fast forward to last year, I wanted to incorporate a retinol into my skincare regimen, again, this time for wrinkle prevention. I didn't want a prescription strength, so I did some research. I stumbled across Deciem - The Ordinary’s parent company - the rest is history. Once you try this product, you’ll be hooked. It not only smooths skin texture, eradicates scarring and clears pores - it takes years off your overall appearance, all without irritation and dryness. And the price, please - it's a steal! GET this stuff! Trust.


PRO TIP: NIGHT - Press into dry, cleansed skin, daily.




TARTE TARTIEST™ PRO TO GO AMAZONIAN CLAY PALETTE - $19


DRIVE in the Tarteist™ PRO to go palette is my fave to apply at the base of my eyelids, as well as HYPE towards the inner corners. They are a pretty neutral-toned nude and a shimmery metallic burnt gold. The palette features six exclusive, metallic and matte shades that are enriched with Amazonian clay. It includes four new, long-wearing matte and metallic eyeshadows that are infused with Amazonian clay for smooth blending and flake-resistant wear, as well as two iridescent shades with a micro-shimmer, duo-chrome formula. Each shadow is loaded with deeply concentrated mineral pigments with a smart-blend technology to leave you with an intense, even payoff.


LAURA MERCIER TRANSLUCENT SETTING POWDER - $23


This setting powder is amazing - it's lightweight, easy-to-apply, and blends effortlessly to set makeup for up to 16 hours of wear. This award-winning powder locks in makeup for long-lasting wear without adding weight or texture. It absorbs oil and reduces shine all day, creating a flawless, matte finish with no flashback in photos. These truly-translucent shades work on all skin tones, and create a soft-focus effect to subtly blur fine lines and imperfections. After applying the setting powder, I then mist my face with my Caudalie Beauty Elixir as a setting spray. Don't skip these steps, they make all the difference.*

I wear shade TRANSLUCENT - perfect for very fair to medium skintones.


PRO TIP: If you are getting married during the summer months or somewhere that is humid year-round, I highly suggest also putting the setting powder on after your moisturizer (before your foundation) to help with oil control.

DRYBAR THE BABY BRUSH CRUSH MINI HEATED STRAIGHTENING BRUSH - $59


I love this heated brush for travel. It allows me to forgo packing and using a blow dryer all together. I simply air dry and if I desire a polished look, swipe this bad boy through my locks a few time. Voila! Shiny, straight strands.



TARTE LIGHTS, CAMERA, LASHES™ 4-in-1 MASCARA - $23


Tarte's formula glides onto lashes, sans stickiness, giving you 330% more volume. To boot, a tube can last for months, before becoming flaky - and it's 100% vegan!

The volume this mascara gives my fine lashes is what keeps me coming back for more. I must admit, I do have naturally long lashes - so, I am a little ahead of the game - but, this mascara really does work wonders. The brush perfectly fans lashes, as the formula boosts shaft width, and the pigment lengthens from root-to- tip.

Although this is not a lengthening formula, I still feel it adds the appearance of length, as it thickens and darkens the thin, light ends of lashes - giving you sky-high dramatization!*


BAGGAGE CLAIM GOLD EYE MASKS - $25


These are my new favorite friends. My under eye area is smooth, de-puffed, brightened and more supple, post treatment. I like to indulge right before a big event.

PRO TIP: Use the night before an event, rather than the morning of. Leaving the serum on your skin overnight gives it more time for your skin to soak it up and for the formula to reverse signs of aging.


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*DISCLAIMER* This is NOT sponsored content. My feelings, recommendations and opinions are all my own.


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