The Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event (aka sale) is now in full swing and I thought I would share my personal top picks. But first, let’s go over the details. The sale is for Beauty Insider members of all levels. If you aren’t a member yet, it’s as easy as signing up online or in store and then shopping your heart out! The program has three tiers:
Beauty Insider- beauty insiders receive 1 point for every dollar spent on in-store and online purchases to redeem for rewards (sample sized products, services and other goods). You also receive a free birthday gift, and access to seasonal savings throughout the year (like the current sale). Once you spend $350 in one year, you move up to the VIB level.
VIB– VIB members earn 1.25 points on every dollar spent on purchases, as well as all the benefits of the beauty insider tier. At this level you have the option to receive your complimentary birthday gift or 250 points, as well as all benefits as a Beauty Insider
Rouge– The Rouge tier is for members who spend $1000 or more in a year and therefore receive the most amount of benefits and rewards. These include earning 1.5 points per dollar, the option for a birthday gift or 250 points, free two-day flash shipping, and early access to products and events.
Rouge members will be able to shop the sale from August 24-September 3 and receive 20% off with the code YESROUGE. On August 30th the sale opens to VIB and Beauty Insider members. VIBs receive 15% off with code YESVIB, while Beauty Insiders use the code YESINSIDER for 10% off.
Now, let’s get to the good stuff! I tend to approach major sales like this one of two ways-the first being, I use the sale to stock up on items I already use and love. It’s a great way to save money on items I use everyday. The second way to approach the sale is what I like to call the “treat yo self ” route. This doesn’t mean I spend a ridiculous amount of money on random products, but rather using the sale as an opportunity to purchase an item or two I’ve been eyeing but the price point has held me back.
This year I’ve chosen to stock up on a few items I consider staples in my collection, like foundation. My go to for years has been Estée Lauder Double Wear (as you can see my bottle is well-loved!). I have also been enjoying the light version over the warmer months. No matter how many other foundations I try, Double Wear outperforms other formulas. It lasts an average of 12-14 hours for me and I always get compliments when I wear it out in public!
I use concealer on a daily basis to cover the dark circles under my eyes, so its a no brainer to stock up on my favorite concealer-NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I use a shade lighter to brighten but it would also work as a great spot concealer if you buy your normal shade.
Another item I wear on a daily basis is the Anastasia of Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade. I personally prefer the pomade over pencils, because it’s long-wearing and does not smudge or fade throughout the day. Additionally this product will last you months upon months before you need to repurchase. Hint: If your pomade starts to dry out, add the tiniest drop of oil and gently mix and just like that it’s good as new!
If I’m talking about items I use everyday I can’t leave out this deodorant by Donna Karan. It is one of the best deodorants I’ve used. It lasts all day, smells great and keeps my underarms dry even in the hottest temps. I was quite surprised the first times I tried it, as I never expected something from the fragrance department to work so well! If you prefer a more natural based deodorant try this one by LaVanilla.
If you haven’t smelled the fragrance Nirvana Black by Elizabeth and James, please do yourself a favor and give yourself a spritz next time you’re at Sephora! It is heavenly! I would describe the scent as warm with vanilla tones. It’s very sophisticated and perfect for an evening out or as an everyday scent for this coming fall and winter. I like to purchase the rollerball size to keep in my purse (not to mention it’s also much cheaper!).
And there you have it-the items that our on my personal list for the Sephora Sale. If anyone seems interested I will write a second post on the sale listing the items I would suggest splurging on or items on my own wishlist. Let me know in the comments below if this is something you would like to see. Also share what items you are purchasing from the sale. Thanks for reading and happy shopping!