There are so many goodies to buy - everything from the frivolous to the practical. Here are my suggestions on the best ways to get not only what you need but what you want, and the optimum way to save in the process. I've got my shopping cart filled and ready to go - how bout you?
MAKEUP BRUSHES: All brands of makeup brushes at Sephora are on the pricey side but they are also top quality and will last ages so are a good investment. The Sephora Collection has a varied selection, Urban Decay just came out with a new luxurious line of brushes, and my personal fave and must-have is the Too Faced Mr. Right - The Perfect Powder Brush. It is the perfect shape, has multiple uses and is super duper soft.
HIGH END FOUNDATIONS: I am a huge fan of drugstore foundations but everyone also needs a high end one to complete their foundation wardrobe. It's about quality and texture and technology as much as it is the status of the name. For example the Dior Airflash Spray Foundation is expensive but everyone who has ever used it has fallen in love. I am considering the currently hugely trendy Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick.
HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR OTHERS: There are going to be all kinds of special Holiday sets that make for terrific gifts so now is the time to do some of your shopping for others. The Sephora Favorites sets are always extremely popular but I am a sucker for the festive Philosophy Holiday Sets. If you know someone who loves things that smell yummy, these are the way to go.
PERFUME: Sephora now carries a lot of niche brands so this is your opportunity to try something uber cool and unique. Many of them are only available online but I saw some rollerballs of Juliette Has A Gun in my local Sephora the other day. Rollerballs are an excellent, low-commitment way to check out something new, but if you already know what you like go ahead and buy the LARGE size bottle. The just-released Chanel No 5 L'Eau is fast achieving cult status.
STOCKPILE BASIC SUPPLIES: Buy in bulk the little things that keep your beauty routine running. You know, the boring stuff that you actually can't function without. I'm talking about things like face wipes, nail maintenance stuff, makeup sponges (Beauty Blender), cotton pads, eye makeup remover, and my latest discovery the Sephora Collection Solid Clean: Solid Brush Cleaner. It's a cheaper dupe for the fabulous Beauty Blender solid cleanser.
EXPERIMENT WITH CONTOUR: You don't have to go hardcore with it, but why not use this sale to try your hand at a little contour and highlighting? Granted, there are some serious contouring kits out there (ie. the excellent Kat Von D Shade And Light Contour Palette) but I have my eye on the gorgeous Makeup Forever Pro Sculpting Face Palette of gentle creamy products. In fact I am dying for it!
SKINCARE: Skincare always costs a lot so this sale is the way to go. Plus it's practical. Everyone needs a moisturizer, cleanser, and even exfoliator. I just discovered and am going to buy this amazing night cream Clinique Smart Night Custom-Repair Moisturizer, and am also taking this opportunity to try out some new face sheet masks. I have been hearing about the astounding results of the SK-II Facial Treatment Mask so I put the single application in my shopping cart.
SALE ITEMS: And last but not least, Sephora has added even more special sale items for the VIB sale. Save two times! It is the best way to get a bargain and they've got some really fun stuff too, like colorful eyeshadow palettes such as the Urban Decay Electric Pressed Pigment Palette.
all products reviewed were either bought, researched, or sampled by me. And product pictures were stolen from the link's websites. I am not financially compensated for my reviews
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