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What to Buy (and Not Buy) at the Sephora Sale

By THE LADY LOVES LIVING
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what to buy at the sephora sale

The Sephora sale is a highly anticipated event that offers a fun and economical way to purchase your favorite beauty products. With discounts on top brands and a wide range of products, including makeup, skincare, haircare, and fragrance, it’s an excellent opportunity to try out new products or stock up on your favorites at a fraction of the regular price. Whether you’re a beauty enthusiast or just looking for a good deal, the Sephora sale is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some retail therapy and save money at the same time.

When is the Sephora Sale?

The Sephora Spring Sale usually happens in April and the Fall Sale is usually in October. The dates are typically announced two weeks ahead of the sale.

How Does The Sephora Sale Work?

How much you can save during the Sephora sale is based on your tier in the Sephora Beauty Insider program. Rouge members have first access to the sale and 20% off of their entire purchase, followed by VIB members the next week (with 15% off of their purchase), and then Beauty Insiders get access after that with 10% off.

Your membership tier is determined by how much you spend at Sephora stores and on Sephora.com. The program is free to join and you start at the Insider level. After you spend $350 you reach the VIB level and after spending $1000 you reach Rouge. As long as you spend the required level amount each year (January 1st to December 31st) your status is maintained for the following year.

what are the best sephora sale products

What Are The Best Sephora Sale Products?

The Sephora Sale is an exciting shopping opportunity not only for beauty lovers of all stripes. This sale offers deals on a wide range of products from skincare products and makeup to facial and premium hair tools, making it an ideal time to stock up on your favorites or find something new to try. In light of such an exciting event, our editors have compiled their favorites.

SKINCARE

Cleansers

farmacy clean bee gentle cleanser

FARMACY

Clean Bee Gentle Cleanser

I have repurchased this countless times. It is the perfect morning cleanser to wash your nightly treatments off without stripping your skin. Plus it smells faintly of honey so it’s nice to wake up to.

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origins checks and balances frothy face wash

ORIGINS

Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash

This is an OG favorite. We have been using this for YEARS. It smells minty fresh and effectively clears everything off of your face giving you a clean slate for your treatments.

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paulas choice resist perfectly balanced foaming cleanser

PAULA’S CHOICE

RESIST Perfectly Balanced Foaming Cleanser

I use this cleanser every night to remove my makeup and to help keep my acne at bay. I love how it lathers and it feels like it is really cleaning my skin without drying it out.

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kora organics milky mushroom gentle cleansing oil makeup remover

KORA ORGANICS

Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover

I decided to step my skincare game up and to me, that means getting a cleanser specifically for removing makeup. I’ll be adding this to my cart because the packaging is pretty and recyclable.

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Serums & Essences

the ordinary face serums

THE ORDINARY

Face Serums

They are perfect if you want targeted products to address your skincare concerns. Highly concentrated serums are effective but are also expensive. These are both effective and easy on your budget. Just make sure you know the right serum combinations to use to not irritate your skin.

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fresh kombucha antioxidant facial treatment

FRESH

Kombucha Antioxidant Facial Treatment Essence

I really don’t have a good reason for wanting this other than wanting to do everything I can to age gracefully. This essence provides 24-hour antioxidant protection and reduces the appearance of fine lines. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, try the SK-II Facial Treatment Essence. It’s price than this Fresh treatment essence, but you’ve seen the skincare girlies swearing by it.

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Moisturizers

the ordinary natural moisturizing factors with hyaluronic acid

THE ORDINARY

Natural Moisturizing Factors + HA

The Mister and I have been using this for about a year now and have no complaints. It’s a very basic moisturizer with no frills. That is EXACTLY what your skin might need especially if you are using serums.

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tatcha the dewy skin cream plumping and hydrating moisturizer

TATCHA

The Dewy Skin Cream Plumping & Hydrating Moisturizer

This cream is very moisturizing and sinks into your skin quickly. It plumps a little bit, but not to the point where you feel puffy. While I would normally recommend the small size to try, it is very, very small. Splurge on the larger size so you have enough to really see if you’re happy with it or not. Plus it comes with an applicator so you don’t have to dig your fingers into it every time you use it.

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kora organics turmeric glow brightening moisturizer

KORA ORGANICS

Tumeric Glow Brightening Moisturizer

This is on our wishlists for the packaging. At least that’s what made us take another look. We are all in on antioxidants and anti-inflammatory products and this one has both of those qualities with its star ingredient, turmeric. We’re grabbing this one to see if it holds up to the hype.

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Lip Treatments

cay skin isle lip balm with sea moss

CAY SKIN

Isle Lip Balm SPF 30 with Sea Moss and Aloe Stem Cells

This is one of the best-smelling lip products I have ever owned. It smells like a vacation. It is thick, but not sticky and provides SPF protection for a body part that we often forget needs SPF too.

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TATCHA

The Kissu Lip Mask

I cannot go to sleep without putting this on. I wake up to smooth, plump, moisturized lips every single time.

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rosebud perfume co rosebud salve in a tube

ROSEBUD PERFUME CO

Rosebud Salve in a Tube

We keep this one in our bags, on the dining room table, coffee table, end tables, cup holders, etc. in case of a moisturization emergency. It’s so inexpensive and effective that it just makes sense to have multiple.

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Masks

caudalie pore minimizing instant detox mask

CAUDALIE

Pore Minimizing Instant Detox Mask

Nothing against the Origins Charcoal Mask, but I want to try this one. I’ve used Origins for probably a decade now and it’s past time to see what else is out there. This one smells like lavender in a good way and helps minimize the appearance of pores.

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alpyn beauty wild hucklyberry 8-acid polishing peel mask

ALPYN BEAUTY

Wild Huckleberry 8-Acid Polishing Peel Mask

Who wouldn’t want smoother and more youthful skin? While we typically don’t go for physical exfoliants, the acids in this one give you the option of skipping scrubbing while still being effective. You can always scrub at the end if you feel like your face has had a particularly dirty day or feels rough.

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peter thomas roth firmx collagen face and eye hydra-gel patches

PETER THOMAS ROTH

FIRMx® Collagen Face & Eye Hydra-Gel Patches

This eye mask comes in two shapes in one container. The curved shape you’re used to seeing in an eye mask targets your undereye and crow’s feet, while the elongated oval shape takes care of smile lines, lip lines, and between your brows. If you are noticing a loss of elasticity and firmness in those areas you’ll love these.

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dr dennis gross vitamin c lactic acid biocellulose brightening treatment mask

DR. DENNIS GROSS SKINCARE

Vitamin C Lactic Biocellulose Brightening Treatment Mask

I reach for this when my skin feels lackluster and dull. It feels soothing when you put it on and like you’ve had a spa brightening treatment when it’s done. Buy the single mask for proof of concept, but I know you’ll want the 4-pack.

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MAKEUP

Eyes & Brows

kulfi underlined kajal clean waterproof longwear eyeliner

KULFI

Underlined Kajal Clean Waterproof Long-Wear Eyeliner

If you thought all eyeliners are created equal allow this one to prove you wrong. This eyeliner goes on smoothly, doesn’t smudge, and lasts all day long. It comes in matte and shimmer finishes to bring any imagined look to life.

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anastasia beverly hills dipbrow pomade

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

DIPBROW Pomade

This product has been in my rotation for years and I don’t plan on taking it out any time soon. You can get an ultra-defined brow shape with this product and its applicator or just use it to fill in any sparse spots. It’s highly versatile and comes in so many shades that you’ll absolutely find one that suits you.

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tom ford eye color quad eyeshadow palette

TOM FORD

Eye Color Quad Eyeshadow Palette

Yes, this may sound like a lot of money to spend on a quad, but it’s Tom Ford. The colors in each quad can make any look from day to night making them perfect for traveling and vacations. Plus they come with a few options for applicators so there is no need to pack a huge palette and a million brushes. Unless you want to. If you’re looking for something just as luxe for slightly less, try these from Guerlain.

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superfine microstroking brow detail pen

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Superfine Micro-Stroking Brow Detail Pen

This product has a bit of a learning curve, but once you’ve mastered it you will look like you sprung for micro blading. The tip is amazing at creating the illusion of eyebrow hair wherever you want to place it. It gives you the most natural-looking and defined brows of any product we have tried so far.

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kosas clear brow gel

KOSAS

Air Brow Clear + Clean Lifitng Brow Treatment

Want to get asked if you’ve laminated your brows? Get this product. I use this every day, even with no other product to keep my brows looking amazing. I also use it to freeze them in place when it’s time to shape my brows.

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Lips

MERIT

Shade Slick Tinted Lip Oil

If the cult favorite Dior Lip Oil is too steep for you this is an excellent alternative. it makes my lips feel smooth, but not sticky or thick. The color has the perfect balance of sheerness and opacity.

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FRECK BEAUTY

Makeout Club Soft Blur Lipstick

This is the lipstick that gets me nonstop compliments, so much so that I’ve bought a second one so I can always have it on me. It feels very moisturizing but the color stays for hours.

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PAT MCGRATH LABS

MatteTrance Lipstick

I will forever be the kind of person that will buy something because of its beautiful packaging. This lipstick is beautifully pigmented and comfortable for a matte lipstick. The color stayed all day, even after I ate, and didn’t sink into my liplines.

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TOM FORD

Lip Color Matte Lipstick

I wear this lipstick when I want to feel like a million bucks. This is something that was initially bought for the packaging but won us over for its endurance. It doesn’t feel very dry on your lips, even after it has been a few hours. and after eating and drinking barely any came off.

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DIOR

Rouge Dior Forever Transfer-Proof Lipstick

This lipstick is legit. Yes. It is pricey, but worth every penny. I have tried so many lipsticks promising transfer-proof benefits but they leave my lips dried or chapped. This product does the opposite. Not only does it stay on for what seems like forever, but also moisturizes your lips.

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YVES SAINT LAURENT

The Slim Velvet Radical Matte Lipstick

Lipsticks typically do not stay on me for any length of time, but this one comes closest to having all-day staying power. This wonderful lipstick goes on softly and has a matte finish – very seldom do I have to apply lip balm on top (I do wait a while to let the lipstick set). I am a big fan of slim cases and this one is so cool. I also, really like the almost square shape of the tube as it allows me better control where I am applying product.

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Face

ARMANI BEAUTY

Luminous Silk Perfect Glow Flawless Oil-Free Foundation

Never have I ever received more compliments on my skin than when I am wearing this foundation. It blurs every trace of uneven skin tone without looking like a mask. The finish is very natural.

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HAUS LABS BY LADY GAGA

Triclone Skin Tech Medium Coverage Foundation

The texture of this foundation is flawless. It is light, goes on smoothly, and looks so beautiful on your skin. This coverage is amazing, it gives you a rosy glow, and I just feel so pretty in it! This foundation is a keeper. Worth every penny.

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TATCHA

The Liquid Silk Canvas: Featherweight Protective Primer

If you have oily/sensitive skin I highly recommend this primer. It’s changed my makeup routine for the good. No breakouts or greasiness. It doesn’t dry my skin out either.

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milk hydro grip makeup primer

MILK MAKEUP

Hydro Grip Hydrating Makeup Primer

This primer is perfect for my normal-dry skin. It’s lightweight and goes on smoothly without a greasy feeling. It makes my skin feels so much smoother and helps my makeup stay longer.

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MILK MAKEUP

Pore Eclipse Mattifying + Blurring Makeup Primer

I have combination skin and I am so obsessed with this. It keeps me matte for hours and doesn’t feel sticky.

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NARS

Radiant Creamy Concealer

No matter what I try I cannot get this concealer to crease. The formula is creamy and it doesn’t feel or look cakey at all. No matter what else I try I always come back to this one.

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RARE BEAUTY

Soft Pinch Liquid Blush

This is an incredible product. A little goes a long way. I am convinced one tube will last for years. It is highly pigmented so it took me a couple of tries to not overdo it. I put a little dab on the back of my hand, blend
with a dense round brush, then dab on my cheeks. It’s very easy to blend and the result is the look of a natural flush, and the color lasts all day.

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saie setting powder

SAIE

Airset Radiant Loose Setting Powder

This is the perfect setting powder to enhance your summer tan! And it has the right amount of shimmer in it… once you step out into the sun and let your face bake a little, you will GLOW! The only con is that the packaging makes it difficult to get the product out.

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rare beauty setting powder

RARE BEAUTY

Always an Optimist Soft Radiance Setting Powder

This is my favorite powder at the moment. It is silky smooth, has no flashback, and makes you look airbrushed. I use a powder puff to press this in and it practically erases my pores.

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TOOLS

tweezerman tweezers

TWEEZERMAN

Pink Perfection Petite Tweeze Set

I had these tweezers for YEARS and they are still just as wonderful as day one. Of course, I dull them down with regular use, but Tweezerman offers free sharpening that you can request on their website.

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anastasia beverly hills brow brush

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Brush 12 Precision Brow Brush for Pomades & Gels

This is the best brow brush I’ve ever used. The angle is perfect and it has a perfect balance of softness and firmness to give you the control you need for perfect brows.

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blender cleanser solid makeup brush cleaner

BEAUTY BLENDER

blendercleanser® solid

I have used multiple makeup brush cleaners and this is the only one that has actually made my brushes look like new and not ruin my beauty blenders. It’s so easy to use and easy to travel with. The light lavender scent is a nice touch.

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mount lai gua sha

MOUNT LAI

Gua Sha Facial Lifting Tool

I love this product so much! I noticed a huge change in my face structure after using it consistently for three weeks. Additionally, I noticed less puffiness and a glow from the improved blood circulation. It is very easy to use and comes with simple instructions to get the best results.

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sephora false eyelashes

SEPHORA COLLECTION

Vegan False Eyelashes

I love the cat-eye-like style of fringe, and I LOVE the thin band that blends easily with my lash line. It’s a flexible lash that feels light, and also looks great with, or without eyeliner.

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BODY

Fragrance

dior savauge cologne

DIOR

Sauvage Elixir

This smells like pure masculinity. Like a clean version of a cabin at the base of a pristine mountain. Need I say more?

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kilian fragrance discovery set

KILLIAN PARIS

Fragrance Discovery Set

If you are looking to dive into the world of more mature fragrances this is a great place to start. From woody and spicy to floral and sweet, these scents run the gamut. Plus it comes with a cute case for taking your scent of the day on the go.

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kayali discovery set

KAYALI

Discovery Sampler Set

Calling all girly girls! This fragrance discovery set is for you. Though the sample sizes are very small, it’s just the right amount to get a sense of which scents you’ll like. For the price, it’s a really good deal. You don’t have to spend hundreds just to find out you only like two scents.

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Body Wash & Scrubs

first aid beauty KP bump scrub

FIRST AID BEAUTY

KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA

I noticed a big difference in my inner thigh area where I’d often get ingrown hairs. I haven’t had as many since using this scrub once a week. My skin is way softer and I noticed a reduction in dark spots on my legs too.

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maude body wash

MAUDE

Wash – pH-Balanced Body Wash and Bubble Bath

This is one of my best-kept secrets for my lady bits. It works so well as an intimate wash or a bubble bath. The scents are great and will leave you in a good mood. It also lasts a very long time.

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Moisturizers

cay skin body creme

CAY SKIN

Deepwater Hydrating & Soothing Body Crème with Sea Moss & Niacinamide

If you can’t stand sticking your hand in a jar to get the product out you’ll love this moisturizer. It has a very light herbal scent so you won’t have to worry about it overpowering any fragrance you might want to wear.

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fenty butta drop

FENTY BEAUTY

Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream with Tropical Oils + Butters

Nothing comes close to how hydrating and smoothing this body cream is. It has a faint shimmer so you’ll really get a glisten-y look. I have repurchased this 6 times since discovering it and can’t imagine it not being one of my staple products.

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HAIR

FABLE & MANE

SahaScalp Amla Soothing Serum

My scalp revolts during the winter. Flakes, dry scalp, constant itching, and basically everything you can imagine an irritated and dry scalp might do. I tried this product the past winter and my results after two washes with Amla soothing scalp serum have been nothing short of amazing. After my second wash there was no itching, hardly any dandruff, and my dry scalp was much more tolerable. I highly recommend it!

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GISOU

Honey Infused Scalp Treatment Serum

I have an extremely dry and flaky scalp and this worked wonderfully for me on the first try. I’ve tried scalp oiling and that made it worse, but this stuff transformed my scalp. After one use my scalp was hydrated and didn’t feel tight. Plus, I had hardly any flakes for days. I now use it every time I wash my hair. I highly recommend this product if you’re having any issues with flakiness or dryness.

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HOME

VOLUSPA

Japonica Mini Candle Set

This set is a great way to see which of these scents you will like. They won’t scent a bedroom or anything bigger than a bathroom, but they’re mini so they’re not supposed to. The glass votives are beautiful and would make an excellent gift.

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MARGIELA

REPLICA Jazz Club Scented Candle

I tried Jazz Club during the most recent Sephora sale and I fell in love. It’s the perfect balance between masculine and feminine and makes your house smell EXPENSIVE. I also love how the packaging is elegant and minimalist. I will be trying many more of these. Springtime in a Park and By the Fireplace are on my list!

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SKYLAR

Vanilla Sky Candle

This is the kind of candle you want to burn as a treat to yourself after a long stressful day. The scent is not super sweet like many other vanilla fragrances. It’s more rounded and the woodsy notes of cedar definitely come through.

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What NOT To Buy At The Sephora Sale

We are not here to trash-talk products, but these didn’t perform how we expected them to. Of course, you are free to try them for yourself but these are our words of caution.

Kosas Air Brow

This does NOT apply to the clear color we mentioned earlier. This is for the tinted options. After many attempts, we could not find a shade that complimented our faces and brows. The formula was sticky like it wouldn’t dry no matter how long we wore it and on top of that, the color bled onto our forehead and toward our eyelids. Again, the clear one is phenomenal.

Kosas Brightening Concealer

I really wanted to love this since it was my first foray into concealers with a clean formula, but it didn’t cover anything no matter how I tried to build it up. It also separated very quickly defeating the purpose of the my-skin-but-better look I was going for. Pass.

Nars Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer

This product was getting very close to staple status but my skin has changed. Do not buy this if you have oily skin. You will glow in a bad way and it settled into pores. But if you have normal or dry skin buy this. It doesn’t come in a lot of shades so it may be hard to find a good match.

Skin Fix Resurface+ Glycolic and Lactic Acid Renewing Body Scrub

We debated putting this one in the what to get section, but after some deliberation, we decided to put this body scrub here. It works well, but the application process sucks if you don’t have a very large shower. You have to apply this to dry skin, rub it in circles from the neck down with little particles falling all around you, then rinse it off. This is impractical unless your shower gets hot immediately or if you scrub outside of the shower. While option one is ideal, most of our showers take a few seconds to warm up. Scrubbing outside the shower means you’ll have to clean up the particles later.

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