Sephora Beauty Insider Appreciation Event Haul
The shopaholic is back because when you get 20% off at Sephora you take advantage of it. This is actually a different sale at Sephora, separate from their biannual sale that happens in April and November, because this is celebrating some new changes to the Beauty Insider program. The updates to the program can be seen here in red on Sephora's website. The sale goes through September 3 and Rouge get 20% with code YESROUGE, VIB get15% off starting today with code YESVIB and Insiders get10% off starting today as well with code YESINSIDER (all codes can only be used once online but in store multiple times). From my understanding this is an additional sale and will not be replacing the regular November sale but that's just what I've gathered from skimming through some Instagram comments so I could be wrong (but I hope I'm not). Normally I would say this is great time to buy some skincare and/or fragrances because those are typically some higher ticket items where you'll save more with the discount but I'm currently fully stocked in those departments so I stuck to bath & body, hair and of course, makeup. I haven't had a chance to actually try everything yet since I've only had it for a few days and had priorities for what to try first but I still wanted to show you everything I picked up in case there's something here you might be interested in. Let's get to the goods, shall we?
I actually bought this and the following product at Dermstore during their recent 25% off sale but thought I would include them both here since they're also sold at Sephora and are definitely worth checking out (I was going to get them at Sepohra but then saw the Dermstore sale and it was a slightly larger discount so I took advantage of it). If you're a regular here you might remember me saying this was just a 'Meh' in my 2017 Beauty Recap because it wasn't moisturizing enough for my super dry skin but I've since found a moisturizer that works really well for me so I ran back to this body wash since it smells so damn good. I actually would recommend this if you want a really good smelling body wash because the smell is intoxicating and actually makes me enjoy taking a shower more. It is mildly hydrating but I just have super dry skin thanks to a medical condition so thank goodness I've found a lotion that actually keeps me from feeling like a raisin so I can use this again because I love it.
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $20, 15% off = $21.25, 10% off = $22.50
My feet were looking extra dry this summer because I finally got to start wearing my Birkenstocks, after years of trying to break them in, so I thought I would try this from Sol de Janeiro since I knew it would smell good. And you know what, it does smell really good. It's the typical pistachio caramel scent from the brand and my feet are looking significantly better after giving them a good buff and lathering them up in the lotion so I can attest that it does actually work and is a good product. Would definitely recommend if you don't like minty foot creams (seriously though, why are they all mint scented?).
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $21.60, 15% off = $22.95, 10% off = $24.30
I was so, so excited to see this on Sephora because I have extremely sensitive underarms and since this is from a skincare brand that I know is good for sensitive skin I was hoping it would be the answer to my prayers. Sadly, it's not. The scent is a lighter version of Agent Nateur Holi(stick) No. 3 but isn't strong enough, at least for me, to cover up my body odor. Some deodorants work really well with your body's natural chemistry and some do not and for me this one does not. I found that I actually smelled worse after only three hours of having this on than I would if I hadn't applied anything and all I'd been doing for those few hours was sit in a chair while working on my computer. I've been using natural deodorants for as long as I can remember so it's not my body adjusting to natural deodorants either, this one sadly just did not work out for me. If anyone has any natural deodorant recs please let ya girl know! I'm currently using Native but it gives me a rash so I can't continue using it anymore and might go back to Agent Nateur once I finish my Native (I have to finish it even though my skin hates it because I don't want to waste any and it ain't cheap...plus the Lychee & Goji Berry scent does smells really good). Also worth mentioning because it annoys me that some people don't realize there's a difference and then get upset when they switch to a natural deodorant but still sweat; deodorants do just that, they help disguise odor but antiperspirants are what help control sweat so before switching to a natural deodorant keep in mind what you're currently using and what your lifestyle requires.
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $12.80, 15% off = $13.60, 10% off = $14.40
I bought this since I recently-ish went back to being blonde and my hair is a bit dryer from all the bleaching and is in need of some extra TLC. What drew me to this leave-in is that this particular formula is oil-free which is better for icy blondes since oils can pull blonde hair brassy and I am trying to prevent that. The fragrance is pretty strong, or maybe I just put a lot in, but I like it and would describe it as herbal/natural but with something spicy in the mix, patchouli if I'm not mistaken. This formula is also good for those with thinner hair, which I would qualify myself as, because it is super lightweight and won't weigh the hair down. I've only used this once and my hair has only been dry for a few hours after initial application but I can say that my hair does feel softer than it normally does, compared to when I don't put anything in it, but it doesn't feel heavy and my hair still has a lot of movement. So far so good and I look forward to seeing how it does with continued use.
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $24.80, 15% off = $26.35, 10% off = $27.90
Normally I'll only buy the white, nude or black beautyblenders because the colorful ones bleed a lot of dye and that drives me nuts but they are like that on purpose because it's supposed to help tell you when you need to replace it (if the dye quits bleeding when you wash it then it's time for a new one). Even though the dye bleeding drives me bonkers I had to pick this one up while it's still available because my favorite color is teal/aqua and I couldn't pass it up. I've tried quite a few different kinds of makeup sponges but the beautyblender, despite it's ridiculously high price tag, is still a top favorite of mine because the shape is just so damn good (I do love the Fenty sponge though for its bouncy-ness). I actually just ended up having to retire my old beautyblender and an Ofra sponge (another fave) because they were both starting to split and fall apart so I picked this one up just in the nick of time.
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $16, 15% off = $17, 10% off = $18
I know, I know...like I really needed another eyeshadow palette but this one has been calling my name ever since it was released and I figured now was as good a time as ever to cave and try it since there's a discount. While this is technically a "warm" eyeshadow palette, which I generally hate because the trend is so overdone at this point and I hate yellow and orange eyeshadows, there's just something different about the tones in this palette that set it apart from all the other warm eyeshadow palettes on the market (namely it doesn't have any yellow or orange shades). I haven't gotten around to playing with it yet but I've heard excellent things about the formula in the Marc Jacobs eyeshadow palettes and am now even thinking about picking up the other one I want, Edgitorial, when I go in store to return the deodorant because I've been selling some stuff on Poshmark (one of which was an eyeshadow palette) and have saved up the money to now buy it as well. Fantascene, which is limited edition, has a 4.1/5 star rating on Sephora and the other Eye-Conic eyeshadow palettes have a collective 4.7/5 star rating so I don't think I'll be disappointed and can't wait to play with this palette.
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $39.20, 15% off = $41.65, 10% off = $44.10
I actually own several other products that are on the market right now that I think are very similar to this, the Tarte Chrome Paint Shadow Pot, which I have in Fire Dancer, and Elcie Cosmetics Jewels of which I own in the shade Pearl. I haven't had time to try this out yet but some of my favorite YouTubers have been raving about them so I decided to pick one up and see if it's as good as the others (I haven't played with the Tarte one yet but my Elcie one gets used almost daily as an inner corner highlight). I was super torn on which shade to get, I also like Smoke which is a taupe, but I went with this one since it's a little more unique and will pair nicely with the Marc Jacobs Fantascene palette. I can't critique it much since I haven't tried it yet but I will say the packaging compared to the Tarte Chrome Paints and Elcie Jewels feels cheaper (the other two are the exact same packaging but with different colored lids). The Elcie and Tarte come in a glass jar that is bigger but the Hourglass packaging is plastic and is much smaller. Packaging isn't everything and having smaller packaging is better for storage and traveling purposes but Hourglass is $7 more than the other two but feels cheaper because of the packaging so to me the packaging doesn't match the price point with the standard that the other two similar products have set. I'm very passionate (re: snobby) about packaging, can you tell?
Prices with Discount: 20% off = $23.20, 15% off = $24.65, 10% off = $26.10
Nudestix Soft & Smokey Set by Melissa Alatorre $59 (sold out at Sephora)
This set is already valued at $154, all of Nudestix's pencil products cost $24 each, and then getting any sort of discount on top of that is an insane value so I jumped at the chance to try out several different shades and products from the brand. Plus, Melissa Alatorre is legit one of my favorite influencers and I want to support and show her some love because she is super talented and I personally love her makeup style. I am so shocked and pleasantly surprised by this set and I think Melissa did an amazing job at curating shades that work exceptionally well together. The following section has been updated: I wasn't going to talk about this product much here because I was planning on doing a separate blog post on it but I'm not happy with how one of the sets of images came out, you literally can't see any of the shades on my eyelids, and I don't have time to reshoot before I start working on the next posts so I'm just going to share the look that I do like on Instagram. As far as how they wear I have very oily eyelids and most cream eyeshadows crease on me within at least four hours but I was able to get nine hours wear time without any creasing when I used micellar water to clean my eyelids prior to makeup application. The lip pencils go on very creamy but settle down to a comfortable matte finish. I did find Raven, the darker lip pencil, to be a little on the streaky/patchy side but almost all lipsticks this shade are so I'll just use a lip liner with it next time. The set also includes a sharpener because these are not twist up pencils so you will have to sharpen them from time to time but for the way I use and apply them I find that I don't need a sharp point so I'll be able to go a while between sharpening - this is important to me because I hate sharpening pencils and find it to be slightly wasteful because you're loosing whatever product you sharpen off. Overall I am thoroughly impressed and would highly recommend this set. Ironically at the time of update this set has sold out on Sephora and has been removed from the website so I'm not sure if it's going to be restocked but you can still find it at Ulta and Nudestix (you can get 15% off with Melissa's affiliate code at Nudestix by using MELISSA at checkout which brings it down to $50.15).
This section has also been updated: I went into my local Sephora to exchange that dreadful deodorant and got the last Edgitorial palette in stock, a few Bite lip liners since they're on sale for $9 and picked up this volumizing hair powder from IGK because I wanted to have a product that adds volume but isn't necessarily a dry shampoo. I hope you enjoyed todays haul, I actually held back a little this time and didn't go too crazy since I'm hoping we'll still get the usual VIB sale in November but if not then I'm still really happy with what I did manage to scoop up. Be sure to keep an eye out on my Instagram if you want to see a look I created with the Nudestix x Melissa Alatoree collection to see what it looks like on a fair skin tone. Until next time... ❤︎
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