Sephora VIB Sale 2018 Shopping Guide

Get your credit cards out and your face washed and ready for moisturizer because the Sephora VIB sale is here!

What is the VIB Sale? It’s Sephora’s once in a year sale that offers a tiered discount on your entire order. Your $325 LaMer moisturizer? Covered. A new hair dryer? Yep! It’s a great time to stock up on items you normally restock anyway, and also a good time to buy those super expensive skincare items/hair tools you’ve been eyeing all year.

All beauty insiders get 10% off, VIBS get 15% off, and VIB Rouge gets 20% off using the following codes
YESROUGE | YESVIB | YESINSIDER

For your convenience, I’ve created this guide in which I’ve listed some of my favorite items that I will be repurchasing refills of/I would purchase if I didn’t own them already.

Makeup

  • Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Palette: Ben got this for me for my birthday this year (because I’ve been contouring with bronzers instead of contouring powders) and y’all. I’m such a fan. The banana powder in this truly does miracles to my under-eyes and the contour shades are all flattering on my skintone. I have the shade “light medium.”
  • Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette: I purchased this 2 years ago and I’ve completely used up the left two colors and have hit pan on the last one. This palette isn’t a highlighter per se, but it gives your face such a nice healthy glow that looks incredible in person. Go do yourself a favor and try it on in store because I’m telling you, it’s amazing!
  • Lancôme Sourcils Gel Waterproof Eyebrow Gel: A lovely associate at Sephora turned me onto this product back when I was still blonde. I was looking for a lighter, less intense eyebrow pomade and after trying this Lâncome one, I truly don’t understand why more people don’t use it over Anastasia brow gel. It gives me all day coverage on my brows and doesn’t budge throughout the day.
  • IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream: I don’t know what CC stands for, but this is basically what I use on days where I want a more natural look. It truly is your skin but better!
  • FENTY Gloss Bomb: I wasn’t the biggest fan of lip gloss but Samantha Ravndahl praised this product so much on her youtube channel, I felt compelled to try it. This is now my go-to lip color on natural days. Rihanna somehow made a gloss that looks amazing on everyone, and it’s not sticky!

Hair

  • Drybar Buttercup Blow Dryer (Baby Size and Normal Size): I really upgraded my hair game this year. After going from black hair to blonde hair to black hair to blonde hair and BACK to black hair, my hair was pretty fried and I wanted to start taking better care of my ends. I read that a good blow dryer makes all the difference, so I invested in this one from Drybar. I have a Baby size because it’s dual voltage and I travel, but the regular size is a bit more powerful. P.S. Ben uses the hair dryer more than I do and he’s a big fan of it too!
  • Drybar Tress Press Flat Iron: This is my first “expensive” flat iron and it really does work better than other irons I’ve purchased in the past. I love how fast it heats up and styles my hair, and it has an automatic 60 minute shut off which is great because I’m always anxious about forgetting to unplug my  hot tools and burning the apartment down.
  • Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3: IF YOU HAVE COLOR PROCESSED/BLEACH DAMAGED HAIR, YOU NEED THIS. This was a lifesaver when I was blonde and I still use it a couple times a month. It’s basically a hair treatment that you apply to unwashed, damp hair (just brush some water through your hair before using it) and leave on for 30 min to a few hours. You then wash your hair as usual. This stuff was invented by chemists at UCSB (my sort of alma mater!) and actually rebuilds the broken disulfide sulfur bonds in your hair that get damaged. Seriously, I know it’s expensive, but try it. It’s the only way I was able to repeatedly bleach my hair without it falling off.
  • Drybar “The Chaser” Shine Cream: I apply this to my ends before I style my hair and find that really helps to add shine and softness to my hair.
  • Drybar Triple Sec 3-in-1: I promise I’m not sponsored by Drybar, they just included a lot of products with the blow dryer and flat iron I bought and I really enjoyed most of it. This spray does a great job at adding texture to your hair, and I use this when I’m on my 3rd day of not washing my hair or when I’m curling it to hold the texture.
  • Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry: Someone used this on me after cutting my hair in college and I’ve been hooked ever since. I have naturally wavy hair and when I apply this before blow drying my hair, I find my hair to be much less frizzy and manageable even without straightening it.

Skincare

  • Farmacy Green Clean Cleansing Balm: I discovered this product when I found a deal for $120 of Farmacy products for $35 on Gilt.com and thought, “what a great deal, I’ll take advantage of this offer and then never buy anything from Farmacy again because it’s so expensive!!” Well, I was wrong and I’m now fully addicted to this stuff. It’s the best cleansing gel I’ve ever used, and feels incredible luxurious while melting away my face makeup. I will be repurchasing this for full price (*cry*) during the VIB sale.
  • Neogen Green Tea Foam Cleanser: This is the second cleanser I use after the Farmacy cleansing balm (read all about why I double cleanse here). It has real bits of green tea leaves at the bottom, and is very gentle on the skin. Ben and I both use this product in our skincare routine. I will be repurchasing this during the sale, because we’re almost out.
  • Belif True Cream Moisturizing Bomb: My holy grail moisturizer. The Belif Aqua Bomb moisturizer is a cult favorite, but since I have dry skin, I find the Moisture Bomb to work better for me as it’s thicker and more potent. This is the one product that keeps my face from looking like a dried up piece of onion skin. Disgusting, I know.
  • Neogen Green Tea Exfoliating Wipes: These are a treat in my skincare routine and make me feel pampered whenever I use it. These wipes do a great job of toning and exfoliating the skin, and makes my face feel incredibly supple. I also enjoy the lemon and red wine versions of these wipes.
  • Shiseido SPF 34 Eye Cream: While I don’t get my SPF from Sephora (because it’s an Asian SPF that’s not allowed for sale in the States), I do enjoy the Shiseido SPF eye cream for my delicate eye area. I’ve tried using my other SPF on my eye bags and it stings. This stuff doesn’t irritate my eyes, helps to moisturize the general eye area, and offers precious SPF which will help to prevent undereye bags.

Tools

  • Vera Mona Color Switch: If you’re lazy like me and can’t be bothered to clean your eye brushes each time you do a new makeup look, you need this. You basically swirl your used brush in here and it will get rid of all the excess eyeshadow on your brush, meaning you can then go in with a different color without creating a smudgy mess on your eyelid. A game changer!
  • Shiseido Eyelash Curler: Most Asians either use this eyelash curler or the one from Shu Uemura. I personally have this one and it’s done wonders for my stick straight, non existent lashes. You can also purchase the replacement pads for this curler from Sephora.
  • Beauty Blender: I still can’t believe I shell out $20 for this damn thing every few months. It’s so overpriced, yet so good. I’ve tried lots of alternative sponges and while some of them are good, they’re just not the same – they don’t expand in water the same way, nor do they have that squishy bounce on the face. Since this thing is Twenty freakin’ dollars, I’d buy a backup (or two) during the VIB sale so you can cry a little less at checkout.

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