Beauty Lovers rejoice! It’s that time of year – the Sephora 2019 Holiday Bonus Event or VIB Sale. Who doesn’t love themselves a discount?! I’ve gone back and forth in my head over the past month whether I would put this post together because I don’t know if I’ll be shopping it this year sadly. As a lot of you are aware, I am in Australia and though I do have Rouge Status (yep sure do) and have a mate that will forward my bundles of goodies to me, I just don’t think I need enough to make the shipping costs worthwhile for me.
It’s still a few days out, so let’s see if I do or don’t. No promises lol.
Ok, onto the sale details –
This years code is HOLIDAYSAVE and below is the discount and dates for each status level.
Rouge – November 1-11th – 20% discount
VIB – November 7-11th – 15% discount
Insiders – November 7-11th – 10% discount
Head HERE for the official full terms and conditions of the sale.
I’ve compiled some lists and details of products that I have been IN LOVE with and totally recommend as well as just a couple of sneaky things that are own my own wishlist.
The first few sections are recommendations of brands that I have a whole lotta love for, then some general category sections.
Ready to jump into this? Don’t forget to leave a comment and tell me what you are shopping for during the Holiday Bonus Event! Dying to hear what’s on your wishlist!
My love for Drunk Elephant runs real deep. You can read a complete rundown of my thoughts on each DE product in this post. My advice with the sale? If you’re new to Drunk Elephant – grab one of the sets (or two) they are already good value and a percentage off makes them even greater value.
If you’re a devotee and a hardcore fan of the entire line – The Trunk 3.0 is flipping amazing.
Another big skincare brand love of mine is Sunday Riley. They've also released a huge bundle - The Vault - which RRP is $445 ($640 value) so take your % off that and you've got a brilliant deal.
Me personally, I adore the cult classics - Good Genes which gives an overnight facial effect (read more here) & Juno which is an essential oil free facial oil. As well as newer faves - Auto Correct a wonderful brightening eye cream (read more here) and CEO Serum.
Sunday Riley also has some brilliant bundles available at a whole lot less than that covetable vault. I love the Holidays for all these bundled packs. Always great value and fun to try some new things.
Hourglass to me, just screams understated luxury. The products are well thought out and timeless. The formulas are BEAUTIFUL and the powders truly exceptional. If you've never tried any of the powders, they would be the first thing I'd recommend. The limited edition Ghost palette is available which is a nice mix of blush, bronze and face powder. The Ambient Lighting Palette is a classic and one of my most well-loved makeup pieces.
The brushes are also beyond perfection. The VERY BEST vegan brushes I have used. If you feel like splashing out, this bundle housed in a vegan leather case looks fab!
I am a Charlotte Tilbury fan girl and I've no shame in admitting that to you. Almost every product in the line has been a winner for me. The standouts for me over the years have been the Filmstar Bronze and Glow which for my skin tone is perfection, Hollywood Flawless Filter - comes in a variety of shades and is quite versatile in being able to use under/over/strategically placed on the face giving that - yep I am going to say it - lit from within glow. The cream shadows are also gorgeous to work with and the shades are so elegant.
Hot Lips 2 have been a MASSIVE love of mine this year - Glowing Jen is my pick of that bunch. The KISSING formula is also phenomenal. Most recently Pillow Talk in the Superstar Lips has barely left my handbag. The most stunning my lips but better.
Honestly, you can almost not go wrong with Charlotte Tilbury.
Ahh skincare. My favourite of all the beauty categories. Sorry makeup. Still love you buuuutttt.... We have a lot to chat about here. If you are curious on my thoughts on Glow Recipe - head HERE - I've written about them recently!
We can definitely see here I have a couple of standout brands. I've loved Tatcha for many years and actually quite like everything I have tried - which has been a lot. Standouts are the Violet C Serum (written about here) and the Camellia Cleansing Oil is divine and a true classic.
Kate Somerville is another standout brand for me. The Goat Milk Cleanser is amazing (read my thoughts here) but more recently I have fallen in deep love with the newer kX Active Concentrates - Bio Mimicking Peptides (anti aging serum that works on skins texture and as I like to call it - Bounce-ability) and Ceramides and Omega Serums (restorative and repairing serum) both are fragrance free and very worth the price tag.
I am so predictable in choosing body faves. There's not too many that I go back for time and time again. But L'occitane is my NEVER be without brand, the almond range has my heart (and nose! Divine). I always buy one of these hand cream packs during the holidays which I then break up and gift travel hand creams in with other gifts to family/friends. Clarins is also another go-to brand for body for me and has been for many years. Chic, effective and readily available world wide (if you are not shopping in the US).
Hair is category that I tend to stick with what I know serves me best. Olaplex is my hairs fairy godmother and saves me from excessive breakage when bleaching. If you chemically treat your hair - you NEED this.
Kerastate is a staple for my hair. The Discipline mist is the absolute best at getting knots out of hair and is somewhat of a leave in treatment. My hair is always so smooth when I use it - and it smells GORGEOUS. I have gone through SO MANY.
Briogeo is my go-to when I am taking a silicone break in my haircare. I do tend to switch between the science and more natural in haircare. Both have their plusses and minuses.
I own a Dyson hairdryer and it is hands down the absolute best hair investment I've made. It cuts down my drying time and is also super lightweight to hold. I am so curious about the Air Wrap. I'm sure it equally FAB. Now is the time to pick up those high ticket items if you were planning on buying them anyway.
Tech and Silk
I've written a little about LED therapy HERE. I need to go a lot more in depth very soon. What I will say is I have previously used the VIB Sale to purchase both the DDG Spectralite Googles and FaceWare Pro (different years!!!) and I have never regretted the investment. If you are after a high priced tool, now is definitely the time to do it.
What can I say about silk? Though not as techy as lights and lasers, silk is still paramount in my routines for keeping my hair and skin healthy. Sleeping on silk has the advantages of being kinder to your hair by less knotting and breakage and kinder to your face by less wrinkling and it won't absorb your skincare like cotton can. I adore the Slip pillowcases and hair ties.
I don't have a huge amount of experience with a lot of the SPF's available at Sephora - our Australia regulations are quite different. I have tried and loved each of these with the exception of the Kate Somerville Mist. I just want to try that one myself!! Unfortunately shipping aerosols is a no no. Sad.
The Tatcha gives the most perfect base for makeup and really doesn't fell like SPF at all. DDG has a more sunscreen-ey feel but still fairly elegant. Shisiedo is a brand I used to use all the time for SPF when my skin was more combo/oily - they have a good range of different SPF's for all concerns. I found the textures light and easy to wear. Murad City Skin is another thats a perfect under makeup deal. I believe its a mineral SPF also if that's your jam.
Makeup - Skin
Foundation is a category I could play in all day. I LOVE testing new foundations. In fact, one brand that's so new to me has already made it into this list. ILIA has totally surprised me with only two wears, yes premature I know, but I had to include it. Forgiving on mature skin and the concealer sits wonderfully all day.
Dior makes some of my absolute fave foundations ever. Skin Glow is my number one foundation discovery this year. Glowy perfection that still has coverage and last-ability. Face and Body is also a brilliant choice and will suit a wider variety of skin types as its more of a natural skin finish compared to the Glow.
Makeup - Color
I am (again) very creature of habit with the brands and products I stick to in color cosmetics.
A more recent brand discovery for me has been RMS Beauty. The Sensual Skin Trio is to-die-for, powders that effortlessly blend into the skin and very flattering shades. Living Luminizer is a classic and the Eye Polishes are simple to use and so elegant to wear.
Roen and Natasha Denona (the mini palettes look adorable) eye shadows are both VERY high on my list to try. The shade selections look amazing and in the Natasha Denona case in particular - they be pricey! Getting those giant palettes at a discounted price would soften the blow.
If you are heading into the 'Mature' makeup wearer box and still want to highlight but are over the big beaming glow stripes on the face, I couldn't recommend more highly the Laura Mercier Matte Radiance in Highlight 01. Not a glitter particle in sight. The Hydrating Primer is also top shelf for me right now.
Guerlain Kiss Kiss Lips have been a staple in my makeup for a long time. Pink Me Up is my shade!
As the United States heads into Fall, I couldn't not make mention of my number one autumn/winter fragrance - Jo Malone Mimosa and Cardamon. It's warm but sexy. Not overpowering. The candle version is also THE GOODS.
Recently I cannot stop wearing Ellis Brooklyn West. It's citrus with a twist. Speaking of Ellis Brooklyn - Myth Hydra Parfum is incredibly clever - It's a water based fragrance (alcohol free! Almost unheard of in the world of perfume) with the fragrance suspended within a hyaluronic gel. So science. Plus it looks freaking cool.
Yeah, yeah, I know you guys are heading to fall/winter and a tan is probs the last thing on a lot peoples mind. But if you are thinking about picking up a faux glow - Tan Luxe and Isle of Paradise are both stellar and a cinch to use. Honestly I don't find huge differences between the two as far as ease of use or longevity is concerned. IoP seems to have a little more choice with shade and undertone, but both are amazing and I use them interchangeably.
Let's Wrap This Up
I am quite sure I have forgotten a million things that I truly have enjoyed using and would recommend. Let me know in the comments if you're shopping the sale and what your game plan is. Do you stock up on essentials? Or have a total Treat Yo'Self moment?
Happy Shopping Babes!