Between Zoom calls and nonstop election coverage, we've been looking for some distractions. Luckily, Sephora delivered.
The Beauty Insiders Sale starts today, and they're offering 10% to 20% off site-wide. We were thrilled to hear that Sephora also took the 15 Percent Pledge earlier this year, and you can browse through and shop all their Black-owned brands here. Our team rounded up the products we can't wait to try out (or purchase again!) that will hopefully make our extended time at home a bit more self-care focused.
Depending on your tier, you can receive 10% as an Insider, but VIB and Rouge receive 15% and 20% off, respectively. Membership is free so at the very least, it's worth signing up for 10% off your purchase—just remember to use the promo code HOLIDAYFUN. The sale runs through November 9th, but we've rounded up a few new-to-us products, and items we'll be stocking up on from the sale, starting today:
1. Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Exfoliator (originally $59, now as low as $47): Anyone else ever buy something purely because of the amount of rave reviews? I'd been out of my exfoliator for a few months and had been meaning to replace it for a while, then stumbled upon this product (by a brand I know and love) that has over 41,000 likes? Consider me #influenced and I will report back with my thoughts!
2. Supergoop! Glowscreen Sunscreen SPF40 (originally $36, now as low as $29): I've mentioned this sunscreen countless times but it's only because I love it so much. It's the sunscreen that finally got me to embrace a daily SPF routine and the subtle pearlescent finish makes it look like I'm using an Instagram filter on my skin. It's the perfect primer to use under makeup or as a standalone product on the weekends when I want to look glowy and awake, but without the effort.
3. OLEHENRIKSEN Cold Plunge Pore Mask (originally $38, now as low as $30): I've used this mask for years and anytime it goes on sale, I stock up. It's a cooling clay mask that tightens pores and leaves my skin feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. Two other perks: it's a briiiight blue-ish green (Sloan calls it my "Grinch mask"), which somehow makes the experience more fun and it washes off with very little effort. There's nothing more annoying than a lovely mask experience only to feel like you scrub off the first layer of skin having to remove it!
I'm at the 10% tier at Sephora, so my discount won't be quite as dramatic as yours may be—but a few products still caught my eye!
1. Summer Fridays Mask (originally $48, now as low as $38): I've been staying at my parents' house in Reno, which happens to be halfway between L.A. and Portland, until our apartment is ready on Sunday. As a high desert, Reno also happens to be among the driest places. Since arriving, my face has been red, splotchy, and dehydrated from the killer combo of Reno's climate and my parents' central heating. While I'm sure Portland's humidity will undo much of the harm, I'm curious to finally try Summer Friday's Jet Lag Mask which is supposed to be super hydrating!
2. Drunk Elephant 'The Littles' (originally $90, now as low as $72): Last Christmas, I bought myself this kit of Drunk Elephant's 'The Littles' as an all-in-one skincare travel pack. Although I obviously won't be heading on a flight to visit family this holiday season, I still may repurchase this pack as a treat and take our contributor Jazmine's recommendation to use my bedtime skincare as a mini wellness ritual.
3. Necessaire Body Wash (originally $25, now as low as $20): I may be the only person on our team to have not tried Necessaire yet, but based on Emily's rave reviews (not only on her Stories but on our team video calls), I'm interested in trying their body wash. I just need help deciding between the 'Eucalyptus' and 'Sandalwood' scents as both are supposed to be great!
1. Peace Out Acne Healing Dots in Value Size (originally $40, now as low as $32): Justin and I share these, since they are, in my opinion, the best patches on the market. I love keeping a stash in my bathroom for any unexpected and unwelcome pimples that seem inevitable (the stress from the state of the world and maskne has been quite a combination). Not only do they deliver an effective dose of blemish-fighting ingredients (like salicylic acid, aloe vera, and Vitamin A), but they also keep me from compulsively picking at any imperfection on my face.
2. Kérastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum (originally $50, now as low as $40): This is my miracle hair product. I've written about it a few times, and continue to sing its praises because it turns my frizzy curls into silky waves. It never causes buildup, and I only need to use a single pump after I shower, so the bottle lasts nearly a year. It's a bit of an investment every time I add it to my cart, but so worth it for me.
3. Benefit Cosmetics Gimme Brow+ Tinted Volumizing Eyebrow Gel (originally $24, now as low as $19): My eyebrows tend to have a mind of their own, and rarely cooperate without some product keeping them in place. I use this gel in neutral deep brown to give them just a bit of tint (without going too dark) and ensure that they look intentionally tidy (and all lean in the same direction). It also happens to be one of Emily's favorite brow products on the market!
1. NARS Afterglow Lip Balm (originally $28, now as low as $22): I am a tinted lip balm fanatic. I’ve loved tinted lip balm forever, but it’s kind of an ideal product to wear while working from home–feels like chapstick, but looks just a little bit nicer (mostly just for my co-workers to look at on Google Hangouts, let’s be honest!). I especially love NARS, so this is a must-buy for me. I’ll definitely opt for Dolce Vita, a sheer dusty rose, which is a color I’ve tried in other NARS lip products and already know I love.
2. Origins Out of Trouble 10 Minute Mask (originally $27, now as low as $21): I’ve struggled with acne since I was 27, and one of my known triggers happens to be dairy. After an unfortunate cappuccino incident last week (it’s been a while since I ordered “fancy” coffee from a real store and I kind of forgot to get oat or almond milk), as I write this, I am currently battling an extremely inflamed chin with a pretty painful under-the-skin cyst. For whatever reason, my holy grail product (Kate Somerville’s EradiKate Acne Treatment) just completely stopped working for me this summer. I was perplexed. I’ve started using Murad’s Rapid Relief Acne Spot Treatment, which I really like, but I’m on the hunt for something that will calm the entire area, rather than just a spot treatment. This Origins mask isn’t an item I would normally go for, but I spent some time in the comments section and it actually seems promising. Will report back if it works!
3. HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair Growth Vegan Gummies (originally $25, now as low as $20): As many of you already know, my hair has been falling out this year due to stress. I’ve been using Collective Laboratories Activating Serum, which I like quite a bit, but I’ve been feeling like it’s time to try expanding my arsenal of products. These gummies from HUM don't just help hair grow back (like the other product I’ve been using), but they also supposedly taste like licorice. Who knows if they actually work, but I’m definitely willing to try it!
1. Foreo Luna Fofo (originally $89, now as low as $71): Before using the Foreo, I was a cleansing brush skeptic. This travel size has been my go-to for a little over a year now. There's a noticeable difference in the texture of my skin when I use my hands to cleanse. I don't see myself ever turning away from it. It's gentle, yet thorough and pairs well with my favorite gel cleansers. It's easy to clean and has a very long-lasting battery life—I have yet to charge mine. It's so good that I gave the same one to my sister for Christmas last year.
2. NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer (originally $30 now as low as $24): Even pre-pandemic, I didn't wear too much makeup, so concealer has always been one of my staple items. I got this as a gift last year, and can probably count on one hand the number of times I've reached for my foundation since. It's so easy to blend that I just apply it with my fingers. This is perfect for covering spots but I use it to brighten my under-eyes as well.
3. Kosasport LipFuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm in Pulse (originally $18, now as low as $14): I have pretty dry lips and that's always made me reluctant to wear lipstick. This hydrating pick by Kosas is one of the few balms that actually leave my lips looking plumper and sans cracks. The shade 'Pulse' also checks the "my lips but better" box and fades very nicely. There's nothing worse than that awkward lip-liner look you get when your lipstick has rubbed off.