Hands up if you've already taken advantage of Sephora's holiday bonus sale... and are planning to hit the site at least one more time before your discount goes bye-bye tonight.
I don't know about you, but no matter what I've bought, I always think of something I should have ordered after the sale is over. If that happens to you too, then maybe a little a little video from a recent Sephora holiday-stuff preview, and a few recommendations might help?
Now obviously the Sephora website has loads more than the items they showed at the preview. For one thing, Charlotte Tilbury is at Sephora; this is a great time to buy anything from her holiday collection.
I'm still eyeing the Starry Eyes to Hypnotize ($95 CAD and $75 USD at sephora.com) eyeshadow palette, and the new Instant Look in a Face Palette ($95 CAD and $75 USD at sephora.com), but she just dropped a gorgeous new six-shade Charlotte Darling ($72 CAD and $57 USD at charlottetilbury.com) eyeshadow palette that calls to me just as loudly although it's not available at Sephora, and thus no bonus discount applies. #decisionsdecisions (It seems so much more reasonably priced in American dollars – sheesh.)
Actually here: I have a little vid of Charlotte Tilbury holiday collection, too.
Murad Replenishing Multi-Acid Peel ($85 CAD and $65 USD at sephora.com) is another new love for me. The formula is a bi-phase liquid that employs glycolic, lactic and malic acides (AHAs), salicylic acid (BHA) and tranexamic acid (manages pigmentation) to smooth and brighten the skin. It's potent – if I've gone the least bit overboard on my exfoliation before using it, my sensitive skin will sting a bit – but it's also really, really good. I love it. The jojoba seed and moringa oils in the mix are soothing and make my now oil-greedy skin happy. The morning after my first use, my skin looked more radiant! I'm almost halfway through my media-sample bottle, and it's pricey enough that I welcome that Sephora discount.
Consonant HydrExtreme ($149 CAD at sephora.com and $72 at well.ca) is a must-have for anyone with dry skin. It's expensive, and I'll tell you why in a separate post, but it's also crazy efficacious: all you need is two drops for your whole face to get a hydration boost. My skin is more dehydrated than dry, but less oily than it used to be, and I cannot do without it; I buy it almost every Sephora bonus time. You'll notice a lower price and well.ca link next to the Sephora info; that's for a 10mL bottle that Sephora doesn't sell. I included the link for our US-based friends because Consonant isn't available at Sephora in the States, and well.ca ships to the USA.
first aid beauty
First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer and Ultra Repair Cream ($32/$40 CAD and $24/$32 USD at sephora.com) are new favourites this year as well. From late Spring to late Summer, I used the Ultra Repair Moisturizer during the day and the Ultra Repair Cream at night. Now I'm using only the Ultra Repair Cream, day and night.
Honestly I had underestimated FAB on account of the packaging – oops. Shame on me, I'd assumed it was basic stuff, formulated with petrolatum and mineral oil and maybe a few more emollients. And I was okay with that! That's why I tried it! My skin was being finicky, you see. But I'm glad I hadn't read the ingredients first, or wouldn't have tried it. First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Moisturizer and Repair Cream are dosed with ceramides as well as glycerin and colloidal oatmeal, and they make my skin happy!
If the moisturizing lotion and cream appeal to you, and you're keen to try other FAB products, the First Aid Beauty Fablantis set ($64 CAD and $49 USD at sephora.com) might be the way to go to save $$. I haven't really got into the exfoliating pads because I already have so many chemical exfoliants, but I do have them for when I travel. The holiday set also comes with a lip balm, but I'll tell you straight up that I do NOT like it. Something about the texture is off-putting for me. Couldn't wait to take it off and replace it with lanolin. But maybe that's just me.
Speaking of lanolin, you must give Lanolips a try. I'll get into more about that brand in another post, but if you love Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Treatment here's a heads-up: in order to slap a VEGAN label on the brand, Bite is removing the lanolin from that formula. I don't know what the new texture will be like, but frankly, lanolin is what makes it magic. So if you haven't tried Lanolips 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm ($23 CAD at sephora.com and $16.95 USD at ulta.com) yet, get it now. I'd say get the 101 Ointment Duo ($37 CAD at sephora.com), actually, because you'll get two tubes and save about $9 CAD overall (sorry, US-based friends; the duo seems exclusive to Sephora in Canada).
Lanolips does have lip-balm formulas that are smooth and non-sticky; the 101 Ointment is the closest in texture to Bite's Agave Lip Treatment. In fact, the 101 Ointment is slightly less sticky because it's blended with a bit of lanolin oil. (Ultra-purified lanolin – no colour and no odour – and lanolin oil are the only two ingredients, btw.)
Also remarkable is the Lano Rose Hand Cream Intense ($20 CAD at sephora.com and $14.95 USD at ulta.com). It's also available in an Ultimate Strength Hand Duo ($32 CAD at sephora.com and $23.50 at ulta.com) that features the rose scent and lemon too, and costs less than buying two separate tubes. The texture might take a little getting used to – it's quite sticky at first, and needs warming in palms to massage in – but the end result is soooo good. Chronically dry and chapped hands will never feel dry again (with regular use, of course).
And of course, if you're a Bite Agave Lip Treatment ($34 CAD and $24 USD at sephora.com) fan, stock up now because the new version is coming in January.
Oh, and the opening photo features the Lilly Lashes 3D Mink Miami & Mini Lash Adhesive Ornament ($33 CAD and $25 USD at sephora.com).
All righty, have you taken advantage of the Sephora sale? Did you hit the site more than once??
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