Sephora Holiday Bonus Event Recommendations

The holidays are fast approaching, and along with them come one of my favorite events of the year- the Sephora Holiday Bonus Event!

If you are a beauty junky like me, you probably already know that sales at Sephora are a rare occurrence, usually only happening twice a year. Once in the Spring, and once before the holidays. This past week, I received my sale booklet and I was so excited, I immediately started to plan everything I would want to stock up on, and share with y’all. But before we get to the goods, I’ll share a little more info on the sale in case you haven’t heard already.

Dates: October 26th-29th (Rouge Only) and November 2nd-5th (All tiers)

Discount: 20% off for Rouge, 15% off for VIB and 10% off for Beauty Insiders

Now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, it’s time for the fun part! I know everyone shops a little differently, but in my mind, there are two approaches to shopping this particular sale.

  1. It’s time to stock up on my holy-grail products that I know I will go through, and a great chance to save money on things I know I will need. This is a particularly strong strategy for skincare products you know you’ll be using twice a day.
  2. I have a 20% off discount, so it’s time to splurge on some new items, or test out things I’ve hesitate to pull the trigger on.

In all reality, I tend to do a combination of the two. I’ve usually got a list of skincare to stock up on, and then a wish-list of a few items I’d love to get my hands on if my budget allows for it. Since I’m a die-hard skincare junkie, I tend to prioritize these items first. So that’s where I’ll start with my recommendations list. Below, you will find brief reviews of items I LOVE and will be stocking up on, then a “wish-list” of items I’d really like to try.

Skincare Recommendations:

Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Oil – $28 – This is my go-to product for a first cleanse. I typically use this oil-based cleanser to remove all my make-up, then follow it up with a lighter cleaner.

Drunk Elephant C-Firma Day Serum – $80 – This is one of my all-time favorite serums to date. I’m a big believer in regular use of vitamin C products to help brighten skin tone and boost collagen production. Unfortunately, a lot of skin care products don’t properly package their vitamin C products, causing them to lost their efficacy before you can actually finish them. This serum has great packaging and is wonderfully formulated!

Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Vitamin C+ Serum -$118 – Another one of my all-time favorite serums! It’s definitely on the pricier side, but the formulation is fabulous, and I truly saw a difference in my skin after a single week of use. If budget was no consideration, I’d probably always buy this one- but 20% off makes it much more tempting!

Sunday Riley Good Genes Lactic Acid Treatment – $105 – You can seriously find SO MUCH information out there on this product. After all, its a cult beauty favorite for a reason! I mention the multitude of benefits associated with regular use of an Alpha-hydroxy Acid in a recent blog post (here). I personally saw a noticeable improvement in my skin texture, as well as a plumping that seemed to reduce some of my fine lines. My husband absolutely swears by this product as well.

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream – $68 – This is the second Drunk Elephant moisturizer I’ve ever tried, and easily one of my favorite moisturizers of all time. Its light enough to wear under make-up during the day without leaving a greasy finish, but also deeply hydrating. If you are insanely dry, you may want to add a drop or two of oil in the evenings, but you honestly might not even need it. As usual, Drunk Elephant nailed the formulation of this product! It’s packed with all kinds of good-for-your skin ingredients, and the packaging ensures that none of the good stuff is inactivated by exposure to light, air, or bacteria from dipping your hands into a jar to scoop out the product.

Drunk Elephant Virgin Marula Luxury Facial Oil – $40 – To be honest, I thought this product was kind of gimmicky until I’d tried it a few times.. after all, the cosmetics industry spent so many years marketing “oil-free” products to us as teenagers growing up. Now, as the colder weather approaches, and the heating kicks on in the office and at home, I will be using this stuff religiously at night to help lock in moisture! You can definitely find less expensive Marula oil options out there, but its much harder to find ethically sourced ingredients with confirmation that the extraction process didn’t rob the oil of all its wonderful powers.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask – $20 – Go ahead, roll your eyes. Yes, simply put,  this is a $20 lip balm. But as a person who literally ALWAYS has chapped lips, its been a total game changer. I use it every night before bed, and then in the morning before I start doing my make-up so my lipstick goes on nice and smooth! It doesn’t leave any icky film, and its not super sticky either.

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Cream – $48 – This will probably be a product Chris & I keep in the house forever. It’s on the richer/creamier side of moisturizers, but its one of my absolute favorites, especially for the winter time when the heat is pumping indoors, and starts sucking the life out of my skin.

Dr. Jart Ceramidin Sheet Mask – $6 – This is the immediate pick-me-up version of the cream I mentioned above. It you go hard with acids or charcoal masks, this is the absolute best thing to use afterwards.

Clinique Pep-Start Daily UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 50 – $19.50 – If you don’t use an SPF daily, this is the #1 piece of anti-aging advice I can give you- START NOW. There isn’t anything particularly special about this particular SPF, but I’ve been using it for over a year now, and I don’t have anything bad to say about it. It’s not too pricey, and its a peach color, so it doesn’t leave a white cast on your face.

Other:

St. Tropez 1 Hour Express Bronzing Mousse  -$44- My all-time favorite self tanner. End of story. Highly recommend getting a mitt to rub this in for a streak-free application.

Living Proof Dry Shampoo – $23- On the pricier side of dry shampoo, but definitely worth the investment if you are lazy like me and try to wash your hair as little as possible. I also have darker roots, and this definitely works into my hair better without getting powdery or white-cast.


So that was quite a lot! In an effort to keep this post from becoming ten years long, I didn’t add any make-up products. I can definitely go over that stuff in a separate post if you are curious- just let me know!

-Amanda Kennedy

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