Sephora's Annual Fall VIB Sale is here! Exciting, but at the same time, the sale is a little different than it was last year, and the changes aren't for the better. This year, the sale is from November 6 - November 9 for VIB Rouges, and the sale is from November 13 - November 16 for VIBs. In the past, VIB Rouges were able to shop during the entire sale period, yet this time, each tier is limited to a specific weekend. Also, there is not longer an exclusive shopping event in stores for VIB Rouges, and there isn't a gift bag with purchase. As someone who just recently made VIB Rouge for the first time (admittedly through the help of friends/family), those were perks I was looking forward to. 20% is still a good deal, but it would be nice to get a few more perks, especially when Rouge members have already spent so much at Sephora. However, I'm makeup obsessed, and I can't resist a sale, so I will probably be picking up a couple items. If you're a makeup addict like me, I've listed below some recommendations of products I've tried and love, and I've also listed my current wishlist for the sale.
Sephora favorite kits are always a great value. I don't have these two sets in particular, but I recently picked up two of the JcPenney exclusive sets (I have a previous blog post here detailing those). These kits usually have full-size and deluxe samples of bestselling products. If you're able to find the JcPenney exclusive sets, I recommend those more. The sets online are still a good deal, but I find that the JcPenney ones are usually a little bit less expensive but still include a lot of products.
For eyeshadow palettes, my two favorites are the Too Faced Chocolate Bar and the original Naked palette. Despite having these palettes for over a year now, I still use them frequently. I do prefer the Chocolate Bar palette more - I find there is more variety in color, and the shadows aren't quite as metallic as the Naked palette, but I think both options are a great choice.
For lip products, I love the Estee Lauder Pure Color Envy Sculpting lipstick formula and the YSL Glossy Stain. I have one of each - the lipstick in Rebellious Rose and the glossy stain in Rouge Vintage. Although they are pricey, I don't have anything from the drugstore that exactly compares. The Estee Lauder lipstick is creamy, pigmented, and long lasting. I reviewed the YSL here, and I still am enjoying wearing it. If you're looking for a luxury product to treat yourself with, I don't think you would be disappointed with either of them.
For face products, I recommend the Too Faced Chocolate Soleil bronzer, the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush, Clinique Cheek pops, the Becca Shimmering Skin perfector set in Opal, and the Beauty Blender. I have deluxe samples of the bronzer and the 12-hour blushes from various Sephora favorite kits, and they are the products that I always take when I'm traveling. I find that both blend well on the skin and are long-lasting. I have the Clinique Cheek pop in Peach Pop, and I love the formula of this blush - it has a slight sheen, and it looks beautiful on the skin. Becca highlighters have been talked about so much, and after using them, I find that they do live up to the hype. I don't personally use highlighter everyday, so I find that the deluxe sizes are a good size for me. The color Opal is stunning- I find that it blends wonderfully on the skin; it isn't a subtle highlight, but it provides a beautiful glow.
Finally, for skincare, I love using Origins products. I picked up the Origins bestsellers kit during last year's VIB sale, and it's a great value. I love the GinZing moisturizer, and the Origins masks. Currently, I'm using the skin-tone correcting moisturizer and serum. I have quite a stash of skincare, so I won't be purchasing any more skincare during this sale, but if you're looking for some great skincare, I highly recommend trying out this kit.
I love holiday sets and palettes! And with the 20% off, they're much harder to resist...
At the top of my wishlist are the lip product sets - the Marc Jacobs set, the Bite Beauty set, the Kat Von D Lolita duo, and the Buxom set. I've been looking at several face palettes, like the Becca trio, the Kevin Aucoin contour book, and the Sephora Ombre Obsession palette. I also have quite a few eyeshadow palettes on my wishlist, like the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca palette and the Make Up For Ever 15 Artist Shadow Palette, but I'm not sure how much I would use them. The Tarte Showstopper and Rainforest After Dark palettes have been on my wishlist for quite a while now, but I don't know if I will actually go through and purchase them this time around.
I've purchased a lot of makeup over the past year, so I'm trying to purchase only a couple products at most. I've been going back and forth over the products I want to order, so I haven't made my order yet. I'm trying to pick items that are something from what I already have but would still be something I would use enough to justify the purchase. Right now, I'm leaning toward the Lolita duo and the Bite Beauty set, but I know that those sets are popular and there is always the risk they will sell out before I make up my mind!
If you've tried out any of these products, let me know your thoughts! Also, I'm always looking for other great deals and products - please share your recommendations or what's on your wishlist!