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Hi, I'm Devan-

A Boston native living in Dallas, TX.  Welcome to my beauty and lifestyle blog! After years of keeping a close eye on the beauty industry, I discovered a love of learning about products and trying new brands.  Pair that with my love of   writing, and more recent flirtation with photography, and you've got Dev's Day! 

Sephora Favorites - Sephora Sale Fall 2019

Sephora Favorites - Sephora Sale Fall 2019

The Sephora Holiday Bonus Event for 2019 is coming up, and I wanted to share my favorite products sold at Sephora with you. I tried my best to narrow the list down as much as possible. If you don’t see something here that you’ve maybe heard me talk about before (or not!), just ask me! Just because it isn’t here, doesn’t mean I don’t necessarily love it. I either a. forgot it LOL, or b. it may just not have made my top picks because I tried to be extremely selective. I’m always happy to share my honest thoughts with you on what I’ve tried.

Note, everything that I received in PR I note with an asterisk. Some things I purchased myself, and may have also received them in PR after my own purchase— so if you know I received something in PR, but it’s not marked, that means I bought it prior to receiving in PR. If the product was discovered by PR, it’s marked with an *. I try to note everything clearly, and be as transparent as possible! Also, this page does contain affiliate links, where if you purchase a product I would make a small commission. It took me a lifetime to compile this list for you, so I don’t feel badly about that :)

The Sale Details:

The event is online and in stores, with code HOLIDAYSAVE, which saves you a different amount depending on your status at Sephora:

Rouge - November 1-11th - 20% discount

VIB - November 7-11th - 15% discount

Insiders - November 7-11th - 10% discount

My thoughts on the sale:

It’s worth shopping if you’re Rouge, because 20% off is a pretty good discount, especially when you get the convenience of shopping so many brands at one place. If not Rouge, 15% and 10% are not very good discounts, and I would personally skip, or focus only on the value sets that Sephora is known for, where you’re already getting a great value, or Sephora exclusive products/brands. Individual brands and other beauty retailers will have much better sales at 20-25%+ for the holidays, so keep that in mind.

Skincare

Cleansers:

Youth to the People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser - a gel cleanser that is amazing at removing makeup, but is also gentle and hydrating. I’ve probably gone through five of these bottles and it’s a staple.

First Aid Beauty Pure Skin Face Cleanser - great for sensitive skin, as it is quite gentle, and has no fragrance or other potentially irritating ingredients. No frills at a great price point.

Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser - another gel cleanser that is great at removing makeup, so similar to YTTP, you can use it for your first and second cleanse. My favorite to travel with!

Exfoliants:

Dr. Dennis Gross Peel Pads - By far, besides P50 these are my favorite chemical exfoliant. They have extra strength, universal daily, and gentle versions. I use extra strength 1x a week for an extra boost, but depending on your skin type, the other versions are great too. The gentle version is great for pregnancy (and safe!).

First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads - these contain a blend of AHA’s— lactic and glycolic acid, and are alcohol free, making them gentle, but still really effective for all skin types. These come as presoaked pads making them super convenient, and they even sell in a mini size that I love to travel with. Their 10% AHA Resurfacing Liquid is also fantastic.

Fresh Beauty Sugar Strawberry Exfoliating Face Wash* - I put this in the exfoliation category instead of cleanser, because its something I only use 1-2x a week. It’s a physical scrub, but really gentle and hydrating. Also smells amazing, and comes in a mini if you just want to try it!

Toners:

Son & Park Beauty Water - I have been using this for years as makeup remover, but its also a hydrating toner and works well either wiped onto the skin with a cotton round, or pat in with your hands.

Indie Lee CoQ-10 Toner - a hydrating toner with antioxidants and tons of hydrating ingredients. Smells amazing! This comes in a spray format which I find a bit too harsh for my face, so I spray into my hand and pat into the skin.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Wild Oat Toner* - an oatmeal powered hydrating toner that relieves and soothes the skin. Amazing for people with sensitive or inflamed skin. SUCH a good price point!

Laneige Cream Skin Toner & Moisturizer - An ultra hydrating toner, that I pat into my skin like an essence. It’s so hydrating that with a few layers, I can often skip moisturizer at the end of my routine (hence moisturizer in the name).

Essences:

Caudalie Vinoperfect Brightening Glycolic Essence* - hydrating and lightly exfoliating, and has been a staple in my morning routine. It contains a tiny bit of glycolic acid to exfoliate, but has grape water to hydrate, for brighter/smoother skin.

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence* - hydrating and loaded with antioxidants, I apply this so all my next steps sink into my skin and work better. Love their mini plastic size for travel!

Amorepacific Vintage Single Extract Essence* - this one is the OG essence, that is also a major splurge. I am pointing it out here because I love it, and if it’s been on your wishlist, definitely grab it on sale. It’s hydrating, brightening, plumping. A cult classic for a reason.

Mists:

Youth to the People Adaptogen Mist* - soothing, hydrating, and easily one of my most reached for mists.

Lilah B Aglow Face Mist* - my favorite mist for “setting” my makeup. Smells amazing, looks chic and makes my makeup looked lived in and gorgeous. Sephora sells this in a value set, where a full size comes with a free mini!

Dr. Roebucks Bondi Hydrating Mist* - It’s one of my favorite more affordable mists with a top notch ingredient list. a really fine mist, that is also hydrating, soothing and filled with antioxidants. Love the chic matte packaging! I recently got this in a mini, and keep reaching for it.

Serums/Treatments:

Drunk Elephant C-Firma - easily my favorite and most effective Vitamin C serum that is sold at Sephora.

Drunk Elephant B-Hydra - A hydrating serum loaded with hydrating humectants and fruit extracts, that also contains Niacinamide (vitamin B3) and Panthenol (vitamin B5), skincare superstars.

Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum - one of the most elegant but affordable hyaluronic acid serums on the market. HA is a staple in every routine for hydration.

Indie Lee Stem Cell Serum - a hydrating serum that also addresses firmness, texture and tone. At $135/1oz this is a must to get on sale.

First Aid Beauty Retinol Serum 0.25% - I trust FAB with my life, and this is a great retinol option for basically anyone, but especially those with sensitive skin, or those new to retinol.

Drunk Elephant A-Passioni - a great natural retinol. It’s potent so it’s great for seasoned users, but if new you’ll want to slowlyyyyy work it into your routine. This tube is huge for how much you need, so should last a solid 9 months to a year, depending on usage frequency.

Belif Youth Creator Age Knockdown Bomb - an anti-aging serum that provides bouncy, hydrated, glowing skin that looks far more youthful. I actually love this even more in my morning routine, because of how plump it makes my skin. It wears so well under makeup too!

Eye Creams:

Belif Moisturizing Eye Bomb - one of my favorite day time eye creams. It’s simply incredibly hydrating and layers well under makeup.

Drunk Elephant C-Tango - hydrating, brightening and anti-aging with vitamin c and peptides. It has been my go-to in pregnancy since I cannot use retinol.

First Aid Beauty Retinol Eye Cream* - an extremely lightweight eye cream, that is hydrating but also has superstar retinol to prevent fine lines. I prefer this packaging to pots!

Dr. Dennis Gross Ferulic + Retinol Eye Cream - another great retinol eye cream option, that also has ferulic acid which is fabulous in combo with retinol at preventing fine lines around the eyes. A favorite among many estheticians.

Moisturizers:

Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream - one of my favorite day time creams of all time. It’s the perfect texture for my combo skin— not a water cream/gel, but not heavy either. Doesn’t hurt that it also has a peptide complex.

Drunk Elephant Lala Retro - I wasn’t a fan of the old version, which I found too heavy, but my skin loves the new version with ceramides for repairing overnight. It’s a bit lighter in weight, but still locks everything in! A must if you’re dry or living in a cold climate.

Youth to the People Superfood Air-Whip Moisturizer - one of my other favorite daytime moisturizers of all time, especially in the summer. It’s incredibly hydrating, and melts into the skin. A must if you’re oily.

Youth to The People Adaptogen Deep Moisture Cream* - Lightweight, but still incredibly nourishing. I also love how calming and soothing this; I wake up with less redness. All skin types would love this.

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream - A must if you are dry, sensitive, or have an inflammatory skin condition like rosacea.

Face/Lip SPF:

Supergoop Zincreen* - my favorite day time SPF; it’s 100% mineral, and has a light pink tint to it, which gives you a gorgeous glow.

Supergoop 100% Mineral Matte Screen - great as a makeup primer, but I use it to apply SPF over my makeup. It has a light tint, but is virtually clear, making it great for this purpose. Also totally mineral.

Supergoop Invincible Setting Powder - A fantastic setting powder that comes in a few shades for extra SPF protection, but also great for reapplying SPF over makeup.

Supergoop Setting Mist - I keep minis of this in all my bags for reapplication throughout the day!

Sol De Janeiro My Sol Stick* - I love this stick for applying SPF to my lips or hands. It’s great for on the go.

Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray - another mineral SPF spray that is great for reapplication, and is a bit more heavy duty than the Supergoop setting mist.

Fresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30 - this has been a staple in my beach and gym bag for ages. I love it. Don’t forget to apply SPF to your lips!

My fav Supergoop Shine On Lip Screen SPF 50 is no longer sold at Sephora, but worth checking out!

Face Oils:

Indie Lee Squalane Oil - great for all skin types, but is known for sinking in immediately and being a favorite for more combo/oily types. Because it only has one ingredient, this is also my pick for sensitive skin. So affordable too!

Youth to the People Superberry Oil - my favorite pick for oily skin. It is lightweight, loaded with antioxidants, and sinks into the skin in no time. I love this under makeup, or for any time I’m looking a little dull.

Drunk Elephant Marula Oil - Marula oil is fantastic for dry skin. I travel with the mini size to colder climates and will add a few drops to my moisturizer as needed. But if you are dry or live in a colder climate, this is a great option. (and, I do think it feels much better than The Ordinary’s version, but if on a budget, that one is good too). The mini is also plenty big, and great for travel!

Masks:

Youth to the People Superberry Hydrate + Glow Dream Mask*- a deeply hydrating, plumping and brightening sleeping mask loaded with antioxidants. I either use this as my night time moisturizer or if really dry, apply it over my night time moisturizer.

Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask* - tons of overnight hydration, giving you a dewy glow. Love this for winter nights!

Drunk Elephant TLC Sukari Babyfacial - an exfoliating facial with an AHA/BHA blend. Amazing at resurfacing your skin, and giving a glow that only chemical exfoliation can. They currently also have a limited edition mini size that they usually only come out with 1x a year.

Lip Balms/Masks/Scrubs:

First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Lip Therapy* - this is great for those with sensitive lips as it’s beeswax and lanolin free. It contains colloidal oatmeal to soothe, shea butter to moisturize and glycerin, to pull in water to hydrate. At $12, a no brainer.

Kosasport Lipfuel Hyaluronic Lip Balm* - one of the most hydrating lip balms I’ve ever used. I have the shade pulse which is a warm tan, and it gives the perfect wash of a warm nude color as well. I can’t stop reaching for this! It also comes in a clear shade, as well as cool pink.

Laneige Lip Glowy Balm - the balm version of my favorite sleeping mask, feels the same but easier to apply on the go! Grapefruit, Peach and Pear are my favorites.

Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask - I swear by this lip mask, and wear it every night. It stays on my lips all night and comes in tons of fun flavors. Grapefruit and Mint Chocolate are my two favorite flavors.

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - the thickest mask of them all, this one is heavy duty, and extremely emollient. It does contain lanolin and beeswax (in case you’re allergic!), but is loved by clean beauty fanatics. It comes in some fun shades, my favorites are lavender and maple. I bring this with me to colder climates. It’s perfect at shielding your lips from the extreme cold.

Drunk Elephant Lippe Balm* - this contains a ton of great oils to moisturize the lips, and so it’s great for maintaining already hydrated lips. It doesn’t have any humectants to pull water into the lips, so make sure if they’re in rough shape, to use something else prior that contains some humectants.

Kopari Coconut Lip Scrubby - a super hydrating lip scrub that comes in a little squeeze tube, making it not only effective but mess free. And only $16!

Self Tanners (Face + Body):

Isle of Paradise (IOP) Self Tanning Drops - add a couple of drops into your hydrating serum a few times a week for a natural glow. I wear the shade medium. I also like the Tan Luxe face drops in medium/dark but find them to be nearly identical, and these are at a better price point. (FYI- IOP and Tan Luxe are owned by the same parent company).

Tan Luxe Hydrating Self Tan Mousse - I’ve tried every tanning product by the brand, and IOP, and this mousse reigns supreme. I apply with a mitt, and it’s full proof! I use the shade medium/dark and I get comments all the time about how natural it looks. It’s far superior than the IOP mousse. The tanning water and oil are also great, but stay away from the body lotion.

Bath + Body

Body Wash & Shower Gel:

The Ouai Body Cleanser* - I just reviewed this new launch, but to sum it up, it smells amazing and is incredibly hydrating.

Sol De Janeiro Moisturizing Shower Cream-Gel - a hydrating body wash in the delicious bum bum cream scent that SDJ is known for. I love this for summer, and always grab a couple minis for travel throughout the year.

Body Scrub:

Kopari Coconut Crush Scrub - extremely effective at physical exfoliation and hydrating with coconut oil. It smells amazing and lasts a while too. Enough said.

First Aid Beauty KP Bump Eraser Body Scrub with 10% AHA* - this is a gentle chemical and physical body exfoliating scrub. It’s amazing for those red bumps on the back of your arms (KP), or basically anywhere! It’s affordable, and the tube is huge. The scrub itself is quite fine, which I love.

Body Lotion/Cremes:

Ouai Body Creme* - one of the most unique body creams I’ve tried (and I am a body oil girl through and through)— it’s incredibly hydrating, sinks in immediately, and has a gorgeous scent. It’s not so overpowering that you can’t wear fragrance over it. It makes my skin baby soft.

REN Smart Renewal Body Serum - this contains AHA’s to naturally exfoliate the skin, so it’s pretty unique in that. It’s scent is quite orange, and not my favorite, but I put up with it because I love the soft, smooth skin it gives me. It’s called a serum, but don’t be confused— it’s a cream.

Body Oil:

I just realized my favorite Caudalie Divine Oil is no longer sold at Sephora. None of my other favorites are sold here!

Body SPF:

Supergoop PLAY! SPF 50 - I love how glowy and hydrated this makes my skin. It’s great for throwing on before walks, or when I know my Crossfit workout involves being outside!

Supergoop Body Oil Sunscreen SPF 50 - I love this for when I am going to be at the pool— it keeps my skin hydrated from the chlorine, and makes me look nice and glowing, while staying protected.

Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen SPF 50 - an easy lotion formula that comes in a giant jug for the whole fam.

Hair

Shampoo & Conditioner:

Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal + Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating Shampoo - when my scalp has a ton of product buildup (ie: dry shampoo), or is feeling itchy or flakey, this calms and soothes my scalp, removing buildup and flakes. My husband is obsessed with it too. I’ve gone through 6+ tubs over the past two years.

Briogeo Banana + Coconut Superfoods Shampoo + Conditioner Pack* - this smells like a vacation, and is incredibly cleansing, while not being stripping and yet also incredibly hydrating. You can order them separately, but you save with the duo.

Hair Masks:

Briogeo Don’t Despair, Repair Deep Conditioning Mask - this is the most hydrating hair mask I’ve ever used, and I’ve gone through probably six tubs of it (a couple were gifted). I can always rely on it to hydrate my curls and make them bouncier than ever post-shower, but I know all of my straight hair friends love it just as much! I might also grab the limited edition honey version that comes in the cute bear packaging.

Hair Gel:

Devacurl Ultra Defining Curling Gel - I’ve used this hair gel for 12+ years. Never crunchy, just soft, touchable curls. I always get the 32oz value size and go through 2-3 a year. It also doesn’t have silicones, so it washes out clean with water, preventing buildup!

Ouai Curl Jelly - I really like this hair gel for a one and done hair look, especially on vacation. It has a deceivingly good hold, so you don’t need that much. Do I get the most divine ringlets? No, but it gives me great curls/waves, and paired with a beach/texture spray, I love the look.

Curl Cream:

Moroccanoil Curl Defining Cream - I’ve tried EVERY curl cream on the market, and always come back to this one. All of my other favorites are sold at Target. This one is the best in the game, giving frizz free, soft curls that hold my curl pattern all week. It takes me over a year to get through a bottle, as I mix it with my gel. I also actually love the look of this cream in my hair, completely on it’s own with no other product, although I don’t get QUITE as much volume as combining with gel, my curls still look flawless. I also love that this comes in a mini size for traveling.

Beach/Texture Sprays:

Ouai Volume Spray - I spray this right into my roots, and when I diffuse my hair I get extra lift and volume. One of my favorite Ouai products of all time, and washing my hair 1x a week, it took me exactly 2 years to go through it!

IGK Beach Club Texture Spray - I’ve tried a lot of beach/wave sprays in my day, and this one adds texture but no sticky grittiness. I love that they sell minis of it, because I bring them on vacation. It also smells amazing!

Playa New Day Mist 3-in-1 Styler Refresh* - newest in my arsenal, this has become one of my favorite hair mists for redefining curls, adding definition, and a touch of hold. It also smells like a hair perfume, with their signature beach/musk scent with hints of honey and neroli.

Dry Shampoo:

Ouai Super Dry Shampoo* - this is Ouai’s newest launch, and it is a redo of their original dry shampoo (which I was majorly not a fan of). They crushed it with this iteration. It is talc and powder free, but instead has rice starch and volcanic minerals, making it pretty unique in the market. It works, it gives crazyyyy volume, and smells amazing— like their Melrose Place fragrance. I used to love their dry shampoo mousse, but this outshines that one.

Bumble & Bumble Pret-A-Powder - I’ve been using this for like eight years now? It’s great at soaking up oil at the root, and adding volume. It’s also a great option if you prefer non-aerosol. You just twist the top, and dump it out like baby powder LOL so it’s best used the night before to make sure it all gets worked into the hair. The .5oz mini for $13 lasts me a good while, and is so tiny that it’s great to travel with!

Hair Oil:

Playa Ritual Hair Oil* - Light enough that I think all hair types will like this. It has their amazing signature scent of beach/musk and does a great job of holding in hydration, making my curls bounce-y and soft. Lots of my straight haired friends love it too!

Hair Tools:

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer - this is totally and 100% and investment. I don’t use any other hair tools (other than a $3 wide tooth comb), so investing in a good diffuser is really important to me. My husband actually bought this for me as a gift two years ago, and it’s still in perfect working condition. It comes with a magnetic attachable diffuser, and the straight hair attachments (which my husband uses). It has changed both of our lives— it’s quiet, dries hair quicker and with less damage. My curls are noticeably healthier and more defined. I’m not sure if its part of the Sephora sale (I think some years they withhold it from the sale), but if it is— it’s worth the grab!

Devacurl Devatowel - An anti-frizz microfiber towel is an absolute must for drying curly hair. I’ve been using this thing for a decade at least. They recently redid it maybe 4 years ago?? It’s bigger and even softer! Lasts forever too if you take good care of it.

Makeup

Face:

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer* - I’ve been a fan of the oil-free version forever, but since they sent me the new launch of the regular version, this is my go-to base when I want to just even my skin tone, and look a little more flawless. The oil-free if oily is great, and the illuminating version is great if you’re more dry and want to look a little glow-y, but I honestly can wear all three versions, and just change up my primer/how I set my face to accommodate that specific version! If you prefer something with a bit more coverage, I do really love their Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation*. It is the same natural looking wear of the tinted moisturizer, but provides more coverage. I wear 2N1 in all Laura Mercier base products.

Laura Mercier Primers - I owned the hydrating and illuminating versions for years, and they’re still some of my favorite primers. The hydrating just provides a super hydrating base for your makeup; great if you’re dry. The illuminating version gives a subtle pearly sheen (while also still being hydrating), that looks gorgeous under your base.

First Aid Beauty Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer - a hydrating, illuminating primer that I’ve been using for years. It can also double as your moisturizer, allowing you to eliminate steps! Also sold in a mini size.

First Aid Beauty Avocado Bendy Concealer - I actually originally won the entire range when it launched in a giveaway, and I get so many compliments on my skin when I wear this. No one even believes I’m wearing concealer. It truly moves with your skin, and is fully camouflaged. This concealer is my favorite for under the eyes but is great for all over too. I wear shade 2. They just expanded their shade range too!

Charlotte Tilbury Magic Away Concealer - I will start by saying I hate this packaging; it’s hard to open and close, and the sponge applicator is gross (I remove it). However, it is also another concealer that is a perfect match for me, and it’s really hydrating and moves with your skin. I prefer to wear this over blemishes/redness vs under the eyes. I wear shade 3.

Marc Jacobs Finish Line Perfecting Coconut Setting Powder - one of my favorite loose setting powders. The net in the packaging make this mess-free. It’s extremely fine milled and I reach for it all the time.

Lilah B. Flawless Finish Foundation - I actually use this as a pressed powder. It does give a tiny bit of coverage if you wanted to use it alone, but I use it just where needed, usually in my t-zone. Because it’s pressed, it’s great for travel. I’ve tried the Charlotte Tilbury powder, and prefer this one! I wear the shade b. Natural.

Cheek:

Blush:

Lilah B. Divine Duo Lip & Cheek - my favorite cream blush formula that is sold at Sephora! They’re a drier formula, which I like. They dry down and don’t stay tacky/sticky on the skin. My favorite and most worn shades are:

  • b. lovely - a beige - gorgeous bronze nude, and a favorite of mine in the summer

  • b. true - mauve/pink - a neutral, rosy color that gives a universally flattering and natural flush

  • b. memorable - wine - a neutral wine shade that looks like flushed from the cold on the cheeks, or like you’ve had a glass of pinot, on the lips! My favorite fall/winter shade. (OK- I just realized this shade isn’t sold at Sephora, but linking elsewhere, because it’s worth it).

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blush - I own so many of these! The swatches don’t really do them justice. They are really natural and buildable, and I own probably 4 of the limited edition palette releases. I truly feel like I can pull off almost any shade by this brand! My favorite shades are:

  • Incandescent Electra - a cool peach

  • Brilliant Nude - a bronze, nude

  • Euphoric Fusion - a soft lilac (favorite for winter!)

  • Dim Infusion - a subdued coral

  • Luminous Flush - a champagne rose

Bronzer:

Drunk Elephant D-Bronzi - it’s hard to figure out exactly how to categorize this one on this list, because it is so versatile. Although it has skincare benefits, I really utilize it like a liquid bronzer. I mix it with my moisturizer to create a tinted moisturizer, or I mix it with a tinted moisturizer or foundation to deepen it. Or, you can use it as a true liquid bronzer and dab on where you wear bronzer and blend with a brush or sponge. I’m on my 5th tube of this and I figured out it lasts exactly 100 days if you use one full pump a day (which most people don’t). I already have a backup!

Lilah B. Bronzed Beauty Bronzer Duo - my go-to bronzer for years along with Hourglass. It gives the most gorgeous, super natural glow. I prefer to blend the two shades together, but you can also use the darker shade as a contour.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Bronzer - the most natural, buildable bronzer. This is not shimmery, but does impart a glow. I’ve gone through so many of these! (These are the two shades I own, but they have other shades):

  • Luminous Bronze Light - a medium bronze shade that leans warm, and is best for light/medium skin tones. I wear this more when I am self tanned.

  • Diffused Bronzed Light - a cool toned bronze shade, that is best for light/medium skin tones. I either use this as my contour color, or when I am much more pale, this cool tone shade suits my face much better, and I’ll wear it all over. If you’re on the pale side, 100% grab this one!

Contour:

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate - this duo contains a contour and highlighter. I love them both), but the star is the contour. I wear Intensity 01, but they have a lighter shade and two darker shades. It’s so creamy and easy to blend, and looks SO natural. If you love the Chanel cream bronzer, but feel its a bit too orange, this is really neutral, leaning cool. AKA perfection. I can contour with this or wear it all over as bronzer.

Highlighter:

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder Compact* - this is meant to be more of an all over finishing powder that provides a bit of a glow, but I actually love this as a really natural looking highlighter. It actually reminds me of the loose powder glow version, but in a pressed format. I’m personally over the blinding highlighters, and want people to think its just my skin glowing! I use Highlight 01 - golden nude, but there are three other darker shades that would be gorgeous on deeper skin tones!

Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick - so easy to swipe on and blend, this is one of the best cream highlighter’s I’ve used. It dries into almost a powder, so it stays put and not tacky. I love the shade champagne flash, but there are four other shades too.

Tom Ford Shade and Illuminate - this duo contains a contour and highlighter. The highligher imparts an incredibly natural glow— just like wet skin. A look that I love. This duo is pricey, but I get so much use out of both products, it’s worth it (especially on sale)!

My other favorite, and most worn highlighter(s) are by Kjaer Weis, and on sale at Neiman Marcus right now! Radiance is cool toned, and gives the wet look on the skin, while Ravishing is more of a neutral champagne that is slightly more intense. I love and wear them both constantly.

Eye:

Eyeshadow:

Natasha Denona Crystal Chroma Top Coats - easily my most worn eye products of all time. I wear the shade Nude religiously, but also own Peach, Bronze, and I am going to get Grey Brown because why not round out my collection?? These aren’t your typical micro-glitter top coats— instead they provide a “dazzling” effect ND calls it, that makes them look wet on the eyes. There’s nothing else out there like it. I also own two of the Duo Chrome Top Coats in Brown Mauve/Purple (a gorgeous bronze to magenta shift), and Lavender/Gold & Silver (light blue/lavender that shifts into gold and silver). I love them all, and no matter what I wear I get no less than five compliments and people asking me what they are. While they are great as top coats, they’re also gorgeous with a swipe on, worn alone, which is actually how I wear them 90% of the time.

Supergoop Shimmershades* - I own all four shades (Sephora sells the three I was gifted, but I purchased the 4th from blue mercury), and besides my ND top coats, these are my second most used eyeshadow product. Instead of a glitter or wet effect, these just provide a gorgeous sheen to the eyes. So easy to swipe on and blend. They also DO. NOT. BUDGE. Which is great for my oily lids, where most cream shadows disappear after an hour. Also, they have SPF!

Hourglass Scattered Light Glitter Eyeshadow - I only own one shade; smoke (a neutral taupe), but its a gorgeous micro-glitter topper to any smokey eye. Since they’ve released more shades that would be unique to my collection, I am debating picking them up— especially the mini trio they have right now.

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quads - these are SO expensive, and I would never pay full price, but worth it at 20% off. You can be a complete eyeshadow novice and have no problem blending them— they basically blend themselves. My two favorite and most used quads are:

  • Cocoa Mirage - matte light beige, matte neutral medium beige, warm copper with shimmer, matte chocolate brown - easily the most boring but most wearable of all TF palettes. Perfect for an every day eye look, or for a bit of a deeper smokey eye for night. It’s neutral so it looks great on everyone!

  • Honeymoon - shimmering peach, sand, plum, and dark purple - the most perfect smokey gold and/or purple eye, but also has a touch of cranberry. I always bring on vacation. There’s a reason it’s called honeymoon!

Now is also the time to buy the Charlotte Tilbury, Pat McGrath and Natasha Denona palettes, if you’ve been holding out— which I think are some of the best quality (and most pricey) sold at Sephora! I don’t wear eyeshadow enough, but still waiting for the perfect ND palette to launch and captivate me enough that I can’t resist…it’s only a matter of time.

Mascara:

Ilia Limitless Lash Mascara - my favorite clean mascara formula, and the only one that even comes close to rivaling my holy grail, Chanel Le Volume.

Eyeliner:

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner - I don’t wear eyeliner unless it’s of the bright and fun variety. Good thing these come in basically every color imaginable, and they don’t budge, which is important for my oily eyelids. I own and adore whirl(pool), a matte teal, and mist me?, a matte lilac— and want to grab a few more shades!

Eyebrow:

Benefit Cosmetics Goof Proof Brow Pencil - I still think for the price/quantity, Benefit has the best products. I have been using this eyebrow pencil in shade 3.5 (neutral medium brown) along with Glossier Boy Brow in brown for years, and don’t plan to stop anytime soon. The good thing is they have a thinner pencil, and a million other products depending on your eyebrow preference.

Lip:

Lip Liner:

Marc Jacobs Poutliner Longwear Lip Liner - since I discovered these, I’ve never looked back or forward, or at any other lip liner. I love that I don’t need to sharpen them, and I found my two perfect nude shades. I get endless compliments. Thanks to @katherine.alicias for the rec— she never steers me wrong.

  • Nude(ist) 300 - the perfect beige nude

  • Cream & Sugar - peachy, pink nude

Lipstick:

Sephora Collection Cream Lip Stain Liquid Lipstick - if you’re still into matte liquid lips, this is one of the best formulas on the market, with a million colors, and only $14. I wore 01 Always Red in wedding photos, as its the most perfect classic, neutral red that looks good on everyone. I own like 12 of these but haven’t been into matte lips as much lately.

Kosas Weightless Lip Color Lipstick - the best, most comfortable, and long-lasting lipstick formula that exists out there. They don’t move, but are somehow THIS comfortable?? Witchcraft. I only wish they would come out with more shades, I’m begging of you. I only own three, but they’re beautiful and I need more! My favorites:

  • Thrillest - warm-toned poppy red - an orange red, and my most favorite lipstick of all time

  • Fringe - warm-toned earthy brick red - perfect fall 90’s grunge brick red shade

  • Darkroom - cool-toned rich bordeaux - vampy wine color of my dreams and favorite winter shade

Lipgloss:

Fenty Gloss Bomb - this formula has ruined me, as it’s the most comfortable, non-sticky but also long-lasting— and her shades are also always universally flattering on everyone. The kit of 5 minis is so tempting!

(Kosas did just launch lip oil gloss, and given that I love their lipstick and balm, I am going to assume off the bat these are amazing, but I will keep you posted! Mine should arrive soon).

Lip Oil:

Lilah B. Lovingly Tinted Lip Oil* - incredibly hydrating with a flattering wash of color. Somehow all three shades look great on everyone, but my favorite by far is b. Elegant, a neutral nude.

Clarins Lip Comfort Oil - another hydrating lip oil that have a wash of color, but are much more opaque, providing just a tint. My favorites are honey, honey glam, and tangerine.

Fragrance

Two words: TOM FORD. If you get 20% off, now is the time to grab some Tom Ford fragrance. Thankfully you only have to replenish (at least for me) every five years LOL

Now is also a great time to buy fragrance sets if you want to try some things out before making a full size purchase.

Tom Ford Soleil Blanc - this is a warm and sweet gourmand, that has top notes of pistachio and bergamot, and smells creamy and milky with a coconut base of coc de mar. Think, a more luxurious Bobbi Brown Beach— less sunscreen, more coconut and luxury. Picture yourself in Monaco. A summer favorite.

Tom Ford Neroli Portofino - this is fresh, citrusy and will transport you to Italy. It has top notes of Italian Bergamot, Lavender, and Orange Flower, but has a musky amber undertone that dries down to a subtle musk, with neroli. It’s perfection. A summer favorite.

Fresh Cannabis Santal - A masculine blend of rich fruits like kumquat and dark plum mingled with patchouli, magnolia, chocolate, vetiver, and vanilla musk. It’s really unique and it’s not like anything else I own. One of my go-to’s for fall/winter these days!

Maison Louis Marie - their perfume oils are amazing (and clean if that matters to you), and they have a mini set for you to try if you aren’t sure which scent you’re going to like. My favorites are No. 2, No. 4 and No. 9, all fall/winter scents that are woody and musky. I also like that they sell the fragrance in addition to the oil, as well as travel size, and candles!

Candles

Jo Malone Wood Sage & Sea Salt - one of our absolute favorite candles of all time. It reminds me of home in New England.

Voluspa is so affordable for a luxury candle, and has such great sets if you want to try out a bunch of their scents. My favorite is Gilt Pomander, a warm spicey scent with cardamom and hinoki.

Tools + Brushes

Makeup Brushes:

Nars Yachiyo Brush #27 - This is the perfect brush for blush, highlighter, even bronzer. I don’t know how it does it, but it’s impossible to over apply product. I’ve had this brush for TEN years!! And it’s still in perfect condition.

Bare Minerals Supreme Finisher Brush - this is another brush I’ve had since college, and it is still in perfect shape. It is my favorite for bronzer, powders and luminizing powders for all over the face.

Bare Minerals Dual-Finish Blush and Contour Brush - great for precise application of blush, but I much prefer this for applying powder contour. It’s also the perfect shape/size for applying powder under the eyes to set concealer.

IT Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Wand Ball Powder Brush #8 - one of my favorite powder brushes of all time! So soft and fluffy. IT Cosmetics makes some of the nicest and longest-lasting brushes, in my opinion.

Benefit Cosmetics Eyebrow Brush and Spoolie - my favorite brow brush, that has a brow brush on one side and spoolie on the other.

Eyelash Curler:

Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curler - this has won a ton of awards, and I guess I trust the experts. It works well, and has held up really well!

Tweezers:

Tweezerman Slant Tweezers - I am a die hard Tweezerman fan. To me, there is just no other brand that works as well, and if you can get it 20% off, why not.

My Skincare Routine

My Skincare Routine