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All the Products I’m Buying Before the Sephora Sale Ends

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On Friday, I posted an extensive list of all the things currently on sale at Sephora that I am positive are exceptional products, including tried and true beauty loves like Drunk Elephant’s Protini Cream and Biossance’s Squalane and Vitamin C Rose Oil. But I am not just using the sale as a chance to stock up on favorites; I’m also using it (and its many discounts) to pick up things I haven’t yet tried, but really, really want to. Below, all of the skincare, makeup, and hair products I’m determined to order while prices are slashed at Sephora, a.k.a. the Motherland.

If you’re unfamiliar with the sale, here’s a reminder of how it works: Through November 6, Rouge members (or customers who spend $1,000 or more annually) get 20 percent off their purchase(s) with the code HOLIDAYSAVE; from November 7–11, the sale opens to VIB members (those who spend $350 or more over the year), who get 15 percent off with the code, as well as to Sephora Insiders, who get 10 percent off with the code.

I already own, and love, Milk’s lip and cheek multistick in “Quickie” — it has the most beautiful berry shade, and I’m obsessed with its incredibly lightweight, hydrating, and buildable formula. It’s my go-to for winter days, when I want my cheeks to look dewy and hydrated. I’m dying to try out the same product, just in a different color: the bright-pink Swish. YouTuber Ruthie Barone recently used it in one of her videos, and it looked so pretty and bright, but still natural.

I love Fenty’s Matchstix — a cream-to-powder multistick that you can use on pretty much anything (I use their shade Amber as a contour). But I also love using Matchstix as an eyeshadow! The initial creaminess of the product makes it very easy to blend with fingers, and the powder finish ensures that it stays put all night long. The Chili Mango shade, which is a bright orange with gold reflects, is something I’ve wanted to try out for so long. I’m imagining using it non-stop for events and nights out. (I also think that orange is a color we should all play around with more in our makeup looks, by the way!)

Charlotte Tilbury’s Pillow Talk is a holy-grail product of mine. I’ve probably written about it upwards of ten times on this very site. Several friends of mine who are similarly obsessed with Pillow Talk have informed me that Charlotte’s other lipstick shade, Very Victoria, is sort of like a dustier, browner version of the OG. I’m imagining a subtle ’90s lip, and I’m extremely excited.

I’m very specific about my highlighters. I like them to be very balmy and dewy with absolutely no shimmer ⁠— just a believable, pearlescent sheen (Glossier’s Quartz, Tower 28’s Balm, and Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter are my go-tos). Friends who know my highlighter vibe have recently been insisting that I try this, from Marc Jacobs — I’ve heard it gives the skin a beautiful, natural-looking glisten that’s perfect for daytime. One person even told me that it made their skin look like a dewy, gorgeous glazed doughnut. Needless to say, I was sold.

Hourglass brushes are some of the best I’ve ever used. They’re soft, they look chic, and they honestly make skin look airbrushed in a way other brushes just aren’t capable of. But again, they’re pricey. So I’m using the Sephora sale as my opportunity to stock up.

I read an interview with Jonathan Van Ness in which he said said this retinol alternative from Biossance is the only one that didn’t “piss off his psoriasis.” Retinols tend to make my eczema flare up like crazy, so my dermatologist suggested I try a natural retinol as an acne-fighting alternative — and since I trust Biossance (and JVN) with my life, I thought this might be the perfect fit. I’ll let you all know how it goes.

I don’t use hot tools a whole lot, but occasionally I like to run a straightener through my hair to make my bob extra sleek. This hairbrush, which doubles as a straightener, is something I’ve been intrigued by for some time. As you brush, it allegedly locks in moisture, smooths out any frizziness, and leaves your hair perfectly straight. Plus, Katie Jane Hughes recommended it to me — and I’ll buy anything she tells me to.

I love Briogeo’s hair mask, and am curious to try out other products of theirs — including this dry shampoo! I try to wash my hair as little as possible, which means I blow through dry shampoo like it’s my job. (My go-to is the Ouai Dry Shampoo, which I love for it’s rosey scent and the fact that it leaves zero white cast.) This powder-formula dry shampoo contains charcoal and biotin for cleansing and detoxifying the hair. It’s also sulfate- and paraben-free. I’m intrigued!

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All the Products I’m Buying Before the Sephora Sale Ends