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The Five Things I’m Definitely Going to Buy from Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale

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It’s that time of year again: Sephora’s annual Beauty Insiders Event is upon us. From today through May 6th, 10-20 percent (depending on what level of Insider you are) will be taken off a lot of items at checkout.

As you can imagine, I am something of a Beauty Insider veteran — and one of my greatest achievements of the last few years has been figuring out how to best navigate the sale at, rather than going to the store and facing the lines and crowds and chaos. Yes, actually being able to swatch things can be helpful — but the stores during Beauty Insider are such pandemonium that the testers are in disarray, and the mirrors are constantly blocked by three rows of shoppers. Plus Sephora’s extremely flexible return policy makes it easy to get your money back, or swap it out for another shade.

So here’s the situation: through May 6th, Rouge members can use the code “HEYROUGE” at checkout to get 20 percent off all their purchases. Sephora VIB members can use “HEYVIB” at checkout to get 15 percent off their goods. And Beauty Insider members can use the code “HEYINSIDER” at checkout to get 10 percent off any purchase (if you’re not yet an Insider, you can join Sephora Insider and start using your code right away). Important: all the offers can be redeemed an unlimited number of times both in-store and online.

I’ve gotten a few messages about what I plan on buying this year, so I thought I would share with you my haul — the things I’m planning on buying. Have a happy Beauty Insider Sale, everyone!

Fenty Beauty Killawatt Highlighter

You guys know I’m deeply in love with Fenty. Their “Afternoon Snack” is a going-out staple of mine — it’s the most beautiful two-toned, metallic bronzey, coppery eyeshadow duo, which has single-handedly made getting glam before going out the easiest it’s ever been. I love it so much that I’m ready to buy it again, in a different shade. I think I’m going to go for this Sand Castle/Mint’d Mojito duo — I can already imagine how flawlessly the metallic mint shade will blend into that beautiful, pale metallic bronze on my lids. Will I also impulse buy the bright pink and orange Mimosa Sunrise/Sangria sunset while I’m at it? It’s very, very possible.

$29 at Sephora
with code: HOLIDAYSAVE
Tom Ford Traceless Foundation Stick

I have heard oh so many people rave about this product. My favorite makeup artist Nikki Wolff swears by this foundation for getting that soft, natural coverage. I’ve seen her apply this on models during her Sunday Tutorials (if you don’t follow @nikkimakeup on Instagram, you must) and have admired it from afar for quite some time. I’m particularly excited about this foundation because it comes in stick form — which, in my experience, makes it much easier to control how much product I apply, and where I apply it (exclusively in areas where I want to conceal redness, instead of just all over). I used the Sephora website’s “find your shade” technology, and now feel comfortable going with the “Vellum” — a fair shade with olive undertones — sight unseen.

$78 at Sephora
with code: HEYINSIDER
Nudestix Nudies Matte Blush & Bronze in Bondi Bae

I’ve heard a lot of good things about Nudestix. I have yet to try any of her products out myself, but have had my eye on this bronzer stick for some time. What intrigues me about it is that it supposedly has a super-creamy, blendable formula that’s perfect for creating a quick and beautiful sun-kissed spring and summer look. I’m very excited to use this to add some life to my pale, wintery face.

[Editor’s note: the Nudestix in Bondi Bae is sold out, but the product is still available in Deep Maple (a brown nude), Sunkissed (a coral bronze), and Sunset Strip (a soft coral nude).]

$29 at Sephora
with code: HEYINSIDER
Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner in Pinky Swear

The formula of these eyeliners is unlike anything I have ever tried before — and you guys know I’m an accent liner connoisseur. They are so intensely pigmented and creamy that all you need to achieve a beautiful, colorful wing is a single swipe across the lid. If you like a subtle pop of color on your eyes, these are a true must have. I have the color “Steeletto,” a baby-blueish denim, which I absolutely adore. But this time, I’m going to buy “Pinkyswear” which is a gorgeous light pink that I think will be perfect for spring.

$23 at Sephora
with code: HEYINSIDER
Biossance Squalane + Vitamin C Rose Oil

I have heard incredible things about the entire Biossance line, and recently tried a sample of their vitamin-C oil. I loved it. It’s packed with vitamin C (for brightening), squalane (for hydration), and rose (for glowiness). After a couple of days using this product, my skin looked like a lightbulb. I absolutely love it and will be taking the sale as an opportunity to get a full-size bottle.

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Five Things I’m Buying from Sephora’s Beauty Insider Sale