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Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale Event Recommendations for Holiday 2016

November 4, 2016
Sephora VIB Rouge 20% Off Sale Event Recommendations for Holiday 2016

Beauty junkies rejoice because the VIB Rouge 20% off sale at Sephora starts today. This is the annual holiday sale for those who have VIB Rouge Point Status. If you’re shopping online use code 20ROUGE at checkout, it will be valid 11/4 through 11/7. It’s valid on Sephora.com, in Sephora US Stores, Sephora Canada and Sephora stores inside JCPenny locations. You can use the code or coupon multiple times in store and online from the dates of the sale. I have a roundup of recommendations along with some items I have on my wishlist.

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I’ve split the recommendations by category to help organize everything by type. There’s a lot to explore and I always find something new to try everytime I shop in store or even online. Out of all the online beauty retailers I find the Sephora site easiest to navigate and search whether I’m looking for a specific brand, product, sets or basically anything.

Up first are face products. I have quite a few foundation favs, my top three picks at Sephora include the NARS Velvet Skin Tint (I mix Groenland and St. Moritz), NARS All Day Luminous Powder Foundation (I use Punjab) and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Stick (my best match is #123).

For other face products, five of the best things I can think of include:

Laura Mercier Candleglow Sheer Perfecting Powder (review here) is a new launch I think has reached holy grail status for me. I can use either Shade #1 or #2 and both give a very lovely naturally glowy set look.
Tom Ford never goes on sale and items are pretty spendy. I really like the Fire Lust Skin Illuminator and Sheer Cheek Duo in Bi-Coastal (reviewed and swatched here). I have a back-up of Bi-Coastal because it gives the prettiest glowy sheen in two pink tones.

The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit in Surreal Light has to be the prettiest face palette I’ve seen this year. Swatches and review here.

For concealers, I’m loving the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. I can use Custard, Macadamia or Ginger (swatched here). It’s been a staple for years and continues to be a reliable one for under eyes and spots.

For lips the options are easy because there are tons of great brands, formulas and colors. My most reached-for formula is the YSL Rouge Volupte Shine (fav shades are #8, #9, #44 and #47, swatched here).

The Armani Lip Magnets are among the best matte finish liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried because they aren’t drying. Six of the colors swatched and reviewed here. I have 3 more on my wishlist but want to try and see them in person first.
For moisture, I really adore the Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade. This one doesn’t change my lip color, but I know it does on some others. I like it for the packaging and great feeling formula. For those who can’t do anything scented the AmorePacific Moisture Bound has been the best unscented unflavored balm I’ve tried.
NARS Velvet Lip Glides I think can be hit or miss for some. I like Stripped and Bound for colors. It doesn’t really feel velvety as it does glide on the lips. It doesn’t give full coverage in one swipe but needs a bit of layering. I still think they are worth checking out.

For neutral eye makeup, I really think it just doesn’t get better than the Urban Decay Naked Palettes, in particular Naked2 and Naked3 (both swatched here). For this holiday the Marc Jacobs Style Eye Con No. 20 in About Last Night is quite incredible as well – I find it a bit more versatile as it contains more than just neutrals.

My top two mascaras are the Stila Huge Extreme Lash and Bobbi Brown Eye Opening Mascara.

I’ll have a review of the NARS Give In Take Palette as soon as I can. Hopefully either today or by this weekend the post with swatches will go live along with some other items from the Sarah Moon Collection. I’ll say right now the palette is gorgeous!

For hair there are so many options and the value sets are seriously tempting. The Drybar Let It Blow Travel Set with a mini Buttercup dryer along with some other minis. The Sake Bomb Shampoo and Conditioner are great options for dry hair and I use the Hold Me Hair Clips on a daily basis. They’re bright yellow which makes them easy to find.
For volume and clarifying I like the Bumble and Bumble Surf line. They have a cute Big Beachy Hair Anywhere Surf Travel Set that is great to try the items if you’re unsure.

Sephora Favorites have lots of options I featured the Ready, Set Style! Set yesterday. I think it’s a great value for the price and seems like a set that anyone any age would like.
For skincare I like the Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation is the best lightweight moisturizer cream for everyday. It’s got a cream texture so it has substance but it has a lightweight lotion feel so it’s not heavy. There’s no scent or added fragrance and is great for normal combination skin.

On dry days the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream is the way to go and never stings. It offers instant relief for dry skin. In terms of beauty skincare tools I’ve found the Clarisonic Mia Fit to be better than the ones with the handles. It’s compact, easy to use and comes in a cute pink color which I love.

For eyes I’ve use the Tatcha Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Eye Serum for day and Kate Somerville Retinol Firming Eye Cream for night because it has retinol. Both have helped with puffiness and smoothed texture. There’s no irritation and they don’t sting the eyes.
Kate Somerville is in my top 3 skincare brands. She has three classics in her Cult Favorites Kit – I’ve tried all three separately and they are great. I swear by her face cleansers, in particular the Goat Milk Cleanser and Gentle Daily Wash. I’ve gone through so many tubes of the SK-II Facial Treatment Cleanser which is excellent but for the past year I’ve pretty much stuck with the ones from Kate (it’s more affordable).

Last but not least are a few fragrance recommendations. Fragrance is so personal it can be hard to give recommendations because we all have different opinions on what smells good. There are lots of value sets out during the holiday for men and women like Louboutin, Chloe and Elizabeth and James. Since perfume can be pricey if you have a favorite, the sale is a great time to stock up on full sizes.

I’m still in the process of finalizing and narrowing down my list. I do have the Laura Mercier Iconics Set on my wishlist and the sale would bring the price down quite a bit. There’s still quite a bit of other things though such as Tom Ford Winter Soleil (which isn’t online at Sephora, at least not yet), skincare I want to stock up on (this Peter Thomas Roth Mask Vault looks amazing!).

I’ll be doing a haul post once I finalize my order and receive everything. Posts to go live on NARS, Le Metier de Beaute, and Surratt Beauty soon (he has new blush colors out!). Let me know which one you prefer first. I’ve taken all the photos and completed swatches – just need to edit them all and gather my final thoughts for the reviews.

To recap, the 20% off sale at Sephora is on everything for VIB Rouge members. It starts today 11/4 and runs through 11/7/2016. If you’re shopping online use code 20ROUGE. Let me know what you end up hauling or what you have on your wishlist!

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  • Wow! You're line up looks really posh! I'm so glad the ones I love are on sale!

    • Thank you Corinne πŸ™‚

  • I was up at 2 am my time to feed my baby so after he went back to sleep, I hopped onto the sephora website to make my purchase (most likely just the first of a couple during the sale). I got the Christophe Robin sea salt purifying scalp scrub, bite beauty cava Matte lip pencil. Bite beauty Amuse Bouche lipstick in Mauvember, a pack of the black invisibobble hair rings. Too cool for school dinoplatz blotting paper, and the first aid beauty red clay deep cleanser. A couple of these items I had used up as samples and fell in love so I've been waiting for this sale to purchase the full size. I love the sea salt scrub in particular. My hair's been falling out like crazy after having baby and it's so irritated and dry now but the scrub has helped calm it way down. It's a life saver. I'm definitely going to take another look at the website to go over your recommendations. I love your blog and style. I can't wait for your haul post!

    • NICE HAUL K.Lo! And wow major respect here for you and all moms xoxo. Bite Beauty Mauvember intrigues me but I'm overloaded on lippies!

  • the only thing i'm considering for myself is the foreo luna or luna mini. otherwise, i'll focus on gifts for family and friends, and perhaps the nest candle trio for our home.

    • So sweet of you Lizzie πŸ™‚

  • Loving these recommendations! Totally forgot to haul the Dior Lip Pomade, thanks for the reminder!

    • If you end up getting it I hope you love it as much as I do! Or more πŸ™‚

  • Would love to see the Surratt post first! Thanks!

  • Lea

    I'm not taking huge advantage of the sale since I'm pretty stocked up, but I am picking up a 3rd Armani Lip Magnet in 402. I already bought the two deepest plum shades, 601 and 602, and the wear is perfect. This is the only matte liquid lip that I have ever liked, let alone loved and bought multiple shades. It's does feel like nothing on the lip unless you press your lips together, then you can feel that slight slip that tells you there is product there but isn't sticky or wet. I think an oil based formula is the key to making a matte non-drying. I've had 601 on all day (eating and drinking) without a touch-up. The most amazing part is the applicator – it lets you the make the most amazing, crisp line around the cupids bow and outer corners. Whoever designed the wand and formula needs a major raise!

    • Love that you love the Lip Magnets – the formula and packaging is just top notch! I picked up four more shades today lol.

  • I seriously don't need anymore makeup or fragrance, but I will be purchasing my favorite Glamglow Hydrating mask, and the Fresh Rose mask. I know…kinda boring :).

    • Not boring at all! Stick with what you need/love πŸ™‚

  • Would love to see NARS first if possible!

  • Anonymous

    Yesterday's and today's post are extra fun. I am tempted by a few things but not a Rouge member. Love your reviews of the holiday gift sets. Thank you!
    Tanja

    • Hopefully VIB? Sale for VIBs starts tomorrow!

  • Surratt first please! I'm dying to get my hands on his new blushes and eyeshadows!

  • Amazing guide!! I've added some of these products to my VIB Rouge sale list! Thank you <3

    • Thanks Kristin πŸ™‚ Hope you hauled some good things!

  • I just bought myself the Sephora Glow For It kit and wrote a little post on it! Also, the FAB Ultra Repair Cream is my ride or die, it's amazing for super dry and sensitive skin!

  • Lea

    Which new shades did you pick up? I have a feeling I'm going to end up with more, but 601 is in heavy rotation right now along with Cle de Peau Lempicka Red. Love!!!

    • I picked up 503, 504, 505 and 507 which were the most natural ones, but they turn a bit dark once they set on my lips! I'm in love with 507 which is a lovely plum πŸ™‚