Sephora Spring Bonus Event Recommendations Part 2

April 13, 2018

Sephora Beauty Insider Sale Recommendations 2018

Today I have my top picks to recommend in makeup for the Sephora Spring Bonus Event which starts today! To recap the dates, details and codes:

  • Rouge Members: receive 15% off 4/13 through 4/16 and 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYROUGE
  • VIB Members: receive 15% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYVIB
  • BI Members: receive 10% off 4/20 through 4/23, use code YAYINSIDER

My favorites and recommendations by makeup category below with links to previous reviews and swatches where applicable. Press samples mentioned have a * next to them. Some items I haven’t had a chance to review yet but hope to soon.

Bases and Foundations:

Cheeks and Complexion:

Eye Makeup:


  • NARS Velvet Lip Glide in Bound is the best neutral-mauve that I’ve found, there are also 5 new shades in Xenon, Paradise Garage, Mars, Roseland and Swing which I ordered sight unseen and started playing with yesterday (review soon but spoiler alert is Bound is still the best one in my opinion)
  • NARS Audacious Lipstick in Barbara is one of the best everyday neutrals I own, I’ve used up two tubes since the formula was first launched years ago (swatch here)
  • Tom Ford Lip Colors are 100% worth the splurge, and since they never go on sale, the Sephora event is the best time to save! Color shown is Pink Dusk is shown, I also love Bad Lieutenant and Sugar Glider (swatch here), Indian Rose is probably the best wearable medium neutral that isn’t too light or dark (shown here)
  • Pat McGrath LuxeTrance Lipstick in Realness (swatches of more shades here)
  • Dior Addict Lip Glow Color Reviver Balms are must-haves, my favorite is Coral but there are new shades that launched this year which are stunning! (all shades reviewed here)
  • Hourglass Confession Ultra Slim High Intensity Lipstick * has a super opaque long-lasting creamy formula, I still hate the price tag, but as I’ve mentioned before the formula is excellent (all shades swatched here)
  • YSL Volupte Liquid Color Balm is the most pigmented tinted balm I’ve tried, I can’t pick a favorite color, they’re all really pretty! (my picks swatched here)

Whew! I feel like this is quite an extensive list! If I had to narrow it down to just 5 of my top recommendations in makeup, they would be the Pat McGrath Eyeshadow Palettes (any of them), Natasha Denona Diamond Blush Palette in Citrus, Dior Addict Lip Glow (any shade), Tom Ford Lip Color in Indian Rose and NARS Highlighting Powder in Fort de France.

Some of you have asked what I’m shopping for. I’m pretty well stocked but will most definitely be getting some beautyblenders. I tried to find cheaper dupes and after testing several other brands found that the beautyblender is still the best one (let me know if you want a full review). I also have some foundations on my list that I want to check out in store to see if I can find a match. I’m almost out of shampoo and conditioner so I’ll probably stock up on a few favorites. Finally I’m about to hit pan on my La Mer Pressed powder so I may buy another one. I really love the formula but the price is such a big ouch!

I’ll share my haul in the next week! What’s on your shopping list? Are you going in store or shopping online? I really just want to do an online haul but I really should try to get foundation matches in store rather than guess my shade!


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  • lawler April 13, 2018 at 2:44 am

    I’m still kicking around ideas. I am thinking maybe a few Tom Ford things since they never go on sale anywhere that I can recall and I have a gift card to cash in. Maybe an eyeshadow quad and the eyeliner?

    Also, MILK makeup just put out a cute kit (B.O.S.S. Skincare Set) with the matcha cleanser, matcha toner, watermelon serum and a cooling stick. So, that caught my eye.

    • BeautyLookBook April 13, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Ooohthat MILK set looks cute!

  • Jina Jung April 13, 2018 at 3:21 am

    I noticed you didnโ€™t post any primers or powders. Any recs there?

    I really canโ€™t decide if I should finally take the leap and try the la mer pressed powder. Which do you prefer: the Charlotte Tilbury powder or the la mer pressed?

    Also do either powders cause flashback?

    • BeautyLookBook April 13, 2018 at 6:53 am

      Several primers are listed under the Bases and Foundation category! I prefer the Charlotte Tilbury powder but it’s not available at Sephora. Neither powders cause flashback.

      • Jina Jung April 13, 2018 at 11:10 am

        Ooh sorry! Totally missed those haha reading your blog at midnight.

        Thanks for the input! Gonna have to pick up both the Tatcha primer and Charlotte Tilbury powder this weekend.

        Have you ever done brand specific favorites?

        • BeautyLookBook April 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

          Not sure what you mean, like Tatcha favorites? Or primer favorites?

          • Jina Jung April 13, 2018 at 6:21 pm

            I was thinking more along the line of brand favorites, like your “must haves” from Tom Ford, or Nars, etc. Maybe you already have this and I just have to scroll through the blog’s history ๐Ÿ™‚

            Product favorites are also helpful too. Honestly, I’m just excited everytime I get notifications via email or Instagram that you’ve wrote a new post.

          • BeautyLookBook April 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm

            Hi Jina, will definitely try to put some together ๐Ÿ™‚ I think I’ve only done a few like with Urban Decay and Dior but those were a long time ago!!

  • Laurence April 13, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Great picks and super informative post! In my basket, I have the Summer Fridays mask, the Drunk Elephant baby facial and Dior Diorshow Iconic mascara.

  • Lisa April 13, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Awesome post! I appreciate your hard work!

  • Jenna Miller April 13, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Would you recommend the CT hollywood filter over the YSL glow product??

    • BeautyLookBook April 13, 2018 at 5:30 pm

      They’re very different! The CT Hollywood Filter is more of a highlighter/glow product you use to enhance the complexion. You can’t really use it as a regular base/foundation unless you want something SUPER glowy.

      The YSL Glow is more of a tinted moisturizer like base.


  • Shelleyeatz April 13, 2018 at 12:27 pm

    I just placed a $400 order (post discount) o.o got a bunch of sun products from your last post!

  • talker blogger April 13, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I am looking forward to purchasing some more formulas and shades of the Dior lip glow

  • Lindsey April 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    I currently have the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb, Pat McGrath Sublime Bronze Ambition Palette, Tom Ford Eye Defining Pen, Becca Hydra-Mist Powder, and Drunk Elephant Protini in my basket… just waiting to pull the trigger to see if there’s something else I might want, lol.

    • BeautyLookBook April 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      That Fenty gloss is soooo pretty! Unfortunately I don’t like the cherry scent ๐Ÿ™ Your other picks are great!

  • Anne Capitant April 13, 2018 at 4:22 pm

    I have more on my list than I can get, so I ended up picking up three items: NARS Fort de France, the UD Petite Heat palette, and the ABH Soft Glam palette. Everything else is going to have to wait but that’s already a lot more than I’ve bought recently so I’m happy with it.

    • Chelsea April 14, 2018 at 1:49 am

      Everyone wants the soft glam palette๐Ÿคฉ

      • Anne Capitant April 14, 2018 at 7:12 pm

        It’s funny because I was initially not impressed with it and going to pass on it as I thought it was too blasรฉ and
        similar to a lot of stuff, but when I checked it out in store I was
        really blown away by it!

  • Norma Jeane Monroe April 13, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    No makeup this time… I’ll be picking up Dr. Jarts Every Sun Day UV Sun Fluid Broad Spectrum SPF 30, OLEHENRIKSEN C-Rush Brightening Gel Crรจme, and the Banana Bright Eye Creme, Soothing Cleansing Oil by Bobbi Brown and lastly, Algenist Multi-Perfecting Detoxifying Exfoliator.

    • BeautyLookBook April 13, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Ooooh, how is the Dr Jart sunscreen?

      • Norma Jeane Monroe April 13, 2018 at 9:30 pm

        I was looking for a sunscreen that felt more like a moiturizer then a sunscreen, wasn’t heavy and wears well under foundation/makeup. I also like that it doesn’t leave behind that white cast that a lot of sunscreens do.

  • Alison April 13, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    I got 2 Viseart palettes and Drunk Elephant Protini. Keeping it simple. One of the Viseart’s is kind of a backup. I lost the lid on Bridal Satin, learned that they may be discontinuing it. And I pretty much use it a lot. It’s a solid basic for cool neutral toned looks. I am also saving up for Suqqu Summer. it’s another Jorge collection and a real winner.

  • Chelsea April 14, 2018 at 1:43 am

    Natasha Denona and Pat McGrath are on my loves listโค๏ธ

  • Glenda April 14, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    I’m forever buying online… One because I’m lazy, two because I feel like my local Sephoras never have the things I want. Hehe
    But to be quite honest, I haven’t been shopping much at Sephora. I’ve decided to transition to green/clean beauty, and Sephora has only a few offerings. I prefer to buy from dedicated stores nowadays.

    Your list contains some great recs for traditional/conventional beauty products, though! ๐Ÿ™‚ I do love Pat McGrath’s lipsticks… One of the few I’ll still be using.

  • Rachels Page April 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    I love the Voluptรฉ Liquid Color Balm!

  • tiffany April 14, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    Ooh can’t wait for your review on the Erborian BB creme! I picked up the Natasha Denona palette #9 the colors speak to me so much!

  • Christine K April 14, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    I tried to pick up the Tatcha silk canvas but it was sold out everywhere in my city – online too (Canada)! ๐Ÿ™ Will have to wait until they restock. Great recommendations!

  • lawler April 15, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    Sabrina, if you didn’t end up getting those beautyblenders this weekend, Macy’s has a set with an original, a pro and a nude for only $36. And it ships for free.

  • Lori Wade Miller April 16, 2018 at 11:52 am

    I’m trying to decide between the MUFE Ultra HD stick foundation and the Tom Ford Traceless stick. Do you prefer one over the other?

    • BeautyLookBook April 19, 2018 at 9:42 pm

      Hi Lori, the MUFE one is amazing!! I definitely prefer that one, the TF can get a bit too dewy looking.

      • Lori Wade Miller April 20, 2018 at 2:16 pm

        Thank you! I just ordered it.

  • Eileen April 16, 2018 at 6:42 pm

    Please do post about makeup sponges/beauty blenders!

  • Caitlin Hunter April 21, 2018 at 11:35 am

    Your blog is sooo inspirational ๐Ÿ’œ